Sources: Ramos to work as World Cup analyst for Telemundo

first_imgWorld Cup Sources: Tab Ramos to work as World Cup analyst for Telemundo Ives Galarcep @Soccerbyives 06:27 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Tab Ramos USA U20 05252017 Alex Morton World Cup The former U.S. national team standout and current U.S. Under-20 coach will be part of the Spanish-language network’s coverage The U.S. national team won’t be at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but you can add another American with World Cup experience to the list of those who will be in attendance.Tab Ramos has been hired to serve as a guest analyst on Telemundo during the World Cup this summer, multiple sources confirmed to Goal on Thursday. The formal announcement of Ramos’s hiring is expected to be made in the coming weeks.A member of the 1990, 1994 and 1998 U.S. World Cup teams, Ramos will be providing Spanish-language analysis during the World Cup’s group stages, joining a Telemundo broadcast team that will also include legendary announcer Andres Cantor. Telemundo holds the Spanish-language broadcast rights in the United States for the World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Currently serving as the youth technical director for the U.S. men’s national team program, and the Under-20 coach, Ramos most recently organized a youth national team summit in January, convening more than 150 top U.S. prospects.Ramos is also considered a candidate for the U.S. national team coaching vacancy, a position that isn’t expected to be filled until at least the summer.Ramos was initially approached about taking on the caretaker role currently being held by Dave Sarachan, but chose instead to focus on continuing his work as youth technical director while the process to hire the full-time U.S. coach plays out.Newly elected U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro is in the process of putting together a technical committee to hire the general manager who will ultimately be in charge of hiring the new U.S. coach. Ramos is considered one of the leading American candidates for the manager position.last_img read more

Marseille coach mocks PSG over Neymar injury

first_imgPSG PSG have €222m in the physio’s room! – Marseille’s Garcia gloats after Neymar injury Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 03:21 28/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PSG Coupe de France PSG v Olympique Marseille Olympique Marseille Neymar Videos The Brazilian suffered a cracked metatarsal during a 3-0 win over PSG’s Classique rivals, leading Garcia to suggest their spending was useless Marseille boss Rudi Garcia mocked Paris Saint-Germain’s transfer policy and reliance on Neymar ahead of Wednesday’s Coupe de France showdown at the Parc des Princes.PSG beat their rivals 3-0 in Ligue 1 on Sunday but the victory was soured by Brazil star Neymar suffering a broken metatarsal.Garcia told a news conference ahead of the rematch that his opposite number Unai Emery still had plenty of options when it came to hurting Marseille but suggested the world-record spend on Neymar might have left PSG short in other areas. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “If there is no Neymar, there will be [Angel] Di Maria,” he said. “We will see if [Kylian] Mbappe and [Edinson] Cavani play when there is the Real Madrid game the week after.”It is a team built to win the Champions League. If they do not, it will be failure.”They have invested €400million, including €222m that is in the physio’s room.”PSG captain Thiago Silva accused Marseille midfielder Dimitri Payet of saying he wanted to hurt Neymar before the latter’s injury in a challenge with Bouna Sarr.Marseille defender Adil Rami insisted he had sought to stay away from such controversy after Sunday’s match.”I don’t know if the media are talking too much about Neymar. When I get home, I start my Playstation,” he said.”Without him, PSG will be another team but they remain a great team with a big bench. We cannot celebrate the misfortunes of a player.”last_img read more

Malaga vs Barcelona: TV, stream & preview

first_imgPrimera División Malaga vs Barcelona: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 15:25 10/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Barcelona celebrate Getty Images Primera División Barcelona Las Palmas v Barcelona Las Palmas The Catalans are on the road as they visit La Rosaleda hoping to build on an impressive victory against Liga challenger Atletico last time out Barcelona will look to take another step towards the title on Saturday as they take on Malaga in La Liga.Ernesto Valverde’s side are eight points clear at the top of the Primera Division after Lionel Messi’s free kick guided them to a crucial victory over Atletico Madrid.With the Colchoneros back in action on Sunday, Barca could extend their advantage to 11 with victory at La Rosaleda. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Malaga, however, might be bottom of La Liga but they have caused problems for the Catalans in the past, and with a key Champions League tie also approaching Barcelona face a huge week as they seek domestic and European glory. Game Malaga vs Barcelona Date Saturday March 10 Time 19:45 GMT / 15:45 ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel & Live Stream In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Football and it can also be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Malaga players Goalkeepers Roberto, Prieto Defenders Miquel, Gonzalez, Hernandez, Ricca, Rosales, Torres Midfielders Rolon, Adrian, Juanpi, Chory, Kuzmanovic, Garcia, Lacen, Iturra Forwards Borja, Penaranda, Rolan, Bueno  Keko, Juankar and Recio are all absent for La Liga’s bottom club, who have not won a game since 2017 as they battle desperately against relegation.Potential Malaga starting XI: Roberto; Rosales, Miquel, Hernandez, Ricca; Rolan, Chory, Lacen, Iturra, Borja, Bueno. Position Barcelona players Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Pique, Digne, Vidal, Umtiti, Vermaelen, Alba. Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta, Coutinho, Paulinho, Roberto, Gomes Forwards Suarez, Messi, Dembele, Alcacer Coach Ernesto Valverde is juggling several injury worries. Denis Suarez limped off during Barca’s Catalan Supercopa win midweek, and is almost certainly ruled out.Andres Iniesta too is battling a hamstring problem, and will likely cede his place to Philippe Coutinho in order to save his legs for the Champions League. Potential Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Vidal, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Paulinho, Coutinho; Suarez, Messi.Betting & Match Odds Barcelona are favourites to win, with dabblebet offering odds of 2/7 on the Blaugrana. Malaga are deemed to be a 12/1 bet and a draw is more likely at 9/2.dabblebet customers can watch and bet on the game if they have a funded or active account. T&Cs apply. Match Preview Youssef En-nesyri of MalagaLa Liga is now Barcelona’s to lose. Messi’s free-kick to take down Atletico gives them a commanding lead over their nearest rivals, with just 11 games to go in the season.Now Valverde and his men are entering the decisive stages of the season. The Blaugrana are also fighting for the Copa del Rey and the Champions League, and will host Chelsea at Camp Nou in the latter on Wednesday. That means the coach will have to rotate his overworked squad, perhaps beginning with Malaga this weekend. At the foot of the table, the struggling Andalucians on paper at least should be no match for Messi and Co. The same sentiments, however, were uttered prior to Barca’s last away fixture when fellow relegation candidates Las Palmas welcomed the leaders to Gran Canaria. As it was, Jonathan Calleri’s penalty and a number of curious refereeing decisions left Barca frustrated with a disappointing draw, proof that no result can be taken for granted. Malaga too have sprung their fair share of shocks on the giants over the years, and will need no extra motivation to go out for another upset on Saturday with Liga survival at stake.last_img read more

Ranking the Historical Oklahoma State Logos

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. When Oklahoma State released its new (“new”) logo at the beginning of July, I got steep on a rabbit hole of old logos, and boy are there some good ones. According to this incredible, time-suck of a page, OSU has had 19 “marks” in its history, and the majority of them have been amazing.Because this is an OSU blog and because it’s July, we obviously have to rank these from “OMG BRING THIS BACK” to “ok, maybe could have passed on that era.” Some of these are academic-only, and some are athletic-only. Regardless, I’m going to rank the ones that OSU includes on that page linked above and throw in the badge (which was not included?) along with them. Everything else is off the table.Let’s jump in with probably (?) the consensus No. 1.Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 11.31.28 AM.png1. It is fitting that the best logo in OSU history coincided with the best athlete in OSU history.Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 11.30.28 AM.png2. It’s perfect. Simple but unique. Distinguished but fun. Versatile and easy to recognize. I would actually be ok if they brought this back!Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 11.31.34 AM.png3. This was actually a baseball-only logo that started in 1978. Since then Oregon State has committed many acts of theft it went away until Josh Holliday brought it back when he became the head coach. It’s tremendous.Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 11.31.11 AM.png4. This is maybe the best logo for football helmets. I realize that’s a very specific niche, but it’s true! This logo debuted when OSU flipped from being the Aggies to being the Cowboys in the late 50s.Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 11.30.21 AM.png5. The first logo. I’m a sucker for anything simple like this. If they ever use this on the Homecoming throwback helmets, I’m going to need CPR in the press box.Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 11.30.48 AM.png6. The best mark, non-letter division.Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 11.30.34 AM.png7. I like this one a lot from a uniform perspective, but there’s a lot going on. And it’s maybe a bit too easy for opposing teams to insinuate that spelling is not OSU’s strongest suit.Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 11.31.05 AM.png8. This is the rougher, not-quite-as-cool version of the bucking bronco above (interestingly, it actually came after the one above). Still strong, but just not all the way there yet for me.Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 11.30.56 AM.png9. I don’t know that I’ve ever truly loved Regular Pete the same way I love Wrestling Pete or Swinging Pete or Baseball Pete, but I do love this version more than the modern one.Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 11.32.31 AM.png10. The new logo checks in at No. 10. I think it’s pretty good. I have an affinity for a lot of the older stuff, but they’ve done a good job here melding a modern look with an older, simpler version.info-badge.jpg11. Tough for me to put it ahead of the brand because, you know, it includes the brand. But I love its versatility and how OSU uses it. Subscribed!Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 11.30.41 AM.png12. I like it, but there is a LOT to look at.Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 11.31.17 AM.png13. This was the logo on my third-favorite basketball court GIA has ever housed.Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 11.32.07 AM.png14. It’s good, solid and more importantly has led to the Other Petes I noted above.Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 11.31.51 AM.png15. Taking away the beveled (I think that’s what they’re called) edges on the letters was a [chef’s kiss] move here.Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 11.31.22 AM.png16. There is no logo in recorded college history that screams “1970s!” more than this logo screams 1970s.Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 11.32.18 AM.png17. Sure, it’s fine. But I prefer the 1940s Pete (see above). This one really is all right, it just seems a little bit too contrived for me [goes outside and shakes fist at clouds]. Also, these last three are pretty rough.Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 11.31.40 AM.png18. This one was academics only (thankfully).Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 11.31.46 AM.png19. Tough scene here. It was a good effort, and here’s what OSU said about its introduction to the 2000s.Coinciding with the renovation of historic Gallagher-Iba Arena, Oklahoma State Athletics underwent a major rebranding effort in 2001 with the introduction of a more modernized system of marks. This updated O-State logo represented the school’s various academic organizations. [okstate]Gonna be a hard pass for me.Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 11.32.02 AM.png20. The thing that maybe offends me most is that Rickie Fowler had this logo on his golf bag until like 2018! Also, I laughed out loud at the description from our friends at OSU.The burning brand was a shorter-lived variant of the modern OSU logo. Although the mark was popular with children and younger audiences, it failed to gain traction among alumni and older fans and was gradually phased out of use. [okstate]The burning brand had to be burned.last_img read more

Neymar ankle issue doesn’t concern Coutinho

first_imgBrazil ‘Neymar pain normal’ – Coutinho unconcerned by ankle issue for Brazil talisman Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 05:37 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar Brazil Switzerland 2018 World Cup Getty Brazil Neymar Philippe Coutinho World Cup Brazil v Costa Rica Costa Rica The Paris Saint-Germain superstar limped out of training on Tuesday but is not considered a doubt for Friday’s World Cup showdown with Costa Rica Philippe Coutinho is not worried about Neymar after the Brazil star limped out of training with an ankle problem in Sochi on Tuesday.Neymar, who sat out Monday’s session, suddenly hobbled off the pitch in a worrying sight for Brazil ahead of their crucial World Cup Group E match against Costa Rica on Friday.Brazil announced Neymar was feeling the effects of a sore ankle after he was fouled 10 times in the surprise 1-1 draw with Switzerland on matchday one. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Coutinho, however, played down any concerns over team-mate Neymar heading into the St Petersburg showdown.”I saw the same thing you saw. I haven’t talked to him,” Coutinho told reporters when asked about the 26-year-old leaving the open training session. “It happened almost at the end of practice. I think he felt something but that’s normal.”Coutinho, who netted a stunning goal to open the scoring against Switzerland, added: “Everybody goes after Neymar. When he’s playing, he gets a lot of fouls. They come strong.”Of course, our focus is on the collective. One or another player will have a highlight here or there but collective is important. It’s how we think. We will do what we have to do, each and every one of us.”Pressed to discuss the impact of Neymar possibly missing Brazil’s next match, Coutinho spoke like a player confident the Paris Saint-Germain superstar will be fit to face Costa Rica.”Neymar is one of the best in the world,” the Barcelona midfielder said. “Playing with him is very important resource. When he plays for us, it’s a huge help. He is a brave man who always faces opponents. Always trying to create. Important for us.”While Brazil were held in their opener, Serbia edged Costa Rica 1-0 thanks to Alexander Kolarov’s sensational free-kick, setting up a vital game for Tite’s side.Coutinho anticipates another difficult challenge, though the former Liverpool star is remaining calm.”It will be very important. We wanted to win the first game. But we ended with a draw. We have another opportunity,” Coutinho added. “I think it will be a great game. We have to be focused. Mentally strong so we can play a good game.”We have to play a happy game with responsibility because we’re in Brazil jersey. We have to be happy and daring.”last_img read more

Japan through despite Poland defeat

first_imgJapan 0 Poland 1: Fair play history made as Nishino’s men scrape through Ben Spratt Last updated 1 year ago 00:00 6/29/18 JanBednarek - cropped Getty Images Akira Nishino’s call to change his Japan team almost backfired as they progressed on fair play after a 1-0 defeat to Poland. Japan became the first team to qualify from the World Cup group stages via fair play rankings despite a 1-0 defeat to Poland in which Akira Nishino bizarrely made six changes to an unbeaten team.The Samurai Blue had beaten Colombia and drawn with Senegal to enter their final Group H match, against already-eliminated Poland, requiring only a point to reach the last 16.But Japan scarcely threatened in Volgograd as Shinji Kagawa and Takashi Inui started on the bench and they were instead dependent on results elsewhere after Jan Bednarek’s fine strike won the game for Poland. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Colombia’s Yerry Mina came to Nishino’s rescue, though, as his goal defeated Senegal and ensured Japan progressed in second place due to their superior disciplinary record.Senegal’s six yellow cards to Japan’s four ultimately cost the African side, who exit Russia in disappointing circumstances.On this showing, neither England nor Belgium – Japan’s potential last-16 opponents – will fear playing Nishino’s men, who will be grateful simply to make the knockout stages and may well be unrecognisable after this risky experiment.#POL earn their first points, but #JPN squeeze into knock-out phase. #JPNPOL pic.twitter.com/ZU0pCSxelt— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 28, 2018Both sides lacked a cutting edge early on and, even when Bednarek gifted Japan the ball 20 yards from goal, Shinji Okazaki could only nod wide at the end of a laboured move.Japan at least drew encouragement from their first sight of goal and Yoshinori Muto’s drive forced Lukasz Fabianski to parry, before the goalkeeper smothered a tame Gotoku Sakai effort.Goal-line technology was called into action when Poland belatedly came forward, but Eiji Kawashima brilliantly scooped Kamil Grosicki’s header clear.A first half of little drama concluded to a chorus of whistles from the crowd and little changed following the restart.But with just over half an hour remaining, Rafal Kurzawa’s free-kick picked out Bednarek, completely unmarked, to volley into the net against the run of play.#POL #POL #POL #POL#JPNPOL 0-1 pic.twitter.com/SjE2xothga— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 28, 2018That setback hit Japan hard and their chances of rescuing the match and their campaign drifted by the minute, as Maya Yoshida directed a header well wide from a left-wing corner.Robert Lewandowski should have put the result beyond doubt at the other end, but his wait for a first World Cup goal continues after he steered Grosicki’s pin-point pass over the top.News of Colombia’s goal saw Nishino make another odd tactical call as his side sat on their one-goal deficit, despite the risk of Senegal scoring decisively in Samara.Despite farcical scenes in which Japan moved the ball back and forth on halfway, it paid off as Senegal could not rescue a point, sending the fortunate Samurai Blue through. Key Opta stats:- Poland have won their first encounter against Japan after losing 5-0 in February 1996 and 2-0 in March 2002.- Japan have failed to score in five of their last six World Cup games against European opponents (W1 D2 L3), with their only goals coming in a 3-1 victory over Denmark in 2010.- Poland have won each of their 14 games in which they have scored first in World Cup finals.- Japan have conceded in four successive World Cup games for the first time since their first four games across 1998 and 2002.- Japan have qualified out of the World Cup group stage for the third time in their history, also doing so in 2002 and 2010.- Poland have kept a clean sheet at the World Cup for the first time since winning 1-0 against Portugal in 1986. read morelast_img read more

Messi & CR7’s miserable World Cup knockout record

first_imgWorld Cup Messi and Ronaldo’s miserable World Cup knockouts scoring record Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 6/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo World Cup France v Argentina Uruguay v Portugal Argentina France Uruguay Portugal Barcelona Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Despite dominating club football for more than a decade, the pair are yet to convert in the latter stages of the game’s greatest competition It is sometimes said that the World Cup starts in earnest once the group stages are out of the way. However, the tournament’s knockout rounds have still not seen the best of either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.The Argentina attacker and the Portugal forward are each playing in their fourth World Cup, having featured in 2006, 2010 and 2014 prior to the current competition in Russia.And despite dominating domestically now for the past decade, winning the past 10 Ballons d’Or between them, the Barcelona and Real Madrid superstars are yet to score in the knockout stages of a World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Messi made his World Cup debut in Germany 12 years ago and netted against Serbia & Montenegro, one of just three appearances as Argentina exited in the quarter-finals on penalties to the hosts.In 2010, he was on fine form for Diego Maradona’s side, yet failed to convert at all as the Albiceleste went out again to Germany in the last eight, while his four goals en route to the final at Brazil 2014 all came in the group (against Bosnia, Iran and Nigeria).Another goal against Nigeria on Tuesday night helped Argentina advance to the last 16 of this competition and his side’s hopes of beating France on Saturday will rest largely on his shoulders.Even though Messi played his part in setting up Angel Di Maria against Switzerland and Gonzalo Higuain versus Belgium and also scored his penalty in the semi-final shootout success over Netherlands, he did not score after the 3-2 win over Nigeria at Brazil 2014.Overall, he has hit six goals in his 18 World Cup appearances, but if Argentina are to continue in this competition, Jorge Sampaoli’s side are likely to need more Messi strikes in Russia this summer.Ronaldo Messi World Cup goalsThe same can be said of Portugal. So far, Ronaldo has netted four of his side’s five goals at this World Cup, having hit a hat-trick in the 3-3 draw with Spain in their first match and then the winner in a 1-0 victory over Morocco.Prior to this tournament, the 33-year-old had only scored three World Cup goals – group stage efforts against Iran (a penalty in 2006), North Korea (2010) and Ghana (2014), although he also converted the winning penalty against England in the quarter-finals 12 years ago in Germany.For the current European champions to progress beyond Uruguay in the last 16 this time, however, and for Ronaldo (who has seven in 16 appearances overall) to have any chance of claiming the Golden Boot, he too will need to break his duck in the knockout stages of a World Cup.last_img read more

Spain vs Russia: TV, stream & preview

first_imgWorld Cup Spain vs Russia: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel Goal Last updated 1 year ago 14:23 7/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Daler Kuzyaev Russia Isco Spain World Cup 2018 Getty World Cup Spain Russia Powerade Russia will be looking to bounce back from defeat to Uruguay, while 2010 champions Spain will aim to finally hit their stride with a comfortable win It’s a historic night for Russia to claim one of the biggest upsets in the knockout stages of the World Cup. There will be parties all over the country tonight to celebrate the famous victoryNot only does Russia’s victory send them through to the last eight of the tournament, it throws the entire side of the draw on their side wide open. Croatia, England, Denmark, Colombia, Sweden and Switzerland will all be eyeing their chances to advance deep into the competition.WOW! Spain are out of the World Cup, allowing Russia to advance to the quarter-finals. La Roja paid for their lack of clinical edge in the final third as the host nation’s resilience at the back saw them through to the lottery of penalties. There all the players in white shirts held their nerve, while Koke and Iago Aspas missed from 12 yards. MISSED!!! IT’S ALL OVER FOR SPAIN! Aspas does his best Simone Zaza impression with his run up, it is a weak penalty down the middle Akinfeev dives the wrong way but manages to save it with his foot. Russia are through!Scored: Cheryshev converts his penalty 3-4 Russia are so close….. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Scored: Similarly to Ignasevich Ramos stutters and scores 3-3SCORED: ADVANTAGE RUSSIA! Golovin smashes his penalty home 2-3MISSED: KOKE MISSES. He takes a soft penalty at a good height and Akinfeev palms it away 2-2Scored: The experienced Iganasevich stutters in the run up before sending De Gea the wrong way 2-2Scored: Pique steps up for Spain’s third and it goes in off the post 2-1.Scored: Smolov’s penalty is almost saved by De Gea but he cant get enough behind it 1-1.Scored: Iniesta converts sending Akinfeev the wrong way 1-0Spain are first up from the spot.We’re heading to penalties as Russia have held Spain at bay with brilliance at the back. It’s now a test of composure from the spot.FULL TIME: Spain 1-1 Russia…. WE ARE HEADED TO PENALTIES. 120 Mins: Fernandes does well at the back to fend off an attempt by Alba to break behind. We’re almost at spot-kicks.120 Mins: One minute added…..118 Mins: Golovin’s delivery is flicked on into the box, but is evades everyone in the area. Smolov attempts to keep the attack alive, only to see his cross cleared with ease.117 Mins: Smolov takes the ball to the corner and wins a set-piece for his team.116 Mins: Busquets takes a huge gamble in the box as he loses possession to Erokhin, but the midfielder cannot pick out a team-mate.115 Mins: Pique and Ramos are claiming a penalty from Koke’s free-kick as the Barcelona defender is fouled by Ignashevich. However, the referee and VAR do not agree with the Spain players. That is a big call.114 Mins: Ignashevich takes Isco out on the flank as he’s caught out of position. Russia have to deal with another free-kick from Koke.113 Mins: All hands on deck for Russia at the back. Spain are putting all kinds of pressure on their defence now. Runs from deep are beginning to become effective from La Roja.112 Mins: niesta looks for the offload into the feet of Aspas in the box, but he cannot take the pass in stride to waste the opening.111 Mins: Ignashevich wastes an opportunity to put Spain under pressure from a free-kick as he floats a long ball forward out of play for a goal-kick.109 Mins: SAVE! Rodrigo turns his man with ease on the half-way line and surges into the left insode channel. He goes to curl his effort beyond Akinfeev, but the keeper makes a brilliant save. The rebound falls to Carvajal who strikes at goal, although Kutepov is on hand to make the intervention on the slide.108 Mins: Carvajal has no options for a short pass on the right flank so he goes for the cross, but he floats the ball straight into the hands of Akinfeev.107 Mins: Iniesta tries to open space in the final third for a drive. He gets the shot away, but it’s deflected into the hands of Akinfeev.107 Mins: Spain are knocking on the door, but Russia are holding firm at the back. Can either side make a breakthrough before we go to penalties?106 Mins: The second half of extra-time is underway. HALF-TIME EXTRA-TIME: SPAIN 1-1 RUSSIA105 Mins: Golovin slides in on Isco and the referee awards a free-kick to Spain in a dangerous position. One minute added104 Mins: Asensio has had an underwhelming game and is replaced by Rodrigo.102 Mins: Iniesta releases Aspas over the top and the forward breaks towards the edge of the box before shooting. Ignashevich follows him all the way to make the vital block before clearing into touch.100 Mins:  Aspas plays Asensio into space on the edge of the box and he lets fly with a strike. However, the midfielder’s effort is tame and saved with ease by Akinfeev.97 Mins: Russia make use of their extra substitution as Daler Kuzyaev is replaced by Aleksandr Erokhin97 Mins: Koke’s patience runs out on the edge of the box as he goes for the strike, only to hammer his effort over the bar.95 Mins: Isco tries to carve out space for a cross into the box. He puts it into a dangerous area, but Ignashevich greets the delivery with a big boot downfield.94 Mins: It’s the same pattern as normal time as Spain are dominating possession, with a white line of shirts holding firm on the edge of their box.92 Mins: Aspas breaks behind the Russia defensive line and he forces a low cross into the box, but Kutepov gets ahead of Carvajal, who almost manages to steer an effort towards goal. Russia clear the danger, although that was a close call.91 Mins: We’re back underway in the Luzhniki Stadium.For the first time of the 2018 World Cup we’re heading to extra-time. Russia have been brilliant at the back, fending off Spain’s desperate attempts to find a winner. Andres Iniesta came closest to getting a second goal for La Roja, but he was denied by Igor Akinfeev. Russia have had their moments on the break, but did not capitalise on a couple of good openings.END OF NORMAL TIME: SPAIN 1-1 RUSSIA! We are headed to extra-time90+2 Mins: WIDE! Smolov raids into space on the edge of the box and he goes for a curler towards the top corner, but he fires his effort just wide of the post.90 Mins: OVER! Isco lift his delivery higher towards the back post and Ramos heads towards goal. However, he has too much elevation on his attempt, guiding it over the bar. Four minutes added.89 Mins: Isco sends two dangerous deliveries towards the near post, but Russia clear behind for a third corner.88 Mins: Cheryshev brings down Isco on the right flank. The midfielder takes the resulting free-kick himself, but sees his cross diverted behind for a corner.87 Mins: Smolov has space on the break to attack through the middle, but he chooses the wrong pass and allows Spain to recover. 85 Mins: SAVE! Iniesta latches on to a loose ball on the edge of the box. He sends a stinging effort towards goal on the half-volley, but Akinfeev makes a smart stop.84 Mins: Iniesta attempts to combine with Aspas on the edge of the box. Russia flood men back and hack the ball into touch. Iniesta is asking questions late in the game.82 Mins: Busquets misses his kick from Isco’s delivery from the corner. There’s a slight moment of confusion as the referee considers a VAR decision, but it’s over in an instant.81 Mins: Aspas makes a run towards the left inside channel to latch on to Iniesta’s pass, but Kutepov on the slide sends it behind for a corner.80 Mins: A surprising decision as Hierro replaces Costa with Aspas.79 Mins: Patience from Spain once again as they work the ball across Russia’s half, attempting to stretch the defence. However, once again the host nation hold firm in their defences.77 Mins: Russia attempt to break down the right through Golovin, but he cannot take an offload from CheryshRoman Zobnin Isco Russia Spain World Cup 2018ev in stride and the opening is spurned.75 Mins: Iniesta and Costa attempt to combine in the final third, but the midfielder fails to take Costa’s return pass in stride.74 Mins: Isco swings the ball into the box, but the white shirts are back in numbers and Kudryashov is able to make an important clearance ahead of Costa.73 Mins: Ignashevich miscues a simple clearance at the back, slicing his attempt behind for a Spain corner.71 Mins: Zobnin catches Alba with a late challenge and goes into the book.70 Mins: Nacho is withdrawn with an injury as Carvajal enters the pitch.69 Mins: Spain build from the back and knock the ball around the Russia half, but the host nation sit back and asborb the presssure. La Roja have to be more creative.66 Mins: Spain make a change with Andres Iniesta making way for David Silva. Can Iniesta produce another piece of World Cup magic to send Spain through?66 Mins: Russia break with pace down the right and Golovin goes on a surge into the inside channel. However, he loses his footing before he can fire a low ball across the face of goal, allowing Spain to clear from a goal-kick.65 Mins: Substitution: Artem Dzyuba makes way for Fyodor Smolov63 Mins: Fernandes tries to get the better of Ramos down the right flank and he wins a free-kick for his team, much to the bemusement of Ramos.61 Mins: Substitution: Aleksandr Samedov comes off for  Denis Cheryshev60 Mins: Nacho swings a cross into the box and Silva makes a late run to attempt to latch on to the ball. He heads the ball wide of the post away from his team-mate, lurking behind him.59 Mins: BLOCK! Costa works the ball into Isco on the charge in the left inside channel. He opts not to shoot on his right foot and instead pulls it down for an effort on his left. However, white shirts flood across to the near post to make the block58 Mins: Samedov fails to whip a quality cross into the box, allowing La Roja to clear their lines. Golovin then handles as he makes a sliding challenge on Koke.57 Mins: Fernandes battles down the right flank once again to beat Alba in the air. Ramos goes down in his attempt to clear under pressure from Samedov, allowing Russia to win a corner.55 Mins: Russia are able to clear their lines from a delivery from Isco. The host nation are holding firm at the back.54 Mins: Kupetov is loose with his challenge on Isco down the left flank and he hands Spain a free-kick in a dangerous position. Picking up a booking in the process.53 Mins: Asensio lifts a dangerous cross to the back post from the right flank, but Isco is unable to muster an effort on target.51 Mins: OVER! Koke swings his delivery into the box and Costa rises to head at goal, but he sends his effort harmlessly over the bar.50 Mins: Nacho is brought down on the right flank by Golovin and the referee awards a free-kick to La Roja that will be taken by Koke.49 Mins: Spain attempt to build a rhythm from the back once again, using patience in possession.47 Mins: Alba latches on to a loose ball in the box, but he cannot make solid contact, using his thigh to guide his effort goalwards. Akinfeev gets down to make the stop.46 Mins: Ramos makes an early mistake as he is closed down at the back. Fortunately for the defender, Golovin cannot find room for a strike as La Roja flood men back on the edge of their own box.46 Mins:  We’re back underway at the Luzhniki Stadium as Zhirkov makes way at the back for Granat.Fernando Hierro will be concerned by his side’s inability to break down the Russia defence. Other than an effort from Diego Costa at the end of the half, they failed to test Igor Akinfeev. That will have to change for La Roja to claim their place in the quarter-final as the host nation are more than capable of battling to end.It’s all square at the Luzhniki Stadium between Spain and Russia. The host nation will be delighted with the scoreline at the interval as Artem Dzuyba’s penalty cancelled an own goal from Sergei Ignashevich. La Roja took the lead when Ignashevich inadvertently knocked the ball into his own net when grappling with Sergio Ramos at a free-kick. However, Spain did not build on their lead and were punished before half-time when Gerard Pique handled in the area. Artem Dzuyba held his composure to score from 12 yards, levelling the scores in the round-of-16 clash.HALF TIME: Spain 1-1 Russia45 Mins: BLOCK! Costa works Isco into space on the edge of the box and he goes for the strike at goal, only to be denie by the head of Kupetov.44 Mins: Samedov is late on Alba and concedes a free-kick just inside the Spain half. Russia are playing with a fiery intensity, although it needs to be controlled aggression.43 Mins: Spain have been far too relaxed in their approach. They’ve enjoyed plenty of possession, but have not posed much of a threat in the final third.41 Mins: GOALLLLLLLL!!! DZUYBA KEEPS HIS COOL!!!! 1-1!!!! The striker has a long wait as Spain protest to the referee. However, Dzuyba holds his composure as he slots his effort into the bottom corner, sending De Gea the wrong way. Game on in the  Luzhniki Stadium.40 Mins: PENALTY TO RUSSIA!  Dzuyba wins a header from the resulting corner and the ball strikes the outstretched arm of Pique. The referee has no choice but to point to the spot and present the defender with a yellow card.38 Mins: Russia threaten down the right flank as Fernandes knocks the ball inside for Zobnin. The midfielder goes for the cross into the box, forcing Koke to send it behind for a corner.36 Mins: CHANCE! Russia threaten as Dzuyba wins a knockdown allowing Golovin to break forward with Zobnin. The latter weaves his way into the box before sliding a pass out wide for his team-mate. Golovin takes a touch inside before shooting, bending his effort just wide of the post.36 Mins: Isco looks for the run of Costa in the final third, but Kupetov covers ground well to make the header back to Akinfeev.34 Mins: Spain are trying to build their possession back up from the back. Hierro’s men have not had to be exceptional to hold their one-goal advantage.32 Mins: Russia are battling to make life difficult out there for La Roja. However, they’re struggling for quality in the final third to create a clear-cut opening.30 Mins: Zobnin races down the right flank and tries to work the Spain defence, only to see his low cross blocked by Isco on the slide.28 Mins: Russia take a short corner and try to work the ball on the right flank. However, Costa wins his challenge against Samedov to end the attack.27 Mins: A long ball forward is awkward to defend for Ramos with Dzuyba lurking. The bounce favours Russia and allows Zobnin to send a low cross into the box that deflects off Busquets and out for a throw-in.26 Mins: Ignashevich sends a decent pass forward for Golovin, but he takes a poor first touch and then slips to spurn his opening in space in the final third. Russia have to make the most of their opportunities.25 Mins: Samedov loses his footing and it allows Isco to thread a pass through to Alba in the left inside channel. The Real Madrid man just puts too much pace on his offload to send it out for a goal-kick.23 Mins: Samedov lifts the ball into the box towards the back post where Dzuyba wins the header to nod it back across goal, but La Roja react to clear the danger.23 Mins: Ramos nudges Dzuyba as the two collide in the air, handing the host nation with an opportunity to put a cross into the box.21 Mins: Fernandes battles down the right flank to beat Alba in the air, but Ramos is on hand to clear his lines ahead of Samedov.19 Mins: Spain are relaxing into a rhythm at the moment as Russia are allowing Isco to pull the strings in the middle of the park. It’s all too easy for La Roja.17 Mins: Isco weaves his way through a crowd of players on the edge of the box, but Russia get enough men back behind the ball to thwart the midfielder’s surge.STAT: Ignashevich is the oldest ever player to score an own goal at the World Cup (38y 352d).15 Mins: Pique battles Golovin down the left flank and he wins the ball in his challenge, knocking it off the midfielder to win a goal-kick for his team.13 Mins: Russia work the ball in the final third and Kuzyaev goes for the strike from distance, only to see his effort sail harmlessly over the bar.Sergio Ramos Spain Russia11 Mins: GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! SPAIN LEAD 1-0!!!! IGNASHEVICH SCORES AN OWN GOAL!!!! La Roja are ahead in the contest as Ignashevich puts the ball into his own net. The delivery from Isco from the free-kick had the Russia defender in all sorts of trouble. He resorted to drag Ramos to the ground at the back. The ball struck his heel in the process of their grappling and from close range it left Akinfeev with no chance to stop it trickling into the net.11 Mins: It’s a sore one for Nacho as he takes his time to get to his feet.10 Mins: Nacho makes a run down the right flank to latch on to Isco’s pass. Zhirkov is high with his challenge and the referee awards a free-kick in a good position for La Roja.8 Mins: David Silva loses possession in the middle of the park. Dzuyba offloads to Golovin, who in turn tries to release Samedov, but his pass goes astray.7 Mins: La Roja are already flooding men forward into the Russia half, with the host nation sitting deep on the edge of their own box.6 Mins: Isco tries to work the ball into the penalty area, but Ignashevich holds firm to head away from Costa.5 Mins: Samedov’s delivery is too high for anyone to make clean contact in the box. Zhirkov collects 30 yards from goal and goes for the strike, only to see his effort blocked.4 Mins: Golovin surges down the right flank to break away from Ramos and he wins his side a corner off the legs of Pique. A nice burst from the Russia midfielder.2 Mins: Boos erupt from the Russia fans inside the stadium as Spain build possession from the back.1 Min:  We’re underway at the Luzhniki Stadium.The players are out on the pitch for the anthems.10 Mins to KO: Spain are unbeaten in their last 23 games (W15 D8), the longest current run amongst the 32 teams at the 2018 World Cup. Their last defeat came two years ago against Italy in the round of 16 of the European Championships (0-2, June 2016).Ramos has now equaled Iker Casillas’ record of 17 games for Spain at the World Cup.Hierro makes the biggest call of his tenure to date as he drops Iniesta for the contest. Iniesta created Isco’s goal against Morocco with a weaving run down the left. However, Hierro has replaced the veteran with Asensio down the left flank. Nacho comes into the side to replace Carvajal at right-back, while Koke is preferred to Thiago in the centre of midfield in the other two changes from Spain’s draw last time out.Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russia have never beaten Spain (D2 L4). Their last encounter ended 3-3 in a friendly back in November 2017.35 Mins to KO: Russia were dominant in their opening two matches of the tournament, putting five goals past Saudi Arabia and another three against Egypt. Uruguay exposed them in their final match to finish second in Group A, leaving Stanislav Cherchesov and his team with a huge task on their hands this afternoon to produce a stunning upset. A win for Russia would open up the competition on their side of the draw.Spain were not at their fluent best during the group stage as they overcame the departure of manager Julen Lopetegui two days before the tournament. Fernando Hierro has kept La Roja on course for a deep run in the competition, although his side needed a late strike from Iago Aspas to avoid defeat to Morocco last time out. Spain will have to put forward a stronger display against the host nation, who will have a tremendous backing this afternoon.Hello and welcome to this live text commentary of the World Cup last-16 match between Spain and Russia at the Luzhniki Stadium. Game Spain vs Russia Date Sunday, July 1 Time 3pm BST / 10am ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial)C Confirmed LineupsConfirmed Spain XI: David de Gea; Nacho, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba; Koke, Sergio Busquets; David Silva, Isco, Marco Asensio; Diego CostaSubs: Daniel Carvajal, Andres Iniesta, Saul Niguez, Rodrigo Moreno, Thiago Alcantara, Lucas Vazquez, Alvaro Odriozola, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Cesar Azpilicueta, Nacho Monreal, Iago Aspas, Pepe Reina.Confirmed Russia XI: Igor Akinfeev; Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Fedor Kudryashov; Mario Fernandes; Daler Kuzyaev, Roman Zubnin; Yuri Zhirkov; Aleksandr Samedov, Aleksandr Golovin; Artem Dzyuba.Subs: Andrey Semenov, Denis Cheryshev, Yuri Gazinskiy, Alan Dzagoev, Fedor Smolov, Andrey Lunev, Vladimir Granat, Aleksey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Vladimir Gabulov, Aleksandr Erokhin.TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FOX / Telemundo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BBC or streamed live online using the BBC iPlayer. UK TV channel Online stream BBC One BBC iPlayerlast_img read more

Ronaldo matches Messi’s knockout struggles

first_imgWorld Cup Ronaldo matches Messi as scoring curse in knockout rounds continues Goal 04:49 7/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Uruguay World Cup 2018 Getty Images World Cup Cristiano Ronaldo Uruguay v Portugal Uruguay Portugal Lionel Messi The Portugal star joined his Argentina rival in exiting the World Cup on Saturday with neither ever having scored in the knockout rounds Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have long been linked as great rivals for the crown of greatest ever, but the 2018 World Cup will see them exit with a similar mark on their record.Hours after Messi’s World Cup came to an end with a 4-3 defeat to France, Ronaldo and Portugal fell 2-1 to Uruguay, meaning the Real Madrid star will not be able to add to his impressive trophy case in Russia.It was not for lack of trying as Ronaldo attempted six shots in the contest, which was one more than Uruguay as a team had on the evening. However, only one hit the target, and was saved, leaving Ronaldo without a goal for the second straight game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar While Ronaldo got off to a fast start in Russia, scoring a hat-trick in Portugal’s 3-3 opening draw with Spain, and the winner in a 1-0 victory over Morocco, he continued and unfortunate tradition against Uruguay of failing to score in the knockout rounds of the World Cup.It is a distinction that he shares with his Barcelona rival, whose scoreless outing against France meant he had failed to find the net in eight knockout round games.Ronaldo went scoreless in the 2006 knockouts, with Portugal beating Netherlands 1-0 and getting by England in a scoreless contest that went to penalties before then losing to France in the semi-final. Ronaldo also failed to score in a 3-1 third-place game loss to Germany.In 2010, Ronaldo was one and done in the knockouts, as eventual champion Spain bounced Portugal 1-0 on the strength of a David Villa goal in the round of 16.Ronaldo played a big part in Portugal getting four points in the 2014 group stage, with an assist to earn his country a draw against the United States and the game-winning goal against Ghana, but they ultimately finished third in their group and missed the knockout stage.Now in 2018, his streak will continue after Edinson Cavani’s brace ensured Portugal are once more out in the round of 16, though Ronaldo has had two fewer opportunities than Messi. 0 – Neither Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi have scored a goal in a World Cup knockout match:Ronaldo: 0 goals in 6 games from 25 shots (514 mins)Messi: 0 goals in 8 games from 23 shots (756 mins)Kryptonite.#WorldCup #URUPOR #FRAARG #POR #ARG pic.twitter.com/lgydl2UDb8— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 30, 2018In total, Messi went 756 minutes in the business end of the World Cup without scoring and Ronaldo 514 minutes. At 33 years old, the loss to Uruguay may have been Ronaldo’s last chance at finally breaking that knockout round duck, as neither he nor Messi, who is 31, are guaranteed to be playing in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.last_img read more

10 Mobile Stats for Nonprofit Marketers

first_imgIt’s no secret that mobile is quickly becoming the platform of choice for many, but these stats really drive the point home. Nonprofit marketers should heed these trends and factor mobile into their communication and fundraising strategies to effectively attract and connect with donors in the coming years.56% of all American adults are now smartphone adopters. Source: Pew Tweet this.American adults spend an average of 141 online minutes using mobile devices. Source: AdAge Tweet this.61% of active users view emails either exclusively on a mobile device or use mobile and desktop interchangeably. Source: YesMail Tweet this.75% said they are “highly likely” to delete an email if they can’t read it on their smartphone. Source: Constant Contact Tweet this.20% of Internet traffic is expected to come from mobile by the end of 2013. Source: KPCB Tweet this.23% of smartphone users have made a purchase on their phone. Source: Nielsen Tweet this.66% of consumers over 60 open emails on a mobile device. Source: Constant Contact Tweet this.32% now bank using their mobile phones. Source: Pew Tweet this.61% say they have a more favorable opinion of brands that offer a good mobile experience. Source: Latitude Tweet this.The percentage of donations made on mobile web browsers has grown 205% in the last 12 months. Source: Artez Interactive Tweet this.Need some help thinking about how to incorporate mobile into your nonprofit’s fundraising strategy? Download this free whitepaper from Network for Good and PayPal, Why Mobile Matters: A Guide to the Mobile Web.last_img read more

Report: Juventus 4-3 Napoli

first_imgNapoli roared back from 3-0 down against Juventus only for Kalidou Koulibaly’s injury-time own goal to hand the Serie A champions a dramatic 4-3 victory on Saturday.Juve, whose coach Maurizio Sarri was again absent from the Allianz Stadium due to a bout of pneumonia, produced a commanding performance for the first hour to open up a sizeable lead over Carlo Ancelotti’s side.Danilo broke the deadlock with his first touch just 29 seconds into his debut as a substitute for Mattia De Sciglio, before Gonzalo Higuain doubled the lead against his old club and Cristiano Ronaldo struck a third. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Napoli were allowed back into the match through quick-fire goals from Kostas Manolas and Hirving Lozano, another man in his first Serie A outing, before Giovanni Di Lorenzo thought he had earned a dramatic draw.However, in the second minute of injury time, Koulibaly put through his own net to gift Juve an early boost in the Scudetto race.Wojciech Szczesny saved superbly from Allan and Juve struck within seconds of the resulting corner being cleared, as Douglas Costa raced into the box and pulled the ball back for Danilo to finish.29 – #Danilo has found the net after 29 seconds since he joined the game: the last player to have scored a faster goal in his Serie A debut with a new club was Duván Zapata in September 2017 (17 secs). Presentation.#JuventusNapoli— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) August 31, 2019It was 2-0 three minutes later, Higuain spinning away from Koulibaly and firing into the top-right corner in fine style.Victory for a commanding Juve was seemingly assured 62 minutes in, when Ronaldo met Costa’s cut-back and placed a left-foot shot beyond the attempted block of Koulibaly and dive of Alex Meret for his first goal of the season.Suddenly, though, they seemed to crumble. Manolas met Mario Rui’s cross with a fine header and, barely two minutes later, Lozano slotted past Szczesny after being picked out by Piotr Zielinski from the left.Costa’s shot was brilliantly tipped onto the bar by Meret and, as anxiety seemed to build within the stands, Napoli snatched an equaliser when Di Lorenzo diverted Jose Callejon’s delivery into the net from inside the six-yard box.Yet with barely 90 seconds remaining, a hopeful free-kick was lofted into the Napoli area and Koulibaly sliced a clearance high into his own net with no Juve player nearby. What does it mean? Juve’s collapse offers hope to chasing packMany had predicted Napoli to provide a far greater threat in the title race this season and they looked a long way below the standards of the Old Lady for the first hour here.That said, the way Juve gave up their lead will be of huge concern to Sarri. The manner in which they went from authority to calamity in the second half was alarming, and only Koulibaly’s awful miscue denied Napoli a draw they barely deserved until those breathless final 25 minutes.Crafty Costa offers something differentJuve are blessed with huge depth in attack but few of their forwards offer the same direct threat as Costa does on this kind of form.The Brazilian got two assists and smashed the crossbar with a fierce strike. He at least deserved to win.De Ligt does not deliverSerie A debutant De Ligt lost Manolas for Napoli’s first goal, was well out of position for the second and let Di Lorenzo score the third. With Giorgio Chiellini sidelined for the foreseeable future, he will need to sharpen up quickly.Key Opta FactsThe last Serie A encounter between Juventus and Napoli with seven or more goals was back in March 1993.Danilo found the net 29 seconds after joining the game: the last player to have scored a faster goal in his Serie A debut with a new club was Duvan Zapata for Sampdoria in September 2017 (17 seconds).Danilo is the first Juventus player to find the back of the net on his debut in Serie A since Miralem Pjanic (10/9/2016 vs Sassuolo).The last Napoli player to score an own goal vs Juventus was Ciro Ferrara in December 1993.Napoli have conceded seven goals in the first two matchdays in Serie A.They last conceded more (eight goals) over the first two matchdays back in 1962-63.What’s next?Juventus head to Fiorentina after the international break, while Napoli host Sampdoria. read morelast_img read more

How will the USMNT line up against Mexico?

first_imgFor the U.S. men’s national team, there are all other games and then there’s Mexico. Regardless of the stakes or locale, matches between the U.S. and El Tri are something entirely different than any other match the USMNT can play.And, because of that fact, Friday’s clash between Concacaf’s fiercest rivals is anything but a friendly. Sure, the match doesn’t count for much and of course there’s a long way to go before the 2022 World Cup kicks off, but it is a match with some meaning regardless.It comes just two months after the U.S. fell 1-0 to El Tri in a tightly contested Gold Cup finale, a match where Gregg Berhalter’s side saw the wheels fall off after the hour mark. Friday’s clash doesn’t provide a chance for revenge or anything like it, but it does provide a measuring stick. The two teams that take the field on Friday will be closer to full strength than those that collided in July, and that makes the meeting all the more interesting with the Nations League and, ultimately, World Cup qualifying edging closer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? To combat an El Tri team that now features the likes of Hirving Lozano, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez and Hector Herrera, Berhalter will almost certainly call upon a strong lineup. There are obviously some players to manage with a friendly with Uruguay on the horizon, but this is Mexico, and that makes it all hands on deck.Ahead of Friday’s clash, Goal has three projections for how the USMNT may look from the opening whistle against El Tri. Curious about the Mexico’s squad? Click here to see the potential XI. Click back an hour before the game to see what the managers have decided to put on the field.Most likely XIUSMNT ProjectedLet’s start with the obvious. Zack Steffen will almost certainly get the nod in goal as the Fortuna Dusseldorf loanee continues to gain experience as the USMNT’s No. 1. Those reps are vital for a player that is unquestionably the USMNT starter at the moment and, with Yahoo Sports reporting that Steffen will jet back to Germany following Friday’s match, he’s a safe bet to start against El Tri once again.Ahead of him, he’ll have the benefit of a duo that may just be the USMNT’s best possible defensive pairing. Aaron Long’s rise has been much-discussed, as the former USL central midfielder has blossomed into the team’s most consistent center back. Beside him, Berhalter will finally have the ability to call on John Brooks, an actual game-changer at the international level, after the Wolfsburg defender missed out on the Gold Cup. The fullback pool remains somewhat of a question mark, but Sergino Dest is an interesting case with the Netherlands looking to steal him away.With Christian Pulisic moving into a wide role, Weston McKennie remains in one of the two dual 10 positions alongside Cristian Roldan, while Alfredo Morales gets another chance to feature after an extended absence from the national team. With Pulisic on one side, Tyler Boyd can slot in at the other wing position, having started somewhat strong for Besiktas after joining the Turkish giants this summer.That leaves Josh Sargent up top. The teenager scored an absolute stunner for Werder Bremen just last week and appears to be the forward of the future. Starting against Mexico would be an invaluable experience for the young striker, who could struggle as he takes a major step up in competition.Veteran presenceProjected USMNT Mex 3Berhalter has been criticized for some perceived favoritism, but one player that has no doubt shown well in recent USMNT appearances is Gyasi Zardes. Say what you want about the Columbus Crew forward, who has admittedly been less than stellar since the Gold Cup, but Zardes did well for himself during this summer’s tournament. Starting Zardes saves Sargent for a hometown appearance in St. Louis for the Uruguay friendly while giving the USMNT a more experienced player atop the field.Joining Zardes in the attack would be another veteran in Jordan Morris, who has stepped up for the Seattle Sounders in recent weeks. Morris’ stock has certainly fallen in the past few years, but his recent performances have shown that he’s still a player that can finish and can beat a player with pace time and time again. Many would like to see more of Boyd to see what he offers, but Morris is likely the safer pick.Without Michael Bradley in the squad, Wil Trapp is the lone true No. 6 in the team. The Crew midfielder has been criticized plenty with many questioning if he’s up to this level, and a clash with El Tri could be another big litmus test for him. Mexico’s midfielders will almost certainly win the day, but Trapp could provide a steadying presence that prevents mistakes against a talented El Tri squad.Instead of throwing the younger fullbacks to the wolves, Berhalter could rely on a steady presence in Tim Ream, who has been fantastic for Fulham to start the Championship season. Nick Lima, meanwhile, is a candidate to start on the other side, having shown well in Berhalter’s first few matches in charge.Play the kidsProjected USMNT MexUnleashing a talented group of youngsters against your biggest rival is a big ask, but there’s no better situation to truly test a youngster’s mettle than against El Tri.It may not necessarily be the lineup Berhalter starts with, but it could be one we see at some point when it comes time to get the youngsters on the field. Reggie Cannon has shown well for himself so far, but this should present an all-new test for the FC Dallas youngster with the likes of Hirving Lozano on the other side.The same would be said of Miles Robinson in defense. The Atlanta United defender has perhaps been the best in MLS so far this season, and his first cap could really see him thrown into the fire. Playing him next to a veteran like Brooks would be wise when and if he does get into Friday’s match.In the midfield, Paxton Pomykal has emerged as American soccer Twitter’s darling over the past several months thanks to his ability on the ball. The FC Dallas product has talent, no doubt, but keeping up with the pace that will surely be on display in a match against Mexico would be a major challenge.Adding in newer faces like Sargent and Boyd in the attack, this lineup would be young, but one that could offer a glimpse of future battles between the two CONCACAF titans.last_img read more

King’s Cup: Igor Stimac names 37 probables for preparatory camp

first_img Next King’s Cup: Igor Stimac names 37 probables for preparatory campIgor Stimac, the newly-appointed Indian football head coach, said he summoned a few players to the camp after closely following them during the ISL and the I-League. The Kings Cup, starting June 5 will be the Croat’s first assignment with the senior national team. advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMay 16, 2019UPDATED: May 16, 2019 13:09 IST India will be taking part in King’s Cup 2019, which will also be Igor Stimac’s first assignment (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe preparatory camp for King’s Cup will be held in New Delhi from May 20Striker Jeje Lalpekhlua wasn’t considered for the camp due to an injury concernMichael Soosairaj has been called up for the preparatory campNewly-appointed India football coach Igor Stimac has announced a list of 37 probables for the preparatory camp for the King’s Cup slated to be held in Buriram, Thailand, from June 5 to 8.The preparatory camp will be held in New Delhi from May 20.Stimac said: “I respected the choice of the squad which represented India in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019. The rest of the players have been added post my research watching I-League and ISL matches. I found some players quite interesting, and have summoned them to the camp.”I am eagerly waiting to land in New Delhi and get on the task immediately. I have always cherished new challenges, and I am looking forward to coaching the Blue Tigers,” he added.Striker Jeje Lalpekhlua, who is likely to be operated in the third week of May, wasn’t considered for the camp as were a host of other players like Halicharan Narzary (knee injury), Mandar Rao Desai (hamstring injury), Ashique Kuruniyan (knee injury), Narender Gehlot (knee injury) and Jerry Lalrinzuala.The King’s Cup will be followed by the Intercontinental Cup in July.The list of 37 probables stays as follows: Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Vishal Kaith, Amrinder Singh, Kamaljit SinghDefenders: Pritam Kotal, Nishu Kumar, Rahul Bheke, Salam Ranjan Singh, Sandesh Jhingan, Adil Khan, Anwar Ali (Jr), Subhasish Bose, Narayan Das.Midfielders: Udanta Singh, Jackichand Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Anirudh Thapa, Raynier Fernandes, Bikramjit Singh, Dhanpal Ganesh, Pronay Halder, Rowllin Borges, Germanpreet Singh, Vinit Rai, Sahal Abdul, Amarjit Singh, Redeem Tlang, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Nandha Kumar, Komal Thatal, Michael Soosairaj.advertisementForwards: Balwant Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Jobby Justin, Sumeet Passi, Farukh Choudhary, Manvir Singh.Also Read | Chennaiyin FC suffer first defeat in AFC Cup, lose 2-3 to Abahani DhakaAlso Read | Sunil Chhetri is all praise for newly appointed Indian coach Igor StimacAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow King’s Cup 2019Follow Igor StimacFollow Indian football teamFollow Sunil ChhetriFollow Jeje Lalpekhlualast_img read more

INEOS owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe buys Ligue 1 club Nice

first_imgLigue 1 side Nice has been purchased by INEOS, a petrochemicals company owned by British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe in 1998.INEOS already owns Swiss Challenge League side Lausanne Sport, which it acquired in November 2017, while in March it bought the UCI World Tour cycling outfit formerly known as Team Sky.The company was named as Nice’s main sponsor for the 2019-20 season and has now bought the club, with Ratcliffe pledging to make “measured investment”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream In a statement on Nice’s official website, INEOS president Ratcliffe said: “With some sensible, measured investment, we want to establish Nice as a team that competes in European club competition on a regular basis. And importantly, sustain it.”Nice has a great history and tradition, with a passionate fanbase whom will play an important role in our journey.”We made some mistakes at Lausanne, but we are fast learners. These have been rectified and we are already seeing the benefits.”Clubs need to be successful off the pitch, as well as on it, and Nice will be no different, as we look to take the club from strength to strength in all aspects over the coming years.”Nice, coached by former Arsenal midfield icon Patrick Vieira, have started the season in fine form, winning their first two Ligue 1 games.An opening day win saw the Allianz Riviera side host Amiens, with Christophe Herelle’s opening goal cancelled out by Chadrac Akolo before fellow centre-back Dante found a winner deep in added time to seal a 2-1 victory.A trip to Nimes the following week could have seen the visitors cost dearly after Racine Coly was shown a red card early in the second half, but early goals from Wylan Cyprien and Ignatius Ganago meant Vieira’s side could dig in for the duration.A Renaud Ripart penalty had halved the deficit just before the stroke of half-time, but the home side were left frustrated as the game entered its final stages, with centre-back duo Pablo Martinez and Tony Briancon seeing red in another 2-1 result for Nice.The Eaglets’ next clash should prove another step up, with Marseille making the journey to the east coast on August 28.last_img read more

CRN Launches the First Superyacht with a Floating Garage

first_img The Adastra Trimaran Is a Luxury Adventure Yacht Unlike Any Other Editors’ Recommendations The Best Steakhouse Whiskey Collections in the United States Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Out The 200-Horsepower Vanquish Vanqraft VQ16 Is a Boat-Sized Jet Ski We bet you like boats. And we are pretty sure you love a well built garage. Well how about a boat with a garage in it. Yeppers – you heard us right. Welcome to your new super yacht.CRN or ‘Costruzioni e Riparazioni Navali’ is based in Italy and has been crafting luxury motor yachts for 50 years (the anniversary is this year).  The J’Ade is their newest baby coming in at 197 feet with four decks, helipad, spa pool, Turkish bath and a gym. Then there is the ‘floodable garage’ created by the CRN Shipyard. Operated hydraulically, the garage can dry out in three minutes flat and is lit by underwater lights because of course your garage needs to be under lit  if it’s part of your super yacht. Luckily, the garage is   multi-functional (more bang for your buck!) and it can convert into a swimming pool or a beach club with the addition of a platform (that your crew would install of course). But when you do really need to use it as a garage, it handily fits a 26 foot Iseo by the classic boating company, Riva. No need for a tender with this yacht, just putter out to Portofino at your leisure.J’Ade has room for 10 lucky guests and 13 crew members and features a dining room table for 14, oval bathtub by Boffi, master suite balcony and an audio/video entertainment system that can be controlled with your iPad. Believe it or not, the yacht shown has actually already been purchased (we wish we knew by whom because we would Tweet the hell out of them), but you can custom order your own and work with CRN on creating your own piece of sea magic at a price of around 40 million Euros.For all you engine geeks out there, the yacht has two V12 engines that make just over 2000 horsepower allowing it to reach top speeds of 16 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots.  This makes Trans-Atlantic journeys a breeze, cuz you know private jets are so nouveau. The Lampuga Air Inflatable Jetboard Is a Go-Anywhere Aqua Thrill Ridelast_img read more

Atletico Madrid 2-2 Juventus

first_imgHector Herrera came off the bench to score a 90th-minute equaliser as Atletico Madrid fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Juventus in the Champions League.Juan Cuadrado’s stunning strike and a Blaise Matuidi header looked to have earned Maurizio Sarri’s side victory in Group D on Wednesday.However, Atletico produced a wonderful fightback as set pieces proved Juve’s undoing, Stefan Savic nodding home from close range to set up a grandstand finish at the Wanda Metropolitano. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career With injury time beckoning, substitute Herrera rose highest in the box to superbly flick home a header from Kieran Trippier’s left-wing corner, leaving the spoils shared.95′ [ 2-2 ] FT at the Wanda @Metropolitano.What a game… Atleti NEVER give upThank you for your incredible support, Atleti Family#AúpaAtleti#AtletiJuve#UCL pic.twitter.com/W8ERzePGIV— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) September 18, 2019Making his Champions League debut for Atletico, Joao Felix took only nine minutes to make his mark on the contest, a dazzling solo run from 10 yards inside his own half ending with Wojciech Szczesny making a low save to his left.Jose Gimenez headed the resulting corner over the crossbar and the defender failed to profit again from another set piece, a warning Juve would later fail to heed.Cuadrado shattered the deadlock with a thunderbolt in the 48th minute, collecting a pass from Gonzalo Higuain, cutting inside Renan Lodi and unleashing a stunning 20-yard drive.Atletico should have levelled when Koke raided down the right and cut back a low cross to Gimenez, who sliced a poor first-time finish over the crossbar.Cristiano Ronaldo and Alex Sandro combined to superbly set up Matuidi for Juve’s second, but within five minutes Atleti halved the deficit as Savic nodded home.And the comeback was completed when Herrera brilliantly converted a corner, although Ronaldo almost snatched all three points at the death, driving just wide after a superb solo run.What does it mean? Defensive weaknesses cost JuveJuve were seeking winning football – played beautifully – when they appointed Sarri, but this result showed how much work there is for him to do with the Serie A champions.Atletico were far too reliant on Joao Felix, who shone sporadically but does not look ready to carry their attack, and they needed set pieces to force a way through a Juve defence badly missing their inspirational captain Giorgio Chiellini, who is out long-term with a knee injury.12 – Juventus have conceded 9 of their last 12 goals in Champions League from set piece, the last 3 all from headed. Amnesia. #AtletiJuve #AtleticoJuve— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) September 18, 2019Herrera shows Atleti still fight to the endThis is a new-look Atletico following Antoine Griezmann’s sale to Barcelona, but Diego Simeone’s team remain forged in his image.Herrera, one of the new arrivals for 2019-20, demonstrated their fighting spirit perfectly by nabbing a late equaliser for his side.Costa struggles to shineGiven little service, Diego Costa found himself unable to make an impact in attack for Atletico, in contrast to counterpart Higuain who provided the assist for Cuadrado’s goal out of nothing.Without a competitive goal since March, Costa looked low on confidence.Key Opta Facts- Atletico have lost only one of their last 19 Champions League home games (W14 D4 L1), against Chelsea in September 2017.- Juventus started just one Italian player in a Champions League match for the first time in their history (Leonardo Bonucci).- Aaron Ramsey became the first ever Welshman to play for an Italian team in Champions League history.- Savic netted his first Champions League goal in his 28th appearance in the competition.What’s next?Celta Vigo are the visitors for Atleti in LaLiga on Saturday, when Verona go to Juve in Serie A.In a fortnight, when the group stage resumes, Juve host Bayer Leverkusen and Atleti are away to Lokomotiv Moscow. read morelast_img read more

Fernandinho: Let’s see how I perform against attacking teams

first_imgFernandinho admits he does not know if he is Manchester City’s long-term answer to their defensive problems but he is happy to help for now.The Brazilian has stepped into the backline after injuries to John Stones and Aymeric Laporte left City with just one senior centre-back.City have kept clean sheets in their last two games, against Shakhtar Donetsk and Watford, with the 34-year-old give a commanding performance as the defensive deputy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Pep Guardiola has said he is not expecting to add a new defender when the transfer window reopens in January and Fernandinho says he will do his best to fill the role.“Both our centre-backs are injured, so they find that I can play there,” Fernandinho said. “I’m here to help so that’s fine.“As for the future, we will see what happens. It’s better to think about now.“Sometimes experience can help, even if you don’t play – talking to the players, helping to fix some things.“This is the best way to be in the team, helping wherever you can.”Guardiola identified Fernandinho has his fourth-choice option in the heart of the defence after Vincent Kompany left in the summer and City refused to pay the asking price for Harry Maguire.The City boss has praised his ability to shift around positions and insisted he had no doubts he could cope with the switch following the Champions League win in Ukraine.Fernandinho, though, says he is still learning the role and is expecting tougher tests, with Stones not expected back for at least another month and Laporte out until at least January.Fernandinho Manchester City 2019-20“I’m still in an adaptation process,” he said.“It’s something new for me although I did know since the end of last season that playing as a centre-back was a possibility.“I’ve started training it from the beginning of this season so it’s still new, but I’m trying to learn from that experience.“The way we play makes it a bit easier because we keep the ball with us most minutes.“But when an opponent attacks more through crosses or behind-the-line runs… let’s see how I’m going to perform.”Fernandinho is expected to be rested for the Carabao Cup third round clash with Preston on Tuesday.Spanish Academy player Eric Garcia is set to start while 17-year-old Taylor Harwood-Bellis has been included in Guardiola’s squad.last_img read more

Guardiola defends ‘exceptional’ Bernardo from racism storm

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has spoken out in support of Bernardo Silva once again, declaring that a “joke” social media post involving Benjamin Mendy has sparked an unfair racism storm.The Blues’ Portuguese playmaker took to social media on Sunday to share an image of former Monaco colleague and current City team-mate Mendy as a child.He also likened the young Frenchman to Conguito, the mascot of a Spanish chocolate peanut brand. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Silva deleted the post within 45 minutes, amid a barrage of abuse, leading him to say: “Can’t even joke with a friend these days.”His activity has become the subject of an investigation from the Football Association, with anti-discriminatory body Kick It Out calling for action to be taken by the relevant authorities.Guardiola, though, claims to have been left baffled by the response to what was an innocent exchange between two players that he considers to be like brothers.Having faced criticism himself for backing Silva, the Catalan was quizzed on the incident again at his latest pre-match press conference.Guardiola told reporters: “We spoke many times about what happened in stadiums, regarding Bernardo I was incredibly clear. If the people believe Bernardo is this type of person they are completely wrong. They judge one joke, I judge three years with him.“Bernardo, or anyone else in my squad, do this thing for a joke. Benjamin is like a brother to Bernardo, that is what I see every single day here.“If someone feels bad for that tweet it can happen, but the people who judge Bernardo don’t know him. He’s an exceptional person. He likes to be involved in different situations.“It [the picture] looked the same, it happens a thousand, million times with white people.”Pep Guardiola Manchester City 2019-20Having learned of the FA’s plan to look into the incident, Guardiola said at the time: “I don’t know what is going to happen.“They should put their focus on another issue because they don’t know which guy you are talking about.“Bernardo is one of most lovely people I ever met in my life. He speaks four or five languages and that is the best way to understand how open-minded he is. And one of his best friends is Mendy. He’s like a brother to him. “The image is not about the colour of the skin. He took a picture of Benjamin when he was young and he related it to this cartoon, which was quite similar for the image.“If they want to do that and ask for Bernardo, I think he will be open to talk. But first you have to know exactly which person you are talking about.“There are many situations with people, with white people, and you look at a cartoon and the face is quite similar as your face and you put it in there.“I think the response from Mendy was clear after that. They are joking all the time. Maybe what I say as advice is to hide social media. If something happened, it would be a mistake. Bernardo is an exceptional person.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

‘It’s always easier with Messi on the pitch!’

first_imgLionel Messi returned to the Barcelona side for their Champions League clash with Inter and Marc-Andre ter Stegen admits efforts are “always easier” with the mercurial Argentine available.A talismanic presence at Camp Nou has endured an injury-hit opening to the 2019-20 campaign, with fitness issues restricting him to just four appearances.The most recent of those saw him take to the field for a European encounter in Catalunya. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Barca fell behind on home soil inside two minutes, as Lautaro Martinez broke the deadlock, but hit back through a double from Luis Suarez to claim three welcome points.Messi provided the assist for what proved to be the match-winner, with Ter Stegen delighted to have the five-time Ballon d’Or winner back and delivering moments of inspiration.“It always makes us happy having him on the pitch and giving the best he can: passes, assists, goals,” the Germany international goalkeeper said of his skipper.“We’re happy that he played 90 minutes. He couldn’t [before] due to injury, but we hope this won’t happen again. It’s always easier with him.”While Messi played an important role against Inter, it was Suarez who stole the headlines.Ter Stegen is pleased for the Uruguayan striker, saying: “He shuts a lot of people up.“He’s always focused and gives his best. And he always fights. We know who we have up front. He’s always there to score goals.”Luis Suarez Barcelona 2019-20Ernesto Valverde’s side were not at their best against Inter, but did enough to collect a first continental victory of the campaign.“We scored two good goals. We made some mistakes, but these things happen,” Ter Stegen added.“They also have lots of quality and it was us who came out on top.“Although we did suffer a lot, this is also part of football.“The opposition know how to play football, and quite well.”Inter posed plenty of threat at Camp Nou, with Ter Stegen required to pull off a crucial second half save to prevent Martinez from grabbing his second of the game.“I’m trying to improve each day. If it goes like this, perfect; I’m happy to be there when needed,” said the highly-rated 27-year-old shot-stopper.“I’m one of many and each one wants to show that we’re there to fight for everything.“Scoring is more difficult than making saves. I’m giving my best.”last_img read more