Neymar at the double as Brazil scrape win

first_img It looked like an extremely soft penalty and that was before the replays which proved there was barely any contact at all. The centre-forward stretched and made slight contact with the ball, diverting it into the path of the unfortunate Marcelo. Strong, battling work by Chelsea’s Oscar in the centre of the pitch led to Neymar receiving the ball some way out. It put a gloss on the scoreline but this was not the smooth start to the tournament Brazil and Luiz Felipe Scolari had hoped for.  The Barcelona forward struck twice after Marcelo had put through his own net, but one was a soft penalty and he could also have been sent off earlier on. Despite his good fortune, Neymar was Brazil’s stand-out performer, along with Oscar, who put in a performance on a level much higher than anything he had shown for Chelsea in the previous six months.  Rik Sharma Match facts They picked up the pace, Neymar failing to meet a cross at the back post by a whisker and Oscar forcing Stipe Pletikosa into a fine save with a long distance left-foot strike.  Croatia put plenty of work into the game, with Ivan Rakitic, Barcelona’s new man, their star player on the night.  Brazil: Julio Cesar 6, Dani Alves 5, Thiago Silva 6, Luiz 6, Marcelo 5, Paulinho 5 (Hernanes 63, 6), Gustavo 6, Hulk 5 (Bernard 68, 6), Oscar 9, Neymar 8 (Ramires 88), Fred 6. Sao Paulo exploded and Brazil had arrived at their own World Cup.  Croatia: Pletikosa 4, Srna 6, Corluka 5, Lovren 6, Vrsaljko 6, Modric 7, Rakitic 7, Perisic 6, Kovacic 6 (Brozovic 61, 6), Olic 7, Jelavic 6 (Rebic 78). Croatia had a goal ruled out late on, when Olic was adjudged to have fouled goalkeeper Julio Cesar, before Ivan Perisic tucked it into the empty net.  Referee Nishimura then stepped up again and made another decisive impact.  But the Croatian was more than willing to put his fair share of defensive work in and frequently came up against his new team-mate at club level.  Then came a moment of controversy and one which could have changed the game, and even the tournament, completely, had referee Yuichi Nishimura seen fit to produce his red card. He strode forward, towards the edge of the box, and placed a low shot perfectly in Pletikosa’s bottom-right corner. This could be the game though, that starts Neymar’s ascent to true stardom. Real Madrid’s left-back could do nothing but watch, aghast, as the ball hit his leg and rolled into the back of the net. Goals: Neymar 29, 71 pen, Oscar 90. Ivica Olic charged down the left and played a low ball into the box, searching for Hull striker Nikica Jelavic.  Neymar was the star during the World Cup’s opening game but Croatia feel the referee denied them a win against hosts Brazil. He decided that Fred had been fouled by Dejan Lovren when the striker went down in the box. Neymar moved towards Luka Modric, with his eyes on the Croatian as the duo prepared to compete for a header. 12/06/2014 It was certainly not the start to the game Brazil had envisaged, one goal down just 11 minutes into their World Cup. The referee decided to book the Barcelona forward, rather than sending him off. And just a couple of minutes later, he equalised for Brazil. Though the game had been billed beforehand as Neymar v Rakitic, nobody had really expected that to be a common confrontation during the evening. Then, in a moment straight out of the Clasico, Neymar levered his arm into Modric’s neck and lower face. Booked: Neymar, Gustavo. Oscar capped his magnificent individual display with a fine goal late on, flicking the ball into the bottom-left corner from 20 yards with a careful toe punt.  With the weight of expectation on Brazilian shoulders, perhaps we shouldn’t have been surprised that it was Croatia who took the lead.  Croatia protested furiously but it did them no good, and Neymar stepped up to the spot, firing the penalty into the top left corner, via the tip of Pletikosa’s gloves. Upd. on 13/06/2014 at 00:56 CEST Booked: Corluka, Lovren.  Niko Kovac and his men were furious again and the Samba stars had got away with another slice of luck left for them by the officials.  Goal: Marcelo 11 og. Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan).last_img read more

Real Madrid on their way to Melbourne where they’ll face Roma & Man City

first_img Both matches will be played at Melbourne Cricket Ground, which can hold more than 100,000 fans and hosts Australian football, cricket and rugby matches.  CEST Upd. at 22:53 In Norway, the final stage of their trop, they will take on Valerenga on August 9. Real Madrid are on their way to Melbourne (Australia), the city where Rafa Benitez’s team will begin the second phase of their 2015-16 pre-season.  They have travelled with 24 players, with Iker Casillas not among them having completed his move to Porto. Fabio Coentrao is also absent due to injury.  Madrid’s flight is due to touch down in the Australian city at 11.30h on Monday, June 13 (19.30h local time), according to the club’s official website.center_img 12/07/2015 Real Madrid will then continue onto China, Germany and Norway. In China they will play in a tournament (July 27 and 30) which also includes Inter Milan and AC Milan.  EFE Back in Europe, they will play in the Audi Cup against Tottenham (August 4), with Bayern Munich or Milan then waiting in the final.  It’s their first visit to Australia. While there they will play against Roma (July 18) and Manchester City (July 24). last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo “sent” Gareth Bale to a psychiatrist

first_img Joe Hart, of Manchester City, and Luke Shaw, of Manchester United, have also worked with the psychiatrist this season. JA Sanchez 12/09/2015 CEST “Ronaldo’s acolytes in the dressing room, such as the youngster Isco, also made life tough for Bale. That is when he turned to Edwards.” “The world player of the year turned on Bale when it became clear that the Wales flyer had failed to pick up the Spanish language to his own, exacting standards. Upd. at 12:05 “On the pitch Bale’s performances, including his stunning goal against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final and his strike in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid in 2014, were threatening Ronaldo’s standing at the club. Neil Ashton wrote: “Perhaps that is why Bale was such a success again in his second season at the Bernabeu, learning to deal with the negative dressing room environment that had been created by Cristiano Ronaldo. The hostile environment Cristiano Ronaldo created at Real Madrid forced Gareth Bale to go and see a psychiatrist, according to the Daily Mail. The Welshman’s good start to the season has come thanks to Jamie Edwards, a former basketball player who helps sports stars prepare mentally. last_img read more

Tebas proposes new kick off times for La Liga games next season

first_img “There will be football earlier on Saturday, probably at one in the afternoon. We believe it’s a good time.  This new time will not be fixed for every weekend of action, though. In principle, it will be for those weekends when games cannot be played on Fridays because of either international games or European competitions.  The president of the LFP, Javier Tebas, revealed on Cadena COPE that there will be La Liga games next season (2016-17) on Saturdays with a 13.00h CET kick off.  “The games on Mondays will be maintained, but Fridays will be open,” Tebas said on the show El Partido de las 12.  Upd. at 13:18 16/02/2016 CET Sport EN “It won’t be every week. It’s a day which all teams are able to play on, apart from those that play in the Europa League on Thursdays.”last_img read more

Zidane throws in La Liga towel for Champions League focus

first_img Upd. at 12:35 The French coach has explained to his fooballers that he will make a lot of rotations in the league, despite publically denying he is throwing the towel in. Barcelona are heading towards the title and Madrid would have to pull off something incredible to stop them. The squad understands the message: Give it all for the Champions League. Zinedine Zidane has made it clear to Real Madrid the priority is the Champions League. Seven points behind Barcelona and with a visit to the Camp Nou pending, the Los Blancos coach will make rotations in the Spanish top flight and prioritise on Europe. It could be like in 1998, when Madrid won their seventh European Cup after a disastrous season in La Liga, finishing fourth, 11 points behind Barcelona. It’s a risky tactic that Florentino Perez had given the OK to.  CETcenter_img 19/02/2016 LL.Mlast_img read more

Real Betis reach deal with coach Quique Setién

first_img 25/05/2017 IN SPORT.ES Sport EN Upd. on 26/05/2017 at 00:20 CEST Ya hay acuerdo entre el Betis y Quique Setién Quique Setien will be the new coach of Real Betis. As revealed by ABC Sevilla, he will sign on for three seasons, until 2020, although his contract will have options to leave each summer. The former Las Palmas coach will earn 1.5m euros a season. Betis like the style his teams play and the Andalusian club are close to announcing the deal, either late on Thursday or on Friday. He will then be able to get to work, thinking about how he wants to construct his squad.last_img

Diego Costa goal pinches win as Spain ride luck against Iran

first_img @jordigil 20/06/2018 ESP Iran were celebrating the goal in the corner as it was refused by VAR.  Andrés Cunha (Uruguay). Tarjetas amarillas: Amiri (78′), Ebrahimi (92′) Spain rode their luck at times, though, and Iran were denied what would have been a famous equaliser when Saeid Ezatolahi fired home.  That at last forced Iran to attack and they forced Spain into some uncomfortable situations.  Spain had dominated the first half but struggled to create chances against an Iran side who lined up with a back six.  IRA Irán Even after the disallowed goal, Mehdi Taremi had a great chances to draw his country level, missing the target with a header from six yards.  España las pasa canutas para acariciar los octavos Árbitro Beirranvand, Rezeian, Pouraliganji, Hosseini, Haji Safi (Mohammadi, 68′), Ezatolahi, Taremi, Ebrahimi, Amiri (Ghoddos, 85′), Ansarifard (Jahanbakhsh, 74′) y Azmoun Spain meet Morocco in their final game with work to be done while Portugal will progress if they draw with Iran, who will likely need a win to seal an improbable last 16 appearance. And second later they received the bad news as it was determined that Ezatolahi had been offside in the build up to the goal.  Kazán Arena, 42.718 espectadores The breakthrough arrived after the break when Diego Costa’s shot ricocheted back of the Atletico Madrid striker to give Spain a fortnight lead.  Upd. on 21/06/2018 at 22:40 CEST 0-1, Diego Costa (53′) Diego Costa’s third goal of the World Cup was enough to earn Spain a 1-0 win against Iran on Wednesday.  IN SPORT.ES Incidencias 0-1 Goles Fernando Hierro’s side held on to the win and now, following their draw against Portugal, have four points.  España Portugal also have four points, while Iran have three and Morocco, with none, have been eliminated.  De Gea, Carvajal, Piqué, Ramos, Alba, Busquets, Iniesta (Koke, 68′), Silva, Isco, Lucas Vázquez (Asensio, 79′) y Diego Costa (Rodrigo, 88′) MATCH FACTS Mundial Rusia 2018 Jordi Gil last_img read more

Monchi opens door to Arsenal move as he’s set to leave Roma today

first_img 08/03/2019 The media outlet claims the former Sevilla transfer king has reached an agreement to depart Roma in the next few hours. Upd. on 11/03/2019 at 09:45 CET IN SPORT.ES It appears Monchi isn’t a fan of Roma’s plan to replace the sacked Eusebio Di Francesco with Claudio Ranieri and is set to leave the Italian club as soon as today, according to ‘Sky’. Roma were eliminated from the Champions League thanks to a late, late goal scored by FC Porto. Off the pace in Serie A and out of Europe, questions have been asked of Monchi and his running of the team.center_img Monchi dejará la Roma The long term project started well. Last year, Roma reached the semi-finals ofthe Champions League but supporters have now lost patience with the direction the club is taking. Sport EN Monchi could be heading to Arsenal. The London club are looking for a new man to lead their project and he could join up with former Sevilla coach, Unai Emery.last_img read more

Viru looking forward to Zak attack in season 2 of the T10 League

first_imgAdvertisement af8NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsltWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6yp3f( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6xgWould you ever consider trying this?😱bfCan your students do this? 🌚5ldvRoller skating! Powered by Firework The second season of the T10 League will start on November 23 and it has managed to attract some big names, including the likes of Zaheer Khan and RP Singh. The debut season of the T10 League was played in December 2017 in UAE. Both Zaheer Khan and RP Singh are left-arm seamers and were known for their ability to swing the ball at a decent pace.Advertisement Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan.Zaheer Khan is one of India’s most successful bowlers and has over 600 international wickets across all formats. Virender Sehwag who is one of the icons of the T10 Cricket League announced the arrival of Zaheer Khan with a tweet, “Such a delight to see men from India support and participate in the season 2 of the T10 League. Looking forward to see some magical swing from my friend, @ImZaheer.”Advertisement Joining Zaheer and Singh are Praveen Kumar, S Badrinath, and Reetinder Singh Sodhi, the organizers of the event said in a statement. T10 League chairman, Shaji ul Mulk, said, “I am happy to announce that we have signed up eight Indian players to play in the second season of the tournament. This will encourage players from all over the world to join the T10 League movement and help popularize the 10-over format cricket worldwide in the coming years.”In its inaugural edition last year, Sehwag was the only player from India who featured in the tournament. Sehwag captained the Maratha Arabians team last season. However this season he will be their batting coach. Advertisementlast_img read more

Security enhanced for the first ODI between India and Australia in Hyderabad

first_imgAdvertisement bz0zNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs81fWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E69yp( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) wexhWould you ever consider trying this?😱211Can your students do this? 🌚mn5Roller skating! Powered by Firework The Rachakonda police in Hyderabad have improved security in and around the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium at Uppal ahead of the first One-Day International (ODI) between India and Australia on March 2 amidst rising tensions between India and Pakistan at the border. In a statement, Rachakonda Commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat said that several police teams were deployed along with personnel of the elite Organisation for Counter Terrorist Operations (OCTOPUS) force.Advertisement The two teams will clash in the first ODI at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad on March 2. Mr. Bhagwat stated, “The stadium is under surveillance of 200 CCTV cameras which will be monitored from the joint command and control room at the stadium. Anti-sabotage checks will continue round-the-clock until the match is over. Scanners have been installed at the stadium to detect explosives and prohibited material inside the venue. The bomb disposal team and sniffer dogs have already been pressed into service to ensure safety in the stadium and at parking places. There will be four special mobile technician teams at each gate to check the mobile phones of spectators before allowing them inside.”The Commissioner also said that elaborate arrangements were in place to ensure that the road was cleared for the movement of VIPs. For the convenience of spectators, the Hyderabad Metro Rail will run till 1 am on March 3, to ensure an easy commute for the spectators. Given the number of spectators expected, the number of ambulances on standby has been increased from three to eight, and five fire tenders will be present at the stadium.Advertisement The statement by the Rachakonda police came even as the Cyberabad police in Hyderabad boosted security in parts of the city in view of the rising tensions between India and Pakistan.On the other hand, Cyberabad Commissioner V C Sajjanar said in a message, “We have alerted all our officers to intensify patrolling, conduct surprise checks, intensify anti sabotage checks etc. We also kept all our force on standby too. Special police pickets have been posted in all sensitive areas. We are coordinating with other forces.”Advertisement “All necessary precautionary steps have been put in place. Our force is fully geared. There is no need to panic. Please alert everyone not to believe rumours. Your safety is our concern,” he added.  Advertisementlast_img read more