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

Ute comes in handy

first_imgBy JARROD POTTER CHEAP runs at the death blew out a fairly even clash between Pakenham Pumas Baseball Club and…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Mikey Garcia says Manny Pacquiao fight close to happening

first_imgLeonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pacquiao, who’s nine years the senior of Garcia, meanwhile, has racked up three straight wins and five victories in his past six fights.Garcia said he doesn’t mind where his bout against Pacquiao takes place but a Las Vegas event could be secured.“Wherever the fans can enjoy it the most, most likely that fight lands in Vegas,” said Garcia. “Let’s be honest, we have most of our fans here. Not everyone is going to be able to make the trip out to Saudi Arabia or some exotic location, but I’m open to fighting anywhere else as well.”ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao had a spectacular 2019, defeating Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman.“We’ve been discussing a fight against Manny Pacquiao for a long time now, and it seems like it’s very close and it can actually happen,” said Garcia. “He has some obligations [as a Philippine senator] right now. He’s still busy with that, but the last thing I heard, he’s interested in fighting in the early part of summer.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“There’s still no opponent secured. That’s why I want to jump in and try to get that fight.”Garcia (39-1), who jumped from lightweight to welterweight, last got into the ring on March 16, 2019 but lost to Errol Spence via unanimous decision that ended his incredible 39-fight winning streak. Luka Doncic triple-double lifts Mavs past Pistons in Mexico LATEST STORIES NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas MOST READ Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers fleecenter_img No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down ‘People evacuated on their own’ FILE —Mikey Garcia, center, smiles and poses for photos after defeating Adrien Broner during a boxing bout Saturday, July 29, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)MANILA, Philippines—Former four-division World champion Mikey Garcia is hopeful a match against Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao could happen in 2020.According to, Garcia’s team has been in talks to face the WBA Suprt World welterweight champion but acknowledged that things are still in the fringes and nothing has been finalized.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Injured Schweinsteiger has no Euro 2016 fears

first_img0Shares0000Injured Schweinsteiger has no Euro 2016 fearsBERLIN, February 25 – Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger says there is zero chance of him missing June’s European championships in France as the Manchester United star recovers from a knee ligament injury.The 31-year-old has been sidelined since the start of January with a torn medial ligament, but expects to be able to begin running again in the coming days at United and has no concerns about missing Euro 2016 which starts on June 10. “Unless the European championships is suddenly brought forward to the start of March, then it looks good,” Schweinsteiger told German daily Bild.“A medial ligament tear takes time, but everything is healing well. I know my body, everything will be ok.“In about five days, I’ll begin to start running again and five days after that I should be training with a ball again.“I should be completely back on board in March.”Schweinsteiger, who has won 114 Germany caps, hopes to return for the Red Devils in the coming weeks and should be fit for Germany’s home friendlies against England in Berlin on March 26 and Italy in Munich on March 29.Ex-Germany captain Oliver Kahn says Schweinsteiger must prove his form after a disjointed last 18 months.He has played in just six of Germany’s 15 games since the World Cup final, while in his 27 games for United this season, he has completed the 90 minutes in just 11.“It’s all about whether Bastian can do the job at the top level. He wants to be a European champion, but it’s obvious that if he wants to play a leading role, he needs to get into gear quickly,” Kahn told Sport Bild.Germany coach Joachim Loew says he is in regular contact with his captain and has “no concerns” about his fitness for the tournament in France, but Schweinsteiger says there should be no discussion about whether he is still good enough for Germany.“Despite suspension and injury, I have still managed to play in 27 games this season,” said the veteran.“Things could have gone better, but this discussion is already very laborious.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

PRRD warning residents to monitor rainfall situation and flood risk

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District is reminding residents to be prepared incase of flooding.Chair of the Board, Brad Sperling says the Peace River Regional District has yet to receive any reports of flooding in the region but is still warning residents to be ready.“Be careful and safe. Keep in touch with media outlets for updates. If residents have any concerns, they can go to the Peace River Regional District website. The ground is so saturated this time of year and even this rain could cause us some issues.”The Peace River Regional District also delivered sandbag bins and sand to certain communities yesterday.- Advertisement -They say if you were impacted by flooding in 2016, you should prepare your structures.The following communities have had sandbags and sand delivered:Advertisement Moberly Lake Fire HallYips Subdivision on Moberly LakeDokie at Compass ServicesIvor Johnson Park in HaslerTomslake Fire HallTupper Community Hall Residents in need of assistance or to report flooding or landslides please call the PRRD at (250) 784-3200 24 hours/day.last_img read more

Blow for Tottenham! Spurs target joins Hamburg

first_imgTottenham target and former West Ham midfielder Valon Behrami has ruled out the chances of a Premier League return by joining Hamburg.The Swiss ace played for the Hammers between 2008 and 2011 and had been linked with a comeback with Spurs credited with a summer interest.But the 29-year-old, who impressed for his country during the World Cup in Brazil, will not be coming back to England after leaving Napoli to join Hamburg.Behrami, who has been playing in Italy for Fiorentina and then Napoli since leaving Upton Park, has signed a three-year deal with the Bundesliga club. 1 Valon Behrami in action for Switzerland last_img

Recall organizers miss crucial deadline to publish notice

first_imgIn her written response to the recall notice, Vasquez said the basis for effort was false. But she said Wednesday she is willing to work with constituents who supported the recall. “I would be happy to sit down with people who signed the petition and speak about the issues,” Vasquez said. Sally Torres, an unsuccessful council candidate in 2005 who served the recall notice on Vasquez, said Thursday she and other supporters planned to revive their recall attempt against Vasquez. Vasquez, who was elected to her first term in November 2005, believes the recall supporters were unable to follow through. MONTEBELLO – Organizers of an attempted recall against City Councilwoman Rosie Vasquez missed a deadline to have the intent published and provide proof to the city clerk, officials said. Election Code required that recall proponents file two copies of the intent document, along with proof that a copy had been published in a newspaper not more than 10 days after Vasquez responded to the recall notice, said Lillian Guzman, deputy city manager for Montebello. At Wednesday night’s council meeting, Vasquez called the attempt to recall her “a dead issue.” The notice, served on Vasquez on May 9, accused the councilwoman of breaching her fiduciary responsibility to the city and ignoring the rules of decorum at council meetings. “It takes commitment and a lot of people to get a recall done,” she said. “And I just don’t think they had either. “They started looking at the November election and saw that their efforts should go elsewhere,” she added. The attempt was the second time this year that citizens have launched recall efforts against council members. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

The Warm Up podcast with Max Rushden – Sunday, February 12

first_imgListen to Max Rushden and Barry Glendenning tackle the important – and utterly trivial – sporting matters of the day.Guests include comedian Justin Moorhouse and former IBF middleweight champion Darren Barker, while Southend manager Phil Brown was next up on the Footballers Are Nice feature.Listen above or, to get the Warm Up with Max Rushden podcast every week, click here and download from the iTunes store for free.last_img

Barcelona complete signing of Arsenal starlet on five-year deal

first_img1 Barcelona have completed the signing of Arsenal youngster Marcus McGuane on a five-year-deal.The 18-year-old has made two appearances for the Gunners’ senior side this season in the Europa League.However, the Catalan club have swopped in to take him from north London on a three-year deal, with the option for an extra two years.Barca have transferred the midfielder into their B side straight away where he will compete in the Segunda division.McGuane has a €25 million release clause in his contract, should any clubs wish to prise him from the Camp Nou.last_img

First Murray v Djokovic duel of 2017 ends in defeat for Scot

first_imgAndy Murray’s hopes of a first title of 2017 ended in disappointment as he suffered a dramatic three-set defeat to Novak Djokovic in the final of the Qatar Open.Defending champion Djokovic appeared to be heading for a straight sets win in Doha but Murray saved three match points before taking the tie to a decider.The Scot had the first opportunity to break in the final set but he failed to take it and then could not hold his subsequent service game as his opponent dug in to put himself on course for a 6-3 5-7 6-4 success in a match which lasted almost three hours.Saturday’s final was the first meeting between the two players since Murray had overtaken his long-term rival to become world number one – and both began in aggressive fashion. It was Murray who had the first chance to break but the impressive Djokovic, who required treatment for a bleeding finger at 30-30 in the third game, shrugged off his minor injury to deny his opponent.The Serb then won four points in a row to come from 40-15 down in the eighth game and take Murray’s serve, before clinching the opening set.Djokovic, who saved five match points in his thrilling semi-final win over Fernando Verdasco, then looked set to wrap up the match after breaking Murray again in the second as he built a 5-3 lead.But the world number two was given a taste of his own medicine as Murray showed superb resilience to stay in the match and win four successive games to level the contest at one set all. Murray had never beaten the Serb in 19 matches when he had dropped the opening set but it seemed the momentum could be with him as he looked to end that record.Djokovic, however, found an extra gear and secured the only break of the deciding set in the seventh game to ensure he retained the trophy.last_img read more