Showing posts with label Spain. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spain. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

#WorldCup : VAR drama as Portugal and Spain reach World Cup last 16

Moscow , Russia (AFP) — Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and 2010 winners Spain progressed to the World Cup knockout rounds on a Monday night of high drama dominated by video assistant referee (VAR) decisions, as Uruguay pipped Russia to top spot in their group.

Spain ended up topping Group B by virtue of goals scored after an injury-time strike by Iago Aspas — confirmed by the VAR — rescued a 2-2 draw against Morocco in Kaliningrad and will take on the host nation in Moscow on Sunday.

Portugal, who finished level with Spain on five points, conceded a late penalty as Iran drew level at 1-1 and faced a heart-stopping moment as Mehdi Taremi put a shot inches wide — a goal that would have sent the European champions crashing out.

Ronaldo was at the heart of a series of VAR incidents in Saransk. First he had a penalty saved by Ali Beiranvand and was later saved by a review as Iran's players called for him to be sent off following an incident with Morteza Pouraliganji.

Furious Iran coach carlos Queiroz said Portugal Captain Ronaldo, who was booked, should have been sent off for using an elbow and lashed out against the VAR, saying it was “not going well”.

“I don't want to talk too much, it's about my country and a player. I know it'll be a war against me,” said Queiroz, who coached his native Portugal at the 2010 finals in South Africa.”

“But the reality is you stopped the game for VAR, there is an elbow,” he added. “An elbow is a red card in the rules. In the rules it doesn't say if it is (Lionel) Messi or Ronaldo.”

Relieved Spain boss Fernando Hierro, who took over as coach on the eve of the World Cup, said he knew the group was going to be tough, acknowledging his side had to tighten up.

“The first conclusion I draw is that, despite all these challenges, we ended on top. I'm looking at the silver lining,” he said.

“Obviously we can improve. Five goals in three matches is not the way forward. The players are professional, they understand the situation.”

There have now been 19 penalties taken at the 2018 World Cup — more than in any other edition of the competition.

Earlier, 10-man Russia were handed a World Cup reality check, losing 3-0 to Uruguay as the South Americans topped Group A with a perfect record.

The host nation rode a wave of national euphoria in their first two matches, sweeping aside Saudi Arabia and Egypt, despite being initially written off as no-hopers but could not keep the magic alive against the South Americans.

An early free kick from Barcelona's Luis Suarez, an own goal from Denis Cheryshev, and a late strike from Edinson Cavani sealed top spot for Uruguay, with Russia through to the knockout stages as runners-up.

“Obviously, the first few matches you're tense and don't want to make any mistakes or lose,” said man-of the-match Suarez.

“One mistake can be very expensive. Today we came to the pitch with a different attitude and perspective and that's made the pressure better. That's what we saw on the pitch.”

Disappointed Russian Coach Stanislav Cherchesov said it was better to lose heavily now than in future games, adding his players had shown nerves for the first time, but were psychologically prepared for the knockout stages.

“The outcome is very simple. We did what we had to do,” he said. “But you cannot start a game of this level with such a mistake — we gave up a goal.

“Uruguay then started playing their type of football. And then we got a red card.”

In the other match in Group A, Saudi Arabia beat Mohamed Salah's Egypt 2-1 in a match-up of two eliminated sides in Volgograd but the main talking point was Egypt goalkeeper Essam el-Hadary becoming the oldest player ever to appear in a World Cup.

El Hadary, 45 years and 161 days old, smashed the record set by Colombia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, who was aged 43 years and three days when he played against Japan in Brazil in 2014.

The veteran goalkeeper produced a stunning save from a Fahad al-Muwallad penalty after Salah had given Egypt the lead with his second World Cup goal, but could not keep out another spot kick by Salman al-Faraj in first-half injury time.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

#WorldCup : Crazy Ronaldo hat-trick as Portugal and Spain draw 3-3 - Unbelievable match

Crazy draw as Cristiano Ronaldo becomes oldest to score World Cup hat trick
This means, of course, that Iran is in first place in Group B

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a dramatic hat-trick against Spain on Friday, bringing Portugal level at 3-3 in the dying minutes of their Group B clash in Sochi.

The Real Madrid forward opened his account with an early penalty before scoring again just before half-time. He completed his hat-trick with a magnificent strike from a free-kick in the 88th minute.

It was one of the most talked about matchups of the group stage. And we got one of the most entertaining World Cup matches in recent memory. In Group B, Spain and Portugal played out a wild six-goal thriller, with the teams drawing 3-3. Spain overcame a 2-1 deficit to take the lead in the second half before Cristiano Ronaldo completed his hat trick with a crazy late free-kick goal.  

Here's how it went down. 

Just four minutes into the game, Ronaldo tricked the referee into awarding a penalty kick on a non-foul from Nacho, and he put it away:

He draws the penalty and buries it to give Portugal an early 1-0 lead against Spain. #PORESP

Then 20 minutes later, Spain drew level with an absolutely wonderful goal from Diego Costa, who made some moves and found some space for a low rifle:

Then again, 20 minutes later, it was Ronaldo again, who put a shot on frame that David De Gea could not handle, with the first major goalkeeper blunder of the World Cup:

But again Spain had an answer. Ten minutes into the second half, it was Costa again, finishing off a beautifully-executed set piece in front of goal:

Spain's training-ground free kick ends up in the back of the net thanks to Busquets and Costa. 👏👏

Then, another quick punch. As Spain was dominating, it got another goal from Nacho who produced a delicious hit into the corner off the post three minutes later:

The defender makes up for his early mistake with a beauty to put Spain ahead 3-2.

But the last laugh would go to Ronaldo. Becoming the oldest player to score a hat trick in World Cup history, the 33-year-old got the equalizer in the 87th minute with an out-of-this-world free kick that left De Gea frozen:

Iran is in first place in Group B with three points. What a world. And so far, what a World Cup.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ronaldo to leave Real Madrid?

The end is in sight for Ronaldo at Real Madrid..

The Portuguese picked up his third Pichichi prize at an event in the capital on Monday, but admitted he doesn't know how long he will remain at the Santiago Bernabeu

Another award for Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese picked up the prestigious Pichichi prize for the third time on Monday, but hinted he may not be at Real Madrid beyond the expiration of his current contract in 2018. "Two more years and then we'll see," he said.

Since moving from Manchester United to Madrid in 2009, he has already gone on to become the club's all-time top goalscorer. That honour arrived earlier this season as he overcame Raul's record of 323 strikes and he was celebrating his ability to put the ball in the net again on Monday.

Leading figures from the football world were present at Madrid's Teatro Goya to see Ronaldo receive his third Pichichi prize for finishing as La Liga's top scorer in 2014-15 - the 48 goals in 35 games he hit last season his best return yet in the Primera Division.

So Cristiano has now won the award as many times as Barcelona's Lionel Messi. This term, however, he has competition from several other players. Ronaldo (19) is level with club colleague Karim Benzema and one behind Barca's Luis Suarez (20), with Neymar (16) not far back. Messi, meanwhile, has 12 after spending almost two months on the sidelines between September and November.

And even if Ronaldo retains the trophy this time next year, it is unclear how many he can win. The Portuguese is out of contract in 2018 and said on Monday: "I will stay for two more years and then we'll see."

Coach Zinedine Zidane dismissed doubts over Cristiano's future recently when he said: "As long as I am here, he'll be here as well." That, however, is no guarantee of longevity because Madrid coaches rarely get more than two or three seasons - especially under current club chief Florentino Perez.

Carlo Ancelotti is the best example of that and the Italian coach was present at the MARCA ceremony on Monday to pick up an award for his success as coach last year - even though a failure to claim a major trophy in the second part of the campaign ultimately cost him his job.

Ronaldo and Ancelotti embraced affectionately outside the theatre, the two men still close after leading Real to La Decima in 2013-14. But the Italian is now part of the club's past - and the Portuguese may no longer represent the long-term future for Madrid either.

Ronaldo's remarkable record in front of goal has continued this term, with 30 goals in 29 matches so far in 2015-16. But a failure to convert against top teams like Barcelona, Atletico, Paris Saint-Germain and more, plus an inability to influence outside the area and a noticeable decline physically show quite clearly that he is no longer the player he was in his early years at the Bernabeu.

Madrid, of course, are now banned from signing players for two transfer windows. With the sanction suspended during the appeal process, Real should be allowed to complete deals in the summer, but they will be unable to strengthen their squad again after that until January 2018.

And by then, replacing Ronaldo is likely to be top of their list of priorities. Because he is already slightly past his physical peak and at the age of 33, the time may just be right for the two parties to go their separate ways. In addition, failure to add more collective trophies to his underwhelming total of seven since 2009 could also hasten his departure.

So while Cristiano has been brilliant by and large for Madrid these past seven seasons and Monday's award was another reminder of his extraordinary goalscoring skills, it now appears the end may be in sight for the prolific Portuguese at Real. And much like the player himself, his club will surely be thinking along similar lines. "Two more years and then we'll see."


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale set to miss 3 weeks with calf injury

Real Madrid's Welsh winger Gareth Bale has suffered a calf injury, the club confirmed on Tuesday, which could rule him out for three weeks.

Bale limped off with what looked like the recurrence of the calf problem which has plagued him over the past two years, after scoring his 11th goal in eight games during Real's 5-1 rout of Sporting Gijon on Sunday.

And tests carried out in Madrid's Sanitas La Moraleja hospital on Tuesday confirmed a muscle injury in the right leg, the club said in a brief medical statement.

Since December 2013 the 26-year-old has had five injuries to the same calf muscle.
Real Madrid added that Bale was "awaiting developments," but the Spanish press have reported he could be out for at least three weeks.

The Welshman is likely to miss the games against Real Betis, Espanyol and Granada but could be fit for the league match with Athletic Bilbao on February 13 or against Roma in the Champions League on February 17.

Messi: I would never play for another European club

Europe's top clubs need not bother with any bids for Barcelona's Lionel Messi, as the Argentinian has declared he wouldn't consider playing for any other team on the continent.

Messi, coming off his fifth Ballon d'Or win, told France Football he plans to stay at Barcelona for the rest of his career, but didn't rule out a move back home to his native Argentina to close out his career.
"I'd never play for another European club," said the 28-year-old, courtesy of Sky Sports

"Barcelona is my home and I want to retire here. However, it's possible I could end my career in Argentina. Anything could happen in the future, but I want to stay here."

Rumours have intimated that Messi could make the jump to the Premier League, specifically Manchester City, if and when former boss Pep Guardiola takes the bench there. 

Messi has also been linked with Inter Milan in the past, with former Argentina teammate Juan Sebastian Veron revealing that Messi had previously thought about joining the Nerazzurri.

A return to Newell's Old Boys - where Messi began his career as a youth before joining Barcelona as a 13-year-old - is also a possibility.

Right now, though, the reigning world player of the year is comfortable in familiar surroundings. He said he feels better than he had in previous years, putting any injury worries behind him.

"I had injuries in 2013 and 2014 that meant I wasn't at the top of my game, whereas now I am. I feel I'm back at the level I was at three or four seasons ago," he said.

"If another Ballon d'Or comes along then great, but if I don't win any more, it's no big deal."

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Lionel Messi attacked by Malaga's Welington

Barcelona dropped points for the first time this season with a 0-0 draw at Malaga. The night`s frustrations boiled over late in the match when Malaga defender Weligton squeezed Lionel Messi`s cheeks like a grandmother angered by a child`s cuteness and pushed his head away, prompting Messi to theatrically fall to the ground.

Weligton was only shown a yellow card for the offense. According to AS, he said Messi called him a "son of a b****." Which seems like a phrase that would be tossed around a lot during a match.

Surely Messi only called him that after politely inviting Weligton to play Legos with him later and having the Brazilian rudely decline by saying that Legos are stupid. Messi will let you say what you want about him, but disrespect Lego and he will call you out.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Spain vs France for Zidane Jr.

Real Madrid sporting director Jorge Valdano recently said that "there will be a duel" between France and Spain over Zidane's 15-year-old son Enzo. Like two of his younger brothers, Enzo has been drooled over ever since he entered Real's youth system. A clip of him destroying kids on the pitch in 2007 has almost4.5 million views on YouTube. And Valdano is disturbingly eager to compare Enzo, an attacking midfielder who, at times, wears the number 10 (he wears 11 in the video above), to his legendary father.  

While France has naturally expressed interest in having Enzo continue to dazzle in his father's shadow in their national team setup, Spain U-16 coach Gines Melendez just announced his intention to call up Enzo in October.
Keeping with Valdano's duel analogy, Spain has a machine gun while France has a potato gun. The only thing working in France's favor here is that Enzo's father played for Les Bleus. Their federation is a mess and embarrassments of the last few months are hardly attractive to anyone, let alone a 15-year-old kid with a short memory. Meanwhile, Enzo lives in Spain, plays for one of Spain's biggest clubs (which also employs his father) and experienced the country winning both Euro 08 and the 2010 World Cup.
Of course, the kid is still just 15 years old. So all this dueling and drooling could only lead to disappointment. Or he could be the next Zidane. Well, he is the next Zidane, but you know what I mean. 

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Arsenal Captain Cesc Fabregas Celebrates Spain Glory In Barcelona Jersey

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has been pictured in a Barcelona jersey during Spain's World Cup celebrations.

The 23-year-old former Barcelona canterano has been a long term target of the Catalan club and this latest image, published by Spanish publication Marca is sure to heighten speculation of a summer move to Camp Nou.

Barcelona's centre half pairing of Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique were responsible for putting the shirt on Fabregas, while Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina was also in on the prank as la Furia Roja celebrate World Cup glory in Madrid. Fabregas had earlier declared that he is proud to be an Arsenal player while Gunners boss Arsen Wenger is reported to have refused to meet with Barca officials to discuss a possible transfer.

Another Version -

AS Spain celebrated their historic World Cup victory back home in Madrid, a few members of the squad had the perfect prank planned. While over 200,000 fans looked on in the Spanish capital, defenders Carles " Puyol and Gerard Pique snuck up behind Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas and forced a Barcelona jersey on him.

Not only did the two Barca players put the Barcelona jersey over him, but Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina shouted into the microphone: "The future of Barcelona!" The prank comes fresh after newspapers and football pundits have linked the Arsenal midfielder with a move back to the Camp Nou.
Fabregas himself has said time and time again that he'd one day like to return to his boyhood cfub, but Arsene Wenger insists that he is not willing to negotiate a price for his star player.

This incident is the second in recent memory where an Arsenal player linked with Barcelona has had a Barca jersey forced upon him. In the 2006 UEFA Champions League semifinals a pitch invader interrupted the Arsenal v Villareal clash to put an "Henry 14" Barcelona jersey on the Frenchman's shoulder. Gunners fans will remember all too well that their former captain went on to move to La Liga.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Will Octopus's Prediction come true tonight?

Now, in Football World Cup Octopus has came into light, just giving forecast regarding finalist
of the World Cup Football.

As per Paul Octopus's prediction, Spain will come in the final match of the World Cup football.
After this forecast, German fans are looking with trapped heart.

Paul Octopus was kept in Oberhausen’s water organism school of West Germany.

It is said that, during this World Cup, whatever forecast was predicted by 'Paul Octopus',
which have proved its correctness.

Not to say, but today, this Octopus has achieved a star status in Germany.

Now, will this Octopus's forecast break the elaborated efforts of German Football team?

But my experience says, the winners will be those ones, who never gets frustrated
despite any up-down Global forecasts.
There is always justice in the court of God, which may come late but will be
true with respect to time.
My best wishes goes to those team, who makes elaborate efforts
uptill the last breath of game.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Post Wanted The Ball To Enter - Spain's David Villa

With his goal having secured Spain's passage to the World Cup semi-final to face Germany, David Villa was smiling ear to ear after La Roja beat Paraguay. 

The Spain striker was in a high mood after his solitary goal led La Roja into the World Cup semi-final...

In comments reported by Marca, El Guaje spoke about the goal that took 83 minutes to come. "The post wanted the ball to enter," said the World Cup's leading scorer, recalling the ball thudding off the far post before nestling into the net. 

"The match was the most difficult we [Spain] have had to play. Our rivals pressured us a lot and did not allow us to circulate the ball among our players who like touches".

As for the semi-finals against Germany on Wednesday, Villa was clear: "Every match is different. I don't think Germany will be pleased that we have progressed".
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