Gonzalo Higuain sends Argentina into World Cup semi-finals

first_img Vincent Kompany, often so composed in defence, looked hapless at times.  Gonzalo Higuain struck a tidy half-volley from the edge of the box, after some good work by Angel Di Maria, and it fizzed past Thibaut Courtois and into the net. One moment of magic decided this game and for once it wasn’t from Lionel Messi. Upd. at 21:50 It was the only piece of satisfaction that Belgium could take home from the World Cup. Although Messi couldn’t provide a decisive touch himself, he was at his best as he sparkled where his team-mates toiled. Marc Wilmots made the surprising decision to bring off the winger with 10 minutes to go, while Belgium were chasing the game, for ineffective Tottenham midfielder Nacer Chadli.  Booked: Biglia. Belgium were immensely disappointing, far less than the sum of their parts.  That was the game’s key moment and the rest of it was an underwhelming affair. Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Van Buyten, Kompany, Vertonghen, Fellaini, Witsel, Mirallas (Mertens 59), De Bruyne, Hazard (Chadli 75), Origi (Lukaku 59). Goal: Higuain 8. Match factscenter_img One such occasion saw the goalscorer, Higuain, pop the ball through his legs, run around him and crack the ball against the top of the crossbar.  In the end, it was Messi who ended up with the final chance of the game, one he wasted uncharacteristically.  Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy). One-on-one with Thibaut Cortois, he saw his attempted dink saved by the goalkeeper.  CEST Argentina: Romero, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Garay, Basanta, Biglia, Mascherano, Lavezzi (Palacio 71), Messi, Di Maria (Perez 33), Higuain (Gago 81). 05/07/2014 It took four hacks at him on the edge of the Belgian box to end one attack, with the subsequent free-kick rifled not far over by the Argentine.  Belgium brought on Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku but he found it hard to create any openings, rather like his team-mate Eden Hazard. Booked: Hazard. Rik Sharmalast_img read more

Watch Alvaro Arbeloa snub Iker Casillas in horrific fashion

first_img CEST 20/08/2014 Sport EN You can watch the snub for yourself below. Ouch. Alvaro Arbeloa was guilty of a horrific snub of Iker Casillas on Monday night. During the first leg of the Super Copa, the defender ignored the player he has a recent feud with in the tunnel.  Upd. at 20:12 The feud is said to date back to Jose Mourinho’s reign at the club, where he was a divisive influence.  They have been having a petty arguement on social media recently, which the keeper liking an instagram post which insulted Arbeloa, while in return the full-back retweeted a link to a book which berated Casillas.last_img

10 reasons Rafa Benitez is struggling at Real Madrid

first_img ——————————————– Rafa has proved incapable of recognizing individual merit and ignores people’s efforts in his quest to strengthen collective consciousness. The reality is that does not fit in a locker room full of ego. His predecessor, Carlo Ancelotti, understood it perfectly. 9. He does not recognize individual merit 6. Penalises those who do not conform Benitez remains committed to defending his football style tooth and nail. He believes that the players are at his service, but the reality is not proving him right. In most of the games he has had no shame when it comes to tightening up to try and hang onto a result. The Madrid is proving to be a predictable team. Benitez’s commitment is to building an effective defense. The order is to play behind the ball always, both when it is controlled and if the opponent has it. The ability to surprise the opponent has been seriously reduced. Rafa Benitez is struggling to keep the ship steady at Real Madrid. Here are 10 reasons why things are not going well for him – with the prime one being that he cannot connect with his players. Benitez is only concerned that his team achieves the objective of the three points and has no interest in backing talent. He does not give freedom to his cracks and the game is boring. 5. Lack of communication and empathy Upd. at 20:05 7. The public discourse does not convince anyone 2. Puts the results above the spectacle 4. Commitment to building an effective defense The Los Blancos coach tends to indicate or punish those who do not drink from his ‘wealth of knowledge’. For example Jese, James Rodriguez or Cheryshev. He picked Bale after a two-month injury and left James out despite him being ready for two weeks. center_img CET 3. Efficiency ahead of talent The Madrid fans are starting to tire of his conservatism. Benitez places the result above all other considerations, including the show. The Bernabeu does not share that vision. The players know exactly what happened in each game. Against PSG he congratulated them for winning 1-0 despite the poor performance. The Madrid coach has failed to connect with his players. With the heavy weights, or with the reserves. He is paying for his lack of empathy. He keeps relationships too heavy (always around tactical concepts and professional matters) and as Cheryshev admitted – “there is little communication”. Benitez has a weak public discourse that causes distrust. It’s all based on statistics and disguising feelings. With such arguments he may deceive everyone but his players. Alejandro Alcazar The dressing room he has not liked his way of permanently aligning with the club before the players. Benitez has made concessions to his masters, such as in the case of doctors and deference to Bale. 10. Messages that do not conform to reality 8. Always aligned with the interests of the club 1. Thinks the players are at his service 14/11/2015last_img read more

Rooney undergoes medical at Everton ahead of Goodison return

first_imgManchester United forward Wayne Rooney underwent a medical with Everton on Saturday ahead of a return to Goodsion Park, the BBC have reported.  Rooney is set to finalise his move to Everton in the coming hours, the club who he made his Premier League debut for as a 17-year-old in 2002.  Upd. at 22:15 Rooney pasa revisión médica con el Everton CEST IN SPORT.ES United’s decision to let Rooney leave coincides with their move for Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, with an 85 million euro fee agreed with Everton this week.  SPORT.ES Jose Mourinho has given his backing to Rooney’s move to Everton, which will see the England striker move on a free transfer while his former club fund part of his wages.  08/07/2017 A few days ago Rooney said: “Of course I would like to return [to Everton], I have been at this club [Manchester Unted] for 13 years and what I want is to play.”last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Brazil vs Switzerland Review (Video Highlights)

first_imgAdvertisement 53lxhNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsc8hmcWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eaw( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) s6qdWould you ever consider trying this?😱c0vdxCan your students do this? 🌚45y7ndlRoller skating! Powered by Firework (Photo Credits: SportsEon)Advertisement Brazil finally continued the trend of World Cup favorites underperforming after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their Group E opener at the Rostov Arena.Advertisement With 20 minutes gone on Sunday, some quick counters and tough pressing initiated the break, where Neymar’s shot was blocked off by a defender of Switzerland. A header off a Brazilian was then rebounded by a Swiss player, which went straight to Coutinho who without wasting time, struck a half-volley which straight away hit the right post and went in.Complacency then set in and Brazil gifted Switzerland an equalizer five minutes into the second half after Zuber rose unmarked to head home a corner kick. Football is beautiful because things change quickly and that was quite visible when Brazil took on Switzerland. Brazil quickly went from nervous to desperate, and it didn’t help the fact that Gabriel Jesus was denied a clear penalty and VAR once again did not intervene in their favor.Brazil did start showing more urgency as time passed away and almost stole the three points with a hat-trick of chances in the final minutes but was denied by Sommer who made strong saves from Neymar and Roberto Firmino headers. Brazil’s last chance then felt to Miranda who saw himself packed with Swiss players and hence couldn’t make the most of that chance.Brazil plays Costa Rica next Friday, while Switzerland must gather themselves for Serbia on the same day. Brazil and Serbia are favorites to qualify from Group E. However tonight’s draw is a cracking result for Switzerland and that will surely motivate them to qualify for the knockout stages.Also Read: Lionel Messi Takes Full Responsibility For Missing The Penalty And Letting His Team Down. Advertisementlast_img read more

Julen Lopetegui wants to imitate Barcelona; Real Madrid players are not happy

first_imgJulen Lopetegui Is Feeling The Pressure At Real Madrid.Advertisement 5qqNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9qzjWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E62( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6f3g0Would you ever consider trying this?😱ejaCan your students do this? 🌚xtRoller skating! Powered by Firework Real Madrid’s newly appointed manager Julen Lopetegui is under huge pressure as his team has not been able to win a single match in the last four matches in all competitions. After the shocking defeat against Alaves in La Liga, Real Madrid are now at the fourth position in the League Table after eight matches. Advertisement Julen Lopetegui Is Feeling The Pressure At Real Madrid. The Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda has heavily criticised the strategy of Julen Lopetegui after a moderately slow start of the season by Real Madrid. According to him,Advertisement  “The Madrid players are p****d off by the tactics.”Advertisement “There are some players who are playing for tactics. “They consider that there has to be less tiki-taka and more rapid transitions, as has been historically Real Madrid, and not imitate Barca.” Real Madrid are playing more possessional football in this season under the management of Julen Lopetegui. They are trying to build up the attacks slowly and waiting to break the deadlock with playing several number of passes between themselves. But, some players are not liking this strategy of the new Spanish manager. According to them, counter attacking football with pace will be the way to go in the next matches to break the deadlock early in the match.  According to several sources, Julen Lopetegui’s future at Real Madrid is under scrutiny. The Spanish manager will be given the time to settle the side till the El Classico which will take place within two weeks. Real Madrid will play against Levante in La Liga and Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League. The name of the former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is also emerging as the replacement of Julen Lopetegui at Real Madrid. In this circumstances a win in the upcoming El Clasico at Camp Nou is badly needed for Julen Lopetegui & Co.   Advertisementlast_img read more

Machín: We have to win, we’re from La Liga and need to prove it

first_img Sport EN “In our situation we have to do things that raise our self esteem and in tomorrow’s games too.”  Espanyol are 20th and play Leganes at the weekend in a crucial relegation scrap in La Liga. Upd. at 19:02 Espanyol caoch Pablo Machin spoke ahead of his team’s clash with Lleida in the Copa del Rey. IN SPORT.EScenter_img Machín: “Nuestra obligación es ganar, somos de Primera y debemos demostrarlo” CET 18/12/2019 “There’s more to lose than to win,” said the coach. “We know we have to compete in three different tournaments and we have clear priorities. We represent an historic club and have to defend it.last_img

More on their plate

first_imgGARFIELD GOLF ON Saturday, 28 teams from all surrounding districts consisting of teams of four travelled to Garfield to do…[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

Sorry ladies I’m watching my waistline

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From hardship to hope

first_imgWhen Doveton coach and club icon Daniel Charles returned to the club for the 2018 season, the club was at…[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. By Nick Creely last_img