Candreva came close to joining Chelsea – agent

first_imgTransfers Candreva came close to joining Chelsea – agent Goal 09:33 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antonio Candreva Inter Crotone Serie A Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Internazionale Premier League Serie A Federico Pastorello says the 30-year-old nearly made the switch to Stamford Bridge in 2017 and could be on the move this summer Antonio Candreva came close to leaving Inter to join Chelsea, his agent has revealed, and would not rule out a move at the end of the season.The 30-year-old winger has been a key player for the Nerazzurri since joining from Lazio in August 2016 and was quickly linked with a move to the Premier League.AdChoices广告Candreva was again rumoured to be on the way out of San Siro in the January transfer window, as his agent said the Italy international would “love” to play in England. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Federico Pastorello has admitted a switch to Stamford Bridge almost came to fruition in 2017.”When he arrived at Inter he was very happy, and he still has this enthusiasm,” he told Rai Sport.”He was very close to going [to Chelsea] last winter, but he had just been bought by Inter, so it wasn’t possible. “We’re waiting for the end of the season. If they finish in the top four, I think he’ll be happy to remain and finally play in the Champions League.”Candreva, who is joint top of the Serie A assist chart with eight, is contracted to Inter until 2020.last_img read more

World Freestyle Masters 2018: Everything you need to know

first_imgJ1 League World Freestyle Masters 2018: What is it, how to watch & everything you need to know Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:57 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy J1 League J2 League J3 League WTF This February, Japan welcomes the top tricksters from around the globe as they battle it out for the accolade of best in the world Who is the most skilful football freestyler in the world? We will soon find out as the World Freestyle Masters gets under way.The likes of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo may be among the most skilled footballers in the world, but even they would find it tough against the best freestylers.AdChoices广告This February, Japan welcomes the top tricksters from around the globe as they battle it out for the title of undisputed freestyle master. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With the tournament kicking off soon, Goal brings you everything you need to know.What is the World Freestyle Masters?The World Freestyle Masters is a freestyle football competition that pits the 24 best freestylers in the world against one another on a head-to-head basis to determine who is number one.The tournament features male and female sections and a panel of judges helps to determine the winner of each bout.Accredited by the World Freestyle Football Association (WFFA), which is the world governing body for the sport, the Masters tournament’s roots stretch back to 2011 when the Freestyle Football World Tour began.The World Tour has been staged in a variety of different cities and countries across the globe, such as London, Dubai, Beijing, Calgary and Melbourne.Freestyle football is described by the WFFA as “the art and sport of juggling a football using all parts of the party to entertain audiences and outperform opponents… a fusion of tricks with a ball, dance and music.”When and where does it take place?Cata Vega freestylerThe 2018 World Freestyle Masters tournament is being held in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday February 22 (local time).Tokyo’s Liquid Room is the venue for the competition. Artists such as Rihanna, Arctic Monkeys and Foo Fighters have appeared there in the past.The prestigous complex in Japan’s capital also features a cafe and gallery, as well as an event space.This year’s World Freestyle Masters is scheduled to get under way at 06:30 JST (21:00 GMT on Wednesday February 21).For more information, such as tickets and how to get there, visit the official WFFA website.How to watch itDAZN will be broadcasting the 2018 World Freestyle Masters live to Japanese, German, Austrian, Swiss and Canadian subscribers.Elsewhere, it will be available to stream live online on Goal’s Facebook page.As well as the World Freestyle Masters, DAZN subscribers can also watch games from J1, J2 and J3 live.Who is involved?Ricardinho freestylerA total of 16 male freestylers and eight female freestylers will compete in the 2018 World Freestyle Masters.The 2018 tournament will not feature Argentina’s Charly Iacono, who is injured, but the likes of Brazilian freestylers Ricardinho and Pedrinho, Polish star Michryc and Japanese champion Yo Katsuyama arrive with a wealth of skill and experience.Liv Cooke is the reigning women’s world champion at just 18 years of age and she will certainly be one to watch in the female competition as she looks to add to her trophy collection.The United Kingdom’s Andrew Henderson is widely acknowledged as one of the most dominant freestyle footballers around, having one five world titles, but he won’t be taking part in the tournament this year. Instead he will be one of the three judges for the battles.What are the rules?The format for the tournament is a series of head-to-head battles, with each battle lasting three minutes. In that timeframe each freestyler will have three 30-second rounds in which to impress the judges.Participants are permitted to use their own ball in battles and only one ball can be used at a time. Foreign objects, such as bottles or rope say, cannot be integrated into the battleFreestylers must not leave the stage for the duration of the battle and, while pretty much most of the body is allowed to be used, the hands (read as shoulder to the end of the fingers) are not.The rules can be read in their entirety on the official WFFA website here.last_img read more

Man City team news & likely XI vs Arsenal

first_imgManchester City Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Arsenal Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 15:38 3/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Raheem Sterling Huddersfield Manchester City Getty Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday evening Manchester City face Arsenal for the second time in five days on Thursday and they will be without influential midfielder Fernandinho.The Brazilian picked up an injury during Sunday’s Carabao Cup final and City boss Pep Guardiola expects to have a “big problem” trying to find a replacement for the upcoming matches.City will be hoping to have Raheem Sterling available again after he missed Sunday’s game. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Man City injuriesSterling was not fit enough even for the bench on Sunday, suggesting he could struggle to start on Thursday.Fernandinho will miss out having picked up a hamstring injury during the victory at Wembley Stadium.Gabriel Jesus did return to the fold, however, and he was brought on for the final stages of the final.That leaves Benjamin Mendy as City’s only other injured senior player.Man City suspensionsFabian Delph will miss the game following his red card against Wigan.Man City potential starting line-upIlkay Gundogan coud deputise for the injured Fernandinho, although Kevin De Bruyne was asked to fill the Brazilian’s boots at Wembley. Yaya Toure is out of the picture. That could also see De Bruyne return to a central role, alongside David Silva, with Bernardo Silva slotting in on the right-hand side if Sterling is not fit enough to return.Ederson will return in goal after Claudio Bravo deputised well at Wembley, Danilo is in line to keep his place at left-back, and Vincent Kompany could yet start again following his fine performance at the weekend.Man City possible XIArsenal team newsHenrikh Mkhitaryan will be available for selection after being cup-tied for Sunday’s final, although Nacho Monreal has been ruled out with a back injury after limping off during the first half on Sunday.Alexandre Lacazette is out with a knee injury while Santi Cazorla is a long-term absentee.Best Opta match facts Arsenal have won just two of their last 11 Premier League meetings with Manchester City, drawing five and losing four. Manchester City have won only one of their 20 Premier League away games against Arsenal (D7 L12) – winning 2-0 under Roberto Mancini in January 2013. Manchester City could become the first side to beat Arsenal three times in the same season since Chelsea in 2005-06 – those three defeats also all occurred at different grounds. Manchester City’s points total of 72 from 27 games is the most ever set by an English top-flight side at this stage of the season (3 pts for a win). If they win this game, it’ll match Arsenal’s Premier League tally from last season (75 points from 38 games). Arsenal have recorded just two victories in their last 16 Premier League matches against fellow ‘big six’ teams (D6 L8). They beat Spurs in November 2017 and Man Utd in May 2017. Sergio Aguero has scored in each of his last five appearances against Arsenal in all competitions – he’s never scored in six games in a row against a single opponent for Man City. Already Man City’s all-time top-scorer, Aguero can hit the 200-goal mark for the club in all competitions in this game (currently on 199). TV channel & kick-off timeKick off is 19:45 GMT (14:45 ET) on Thursday March 1, and will be shown on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom. It will be shown on NBC in the United States, and on various channels around the world. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Deschamps: Griezmann must do more

first_imgWorld Cup ‘Griezmann must do more’ – France forward challenged by Deschamps Stephen Creek 01:26 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) antoinegriezmann-cropped Getty Images World Cup France Atlético Madrid Primera División France v Australia France v Peru Peru Antoine Griezmann The Atletico Madrid striker has been assured his place in the team is not under threat ahead of a second World Cup 2018 outing against Peru Didier Deschamps has called upon Antoine Griezmann to “do more” following his performance against Australia but rejected suggestions that the France forward’s place in his starting line-up is under threat.Griezmann scored France’s opening goal from the penalty spot after VAR was used to award the kick, and a late own-goal by Aziz Behich ensured Les Bleus claimed all three points after Mile Jedinak’s equaliser for Australia.Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann was replaced after 70 minutes, making way for Olivier Giroud, but Deschamps dismissed the suggestion that his place was under threat. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “Antoine is Antoine: he is our attacking leader and he will remain our leader of attack,” Deschamps told Telefoot.”However, he was perhaps a little short of his best, too.”When asked whether Griezmann might not feature in his starting line-up for France’s forthcoming Group C game against Peru, Deschamps replied: “No, no, but he must do more.”He knows it and he is aware of it.”It does not matter which players are left out – they are never happy. But there are also those who come in.”Deschamps said he was happy with the contribution of second-half substitutes Nabil Fekir and Blaise Matuidi along with Giroud, who is competing for Griezmann’s place directly.”From one match to another it can evolve,” said Deschamps. “Olivier, he has been with us for a while, he has an efficiency that is very good.”I made a different choice: he was disappointed too. But the way he transformed his disappointment with his entry is what matters.”Of the three substitutes of yesterday, they brought what I expected from a guy coming off the bench.”last_img read more

Lukaku not focusing on Golden Boot

first_imgWorld Cup Lukaku not focusing on World Cup Golden Boot after Belgium brace Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 03:08 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lukaku-Cropped Getty Images World Cup Belgium Romelu Lukaku Belgium v Panama Panama The Red Devils earned a 3-0 opening win at the World Cup thanks in part to the Manchester United striker, but he is not looking for personal accolades Romelu Lukaku is not focusing on potentially winning the World Cup Golden Boot despite his double in Belgium’s opening 3-0 win over Panama.Belgium struggled for fluency in the first half of the Group G encounter with the tournament debutants in Sochi.However, a stunning Dries Mertens strike put them ahead before Lukaku’s brace left the result beyond doubt. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The Manchester United forward is one goal behind Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored a hat-trick in Portugal’s 3-3 draw with Spain, in the Golden Boot race, but Lukaku is not prioritising personal accolades.He told a media conference: “I’m not thinking in personal terms, the most important thing is the team. I want to help and assist my team-mates as much as possible.”People know I am supposed to score, but also the other members of the team. The most important thing is to win matches, work hard in training and be in top shape for the rest of the World Cup.”It was important to start well and winning the game is the most important thing, not individual performances. As a team we know we have a lot of qualities, we have a lot of players who can make the difference. We were ready today and we have to be ready for the next game.”I can play in different ways and styles. The last matches with the national team were games of a lower level and for me it’s important to have the right line in the box and follow that strategy. Usually I am in the right position at the right time.”last_img read more

Portugal vs Morocco: TV, stream & preview

first_imgWorld Cup Portugal vs Morocco: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 14:45 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) HD Ronaldo goatee Getty World Cup Portugal v Morocco Morocco Portugal Powerade The European champions come up against the Atlas Lions, who will be desperate to win following a disheartening opening-day loss to Iran Portugal will now turn their focus to their final game against Iran but they will need to improve. Ronaldo was left isolated on so many occasions and they looked vulnerable down both flanks. Morocco will be playing for pride next week as they prepare to entertain Spain before heading home!Morocco are the first team to exit the 2018 Russia World Cup after two defeats from as many matches. They responded brilliantly after their heartbreaking defeat to Iran but it was not enough as Portugal did enough to hang on. Ronaldo was the hero once again thanks to his first-half header but they were lucky to hang on at times this afternoon. Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 2018 World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move FULL TIME – Portugal 1-0 Morocco90+4 mins: Into the final minute, Morocco need to get the ball down the other end of the field. 90+2 mins: OVER!! Another free kick causes Portugal problems and Benatia is once again the first man to react inside the area. However, he produces another defender’s finish and cannot keep his shot on target. 90+1 mins: Silva has been on the field for a matter of seconds and he is booked for trying to time waste.90 mins: Five minutes of stoppage time given at the Luzhniki stadium!89 mins: CHANCE – Morocco work their way into the Portugal box but Pepe is on hand to put his body in the way and concede a corner.Final change from Santos as Moutinho walks off the field of play and is now replaced by Adrien Silva.86 mins: Sub for Morocco with time running out as Fajr replaces El Ahmadi.85 mins: BLOCK! Ronaldo steps up to take the free kick but the wall stands firm. The Madrid man goes down straight after and claims he should have a penalty but the game moves on. 83 mins: Ronaldo has possibly had less than five touches but with his latest one he wins a free kick on the edge of the Morocco box. 81 mins: OVER! Dirar stays back for a corner but the ball flies towards him and he gets a little excited. He tries to replicate Nacho’s effort against Portugal but he gets it wrong and smashes it into the crowd.80 mins: Morocco continue to throw everything at the Portugal defence but the European champions seem happy to absorb the attacks. Will they live to regret that decision?78 mins: MISS – Morocco win another free kick and Benatia misses another chance from inside the box. The defender glides away from his marker but the ball hits his shoulder and a goal kick is awarded.77 mins: Morocco are starting to make things harder for themselves and their best chance of a goal looks like it will come from a set piece.75 mins: Belhanda, who forced that sensational save out of Patricio, is now making his way off. He will be replaced by Carcela-Gonzalez.73 mins: Amrabat has struggled to get into the game during the last five minutes and the recent subs have also changed the tempo of the game. Renard looks like he will make another alteration as one of his players is stripped off and ready to go!71 mins: Around 20 minutes to go and time is running out for Morocco. They have tried so hard and will feel they could have got a result if it remains 1-0 to Santos’ outfit.  70 mins: Midfielder Mario has not made the best impression this afternoon and he is now replaced by Fernandes.69 mins: First change for Morocco as Boutaib makes way for El Kaabi. Big chance for the sub to become a hero!68 mins: JUST OVER! Ziyech calls rank on the set piece but he cannot get his shot up and down after beating the wall. His left-footed effort sails over the bar and Patricio will now take the goal kick.67 mins: Morocco win a free-kick after Guerreiro makes another sloppy tackle. He has really struggled out there this afternoon.65 mins: A Mexican wave sweeps around the Luzhniki Stadium and there’s plenty of time left for a few more goals. 63 mins: The tempo has slowed down for Morocco and they might want to make a substitution to help their chances.60 mins: CHANCE – Another set piece from Morocco causes problems and Benatia reacts quickly to try and volley home. However, he snatches at his effort and shoots into the stands. Terrible shot but another dangerous free kick from Renard’s men.59 mins: Manchester City’s Silva has endured a quiet afternoon and he now makes way for Martins.58 mins: First-class goalkeeping from Patricio in the last two minutes. He has barely had anything to do but shows tremendous concentration skills to make two saves.57 mins: WHAT A SAVE!!!!! Stunning reflexes from Patricio keeps the score at 1-0 as he somehow leaps across to his right and palms away Belhanda’s header.56 mins: Amrabat wins a free-kick and he continues to have a superb game…55 mins: SAVE!!! Amrabat draws in two defenders and plays in Belhanda on the edge of the box. The midfielder picks his spot but Patricio is alert and plucks the ball out of the air and thwarts the danger.53 mins: Portugal look to have tightened up in midfield and as a result Morocco are not getting as much joy on the counter attack.51 mins: OVER! Portugal have Morocco panicking for a second as they take a quick free kick. Mario turns near the byline and Ronaldo looks destined to score his fifth of the tournament but he blasts the ball into the stands!48 mins: WIDE! Portugal win a corner and Fonte climbs high but as he heads wide the referee gives a free kick to Morocco.46 mins: We are back underway in Moscow and Morocco have 45 minutes to avoid defeat as they try to stay in the World Cup.Portugal need to try and bring Ronaldo into the game on a more regular basis but they are struggling to defend down the wings, especially against Amrabat. The crowd are fired up for this and it promises to be a cracking second half.Portugal will feel fortunate to lead and they have Ronaldo to thank after his goal inside four minutes. Morocco have since kicked on and they look a real threat down both flanks and they can still get a result today if they maintain their current performance levels.Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 2018 World CupHALF TIME – Portugal 1-0 Morocco45+3 mins: MISS – Morocco cause problems and should test Patricio but Benatia cannot react quick enough to head home Belhanda’s flick on. 45+2 mins: Morocco win a free kick after Guerreiro fouls Amrabat near the corner flag.45+1 mins: Three minutes of stoppage time shown at the Luzhniki Stadium.45 mins: We have a break in play as Belhanda goes down after being caught in the face by Carvalho. It looked accidental and he should be OK to continue.42 mins: Just a few minutes to go until the break and Portugal have done a great job to stop Morocco’s barrage of attacks. 40 mins: SO CLOSE! Ronaldo brings the ball down and he plays in Guedes thanks to a well-weighted chip but the forward volleys straight into the hands of Mohamedi. Benatia is the first man into the book as the referee tries to control the game and not let things get out of hand.36 mins: Morocco urge the referee to book Cedric as he brings down Boutaib but the appeals are ignored and play resumes on the halfway line.35 mins: Only 35 minutes into the contest but this is a much better performance from Morocco as they try to keep their tournament hopes alive. The chances have dried up but they will be confident they can grab at least one goal this afternoon.33 mins: Ronaldo starting to show signs of frustration as he moans at one or two of his team-mates as they decide against crossing. 30 mins: The answer is no as he drills his effort straight into the Morocco wall. It remains 1-0 to Santos’ men!29 mins: Boutaib goes down in the Portugal box and demands a penalty but the Morocco fans are furious as Portugal break and Mario wins a free kick in a good position. It will be Ronaldo to take it…he can’t do it again can he?27 mins: BIG appeals for a penalty from the Morocco crowd as Amrabat goes down after a challenge from Guerreiro. The referee is not interested but Renard is left fuming on the touchline!25 mins: More jeers as Ronaldo goes down and does a few forward rolls after being clipped on the ankle by Benatia.23 mins: Ziyech goes looking for possession and glides inside before picking his spot from 25 yards out. Unfortunately, the winger fails to get the required power behind the ball and that is a comfortable save for new Wolves keeper Patricio.21 mins: Morocco have been the better team inside the first 20 minutes but they have failed to take any of their chances. Boos can be heard from their fans as Portugal try to settle down and play keep ball for a minute or two.20 mins: Ziyech wins a corner after some more good play but Portugal clear his delivery at the first time of asking. 19 mins: CHANCE – Dirar beats the offside trap and drills a low cross into the box but the referee spots a foul in back play. Another warning sign for the European champions.17 mins: Portugal need to improve here, they are really struggling to regain momentum despite being in the lead.15 mins: Amrabat came into this game wearing a scrum cap but he appears to have taken it off. He will be hoping to avoid another nasty head clash!13 mins: For the first time the two teams look to be trying to slow the play down and build from the back. Frantic start in Moscow and Portugal lead thanks to another fine finish from Ronaldo. 11 mins: CHANCE – Morocco have responded well since going behind and Da Costa nearly finds an equaliser. Ziyech swings in a corner to the back post and Da Costa gets up well to head home but Patricio does well to smother his effort.10 mins: CHANCE – Morocco work the ball down the right channel and Dirar picks out Boussoufa with a cross but the holding midfielder heads wide.8 mins: CHANCE – Ronaldo nearly grabs a brace but he can only shoot wide of the far post. Morocco’s defence collapses as Ronaldo turns on the edge of the box but he cannot find the bottom corner.6 mins: Wonderful moment for Ronaldo as he has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football with 85. What a player!4 mins: After weathering some early pressure, Portugal now win a corner after Bernardo Silva’s cross was turned behind.Another set piece for Santos’ men after Da Costa heads over a long-range effort from Guerreiro.GOAAALL Portugal 1-0 Morocco – He’s at it again, Ronaldo grabs his fourth goal of the tournament from the corner. The Real Madrid star wrestles away from his marker before diving low to head home past Mohamedi. Superb start for Portugal!!Moutinho grabs the assist thanks to that superb curling delivery which caused chaos for the Morocco defence.3 mins: Renard’s men have to attack today and they have made a lively start with both Amrabat and Ziyech looking lively down the flanks. The latter swings in a cross for Boutaib but the striker can only head wide.2 mins: It is very simple today for Morocco, if they lose then they are out of the tournament with one game to spare. 1 min: We are underway in Moscow, with Morocco in their red strip and Portugal in all white. HERE WE GO…We are nearly ready for kick off as both teams enter the tunnel, can Morocco tame Ronaldo?Just one change for Portugal from that thrilling draw with Spain as Fernandes drops out for Joao Mario. Morocco coach Herve Renard has decided to make three alterations to his team with Saiss, Harit and El Kaabi all making way. With today a must win game, Renard brings in Da Costa, Ziyech and Boutaib.Morocco SUBS: Amine Harit, Ayoub El Kaabi, Youssef En-Nesyri, Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez, Faycal Fajr, Hamza Mendyl, Sofyan Amrabat, Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti, Romain Saiss, Aziz Bouhaddouz, Bono.Morocco Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Munir Mohamedi, Nabil Dirar, Medhi Benatia (c), Manuel da Costa, Achraf Hakimi, Karim El Ahmadi, Moubarak Boussoufa, Nordin Amrabat, Younes Belhanda, Hakim Ziyech, Khalid Boutaib.Portugal SUBS: Anthony Lopes, Ricardo Quaresma, Adrien Silva, Andre Silva, Gelson Martins, Mario Rui, Beto, Ricardo Pereira, Bruno Fernandes, Manuel Fernandes, Bruno Alves, Ruben Dias.Portugal Starting XI (4-4-2): Rui Patrício, Cédric Soares, Pepe, Jose Fonte, Raphael Guerreiro, Bernardo Silva, Joao Moutinho, William Carvalho, Joao Mario, Goncalo Guedes, Cristiano Ronaldo.Portugal have lost only one of their last 10 World Cup group games, winning five and drawing the other four. However, they will need to be at their best going forward, with Morocco not facing a single shot in the second half of their opening match against Iran.Fernando Santos’ men will go top if they win, but that could all change come 7pm this evening. If they are to be successful they will need to rewrite the record books, with Morocco beating Portugal 3-1 in their only previous encounter back in 1986.Portugal come into the game on the back of that entertaining 3-3 draw against Spain, while Morocco were beaten 1-0 by Iran last week.30 mins until KO: Good afternoon and welcome to our live text coverage of the Group B 2018 World Cup match between Portugal and Morocco at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Squads & Team News Just the one change for Portugal as Joao Mario takes Bruno Fernandes’ place on the left of midfield, while Goncalo Guedes continues to be preferred over Andre Silva as Cristiano Ronaldo’s strike-partner.Morocco, however, have changed things up a little, and the major omission is Wolves’ Roman Saiss, who has been left on the bench. Nordin Amrabat has been pushed further forward and Amine Harit has also been dropped for full-back Nabil Dirar as Renard opts for a more defensive approach in this game. Confirmed Portugal XI:  Rui Patricio; Guerreiro, Fonte, Pepe, Cedric; Mario, Moutinho, Carvalho, B. Silva; Ronaldo, GuedesPortugal subs: Alves, M. Fernandes, Andre Silva, Lopes, Dias, Pereira, B. Fernandes, Martins, Rui, Quaresma, Beto, Adrien SilvaConfirmed Morocco XI:  Munir; Hakimi, Da Costa, Benatia, Dirar; Boussoufa, El Ahmadi; Ziyech, Belhanda, N. Amrabat; BoutaibMorocco subs: Bono, Mendyl, Saiss, El Kaabi, Fajr, Ait Bennasser, Harit, En-Nesyri, Bouhaddouz, S. Amrabat, Tagnaouti, Carcela-GonzalezTV 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 FS1 / Telemundo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BBC One or streamed live online using the iPlayer. UK TV channel Online stream BBC One iPlayer For the first time the two teams look to be trying to slow the play down and build from the back. Frantic start in Moscow and Portugal lead thanks to another fine finish from Ronaldo.  HALF TIME – Portugal 1-0 Morocco. WIDE! Portugal win a corner and Fonte climbs high but as he heads wide the referee gives a free kick to Morocco. SAVE!!! Amrabat draws in two defenders and plays in Belhanda on the edge of the box. The midfielder picks his spot but Patricio is alert and plucks the ball out of the air and thwarts the danger. JUST OVER! Ziyech calls rank on the set piece but he cannot get his shot up and down after beating the wall. His left-footed effort sails over the bar and Patricio will now take the goal kick.last_img read more

In The Spotlight – Kirsty Quince

first_imgIn the twenty-fourth edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Women’s Open player, Kirsty Quince, speaks about how she got involved in Touch Football and what it means to her to be representing Australia at her first World Cup. Name: Kirsty QuinceNickname: QuincyAge: 19Affiliate: Brisbane CityOccupation: Physio StudentPosition: MiddleDebut for Australia: Under 18’s 2009, Women’s Open World Cup 2011Career highlights so far: Australian Youth Teams 2009/2011 and making the NTL final in 2010How you got involved in Touch Football: I helped make up numbers at a training session for my older sister’s school team when I was seven, fell in love with it and been playing ever since. Favourite player: Sharyn Williams and Angela Barr.What does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: It means everything. It is something I have dreamed of since I was young and there is nothing better than playing for your country. Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: My Dad, Karley Banks, Greg Jones and Peter Bell. Favourite sporting moment: When the Australian Men’s inline speed skating team won the world championship in the relay against the perceived unbeatable Americans. Growing up watching the boys train with Dad and seeing how much blood, sweat and tears went into that one moment is something I will never forget.  What do you know about Scotland: Very beautiful. Any superstitions: None at all.Funniest Australian teammate: Sam Hammond.Favourite quote: “Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.”Any travel plans for after World Cup: Taking a road trip from Scotland to London visiting all the places along the way and then on to Paris. Looking forward to a day at Wimbledon and seeing a leg of the Tour de France. Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup.  With just over a month until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

State of Origin Day One Wrap-Up

first_imgRelated LinksState of Origin game one By BEN HARRISNew South Wales might have won eight of the 13 divisions last night in game one of the State of Origin series at Port Macquarie but Queensland were the ones left cheering after drawing first blood in the two big matches – Men’s and women’s Open.The Maroons held their nerve in the Women’s match to win 5-3 while in the Men’s, Queensland won in a very exciting drop-off, 7-6.It was a moral victory for Queensland as they now sit in the box seat to take out the prized divisions of the series.How can New South Wales bounce back from last night’s two losses? By lunchtime we will find out.The Blues got in the Mixed Open despite defence being optional for both sides.The 13-11 result was the highest scoring match in State of Origin history for the division.New South Wales coach Wade Jenkins said it was a “tit-for-tat match” but his team needed to do a lot more work for games two and three.New South Wales took out both the Men’s and Women’s 20’s 9-6 and 6-1 respectively.A final second touchdown to Nathan Martin secured an 11-10 victory for the Blues in the Men’s 30s.However, Queensland got their revenge in the Women’s 30s with a 5-4 win in drop-off.The Women’s 35’s also went to a drop-off and once again the Maroons prevailed 5-4.New South Wales comfortably won the Men’s 35’s 10-6.The Blues took out the Men’s and Women’s 40’s – 8-5 and 6-3 respectively – and won the Men’s 45’s 4-2.Queensland took out the Men’s 50’s in a close one, 3-2.Game two of the SOO will commence at 9.50amPLAY OF THE DAY:Not much of a Play of the Day, more like the Plays of the Day.It was hard to ignore the three drop-off victories by Queensland in the women’s 30s, 35s and the Men’s Open. Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the State of Origin action: State of Origin – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

13 days agoEx-Leicester winger Piper: Rodgers not making most of Maddison

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Leicester winger Piper: Rodgers not making most of Maddisonby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Leicester City winger Matt Piper says manager Brendan Rodgers isn’t making the most of James Maddison.Piper, who turned out 16 times for boyhood club Leicester between 2000 and 2002, has been disappointed not to see England boss Gareth Southgate give Maddison a regular role in the Three Lions midfield, but has criticised Rodgers’ decision to force the ex-Norwich man out wide.”Maddison has been Leicester’s main man this season,” he told Love Sport Radio.”He’s got a big future ahead of him, Maddison. He can become a top, top player.”He’s at his best as a number ten. He’s been played out on the left this season, but that isn’t how to use him.”He’s two footed, he’s incredibly creative, and he’s super talented. People ask whether he’s arrogant, but I think it’s just ultimate confidence in his ability, and he makes things happen.” last_img read more

2 days agoLiverpool veteran Milner hopeful of settling new contract

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool veteran Milner hopeful of settling new contractby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool veteran James Milner is hopeful of settling his contract situation.The experienced utility man, 33, revealed he is in talks with the Reds over an extension of his current contract.But he is yet to put pen to paper to renew his deal which expires in the summer, meaning he will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with European clubs from January.Asked about his future, Milner said: “Who knows, you know?“There have been talks so hopefully it gets resolved sooner rather than later.“But at this moment I will just keep playing football as well as I can.” last_img read more

Kansas Basketball: Video: Kansas’ Perry Ellis Was Part Of An Awesome Pool Dunk

first_imgKansas' Perry Ellis throws down a Pool Dunk.Kansas’ Perry Ellis Pool DunkIf there’s one thing better than college basketball, it’s pool basketball. Perry Ellis is very, very good at pool basketball. Kansas’ star forward collaborated with a couple of friends to throw down an awesome pool dunk. Check it out: That’s a very solid 9/10 on the pool-dunk scale.last_img

Cuadrado set to avoid knee surgery

first_imgJuan Cuadrado is likely to avoid the need for surgery on a knee injury, Juventus have confirmed.The Colombia international was sent to Germany for assessment on the problem last week and missed the 1-0 Serie A victory over Roma last Saturday.The 30-year-old has returned to Turin and will continue conservative treatment in a bid to restore him to full fitness. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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 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? “Juan Cuadrado is continuing conservative therapy with some improvement,” a Juve statement said.”At the moment, there are not enough indications to proceed surgically.”Cuadrado has made 15 appearances in all competitions for Massimiliano Allegri’s side this season.Despite his injury struggles, he remains fully committed to the Juve cause and has sought to play down any suggestion that he may consider leaving the club.He told Marca in November: “I think only of Juventus and to reach the goals we have set ourselves, to arrive in March and to be in a race on all fronts.“Then there will be the Copa America, it will be a great opportunity to win something with Colombia.”Juve are set to face Atalanta on December 26 before hosting Sampdoria three days later in their final match before the mid-season break.Cuadrado will play no part in those fixtures, but will be hoping to come back into contention at some point in early 2019.last_img read more

We need Suarez out wide – Emery

first_imgBarcelona midfielder Denis Suarez will help to solve Arsenal’s shortage of wingers, according to head coach Unai Emery, who said he also hopes to have Ainsley Maitland-Niles fit for his side’s clash with Manchester City.Suarez is set to join Arsenal on loan until the end of the season after falling out of favour under Ernesto Valverde at Barca but he did not manage to complete his move in time to feature in the Gunners’ 2-1 Premier League win over Cardiff City on Tuesday.Also missing for Arsenal was Maitland-Niles, who picked up a knee injury and joined team-mates Hector Bellerin, Sokratis and Laurent Koscielny in the treatment room. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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 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? After seeing goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette help Arsenal to victory over the Bluebirds, Emery told reporters: “We need wingers.These guys… #ARSCAR pic.twitter.com/sTc4TTuf7O — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 29, 2019 “Suarez, who I know, has this quality.”Asked whether the 25-year-old Spaniard would handle the physicality of the Premier League, Emery replied: “I don’t know now.”It’s a challenge for him, and also [it is a challenge for him] to help us.”With just two days remaining before the close of the transfer window, Emery was coy on potential arrivals despite Arsenal being linked with Inter’s Ivan Perisic.He said: “If a player can come here to help us, he will come. The last news, I don’t know. My focus is on the match. Maybe tonight or tomorrow [Wednesday] I will speak.”Looking ahead to Sunday’s trip to face Premier League champions City at the Etihad Stadium, and whether or not any of his injured players would be likely to return, Emery said: “I don’t know now. We need to know tomorrow in training.”I hope some players can be with us. Ainsley [Maitland-Niles], I hope.”Meanwhile, Emery’s opposite number Neil Warnock expressed his disappointment with the display of Cardiff centre-back Bruno Ecuele Manga, who, after being fortunate not to concede a penalty in the first half, failed to learn his lesson and tripped Sead Kolasinac in the box.Aubameyang opened the scoring from the resulting spot-kick and Arsenal rarely looked like dropping points from there.”They should’ve had a penalty in the first half and I spoke to Bruno [at half-time], so for him to dive in like that again, I’m just really disappointed,” said Warnock.”The players have to think about their responsibility, it was just amateur.”last_img read more

‘Man Utd needed more from Fellaini’

first_imgMarouane Fellaini was “effective” for Manchester United, says Leon Osman, but the Red Devils are sanctioning a switch to China as they require players who are more “technically gifted”.The transfer window in the Chinese Super League remains open, so a deal for the Belgium international remains in the pipeline.It is expected that the 31-year-old will link up with Shandong Luneng, with Goal revealing that talks have been opened. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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 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? Fellaini appeared to be on his way to Asia to finalise a move on Thursday, with pictures posted on social media of him at Brussels airport.A three-year deal is understood to await him at his next destination, with a man who was a firm favourite of Jose Mourinho being allowed to leave in a £10 million ($13m) switch after finding game time hard to come by under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Osman is not surprised to see an exit from Old Trafford being made, with Fellaini’s former Everton team-mate telling BBC Radio 5 Live: “I would say he was more accustomed to a Jose Mourinho style of football [than Solskjaer’s].“He’s physical, strong, effective at both ends, whereas Manchester United require a much more technically gifted player than, unfortunately, Fellaini’s capable of.“Effective, that’s the word, for his time at Manchester United, but you can understand why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feels him surplus to requirements and I think for all parties it would be best if he found himself elsewhere.“He’s a nice feller. He took a while to learn the language but a really nice feller, desperate to get involved in the dressing room.“He really did bring an awful lot to the dressing room as well.“He’s one of those payers you thought you could rely on and you could turn to him in a desperate situation.“I feel now, even at United, he won’t be one of those players that will ruffle the dressing room and upset the way things are going.“I think he will get on with his job as a professional but he will want to play football before his career ends.”Fellaini is preparing to leave United five-and-a-half years after arriving in a £27.5m ($36m) move from Everton.He has taken in 177 appearances and scored 22 goals.A new contract was signed at Old Trafford last summer, with a two-year extension agreed.He has, however, slipped down the pecking order in the wake of Mourinho’s departure and is now ready to start a new chapter in his career.last_img read more

Brian Kelly Threw His Notre Dame Players Under The Bus

first_imgBrian Kelly speaking at a press conference.YouTube/WatchNDBrian Kelly blamed Saturday’s loss to Duke directly on his players.Brian Kelly, Notre Dame’s 54-year-old coach paid more than $1 million/year, did not hold back in his post-game press conference following the Fighting Irish’s embarrassing 38-35 loss to Duke on Saturday.“Coaching had nothing to do with the outcome today,” Kelly said.Considering the coaches paid ridiculously-high salaries are the ones responsible for the players, that’s a strange statement to make publicly.That’s not all he said, though.Kelly also said DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame’s starting quarterback, played “below standard” and was “not acceptable.” Kizer threw for 381 yards and rushed for 60, but turned the ball over twice. Kelly added that Notre Dame’s backup, Brandon Wimbush, might play this season after expecting to redshirt. “That’s a possibility. That’s a definite possibility,” Kelly said.Every starting position is now up for grabs, according to Kelly.“Every position, all 22 of them, will be evaluated,” Kelly said. “Each and every position. There is no position that is untouchable on this football team. And that’s the quarterback, all the way down to — maybe the long snapper’s OK. We’re not going to touch him. But everybody else is vulnerable.”You can watch Kelly’s full post-game press conference below.Notre Dame (1-3) is set to host Syracuse next Saturday.last_img read more

No Juve move for Inzaghi as he signs new Lazio deal

first_imgSimone Inzaghi has signed a contract extension with Lazio that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2021, putting an end to speculation linking him with a move to Juventus.The Italian tactician has spent the entirety of his coaching career at the Roman club, taking over initially as caretaker in 2016 before being given the job permanently. Lazio finished eighth in Serie A last season, seven points off arch-rivals Roma, who ended the campaign in sixth, occupying the final Europa League qualification spot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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 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? And the club announced the deal on their official website, stating: “Lazio announces that it has renewed and extended the work contract of Mr. Simone Inzaghi until 06/30/2021.”The choice to continue this journey together, the result of shared planning, strengthens the bond between the parties and certifies the unity of intent necessary to achieve the set sporting goals.”There had been speculation that he was in the running for the vacant posts at one of Juventus or AC Milan, following the departures of Massimiliano Allegri and Gennaro Gattuso, respectively.The new deal appears to put those rumours to bed, however, with Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri seemingly clear to take over at Juve.The Blues manager remains the favourite to replace Allegri in Turin, and Goal understands that Juve are both keen to appoint him and willing to pay his £5 million exit clause.Sarri has been an unpopular figure at Stamford Bridge despite finishing third in the Premier League and reaching two cup finals – losing the Carabao Cup on penalties to all-conquering Manchester City and winning the Europa League against London rivals Arsenal.City boss Pep Guardiola was also strongly linked with a move to the Italian giants but he has frequently insisted that he remains committed to the Premier League club and is not looking to leave.However, that hasn’t stopped retiring Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli stating his belief that a move for the Spaniard is still possible.At San Siro, meanwhile, Sampdoria manager Marco Giampaolo appears set to land the Milan job after impressing in his current post, while Goal understands Roma, who are also looking for a new manager, are in advanced talks with Paulo Fonseca.last_img read more

What Alabama Would Be Favored Over Georgia, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Michigan At Neutral Site

first_imgTua Tagovailoa points directions to a teammate.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the offense against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)After Alabama’s domination of LSU on Saturday night, there are few who don’t believe that the Crimson Tide are the best team in the country. It seems like the oddsmakers – before and after that game – agree.During College GameDay on Saturday morning, ESPN ran a graphic – with lines from USA Today’s Danny Sheridan. Basically, Alabama would be favored over every team in the country – by a lot.The only team that would be within a touchdown of the Crimson Tide, predictably, is Clemson.After that, Michigan, Oklahoma, Georgia and Ohio State are all around two-touchdown underdogs. Notre Dame and UCF would have even wider spreads.Alabama Spread on a Neutral Field:Clemson +7Michigan +13Oklahoma +13Georgia +14Ohio St +14LSU +17Notre Dame +17.5UCF +22— CFB Home (@CFBHome) November 3, 2018Keep in mind that these spreads were as-of Saturday. If anything, they might get wider.Alabama, after the win over LSU, looks nearly unbeatable – but it’s college football, so you never know.Alabama has Mississippi State, The Citadel, Auburn and now Georgia in the SEC title game left on its schedule.last_img read more

Huge Recruit Visiting Ohio State For The Michigan Game

first_imgHead coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands on the field prior to their game.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: (R-L) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands on the field prior to their game at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)One of the top recruits in the country will be in Columbus for the major Ohio State-Michigan game next weekend.Mekhail Sherman, the No. 13 overall recruit in the 2020 class, announced on Twitter this afternoon that he’ll be visiting the Buckeyes for the contest against the Wolverines.“I’ll Definitely Be Up @ The Horseshoe For The TUN Game! Show Me Love !” he tweeted.I’ll Definitely Be Up @ The Horseshoe For The TUN Game! Show Me Love ! #GoBucks— Mekhail Sherman? (@JuicedUpK9) November 14, 2018Sherman, a five-star linebacker, is ranked the No. 2 OLB in the country by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State and Penn State are all involved in his recruitment.The Buckeyes are listed as the favorite to land him at this point.last_img read more

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit Updates His Top 4

first_imgKirk Herbstreit On College Football's Most "Intimidating" StadiumESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has updated his rankings following the crazy Alabama-Georgia SEC Championship Game in Atlanta.The Crimson Tide were outplayed by the Bulldogs for much of the contest, but Jalen Hurts replaced an injured Tua Tagovailoa and led the team on a game-winning drive with about one minute to play.What does this mean for the College Football Playoff?Herbstreit had tweeted out his hypothetical rankings earlier in the game.With a close Alabama win over Georgia, here’s Herbstreit’s new top four:AlabamaClemsonNotre DameGeorgiaYes, Herbstreit still has Georgia inside his top four, despite the Bulldogs coming off a loss and having two losses on the season.If Bama wins close game1-Bama2-Clemson 3-ND4-UGAIf UGA wins1-Clemson2-UGA3-Bama4-NDIf Bama blows UGA out1-Bama2-Clemson 3-ND4-OU/OSU debate.— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) December 1, 2018What is the College Football Playoff selection committee going to do?We’ll find out on Sunday.The final College Football Playoff rankings are going to be released on ESPN on Sunday afternoon.last_img read more