Croatia boss Kovac angered by refereeing against Brazil

first_img Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura controversially deemed that Southampton defender Dejan Lovren had pulled down Fred in the area – Neymar dispatched the spot kick.  Croatia took a surprise first half lead when Marcelo put the ball into his own net, but the hosts hit back through Barcelona’s Neymar. “If that’s a penalty, we don’t need to play football anymore,” Kovac raged after the match. “Let’s play basketball instead, it’s a shame.” 13/06/2014 The 42-year-old, whose side will now need to get results against Mexico and Cameroon to prolong their stay in the World Cup, continued his tirade against the officials. After watching his side go down 3-1 to Brazil in the opening game of the world Cup in Sao Paulo, Croatia coach Niko Kovac hit out at the standard of the refereeing. CESTcenter_img “We better give it up now and go home,” he added. “We talk about respect, Croatia didn’t get any.” Upd. at 00:37 The game’s defining moment came in the second half though.  Sam Marsden Oscar added a third goal for the Brazilians late on as Croatia attacked in search of an equaliser.last_img read more

King Keylor! Navas saves the day for Real Madrid at Balaidos

first_img Madrid were two goals up by the 23rd minute thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo and Danilo, but the game became increasingly complicated for them from there. 24/10/2015 CEST After battering Barcelona 4-1 at Balaidos they believed they could do it again when Madrid came to town, but things did not get off to a good start. Upd. at 20:50 Barcelona transfer target Nolito put in a storming display down the left and eventually pulled one back with a few minutes to go, after Navas had pulled off an astounding string of saves to keep Madrid’s lead intact. The full-back slammed home his first goal for the club, seemingly ending the game there and then. Madrid live to fight another day and move three points clear at the top of the league, still unbeaten. Largely thanks to one Keylor Navas. As Celta pressed for an equaliser Madrid hit them on the break and Marcelo’s goal in stoppage time was harsh on the hosts. Celta’s defence disappeared when Lucas Vazquez squared from the left, and Ronaldo had plenty of time to get on the end of it and dispatch it past Sergio Alvarez. You’d never guess by the scoreline, but this match was all about Keylor Navas. Rik Sharma With the excellent Casemiro snapping around in midfield, it was a good start by Madrid, and they doubled their lead after some fine play by Jese gave Danilo acres of space in the box.  Gustavo Cabral was sent off for dissent in the second half but it didn’t stem the Celta tide, and Nolito eventually pulled one back. But Celta Vigo pressed and pressed, forcing Navas into some sensational stops, the best two seeing him deny Iago Aspas and Pablo Hernandez.last_img read more

Messi and Mascherano: Ten years of chasing a dream with Argentina

first_img That year, however, would mark a before and after in the duo’s relationship as Mascherano completed his move from Liverpool to Barça that same summer and thus linked up with Messi. In his first season, the 32-year-old won the league and Champions League double. Luke Salvin-Hughes They were close to achieving a trophy one year later reaching the Copa America 2007 final, but lost 3-0 to Brazil in the final. Then came the Beijing Olympic Games the following year as they tasted success winning the gold medal by beating final opponents Nigeria. Sergio Batista was subsequently succeeded by Alejandro Sabella whose first decision as coach was significant: Messi would become captain with one eye already on the 2014 World Cup. Argentina then flopped again in another major tournament, only this time it was on home soil during the Copa America 2011. It seemed like the ideal scenario as it was played in front of their own supporters, but they lost to Uruguay on penalties in the quarter-finals. CEST FAILURE AT HOME The teams face each other once more on Sunday, presenting Messi and Mascherano with yet another opportunity to taste glory on the international stage. All hopes and dreams were invested into the 2010 World Cup, but Germany broke Argentinian hearts beating the Albiceleste 4-0 in the quarter-finals.center_img Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano are set to feature in the Copa America final ten years after appearing together with Argentina at the 2006 World Cup. Upd. at 14:26 The pair began to forge their relationship in Germany and purse the dream of winning a title with Argentina. Both have since become integral members of the Albiceleste squad with the former captaining the team before handing responsibilities to the latter. But the Olympic experience was only a small part of the bigger puzzle that Messi and Mascherano have been trying to piece together. Diego Maradona’s arrival as Argentina coach in 2008 saw Messi become no.10 and Macherano the captain. With Messi as captain, Argentina reached the final at the Estadio Maracana and were once again beaten by the Germans after an extra-time goal by Mario Gotze. Another Copa America final appearance occurred the following year, but again it was misery as Chile defeated the Albiceleste on penalties. 25/06/2016 They’re only 90 minutes away from winning their first ever Copa America title and Argentina’s first since 1993.last_img read more

Reality hits for PSG star Neymar

first_img His objective when leaving Barcelona was evident. A new era to shine on his own. To step out of the shadow of Messi and win the Ballon d’Or. In theory the team led by Unai Emery would allow him to do this. He would also be together with friends – Alves, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos. However his hopes of winning the Ballon now come down to 90 minutes in the second leg on March 6. He must shine and inspire PSG to come back against Madrid in the French capital.  @davidboti Neymar did not work well with his team-mates, with neither he or Kylian Mbappe able to provide Cavani with a single pass. Even though Neymar says he’s happy at PSG, life post-Barca and post-Messi is not easy and he found that out for himself on Wednesday. David Boti CET 15/02/2018 Upd. at 17:26 IN SPORT.ES Un baño de realidad para Neymar PSG’s first real test this season left them walking away from the Santiago Bernabeu with their tails between their legs, especially Neymar. The former Barcelona forward became the player with the most dribbles in a Champions League match this season (13), but it’s a stat that doesn’t necessarily help you to win games. Let alone knock-out ties. If you’e not called Lionel Messi.last_img read more

Boxing: ESPN signs undefeated Two-Division World Champion Andre Ward

first_imgAdvertisement 6kNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8pa7Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Exwk( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3xtWould you ever consider trying this?😱73yCan your students do this? 🌚q3Roller skating! Powered by Firework Undefeated two-division world champion and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward might have retired from Boxing but his vast knowledge about the sport of Boxing is very sought after by a lot of media houses. Andre Ward has agreed to a new multiyear deal with ESPN, it was announced today.  Under the agreement, Ward will serve as an on-site studio boxing analyst for ESPN.Advertisement “We are thrilled to have reached this agreement with Andre,” said Mark Gross, ESPN senior vice president, production and remote events. “Andre’s experience in the ring, wealth of knowledge and passion for boxing will further enrich our live boxing coverage and provide fans a unique perspective of the sport.”Advertisement Added Ward: “I’m excited to officially become a part of ESPN’s broadcast team. ESPN’s new boxing platform is an opportunity for today’s talent to be exposed to a wider audience and it pushes the sport forward. My desire is to be an asset to those watching all over the world by giving viewers an unbiased, educated opinion that is clear and concise.”Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Football: Jose Mourinho out? Not so soon…

first_imgAdvertisement Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho hasn’t had the best of starts to the 2018-19 season. Two losses in the opening three games has resulted in the special one coming under a lot of fire from critics and fans. Despite the shaky start, executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has decided to give Mourinho ample time and opportunity to turn the club’s fortunes around.Advertisement United were defeated 3-0 by Tottenham Hotspurs in the final Premier League game for the month of August, following an equally dismal showing at the 3-2 loss away to Brighton and Hove Albion. Mourinho has been criticised throughout his United run for playing slow and defensive football, which doesn’t reflect the kind of football the club is famous for, yet in the first half of the game against Tottenham, United seemed to have a purpose about their game, creating several chances in the opposition penalty box but failing to convert any, including an open goal miss by Romelu Lukaku. They started the second half in similar fashion but two quickfire goal by the London club completely disoriented the mentality and the structure of the red devils, and a third one towards the end of the match sealed the deal for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.Advertisement The loss wasn’t the least of Mourinho’s problems. During the post match press conference, he made a very bizarre scene as he brought up the past glories of his Premier League career, and it seemed like he had lost his touch with United after a fruitful two seasons with them.Despite there being rumours of a row between Woodward and Mourinho, the former is not willing to sack the special one just yet, to give him time to turn the club’s fortunes around. Parallels have been drawn after this decision with Mourinho’s 2015-16 season with Chelsea where he also had a poor showing and was sacked by the club mid season.Advertisement Max Allegri, Didier Deschamps and Leonardo Jardim are some of the replacements the club might look into if the worst comes to pass but as of now, the special one’s immediate future is safe at Old Trafford.Read the full article here :https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/manchester-united-jose-mourinho-latest-sack-next-manager-tottenham-press-conference-premier-league-a8511221.htmlRead also :The Real Reason Why Manchester United Ended Up Jose Mourinho Instead Of Pep GuardiolaEL GRAN DERBI: THE EARLIEST SEVILLE DERBY SINCE 1987/88 Advertisementlast_img read more

Jose Mourinho unsure if De Gea will sign contract extension with club

first_imgAdvertisement Manchester United’s manager Jose Mourinho is not very much confident about the future of the star Spanish Goalkeeper David De Gea at Manchester United. David De Gea’s contract with the Red Devils is going to expire after the end of the season; though he has to option to extend the contract till 2020. But Jose Mourinho is not very much confident about the contract extension of David De Gea.Advertisement When, Jose Mourinho was asked about the future of the Spanish Goalkeeper at Manchester United, he told to Sky Sports, Advertisement  “I am not confident,” Advertisement  “I cannot find the word in English, but let’s see what happens. “Only the club, David and his people can answer that. My comment is only that everyone knows how good he is, how important he is for Manchester United and, if the club want to be better than it is and not worse, obviously it would be very important to keep David.” David De Gea is the prime target of Juventus in the next summer transfer window. Juventus are currently not having a World class Goalkeeper in their side. The addition of David De Gea will surely help them to become a side who can challenge for the Champions League title in the next season. If the club management of Juventus can rope in David De Gea in the next summer, it will be another low cost signing of them after Emre Can(from Liverpool) and Dani Alves (from Barcelona).  David De Gea is an important player for the Red Devils and he has saved the day for Manchester United for enumerate times. If, the star Spanish Goalkeeper decides to leave Old Trafford, there will be huge void for them and it will be really hard for the Red Devils to find a proper replacement of David De Gea. Advertisementlast_img read more

Serena Williams wanted next as part of WWE’s Women’s Evolution

first_imgAdvertisement srpNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsovmWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E96t101( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6ekdWould you ever consider trying this?😱k68rCan your students do this? 🌚isseaRoller skating! Powered by Firework Advertisement WWE Chief Brand Officer and RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon has revealed Serena Williams as her next high profile acquisition from the sporting world following the success of Ronda Rousey.It would be safe to say that the 23 time Grand Slam Champion was at the forefront of the Women’s Revolution in the 2000s. Williams cemented herself as an unstoppable force early on in her career and has proved herself on countless occasions as one of the Greatest Players of all time.Advertisement Speaking at WWE’s New York office, McMahon said: “Serena! I want Serena. She’s awesome.” The first ever all women’s PPV Evolution is right around the corner and the RAW Commissioner intends on convincing Williams to swap the Tennis court for the squared circle.Being linked with elite athletes from similar sporting backgrounds is nothing new for the company as in the past, Triple H has admitted his interest of possibly attracting UFC Superstar Conor McGregor to WWE.Advertisement However, Stephanie’s choice seems very odd and strange. Serena’s transformation from Tennis to wrestling will be a very hard thing for the Performance Center to work upon as she hails from a totally different work environment.Meanwhile, the 37 year old Tennis legend also plans on becoming a mother again. This would require Serena to take a break or call off her career while WWE may need to turn their attention to someone else, more likely towards female athletes who are household names in the pro wrestling or MMA industry. Advertisementlast_img read more

ISSF Shooting World Cup Munich: Apurvi Chandela bags India’s first gold medal in Women’s…

first_imgAdvertisement 43uNBA Finals | Brooklyn VshgyhWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6a34( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4n1Would you ever consider trying this?😱sgCan your students do this? 🌚26d9cdRoller skating! Powered by Firework India started their 2019 ISSF Shooting World Cup Munich campaign on a bang as Apurvi Chandela gave India her first gold medal. Apurvi had already sealed an Olympic qualification berth in the women’s 10m air rifle event along with Anjum Moudgil previously.Advertisement Apurvi pipped her Chinese opponent by a slender margin to win the gold medal in the Women’s 10m Air Rifle event at the 2019 ISSF Shooting World Cup in Munich Apurvi lived up to her billing as she topped the qualification charts whereas India’s Elavenil Valarivan finished second. Anjum Moudgil couldn’t qualify for the final round as she finished eleventh in the Qualifiers.Advertisement Apurvi started the final round on the backfoot but kept China’s Luyao Wang constantly in check. She got in front of her when the single shot phase began and the contest between the two extended till the last round. There, she shot 10.4 and clinched the gold medal by 0.2 points.Elavenil’s wait for winning her first medal in the World Cup, on the other hand, continued as she missed the bronze medal by a whisker. She shot an impressive 10.7 in the final round but fell short by a margin of 0.1.Advertisement India have sealed five Olympic berths in rifle and pistol shooting and would like to add more to their tally when the ISSF Shooting World Cup in Munich continues on Monday.  Advertisementlast_img read more

CWC 2019: John Cena allies with Team India in a trademark cheeky fashion

first_imgImage Courtesy: Indian ExpressAdvertisement 1uzez13NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5vWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E96a( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6b48Would you ever consider trying this?😱5dCan your students do this? 🌚uxRoller skating! Powered by Firework Ahead of Team India’s semi-final encounter against New Zealand, WWE superstar John Cena posted a hilarious picture of Indian skipper extending his hand out in thin air which is an indirect dig to his famous catchphrase “You can’t see me”. Advertisement Image Courtesy: Indian ExpressThe Cenation Leader posted the picture on Instagram, and like all of his photos prior to this, he has opted to not include a caption. The wrestler likes to leave the interpretation of the image to the viewer.Cena, whose love for Indians is unbound has previously posted quotes from influential people such as Shah Rukh Khan and Rahul Dravid. Other Indians who have taken place in Cena’s Instagram account include Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Daler Mehendi, and Kapil Sharma.The 16-time World Champion has been absent from television for a while due to his filming commitments while Kohli looks to lead India to their third World Cup triumph.We’ll have to wait and see if Virat Kohli comes up with a response to this cheeky message by the Cenation Leader.Read Also:Jadeja and Shami in Tendulkar’s team for the Semi-finals against New ZealandIndia’s 87-year old super fan Charulata Patel now a part of Pepsi’s digital campaign Advertisementlast_img read more