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Argentina wins America’s Cup after 16 races and nearly three decades of disappointment



Argentina wins America's Cup after 16 races and nearly three decades of disappointment

Argentina ended Saturday with a long title drought after 16 competitions and nearly three decades of disappointment, more precisely after winning the 1993 America’s Cup.

At the Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro, ngel Di Maria’s 22nd-minute goal in the final against Brazil brought the 15th Copa America victory for the albi-celeste team, who had not tried a conquest for a while. 28 years …

After winning in 1993 in the final against Mexico (2-1), in Ecuador, Argentina lost five finals and lost once in the semifinals, seven in the “quarter-finals”, two in the “round of 16”. and again in the group stage.

Among so many failures, some were much more expensive than others, six of which, corresponding to 37.5%, occurred in the penalty shootout lottery.

The first of many disappointments came in 1994, in the fourth and final World Cup final, Diego Armando Maradona, who, after a difficult debut in 1982, in which he said goodbye to being sent off, became the 1986 champion. He is with Argentina on the “back” and “vice”, “stolen” in 1990.

The D10s started dazzling against Greece (4-0) and Nigeria (2-1) and Argentina looked very strong, but after the second game everything fell apart due to the “dope” from El Pibe: two losses and a knockout in “ eighth “against Romania (2-3).

The “era” of Maradona, who died last year, ended there, and it took the albi-celestes a long time to find themselves, adding four consecutive eliminations in the “quarters” (Copa America 1995, 1997 and 1999 and World Cup 1998). and then an incredible elimination from the group stage of the 2002 World Cup.

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Eleven years after the 1993 America’s Cup, the Argentines returned to the final of the same competition in 2004 in Peru and were very close to the title, leading the score 1: 0, and after Benfica Luizao’s player drew, 2. -1, already on 87 minutes.

It seemed that the goal of Cesar Delgado put an end to the “drought” of the Argentines, but in stoppage time, on minute 90 + 3, “emperor” Adriano equalized the score, and on penalties – since there was no extra time – – Brazil won 4: 2.

At the 2006 World Cup, the Argentines again lost penalties, which they lost in the quarterfinals to Germany (2: 4, after 1: 1 in 120 minutes), but in 2007 a new America’s Cup final took place, this time playing a lot with albi-celeste …

Alfio Basile’s squad with the furor boy Messi won the first five games with 16 goals and three goals conceded and seemed unstoppable, but in the final they again bumped into Brazil, which won 3. -0.

With Maradona as coach, Argentina failed in the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals (0-4 with Germany), and the following year, under Sergio Batista’s command, the Copa America was at the same level. At home, Uruguay is back on penalties (4-5, after 1-1).

In three years, from 2014 to 2016, Argentina has achieved the “unthinkable”, reaching three finals in a row, the first in the World Cup and the next two in the FIFA World Cup, but unfortunately lost all three, none in 90 minutes.

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In 2014, he was again defeated by Germany in extra time (Goetze decided in the 113th minute), and in the next two years he always fell against Chile on penalties and after 120 minutes without a goal, the first 4-1 and then 4-2 …

The injury persisted and Argentina fell to the “Round of 16” at the 2018 World Cup, losing 4-3 to France, which later became champions, which improved something in the 2019 America’s Cup, in which they lost to hosts Brazil in socks”. ‘(0-2).

Two years later, on the same stage and against the same rival, Lionel Scaloni’s “eleven” proved to be even stronger and finally managed to end the “drought”.

Lionel Messi he finally won, at the age of 34 and in the fifth final, the first title for an Argentine soccer team., career goal, lifelong goal, America’s Cup that fills the void in your career.

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BALL – Goalkeeper was a hero as Nottingham Forest reach play-off final (England)



BALL - Goalkeeper was a hero as Nottingham Forest reach play-off final (England)

Closer and closer to the possible return of the historic Nottingham Forest to the Premier League 23 years after their last presence (in 1998/1999 Forest fell and never rose to the top flight).

After winning 2-1 away, Nottingham Forest were beaten by Sheffield United in the first leg and were happier (and more competent) in the shoot-out to confirm reaching the Champions League promotion play-off final.

With Cafu and Tobias Figueiredo starting on the home bench, the first goal of the match was scored in the 19th minute by Brennan Johnson, but Sheffield managed to turn the tide with Morgan Gibbs-White equalizing in the 47th minute and John Fleck in the 75th he gave the advantage to the guests, forcing extra time, where the result did not change, and subsequent penalties.

At the penalty mark, Nottingham goalkeeper Bryce Samba put on a hero’s cape and saved three Sheffield shots, while Forest won 3-2 (Portuguese Cafu scored and did not lose). It was a real madness at the City Ground when thousands of fans unleashed a (peaceful) invasion on the pitch to celebrate with the players.

In the final, Forest will face Huddersfield City, who eliminated Luton (2-1 on aggregate) in the other semi-final. The match will take place on May 29 at Wembley, the winner of which will receive promotion to the Premier League.

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BALL – Euro U17: Portugal start with a rout against Scotland (Football)



BALL - Euro U17: Portugal start with a rout against Scotland (Football)

Portugal made the best appearance at the European Under-17 Championships, which takes place in Israel. The Portuguese team defeated Scotland 4-1 in a game that took place at the Municipal Stadium of Lod.

Goals from Ivan Lima (8 minutes), Dinis Rodriguez (26 minutes), João Veloso (37 minutes, penalty), Afonso Moreira (70 minutes) and Rodrigo Ribeiro (73 minutes) sealed a solid triumph for the team of Rui Bento (assistant coach and replacement of José Lima , positive for Covid-19). Magnus KatzKezin scored for the Scots in the 62nd minute.

In another group match, Sweden beat Denmark 2-1 in the northern duel. Portugal lead the group and return to the field against Sweden next Friday at 14:30.

Game movie:

90. Portugal defeated Scotland 5-1. On Friday at 14:30, the under-17s have a new game against Sweden.

73. Rodrigo Ribeiro, who had just entered, signed the fifth goal of the national team with the first touch of the ball with a good kick.

69. Afonso Moreira, after a quick counter-attack, was isolated and scored the fourth goal of Portugal.

62. Scotland is reduced. McKinsey, after an individual initiative, outplayed the Portuguese goalkeeper.

46. ​​The second part begins.

45. Portugal come into the break beating Scotland 3-0.

36. João Veloso signed Portugal’s third goal with a penalty.

26. Dinis Rodrigues took advantage of Ivan Lima’s left cross to score Portugal’s second goal.

15. Dinis Rodriguez had everything to score, but his rebound went wide.

8. Ivan Lima puts Portugal ahead at the first opportunity. Rodriguez attempted an acrobatic throw but missed the ball and it was up to his teammate to take advantage of the opportunity to score.

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1. Launch the game.


Scotland: Pazikas, Kingdon, Mackenzie, Allen, MacArthur Cap, Jackson, Rice, Reed, O’Donnell, Moore and Wilson.

Substitutes: Mahadi, Bruce, Dede, Lobban, Cooper, Miller, Macleod, Laidlaw and Wales.

Portugal: Diogo Fernandes, Joao Conceicao, Diogo Monteiro-Cap, Joao Moniz, Leonardo Barroso, Dario Essugo, Ussuman Djalo, Joao Veloso, Ivan Lima, Afonso Moreira and Jose Dinis Rodriguez,

Substitutes: Francisco Silva, Rafael Luis, Joao Vasconcelos, Manuel Mendonza, Thiago Andrade, Vivaldo Semedo, Luis Gomes, Rodrigo Ribeiro and Martim Fernandes.

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BALL – “Real Madrid’s defense is bad” (Champions League)



BALL - "Real Madrid's defense is bad" (Champions League)

UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin spoke about the men’s and women’s Champions League finals, highlighting the presence of Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, two clubs promoting the so-called Super League, a project designed with some emblems but no legs to walk on.

“I have no problems with Real Madrid, although at the moment I am not in contact with the board. But Real Madrid’s place in the Champions League final testifies to the purity of UEFA competition. Real Madrid and Barcelona are in the men’s and women’s finals. No one interfered,” he stressed in his statements to the Slovenes. Sports.

Čeferin also analyzed the performance of the teams: “In the semi-finals, I doubted that Real Madrid would be able to knock out Manchester City, especially after losing the first game. But it looks like they have nine lives, just like cats. This is an experienced team. In my opinion, the protection is bad. They have the wonderful Karim Benzema, who is often referred to as one of the most underrated players in football history. Luka Modric the older the better. But Liverpool have younger players and they have very important experience for the final. It’s going to be an incredibly interesting finale.”

We remind you that the final is scheduled for May 28, at 20:00, in Paris.

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