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BALL – “Before the games I sleep like a child, then I’m not even drunk …” (Spain)

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Luis Enrique, coach of the Spanish national team, made a statement that sparked a lot of talk during the preliminary conference against Sweden in Seville this Sunday, in the final round of Group B.

Asked if he was suffering more as a former player or as a coach in Spain, the former 51-year-old Barcelona and Real Madrid striker got down to business, in this case it was a bold question.

“Now the same thing happens to me as before: I sleep like a child before the game, and then I don’t sleep, even if I’m drunk,” he said.

On the decisive game with Sweden – for one point of the Sportinguista Sarabia team – commander Red asked for the presence of fans in Seville.

“I hope that supporters will come in large numbers and help us. There will be no party until the game is over. Our goal is to secure our victory in the standings, but there is a serious contender ahead of us. I will not change anything in my strategy. Sweden defends well and has fast players ahead of them, which will give us problems. That is why we need an audience, because with them we are stronger and they are weaker, ”he defended.

A draw is enough for Spain to secure first place and a direct qualification – Sweden will have to win to avoid play-offs.

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″They are all a gang of thieves!″

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″They are all a gang of thieves!″

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Atlético Madrid’s defense was incensed at the end of the match that saw Uruguay expelled from the World Cup in Qatar.

José Jiménez, Uruguay’s defender, was one of his team’s most furious referees after the triumph over Ghana, which South Americans lacked to qualify for the next round of the World Cup in Qatar.

Uruguay complained furiously after the final whistle about Cavani’s missed penalty. Jimenez, according to some media reports, even attacked the FIFA director of competitions in the heat of the moment on the field.

Caught on camera, he yelled, “They’re all thieves, bastards!”

Captain Godin, on the other hand, spoke of a theft, Cavani threw the screen on the ground on his way to the dressing rooms…



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BAL – “These are honest tears with a big soul”: Ricardo Nascimenta was already adored in Seoul and talk about the victory over Portugal (South Korea)

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BAL - "These are honest tears with a big soul": Ricardo Nascimenta was already adored in Seoul and talk about the victory over Portugal (South Korea)

Ricardo Nascimento may have ceased to be the most beloved Portuguese in Korea after the feat of Paulo Bento, when he managed to seal the Asian team’s advance to the 1/8 finals at the limit, namely in a victory over Portugal, which also happened in 2002. The midfielder, now 48 and coach of Canedo from Aveiro District, was a hero during his time at Seoul from 2005 to 2007, earning an emotional farewell to the South Koreans who saw him as the deity of the championship. in those years.

When he left, there were tears and a storm at the airport, as well as chants that made him the most experienced player in South Korea. Ricardo Nascimento did not lose this game, he followed it closely and even in the midst of the defeat of the Portuguese managed to warm his heart with the success and joy of many friends that overwhelmed him.

“I was on the phone with a South Korean friend, really delirious. I just laughed… because he was scribbling in Portuguese in euphoria. There was a lot of soul, a lot of desires. So many good people do, it was a supersonic win for the Koreans,” he praised, better analyzing the match.

“Portugal came out very strong with good ball circulation. Definitely Vitinha is a player who adds more. The team was organized for 20 minutes, then the Koreans gradually began to balance the game with very fast transitions and managed to level the score before the break. They managed to organize better for the 2nd half, which was almost equal to the beginning of the game. The difference was in speed, Portugal went better, but with slower circulation, and the Koreans tried to surprise with their accelerations. Thus, they scored the winning goal. I note their good positional play combined with such transitions,” praises Ricardo Nascimento… surrendered to the qualification celebration.

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“But there is a lot of the soul of the people. This is amazing! These were sincere tears that matched the joy that swept the streets.

I was touched to see these holidays,” said the former creative of Boavista and Rio Ave, who has no doubts about the success of Portugal.
“They finished first, that’s the most important thing. They lost the game they could have lost, Portugal’s future in the tournament seems very good to me,” he stressed.

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BALL – Enzo, Scaloni’s “pillar”, waiting for Di Maria (Argentina)

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BALL - Enzo, Scaloni's "pillar", waiting for Di Maria (Argentina)

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni told a press conference this Friday ahead of the World Cup round of 16 match in Qatar – Saturday against Australia (15 hours from mainland Portugal), in Al Rayyan – that he still believes the former player Benfica Di Maria (now at Juventus) has recovered from his injury and is ready to play.

“Di Maria still feels some discomfort, but he has no contractures. Wait for game time. It may seem absurd, but we played later, even after winning the group, and rested less than Australia had since the last game. Look, I also have doubts about whether I will have Tagliafico at the game. i hope angel [Di María] be available for the game,” Scaloni wished reporters this Friday in the capital of Qatar.

According to the Argentine press (Olé newspaper), Scaloni’s midfielder Enzo Fernandez of Benfica is one of the pillars of the formation in a strategy dubbed “Scaloneta”: the Benfica player is already in the starting line-up against Poland (assist) after coming on as a substitute in two previous games (and a beautiful goal scored against the Mexicans) is one of the three pillars of the pampas for the coach, along with Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton) and Julian Alvarez (Manchester City).

What Scaloni doesn’t want is unbridled euphoria. “The opponent is losing? I disagree. Absolutely. This is football, 11 against 11, you have to drop favoritism and play the match. As for tactics, it will be similar, perhaps with some changes. There are good players in Australia, but we will try to show our best game, control the game for most of the minutes, our idea is to try to win,” said Scaloni.

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What he expected from the Oceania team, but which qualified and is playing in the Asian zone, was clear. “They have good players on the right flank, forwards and experienced midfielders playing in competitive leagues. And, in particular, they are a team. And when you face the team, it’s always hard. It’s a choice with players who know what they want,” Scaloni said.

After the controversy over the VAR confirmation of Japan’s 2-1 move against Spain – there was a feeling that the ball had completely crossed the bottom line earlier, but the goal was confirmed – also Scaloni, without stopping to do so, he left, as did his counterpart in Spain Luis Enrique, many doubts.

“I think the way Luis Enrique thinks: the first images are clear. [bola terá passado o risco na totalidade]🇧🇷 But if you analyze it in detail, you will see what happened. There is nothing else to do. We face the situation, we live with it. It’s hard to digest, especially since it’s implemented at the World Cup. If we had time to adapt earlier, but it was very sudden. We had a month of tests before the games. Anyway, this is for everyone, this is what we have. But to be… it’s almost a millimeter,” said the Pampas breeder.

As for the football that will be featured and what Australia expects, there is no doubt. “They have a clear system in attack and I don’t think they are going to change. My message to the fans as always: let’s break our backs on the field! We came to compete, but at the end of the day it’s just football, one game, we saw it in the Group E games on Thursday. Almost all the teams deserved to get into the next stage, but at some point the games turned upside down, that’s what happened, ”Scaloni gave the example, not surprised that Australia beat Denmark.

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“I was not surprised: they are a good team, they had a good qualifying campaign. They were the fourth team to qualify for Qatar! They have a World Cup tradition and that makes them a strong contender. We are not going to be too confident, but we will play our best football, game after game, and see what happens, ”concluded the Argentina coach.

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