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BALL – Jorge Fonseca eliminated in repechage matches at the World Cup in Tashkent (judo)

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BALL - Jorge Fonseca eliminated in repechage matches at the World Cup in Tashkent (judo)

29-year-old double world champion and leader of the ranking Jorge Fonseca will not be on the podium of the 35th Judo World Cup in Tashkent (Uzbekistan), which takes place in the Humo Arena, and finished the competition in 7th place.

When he lost in the first match of the repechage matches to Georgian Ilya Sulamanidze (6th), 21, who registered a 1.53m ippon, just 41 seconds after the Portuguese gained the advantage thanks to the vazari, Jorge, who contested the championship. For the seventh time, he saw his ambition to become a three-time champion disappear.

Last season, Sulamanidze and Fonseca faced off twice. The first at the Tbilisi Grand Slam tournament in March, where the young Georgian star won. They met again in June, in the quarter-finals of the World Championship in Budapest, where Jorge regained the lost title.

It was the second failure of the Sporting judokas of the day. Earlier in the quarterfinals, he also did not beat the Azerbaijani Zelym Kotsoev (11th place).

It is remembered that the 24-year-old Kotsoev was a constant obstacle in the way of Fonseca and once again showed a special gift to overcome it.

Having already recorded four wins in the five fights they have fought since 2018, this time he prevented Jorge from becoming a three-time world champion and took the best for the fifth time.

Although Fonseca tried to score consistently, it was Zelim who scored the Vasari with 2.03 million still on the clock. Since then, the bronze medalist at the Tokyo Games has been trying to turn the tide, but not always with the best options and good defense. In one such attack, Kotsoev made the point by counterattacking to throw Jorge off balance on the ground, sending him into ippon.

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The last time Jorge and Kotsoev met was in the quarter-finals of the European Prague 2020, in which the lion received bronze at the chest. Interestingly, Zelym too. The only victory for the Portuguese came at the Zagreb Grand Prix in 2019.

Eliminated from the first round, Jorge started the day by defeating Vasari’s 25th-place Romanian Esli González in a showdown that required 2.27 minutes of extra time. The leader of the rankings had an ordeal against Gonzalez, who won silver at the Paris Grand Slam last season and silver at the London 2012 Games while still representing Cuba and wrestling in the -90 kg division. Exit to the 1/8 finals was provided by Vasari after 6.27 m of the fight.

In the quarter-finals, he eliminated Bojan Doze (54th) in just 1.54 minutes in an explosive attack. Many were surprised by the Serb, when in the second round he knocked out one of the contenders for the podium, Kentaro Iida (10th), with a 1.37-meter counterattack.

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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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“Bernardo changed my idea of ​​football, his brain went crazy”

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"Bernardo changed my idea of ​​football, his brain went crazy"

Jack Grealish praised Bernardo Silva, the Portuguese midfielder with whom he shares the Manchester City dressing room.

In an interview with The Mirror newspaper, the Englishman even says that Bernardo has changed his attitude to football and considers him the best he has ever played with.

“Bernardo has changed my idea of ​​football. Of all the players I’ve played with, he’s probably the best. The way his brain works is crazy,” he defends.

Grealish later recounted the game, marked by a request from Guardiola to Bernardo that blew him away.

“I remember last year’s game when Pep sent him to pick up the ball from Ederson. He passed to him and Bernardo dribbled. And I thought, “What the hell is this? This guy thinks he’s playing football on the school playground? It was amazing. He’s incredible,” he added.

The Englishman, who competes at the World Championships with the “Três Leões” selection, also highlights the courage of Bernardo Silva.

“Pep says he wants us to show ‘tomatoes’. We have to want the ball, even under pressure when the opposition supporters hover over us and whistle. And he tells us to give him the ball. In short, this is Bernardo,” he sums up.

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A BOLA – A BOLA Poll: Is it right for Benfica to renew Otamendi’s contract after the World Cup? View final result (SHAR)

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A BOLA - A BOLA Poll: Is it right for Benfica to renew Otamendi's contract after the World Cup?  View final result (SHAR)

After the interactivity that we intend to implement with readers of different platforms of the A BOLA universe, we are launching a new challenge for you.

In addition to the “Reader’s Mail” section, which we publish daily on the pages of the paper edition and in which you can continue to participate by sending your opinions to [email protected]we also want to invite our readers to a more direct and, above all, loftier participation in the discussion of the topics that characterize the current situation of sports in Portugal.

To this end, we are launching a daily survey here at A BOLA Online with a simple answer to the question (yes or no) in which we intend, in addition to asking you if you agree with the idea that justifies your answer. You just need to leave in the comment field associated with the news, your answer to the question we posed (YES or NO), and then state in the comment no more than 300 characters the reason (or reasons) for supporting your opinion.

The top three of each option (YES or NO) will be published in the paper edition of A BOLA the following day with a nickname (you must be logged in to abola.pt to comment) corresponding to the person who wrote it.

Participate! Because your opinion matters.

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