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Portugal beat Iceland, but they have to play in the intercontinental playoffs.

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Portugal beat Iceland, but they have to play in the intercontinental playoffs.

Portugal will have to play in an intercontinental play-off to qualify for the 2023 Women’s World Cup finals as they are the “worst” of the three teams that have surpassed the second round of the European play-offs.

The team led by Francisco Neto, who are looking for their first World Cup presence, played their part by beating Iceland 4–1 at home after extra time, but the results of other matches were unfavorable.

Portugal already knew they would qualify for the Intercontinental Playoffs if Switzerland and Ireland triumphed, which they did, with the Swiss 2-1 after extra time in the reception with Wales and the Irish in Scotland with a score of 1.-0.

The ranking took into account points in the group stage, against first, third, fourth and fifth, and even those won today: Portugal reached 19, against 20 for Ireland and 22 for Switzerland.

As such, the Portuguese team has not been able to qualify directly but is fighting for the last three places to access the 2023 World Cup to be at stake next February, for a total of 10 teams in New Zealand.

The playoffs, which are scheduled to be drawn on Friday, will take place from 17 to 23 February 2023, with China Taipei, Thailand, Cameroon, Senegal, Papua New Guinea, Haiti, Panama, Chile and Paraguay being the likely opponents.

In the playoffs, the teams will be divided into three groups: two with three teams and one with four, with the places in the series determined by the FIFA rankings, and Portugal will be the best among the 10 teams present. posted.

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The winners of each of the intercontinental playoff groups advance to the final phase, while in the three-team groups, the seed of the series advance directly to the final, where they face the winner of their group’s semi-final. .

29 out of 32 teams have already been identified for the final, 11 from Europe, namely Sweden, Spain, England, Denmark, Norway, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland and Ireland.

Other formations that have already qualified are host countries Australia and New Zealand, as well as China, Japan, Philippines, South Korea and Vietnam (Asia), Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia (Africa), Canada, Costa Rica, Jamaica and the States (CONCACAF) and Argentina, Brazil and Colombia (South America).

The 2003 Women’s World Cup final will be held in Australia and New Zealand from 20 July to 20 August.

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BALL – Coach speaks of ‘tremendous pride’ and explains Bale departure (Wales)

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BALL - Coach speaks of 'tremendous pride' and explains Bale departure (Wales)

Wales manager Rob Page underlined his “pride in the players” after losing 3-0 to England this Monday in the Qatar World Cup Group B match in Doha. dictated the elimination of the Dragons in the group stage, expressing concerns about the injury of Gareth Bale, the team’s star substituted at halftime, due to the injury he showed at the end.

“Five minutes before break Gareth [Bale] I felt pain in my hamstring. But also Joe Allen and Ben Davis had to be replaced due to injuries. As you can see, it was a huge effort for everyone in the group: I am very proud of this group of players.”

The Dragons said goodbye to Qatar with a 1-1 draw against the United States as the best result and two defeats against Iran (0-2) and now England (0-3), but for the Welsh coach, qualification for the World Cup final was a real achievement.

“The task now is to show that this has never happened without an example, before it became customary. [a qualificação para fases finais de grandes provas]🇧🇷 But it’s still very hard to digest this liquidation. I think we were exceptional in the first half. [0-0 ao intervalo]thanks to tremendous efforts even without the ball, ”said Page.

“We could and should have had more and better possession of the ball, but, I repeat, not a single derogatory word about these “boys” will come out of my mouth: they gave everything in this game! I was a little disappointed with the second goal, but today is not the day to talk about negative things,” said the Welsh coach, who had a lot of fans in Qatar.

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“My message to everyone: don’t be disappointed! Now we will try to build the future of this team and work in this direction. Reaching the final round of the World Championship was an extraordinary feat. [não o lograva há 64 anos, desde o Mundial da Suécia-1958] this group of players,” concluded the technician who surrendered to his team.

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BALL – Grimaldo in irreplaceable form: the current situation with the extension (Benfica)

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BALL - Grimaldo in irreplaceable form: the current situation with the extension (Benfica)

This season’s undefeated Grimaldo has numbers unmatched by any other Spanish player in the major European leagues in terms of wins (23) and excelled in the Champions League group stage group stage with PSG and Juventus, scoring two goals and making the Champions League team of the week. In addition, he proved to be an important player for Roger Schmidt.

He is Benfica’s most used outfield player this season, with 2313 minutes, already scoring the third best in Luz with the current three totals. He has been used in 26 of the 27 official games this season – only not getting Rio Ave, between two games with PSG, without leaving the bench. But otherwise, almost nothing escaped him and practically did not give any advantage in the competition, that is, Ristic, who, having played 90 minutes against Rio Ave, plus 47 minutes against Caldas, in the Portuguese Cup, only had the right to crumbs in minutes, which says that Grimaldo for Roger Schmidt is currently an indispensable player in the eleven.

With seven months left on his contract with Benfica, Grimaldo is looking for an option that will guarantee him complete freedom and financial independence, especially after joining his father’s club. He knows how far Benfica can go and he also knows that the Luz club cannot accept the values ​​that have been thrown on the negotiating table.

As A BOLA reported in the last issue on the 24th, Benfica and Grimaldo met recently to discuss an extension during a meeting that did not reach an agreement but also did not leave the dossier in a position where it could not be resolved. in a favorable way. for the embodied.

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A new round of talks is now expected to be set to try to bring the parties closer, and this should take place soon, given that the Reds do not intend to drag things out beyond January and enter into a soap opera that could serve as a somewhat destabilizing factor. for the second phase of the season.

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A BOLA – reports and accounts approved, quotas increased and Academy in Maia (FC Porto)

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A BOLA - reports and accounts approved, quotas increased and Academy in Maia (FC Porto)

The members of FC Porto approved tonight at the big meeting held at the Dragau Stadium all the issues discussed and voted in the General Assembly of FC Porto with an overwhelming majority. Members also voted to update the quota values.

Before the act, a tribute was paid to Fernando Gomes, with those present in deathly silence for one minute in memory of the eternal 9. After that, the vice president in charge of finance had to present and explain in detail the positive results of more than 20 million euros that have passed no votes against, with only five abstentions.

Answering a question from a colleague about the Cidade FC Porto project, Fernando Gomez said that the Academy will be located in Maya and that the start of work depends only on the completion of a detailed plan, which is led by the architect Manuel Salgado, who designed the stadium. do Dragão and the Dragão Arena pavilion.

The third issue under discussion was the renewal of the monthly membership fee, and prior to the vote, it had the attention of Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, who explained the need to revise the value “for the first time in over 11 years.”

The proposal to upgrade the Senior Membership Fee to €12, the Junior Membership Fee to €4 and the Annual Membership Fee to €30 was also adopted by a large majority of those present, with four votes against and 15 abstentions.

Pinto da Costa said he “thanked everyone for their presence” and “for the trust and support that has been felt for 40 years.” “There is much to be done and work to be done, so we must think about the future while working in the present. We have a lot of fights ahead of us, millions of taxes to pay and a media that is increasingly trying to topple Porto. We remain focused around our flag and don’t worry about elections.”

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