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BALL – Ghana’s performance: Paulo Bento and the South Koreans in bad shape (World Cup 2022)



BALL - Ghana's performance: Paulo Bento and the South Koreans in bad shape (World Cup 2022)

This Monday afternoon, Ghana beat South Korea 3-2 in their Group H Round 2 match – the same as Portugal and Uruguay, who have been playing since 19:00 – of the World Cup in Qatar, played at the Education City Stadium in Doha.

The result, due to which the Asian team, coached by the Portuguese Paulo Bento, is almost irrevocably eliminated from the 1/8 finals of the competition: only the victory over Portugal on Friday, December 2, in the last meeting, will allow the Asians to continue to dream of reaching the next stage, and even it’s not liquid: they may still need a favorable combination of results, whether it’s today’s Portugal-Uruguay or Friday’s Uruguay-Ghana, to still be able to cherish vague hopes of moving further in the test.

A game in which the technique and speed of the Ghanaians, after impressive initial pressure and dominance of the South Koreans, dictated the laws, and in which the fragility of the Asians in the air was visible, to an imbalance in the first half: two centers from the left, as well as Salis (24′) and Mohammed Kudus (34′), which gave the Africans a 2-0 lead at the end of the first half, in which South Korea were much faster and dominated before.

Paulo Bento launched Kang-in Lee in the second half, and the change had its consequences: it was his center after Cho Kyu-Song headed 1-2 in the 58th minute, three minutes later, the striker hit back the South Korean. (61′), for 2-2. But soon after, Mohammed Kudus also took advantage of Mensah’s left-handed cross to secure the final score of 2-3 (68 minutes).

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A crazy game in which both teams gave their best in the last minutes and as compensation, one of the most emotional matches of this World Cup in Qatar, which leaves the team coached by Otto Addo – he did not use the Sporting player Fatawa, he was sitting on the bench – resumed the race for one of the two places in this group H in the 1/8 finals, now with three points.

South Korea sees its hopes of finishing in the top 16 in the competition almost irrevocably vanishing even before the game against Portugal. On Friday, we will see if this will relieve the Asians of the pressure or, on the contrary, lead them to an even more decisive game against Portugal, in farewell to the Asians from this Group H, which may well also be the choice that Paulo Bento coached for this World Cup.

The Ghana had three shots on goal… they scored three goals: extreme scoring, and the speed and technique of their players dictated the laws. But he had to suffer at the beginning and react sharply to everything from the South Koreans, who had to put eight units (!) On a large area of ​​​​the enemy, in the “all or nothing” phase. Unsuccessful. Pile of goals, football and emotions to admire… before the Portugal-Uruguay match.

Annoyance for Paulo Bento: After a yellow card against Uruguay, this time, after the final whistle, he saw a direct red card from English referee Anthony Taylor for protesting. And he should not be on the bench this Friday against Portugal as he will have to be sidelined for at least one game.

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As a reminder, below are the main incidents of the match.

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″I couldn’t leave without winning this award″



″I couldn't leave without winning this award″

Statements from Otavio, the player of FC Porto, who this Monday received the Golden Dragon as Footballer of the Year.

Speech: “I thought and I didn’t say anything that I thought. It happened by itself, I’m very happy, I was looking for [o prémio] a lot of time. I saw others, I couldn’t leave without winning this prize. Thank God I won and now it’s time to make the most of it.”

Did you tell the President that you want the Golden Dragon? “I never commented, asking for an award was not my style, it was deserved, I was very happy, many could have won. I am very happy”.

Feeling: “This is something to be proud of, this is the best person in the club, everyone wants to win, this will go down in history. It will be kept under lock and key in the museum that I have. It will get worse.” , nothing will come of it, it will be well stored.

Gala: “It’s always great, because of covid-19, the gala concert has not been held for many years. It is always special, everyone wants to be part of the gala concert. Being a dragonado, he is even more special. We did a good job and this is proof.”

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″Most competitive costume required, Pepe’s costume″



″Most competitive costume required, Pepe's costume″

Statements by Sergio Conceiçao after receiving the Golden Coach of the Year award at the Golden Dragons Gala

Golden Dragon cost: “I represent many people in this Golden Dragon. The first time I went to Olival with the president in 2017, he named the four essential pillars of FC Porto: rigor, competence, ambition and passion. Looking at it and being with it every day. My players, who don’t usually wear a formal suit as they do today, but the most competitive suit that is required, which is Pepe’s suit, give me great joy when I get up and go to work.”

Technical team and others: “With a super competent technical team, a health department, where there is not only Dr. Nelson Puga and therapists, but also an optometrist, pedologist, a number of people who work daily so that the players do not miss anything. and so that year after year they can get better and win, which is what we want.”

Techniques: “Victory. Not forgetting the people in the kitchen, in the restaurant, the people involved in analysis and observation, the equipment technicians, because today everyone is a technician… [risos]🇧🇷 Lawn techniques too, because I am very picky about the height of the lawn. I think that every detail is important and matters. Finally, a number of people who contribute to making this possible. This is not mine, this belongs to the people of Olival, who are always led by our great, my friend and godfather, the president.”

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A family: “Finally, to paraphrase our Gonzalinho [Borges], I want to dedicate it completely to my family, which is not easy, and parents, as always. Not being among us, they will certainly be very proud, not least because they have received two more extremely important people in the life of the club and that together they are up there watching us so that FC Porto becomes bigger , was getting better. , become stronger and win. And let’s keep it up. Is always. Because we deserve it. We are also honest, serious, dedicated and competent workers.”

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BALL – Enzo and Otamendi: world champion exceptions (Argentina)



BALL - Enzo and Otamendi: world champion exceptions (Argentina)

Portuguese football has reason to rejoice as two more world champions will enter the national stages, the first to win the title as part of the Portuguese team, the only ones on the field yesterday, in Qatar, among 35 players who play in one of the top five leagues in the world, so called big 5.

Enzo Fernandez, 21-year-old midfielder, and Nicolás Otamendi, 34-year-old central defender, played 120 minutes for Argentina. would advance to the Argentine penalty as Montiel quickly put an end to doubts – and represented not only Benfica in the list of clubs of great prestige, but also a league of lesser expression, such as the Portuguese, the only one of the less media and powerful ones that had players in the final.

Neither in the starting lineup (see tables), nor in the 13 options used by the coaches – Montiel (Sevilla), Pezzella (Betis), Acuña (Sevilla), Leandro Paredes (PSG), Lautaro Martinez ( Inter) and Dybala (Roma) entered Argentina, from the French side they were also called Disasi (Monaco), Conate (Liverpool), Fofana (Monaco), Camavinga (Real Madrid), Kingsley Coman (Bavaria), Muani (Eintracht) and Thuram (Borussia). M’gladbach) – if they found other players who didn’t play in the leagues of England, Spain, Italy, France or Germany, that’s a clear sign of where the money and power come from to attract great players.
Some, like Enzo and Otamendi, are just over the top.ig 5 – if the midfielder was already in vogue among the richest in Europe, followed by Liverpool and Real Madrid, among others, now that he has won the World Cup and the best young player trophy in the competition … – but they shine enough to guarantee yourself a place in the best team in the world.

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