Cristiano Ronaldo showed "total genius" by winning a controversial penalty in Portugal's World Cup win over Ghana, FIFA technical study group member Sunday Oliseh said on Saturday. The veteran striker went down after a tackle by Mohammed Salisu on Thursday before scoring the resulting spot-kick to become the first man to net at five World Cups. Ghana coach Otto Addo described the penalty decision as a "gift" to Ronaldo and said it was a "really wrong decision". "Maybe the strikers are getting smarter," former Nigeria international Oliseh told a press conference when asked why more penalties were being awarded at the tournament so far than in previous years. "If you look at the penalty Ronaldo got, let's face it, people can say what they want about this man, but the genius thought to just be patient and put my foot to touch the ball first before you, continue my leg so that you make contact with my leg -- that is total genius. "Let's give the strikers the compliment for … [Read more...] about Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘Total Genius’ Won World Cup Penalty Against Ghana, Says FIFA Group | Football News
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Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo has been handed an offer to play on into his 40s with Saudi Arabian giants Al Nassr ready to hand him a three year deal after the World Cup, according to CBS Sports sources. Ronaldo is a free agent following the termination of his contract with Manchester United earlier this week, and he has long been of interest to Al Nassr, as well as other clubs in the Middle East. CBS Sports revealed in August that that interest would extend beyond the World Cup, with the 37-year-old having been keen to play at Europe's highest level going into his fifth tournament. In Portugal's opening game against Ghana Ronaldo set another record on the international stage, scoring in his fifth World Cup. Golazo Starting XI Newsletter Get Your Daily World Cup Fix Your ultimate guide to the Beautiful Game as our experts take you beyond the pitch and around the globe with news that matters. By submitting my email I agree to receive the "Golazo … [Read more...] about Cristiano Ronaldo gets mammoth $225 million offer from Saudi Arabia club Al Nassr after Manchester United exit
It's time to stop doubting Maguire Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Harry Maguire was voted as England's best performing player against the USA by Sky Sports readers, while manager Gareth Southgate reiterated his belief in the player. Here is where the Harry Maguire debate should end. How many more good performances for England does he have to produce to convince fans he should one of the first names on the teamsheet? England 0-0 USA - Match report How the teams lined up | Match stats The centre-back was by far and away England's most efficient, committed and reliable player as the rest of the squad laboured to a draw with the USA. When England were under the upmost pressure and needed him most, he put his body on the line - and not for the first time in his Three Lions career. Maguire got his infamous head on everything, making six clearances using that part of the body in the 95 minutes - twice as … [Read more...] about Harry Maguire stands tall for England as youthful USA earn stripes – World Cup hits and misses
Masterful Messi still a game-changer Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Lionel Messi had endured a deeply frustrating evening against Mexico at the Lusail Stadium, his struggles mirroring those of the Argentina team as a whole, but his sensational opening goal was a reminder that he can still change a game in an instant. Messi had floated on the periphery of a poor-quality encounter for the preceding hour, a wayward free kick early in the second half his only attempt on goal. But when his opportunity finally came, in a pocket of space just outside the box, he seized it. Argentina 2-0 Mexico - Match report How the teams lined up | Match stats World Cup results | Fixtures | Group tables The goal, guided into the bottom corner, was his 93rd for his country and his eighth at the World Cup, putting him level with Diego Maradona. It may prove to be one of his most significant too. Trending World Cup 2022 schedule, teams … [Read more...] about Lionel Messi rescues Argentina but this could be Kylian Mbappe’s tournament – World Cup hits and misses
USATSI FAU has fired coach Willie Taggart, ending a three-year run that featured just one postseason appearance and a 15-18 overall record. Taggart, who not too long ago was considered an up-and-coming coach in the ranks, was fired following a 32-31 overtime loss to Western Kentucky , dropping the Owls to 5-7 and sending them home for the holidays for the second straight season. "This evening, we made a change in leadership with the Florida Atlantic University football program," athletic director Brian White said in a statement. "It was a difficult decision, as we have tremendous respect for Willie Taggart. He has represented FAU with class and character. However, the lack of on-field success needed to be addressed as we look toward the future." Taggart's successful stints at Western Kentucky and South Florida earned him the title of program-builder, but he experienced a meteoric rise in the coaching ranks by landing the Oregon job for the 2017 season, only to be hired … [Read more...] about FAU fires Willie Taggart: Owls move on from coach after 15-18 record over three seasons leading program
Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been sacked by Rangers after one year in charge at Ibrox. Rangers are nine points behind leaders Celtic in the Scottish Premiership and also endured a sobering Champions League campaign which saw the club lose all six group-stage matches, a run which included a 7-1 hammering by Liverpool at home. What went wrong for Van Bronckhorst at Rangers? The highs and lows: GVB's time in charge at Rangers GVB 'blessed & grateful' to be Rangers manager - full Q&A Rangers fixtures: Next game December 15, Celtic on Jan 2 Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player We look back at some of the highs and lows from Van Bronckhorst's time in charge at Rangers It is understood no decision has been made on the future of Rangers' backroom team. Dave Vos, Roy Makaay, Arno Philips and Yori Bosschaart all joined alongside Van Bronckhorst last November, while former City Football Group coach Ceri … [Read more...] about Giovanni van Bronckhorst: Rangers sack manager after one year in charge at Ibrox
Germany will be looking to bounce back from their shock defeat to Japan when they take on Spain in one of the most highly-anticipated group matches of the 2022 World Cup. Elsewhere in Group E, Japan could make it two wins from two by beating Costa Rica , who were thrashed 7-0 by Spain in their opening game. In Group F, Belgium will qualify for the last 16 if they beat Morocco , who held Croatia to a 0-0 draw in their first match. However, Roberto Martinez's side are likely to have to significantly improve from their 1-0 over Canada , when they were fortunate to claim all three points. Meanwhile, Canada will have to avoid defeat against Croatia to keep their chances of reaching the knockouts alive. World Cup state of play Group tables | Fixtures | Results 2022 World Cup: Dates, draw, schedule World Cup fixtures - November 2 7 Japan vs Costa Rica - Group E, kick-off 10am Belgium vs Morocco - Group F, … [Read more...] about Sunday at the World Cup: Can Germany bounce back? Will Belgium raise their game? Can Canada get first win?
Giovanni van Bronckhorst took charge at Rangers exactly a year ago in what has been a rollercoaster 12 months. In his first season the Dutchman led the side to the Europa League final and Scottish Cup glory, but failed to retain the Scottish Premiership title. He then took Rangers to the Champions League this season where they went on to record the worst group-stage campaign in history, while Celtic moved nine points clear in the 2022-23 title race after just 15 matches. Before the World Cup break, Van Bronckhorst spoke exclusively to Sky Sports News to reflect on his first 12 months in charge at Ibrox... 'Van Bronckhorst expects Rangers stay' Van Bronckhorst to hold talks with board | 'I have no fear' Rangers fixtures: Next game December 15, Celtic on Jan 2 What are your memories of the first day, walking through the door at Ibrox as manager? Trending World Cup 2022 schedule, teams and draw Papers: Ronaldo … [Read more...] about Giovanni van Bronckhorst: Rangers manager’s highs and lows during first year in charge
Argentina are tasked with atoning for their shock Saudi Arabia loss, while defeat against Mexico would see them crash out of the 2022 World Cup. The two Latin American teams will face each other in the final game of day seven. After Poland's win against Saudi Arabia earlier on Saturday, if Argentina lose to Mexico, they will be knocked out of the tournament. World Cup state of play | Group tables | Fixtures 2022 World Cup: Dates, draw, schedule Download the Sky Sports app | Team guides | World Cup news World Cup fixtures - November 26 Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Sky Sports' Peter Smith and Nick Wright analyse some of their favourite stars to keep an eye out for during the World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Their one to watch for day seven is PSG and Argentina maestro Lionel Messi Argentina vs Mexico - Group C, kick-off 7pm Argentina hope to pay tribute to Maradona with a … [Read more...] about Saturday at the World Cup: Will Argentina avoid elimination?