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
New Delhi, July 27: Indian women ‘s cricket team skipper Mithali Raj on Thursday picked her deputy Harmanpreet Kaur and youngsters Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma to succeed her when she decides to quit the game. Mithali, who recently led the Indian eves to the final of the ICC World Cup which they lost to hosts England in the summit clash at Lord’s admitted that she still has two-three years of cricket left in her and added that the next focus is on the ICC Women’s World T20 in the West Indies next year. Mithali Raj: It is for BCCI to decide on women s IPL “As a player grows and gains experience at the international level, each one of them becomes a leader in their own respect,” Mithali said. “Harmanpreet is there now, there might be Deepti Sharma, Smriti Mandhana…you never know whose destiny takes them, but this bunch of players has the ability to take up the challenge whenever it’s given to them,” Mithali told reporters here during the BCCI’s felicitation … [Read more...] about Mithali Raj names Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Smriti Mandhana as probable future leaders for India
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?
The United States men’s national team has to score more goals than Iran to reach the World Cup knockout rounds. Isn’t that just the perfect test for the Gregg Berhalter era of the program? The USMNT has kept eight clean sheets in 14 matches this year, including Friday’s 0-0 with England and a September friendly draw with Saudi Arabia. The quality of those clean sheets is strong, especially given the Saudis performances in Qatar, but it’s the other side where Gregg Berhalter has to find answers. [ LIVE: World Cup 2022 schedule, how to watch, scores, hub ] And the Yanks can’t count on one goal being enough, what with Iran scoring twice against England and twice again in its win over Wales. And while Team Melli did allow six goals to England and two to Tunisia and Algeria, they’ve also held Senegal to a 1-1 draw and blanked Uruguay. Carlos Queiroz’s men certainly won’t be any more worried about the Yanks than they were any of those previous tests. So how can Gregg … [Read more...] about How can Gregg Berhalter unlock the goals for USMNT vs Iran?
New Delhi: The Indian Railways announced on Thursday a cash reward of Rs 1.30 crore for 10 members of Indian women ‘s cricket team for their stellar performance throughout the recently-concluded ICC Women’s World Cup . All-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur and skipper Mithali Raj will also be given gazetted officers post. Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had also rewarded the Mithali Raj-led side with the cash prize of Rs. 50 lakh to each player. The board had also declared that the support staff will be given cash reward of Rs.25 lakh each. The Women in Blue performed extremely well throughout the tournament before ending up as runner-up, going down by nine runs to England in a nail-biting final at Lord’s on July 23. On Wednesday, the Indian team was given a rousing reception at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai on their return from London. India Eves felicitated by Sports Minister Vijay Goel Earlier, Union Minister of Youth Affairs … [Read more...] about Indian Railways to reward India Women cricket team with INR 1.30 crores
Lahore: Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur said Wednesday he hoped a proposed tour of the World XI to the South Asian country would bring the embattled nation a step closer to reviving international cricket. Pakistan have not hosted international cricket barring a limited over series against Zimbabwe in 2015 since terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009. And Monday s blast in Lahore which killed 26 people has again cast doubts over the World XI tour planned for mid September 2017. However, Arthur said he regretted Pakistan s isolation. Mickey Arthur wants world XI to visit Pakistan “The isolation is being very hard on Pakistan cricket,” Arthur told AFP. “PCB [Pakistan Cricket Board] is doing an unbelievable job in trying to resurrect international cricket. I just hope the World XI tour goes ahead and that will almost be the curtain raiser to, hopefully, get some international cricket back.” Pakistan has been forced to play home matches in … [Read more...] about Mickey Arthur: International cricket isolation is being very hard on Pakistan