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Series A gets green light for June 20 restart

Serie A gets green light for June 20 restart

  • May 29, 2020
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Series A will be the fourth largest five national leagues in Europe to resume after the German League, which resumed on May 16, the Spanish League, and the Premier League, which will also be launched in June.Italian Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora said on Thursday that the Serie A club has received approval to resume on June 20 after the new corona strike.He added that there was a possibility that the resumption of the season, which was suspended on March 9, would precede the Italian Cup matches a week ago. Series B coach said that Layer 2 also hopes to restart on June 20."Italy has started again and it is true that football can continue as well," Spadafora told reporters after a conference call with the Italian Football Federation.Series A will be the fourth largest five national leagues in Europe to resume after the German League, which resumed on May 16, the Spanish League and the Premier League, which will also be launched in June.The French League ended last season in Paris St-Germain, who holds the French first division title with 10 games remaining.Spadafora said the Italian government has agreed to the health and safety measures proposed by FIGC in addition to a backup plan in case the league stops again. "In light of this, we can say that the tournament can start again on June 20," he said.The decision ended with two winding months of negotiations during which emotions rushed with Spadafora in one stage complaining about the millionaire wages paid to players and says that first-class clubs live in a bubble."An exceptional period full of obstacles and pressures has passed, with steadiness, determination and spirit of service," said Paolo Dal Pino, President of the Serie A."For the Italian league, the future must mean a return to being the most beautiful championship in the world."Article Source: https://indianexpress.comRead More: World TeamTennis to Allow up to 500 Fans at Matches

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How will Big Six benefit from the new replacement rule?

  • Jun 09, 2020
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The rule change is uneven because 'Big Six' - Liverpool, City, Chelsea, United, Arsenal, and Spurs - have high-quality bench power and can carry peer-to-peer alternatives.IFAB approved the FIFA proposal last month.As the Premier League prepares to restart on June 17, the authorities allowed five substitutions per match, instead of three, in the remaining nine rounds. However, there is a school of thought that changes will work for the great.Is the change in the mid-competition rule legal?Completely legal. Last month, the (IFAB) International Football Association Board approved the FIFA proposal and allowed for a temporary change to the remaining matches of the 2019-20 season. "IFAB agreed to make a temporary amendment to the laws of the game on the basis of a proposal received from FIFA seeking to protect the welfare of players," said the FIFA. Teams will have three chances to make these five replacements and will also be allowed to have nine players on the bench instead of seven. Some Bundesliga clubs used five substitutes after restarting.Why did FIFA suggest the change?FIFA has suggested this keeping in mind managing the player's workload during football after COVID-19. The three-month layoff period affects players' fitness. In addition, a tight schedule increases the risk of infection and there is a risk of excluding players if they become infected with the coronavirus. "The concern in this regard is that the frequency of matches is higher than normal, which may increase the risk of potential injury due to the player's overload," FIFA said in a statement.In the context of the Premier League, why is change so uneven?Simply because "Big Six" - Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur - have high classic bench strength and can withstand similar substitutes. Minor clubs, in terms of money, have no extra wealth. As reported by Telegraph Sport, Wolverhampton Wanderers only used 20 players in this period. Wolves are sixth on the table with 43 points and the change appears to be giving a clear advantage to their four main rivals such as United, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Spurs. Leicester City, currently third with 53 points, has used 21 players so far. United, on the other hand, used 25 in the Premier League, while Chelsea used 24.Has any club opposed change?Yes, Aston Villa, Bournemouth and West Ham United have reportedly voted against change. They are all caught in downhill scrap. For example, on July 1, West Ham is scheduled to play against Chelsea. Now, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has the option of resorting to players such as Antonio Rudiger, Ross Barkley, Callum Hudson-Odoi, or Olivier Giroud if he wants to spin his players. On the other hand, Hammers manager David Moyes may have to resort to someone like Ben Johnson who has not yet played a minute in the Premier League this season.How did the change work in Bundesliga?The German Bundesliga has benefited from this in terms of workload management and intensity maintenance. "You can see in the first games that after 60 or 70 minutes, the players were really tired because there were no preparations or friendly matches." It was a really good thing. "We have avoided injuries," Simon Rolfs, sports director of Bayer Leverkusen, was quoted by the Telegraph Sport newspaper as saying.article source: indianexpressimg source: usa today postAlso Read: Premier League allows 5 substitutes when season restarts

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FSU Football News: Jaishawn Barham offered by Florida State

  • Jun 15, 2020
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FSU Football News: FSU football coaches continue to work hard to rate players in the 2022 recruitment cycle. Their latest offer from Maryland is in great shape.FSU football has gained a lot of ground on the 2022 Recruitment Council, with the training team offering over 170 recruits so far making it big in FSU football news.It is one positive because of the epidemic that has closed recruitment visits, as it gives coaches time to evaluate more tapes as they begin to form the necessary relationships with aspiring players.Their latest offer goes on the ball's defensive side to four-star Jaishawn Barham from Hyattville, Maryland."I am blessed to receive an offer from Florida State University," said Jaishawn Barham on twitter.ThoughtsHe is registered with 6'3 ″ and 230 lbs and is considered the 40th nationally and the No. 3 outside linebacker and the No. 2 player in Maryland according to 247 Sports.Barham does not have a composite rating at this time but has 19 offers from FSU, Florida, Arizona State, Maryland, Michigan, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Penn State, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Virginia and Virginia Tech, among others. This is the most popular thing in FSU football news.He has offers from almost every senior officer, especially the big shows that enlist the Maryland area apart from Alabama. Maybe this offer will come sometime.Barham has a good physique and is physically ready to play college football. The crazy thing is that I wouldn't be surprised if he'd grown defensively because he has stil left with two more years of high school.He's meet FSU's soccer need, whether he stays back or becomes a defensive end, so this is a good deal. There are no 247 predictions for Crystal Ball for him right now, and Penn State is the only school he has visited at this time.Noles offer comes a little late considering that some of these schools offered him in January 2019. However, they do have time to make an impression, and as with everything about employment, we will have to see if they can get him on campus.img source: tomahawknationarticle source: chopchatAlso Read: NFL Preseason: NFL discusses shortening preseason, according to report

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FSU Football News: Tayon Holloway offered by Florida State

  • Jun 24, 2020
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1 min read’Noles staying active on the trail.FSU Football News: Tayon Holloway is a 5'11 long back corner weighing 170 lbs from Virginia Beach, Virginia.Attending 2022 class prospects at Green Run High School and has 90 (4 stars) rating from 247 Sports. They consider him the 182nd best player in America (22nd best CB player and 9th Virginia best player).Also Read: FSU Football News: Jaishawn Barham offered by Florida StateHolloway got offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Nebraska, North Carolina, NC State, Olly Mess, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and others.On Tuesday afternoon, Florida State University offered him making it big in FSU Football News:Blessed to receive an offer from Florida State University. @FSUFootball @Coach_MWoodson #DBU pic.twitter.com/WLCptz0BFv— Tayon Holloway (Tay) (@TayonHolloway) June 23, 2020

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Liverpool wins the Premier League to end 30 years of wait

  • Jun 26, 2020
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Liverpool crowned the Premier League champion after Manchester City lost their match against Chelsea.Liverpool crowned the Premier League champions without kicking the ball on Thursday when Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Manchester City ended their 30-year wait to win the English title. Jurgen Klopp's men concluded the 19th league title in the club with seven games to play after second place city's defeat leaving them with 23 points. Liverpool moved into two points from the title with Crystal Palace 4-0 demolished in Anfield on Wednesday.Their twenty-eighth victory in 31 league games this season led Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah to the announcement "It is our time to win the league" and 24 hours later his wish was granted.Liverpool got the benefit they wanted from Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.Willian's 78th-minute penalty, awarded by Fernandinho's handball, ended the city's reign which was for two years as champions after Kevin de Bruyne canceled the first match of Christian Polisic.Liverpool won the title before any other Premier League champion, breaking the previous record of five games left by City and Manchester United.It was a painful wait for Liverpool fans around the world, as the coronavirus gap forced them to put the champion on ice after the Premier League suspension in March with the Club team winning two titles.The delay of three months was the last hurdle on the road to Liverpool's long journey to the summit of English football.Liverpool spent years with rivals Manchester United during the Alex Ferguson era before falling behind due to the massive spending from Manchester City and Chelsea.Then, managed by Brendan Rodgers, they missed a notorious golden opportunity to win the title in 2014 when Reds captain Stephen Gerrard made a costly slip in losing the late-season against Chelsea.But the Klopp's team deserved the heroes after an amazing campaign that could end in record style.Klopp's men can break the record for the highest winning margin, which City scored when they finished 19 clear points at the top in the same season.They are also within walking distance of most Premier League wins: 32 by city in 2017/18 and 2018/19.We can play wellKlopp, the first German coach to win the Premier League, has been the architect of the Liverpool Renaissance since the former Borussia Dortmund head arrived at Anfield in 2015.Influenced by his players' belief in "heavy metal" soccer and his "fast-paced" plan, the magical Klopp took its place alongside Liverpool's iconic managers Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, and Kenny Dalglish.When Dalglish brought Liverpool to the title in 1990, the award Shankly once described as "bread and butter" for the club.After years of poor performance, Klopp returned in his unique style and brought trophies to Liverpool.They won the Champions League last season when they beat Tottenham in the final, 12 months after losing to Real Madrid in the same stage of the competition.It was fitting for Liverpool to save one of its most striking offers for the week in which it won the title.After the palace was destroyed, Klopp said: "Imagine if the stadium were full and people would have experienced it live. It would have been amazing."Article source: ndtvAlso Read: FSU Football News: Tayon Holloway offered by Florida State

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Iowa athletic department reduces budget by $15 million because of Covid - 19

  • Jul 08, 2020
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Iowa Football: The Iowa Athletics Department announced on Tuesday budget cuts of about $ 15 million for the next fiscal year as a result of a coronavirus, and many Hawkeyes coaches and senior managers will take voluntary future pay cuts in a year.In a press release, Iowa officials said that the Athletics Department budget for the previous fiscal year was $ 124.8 million and the projected budget for the period 2020-21 was $ 127.5 million. It decreased to $ 112.5 million after it was cut to $ 13 million in operating expenses and about $ 2 million in compensation.Gary Barta, Iowa's director of sports, said that women's basketball coaches Lisa Bluder, American football coach Kirk Ferentz, men's basketball coach Fran McCaffrey and wrestling coach Tom Brands voluntarily agreed to cut the 15%  of the basic salary for one year.Barta will cut his total compensation by more than 30%, and AD Barbara Burke has agreed to cut wage by 25%."None of this is easy for our coaches and staff," Barta said in a statement. "I appreciate your continued understanding in these unstable times. We have been dealing with the epidemic in such a financial situation that requires difficult decisions. It is our responsibility to maintain a financially responsible process while providing the highest level of service to our student athletes."Iowa officials said compensation cuts would be implemented throughout the athletic division on a sliding scale based on annual salary.“I’m concerned about our employees and realize that lowering wages will have a major impact on many families across the department. I want to thank all of our employees for their support and understanding because we worked during this process,” said Barta. "We are trying to balance the necessary financial cuts by spreading the sacrifice carefully."Barta said the announced budget and cuts were based on assumptions that upcoming football and basketball seasons would be played in the presence of the fans. If not, the Hawkeyes may have to make more significant cuts."These are tough times with a lot of uncertainty," said Berta.Article source: espnAlso Read: FSU Football News: Tayon Holloway offered by Florida State

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Time to move forward: Willian confirms departure from Chelsea after seven years

  • Aug 23, 2020
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Willian joined Chelsea from Angie Makhachkala in 2013 and has played more than 300 games for the club, winning two Premier League titles. The 32-year-old is linked to a move to Arsenal in town.Brazilian midfielder Willian has confirmed he will leave Chelsea after seven "wonderful" years at Stamford Bridge.The 32-year-old, linked with a move to Arsenal across town, posted a farewell message to the club's fans on Twitter.It is time to move forward. I would definitely miss my team-mates, ”he said.“ I go with my head held high, making sure that I won titles here and always did my best in a Chelsea shirt. ”Willian, who started his football career with Corinthians in Sao Paulo, joined Chelsea from Angie Makhachkala in 2013 and has played more than 300 matches for the club and won two Premier League titles.His contract expired this summer and he failed to reach a long-term deal with the club.He said, "In August 2013, when I received an offer from Chelsea, I was convinced that this was where I should be playing.""Today I'm sure it was the better decision. There were a lot of happy moments, some sad moments, and there were titles and they were always intense."Spanish midfielder Pedro also announced that he would leave the club on Sunday after five years.Also Read: Barcelona players rebel against Lionel Messi before Napoli Clash? Claiming reports in Spanish

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Barcelona sack coach Quique Setien after UEFA Champions League exit

  • Sep 07, 2020
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Barcelona decided to split from coach Quique Setien after ending the 2019/20 season without titles. Barcelona announced the sacking of its coach, Quique Setien, on Monday, three days after losing to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.Setien, 61, was named in January after the two-time league winners Ernesto Valverde were sent off despite his team leading the La Liga standings on goal difference.Under his leadership, Barcelona finished the 2019/20 La Liga season in second place, five points behind champions Real Madrid. They also lost to Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.Barcelona ended their season without a title on Friday after being knocked out of the UEFA Champions League, thanks to a disgraceful 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich."This is the first decision within a broader restructuring of the first team to be agreed upon between the current technical secretary and the new manager, which will be announced in the coming days," the club's statement said.According to The Guardian, current Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman will be appointed as the manager at the Camp Nou next week.The statement, released more than nine hours after President Josep Maria Bartomeu and the directors kicked off the board meeting, also said that the club's hierarchy had decided not to call for an impending election in the wake of the Bayern Munich defeat."The directive understands that an immediate call for elections is not possible, given that the league season will start at the end of the week on September 12, 2020, and the situation resulting from the COVID-19 crisis is economic and social," he added.Accordingly, the club will continue to implement the plan to reverse the sporting and economic situation, based on profound changes in the first team, in addition to resetting the budget to confront the new situation caused by COVID-19, before the end of the current term.As in the case of Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao and Osasuna, Barcelona presidents are elected by the club's members.Bartomeu won the last elections, which were held in 2015, but was barred from running in the next round of elections because he had already served two consecutive terms, having been named president in 2014 after Sandro Roussel resigned.Victor Font is the favorite in the election, while former President Joan Laporta has announced his intention to run.Also Read: Time to move forward: Willian confirms departure from Chelsea after seven years

Copa America: Lucas Paqueta Sends Brazil Past Peru Into Finals

  • Jul 06, 2021
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Star forward Neymar set up Lucas Paqueta to score the solitary objective as hosts Brazil beat Peru 1-0 on Monday to meet all requirements for the Copa America last. The semi-last was a rehash of the last, two years prior, when a Brazil group shorn of the harmed Neymar likewise prevailed on home soil. The Selecao will play either Lionel Messi's Argentina or Colombia, who meet in Brasilia on Wednesday, in Saturday's last at Rio de Janeiro's famous Maracana arena. "I need Argentina. I'm supporting Argentina since I have companions there and Brazil will win the last," said Neymar. "Paqueta is an incredible player, he's improving in each game and in each game with the public group," he said about the 23-year-old match victor, who plays his club football for Lyon in France. "He's simply had an extraordinary season with his club and is showing that he can be a vital player for the Brazilian public group." Gallese obstructs Brazil.Brazil completely ruled the main half at the void Nilton Santos arena in Rio yet needed to endure some apprehensive minutes after the break prior to getting a spot in the last. They opened up Peru on eight minutes as Paqueta's pass sent Richarlison in behind the guard, however subsequent to beating goalkeeper Pedro Gallese to the ball, the forward attempted to pull it back to Neymar who blasted high and wide under tension. Gallese spilled a wild Casemiro free-kick from distance however assembled the free ball before winger Everton could turn in the bounce back. Brazil were turning the screw and Everton cut in off the right flank yet took shots directly at Gallese. Read More: Euro Cup 2020: France Eye Quarterfinal Berth As Luka Modric Plots Spain DownfallThe Peruvian shot-plug was the most active player on the contribute the main quarter and subsequent to saving another Casemiro piledriver from distance he made an unbelievable twofold point clear save from Neymar and afterward Richarlison. Furthermore, when Gallese endured a surge of blood to the head and charged out of his space just to be beaten to the ball by Richarlison, Brazil couldn't underwrite as Peru's safeguards hurled themselves before Everton's shot. Peru were non-existant as an assaulting power and when they figured out how to win a corner soon after the half hour, they wound up playing the ball right back to Gallese. Brazil deservedly started to lead the pack 10 minutes before halftime after Peru parted with the ball in midfield for the umpteenth time. Neymar's sparkling toes got him liberated from three safeguards in the container and he teed up Paqueta to fire home from 12 yards. Self-conservation:Peru at long last had their first endeavor at objective on the counter assault four minutes after halftime, however goalkeeper Ederson easily parried Gianluca Lapadula's amazing drive. Before long, Raziel Garcia shot wide twice with hardly a pause in between as Peru displayed far more prominent aspiration than during the principal time frame. Peru were presently on top with Garcia at the core of their assault and his shot on the hour mark was parried by Ederson. Brazil began to wrestle back control and Everton took shots directly at Gallese before Neymar blasted above and beyond the bar. Peru ought to have been level a little ways from time when Yoshimar Yotun terminated a free-kick into the case and Alexander Callens beat Ederson to the ball yet headed wide from only six yards out. It would demonstrate their last possibility and mentor Ricardo Gareca regretted their lethargic beginning. "We paid for being delayed to subside into the game," he said. Read More: Football (Soccer) Rules & Regulation - Pitch High"The group responded well in the subsequent half and it was even." However, he conceded the 4-0 gathering stage pounding Brazil gave Peru before in the competition, and a 4-2 home loss in World Cup qualifying in October, had influenced their methodology. "We need to concede that we needed to ensure ourselves somewhat given we've surrendered a great deal of objectives against Brazil."Picture Credit: EUROSPORTS

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Odisha FC sign Malaysian international Liridon Krasniqi on loan

  • Aug 23, 2021
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Odisha FC is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Malaysian football club Johor Dar Al-Tazim on a loan contract for midfielder Liridon Krasniqi, who will now represent Bhubaneswar in the upcoming 8th edition of the Indian Super Cup. League (Hero ISL). The 29-year-old attacking midfielder started his career in European and made his professional debut for FK Mladá Boleslav in the Czech Republic in 2011 before joining Turkish club Ankaraspor. He was loaned out to another club in Turkey: Fethiyespor. Liridon moved to Malaysia in 2015 and played for Kedah Darul Aman Football Club. He also won the 2016 Malaysian Cup and the 2017 Malaysian Cup for Kedah before signing with Málaga United in 2019. In the previous season, Laridon had a contract with reigning Malaysian Premier League champion Johor Darul Ta'zim, and later represented the Newcastle Jets of Australia in the A-League on loan in early 2021. Liridon had the unique feat of representing three national teams. Having played for the Albanian Under-21 side and the Kosovo senior team, he made his debut for the Malaysian senior national team earlier this year. After joining the club, he said: "I am very happy to join Odisha FC and I am looking forward to starting a great journey in India. I hope to have a great season in the future with coach Kiko Ramirez. I can't wait for it to start and meet my teammates at OFC. We will try to bring Joy to all Odisha fans in the next [Hero] ISL." OFC coach Kiko Ramírez explained: "Liridon will give us character, attitude and strength. He is a player with great physical ability and good technique. He is a midfielder who can help us in attack and in defense and will give us energy that the team needs to fight for the full 90 minutes. " Odisha Club President Mr. Raj Athwal said: "We are delighted to welcome Malaysia international Liridon Krasniqi to Odisha Football Club. He is an accomplished midfielder in defense, adding more depth and quality to the team."Also Read- India's Shaili Singh wins silver in women's long jump at U20 World Athletics Championships in Nairobi

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Kylian Mbappe: Real Madrid make160m euros transfer offer for PSG forward

  • Aug 25, 2021
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French and Spanish media reported on Tuesday that Real Madrid made an offer of 160 million euros ($ 188.11 million) to buy Paris Saint-Germain France forward Kylian Mbappe.There were no immediate comments from either club and the France daily L'Equipe said that Paris Saint-Germain's position remained unchanged, Ligue 1 club decided to keep Mbappe until at least the end of his contract in June next year even though he could leave for nothing. Marca from Spain said the move was a first by Real Madrid, who had always its sights on the 22-year-old World Cup champion who scored 42 goals in all competitions for PSG last season and said he wanted to move to Spain. The As.com website quoted actual sources as saying that the fact money was not an issue for wealthy Qatar-owned Paris Saint-Germain was an obstacle for Real Madrid. Any sale of Mbappé would allow Paris Saint-Germain to recoup some of Lionel Messi's salary package after they signing the Argentine forward and six-time Ballon d'Or winner from Barcelona earlier this month. Paris Saint-Germain finished last season with just one major title, the French cup, after losing the league title by one point to Lille and losing in the semi-finals of the Champions League. Real, now managed by Italian Carlo Ancelotti were runners-up at the domestic level last season against Atletico. Mbappe joined Paris Saint-Germain from Monaco in 2017, initially on loan and then permanently a year later with a 180 million euros contract.Also Read- India interested in hosting 2036, 2040 Olympics: IOC President Thomas Bach

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FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifier: Euro champions Italy equal WORLD RECORD for most unbeaten games

  • Sep 06, 2021
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Jorginho missed a penalty when Italy draw 0-0 with Switzerland in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday September 5, a result that meant Roberto Mancini's side equaled the world record for consecutive undefeated international matches in a row. Italy is now undefeated in 36 consecutive games, equaling Brazil's record set between 1993 and 1996. The result could have been more positive if Jorginho had converted from the penalty spot in the 52nd minute after a foul by Domenico Berardi, but the Chelsea midfielder was thwarted by goalkeeper Yan Sommer. Italy had other opportunities to snatch the victory from them, but had to settle for a draw, which means they remain top of qualification Group C on 11 points from five games, four ahead of the second-placed Swiss, who have two matches in hand on the Azzurri.Also Read- Cristiano Ronaldo becomes all-time highest goalscorer in international football with brace against Ireland Mancini's team entered the game after a disappointing 1-1 draw with Bulgaria on Thursday, in their first match becoming European champions two months ago. But the visiting team did much better in the first half in Basel and should have taken the lead through good chances for Berardi and Lorenzo Insigne, both of whom were denied by Sommer. The best chance of the night came seven minutes of the second half after Ricardo Rodriguez trying to atone for being caught in possession, lunged in on Berardi to award a penalty. Jorginho, who missed his spot kick in in Italy's penalty shootout victory over England in the Euro 2020 final, stepped up but put his effort far to close to Sommer, who made an easy save. European champions Italy set a new world record of 36 international matches unbeaten with their draw in Switzerland Congratulations @Azzurri_En pic.twitter.com/VxL9CERn8D— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) September 6, 2021Sommer proved impossible to breach as he denied Insigne again to leave Italy heading home having been frustrated for the second successive qualifier.Also Read- Tokyo Paralympics: Avani Lekhara becomes first Indian woman to win 2 medals at single Games edition

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Lionel Messi surpasses Pele's goalscoring record, leads Argentina to win in World Cup qualifiers

  • Sep 10, 2021
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Lionel Messi broke Brazil great Pele's South American goal scoring record with a hat-trick that helped Argentina beat Bolivia 3-0 in the World Cup qualifiers on Thursday. Messi became the best scorer in South American football history The 34-year-old scored 79 goals for Argentina, overtaking Pele's tally of 77. The Argentine captain opened the way for his team at the Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires in front of 20,000 lucky fans in the 14th minute. He moved the ball between the legs of a Bolivian defender and shot from outside the penalty area to the right of the goalkeeper Carlos Lampe. Once again he showed his technique to score the second in the 64th minute. Messi and forward Lautaro Martinez exchanged four quick passes to put the six-time Ballon D'Or winner in a magnificent position. He still had time to dribble past one defender before scoring. Messi completed his hat-trick in the 88th minute from close range after getting a rebound from Lampe. Also Read- LaLiga will not be weakened by Lionel Messi's exit, says ex-Real Madrid player Fernando MorientesArgentina now have 18 points in second place. Bolivia remains in ninth place with six. Brazil and Argentina will have one less competitive match after this international window since the Super Classic was suspended on Sunday. FIFA has yet to decide what will happen will the match, as it was stopped in a shocking way after Brazilian health officials tried to remove four Argentinian players for allegedly providing false information to authorities. The top four teams from the South American qualifiers earn direct spots in the World Cup finals in Qatar next year, and the fifth-place team will go into an intercontinental playoff. Previously, Uruguay beat Ecuador by 1-0 to move to third place in the table. Uruguay managed to get a last-minute home win against Ecuador, which was key to their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup. The header by Gaston Pereiro in stoppage time allowed Uruguay to add 15 points and take Ecuador third on the table. The Ecuadorians still with 13 points, are in fourth place and they are also well positioned to go to Qatar next year. Colombia also clinched an important 3-1 home win over Chile in a magnificent performance from forward Miguel Borja. He scored the first from the spot in the 19th minute and added another one minute later. Chile reduced the gap in the 56th minute with Jean Menezes, but Luis Diaz added Colombia's last goal in the 74th minute. Also on Thursday, Paraguay beat Venezuela 2-1. The hosts scored with David Martínez and Alejandro Romero in the 7th and 46th minutes. The visitors scored their only goal in the 90th minute with John Chancellor. He posted on social media after the game: "I dreamed a lot about this day and thank God it came. "I have no words to thank you for all the love received. What a beautiful night, I really enjoyed it. Unforgettable."View this post on InstagramA post shared by Leo Messi (@leomessi)Also Read- Lionel Messi signs two-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain after leaving BarcelonaAlso Read- Cristiano Ronaldo becomes all-time highest goalscorer in international football with brace against Ireland

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Lionel Messi Makes First PSG Start But Club Brugge Hold On For A Draw

  • Sep 16, 2021
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Lionel Messi failed to provide Paris St Germain with any sparkle as the Ligue 1 team's potent attacking trio lacked inspiration in a disappointing 1-1 draw at Club Brugge in their Champions League opener on Wednesday.In his debut with the French team, the Argentine forward managed to surpass him, but he was far from his brilliant best next to the disappointing Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, who set up Ander Herrera for PSG's first-half opener before being replaced injured after the break.Brugge, who levelled before halftime through Hans Vanaken, were more powerful and had the best chances against a PSG that lacks quality and defensive focus.The result left Paris Saint-Germain and Bruges two points behind Group A leaders Manchester City after the Premier League champions crushed RB Leipzig 6-3."We didn't play a fantastic game but to be fair we did enough to win, we deserved to win," said Herrera."Maybe they had opportunities at the beginning of the second half but I think we controlled the match, we had a lot of chances."Also Read- Lionel Messi surpasses Pele's goalscoring record, leads Argentina to win in World Cup qualifiersBrugge keeper Simon Mignolet disagreed."I didn't have a lot of work, I just pulled a couple of saves. We played as a compact side, it was the right approach," the Belgian said.With Messi, Neymar and Mbappe together on the pitch for the first time, PSG made a confident start but Brugge responded well.FULL-TIME: Club Brugge 1-1 @PSG_English The points are shared on Matchday 1 of the @ChampionsLeague. #UCL | #CLUPSG pic.twitter.com/P3EVbjqQxP— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) September 15, 2021Mbappe broke the left flank and his low cross was met by Herrera, and opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a low shot to score his fourth goal this season-his third goal in the last two games.Messi set up Mbappe, who went close in the 23rd minute with an angled shot that was deflected by Mignolet but PSG were lulled into a false sense of security.Also Read- LaLiga will not be weakened by Lionel Messi's exit, says ex-Real Madrid player Fernando Morientes