But with a squad that contains 13 of the 23 players who helped win the country’s first major silverware at Euro 2016, Portugal supporters have every reason to feel quietly confident of their chances. A comparison with the 1986 World Cup – when a talented squad went home bottom of their group after falling out with the Portuguese FA over bonuses – is tempting, especially given the presence of Morocco, to whom they lost 3-1 in their final match 32 years ago after defeating England, in their group. Yet with top-level players throughout the squad led by Cristiano Ronaldo in what is likely to be his last appearance at a World Cup, anyone who writes off Santos’s side does so at their peril. … [Read more...] about Sporting meltdown casts shadow over Portugal’s World Cup buildup
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Mercifully there was incident in the latter stages. There was a mêlée that followed Alvaro Pereira's strong challenge on Jérémy Toulalan – Domenech stepped on to the pitch as he felt "the Uruguayans were trying to provoke one of my players" – and Lodeira was distraught to see red so swiftly after his introduction. The great young hope of Uruguayan football had already been booked for dissent when he jumped into the tackle on Sagna that compelled the Japanese referee, Yuichi Nishimura, to dismiss him. … [Read more...] about World Cup 2010: Ten-man Uruguay and France begin with stalemate
Did your team exceed expectations or were they on an unexpected early flight home? What is the reason for your team’s success this summer? And where do you think it went wrong for them? Share your thoughts on the last four weeks of World Cup football with us. We’ll hopefully feature some of your responses on the site. … [Read more...] about How did your team fare at the 2018 World Cup?
Called a “weathervane” for shifting his political ideas so often, he was seen as a master of the art of electoral campaigning and hand shaking. He was an instinctive conservative but with an appeal that extended beyond the right. Chirac also served two stints as prime minister in 1974-76 and 1986-88 and was mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995. … [Read more...] about World reacts to death of ‘spirited, complex’ Jacques Chirac
It said everything that, when Arsenal would normally have expected to be laying siege to their opponents’ goal late on, it was their goalkeeper, Emiliano Martínez, blocking sharply from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s shot, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles hacking Sam McQueen’s attempt from the goalline. Arsène Wenger bemoaned a lack of urgency in the first half which allowed Southampton to build their lead, but neither did his side whip up a frenzy of late opportunities when they were chasing the game. “Disappointing” was his verdict of the whole occasion, with the home support making clear their disgust at half-time and full-time. One route to silverware has been blocked off. It was as if the 19-match unbeaten run counted for little. … [Read more...] about Jordy Clasie allows Southampton to swagger past Arsenal into semi-finals