Something happens with João Félix

first_imgJoão takes this course four goals (Eibar, Mallorca and two to Lokomotiv) and an assist, against Leganés. Little baggage for a player of his enormous quality, although it is true that an ankle sprain stopped him when he was better and left him out of six games. And Simeone is still trying to strengthen him for his good and that of the team, although he is also usually one of the usual substitutes for his disgust. In the final against him Madrid started on tip next to Morata, although during some section it occupied the right band. They are the two positions that he has been playing since he arrived at the Metropolitan, although the Portuguese prefers to be closer to the area and less demanded in defense. In that sense he also explained the Cholo that would look for the formula so that fatigue does not punish the player and can be more decisive in attack.“Apart from talent, commitment is needed. When feelings appear because they are in Atlético, things go out alone. Each player needs his time”, explained the technician asked about the young crack before Barça-Atlético. The player did not find his best feelings in Arabia, although he tried hard. For this reason and because before the break, he made good performances and left great plays that show what he has, since the club has intact his faith in him, although there is some concern, as in part of the fans, hoping that in what The course is much more than a soccer player with sparks.The strong investment made has generated some impatience around the player and also that he is probably judged very severely. However, the forward is aware of his role and expectations and does not shy away from responsibility. From the locker room they warn that you only need a couple of goals and good games to break free and take away all the anxiety you may have. In Jeddah it could not be. Something happens with João, but he has time to dispel all doubts. The season is close to the decisive stretch and Atlético and its people expect the best of the crack that has excited most in many years … 7 No one doubts that João Félix is ​​a footballer with something special. Any fan, mattress or not, sees that when he catches the ball and tames it, he has an enormous talent that if it explodes can lead him to be a supercrack. But it is also true that in the Super Cup more was expected of him. On a stage to look, before two rivals of the highest level, he went virtually unnoticed. Details, some driving, good touches … but no real weight in the matches. Something happens with João, who at times has been seen with some disconnection, even apathetic. He is young (20 years old) and the confidence in him is full to help everyone to grow the football player, because there are still three titles at stake. But he has to punch the table.In the final he played 101 minutes and left a shot outside (crossed the ball too much after a Ramos fault) and another blocked. In the semifinal of Thursday he did not finish, although he participated in the 0-1 combination. But it really was not successful in most of the actions in which it is expected that, due to its quality, the play will improve. The focus that should be especially for him in recent weeks is being earned by Correa, A player who loses more balls and is more unpredictable, but is more electric, is being more decisive and, taking stock of each game, generates more danger to the opponent even starting from further back.last_img read more

Barcelona topple Tottenham on penalties

first_imgBut Arthur, Barcelona’s 40 million euro signing from Brazilian side Gremio, caught the eye with a lovely first-half finish, to add to Munir’s opener for the Catalans.Spurs had struggled to exert themselves in the opening 45 minutes, but after Barcelona made a raft of changes at the interval, Mauricio Pochettino’s men levelled proceedings with two goals in as many minutes. Son Heung-min and Georges-Kevin N’koudou both pounced on the rebound to profit from suspect defending.Barcelona won the penalty shoot-out which followed, with new 41 million euro signing Malcom converting the decisive spot-kick.The early dominance of Ernesto Valverde’s side paid off with a 15th minute opener after a devastatingly simple approach ripped the Spurs’ defence apart.Andre Gomes delivered an inswinging cross from the left, Rafinha escaped at the far post and headed the ball back into the six-yard box, where Munir cushioned it into the net from point-blank range.A second arrived courtesy of a sublime strike from Arthur. Rafinha laid the ball back to the midfielder on the edge of the area and he effortlessly swept it into the far top corner beyond the helpless Gazzaniga.Christian Eriksen produced Tottenham’s first meaningful effort in the 32nd minute, with a free-kick from 25 yards that was pushed away to his left by Jasper Cillessen.The woodwork denied Eriksen from another set piece six minutes after the restart, when his right-footed free-kick bounced awkwardly for Cillessen and crashed back off the outside of the post.Malcom was a whisker away from marking his first Barcelona appearance with a 65th minute goal when he took on right-back Serge Aurier and fired in a low shot towards the near post which was smartly diverted behind by Michel Vorm.Spurs’ comeback began in the 72nd minute after the Barcelona defence failed to deal with Ben Davies’ left wing cross. Eriksen saw his shot blocked, but Son latched onto the rebound to divert a shot into the unguarded net.A leveller arrived two minutes later after Barcelona again struggled with a low cross, this time from the right. Eriksen’s shot was cleared off the line, but academy product N’koudou pounced with a volley from inside the six-yard box.In the subsequent penalty shoot-out, Anthony Georgiou missed for Spurs, with Barcelona converting all five of their spot-kicks.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s Georges-Kevin N’Koudou scores a second half equalizer during the International Champions Cup friendly with Barcelona forcing the game into a penalty shootout which Barcelona won 5-3 © AFP / Frederic J. BROWNPASADENA, United States, Jul 29 – Summer signing Arthur marked his Barcelona bow with a mouthwatering goal, as the La Liga champions beat Tottenham Hotspur 5-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in Pasadena, California.Both sides were without their big names for the International Champions Cup clash, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris all still recovering from their exertions at the World Cup.last_img read more

Ashwin’s three wickets, lively fielding drive India’s fightback,Ashwin’s three wickets, lively fielding drive India’s fightback

first_imgcricket SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT South Africa Published on India India effected a dramatic turnaround by taking three wickets for five runs in the last hour to reduce South Africa to 269 for six at stumps on the opening day of the second Test here.Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin snared three crucial wickets as the visitors fought back after the duo of Hashim Amla (82) and Aiden Markram (94) batted resolutely.At the end of day’s play, captain Faf du Plessis was unbeaten on 24 runs (77 balls, 3 fours) while Keshav Maharaj was batting on 10.On a day when the Indian pacers failed to make much of a dent on an easy-paced wicket, Aswhin (3/90) emerged as the most successful bowler as he dismissed Markram (94), Dean Elgar (31) and Quinton de Kock (0).The hosts were going strong with Amla (82) anchoring the Proteas innings after Markram, playing on his home ground, missed out on a well-deserved century by a whisker.However, two run-outs and a wicket by Ashwin within 13 balls saw South Africa slump from 246/3 to 251/6 as India sought to wrest control of the match while somewhat masking a couple of questionable selections in the playing XI.Post tea, Amla and AB de Villiers (20) took their third- wicket partnership to 51 runs. South Africa crossed 200 in the 64th over, but not before losing de Villiers as he played on off Ishant Sharma (1-32), who got just reward for his toiling spells.Amla then put on 47 runs with du Plessis, and in doing so, scored his 36th Test half-century off 99 balls. It looked to be a dominant day for the hosts before a mini-collapse came by.First, in the 81st over, Amla was run-out against the run of play, getting mixed up with du Plessis as he set off for a single but Hardik Pandya (0-37) found the target on the non- striker’s end off his bowling.Two balls later, Ashwin dismissed Quinton de Kock for a golden duck, caught at slip. Vernon Philander (0) was then run-out on the last ball of the 83rd over as he set off for a run even as du Plessis called no from the non-striker’s end.India took the new ball in the 87th over, but South Africa managed to avoid any further damage.Earlier, Aiden Markram scored 94 runs as South Africa reached 182/2 at tea. The opener faced 150 balls and hit 15 fours.Post lunch, Markram and Dean Elgar (31) took their opening stand to 85 runs. Ashwin got the breakthrough for India early in the session, albeit it was a lucky dismissal.The shot from Elgar hit Murali Vijay in the mid-riff and lodged there, with the fielder acting quickly enough to catch it.India then attacked Amla with short stuff as also attempting to lure him outside the off-stump. Jasprit Bumrah (0-57) was unimpressive in this spell, unable to find the right line to attack the batsmen.Mohammed Shami (0-46) was haywire too, and India had to recall Ishant and Ashwin back into the attack. Meanwhile, Amla and Markram added 63 runs for the second wicket.Markram’s wicket came against the run of play. He asked for DRS review and was a tad unlucky as the edge was doubtful.But there wasn’t sufficient evidence to overturn the on-field umpire’s decision.South Africa had crossed 100 in the 36th over, and their 150 came up in the 47th. Amla, batting on 30 then, was lucky to survive as Parthiv Patel dropped him off Ishant in the 51st over, the ball going down leg side after the batsman edged it.In the morning, South Africa had reached 78 for no loss at lunch making first use of an easy day one pitch.Elgar and Markram had started watchfully against the new-ball pairing of Bumrah and Shami, the latter conceding 23 runs off his four overs.The new ball bowlers failed to create any chances, and Ishant came on as first-change in the 8th over. He immediately troubled Elgar and continued to do so throughout his first spell.Pandya came on to bowl in the 13th over. By the 20th over, when Ashwin was introduced into the attack, India had used up all their frontline bowlers in just over an hour’s play.Ashwin too probed Elgar, and in the 24th over, had a caught-behind appeal turned down. India opted for DRS review but there was no edge.The Proteas had crossed 50 in the 21st over. Meanwhile, Markram reached his second Test half-century off 81 balls, just before the break.India made three changes to their eleven, with KL Rahul replacing Shikhar Dhawan and Ishant Sharma coming in for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, which attracted widespread criticism from former players.Wriddhiman Saha was ruled out due to a strain and Parthiv Patel took his place in the team. PTI January 13, 2018 × COMMENTSlast_img read more