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Alisson Becker shines as Brazil beat Paraguay on the Penalty Shootouts

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Brazil overcame their recent traumas and guaranteed in the semifinal of the 2019 Copa America. It was harder than expected though. The Brazilian national team even made a good performance on Thursday night against Paraguay, at the Gremio Arena in Porto Alegre, but it hit the opposing side. The result could not be other than 0-0. On the penalty shootouts though, Alisson Becker saved the Brazilians, who will head to the Semifinal to take on either Argentina or Venezuela.

Playing at home, with fans in favor and seeking to give an answer to critics, the commanders of coach Tite left Paraguay breathless in the first minutes. They just did not count on the well-defended Paraguayan defense. Not enough the correct positioning of opponents, there was still a wall called Gatito Fernandez. The first chance came early, with three minutes of play, but Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino’s shot was weak.

The response was slow to come, but when it arrived it was to scare the hosts. 28 minutes into the match Derlis Gonzalez was picked out at the far post and forced Alisson to pull out a great save to keep the 0 in the scoreline. If in the initial stage Brazil was clearly superior – in spite of the bad aim -, in the second time the differences became more evident. Especially after the 55th minute, when Balbuena fouled Firmino and was sent off. Shortly after, Everton drove forward and crossed to Gabriel Jesus, who missed from close-range.

With one more on the pitch, Brazil was free. However, Paraguay held the Brazilians, with a little bit of luck. Differently, from UEFA and FIFA Competitions, the decision went straight to the Penalty Shootouts instead of both national teams playing an extra-time. Alisson saved Paraguay’s 1st, as Willian scored. Almiron leveled, but Marquinhos did so. Valdez equalized. Coutinho sent to the corner and made the third. Rojas made it 3-3. Then Firmino missed. Luckily for Brazil, Derlis Gonzalez also missed from the spot. Gabriel Jesus took the last one and found the bottom of the net to send Brazil to the Semifinal. 4-3 on Penalties.

Good chances of a Brazil-Argentina in the Semifinal. Let’s wait and hope for that.

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Sevilla beat Liverpool 2-1 and keep 100% in preseason friendlies

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Sevilla keep their 100% in the pre-season friendlies as they beat Liverpool 2-1 on Sunday night. Nolito and Alejandro Pozo scored for the Spaniards in the match held in Boston, as Origi cashed for the Reds. Jurgen Klopp sent a mixed-up team to the pitch, as he doesn’t have their front-three nor his goalkeeper available.

Liverpool started the game with Lonergan, Van Dijk, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Philips, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Wilson, Chamberlain, Woodburn, and Origi. Sevilla took to the field Sergio Rico, Daniel Carrico, Diego Carlos, Reguilon, Jesus Navas, Banega, Fernando, Ocampos, Joan Jordan, Nolito, and De Jong.

With 37 minutes on the clock, Sevilla opened the scoring: Nolito received down the left and slotted a wonderful goal straight into Lonergan’s top corner. 1-0 Sevilla.

Seemed like the first half would end up like this, but Origi capitalized on a loose ball to level the match. 1-1 with 44 minutes on the clock.

Sevilla even lost Joris Gnagnon for a red card after a disgusting foul on Liverpool’s Larouci. When everyone thought the game was faded to this 1-1, 10-man Sevilla bright as at 90 minutes, Munir made a good move on the left and rolled in the middle for the young Pozo. He controlled the ball, rounded goalkeeper Mignolet and fired home into the empty nets. 2-1 Sevilla.

This was the fourth friendly played by Sevilla in the pre-season. And the fourth victory. The Spaniard had beaten Simba (Tanzania) by 5-4, Reading by 2-1 and Dallas by 3-1. The club has three more scheduled games: against Hoffenheim and Granada.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have also reached four friendlies played in that pre-season. The Reds defeated Tranmere Rovers 6-0 and Bradford City 3-1 but got beaten by Borussia Dortmund on Friday, 3-2. The Reds now have games against Sporting, Napoli, and Lyon.

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Harry Kane Puskas’ Goal Guarantees Spurs 3-2 Win Over Juventus

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Anthological! Thus should be defined the Harry Kane’s goal on Sunday morning in Singapore, which guaranteed the 3-2 Spurs triumph against Juventus in the International Champions Cup. After the 2-2 draw was kept until the last minutes, the English striker surprised the goalkeeper Szczesny and brought the stadium to madness! Before Kane’s masterpiece, Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura, Gonzalo Higuain, and Cristiano Ronaldo scored.

We can say that the game was friendly only on paper. With much intensity, Tottenham dominated the first half and built the advantage through Lamela, who capitalized on a rebounded ball by Buffon.

The Spurs were better during the first half, but it seemed like the London club did not come back to the pitch up to score more goals. Smart Maurizio Sarri introduced Higuain as Juventus quickly fired back. With 15 minutes into the second half, the Italians completed the comeback through Higuain himself, and the Portuguese star CR7.

Pochettino introduced Lucas Moura, as the Brazilian showed opportunism to leave everything the same. 2-2.

When everything seemed solved, Kane took out the unpredictable from the hat and wrapped up the game in an absurd goal from the midfield.

Lucas won the ball in his defensive half and played with Kane, who, in a mad-moment, took the risk to attempt from down the midfield. The ball made all the way into the net, looping over Szczesny, who even tried to save it, but he wasn’t really expecting that. None of us were, to be honest. 3-2 Tottenham.

After losing to the Spurs, Juventus will face Inter Milan next Wednesday and Atletico Madrid on August 10.

Meanwhile, the Spurs have three more scheduled preseason appointments. For the International Champions Cup, Tottenham will take Manchester United and Inter Milan. Between the two games, Pochettino leads the team against Real Madrid on 30 July in another friendly tournament.

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Dortmund beat Liverpool 3-2 in a friendly in the US

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Borussia Dortmund defeated Liverpool 3-2 on Friday in a preseason friendly match at the University of Notre Dame Stadium in Indiana, United States. Paco Alcacer, Thomas Delaney and Jacob Larsen scored for the German team, as youngsters Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster, discounted for the European Champions.

As expected, the two teams started out with a lot of reserves in the field and changed all the players in the second half. Unlike the German team, which already has a large part of the squad available, Liverpool still cannot count with a few key players such as Congolese Naby Keita, Senegalese Sadio Mane, the Egyptian King, Mohamed Salah, and Brazilians Roberto Firmino, and Alisson Becker.

This was Liverpool’s third friendly, as they had beaten Tranmere Rovers 6-0 and then beat Bradford City 3-1 before traveling to the United States.

Borussia got their second win in the preseason two days after beating American side Seattle Sounders 3-1.

So let’s get into the game. Under the hot weather at Indiana, manager Jurgen Klopp’s former club Borussia opened the scoring in just three minutes into the game, with the Spanish Paco Alcacer taking advantage of poor defense from the English defense.

At 34, the Brazilian Fabinho played with Ryan Kent, who did the light-cut and left Harry Wilson in conditions to level the game. 1-1.

In the second half, Borussia again was quick to return to the lead with a goal scored by Thomas Delaney with 53 on the clock.

Shortly after, at 58, Jacob Larsen expanded to the German team.

Liverpool even responded at 75, as captain Jordan Henderson let Rhian Brewster take the Penalty which he scored, but it wasn’t enough to equalize it. 3-2 Dortmund.

Well, it was a good win for Dortmund, who beat the European Champions. As for Liverpool, there’s no better time to lose games than now. It’s preferable to lose all the preseason matches and go unbeaten in the Premier League to win the title.

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