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Portugal y Serbia comparten puntos en Lisboa para las eliminatorias de la Euro 2020

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Portugal lo intentó muy duro. Pero no pudieron obtener más que un punto contra los serbios. Se esforzaron por vencer a Serbia, pero con la lesión de Cristiano Ronaldo en el minuto 30, las cosas se pusieron más difíciles para los portugueses. El partido en el Estadio da Luz, en Lisboa, terminó 1-1, ya que los jugadores portugueses se quejaron mucho de las decisiones del árbitro, especialmente en un penal que el árbitro no marcó después de señalar el toque de la mano del jugador serbio.

Los serbios abrieron el marcador al comienzo del juego. El portero Rui Patricio cometió una falta a Gacinovic, ya que el árbitro señaló el punto de penal. Tadic se adelantó y convirtió el penal a favor de los serbios con 6 minutos en el reloj. Jugando en casa, y habiendo comenzado la Clasificación para la Euro 2020 con un empate contra Ucrania, Portugal necesitaba recuperarse, y a pesar de perder a su estrella principal, – o al que para algunos es el mejor del mundo – Cristiano Ronaldo debido a una lesión, de alguna manera encontraron fuerzas para igualar el partido. Danilo Pereira alcanzó un hermoso remate de largo alcance, haciendo que el Estadio da Luz palpitara. 1-1.

En la segunda mitad, el escenario fue similar y tan intenso como en la primera mitad. Portugal presionó por un gol, mientras Serbia intentaba salir en contraataques. En el minuto 75 de la segunda etapa, el árbitro vio un balón que pego en la mano de Rukavina dentro del área. Después de hablar con el asistente, y con el defensor serbio jurando que la pelota habría golpeado la cara, el árbitro se volvió hacia atrás, molestando y frustrando a los jugadores portugueses y seguidores.

El partido terminó 1-1 y, a pesar de que Portugal está ahora en una situación difícil en el Grupo B. Lo que más preocupa es si la lesión de Cristiano Ronaldo fue grave o no. Y por preocupación, seguramente me refiero también a los fanáticos de la Juventus. Es muy común que los clubes grandes “presten” sus jugadores a sus respectivas naciones, y el mismo retorne con una sorpresa. Estas sorpresas se llaman lesiones. Lo que puede traducirse en meses alejados del terreno de juego. Ha pasado mucho tiempo desde que los grandes clubes europeos se quejan de los recesos internacionales. Esperemos que la herida no fuera un gran problema para la estrella portuguesa.

Con el empate 1-1, Portugal está con 2 puntos en dos juegos. Serbia, que debutó hoy, alcanzó el primer punto. En el otro juego, Ucrania, con un gol tardío, venció a Luxemburgo y tomó la delantera con cuatro puntos en el Grupo B.

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Liverpool initiate pre-season with a 6-0 win over Tranmere Rovers

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The European Champions are back in action! On this Thursday, Liverpool with mostly their reserves, made their first preseason friendly, ending up thrashing Tranmere Rovers 6-0.

The highlight of the match was young striker Rhian Brewster who showed up his “classic number nine” skills and scored twice in the small Prenton Park stadium in Merseyside. Nathaniel Clyne opened the scoring in the six minutes and Brewster scored at 38 and 45. With 11 changes in the second half, Liverpool scored three more through Curtis Jones, Divock Origi, and Bobby Duncan.

As expected, coach Jurgen Klopp used all 23 players at his disposal, among recently promoted youngsters and some reserves, as goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, midfielder Adam Lallana, striker Divock Origi and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who returned to the fields at the end of last season after a year recovering from a serious knee injury.

Among the holders of the last season, the Brazilian midfielder Fabinho and defender Joel Matip, who were called only in the second half, and midfielder James Milner, who played in the opening stages, were already in the first friendly.

At the end of the match, a good part of the supporters invaded the pitch to take pictures with the players. The most requested one was the UEFA Champions League hero, Divock Origi, who recently agreed his contract extension with the Reds. I’m excited to see Rhian Brewster in action for the main team. I also think that Jurgen Klopp needs to give some chances to Ryan Kent, and Harry Wilson to be at least backup pieces to this squad. It’s hard to say only based on a 6-0 win over Tranmere Rovers, but it’s undeniable that the Reds keep on fire. Will Liverpool and Klopp repeat last season, and maybe finally conquer the so dreamed Premier League this season? Leave a comment below with your thoughts!

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The Retirement of a Giant!

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Everything comes to an end… And on this Friday morning, notorious English striker Peter Crouch announced his retirement from football. At the age of 38, the 2.01m giant used his official Twitter account to inform fans of his decision.

The former Liverpool player said he got it all thanks to football and still made a point of thanking everyone who helped him out during his career in the sport.

“After much consideration this summer, I decided to retire from football. Our wonderful game gave me everything. I am very grateful to everyone who helped me to get there and to keep me for so long.” He wrote.

Crouch was revealed by Tottenham back in 1998 and had also played for clubs like QPR, Aston Villa, Norwich, Stoke City, and Burnley. However, a two-meter giant needed a club with his proportions… And he found everything he was looking for at Liverpool, as he played important roles, scored decisive goals, and even disputed a UEFA Champions League. Also, it was playing for the Reds that Crouch was called to defend England National Team back in the World Cups of 2006, and 2010.

“If you told me, when I was 17, that I would play in World Cups, reach a Champions League final, win the FA Cup and get 100 goals in the English Championship, I would not believe. It was absolutely a dream come true.” Added the player.

In his last season, Peter Crouch began playing in the second division, with the shirt of Stoke City. He then went to Burnley, where he played six games in the English Premier League and did not score goals. He’s a very nice guy, and almost everyone likes him. He’s always making fun of himself due to his big size, and even compare him to a giraffe. I’m pretty sure Liverpool fans will always remember him.

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Griezmann signs for Barcelona!

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Finally, the Griezmann conundrum is solved! After over a year of rumors and speculations, Barcelona announced today the signing of French striker Antoine Griezmann. The confirmation of the transfer occurred with the payment of the fine of 120 million euros to Atletico Madrid, held at the headquarters of the Spanish League.

In a statement, the Catalan team reported that Griezmann signed for five years, until June 30, 2024. Also, the Catalans have set a buyout clause in Griezmann’s contract of about 800 million euros.

Griezmann had the opportunity of joining the Catalans a year ago, but he opted for staying at Atleti. However, something made him change his mind up, as he joins Ernesto Valverde’s side. Griezmann will “steal” Philippe Coutinho’s number 7, as the Brazilian midfielder is currently numberless, and dignity-less as well at the Catalan club.

If Barcelona and Griezmann are happy, apparently the other side, Atletico, is not. The club from Madrid is arguing that Barça should pay 200 million euros instead of 120, as the agreement for the French player was sealed back in March when the fee to sign Griezmann was higher. Atletico is also complaining about the “Barça-way” of approaching their targets, as they seem to forget about etic values and fair play to the other clubs.

But let’s be honest… 120 million euros for Antoine Griezmann is such a joke. He’s a very good player, maybe he’s been world-class at his prime, but he is a merely good player nowadays. Not to mention average season last season with Atleti.

In my opinion, the Griezman arrival in Barcelona is one more problem for Ernesto Valverde to solve. He’s got into such a situation where he needs to figure out how to play Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho, Arthur, and maybe Neymar together at the same time. What a squad Barça is building up by the way. They’ve got everything to become the new “Galacticos” maybe? Yeah, who knows… Only time will say!

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