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VAR plays the major role as Tottenham eliminate Man City in the Champions

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Football insists on impressing us. It makes us go from euphoria to deep sadness. And the other way around. It all happened in this Manchester City 4-3 Tottenham, one of the most insane games of all time in the Champions League that booked the Spurs into the Semis. And in a cruel way for City’s supporters. The VAR was responsible for ruling out a 94th minute Raheem Sterling goal, that would give the qualification to Man City. The goal was legitimate ruled out, but it kinda killed the emotion of a heroic drama.

Just don’t try to understand what and how it all happened. With 21 minutes on the clock, City were already winning 3-2. Wow. 5 goals and 2 comebacks in just a matter of 21 minutes. Not even half of the first time. Sterling opened the scoring in a beautiful finish within four minutes. Son equalized at seven, in Laporte’s poor clearance and Ederson’s howler. The same South Korean put the Spurs ahead three minutes later, in a beautiful curled ball from the edge of the box that went straight to the top corner. Bernardo Silva equalized for City after his close-range effort deflected off Danny Rose. At last, at 21, de Bruyne crossed in the measure for Sterling to put the Citizens in front.

The game kinda slowed down due to this impetuous intensity at the early stages. At this point, Tottenham were still making it to the Semis, in the away-goal rule, as they beat City 1-0 at home last week. However, it all changed at 59 minutes, as Aguero scored his goal. Fernando Llorente, who is substituting the injured Harry Kane scored for Tottenham from a corner within 73 minutes. There were many complaints coming from City players for a possible handball from Llorente. The play was reviewed in the VAR, and later on, it was decided that the goal was legal.

The VAR helped the Spurs in a certain way. Llorente scored with his hip, but it has maybe slightly deflected off his arm. Furthermore, at 94 minutes, the capital play in the match. Christian Eriksen lost the ball, Bernardo passed it to Aguero, who fed Sterling to fire home past Hugo Lloris. The Etihad was pulsing, Pep Guardiola jumping around, all players celebrating, and lamentation coming from Spurs players. However, there was a certain VAR on City’s way. The goal was checked, and Aguero was offside before his pass to Sterling. Disallowed goal. Everything changed, literally from water to wine for Tottenham players, who had gained a lifeline.

Fair play to City, they fell with honor. Tottenham were lucky, but also competent enough to score four goals in one of the best teams in the world. Tottenham will now face Ajax in the UEFA Champions League Semifinals. Also, Tottenham and City will face each other again on this Saturday, at the same Etihad Stadium in the Premier League.

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France win their second match on FWWC

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The team of France traveled to Nice to face their most difficult match on this group stage. Norway, that won their first match against Nigeria, faced the hosts with a lot of determination. As both sides got 3 points on the first round, a victory meant a very close qualification for the round of 16. And that was what the two of them were searching for.

French’s coach Corinne Diacre made one single chance for the first XI against South Korea. She put Montpellier’s striker Valérie Gauvin on the match. And she was important on the match. During the first half, she got the best chances inside the box but was unable to convert from close range. The best opportunity for Norway came with a header from Ingrid Syrstad Engen, which flew over the crossbar. The first 45 minutes ended with no goals, but the last ones were pretty exciting.

As soon as the match restarted, after the half time, France scored. Gauvin fired the ball into the back of the net from the edge of the box. There was no chance for Norway’s keeper Ingrid Hjelmseth.

However, the home side didn’t have much time to celebrate. Less them 10 minutes after, a low ball was drilled across the box and Wendie Renard tried to pass the ball out. The problem is that she turned the ball into the back of her own net. There was no pressure at all on her. It was just a totally bizarre own goal by the center-back. And the fans even had to deal with Isabell Herlovsen telling them to be quiet.

Things were difficult to France and they certainly didn’t want to lose points in front of their supporters. Fortunately, for them, Eugénie Le Sommer was there to save them. After the referee checked a play inside the box, France was awarded a penalty. The number 9 stepped up, took the ball and sent it to the back of the net. 2-1 to France and another 3 points.

Les Bleus’ next match will be against Nigeria, who still have chances of going onto the next round. Even already being basically on the round of 16, the home team wants to keep 100%. Norway will have great chances of qualifying, once they will play against the weakest on this group, South Korea. It’s clear that the Asians are not playing well, but they may surprise. So the Gresshoppene will have to play their best to guarantee a place in the next round.

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Germany beat Spain and are qualified for the round of 16

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Germany and Spain were facing each other for the first time in the Women’s World Cup. On their last meeting, a friendly match in November 2018, they draw with no goals. But this would have to be different. Both teams won their first match: Spain on a comeback against South Africa and Germany on a late goal against China. A victory in this match would mean classification for the winning side.

Spain was fantastic throughout most of the first half, controlling the midfield and creating more opportunities. Their best chance was with Nahikari García, on a one-on-one chance against German’s keeper Almuth Schult at the 14th minute. However, the forward failed to finish and the score stayed equal. Germany started growing on the match after that but were still worse than Spain. However, in football, not always being the best means winning, and that happened. At the 42nd minute, Sara Däbritz beat defender Marta Torrejón to get the rebound and finish into the bottom left corner. 1-0 to Germany and a little bit of tranquility to them on the second half.

The Spanish continued being the best side on the second half, but they were far from clinical on the attack. On their first match, two of the three goals they scored were from a penalty. With that, we question if they really have a good ability to score from open play. Germany, on the other hand, were far from their best. It was clear that they were missing the creativity of Dzsenifer Marozsán. The number 10 of Lyon suffered a broken toe on the match against China and will probably be out of Group Stage.

With another small victory, Germany is confirmed on the round of 16. It will give time for their best player to recover and maybe play again on this World Cup. Already qualified, they will face South Africa in Montpellier next Monday, trying to be 100% and also a clean sheet on the group stage. Spain, on the other hand, will have a difficult match against China. The Asians won their second match and are also with 3 points. The one who gets the victory in Le Havre will be qualified for the round of 16.

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Brasil golea en el debut

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Brasil arrancó la Copa América goleando ante Bolivia, pero con mucho por mejorar en su juego.

El debut de los dirigidos por Tite, más allá de un 3-0 en el marcador, evidenció muchas cosas que, entre buenas y malas, se irán confirmando (o desmintiendo) a lo largo del desarrollo de la competición. Es imposible analizar con solo un partido; sí es posible comentar lo visto.

El encuentro pudiese explicarse en varios escenarios. Vamos con ello:

El repliegue boliviano

Los dirigidos por Eduardo Villegas protagonizaron un muy buen primer tiempo. Bolivia, sujeta a todas sus limitaciones tácticas (¡y jugando ante Brasil!), protagonizó unos primeros 45’ correctos.

No obstante, todo fue a costa de un despliegue físico de primer nivel, criterio que no todos tienen. Brasil probablemente haya tenido más movilidad y kilómetros recorridos sobre el campo, pero es el correr sin balón aquello que cansa; agota.

Esta es la principal razón para explicar por qué fue un 0-0 al descanso. Eso y, claro, la ausencia de Neymar, su creatividad y desparpajo.

Richarlison y Neres, los extremos

Los extremos fueron distintos, muy distintos. Y es que sus características tienen poca relación entre sí. Sin embargo, es el jugador de los Toffees quien encuentra, a partir de su juego, mayor incidencia en el equipo.

Neres se siente más cómodo por el centro. Pero en la selección, el planteamiento pide todo lo contrario.

A uno le fue mejor que al otro, claro está. Probablemente siga siendo así, y la etiqueta de “sustituto de Neymar” se pruebe con otro jugador.

Éverton, por ejemplo, además de convertir el tercer gol, hizo méritos para alguna titularidad. Veremos.

El doble pivote “Casemiro-Fernandinho”

Tite propuso un trivote en la mitad del campo. La realidad, en cambio, estuvo lejos de aquello.

Entre un Coutinho (de dos goles) más ofensivo y un Fernandinho que evidentemente no juega entre líneas, Casemiro acaba encontrándose sin opciones de pase vertical, más que lo que Richarlison presentaba abierto por banda.

Digamos que fue un doble pivote forzado, no imaginado y poco productivo.

La primera opción para ver un trivote más funcional y escalonado sería Arthur. Allan tampoco sería mala idea. Ambos por encima de Paquetá, jugador de carácter más ofensivo.

Brasil goleó, pero deja muchos detalles a mejorar… Lo que es bueno, incluso. Perú y Venezuela puede que sufran los cambios.

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