PLAYER RATINGS: James Rodriguez leads the way again as Real Madrid beat Almeria

first_img Asier Illarramendi (6): Better than he was against Celta Vigo. Didn’t manage to last the game, though.  29/04/2015 Isco (6): Lovely pass in the build up to the final goal, but he will have been disappointed to have started on the bench.  Fabio Coentrao (7): Considering how little he’s played this calendar year, this was another reliable performance from the Portuguese international. However, Marcelo is likely to come back in at the weekend.  Sam Marsden Keylor Navas (6): Looks like a different goalkeeper to the one that shone for Levante last season. Admittedly he had little to do here, but he doesn’t give off a great deal of confidence. Iker Casillas will be back in goal on Saturday. Toni Kroos (8): No other player had more touches than Toni Kroos who, after James, was the best player on the pitch. Not only did he have the game largely under control, but he got forward to create the second goal.  James Rodriguez (8): The Colombian once again lit the way for Real Madrid to claim the three points. Not only did he open the scoring on the stroke of half time, but he oozed class on the ball. He’s arguably been Madrid’s best player since coming back from injury. He’s definitely been their best player over the last two games.   Nacho n/a CEST Raphael Varane (7): With Sergio Ramos suspended, Varane started alongside Pepe. As with Pepe, he just about managed to deal with what was thrown at him. With a trip to Sevilla on Saturday, it will be interesting to see what defence Carlo Ancelotti chooses.  Substitutes Pepe (7): Was not overly troubled, but managed to keep Almeria out — and the away side did look quite good going forward at times in the first half.  Javier Hernandez (7): After starring in the last two matches against Celta Vigo and Atletico Madrid, the Mexican enjoyed a quiter night here. He was occasionally involved in the action, but rarely able to trouble Almeria goalkeeper Ruben. In fact, he didn’t have a shot on target. But he kept going and set up Arbeloa’s goal late on.   Jese Rodriguez (6): More than anything this was about minutes for the young forward. After such a long time out injured, they all count at the moment. Played a good pass to Kroos in the lead up to the second goal.    Cristiano Ronaldo (6): Maybe, like Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal, he should have taken a yellow card in the last game and missed this one through suspension. At first it looked like he’d scored Madrid’s second, but replays showed it was an own goal. Blazed over late on when a pass to Hernandez may have been the better option.  Lucas Silva (6): More minutes to aid his adaption. Upd. at 21:55 Alvaro Arbeloa (7): Scored the final goal, but even before then had actually been good linking play on the right flank for Real Madrid. In terms of assists, and now goals, he’s having a productive season. last_img read more

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Asier Illarramendi could move to Liverpool from Madrid

first_img Rafa Benitez doesn’t count on him for the season ahead, preferring to use Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in his position.  Another possibility is to use him as a bargaining chip in a different signing. CEST 16/08/2015 at 14:08 Liverpool are interested in procuring his signing. Brendan Rodgers thinks he will be a good replacement for Lucas Leiva, who is leaving after nine seasons. Real Madrid will allow him to leave if they receive an acceptable offer for the Basque, 25. Sport EN Real Madrid paid nearly €40million for the Real Sociedad man and will probably let him go for less than half of that. Asier Illarrramendi could be packing his suitcase after just two seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu. last_img read more

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Man United “fell asleep” in race to sign Pedro

first_img CEST Antonio Sanz, a spokesman for the agency which represents Pedro Rodriguez, has said that Manchester United “fell asleep” in the race to sign the Spain international.  Pedro swapped Barcelona for Chelsea on Thursday in a deal which could end up costing 30 million euros.  Sport EN Upd. at 19:51 He then looked at the move itself, suggesting Pedro will need to adapt to England, but he doesn’t think there will be any major problems. center_img “It’s in the public and well-known that Manchester United were pushing for Pedro, but Chelsea were quicker and reached an agreement with Barça inside 24 hours as United fell asleep. It took a little longer with us [to reach a deal], but it was a really effective move,” Sanz said to Radio Club Tenerife.  21/08/2015 Sanz explained that United were offering the same amount of money, but paid in a different way, which is why Chelsea’s more direct approach paid off. He also confirmed that there had been signs of interest from Manchester City.  “Pedro’s going to have a big year and will be one of the Premier League’s biggest sensations,” he said, suggesting he could debut against West Brom this weekend.last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement paNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2ro1sWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ezm88( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4Would you ever consider trying this?😱eCan your students do this? 🌚vnRoller skating! Powered by Firework ~ Argentina vs France most watched match with 22 million viewers ~The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia continues its strong run for football viewership in India in its fourth week. The tournament that is being telecast live on SONY TEN 2, SONY TEN 3 and SONY ESPN channels and live streamed on SonyLIV app & website, garnered over 192 million viewers across 58 matches played until Week 4 of the tournament. Key Viewership Highlights for 58 matches of the tournament (SPN Sports Channels + SonyLIV)  The total cumulative reach of the tournament on our network is 192.7 million viewers. o (BARC, All India, CS2+, LIVE matches + wraparound shows + highlights + repeats + surround programming of FIFA World Cup, SPN Sports Network, SonyLIV)Advertisement  150.7 million viewers watched the World Cup on TV and over 42 million viewers live streamed it on SonyLIV app and website.Key Viewership Highlights for 58 matches of the tournament (only SPN Sports Channels)  The 58 LIVE matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia has been watched by 96.7 million viewers across India on the sports channels of Sony Pictures Networks. The 8- pre-quarter final and 2 quarter final matches telecast in Week 4 have been watched by 57.1 million viewers o (BARC, All India, CS2+, LIVE matches, SPN Sports Network)  63.1 million viewers in rural markets across India have sampled our television coverage of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – 42% of the overall TV reach o (BARC, All India Rural, CS2+, LIVE matches+wraparound shows+highlights+repeats+surround programming of FIFA World Cup, SPN Sports Network)  Top markets in terms of highest reach for LIVE matches o West Bengal – 20.4 mn o Kerala – 16.9 mn o Maharashtra/ Goa – 10.5 mn o North East – 10.1 mnAdvertisement  The France vs Argentina pre-quarter final has been the most watched game in the tournament till date with 22.2 million viewers tuning in to watch the game o There were three other matches which were sampled by more than 20 million viewers – Brazil vs Mexico, Uruguay vs France and Spain vs Russia (BARC, All India, CS2+, SPN Sports Network) Local language feeds (Hindi+Malayalam+Bengali+Tamil+Telugu) have contributed to 47% of the overall viewership. (BARC, All India, CS2+, LIVE matches with local language feed, SPN Sports Network)  Our regional commentary has been well received, with 9.0 million viewers in Kerala sampling Malayalam commentary and 9.2 million viewers in West Bengal sampling Bengali commentary o 36.3 million viewers across India have sampled our regional commentary feed (BARC, All India, CS2+, LIVE matches, Sony ESPN)Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Anthony Joshua reveals why he refused $50 Million to fight Deontay Wilder

first_imgAdvertisement i5NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs24gWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E41qrq( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8oielWould you ever consider trying this?😱3kgk8Can your students do this? 🌚afnRoller skating! Powered by Firework The biggest star in British Boxing Anthony Joshua is all set to fight on April 14, even though the opponent has not been revealed yet, the venue which is Wembley Stadium was booked way before Anthony Joshua’s title defence against Alexander Povetkin in September.Advertisement Even though the fans were furious as to why he didn’t fight American heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder who would eventually fight Tyson Fury earlier this month in what is described as the biggest heavyweight fight on the American soil in the last fifteen years.Advertisement There were talks about the Wilder side even paying the British star $50 Million to fight him next. But the promoters of Joshua i.e Eddie Hearn has repeatedly said that they have never received any such offer.However, Joshua revealed that the American’s offer wasn’t as simple as the public made it out to be.Advertisement He said: “It’s the first time I’ve ever really had issues on the financial side with a fighter.“So, let’s say that fifty million we talked about. Listen, it’s a hell of a lot of money and it was an honour to even have that number thrown at me!“But then when you dissected it and what it actually it was, it was kind of like a rights fee – ‘We own you for this amount of money’.“The issue I had was that I’ve got long-standing contracts in place with certain partnerships. So you may put that money forward and think that you own me 100% but you may only own 50% so that makes their 50% worth 25%.“So when you start getting into the intricacies of a contract and what the real value is, that’s when that starts taking place.“So the $50m was unbelievable, it’s a great number, but there are things in place that don’t make that $50m worth it to the person paying it.”As of right now, it looks like we might not see Wilder vs Joshua in April of 2019 either as the British star has hinted about fighting his former rival Dillian Whyte.Also Read:Twitter reacts to the controversial DRAW between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder    Advertisementlast_img read more

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Gerard Piqué relates Roy Keane incident that almost made him ‘sh*t himself’

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty ImagesAdvertisement 168NBA Finals | Brooklyn VskcuWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Edx( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) m9vWould you ever consider trying this?😱6nj4Can your students do this? 🌚cyRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Barcelona defender recalled his beginner days in the Old Trafford locker room, and how one phone call sent the Irish midfielder into a frenzy.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesThe Barcelona youth was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2004, and the then defensive midfield starlet spend four years at the Theatre of Dreams, before returning to Catalonia in 2008 for a mere £5 million.On The Players’ Tribune, the 32 year old recollected his days with the Red Devils, and one special incident with his cell phone which made the Irishman go crazy in the dressing room to such an extent that Pique would “nearly sh*t himself!”Advertisement “One of my very first matches at Old Trafford, we were in the dressing room getting ready, and I was nervous as hell,” the Spanish international told the media outlet.“Imagine it – I’m 18 years old, and I’m sitting in that little dressing room putting on my socks next to Ruud van Nistelrooy, Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand. I wanted to be invisible. I was thinking, ‘Just do your job and go unnoticed’.Advertisement “So we’re sitting there waiting for the gaffer (Alex Ferguson) to come in and speak to us, and I’m literally sitting right next to Roy Keane. The dressing room is so small that our legs are almost touching. There’s no space at all.”“It’s dead quiet. All of a sudden, you could hear this little vibration. Very soft. Roy is looking around the room.”“I realise it’s me. It’s my cell phone. I left it on vibrate, and it’s in the pocket of my pants, stuffed in the clothes bag that’s hanging right behind Roy’s head.”“Roy can’t find where the noise is coming from. Now he’s looking around the room like a maniac.”“His eyes are darting everywhere, and he’s trying to figure it out. You know the famous scene with Jack Nicholson in The Shining, when he bursts through the door? That’s what he looked like.“He screams out to everybody, ‘Whose phone is that?!’. Silence. He asks again. Silence. He asks a third time. ‘Whose. Bloody. F*****g. Phone. Is. That?!’“Finally, I spoke up, like a little boy. Very softly, I said, ‘I’m so sorry. It’s mine.’ Roy lost his mind! He went nuts in front of everybody! It was incredible. I almost shit myself. But it was a good lesson.”“Now, in 2018, everything is different. All these kids are on their iPhones before the matches. But back then, in 2006? It was a different world. You didn’t do that. Especially not at United. Not in Roy’s dressing room. It was one of a thousand mistakes that I made when I was at United.”Piqué admitted that this was just one of numerous mistakes he made during his spell with United.Keane has been infamous for his meltdowns regarding phone calls- one incident during the 47-year old’s managerial spell at Ipswich where he lambasted a reporter for keeping his phone on during a press conference. Watch it below- Advertisementlast_img read more

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Barça B beat Badajoz on penalties as promotion edges closer

first_img Garcia Pimienta only made one change from the side which beat Valladolid in the previous round. Ronald Araujo took a break from his first-team involvement to slot in at the back for Barça B. 1-0 – Akieme scored (BAR) Upd. at 23:40 4-2 – Rey Manaj scored (BAR) 1*-1 23/07/2020 CD Badajoz 4-3 – Corredera scored (BAD) 1-0 – Morgado missed, saved by Peña (BAD) MATCH FACTS Playoff 3-2 – Concha scored (BAD) Raúl Martín González Francés (colegio canario). Amonestó a Reis, Araujo Barça B win 5-3 on penalties and are now one match away from playing in LaLiga SmartBank. PENALTY SHOOTOUT IN SPORT.ES BAD 2-1 – Isma Cerro scored (BAD) 0-1 Guzman, min 39. 1-1 Rey Manaj, min 82. 2-0 – Araujo scored (BAR) CEST Incidencias Goles Los penaltis hacen soñar con el ascenso al Barça B Árbitro Kike Royo, Toni Abad (Fobi 105′), Candelas (Kike Pina 119′), César Morgado, Sergi Maestre, Guzmán Casaseca (Concha 69′), Caballero (Chris Ramos 60′), Dani Aquino (Santamaria 60′), Álex Corredera, Pablo Vázquez y Adilson (Isma Cerro 119′). Extra time was a battle of will rather than substance. Badajoz had given everything in the hope of keeping Barça B out, whereas Barça were running on fumes after pushing themselves to the limit in search of the equaliser. And so it went to penalties. 5-3 – Monchu scored (BAR) Partido correspondiente a las semifinales del playoff de ascenso a LaLiga Smartbank disputado en el Nuevo Mirador de Algeciras a puerta cerrada Albert Rogé Barça B RELATED STORIES 3-1 – Cuenca scored (BAR) @albert_roge Barça B came away with the result they wanted – and with it a place in the Segunda B Play-Off finals – but they were made to work until the very last minute to achieve it. The match finished 1-1 after 90 minutes and a further 30 couldn’t separate two exhausted sides. In the end, Iñaki Peña’s save in the shootout was enough to secure a crack at returning to LaLiga Smartbank next season. FCB B Badajoz made it clear they would be playing on the counterattack and conceded possession to Barça B at will, looking to avoid making any mistakes. All the early chances fell to Garcia Pimienta’s side but they were either wasted or parried by an impressive Kike Royo in the Badajoz goal. Yet football can be cruel and one error from Barça B was immediately punished. Guzman put the finishing touch on a quick break but one that felt harsh on Barça.  Iñaki Peña; Morer, Araujo Cuenca, Akieme; Jandro (Mingueza 81′), Ilaix (Reis 68′), Monchu; Matheus (Nils 68′), Konrad Gerard 105′) y Rey Manaj There was greater urgency from Barça B in the second half but they were constantly being frustrated by a wall of defenders and an opposition goalkeeper having the game of his life. Both sides shuffled the deck as fitness came into play. As the fitness levels dropped, so did the quality, but not the effort. That effort was finally rewarded when Konrad de la Fuente found some space and swung his cross into the box. Rey Manaj rose highest and guided his header into the bottom corner. Relief at least for a Barça B side who had literally run themselves into the ground.  Barça-Man City swap deal: Eric Garcia and Cancelo in exchange for Semedolast_img read more

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Carothers a couching coup

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State fame for Hall

first_imgBy JARROD POTTER SHOWING Hockey Victoria selectors there is great talent from all across Victoria has been important for Drouin’s…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Roos enjoy field day at reserve

first_imgBy DAVID NAGEL IT HAS an awfully tough road ahead, but ROC has kept its faint finals hopes alive with…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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