“I feel excited about tomorrow,” Hamilton explained after securing top spot on the grid. Upd. at 19:57 1. Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes2. Rosberg (GER) Mercedes3. Bottas (FIN) Williams4. Massa (BRA) Williams5. Magnussen (DEN) McLaren6. Button (GBR) McLaren7. Alonso (ESP) Ferrari8. Vettel (GER) Red Bull9. Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull10. Perez (MEX) Force India11. Kvyat (RUS) Toro Rosso12. Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari13. Vergne (FRA) Toro Rosso14. Hulkenberg (GER) Force India15. Sutil (GER) Sauber16. Gutierrez (MEX) Sauber17. Maldonado (COL) Lotus18. Grosjean (FRA) Lotus19. Kobayashi (JAP) Caterham20. Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia21. Chilton (GBR) Marussia22. Ericsson (SWE) Caterham “My guys in the garage have also been through the difficult time with me. We have done this as a team and it is great to have another one-two. I’m really proud to be up here.” Following the Mercedes duo on the grid is the Williams pairing of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, with the McLarens of Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button completing the top six. Rosberg, who leads Hamilton by 29 points in the championship, will begin the race from second spot. CEST Sport EN Qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix Fernando Alonso, in the Ferrari, will start from seventh, wtih reigning champion Sebastian Vettel in eighth position from the off. 06/09/2014 Lewis Hamilton secured pole at the Italian Grand Prix two weeks after the controversial collision with his teammate, Nico Rosberg, at the Belgian Grand Prix.
“I didn’t imagine he would be so good,” he said about Sanchez, who has scored seven goals in nine league matches. Sport EN “I like watching players who are good with the ball, who can score and who can create chances. Upd. at 21:36 “But Sanchez has been really impressive. He is quick, direct, shoots well… CET “He is the most similar player I have seen to Luis Suarez. “We knew that Cesc [Fabregas] would be good because he had already played in England. Ray Parlour is the latest to add his name to the list of people lining up to compare former Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez with new Barcelona forward Luis Suarez. Sanchez swapped Barça for Arsenal this summer for €42.5million and Parlour, a former Arsenal midfielder, says the Chilean is very much like the man who succeeded him at Camp Nou. 04/11/2014 “I also like those who work hard without the ball for the team, though, and Sanchez is doing that. “Suarez did the same last year with Liverpool.”
The Real Madrid man is represented by compatriot Jorge Mendes, who is also a personal friend of the Singaporean multi-millionaire. CEST The player expressed his confidence in his decision, “in order to take the Cristiano Ronaldo brand to the next level, especially in Asia.” 29/06/2015 Cristiano Ronaldo has announced the sale of his image rights to Valencia’s majority shareholder Peter Lim. In a message published on his official website, Portuguese and Real Madrid star Cristinao Ronaldo has suggested that the deal is “a strategic move” in order to boost his profile, above all in the Asian markets. Upd. at 13:39 “I am very excited to announce my latest agreement with Mint Media, owned by my good friend Peter Lim, who is a businessman from Singapore, allowing him to adquire my image rights.” EFE According to Portuguese media, image rights were part of Cristiano Ronaldo’s last contract renewal with Real Madrid in 2013, when both parties agreed to an extension until 2018. However, the player mantained 50% of his rights.
Joan Mª Batlle CEST I will not go that far, for now, on the decline. It’s still too early to make a forecast on that scale. But I do understand that as the years pass and the force starts to wane, motivation is the most decisive factor. And until now the motivation of Cristiano was to beat Messi, something that, probably, in the last few months, he has now seen is totally impossible. After his grotesque scream at the Ballon d’Or awards eight months ago and the threat – or challenge, if you want it softer, which he launched to Leo that day, “I’m coming for you,” everything has gone wrong for Cristiano and Real Madrid. Messi has taken a load of titles, and Cristiano – nothing. Or maybe a little one, if you cound the top scorer award. The distance between the two has widened to the point that Suarez and Neymar are ahead of the Portuguese. If Cristiano, 30, and with a knee that has been punished, surrenders to Messi – then he and Madrid have a big problem. And I feel that the Portuguese has not recovered emotionally from the beating given to him by Messi. 09/09/2015 at 18:48 In Madrid they are starting to get “the mosquito behind the ear”, when it comes to Cristiano Ronaldio’s goalscoring drought. And I’m sure that he is too. While it’s true the season has only just started, it’s not normal that he has not struck in the pre-season friendlies against rivals like Galatasaray at the Santiago Bernabeu, or Albania with Portugal. He also failed to score against Sporting or Betis, with his team-mates scoring five in the latter game. It’s his worst scoring (or non-scoring) run with Madrid, and the deabte has started in the street over whether his decline has started.
Unfortunately, the 36-year-old could miss the game through injury. Despite that, he’s hopeful Roma can produce an upset against a Madrid side who have not done well against Italian sides in knockout European games. 15/02/2016 “They are special games for footballers, fans and clubs. I played several times against Real Madrid, also when I was at Sevilla and Valencia and I have good memories of those games.” “We need to play with confidence and believe that we can do well,” he added. The African, who says he has good memories from facing Los Blancos, has caught the media attention when he’s played them in the past – like when he refused to shake Pepe’s hand after claiming to have been racially abused in a Clasico game. “[Coach Luciano Spalletti] will work hard to prepare us in the best possible way. It will be a difficult game, they are a great side, but it’s not an impossible one. No team is unbeatable. “We are in a good period of form, we have won our last four games and the team is improving. We are on the right path in order to finish the season strongly.” “The matches between Real Madrid and Barcelona are always played with great intensity, it’s a like the derby against Lazio here,” Keita said. Seydou Keita will revisit his ghosts this Wednesday. Real Madrid, who face Keita’s Roma side this week in the Champions League, are the team the former Barcelona midfielder has played against the most. CET Upd. at 19:54 Sport EN
And a late Sabin Merino goal moved Athletic into the next round, too, courtesy of a 2-1 aggregate victory over Marseille. Gary Neville’s Valencia extended their winning run to four games as they beat Rapid Vienna 4-0 to move into the last 16 of the Europa League. Valencia’s goals all came in the second half, with strikes from Rodrigo, Sofiane Feghouli, Pablo Piatti and Ruben Vezo helping them secure an emphatic 10-0 aggregate win. On a good night for Spanish football, Sevilla, Villarreal and Athletic Club also joined Los Che in the next round. Upd. at 11:19 Sport EN 26/02/2016 Neville may now have his eye on a meeting with an English side in the next round after Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham all advanced. CET A second half Tomas Pina strike helped Villarreal past Napoli 2-1 on aggregate, while Sevilla lost to Molde but still progressed thanks to a big first leg win.
Of the official games from those old championships, meetings in the Copa Generalitat, Copa Catalunya and Supercopa de Catalunya also need to be added in, 11 more games. THE FIRST MEETING, 1901 That leaves 11 draws, such as the previously mentioned 2-2 Tamudazo draw in 2007, when two goals from striker from Raul Tamudo left Frank Rijkaard’s Barça side without the league title. That was a game which saw Messi score with his hand, in a similar way to which Diego Maradona scored against England in the 1986 World Cup. Juan Manuel Diaz Upd. at 15:39 The first league meeting between the teams this season ended goalless at Cornella-El Prat, while there are people dreaming of a repeat of the ‘Tamudazo’ this weekend, which would put the brakes on Luis Enrique’s side’s title hopes. Official meetings between the two sides date back to January 20, 1929, in a cup game, with the Pericos winning 2-0. That season they would face each other four times… Barça have won nearly six of every 10 meetings (57.3 percent), while Espanyol are closer to two in 10 (21.6 percent). However, the gap between the two has increased during the last 25 years. Thanks to teams like the Dream Team and the Pep Team and led by players such as Koeman, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and, above all, Lionel Messi, Barça have won 30 of the 45 derbies played in the last 25 years, while Espanyol have won just four. The first confrontation between the clubs was on January 27, 1901, in the Copa Macaya, which was the predecessor to the Catalan Championship, and Barcelona won 4-1. The game was played on a pitch at the Hotel Casanovas. After that, the two biggest sides in Catalan football played another 63 times in Catalan tournaments, twice in the Mediterranean League, another couple of times in the Catalan League, a competition which took place during the civil war, and two more times in the Pyrenees Cup, which was disputed by sides from France, Catalonia and the Basque Country. This weekend’s Catalan derby will be the 200th official meeting between Barcelona and Espanyol. The two sides go into the game in different circumstances: Barça need a win to keep themselves in top spot in La Liga, while Espanyol are still not mathematically safe from relegation and may have to wait until the final game of the season against Eibar to secure their place in Spain’s top flight next year. It wasn’t until January of 1929, though, that they competed in an official game at a national level, in the Spanish Championship, today’s Copa del Rey. It was the semi-final stage and Espanyol won, going on to win the trophy. In April and June they played for the first time in the recently initiated league, which was won by Barça. 06/05/2016 CEST Sunday’s meeting will be the 164th meeting in the Spanish League. In the Copa there have been 32 more games. But there have been two other games: Firstly, in the Copa de Ferias in 1965-66. They met in the quarter-finals and Barça won both games (1-0 and 0-1). The other game was in the Spanish Super Cup in 2006, after Barça had won La Liga and Espanyol the Copa del Rey. Once again, it was a double triumph for the Blaugrana (0-1 and 3-0).
The key moment came with just over half an hour to go, when Xherdan Shaqiri’s volley was blocked by Corry Evans in the box and the referee pointed to the spot, even though he appeared to have been hit on the shoulder as he took evasive action. Árbitro Rakitic se acerca al Mundial Northern Ireland coach Michael O’Neill said he was “staggered and bewildered” by a controversial penalty decision which gave Switzerland a 1-0 win in their World Cup play-off first leg on Thursday. Croatia are looking to qualify for their fifth World Cup since 1998. Campo Upd. at 12:44 GRE Dalic was named as coach in October after Ante Cacic was sacked following a damaging 1-1 home draw with Finland, as the team ultimately finished a disappointing second to Iceland in Group I. Karnezis, Maniatis (Retsos, 46′), Papadopoulos, Sokratis, Tzavellas, Stafylidis (Bakesetas, 71′), Samaris (Tachtsidis, 62′), Tziolis, Zeca, Fortunis y Mitroglou. “We could have scored more goals, but 4-1 is a great result.” Croatia doubled their lead six minutes later when an unmarked Kalinic flicked in a low cross from Ivan Strinic. Subasic, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic, Rakitic, Brozovic, Kramaric (Vlasic, 82′), Modric (Pasalic, 89′), Perisic y Kalinic (Rebic, 76′). On Friday, four-time World Cup winners Italy take on Sweden at Solna while Saturday sees the Republic of Ireland travelling to Copenhagen to face Denmark. “We made unbelievable mistakes, conceded too many goals which is not typical of us at all,” he said. “I’m staggered by the decision, staggered by the yellow card but there’s nothing we can do about it now. There’s anger in the dressing room in there. They feel very aggrieved about what’s happened.” Papastathopoulos labelled the match a “horrible night” for his team. But just three minutes later, a quick Croatian attack down the right flank ended with Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic powering home a close-range header at the back post. 10/11/2017 “The referee has no-one in his line of sight,” fumed O’Neill who must now rally his team for Sunday’s second leg in Basel. Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 13th minute, after Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis brought down striker Nikola Kalinic. Goles CET CRO Ricardo Rodriguez made no mistake from the penalty spot, sending goalkeeper Michael McGovern the wrong way as the visitors finally made their superiority count to put them in the driving seat in the two-legged tie. MATCH FACTS Mundial Rusia 2018 In Zagreb, Ivan Rakitic’s Croatia cruised to a 4-1 victory over Greece to move to the brink of a spot at next year’s finals in Russia. IN SPORT.ES “It was a great match … But this is only the first half, we should not relax. Nothing is over,” Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic told television channel HRT. Vladimir Petkovic’s Switzerland team dominated the match at a rain-swept Belfast but squandered a succession of chances. AFP Croacia Andrej Kramaric tapped in to increase Croatia’s lead four minutes after half-time and leave Greece with it all to do in the return fixture on Sunday in Piraeus. “Corry’s arm isn’t in an unnatural position, it’s by his side. The ball hits him on the back more than anything. I thought the referee had blown for a foul or an offside. Nobody had claimed for it.” “We played a great match. But we have only done half of the job, we should have a good rest and play a good match there (Greece) on Sunday,” Modric added. The visitors pulled one back on the half-hour mark when captain Sokratis Papastathopoulos scored a header from a corner. Gianluca Rocchi (Italia). Mostró tarjeta amarilla a Karnezis, Zeca y Bakasetas, de Grecia. 4-1 1-0 M. 13 Modric, de penalti. 2-0 M. 19 Kalinic. 2-1 M. 30 Sokratis. 3-1 M. 33 Perisic. 4-1 M. 33 Perisic. “After this, it’s practically 90 percent likely that we will not go to the World Cup.” Maksimir.30.013 espectadores. Grecia
Upd. on 16/06/2018 at 22:00 CEST On the performance of Costa, who won the race to start as La Roja’s No.2, Hierro said: “Diego has been training really well since he joined up with us. I am satisfied with him, and with all my players.” For the Spain coach, his team did everything to win the game, but were denied by a player who can make the difference when he’s in form. And this was one of those games. Jordi Gil @jordigil Spain player ratings: Tough night for De Gea as Costa purrs Hierro lamented that “when we’ve got outselves in front that goal arrives from a free-kick.” However, the coach remains convinced that “we took an important step forward going into our next two games. I’m sure that the way we came back in this game will give us confidence.” Fernando Hierro praised Cristiano Ronaldo’s talent at the same time as drawing positive conclusions from Spain’s World Cup-opening 3-3 draw with Portugal on Friday. Hierro se rindió a Cristiano Ronaldo Diego Costa cancelled out Ronaldo’s first two goals before a brilliant Nacho goal gave Spain the lead, only for Ronaldo to steal the show when he completed his hat-trick with minutes to go. “We overcame all types of adversity,” Hierro continued. “The team fought, showed personality and didn’t stop believing in what we said before the game. That makes me feel optimistic for the future.” Ronaldo twice gave Portugal the lead, once after Nacho gave away a penalty and later when David de Gea made a mistake, fumbling his shot over the line. 15/06/2018 Hierro enjoyed his team’s reaction to a difficult week as well to some difficult moments in the game, which he feels is a sign of maturity ahead of what he hopes will be a long stay in Spain. And he felt the result would have been different without Ronaldo on the pitch: “The assessment has to be positive if we think that we were twice behind and were able to turn things around. But when there’s a player that’s capable of doing what Cristiano’s done…” RELATED STORIES IN SPORT.ES
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