World Cup 2018: Ronaldo and Messi out as Mbappe catches worldwide attention

– Edinson Cavani got Uruguay off to the perfect start after seven minutes when he scored with a header

– Portugal had chances in the first half to equalise, which included a free-kick that Cristiano Ronaldo missed

– Better chances finally arrived in the second half, with central defender Pepe scoring with a powerful header

– But Uruguay went back in front soon after when Cavani scored his second of the game with a curled finish

– Uruguay will come up against France in the quarter-finals on Friday at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

When all eyes were on his players leaping upon each other and screaming at their supporters in celebration of what was to become the winning goal, the Uruguay manager, Oscar Tabarez, struggled out of his dug-out at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, supported by a walking stick, his movements pained and jerking, and hobbled to the touchline to impart a message to a defender.

Age has withered him but the disease of the nervous system from which he is thought be suffering has not diminished him and when he hobbled into the press conference after the match, the journalists who asked him questions called him ‘maestro’.

No one knows quite what his disease is because he will not talk about. All anyone knows is that he refuses to bow to it and now he has led his team into the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

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Uruguay’s Suarez strikes on his 100th international appearance to knock out Saudi Arabia & Egypt

Luis Suarez scored on his 100th international appearance to send Uruguay through to the knockout stage along with hosts Russia as Saudi Arabia and Egypt were eliminated from Group A.

The Barcelona star became the first Uruguayan to score at three different World Cup finals when he prospered from another Saudi blunder midway through the first half in sweltering Rostov.

It was just as well too because it was a second flat performance at this tournament from a team boasting the likes of Suarez and Edinson Cavani following an unconvincing win over Egypt in their opener.

For the Saudis, there was at least a measure of redemption in the wake of their horror show against the Russians. They remain on a 12-game winless streak at the World Cup going back 24 years, and will be hoping to sign off with a win against Egypt in what is now a dead rubber.

They had endured a miserable start to the tournament following that embarrassing 5-0 defeat to Russia in Moscow. Even their team flight to Rostov had gone badly after one of the engines caught fire.

The nation’s sports authority chief Turki al-Sheikh had to apologise to Saudi heir Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after admitting that the team gave ‘less than five per cent effort’ in their Group A opener.

Meanwhile, Diego Costa struck again for Spain to seal a one nil win over stubborn opponents Iran, who had a goal disallowed for offside.

Costa, who scored twice for Spain during their three all draw against Portugal on Friday, added his third goal of the tournament when Ramin Rezaeian’s clearance deflected off the Atletico Madrid striker’s leg and into the net.

Iran thought they had leveled things up ten minutes later, but Saeid Ezatolahi’s goal was ruled offside by the assistant referee with the decision then backed up by VAR. The win puts Spain on top of Group B with four points,  same points with Portugal but with better fair play points.

-Dailymail

REVEALED: Popular National Teams Most Kenyan Fathers Are Supporting In 2018 World Cup

Just four days into the much anticipated 2018 Fifa World Cup tournament, it is fair to say that the fever is real and it is escalating by every match that passes.

As the world marks international father’s day, we take a look at the popular teams which most of them (aged over half a century) will be rallying behind.

  1. Brazil

Brazil is one of the most popular teams in the 2018 world ccup tournament, which is staged in Russia.

This is because the Selecao (team’s nickname) are the only team to have taken part in every single World Cup since 1930, with this year’s event becoming their 21st appearance in as many tournaments.

Hence why many dads would support them since they have been following the yellow blues for as long as they can remember and they know the danger they pose, given that they are regarded as one of the favorites to win the 2018 world cup.

Brazil are also the most successful team in the world with 5 World Cup trophies.

2. Germany

Speaking of successful teams, Germany is the second most successful nation with four golden trophies and this puts them as one of the most supported teams by Kenyan dads.

Having won the trophy in; 2014, 1990, 1974 and 1954, it is easy to tell that they would rather support a team which they saw tearing others apart than risk with newbies.

Argentina

Having won the world cup in 1978 and 1986, Kenyan dads know very well that Diego Maradona won’t be there to do his thing for the current generation, but they know that he has already inspired the likes of Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain to better their results from 2014 where they lost in the finals against Germany.

Uruguay

Uruguay might be one of the most hated national teams by Kenyans and Africans as a whole after Luis Suarez’s dirty tricks stopped Ghana from becoming the first African team to make into World Cup semi finals in 2010.

With the wound yet to heal, it’s safe to say they still have attracted a number of Kenyan dads thanks to their array of talent in; Luis Suarez, Diego Godin and Edison Cavani who are proven winners.

England

The three lions might have won the tournament just once in 1966, but many dads are behind the men whom they follow in the English premier league every weekend.

Well which team is your dad supporting?

Luis Suarez scores on his Uruguay return

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Barcelona forward Luis Suarez scored a second-half equaliser for Uruguay in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Brazil, his first competitive international since he was banned for biting at the 2014 World Cup.

The 29-year old striker had not played competitively for Uruguay for 640 days before Friday’s World Cup qualifier.

Douglas Costa scored for Brazil after 39 seconds before Renato Augusto doubled their lead on 26 minutes.

Edinson Cavani pulled one back before Suarez struck just after half-time.

Suarez, who captained the side at the Itaipava Arena Pernambuco, bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s final group match of the World Cup on June 24, 2014.

He was given a nine-game ban from competitive internationals, as well as a four-month ban from all football-related activity.

The former Liverpool forward missed Uruguay’s subsequent World Cup defeat to Colombia, the entire 2015 Copa America and four games of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Uruguay are now second in South American qualifying, three points behind leaders Ecuador, while Brazil moved level with Argentina and Paraguay in third place with eight points.

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TANZANIA: Footballer On The Spot For Sticking Finger In Opponent’s Backside

Juma Nyosso. | image source: millardayo.com

In June during the 44th edition of the COPA America, Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons following a bizarre incident in which he stuck his finger in the backside of Uruguayan striker Edinson during their quarterfinal encounter.

The incident took the gloss out of Chile’s subsequent victory in the match as Jara was not only criticized for that incident but also for faking injury to get Cavani sent off after he retaliated to him sticking his finger into his backside.

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VIDEO: Gonzalo Jara sticks his finger in Edinson Cavani’s backside before the latter gets sent off for retaliating.

It was not the first time that Jara was on the spot for such behaviour and following how the incident involving Cavani was widely condemned, it was unlikely at the time that another player, or Jara for that matter, would commit a similar offence.

Well, as they say, humans are forgetful beings and it is not many of them who learn from past transgressions or the mistakes of others.

In Tanzania, football stakeholders are calling on the Tanzanian Football Federation (TFF) to punish Mbeya City captain and defender Juma Nyosso after he stuck his finger in the backside of Azam forward John Bocco.

Nyosso did that during their league encounter on Sunday which Azam, the homeside, won 2-1.

Nyosso Bocco
Juma Nyosso sticks his finger in John Bocco’s ass. | image source: boiplus.blogspot.co.ke

Already the president of TFF, Jamal Malinzi, has confirmed that the incident has come to their notice and the player will be punished seeing that this is the second time he is doing so.

Tweet by TFF president Jamal Malinzi confirming that stern action will be taken against Juma Nyosso.

In January during a league game against Simba, Nyosso poked his finger in the anus of Simba player Elias Maguri and got banned for eight matches.

Nyosso Maguri
Juma Nyosso, again, does the unthinkable on Elias Maguri of Simba during their league encounter in January this year. | image source: shaffihdauda.co.tz

If that punishment was anything to go by, it seems that Nyosso faces a long time on the sidelines and if any reference can be made to Jara’s incident, his club could also punish him.

RUGBY: Kenya 7s Ranked As Top Seeds For Final Round Of African 2016 Olympic Qualifiers

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The Kenya 7s team have been given top seed ranking for the final round of the men’s Rugby Sevens African 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers which will be played in Johannesburg, South Africa, on the weekend of November 14/15.

A total of 12 teams will take part in the qualifiers with the winner booking Africa’s sole berth to the 2016 Olympic games which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Teams that will finish in positions 2, 3 and 4 will still get a chance to feature at the games as they will participate in a 16-team repechage tournament which will see the winner booking a to the event.

The repechage tournament will feature two teams from South America (Uruguay and Chile), four teams from Europe (Spain, Russia, Germany and Ireland), two teams from North America (Mexico and Canada), three teams from Asia (To Be Confirmed), and two teams from Oceania.

The repechage tournament dates will be determined once each continent has concluded its qualifying tournaments. The teams taking part in the African qualifiers are Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Namibia, Uganda, Madagascar,Senegal, Zambia, Morocco, Mauritius, Nigeria and Botswana.

Already 8 teams have qualified with for Olympic games with only four remaining to be filled.

The qualified teams are hosts Brazil, teams that finished in the first four positions during the 2014-15 IRB Rugby Sevens tournament (Fiji, South African, New Zealand and Great Britain), South American Champions (Argentina), European Champions (France) and North American Champions (USA).

The slots waiting to be filled are of those Africa, Asia, Oceania and winner of the repechage tournament.

Additional information by Kenyarfu.com

Coaches, players slam Jara over Cavani assault

Players and coaches lined up to condemn Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara after he apparently attempted to shove his finger in an opponent’s backside during the stormy Copa America quarter-final win over Uruguay.

Jara was the subject of widespread revulsion on social media after photos and camera footage clearly showed him jabbing a finger into the back of Edinson Cavani’s shorts during Wednesday’s game, won 1-0 by Chile.

The lurid provocation ultimately led to Cavani being sent off after the Paris St-Germain flicked a retaliatory hand into Jara’s face.

Jara’s fate remained uncertain on Thursday, with South American football’s governing body CONMEBOL saying they would only lodge a disciplinary case against the Chilean if they received a formal complaint.

But players and coaches were unanimous in their disgust of the incident, with many expressing sympathy for Cavani, whose father was arrested earlier this week for his part in a fatal traffic accident.

“Particularly when you consider it was Cavani, and all the other problems he’s had this week, it was shameful,” Argentina coach Gerardo Martino said.

“There is absolutely no justification for it whatsoever. And on top of all that, Cavani barely touched him,” Martino added.

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman also decried Jara’s actions, saying the move had tarnished the image of the sport in front of a global audience.

“We all want to win and there is pressure on everyone to win, but the contest has to be noble,” the veteran Argentine-born coach said.

“Football is a sport that the whole world watches. There are certain rules that must be respected.”

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez could not hide his anger at the incident in the aftermath of Wednesday’s game, which saw his team finish with nine men.

“You can see what happened and what the challenge was. I refer you to the television and photos of it, it is all there,” said Tabarez.

“I can see that the referee has not seen it, but the linesman had to be able to see it from his position.”

– ‘Total, utter disgrace’ –

Meanwhile former Uruguay captain Diego Lugano had a menacing warning for Jara in a message on Twitter, while berating the performance of Brazilian referee Sandro Ricci.

“I’ll have to speak to that little Jara character when we bump into each other one day!” the former West Bromwich Albion defender said.

“Sandro Ricci’s refereeing performance was a total, utter disgrace.”

Unsurprisingly, the Cavani-Jara flashpoint dominated Uruguayan newspapers.

But Chilean papers largely underplayed or ignored it, focusing instead on Chile’s victory and their passage to the semi-finals as they chase a first ever Copa America crown.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet declined to comment on the Jara incident as she attended a visit to the Copa America stadium in Concepcion, which will host Saturday’s quarter-final between Brazil and Paraguay.

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Uruguay into Copa quarters as Paraguay held

Holders Uruguay made sure of their place in the Copa America quarter-finals here Saturday after battling to a 1-1 draw with Paraguay in a rematch of the 2011 final.

Uruguay secured the point they needed to advance to the last eight from Group B after taking the lead through Jose Maria Gimenez before Paraguay equalised on the stroke of half-time with a goal from Lucas Barrios.

Paraguay were already guaranteed a place in the knockout rounds after results elsewhere on Friday, when Ecuador’s win over Mexico in Group A ensured they would qualify.

Uruguay, beaten by Argentina in their second match, took the lead after 29 minutes through Gimenez, who rose high to meet a corner from Carlos Sanchez with a powerful downward header.

But Paraguay hit back shortly before half-time with a set-piece goal of their own.

Mexico-based forward Edgar Benitez curled in an inviting corner and Barrios timed his run to perfection and outmuscled Gimenez to send a thumping header into the top corner.

The result leaves Paraguay with five points from three games in Group B. Argentina, who have four points from two games, can win the group later Saturday if they defeat minnow Jamaica in the day’s other game.

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Messi fury as Argentina prepare for Uruguay

Lionel Messi has warned his Argentina team-mates that Tuesday’s Copa America clash with Uruguay is a must-win encounter after their stumbling draw with Paraguay.

The tournament favourites were left stunned on Saturday after they let a 2-0 lead slip as Paraguay snatched a 2-2 draw with a last-gasp equaliser in Group B.

Argentina’s shaky defensive display in the second half has reawakened doubts about their ability to produce a title-winning performance in Chile, where they are chasing a first major championship in 22 years.

Messi, who had a hand in one of Argentina’s goals before scoring the second from the penalty spot, could not hide his fury after what looked like being a comfortable opening victory ended in a draw.

“To be leading 2-0 and to end up with a draw makes me angry,” the Argentina captain said.

“Looking at it now, you have to say that the Uruguay match is one we absolutely have to win,” he added.

Defending champions Uruguay opened their campaign with a lacklustre 1-0 win over Jamaica on Saturday.

With Argentina still to play Jamaica in their final game, a win over Uruguay on Tuesday could give Messi’s men a strong chance of topping the group — and avoiding a possible quarter-final meeting with Brazil.

But the Argentinians will be wary of the threat posed by Uruguay, who knocked out their neighbors on home soil four years ago.

Messi said Argentina had failed to react when Paraguay opted for a more attacking approach in the second half on Saturday.

“In the first half we controlled the game, we created chances and we scored. Then everything changed in the second half when they started to play better,” Messi said.

Argentina coach Gerardo Martino also raised eyebrows by bringing on strikers Gonzalo Higuain and Carlos Tevez towards the end of the second half instead of bolstering his midfield to stifle the Paraguay threat.

“We needed to put our foot on the ball,” Messi said.

Martino meanwhile struck a defiant tone, insisting his team did not need to change their approach.

“We lost control of the game, that’s all, but we could have won 5-2,” he said.

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JAMES: Puskas Award Goal Was Not My Best At The World Cup

James Rodriguez celebrating his stunning opener against Uruguay at the World Cup last year. | image source: abc.net.au

James Rodriguez has said that of all the goals he notched at last summer’s World Cup – which saw him crowned the tournament’s top scorer -, his favourite was the one he bagged against Japan.

“Of all the goals I scored at the World Cup that was the one I liked best. It was a long through-ball I ran on to, after which I managed to round the last defender with a feint and dink it over the keeper. Apart from the one I scored against Uruguay, this is the one that I found most pleasing from a personal standpoint. This one required more technique than the Uruguay one, where I had my back to goal and volleyed it from way out. This one required a delicate touch to finish it like I did, which made it more complicated”, he said.

VIDEO: James Rodriguez 2014 FIFA World Cup goal against Uruguay that won the Puskas Award. The Real Madrid says that the goal is not his favourite at that World Cup.

VIDEO: Goal against Japan which James Rodriguez as his favourite at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in which he finished the topscorer with 6 goals.

At the Ballon d’Or gala event, James’s volley against Uruguay was given the 2014 Puskás Goal of the Year award, ahead of efforts by Robin van Persie and Stephanie Roche.

“I’m happy to have won the Goal of the Year award because it was a really special goal for me and all of Colombia”, he said.

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