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Ronaldo ‘went mad’ at his teammates in the dressing room after Messi’s late goal during El Classico

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During the game, Real Madrid came back from behind to equalise with 10 men, and even wanted to win the match but let Barca through Lionel Messi find a last minute winning goal-


With the loss, Madrid now needs to win their game in hand to top Barcelona in the La liga table.

Ronaldo reportedly fumed at his teammates for letting Messi have so much freedom. According to Marca, Ronaldo while pacing around in the dressing room, shouted at Marcelo and Luka Modric for not committing an initial foul on Sergi Roberto, which would have halted Barcelona’s momentum going forward.

And now in a new interview, Marcelo has taken some blame for his role in Messi’s goal.

“In the end, if I make the foul, a technical foul, on Sergi, maybe they do not score the goal, although it is impossible to know,” the Brazilian said, as quoted by ESPN. “Many things happen in seconds – it is very difficult. Maybe I take the blame, there is no problem with that. If I make a foul, they don’t score the goal.”

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Super Eagles Will Qualify For 2018 World Cup, AFCON 2019 – NFF

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said that everything has been put in place, for the Super Eagles to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Gernot Rohr’s men will take on South Africa in a 2019 AFCON qualifier next month, as the former African champions seek a return to the tournament, having missed the last two editions.

In August, Nigeria will play Cameroon. The Eagles are top of Group B of the Africa zone of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier, with maximum points from two games.

“We are on course, everything has been put in place for the two games against South Africa and Cameroon.

“The Federation is doing everything possible to make sure we qualify for the Nations Cup and the World Cup,” NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire said.

“As you are already aware, we took a tour of the Godswill Akpabio Stadium and it has been approved for the game.

“We have also written to the Akwa Ibom State Government as regards what needs to be done to get the stadium ready.

“The Technical and Development Committee is also working hand in hand with Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr to get the team ready.

“The committee is constantly in touch with Rohr and they are expecting him to give a list of players he wants to use to prosecute the matches. He has a free hand to pick whoever he wants.

“Once this is done, the committee, alongside the coach will sit down and fine tune the squad so that everything is in place. We are leaving nothing at ensuring the best legs prosecute these games.

“It is the NFF’s utmost desire to see that Nigeria is back at the Nations Cup as well as qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. We are well on course and we implore Nigerians to support us and the team,” he added.

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I should have fouled Sergi Roberto before winner – Marcelo

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Real Madrid vice-captain Marcelo has said he regrets not fouling Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto at the start of the move that resulted in Lionel Messi’s last-gasp winner.

Messi’s second goal of the game, steered home in the dying seconds, secured a 3-2 win for Barca in a thriller at the Bernabeu.

The move began when Sergi Roberto surged from his own half, running 50 yards before the ball was worked to Messi, who curled it home to put Barca top of the table on their head-to-head record over Madrid.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Brazil international Marcelo said: “In the end if I make the foul, a technical foul, on Sergi, maybe they do not score the goal, although it is impossible to know.

“Many things happen in seconds — it is very difficult. Maybe I take the blame, there is no problem with that. If I make a foul, they don’t score the goal.

“It is not just about Marcelo, it could be any player — although the further the ball is from our goal the better.”

Madrid were angry with the decision to show a straight red card to Sergio Ramos for a lunge on Messi with the game in the balance, and Marcelo said it had been a major factor in the result.

“In the end, some mistakes and small details have made the difference, not just the counter-attack,” he said.

“I don’t give my opinion on referees, although a sending off affects a team.”

But he stressed that Madrid remained in a good position to win both the Liga title — they have a game in hand on Barcelona — and the Champions League.

“We don’t get carried away when we win and we won’t get down after a defeat,” he added.

“We did a great job and we go away with our heads held high. We’re well placed in two competitions and we’ll keep working as we were before.”

Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo missed a clear chance from close range with the game deadlocked at 1-1 midway through the second half.

TV images also showed that a frustrated Ronaldo felt Marcelo or another Madrid player should have done whatever was necessary to stop Barca from mounting a counter-attack so late in the game.

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Serena Williams pens note to her unborn baby

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The professional tennis player broke the internet last week after she revealed she was 20 weeks pregnant with a photo she posted on her Snapchat. The US tennis star who returned to the world number one spot in the latest WTA rankings released today shared a new photo showing off her bump and attached an open letter to her unborn baby.

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“My Dearest Baby,
You gave me the strength I didn’t know I had. You taught me the true meaning of serenity and peace. I can’t wait to meet you. I can’t wait for you to join the players box next year. But most importantly, I am so happy to share being number one in the world with you…. once again today. On @alexisohanian bday. ? from the world’s oldest number one to the world’s youngest number one. -Your Mommy”

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Sergio Ramos deserved Clasico red card – Pique

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Gerard Pique says there is no question Sergio Ramos deserved to be sent off as Barcelona beat Real Madrid in Sunday’s Clasico, with Barca sporting director Robert Fernandez calling for Ramos to face an investigation for the way he reacted to his 77th-minute red card.

Referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez took the decision to dismiss Ramos after he lunged in two-footed on eventual match-winner Lionel Messi by the halfway line.

Ramos didn’t go quietly, though, and left the Santiago Bernabeu pitch gesturing, applauding and directing comments at someone.

“I am sure when he gets home he will realise it was a red card,” Pique told reporters after Barca’s 3-2 win took them to the top of La Liga.

“It was clear: he went in with both feet off the ground, nowhere near the ball. There’s no argument. What happens is that [Madrid] are used to having very permissive referees here and when there isn’t one, that’s how they react.”

Pique added that he thought Ramos’ complaints after the red card were directed at him, but he didn’t hear what was said.

“I didn’t hear him, I saw that he was pointing at me, I suppose he was referring to the red card,” the Barca defender said.

“When he gets home and sees the replay he will regret [his reaction], because it’s a clear dismissal. It’s a straight red card.”

Speaking to reporters in the mixed zone after Pique’s comments, Ramos said that he did not regret what had happened and insisted that he felt his challenge only merited a yellow card.

On his reaction to the dismissal, he said: “I wasn’t recriminating the referee for anything, no. I was talking to Pique, not to the referee. Sometimes referees get things right, other times they don’t. It was a key moment. But my reaction was to Pique, not the referee.

“[Barcelona] have a way of understanding football and they always talk about the referees and maybe that ends up bearing results.

“We’re not going to talk about the referees, though, that’s not our style. It’s not our sport. I wasn’t directing [gestures] at the referee, but at Pique, who is the one who always likes to talk about referees.”

Questioned on Pique’s comments that referees often favour Madrid, Ramos added: “Permissive [refereeing] was their game against PSG.

“Pique likes to talk about referees. I said to him [when leaving the pitch] that with so much pressure and complaining in every tweet, it’s going to end up having an effect.”

However, Ramos said that he doesn’t have a bad relationship with Pique — who he partners in the middle of Spain’s defence — although said he can’t be expected to embrace him after such a highly charged Clasico.

Fernandez, meanwhile, said the situation was remarkably similar to the one that sees Neymar currently serving a three-game ban

“Ramos’ dismissal was completely fair and if I’m being honest Casemiro shouldn’t have still been on the pitch after the first half,” Fernandez told Movistar.

“Then Ramos applauded [as he left the pitch]. I suppose the [RFEF’s Competition Committee] will take note … it’s a very similar situation to Neymar’s. I don’t know who he was directing the applause at, but they should take note.”

Ramos’ reaction to his red card was not included in the referee’s post-game report, with only a reason for the dismissal given.

In contrast, after Neymar was sent off against Malaga, the official from that game, Jesus Gil Manzano, did mention the Brazil star’s reaction in his report.

However, the difference in this case is that Ramos maintains his gesturing and applauding was directed at Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, not Hernandez Hernandez.

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Real Madrid Fans Blame Zidane, Ronaldo For El-Classico Defeat.

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Real Madrid supporters were left disappointed after watching Barcelona take the three points from the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Fans of the club pointed at Coach Zinedine Zidane, as the guilty party in the Clasico’s 3-2 score, while others blamed Christiano Ronaldo for being wasteful on the goal.

The match, however, was a thriller which will go down as one of the best Clasicos in history, with end-to-end action from the start.

Messi’s last minute goal fired Barcelona to the top of the Spanish league, as they share same points with Real who have an outstanding match.

Netting his 500th goal for Barca, the Argentine is the highest scorer in El Clasico with 23 goals.

 

Source: Channels TV

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Japan to test mass telecommute for 2020 Olympics

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Japanese commuters will be encouraged to work from home for one day in a nationwide exercise for the 2020 Olympics that authorities hope will ease congestion on roads and public transport.

Tokyo has declared July 24 — exactly three years before the opening ceremony of the summer games — as “Telework Day” and wants firms and government departments to let employees work remotely.
London introduced a similar measure during the 2012 Olympics with 80 percent of businesses in the city participating, according to Japan’s Internal Affairs Ministry, which announced the plan on Tuesday.

Greater Tokyo, with a population of more than 30 million people — about a quarter of Japan’s total — is notorious for its packed trains and subways during peak morning rush hours.

The plan is part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to rethink Japan’s workaholic tradition, where men routinely spend long hours in the office and little time with their families.

The government recently unveiled its first-ever initiative to limit overtime in a bid to tackle karoshi, or death from overwork, and it hopes that more workers will telecommute after the Olympics finish as a lasting legacy.

“During the Tokyo Olympics, we are expecting serious traffic congestion particularly on the day of the opening ceremony,” said Internal Affairs Minister Sanae Takaichi.

“We believe telework will have a significant impact in easing traffic congestion and commuter crowding.”

More than 60 companies, including big names such as beverage firm Suntory, Japan Airlines and Microsoft, have so far pledged to participate.

Officials hope as many as 1,000 companies will take part, Kyodo News agency reported.

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Nigerian-Born Striker Makes PFA Team Of The Year

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Nigerian-born England international Eniola Aluko has been recognized for her outstanding performances for Chelsea, with the PFA naming her to the WSL Team of the Year.

The Blues striker and teammate Karen Carney were included in the Team of the Year ahead of the PFA Awards to be held in the Grosvenor House in London on Sunday April 23 2017.

Eniola Aluko won the Golden Boot for the FAWSL courtesy of her 9 goals from 16 games over the course of the 2016 season.

In a 4-4-2 formation, Aluko occupied one of the attacking positions, with Manchester City’s Jane Ross offering support.

PFA members from 100 clubs (from the Premier League, Football League and WSL) cast their votes to decide the teams.

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‘Ronaldo is a genius’ – Roy Keane

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The former Manchester United captain had high praise for the Portuguese star, who has again led Real Madrid to the Champions League semi-finals

Roy Keane has heaped praise on his former Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, calling the Real Madrid star “one of the greatest players ever to play this game”.

 

Ronaldo has led Madrid back to the Champions League semi-finals, scoring five times over both legs of a 6-3 aggregate win against Bayern Munich.

The Portuguese notched a hat-trick in the quarter-final second leg on Tuesday, becoming the first player in the competition’s history to reach 100 goals.

“The guy is a genius, it’s a simple as that,” Keane said on ITV. “You are talking about one of the greatest players ever to play this game. He is a joy to watch.”

It’s been another prolific campaign for Ronaldo, who has recorded 31 goals and 11 assists in all competitions for Los Blancos.

He already has helped the club claim the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup this term, and Madrid also find themselves sitting atop La Liga with seven matches remaining.

“We keep talking about how hard it is to score goals,” Keane added. “You look at his stats every season… the goals, the assists — the guy is a genius.”

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What I told Neymar after the game – Dani Alves

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Former Barcelona right-back, now with Juventus, Dani Alves has revealed what he told former teammate, Neymar as the Barcelona star could not control his tears after a goalless draw in the second leg of the Champions League quarter final at Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Juventus dumped Barcelona out 3-0 on aggregate having bashed them in Turin last Tuesday.

The veteran right-back was a long-time colleague of the Barcelona striker and was on hand to comfort his countryman.

Alves, who gave his shoulders for Neymar to cry on after the match, explained to beIN Sports, “I told him that that’s life – we had to face each other.

“I did not want to measure myself just on this, we have experienced these moments together and now we experience them apart so it is hard.

“We have to focus on our jobs, but the feeling is there.”

The 33-year-old played for Barcelona for eight seasons between 2008 and 2016, making close to 400 appearances for the Camp Nou side, winning the Champions League on three occasions.

He left for Juventus on a free transfer last summer and has helped the Serie A leaders into the semi-finals of the Champions League, where they will face Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid or Monaco after Friday’s draw.

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