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Germans are used to seeing our national team lose – it has happened before and will happen again – but what we are not used to is seeing them leave a World Cup at the group stages, and especially in the manner that has taken place at this tournament. It is a big surprise, a huge disappointment, and it has left me and many of my compatriots feeling completely empty. Nike James Washington Black Jersey: #82 NFL Backer Pittsburgh Steelers Long Sleeve T-ShirtAfter the dramatic victory over Sweden on Saturday I expected to see a different Germany against South Korea, one re-energised and ready to secure the victory needed to reach the last 16. Instead the players performed with no determination to win. There was minimal risk in their approach and minimal resistance to the attacks South Korea launched against them. This was not the Germany we have been used to for many years now. What went wrong? It’s hard to pinpoint one reason but increasingly complacency appears to be an issue. Germany performed poorly in their last two games before the start of the tournament, against Austria and Saudi Arabia, and, thinking about it, it has been an issue for much longer than that. Germany didn’t play well in their 0-0 draw with England in November, nor in the subsequent games against France, Spain and Brazil. But nobody really worried because Joachim Löw was in charge and Germany always do well under Löw at major tournaments. But that has not proved to be the case in Russia. Already there have been calls for a major overhaul of German Chris Mullin Youth jersey football. For me that is far too radical. Yes, questions have to be asked by the German Football Federation in regards to how such a high-quality group of players could perform so badly, but the fact they are high-quality players is the reason there doesn’t need to be panic. Germany’s talent pool is broad and the task now is bringing through the excellent young players we have while replacing the older ones who have reached the end of the road. I’m aware there has been a lot of talk in England about Leroy Sané’s exclusion from the squad following his excellent season with Manchester City Scott Simonson Youth jersey and, for me, he is a player who should be reintroduced immediately. He is exactly the calibre of player Germany needs, someone who is young and has raw, dangerous pace. Among the older players who simply did not perform at this World Cup is Thomas Müller. He was poor from start to finish and needs to raise his level. Then there is the manager. There will be calls for him to be sacked but for me the decision regarding whether or not Löw continues in his role is down to Löw; if he has the motivation to continue then he should, if he doesn’t then he should move on and perhaps look to manage at club level. Personally I feel he has what it takes to oversee Germany’s post-World Cup transition given his record, talent and awareness of what is happening in world football. What’s for sure is that the German FA won’t sack Löw having handed him a new contract just prior to the World Cup. They trust him fully. In that sense, the focus will mainly fall on the players, who won all 10 games in qualifying for the World Cup but, once there, failed to perform to an acceptable level. It is widely known they have not enjoyed their base in Moscow and there has been speculation of big rifts in the squad. I cannot confirm or deny that but, what’s for sure, is that something has not been right with the group since they landed in Russia, and indeed in the games that preceded their involvement in the tournament. Quite simply, they have not been up to it for some time and thus the need to decide whose time is up and who, from the next generation of German players, deserves their chance to step up. It will be a strange few days in Germany as we get used to this situation – the national team leaving a World Cup at the group stages. Some who only watch the tournament to follow Germany will no doubt switch off and get on with other things, but such is the popularity and importance of football here that most will stick with it until the end. From a neutral’s point of view it is also exciting that there will definitely be a new world champion.,55667
This has been a difficult start to the World Cup for Germany but there are two positives. First, they have their own destiny in their hands and would go through to the knockout phase with a two-goal win against South Korea. And second, their problems are readily identifiable: a midfield that does not protect the defence in transition and a forward line that, so far, has lacked an edge. Elite Men's Nathan Peterman Royal Blue Home Jersey: NFL Nike Buffalo Bills #2 Vapor UntouchableJogi Löw, the Germany manager, has been concerned enough to have “a lengthy chat” with Thomas Müller. “After the match against Mexico we tried to analyse his way of playing with the help of videos and clips,” Löw said. “He is somebody who is very open to comments and also critical in self-appraisal.” Nike Super Bowl LII Men's Deatrich Wise Jr Elite Red Alternate Jersey - New England Patriots NFL #91 Vapor UntouchableThere is not much Löw can do about that, and the carousel of four rotating forwards he fielded in the second game looked extremely dangerous until Sweden took the lead and provoked a measure of panic. The structure of the side, though, is his department. Mexico and Sweden were gifted opportunity after opportunity to counterattack down the flanks as Germany’s full-backs pushed up with no real cover offered by the back of midfield, even if Sebastian Rudy, who has a broken nose and will not be available, and then Ilkay Gündogan made a better Anthony Munoz Jersey fist of it in the second game than poor Sami Khedira, his legs seemingly gone, did in the first. That has been a persistent problem of late, with Germany conceding in each of their past seven games, a run stretching back to the 0-0 draw with England in November. The return of Mats Hummels from a neck injury should help but Jérôme Boateng is suspended. “If you look at all of those matches we are vulnerable to fast breaks and counterattacks,” Löw said. “It’s not always down to the defensive line: if we have three or four players racing towards the defensive line it’s an unfortunate situation. Against Sweden we were better in transition to a defensive action.” Better, but far from perfect. “South Korea have players who can use the space when it opens,” Löw said. “It would be helpful on the whole if we could lose the ball less often.” In terms of player development and tactical approach, Germany have seemed recently a beacon of modernity, but there is a curious sense with this side that they are surviving on more traditional virtues. Two things changed for Germany at the 2006 World Cup, when Löw served as assistant to Jürgen Klinsmann. As they embraced progressiveness, two things were supposed to have been laid to one side: the dependence on Führungsspieler – leaders on the pitch – and the belief in themselves as a Turniermannschaft – a tournament team; one, that is, that had a Bob Lilly Jersey mental strength that meant they did not really have to play well to make progress through a tournament, just as the stodgy 2002 side had somehow reached the final. This was all part of Klinsmann’s revolution, itself part of the wider process of Ben Gedeon Jersey Das Reboot that overhauled academies and embraced the pressing game to which Germany had for so long been resistant. Yet Germany won the last World Cup and are still in this one because, they needed it, they found the requisite inner drive and ruthlessness: there is a steel beneath the beauty. It allowed them to scramble through against Ghana and Algeria in 2014, and to stifle France and Argentina, and that quality was there again in abundance against Sweden. Toni Kroos, making up for his error, was just the sort of leader Germany needed him to be before bending in the brilliant winner. The mocking nature of the post-match celebrations that so angered the Swedes, while a world away from the antics of, say, the 1982 side, suggested that at least some of the old arrogance remains. wholesale jerseys from china wholesale jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys wholesale jerseys from china
And so, when it came to it, when it seemed all was lost, Argentina’s hero appeared. His name, this time, was Marcos Rojo. With the Albiceleste on the verge of elimination, the scene before them horribly familiar, songs dying in thousands of throats and the final three minutes beginning, the Manchester Womens Chase Utley Jersey United defender arrived to guide a wonderful volley into the corner and send them through to the last 16. Their progress comes at the cost of a Nigeria side who had come from a goal down to make it 1-1 and might have won, missing chances and appealing for a penalty. Instead, at the last, there was life for Argentina, delirious celebration, players in tears. Nike NFL Justin Evans Red Jersey Men's Elite: #21 Tampa Bay Buccaneers HomeJorge Sampaoli once said that the World Cup is a revolver held against Lionel Messi’s head. Russian roulette is a game that must eventually end badly, but Argentina had hoped it would last longer than it looked like it was going to here. Javier Mascherano was the man who seemed to have pulled the trigger until Rojo rescued them. Messi had brilliantly given Argentina the lead but a penalty gifted Nigeria an equaliser, left them on the edge of elimination. For once, though, there was joy, relief – and it was not Messi who delivered it. Youth Replica Majestic Howie Kendrick White Home Jersey - #12 MLB Washington Nationals Cool BaseNot only Messi, anyway. In the defeat against Croatia, Messi had only 49 touches. Here, he had almost surpassed that by half-time and two of them were especially sublime, creating a moment that will live in the memory almost as long as Rojo’s. Éver Banega sent a gorgeous pass from the halfway line to the edge of the area, where Messi controlled on his thigh and then, without letting the ball drop, took another touch with his left foot before thumping it into the top corner with his right. He and ran, arms outstretched, towards the corner, slowed and sank to his knees. There, he pointed to the sky, neck tilted back, a look on his face that was almost manic. All around him, the noise. A release in blue and white that could only be matched the way it ultimately was – right at the end. In the stands Montee Ball Authentic Jersey Diego Maradona screamed and grabbed himself. Maybe there was life left in Argentina. Maybe, as Sampaoli had said, their World Cup could start here. As the second half progressed though, it looked like ending in despair. Argentina had appeared at least. Banega’s pass made his previous absences even more baffling but it was not just that, it was the sense that someone out there could pass, control, play, that the structure convinced and anticipation grew. Particularly when Messi appeared, which he did often, the curtains no longer drawn. Womens Brendan Smith Jersey He slotted a superbly weighted ball through for Gonzalo Higuaín, who was unable to lift it over Francis Uzoho. Then Banega sent Ángel Di María rushing away behind Nigeria’s defence. He appeared to be clipped by Leon Balogun and, from the free-kick, Messi bent a shot against the far post. Argentina were swift, and there was support for Messi. They appeared in control, and yet there was always a certain vulnerability. Not just here, where Rojo’s extremely high challenge was a risk inside his area but also in Rostov, where Iceland played Croatia. Croatia scored early in the second half to reduce that threat, but there is no threat greater than the one Argentina pose themselves and by the time Croatia’s goal had gone in Nigeria had already been gifted a route to the next round. Mascherano, a man with a startling lack of wisdom for one so old, all the more so in days of VAR, held Balogun at a corner. Cuneyt Cakir gave a penalty that Victor Moses calmly rolled in. The corner that led to it had come from three Argentina players getting in each other’s way. It was tempting to see this as the embodiment of Argentina: anything Messi could do, his teammates could undo. Desperation was always likely to see the return of familiar flaws. There was anxiety, nerves, Julius Erving Authentic Jerseyand it showed. Sampaoli made changes, but when you do not have a structure, a framework, an idea, and when you do have fear, there is nothing really to fall back on. Except, of course, Messi. And everyone knows that. Sometimes it is worth looking elsewhere, but they are so reluctant to do that. At the very end, they did. The suffering, though, was unbearable. Sampaoli and Messi admitted they had never experienced anything like it. cheap jerseys china wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys china wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys china wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys china wholesale jerseys
As England’s footballers continue to rewrite the way they are perceived around the world, from the Spanish sports daily Marca dubbing Harry Kane “the Hurricane” to La Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy noting “a security and spectacularity that historically they never usually have”, Gareth Southgate has been encouraging his players to soak it in and enjoy the moment. It was time, according to the manager, to “get the music on and have a couple of beers”. Men's Nike New England Patriots #62 Joe Thuney Limited Navy Blue Tank Top Suit NFL JerseyOnly a couple, mind. Zaliv, the one nightclub in Repino, is open late only on Fridays and Saturdays and not, perhaps, a typical haunt for England’s players, given Frankie Boyle’s Womens Lee Smith Jersey description of it on his BBC documentary before the tournament as “last orders at your cousin’s wedding”. The team chose instead to stay at their hotel, toasting their early qualification for the last 16. And why not Womens Dylan Strome Jersey when they are even getting praise, of sorts, from an old enemy? “It is time for all of Scotland to be afraid,” according to the Daily Record, which noted England would regret it ever if Southgate – “a bit of a dry lunch, but so what?” – did not get his hands on the “big lump of glorious gold almost winking in their direction, beckoning them to step forward and claim it for their own”. At which point it is probably worth reiterating that England’s victories so far have come against moderate sides and, to be picky, that Southgate’s men have not managed a clean sheet in either match, with some legitimate misgivings about how they might cope at the back against more efficient opponents. All the same, it does not feel outlandish to report a new wave of optimism inside the camp. Southgate has never gone as far as saying England are here to bring the trophy home. But he has never said it cannot happen, either. “I’ve said all along I don’t want to limit what they [the players] feel is possible,” he said. “That’s still how I feel.” And it is safe to assume Kyle Walker, for one, might have revised his position that it would need “a miracle”. Plenty of luck, perhaps, and a spirit of togetherness and durability that has been conspicuous by its absence Womens Marcus Cannon Jersey during the undistinguished sequence of only six knockout victories in major tournaments since 1966. But not necessarily a miracle. England can certainly be emboldened by the fact they have won their opening two fixtures for only the third time since 1950, that the team are playing with energy and effervescence and that Kane, in particular, seems absolutely determined to leave his mark on this tournament. Kane’s five-goal haul against Tunisia and Panama would already have been enough to win the Golden Boot outright in 1962 and jointly with Miroslav Klose in 2006 and Thomas Müller in 2010. He is one short of Mario Kempes’s winning total in 1978, Paolo Rossi in 1982, Gary Lineker in 1986, Totò Schillaci in 1990, Hristo Stoichkov and Oleg Salenko in 1994 and Davor Suker in 1998. Kane gives the impression he is as driven by these awards as Cristiano Ronaldo, so much so that Southgate wondered whether his captain might “have the hump” for being substituted against Panama. For Kane, it is almost an obsession to see his name at the top of the scoring charts. All of which might warrant a delicate conversation if Southgate, as he appears to be leaning, has any plans to leave Kane out of the match against Belgium on Thursday that will determine which of the two teams, both already qualified, goes through as Group G winners. Southgate, choosing his words carefully, seemed to recognise that might not go down well with his captain when he said: “Obviously it will be very important for Harry [to go for the Golden Boot]. He’s sitting proudly at the top. He’s gone ahead of some major names in English football history in terms of World Cup goals and that should make him incredibly proud. But he also knows the team is the most important thing and we have to make decisions that are right for the team. I always have to balance what’s right for the squad.”
Gareth Southgate has called Harry Kane “irreplaceable” and praised the striker’s mental strength, selfless work ethic and ruthless finishing after the captain scored England’s first World Cup hat-trick for 32 years Martin Hanzal Authentic Jersey to help propel the team into the knockout phase. Women's Game Chase Allen White Jersey: Road #59 NFL Miami Dolphins NikeKane moved clear of Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Golden Boot by taking his tournament tally to five in a 6-1 thrashing of Panama, England’s biggest win at the finals, despite having played only 153 minutes. Only Gary Lineker has scored more times for the national side at the finals. Kane Pharoh Cooper Womens Jerseydeparted clutching the match ball and with his team safely through to the last 16 with Thursday’s final group game against Belgium to come. Women's Limited Jon Ryan Green Jersey: Rush Vapor Untouchable #9 NFL Seattle Seahawks NikeThe 24-year-old has made no secret of his desire to establish his reputation alongside players such as Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at this tournament. “Clearly the stage to do that is this one,” said Southgate. “He’s started brilliantly. The penalty … you can dismiss penalties as easy, but the length of time he had to wait and the number of distractions which made him refocus and start again; that tells you about the mental toughness he has got. “He’s there in the scoring charts. He’s up at the top. We wouldn’t swap him for anyone in the tournament in terms of No 9s because you know that, when he gets opportunities, he’ll bury them. Just as important is the way he presses, holds the ball up, contributes to overall game, and sacrifices himself for the team.” Southgate intends to freshen up his side on Thursday, when leadership of Group G will be determined, but will seek to maintain “squad harmony” when it comes to selection for the game in Kaliningrad. The manager spent the entirety of England’s 2002 World Cup campaign unused by Sven-Göran Eriksson and, despite too many changes potentially disrupting rhythm, is to put his fringe players through similar frustration. “Over the next 36 hours or so we have to decide what our priority is and, for me, the harmony of the group is very high on that list,” said Southgate, who allayed fears over Kieran Trippier’s fitness and hopes to have Dele Alli available against Belgium. “Before the tournament we had a good performance against Costa Rica with a different XI to those who played against Nigeria a few days earlier. I have complete trust in all the players. We’d look a bit different because of the profile of players in certain positions but I know we’ll get a high level of performance. At this moment my thoughts are with the players who haven’t played as much, but I have to consider everything before I decide upon my team. “The harmony of the group is important to me. The three players we brought on today are really critical in terms of what we do in training and for their enthusiasm around the group. There are others who we didn’t get into the game. Some have been a couple of weeks without a match and we’re going to need more ready as we get further into the tournament. But we want to keep playing well and keep the consistency in our play, too; to keep the momentum going and keep progressing as a team. “We have to make the players who haven’t played matches feel valued. Their approach to training, their intensity, meant we were ready Womens Timofey Mozgov Jersey for this game. If that was to dip, we’d be nowhere near as effective. “I’m pleased for the squad and the staff today. I’ve heard talk of it being better finishing second but how do you Cory James Authentic Jerseywork all that out, really? Let’s go and enjoy it again. It’s nice, it’s a game where we’re not up to our neck in pressure, but we also want to keep winning football matches. It’s a nice decision to have.”
Bert draws a blank,” the Courier-Mail’s back page screamed after Australia’s 1-1 draw with Denmark. “Golden opportunity goes begging as Socceroos coach leaves our greatest goal-scorer sitting on the bench,” went the standfirst. But the Queensland tabloid wasn’t the only one unhappy as Tim Cahill received zero minutes in Australia’s two World Cup matches to date. Youth Johnny Cueto Replica Cream Majestic Jersey: MLB San Francisco Giants #47 Home Cool BaseThe Daily Telegraph’s sports editor-at-large accused head coach Bert van Marwijk of disrespecting Cahill by leaving him out. Former Socceroos Robbie Slater and Mark Bosnich also chipped in. Slater, a Fox Sports football pundit, described it as “a national outrage,” fellow commentator Bosnich tweeted that “questions must be asked of the manager as to why Tim Cahill was not used with 10-15 minutes to go”. The bleating and complaining about the non-use of Cahill in Australia has been immense. On the one hand, it’s completely expected. The striker is Australia’s greatest-ever goal-scorer with 50 goals in 106 matches. He’s saved the Socceroos’ bacon Jared Dudley Jersey more times than Jesus performed miracles in Galilee – off the Walter Payton Jersey bench against Japan in the 2006 World Cup, scoring crucial goals to qualify Australia for tournaments in 2010, 2014 and 2018 and banging in one against Serbia eight years ago just to name a few. His place in Australian sporting history is already assured. On the other hand, the melodrama over Cahill’s absence is completely overblown. The forward is 38 years old, turning 39 in less than seven months. His best days are clearly behind him. He is five years older than skipper Mile Jedinak and six years older than Mark Milligan, the other two veterans of the squad. Unlike Jedinak and Milligan, Cahill has barely played club football in the past year. He has played 16 first-team games since October, for Melbourne City in the A-League and Millwall in the English Championship, and not started any of them. As a substitute his sum total of goals is zero. His total time on the pitch in the Larry Robinson Jersey past season? A mere 157 minutes. That’s less than two full games. Warren Joyce didn’t rate him enough to give him regular game-time and neither did Cahill’s close friend and former teammate, Neil Harris. Why would Van Marwijk be any different? The speculation is that FFA pushed Van Marwijk to take the veteran to Russia for commercial reasons. True or not, Cahill does not suit the Dutch coach’s counter-attacking, defensive-minded game-plan. The quicker and more mobile Andrew Nabbout, who can press and harry defenders does, hence his starts against France and Denmark. To accuse Van Marwijk, a man who has coached at the elite level of European football for more than two decades, and who led the Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup final, of footballing ignorance is absurd. The 66-year-old knows what his team wants and needs, and won’t be swayed by hysteria or nostalgia. Cahill certainly does have some value as a leader, as a big-brother influence and as someone who can help advise and assist younger teammates. And on evidence in Russia he has done just that without complaint. Football is a young man’s game – you only need to look at the likes of Kylian Mbappé at this World Cup or Pelé, Michael Owen and Lionel Messi at previous tournaments – as evidence. And the youngest player amongst all 32 nations in Russia is Daniel Arzani. In just two matches this Khorramabad-born wing-wonder, an Iranian migrant who grew up in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, has delighted not only Australia’s footballing community but caught the eye of the world. Many are clamouring for the 19-year-old to receive more minutes and even start in the Socceroos’ must-win game against Peru in Sochi. Considering Arzani has played just 24 first-team games in his whole life, all in the A-League and only four times lasted the full 90 minutes, that may be a bridge too far. Still, his rise is nothing short of remarkable. Against Denmark he almost scored, set up two excellent chances for teammates and skinned Pione Sisto in just a 22-minute cameo. cheap jerseyswholesale jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys from china cheap nfl jerseys
Of all the qualities Tite has displayed since he became the coach of Brazil, diplomacy has often been to the fore. After his appointment he insisted it was he who must adapt his style to the players and not the other way around. More recently he expressed sympathy for the pain he caused those players who missed the World Cup. After arriving in Russia, he spoke of the expectation his team were under and warned: “We can’t always control the result.” Nike Daryl Williams Women's Ash Jersey: #60 NFL Backer Carolina Panthers Pullover HoodieTite was wise to be circumspect. The man who, just last week, was swatting away questions on how it felt to be universally liked in his football crazy country no longer has to worry about that. A frustrating draw against Switzerland on Sunday evening has cracked Group E open. With an impressive Serbia still to come, Brazil must beat Costa Rica in St Petersburg on Friday. But that is not their only problem. You might argue it is not even their most important. First in the queue for attention, as ever, is Neymar. The blond forward has been the subject of his own little soap opera this week after limping away from team training on Tuesday. This, the Brazilian FA said, was an injury unrelated to the broken metatarsal that kept him out of the Paris Saint-Germain side for three months and limited his World Cup preparation. It was, it said, a sore ankle, the result of being persistently hacked at by the Swiss (Neymar drew 10 fouls against him on Sunday, the most in any World Cup game since Alan Shearer against Tunisia in 1998). In his pre-match press conference, Tite chose not to grind that particular Ryan Johansen Womens Jersey axe. He confirmed that Neymar would play against Costa Rica in an unchanged side. He also insisted he was not taking a risk with the team’s talisman. Asked whether Neymar would be playing were the Gary Harris Womens Jersey match not so important, Tite said: “Yes, yes. He would be playing. It’s not a sacrifice. We want to win, it’s a World Cup, but the coach is not going to risk a player’s health by being dishonest to him. That’s a price that’s too high to pay. Those values of health and honesty, no way, there’s no compromise.” It was an assertive, some might say dramatic, response and Tite adopted a similar tone when addressing the other issue dogging Neymar this week, his performance. Alongside the fouls, Neymar generated another striking statistic in the Switzerland game as he surrendered possession a total of seven times. Brazil’s play was consistently funnelled to his feet but often came to an end there. Reports after the match had suggested Tite pulled Neymar aside and instructed him to play more for the team. This claim has been vociferously denied by the coach. “Absolutely not. The information you got is not true, it’s not true. It didn’t happen,” he said, but he also used the moment to reiterate the importance of team play. “All the players have the responsibility of playing for the collective and also being individuals, some with some specific characteristics. “Neymar, I’m not going to take away from him this initiative in the last third of the pitch. He’s a genius. You have my word, this is not true. We all have to work as a team, but we have to respect the characteristics. In the last third of the pitch, you have to create possibilities for the finish. I’m not going to take that away from anybody.” A player whose status sometimes threatens to eclipse that of the entire team (as it does with his club side), is not Brazil’s only problem, however. The Brazilian FA made an official complaint to Fifa after the Switzerland match over the failure of VAR to review certain decisions, including the buildup to the Swiss equaliser. On Wednesday it conceded this complaint had been rejected. The squad have also been having to adjust to the white nights of St Petersburg, where the sun never truly sets. Thiago Silva, who will be captain against Costa Rica as part of the coach’s policy of rotating the job, spoke of the measures the squad have had to take to get some sleep. “Yesterday we stayed up a little late, having some physiotherapy at 1.30 in the morning,” Silva said. Womens Wade Boggs Jersey “[We were told] to turn off our cell phones, so that we could sleep.”
Jorge Sampaoli held his head in his hands. Lionel Messi stared at the floor. The rest of the Argentina players were speechless, standing with hands on hips and gazing aimlessly into space as wild Croatia celebrations broke out all around. Luka Modric had just filed a contender for the goal of the tournament showreel and twisted the knife in the process, leaving Argentina, twice world champions, on the brink of elimination. By the time Ivan Rakitic added a third, in the 91st minute, Argentina were broken. Men's Nike Cleveland Cavaliers #43 Brad Daugherty Swingman Black NBA Jersey Statement EditionThis was about as humiliating as it gets for Argentina as the limitations of a team that only just managed to qualify for the World Cup were brutally exposed. Messi, their talisman and inspiration, was a passenger throughout, lost in a game that took place around him as Argentina, abject defensively, overrun in midfield and clueless going forward, crumbled in the face of a terrific Croatia side. To put an extraordinary evening into some sort of context, this was Argentina’s heaviest defeat in the group stage of a World Cup since losing 6-1 to Czechoslovakia in 1958. It is also the first time they have failed to win either of their opening two matches at a World Cup Alexandre Burrows Jersey for 44 years. Sampaoli’s players, in other words, were creating history here – just not the sort of history that Messi had in mind when he came out of international retirement two years ago. Messi could never have envisaged when he made that decision that Argentina would descend into such a sorry mess, encapsulated by the sight of Willy Caballero, who made his first competitive start for his country on Saturday, making the sort of blunder that will live with him for ever. Ante Rebic was the grateful recipient of a dreadful pass that sent Sampaoli, who must have covered more yards than some of his players as he paced up and down the touchline in a blind panic, into a meltdown. What followed showed just how weak and brittle Argentina are these days as Croatia took the game away from Sampaoli’s side with alarming ease. Modric, shifting the ball one way and then the other, curled an exquisite 25-yard shot past Caballero, before Rakitic completed the rout by tapping in the third. As Croatia’s jubilant supporters celebrated the sight of their country winning back-to-back World Cup matches for the first time since 1998 – they finished third that year – the Argentina fans sat in silence, wiping tears from their eyes as they tried to digest a woeful performance that prompted Sampaoli to “beg for forgiveness”. With one point on the board and a final group game against Nigeria to come, Argentina could still qualify for the last 16. Yet it is hard – almost impossible – to imagine how Sampaoli and his players can possibly recover from such a chastening experience and one that highlighted all the concerns that had been voiced before a ball had been kicked at this World Cup, not least the unhealthy extent to which Argentina are dependent on Messi. It felt strange, almost uncomfortable at times, to see Messi struggling to emerge from the shadows of this game, waiting for the pass that never came and powerless to bend the match into Argentina’s favour after Caballero’s error. He is still looking for his first goal at this tournament and may not get another chance after the Nigeria game, although Sampaoli summed it up rather succinctly when he was asked about the inevitable comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo’s contribution Donald Penn Jersey for Portugal. “The reality of the Argentina squad clouds Leo’s brilliance,” Sampaoli said. Messi is so often the scapegoat when Argentina lose, yet Sampaoli will not the fallout this time. His decision to keep faith with Caballero – something that one reporter told him 40 million Argentinians could not understand – badly backfired and it was also a huge gamble to dispense with a four-man defence and set up with a back three instead. A huge gamble Mike Hughes Womens Jersey that spectacularly failed. cheap jerseys free shipping wholesale jerseys wholesale nfl jerseyscheap nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys
Luis Suárez marked his 100th international cap by sending Uruguay into the last 16 of the World Cup after benefiting from some poor goalkeeping to eliminate Saudi Arabia with a 1-0 win . Men's Reebok Jordan Staal Premier Red Home NHL Jersey: Carolina Hurricanes #11The Barcelona forward tapped in the only goal of the game midway through the first half after the Saudi keeper, Mohammed al-Owais, failed to get a fist to the ball from Christian Hackenberg Youth jersey a corner. The goal put Uruguay second in Group A with a maximum six points and ensured qualification for the knockout phase as Saudi Arabia, who have not won a World Cup game since their debut in 1994, have yet to pick up a point. Nike Carlos Hyde Men's White Elite Jersey: #28 NFL Road San Francisco 49ers Drift FashionSuárez’s goal was by no means the prettiest of his career but it was enough to secure the three points. “All we wanted to do was to win and qualify for the next round,” he said. “Today was another demonstration that it is so difficult to win a game in a World Cup. This World Cup is proving that what matters most is the result and we’re very proud to have reached the last 16 for the third time in a row.” At least Suárez, who missed three good opportunities in Uruguay’s opening win against Egypt, was at his efficient best with his 52nd international goal. And this tournament has already proved a lot better than four years ago when he bit Giorgio Chiellini and was sent home and banned for four months from all Victor Oladipo Authentic Jersey football-related activity. The Uruguay defender Diego Godín spoke before the tournament about how the squad felt that Suárez had been “kicked out like a dog” and were keen to do much better than in Brazil, when they were knocked out by Colombia in the last 16. They are in a good position to do so now with qualification from thegroup ensured with one gameremaining. The Uruguay coach, Óscar Tabárez, said: “We never thought that it would be easy. This is the World Cup and every team is strong. The game against Russia is now a very important test to try to see an improvement in the team.” Asked about the performance of Suárez after the forward’s lacklustre display against Morocco, he said: “Today Suárez was better than in the first game. He worked for Hroniss Grasu Authentic Jersey the team, made the goal and is a player who is very generous with the team in his work ethic. He assumes the pressure with which he lives permanently and that makes him different.” Tabárez, who has chronic neuropathy and cannot walk unaided, has now taken Uruguay Eddie Goldman Authentic Jersey into the knockout phase of the World Cup for a remarkable fourth time. Saudi Arabia, who endured a minor scare when an engine on their plane caught fire before landing in Rostov on Monday, have now failed to score in their last four World Cup games. After a 5-0 demolition at the hands of Russia in the tournament’s opening game, they performed better here but were ultimately shown up as toothless. Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani wasted numerous chances, including one in the 14th minute when he skied a half-volley over the bar. The stadium burst into life in the 23rd minute, however, when an unmarked Suárez coolly tapped into an unguarded net from a corner kick after Owais came out but misjudged his jump and could not reach the ball. Suárez has now scored in three consecutive World Cups.
The political tensions and all the other issues with the Russian government will still be there when the World Cup leaves town, but it’s likely that a lot of people will depart Russia with great memories and a changed view of the country. Russia is putting on its best, most smiling face for the month: people are excited to welcome the tournament and the fans, and so far at least that is leading to overwhelmingly positive vibes. The cheap beer and warm sunshine in most host cities is not hindering this process, either. With Russian transport corridors all running through the capital, Moscow has become a hub for fans, with tens of thousands shuttling through for a couple of nights between games and creating a carnival atmosphere.NFL Men's Nike Green Bay Packers #18 Randall Cobb Stitched Black Anthracite Salute to Service Player Performance Hoodie“We are the victims of Fifa and the ever-developing football,” the Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary lamented on Monday. His manager, Héctor Cúper, appeared to find the comment amusing and it is, after all, a well-established rite of passage that shot-stoppers line up to take a pop at the ball. Igor Akinfeev is another to have had his say about the Telstar 18, but it is hard to see what they are complaining about because this summer’s edition seems the most reliable for some time. If the litmus test for a ball’s performance is the way it behaves on long-range shots and deliveries into the box then it has passed. Free-kicks from Aleksandr Golovin, Cristiano Ronaldo and Aleksandar Kolarov have left keepers helpless because the players were able to trust their technique rather than worry about the flight. A high number of goals from crossed set-pieces speaks partly of organisational issues but also comes down to the fact that this ball can reliably be placed on a sixpence. “The football might be more acceptable to the players than the goalkeepers,” El Hadary conceded, and perhaps that is the best indicator that all is, in fact, as it should be. Video Assistant Refereeing is proving more divisive than decisive with nations asking Fifa for clarification on why VAR wasn’t used in certain situations. England were bemused as to why VAR wasn’t invoked when Harry Kane twice appeared to be rugby tackled in the box. There is clearly some ironing out to be done but in one department it is seemingly exerting a positive influence. It took until the 15th game of the tournament for the first red card to be issued, for Jose Iglesias Womens Jersey Colombia’s Carlos Sánchez. That is the cleanest start to a World Cup since 1986. If only football was as easy as throwing together the best pieces and expecting them to fit into an instant jigsaw. France came to Russia with a familiar set of expectations – excitement about the talent pool tempered by doubts about how efficiently they would be used. Didier Deschamps was bold in moulding his team around the selection of three attackers who are all blessed with pace and trickery. In theory, who would want to play against Kylian Mbappé, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembélé? But in practice it didn’t quite work out. The chemistry was not immediate. The front players were often difficult to find, with a big Marc Staal Womens Jerseyspace between them and the midfield. France did not attack with verve in their opening game against Australia and there is still work to do if this team is to find the right balance and bring out the best in itself. Without wishing to tempt fate, it is starting to feel like the tournament will pass without all the obvious concerns - racism and the kind of violence that was seen in Euro 2016 - embarrassing Russia and scarring the competition. The only issue in the England camp so far are the swarms of bugs. And the biggest danger in Repino seems to be the wild dogs that roam the woodlands. One member of the media entourage, cycling inland from England’s base, encountered a pack of them and was pursued for two miles before reaching safety. Gareth Southgate spoke about seeking to change the perception of English football on the eve of his side’s opening group game against Tunisia and, while it will take far more than a stoppage time win over the team ranked Larry Fitzgerald Womens Jersey 21st in the world to achieve that lofty ambition, everything to date suggests he can succeed in that task. England so often lower the mood at major finals, either through stodgy football or general underachievement, but this group seem different. They have been a breath of fresh air to date, a team well aware of their shortcomings but completely convinced of their qualities. No team has created as many chances as they did in that first half in Volgograd, and the English had never previously scored a stoppage time winner in normal time at the World Cup. The vim and verve stems from the manager and the philosophy he has imposed. They feel like a side who can thrive in Russia. wholesale jerseys from china cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys wholesale jerseys wholesale jerseys from china cheap nfl jerseys
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