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FIFA World Cup 2018: Switzerland hold Brazil to 1-1 draw

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FT – Switzerland held Brazil to a 1-1 draw
Frustrating night for the five-time champions Brazil as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their opening Group E match. Philippe Coutinho gave Brazil a perfect start by scoring a stunning goal in the 20th minute as they head to the half-time break with a 1-0 lead. But Steven Zuber’s header early in the second half (50th minute) was enough for the Swiss to snatch a point from one of the tournament favourites.
96′ – Brazil get a corner in the dying minutes. Swiss get a goal kick
94′ – Free-kick for Brazil. Neymar was brought down and is readying himself to take the shot
91′ – Joao Miranda hit it wide from top of the Swiss box. Another good chance wasted
90′ – Five minutes added as stoppage time
90′ – SAVE! Brilliant save from Swiss goalkeeper to deny Firmino. Good header from the Brazilian.
89′ – Xherdan Shaqiri made a good counter-attacking run, but his shot from a distance with left foot was well wide of Brazil goal
88′ – Neymar’s header was straight to Swiss goalkeeper. Good cross-in from Willian
87′ – Substitution! Lichtsteiner is replaced by Michael Lang for Switzerland
85′ – Neymar passed it to Firmino inside the Swiss box, but the later’s touch was heavy. Chance missed again. Brazil showing a lot of urgency as final whistle nears, but they are finding it tough to break the Swiss defence.
81′ – Firmino shot it over the Swiss crossbar from the close range. A half-chance at best
80′ – Substitution! Haris Seferovic is replaced by Embolo for Switzerland
79′ – Substitution! Gabriel Jesus is replaced by Firmino for Brazil
78′ – Neymar attempted a curler from just outside the box, but Swiss goalkeeper judged it well and collected it calmly
77′ – Fernandinho tried his luck from a long distance, but the ball went well over the Swiss crossbar
73′ – Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross was shot in by Dzemaili, but it was weak and straight to Brazil goalkeeper
71′ – Substitution! Denis Zakaria came in to replace Valon Behrami
70′ – Philippe Coutinho’s close range shot curled away from Swiss goal. Chance wasted
68′ – Yellow Card! Valon Behrami booked for another foul on Neymar
67′ – Substitution! Another change for Brazil. Renato Augusto replaced Paulinho
66′ – Fernandinho long-ranger deflected away to give Brazil a corner
65′ – Yellow Card! Fabian Schaer booked for tugging Neymar’s shirt on the left side of Swiss box. Free-kick for Brazil
60′ – Substitution! Casemiro is replaced by Fernandinho for Brazil
59′ – Brazil on the offensive after the Swiss equaliser. Back-to-back corners, but good defending from Switzerland
58′ – Neymar’s attempt from close range hit the side net after deflection. Corner for Brazil. Neymar attempt came soon after two back-to-back shots by Coutinho was blocked by Swiss defenders
57′ – This time Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross-in from the right flank was straight to Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker
50′ – GOAL! Steven Zuber scored the equaliser for Switzerland
Xherdan Shaqiri curled the ball in the Brazil box and the unmarked Zuber jump high to head it in the goal over the Brazil goalkeeper from the four yards out. Awry defending by Brazil, no man marking in front of the goal mouth.
50′ – Corner for Switzerland
47′ – Yellow Card! Early booking in the second half for Brazil’s Casemiro, for his challenge on Blerim Dzemaili
Second half begins…
Players coming off to the field for the second half. Will Swiss be able to create a clear chance, which they failed in the previous half?
HT – It’s Brazil 1-0 Switzerland at the half-time break
Philippe Coutinho’s thunderous strike in the 20th minute gave the five-time winners a 1-0 lead at the half-time break. Brazil dominated the proceedings in the first half, even though Switzerland made some penetration of the opposition box in the final ten minutes of the half.
45+2′ – Thiago Silva’s header went over the Swiss crossbar
45+1′ – Corner for Brazil in the dying minutes of the first half
45′ – Two minutes added as stoppage time
43′ – Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross-in from the right of the Brazil box was headed away to safety by Thiago Silva comfortably
40′ – Thiago Silva hit directly on the head by Steven Zuber’s shot. The Brazilian defender is down on the ground, but is okay to continue
38′ – Finally Swiss front-line in the Brazilian box, but no danger for Alisson Becker
36′ – Looking for the equaliser, Switzerland finding it tough to penetrate the Brazilian final third
32′ – Brazil won a corner after Marcelo’s free-kick was headed away by Swiss defender
31′ – Yellow Card! First booking of the match went to Switzerland captain Stephan Lichtsteiner, for his foul against Neymar
25′ – Corner for Switzerland. Headed away easily by Brazilian defender
20′ – GOAL! Philippe Coutinho’s thunderous strike gave Brazil the lead
The constant penetration into Swiss box worked for Brazil, with Coutinho utilising the pressure to strike from outside the box. Marcelo’s cross was headed away by Swiss defender but it landed in front of Coutinho, 25 yards out, and the thunderous right-footed curler found the Swiss net. What a goal!
17′ – Good run from the Brazillian front-line, but the Gabriel Jesus cross from the left was comfortably intercepted by Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer
16′ – Neymar hit the Swiss wall
15′ – Free-kick for Brazil from a dangerous position, after Valon Behrami brought down Neymar
14′ – Brazil getting into the groove as they started making regular penetration to the Swiss box
11′ – Paulinho failed to tap-in from close range in front of the Swiss goal-mouth. The mishit went wide of the goal
8′ – Paulinho failed to control the ball properly inside the Swiss box. Goal kick for Switzerland
3′ – Blerim Dzemaili lopped it over the Brazil crossbar from close range. Good attacking start from the Swiss side
2′ – Early attack from Switzerland. It ended with a goal kick for Brazil
Here we go… KICK-OFF TIME
*Time for National Anthems*

 

Starting line-ups

Brazil (4-3-3): Alisson Becker; Danilo, Thiago Silva, Joao Miranda, Marcelo (capt); Paulinho, Casemiro, Philippe Coutinho; Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar. Coach: Tite (BRA)

Switzerland (4-2-3-1): Yann Sommer; Stephan Lichtsteiner (capt), Manuel Akanji, Fabian Schaer, Ricardo Rodriguez; Valon Behrami, Granit Xhaka; Xherdan Shaqiri, Blerim Dzemaili, Steven Zuber; Haris Seferovic. Coach: Vladimir Petkovic (BIH)

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Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko climbs to 23rd spot in WTA ranking

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Ukraine’s second seeded tennis player Lesia Tsurenko has climbed one spot in the latest WTA ranking and has taken 23rd position for the first time in her career.

The 29-year-old has 1,950 points, Ukrinform reports.

Ukraine’s top seeded tennis player Elina Svitolina (5,020) returned to sixth position in the table, whereas Dayana Yastremska (1,386) retained 34th spot.

Japan’s Naomi Osaka (6,970) continues to top the table. Romanian Simona Halep (5,537) is second, and American Sloane Stephens (5,307) is third.

Source: https://menafn.com/1098134348/Ukraines-Lesia-Tsurenko-climbs-to-23rd-spot-in-WTA-ranking

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National Signing Day 2019: Winners and losers

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National Signing Day can help shape a college football program for the next few years, but which teams succeeded and which failed in 2019?
National Signing Day 2019 is officially in the books. The once frenetic day in the college football recruiting period still has a little bit of frenzy to it, but not quite in the same manner that it once did thanks to the recent institution of the early signing period. Even still, programs had the opportunity to round out their recruiting classes in a big way.

Some teams undoubtedly succeeded in that regard, while others didn’t necessarily have to. When you look at programs like the Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs, they had already completed most of their big-time recruiting work prior to National Signing Day and didn’t have much work to do.
Having said that, those two are largely the outliers as there was work that needed to be done for most college football programs throughout the country. But who succeeded and who failed in that regard? Let’s look at just that by looking at the big winners and losers from 2019 National Signing Day.

Loser: Florida State Seminoles
Even with Deondre Francois on the roster, Willie Taggart’s Seminoles were going to be thin at the quarterback position. However, with Francois being dismissed from the program, that made them in desperate need of landing a quarterback recruit on National Signing Day to provide depth behind James Blackman.

Their big target on Wednesday was James LeGendre, a 4-star recruit that was the best available passer coming into the day. However, they missed out on him as he elected to head to the Maryland Terrapins instead. This now marks the second-straight year that Florida State has failed to secure a quarterback in their recruiting class and the Taggart era in Tallahassee continues to move on less than swimmingly.

Winner: Tennessee Volunteers
With his first full year to compile a recruiting class for the Tennessee Volunteers, Jeremy Pruitt needed to make some big moves in Knoxville. Though he entered the day floating around the top 20 overall recruiting classes, his efforts on National Signing Day vaulted the Vols into the top 10 by the end of the day as they were able to pull off two massive signings.

The prize gem that Tennessee landed on Wednesday was, without question, offensive tackle Darnell Wright, the highest-ranked uncommitted recruit heading into Wednesday, getting him to spurn hometown West Virginia to come to the Vols. With that and landing the third-best outside linebacker in the country, Henry To’oto’o, the Volunteers are in a good way right now with Pruitt leading the charge.

Winner: Ole Miss Rebels
Coming off of a postseason ban, Matt Luke was able to make a splash for the Rebels on National Signing Day. He landed 5-star running back Jerrion Ealy, which is huge — even if he still might go to Major League Baseball instead of playing college football. Meanwhile, they nabbed wide receiver Jonathan Mingo as well, a 4-star recruit who was a big target of rival Mississippi State.

Those big moves and the signing of JUCO transfer linebacker Lakia Henry ultimately vaulted Ole Miss into the top 25 overall classes for 2019 recruiting. Luke still has work to do in Oxford, but they made big strides in the right direction on Signing Day.

Loser: USC Trojans
Entering National Signing Day, Clay Helton’s USC Trojans had the 18th-ranked class in the country, but had the opportunity to improve with some big targets still left uncommitted. They did get one of those guys in wide receiver Kyle Ford, but neither Puka Nacua (at least yet) nor Enokk Vmahi (heading to Ohio State) decided to go with Helton and the Trojans. Oh, and let’s not forget Bru

McCoy making his flip/transfer to Texas official.
Ultimately, Signing Day was a disappointing punctuation mark on the recruiting period for USC. Not only did things not turn out well on Wednesday, but they also missed out on 18 of the top 20 recruits in the state of California, something that would’ve been blasphemous at their peak. Helton has some serious work to do to keep his job if he’s going to misfire in recruiting like this.

Winner: Texas Longhorns
In truth, Tom Herman and the Texas Longhorns weren’t all that active on National Signing Day. Their biggest moment, as previous mentioned, came in the form of announcing officially something that we already knew — that 5-star athlete Bru McCoy would be coming to Austin rather than heading to USC. That bolstered an already strong class for the Longhorns.

Even better, though, the strong class for Texas left them as one of the top five in the entire country for 2019, the only non-SEC team to earn that distinction. It was clear last season that Herman has Texas as “back” as they’ve ever been, and this recruiting class is only going to further solidify that.
Loser: Louisville Cardinals

This is too easy, but it has to be mentioned. The Louisville Cardinals finished last among Power 5 schools in regards to their overall recruiting class rankings. They signed a meager 14 recruits and they appear to be heading in the wrong direction after Bobby Petrino’s departure. That may not be the trend, but things could get ugly early on for Scott Satterfield, and really already have with this 2019 class.

Source: https://fansided.com/2019/02/07/national-signing-day-2019-winners-losers/

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New York Red Bulls Announce Protected Player List

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The New York Red Bulls announced today the list of players available for the 2018 MLS Expansion Draft for FC Cincinnati, along with the list of players protected. The Red Bulls will protect the maximum 11 players from the senior roster. Four additional Homegrown Players are automatically protected. The expansion draft is set for Tuesday, December 11 at 2 p.m. ET.

New York Red Bulls protected players:

Goalkeepers: Ryan Meara, Luis Robles

Defenders: Kemar Lawrence, Aaron Long, Michael Amir Murillo Tim Parker (rights)

Midfielders: Christian Casseres Jr., Sean Davis, Kaku, Danny Royer

Forwards: Bradley Wright-Phillips

The Red Bulls have protected 10 players under contract and the rights to Tim Parker. The Red Bulls have extended a Bona Fide offer to Parker, retaining his rights and making him ineligible for the upcoming MLS re-entry draft.

Additional Homegrown players on the supplemental roster are automatically protected. Those players are: Derrick Etienne Jr., Evan Louro, Alex Muyl, and Ben Mines.

The list of available players is as follows:

Goalkeepers: None

Defenders: Kyle Duncan, Connor Lade, Hassan Ndam

Midfielders: Vincent Bezecourt, Andreas Ivan, Florian Valot

Forwards: Anatole Abang, Brian White

Source: https://www.newyorkredbulls.com/post/2018/12/10/new-york-red-bulls-announce-protected-player-list

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