Tottenham Hotspur star Davinson Sanchez sends Neymar crashing into advertising hoardings during Brazil friendly

7 Sep

Davinson Sanchez made sure to let his presence known against Neymar on Friday night, by leaving the forward crumpled in a heap on the ground.

The Tottenham Hotspur defender, who is currently on international duty with Colombia, sent the Brazil forward crashing into the advertising boards behind the goal with a robust challenge.

Davinson Sanchez sent Neymar flying on Friday night

With the scores level at 2-2, Sanchez appeared to kick out at Neymar before pushing an elbow into the 27-year-old’s back.

Such was the force of the tackle, the former Santos man was then unable to stop his momentum from taking him head over heels and landing straight into the billboards behind the goal.

The incensed Brazilian players rushed to surround the referee in protest at the brevity of Sanchez’s tackle.

But the former Ajax defender looked bemused at the accusations, despite Neymar lying on the turf in some distress.

Neymar crashed into the ad boards behind the goal
The Spurs defender made absolutely no attempt to play the ball, despite being in the box

Brazil took the lead in the 20th minute when Casemiro headed home a corner from Neymar, who was making his return to the national side after missing their victorious Copa America campaign.

Luis Muriel equalised from the penalty spot six minutes later after Alec Sandro was penalised for a clumsy challenge, and he gave Colombia the lead 11 minutes before half time when he rifled high into the net from 10 meters out to finish off a superb team move.

Brazil improved in the second half and Neymar got them level after 58 minutes when he tapped in from close range after Philippe Coutinho had split the Colombian defence with a long pass.

Lionel Messi: Argentina star facing two-year international ban following Copa America ‘corruption’ allegations

8 Jul

Lionel Messi is facing the prospect of a two-year ban from international football after accusing CONMEBOL of corruption.

The Barcelona star launched a scathing attack on South American football’s governing body after Argentina finished third in the Copa America.

Messi was left fuming after his dismissal against Chile
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The Albiceleste were knocked out by eventual winners Brazil in the semi-finals before Messi was shown a red card during the third-place play-off match against Chile.

The 32-year-old refused to collect his medal, and after the game he said: “There is no doubt, the whole thing is set up for Brazil.

“I did not want to be part of this corruption. We shouldn’t have to be part of this disrespect we suffered during the Copa America.

“We could have gone further, but we weren’t allowed into the final. Corruption, referees and all the rest stopped people from enjoying the football.”

And now, Spanish publication AS claims Messi could be in serious trouble for his comments due to rules which prevent players from insulting the South American Football Federation.

A statement from CONMEBOL read: “Accepting the outcome of a match with respect is a fundamental pillar of fair play.

The red card shown to Messi appeared to be soft
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“The same goes for the refereeing decisions.

“It’s unacceptable there have been unfounded accusations that misrepresent the truth and put to judgement the integrity of Copa America.

“These represent a lack of respect for the competition.”

Richarlison dedicates Copa America Brazil goal to great-grandmother, but Everton man forgets her name

8 Jul

Brazil star Richarlison dedicated his goal in the Copa America final win over Peru to his great-grandmother, but his emotions got the better of him and he could not remember her name!

The Everton striker replaced Roberto Firmino and scored a 90th minute penalty to make it 3-1 and secure the host’s first tournament win since 2007.

Richarlison made it 3-1 from the penalty spot
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Gabriel Jesus set up Everton’s opener and then scored himself before being sent off, but Richarlison made sure of the win.

After the match, he gave an interview to Brazilian station, SporTV, and said his strike was for his great-grandma.

However, when asked by the reporter, Richarlison was hilariously unable to recall her name.

“I can’t remember! I’ve forgotten! I don’t know, it’s just so much emotion,” he said.

“I can’t recall it. It’s time to celebrate now, but I’ll tell you if I remember.”

Before the match, Richarlison said he was using Ronaldo’s 2002 World Cup final performance against Germany as inspiration.

Richarlison celebrates with his medal
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“It’s interesting to learn the history of this famous ground (Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro) and to know that the great names of Pele and Ronaldo have also played before me here,” he said.

“It makes me want to continue to represent Brazil here.”

“Ronaldo, especially. I grew up watching his goals on YouTube.

“The two goals against Germany in the 2002 World Cup final bring back a lot of joy for me.

“It was a big moment of inspiration to go outside and emulate him.”

Copa America 2019: Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus has final meltdown after being sent off for Brazil

8 Jul

Gabriel Jesus reacted furiously after being sent off in the 3-1 Copa America final win over Peru on Sunday.

Jesus set up Everton’s opener and then scored Brazil’s second goal himself to put his side back in front, after Paolo Guerrero had levelled with a penalty.

Jesus kicks a water bottle after his dismissal
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But the forward was dismissed on 70 minutes for two bookable offences and did not take the sending off well, after trying to protest his innocence.

After initially refusing to leave the pitch, he then kicked a stray bottle of water, punched the dugout and then pushed over a VAR monitor.

His departure did little to alter the result however, as Everton star Richarlison made the win secure with a late penalty to give Brazil their first Copa America title since 2007.

Jesus then made his way back onto the field to join in the celebrations, before apologising for his behaviour.

The Brazil striker then punched the dugout
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“I want to apologise to the people who were nearby,” he said.

“It was a moment of anger, right? It was a mixture of emotions and anger, from my point of view, at the red card.

“I could have hurt someone and I’m glad I didn’t. I was wanting to help the team and that moment could have hurt.

“We were winning, playing a good game, and the referee makes the wrong decision. But I need to grow up, too.”

Jesus is all smiles eventually as he poses with his mother
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The victory at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro capped off a brilliant tournament for the hosts – with Dani Alves named Player of the Tournament, Gremio starlet Everton finishing as top goalscorer and Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson winning the Golden Glove gong.

Brazil 3-1 Peru: Gabriel Jesus scores and is then sent off as Brazil win Copa America title

8 Jul

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus scored and was then sent off as a ten-man Brazil lifted the Copa America for the ninth time with a 3-1 victory over Peru.

Jesus set up Everton’s opener and then scored Brazil’s second goal himself to put his side back in front, after Paolo Guerrero had levelled with a penalty.

Brazil’s returning captain Dani Alves leads the Copa America celebrations at the Maracana
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But the forward was dismissed on 70 minutes for two bookable offences.

His premature departure left Brazil to fight out a tense conclusion, until Everton star Richarlison made the win secure with a late penalty to claim the trophy for the fifth time on home soil.

The victory at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro capped off a brilliant tournament for the hosts – with Dani Alves named Player of the Tournament, Gremio starlet Everton finishing as top goalscorer and Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson winning the Golden Glove gong.

Everton, Alisson and Dani Alves of Brazil pose with their trophies after Brazil dominated the Copa America
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All of that while injured poster boy Neymar looked on from the stands.

Brazil took the lead in the 16th minute gone when Jesus created space for himself down the right before crossing for 23-year-old Everton to volley home.

Peru struggled to get a foothold in the game as Brazil dominated the early periods, with Philippe Coutinho firing just wide after latching onto a cross from Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino.

But the plucky Peruvians, who have earned plenty of plaudets for their recent rise, were back in it a minute before half-time from the spot.

Brazil defender Thiago Silva was adjudged to have handled inside the box as he slid into a challenge, and Guerrero sent Alisson the wrong way from the spot – the first goal the Liverpool man had conceded in the whole tournament.

It’s been quite a season for Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, who had the most clean sheets in the Premier League, Champions League and Copa America
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However, Brazil restored their lead in first-half stoppage-time when Jesus swept home another Firmino cross to bring an end to an eventful opening 45 minutes.

Coutinho and Firmino both went close as the hosts attempted to kill the game off immediately after the restart.

But Jesus’ evening took a turn for the worse with 20 minutes remaining when he was sent off for a second bookable offence following a challenge on Carlos Zambrano, having been booked before the break for a foul on Yoshimar Yotun.

Peru sensed an opportunity, but their hopes died when Richarlison converted from 12 yards with two minutes remaining, after Everton had been felled by Zambrano.

Everton forward Richardson celebrates winning the first major trophy of his career
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Neymar was forced to look on from the stands as his Brazil team-mates won their first Copa America title in 12 years
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Brazil vs Peru: How to watch Copa America final – live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and team news

7 Jul

Brazil are set to go head-to-head with Peru in the Copa America final.

Dani Alves lead his team to a 2-0 win over a star-studded Argentine side in the semi-finals as the tournament hosts strive to claim their ninth title.

Alisson Becker and Brazil take on Peru in the Copa America final
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Peru, meanwhile, have succeeded all expectations and beat holders Chile 3-0 in their final four clash.

Peru have not won the competition since 1975 and will out to stun firm favourites Brazil in the final today.

Brazil vs Peru: Kick-off time

The Copa America final will take place on Sunday, July 7 and will kick off at 9pm UK time –  that is 5pm Brazil.

It will be held at the iconic Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil vs Peru: TV channel and live stream

Brazil vs Peru will be shown live Premier Sports 1.

You can subscribe for £9.99 per month for SD and HD coverage if you’re on Sky or Virgin Media.

Premier Sports also has its own dedicated app which lets you watch all this action on the go.

Peru have reached their first Copa America final since 1975

Brazil vs Peru: Teams

BRAZIL

Goalkeepers: Alisson, Ederson, Cassio

Defenders: Dani Alves, Fagner, Alex Sandro, Filipe Luis, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marquinhos, Eder Militao

Midfielders: Casemiro, Fernandinho, Arthur, Allan, Lucas Paqueta, Philippe Coutinho

Forwards: Everton, David Neres, Richarlison, Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus, Willian

PERU

Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese, Carlos Caceda, Patricio Alvarez

Defenders: Luis Advincula, Carlos Zambrano, Miguel Trauco, Aldo Corzo, Alexander Callens, Miguel Araujo, Anderson Santamaria, Luis Abram

Midfielders: Yoshimar Yotun, Christian Cueva, Edison Flores, Renato Tapia, Christofer Gonzales, Jesus Pretell, Paolo Hurtado

Forwards: Jefferson Farfan, Paolo Guerrero, Andre Carillo, Raul Ruidiaz, Andy Polo

Lionel Messi SENT OFF for confrontation during Argentina’s Copa America third-place play-off with Chile

6 Jul

Lionel Messi was sent off after clashing with Gary Medel in Argentina’s Copa America third-place play-off on Saturday night.

The incident marks just the second red card of the legendary attacker’s storied career, with the first coming in his international debut.

Gary Medel reacted angrily to Lionel Messi
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Messi raised his arms to indicate he was not retaliating
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With Argentina 2-0 up on 37 minutes, Messi and Medel chased a ball off the pitch with the defensive midfielder seeing it out for a goal kick.

Messi appeared to shove his rival in the back and attempt a rash late stamping challenge as the ball went out of play, which infuriated the Chilean.

Medel responded by squaring up to the Barcelona man, shoving him and thrusting his head at him multiple times.

Messi raised his arm to suggest he wasn’t involving himself in the confrontation, but was sent off regardless – as was Medel.

Both men were sent off
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Messi protested his innocence
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Both teams were forced to play the remainder of the match with ten men.

Argentina took part after losing 2-0 in their semi-final to Brazil, while reigning champions Chile were beaten 3-0 by Peru.

Argentina vs Chile: Watch Lionel Messi in Copa America third place play-off – live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and team news

6 Jul

Argentina and Chile must pick themselves up after semi-final heartache as both look to claim third at the Copa America.

Lionel Messi and Co fell short in a major tournament once again as they were beaten by Brazil in the final-four.

Lionel Messi’s Argentina take on Chile tonight
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They now come up against defending champions Chile, who crashed out after a shock 3-0 defeat to Peru.

Who will come out on top and finish third in Brazil? Here’s how to find out.

Argentina vs Chile: Date and kick-off time

This Copa America clash will take place on Saturday, July 6 and will kick off at 8pm UK time – that is 4pm in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The match will be held at Arena Corinthians.

Argentina vs Chile: TV channel and live stream

The play-off game will be shown on Premier Sports 1.

Sky and Virgin Media subscribers can add the channels to their service for £9.99 per month.

An annual package costs £99, whilst an online-only ‘Premier Player’ service is also priced at £9.99.

Alexis Sanchez’s Chile take on Argentina this evening
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Argentina vs Chile: Teams

ARGENTINA

Goalkeepers: Franco Armani (River Plate), Agustin Marchesin (Club America), Esteban Andrada (Boca Juniors)

Defenders: Juan Foyth (Tottenham), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), German Pezzella (Fiorentina), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Ramiro Funes Mori (Villarreal), Renzo Saravia (Racing Club), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon), Milton Casco (River Plate)

Midfielders: Leandro Paredes (PSG), Guido Rodriguez (Club America), Giovani Lo Celso (Betis), Exequiel Palacios (River Plate), Roberto Pereyra (Watford), Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese), Angel Di Maria (PSG)

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan) Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Matias Suarez (River)

CHILE

Goalkeepers: Gabriel Arias, Brayan Cortes, Yerko Urra

Defenders: Gary Medel, Gonzalo Jara, Mauricio Isla, Jean Beausejour, Paulo Diaz, Guillermo Maripan, Igor Lichnovsky, Oscar Opazo

Midfielders: Arturo Vidal, Charles Aranguiz, Pedro Pablo Hernandez, Erick Pulgar, Diego Valdes, Esteban Pavez

Forwards: Alexis Sanchez, Eduardo Vargas, Jose Pedro Fuenzalida, Nicolas Castillo, Junior Fernandes, Angelo Sagal

Lionel Messi backed by Brazil captain Dani Alves in referee criticism as Argentina lodge official complaint after Copa America loss

4 Jul

Brazil captain Dani Alves has agreed with Lionel Messi’s criticism of referee Roddy Zambrano in Tuesday’s Copa America semi-final.

Brazil booked their place in the final at the expense of Argentina thanks to goals from Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino.

Lionel Messi was annoyed with the officials in Argentina’s Copa America exit to Brazil
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However, Ecuadorian official Roddy Zambrano refused to consult VAR when Nicolas Otamendi and Sergio Aguero appeared to have been fouled in the penalty box.

Barcelona legend Messi hit out at ‘bull****’ refereeing after the game and former team-mate Alves, who won the man of the match award, sided with him.

The right-back said: ”The referee was more nervous than us, I understand Leo.”

Argentina have lodged an official complaint to CONMEBOL, football’s governing body in South America, about the standard of refereeing during the Brazil loss.

Dani Alves sympathised with Lionel Messi
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The damaging defeat has extended Messi’s wait for an international trophy after losing in previous Copa America and World Cup finals.

A frustrated Messi said: “They were not better than us. They found the net early and the second goal came from a penalty they didn’t award.

“The officiating was crazy. There were clear penalties, on Nicolas Otamendi, on Sergio Agüero.

“He [the referee] was on their side. In every divided ball or dispute, he inclined the pitch their way.

“It’s not an excuse, but the truth is that, in this Copa, they kept on blowing for stupid things, for handballs, penalties.

“But today, they didn’t even go to VAR when there were clear plays that should have been looked at.”

Liverpool news: Alisson set to add Copa America Golden Glove to Premier League and Champions League awards

4 Jul

Alisson is set to win the Copa America Golden Glove.

The Liverpool goalkeeper has not conceded a goal in Brazil’s five games and kept out Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero to book his country’s place in Sunday’s final.

Alisson has been a key performer for Brazil at the Copa America
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Tite’s side will face Peru as they aim to win a first Copa America since 2007.

Peru thrashed holders Chile 3-0 to stun Alexis Sanchez and co.

But they will find it hard to beat Alisson, whose form has forced Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson to watch from the sidelines.

Alisson won the Premier League Golden Glove for his 21 clean sheets, one more than Ederson, while securing six shutouts – along with Barcelona’s Marc Andre ter Stegen – as Liverpool won a sixth Champions League trophy and was named in UEFA’s Champions League Team of the Season.

Ederson has failed to dislodge Alisson from the Brazil starting XI
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Alisson has been a revelation since joining the Reds in a £67million deal from Roma last summer.

And, arguably, his most important save for Jurgen Klopp’s side came in injury-time against Napoli in December.

Liverpool, who had lost three away games to Napoli, Paris Saint-Germain and Red Star Belgrade in Group C, hosted the Italian giants knowing only a win would see them progress to the Champions League knockout stage.

Mohamed Salah’s 34th-minute strike proved to be enough to see Liverpool through, but it could have been different if it was not for Alisson’s heroics.

In the 92nd minute, the 26-year-old superbly denied Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik from point-blank range to keep the Reds in the tournament.

Discussing the save in Liverpool’s Champions League 2018/19 season review DVD, Alisson said: “The ball went to Milik, he stopped the ball and I just tried to close the gaps, close the space.

“I think that happened in that moment, the ball came through me. I think I’m blessed as well – a bit lucky!”

Alisson’s standout moment in the semi-final saw him catch a menacing Lionel Messi free-kick
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