The eighteenth installment of the contestsretakes the following quarterfinal matches of the Eurocup andthe start of this phase in the CupAmerica.
Eurocup (XVIII): win the tradition
In the two matches of the dayhistory prevailed. With justice and being better in the final count, the two championsof the world ended up imposing conditions to stay alive in the tournament, at least for a few days. Two teams say goodbye that cheered thecompetition and they will have anotheropportunity soon, in the next World Cup.
Insistence as an antidoteOvercoming difficulties and improving remarkably in offense, Spain presented itself with youthful impetus to play against Switzerland, a team that has given usthe biggest surprise of the tournament,moment. Without one of their stars, those in red went out to waitthe classic game of now’swhite, avoiding to loan the ball and circulating until exhaustion: soon his goal fell, before the10 ‘, at the moment when Zakariahe deflected a shot from Alba thatembedded in own door. The Swiss reacted via ballslong, less and less effectiveconsidering Embolo’s injury, but towards the end of the first part they gave new signs of life, perhaps rememberingthat exploits are his thing,while the Iberians were open and focused to avoid surprises.
Helvetians squeezed inlooking for the tie at the start ofthe second half, with the ownZakaria wanting to repeat the dose but now at the front door, the correct one. An error inthe Spanish rear left him the ballto Freuler, who served ShaqiI laughed for him to place her outsideof the goalkeeper’s reach. Ten minutes later, Freuler himself shortened his stay in the field when he was sent off for one morespectacular than violent entrance,leaving his team in the minoritywith about fifteen minutes perplay. The rationality of the outcome of the past time was aaccentuation of what was experienced whenthey were in numerical parity:the Spaniards overturned to define before the extension and the Swiss fortress resisting the invasionpeninsular, with very little tosay in attack. Parity ismaintained by the respective and accident goals
The overtime became a harrowing exercise insiege over the Swiss gate, guarded by the hero Sommer untilthe last consequences and always in impeccable placement: at theleast four options with possibility had the Fury to avoid thedecision by penalties, finallyappearing on the field: after shooting 27 times and having a playermore for 50 minutes, they failed to unpair, although forinsistence was not. Despitestart in favor, the Swiss leftcontagious of the bad collection of the previous penalty and ended up failing three in a row, with some goodSimón’s intervention, to be out of the competition, although leaving a remarkable memoryof resistance and self-confidence,especially when they managed to move on even in good conditionsadversaries, such as playing with a man less or going disadvantaged bytwo annotations.
Solidness overpowers vertigo
Great starting pace with two cadres who know what to do with theball, contrasting styles tofront: of more armed strategies adding people little by little, to the vertigo loaded with talentto create danger. Italy hadmore time the ball and it hoveredthe door of Belgium, let it behe bent with harmful intention,as in the saves of the goalkeeper to a couple of shots thatthey searched the net. After the goalcanceled by three out of placeconsecutive on a stopped ball, Italian pressure increased and on a wrong start,Barella received good service to send cross shot and beatCourtois, after half an hour:a goal that even miraculously healed Immobile, who passedto complain as if they hadfractured on a previous play,to celebrate as much as if nothingwould have happened.
It was time for the Azzurri,now in elegant white, and Insigne got it that way: enlighteningdriving and ornamental shot from outside the visiting areathe upper area of the goal, where not even the tall Belgian goalkeepercould arrive: it was consummatedthe second goal, near the endof the first half, in which the Belgians still managed to regain life with a penalty scored byLukaku, after the slight pushover meandering Doku. Theapproximation on the scoreboard augured a loaded complementof tension and, eventually, drama. TheItalians during the opening minutes of the second half, while those in red looked puzzled, with difficultybe defined in the rectangle, eitherpressing up or waitingfrom midfield.
It was until 60 ‘when the game exploded again, at leastfor some episodes: very close the Red Devils of the tie, via De Bruyne combinationand Lukaku, and Italian counterattackby way of response, reinforced by another high-risk arrival.Changes and immediate noticeBelgian, injuries and forced adjustmentsfor both teams, with the Italians maintaining control ingeneral: they understood the moment and calmed ball and speed, without ceasing to be presenthigh pressure tees. There are European teams that dependof specific generations, plusthat of the constant appearance offootballers: Belgium belongs tothe first and Italy to the second and time is running out for those ofthe cabin of Europe and its brightgeneration
America Cup (XII)
The quarterfinals started withtwo crashed matches, in thethat there was no lack of friction and expulsions, as well as some glimpses of the undoubted talent thatit is cooked in this part of the world.Of the game that was least expected, it was the one that ended up contributingmore show
First minutes stuck in theOlympic Pedro Ludovico, asif the meeting between Paraguay andPeru was a machinery thatIt will not finish starting or work fairly well. I knowhe was oiling the game, the foulsthey were presented in a slightlymore spaced and football openeda little space and with it, thegoals. First it was Gómez whofinished pushing a ballat 11 ‘to send theGuarani, who had been better, although ten minutes later, the Italian-Peruvian Lapadulamatched point-blank with rozóndefensive and he himself commanded thein front of yours taking advantagefiltered pass and precipitated exitfrom the goalkeeper, near the end of the first half, in which he also sawa rigorous second yellow theGomez himself, leaving tenmen to the redhead to face the second half.
The numerical inferiority did not seem to affect the performance and momentum of the Paraguayans,who tied through Alonso at 54 ‘, in second shot after corner kick, whichcaused an awakening of Peruvians, perhaps confident to bemajority, and they began to pressnar the rival arc with shots mainly from outside the area until one of those, sent by thecruzazulino Yotún, was divertedand he went to the networks to return the advantage to those of the strip. Everything seemed to have been writtenbut Carrillo got a second yellow card to equalize thenumber of players, situationthat Paraguay took advantage of and Ávalos re-matched with embossed annotation. Direct to penalties:they left until the sixth round to define and the Peruvians advanceafter winning 4-3, between flies, stops and some definitive success.
Chile’s good posture, trying to press from above,have the ball and propose a match to Brazil, leaving aside thatscapegoat posturein which it is posed to lose bylittle margin and look for the miracle of the tie. Intermittent development: at times they are wovenmood-lifting attacks andthen he falls into a choppy process, of continuous losses of ball and superiority ofdefensive strategies. Those ofhouse began to create olderfeelings of danger but without theenough assiduity toestablish a clear superiority: between the Bravo goalkeeper and thedifficulty clarifying the lasttouch, time was slipping away, witness of some Chilean arrival inparticular when they recovered theball at the opponent’s exit
The start of the second halfsaw two key events: the goal of thecariocas, achieved on a wall poorly cleared by the defenseof the Andean and that ended withpush Paquetá, and expulsionby Gabriel Jesus for a kickflying unintentionally but forcompletely irresponsible. The chance for a tie increased given the numerical condition and,Despite the potential performance difference, the idea of the equalizer did not seem far-fetched.A well disallowed goal, a shotfrontal deviated with careby the goalkeeper and a header inthe crossbar, were the most obvious manifestations of the pressure of the Red, now in a suitvisit, without being able to fully perceive the superiority innumber. Even the braziliansthey undertook counterattacks thatthey sowed fear in the defenseChilean while keeping her busy. There was no more andChile says goodbye after a discreetperformance. _
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