[Live] Day 7 of 2018 FIFA World Cup: Spain (1) vs Iran (0), Portugal (1) vs Morocco (0), Uruguay (1) vs Saudi Arabia (0)

In Group A, Uruguay take on Saudi Arabia, playing for a chance to qualify to the next stage, while in Group B, there will be clashes between Portugal and Morocco, plus Spain taking on Iran.

Spain gets their first win at this year’s World Cup, after holding on to its 1-0 lead against Iran.






Diego Costa adds to his tally at this year’s World Cup, with a goal in the 57th minute.



It’s Spain (1), Iran (0).



Up next is another Group B tie where Spain take on Iran. Iran will be hoping to follow its opening match win over Morocco with another upset, while Spain will be desperate to add to their points and goal difference tally.






Iran vs Spain



The game which will be taken very seriously by Spain who need to improve their goal difference and points tally after the opening draw with Portugal, will be a clash of attacking prowess against solid defending.



The Spaniards who have a wealth of attacking talent at their disposal must find a way to break through the defensive wall built by Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz. The 65-year-old former Real Madrid coach and Manchester United assistant, oversaw Portugal at the World Cup in 2010 and Iran four years ago in Brazil.



Iran did not concede a single goal until the last of their 10 final round Asian qualifiers when their spot in Russia was already secure, while Spain haven’t lost a game in 21 matches.



Saudi Arabia, Egypt eliminated



The Uruguay win over Saudi Arabia marks the end of the road for the Green Falcons an

d Mohamed Salah’s Egypt.



Russia and Uruguay are through to the next round of the World Cup.






Luis Suarez scores his first goal of the tournament, and Uruguay are in the lead.






It’s kick-off here at the Rostov Arena.



Will Saudi Arabia avoid elimination at the hands of Uruguay who are led by lethal striker Luis Suarez?



The match between Uruguay and Saudi Arabia could spell doom for yet another African side.



The Group A fixture could confirm qualification to the next round for the South American side and the hosts Russia, and effectively eliminate Mohamed Salah’s Egypt.






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Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia



Saudi Arabia, who were humbled by a 5-0 defeat to the hosts Russia in the opening game of the tournament, have declared that they are out to ‘prove that we are competitive’ in their clash against Uruguay.



“We are anxious to change our image, we need to forget our problems and focus on the positive elements to bring happiness to the hearts of the Saudis,” said Saudi Arabia midfielder Taisir Al-Jassim, whose team also suffered a mini plane scare as they landed in Rostov-on-Don on Monday.



Among the challenges facing Saudi Arabia will be how to contain Luis Suarez, but Al-Jassim does not want to obsess over the influential Uruguay striker.



Uruguay will be playing with extra motivation, knowing that a win against the Green Falcons would seal their qualification to the next stage after Egypt lost a second consecutive game to Russia on Monday.



Morocco are eliminated from 2018 World Cup



It’s all over for Morocco, as they lose 1-0 to Portugal and become the first team to be effectively knocked out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.



Ronaldo opens the scoring for Portugal.



It’s Portugal (1), Morocco (0).



And the match is underway here at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.



In less than an hour, Morocco will take on Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in a fixture that both teams need to win.






Portugal Vs Morocco



Morocco’s coach Herve Renard has said it might prove futile to lay out a plan to neutralise five time world player of the year Ronaldo. Instead, he said his side will do their best to ‘make him less exceptional’.



“Even if you conjure up the best plans to halt Ronaldo, he will find a way to break free. He always makes the difference, at the minimum to put his side on the right track and at best to win the game for them,” Renard said on Tuesday.



Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in the game against Spain to underline his superstar status and spark the tournament into life.



Morocco need to win to keep their chances of going past the group stage alive after they lost to Iran in the opener, while Portugal will also be playing to win having earned just one point in the draw against Spain.



MatchDay 7 at 2018 World Cup



Day 7 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia could have some dramatic implications for the fate of teams in Group A and B.



As Uruguay takes on Saudi Arabia in the second round of Group A action, a win for the South Americans would eliminate both the Saudi Arabians and African side Egypt, who lost 1-3 to Russia on Tuesday.



In Group B, North African side Morocco will be aiming for a win against reigning European champions Portugal, after their heartbreaking loss to Iran in stoppage time of their opening game.



Iran will take on 2010 world champions Spain, who played out a thrilling 3-3 draw against Christiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in their opener.






South Africa beat Argentina in friendly at Pretoria

South Africa have an embarrassment of riches on the right wing with Nkosi and Cheslin Kolbe, who was rested for this match, bidding to start against New Zealand in Japan on September 21 in their World

Sibusiso Nkosi scored two brilliant tries as South Africa beat Argentina 24-18 on Saturday in a Rugby World Cup warm-up match in Pretoria.

The winger struck in each half for the Springboks, who found the going much tougher than last weekend when they hammered the Pumas by 33 points in Salta to win the Rugby Championship.

South Africa have an embarrassment of riches on the right wing with Nkosi and Cheslin Kolbe, who was rested for this match, bidding to start against New Zealand in Japan on September 21 in their World Cup opener.

All the other South African points at Loftus Versfeld came from fly-half Elton Jantjies, who kicked a conversion and four penalties.

Forwards Guido Petti and skipper Pablo Matera each scored a try for Argentina. Joaquin Diaz Bonilla kicked a conversion and a penalty and Benjamin Urdapilleta a penalty.

South Africa skipper and flanker Siya Kolisi showed no ill effects from a knee injury sustained last May before coming off after 53 minutes of his first international appearance this season.

Coach Rassie Erasmus wanted Kolisi to concentrate on his personal performance so he did not restore the captaincy. Instead veteran hooker Schalk Brits became, at 38 the second oldest Springbok to lead the team.

Although Argentina suffered a ninth consecutive loss, there was encouragement for coach Mario Ledesma from a much improved scrummaging performance, that won several penalties.

The Pumas thought they had taken the lead with three minutes left when debutant Lucas Mensa touched down, but the try was disallowed for obstruction by fellow centre Jeronimo de la Fuente.

South Africa started with an entirely different team from the one that crushed Argentina 46-13 last weekend in Salta to win the Rugby Championship for the first time. Argentina made 10 changes after being humiliated at home.

Springboks flanker Marcell Coetzee was off on 17 minutes and could not return after failing a head injury assessment test.

South Africa dominated territory and possession, but had to wait 20 minutes before being rewarded when Jantjies kicked a 22-metre penalty from in front of the posts.

Argentina had their first scoring chance seven minutes later. Diaz Bonilla succeeded with a more difficult penalty kick than that of Jantjies.

A stop-start half was crying out for a try. It finally arrived on 32 minutes when slick handling allowed Nkosi to step inside one opponent before holding off two others to score.

Jantjies struck a post with his conversion attempt leaving South Africa with an 8-3 advantage that did not adequately reflect their superiority.

That lead evaporated in additional time at the end of the half when Petti intercepted a pass from scrum-half Cobus Reinach and, showing amazing pace for a lock, scored between the posts.

Bonilla converted and the Pumas led 10-8 at the break despite being on the back foot for much of the opening 40 minutes.

The highlight of the second half was the second Nkosi try on 48 minutes, which gave the Springboks a lead they never surrendered.

Seemingly hemmed in, he beat three Pumas and then dived over Sebastian Cancelliere to raise his Test try tally to seven since debuting last season.

FIFA bans former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia for life following a match fixing probe

The case is the latest to emerge from FIFA’s long-running investigation into the activities of Singaporean Wilson Raj Perumal, who FIFA has called a « known match fixer » and who has admitted such activ

Former Nigeria national team coach Samson Siasia has been banned from the game for life following a match-fixing probe by world governing body FIFA.

FIFA said in a statement on Friday (August 16) that the adjudicatory chamber of their independent Ethics Committee found that Siasia was “guilty of having accepted that he would receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics.”

The 51-year-old Siasia played 51 times as a striker for the Nigerian national team and later coached various national youth sides before a spell as senior coach in 2016.

The case is the latest to emerge from FIFA’s long-running investigation into the activities of Singaporean Wilson Raj Perumal, who FIFA has called a “known match fixer” and who has admitted such activity in several interviews.

FIFA said that he was banned for life “from all football-related activities that is administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level.”

Siasia has also been fined $51,000.

Ethiopia U-15 make history with CECAFA tourney in Eritrea

Whiles it will be the first major tournament Eritrea will be hosting, there is history being made by the Ethiopian lads in town for the competition.

Eritrea is hosting ten other countries for the Council for East and Central African Football Associations, CECAFA, under 15 championships.

The tournament kicked off today, August 16 and is expected to end in early September. Whiles it will be the first major tournament Eritrea will be hosting, there is history being made by the Ethiopian lads in town for the competition.

They will be the first Ethiopian team to play in Asmara in over two decades. They get the feat after a friendly match planned for Asmara between the two senior sides failed to hold last year.

There are three groups from the draw that was held in Asmara earlier this month.Most of the teams are neighbours of Eritrea along with the East African sides like Kenya, Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania.

According to CECAFA General Secretary, Nicholas Musonye, the aim of the tournament is to develop talents at the grassroot level which is the basic stage in the development of a player.

The result of draw is as follows:

Group A – Eritrea, Kenya, Burundi, Somalia

Group B – Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, South Sudan

Group C – Tanzania, Sudan, Djibouti 0

International friendly: Nigeria squad against Ukraine announced

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Nigeria have revealed their squad for the international friendly against Ukraine in Dnipro Arena on Tuesday,September 10th,2019. In fact, midfielder John Ogu and goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi were among the 23 players called up by Gernot Rohr for the Super Eagles’ international friendly with the National Team of Ukraine. Coach Gernot Rohr is also without retired Nigerian stars John Obi Mikel and Odion Ighalo, however Maduka Okoyer Fortuna Dusseldorf goalkeeper, and Joe Aribo, Glasgow Rangers midfielder, were called up by the coach. Tyronne Ebuehi, who missed the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt due to injury, has been recalled by boss Rohr after recovery. Nigeria squad: Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC), Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany) Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy), Tyronne Ebuehi (FC Benfica, Portugal), Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal), William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy), Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England), Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain), Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany), Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (Rotherham United, England) Midfielders: Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England), Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City FC, England), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England), Joe Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland) Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassar FC, Saudi Arabia), Victor Osimhen (Lille OSC, France), Moses Simon (Levante FC, Spain), Henry Onyekuru (AS Monaco, France), Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France), Paul Onuachu (FC Midtjyland, Denmark), Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain)

Sundowns Coach Pitso takes the blame for dropped points

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Following the 1-1 draw between Mamelodi Sundowns and Chippa United in their Absa Premiership tie at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Wednesday, Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has declared that he takes the full responsibility for losing the two points. Indeed, Pitso revealed that dropping two points is a great disappointment to the team and that his mistakes were the reason for the draw, especially when he chose to bring on attacker Phakamani Mahlambi. “Obviously we are disappointed because I think we dropped two points. I think it was my fault, I should have sealed the game in the last three minutes, we should have used experience like we usually do it. But I opted to go in the last three minutes for Phakamani as an attacker, instead of maybe doing a sub that will keep the result,” Pitso Mosimane said. “It’s two points gone, but I guess maybe the game led me and deceived me because I could see we can score the second goal, but forgetting there’s two three minutes to go. We became a little bit greedy. Against SuperSport we scored a little bit late, so we thought maybe we could steal it like that. But it’s okay, lessons learnt. The game always teaches me and humbles me.”