Raphinha turned in another eye-catching performance for Brazil on Thursday by scoring twice in the home side's 4-1 victory over Uruguay in a World Cup qualifier.
This is not the era of Brazil where each and every player was ready to shine, no matter which position they played. This is the era where talented players with decent and not extraordinary abilities exist – they just need the right position to play and obviously, enough playing time should be given. But, as I said, none could understand what Tite is thinking.
There is always an accusation that Cristiano Ronaldo scores heavily against weak teams, but that is what a great player should not do? If an opposition is weak then the best player in the world should always take full advantage of it and it is not the fault of Cristiano Ronaldo if teams like Luxemburg, Gibraltar or Farao Islands are situated in Europe and feature in the UEFA World Cup qualifier Group. Rather than struggling, a great player always smashes them – CR7 does that and which should be praised.
Thumping victories for the Dutch and Germans while Luka Modric saved the day for Croatia
After the frustrating display against Paraguay Argentina bounced back extremely well against one of the toughest opponents in world football who are habituated to raise their game against Argentina and Brazil. But this time around, the Uruguayans were thrashed by La Albiceleste who essayed a thumping 3-0 victory.
Scotland won a thrilling encounter against Israel while England and the Republic of Ireland essay comfortable victories.
Germany, Croatia and Hollan registered victories in their respective World Cup Qualifiers for Qatar next year.
“Brazil left it late to win in Caracas and it was only possible when Tite decided to attack. Sadly, Tite still does not realize that with the players he has, a pragmatic approach would fetch him nothing.” Venezuela were on...
After the frustrating display at Santiago, Chile and suspension of the match against Argentina, Brazil faced Peru. The times have changed and such rosters are not a hundred percent guarantee of victory like the good old days, rather, the fear of losing against lower-ranked sides remain. Thankfully, Brazil fared better than the outing against Chile to bag full points and retain their top spot in the CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers.
At Buenos Aires, it was time for Argentina to thrash the visitors – Bolivia and it was all about Lionel Messi who reached the milestone of breaking Pele’s 77-goal record and again, scored a hat-trick. His one-man show propelled Argentina to a comprehensive victory who are looking very good at the moment. Even though, one must not forget the poor state of the Bolivian football team, who are a jolly-bash for many teams in South America. Brazil thrashed them 5-0 previously.
Poland might not be the force which they were once upon a time but they had been the one who denied England a spot in the 1974 edition of the FIFA World Cup. And, with that, the world would not witness England come back to the showpiece event since Spain 1982. Warsaw is a venue that has always been a challenging one for the English and denied them a victory on many occasions. It was not different last night as well.
Germany made it three wins out of three to start Hansi Flick’s tenure as a manager with their 4-0 win over Iceland in Reykjavík. Goals from Bayern Munich star Serge Gnabry, Antonio Rudiger, Leroy Sane, and Timo Werner gave Germany the three points, further cementing their place in the top spot of the UEFA World Cup qualifying Group J after six matches played.
The Italian side of Roberto Mancini has forgotten how to lose. They might end up with a draw, but, still, their impact is always evident and the Azzurri Brigade continues to prosper in every match. During the international break they dropped points against Bulgaria and Switzerland, but, it seems, they had reserved all their firepower for the Lithuania thrashing.
With back-to-back comprehensive victories, Israel expected to shock Denmark but they discovered that against oppositions who are really good can strip and take them to the cleaners in no time. Denmark hit Israel five times and gunned them down and which made them the only team during the World Cup Qualifiers in Europe having a record of hundred percent win.
It is clear that Argentina had given false information about the four players travelling from the UK and for the mess at the Corinthians Arena, there is only team blame for and which is Argentina. First of all, they broke the quarantine rules and gave false information to the health authorities – which requires strict punishments from FIFA and secondly, they are whining to hide their fault, which makes no sense, rather it would be better to accept the mistakes.
It was another Super Clasico since the Copa America final at Maracana. Brazil and Argentina met each other at the Corinthians Arena for the World Cup Qualifiers and the match had barely passed five minutes when scores of officers stormed the pitch, to the incredulity of both teams.