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Cristiano Ronaldo will assume free-kick duties- Pjanic

Cristiano Ronaldo will assume free-kick duties- Pjanic

Cristiano Ronaldo is now the primary free-kick taker at Juventus, reveals teammate Miralem Pjanic. Prior to Ronaldo’s arrival from Real Madrid last month, it had been Pjanic and Paulo Dybala who would regularly take the free-kicks for the Bianconeri. But now it’s the five-time Ballon d’Or winner who gets the nod going forward. “Cristiano is here now, someone who in the past few years has shown he is best in the world,” said Pjanic, according to Di Marzio. “At first when we trained on free kicks it would either be Dybala or me to take it. Now, it’s 100% him. …

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Spain and Portugal survive late scare to scrape through

Spain and Portugal survive late scare to scrape through

Iberian neighbors Spain and Portugal survived a late scare in their respective games to qualify for the round of 16. The Spaniards set up a last 16 tie with Russia after a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Morocco thereby topping the group in the process. While Fernando Santos tutored, side lost their position at the top after sharing the spoils in a 1-1 draw with Iran in what culminated in a nerve wrecking ending to the tie. Both teams were fans favorites to progress beyond the group stages but it didn’t pan out to be a smooth ride with the footballing …

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Ronaldo becomes Europe’s top scorer

Ronaldo becomes Europe’s top scorer

Cristiano Ronaldo has eclipsed Ferenc Puskas record with his recent strike against group B opponents Morocco that took his tally to 85 goals more than any other player in the continent’s history. The Portuguese forward started the game on 84 goals after scoring a hat-trick in the opening group match vs. Spain. The three goals recorded in that match equaled the number of goals scored by the Hungarian legend. The 33-year-old Real Madrid forward scored in the fourth minute against Morocco to give Portugal the early lead and is now only behind Ali Daei of Iran, on 109 goals, in …

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Ronaldo sets new record in World Cup classic

Ronaldo sets new record in World Cup classic

Cristiano Ronaldo weaved his magic wands once again as he produced a world-class performance to deny close neighbors Spain victory in the Iberian derby. The Spaniards came from behind twice to race to a 3-2 lead and seemed as though they were coasting home with the three points, till Ronaldo stole the headlines with an exquisite finish from a set piece that clinched a 3-3 draw. Ronaldo’s hat-trick became the 51st of his career and the 51st hat-trick at the FIFA World Cup. His first goal from the spot meant he joined the likes of Miroslav Klose (2002,2006,2010,2014), Uwe Seeler(1958,1962,1966,1970) …

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Records that could be broken in Russia 2018

Records that could be broken in Russia 2018

Five-star Russia kicked off the World Cup campaign in style as they humiliated Saudi-Arabia 5-0 in the first group game. With the other group games set to hit full swing, here are some records that could be broken in Russia 2018. 45 years and five months is what Essam El-Hadary will be when Egypt begin their campaign against Uruguay. If he plays in Russia he will break Faryd Mondragon’s record (43 years and three days) to become the oldest player in World Cup history. 13 World Cup matches unbeaten – between a 4-2 loss to Hungary in the 1954 quarter-finals …

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Portugal heading to Russia without Nani and Andre Gomes

Portugal heading to Russia without Nani and Andre Gomes

Fernando Santos has released his 23-man squad list to prosecute the World Cup in Russia, opting for a blend of youth and experience with the likes of Almeida Nani and Andre Gomes missing out. The Portuguese coach made some surprise inclusions to the team with Goncalo Guedes and Andre Silva set to play alongside superstar Ronaldo upfront. Absentees: Forwards Nani and the hero of the Euro 2016 final Eder were shock absentees from Portugal’s World Cup squad. Rumours suggest that the failure of Nani to perform consistently for club side Lazio this term contributed to his absence, whereas Eder could …

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