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Portugal edge past Holland to lift Uefa Nations League cup

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Portugal has now triumphed in two of the last four competitive international tournaments that they've appeared in.

Lisbon: Portugal took home the Nations League trophy with a 1-0 victory over The Netherlands in the finals in Oporto without needing the goal-scoring help of team captain and top striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

On Sunday, Ronaldo ended the match without scoring and it was Goncalo Guedes who notched the winning tally for the Portuguese in the 60th minute.

Portugal came onto the pitch with a clear offensive strategy with Berardo, Guedes and Ronaldo in the forward positions on the hunt for goals and glory, and the team – coached by Fernando Santos – masterfully controlling their rivals’ passing game.

A patient and careful Holland, without a top goal-scorer and a notch below the scrappy 2016 European champions, couldn’t quite measure up to the active Portuguese, but played well nevertheless except toward the end, when things began to fall apart a bit for them.

After getting their bearings over the first 10 minutes of play with three attempts that were saved by Cillessen, the Dutch goaltender, the Portuguese began to bear down on their rivals and manufactured their best chance of the first half in the 31st minute, when Ronaldo knocked a header toward the net only to have it trapped by the netminder and be whistled out of play.

The Portuguese, however, did a prime job of limiting the Dutch scoring chances, allowing only one good shot on goal during the entire match, a header by Memphis Depay which Rui Patricio easily handled.

Just before the break, Portugal began firing off a seemingly endless series of fruitless shots on goal without managing to connect, showing their impatience to get on the board before heading to the locker room.

It wasn’t until the 60th minute that Guedes sealed the deal with a shot from the side that Cillessen, despite stretching to the max, just couldn’t stop.

Holland tried to bounce back five minutes later, pushing toward the Portuguese area and firing their first shot on goal but running up against Rui Patricio, who was there to fend off Memphis’s attempt.

Guedes was taken out in the 75th minute and replaced with Rafa Silva, who gave the Portuguese a little more speed but did nothing to up the score. Meanwhile, the orange squad was fighting hard to set up counterattacks and break down Patricio’s barrier.

The match, during which neither side let themselves get carried away by negative emotions, showed its only tense moments in the 83rd minute when the Dutch demanded a penalty that the ref did not see.

Overall, the home team controlled the ball for just 42 per cent of the time but fired 12 shots on goal to Holland’s one.

With the win, Portugal has now triumphed in two of the last four competitive international tournaments that they’ve appeared in, their other win coming at Euro 2016, while The Netherlands have lost four of their last five finals in major international tournaments (three in the World Cup, once in the UEFA Nations League).

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Unique Model Academy win big in their Subroto Cup opener

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Action in the Subroto Cup on Wednesday.

New Delhi: Defending Champions Unique Model Academy, Manipur, defeated Ashokenagar Boys Secondary School (H.S.), West Bengal, 4-0 in the Subroto Cup football tournament here on Wednesday.

S Annaroy scored a brace with goals in the 37th and 44th minutes to help his team win the Pool D match.

In another match of the pool, Our Lady Mount Carmel High School, Goa won 2-0 against Air Force School. Our Lady Mount Carmel School scored via Reniel D’ Mello in the 4th Min and Sanford in the 18th minute.

In Pool E, KV Maithon Dam, Ranchi won with the help of goals from Rohit in the 9th min; Aniuet in the 23rd and a brace from Abhilin Kumar in the 36th & 38th min. The score line stood at 4-0 at the end of full-time against Dr YSR Sports School, Andhra Pradesh.

In the second encounter of the pool, it was goals galore as Saidan Secondary School, Mizoram thrashed Tripura Sports School 8-0. Hunmawia scored four goals at the 11th, 18th, 34th & 49th min, F Lalth and B. Romalawma scored a brace each with goals at the 7th & 5th min and 45th & 47th min respectively. Jeremia also chipped in with a goal at the 41st min.

In Pool H, District War Sepngi Christian HSS (DWSC), Meghalaya ended level against Brajbhoomi International School, Gujarat with a score line of 2-2. For DWSC, Shaniahshem – 18th min and Wansmlang – 28th min were the scorers.

Brajbhoomi International School’s goals came from a brace by Rudra Patel in the 36th & 49th min. Major Dhyan Chand Sports College, UP had an easy win against The Sanskaar Valley School, MP as they won by a margin of 6-0. Yash Dwivedi – 08th & 41st min; Suraj Kumar -30th & 39th min and Arjun Yadav – 19th min were the scorers for the team from UP.

In Pool F, NCC NER won by a solitary goal against SAI Kolkata. The goal came from the boot of Raghvender in 44th min. The match ended 1-0 in NCC NER’s favour. In the second match of the pool, Govt. Model High School, Chandigarh defeated MP Sports College, Uttarakhand 3-1.

For Chandigarh, Thongbam Lanchenba scored a brace with goals in the 38th & 40th min. The third goal was added by Thokchom Surjakanta in the 49th min. For Uttarakhand, the only goal was scored by Hemraj in the 22nd min.

In Pool G, It was all level as Govt. Orient HSS Edathanathukara, Kerala played out a 1-1 draw against Betkuchi High School, Assam. Kerala scored through Jangminlal Haokip in the injury time (50+2’ min) whereas, Assam scored with the help of Hari Rabha at the 29th min.

In the second encounter, Mamta Modern Sr. Sec. School, Delhi defeated Sainik School Goalpara, IPSC 2-1 with goals from Abhimanyu – 5th min & Kushagra – 24th min. For Sainik School, Sangeetam Mahanta scored the solitary goal in the 15th min.

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‘Ronaldo paid money to settle sexual assault claim against him’

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Cristiano Ronaldo had been accused by Kathryn Mayorga of sexual assault in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009.

Las Vegas: Cristiano Ronaldo’s lawyers have revealed for the first time in court documents that the football superstar paid an amount to settle allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman in a hotel in 2009.

According to a CNN report, Kathryn Mayorga said Ronaldo paid $375,000 in a settlement and confidentiality agreement after she accused him of sexual assault. current sports news 

Ronaldo’s legal team acknowledged that the Juventus forward paid $375,000 “to maintain the confidentiality of their dispute” in a motion filed on Friday asking to dismiss Mayorga’s lawsuit. current sports news 

Earlier, Mayorga had claimed to have reached an out of court settlement with the star in 2010, and revealed that she had chosen to speak out against Ronaldo after being inspired by the #MeToo movement.

Ronaldo has always maintained that the encounter was consensual.

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Mohun Bagan, East Bengal to stay out of I-League clubs’ alliance against AIFF?

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I-League clubs, led by Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, earlier threatened to move court against the AIFF.

New Delhi: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has reasons to feel happy. At last. The club alliance formed to “fight” the “injustice” meted out to them by the national body seems to have shrunken further. If the sources are to be believed, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal are now reluctant participants in the group. football news

The suspicion was always there though vehemently denied by officials of all six clubs. There was, however, further confirmation on Tuesday evening. The club officials were in the capital to chalk out a strategy on the proposed legal battle against AIFF. football news

Officials of Churchill Brothers, Minerva FC, Gokulam FC and Aizawl FC were present. There was no sign of the two Kolkata clubs. East Bengal claimed they did send a message expressing their inability to attend. Mohun Bagan maintained a golden silence.

The two century old clubs are not ready to talk. For obvious reasons. But there are people in Indian football, who always love to do the taking. Even on behalf of others. According to them, the “firebrand” officials of Mohun Bagan and East Bengal are allegedly working overtime to join the franchise league bandwagon. Sooner or later.

Hence the latest attempt to keep a safe distance from the I-League club alliance. football news

“The two Kolkata clubs have met the franchise league officials in Mumbai and Kolkata recently. More than once and separately. Mohun Bagan were first to meet, followed by East Bengal. Then a senior official of the franchise league flew in to Kolkata for some other work. There were more meetings,” confirmed a senior official.

The I-League is in danger of losing its relevance in Indian football.

What exactly transpired in the meetings is not known. But it was something more than exchanging pleasantries. Sources said both clubs made it clear they were not against joining ISL. One of them would love to see it happen immediately. The other is ready to wait, to weigh the pros and cons. The approach is different, but they are looking for the same result.

Not that they receive any definite assurance. But century-old experience has made them learn that patience is a virtue.

Going by the latest development, the AIFF must receive a compliment. At least a left-handed one. In July, when it bowed to the wishes of the franchise league and virtually made I-League a non-entity, it knew it was in no danger. The rebellion will die down soon. The bigger the tradition of a club, the faster it will crawl back!

I-League club officials are not ready to accept their alliance is as fragile as an egg. “We have no reason to believe our unity has been broken. It is intact. We are in regular touch with each other. Just because some people did not turn up for one meeting does not mean they have deserted the group,” claimed one of them.

Well, not many in Indian football is ready to buy the theory. Big brothers have left you in the lurch, they say. With a hearty laugh.

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