“There is a theory in our camp that Dhoni’s way of playing has always been the same. Even if India can’t win the game, he takes it right to the end to try to make sure that India’s run-rate stays relatively healthy,” Stokes wrote. … [Read more...] about Ben Stokes Questions India’s Intent During World Cup 2019 Game vs England at Edgbaston, Says There Was No Intent From MS Dhoni And Kedar Jadhav
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After a year with Palmeiras in Brazil, Gareca took charge of Peru shortly before the 2015 Copa América. They had reached the semi-finals in 2011, inspired to dour effectiveness by the Uruguayan Sergio Markarián (a fuel distribution manager who was so embarrassed by Uruguay’s 4-0 defeat by Holland in 1974 that, aged 30, he quit his job and retrained as a football coach), but had fallen away in the two years that followed. Gareca, though, restored the rigour and, with Paolo Guerreiro banging in four goals, led them to the semis again. … [Read more...] about Ricardo Gareca edges Peru to the brink of a rare World Cup qualification
"Arguably, the way MS Dhoni played when he came in with 112 runs needed from 11 overs was even stranger. He appeared more intent on singles than sixes. Even with a dozen balls remaining, India could still have won....there was little or no intent from him (Dhoni) or his partner Kedar Jadhav. To me, while victory is still possible you always go for broke," Stokes wrote in his soon-to-be-published book. … [Read more...] about Ben Stokes on World Cup game vs India: Rohit-Virat stand mystifying, little or no intent from Dhoni
O’Neills embody cerebral tradition of Blanchflower and Irish game’s best 3) Messi’s arrival likely to upstage host nation Lionel Messi and Argentina touched down in Moscow on Monday, doubtless still relieved that they will be able to do the same in seven months’ time. Argentina squeaked home last month thanks to that timely hat-trick from their talisman against Ecuador; they now need to find some consistency and on paper Saturday’s friendly with a creaking Russia side is an opportunity to get into the groove. Stanislav Cherchesov’s team remain unloved and may find that most gazes inside the Luzhniki Stadium are centred on their celebrity visitor. Back in June, Cristiano Ronaldo’s presence drew far louder screams – and, for that matter, bums on seats – than anything the hosts could produce. It would be a major shot in the arm if Russia could cause some excitement this time around but it remains difficult to see where any spark will … [Read more...] about World Cup play-offs, final qualifiers and friendlies: 10 things to look out for
England were far less spectacular but also went unbeaten in Group F and sealed their trip to Russia with victory over Slovenia on 5 October. Slovakia missed the play-offs as the runners-up with the worst record. Spain, who followed victory in 2010 with an early exit in 2014, were back to their best in racing through Group G, winning nine of their 10 matches as Italy were forced into the play-offs. … [Read more...] about World Cup 2018: which teams have made it to Russia?