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Portugal and Japan to tussle for gold

**THE DAY REPLAYED – **Japan pulled off the upset of the Girls's Youth Olympic Futsal Event Buenos Aires 2018 by knocking out Spain within the semi...

 

**THE DAY REPLAYED – **Japan pulled off the upset of the Girls’s Youth Olympic Futsal Event Buenos Aires 2018 by knocking out Spain within the semi-finals to arrange a gathering with Portugal, who thrashed Bolivia.

Spain dominated possession however discovered their path to purpose blocked again and again by a strong Japanese defence, earlier than seemingly paving the way in which for victory by ultimately breaking the impasse simply earlier than half-time.

That proved to be a false hope, nevertheless, as Japan stored their form however nonetheless managed to show the sport on its head because of objectives from Miu Maeda, Ichika Arai and Sara Oino. The supporters filling the stands started to sense that the title favourites have been on the ropes. 

Spain tried all the things and even performed with a fly keeper for the final seven minutes. They did scale back the deficit with seconds left on the clock, however in the end ran out of time and can now contest the bronze medal match.

Within the first recreation of the day, Bolivia’s hopes of reaching the ultimate didn’t final lengthy. The South People took an early lead in opposition to Portugal via a purpose by fan favorite Maria Galvez and held their very own for a lot of the primary half, however had no response as soon as the Europeans discovered their rhythm and went in 6-1 down on the break. 

Fifo excelled and hit the goal six instances, whereas Marta Pereira (two objectives, three assists) and Marta Texeira (three objectives, one help) additionally stood out.

Portugal test into semis, Bolivia trigger an upset

 

THE DAY REPLAYED. Portugal turned the primary facet to attain the semi-finals of the Ladies’s Youth Olympic Futsal Event Buenos Aires 2018, due to their defeat of Cameroon on the CeNARD Corridor.

Although they failed to achieve the heights of their earlier video games, the Portuguese have been nonetheless in dominant type and have now given themselves two pictures at profitable a medal.

In the meantime, Japan had to work onerous to see off Chile and keep on the right track to qualify from Group D.

Cheered on by their nation’s U-20 facet, who’re making ready for the South American Futsal Championships of their age group, the Chileans put up a stable defensive show however couldn’t hold tempo with their slick opponents.

The day’s massive shock got here on the Foremost Futsal Corridor, the place Bolivia overcame Thailand in a vital match in Group C.

Roared on by round 100 of their compatriots, the Bolivians have been applauded from the courtroom by the massive crowd, most of whom had come to see hosts Argentina within the males’s event.

The scorer of a shocking aim that sealed victory for her facet, Maria Galvez was Bolivia’s standout performer and was ably supported by Kaye Fernandez and Michelle Pacheco.

The win has given the South People real hope of a spot within the semis and an opportunity to battle for a medal.

Trinidad and Tobago fought out an end-to-end encounter with Tonga within the earlier match on the Foremost Futsal Corridor, which went the way in which of the Caribbean facet, due to a four-goal contribution from Afiyah Cornwall.

Each side earned an ovation from the followers, with the winners performing a dance on the courtroom and the losers a haka.

Do you know?

  • Chile’s Grace Mora scored the primary aim by a goalkeeper within the girls’s competitors.
  • Tonga’s Seini Lutu, who was despatched off in opposition to Trinidad and Tobago, was solely 13 when she represented her nation in an OFC U-20 girls’s soccer championship.

What’s subsequent
11 October

  • Japan-Dominican Republic, Group D, Foremost Futsal Corridor
  • Tonga-Spain, Group C, Foremost Futsal Corridor

Spain and Japan will begin as agency favourites to win their matches on Thursday. Ought to they accomplish that, they’ll each go an extended technique to qualifying for the semi-finals from their respective sections.

Portugal and Sweden identify preliminary squads

 
  • Portugal select 35 names in initial preliminary squad for Russia 2018
  • Sweden coach Janne Andersson named a provisional 23-man squad
  • Final 23-man squad lists will be published by FIFA on 4 June​

Portugal coach Fernando Santos has submitted a 35-man preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

There are 11 names in the 35 who made the final squad for Brazil 2014, including The Best FIFA Men’s Player Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Alves, Nani and William. 19 of the 35 were also named in the final 23 for last year’s FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

Two of the preliminary list – Eder and Manuel Fernandes – play their club football in Russia at Lokomotiv Moscow. If the pair make the final squad, they will likely feel right at home when Portugal head to the Luzhniki Stadium in Russia’s capital on 20 June for their second Group B game against Morocco.

A Seleção das Quinas will also face Spain (15 June, in Sochi) and Iran (25 June, in Saransk) in their Russia 2018 pool.

All squads are provisional until the final list of 23 players is announced by FIFA, following their submission by participating teams, on 4 June.

Portugal squad

Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Olympique Lyonnais/France), Beto (Goztepe SK/Turkey), Rui Patricio (Sporting CP)

Defenders: Antunes (Getafe/Spain), Bruno Alves (Rangers/Scotland), Cedric (Southampton/England), Joao Cancelo (Internazionale/Italy), Jose Fonte (Dalian Aerbin/China PR), Luis Neto (Fenerbahce/Turkey), Mario Rui (Napoli/Italy), Nelson Semedo (Barcelona/Spain), Pepe (Besiktas/Turkey), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund/Germany), Ricardo (Porto), Rolando (Marseille/France), Ruben Dias (Benfica)

Midfielders: Adrien Silva (Leicester City/England), Andre Gomes (Barcelona/Spain), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City/England), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting CP), Joao Mario (West Ham United/England), Joao Moutinho (Monaco/France), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscow/Russia), Rony Lopes (Monaco), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers/England), Sergio Oliveira (Porto), William (Sporting CP)

Forwards: Andre Silva (AC Milan/Italy), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Spain), Eder (Lokomotiv Moscow/Russia), Gelson Martins (Sporting CP), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia/Spain), Nani (Lazio/Italy), Paulinho (Braga), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas/Turkey)

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Sweden coach Janne Andersson has selected a provisional 23-man squad for Russia 2018, with every chosen player currently based with a club abroad.

“I can only pick 23 players for the World Cup,” Andersson said at Tuesday’s squad unveiling. “How much I wish I could bring 24 or more. It’s been very emotional for me, as I have called the players who didn’t make the squad. It was hard.”

Sweden squad

Goalkeepers: Robin Olsen (FC Copenhagen/Denmark), Karl-Johan Johnsson (Guingamp/France), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Swansea City/Wales)

Defenders: Mikael Lustig (Celtic/Scotland), Victor Nilsson-Lindelof (Manchester United/England), Andreas Granqvist (Krasnodar/Russia), Martin Olsson (Swansea City/Wales), Ludwig Augustinsson (Werder Bremen/Germany), Filip Helander (Bologna/Italy), Pontus Jansson (Leeds United/England), Emil Krafth (Bologna/Italy)

Midfielders: Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig/Germany), Albin Ekdal (Hamburg/ Germany), Viktor Claesson (Krasnodar/Russia), Gustav Svensson (Seattle Sounders/USA), Sebastian Larsson (Hull City/England), Jimmy Durmaz (Toulouse/France), Oscar Hiljemark (Genoa/Italy), Marcus Rohden (Crotone/Italy)

Forwards: Marcus Berg (Al Ain/UAE), Ola Toivonen (Toulouse/France), John Guidetti (Celta Vigo/Spain), Isaac Kiese-Thelin (Waasland-Beveren/Belgium)