Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Highlights of Everton 1 - 0 Manchester United

Manchester United was defeated by troublesome Everton at Goodison Park, by 1-0, on Monday. Manchester United failed to contain key players of Everton.

The only goal was scored by Belgian Fellaini wheel at 12 minutes from time. In the final stage, was also promoted the debut of former Arsenal player, Robin Van Persie, who was just over 20 minutes and failed to score.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Mexico's Olympic victory proves advantage over the U.S.

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Mexico's Men's soccer team proved superiority over the United States in soccer after winning the Olympic gold medal.

Last year, Mexico won the Under-17 World Cup and finished third in the Under-20 World Cup. The senior team won the Gold Cup, beating the United States in the final, 4-2, after falling behind by two goals. That came two years after Mexico thrashed the United States, 5-0, in the final of the 2009 Gold Cup.

United States men's soccer team did not qualify for the Olympics.

Friday, August 10, 2012

South Korea wins over Japan to get Olympic bronze

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CARDIFF, Wales - (AP) South Korea beat Japan for the Olympic bronze medal in Men's soccer.

Park Chu-young scored a dazzling individual goal to lead South Korea to a 2-0 victory over Japan on Friday and a bronze medal in Olympic men's soccer.

It was South Korea's first medal in the competition, and also the first by any Asian team since the 1968 Mexico City Games, when Japan won the bronze.
Park scored in the 38th minute after picking up a deflected clearance just inside his own half. He ran past two retreating defenders and shot low past goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda.

Koo Ja-cheol got the second goal 10 minutes into the second half, latching onto a long goal kick and finishing on his second touch.
Japan's captain Maya Yoshida scored what appeared to be a goal on a header in the 86th minute, but it was disallowed for a foul by Yuki Otsu on the goalkeeper.

Brazil and Mexico play in the gold-medal match Saturday at Wembley Stadium in London.

Brazil will play Mexico for Olympic gold in soccer

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LONDON (AP) -- Brazil and Mexico will battle for gold in Men's soccer.

Brazil hasn't been this close to the gold medal in men's soccer since Romario was a promising young star in the late 1980s.

There are a lot of great players that have tried and have failed after him, including Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho.

Now it will be up to Neymar, the future of Brazilian soccer, to end decades of frustration and give the nation its first Olympic gold, the only trophy missing for the five-time World Cup champions.

Brazil is the favorite in Saturday's final at Wembley Stadium against Mexico, a team which will also be looking for its first Olympic gold.

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Olympics: Britain sinks Uruguay to reach last soccer eight

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Title favorites Brazil and Japan were joined by hosts Britain, surprise qualifiers Egypt, Mexico, Senegal, South Korea and Honduras in the quarterfinals of the Olympic soccer tournament on Wednesday.

Britain defeated Uruguay 1-0 in Cardiff to make it through to the last eight for the first time since 1956 and will battle South Korea in the last eight in the Welsh capital when all four games are played on Saturday.

Brazil will meet Honduras at St James' Park in Newcastle, Japan, who qualified after their second match, will face Egypt at Old Trafford, Manchester and Mexico will meet Senegal at Wembley.

Egypt, who endured a torrid start to the competition when they trailed 3-0 to Brazil in their opener, completed a remarkable recovery by reaching the quarterfinals with a 3-1 win over Belarus.

Brazil completed their perfect run of three straight wins when they beat New Zealand 3-0 at St James' Park, Newcastle to seal first place in Group C ahead of Egypt.

Four matches played in the afternoon produced only one goal when Mexico beat Switzerland 1-0 in Cardiff to win Group B.

The other games between South Korea and Gabon in Group B and Japan and Honduras and Spain and Morocco in Group D finished goalless with only South Korea and Japan advancing.

Spain, among the favorites before the tournament started, went out without scoring a goal, the only team not to score.

Japan coach admits telling players not to win against South Africa

Japanese coach Norio Sasaki

NEWCASTLE, England – Japanese coach Norio Sasaki instructed his players not to score, just tie the game for a draw. FIFA said Wednesday that the team will not be given any discipline.

The game happened Tuesday in Cardiff, Wales, as the Japanese women faced an overmatched South African team. If Japan were to beat South Africa, they would have won their group and tripped to Glasgow for the quarterfinal. If they were to tie, they would stay in Cardiff for the Friday quarterfinal.

"It was a different way of playing compared to the usual game, but the players were on the same page as me," Sasaki said Tuesday. "I feel sorry we couldn't show a respectable game, but it's my responsibility, not the players, why the game was like that. It was important for us not to move to Glasgow."

That decision produced a 0-0 tie, and relieved the Japanese of the stress of travel, and essentially gives them home field advantage in the first game of the knockout stage, vs. Brazil.

Sundhage, the former Swedish pro and fourth-year American coach, knows the merits of consecutive games without travel. So would she tell a team to hold back in that situation?

"Absolutely not. Never ever crossed my mind," she said at the team's hotel here Wednesday, near where the Americans will play their quarterfinal vs. New Zealand. "I think, you respect the game, respect this wonderful tournament and respect the team.

"We want to win. You gain confidence by winning. As a player I would be pissed if my coach said that I shouldn't score. It doesn't exist in my world."

Japan's admission comes as eight female badminton players were disqualified from the Games for trying to lose matches to receive a favorable draw. The Badminton World Federation found the players guilty of "not using one's best efforts to win a match," a description which sums up Japan's efforts on Tuesday.

Yet FIFA said on Wednesday that Sasaki won't be disciplined for telling his players to avoid winning. It's disciplinary committee determined "there are no sufficient elements to start disciplinary proceedings" for corruption.

The Japanese defeated the Americans in the 2011 World Cup Final in Germany, and many U.S. players have cited that loss as motivation in these Games. Two players available for comment Wednesday say they've never received instructions not to score, and wouldn't know how to respond.

"Our mentality is to go into every game with the mentality to win," says Amy Rodriguez.

Teammate Kelley O'Hara said she could understand the reason for tying, but doesn't know how she would respond. In a 1-0 win vs. North Korea Tuesday in Manchester, the Americans were instructed to rest their legs with a 1-0 lead in the second half.

"The coach is the coach," she says. "They give you instruction. It would be a very weird situation to be in. Hopefully it will never happen."