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    Fifa have labelled Cristiano Ronaldo a "total genius" for the "smart" way he won a controversial penalty in Portugal's World Cup opener. Ghana boss Otto Addo was outraged by the soft spot-kick that Ronaldo converted to become the first player to score at five World Cups. 3Ronaldo certainly had no qualms over celebrating his hotly-debated spot-kickCredit: AP Legend Ron tumbled all too easily under the challenge of Mohammed Salisu but Fifa claim it was a perfect example of strikers getting smarter" in their thinking and movement. The historic goal from the Manchester United discard sparked a 3-2 victory. And Sunday Oliseh, from Fifa technical study group (TSG), believes Ronaldo, 37, should be "complimented" for it. Oliseh told a briefing in Doha: "Maybe the strikers are getting smarter? 3Cristiano Ronaldo slumped to the floor under the challenge from Mohammed Salisu to persuade referee Ismail Elfath to give a penaltyCredit: AP 3Ronaldo tucked home the penalty to become the first player ever to score at five World Cups, putting Portugal on the way to a 3-2 win vs GhanaCredit: Alamy "The Ronaldo penalty, people can say what they...
    ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI fluffed his lines on the biggest stage after missing a penalty in Poland's bore draw with Mexico. The Barcelona star had the chance to fire his side ahead in the 55th minute of Wednesday's World Cup group stage opener. 2Robert Lewandowski missed a penalty as Poland drew 0-0 against MexicoCredit: Getty 2The Barcelona star's effort was saved by Guillermo Ochoa in today's group stage clashCredit: AFP But despite winning the penalty for Poland, Lewandowski was unable to convert as his shot was saved by iconic Mexican goalie Guillermo Ochoa. THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY…The Sun is your go to destination for the best football, boxing and MMA news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video.Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheSunFootball and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSunFootball. Most read in World Cup 2022SEEKING RELEASE Delphi 'killer's' lawyers ask for bail just hours before court hearingFINAL MOVEMENTS Tragic last moments of Idaho students revealed after eerie 'link' emergesAWKWARD! Today's Hoda Kotb stuns Jenna Bush Hager on live TV with embarrassing photoBODY POSITIVE I’m a chubby girl...
    It was a dramatic first match at the World Cup for Wales, as they contested their first clash at the global tournament for 64 years. Talisman Gareth Bale rescued a 1-1 draw for the Dragons with a late penalty after USA winger Timothy Weah had given Gregg Berhalter's side a deserved lead. Weah and man-of-the-match Kieffer Moore - a half-time substitute for Wales - were among the standout performers, whereas centre backs Walker Zimmerman, who gave away the spot-kick, and Wales' Joe Rodon struggled.  Below, Sportsmail's Kieran Gill runs the rule over the two sides and gives his thoughts on the player ratings in Qatar. Wales rescued a 1-1 draw against the USA in their World Cup opener on Monday evening Half-time substitute Kieffer Moore (right) was man-of-the-match after a brilliant showing - below, Sportsmail runs the rule over the two sides and gives our thoughts on the player ratings RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next World Cup 2022 LIVE: Wales hold their own in tense 1-1 clash... USA is denied its first World Cup...
    GARETH BALE rescued a point for Wales with a dramatic late penalty against the US. The fan favourite pounced with nine minutes left to earn a draw for his side in their World Cup opener. 2Gareth Bale's late penalty rescued a draw for Wales against the USACredit: Getty 2Bale won the penalty before slotting home to earn a precious pointCredit: PA THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY…The Sun is your go to destination for the best football, boxing and MMA news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video.Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheSunFootball and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSunFootball. Most read in World Cup 2022WHAT HAPPENED? Eerie details emerge after plane disappears with 239 people onboardODD PAST Dark details emerge about America's most inbred family who live in eerie shackSTUDENT MURDERS Huge update in murder of four University of Idaho studentsCHEAP DESSERTS Aldi is offering three tasty treats at great prices this week HOW TO GET FREE BETS ON THE WORLD CUP Topics World Cup 2022 USA Wales Gareth Bale YOU MIGHT LIKERECOMMENDED FOR YOUMORE FOR YOUMore...
    REAL MADRID earned the bragging rights while also going top of LaLiga with victory over Barcelona in El Clasico. Goals from Karim Benzema, Federico Valverde and Rodrygo sealed a 3-1 win over the Catalans on Sunday. 6Karim Benzema was on target as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1Credit: Getty 6Robert Lewandowski fired a blank as he tasted defeat in his first El ClasicoCredit: Getty Barca's only goal came late on through sub Ferran Torres. And the result means unbeaten Real are now top of the table as Barcelona suffered their first defeat of the league campaign. Both teams named strong line-ups, with superstar strikers Robert Lewandowski and Benzema both starting. But it was the latter who made an immediate impact when he opened the scoring for Real in the 12th minute. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLFOOTBALL LATEST Reece James to miss World Cup, Liverpool vs Man City build-upDRAKE'S STAKE Drake 'curse' strikes again as rapper loses mega £500k football bet Benzema pounced after Marc-Andre ter Stegen spilled Vinicius Jr's shot, firing it into the back of the net. Real then doubled their...
    ENGLAND kicked off their Nations League campaign with a 1-0 defeat away at Hungary. RB Leipzig star Dominic Szoboszlai scored the only goal of the game in Budapest in the 66th minute from the penalty spot. 8Dominic Szoboszlai broke the deadlock from the penalty spot in the 66th minuteCredit: Getty 8RB Leipzig ace Szoboszlai was mobbed by his team-mates after scoring against EnglandCredit: AFP Just moments after coming on, Chelsea defender Reece James was judged to have fouled Zsolt Nagy. Up stepped Szoboszlai, who coolly tucked home his spot-kick into the bottom left corner to leave Jordan Pickford no chance. Gareth Southgate's side went into the match unbeaten in their last 22 games in all competitions, excluding penalties. But they struggled against Hungary at the Puskas Arena, and will now need to pick up maximum points against Germany and Italy if they wish to stand any chance of advancing to the semi-finals. More to follow... 8Reece James was judged to have fouled Zsolt Nagy moments after coming on as a substituteCredit: AFP 8West Ham winger Jarrod Bowen impressed on his...
    HOLLAND and Germany played out a 1-1 draw in a competitive international friendly in Amsterdam. Thomas Muller gave the visitors the lead in first half stoppage time, lashing home a venomous left-footed strike from inside the area. 4Muller gave Germany the lead on the stroke of half-timeCredit: Reuters 4The Bayern Munich man has now scored 43 goals for his countryCredit: Reuters 4Bergwijn equalised for the hosts in the second halfCredit: Getty 4It is his fourth goal in three games for his countryCredit: EPA But the Dutch were level midway through the second half when Tottenham forward Steven Bergwijn tucked the ball away from close range from a Denzel Dumfries pull back. The Netherlands were unlucky not to be given a penalty a few minutes later when Germany's Thilo Kehrer clearly felled Memphis Depay but the referee, having initially awarded a spot kick, changed his mind following a VAR review. And neither side could find a winner in the closing stages as the two international rivals shared the spoils. Germany have not lost in nine matches since being dumped out of...
    SCOTLAND made it back-to-back Six Nations wins against England for the first time since 1984 with a thrilling comeback win at Murrayfield. A raucous Murrayfield roared the home side to a superb 20-17 victory over Eddie Jones' Red Roses in the Calcutta Cup courtesy of a penalty try. 2White crossed for the first try of the game on his Scotland debutCredit: Getty 2Smith scored England's only try of the game in the second halfCredit: PA Marcus Smith kicked England ahead early on, but Ben White crossed minutes later to give Scotland the lead on his debut. White himself was only on as a head injury replacement for Ali Price, and when Price was cleared for concussion the try-scorer was withdrawn. Three Smith penalties, with one in reply from Finn Russell, made it 17-10 to England with twenty to play before a moment of madness from Luke Cowan-Dickie . The England hooker was sent to the sin bin after deliberately slapping the ball out of play in front of the waiting Darcy Graham. And to add...
    SADIO MANE scored a last minute penalty to nick a 1-0 win for pre-tournament favourites Senegal in their Africa Cup of Nations opener against Zimbabwe. The Liverpool man was lively in the first-half before fading after the break but he converted the decisive spot-kick in clinical fashion after the controversial award. 1Sadio Mane scored a controversial late penalty to give Senegal a 1-0 win in their Afcon opener against ZimbabweCredit: AFP The Guatemalan ref pointed to the spot deep into second-half stoppage time after a shot struck a sliding defender on the arm. A brief VAR review followed with TV audiences not shown the offence. Four minutes of additional time were allowed and that had elapsed by the time the Reds forward scored. Mane was allowed to step up and slammed it to the keeper's right to earn his country three points in the Group B opener. London-born Kundai Benyu was was injured for Zim as his country nearly kept their first ever Afcon clean sheet. Senegal dominated the possession with 62 per cent of the ball while the...
    PEP GUARDIOLA's Manchester City heaped more misery on relegation strugglers Newcastle. The table toppers hit four past the magpies to ensure they will stay top for Christmas. 1Sterling and Mahrez finished the game off with two fine finishesCredit: AFP Ruben Dias handed City an early lead thanks to a defensive mistake by Ciaran Clark. the defender let the ball drop over his head thinking goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka was there to claim it, but Dias steered it home. Less than 20 minutes later, Cancelo went from provider to goal scorer. The right-back weaved his way into a shoot opportunity 25 yards from goal, and unleashed a rocket into the top left corner - leaving the keeper with no chance of saving it. Newcastle tried to carve out one or two opportunities of there own and had a decent penalty shout. Winger Ryan Fraser was cleaned out by the on-rushing Ederson inside the penalty area, but nothing was given. Most read in Premier LeagueWolves 0 Chelsea 0 Podence has goal disallowed as Kante escapes red card for handballUNITED NEWS Rashford 'keen...
    JORDAN PICKFORD should hold his head highest after England's Euro 2020 final shootout agony against Italy. Luke Shaw's emphatic second-minute opener was cancelled out by Leonardo Bonucci bundling the Azzurri level as the Three Lions swapped early energy for backfoot nervousness in the second half. 6Jordan Pickford produced two fine penalty saves but Italy won the shootout 3-2Credit: Reuters 6England stars Luke Shaw and Harry Kane saw the final go to extra timeCredit: EPA And after a tense extra time, Italy lifted the trophy with a 3-2 shootout success as England subs Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all missed with poor spot-kicks. Here's our player-by-player assessment after England's first final since 1966 World Cup glory began perfectly but ended with more penalty misery. JORDAN PICKFORD 9 - STAR MAN IN the end his penalty heroics came to little because of two silly substitutions. But sbould be proud. It is not just the keeper’s hair which has grown during these Finals. KYLE WALKER 8 YOU’LL never beat Kyle Walker (except for once in extra time)! But it was another...
    SPAIN are at real risk of missing out on the Euro 2020 knockout stages after they fluffed their lines against Poland. Luis Enrique's side are still to win a game at this year's tournament after they drew their opener 0-0 against Sweden. 5Alvaro Morata passed the ball past Poland keeper Wojciech SzczesnyCredit: Reuters 5Morata wheels away after firing Spain into a first-half leadCredit: Getty 5The former Chelsea striker ran over for a hug with his manager Luis EnriqueCredit: Reuters Former Chelsea ace Alvaro Morata fired Spain into a 25th minute lead, but despite their first-half dominance, they couldn't find an elusive second. And Luis Enrique's side were made to pay when lethal frontman Robert Lewandowski headed home a 54th-minute equaliser. They had a glorious chance to poke themselves in the Group E ahead just four minutes later when referee Daniele Orsato awarded them a penalty. But Gerard Moreno crashed the spot-kick off the post, and then Morata blazed wide in front of an open goal. More to follow... BETTING SPECIAL: GET CRISTIANO RONALDO TO SCORE VS GERMANY AT 30/1 5Robert...
    JOSE MOURINHO claimed Spurs were 'punished' by a 'modern penalty' against Manchester City. Rodri opened the scoring from the spot before Pep Guardiola's men won the match 3-0 on Saturday. 2Jose Mourinho's side are slumped at ninth in the Premier League tableCredit: Reuters City were awarded a penalty after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg fouled Ilkay Gundogan after 23 minutes. VAR confirmed the referee's decision before Rodri struck the ball past Hugo Lloris to give City the lead. Mourinho described it as a modern penalty, meaning it has to be given if there is ANY contact at all. After the game, he said: "I saw a team playing well, very comfortable on the pitch, very stable having the ball, even from pressure zones with good quality. "Having the biggest chance of the game to open 1-0 then being punished by what I call a 'modern penalty'. The penalties of the modernity in football. "These are the penalties when you cannot deny that there was contact, but in modernity every contact is a penalty. "I'm not saying it's not a penalty, I'm calling it...
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