Around 4000 Belg spirits were held down at Lotto Arena in Antwerp by the Romanian ambitions in the opening game of Group A after losing 1-6 despite the good performance.
With a 2.3% success rate scoring 1 goal only out of 43 goal attempts Belgium found itself stunned by the Romanian versatility in front of the goal due to the great performance of Florin Matei and Vlad Iancu “image”.
The first half ended with a Romanian tight lead 0-2 before a certain comeback from the hosts in the beginning of the second half when Rahou scored the one and only goal before being sent off 2 minutes prior to the final whistle. Belgium crumbled after conceding the 4th goal at the 32nd minute.
With this win Romania is one step closer to the Knockout Stage “Quarterfinal”, they face Ukraine on January 30 – 5.30PM GMT.
The first day of the Futsal Euro 2014 didn’t bring in much surprises, Russia managed to demolish Netherlands 7-1 in the first game of Group B,
The first game featured the runner-ups of the last version in Croatia, the Russian Federation against Netherlands who qualified for the first time since 2005 when they were eliminated from the first round (1W-2L). Russia took control over the rhythm of the game until Cirilo “image” scored the first goal of the game right after 3 minutes from kick-off, after this the Russian Federation managed to end the first half leading 4-0.
In the second half, Netherlands tried to change the situation which led to the worst scenario as Russia scored 2 another goals simultaneously before letting their goal receive a goal from Mohamad Attaibi who scored the only goal for the Neds in the game, the goals festival ended at the 34th minute when Eder Lima scored the seventh for Russia to make it 7-1.
Russia are closer to qualification as Portugal are favorites to defeat Netherlands in their upcoming game on January 30 – 7.45PM GMT
St. Mary Stadium might carry a bad memory for Arsenal’s fans and players for the remainder of the season after falling to a 2-2 draw against Southampton.
Losing 1-0 at half time then having a huge comeback in the beginning of the second half scoring 2 goals before Lallana’s equalizer and Flamini’s red card 10 minutes before the final whistle, Arsenal suffered from a huge pressure by Pochettino’s men who could have scored several times during the game, which makes the final score a decent result for the gunners.
Goals – chronological order:
1-0. Jose Miguel Fonte (Southampton 21″)
1-1. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal 48″)
1-2. Santi Cazorla (Arsenal 52″)
2-2. Adam Lallana (Southampton 54″)
Even the most optimistic person in the city of Liverpool, wouldn’t have expected this scenario at Anfield tonight, Liverpool FC stunning their local rivals with 4 goals (Gerrard, Sturridge 2, Luis Suarez).
The lack of options for Everton’s coach Roberto Martinez played a huge role in tonight’s defeat starting with inexperienced John Stones and Alvarez against attackers like Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge didn’t help the spaniard securing his side from receiving goals
From his side, Brendan Rodgers went into the game with his best fit players holding an attacking formation with a shaky defense that could have cost him much if Everton had a better squad options, especially when Ross Barkley who is yet to recover from his injury managed to threaten Mignolet’s goal early in the first half. Few minutes before a positioning mistake from his defense that led to the first goal of the evening after a stunning header from Liverpool’s captain Steven Gerrard, 12 minutes later Daniel Sturridge benefitted from an another defensive mistake that led to the second goal 2 minutes exactly before the same mistake occurs again setting Sturridge face to face against The keeper who was helpless letting the englishman scoring the third goal and his second of the game in a classy way.
This was the result of the first half.
On the beginning of the second half, Roberto Martinez decided to make a tactical change sending the 32 years old Leon Osman into the field hoping to change something, right after 5 minutes another mistake led into handing Luis Suarez the ball in the middle of the pitch, the Uruguayan striker would never fail to benefit from such mistakes, which led to the 4th goal of the evening and Suarez’s 23 goal of the season.
Everyone then thought that the game would end in a similar way to the Tottenham’s Hotspurs game at Hart Lane that ended with a total collapse of the Spurs players and later caused Villas Boas his post (FT 0-5). Such scenario could’ve happened even Liverpool were given a Penalty Kick that was harshly wasted by Sturridge, it was a surprise as it’s known that penalties at Liverpool are usually either played by Their captain or Suarez. However Sturridge decided to put it over the bar and then get substituted later with Victor Moses.
The game then lost its sense of competition, Everton were helpless and Liverpool was all satisfied with the clear 4 points difference ahead of their rivals awaiting the Clash on Wednesday when Manchester City goes on a visit to London to face The spurs.
Updates – Images and videos of the goals to be uploaded later.
Tuesday, January 28th – Beirut
After 221 games between the old rivals of Merseyside in England, this years derby can be easily considered as the most exciting derby since a decade due to the current position both teams hold in the Barclays Premier League, Liverpool placed 4th (43 pts) Everton 6th (42 pts) in addition to the exciting game that ended 3-3 at Goodison park late in 2013, tonight’s game at Anfield will capture the eyes of Football fans worldwide. (Kick-off 8.00 GMT).
With all what was mentioned above, no one can actually predict the result of the game due to the number of injuries available on both squads with more than 8 sidelined players from Roberto Martinez’s side.
Everton FC injured players: Bryan Oviedo – Arouna Kone – Darron Gibson – Seamus Coleman – Ross Barkley – Gerard Deulofeu – (confirmed by Coach Roberto Martinez) Everton FC doubtful players for Merseyside derby: Phil Jagielka – Sylvain Distin
The newly signed striker Lacina Traore won’t feature in the game either.
Liverpool FC injured players: Lucas Leiva – Glen Johnson – Daniel Agger – Mamadou Sakho – Jose Enrique. Liverpool FC doubtful players: Joe Allen.
Despite the superiority of Everton in the last 2 years finishing above Liverpool FC in the league, the blues of merseyside never managed to win at Anfield since the 1999/2000 season when they won 1-0 in a dramatic game that featured 3 red cards, in addition last season’s game at Anfield featured a negative draw 0-0, the last time a team managed to win was in April 2012 (FT Liverpool 2-1 Everton – FA CUP).
After 15 years from their last loss at Anfield, Liverpool’s captain Steven Gerrard who was one of the 3 players who got red carded in that game explained how hard it is to lose in the derby.
“It’s difficult to put into words that feeling you have. If you lose a big game at Anfield it hurts for a few days but you have to move on”
“But losing to Everton at Anfield – that hurts for a long time. It’s the complete opposite to winning at Goodison. Ask me one league game I would want to win at the beginning of the season and I would pick Goodison Park, followed closely by winning at Old Trafford.
From his side Roberto Martinez who was forced to play his young right back John Stones as a full back due to the injuries said:
“But John Stones is ready (to play) and has shown that he is adapting to playing centre-half. When he came to the club he was more a right back and now we are seeing him more as a centre-half. His performances against Southampton and Stoke and Norwich made it clear that he is ready. I would not have a problem with John playing and our quality wouldn’t drop.” – Quoted from an interview with Liverpool Echo
The Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had a few words regarding the derby too especially to the number of injured players
“It is unfortunate both teams are coming into the game with not the strongest squads because both have picked up injuries.”