Mexico interim boss Ricardo Ferretti looks for swift improvement after Argentina loss

Sport360 staff 11:14 17/11/2018
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Mexico’s interim coach Ricardo Ferretti admitted his side would have to improve before next week’s second meeting with Argentina after suffering a 2-0 defeat in Cordoba.

Ramiro Funes Mori put the hosts ahead with a fine header after 44 minutes and their deserved victory was sealed seven minutes before time when Mexico’s Isaac Brizuel found his own net.

Ferretti, who stepped in as manager on an interim basis for a second time in August, has now seen his side lose four of their last five matches, and suggested he will give other players a chance to start in the final fixture of the year in Mendoza.

Quoted on the team’s official Twitter page, he said after the loss at Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes: “We started well, but Argentina was winning possession of the ball.

“If you are not effective, you are taking a very big risk of losing, the experience of this match is very useful.

“We must rethink several things for the next game, I will give the opportunity to other players.”

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni, also at the helm on a temporary basis, fielded a largely inexperienced team for the international friendly following the absence of Lionel Messi, who has not played for the national side since the World Cup.

In his fifth game as boss, Scaloni said he was pleased to add another win to his tenure following victories over Guatemala and Iraq, a goalless draw with Colombia and a loss to Brazil.

Quoted on the team’s Twitter page, he said: “It was a different game. They play a very difficult football to counteract. You had to try to get out fast. They complicated us at times, but the team knew how to suffer.

“Beyond the first few minutes, I think we got little. Ramiro Funes Mori is back playing after his injury. We give him confidence and he responds.”

He went on to praise his current roster of young players, which features 18 players under 26 and 19 players with no more than 10 caps.

“I’m happy because some of the players were able to make their debuts today, we’re adding up and important things are coming for them, the guys have to know that this shirt weighs.

“We know how to defend, we know how to suffer and that in football is important. We’re excited about what’s coming.”

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Brazil captain Neymar pleased with performance in win over Uruguay

Sport360 staff 10:58 17/11/2018
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Brazil captain Neymar insisted he was happy with the performance despite his side stumbling a 1-0 win over Uruguay in London.

The 26-year-old netted a controversial penalty to secure Brazil a hard-fought victory in a friendly that was anything but on a dank night in the English capital.

Although Brazil were far from their best, Neymar was pleased with the performance. However, the PSG superstar acknowledged there is still plenty of work to do for Tite’s squad.

“I’m happier than after the last matches, because we had an opponent who plays you better, makes you work both defensively and offensively,” Neymar said.

“It was as we imagined. We knew that Uruguay don’t give you much space and that it would be a difficult game because Uruguay are great in the air and there are two strikers who are the biggest in football.

“We knew it would be difficult. But we found ways to play our football and we found ways to be able to impose our rhythm, create chances to score and get the victory.

“We are leaving here happy. But we have to improve still. We know we can be better. We know we have to adjust things, which I think will help our team and our football.

“But anyway, we are very satisfied today with everyone. I congratulate everyone for this game.”

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Didier Deschamps admits France failed to perform in defeat to Netherlands

Sport360 staff 09:17 17/11/2018
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Didier Deschamps admits France failed to perform after defeat to Holland left them in danger of failing to qualify for the Nations League finals.

A draw in Rotterdam would have ensured top spot in Group A1 for the world champions but they were outplayed by the dominant Dutch and slipped to a 2-0 loss.

Les Bleus must now hope Germany – who were relegated to League B by Friday’s result – beat Holland in Gelsenkirchen on Monday.

Coach Deschamps said he shared responsibility with his players for the disappointing display and surprise setback.

“There was a team in front of us with a lot of envy and we were not good enough,” Deschamps was quoted on the French FA website.

“In the aggressiveness, there was no picture tonight and it’s logical that this team from the Netherlands wins this match.

“And I do not exclude myself from this analysis.”

France were without injured Manchester United duo Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial at De Kuip.

They were on the back foot for most of the match and fell behind to a Georginio Wijnaldum strike in the 44th minute, before an injury-time penalty from Memphis Depay sealed the hosts’ victory.

Deschamps, whose saw his side’s 15-match unbeaten run ended, added: “We’re not going to take refuge behind absences, the high level has requirements and we did not meet them.

“We had too much technical waste.”

France had not lost to Holland since a 4-1 defeat in the group stages of Euro 2008.

They would have been beaten by a bigger margin had it not been for a string of saves from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Captain Lloris says France must now cross their fingers for a favour from Germany during the final group fixture.

“The opponent was very strong. For our part, we did not meet the requirements of the highest level,” Lloris told L’Equipe.

“We played below our potential and we paid for it. The score could have been more flattering for the Netherlands.

“We must challenge ourselves after this defeat and hope for a victory for Germany.”

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