AFCON: Cameroon always play for victory, says boss Clarence Seedorf

Sport360 staff 12:06 29/06/2019
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Clarence Seedorf

Cameroon head coach Clarence Seedorf spoke ahead of their 2019 AFCON Group F clash with Ghana in Ismailya, Egypt.

Defending champions Cameroon triumphed in the African Cup of Nations five times, while Ghana are four-time winners, but haven’t claimed the title since 1982 with three finals lost in 1992, 2010 and 2015.

Cameroon started their AFCON campaign with a 2-0 win over Guinea-Bissau with goals from Banana Yaya and Stephane Bahoken.

Ghana, on the other hand, were held to a 2-2 draw by Benin with brothers Andre and Jordan Ayew scoring for Appiah’s side while Adana Demirspor forward Mickael Pote found the net twice for Benin.


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Watch: Martin Caceres humiliates both Edinson Cavani and Luiz Suarez in training

Sport360 staff 11:58 29/06/2019
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Edinson Cavani

Uruguay and Peru will battle to complete the line-up for the Copa America semi-finals on Saturday night, and the former are huge favorites after mounting a convincing campaign so far.

Peru backed into the knockout stages as they suffered a 5-0 thrashing against Brazil in the last group game, and the obvious expectation is that Luis Suarez and co will comfortably get the job done in Salvador de Bahia.

The two teams have been in training ahead of the clash and before Saturday’s contest, there was a small dose of embarrassment for Uruguay’s peerless frontmen.

Indeed, both Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani were nutmegged by defender Martin Caceres.


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Lionel Messi admits he's not hitting his best level but says Argentina can beat anyone ahead of Brazil clash

Sport360 staff 11:14 29/06/2019
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Argentina superstar Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi said Argentina would take on hosts Brazil on an equal footing in the Copa America semi-finals after beating Venezuela 2-0 on Friday.

Lautaro Martinez and Giovani Lo Celso scored the goals that gave improving Argentina a quarter-final success at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium.

It was the Argentines’ best performance yet in a tournament they began with 2-0 defeat to Colombia followed by a 1-1 draw with Paraguay.

“It’s difficult to give a favorite between Argentina and Brazil, even more so in this Copa America where anyone can beat anyone,” said the 32-year-old Barcelona star ahead of Tuesday’s semi-final in Belo Horizonte.

“We respect them, we know what Brazil represent,” he added.

The hosts struggled to make the semi-finals, toiling for more than 40 minutes against 10 men before beating Paraguay on penalties following a 0-0 draw in Porto Alegre on Thursday night.

“We’re in good form to take on Brazil, but we’ll have to be very focused,” said five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi, who admitted he’s not at his best.

“I’m not having my best Copa America,” he said.

But as a team, Messi said their performance against Venezuela was “complete.”

“Defensively we didn’t have any problems and the team was very solid at all times.

“We didn’t leave them any spaces when they went looking for them. We were very united and waited for the opportunities to counter quickly.”

Having already been scathing about the Gremio Arena pitch in Porto Alegre – as was Brazil coach Tite following their quarter-final there – Messi hit out at the general state of the surfaces in Brazil.

“Honestly, the pitches are really difficult, they don’t favor good football. The ball bounces in every direction, but it’s the same for everyone,” he said.

Venezuela’s coach Rafael Dudamel said the team’s Copa campaign would stand them in good stead in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, noting that his team was “getting stronger, more mature.”

“What will come will be more demanding and we’ve created in this Copa America a very competitive team, that’s how we must continue,” he added.

“This leaves us bitter, unsatisfied, but it’s part of the journey we must embark on to forge the team’s character.”

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Captain Tomas Rincon regretted Venezuela’s slow start that saw them overrun by an effervescent Argentina that took the lead after just 10 minutes.

“We didn’t start well in the first half and maybe that cost us the qualification because we lacked a bit of the character to get through those first few minutes,” said Rincon.

“But we had a great Copa America, we’re improving, next up is (World Cup) qualifying and we’ll give it everything.

“We showed we can compete with anyone, in the second half we pushed Argentina back, but through luck and individual incidents they won the match.”

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