Debuts, droughts and French Gs

Reliance on a flea, an unstoppable matador and white wolves finally falling prey feature in FIFA.com’s latest stats review, along with an American keeper and surprising droughts for Paraguay and Spain.

1,782 days had passed since Kevin Gameiro started for France until he made Didier Deschamps’ XI on Friday. Gameiro last began a Bleus game in a November 2011 friendly against USA, when he was brought off after 59 minutes and substitute Loic Remy went on to score the only goal. The 29-year-old Atletico Madrid striker responded with a double, while Antoine Griezmann’s goal left him with 13 in his last 17 appearances for club and country.

45 years: that is how long Spain have gone without beating Italy in Italy. La Roja’s last victory in the boot-shaped peninsula was in 1971, when a Fidel Uriarte rocket and an exceptional goalkeeping performance from Jose ‘El Chopo Iribar earned them a 2-1 triumph over the previous year’s FIFA World Cup™ runners-up. Spain appeared en route to ending the drought in Turin – they had 71 per cent possession in the first half and took a 55th-minute lead through Vitolo. However, a late Daniele De Rossi penalty extended Italy’s unbeaten streak in qualifiers for the World Cup or UEFA EURO to 52.

21 years and 120 days was the age at which Ethan Horvath became USA’s youngest debutant goalkeeper since Zach Thornton in 1994. There was hardly room for youngsters between the American posts thereafter due to the existence of Tony Meola, Kasey Keller, Brad Friedel and Tim Howard, who collected a staggering 394 caps between them. Horvath, who plays for Molde in Norway, kept a clean sheet in Havana as the US made it ten successive wins over Cuba in the first of two warm-ups before the ‘hexagonal’ phase of the CONCACAF race for Russia begins.

19 years have passed since Paraguay avoided defeat at home to Colombia in World Cup qualifying. Ironically, the run began when Colombia recorded their maiden World Cup qualifying victory in Paraguay in 2001 – 4-0 courtesy of a Victor Aristizabal hat-trick. Los Cafeteros made it five straight World Cup qualifying wins in Asuncion, and five successive defeats of La Albirroja anywhere, thanks to substitute Edwin Cardona – a man renowned for thunderous strikes – dispatching a delicate dink.

17 per cent is all the Russia 2018 qualifiers Argentina have won without Lionel Messi – they have won 100 per cent of them when he’s played. In La Pulga’s absence, La Albiceleste edged Colombia 1-0, but lost at home to Ecuador and drew with Paraguay, Brazil, Venezuela and, most recently, Peru – a match in which they led twice. Messi helped Argentina win 2-1 in Chile, scored in a reverse of Bolivia and got the only goal against Uruguay. The 2-2 draw in Lima did nevertheless extend Argentina’s undefeated run against Peru to 12 matches.

15 seconds of the second half is all Edinson Cavani needed to double Uruguay’s lead against Venezuela. The 29-year-old then sealed a 3-0 win to make it six goals in his last five World Cup qualifiers. Furthermore, Cavani has netted 11 goals in his last seven appearances for Uruguay and Paris Saint-Germain, including three consecutive braces.

9 straight Uzbekistan wins in World Cup qualifying came to an end on Thursday. The White Wolves had won the last four of those 1-0, and that was the scoreline by which they lost at home to Iran. It was the first time in 14 World Cup preliminaries Uzbekistan failed to score. Iran, for their part, have not conceded in World Cup qualifying for almost nine-and-a-half hours.

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October round-up: Bundesliga stars in international action

World Cup qualifiers – Europe

Iceland 3-2 Finland

Lukas Hradecky and Niklas Moisander were powerless to prevent Finland slipping to a 3-2 defeat to Iceland, who scored twice in the final five minutes to earn all three points. FC Augsburg’s Alfred Finnbogason equalised in the 90th minute, before Ragnar Sigurdsson netted a dramatic winner for the hosts in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time.

Turkey 2-2 Ukraine

Hakan Calhanoglu’s late penalty earned Turkey a share of the spoils against Ukraine. Calhanoglu’s Bayer 04 Leverkusen team-mate Ömer Toprak and Borussia Dortmund’s Emre Mor also started for the hosts against the Ukrainians, who had Yevhen Konoplyanka in their ranks. Yunus Malli, Caglar Söyüncü were unused substitutes for Turkey, while Artem Fedetskyy failed to get off the bench for the visitors.

Italy 1-1 Spain

Thiago Alcantara came on as a second-half substitute as Spain were held to a draw against Italy. The FC Bayern München midfielder came on two minutes after Daniele De Rossi’s 82nd-minute penalty had restored parity for the hosts, but was unable to help Julen Lopetegui’s side snatch a late winner.

Liechtenstein 0-2 Albania

1. FC Köln defender Mergim Mavraj played the full 90 minutes as Albania eased to a comfortable victory in Liechtenstein.

Moldova 0-3 Serbia

Hamburger SV star Filip Kostic was on target as Serbia eased past Moldova. FC Schalke 04’s Matija Nastasic played the entire match for the visitors, while Köln’s Filip Mladenovic was an unused substitute.

Austria 2-2 Wales

An Austria side featuring six Bundesliga stars in their starting XI were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Wales. Aleksandar Dragovic, Martin Hinteregger, Marcel Sabitzer, Julian Baumgartlinger, David Alaba and Zlatko Junuzovic all started for the Austrians, with former SV Werder Bremen star Marko Arnautovic grabbing the goals for Marcel Koller’s side. FC Schalke 04’s Alessandro Schöpf was a second-half substitute.

Kosovo 0-6 Croatia

Andrej Kramaric featured as Croatia romped to victory over minnows Kosovo. The TSG 1899 Hoffenheim striker played 71 minutes of the match before being taken off, while Leverkusen’s Tin Jedvaj was an unused substitute.

Macedonia 1-2 Israel

FC Ingolstadt 04’s Almog Cohen helped Israel to a narrow victory in Macedonia. The visitors held on for all three points despite Eytan Tibi’s dismissal in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time.

World Cup qualifiers – Asia

Japan 2-1 Iraq

Hertha Berlin’s Genki Haraguchi scored the opening goal as Japan nicked a last-gasp win over Iraq to keep their hopes of automatic World Cup qualification alive. Hamburger SV defender Gotuku Sakai and Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Makoto Hasebe also started in Saitama.

South Korea 3-2 Qatar

FC Augsburg forward Dong-Won Ji was on target in a game that also featured Augsburg midfielder Ja-Cheol Koo. South Korea are now top of their qualifying group and remain on course to reach the finals in Russia.

Saudi Arabia 2-2 Australia

Mathew Leckie and Robbie Kruse started for Australia, who were pegged back twice to draw with Saudi Arabia. Leverkusen’s Kruse, who played the full 90 minutes for the visitors, set up Australia’s second goal. Ingolstadt forward Leckie, meanwhile, was taken off just past the hour mark.

World Cup qualifiers – South America

Ecuador 3-0 Chile

A trio of Bundesliga stars were on the receiving end of a major shock as Copa America champions Chile were defeated in Ecuador. Arturo Vidal, Charles Aranguiz and Eduardo Vargas all started the match but were unable to prevent the home side powering to victory.

Paraguay 0-1 Colombia

FC Ingolstadt 04 striker Dario Lezcano was substituted off 15 minutes before the end and had to watch as his Paraguay teammates conceded a last-minute goal to Columbia.

Brazil 5-0 Bolivia

Wendell was an unused substitute as Brazil cruised to victory, meaning the Bayer 04 Leverkusen left-back will have to wait a little while longer for his full debut for the Selecao.

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En busca de más

Facundo Colidio, Carlos Almada y Lionel Laborda, de sexta división.

Facundo Colidio, Carlos Almada y Lionel Laborda, de sexta división.

Los juveniles se cruzaron con Quilmes y obtuvieron un saldo positivo con cuatro victorias y dos empates. Repasá los pormenores de la jornada.

Cuarta división

Boca comenzó a buscar el partido y lo demostró. Sobre todo, por el lado de Gonzalo Lamardo, quien peleó cada pelota como si fuera la última. Además, Mario Senra, colaboró en el pasaje al ataque y se destacó en varios cruces. Dato no menor, el arquero actual del conjunto “Cervecero”, Alan Ferreyra, pasó por las inferiores xeneizes hasta el 2015. Antes de finalizar el primer tiempo, Azarías Molina Simonetta, se dio el gusto y abrió el marcador. Sin embargo, en el complemento, Marcos Giménez, a los 21, convirtió la paridad y el resultado final, donde Boca no pudo y rescató un solo punto.

Formaciones:

Boca Juniors (1): Javier Bustillos; William Vargas, Franco Ramos Mingo, Cristian Wagner, Marcelo Vaca; Enrique Campo, Diego Mercado, Ezequiel Padilla, Mario Senra; Gonzalo Lamardo, Azarías Molina Simonetta.

Suplentes: Lautaro Ostoich; Marcos Díaz, Gustavo Collante, Lucas Antonicelli, Fabrizio Torresi, Matías Merlini y Jonathan Chmea.

Cambios: Fabrizio Torresi por Gonzalo Lamardo y Jonathan Chmea por Azarías Molina Simonetta.

DT: Victor Hugo Marchesini.

Quilmes (1): Alan Ferreyra; Raúl Lozano, Enzo Camora, Patricio Fegan, Lucas Carrizo; Axel Fernández, Juan Altamiranda, Matías Sarmiento, Brandon Obregón, Marcos Giménez, Agustín Mársico.

Suplentes: Thaiel Alegre; Nicolás Morro, Santiago Gattistessa,Facundo Garzino, Jerónimo Parronik, Carlos Salinas y Lautaro Urtasun.

Goles: Azarías Molina Simonetta (B); Marcos Giménez (Q).

Quinta División

No llegó a cumplirse el primer minuto del encuentro, que Matías Roskopf, definió y abrió el marcador. El juvenil, transita su mejor momento ya que con esta, son cinco fechas consecutivas donde anotó. A los 27, el volante, Tomás Fernández, se encargó de estirar la diferencia. Quilmes no generó peligro ni tuvo jugadas claras. Kevin Mergen, brindó buenos desbordes y llegadas al área chica y supo escaparle a sus rivales, pese a que no le tocó convertir. Así, culminó el partido y los de Sergio Saturno quieren consagrarse.

Formaciones:

Boca Juniors (2): Manuel Roffo; Axel Coria, Isaac Monti, Agustín Osinaga, Mateo Mayor; Lucas Vitiello, Nicolás Capaldo,Facundo Pérez, Tomás Fernández; Kevin Mergen, Matías Roskopf.

Suplentes:Federico Abadía; Ezequiel Vilan, Mariano Gancedo, Nahuel Verón, Matías Viguet, Alan Soñora y Brian Maschio.

Cambios: Matías Viguet por Facundo Pérez; Alan Soñora por Tomás Fernández y Nahuel Verón por Kevin Mergen.

DT: Sergio Saturno.

Quilmes (0): Matías Mudetiglesias; Elías Zarroza, Matías Barrientos, Walter Sanaueza, Tomás Avengaño; Alejo Rodríguez, Gastón Pinedo, Cristian Zadosa, Gustavo González; Iván Pino, Fernando Yorio.

Suplentes: Facundo Campitell; Emir Sorremino,Francisco Roman, Facundo Gutierrez, Julián Martínez, Lucas Villalba y René Billalba.

Goles: Matías Roskopf y Tomás Fernández (B).

Sexta División

Si hay que hablar de un partidazo, lo haremos con la ’99. Boca, sufrió durante toda la primera etapa. Los goles de la visita llegaron de la mano de Marcelo Olivera, luego de anotar en dos ocasiones, en solo 12 minutos. El Xeneize estuvo dormido, especialmente, en la defensa donde hubo varios espacios, que el conjunto “Cervecero”, supo aprovechar. Esto fue hasta que apareció el flamante delantero de Reserva, Facundo Colidio quien descontó antes del descanso. Pese a ello, las malas siguieron porque Boca desde los 38 del primer tiempo, jugó con un hombre menos, por la expulsión de Adrián Sánchez. Carlos Almada y Lionel Laborda, no le aflojaron y supieron controlar el resultado junto con el equipo para dar una vital victoria.

Formaciones:
Boca Juniors (3): Julio Herrera; Eros Mancuso, Lucas Arzamedia, Mauricio Gauna, Gonzalo Leyton, Matías Núñez, Adrián Sánchez, Lionel Laborda, Ezequiel Cañete; Ricardo Velázquez, Facundo Colidio.

Suplentes: Lautaro Llarín; Lucas Espíndola, Matías Valdéz, Carlos Rosales, Mateo Medina, Israel Escalante y Carlos Almada.

Cambios: Carlos Almada por Gonzalo Leyton; Lucas Espíndola por Kevin Mergen y Lautaro Llarín por Julio Herrera.

DT: Diego Soñora – Ernesto Perissé.

Quilmes (2): Esteban Glellez; Martín Ortega, Diego Heredia, Santiago Hardaman, Guido Martínez; Iván Smith, César Figueroa, Emiliano Soria, Justo Giani; Marcelo Olivera, Tomás Blanco.

Suplentes: Julián Colman; Gonzalo Ortíz, Diego Navas, Juan Sánchez, Ezequiel Gamboa, Brandon Martínez y Ramón Maza.

Goles: Facundo Colidio, Carlos Almada y Lionel Laborda (B); Marcelo Olivera (x2) (Q).

Séptima División

La categoría dirigida por la dupla José Moreno – Roberto Passucci, ya hace rato se despidió del campeonato y precisamente hoy, se conoció que River Plate fue campeón. Venía de caer frente al “Bicho” por 2-1 y en esta oportunidad, igualó 2-2. Los goles de Boca fueron de Facundo Aranda y Gastón Gerzel, este último producto de un penal. Para el conjunto del Sur, fue doblete de Roberto Lescano.

Formaciones:

Quilmes (2): Julián García; Ramón Enciso, Gabriel Viera, Matías Rapari, Valentín Fiezzi; José Albornoz, Lautaro Chileme, Roberto Lescano, Julio Mendoza; Tomás Verón, Jesús Márquez.

Suplentes: Marcos Ferreyra; Benjamín Guaytima, Victor Muñoz, Julián Scorticati, Kevin González, Nazareno Puig y Facundo Ruíz Díaz.

Boca Juniors (2): Agustín Lastra; Marcelo Weigandt, Diego Gómez, Thiago Toloza, Laureano Grandis; Alan Vega, Rodrigo Sequeira, Ezequiel Almendra, Gastón Gerzel; Facundo Aranda, Agustín Obando.

Suplentes: Matías Ramos Mingo; Matías Polizzi, Aaaron Molinas, Facundo Fernández, Franco Caceres, Iván More y Santiago Brotzman.

Goles: Roberto Lescano (Q); Facundo Aranda y Gastón Gerzel (P) (B).

Octava División

La 2001, dirigida por Gustavo Pinto, mejoró su actuación. De no poder con Argentinos Juniors la fecha pasada, venció al “Cervecero”, en Alsina y Lora por 2-0. Milton Fossati y Lisandro Mercuri, fueron los autores de los tantos.

Formaciones:

Quilmes (0): Walter Gómez; Leonardo Lezcano, Santiago Rodríguez, Dylan López, Agustín Bindella; Facundo Gamo, Nahuel Pandia, Ricardo Lezcano, Gonzalo Calabria; Javier Pereyra, Mariano Medina.

Suplentes: Alan Garay; Alexis Ramírez, Rodrigo Figueroa, Tomás Bottari, Agustín Quiñones, Emiliano Holzel y Thomás Corbalán.

Boca Juniors (2): Agustín Terre; Lisandro Mercuri, Matías Olguín, Nicolás Valentini, Gonzalo Sández; Kevin Duarte, Alexis Alvariño, Alan Varela, Milton Fossati; Luca Marocco, Luca Cañumil.

Suplentes: Bruno De La Torre; Mateo Comigmaghi, Sebastián Silva, Thiago Ceijas, Luca Bottaro, Brandon Cortes y Alexander Fernández.

Goles: Milton Fossati y Lisandro Mercuri (B).

Novena División

Los más chicos, a cargo de Luis Lúquez, si bien ya se encuentran lejos de la punta, también sumaron un triunfo a la jornada. En condición de visitante, ganaron ante Quilmes por 2-1.Los goles fueron de Isaías Castaño en contra y Leandro Moreira. Axel Batista lo hizo para el conjunto del Sur.

Formaciones:

Quilmes (1): Gonzalo Pérez; Enzo Borsini, Rodrigo Fernández, Leandro Alo, Francisco Albarracin; Lautaro Chaparro, Braian Barraza, Axel Batista, Oscar Álvarez; Isaías Castaño, Alberto Grimoldi.

Suplentes:Nicolas Bachini; Ramiro Oviedo, Emanuel Gaudio, Nicolás Zalazar, Luciano Barboza, Mario Zanabria y Kevin González.

Boca Juniors (2): Franco Cordero; Jason Taborda, Julián Gómez, Santiago Monzón, Marco Cenci; Alan Vega, Maximiliano Rolón, Ezequiel Almirón, Leandro Moreira, Oscar Zeballos, Neyen Calderón.

Suplentes: Rodrigo Rapuzzi; Luca Langoni, Federico Ortega, Iván Baumwollspinner, Ricardo Grance, Hugo Nicolpas Aguilera y Cristian Medina.

Goles: Leandro Moreira e Isaías Castaño (e/c) (B); Axel Batista (Q).

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Quién es el dueño de la camiseta de Brasil con el estampado de Messi

La foto de un hincha de Brasil vestido con la camiseta de la selección nacional con el nombre de Messi y el 10 en la espalda se hizo viral en las redes sociales esta semana. La imagen comenzó a circular después del partido que Brasil le ganó por 5-0 a Bolivia, en Natal, y dividió la opinión de los torcedores brasileños.

El sitio GloboEsporte.com ubicó al dueño de la camiseta. Se trata de un estudiante de 20 años llamado Francisco Samuel Araújo Freitas que vive en la ciudad de Campo Grande, a 265 kilómetros de Natal, y asistió al estadio con su primo Rubens, que también aparece en la foto con la camiseta azul.

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Samuel dijo que compró la camiseta por Internet para el Mundial de 2014. Que tenía la opción de ponerle un nombre y número en la parte posterior. Por su fútbol y por considerarlo como uno de los mejores jugadores del mundo, el brasileño eligió el nombre de Messi. Después de la Copa del Mundo, Samuel dice que lució su camiseta en un partido del Vasco en Natal y que fue un éxito con algunos hinchas. “Mucha gente me pidió tomarse una foto con la camiseta. Era gracioso”, contó el estudiante.

La foto fue publicada por varios sitios de noticias y se hizo viral. Pero la contradicción de tener el mejor jugador argentino de la actualidad generó polémica entre los hinchas brasileños. Algunos insultaron a Samuel en las redes. “La publicación de la foto generó una gran cantidad de insultos debido a la rivalidad entre Argentina y Brasil, pero me lo tomé en broma”, comentó.

Si fuese al revés, es decir, que un hincha argentino colocara en la albiceleste el nombre de Neymar o de Pelé “la confusión podría ser mayor”, dijo Samuel. “Creo que sería peor para los argentinos, porque son más fanáticos”, completó.

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La hora de mostrarse

El plantel trabajó en Casa Amarilla.

El plantel trabajó en Casa Amarilla.

Guillermo cuidará a varios jugadores para el partido ante Olimpia de Paraguay y le dará lugar a los que menos minutos sumaron en el semestre.

Éste domingo Boca Juniors disputará la Copa Pachamama 2016 en Jujuy frente a Olimpia de Paraguay. El conjunto Xeneize viajará mañana temprano a la provincia para alojarse en el Hotel Altos de la Viña.

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Concentrados ante Olimpia: Rotación

Los mellizos definieron la lista de concentrados. Foto: Prensa C.A.B.J.

Los mellizos definieron la lista de concentrados. Foto: Prensa C.A.B.J.

Guillermo definió la lista de citados para el amistoso del domingo. Aparecen varios jugadores que tuvieron poco rodaje en el semestre.

Éste domingo, a las 20 horas, Boca Juniors se medirá con Olimpia de Paraguay en Jujuy. El plantel viajará mañana temprano a la provincia en un vuelo chárter. Allí se alojarán en el Hotel Altos de la Viña.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto confirmó la lista de jugadores que concentrarán. Con la destacada ausencia de Carlos Tevez por un inconveniente en la rodilla, tampoco aparecen Guillermo Sara, Gino Peruzzi, Fernando Tobio, Santiago VerginiFernando Gago, Cristian Pavón y lógicamente los colombianos que se encuentran con su Selección.

Sin mas vueltas, los citados son: Ramiro Martínez, Axel Werner, Lisandro Magallán, Juan Manuel Insaurralde, Nahuel Molina Lucero, Jonathan Silva, Leonardo Jara, Julián Chicco, Pablo Pérez, Rodrigo Bentancur, Fernando Zuqui, Gonzalo Castellani, Andrés Cubas, Federico Carrizo, Ricardo Centurión, Nazareno Solis, Darío Benedetto y Walter Bou.

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UEFA.com's weekly wonderkid: Dayot Upamecano

UEFA.com’s scouts check out Salzburg defender Dayot Upamecano, who is wary of being billed as the new Raphaël Varane.

Name: Dayot Upamecano
Club: Salzburg
Debut: 19 March 2016 v Mattersburg
Position: defender
Nationality: French
Born: 27 October 1998
Preferred foot: right
Height: 185cm

They say …
“For a 17-year-old, he plays with such composure and he is really strong.”
Óscar García, Salzburg coach, after Upamecano’s debut

“Dayot’s development has been lightning quick in the last two years, combining great ability with an exemplary spirit. There are still areas where he can improve, but he has proved himself a key player in our squad with actions rather than words.”
Jean-Claude Giuntini, France Under-18 coach

“Dayot chose us despite offers from some of Europe’s top clubs. He has enormous potential. We are convinced he will show what he can do.”
Christoph Freund, Salzburg sporting director

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2015 Under-17 final highlights: France 4-1 Germany

Background …
Born in Evreux, Normandy, Upamecano joined Valenciennes in 2013 and made his debut for France’s U17s on his 16th birthday in October 2014. A starring role in France’s 2015 UEFA European U17 Championship triumph coincided with a move to Salzburg, despite reported interest from the likes of Bayern, Manchester United and Arsenal. Loaned to second-tier Liefering last season, he is now well established with Salzburg’s seniors.

Playing style …
Aggressive but not reckless, the gutsy central defender reads opponents well and shows good anticipation to win challenges. Composed on the ball, he can dribble out of defence to help his team build up play – an attribute which has led to Salzburg coach Óscar García deploying him as a holding midfielder.

Shades of …
… a young Raphaël Varane or Mats Hummels; he has the same maturity, physical presence and skill that both possessed as youngsters. The Varane comparison, however, is one the 17-year-old is eager to avoid. “I watch Varane a lot and definitely try to learn from him, but I don’t want to play exactly like him,” Upamecano said. “Players have to find their own style if they are going to be remembered.”

Eureka moment …
Handed his Bundesliga debut in March 2016 – when he won over 70% of his duels across the 90 minutes of a 2-1 win against Mattersburg – Upamecano has been a first-team regular this term. He made his UEFA Europa League bow in a 1-0 loss to Kuban Krasnodar on 15 September.

Best-case scenario …
Following Martin Hinteregger’s switch to Augsburg, Upamecano can expect a starting slot at Salzburg. Domestic and European football with the club, and youth internationals with France, give him a great platform to get noticed.

He says …
“Coming to Salzburg was the right decision for me. I’m learning in a good environment with a brilliant atmosphere. The only thing I’m struggling with is learning German, but that will come in time.”

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Jordi Alba, diez días de baja por una elongación en el bíceps femoral

El lateral zurdo del FC Barcelona, Jordi Alba, estará diez días de baja a causa de una elongación en el bíceps femoral de la pierna izquierda, según informó este viernes la entidad azulgrana.

Alba sufrió la lesión cuando disputaba el partido con la selección española contra Italia (1-1), valedero para la clasificación del Mundial de Rusia-2018.

Las pruebas a las que se sometió el defensor barcelonista en la Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper confirmaron el alcance de la lesión.

Jordi Alba se perderá el partido del domingo 15 contra el Deportivo de la Coruña, aunque podría estar disponible para el duelo de Liga de Campeones frente al Manchester City, en el Camp Nou.

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Napoli eye early qualification at Beşiktaş' expense

SSC Napoli have maximum points from two games and can create a slice of history with a third win when they host a Beşiktaş JK side who have drawn both fixtures so far in Group B.

• It is the first time the teams have met in European competition.

Match background

Napoli
• A Napoli win coupled with a draw between FC Dynamo Kyiv and SL Benfica would enable the Partenopei to become the first club ever to go through with three games still to play.

• Arkadiusz Milik scored two first-half headers on matchday one to help his side come from behind to beat ten-man FC Dynamo Kyiv 2-1 in Ukraine.

• The home game with SL Benfica then produced a superb attacking display by Maurizio Sarri’s side as they led 4-0 by the 54th minute with Dries Mertens scoring twice at Stadio San Paolo. The visitors side cut the deficit with two late goals.

• In 2013/14, Napoli’s most recent UEFA Champions League group stage campaign, they won all three home matches – against Borussia Dortmund, Olympique de Marseille and Arsenal FC. Yet they failed to qualify for the knockout rounds despite collecting 12 points, more than any other side that missed the qualification cut.

• In 2011/12, Napoli’s first UEFA Champions League foray, they reached the round of 16 where they bowed out to Chelsea FC, a 3-1 home win overturned by a 4-1 extra-time loss in London.

• In their only previous encounter with Turkish opponents, Napoli beat Trabzonspor AŞ 5-0 on aggregate in the 2014/15 UEFA Euopa League round of 16. Manolo Gabbiadini was among the scorers in a 4-0 away first-leg win while Mertens missed a late penalty.

• Napoli are unbeaten in 17 European home games (W12 D5) since a 3-0 loss to FC Viktoria Plzeň in the 2012/13 UEFA Europaa League round of 32. They scored 16 goals in last season’s four home games in the UEFA Europa League.

Beşiktaş
• A 1-1 draw at Benfica on matchday one came courtesy of a player from the Lisbon club as Talisca, loaned to Beşiktaş in August, struck a last-gasp equaliser.

• They were then involved in another 1-1 draw when Dynamo Kyiv pulled level on 65 minutes to cancel out Ricardo Quaresma’s free-kick in the first half.

• Back in the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 2009/10, the Turkish Süper Lig champions are hoping to negotiate the group stage hurdle for the first time at the sixth attempt.

• Seven years ago they picked up four points in their away games in Group B, winning at Manchester United FC. Losing all their home fixtures meant they finished bottom of the section.

• Beşiktaş have not won in 11 meetings with Italian foes, drawing two and losing nine. Their last such fixture came in the 2004/05 UEFA Cup group stage, when Parma FC beat them 3-2 at home.

Coach and player links
• Gökhan Inler played for and captained Napoli between 2011 and 2015, helping the Partenopei to win the Coppa Italia twice and the Italian Super Cup once.

• Inler played for Udinese Calcio for four seasons before that and on 17 April 2011 scored the opening goal in their 2-1 win over Napoli in Serie A.

• Ricardo Quaresma scored the second goal in FC Porto’s 2-2 draw away to Beşiktaş in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League round of 16 to earn a 3-2 aggregate win.

• Quaresma was at FC Internazionale Milano from 2008 to 2010, making 24 Serie A appearances.  

• Caner Erkin is on loan from Inter after joining the Nerazzurri this summer from Fenerbahçe SK.

• Şenol Güneş was in charge of Turkey for the 1-1 friendly draw with Italy in Pescara on 20 November 2002.

• Quaresma scored an extra-time winner as Portugal defeated Ivan Strinić’s Croatia in the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 in Lens. Marko Rog was an unused substitute for Croatia.

• Marcelo scored in PSV Eindhoven’s 3-0 home win against Napoli in the UEFA Europa League group stage on 4 October 2012. Atiba Hutchinson played 90 minutes for PSV.

• Played in same team:
Nikola Maksimović & Duško Tošić (FK Crvena zvezda, 2011/12 & Serbia)
Marcelo, Atiba Hutchinson & Mertens (PSV)

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Source: Champions League

Gabi renovó su contrato con Atlético de Madrid hasta junio de 2018

El capitán del Atlético de Madrid, Gabi Fernández, renovó su contrato por una temporada con el club rojiblanco, al que seguirá vinculado hasta el final de la temporada 2017-18.

La ampliación del contrato de Gabi, que terminaba su compromiso a finales de esta temporada, era algo de lo que se hablaba hace meses. Esta semana, tanto el propio jugador como el presidente rojiblanco Enrique Cerezo adelantaron que el acuerdo estaba cerrado.

Gabi, formado en la cantera del Atlético, debutó como rojiblanco en la temporada 2003-04. Pasó luego por el Getafe y el Zaragoza y regresó a ‘Atleti’ en la campaña 2011-2012, la misma en la que llegó al banquillo del equipo, en diciembre, el argentino Diego Simeone.

Con Simeone en el banquillo, en el ciclo que aún sigue vigente, Gabi ha conseguido una Europa League, una Supercopa Europa -el primer título que levanta como capitán rojiblanco-, una Copa del Rey, una Liga y una Supercopa de España.

Además, ha disputado dos finales de la Liga de Campeones, ambas con derrota ante el Real Madrid, la última la temporada pasada en Milán.

EFE

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Source: Futbol RD