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Neymar hat-trick fires Brazil past Peru, Argentina

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Neymar scored a hat – trick to become the second -highest scorer in Brazil ’s history as the Copa America champions won 4 – 2 away to 10 -man Peru in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday .
The goals took Neymar to 64 international strikes, two more than Ronaldo but still well behind Pele ’s record of 77 .
Elsewhere , Joaquin Correa scored the winner 11 minutes from time as Argentina laboured to a 2 – 1 victory over Bolivia to maintain their 100 % record after two matches .
Peru twice took the lead through Andre Carrillo and a heavily deflected strike from Renato Tapia, but two controversial Neymar penalties, an injury time third and a close range strike from Richarlison maintained the Selecao ’ s winning start to qualifying for Qatar 2022 .
Carrillo opened the scoring on six minutes with a dipping volley from 20 yards after latching onto Marquinhos ’s weak clearance .
Peru Goalkeeper Pedro Gallese then denied Firmino from point blank range after he seemed certain to tap home from Richarlison’ s cushioned header .
Brazil dominated the ball but Peru ’s pacey forwards looked dangerous on the counter- attack and visiting goalkeeper Weverton had to be alert to keep out a shot from Christofer Gonzales.
But Neymar sent Gallese the wrong way from the spot after Yoshimar Yotun was penalised for tugging his shirt in the box .
Out of nowhere , Tapia’s speculative long – range strike took a wicked deflection off Rodrigo Caio and wrong -footed Weverton on 59 minutes .
The lead lasted only a few minutes before Richarlison touched a Firmino header from a corner over the line to restore parity .
The winner came seven minutes from time as Carlos Zambrano was harshly adjudged to have fouled Neymar .
Worse was still to come for Zambrano as he was sent off minutes later for a stray elbow that caught Richarlison and Neymar drilled home the final nail in Peru ’ s coffin after Gallese spilled a shot from Everton Ribeiro .
– Farcical equaliser –
Lionel Scaloni ’s Argentina earned a second narrow victory in a row following Thursday ’s 1 -0 win over Ecuador .
Marcelo Moreno Martins had given hosts Bolivia a deserved lead but Argentina scored a fortuitous equaliser through Lautaro Martinez.
Bolivia should have been ahead on six minutes when Argentina goalkeeper Franco Armani was caught off his line but Moreno Martins sent his header from an angle onto the roof of the net .
Moreno Martins made amends on 24 minutes as he rose between Argentina ’ s center- backs to power home a header from eight yards after Alejandro Chumacero was allowed to run from halfway into the visitors ’ box before crossing from the left.
Argentina ’ s equaliser came in comical fashion as Jose Carrasco tried to clear the ball out of his six yard box after cutting out Martinez’ s cross, but he shanked the ball off the forward ’s shin and past goalkeeper Carlos Lampe .
Lionel Messi, who had an otherwise quiet game, and Martinez then combined to tee up Correa to thrash home the winner .
– Ecuador work of art –
Ecuador totally dominated Uruguay in a 4 – 2 victory in Quito.
They took the lead on 15 minutes as Moises Caicedo flicked home a header from an Angel Mena cross .
Both sides had a goal ruled out following a VAR review before Michael Estrada doubled the advantage on the stroke of half -time , rifling home from inside the box after a mistake by veteran Uruguay center -back Diego Godin .
Uruguay were denied again by VAR before Ecuador went straight up the other end where Estrada cracked home Valencia ’ s backheel from 20 yards .
Ecuador ’s final goal was a work of art as Alan Franco ’s reverse pass bemused Uruguay’ s defence and Gonzalo Plata rolled his foot over the ball to commit both sliding defender Ronald Araujo and goalkeeper Martin Campana before stroking the ball into the far corner .
Luis Suarez scored his record -extending 61 st and 62 nd goals for Uruguay with a pair of late penalties that were no more than a consolation .
Radamel Falcao scored an injury time equaliser as Colombia salvaged a point in a 2 -2 draw in Chile .
Jefferson Lerma gave Colombia an early lead but Chile turned the match in Quito around by half- time with strikes from Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez .
Gaston Gimenez scored a late winner before goalkeeper Anthony Silva saved a penalty from Yangel Herrera as Paraguay won 1 -0 in Venezuela .
( AFP )

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Bartomeu Resigns As Barcelona President, Entire Board Also Steps Down

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has resigned with the entire board also stepping down from their posts.
Bartomeu’s decisions come after several months of criticism in the wake of Barcelona’s 8-2 Champions League elimination to Bayern Munich as well as Lionel Messi’s shocking request to leave the club shortly after.
Although the club was able to keep hold of Messi, with the longtime Barca star staying to avoid having to take the club to court, Bartomeu’s position has been under scrutiny for weeks

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Man City ready to win Champions League — Villas-Boas

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Marseille coach Andre Villas- Boas said on Monday Manchester City are “ a machine ready to win the Champions League ” , on the eve of the two teams ’ group -stage meeting .
City have never reached the Champions League final and are yet to even reach the semi- finals in four attempts under Pep Guardiola .
“( City) are a machine ready to win the Champions League ,” said Villas- Boas . “ They may not be at their best level , their coach admitted that .
“ That ’ s why I allow myself to say that , but they are still at a higher level than us and remain the favourites tomorrow ( Tuesday ) . ”
City , who relinquished their Premier League title last season to Liverpool , have only won twice in five league games this season.
Marseille , the only French club to win the European Cup , are playing their first Champions League campaign since 2013 -14 , when they were knocked out in the group stage .
They lost their Group C opener to Olympiakos last week but have made a solid start in Ligue 1 and are only three points behind the pace -setting Paris Saint -Germain and Lille.
Dimitri Payet has only scored once this season, and Villas-Boas admitted he needs his star winger to find form .
“ Dimitri ( Payet ) is a key player . We have spoken and we both know he can do better , ” said the former Chelsea and Tottenham coach .
“ But it does not only depend on him , also on the team , which must help raise his level . He needs to rediscover what he brought to the team last season. ”
City came from behind to beat Porto 3 -1 last week in Manchester, but Guardiola will likely make at least one change to that team , with Kevin De Bruyne fit again and Sergio Aguero struggling with a muscle problem .
Villas- Boas admitted he cannot know what to expect from Guardiola , who has been criticised for tinkering tactically in Europe .
“ Pep is able to create surprises , and the problem with City is that they have several dynamics and they can adapt . For us, however , this is not a game for experimenting . ”

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Pele Ranked The Greatest Footballer Of All Time By BBC Poll , Messi 2nd

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As Pele turned 80, BBC Sport asked it’s thousands of readers to rate his achievements among some of the other GOATs
The results have now been counted and Pele was ranked as the greatest, with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in second and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo in third.
We have put the players in order of the results below.
Note: The Ballon d’Or could only be won by a European player until 1995
1: Pele (Santos, NY Cosmos & Brazil)
World Cup wins: 1958, 1962, 1970 European Cup/Champions League wins: 0
Ballons d’Or: 0
League titles: 7
International caps/goals: 92/77
A teenage dream who was the highest-paid and highest-profile sports star in the world in his pomp, Pele was a phenomenon.
Breaking on to the global scene aged 17 with a hat-trick in the World Cup semi-final and two more in the final, Brazil’s leading goalscorer is one of just four players to have scored in four different World Cup tournaments (1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970).
He won three of those and was kicked out of the ’66 tournament in England through some brutal defending – the only way to stop him.
Not just a goalscorer, Pele had a hand in 53% of Brazil’s 19 goals as they won the 1970 World Cup (four goals, six assists) and was as adept at playing behind the main striker as he was leading the line.
The greatest? Or does the fact he never played club football in Europe hold him back in your eyes?
“Had he been playing now, Pele would surely have made the move to Europe,” says BBC Radio 5 Live football correspondent John Murray.
“It’s the difficulty with comparing generations. We can only judge him on the record he has and it is truly phenomenal.
“The achievements of Maradona, Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo make it a close call but, even now, Pele still has a strong claim to be considered the game’s greatest player.”
2: Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina)
World Cup wins: 0
European Cup/Champions League wins: 4
Ballons d’Or: 6
League titles: 10
International caps/goals: 140/71
“No-one else does the things he does, the way he does them – and no-one ever has done. He is simply the greatest to have ever played the game.”
The words of Gary Lineker no less.
Can you even mount an argument against Messi being number one on this list? We all know just how good he is. Perhaps a lack of international success with Argentina and ‘only’ winning things with Barcelona? But we’re splitting hairs there.
An absolute genius.
3: Cristiano Ronaldo (Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus & Portugal)
World Cup wins: 0
European Cup/Champions League wins: 5
Ballons d’Or: 5
League titles: 7
International caps/goals: 167/101
The Champions League’s all-time top goalscorer and scorer of 100 goals for Portugal – Cristiano Ronaldo is a remarkable player. Especially when you consider how he has reinvented himself from spindly winger to powerful number nine.
Whether you rank him ahead of Messi or not is the debate of our footballing time – unlike Messi, though, he has won titles in three countries. And won a major tournament with his national side.
4: Diego Maradona (Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla, Newell’s Old Boys & Argentina)
World Cup wins: 1986
European Cup/Champions League wins: 0
Ballons d’Or: 0
League titles: 3
International caps/goals: 91/34
What a player. If you haven’t seen it, please go and watch the recent documentary about his time in Naples. It’s superb.
Single-handedly (pretty much) dragged his Argentina team to World Cup glory, and carried Napoli to two Serie A titles. Does that separate him from Lionel Messi? Up to you.
5: Johan Cruyff (Ajax, Barcelona, LA Aztecs, Washington Diplomats, Levante, Feyenoord & the Netherlands)
World Cup wins: 0
European Cup/Champions League wins: 3
Ballons d’Or: 3
League titles: 10
International caps/goals: 48/33
A supremely gifted individual who was also all about the team – not winning a World Cup with his band of ludicrously good Dutch brothers in the 1970s may be the only blot on his copybook.
Produced one of the World Cup’s most famous moments, had a turn named after him, and went on to inspire Pep Guardiola and countless others when coaching Barca’s so-called ‘dream team’ of the early 1990s.
Lost a lot of money with an unwise investment in pig farming – which is not a line you’re likely to ever read about Messi or Ronaldo…
6: Ronaldo de Lima (Cruzeiro, PSV, Barcelona, Inter, Real Madrid, Milan, Corinthians & Brazil)
World Cup wins: 1994, 2002
European Cup/Champions League wins: 0
Ballons d’Or: 2
League titles: 1
International caps/goals: 98/62
Wherever you end up ranking Ronaldo, we can all agree he would be higher if it wasn’t for horrific injuries. At his peak, perhaps in his season at Barcelona or his first year at Inter before yet another setback, he was as close to unplayable as it gets. It’s no wonder he broke the world transfer record twice by the age of 21.
Take a look at his highlights reel and observe – the jaw-dropping close control, the trademark step-overs at speed that humiliated a decade of goalkeepers, the powerful finish with either foot – he really was something else.
It’s bordering on criminal that he only won one league title in his career. One!
7: Franz Beckenbauer (Bayern Munich, NY Cosmos, Hamburg & West Germany)
World Cup wins: 1974
European Cup/Champions League wins: 3
Ballons d’Or: 2
League titles: 8
International caps/goals: 103/14
‘Der Kaiser’ won the World Cup as player and manager and is living proof you don’t have to be an attacker to rank among the very best.
A playmaker even from centre-back, Beckenbauer was equally at home in midfield or defence and made his debut on the left wing. What you call a total player.
He won three European Cups in a row for the dominant Bayern side of the mid-1970s.
8: Zinedine Zidane (Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus, Real Madrid & France)
World Cup wins: 1998
European Cup/Champions League wins: 1
Ballons d’Or: 1
League titles: 3
International caps/goals: 108/31
Another player who didn’t win nearly enough honours, and much like Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane re-imagined a position.
Before ‘Zizou’ the stereotypical number 10 was your playmaker but could be kicked out of the game, was there to be shot at. Not a chance with Zidane, who combined the speed of thought and foot of a ballerina with the frame and menace of a cruiserweight.
At his best Zidane was so good I couldn’t even really tell you where he played. A number 10, sure, but he’d often end up on the left, drop deep to take the ball from the defence or goalkeeper, and yet somehow still pop up in the area as well.
Not an out-and-out goalscorer or a striker, but still won the World Cup for France with two headers and scored the best goal ever seen in a Champions League final.
A complete player, who even knew how to sign off in disgrace with a red card for a headbutt after scoring in his second World Cup final.
9: Ferenc Puskas (Budapest Honved, Real Madrid & Hungary & Spain)
World Cup wins: 0
European Cup/Champions League wins: 3
Ballons d’Or: 0
League titles: 10
International caps/goals: 89/87
There is a legitimate case for stating the ‘Magic Magyars’ Hungary team of the 1950s was the best in the world. They lost just one match in six years – which, unfortunately, happened to be the World Cup final.
That’s how good Ferenc Puskas was. He was 31 when he joined Real Madrid and still won five league titles, three European Cups and scored 242 goals.
He scored 514 goals in 529 matches in the Hungarian and Spanish leagues. Ridiculous really, isn’t it?
10: Alfredo di Stefano (River Plate, Millionarios, Real Madrid, Espanyol & Argentina, Colombia & Spain)
World Cup wins: 0
European Cup/Champions League wins: 5
Ballons d’Or: 2
League titles: 13
International caps/goals: 41/29
Di Stefano won his fifth and final European Cup in 1960 – still only one player has more wins.
He scored in five finals in a row, and won them all.
And, yes, he played for three countries on the international scene. Beat that.

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