Rohr: Draw with Brazil is big booster

first_imgRelatedPosts Rohr lists Musa, Ekong, 23 others for Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia friendlies Global COVID-19 cases surpass 27m – Johns Hopkins Everton sign Brazil midfielder from Napoli Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has landed his playing body a huge pat on the back for a gutsy performance in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Brazil in a friendly match in Singapore.Five-time world champions Brazil to to dig deep into their arsenal before securing the equaliser as the Super Eagles had them on the back foot following Joseph Ayodele-Aribo’s 35th minute goal.“This result is a good confidence booster for the team. We now have to prepare for the more competitive games next month. I am happy we stayed organized even when the Brazilians mounted a lot of pressure on us in the second half. The only negative thing is the injury to (Francis) Uzoho,” the Franco-German said minutes after the final whistle at the Singapore National Stadium in Kallang.Aribo’s goal, his second in as many matches in the colours of the Super Eagles, was an eye-catching finish as he received a pass from Moses Simon and then waltzed his way through a number of outstretched Brazilian legs to shoot past goalkeeper Ederson.Brazil drew level three minutes after the restart but the three-time African champions held firm in the face of onslaught after onslaught, and could have won in the end had Thiago Silva not upended a marauding Aribo with the South Americans exposed.Uzoho, who horribly twisted his leg as he went for the ball from a corner kick, will be out for a minimum of six months, according to team doctor Ibrahim Gyaran.Nigeria host Benin Republic on November 14 in the opening day of the 2021 AFCON qualifying campaign, before flying to Lesotho for a Day Two match on November 19. Tags: BrazilGernot Rohrlast_img read more

Republic-England friendly date set

first_imgEngland will take on the Republic of Ireland in a friendly next June, the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and the Football Association (FA) have jointly announced. The fixture will take place at the Aviva Stadium on June 7, a week before the Three Lions face Slovenia in their European Championship qualifier. It will be the first time that England have played in Dublin since crowd trouble caused the referee to abandon a friendly between the two sides in 1995 after 27 minutes. The Republic tackle Scotland in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Saturday, June 13. The Lansdowne Road riot was one of the darkest episodes in the history of English football. Right-wing extremists among the England supporters in the ground’s upper west stand threw objects onto the pitch when David Kelly had given the Irish the lead. The referee took the players off the pitch moments later and they never returned. Bridges were rebuilt last May when the Republic came to Wembley to play a friendly which they drew 1-1. The match passed off without any crowd trouble. The two nations have faced each other 14 times before, England winning five and losing two, while the other seven matches were drawn. Club England Managing Director Adrian Bevington welcomed the announcement of next summer’s friendly. He said: “While inevitably the focus for Roy and his team is on Brazil and the World Cup, we are always planning further ahead and we are delighted to announce this fixture next summer. “We have had recent visits to France to begin initial plans for that tournament, and our friendly matches will also form a key part in the qualification campaign and preparation. “It will be a significant moment for England to play in Dublin again, and due to the hard work by both organisations on many fronts we fully expect it to be a fantastic occasion enjoyed by both sets of fans.” The game is likely to be a 50,000 sell out, but no decision has been made on how the tickets will be allocated. The FA and FAI are confident there will be no repeat of the trouble that marred the fixture 19 years ago. It is understood that intelligence on potential trouble-causers will be shared between the police forces of both nations. The chances of trouble occurring are lessened by the expectation that most – if not all – tickets will go to members of official fans’ groups, rather than via general sale. The FA said there were no arrests for football-related violence around the 1-1 draw last year, which was organised as part of the organisation’s 150th anniversary celebrations. Both national anthems were largely well-respected and it is hoped that the same will happen again this time around. Press Associationlast_img read more