Both teams were looking to bounce back after shocking elimination from the group stage of the World Cup in December, but Belgium came out stronger with their first victory over the Germans since 1954.
The Germans were completely overwhelmed in the first half, while Belgium attacked relentlessly.
They led thanks to a superb drive with five passes from deep in their own half when Yannick Carrasco, left unmarked and with plenty of space on the left, shot on goal in the sixth minute.
No sooner had the hosts recovered than Belgium struck again after another poor play by the German defenders: Kevin De Bruyne slotted the ball to Romelu Lukaku, who shot from outside the box.
The Belgian striker also scored a hat trick in a 3-0 victory over Sweden in a Euro 2024 qualifier on Friday, and he could have added another goal in the 20th minute when a powerful header hit the bar.
The Germans, who beat Peru 2-0 on Saturday in their first match since leaving the World Cup in Qatar, earned a penalty at the end of the half, and striker Nicklas Fuellround converted it, scoring his sixth goal in six international matches.
Despite a livelier second half, the hosts conceded a third goal when De Bruyne completed another quick Belgium goal and the German defense was again caught off guard.
Serge Gnabry reduced the deficit in the 88th minute, but it was not enough to deny new Belgium coach Domenico Tedesco his second win in two games.
We were too passive and didn’t put any pressure on them, said German coach Hansi Flick. Belgium used it mercilessly. We had to change things up a little bit to get some stability.
You could see we had a lot of work ahead of us. We want to be more active, and after about 30 minutes we succeeded. For us, with an eye to the future, this is something we have to work on. For everyone to work together.
Son, 30, was the Premier League’s top scorer with 23 goals, helping Spurs finish fourth under Conte last season, but so far the South Korean has only scored six times in the league.
Tottenham parted ways with Conte on Sunday, eight days after he accused his players of being selfish, lacking team spirit and unable to play under pressure in an emergency press conferenceThe first time I’ve been to the United States since the 3:3 draw with Southampton.
As a player, I’m sorry. He’s a world-class coach, and we’ve come a long way together, Song said after South Korea’s 2-1 loss to Uruguay in a friendly match in Seoul on Tuesday.
I should have played better. I feel responsible for his departure because I didn’t help the club that much.
I am grateful for what he did … He is such a great coach and he has so much experience. I will be rooting for him.
Tottenham is out of domestic cup competitions as well as the Champions League. They are fourth in the Premier League with 49 points in 28 games and return to play Everton on Tuesday.
Cachaza arrived in India in 2017; interestingly, Cachaza said in an interview last year that he knew nothing about India and its economy when he first arrived.
I’ll tell you a little story. I tried to understand India and its economy from the beginning. A few months after coming here, I told a friend: I will never fully understand India. And this man said: It’s okay if you try to understand India, because we don’t understand it either!
He then shares advice he received from a Spanish friend working in India that helped him adapt to the dynamics of that country.
Basically, you have to understand how to handle the situation and people. Every country has a different business culture. When I came to India, a Spanish friend who does business in Tamil Nadu gave me advice: In India you have to be patient. And that was great advice. But what he didn’t tell me was that Indians are incredibly impatient! This is a contradiction that we have to overcome every day. I’m trying to figure out how to handle the situation, how to present the product to who’s who in the market. Those are the fundamentals of any industry in this country. In soccer, our customers are fans, potential sponsors, title sponsors, broadcasters…it’s pretty complicated! And I’m still learning, Cachaza says.
But even if ignorance of the Indian market bothered Cachaza, he knew one thing: cricket is the most popular sport in the country, just like soccer in Spain. Was it difficult to adjust to this reality?
Not really. To be honest, I never felt pressure because I was well aware of where soccer was and where La Liga stood in India. We knew we weren’t No. 1 in a sport that wasn’tI No. 1 (referring to the Premier League fanbase in India). We had to go up that way. I also have to say that my bosses in Madrid, starting with Javier Tebas, understood that. We are in India with a long-term approach to building our brand and business and our fanbase, but not in that order. I’ve always had full support in that regard. Sure, we have pressure to sell the product, but that’s never been the key. The goal was and still is to keep building the brand, Cachaza explains.
In 2019, La Liga capitalized on the popularity of cricket in India by bringing in Rohit Sharma as a player.League ambassador in the country. The star Indian batter is a big fan of Real Madrid and was once an integral member of the Indian team. Rohit ended up captaining the men’s team in all formats in 2021. The decision, however, drew some criticism from fans on social media, but Cachaza explains that it was a carefully considered choice.
Basically, there have been ups and downs. The relationship with Rohit came about when we thought it would help us have a brand ambassador in India. We also thought about Bollywood actors, they were all fantastic, but then we realized that working with a cricketer made more sense than working with a Bollywood actor. Of course, we had complaints from fans on social media about why we had a cricketer. In the end, that’s what made it a success. Rohit has as many followers as Ranveer Singh, the Premier League ambassador, says the La Liga executive.
But cricket fans are sports fans. With Rohit you say to them: Look, you don’t have to stop loving cricket to start loving soccer. If your hero loves soccer and La Liga, so can you. That was the basic idea. In Bollywood, most of the audience is not going to be sports fans. As for cricketers, most of them will be sports fans.
And La Liga has really grown. Even after the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, two of the most treasured stars in the world of sports, La Liga continues to maintain a steady fanbase in the country. Even more so, according to Cachaza, is the resurgence of FC Barcelona this year.
Barcelona is on track to win this year’s La Liga title, its first since 2019.
This is important. Because we need the fans to develop loyalty. I’m withI read that there is a clear revolution in Asia, especially in India, when they start following the stars, and it leads to them starting to follow the clubs. This happened mostly in the David Beckham era. Look at Manchester United: for the last 10 years, they haven’t performed well, but they’re still one of the top three clubs. It shows that the loyalty to the club remains.
Barça and Madrid will always be there. They will go up and down, but they will be there. Our task is for the fans to know more about Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Villarreal, Real Betis, Bilbao… that’s our real task. For the fans to know more about the second-tier clubs, says Cachaza.
La Liga grassroots
Last year, Cajol D’Souza, one of La Liga soccer’s students, represented India in the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup. Cachaza says she’ll be heading to Europe soon. Cajol will be going to Europe. She’s going to get a La Liga scholarship to study in Spain, he says.
But the work is far from over, and the director of La Liga stresses the need for better competitions — especially at the youth level.
Honestly, when you develop projects for soccer schools, you have hopes, but you don’t have a clear path to high-performance academies. It’s a good thing that boys and girls are moving on to ISL or Tata academies. Some of our kids have moved on to ISL academies. We are the first step; in men’s soccer, the level of youth competition in India is not high enough. In women’s soccer, the situation is even worse. But this is also the case in Spain. We all have to pay more attention to it, Cachaza says.
Messi, 35, opened the scoring against Curacao in the 20th minute with a right-footed strike from the edge of the field to reach the 100-goal milestone. Nico Gonzalez added another three minutes later with a close-range header.
Messi then scored his 101st goal for Argentina in the 33rd minute with a shot to the right of the goalkeeper and his 102nd goal in the 37th minute after an easy run towards goal. Two minutes earlier, he had assisted on Enzo Fernandez’s shot from the edge of the field.
The Argentine captain is ahead of only two players on the list of the most scored goals for national teams in official matches: Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (122) and Iran’s Ali Daei (109).
Stimack’s second trophy after the 2021 SAFF Championships also went tohe night India, ranked 106th, defeated a higher-ranked team (the Kyrgyz Republic is 94th in the FIFA rankings) for the first time under him. When India beat higher-ranked Puerto Rico for the last time in 2016, international soccer was not even an idea for Manipur, despite the regular flow of international players (there were seven in this 23-man squad, and Udanta Singh was in the stands). Also, for the first time since the 2018 Hero Intercontinental Cup, India won the tournament at home.
Pritam Kotal has not played for India since May 28, 2022. For six matches, starting with a friendly against Jordan, Stimac either put Kotal on the bench or left him in reserve. But by playing consistently in the Indian Super League, albeit as a central defender, Kotal regained Stimack’s confidence. Alykulov Guljigit’s sharp turns bothered him and even led to a suspension, but despite the cramps, Kotal lasted the entire match.
It was also the first time since the Asian Cup qualifier against Cambodia in June and only the third time in 25 games since the 1-2 loss to Oman in 2019 that attacking midfielders Anirudh Thapa and Brandon Fernandes started together.
Chingan’s shot from the near post by Tokotayev Erjan was his first goal since the June 2017 friendly against Nepal. The Indian central defender hit a weighty free kick from Fernandes, deflecting off a challenge from Tamirlan Kozubaev. It was another pass for the Indian national team’s main player, his sixth in 19 games since Fernandesch made his debut under Stimack in July 2019.
In the 57 minutes Fernandes spent on the field at Houman Lampak Stadium, he tipped a corner kick to the far post and checked Erjan once with a free kick. He also played an important defensive role to keep Shukurov Alimardon’s shot from bothering Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who made two good saves early in the second half. But unlike attacking midfielders Anirudh Thapa and Lallianzual Chhangte, Fernandes could not offer enough opportunities in open play.
His replacement Naorem Mahesh Singh did. The season, which began unknown, ended with the wide midfielder getting a call-up to the Indian national team, nearly scoring on Tuesday, and then winning a penalty by forcing Nikolai Davydov to foul on him.
When Chhetri chanted, Chhetri carriedThe captain performed his one-step technique to perfection. His 85th goal for India came during the international window, which also includedChristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, two current players ahead of Chhetri in scoring.
Emerson, 24, was injured in injury time during Brazil’s 2-1 friendly with Morocco on Saturday.
We can confirm that Emerson Royal suffered a left knee meniscus injury while on international duty for the Brazilian national team last week, Tottenham said. The defender will undergo surgery, after which he will begin rehabilitation with our medical staff.
Tottenham, which is looking for a new coach to replace Antonio Conte, will face Liverpool, Manchester United and Newcastle United in April in a battle for a place in the top four. They are in fourth place with 49 points, two points ahead of fifth-placed Newcastle, who have two games to spare.