Monthly Archives: March 2016

Cristiano Ronaldo scores for Porugal friendly win

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Cristiano Ronaldo scores for Porugal friendly win

Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani scored for Portugal in a 2-1 friendly win over Belgium in Leiria.

Portugal took control as Nani broke down the left flank and curled in a right-foot shot past Belgium keeper Thibaut Courtois. Ronaldo then got his first goal in four international games 5 minutes before the break with the glancing header.

A 36th-minute effort from Dries Mertens was Belgium’s first shot on goal.

After half-time Romelu Lukaku retaliated for his team, which seemed lackluster at times. Heading home a cross from his brother Jordan, Portugal held on despite subbing in a weaker side.

Portugal – who are grouped with Iceland, Hungary and Austria in the Euros were inspired by the elusive Ronaldo, who teased Belgium with his trickery and pace.

The game was originally slated to be held at the the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels. However, security concerns arose following the airport and subway attacks in Belgium, and the game was moved to central Portugal.

Belgian players had worn special jerseys during warm-up in remembrance of the victims.

Belgium players donned a special jersey during warm-up in remembrance of Brussel attack victims

Belgium players donned a special jersey during warm-up in remembrance of Brussel attack victims

Germany rallies to redemption as England suffers defeat

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Germany rallies to redemption as England suffers defeat

Thomas Muller congratulates Mario Gotze after assisting him to Germany’s second.

Germany rallied to redeem themselves after a 3-2 defeat by England, beating Italy in emphatic style with a 4-1 win in Munich.

The Germans would avoid a third straight loss as they took their first win over the Azzurri since 1995. Toni Kroos struck for Germany once again before Mario Gotze’s header provided the host with a two-goal cushion just before the break.

But if there were any worry that they would slip up, left-back Jonas Hector allayed them as he struck one past numerous defenders. Mesut Ozil then stepped up for a penalty to make it 4-0 with 15 minutes left.

Stephan El Shaarawy then registered a consolation for the visiting Italians later on.

Germany coach Joachim Löw hopes that Mario Götze’s goal and overall performance in Germany’s 4-1 victory against Italy on Tuesday will boost the attacking midfielder’s confidence. The 23-year old had struggled for playing time in Bayern Munich since a five-month injury break ended in February.

“Mario earned this himself,” Löw told reporters. “I can understand why he may be playing less at Bayern at the moment because they have a great squad and he was injured for a long time.

“But Mario has worked hard in the past weeks, he did individual training sessions to get back to his best and I hope the game today gave him the self-confidence he needs for the coming weeks.”

Meanwhile, England was brought down from cloud nine after a 2-1 loss against the Netherlands, albeit with a much changed side.

Luciano Narsingh completes Netherland’s comeback against England.

Luciano Narsingh completes Netherland’s comeback against England.

The Three Lions were on the receiving end of a comeback this time, as Jamie Vardy opened the scoreboard for the team with assist from Kyle Walker.

But after the break Danny Rose handled, conceding a penalty which Vincent Janssen converted. The big striker then proved himself once again with size advantage, overpowering substitute Phil Jagielka before crossing for Luciano Narsingh to complete the comeback with 13 minutes of play left.

Roy Hodgson had warned that the English team must not get carried away after victory in Germany. This defeat enforces that argument in case anyone ignored that warning, for it was a defeat against a Dutch team that will not even be in the Euros this summer.

NiP player Pyth absent for first day of MLG Columbus

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NiP player Pyth absent for first day of MLG Columbus

Their campaign for the MLG Columbus major has yet to start, but Ninja in Pyjamas has already been hit with a major problem: they could not field Jacob “Pyth” Mourujärvi on the first day.

Fans had predicted the possibility of NiP playing with just four starters in their first game. Contrary to their beliefs, current NiP coach Björn “Threat” Pers has stood in for Pyth in the first game of the tournament against Flipsid3.

NiP went on to win the best of 1 series by 19-17.

However, MLG had made it an inviolable ruling that all teams are not allowed to make changes to their starting roster as the tournament begins, which significantly hampers the chances for Pyth to play in the Columbus.

It was something of a recurring issue, as North American player Alex “LeX” Daily had alleged that Pyth deliberately provide false responses when trying to enter the U.S. to play for Winterfox last year.

LeX suggested that Pyth didn’t want to continue playing for the North American side, and so purposely failed his interview to enter the country.

Pyth has denied these allegations, although NiP founder Emil “Heaton” Christensen mentioned in a tweet that the problem arose because it was an issues recurring since the last time Pyth tried to enter the U.S. The tweet has since been deleted.

Pyth is due to arrive on the second day after clearing a number of issues with United States immigration. Still, he will be subject to clearance from Valve and MLG to play out the rest of the tournament.

As such, NiP must now wait on an official decision from Valve and MLG as to whether they can replace Threat after the first game. Either way, it’s a blow to the team’s chances, and unfortunately comes at a time where the stakes couldn’t be any higher.

MLG ODDS

Flipside3 Tactics (33%) vs mouseports (67%)

FaZE (83%) vs Splyce (17%)

NiP (17%) vs LG (70%)

Fnatic (89%) vs Liquid (11%)

Spylce, Giants Gaming and Team Roccat retain LCS hope

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Spylce, Giants Gaming and Team Roccat retain LCS hope

The European League Championship Series (LCS) has come to a conclusion as Spylce, Giants Gaming and Team Roccat book their places in the summer season.

Earlier, Giants were in danger of disqualification after being narrowly beaten by Splyce at 3-2. Splyce had a hard time cracking the Giants, as the latter led the final game well until 43rd minute.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Splyce went with a high-risk high-reward Baron Nashor takedown that won the game and thus, the series.

But Giants gaming were merely being delayed. The team had pushed huge roster changes three weeks ago and one more last week in hopes of doing whatever it takes to remain on the LCS, and it ultimately paid off.

Lennart “SmittyJ” Warkus, Son “S0NSTAR” Seung-ik and Morgan “Hustlin” Granberg made their keep by combining to make 36 kills, eight deaths and 93 assists in their three winning games. The only Giants player that remained on the roster, Isaac “Xpepii” Flores flourished too.

The team rallied after the defeat against Splyce with a convincing 3-1 win against Huma, the top squad of the 2016 European Challenger Series spring season. Huma’s only win came from a standout performance from Dan “Godbro” Van Vo (8/1/4 KDA, 75 percent kill participation ratio).

Meanwhile, Felix “Betsy” Edling and Karim “Airwaks” Benghalia powered Team Roccat to a 3-1 victory against Huma.

It was a sheer show of class as Roccat’s mid laner got “Flame Horizon” (killing 100 more minions than his positional opponent) well before the 15-minute mark. But Airwaks also showed great sportsmanship as he took responsibility for the team’s only loss.

“I think we lost Game 3 because I got caught too (many) times,” he explained, “This game should’ve been won if I played better.”

But in a nutshell, these three teams need to either implement changes or start working on their game to avoid another promotion tournament. Giants top-laner Lennart “Smittyj” Warkus described that “it was a really exhausting” as his team played 14 games, with back-to-back five-game series that went to the deciding game.