LNTUP 10 Hot Topics of The Day By the date 12th November 2017
1.The City Hitman strikes again.
Sergio Aguero scored the first goal at the reopened Luzhniki stadium as Argentina beat Russia 1-0 in a friendly Saturday. The Manchester City forward scored on the rebound in the 86th minute to leave Argentina seven games unbeaten despite a difficult World Cup qualifying campaign.
Argentina in trouble? There is only one man to call,🐐🐐🐐 pic.twitter.com/uKj1r4hPTl
— . (@Deadly_Aguero) November 11, 2017
2. Big blow before the race.
Two-time defending champions ATK on Saturday received a big jolt ahead of the Indian Super League fourth season as their Irish marquee player Robbie Keane has gone back home to treat a knee injury.
The 37-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur striker had an MRI on his troubled left knee and is all set to miss the first three matches.
Just in: "Robbie Keane has picked up an Achilles problem in Dubai, he's been taking a few injections for it but will be out for the first few weeks." – Teddy Sheringham #HeroISLMediaDay #LetsFootball pic.twitter.com/ng8Vs6llnJ
— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 12, 2017
3. World Cup qualifiers.
Morocco and Tunisia qualified for the World Cup on Saturday, taking Africa’s last two places.
They’ll join Nigeria, Egypt and Senegal as the continent’s five representatives at next year’s tournament in Russia.
African teams heading to the 2018 FIFA World Cup:
Who do we hope will go far in the comp. at #Russia2018 ?
— Nzinga Mandela (@imfsportsweekly) November 11, 2017
4. Ivory Coast off the World Cup.
Ivory Coast was already in decline after being eliminated by Renard and Morocco in the group stage of this year’s African Cup, where the Ivorians were defending champions. The failure to reach the World Cup after being ever-present since 2006 will put pressure on coach Marc Wilmots.
— BBC Africa (@BBCAfrica) November 11, 2017
5. Draw for Denmark.
Denmark failed to break through some stubborn defending by Ireland in a lackluster 0-0 draw in the first leg of their World Cup playoff on Saturday.
Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph was forced to make two good saves in the first half but was protected well after halftime, with Denmark star Christian Eriksen kept quiet at Parken Stadium.
Job done Republic of Ireland fans?
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) November 12, 2017
6. Spain on a roll.
Manchester City midfielder David Silva played a starring role as an irresistible Spain showed their class to thrash Costa Rica 5-0 in an international friendly on Saturday.
Silva struck twice in the second half to further stretch the 2010 World Cup winners’ lead after Barcelona’s Jordi Alba had fired them into the lead in the sixth minute and Alvaro Morata had doubled their advantage midway through the first half.
— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) November 12, 2017
7. Three more youngsters for England.
England coach Gareth Southgate has called up three more youngsters for the team’s home friendly against Brazil on Tuesday.
Southgate, who gave five players their international first-team debuts against Germany on Friday, has added goalkeeper Angus Gunn, defender Lewis Cook and striker Dominic Solanke to the squad for Tuesday’s Wembley encounter with the five-times World Cup winners.
And we thought Friday's England side was inexperienced.
Dominic Solanke, Angus Gunn and Lewis Cook are the latest to receive a call up.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) November 12, 2017
8. It is now 24.
Real Madrid’s key striker Gareth Bale has suffered a total of 24 injuries since he joined the Spanish club from Tottenham Hotspur in June 2013. Bale was nearing recovery from a calf injury when he picked up a fresh knock in training on Thursday.
The Welshman’s problems with injury have not only cost Los Blancos in the Spanish league, where they sit third and eight points behind Barcelona, but also his national team Wales, who failed to book a spot for the World Cup next year in Russia.
Gareth Bale injured himself again whilst recovering from his previous injury. Now out for another 4 weeks. pic.twitter.com/lxuCV74E2Z
— Transfer News (@TrustyTransfers) November 10, 2017
9. Good news for Australia.
The Socceroos arrived back in Australia on Sunday, getting the first advantage over Honduras ahead of the return leg of their intercontinental playoff for a spot at next year’s World Cup.
— FOX SPORTS Football (@FOXFOOTBALL) November 9, 2017
10. Celebrations went wild.
Celebrations turned violent in central Brussels, minutes after the qualification of the Moroccan national football team for the next World Cup in Russia, police told Belga news agency.
Riot police were sent out on Saturday to control a crowd of about 300 people, at one point firing water canon at revelers. At least one car was burned during the incidents, police said.
— Joanne England 🐸 (@JoanneEngland17) November 12, 2017