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first_imgColombia 1 Brazil 1: Falcao checks Selecao streak with vital equaliser Dom Farrell 06:31 9/6/17 RadamelFalcao - cropped Getty Images Willian gave Brazil the lead in spectacular fashion in Barranquilla but in-form Radamel Falcao grabbed a 1-1 draw for Colombia. Radamel Falcao denied Brazil a 10th consecutive World Cup qualifying win and grabbed a vital 1-1 draw for Colombia in their own quest to reach Russia 2018.Brazil’s place in the finals is secure as group winners after dominating the notoriously unforgiving CONMEBOL section under the guidance of head coach Tite, and they looked set to continue their march when Willian magnificently opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time.Colombia went into the game at the head of devilishly congested chasing pack and seasoned striker Falcao brought his prolific Monaco form to a raucous Estadio Metropolitano in Barranquilla. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Jose Pekerman’s men now have 26 points, only three more than Argentina in fifth, but Chile’s defeat in Bolivia guarantees they will enter next month’s concluding qualifiers against Paraguay and Peru in one of the four automatic qualification places.Falcao has seven goals in four Ligue 1 games so far this season and the second-half header by Colombia’s all-time record goalscorer was excellently dispatched.Another man tussling for top honours in France this year, Neymar, was unable to similarly get on the scoresheet despite an inventive, all-action showing. 1 – Radamel #Falcao scored the equaliser (#Colombia 1-1 #Brazil) with his first touch in the opposition box. Deadly. pic.twitter.com/4MSjxKajgr— OptaJavier (@OptaJavier) September 5, 2017Torrents of boos greeted Brazil whenever they enjoyed early possession but Paulinho almost smuggled home an opener at the far post from Dani Alves’ deep cross after Neymar initiated a fourth-minute counter attack.Felipe Luis clattering through Juan Cuadrado did little to endear the Brazil left-back to the home faithful, while Alves was on the end of similarly robust treatment from Colombia winger Edwin Cardona as the contest threatened to boil over.Play restarted from the latter stoppage with a Brazil corner and Cardona made a nuisance of himself once again – blocking on the line when Fernandinho prodded goalwards.James finally gave Brazil goalkeeper Allison some work to do at his near post as the half ticked past its halfway point, although he did not make a clean contact on the end of Cardona’s fine reverse pass.After a hydration break, Neymar tore at the Colombia backline and Roberto Firmino scuffed his shot towards the bottom right corner, forcing David Ospina to tip to safety.Neymar was made to wait to take a corner as a dog entered the field and was reluctant to leave – moving the match into first-half stoppage time, when Brazil spectacularly took the lead.The set-piece was cleared by Colombia but the ball was lifted back towards goal, Neymar’s volleyed lay-off sat up invitingly for Willian and the Chelsea winger brilliantly thrashed into the top corner from the edge of the area.Pekerman’s decision to replace Cuadrado with Yimmi Chara did little to initially increase Colombia’s threat in the second half but they pulled level through a familiar source in the 56th minute.Right-back Santiago Arias whipped in a fine ball from the right and Falcao escaped Silva’s attentions and expertly steered a header into the far corner.#WCQ | FTColombia 1-1 BrazilFalcao cancels out Willian opener in Barranquillahttps://t.co/SpQDWJHJUY pic.twitter.com/yV4RJIzYL1— #WCQ (@FIFAWorldCup) September 5, 2017The stadium erupted and Colombia were transformed – Cardona sending a piledriver into the chest of Allison, who was caught out by James free-kick from the left but spared by his near post.Firmino was replaced by Gabriel Jesus as Brazil looked to reassert their authority and Neymar blasted wide inside the final 15 minutes.A sprawling Fernandinho deflected James’ curling strike over in the 81st minute and there was no finish to match a dazzling Neymar dribble in response.The world’s most expensive player then flung himself  into a headed back-post attempt but the goal to reward his endeavours did not arrive. read morelast_img read more

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first_imgManchester United The contrast was so evident – Ferdinand lauds Kane while slamming Lukaku Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 13:46 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Romelu Lukaku, Harry Kane Getty Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United Premier League Harry Kane Romelu Lukaku Rio Ferdinand heaped praise on Harry Kane – the former Manchester United star particularly pleased with the 24-year-old’s link-up play. Rio Ferdinand described Harry Kane as a “real No. 9,” highlighting the contrast between the Tottenham star and Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.Kane was not among the goalscorers but the Tottenham frontman proved to be a handful in Wednesday’s 2-0 win over United at Wembley.The England international was instrumental in Christian Eriksen’s opener after just 11 seconds in London before United defender Phil Jones turned the ball into his own net prior to half-time, while Lukaku struggled to make an impact up front for Jose Mourinho’s men. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ferdinand heaped praise on leading Premier League scorer Kane, with the former United centre-back particularly pleased with the 24-year-old’s link-up play.”I think Kane showed today why he’s the best striker in the league and one of the most potent in Europe because he’s bullied United’s centre halves,” Ferdinand told BT Sport. “He totally dominated them physically and brought other people into play. The contrast between him and Lukaku today was so evident it was unbelievable from up here where we watched it.”The ball going into him, sticking, holding centre halves off and bringing others into the game. That’s a real No. 9. That’s what you want to see a No. 9 do.”Kane tops the Premier League charts with 21 goals, 10 more than United’s Lukaku.Former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp added: “There’s no comparison. He’s on a different level to Lukaku.”United remain second in the table after 25 matches but Tottenham – fifth in the standings – moved within five points of the Red Devils.last_img read more