Mbappe: It’s my desire to follow Ronaldo’s path

first_img Loading… Mbappe says he’s hoping to follow Cristiano Ronaldo’s career path “If you’re French, obviously you would have grown up with (Zinedine) Zidane as your idol,” he said. “After that, it was Cristiano Ronaldo , who I have been fortunate enough to have faced as a rival, at club level and with the national team” Mbappe also namechecked several South American stars. “I also love Brazilian players like Pelé, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo Nazario and Ricardo Kaka,” he said. Read Also:Kylian Mbappe reveals target for 2020 “And to the young players who look up to me, I’d like to send them a message from someone who believed in their dream, always giving the best they had to give, trying to push their own limits to be able to make a mark in sport.” The French World Cup winner says Ronaldo’s career will act as an inspiration for him as he continues to make his way at the top of the game Kylian Mbappe says he is drawing on inspiration from Cristiano Ronaldo as he plots to maintain his place as a world superstar. Many expect Mbappe to leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer, three years after he joined the club from Monaco on an initial loan deal. Real Madrid have long been mentioned as a possible destination for the 21-year-old World Cup winner, with Liverpool also touted as a suitor. When asked about his idols by Gazzetta dello Sport , it was a couple of Real icons who came to mind for Mbappe.Advertisementcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows BetterThe Origin Story Of The Best Chocolate Thing Ever CreatedTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be Enemies7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World40 Child Actors Who Turned Into Gorgeous Adults20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldlast_img read more

Syracuse defense commits one gaffe in otherwise solid performance

first_imgSyracuse head coach Phil Wheddon slammed his water bottle against the ground. Alexis Koval turned her back from the field and buried her face in her hands. Orange teammates cried out in frustration.SU was penalized for a foul inside its box that granted Pittsburgh a penalty kick. The Panthers’ Roosa Arvas shot the ball to the bottom-right corner, and Syracuse goalie Courtney Brosnan dove the same way. But Brosnan couldn’t get a piece of the ball, which slipped by for the goal. As Brosnan got up from the grass, she pounded the ground.After playing solid defense for nearly 85 minutes, the Orange (4-5-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) surrendered the game’s only score in a 1-0 loss to Pittsburgh (5-6, 1-2 ACC) at SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Syracuse controlled the ball, but couldn’t capitalize on its chances. The tied score put the Orange at risk if its defense made a costly mistake, which it did.“There’s nothing you can do about that,” Wheddon said of the penalty kick.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJunior Taylor Haenlin, SU’s most reliable defender, played her best game of the season, Wheddon said. As a central defender, Haenlin cleared away almost all of Pittsburgh’s chances that went through the middle, with either her feet or head. The Panthers only took two shots in the first half as Syracuse dictated the pace of the game. The penalty kick that the Orange allowed was the only mistake in an otherwise clean game for the defense. “We really shut them down,” Brosnan said. “I thought except for that one play, they didn’t really have too many opportunities. So I thought we were pretty good today.”With the defense playing at a high level, Wheddon said the only way his team would lose would be if they allowed a goal on a set piece, which it did.The Panthers’ only legitimate scoring chance in the first half came off a free kick in the 22nd minute. Arvas shot the ball toward the top corner of the goal but Brosnan leapt up and tapped the ball above the crossbar. Set pieces have been an issue for the Orange. In the past five games, SU has allowed three goals on three set pieces and the fourth on the penalty kick that lost it the game. During the flow of play today, Syracuse stopped everything else.“I guess we just got to stay on top of it mentally,” Brosnan said. “We can’t have little lapses like that to allow the PK. I think we do that pretty well, just split seconds that aren’t good for us.”The Orange’s defensive success was in part due to playing with four defenders instead of three. Earlier this season, SU played a 3-5-2, but Wheddon has recently made the switch to a 4-3-3. The change shifts a midfielder to defense, which eliminates space for the other team’s forwards.Erin Simon and Maddie Iozzi played as outside midfielders in the 3-5-2, but played as outside defenders on Sunday and sent numerous passes in the air to Syracuse’s forwards.“I’m just trying to generate a little offense out of the back and be more dangerous out of the back,” Simon said.On all parts of the field, Syracuse’s defense turned in a spotless performance. But one mishap was mixed in.Said Wheddon: “We limited them to non-threatening opportunities, so this one hurts.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 28, 2014 at 6:24 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedslast_img read more

Ghana’s qualification caps Assifuah’s 20th birthday bash

first_imgOn the morning Ghana’s crucial Round of 16 clash against Portugal at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, striker, Ebenezer Assifuah had turned 20.After cutting the cake in a subdued party on Wednesday, high up on his list of wishes was his desire to see Ghana through.But the party really got started when Richmond Boakye-Yiadom scored from a free-kick with five minutes remaining to hand Ghana a 3-2 win and a place in the quarter-finals.This is the fifth time Ghana has reached the quarters in the competition and it capped Assifuah’s birthday bash back at the team’s hotel in Kayseri.“Yes, the party will go on. We are happy and full of enthusiasm. We are confident we can go even further,” said a smiling Joseph Attamah, a teammate of Assifuah.Ghana will now leave Kayseri and head for Istanbul, where they will play against Chile in the quarter-finals.last_img read more