Germany humiliates Brazil 7-1 to reach World Cup final

first_imgPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWN (AP)(AP)BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — Germany sure knows how to spoil a party.Miroslav Klose, Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira scored four goals in a six-minute span midway through the first half Tuesday, stunning all of Brazil into silence as its hopes of winning a World Cup on home soil unraveled.Thomas Mueller and Andre Schuerrle also scored in the 7-1 victory. The loss matched Brazil’s biggest defeat ever, a 6-0 rout by Uruguay at the South American Championship in 1920, and Oscar’s goal in the 90th minute was little consolation.BRACKET: Germany gets winner of Netherlands, ArgentinaWhen the final whistle sounded, David Luiz buried his face in the grass and Thiago Silva tried to console a sobbing Oscar, to little effect. It was Brazil’s first loss in a competitive game on home soil since 1975.“It was worst day of my life,” Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said. “But life goes on.”Try telling that to the rest of Brazil.Brazil has been on edge for much of the last year, furious at its leaders for the corruption and overruns that pushed the costs for this World Cup over $11 billion. Violent protests disrupted last summer’s Confederations Cup, a warm-up for the World Cup, and the mere mention of President Dilma Rousseff’s name is enough to draw jeers.But pride in the Selecao trumps anger at politicians, and Brazilians put their rage on hold to cheer their beloved team. Now that Brazil has been eliminated, however, there’s no telling what the mood will be. Session ID: 2020-09-18:af94154446b7a8e685609028 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-111657-3665706884001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.center_img Several fans were in tears, and there were photos of a Brazil flag being burned on the street before the game was even over. Fans whistled and booed both teams after the game. And judging by the profane chants directed at  Rousseff, Fred and Oscar, there’s no guarantee the country will be any happier Sunday, when Germany plays the winner of Argentina-Netherlands in the final.A final all of Brazil hoped would end with celebrations for a sixth World Cup title.MISSING STARS: Silva’s absence bigger than Neymar“(When you’re host) everyone wants you to go to the final,” said Germany coach Joachim Loew, an assistant when host Germany lost in the semifinals of the 2006 World Cup. “We know how Scolari feels. We know how the Brazil team feels and the people in Brazil feel right now.”Beating Germany was never going to be easy. Germany has reached the semifinals or better at the last four World Cups, and Brazil was woefully short-handed with Neymar out with a fractured vertebrae and Silva suspended.“Would it have been different with Neymar? If they did that, they probably could have done it with Neymar, also,” Scolari said.(AFP/Getty Images)(AFP/Getty Images)What Brazil lacked in bodies, however, it tried to make up for in heart. Thousands of fans lined the streets just hoping for a glimpse of the team bus on its way to the stadium, and Neymar was everywhere at the Estadio Mineirao – literally.Fans wore masks with his face, and one held up a sign saying, “No worries. Neymar’s soul is here.” Brazil’s entire team – coach Scolari included — arrived at the stadium wearing “Forca Neymar” (Be Strong Neymar) hats, and if there were any nerves or anxiety, it didn’t show.The players were singing and dancing as the bus arrived, and Scolari was keeping time by pounding on the window. As they belted out the Brazilian anthem, Luiz and Julio Cesar held Neymar’s jersey between them.STUNNER: First competitive loss at home since 1975And when Brazil got off to a fast start, with Marcelo sending a shot wide of the goal in the third minute, it seemed that maybe, just maybe, spirit and soul might trump skill just for one day.But soccer is often called a cruel sport, and there is no greater reminder than Tuesday’s score line. Germany was merciless, refusing to take its foot off the gas – to say nothing of Brazil’s throat – even when victory was clearly in hand.“Life goes on because life doesn’t end with this defeat,” Scolari said. “That’s it.”last_img read more

Ravens veteran RB Mark Ingram has fully embraced the mentor role for rookie J.K. Dobbins

first_imgThe Ravens believe in taking the ‘best playeravailable model’ as their first commandment when it comes to the draft even ifthat player is at a position of strength over selecting a lesser player at aposition of need. Many thought the Ravens were going to take a wide receiver oran edge rusher at the spot that they took Dobbins, but they were both surprisedand delighted when he was available when they were on the clock. “He’s a great young back,” said Ingram. “He had agreat career at Ohio State. That’s what this league is all about. Especiallyrunning backs, being able to pay the game forward. I had guys that paid thegame forward to me so just being able to pass the game down, pass knowledgedown, anything he wants to know I’m there to help him, I’m there to supporthim.” The Ravens ran the ball more and with greaterefficiency than any team not just in 2019 but in league history. That’s 100years in case you were wondering. They ran for 3,296 yards without Dobbins’game-breaking ability as part of the equation. With him rounding out the alreadybeastly position group, the Ravens have all the horses they need field anotherelite ground game in 2020 with Ingram leading the way. His smash-mouth “big boy no little boy” running stylewas the perfect complement to Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson’s electrifyinglyelusive rushing ability during his MVP campaign. He was the tone-setter forBaltimore’s offense and helped establish a rhythm and build up insurmountableleads in many of their league-leading 14 wins last season. Many were surprised when the Baltimore Ravens, who hadthe most dominant rushing attack in league history that rewrote NFL andfranchise record books, fortified a position group that was already atremendous strength and had great depth by selecting Ohio State running backJ.K. Dobbins with the 55th overall pick in this past April’s draft. However,veteran running back Mark Ingram wasn’t among the masses. We’ve been talking over the offseason, we’re finallyin the building together so that chemistry will keep getting stronger and I’llkeep helping him,” said Ingram. Dobbins reached out Ingram shortly after being draftedby the Ravens and the two have been in constant communication ever since andare both elated to finally be in the same building together after a virtual offseasonprogram where their position meetings were conducted via Zoom. Despite having Ingram under contact for the next twoseasons and showing no signs of attrition after nearly a decade in the league,having the equally as hardnosed running Gus ‘The Bus’ Edwards who has eclipsed700 yards rushing in back to back season and drafting change of pace backJustice Hill in the fourth round out of Oklahoma State last year, the Ravenscouldn’t pass up a talent like Dobbins who they and many others had a latefirst-round grade on in the middle of the second.center_img “I’ve been in the league 10 years and I’ve never seena team that didn’t either bring in a running back or draft a running back,”said Ingram. “It’s the norm so it didn’t surprise me and I think that it was ahigh-value pick right there where we were at “You’re only as strong as your weakest link so you tryto bring everybody along, you try to have everybody play at a high level,everybody competing at a high level.” Ingram signed with the Ravens in free agency lastMarch on a respectable three-year deal worth $15 million. The formerfirst-round pick of the New Orleans Saints was a smashing hit in his firstseason in Baltimore. In addition to recording his third 1,000 plus yard seasonin the last four years, scoring a career-high 15 touchdowns fromscrimmage—tying a Ravens franchise record—and earning the third Pro Bowl nod ofhis career, Ingram became an instant fan favorite and one of the most prominentleaders in the locker room. Entering his 10th season in the league and set to turn31 in December, it’d be understandable if a veteran player like Ingram would bemiffed by their selection of his successor after he had such a great firstseason with the team and reluctant to share his secrets of the trade and thekey to his longevity at a position where the average shelf life is the shortestof any position in the league. Nope, not Ingram. He has sincerely and whole-heartedlyembraced the role of a mentor to the gifted rookie that his hungry and eager toeat into his snap count and isn’t taking the patient approach to his firstseason. Ingram sees it as his duty to impart wisdom and any tricks of the tradethat he’s learned over the years to the younger generation of running backs inthe way that was done to and for him. “We run the ball a lot. We put emphasis on running theball,” said Ingram. “Being able to have our backfield, me, Gus, Justice, add JKto the mix, I think its an elite backfield of guys who I think can startanywhere in this league, play anywhere in this league. We’ll be competing,we’ll be working, and we’ll be working together to have the best rushing attackagain.”Please follow and like us:last_img read more

Dane Morten takes early Kenya Open charge

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, March 29- Denmark’s Morten Orum Madsen took early charge of the Barclays Kenya Open on Thursday when he fired a 7 under 64 at the par 71 Muthaiga Golf Club in Nairobi.South Africa’s Tyrone Mordt was two shots off the leader with three golfers including local ace Dismas Indiza who returned an impressive score of 4 under 67 tied for third in the first round of the European Challenge Tour event that ends on Sunday. James Lorum was the second placed Kenyan on the early leader board with 2 under 69 with Ganeev Giddie carding 1 under 70. Anil Shah and John Kagiri were on lever par after their opening round.Meanwhile, defending titleholder, South Africa’s Michiel Bothma is confident defending his crown at the event that teed off on Thursday morning at Nairobi’s Muthaiga Golf Club.Bothma who fired a tournament total of 14 under 270 to win last year’s top prize is returning to his seventh Kenya Open where he has made the cut thrice. “The weather is fantastic and am looking forward to not putting so many under pars but it’s definitely going to be a fantastic week,” Bothma told Capital Sport.He is among four former champions teeing off at this year’s event with 2010 winner Robert Dinwiddie, 2005 victor Daniel Vancsik and the top player in 1992, André Bossert.Bothma warmed up for the Kenya Open by finishing third at the Johannesburg Open in January will be among the category one golfers competing for top honours.In the process he became the third South African to win the event after Trevor Immelman in 2000 and Ashley Roestoff in 2001.The local contingent of 27 golfers will feature for Kenya including 22 professionals and five amateurs.“The course is very dry and will pose a challenge to every player but we are ready to put up a fight, I have worked hard, practiced with consistency throughout the year and believe we will do well at the end of the day,” said Royal Nairobi Golf Club player, Anil Shah.A total of 190,000 Euros (Sh20.9m) in prize money is up for grabs with the Kenyan charge aiming to top Jacob Okello’s effort in 1998 when he lost the title on sudden death play-off.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more