Soccer: Brazil on edge, Argentina gets another chance

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Brazil defeated Uruguay after a spectacular 4-1 game, owing largely to the midfielder Paulinho who scored a hat-trick in the match.

The Brazilians now lead the 10-team round-robin competition by seven points after their latest win. The top four teams in the standings qualify automatically and with only five rounds remaining it would take a freakish set of results to deny Brazil.

Surprisingly, Uruguay scored the first first goal, which was followed by two goals from Paulinho, a goal from Neymar and another goal from Paulinho again.

Uruguay stays at second place in the standings, mostly because of missing their ace Luis Suarez.

In another game, Argentina needed three points to continue their campaign to be able to end up in the top four teams. Argentine Captain Messi scored the much needed victory goal (1-0).

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Champions League, Barcelona goes to Quarter-finals

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The final moments of the Barcelona-PSG game at Camp Nou stadium can hardly be forgotten by Barcelona fans. The result, which sparked delirious celebrations at Barcelona’s 99,000 capacity Nou Camp Stadium, sent the Spanish Giants storming into the quarter-finals at the cost of the stricken Paris club.

The first three goals came by Luis Suarez, Layvin Kurzawa own goal and Lionel Messi penalty goal. However, the Barcelona team was in a tight spot when Edinson Cavani volleyed a vital away goal for PSG.

Losing the first game 4-0, Barcelona needed at least one more goal to advance. With a score of 3-1 till about the last minute, Barcelona had no chance of making it to the quater-finals (aggregate was still 5-3). However, miracles can happen.

Barcelona star, Neymar, converted a free-kick to a goal at the 88th minute! Not only that, he shot an amazing penalty at the 91st minute, making the aggregate score 5-5. It wasn’t over for Barcelona yet. Substitute midfielder Roberto turned Neymar’s chip over the defence to score another goal at the fifth minute of extra time.

All hail Barcelona! 😀

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Ronaldo wins Fourth Ballon d’Or!

Cristiano Ronaldo has been rewarded the 1st prize in Ballon d’Or for the second time, one more than Lionel Messi. Lionel Messi won the 1st place in Ballon d’Or in 2009, 2nd place in 2008 and 2016 & 3rd place in 2007. Cristiano Ronaldo won the 1st place in Ballon d’Or in 2008 and 2016, & 2nd place in 2007 and 2009.

Ronaldo called it “a dream come true again” as he took his award on Monday. He won the Champions League for the second time in three seasons and then led Portugal to their first major Euro 2016 title.

Ronaldo’s, now 31, main rival is Lionel Messi, but the Barcelona and Argentine star had to relinquish the crown after a less-than-stellar year. Ronaldo was the firm favorite to win, having ousted Messi by a vote count of 745 to 316.

Denying any wrongdoings and to put aside the allegations, he published his financial records last week, showing he earned 227 million euros last year. “He who owes nothing, fears nothing”, claimed Ronaldo. He is currently the highest-paid sportsman in the world.

Real Madrid told that Ronaldo has signed a new five-year contract, and had enjoyed a sensational year in the team. Read the full article here.