- Brondby win the FIFA eClub World Cup
- The Danish side won the inaugural edition last year
- Four players qualify for the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs
Brondby are celebrating again after retaining their crown in the second edition of the FIFA eClub World Cup in Paris. The tournament offered up four qualifying spots for the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs, which will be held between 28 and 30 May and then from 1 to 3 June in Amsterdam – where 32 places will be up for grabs at the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018.
After a thrilling and spectacular opening day in the French capital, Sunday’s action kicked off with the last two rounds of games in groups A and B, which brought the group stage to a close. It was then time for the knockout phase, and Brondby ultimately came out on top despite a shaky start.
Sergio Ramos believes Clasico referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez gave in to pressure put on him by Lionel Messi as Barcelona and Real Madrid played out a thrilling 2-2 draw on Sunday.
Hernandez Hernandez angered Camp Nou supporters in a fiery first half for failing to punish Gareth Bale for a late challenge on Samuel Umtiti and sending off Sergi Roberto following a clash with Marcelo.
Barca players crowded around him at the end of the first 45 minutes, and the home fans jeered him and his assistants off the pitch. Ramos said the dispute continued down the tunnel, with Messi at the centre of the complaining.
“Messi put a little bit of pressure [on Hernandez Hernandez] in the tunnel,” Ramos told reporters after the game. “I don’t know if there were cameras. I don’t know if in the second half [he] would have done things differently [without that pressure].”
Luis Suarez’s early opener was cancelled out by Cristiano Ronaldo, who was later taken off with an ankle injury, to leave the score level at the break. Despite being down to 10 men, Barca took the lead when Messi scored after Suarez dispossessed Raphael Varane.
Bale drew Madrid level for the second time, and the visitors were then denied a penalty when Marcelo tumbled in the box, one of the decisions that Ramos perhaps feels Messi influenced.
The other one was Suarez’s challenge on Varane before Messi’s goal, with the Uruguayan striker admitting that he was surprised a foul wasn’t called after he clearly tripped the France international.
“I fouled Varane a little bit because he controls the ball and I catch his foot,” Suarez admitted. “But it was the referee’s decision. It surprised me.”
Ramos also felt that Suarez was guilty of time wasting in the second half, which is why he didn’t put the ball out when the Barca forward appeared to be down injured.
“Whenever an opponent is down and you think it could serious, out of respect, you put the ball out of play,” Ramos added. “But knowing his style and his way of playing, he was [looking] to waste time. Maximum respect to Barcelona, but at that moment, he had not been touched at all.”
Overall, though, both sets of players were happy with the draw, which keeps La Liga champions Barca on track to become the first side to go through a 38-game campaign in Spain’s top flight unbeaten.
“It was a great game,” Suarez said. “We wanted to win it, but the red card set us back, especially against a side like Madrid. A draw’s not a bad result, mind, considering how the game went.”
Midfielder Andres Iniesta, making his 38th and final Clasico appearance, added: “We’re still unbeaten after playing a large part of the game with a man less. That’s the positive. We’re happy because we can still end the league season without losing.”
Barca, who have already secured a domestic double, must remain unbeaten against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to become the first side since Madrid (in 1932, when a campaign was only 18 games) to end a La Liga season unbeaten.
Madrid, meanwhile, are preparing for a third consecutive Champions League final. They meet Liverpool in Kiev, Ukraine, later this month.
“It was a good game to show that we wanted to win the league. We played really well, generally, from the first minute to the last,” Ramos said. “We got a draw. We would have liked to break [Barcelona’s] run, but preparing for Kiev is the key now.”
Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @SamuelMarsden.
A new name will be engraved on the OFC Champions League trophy next month after a tense weekend of semi-final action that saw Auckland City’s seven-year reign finally come to and.
Team Wellington secured a 2-2 draw at Auckland City for an away goals victory following a scoreless first leg.
Fiji’s Lautoka are the other finalists thanks to a lone second-half strike from Praneel Naidu as Marist FC were edged on front of 12,000 fans in the Solomon Islands’ capital.
The headline drama was in Auckland as the FIFA Club World Cup regulars hosted Team Wellington, with the pair having met in each of the past three continental deciders.
Auckland’s City’s goalkeeper Enaut Zubikarai saw a remarkable 1079-minute run without conceding finally come to an end as Eric Molloy powered home a first-half header.
Incredibly it was two in four minutes for the capital club as Angus Kilkolly netted from the penalty spot.
A deflected free-kick saw Emiliano Tade pull a goal back with 14 minutes remaining, and Scott Hilliar drew the pair level on the day deep into injury time.
But there was to be no winner for the nine-time champions, whose seven-year reign as continental club champions set a world record.
Auckland City finished third at the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup with a play-off win over Mexico’s Cruz Azul.
Lautoka will now meet Team Wellington in the home-and-away final visiting New Zealand’s capital on the weekend of 12 and 13 May, before welcoming their opponents to Churchill Park for the return leg a week later.
The winner will represent Oceania in the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
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Every single version of WoW has it is ups and downs. Legacy WoW was thriving below Nostalrius Starts, then Kronos and after the Rebirth, Nostalris 2.0 or since it now identified: The Elysium Project. The Elysium project hosts 4 realms: Anathema PvP, that is fundamentally the former Nostalrius PvP, Darrowshire PvE that is according to the old PvE version of Nostalrius Starts, and the new ones: Elysium & Zeth’Kur PvP. However, due to some heavy GM gold drama and bad administration, Vanilla WoW is seeing a decline now.
Warmane’s TBC servers; Medivh x1 and Outland x5
On the other hand, TBC realms were in decline as well. The years-old Archangel saw it is population decline to about 500 people online, and Excalibur is shifting between 1000 and 2000 max people online. However, Warmane announced their year-old development of a TBC server, determined by their WotLK core, as Icecrown and Lordaeron proved to be a real success – Lordaeron was the only x1 rate server to keep a steady population of above 4000, and Icecrown was always full, with a queue of over 2000 players and always steady with over 12000 players online at all times.
It turned out, Warmane’s TBC servers: Outland and Medivh to overshadow all existing TBC servers: Archangel, Excalibur along with the freshly released Hellfire two and Wargate. Outland has a cap of 13000 players and 2k queue – this is the x5 leveling rates realm, while Medivh, with its x1 rates, keeps a steady population of around 3.5k players at all times. The zones in Draenor are literarily swamped with players.
Fresh servers, just like Vanilla are literary very short with gold supply. Players do need it for mounts, skills and training costs, as well as some good gear to keep up with leveling, especially the more gear dependent classes like Warriors, Rogues, Paladins, and Hunters. Mages, Priests, Druids, and Warlocks are better for playing at the start, especially the Warlocks since their first mount comes free.
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Jordan Henderson had a laugh at Harry Kane’s expense after Liverpool’s 3-0 win on Saturday, joking that Mohamed Salah would be credited with all three goals.
Tottenham striker Kane, who is in a race with Salah for the Golden Boot, has been the subject of some ridicule as the league — after Kane’s insistence — ruled that he got a touch to a ball that was originally credited to Christian Eriksen.
Salah did score one goal in the victory over Bournemouth to move five clear of Kane, but his teammate joked the Egyptian would be asking for all three.
“Yeah, he told me he’s going to claim all of them,” Henderson told BT Sport.
“He’s been brilliant, he’s been fantastic. But he’s just got to keep it going, with his work rate, his movement off the ball, how strong he is. Yeah, he’s a big player for us, so hopefully he can keep scoring for us.”
Liverpool midfielder James Milner also couldn’t resist aiming a barb at Kane, writing on Twitter after the game:
Another hat-trick for Mo today…. just waiting for the other two to be confirmed by the claims panel
Winning the Champions League with Liverpool would mean more to Mohamed Salah than any individual accolades likely to come his way.
The Premier League’s leading marksman scored for the 30th time in the division this season in Liverpool’s 3-0 over Bournemouth at Anfield to restore a five-goal cushion over Harry Kane in the race for the golden boot.
Salah was also included on the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year shortlist when that was revealed on Saturday following an incredible debut campaign with the Reds, for whom he has scored 40 times in all competitions.
Yet recognition from his peers and the chance to finish the campaign as the league’s leading scorer is all secondary for Salah when compared to the collective goal.
The 25-year-old Egyptian’s old club Roma are Liverpool’s opponents in the Champions League semifinals and Jurgen Klopp’s men could yet win the trophy for the sixth time in their history.
Asked whether he would prefer to win the Champions League or an individual honour like the golden boot, Salah replied: “If you had a choice between the Champions League and [individual honours like the golden boot] then of course the Champions League. I have no doubt; [it’s] the Champions League.
“To win the Champions League is huge for everyone. I don’t care about the rest.”
Salah’s golden boot dual with Kane took a twist last week when the Tottenham forward was successful with his claim that Christian Eriksen’s second goal against Stoke should actually be awarded to him as it brushed his shoulder.
Shortly after that decision was announced, Salah tweeted “Wooooooow really?”
When that was put to him, Salah laughed and added: “I don’t want to say anything about that!
“In the end they said it’s his [Kane’s] goal so it’s finished for me. Now we still have four games and they [Tottenham] have five games so I have to think about my games and we see.
“Of course [the golden boot] is in my mind. I cannot lie — it is in my mind. But you can see with the team everyone tries to pass the ball to me to help me.
“I am also sure that Tottenham’s players try to help Harry Kane and also Manchester City’s try to help Sergio Aguero. It’s like that, but in the end we play as a team.
“I am happy to have this feeling. You feel they want to support you and want to help you to score goals. That’s a good feeling.”
Salah is just the third player in Liverpool’s history to score 40 goals in a season, joining Roger Hunt and Ian Rush, and the latter’s club record of 47 is the next feat in his sights.
“It’s also very close, it’s just seven goals, but let’s see,” Salah said. “We have the Premier League and semifinals of the Champions League to play. I will try my best to score again and help the team.”
Bournemouth had contained Salah well until he finally scored 21 minutes from time, drifting behind Nathan Ake and heading in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross in the 3-0 win.
“You always have to be focused because he’s a very good player,” Ake admitted.
“He’s very quick and has really good movement so that makes it more difficult.”
Kyle Walker claimed his first Premier League title on Sunday and now the Manchester City defender wants even more.
The England international, who joined City from Tottenham in the summer, has played a pivotal role in his new club securing the title with five games of the season remaining.
City are on schedule to potentially break a number of records, including most points and most goals, but he says they won’t be considered a great team until they win a number of Premier League trophies.
“To be competing in the Premier League since I was 19, and to play all the games I played in the Premier League, to not win the Premier League, it was a bit devastating for me not to have won it with Tottenham,” the 27-year-old told reporters.
“So to come here and now in my first season, it’s fantastic for me. You always say: ‘Is the grass greener on the other side?’ and it looks that way.
“We need to continue. We can’t just stop at one Premier League title if we go on and do that. It needs to be a number of years before we can be regarded as one of the top teams ever to have played in the Premier League.
“We have the youth in the squad and the hunger to go on and do big things.”
Walker spent eight years at Tottenham and it was ironic that Saturday’s 3-1 win over his old club, coupled with Manchester United’s shock home defeat to West Brom, secured the title.
It came at the end of a difficult week in which City were eliminated from the Champions League by Liverpool and lost the Manchester derby at home to United in a run of three successive defeats.
“That’s the most pleasing thing about [the win over Spurs],” Walker said. “We’ve had probably the toughest period, definitely in my career at the club. We’ve gone from doing so well in all competitions to take three losses, and sometimes it felt like it was a relegation battle in there with the mood.
“We’re all winners and we want to win and in them games, unfortunately, we didn’t. But we put that right. That shows the character and the belief in the standard of players in the dressing room.
“It’s been a long season, with a lot of games in a lot of competitions. It was probably a feeling of relief after what’s happened in the last week, which is understandable.
“But it’s great character, not just from the players but from the management staff as well, to pick us up and get us where we needed to be, winning three points.”
Jonathan is ESPN FC’s Manchester City correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @jonnysmiffy.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ is getting closer – 67 days to go!
In less than three months’ time – on 14 June, to be precise – the 21st FIFA World Cup™ kicks off at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, as the hosts take on Saudi Arabia.
That leaves us plenty of time to enjoy a countdown. Between now and the start of the World Cup, we will take a closer look at a different statistic from the history of the tournament each day.
James Rodriguez averaged a goal every 67 minutes at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. The Colombian attacking midfielder found the net a total of six times across his 400 minutes on the pitch in Brazil.
Rodriguez struck half of Colombia’s goals at the tournament, in the process helping his country to their best-ever run at a World Cup: Los Cafeteros broke new ground by advancing to the quarter-finals, in which they succumbed at the hands of the hosts.
Rodriguez’s exploits earned him the adidas Golden Boot, as the leading marksman at Brazil 2014. As if that were not enough, his majestic volley at the iconic Maracana, with which he opened the scoring in his side’s Round of 16 win over Uruguay, was voted the Goal of the Tournament by FIFA.com users.
This is the cheapest solution to use your FUT coins in FIFA 18 Ultimate Team to gain the prime icon Gheorghe Hagi in the squad building challenge. Easily the most decorated Romanian footballer of all time, Hagi is a very lucrative player to acquire into any team. Check out the full HD video guide below that showcases the cheapest way to get the card.
Now there are a few SBC’s to get through and they are the following:
- Real Madrid
- Brescia & FC Barcelona
- 84 rated team
- 85 rated team
- 86 rated team
- 87 rated team
It goes without saying that the 87 rated is by far the most expensive and will cost close to 235K to complete. The rest are relatively easy and it is best to do these over time especially when there are market crashes in FUT. This is when you should snipe the most expensive players at the best times.
In total it should cost you around 650,000 coins which is by far the cheapest you’re going to find. Look out for more icon SBCs and general FIFA 18 gameplay tips by subscribing to the official YouTube channel to stay right up to date on all video publications.