Boca, River play out draw in feisty derby

Bitter rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors drew 0-0 in a heated Superliga Argentina encounter on Sunday in which both teams were lucky to finish with 11 players.

Referee Fernando Rapallini showed 10 yellow cards, seven of which were for Boca Juniors, in a match dominated by River Plate at their Monumental stadium.

The hosts had 17 shots to five and enjoyed 64% of possession but were unable to find a way past goalkeeper Esteban Andrada, who made a number of fine saves.

The result left Boca second in the standings with 11 points from five matches, two points behind leaders San Lorenzo. River remained 10th, five points behind the leaders.

In other matches on Sunday, Rosario Central drew 1-1 at Colon, Atletico Tucuman secured a 1-0 home win over Arsenal de Sarandi, Talleres beat Aldosivi 2-1 in Cordoba and Newell's Old Boys romped to a 4-1 home win over Huracan.

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Reno 1868 FC adds Cuban import Luis Javier Paradela Diaz on P-1A visa

Reno 1868 FC has acquired Cuban forward Luis Javier Paradela Diaz to a 2019 loan contract. Luis Paradela, born in Cuba and a current Cuban citizen, most recently played for Universidad San Carlos in Guatemala. Paradela becomes the first Cuban athlete to sign in the United States for a pro sports franchise on a P-1A Athlete visa.

A P-1A Athlete classification applies to you if you are coming temporarily to the United States solely for the purpose of performing at a specific athletic competition as:

* An individual athlete at an internationally recognized level of performance;

* Part of a group or team at an internationally recognized level of performance;

* A professional athlete; or

* An athlete or coach, as part of a team or franchise that is located in the United States and a member of a foreign league or association

Based on current available information culled by Reno 1868 FC, Paradela is the only Cuban athlete in the United States who is actively in consideration to represent Cuba for soccer in men’s national team selection.

“With our partners at the San Jose Earthquakes, we’ve sought to identify the best talent worldwide for Reno 1868 FC," Reno 1868 FC president Eric Edelstein said in a news release. "Huge credit to our Operations Manager, Robert Ritchie, and our legal partners at Pabian Law for shepherding Luis through this unique process. We are happy to have Luis and look forward to him being a part of our club.”

The 22-year-old has logged 637 minutes with the Cuban national team across nine appearances, including three starts in the 2019 Gold Cup. In the CONCACAF Nations League Qualifiers in late 2018 to early 2019, Paradela recorded five goals and three assists, including three goals and three assists in an 11-0 win over Turks and Caicos Islands.

“He’s a versatile player," Ren 1868 FC head coach Ian Russell said in a news release. "He can play up front or wide, he has speed and he’s strong. He looks to be a good addition as we close the year. He’s young and he’s already scoring international goals, he’s got experience playing against some good teams.”

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Coach Belmadi Assures Algeria can win Afcon 2019 Tournament

Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi said in El Cairo that he believes his team can win the African Cup of Nations (Afcon 2019), even if no one else thinks the same.

We have been saying for some time now that we are here to do what nobody believes we can do. We believe in it, to be a bit ambitious is free of charge, even if the bar is set very high, said Belmadi said at a press conference.

The strategist highlighted that while many coaches avoid saying their team is favorite, he boldly aims to win the first Afcon crown for the Desert Foxes since 1990.

On Sunday, Algeria beat the Guinea team 3-0 in the round of 16, which was possibly the best performance of any team participating in the competition so far.

The North African team, pit in the quarterfinals against the winner between the Ivory Coast and Mali, scheduled to play this Monday, has won all its matches in the tournament without conceding even one goal.

We may not reach our goal, but we will do everything possible to get there, said Belmadi.

The 43-year-old coach was appointed last August, which brought an end to an agitated period during which Algeria changed coaches six times in two years.

Despite having one of the most talented squads in Africa, they were eliminated in the group stage in the previous Afcon in 2017 and could not qualify for the World Cup last year.

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Peru Eclipsed Chile in Copa America

In times of eclipse, many today make the simile by pointing out that Peru came between Chile and its hopes to reach the third championship in a row in Copa America 2019.

In fact the victory of Peruvians was unexpected, the more so with a 3-0 score that silenced the several Chilean fans who traveled to the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre and the many who in Santiago de Chile had bought their vuvcelas to blow them at Plaza Italia.

It was a weird match, in which Peru seize all the opportunities while Chile despite a strong offensive throughout the entire game could not score once.

As there is always someone to blame, analyzing the game on Thursday, fans took it on goalkeeper Gabriel Arias, who made a serious mistake that allowed the second goal of Peru.

Arias came out of the area recklessly trying to cut off the advance of a rival, but the play ended with a cross for Yoshimar Yotún, who shot on an empty goal line.

However, Colombian coach Reinaldo Rueda had already defended the goalkeeper when he declared to the press that 'Gabriel has been great, he had a very good competition and came out champion with Racing having a great performance. We cannot just go to extremes. We cannot crucify him. '

Instead, he said “that the entire team had not worked today” and explained that “maybe we wanted to play the final match before playing this game. We entered the field thinking about Sunday. Avoiding a yellow card, a foul, thinking about the final '.

Some commentators went further and said that La Roja requires a renewal with young blood, because the stars of the so-called golden generation are already in another dimension, playing in great world clubs, and meeting eventually for the Copa America is not enough.

On his behalf, from Brazil, Arturo Vidal summarized the defeat with “I'm sad. They fulfilled the two chances they had and made the difference. The goalkeeper had great interventions. We kept fighting, but in the semifinals we cannot make mistakes like that. We gave them an advantage. I congratulate Peru for entering the final.”

After losing the hope of a third championship, he reluctantly spoke about the game on Saturday against Argentina for the third place: 'It will be a match of little importance. It's only a formality.”

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USA Defeats Jamaica and will Defend Crown in Gold Cup

United States, current champion, beat Jamaica 3-1 today and will face Mexico in the Gold Cup final of the Confederation of North, Central America and the Caribbean Football within three days.

The current champions defeated the other finalists of previous edition of this tournament, number 14, in 2017, with a goal of Weston McKennie and two of Christian Pulisic, on the 52 and 87.

The game was held at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, the game was halted for almost an hour and a half, since the 17th minute, by a dangerous electrical storm.

Shamar Nicholson (69), scored for the Caribbean team with a header, the only player who has scored against the North American team in this competition.

On the road to the finale, the U.S. team dominated group D with wins 4-0, 6-0 and 1-0 against Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Panama, and in the quarterfinals they beat the surprising Curaçao team.

On the other hand the Mexican team beat Haiti 1-0 in the first semifinal and won access to the final match on July 7th at the Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.

Mexico, leader of group A and punisher of Costa Rica in the best of eight, had a rough time because the decisive goal came in the third minute of overtime after the draw in the regular time.

Raúl Jiménez kicked a penalty for a team that had no ideas on the pit and on top of that met a strong Haitian defense.

In addition, the Aztec team, top winner of this competition with seven titles suffered the absence on the bench of its technical director, the Argentine Gerardo Tata Martino, due to the excessive accumulation of yellow cards.

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Classic Brazil-Argentina Game at America Cup

The teams from Brazil and Argentina will play on Tuesday at the Mineirão Stadium, in the southern city of Belo Horizonte, where they will stage a classic football game in the continent.

The winner will play for the tournament's title against the victorious team from another classic match between Chile and Peru, scheduled for Wednesday at the Arena do Gremio, in Porto Alegre.

Brazil will play in Mineirão nearly five years after one of its worst losses on its territory, where the team was defeated 1-7 by Germany in the World Cup on June 8, 2014.

However, the Brazilian team is considered the favorite against Argentina, which lost the first game in Group B to Colombia, tied with Paraguay and defeated Qatar.

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Defending Champion United States won over Curacao in Gold Cup

Weston McKennie headed in Christian Pulisic's cross in the 25th minute, and the US national team held on for a 1-0 victory over a resolute Curacao squad in the Concacaf Gold Cup quarterfinals on Sunday evening at Lincoln Financial Field.

The US advances to face Jamaica for a third time in as many Gold Cup knockout phases, after Jamaica also defeated Panama 1-0 earlier on Sunday. The Americans lost to Jamaica in the 2015 semifinals 2-1, then defeated them by the same score in the 2017 final.

Jamaica also defeated the US 1-0 in a Gold Cup tuneup friendly on June 5.

Curacao exits the tournament despite leading the US 15-10 in shots and 5-3 in efforts on target, while also slightly edging possession.

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Chile Beats Japan in Debut of Copa America

Chile started their campaign of Copa America in a superb way as the team defeat Japan by 0-4 with a goal scored by Alexis Sanchez for the first time in last five months.

For Japan, things were not in favour of them. A lose but by a difference of four is not good. But there are many games they have to play and the campaign for them is still remaining.

The first goal of the match was scored by Erick Pulgar in 41’ with a stunning header from a corner kick. Eduardo Vargas scored a brace in the match. His first and the second goal of the match came in 54’ from his foot with a deflection by Japan’s defender. His second and the third goal of the match came in 83’ as he chipped the ball into the nets. Finally, a great diving header from Alexis Sanchez as he netted the ball in 82’ to make it 0-3. The final score was 0-4.

The story of the match was mostly subjected in the favour of Chile and with this scoreline, they warned other teams to not take them light.

The win take them to the top of the table in Group C with 4 points in one match. Uruguay is just behind them, they have also with 4 points. They defeat Ecuador by 4-0 on Monday. Chile will face Ecuador in their second match on Saturday.

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