Greece 2-1 Nigeria

Trading Places, in this case that of second place in Group B. The first seems to have dominated the overflowing of the disgraced coach Argentina Maradona, for second place is already the last call to Greece and Nigeria, both losses at presentation. Eventually check Greece, with a 2 to 1 on comeback but Nigeria can complain to the expulsion of Kaita, who leaves her in ten of 32 ‘and the uncertainty of Enyeama in recovery, which stained a race from there perfect, a real gate, by the African n.1.

In the field – German Rehhagel, coach of Greece, host a 5-3-2 rather elastic, with a lone striker Gekas, buzzing around which in turn Salpingidis former Inter Karagounis. Vintra and Torosidis are the external front of the defense is the Sienese Tziolis. In Nigeria Lagerback opts for a 4-3-3 with striker Yakubu, assisted by Odemwingie and Uche. In midfield there is the trio-Etuhu-Haruna Kaita, left lane on the back of all tip Taiwo (due out through injury but the 53 ‘).

It is played – the first time on the pace of play very low. The two teams seem to play chess, to see a shot, so to speak, it was not until 12 ‘when Katsouranis try a lob from 40 meters, in very truth Loff: comfortable grip of the Nigerian goalkeeper Enyeama. Two minutes after the first yellow card of the match, the victim Papasthatopoulos Genoa player for a foul on Odemwingie. To break the boredom we think the 16 ‘an innocuous free kick beat from Nigeria, Kalu Uche beats, crossing the ball across the penalty area and behind the bag Tzorvas unresponsive. And ‘the 1 to 0 of Africa, which eventually produces a shock in the match. Greece accuses the wrong shot and steps on steps, only Karagounis tries but with poor results. At 32 ‘But fate lends a hand to the Greek form of expulsion against the Nigerian Kaita, the protagonist in an attempt to negative reaction against Torosidis. Now the band-Rehhagel finally wakes up and starts to produce opportunities, thanks to the decisive change from the greek ct 36 ‘: out of an uncertain Papastathopoulos inside striker Samaras. A minute later Salpingidis to tap the same but only the dress rehearsal, is 43 ‘, good work Hellenic Tziolis from vertical to Katsouranis, Salpingidis same ball that the opposing party a deviation, the symbol 1 to 1.

We are shooting: Lagerback sent immediately instead of field Obasi Odemwingie. Nigeria, now seems back in the game must Tzorvas smanacciare corner a menacing attack. At 53 ‘Taiwo, for the second time in two games, must surrender to a physical trouble and gives way to Echiejilé. Enyeama foil a header Kyrgiakos then at 58 ‘a repartee from heart attack, the first close to the goal of overtaking Greece. (Translated from Italian)

Rafael Benitez for Inter

Official presentation of Rafael Benitez at Inter Milan happened today at 12:00.

Interfanzone.com bring us full interview of ex Liverpool coach:

“I want to thank Inter for this opportunity, and the fans too, who immediately welcomed me with affection. I am very pleased and proud to be here,” said Benitez, who sat alongside Inter chief executive Ernesto Paolillo, vice managing director Stefano Filucchi and technical director Marco Branca.

“It wasn’t easy to leave Liverpool, but the situation has changed and I needed to move,” explained Benitez. “I had the perfect opportunity with Inter, a massive club, and I’m really pleased to be here. Inter is a fantastic club. They did very well this year and we will see if we can keep this level next season.

“I have been in contact with 95 percent of my ex-players. I thanked them for everything and they wished me luck. Gerrard? I spoke to him on his birthday and for now he only wants to talk about the World Cup.

“Everything is fine, the relationship with my old players is very good. The club was fantastic and the fans were amazing so it was a sad day when I had to go, but things changed so I had to do it. Now I am here in a new club and I am very pleased to be here.”

Benitez has joined treble-winning Inter in the sign of continuity and he hopes to repeat what was achieved by José Mourinho’s team last season. “With the club I have to talk and analyse the future,” he said. “Mourinho did a great job here but I’m a different coach. I hope to be successful here and try to win some titles. The main thing is to keep the team’s mentality and try to win some titles. We will see at the end of the year if I have been successful or not.

“Will there be any new players? Yes, I think so. I hope to buy good players, of a good level. The mentality is to win by playing well, and playing well depends on the players you have. The players here are good. They like playing good football and winning. We have so many high level players and Maicon, for example, is one of them. I wish all of our players at the World Cup the best of luck, including Maicon, who is important for us. I have to talk to the club about the transfer market. Samuel Eto’o? He sacrificed himself a lot for Inter last season. He is a good and intelligent player and I am sure he will make the same sacrifices again next year if needed.”

Benitez was asked if he shares the opinion of Diego Maradona that Cambiasso and Mascherano can’t play in the same team. He replied: “Maradona is the coach of the Argentina national team. Cambiasso is a top-level player for me. I am happy to have him here with us. Of these two players, he’s the only one we have.

“Coutinho? We have spoken about him. He’s young and he’s a good player. Balotelli? He’s a quality player and he’s important. I’m pleased he’s with us. Obviously I haven’t worked with him yet and the same goes for the other players.”

Replying to a question about past rumours of a move to Juventus, Benitez said: “I have no memory of this right now. There is a lot of talk in football, but ultimately the most important thing is actually joining a club. I have done this with Inter and I am very happy. This is the important thing.

“I think that after two years you will know me better. I like working hard and pushing my players. As for training sessions, we will obviously do closed training sessions because it’s important for the other teams not to see what we do, but there will be the occasional open session because it’s good for the team to feel the support of the fans.”

Premiership transfer romours

Hristo Stoichkov: “Ibrahimovic’s transfer to Barca was a big failure. He is a good player but not for Barcelona. I can bet he will go to Manchester City.”

Perez admited Real Madrid have tried to hire Arsen Wenger last season: “It was impossible. So we went for a coach with the same characteristics, and that was Manuel Pellegrini.”

Joe Cole to Arsenal – three-year contract with earnings of £80,000 per week.

Barcelona and Chelsea in battle for Torres

Barcelona are reportedly are weighing up the merits of a move for Liverpool hot-shot Fernando Torres.

The Spain international’s future at Anfield looks to be the subject of much speculation after seeing compatriot Rafael Benitez depart the club yesterday following a disappointing season at the helm of the Reds.

Barcelona’s interest in Torres is not exactly new as El Nino was already on the Catalan club’s agenda last summer, but a transfer never materialised.

Chelsea have also been credited with an interest in the 26-year-old striker, who cost Liverpool a fee in the region of €30 million, but it is believed the Blues’ preference lies in the shoulders of Barcelona‘s Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

News daily Sport claims that, after spending €40 million on David Villa of Valencia, Barcelona’s move for Torres would always depend on Ibrahimovic being sold first, with the Swedish ace having a €50m price-tag around his neck. (Source)

Other transfer news:
– Man UTD and Arsenal in battle for Joe Cole
– Francesco Toldo on Sporting Lisabon target

Agent: Yaya close to Premiership

Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure will ply his trade in England next season, according to his agent.

Chelsea and both Manchester City and United have been linked with the Ivory Coast international recently but according to the agent, a deal has already been signed.

Arsenal had made their interest known in Toure, but he reportedly turned the Gunners down.

“If everything goes well, Yaya will go to England,” Dimitri Seluk told Ona FM.

“But we can’t talk about definite clubs. We already have a closed deal, and all will be resolved before the World Cup.”

Toure fell out of favour at Barcelona last season after only making a handful of appearances towards the end of the campaign but that has not stopped the Catalan giants from demanding almost £30 million for the midfielder.

Seluk added: “It seems to me too much money. His club have shown they want him to leave, it’s not normal that they’re asking for this amount.

“If [Barca president Joan Laporta] likes Toure so much, he could have explained why he didn’t play so much.

“This year we haven’t spoken to him even one time, and if he leaves it’s because that was lacking.”

If Yaya makes the switch to Manchester City this summer, he will have the opportunity to team up with his brother Kolo, who captains the side. (Source)