Ronaldo scores hat trick, Portugal draws 3-3 with Spain

first_imgLATEST STORIES It was an exciting start to one of the group-stage’s most anticipated matches and it didn’t take long before Ronaldo and Portugal struck first.Ronaldo made a nice stepover move to get past Fernandez, his Real Madrid teammate, and was fouled at the edge of the area. He then calmly sent his shot to the right corner as De Gea went the other way.During the celebration, Ronaldo rubbed his chin in an apparent reaction to Adidas’ “GOAT” promotion with Lionel Messi. GOAT is the acronym for “greatest of all time” and Adidas is running an advertisement featuring Messi with a real goat.As Ronaldo returned to midfield for the restart, he and Fernandez appeared to exchange words and the Portuguese star smiled.Portugal threatened on counterattacks as Spain struggled to get near Rui Patricio’s goal, but a great long pass by Sergio Busquets allowed Costa to even the match. The striker beat defender Pepe to the ball and used several neat moves to clear defenders before firing a low shot into the corner from inside the area.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo scores his third goal with a free kick during the group B match between Portugal and Spain at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)SOCHI, Russia — Cristiano Ronaldo completed a hat trick with a perfectly taken free kick in the 88th minute to give Portugal a 3-3 draw against Spain on Friday at the World Cup.Ronaldo had twice given Portugal the lead with first-half goals, but Diego Costa equalized for Spain with a goal in each half. Nacho Fernandez then put the 2010 champions ahead with a one-timer from outside the area in the Group B match.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Spain struggled to contain Portugal’s counterattacks, but it showed it remained a solid team despite Lopetegui’s absence. Spain looked to have successfully overcome its dramatic coaching change one the eve of the tournament but Ronaldo curled a late shot over the wall to force the draw.Ronaldo’s opening goal from the penalty spot allowed him to become the fourth player to score in four World Cups, joining Pele, Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler. Ronaldo also became the first Portuguese player to appear in four World Cups.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHis second goal came after a blunder by Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, who let the ball bounce off his hands and into the net.Spain badly needed a winning start after the federation fired coach Julen Lopetegui two days before its tournament debut for accepting a job with Real Madrid without letting it know in advance. Sporting director Fernando Hierro, a former player, was picked as Lopetegui’s replacement and was on the bench despite no significant previous coaching experience. 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Portugal wanted the play to be reviewed, and Rocchi at one point put his hand to his ear, apparently indicating that the assistant referees didn’t see a clear error.Goal-line technology came into play a few moments later when a Francisco “Isco” Alarcon’s shot struck the crossbar and dropped straight down on top of the goal line. After Isco complained, Rocchi pointed to his watch, which is where he gets goal-line technology confirmations.Busquets and Costa teamed up again for Spain’s equalizer in the 55th. After a cross by Andres Iniesta, Busquets headed the ball back across the area and Costa touched it into the open net.Three minutes later, Fernandez redeemed himself for the penalty on Ronaldo with a streaking shot after a ball cleared by the defense got deflected toward him. The ball struck the post before going into the goal.GROUP DYNAMICSThe teams arrived in Russia as favorites to share first and second in the group, but the draw leaves them two points behind Iran, which defeated Morocco 1-0 earlier Friday.Spain, trying to rebound from disappointing eliminations at the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 European Championship, will next face Iran, while Portugal plays Morocco.KEY TO SUCCESSPortugal: The team has been able to succeed recently because of its steady defense, but this time it was not able to hold on to its early leads despite twice getting ahead with goals by Ronaldo. It was the star striker who saved the team from defeat with his late equalizer.Spain: The Spanish looked lost after conceding the early goal to Ronaldo, but Costa’s strike helped Hierro’s team settle down and even the match. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationslast_img read more

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House’s Specialized Committee ‘Disappointed’ at BIVAC, LRA for ‘Non Compliance’

first_imgRep. Clarence Massaquoi: “It is an open knowledge that our current economic status as a country is challenged…” The ‘Specialized Committee’ of the House of Representatives which is tasked to scrutinize (review) all tax incentives and concession agreements, has frowned on the Bureau Veritas (BIVAC) Liberia and the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) for non-compliance and deliberate lack of cooperation.Lofa County District #3 Representative Clarence Massaquoi and chairman of the Specialized Committee, said the LRA is dragging her feet to disclose to the Committee the ‘cost incentive’  or “total amount” of all the tax incentives or tax waivers from all concessions and business institutions which are enjoying tax incentives or tax waivers, while BIVAC is reneging to submit their Investment Contract.The disappointment of the House’s Specialized Committee was contained in a preliminary report to plenary, which was read and endorsed on Thursday, February 21, which marked the 13th day sitting.BIVAC  is an international company that is involved in pre-shipment inspection (PSI), while LRA is a government agency that is responsible to collect lawful revenue.Rep. Massaquoi named the Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC), Firestone Liberia, APM Terminals, Conex Petroleum, and ArcelorMittal as some of the concession or business institutions which are in compliance.“Some of the Agreements or Investment Contracts we scrutinized indicate that the time has passed for them to be reviewed legally either five or 10 years ago,” Rep. Massaquoi said.“APM Terminals and Firestone are some of the concessions that are ought to be re-reviewed according to their concession agreements,” he said.He added: “We have also observed that some of the tax waivers have been misused and because of that our investment is sinking and if we don’t rescue it, we will be doomed.”Nimba County District #5 Representative Samuel Kogar made the motion for the Specialized Committee’s preliminary report to be endorsed and extended for an additional one month. But the extension of the Specialized Committee’s time-frame was denied and given an open-ended duration.Meanwhile, the Specialized Committee is co-chaired by Montserrado County District #8 Representative Acarous M. Gray, while other members are Bomi County District #1 Representative Edwin M. Snowe; Montserrado County District #5 Representative Thomas Fallah; Lofa County District #2 Representative Julie Wiah; and Montserrado County District # 9 Representative Munah Pelham-Youngblood.The remaining lawmakers include River Cess County District #2 Representative Rosanna Schaak; Montserrado County District #3 Representative Rustonlyn Dennis, Bong County District #5 Representative Edward Karfiah; Nimba County District #5 Representative Samuel Kogar; Grand Gedeh County District #1 Representative Zoe Pennoh; Montserrado County District #11 Representative Richard Koon; Margibi County District #2 Representative Tibelrosa Tanpoweh, Sinoe County District #3 Representative Matthew Zaza, Montserrado County District #16 Representative Dixon Seibo and Gbarpolu County District #2 Representative Cllr. Kane Wesso.The Specialized Committee was appointed by House Speaker Dr. Bhofal Chambers on Tuesday, January 15, during the 2nd day sitting of the 2nd Session, following a letter from the Rep. Massaquoi.He wrote: “Honorable Speaker and Colleagues, it is an open knowledge that our current economic status as a country is challenged and the selfless inputs of all stakeholders to revive it and rekindle the hope of our people. Areas I believe should be looked at are the concessions and investment incentives that are currently in place. You will agree with me, Honorable Speaker and Colleagues, that the implementation of these instruments has a significant impact on the viability of the economy.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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