first_imgIt’s no surprise that the undermanned Gilas Pilipinas has been playing with full of heart of in the continental championships, already taking out powerhouse China and a taller Iraq side to clinch the top seed in Group B.Photographers from Fiba.com were able to capture the heartwarming sight of Gilas Pilipinas’ cheering squad in action.Cheering hard for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from Fiba.comFilipinos in Lebanon let our cheers in support of Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from Fiba.comTerrence Romeo gets some love from Filipino fans after the game vs Iran. Photo from Fiba.comRomeo, who has been starring for Gilas Pilipinas, take photos with fans. Photo from Fiba.comJapeth Aguilar mingles with Filipino fans.Gilas Pilipinas wave to Filipino fans in the gallery. Photo from Fiba.comFilipino fans react after a play. Photo from Fiba.comMatthew Wright nails a triple—and Filipino fans explode in cheers. Photo from Fiba.comWith game all but decided against Iraq, Filipino fans take photos with Gabe Norwood and Jayson Castro. Photo from Fiba.comThe Filipino gallery at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex. Photo from Fiba.comRising star Christian Standhardinger takes fun photos with Filipino fans. Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas bids the crowd goodbye after the big win over China. Photo from Fiba.comMore FIlipino fans in the gallery. Photo from Fiba.comArmed with banners and flags, Filipino fans in Beirut cheer for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from Fiba.comSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters The support for Gilas Pilipinas from overseas Filipinos has been overwhelming so far in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup. For the past two games, we’ve seen and heard them cheer their hearts out—something you can’t miss when you’re watching on your television here in the Philippines—and shower the players with love.READ: Players, coaches turn into fans after Gilas’ big win over ChinaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWith games scheduled on weekdays, most of them must’ve taken a day off work just to watch at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut. They may have not been able to fill the entire stadium, but they were loud enough to make it feel like they did.READ: Gilas sews up QF berth  Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Gilas Pilipinas national team sing the national anthem. Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas may be a long way from home, but Filipinos in Lebanon have not failed to make the national team feel it was still playing on its home floor.READ: Philippines stuns China to open 2017 Fiba Asia Cup bid ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES McGregor holds strong on prediction of a knockout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

first_imgMexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio slammed the Brazilian team for their theatrics on the field during their 2-0 victory over his side in the Round of 16 fixture of this year’s World Cup in Russia on Monday.Brazil started the game on the back foot as the Mexicans played pacey football with Hirving Lozano on the flanks and looked dangerous. But, after 20 minutes, the game slowed down and the Brazilians slowly came back in the game and started grabbing it by the scruff of the neck.The first-half remained goalless and it was anybody’s game to take in the second at the Samara Arena when the second-half kicked off. But, the five-time champions came all guns blazing and Neymar scored in the 51st minute after finishing off a wonderful move he started with little help from Willian, who also had a brilliant game.World Cup 2018: Neymar trolled again despite heroics vs MexicoEl Tiri boys tried their best to go level and they were kept in the game by their goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who made stunning saves to deny the Brazilians. Trying to play through Lozano via counter-attacks, their game was to hit the Selecao’s on the break but their momentum was broken each time they looked to attack the Allison guarded goal. Brazil’s stars led by Neymar, suffer a lot of fouls and at times it gets out of hand. Neymar has suffered the most number of fouls in this World Cup (23) and today was no different.Mexico’s last 16 jinx at World Cup continues: Stats and factsadvertisementSo, the Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi was cautios and awarded the Brazilians a lot of free-kicks and Osorio feels that it disrupted Mexico’s flow.”Stats say we had 53 percent possession. I think we controlled the game mostly and unfortunately – and it is a shame for football – we wasted a lot of time because of one player,” Osorio said.”We lost our style in the second half because of the refereeing style. There were too many stoppages,” he added.World Cup 2018: Brazil, Belgium in quarter-finals, Japan go down fightingIn particular, Osorio referred to an incident in the 72nd minute when Neymar clashed with Mexico substitute Miguel Layun on the touchline. With Neymar already on the ground, Layun appeared to step on the Brazilian’s ankle with Neymar writhing theatrically in response. Rocchi decided against punishing either player but Osorio was left angry with the amount of time taken up by the incident. World Cup 2018: With Neymar already on the ground, Layun appeared to step on the Brazilian’s ankle in the 72nd minute with Neymar writhing theatrically in response (Reuters Photo)World Cup 2018: I’m a Brazilian and I don’t give up, says Neymar”There was a four-minute stoppage at one point and this is a very negative example for the world of football and all the children who are following the game,” said an irritated Osorio.REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS”This should be a strong sport, a man’s sport. I think there shouldn’t be so much acting. This had an impact on our pace,” the Mexican coach added.The 56-year-old also suggested his team had a specific plan in dealing with Neymar but that it went out of the window due to the referee’s handing of the match.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”We wanted to play fair and just mark him and for the first 20 minutes and we did a good job,” he said.”We did a 50/50 challenge and got a yellow card (for Edson Alvarez) so then we changed it to Layun so we wouldn’t get another yellow card (for Alvarez). We wanted just to play and compete,” said Osorio.However, Brazil coach Tite was unsurprisingly supportive of Neymar and dismissed accusations of playacting, while preferring to talk about his improving side, who seem to be finding their rhythm after a third successive 2-0 victory.”The team still has to grow,” he said. “I wanted to repeat the standard of the last match and grow and that happened.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgRahul Dravid was all praise for Indian captain Virat Kohli, complimenting him for chasing numbers that no one thought was achievable.”Virat keeps getting better. He is setting standards that we probably thought could never be achieved. Sachin got 49 hundreds in one day cricket and we thought, at least I thought, could never be achieved. Now Virat is 10 away or close to it. So tribute to him when it comes to reinventing or reimagining yourself,” Dravid said during the Star ReImagine awards in Mumbai.Lauding Kohli for being constantly on the lookout for ways to improve himself, Dravid said Kohli would extend the same approach to his captaincy as well. “Thing about him is even if he has a bad tour, like the 2014 tour to England or when he was not as successful when he first went to Australia, when he goes back again, he comes out a better player. He is constantly looking to get better. The same extends to his captaincy,” he said.”When you look at some of the shots he played six months ago… you see him hitting the sweep shot and you think he didn’t play it six months ago. When I first saw him he didn’t play the short ball so well and then next time you see him working at it. He is constantly reinventing his game,” he added.If Dravid was blown away by Virat’s appetite to improve, former skipper MS Dhoni’s unmatched ability to soak pressure in high voltage encounters left him equally impressed.advertisement”The beauty about MS is that he plays a lot of these big tournaments, as they do not mean a lot. They obviously do. He is able to see a bigger picture. To say you are not being defined by that game. And it’s a hard thing to do. He does feel the pressure as we have seen in this IPL at times. But he is able to stay relaxed as if he is playing another match with friends in Ranchi. It’s a special skill to have. To have an exam and approach it like it’s not an exam. We are lucky to have someone when the pressure is on at the back end of the game and can approach that way. It will definitely work on India’s favour (at the World Cup),” Dravid said.Dravid tipped India to be one of the title contenders and England, Australia and one of South Africa or Pakistan to be frontrunners for World Cup semi-final spots.Also Read | Wicket-takers in middle overs will benefit India in high-scoring World Cup: Rahul Dravidlast_img read more