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Altuve, the Venezuelan ‘killer’ that threatens Atlético

first_imgIt is second top scorer of FirstThere is no doubt that the Venezuelan attacker has earned the chance to be on everyone’s lips. With seven goals in four games and ten in total, Oriana has managed to sneak into the top goalscorers of Primera. Specifically, the second in the race for the pichichi, only behind the Barca Jenni Hermoso (15 goals). For now, he has already matched his figure last season, when he scored 10 goals in 28 games. “I want to make 15 goals, at least. It is the figure that I have marked, “he said at the beginning of this campaign. And the truth is that it is very aimed at achieving it.With twelve matches played to date, Altuve is shown at his best level. And the team thanks him. Almost 60% of the goals of the Vallecano team come out of their boots. Or what is the same, Ten of the seventeen goals of the team led by Carlos Santiso are signed. A scoring streak that now threatens an Atleti who has little hope left before revalidating the league title. Five points behind Barça, a red and white defeat against Rayo would mean giving up the chance to be crowned again. The hopes are still alive. Oriana and ten more will depend on whether they leave frustrated Vallecas or not.For the franjirrojo team, it is not a match either in terms of ambitions. At stake is being able to storm the fourth place. If they sign the victory in this derby, they would chain five consecutive games without losing and also give the first great joy of the year to a hobby that, for now, is very proud of its women’s team. “I would choose Atleti to play at the Estadio de Vallecas”, Oriana Altuve (27 years old) said in an interview with AS. The Venezuelan forward will not be able to fulfill her desire in this 2020, since the derby will be played tomorrow (1:00 pm) in the modest C. D. Rayo Vallecano, but the player has already shown that against the rojiblanco team the matches are special. Because he is the current champion of the First Iberdrola and because he is the neighboring rival. And is that the absence of Real Madrid in this category has given greater importance to crossings between athletic and Rayistas, whose history in women’s football is loaded with successes (three leagues, a Cup and an International Women’s Cup).Altuve, who in the Rayo dressing room is part of the group The Panchis (with Argentine Yael Oviedo and Ruth Bravo and Chile’s Camila Sáez and Carla Guerrero), it will not only come forward to the derby. That of Caracas has been shown in a great state of form in recent games, scoring the team’s last seven goals in the league. A streak that impresses the swollen franjirroja, who has gone from suffering to see his team in a very comfortable position of the table, and that scares his rivals.last_img read more

Five potential breakout World Cup stars

first_img0Shares0000Mexico’s Hirving Lozano has been compared to Uruguay’s Luis Suarez © AFP/File / YURI CORTEZMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 14 – Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar are all aiming to leave an indelible mark on the World Cup but with billions watching, it is the perfect stage for a new generation to showcase their talents.AFP Sport looks at five players who could emerge as breakout stars in Russia. Hirving Lozano (Mexico)Temperamental but extremely gifted, Hirving Lozano followed in the footsteps of a number of Latin American stars by swapping home for an introductory taste of European football in the Netherlands. He hit 17 goals in 29 games in his debut season abroad as PSV Eindhoven won the Dutch title and has drawn comparisons with Luis Suarez — both for his ability and disposition — while placing Europe’s bigger clubs on alert. He has a knack for the spectacular, scoring the winner for Pachuca minutes into his professional debut, while needing just half an hour to find the net for PSV. At 22, the hope is “Chucky” will mature given time, with Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio counting on him to sparkle.Goncalo Guedes (Portugal)Portugal’s Goncalo Guedes in action for Valencia © AFP/File / MIGUEL RIOPAOffloaded to Valencia on loan after finding himself stuck behind a queue of talent at Paris Saint-Germain, Goncalo Guedes played just one minute of Portugal’s qualifying campaign. After a frustrating yet brief spell in France, a brilliant start with his new club in La Liga thrust him back into the national team spotlight. The 21-year-old scored five goals and laid on 11 assists to help Valencia earn a place in the Champions League, and struck twice in his country’s final World Cup warm-up match against Algeria to further advance his case for a starting berth in Russia. Powerful and capable of slashing through defences, whether by dribbling or passing, Guedes could leave PSG with a fight on their hands to keep hold of a talent whose potential is far from fulfilled.Timo Werner (Germany)Germany forward Timo Werner has made an impressive start to his international career © AFP/File / Patrik STOLLARZRegarded as the heir to Germany’s record goalscorer Miroslav Klose, Timo Werner already boasts vast Bundesliga experience and a tendency to deliver on the big occasions. The 22-year-old was the top scorer at last year’s Confederations Cup, won by Germany, and a return of seven goals in 12 appearances since his international debut in March 2017 suggests he will be a mainstay in the national team for the next decade. Armed with searing pace — he was clocked running 100 metres in 11.1 seconds — the RB Leipzig forward is a constant threat on the counter and thrives by hanging on the shoulder of the last defender. A deep run by Germany in Russia could set Werner up for a shot at the tournament’s golden boot.Sardar Azmoun (Iran)Sardar Azmoun has a long way to go to eclipse compatriot Ali Daei’s world record of 109 international goals © AFP/File / OZAN KOSESardar Azmoun has been piling up the international goals for an Iran squad that has regularly superseded expectations. With 23 international goals in just 32 games, the 23-year-old is already fifth on Iran’s list of all-time leading scorers. Azmoun was a standout volleyball player as a teenager before concentrating solely on football, and uses his athleticism and acceleration to great effect. He was snapped up by Rubin Kazan in 2013 and while Arsenal and Liverpool have reportedly showed interest in the past, he remains in Russia. He will team up with Alireza Jahanbakhsh, who became the first Asian to finish as the Dutch league’s top scorer this season, as Iran try to punch above their weight in a section featuring Portugal and Spain.Hakim Ziyech (Morocco)Morocco midfielder Hakim Ziyech is greeted by fans in Voronezh, Russia © AFP / FADEL SENNAA Dutch youth international, Hakim Ziyech ultimately elected to represent Morocco rather than the country of his birth in 2015. It was a decision blasted by Netherlands great Marco van Basten but one that helped Morocco end a 20-year World Cup absence. An attacking midfielder with the facility to penetrate the opposition, he is the fulcrum in an underrated Morocco side and has an eye for goal, finding the net eight times in 15 matches. Two prolific seasons at Twente earned him a move to Ajax in 2016 but the 25-year-old is looking for a new challenge after landing the league’s player of the year award and will be desperate to prove his value in Russia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more