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Luis Enrique Not Giving Up Hope After Spain Defeat

Spain coach Luis Enrique said football had been unfair to his side after Thursday’s dramatic 3-2 defeat in Croatia left them in danger of failing to reach the UEFA Nations League finals.

Nivia footballThe 2010 World Cup winners had to chase the game twice in the second half, with Dani Ceballos cancelling out Andrej Kramaric’s opener and captain Sergio Ramos levelling from the penalty spot after Tin Jedvaj had made it 2-1 to the hosts.

Luis Enrique told a news conference that we created a lot of chances, some of them where it looked impossible that the ball would not go in, we hit the crossbar, and football has been unfair to us.

Nivia footballIn their first goal we made a mistake, their second came from a set piece and they were lucky at the end. In the second half we deserved a lot more, we certainly didn’t deserve defeat but this is football and we need to accept it.

Spain have experienced a slump since thumping Croatia 6-0 in September and beating England in their Nations League opener.

Nivia footballTheir place in the finals of the new competition now hangs in the balance, however, after losing 3-2 at home to England and defeat in Zagreb.

Luis Enrique appeared resigned to his side not making it through, turning his attention to the qualifying campaign for Euro 2020.

“I am sure we have it in us to beat England,” Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said. “The best of this new look team is yet to come.”

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Ronaldo’s Juventus start in Serie A with win over Cagliari

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Juventus have now won 12 of their 13 league games but they needed the help of an own goal by Filip Bradaric after Joao Pedro had equalised for Cagliari.
Paulo Dybala scored after 44 seconds for Juventus but they were made to struggle in a 3-1 win over a brave Cagliari team as they stayed six points clear in Serie A on Saturday 3rd November.
Nivia shoesJuventus have won 12 out of their 13 games in all competitions this season but coach Massimiliano Allegri said he was still worried that “drops in intensity” could cost his team an eighth successive Serie A title.
Allegri was clearly concerned about last week’s 2-1 win at lowly Empoli where Juventus needed a contentious penalty and a moment of individual brilliance from Cristiano Ronaldo to turn the game around after trailing at halftime.
Allegri said that defender Giorgio Chiellini and midfielder Federico Bernardeschi were not fully fit and would sit out the match, while Sami Khedira and Mario Mandzukic would be available for selection.
Juventus have conceded seven goals in 10 league games so far which Allegri said was too many.

Dybala gave Juve the perfect start when he received a pass on the edge of the penalty area, twisted one way and then the other and, despite slipping as he struck the ball, scored with a right-foot shot past Alessio Cragno.

Cagliari fought back and, after having a penalty appeal for handball turned down following a VAR review, forced Juve goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny into a point-blank save to block a Leonardo Pavoletti volley.