Renard bemoans ‘total injustice’ ahead of Spain clash

first_img0Shares0000Morocco coach Herve Renard says his team are victims of ‘total injustice’ © AFP / Patrick HERTZOGKALINIGRAD, Russian Federation, Jun 24 – Morocco coach Herve Renard Sunday said his team had been victim to a “total injustice” in becoming the first nation knocked out of the World Cup before their final Group B clash with Spain.Morocco were eliminated after losing 1-0 to Portugal in Moscow after a 95th-minute own goal saw them lose to Iran by the same scoreline in their opener. “When you look at the facts in the Portugal game, it’s totally unfair.“For the goal we conceded, there was an obvious foul by (defender) Pepe at the front post. Why did (the referee) not see it?” Renard told reporters in Kaliningrad ahead of Monday’s encounter.“Then there was a handball by Pepe, exactly the same as the one (that was given as a penalty) for Australia” in the Socceroos’ Group C match against Denmark.Morocco attacked Portugal relentlessly in the second half in Moscow after Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with an early header.“For me it’s a total injustice, especially because of the quality showed by my players during the game. You mustn’t forget we were playing the European champions.“It’s unfair that we’re already eliminated but we have to accept reality.”Goalkeeper Munir al-Kajoui agreed that the team had been unlucky in their two games so far.“When we arrived in Russia the coach told us about VAR and we had to be aware of this in key moments,” he said. “But in our case it’s been decisive and it’s basically thrown us out of the tournament.“We are talking about a couple of moments that really hurt us.”Munir, who was born in the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla, plays his club football in Spain, and said he expects a tough test against the 2010 winners in Kaliningrad.“Spain have great stars but honestly none inspire fear in me,” said the Numancia stopper.“Obviously, it’s an important match for us, for our honour and our pride and to try to give some joy to our fans. They deserve it.”Frenchman Renard, who once managed Cambridge United in England’s fourth tier, said his team would be motivated for the game despite having nothing to play for.“My job is to pose Spain problems and make the Moroccan people proud,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgArizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians greets Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, right, after an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Rams won 17-13. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Bruce Arians does not regret taking a jab at the Rams two years ago.If anything, the Cardinals head coach just wishes former Rams coach Jeff Fisher was still around to continue their back-and-forth. In a conference call with Los Angeles media on Wednesday, Arians was asked about Fisher taking his own shot at the Cardinals this year following the Rams’ Week 4 win.“We’ve always had our little barbs,” Arians said Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez. “They’re out of fun. I think it was out of respect for each other. I started it, and I wish he had a chance to finish it so I could say, ‘Happy New Year.’” 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The attack didn’t go away over the last two years. Before the 2016 season, the HBO television series “Hard Knocks” followed the Rams during training camp, and one episode featured Fisher making a similar reference to his average head coaching record.“I’m not (expletive) going 7-9, or 8-8, or 9-7, ‘kay? Or 10-6 for that matter,” he said after cutting a player for a team violation. “This team is too talented. I’m not going to settle for that. I know what I’m doing. We had some 7-9 (expletive) this morning.” After beating Arizona this year, Fisher spoke candidly with NFL.com about Arians’ previous comments. He told his Los Angeles team that the 17-13 victory on Oct. 2 was Arizona’s early “Christmas present.”“Go back and see all the (expletive) Bruce said against us a couple of years ago,” Fisher added.Arians took it in stride.“It was good,” the Cardinals coach said Wednesday. “Hey, when you win, you get to say things. And when you lose, eat it.”Much has changed since the teams’ first meeting this year. Fisher was fired and replaced by special teams coordinator John Fassel on an interim basis. Arizona, meanwhile, played too many more disappointing games and find themselves 6-8-1 heading into Week 16.The verbal jabs between Arians and Fisher originated following a 12-6 Cardinals victory over the Rams in 2014. Arians criticized the expectation that his 11-3 team would lose in St. Louis against a 6-8 team.“Everybody wanted to talk all that stuff about how great that defense is. I think they saw a great defense tonight — it was in red and white,” Arians said. “There’s an 11-3 team and a team that’s always 8-8. You figure it out.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more