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“Ronaldo and Bale can play together” – Ancelotti

Ancelotti RM trainingReal Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, has insisted that Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale can play alongside one another.
Ever since the Welshman completed his record-breaking €100million move to the Bernabeu, there has been a lot of speculation as to how he would fit into the system, given the similarities in their playing styles.
Ancelotti says he is thinking about a formation that would accomodate both players, but ruled out the possibility of Ronaldo playing centrally.
“No [Ronaldo will not be used as a striker], I think we’ll be working out a system which will bring out the best characteristics of both players,” the 54-year-old told Uefa.com.

“You need to field the top players where they feel comfortable. Everything is going really well. Real Madrid is a massive club and it is well organised.
“I’m in no doubt at all that it will all work out well for him [Bale]. There’s been no problem at all in adapting. The team has changed a little since I came in.
“He’s a great player and he’s young. He wanted nothing more than to come here and play for Real Madrid and I’m sure he’ll do well.”
The Italian trainer has dismissed claims that he was bothered about the immense pressure, of being coach of Real Madrid.
“It’s normal for a coach. There is a great deal of pressure at Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain,” he continued.
“There is pressure within both of those teams to reach objectives and you don’t always reach them. After so many years of experience, in the end you grow used to the pressure.”

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Ronaldo scores 1st international hat trick

 

 

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, wins the ball from Northern Ireland's Steven Davis during their World Cup Group F qualifier soccer match at Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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Spain, Germany and Italy won Friday to move to the brink of qualifying for next year’s World Cup, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s first international hat trick kept Portugal on course for the tournament in Brazil.

The Netherlands needed an injury time penalty kick from Robin van Persie for a 2-2 tie at 85th-ranked Estonia, and England moved atop its group with a 4-0 rout of Moldova as Danny Welbeck scored twice following Steven Gerrard’s first England goal in three years and Rickie Lambert’s second in two games.

Defending world champion Spain won 2-0 at Finland on goals by Jordi Alba and Alvaro Negredo, opening a three-point lead in Group I over France, which tied 0-0 at Georgia.

The nine European group winners qualify for next June’s 32-nation field, and the top eight second-place teams advance to playoffs.

In late games in North America and the Caribbean, the United States lost 3-1 at Costa Rica, Mexico was upset 2-1 by visiting Honduras and Panama was held to a 0-0 tie at home by last-place Jamaica.

Only five teams are assured World Cup berths thus far: host Brazil and Asian qualifiers Australia, Iran, Japan and South Korea.

Germany and Italy would clinch first place in their groups with wins Tuesday. Germany beat Austria 3-0 as Miroslav Klose scored his 68th international goal, tying Gerd Mueller’s German record. Italy defeated Bulgaria 1-0 on Alberto Gilardino’s 38th-minute goal.

Ronaldo scored in the 68th, 77th and 83rd minutes as Portugal rallied for a 4-2 win at Northern Ireland. While he has 20 hat tricks for Real Madrid and one for Manchester United, he had never scored three goals in a match for his country.

With 43 international goals, he moved two ahead of Eusebio on Portugal’s career and trails only Pauleta’s 47. Portugal, which has two games left, opened a two-point lead in Group F over Russia, which has three matches remaining.

Belgium opened a five-point lead in Group A with a 2-0 win at Scotland as Steven Defour and Kevin Mirallas scored.

Bosnia-Herzegovina lost 1-0 at home to Slovakia and leads Group G on goal difference over Greece, which won 1-0 at Liechtenstein on Costas Mitroglou’s 72nd-minute goal.

Ukraine routed San Marino 9-0 and is one point behind England, which leads Group H on goal difference over Montenegro, which tied 1-1 at Poland.

Crowd violence marred Romania’s 3-0 win over Hungary in Group D. Five fans and two police officers were injured in pregame skirmishes. Serbia and Croatia drew 1-1 in a heated match between former Yugoslav territories, eliminating the Serbs from contention.

In CONCACAF, Honduras won 2-1 at Mexico, sending El Tri to its second-ever home loss in qualifying and first since 2001 against Costa Rica. Oribe Peralta put El Tri ahead in the sixth minute at Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca, but Jerry Bengtson tied the score in the 66th after goalkeeper Jose Corona spilled Oscar Boniek Garcia’s shot, and Carlo Costly put the Catrachos ahead two minutes later off a long clearance.

Costa Rica beat the visiting United States 3-1 on goals by Johnny Acosta, Celso Borges and Joel Campbell, avenging a March loss in a Colorado snow storm. Clint Dempsey converted a penalty kick in his 100th American appearance.

Panama was held to a 0-0 tie by visiting Jamaica.

The Ticos moved into first place with 14 points, one ahead of the U.S. with three games remaining. Honduras is third with 10 points, Mexico fourth with eight points and Panama is another point back after behind held to a 0-0 tie at home by last-place Jamaica. The top three nations qualify, and the fourth-place finisher goes to a playoff against New Zealand.

In South America, Luis Suarez converted a 43rd-minute penalty kick and added a 67th-minute goal, lifting Uruguay to a 2-1 win at Peru, which got an 84th-minute goal from Jefferson Farfan. Colombia won 1-0 at home against Ecuador on James Rodriguez’s 31st-minute goal; Paraguay routed visiting Bolivia 4-0 on goals by Jonathan Fabbro, Roque Santa Cruz, Richard Ortiz and Gustavo Gomez; Chile defeated Venezuela 3-0 on goals by Eduardo Vargas, Marcos Gonzalez and Arturo Vidal.

Argentina and Colombia lead with 26 points each, while Chile has 24, Ecuador 21 and Uruguay 19. Venezuela trails with 16, two in front of Peru. The top four teams qualify.

In the first leg of the Asian playoff, Uzbekistan tied 1-1 at Jordan. The second leg is Tuesday, and the winner advances to a playoff against South America’s fifth-place team.

 

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