With performance after performance worthy of applause, the world fell in love with Colombia’s James Rodriguez.
Apparently, so did the players.
Leaving it all on the pitch, Rodriguez and Colombia came up a goal short against hosts Brazil, but his effort and skill wasn’t lost on his conquerors.
Rodriguez was in tears after the match, and noticing this, David Luiz and Dani Alves went over to console him.
Luiz was in his ear for an extended period of time, embracing the 22-year-old and clearly giving him words of encouragement after a stunningly spectacular five World Cup matches.
Then, as the players exited the pitch, Luiz offered to exchange shirts with his opponent. With an arm around the youngster, Luiz turned to the fans and encouraged the crowd to applaud Rodriguez, which they did.
The match may not have been pretty, but the ending was. Let us all take note of this display of sportsmanship. It’s what the World Cup is all about. Colombia entertained the crowd and delighted their opponents, and to show respect earned David Luiz ours.
Rodriguez leads the tournament with six goals scored, registering at least one in every of Colombia’s games. He slotted home an 80th minute penalty against Brazil.
After scoring five goals against Newcastle United, Sergio Aguero may have to wait a bit of time to get back to scoring in the Premier League.
The Manchester City striker lasted just 25 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as he was stretchered off with a hamstring injury.
Aguero underwent testing in Argentina, and told the local media “I think I’m going to be out for a month.”
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Manchester City and Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi said Aguero was in tears in the dressing room, and some reports have penned the injury as a torn hamstring.
If Aguero were to be ruled out for a month, he would miss City’s Champions League clash vs. Sevilla, as well as the massive Manchester derby away at United on October 25.
To make matters worse for City supporters, David Silva was forced off after just ten minutes while playing for Spain today. Silva took a harsh challenge from behind, and hobbled off with what looked to be an ankle injury. If Silva’s injury ends up being more than just a knock, City could be without their two most important players in the attack.
Mario Gotze could be out of action until 2016 after picking up a groin injury on international duty.
The Bayern Munich midfielder suffered a tendon tear in his abductor muscle while stretching for a ball in Germany’s 1-0 loss to Ireland in EURO qualifiers on Thursday. He was taken off in the 35th minute.
Ruled out for 10-12 weeks, Gotze is likely to miss the rest of the first half of the season for Bayern. Their last league match of 2015 is on December 19, which is 11 weeks away. The Bundesliga then goes on winter break, with Bayern’s next match not until January 23.
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Gotze will miss both of Bayern’s upcoming Champions League matches against Arsenal, which is good news for the Gunners as they are in desperate need of a result.
However, Arjen Robben is back in training and will make his return to action within the coming weeks. After starting the Bundesliga seasons with eight wins out of eight, Robben’s return would add just another weapon to Pep Guardiola’s dominant attack.
Robben has not played since being injured in early September while playing for the Netherlands, and could feature for Bayern against Werder Bremen next week.