(Xinhua) -- Australia striker Andrew
Nabbout hasn’t given up the hope of being able to help his side
qualify for the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup in their
make-or-break match against Peru on Tuesday, despite dislocating
his shoulder on Thursday.
The 25-year-old fell badly in
the closing minutes of Australia’s impressive 1-1 draw against
Denmark in Samara and was forced off the pitch.
It is the second shoulder injury he has suffered in a month,
after also dislocating his shoulder while playing in the
J-League in May, but rather than seeing that as a sign that his
World Cup is over, Nabbout believes it could actually help him
make a rapid recovery.
"They say the second time the recovery is a bit quicker," he
said on the website Socceroos.com.
"When I landed on my shoulder, it just popped out, but it’s
nothing I haven’t felt before.
"I will be all right, its fine now and there is no pain, so I
will start rehab and see how we go from here," added the
"Hopefully this time being the second time, it recovers a
little bit quicker and we can go again."
"I have always got positive thoughts in my mind.
"Hopefully if I rehab it quick enough, anything can happen, I
rehabbed pretty quick from the last one," he said.
Although they have just one point from their opening two
games in the tournament, the Australians would still make the
last 16 if they can beat Peru and Denmark lose to France and the
Australians are able to overtake Peru on goal differences.
Denmark currently have a plus one goal average, while
Australia’s is minus one, meaning a 2-0 win for the Aussies and
a 1-0 defeat for Denmark would see Australia into the last 16.
However, if the Aussies win 1-0 and Denmark lose 1-0, then
goals scored would come into consideration and if that too comes
even, fair play would be the deciding factor with the side
having the fewest yellow cards progressing to the next round.
Ex-Arsenal, Cote d’Ivoire
star Eboue downplays VAR at World Cup
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Former Cote d’Ivoire and Arsenal FC
defender Emmanuel Eboue has said the use of the VAR system at
the on-going 2018 FIFA World Cup is eroding the fun and of
"This VAR system is not nice at all.
"Can you imagine where a referee has to run and consult the
camera to be able to award a penalty or not.
"This is not nice at all," Eboue told Xinhua during an
interview on Saturday at the Imperial Royal Hotel in Kampala.
Eboue and former Senegal international Ibrahima Sonko are in
Uganda to share their experiences and encourage youngsters in
The newly introduced video assistant referee (VAR) is a team
centralized in the video operation room that supports the match
The VAR does not take any decisions but supports the referee
in the decision-making process and the final decision can only
be taken by the referee.
Eboue said although some people around football have
supported VAR that it brings about justice and quality of the
game, the Cote d’Ivoire former player said instead it creates
boredom in the beautiful game of football.
"Football should be left with that element of a human being
judging and not running to cameras to judge.
"Football must be enjoyed freely because at the end of the
day not all mistakes will be picked out," he added.
Speaking about the performance of African teams at the
on-going World Cup in Russia, Eboue said with Egypt and Morocco
already out, the likes of Senegal and Nigeria who have each won
one game should up their game.
"Our teams should step up especially in defense because we do
so many bad mistakes.
"World Cup is not about chance," added Eboue.
Africa is represented by Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Senegal and
the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
"Already Egypt lost two matches to Uruguay 1-0 and Russia
3-1, while Morocco fell 1-0 to lowly ranked Iran before
suffering another similar defeat to Portugal on Wednesday.
The other two teams Tunisia fell 2-1 to England, while the
Super Eagles of Nigeria lost 2-0 to Croatia before beating
Iceland 2-0. Senegal defeated Poland 2-1 in their opening game.