first_imgRelatedPosts Solskjaer criticises England over handling of youngster Greenwood Denmark hold England to draw Batshuayi double helps Belgium to massive win over Iceland Raheem Sterling’s last minute penalty salvaged England from another embarrassing result against Iceland as Gareth Southgate’s men survived going down to 10 men and Birkir Bjarnason also missing a late spot-kick to start their Nations League campaign with a 1-0 win in Reykjavik on Saturday.Four years on from one of English football’s most embarrassing nights in losing 2-1 to Iceland at Euro 2016, the Three Lions were far from the free-scoring force that romped through Euro 2020 qualifying in their first match for 10 months. Harry Kane had an early goal wrongly ruled out for offside before Kyle Walker was sent-off for two bookable offences 20 minutes from time.All of Iceland’s good defensive work was undone in the 89th minute when Sverrir Ingason was also harshly dismissed for a second booking when he blocked Sterling’s shot with his arm.With Kane having been replaced by Mason Greenwood, Sterling took responsibility from spot, but the drama did not end there.Straight from kick-off, Joe Gomez was adjudged to have bundled over Holmbert Fridjonsson inside the area, but Bjamason blazed the resulting penalty over.Southgate’s men continued to enjoy the vast majority of possession in the second period, but the closest they came to breaking the deadlock before the dramatic finale was when Iceland’s Kari Arnason flicked Kieran Trippier’s free-kick onto his own post. Moments later Walker’s ill-judged lunge to break up an Icelandic counter-attack left his side a man down.A breakthrough did not look like coming until Sterling collected an overhit corner and the ball struck Ingason’s arm in his attempt to block the shot.Sterling coolly rolled his penalty straight down the middle and how Bjarnason wish he had showed the same composure as his wild finish let England off the hook.Tags: EnglandRaheem SterlingUEFA Nations Leaguelast_img read more

first_imgDropping it inHere’s an example of Rosen’s picturesque ability to throw receivers open.Arizona trailed 17-10 when Rosen opened up a five-play, 80-yard drive with a dime to Seals-Jones, who breaks off linebacker Bobby Wagner on the inside and just in front of a defensive back bearing down on him from behind. The pass is inches out of the reach of Wagner, who is in solid position to break up a pass that isn’t closer to the sideline.“When you look at some of the throws, particularly the two to Ricky, late in the game, tight windows, very impressive,” head coach Steve Wilks said. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 7 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories On several occasions, Rosen threw his receivers open, putting the ball through tight windows and keeping them out of reach of defenders.Here are five throws that stood out from Arizona’s 20-17 home loss to Seattle.The home run ballLet’s start out with a deep ball that would’ve been close to a score.A play-action shot to J.J. Nelson hit the wideout well enough after he blew past the Seahawks’ backend defenders, but Nelson couldn’t come up with the catch in the second quarter. The drop forced the Cardinals to put together a lengthy drive that was aided by a pass interference penalty, putting Arizona in the red zone. Fantastic throw from Rosen. Ruled incomplete as only 1 foot came down in bounds though pic.twitter.com/HCwDPzHsyY— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) September 30, 2018Rosen’s pass had enough zip that it got to Williams before Thomas, who wasn’t fooled, could converge. Williams made the grab, and the play was first ruled a touchdown before replay showed he didn’t get a second foot cleanly inbounds. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) throws over Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Jarran Reed (90),offensive guard Germain Ifedi (65) and defensive tackle Shamar Stephen (98) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Rosen takes hit late from twisting DE and hits TE in stride pic.twitter.com/nlB5ltY0J3— Matt Waldman (@MattWaldman) October 1, 2018Close but no cigarAt the Seattle 27-yard line with 24 seconds left in the first quarter, Rosen not only got the ball off with a Seahawks defender bearing down on his backside — he put it in the perfect spot for a catch by receiver Chad Williams.As was a theme Sunday, the quarterback put the ball in between two defenders, forcing Williams to go get the ball high and at the pylon, out of danger of being intercepted.“I saw man across the board, dropped back, tried to push (safety Earl Thomas) to one side and throw to the other,” Rosen said. “Real close but no cigar.” Josh Rosen to Chad Williams touchdown pic.twitter.com/9IAarIn9RT— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 30, 2018The Cardinals used the momentum from the play above to score.A protection-heavy package put just two receivers — Williams and Larry Fitzgerald — out on a deep crossing route from 22 yards out in the fourth quarter.That gave Rosen what he called “hours” to make a play, and he admitted to going back and forth, determining if he could connect with either Fitzgerald, who ended up on the right side of the field, or Williams. Rosen eventually settled for a bullet of a pass at the knees of Williams, which once again kept it out of the hands of the Seattle defensive backs. Thomas, who was trailing Williams on the play, ended up breaking his leg on the play, and Rosen even spoke to that in detailing the touchdown pass after the game.“It’s not really as much a scheme to it as we just got heavy play action and we got two guys on routes and hopefully one of them will find a way,” the rookie said. “Just kind of sat back there for awhile, had Larry and Chad on two really deep crossing routes and kind of felt the pocket, I had some time so went back and forth a couple times. Maybe if I’d had gave Chad a little better ball, Earl wouldn’t have been on the ground. I feel kind of bad about that.” – / 28 We need to import some legit receivers in to save Rosen pic.twitter.com/EzxdiylXao— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) September 30, 2018Rosen could nitpick that the ball should have traveled 60 yards through the air instead of 55, but a catchable ball is a catchable ball.Stepping up in the pocketRelated LinksCardinals drops, Earl Thomas’ errant finger stand out vs. SeahawksIn a loss that had plenty of blown opportunities, Dawson’s kicks stand outCardinals open up playbook but go conservative late in loss to SeahawksThe Cardinals are 0-4 yet the biggest takeaway is cause for celebrationRosen’s performance provides rare bright spot for CardinalsThis one looked like trouble upon the release. Rosen didn’t panic with the pocket collapsing toward him, stepping into a throw just before he was clobbered by a Seattle pass-rusher.More frighteningly, he put the ball in the middle of five players: two receivers from Arizona and three defenders. Dog wuuuuutttttt pic.twitter.com/WxhyDMSVjC— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) October 1, 2018Patience, accuracy and a bullet The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Josh Rosen’s composure might’ve been the big surprise in his debut as the Arizona Cardinals’ starting quarterback Sunday.Take away his lack of NFL experience, and it was still as eye-popping of a performance as one could have in completing 15 of 27 passes for just 180 yards. Save for missing a very wide open Christian Kirk in the end zone while in the red zone, the rookie’s game against the Seattle Seahawks couldn’t have been much more impressive. But like Rosen’s other strikes from his starting debut, the only player with his head turned is a teammate, tight end Ricky Seals-Jones, who made the grab while streaking along the right sideline for a 31-yard gain to start off what would become a game-tying touchdown drive in the front end of the fourth quarter.last_img read more