Rio De Janeiro, Jun 19 (AP/UNB) — A Brazilian model who has accused soccer star Neymar of raping her in a Paris hotel testified a second time to police in Sao Paulo on Tuesday, and her lawyer said he may request a face-to-face encounter between the two.
Najila Trindade testified earlier this month to Sao Paulo police and on Tuesday continued her deposition with a new lawyer, the fourth to represent her since she filed charges against Neymar on May 31.
The attorney, Cosme Araujo, said they "want to find the truth" about what happened in May in Paris. Speaking of his client's emotional state, he said Trindade "doesn't stop crying."
Neymar denies the accusation. He testified to police last week.
The Brazilian model spent more than seven hours in the Sao Paulo police station and left in a truck surrounded by journalists. She did not speak to the media.
Her lawyer told reporters that if necessary he might ask for a face-to-face encounter between Neymar and his client.
"I even said that I will 'innovate" and - if necessary - I will request a confrontation (between them) because what the Brazilian people want to know, and what the world wants to know, is what happened between four walls," he said.
The AP doesn't name alleged sexual assault victims unless they make their identities public, which Trindade did in interviews with Brazilian television.
Neymar is also being investigated for publishing images of his accuser on social media without her authorization.
Belo Horizonte, Jun 19 (AP/UNB) — A year later, Argentina is again facing the prospect of an early elimination.
After struggling in the group stage of the World Cup in Russia, Argentina also got off to a bad start at the Copa America in Brazil.
And another setback on Wednesday against Paraguay will leave the team in danger of enduring its worst fiasco in nearly four decades. The last time Argentina failed to advance past the group stage in the South American competition was in 1983.
Trying to end a title drought of 26 years, Argentina opened its Copa America campaign with a demoralizing 2-0 loss to Colombia, falling to last place in Group B after Paraguay and Qatar earned a point each from their 2-2 draw.
"We wanted to start differently," Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said Tuesday. "But the players know we still have plenty of chances of advancing. Tomorrow's match will be very important for us."
At last year's World Cup, Argentina needed a win over Nigeria in the final group match to avoid elimination. The team got it, but they then lost to France in the last 16.
Scaloni was part of the staff of then-coach Jorge Sampaoli, who was fired after the loss to the eventual champions. Scaloni, a former player, now faces the urgency of a good result against Paraguay at the Mineirao Stadium.
With a squad with less than half of the players who were in Russia, Argentina has shown little progress since the World Cup. The loss to Colombia revealed many of the mistakes the team endured in Russia, including the lack of efficiency in attack despite the leadership of Lionel Messi.
Messi was far from his best against Colombia but remained optimistic.
"This group is ready for this challenge and we will try to succeed," said the 31-year-old Messi, the team's oldest player at this year's Copa America. "This group is strong and united. We can make it."
Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria are the only survivors from the group that lost the finals of the World Cup in 2014 and the Copa America in 2015 and 2016. Aguero and Di Maria also struggled against Colombia, being heavily criticized back home.
Aguero had only one significant attempt on goal early in the game, while Di Maria was never a real threat against the Colombian defense. Udinese captain Rodrigo De Paul is now touted as a possible replacement for Di Maria after entering the match against Colombia and adding a spark to the Argentina attack.
Aguero had not been in Scaloni's plans before the Copa America but his good season with Manchester City made it nearly impossible to leave the striker out of the squad. Scaloni previously had favored strikers with a greater presence in the area, such as Lautaro Martinez.
In defense, a lackluster performance by Renzo Saravia could lead to him being replaced by Milton Casco.
Paraguay has never beaten Argentina in 24 Copa America matches, but it has always proven a tough opponent thanks to its solid defensive system. Paraguay didn't concede in its last two matches against its neighbor.
To make it even harder for Argentina, the Paraguayan defense is likely to be boosted by the return of Palmeiras defender Gustavo Gomez, who was suspended for the first match against Qatar.
Salvador, Jun 19 (AP/UNB) — Brazil followed a lackluster win over Bolivia with a scoreless draw against Venezuela in the Copa America on Tuesday, prompting more jeers from local fans.
Brazil had two goals reversed by video review because of offside calls, one by Gabriel Jesus early in the second half and another by Philippe Coutinho near the end of the match.
Brazil played better than it did in the opener against Bolivia, but it was not able to break through the stout Venezuelan defense at the Arena Fonte Nova.
Despite the setback, the hosts stayed at the top of Group A with four points, tied with Peru, which earlier Tuesday defeated Bolivia 3-1 in Rio de Janeiro. Venezuela, which opened with a 0-0 draw against Peru, has two points.
The group will be decided on Saturday with Brazil facing Peru in Sao Paulo and Bolivia taking on Venezuela in Belo Horizonte. The top two teams in each group advance to the next round, along with the two best third-place finishers.
Rio De Janeiro, Jun 19 (AP/UNB) — Striker Paolo Guerrero led Peru to a key 3-1 win over Bolivia on Tuesday that improved the team's chances of advancing to the knockout stage of Copa America.
Guerrero scored a goal and had an assist that allowed Peru to recover against a weak Bolivia side.
Nearly 25,000 noisy fans at the Maracana Stadium, mostly Peruvian, watched a low-quality match in an arena that was only one-third filled.
Bolivia opened the scoring at 28 minutes after a penalty awarded after video review, with striker Marcelo Martins scoring to the right of Peru's Pedro Gallese.
Despite holding 60% of ball possession until the break, Peru only leveled the score at 45 minutes with the team's most recognizable player.
Christian Cueva found target man Guerrero in the middle of the Bolivian defense. The veteran ran to the right past goalkeeper Carlos Lampe and gently pulled the ball past the goal line.
Peru didn't change much after the break, playing with a slow flow that created few opportunities.
Still, the Peruvians quickly found a second goal, once again thanks to Guerrero.
At 55 minutes, the striker assisted Jefferson Farfan with a cross from the left that ended in a close-range header finding the back of the net.
Bolivia squandered other chances in front of Gallese, but the goalkeeper himself did not have to make any difficult saves.
At 96 minutes, when the match already seemed settled, substitute striker Edison Flores added a third from the edge of the box after a counterattack.
Peru will host Brazil on Saturday at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo. Both teams have four points in Group A, but the Brazilians lead on goal difference.
On the same day Bolivia and Venezuela will play at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, in a match organizers expect to have one of the smallest crowds of the tournament.
Venezuela has two points after two games, while Bolivia has zero.
Dhaka, June 18 (UNB)– Magura District crushed Khulna District by a massive 13-0 goals in the JFA U-14 National Women’s Football Championship at the Shamsul Huda District Stadium in Jashore on Tuesday, featuring hattricks by Ria, Anika and Ankhi.
In another match of the day at same venue, hosts Jashore District beat Barguna by 3-1 goals, featuring a hattrick by Sonia.
Sylhet District outplayed Moulvibazar by 7-0 goals in the day’s other match at the Khagrachhari District Stadium with Salma making a hat-trick.
Besides, Madaripur beat Rajbari by 2-1 goals at the Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni Football Stadium in Gopalganj on Tuesday.