Aussies edge England in Cup opener

first_imgA couple of unforced errors led to Australia’s first try with Matt Gillett scoring in the 22nd minute off a Cameron Smith cut out pass.Billy Slater scored on the right edge eight minutes later after Sean O’Loughlin conceded a penalty late in the previous set. England remained in the contest and pressured the Kangaroos’ line in the second half, but when Australia were awarded a penalty within striking distance they took the two points through the boot of Smith to extend their advantage to eight.Josh Dugan’s 70-metre run within a minute to go capped off Australia’s victory.Australia 18 (Matt Gillett, Billy Slater, Josh Dugan tries; Cameron Smith 3 goals) defeated England 4 (Jermaine McGillvray try) at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium. Crowd: 22,724. Half-time: 10-4. The Kangaroos scored three tries to one but England showed they were more than capable of matching their old foe.While the result didn’t go England’s way their bigger concern will be the fitness of star forward Sam Burgess, who was sidelined in the first half with a knee injury.The home side set the tone with a bruising opening set in defence but it was the English who scored first, winger Jermaine McGillvary crossing in the corner in the fifth minute from a sweeping England backline movement.The Kangaroos then dominated possession over the next 10 minutes to force three repeat sets of six but England managed to hold their line.last_img read more

Madang Provincial Government sponsors MFC

first_imgMadang Governor Jim Kas and patron of Madang MFC revealed that in a press conference saying his government will continue to support MFC with another K500, 000.Governor Kas  said they have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Motor Vehicle Insurance Limited for a funding arrangement.Kas said soccer had been the backbone of Madang Province and everyone from the children up to old maen and women loves soccer and the sponsorship goes a long way to promote unity through soccer in the province.Kas, who spent most of his evening watching the MFC boys training under the watchful eyes of coach Bob Morris and assistant Amos Romo, says this is the spirit and he applauded the MFC board and management for the appointment of Bob Morris as head coach and Amos Romo as his assistant plus Max Kitao as team manager.He urged all MFC supporters to rally behind him and support the MFC campaign this year with aims to bring the title to Madang and qualify for A League next season.Meanwhile Madang Soccer Association president Ray Romo says MFC have paid their players registration team affiliation fee for this season and are into training.Romo says 30 players have registered and the final list will be made this weekend and put out on notice boards, in the meantime big name players Samuel Kini, Max Sengum, Vanya Malagin, Neill Hans, Henson Topio, Sammy Hiob have resumed training with the new local players selected.He also said that brothers Alwin and Felix Komolong will join the team before the start of the season with Alwin currently in USA while Felix is in New Zealand studying.He added that Madang FC is ready to tackle the strong Lae, Manus and Goroka sides in the upcoming season.last_img read more

Neither Carles Pérez nor Wagué go out to train Rodrigo’s earrings

first_imgIn both cases, the club said they did show up in training, but that they didn’t jump into the field because they stayed in the locker room doing specific work. A euphemism like any other to explain that they were finalizing their exit from the Blaugrana entity.Who returned to training is already a recovered Riqui Puig, who was low for the match against Valencia because of a febrile process. The French striker Ousmane Dembélé was also working with the group, although he still does not complete the training with the group.Setién also called the players of the subsidiary to complete the training with the first team: Peña, Chumi, Colllado, Saverio, Abel Ruiz and Araujo, apart from Ansu Fati, which from the first day is in dynamics of the first team.Before starting the training, the squad paid homage to Kobe Bryant, dedicating a minute of silence to him. Two outstanding absences in training this Tuesday. On the one hand, that of the subsidiary striker, Carles Pérez, who is finalizing his transfer to Rome, although the operation is still in the air since the player will only accept to leave if he does so with a buyback clause. The problem is that the Roman club is not for the work and will only accept a transfer with compulsory purchase of 13 million at the end of the season. The other absence was the Senegalese side, Moussa Wagué, who could enter the Rodrigo operation to make his transfer cheaper. In principle, the African defender looks forward to leaving Barcelona to leave for the ‘che’ entity.last_img read more

Celades: “Being in Champions League positions is another incentive”

first_imgCelades spoke in Movistar LaLiga:Balance: “We are very happy because we have won. We have had occasions and they have theirs. We are happy. We have won and we have four games without conceding a goal. We came from a very hard game, with extra time.”Rodrigo: “We have had a lot of uncertainty about Rodrigo’s theme. He made a great effort to play against Barça, we love him very much and we are very happy to enjoy him these months.”Garay: “I know it’s something of the knee but I don’t know exactly what. We have to do tests.”Florenzi: “I have seen him very well. He has come in shape, he came from playing. We understood that it was a good time for him to play. I congratulate him.”In Champions positions: “You have to go step by step, We have advanced in the table. We continue in a good dynamic. I would like to be more effective in the rival area. But the fact of being four match without fitting is very good.”Getafe: “We have a meeting in Granada first. We want to continue in good dynamics. We still don’t think about Getafe.”Then he spoken press conference:Match plan: “We were coming from a very big effort on Wednesday. People who didn’t start on Wednesday have been able to play. We wanted to have that freshness and that’s why we started like that. We keep moving forward.”Gameiro: “We are very happy with him. He is not scoring goals. One of the main characteristics of the strikers is to score. But surely he will do it again. Going out for a few minutes is not only easy but we are happy with him.”Occasions: “We have had occasions to make more goals. There have been occasions for both teams. We are happy to have climbed the table but it does not change much. We must remain the same.”Champions on day 22: “One more incentive. The most important thing is that we keep moving forward. Being fourth gives you a good job. We are overcoming difficulties.” Ferran: “From the band in he has done very well. He gives us performance where he plays although his ideal position is in the band. They are free to exchange positions.”Garay: “It has to be tested yet.”Market: “From when it was closed we already know who we are until the end. We have brought Florenzi who will help us and we are very happy that Rodrigo stays with us.”Is Ferran ahead of Gameiro and Rodrigo in the lead ?: “They are different situations. Maxi, Gameiro and Sobrino are more forward and Ferran makes this second point better. It does not mean that they are ahead.”Rodrigo: “Rodrigo is a prop for us. That’s why I wanted to sign Barça. He is a differential player and is able to decide a game. We value what he did against Barça. He wanted to play, with the market open, when he could have said don’t do it. “Goalkeepers: “We thought that it was not necessary to give part of Cillessen. It seems that it is but it has a discomfort in the back of the thigh. Jaume had all our confidence, we have good games. Jaume is doing very well and we are happy with both “.Ball that takes Parejo under sticks: “I think that happens because Parejo loves football. And how he knows everyone and everything, he knows Parejo everything about the National Team … and it was his decision.” Minutes accumulation: “We are concerned that some players play many minutes, more than we would like. But given the situation we had, we had to do it.”What key did you play after Mallorca?: “This is the merit of the players. In Mallorca we take a chase because it was not a team according to these players. This team does not give up. The thing about Mallorca can happen It happens to us all. Today we competed very well. In that final match where Wednesday’s matches are noticed. “last_img read more

1×1 of Atleti: Saul plus a wall

first_imgKoke: Fallen to the right, he emptied himself helping Vrsaljko and trying to cover roads in the middle. His first action was the corner kick taken in the 4 ’for Saul’s goal. He tried to put temper when the ball reached his feet and combined well both on the right and on the left, where he played in the second half.Thomas: Well plugging in the middle, although cheek with the ball on the feet. He had a couple of losses that unhinged Simeone and could put the team in trouble. At the end of the first half he tried a distant shot that came near the post. In the addition he tried from the center circle too.Saul: As in many other great Champions nights, there was Saul’s goal. At first, he took advantage of a loose ball in a corner to make the 1-0. Then he had to work in the middle and fulfilled, also giving way to the team. In addition, it is one of the tricks that Oblak looks for in long balls.Lemar: The bell of the starting team. Nobody was waiting for him, but he formed a lane with Lodi before Alexander-Arnold and Salah. They got along well and even allowed some climbs through the band, very cautiously. He had a good chance after a long shipment of Felipe to the uncheck, although it was out of play. Replaced in the break by Llorente.belt: He stood on top next to Morata with a double mission, hindering the exit of Liverpool and flocking the balls combed by his attacking partner. In the former he emptied and in the latter he was less fortunate. Alternate good controls with conduits in which the ball was left behind. Changed in 77 ‘under a strong ovation.Morata: The team’s battering ram also emptied. He tried to make the team long when he had the ball, but it cost him too much. Yes, he won numerous balls launched by Oblak, although with little continuity. In the 25th minute a great personal play was stewed, with a cut over Fabinho, but Alisson took it 2-0. After the break he was physically weakened, although he did not lower his dose of effort. In 66 ’he got a perfect satin ball to shoot, but he tripped before finishing off. Changed in the 70’s.Substitutions:Llorente: He entered after the break for Lemar and placed himself on the right. His first action was to reach the bottom line and serve Vrsaljko behind, who messed up and didn’t finish off.Vitolo: He entered Morata in the 70’s and placed on top.Diego Costa: He entered 77 ‘by Correa and burst the Wanda Metropolitano. Well with the ball and playing over. He had them with Van Dijk. He sucked on a pacifier against the additive and kicked out. Oblak: In the first part he did not try Liverpool, although much of the time was played around his area. He had a very gross mistake with the foot that the visitors took advantage of to score, but offside. In the second half he was shot more, but he didn’t have to grab a ball until 85 ‘.Vrsaljko: One of the eleven surprises, they were seen with Mané in an intense duel. In the first part Koke helped him well and they won almost all duels. It even caused a yellow to the red striker. In 49 ‘he had a good chance after a pass back from Llorente, but he did not finish first and lost the ball. He was accusing fatigue in individual duels before Robertson and Origi.Savic: Surely, great tandem with Felipe, with whom he did not stop talking to share the task and monitor Firmino. Well in the clearings with the head and with the feet, and without complicating in game, touching towards Oblak or in long to the ends. That said, in 65 ‘he threw a ball diagonally towards Lodi that gave rise to the best play of the second half. Great.Philip: He is the leader of the defense and one of the team. Huge match of the Brazilian. In the 36th minute he aborted the best chance of the locals, clearing with the body a shot of Salah that was very dangerous. Inexpugnable above and powerful in anticipation. It is essential.I gave it: It was a very hard exam for him and he took it forward. In the first part, in fact, he was one of the highlights. In the 20th minute he set up a very dangerous threaded center that miraculously saved Van Dijk. He kept Salah at bay. In the second half the band also went up as often as the match allowed and exhibited the quality it treasures. In 66 ’he served a low ball to Morata that could be 2-0. In ’71 he tried it from afar, but found no goal. It seemed that fatigue could, but he ended up with energy and great races for the band. It has gained a huge dose of trust from Simeone and everyone. Simeone surprised with the alignment, especially with the entry of Lemar in the center of the field, after two months without being a starter. The sides, where there were also doubts, were starting for Vrsaljko and Lodi. The coach made an appointment in which the soft drink players had to be important. The first act went perfectly, although with certain doses of suffering.last_img read more

João Félix accelerates towards Anfield

first_imgThe fantastic week of Atlético left, among other good news, the return of João Félix to the team. A muscle injury I had left him out of the last games and against Villarreal reappeared in the second half, Plugged in, with desire … and with goal. He was especially motivated to score and got it with a left foot. He joined the party, took off a weight and remembers that there he is.João Félix fell off the team at the end of January, just before the visit to the Bernabéu, and that game was lost and three others (Granada, Valencia and Liverpool). That section also coincided with that Correa is still inspired by the goal, marking and attending; with the final stretch of the recovery of Diego Costa; with the signing of Carrasco; with what Simeone has available more than 20 players … That is, the team has survived well without the Portuguese and that you will not have so easy to recover the essential poster in this Atleti. After 1-0 at Liverpool, the next event marked in red by the club, the costumes and the fans is that of Anfield, the game everyone will want to play. Y João Félix knows that he has to step on the accelerator if he wants to be part of the block that seeks to complete the mash. On Sunday he jumped to the field in minute 57, with 1-1, and had time to make five shots (one of them 3-1). Almost as many shots as you pass, which gave seven. The return of João Félix raises competition in the attack and reopen the option for Simeone to recover the trident with which he started the course, with Diego Costa and Morata as a battering ram and the Portuguese from behind with some freedom, but on the right wing when it comes to defending. However, that plan was deprecated. In addition, Correa is getting strong at eleven and it will not be easy for him to fall from him. The Cholo has gone from a stage in which the alignment was almost done alone by the plague of casualties to another in which it is very expensive to be a starter. Not even the Menino de Ouro, The most important investment in the history of the club, it is insured. That is why it has begun to accelerate.If you want accompany Atleti in the mythical Anfield and enjoy the atmosphere of the Champions live here you can check the available tickets: Liverpool – Athletic. 11.03.2018 – 21.00center_img “It is not easy to adapt to Atlético, but João has a lot of room for improvement. If he listens to the coach and his teammates, he will be the player that everyone wants to see,” said Captain Koke, who assisted him in the goal, that prize that the Portuguese striker was resisting in the League since September 25. It has since passed through a Golden Boy, two muscle injuries, a pharyngotonsillitis and a drought that raised certain doubts, alternating in their matches Details of enormous quality with anxiety and inconsequence. Before Villarreal he helped the team give one more point and finish imposing itself on the opponent.last_img read more

Ronaldo awarded the template with an Iphone and two plane tickets

first_imgThe president of Real Valladolid, Ronaldo Nazario, is not a leader to use. His experience as an elite player leads him to have a series of details with his players that many others would like for himself. The last one was, according to the LA8 RTCYL journalist, Marina Marcos, in EsRadio, the gift of an Iphone and a double plane ticket after winning on February 23 against Espanyol (2-1), a very important victory in the blanquivioletas aspirations to save the category. It must be remembered, in fact, that an airline company sponsors the Valladolid club. Remember that it is not the first time that the top shareholder of the club rewards the staff. Last season, after achieving salvation, he invited the entire staff to a multi-day trip to Ibiza on vacation.last_img read more

Government and players ask to stop Series A immediately

first_imgThe Italian Sports Minister, Vicente Spadafora, has agreed with the request of the president of the footballers’ unions of the country, former player of Levante Damiano Tommasi, of the immediate suspension of Series A. “It makes no sense at this time to put the health of players, referees, technicians and fans at risk that they will surely meet to watch the matches just for not temporarily suspending football and defending the interests that revolve around them. “It should be remembered that Italy has decreed the isolation of 16 million people because of the spread of coronavirus. The Government prohibits the entrances and exits in Lombardy and other 14 provinces of the country and it meditates the massive hiring of sanitary personnel.Today, five championship matches are scheduled, but the first one, the Parma-Spal, was postponed. in full confrontation between clubs and government. Finally, it was decided that the crash would start an hour and a quarter later than expected.This morning, Spadafora received a letter from Tommasi, also sent to all the leaders of the country and football, in which he requested to stop Series A. Spadafora noted that “Other Federations have wisely opted to stop over the next few days. I think it is the duty of the president of the Italian Federation, Gravina, to reflect, and not wait for the first case of contagion, before assuming this great responsibility. “Spadafora also recalled the rejection of the League to the open broadcast of all the matches of the championship during the health alert: “After all, even before the situation became so dramatic for the country, Serie A and the Sky League had already refused to grant thousands of Italians, forced against their will to stay at home, the possibility of watching the games, hiding behind presumed regulatory difficulties that could have been overcome to a large extent with the goodwill of everyone. In fact, thanks to the collaboration of Rai and Mediaset, the various contacts approached a fair solution for all the actors and, above all, for the citizens passionate about football. Instead, the economic interests of entities that have always enjoyed privileged treatment and now live outside of reality prevailed. “ Football clubs evaluate how to overcome punitive clauses that are already known to the antitrust authority to reimburse season tickets and tickets sold for the next matches.Atalanta may travel to Valencia, but its access will depend on SpainThe new decree approved by the Italian Government, which prohibits the entry and exit of the Lombardy region to limit the spread of the coronavirus, does not affect Atalanta, that being a professional club he has the right to travel to Valencia this Monday to play the round of the knockout stages of the Champions League, although his entry into Spain “will depend on the competent authorities” from this country.This was explained by the expert lawyer in sports law Angelo Cascella in an interview granted on Sunday to EFE, in which he stressed that it will be the competent authorities of Spain responsible for giving approval to the effective access of Atalanta in Valencia.“The Government assured that the training and sports competitions of professional athletes can continue to playIn fact, Series A will continue, which means that, a priori, Atalanta will be able to travel to Valencia, “Cascella said in conversation with EFE.“Then it is up to the governments of the countries to make the final decision on whether they can access”he added.The second leg of the Champions League round of 16 between Valencia and Atalanta will be played this Tuesday at 9 pm in a Mestalla stadium behind closed doors, after the first leg, played at the open door in San Siro, ended with a 4-1 victory for the Italian team.last_img read more

Bojan “I want to see people from home at Barça”

first_imgBojan Krkic (Linyola, 1990) lives and plays in Montreal. His coach is Thierry Henry. The same one that gave him the assistance in his first goal with FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou. Then Bojan was 17 years old. Fate has brought them together again in the MLS. Bojan wears 9 and while waiting for the return to football at home, he gives a review of his career and the current situation in an interview with the EFE Agency.How is your new adventure at the Montreal Impact in Canada?“The truth is that from the first day I arrived here, in August of last year, I came practically without knowing the league very well, but because of information and players I know who have played or are still playing in the league, I already had information about it Discovering it was a great surprise. It is a League that you see that wants to improve, that every year is evolving, franchises that every year want to enter the league, large stadiums. They have the United States World Cup in 2026 and it is perceived that they want to be a competitive league. “How do you experience the coronavirus pandemic in Canada?“In Canada they reacted very quickly. Everything is closed, but you can go outside. In the morning, I take the opportunity to go running, the truth is that only the freedom to go out gives you life. Then Canada is very different from United States, but professionally we depend on the United States so a little bit like everyone else, in expectation. “Thierry Henry is his coach in Montreal. He assisted him with his first goal at the Camp Nou. Destiny…“Now obviously we are talking about another stage, but he is a person who I have always said that for me occupies a very special place in my professional career. It was the first year that I played in the Barcelona first team. He has always been a very He was idolized by everyone and for me being able to share a dressing room with him and a 17-year-old soccer field was a great prize. I will always remember him with great affection. “Listening to Henry seems more like La Masía than you do. He is a strong advocate of this “take de ball, pass the ball” style of play. The rondo is part of his life. Are you still talking about this philosophy?“Yes. He has always said that it was a great challenge and a great experience to be able to play for Barcelona. He also came from playing practically his entire career at Arsenal, which is a club that is also characterized by good play and the good treatment of the ball, and a league that also allows you, such as the Premier. He is a player who has absorbed a lot and people who like football. “ You have had the opportunity to play in all four major leagues. Spain, England, Germany, Italy. He is already an experienced player. At what point in your career are you?“Now, like everyone, this situation makes us think and appreciate the moment we are in. What we want to build with everything we are learning. One of the things I am realizing is that soccer is part of my life, which is something that makes me happy, but there are many things that also make me happy. I am an ambitious person, who is not satisfied with just feeling good playing soccer but also that I like to do many things and feel fulfilled. this situation in which we cannot do anything other than being at home, because waiting for this matter to be resolved as quickly as possible and once we see and analyze how everything turns out as I already tell you, obviously my intention is to continue enjoying playing soccer and keep gaining experience with the ball. “ Do you see Xavi training Barcelona soon?“Xavi is a person who sooner or later has to be part of the club. I look forward to having people from the club in the club and Xavi is one of them. Better than him, how he knows the house, how he knows the dressing room, few people will be able to feel it like him. I think both Barcelona and Xavi are destined to unite. “How do you think you can mentalize a footballer like Messi to continue hungry for titles?“I think that tomorrow they are going to study, or even they are already studying and we don’t know (laughs). It is something that really is what everyone admires. In the world of soccer, I don’t like them The comparisons, but there are players and there has been a great level and Leo is one of them, what makes the difference is the number of years he has been competing at that level. Arriving is not as difficult as staying. one level, with the high expectations that Leo generates every day, is something practically inhumane, that is available to very few and that Leo is doing. “In his football career outside Barcelona, ​​he has shared a dressing room with great teammates. One of them is Totti. A total leader. What was it like in the locker room?“He is a player who, by character, shows you that few words serve to lead a group, an idea. Totti rarely heard him speak, I mean before or after games, he preached by example; only by observing him already You knew how things had to be done. I learned a lot that year in Rome. “last_img read more

Euskadi, capital Seville

first_imgThe taking of Seville. The Triana neighborhood woke up like its out Poza Litzenziatuaren Kalea and the Calle Betis was the Paseo de la Concha. Yesterday was the day of be able to go out quietly to take pots by Donostia and Bilbo (in the case of finding a joint in which its managers were still in the city), because everyone was in Seville to watch the game of the century for Basque football in the final between the Real Sociedad and Athletic Club. Both teams agreed on something in the pre-match. The coaches of the two entities had painted on the chassis the same motto, which curiously was also the one that could be read on the training shirts of both squads, the one worn by the managers and the lapels Basque journalists covering the information of both teams on the microphones’ nibs:“Ez galdetu, ez daukat sarrerarik”, which is not a motivational slogan, but rather means “don’t ask, I have no tickets”.At full volume. In the finals of the final, the anthem could be heard in Canberra (for once in many years it was not Barça’s fault) and then the game continued at full volume. Hobbies, they gave it all in the stadium as they had given it outside, in a communion between the kalimotxo and the rebujito and between the caña de lomo and the pintxos. The restaurateurs of Seville they didn’t remember an equal party since the Celtic Glasgow they went to play the final of the 2003 UEFA Cup. In fact, some of the Scots who moved to that party and who they had been lost for 17 years in the Andalusian mountains they woke up to join the party. It depends on the area of ​​the city that they were cheered on by one or the other team. Anyway, they didn’t find out too much about what was going on. Couch playoff. Yesterday too The NBA playoffs began. That is to say, the NBA started after having out of the trash playing for months morning, afternoon and night. One of which teams that has been cornered again at the edge of the plate they were finally the Bulls, that instead of playing their title tie, offered at the United Center a projection of “The Last Dance”, the series about Jordan’s Bulls. Record attendance in the playoffs, from Llorera and everyone home so happy.Countdown. Wednesday began countdown for the Tokyo Games (There were 100 days left in the middle of this week) and on Friday the athletic Golden League opened with the Doha Super Grand Prix where Armand Duplantis already made it clear If you want to save money on your ticket and your stay, you don’t have to go to Japan. The pole beast again broke the world record, But the novelty is that he did it in the warm-up, with tracksuit and shoes untied.last_img read more