Month: May 2020

Lamar University Favored in 2018 Soccer Preseason Poll

first_img 35 Lamar earned 20 first-place votes and 240 total points to garner the top spot. Stephen F. Austin earned two first-place votes and 212 points for second place while Abilene Christian collected a pair of top votes and 182 points for third. FRISCO, Texas – Lamar University is favored to repeat as the Southland Conference regular-season champion in 2018, the league announced Thursday with the preseason poll rankings. UIW Sam Houston State 212 The Cardinals are coming off a championship campaign which saw them win the Southland regular-season title with a 10-1 league record, followed by their first ever league tournament crown. This came just one year after a last-place finish in 2016, where Lamar finished 1-7-3 in conference play. This marked the first time in Southland soccer history a team went from last place to first in one season. Nicholls Central Arkansas Abilene Christian (2) 124 Stephen F. Austin is tabbed to finish second with 212 total points and a pair of first-place votes. The Ladyjacks finished tied for second in the regular-season standings in 2017 with an 8-3 league record. SFA fell 2-0 to Lamar in the conference championship match last season in Corpus Christi, Texas. 41 The Southland Conference preseason poll is voted on by each head coach and soccer sports information director. Each voter ranks their predicted order of regular-season finish, not including their own team. First-place votes are worth 12 points, second-place votes are worth 11, and so on to one point for 11th place. 240 182 School (First-place votes) Total 172center_img 61 Southeastern Louisiana Houston Baptist Stephen F. Austin (2) 169 Abilene Christian landed the number three spot with two first-place votes and 182 points. The Wildcats finished sixth last season with a 6-5 conference mark and nearly made their way to the conference tournament title game in their first season of postseason eligibility. ACU defeated the No. 3 seed McNeese 5-3 in penalties before falling to No. 2 SFA 4-2 in PKs in the semifinals. Abilene Christian enters 2018 with four preseason all-conference picks, tied for the league high, including the 2017 Freshman of the Year Christina Arteaga. 102 2018 Preseason Poll Lamar (20) 85 The 2018 season gets underway Thursday, Aug. 16, when Sam Houston State hosts Utah at 6:30 p.m. CT and Abilene Christian faces Baylor on the road at 7 p.m. Click here for a composite 2018 schedule. Lamar is set to host the 2018 Southland Conference Soccer Tournament, taking place from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, at the LU Soccer Complex in Beaumont, Texas. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Central Arkansas was voted to the fourth-place spot with 172 points while McNeese rounds out the top five with 169. Houston Baptist ranked right behind in sixth place with 161 points, followed by Sam Houston State (124), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (102) and Southeastern Louisiana (85). Northwestern State (61), Nicholls (41) and UIW (35) round out the preseason poll. McNeese Northwestern State 161last_img read more

Vanderbilt’s Maria Bulanova Named 2019 Southland Bowler of the Year

first_imgDALLAS, Texas – Vanderbilt’s Maria Bulanova is the 2019 Southland Bowling League Bowler of the Year, the league announced Thursday. Southland Bowling League yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition.Bulanova has consistently pushed her Vanderbilt squad to success throughout the season helping the Commodores to five tournament wins throughout the 2018-19 season, while earning MVP honors on two occasions and All-Tournament recognition four times. Bulanova, who is coming off her second Southland Bowler of the Month honor, for her play in February, leads the Southland Bowling League with a 21.09 overall frame average. The Vandy junior has also posted a league-best 20.78 frame average in Traditional Format games as well as a 21.30 average in Baker Format matches. Bulanova is dealing a 52.9 percent overall strike percentage for the year on 1,304 attempts. Her honor as the Southland Bowler of the Year marks the inaugural presentation of the award for the league.Also among the Southland Bowling award winners is Sam Houston State’s Bea Hernandez who was named Newcomer of the Year. The Bearkat freshman leads the league in in Baker Format 10th frame scoring average (28.11). Hernandez has registered a strike percentage of 50.04% on 1,273 frames bowled. The honor makes Hernandez the first-ever Newcomer of the Year award recipient for the league.The 2019 Southland Bowling League Championship is set to open up Friday with all eight league members meeting at USA Bowl in Dallas. The event is scheduled to take place over a three-day period, with Friday’s four first-round matches set for an 8:30 a.m. CT start. Each round of this year’s tournament will feature a live stream on InsideBowling.com. For the complete schedule of matches and game lane assignments, see the full 2019 tournament bracket. The tournament will be a double-elimination format.For the second consecutive year, the tournament winner from qualified conferences’ championships will be granted an automatic qualification into the NCAA tournament. The Southland Bowling League has been deemed a qualified conference and will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA championship through the tournament winner.Vanderbilt enters the Southland Tournament as the No. 1 seed and will take on No. 8 Valparaiso in their opening round matchup. The Commodores are one of two teams in the league to have won the Southland Tournament title on two occasions. Vanderbilt, the reigning NCAA national champion, will look to add their third Southland title since joining the league.Sam Houston State, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, has shown strong throughout the year earning a second-place team finish at the Hawk Flight Invite in Egg Harbor, N.J. on March 3. The Bearkats are slated to take on No. 7 Louisiana Tech in Friday’s match four on lanes 31-32 at 8:30 a.m.No. 3 seed Arkansas State enters postseason contention after claiming the 2018 Southland Tournament Championship with a win over Stephen F. Austin. The Red Wolves notched a first-place finish at the Prairie View A&M Invitational on Feb. 3. Arkansas State will face off against No. 6 Youngstown State at 8:30 a.m. Friday on lanes 27-28.No. 4 Stephen F. Austin will take on No. 5 Tulane Friday morning in an 8:30 a.m. start time on lanes 23-24. The Ladyjacks will be looking for vengeance as they concluded the 2018 Southland Tournament as the runner-up squad. SFA has compiled a pair of first-place finishes this season, which include performances at the Kutztown Invitational Jan. 18-20 as well as the Sunshine State Winter Classic Feb. 8-10 in Orlando, Fla. The NCAA Women’s Bowling Committee will select a field of 12 teams – eight automatic qualifying teams and four at-large teams. Teams will be ranked, based on available selection criteria, with the top four being placed in the championship bracket. The remaining eight teams will play in opening round matches to determine the final four teams that will compete in the championship.Selections for the 2019 National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championship will be announced on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 via web stream at 4 p.m. on NCAA.com. The 2019 championship will take place at RollHouse Wickliffe in Wickliffe, Ohio, from April 11-13.last_img read more

Stephen F. Austin, Vanderbilt Advance to Day Two at NCAA Bowling Championships

first_imgSFA stormed back in the Baker matchup with four of their five scores resulting above the 200-pin mark, for a 217.40 average. The Ladyjacks took the second round by a final score of 1,087-1,000, forcing a Best-of-Seven series against the previously unbeaten McKendree squad. SAM HOUSTON STATE – Traditional: L 1,047-1,152 | Baker: W 1,059-1,024 | Baker Best-of-Seven: L 1-4 (W,L,L,L,L) Hayley Connelly Maria Bulanova led Vanderbilt in the Traditional game, knocking down 239 pins. Samantha Gainor finished up the Traditional contest with 207 pins, joining Bulanova as the lone Commodores to score above the 200-pin mark. Unfortunately for Vanderbilt, Sacred Heart averaged 205.4 pins among their five bowlers in the Traditional contest. Kristin Quah Taylor Davis 214 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN – Traditional: L 995-1,102 | Baker: W 1,087-1,000 | Baker Best-of-Seven: (W,W,L,L,L,W,W) VANDERBILT – Traditional: L 968-1,027 | Baker: W 1,037-1,027 | Baker Best-of-Seven: L 1-4 (W,L,L,L,L) 200 Team Baker Scores 242 Stephen F. Austin vs. McKendreeThe Ladyjacks were reeling after their first-round success, carrying momentum into their final matchup of the day. Stephen F. Austin seemingly hit a roadblock in the Traditional matchup, where McKendree claimed a 1,102-995 victory. Destiny Truly Maria Bulanova Sam Houston State vs. Stephen F. AustinRound one between the reigning Southland Bowling Tournament champion, Sam Houston State, and Stephen F. Austin did not disappoint as the meeting was forced to game five of the Baker Best-of-Seven. SFA took the Traditional game by 105 pins as all five Ladyjack competitors registered scores above the 200 mark. Dakotah Hazlewood erupted for 277 to begin up her day. Vanderbilt is slated for a meeting against McKendree in match nine, set to begin at 9 a.m. Friday morning. 206 187 200 210 170 239 Samantha Gainor 232 Katelyn Dickerson Morning Session, 9 a.m.Match 9 – Vanderbilt vs. McKendreeMatch 10 – Maryland Eastern Shore vs. Sacred Heart Carlene Beyer 4. Megan Eaglehouse 224 4. 258 190 235 203 168 186 Team Baker Scores Julia Huren 195 Traditional Scores Denisyha Richard 5. Carlene Beyer 233 5. 148 The Baker Total Pinfall game did not fare any better for Arkansas State as Nebraska once again came out on top, this time with an 86-pin victory (1,097-1,011). The Red Wolves averaged 202.20 among their five spots in the Baker set but could not keep pace with the Cornhuskers who secured the 2-0 match victory. Katelyn Dickerson Dakotah Hazlewood 194 159 184 SAM HOUSTON STATE – Traditional: L 897-987 | Baker: L 894-902 Destiny Truly Sam Houston State climbed back in the contest following a 1,059-1,024 victory in the Baker pinfalll matchup. The Bearkats were boosted in part by a 248 in the three-spot, before securing the round two win with back-to-back scores of 191. Julia Huren 173 216 Traditional Scores Jordan Newham Traditional Scores Traditional Scores 230 Although the Baker pinfall was a much closer, Sam Houston State was still unable to find any fortune, ultimately falling 902-894. The Bearkats tabbed a 213 in the three-spot but could not overcome a 137 in the second position.   242 Bea Hernandez 254 197 Vanderbilt vs. Arkansas StateThe Commodores held nothing back after falling in their opening round matchup. Emily Rigney was entered on the lineup in place of Kristin Quah, which seemingly sparked the Vanderbilt squad. Rigney led her team with 230 pins in the Traditional matchup, pushing the Commodores to a 995-944 victory. Bea Hernandez Sam Houston State vs. Maryland Eastern ShoreWith elimination on the line, Sam Houston State and Maryland Eastern Shore (MES) met in the eighth and final match of the day. Madysen Keller opened up the contest on a high note for the Bearkats scoring 210 of Sam Houston State’s 897 pins in the Traditional match. Maryland Eastern Shore countered and managed to combine for 987 pins on the way to a 90-pin victory over SHSU. Elise Chambers 213 223 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN – Traditional: W 1,152-1,047 | Baker: L 1,024-1,059 | Baker Best-of-Seven: W 4-1 (L,W,W,W,W) Morning Session Team Baker Scores 140 Adel Wahner 179 Madysen Keller 197 193 192 Maria Bulanova With an automatic berth to the semifinal round and a round-three bye on the line, Stephen F. Austin claimed the opening two games of the Best-of-Seven series. McKendree refused to go down without a fight, however, responding with three consecutive victories. SFA was still not discouraged and concluded the match with back-to-back wins to continue their unbeaten streak in the tournament.center_img 212 195 Hayley Connelly 2. Dakotah Hazlewood 277 2. 235 200 202 215 Taylor Davis ARKANSAS STATE – Traditional: L 944-995 | Baker: L 967-996 222 Sarah Gill 183 With the score knotted at 1-1, SHSU claimed a game one victory in the Best-of-Seven matchup. Stephen F. Austin found their rhythm, however, and rattled off four consecutive victories to lock up the opening round win over Sam Houston State. 167 Paige Beeney 224 178 Adel Wahner 179 166 165 The defeat forced a matchup against No. 1 Vanderbilt for the Arkansas State program. Vandy added one more pin in the Baker contest, marking 223 in the third and fifth positions. Arkansas State was unable to keep pace with the Commodores who ultimately topped the Red Wolves 996-967.   1. Paige Beeney 215 1. 203 VANDERBILT – Traditional: W 995 -944 | Baker: W 996-967 Emily Rigney Traditional Scores 246 ARKANSAS STATE – Traditional: L 969-996 | Baker: L 1,011-1,097 198 Leah Glazer Team Baker Scores The loss dropped the Commodores to the elimination bracket where they were forced to take on Arkansas State in their second match of the day. 223 184 Team Baker Scores 195 203 149 223 Lynne Fishler 184 Team Baker Scores 245 Afternoon Session 237 Team Baker Scores The Ladyjacks will return to action Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. to take on the winner of Maryland Eastern Shore and Sacred Heart. 182 Traditional Scores Megan Eaglehouse 190 210 168 Samantha Gainor Vanderbilt vs. Sacred HeartSacred Heart accomplished the biggest upset of the tournament, so far, toppling the No. 1 ranked Vanderbilt 2-1 to begin the day. The Commodores found themselves on the losing end of a 1,027-968 Traditional game performance. Denisyha Richard 166 159 Nebraska vs. Arkansas StateThe Red Wolves were unable to find a groove early, despite Taylor Davis who dealt a 210 in the Traditional pinfall contest. Denisyha Richard (206) and Destiny Truly (200) also registered a pin count at or above 200 in the same round. However, the feats were not enough as Nebraska edged out the Red Wolves 996-969. Vandy then climbed back to edge out Sacred Heart by 10 pins (1,037-1,027) in the Baker contest, forcing a Best-of-Seven round. Despite winning game one, the Commodores then dropped the next four games to conclude the match in favor of Sacred Heart Madysen Keller 204 Traditional Scores 137 190 207 Jordan Newham 239 Traditional Scores 3. Sarah Gill 203 3. 180 Team Baker Scores WICKLIFFE, Ohio – After one day of play at the 2019 NCAA Bowling Championship, Stephen F. Austin and Vanderbilt stand as the two Southland Bowling League members to advance into round three action. Through two rounds, Stephen F. Austin holds a perfect 2-0 record, winning both of its opening day matches in Baker Best-of-Seven rounds. Vanderbilt rebounded from a game one loss, in order to win in its second matchup of the day.  The Ladyjacks opened up their stay in Wickliffe with a 2-1 win over Sam Houston State in Thursday’s morning session. SFA followed suit with another narrow 2-1 victory over McKendree that was decided in the final game of the Best-of-Seven round.After falling 2-1 to Sacred Heart in their opening contest, Vanderbilt stormed back for a 2-0 victory over Arkansas State. The Commodores are averaging a 196.30 Traditional Total for the tournament and a 203.30 team average in Baker contests.Day two of competition begins Friday morning 9 a.m. ET with matches streaming live at NCAA.com/live.DAY TWO MATCHUPS: Leah Glazer 173 192 Afternoon Session, 3 p.m.Match 11 – Nebraska vs. Match 9 WinnerMatch 12 – Stephen F. Austin vs. Match 10 Winner 191last_img read more

Spurs trolled over six-year-old tweet after shock defeat to Colchester

first_imgTOTTENHAM were brutally trolled on Twitter – for a tweet sent more than six years ago.Users brilliantly dug out a post from July 19, 2013 when the club’s social media team were struggling to get online… at Colchester.1 Tottenham’s defeat at Colchester last night meant a tweet from six years ago resurfacedCredit: Rex FeaturesSpurs were dumped out of the Carabao Cup last night following a 0-0 draw and penalty shootout defeat against the same League Two.Lucas Moura and Christian Eriksen both missed their spot kicks before Tom Lapslie sealed the surprise victory.And suddenly the old tweet resurfaced.It read: “Apologies – we’re encountering technical problems at Colchester.”The tweet was sent during a pre-season friendly between the two clubs which ended 0-0.Hugo Lloris, Harry Kane and Jermain Defoe all played as did Zeki Fryers, Laste Dombaxe and Shaq Coulthirst.The replies to the tweet came flooding in as well as plenty of GIFs and memes.One wrote: “LOOOOOOOOOOL YOU CANT MAKE THIS UP.”Another said: “6 years later and you lot are still encountering technical problems at Colchester.”A third added: “You never fail to mug yourselves off, do you?”And a final user joked: “And shooting problems I’m hearing.”Apologies – we’re encountering technical problems at Colchester.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 19, 2013 Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongAs well as Spurs’ embarrassment, one punter was left ruing what might have been.They backed 20 teams in their £1 accumulator last night, with winnings of more than £13,000 on offer.Teams from England’s non-league divisions, the Austrian Cup and the Argentinian fourth tier all came through – but one side didn’t: Tottenham at Colchester.Colchester fans storm onto pitch as they beat Spurs 4-3 on penalties in shock winlast_img read more

Pochettino heads to Qatar leaving Spurs shambles behind after Brighton horror

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO has jetted to Qatar on a break he admits Spurs need from their alarming start to the season.The Tottenham chief might see the irony in a pre-planned trip to the Aspire Global Summit on football performance after losing 7-2 at home to Bayern Munich and 3-0 at Brighton.1 Mauricio Pochettino escaped Premier League woe with a Middle East tripCredit: ReutersBut he believes the international break has arrived at the perfect time “to change the air, dynamic and energy” as Spurs sit just ninth in the Premier League.Pochettino and assistant Jesus Perez have left coaches Toni Jimenez and Miguel D’Agostino in charge until they return on Thursday.But most senior players are away for internationals, including England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic on Friday and Bulgaria three days later.’PUNCHED’And Poch, who was scheduled to give a summit talk on boosting performance today, insists he can take all the criticism coming his way after being “punched” in the last two games.He said: “After five-and-a-half-years, the last five days we really were punched, in football terms, 7-2 and 3-0.“The most important thing now is to have two weeks to try to be clear, to find a solution.“The pundits on television need to talk and they need to give their opinion. I need to accept all criticism.“After five-and-a-half-years, it’s the first time that it is a really difficult situation.“It is an experience we are going to use to be stronger and be wiser… We can bounce back.”But the Argentinian seems like to be without France keeper Hugo Lloris for several weeks.Lloris dislocated his elbow in an agonising fall that forced him off in the eighth minute at Brighton.Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongThe 32-year-old has been assessed by Spurs medics after being released from hospital.Lloris is not likely to return to action before the New Year.That leaves one-cap Argentinian Paulo Gazzaniga, 27, and rookie 20-year-old Alfie Whiteman as Tottenham’s only senior keepers.Watch the new Spurs stadium transform into an NFL field as the first kick is taken under the lights between the Oakland Raiders and the Chicago Bearslast_img read more

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