Brazil into Copa America final as Messi fails again

January 6, 2020

first_img0Shares0000Roberto Firmino (left) and Gabriel Jesus celebrate their goals that sent Brazil into the Copa America final at arch rivals Argentina’s expense © AFP / MAURO PIMENTELBELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, Jul 3 – Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino scored the goals as Brazil beat arch-rivals Argentina 2-0 on Tuesday to qualify for the Copa America final.Jesus and Firmino netted a goal apiece in each half to give Brazil a victory which ensured Lionel Messi’s frustrating wait for a major international tournament title with Argentina continued. Hosts Brazil will play the winners of Wednesday’s second semi-final between champions Chile and Peru in Sunday’s final.It was the first time these age-old rivals had met in a major competition since Brazil beat Argentina 3-0 in the 2007 Copa final.English-based Jesus and Firmino were the stars, each creating the other’s goal, although captain Dani Alves had a major say in the opener.“It was another step towards our objective. We’re achieving all the goals that we’re setting ourselves,” said Alves.“A lot of people doubt us but we have a lot of faith in ourselves, in our plan, in our hard work.It was the first time the age-old rivals had met in a major competition since Brazil beat Argentina 3-0 in the 2007 Copa final © AFP / Mauro PIMENTEL“We’re reaping the fruits of the seeds we’re sowing every day.”But it was a miserable night for Messi, whose hopes of landing a major international honour with Argentina ended in disappointment once again.He will get another opportunity next year, though, with the fourth Copa America in the last five years, due to be played in Argentina and Colombia.“We should have been the team going to the final because we deserved it, no doubt about that. But sometimes football is unfair,” complained Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni.– Tackles flying –In what was always expected to be a feisty affair there were some wild early tackles flying in, and Argentina’s Nicolas Tagliafico was first to be booked for a lunge at Jesus.The uneven pitch looked like it had been trampled by a herd of wildebeest before kick-off and both sides struggled to play flowing football.Brazil’s Casemiro was even jeered after sending a long crossfield ball straight out of play.The uneven pitch looked like it had been trampled by a herd of wildebeest before kick-off and both sides struggled to play flowing football © AFP / Mauro PIMENTELThe first chance came when Argentina’s Leandro Paredes let fly from 30 yards but the ball whistled just over the top of goalkeeper Alisson’s goal.Brazil took the lead on 19 minutes after a piece of individual brilliance from Alves.He beat three players on a mazy run before sending Firmino clear down the right with a no-look pass, the Liverpool forward crossing for the unmarked Jesus to tap home.Two-footed lunges were flying in as the match threatened to descend from niggly to dirty.Argentina almost levelled on the half hour when Sergio Aguero headed Messi’s free-kick onto the bar, the ball bouncing down just in front of the line before Brazil scrambled it clear.Messi then burst into life, driving at heart of the Brazil defense and playing in Aguero, who took advantage of a Thiago Silva slip to make space for himself but Marquinhos was quickly across to block the Manchester City striker’s shot.Moments later, Messi beat two men on the right, won back the ball with a sliding tackle after overrunning it, but then wastefully shot high and wide.At the other end, Arthur shot powerfully, but straight at goalkeeper Franco Armani.– Pirouetting Jesus –Argentina pushed Brazil back at the start of the second half and Aguero picked out Lautaro Martinez in the box but he didn’t catch his left-foot volley cleanly and Alisson gathered comfortably.It was a miserable night for Lionel Messi, whose hopes of landing a major international honour with Argentina ended in disappointment once again © AFP / Luis ACOSTAAnother promising attacking move ended with Rodrigo de Paul blazing over from 20 yards.But Jesus produced a beautiful piece of skill, including a pirouetting drag-back, before teeing up Philippe Coutinho who should have done better than shooting over.Moments later, though, a blocked shot from Martinez looped over to Messi who lashed a shot from an angle against the post, with Alisson beaten.Alisson was alert to clutch a Messi free-kick on 66 minutes that looked destined for the top corner.By then, Scaloni had already gone for broke, bringing off midfielder Marcos Acuna and sending on speedy winger Angel Di Maria, with Messi dropping into a deeper role.Just as Argentina looked capable of finding a way back into the match, Brazil stung them on the counter-attack with Manchester City’s Jesus getting away from two defenders and teeing up the unmarked Liverpool striker Firmino for a tap in on 71 minutes.Scaloni threw on another forward in Paulo Dybala but there was no way back for Argentina.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


December 24, 2019

first_imgA BOY hit with a toy brick at a Co Donegal community centre and left scarred as a result has been awarded €20,000 in compensation.The child was struck with the toy at Malin Head Community Centre in November 2012, Letterkenny Circuit Court was told.Barrister Peter Nolan told the court that the six-year-old boy was injured at a time when the centre was unsupervised by an adult. He had suffered “a very serious head injury” which had now left “a permanent 2cm scar” on the boy’s forehead.A report by a consultant plastic surgeon said that the boy would have a “mild disfigurement” for life as a result of the incident.The barrister told Judge Keenan Johnson that the community centre’s insurers had offered €15,000 in compensation, but having examined the boy’s facial scar, the judge said this was not enough.The insurance company later agreed to raise its offer to €20,000 – as suggested by the judge – and the settlement was agreed.The money will be kept in a courts account until the boy reaches the age of 18.BOY SCARRED AFTER BEING HIT WITH TOY BRICK AWARDED €20,000 IN DAMAGES was last modified: January 29th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:000COMMUNITY CENTREcompensationMalin Head€20last_img read more

San Ramon Valley HS grad Sam Alipour signs deal with ESPN

December 21, 2019

first_imgSam Alipour, who grew up in Danville and Pleasanton, has signed a multiyear contract to remain with ESPN as a senior reporter and as host of the popular “SportsCenter” series “Hang Time,” it was announced Thursday.In “Hang Time,” Alipour is granted extraordinary access to, and revealing interviews with, sports stars as they partake in their hobbies and realize their off-field dreams in unique settings. His latest piece was with Warriors forward Draymond Green eating sushi and walking the …last_img read more

Post-World Cup, ‘extra effort needed’

December 18, 2019

first_imgThe volatility of the exchange rate at present, it said, was primarily a function of the global financial flow of funds rather than a current account phenomenon. 6 August 2010 “The Soccer World Cup 2010 was an exceptional success and, although it raised expectations during June 2010, a special effort is required to sustain the positive momentum and enhance the business outlook,” the chamber said. South Africa’s Business Confidence Index (BCI) for July recorded the second highest reading this year at 84.3 points, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Thursday. Sub-indices of the volumes of merchandise exports as well as imports recorded a relative strong performance compared to previous months. Sacci said that, relative to July 2009, eight of the BCI sub-indices improved, with real retail sales and building construction still lagging recent economic improvements. It said that the increase in liquidations was a legacy of the recession and the period of exuberance before the recession. Source: BuaNews Rand volatility The July figure of 84.3 points is 1.1 points above the July 2009 level, following on June 2010’s 84.8 points. “If July 2010 is compared to June 2010 (month-on-month), five sub-indices of the BCI were positive, four were negative and four remained neutral,” the chamber said. Legacy of the recession The global economy also reflected tensions as the pace of positive financial market developments outpaced a lagging real economy, Sacci said, adding that business confidence had yet to perceive strong and real economic prospects. “Stronger domestic demand and stronger posturing in the international trade environment are necessary to promote sustained improvements in business confidence.” Return to economic reality “The figure has improved from the recession, but it is still not good enough at the moment,” Sacci economist Richard Downing said of the BCI’s composite weighted index of 13 sub-indices that include new vehicle sales and merchandise import and export volumes. According to the chamber, the month of July 2010 renewed focus away from the sentiment of the World Cup and returned it to the economic reality of a domestic economy struggling to gain momentum. “Higher real financing cost came about by default as inflation trended lower and nominal interest rates remained unchanged,” said Sacci. It said that even though the present rand strength was causing some discomfort, the reasons for the strength should be looked at before any ill-conceived policy on intervention was implemented that could cause distortions and have unintended consequences for the economy. “South Africa’s highly developed financial markets provide a comfortable platform for these flows to take place over the short term providing the potential for substantial returns. Leads and lags on proceeds or payments of global trade transactions also exaggerate the volatility of the rand exchange rate.”last_img read more

Any plan for a U-turn, Tejashwi Yadav asks Nitish Kumar

December 3, 2019

first_imgAfter the setback to the BJP in the Assembly elections in five States, Leader of the Opposition in the Bihar Assembly and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Wednesday mocked Chief Minister Nitish Kumar wondering whether he was “contemplating another U-turn”. “Just after switching sides to the NDA, Nitish Kumar had said nobody has the potential to challenge Modi…with all humility, I want to ask Nitish Kumar…what is your take on this [the statement] now? Are you contemplating a U-turn again after talking to your conscience? Aren’t you Chacha-ji [uncle]?”, tweeted Mr. Yadav. Mr. Kumar dumped the RJD and the Congress to rejoin the BJP-led NDA in July 2017. It is now likely that the JD(U) would mount pressure on the BJP to declare Mr. Kumar as the leader of the NDA in Bihar. Earlier, BJP chief Amit Shah had announced that both parties would contest an equal number of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in the State. Upset with the announcement, Upendra Kushwaha-led Rashtriya Lok Samata Party quit the alliance recently.last_img read more


November 7, 2019
first_imgQUEENSLAND DOMINATES FINALS RACE Queensland claimed three of the four major Titles up for grabs as the School Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament reached its conclusion at the Gold Coast Touch Centre at Owen Park Southport. There were clinical performances by the victors in the respective 12 Years Boys and Girls division, an old fashioned battle to the death in the 15 Years Girls, and a thrilling ride into the drop-off zone for our 15 years Boys, as well as some entertaining battles in the semi-finals, plate, and ranking games. In early morning action, Qld and NSW swept into the Grand final of the 15 Years Boys division with comfortable semi-final victories. The Queenslanders towelled up Northern Territory 14-0, and New South Wales recorded an 11-0 shut out of the Australian Capital Territory. In the Bronze medal play off the ACT totally dominated the Northern Territory 6 – 1 and can be well pleased with their week’s work. The Northern Territory’s Gus Fitzgerald was judged the winner of the 15 Years Boys division `Encouragement Award’ for his efforts during the Tournament. In the 15 Years Boys Plate series final qualifier Victoria gave Tasmania plenty of chances to perfect their tap off moves with a resounding 8-0 win which set up a showdown with WA, who earlier eked out a narrow 5 – 4 victory over South Australia. Victoria backed up and played some bright Touch to swamp the Sandgropers 9-4 and take the Plate home. The Vic Boys were pretty chuffed with their performance and celebrated with a haka at half time in the 15 Years Boys Final – whatever works for you. For Pete Hampson and his `fit as racing snakes’ Tasmanian Boys there was no joy, as they fell in a drop-off to South Australia 5 – 4 in the battle for 7th and 8th. In the 15 Years Girls division the Mighty Maroons had a 12 – 1 victory over the ACT in their semi-final to advance to the final and attempt to retain the Title they collected last year. NSW battled hard to defeat a determined Western Australian outfit 4 -2 and advance to the Grand final. The battle for the Bronze was a tight affair with the ACT emerging victorious over WA, 6 – 4. ACT player Natalee Stepan-Daylight was rewarded for an excellent week of performances with the 15 Years Girls division Encouragement Award. In the battle of the Plate, South Australia ran out 8 – 4 winners over NT to confirm a place in the Plate final against Tasmania who accounted for Victoria 6 – 3. South Australia produced an 8 – 4 result against Tasmania to hold the Plate aloft (don’t drop that!) And Victoria relinquished the `spoon’ to the Northern Territory girls in a thrilling 4 – 3 drop off win – cue the haka. In the 12 Years Boys, NSW and Qld recorded big victories over the ACT (3rd) in Pool `A’ to set up the long awaited clash, QLD v NSW to decide who got the Good Bikies and who gets the crumbs. NSW capped a fantastic tournament by defeating Qld 4 -1 in a very entertaining clash. The first half was an absorbing battle full of desperate defensive plays, power rucking, and bright attacking play. The teams went to the break at 1-1 and the players from both teams welcomed the chance to catch their breath after a frenetic first stanza. NSW looked the better on resumption, and as the half wore on cracks appeared in the Qld defence and the well-oiled NSW machine cranked into overdrive in the oppressive heat. Two Touchdowns to the speed machine Chris Knight and a further `meat pie’ to Lachlan Sturgeon sealed the 4 -1 victory for the well-drilled NSW outfit. For Qld Captain Ryley Jacks, Nathan Norford, Oscar Sanft and Josh Scott tried their best to lift the home side, but NSW just had too much combination and options all over the park in attack and a resolute commitment to their defence. Lachlan Sturgeon, Chris Knight and Josh Drinkwater were the best for the Champion NSW Outfit. NSW coach John Clune was ecstatic with the victory, “It was a great game, all the boys on both sides were out on their feet at half time but kept digging, we had a 4 day training camp in preparation and I think the work done there really helped us cope well” NSW retain the National Title they collected last year and will be hoping to make it a hat trick next year in Adelaide, Qld have yet to win the title and that will provide motivation to the Maroons in 2005. In earlier Pool B games Northern Territory swamped Tasmania 9-1 in the (4 v 6) game. In the other pool `B’ clash, (5 v 6) South Australia beat Tasmania convincingly 5 -2. South Australia finished fourth and Northern Territory fifth after their Pool `B’ game went to South Australia 5 – 4. In the 12 Years Girls Qld and NSW both had comfortable wins over the third member of Pool `A’, Northern Territory (relegating them to 3rd) to set up a return Origin clash later in the day to decide the title. Qld 12 Years Girls team were the tournament’s super stars and swept all before them when they defeated NSW 7 – 0 in the last game in the 12 Years Girls division. The Evan Willis coached team created history by not conceding a touchdown the entire tournament and preserving Queensland’s imposing domination of the 12 Years Girls Competition, winning every title for the last decade. The `Roma Rocket’ Emilee Cherry had a hand in four of Qld’s seven Touchdowns to cap an outstanding tournament, and Sarah Monaghan, and Queenslands Player’s Player Sharni Kaatz excelled in a fantastic team performance. Kimberlee Gordon and Rebecca Mounsey were the best for NSW. Queensland Coach Evan Willis heaped praise on his champion team, “The girls have been great and have been so good to coach, they have been so committed to the job at hand and their parents have been great as well, it’s a big relief to get the win, and a pleasure to coach them.” In Pool `B’ action of the 12 Years Girls (4v6) South Australia narrowly defeated Tasmania 3 -2. In Pool `B’ (5v6) ACT defeated Tasmania 3 -0. South Australia then accounted for the ACT 3 – 2 to claim fourth spot. Written by Karley Banks 31 October 2004last_img

Victim faints at Morocco trial of British pedophile suspect

October 12, 2019

first_imgRABAT- An alleged victim of a suspected British pedophile on trial in Morocco fainted in court Tuesday as the case was adjourned for a fifth time, a rights activist who attended the hearing told AFP.The 6-year-old girl passed out at the courthouse in the northern town of Tetouan when she saw Robert Bill, who is accused of kidnapping and attempting to rape her, said Mohammed Benaissa, who heads the Northern Observatory for Human Rights.“We are calling for a swift ruling in this trial, because of the suffering it is causing the victims,” he told AFP, expressing “surprise” that it had been repeatedly delayed. The judge fixed the next hearing for April 11. The reason for the latest delay was not clear. The trial had previously been adjourned when the defendant’s Moroccan lawyers withdrew from the case.Bill, originally from North Wales, was arrested at a petrol station in Tetouan last June when locals overheard the screams of the six-year-old girl he allegedly abducted, surrounded his Spanish-registered car and alerted the police.“She was the only victim present at the trial,” Benaissa said, adding that the other alleged victims were represented in court by their parents.The suspect is accused of kidnapping and raping another two Moroccan girls prior to his arrest, one in Tetouan and one in the nearby town of Chefchaouen, according to the human rights group.The former teacher has already served jail time in Britain following his conviction by a Welsh court in 2009 of attempting to abduct a five-year-old girl.After leaving prison he travelled to southern Spain, arriving in Morocco in November 2012 from the town of Ceuta, a Spanish enclave on Morocco’s north coast. The Spanish police had issued a warrant for his arrest on separate pedophilia and kidnapping charges.last_img read more

Why Arent The Best Teams In The NFL Expected To Win A

September 28, 2019

NFL forecasts are in … and they aren’t very exciting! Even great teams like the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks are forecast to win about 10 games, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index. But plenty of teams win more than that each year — what gives? Watch the video above to find out. And if you’re into this kind of statistical kaffeeklatsch, subscribe to FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast, Hot Takedown.

September 18, 2019

Villas next seasons kit includes a darker shade of claret

first_imgVilla’s iconic colours have often caused confusion amongst manufacturers and senior Villa Park officials have moved to ensure next season’s kit includes a ‘darker shade of claret’ according to Birmingham Mail.It will also feature a ‘visible nod to William McGregor’. A statue of McGregor – the man who played a leading role in founding the Football League in 1888 – stands proudly outside the main reception at Villa Park.Neil Banbury, General Manager UK at the Kindred Group, said:Tottenham make offer to Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish Henry Ikenna Ugwu – June 13, 2018 In a bullish manner Tottenham makes offer to Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish £15m as Chelsea, Fulham and Leicester are also keen on securing the…“We are delighted to continue our partnership with Aston Villa. 32Red has a successful history in football sponsorship and will look to build on the fantastic work done by the Unibet brand last season.“The 32Red logo won’t look out of place adorning the famous claret and blue with both brands priding themselves on excitement and entertainment. The likes of which has made 32Red an industry-leader in online casinos.““Unibet will continue to reward the legions of loyal Villans with “better” experiences as Official Betting & Gaming Partner and we look forward to seeing the logo on the club’s official training wear.”last_img read more

September 18, 2019

Souttar impressed by Belgiums ruthlessness

first_imgScotland defender John Souttar has revealed that Belgium are the best team he has ever faced after his country were hammered 4-0 by Roberto Martinez’s men.The Hearts defender was earning his first senior cap and lamented three individual Scotland errors which led to Belgium goals.Souttar, 21, insisted he can learn much from the experience after dealing with some of the planet’s most talented players. Scotland now face Albania in their first Nations League tie on Monday evening, and Souttar admitted they must eradicate mistakes quickly. “It was the biggest test for me by far,” he said, as quoted by EdinburghNews. “It was a learning curve for me playing against them. I felt good and I enjoyed it. I felt that we did some good stuff in the game but the result obviously dampens it.Kevin De Bruyne, BelgiumThere’s no midfielder like De Bruyne: Roberto Martinez Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to the Belgium boss, the best midfielder in the world is Kevin De Bruyne after a fantastic Monday display against Scotland.“The difference was three individual errors, costing three goals. They punish you and they’re ruthless. Their finishing is ruthless and their movement is ruthless. If I’m going to be where I want to be, I’m going to have to play people like that and learn from it. On a selfish note, it was good to go up against players like that.”“We’ve got to learn quick. The manager [Alex McLeish] has come in and put his own philosophy in. You can see the change of formation so we have to learn quickly. Monday will be a completely different game. All focus sn on that now because that’s the important one.”“Belgium are second in the world for a reason. They are a top team and you saw in the World Cup how good they are,” he said. “They knocked Brazil about the park and it was always going to be tough. To test yourself against that at this stage of my career is brilliant. “It’s something I’ve strived for for a long time.”last_img read more