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Vinicius clings to the post

first_imgHe does not hide his secret: he is in a peak shape. “I have reached my best level of last season, which was between January and February”, he explained in the flash-interview after the copera elimination. La Real was the best example. He tried thirteen dribbles, his greatest number of the season, and successfully completed ten. An electricity generated from the left band, its comfort space. Zidane knows it and tried to organize a transition to the right wing from the preseason and in games like 2-2 against Bruges and 0-0 with Betis, in which Vini failed to stand out. “It costs me more,” the attacker himself confirmed in mid-September, when he left with the canarinha. With everything, He said he asked his coach to put him “on the right.” One more proof of willingness to play as if it were of real intention to adapt to a band in which he is still seen strange. On the other side of the decision, Hazard. Zizou smelled the problems that Real could generate and preferred to delay the return of the Belgian, who is already 73 days away, but is training with the rest of the team since the beginning of the week. On Sunday, Pamplona, ​​against Osasuna, the eighth least scored first team (28 goals conceded). A challenge for this Madrid to which the Cup has unexpectedly cut the pace. A rhythm that Vinicius has left over and Hazard still lacks. Zidane is usually of the opinion that, what works, better not to touch it. But that philosophy is complicated to sustain when he is about to enjoy Hazard again and reintegrate the Belgian in his favorite position implies … to take Vinicius out of eleven. Vini, the agitator of the derby (in his boots was born the goal of Benzema) and the engine of the attempt of white comeback against the Real in Cup (3-4). It was Vinicius against everyone. A state of form that places Zidane in a tricky dilemma. Send the Brazilian to the right wing where he has never been comfortable? Vinicius has become the most reliable attacker, in terms of football generated, along with Benzema. His status right now places him ahead of Rodrygo, Lucas Vázquez and this defenestrated Bale. In La Romareda he scored his best goal, gave the derby another air and against Real was a nightmare, with an assist to Rodrygo, a goal voided and his explosiveness ended up causing two yellow Gorosabel … last_img read more

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Delbonis, Cuevas and Monteiro advance in the Argentina Open

first_imgThe Argentine Federico Delbonis, the Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, the Brazilian Thiago Monteiro and the Norwegian Casper Ruud they gained on Monday their matches of the most important draw of the Argentine Open, the ATP 250 performed in Buenos Aires, and superior to the knockout levels.As a substitute, the Spaniards Pablo Andújar and Jaume Munar they had been eradicated.Delbonis surpassed Bolivian Hugo Dellien by 1-6, 6-3, and 7-5.In eighths his rival can be the native Diego Schwartzman, quantity 14 of the world, first head of sequence and runner-up of the Cordoba Open, which gained on Sunday the Chilean Christian Garín. Cuevas went to eighths by eliminating the Italian Lorenzo Sonego by a double 6-4.In the subsequent occasion it will likely be measured earlier than the Spanish Albert Ramos or the Argentine Leonardo Mayer.Monteiro beat Munar with out many issues with a double 6-3.In the spherical of 16 he’ll face the Croatian Borna Coric, fourth seeded.The opposite Spanish eradicated in this occasion, Andújar, fell to Ruud 6-2 and 6-3.The Norwegian rival will come out of the duel that can star in the Italian Marco Cecchinato and the Spanish Roberto Carballes.The Argentine Open, which is performed on clay at the Buenos Aires Garden Tennis Membership, will finish this Sunday.last_img read more

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Madrid would be a leader without the VAR

first_imgThe arbitration will be in the spotlight during the Classic after the last complaints of Real Madrid. The decisions of Hernández Hernández, against Levante, and Orsato, against Manchester City, have not liked the white team, which demands in some of these actions the intervention of the VAR. Video arbitration has not become precisely his great ally, since technology has intervened more times against Madrid than Barcelona. Moreover, in a parallel and fictitious classification, in which the decisions taken from the VOR room were not taken into account, Madrid would be in the first position of LaLiga Santander with two points of advantage over the Catalans.VAR interventions in Madrid matches-In favor (3): two rival goals were annulled (to Brais, for the previous offside of Aspas, and to Luuk De Jong, for a previous foul on Militao) and the repetition of a penalty against Leganés (Soriano stopped the maximum penalty for Ramos, but was early and on the second attempt he managed to beat him).-Again (5): a direct red to Modric, a somewhat rival was awarded (to Gerard Moreno) and three goals were annulled for offside (to Jovic, against Osasuna, Hazard, against Betis, and Casemiro, against Valladolid).-They did not influence (1): Sánchez Martínez had an identity error. He took a yellow one to Valverde and from the VOR they warned him that the foul was from Jovic.VAR interventions in Barcelona matches-In favor (2) a penalty in favor by Aguirregabiria and a goal annulled to Getafe for a previous foul.-Again (4): two penalties were indicated against (Vidal and Lenglet, both by hand), goal annulled to Messi for offside and goal awarded to Gameiro.-They did not influence (2): An identity error (yellow shown to Arthur that had been wrongly shown to Suarez before) and mediation to Gil Manzano (the VAR confirmed that Paulista’s goal had to be annulled due to a previous foul, but this occurred before it was put into play the corner, so from the VOR they indicated that the corner kick should be repeated and not missing as indicated by the braid).The VAR in the ClassicsThis will be the sixth Real Madrid-Barcelona with video arbitration, but to date it has only entered once. It was on the first of all, on the 10th day of the 2018-19 season. Hernández Hernández, VAR referee, warned Sánchez Martínez, on the grass, of a Varane penalty on Luis Suárez. The Murcian referee pointed it out and the Uruguayan scored. The irruption of technology is very low in the Classics, although the white team has repeatedly claimed it. They think he should have entered the same game he did to signal the maximum penalty on Luis Suarez. In that crash, later, the Uruguayan would commit a serious abrupt game action on Nachor. The Canarian referee, from the VOR, did not recommend his partner to go to the monitor. The VAR was also requested in the last Classic in LaLiga. Madrid claimed two penalties on Varane. The first for a stencil of Lenglet and another for a grab of Rakitic. In the first one the VAR did not enter because there was a previous hand of Benzema and in the second one because from the VOR they considered that it was not a clear and manifest error.The referees: Mateu Lahoz and González GonzálezThose designated to whistle Real Madrid-Barcelona are Mateu Lahoz, from the field, and González González, from the VOR. Ramos complained last weekend that Hernández Hernández could not talk. The Appointments Committee has chosen for the Classic an arbitrator totally contrary to what the white captain complained. Mateu Lahoz is one of the most talkative referees of the First Division and he likes to make players see what he plays, although he does not wrinkle before them in complicated situations. The Valencian is one of the referees who shows more cards, both yellow and red, shows. Of course, it is not one of the most penalties. Mateu, in addition, It is one of the referees that has been corrected less times by the VAR. On three occasions he has rectified his decision. In a fourth, the VAR also recommended that he review a penalty he noted, but remained in his initial decision. He is one of the few referees who has done it and has surprised everyone, since he almost always hears: “If he goes to the monitor, he will change his decision.”From the VOR he will be helping you González González, one of the most interventionist referees in the category. He has entered seven actions when he has worked as a VAR and plays of all kinds (gameplay, penalties and reds). He is a referee who does not hesitate to call his partner on the screen if he thinks he has made a clear and manifest error.last_img read more

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Zenden tells how he injured Xavi with a judo key

first_imgZenden has revealed in an interview in FourFourTwo magazine an unknown episode that he starred in during his stay in Barcelona. The retired Dutch winger spent three courses at the Catalan club, between 1998 and 2001, where he came from PSV Eindhoven. Left-handed and quite fast, the Dutch international was able to play for both profiles to put a good sequence of centers and he also stood out for being quite an outgoing person. Now, after the years, he tells an anecdote that had not come out, an accident that left Xavi out of action and in which he had a lot to do. The Dutch player is and was already by then an expert judoka, something that came from family. His father had made a career in that sport until a knee injury withdrew him from professional practice. Zenden tells FourFourTwo that one day he joked with Xavi, whom he challenged, it was something he used to do. The mischief cost them dearly. “It went a little wrong that time at Barcelona; I challenged Xavi, who was leaning one hand on a bed. However, the bed had wheels, which made him slip and dislocated one shoulder. He was out for a few weeks! “count now the Dutch international sneers. Zenden has not specified more about the injury that involuntarily caused Xavi or the arm he went in. What is certain is that some time after the Dutchman left Barcelona in 2003, the Spanish midfielder had to undergo surgery on his right shoulder due to repetitive joint dislocations.Zenden had lived with Judo all his life. “When I was a child, I just had to go down the stairs to find myself in a Judo school (his father set up an academy at home), and I automatically joined the judo classes that were taught there. It was the family business and he still follows it today being, “he explains. Zenden channeled what he learned in judo to help him in soccer. “Judo has given me a lot. It improved me as a footballer: it is a one-on-one discipline, as it often happens on the field, you learn to maintain balance, use your abilities and protect yourself in the fall. For example, I never suffered any injury when falling to the ground, “he says.last_img read more

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The home garden as a training ground

first_imgAnnalie Longo, player of the New Zealand Ferns, he trains in the garden of his house to try not to lose form before an eventual return to normality. New Zealand It decreed a state of national emergency on March 26 and since then all non-essential businesses have been closed. Getty ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Gettylast_img

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Taylor extends lean batting form

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor’s drought with the bat continued, but Sydney Thunder edged Melbourne Stars by six runs to end the preliminary round on top in the Women’s Big Bash.Playing at University Oval, Thunder produced a meek batting effort and were held to 104 for nine off their 20 overs.Captain Alex Blackwell got 31 from 39 deliveries, while Nicola Carey struck 20 from 24 balls. The pair added 29 for the fourth wicket, after Thunder slipped to 37 for three in the ninth over.One of the three wickets to fall was that of Taylor, who failed to score for the third time since the start of the year. She has now scraped together just 27 runs from her last seven outings.Left-armer Mornal Nielson finished with three for 26.In reply, Stars were restricted to 98 for eight off their 20 overs, thanks to fast bowler Rene Farrell, who was superb in taking four for 18 from her four overs.Wicketkeeper Emma Inglis top-scored with 32 from 34 deliveries.At Hurstville Oval, teenaged West Indies batter Hayley Matthews stroked an unbeaten 17 from 12 balls, but her Hobart Hurricanes went down to Sydney Sixers by two wickets.Batting first, Hurricanes reached 126 for four off 20 overs, with Amy Satterthwaite hitting a top score of 35 from 29 balls and opener and captain Heather Knight chipping in with 33 from 34 deliveries.Entering the contest in the 17th over, Matthews struck a six in her small cameo to help Hurricanes end strongly.However, Sara McGlashan then unfurled a superb, unbeaten 79 off 58 balls, with three fours and four sixes to propel Sixers to their target off the last ball of the innings.Despite the loss, Hurricanes qualified for the semi-finals by finishing second in the standings on 16 points, two behind Thunder.last_img read more

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‘Chief’ set for long overdue win

first_imgFormer top-class campaigner COMMANDING CHIEF should score a long overdue win in today’s competitive looking overnight allowance race over 1300 metres to be contested by 13 starters at Caymanas Park.COMMANDING CHIEF last won the grade one Prime Minister’s Stakes in a titanic tussle with PERFECT NEIGHBOUR over 2000 metres on Independence Day 2014 (August 6), and although yet to win another race since, has run some useful races in defeat, even though sparingly raced.When he last competed, in open allowance company on January 23 for new trainer Spencer Chung, the eight-year-old gelding by War Marshall out of She Knows Beau ran a decent race behind the progressive filly LONG RUNNING TRAIN and CAMPESINO over a mile, finishing six lengths sixth after racing prominently in second entering the straight.Having worked well in preparation for today’s encounter and stepping down to overnight company in the process, COMMANDING CHIEF has a glorious chance of reliving past glories.MOST ACCOMPLISHEDHe is easily the most accomplished in the field, following big-race wins in the St Leger and Gold Cup when trained by Everal Francis, and with three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson sticking with the ride, the hint should be taken.Still, it won’t be a walk in the park for the veteran campaigner as he faces some very fit opponents in SHINING LIGHT, MIRACLE STAR, RED FLAG, EDISON and HOVER CRAFT, all ideally suited to the distance.The Wayne DaCosta-trained HOVER CRAFT (Omar Walker up) not only won in grade one company last season, but was second to FRANFIELD in last November’s Superstakes, and with 1300 metres not too sharp for him, is a worthy opponent. The same can be said of the Gary Griffiths-trained SHINING LIGHT, a recent winner who will love every inch of this race.However, COMMANDING CHIEF has never had it this easy in years and thus gets the vote.Other firm fancies on the 10-race programme are SUPERTRONICS (knocking at the door) to go one better in the second race; stable-companion BIG GEORGE to repeat in the third; GOLDEN GLORY in the sixth; down-in-class BOLD AVIATOR in race seven; and the speedy OPTIMUS to finally deliver in the eighth race for maiden four-year-olds and up over 1000 metres round.last_img read more

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Reno dent H View’s semi-final aspirations

first_imgRenario Downswell netted his fourth goal in three games to earn Reno a valuable point against Harbour View in their battle against relegation in the Red Stripe Premier League.The result also had far- reaching effects for the Stars of the East as it severely dented their hopes of making the last four.The point put Reno (34) four clear of the relegation zone, with two games remaining. However, Harbour View (40) are now five points off the semi-final spot and, with only six points available, coach Ludlow Bernard has thrown in the towel.”It is highly improbable (qualify) and I am willing to concede,” he commented after the game.Humble Lion (44) remain in the hunt as their 1-0 win over Boys’ Town (38) kept them just a point adrift UWI FC (45), who are in pole position following their 1-0 win over Cavalier.Reno came into the Harbour View game hunting all three points, but, for Downswell, the point is welcome.”This match, we had to win as you can see that we are down in the relegation zone. But the team came out and played some good football and got a result,” the goalscorer said.The former St Elizabeth Technical High School player only returned to the team in recent weeks, due to reasons he chose not to disclose. However, his contribution is worth its weight in goals.”This is my third game and my fourth goal in three games. This is the back end of the season and we have to step up our performance. We’ve had a bit of ups and downs this season, but the coaching staff talked to us and got back the team together. But it’s a very young team and we believe we can do better,” he observed.”As a senior member of the team, when I look back, I see that I have to step up, so I just stepped forward and told the coach I am ready to lead the way,” he told The Gleaner.”We need to finish off this season and get ready for next season. It’s going to be hard, but we are going to push those two games and we are not going to ease back,” he said.last_img read more

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Melbourne in control at Sabina

first_imgMelbourne Cricket Club are in a commanding position entering the second day of the 2016 Jamaica Cricket Association’s Senior Cup final after claiming first innings points from St Thomas yesterday. Led by a topscore of 63 from national batsman Andre McCarthy, and 55 from Guyanese opener Trevon Griffith, many-time champions Melbourne posted a modest 181 in their first innings on a pitch that was flat and good for batting. National fast bowler Keno Wallace, who bowled impressively in his second spell from the downhill northern end, claimed four for 39 for St Thomas with support coming from leg-spinner Kenroy Williams, with three for 36. Playing in their first final, St Thomas were bundled out for 111 in reply with left arm spinner Chris Lamont bagged five for 38 and Melbourne’s captain Nikita Miller, four for 21. Promising teenage pacer Oshane Thomas, who was recently picked up by the Jamaica Tallawahs for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League Twenty20, ended with one for 19. Williams, 28, was the top scorer for St Thomas. Jamaica Scorpions representatives, captain Carlton Baugh Jr and Devon Thomas, made nine and five, respectively. Batting a second time, Melbourne closed on 38 for two for an overall lead of 108. “Our batting was a bit disappointing,” said Melbourne’s assistant coach, Ray Stewart. “However, at the end of the day, our bowlers came back and did a fantastic job for us. “The aim now is to try and bat as long as possible, and, hopefully, bat them out of the game.” Baugh said his team will be hunting early wickets today. “We are down but not out,” he said. “We have come from behind after losing first innings before and the aim is to try and do that on the final day, weather permitting.” Griffith, 15 not out, and McCarthy, 11 not out, will resume batting for Melbourne at 10 a.m. today. The left-handed Brown has so far taken two for 22 for St Thomas. 108 LEADlast_img read more

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Panama brand semi-final defeat as ‘robbery’

first_imgATLANTA, Georgia (CMC):Panama’s head coach Hernan Dario Gomez has slammed his side’s controversial defeat to Mexico on Wednesday night as “utter robbery” and says the result has left a stain on football as a whole.Panama, playing a man down from the 25th minute, led Mexico 1-0 until the 88th through captain Roman Torres’ header before referee Mark Geiger awarded a controversial penalty, which tilted the balance of the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final at the Georgia Dome.Torres took a tumble in the box and fell on top of the ball and Geiger astonishingly pointed to the spot.”Logically, I hope that all the press understands that what I am experiencing right now is difficult and hard. The press, more than us, are aware that things did not function well, in the legal way. Panama made an outstanding effort with ten men,” a clearly dejected Gomez told a media conference.”I have been managing teams since 1987, and this is the first time that I experience this. With a team well worked, with athletes desiring to give their country another Gold Cup final, with a press that has accompanied and helped us out.”If it was up to me, I could say ‘I do not want to continue in football anymore’, because that was horrible. It was an utter robbery.”After an 11-minute stoppage, during which Panama protested the call, scuffles broke out and beverages were tossed on the field by spectators, Andres Guardado converted the spot kick to draw Mexico level.The Mexican Eindhoven forward then found the winner, also from the spot, in the first period of added extra time.Gomez said the refereeing decisions had ruined an excellent game and had ultimately hurt the sport.”There were two great teams on the pitch tonight, each team exhibiting good styles. The Mexican players or the team has nothing to do with what happened,” Gomez stressed.”You cannot damage a final like this. When you put a team with 10 players against a team with 11 players, it hurts the game.”However, I value more the capacity of the Panamanian players for they played a tactical game against an immense rival with good possession of the ball, that is Mexico. And Panama held their ground, and at times, it was able to attack, and then we are up 1-0.”And then, on 88th minute, the penalty happened. You cannot determine a final in that manner. You can’t be serious. This has damaged not only football in general but the upcoming Gold Cup final. It ruins the beauty of the tournament.”Geiger had earlier sent off Luis Tejada for a hand to the face of Francisco Rodriguez as the two battled for a ball. The call was another contentious one that resulted in vociferous protests from the Panamaian players.The defeat saw Panama miss out on their second successive Gold Cup final.last_img read more

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