Carl Albert Safety Jason Taylor II Commits to Oklahoma State

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. .@JTII_25 commits to #okstate on @KFORsports. pic.twitter.com/zl10yR757G— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) August 5, 2017AdChoices广告Taylor is the 18th commitment of the 2018 class for the Cowboys, and the third at his position. He joins Jarrick Bernard and Kanion Williams among committed incoming safeties.In addition to OSU, Taylor also held scholarship offers from SMU, Memphis and Tulsa. He is the fifth verbal commitment out of the state of Oklahoma for the Pokes 2018 class, which now ranks 25th nationally and fifth in the Big 12. Class of 2018 safety Jason Taylor II has committed to Oklahoma State over SMU and Tulsa.The Carl Albert High School product made his decision on Friday morning and the taped commitment video aired Friday evening on KFOR Sports.“I really came to the decision because it was the best fit for me, it felt like I could really see myself there,” Taylor said while thanking his friends and family who were on hand.last_img read more

The Challenges of Recruiting Cowboy Backs

first_imgCoach Mike Gundy signed five tight ends in the 2008 recruiting class. He signed zero the following three years.“It’s turned a full circle,” Gundy said at Big 12 Media Days. “Years ago, you never saw an offense without one. Then nobody was using one.”Oklahoma State included.Over the next few years, Zac Veatch moved from fullback/tight end to offensive lineman and back again, and Keenen Brown went from receiver to cowboy back. It wasn’t until 2015 that cowboy back even became a recruited position.Coach Jason McEndoo was pulled on board from Montana State, where he ran the offensive line, and was told to get creative.AdChoices广告Over the three-plus years the cowboy back position has been in existence, players as short as 5-foot-10 Luke Hupp or as tall as 6-foot-5 Baron Odom have been raked onto the roster. This outlines a challenge OSU faces in attempting to bring players to be successful at a position that doesn’t exist anywhere in high school football.As of the 2017 roster, only four of the eight cowboy backs were offered a formal scholarship out of high school, and two of them were in the most recent class.“It’s really kinda of hard to find ’em and come up with enough to recruit,” Gundy said.True and false. There are invariably fewer fullbacks and tight ends than almost every other position out there. But when you look at only the states OSU has pulled these types of players from, there are still 24 uncommitted players of at least a two-star rating, according to 247 Sports. That includes recent decommit Nic McTear from Frisco Heritage and his could-be replacement James Palmer out of Westmoore.That’s not a massive pool, but it’s probably enough. One reason it’s not huge though is because of the allure of the position — or lack thereof.“There’s not a lot of guys who are fired up about playing fullback or tight end in high school,” Gundy said. “If they have the body structure, they’d rather go over and play defensive end.”Case and point: Cole Walterscheid. Tight end was Walterscheid’s primary position at Muenster High School, mostly because he only weighed about 210 pounds at 6-5.That happens a lot and it rarely goes the other way.“James Castleman, of course he was bigger,” Gundy said. “When we recruited him, he was 245 pounds. He ended up being 300, but he was that type of body structure. We didn’t know he was gonna be 300 pounds.”It didn’t matter anyway.Poor No. 9.Gundy said current defensive end Jarrell Owens is that same body structure. He played running back in high school but hasn’t ran a snap of offense, unless you count the one on defense.Wild play alert courtesy of @CowboyFB defense.#Big12FB on FS1 https://t.co/9wNohKypWe— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 22, 2016As for those who will own the position this season, Gundy still believes the cowboy back, on its face, brings an entirely new facet to the offense other positions cannot.“You have the ability to run a seven-man running play and a five-man passing play with that guy in the game,” Gundy said. “Part of the success with our running game was because of Justice (Hill), but the other part of it was because of our cowboy backs.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Report: Bournemouth 2 Newcastle 2

first_imgBournemouth 2 Newcastle United 2: Hosts in thrilling fightback after Gayle double Nicholas McGee Last updated 1 year ago 00:56 25/2/2018 GayleCook-Cropped Getty Images A Dwight Gayle double was cancelled out by a late Bournemouth comeback as the hosts drew with relegation rivals Newcastle United. Dan Gosling completed a dramatic late comeback as Bournemouth came from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw with relegation rivals Newcastle United.Rafael Benitez’s side travelled to the Vitality Stadium after a shock 1-0 victory over Manchester United last time out, and looked like making it back-to-back Premier League wins after Dwight Gayle twice pounced on poor goalkeeping from Asmir Begovic.After allowing Gayle to beat him to a low delivery for the 17th-minute opener, Begovic enabled the former Crystal Palace striker to double his tally on the stroke of half-time as he let another cross slip under him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Bournemouth pushed to find a way back into the game, and a lifeline arrived courtesy of a fantastic long-range effort from Adam Smith 10 minutes from time.And parity was restored in the 89th minute as former Newcastle midfielder Gosling turned home from Nathan Ake’s ball into the box.Newcastle did cling on for a draw but missed a chance to go four points clear of the drop. The Magpies are two clear of the bottom three with Bournemouth three further ahead of them, a run of just one defeat in eight top-flight games cold comfort for Benitez after the late setback.A point apiece, as the Cherries come back from 2-0 down… #BOUNEW | #afcb pic.twitter.com/RHoVdoQo8S— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) February 24, 2018It took 10 minutes for either goalkeeper to be forced into a save as Martin Dubravka, coming off an impressive debut against Jose Mourinho’s men, sprung to his left to parry Callum Wilson’s effort on the turn.But, after Kenedy had fired over with a pair of long-range efforts, Newcastle took the lead with a well-worked move.Jonjo Shelvey played a brilliant ball down the right for Matt Ritchie, whose low cross eventually fell to Gayle as he won a challenge with Begovic before nonchalantly backheeling the ball into the empty net.Ritchie then curled wide from 25 yards out as Newcastle continued in the ascendancy.Junior Stanislas and Gosling both lashed volleys over before Newcastle, having struggled to retain possession in the closing stages of the first half, doubled their advantage against the run of play.Paul Dummett’s cross to the far post was met by Ayoze Perez, the Spaniard’s pull back going through the legs of Begovic and finding Gayle, who was presented with another tap-in.28 – Dwight Gayle has now netted 28 league goals since the start of last season, more than twice as many as any other player for Newcastle (Matt Ritchie next on 13). Sharp. pic.twitter.com/BVQ59TxqwN — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 24, 2018 Bournemouth had a penalty claim waved away by Roger East in the opening stages of the second half after Jamaal Lascelles collided with Ryan Fraser.Perez and Shelvey spurned gilt-edged chances to make it three either side of a fine Dubravka save from Steve Cook, and those wasted opportunities ultimately proved costly as Smith fired a stunning strike in off the bar before Gosling struck with a confident side-foot finish as a previously composed Newcastle defence crumbled.There was still time for Bournemouth to pull off a remarkable turnaround but Newcastle did at least save a point, yet they still have plenty of work to do to preserve their top-flight status.Key Opta Stats:- Bournemouth have picked up 13 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season, a joint-high along with Everton.- Newcastle failed to win a Premier League game after being two goals up at half-time for the first time since February 2012 (2-2 v Wolves).- Bournemouth have gone eight Premier League home games without a clean sheet, their longest-ever run without a shutout at the Vitality Stadium in the competition.- Newcastle bagged two first-half goals away from home for the first time in the Premier League since March 2014 against Hull.- Dwight Gayle ended a run of 11 Premier League appearances without a goal, via his first Premier League double since May 2016. read morelast_img read more

Report: Man Utd 2 Liverpool 1

first_imgManchester United 2 Liverpool 1: Rashford double secures huge victory Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 22:24 10/3/2018 MarcusRashford - cropped Getty Images Manchester United increased their grip on second position in the Premier League by beating Liverpool courtesy of Marcus Rashford’s double. Marcus Rashford emphatically marked his return to Manchester United’s starting XI with a double in a huge 2-1 Premier League victory over rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday.In the line-up for the first time since Boxing Day as Jose Mourinho made three changes with Paul Pogba ruled out through injury, Rashford scored a first-half brace to boost United’s hopes of finishing second to runaway leaders Manchester City.The England international ended a run of 10 Premier League matches without a goal to send United five points clear of third-placed Liverpool in the 200th competitive meeting between the sides, though Tottenham could close to within four by beating Bournemouth on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Jurgen Klopp made five alterations to the side that secured progression to the Champions League quarter-finals against Porto on Tuesday, with Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold reinforcing the defence, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mohamed Salah returned further up the pitch.But that backline was bullied by Romelu Lukaku, who proved a magnet for the long balls from which he helped create Rashford’s goals – the first of which came after a delightful change of direction in the 14th minute.An own goal from Eric Bailly on his first start since November having been sidelined with a knee injury gave Liverpool hope during an improved second-half display, but the Red Devils held on for a potentially crucial victory.FULL-TIME Man Utd 2-1 Liverpool@MarcusRashford inspires the Red Devils to an excellent victory at Old Trafford #MUNLIV pic.twitter.com/I4wrNBlL7i— Premier League (@premierleague) March 10, 2018Klopp on Friday said the clash was not “an attacking team against a defending team” but that was exactly how the opening stages played out, with United sitting back and Liverpool controlling possession.It was the hosts who took the lead, though. David de Gea’s goal-kick was flicked on to Rashford by Lukaku, and he brilliantly chopped inside of Alexander-Arnold and fired inside the far post.Gooallll @ManUtd— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) March 10, 2018Van Dijk wasted a glorious chance to equalise in the 23rd minute, his shoulder rather than head connecting with a corner from James Milner – wearing the captain’s armband as Jordan Henderson sat out with a dead leg – as he missed the target from inside the six-yard box.United made the most of that reprieve by doubling their advantage just 62 seconds later, again from a long pass from deep.Van Dijk’s challenge on Juan Mata after brilliant work from Lukaku inadvertently sent the ball to Rashford, who guided it beyond an out-of-position Loris Karius with the help of a nick off Alexander-Arnold.It should have been three when Alexis Sanchez picked out the unmarked Mata in the middle of the area before half-time, but the Spain international sent his overhead kick wide.1984 – Manchester United have not lost a league game at Old Trafford that they have been leading at half-time since May 7th 1984 (1-2 vs Ipswich Town). Dominant. #MUNLIV pic.twitter.com/6aniDqx1ne— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 10, 2018Liverpool stepped up a gear after the restart and saw penalty claims for Ashley Young’s foul on Salah and a handball by Antonio Valencia turned down by referee Craig Pawson.They were rewarded in the 66th minute when Sadio Mane beat Scott McTominay for pace down the left and sent in a cross that Bailly approached with the wrong foot and sent into the back of his own net.There were boos when Mourinho replaced Rashford with Marouane Fellaini to add an extra body in midfield with 20 minutes remaining, and the Belgium international was fortunate not to concede a penalty when he sent Mane to ground.Klopp sent on Georginio Wijnaldum and Dominic Solanke as Liverpool fought to restore parity, but Salah sliced a wild volley over in the sixth minute of stoppage time as United held on for a third successive league win.Key Opta Stats:- Manchester United defeated Liverpool for the 68th time in league competition; this is the most defeats that Liverpool have suffered against a single side.- United have won four of their eight games against fellow ‘big six’ sides in the Premier League this season (W4 D1 L3), twice as many as they managed in the whole of last season (W2 D4 L4).- Liverpool have won only one of their seven Premier League games on the weekends immediately following playing a Champions League game this season (W1 D4 L2).- United have won 20 of their 30 Premier League games this season, already surpassing their totals in both 2016-17 (18) and 2015-16 (19) and equalling their number of league wins in 2014-15 (20).- Only United (67) have profited from more own goals in the Premier League than Liverpool (58).- Manchester United had just two shots on target in this match – both of which were scored by Marcus Rashford.- He has scored seven of his 16 Premier League goals against teams in the ‘big six’ (44%).- Romelu Lukaku now has seven Premier League assists this season; more than he has in any previous campaign. read morelast_img read more

Bayern coast into CL quarter-finals

first_imgBesiktas 1 Bayern Munich 3 (1-8 agg): Heynckes’ men cruise into quarter-finals Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 02:47 15/3/2018 Thiago Alcantara Twitter/@FCBayern Bayern Munich remain on track for another treble under Jupp Heynckes after easily coming through a Champions League tie with Besiktas. Thiago Alcantara scored but was substituted due to injury as Bayern Munich won 3-1 at Besiktas to cruise into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.A 5-0 victory in last month’s first leg in Munich had put Bayern in a commanding position and there was never any sign of a miraculous comeback in Istanbul on Wednesday.Thiago finished from a Thomas Muller cross to extend Bayern’s advantage and score their 100th goal of the season, but the Spain international was withdrawn before the break, coach Jupp Heynckes perhaps wishing he had rested more key names after picking a strong side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Gokhan Gonul’s own goal in the first minute of the second half appeared to settle the tie for good, before Vagner Love scrambled home his first Champions League strike since 2011 to spark Besiktas’ best period of the tie.Sandro Wagner, though, restored Bayern’s two-goal cushion with his first strike in the competition in the 84th minute.Heynckes’ men could claim the Bundesliga title at the weekend if results go their way and they remain on track for another treble, the veteran coach having won the Champions League among three trophies before departing Bayern at the end of his third spell in 2013.Bayern, who have reached the Champions League semi-finals in six of the last eight seasons, will find out their quarter-final opponents in Friday’s draw.Despite their massive first-leg lead Bayern made a bright start, Arturo Vidal heading wide.Thomas Muller scored twice in last month’s game and he should have opened the scoring in the 10th minute, blasting over the rebound after Tolga Zengin parried David Alaba’s free-kick.@Thiago6 celebrates @FCBayern’s 100th goal of the season in all comps. #UCL pic.twitter.com/MxjzHrZYRz— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) March 14, 2018But Muller created a fine goal for Thiago to get Bayern up and running, the midfielder timing his run into the box perfectly to tuck away a first-time finish from a pinpoint right-wing cross.Thiago limped off before half-time, giving Bayern an injury concern for the rest of the season.Besiktas had played reasonably well in the first period but the Turkish champions gifted Bayern their second moments after the restart.An innocuous right-wing cross from Rafinha should have been easy to clear, but Gonul poked the ball past Zengin under no pressure whatsoever.Referee Michael Oliver then had to briefly pause the game as a cat invaded the pitch.Miau. Miau. #BJKFCB pic.twitter.com/yPqg6Hzu89— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) March 14, 2018Besiktas gave their fans something to cheer in the 59th minute, Alaba losing the ball in his own half, with Gonul setting up Love to squeeze the ball past Jerome Boateng on the line.Mustafa Pektemek forced a save from Sven Ulreich as Besiktas tried to level the game on the night, Bayern understandably lacking energy given their comfortable position.Bayern made sure of their win, though, substitute Wagner chesting home from close range with six minutes to go after Alaba’s cross deflected up perfectly for him. Key Opta Facts:- Bayern Munich have now reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the seventh successive season.- Jupp Heynckes is the first manager in Champions League history to win 11 consecutive games.- Bayern have now won six Champions League matches in a row, their best-ever run in a single campaign in the competition.- The last time Bayern won at least six consecutive games in a single European campaign was back in the 1995-96 UEFA Cup, when they won seven on the bounce on the way to lifting the trophy. – The German side are responsible for four of the seven biggest aggregate victories in Champions League knockout stage history (12-1 vs Sporting Lisbon 2008-09, 10-2 vs Arsenal 2016-17, 7-0 vs Shakhtar Donetsk 2014-15 and 8-1 vs Besiktas 2017-18).- All seven of Bayern Munich’s away goals in this season’s Champions League have been scored by different players (Lewandowski, Martinez, Coman, Tolisso, Thiago, Wagner and a Gokhan Gonul own goal).- Besiktas have now lost all four of their Champions League matches against Bayern, losing by an aggregate score of 1-12.  read morelast_img read more

Daily Bullets (July 16): Big 12 Media Days Didn’t Disappoint

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. That flow. It’s ready. #okstate pic.twitter.com/SKSn5yYiEu— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) July 15, 2019• And would it really be Media Day without a story or two from the farm?Knew Mike Gundy had a farm but didn’t know this … #OKState pic.twitter.com/MG0BV9C2tN— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) July 15, 2019• Note: The time for OSU’s Oct. 5 trip to Lubbock is TBD.Gary Patterson said there’s one major difference between playing Texas Tech in Lubbock in the daytime and at nighttime:“They throw tortillas at us in the daytime, and they throw frozen water bottles at us at night.” #Big12MediaDays— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) July 15, 2019• Either the date on the trophy is wrong, or OSU has resigned itself to/is predicting back-to-back Liberty Bowl championships.OSU’s Liberty Bowl trophy on display. #okstate pic.twitter.com/ImfEYXnTJu— Phillip (@OKTXARPoke) July 15, 2019PFB Takes on ArlingtonKyle Boone and Marshall Scott were on hand covering the event and each came out with some great stories. There’s much more coming as the week goes on, but here’s what we learned on Monday.• Boone on why Mike Gundy has a pep in his step heading into the fall.• Gundy on the ongoing QB race, “We haven’t had anybody go ahead and take the reins at this point.”• Check out the jersey digits for OSU’s newcomers. Langston Anderson’s is 👌.• Marshall’s Notebook will cover anything else you might have missed.Other OSU Bullets• Mike Gundy got some good news on his way back from Texas when Bixby athlete — and OBJ impersonator — Brennan Presley committed for the 2020 class.• 2020 linebacker commit Jeff Roberson came in at No. 8 on The Oklahoman‘s Super 30. This from Scott Wright’s story should get you excited about what the Choctaw product will bring to OSU.Roberson’s speed sets him apart, making him an ideal fit in Knowles’ 4-2-5 defense, where linebackers are asked to be versatile playmakers in the box and in the secondary.“He’s a freakishly athletic kid who plays extremely hard,” Choctaw coach Jake Corbin said. “He’s very fast, physical, and he’ll deliver a punch when he gets there. [NewsOK]Non-OSU Bullets• Guard yourself with a little self control so that Amazon doesn’t take advantage of you.• A fictional (for now) look at what effects censorship and regulation could have on online media. Arkansas Waterfall + 5 o’clock shadow = guaranteed 10 wins. #OKState pic.twitter.com/8SOKM7HDBo— Guerin Emig (@GuerinEmig) July 15, 2019center_img Mike Gundy showed up to Big 12 Media Days awfully calm for someone without a starting quarterback established and with plenty of other questions about his team. His mullet was full and his buzz words were fitting (discipline and toughness).Bullets Rundown• Gundy didn’t name his starting QB (duh)• Les Miles is still a walking sound bite• Gundy feeling rejuvenated• OSU adds under-the-radar freakBig 12 Media Day Bullets• The biggest question facing OSU is the one nobody expected to be answered on Monday. According to Gundy, Spencer Sanders and Dru Brown are 1a and 1b (or rather 1x and 1x) with neither having taken the reins of the offense yet.Bill Haisten recalled another QB competition including a highly-touted Texas passer. (For the record, Bill’s sticking with his prediction that Sanders starts the entire year).“We had to put the guy out there who gave us the best chance to make plays,” Gundy recalled. “Bobby wasn’t very healthy at times, and the other guy was making plays. Bobby had every chance to play, and to make plays. I don’t remember it being that stressful.”My memory of that time is totally different. I sensed a ton of stress, and it was my belief Gundy felt great pressure in having to bench a big-time Texas recruit like Reid. [Tulsa World]On Monday, Gundy looked anything but stressed. Hopefully that’s a good sign for OSU.• Tylan Wallace says Sean Gleeson brings something that has been missing from OSU’s offense, intensity and aggression. [heart eyes emoji]Stud WR @OfficialTylan2 stopped by the desk to talk about the expectations for the @CowboyFB offense.#Big12FB | #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/RSbSrimTbo— FOX Sports Southwest (@FOXSportsSW) July 15, 2019• At the podium Les Miles was asked how the talent he inherits at Kansas compares to the what he had when he showed up in Stillwater. If he’s picking sides, he says going with the 2019 Jayhawks. Think I’m with OKC Dave on this one.FieldsBellRashaunBajemaD. WilliamsI’d take ’em against KU https://t.co/hrM8FAe5Ww— Dave Hudson (@okc_dave) July 15, 2019• Shots fired. At least the Mad Hatter is confident in the league.Here’s how @CoachLesMiles would rank the Power 5 conferences. “Pac-12 would not be an issue.” “It’s us and the @SEC.” #Big12MediaDays pic.twitter.com/7m3oP0pZeA— Heartland College Sports (@Heartland_CS) July 15, 2019• As is the yearly tradition, Mike Gundy’s elongated locks stole the show.🎷🎷🎷 pic.twitter.com/303LfxsygZ— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) July 15, 2019last_img read more

2019 YASS Knockout

first_imgThe #YTKO turns the big 32!The Yass KO will be held over the weekend of 25th and 26th January 2020. See HERE for information and the 33 years of history about the YASS Knockout.It contains all the information you require, including accommodation, YASS KO rules and sponsors information. With up to $17000 in prize money, this years KO will be a cracker.Due to the success of the tournament, registrations are limited, don’t miss out, get your team registered now!last_img

Hummels: Germany in much better mood

first_imgWorld Cup Germany back in the right mood after Mexico upset, insists Hummels Sacha Pisani 23:21 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mats Hummels Germany Getty World Cup Germany Germany v Sweden Sweden The reigning champions need to bounce back from their opening defeat to Mexico, and the defender says they are more than ready to get back on track Germany defender Mats Hummels has insisted the atmosphere within the team is back on track after the critical fallout from their shock loss to Mexico at the World Cup.Hummels was one of the players most vocal following Germany’s 1-0 defeat to Mexico in Group F last week – the Bayern Munich defender criticising the tactics used.There were also claims of squad disharmony as the world champions were left reeling and facing a must-win match against Sweden on Saturday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar However, Hummels insists everything is fine after discussions within Joachim Low’s side.”The atmosphere is much better, we are getting back on track,” Hummels told reporters on Thursday. “Everybody wants to get back in form and on the pitch. We had some days now where we were down a bit but now we know everything is still possible when we reach our potential then we can play a good tournament.”The talks we had were very good, we spoke about our weaknesses and these are hopefully behind us now. Of course we are still looking on what we have to do against Sweden but the Mexico game is now behind us.”We know that now the only thing that is important is what we do on the pitch. All stuff around us is also important but on the pitch is the most important thing for us.”Hummels added: “I wasn’t the only one – I think Jerome [Boateng] also was critical after the match. Internally even more players spoke up, which I think was great. From that we are now fishing out the best input.”Sweden – who edged South Korea 1-0 – and Mexico won their opening games, leaving Germany facing the prospect of a premature exit in Russia.”The team has to be hot, because this is already a knockout game for us now,” Germany striker Mario Gomez said. “So we feel like having two knockout games more, instead of those group stage matches. I think we have been good in those type of matches in the past years.”We always knew what matters. Of course the first match was a brutally negative experience for us, we didn’t expect that. Our weaknesses were revealed, but we worked on that and we go on doing so before the game [against Sweden], so I’m positive that we will show another performance.”last_img read more

Report: Brazil 2 Costa Rica 0

first_imgBrazil 2 Costa Rica 0: Coutinho and Neymar score in stoppage time to snatch win Jack Davies Last updated 1 year ago 22:01 6/22/18 neymar - CROPPED Getty Images Brazil snatched a 2-0 victory over Costa Rica at the World Cup thanks to stoppage-time goals from Philippe Coutinho and Neymar. Philippe Coutinho and Neymar both scored in stoppage time to snatch victory for Brazil after the Paris Saint-Germain forward had been denied a penalty by VAR in a 2-0 World Cup win over Costa Rica.Desperate for a win in St Petersburg after being held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their opening fixture, Brazil looked like missing out on the three points when the decision to award Neymar a spot-kick was overturned in the 79th minute.The former Barcelona star went down softly under the challenge of Giancarlo Gonzalez, with referee Bjorn Kuipers initially pointing to the spot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar However, VAR intervention led to a reversal of the decision, as replays showed minimal contact between Gonzalez and Neymar, who had fallen backwards as if pulled down.The incident came late in a match Brazil dominated but in which for long spells they struggled to break down a determined Costa Rica defence.However, with the clock having ticked past 90 minutes, Coutinho and Neymar stepped forward to break Costa Rican hearts and spare Brazilian blushes, sending their side top of Group E ahead of the clash between Serbia and Switzerland.Neymar dropped to his knees in tears on the final whistle after the tournament’s most successful side came through a real test of character against a Costa Rica side whose hopes of progression are now over.#Scenes for Brazil in injury time today… #BRACRC pic.twitter.com/yBU54UK75S — FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) 22 June 2018 Costa Rica – rightly anticipating that Brazil would enjoy the lion’s share of possession – sat deep but looked dangerous when they were given the rare opportunity to counter.Celso Borges should have done better when he dragged an effort wide of the target from a Cristian Gamboa cutback after 13 minutes and, for all of their time on the ball, Brazil found it difficult to find a way through the Costa Rica defence.Gabriel Jesus hammered a shot into the back of the net from an offside position in the 25th minute, rightly prompting a flag from the linesman, but the incident sparked a period of Brazil pressure, with Marcelo and Coutinho trying their luck from distance and a Neymar cross necessitating a desperate defensive header over the crossbar.Marcelo had looked most likely to make something happen for Brazil but found Keylor Navas equal to his low drive five minutes from the break, the Real Madrid goalkeeper stooping to halt the game’s first shot on target from his clubmate.Neymar – named in the starting XI despite struggling with an ankle injury this week – confronted the referee on the pitch and in the tunnel at half-time, presumably taking objection to Costa Rica’s rough-and-ready approach to dealing with him.And Brazil returned to the field with added purpose after the break, with Jesus heading against the crossbar before Navas diverted Coutinho’s follow-up wide.Navas – a growing thorn in Brazil’s side – pulled off even greater heroics to deny Neymar with a fingertip save soon after, while another Coutinho strike was directed straight at the goalkeeper.Neymar curled around the right-hand post from 18 yards after the defence opened up for him in the 72nd minute, before the officials arrived at the correct decision via VAR to deny him a penalty.That incident threatened to dominate the headlines until Coutinho prodded Brazil in front in the 91st minute, getting on the end of a Roberto Firmino nod down and a helpful touch from Jesus.And Neymar was on hand to tap home Douglas Costa’s delicate chipped cross even deeper into stoppage time to wrap up three points that had appeared like slipping through Brazilian fingers.The relief was clear as the tears rolled down the face of the world’s most expensive player, who surpassed Romario in third on the country’s all-time list of goalscorers.Brazil’s second goal was timed at 96:49 – the latest recorded 90th minute goal in a World Cup match since 1966. Knockout. #BRACRC #BRA #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/HUEVeaqqn7 — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 22 June 2018 Key Opta stats:- This was Brazil’s first World Cup victory thanks to a goal scored in the 90th minute.- Brazil have won 10 of their 11 meetings with Costa Rica in all competitions, losing the other in a friendly in 1960.- Costa Rica are winless in their last five World Cup matches (D3 L2).- Costa Rica had just three shots in this match, with all of those coming in the opening 15 minutes.- Brazil’s second goal was timed at 96:49 – the latest recorded 90th minute goal in a World Cup match since 1966.- In all international matches, Brazil are unbeaten in 13 games (W9 D4 L0), conceding just three goals in that run.- Neymar has been fouled 14 times so far in the 2018 World Cup, more than any other player.- Neymar has scored 56 goals in 87 matches for Brazil – only Pele (77) and Ronaldo (62) have scored more. read morelast_img read more

Uruguay vs Russia: Live blog, TV and stream

first_imgWorld Cup Uruguay vs Russia: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 21:15 6/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Luis Suarez Uruguay World Cup 2018 Getty World Cup Uruguay v Russia Russia Uruguay Powerade The hosts take on the well drilled South American outfit in a game that will help to decide their fate in the last 16, with Spain or Portugal waiting Uruguay and Russia will now have their eyes firmly set in this evening’s final fixtures in Group B, as they will face off against one of those nations. Portugal and Spain look to be the most likely teams they will face but Iran still have the chance of causing an upset.Uruguay were too good for Russia in the end and a 3-0 victory ensures La Celeste advance to the round of 16 with a 100% record from the group stages. The host nation struggled to deal with Uruguay’s two star strikers and know that this may be just the beginning of their challenges, as fierce competitors await in the knockout stages.FULL-TIME: URUGUAY 3-0 RUSSIA Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 90+3 mins: Third and final change for Uruguay, as Cavani is replaced by Gomez.90+3 mins: All five of Uruguay’s World Cup goals in 2018 have come via set-pieces.90+1 mins: We are into four minutes of added time.90 mins: GOAL! 3-0 Uruguay! Cavani finally gets his goal! The corner is whipped into a dangerous area and Godin rises highest to head at goal. Akinfeev makes a strong save but Cavani is there to tuck away the rebound.90 mins: SAVE! Rodriguez strikes a dierce shot from outside the box towards the top right corner but Akinfeev dives to superbly tip the ball over the bar.88 mins: Free-kick to Russia in a decent position but Samedov delivery is wasted yet again, firing too hard and straight behind Muslera’s goal.86 mins: OVER! Cavani just cannot get his goal! He weaves his way through the defenders in the box but sees his effort deflected over the bar.85 mins: A huge waste for Russia! Smolov surges down the left side and does brilliantly to make room but his low ball back across the face of goal is pounced on by Muslera.84 mins: WIDE! De Arrascaeta fires a corner towards the edge of the six-yard box, where Caceres misjudges his jump and flicks a header wide of the target.82 mins: SAVE! Rodriguez tries to beat Akinfeev from distance but his swerving effort is kept out.80 mins: WASTED! A huge chance for Cavani to open his account in Russia! The ball is sloppily given away to the Paris Saint-Germain star, who feeds a pass through to Suarez before it is cut back across the face of goal in his direction. However, he fails to get on the end of it.78 mins: Torreira has been fantastic today but requires some treatment after receiving a hit on his leg. Thankfully, he looks to be able to continue and is back on the field.76 mins: Neither Russia, or the fans in the crowd, have let their head drop despite the scoreline. The carnival atmosphere in Samara continues and there is still time for the hosts to grab a goal.74 mins: WASTED! Muslera sloppily concedes possesion and Russia break. Dzyuba cuts back onto his left foot and slices a shot well off target.73 mins: Uruguay make their second change of the game, bringing on Rodriguez for Nandez.71 mins: Dzyuba is down in the box after a coming together with Godin and VAR is on action to ensure there was no infringement. There was contact between the arm of the Atletico Madrid defender and the Russia striker but it was certainly unintentional.69 mins: Cavani, still without a goal at the tournament, drives inside from the left but drags his shot beyond Akinfeev’s right-hand post.68 mins: Uruguay, knowing their work is almost done, have taken their foot off the gas as Godin strikes an ambitious effort well wide of the target. 66 mins: Russia continue to put the Uruguay defence under significant pressure but they are unable to find room for a shot and Muslera remains unthreatened on his 100th cap.64 mins: Cavani picks up Nandez’s pass inside the area and tumbles to ground, appealing for a penalty, but neither the referee or VAR are interested in his appeals.63 mins: Uruguay make their first change of the game, replacing Bentancur with De Arrascaeta.62 mins:  Stanislav Cherchesov is on the edge of his technical area urging the fans in Samara to keep making lots of noise, as Russia enjoy a decent period of possession.60 mins: Russia make their third and final change, bringing on Smolov for Miranchuk.58 mins: Russia are showing they have the capacity to cause Uruguay problems when they push forward but the lack of creativity, with Cheryshev substituted off and Golovin on the bench, is limiting their ability in the final third.56 mins: Fernandes is quick to pounce on a loose ball but Miranchuk fails to get on the end of his pace through and a golden opportunity for Russia is wasted.54 mins: Better from Russia down the right side but Kuzyaev is unable to keep the ball in play.52 mins: Russia have not got going in the final third and the departure of Cheryshev in the first half will have certainly affected that. Uruguay, meanwhile, look to be in the mood.50 mins: Russia are playing with a much more contained style in the opening stages of the second period, looking to limit Uruguay’s threat moving forward, but Suarez and Cavani are still finding room to work with.48 mins: Cavani smashes an early free-kick into the wall as Uruguay begin the second period with the same sort of dominance we saw in the opening 45 minutes.46 mins: KICK-OFF! Back underway for the second half in Samara.46 mins: Russia start the second half by making a change, replacing Gazinskiy with Kuzyaev.Uruguay have not created too much but they have taken their chances in the first half. Suarez opened the scoring with a superb free-kick, before was unfortunate to deflect a Laxalt shot into his own net. Things got worst for the hosts when Smolnikov earned his marching orders for a second yellow card, reducing Russia to 10 men.Lucas TorreiraHALF TIME: URUGUAY 2-0 RUSSIA45+1 mins: We have entered two added minutes at the end of the first half.44 mins: Uruguay are taking a breather with the ball to escape the heat and look set to advance through to the round of 16 as group winners. There is still another half to play but Russia have not done enough in the final third.42 mins: Russia’s heads have understandably dropped and Uruguay are knocking the ball around comfortably, benefitting from the extra space.40 mins: Uruguay have not created many clear-cut opportunities but should now be able to with Russia down to 10 men. It was surprising to see Cheryshev taken off though, as he has been the host’s best player throughout the tournament.38 mins:  Russia respond by making a substitution, introducing Fernandes in place of Cheryshev.36 mins: RED CARD! The game gets worse for Russia! Smolnikov lunges in on Laxalt and earns a second yellow card.35 mins: Heading into the final ten minutes of the half and Russia look to be increasingly frustrated. The hosts look like they would benefit from a half-time break.33 mins: Russia need to keep strong defensively before the break, as a third goal for Uruguay would put them in firm control.31 mins: Uruguay have scored two goals in the first half of a World Cup game for the first time since 1966 against France.30 mins: Russia increasingly exposed defensively as Suarez breaks through on goal but fantastic recovery from Iganashevich prevents the Barcelona man from trying for a second goal.28 mins: Smolnikov earns the game’s second booking after clattering into Cavani on the halfway line.28 mins: SAVE! The game is now opening up more for Uruguay, who come close to a third. Bentancur tries to tuck the ball through the legs of Akinfeev but the Russia stopper saves it, before the defence clear their lines.25 mins: Uruguay’s second goal may now knock the stuffing out of Russia and the hosts need to ensure they remain in the game edging towards half time. The support from the stands is still as magnificent as ever though.23 mins: GOOOAL! 2-0 Uruguay! The corner is headed away but only as far as Laxalt, who strikes an effort towards Akinfeev’s goal that takes a major deflection off Cheryshev – leaving the Russia goalkeeper with no chance.22 mins: Another set-piee opportunity for Uruguay, this time on the right. Torreira is the man to take, whipping a ball in towards Cavani, but Dzyuba clears the ball away for a corner.20 mins: The atmosphere in Samara sounds absolutely electric. Both sets of supporters have not been put off by the scorching heat.18 mins: Russia have certainly not been put off by conceding the opening goal, they are still playing on the front foot and remain looking confident.16 mins: Torreira, widely reported to be joining Arsenal after the World Cup, has impressed in the opening exchanges by sitting in front of the Uruguay defence and mopping up any danger that comes his way.14 mins: Suarez’s free-kick was the 6th direct free-kick goal at this years World Cup, surpassing the 2014 total of 5.13 mins: SAVE! Dzyuba heads the ball down to Cheryshev, who smashes at goal and forces Muslera into a save.12 mins: Russia have a free-kick in an attacking position on the right, allowing Cheryshev to deliver. He whips it towards the near post and Torreira scrambles the ball away.Luis Suarez Uruguay 2018 World Cup10 mins: GOOOOAL! Uruguay take the lead! Suarez steps up and drills a fantastic free-kick into the bottom right-hand corner, beyond the reach of Akinfeev. A fantastic finish and a goal that sends Uruguay top of the group as things stand.9 mins: Gazinskiy clatters into Bentancur on the edge of the box after Uruguay hit on the counter, earning the defender a yellow card.8 mins: The World Cup hosts are also attacking very quickly when they pick up the ball, not allowing Uruguay to set themselves defensively.6 mins: Russia have come out of the blocks flying and are showing plenty of willingness to attack, not allowing Uruguay time on the ball to build from the back.4 mins: Cavani is on the receiving end of a clattering but fair tackle and is furious with the challenge, earning a warning from the referee.2 mins: WIDE! Vecino surges forward from midfield and strikes for goal from distance but it bounces wide of the mark.1 min:  KICK-OFF! We’re underway in Samara, where Russia get us started.10 mins until KO: Russia have won six of their eight meetings against Uruguay. La Celeste last beat Russia at the 1970 World Cup.Russia make three changes to the side that defeated Egypt, including dropping Golovin to the bench as he is on a yellow card. Smolnikov, Kudryashov and Miranchuk all come in. Cheryshev has been the star of the show for the hosts so far, netting three goals in two matches.15 mins until KO: Uruguay make four changes to the side that defeated Saudi Arabia, with Coates, Nandez, Laxalt and Torreira all starting. Varela, Sanchez and Rodriguez drop out, while Jose Gimenez misses out through injury. Muslera earns his 100th cap for Uruguay between the sticks.Russia subs: Andrey Lunev, Vladimir Gabulov, Daler Kuzyaev, Vladimir Granat, Aleksandr Golovin, Fedor Smolov, Andrey Semenov, Aleksandr Erokhin, Mario Fernandes, Yuri Zhirkov, Anton Miranchuk.Uruguay subs: Martin Campana, Martin Silva, Cristian Rodriguez, Maxi Gomez, Guillermo Varela, Cristhian Stuani, Giorgan de Arrascaeta, Carlos Sanchez, Gaston Silva, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Maxi Pereira.Russia XI: Igor Akinfeev; Igor Smolnikov, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Fedor Kudryashov; Roman Zobnin, Yuri Gazinskiy; Aleksandr Samedov, Aleksey Miranchuk, Denis Cheryshev; Artem Dzyuba.Uruguay XI: Fernando Muslera; Sebastian Coates, Diego Godin, Martin Caceres; Lucas Torreira; Nahitan Nandez, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Diego Laxalt; Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani.Uruguay have only managed to score twice so far this tournament, despite their devastating attack, and there is certainly more to come from La Celeste. Luis Suarez has not managed to grab the headlines so far, although with his track record that may be a good thing, but Oscar Tabarez will certainly hope to see more from the Barcelona man.30 mins until KO: The group stages come to a close this week and Russia have certainly been one of the surprise packages so far at the World Cup. Heading into today’s match, the host nation hold a much superior goal difference to Uruguay and know a draw will be enough for them to finish top. If they taste defeat, they will drop to second.45 mins until KO: Hello and welcome to live text commentary of the Group A match between Uruguay and Russia at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Squads & Team News Confirmed Uruguay XI: Muslera; Coates, Godin, Caceres, Laxalt; Nandez, Torreira, Bentancur, Vecino; Suarez, CavaniUruguay subs:  Silva, Campana, Varela, Pereira, Silva, Sanchez, Rodriguez, Urretaviscaya, De Arrascaeta, Gomez, StuaniConfirmed Russia XI: Akinfeev; Smolnikov, Kutepov, Ignashevich, Kudryashov; Gazinskiy, Zobnin, Samedov, Miranchuk, Cheryshev; DzyubaRussia subs:  Fernandes, Semenov, Kuzyaev, Smolov, Lunev, Granat, An Miranchuk, Golovin, Zhirkov, Gabulov, ErokhinTV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FOX / Telemundo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BBC or streamed live online using the ITV Player. UK TV channel Online stream ITV One ITV Playerlast_img read more

Saudi Arabia vs Egypt: TV, stream & preview

first_imgWorld Cup Saudi Arabia vs Egypt: Live blog, text commentary, line-ups, stream & TV channel Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:00 6/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Egypt Russia World Cup 2018 Getty World Cup Saudi Arabia v Egypt Saudi Arabia Egypt Powerade Saudi Arabia and Egypt will bow out with a final Group A fixture after the two sides lost both their previous matches What a mad finish to the game! Salah opened the scoring with a lovely lob, but Saudi Arabia scored the second of two first-half penalties – with record-breaking goalkeeper El Hadary saving the first in style – and snatching a winner with the last kick of the game to send Egypt home in floods of tears, bottom of the group with no points. FULL-TIME: SAUDI ARABIA 2-1 EGYPT90+5 mins: GOAL!!!! SAUDI ARABIA HAVE WON IT! It’s 2-1 now as Al Dawsari drills the ball into the far left corner, staying just onside as the ball is worked inside from the right in what is surely the last kick of the game!  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Otayf plays the ball first time for Al Dawsari, who hits it straight into the bottom corner to seal third place in the group and break Egyptian hearts. 90+1 mins: Egypt haven’t won any of their previous six World Cup matches (D2 L4). Were they to fail to win again here, they would be just two games off Honduras’ unwanted record of nine games in the competition without ever recording a victory.90 mins: There will be FOUR minutes of added time here. Can either side grab a winner? 89 mins: Egypt counter-attack at pace, with Warda racing down the right, before linking up with Salah just inside the box. He lays it off for Elneny, who tries to spread it wide on the left, but Sobhi gets in his way and the attack breaks down! 87 mins: MISS! The initial delivery is poor, but the second ball back into the box finds Al-Mogahwi, who tries an acrobatic effort that lands on the roof of the net! However, he looked to be offside, so it wouldn’t have counted. 86 mins: Fathy picks up a yellow card, giving away a free-kick out on the flank. 85 mins: OFFSIDE! Salah looks to have curved his run to perfection as he drives in on goal from the right, but the flag goes up for offside! 84 mins: CHANCE! Kahraba bears down on goal with a Saudi defender for company, and can only smack his shot straight at the goalkeeper, who palms it out! He, too, ignored the run of an open team-mate, although he was offside anyway, so it wouldn’t have counted.83 mins: Salah tries to wriggle through a wall of green shirts, but has the ball pinched at the last second. He had Sobhi to his left, and perhaps should have played him in. 81 mins: Kahraba replaces Trezeguet in Egypt’s third and final change. 80 mins: Saudi Arabia have another dangerous-looking free-kick, but it’s off the wall and doesn’t cause any problems. 79 mins: Al Muwallad, who missed the first of two Saudi Arabian penalties, is replaced now by Al Shehri.78 mins: Warda’s corner is woeful, and it’s cleared away, but Hegazi lofts it back into the area to earn another. However, the substitute’s second attempt at the delivery is equally poor. 77 mins:  BLOCK! Warda lashes an effort at goal that takes a wicked deflection, but bobbles behind for a corner!76 mins:  Al Shahrani wins a header well at left-back and sparks an attack down the left. He’s shown good energy today. 74 mins:  Al Faraj’s free-kick lacks quality, and he hits it straight over the bar. That was a very poor effort. 73 mins : Egypt give the ball away cheaply in midfield, and Fathi is forced to commit a foul 25 yards or so from goal to quell a dangerous-looking move. 70 mins: MISS! Salah throws a lovely dummy in so Elneny can receive the ball on the edge of the box, but the Arsenal midfielder can only curl wide of the top-left corner! Mo Salah69 mins:  SAVES! A lovely, dinked ball in behind is headed powerfully at goal, but El Hadary is equal to it, tipping it over the bar, before having to make another reflex stop from the resulting corner! He’s clearly still got it! 67 mins:  Egypt finally get hold of the ball and push forward in possession. They’ve hardly created an attack this half from passages of short passing. 65 mins:  Bahebri, whose end product has been woeful today, is replaced by Aseri out wide. 64 mins:  MISS! Al-Mogahwi latches onto a half-clearance from a dinked Al Shahrani cross and volleys off-target. A few too many spectacular finishes attempted in this game. Mohsen is replaced by the skillful Sobhi, giving Egypt a more fluid look up front in the absence of a traditional striker. 62 mins:  Gabr produces a brilliant last-dicth tackel to deny Saudi Arabia in the box, who had produced some lovely one-touch football to get in behind.60 mins:  Bahebri spoons a shot so high over the bar that it almost ends up nestling in the second tier of the stands. That was miles too high. 59 mins:  Otayf lunges in very late with both feet off the ground, but escapes without even a booking! He’s very lucky there.57 mins:  MISS! Trezeguet towers about Motaz Hawsawi to power a header just wide of the far post! Outstanding leap from the winger there. 56 mins:  Salah curls a low ball from a free-kick on the right that is headed away at the near post. Not his best cross. 54 mins:  MISS! A dangerous cross into the box sees Hegazi half-clear the ball with El Hadary waiting to catch, and Bahebri smashes a powerful volley over the bar! He caught it well, but couldn’t keep it down. 53 mins:  Salah pinches the ball from Osama Hawsawi and races down the line. He tries to cut back onto his left and play the ball into the danger area, but the defender recovers superbly to block. 51 mins:  Saudi Arabia have completely dominated the ball so far in the second half, with Egypt penned back into their own penalty area. 50 mins:  NO PENALTY! Following a Saudi corner, Motaz Hawsawi goes over in the box as the ball bobbles around, but the referee dismisses their appeals for a third penalty. 48 mins:  Saudi Arabia surge forward down the right, but Fabri and Al Muwallad get in each other’s way somewhat, and a tame shot rolls into the hands of El Hadary at the near post. 46 mins:  And we’re back underway! What a crazy first half! Salah scored a wonderful lob and missed a sitter, before Saudi Arabia scored and missed two penalties, one given by VAR! Both sides clearly pushing for a win to finish here.EgyptEgypt look the stronger side, however, and if Salah can replicate even a fraction of the form he’s shown this season, Egypt look favourites to win. Saudi Arabia have hardly looked threatening aside from the penalties. HALF-TIME: SAUDI ARABIA 1-1 EGYPT 45+7 mins:  El Said, who produced that delightful long ball forward for Salah, has to be replaced before the break, with Warda coming on in his place.45+6 mins:  GOAL! Al Faraj sends the keeper the wrong way, slotting into the back of the net as El Hadary can’t come up with a second stunning penalty save.45+5 mins : PENALTY! Gabr has been booked as the referee makes up his mind following the VAR check!45+2 mins:  Saudi Arabia have another penalty!! Gabr and Al Muwallad have a hold of each other inside the box, and the latter goes down, causing the referee to award a second spot-kick! However, the referee goes to the side of the pitch to check with VAR. 45 mins:  There will be three added minutes at the end of this first half. 43 mins:  El Hadary is down, and it looks like he’s hurt himself in saving that penalty. After receiving some treatment, it looks like he will be able to continue. 42 mins:  CHANCE! The ball goes into the box and El Hadary can only flap at it, but somehow Egypt smuggle the ball away amidst the chaos inisde their penalty area. 41 mins: SAVE! El Hadary – the oldest-ever player to play at a World Cup – comes up with a great save, tipping the strike onto the bar and back out with a firm hand! Al Muwallad can’t believe it. He put plenty of power into the strike, but it wasn’t right in the corner, and the veteran goalkeeper has a moment to remember, showing plenty of strength and agility to keep it out! 39 mins: PENALTY! Saudi Arabia have a penalty! Al Shahrani crosses from the left and the ball strikes Fathi’s trailing arm just inside the box! Al Muwallad will take here.   37 mins:  BLOCK! Outstanding block by Hegazi, who deflects a shot wide from Al Faraj, who struck a cut-back fiercely towards goal from just inside the area. That was Saudi Arabia’s best chance of the game so far. 34 mins:  MISS! Trezeguet is at it again, cutting in from the left and trying to hit a curling shot into the far corner, but once again it’s just wide! 33 mins:  MISS! Egypt break quickly and to great effect. Salah receives the ball on the edge of the box and casually flicks it in behind for Trezeguet, whose vicious, curling half-volley is inches wide of the far post! 32 mins:  Saudi Arabia win a corner, and retrieve the ball following the initial clearance, but the ball back into the box is awful, and sails straight out of play. 30 mins:  MISS! Al Shahrani cuts inside from left-back and strikes a shot at goal with his right foot, but it’s always rising and flies over the bar. 29 mins:  It’s a very poor delivery, but Al-Mousailem chooses to punch instead of making what should have been a comfortable catch. Saudi Arabia win a free-kick, however, and the pressure is relieved. 28 mins:  Egypt win a free-kick on the edge of the box in a dangerous position. El Said stands over it. 25 mins:  El Hadary is called into action, but it’s comfortable again as he holds an ambitious low drive from outside the box. 24 mins: MISS! Unbelievable!! Salah is played in behind and is one-on-one with the goalkeeper all on his own! He looks certain to score, but somehow chips it well wide of the target!! Mo Salah,  Motaz Hawsawi Saudi Arabia vs Egypt22 mins:  GOAL!! SALAH SCORES! Egypt are 1-0 up! El Said pings a long ball over the top for Salah’s run, which has split the two centre-backs, and the Egyptian wing-wizard controls perfectly with his first touch, and nonchalantly lofts it over the onrushing goalkeeper with his second! Lovely goal!El Said won the ball well on the halfway line and went direct over the top to Salah, who took his opportunity effortlessly. 21 mins:  El Hadary has his first involvement of the game as he comes out to claim a low cross from the right. That was comfortable for the veteran goalkeeper. 20 mins:  OFFSIDE! Salah looks as though he’s been played in behind perfectly, but the flag goes up as he’d just strayed a fraction offside. That was a tight call. 19 mins:  Salah gets a chance to use his pace as he sprints down the right, but Al Shahrani shows incredible speed to match him all the way and cover!17 mins:  Egypt have their foot on the ball now, and push Saudi Arabia back into their own half. There aren’t enough men forward for the Pharaohs, and they are outnumbered, eventually conceding a throw-in. 15 mins:  MISS! Al Dawsari is at it again, driving a long way up the field with the ball, before skipping inside first Hamed, then Hegazi, before unleashing a strike at goal, but it’s over the bar again! He made the chance really well, but couldn’t keep it down. 13 mins:  Mohsen gets into a promising position on the edge of the box for Egypt, but he kicks the ground as he tries to shoot. Waste of a good opportunity there.12 mins:  MISS! Al Dawsari fires the ball up and over the bar from outside the box. Poor effort there, and El Hadary has been completely untroubled so far in the Egypt goal.10 mins:  Saudi Arabia have a spell of possession, playing the ball around in Egypt’s half of the pitch, but there’s no real penetration in their passing. 8 mins:  Saudi Arabia win a corner, which is headed emphatically away by Hegazi. Egypt look to have the superior height from set-pieces. 6 mins:  Neither side have been able to really dominate possession so far, with both looking relatively comfortable up until the final third, where the final ball is lacking. 4 mins : Salah gets forward with the ball at his feet for the first time, cutting back onto his left foot and crossing from the right, but it’s headed away well. Egypt had men forward there, but Salah just couldn’t pick a team-mate out with his cross.3 mins:  Hussain has a go from the edge of the box as Saudi Arabia get forward, but he drags it well wide and it’s a very tame effort. No danger whatsoever. 1 min : And we’re off! Egypt get us underway as both sides look for a win to finish their World Cup campaigns. Here we go… The teams are out, and the national anthems are underway. 20 mins until KO:  Both managers have made changes ahead of this fixture, and Egypt head coach Hector Cuper has given second-choice goalkeeper El-Hadary his place in the record books by handing him a start today, making him the oldest player ever to play at a World Cup at the age of 45. 25 mins until KO:  Saudi Arabia will have their work cut out for them to replicate that scoreline, however, as they are winless in their last 12 World Cup matches (W0 D2 L10), losing their last four games in the competition without scoring. 30 mins until KO:  Both these sides have already been knocked out of the competition, having lost both their first two games against Russia and Uruguay, but they still have pride to play for here, as both bid to go out on a high. This is the first match between these two sides at a World Cup, and it is Egypt’s first-ever World Cup match against an Asian nation. The last tournament match between these two came in 1999 in the Confederations Cup, where Saudi Arabia ran out 5-1 winners as Egypt has three men sent off. 35 mins until KO:  Egypt XI (4-2-3-1): Essam El Hadary; Mohamed Shafy, Ahmed Hegazi, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Fathy; Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Elneny; Trezeguet, Abdallah El Said, Mohamed Salah; Marwan MohsenEgypt substitutes: Amr Warda, Mahmoud Hamdi, Ayman Ashraf, Ramadan Sobhi, Mohamed El-Shenawy, Sam Morsy, Ahmed Elmohamady, Shikabala, Saad Samir, Kahraba, Sherif Ekramy40 mins until KO:  The line-ups have been announced, and we’ll start with Saudi Arabia.Saudi Arabia XI (4-2-3-1): Yasser Al-Mosailem; Yasir Al Shahrani, Motaz Hawsawi, Osama Hawsawi, Mohammed Al-Burayk; Abdullah Otafy, Hussain Al-Mogahwi; Salem Al Dawsari, Salman Al Faraj, Hattan Bahebri; Fahad Al MuwalladSaudi Arabia substitutes: Mohammed Al Sahlawi, Abdulmalek Al-Khaibri, Mohammed Al Owais, Abdullah Al Khaibari, Abdullah Al-Mayoof, Mansour Al-Harbi, Mohammed Kanno, Yahya Al Shehri, Mohannad Aseri45 mins until KO:  Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Group A match between Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Squads & Team News Saudi Arabia starting XI: Al-Mosailem; Al Shahrani, Hawsawi, Hawsawi, Al-Burayk; Otayf, Al-Mogahwi; Al-Dawsari Al Faraj, Bahebri; Al-Muwallad.Egypt starting XI:  El-Hadary; Fathy, Gabr, Hegazi, Abdel Shafy; Elneny, Hamed; Warda, El Said, Salah; Mohsen.TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FOX Sports 1 / Telemundo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on ITV or streamed live online using the ITV Player. UK TV channel Online stream ITV ITV Playerlast_img read more

Iceland vs Croatia: TV, stream & preview

first_imgWorld Cup Iceland vs Croatia: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Goal Last updated 1 year ago 14:00 6/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Croatia Argentina World Cup 2018 Getty World Cup Iceland v Croatia Croatia Iceland Powerade Iceland face an uphill battle in beating Croatia in their final group stage game who have already qualified for the last 16 phase Croatia make it three wins out of three and top Group D with nine points, they will now face Denmark in the next round. Argentina sealed the second spot with that late goal against Nigeria. Iceland finish bottom of Group D with just one point, which they picked up in the first game against Argentina.Iceland put in a terrific performance but they came just short, with Croatia showing their quality late on. Badelj put Croatia ahead midway through the first half, a great half volley after missing a good chance just moments earlier. Sigurdsson then leveled the scoreline shortly after with a penalty, following Lovren’s handball in the box. Iceland continued to press for another goal, a late Argentina goal gave them hope of securing qualification with one more goal. However, Croatia nicked all three points late on, after a superb strike by Perisic.FULL-TIME: ICELAND 1-2 CROATIA Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 90+3 mins: Iceland are still going for it here, they haven’t given up on scoring another goal and are trying everything. However, time is really running out.90+1 mins: There will be a minimum of four minutes added time.90 mins: GOALLL! CROATIA LEAD 2-1! Perisic with a late goal to surely win it for Croatia. They worked it well, with Perisic powering the ball into the back of the net from a tight angle, giving the keeper no chance. Excellent finish.Badelj won the ball back in midfield, looked up and spotted Perisic making a good run behind the Iceland defence and he picked him out perfectly.SUB! Third and final Iceland substitution, with Bjarnason replaced by Traustason.88 mins: Argentina now lead against Nigeria! Iceland just need to find one goal to win this game and they can qualify for the next round.86 mins: Not long left to play now, can Iceland nick a late winner and possibly clinch the runner-ups spot in Group D? They need a goal.85 mins: SUB! Another Iceland substitution, with Alfred Finnbogason replaced up front by Albert Gudmundsson.84 mins: YELLOW! Saevarsson is the latest player to be shown a yellow card, after bringing Perisic down around 30 yards out from goal.83 mins: YELLOW! Tin Jedvaj is shown a yellow card for a late challenge on Gudmundsson. Free-kick to Iceland deep inside the Croatia half, with Sigurdsson standing over it… Well punched away by Kalinic.82 mins: SUB! Final Croatia change, Mateo Kovačić is replaced by Ivan Rakitić.80 mins: Fantastic support in the Rostov Arena by the Iceland supporters, they are really getting behind their side, urging them forward. An Argentina goal in St Petersburg, will put them through, or if they can score two more goals against Croatia, that would also do it.78 mins: SUB! Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson attempted just three shots in his last game against Nigeria, with his first two shots landing on target in the first six minutes, and his other shot missing the target from the penalty spot in the 83rd minute.Gylfi Sigurdsson Iceland World Cup76 mins: GOALLL! Iceland are level, it’s 1-1! Gylfi Sigurdsson powers the ball straight into the back of the net, giving Kalinic no chance. The Everton man picked up the ball straight away, despite missing a penalty for Iceland in the previous game against Nigeria.74 mins: ICELAND PENALTY! The referee has awarded Iceland a penalty after the ball strikes the hand of a Croatia defender deep in the box.72 mins: What a chance! Iceland with a huge opportunity to get back into this game. Finnbogason breaks down the right, beating the offside trap and sprints towards the penalty area, with plenty of team-mates racing to get up there in support of him. The striker plays a great low ball across the penalty area to Bjarnason at the far post, he has a tap-in if he gets it right. However, it’s a tired effort and he fires it wide.71 mins: Here is the first Iceland change of the evening, with Ragnar Sigurdsson coming off and he has been replaced by Sigurdarson.69 mins: It looks like Iceland are now going to make a change or two of their own. They are still in this game, they look a threat going forward but Croatia are defending well in numbers.SUB! First, we have another Croatia change, with Marko Pjaca coming off and he has been replaced by Liverpool defender, Dejan Lovren.67 mins: Decent effort. Sigurdsson works his way into the area, but is forced slightly wide after getting past Pivaric, he then fires high over the crossbar.65 mins: SUB! Croatia make the first substitution of the game, with Luka Modric coming off the pitch and he has been replaced by Filip Bradaric.64 mins: Finnbogason slides in late on Kalinic, trying to get on the end of a deep pass into the penalty area. However the Croatia keeper got there first and the Iceland striker clattered into him.63 mins: Croatia have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four World Cup games, as many as they had in their previous 12 in the competition.61 mins: It’s now 1-1 in the other game in Group D between Nigeria and Argentina, so as it stands Nigeria will be the other team going through to the knockout stages with Croatia.59 mins: SUB! Hallfredsson is shown a yellow card after a late challenge on Pjaca.56 mins: CROSSBAR! Even closer from Iceland now. It’s Ingason once again, this time it comes from a corner, smacking the ball against the bar this time and over. So close. This is a really positive response from Iceland.55 mins: CLOSE! Almost an immediate response from Iceland. Ingason came up from the back for another long throw-in, he gets his head to the ball and it needs pushing over the bar by Kalinic.Croatia World Cup 201853 mins: GOALLL! Croatia lead 1-0! Badelj who went close just moments ago, now gets the ball in the back of the net. Modric moves the ball out to the left, it’s crossed into the middle where Badelj takes it on the bounce and fires it on the half-volley, powering it into the back of the net and leaving Halldorsson with no chance.51 mins: OFF THE CROSSBAR! Great strike by Badelj which takes a slight deflection off Ragnar Sigurdsson as it strikes the crossbar and goes out for a corner. Wonderful strike.50 mins: Croatia have already guaranteed their place in the World Cup knockout stages, just their second appearance. They’ve never finished top in the group stage, finishing in second place when qualifying in 1998.48 mins: Iceland have started the second half well, just as they finished the first half, showing attacking intent. Hallfredsson wins a corner off Jedvaj, but Sigurdsson’s delivery is cleared to safety.46 mins: The second half is underway!Croatia started the game well, dominating possession with Modric constantly on the ball in midfield and dictating play. However, they have faded as they game went on, losing concentration and playing sloppy passes which is certainly giving Iceland confidence, perhaps all those Croatia changes have had a negative effect as they are struggling to get going here. It’s still all to play for in Group D.It’s goalless at the break here, but Iceland have had a couple of chances to break the deadlock, but they are just lacking a clinical finish in the final third. The best opportunities coming towards the end of the half, with Gunnarsson and Finnbogason going close with long range efforts.Andrej Kramaric Croatia Birkir Bjarnason Iceland World CupHALF-TIME: ICELAND 0-0 CROATIA45+2 mins: SAVE! Gunnarsson fires a curling effort towards goal after excellent build-up play by Iceland. Kalinic makes a superb diving save to deny the Iceland skipper, tipping the ball around the post and out for a corner.45 mins: There will be a minimum of two minutes of added time played.42 mins: The Iceland supporters are making plenty of noise in the stadium, they are really getting behind their side and it’s working at the moment. They are well on top, just lacking a clinical final pass.40 mins: GREAT CHANCE! Iceland go close to opening the scoring, as Finnbogason fires an effort towards goal from 30 yards out, which whistles narrowly past the Croatia goal, rippling the side netting. Best opportunity of the game so far.38 mins: Not long left to play in this first half, can either side break the deadlock before the break? Iceland certainly look the more likely of the two sides at the moment.36 mins: Iceland’s only previous victory against Croatia came in the qualifying stages for this tournament, drawing one and losing four otherwise.34 mins: Good effort! A well worked Iceland corner almost leads to a chance at goal. Magnusson peels off at the far post, chests the ball down to Bjarnason who has his shot blocked.33 mins: Croatia have taken their eye off the ball in the past 10 minutes or so, sloppy in possession and Iceland are really taking advantage, they look the stronger team and are seeing plenty of the ball in the Croatia half.31 mins: CHANCE ICELAND! Iceland with a free-kick in a good shooting position, Gylfi Sigurdsson fired it towards goal and it almost sneaked into the bottom corner. However, Kalinic read the effort well and managed to gather the ball.30 mins: We’re midway through the first half now and Iceland are the team on top at the moment. It’s a very good little spell after having to chase the ball for much of the opening 15 minutes of the game. Can they make it count.28 mins: Another chance for Magnusson! Iceland had a corner, it was whipped towards the defender who rose above his marker and powered a header towards goal, but he couldn’t keep it down and it flies over the crossbar.27 mins: Iceland chance! Gunnarsson with a trademark long throw-in, deep inside the Croatia penalty area and it causes a few problems. Magnusson manages to flick the ball on at the near post and two teammates at the far post almost get to it. Luckily for Croatia, the ball drifts out of play.25 mins: The two goalkeepers have barely touched the ball so far tonight, there hasn’t been much quality in the final third by either side.24 mins: Iceland certainly look dangerous on the counter attack, Croatia have played a few sloppy passes in the last few minutes and it’s giving Iceland a real boost.23 mins: Iceland are looking to become the first World Cup debutants to make the knockout stages of a World Cup tournament since Slovakia in 2010.21 mins: In the other game in Group D, Argentina have just taken the lead against Nigeria, with Lionel Messi scoring for his side. As it stands the two-time winners are going through, but an Iceland goal would change all that.19 mins: Perisic gets his first chance to run at Saevarsson down the left wing, the winger drills a low ball into the box which is cut out by Iceland and Croatia have the first corner of the game. However, Iceland defend the set piece well and manage to clear the danger.18 mins: Bjarnason is now back on the pitch for Iceland, he looks to have overcome the knock and he is once again involved in the action.16 mins: No chances for either side yet, we haven’t had any shots at goals. Croatia still look the more likely to score as they are controlling possession, but the pace of the game is slow at the moment.14 mins: YELLOW! The first yellow card of the game is shown to Marko Pjaca, for the aerial clash with Bjarnason. The Iceland midfielder will need further treatment off the pitch to stop the blood pouring from his nose. It doesn’t look good for the Aston Villa man.13 mins: We have a break in play here, as Bjarnason is down receiving medical treatment following a clash with Pjaca.12 mins: Iceland look happy to let Croatia have most of the possession, it’s all in front of them at the moment and in the middle of the pitch so not really troubling the Icelanders. However, as soon as they get near their final third, they are increasing the pressure and once they win the ball back they are trying to break quickly on the counter attack.10 mins: Iceland and Croatia met in World Cup 2018 qualifying – both sides winning their home fixtures (Croatia 2-0 and Iceland 1-0).8 mins: Half-chance for Iceland. They shift the ball out to the right through Hallfredsson over to Sigurdsson, who drifts past Pivaric. The Everton midfielder drills a good low cross into the box which Finnbogason almost gets on the end of, but Corluka manages to deal with it and clear the danger.6 mins: It will be interesting to see how Iceland approach the game tonight, they know they need to beat Croatia tonight but how long will they wait to try and break the deadlock. Any gaps left at the back whilst venturing forward could be punished by this dangerous Croatia side.4 mins: Croatia have settled nicely into the game, they are dominating possession at the moment with Modric seeing plenty of touches on the ball and controlling the midfield.2 mins: The large number of Croatian changes could play into the hands of Iceland tonight, as many of these players haven’t had many minutes in the World Cup so far. However, these players may also be hoping to impress their manager in search of a starting spot in the knockout game.1 min: We’re underway!HERE WE GO…The teams are out on the pitch and the anthems are underway, it’s almost time for the game to start!Croatia will win the group if they pick up at least a point, or if they lose and Nigeria fail to win. Iceland will qualify for the next round if they win and Argentina win, as long as they both win by the same margin. Iceland need to make sure they have scored more group goals then Argentina. They could also qualify if Nigeria and Argentina draw, as long as they beat Croatia and they score two goals tonight. A little complicated.This will be the seventh different meeting between Iceland and Croatia but the first in a major tournament, with all of their previous encounters coming in World Cup qualifiers.Meanwhile Dalic Zlatko has made nine changes to his Croatia side for this final group game, from the team that beat Argentina 3-0 only two players keep their place, they are Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic.Iceland have made three changes as they look to bounce back from their disappointing 2-0 defeat to Nigeria for tonight’s must-win game with Croatia. Johann Gudmundsson is the most notable change, he replaces Rurik Gislason in midfield. Meanwhile Sverrir Ingason and Emil Hallfredsson feature, replacing Kari Arnason, and Jon Bodvarsson.CROATIA SUBS: Ivan Rakitic, Domagoj Vida, Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Strinic, marcelo Brozovic, Dejan Lovren, Danijel Subasic, Ante Rebic, Dominik Livakovic, Filip Bradaric, Sime VrasaljkoCROATIA (4-2-3-1): Lovre Kalinic (GK); Tin Jedvaj, Vedran Corluka, Duje Caleta-Car, Josip Pivaric; Luka Modric (C), Milan Badelj; Ivan Perisic, Mateo Kovacic, Marko Pjaca; Andrej Kramaric.ICELAND SUBS: Samuel Kari Fridjonsson, Kari Arnason, Frederik Schram, Ari Freyr Skulason, Bjorn Sigurdarson, Rurik Gislason, Albert Gudmundsson, Arnor Ingvi Traustason, Olafur Ingi Skulason, Runar Alex Runarsson, Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, Jon Dadi BodvrssonICELAND (4-2-3-1): Hannes Thor Halldorsson (GK); Birkir Mar Saevarsson, Sverrir Ingi Ingason, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Hordur Bjorgvin Magnusson; Emil Hallfredsson, Aron Gunnarsson (C); Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Birkir Bjarnason; Alfred Finnbogason.Lets start with how the two teams will line-up this evening, starting with Iceland…For Croatia, they will need just a point to top the group, but they will want to make it three wins out of three. However, they may opt to rest several players in order for them to be fresh for their round of 16 game, after already clinching qualification to the next round.The Icelanders must beat Croatia, who are already through to the knockout rounds – in their final group game to give themselves the chance of qualification and currently have a better goal difference than Argentina.30 mins until KO: Hello and welcome to our live commentary of the Group D match between Iceland and Croatia at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Squads & Team News Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic has made nine changes to the team that embarrassed Argentina 3-0 last time out with qualifcation already secured. Ivan Rakitic, Ante Rebic, Sime Vrsaljko and Mario Mandzukic one booking each away from a ban, while Danijel Subasic, Ivan Strnic, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida and Marcelo Brozovic are simply rested.Heimir Hallgrimsson makes just three changes to the side that were beaten 2-0 by Nigeria in their last game, but there are some surprising selections nonetheless. Ragnar Sigurdsson starts despite going off injured in the last match, and it’s Kari Arnason who is replaced by Sverrir Ingason. Meanwhile, Johan Berg Gudmundsson is another of the walking wounded who start today, despite supposedly being ruled out with a torn muscle. Jon Dadi Bodvarsson has been dropped for Emil Hallfredsson, shifting from a 4-4-2 to a 4-2-3-1.Confirmed Iceland XI: Haldorsson; Magnusson, Ingason, R. Sigurdsson, Saevarsson; Gunnarsson, Hallfredsson; Bjarnason, G. Sigurdsson, J. Gudmundsson; FinnbogasonIceland subs: Fridjonsson, Arnason, Schram, A. Skulason, Sigurdarson, Gislason, A. Gudmundsson, Traustason, O. Skulason, Runarsson, Eyjolfsson, BodvarssonConfirmed Croatia XI: Kalinic; Pivaric, Caleta-Car, Corluka, Jedvaj; Badelj, Kovacic; Perisic, Modric, Pjaca; KramaricCroatia subs: Rakitic, Vida, Mandzukic, Strnic, Brozovic, Lovren, Subasic, Rebic, Livakovic, Bradaric, VrsaljkoTV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FOX / Telemundo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BBC or streamed live online using the BBC iPlayer. UK TV channel Online stream BBC Four BBC iPlayer Meanwhile Dalic Zlatko has made nine changes to his Croatia side for this final group game, from the team that beat Argentina 3-0 only two players keep their place, they are Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic. Croatia have settled nicely into the game, they are dominating possession at the moment with Modric seeing plenty of touches on the ball and controlling the midfield.last_img read more

Europe weather UK army sent out Dutch ice skate on canals

first_imgLONDON – As unusually cold weather gripped Europe, Britain’s military was sent out Friday to central and western England to get hospital employees to work and help police rescue people from snowbound vehicles.Nicknamed “The Beast from the East,” the cold front caused travel chaos, with hundreds of flights cancelled in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Switzerland. Trains broke down. Motorists found themselves stuck on highways and trapped in frosty conditions for hours.“This is particularly unusual weather,” British Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said. “It’s something that happens very rarely in this country.”Up to a meter (three feet) of snow was reported in eastern Ireland, and travellers were stranded south and west of the capital, Dublin.The big chill also froze canals in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. Ice on the historic Prinsengracht canal was thick enough for residents to lace up their skates and glide across its frozen surface. Tourists without skates slid across the ice, taking selfies.“It’s just cool. You can go fast and you see the world from a slightly different perspective,” said skater Noldus Reijnders.Heathrow Airport tweeted Friday that it was working with airlines to consolidate the flight schedule “to provide more certainty around departing flights,” amid the extreme winter conditions across the U.K. and Europe. More than 350 flights were cancelled. Gatwick, London City, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports also reported cancellations.Other European airports closed down entirely. Authorities at Geneva’s airport suspended air traffic for a second straight day amid heavy snowfall. By early afternoon, flights had resumed.Around 340 flights were cancelled at Ireland’s Dublin Airport, which posted images of swirling snow together with the hashtag “BeastFromTheEast.” It doesn’t plan to open until Saturday.The army sent 20 troops and 10 four-wheel drive vehicles to Shropshire, the county south of Liverpool, and the Royal Marines sent resources to Devon and Cornwall on the southwest coast after police asked for help.One train travelling from London’s Waterloo Station to Weymouth ground to a halt outside New Milton, stranding motorists for hours. By mid-afternoon, South Western Railway and Southeastern had urged customers not to travel.Some commuters reported that rail doors refused to open as the push-button mechanisms froze in the cold. Thousands of homes are without electricity as temperatures remain below freezing with bitter winds.One police force in Scotland tweeted a picture of a patrol car beside a snowdrift almost as high as the vehicle itself to show drivers why they should stay home. “PLEASE AVOID THIS AREA,” the post said.In central England, volunteers brought hot drinks and blankets to stranded drivers as they waited for help. Eleanor Kelly, 19, said those stranded in the Milnrow suburb of Rochdale included a father with a baby and toddler in his car.“We’ve been trying to get to as many people as we can,” she said.Commuter Philip Brown endured more than 15 hours on a train travelling from London Waterloo to Bournemouth, Dorset. The average time for the journey is about two hours.“I didn’t have any food or water. There were no buffet facilities on board. The train lost power and we lost heating and lights,” said Brown, 49. “I couldn’t tell you how cold it was, but it was cold enough to prevent you from sleeping … People were wrapping jumpers round their legs trying to keep warm.”But in Amsterdam, nobody was complaining about the cold. Residents on skates glided past tourists who slithered across the ice for pictures. One woman took her dog for a walk along the frozen canal.Still, despite measures taken by authorities to help the ice develop, there were still some holes and parts of the canal weren’t frozen at all. Reijnders was wearing a special red ice pick around his neck just in case.“If you sink through the ice — and there are still a few dangerous places — you can pull yourself out,” he said.___Corder reported from Amsterdam. Jamey Keaten in Geneva also contributed to this report.last_img read more

The Latest Outcry over brutal arrest of French students

first_imgPARIS — The Latest on the protests in France (all times local):11:25 a.m.Footage showing the brutal arrest of high school students protesting outside Paris is causing a stir ahead of further anti-government protests this weekend.The footage, which has been shared widely on social media, has prompted trade unions and far-left parties to lash out at perceived police brutality.The images, which were filmed Thursday at Mantes-la-Jolie, showed a group of students on their knees with their hands behind their head.They are being watched over by armed police officers whose faces are hidden by ski masks. In one of the videos, a police officer can be heard saying: “Here is a class that behaves well.”Interior minister Christophe Castaner said Friday that 151 people were arrested in the small town, adding that some of them carried weapons. He said none of the students were injured.Students across France have joined the protests that have escalated over the past few weeks. They oppose an education reform and have clashed with police at many high schools in several French cities.In an interview with Le Monde newspaper, CGT trade union secretary general Philippe Martinez said “You don’t beat up kids.”___9:35 a.m.Drastic security measures will put a lockdown on downtown Paris on Saturday as French authorities try to prevent another outbreak of violence during anti-government protests.In addition to the 8,000 police forces that will be deployed in the French capital city, the Paris police prefect has identified 14 high-risk sectors that will be cleared out.Fearing protesters could target street furniture or construction sites, Paris police will remove all the glass containers, railings and building machines set up in the identified sectors which include the Champs-Elysees avenue.Across the country some 89,000 police will be mobilized, up from 65,000 last weekend, when more than 130 people were injured and over 400 were arrested in the worst street violence seen in the country in decades.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Obsidian Energy launches formal strategic review including possible sale

first_imgCALGARY — Obsidian Energy Ltd. says it has launched a formal process to explore strategic alternatives, including the possible sale of the company.Formerly known as Penn West Petroleum Ltd., Obsidian says the process is intended to maximize shareholder value.Obsidian cautioned that there could be no assurance of any particular outcome as a result of the review. Last month, a sale of Obsidian’s 55 per cent interest in the Peace River Oil Partnership to Highwood Oil Co. Ltd. was called off.The deal required the company’s partner, China Investment Corp., to consent to the transfer of the company’s partnership units and the transfer of operatorship, but it was denied.Shares in Obsidian closed at $1.35 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday.The Canadian Presslast_img

Over 500 mn years old fossil trove unearthed in China

first_imgBeijing: Scientists in China have discovered a “stunning” trove of well-preserved thousands of fossils estimated to be about 518 million years old on a river bank in the country’s central Hubei province. The fossils are particularly unusual because the soft body tissue of many creatures, including their skin, eyes, and internal organs, have been “exquisitely” well preserved. Palaeontologists have called the findings “mind-blowing” – especially because more than half the fossils are previously undiscovered species, the BBC reported. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe fossils, known as the Qingjiang biota, were collected near Danshui river in Hubei province. More than 20,000 specimens were collected, and a total of 4,351 have been analysed so far, including worms, jellyfish, sea anemones and algae. They will become a “very important source in the study of the early origins of creatures”, one of the fieldwork leaders, Prof Xingliang Zhang from China’s Northwest University, told the BBC. The discovery is particularly remarkable because “the majority of creatures are soft-bodied organisms like jellyfish and worms that normally stand no chance of becoming fossilised”, Prof Robert Gaines, a geologist who also took part in the study, said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe majority of fossils tend to be of hard-bodied animals, as harder substances, like bones, are less likely to rot and decompose. The Qingjiang biota must have been “rapidly buried in sediment” due to a storm, in order for soft tissues to be so well preserved, Prof Zhang said. Scientists are especially excited by the jellyfish and sea anemone fossils, which Prof Gaines described as “unlike anything I have ever seen. Their sheer abundance and their diversity of forms is stunning.” Meanwhile, palaeontologist Allison Daley, who was not part of the study but wrote an accompanying analysis in Science, told BBC’s Science in Action programme the find was one of the most significant in the last 100 years. “It blew my mind – as a palaeontologist I never thought I’d get to witness the discovery of such an incredible site. For the first time we’re seeing preservation of jellyfish – [when] you think of jellyfish today, they’re so soft-bodied, so delicate, but they’re preserved unbelievably well at this site.” The research team are now documenting the remaining specimens, and conducting more drilling in the region to find out more about the ancient local ecosystem, and the fossilisation process. Prof Zhang said he looks forward to studying “all these new species – I’m always excited when we get something new”. The fossils are from the Cambrian period, which began 541 million years ago and saw a rapid increase in animal diversity on Earth, the report said. Prof Gaines hopes his work will also strike a chord with modern readers. “Biotic diversity today is something that we take for granted, even though there are indications that extinction rates are sharply increasing. “Yet most of the major animal lineages were established in a singular event in the history of life, the Cambrian explosion, the likes of which have never been seen before or after. It also reminds us of our deep kinship to all living animals,” he said.last_img read more

Delhiites will vote on basis of development issues says Chadha

first_imgNEW DELHI: The upcoming Lok Sabha polls are “waveless” and the people of Delhi would vote on the basis of local factors affecting their lives, AAP Lok Sabha candidate Raghav Chadha said. Chadha is one of the seven Lok Sabha candidates fielded by the AAP for the polls. He is being fielded by the party from South Delhi. “I feel caste would not play a role in the upcoming elections. The more any political party tries to divide them (people of Delhi) the more they will lose. Dominating factor would be the promises made by BJP and Congress,” he said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”It is a waveless election where people would vote on the basis of local factors affecting their lives,” he said. On the ongoing uncertainty over alliance with Congress in Delhi, Chadha said it looks the Congress is not “serious” about defeating the BJP. “AAP lost Punjab because BJP transferred votes to the Congress . They ensured BJP votes got transferred to Congress with clinical precision…now Congress is returning the favour by not coming (onboard) with us,” the AAP Spokesperson said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”The BJP wants to punish the people of Delhi because they voted for us in 2015 and that is why they are creating hurdles in our development activities,” he said. “A full statehood for Delhi would solve the problem,” the 30-year-old said. On AAP being seen as a new party or “inexperienced” by people, Chadha said the AAP feels this so-called inexperience is “not a pain but a boon”. “We are elated that we do not have experience that these traditional politicians and these mainstream political parties have that is the experience of indulging in corrupt practices, in criminal activities, in disturbing communal harmony and that is why this inexperience that we have is not a pain but a boon,” he said. On the issue of full statehood for Delhi, Chadha said the biggest advantage would be that law enforcement agencies would be in the ambit of the elected government and with that the AAP can ensure safety and security to women.last_img read more

Algerias Bouteflika wins 4th term rival rejects result

first_imgALGIERS –  Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika clinched a fourth term on Friday, despite his poor health, winning a landslide victory in an election marred by low turnout and his rival alleging fraud.The 77-year-old incumbent who voted from a wheelchair on Thursday scooped 81.53 percent of the votes, compared with his main rival, Ali Benflis, who received 12.18 percent, Interior Minister Tayeb Belaiz told a news conference.“The people have chosen freely, in a climate that was transparent and neutral,” Belaiz insisted. Benflis, who had already cited “serious irregularities” across the country on polling day, swiftly refused to recognise Bouteflika’s re-election.“Recognising it would be complicit in fraud,” he told a news conference after the results were announced, condemning what he called “an alliance between fraud, suspicious money and the bought media”.Bouteflika’s victory had been widely expected, with his supporters celebrating in Algiers after polls closed late Thursday, and the press anticipating his re-election on Friday before the results were announced.It comes a year after Bouteflika suffered a stroke that confined him to hospital for three months and prevented him from campaigning for re-election in person.Growing problems, falling revenues:The re-election of the veteran leader, who has ruled the strategically important, energy-rich North African nation since 1999, has provoked the anger of young Algerians desperate for change, amid widespread corruption, high youth unemployment and sectarian unrest.He must now make good on his campaign promise of “a broad democracy” where “every citizen will take part in the country’s development”.Analysts warn of rising instability in Algeria over social problems and the government’s failure to address them.“Bouteflika’s re-election will pave the way for a period of instability characterised by social discontent that will get worse,” said political analyst Rachid Tlemcani.“The powers that be, embodied by Bouteflika, will no longer be able to buy the social peace, as they did during his three previous mandates, because of a probable fall in the country’s oil revenues.”Discontent is most evident in the restive Kabylie region, where some 70 people were hurt in clashes on Thursday between police and youths seeking to disrupt the vote.In Raffour village, anti-regime sentiment was palpable, with masked youths armed with slings and chanting hostile slogans confronting police who fired tear gas.More than 260,000 police officers, some armed with assault rifles, were deployed to maintain security during polling in Africa’s largest country.Despite Bouteflika urging “all citizens to participate” and “not remain on the fringes of the nation”, voter turnout appeared to reflect the political apathy among the electorate.Figures showed 51.7 percent of Algerians voted, making it the weakest participation rate of any presidential election in the past 20 years.The turnout, which was lowest in the restive Kabylie region where only around one in four people voted, was sharply down from the official figure of 74.11 percent given in 2009.A leaked US diplomatic cable estimated the actual 2009 figure at not more than 30 percent.Stability at a price:Bouteflika’s decision to seek re-election, first announced in February, had drawn derision and at times scathing criticism in the independent media.However, he remains popular with many Algerians, especially for helping to end the devastating civil war of the 1990s, in which up to 200,000 people were killed.“The Algerians have voted for security and stability,” announced newspaper Ach-Chouroq on Friday, alluding to the main theme of Bouteflika’s campaign.But leading daily El Watan lamented “blackmail through fear”, saying Thursday’s vote would be remembered as the “election of the absurd”.Ahmed Ouyahia, a former prime minister now heading the president’s office, had said that a contested election result could reopen “the gates of hell”.In a rare public expression of the frustration felt by some Algerians towards the authoritarian political establishment, youth protest group Barakat (Enough) was founded just two months ago specifically to challenge Bouteflika’s re-election bid.But sporadic demonstrations in the weeks before the poll were quickly suppressed.Barakat and a coalition of five opposition parties, both Islamist and secular, had called on Algerians to boycott an election they said was a “sham”.last_img read more