Kickoff: Spain, Portugal can’t coast to World Cup 2nd round

first_imgLATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Queiroz called Monday’s game “the most interesting and important match in my seven years with Iran” and said the drama of facing Ronaldo was worthy of a Martin Scorsese movie.Spain’s sudden dismissal of coach Julen Lopetegui was the talk of the tournament before play began. But that seems like ages ago. Players have moved on under new coach Fernando Hierro.“We are happy with him and we are learning a lot,” left back Jordi Alba said of Hierro. “The idea remains the same as before with Lopetegui. The team’s essence remains the same.”Morocco outplayed both Portugal and Iran in stretches, but has yet to score a goal, losing both matches 1-0. Spain is powered by Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, who has three goals in two matches but could be frustrated by Morocco’s defense, which is anchored by Medhi Benatia of Juventus.Spain and Morocco play in Kaliningrad, the westernmost city in the World Cup, which is sandwiched between Lithuania and Poland on the Baltic Sea. The Portugal-Iran match is roughly 1,180 miles (1,900 kilometers) to the east in Saransk, the smallest host city in the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Both games are at 9 p.m. (2 p.m. EDT, 1800 GMT).Here’s a look at Monday’s other matches:URUGUAY VS. RUSSIA5 p.m. (10 a.m. EDT, 1400 GMT)The host nation would top its group with a victory or a draw in Samara, thanks to its superior goal difference. Russia beat up on overmatched Saudi Arabia and undermanned Egypt for eight goals in its two victories.Uruguay, the favorite to win the group, got past each opponent 1-0 and is also assured a spot in the next round.The Group A winner will face the second-place team from Group B in the round of 16, which could be Iran, Portugal or Spain, while the Group B victor will face the runner-up from Russia’s group. A matchup with Ronaldo and Portugal would give newly enthusiastic Russian soccer fans a chance to see how their team stacks up with the world’s best.Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has said he sees the match as an opportunity to fine-tune his team for the next round. Defender Jose Maria Gimenez, who scored in the win over Egypt, won’t play because of a right thigh injury.The South Americans have veteran forward Luis Suarez and a rich World Cup history as one of only five teams to win it twice. Uruguay is 14th in the FIFA rankings, while Russia is the lowest-ranked team in the field at No. 70.But so far, the Russians have looked like they belong. Denis Cheryshev has three goals and coach Stanislav Cherchesov is confident about his team’s preparation. “It is not an accident that we have two wins under our belt,” Cherchesov said.SAUDI ARABIA VS. EGYPT5 p.m. (10 a.m. EDT, 1400 GMT)A disastrous World Cup for the teams wraps up with a meaningless match.The tournament has been cruel not just to the Saudis and the Egyptians, but to Arab nations as a whole. They had lost all eight matches entering Monday.Egypt came in with high hopes because it has one of soccer’s biggest stars in Mohamed Salah, the Liverpool striker and reigning Premier League player of the year. But Salah injured ligaments in his shoulder in the Champions League final and hasn’t been the same player at the World Cup. He scored on a late penalty against Russia after sitting out Egypt’s opener.Salah has made more news off the pitch. He was granted honorary citizenship by Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov, a Moscow-backed former rebel who’s been accused repeatedly of human rights abuses.There are some grudges at play between the nations, which are close political allies. Fans of Salah angrily denounced Saudi Arabia’s top sports official, Turk Alsheikh, on social media after Alsheikh said of Salah, “May God heal you after the World Cup.” View comments Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo heads the ball during the training session of Portugal at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Kratovo, outskirts Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)MOSCOW — Portugal and Spain opened up their World Cup campaigns with an entertaining draw. Now each team wants a routine victory to secure its place in the round of 16.The first day of simultaneous matches at the tournament includes Portugal playing Iran at the same time its neighbor and rival faces Morocco. The games are scheduled that way to avoid giving any team the advantage of knowing its competitors’ results as group play wraps up.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Portugal and Spain followed up their 3-3 draw with 1-0 victories. That means they’re level atop Group B with four points and the same goal difference. Iran is one point behind thanks to its win over Morocco.That means Iran could eliminate Portugal from the World Cup with a win. But if Spain loses to Morocco, Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal could advance even in defeat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownEver the showman, the 33-year-old Ronaldo has scored all four of Portugal’s goals so far while hinting that he considers himself the “GOAT,” or greatest of all time. Now he faces his former national team coach, Carlos Queiroz, who’s led Iran for the past seven years. Iran is playing in its fifth World Cup, but has never advanced out of the group stage.Queiroz’s stint coaching Portugal ended after the 2010 World Cup in South Africa amid reports of a difficult relationship between him and Ronaldo, who implied the coach was to blame for the team’s failure. 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Elderly man hospitalised after hit-and-run accident

first_imgAn elderly man was hospitalised after he was struck by a minibus in a hit-and-run accident Saturday morning.Patrick Ennis, 86, of Pigeon Place, South Ruimveldt Park Georgetown was reportedly riding along Homestretch Avenue in the vicinity of the National Communication Network when he was struck by a speeding minibus.The driver fled the scene soon after he struck the elderly manAccording to information gathered, the driver of a Route 48 minibus bearing registration plate BTT 7720 swerved from hitting another vehicle but instead hit the elderly man. He then lost control of the minibus and ended up in a nearby canal.Additional information garnered by this publication revealed that the driver who was proceeding east along the avenue fled the scene after hitting the elderly man.At the scene of the accident, several persons who are acquainted with the driver attempted to contact him however, these attempts proved futile.The bus however was pulled from the canal and taken to a police station as traffic ranks launched their inevitable investigations. Meanwhile, the elderly man was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was admitted a patient.last_img read more

Govt mulls industrial court, changes to labour laws

first_img– tripartite committee examining draft bill to establish courtBy Jarryl BryanGovernment is assessing the possibility of establishing a labour court in a bid to ensure quicker resolution of industrial disputes. This is according to Junior Social Protection Minister Keith Scott, who in his contribution to the Budget debates, also disclosed plans to revamp the Ministry’s operations.Junior Social Protection Minister Keith ScottThe Minister was optimistic of the impact a labour court or tribunal would make on labour relations. According to Scott, stakeholders were brought on board with the intention of fine-tuning such a plan.“We have undertaken the establishment of either an industrial relations court or tribunal. The Ministry has engaged major stakeholders who comprise the National Tripartite Committee which is examining a proposed bill which should bring to existence a court or tribunal… the object of which would be to enhance labour relations and the quality of life of all workers.”Besides considering the introduction of a labour court or tribunal, Scott also announced impending amendments to the various labour laws. He noted that with the oil and gas sector, there is likely to be an increase in businesses, especially from overseas.“These laws include the Labour Act, the Legal Pay Act, the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Cooperative Societies Act, the Friendly Society Act and the School’s Thrift Chapter 36:04,” Scott said.In particular, Scott noted that the Labour Act can be used against employees in its current form. For instance, the Minister stated that the Labour Act would be amended to make submission of records mandatory when complaints from workers are being handled.“The need for an employer to produce the requisite employment records at the Ministry to facilitate the reasonable resolution of differences between themselves and an aggrieved worker is not provided for on a compulsory basis, making a thorough and complete investigation protracted and at times almost impossible.”“The Labour Act will be amended to provide the compulsory submission of the necessary records to aid in the resolution of complaints for the benefit of the ordinary worker,” Scott related.Scott also acknowledged that the Labour Department has not been investigating labour related deaths in a timely manner. He was optimistic that this will change, with monies the Social Protection Ministry received from the 2019 Budget.The Labour Department’s relations with the various unions have not been the smoothest over the past few months. These relations hit a major low when the Department was accused of unilaterally imposing an arbitrator on the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) during its wage negotiations with the Government.Besides the GTU, the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) had criticised the decision. FITUG had also noted that the Labour Department should engage in damage control and correct its missteps.There have been calls for some time for Government to establish a court specifically for labour issues. Some stakeholders have previously cited the backlog of industrial type cases, as well as insufficient court awarded damages to aggrieved employees.last_img read more

East Ruimveldt man critical after bar shootout

first_imgA man from East Ruimveldt, Georgetown is now a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital after he was allegedly shot in front of Wings and Things, on Mandela Avenue.The scene of the shootingThe man has been identified as 48-year-old Martin Bovell, also known as John Corbie, a fisherman of 374 East Ruimveldt, Georgetown.Guyana Times understand that the incident occurred around 02:00h on Sunday.A press release sent out by the Police revealed that the victim was outside the bar when an argument ensued between him and the perpetrator.It is reported that the victim allegedly left beer bottles on the licensed firearm holder’s car trunk.The release noted that after the argument, the victim followed the suspect into the bar and shot at him, which caused the man to draw his licensed handgun and discharge three rounds at the victim, hitting him in the region of his chest and abdomen.According to the Police, four spent shells were recovered from the crime scene.Bovell was then picked up and rushed to the hospital where he underwent surgery but up to press time, he was said to be in a critical state.The suspect was reportedly taken into Police custody along with the firearm used.However, when this publication visited Bovell’s East Ruimveldt home, a family member, who wished to remain anonymous, related a different version of what had transpired.According to the woman, the victim and his girlfriend went to the bar where he purchased chicken for her.She related that in the process of opening a packet of ketchup, some spilled onto the suspect’s car which angered the man.A heated argument then reportedly ensued after which the suspect pulled out his firearm and shot at the victim five times.She said that three bullets struck the victim, one to his arm and two to his abdomen. Family members are also claiming that the perpetrator is an ex-Police Officer. However, up to press time when Guyana Times attempted to verify such with the Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum, calls to his telephone went unanswered.Bovell reportedly fell to the ground and was picked up and rushed to the hospital.When this newspaper visited the scene of the shooting, persons were tight-lipped and refused to divulge any details.Investigations into the matter are continuing.last_img read more

Get-well wishes for Ford

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Meanwhile, get-well cards, birthday greetings and Easter messages continue to arrive from around the country. “We have sent to her a combined Easter, birthday and get- well card from the staff,” Elaine Didier, director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Michigan, said Friday. After her husband’s death on Dec. 26 at age 93, Ford went on an arduous cross-country trip accompanying his body for services in California, Washington, D.C., and his final resting place in Michigan. First lady from 1974 to 1977, she came to earn wide respect through her frankness as she battled breast cancer, arthritis and addictions to drugs and alcohol. She was born Elizabeth Bloomer in Chicago on April 8, 1918, and raised in Grand Rapids, Mich. RANCHO MIRAGE – From one former first lady to another, Nancy Reagan delivered birthday greetings and a get-well-soon message to Betty Ford, who is recovering from unspecified surgery. Ford, who turns 89 today, received the handwritten birthday greeting from President Reagan’s widow in a get-well card, Reagan chief of staff Joanne Drake told The Associated Press. Ford was “recovering well” at Eisenhower Medical Center after surgery, her office said in a statement released earlier this week. “No further releases or updates are anticipated for several days,” according to the three-sentence statement. last_img read more

Iraq shoot down Harambee Stars in Basra

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars forward Samuel Onyango in action against Iraq in Basra. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 5- Despite an improved second half performance, national football team Harambee Stars went down 2-1 to hosts Iraq in an international friendly match played at the Basra Stadium on Thursday night.Michael Olunga’s shot four minutes from time was never enough as first half goals from Brwa Nouri and Ahmed Khalaf saw the Lions of Mesopotamia pick a win against their East African opponents. This was Iraq’s second home match since FIFA lifted a four-year ban against football being played in the Asian country. Their previous tie at home was against Jordan which they won 1-0.Changes made by First Coach Stanley Okumbi at the start of the second period saw Kenya perform better, but the product in the final third lacked the required quality to open up for goals.Gor Mahia midfielder Ernest Wendo was handed his first start in a FIFA recognized game by Okumbi, pairing up in midfield alongside Teddy Akumu in the absence of skipper Victor Wanyama.Goalkeeper Patrick Matasi started his second consecutive match for Stars in between the sticks ahead of Boniface Oluoch while Posta Rangers right back Samuel Mbugua started on the right side of defense.-Woeful first half-The two skippers and match officials line up before the match in Basra. PHOTO/CourtesyStars had a woeful first half and found themselves 2-0 down at half time. The hosts took cruise control of the game from the first whistle, playing short, comfortable quick passes and cheered on by an almost full to capacity Basra Stadium, Kenya left dazed.Brwa Nouri broke the deadlock in the 17th minute from the penalty spot after Justin Hikmaat was nudged in the back by Samuel Onyango inside the box. Nouri drilled the ball straight through the middle with Matasi diving to one side.Before that, Jockins Atudo had made an important off the line clearance in the 14th minute, sliding in to tap the ball a few millimeters off the line after Justin Meram had tapped the ball away from an advancing Matasi.Iraq were comfortable and Kenya struggled to create any meaningful chances or complete passes around the pack. In the 23rd minute, Eric Johannah loosely misplaced a pass with the ball won by Iraq and a quick counter launched.However, skipper David Owino made a great tackle at the edge of the box stopping an advancing meram who had picked the ball, eyes on goal.Iraq continued creating chances and in the 27th minute, AYman Hussein’s swift movement on the right left Mbugua with the ball and the Iraqi left winger broke into the box before cutting back the ball for Mahdi Kamil.However, Kamil took too many touches and tumbled in the box amidst pressure from the Kenyan defenders with his calls for a penalty ignore by the referee.Kenya tried to knock on the Iraqi door within a space of two minutes. First Michael Olunga’s volley from distance went way over while in the 36th minute, Eric Johannah’s searching freekick planted to the far post from the left was too heavy going wide.-Khalaf header-At the stroke of halftime, Iraq doubled their lead with Khalaf glancing in a header from the edge of the six yard box after rising to meet an in-swinging left footed cross from Waleed Salim.At the start of the second half, Okumbi made two changes seeking to seal the loopholes that Iraq had exploited in the first half. Musa Mohammed was introduced for Mbugua on the right while Wendo who picked up a sprain at the end of the first half was brought off for John Makwatta.Harambee Stars players line up before the match in Basra. PHOTO/CourtesyClifton Miheso was also introduced to bring his pace on the left side of attack coming in for Onyango.Iraq were better starters again as Kenya looked to gel in a new combination and Kamil who had been a stubborn figure for Kenya almost made it 3-0 with a snap shot from 30 yards out but matasi managed to get his body behind the ball.But that was just about it for the hosts in the second half.The new formation saw Kenya pick up in pace, played better and threatened more. Stars had their first shot on target in the 55th minute when Miheso snapped a shot from distance but the Iraqi keeper saw it early and collected.Okumbi made his final change, bringing off Were for Massoud Juma who had earlier been a doubt for the game after picking up a knock.-Olunga chance-Kenya continued possessing the ball well and asking the questions and Olunga should have halved the deficit in the 69th minute when he picked up a defense splitting pass from Akumu, rounded the keeper but his final shot came up against the side netting.A minute later, Akumu also had an effort with a shot from the edge of the box after being teed up by Aboud Omar but his effort was awry.Olunga was clearly the threat for Iraq and it was evident. Whenever he touched the ball, there were whistles all round the stadium with the FC Girona man posing the biggest danger.In the 76th minute he came knocking once again, this time extending a foot to Miheso’s low cross from the left but his shot went straight to the keeper. Four minutes later, Miheso delivered an aerial ball this time round but Olunga headed over.Four minutes from time, Miheso forced the Iraqi defense to lose the ball and Olunga was well placed at the edge of the box, setting himself up with the first touch before shooting low into the bottom left of the Iraqi goal.But not even a last ditch pile of pressure could bear any fruit as Iraq held on for the win.Stars will now travel to Thailand where they will play the Asian team on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Allardyce set for axe as Everton manager

first_imgAllardyce’s rudimentary style of play has proved deeply unpopular despite lifting the Toffees from 13th in the Premier League when he was appointed in November to finish eighth.Despite signing an 18-month deal, Allardyce seemed resigned to his fate after Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at former club West Ham, during which Everton supporters called for his sacking.“I can’t quite say confident after all the rumours I’m reading in the paper,” said Allardyce. “Generally there’s no smoke without fire. We’ll wait and see when we meet up.”Allardyce was hired after a dismal start to the season under Ronald Koeman saw Everton fearing a relegation battle.Former Watford and Hull City manager Marco Silva is the favourite to take over and could complete the move to Goodison Park six months after the club failed to prise him away from Vicarage Road.Everton were unwilling to pay a reported compensation fee of £15 million ($20 million) wanted by Watford for the Portuguese when Koeman was sacked.However, Silva himself was then dismissed by Watford in January with the Hornets citing disruption caused by Everton’s “unwarranted approach” for a major dip in form.A change in manager could also affect Wayne Rooney’s future at the club.England’s all-time top scorer had reportedly agreed terms on a £12.5 million move to DC United in Major League Soccer last week.Rooney had seen his involvement limited under Allardyce, but could be convinced to stay at his boyhood club by a new regime.Last month, Allardyce dismissed a survey sent to fans asking them to grade his performance out of 10 as a mistake on the part of the club’s marketing director, who he said does not “understand” how football works.As part of the questionnaire, supporters were asked whether they agree with the statement of “I have a high level of trust in the current manager and coaching staff at Everton e.g. in making the right decisions to get the best out of the team.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sam Allardyce is set to be sacked as Everton manager © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, May 15 – Sam Allardyce’s reign as Everton manager is set to end after less than six months in charge at Goodison Park, according to widespread reports in England on Tuesday.Sky Sports reported the 63-year-old will be informed at a meeting with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri as early as Wednesday that his services are no longer required as Moshiri reacts to fans’ growing discontent with the former England manager.last_img read more

Rwanda hold ‘Rising Stars’ in AFCON qualifier

first_img0Shares0000Kenya’s Richard Odada attempts to stop a clearance from Rwanda’s Christian Ishimwe during their AFrican U20 Cup of Nations Qualifier in Machakos on April 1, 2018. Photo/Timothy OlobuluMACHAKOS, Kenya, Apr 1- Kenya’s ‘RisingStars’ will have a tough task ahead of them in the return leg of their African Under-20 Cup of Nations Qualifier against Rwanda in Kigali on April 21 after Byiringiro Rague scored in the 88th minute to see the tie in Machakos on Sunday end 1-1.Richard Odada had scored for Kenya in the seventh minute, but a spirited Rwanda and their never say die attitude ensured they flame of the tie remains alive scoring with two minutes left from a counter attack. The Rising Stars will now need either a high scoring draw or an outright win in the return tie to book a slot in the second round where the winner of this two-legged tie will meet Zambia.It wasn’t the most assuring of performances from the ‘emerging stars’.  The first half was scarce of chances and action infront of goal, most of the action concentrated on hurdling for possession in the middle of the pack.The home side broke the deadlock in the seventh minute when the lanky Odada picked up a loose ball inside the box before calmly firing past the Rwandese keeper.The visitors had failed to clear away a low freekick from Alpha Onyango who had struck from almost 20 yards out and with the spills falling on Odada who has had trials with the Juventus junior team in Italy, he made no mistake converting.However, there was little to write home about in terms of chances.Kenya’s best player on paper, winger Musa Masika failed to sparkle and seldom had balls his way to create danger from wide areas.In the second half, the intensity rose a bit but it wasn’t enough to warrant any threat infront of goal.Kenya’s Musa Masika attempts to go past Rwanda’s Marc Govin Nshimiyimana during their AFrican U20 Cup of Nations Qualifier in Machakos on April 1, 2018. Photo/Timothy OlobuluThe lanky Sidney Lokale had a half chance on the turn after picking up a long ball, but his eventual shot didn’t have enough sting to trouble the Rwandese keeper.Lokale was once again in the thick of things a few minutes later when he took a touch away from the keeper after a run into the box and from a tight angle managed a shot at goal, but Rwanda skipper Prince Buregeya managed to clear off the line.Vincent Wasambo also had a go at goal with a snap shot straight from a throw-in but the effort went just wide.Masika who had struggled to make an impact in the game was then brought off with some pain on his knee and in came Erick Ng’eno.But the Rwandese were the more attacking side and they came close with Christian Ishimwe’s curling effort from a freekick in the 72nd minute missing the target by a whisker.Byiringiro then made the Kenyan keeper work to a fine save at his near post after skipping away from his markers on the right before shooting at goal.However, the resilience paid off with just two minutes of regular time to play when from a counter attack, the winger rounded the keeper who made a first attempt to punch the ball off his feet.Byiringiro however picked it up once again and found shooting space to squeeze the ball in. 0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Eldoret set to host Copa Coca-Cola 10th edition

first_imgSt. Peter’s Mumias High School (Western Region)St. Anthony High School (Rift Valley Region)Olympic High School (Nairobi Region)Tar Tar Girls High School (Rift Valley Region) 0Shares0000Action from a past Copa CocaCola tournamentNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 18- The Copa Coca-Cola Under-16 tournament, now in its 10th year of existence will be hosted at the Hill Secondary School in Uasin Gishu County from July 23-28.While Olympic High from Nairobi will be out to retain their title in the girls’ category, there will be a new champion for the boys with holders Kakamega High School failing to make it past the county competitions. GIRLS St. Cyprian High School (Eastern Region)Upper Hill High School (Nairobi Region)Wiyeta Secondary School (Rift Valley Region)Waa Girls Secondary School (Coast Region) BOYS Both the boys and girls championship will have eight teams which will be grouped into two pools of four teams each with the top two from each side progressing to the semi-finals.Rift Valley Region as the hosts, will be represented by two girl’s teams since North Easter region will not be fielding a girls’ team.In the boy’s category, Group A will have St. Peter’s Mumias High School (Western Region), St. Cyprian High School (Eastern Region), Riyabu Secondary School (Nyanza Region) and a representative from the North Eastern Region.In Group B, St. Anthony High School (Rift Valley Region), Upper Hill High School (Nairobi Region), Olbolsat Secondary School (Central Region) and Kinondo Secondary School (Coast Region) will seek out a chance to top their group for a chance in the semi-final stage.In the girl’s category, last years’ champions Olympic High School (Nairobi Region) have been pooled in Group A which also comprises of Wiyeta Secondary School (Rift Valley Region), Alliance Girls High School (Central Region) and Sega Girls High School (Nyanza Region) in the group of death.In Group B, Tar Tar Girls High School (Rift Valley Region), Waa Girls Secondary School (Coast Region), Materdel High School (Eastern Region) and Moi Girls Nangili Secondary School (Western Region) will be out to prove doubters as they battle out to finish on top of other contenders.The games will be a culmination of the Under-16 boys and girls’ tournament with a total of 5,000 schools having registered and participated for a chance to be inaugurated as the national champions.Since 2008, the tournament has had over ten thousand students participating.The tournament is under the Ministry of Education, in partnership between Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) and Coca-Cola.NATIONAL FINALS GROUPScenter_img GROUP AGROUP BGROUP AGROUP B (North Eastern Region Representative)Kinondo Secondary School (Coast Region)Sega Girls High School (Nyanza Region)Moi Girls Nangili Secondary School (Western Region) 0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) Riyabu Secondary School (Nyanza Region)Olbolsat Secondary School (Central Region)Alliance Girls High School (Central Region)Materdel High School (Eastern Region)last_img read more

Europa League berth hangs in balance after Southampton held

first_img1 Jay Rodriguez Southampton squandered several gilt-edged opportunities as they were held at home by FC Midtjylland in their Europa League third qualifying round first leg at St Mary’s.In a tame first half, debutant Oriol Romeu came closest for the hosts from range before former Saints academy player Tim Sparv broke the deadlock on the stroke of half time.Steven Caulker had a goal contentiously disallowed before Jay Rodriguez equalised from the penalty spot with his first goal in nearly 17 months.Caulker and Maya Yoshida were both denied by miraculous saves as the Danish side held on to gain the advantage ahead of next week’s return leg.Ronald Koeman handed full debuts to Romeu and Caulker after a resounding 3-0 defeat to Everton at the weekend, and the former fired narrowly over in a first half of few chances.Martin Stekelenburg in the Saints’ goal then reacted well to palm away after some head tennis in the penalty area, before Sparv, who was in the same youth side as Gareth Bale and Theo Walcott, struck a brilliant sucker punch from 20 yards as the visitors went ahead with the last kick of the first half.After the break, Caulker thought he’d equalised only to be penalised for supposedly fouling his marker, before Saints were handed a lifeline after James Ward-Prowse was felled in the box.Rodriguez, who hadn’t scored since he netted a brace against Newcastle the game before he ruptured knee ligaments in March 2014, confidently sent the Midtjylland goalkeeper Johan Dahlin the wrong way from the subsequent spotkick.Dahlin may have been well beaten by the penalty, but he was equal to everything else thrown at him as Saints pushed for a winner, including two sublime reaction saves from Caulker and then Yoshida at the death.last_img read more