May 14

PNG U20 women win first match in USA tour

first_imgAlthough Ramona Padio secured the win for the team by scoring both goals, the match reflected a team effort with all 21 field players participating in the game, allowing every team member to showcase their skills in front of PNG coach Lisa Cole before final team selection.The scheduled match against Seattle Pacific University on August 15, but Papua New Guinea was unsatisfactory to the girls which saw them going down against dominant Seattle University side.The team hopes to continue a winning streak for the remaining five trial matches as part of their development while preparation before the World Cup is the top priority.Between the team’s training schedule and matches, they have filled spare time by gaining inspiration from other football teams including Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink field, an experience Cole described as an amazing opportunity for the PNG team.last_img read more

May 14

Ronaldo skips questions following Portugal victory

first_imgThe 32-year-old netted the only goal of the game to help the European champions to victory in Moscow, beating goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev from close range early on.As man of the match, he was due to appear in front of the press, but Ronaldo was in no mood to take any questions amid ongoing uncertainty about his future at Madrid and stuck to a few prepared words on Portugal’s win.”Obviously we are very happy, it is the first time that Portugal wins in Russia,” he stated.”I think the team played very well. We played against an opponent playing at home with a home crowd, a team which pressured us, but we were better.”We had more opportunities and we were just winners. We have four points and we have to congratulate our team.”Ronaldo also skipped his media duties after winning the man of the match award following Portugal’s 2-2 draw with Mexico, claiming he needed to undergo treatment on a knock instead.The Madrid star has been making headlines in recent weeks following accusations that he defrauded Spanish tax authorities out of €14.7million.Reports have since suggested he has set his sights on a move away from Madrid and Spain, although club president Florentino Perez stressed this week they have no intention of selling the former Manchester United man.Ronaldo himself has yet to comment on the latest developments and his actions at the Confederations Cup suggest he does not plan to open up on his plans for the future any time soon.last_img read more

May 14

Proteas thrash pitiful Zimbabwe

first_imgPhoto Getty Images. Caption: South Africa spinner Keshav Maharaj The tourists resumed at 30-4 on day two in reply to 309-9 declared and were forced to follow-on by AB de Villiers after collapsing to 68 all out – their fifth-lowest Test total – in Port Elizabeth, where Morne Morkel took 5-21.Zimbabwe threatened to salvage some pride in their second innings, but folded from 75-1 to 121 all out to suffer an emphatic defeat in just five sessions of the lone Test.Keshav Maharaj (5-59) exposed Zimbabwe’s batting frailties by claiming his third five-wicket Test haul and Andile Phehlukwayo took 3-13 in the day-night match, which was being trialled over a shortened duration.Emphatic! South Africa bowl Zimbabwe out for 121 in their second innings to win the Only #SAvZIM Test by an innings and 120 runs.https://t.co/jxyBuyufHVpic.twitter.com/73KU0HUNIi— ICC (@ICC) December 27, 2017Morkel’s burst under the lights on day one gave the Proteas a firm grip on the Test and the paceman struck again early on the second day, removing Ryan Burl’s off stump for 16 with a peach of a delivery which nipped in.Hostile quick Morkel had a seventh five-wicket Test haul to his name when Sikandar Raza edged behind to De Villiers, wicketkeeper in the absence of hamstring injury victim Quinton de Kock, without scoring, reducing Zimbabwe to 36-6.Kyle Jarvis (23) was the only other batsman to reach double figures, Kagiso Rabada and Phehlukwayo both taking 2-12 in a feeble Zimbabwe first innings which spanned only 30.1 overs.Hamilton Masakadza took a blow on the elbow and retired hurt early in Zimbabwe’s second innings after they were asked to bat again, but the South Africa attack was not as potent with the new ball.Zimbabwe were 54 without loss when Rabada got the breakthrough, De Villiers taking the catch behind to remove Chamu Chibhabha (15), and Hashim Amla held a superb one-handed catch at first slip when Brendan Taylor (16) got an attempted sweep all wrong to give Maharaj a first wicket.Phehlukwayo got in on the act by trapping Craig Ervine (23) leg before as Zimbabwe capitulated, losing eight wickets in only 12 overs in another almighty collapse.Masakadza was able to return to the crease, but fell for 13 when De Villiers took his eighth catch in what was his first Test for almost two years after the opener nicked a delivery from Maharaj, who put Zimbabwe out of their misery by cleaning up Blessing Muzarabani.last_img read more

May 14

Sinclair breaks goal record

first_imgThe attacker broke Abby Wambach’s record when she scored her 185th goal for Canada in the 23rd minute of an 11-0 win over Saint Kitts and Nevis in Olympic Games qualifying.Sinclair, 36, earlier opened the scoring with a seventh-minute penalty in her 290th international appearance.United States legend Wambach – who netted her 184th goal in 2015 – held the record for over six years after surpassing compatriot Mia Hamm’s 158 goals in June 2013.”I definitely feel a relief,” Sinclair, an international since 2000, told Canada Soccer.She made history tonight. Post-match comments from our Captain Christine Sinclair!#Sincy185 #CANWNT pic.twitter.com/mYlzYul22K— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) January 30, 2020″Especially with the tournament we’re in right now, there’s some big things to focus on.”It’s nice to get it out of the way in the opening game so now we can focus on getting better, improving and qualifying for the Olympics.”Iran’s Ali Daei remains the highest scorer in men’s international football with 109 goals. Photo Getty Images Caption: Canada captain Christine Sinclairlast_img read more

May 14

Kane and Southgate promise England will bounce back against Bulgaria

first_imgGareth Southgate and Harry Kane vowed to bounce back from England’s shock defeat to the Czech Republic by getting their Euro 2020 qualification campaign back on track in Bulgaria.After 43 unbeaten matches stretching across a 10-year period, the Three Lions finally lost a European or World Cup qualifier as the Czechs capitalised on the visitors’ surprisingly lacklustre performance in Prague.Ponderous in possession, poor at the back and toothless in attack, England missed the chance to seal qualification in the Czech Republic – and can only do so on Monday if they beat Bulgaria and Kosovo fail to win their match.Southgate could not hide his disappointment after Friday’s loss, nor could he on the eve of the Group A encounter in Sofia.“I think we have a very honest group,” the England boss said. “They are very self-reflective.“They know, they don’t need me to tell them when they haven’t played at the level they can.“The key is always, OK, we have to recover quickly from the result. There’s no point us moping around and feeling sorry for ourselves.“We all are responsible for the result.“I am the manager, I take the ultimate responsibility and then we have to move forward and be prepared for the game tomorrow.“Slightly different sort of test but, yeah, it’s a sort of different challenge for everybody because this young team hasn’t really experienced a night like that, where we’ve had a performance and a result that was unexpected.“I don’t think defeats harm teams. If the reaction is good, then what you learn from defeats, what you gain in resilience from defeats, are an important part of a player’s career and a person’s life.“Maybe we were all focusing a lot on next summer, talking a lot about next summer, answering questions about a home tournament and I’ve always maintained that the first thing is we have to qualify.“We haven’t secured that qualification yet, so our focus tomorrow is to get the performance and the result that we need.”Kane echoed his manager’s sentiments at Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, having called the loss to the Czechs a “wake-up call” immediately after the game.“Yeah, obviously it was a disappointing performance,” the England captain said. “We know that.“We have had a lot of praise over the last two or three years and it is the first time we haven’t performed at a high level in a game we were expected to win.“We definitely know there is stuff to improve on. It’s important to keep the energy high, spirits high because we have another game tomorrow night.“If we win, we’re still in a fantastic position going into the last two games, so for sure, as players, you always reflect on your own performance, and the team performance: how can I do better, how can I help my team?“And I think we’ve all done that, and the only way to show that is going out there tomorrow and putting in a good performance.”England will be hoping that concerns over possible racism do not become reality in Sofia, where Danny Rose will be replaced by Ben Chilwell with the Tottenham left-back suspended.Attention will be on the Three Lions’ defence, which looked shaky when shipping five goals in their last two matches, leading Southgate to ponder a return to a back three.“I think that we’re always looking at every aspect of the game,” the former England defender said.“We train specifically and have meetings specifically about every area of the performance, so of course there’s always additional focus when things in a certain area of the game aren’t going so well.“In terms of tactical adjustments, we’re always thinking about what’s the best way to play to get the best players on the field – to be the most dangerous, to get the best out of our strengths, but hide our weaknesses.“We’ve always done that over three years, so we’ve tried various formations.“We tried something in the first half the other night (by going to a 4-2-3-1). In hindsight, because of the result and the performance that didn’t work but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t the right decision to have a go at it.“If we don’t ever think about evolving and trying those things, then we’ll never progress as a team.“We will always continue to make those assessments and the priority is to give a good performance.”last_img read more