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  • Cricket News As Air Quality Deteriorates, Environmentalists Urges BCCI To Shift India-Bangladesh T20 Outside Delhi

    first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Environmentalists wrote to BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday, requesting him to consider moving the first India-Bangladesh T20 outside Delhi as the rapidly deteriorating air quality could prove a health risk for the players and thousands of spectators. The rapid spike in the pollution level after Diwali has become a cause for concern ahead of the international match at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground on November 3.In December 2017, the Sri Lankan cricket team was left gasping for breath during a Test match at the Kotla, forcing most of their players to wear protective masks even as some fell ill.”In the light of extreme pollution in Delhi, we would like to request you to consider shifting the venue for the first T20 outside of Delhi. Making our cricketers play a physically demanding sport for 3-4 hours in Delhi’s toxic air will end up doing more damage to our cricket team’s health in the long run,” Jyoti Pande of Care For Air and Ravina Raj Kohli of My Right To Breathe said in the letter.Care For Air and My Right To Breathe are clean air awareness and advocacy non-profit organisations. “Thousands of innocent spectators at the venue will also be putting themselves at risk in order to watch the match in the prevailing situation,” they said.Also Read | India Will Play First Ever Day-Night Test Against Bangladesh At Eden GardensThe environmentalists said outdoor aerobic activities raise the respiration rate of the human body, thus depositing even higher levels of toxins into our lungs and organs. “This puts our sportspersons at even greater risk when they play outdoors. Any match played outdoors harms the health and very lives of the players and it is irresponsible to schedule such sporting activities during times of such toxic air quality,” they said.On Monday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had hoped pollution will not affect the T20 match, emphasising that his government has been taking steps such as the odd-even scheme to improve the air quality. A day later, a smoky haze turned Delhi’s skies grey as the air quality dropped further and entered the second-worst “severe” category. At 6.45pm, Delhi’s overall AQI stood at 410, while the situation was worse in the satellite towns of Ghaziabad, Greater Noida and Noida. last_img read more

  • Man City dazzle after Liverpool-United boring draw

    first_imgBy Ian ChadbandLONDON (Reuters) – Manchester City opened up a two-point lead over their neighbours Manchester United at the top of the Premier League on Saturday thanks to another display of scintillating brilliance in a 7-2 thrashing of Stoke City at the Etihad StadiumAfter the earlier high noon showdown between Liverpool and a United side lacking in any great ambition ended in goalless stalemate at Anfield, City cashed in with a third straight league match at the Etihad in which they have struck at least five goals.Pep Guardiola’s men became the first team to net 29 goals in their first eight league games of a top-flight campaign in England since Everton 1894-95.Their sixth consecutive league win moved them to 22 points with United on 20 and Tottenham Hotspur maintaining third position on 17 after finally earning their first home win at Wembley Stadium, 1-0 over Bournemouth.Sensation of the day came at Selhurst Park where Crystal Palace, hitherto without a goal and point to their name, downed champions Chelsea 2-1 with Wilfried Zaha, returning from injury, their hero thanks to a brilliant goal just before the break.Palace’s new manager Roy Hodgson celebrated his first win in charge but the defeat left Chelsea nine points behind leaders City, who are playing a brand of kaleidoscopic football at the moment.Gabriel Jesus, with a brace, Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Fernandinho, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva all found the target in the demolition of Stoke.Yet the orchestrator of the triumph did not even trouble the scorers, Kevin de Bruyne again the man of the match.Their dazzle was a stark contrast to their neighbours’ negativity in the underwhelming Anfield game which the only Manchester United highlight was David de Gea’s great save to deny Joel Matip.Liverpool, despite being much the better side, were blunt in attack, failing to convert any of their 19 attempts on goal.“Manchester United came here for a point and got it,” said Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp with a sigh.“It was a good performance, I thought worthy of three points. We were unlucky in at least two, maybe three situations.”Chris Wood earned an 85th-minute equaliser for Burnley in a 1-1 draw at home to 10-man West Ham United, who had Andy Carroll sent off in the 27th minute after a couple of elbowing offences earned him two yellow cards.Swansea City forged clear of the relegation zone with only their second league win of the season, a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield Town.last_img read more

  • Hamilton to have faster car at F1 restart

    first_img(BBC) – Lewis Hamilton will have a faster car for the first race of the delayed Formula 1 season as a result of a number of upgraded parts.Hamilton has not driven the 2020 car since the end of testing in February.Mercedes technical director James Allison said they worked on getting developments designed in January, February and March on to the car.“We got a lot of ideas how to make it quicker. We hope to have a chunk of that for the first race,” Allison said.All F1 teams were shut down from the last week of March through April and May, and returned to work this month in preparation for the start of the season in Austria July 3-5.The number of upgrades they have managed to produce in that time will have a defining effect on competitiveness as the season starts up.Allison said that the car, launched in February, was fixed at around Christmas, with the first part of this year spent designing upgrades.“Quite a lot of those ideas were already in process through the design office before we were forced to shut down,” he said.“Our challenge now is to make sure that quarter of a year of development can get off the drawing boards and onto the car as swiftly as possible.”Mercedes tested at Silverstone last week with a 2018 car to give the team and drivers a chance to “blow off the cobwebs” and try out the new working practices aimed at avoiding any risks with coronavirus.“Probably the biggest change for all of us is going to be being at a race weekend where there are no fans,” said Allison, who was talking in a video published by Mercedes.“That is going to be a very strange experience. It’s normally one of the pleasures of being at a track.“I’m itching to find out in the crucible of a race event whether the work we did has produced a car we can be excited and proud of.”last_img read more

  • Dalung Kicks against Autonomy for NFF

    first_imgThe Ministry of Youth and Sports wednesday told the House of Representatives Committee on Sports that there is really no cogent reason to continue with the bill seeking to repeal the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) Act for the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Act.Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Adesola Olusade, said contrary to the constant excuses given by the NFF for demand for the new act, there is no need for that because the football house has all the free hands it wanted to run football in the country. He further claimed that because of the resolve of the federal government to allow the NFF to administer football, it has continued to deal with it and even fund it despite the fact that it has no legal backing yet.Earlier in his introduction, the sponsor of the NFF Bill, Hon. Sam Patrick, said the effort to enact the NFF Act is in line with the ongoing call for the restructuring of the country.He frowned at what he described as the situation where the government always appoints a minister who in turn runs football the way he likes.According to him, the bill will make it possible for the elected board members of the NFF to truly decide how to run football including deciding about its funding.Olusade further wondered why the NFF will always find it comfortable to run cap in hands to the federal government for funding only to turn around immediately to blackmail it of interference the moment it demands accountability.“The Ministry is not in any way interfering in the activities of the NFF even though it has no legal backing yet. We are doing this so as not to disrupt the administration of football in the country.“Even today, the way the NFF is constituted there is little or no input from the government despite the fact that they are being funded through the budget as a parastatal but they still ambush government by relying on some non existent laws.“FIFA does not fund the NFF completely yet they use it to harass government, this is robbing Peter to pay Paul. For instance the NFF has not shown capacity of prudent management over the years.”In his very brief presentation, the First Vice-president of the NFF, Seyi Akinwunmi, who represented the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick said the federation has made its position known to the Senate Committee on Sports.He also said the NFF has put in place measures to ensure it was self-sustaining without the frequent recourse to the government.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

  • French prosecutors seek trial for Karim Benzema over sextape scandal

    first_imgRelatedPosts French prosecutors on Thursday asked for ex-national team star and Real Madrid footballer Karim Benzema to face trial on charges of involvement in an alleged attempt to blackmail fellow player Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape almost five years ago.Prosecutors in Versailles outside Paris told AFP they want Benzema tried on charges of complicity in attempted blackmail over the incident in 2015.Four others should also face trial, they said, but not former Liverpool and French international Djibril Cisse who had previously been implicated in the probe.It is now up to the court to decide if a trial should take place and fix a date for the process to begin.Benzema is suspected of encouraging his former teammate in the France team Valbuena to pay blackmailers who threatened to make the intimate video public.According to the prosecution, Benzema evoked the existence of the video to Valbuena while the French team was preparing in October 2015 for a friendly match against Armenia in Nice.Benzema contends all that took place was a simple and friendly conversation to warn his international team-mate that such a tape existed.Valbuena, however, alleges that there was the implication he had to pay to keep it out of the public sphere.Benzema was indicted and briefly detained in November 2015 just before France was the next year to host the Euro 2016 football championship.He has never since added to his 81 appearances for France and insists he is innocent. Valbuena, who played 52 times for the national side, has also never since played for France.Cisse had been the first to inform Valbuena that the video existed but insists he was simply warning the footballer. ‘I’m happy at Crystal Palace’ – Jordan Ayew says amid transfer speculation ‘We want to play in big competitions’ – Jordan Ayew targets European spot with Crystal Palace Ivory Coast FA elections: Asamoah Gyan backs Didier Drogba Source: Tags: Karim BenzemaMathieu Valbuenalast_img read more

  • Yasiel Puig returns to Cuba as part of MLB goodwill trip

    first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error HAVANA >> A lineup of Cuban baseball stars, including some of the most famous defectors in recent memory, made a triumphant return Tuesday as part of the first Major League Baseball trip to the island since 1999.Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu and shortstop Alexei Ramirez and St. Louis Cardinals catcher Brayan Pena walked with a group of Major League Baseball officials and other players into the lobby of Havana’s soaring Hotel Nacional at the start of a three-day mission meant to warm relations between MLB and the Cuban system that has been drained by the loss of many of its best players to the U.S. Puig, who fled to Mexico in a smuggler’s fast-boat in 2012 and then crossed the border to Texas, wrapped his childhood coach Juan Arechavaleta in a bear-hug, resting the side of his face atop the smaller man’s head.“I’m very happy to be here,” said Puig, who had been barred from returning to Cuba until he was granted special permission for this week’s trip. Some major league players have been allowed back on low-key trips to see family. A few others, like star infielder Yoan Moncada, have received permission from Cuban authorities to depart legally to start careers in the United States. Moncada won a $31.5 million signing bonus with the Boston Red Sox in March. Players sneaked off Cuba’s coast by smugglers in powerboats are a different matter. Their illegal departures have been treated until now as deep betrayals of the socialist system. Many have been banned from returning for eight years, like other Cubans who leave illegally. The defectors’ return Tuesday was part of a rapid warming in relations between the Major League and Cuban baseball that has taken place since Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro declared a year ago Thursday that they were moving to reestablishment diplomatic relations. MLB is hoping to return for an exhibition game during spring training, an idea that has progressed far enough for Commissioner Rob Manfred to recently pick the Tampa Bay Rays as the team that would make the trip. U.S. teams played spring training games in Cuba before Castro’s revolution but none appeared here from March 1959 until the Baltimore Orioles faced Cuba’s national team in Havana in March 1999. MLB has not returned since. The warming of relations is deeply complicated by the issue of the talent drain to the U.S. Cuban authorities appear to be struggling to find ways to slow the flood of baseball players to the Major League.Peter Bjarkman, author of the upcoming book “Cuba’s Baseball Defectors: The Inside Story,” said that he had counted 102 national-level players who had left Cuba this year, nearly a third of all those who have departed since 1980. It’s part of a broader wave of Cuban emigration sparked by the fear that the U.S. will cancel special Cold War-era privileges for Cubans as part of the broader warming with the island. Cuba has been allowing some stars to legally play in countries such as Japan and Mexico during the off-season. Similar policies for the Major Leagues would be far more difficult due to the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba and Cuban fears that broad legalization of departures to the U.S. would make the talent drain even worse. “I got the distinct impression that right now the Cubans have absolutely no idea of what they’re going to do. They’re in total chaos in this right now,”said Bjarkman, who spent much of the fall in Cuba speaking with people involved in the country’s baseball league.Cuban baseball players generally go through a third country such as Mexico and declare residency that allows them to become free agents before signing a Major League contract with the highest bidder. If they come directly to the U.S., they would be subject to the MLB draft and likely sign a less lucrative deal.Abreu, 28, signed with the White Sox for six years and $68 million in 2013. Limited to 72 games this season because of hamstring injuries, Puig hit .255 with 11 homers and 30 RBIs.Puig’s case is infamous in the annals of Cuban baseball. Investigators and court documents say he was taken by boat from Cuba to a fishing village near Cancun, Mexico, and held by associates of the Zetas drug cartel before eventually crossing into Texas. In return, the financiers allegedly got a percentage of the seven-year, $42 million contract Puig signed with the Dodgers.center_img He declined to say anything more, but Arechavaleta said that none of Puig’s relatives, who live, like the coach, outside the southern city of Cienfuegos, was there to greet him. Pena, who is from Havana, was met by at least 20 family members, who laughed at stories of the catcher’s life in America and handed him the phone to talk to relatives who hadn’t been able to make it. The high-profile, official return of baseball defectors earning tens of millions of dollars a year in the major leagues is a landmark in Cuba’s relationship with the hundreds of players who have abandoned their country and the national system that trained them.Under former President Fidel Castro, a passionate baseball fan who saw sports as an expression of national glory, defectors were barred from returning. Most were banished from official memory, never mentioned on Cuban television even as they made headlines on U.S. sports pages. Castro’s brother and successor, President Raul Castro, has eased the treatment of players who leave as part of a broader easing of social controls. That included the 2013 removal of a required exit permit for all Cubans, except those considered essential to the country.last_img read more

  • Lakers’ LeBron James shows love to the Dodgers before tonight’s game

    first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error — Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) October 20, 2018 Lebron Knows What’s on the LINE TONIGHT! LeBron wearing a Dodger hat to his home debut 🔥🔥🔥🔥 big night for my #Dodgers and #LakeShow— KeatonDM (@Keat_the_Tweet) October 20, 2018center_img Lebron rocking with the Dodgers 💪🏽— Jasmine B. (@jasmined_brown) October 20, 2018 LeBron James walked into Staples Center wearing a Los Angeles Dodgers hat before the Lakers’ home opener against the Houston Rockets.The Los Angeles Dodgers are in Milwaukee for Game 7 of the NLCS and a chance to advance to the 2018 World Series.last_img read more

  • Lawyer fees in former governor lawsuit surpass $2.4 million

    first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state panel has approved the latest bill for former Gov. Terry Branstad’s continued fight against a jury verdict that found he discriminated against a former state executive.The Iowa Executive Council approved payment Monday of a bill for over $488,000 to a Des Moines law firm. That raises the taxpayer costs of defending Branstad to $2.4 million.Jurors unanimously found in July that Branstad, now U.S. ambassador to China, and his former legal counsel Brenna Findley discriminated against former Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey in 2011 because he’s gay.State taxpayers also may end up paying Godfrey’s legal costs of $3.5 million if they’re approved by a judge as well as the $1.5 million in damages the jury awarded Godfrey.Gov. Kim Reynolds, Secretary of State Paul Pate and Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, the Republicans on the council, supported paying the bills. Democratic Auditor Rob Sand also voted to pay the bill but says he won’t support paying appeal costs. State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald, a Democrat, opposed paying the latest bill.last_img read more

  • ‘1954’: A glimpse of baseball’s dramatic changes

    first_imgThis book cover image released by Da Capo Press shows “1954: he Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever ,” by Bill Madden. (AP Photo/Da Capo Press)“1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever (Da Capo Press), by Bill MaddenAs the pennant races head into the fall stretch, it’s worth remembering that 60 years ago the sport of baseball was changed permanently as African-American players began to establish their presence in the major leagues and would transform the sport.The premise of Bill Madden’s “1954” is spelled out clearly in the introduction: “1954 was the launching pad for a new era, when the dominant players in baseball were to be blacks and Hispanics.” It was the year that the New York Giants’ Willie Mays and the Cleveland Indians’ Larry Doby faced off in the World Series – the first time both teams in the series featured players of color.It was also the year Hank Aaron made his debut with the Milwaukee Braves in what turned into a record-breaking career. Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs was just coming on the scene at about that time and Roberto Clemente would make his debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates the following year. It was seven years after Jackie Robinson signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers and broke baseball’s color barrier.As Madden notes, the rising profile for standout African-American players came at a time when the nation was feeling the effect of other dramatic changes – among the most notable was the Supreme Court’s historic Brown v. Board of Education ruling that said racial segregation of children in public schools was unconstitutional.Even as racial attitudes were starting to change, baseball offered reminders they hadn’t changed that much in 1954.Madden notes that:– For the first few years of the Baltimore Orioles’ existence in the mid-1950s, visiting black players had to stay at the all-black hotel in town or at the homes of friends of black porters they knew from the trains.– Aaron’s effortless loping style in the outfield caused his manager to refer to the Braves’ rookie occasionally as “Stepin Fetchit” – referring to the stage name of the black actor of the 1920s and 1930s whose character was later condemned as representative of the worst stereotype of blacks.– The Indians’ Doby was allowed to stay at a Tucson, Arizona, hotel with the rest of his team during spring training after the team’s travel secretary persuaded the hotel manager to lift his restrictions on black players staying there.– Mays’ appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated before the 1955 season, along with Leo Durocher and his wife, actress Laraine Day, added a touch of controversy. In the photo, Day appeared between Durocher, the Giants manager, and Mays, the 1954 National League Most Valuable Player, with her arms around both of them.Madden’s thorough account of the year is most interesting for the general interest reader when it follows the developments about the black players and the obstacles they overcame to become some of baseball’s top stars. But it also provides thorough details on the season itself and the pennant races that dedicated baseball fans may find interesting.Madden noted that baseball was in the forefront of sports in integrating with quality black players.In 1954, Major League Baseball teams had 7 percent black players, a percentage that grew to 28 percent by 1986, when it began declining again. This happened as blacks became more welcome in Southern college basketball and football programs, he writes.A series of black superstars, many in the National League like Mays, Aaron, Clemente, Banks, Willie McCovey and Orlando Cepeda, tilted the balance of power toward the National League over the next couple of decades.As Aaron put it: “I guess we showed them pretty good what most of America was missing for the first 70 years of baseball.”___Will Lester is an editor on the desk of the Washington Associated Press.___Follow Will Lester on Twitter at @wjlester.last_img read more

  • Aarhus, the first night of the ‘Tiki Taka’

    first_imgIn this environment, further thinned by a few words from the coach about Raúl in the previous days (see support), Spain was risking much of its chances of qualifying for Euro 2008 in Aarhus, Denmark’s second city. The first thing that caught my attention was the scene of the crash. Typically, the red dynamite played their matches at the Parken Stadion in Copenhagen, but a UEFA sanction did not allow it. In the course of Denmark-Sweden, a fan had jumped onto the field attacking the referee. Four games of sanction to the stadium and obligation to play 250 kilometers from the capital. Appeal reduced the sanction to two games and 140 kilometers, but could not play in Brondby, the country’s second stadium by capacity, which is 20 kilometers from the capital, so the third option was Aarhus, the second most populous city, where the Selection had already played some friendly, but with a venue that did not exceed 20,000 seats.(embed) (/ embed) During the week he had doubted whether to include Silva in the starting lineup to the detriment of Joaquín, but he saw the canary very tired. “He has a lot of bullshit on him. I’ll get you out in the second part. Joaquín is going to give us play by the band and overflow. But it has to tighten a little more ”. In the end, the circumstances of the meeting prevented the coach’s plans. Silva did not play, but made Riera debut in the last minutes and scored a great goal.Puyol did not play either. A fixed for Luis. He had just come out of a long injury and thought he was not yet physically complete. In addition it was within a penalty shot and the Danes were going to play long and through the sky. There Albiol defended himself well. It was one of the few times that the coach had advanced the line-up 48 hours in advance, although then he had to make the obligatory change of Tamudo for the injured Torres. Best for Spain. Less pressure. Less screaming. The date scheduled for October 13, 2007. The day after Hispanic Day. Neither the precedents that had with the Danes brightened the face of a serious Luis Aragonese and more distant than normal. They were all fond memories in the engagements with the Vikings. The first game in the history of the National Team was against them … and victory. In the semifinals of Euro 84, victory in the penalty shootout and in the final. In Mexico 86, the four goals of Butragueño. In the qualifying phase for the US 94 World Cup, the Iron goal at Sánchez Pizjuán… Without Villa, or Torres, or Puyol Tamudo opened the scoring with a header from Iniesta.CHEMA DIAZ (DAILY AS) The “noisemaker” hunts LuisHe had finished an afternoon training and Luis Aragonés, with the folder in his hand, was heading from the fields to the Residence. Fans, almost all young kids, ask for autographs and photos. Coincidentally among them is Jordi Evole, who then played the roles of ‘el follonero’ in the Buenafuente program, and whom they did not officially accredit.Between signature and signature, a boy asks about Raúl. Luis raises his head. “I am too old to be listening to these things that you say. You guys have fun, laugh. I politely sign you all, I am with you, ”he is heard saying on Evole’s recording. The name of Raúl and Luis sounds again, which should not capture the presence of the camera, he says in a very relaxed tone.-Do you know how many World Cups Raúl has gone to? To three.-Do you know how many European Cups Raúl has gone to? Two.-Tell me the ones we’ve won. Tell me the ones we have won, tell me the ones we have won?The interlocutor responds: “But it won’t be because of Raúl alone”And Luis, who was leaving and in a very understanding tone, responds.– I do not say that it is by anybody. I’ve said how many he’s gone to. At three and two five. It seems very good to me, it has gone and has done and such. And that comes and does not come and such. What you can not pay attention to is what the press says. You are wrong.How could it be otherwise, these captured words come to light and the controversy Luis-Raúl reaches a new chapter. A diagonal from Iniesta, Luis asked him to do that, and a measured center for Tamudo’s header. The technician, standing in his area, clenches his fists. A gesture very yours. At the quarter of an hour, the goal that should reassure everyone and revolutionize the Danes who were losing were out. Spain did not lose the ball. What Luis was asking for. On such a difficult day, he wanted his team to be more his than ever. Clear ideas. Long runs, lots of possession, endless rounds from side to side. The three tenors of SpainIn a calm moment, Luis talks to the three tenors. “Gentlemen, I want you to reach the opposite area. I want you to look for the auction, the last pass. You Andrés pull diagonals, join Xavi and Cesc. Come, come … Someday you have to score a goal. There were many open fronts at that time and could negatively influence the party itself. The press conference the day before had been tense. Raúl’s shadow was long. Casillas, as captain, supported the coach with his words and defends the team’s unity. Against this, those men dressed in white had to fight that night. The 1-4-1-4-1 is drawn sharp on the ground. The Danes want to scare with three forwards, but they don’t smell the ball. The team suffered in the second half with the entry of young Bendter and Luis moved pieces. Pablo, with half an hour ahead, enters for Albelda and takes center position at Albiol’s lardo to help in the aerial game. Marchena becomes a midfielder with the vocation of third center back. Riera comes to the rescue of an exhausted Joaquín, passing Iniesta to the right. In the last ten minutes Luis García for Cesc, to stretch the team and not get so far behind. Tomasson scores in 87, but before the locals could imagine the machado, Riera closed the game. … but Riera scored the 3-1 of tranquility two minutes later.DAILY AS (DAILY AS) The goal of the Danish Jon Dahl Tomasson in the 87th minute left the score 2-1 …STR (REUTERS) 75 seconds that changed Spanish footballToques, 65; passes, 28; time, 75 seconds; players participating, nine: Marchena, Ramos, Capdevila, Albiol, Xavi, Iniesta, Joaquín. Cesc and Tamudo. All except Albelda and Casillas. The one who intervened the most in the play was Xavi, 17 touches and 7 passes.Capdevila recovers the ball, a pass from Andreasen to Rommedhal, he gave it to Xavi, this to Joaquín, who made the longest drive with the ball and after eight touches he gave it again to Xavi. Double yours-mine with Iniesta, they crossed three passes without ever giving more than three touches. Iniesta passed to Cesc who first gave to Marchena and this in turn to Capdevila.The side finds Iniesta, who leans on Cesc. Tamudo goes into action delaying his position. Play first for Xavi. Opening for Joaquín attached to the band. Delay for Sergio Ramos. The ball passes through Cesc and ends again in Capdevila which passes to Marchena. From central to central. Albiol receives the pass to Xavi, who intervenes for the fifth time in the play. Find Joaquin. Return for Xavi. Heel for Joaquín. That advances towards Iniesta. Ramos enters the game, playing first for Xavi and goes deep on the outside. Xavi controls and passes Tamudo who first sees the acceleration of Ramos by his band. Find it with an in-depth shipment. Sergio controls and saves the goalkeeper’s exit with a mince with the instep. Three gold points with two games ahead against Sweden (3-0) and Northern Ireland (1-0), both in homeland. Only one point was missing to ensure the classification. Those ninety-something minutes from Aarhus were vital to the soul of that Luis team. That’s where it all started. Then she won the next two games and ended up ranking first in the group with 28 points.After the match, Luis expressed his happiness for the game and the victory and sent another message to the navigators. “Sergio’s goal is an example of what we want to do with these players. It is their merit. They know how to touch, create and arrive. We lack a bit of knowing how to compete, but we have known how to win. There can always be a debate about the coach. In those analyzes there have even been insults. And I don’t accept that. I wish there were no insults. Respect? I don’t have to ask for anything. Respect must be in the professional and in the critic. It is not difficult for me to work. Yes for the boys. I am their boss and it affects them. I live it with the tranquility that the experience gives me, but the people closest to me have had a pretty bad time. Raúl? I’m not going to get into those things. I do not understand them. What I do is work, period “. Fernando Torres was injured during previous training and was unable to play the match.STR (REUTERS) By That selection of Luis Aragonés was going through its most delicate moment. Thirteen months had passed and the majority criticism against the coach for having left captain Raúl González out of the team had not calmed down. The game did not help either, nor what happened in the last meeting, in Oviedo, against Latvia (2-0), in which Luis, hurt by the comments, had not wanted to speak to the media after the match. To the ‘mister’ all that was worth nothing. He knew he had to win to at least secure second place in the group. A draw wasn’t bad either. Losing could have cost him the position as it was the temperature of the tensions. Villa was missing, injured. One of its fixed. In the training of the day before in the stadium, cold night, Fernando Torres, then in Liverpool, gives the alarm signal. Dr. Jenaro Borrás pouts. The player forces a little more. It is not the cold, it is injured. Small right leg abductor tear. Minimum withdrawal for 10 days.Luis does not leave long veins. Play Tamudo. It is ready for how I want to play. Will help us. He knows how to get in and out, play between the lines. I know him well. ” And how did Luis want to play on such an important date? With all the gamers. It was clear to him. It was a day to have the ball, to play at grass level. With the humidity the ball was going to run and the best thing for it was to gather Xavi, Cesc and Iniesta, heeled on the left, but with freedom to enter the rondo. To the right Joaquín, another defender of the ball at the foot. Behind them: Albelda. The both told by its author“The merit is from the team. I just had to give the last touch. Those of Tamudo and Xavi were also decisive. I stay with the group work. I was just another piece of the play. I could not do otherwise. When I saw Sorensen it was very clear to me. As he was a little heeled and he covered a lot of goal the only way to beat him was with that little touch. Every day I learn new things from my colleagues with whom I train. I look closely at those who define, such as Ronaldo, Raúl, Messi, Rooney, Zidane, Van Nistelrooy, Tamudo, Villa … It is a luxury to be able to participate in a rondo or in a match with these players ”. It was lacking a bit of depth, it is true, but the action of the second goal, almost on the brink of rest, erased everything. A masterpiece, an eternal rondo. Nine footballers participated in the action, 28 passes in 75 seconds … and Sergio Ramos who finishes off Van Basten. It deserves a separate chapter. With those two goals ahead the game could not escape.last_img read more