Why doesn’t Simeone’s Atleti press the rival anymore? Physical issue or tactical issue?

first_imgWrong in the changes. Simeone was not fine in the substitutions. It gave entrance to Vitolo and removed Marcos Llorente at the break when he had been the best of the media in the first part. Saul did not give a good pass and Thomas It had neither tempo nor rhythm nor did it succeed in delivery. The two deserved more to be replaced, although perhaps the Cholo removed Llorente to prevent me from seeing a card that carried him derby suspension of Bernabéu next Saturday. He also removed Correa and put Herrera (the Mexican despaired the mattress fans because of how bad he threw the corner kicks) when the Argentine was the only offensive dagger. And he took Saponjic when there were a few minutes left, when he had to take twenty minutes before the need to put centers in the area looking for victory.No alternation in the game. The direct football you It has worked for Simeone in all his successful and successful stage, but he has not only played long pitch and look for the second play, also has given other alternatives, less this campaign what It has no plan B, in addition to not being so successful in taking the rejection and not reaching the rival area in the counterattacks with Very few troops. It has a template to perform alternation in the game and handle several systems and several tactical plans, but only have one and it seems not wanting to make other plans and equip their players with weapons to attack more and better. The draw against Leganés knew defeat in the Wanda Metropolitano. The cholista pizza choked at noon and Aguirre fit him better the cucumber pizza The Athletic he made a very bad first time before him Leganés He gave the ball to the team cucumber and made an intensive retreat looking to steal the ball and throw the ball to Morata. Looking for a tactical explanation why most first parts what Atlético de Simeone does this season they have been horrible it could be concluded that the Argentine coach only gives an indication to his players: Morata long ball and if he hooks it, we leave our own field. If this play does not occur, there is no plan B, there is no other tactical instruction of the coach as seen when analyzing in detail the first half of the Leganes, as well as all the first 45 minutes in which Atlético has given a Terrible image The first time, Cholo cooked his usual pizza and played with 1-4-4-2 system and in the second half it changed to 1-4-3-3, while Aguirre’s cucumber pizza was 1-5-4-1 perfectly executed in combinatorial football and withdrawal.No pressure. Atlético did not go out to pressure Leganés. Unlike, he fell back in his field and mastery of the ball and Oblak made more stops what Pichu Cuellar In the first half. Why doesn’t Simeone’s Atleti press the opponent in the first parts? That is the question that arises. Don’t press for a physical issue? Is it that the team can not stand more than a quarter of an hour pressing the opponent in the opposite field? Or is it a tactical issue? I mean, that Simeone orders to the team that intensive withdrawal to go to the counterattack and it does not matter if it is in the Metropolitan Wanda before a team with lower resources such as Leganés. The last minutes of the first part pressed three quarters of field and in the second half advanced lines and went out to have the ball and dominate the Leganés. Why didn’t you do it from the beginning?Thinking of defending. The attacks made by Atlético in the first part began in their own field with torn from Morata and Joao Felix that they did not succeed because of the distance they had to travel and to make each war on their own. Just performed well a fast attack in which Correa arrived on the right and arrived at the area on topr Marcos Llorente, Joao Félix and Morata, He finished off and for Cuellar. It seems that Atlético players when they attack are thinking about what to do when they lose the ball to defend, that they do not focus on attack moves and that they are not rehearsed, because many times they don’t know who to pass neither as Make the progression in the game.last_img read more

NCAA Final 4 tips off

first_imgSan Beda coach Boyet Fernandez had spent the day feeling anxious, unsure which team his defending champion Red Lions will face at the start of the Final Four on Friday.“We did prepare for Perpetual [Help],” admitted Fernandez, whose team will enter the postseason as the top seed with a 17-1 record in the elimination round.  “But we still don’t know if we’re playing against them tomorrow (Friday).”ADVERTISEMENT View comments That would have made them ineligible this season.With Charcos and Aurin playing all games of the Altas, Perpetual won 11 wins. A forfeiture would have pushed St. Benilde to No. 4.A source told the Inquirer that based on the findings of the board, Perpetual may have been guilty of the violation, and the league might have turned a blind eye on the infraction.The other playoff battle pits second seed Lyceum and Letran, which collide at 1:30 p.m.The Pirates and Knights split their two games in the elimination round with Letran winning their most recent battle.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 28-foot birdie putt gives Lam a three-way share of lead Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Well, they are.Perpetual cemented its claim to the No. 4 seed after a probe that could have forfeited all its wins was shut down by a lack of quorum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe NCAA board was set to convene on Thursday night to decide on the case, after the management committee presented its findings on Tuesday.The case stemmed from two Perpetual Help players in Edgar Charcos and Kim Aurin, who played in a league outside the NCAA while serving residency—a move that did not have the approval of the league. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Police Get Involved in Community Cleanup Exercise

first_imgOfficers of the Liberia National Police, including their over-all boss, Col. Clarence C. Massaquoi, Monday, December 23, launched a community cleanup exercise, beginning in West Point.Police Director Massaquoi and his fellow Liberian officers were joined in the exercise by other officers servicing in the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).The police’s cleanup exercise is being held under the theme: ‘Taking the Police to the Community,’ and it is mainly going to target communities with police depots.Director Massaquoi and his officers were likely responding to the plea from West Point Commissioner Miatta H. Flowers.Commissioner Flowers, in a Daily Observer interview Sunday, December 22, sent out an impassioned call for the halted Beaches and Waterways Project to continue unabated.The Beaches and Waterways Project, an initiative launched by the Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA), paid West Pointers to keep the beaches and other parts of the township clean.However, with the cessation of that project, Commissioner Flowers fears cholera outbreak in that township, which is one of Liberia’s biggest slum communities. Most of the community dwellers live in a very unhygienic condition. They use the bank of the Mesurado River on one side and the beach of the Atlantic Ocean on the other side as defecating sites.Just before Col. Massaquoi and others could begin the cleanup exercise, he disclosed that the police had put a strategy in place in order to secure the protection of citizens and residents alike and together sustain the peace during this festive season.“I want you to enjoy your Christmas and  your New Year’s Day and I can guarantee you that you will have a peaceful holiday season,” the police boss told West Pointers.Col. Massaquoi also called on the township residents not to be afraid of the police as they are there to provide protection; adding: “This is why the Liberia National Police is taking its community relations to the people.”He said the police’s visits to the various zones and depots in the communities are its way of celebrating the season with the communities’ members.He said all that communities can do is “respect the police and the police will in turn respect you.” He urged communities to develop a kind of relationship with the police that would include a crime-relation reporting, comprising report cases involving rape. He told speaking out was the best way of identifying with the police and or helping the police.He challenged the community to help reduce crimes, whether it is armed robbery or others.   Madam Rose Stryker, Deputy Police Inspector for Administration, also said their visit in the communities was to say thanks to those communities for helping to maintain peace and security in the country.Madam Stryker further stated: “We have brought sweets for the children to say a Merry Christmas and this is a small token to the children. We have also come to help you clean the community; we are saying to you that we hold West Point dear to us for what you have done for our Zone II Base.”Representing the United Nations counterparts of the police, Madam Marufau Barimah admits that the community has been helpful to the Police Depot in the community. She didn’t say how the community has been helpful, but added: “Security is everybody’s responsibility.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

EU, TCC to Launch New FOI Project in Liberia

first_img“The right of access to information is a cornerstone of transparency, accountability, public participation, and voice…” The Carter Center says.(Image Courtesy: Carter Center (TCC) Liberia office, in collaboration with the European Union (EU), is scheduled to launch a new one-year Freedom of Information (FOI) project in the country.The project, according to a statement the Carter Center released in Monrovia, will advance government employees’ understanding of right-to-information law and their capacity to respond to requests for information in any of the government ministries and agencies.The event comes as part of the celebration of this year’s International Right to Know Day, which is September 28.Under the theme, “Increasing Transparency in the Public Sector through Freedom-of-Information Training,” the project is aligned to the New European Consensus on Development, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, specifically focusing on promoting accountable and transparent institutions, including participatory decision-making and public access to information.As part of the project, TCC will develop freedom-of-information training materials and curricula in leading public-sector training institutes, such as the Liberia Institute of Public Administration, the National Police Training Academy, and the James A. A. Pierre Judicial Institute at the Temple of Justice.TCC also will engage academic institutions, including the University of Liberia’s Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law on Capitol Hill in the creation and adoption of the new freedom-of-information curricula and training courses and in serving as instructors.“The right of access to information is a cornerstone of transparency, accountability, public participation, and voice, and is essential for engaging citizens and improving government effectiveness and efficiency,” the release said.Many believe that the Liberian media environment improved in 2012 due to a decrease in libel cases, efforts to repeal defamation laws, and a reduction in violence against journalists, thanks to the passage of the FOI law.In July 2012, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became the second African head of state to endorse the Table Mountain Declaration, which calls on African governments to abolish criminal defamation laws. In late November that year, the Press Union of Liberia submitted a draft bill to the Legislature, the body responsible to abolish such laws.Prior to the enactment of the law libel charges leveled against media houses, the compensation sought and imposed in civil cases were often excessive, leading to severe financial difficulties for journalists and their media outlets, and encouraging self-censorship in the media.Since 2009, TCC has partnered with government and civil society to advance access to information for all Liberians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WCD sea defence structure will feature new design – River defence officer

first_imgWith the completion of temporary repairs along the West Coast of Demerara (WCD) sea defence to fix ruptures caused by a massive high spring tide earlier this month, there are plans make modifications to the design of the structure, for the permanent works, which are yet to commence.This was announced by the Chief Sea and River Officer, Kevin Samad, who noted that 100 feet of the concrete structure that lined the shoreline, was partially broken in the high tide episode. He stated that the Sea and River Defence Unit is on a mission to have all the concrete replaced with a newly designed rip-rap structure.“We have adapted the rip-rap design which is a more robust design for these areas. That will be our primary intervention for the last three decades on Guyana’s coast. We have been progressing with replacing all the concrete areas with rip-rap structures,” he stated.While noting that the works completed thus far were temporary, the permanent works will begin in a few months.“We had completed an exercise where we did temporary works by placing boulders on the seaward face of the damaged sections. Those works are of temporary nature,” he stated.Currently, the areas are being assessed after which a suitable design will be selected that is believed to be suitable for protection against waves and tides. These works will be designated to a contractor by public procurement process.“What we’re doing there now is we’re assessing the area to finalise some designs and after that we’ll go to tender for a more permanent work on the latter part [of this year],” Samad explained.While the tender will open in about three weeks, an evaluation is the next step. The permanent works will be awarded “around half the year” after which construction will commence.Earlier last week, visits were made to the area by Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson along with the Regional Chairman of Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Julius Faeber in which the areas were examined.Waves from the high spring tide came into contact with the seawalls along the WCD about a month ago, resulting in the destruction of four sections along the concrete structure, causing major flooding. Immediately, members of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) were deployed to the varying areas, where sandbags were used to temporarily fill the open gaps. When the water retreated, the Public Infrastructure Ministry hired contractors to conduct temporary repairs by placing boulders along the gaps where sandbags were once used. However, these works were halted due to a shortage of the boulders for the completion of the ruptured sections of the seawall, which was later completed upon the attainment of the remaining boulders. Presently, this makeshift model will act as a shield until actions are taken by the River Defence Unit to fix the structures.In the near future, the main focus of the newly designed permanent structure will be in Leonora and Uitvlugt, which suffered more severe damages. Presently, indications predict that residents will see the entire concrete wall being replaced with a rip-rap structure.last_img read more

Capitol News cameraman arrested

first_img– in Kaieteur National ParkA fact-finding mission into the Joint Services Operation in the Kaieteur National Park (KNP) took a drastic turn when a cameraman from Capitol News and a Chenapau resident were arrested on Sunday.Rudy Morris and Anthony Melville were both taken into custody at the Muri Muri Landing in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), and were expected to be brought to Georgetown later today. According to ranks at the location, the men “will be prosecuted”.Amerindian Peoples Affairs (APA) Executive Michael Mc Garrell travelled to the Potaro-Siparuni region to investigate the claim of illegal mining in the Kaieteur National Park. He took along some members of the media, including Morris.A few weeks ago, some 21 residents of Chenapau Village, Region Eight, were arrested for allegedly mining in the KNP. They were brought to Georgetown and charged, but in an “act of goodwill” the charges were later dropped. However, the persons arrested vehemently denied mining in the KNP and provided documentation to show they were operating on legal mining claims. Some also said they were hunting and fishing when soldiers rounded them up. The arrest and charging of the residents caused an uproar in the Amerindian village as residents protested within the village and at the Ministry of the Presidency.Since the arrests of the residents, the military presence in the KNP has been amped up; hence, the APA decided to undertake a fact-finding mission.Upon arriving at the KNP Arrival Centre, it was discovered that it has been converted into a base camp for the Joint Services operation. Mc Garrell said that this concretised the allegation of the KNP becoming a militarised zone.The officer in command also told Mc Garrell that no one would be allowed to traverse the trail traditionally used by the Chenapau villagers to hunt, fish, and access farms and mining claims.However, Morris and Melville used a boat to go investigate the boundaries of the KNP and as they were returning, the men were arrested and told they would be charged. The two men were still detained at the Muri Muri Landing up to press time.Mc Garrell said that he was concerned about the arrest of a member of the press corps for just executing one of his functions as a member of the fourth estate. He posited that the officers, upon verifying Morris’ identity, should have just asked the men to leave the area.“All we have to do now is to wait until they bring out these two men and see what they will do. I have no idea what they will charge them with, but I was informed by the Officer in Charge that they will be charged,” Mc Garrell related.The arrest of the duo was criticised by members of the community and they are calling on the authorities to explain the arrests.last_img read more

Ighalo hat-trick for Nigeria, Fajr rescues Morocco

first_img0Shares0000Teboho Mokoena scored with a header as South Africa thrashed Seychelles © AFP / PHILL MAGAKOEJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Oct 14 – Nigerian Odion Ighalo scored a hat-trick, Moroccan Faycal Fajr spared blushes and Zimbabwean Knowledge Musona was a hero and villain in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying Saturday.China-based Ighalo bagged a matchday 3 treble as Nigeria crushed Libya 4-0 in Uyo to continue a Group E recovery after starting with a shock home defeat by South Africa. Fajr converted a penalty seven minutes into stoppage time as Morocco sneaked a 1-0 Group B win in Casablanca over the Comoros, ranked 104 places below them in the world.Captain Musona scored and was sent off within five minutes as Zimbabwe went clear in Group G thanks to an upset 2-1 victory over the Democratic Republic of Congo in Kinshasa.There was also a record six-goal victory for South Africa and a goalkeeping howler that gifted Namibia three points in Mozambique as the third series of qualifiers was completed.Ighalo converted a fourth-minute spot-kick after being fouled and rounded goalkeeper Mohamed Nashnush to tap in and double the lead on 58 minutes.When a Libyan failed to cut off a low cross, former Watford striker Ighalo scrambled the ball into the net to complete his hat-trick with a quarter of the qualifier remaining.A last-minute Samuel Kalu goal completed the rout of the ‘Mediterranean Knights’, whose Belgian coach Adel Amrouche quit this week over unpaid salaries.Nigeria lie second with six points, one less than South Africa, who scored a record 6-0 win over the Seychelles in rain-lashed Johannesburg.Goalkeeper Romeo Barra prevented an even more embarrassing scoreline for the Indian Ocean islanders as South Africa bettered the five goals they netted against Guatemala in 2010.– Brilliant back-heel –Lebo Mothiba, who has been in sparkling French Ligue 1 form, was among the scorers and set up a goal for Percy Tau with a brilliant back-heel.Another Indian Ocean island state, the Comoros, were on the verge of their greatest achievement as they frustrated 2018 World Cup qualifiers Morocco for 96 minutes.But then came heartbreak for the visitors as they conceded a penalty and Fajr scored to lift Morocco within a point of Group B pacesetters Cameroon.Ronald Pfumbidzai struck a superb goal midway through the first half to put Zimbabwe on the road to glory at a packed 80,000-seat Stade des Martyrs.Musona doubled the lead and then cynically fouled Issama Mpeko for which he got his second yellow card of the match followed by a red.Yannick Bolasie nodded a stoppage-time consolation goal for the Congolese as they suffered a rare loss in their Kinshasa fortress.Zimbabwe top the table with seven points, three more than central African neighbours DR Congo and Congo Brazzaville.Mozambique goalkeeper Jose Guirrugo allowed a long-range, stoppage-time shot from substitute Deon Hotto slip from his grasp and into the net as Namibia fought back to win 2-1 in Maputo.Group K is the tightest of the 12 mini-leagues with Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia all on four points with equal goal differences.Leaders Tunisia battled to a 1-0 Group J win in Rades over Niger, who conceded six goals in Egypt last month amid complaints of a “beans-and-water” diet.Yassine Meriah scored after 17 minutes for the ‘Carthage Eagles’, who had Ghailene Chaalali red-carded in the closing stages.Matchday 4 begins Sunday with fixtures in Kenya and Guinea-Bissau followed by a further 21 qualifiers two days later.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

We can’t underrate AFC, says Mathare boss Kimanzi

first_img0Shares0000Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi reacts during their Kenyan Premier League clash against Posta Rangers at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on December 19, 2018. PHOTO/Mathare UnitedNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 22 – Despite willowing in the relegation zone and carrying an embarrassing run of five consecutive league defeats, Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi has warned his charges that AFC Leopards should not be underrated when the two clash in Machakos tomorrow.Mathare have themselves dropped points over the last five matches, drawing thrice and losing twice, but Kimanzi believes the AFC game can give them a decent launching pad to get back into winning ways. “We are ready for that match because it’s one that motivates the players. Despite the fact that AFC have picked up fewer points, history favors every player to want to be in that game. We can’t look at the points they have, but we need to face the match like a cup final,” Kimanzi noted.Over 20 meetings between the two sides, AFC have a slightly higher hand having won six times while Mathare have won five, the other nine ending in draws.Last season, Leopards won both home and away legs, winning the first one 4-3 in a hugely entertaining encounter in Machakos and went on to pick a 2-1 result in the return tie.The last time Mathare beat AFC was in July 2014 when they won 2-1.Mathare United lost 2-1 to AFC Leopards in the second leg of the 2018 season. Photo/Mathare United FacebookKimanzi though is optimistic he can quench a five year wait to beat Leopards and see the team move back to the apex of the standings especially if Bandari fail to bag maximum points against Nzoia Sugar in Mombasa.The tactician has partly blamed his side’s drop in form to fatigue creeping in, but believes they are in a good position to bounce back after assessing their tactical weak areas.“Most times you drop an action somewhere especially after 10 matches of real push. The levels drop because there is very minimal rotation when you don’t want to interfere with the growth of the players. It’s normal,”“But we can’t just sit and say since it is normal things continue that way. We have made a lot of push to change and we want to make sure in the next coming matches we get back to where we were,” Kimanzi noted.AFC leopards is a side under pressure after five consecutive losses and head coach Cassa Mbungo who is winless since taking charge of the club hopes he can resuscitate the wounded Leopards back to winning ways.Bandari FC players celebrating. Photo/FILEMeanwhile, on form Bandari will be at home against Nzoia Sugar, head coach Bernard Mwalala coming up against his former employers.Bandari are in good form, their last weekend 1-0 win over Kariobangi Sharks in Nairobi lifting their spirits and their position in the standings as well. A win will guarantee the dockers top spot for at least another week and this is something that spurs them ahead of the visit by Nzoia.The sugar millers travel to Mombasa on thebackdrop of their head coach Nicholas Muyoti ditching them for Kakamega Homeboyz and they hope the sudden shift in coaching does not affect their hunt.Eleventh placed Nzoia have lost three matches on the trot and history does not favor them as they are yet to beat Bandari in Mombasa.Elsewhere at the Bukhungu Stadium, Muyoti will be making his maiden bow in Homeboyz colors when he leads out his side to face Sofapaka.Homeboyz have blown hot and cold and are ninth in the standings but their motivation was boosted with last weekend’s 1-0 away victory against Tusker in Ruaraka.Sofapaka interim coach John Baraza (left) with a member of his backroom staff during a training session at the Ruiru Complex on January 17, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSofapaka on the other hand were on a run of six wins in seven games, but the run was slowed down by a 1-0 loss to Gor Mahia last weekend. Nonetheless, head coach John Baraza is not worried as he looks to bounce back especially against his old buddy Muyoti.“It is always good when you come up against your friend and buddy. I have known Muyoti for a long time and played with him too. He is a good coach and I expect a good game on Saturday. We are focused to bounce back and ensure that we maintain a small gap with the leaders,“ Baraza affirmed.Baraza has already beaten Muyoti this season, Sofapaka winning 1-0 against Nzoia Sugar three weeks ago.KPL WEEKEND FIXTURES: Saturday: Posta Rangers v Ulinzi Stars, AFC Leopards v Mathare United (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos), Chemelil Sugar v KCB, Bandari v Nzoia Sugar (Mombasa), Kakamega Homeboyz v Sofapaka (Bukhungu)Sunday: Vihiga United v Kariobangi Sharks (Bukhungu), Sony Sugar v Western Stima (Awendo), Mount Kenya United v Zoo Kericho (Machakos)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Women’s World Cup: England beat Germany in play-off to claim third place

first_img1 England captain Steph Houghton celebrates as England claim bronze at the 2015 Women’s World Cup The England Women’s side claimed the biggest win in their history on Saturday night as Fara Williams’ extra-time penalty sealed a 1-0 win over Germany and a third-placed finish in the Women’s World Cup.England had never beaten Germany in 20 previous attempts but Mark Sampson’s side matched their opponents throughout the 90 minutes and, when Tabea Kemme fouled Lianne Sanderson in the area, it was Williams who claimed the glory with just 12 minutes left on the clock.Goalkeeper Karen Bardsley had made two stunning saves to keep the scores level in normal time and the Lionesses claimed a famous victory against the pre-tournament favourites.A bronze medal was the silver lining of a brilliant tournament for the Lionesses, having suffered a devastating semi-final exit at the hands of Japan through an injury-time own goal.England could have gone behind in the first minute were it not for the reactions of Bardsley.Sara Dabritz supplied an inviting cross and Lena Petermann headed low towards the near post but Bardsley did well to get down and turn the ball around the post.England’s hopes of World Cup glory were ended by an own-goal in the semis and they nearly fell victim to another as Jo Potter and Bardsley got in a mix-up while dealing with a high ball, with captain Steph Houghton coming to the rescue with a crucial acrobatic goalline clearance.Germany – who beat Ivory Coast 10-0 in the group stages – had started the better but the Lionesses had a golden opportunity in the 12th minute as Lucy Bronze – the only England player nominated for the tournament’s Golden Ball award – crossed towards Houghton on the edge of the six-yard box but the skipper could not get a solid connection and Nadine Angerer made a routine save.England grew in confidence as the game went on and they impressed out of the half-time blocks, but Bardsley was required to make another impressive save in the 53rd minute – Sasic put the cross into the box and Dabritz met it with a volley but the goalkeeper did well to turn the ball around the post.That chance seemed to spur the two-time world champions into action and they began to dominate possession and looked the more likely to score, with Simone Laudehr seeing a header from a corner saved.But Jill Scott should have handed England the lead with 15 minutes to play when Bronze and Eniola Aluko combined to find her in space in the penalty box, only for the midfielder to delay her shot and allow the Germany defence to close down the chance.With the addition of the pacy Aluko, Sampson’s side finished regulation time by far the stronger and were swarming all over their opponents but they could not find the goal to avoid extra-time.The first half was typically cagey but Houghton was needed to block away Laudehr’s cross and the midfielder then put a free header wide from the resulting corner.The game looked like it would be decided from the spot and so it proved just two minutes into the second half of extra-time as Kemme was penalised for holding back Sanderson in the box.The referee pointed to the spot and, after some falling out between the players, Williams stepped up and slotted the ball coolly low to the keeper’s right.Germany applied late pressure, with Bianca Schmidt missing a gilt-edged header to take the game to penalties, but it was England who held their nerve to make history.last_img read more


first_imgLINDA AND THE REST OF THE SPARTAN CHALLENGERSA LETTERKENNY-based teacher is appealing for help to raise money for Donegal charities after being picked to represent the county in the Dublin marathon.Linda Sweeney, from Meenacross near Dungloe, only ran her first 5k in February.And when Spar ran a competition for a representative from each county to get specialist training, and you, our readers, got right behind her and Linda was picked. She’s certainly getting support from far and wide. From home around Dungloe of course, from Letterkenny where she teaches at Woodlands National School – and from Cranford/Milford where she now lives.Here she tells you about her progress – and hopes you will support her in raising funds for Donegal charities:LINDA WRITES: I am absolutely loving every minute of this challenge and I would like to thank everyone who voted for me because without their support I wouldnt be here!So far it has been an amazing experience. Our trainer is Karl Henry. I am currently following a 16-week training plan to prepare for the Dublin marathon which is 11 weeks on Monday! I have to do 4 runs a week – a recovery run, an interval run, a hill run and a long run. This week I am doing 23 miles in total but this will increase to 39 miles as the weeks go on. I am enjoying the runs but I find the interval training tough. I will be calling on my husband and a few of my friends in Woodlands NS to help me with these and push me.We are getting fantastic help from our nutritionists Paula Mee and Eimear Walsh. They are really supportive and if you have any queries they email you back almost instantly with a wealth of information. I am allergic to wheat, aspartame and MSG and they have taught me so much on how to manage my diet better. This will help me for the rest of my life not only through this challenge. I feel much better and have much more energy.All the Spartans are following individual  food plans. some of us have to lose weight and some have to put on weight and every one of them is doing fantastic and doing their county proud. I have another half stone to lose so I hope to have it off by our next training day in September.As well as receiving expert advice on fitness and nutrition we had the opportunity to meet Olympian runner Catherina McKiernan who gave us tips on how to run to avoid injury. We also met with Caroline Currid a psychologist that worked with the Kenyan Olympians this year. She was absolutely brilliant and coached us how to prepare our mind for the marathon to avoid hitting the wall! All of our pictures and profiles were in Irish Runners Magazine and also in Fit Magazine that comes with the Irish Independent every Thursday.The other Spartans are an amazing group of people and we all get on great. we are like a support group for each other which is great on a day that you dont feel you did your best or a day you are finding it tough because you are tired etc. We are constantly taking a hand at each other about something. They are all great craic and each and every one of them are doing brilliant and I have no doubt that we will all cross the finish line in October. So far we have completed a 5-mile race and a 10km race in Dublin as part of the Dublin Race Series. I ran the 5-mile in 50:31 and the 10k in 60:34. Our next race is on the 25th of August in Phoenix Park and it is a 10mile race. We will then be running a half marathon in September and the full Dublin City Marathon in October 26.2miles!I try to do as many local races as possible but sometimes it is hard to fit them in around my training plan. I did the run in 40k around the Bay and the Waterfall 10k in Cranford recently both of which were great events. I will be doing the semi skimmed Mooathon in Kilmacrennan in September however I have 20miles to run that day so I will have to do an additional 7 either before or after the race!I have to write blogs weekly on the Spartan challenge page. Some people have left some lovely encouraging comments and I have also got some lovely emails. This support and encouragement really keeps me going so it would be great if anyone who gets a chance could leave a comment on my blogs. you can follow my progress and blogs  by logging onto am collecting sponsorship for the marathon. As I am running this marathon for Donegal I wanted to make sure the money stayed in Donegal so i am raising money for MS Ireland Donegal Branch and the North West Cancer Group as i believe these are two worthy charities. I will be putting sponsorship cards in businesses in Dungloe, Cranford and Milford and Tobins in Letterkenny have kindly offered to put collection boxes on each till. If anyone has a business and would be interested in taking a sponsor card or sponsoring me they can contact me I would like to thank everyone who has supported and encouraged me so far as I couldn’t do it without your help. I would also like to thank my husband, family and friends for listening to me as I talk about nothing else at the minute!!!And Donegal Daily of course – for helping me get there in the first place!LIVING THE DREAM: DONEGAL SCHOOL TEACHER’S MARATHON BID was last modified: August 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more