Diego Costa starts for Spain against Holland

first_img After ending the domestic season with Atletico Madrid struggling with an injury, the Brazilian-born forward’s place at the World Cup had been in doubt. However he has done enough to persuade Del Bosque that he is worthy of a place in the starting line-up. Elsewhere Silva has been included at the expense of Barcelona forward Pedro, while Chelsea new-boy Fabregas has also been left out. Holland: Cillesen; Janmaat, De Vrij, Vlar, Martins Indi, Blind, De Guzman, Jong; Sneijder; Van Persie, Robben. CEST For the Dutch, as expected, Robin van Perise is fit to start and will partner Arjen Robben in a dangerous looking forward line. Diego Costa will lead the line for Spain when they get their World Cup defense underway against Holland on Friday night. Upd. at 19:21 Throughout the week the main talking point has been who Vicente del Bosque will choose as his No. 9. Cesc Fabregas has often been used as a ‘false nine’, while David Silva could also have been used in a similar role. Sam Marsden 13/06/2014 The teams: Spain: Casillas; Azpilicueta, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Busquets, Alonso, Xavi; Silva, Iniesta, Costa The experience of David Villa and Fernando Torres were also options for the La Roja boss, but he has decided to opt for Costa.last_img read more


Diego Simeone delighted with Atletico Madrid stars as they accomplish his goals

first_img “To have kept a clean sheet is a positive sign because it means the team has worked well.” “Our first aim was to win the (Spanish) Supercup against Real Madrid and we did that,” Simeone said.  Upd. at 12:49 CET “Our second aim was to reach the last 16 of the Champions League and we have achieved this by finishing top of our group. Sport EN “Without a doubt, it gives me a lot of joy that for a second straight year we have finished top of our group. Diego Simeone is delighted with his Atletico Madrid stars’ performances this season. 10/12/2014 The team lost several key players in the summer, with Chelsea taking back Thibaut Courtois from his loan spell, and buying Diego Costa and and Filipe Luis.  “We have a lot of expectations. It’s clear that all the teams that compete in the Champions League are complicated rivals. “I am very happy with the work done by my players. We faced a big rival like Juve is and we were able to take a point without conceding a goal. “More so, considering our poor start to the competition and the fact that first spot was still at risk.last_img read more


Valencia beat Espanyol despite late strike from Sergio Garcia at Cornella

first_imgValencia exacted revenge on Espanyol for knocking them out of the Copa del Rey with a 2-1 win at Cornella-El Prat on Sunday evening.  Sport EN But at least they can now focus on securing a return to the top four and a seat at Europe’s top table.  All the goals came after the break, with Pablo Piatti opening the scoring, deftly touching home a cross from the lively Jose Gaya.  However, Los Che managed to hold out for the three points which lifted them above Sevilla into the final Champions League spot. This was the third meeting between Valencia and Espanyol this year, with the two sides locking horns in the Copa del Rey round-of-16 in January.  Dani Parejo’s free-kick, which hit the post and then found its way to the net via Pau Lopez, then looked to have settle proceedings, before Sergio Garcia’s late strike set up a tense ending. center_img CET With Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid all clustered together in the draw, Valencia felt they had a real chance in this season’s cup competition, so they were particularly wounded when they were eliminated by Espanyol.  Meanwhile, Espanyol’s run in the Copa has not stopped and they can now begin to prepare for their trip to Bilbao on Wednesday for the first leg of their semi-final tie with Athletic Club. 08/02/2015 Upd. at 20:56 last_img read more


Juan Mata delighted to be returning to Kiev’s Olympic Stadium

first_imgManchester United midfielder Juan Mata is looking forward to returning to Kiev’s Olympic Stadium, the venue where Spain won Euro 2012, with Mata on the score sheet in a 4-0 win against Italy in the final.  EFE After watching videos of the oppostion, the former Chelsea player said Ukraine are a “very complete” side and “dangerous out wide”. He is convinced they will “create a lot of chances.” Mata underlined the sensations that have returned to the players who won the tournament. “The hotel is the same as in the Euros, we have just changed dressing rooms, but the feelings are great. It was a huge day in the history of our country.”  11/10/2015 “I have fantastic memories of Kiev. We achieved an historic treble (Euro 2008, World Cup 2010, Euro 2012) there against Italy. That 4-0 is difficult to forget. Personally, to score the fourth goal is unforgettable. We feel very comfortable at this stadium,” he said in a press confernce on Sunday. center_img CEST Upd. at 21:53 Focusing on the present, Mata talked about the difficulties Ukraine will pose. “It’s going to be a tough test. We are playing in a complicated stadium, but we always go out to play well and to win, regardless of the fact we’ve qualified. “This national team is characterised by always going out to win and for being super professional. I don’t know if [Vicente del Bosque] will make changes, but he have all come prepared to play, to give a good image of ourselves and to try to beat Ukraine.” last_img read more


Cristiano Ronaldo tells Perez he didn’t say he may leave

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo was questioned by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez about saying he might leave the club. “I didn’t say this, I said something different,” Ronaldo told Perez. CET Sport EN Upd. at 23:09 The Los Blancos chief was lying in wait for the players as they got off the coach ahead of their Champions League encounter at the Santago Bernabeu on Tuesday night. Ronaldo denied he had said what was printed, as the president gave him a slap on the cheek. He greeted them individually, but as Cristiano went past he stopped him to ask about the interview with Kicker in which he said he may go. Watch the video here: When asked if he could imagine leaving Ronaldo had replied, per Kicker: “Why not? I’m a Real Madrid player at the moment, but you can never know. You’ve got to do what makes you happy. Nobody knows what will happen tomorrow.” 03/11/2015last_img read more


Marc Bartra could make his debut as a starter for Real Betis

first_imgMarc Bartra could make his debut for Quique Setien’s Real Betis, who have lost their last two games 5-0 against Barcelona and 3-2 against Celta Vigo. They face Villarreal, who are looking for their sixth win in seven games. Stadium: Benito Villamarín. Probably line ups: Alba López Marc Bartra puede debutar como titular con el Betis RELATED STORIES 02/02/2018 Real Betis: Adán; Barragán, Bartra, Feddal, Durmisi; Javi García, Fabián; Tello, Boudebouz, Guardado; Sergio León. Upd. on 03/02/2018 at 11:59 CET Villarreal: Asenjo, Mario, Álvaro, Víctor Ruiz, Jaume Costa; Castillejo, Rodri, Trigueros, Fornals; Bacca, Enes Ünal. IN SPORT.ES Referee: Alberola Rojas (Castilla y la Mancha). Former Madrid goalkeeper Adan’s tremendous praise for Messilast_img read more


Usain Bolt leaves Australian side Central Coast Mariners

first_img CET 02/11/2018 The Martiners were the fourth team Bolt had trained with, following brief stints with Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Sundowns (South Africa) and Stromsgodset (Norway). World and Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt has left Austrilian side Central Coast Mariners “immediately” after his trial came to an end.  IN SPORT.ES The Mariners, who play in the Australian top flight, and Ricky Simms, Bolt’s agents, were in talks with a third party to exctend the deal but could not find a commercial solution.  efe Bolt said: “I would like to thank the Central Coast Mariners owners, management, staff, players and fans for making me feel so welcome during my time there. I wish the club success for the season ahead.” “Despite several promising potential partners, both Bolt & the Central Coast Mariners have amicably concluded that they will not be able to settle on a suitable deal in a timely manner,” said a statement from the club.  Usain Bolt deja los Mariners Upd. at 13:03 last_img read more


Speed king finally gets a score : Usain Bolt scores first pro goal

first_imgAdvertisement ijiNBA Finals | Brooklyn VshfquWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eewjjq( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 80leWould you ever consider trying this?😱pd5Can your students do this? 🌚84p3Roller skating! Powered by Firework Friday evening witnesses Usain Bolt – The World’s fastest man , enter the footballing fray fittingly with two goals for Australian outfit Central Coast Mariners. This is his first appearance on the scoresheet in professional football. The Jamaican eight-time Olympic champion scored the Mariners’ third and fourth goals in a 4-0 win over Macarthur South West and celebrated with his trademark lightning bolt pose.Advertisement Currently , Bolt is on an “indefinite training period” with Australian first division side Central Coast Mariners. His time to prove himself on the football pitch is running out , given his age of 32, but the 100m and 200m sprint world record holder displayed immense determination to achieve yet another one of his dreams.Advertisement Afterwards Bolt, 32, said “dreams become reality through hard work”.“My first start and scoring two goals, it’s a good feeling,” he added.“I’m happy I could come here and show the world I’m improving. I’m keen to be a Mariner, to play my best and get into the team.”Usain Bolt had trained in Norway with Stormgodset and in Germany with Borussia Dortmund prior to arriving in Australia and his “dream” of becoming a professional footballer could finally become a sweet reality.The Australian A-League season begins on 19 October and the Mariners are yet to confirm whether Bolt will be offered a contract. Advertisementlast_img read more


Former India quick Munaf Patel calls it a day

first_imgAdvertisement 6cbcNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsav0sWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebvov88( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) s59Would you ever consider trying this?😱w9gjjmCan your students do this? 🌚61dtwRoller skating! Powered by Firework 2011 World Cup winning senior Indian pacer Munaf Patel announced his retirement from all forms of the game on Friday. Munaf Patel said that he had no motivation left in him and wanted to give a chance to the younsters.Advertisement Fromer Indian quick bowler Munaf Patel.“There is no regret; after all the cricketers I played with have retired. Only Dhoni is left! Baki sab done ho chuke hain. So, there is no sadness as such. Sabka time khatam ho chuka hain, ghum hota jab saare khel rahe hote aur mein retire kar raha hota (everyone’s time is up; there will be sadness only if others are playing and only I had quit!),” Munaf told in an interview.“Mera mann aaj bhi nahi maan raha hai ke cricket chhodoon as I don’t know anything else. Cricket hi samaj mein aata hain. (I still can’t believe I am quitting cricket as I don’t know anything else. I understand only cricket,” Munaf said.Advertisement The 35-year-old Munaf Patel said that winning the 50-over World Cup for India in 2011 was the most valuable earning for him. “There is no special reason, age ho chuka hai, fitness is not the same. Youngsters are there waiting for chances and it doesn’t look nice if I keep hanging on. The main thing is there is no motivation left. I was part of World Cup winning team in 2011; there can’t be a greater high than that.”Advertisement Born in Ikhar in Gujarat, Munaf represented Mumbai, Maharashtra, Baroda and Gujarat in domestic cricket. In IPL, he has played for Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat Lions.“If it wasn’t for cricket, I would have been a worker, a labourer, in some company in Africa. Most Gujaratis from this region go there. Probably, I would have been cleaning and arranging tiles. I never thought I would go on playing cricket for so long,” Munaf said.Munaf last played for India in a T20 international against England in Setpember, 2011. Overall, he represented India in 13 Tests, 70 ODIs and 3 T20Is since making his debut at Mohali on March 9, 2006. .In 13 Tests Munaf took 35 wickets at an average of 38.54 with one four-wicket haul while in 70 ODIs he picked up 86 wickets at 30.26. He also picked up 4 wickets in the shortest format.Munaf will be playing in the upcoming T10 league in Dubai, and says that he would like to remain with the game as a coach. Advertisementlast_img read more


Indian football roundup (02/12/2018): ATK sink Chennaiyin, NEROCA outwit Shillong Lajong

first_imgAdvertisement ganoNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsr98Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Erduua( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) gWould you ever consider trying this?😱j6tlCan your students do this? 🌚7u7nRoller skating! Powered by Firework ATK ended their goalscoring drought by edging out Chennaiyin 3-2 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai in the Hero Indian Super League on Sunday. The win takes them to the fifth position with 15 points from 10 matches. Chennaiyin FC, on the other hand, remain on the eighth position with 5 points from twice as many games.Advertisement Jayesh Rane scored the all-important first goal of the match.Jayesh Rane broke the deadlock for the visitors through a thunderous screamer at the 10th minute which left the rival goalkeeper Sanjiban Ghosh flabbergasted. Thoi Singh did pull one back for his side at the 24th minute, but ATK regained the lead at the stroke of half-time after Manuel Lanzarote converted from the spot.The Spaniard further increased the lead at the 80th minute through another penalty. Isaac Vanmalsawam did reduce the deficit at the 88th minute, but it turned out to be a mere consolation as the full-time score read 3-2.Advertisement In the earlier game of the day in the I-League, NEROCA outwitted Shillong Lajong 2-1 at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Shillong. Felix Chidi drew first blood for the visitors after connecting a brilliant cross from Malemnganba Meetei at the 33rd minute.Phirangki Buam leveled things up for Shillong Lajong after being fed a brilliant through ball from Naorem Mahesh Singh as the game resumed from half-time. NEROCA pressed hard for the winner and were finally granted one at the 88th minute after Subhash Singh connected Felix Chidi’s cross.Advertisement The final scoreline read 2-1 in the favor of the visitors who walked away with all the three points. This win takes NEROCA to the fifth position with eight points from six games. Advertisementlast_img read more