World Cup 2018: Knew God would help us, says Messi as Argentina advance

first_imgLionel Messi, who scored Argentina’s first goal in their 2-1 victory over Nigeria, said his side were always confident of victory.Messi scored his first goal of the tournament in the 14th minute with an expertly taken shot. However, Nigeria were level six minutes after the restart, when Javier Mascherano fouled Leon Balogun in the area and Victor Moses stepped up to slot the resulting penalty past Franco Armani.With the game ebbing away from Argentina, Gabriel Mercado crossed from the right in the 86th minute and Rojo turned the ball into the goal with a first time strike to spark wild celebrations from the Argentines.MATCH HIGHLIGHTS | REPORTThere was relief on every Argentine face at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium when the final whistle was sounded. Diego Maradona, who cheered from the stands, led the celebrations as the two-time world champions brought out their A game in their match in Group D.Messi, who looked off-colour against Iceland and Croatia, said his men were confident God was on their side.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE “We already knew we were going to win, we were confident that God would help us, that all would turn out well,” Messi said. “But we didn’t expect the complication of the draw, of suffering so much. What’s important is that we went through.”WORLD CUP 2018 – FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEArgentina face France in the last 16 after finishing second in the group, while Croatia take on Group C runners-up Denmark. Nigeria and Iceland are out after finishing third and fourth, respectively.advertisement(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

World Cup 2018 final: France vs Croatia Live Streaming When and where to watch in India

first_imgFIFA World Cup 2018 Final Live Streaming: After a month and 63 games, the World Cup 2018 final is upon us. France will take on Croatia in the final of the tournament on Sunday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.France are eyeing their second title while this is the first World Cup final for Croatia, whose previous best finish was third in 1998.Croatia, who came out with scathing replies after defeating England in the semi-final, might look for a 1998 revenge on Sunday.In the semi-final of 1998 World Cup, Croatia’s golden generation were up against France and two second half strikes by right-back Liliam Thuram propelled France to the final, one that they went on to win.World Cup 2018 Final: Resilient Croatia chase history vs talented FranceThis time, however, Zlatko Dalic-coached Croatia have a squad capable of going all the way. Just like the Davor Suker-captained batch of 1998, this Croatian side, has a similar never-say-die attitude, coupled with talent from the best clubs all over Europe.WORLD CUP 2018 FINAL, FRANCE vs CROATIA: LIVE UPDATESHowever, France have, at least on paper, a squad loaded with talent and more depth. In Didier Deschamps, they have a coach who has previous experience of winning the World Cup as a player.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEDeschamps, who captained the 1998 French side, has a chance to achieve the rare distinction of becoming only the third man, in history — after Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and German legend Franz Beckenbauer — to win the World Cup both as a player and a head coach.advertisementWhat time is France vs Croatia?The World Cup 2018 final starts at 8.30PM IST at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Where to watch on TV World Cup 2018 France vs Croatia final match live in India?Sony Ten 2, Sony Ten 2 HD, Sony Ten 3, Sony Ten 3 HD, Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD. Live streaming will be available on sonyliv.comAlso read – France vs Croatia, World Cup 2018 final prediction: Buyan the bear has a winnerWhere will the World Cup 2018 final match between France vs Croatia be played?The World Cup 2018 final match between France and Croatia will be played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Where can I check the online live updates of the World Cup 2018 final match between France vs Croatia?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between France vs Croatia from our live blog on indiatoday.in.Also read – World Cup 2018: France’s road to the finalHow to watch the World Cup 2018 final match between France vs Croatia on Airtel TV and JioTV Apps?You have to download the applications and sign in and you can watch the matches for free.Also read – World Cup 2018: Croatia’s road to the finalWhat are the probable starting line-ups for the World Cup 2018 final match between France vs Croatia?France: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez; Pogba, Kante; Mbappe, Griezmann, Matuidi; GiroudCroatia: Subasic; Vrsajlko, Lovren, Vida, Strinic; Modric, Brozovic, Rakitic; Perisic, Mandzukic, Rebiclast_img read more

Kuldeep Yadav needs more discipline to succeed in Tests, feels Alec Stewart

first_imgWrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav has intrigued the English batsmen on the ongoing tour of England. With his sensational performance in the Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and the first One-Day International (ODI), England resorted to practicing his spin at the nets through the Merlyn machine.However, Joe Root showed how its done in the second and third ODI against India to pave way for other English batsmen to follow suit and negate the Kuldeep threat. Also former skipper Alec Stewart feels Test matches will be a completely different ball game for the youngster.After his six-wicket hall in the first ODI in Nottingham, Kuldeep had expressed desire to play in the five-match Test series and he was later rewarded with the Test call-up.However, Stewart expressed that if Kuldeep manages to pip regular Ravichandran Ashwin in the playing XI, he will have his work cut out in the longest format of the game.Also read – India vs England: Harbhajan Singh backs Kuldeep ahead of Ashwin for Tests”I am a massive fan of Ashwin and he is an impressive performer. Jadeja has had some good success against England as well. But if someone has got mystery, you might want to play him,” Stewart told PTI in an interview.”Virat, as a captain, is very positive and will back an attacking bowler. He will possibly believe that Kuldeep has more to offer than Ashwin or Jadeja, and then that’s the route Virat will take. And then the wrist spinner has to perform, and replicate with the red ball what he has done with the white ball. We won’t know until he is given a go.”advertisementHowever, Stewart feels that Joe Root’s successful decoding of Kuldeep during ODIs will have a bearing on the Test series.Also read -India vs England: We can nullify Kuldeep by denying early wickets, says Wood”A mystery spinner creates doubts if you haven’t faced much of him, and it makes for great cricket when the batsmen are trying to figure out from 18-22 yards, which way it will go. But England, especially Joe Root, started to work out Kuldeep since Lord’s and the question is how Kuldeep is going to bowl in Test cricket,” Alec Stewart said.Stewart then explained what are the practical difficulties that Kuldeep might face in Test cricket.”All of a sudden, he won’t have four men at the boundary. He will have four men around the bat, and the batsmen don’t have to try and score with a positive intent. Can he bowl enough good balls and ask questions of the batsmen as he had done in white-ball cricket?Also read – Kuldeep Yadav’s spell best I have seen for a while in ODIs: Virat Kohli”In ODIs and T20Is, you can get away with bad balls with batsmen getting caught off full tosses (Eoin Morgan) or sweep slogging caught at deep midwicket (Jason Roy). Would Kuldeep have those fields in a Test? Would batsmen play those types of shots? No, instead, it will be a game of cat and mouse and it remains to be seen if Kuldeep can make those adjustments for Test cricket in England,” Stewart said.There has been a heatwave in UK but if it gets cooler and the ball swings, Alec Stewart is confident that James Anderson and Stuart Broad will kill the game.”The weather has been predictable, in that it is hot and expected to stay hot. It is why Test cricket is such a beautiful game because we are going into the unknown. Will the ball swing, at all? If it swings, then Anderson and Broad are still as good as they have ever been in the game.Also read -Kuldeep Yadav creates ODI history with figures of 6 for 25 vs England”They will be looking to take wickets, and for England, the new ball will be key. If they can take early wickets and expose the Indian middle order while the ball is still swinging, then England will quickly kill the game. Can England make those early inroads to get in at Virat or anybody else in the middle order while that new ball is still doing something?” questioned Stewart.”If India can see off those two world-class swing bowlers, then batting will get easier for the middle order as well. That’s the beauty of Test cricket because the game is allowed to evolve over a period of time while the challenge is always there.”Alec Stewart however feels that Indian pace attack comprising Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami can also pose threat.advertisement”At the same time, India’s pace attack is a massive threat as well. I think they are two evenly matched teams. In the past, India haven’t always travelled well and the last time (2014), I wasn’t even sure they wanted to be here.”But under Virat’s captaincy, you can see the team replicating his characteristics and personality. They are not only a team of fighters, but of quality as well. They have covered all bases nicely and I think it will be closely fought Test series,” Stewart concluded.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Abhishek Bachchan was asked how he could afford a vacation. His response is savage

first_imgWhile many celebrities prefer to shun sadistic trolls, Abhishek Bachchan knows how to put the haters in their place. Over the years, Junior B has lashed out at anyone who has tried to make unsavoury comments about him, his wife Aishwarya and daughter Aaradhya.Yesterday, Abhishek slammed a false news report for suggesting that he and Aishwarya had fought on their return from Paris. In response to his tweet, a Twitter user asked, “Not worked for last 3 years but has money for vacation ! How ?” Abhishek replied, “Because, sir, I have several other businesses that I run apart from acting and producing movies. Sports being just one of them.” Abhishek is the owner of Pro Kabaddi League team Jaipur Pink Panthers and a co-owner of Indian Super League football team Chennaiyin FC.In another incident, Abhishek responded to a person, who wondered why director Anurag Kashyap had cast him in his next film after having worked with Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Manoj Bajpayee and others.”Yay, he called me a film star!!!” Abhishek replied. When the person said what he had ‘meant’ to say was that Abhishek was the ‘son of a movie star,’ Abhishek answered, “Oh You ‘meant’ Chalo, I’ll consider it a Freudian slip.”In 2015, Abhishek lashed out at a Twitter user who brought in Aaradhya, while talking about the actor’s career. Abhishek said, “Don’t like my movies? That’s cool. Will work harder to make movies you like. Bringing my daughter into it is NOT cool,” he had written.On the work front, Abhishek will be seen in Manmarziyan, which will release in September.advertisementALSO SEE: It’s a family reunion for Abhishek, Aishwarya and Aaradhya in London PHOTOS | Aishwarya and Aaradhya celebrate France’s World Cup 2018 win in ParisPHOTOS | Aishwarya and Aaradhya are setting Paris on fireALSO WATCH | Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on daughter Aaradhya, Cannes 2018 and morelast_img read more

Sneha, Jeremy to represent India in Youth Olympic Games weightlifting

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 8 (PTI) Sneha Soren and Jeremy Lalrinnunga were today picked to represent the Indian weightlifting team in the 3rd Youth Olympic Games, scheduled to be held in Buenos Aires from October 6-13. In the Argentine capital, Lalrinnunga will compete in the 62kg youth boys category, while Soren will participate in 48kg youth girls. In the trials, Lalrinnunga lifted a total of 273 kg and created two youth and junior national records in snatch (126kg), while equalling the snatch record in the senior section. Soren lifted 154kg (67 + 87) while creating a youth national snatch record and equalling the national record of 154 in total. In April, Lalrinnunga (56 kg) had broken two national records to win a silver and a bronze medal at the Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championship at Urgench, Uzbekistan. The trials were conducted at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) campus in Patiala. In the Asian meet, Lalrinnunga had registered his best total of 250 kg to win the silver in youth section and a bronze medal in the junior section. PTI AH AHlast_img read more

Trent Bridge Test victory could not have come at a better time: Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia were under serious pressure when they reached Nottingham for the third Test against England. Despite Virat Kohli heroics and some spirited performances by the pacers, India had gone down at Edgbaston and Lord’s.Barring Kohli, India’s batsmen looked incapable of competing against James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran. At Lord’s, Joe Root did not even call on Adil Rashid to bowl. Former cricketers from India and England questioned the Indian team’s attitude. Why were the players not practicing enough?They had played just one warm-up match before the Test series and it was days before India practiced again for the third Test. What was going on?Kohli’s captaincy was under the scanner too. He had taken pride in the team’s performance and he wanted his side to be world beaters. Yet, after the highs of those victories over South Africa, New Zealand, England and Australia at home, India had started their series of away Tests on a disappointing note.Murali Vijay dropped, Prithvi Shaw in India squad for final 2 Tests vs EnglandIndia failed in the Test series against South Africa. In Cape Town, they failed to chase down a modest total. In Centurion, India failed in conditions that were as close to their own as they would ever find in South Africa. A consolation victory at Johannesburg meant little but the Indian team seemed to believe it could take a lot from that win.EXCLUSIVE – Virat Kohli looks like he is batting on a different pitch: Harbhajan SinghadvertisementAnd then disaster struck at Edgbaston and Lord’s.Questions were asked: Is Kohli a good enough leader? Is Ravi Shastri doing enough as coach? Were the players insecure? Constant changes were bound to create a sense of fear. But Kohli was determined. Nobody was insecure and Shastri, the coach spurred his players on at a pre-match press conference – there’s not a negative bone in the side, he said.Read – India complete historic Test triumph in England: Recapping all seven victoriesAnd before you knew it, the Trent Bridge Test had started. And India were asked to bat. And they showed intent.Kohli’s India can be the best travelling side in the world: Ravi ShastriThe openers fought. Virat Kohli scored 200 runs. Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara found form. The bowlers delivered as usual – Hardik Pandya’s five-wicket haul was possibly the icing on the cake. Besides, debutant wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, with seven catches, showed he belonged to the biggest stage. India registered their 7th Test victory in England (AP Photo)A few days later, India had secured only their seventh Test victory in England. The players had rallied to their captain’s call of now or never. The series was well and truly alive.Also Read – Virat Kohli breaks Sourav Ganguly’s record as Test captainShortly after sealing victory, Kohli said the victory could not have come at a better time.Kohli was named man-of-the-match for his 97 and 103 but he could not stop praising his bowlers. Jasprit Bumrah, Pandya, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami deserved all the rich praise that came their way from the captain and coach.”The bowling group was eager to take 20 wickets again. It was just a question of what we could do as batsmen to provide them with that cushion of going hard at the opposition and that’s exactly what we did in this game.”When both skills come together with slip catching, you win Test matches and I’m really happy to see everyone taking the responsibility at the right time. Couldn’t have come at a better time for us,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Virat Kohli dedicates historic Test triumph to Kerala flood victimsKohli was convinced there was nothing wrong with his team. Before Trent Bridge, India had lost four out of five overseas Tests this year. But the team believed it was outplayed only at Lord’s where they went down by an innings and 159 runs.Anushka Sharma keeps me motivated, I dedicate my innings to her: Virat KohliThe bowlers were doing their job – the batsmen had to step up and support Kohli, who is now the leading scorer in Test cricket this year.”We only spoke about the fact that we were outplayed in only one Test out of the last five overseas, which was at Lord’s and there was no need for us to change anything because Birmingham was close.”As a batting group, we spoke about how the bowlers are doing so well and if we just stepped up as batsmen we will definitely be on top and that’s exactly what we did.”advertisement Cheteshwar Pujara (right) returned to form in the Trent Bridge Test (Photo)India will now travel to Southampton for the fourth Test with the belief they can draw level and even win the series in September.last_img read more

Asian Games 2018: PV Sindhu to battle for badminton gold vs world No.1 Tai Tzu

first_imgPV Sindhu reached her maiden Asian Games final as she beat world No.2 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 in 66 minutes in the women’s singles semi-final in Jakarta on Monday.With the win, Sindhu became India’s first-ever silver-medallist at the multi-sport event. Earlier in the day, Saina Nehwal settled for a bronze after a 17-21, 18-21 loss to world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan in her women’s singles semi-final.In the 1982 Asian Games, Syed Modi had bagged a bronze medal in the men’s singles event.Unlike Saina, Sindhu looked in complete control of the game today and her net strokes and smashing were absolutely on point. Contrarily, Akane Yamaguchi’s movement was not at her best. She even had strapping on her arms.Milestone achieved!@Pvsindhu1 becomes the first woman to secure a at the Asiad. A confident and boisterous display to seal the SF tie 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 against ‘ s Yamaguchi in a thriller of a fixture. #GoForGold #IndiaontheRise #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/rVFjJT7NMiBAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 2018Before this match, Sindhu has also defeated Yamaguchi during the Team event at Asian Games 2018 when India took on Japan. Sindhu had also reached the final of Badminton World Championships 2018 with a semi-final win over Yamaguchi.Also read – Saina Nehwal settles for bronze after losing semi-finalSindhu started off the match extremely confidently taking the attack at Yamaguchi due to which the diminutive Japanese struggled to get her rhythm going.Throughout the first game, Sindhu made the best of her height and played some exquisite net strokes and smashed at every opportunity presented to peg Yamaguchi back.advertisementDespite a late fightback from Yamaguchi, Sindhu kept her calm and stuck to her game plan to take the first game 21-17 in 22 minutes.The second game began pretty much the same and even though the two stayed equal at 5-5, Yamaguchi’s shoulder kept drooping with every error she made. Yamaguchi was very uncharacteristic in her errors today, throwing the shuttles out and not being able to reach for strokes completely.However, the Japanese did not give up and kept at it to snatch Sindhu’s 10-6 lead to make it 10-10. With five points on the trot, Yamaguchi went into the break with a slender 11-10 lead.Yamaguchi produced inspiring badminton after the break, going for every single shuttle that was thrown at her by Sindhu to take the game 21-15.In the decider, Sindhu switched her body language back to her attacking self and that yielded results. Sindhu got back to smashing and placing, stretching Yamaguchi all over the court.Sindhu went into the break with an 11-7 lead and never let up even after that.Sindhu completely attacked Yamaguchi making her fall all over the court and romped off to the massive victory.last_img read more

Exclusive: Neeraj Chopra says Diamond League was his biggest experience in 2018

first_imgNeeraj Chopra was India’s flagbearer at Asian Games 2018 opening ceremony. He won gold in javelin throw with a national record. He is just 20 years old.Ahead of the Asian Games, Neeraj Chopra was one of India’s biggest gold medal prospects and he did not disappoint in Jakarta, Indonesia. With a personal best throw of 88.06m, Chopra steered clear of the competition by a massive margin of at least five metres.He became India’s first ever javelin gold medallist at Asian Games and brought India’s first Games medal in the sport since 1982, where India bagged bronze.”I am very proud of my Asian Games achievement as along with the gold, I also set a national record,” Chopra told IndiaToday.in in an exclusive chat.Also read – Neeraj Chopra wins India’s first javelin gold medal in Asian Games historyChopra has been in fine form coming into the 18th edition of the Asiad. In 2018, Neeraj has won three gold medals for India, including one at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. Sotteville Athletics Meet and the Savo Games are the other two competitions, where he bagged the top prize.Ahead of the Commonwealth Games, Neeraj had participated in the IAAF Diamond League in Doha where he had thrown his then personal best distance of 87.43 metres to finish fourth.”For me the biggest experience this year has been the Diamond League because other big champions also play and Olympics will see the same competitors and that makes a lot of difference. I will try to play in the Diamond League next year as well and hopefully win a medal, which will put me in good stead for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” Chopra told.advertisementWelcome home champion #NeerajChopra CWG 2018 @GC2018 & #AsianGames2018 Gold Medallist in Javelin Throw arrived this morning #Delhi after long time.#PrideofIndia #EnergyofAsia @Neeraj_chopra1 @nitinarya99 @BhimChopra2 pic.twitter.com/8xEFdTh095Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) September 11, 2018Also read – Passion is very important, says Neeraj Chopra after Asian Games 2018 goldWithin hours of winning the gold medal at Asian Games, Neeraj flew out to Zurich for the prestigious Diamond League Finals, where he missed the bronze medal by a whisker after throwing the best distance of 85.73m.Chopra was in for the bronze medal finish till the final throw, where the reigning Olympic champion Thomas Rohler of Germany came up with a 85.76m effort in his last attempt to pip the Indian by a mere 0.03 meters.Chopra felt that he could have done better if he had more time in his hands after throwing a massive 88.06m in Jakarta.”I could have done better [in Diamond League] with more time. It was my first experience of such competitions but still, I threw 85+ which is also fine. May be in the coming year, I will reap its benefits and will do better.”Post the Asian Games and Diamond League euphoria, Neeraj Chopra went to the IAAF Continental Cup, where four teams from Europe, Africa, America and Asia-Pacific compete and the top two athletes in the season’s rankings from each of the four regions take part.Neeraj could not emulate his success throughout the season in Czech Republic as he finished a disappointing sixth with a best throw of 80.24m. Neeraj easily delivered an 85+ throw in his last attempt but just about landed outside the area for a foul throw, which meant the throw did not count.It was a disappointing end to a season where Neeraj has consistently throw above 85 metres and emerged as a real medal contender for India.”Everything was going well but it happened with me for the first time that a very good throw of 85+ went for a foul but I made a mistake and it will take it forward and learn from this.”Also read – Neeraj Chopra’s personal best could have won him an Olympic gold in 2012Neeraj, however, is looking forward and is aiming to work even harder for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics now. He aims to better himself and be in contention for a medal in two years’ time.”If you look at the world rankings, I’m currently at the sixth place. I have been working hard and if I perform similarly well at the Olympics, I can get a medal and might go for a gold as well, if luck also favours.”Neeraj is one of the many athletes who is associated with Gatorade and he spoke about how the drink helps him perform better on the field.”If we feel dehydrated, Gatorade really comes to our aid at that time. Along with water, Gatorade contains energy-imparting elements as well, which is very important for us.”advertisementlast_img read more

Petta poster out: Rajinikanth and Simran rock the new look

first_imgAfter the success of Pa Ranjith’s Kaala, Rajinikanth will have his second release this November. His upcoming film 2.0 with director Shankar is slated to release on November 29.Even before 2.0’s grand release, Superstar has already completed the shooting of his next film Petta. Sun Pictures, the makers of Petta, has released a new poster which confirms that the film will release on Pongal 2019.In the new poster, Rajinikanth and Simran look gorgeous as a couple. It looks like Thalaivar will have multiple looks in director Karthik Subbaraj’s Petta.Here’s the poster:#PettaPongalParaak@rajinikanth @karthiksubbaraj @SimranbaggaOffc @anirudhofficial @VijaySethuOffl @Nawazuddin_S @SasikumarDir @trishtrashers pic.twitter.com/rPxBgZNqKiSun Pictures (@sunpictures) November 14, 2018Earlier, the makers had released two posters which had Rajinikanth in different looks. While the first look of Petta had the Kaala star in a stylish avatar, the second poster had him sporting a handlebar moustache.In the third look, which was released today morning, Rajinikanth is sporting a wig and seems to be having fun with his co-star Simran.The film also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vijay Sethupathi, Sasikumar, Trisha and Malavika Mohanan in prominent roles.Sources close to the unit revealed Trisha will play a pivotal role in the flashback portions of the film. Also, her character will have a girl-next-door image in the commercial entertainer.Petta might face a box office clash with Ajith’s Viswasam as the film is scheduled to hit the screens on Pongal 2019.ALSO SEE | Trisha on Petta: I am a Rajinikanth fan first and only then his co-staradvertisementALSO WATCH | Rajinikanth vs Akshay Kumar: 2.0 trailer is finally outlast_img read more

ISL: Kerala Blasters FC stay winless at home as FC Pune City earn full points

first_imgKerala Blasters FC’s winless streak at home continued with a 1-0 defeat against FC Pune City at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Friday.Kerala have been winless at home this season and have not picked up full points since their opening round win against ATK.Fans have been hoping there would be a turnaround but instead it were Pune City who registered only their second win of the campaign.The only goal of the match came in the 20th minute from Marcelinho. The win takes Pune to eighth spot and are now only a point off Kerala who remain a spot above. Blasters are winless in 10 games now.After a nervy start, the match sprang to life in the seventh minute when Robin Singh placed the ball on a platter for Marcelinho off Nim Dorjee Tamang’s forward pass.With Anas Edathodika dragged out of position, the Brazilian forward charged into space and had just the goalkeeper to beat from inside the box. Dheeraj Singh closed down the angle and pulled off a terrific reflex save to deny Pune an early lead.Kerala threatened at the other end a minute later. After a crisp interchange of passes between Sahal Samad and Courage Pekuson on the edge of the box, the latter picked out Slavisa Stojanovic’s run behind the defence with a delightful lob which the striker failed to connect with his outstretched right leg.The visitors opened the scoring in the 20th minute through a deflected effort from Marcelinho. Ashique Kuruniyan cut inside from the left flank and fed the forward with a through-ball into the box.advertisementMarcelinho’s shot took a wicked deflection off Anas’ legs and found the bottom right corner.Kerala saw a lot of the ball for the rest of the half as they battled to find an equaliser. However, Pune’s defence looked unusually solid as they kept the home side at bay.The home side upped the ante after the restart and restricted the visitors to efforts from outside the box. One such shot by Marko Stankovic, however, flew inches wide of the post in the 59th minute.The ever-present Sahal went close from Zakeer’s corner-kick a few minutes later. The delivery was headed just wide at the near post by the Kerala-born youngster.Kerala had made a habit of getting equalisers late in the game but this time, it was not to be as Kamaljit Singh came up with a splendid save off a Jhingan header, while Vineeth hit the post to cap off a frustrating night for David James’ side.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Karim Benzema and Jesus Vallejo add to Real Madrid injury problems

first_imgReal Madrid were dealt a double injury blow after scans revealed striker Karim Benzema has fractured a finger, while defender Jesus Vallejo suffered a hamstring injury in training on Monday.Striker Benzema sustained the problem in Sunday’s 2-1 La Liga win at Real Betis and was taken off at halftime, with Spanish media reports suggesting he could miss up to three weeks.”He has been diagnosed with a fracture in the phalanx of the fifth finger in the right hand,” said Madrid in a statement. “The player’s situation will continue to be monitored.”Vallejo left the club’s training session on Monday in tears, said Madrid newspaper AS.The 22-year-old centre back has only been able to feature in two matches this season because of a series of physical problems, with this his fourth injury.Benzema and Vallejo join Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos, Thibaut Courtois, Marcos Llorente, Marco Asensio and Mariano Diaz on the sidelines.Madrid, fourth in the league, face Leganes on Wednesday in the Copa del Rey last 16 second leg before hosting Sevilla, third, on Saturday.last_img read more

Wasim Jaffer creates Asian record with double century in Ranji Trophy quarter-final

first_imgWasim Jaffer is aging like fine wine. The India batsman, who is the highest run-getter in the Ranji Trophy history, has been in fine scoring form in the ongoing season of the premier domestic tournament.On Thursday, Wasim Jaffer became the first Indian and the first Asian batsman to score two double centuries after turning 40 in first-class cricket. The 40-year-old slammed a double hundred in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final for Vidarbha against Uttarakhand in Nagpur on Thursday.Jaffer scored 206 runs from 296 balls and stitched a 304-run stand for the second wicket with centurion Sanjay Ramasamy to help Vidarbha take the crucial first-innings lead against Uttarakhand, who had posted 355 in their first innings.Wasim Jaffer 200* – Vidarbha vs Uttarakhand @ Nagpur #RanjiTrophy 2018-19 QFHis ninth 200+ fc score, incl two 300+ scores!314* for Mumbai218 for India A267 for Mumbai212 for India202 for India256 for Mumbai301 for Mumbai286 for Vidarbha200* for Vidarbha#VidvUttMohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 17, 2019Following Jaffer’s departure, wicketkeeper-batsman Akshay Wadkar and Aditya Sarwate joined hands to add to Uttarakhand’s woes. While the former had remained unbeaten on 65, the latter was unbeaten on 26 as Vidarbha reached 486 for 5 at tea, stretching their lead to 131, on Day 3 of the quarter-final.Notably, Jaffer had scored his first double century (286) after turning 40 during the 2017-18 season of Ranji Trophy in a drawn match against Rest of India in Nagpur.Thursday’s 206 was also the ninth time Jaffer had went past the 200-run mark in first-class cricket. He also has two triple centuries against his name at the domestic level.Jaffer, who last played for India in 2008, is nearing a tally of 1000 runs in the ongoing season of Ranji Trophy. The Vidarbha No. 3 has scored 969 runs, including four hundreds and a two half-centuries, at an average of 80.75 from nine matches so far.Jaffer, who has scored more than 10,000 runs in the Ranji Trophy, made the switch from Mumbai to Vidarbha ahead of the 2015-16 season. The veteran opener has been one of the key players for Vidarbha over the years and played a key role in helping them to their first-ever Ranji Trophy title in 2017-18.advertisementAlso Read | Hardik Pandya brings in crucial balance to Team India: Shikhar DhawanAlso Read | India vs Australia: MS Dhoni gives us a lot of confidence, says Shikhar DhawanAlso Read | Dhoni, Shaw and Bencic with Federer shine in #10YearChallengeAlso See:last_img read more

India vs New Zealand: MS Dhoni out injured, Hardik returns after Koffee with Karan row

first_imgHardik Pandya has been included in India’s playing XI for the third one-day international against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui on Monday. Pandya has replaced Vijay Shankar in the side.On the other hand, India will miss the presence of wicket-keeper and former captain MS Dhoni after he sustained a sore hamstring. Dinesh Karthik has replaced him in the playing XI for the third ODI at Bay Oval.Dhoni has overall missed only five ODIs in the last 14 years because of fitness issues.The last time Dhoni missed an ODI due to an injury was six years ago during a tri-series in the West Indies in 2013. Dhoni had missed three matches in that series because of hamstring strain.In 2007, he did not play against Ireland and South Africa due to viral fever.Hardik Pandya, along with KL Rahul, was suspended for sexist remarks on popular TV show, Koffee with Karan. The duo was sent back home from Australia. However, the suspension was lifted last week pending the appointment of an ombudsman.Pandya returns to the playing XI for the first time since an injury he picked up in the Asia Cup in September last year. After gaining full fitness, Pandya joined the team during the Test series in Australia and was expected to play in the ODIs before the Koffee with Karan controversy erupted.INDIA VS NEW ZEALAND 3RD ODI MOUNT MAUNGANUI LIVE SCOREPandya’s presence lends solidity and balance to the side and skipper Virat Kohli has time and again admitted it. The Baroda all-rounder’s replacement Vijay Shankar is a decent cricketer but is yet to possess the X factor that Pandya has. That Shankar was given only two overs in the second ODI is an example that he is still not ready to shoulder extra responsibility.advertisementKoffee With Karan was aired on January 6 and soon after the controversy followed. In the show, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul talked about their relationships, crushes, favourite movies, actors and actresses. While Rahul kept a level head on his shoulders and chose his words very carefully while replying to Karan Johar’s questions throughout the show, it was Hardik Pandya who boasted about hooking up with multiple women and even spoke about how open he is with his parents.”When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Main karke aya hai aaj (I had sex today)’. At a party my parents asked me ‘acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai [who is your interest here?] so I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women)’ and they were like ‘waah proud of you beta’,” Pandya boasted.The 25-year-old also said things like, “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move,” when Karan Johar asked him why he doesn’t ask women for their names in nightclubs.The Baroda all-rounder received a further setback when Gillette terminated its contract him. Pandya was also replaced in the team by Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar for the ongoing ODI series in Australia and India’s limited-overs tour of New Zealand later this month.The two did apologise for their mistake and the case is under probe now.last_img read more

Never like seeing that, says Pat Cummins after flooring Karunaratne with a bouncer

first_imgAustralia’s Pat Cummins breathed a sigh of relief after hearing Dimuth Karunaratne was not in any danger after one of his vicious bouncers struck the Sri Lanka batsman on the back of the neck and left him crumpled in a heap at Manuka Oval on Saturday.The 30-year-old opener slumped onto his back after being struck, prompting a hush to descend on the picturesque ground, which only moments before had been buzzing with horn-blowing, dancing Sri Lankan supporters.The incident brought back painful memories of the fatal blow that struck Australian Phillip Hughes in 2014 and the concern among both sets of players was palpable.Cummins was left to look on anxiously as the Australian side assembled near the pitch to watch the medical team attend to Karunaratne, who was stretchered off the ground and taken to hospital in a neck brace.pic.twitter.com/bxVvpbKBFRMr Gentleman (@183_264) February 2, 2019″It’s never a nice feeling seeing someone go down like that,” Cummins told the host broadcaster after the end of the day’s play. “The good thing was he looked like he was moving his hands and the physio said he seemed all right when he left.”I wish him all the best and hopefully he’s doing all right. You never like seeing that. It’s just one of those things that happens in cricket. Whether its your team mate, another team mate, you just hope they’re OK.”Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha later had good news about the batsman’s condition, saying he had never lost consciousness and that he was in good spirits while he was being assessed at the hospital.advertisementUPDATE: Dimuth Karunaratne has been discharged from Canberra hospital following assessment and all cleared. A further update will be provided on hisplaying status tomorrow prior to play. MORE: https://t.co/Xhc2Xk6vGe pic.twitter.com/wYsMwqv5Kxcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 2, 2019Kurtis Patterson, Australia’s centurion from Saturday, hoped Karunaratne would be back at the batting crease on the third day of the test on Sunday.”All of us were in a little bit of shock but I think everyone’s okay which is good. Hoping he’s okay to bat again tomorrow,” Patterson added.The crowd gave a standing ovation to Karunaratne, who was forced to retire hurt on 46, and continued clapping until he was driven off the field in a buggy.The incident appeared to rattle Sri Lanka, who went from 90 without loss to 120-3.”Not quite sure but we lost couple of wickets so definitely it was bit of a distraction at that moment,” Hathurusingha told reporters. “We were going well at 90 for no wicket and they were batting well.”The tourists trail Australia by 411 runs and must win the match to draw the two-test series after the hosts won the opener at Brisbane.Also Read | 2nd Test: Patterson maiden hundred, Burns 180 put Australia in driver’s seat vs Sri LankaAlso Read | Australia vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test, Day 2 in Canberra: As it happenedlast_img read more

Dutch Grand Prix returns to F1 calendar after 35 years

first_imgThe Dutch Grand Prix will return to the Zandvoort seaside circuit for at least three seasons from 2020 and after a 35-year absence from the calendar, Formula One announced on Tuesday.The race is sure to be well attended with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, 21, boasting a huge following as his country’s most successful driver and Formula One’s youngest ever race winner.Dutch beer giant Heineken will be the title sponsors and the hosting agreement is with a partnership of SportVibes, TIG Sports and Circuit Zandvoort.”From the beginning of our tenure in Formula One, we said we wanted to race in new venues, while also respecting the sport’s historic roots in Europe,” said Formula One chairman Chase Carey in a statement.”Next season therefore, we will have a brand new street race that will be held in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, as well as the return to Zandvoort, after an absence of 35 years.”We’ve seen a resurgence of interest in Formula One in Holland, mainly due to the enthusiastic support for the talented Max Verstappen, as seen from the sea of orange at so many races,” he added.SandSurfSpeed>> https://t.co/qH39l71v6a#DutchGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/43oEzhNevgFormula 1 (@F1) May 14, 2019Verstappen is third overall in the championship after finishing third in Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix, with plenty of supporters in attendance.”It’s just an iconic, historic track,” he said.”I have raced there before with F3 and it was a lot of fun. I compare the track a little bit with Suzuka… It’s a pretty quick track and it’s always good and exciting to have new ones on the calendar.”advertisement”It’s very cool, and with no run off, it’s quite hard to find the limit. On some other tracks it’s a bit easier but that also makes it more exciting.”Next year’s race will be the 31st time the Dutch Grand Prix has been part of the Formula One World Championship, with Zandvoort making its first appearance on the calendar in a 1952 race won by Ferrari’s Alberto Ascari.The late British world champion Jim Clark won there a record four times.The last Dutch Grand Prix was in 1985.”I think a Dutch Grand Prix, with the popularity of Verstappen, is going to be immense. I think that’s positive for Formula One,” Red Bull boss Christian Horner told reporters at the weekend.The race deal is the second, after Vietnam, negotiated by U.S.-based Liberty Media since taking over the sport in 2017 and ousting former commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone.The French Grand Prix at the southern Le Castellet circuit returned in 2018 after a 10-year absence but that deal was done by Ecclestone.last_img read more

Didn’t think I could produce an innings like that: Eoin Morgan after six-laden 148 vs Afghanistan

first_imgEngland captain Eoin Morgan surprised himself after his destructive knock against Afghanistan in the World Cup 2019 match in Manchester on Tuesday.Morgan entertained the fans with a 71-ball 148 which included a world record 17 sixes as England posted 397 for 6 on the board after opting to bat first. England bowlers then responded by restricted Afghanistan to 247 for 8 in 50 overs to win the match by 150 runs, their biggest win in the World Cup in terms of runs since 1975.Hashmatullah Shahidi (76), Asghar Afghan (44) and Rahmat Shah (46) helped Afghanistan to their highest total in the World Cup but they stay rooted to the bottom of the points table, which England now head after their fourth victory.The match itself saw batsmen from both teams hitting 33 sixes in total, a world record in a World Cup game. Morgan was responsible for majority of those big hits and all this despite suffering from a back injury in the last game.”Today was a fantastic day for us, and I managed to have a day out, which was great,. The wicket was good, we bowled well in the first ten overs, our openers batted really. A good day all round.”I didn’t think it was going to be my day. Hobbling around with a bad back, didn’t think I’d produce an innings like that. Makes it a bit more special when i can compete with the youngsters in the side. It was nice,” Morgan said after being adjudged man-of-the-match.”I think I have changed, everybody plays the shots I started my career with, so that they’re not as effective. I’m probably stronger down the ground now than I ever have been,” Morgan said.advertisementAll smiles for @englandcricket who move top of the table after a crushing victory over Afghanistan #WeAreEngland #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/IpmrmKJuH6ICC (@ICC) June 18, 2019Morgan had brought up his century off 57 balls which was the fourth fastest in a World Cup match after Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien (50 balls vs England in 2011), Australia’s Glenn Maxwell (51 balls vs Sri Lanka in 2015) and South Africa’s AB de Villiers (55 balls vs West Indies in 2015).Morgan was superbly assisted by Joe Root in the 189-run partnership for the third wicket during which Root made 88 runs off 82 balls. Before that Root was involved in a 120-run stand for the second wicket with Jonny Bairstow, who scored 90 off 99 balls.148 runs71 balls4 fours17 SIXESThere are no suprises here #EoinMorgan is the Player of the Match for #ENGvAFG. #CWC19 | #WeAreEngland pic.twitter.com/PWep0RpJAyCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 18, 2019As a team, England also bettered their own world record of the most sixes hit in an innings with 25 sixes in total. This was also their highest score in a World Cup match.”The wicket was very good. I thought everything from the way we started – our openers started well. Bairstow and Root were excellent, and then we just took a gamble and it paid off. The next two-three games are pretty crucial. Want to bring that level of intensity in every game we play. Don’t want to slack off,” Morgan said.England will face Sri Lanka in their next match on June 21 in Leeds while Afghanistan will take on India on June 22 in Southampton.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan sixathon helps England crush AfghanistanAlso Read | England vs Afghanistan Highlights, ICC World Cup 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pitch invader knocks off zing bails during England vs Afghanistan matchAlso Read | Most expensive spell in a World Cup: Rashid Khan goes for 110 runs off 9 overslast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli chokes, MS Dhoni calm under pressure

first_imgVirat Kohli had scored 442 runs before India took on New Zealand in the first semi-final of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. By his standards, Kohli had had a middling tournament but the captain had done his bit in a solid campaign.While Rohit Sharma went on a record-breaking spree and became the first man to score 5 hundreds in a single World Cup, Kohli hit 5 successive half-centuries. He said he was not concerned he could not convert them into hundreds because this World Cup, his role was different.Meanwhile, India’s middle-order woes were mostly papered over by Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and to an extent KL Rahul. However, questions were asked of MS Dhoni whose lack of strike rotation left some of the game’s legends puzzled. In a steep chase against England, MS Dhoni’s go-slow approached baffled Sourav Ganguly and Nasser Hussain while Sachin Tendulkar was disappointed with MS Dhoni’s slow-paced knock against Afghanistan.It was accepted. India had relied on Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli for the better part of the last 4 years and in the 2019 World Cup, these 3 would have to play starring roles. Dhawan was ruled out when he suffered a fractured thumb during a magical hundred against Australia.Rohit Sharma readily took responsibilty and created history. On Wednesday, he needed 27 to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record for most runs in a World Cup but he was out for 1 in India’s chase of 240.Kohli chokes under pressureShortly after, Virat Kohli was out, also for 1. The captain had failed again in a high-pressure knockout game. India’s superstar had once again choked in an important ICC match. You might think it’s unfair to criticise a man who will soon break all of Sachin Tendulkar’s ODI record but here’s a fact: in 3 50-over World Cup semi-finals, Virat Kohli has scored only 11 runs.advertisementIn the 2011 World Cup semi-final against Pakistan, when he was still a novice, Kohli fell for 9 to left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz. 4 years later, when Virat Kohli had taken his first steps towards super-stardom, he was out for 1, again to another left-arm pacer Mitchell Johnson.In 2019, Virat Kohli was a legend. 41 ODI hundreds, the owner of several records etc etc. He should have taken the onus. Virat Kohli is a captain who likes to walk the talk.In the 2017 Champions Trophy final, chasing 339, Virat Kohli flopped. He fell to Mohammad Amir for 5.That’s 4 low scores in 4 high-pressure World Cup matches. He was captain in 2 of those.So does Kohli choke under pressure? And what are his problems against left-arm pacers that teams around the world have been exploiting for years?Dhoni keeps India in the huntMeanwhile, MS Dhoni has been criticised for playing out too many dot balls. He has been slammed over his strike rate and experts have raised questions on his intent.But here are some facts again: In the 2011 World Cup, India were under pressure. They were overwhelming favourites against Sri Lanka and the hopes of a nation were on his shoulders. But Dhoni, then captain, walked in at No.5 ahead of the in-form Yuvraj Singh, and hit an unbeaten 91 off 79 balls to win India their 2nd World Cup.In the 2015 World Cup semi-final, MS Dhoni gave India’s total a semblance of respectability with a run-a-ball 65. In 2019, MS Dhoni made 50 and added 106 with Ravindra Jadeja. Again, had it not been for Dhoni and of course Jadeja, India would have suffered a much bigger defeat in the semi-final against New Zealand.In fact, after Ravindra Jadeja fell for a heroic 77, Dhoni kept India in the hunt. Had Dhoni not been run out in the 49th over, with 26 more needed, who know what could have been?Virat Kohli is a modern-day great. He is a match-winner but India should expect a lot more from him in the games that really matter. This was another lost opportunity and MS Dhoni will not be around for the 2023 World Cup. Virat Kohli will be. Here’s hoping he can make amends then.Also Read | India went to World Cup 2019 without ironing out their flaws: Questions Ravi Shastri must answerAlso Read | Bitter pill to swallow: Sachin Tendulkar after India crash out of World Cup 2019Also See:last_img read more

No pressure on Kapil Dev-led panel to select next India coach: CoA member

first_imgCommittee of Administrators (CoA) member Lt General Ravi Thogde has said the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), which has been handed the responsibility of conducting interviews for appointing the head coach of India cricket team, is an independent body and that it will be under no pressure during the selection process.Ravi Thodge’s comments come days after CAC member Anshuman Gaekwad said the 3-member committee will approach the new head coach selection process with an open mind. The CAC is being led by Kapil Dev and it has features Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy.The CAC will interview 6 shortlisted candidates for the role of India cricket team’s head coach likely on August 16. Along with incumbent Ravi Shastri, the 6 candidates are former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, ex-Australia all-rounder and Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody, former West Indies all-rounder and Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons, ex-India team manager Lalchand Rajput, former India fielding coach Robin Singh.Speaking after a CoA meeting in Mumbai on Tuesday, Ravi Thodge said the CAC will follow the process prescribed in the rulebooks of the BCCI.”There is no pressure on anybody (with regard to coach selection). The CAC is an independent body which will select the coach. That is the normal process as per the Constitution,” he said.Notably, India captain Virat Kohli, who has a good equation with Ravi Shastri, said the team would be happy if the former captain continues as the head coach. Notably, Shastri’s contract was extended by 45 days after the World Cup 2019 and he was given a direct entry into the selection process.advertisement”The CAC hasn’t contacted me yet. If they want my opinion, I’ll go and speak to them. With Ravi Bhai, we share a great camaraderie, and will definitely be very happy if he continues. But I haven’t been contacted,” Kohli had said before Team India left to the US for their tour of West Indies.Kapil Dev, who heads the CAC, had said that the committee will respect Virat Kohli’s opinion while Anushman Gaekwad said only the board has to take note of the captain’s views and not the 3-member committee.”We have to go with an open mind. There are interviews to be conducted. Lot of people from India and abroad have applied. We have to go there and assess things,” Gaekwad had said.Nonetheless, former captain Ganguly had said Virat Kohli, as the team’s captain, has the right to voice out his opinion.Despite a lot of hype surrounding the selection process, India are likely to persist with Ravi Shastri as the head coach of the India cricket team as the CAC is reportedly not keen on bringing in a foreiegn coach.Also Read | Ravi Shastri all but through as CAC not keen on foreign coach for Team IndiaAlso Read | Kapil Dev on rumours of Virat Kohli-Rohit Sharma rift: They look fine on the fieldAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s comments on Ravi Shastri will not influence CAC: Anshuman GaekwadAlso See:last_img read more

Superlatives: West Virginia

first_imgUniform Heisman: Shamiel Gary – no pencil-thin wristbands up and down his arms and legs, just a simple gloves plus mid-calf black socks look. Clean. Several people nominated Quinn Sharp but I’m not a huge fan of the tights under the pants. I’m not a huge fan of tights on guys in general. Call me crazy.“God, why?!” moment: When it ended. I want to play this one twice a year.Quote: This one was simple, but awesome.Only time Dana Holgorsen cracked a smile in the postgame was when I asked whether Clint Chelf improved since he left. Answer: Yes. #okstate— Kelly Hines (@KellyHinesTW) November 11, 2012Photo of the game: all three of these were great — Gilbert | Dana | WeedenTweeter of the game: n/a, I couldn’t check Twitter while in the stands. We’ll return to this one next week…Stat of the night: From 2008-2011, three different QBs started games that OSU ended up winning. Three different QBs have started games OSU ended up winning in the last four weeks.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! uspw 6735890 2Photo Attribution: US PresswireWinners: headset manufacturers (WVU needs plenty of new ones), Clint Chelf, kickers and punters, Murphy’s (see here), WVU airline miles, ABC’s budget (how many commercials were there?!), Josh Stewart. Losers: AT&T, RanWild (Wildcat) formation, kick and punt returners, OSU’s sound guy, wind, Best play: The reverse pitch to Josh Stewart for six was fantastic. It’s even better when you imagine the fact that Dana probably installed it when he was here.Worst play: Tavon Austin, my man, you had no shot at getting out of the way of that Quinn Sharp skybomb. I know you tried but Sharp put a spell on it right before he kicked it and it was always going to bounce off you, no matter what you did.Best player: Josh Stewart and Quinn Sharp were both spectacular. Also, this might literally be the only thing they’ll ever have in commong.last_img read more

Conte slams Premier League schedule

first_imgChelsea v Manchester City Conte slams Chelsea v City Saturday slot after Atletico triumph Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 07:27 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antonio Conte Chelsea Getty Images Chelsea v Manchester City Chelsea Atlético Madrid v Chelsea Atlético Madrid UEFA Champions League Manchester City Premier League Antonio Conte The Blues boss thinks his team are “a little bit penalised” by being made to face Manchester City on Saturday Antonio Conte allowed himself little time to dwell upon Chelsea’s stunning win at Atletico Madrid as he attacked the Premier League for allowing this weekend’s showdown with Manchester City to be scheduled on Saturday.Chelsea fell behind to an Antoine Griezmann penalty in the Champions League Group C match at Wanda Metropolitano, before Alvaro Morata’s seventh of the season and a close-range finish from substitute Michy Batshuayi secured a memorable 2-1 triumph .Chelsea 11/1 to beat City & O4.5 goals Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. But Conte’s focus was soon trained back upon his domestic schedule at the post-match news conference, as he noted the workload handed to his defending champions did not tally favourably with early-season leaders City, who beat Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 at home in their own European assignment on Tuesday.”I think in this case we are a little bit penalised — don’t forget, Manchester City played yesterday at home,” he said of Pep Guardiola’s side, who are three points above his own at the summit ahead of their trip to Stamford Bridge.”We played tonight, away. For sure, we will return to London at around 4am. To have only one day to prepare for this type of game is not right.Alvaro Morata Chelsea“Honestly, I’m very surprised to see that we have to play on Saturday, not on Sunday. I don’t understand why.”But we want to be ready and we have to face this game.”Chelsea were on top for long spells against Atletico — beaten finalists in this competition in 2014 and 2016 — and the manner of their performance pleased Conte.What a win! We stuck together! Brothers  #CFC pic.twitter.com/B4k0NLR2HO — Victor Moses (@VictorMoses) September 27, 2017 “If you win just defending and counter-attacking you don’t get the right satisfaction,” he said.”Instead, to come here and show we are ready to play, and that we want to understand where we are, that’s very important.”As you know very well, it’s very difficult when Atletico Madrid score to come back. But, despite this, we deserved to win.”Conte added: “I always repeat to my players that it doesn’t change whether you play at home or away. You have to play with the same personality and desire to play football, and also to try to deserve to win.”There are very strong teams in this competition. Atletico are one of them and we are starting to build something important.”last_img read more