World Cup Martinez happy to see Belgium avoid injuries against physical Panama Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 03:43 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Belgium v Panama Panama Belgium Eden Hazard After Panama picked up five bookings in Monday’s Group G game, the Red Devils coach was glad Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku emerged unscathed Roberto Martinez was relieved after Belgium came through their Group G opener against Panama without key players such as Eden Hazard suffering injuries.Hazard appeared to be singled out by Panama, who had five players booked on their World Cup bow, with the Chelsea star limping during the first half after a series of hefty challenges.Despite being held at the interval Belgium found another gear after the restart, Dries Mertens breaking the deadlock with a wonderful volley before Romelu Lukaku added a quickfire brace to secure a 3-0 success. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Hazard shrugged off his apparent knock by being heavily involved in both Lukaku goals, with Martinez glad the stand-in captain – wearing the armband in the absence of the injured Vincent Kompany – was unscathed.”You can see that the yellow cards were mounting on the opposition during the game but it is a worry that in any of these tackles you could really get hurt,” Martinez told a post-match news conference.”It doesn’t worry me that it’s a way of trying to stop [Hazard]. They are allowed to prepare in the way they can, it’s part of the rules but it is a risk of getting sent off.”My worry is one of those tackles could mean we lose the opportunity to enjoy a player of the quality of Eden Hazard. And that doesn’t just go for Eden, it’s for any player that has the natural ability to get on the ball and take players on. I hope we got lucky in that respect.”Martinez accepted his side – unbeaten in qualifying and the first European nation to book a spot at Russia 2018 – were not at their best during a flat first-half display.But the coach felt Panama deserved praise for their stubborn defensive resistance, although Hernan Dario Gomez’s men notably tired following the break.”Delighted – it’s exactly what we expected. There are no easy games,” Martinez said. “In the first half we started well for 10 to 15 minutes but they defended well with their defensive structure and we became a little frustrated in some situations where we would normally find an extra pass.“We got a little anxious but I was delighted with how we reacted in those moments. You have to defend well and we saw that as a team. For me, that was pleasing at half-time, everyone was committed to keep a clean sheet. In the second half, it was down to finding some composure in front of goal.”That first goal was going to be essential, in some games it is a mental blow for one team and gives you breathing space. From that point we were more ourselves, more in control and kept a very good clean sheet.”We saw Thibaut Courtois make two good saves in one-on-one situations. For me, as a coach, we could not be prouder of our team. Everyone showed they are ready to help.”We didn’t want to win it in the first five minutes, in the World Cup we understand that we need to play for 90 minutes. We need to be very aware in every game that if you don’t score you must be prepared to work hard and to go through periods where the opposition test you.”It was a moment to show maturity, togetherness and composure, we know we have individual talent and they give us the moments we saw, but as a team we need to be able to react in a way that allows you to make a clean sheet.”I don’t want to take credit from Panama, they gave an incredible amount of effort and it was difficult to maintain it for longer than 60 minutes, but they deserve real credit for what they did in the first half. What we did in the second half, playing for 90 minutes, my players deserve huge credit.”
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Chelsea set their price for Bayern Munich target Callum Hudson-Odoiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are demanding big money from Bayern Munich to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi.The Mirror says Chelsea have told Bayern to stump up £40million if they want to sign Hudson-Odoi.The German giants are believed to have had a bid of £20m rejected after being impressed by the 18-year-old.The Stamford Bridge club appear ready to sell the teenager – but not on the cheap.Hudson-Odoi was promised first team opportunities this season but has found playing time limited under Maurizio Sarri. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent says Atlanta beat Barcelona, Real Madrid to Gonzalo Martínez dealby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Atlanta United’s latest signing, Gonzalo Martínez, has revealed interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona.Martinez impressed for River Plate in the recent Copa Libertadores final.”Barcelona and Real Madrid were also interested [in Martínez] but he and his agents saw the potential in the MLS,” agent Guido Albers told De Volkskrant.Martínez, 25, joins Atlanta in a deal worth 15 million euros after starring for River Plate last year.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd manager Solskjaer hopeful Pogba fit to face Tottenhamby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful that Paul Pogba will be fit for Saturday’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur.Pogba missed Saturday’s win over Reading due to a knock sustained against Newcastle last week.The Frenchman has been in stunning form since Jose Mourinho’s departure and Solskjaer hopes he can continue that form against Spurs.”Paul has had his knock and has had a few days of treatment back home,” Solskjaer said of Pogba, who initially stayed in Manchester for treatment.”Hopefully, we can get Paul on his feet during this week.”
REVEALED: Chelsea give up Hazard option as part of BVB Pulisic dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have scrapped their option for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Thorgan Hazard.BILD says in talks with Borussia Dortmund to sign Christian Pulisic, Chelsea agreed to write off their first refusal clause for Hazard.BVB see Hazard as a replacement for Pulisic and weren’t prepared to sell the American to the Blues unless they agreed not to compete for the Belgium international.Hazard confirmed recently, “Yes, Chelsea has a say in what happens to me. But that’s governed by the clubs.”However, the Blues will now allow BVB to move for the midfielder without any counter offer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Chelsea ace Hazard: Messi is best ever. I regret my Barcelona performanceby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea ace Eden Hazard says Barcelona star Leo Messi stands alone as the best player in the world.Hazard insists Messi is superior to be he and Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo.”Not a chance. There is only one that is the best ever. It’s him, Lionel Messi,” Hazard told HLN.”The two games against Barcelona were not my best memories from 2018. “I was happy to play against Barcelona and Messi, but I did not deliver.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Rangers boss Gerrard ‘flattered’ by Klopp’s Liverpool plan for himby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRangers boss Steven Gerrard was happy to hear Jurgen Klopp tipping him as his successor at Liverpool.But he expects and hopes Klopp to be in position at Anfield for many years to come.”I was surprised and flattered at the same time,” Gerrard said when asked about Klopp’s comments. “But when you read the quote really carefully, like I have, it said, ‘if I get sacked tomorrow’ he thinks Steven Gerrard should be the next Liverpool manager.”Jurgen Klopp’s not getting sacked tomorrow. I don’t want him to get sacked tomorrow. He’s doing a fantastic job.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 07: An ‘SEC’ logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)CBS reportedly has its replacement in place for Verne Lundquist on its top SEC game broadcast. According to Fox Sports’ Clay Travis, long-time ESPN announcer Brad Nessler will be leaving the network for CBS. He’ll call NFL games until Lundquist retires, when he’ll then become the play-by-play man for CBS’ top SEC game each week. Lundquist has called SEC games since 2000. Told Brad Nessler will leave ESPN and do NFL for CBS, until he takes over SEC for Uncle Verne.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) April 25, 2016Nessler has been calling college football games for ESPN since 1997. He’s been with the network since 1992.
Harry Winks scored a 93th-minute header to earn Tottenham a dramatic 2-1 Premier League win at Fulham, but Mauricio Pochettino will be concerned about an injury suffered by Dele Alli.England midfielder Alli had headed Spurs level, cancelling out a first-half own goal scored by Fernando Llorente – the striker deputising for the injured Harry Kane, who is out until March.Alli could well be set to join Kane on the sidelines after limping off in the closing stages, but what looked like becoming a nightmare Sunday for Spurs at Craven Cottage was saved at the death by Winks. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, Alli’s replacement, delivered a wonderful whipped ball into the box from the left wing and Winks was there to condemn struggling Fulham to another defeat.WINKSYYYYY! RIGHT AT THE DEATH!!! pic.twitter.com/4OLevpW877 — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 20, 2019 Fulham scored two own goals in a 2-1 loss at Burnley last weekend, although one was later given to Jeff Hendrick, and the tables were turned when they took the lead in the 17th minute.Jean Michael Seri’s corner from the right wing did not look particularly dangerous but Llorente clumsily turned the ball into his own goal.Llorente and Ryan Babel missed good headed chances and Fulham then had a second goal ruled out for offside when Aleksandar Mitrovic nodded home the rebound after Lloris had parried away a typically powerful Andre Schurrle drive.Spurs improved after the break and they levelled in the 51st minute, Tim Ream’s fluffed clearance allowing Christian Eriksen to float a cross to Alli at the back post for a simple header.Both sides had penalty appeals rejected and Llorente wasted another chance by heading wide Danny Rose’s cross, the left-back having earlier hit the crossbar with a deflected drive.Alli hurt his left hamstring in the closing stages to add to Spurs’ growing injury list, but an unlikely pair of heroes combined to create the winner deep into stoppage time.Nkoudou’s cross was inviting and Winks timed his run perfectly to nod in from close range.If one Harry doesn’t get you, the other will #FULTOT @HKane @HarryWinks pic.twitter.com/SyOigJ3GKF — Premier League (@premierleague) January 20, 2019 What does it mean? Fulham survival hopes fading Fulham were excellent in the first half and could have led by two or three goals at the break, but their defensive issues were highlighted after the interval. With 51 goals conceded in the Premier League, a seven-point gap to safety looks too big. Spurs, meanwhile, are back to within nine points of leaders Liverpool, but Champions League qualification may be a more realistic goal.Alli comes up trumps for Spurs Someone had to deliver for Spurs with Kane not fit to play and it was Alli who produced when his side needed a goal. The England midfielder hit 18 in the 2016-17 Premier League season and he may need to record a similar return with Kane set to miss at least 10 games. Spurs will hope Alli’s late hamstring injury was not as serious as it looked.Llorente lost in Kane’s absence Filling Kane’s boots was always going to be a tough task for Llorente, restricted to six Premier League appearances as a substitute this term. But the striker looks a poor fit for a Spurs side who rely on mobility in their front line and the less said about his awful own goal the better.Key Opta Facts- Spurs have won four of their last six Premier League away games in which they’ve conceded first (L2), including on both occasions this season (6-2 v Everton and 2-1 v Fulham).- Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri suffered his first Premier League defeat against Spurs (W7 D4 L1), in what was his 12th game in the competition against them.- Fulham are the first team in the top five European Leagues to have conceded 50 goals in league competition this season (51).- Spurs won a Premier League game without Kane or Son Heung-Min for the first time since March 2014 (3-2 v Southampton). – Babel started his first Premier League game since December 6th 2010 (for Liverpool against Aston Villa), 2967 days ago.What’s next? Spurs play the second leg of the EFL Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Thursday as Pochettino tries to break his trophy drought, Crystal Palace following in the fourth round of the FA Cup three days later. Fulham, who are out of the FA Cup, next play at home to Brighton and Hove Albion on January 29 in the Premier League. read more
Jan Vertonghen believes Tottenham are “the best club to play for at the moment”, but has not committed to penning a new contract in north London.The Belgium international defender has become the subject of intense transfer talk this summer.This is because he has entered the final 12 months of his current deal with Spurs. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? No extension has been agreed, with the 32-year-old now edging towards free agency.He is not the only Tottenham player to be in that position, with Christian Eriksen another of those yet to agree fresh terms.The Danish playmaker is being heavily linked with a move to Spain, with Madrid rivals Real and Atletico said to be among his many suitors.Vertonghen has also seen a switch mooted, but he maintains that he is happy in England for now.He told reporters when quizzed on his future: “I’ve got a year left, I will have to see what happens.”I love being here. I feel great with the manager [Mauricio Pochettino], he’s been supporting me and making me a better player.”I’ve got everything I want. It’s the best club to play for at the moment.”Vertonghen has spent the last seven years with Spurs, having joined from Ajax in the summer of 2012.He has taken in 285 appearances for the club and recorded 10 goals.Tottenham had been hoping to see him prolong his association by penning a new contract, but they are yet to reach an agreement that suits all parties.As time passes, this is helping to keep the unwelcome transfer talk raging.Spurs find themselves in a similar position when it comes to Vertonghen’s fellow centre-half and countryman Toby Alderweireld, with the 30-year-old another of those to have less than 12 months remaining on his deal.He continues to generate talk of interest from Roma and Manchester United, with there a £25 million ($31m) release clause in his contract which could be triggered in the current recruitment window.Both Alderweireld and Vertonghen have formed part of the Spurs squad stepping up their preparations for the 2019-20 campaign in Singapore, with Pochettino’s side readying themselves for an International Champions Cup clash with Juventus on Sunday.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Jackson Carman, a five-star offensive lineman at Clemson, was the No. 1 recruit in the state of Ohio coming out of 2018.Typically, Ohio’s top recruits stay home and play at Ohio State, but Carman opted to commit to the Tigers.Carman revealed that something Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney told him about Urban Meyer played into his decision.Dabo Swinney told Jackson Carman during his recruitment that Urban Meyer is on the back end of his career in terms of years left. “It wasn’t a major factor, but it was an underlying one,” Carman said.— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) December 20, 2017Swinney didn’t come out and deny this, either.We asked Dabo Swinney about the conversation that Jackson Carman recounted to @AriWasserman about Urban Meyer. The gist of Dabo’s response: He didn’t recall exactly what was said, but in the course of recruiting you generally talk about whatever the recruit wants to talk about.— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) December 20, 2017Of course, Swinney ended up being right. Meyer announced at the end of the regular season that he was retiring.Today, Carman was asked about Meyer’s retirement.“I just kind of smile. It’s funny how the universe works. It’s a nice — it’s irony,” he said.Asked Jackson Carman his thoughts on Urban Meyer’s retirement: “I just kind of smile. It’s funny how the universe works. It’s a nice — it’s irony.”— Hale yes! ? (@ADavidHaleJoint) December 27, 2018Ohio State fans are surely going to take that well…
BLACKSBURG, VA – SEPTEMBER 30: A general view of Lane Stadium prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and Clemson Tigers on September 30, 2017 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente released today a statement on the future of the Hokies’ program in the wake of some offseason turnover.The Hokies have former starting quarterback Josh Jackson exploring a transfer, according to reports.Virginia Tech has also had some assistant coaching moves to deal with and a couple of other notable transfers.This all led to Fuente taking to Twitter to release a statement on the future of the program.“As head coach I certainly understand when young men desire to explore their options by entering themselves in the NCAA’s transfer portal,” Fuente said Wednesday in a statement. “I respect the fact that each individual’s circumstances and situation are different. We will continue to support all our student-athletes and wish them best whether their future is at Virginia Tech or another institution.”Here’s the full statement:Statement from Head Coach Justin Fuente pic.twitter.com/8tQmZTsaPI— Virginia Tech Football (@VT_Football) January 23, 2019It’s pretty rare to see a head coach make a public statement like this, but there has been some concern among the Hokies’ fan base about the “rash” of transfers, so it’s not too surprising.“This doesn’t exactly say a whole lot, but it’s at least acknowledgement from VT of what’s been going on the last 24 hours,” Virginia Tech beat writer Andy Bitter tweeted.Justin Fuente makes a statement about the #Hokies’ rash of transfers and transfer portal entries. https://t.co/YLV2JR3msO— Andy Bitter (@AndyBitterVT) January 23, 2019This doesn’t exactly say a whole lot, but it’s at least acknowledgement from VT of what’s been going on the last 24 hours.— Andy Bitter (@AndyBitterVT) January 23, 2019Virginia Tech is coming off a 6-7 season in which the Hokies ended the year with a loss to Cincinnati in the Military Bowl.
Virat Kohli 2nd batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to hit 40 ODI hundredsBrief scores – India 225 for 6 (43.1 overs) vs Australia in Nagpur. Virat Kohli (103*), Ravindra Jadeja (14*). Virat Kohli scored his 40th ODI hundred in his 224th match and 216th innings. Kohli scored his 7th ODI hundred against Australia during the second match in Nagpur on Tuesday.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta NagpurMarch 5, 2019UPDATED: March 5, 2019 16:51 IST India vs Australia 2nd ODI: Virat Kohli scored his 7th hundred against Australia in ODIs (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli hit his 40th ODI hundred during the 2nd match vs Australia in NagpurThis was Virat Kohli’s 7th ODI hundred against Australia from 34 matchesVirat Kohli now has 2 ODI hundreds so far in 2019 – both have come against AustraliaBrief scores – India 225 for 6 (43.1 overs) vs Australia in Nagpur. Virat Kohli (103*), Ravindra Jadeja (14*). Scorecard | Live BlogVirat Kohli became only the second man after Sachin Tendulkar to score 40 one-day international hundreds during the second ODI against Australia in Nagpur on Tuesday. Tendulkar leads the ODI hundred charts with 49 centuries.Kohli also drew level with Tendulkar with his fouth hundred against Australia in India.This also happens to be Virat Kohli’s second hundred against Australia this year. In Adelaide, Kohli had scored 104 as India chased down 299 against Australia in the second match of a three-ODI series.Overall, this was Kohli’s 7th ODI hundred against Australia. Sachin Tendulkar leads the list for batsmen with most centuries in India-Australia ODIs with nine hundreds. Kohli and Rohit Sharma are tied on the second spot with seven hundreds each.Take a bow #KingKohli #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/x5vvfXhA1dBCCI (@BCCI) March 5, 2019Virat Kohli had a sensational time in 2018, hitting 11 hundreds in international cricket including 5 in Tests and 6 in ODIs.In 2019, Kohli played 6 ODIs before the five-match series against Australia started at home. In New Zealand, he played three ODIs before being rested for the final two matches. He was also rested for the three-match T20I series against the Black Caps.FIFTY!The Indian Skipper brings up a hard fought half-century. This is his 50th in ODIsScorecard – https://t.co/uMRPRyp6ys #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/sOi5yUxNZ6BCCI (@BCCI) March 5, 2019Virat Kohli, who debuted in 2008, is among the greatest batting stars in limited-overs cricket.advertisementKohli, who took charge of India’s limited-overs teams in 2017, has sensational stats as ODI skipper. 18 of his 40 ODI hundreds have come while leading India. As many as 24 of his 40 hundreds have come while chasing.Earlier in the day during his gutsy innings, Virat Kohli became the 7th Indian batsman to score 50 ODI fifties. He joined the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Azharudding to achieve the feat.The last two years have been spectacular for Virat Kohli. He scored six hundreds each in 2017 and 2018 after hitting three hundreds from 10 ODIs in 2016.Also Read | India vs Australia: Virat Kohli 7th Indian batsman to hit 50 ODI fiftiesAlso Read | Sanjay Manjrekar lauds Vijay Shankar: That innings of 46 was oozing classAlso Read | India vs Australa: MS Dhoni falls for fifth golden duck in ODI careerFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Virat KohliFollow IND v AUSFollow India vs Australia 2nd ODIFollow Virat Kohli hundredFollow Virat Kohli 40th ODI hundred
Reuters SouthamptonApril 6, 2019UPDATED: April 6, 2019 13:51 IST After 8 matches without any goals, Mohamed Salah scored at the last minute to secure Liverpool’s win (Reuters photo)HIGHLIGHTSAfter 8 matches without any goals, Mohamed Salah scored at the last minute to secure LIverpool’s winSalah is the eighth Liverpool player to score 50 Premier League goals”It was never in doubt about him being a great player,” manager Klopp said.When Liverpool cleared a corner and the ball arrived at Mohamed Salah’s feet 20 yards inside his own half at Southampton on Friday there was just one thing on the Egyptian’s mind.A handful of seconds later, after a searing 50-metre run, his left-foot shot flew past Angus Gunn to give Liverpool the lead on a nailbiting night on the south coast.Jordan Henderson scored another one to make it 3-1 and confirm Liverpool’s place back on top of the Premier League, but the defining moment was Salah’s drought-busting effort.He had not scored for eight matches, his worst run at Liverpool, but his 80th-minute intervention could not have been better-timed. It was his 50th Premier League goal for Liverpool and, more importantly, proved that any concern over his form in the title run-in could be put to bed.”YESSSSSSSSSSS, MO SALAH!!”A sensational Match in a Minute after a breathtaking #SOULIV. pic.twitter.com/i0Ttuk8nAkLiverpool FC (@LFC) April 5, 2019With five league games left Salah is undeniably back.”What a goal! Wow, what a goal!” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, who hugged his striker on the pitch as Liverpool’s fans roared out their song about the “Egyptian King”.Salah is the eighth Liverpool player to score 50 Premier League goals, but his half century arrived in only 69 games, three fewer than Fernando Torres, the previous quickest to the mark.Only two other players in the Premier League era have reached the landmark quicker – Manchester United’s Ruud van Nistelrooy and Alan Shearer for Blackburn Rovers.advertisement50 Liverpool Premier League goals.Welcome to the club, @MoSalah pic.twitter.com/Kg0DlwViyBB/R Football (@brfootball) April 5, 2019Klopp told reporters he had never doubted Salah would rediscover his scoring touch.”It was never in doubt about him being a great player from my side,” Klopp said. “It was goal number 50 I heard for Liverpool, that’s an incredible number,” the German said.”As a striker, you have chances and each striker is a human being – maybe you have better moments and less good moments. But he is pretty consistent, his physical things are always there. He always stayed calm to deal with the situation.”SCENES!The boss is buzzing. pic.twitter.com/FomRlAQXLDLiverpool FC (@LFC) April 5, 2019Liverpool were not at their best, especially in a sluggish first half when they gave the ball away cheaply too often and Southampton threatened to add to their ninth-minute opener scored by Shane Long.But once Naby Keita levelled with a deflected header in the 36th minute, his first goal for Liverpool, the visitors were relentless in their pursuit of a crucial win.Klopp’s side have now won seven of their last eight Premier League games when conceding the opening goal – a resilience that will be causing concern at relentless Manchester City who now trail by two points having played a game less.”The season is intense for everyone,” Klopp said. “The performance was not top level but it is about fighting.”People want us to play like Manchester City, we are unable to do that, we play our own football. We have 82 points now, that is massive in this crazy league and everyone is waiting for us. I am really proud. It is incredible.”It is a difficult year for everybody, you need to have 70-75 points for the (top-four) Champions League and 90-something for the title.”We are in the race and that is nice.”Also Read | Premier League: Salah, Henderson late winners vs Southampton send Liverpool back on topAlso Read | Salah ready to sacrifice Champions League dream for fans’ desire of Premier League gloryAlso Read | Premier League: Liverpool miss chance to go on top with goalless draw at EvertonAlso Watch | Great to have someone like Chris Gayle in KXIP: KL RahulFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Mohamed SalahFollow FootballFollow LiverpoolFollow Premier leagueFollow Juergen Klopp Next Salah scores 50th Premier League goal after 8-match drought, Klopp says ‘never in doubt’As Mohamed Salah scored a last-minute goal to break his 8-match drought and regain Liverpool’s top slot in the Premier League, manager Klopp said he was “never in doubt”.advertisement
CSK vs SRH IPL 2019, T20 broadcast: Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Live StreamingCSK vs SRH Match: Chennai Super Kings will look to stop their losing streak and reclaim the top spot in the Indian Premier League points table when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday.advertisement India Today Web Desk ChennaiApril 23, 2019UPDATED: April 23, 2019 13:10 IST CSK vs SRH broadcast channels (Courtesy by BCCI)Chennai Super Kings (CSK) would be under a bit of pressure when they take on in-form Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday.On Sunday, CSK faced a heart-wrenching one-run defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Chasing a “below par total” of 162, CSK lost their top four batsman inside the first four overs. It was only MS Dhoni, who single-handedly brought them into the match and kept their hopes alive till the last ball of the inning.Despite two consecutive losses, CSK still sit pretty at the top of the points table with 14 points from 10 games. However, they will like their top order to perform and secure a playoffs berth.But it will be a tough ask for them against SRH, who would be riding high on confidence after their comprehensive victory against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Hyderabad.SRH, however, will be wary of the fact that Tuesday’s game would be the last match for their in-form opener Johnny Bairstow, who will be leaving to attend England’s training camp for the upcoming World Cup. Both David Warner and Bairstow have scored the bulk of the runs for the SRH and their middle-order has not performed — a fact well known to them and their opponents.With five wins from nine games, the Kane Williamson-led side would want to continue with the winning momentum and move upwards in the points table.The last time these two teams met in the ongoing IPL, SRH had secured a convincing six-wicket win at their home ground.advertisementWhere will the IPL 2019 match between CSK vs SRH be played?The IPL 2019 match between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai from 8 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2019 match between CSK vs SRH live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 match between CSK vs SRH?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/ipl-2019 & www.indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the IPL 2019 match between CSK vs SRH?Chennai Super Kings: Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni (c), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay, Karn Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis, Deepak Chahar, Sam Billings, Mohit Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Dhruv Shorey, Scott Kuggeleijn, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, Chaitanya Bishnoi, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM AsifSunrisers Hyderabad: Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Martin Guptill, Wriddhiman Saha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, David Warner, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Kane Williamson (c), Jonny Bairstow, Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar, Sandeep Sharma, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi, Rashid Khan, K Khaleel Ahmed, Abhishek SharmaAlso Read | Will never question MS Dhoni’s final-over calculations: CSK coach Stephen FlemingAlso Read | SRH will badly miss David Warner, Jonny Bairstow: Kane WilliamsonFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019 Live StreamingFollow IPL 2019 live telecast channel listFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow Sunrisers HyderabadFollow Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers HyderabadFollow CSK vs SRH
Reuters ManchesterJuly 9, 2019UPDATED: July 9, 2019 10:31 IST Reuters photo.HIGHLIGHTSIndia will play against New Zealand in the first semi-final of World Cup 2019New Zealand have headed into the semi-final on the back of 3 straight defeatsThe Indian bowling attack is an outstanding bowling attack: Kane WilliamsonNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson encouraged his frontline batsmen to play with freedom in Tuesday’s semi-finals against India to overcome their struggle for rhythm in the Cricket World Cup.Not surprisingly, Kane Williamson is New Zealand’s leading scorer after the group stage with 481 runs from eight matches at a 96-plus average.The next Kiwi batsman in that list is veteran Ross Taylor, way down with 261 runs and an average of 37.28.Kane Williamson said his fellow batsmen had struggled to adjust to diverse English conditions where a winning total can vary greatly according to the state of the pitch on the day.”We were certainly expecting that it would be tough. But what we didn’t quite expect coming into the tournament was the large variety of conditions that we faced,” Williamson told a news conference at Old Trafford.”That definitely made perhaps batting with any rhythm a real challenge for everybody, so being able to adapt with the bat and just trying to contribute … is certainly the most important thing.””It’s just a great occasion to be a part of. I know the guys are really excited by the opportunity to go out and try and try and play with that freedom that when we do gives us the best chance.”Addressing a news conference before him, India captain Virat Kohli said the “special” Williamson controlled the team’s tempo and would naturally be a key wicket for the Indian bowlers.Kane Williamson denied New Zealand were too reliant on him to give their bowlers a decent, defendable total.advertisement”No, I think there’s also been a number of other contributions that have been really important for us to get to where we are right now,” he said.”You never sort of put a number on it. That is why we all practice as hard as we can to try and make those contributions bigger and better.”That, however, would not be easy against India’s varied pace attack, led by Jasprit Bumrah, currently the top-ranked ODI bowler.Bumrah’s skills with both the new and old ball have been complemented by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, while Mohammed Shami has struck rich form after his delayed introduction, claiming 14 wickets from four matches, including the tournament’s first hat-trick.Besides, India have two wily wrist-spinners in Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.”The Indian bowling attack is an outstanding bowling attack, with certainly a lot of world-class operators in there,” Williamson said.”As a side, they are very well-balanced with a lot of high-quality players.”New Zealand finished their group campaign with a hat-trick of defeats but still claimed the last semi-final berth.The 2015 finalists will hope to begin afresh on Tuesday, their captain said.”It all starts again where the day comes and anything can happen and all sides have beaten one another on a number of occasions throughout the last few years, so it is a really exciting opportunity for all teams.”ALSO READ | Virat Kohli on meeting Kane Williamson in another World Cup semi-final: Quite a nice memoryALSO READ | World Cup 2019: India’s road to semi-finalsALSO WATCH | Bold In, Bowled Out with Rajarshi: Record-breaking Rohit Sharma in focus as India eye World Cup finalFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNayanika Sengupta Tags :Follow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 World Cup 2019: Kane Williamson urges New Zealand to play with freedom vs ‘high-quality’ IndiaNew Zealand have lost 3 matches on the bounce in the lead up to the semi-final but captain Kane Williamson believes his teammates are really excited about the opportunity to go out and take on India in Manchester on Tuesday.advertisement Next
Next Harbhajan Singh wonders why this batsman is being overlooked. Yuvraj Singh nails it with his witHarbhajan Singh wondered why Suryakumar Yadav was not being selected in the Indian team despite his strong performances. Yuvraj Singh responded with a hilarious tweet.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 30, 2019UPDATED: September 30, 2019 17:53 IST Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from international cricket on 10 June 2019. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSYuvraj replied to legendary off-spinner and close friend Harbhajan Singh’s tweetYuvraj come out with some scathing comments on the Indian team after retirementIndia have been plagued by the lack of a proper No.4 batsman in the shorter formatsYuvraj Singh is known for his sharp wit and it was on full display Monday when he replied to legendary off-spinner and close friend Harbhajan Singh’s tweet.Yuvraj Singh retired from international cricket and the Indian Premier League earlier in the year and has since come out with some scathing comments on the Indian team.In a recent interview with India Today, Yuvraj Singh said he was surprised with the U-turn of the team management regarding his selection despite a successful yo-yo test. He had also questioned the wisdom of sending MS Dhoni in at No.7 in the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand which India lost.India have been plagued by the lack of a proper No.4 batsman in the shorter formats. During the World Cup, India tried KL Rahul who had to move up the order to open alongside Rohit Sharma after Shikhar Dhawan suffered a broken thumb.The likes of Vijay Shankar and Rishabh Pant were then tried in the crucial spot without much success. After the World Cup, India went back to Shreyas Iyer who gave a good account of himself in the ODI series against West Indies.On Monday, Harbhajan Singh tweeted out his surprise at the continued omission of Suryakumar Yadav. In a Vijay Hazare Trophy match against Chhattisgarh, Suryakumar Yadav had smashed a 31-ball 81 for Mumbai.Don’t know why he doesn’t get picked for india after scoring runs heavily in domestic cricket @surya_14kumar keep working hard.. your time will come pic.twitter.com/XO6xXtaAxCadvertisementHarbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 29, 2019Yaar I told you ! They don’t need a no 4 top order is very strongyuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) September 30, 2019During his interview with India Today, Yuvraj Singh had said the Indian team management should have realized the importance of the No.4 spot and raised questions on the logic of using Rishabh Pant and Vijay Shankar at the critical position.Also Read | S Sreesanth discloses why he hates Chennai Super KingsAlso Read | It is very stupid to think that Team India need to bat deep: Yuvraj SinghAlso Read | Surprised MS Dhoni batted at No.7 in World Cup semi-final: Yuvraj SinghAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Yuvraj SinghFollow Suryakumar YadavFollow Harbhajan Singh
Ajay Tiwari New DelhiOctober 1, 2019UPDATED: October 1, 2019 17:30 IST India are at the top of the WTC points table with a maximum of 120 points. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia will be eyeing to consolidate their position with a series win over the coming weeks.Virat Kohli is India’s most successful Test captain everIndia have now nurtured a world-class fast bowling attack under Virat KohliIndia are set to resume their quest for the World Test Championship (WTC) as they get ready to take on the visiting South Africans in a 3-match series starting on October 2 in Visakhapatnam. Currently perched at the top of the WTC points table with a maximum of 120 points from the 2 Tests played, Virat Kohli’s India will now be eyeing to consolidate their position with a series win over the coming weeks.While the last Test rubber between the two sides which was played in South Africa ended in a 2-1 series defeat for India, the hosts would be looking to return the favor, with dividends, this time around. Remember, the Proteas had a torrid Test tour the last time they visited these shores on pitches tailormade for spin bowling, ultimately succumbing to a 3-0 defeat in 4 Tests. With the trio of legends AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn having quit the red-ball format now, the upcoming Freedom Trophy could yet again prove elusive for Faf du Plessis’ side. Though, a lot of credit has to go to Virat Kohli and his team for being in such a dominating position in the longest format.Under Virat, the Indian Test team has scaled new heights with the historic maiden series victory in Australia 2018-19, probably being the highlight. Already India’s most successful Test captain ever, Virat leads the pack among all skippers of major Test-playing nations* with a win-loss ratio of 2.8. Only New Zealand captain Kane Williamson comes close with a w-l ratio above 2. But the fact remains that a captain is as good as a team and in Kohli’s case this proverb seems seminal to his success.advertisement The major difference between Indian teams of the past (before Kohli took over as captain) and the current one is easily the all-weather bowling attack that India have now developed. Always thought of as a land of spinners, under Kohli, India have now nurtured a world-class fast bowling attack, which – if you see the stats – can claim to be the best in the world.It was just last year when Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma, with a total of 131 wickets in 2018, became the most successful pace trio in a calendar year in Test cricket history. Since 2018, no team has had more than 2 bowlers picking up 50 Test wickets, while India have Bumrah, who has evolved into one of the best all-format bowlers, has picked 62 wickets since he made his Test debut in South Africa in January 2018 playing only 12 Tests and at a staggering average of 19.24. Shami has picked 58 wickets at 25.68 since 2018 and Ishant Shamra 52 at 19.78.In India’s first World Test Championship assignment in West Indies, the pace trio took 33 wickets and each of them featured in the top 4 of the bowling charts.Another statistic that proves the current Indian bowling’s supremacy over the rest of the world is their almost overlapping averages both home (25.18) and overseas (27.30). If there is one metric that has been the gold standard for judging Test teams since the term ‘Ashes’ was coined for the 1st time, is how they perform away from home. While Indian teams of the past often struggled to take 20 wickets away from home, under Kohli, the Indian attack keeps finding ways to sustain pressure on the opposition batsmen – a tactic which more often than not results in wickets. This is the reason there isn’t much to choose between the Indian attack’s home and away averages. The Pakistan team under Sarfaraz Ahmed is the only one that comes close but their below-par batting performances as a team often nullify this advantage as is evident when you look at the combined batting averages of teams under various captains. It’s not a secret anymore that the ongoing decade has not been ideal for batsmen across the world. With innumerable T20 leagues compromising the modern batsman’s defence and pitches in general offering more spice for the bowlers, batting in the 2010s hasn’t been the easiest job in cricket. But Kohli’s team towers above the rest (almost), even in this respect. India’s batting average under Kohli is way greater than the rest and lies just marginally behind that of New Zealand under Williamson.If there is one thing that the above stats prove, it is this: at least on paper, India are currently the best all-round team in the world. But cricket is not played on paper and no matter how good India have been, they will have to keep coming back with similar numbers if they are to have their hands on the WTC trophy at Lord’s in June 2021. But first, up for India, it’s the South African challenge in the comfort of home. For Kohli’s team business, as usual, should do.advertisement*The stats of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Ireland have not been included in the above analysis due to their very low number of Test victories under a single captain.Also Read | If Rohit Sharma can do in Tests what he did in ODIs, it will be great for India: Virat KohliAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s cheeky dig at media: No one turns up for T20IsAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah will be missed, but we have back-up: Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Wriddhiman Saha to replace Rishabh Pant in Vizag Test vs South AfricaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow India vs South AfricaFollow Virat KohliFollow Jasprit Bumrah Next Virat Kohli’s India are the team to beat as World Test Championship resumesUnder the leadership of Virat Kohli, the Indian Test team has scaled new heights with the historic maiden series victory in Australia 2018-19, probably being the highlight.advertisement