Crusaders game holds huge implications for Lions

first_imgThe visitors delivered an unconvincing win against the semi-professional Provincial Barbarians in their opening game and on Wednesday lost to the Blues, New Zealand’s worst-performing Super Rugby side this season.The Crusaders always loomed as the toughest opponents of the opening 10 days and Gatland has decided to field what appears to be the strongest Lions side yet in a bid avoid what would be a dispiriting second defeat so early on the tour.Should the Crusaders inflict defeat on such a strong side, it could leave the Lions in disarray and send Gatland scurrying back the drawing board to sketch out a Plan B with only three matches to iron out the details before facing the All Blacks.”It would be disappointing to lose back-to-back matches,” Gatland said. “The challenge is to come together as quick as we can.”It’s a great test for us and preparation. We are trying to keep a few things back behind closed doors.”While Gatland may indeed be keeping a few things back, in truth there is very little time for the Lions to get things right as they build through the tour towards that all-important first test against the world champions on June 24.The visitors have so far failed to show the intensity, skill execution and cohesiveness that their 20,000 travelling fans had expected from day one in New Zealand.While the Lions demonstrated a stiff defence against the Blues at Eden Park on Wednesday, they must capitalise on their scoring opportunities, create more with the ball in hand, and not rely solely on their kicking game to create pressure.And they need to score tries.Tour captain Sam Warburton has said they would not beat the All Blacks in the three-test series unless they scored more than 20 points per game. However, they failed to breach that mark against the Barbarians and Blues and scored just one try in both those games.On Saturday, the Crusaders represent a considerable step up in intensity with coach Scott Robertson fielding all of his All Blacks, with six in the pack alone.The Lions have surprisingly failed to dominate in the scrum and with the Crusaders boasting what is likely to be the All Blacks front row for the first test, that contest will be keenly watched.The seven-times Super Rugby champions have also been more expansive this year under Robertson, but he said it would be churlish not to adapt to what the Lions threw at them.”We will be smart about it. We also understand that with the potential test match focus of it, we have to adapt,” Robertson said. “If we have to go to set-piece, we will.”If we have to throw the ball as well, we will.”last_img read more

Barrett and Fifita to make All Black debuts

first_imgThe Hurricanes pair have been named in the reserves.Fullback Ben Smith will captain the side for the first time as regular skipper Kieran Read is still recovering from injury.The match will be a milestone for first five-eighth Beauden Barrett, who will run out in his 50th test, while midfielder Sonny Bill Williams returns in his first game since the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham.”It’s also going to be a big night for Jordie and Vaea as they’re both likely to play a part on the night. They’ve both been in great form and we’re looking forward to seeing what they can do at this level,” said coach Steve Hansen.”Samoa is about to kick off the qualifying stage of their Rugby World Cup campaign, so this will make them even more dangerous.”The Samoans are always a challenge and will play with a high level of physicality and skill. At the very minimum, we will need to match that,” he said.”This first week has been about bringing together the players from the five different Super clubs and reintroducing them to the All Blacks way. We’ve had a good week and are really looking forward to this match,” said Hansen.The All Blacks-Samoa match kicks off at 8pm on Friday, while Tonga play Wales at 5.30pm.The match day 23 (Test caps in brackets. * denotes new cap):Joe Moody (24), Codie Taylor (15), Owen Franks (90), Brodie Retallick (60), Samuel Whitelock (84), Jerome Kaino (77), Sam Cane (40), Ardie Savea (12), Aaron Smith (58), Beauden Barrett (49), Julian Savea (52), Sonny Bill Williams (33), Anton Lienert-Brown (9), Israel Dagg (61), Ben Smith – captain (60),Reserves: Nathan Harris (4), Wyatt Crockett (58), Charlie Faumuina (46), Scott Barrett (4), Vaea Fifita*, T J Perenara (29), Lima Sopoaga (6), Jordie Barrett *last_img read more

Eliminating Madrid, Barça or Atleti is worth between 31,000 and 35,000 euros

first_imgThe teams that are not in this project already have 23,000 insured for their classification in the Copa del Rey and 62,000 for having gotten up to sixteenths. In total they would carry an accumulated of 85,000, although it could be higher if they had to play a game as a visitor in the case of having been matched in the first round with another team of the same category. If they manage to qualify for the second round they would take 31,000 euros more.On the other hand, the teams participating in the ‘Impulse 23’ program of the Federation carry more accumulated money and could continue to earn more money. Teams like Unionistas, Real Madrid’s rival, which is part of this project would lead accumulated 40,000 euros for qualifying for the KO tournament and 70,000 for having passed the first two rounds of the competition. Amounts that would be greater if any of the clubs in this situation had to play outside. Continuing with the example of Unionists, if he manages to eliminate Real Madrid in sixteenths, the prize for winning the round would be 35,000 euros (the amount given by the FEF for each round that exceeds a Second B belonging to ‘Impulse 23’). That is to say, if a team in the bronze category manages to eliminate a Primera next week, it could have accumulated at least 145,000, not counting the box office revenues.The system for LaLiga Santander and SmartBank teams is different. They receive an economic amount as indicated by Royal Decree Law 5/2015. The RFEF gives the First and Second teams 90% of the television rights of the Copa del Rey according to the criteria established in said decree. Up to eight Second B teams have managed to get into the 16th of the Copa del Rey. Unionistas, Cultural, UD Logroñés, Ibiza, Ebro, Badajoz, Badalona and Recreativo are the eight representatives of the silver category who will have to fight against a First Division. The prize of qualifying up to eighths is priced between 31,000 and 35,000. The new Copa del Rey format has economic benefits for the most modest clubs. Being the only match the game is more relevant and having to always play in the stadium of the team with the lowest category ensures that they will have the ticket sales (which will be high, since having to play against a First Division club ensures you have a good entry) and avoid travel expenses.But besides this, the Spanish Football Federation has marked a series of economic amounts for the clubs of Second B and Third that are going round in the Cup King. The amount may be lower or higher in some clubs or others depending on whether they are enrolled in the project ‘Impulse 23’ presented by Luis Rubiales last November for modest football. But to participate in this program teams will have to meet a set of standards.last_img read more

Anabel Medina: “I hope to have Muguruza in Budapest”

first_img-Would you count on such a spherical weekend?– We had been ready to compete 5 factors, to the battle. We knew that Japan was a tricky group, with Naomi Osaka, quantity ten in the world, former primary and winner of Grand Slams. However the women had been excellent and the purpose of Sara Sorribes the primary day in opposition to Osaka gave us plenty of peace of thoughts.– He warned that he had a really united group. Is that the important thing?-Within the final two years there have been actions in the group, there have been numerous gamers and a part of my job was to get that union, to really feel snug. The connection between all is superb and the nice vibes end result in the nice of the group. The environment helps so much to the efficiency on the observe.-Carla Suárez is dealing with her final yr. How did you discover it?-It is vitally quiet, enjoying very properly. You have clear your targets. As a captain, I’m very assured as a result of that she is going to carry out in any respect factors, that it’s harmful and may win anybody. For the remainder of the companions, it provides worth.-Carla mentioned in an interview that one among her illusions is to win the Federation Cup, which in some unspecified time in the future lacked dedication however that there’s tools to obtain it. In settlement?-So he has transmitted it. If you find yourself enjoying for Spain, get pleasure from, since you change the chip from enjoying for you to enjoying on your nation. She may be very concerned and has at all times mentioned she would really like to be a champion. The great factor is that the vary of gamers we have may be very vast and the outcomes are there: in the final 5 qualifiers we have gained 4. The group may be very versatile and that makes Spain harmful.-This tie has failed Garbiñe Muguruza. Why didn’t he go?-Garbiñe has at all times been very predisposed to be on the group, as he confirmed earlier. He participated in an important tie in opposition to Paraguay to maintain us in the second world group and never descend in 2018. And final yr in Belgium, the place we achieved the ascent … This time, due to circumstances, he couldn’t be however has proven that he likes the competitors and positive that on different events we are going to have her.-Will he be in the Finals?-All the time have to be taken into consideration. She is the primary in Spain and as a captain she is a tennis participant that I would really like to be on the group as a result of it makes us stronger. I hope you’re in Budapest. Little by little, we are going to work on it.-What arguments do you have to persuade her?-Who is usually a world champion, a standard purpose, as a group, representing your nation … The arguments are stunning.-You had been collaborating together with her on the finish of final season. What was improper with him and what did he discover now?-The break with a coach, while you have been so lengthy, it is extremely tough and extra in the center of the season. I wanted some adaptation time. He completed the yr feeling good even when the outcomes didn’t mirror it. It has been proven on the Australian Open. Together with his union with Conchita he has exploded once more the extent we knew he had, to win Grand Slams. -What do you consider the change of the Federation Cup, this format of finals?-The date is sweet. The Worldwide Federation has studied it properly: on land and on the indoor observe, simply earlier than a tour begins in these situations. The format will have to be seen, though we have the Davis reference. Will probably be very demanding bodily and mentally, it has nothing to do with what we have recognized. There could be 4 qualifiers in six days, with two days off and three factors.-Will probably be performed on clay. That is a bonus …-A Spain should at all times be taken into consideration on land, as a result of on this floor we have achieved essential issues.-On this floor and with Muguruza, ought to Spain be among the many favorites?-Sure, my private purpose since I began as captain has been to battle for a Federation Cup. We have potential and enjoying on the bottom positions us higher. We should keep in mind, though we won’t be native and that may be a little level in opposition to.-Within the Davis, in the top, had been virtually all the celebrities. Do you suppose it will likely be the identical in Budapest?-Sure, as a result of in latest years virtually all of the essential gamers have been concerned and Budapest goes to be a good looking expertise. So I believe we are going to see them.– Can gamers like Sara Sorribes, Aliona Bolsova or Paula Badosa take the leap of preventing for match victories?-They’re younger and with a excessive stage, who’re seen flashes of high quality. And to allow them to be a part of the group. They have expertise and are wanting to make that high quality leap. Sara already completed in an Worldwide, Aliona reached eighth in Roland Garros and Paula has performed a superb position in Australia in opposition to Kvitova. They’re maturing and they’re going to give good outcomes.-This yr there are Olympic Video games. What does it imply to you that you just have a silver?-For me it was one of the best, one of the best of my sports activities profession. After 4 video games as a participant, I’ll go as captain and it means closing the circle. It was a purpose. It makes me very excited and I hope that we will maximize: 4 singles and two doubles. As in the Fed Cup, they have to take us into consideration, in the Video games additionally as a result of traditionally we have gained medals.– Have you ever talked about it with Garbiñe and Carla? Do you see them forming a doubles?– We have not approached the topic, however I don’t discard it. In the event that they performed collectively, they’d be a medal choice as a result of in 2016 they had been shut to transferring to the semifinals they usually just like the competitors.THIS TUESDAY, TABLE DRAWThis Tuesday, in Budapest, the draw for the Finals will happen (April 14-19). 4 teams with three choices, of which the primary will go to the semifinals. Day by day two singles and one doubles can be performed, as in Davis.Classifieds: France, USA, Belarus, Russia, Slovakia, Belgium, Australia, R. Czech, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Hungary.last_img read more

Mallorca 1-Alavés 0 Cucho deactivates the VAR

first_imgGoals1-0, 62 ‘: Cucho Hernández Already in the second half, the Alavés began warning, but Take Kubo’s appearance electrified the duel and improved Mallorca. But if against something the vermilion team cannot fight it is with the VAR. In 54 ’ Dani Rodríguez scored a great goal because at the start of the action Cucho controlled the ball with his hand. This new blow seemed difficult to digest, but Mallorca continued rowing, pushed by necessity, and, in 63 ’, Cucho made the 1-0. The Alavés did not rise and the vermilion triumph, of gold. EI Mallorca resisted, persisted, believed and won. The vermilion set was better than the Alavés and did not fall apart when the VAR canceled Dani Rodrígue a great goalz. Those of Vicente Moreno did an exercise of overcoming and Cucho signed the goal that takes them off the descent. Pacheco was not enough and Alavés looks down at the table.Occupying downhill positions is something that grips and places weight on the players’ boots and it was found in a Mallorca that started idling. The Alavés, better placed, pushed the opponent and although he did not test Manolo Reina, he gave off better sensations. With the passing of the minutes, the fear disappeared, Pozo and Lumor were shown by the bands and those of Vicente Moreno began to deserve something more. In the 25 ’, Budimir had a great opportunity, after a strategic action in a corner, but Pacheco was excellent. It was the start of the Alavés goalkeeper’s recital, which was placed under the spotlight and still shone more four minutes later. Magallán committed a penalty because the ball touched him on the left arm after a header from Budimir. The referee did not hesitate and the VAR ratified it. It was Salva Sevilla who took the responsibility and Pacheco who took the prize. He guessed the intention of the half vermilion and stopped the maximum penalty. That mistake did not hold the vermilion, but it stirred them even more. Vicente Moreno got tired of shouting “calm” because he saw that the actions of his team were full of precipitation and this caused the success to be minimal. ChangesLeonardo Kourtis (27 ‘, Lumor), Takefusa Kubo (51 ‘, Aleix Febas), Edgar Mendez (56 ‘, Oliver Burke), Manu García (67 ‘, Lisandro Magallán), Martín Aguirregabiria (76 ‘, Aleix Vidal), Aleksander Sedlar (83 ‘, Alejandro Pozo) “We had to win for many reasons. We came from negative results (three straight losses) that make you dent, make you doubt. We have won the prize for a great job of the players, and I’m very happy for them and the fans,” he said The Valencian coach.Mallorca ended a streak of three straight games without winning, although according to Moreno “football is not being all fair” that he should with his team. “It has cost us a lot (add the three points at stake), but based on insisting we put the game where we wanted, I repeat, before a great rival in both physical and tactical,” he said.For Moreno, the entry of Japanese Takefusa Kubo in the second half was not decisive in the victory against Alavés, despite his notable contribution to the goal of the Colombian ‘Cucho’ Hernández. “Not especially,” the coach responded to the question of whether the player assigned by Real Madrid had stirred the Balearic attack.“The key (of the victory) was not there. Already in the first half a favorable result would not have been strange, regardless of the penalty (missed by Salva Sevilla). Take contributed his work, as Aleix Febas (Alexsandar) Sedlar and ( Leonardo) Koutris, who has made his debut for Lumor’s injury today. For me it is important to have a feeling for the team when you make a change and everyone has contributed, “he said.Asier Garitano: “We missed creating occasions”The coach of Deportivo Alavés, Asier Garitano, said after the defeat against Mallorca that his team “lacked to create chances”, in a game in which “we started very well in the first minutes of each period of time and we faced very excited, “he stressed.“We have competed and the players have given everything. We knew that it would be difficult because of the situation of Mallorca (in the classification), and that they were going to squeeze us a lot. We started well, we had that clear chance of Lucas in one on one, but we lacked that: get ahead because in this type of games they decide the teams that mark first, “Garitano explained.The Gipuzkoan coach insisted that his team “played many minutes in the rival field”, but also admitted that with the passing of the minutes, “Mallorca was tightening more and more and the game was changing in his favor.” “We wanted to generate concern in the field of an opponent who came from several defeats, but the truth is that it cost us more than in other games,” said Asier Garitano. CardsReferee: Valentín Pizarro GómezVAR Referee: César Soto GradoLisandro Magallán (39 ‘, Yellow) The guard (70 ‘, Yellow Vicente Moreno: “Today is expensive”The coach of Mallorca, Vicente Moreno, has admitted that he felt “very happy” for the victory against Deportivo Alavés, “especially for my players, whose work and effort against a great rival must be valued a lot,” he said. “Today has been expensive in a very difficult week,” said Moreno, referring to the fall of his team to the relegation zone after the defeat against Espanyol and the dismissal of the CEO of the club Maheta Molango.last_img read more

Madrid, FEF … soccer condolences for the death of Capón

first_imgHe #ElcheCF He wants to send his condolences to all his family and loved ones for the death of José Luis Capón📚 He played as a franjiverde in the season 1980-81, in a total of 32 gamesRest in peace pic.twitter.com/h8WqNFdmlb– Elche Football Club (@elchecfoficial) March 29, 2020“The President of the RFEF, Luis Rubiales, and the Royal Spanish Football Federation as a whole, wish to convey their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. José Luis Capón, who died this Sunday, March 29 at the age of 72 age “, regretted the Spanish Football Federation. “Real Madrid deeply regrets the death of Atlético legend, José Luis Capón. All our strength and encouragement to his family and friends, his club and all Atlético fans“wrote the eternal rival. The world soccer showed today all day his condolences for the death of José Luis Capón, historical side of Atlético of the 70s, who died in Madrid from pneumonia, at the age of 72. From Real Madrid to the Spanish Football Federation (FEF), led by its president Luis Rubiales, to Paulo Futre, another of the rojiblancas legends, and Elche, another of the clubs in which Capón played (1980-81). He regretted his loss with a message on social networks, in which he expressed his condolences to all his family and loved ones. “The athletic family is in mourning. One of our great legends has passed away: José Luis Capón. You will always be in our hearts. Rest in peace“, wrote Atlético in a tweet by whom, in another subsequent tweet, he called” the side of the two bands. “ Real Madrid C. F. deeply regrets the death of the legend of the @Atleti José Luis Capón. All our strength and encouragement to his family and friends, his club and all Atlético de Madrid fans.– Real Madrid C.F.⚽ (@realmadrid) March 29, 2020A lament they intoned The 50 (“José Luis Capón was not only a legend but someone tremendously special to us. Our sponsor in the beginning and in our presentation, was always a reference. Sincere, clear and emotional. We feel his loss in the soul and we will always remember him. DEP), the Union of Peñas (“From the Union we convey our condolences to the family and friends of Capón, great defense of Atleti. DEP) and numerous supporters and fans. A regret that also traveled from Portugal, from the fingers of Paulo Futre, another of the rojiblanco legends, who regretted that the sky had “been dyed red and white again”, referring to the loss of Capón and all the mourning of the last days, with the death of Peiró and the death of Christian, a 14-year-old boy from Infantil C. “My deepest condolences to the family of José Luis Capón Rest in peace Legend, “he said goodbye.last_img read more

La Real offers its players to train in Zubieta and says it does not break the state of alarm

first_imgThe Royal Society will resume its activity in Zubieta from this next Tuesday … but in a somewhat particular and peculiar way. Because the San Sebastian club will never return to group work in its training facilities. What they do from the txuri-urdin entity is give the option for their professional footballers to continue their individualized work in Zubieta instead of continuing to do so at home. La Real makes this decision after the central government has made the decision that non-essential activities will be able to restart their work starting next Monday, and after it has received the consent of the different authorities to continue this program. individualized in Zubieta. It is an optional possibility that they give from the club to those footballers who cannot do comfortably and in good condition at home, and whenever the footballer wants it. In Zubieta they will only coincide with physical trainers with whom they will maintain the safety distances ordered by the health entities. From the Royal it is insisted that they have consulted with all the competent authorities to know if they could carry out this step forward in the work of their players in the midst of this coronavirus health crisis, and they have received the agreement of all of them to be able to execute it.The club has explained everything through a statement sent to the media. “From the beginning of the current situation caused by the Covid-19, the players of the first team and of the rest of the categories of the Real Sociedad have exercised from home based on a protocol of action established by the Soccer Directorate and those responsible for Zubieta’s units. For the past four weeks, the players of the first team have been in their respective homes, complying with the individualized physical program that has been given to each footballer. Individualized physical training has been based mainly on cardiovascular and metabolic work, so from the beginning the decision was made to take Zubieta’s bikes to the soccer players’ homes, as well as provide them with treadmills thanks to the loan made by the GO fit company. In addition, the realists have received other types of guidelines (health, medical, nutritional and emotional) that have served to complement the individualized plan. Once the central government has made the decision that the non-essential activities will be able to restart their work, the players of the first professional squad will have the option of continuing their individualized work in Zubieta from Tuesday next week. In no case this work in Zubieta will be group. Work is still compulsory, as until now. It will be each player who decides to do it at home or in Zubieta. In the event that it is carried out in Zubieta, it will be done following the protocols established for this purpose, which scrupulously respect the security measures agreed upon by the healthcare providers, reason why, among other measures, the players who decide to go to Zubieta will do so individually and in stages ”. The nuance that Real Sociedad includes from now on is that although “work is still compulsory, as until now, it will be each player who decides to do it at home or in Zubieta”, as they explain from the realistic entity to the Diario AS. In the event that they decide to continue with their training in Zubieta, it will be done by scrupulously following the protocols established for it and respecting the security measures agreed upon by the health assistants, so the soccer players who decide to go to Zubieta will have to do it individually and in stages. Two players can never meet at the Zubieta facilities, and they must go home dressed to the facilities, they will exercise following the protocol established by LaLiga to avoid COVID-19 infections, and after training they will leave without showering or moving to their home. .last_img read more

Morata: “Unfortunately I had to wear other shirts”

first_imgHaving played in the eternal rival is something that relentlessly pursues Álvaro Morata. The Atlético de Madrid forward confessed in a digital meeting with the Italian tennis player Fabio Fognini that if I could go back I would do things differently.“When I was little, I was an Atleti ball boy. There came a time when I stopped enjoying playing with my friends. You know, the change that comes when you go from being a boy who has a good time playing soccer to a professional dimension. People start to have agents, to sponsor sneakers … I felt too much pressureIn addition, I was not playing a starter and decided to leave. I went to Getafe for a year, a very nice year, and then to Real Madrid. But I, with my father, went to the Calderón and I dreamed of playing there. Unfortunately I had to play with other jerseys and not with Atleti’s, but I was always from Atleti. What I have lived stays, but now I am happier than ever, “admits the rojiblanco striker. He also talked about his more direct rivals on the field, the central ones, and which of them have made it more difficult throughout their career: “Chiellini I don’t know if he does it on purpose but when he meets me he always destroys me (laughs) Sergio Ramos is also a tough defender whereas when you go against Van Dijk you seem to hit a mountain. “Stay in Turin: “In Turin I was very comfortable. When I left I went to the bar around the corner and they even hugged me. The people there were very kind. I think he would have had a great time anyway in every city in Italy. Alice misses Italy. But when we have a day or two off we go back there “last_img read more

F. Football: Zizou’s volley is the most beautiful goal in the Champions League

first_imgAccording France Football, that Zidane goal, marked just before the break (and that blew up the final) gathers “balance, delicacy, power … It has everything”. But not only Zidane’s goal appears within the top ten. The third on the list is theformidable Chilean that Cristiano Ronaldo scored in Turin for Juventus. It happened in the spring of 2018, when a Carvajal center It was topped acrobatic by the Portuguese striker. For France Football, Christian reached “his moment of maximum glory: the one to see a stadium and rival supporters bowing to such a genius “. Between the volley of Zidane and the Chilean of Cristiano, the pyrotechnic auction with which Mauro Bressan (Fiorentina) scored against Barcelona in November 1999.Too the Chilean appears with which Gareth Bale on track last conquest of the Real Madrid Champions League. The formidable hit of the Welsh in the Kiev final against Liverpool it occupies the sixth position, behind the Stankovic goal (Inter Milan) from midfield to Schalke in April 2011, fourth place, and from the Mexes semi-volley (Milan) to Anderlecht in November 2012, fifth. Curiously, in the position 35 appears the Raúl’s second goal to Manchester United in 2000, but it does not appear for the same in itself, but for the play of Redondo, in which, with a heel, he got rid of the Norwegian defender Henning Berg before attending Madrid so that beat Van der Gouw. France Football has elaborated a ranking to choose the best goal that has been scored at the time of the Champions League, that is, from 1992 to 2020. In this way, the prestigious French magazine has indicated the top 50 goals of the competition that have been marked so far. And for said medium, the best goal which has been marked on these almost 30 years competition is the volley with which Zidane made Madrid win the Ninth European Cup in its history. Something that is about to reach coming of age (It will meet them next Friday, May 15), and that it served for the current coach Real Madrid inscribed his name in gold letters on the record of the highest European competition, after missing two finals (against Borussia Dortmund in 1997 and against Real Madrid himself a year later, in 1998.last_img read more