Fernandes lifts Man Utd as Wolves, Arsenal boost Euro hopes


first_img“I am very pleased for him. He has done something to the crowd. He shows the attributes of a Manchester United player. He is a great addition to the squad.”Portugal midfielder Fernandes is under no illusions over his task as United look to return to the lucrative Champions League after a season away.”Everyone knows we want to get into the Champions League places. I am here to help the team conquer this place and keep winning games,” he told the BBC.Wolves, in eighth place, are just two points behind United after a convincing 3-0 win against bottom-club Norwich at Molineux.Diogo Jota scored twice and Raul Jimenez poached his 21st goal in all competitions during the current campaign early in the second period to leave Norwich seven points adrift of safety and looking doomed.Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo said his side had managed the game well.When asked about challenging for a Champions League spot, he said: “We’re going to stay focused because the difficulty is to sustain your performances through the season.”After that, we’ll see, but it’s about building your team and getting them ready to compete whenever, wherever.”Arsenal comeback In the day’s late kick-off, Arsenal recovered from a terrible start to hand Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton their first Premier League defeat since New Year’s Day.Dominic Calvert-Lewin finished acrobatically after Arsenal failed to deal with a free-kick in the first minute but Eddie Nketiah levelled in the 27th minute and six minutes later the home side were ahead when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang raced clear and finished coolly.Richarlison equalised for Everton in first-half stoppage time but Arsenal retook the lead moments after the restart through Aubameyang, who is now the joint leading scorer in the Premier League with 17 goals.Arsenal are unbeaten in seven league matches and Sunday’s win lifted them to ninth in the table.Manager Mikel Arteta said it had been his best week since taking charge at the Emirates in December.”The best thing is the spirit we showed after coming back from Europe — three games in seven days,” he told Sky Sports. “And coming back after we went behind. The resilience they showed after they were absolutely shattered.”As it stands, fifth place could be enough to earn a Champions League spot because second-placed Manchester City have been banned from Europe’s elite competition for two seasons, pending an appeal.On Saturday, Chelsea strengthened their grip on a top-four place by beating London rivals Tottenham 2-1 on a day overshadowed by controversial VAR decisions.Officials ruled that Spurs midfielder Giovani Lo Celso did not deserve to be sent off for a stamp on Cesar Azpilicueta that Chelsea boss Frank Lampard called a “leg-breaker”.There were also incidents involving the technology in Bournemouth’s defeat at Burnley and Manchester City’s win at Leicester.Elsewhere, there were wins for Crystal Palace and Southampton while high-flying Sheffield United drew 1-1 with Brighton.Liverpool host struggling West Ham at Anfield on Monday.Topics : It means United, who have struggled to find consistency all season, are now in fifth place on 41 points, just three adrift of Chelsea.United paid tribute to the late Harry Gregg, hero of the 1958 Munich air disaster, before kick-off at Old Trafford.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised his new signing, who picked up the man-of-the-match award for his display against Watford, languishing second from bottom of the table.”He has done fantastic,” said the Norwegian boss. “He has given everyone a boost. He wants the ball all the time, he wants to conduct the play.  Manchester United moved onto the shoulder of fourth-placed Chelsea on Sunday after brushing aside lowly Watford as Wolves and Arsenal also staked their claims for Champions League football next season.With runaway leaders Liverpool looking certain to win the Premier League, attention has switched to the race for European places, with just 10 points separating Chelsea from Southampton, in 12th spot.New signing Bruno Fernandes opened his goalscoring account for United at Old Trafford from the penalty spot before impressive second-half goals from Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood sealed a 3-0 win.last_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC World Cup 2019: New Zealand vs South Africa Dream11 Prediction | Fantasy Playing XI


first_imgNew Delhi: The 24th match of the ICC World Cup 2019 to feature New Zealand and South Africa at the Edgbaston in Birmingham on Wednesday. New Zealand is looking one of the strongest sides in the tournament and have lost just one game out of four while South Africa could manage to win just one match as of now and are in the bottom three position of the Standings.On one hand, the Kiwis demolished Sri Lanka in their opening game and won the match by 10 wickets. Then, New Zealand beat Bangladesh and Afghanistan by two and seven wickets respectively. The next match against India got washed out due to rain and both the teams shared one point each.On the other hand, South Africa lost their first game against England by 104 runs, second game and third game with Bangladesh and India by 21 runs and six wickets. The Proteas opening their points tally when they shared one point with West Indies after abandonment of match due to rain.So, before the start of this super-exciting encounter, have a look at the best possible Dream11 Fantasy XI team.Wicket-Keepers – Tom Latham, Quinton de cock (VC)Batsmen – Kane Williamson, Colin Munro, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der DussenAll-Rounders – James Neesham (C)Bowlers – Imran Tahir, Beuran Hendricks, Kagiso Rabada For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The Latest: Russian soccer league to resume on June 21


first_imgTwo teams are barred from playing until May 27 by the state of Saxony-Anhalt and can train only in small groups.___World Rugby has postponed July test matches involving southern and northern hemisphere nations because of ongoing restrictions on international travel during the coronavirus pandemic.The sport’s international governing body issued a statement Friday saying the mid-year test window will be rescheduled when cross-border travel and quarantine regulations are relaxed.New Zealand had been scheduled to play Wales and Scotland, Australia was set to play Ireland and Fiji and South Africa had planned to host Scotland and Georgia. World Rugby said the postponement is due “to ongoing government and health agency COVID-19 directives.” May 15, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Russian soccer league will restart on June 21 after a break of more than three months because of the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press The German soccer federation has delayed the restart of the men’s third-division because it doesn’t have political approval.The third division was scheduled to resume on May 26 amid the coronavirus pandemic but the federation says that can’t happen without the go-ahead from authorities around the country. Games in the first and second divisions will resume Saturday.The third division still has 11 rounds of games to play.The pandemic has put several third-division clubs under strain.Leader MSV Duisburg has financial problems and second-place Waldhof Mannheim told local newspapers on Thursday that it stopped training because it doesn’t have coronavirus tests. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Latest: Russian soccer league to resume on June 21 ___Aussie rules football will kick off again on June 11, with the second round of the Australian Football League to be played almost three months after the competition was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.Australian Football League chief executive Gillon McLachlan on Friday announced the matches for the next four rounds of the condensed season would be released within 10 days. The AFL, Australia’s most-watched sports league in terms of attendance and TV audience, was suspended on March 22 after one round.Quarantine requirements and travel restrictions from some states means players and staff from the four AFL clubs from Western Australia and South Australia — the West Coast Eagles, Fremantle Dockers, Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide — will be temporarily be relocated to hubs on the Gold Coast, an hour south of Brisbane. ___ The league intends to pack eight rounds of games into just over one month to finish on July 22. League president Sergei Pryadkin says all games will be held in empty stadiums.The Russian Cup will also continue with the final on July 25. That means some clubs face up to 11 games to finish the season.A planned promotion-relegation playoff has been dropped with only the bottom two clubs in the top division relegated automatically as usual.The league has also adopted a rule change allowing up to five substitutions per match.___last_img read more

Dortmund Extend Bundesliga Lead With Augsburg Win


first_imgLeague leaders Borussia Dortmund has extended their lead at the top of the table following their 2-1 win at Augsburg in a week 7 clash in the German Bundesliga.Ukraine international winger Andriy Yarmolenko gave Dortmund the lead as early as the 4th minute but the home side were level within seven minutes through winger Caiuby. Japanese forward Shinji Kagawa gave his side a second lead and they could have extended it through Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang who failed to convert a second half penalty.The win takes Peter Bosz’ side five points clear of second-placed TSG Hoffenheim and six points ahead of champions Bayern Munich after recording 19 points from 7 games. Hoffenheim will play away to Freiburg on Sunday while Bayern are guests of Hertha Berlin in a tough looking fixture.RelatedGerman Bundesliga Wrap: Bayern Extend Lead With Hannover WinDecember 3, 2017In “Europe”German Bundesliga Wrap: Bayern Extend Lead After Slim Victory Over Bottom Club CologneDecember 14, 2017In “Europe”German Bundesliga Latest: Bayern Extend Lead With Augsburg ThrashingNovember 19, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more