Brandon Fernandes, Edu’s late strike bring FC Goa to winning ways

first_imgFatorda: FC Goas constant persistence to press harder up front paid dividends as the Gaurs came from behind with two late goals in a gap of eight minutes to edge past Delhi Dynamos 3-2 in an entertaining game of the Indian Super League here on Thursday.Bikramjit Singh’s long-range strike put the visitors in the lead as early as the sixth minute. It took almost 50 minutes and a change of side for Goa to find the equaliser through Edu Bedia in the 54th minute.However, Delhi found the gap in the host’s defence once again to go 2-1 with a Lallianzuala Chhangte goal in the 70th minute.But the Gaurs known for their aggressive play breached Delhi with late goals by Brandon Fernandes and Edu Bedia in the 82nd and 89th minutes respectively.Delhi Dynamos drew first blood through Bikramjit Singh as early as the sixth minute of the match. The midfielder received Adria Carmona’s pass on the edge of the box and curled a magnificent shot into the top left corner, leaving Mohammad Nawaz helpless in goal.Ferran Corominas looked hungry to score on his return from suspension as he forced Francisco Dorronsoro to a good low save to his right at the other end. Jackichand Singh crossed the ball into the box from the left and Goa’s leading goalscorer skipped past defenders inside the box before pulling the trigger.Seriton Fernandes’ ball from the back allowed Lenny Rodrigues to dribble into space down the right flank and deliver a teasing ball across the face of the goal that Dorronsoro’s outstretched hands failed to meet.Jackichand Singh met the cross at the far post but directed his effort wide.Constant vigilance seemed to be the order for the Delhi defence as they thwarted Goa’s forays forward with a well organized offside trap. Marcos Tebar missed a free header at the far post from a Carmona free-kick.Marti Crespi headed wide from handshaking distance from Carmona’s free-kick at the stroke of half-time as the visitors threatened to pull ahead.FC Goa’s increased pressure on the Delhi defence after the restart yielded a deserved equaliser in the 54th minute. An excellent build-up saw Corominas release Mandar Rao Dessai into space on the left flank and the Indian winger’s perfect cross into the centre was slotted home by Edu Bedia.Goa’s midfield took control of the game after the equaliser and the hosts strung passes together in the attacking third to push the visitors onto the backfoot.However, Mihelic’s introduction gave Delhi renewed energy in the attacking third. Delhi’s persistence was rewarded with a second goal in the 70th minute. Mihelic’s cross into the box was backheeled into the path of Lallianzuala Chhangte by Nandhakumar from the byline. The young winger made no mistake from close-range to put the visitors ahead.Mihelic threatened with his cross again, this time from the right flank. Chhangte attempted a diving header from the centre of the box to guide the ball into the net but failed to test Nawaz.Lobera’s response was to bring on Brandon Fernandes in place of Jackichand Singh and the substitute pulled the hosts level in the 82nd minute. The Indian winger picked up Dessai’s pass into the centre and beat Dorronsoro with a powerful shot from the edge of the box.Goa found the winner in the 89th minute when Boumous delivered a delightful free-kick into the centre where Bedia glanced a header into the net. IANS Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Seniors to play final game at Kohl Center

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoNow that March has rolled around, the games start to have more significance. Wednesday night will be no exception.No. 8 Wisconsin (24-4, 14-2 Big Ten) will host Penn State (14-14, 6-10 Big Ten) at the Kohl Center tonight in the team?s penultimate regular season game and in its last home contest of the year a win will move the team one step closer to a conference title.With a 14-2 Big Ten record, Wisconsin needs only to get past Penn State Wednesday and Northwestern Saturday to claim the regular season crown. The Badgers had been tied with Purdue atop the conference, but Ohio State beat the Boilermakers 80-77 in overtime Tuesday night, and this means Wisconsin can now claim sole possession of the title with a pair of wins.Penn State enters the game still hurting from an injury to its star player earlier in the season. In the Badgers? first meeting with the Nittany Lions, an 80-55 victory in Happy Valley, Penn State?s leading scorer Geary Claxton went down with a torn ACL that would end the senior?s season.?When you?re missing somebody like [Claxton], it does affect what you?re doing, but you have some strengths,? Badger coach Bo Ryan said.Before the injury, Claxton was leading the Nittany Lions in scoring and rebounding with 17.5 points and 8.4 boards per game. After the senior went down Penn State went on to lose nine of its next 11 games, but the team enters Wednesday?s matchup having won its last two conference games thanks largely to the freshman Talor Battle who scored 28 points in the team?s last game, a 69-61 win over Michigan.?They?ve got quickness in the backcourt now, compared to the past few years, in Pringle and ? the other guard, Battle, besides the 3-point shooters, Morrissey and Walker, they?re getting some,? Ryan said.UW will also have to deal with junior Jamelle Cornley, who is averaging 12.1 points per game and has scored 20 plus points in two of Penn State?s last three games.?Cornley is so tough,? Ryan said. ?He?s a tough matchup.?Though Penn State?s taken a step back with the loss of Claxton, the team still won?t be taken lightly by Wisconsin.?They got a lanky post player that can do some things defensively, and they found a way to compete with that group. ? I know they?d like to have more on the left-hand side, but who doesn?t??It?s been another strong season for Wisconsin at home this season, losing just twice, and the Kohl Center should prove especially daunting for Penn State, a team that has managed just two road victories all season. Additionally, UW should be well rested heading into the game after six days off following an impressive victory over Michigan State that saw Wisconsin turn the ball over just one time.Wednesday?s contest will also be a meaningful one as it will mark the final home game for the Badgers? four seniors, Tanner Bronson, Brian Butch, Greg Stiemsma and Michael Flowers.The four have each won 98 games during their careers at UW and have an opportunity to the tie school record of 99 career wins, set by last season?s class, with a win over PSU. The four?s 47 Big Ten wins is already a Wisconsin record.?I just think this class has done an unbelievable job of coming together collectively,? Ryan said.Butch currently leads the team in scoring with 12.4 points per game, Flowers has been a solid defensive contributor all year and turned in an impressive effort in limiting Michigan State?s Drew Neitzel to just three points in the team?s last game, and Stiemsma has provided a spark off the bench several times this season and currently leads the Badgers in blocked shots.?I?m telling you right now this group has not been cheated,? Ryan said. ?They grab things as they?re going around. ? They?re reaching. They?re pushing their limits, and that?s what I really like about this group.?last_img read more

Ladbrokes reveals specific sports narrative with ‘We Glove It!’ campaign

first_imgShare Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles This weekend Ladbrokes launched its second UK multi-channel advertising campaign ‘We Glove It!’ under the creative guidance of new marketing agency – Cravens Newcastle.Featuring British boxing legend Frank Bruno, Ladbrokes debuted ‘We Glove It!’ targeting coverage of Saturday’s much-anticipated WBC Heavyweight Championship boxing clash between Deontay Wilder Vs Tyson Fury.Launching ‘We Glove It!’, Cravens detailed that the campaign formed part of the Ladbrokes ongoing ‘Bettors of Britain’ brand narrative, with the bookmaker seeking to re-establish its profile targeting specific sporting events with a unique tailored creative.Under the new ownership of GVC Holdings, entering 2018 Ladbrokes marketing called for a ‘creative agency pitch’, seeking to develop a new brand identity for the legacy bookmaker ahead of a crucial summer period featuring World Cup Russia 2018.Last June, Ladbrokes marketing surprised commentators confirming the appointment of Newcastle-based independent advertising agency Cravens as its new creative lead, launching the ‘Bettors of Britain’ campaign.During 2018, GVC Holdings has moved to revamp the Ladbrokes Coral marketing divisions, appointing former EE telecoms executive Noel Hamill as new Chief Marketing Officer for its UK properties. FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

FIFA Best 2019: Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi shortlisted for coach of the year

first_imgAlgeria coach, Djamel Belmadi has been nominted for the best men’s coach at the Best FIFA Football Awards.The Algerian led his country to lift the Africa Cup of Nations early this month, beating Senegal 1-0 in the final.England manager Phil Neville and US head coach Jill Ellis have also been nominated for best men’s coach and best women’s coach respectively.Ellis, who this week announced she will step down, guided the US women’s team to back-to-back World Cup titles.Neville led the Lionesses to a fourth-place finish in France.Premier League managers Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino have been nominated for the best men’s coach award.English-born Paul Riley is also nominated as the manager of women’s side North Carolina Courage.The top 10 best women’s players will be revealed at 14:00 BST, with the men’s an hour later.The public will vote from the shortlists in each category, with the winners revealed on 23 September.Full women’s coaches shortlist:Phil Neville, EnglandJill Ellis, United StatesMilena Bertolini, ItalyPeter Gerhardsson, SwedenFutoshi Ikeda, JapanAntonia Is, SpainJoe Montemurro, ArsenalReynald Pedros, LyonPaul Riley, North Carolina CourageSarina Wiegman, NetherlandsFull men’s coaches shortlist:Jurgen Klopp, LiverpoolPep Guardiola, Manchester CityMauricio Pochettino, TottenhamDjamel Belmadi, AlgeriaDidier Deschamps, FranceMarcelo Gallardo, River PlateRicardo Gareca, PeruFernando Santos, PortugalErik Ten Hag, AjaxTite, Brazillast_img read more