Lloris error hands Sweden last-gasp 2-1 win over France

By Philip O’ConnorAn error by France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris handed Sweden’s Ola Toivonen a last-gasp goal to secure a 2-1 win in their World Cup Group A qualifier at the Friends Arena on Friday.Lloris’s poor clearance fell straight to the midfielder who lobbed the keeper from inside his own half to steal the points and delight the home fans and their celebrating players.France had led through a superb left-foot strike by forward Olivier Giroud after 37 minutes but that was cancelled out by a precise low finish from Sweden’s Jimmy Durmaz in the 43rd.The win put Sweden top of the group, level on 13 points with France and three ahead of the Netherlands, who beat visiting Luxembourg 5-0 on Friday.The Swedes, who had lost 2-1 when the sides met in Paris in November, spent the opening half-hour frustrating the visitors, getting stuck in to challenges and slowing the tempo, but that all changed when Giroud scored and the game burst into life.France forward Antoine Griezmann twice headed straight at Robin Olsen in the second half but went closer with a free kick from distance that the goalkeeper scrambled to parry as the beaten Euro 2016 finalists upped the tempo.Minutes later Lloris was tipping a free kick from Emil Forsberg over the bar and Sweeden’s Jakob Johansson also had a thumping shot from distance that flew just wide of the target.France brought on teenage striker Kylian Mbappe late on but it was Swedish substitute Sebastian Larsson who pressured Lloris into making the bad clearance that gave Toivonen the chance to win the game for the home side, and he took it gleefully.Summaries from the World Cup Qualifying European matches on Friday Netherlands 5 Arjen Robben 21, Wesley Sneijder 34, Georginio Wijnaldum 62, Quincy Promes 70, Vincent Janssen 84penLuxembourg 0Halftime: 2-0;Attendance: 41,300– – –Sweden 2 Jimmy Durmaz 43, Ola Toivonen 90+3France 1 Olivier Giroud 37Halftime: 1-1;– – –Belarus 2 Mikhail Sivakov 33pen, Pavel Savitski 80Bulgaria 1 Georgi Kostadinov 90+1Halftime: 1-0;Attendance: 6,500– – –Faroe Islands 0Switzerland 2 Granit Xhaka 36, Xherdan Shaqiri 59Halftime: 0-1;Attendance: 4,594– – –Latvia 0Portugal 3 Cristiano Ronaldo 41,63, Andre Silva 67Halftime: 0-1;Attendance: 8,087– – –Andorra 1 Marc Rebes 26Hungary 0Halftime: 1-0;Attendance: 2,400– – –Bosnia 0Greece 0Halftime: 0-0;Attendance: 11,000– – –Estonia 0Belgium 2 Dries Mertens 31, Nacer Chadli 86Halftime: 0-1;– – –Gibraltar 1 Anthony Hernandez 30Cyprus 2 Roy Chipolina 10og, Pieros Sotiriou 87Halftime: 1-1;Attendance: 488– – –Next Fixtures (GMT):Saturday, June 10Azerbaijan v Northern Ireland (1600)Germany v San Marino (1845)Norway v Czech Republic (1845)Kazakhstan v Denmark (1600)Montenegro v Armenia (1845)Poland v Romania (1845)Scotland v England (1600)Slovenia v Malta (1600)Lithuania v Slovakia (1845)Sunday, June 11Moldova v Georgia (1600)Ireland v Austria (1600)Serbia v Wales (1845)Macedonia v Spain (1845)Israel v Albania (1845)Italy v Liechtenstein (1845)Finland v Ukraine (1600)Iceland v Croatia (1845)Kosovo v Turkey (1845) read more

Reggae Girlz squad announced for World Cup qualifiers

first_imgThe Jamaica Football Federation has submitted its 20-member team for the CONCACAF Women’s Championships, which takes place across three US cities from October 4 – 17.  The squad features all the top names including attackers Trudi Carter and Khadija Shaw as well as other standouts such as Lauren Silver, Allyson Swaby, Ashleigh Shim among others.  CONCACAF announced that all eight competing teams have submitted their final squads ahead of the tournament, which will be used to determine the confederation’s representatives at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.  The 2018 edition of the women’s championship will be disputed in two rounds. After round-robin play in Cary, NC and Edinburg, TX, the two group winners, plus the two second-place finishers will advance to the knockout round. The semi-finals, third place match and final will take place at the Toyota Stadium, in Frisco, TX. The tournament will qualify the top three finishers to the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 and a fourth team to an intercontinental playoff versus Argentina. Fans will be able to follow the tournament through Concacaf GO and the Confederations rights partner networks, including Univision and Fox Sports in the United States and Fox Sports Latin America in Mexico.   Jamaica has been drawn in Group B alongside Canada, Costa Rica and Cuba. Group A features the USA, Panama, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago.  Full Jamaican Squad: Allyson Swaby, Ashleigh Shim, Chantelle Swaby, Chinyelu Asher, Christina Chang, Deneisha Blackwood, Dominique Bond, Giselle Washington, Jadyn Matthews, Jody Brown, Khadija Shaw, Konya Plummer, Lauren Silver, Marlo Sweatman, Nicole McLure, Sashana Campbell, Shanise Foster, Sydney Schneider, Toriana Patterson, Trudi Carter.last_img read more

Deejays ready for Westside 45 Deejay Kick Out competition

first_imgCome Saturday, November 19, twelve deejays from around Guyana will battle for supremacy and a title as the Best Deejay on the West Side at the parking lot of the Leonora Stadium. The event is called the Westside 45 DJ Kick Out Deejay competition. Those competing for the grand prize are Deejays Spotlight, Links, Smallzz, Jahalla, Selector Keston, Turf, D Dangles, D Boss, Kevin, Sixx, Unruly and Famous. The winner will walk away with one Apple laptop computer, one Beats headphone, $200,000 in cash and the champion’s trophy.Prizes will also be given to the best dressed deejay, most hyped deejay, and most popular deejay.The competition is made up of five rounds, with the first being the “God bless round”. In the second round, the deejays can only play Guyanese music which is referred to as the “Guyanese music round”. Round three is referred to as the “Party round”, while round four is titled “I am a special DJ” – in this round, the contestants cannot play reggae, dancehall, rap, hip hop or R&B.  Any other genre of music can be played.Meanwhile, round five will be the last man standing round where the last three deejays in the competition will go at each other “tune for tune” with three songs each. As round five intensifies, one deejay will be eliminated.The remaining two standing deejays will have to impress their fans in another “tune for tune” with five songs apiece. The crowd will be the judge and will select the winner of the competition.The competition starts at 20:00h sharp and admission costs only $1000. Tickets will be available at the venue. The event is sponsored by Two Brothers Pure Ice; Gulf Motor Oil and Mackenson.last_img read more

Conditional dialogue and the date of the elections

first_imgBy:  SASE Singh; M.Sc. – Finance, ACCA.Chosen lawyers have been paid a sum of more than G$60 million in aggregate so far from the taxpayers’ resources to advocate for a case that is totally bereft of constitutional logic. Fortunately, Guyana still has some well-read Judges with the right level of integrity, who are singularly committed to the rule of law and nothing else. The ruling by the Chief Justice (ag.) clearly embraces the spirit and intent of Guyana’s Constitution. One of her rulings debunked such irrational underpinnings like 34 rather than 33 is a majority of the 65 in reference to the National Assembly.Welcome to Guyana, where a ruling oligarchy is struggling to explain its delusional positions. What is now absolutely sure is that the mask has fallen, and what the people thought they were voting for in 2015 is no longer there.  All the rhythm of “let us co-operate” has been replaced by anti-democratic actions and legal theatrics all focused at procrastinating the acceptance of the rule of law, and with much help from GECOM, who seem very unaware of their responsibilities.All this for what?  Political power through the back door, using a unilaterally appointed GECOM Chairman as your pawn?  Why fight for back door access when the front door was fully opened to you by the people in 2015?  Did you not win an elections freely and fairly at the ballot box?  So why did you not rule fairly and justly, rather than propagate a model that was fuelled by ethnic supremacy, jobs only for Congress Place members, and contracts only for family and friends?  After all of this administrative misconduct, do you still expect the majority of people to stand by you?Dr Ramharack, in a letter the editor, pointed out the fact on how the distribution of scholarships was abused in the last three years. He also alluded to the fact that over G$2 billion in agriculture projects were bequeathed to areas that are perceived to be PNC strongholds. At the same time, you fired 7,000 sugar workers, who are perceived as the core support base of the PPP.  I might add from my own research that you appointed 16 of the 17 Permanent Secretaries from one group over the last three years, and shut out the other groups. To compound your public acts of ethnic supremacy and triumphalism, you also appointed some 85 per cent of the Heads of Department from that same group. With such actions in a nation where 39 per cent are Indo-Guyanese, 29 per cent are Afro-Guyanese, 21 per cent are Mixed, and 11 per cent are Amerindians, do you expect the majority to endorse your positions?The resistance to Team Granger has now spread to every corner of the country and every socioeconomic class.  One important reason for this situation is that social media has provided a totally new outlet for the dissemination of information that no government can control.The time is now for civil society to lobby the diplomatic community, so that they can accelerate their international assistance to ensure that Guyana returns to the path of a peaceful democracy. History has shown us that behind every statement from the US Government, there are more than just words.  Senor Maduro in Venezuela is about to find out this fact. Let us hope, for the PNC’s sake, good sense prevails. The irrefutable fact remains that Guyana isn’t divided, it is just the political players who are making this out this way with their statements, such as “the only people I gun give wuk to is PNC people”.Finally, I saw civil society, in a press statement on February 16, 2019, calling on the Leader of the Opposition and former President Jagdeo “to meet and work together with Granger to find a solution”. This is an unfortunate statement, since it acts as an incentive to the bully who is trampling on the Constitution. Is the Civil Society Group suffering from Stockholm Syndrome?  It is time we have some bravery from this lot.  They must call a spade a spade.  There should be only a conditional dialogue to discuss the date of the elections.  If the elections date is not the number one item on the agenda, no dialogue for Granger.  FULL STOP!Feel free to share your comments with me at sasesin1@yahoo.comlast_img read more

Hull City sign Uruguayan World Cup star in club record deal

first_imgHull City have announced Abel Hernandez as their new club record signing.The Uruguayan international forward, 24, joins the Tigers in a £9.5million deal from Serie A side Palermo.Hernandez made two appearances at the World Cup in Brazil and has now penned a three-year contract at the KC Stadium.And Hull City manager Steve Bruce is delighted he was able to seal the deal.“Abel is a fantastic signing and highlights just how far the Club has come in such a short space of time, he told Hull City’s official website.“He is an exciting talent and like myself, I’m sure the supporters can’t wait to see him in action.”Last season Hernandez struck 14 times as Palermo won the Serie B title and was previously linked with moves to Southampton and Sunderland. Abel Hernandez 1last_img read more

McDonald’s launches PR un-campaign

first_imgOAK BROOK, Ill. – McDonald’s Corp. will promote its healthier menu choices to counter negative publicity expected from a new book co-written by the author of “Fast Food Nation,” the chain’s chief executive, Jim Skinner, said Monday. While McDonald’s maintains that the strategy is not aimed solely at undermining “Chew On This,” which is due out next month, Skinner acknowledged that “it’s important to ramp this up now” amid heavy criticism of the fast-food industry for its perceived role in increased obesity. “I wouldn’t call it a campaign,” he told reporters in a news conference at McDonald’s headquarters. “It is a continuous improvement relative to the communication of our story regarding our high-quality food in McDonald’s.” The approach signifies a marked departure from the way the world’s largest fast-food chain remained mostly quiet after being skewered in both Eric Schlosser’s “Fast Food Nation” in 2001 and filmmaker Morgan Spurlock’s 2004 documentary, “Super Size Me.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThis time, the company is trying to get its side told even before publicity hits for both “Chew On This,” which was co-written by Schlosser with Charles Wilson and targets 11- to 15-year-olds, and a film version of “Fast Food Nation” that is due out later this year featuring Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke. McDonald’s has been promoting its commitment to balanced, active lifestyles in recent years and adding healthier products, such as entree-size salads and the option to substitute apple slices and juice for fries and soft drink in Happy Meals. But Skinner said “we’re not doing as good a job as we could, quite frankly,” in telling the company’s story. After warning its U.S. franchisees about the upcoming film, the company issued a statement last week saying it was aware of Schlosser’s new book and movie, as well as his upcoming publicity tour. “While we don’t agree with some of his conclusions, it is clear he shares McDonald’s passion for food safety, good jobs and quality food,” it said. According to early reports about the book, it holds fast-food companies responsible for the nation’s childhood-obesity epidemic and criticizes them for being low-wage employers. McDonald’s already has been hit by lawsuits accusing it of causing obesity in tens of thousands of children. Courts have dismissed most obesity claims, but an appeals court in New York reinstated one suit against it last year. Skinner said the company has to balance efforts to produce healthier food with the fact it is a for-profit restaurant company. “There is a distinction between what people say they eat, say they want to eat, and what they eat,” he told reporters at the start of a daylong session and tour focusing on McDonald’s food safety and job opportunities. “It’s about choices. It’s about opportunities for people to come to McDonald’s and get a meal that they feel good about having eaten … that fits into their lifestyle.” He dismissed the notion that McDonald’s is nothing but a minimum-wage employer with dead-end jobs, calling it “a company of opportunity.” He said 67,000 McDonald’s restaurant managers got their starts working behind the counter, as did 1,200 owners of McDonald’s franchised restaurants and 20 members of top management – himself included. One area where the company remains particularly vulnerable to criticism is the level of harmful trans fatty acids in its fries, which it said earlier this year was higher than previously thought. It’s now been almost four years since McDonald’s pledged to switch to a new oil that would halve the level of trans fats in the popular product. Asked about that promise, Skinner said there’s still no timetable for when the switch might occur and that the company must first get the taste right in ongoing testing. “We’re not there yet,” he said. “We believe that we will be. We just don’t know exactly when that’s going to be. … But trust me, we are very much focused on this.” McDonald’s shares fell 53 cents to close at $34.32 on the New York Stock Exchange.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Gunners midfielder ruled OUT for three months with ankle injury

first_img1 Santi Cazorla will travel to Sweden to have surgery Santi Cazorla will have ankle surgery in Sweden next week and will be out of action for up to three months, Arsenal have announced.The 31-year-old Spaniard has not featured for the Gunners since the 6-0 Champions League win over Ludogorets on October 19.It had been hoped the playmaker, who scored twice during Arsenal’s impressive opening to the new campaign, would be able to recover without going under the knife.However, the club announced in a statement on Thursday afternoon that he would need to undergo an operation.“Santi Cazorla is travelling to Sweden early next week to undergo surgery to his right ankle,” a statement on www.arsenal.com said.“The club’s medical team and specialists have decided that surgery is required to the plantaris tendon in the Spain international’s right foot.“The problem has not progressed during a rehabilitation programme following the injury during the home match with Ludogorets on October 19.“We expect Santi’s full recovery to take approximately three months.“Everyone at the club will be working hard with Santi to make sure he’s back on the pitch as soon as possible.”Arsenal were beaten 2-0 at home by Southampton in their EFL Cup quarter-final on Wednesday night.The Gunners currently sit fourth in the Premier League table, three points behind leaders Chelsea ahead of Saturday’s trip to West Ham.last_img read more

Netherlands 4-2 Denmark: Host nation triumph in thrilling Euro 2017 final

first_imgThe Netherlands, in front of a record 28,182 crowd in the country for a women’s football match, have won the 2017 Women’s European Championship with a 4-2 win over Denmark.It’s the host nation’s first ever win in a major tournament – and they deservedly lift the trophy – but there is great respect for their opponents, who many believed would struggle to even get out of their group.It certainly wasn’t plain sailing for the Netherlands, with Denmark, through Nadia Nadim, taking the lead from the penalty spot with six minutes on the clock.But only 20 seconds later, Vivianne Miedema got the Dutch on level terms with her first goal of the game, before Barcelona forward Lieke Martens gave the hosts the lead from 20 yards minutes before the half hour mark.Far from depleted, Pernille Harder equalised with an excellent finish for Denmark to further suggest the Netherlands would have to work to seal victory on home soil.Six minutes after the restart, though, Dutch captain Sherida Spitse sent a smart free kick, taking full advantage of poor goalkeeper positioning, into the corner to give her side the lead – which they refused to relinquish.Denmark pushed for an equaliser, but the Netherlands were in control.And their victory was sealed in the 89th minute when Miedema latched onto Spitse’s ball over the top to net her second, and make it game over for the Danes. 1 Vivianne Miedema celebrates after scoring the Netherlands’ fourth goal last_img read more

Motherwell sign Reading’s Craig Tanner on two-year deal

first_imgMotherwell have signed attacking midfielder Craig Tanner on a two-year deal. The 22-year-old is Stephen Robinson’s third signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Alex Fisher and Gael Bigirimana last week. Tanner, who plays behind the striker or on the wing, makes the move from English Championship side Reading, where his contract was due to expire at the end of the month.Speaking exclusively to MFC TV, Tanner said: “I’m delighted to have joined, having good talks about the club with Stephen Robinson and Martin Foyle. It’s a good day for me. He has spent most of his senior career playing on loan at Plymouth Argyle, scoring 12 goals in 41 starts. “I have a really positive feeling about the club and feel they are really building for the future.”Manager Stephen Robinson said: “Craig is a good signing for us and gives us something different again.“He can unlock doors, playing in little pockets across the front three, left side/right side or in behind the striker. He is a really good signing for the club.”Tanner spent 14 years at Reading, joining their youth academy in 2003, and made five appearances for the first team. last_img read more