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Joshua King Shatters Spain’s Dream Of Qualifying For 2020 With His Penalty Kick

Spain missed the opportunity to qualify for Euro 2020 when it couldn’t save a crucial match with Norway. It was 1-1 draw in Oslo. The three-time champions Spain was relying much on this match because it was the only hope for qualifying for Euro 2020.

Highlights of the match

  • Joshua King’s 94th minute penalty equaled the match with 1-1
  • Spain’s aggressive football was visible in the first half of the match
  • The home goalkeeper Rune Jarstein kept Mikel Oyarzabal’s ball out

Factors that affect Spain’s opportunities for Euro 2020

1. Romania failed to beat the Faroe Islands but it lost the match with 3-0 score. If it could, Spain would have qualified for Euro 2020.

2. In another match, Sweden thrashed Malta 4-0. If it would have otherwise, Spain would have benefitted from the match.

What’s next for Spain?

Spain has to defeat Sweden in Solna on Tuesday. It is very crucial match for Spain because losing the game would akin to losing the opportunity to qualify for Euro 2020. Spain has two matches in spare in addition to the Tuesday match.

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Mary Kom With 8th Medal Becomes The Most Successful Boxer At The Worlds

MC Mary Kom had a great day at the ongoing Women’s Worlds in Ulan Ude, Russia, when she became the most successful boxer in the history of the World Championships – both men and women.

Indian boxing legend MC Mary Kon wins 8th medal at the Worlds

The 36-year old Mary Kom won her 8th WC medal by defeating the Rio Olympics bronze medalist, Columbia’s Valencia Victoria. She won in a 51kg category quarterfinal bout by a unanimous 5-0 verdict and became the only boxer to secure eight medals at the Worlds

Mary Kom’s medal tally at the Words

The heavyweight legend has six gold medals and a silver at the Worlds. The only boxer matching her standard is Cuba’s Felix Savon. The second most successful boxer at women’s Worlds is Ireland’s Katie Taylor. She has six medals – five gold and one bronze.

For record, May Kom’s earlier won medals in pinweight (46kg) and light-flyweight (48kg) category. The 51kg heavyweight is the new introduced division and for this reason the first medal of Mary Kom. Here it is necessary to mention that 51kg heavyweight … Read the rest

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Mayank Agarwal And Cheteshwar Pujara Polled In 100-Runs After Early Dismissal Of Rohit Sharma In 2nd Test Day 1 Match

The opening-day of 2nd Test between India and South Africa saw early dismissal of Rohit Sharma but Mayank Agarwal and CheteshwarPujara put India in a dominant position by putting in 100-runs together. South Africa also made a change in bowling order. It brought spinners at both the ends.

Highlights of the match

  • Playing at 37, CheteshwarPujara went ahead for a big one into the mid-wicket stands. He took a lose ball by SenuranMuthuswany to hit a six.
  • Captain Faf du Plessis brought Anrich Nortje to test the strength of Mayank Agarwal in facing bouncers. But Mayank hit back-to-back boundaries and put Indian score over 100-runs.
  • Anrich Nortje and Keshav Maharaj brought South Africa back to game with a couple of tight overs but this success was short-lived as soon as Pujara pick up a boundary and took India past the 90-run mark.
  • Anrich Nortje tried hard to break the 2nd wicket partnership of Indian batsmen. He wanted to take advantage of Mayank’s weakness against short-pitched balls.
  • Mayank Agarwal made his 4th half-century in Test Cricket. This Karnataka batsman proved cricket after taking lead from Rohit Sharma. Early dismissal of Rohit
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India vs South Africa Women ODI Cricket: Mithali Raj Says High Score Necessary To Popularize Women Cricket In India

Indian cricket team of women suffered a blow just before the first One Day International (ODI) against South Africa. A key player of the team was retired hurt and ruled out of the series. But the good thing is that the Indian skipper is in high spirits to popularize women’s cricket in India.

Press briefing of Indian skipper Mithali Raj

Captain of Indian women’s cricket team, Mithali Raj, predicted that the ODI series with South Africa would be “very competitive.” She further stressed her point that the women’s cricket matches had to be high scoring in order to popularize women’s cricket. She was addressing the press ahead of the first ODI in Vadodara.

Smriti Mandhana retired hurt

A fracture in her right toe made Smriti Mandhana unfit for playing the series. She was ruled out of the entire series but a final call on her ouster would be taken only after an assessment by physios in NCA. She needs an MRI but that is possible only after the swelling is controlled.

Head coach Woorkeri Raman speak for Smriti Mandhana

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India Scored 91 At Lunch On Day 1 Of 1st Test With South African At Visakhapatnam

Virat Kohli decided to bat first and his decision was proved wise as India scored 91 runs without losing any wicket in the first day of the first test match at Visakhapatnam with South Africa.

India chooses to bat

Both the openers of Indian cricket team Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal played well scoring 50 and 39 runs respectively. Skipper Virat Kohli took the decision of batting first without any hesitation despite knowing that South Africa has a strong bowling line. Confident of taking a lead, he allowed his opening batsmen to play freely and score as much as they can.

South African bowlers troubled India

There were some anxious moments in the first half of the match with South African spinners Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander almost tied the Indian batsmen on the pitch. But then the ball was new. Indian batsmen remained defensive until they got hold of the ball.

Rohit Sharma scored 50

Rohit displayed beautiful foot movement in the second half of the match. He hit a couple of sixers on the spinning ball and scored his 50 runs. It was … Read the rest

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FIFA Best Player Award 2019 For Lionel Messi And Megan Rapinoe

Lionel Messi was selected for the FIFA Best Player Award 2019 by beating rival Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil Van Dijk, who was the winner of UEFA player’s award last month.

Contestants for FIFA Best Award and other titles

Started in 2016, the first two awards went to Cristiano Ronaldo (2016-17). In 2018, Croatian Luka Modric won the prestigious award. But in 2019, Lionel Messi pipped both the champions to become the best.

Both Lionel Messi and Van Dijk are also competing for the coveted Ballon d’Or that would be announced on 2nd December.

Last season, Lionel Messi emerged top scorer in the Champions League with 12 goals and won the European Golden Shoe with 36 goals in the La Liga title.

Van Dijk was in the race to FIFA player of the year after winning World Player of the Year and the Ballon d’Or in 2006.

Why was FIFA Best Award a surprise for Lionel Messi?

Messi called it a surprise because Van Dijk was very close to the award after winning UEFA Player’s award. It is for the first … Read the rest