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Revamped Atletico off to winning start

Alvaro Morata headed in a Kieran Trippier cross to ensure a new-look Atletico Madrid beat Getafe 1-0 on Sunday and make a winning start in La Liga. Trippier looked right at home at the Wanda Metropolitano when his bending ball was nodded in by Morata before two red cards in four minutes, one for each team, made it 10 against 10 before half-time. Getafe striker Jorge Molina and Atletico left-back Renan Lodi were the players sent off and then Morata missed a penalty, earned after a mesmeric run from Joao Felix, Atletico's 126 million euro signing from Benfica. It was...


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11/09/2019

Ali Mabkhout heroics give UAE 2-1 win over Malaysia

A virtually new-look UAE took their first baby step towards World Cup qualification but not before weathering a Malaysian storm in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday night. In a fractious Group G encounter at the Bukit Jalil Stadium, frontman Ali Ahmed Mabkhout silenced the partisan crowd with a brace as the Whites rallied to win their opener 2-1. Spicing it up and adding a bit more needle to the contest was Malaysia's humiliation at the hands of the UAE in a World Cup qualifier four years ago. The Whites, then under coach Mahdi Ali had walloped the Malaysians 10-0 at the...
11/09/2019

Zamalek win Egypt Cup but don’t count Pyramids out

CAIRO: Almost everybody has heard about the Pyramids, those triangular rock edifices jutting out of the desert sands in Egypt and which are thousands of years old. The Pyramids are one of the original Seven Wonders of the World and as such, one of the world’s most spectacular man-made structures. But there is another kind of Pyramids that even though does not enjoy the same worldwide fame, has nevertheless carved a niche for itself and in record time. This latest wonder would be Pyramids FC, the Egyptian football club which in only their first year of existence reached the final...
11/09/2019

Stunned Serbia buckled under World Cup expectations: coach

DONGGUAN, China, Sept 10, 2019 Agence France Presse: Serbia’s coach said that his strongly fancied team collapsed under the weight of expectation as they were stunned by Argentina in the Basketball World Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday.The South Americans’ grand old man Luis Scola knocked down a series of key buckets in a fourth-quarter surge to help crush Serbia 97-87 in the Chinese city of Dongguan.Argentina are now undefeated in six games and headed for a Friday semifinal against reigning two-time champions the United States or France.In Tuesday’s other quarter-final, Spain’s Ricky Rubio became the all-time leader for World Cup assists...

11/09/2019

Angelique Kerber loses in 3 sets at Zhengzhou Open

ZHENGZHOU, China: Three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber lost in the opening round of the Zhengzhou Open on Tuesday, falling to Alison Riske of the United States 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (6).Unseeded Kristina Mladenovic advanced, beating local wildcard Ying-Ying Duan 6-2, 6-3. Mladenovic finished with only 10 unforced errors while Duan had 25.“It was very tricky conditions: It’s super humid, and it’s never easy to start a tournament,” Mladenovic said. “Every first round is difficult, and Ying-Ying, I’ve played her in the past and she’s a very powerful player with a big serve.”Mladenovic will next face another Frenchwoman, Caroline Garcia.Two more...
11/09/2019

Iran's 'Blue Girl', who faced jail for going to football games, dies after setting herself on fire outside court

An Iranian football fan has died after she set herself alight in what has been seen as a protest against a ban on women in football stadiums. Media in Tehran have reported that Sahar Khodayari died in hospital earlier this week after suffering burns across 90 per cent of her body.The woman, known as "Blue Girl" after her team's colours, had set fire to herself outside the court where she was facing charges for trying to enter a football stadium. She had dressed in a wig and coat in an attempt to watch her favourite team Esteghlal take on United...
11/09/2019

Tayla Harris's AFLW kick immortalised in bronze statue unveiled in Melbourne

By Elias Clure One of football's most talked about kicks has been immortalised in a statue unveiled in Melbourne's CBD today.The bronze statue of Carlton AFLW player Tayla Harris does not have a permanent home but will be based at Federation Square over the remaining AFL finals period.Standing at 3.3 metres tall, it depicts an Instagram photo shared by Harris earlier this year, which was met with praise as well as nasty abuse, sparking a conversations about misogyny and abuse online."It's a pretty surreal feeling, it's incredible and it's more than me just kicking football, it's a message, it's a...