Tuesday, July 1, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup (Belgium vs United States): Belgium Advances to Quarters to Face Argentina


Belgium wins and through to the next round to face Argentina on Saturday (July 5). 

Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne scored the first goal of the match. CreditImage by Marcos Brindicci/Reuters


Last match of the Round-16 was played today between the United States and Belgium at Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador. Belgium advances to the quarter-finals after beating the United States 2-1 in extra time.

Though Belgium won against the United States; but the soccer fans will never forget the heroics of the U.S. goalkeepper - Tim Howard, who kept on defying the Belgian attack throughout 120 minutes of the match. Howard had 16 saves, the most by any goalkeeper in the last 5 decades.
 
Kevin De Bruyne scored for Belgium in the 93rd moniute of the match to put them up 1-0 versus the United States in extra-time. Just before the finish of fir
st half of extra time Romelu Lukaku doubled the Belgian lead.  

Two minutes later, the last U.S. substitution, the 19-year-old Julian Green powered a shot into Belgium’s net to cut the lead to one.  

Belgium was lucky to survive in the dying moments of the second half of regular time when the U.S. forward Chris Wondolowski sent a shot barely over the crossbar, which could easily be said the cleanest chance for the team USA.  

Earlier today, Argentina emerged as victorious in its Round of 16 match against Switzerland, 1-0, in a dramatic extra-time encounter  when Lionel Messi passed to Angel Di Maria for the winning goal just two minutes before finishing the second half of extra time.  

Now all eight group winners make it through to the quarter-finals, which will start from July 4 after the two days' rest. Schedule is as follows:  

Friday July 4/5  

France v Germany 9:00 pm PST
Brazil v Colombia 1:00 am PST  

Saturday July 5/6  

Argentina v Belgium 9:00 pm PST
Holland v Costa Rica 1:00 am PST  

Source:  

fifa.com  

goal.com

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup: Italy 0 - 1 Uruguay -- Uruguay Advances, Italy Ousted

Rio de Janeiro (Tuesday, June 24) - Reported by madn3wz

Italy take on Uruguay in an important Group D match being played at Estádio das Dunas, Natal.

 Italy 0 - 1 Uruguay -- Uruguay Advances, Italy Ousted


Italy is on the brink of the exit from 2014 FIFA World Cup as Uruguay striker No. 3 Diego Godín scores first goal in the 81st minute of the match.

A draw would have been worked for Italy, but Uruguay had to win to qualify for next round and they did it.

Two minutes now remain for Italy to save their World Cup skins... They've still not created a genuine chance.

The match is over and it was all for Italian showdown in this World Cup.

Costa Rica have alreay qualified for the kock-out round after playing a goal-less draw against England. Unlucky England exit the World Cup without a win.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Photos and Video: Gayle and party having fun after semi-final win over Australia

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - The brutal left-hander Chris Gayle smashed a blistering unbeaten 75 off just 41 balls and played a key role in a crushing 74-run victory over a listless Australia at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Friday. Gayle hit five fours and half a dozen of towering sixes as West Indies made a mockery of Aussie attack.

Chris Gayle and party having fun after semi-final win over Australia


Gayle not only performed with the bat, but also amused his team mates and cricket fans with his unique "Gangnam Style" dance after his team reaches in maiden final of ICC World Twenty20 the other night, beating mighty Australian by a huge margin.

Chris Gayle and party having fun after semi-final win over Australia


Throughout the ongoing tournament Gayle has been doing his own version of a wacky dance from worldwide sensation for South Korean musician Park Jae-Sang.

Last night Gayle used it to celebrate in his own unique style.

“It just happens, to be honest, it wasn't really planned,” Gayle said after last night’s victory.

“That's me, it depends what type of mood I'm in. I'll just do something crazy and it's a good dance, everyone enjoys it.” 

See more photos below, before jumping to the video of the Caribbean party:

Chris Gayle and party having fun after semi-final win over Australia

Chris Gayle and party having fun after semi-final win over Australia

Chris Gayle and party having fun after semi-final win over Australia
 

Watch Gayle and party having fun after the match:

 

West Indies will now meet unbeaten hosts Sri Lanka tomorrow (SUNDAY).

Watch full match highlights below:

 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Pakistan reaches the semi-finals of ICC World Twenty20

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Tuesday, Oct. ) - The last Super Eight Round match between India and South Africa was still under process; when Pakistan sails through to the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20, as soon as South Africa gone past 121. 

Pakistan reaches the semi-finals of ICC World Twenty20


Faf du Plessis played an impressive knock of 65 off 38 balls. Although South Africa loses by 1 run but their brave effort gives lifeline to Pakistan, who were put on the edge by India thrashing them comprehensively this Sunday. 

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Zidane's statue of headbutting shows 'moment of madness' or 'ode to defeat'

French soccer player Zinedine Zidane's infamous headbutt on Italian soccer player Marco Materazzi in the 2006 FIFA World Cup final has been immortalised in a statue now on display in Paris.
 
Zidane's statue of headbutting shows 'moment of madness' or 'ode to defeat'
 
A 5-meter (16.4 feet) high version of Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed's bronze statue Zidane headbutting Marco Materazzi has been erected outside Paris' Centre Pompidou, one of the world's foremost modern art museums.
"This statue goes against the tradition of making statues in honour of certain victories. It is an ode to defeat," exhibition organizer Alain Michaud told Agence France Presse.
 
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Monday, September 17, 2012

2012 ICC World Twenty20 to be kicked off tomorrow (Schedule and Details)

The 2012 ICC World Twenty20 will be the fourth ICC World Twenty20 competition, an international Twenty20 cricket tournament that will be held in Sri Lanka between September 18 and October 7, 2012. The schedule The schedule has been posted by ICC. This will be the first World Twenty20 tournament held in an Asian country, the last three being held in South Africa, England and the West Indies respectively.
 
2012 ICC World Twenty20 to be kicked off tomorrow (Schedule and Details)
Twelve (12) teams are going to fight out their hearts in the latest edition of the ICC World T20. The teams include Sri Lanka (the host), Zimbabwe, Australia, Ireland, Afghanistan, India, South Africa, New Zealand, Bangladesh, West Indies, Pakistan and England.

Teams are divided into four groups for the initial round as follows:

Group A – England, India, Afghanistan
Group B – Australia, West Indies, Ireland
Group C – Sri Lanka, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Group D – Pakistan, New Zealand, Bangladesh

After the intial round two tema from each group will qualify for the second round - Super Eight (Super 8, S8 round) and two groups will be formed having 4 teams in each group.
 
For Super Eight (Super 8/S8) Round .... Continue reading below:
 



 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

British cyclist Bradley Wiggins made history winning Tour de France 2012 (Winning Moments Photos)

Tour de France 2012 ended with first ever victory by a British rider on Sunday. Bradley Wiggins made history on Champs-Elysees finishing carefully in the bunch, pumping the air in achievement as he crossed the line after three weeks and 3,497km of racing.

British cyclist Bradley Wiggins made history winning Tour de France 2012
 
Wiggins even helped Sky teammate Mark Cavendish earning his fourth straight sprint victory on the Champs-Elysees.

That saw him surpass seven-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong and Frenchman Andre Darrigade in the overall stage-win standings, 11 short of Belgian Eddy Merckx's record of 34.

Bradley Wiggins, 32, from London, finished 3 minutes 21 seconds ahead of fellow Briton Chris Froome to complete a one-two for Britain and Team Sky. Vincenzo Nibali of Italy finished third, 6:19 off the pace.

British cyclist Bradley Wiggins made history winning Tour de France 2012


Wiggins congratulated his teammates after crossing the line, gave a big hug to his wife, clutched the hands of their kids and blew kisses and bowed to a sea of union jacks.

“Cheers, have a safe journey home, don’t get too drunk,” said Wiggins, who wrote in his autobiography about overcoming drinking problems after his early successes in the Velodrome.

Cavendish claimed his 23rd Tour stage win and third this year. He also became the first reigning world champion to win on the Champs-Elysees.

British cyclist Bradley Wiggins made history winning Tour de France 2012

British cyclist Bradley Wiggins made history winning Tour de France 2012
British cyclist Bradley Wiggins made history winning Tour de France 2012

As expected, Wiggins repaid Cavendish for his efforts earlier in the race and led the Sky train in the final kilometre of the 120-kilometre stage before leaving his place to Edvald Boasson Hagen, who delivered a perfect lead-out for Cavendish.

“That was incredible, what a sight,” Cavendish said. “The yellow jersey, Brad Wiggins pulling at the end after Chris Froome had been riding. ... I just gave everything to the line, I wanted it so bad. It’s the cherry on top of an amazing Tour for us.”

Cavendish accelerated coming out of the final corner, never looked back and raised four fingers as he crossed the line.

The seven stage wins was a record haul for British riders in the Tour, beating the previous record of six stage wins in 2009 - when all were won by Cavendish.
This time the victories were divided up between Cavendish (3), Wiggins (2), David Millar (1) and Froome (1).

Wiggins and his teammates were at the font of the pack as it arrived on the streets of Paris for eight laps of a 6.5-kilometre circuit on the Champs-Elysees.
Veteran rider George Hincapie, competing in his 17th consecutive and final Tour, led the peloton onto the prestigious avenue alongside fellow American Chris Horner.

With Sky determined to help Cavendish secure a fourth consecutive win in Paris, Horner and Hincapie were immediately reined in. Several other riders tried to break away but the peloton was not ready to give them any slack as the race passed some of the capital’s most iconic monuments such as the Louvre museum, the Eiffel tower and the Place de la Concorde.

Six riders including Jens Voigt of Germany finally escaped from the back with 30 kilometres to go. They had a maximum lead of 30 seconds but were progressively reeled in as Liquigas and Sky organized the chase.

The people back at homeland are definitely proud of their hero. Bradley victory has also resolved the question of who should light the Olympic flame in UK.

UK Sport’s performance director Peter Keen said:

“He’s already lit it. I can’t think of a better thing to happen before Team GB takes the field of play. It is an audacious, outrageous level of achievement.”

Report Tags: Champs-Elysees, Mark Cavendish, Tour de France, Bradley Wiggins, Team Sky, Chris Froome, Sky teammate, Historical victory by Bradley Wiggins, Peter Keen, UK Sport’s performance director
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