The Alcorcón is the only undefeated home of the big leagues

first_imgThe derby between Fuenlabrada and Alcorcón left a great game for football fans and three gold points for Alcorcón with the goal of Arribas. The Madrid added a new victory away from Santo Domingo. As visitors the Alcorcón adds five wins, ten draws and zero losses. March undefeated at home. Something that nobody can say in the big European leagues. For example, in Spain, Real Madrid in the First Division is a leader and the group that has lost fewer games at home. Only two. followed by Sevilla and Getafe with four. These three teams are the best three at home in Spain. If we stroll through Europe … In Italy in Serie A Inter and Atalanta have only lost one game at home and are the least lost away from home. In Series B that statistic corresponds to the Benevento who has also lost a single home game and is the leader of its category. In the Premier League, Liverpool has only lost a home game against Watford as we said before. In the Champioship, the leader West Bromwich is the team that has lost the least far from his stadium with two losses. If we go to Germany Bayern and Leipzig are the first two of the championship and the two that have fallen the least as visitors in the Bundesliga with two losses in both cases. In the Second German leader, the Bielefeld has only lost a game as a visitor. And we end up in France. In Ligue 1 PSG and Marseille two losses have been left as visitors. In Ligue 2 Ajaccio and Clermont have lost two games away from home and are the two sets with the least losses. In the Eredivisie the Feyenord has two losses and Ajax and Az have had three losses as visitors. In the Netherlands Second, Graafschap is the team with the least home losses with one. The seventh Alcorcón in the Spanish Second Division with 41 points is the only undefeated at home among the major European leagues.last_img read more

Title hopes end as Philippines falls to Korea anew in Fiba Asia Cup

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next READ: Korea spoils Gilas bidThe country’s last win over its fierce rival was back in the 2013 edition of the Asian tilt, where the Jimmy Alapag-led Gilas Pilipinas advanced to the final.Oh Se Keun topped Korea with 22 points and five rebounds, while Kim Sun Hyung went 9-of-11 from the field to wound up with 21 markers, four assists, and three boards as the Koreans advance to the semifinals.Kim Jong Kyu also chimed in 15 points, four dimes, and, two rebounds.The Scores:KOREA 118 – Oh 22, Kim S H 21, Kim J K 15, Lee S H 14, Lee Ju H 11, Choi 9, Heo 9, Park 9, Yang 5, Jeon 3, Lim 0.GILAS PILIPINAS 86 – Romeo 22, Standhardinger 17, Pogoy 12, Castro William 11, Aguilar 7, Wright 6, Jalalon 5, Abueva 2, Almazan 2, Fajardo 2, Cruz 0, Norwood 0.Quarters: 26-18, 57-49, 86-62, 118-86. Photo from Fiba.comSouth Korea remains the bane of the Philippines in continental basketball.The hot-shooting Koreans broke the Filipinos’ hearts anew with a 118-86 rout in their knockout quarterfinal duel in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon.ADVERTISEMENT Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Teen gunned down in Masbate MOST READ View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanocenter_img SEA Games Gallery: August 16 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Terrence Romeo waxed hot in the second quarter as he linked up with Jayson Castro to pull Gilas within six, 56-49, but Korea proved it was simply a superior team.READ: Gilas five needs pluckThe Koreans shot a mercurial 16-of-21 clip from beyond the arc and dished out 34 assists, leading by as high as 34, 112-78, courtesy of a long bomb from Yang Hong Seok with 1:57 to play.Romeo uncorked all of his 22 points in that blazing second frame, but was held scoreless in the second half by the tenacious Korean defense.Christian Standhardinger added 17 markers and four boards, Roger Pogoy had 12 points in the Philippines’ late spurt, and Castro William got 11 markers, four assists, and three rebounds as the ghost of the Korea continued to haunt the Filipinos.ADVERTISEMENT The loss ended Gilas Pilipinas’ impressive run, where they went undefeated in the group stages despite an undermanned line-up, and relegated the Filipinos to the battle for fifth place.READ: Gilas Pilipinas, Korea resume bitter basketball rivalryFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Not only did the Koreans take the Filipinos out of the running for the title, they also assured them of their worst finish since 2011 when Gilas Pilipinas placed fourth.Defense was the biggest issue for the Nationals as they allowed the disciplined Korean crew to shoot 73-percent from the field in the first half to grab a 16-point lead, 49-33. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stingslast_img read more

Horn wants to show Pacquiao win was no fluke

first_imgJeff Horn of Australia celebrates after beating Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during their WBO World welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)BRISBANE, Australia — Jeff Horn’s reward for a successful first title defense since a contentious win over Manny Pacquiao could be a potential bout with Terence Crawford.A failure could send him back into boxing obscurity.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “Does it matter?” Stanley said. “He’ll know his name afterward, I promise you that — he won’t forget it.“Gary’s a consummate pro. He’s come here to fight and win. They both made weight, they’re both fit. The only difference is Jeff’s got the world title and Gary wants it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Horn wants to use his WBO welterweight title defense against Gary Corcoran on Wednesday to dispel anynotion that he got a hometown decision against Pacquiao in Brisbane last July. If he gets his way, it could set him up for a big 2018.READ: Jeff Horn’s vision comes to fruition with win over Pacquiao FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseTop Rank promoter Bob Arum attended Tuesday’s weigh-in and said a win here “will lead to massive fights coming next year.”“I think Pacquiao is going to return to the ring. Terence Crawford will be the mandatory for this fight. The biggest building in Las Vegas is on hold for this fight,” Arum said. “Going to have a tremendous year in the welterweight division and these two participants … will be giving it their all to see who will go ahead as part of these major programs that will take place next year.” LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball sign with Lithuanian club MOST READ Corcoran is 17-1 since turning pro in 2011 and is ranked 10th by the WBO. He is the underdog and isfighting outside of Britain and Ireland for the first time for his first world title.READ: Crawford wants winner of Pacquiao-Horn 2 Trainer Peter Stanley said his boxer would not be intimidated by the situation.“We’ve fought away from home before in front of bigger, more hostile crowds against bigger boys,” Stanley said. “There’s nothing new here.”The buildup to the fight has been overshadowed by accusations from the Corcoran camp that Horn resorted to head-butting Pacquiao, and claims from the British-based boxer that he would resort to biting if confronted with the same circumstances. At the official news conference, one of Corcoran’s trainers held up a laptop computer to show images of Horn clashing heads with opponents and later wore a cap with a glove attached at the top in a swipe at the head-butting claims.Horn and his trainer Glenn Rushton responded by wearing caps with a pair of boxing gloves on top of earmuffs to protect from biting.Both boxers were expecting an aggressive, walk-up style of fight.Rushton said Horn would be furious but fair.“It is boxing. It’s not table tennis — it’s tough,” Rushton said. “Stop (complaining) — Jeff’s one of thefairest fighters in the world.”Corcoran doesn’t have a high profile, and even ring announcer Michael Buffer mistakenly called him by the wrong name at the weigh-in. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenecenter_img Horn, now unbeaten in 18 bouts, knows what it’s like to be given no chance of beating the champion, so he is trying to think only about Corcoran at the Brisbane Convention Centre. That’s not far from where he beat Pacquiao in front of more than 51,000 fans in an outdoor bout at a regular rugby venue.READ: Horn stuns Pacquiao for unanimous decision win“I’ve got until after this fight to start having discussions,” he said. “He’s definitely a possibility if I can manage to get through Gary first.”The Australian former schoolteacher was written off before taking on Pacquiao (59-7-2), but pressured the eight-division champion for 12 rounds in an upset that changed the trajectory of his career.Pacquiao’s camp disputed the unanimous decision, which was widely panned by critics but later confirmed after further scrutiny by the World Boxing Organization. Pacquiao had a rematch clause for the Horn fight, but so far hasn’t committed to a date or venue.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

Black Bush family shot at, beaten, robbed by bandits

first_imgThe window which was brokenDavi Ropnarine threw her earrings to the banditsHarmond RoopnarineLennox Ramcharran’s home where the bandit beat his familyLennox Ramcharran was bound and beatenA bullet hole on Roopnarine’s door Berbice crime wave…Police said no car to respond; no SWAT dispatchedBandits have struck again in Berbice, this time by attacking two families at Black Bush Polder and carting cash and jewellery while family members were told that the police there had no vehicle to respond immediately.Reports are the gunmen, all masked, initially tried to break into the home of a farmer but shot at him after their attempt failed. This newspaper was told that the latest attack was at Johanna North at about 01:20h on Friday.Harmond Roopnarine, 40, a farmer and his wife and two children, aged 17 and 16, were at home.The farmer said he heard someone trying to break into his home and stood up, waiting with a cutlass in his hand as they repeatedly hit the window. He said one of the gunmen saw him but could not get into the building.He explained that he stood at the window and saw the bandits using a piece of wood to break open the window to enter the house.As one was making his way in from the broken window, the family began to scream while Roopnarine stood next to the window armed with a cutlass. The bandits ordered him to put down the cutlass but he did not comply. This led to them firing shots at the farmer and demanding, while still outside, that Roopnarine hand over his gold and money.He said another shot was fired in the direction of his wife and children, who were in the bedroom.The two bandits, the farmer said, were outside of his home for about ten minutes during which time several calls were made to the Mibicuri Police Station but the family was told that the police are incapable of responding because of the lack of a vehicle.Meanwhile, his wife, Devi, told this newspaper that she went on her knees and begged the bandits not to hurt her family.“I tell them we ain’t get nothing. Don’t kill me husband….they tell me husband to put down the cutlass and lie down. But he didn’t putting down the cutlass and I take off my earring and I throw it and give them and then they gone,” the traumatised woman said.It was not until daylight that the police arrived at the scene.“If they had come when we call them we could have catch somebody but is till this morning [Thursday] the Whim police come,” the farmer told Guyana Times.Roopnarine expressed appreciation at being able to get on to the police station when he called but he is disappointed that they could not respond in a timely manner.Meanwhile, at Johanna South, Lennox Ramcharran, 51, a rice farmer, was beaten after gunmen went into his home at about 20:30h on Thursday.Ramcharran said he left his two teenage children inside after he heard dogs barking and went outside to investigate when he was confronted by the bandits.“One of them run out and lash me down and tie up me hand. Me son come outside and he call for me but I can’t get to answer he so he run back upstairs.”He said his son immediately called the police, informing them that they were under attack by bandits.All three of the bandits had guns, the man recalled. He said that the bandits ransacked the house after his wife gave them money and jewellery. She and her two children were also beaten.The men left with $300,000 and an undisclosed amount of jewellery. As a means of escaping without any incidents, the men grabbed the man’s 16-year-old daughter but released her after they realised that they were not being followed.Ramcharran said shortly after the incident, two police officers arrived on motorbikes. An investigation has been launched. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

‘How has it come to this at Liverpool?’ Fans react to news Reds’ star player could be signing for Champions League giants

first_img Liverpool transfer rumours: Phillipe Coutinho is linked with a move to Barcelona 1 Reports on Tuesday emerged that Barcelona are considering a January swoop for Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho when their transfer ban is lifted.Further misery was then heaped on the Anfield faithful when current Camp Nou superstar Neymar described his international team-mate as having the ‘Barca style’. Having sold Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling in the past two summers, Liverpool supporters will be desperate not to see another superstar depart Merseyside; however, some supporters believe that Coutinho’s move to Luis Enrique’s side could now be inevitable. Take a look at the best tweets, below, and leave your thoughts on Coutinho’s Liverpool future by leaving a comment…last_img read more

It could be well into the New Year before the real Eden Hazard returns – Five things learned from Chelsea’s mid-week Champions League result

first_imgIts now been over 24 hours since Chelsea’s goalless draw with Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League.Having allowed another uninspiring result from the struggling Premier League champions to sink in, we’ve listed five key things that we learned from the fixture. Find out talkSPORT’s top lessons learned by clicking the yellow arrow above, right.  5 5 3. Chelsea need more than Diego Costa up top – Diego Costa has been an effective nuisance this season, yet has failed to deliver goals at the intimidating rate he did last season. And despite netting against Aston Villa, he again offered little in Ukraine. A major issue is that Jose Mourinho has no effective Plan B in attack. Arsenal proved in their victory over Bayern Munich just how crucial a strong bench can be, with Olivier Giroud entering the field late on to score the first of their two goals. Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy, despite sharing the substitute role, do not appear to have the trust nor the confidence of their Portuguese manager, and arguably rightly so. Mourinho may need to urge Roman Abramovich to open his wallet in the January transfer window; at this stage, it’s difficult to see Costa reaching 20 goals this term, but some new competition could ignite his prolific touch. 2. Nemanja Matic looks to have benefitted from his axing – Of the Chelsea players that have been underperforming, Jose Mourinho has made Nemanja Matic the most high profile – with the Serb becoming somewhat of a scapegoat in recent weeks. Since suffering the humiliation of a double substitution during the defeat to Southampton, the midfielder has been in and out of the side, but was thrown back into the startling line up against Kiev. And his absence from the field seems to have served him well. He looked at ease, reminding Blues supporters of his calm ability to break up play, and had the confidence to burst forward. He remains some way off his best, yet the signs are promising. 1. Eden Hazard has a long way to go this season – Click the arrow to find out four more things we learned from Chelsea’s failure to beat Dynamo Kiev – Dropping Eden Hazard against Aston Villa and slamming his work-rate was a hugely risky move by Jose Mourinho, and one that supporters could lament come the summer if he decides that he wants out of west London. A reality check, however, could be considered necessary. Hazard was neither at his best nor his work in Ukraine, but in what has been missing from his performances this season, he seemed desperate to get on the ball, and to make something happen. He confirmed, nonetheless, that his influence has dwindled, and it could be well into the New Year before the Hazard we all know and love returns to the field. 5 4. Jose Mourinho must stop whining and concentrate on results – Jose Mourinho’s blameless attitude is now wearing thin to the extent that his post-match comments have become predictable, and therefore unnecessary to listen to. From attacking his players to criticising the performance of the officials: it has to stop. Not only does it reaffirm his reputation as a manager too arrogant to admit his own wrongdoing, but the negative connotations of his comments will no doubt have had, and continue to have, an effect on the dressing room. After the goalless draw with Kiev, Mourinho labelled the referee ‘weak and naïve’ for failing to award a penalty following a foul on Cesc Fabregas. Such statements are of absolutely no use to Chelsea, and it’s high time he put an end to it – unless, that is, he really is itching to get sacked. 5 5 5. The result will have no bearing on the Blues’ Premier League form – OK, Chelsea kept a clean sheet and threatened a little, but they weren’t facing a European giant such as Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich. They were up against a Ukrainian side that any Premier League champion – whether in form or not – should be brushing aside. Their performance was far improved from the weekend’s victory over Aston Villa; however, their display offered little inspiration to frustrated supporters, and isn’t likely to have any huge impact on moral ahead of the weekend’s visit to the in-form West Ham United. The fact remains that Chelsea are unpredictable and may have to continue to rely on luck to lift them out of their league slump.last_img read more

Water Officials welcome rainfall

first_imgIt started out as a dry year, but even then water officials weren’t worried about the water supply. And with increasing rain – about 4 inches in the last four weeks – there’s even less reason for worry. As of now, about 12.1 inches have fallen, about 2.3 inches short of normal. “It’s made a big difference for us,” said Robb Whittaker, general manager of the Water Replenishment District of Southern California, which is responsible for recharging the basins in southern Los Angeles County. “We were tracking a little bit below normal,” Whittaker said. “\[Now\], we’re going to get the amount of storm water we would expect in an average year.” For Whittaker’s district, which serves the entire Whittier area, rainfall means money. “This is all free water,” he said. “We have to pay about $300 an acre foot for water if we don’t get it free. We’re talking about $15 million.” Last year, about 90,000 acre feet of rain water was put back into the under ground water basin, Whittaker said. This year, he is expecting about 56,000 acre feet of water. Local utilities pay the district an assessment of $134.66 per acre foot to pump water from the underground supply. An acre foot, 326,000 gallons, can be visualized as a football field one-foot deep in water. It also is the amount of water used in a year by an average family of five. Some of the additional water has been made available because oil is no longer drilled in the Whittier Narrows area, allowing more water to be stored, Whittaker said. Locally, the additional rain also could help the city of Whittier and Suburban Water Systems, which serves Whittier and La Mirada. Both receive much of their water from the Upper San Gabriel Valley basin and the rain could mean that water utilities will be able to pump more water than normal at no additional cost. Carol Williams, xecutive director of the San Gabriel Basin Water Master, said a preliminary figure is 210,000 acre feet and it could be raised even higher. Normal is about 200,000. “With some of the recent rains, we haven’t heard what kind of water the county has been able to conserve,” Williams said. “That’s a good number,” said David Mochizuki, Whittier public works director. “If more water is available, we’re pleased with that. We didn’t lease any water rights last year, but we may be able to this year or next year.” But even before this recent rain, other water officials said the year was looking good. “It’s not what happens in our back yard that counts; it’s what happens in the watershed hundreds of miles away that truly pays off,” said Bob Muir, spokesman for the Metropolitan Water District. Muir and others look to the western Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Colorado River. “It’s been a banner year,” said Art Aguilar, co-general manager of the Central Basin Municipal Water District that sells MWD water to local water utilities as well as the replenishment district. “It’s still raining and snowing up there this year,” he said, referring to northern California and Utah. MWD has plenty of water, Muir said. The district projects its demands at about 2.2 million acre feet of water for 2006 and it has about 2.7 million of water available. So the district is looking for places to store the extra water, Muir said. “We’d like to maximize every drop so one can count on it during a dry year or a drought,” he said. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want 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


first_imgBallybofey Utd has found a new home after they struck a deal with the Butt Hall Trust.Ballybofey United Under-16 teamBoth parties had been embroiled in a tense legal battle over the ground at the High Court.The Butt Hall Trust had decided to sell the land for development by supermarket giant ALDI but Ballybofey claimed they had rights to the ground. Now a deal has been done after the Butt Hall Trust agreed to sell a 3.4 acre site beside the local tennis club for €25,000.A spokesman for the football club said they had up to nine teams playing at the club and they were confident the future was now bright as a result of the deal.DONEGAL FOOTBALL CLUB SAVED AS DEAL DONE ON GROUND was last modified: February 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ALDIBallybofey UtdButt Hall TrustdealdonegalHIGH COURTlast_img read more


first_imgTermon have sensationally sent Gaoth Dobhair tumbling out of the Donegal SFC.Termon have sent the most decorated club side in the history of the Donegal SFC Gaoth Dobhair out of the championship following a pulsating affair at The Burn Road.Termon have endured a miserable league campaign and currently prop up the Division One table.They were defeated by Dungloe in their group opener, before securing a point against Killybegs last week following a late fight-back. Gaoth Dobhair on the other hand came into this game top of the group, following a crucial win over local rivals Dungloe last weekend.Kevin Cassidy knew if his side avoided defeat they would go through to the last eight of the Donegal SFC.However, Termon managed by Darren Gibson had different ideas and pulled off the first major shock of this year’s championship.Kevin Cassidy gave Gaoth Dobhair an early lead, but Termon responded brilliantly through Daire McDaid, and Christy Connaghan to take the lead. They traded scores for the remainder of the half, and a late score from Noel Kelly sent the sides in level at the interval.Half-time score Termon 0-06 Gaoth Dobhair 0-06 Termon really took control of things in the second-half with Daire McDaid and Christy Connaghan taking the fight to Gaoth Dobhair.Declan O’Donnell also pointed for the home side to put Termon four points ahead with fifteen minutes to go.Gaoth Dobhair hit right back and netted a goal through Noel Kelly. It looked at that stage that the momentum was with Gaoth Dobhair and that they might power on and win the match, but they squandered a number of good opportunities to draw level.Termon were fantastic throughout the game and every player in maroon left everything on the pitch.Termon then stretched their lead back out to two after a great score from the brilliant Daire McDaid, then Gaoth Dobhair responded to bring it back to the minimum.However, Termon added another super score this time from Caolan McDaid to seal a famous victory. Termon advance along with Dungloe, as Gaoth Dobhair and Killybegs bow out.TERMON STUN GAOTH DOBHAIR TO SEND THEM HURTLING OUT OF THE DONEGAL SFC was last modified: October 12th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal SFCGAAGaoth DobhairnewsSportTermonlast_img read more

Mexico 1986: Diego Maradona’s World Cup

first_imgIn Group B Mexico beat Belgium 2–1, and despite being held 1–1 by Paraguay, they won the group after a further win over Iraq, 1–0. Paraguay and Belgium also progressed after both beating Iraq and drawing with each other.Group C pitted a strong Soviet Union side against the reigning European champions France. They drew with each other 1–1, with a goal scored by Vasyl Rats. France beat Canada 1–0 and finished in 2nd place in the group after beating Hingary, 3–0. Hungary had earlier lost 6–0 against the Soviet Union, which won the group due to goal difference.Group D saw Brazil start against Spain, winning 1–0 after the referee failed to validate a legal goal scored by Michel. Northern Ireland began their campaign with a draw against Algeria. Northern Ireland were then narrowly beaten by Spain before losing to Brazil 3–0 in their final match. This match saw a goal from Josimar on his debut and was also the final time Pat Jennings played for Northern Ireland. Spain qualified along with Brazil after defeating Algeria 3–0.Denmark stormed through Group E, dubbed the group of death, with a 100 per cent record. They beat Scotland 1–0 in their first game, and then hammered Uruguay 6–1, with Preben Elkjaer hitting a hat-trick. Denmark beat one of the favourites to win the tournament, West Germany 2–0 thanks to a Jesper Olsen penalty and a goal from John Eriksen. After losing to Denmark, Scotland took the lead against West Germany thanks to a Gordon Strachan goal, but the West Germans fought back to win 2–1. After a violent 0–0 draw against Uruguay, the Scots were eliminated from the tournament. During that game Jose Batista of Uruguay was sent off after less than one minute of play for a foul on Strachan, a World Cup record that still stands. West Germany went through to the second round despite a loss against Denmark.Morocco topped Group F after holding both Poland and England to goalless draws, and beating Portugal 3–1. By doing so, they became the first African team, and only the second nation from outside Europe and the Americas (after North Korea in 1966), to reach the second round. England lost 1–0 to Portugal, followed by a 0–0 draw against Morocco in which they lost captain Bryan Robson to injury (for the remainder of the tournament) and vice-captain Ray Wilkins to a red card (he was never to be selected for England again, even after having served his obligatory one-match ban). In their last first-round game, with the captaincy taken over by Peter Shilton in goal, a first-half Gary Lineker hat-trick helped the reshaped side beat Poland 3–0 – although losing yet another player to a ban for the next round, Terry Fenwick receiving his second booking of the tournament. Poland had previously beaten Portugal, and in the end the Portuguese were the only team from Group F to be eliminated in the first round. Portugal, making their first appearance in 20 years, went on strike (in the Saltillo Affair) during the competition. Players refused to train between their first and second games (against England and Poland) and were eliminated after a loss to Morocco in the final group match.Second round and quarter-finalsBelgium beat the Soviet Union 4–3, despite a hat-trick by the Soviets’ Igor Benalov. The game was level at 2–2 after 90 minutes, and in extra time Stephane Demol and Nico Claesen put Belgium 4–2 up. Belanov scored from the penalty spot with nine minutes remaining, but neither he nor any of his teammates could find a fourth goal for the Soviet Union. At the Olympic University Stadium in Mexico City, the European champions France ended Italy’s reign as world champions with a 2–0 victory thanks to goals from Michel Platini and Yannick Stopyra. In the rematch of the 1930 FIFA World Cup Final, Argentina just edged out South American champions Uruguay in Puebla thanks to a 42nd-minute strike from Pedro Pasculli. The all-South American affair had a Diego Maradona’s goal disallowed.In Querétaro, Denmark were eliminated as they went from a 1–0 lead to a 5–1 battering against Spain; key player Frank Arnesen was suspended for the game after being sent off against West Germany in their last group match, for taking a swipe at German playmaker Lothar Mathaus. The Danes scored first, with a Jesper Olsen penalty, but they were then taken apart by a devastating performance from Butragueno of Spain, who scored four of his team’s five goals. At the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, England progressed to the quarter-finals comfortably when they saw off Paraguay 3–0, while Brazil brushed aside Poland 4–0. West Germany had a much harder time getting past Morocco, for whom goalkeeper Badou Zaki had an outstanding game. Morocco held out until the 87th minute, when Lothar Matthäus scored the only goal of the match with a free kick. Mexico won 2–0 against Bulgaria with an outstanding scissor-kick goal by Manuel Negrete which is honored by a remembrance plaque at the Azteca.In the quarter-finals, France faced three-time world champion Brazil in Guadalajara. Brazil were well on top in the early stages, and Careca put them one up after 18 minutes. Five minutes before half-time, France drew level when Michel Platini scored his 41st goal after converting a cross from Dominique Rocheteau. Brazil had a chance to regain the lead in the second half when Branco was fouled by French keeper Joel Bats in the penalty area. Zico got up to take the kick, but Bats saved Zico’s penalty.The match went to extra time, and France finished slightly the stronger of the two sides. No more goals were scored, and so it was time for a penalty shoot-out. Socrates, who had earlier missed an open goal and headed an easy chance straight into the French keeper’s arms, failed with the first kick for Brazil. The next six penalties were all converted, and then Platini fired over the bar. Brazil were back on level terms – but not for long. Julio Cesar struck the post with his penalty, and Luis Fernandez then scored to put France through 4–3 on penalties.Two other quarter-finals were also decided on penalties. Jan Ceulemans put Belgium ahead against Spain in the 35th minute, but Spanish substitute Señor equalised with five minutes to go. No more goals were scored in extra time, and Belgium won the shoot-out 5–4. West Germany and Mexico drew 0–0 after extra time, and the West Germans eliminated the hosts 4–1 on penalties. As a curiosity, the German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher jumped to the right in the three Mexican penalties (stopping two of them).The quarter-final between Argentina and England at the Azteca featured two very different goals in the second half by Diego Maradona (was hit by a nudge from Terry Butcher not seen by the referee in the first half): the first was scored illegally, as he punched the ball into the goal past England goalkeeper Peter Shilton. The referee did not see the handball and the goal was given as valid. After the game, Maradona claimed the goal was scored “A bit with the head of Maradona and another bit with the hand of God”; it became known as the “Hand of God” goal. For his second goal, voted “Goal of the Century” in 2002 on the FIFA website, Maradona dribbled half the length of the field past five English players before scoring. With 20 minutes to go, the introduction of John Barnes as a substitute changed the tide of play in England’s favour, as he pinged cross after cross into the Argentine penalty area: with 9 minutes to go, Lineker got on the end of one and scored, then almost repeated the dose six minutes later but was just unable to reach the ball thanks to a timely block by Olarticoechea: 2–1 to Argentina was the final score. In Argentina, the game was seen as revenge for the Falklands War.Semi-finals, third-place match, and finalIn the first semi-final match, Andreas Brehme put West Germany 1–0 ahead against France in the ninth minute in Guadalajara, but the outcome remained in doubt until two minutes from time when Rudi Voller made it 2–0, and West Germany were in the final for the second World Cup in succession. In the second semi-final match, Maradona struck twice in the second half as Argentina beat Belgium 2–0 at the Azteca. France went on to defeat Belgium in the third-place match, 4–2.So it was to be the South American Argentina vs the European West Germany at the final at the Azteca, the second time this massive stadium would host a World Cup Final (the first in 1970). Jose Brown put Argentina one up midway through the first half of the final, and when Jorge Valdano scored a second for the South Americans in the 55th minute, Argentina looked to be strolling to victory. West Germany then staged a spirited comeback. Karl Heinz Rummenigge pulled one back in the 74th minute and six minutes later Rudi Völler hit the equaliser. With seven minutes remaining, a pass from Maradona gave Jorge Burruchaga the chance to score the winner for Argentina. Eight years on from their home triumph, Argentina regained the world title and 30 million people in Argentina celebrated in the streets after the final victory.Diego Maradona holds the World Cup trophy after Argentina defeated West Germany in the finalMaradona was the Golden Ball winner as the best player of the tournament, while Gary Lineker of England won the Golden Boot as the leading scorer of the World Cup with six goals.Gary Lineker of England was top scorer with six goalsComments The 1986 FIFA World Cup, the 13th FIFA World Cup, was held in Mexico from 31 May to 29 June 1986. The tournament was the second to feature a 24-team format.The 1986 World Cup logoThree teams qualified for the World Cup for the first time: Canada, Denmark and Iraq .Canada clinched its spot after winning the final match against Honduras 2–1 in St. John’s, Newfoundedland. Iraq played all their home matches on neutral ground because of the Iran-Iraq War. South Korea qualified for the first time since 1954, Paraguay for the first time since 1958, and Portugal for the first time since 1966. As of 2018, this was the last time that Hungary, Canada, Iraq and Northern Ireland qualified for the finals.The first round of the finals began in Group A, where Italy were held 1–1 by Bulgaria. Meanwhile, Argentina beat South Korea 3–1, with Diego Maradona playing a major part. Italy and Argentina drew 1–1, Maradona and Alessandro Altobelli scoring. South Korea and Bulgaria also drew 1–1 in a downpour. The final set of matches saw Argentina beating Bulgaria 2–0, and Italy narrowly defeating South Korea 3–2. Tags: World Cup 1986last_img read more