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PHI 3x3 basketball to receive PSA special citation

Proof that 3x3 basketball is fast gaining popularity in the country, the Philippine men’s team which earned a ticket to the Tokyo Olympics qualifier is set to receive a special honor in the SMC-PSA (Philippine Sportswriters Association) Annual Awards Night this Friday at the Centennial Hall of the Manila Hotel. Bannered by the dynamic duo of Alvin Pasaol and Joshua Munzon, the team is the 2019 Chooks-To-Go Fan Favorite awardee in the March 6 event presented by the Philippine Sports Commission, MILO, Philippine Basketball Association, AirAsia, and Rain or Shine. Ranked 59th at the start of 2019, the Filipinos grinded their way to make the top 20 list by the end of the year to earn consideration for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament slated from March 18-22 in Bengaluru, India. Previous choices as Mr. Fan Favorite ‘Manok ng Bayan’ awardee presented by Chooks To Go headed by Bounty Agro Ventures Inc.’s Ronald Mascarinas, were three-time PBA scoring champion Terrence Romeo and future NBA prospect Kai Sotto. Earning world ranking points for the PH team was made possible with the holding of the pioneering 3x3 league Chooks-To-Go Pilipinas, while at the same time, hosting two major international meets here in the country, both of which had level-eight ratings and above. Santi Santillan and other top notch Filipino players alternated to see action alongside Munzon and Pasaol during the course of the year-long campaign. Also part of the top 10 were Karl Dehesa and Chris de Chavez of Balanga, Troy Rike of Pasig, Franky Johnson of Basilan, Ryan Monteclaro of Porac, Gab Banal of Bacoor, and Jaypee Belencion of Pasay. The Philippines has been bracketed in Pool C along with Slovenia, France, Qatar, and the Dominican Republic in the 20-team qualifier, which is divided into a four-group competition. Only the top three countries at the end of the meet will gain berth in the Tokyo Olympics, where the 3x3 event will be making its debut. The PH 3x3 men’s team is just one out of the close to 200 athletes, personalities, and entities who made up the year’s PSA honor roll list. On top of the awardees is 30th Southeast Asian Games overall champion Team Philippines, which will be bestowed with the coveted Athlete of the Year honor. Also getting a chunk of the spotlight in the two-hour program is world gymnastics champion Carlos Yulo (President’s award), PH team SEA Games Chef De Mission and PSC chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez (Executive of the Year), and the legendary Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes (Lifetime Achievement Award), who will also serve as the special guest of honor and speaker for the night.  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 3rd, 2020Related News

Filipina teen, Indonesian partner bag Australian Open junior girls’ doubles title

Alex Eala is the first Filipino woman to grab a Grand Slam title. The teen tennis star Eala and her Indonesian partner Priska Nugroho crushed Matilda Mutavdzic of Great Britain and Ziva Falkner of Slovenia, 6-1, 6-2, to rule the 2020 Australian Open junior girls’ doubles tournament on Friday at the Melbourne Park. Eala, 14, […].....»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsJan 31st, 2020Related News

Eala, pal rule Aussie Open girls’ doubles

The Philippines’ Alex Eala became the second Filipino to win a tennis Grand Slam event as she partnered with Indonesia’s Priska Nugroho to annex the girls’ doubles title on Friday in the Australian Open at Melbourne Park. The Southeast Asian pair dominated the European pair of Ziva Falkner of Slovenia and Matilda Mutavdzic of Great […] The post Eala, pal rule Aussie Open girls’ doubles appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJan 31st, 2020Related News

Alex Eala and Indonesian partner win Australian Open Junior Girls doubles title

Filipina junior tennis star Alex Eala and partner Priska Madelyn Nugroho of Indonesia were crowned as the 2020 Australian Open Junior Doubles' champions after defeating Matilda Mutavdzic of England and Ziva Falkner of Slovenia, 6 - 1, 6 - 2, in the Final on Friday.    The fourth-seeded tandem of Eala and Nugroho got off to a torrid start in the first set with a 5 - 0 advantage.   In the second set, Falkner-Mutavdzic held the lead in the first game, but Eala-Nugroho won the next three games and never looked back. Eala and Nugroho opened the doubles tournament with a two-set win over the pair of Russia’s Elina Avanesyan and Ukraine’s Liubov Kostenko.  The pair followed that up with another two-setter against the tandem of Julie Belgraver of the Netherlands and Pia Lovric of Slovenia to enter the quarterfinals.  There, Eala and Nugroho bested the French tandem of Aubane Droguet and Selena Janicijevic to earn a spot in the semifinals.  The duo reached the final after upsetting the top-seeded pair of Kamilla Bartone of Latvia and Linda Fruhvirtova of the Czech Republic 1-6, 7-5, 10-8, on Thursday.   Eala is the second Filipino tennis player to win a title at the Australian Open Juniors tournament.  Francis Casey Alcantara won the 2009 Australian Open Boys' Doubles event with Hsieh Cheng-peng of Chinese Taipei beating Mikhail Biryukov and Yasutaka Uchiyama, 6–4, 6–2 in the final. The 14-year old Eala, who is a scholar of the Rafa Nadal Academy, bowed out of the singles race after a 1-6, 3-6 loss to 16th-seeded Hong Yi Cody Wong of Hong Kong in the 3rd Round earlier in the week  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 31st, 2020Related News

Alex Eala and partner advance to Australian Open Junior Girls doubles Finals

Filipina junior tennis star Alex Eala and partner Priska Madelyn Nugroho of Indonesia upset the top-seeded tandem of Kamilla Bartone of Latvia and Linda Fruhvirtova of the Czech Republic in three sets to advance into the Finals of the Australian Open's Junior Girls' Doubles tournament, Thursday.  It was a slow start for Eala and Nugroho as they got blown out in the opening set, 1-6.  Things were tight in the second set, as Eala and Nugroho played catch-up for most of the set before taking the 7-5 win.  In the tiebreaking third set, Bartone and Fruhvirtova took an early 7-1 advantage before Eala and Nugroho clawed back to make it 8-4. Eala and Nugroho would run away in the final moments, racking off 6 straight points to win the tiebreaker, 8-10 and win the match.  Eala and Nugroho will meet the tandem of Slovenia's Ziva Falkner and the United Kingdom's Matilda Mutavdzic in the Final on Friday, January 31st. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 30th, 2020Related News

Alex Eala bows out of Australian Open singles race, semis-bound in doubles

Filipina junior tennister Alex Eala has had a busy couple of days in the on-going Australian Open.  Following victories in the first and second round of the Junior Girls’ Singles tournament, the 14-year old Eala bowed out of the singles race after a 1-6, 3-6 loss to 16th-seeded Hong Yi Cody Wong of Hong Kong in the 3rd Round.  Eala won’t be heading home just yet however, as she still has a chance to claim Australian Open glory alongside Junior Girls’ Doubles partner Priska Madelyn Nugroho of Indonesia.  The fourth-seeded tandem of Eala and Nugroho opened the doubles tournament with a two-set win over the tandem of Russia’s Elina Avanesyan and Ukraine’s Liubov Kostenko.  The pair followed that up with another two-setter against the tandem of Julie Belgraver of the Netherlands and Pia Lovric of Slovenia to enter the quarterfinals.  There, Eala and Nugroho bested the French tandem of Aubane Droguet and Selena Janicijevic to earn a spot in the semifinals.  Standing in between the Eala-Nugroho tandem and a trip to the finals is the top-seeded pairing of Latvia’s Kamilla Bartone and Linda Fruhvirtova of the Czech Republic......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 29th, 2020Related News

Madrid ends winless run at Getafe, Oblak saves Atletico

By Joseph Wilson, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid needed a defender to end a run of three straight draws and a worrisome scoring drought on Saturday as it resumed its Spanish league campaign after the winter break. Madrid center back Raphael Varane scored with a header after helping to play a part in an own-goal by Getafe’s goalkeeper to fuel a 3-0 victory at crosstown rival Getafe. The first win in four rounds by Zinedine Zidane’s team left it atop the standings at one point above Barcelona before the defending champions played at Espanyol hours later. Goalkeeper Jan Oblak made a pair of spectacular saves late in Atlético Madrid’s 2-1 win against Levante, ensuring it moved past Sevilla into third place on goal difference. Also, Valencia beat Eibar 1-0. Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético and Valencia will travel to Saudi Arabia to contest the new-look Spanish Super Cup next week. VARANE’S VICTORY Varane was already charged with anchoring a backline that was without the suspended Sergio Ramos. But he also came through at the other end to help get his team’s first goals after back-to-back scoreless draws. Varane was involved in an own-goal by Getafe goalkeeper David Soria to open the scoring in the 34th minute when they challenged for a high ball in the area. The Spanish league credited the goal to Soria, who appeared to knock the ball into his own net after failing to punch it clear. Varane doubled the lead in the 53rd when he was left unmarked to head home a free kick by Toni Kroos. Luka Modric added a third goal in stoppage time as Getafe lost its second of 10 league home matches this season. “We have made a good start to the year,” Zidane said. OBLAK'S SAVES Atlético got a third straight victory after scoring early and relying on Oblak to protect the three points. Thomas Partey started the attractive move that led to Correa's opener in the 13th when he played Kieran Trippier wide down the right flank. Trippier, instead of controlling the ball, used a precise single touch to send in a cross to the near post where Correa redirected it home. Roger Martí did well to level three minutes later for Levante when he swept in a lobbed pass for his ninth goal of the season. Atlético defender Felipe Monteiro hit right back for Atlético in the 19th with a powerful header. Atlético turned to Oblak to make two one-handed saves in denying Enis Bardhi late in the game. Oblak frustrated Bardhi’s excellent solo effort after he dribbled past three defenders before shooting off-balance. The Slovenia goalkeeper then surpassed that by stopping Bardhi’s point-blank header on one of the final touches of the match. “We all want to wrap the games up early, but we didn’t score the third goal that would have put it away,” Oblak said. “It was a reflex save and fortunately I stopped (Bardhi’s last attempt).” VALENCIA PREVAILS Valencia striker Maxi Gómez scored from a pass by Daniel Wass in the first half of a home win over Eibar. Valencia, which struggled early in the season, continued to climb up the table into sixth place......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 5th, 2020Related News

Jordan Brand Adds Luka Doncic to the Family

Luka Don?i?, the 2018-19 NBA Rookie of the Year, is the latest member of Jordan Brand's basketball roster. "It is exciting to join such a talented roster and being given the privilege of defining the next generation of the Jordan Brand," says Don?i?. “Michael Jordan was a hero of mine growing up, so being able to represent this iconic brand, especially as a kid from Slovenia, is an honor.”  The Slovenian national joined the Dallas Mavericks after a highly decorated European career during which he won the 2018 EuroLeague title and was named the contest's MVP. Don?i? has entered his sophomore NBA season on a historic clip — he is the first player since Oscar Robertson to average at least 30 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists through the first 16 games of a seasons. Through his NBA career to date, Don?i? has also tallied more 30-point triple doubles than any player under 21-years-old in history. “We’re very pleased to welcome Luka to the Jordan Brand,” says Craig Williams, Jordan Brand President. "He is an undeniable talent, and he's already demonstrated a fearlessness in the clutch that we prize in the Jordan Brand family.” Don?i?'s addition caps a year full of new talent joining Jordan Brand, including Jayson Tatum, Rui Hachimura, Zion Williamson, WNBA players Asia Durr and Kia Nurse and NFL quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Here's what Michael Jordan has to say about Don?i?: “Luka is a phenomenal player, and at such a young age. He’s demonstrating skill it takes many guys years to develop. It will be incredible to watch him continue to advance in the league," says Jordan. "We are excited to welcome him to the Jordan Brand family. He rounds out a roster of incredible new talent united to represent Jordan Brand for the next generation.”   .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 29th, 2019Related News

Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Croatia qualify for Euro 2020

By Ciaran Fahey, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Croatia qualified for the 2020 European Championship on Saturday. Germany advanced with a 4-0 win over Belarus on Saturday, with Toni Kroos scoring twice and steering the side top of Group C. Second-place Netherlands also qualified despite a 0-0 draw with Northern Ireland in Belfast. Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis missed a penalty in the first half. Austria joined already qualified Poland from Group G with a 2-1 win over visiting North Macedonia. Poland won 2-1 for its first win in Israel since 1988. Croatia booked its place as Group E winner with a 3-1 win at home over Slovakia. IMPRESSIVE GERMANY Injury-hit Germany started with an unfamiliar central defensive pair of Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Matthias Ginter and Freiburg’s Robin Koch, the latter making only his second appearance and his first in a competitive game for Germany. There was little sign of inexperience against defensively minded Belarus, however, with Joachim Löw’s team dominating with good chances early on for Timo Werner, Serge Gnabry and Kroos. Manuel Neuer pulled off a brilliant flying save to deny Igor Stasevich with the visitors’ first chance, just before Matthias Ginter made the breakthrough in the 41st minute. Leon Goretzka scored four minutes after the break, and Ginter set up Kroos to mark his 95th game for Germany with the third goal in the 55th. That set off fans’ celebrations with Mexican waves going around the stadium. Stasevich had a chance to pull one back from the penalty spot after a clumsy challenge from Koch, but Neuer guessed the right way. Kroos wrapped up the scoring with a fine second goal in the 83rd, turning with a left-right combination to elude two defenders before shooting with his left boot inside the post. WALES HAILS BALE Gareth Bale returned from injury and helped Wales keep its automatic qualification hopes alive with a 2-0 win at Azerbaijan in Group E. Kieffer Moore and Harry Wilson scored in the first half to give Wales its first away win in more than a year. Third in Group E with 11 points, Wales can secure automatic qualification with a win in its final game on Tuesday over second-place Hungary on 12 points. Bale hadn’t played for a month due to a calf injury, but the Real Madrid winger played just under an hour in Baku before being taken off by coach Ryan Giggs to safeguard his availability for the Hungary showdown in Cardiff. Bale was a booking away from suspension. BELGIUM PERFECT Eden Hazard scored twice and younger brother Thorgan Hazard also grabbed a goal as already qualified Belgium beat already qualified Russia 4-1 in St. Petersburg. The Belgians’ ninth win from nine qualifying games ensure they top Group I and join Italy as one of the six seeded teams in the finals’ draw on Nov. 30. Scotland defeated Cyprus 2-1 in Nicosia to move third in the group, and Kazakhstan won 3-1 at San Marino. Also, Slovenia beat Latvia 1-0 in Group G......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 17th, 2019Related News

Pasaol, Munzon eyed to lead Philippines in FIBA 3X3 OQT

Alvin Pasaol and Joshua Munzon are said-to-be shoo-ins for the Philippines' national 3x3 team which will see action in the 2020 FIBA 3X3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT). "Obviously, we need to have the top players in the country - especially the top two," Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 league commissioner and program director Eric Altamirano said. "Joshua and Alvin are most likely going to be part of the team." Pasaol (420, 940) and Munzon (475, 860) are no. 2 and no. 1, respectively, in the Philippines in terms of ranking points. That is exactly why the two are being tipped to lead the Filipinos in the world meet in March of next year in Delhi, India. Other players being considered for the national team are Santi Santillan, Karl Dehesa, Troy Rike, Dylan Ababou, Chris De Chavez, Franky Johnson, Roosevelt Adams, and Leo De Vera. Last Friday, the Philippines officially entered the 20-team OQT. There, three tickets to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are up for grabs. With only four months to prepare before they wage war with fellow Pool C teams no. 6 Slovenia, no. 10 France, no. 17 Qatar, and no. 33 Dominican Republic, Altamirano bared that overseas training is underway for the country's representatives. "We already have a plan and we just have to finalize it with boss Ronald [Mascarinas]," he said, referring to 3x3 patron Ronald Mascarinas. As per the well-respected mentor, the national team pool is mulling traveling to and then training in Eastern Europe or China. The new season of Chooks Pilipinas 3x3 tipping off on January of next year will also be a big boost for preparations. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 3rd, 2019Related News

PH men s 3x3 clinches Olympic qualifier berth

MANILA, Philippines – After a year of hard work, Philippine 3x3 is one step closer to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after qualifying for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) in India on Friday, November 1. The Philippine men's team now joins Slovenia, France, Qatar, and the Dominican Republic in Pool C ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 2nd, 2019Related News

PHL makes 3×3 qualifier

The Philippines picked  a seat in Group C of the men’s division of the FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament to be held in India, March next year. The Filipinos were pooled with opponents from Slovenia, France, Qatar, and Dominican Republic in the seeding held in Utsonomiya, Japan on Friday. Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al […] The post PHL makes 3×3 qualifier appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsNov 2nd, 2019Related News

Philippines named as one of the 20 nations that will compete in the 2020 FIBA 3X3 Men s Olympic Qualifying Tournament

The Philippines was named as one of the 20 nations that will compete in the 2020 FIBA 3X3 Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament that will take place on March 2020 in India. The announcement was made Friday evening in Utsunomiya, Japan. "We’re very happy that the Philippines will be competing in the upcoming Olympic Qualifying Tournament for a shot at making it to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," said Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio. "3x3 is an area where Filipino basketball players can really excel and we’re delighted that a Filipino basketball team will get to test their skills against the world’s best. "The SBP thanks all the private promoters that held 3x3 events especially Chooks-To-Go led by Ronald Mascariñas." "We are extremely happy with this development," added Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 league owner Mascariñas. "But we could not have done it without the combined efforts of everyone. "We would like to thank the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas headed by chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan and president Al, the numerous private promoters, all the players from Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3, and, of course, the Filipino people who supported us for the last nine months." The Philippines will be slotted in Pool C in the OQT that will has three tickets to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at stake. It will be joined by Slovenia, France, Qatar, and the Dominican Republic. Composing Pool A are Mongolia, Poland, Brazil, Turkey, and Spain while Pool B will have USA, Lithuania, Belgium, South Korea, and New Zealand. Pool D, on the other hand, has the Netherlands, Latvia, Canada, Croatia, and host India. Gaining automatic berths in the Olympics are Serbia, Russia, China, and Japan. And it was a long road to India for the country. Back in February, the men’s side of the Philippines was ranked at a lowly 59. But ever since the league opened its curtains last February 16, the country’s rankings have steadily risen. The first-ever season of Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 had three conferences, namely the President’s Cup, the Patriot’s Cup, and the Magiting Cup. All had level-seven tournament ratings, with level-10 as the highest possible rating. The country also hosted the world’s first-ever Super Quest last April, a level eight tourney; and the country’s first-ever Challenger tournament last September 7, a level nine event. Moreover, the club teams from the league competed in a World Tour Masters and multiple Challenger tourneys — including the Doha and Jeddah Masters and Challenger tournaments in Moscow, Haining, Poitiers, Xiongan, Sukhbaatar, and Kaohsiung. To sustain the country's push to the OQT, the league put up a 14-leg invitational tourney, the MelMac Cup to close out the season. The national team will be composed of twp players from the top 10 and two players within the top 50 or have the minimum number of ranking points. As a tune-up for the national team, the 2020 season of Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 will open this January. "The journey is far from over as the goal is to not just make it to the OQT. The endgame is to make it to Tokyo. We are going all out to prepare our national team for this and we hope that everyone joins us in this journey to Tokyo," bared Mascariñas......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 1st, 2019Related News

Libu-libong trabaho, naghihintay para sa mga Pilipinong manggagawa sa Europa

 NANGANGAILANGAN ang Europa ng 2,000 hanggang 5,000 skilled at semi skilled na mga manggagawang Pinoy.   CHERRY LIGHT   PANIBAGONG oportunidad ang naghihintay sa libu-libong Pilipinong manggagawa na nais magtrabaho sa Central Europe. Ayon kay Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, hinihingi ng Slovenia ang pagpayag ng Pilipinas para sa deployment ng 2,000 hanggang 5,000 skilled […] The post Libu-libong trabaho, naghihintay para sa mga Pilipinong manggagawa sa Europa appeared first on PINAS......»»

Source: Pinasglobal PinasglobalCategory: NewsOct 30th, 2019Related News

5k Jobs in Europe for Pinoys

Fresh job opportunities are being made available for Filipino workers in southern central Europe, the labor department reported yesterday. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Slovenia is seeking Philippine approval for the deployment of between 2,000 to 5,000 skilled and semi-skilled labor to supplement their workforce. Similar opportunities are also available to Filipino workers in […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsOct 24th, 2019Related News

DoLE eyes Slovenia for OFW

The Labor secretary added that a Philippine technical working group "early next month" will present Slovenia a draft of a bilateral agreement spelling out the working hours, salary, days off, and vacation of Filipino workers. #SilvestreBelloIII #Sloveniajobs The post DoLE eyes Slovenia for OFW appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsOct 23rd, 2019Related News

5,000 jobs waiting for Filipinos in Slovenia

Some 5,000 job opportunities are awaiting Filipino workers in Slovenia, the Department of Labor and Employment reported yesterday......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsOct 22nd, 2019Related News

5k trabaho sa Europe para sa Pinoy

MANGANGAILANGAN ng 5,000 bagong trabaho sa Europe kaya malaking oportunidad ito sa mga manggagawang Pilipino. Ito ay base sa ulat ng Department of Labor and Employment. Nais ng bansang Slovenia na humingi ng pahintulot sa Pilipinas kaugnay sa pagpapadala ng nasa 2,000 hanggang 5,000 skilled at semi-skilled na manggagawa upang mapalakas ang kanilang workforce. Kahalintulad […] The post 5k trabaho sa Europe para sa Pinoy appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsOct 22nd, 2019Related News

Poland, Russia qualify for Euro 2020; Croatia must wait

By Ciaran Fahey, Associated Press Poland and Russia qualified for the 2020 European Championship on Sunday, while Gareth Bale's goal forced Croatia to wait after a 1-1 draw with Wales. Germany beat Estonia 3-0 despite playing with 10 men from the 14th minute. Robert Lewandowski set up both goals for Poland as Chicago Fire midfielder Przemyslaw Frankowski and fellow substitute Arkadiusz Milik scored late in a hard-fought 2-0 win over North Macedonia. Poland is assured of finishing in the top two of Group G, where second-place Austria boosted its hopes of qualifying with a 1-0 win at Slovenia. Russia earlier routed Cyprus 5-0 to join group winner Belgium in securing a place at next year's tournament. Valencia forward Denis Cheryshev scored twice and set up two more goals for the Russians - who only needed a draw to be sure of qualification - to take their tally to 21 points after seven wins from eight games in Group I. With two games remaining, Russia has 11 points more than third-place Cyprus and 12 more than fourth-place Scotland, which thrashed San Marino 6-0 at a poorly attended Hampden Park in Glasgow. Belgium already had secured its place at the finals, but Roberto Martínez's team stayed perfect in qualifying with a 2-0 win over Kazakhstan in Astana. Michy Batshuayi scored in the first half and Thomas Meunier wrapped up the win in the second, giving Belgium its eighth win from eight games. The Belgians have scored 30 goals and conceded just one. BALE THWARTS CROATIA Nikola Vlasic scored early to put Croatia on course for a win that would have secured qualification from Group E. Bale's equalizer in first-half injury time denied the visitors - including Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric - and kept Welsh hopes of qualifying alive. Croatia leads the group by two points from Hungary, which defeated Azerbaijan 1-0 in Budapest thanks to Mihály Korhut's early strike. The top three in the group are Croatia (14 points), Hungary (12) and Slovakia (10). Wales is fourth on eight points with a game in hand over the top two. GÜNDOGAN SHINES Ilkay Gündogan scored twice and set up another for 10-man Germany to beat Estonia with three second-half goals in Tallinn. "The whole week hasn't been easy," said Germany coach Joachim Löw, whose side was hit by injuries. "But we didn't complain. The decisive thing was that we upped the pace in the second half. In the end it was satisfactory." Emre Can, filling in at center back, was shown an early red card for bringing down Frank Liivak, who would have been through on goal. Germany had never had a player sent off so early in a game before, with Can beating the mark set by Robert Huth's 15th-minute ejection in a friendly game against Northern Ireland in 2005. Gündogan finally broke the deadlock in the 51st when his effort from outside the penalty box took a slight deflection off Marco Reus' heel. His second goal six minutes later also took a deflection, this time off a defender. Gündogan's long pass over the top allowed substitute Timo Werner to wrap up the win in the 71st. Germany and the Netherlands are level on 15 points and well-placed to qualify from Group C. Northern Ireland is third on 12 points. The Dutch earlier claimed a 2-1 win over Belarus in Minsk, thanks to first-half goals from Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. The top two teams of each group advance. The other four qualifiers will come through four tiers of playoffs in March......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 14th, 2019Related News

Rampant Belgium becomes 1st team to qualify for Euro 2020

By Steve Douglas, Associated Press Six first-half goals set Belgium on its way to a record-tying victory and a place in next year's European Championship. Three late goals revived the Netherlands' chances of being at the continent-wide tournament, too. Belgium — the world's top-ranked soccer nation — became the first team to qualify for Euro 2020 by crushing San Marino 9-0 on Thursday, matching the biggest margin of victory in its history. It was 6-0 by halftime in Brussels, with striker Romelu Lukaku scoring two of the goals to pass 50 in internationals. The Belgians consolidated their place at the summit of Group I and guaranteed a top-two finish with three qualifiers to spare. Their neighbors didn't have it so easy, with the Netherlands' scoring three goals from the 80th minute to come from behind and beat Northern Ireland 3-1 in the Dutch stronghold of Rotterdam. Memphis Depay scored two of those late goals. It left the two teams in a three-way tie on 12 points with Germany in Group C. The Northern Irish have played one game more, though, and their remaining two qualifiers are against the Dutch and the Germans. Croatia and Poland both won 3-0, against Hungary and Latvia respectively, to stay in control of their groups. RAMPANT BELGIUM Belgium has now won an international game by a nine-goal margin on four occasions, with San Marino on the receiving end of two of those thrashings. In 2001, it lost 10-1 in this fixture. Double figures looked well within reach of the Belgians after they scored six goals in the final 17 minutes of the first half, with Nacer Chadli, Toby Alderweireld and Youri Tielemans joining Lukaku in finding the back of the net. There was also an own-goal from Cristian Brolli. The other three goals came from the 79th minute, through Christian Benteke, Yari Verschaeren and Timothy Castagne. "Nine-nil is a good result," said Lukaku, who now has a record-extending 51 goals for Belgium, "but we would have loved to have scored one more and broken that all-time record." Russia looks almost certain to join Belgium in advancing from the group after beating Scotland 4-0 at home to stay eight points clear of Cyprus in second place. Russia is away to Cyprus on Sunday, and needs only a point to qualify. LEAVING IT LATE With the Dutch trailing 1-0 heading into the final 10 minutes, it looked as though they might need a back-door route to Euro 2020 via the playoffs. A defeat would have left them six points adrift of Northern Ireland but Ronald Koeman's team finally converted one of their chances when Depay scored in the 80th to cancel out Josh Magennis' opener five minutes earlier. Luuk de Jong and Depay — following a surging run by Frenkie de Jong — added goals in injury time to seal victory for the Netherlands, who have now won 17 matches in a row at Feyenoord's De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam since drawing 0-0 with Romania in March 2007. "We are devastated with the nature of the defeat," said Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill, whose team went from being favorites to automatically qualify to the outsiders in the space of about 10 minutes. Belarus drew 0-0 with Estonia in the group's other game. Both teams are out of contention. LEWANDOWSKI HAT TRICK Robert Lewandowsi moved onto 60 international goals by scoring his sixth hat trick for Poland in its 3-0 win in Latvia. The Bayern Munich striker netted twice in the opening 13 minutes before adding a third in the 76th. Austria stayed three points behind Poland in Group G by coming from behind to beat Israel 3-1. North Macedonia beat Slovenia 2-1 and is a further two points in third place. CROATIA IN COMMAND Croatia, the World Cup semifinalist last year, opened up a three-point lead in Group E by beating Hungary 3-0 thanks to a fifth-minute opener by Luka Modric and two goals by Bruno Petkovic. Second-place Slovakia was held to a 1-1 draw at home to Wales, which is fourth — three points behind its opponent — but has a game in hand over all the teams above them. The top two in each of the 10 groups qualify for the 24-team Euro 2020, which is being played in 12 countries with no automatic places for hosts. The other four qualifiers will come through four tiers of playoffs in March......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 11th, 2019Related News