Oliver Giroud Scores Penalty as France Edge Past Iceland in Euro 2020 Qualifiers

first_imgReykjavik: Depleted France needed an Olivier Giroud penalty to edge past Iceland 1-0 and keep pace with Turkey in their Euro 2020 Group H qualifier in Reykjavik on Friday.With key duo Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba both out injured, the world champions mustered just enough to end the evening on 18 points, level with leaders Turkey and six ahead of Iceland with three games to go. France now host Turkey in a crunch game at the Stade de France on Monday, having suffered a 2-0 defeat in Ankara in June.”That’s a good win ahead of the big match we’re all expecting Monday,” said coach Didier Deschamps after his 200th match with France — 97 of those coming in the dugout.”It wasn’t easy, they were dangerous, even if we had several chances to score again.”After a torrid night for Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann, whom the compact Iceland defence niggled away at continually, the referee awarded a penalty for a sneaky kick on 66 minutes.Despite little playing time at Chelsea this season, Giroud retains the faith of Deschamps and the 33-year-old fired a sure strike past Hannes Halldorsson with a confident spot-kick.🇫🇷 Giroud’s best attribute is __________#EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/qSiLlV5vGE— UEFA EURO 2020 (@UEFAEURO) October 11, 2019 “It was a tough match but a good game from the whole team gave us the three points. Now we have a big home game on Monday,” said Griezmann.”We suffered over there so we’ll have to be ready.”With 37 international goals Giroud is third in the all-time scoring standings for France, behind Thierry Henry on 51 and Michel Platini on 41.Already missing Pogba and the fleet-footed Mbappe, France also lost their midfield metronome N’Golo Kante to a hamstring strain in the warm-up.But the Euro 2016 finalists enjoyed 75 percent possession with Blaise Matuidi and Moussa Sissoko enjoying a great deal of the ball on the left.Matuidi hit the post on 77 minutes after a neat cutback from Bayern Munich midfielder Kingsley Coman and late substitute Wissam Ben Yedder almost added a late second.Giroud had picked up a yellow card for dissent after a penalty appeal for handball in the first half as the visitors fared poorly against a robust home defence.In the French goal Steve Mandanda, in for Hugo Lloris after his dislocated elbow last weekend, made his first save on 30 minutes into the game and was little troubled thereafter.France beat Iceland 4-0 at home back in June and the two had history after their quarter-final meeting during Euro 2016 which Les Bleus also won 5-2. Euro 2020 QualifiersfootballFranceIceland First Published: October 12, 2019, 7:56 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

UTokyo Baseball Loses 86th Straight

first_imgTOKYO — A Japanese university baseball team extended its own record of futility on Oct. 26, losing its 86th straight game while finishing a fourth consecutive year winless.The University of Tokyo was beaten 5-0 by Hosei University at Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium to prolong a losing streak that dates back to October of 2010.The result means that players who started playing for the team in 2011 will graduate without ever having experienced a single win.“It’s really tough,” senior outfielder Yuto Arii was quoted as saying by Nikkansports. “I want to apologize to the younger players. I have no idea what it means to play for a winning team and just hope the players next year can practice hard and make a stronger team.”The University of Tokyo, or Todai as it is more commonly known, is Japan’s premier university and produces many of the country’s top politicians, lawyers and doctors.But unlike rivals in the Tokyo Big 6 Baseball League, Todai does not offer sports scholarships or scout high school players. Since World War II, the team has never finished in the top half of the six-team league.The last time Todai won a game was in 2010 when it beat Waseda University 4-2.While Todai has stood firm on admission rules, the school has taken steps to try to improve its baseball team.Last season, Todai hired former Yomiuri Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Masumi Kuwata in a bid to turn around the team’s fortunes. Kuwata, a maverick in Japanese baseball circles, tried some new approaches but the losing continued.(JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

The 10 Best Oklahoma State Uniform Combinations (Part 1)

first_imgFrom Wednesday: The five worst combosAgain, I’m certain everyone will agree with me and there will be no issues at all with my list. This one was actually far less difficult than the list of the five worst combos OSU has worn I did yesterday. Let’s get to work (in reverse order).10. White-White-GrayThis is a little bit of a wild card, but I think the gray looks sharp when paired with a couple of whites. I’m not in love with the crazy-eyed Pete helmet, but I can live with it, and I think it looks good with this combo. Also, maybe we should stop wearing this to Kansas. We’ve gone G-W-G and W-W-G the last two times up there and almost lost both games.It just works for me. (USATSI)It just works for me. (USATSI)9. All BlackI’m not as high on this as most. It seems … overdone. I don’t get excited when Oregon does it. I don’t get excited when Louisville does it (or anything). I don’t get excited when Baylor does it. It’s cool in theory (and all right in real life) — and it obviously has to be in the top 10 — but I’m not clamoring for it like 2001 me did.The all blacks. (USATSI)The all blacks. (USATSI)8. Black-Orange-BlackNow we’re into the good stuff. This might be the most OSU combination of any OSU wears. For what it’s going for — orange to the bone — it’s absolutely perfect. I love that it’s the de facto home Bedlam attire.DesDes Roland gets some against UTSA. (USATSI)7. All WhiteA staple in my household. My kids’ onesies are all white. All my workout gear is all white. It’s just so clean. When they topped it with the second-best helmet OSU wears at the Cotton Bowl, I almost lost my mind. I can’t even fathom throwing the bucking bronco helmet on there.My family colors. (USATSI)My family colors. (USATSI)6. Black-White-BlackI think this was probably the first combo (at Texas in 2011) that made me say, “oh boy, we are operating in another stratosphere with our gear now.” (because that’s how I talk to myself when I’m sitting alone watching football games). This is a must-wear on the road once a year.It's really a great road look. (USATSI)It’s really a great road look. (USATSI)If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more