Fans dance in Berlin rain as Germany survive

first_img“I’m so, so so happy,” screamed Rasdan Abdullah as the final whistle sounded in Sochi.“It’s a great feeling,” said Birgit Schlag, who had come to Berlin to see the Rolling Stones in concert the day before.The rain had just begun to fall in the German capital as Ola Toivonen fired Sweden ahead on the half-hour mark, and grey clouds lingered as the crowd sung “You’ll Never Walk Alone” at half-time.They breathed a sigh of relief when Marco Reus equalised just after the break.And when Kroos curled in a free-kick in the fifth minute of injury-time, the fans were in ecstasy.“I said before the game that Reus would score,” said a beaming Dieter Mann, a 60-year-old tour guide with Germany flags stuck to his head.“It was the right decision to pick him and drop Mesut Ozil.”Thousands of fans gathered at the Brandenburg Gate to watch the game on giant screens © AFP / John MACDOUGALL“Defeat for us today was about as likely as England winning the World Cup,” said 37-year-old jobseeker Marcel Kreisel, and fell about laughing.Having slumped to a shock 1-0 defeat against Mexico in their opening game, Germany had to beat Sweden to avoid elimination and keep alive their dreams of retaining the World Cup.With Mexico top of Group F after winning their second match on Saturday, Germany play South Korea on Wednesday knowing they must do as well as the Swedes against Mexico if they are to progress to the knockout round.“A man down! Crazy! Thanks for the comeback and good luck to the national team,” Steffen Seibert, the spokesman of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said on Twitter.The German media were just as relieved.“Kroos and Reus rescue our World Cup hopes,” was the headline on Germany’s top-selling daily Bild, adding: “My God was that important!”“Blood, sweat and tears. And then came Kroos,” was the headline on Berlin-based national daily Die Welt, while Frankfurt’s FAZ went for “Germany win with a shot of luck”.“Kroos twists the hope back,” was Munich-based Sueddeutsche Zeitung’s take.Former international Thomas Hitzlsperger said the win could galvanise the team as they had battled to victory despite the sending off of key defender Jerome Boeteng late in the game.“There was a lot of criticism (after the defeat against Mexico),” Hitzlsperger said.“So to win a match like that when we were a man down it could be a very big World Cup for this team.“We can see by what happened that the players are closing ranks and getting tighter.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany supporters in Berlin were in ecstasy after their team salvaged their World Cup chances © AFP / John MACDOUGALLBERLIN, Germany, Jun 24 – Fans danced in the rain in Berlin on Saturday as defending champions Germany avoided an embarrassing World Cup exit with a 2-1 win over Sweden.Thousands of supporters watching on big screens at the Brandenburg Gate huddled nervously under grey clouds and drizzle, before throwing their umbrellas away as Toni Kroos’ late winner saved Germany.last_img read more

Chelsea forward: ‘Last season was a disaster and I wanted to leave’

first_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LATEST Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Morata opened his 2018/19 account against Arsenal LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Alvaro Morata has admitted his nightmare debut season at Chelsea almost led to an immediate exit before the transfer window closed.The Spanish striker joined the Blues from Real Madrid last year for a then-club-record £60million after being left frustrated by a lack of game time in La Liga. IN DEMAND New Spain boss Luis Enrique has recalled Morata to the international squad for the upcoming clashes with England and Croatia.“I feel like it’s the first time, I was nervous yesterday, I arrived an hour and a half early,” Morata continued.“Luis Enrique tells us that he wants Spain to win again and that everyone knows who Spain are.“There are times when I stopped appreciating coming here. You do not think about every match you play with the Spanish national team until you have to watch the matches from home.” LIVING THE DREAM targets 2 moving on targets 2 RANKED Morata is back in the Spain set-up However, despite a bright start, he scored just one goal in 2018 and was soon dropped for January signing Olivier Giroud.Morata was subsequently omitted from Spain’s World Cup squad.“Last year I wasn’t happy. I started well but at the end it was a disaster,” Morata told reporters.“I went out to the pitch and did even not know where I was. I considered returning to Spain or Italy. “But you can’t always escape reality, I left Spain to earn a place at the World Cup and I did not go.“It was hard. I’m going to do everything I can to go to the next one, it was a difficult time because I expected to go.“I didn’t have the best season. The boss took a decision. I don’t resent [Julen] Lopetegui, I wish him all the best at Real Madrid.” Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January last_img read more

Women’s Basketball Set for Two Games this Week

first_imgCreighton opened its 2019-20 campaign with a 67-54 win over Omaha. Last season, the Bulldogs won 85-69 in Omaha in the 68th all-time meeting and improved to 40-27 in the series that has continued with one game every season since Creighton departed the MVC for the BIG EAST in 2013. The Bluejays host South Dakota State Tuesday night before they make the short trip to Des Moines.  South Dakota Live Stats South Dakota ESPN+ After playing four games in nine days, Drake will enjoy a break before its next contest when Western Illinois visits the Knapp Center Nov. 24. Print Friendly Version Creighton Live Stats Story Links Drake Game Notes center_img Drake (2-0) and South Dakota (2-0) resumed their rivalry last season as the Bulldogs claimed a 76-64 win at the Knapp Center. The Bulldogs and Coyotes were picked No. 1 and 2, respectively, in this season’s first espnW Mid-Major poll. Creighton ESPN3 Following, Wednesday’s away game, Drake returns to the Knapp Center Saturday against former MVC rival Creighton (1-0). Tipoff with the longtime foes is scheduled for 6 p.m. Drake has a pair of home wins over South Dakota State and Iowa State while South Dakota collected two hard-fought road victories at Northeastern and Green Bay. Each team had players be named their respective conference’s player of the week for their great performances. Redshirt senior forward Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) collected her 11th career MVC Player of the Week award while senior guard Ciara Duffy earned her fourth career Summit League Player of the Week honor. averaged 24.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 block and 1.0 steal while shooting a blistering 71.3 percent from the field, 75.0 percent from deep and 81.3 percent from the free throw line. Duffy averaged 22.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists in the first two games. Duffy is the Summit League’s Preseason Player of the Year while Rhine’s teammate Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) is the preseason MVC Player of the Year. VERMILLION, S.D. – The Drake University women’s basketball team will play its third-straight 2019 NCAA Tournament team Wednesday night when it visits South Dakota. Tipoff in Vermillion is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be streamed on ESPN+.last_img read more


first_imgA man who went berserk in a hotel and threatened another man with a hurley stick claimed his drink was spiked.Letterkenny Court.Paul Hughes, 42, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with possession of an article with intent to cause injury. But Hughes, who has no previous convictions, claimed he had no memory of the attack.The incident happened at the Downings Bay Hotel on August 9th last.The court heard that Hughes owns a mobile home close to the hotel and had been staying in the area and visiting the hotel for the past ten years.The hotel even gave Hughes a reference saying what an upstanding person he was and how he had never caused any trouble previously.He was also charged with being intoxicated and using threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour in a public place.Solicitor for the accused, Ms Fiona Browne, told the court that her client felt his drink was spiked.“He has no other explanation but thinks his drink was spiked because he has no memory of what happened and did not even know the man he had attacked,” she said.Hughes, from Blackbog Road, Greencastle, Co Tyrone, told the court “I don’t remember anything about it. I went to the man the next day and apologised. I had never met him before.”The court heard how the victim did not want to proceed with any case against Hughes.The accused told Judge Paul Kelly that the hurley stick belonging to one of his children and had been kept in the caravan.Judge Kelly ordered Hughes to pay €500 to a local charity and struck the matter out.MAN WHO WENT BERSERK IN HOTEL WITH HURLEY CLAIMS DRINK WAS SPIKED was last modified: September 14th, 2015 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)last_img read more

Fortuna boys soccer remains unbeaten in 2016 with 6-0 win at McKinleyville

first_imgMcKINLEYVILLE >> In their head coach’s own words, it took a little bit of time for the Fortuna boys soccer team to get settled in on Wednesday evening.But once Daniel Holmes’ Huskies shook off a bit of that rust that they had, though, it was full steam ahead.Fortuna continued its unbeaten start to the 2016 season, getting a pair of goals from both Julian Urbina and Luiz Baltazar in a 6-0 win over McKinleyville and extending its lead atop the Humboldt-Del Norte League as the midway point of …last_img read more

Boston Marathon | Lawrence Cherono, Worknesh Degefa are champions

first_imgLawrence Cherono won the Boston Marathon men’s race Monday by the slimmest of margins.A three-person race down the stretch on Boylston Street turned into a two-man, all-out sprint, and Cherono, of Kenya, emerged in front of Lelisa Desisa. Unofficially, Cherono’s time was 2:07.50, while Desisa clocked a 2:08.00. Kenneth Kipkemoi faded in the final 300 yards and placed third in 2:08.06.Scott Fauble, in seventh, and Jared Ward, in eighth, were the top American finishers, crossing in 2:09.10 and …last_img read more

Marcus Lattimore: 49ers’ Deebo Samuel has Hall of Fame potential

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Marcus Lattimore, drawing from his own experience as a 49ers draftee, knows exactly what advice to give Deebo Samuel as he leaves their South Carolina roost.“Better start looking for an apartment now,” Lattimore said in a phone interview Wednesday night. “He’s so excited, until he sees those prices. He’s tight with his money.”Samuel, the 49ers’ second-round draft pick, gave 49ers fans reason to be excited with how he looked Friday as rookie minicamp began.Lattimore’s been …last_img read more

Chiefs looming, how these Raiders react to Jets KO will define their season

first_imgLosing 34-3 to the New York Jets on Sunday had nothing to do with a trap.A so-called “trap game” comes when a supposedly superior team begins to think too much of itself and overlooks an overmatched and vastly inferior opponent.That’s not the Raiders, nor is it what happened at MetLife Stadium. This Oakland team was the classic over-achiever in getting to 6-4, with a deliberate, balanced offense and a defense ranked near the bottom in the NFL even with a moderate improvement during a …last_img read more

Is Your Work Your Paycheck or Your Legacy

first_imgThere are some things that you do for money. Other things, bigger, more important things, you do for legacy.You might need a job to survive. A job is something that you do in exchange for money. Work, however, is something different. Work is about your legacy, the difference that you make, your contribution.Legacy is about how you live your purpose. It’s about who you are at your core. It’s about character. It’s about what you do—and what you don’t do.Money provides you with freedom. It provides you with choices. It allows you to, in some ways, make a greater contribution. But it isn’t your legacy.You aren’t King Tut, and no one is going to bury you with your money and your worldly possessions. Your banker isn’t going to attend your funeral (but your lawyer just might). Having your name on a building isn’t legacy, especially if the only contribution you made was financial. A legacy is about much more than how much money you acquire.A paycheck may be necessary; everyone needs money to live. But legacy is optional. Legacy is intentional. It means you have to make a contribution. It requires that you give of yourself something that benefits other people.Legacy doesn’t require that you have a lot of money. It doesn’t require that you are famous (a lot of really famous people are famous for being famous and are leaving no real legacy). Legacy requires that you produce something worthwhile and that that something is passed into the future.You might have a job to make money, but your work is about your legacy. It’s wonderful if your job and your work are the same thing, but if they are not, you need to give yourself over as much as possible to your real work. That’s your legacy. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

October 6: CWG Events

first_imgArcheryMorning: 8.30 am to 11 amWomen: Recurve. Men: RecurveAFTERNOON: 1.30 pm to 4 pm.Women: Compound. Men: CompoundAthleticsEvening: 1.30 pm to 6.35 pm.Women: Hammer throw; 100m; 400m.Men: 100m; shot put; 5000m (final)BadmintonMORNING: 9 am to 1 pmMixed team event (group matches)AFTERNOON: 2 pm to 6 pmMixed team event (group matches)EVENING: 7 pm to 11 pmMixed team event (group matches)BoxingAfternoon: 1 pm to 5 pmLight flyweight, bantamweight, light welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight, flyweight, lightweight, welterweightEVENING: 6.30 pm to 10.30 pmHeavyweight, super heavyweightCycling trackMorning: 11.30 am to 3.30 pmMen’s: Keirin (final); 40-km pointsrace (final). Women: 25-km pointsrace (final); team sprint (final)Gymnastics (Artistic)Afternoon: 1.30 pm to 7 pmMen’s: Individual all-around (final)Women: Individual all-around (final)HockeyMorning: 8.30 am to 12 pmMen’s: Australia vs Scotland.Women’s: Canada vs EnglandAfternoon: 1.30 pm to 5 pmMen’s: England vs Trinidad & Tobago.Evening: 6.30 pm to 10 pmMen: New Zealand vs South Africa;Pakistan vs MalaysiaShootingClay TargetMORNING: 10 am to 4.30 pmMen’s: Double trap pairs (final)Pistol and Small BoreMORNING: 9 am to 6 pmMen’s: 10m air rifle (final); 50m pistol(final) . Women: 25m pistol (final)SquashAfternoon: 1 pm to 4 pmMen’s: Singles (quarter-finals).Women: Singles (quarter-finals)Evening: 5 pm to 8 pmMen’s: Singles (quarter-finals).Women’s: Singles (quarter-finals)Swimming and synchronised swimmingMorning: 8.30 am to 2.30 pmWomen’s: 800m freestyle(heats); 100m butterfly (heats);200m breaststroke; 4x200mfreestyle (heats); 100mfreestyle (heats); solo technicalroutine (final); duet technicalroutine (final).Men’s 100m freestyle (heats); 200mbackstroke (heats); 4x200m freestyle (heats), routine finalEvening: 4 pm to 6.17 pmMen’s: 200m backstroke (final), 100mfreestyle (semi-final); 50m butterfly(final); 100m breaststroke (final); 4 x 200m freestyle (final). Women: 100mfreestyle (final); 100m butterfly(semi-final); 200m breaststroke(final); 100m backstroke (final); 4 x 200m freestyle (final)advertisementTable TennisMorning: 9.30 am to 2.30 pmWomen’s team event (Rd V)Men’s team event (Rd V)Evening: 4 pm to 9 pmWomen: Team event (quarterfinals).Men’s: Classification gamesTennisMorning: 10 am to 3 pmMixed team event (group matches)Women: Singles (Rd II); doubles (RdI). Men’s: Singles (Rd II); doubles (RdI)Evening Session: 5 pm to 10 pm)Mixed team event (quarter-finals)Women: Singles (Rd II); doubles(Rd I). Men’s: Singles (Rd II); doubles(Rd I)WeightliftingWomen’s 58kgEvening Session: 6.30 pm to 9 pmMen’s 69kgWrestlingMorning Session: 9 am to 1 pmMen: Greco roman [55kg, 66kg,84kg, 120kg (elimination)].Evening Session: 4.30 pm to 7.30 pmMen: Greco roman [55kg,66kg, 84kg, 120kg – repechage(finals)]Star To Watch Out For – Shane PerkinsCountry: Australia Sport: CyclingSilver medallist in sprint race at the 2010 World ChampionshipsBronze medallist at the 2006 Commonwealth Gameslast_img read more