UEFA Nations League: England qualify for semis with dramatic win over Croatia

first_imgEngland perhaps avenged their World Cup semi-final loss to Croatia by defeating them 2-1 to qualify for the semi-finals on UEFA Nations League at Wembley on Sunday.Gareth Southgate’s England side were denied the chance to the 2018 FIFA World Cup final by Croatia as they lose 2-1 in extra time but on Sunday, the English side scored two late goals to turn the table.Croatia, on the other hand, were relegated from Group A4 of the Nations League after the defeat.England were themselves facing the drop when Croatia’s Andrej Kramaric scored after 57 minutes but substitute Lingard and Kane netted in the 77th and 85th minutes at a vociferous Wembley to turn the group on its head.Stick together. Win together. #threelions pic.twitter.com/8tFsHA6pjKEngland (@England) November 18, 2018England had dominated for large periods but fell behind when Kramaric twisted and turned before firing in via a deflection off Eric Dier.Yet Lingard poked home and Kane converted Ben Chilwell’s free kick to ensure England finished top of a group where all three teams — including Spain who started the day top but finished second — could have qualified.England, who progress to the finals in Portugal in June, finished with seven points, one ahead of Spain and three clear of Croatia, who were relegated to the second tier.England made eight changes from the side that beat the United States in a friendly on Thursday with no place in the starting lineup for Lingard, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Callum Wilson.advertisementCroatia, meanwhile, were without influential midfielder Ivan Rakitic, and in his absence the visitors missed a golden opportunity when Ante Rebic fired over with England keeper Jordan Pickford horribly exposed after only two minutes.Also read – UEFA Nations League: Portugal secure first semi-final berth after draw in ItalyAs England started to dominate, a fine Kane ball sent Raheem Sterling free, only for the Manchester City winger to shoot directly at Croatia keeper Lovre Kalinic while Kane spooned the resulting corner over the crossbar.There was very vocal contingent of Croatia fans in the 78,000-strong crowd, but they were lucky not to see their side concede as Kane was brilliantly denied first by defender Tin Jedvaj and then Kalinic with the visitors struggling to contain England’s pacy attack.Ross Barkley volleyed into the side netting shortly before halftime, yet after the break it was Kramaric who kept his composure brilliantly before converting Croatia’s first shot on target.READ – UEFA Nations League: Depay last-minute penalty helps Netherlands beat France 2-0England introduced Dele Alli, Jadon Sancho and Lingard after the goal and their energy proved decisive with Lingard, poking home in the 77th minute.Both sides looked dangerous in a frantic, full-blooded final 15 minutes but with Wembley roaring them on, it was man-of-the-match Kane who was on hand to slide in Chilwell’s free kick and seal England’s progress.(With Reuters inputs)Also watch –last_img read more

Report: Hudd Town 1 West Ham 4

first_imgHuddersfield Town 1 West Ham 4: Arnautovic runs riot to secure Moyes’ 200th PL win Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 00:51 1/14/18 markoarnautovic - cropped Getty Images West Ham extended their unbeaten league run to four games with a 4-1 victory over Huddersfield Town, a win inspired by Marko Arnautovic. Marko Arnautovic created three and scored the other as West Ham lifted themselves away from the Premier League relegation zone with a 4-1 victory over Huddersfield Town.For the third successive away game, Arnautovic found the back of the net for the Hammers, his latest strike coming 11 seconds into the second half at the John Smith’s Stadium.The Austria international created the opener for Mark Noble midway through the first half, only for Joe Lolley to level things up with his first league goal of the campaign.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Huddersfield were not level for long, though, as Arnautovic stunned the home crowd with his sixth of the season, a powerful drive beyond Jonas Lossl.He then turned provider for Manuel Lanzini, his strike partner netting twice in five minutes to take the game away from their hosts.Victory lifts the Hammers into 11th place in the table, above Huddersfield, while also giving David Moyes his 200th Premier League victory.This guy pic.twitter.com/9JpXuRBuZJ— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 13, 2018Huddersfield had the better of a competitive start with attacking trio Rajiv van La Parra, Tom Ince and Lolley leading the charge.However, it was West Ham who broke the deadlock just before the half hour after a mistake by Lolley from Lossl’s short goal kick.Town’s attempts to play the ball out backfired dramatically as Arnautovic and Noble applied pressure, the pair dispossessing Lolley before the latter slotted home.Making such a mistake on his first home Premier League start could have easily affected the 25-year-old, but he responded in the perfect fashion by levelling things up before the break.A neat Huddersfield move on the right ended up at Lolley’s feet, he cut inside and was given plenty of time to curl a sumptuous shot out of Adrian’s reach.David Wagner’s hopes of Huddersfield maintaining momentum in the early stages of the second half were quickly extinguished by a sensational Arnautovic strike from the kick-off.A long ball from Angelo Ogbonna was flicked onto the Austrian by Cheikhou Kouyate, he lifted it over Tommy Smith and lashed beyond Lossl to restore West Ham’s lead.11 – 69% of Huddersfield’s home goals conceded in the Premier League this season have been against London clubs (11/16). Smoked. #HUDWHU— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 13, 2018With the wind in their sails, West Ham pushed for a third and came within inches as Aaron Mooy cleared off the line after Lossl had failed to deal with an Aaron Cresswell corner.And there was no respite as Lanzini put the game to bed with two strikes in quick succession.His first came after a neat passing move that finished with Arnautovic slipping the Argentine in, Lanzini making no mistake from 15 yards.As the clock ticked past the hour he had his second, this time profiting from Arnautovic’s rapid counter attack to lift the ball beyond Lossl.The introduction of new signing Alex Pritchard gave Huddersfield renewed hope, but there was nothing the former Norwich City man could do as Moyes celebrated his milestone win. Key Opta stats: – This was David Moyes’ 200th win as a manager in the Premier League, becoming the fourth person to achieve this feat after Alex Ferguson (528), Arsene Wenger (468) and Harry Redknapp (236).- Huddersfield have conceded seven goals in their last two Premier League games, this after conceding six across their previous six.- Marko Arnautovic had a hand in three goals in a single Premier League game for the first time in his career (one goal, two assists).- No Huddersfield player has scored or assisted more Premier League goals than Aaron Mooy (6 – 4 goals, 2 assists).- Mark Noble has now scored (35) or assisted (27) 62 Premier League goals for West Ham – only Paolo Di Canio (78) has had a hand in more for the club. read morelast_img read more

PM Says Bypass For Montego Bay Will Be a Reality

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says traffic congestion is greatly affecting commerce and productivity in Montego Bay and that the time has come to make the much-talked-about bypass a reality. The Prime Minister reiterated that Montego Bay is fast outgrowing its infrastructure, and the Government has a responsibility to make life easier for investors. Story Highlights Mr. Holness said the situation has now become untenable and that the bypass will have to be constructed to ease the congestion. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says traffic congestion is greatly affecting commerce and productivity in Montego Bay and that the time has come to make the much-talked-about bypass a reality.Giving the keynote address at the itelbpo Smart Solutions fifth anniversary and grand opening of its business process outsourcing (BPO) Montego Bay facility in Freeport, St. James, on October 4,Mr. Holness said the situation has now become untenable and that the bypass will have to be constructed to ease the congestion.“Coming into Montego Bay and getting stuck in the traffic makes me recognise, and reinforces the point that the Government has a role to ensure that the infrastructure is in place to facilitate greater investment,” he emphasised.“I can imagine the productivity loss that Montego Bay goes through every day… evenings and mornings. We are committed to building that bypass. We don’t want to make an error, so we are now in the process of doing all the studies. We have done the traffic count… we are doing designs to see where is the best place to get the alignment for the bypass,” he added.The Prime Minister also noted that Montego Bay has a serious drainage issue that needs to be addressed immediately.He said that while it is a matter that should be dealt with by the St. James Municipality and the National Works Agency (NWA), he is giving Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of EconomicGrowth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, full oversight to ensure the matter is addressed expeditiously.The Prime Minister reiterated that Montego Bay is fast outgrowing its infrastructure, and the Government has a responsibility to make life easier for investors.The Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and other lobby groups have been pushing hard for a bypass to ease the traffic congestion, which has been plaguing the resort city for many years.Immediate Past President of the Chamber, Gloria Henry, in making the case, called the situation “a critical imperative”, arguing that failure to construct and prioritise a bypass will “stifle the growth of Montego Bay and hamper the expansion of the tourist industry”.“It will provide an alternative route for access to Sangster International Airport and for the over three million tourists that come via that airport annually and stay in northeast and western resorts,” Ms. Henry said.“It will also divert the commercial traffic, thus allowing more efficient movement in and around the city,” she added.last_img read more