Portugal 1-0 Morocco: Five things we learned

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo continued his sensational start to the World Cup with the winner as Portugal knocked Morocco out of the tournament.ZIYECH AND AMRABAT SPARKLEHakim Ziyech and Nordin Amrabat had a very good game. They were enterprising and tried their best to orchestrate something for their team. Amrabat won the battle against Rafael Guererro on the right flank and gave a good account of himself.THE RESULT IS AN IMPOSTERThere is always a funny and intriguing aspect about football. Football is result oriented and if the result doesn’t go in your favour, nothing else matters. In analysis, there are two distinct aspects; performance related and result oriented.. Morocco is out but performance-wise, they were extremely impressive. They dominated in their games against Iran and Portugal and were just “unlucky” in both games. THE SET-PIECE CURSE STRIKES AGAIN Portugal was largely outplayed by Morocco but an inability to mark players properly during set-pieces cost an African side again. This trend is very worrying for the African sides in this tournament and the various coaches must work on their defensive set-up for during set pieces.PORTUGAL DO NOT CARE ABOUT POSSESSIONPortugal has given a clear impression of how they will play in this tournament. It is obvious that they will largely set-out to be pragmatic and conservative with reliance on talisman Cristiano Ronaldo. Portugal is definitely not going to be a possession drank side but will set up to contain their opponents whiles they look to find gaps in behind their opponents and look to hurt them. This is the set-up they used to win the EUROS and they will stick to it.BERNARDO SILVA YET TO COME TO THE PARTYAside Cristiano Ronaldo, the next big thing in this Portuguese side is Bernardo Silva. However, Silva has failed to replicate the impressive form he displaced at Manchester City. He was kept at bay by Hakimi. Definitely, Bernardo Silva can do more. MOROCCO SHORT OF IDEAS IN THE FINAL THIRDPrior to the world cup, concerns were raised about Morocco’s lack of firepower up front. Morocco dominated the game with 53% possession but were simply short of ideas on how to put the ball in the back of the net. Most of the chances fell to Mehdi Benetia but even in the penalty box, Benetia failed to keep all of his shots down. Aside from taking the ball to the flanks, there was a clear lack of movement upfront from their attacking players. RONALDO SHATTERS THE RECORD BOOKSRonaldo scored in the 4th minute. That was his 85th goal for Portugal and Ronaldo has broken the record set by Ferenc Puskas [who had 84 goals] to become Europe’s all-time top scorer.Follow the World Cup with the Multimedia Group! With live English radio commentary on Joy 99.7 FM radio, Akan radio commentary on Asempa 94.7 FM and livestreaming on Myjoyonline.com, we’ve got you covered all-tournament long.last_img read more

DD Motoring: German giant tests electric supercar in Donegal

first_imgIt’s another Bank Holiday Easter weekend and Donegal is full of tourists, mostly out from the north as they take advantage of the good weather.Cars with roof racks and boxes, bicycles clipped to the boot-lids with caravans on tow.One car looks different from the rest. There is something not just right about its appearance. Advertisement Back to the Future.If we had seen a flux capacitor on it, this supercar might have passed for a DeLorean made famous by the “Back to the Future” box office hit in the 1980s.The Old De Lorean in the Film “Back to the Future” which had to try harder to get an electric supply.Under a heavy camouflage the car (all in black) and with headlights and taillights painted over the latest design and even a badly made Mercedes badge in the boot lid and the cars proper crest on the bonnet covered over in black duct tape the low slung coupe-like supercar made it way into Donegal over the Easter holidays.The German-registered left-hand drive car and its passengers might have thought that this teams effort to make this prototype look like a big Mercedes would pass unnoticed. Advertisement A view of the rear of this mystery car pictured in Letterkenny this week with a team of technicians in support.But even when it was sitting in a traffic jam local motorist in Donegal knew there was something rare about this black sports car.Watching the car pull off the road and heading into the filling station the Donegal petrolheads were completely baffled when this supercar pulled up to the electric charging point.The rear end of the Supercar with false tail light to confuse onlookers of its real design.Had our visiting German tourists mistaken our electric point for a petrol pump?Was it a Tesla?First impressions of the supercar as it plugged into the electric quick charger suggested that it might be one of the American built all-electric Tesla sports cars. The very badly hand-drawn three-pointed starts on the boot lid might do it job from a distance to confuse someone into believing it was a Mercedes Benz that they just seen passing by.A close up of the taillight reveal that they are false and part of a print included in a body wrap to his the design of the new Porsche.But up close this looks comical to the point that no one could ever claim that this was a Merc badge.It’s a wrap.This car, whatever it was, was covered up in a complete body wrap that included misleading headlights and tail light clusters printed on to the graphics. Back in the days of the film, ‘Back to the Future’, Michael Fox and Doc Browne had to wait on a bolt of lighting for their engird supply, meanwhile our mystery car in Donegal just plugged into the E-car charger at Tobin’s and as the car electric supply replenished it batteries another German registered large SUV pulled up alongside it.The test crew in the electric Porsche pictured with its false headlights covering the real design of this new supercar.The drivers and passengers of both vehicles get out and all join in a conversation in German.It was soon clear these were folk were not here for a holiday all dress as a team of technicians or mechanics.The second car that looked like a support crew were driving a Porsche so there’s a good chance that this supercar was also a Porsche and possibly the all-electric one which is due to be launched at the Frankfurt motor show later this year in September.Was it a Taycan?If it was the electric Porsche (Taycan) in Donegal this week with it was here undercover with all it badges covers up which was a far cry the first car that Porsche ever made was was also electric.Well over one hundred years ago, Mr Porsche, proud of his invention, had engraved the code “P1” (standing for Porsche, number one, signifying Ferdinand Porsche’s first design) onto all the key components.Called Egger-Lohner it was was a carriage-like car driven by two electric motors within the front wheel hubs, powered by batteries. This drive train construction was easily expanded to four-wheel drive by mounting two more electric motors to the rear wheels,The Mercedes badge which was painted on to the rear of this supercar to hide it real identity as it completed testing in Co.Donegal this week.The support team in Donegal this week politely kept to themselves and spoke mostly in German, but a local man from Letterkenny who would be well into his cars managed to get chatting to the team as they waited for their electric car to charge at Tobin Filling Station in Letterkenny.John Frizzell managed to get a reply of figure 220 from one of the mechanics in broken English.John Frizzell has a yarn with the German mechanics at the Porsche Prototype Electric car is charged in Letterkenny.As of yet, we’re still trying to work out if that figure was the speed that car could achieve or was the range of miles it could go on one charge or the price tag of this amazing piece of German engineering which was in Donegal this week to test their supercar on our famous roads.Happy Motoring Folks.DD Motoring: German giant tests electric supercar in Donegal was last modified: April 24th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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

Team SA reaches out to international partners in Davos

first_imgThe South African delegation launched its participation in the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2018 with a range of interactions with international partners in government and business to position South Africa favourably and build partnerships to address global issues.Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is leading a hopeful Team SA to Davos for the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.The World Economic Forum’s 2018 Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, brings together political, business and broader civil society leadership under the theme, “Creating a shared future in a fractured world”. The theme seeks to mobilise global leadership to develop responses to trends – including the rise of isolationism and extremism – that undermine efforts by the global community to foster openness, tolerance, integration and shared opportunity.The forum presents South Africa with various platforms to outline the country’s efforts to secure sustainable and inclusive economic growth; address governance weaknesses in the public and private sectors; and to contribute positively to the development of solutions to global challenges.South Africa continues to attract global interest in view of its position as a sophisticated, diverse and promising emerging market, as recently endorsed by Goldman Sachs Portfolio Strategy Research.South Africa’s first day at WEF 2018 – Tuesday 23 January 2018 – saw Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and his ministerial delegation participate in a range of public forums and bilateral meetings as part of positioning South Africa’s attractiveness as an investment destination, trade partner and member of the international community.As part of his working visit to WEF, the deputy president attended the opening plenary session of the forum as well as a plenary discussion on the conference theme.Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, and Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, at the Pre-WEF Davos Breakfast. The latter believes it is critical to use WEF Davos as a platform to showcase Africa’s economic potential. (Image: GCIS)Deputy President Ramaphosa held bilateral meetings with President Paul Kagame of Rwanda; President João Lourenco of Angola; Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre of Somalia; Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam of Singapore and Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani of Qatar.The deputy president also had a bilateral meeting with WEF founder and executive director Professor Klaus Schwab to whom Deputy President Ramaphosa expressed South Africa’s appreciation for the forum’s continued support for and commitment to the development of Africa.In addition to positioning South Africa as a leading competitive and investment-friendly destination that is open for business, government continued to utilise the WEF Davos 2018 platform to bring attention to the significant centenary celebrations of the iconic global leader and late South African President, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.Deputy President Ramaphosa will be a contributor in a breakfast session entitled “Building Peace in Africa”. This will be complemented by various interactions by ministers and discussions between South African businesses and international partners.Deputy President Ramaphosa, together with several ministers, will participate in a country strategy dialogue on South Africa, which will focus international attention on measures to grow the South African economy and promote development. It will be attended by international and South African business people.The deputy president will also hold discussions with Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen of Denmark.Team South Africa’s day will culminate in a South Africa business dinner hosted by Brand South Africa.Enquiries:Tyrone Seale :  +27 83 5757 440: Acting spokesperson for the Deputy President of South AfricaDeputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is looking to position South Africa as an attractive investment destination. (Image: GCIS)Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

IPL 2011: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore- RCB win by 9 wickets

first_imgChris Gayle continued his superlative form scoring an unbeaten 70 as Bangalore beat Rajasthan by nine wickets during the 55th IPL match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday. Score | PhotosLike Rajasthan, Bangalore too got off to a fine start and the 146-run target wasn’t a very tough one for the Bangalore side considering the impressive form their opener Chris Gayle is in.He along with Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan put on 68 runs for the first wicket before Dilshan fell in the seventh over.Dilshan tried to sweep Shane Warne, but a top edge of his bat was taken by Ross Taylor in the deep. He fell for 38.That was the last wicket to fall from the Bangalore camp as they wrapped the match in style with three over remaining. Captain Virat Kohli and opener Chris Gayle remained unbeaten till the end as Bangalore scored 151/1 in 17 overs.Gayle’s unbeaten 70 came off just 44 balls while Kohli scored 39 off 34 balls.RajasthanOpeners Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson provided Rajasthan with a good start as the hosts posted a fine 145/6 against Bangalore during their IPL match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Wednesday. Bangalore captain Virat Kohli ton the toss and elected to field. Kohli was leading the side in the absence of regular captain Daniel Vettori, who is injured.Rajasthan openers Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson got off to a good start against Bangalore. The two were scoring at a brisk pace and keeping the run rate to good 8 runs an over.advertisementJust when it was beginning to look that the two were getting ready for a long partnership, Bangalore left-arm medium-pacer Sreenath Aravind struck and despatched both the openers in the 10th over.First, he got rid of Waston to break their stand on 73 and then a ball later got rid of Rahul Dravid. Watson scored a fine 34 while Dravid increased the team total by 37 runs.Next man Ajinka Rahane fell in the 14th over when the total was 102. A mix-up saw him get run out on 17 even as AB de Villiers displayed a brilliant piece of fielding at point.Johan Botha was the next batsman to take a walk back to the dugout. He too fell to S Aravind in the 17th over on 19 when the team total was 122/4.Kiwi Ross Taylor fell to Charl Langeveldt in the 18th over and Chris Gayle got rid on Ashok Menaria in the next over when the Rajasthan score was 133/6.Finally, Rajasthan managed to score 145/6 in their stipulated 20 overs.last_img read more

Book review: Peter Murray and Ashish Shukla’s ‘Sachin Tendulkar: Masterful’

first_imgSachin Tendulkar: Masterful By Peter Murray & Ashish Shukla Rupa There are sporting biographies that are, with the help of research, legwork and the power of the intellect, able to draw back the curtain on towering personalities and let the reader into their inner spaces. Let it be said the,Sachin Tendulkar: Masterful By Peter Murray & Ashish Shukla Rupa There are sporting biographies that are, with the help of research, legwork and the power of the intellect, able to draw back the curtain on towering personalities and let the reader into their inner spaces. Let it be said the latest offering on India’s biggest sporting superstar Sachin Tendulkar is not one of those.Tendulkar is a difficult subject, his private persona at complete odds with his gigantic, explosive game. He is in his 13th year with the Indian team and will be 30 next year. He has gone from schoolboy to icon in front of all of India and found himself saddled with labels-apna Bradman, national mood elevator, hot commercial property.In a country that cannot have enough of him, Tendulkar figured out quickly how much he would allow the world to see. Like most great athletes what you see is not what you get: what you get is an aura, not an interplay of light and shade. There has been only one truly insightful book on the man: written by brother and mentor Ajit.But it too stopped with 1989, the year Sachin made his Test debut. Peter Murray, an India-born, Australia-based journalist with a background in sports writing, and Ashish Shukla, a cricket journalist who travels with the Indian team, have taken their crack at the man and his myth.MOOD ELEVATOR: Tendulkar, India’s own BradmanUnfortunately, unlike its subject, Masterful it is not. It is littered with errors, factual and typographical, that committed chroniclers would consider heresy. To pick a few nits, Tendulkar was born in 1973, not 1974, his sister’s name is Savita, not Sampada, his first first-class captain was Lalchand Rajput, not Dilip Vengsarkar, and the reasons his close-knit family is described as a “klan” (what, like Ku Klux?) remain mysterious.While Tendulkar may have the detachment of a “karmic sadhu”, his lack of “meglamania” is hardly reassuring; it’s a slippery word, elusive even in the dictionary. There are breathless accounts of his great innings, approvals for his unflagging commitment, paeans for his family values and eight pages of tributes from the greats of world cricket. But it’s like revisiting a neighbourhood church: been there, done that, sung the hosannas. If Tendulkar is the presiding deity, the “God” of Indian cricket, then where are his details?Locked up in the hero’s own head no doubt, and in the memories of the few people who really know him. That is the whole point, because Tendulkar could not survive any other way in the mad marketplace that is Indian cricket. American sportswriter Robert Lipsyte said, “The healthiest (sporting geniuses) will never let us find out what makes them tick because then we will try to take them apart to see for ourselves.”advertisementSachin Tendulkar need not worry. We still struggle to put him together, let alone bother about taking him apart.last_img read more