Wednesday, 18 May, 2022

Sports

Explosion of joy in Madrid as Spain makes semis

MADRID: Tens of thousands of fans sang "Viva Espana" and danced in the streets in Madrid Saturday as Spain overcame Paraguay to move into the semi-final of the World Cup.A crowd which watched the match on giant screens outside Real Madrid`s Santiago Bernabeu stadium exploded with joy and

Gleeful press hails German `heroes`

BERLIN: Germany`s papers could scarcely hide their glee Sunday after their team`s 4-0 rout of Argentina sent them into the World Cup semi-finals and got the whole nation dreaming of a fourth World Cup triumph."1954, 1974, 1990 ... " ran the headline on Sunday`s Tagesspiegel daily, the

Secular Uruguay converted by beautiful game

MONTEVIDEO: Widely-regarded as South America`s most secular country, Uruguay reserves its religious devotion for football which has reached fever pitch with the national team`s progress to World Cup semi-finals.Despite a population of just 3.4 million people, Uruguay has produced two

Villa, Klose star as Europe tighten World Cup grip

JOHANNESBURG: David Villa and Miroslav Klose confirmed they rank among the finest football predators as the chances of a first European World Cup triumph outside the continent rocketed this weekend.Netherlands are favoured to defeat Uruguay in the first semi-final Tuesday while Spain and

Football: Spanish press exults in `agonising` win - Reax

MADRID, July 4, 2010 (AFP) - The Spanish press rejoiced Sunday at the national team`s "historic" but "agonising" victory over Paraguay that takes them into the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time."Blood, sweat and victory!" headlined the sports paper AS."Paraguay was a very

Del Bosque revels in Spanish history

JOHANNESBURG: Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque was in jubilant mood after his team made history by reaching the World Cup semi-finals for the first time.New Barcelona signing David Villa scored the only goal of the game eight minutes from the end of their quarter-final clash against

Spain set for final push at World Cup

DURBAN: A month in South Africa has brought Spain full circle.The European champions have illuminated Africa`s first World Cup with only occasional flashes of their bewitching best.Yet memories of their capacity to entrance burn sufficiently brightly for Xavi and co. to have been

Number 10 flops at World Cup

PARIS: It has long been seen as the magic number in football, but the number 10 shirt has failed to live up to its star billing at the South African World Cup.Wearing the number ten on your back has earned exalted, almost sacred, status over the years thanks not least to the exploits

Del Bosque revels in Spanish history

JOHANNESBURG: Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque was in jubilant mood after his team made history by reaching the World Cup semi-finals for the first time.New Barcelona signing David Villa scored the only goal of the game eight minutes from the end of their quarter-final clash against

Pietersen out of Bangladesh series

LONDON: Kevin Pietersen was left out of the England 13-man squad announced Sunday for their upcoming one-day series against Bangladesh because of a thigh injury.England`s selectors also chose to rest off-spinner Graeme Swann, a regular in all three international formats, following their

Argentina shattered as Maradona mulls future

CAPE TOWN: Argentina head home Sunday with their World Cup dream in tatters and coach Diego Maradona lamenting the toughest day of his life as he considers whether to quit.The South American giants didn`t just lose to long-time rival Germany in the quarter-finals, they were humiliated 4-0

Brazil-Argentina supporters clash leave 15 injured in Habiganj

HABIGANJ: Separate clashes between supporters of Argentina and Brazil football teams left at least 15 people injured in Habiganj and Nabiganj upazila Saturday. Alamgir Hossain, sub-inspector of Nabiganj police station, told banglanews24.com.bd that the first clash erupted at around 10 pm

Bangladesh suffer Sussex thrashing

HOVE: Bangladesh went down to a mammoth 149-run defeat in a warm-up match against Sussex here on Saturday -- just five days before the start of their one-day series with England.The Tigers` prospects for the three-match campaign against England, which starts at Trent Bridge on Thursday,

Paraguay expect FIFA apology for `goal`, penalty

JOHANNESBURG: Paraguay coach Gerard Martino claimed he was expecting an apology from FIFA following his team`s 1-0 World Cup quarter-final defeat to Spain at Ellis Park on Saturday.Martino was angered by a pair of decisons that went against his team and potentially cost them victory.In

Villa nears Spanish record with winner

JOHANNESBURG: David Villa edged closer to a Spanish record with his game-breaking goal in the European champions` 1-0 win over Paraguay to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup at Ellis Park on Saturday.Villa became the tournament`s leading scorer with his fifth goal to crack the

Tearful Messi dejected and empty-handed

CAPE TOWN: Lionel Messi came into the World Cup with the expectation that he would light up the tournament, but the Barcelona superstar left on Saturday empty-handed, without a goal and in floods of tears.It is not something the world footballer of the year and Argentina`s talisman is

Villa leads Spain into semi-finals

JOHANNESBURG: David Villa scored the only goal as European champions Spain beat Paraguay 1-0 at Ellis Park on Saturday to set up a World Cup semi-final against Germany.Villa, who now has five goals in the tournament, struck the winner seven minutes from the end of what had been a

Melzer and Petzschner win Wimbledon men`s doubles

LONDON: Austria`s Juergen Melzer and Germany`s Philipp Petzschner made off with the match balls after winning the Wimbledon men`s doubles title here on Saturday.The unseeded pair beat Sweden`s Robert Lindstedt and Romania`s Horia Tecau, the 16th seeds, 6-1, 7-5, 7-5 on Centre Court."I

Melzer and Petzschner win Wimbledon men`s doubles

LONDON: Austria`s Juergen Melzer and Germany`s Philipp Petzschner made off with the match balls after winning the Wimbledon men`s doubles title here on Saturday.The unseeded pair beat Sweden`s Robert Lindstedt and Romania`s Horia Tecau, the 16th seeds, 6-1, 7-5, 7-5 on Centre Court."I

Uruguay`s Suarez handed one-match ban

JOHANNESBURG: Shamed Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez received a one-match ban on Saturday for his handball against Ghana, meaning he could still play in the World Cup final if his countrymen can see off Holland in the semi-final.FIFA`s discipinary commission ruled the ban should be just for