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Munster’s Maroons complete series win

first_imgPlayed in front of a ground record of 52,540 predominantly Queensland fans Munster was involved heavily from the outset, Storm teammates Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk showing great faith to bring their new five-eighth into the play at every opportunity.Queensland had never handed a half an Origin debut in a Game Three decider in 35 years of three-match series but any concerns the Rockhampton product would shy away from the occasion were almost immediately dispelled.It was Munster’s pass that created the space for Michael Morgan to put Valentine Holmes across for the first of his three tries in the 15th minute but it was midway through the second half that the 22-year-old endeared himself to an entire state.With the match hanging in the balance and the Blues finally building into the contest after trailing 12-0 at half-time it was Munster who broke the game apart in the 60th minute with a brilliant piece of play to set up Holmes for his third try of the night.Spotting Blues half Mitchell Pearce shooting out of the line, Munster stepped hard off his left to slice between Pearce and Boyd Cordner, evaded the clutches of Josh Dugan and sent the pass wide to Holmes who miraculously reeled in one-handed a pass that was high and behind him, bouncing out of two tackles to score in the corner and a 16-6 lead.Some wonderful interplay between Cronk and Slater put the Maroons on the attack again shortly thereafter and it was Munster who dropped the ball onto his left foot and earned his side an invaluable repeat set. From the ensuing set he sent prop Jarrod Wallace over for the first try of his Origin career with a desperate offload on the last tackle that only goes to hand when the game is running all your way.Playing with the exuberance and energy you would expect of a game of such magnitude the two teams traded errors and penalties in the opening 12 minutes but the Blues were unable to convert a possession rate nearing 60 per cent into points.Queensland showed their intent early with expansive shifts to both sides of the field and their clinical execution yielded results in the 15th minute when Billy Slater cut back and sparked a left-edge raid that finished with Morgan delivering another pass in a big moment for Holmes to score the first of his two first-half tries in the corner.The old firm of Smith, Slater and Cronk looked to have doubled their advantage from the next set of six only for a desperate lunge by Brett Morris to jolt the ball free of Cronk’s grasp as he dived over the try-line to the right of the posts but there was more brilliance to come.Making a mockery of the suggestion his ineffectiveness is dulling with age Smith sliced through some awful Blues defence in the 25th minute to put Josh Papalii on a charge toward the line but it was Cronk’s tracer-like inside-out banana kick to the corner that hit Holmes square on the chest from the next play that brought the sold-out crowd to its feet in rapturous admiration.As the Blues tried to bash their way through the middle the Maroons continued to attack at every opportunity, Smith and Cronk providing the steady hand to a bunch of youngsters eager to show off on the game’s greatest stage.The 12-point lead they took into half-time could have been far greater such was their dominance and should have been after Smith chanced his hand by going himself after Tim Glasby had collected a ball that bounced off Matt Gillett’s head only to be brought down 10 metres short.An error from Cordner two minutes in on halfway gave Queensland an early shot in the second half and if Slater’s one-handed offload to Will Chambers was even slightly softer they most likely would have had their third.As many were waiting for Queensland to put the Blues out of the misery James Maloney threw up a Hail Mary to the corner and Josh Dugan somehow plucked it from the grasp of Holmes before running around to bridge the gap to just six points with 30 minutes left to play.Some swarming Blues defence at the end of the next set pressured Queensland on their line for the first time in the game and a Will Chambers error and subsequent penalty had the Maroons under the pump but any resistance would be short-lived.Munster, Holmes, Napa and Wallace showed that Queensland’s dominance of the past 12 years could continue on for another decade but there were few better on the field than Man of the Match Smith and Slater, who brought the skill and the speed to worry the Blues at almost every turn.The Blues forwards – hailed as their trump card all series – barely made a dent all night and are now left to wonder how they can possibly break the stranglehold of a team who came back from a record loss in Game One to win by blooding eight rookies and without some of the greatest players the game has ever seen.Queensland Maroons 22 (Valentine Holmes 3, Jarrod Wallace tries; Cameron Smith 3 goals) def. New South Wales Blues 6 (Josh Dugan try; James Maloney goal) at Suncorp Stadium. Crowd: 52,540 (ground record). Half-time: Queensland 12-0. Man of the Match: Cameron Smith (Queensland). Wally Lewis Medal winner: Dane Gagai (Maroons).last_img read more


May 26, 2020 0

Hunters hanging onto third place

first_imgThe Hunters were poised to take second place on the ladder in yesterday’s clash against the Redcliffe Dolphins but the Dolphins snatched victory in the last 10 minutes to win 24-20.This leaves the Hunters on 26 competition points (11 wins, 6 losses and 2 byes) while the second-placed Dolphins have some breathing space, moving up to 28 points.A win for the fourth-placed Townsville Blackhawks (25 points) yesterday would have seen them displace the Hunters and take third spot.But the Blackhawks went down to competition leaders Burleigh Bears 26-20 which, for the Hunters, is some good news as this keeps them in third place.The top 6:Burleigh Bears (31), Redcliffe Dolphins (28), SP Hunters (26), Townsville Blackhawks (25), Easts Tigers (24) and Ipswich Jets (20).last_img read more


May 26, 2020 0

Hunters ready for Bears

first_imgIt may be revenge time for the Hunters after losing to Bears in Round 8 games.With the home ground advantage, the PNG Hunters will be strongly tipped to record their 26th straight win at home.The Hunters looks fully prepared to take on the competition leaders and will be taking the game as a grand final match.Bears are currently sitting on the top of the ladder with 33 points followed by Redcliffe Dolphins with 32 points as Hunters still clinging onto third place with 30 points.With only five games away from the finals, Hunters are looking with confidence to win all their games.last_img read more


May 26, 2020 0

Generation Z brake

first_imgAnsu Fati (10-31-2002). 14 games; 442 minutes and 3 goals.Its glittering appearance caused an earthquake back in August. It was 12 minutes against Betis that together with the goals against Osasuna and Valencia drew the appearance of a new star. In December he managed to become the youngest player to score in a Champions League game, but he has only played 34 minutes since November 9 and adds two months without starting. A full stop. It is true that a couple of physical mishaps have conditioned their end of the year, suffering, mainly from discomfort in the patellar tendon, the result of being still in a period of growth. The trident, in addition, has begun to carburize with a Griezmann who has struggled to fit. We will have to see from now on the confidence that his talent receives from Quique Setién. The Generation Z of LaLiga goes through the worst of its moments of the exercise. The young people who started the season willing to hit the table to position themselves as the main characters of the most powerful teams in the competition have entered a twilight phase. It could be seen as that NBA’s own Rookie Wall, when mental and physical consistencies are still not able to regularly wrap the quality and courage that the player in question treasures. Be that as it may Rodrygo and Vinicius do not reach a cruising speed in Real Madrid. João Felix, meanwhile, has returned from the Super Cup in Arabia with the worst face since signing for Atlético. In that tournament Ansu Fati only played two minutes, nine if we attend the last month and a half of Barcelona. Only Ferran Torres in Valencia maintains its strongest version, being indisputable to Celades and providing tangible and intangible hierarchy footballer. Vinicius (12-07-200). 17 games; 735 minutes and 2 goals.His football still offers no convictions to Zidane. His irruption during the final depressive last season at Real Madrid presaged more, but his weakness towards the goal and his inconsistency park him. Thus, the incumbent in the second part of the previous campaign has played a role of agitator in the final parts of the matches. Little for what was foreshadowed. Needs improvement. Rodrygo (9-1-2001). 15 games; 844 minutes and 6 goals.The Brazilian wants to rebel at a time when every minute is gold. Hazard continues to leave. The season began in Castilla and starred in a majestic staging in late October and early November. With Madrid hesitating in the Champions League, he vaccinated the Galatasaray with a hat-trick seconded with the goal opener against Leganés. His goal-to-goal instinct placed him clearly ahead of Vinicius. The low Hazard opened the doors of the eleven, but does not end up being a fixed for Zidane. You need more arguments. The personality with which he threw the penalty in the shootout against Atlético could be one of them.center_img João Felix. (10-11-1999). 21 games; 1,571 minutes and 4 goals.The Portuguese is the most expensive signing in the history of Atlético, an investment that has the club in suspense. He has had a cold and the Super Cup was the most obvious proof of that. His amazing pre-season adventures are in danger of being in fireworks. It transmits signals and sensations of not yet having finished digesting Simeone’s style and, playing everything, does not decide frequently or regularly tilt the matches of the red and white side. It comes on tiptoe in many games, with less frequent flashes. It needs to be activated urgently so as not to suffer the same fate as other talents that have recently gone through the team. There is raw material. Ferran Torres (02-29-2000). 23 games; 1,590 minutes and 4 goals.The exception that confirms the rule. Begins to be a hierarchy player in Valencia, despite his youth. Unquestionable and solid, for Celades it is as important as Rodrigo or Parejo. Just a year ago he achieved his first official goal with the Valencia shirt and his evolution does not stop. Seated, the club will work on a contract extension with which to strengthen one of its pillars of the future.last_img read more


May 14, 2020 0

Real Madrid – Real Sociedad and Athletic – Barcelona, ​​in rooms

first_imgThe previous rounds of the Cup was presented as a balm for the complicated beginning of 2020 that is being lived in Can Barça. The dismissal of Valverde as a coach after the fiasco of the Super Cup, the arrival of Setién and the criticisms of his style, together with the loss of the leadership in the League, presents the Cup as an appointment that should not be taken baladí if you do not want to increase tension In front will be Athletic, who arrives after beating Tenerife in the penalty shootout, second consecutive round that manages to pass from eleven meters which has been 23 times champion of this tournament.Granada is one of the First teams that has struggled most throughout the tournament against teams of lower category, but still managed to survive. He has survived three extensions in four rounds. Los Cármenes will receive Valencia, the current champion of the tournament. And the Mirandés, the only Second of the draw, will have to measure the Villarreal, which comes to eliminate the Lightning.Copa del Rey quarter-final matchesReal Madrid – Real Sociedad. Check available tickets.Athletic – Barcelona. Check available tickets.Granada-ValenciaMirandés-VillarrealThe four winners in this round will manage to get into the semifinals, qualifying where the matches will already be played round (February 11 and 12) and back (March 3 and 4). There will be no conditioners of any kind, nor a field factor if the Mirandés manages to qualify. The first to leave in the draw will act as a local in the first game and a visitor in the second. The draw of the Cup has led to dueling of dint in quarters, a round in which the final can almost be seen. Madrid will have to face each other with Real Sociedad and Barcelona will face Athletic. A duel between the teams with the most titles in this competition (30 versus 24). Valencia, the current champion, will have to beat Granada on its way to revalidate its crown. Mirandés and Villarreal will face each other for a semifinal ticket. The quarterfinals will be played on days February 4, 5 and 6, also a single party.The First Division teams have finished with the modest ones, the big beneficiaries of this co-operation conversion, and they have reached seven teams this phase, although for this many of them fell (Sevilla, Atlético, Betis …). In the resistance to the First, the Mirandés, of Second Division, who has managed to classify this round is alone Placing the biggest face and with the dream of repeating the 2012 deed, getting into the semifinals. He will do it to his people, because that is how the draw conditioned him to the being of a smaller category.The Royal Society, which will have to visit the Santiago Bernabéu, gets in the only title that Zidane is missing. The French showcases are full of trophies conquered during his career as both player and coach, but the Cup is the only one that has been resisted in its two stages. For your peace of mind, Madrid arrives at the highest moment of the season, having overcome the turbulence of the first stages of the campaign, with a Super Cup lowering the arm and a leadership. The latter will have to defend him this Saturday against Atletico, a battle that will not be less and that could bring the fatigued targets to their appointment with the KO tournament. The Donostiarras have reached this round eliminating rivals of the First such as Osasuna and Espanyol.last_img read more


May 14, 2020 0

Atlético clings to solvency in the Metropolitan

first_imgAnd in Wanda Metropolitano Atlético is the irreproachable Jekyll. He has only lost a match in the League, against Barcelona. Accumulate four draws (Valencia, Madrid, Celta and Leganés) and six victories (Getafe, Eibar, Osasuna, Athletic, Espanyol and Levante). The rojiblancos at home have yielded only eleven points, while outside, where the strange thing is that this season is not Mr. Hyde, they have been 19. He has won only three rivals at home (Betis, Mallorca and Leganés) and has lost at the Bernabéu, Ipurua and Anoeta.Granada at homeBut on Saturday against Granada, against which he tied in the first round in Los Cármenes, play at home with only one intention: make pineapple to face everything that comes. It’s called climbing the Champions positions. It’s called Liverpool in ten days. The train of the season goes through that tie. Those of Diego Martínez have added eight points as a visitor this season with two victories (before Espanyol and Celta de Vigo) and two draws (Villarreal and Valladolid) and have accumulated seven defeats, quite the opposite of their home, where they won seven rivals this season back to First. This 2019-20 Atletico has two faces in many aspects. In the first parts, in the second. Outside the home, in his stadium. Mr. Hyde and Dr. Jekyll. The bad results of January, in which he only won a match, against Levante on day 4, have caused him to lose third place in the table he achieved at the end of the first round. At the moment it is sixth, out of the Champions League positions, and on Saturday receives a Granada, tired yes, for playing Copa during the week, but also euphoric, for his elimination to Valencia. And he plays in the Wanda Metropolitano.last_img read more


May 14, 2020 0

San Siro, a cursed stadium for Valencia

first_imgValencia already has the mind set on the Champions. After Friday’s game, Ches face the Atalanta visit with positive feelings. And although against Atlético the Celades team could not finish the bad run against those of El Cholo, has not beaten them since 2014, on Wednesday they will try to break another curse and achieve what the club has never achieved in 100 years of history: win in San Siro.San Siro, or Giuseppe Meazza, is the stadium where the black and white entity has played the most times when he has played European competitions. And despite the six visits to the Italian fief, he has never been able to return to Valencia with a victory. Nor in the Champions League, where he has reaped two draws and two losses. Not in Europa League or Fairs Cup where he accumulates two draws. The challenge of winning out in the round of 16In addition to winning in a stadium where they have never been able, those in the capital of Turia also have the challenge of breaking another bad streak that resists them: win as a visitor in the round of 16 of the Champions League.There are seven occasions in which Valencia has been able to advance the Champions League group stage in history but He has never been able to win in the first tie in the rival stadium. Neither in Paris (1-1), nor in Gelsenkirchen (3-1), against Schalke, not even on his own San Siro, against Inter Milan (2-2), the Valencians have been able to impose themselves on their rival. Of those three qualifiers he only passed the round in which he played against the Italians.Further, before the round of last 16, when the group stage passed directly to the rooms, Valencia could not win at home in that first round of qualifiers. Not in front of Inter in 2003 (1-0); not before him Arsenal in 2001 (2-1); nor when it was measured at Lazio a year before (1-0), nor before the Hungarian team Ujpest, in the year 1972 (2-1). If they beat Atalanta, those of Celades will take away from the Valencian entity two slabs that have weighed throughout its centennial history and that in just three days they can be forgotten forever. The curse of San Siro It has not only been applied when they have played against Inter or against A.C Milan. The che visited the site in the 2001 Champions League final in the unforgettable defeat against Bayern Munich.On Wednesday, they will travel to Milan again to avoid facing any of the teams that usually occupy it and Although it will not be a neutral stadium for Atalanta, Bergamo will not play at home, not even in their city.last_img read more


May 14, 2020 0

The CNMC urges LaLiga to modify its audiovisual marketing

first_imgIn the same way, the CNMC urges LaLiga “not to include reservations of rights that are not justified, nor obligations in the field of advertising and / or sponsorship,” that “clarify the scope of the content of the lots and set the criteria for the assessment of the requirements for its adjudication, to ensure the achievement of a transparent and competitive procedure “, and that “reform those aspects indicated in the report contrary to the principles of advertising, transparency, competitiveness and non-discrimination in the procedure for submitting offers and awarding rights “.“The CNMC recalls that the marketing proposal presented by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) will be subject to articles 1 and 2 of Law 15/2007 on the Defense of Competition (LDC), and 101 and 102 of the Treaty of Operation of the European Union (TFEU), in all those aspects that exceed the protection provided by Royal Decree-Law 5/2015, “he said. The National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC) has urged LaLiga to modify its proposal for the international commercialization of the rights to exploit LaLiga Santander’s audiovisual content for breaching “certain requirements” established in Royal Decree-Law 5/2015.As reported on Friday by the CNMC, in his last two reports prepared at the request of the body chaired by Javier Tebas and under those established by the Royal Decree, “made a series of observations that have not been taken into account in the elaboration of this proposal”.Thus, asks you to “limit the audiovisual content being marketed at the times mentioned in article 1.1 of Royal Decree-Law 5/2015 ” and that “it adheres to the faculties that have been granted in the Royal Decree-law. “That is, ‘the joint marketing’ of the audiovisual rights included in the scope of the standard and adapt the content of the commercialization of rights to this faculty,” warns the commission.last_img read more


May 14, 2020 0

Dembélé’s limbo

first_imgDembélé’s credit at Barça is exhausted. The Catalan club has already warned the player that the third year was his last chance. That he should improve his performance on the field, limit his injuries and improve his habits off the field. For whatever reason, that has not happened. It’s more. It has been Dembélé’s worst season at Barça. The Catalan player has played 9 games out of 37 possible, 492 minutes out of 3,330 possible (14.77%). In the previous two seasons, he had played 23.7% and 46.35% of the minutes respectively. In total, Dembélé has played 75 games out of 154 possible and 4,215 minutes out of 13,860 possible. Since he has been at Barça, then, he has only played 30% of the minutes, an unsustainable amount for such an expensive incorporation.Barça would be left without credibility if it sustains one more season with the French under the supposed illusion that it breaks as a player. Among other things, because when he has been on the field of play, and except for specific moments, Dembélé has not been a determining player either.. At least, not continuously. If he fails to sell it, a circumstance more than possible due to its poor performance, a loan like Philippe Coutinho’s last season is not ruled out. At the moment, Dembélé is still in his limbo. Ousmane Dembélé (15-5-1977) has been teleworking much longer than his colleagues. Operated on February 11 of his tenth injury as a Barça player, a rupture of the proximal tendon of the femoral biceps of his right thigh, the Frenchman has accumulated almost a year of absence (344 days) since he arrived at the Barça club in the summer of 2017 . In fact, his six-month low forecast projects his days to 514 days without being able to work for the Barça club. An outrage for a footballer that cost 105 million euros plus 40 in variables.Dembélé lives in a sporting limbo even in these days when the uncertainty of the calendar allows many injured stars, Luis Suárez or Hazard among them, to get excited about the possibility of reappearing before the end of the season. For French that is impossible. Dembélé’s official discharge time is six months, so he will not be able to return to the playing fields officially until August.last_img read more


May 14, 2020 0

Extension for Herrera and Arias

first_imgIn this sense, the one-year extension could come in handy for Arias. He is one of the candidates to leave Atlético in the summer, as he has a difficult time becoming important under Cholo, although his individual performance has not been good when he has had to play. So, if he goes out and ends up in a team where he can exhibit his qualities, he will win back Queiroz’s trust facing the Playoffs and the Copa América 2021. So it seems the situation for Arias more complicated. The winger not only lost in direct competition with Trippierbut after the return of Vrsaljko, East it has also exceeded in Simeone’s preferences. The Colombian has only played in one of the last nine games (66 ’in Valencia) and, being the third right back, It will be tough until you enter the calls.Queiroz, without going very far, came to see him at Atlético-Liverpool, but Arias was one of the discarded. The rojiblanco is still a regular with Colombia, but the coach has other options on his mind. Ear, from Gremio, is postulated as the side of the moment in the coffee team, and even manages the idea of Stefan Medina, from Monterrey. Herrera is a landline with Mexico long before coming to Atlético, but he also played regularly at Porto. Now, with Simeone, although he had a lot and at a high level during a good stretch of the competition, he has run out of room. He was injured just before the Bernabéu derby on February 1, and since then, largely due to recovery, he hasn’t played for a minute. At Anfield, for example, he stayed in the stands.Not his fault, but it would have been difficult for him to imminently recover his position at Atlético and that could have affected him in the face of the Copa América. In fact, Tata Martino himself recently regretted the low participation of Herrera and several colleagues from El Tri. Between now and 2021, many things can change and perhaps the medium has recovered a more relevant role, the one it had until its injury without going any further: not indisputable, but important.center_img The break in the competition and the consequent America Cup postponement (and the Euro Cup) for 2021 the plans of all the coaches and many players have changed. Some of these, because they were seen in the final call; and others, on the contrary, because they saw that they were leaving the train. In Atlético, of the latter, there are the cases of Héctor Herrera and Arias.last_img read more


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