Ranji Trophy 2018: Bad light denies Delhi as Gambhir farewell match ends in draw vs Andhra

first_imgThe Group B Ranji Trophy match between Delhi and Andhra, which is also the last match of veteran batsman Gautam Gambhir, ended in a dull draw at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium here on Sunday.Resuming the day at 409/7 in their first innings, Delhi were bowled out for 433 in response to Andhra’s first innings score of 380, which gave them a 53-run lead. Gambhir, who was the centre of attraction among the 500-odd crowd on Sunday, scored 112.In reply, Andhra were all out for 130 in their second innings, thanks to Shivank Vashisht who picked up five wickets for 49 runs. Vikas Mishra scalped three wickets.Needing 77 runs to win, Delhi batters, especially Anuj Rawat were right on the money as he slammed 23 runs in 17 balls. Lalit Yadav tried to continue the momentum after Rawat’s dismissal but bad light stopped the play when just 36 runs were needed to win.Earlier, Gambhir had a perfect swansong as he scored his 43rd and final first-class century with Delhi ensuring at least three points by virtue of first innings lead.The match was all about Gambhir after he announced his retirement before the start of the game and announced Delhi’s Ranji Trophy encounter against Andhra as his final cricketing match.”The next Ranji Trophy game against Andhra will be my last day in the Sun. It is all coming to an end from where it started at Feroz Shah Kotla. I am big one on loyalty. I am glad that I could finish with teams that I started my journey with. In this case ending with both Delhi Daredevils and Delhi domestic side has given me immense satisfaction.advertisementAs a batsman I have always valued timing. I know the time is just right. I am sure it’s sweet as well. Good bye and good luck,” Gambhir said.Gambhir made sure his farewell was memorable for the 500-odd spectators, who were present at the Feroz Shah Kotla to cheer every run that he scored.A streaky boundary through the slips took him to 98 and then he square drove pacer Bandaru Ayappa to scamper home for a double to complete one of his more emotionally exhausting hundreds.While the 100-odd youngsters sporting “Miss you Gauti’ T-shirts were overwhelmed with emotion, the former India opener was muted in his celebrations as he didn’t even bother to open his helmet.He added 113 runs for the second wicket with skipper Dhruv Shorey (98) before India A keeper Kona Bharat finally held onto an edge with off-spinner Shoaib Mohammed Khan being the bowler.It wasn’t a smooth innings but no one cared for the details like 10 boundaries and 185 balls as he got a generous applause.The Delhi players also gave a him a ‘Guard of Honour’, the spectators gave a standing ovation and the entire Andhra team came up to congratulate him.(With IANS inputs)Also Read | Never had any differences with Dhoni, we spent memorable times together: GambhirAlso Read | It was a massive shock: Gambhir recalls Dhoni’s 2012 selection policy for Australia seriesAlso Read | Anil Kumble was the best leader that I played under: Gautam Gambhir to India TodayAlso Read | Gautam Gambhir: Fiery, confrontational and generous philanthropistlast_img read more

Aguero out of Stoke clash with knee injury

first_imgManchester City Aguero out of Stoke game after training ground injury Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 22:45 11/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sergio Aguero Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Premier League İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Guardiola Yaya Touré The former Atletico Madrid striker could also miss Argentina’s upcoming friendlies with Italy and Spain having been ruled out for a few weeks Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is out of Monday’s game at Stoke City after picking up a knee injury in training, he has confirmed.The striker sustained the problem during City’s final session ahead of the game at bet365 Stadium.City medical staff have carried out further tests and informed Aguero that he will return in around two weeks. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The Blues have a sparse fixture list in the coming weeks despite the fact they are gunning to clinch the league title in record time and are preparing for the Champions League quarter-finals.City do not have a game next weekend as their scheduled opponents, Brighton, are in FA Cup action, while international fixtures are slated for the following weekend.Given the gap between City’s next two matches the squad will fly to Abu Dhabi following the game against Stoke on Monday for a warm weather training break.Aguero will, however, be hoping to be fit for Argentina’s friendlies against Italy – to be held at City’s Etihad Stadium – and Spain on March 23 and 27.City will be back in action at Goodison Park on March 31, before facing Manchester United at the Etihad on April 7. During yesterday’s training I had a discomfort on my left knee. The club’s doctors told me I’ll be back with the team in approximately two weeks. Now it’s time for a full recovery!— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) March 11, 2018As well as a forgiving fixture schedule in the coming weeks, any potential Aguero injury blow would be further softened by the return to fitness of Gabriel Jesus, who started his first game in over two months against Basel in midweek and marked his comeback with a goal. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

The Rundown: Mike Gundy Talks Spencer Sanders and O-Line Kool-Aid

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. STILLWATER — A lot more is known about Mike Gundy’s football team now that what was last week.At his pre-McNeese media luncheon Monday, Gundy fielded plenty of questions regarding his newly named starting quarterback, his offensive line that pushed the Beavers around and his running back who leads the nation in rushing. Here is what Gundy said at his Monday presser:• The Oregon State tape was what he thought it would be. Offensively, the team blocked and ran the ball well. Spencer Sanders handled the offense well.• OSU tackled well for how early it is in the season.• Gundy said his defense couldn’t get off the field on third down (Oregon State was 13-for-20 on third down). He said they didn’t do a good enough job of pressuring the quarterback. He said most of those times the secondary is in man coverage, and if the quarterback gets 2.8 seconds or more, it usually doesn’t work for the defense.• Malcolm Rodriguez played well in his first game at linebacker. Gundy said he processes information quickly, and he is a good tackler.• Gundy hasn’t had a conversation with Spencer Sanders about jumping over guys or taking contact. “He’s gotta play. There were three occasions where he initiated contact that he didn’t need, in my opinion. He’s played that way throughout his career. To a certain extent, you just gotta let him play.”• On offensive-line play: “It’s early in all phases. Everybody has to be careful about being on the Kool-Aid early, but it was the highest grade that we ever had as an offensive line group since I’ve been the head coach.”• Gundy reiterated that Sanders played and handled the offense well. Gundy said he didn’t feel like Sanders got flustered.• Gundy said the plan was to use Brown some, too, but Sanders’ performance kept him in.• The early high volume of run plays was more because of the safeties trying to take away Tylan Wallace as opposed to letting Sanders settle in.• The freshmen played well. Gundy said Trace Ford and Jayden Jernigan did moreso because of all the snaps they got.• “Trace is really fast and can cover a lot of ground once he sees what’s going on. He seems like he processes information really quick.”• On Ford moving around on defense: “He moves around like Brailford does. We feel like he’s athletic enough to move around and do some things we did with Jordan. He’s not near the player Jordan was at this point, but his athleticism resembles his ability. He’s faster. Jordan’s not as fast as Trace is. But he’s certainly not as experienced and strong as Jordan was last year.”• Gundy said the team got better play than he expected from “the 6-6 crew” (Jordan McCray, C.J. Moore and Patrick McKaufman).• Calvin Bundage had a “setback” about 10 days ago. The decision was made to hold him out. Gundy said he gets updates Tuesday. He said Bundage might be held out again this week. “He’s got a back issue, and they’re hard to determine. Sometimes guys come back quick, sometimes they don’t.”• Gundy said Bundage’s back injury doesn’t require surgery. It’s more on pain tolerance.• Israel Antwine “should be” available this week. He said he’d know in a couple of days. “We have him sitting on G, waiting on O.”• On if he is comfortable with giving Chuba Hubbard the ball 26 times a game: “Sean (Gleeson) asked me the same thing on the bus. I don’t know. It looked pretty good to me. That’s a lot of carries. You’re looking at potentially 300 carries on a year like that. I don’t know if that’s real smart, but we have to ride it right now depending on how we flow as an offense. If they’re gonna play over the top of (Wallace), the guy is gonna get a lot of carries. LD (Brown) and Micah (Cooper) need to get in there and get a part of it. … I guess if you’re asking could it happen again? Sure, he could get 25 carries this week.”• Dezmon Jackson was held out against Oregon State despite being cleared, but he is practicing this week after a wrist injury hampered his fall camp.• Walk-on running back Micah Cooper “has been awesome.” Gundy said his youngest son, Gage, and his friends would work out at OSU’s weight room, and since December Gage kept telling him about this one guy being in there every day alone working out. Gage finally figured out that it was Cooper recently. Gage told Gundy, and Gundy said, “You know, that’s interesting because he’s by far the most improved player that we have.”• Jahmyl Jeter hurt his ankle a couple of weeks ago. Gundy said he practiced a little bit last week.• Gundy said he thinks there were three times the offensive line turned someone loose, twice on one play. He said he knew their performance was “pretty good” because there weren’t a lot of defenders running free.• “My early years here, once we got past the first year we kinda figured out what we were doing, in 06, 07, 08, 09, people didn’t really want to play us based on our physicality up front and our ability to hit you in the mouth and rush the football. We weren’t as, maybe flamboyant as we were in the last six or eight years, but we, I guess maybe me more than anybody, wants to get back to that, the way that we built this program in the early days.”• There is a combination of things that make this offensive line good, experience being a big one.• On the depth of the Big 12: “The only thing I would say is you go to the bowl games. That’s the only chance for us to match up head-to-head. Everybody’s going to have a personality and an opinion all across the country, but in this conference, we’ve fared pretty well in bowl games against people from other leagues. If you’re gonna compete against teams in this league, in most cases, you better score points. We’re gonna score points. It’s fun to watch, and I think from top to bottom, we’re gonna be as competitive as anybody else in the country.”• One of the drink coolers in the press box let out some rattling noise, and Gundy said: “We’ve got a bearing problem over there. I changed one about a month ago at the house. If I have to do it again, I guess I can.”• McNeese quarterback Cody Orgeron is LSU coach Ed Orgeron’s son. Here’s Gundy on having football player kids of his own: “The difficult part is he doesn’t get to see him play. You can watch tape and replays and all that, but it’s not the same.”• Last Wednesday night the team had its travel meeting, and 28 of the 72 players that made the trip had never traveled before. Gundy said most years it’s about 10 or 12 on the first trip.• Gundy said “supposedly” two Oregon State coaches got on the elevator that got stuck because they missed the Oregon State one. “I told (Cowboy backs coach Jason) McEndoo, I said, ‘Were any of their guys as big as you?’ He said no, and I said, ‘Then you should’ve picked them up and put them out of the elevator and said ‘It’s not my fault you missed your elevator. We’re not gonna overweight this car on the way up.””• Gundy gave his first fart noise of the year when talking about a late Oregon State touchdown where two Beaver wide receivers crossed. He said the defenders should’ve switched. Fart noise was light, definitely not in midseason form.• On run/pass balance, Gundy said he doesn’t have any problem rushing for 250 yards and throwing for 250 yards. He said the 250-yard mark is a good mark for OSU running the ball, but it depends on what the defense gives them.• Gundy said he couldn’t tell Sanders was nervous because he isn’t around him pregame. He said the last time he saw him was at the hotel.• Gundy didn’t know what to expect from Sanders. He said he was pleased with how he played, but he wasn’t surprised.last_img read more

Kick Time, Television Information for OSU-Texas Tech on Oct. 5 Released

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Grab a coffee, some eggs over easy and your television remote, because Oklahoma State’s Week 6 tilt on the road against Texas Tech will be a morning outing.The Big 12 announced Monday morning that the Oct. 5 showdown will be one of three 11 a.m. kickoffs for the Big 12 in Week 6, along with OU at Kansas and TCU at Iowa State. Baylor-K-State and Texas-West Virginia will play at 2:30 p.m. OSU’s game will be carried on FS1.📺 times and networks for Week 6⃣. #Big12FB pic.twitter.com/3yuk9VDha1— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) September 23, 2019The morning kick will be a welcome reprieve from OSU’s recent late-night routine. OSU has kicked off every game but one in the evening slot this season and is slated to face No. 24 Kansas State in its Big 12 home-opener on Saturday evening at 6 p.m.last_img read more

Sundance and celebrity

first_imgWhen I left for Sundance last week, I thought I’d have time to blog about it from Park City. But we were so busy running around asking celebs to join Six Degrees and getting them to sign swag for charity, that it didn’t happen. We were very pleased by the response (nothing like celebs to get the media to pay attention). I can report that Jeremy Sisto and Heather Graham are especially stunning in person, not just outside but inside, since they were supportive of Six Degrees! If you’re a Six Feet Under fan, you’ll be happy to hear Jeremy and Lili Taylor signed the same swag bag for charity. But of course I’m the biggest fan of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick for all they’ve done to call attention to charity. Here they are signing swag bags, which we’ll be auctioning off on eBay. We spent the week in the EW Photo Studio, where Six Degrees partner Entertainment Weekly was taking photos of the casts of many of the Sundance films. They kindly let us set up in their green room, where we met with the celebs and talked about Six Degrees while they were waiting to get photographed. Tons of people were outside the studio hoping to get a glimpse of the action, and every time my colleagues and I stepped out on the balcony to check out the scene on the street, you could hear the collective sign of disappointment that we were not famous or glimpse-worthy. Clearly they weren’t Robin Hood Marketing fans. Here are the photogs mobbing the lovely Famke Janssen, (white beret) who signed a Six Degrees swag bag for us.I also met P Diddy, who patiently agreed to my request to sign a bag for charity at the EW party. (That’s Kevin Bacon’s back.) When Diddy walked down Main Street earlier that day, he had a massive pack of fans and cameras tracking his every move. All the celebs we approached were willing to sign bags — just goes to show you they’re just like us. If you make something easy and it has a reward, people will usually take action. I find it interesting to have had this celeb-extravaganza experience the same day research came out showing celebrities don’t much influence giving, but that the word of friends and family makes a big difference. Our hope is the site will draw people because of the novelty of the celeb involvement, but that what will engage them is a chance to be a celebrity for their own cause, in their own circles, by asking people to support their own favorite charities. We’ll see – so far we have good traffic and donations steadily ticking up. I invite comments and reactions from the smart folks out there. It’s all a work in progress and feedback is a good thing.last_img read more

Is your s*@t detector on?

first_imgErnest Hemingway said in the Paris Review once, “The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof shit detector.” I love Ernest Hemingway. His writing is so clean and authentic, it gleams.We should all strive to have this essential gift so we can be good communicators. It’s oh-so-easy to fall into jargon, foundationspeak and meaningless blather. In fact, a professional I shall not name said a write-up I just gave him was “MBA B.S.” because it lacked the usual zest. I guess he has one of those detectors. It seems to have a very sensitive instrument panel.I’ve got BS on the mind as I read a most hilarious book on marketing and corporate culture — Martin Lukes: Who Moved My Blackberry? of Financial Times fame. If you’re not familiar with this gem, it lampoons my profession in fine style. The fictional Martin works for a company that spends a fortune on rebranding from A&B Global to the absurdly umlaut-adorned a-b glöbâl and hires firms like !Eureka!Wow! which is a “one-stop talent shop to leverage solutions that excite clients.” Martin is so full of BS and yet so close to the mark in his satirical BS, marketing “blue sky, out of box” thinking that I burst out laughing – and blush for my whole profession.My point is, I fall into BS – albeit generally by accident, not intention – and so do most marketers. So do many fundraisers. The trick is to have a built-in detector, or to know someone with one, that can keep you honest, hype-free and therefore more compelling as a communicator. Someone who notices the jargon and calls foul at cliches. You ESPECIALLY need this person if you have to write a lot of grant proposals to foundations AND appeals to donors. The foundation world will create some bad habits – you’ll fall into words that work for foundations but flop with donors.Here are some words that should set off your detector: synergy, leverage, empowerment, participatory, unrestricted. When I worked at CARE and got information from the program department, I regularly had to pencil through “lactating women” in favor of “nursing mothers.”Here is a helpful detector to keep jargon away: Nonprofit jargon finderDo you know others? Please share them.last_img read more

Allardyce: Lack of pressure will help England

first_imgEngland Allardyce: Lack of pressure on England will help them succeed Tom Maston in Volgograd Last updated 1 year ago 18:00 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Marcus Rashford England 2018 Getty Images England World Cup Tunisia v England Tunisia Powerade The ex-Three Lions boss is hopeful the likes of Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling will not be inhibited by expectations and dominate games in Russia Former England manager Sam Allardyce is hopeful that the lack of expectation being placed on the Three Lions will benefit their chances of progression at the World Cup.Gareth Southgate’s side kick-off their campaign against Tunisia at the Volgograd Arena on Monday as they look to improve on recent tournament disappointments.England failed to make it past the group stages at the 2014 World Cup before being embarrassed by minnows Iceland in the last-16 of Euro 2016 in France. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Sam Allardyce William HillAs such, Southgate’s squad has faced less scrutiny than previous iterations, with many England supporters believing a run to the quarter-finals would be an achievement given the lack of experienced stars available to the 1966 winners.But Allardyce, who played his part in England qualifying for the tournament, having taken charge of their 1-0 win over Slovakia before being sacked in controversial circumstances, believes the lack of pressure will enable the likes of Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling to dominate matches as they do for their clubs.”It doesn’t appear to be quite as volatile and as pressurised as previous tournaments, which is hopefully a good thing,” Allardyce told  Goal  at the launch of the William Hill Arms Pub.”The emergence of some of these younger players is very encouraging. He’s [Southgate] not gone too overboard with that and there are still some experienced players who have gone to other international tournaments.”The young players shouldn’t have that pressure and hopefully will be free to express themselevs and play their best. The level of football that they have played at has been exceptionally good.”England have only won their opening match in a major tournament once since they last met Tunisia in their first game of the 1998 World Cup as goals from Alan Shearer and Paul Scholes secured a 2-0 win for Glenn Hoddle’s side.As such Allardyce is under no illusions as to the importance of getting off to a winning start, particularly with many of the favourites for the competition having slipped up in their own opening matches in Russia.”The most important game isn’t Panama or Belgium. They have to do everything they possibly can to beat Tunisia. That win and that three points would relieve a huge amount of pressure on everybody,” he added.”Then they can look to Panama, who everyone is saying are the weakest team in the group, and be totally professional in that game to try and win it. Then when we get to Belgium there shouldn’t be as much pressure. Obviously they would like to win but there isn’t the pressure of whether we need points to get through to the next stages.”Southgate is set to hand starts to Harry Maguire and Ashley Young on Monday evening, with Belgium playing Panama in the other Group G match earlier on Monday in Sochi.Sam Allardyce was speaking at the William Hill Arms, the pub which will offer fans the ultimate England watching experience including expert analysis, plus free food and drink. For your chance to win exclusive access to England’s group games with Emile Heskey and Sam Allardyce at the pub, head to William Hill’s  Twitter  or  Facebook  pages. England are 16/1 with William Hill to win the World Cup. #ThisIsMore #itscominghomelast_img read more

Leno completes €22m Arsenal move

first_imgTransfers Leno completes €22m Arsenal move from Leverkusen as Gunners bolster goalkeeping ranks Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 02:44 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Bernd Leno Bayer Leverkusen 2017-18 Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga Premier League The Germany international will be turning out in the Premier League next season after linking up with Unai Emery’s side at Emirates Stadium Arsenal have completed the capture of Germany international goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen.Goal revealed earlier on Tuesday that a deal for the 26-year-old was close , and that agreement has now been pushed through.It is understood that the Gunners have invested €22m (£19.2m/$25m) in a new No. 1, with Unai Emery moving to strengthen the squad inherited from Arsene Wenger. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Petr Cech has been Arsenal’s last line of defence for the last three seasons, but the veteran Czech is now 36 years of age.Emery told the club’s official website on landing a proven performer to take over between the sticks: “We are very pleased that Bernd Leno will be joining us.“Bernd is a goalkeeper of high quality and experience. He has been a top performer and regular number one goalkeeper with Leverkusen in the Bundesliga for the past seven years.“We are all excited that Bernd has chosen Arsenal Football Club and look forward to start working with him in pre-season.”Leno moves to Emirates Stadium after seven years with Leverkusen which delivered over 230 Bundesliga appearances.He spent much of his youth career at Stuttgart, but moved on in 2011 without taking in a first-team outing.History was made that same year as he became the youngest goalkeeper to feature in the Champions League at 19 years and 193 days – in a meeting with Chelsea.EMBED ONLY Bernd Leno Arsenal GFXQuickly establishing a reputation as a reliable custodian, a senior international debut for Germany was made in 2015.He now has six caps to his name, but was overlooked for World Cup 2018 duty this summer.His absence from that tournament will allow him to settle in north London ahead of the new Premier League season.Arsenal will open that campaign against reigning champions Manchester City , with it possible that Leno could be handed the toughest of tests on his competitive debut.He will be relishing that challenge, with there still the promise of more additions to come at the Emirates.Stephan Lichtsteiner has already been acquired to bolster the club’s defensive unit, and Goal has revealed that a deal for Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira is also on the cards .last_img read more

Queiroz: VAR improves football’s credibility

first_imgWorld Cup ‘VAR improves credibility’ – Iran’s Queiroz backs technology in the World Cup despite loss Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 10:24 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Carlos Queiroz Iran Spain World Cup 2018 Julian Finney World Cup Iran Iran v Spain Spain His side may have claimed a 1-1 win over Spain on Wednesday without VAR, but coach Iran’s manager prefers to look at the grand scheme of things Iran coach Carlos Queiroz can see the bigger picture with respect to VAR, adamant it improves football’s “credibility” despite seeing the technology potentially deny his team a draw with Spain on Wednesday as they fell just short in a 1-0 loss . The technology has been implemented at the World Cup for the first time this year and has already – less than a week into the tournament – been the focus of much debate .During France’s 2-1 win over Australia in Kazan on Saturday, VAR was used to award Les Bleus a penalty after referee Andres Cunha had failed to penalise Josh Risdon for catching Antoine Griezmann, though critics bemoaned the significant delay between the incident and decision. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Cunha was again involved on Wednesday in the same stadium, this time reviewing Saeid Ezatolahi’s second-half strike and correctly not allowing it to stand as the midfielder had strayed just offside.Without the technology Iran may have held on to a 1-1 draw, but Queiroz thinks the situation is bigger than him and his team.”For me, as a trainer, VAR is coming too late,” Queiroz told reporters at the Kazan Arena.”If we had it six months later, maybe today we had an added point, but it’s good for the credibility of football.”I’ve nothing to say about the quality of Spain’s win other than to say I think they added to the loyalty, integrity of the Iranian players.”It [the Iran performance] deserved a little better in this match, but that’s football. For the Iranian players to play against Spain, we are winners because we learnt a lot. We only had two possible results; we win or we learn, and we learnt a lot.”Iran still hold a chance of advancing to the round of 16, with a win over Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal on the final matchday of Group B play enough to see them through.last_img read more