Barcelona travel to the French capital to take on Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes in the second match of Group G of the UEFA Champions League 2014-15, an encounter that might just showcase some spectacular football. Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed PSG’s last two Ligue 1 matches with a heel problem and will miss this match as well as the prolific hitman failed a fitness test on Monday.
The 32-year-old Swede played for the Blaugrana during the 2009/10 season and helped them win the Primera Liga title as well as the UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and Spanish Supercopa in his brief spell at the Nou Camp. He later left the club for AC Milan in 2010 and then PSG in 2012.
Barcelona have had a good season, winning 4 out of their six competitive matches in all competition. On the contrary, PSG have won only one out of their five matches, drawing the other four. So Barcelona is the team in form. But one can always expect some sparks when two teams who are contenders for the Champions League lock horns. Even without Ibrahimovic, PSG have enough firepower in their ranks thanks to their billionaire owner. Players like Edinson Cavani, Javier Pastore, Thiago Motta and David Luiz are exciting footballers who can give Barcelona a real run for their money.
Incheon, Sep 30: Discus thrower Vikas Gowda won the silver while the quartermilers kept alive India’s Asian Games medal hopes at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium here Tuesday. Gowda, the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, was favourite to win the gold medal but had to be satisfied with the silver with a throw of 62.58 metres in his second attempt. Gowda had hurled the discus to 63.64m to win the gold in Glasgow. Gowda’s Incheon show was also below his bronze-medal winning mark of 63.13m at the 2010 Guangzhou Games.
The US-based Gowda took the lead among 14 competitors after the first throw but was overtaken after the second throw by gold-medal winner Ehsan Hadadi of Iran, who claimed the yellow metal with 65.11m. This was Hadadi’s third straight Games gold after throwing 63.79m in 2006 Doha and 67.99m in 2010 Guangzhou. Qatar’s Mohammed Ahmed Dheeb clinched bronze with a best throw of 61.25m in his final attempt. The 31-year-old Mysore-born Gowda managed 59.52m in his first attempt before achieving 62.58m in his second and 60.77m in his third throw. However, his last three attempts were disqualified.
In the men’s 110m hurdles, Siddhanth Thingalaya finished a disappointing sixth clocking 13.73 seconds. China’s Wenjun Xie (13.36 secs) clinched the gold medal while South Korean Byoungjun Kim (13.43 secs) and Thai Jamras Rittidet (13.61 secs) took the silver and bronze respectively. Both Kim and Rittidet registered their personal best timings. Among the quartermilers, defending champion Ashwini Akkunji made it to the final of the women’s 400m hurdles with a timing of 57.67 seconds in the round one, heat one, where a Games Record of 55.09 secs was set by Oluwakemi Mujidat Adekoya. Jithin Paul made it to the men’s 400m hurdles. Tintu Luka, bronze medallist in 2010, and Sushma Devi also qualified for the women’s 800m final while Sajeeh Joseph made it to the men’s final.
The Indian contingent had another good day at Incheon in the 17th Asian Games with a few medals and few semi-final victories. Even as there were no gold medals,won on Day 11 there were a lot of moments that made India proud. While the men’ hockey team and Mary Kom qualified for the final, Vikas Gowda, Pooja Rani and varsha Gautham were among the medal winners. However, the highlight of the day was Sarita Devi’s loss against South Korea’s Jina Park in the semi-final of women’s light weight boxing.
India’s Vikas Gowda finished second to claim silver in the men’s discus throw final at the 17th Asian Games here Tuesday. Gowda’s best throw of 62.58 metres came on the second of his six attempts at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium. Iran’s Ehsan Hadadi won gold with a best throw of 65.11m while Qatar’s Mohammed Ahmed Dheeb took home the bronze with 61.25m.
2. Boxing: Sarita Devi won bronze medal in women’s light weight (57-60kg)
Indian boxer L. Sarita Devi settled for silver after losing the women’s light weight (57-60kg) semi-final of the 17th Asian Games here Tuesday. The 32-year-old Indian lost 0-3 in an unanimous decision to South Korea’s Jina Park at the Seonhak Gymnasium.
3. Boxing: Pooja Rani won bronze in women’s middleweight (69-75kg)
Indian boxer Pooja Rani settled for the bronze medal after losing the semi-final of the women’s middleweight (69-75kg) event of the 17th Asian Games here Tuesday. Pooja lost 0-2, with the third judge giving a tied score, to China’s Li Qian at the Seonhak Gymnasium.
4. Sailing: Varsha Gautham and Aishwarya Nedunchezhiyan win bronze in 29er – women’s two person dinghy
The Indian pair of Varsha Gautham and Aishwarya Nedunchezhiyan finished second in the 12th and the final race to claim the bronze medal in the 29er – women’s two person dinghy – at the 17th Asian Games at the Wangsan Sailing Marina here Tuesday. Skipper Varsha and crew Aishwarya finished the race, one minute and 41 seconds behind the Thai skipper-crew pair of Noppakao Poonpat and Nichapa Waiwai in the 12th race. The Thai duo went on to win the gold medal with a net 19 points.
Chelsea travel to Portugal to take on Sporting Lisbon at the Jose Alvalade Stadium in the second UEFA Champions League fixture of the 2014-15 on Tuesday night. The game is scheduled to kick-off at 12:15 am IST (7:45 pm BST; 6:45 pm GMT). Live TV coverage of the match will be on Ten HD and live streaming link will be available onTen Sports’ official website.Live score updates will be available on UEFA’s official website.
In their opening fixture of this competition, the Blues were held to a 1-1 draw by Schalke at Stamford Bridge. Cesc Fabregas scored the opening goal in the 11th minute but Klaas Jan Huntelaar netted the equaliser in the 62nd minute to restore parity for the Bundesliga outfit. Sporting too managed to acquire only a point after against NK Maribor after Luka Zahovi’s cancelled out Nani’s goal for the Portuguese outfit.
Chelsea are clearly the stronger side on paper but Sporting have not lost a single match this season and breaking them down on their on backyard could be tricky for the west London club. am news of the match.
Quotes from the camps
Marco Silva (Sporting Lisbon manager): “It is our debut in front of our fans and I am happier because of it – it will be a great atmosphere with the fans helping us a lot. Chelsea are favourites, not only to win the group but also to be in the final together with four or five others. It will be a match with a very high level of difficulty but with our quality and the right attitude we can challenge for the points here.”
“Chelsea will play with their best men and may of course make one change or another. They are a very strong team at all times during the game. They got stronger this season to try and win the Premier League and also the Champions League. We are facing a very strong opponent. It will be a challenge for Sporting. It is a big boost for the club and the fans to play at home against such a big club, one that has a Portuguese coach. But we will not change our identity because of it. We have our weapons.”
Jose Mourinho (Chelsea manager): “I don’t know what favourite means in football. For us a good result is winning. We will try to win – one thing is wanting to win, another is achieving it. Benfica and Porto couldn’t do it [beat Sporting]. Sporting have their strengths and motivations and maybe they think that a draw is good for them. One thing is thinking this, another is playing for it.”
“It has been almost ten years without playing here against a Portuguese team, but for me it won’t be a different match. I try to isolate myself from the emotional aspects. If I had to choose I would pick Chelsea first in our group and Sporting in second. Diego Costa will start tomorrow. Didier Drogba will be out a few weeks because of an ankle injury.”
Sporting Lisbon: Rui Patricio; Cedric, Maurício, Sarr, Jonathan Silva; William, Adrien, João Mário; Carrillo, Nani, Slimani
Incheon, Sep 30: The Indian men and women’s kabaddi teams made it to the semifinals of the 17th Asian Games after topping their respective groups here Tuesday. The men’s team, record six time champions, brushed aside arch-rivals Pakistan 23-11 to top Group A to make the last-four at the Songdo Global University Gymnasium. The women’s, who are the defending champions, thrashed South Korea 45-26 to top Group A also enter the semi-finals .
The Rakesh Kumar-led men’s team, which defeated Bangladesh and Thailand earlier, put in another dominating performance to trounce Pakistan. Indian men have won all the six gold medals ever since the spot was introduced in the Asian Games in 1990 in Beijing. The men’s team with the starting line-up of Jasvir Singh, Anup Kumar, Manjeet Chhillar, Navneet Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Subramaniam Rajguru, rode on its brilliant first half when it zoomed to a 17-4 lead. The Indian team knocked out 11 Pakistan athletes and collected two ‘lona’ points.
After taking a big lead in the first 20 minutes, defending champions, India played it easy in the second half and got six points as compared to Pakistan’s seven. But in the end, the 13 points first half deficit proved costly for the Pakistan, who also qualified for the semi-final as the second team from Group A. The semi-finals are slated for Thursday.
Earlier in the day, the women’s team, which thrashed Bangladesh Sunday, put in another dominating performance to trounce the hosts at the Songdo Global University Gymnasium. The women’s team with the starting line-up of Kavitha Selvaraj, Kavita Devi, V. Tejeswini Bai, Abhilasha Mhatre, Priyanka, Mamatha Poojari and Kishori Shinde, rode on its brilliant first half when it zoomed to 27-10 lead. The Indian team knocked out 22 Korean athletes and collected four ‘lona’ points.
Defending champions, India rested some seniors in the second half that allowed the Koreans to score some points. The Koreans bagged 16 points as compared to India’s 18 in the second half. But the hosts failed to erase the 17 points deficit of the first half and were knocked out of the competition. In the second half, the Indian girls got 15 points for ousting Korean players and scored four lona points. The semi-finals will take place Thursday.
Incheon, Sep 30: Women’s football may not be India’s forte in sports but two referees – Maria Rebello Piedade and Uvena Fernandes – scripted Indian football history when they officiated in the Asian Games women’s semifinal match between World champions Japan and Vietnam in Incheon on Tuesday. This is the first time an Indian woman referee has officiated in a match featuring a current World champion. Maria adjudicated the match while Urvena was the assistant referee. Japan won the match 3-0 and will take on North Korea in the final, who beat South Korea 2-1 in the other semifinal. Both have officiated in three matches at the Asian Games.
“It’s not every day that you get to officiate in a match involving the world champions,” the elated duo said. “To be able to be a part of the biggest sporting event in Asia is simple amazing,” said Maria. ”The experience in Incheon was exceptional. It was simply great. There was so much to learn and gain from the championships,” said Uvena, adding: “The women’s semi-final has been my biggest match so far. Nothing can beat this. After all, this was my first Asian Football Confederation (AFC) assignment. The atmosphere in Incheon is different as it brought together all athletes from all disciplines.”
They hoped that now many Indian women will take up refereeing after them. ”There are a lot of young girls who are slowly taking up refereeing. The encouragement from the All Indian Football Federation (AIFF) has been outstanding in this regard. The face of Indian refereeing is changing and at a fast pace,” said Maria. AIFF head of referees Gautam Kar lauded the achievement of the girls. “To be selected to supervise the women’s semi-final, one needs to be the best. And we had two women referees in the middle. It just can’t get better for Indian referees,” he said, adding: “Not to forget that both officiated in three matches each.”
Maria was the first-ever woman referee in the world to supervise a premier league match of any country when she officiated an I-League match March 8, 2014 between Pune and Shillong Lajong. The match eneded 2-2. ”I will be proceeding to the AFC Under-19 Women’s Championship in Hanoi, Vietnam in November,” she said, adding: “But this was such a different experience. It was such exciting and there was so much scope to educate yourself, keeping an eye on the future.” Magho Singh and Arumughan Rowan were the other Indian male referees who officiated in Incheon.
Incheon, Sep 30: After their hard-fought semi-final loss to South Korea, the Indian women’s hockey team is now focused on finishing their Asian Games campaign by clinching the bronze. India will take on Japan Wednesday in the third/fourth position play-off at the Soenhak Hockey Stadium.
The match will be a repeat of the Guangzhou Asiad where India lost the medal match to Japan four years ago. In that neck-and-neck battle, India challenged Japan throughout the match with their quick attacking moves and strong defence line-up. The match went into extra-time and India lost after conceding a goal to finish fourth. Learning from the previous matches here, India will be emphasising more on converting chances into goals in the second half of the match. India have created opportunities throughout the tournament but the second-half has turned out to be challenging for converting opportunities. With good performances against Thailand and Malaysia, India would like to repeat their goal-scoring opportunities against Japan.
“In the previous match, we created enough chances in the last half of the game but unfortunately failed to materialise those chances,” India chief coach Neil Hawgood said. ”Now we have shifted our focus on Japan and the bronze medal. If we start well and pull out our best in the last two quarters as well as we did against Malaysia, we will have a very good chance of beating Japan for the first time in two years.”
Incheon, Sep 30: Two-time champions India will be facing arch-rivals and defending champions Pakistan in the mouthwatering title-clash of the Asian Games men’s hockey final slated for Thursday. While India edged past hosts South Korea 1-0 and stayed on course for their first Asian Games gold medal in 16 years, Pakistan had to fight hard for a 6-5 win in the penalty shoot-out against Malaysia after the match ended goalless in the regulation time here Monday.
In the title-clash, India and Pakistan will not only fight it out for the gold medal but also a direct qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics. India have a poor 1-7 record against eight-time champions Pakistan in the final of the Asian Games. The only time India managed to beat Pakistan was in the 1966 Bangkok Games. It was a solitary strike by Akashdeep Singh that helped India beat hosts South Korea 1-0 in the semi-finals at the Soenhak Hockey Stadium and qualify for their first final in 12 years.
India not only stayed on course for a possible third gold medal but are also eyeing a direct berth for the 2016 Rio Olympics if they emerge champions here. India last made the final in 2002 when they were beaten by South Korea. In the title-clash India will be playing the winner of the other semifinal between holders and record eight-time champions Pakistan and Malaysia.
India, who had last won the gold medal in 1998, upped their game when it mattered the most and put on a fine show against the hosts, who had won the gold medal on four occasion. Having been beaten by India in the bronze medal play-off match in 2010 Guangzhou, South Korea were determined to take revenge. And it was evident on the field that both India and South Korea would not leave any stones unturned to claim a berth in the final.
Both the teams played an exciting game that saw a powerful mix of attack and defence. None of the teams let each other to cash in on any opportunities and open the goal account as the first two quarters remained barren. The deadlock lasted till the 43rd minute, when forward Akashdeep Singh sneaked his way into the opponent’s D and pierced in a field goal to open the account for India in the 44th minute, which proved to be the winning goal for his team.
In the last 15 minutes, India tried their best to hold on to the lead and qualify for the final. South Korea were desperate to sneak in the equaliser and also came close when they earned a penalty corner in the 58th minute. But India goalkeeper P.R.Sreejesh stood like a rock and denied South Korea any hope of getting back into the match. Chief coach Terry Walsh said he was pleased to see the way these boys have played.
“It was an important match and they played according to the strategies planned as well as keeping themselves calm and composed and did not leave any space for error. The whole team is excited to be the first contenders in the final and to have achieved our goals in the tournament as planned till now and our next goal is to win the final and book the berth for the 2016 Rio Olympics,” he said. India were champions in 1966 and 1998 and finished runners-up on nine occasions. They have also won two bronze medals — the last coming in the 2010 edition.
Day 11 of the Asian Games was not as productive as previous two days as only four medals came India’s way, which meant they further slip one position down to 10th on overall medals tally with 46 medals. Vikas Gowda brought India the lone silver medal of the day, while L Sarita Devi and Pooja Rani had to controversially settle for bronze after losing their semi-final matches and in 29er Women’s Two Person Dinghy (sailing) duo of Varsha Gautam and Aishwarya Nedunchezhiyan won bronze. Indian men’s hockey team also won their semi-final tie against South Korea to setup finals clash with arch-rivals Pakistan. Catch the Live Updates of Day 12 of Asian Games 2014, Incheon here
On Day 12, boxer Mary Kom is at least assured of silver medal, but India will hope for gold from her as she pits against Zhaina Shekerbekova of Kazakhstan in the finals of Women’s fly 51kg. India will also hope for some medals which are up for grabs in events like athletics, wrestling and taekwondo, besides Indian eves take on Japan in hockey bronze medal match. Here is India’s complete schedule on day 12 at the Asiad.
Asian Games 2014 Schedule of Day Twelve: October, 2014 Wednesday
Men’s 50km race walk: Sandeep Kumar and Basanta Bahadur Rana at 3:30 am IST
Women’s triple jump final: M A Prajusha and Mayookha Johny at 3:35 pm IST
Women’s 800m final: Tintu Luka and Sushma Devi at 3:40 pm IST
Men’s 800m final: Sajeesh Joseph at 3:50 pm IST
Women’s javelin throw final: Annu Rani at 4:40 pm IST
Women’s 400m hurdles final: Ashwini Akkunji at 4:55 pm IST
Men’s 400m hurdles final: Jithin Paul at 5:20 pm IST
India vs Kazakhstan: Women 5—6 place match at 9:30 am IST
Women’s fly 51kg: M C Mary Kom at 11:30 am IST
CANOE KAYAKING OBSTACLE SLALOM
Canoe, kayak single men and women qualification at 6:30 am IST
Women’s bronze medal match: India v Japan at 1:00 pm IST
India v China: Preliminary regu Group A at 5:30 pm IST
Aarti Kakal (women’s 57 kg) at 6:00 am IST followed by Anand Pandiarajan (men’s 80kg) and N Malhotra (men’s +87kg)
Men’s singles round of 32 elimination: A Sharath Kamal at 11:00 am IST
Men’s singles round of 32 elimination Soumyajit Ghosh at 11:40 am IST
Women’s doubles round of 16 elimination India vs Korea and India vs China at 12:30 am IST
Men’s doubles round of 16 elimination at 1:30 am IST
India v Japan: Men’s quarterfinals at 8:30am IST
Dharmender Dalal (130kg) at 9:30 am IST followed by Gurpreet Singh (75kg); Sandeep Yadav (66kg) and Manoj Kumar( 85 kg)
Premier League champions Manchester City host Italian Serie A giants AS Roma to the Etihad Stadium in Manchester for their Champions League Group E clash. The Sky Blues got off to a bad start as they lost to German Champions Bayern Munich 1-0 away at the Allianz Arena in the opening encounter of the Champions League 2014-15. Jerome Boateng scored the only goal. On the other hand, AS Roma thrashed CSKA Moscow 5-1 in Rome in a very one-sided contest. Manchester City need to win in Rome as they are third in the group, that too on goal difference.
The game is scheduled to kick-off at 12:15 am IST (7:45 pm BST; 6:45 pm GMT). Live TV coverage of the match will be on Ten Sports and live streaming link will be available onTen Sports’ official website. Live score updates will be available on UEFA’s official website.
Fernando has a groin problem which will see him miss the match, as is fellow midfielder Samir Nasri who is recovering from groin surgery. Pellegrini has indicated Joe Hart will return in goal in place of Willy Caballero.
For Roma, De Rossi and Davide Astori will both not play at the Etihad.
India added four medals on Day 11 of 17th edition of Asian Games including silver medal by discus thrower Vikas Gowda. The day may not have been high on the number of medals won but it definitely brought many cheers as boxer Mary Kom made to finals and so did the Indian men’s hockey team after the gap of 12 years. One can catch the live streaming of Day 12 of Asian Games 2014from 6.00 am IST on October 1, Wednesday at the official website of Ten Sports TV Network at live.tensports.com. Ten Sports that have acquired the rights to bring live coverage of 2014 Asian Games will also show the Indian athletes action at Ten HD as well.Catch the Live Updates of Day 12 of Asian Games 2014, Incheon here
One Day 12 of Asian Games 2014, India will take on Japan Wednesday in the third/fourth position in the bronze medal match at the Soenhak Hockey Stadium. The match will be a repeat of the Guangzhou Asiad where India lost the medal match to Japan four years ago.
A five-time World champion, Mary Kom beat Vietnam’s Le Thi Bang by a unanimous 3-0 decision in the last-four match to enter the final. The Olympic bronze medallist looked in fine form and her speed and guile was just too much to handle for the Vietnamese.
At the end of Day 11, China was the runaway leader in the 17th Asian Games medals tally with 268 medals, including of 123 golds. South Korea was a distant second with 170 medals (54 golds) and Japan was third with 146 medals (37 golds). India slipped one position to tenth position with 46 medals, inclusive of 6 golds.
Mary Kom has kept the hopes of seeing the Indian flag and national anthem sung at the Day 12 of the Asian Games 2014 alive by making to the gold medal bout. On the other hand, the Indian eves will take on Japan for the Asiad Bronze in hockey on October 1, Wednesday at 6.30 am IST. India is currently ranked 10th with 46 medals (6 gold, 8 silver and 32 bronze). See Asian Games 2014 Medal Table: Complete Medal Tally of 17th Incheon Asian Games
Women’s 57kg Round of 32:Aarti Khakal was ousted in round of 32 of the women’s 57kg taekwondo competition of the 17th Asian Games here Wednesday. Aarti, 22, lost 8-15 to Kazakhstan’s Ganiya Alzak at the Ganghwa Dolmens Gymnasium.
Men’s 50m Race Walk: India’s Sandeep Kumar finishes fourth and Bahadur Rana comes fifth in 50km Race Walk. They moved up by one place after Japan’s Yuki Yamazaki was disqualified. But Japan’s Takayuki Tanii won the gold, South Korean Chilsung Park took silver and Zhendong Wang settled with bronze.
The Day 11 of Asian Games 2014 was a day with mixed results for on one hand there were few heartbreaks in form of boxer Sarita Devi losing due to error on judgement to the grapplers and other pugilists having a tough day at work to highs like the Indian men’s hockey team entering the finals after a gap of 12 years. They edged past hosts South Korea 1-0 and stayed on course for their first Asian Games gold medal in 16 years. But it was Mary Kom who gave the first moment of celebration after she made her way through to finals.
On the Day 12 of 17th edition of Asian Games, all eyes will be on one star that has become a household name in India – MC Mary Kom. The 31-year-old, Manipuri pugilist will take on Kazakhstan’s Zhaina Shekerbekova at the Seonhak Gymnasium. She has already assured herself and India a silver medal but the bronze medalist at 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games would like to go one better.
The Day 12 will also witness action from the track and field events as among the quartermilers, defending champion Ashwini Akkunji made it to the final of the women’s 400m hurdles. Jithin Paul also made it to the men’s 400m hurdles. Tintu Luka, and Sushma Devi also qualified for the women’s 800m final while Sajeeh Joseph made it to the men’s final. All of them will be in action at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium here Wednesday.
The first gold medal of Day 12 in Asian Games 2014 has been won by Japan’s Takayuki Tanii in 50m race walk, to take their medal tally to 147 including 38 gold, 54 silver and 55 bronze. China added another bronze medal in its mammoth medal tally of 269 medals including 126 gold, 80 silver and 63 bronze medals, while their neighbours India are placed at tenth in the medal table with 46 medals including 6 gold, 8 silver and 32 bronze. Hosts South Korea also raced ahead in terms of gold medal to create wide gap between them and third placed Japan. South Korea’s medal tally touched 171 includes 54 gold, 56 silver and 61 bronze. This topsy-turvy battle of leading the medal standings can be followed with the updated country-wise medal tally here. Catch the Live Updates of Day 12 of Asian Games 2014, Incheon here
One of the biggest multi-sport events around the globe, the Asian Games is back with its 17thedition – the 17th Asian Games Incheon, 2014 or officially known as the XVII Asiad starting from September 19 to October 4. After the grand success of recently held multi-sports event Commonwealth Games in 2014, the participating nations would be aiming for skies by topping the medal table. The 16-day schedule of Asian Games 2014 marks its commencement with the opening ceremony on September 19 is hosted by the port city Incheon, South Korea. In the Asian Games 2014, the athletes from 45 participating nations will be competing in 439 events in 36 sports, including the 28 Olympic Games sports on the programme for Rio de Janeiro 2016.
Asian Games has always been in spotlight for they see participation of the top athletes proving their mettle and excelling in wide range of sporting events in one event. It holds a special place for India, the first hosts of the Asian Games way back in 1951, are looking forward to a successful campaign in Incheon post satisfactory show in Glasgow Games. In the Guangzhou Asian Games 2010, India had finished sixth in the medal table in last edition with China being the undisputed champions after they swept the medal tally with a total of 416 medals including 199 gold medals. India will field 381 competitors in 15 sports at the Asian Games.
The medals tally of the Asian Games 2014 will be decided on the number of gold medals won by a nation. With the nations tied at gold medals, the second yardstick to measure is on the silver medals and then bronze. If the teams are still tied, they would be given equal ranking and will be listed alphabetically by IOC country code.