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Actual prep for Champions League ultimate with draw



MADRID: Actual Madrid’s final sport earlier than the Champions League ultimate in opposition to Liverpool resulted in a goalless draw in opposition to Actual Betis on Friday as Marcelo bid farewell to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Carlo Ancelotti picked a robust facet for Madrid’s final La Liga sport of the season however with the title lengthy sewn-up and the ultimate in Paris simply across the nook, neither workforce have been eager to over-exert.

As an alternative, the competition was notable for the tribute paid to Marcelo and the shortage of 1 for Gareth Bale.

Each gamers are anticipated to depart when their contracts expire this summer time however solely Marcelo was concerned right here, with Bale absent once more from the squad.

Marcelo got here on within the second half to a standing ovation and was given the captain’s armband by Karim Benzema, who performed the entire 90 minutes. Marcelo accepted applause from his teammates after the ultimate whistle and left, waving to the stands as he went.

“One of many greats of world soccer is saying goodbye, and among the finest full-backs on the earth,” mentioned Ancelotti.

Bale, in the meantime, has been battling a again drawback in current weeks, the shortage of any goodbye simply the newest anti-climax on the finish of his Madrid profession, which for too lengthy has been characterised by drift and irrelevance.

“He couldn’t be on the bench,” mentioned Ancelotti. “He wished to say goodbye to the followers however he has one final probability, as a result of I feel Bale can be wonderful for the ultimate.”

The draw means Ancelotti’s workforce end the season on 86 factors, 13 forward of Barcelona, who may scale back the hole after they play at dwelling to Villarreal on Sunday.

Actual Betis sit fifth, three factors away from Actual Sociedad, with Europa League qualification already secured.

The match nearly felt like an exhibition at occasions, much less a aggressive league fixture than a comfortable end-of-season occasion.

Earlier than kick-off, there was a double guard of honour, as Actual Madrid recognised Actual Betis’ victory within the Copa del Rey earlier than Betis saluted Madrid’s triumph in La Liga, the group applauding all through.

As nicely the heat proven for Marcelo, there was applause as nicely for Isco, who can also be out of contract on the finish of June, and even for Actual Betis’ Joaquin, the 40-year-old approaching for his 600th La Liga match within the second interval.

Ancelotti picked a robust workforce that may very well be the line-up that begins in opposition to Liverpool, though David Alaba stays out injured that means he can be taking part in his first sport in simply over a month subsequent weekend if the Austrian is thrown straight again in.

“Alaba can be there to play the ultimate,” mentioned Ancelotti afterwards. “In this kind of match, it’s not solely concerning the bodily facet, it’s about capability and expertise.”

Each groups coasted by the primary half, with neither facet taking part in with sufficient depth to power errors or precision to create clear probabilities.

There have been intervals when Madrid’s lethargy slipped into sloppiness, with Casemiro drawing the disapproval from followers and teammates alike when he rushed a clearance after which skewed a wild shot from near the midway line.

Benzema had his first actual opening early within the second half and related nicely with DaniCarvajal’s cross however the shot was straight at Betis goalkeeper Rui Silva. The Frenchman nearly received it with seven minutes left, however fired over after chesting down Rodrygo’s ball in.

Marcelo, Isco and Joaquin all got here on and Joaquin ought to have scored within the 86th minute. Cristiano Tello’s cross to the again put up was set again properly to the striker however, from eight yards, he missed the goal.

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Chinese language Nationwide Day: All set for Pak-China cricket match at LCCA floor tomorrow



LAHORE: First time within the historical past of Pak-China Relations, Pak-China Cricket match is all set to be held in collaboration with Chinese language Consulate Lahore and Institute of Worldwide Relations and Media Analysis (IIRMR) at LCCA floor close to Qaddafi Stadium, PCB headquarter Lahore on Wednesday (tomorrow).

In reference to commemoration of Chinese language Nationwide Day to be held on 1st October, greater than ten Chinese language nationals will probably be particularly taking part in cricket match carrying helmet, gloves, bat and different cricket devices. Chinese language participant will embody Mr. Luo Jianxue, Mr. Xing Xuanyu, Mr. Lai Quanping, Mr. Lai Henbao, Mr. Qi Zigang, Mr. Wang Youfu, Mr. Peng Lidong, Mr. Zeng Xingxing and Mr. Zeng qingqiang. Former Pakistan Cricket gamers can even play within the match.

The ten-10 overs match will probably be performed within the stadium surrounded and embellished by vibrant flexes, banners, and steamers. The match will probably be live-streamed. The Chief Visitor would be the Appearing Chinese language Consul Common Lahore Cao Ke.

Chinese language diplomats, officers, and high-ups of Chinese language enterprises will make their particular look within the match. Particular colourful kits and cricketing stuff will make the Pak-China Cricket Match enthralling and thrilling.

Pak-China Pleasant Cricket Match will show to be harbinger of latest dimension of iron-brotherhood and congeniality titled: “Sino-Pak Cricketing Friendship: New Period, New Perspective, New Trajectory”.

Within the backdrop of return of cricket in ongoing Asian video games in China, Pak-China Cricket Match will add new dimension to Pak-China relations.

Earlier than the onset of the Pak-China Pleasant Cricket Match, college students of academic establishments will current their convivial exhibits via performances of Pak-China songs, nationwide anthem, in addition to exhibiting playful extravaganza in a method. Finally, after the conclusion of the match, not solely successful trophy will probably be given to the victorious group however honorary shields will probably be conferred to dignitaries.

Chinese language Appearing Consul Common Lahore Cao Ke welcomed the holding of Cricket match and stated that as China enters a brand new period, it has taken a sequence of strategic initiatives, promoted a sequence of transformative practices, and made a sequence of breakthroughs and landmark advances, and is striding ahead on a brand new journey to construct a contemporary socialist nation in all respects.

“Wanting again on the previous 12 months, China and Pakistan have witnessed growing and nearer exchanges and cooperation in numerous fields and cricket is new one. The development of the China-Pakistan Financial Hall has achieved fruitful outcomes.

Not way back, he stated, Vice Premier He Lifeng, President Xi Jinping’s particular consultant, visited Pakistan and witnessed the signing of six agreements with the then Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to strengthen financial cooperation between the 2 international locations.  “Punjab Province is the financial, cultural and academic heart of Pakistan, and has been sustaining a very good momentum of exchanges and cooperation with China.


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WC-2023: PCB approaches ICC in opposition to ‘inordinate delay’ in visas issuance by India



LAHORE: With only a few days left for the World Cup, the Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday raised considerations about “inordinate delay” within the issuance of Indian visas for the nationwide crew with the Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC).

“We’ve written to ICC elevating our considerations about inequitable remedy in direction of Pakistan and reminding them of those obligations in direction of the World Cup,” PCB spokesperson Umar Farooq informed

“It’s a matter of disappointment that the Pakistan crew has to undergo the uncertainty forward of the key match.”

Farooq stated the board had been reminding the ICC about obligations for the final three years however it had all come all the way down to the final two days with the nationwide crew’s first heat sport scheduled on September 29.

“We had been pressured to cancel our authentic plan to organise team-building workouts in Dubai on the best way to India. We’ve needed to rework our plan and e book new flights, however these plans are topic issuance of visas,” the spokesperson added.

In line with ESPNcricinfo, the appliance for visas was rep­o­rtedly revamped per week in the past. Nonetheless, Pakistan are but to get their visas lower than 48 hours earlier than flying out to India.

Because of visa delays, the crew has already cancelled its pre-World Cup crew bonding occasion in Dubai. It has additionally emerged that Pakistan are the one collaborating crew — of the 9 groups travelling to India for the occasion — but to obtain visas.

The crew is because of journey to Dubai from Lahore on Sept 27 earlier than flying to Hyderabad, India, to play two warm-up matches — in opposition to New Zealand on Sept 29 and Australia on Oct 3.

Earlier, the crew was scheduled to go away for Dubai on Sept 25 and keep there for 2 days. Pakistan will play their first match in opposition to the Netherlands on Oct 6. Followers and journalists who supposed to attend the match needed to apply for visas via the Indian Excessive Fee’s web site.

The portal, nonetheless, remained inaccessible, leaving the aspirants dismayed. Expressing considerations over visa hiccups, a Lahore-based journalist stated he and his fellow sports activities reporters needed to get the web types stuffed via brokers and paid them for a easy course of.

Owing to points with the accessibility of the excessive fee’s web site, visa seekers stated that they had been suggested to make use of a VPN whereas accessing the positioning.

Earlier, the Rawalpindi-Islamabad Sports activities Journalists Affiliation issued an announcement, saying that even media individuals accredited with the Board of Management for Cricket in India, the nationwide governing physique of cricket in India, and the ICC had been dealing with difficulties.

The affiliation appealed to the Indian Excessive Fee to simply accept hand-filled visa functions if the problem continued. The media individuals ought to be facilitated as restricted time was left at the beginning of the mega occasion, the assertion added.


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First-ever Duathlon Sports activities Competition enthralls vacationers in Malam Jabba



SWAT: Duathlon Sports activities Competition organized for first time in scenic Malam Jabba Valley drew numerous vacationers.

Malam Jabba Ski Resort organized the primary ever Duathlon Sports activities pageant in Malam Jabba valley at an altitude of 9200 toes whereby mixed biking and racing competitions have been held on a 15km monitor consisting of inauspicious and rocky mountain paths.

As many as 40 female and male athletes from 20 groups participated within the competitions. The gamers accomplished the mission by racing the bicycles with excessive talent on tough hilly monitor.

Within the particular person class of the occasion, Athlete Danish Mand gained the primary place, Israr gained the second place and Rizwan third place.

Equally, within the group class, Abdullah and Bahar acquired first place whereas Khizar and Israr acquired the second place.

Brigade Commander, Brig Sajid Akbar was the chief visitor on the concluding ceremony, whereas Assistant Commissioner Charbagh Muhammad Yar Khan was additionally current on the event.

On the event, Brigadier Sajid Akbar whereas expressing his happiness over sports activities gala, mentioned that constructive sports activities actions in Malam Jabba are a transparent proof that this valley is at least a paradise for vacationers and the views right here have been inviting them.

On the finish of the occasion, money prizes have been awarded to gamers who secured prime positions within the pageant.

The athletes on the event mentioned that the monitor was slippery and tough as a consequence of rain, however they generally ran a bicycle and typically took a stroll to achieve their vacation spot by journey.

Vacationers coming from all around the nation mentioned that the sort of exercise in Malam Jabba will increase the leisure, whereas the vacationers loved the competitions, they made their journey memorable by taking a journey on the chairlift.


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