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.
India’s dream run ends in despair as Australia win sixth World Cup title
- The win is the acme of success this 12 months, says Pat Cummins
AHMEDABAD: Australia received the Cricket World Cup for a record-extending sixth time Sunday, ending India’s dominant run in its residence event with a six-wicket victory in a low-scoring last on the again of Travis Head’s 137.
A closely partisan crowd contained in the 132,000-capacity Narendra Modi Stadium was silenced as Head mixed with Marnus Labuschagne (58 not out ) in a 192-run partnership to chase down the goal of 241.
#BREAKING: Host #India‘s hope for successful the #CricketWorldCup Closing at Modi Stadium is crushed after dropping from #Australia, leaving 1.4 billion folks feeling heartbroken. pic.twitter.com/LZIjkl2mQT
— South Asia Occasions (@SATimes_TV) November 19, 2023
Australia was wobbling on 47-3 after seven overs however Head and Labuschagne dug in to assist their nation regain its standing because the king of one-day worldwide cricket, including to its 50-over world titles in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015.
Head was dismissed off what proved to be the next-to-last ball of the match, caught within the deep whereas trying to hit a title-clinching boundary. In got here Glenn Maxwell and he ran two off his first ball, securing a victory that prompted fireworks above the world’s largest cricket venue.
The Indians received all 10 of their matches earlier than the ultimate and had been searching for a 3rd trophy of their fourth look in a title match that introduced a rustic of 1.4 billion folks to a digital standstill. They had been outplayed in each division by Australia, although, restricted to 240 all out on a gradual pitch after dropping the toss with solely Virat Kohli (54) and Lokesh Rahul (66) making half-centuries.
Head grew to become solely the seventh participant to attain a century in a males’s World Cup last – and third Australian after Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist – and delivered a big second in India’s innings when taking a diving catch operating again from cowl to take away captain Rohit Sharma (47).
“What an incredible day, I’m simply thrilled to be part of it,” Head mentioned afterward. “It’s lots higher than sitting on the sofa at residence, I’m very fortunate that every thing went nicely and I used to be capable of get again right here.”
Head had began the event sidelined by a damaged left hand.
“I used to be slightly bit nervous, however Marnus performed distinctive and it was simply an incredible partnership. It’s good to be part of it, good to play a task, and it’s going to be an incredible couple of days now,” Head mentioned. “To have the ability to try this on the large stage, in entrance of a giant crowd, it’s fairly particular and one thing that I’ll be completely satisfied to look again on later in my life. It’s good to be right here and good to contribute.”
Head’s ton noticed him be a part of an illustrious checklist, which additionally contains West Indies’ Clive Lloyd and Viv Richards, in addition to Sri Lanka’s Aravinda de Silva and Mahela Jayawardene.
They do not come to play, they arrive to win 🙌
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 19, 2023
Ponting’s 140 not out had additionally helped Australia beat India within the 2003 last. Jayawardene’s century is the one one in a dropping trigger with India successful the 2011 last.
Australia completed the 2023 event with a run of 9 straight wins, after beginning with back-to-back defeats to India and South Africa.
India received the World Cup in 1983 and 2011. Its final main success was successful the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.
INDIA INNINGS: Rohit Sharma c Head b Maxwell 47 (31b, 4×4, 3×6), Shubman Gill c Zampa b Starc 4 (7b), Virat Kohli b Cummins 54 (63b, 4×4), Shreyas Iyer c Inglis b Cummins 4 (3b, 1×4), Okay.L. Rahul c Inglis b Starc 66 (107b, 1×4), Ravindra Jadeja c Inglis b Hazlewood 9 (22b), Suryakumar Yadav c Inglis b Hazlewood 18 (28b, 1×4), Mohammed Shami c Inglis b Starc 6 (10b, 1×4), Jasprit Bumrah lbw b Zampa 1 (3b), Kuldeep Yadav run out 10 (18b), Mohammed Siraj (not out) 9 (8b, 1×4); Extras (lb-3, w-9): 12.
Complete (in 50 overs): 240.
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-30 (Gill, 4.2 overs), 2-76 (Rohit, 9.4), 3-81 (Shreyas, 10.2), 4-148 (Kohli, 28.3), 5-178 (Jadeja, 35.5), 6-203 (Rahul, 41.3), 7-211 (Shami, 43.4), 8-214 (Bumrah, 44.5), 9-226 (Suryakumar, 47.3).
AUSTRALIA BOWLING: Starc 10-0-55-3, Hazlewood 10-0-60-2, Maxwell 6-0-35-1, Cummins 10-0-34-2, Zampa 10-0-44-1, Marsh 2-0-5-0, Head 2-0-4-0.
AUSTRALIA INNINGS: David Warner c Kohli b Shami 7 (3b, 1×4), Travis Head c Gill b Siraj 137 (120b, 15×4, 4×6), Mitchell Marsh c Rahul b Bumrah 15 (15b, 1×4, 1×6), Steve Smith lbw b Bumrah 4 (9b, 1×4), Marnus Labuschagne (not out) 58 (110b, 4×4), Glenn Maxwell (not out) 2 (1b); Extras (b-5, lb-2, w-11): 18.
Complete (for 4 wkts. in 43 overs): 241.
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-16 (Warner, 1.1), 2-41 (Marsh, 4.3), 3-47 (Smith, 6.6), 4-239 (Head, 42.5).
INDIA BOWLING: Bumrah 9-2-43-2, Shami 7-1-47-1, Jadeja 10-0-43-0, Kuldeep 10-0-56-0, Siraj 7-0-45-1.
Djokovic eyes ATP finals file after last-four demolition of Alcaraz
TURIN, ITALY: Novak Djokovic closed in on a record-breaking seventh ATP Finals title after sweeping previous Carlos Alcaraz 6-3, 6-2 in a dominating semi-final show he hailed as his better of the match.
World primary Djokovic will face residence favorite Jannik Sinner on Sunday within the last in Turin, because the 36-year-old makes an attempt to cap an age-defying yr with one more main triumph.
“The most effective match of the match for me, for sure. It got here at proper time actually, after spending a variety of hours on the court docket within the first three matches,” stated Djokovic.
“Tonight, from the very starting, I felt the ball properly. I approached the match with the precise angle, the precise mentality.”
The Serb got here into the Finals on the finish of a yr which has introduced three Grand Slams, taking his whole to an all-time better of 24, and a fortieth Masters 1000 title.
Now solely Sinner stands between Djokovic and victory, which might take him previous his outdated foe and retired nice Roger Federer for season-ending match titles.
Sunday’s last guarantees to be a tricky proposition for Djokovic as he misplaced to Sinner within the group stage and should take care of a partisan Italian crowd that, unusually for him, received’t be on his aspect.
“He’s been enjoying incredible tennis, arguably the very best tennis of his life. On this stage, towards high 10 gamers,” added Djokovic.
“We performed a really tight match the opposite evening, the ambiance was electrical. I don’t count on something lower than what we had within the group stage matchup.”
Djokovic now has the higher of his 5 matches with Wimbledon champion Alcaraz, who at 20 is already a two-time Grand Slam winner and was bidding to grow to be the youngest finalist since Pete Sampras received the title again in 1991.
Saturday’s match didn’t dwell as much as the earlier 4 dramatic clashes nonetheless, as Djokovic placed on a present of pressure which put pretender Alcaraz firmly in his place.
Patrons Aibak Polo Cup: Newage/Grasp Paints, DP rating contrasting victories
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The opening match of the day witnessed Newage Cables/Grasp Paints clinching an 8-6½ win in opposition to DS Polo/Sheikhoo Metal. Hamza Mawaz Khan showcased distinctive expertise, contributing seven spectacular objectives, with Adnan Jalil Azam including the essential eighth purpose for Newage Cables/Grasp Paints. On the opposing aspect, Nicholas Roberts scored 4 objectives, whereas Daniyal Sheikh and Lt Col (R) Omer Minhas every struck one purpose for DS Polo/Sheikhoo Metal.
The second match unfolded as a one-sided affair, with Diamond Paints (DP) overpowering Pebble Breaker with a convincing 12-4½ victory. Bilal Hayat Midday and Raja Temur Nadeem performed stellar polo, every securing 4 improbable objectives, whereas Mir Shoaib Ahmed and Saqib Khan Khakwani contributed two objectives every to Diamond Paints’ dominant efficiency.
Ahmed Zubair Butt scored a brace for Pebble Breaker, with Abdul Rehman Monnoo and Agha Musa Ali Khan including one purpose every. The matches drew a big crowd of households and spectators who loved the thrilling encounters on the vacation (Sunday). The joy continues on Tuesday with two pivotal matches scheduled on the Lahore Polo Membership grounds.
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