BARCELONA: Barcelona suffered a shock 1-0 defeat by Rayo Vallecano on Sunday, handing Actual Madrid the possibility to win La Liga in the event that they draw at residence to Espanyol subsequent weekend.
Barca’s place within the high 4 continues to be not safe both after a 3rd consecutive defeat at Camp Nou continued their late-season wobble and noticed them squander the possibility to tug away within the race for Champions League qualification.
Madrid stay 15 factors clear with 5 video games left to play and whereas Barcelona have a greater head-to-head, Carlo Ancelotti’s aspect know they are going to be uncatchable in the event that they take only a level from Espanyol on Saturday on the Santiago Bernabeu.
Barcelona ought to nonetheless have sufficient for the highest 4 given they sit six factors away from Actual Betis in fifth, with 5 video games left to play, however profitable this sport in hand in opposition to an out-of-form Rayo aspect will surely have made the run-in extra snug.
As an alternative, their kind, as a lot as their place, will probably be an actual concern for coach Xavi, whose group have now gained solely twice of their final six matches.
This loss comes after they had been crushed at residence by Eintracht Frankfurt within the Europa League quarter-finals after which defeated by Cadiz in La Liga, additionally 1-0.
Xavi talked on Saturday about “recovering the sensations” of some weeks in the past, when a 4-0 thrashing of Actual Madrid on the Santiago Bernabeu seemed set to position Barcelona at the same time as favourites in La Liga subsequent season.
However that appears like a distant reminiscence now, with the group’s season in peril of ending with a whimper.
Lacking out on the Champions League could be unthinkable for Barcelona, who began the season with money owed of greater than a billion euros.
Lacking out on second place would have penalties too given qualification for the Spanish Tremendous Cup can also be believed to be price round eight million euros to the Catalans.
Sevilla, in third, are degree on factors with Barcelona whereas Atletico Madrid, in fourth, are two factors behind.
Rayo, in the meantime, transfer as much as eleventh within the desk, reaching the 40-point mark that ought to assure their survival.
After a superb begin to the season, promoted Rayo went 12 video games with out a win between February and April however any considerations about relegation are certainly now over.
They took the lead within the seventh minute when Isi Palazon danced via Barcelona’s midfield and noticed the curving run of Alvaro Garcia, who had dashed inside from the left.
Sergino Dest was too gradual to react and Garcia struck shortly, controlling along with his left and firing in along with his proper, giving Marc-Andre ter Stegen no likelihood to regulate.
Barcelona had probabilities, particularly within the latter phases as Memphis Depay’s shot was blocked by Nikola Maras after a intelligent dummy by Ousmane Dembele, who himself had a shot diverted onto the submit by Stole Dimitrievski.
Gavi seemed to have a good declare for a penalty within the 89th minute when Alejandro Catena barged into the again of the teenager within the field – however neither the referee nor VAR had been satisfied.
With 11 minutes of added time, Barca saved coming, and Dembele noticed one other effort cleared off the road by Catena.
Rayo held on for a sensational victory.
Siraj’s heroics energy India to successful Asia Cup 2023 for eighth time
COLOMBO: Mohammed Siraj’s six-fer demolished Sri Lankan batting lineup as India lifted the Asia Cup 2023.
Set to chase a meager 51, India comfortably accomplished the pursuit in 6.1 overs with out shedding a single wicket to carry their eighth Asia Cup title.
India’s new opening pair of Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan carried the momentum and dominated the Sri Lankan bowlers to script a press release victory for the previous champions.
Gill top-scored for India within the Asia Cup 2023 closing with a 19-ball 27 which featured six boundaries whereas Kishan scored 23 not out in 18 balls.
Opting to bat first, the Sri Lankan batting lineup failed utterly and was bundled out for a paltry 51 within the sixteenth over.
The house aspect misplaced their opener Kusal Perera (0) within the first over with only one run on the board.
What adopted was a complete annihilation by Mohammed Siraj who picked up 4 wickets — Pathum Nissanka (2), Sadeera Samarawickrama (0), Charith Asalanka (0) and Dhananjaya de Silva (4) — within the fourth over to depart Sri Lanka reeling at 12/5.
Sri Lanka did not recuperate from Siraj’s demolition and he got here again so as to add additional to their distress by dismissing skipper Dasun Shanaka in his subsequent over and finishing his five-fer.
Wicketkeeper batter Kusal Mendi, who held on for Sri Lanka then placed on the very best partnership of the Asia Cup 2023 closing for the house aspect with Dunith Wellalage earlier than Siraj struck once more.
Kusal Mendis remained the top-scorer for Sri Lanka with a 34-ball 17 which featured three boundaries.
Following Siraj’s dominance, Hardik Pandya put the ultimate nail within the coffin by eliminating the Sri Lankan batting tail.
He eliminated Dunith Wellalage (8) earlier than wrapping up Sri Lanka’s dismal innings in his subsequent over by dismissing Pramod Madushan (1) and Matheesha Pathirana (0).
Younger all-rounder Dushan Hemantha remained unbeaten with a 15-ball 13 and remained the one Sri Lankan batter to amass double figures beside Kusal Mendis.
Notably, Sri Lanka’s 50-run whole is now the bottom whole within the Asia Cup historical past, breaking the earlier document held by Bangladesh, who had been dismissed for 87 runs towards Pakistan in 2000.
Moreover, Sri Lanka’s 50-run whole is the bottom in males’s ODI historical past in a match closing. Additionally it is the third time this 12 months that Sri Lanka have been bowled out for lower than 100 in ODIs.
Mohammed Siraj led the bowling assault for India within the Asia Cup 2023 closing with a 6/21, adopted by Hardik Pandya’s 3/3 whereas Jasprit Bumrah had a wicket to his title.
Cricket fever in China choosing tempo forward of upcoming Asian Video games Asian Video games
HANGZHOU: Cricket fever in China goes excessive forward of upcoming Asian Video games set to happen in Hangzhou from September 23 to October 8.
A “Friendship Cup” was organized by Chinese language firm Guangdong YaJiaSiTechnology (YJS) and Beijing Cricket Membership (BCC) on the Cricket area of Dulwich Faculty Beijing, Gwadar Professional reported on Friday.
The purpose of the occasion is to share the eagerness for sports activities, improve friendship between the folks of taking part nations in addition to to advertise the sport of cricket in China.
The match was nicely attended by the diplomatic workers and groups from totally different embassies, faculties, and universities, notably gamers from China, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, the UK, Australia, South Africa, Bangladesh, and Nepal which gave a possibility to show the cricketing abilities.
Cricket is without doubt one of the most enjoyable sports activities on the earth and is now slowly however absolutely getting a spot in sports activities in China.
The upcoming Asian Video games to be held in Hangzhou is without doubt one of the greatest examples the place Pakistan males’s and girls’s Cricket groups will probably be taking part in.
Pakistani Ambassador to China Moin ul Haque additionally congratulated China for internet hosting the Asian Video games 2023 in Hangzhou and hoped that this may promote not solely sports activities competitions but additionally people-to-people contacts and cultural exchanges.
Bilal Ahmed, a Cricket Participant from Pakistan, advised Gwadar Professional that Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang, Dalian, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Tianjin, and Jinan are the hub of cricket in China.
Greater than 150 faculties and universities have been concerned within the sport of cricket. Again-to-back cricket tournaments by totally different Chinese language firms and organizations in several cities and particularly the holding of a grand sporting occasion comprising each males’s and girls’s T-20 Cricket in Asian Video games 2023 in Hangzhou exhibits China’s keenness to unfold the sport of Cricket at its faculties and universities stage.
198 Pakistani athletes to take part in Asian Video games, being held in China from Sep 23
BEIJING: Pakistan is sending a crew of 198 athletes to compete within the nineteenth Asian Video games, set to be held in Hangzhou, China from September 23 to eight October.
This spectacular delegation is ready to showcase their abilities and convey pleasure to the nation on the grand stage of the Asian Video games, in response to a report revealed by Gwadar Professional.
The Asian Video games, sometimes called the “Olympics of Asia,” is a multi-sport occasion that brings collectively athletes from throughout the continent to compete in varied sports activities disciplines.
It serves as a platform to foster friendship, understanding, and sportsmanship amongst Asian nations whereas celebrating the unimaginable expertise and dedication of athletes.
Pakistan’s participation within the nineteenth Asian Video games will span a variety of sports activities, together with athletics, boxing, swimming, tennis, wrestling, and so on.
The Pakistan Olympic Affiliation (POA) has been offering the athletes with the required help and assets. They’ve organized coaching camps, teaching workers, and superior gear to organize the athletes for this prestigious occasion.
The athletes have additionally acquired medical and psychological help to make sure they’re in peak bodily and psychological situation.
Talking in regards to the contingent, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Syed Arif Hasan, President of the Pakistan Olympic Affiliation, mentioned, “Our athletes have put in large effort and dedication to achieve this degree, and we imagine they’ve what it takes to compete at their highest degree. We hope to see them on the rostrum, making Pakistan proud.”
The Asian Video games additionally present a singular alternative for Pakistani athletes to achieve beneficial expertise and publicity on the worldwide stage, which could be essential for his or her future careers in sports activities. It’s an event for the nation to unite and help its athletes as they attempt for excellence.
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