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.
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
LAHORE: Newage Cables/Grasp Paints recorded an in depth victory in opposition to DS Polo/Sheikhoo Metal, whereas Diamond Paints (DP) delivered a commanding efficiency to conquer Pebble Breaker within the Patrons Aibak Polo Cup 2023 matches at Lahore Polo Membership grounds on Sunday.
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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