1 Northern Ireland took a giant step towards Euro 2016 qualification with a 2-1 victory over Finland at Windsor Park.Kyle Lafferty scored twice in the hosts’ impressive win, making him the nation’s second highest goalscorer behind David Healy, which sends them five points clear of third-placed Hungary and eight points ahead of Finland.With 24 teams set to compete at the tournament next summer, a top-two finish would be enough for automatic qualification while third is worth a play-off tie.Michael O’Neill’s side made a nervy start as Teemu Pukki tested Roy Carroll with a close range effort, but Northern Ireland responded with several attacks of their own.Chris Baird’s header was ruled out on nine minutes, before Lafferty’s angled volley arrowed into the bottom corner mid-way through the first half.Then, five minutes later, the former Rangers forward doubled his tally with a cushioned header after neat interplay between Conor McLaughlin and Jamie Ward.An abject Finland then provided a tense finale when Berat Sadik profited from Carroll’s wayward parry to tap in.But Northern Ireland held on for all three points in what could be a defining game in their attempt for qualification. Northern Ireland 2-1 Finland: Lafferty double sinks Fins
While the Punjab State Election Commission on Thursday ordered re-polling for the Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samitis in 53 polling booths of eight districts across the State, the Shiromani Akali Dal termed the elections as “murder of democracy”, alleging that the government machinery functioned as extension counters of the ruling Congress party during the entire poll process.‘Murder of democracy’Veteran Akali leader and former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said that the way the Zila Parishad and Panchayat polls held on September 19 were rigged in Punjab, it was “a daylight murder of democracy”.“September 19, 2018 will be remembered as one of the darkest days for democracy in Punjab when the state machinery functioned as extension counters of the Congress party during the entire poll process,” alleged Mr. Badal.According to the spokesperson of the State Election Commission, re-polling has been ordered in 36 polling booths of Muktsar Sahib, 8 polling booths in Amritsar, one booth each in Moga, Fazilka and Faridkot districts and two booths each in Patiala and Bathinda and Ludhiana districts. Repolling todayVoters can recast their votes on September 21 in these polling stations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.Shiromani Akali Dal leaders Bikram Singh Majithia and Daljeet Cheema alleged that the State government had decided to register a case against party president Sukhbir Badal as part of the political vendetta drive unleashed by it against political opponents.“Mr. Sukhbir Badal would not file for anticipatory bail in the political vendetta case registered against him. We, on our part, will not be cowed down by such tactics and will continue to fight for peace and communal harmony in Punjab,” said Mr. Majithia.The police had registered a case against Mr. Sukhbir Badal and few party workers on Wednesday for allegedly thrashing a Congress worker at Killianwali village in Muktsar district during the Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti polls. A case under Sections 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) under the IPC was registered.
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Manchester City Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Newcastle Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 16:25 1/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening Manchester City will be in the rare position of needing to bounce back from a Premier League defeat when they host Newcastle United on Saturday.Fortunately for Pep Guardiola, he should have a well-rested group of players to choose from, after giving his squad two and a half days off following the defeat at Liverpool last weekend.MAN CITY INJURIES The City players reported to the club’s training ground for a post-match debrief on Monday morning but did not have to return until Thursday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Fabian Delph limped out of Sunday’s game and Guardiola says he will be out “for a while”.David Silva has been in and out of the side of late due to personal reasons and his situation will be assessed in the run up to kick-off, though he is expected to feature. He was curiously left on the bench at Anfield, though that was because of a stomach problem.Vincent Kompany is going through one of his lengthy injury lay-offs, with no return date set.Benjamin Mendy is a long-term absentee, while Gabriel Jesus will also missing out.MAN CITY SUSPENSIONS Neither club have any suspensions.MAN CITY POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP Danilo is most likely to replace Delph at left-back, while David Silva may well come in for Ilkay Gundogan in midfield.Other than that Delph’s injury, Guardiola should be able to go with the strong line-up that has delivered so many victories this season.NEWCASTLE TEAM NEWS Jesus Gamez, Florian Lejeune and Aleksandar Mitrovic are all doubtful for the game, although Dwight Gayle could feature, despite being withdrawn from the Magpies’ game against Swansea City last weekend.OPTA MATCH FACTS Manchester City are unbeaten in 20 Premier League matches against Newcastle United (W17 D3) – it is their longest unbeaten run against a side in their league history. Newcastle have lost each of their last eight away top-flight matches at Man City – they have only lost more consecutively against an opponent on one occasion, losing nine in a row away at Spurs between 1928 and 1956. City have scored at least four goals in each of their last four home top-flight matches against Newcastle (19 scored in total) – the last team to achieve this in five in a row were Spurs against Blackburn in January 1966 (four or more in six consecutive games). Rafael Benitez, however, has seen his sides keep four clean sheets at the Etihad in the Premier League – only Alex Ferguson (5) has masterminded more shutouts than the Spaniard. Manchester City lost for the first time in 31 Premier League games in their last match against Liverpool – however, they’re still unbeaten at home in 23 home matches in the competition (W18 D5) since a 1-3 loss to Chelsea in December 2016. Sergio Aguero has had a hand in 13 Premier League goals against Newcastle (11 goals, 2 assists), averaging a goal or assist every 49 minutes; indeed, at the Etihad, Aguero averages a goal or assist every 31 minutes (8 goals, 1 assist in 283 minutes). Aguero’s 11 goals against Newcastle in the Premier League can be bettered by only two players – Michael Owen (13) and Wayne Rooney (15).TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Kick off is 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET) on Saturday, and will be shown on BT Sports in the United Kingdom and NBC and Universo in the United States. It will also be shown on various channels around the world. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.