France eye knockout berth with win over Peru

first_imgYekaterinburg (Russia), June 20: France will be keen to book an early place in the pre-quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup when they meet Peru, who are staring down the barrel of an early exit, in a Group C clash here on Thursday.France beat Australia 2-1 in their opening match last week, while Peru had suffered a 0-1 defeat to Denmark in their campaign opener.Although the French won their opening game 2-1 against Australia, it was a far from convincing display as their attacking trio of Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe too often looked isolated from their midfield. France scored from a penalty conversion from Antoine Griezmann and an own goal late in the game.Considering the abundance of talents available, France are expected to play fantastic and flamboyant football. But their forward passing was not good against Australia.Head coach Didier Deschamps has to resolve this issue against a Peru side that was unlucky to lose against Denmark and who could go into the game knowing they need a win to keep their World Cup hopes alive.One solution would be for Griezmann to drop deeper to link with the midfield, while the introduction of Olivier Giroud for Dembele would provide a focal point for the attack and allow Griezmann and Mbappe to use the full width of the pitch to allow France more fluidity.“We took stock of what was done well or not so well and all agree that we will have to increase our physical intensity and improve our attitude in general,” defender and vice-captain Raphael said.“Other teams (among the favourites) did not win or even lost. We won, but we know that there are things to improve on. We know what direction we need to go in.” The midfield will comprise of Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante and Corentin Tolisso, while in defence, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Hernandez are certainties. Right-back position will be a toss-up between Benjamin Pavard and Djibril Sidibe.A win for France will eliminate Peru from the group stage, since they lost to Denmark. A draw will keep their hopes alive as one point from Thursday’s game will give them confidence to defeat Australia in their third and final game.However, Peru defender Luis Advincula is optimistic that a win is possible against France’s strong squad. “It’s going to be a tough match, we all know the quality they have, but we are eleven against eleven,” the defender said. “There are no favourites in this World Cup, it’s been shown.”Advincula and his fellow defenders, Christian Ramos, Alberto Rodriguez and Miguel Trauco will be tasked to stop of a fast-paced talanted attack from France.Captain and veteran striker Paolo Guerrero is expected to return to the Peru line-up after sitting on the bench during the game against Denmark. He will share attacking responsibilities with Watford’s Andre Carrillo and Lokomotiv Moscow’s Jefferson Farfan. (IANS)last_img read more

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first_imgMayweather personally has been in touch with the family, according to Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions. He will handle costs for the funeral on June 9 in Floyd’s hometown of Houston, as well as other expenses.Floyd, a black man, died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck while Floyd was handcuffed and saying that he couldn’t breathe. His death sparked protests in Minneapolis and around the country, some of which became violent.TMZ originally reported Mayweather’s offer. Mayweather, who lives in Las Vegas, has not met the Floyd family.FIFA-FLOYDFIFA signals support for in-game Floyd solidarity messages The team’s decision comes after Washington reliever Sean Doolittle tweeted that the team’s major league players would cover a planned cut in those payments from $400 to $300.A text message sent by the Nationals to players in the minors and forwarded to The Associated Press reads: “Upon further internal discussion, you will receive your full stipend of $400 per week through the month of June.” The text says further payments will be decided on a monthly basis.Here are other sports stories related to the coronavirus:— The Big 12 Conference says its schools can begin bringing athletes back to campus, with the resumption of voluntary activities starting June 15 for football players. The conference says each school can use its own discretion in deciding when athletes return to campus. The Big 12 had suspended all team activities, voluntary or required, because of the coronavirus pandemic through May 31. As of June 1, new rules go into effect. In-person required and voluntary team activities are still banned for all athletes from June 1-14.— Italian soccer authorities are considering the possibility of allowing fans into stadiums starting next month. The Italian league is set to resume on June 20 with no spectators allowed. There are also strict rules limiting the number of people in the stadium to 300. That includes both teams, staff and journalists. Italian media are reporting that the soccer federation could discuss the possibility of increasing that number and permitting a vastly reduced number of fans. Associated Press MLB-DYKSTRA-DARLING LAWSUITJudge dismisses Dykstra defamation suit against DarlingNEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge has dismissed Lenny Dykstra’s defamation lawsuit against former New York Mets teammate Ron Darling, the pitcher’s ghost writer and a pair of publishers.Dykstra’s suit followed the publication of Darling’s book, “108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game.” Darling accused the outfielder of directing racist comments toward Boston starter Oil Can Boyd during the 1986 World Series.Justice Robert D. Kalish wrote Dykstra’s reputation “for unsportsmanlike conduct and bigotry is already so tarnished that it cannot be further injured by the reference.”,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Floyd’s death has sparked days of protests across the U.S. and it has resonated in the soccer world.NFL-CARDINALS-CANTRELLCardinals sign TE Cantrell, release CB SheltonTEMPE, Ariz. (AP) —The Arizona Cardinals have signed tight end Dylan Cantrell to a one-year deal.The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Cantrell is switching positions to tight end after being selected as a receiver by the Los Angeles Chargers in the sixth round of the 2018 draft. He played in college at Texas Tech under current Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury, who is now in his second season in Arizona. Liverpool stars take a knee in gesture of support for FloydLIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool players took a knee around the center circle at Anfield Stadium on Monday in a gesture of support following the death of George Floyd.Squad members posted a picture of the act on their social media accounts with the caption, “Unity is strength #BlackLivesMatter.”The picture of 29 players from the English league leaders was taken during a training session.Star players Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and captain Jordan Henderson were among those to post the picture that was retweeted by the official account of Liverpool, which is owned by Fenway Sports Group — the U.S. company which also controls the Boston Red Sox. Liverpool also tweeted out the picture. The Lee County coroner says Dye died Monday at a hospice care facility in Auburn from complications of kidney and liver failure. His son, Pat Dye Jr., had told ESPN.com recently that the former coach had been hospitalized in Atlanta for kidney-related issues. He also said his father had tested positive for the coronavirus but had been asymptomatic.In 12 years at Auburn, Dye posted a 99-39-4 record. He also coached at Wyoming and East Carolina.MLB-NATIONALS-MINOR LEAGUE STIPENDSNationals change course, pay minor leaguers full stipendWASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have changed course and are telling their minor leaguers they will receive their full weekly stipends of $400 through June.center_img Update on the latest in sports: Cantrell spent most of the 2018 season on the Chargers’ practice squad and was released prior to last season. He had 158 catches for 1,873 yards and 18 touchdowns during a four-year college career with the Red Raiders.OBIT-PAT DYEFormer Auburn coach dead at 80UNDATED (AP) — Former Auburn football coach Pat Dye has died at the age of 80.Dye took over a downtrodden program in 1981 and turned it into a Southeastern Conference power. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditGEORGE FLOYD-MAYWEATHER-FUNERALBoxer Floyd Mayweather to pay for George Floyd’s funeralUNDATED (AP) — Former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather has offered to pay for George Floyd’s funeral and memorial services, and the family has accepted the offer. June 1, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — FIFA urged soccer competition organizers on Monday to apply “common sense” and consider not sanctioning players for solidarity with George Floyd during matches.The recognition of the “depth of sentiment” over Floyd’s death came in a rare statement by FIFA telling the global game to show flexibility and not enforce laws of soccer it helps to set.Players used weekend games in Germany to reveal messages demanding justice for Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died after he pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck in Minneapolis.Germany’s soccer federation announced earlier Monday that it was assessing whether to sanction the players for breaking laws of the game that prohibit “any political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images” on equipment.LIVERPOOL-TAKING A KNEElast_img read more