Spain vs Argentina Messi out injured

first_imgArgentina have announced that Lionel Messi will not be participating in their upcoming international friendly against Spain after suffering another injury setback, according to 101GreatGoalsThe Argentina captain was notably absent from the side in their 2-0 over Italy at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium on Friday night with an adductor problem.Messi had resumed training with the rest of the national side at Real Madrid’s training ground, at the beginning of this week, for Argentina friendly against Spain at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.However, the 30 year-old has now suffered a further setback and Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has decided that it is not worth risking his captain in a friendly and has withdrawn Messi from the final squad.Other notable absentees for Argentina are Angel Di Maria, who is injured himself, and Serie A duo Paulo Dybala and Mauro Icardi, who were not called up by Sampaoli for the national side.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Manchester City’s David Silva will be absent for Spain due to personal reasons, while Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso is expected to make his international debut for Spain.last_img read more

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Tommy Elphick insists Villa must improve defensively

first_imgAston Villa defender Tommy Elphick insists the team must improve defensively in order to get their promotion challenge back on track.Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Hull City saw Villa fall into the bottom half of the Sky Bet Championship, now seven points behind the top six.Goals from James Chester and Tammy Abraham earned a point for the hosts after Hull took advantage of some poor defending to race to a 2-0 lead courtesy of goals from Jarrod Bowen and Evandro.Dean Smith’s men now possess one of the worst defensive records in the division, having conceded 16 in their last six home games.However, Elphick believes a top-six finish is still possible and admits they must stop giving away easy goals.He said, according to Express&Star:Brad Smith is loving his time at MLS Manuel R. Medina – August 27, 2019 Smith has been loaned from AFC Bournemouth to Seattle Sounders for a whole season, and the Australian footballer is enjoying his time there.“They do all seem to be similar – we get caught on the counter or get caught after a mistake.”“We just need to wise up a little bit. The way we are trying to play, we are always going to be susceptible to being countered and conceding goals.”“But I’ve had success playing this way at Bournemouth. We had the second-best defense in the league that season. That is where we want to be.”He continued: “When you see the intensity that we pressed within the second half on Saturday, it just makes it so much easier for us to get onto the front foot.”“When that pressing is broken down, we need to become a little bit savvier and more streetwise and fall into our shape a little bit quicker and make it harder for teams to score.”“We are giving stupid goals away that isn’t good enough for us to be up in the top six at the moment”last_img read more

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We lacked killer instinct – Gerrard

first_imgRangers manager Steven Gerrard says his side “didn’t have a killer instinct” as they wasted a lot of chances in their narrow 1-0 victory against Hamilton on Sunday.Gerrard believed Rangers should have killed the game off sooner after dominating large parts of the game but managing to score just one goal.Rangers had fifteen goal attempts compared to Hamilton’s two and also controlled over sixty percent of the ball possession.“I am frustrated with certain aspects of our game, I thought without the ball today we were really good, we counter pressed really well, kept regaining the ball and kept attack, attack all the time,” Gerrard told the club’s website.“But when we get the ball in good areas we were lacking today, the final pass, the final cross, the final bit of quality.“We didn’t have a killer instinct about us and at 1-0 the game is always open and you always give Hamilton a chance to sneak back into it.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“Thankfully we never but we certainly have a lot to learn, especially when we are in the final areas of the pitch.“We had 21 corners today and I am guessing here, but we had at least 30 crosses into the box. We are playing well up until a certain point but someone has got to go and want to go and score a goal or assist a goal to kill Hamilton.“As soon as that game goes to 2-0 I can get James Tavernier off the pitch because he has played every minute and I can rest people for the more important games coming up.“I didn’t have that luxury so the plan that I had in my head went out the window because we didn’t have a killer instinct today.“But being a Rangers player comes with pressure and responsibility, you have to step up in that last part of the pitch.”last_img read more

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No 8 Louisville Sweeps Doubleheader Against Brown

first_img Game One Highlights Preview LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Justin Lavey walk-off single capped a successful night at the ballpark for the eighth-ranked Louisville baseball team, as the Cardinals took a pair of games from Brown on Friday at Jim Patterson Stadium. Photo Gallery Game Two Highlights Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Poland earned his first collegiate victory in the nightcap, while Logan Wyatt led the offense with a 2-for-4 night at the plate. Print Friendly Version Next Game: Brown 2/23/2019 | 1:45 PM Detmers (1-0) struck out two more after the walk to finish the sixth, and set down the side in order in the seventh to mark the end of his day. Detmers finished the day with seven hitless innings and a career-high 11 strikeouts. ACC Network Extra Louisville chipped away at the lead with Snider driving in one in the bottom half of the fifth and Alex Binelas tying the game in the sixth on a sacrifice fly. The top of the lineup carried the load offensively for the Cardinals in game one, with Lucas Dunn, Jake Snider and Tyler Fitzgerald combining to go 8-for-10 at the plate with five runs and five RBIs. All three set career-highs in the win as Snider was a perfect 4-for-4 in the game, while Dunn scored four times and Fitzgerald drove in four. Friday’s nightcap was filled with drama as well, with the Cardinals falling behind 4-2 after Brown (0-2) plated three runs in the top of the fifth inning. Louisville (4-2) came within an out of a no-hitter in a 7-0 victory to start the day and closed it out with a 5-4 win in extra innings. The Cardinals will try to complete the series sweep on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., ET. PDF Box Score (Game One) Friday’s doubleheader started with dominant pitching, as Reid Detmers was nearly perfect in his second start of the season. The sophomore mowed down the first 16 batters he faced before issuing a one-out walk in the sixth inning. The southpaw struck out the side in the second and fourth innings during a stretch of eight strikeouts in nine hitters. Reid Detmers Postgame Bobby Miller took care of business on the mound for the Cardinals in relief of Nick Bennett, who allowed four runs, three earned, in his five innings of work. Miller punched out a career-best eight batters over four innings to keep the game tied and send it into extra innings. Dan McDonnell Postgame Freshman Jack Perkins took over on the mound in the eighth, working around a two-out free pass in a scoreless eighth and retiring the first two batters in the ninth. One out away from history, a looping fly ball deflected off the glove of a sliding Zach Britton in right field for the first and only hit of the game for the Bears. Story Links In the bottom half, Danny Oriente drew a four-pitch walk to lead off the inning and Trey Leonard came off the bench to steal second. After a strikeout, Drew Campbell beat out a soft groundball to first, moving the winning run 90 feet closer. A fly to left wasn’t deep enough to bring Leonard home from third, but Lavey delivered the two-out winner with a clean single to right to close out the doubleheader sweep. Brown threatened in its half of the 10th, drawing a leadoff walk and bunting the runner into scoring position. A two-out walk put two on, but Jared Poland extinguished the fire inducing a flyout to right to end the inning. Live Stats PDF Box Score (Game Two) last_img read more

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