Ceres Negros bows to Home United, ends AFC Cup journey

first_imgCeres Negros’ Manuel Herrera (right) and Home United’s Song Ui-yong contest for the loose ball during the second leg of their 2018 AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal Final match in Singapore. AFC MANILA – Ceres Negros’ journey in the 2018 AFC Cup came to an end after a 0-2 loss to Home United of Singapore in the second leg of their ASEAN Zonal Final match on Wednesday night at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.Ceres, which played without the suspended Bienvenido Marañon, will try to bounce back in the 2019 AFC Cup after qualifying again for ruling the 2018 Philippines Football League for the second straight year.The Busmen lost to an aggregate score of 1-3 after settling for a 1-1 draw with Home United during the first leg on Aug. 1 in Bacolod City.Shakir Hamzah and Song Ui-young scored a goal each in the second half for Home United, which avenged its ASEAN Zonal Finals defeat in the hands of Ceres last season. Needing an away goal to virtually tie Home United, Ceres went aggressive in the opening half with attempts from Patrick Reichelt and Manuel Herrera but these were thwarted by the defense.The Busmen suffered a huge blow near the end of first half – Reichelt went down with an injury after colliding with Home United’s goalkeeper Rudy Khairullah and was not able to return to the game.In the second half, Home United diminished Ceres’ chances of advancing to the next round as Hamzah drained a well-placed header in the 62nd minute from a corner kick.Ceres scampered to score a goal but failed to penetrate the tough defense of Home United. Ui-young sealed the win for the Singaporeans with a header in the 74th minute./PNlast_img read more

Report: Cirencester Town 3-1 City U18s

first_imgThe Under-18s group entered the competition at the quarter-final stage and made a good start when Sam Bell put them ahead at the Corinium Stadium on Tuesday night (December 3rd).It came after good defensive work from James Taylor allowed him to break forward and link with Tommy Conway. He put Bell through on goal who proceeded to take the ball around the goalkeeper and slot home.Both Conway and Bell had further chances to increase the lead before half-time but the youthful City side struggled after the break when they couldn’t keep the same quality of possession.Cirencester equalised just before the hour-mark when a free kick rebounded off the crossbar and struck Bell on the goalline. The referee awarded a penalty for handball, from which the home scored.Cirencester broke away, cutting in off the left to pick out the bottom corner to go 2-1 ahead, before the hosts scored another penalty following a trip from Josh Owers.Alex Ball’s side spurned several chances to get back into the game through a combination of poor finishing and good defending from Cirencester.last_img read more

CSKA – Sirens (COMPOSITIONS) – Topsport.bg

first_img0′ Tournament: Europa League Stadium: Audience: CSKA starts its participation in the Europa League tonight with the host of the Maltese Sirens. The Reds drew the best draw from the Bulgarian teams in the tournament. They have a home advantage, and besides, their opponent is extremely modest and without any special ambitions in the tournament.Stamen Belchev’s boys started the season in the First League with a draw with the newcomer FC CSKA 1948. Then the “reds” took two victories over Botev (Plovdiv) and Botev (Vratsa) with 2: 1. They are expected not to face any difficulties tonight, although this season the clashes from the preliminary rounds are resolved in one match, so any mistake can be fatal. Sirens will play in Europe for the first time and today’s clash with the “reds” is a historic event for the club. In fact, the “sirens” reached European participation in their first season in the elite, finishing fourth in the local Premier League, which was terminated on May 18 due to the pandemic. The team has not played an official match since then, which is another advantage for the Bulgarian team.Stamen Belchev cannot use the penalties of Ivan Turitsov and the injured Jefferson in today’s match. He is expected to bet on Evtimov at the door. Galabov, Antov, Matei and Maziku will defend him. Thiago and Yuga will act in the middle of the field, and Beltrame will be in the role of playmaker. Enrique and Kerry will be on both wings and will rely on Sow in attack.The guests are expected to oppose Cassar under the frame and in defense of Romeo, Borg, Rafael and Tiaginho. Grech and De Oliveira will be supporting midfielders, and Romarinho and Domoro will start on both wings. Tunkara will lead the attack, and behind him will be supported by veteran Mifsud.Probable compositions:CSKA: Evtimov, Galabov, Antov, Matei, Maziku, Tiago, Yuga, Kerry, Beltrame, Enrique, SowSIRENS: Casar, Romeo, Borg, Rafael, Tiaginho, Grech, De Oliveira, Romarinho, Mifsud, Domoro, TunkaraStadium: “Bulgarian Army”, Sofia. Judge: Tomasz Musial (Poland). Begining: 20:00.CSKA ranked 23rd for the Europa LeagueHere is the group of “reds”last_img read more

Kipchoge, Bekele fight to stay fit as London Marathon remains in limbo

first_imgLONDON, (Reuters) – Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele should have spent this week finalising their preparations for the London Marathon but the two best distance runners in history are instead out alone on the trails of East Africa not knowing when they will race again. Sunday’s planned showdown between the only two men to have gone under two hours, two minutes for the classic distance was an early victim of the coronavirus pandemic.Eliud KipchogeAlthough the race has been rescheduled for Oct. 4, it is far from certain if it will take place, in what form and whether the two superstars will be on the start line if it does.“It would have been our 40th race and we think it would have been an incredible day,” London Marathon race director Hugh Brasher told a teleconference on Friday. “We hope we can welcome them back in October but at this stage we just don’t know what is going to happen.“We have to look at it in totality, with three quarters of a million spectators, the medical side, the charities — we are looking at probably 10 scenarios, and they are changing all the time,” said Brasher.He added that staging an “elite-only” race, as run in Tokyo last month, was one of those options. September’s Berlin Marathon has been cancelled and Brasher said, without revealing details, that he was in regular discussions with other major race directors where some “radical ideas” were being evaluated.Brasher said last year’s London Marathon raised over 66 million pounds ($81.34 million) for charity.In an attempt to help plug an estimated four billion pounds hole in charity fundraising across all events this year, it has helped set up the 2.6 Challenge where athletes, celebrities and the public are doing their own fundraising activities. BEST RACEFor athletics fans, however, it is the absence of what Kipchoge said “could have been the best race ever” that will be leaving them feeling particularly hollow this Sunday morning.Kenya’s Kipchoge, the first man to run a sub-two hour marathon, in an unofficial race, is the defending champion and would have been chasing a record fifth London title. Bekele, from Ethiopia, still holds the world records over 5,000 and 10,000 metres and last year got within two seconds of Kipchoge’s 2:01:39 official marathon best.Now, instead of being the focus of the world’s sporting attention when “something special might have happened” according to Bekele, they, like millions of others, are doing their best to stay fit and keep their spirits up during lockdown.“Training alone affects my physical and mental state,” Kipchoge told the teleconference from his home in Eldoret. “Physically I’m training to make sure I’m fit but with a team you train to be in your best-ever shape.“Mentally, running alone, thinking alone, for an hour you can start feeling tired. I have been with a team for the last 15 years and this is really crazy for me and not comfortable at all.” Bekele agreed. “It’s not nice to run alone and it’s not possible to run together here in Ethiopia so it’s really difficult to prepare well,” he said. “I’m praying this will be all over soon.”In the wake of another Kenyan doping case last week, when 2017 London Marathon winner Daniel Wanjiru was provisionally suspended, there has been concern that the coronavirus lockdown, would present a “window of opportunity” for potential dopers in a country with a wretched recent record.Kipchoge, however, said he had confidence in the agencies involved. “Two weeks ago I was tested at home – following social distancing rules,” he said. “The testers have passes to allow them to move around so I don’t think it will be a problem.”last_img read more