ATP Finals Wrap (Pete Sampras Group): Dimitrov Into Semis With Victory Over Goffin As…

first_imgRelatedBiggest Career Win! Dimitrov Beats Goffin To Win ATP FinalsNovember 19, 2017In “Sports”ATP Finals (Pete Sampras Group): Goffin To Face Federer In Semis After Thiem VictoryNovember 18, 2017In “Sports”ATP Finals Review (Boris Becker Group): Federer Into Semis After Win Over ZverevNovember 15, 2017In “Sports” Sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov is through to the last four at the ATP Finals in London following his thrashing of Belgian seventh seed David Goffin.The Bulgarian made it two wins from two in the Pete Sampras Group with a 6-0 6-2 victory over Goffin at the O2 Arena.Speaking after the match, the tournament debutant, who has proved to be a success so far, said: “You get a few days out of the year that whatever you touch turns to gold, and that was the first set.”In the other group match on Wednesday, Dominic Thiem of Austria defeated Spanish star Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3 3-6 6-4 in over two hours.Busta replaced compatriot and world number one Rafael Nadal after the first set of group matches. Nadal pulled out of the tournament following his struggles with a knee injury.Austrian fourth seed Thiem will next play Goffin for the other semi-final place on Friday.After his match, Thiem was very pleased to secure his first victory at the tournament. He said: “It was a really, really tight match.”“I think he took the place of Rafa very well, a very tough three-setter. I’m pleased to be through, got very very tight at the end.” he further stated.It would be the turn of the Boris Becker Group on Thursday with tennis legend Roger Federer taking on Marin Cilic of Croatia while Alexander Zverev and Jack Sock will face each other to determine who joins Federer in the semifinal.last_img read more

Loew rejects Ozil’s accusations of racism

first_img“The players with an immigration background have always enjoyed playing for us and nothing has changed,” added Loew who has been head coach since 2006.Arsenal midfielder Ozil retired from international football on July 22 with a stinging three-page statement, in which he directly accused DFB president Reinhard Grindel of racism.This is the first time Loew has commented on the Ozil saga.– No contact –“His advisor called me to inform me that Mesut would issue the third part of his statement,” added Loew.“The player himself did not call me, which normally players have done in the past.“Mesut has still not called and for the last two weeks I have unsuccessfully tried to reach him.“I am sure there will be a chance for a personal conversation in the future.“He has chosen this path – I have to accept that.”Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan, who were both born in Germany to Turkish parents, sparked a political storm on the eve of the World Cup by meeting Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.When Erdogan’s office put out pictures of the meeting, the pair’s loyalty to Germany was hotly questioned, sparking fierce debate about integration, and they were attacked by German far-right politicians.Ozil walked away from the German set up after the World Cup, complaining of facing “racism and disrespect” and specifically took aim at Grindel.Sami Khedira is the biggest name casualty in the Germany squad to face France and Peru next month with the Juventus midfielder axed by head coach Joachim Loew. © AFP/File / BENJAMIN CREMEL“In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” Ozil wrote damningly.Following Germany’s World Cup debacle, finishing bottom of their group in Russia, Loew announced on Wednesday that assistant coach Thomas Schneider has been demoted to chief scout.The axe has also fallen on Sami Khedira, 31, who was part of the team which won the 2014 World Cup.The Juventus midfielder is the biggest name casualty in the new squad, which included Gundogan, as well as his Manchester City team-mate Leroy Sane, who was dropped for the World Cup.Loew says ‘the biggest mistake’ he made in Russia was to assume Germany could reach the knock-out stages by playing possession football.– ‘Almost arrogant’ –“That was almost arrogant. I wanted to take our game to the limit and perfect it,” admitted the 58-year-old.“I ended up taking too many risks and after the first game (a 1-0 defeat to Mexico) we had our backs to the wall.”Loew’s new squad has a mix of “experience and youth” with his 2014 World Cup winning stars Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Tony Kroos, Thomas Mueller and Manuel Neuer included despite below-par performances in Russia.Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Thilo Kehrer, 21, Hoffenheim left-back Nico Schulz, 25, and Bayer Leverkusen forward Kai Havertz, 19, are called up for the first time.Sane, Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah and Freiburg striker Nils Petersen, who were cut from the provisional World Cup squad, all return.In May, Loew signed a four-year deal to take him through to the next World Cup, but admits Germany’s woeful performance in Russia puts him under huge pressure to turn things around — starting against world champions France.“We are all being specially observed and put under pressure, I am aware of that,” said Loew.“However, I am still convinced of our class and quality. The World Cup squad was very, very good, but we did not perform.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany head coach Joachim Loew admits he had been ‘almost arrogant’ with some of his decisions in Russia as he outlined the reasons for Germany’s World Cup debacle © AFP / Christof STACHEMUNICH, Germany, Aug 29 – Joachim Loew has rejected Mesut Ozil’s accusations of racism within the German FA (DFB) as the head coach gave his analysis of Germany’s World Cup debacle on Wednesday.“Mesut made allegations of racism, but I can clearly say that in the DFB, there have never been racist comments,” Loew said while announcing his squad to face world champions France in Munich on September 6, then Peru three days later.last_img read more

VIDEO: Argentinian fourth-tier side claim famous win after SUPER pre-match photo

first_img Sacachispas may have given the football world a new superstition… De la cuarta categoría del fútbol pero eliminaron en penales a un equipo de Primera en la #CopaArgentinaSuperhéroes Sacachispas. ⚽️— Fútbol Sin Censura (@FutSinC) May 23, 2017// Not all superheroes wear capes….but they’re partial to wearing football kits.Argentinian fourth-tier side Sacachispas were given a mountain to climb after being handed a daunting looking Copa Argentina cup-tie against Primera Division side Arsenal de Sarandi.And in a bid to psyche themselves up for the clash, every player lined up for the pre-match photo while wearing a variety of different superhero masks.But the wacky stunt looked to have the inspired affect after pulling off a shock victory in  penalty shoot-out after drawing 1-1 in normal time.We may have a new superstition on our hands….Watch the video belowcenter_img 1last_img read more