Force shatter Reds’ hopes with Super win

first_imgThe Reds needed a win to stay alive in the race for the Australian conference, but the Force overran them with 17 unanswered points in the second half.A late yellow card to winger Eto Nabuli – who made needless high contact with Force five-eighth Peter Grant, as he collected a high ball with less than 15 minutes to go – cruelled any chance of a Queensland comeback.Test hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau came off the bench to seal it for the Force with his 70th-minute try, while Grant’s fourth penalty of the night was the final nail in the coffin.Grant didn’t miss a kick all night and contributed 18 points off his own boot, with the Force leapfrogging the Reds in the Australian conference.Nabuli’s sin-binning came shortly after Marcel Brache scored to put the Force back in front 30-26.It was the second yellow card of the night for the Reds, taking their season tally to 12 – more than any other team in Super Rugby.Halfback Nick Frisby was shown the first yellow in the 44th minute and conceded a penalty try for kicking the ball out of Michael Ruru’s hands as he leapt over a ruck to plant down.It will be a sore point for Reds coach Nick Stiles, who had brought in referees to training during the week in an attempt to stamp out the root causes of their costly ill-discipline.Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore tried to drag the Reds back into it with a second-half double but he could not inspire his teammates in front of just 12,040 fans.Frisby endured a torrid night, but was briefly a hero for the Reds as he helped set up Lukhan Tui for a try just two minutes after halftime with a surging counter-attacking run.The Reds started brightly enough and led 5-0 when Duncan Paia’aua was set up by a Quade Cooper dummy and crossed for the opening try just five minutes in.But continued turnovers and poor field kicking allowed the Force to turn the rest of the first half into a grind, with two penalties and Ross Haylett-Petty’s debut try giving them an 11-5 lead at the break.Force coach Dave Wessels was delighted with the turnaround from his side after they were demolished last week at home by the Highlanders.”There was no doubt our intensity won us that game,” he said.”I’ve had a lot of special wins with the Force but that ranks right up there because of the context of where we’ve come from.”Stiles accused the Reds of taking “soft options” and said their yellow cards were unacceptable.”I’m filthy,” Stiles said.”We can’t sustain 80 minutes of football.”We’re happy to do things in spurts and patches but that doesn’t win you football games.”last_img read more

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Wydad hit Sundowns in CAF CL semis first leg

first_imgIn stoppage time, Nigeria-born Wydad substitute Gabriel Okechukwu failed to connect with the ball inside the box after being gifted a clearcut chance by a Tebogo Langerman blunder.The result was predictable — the clubs have met seven times in three seasons and six of the matches have resulted in one-goal winning margins for the home side. The other was drawn.Sundowns and Wydad clash again next Saturday near Pretoria with the South Africans marginal favourites to reach a second final having scored a potentially crucial away goal.It was the first Sundowns goal in four clashes with Wydad in Morocco and it took the Pretoria outfit 311 minutes to finally find the net.Veteran right-back Anele Ngcongca, who formerly played in France and Belgium, was the unlikely scorer four minutes before half-time to cancel a Salaheddine Saidi goal.Instead of occupying a defensive position when his club were awarded a corner in case Wydad counterattacked, he positioned himself at the far post in the Moroccan box.– Silenced crowd –Moroccan goalkeeper Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti could only parry the set-piece and Ngcongca dived to nod an equaliser that silenced a 40,000-plus crowd in the Moroccan capital.Saidi put Wydad, who succeeded Sundowns as African champions in 2017, ahead on 26 minutes by slipping unmarked into the box and unleashing a rising shot over goalkeeper Denis Onyango.Ugandan Onyango then thwarted Nigerian Michael Babatunde and Ismail el Haddad with brilliant saves as Wydad threatened to go further ahead.Onyango must shoulder some of the blame, though, for the goal that gave Wydad the lead for a second time just two minutes after half-time.He failed to hold a low shot from El Haddad and Badie Aouk had the simple task of tapping the ball into the net from close range.A blow for Wydad was the second-half yellow card shown to Mohammed Nahiri, a left-back but the leading scorer for his club in Africa this season with five goals.The caution rules him out of an intriguing return match, with Sundowns hoping to replicate the form that brought a stunning 5-0 home win over Al Ahly of Egypt in the quarter-finals.Defending champions Esperance of Tunisia host TP Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo Saturday in the other semi-final first leg.When they last met in the semi-finals, Esperance triumphed 1-0 on aggregate seven years ago, and another close encounter is anticipated.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wydad Casablanca midfielder Salaheddine Saidi scored the opening goal in a 2-1 CAF Champions League semi-final first leg victory over Mamelodi Sundowns. © AFP / FADEL SENNAJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Apr 27 – Mamelodi Sundowns lost 2-1 away to Wydad Casablanca Friday in a CAF Champions League semi-final first leg, but the result could have been much worse for the South African club.Midfielder Themba Zwane headed against his post in a botched attempt to clear a cross eight minutes from time at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat.last_img read more

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France v Peru: Preview, confirmed line-ups and radio commentary

first_imgtalkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. ‘THEY FAILED’ 3 3 France prepare for their clash with Peru at the Central Stadium in Yekaterinburg France can book their place in the 2018 World Cup’s last 16 when they take on Peru in their second Group C game.Didier Deschamps’ side needed a fortunate late own goal – and VAR – to beat Australia in their opening match and will be looking for a much improved performance in this one. UNITED German icon blames Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and another star for World Cup exit 3 The Central Stadium in Yekaterinburg Peru will be fighting for their lives, however, as they look to keep their knockout hopes alive following the 1-0 defeat to Denmark in their opening match.When is France vs Peru?The match will take place on Thursday, June 21 and will kick off at 4pm UK time.The match will be at the Central Stadium in Yekaterinburg, which has a capacity of around 45,000. Stadiums revealed for 2026 World Cup in USA, Mexico and Canada Latest World Cup News World Cup 23 How can I listen?Click here to listen to our live commentary of the action as it happens on talkSPORT.Who are the key players?N’Golo Kante was the star performer in a tepid French display against Australia. His energy and tenacity will be vital if Les Bleus are to get another win against Peru.Christian Cueva may have missed a penalty against Denmark but he had a good game overall. He needs to bounce back quickly if his nation are to have any chance of a win against France.What’s the team news?France: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Lucas, Pogba, Kante, Mbappe, Griezmann, Matuidi, Giroud.Subs: Mandanda, Kimpembe, Lemar, Dembele, Tolisso, Nzonzi, Rami, Fekir, Sidibe, Thauvin, Mendy, Areola.Peru: Gallese, Advincula, Ramos, Rodriguez, Trauco, Aquino, Yotun, Carrillo, Cueva, Flores, Guerrero.Subs: Caceda, Corzo, Santamaria, Araujo, Hurtado, Farfan, Ruidiaz, Tapia, Polo, Cartagena, Loyola, Carvallo.What does the Group C table look like ahead of the match? 10 amazing football facts you won’t believe are true Japan confirm Russia 2018 squad, including ex-Manchester United man last_img read more

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