Australia trounce Czechs 4-0

first_imgPRAGUE, June 1: Australia cruised to a 4-0 win against the Czech Republic on Friday, giving the Socceroos a much-needed confidence boost ahead of this month’s World Cup with their first victory abroad in nearly two years. Australia, headed to their fourth straight World Cup, grabbed the lead against the run of play in the 32nd minute when Robbie Kruse knocked a pass from the far post to an unmarked Mathew Leckie who tapped the ball in. The victory over a Czech side that failed to qualify for the tournament in Russia was the first for the Socceroos outside Australia since a 1-0 win over the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi in September 2016. IANSlast_img read more

Fullerton ends season for SBVC women

first_imgThe 13th-seeded Wolverines, who recorded the first playoff win in the program’s history last week in an upset of Orange Coast, finished 20-10. “The game was very physical, and in the first half I think the officials got caught up with the fans,” SBVC second-year coach Sue Crebbin said. “They have a homecourt advantage. I think they (officials) settled down in the second half.” By the end of the first half, it looked like the Hornets might make the second half largely a moot point. Fullerton drew 15 first-half fouls, was 11 of 17 from the line, led by as many as 12 points in the first half before taking a 44-34 halftime lead. SBVC had six different players with at least two first-half fouls, including Ja’Nae Westmoreland, who had three. “It (foul trouble) forced us to go to a zone, when we prefer to stay with a man defense,” Crebbin said. FULLERTON – The San Bernardino Valley College women’s basketball team had already gone farther than it ever had before. But the Wolverines fell short of their much larger goal. But the Wolverines came out firing to start the second half, going on a 12-2 run to tie the score 46-46 on a Ronisha Edwards jumper with 15:01 to play. “They made some outside shots because we were playing off them, protecting against the drive,” Fullerton coach Debi Woelke said. “We had to guard them a little closer.” Fullerton scored the next six points, and SBVC couldn’t get closer than four points thereafter. The Hornets never pushed the lead beyond 10 in the second half. “We were caught between a rock and a hard place,” guard La’Quita Jordan said. “We wanted to play them tight, but we had the fouls.” Both Shy Walter (15 points) and Edwards (13 points) fouled out for SBVC, but both of those came in the final minute. Edwards and Jordan (16 points) provided some offense off the bench for the Wolverines, who were used to playing lower-scoring games. “Jordan and Edwards are like instant offense for us,” Crebbin said. But the Wolverines’ instant offense wasn’t enough to overcome Fullerton, which shot 68 percent in the first half, and 59 percent for the game. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Fullerton denied SBVC its first trip to the state tournament, with a 77-69 victory on Saturday at the Hornet’s Nest in a Southern California Regional game. Fullerton (27-8), seeded No.5 in the South, advances to Fresno for the state quarterfinals for the first time since 1998. last_img read more

German crisis averted for now, but holders have work to do

first_imgAfter beginning the defence of the trophy with a 1-0 defeat against Mexico in Moscow, another loss by the Black Sea would have eliminated Germany in the first round of the World Cup for the first time since 1938.The spectre of the champions’ curse has been hanging over the Germans, who were in serious danger on Saturday of following France (2002), Italy (2010) and Spain four years ago in becoming the fourth holders this century to be humbled in the group stage.The intervention of Kroos means now it is all to play for in Group F.The four-time world champions must win by a margin of two goals against South Korea in Kazan to be absolutely sure of progressing. Failure to do so would mean relying on the outcome of the other match between Mexico and Sweden.For now, at least, there is renewed optimism after a turbulent week.– Hummels to return –“We will look at the videos and see what we have to do better, but of course for our emotional side it was a very good thing today, because now if you have a game like this you start believing,” defender Mats Hummels said as he left Sochi’s Fisht Stadium.Toni Kroos and Germany coach Joachim Loew embrace at the end of Saturday’s game © AFP / Odd ANDERSENOf the winning goal from Real Madrid midfielder Kroos, who had earlier been at fault for Sweden’s opener, Hummels added: “Something like this can be a big moment in the tournament.“But if we lose against South Korea or don’t make it to the next stage, the goal isn’t worth anything, so we have to know that we got a little bit lucky and we have to show and to prove that we can be way better than we have been.”The good news for Loew is that Hummels is likely to return for the final group game after being forced to sit out Saturday’s match with a neck problem.“The doc said it was too much of a risk that something very serious could happen,” said the 29-year-old, who was replaced by Chelsea’s Antonio Ruediger.Germany’s other first-choice centre-back, Jerome Boateng, will be suspended in Kazan after being sent off against the Swedes.– Rudy breaks nose –More changes will therefore be required after Loew dropped the underperforming Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira, bringing in Reus and Sebastian Rudy.While Reus scored and came away with the man-of-the-match award on Saturday, Rudy lasted just 25 minutes before coming off with a bloodied nose.Sebastian Rudy broke his nose in the first half and had to come off © AFP / Odd ANDERSEN“We have to take stock now, see what the situation is. We are tired,” said the coach.“Reus started having cramp in his legs, Boateng will not be in the line-up, Rudy broke his nose and we probably need a day of rest.”Germany are defending a proud record of always reaching at least the last eight at the World Cup since winning the trophy in 1954.They have made it to at least the semi-finals at each of the past six major tournaments, going back to when Loew was Jurgen Klinsmann’s assistant in the 2006 World Cup.Yet it is looking increasingly possible that Germany could be on course for a last-16 showdown with Brazil, four years after the 7-1 of Belo Horizonte.“Right now I don’t think this is the time to start ruminating about that. There are still various possible outcomes,” insisted Loew.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Relieved German players celebrate after Toni Kroos’s winner against Sweden © AFP / Adrian DENNISSOCHI, Russian Federation, Jun 24 – Toni Kroos’s last-gasp winner ensured that Germany remain right in World Cup contention but the holders are not yet safe from the threat of an ignominious group-stage exit.A 95th-minute free-kick from Kroos gave Joachim Loew’s side a dramatic 2-1 victory over Sweden in Sochi on Saturday, after a Marco Reus strike had cancelled out Ola Toivonen’s opener.last_img read more