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Vietnam finishes early SEA Games 31 golf course – VnExpress


Vinh PhucAt noon on June 16, the home team soon ended their journey to find a medal on Par72 Dam Vac field when they lost the opening round of the team content.

The team section in a duel format consists of eight men’s and six women’s teams. The Vietnamese men’s team – Anh Minh, Khanh Hung, Nguyen Dang Minh met Singapore from hole 1, while the women’s team – Khue Minh, Le Thi Thanh Thuy met Malaysia from hole 10.

Minh won a match in the men’s team competition. Screenshots

Each pair of matches has three men’s matches, two women’s matches, of which one point is won, and 0.5 is a draw. Men’s team touch two points, women touch 1.5 points will win the right to continue, draw will play the extra hole, applied to the final.

The Vietnamese women’s team lost both women’s matches, both ended after 15 holes, of which Khue Minh lost 5 ups, Thanh Thuy lost 4 ups.

In the men’s branch, after Khanh Hung lost 3 ups, the match between Dang Minh and Anh Minh was not over yet. Dang Minh was one hole ahead of his teammates, leading Ryan Ang John through the first 10 holes. However, Singapore’s representative balanced the game on hole 11 and from there to hole 17 he was led back by 1 up.

When Dang Minh went to the green of the par5 18 hole, Anh Minh had just won a 2 up match against Hiroshi Tai Harahara. At that time, Dang Minh needed to eat the last hole to share points with the opponent to help the home team hope to enter the next round through the extra hole with Singapore.

However, this task is difficult to perform because Dang Minh’s ball is in the rough behind the green while Ang is on the front side of the green. The ball closer to the pennant than Dang Minh must chip and Ang put at least five meters from the hole. But from this distance, Ang still scored a birdie to beat Dang Minh.

The semi-finals will take place from 8am on May 17, with the men’s arm consisting of pairs Singapore – Thailand, Indonesia – Malaysia, the women’s branch consisting of Thailand – Philippines, Malaysia – Singapore.

In this year’s SEA Games golf, Vietnam sets the target of “in the top 10 in individual stroke play”. Yesterday, the men’s team exceeded the plan – Anh Minh finished sixth (point -5) and Khanh Hung finished T10 (even par) while the female team almost finished – Khue Minh finished first but 11th (point +6) .

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Legs running 200m twice broke the national record at SEA Games – VnExpress


HanoiAfter breaking the national record for seven years with the morning elimination competition, Ngan Ngoc Nghia broke the record he had just set when he won a silver medal on the afternoon of May 14.

With 20 seconds 81 In the morning competition, Ngoc Nghia set a new national record on the 200m track. This parameter is 8% faster than the old record of 20 seconds 98 that senior Le Trong Hinh set when he won the 28th SEA Games gold medal in Singapore in 2015.

But the new record set only lasted for more than six hours, because on the 200m final track at 16:15, Ngoc Nghia herself pushed her limit. Although not catching up with Puripol Boonson – the Thai runner who finished first with 20 seconds 37, the Vietnamese athlete still made a spectacular breakthrough in the last meters to overtake another Thai runner Chayut Khongprasit, to finish second with 20 seconds 74withdrawing 7% more seconds from the record in the morning.

Ngoc Nghia (bib number 800) made a spectacular breakthrough in the last meters…

He beat Chayut with a spectacular dribble right in front of the finish line to outperform his opponent by 0.03 seconds and set a national record.  Ngoc Thanh's photo

He beat Chayut (bib 702) after a spectacular dribble right in front of the finish line to outperform his opponent by 0.03 seconds and set a national record. Image Ngoc Thanh

“In training and competing for many years, I have always set a goal to break Mr. Hinh’s record in 2015, and today I did. This is the result that my teachers and I have worked hard and diligently with. Prepared for more than half a year,” Ngoc Nghia said six when she reached the finish line.

The 22-year-old runner from Son La is satisfied with the national record he just broke on the final track, but still looks regretful when he only finished second. “It would be better if I realized my wish to receive the gold medal and sing the National Anthem in front of my family and home audience today. But the silver medal is still my motivation to strive for the next awards,” Ngoc Nghia said. .

Ngan Ngoc Nghia was excited after knowing that she broke the national record for the second time.  Photo: Ngoc Thanh

Ngan Ngoc Nghia was excited after knowing that she broke the national record for the second time. Image: Ngoc Thanh

Puripol Boonson, with 20 seconds 37, also set a new SEA Games record in the men’s 200m event. The old record – 20 seconds 69 – belonged to fellow countryman Reanchai Seeharong, set in 1999 in Brunei, seven years before Puripol was born.

According to Ngan Ngoc Nghia, Puripol’s victory and the fact that he himself only surpassed Chayut in the last meters reflects the strength of the short-distance running team in Thailand. But this is also a competitive motivation for him and his teammates to try harder in the next tournaments.

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Kickboxing boxer craves to hug his father when he wins a gold medal – VnExpress


Bac NinhDespite the pressure and fatigue of waiting since afternoon, Nguyen Quang Huy overwhelmed Thai boxers to win the Low Kick gold medal in the -60kg SEA Games category at the end of May 13.

“At this moment, I’m really tired, I just want to go home and hug your father. But at the same time, I feel lightheaded and happy, which is hard to describe,” said the Bac Ninh martial artist. Interrupted because both tired and emotional.

Quang Huy on the podium received a gold medal in the Low Kick content of the men’s -60kg class at 23:45 on May 13. Image: Giang Huy

The men’s -60kg Low Kick final between Quang Huy and Thai opponent Chai Kampanart Valsiripattanachai took place in the last of 12 kickboxing finals on April 13, and also the last match of this subject at SEA Games 31. Two martial arts The doctor started fighting at nearly 23:30.

Before Quang Huy entered the competition, his teammates all fought and won convincingly. Huynh Van Tuan (Full Contact class -51kg male), Nguyen Thi Hang Nga (Full Contact class -48kg female), Huynh Thi Kim Vang (Full Contact class -65kg) and Nguyen The Huong (Full Contact class -67kg) respectively brought won four gold medals for the Vietnamese kickboxing team – reaching the achievement target set at this year’s SEA Games.

Quang Huy, therefore, is under great pressure in the role of closing the match day of the whole team. “If I don’t fight well, I will be very sorry to myself, to the fans and the teachers on the team,” the boxer continued. “The pressure is bigger and more or less tiring for me, when I have to wait all the way from mid-afternoon, and look at my teammates in turn from 6pm.”

Quang Huy in an accurate blow to his Thai opponent in the final.  Photo: Giang Huy

Quang Huy in an accurate blow to his Thai opponent in the final. Image: Giang Huy

In the previous two matches, Quang Huy won easily with a score of 3-0 against boxers Vannthong Chhut (Laos) and Emmanuel Cantores Dailay (Philippines). But the final became more difficult than Quang Huy. In addition to the pressure and fatigue he had to endure while waiting for the ring, his opponent Chai Kampanart hit his feet very hard. “The Thai athlete made a lot of very strong kicks, some of them hit my stomach, making me want to collapse in the ring,” this boxer said.

But as Quang Huy admits, the overwhelming moral support from the stands helped him to stand, and then return the blow accurately. This boxer continuously scored, and again won 3-0, winning the first gold medal after attending the SEA Games twice.

Quang Huy enlisted as a martial artist in Hanoi. But he is originally from Bac Ninh, and his family still lives in this city, only about 2 kilometers from where Quang Huy played. Therefore, even though the match took place very late, about 500 spectators, including Quang Huy’s family members, still enthusiastically cheered. They created a fiery atmosphere in the gymnasium to ignite the fire of their hometown children.

“I have never fought a special battle like this. I am really grateful to the fans for taking the time, staying until almost midnight to watch, cheer and give me strength to win”, Quang Huy speak.

Quang Huy folded his hands and turned around to thank the fans who stayed at the stadium until midnight to support him.  Photo: Giang Huy

Quang Huy folded his hands and turned around to thank the fans who stayed at the stadium until midnight to support him. Image: Giang Huy

With Quang Huy’s victory near midnight, Vietnamese kickboxing completed the target of winning 5 gold medals. Plus 6 bronze medals, the team once again ranked first in the entire team at SEA Games 31. Three years ago, in the Philippines, for the first time kickboxing was included in the SEA Games medal competition program, Vietnam also won first place in this sport with 4 gold medals and two bronze medals.

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Teen running legs and 100m golden dream for Singapore – VnExpress


HanoiWith a personal best of 10.39 seconds, Marc Brian Louis is one of the brightest candidates in the men’s 100m run at SEA Games 31.

Louis’ most impressive achievement so far is the 400m hurdles championship in the Asian youth athletics tournament. In the final competition in Hong Kong in 2019, Louis made a spectacular breakthrough to finish first despite being left behind by the leader Fahad El-Abdulla with a distance of five meters when he was still 40 meters from the finish line. It is also the first and only gold medal of Singapore athletics at the Asian youth tournaments to date.

“At the time, I couldn’t believe what had just happened,” Louis said. “I had to wonder ‘Is it really real?’, but I won”.

Having a strong point in hurdles, but at the 31st SEA Games in Hanoi, Louis will compete in the 100m content. In December 2021, the 19-year-old athlete achieved a time of 10.39 seconds at a competition in his hometown, and this was the basis for the Singapore athletics team’s coaching staff to set a new challenge for Louis.

Louis set his personal best with 10.39 seconds in December 2021.

For comparison, the legendary Kunalan was two weeks behind at the age of 26 when he reached 10.38 seconds at the 1968 Olympics, and this parameter was Singapore’s national record for 33 years. Shyam, with 10.37 seconds, set a new record in 2001, at just 25 years old. Louis, still in his late teens, still has many years to go before his peak of physical strength and maturity. in the spirit of top competition.

The 100m gold medals at the last two SEA Games belonged to Malaysian athletes, with Khairul Hafiz Jantan’s time of 10.38 in 2017 and Muhammad Haiqal Hanafi’s 10.35 seconds in 2019. The loss was not too much, showing that Louis is a real champion candidate in Hanoi.

Louis’ talent revealed very early. As a teenager, the boy won a silver medal at the national school sports tournament for three years in a row. Louis, thanks to that, got a place to attend the Singapore Sports School, but the time here was not really smooth. The boy left after only a year. Louis has never explained why, but has shared feelings of disappointment and willingness to give up athletics.

The advice of Berner Yu – who coached Louis since the age of eight – got him back on the track. The 400m hurdles champion at the 2019 Asian Youth Championship is the result of this comeback. According to Mr. Yu, Louis has changed his practice, self-care, diet and rest in order to give his best.

Louis is Singapore's golden hope.  Photo: ST

Louis is Singapore’s golden hope. Image: ST

“Louis is more mature after the race in Hong Kong,” the trusted teacher confirmed.

Louis is determined to make the most of the opportunity to compete for a gold medal in Hanoi, after being postponed his military service. According to Singapore’s draft regulations, the 19-year-old athlete should have enlisted in January.

Coaches Yu and Louis both increased the frequency of training sessions to prepare for the SEA Games, from six to nine. The young sprinter star began to feel nervous on the flight to Hanoi, but quickly calmed down.

“I think the upcoming SEA Games 31 is an opportunity to experience. If I win a medal or set a new personal record, that’s great, if not, that’s okay,” Louis said.

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Roma lost the victory because of the counter-kick


BrotherLorenzo Pellegrini opened the scoring, but Roma only drew 1-1 at Leicester in the semi-final first leg of the Europa Conference League on April 28.

Score: Mancini owns an own goal 67′ – Pellegrini 15′

Compared to the defeat of Inter 1-3 in the 34th round of Serie A on April 23, coach Jose Mourinho replaced the two main kick positions of Roma. Nicolo Zaniolo and Bryan Cristante replaced Stephan El Shaarawy and Sergio Oliveira respectively.

On the other side of the line, Leicester welcome Boubakary Soumare and Jamie Vardy back from injury, but Wilfred Ndidi and Ryan Bertrand are absent. The “Foxes” had to go down to the Europa Conference League, when they only finished third in the Europa League group stage behind Spartak Moscow and Napoli. Leicester then passed Randers, Rennes and PSV respectively.

Leicester entered the game better at home, but Roma opened the scoring. In the 15th minute, Nicola Zalewski led into the middle and then poked a gap for Pellegrini to penetrate the penalty area, finishing through the two goalkeepers of Kasper Schmeichel. The Italian midfielder has scored four goals in the Europa Conference League this season, and set a personal record in a single European Cup season, excluding play-offs.

Pellegrini opened the scoring for Roma in the 15th minute. Photo: Twitter / AS Roma

Leicester then pressed the field again and continuously created waves about the away team’s goal. In the 29th minute, Tammy Abraham failed to pass in the middle of the field, creating conditions for the host to counterattack. But in the decisive situation, Ademola Lookman’s shot in the face was saved by Chris Smalling.

A few minutes later, James Maddison finished his forte left foot from outside the box and went over the bar. Towards the end of the first half, the England midfielder had two consecutive shots from the chaotic ball in the penalty area, but in turn was saved by goalkeeper Rui Patricio and went into the stands.

Leicester kept up the pressure in the second half and were rewarded with an equalizer after 67 minutes. Substitute Harvey Barnes dribbled the ball close to the touchline and then stretched. In an effort to block Lookman’s shot, midfielder Gianluca Mancini sent the ball home.

Leicester players celebrate the equalizer 1-1.  Photo: Shutterstock

Leicester players celebrate the equalizer 1-1. Image: Shutterstock

Five minutes later, Leicester had a delicious chance to get ahead. Maddison turned the ball to eliminate both Smalling and Cristante. But he did not cross to Barnes in an empty position, but decided to shoot straight, smashing the foot of a Roma player. Kelechi Iheanacho’s next header went over the bar.

Mourinho clearly showed his intention to preserve the score, strengthening defensively inclined players, including Jordan Veretout, Oliveira, Matias Vina, and withdrawing Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zaniolo and Pellegrini from the field. Roma’s best opportunity in the second half came in the 80th minute, when Oliveira received the ball from Abraham’s heel and sent a powerful shot from close range into the near corner. But Schmeichel still had time to react when pushing the crossbar.

Leicester City 1-1 AS Roma

Main developments of the Leicester City 1-1 AS Roma match on April 28.

With the away goals rule no longer applied, the team that wins the second leg at the Olimpico on May 5 will advance to the final. If the tie continues, the two teams must play extra time and penalty shootouts. Before that, Roma will meet Bologna and Leicester face Tottenham at the weekend.

Squad:

Leicester City: Schmeichel; Ricardo Pereira, Fofana, J Evans, Castagne (Justin 21); Maddison, Tielemans, Dewsbury-Hall; Albrighton (Barnes 62), Vardy (Iheanacho 62), Lookman (Perez 83).

Rome: Rui Patricio; Mancini, Smalling, Ibanez; Karsdorp, Mkhitaryan (Veretout 57), Cristante, Zalewski (Vina 85); Zaniolo (Sergio Oliveira 69), Pellegrini (Afena-Gyan 85); Abraham.

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Robben runs his first marathon


NetherlandsFormer Bayern and Real star Arjen Robben completed the first marathon with a record of nearly 3 hours and 14 minutes in Rotterdam on April 10.

Robben (right) on the track of the Rotterdam Marathon Sunday, April 10. Image: PA

According to British newspaper Sportmail, with a pace of 4 minutes and 14 seconds per kilometer, Robben was in the first half of a total of 11,720 legs that ran for most of the 42,195 km race. The speed of the former Dutch player decreased significantly in the last 10 km, but he still finished after 3 hours 13 minutes 56 seconds, ie an average pace of 4 minutes 36 seconds.

“The former Dutch winger showed he still has a passion for speed as he overcame a painful hurdle to complete the Rotterdam Marathon on Saturday 10/4.” Sportmail commentary on Robben’s first marathon.

Robben completes first marathon

However, the 38-year-old former player is not very excited after this experience. Robben said: “Really not happy at all. I finished the race, but not happy at all. This was a real fight. The fans on both sides of the road helped me a lot. Thank you to everyone who helped me finish the race. At first, I was concerned with the timing, but then I just tried to survive the first marathon. But I felt something affecting my body, but I still did. can reach the finish line”.

Robben became the fastest player in the world, with a speed of 37 km / h when racing with midfielder Sergio Ramos in the Netherlands’ 5-1 victory over Spain in the 2014 World Cup. A year earlier, FIFA confirmed. Former Arsenal player Theo Walcott is the fastest player in the world with a speed of 35.7 km/h.

The chip times showed that Robben kept pace enough to achieve sub3, before losing strength near the end of the competition.  Photo: NN Rotterdam Marathon

The chip times showed that Robben kept pace enough to achieve sub3, before losing strength near the end of the competition. Image: NN Rotterdam Marathon

Robben is not the first soccer player to try his hand at the marathon. In 2013, Kevin Kilbane – a former Republic of Ireland player who played for Everton and Wigan – completed the London Marathon with almost the same time as Robben at the Rotterdam Marathon on April 10.

Scotland defender Christian Dailly is said to have a better record in the same year, finishing with 3 hours 6 minutes 26 seconds. Former Leicester midfielder Muzzy Izzet needed more than 16 minutes at the track in 2011, while former Man Utd player Dwight Yorke made a record of 3 hours 31 minutes 56 seconds.

Another former Man Utd striker, Michael Owen lost 3 hours and 45 minutes at the 2014 London race. The former England striker later admitted training for the marathon was very different from a football career based on strength and speed.

A year after retiring in 2019, Robben returned to his boyhood club Groningen. But in the summer of 2021, he retired for the second time due to a persistent injury. In the first match of the Dutch championship of the 2020-2021 season, Robben injured his calf and played only 28 minutes. The Dutch star needs seven months to recover, returning in April 2021, and making just six more appearances in the Dutch championship.

At his peak, Robben was one of the best wingers in the world. He won 20 titles with Bayern, including eight Bundesliga and one Champions League. Robben has also had two Premier League titles with Chelsea and one La Liga with Real Madrid.

For the Netherlands, Robben scored 37 goals in 96 matches, and was the inspiration to bring the Netherlands to the final of the 2010 World Cup. If he successfully takes advantage of the opportunity to face goalkeeper Iker Cassillas this match, the Netherlands can be. won and won the World Cup for the first time.

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Two memorable rounds of golf by Justin Thomas


AmericaJustin Thomas is fifth with a score of -10 after two rounds of the Valspar Championship, and this result is divided equally in the second half of Cooperhead par71 in Florida.

The opening round on March 17, Thomas started from hole 1, “break even” – birdie compensated bogey after nine holes. In the second half, he scored three birdies and an eagle, closing the round with a score of -5, two strokes from the top of the table.

In the second round on March 18, the American golfer entered the game from hole 10, scoring five birdies through nine holes. On hole 5, Thomas had his seventh birdie, from a 13.1 meter putt.

Thomas celebrates birdie on the 5th hole of the second round of the Valspar Championship on March 18. Photo: AP

However, the closing phase of this hole and the birdie on hole 1 only helped him “break even” in the first half of the field due to a double bogey on hole 7.

In fact, Thomas took the top spot with a -12 when he entered the par4 7th hole. But this hole, he lost six strokes. Thomas hit the rough on the left of the fairway, the second shot was blocked by the trees, into the wasteland on the starboard side, behind the green. He hit a bunker due to lack of power on the third shot. Thomas double bogey the hole after the exit and two more putts.

At the end of the round, Thomas admitted his mistake on his second shot on the 7th hole. “I shouldn’t have tried to bend the ball with a 52-degree wedge through the trees ahead. I should have just got closer to the bunker in front of the green. That position is easy to hold. par. Besides, the rough grass is too dry, so the clubface can’t be eaten much. Therefore, the ball path does not have the necessary curvature”, Thomas analyzed the cause of the “break” of hole 7.

At the end of the second round, Thomas scored -10 but was four strokes off the top of the table. The spot went to Matthew NeSmith after a no-bogey, with eight birdies and an eagle. Valspar Championship gathers 144 competitors for a prize fund of $7.8 million.

Last week, Thomas defended the title of The Players – the PGA Tour tournament but finished at T33 (-3), and Cameron Smith held $ 3.6 million when he became the new owner of this title at -13 points.

Thomas is 28 years old, over eight years professionally won 14 PGA Tour Cups, including the 2017 PGA Championship major, and accumulated five weeks of being the world number one.

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Fowler is formidable thanks to swing correction


American golfer Rickie Fowler, after adjusting his swing technique, achieved high professional stats at the first round of Farmers Insurance Open, on January 26.

The prize belongs to the PGA Tour, with a prize fund of $8.4 million, of which the first two rounds, the players alternately hit the North and South courses in the Torrey Pines golf complex in San Diego, California. From round 3, only the South court is used.

On opening day, Fowler hit North Course, no bogey, scored six birdies and finished T5 with a -6, three strokes from Billy Horschel at the top of the table. This is Fowler’s best foreplay in 13 appearances.

“I swing the club slower, maybe only 60% power. This is to increase ball control. When this is okay, I’ll speed up. I think peak swing time probably takes three hours.” Fowler jokingly explains the current swing.

Fowler swings the club slower to get on the green better. Photo: Twitter / Golf Central

Despite swinging slower than before, he still hit 306.5 yards on two holes averaged by the PGA Tour, hitting nine of the 14 fairways.

Summarizing the round with 156 players, only Fowler went to the green according to absolute standards. “I think things are going in the right direction,” Fowler said.

Those are positive steps forward for Fowler, after nearly three years of backtracking.

Golfer born in 1988 on the PGA Tour since 2010, after nine years of winning five titles, including the 2015 The Players Championship event and two first places on the European Tour (now DP World Tour). On January 24, 2016, he ranked fourth in the world.

With these victories, Fowler is an A-list star. But after holding the Phoenix Open, Fowler was thirsty for the title, lost his form and ranked 101st in the world when he entered the Farmers Insurance Open. In the last five tournaments, he only returned to T3 once, leaving the rest outside of T40 or “early leaving”.

Last week, Fowler was eliminated from American Express – the first event on this year’s individual schedule – after 2.5 months of putting the club away to take care of his first daughter, born in November, with his wife. poor iron performance. Last season’s PGA Tour recorded Fowler’s first absence from the FedEx Cup playoffs.

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The counter-kick helps Croatia to attend the 2022 World Cup


CroatiaWinning 1-0 thanks to a Russian counter-kick in the last leg on November 14, Croatia took the top spot of the opponent’s Group H with a ticket to the 2022 World Cup.

Score: Kudryashov owns an 81′ goal

Russia holds the advantage before the last leg, when leading with 22 points, two points ahead of Croatia. Just need to draw to continue with the first place, Russia chooses to play death when having to be a guest at Poljud in the decisive match. The whole game, they only shot twice, but never hit the target. Meanwhile, Croatia controlled the ball nearly 70% of the time, finished 19 times, with five shots on target.

With ten minutes remaining, defender Fedor Kudryashov scored an own goal to help Croatia decide the match. From a position of self-determination, Russia will have to find a place to go to Qatar in the play-off round, while Croatia won a direct ticket to the 2022 World Cup finals.

Modric congratulated his teammates after the final whistle of the match at Poljud Stadium on November 14. Photo: HNK

Entering the match with a must-win mentality, Croatia pushed up the squad after the opening whistle. In the 9th minute, his teammates crossed the ball smoothly from the right, but Andrej Kramaric headed the ball right into the position of goalkeeper Matvey Safonov, in an unmarked position.

The best opportunity came in the 24th minute, when Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic cut the left leg and sent the ball narrowly off the post. During the first half, the ball almost rolled on the Russian field. Croatia continuously pressed with 69% ball possession rate, launched nine shots but never succeeded.

In the second half, due to heavy rain causing the surface of Poljud to be stagnant, Croatia mainly used crosses from both sides to approach the away team’s penalty area. Croatia’s effort to press the field paid off after 81 minutes. Borna Sosa’s left wing cross found Fedor Kudryashov’s position. In a passive position, the defender of Russia accidentally put the ball into the net, helping Croatia to score the only goal.

The Croatian players and the home audience burst with joy, while Kudryashov and his teammates collapsed on the pitch. The 0-1 loss caused Russia to break its five-match winning streak, and also lose the top spot and the ticket to the 2022 World Cup finals to Croatia.

Squad:

Croatia: Grbic, Juranovic (Brekalo 75), Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa, Modric, Brozovic, Pasalic (Livaja 75), Vlasic (Petkovic 58), Kramaric (Stanisic 86), Perisic.

Russia: Safonov, Kudryashov, Dzhikiya, Diveev, Karavaev, Fomin (Glebov 80), Barinov, Golovin (Chistyakov 56), Bakaev (Mostovoy 78), Smolov (Zabolotny 56), Ionov (Zobnin 56).

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PSG teammates surprised by Messi’s simplicity


FranceRight-back Achraf Hakimi was surprised by the friendliness of Lionel Messi, and believes the Argentine star will soon make an impact at PSG.

“I, like many others, did not think that Messi would leave Barca one day. And when I heard that Messi was going to PSG, I didn’t know what to say. It was like a dream for me. I played with many great players. great, but have not had the opportunity to play with Messi. I am very proud to be with such an outstanding player,” Hakimi said in the French newspaper. L’Equipe September 25th.

The 22-year-old defender also admitted that he was surprised by Messi’s demeanor in the dressing room. “I easily build a relationship with Messi. On the pitch, I give the ball to Messi and then run. And Messi will pass the ball to me correctly. I was surprised by Messi’s behavior, he is simple, talk less,” Hakimi said.

Hakimi replaced Messi in PSG’s 2-1 win over Lyon at Parc des Princes on September 19. Photo: ANP Sport

Hakimi and Messi both arrive at PSG in the summer of 2021. While Hakimi shines with three goals and two assists in eight Ligue I appearances, Messi is empty and has not made a significant mark after three matches. The bad luck lasted for Messi when the Argentine star broke the bone of his left knee after the match against Lyon on September 19. He, therefore, missed two matches against Metz and Montpellier, and left open the possibility of returning to the Champions League battle against Man City on September 28.

Hakimi insists Messi will soon make an impact at PSG, despite a difficult start. He said: “In order to improve, I will pay attention to how Messi trains and plays. The whole team will gradually play better. The players all work very hard. We speak the same language, and gradually. is gradually getting to know each person.”

The Moroccan defender also revealed the reason for turning down Chelsea to join PSG this summer. “When I received two offers from Chelsea and PSG, I had a hunch that I had to go to Paris, and I would be happy here. PSG is a great club, and I appreciate the love of the fans. I am lucky. because there are so many other champions with me here. I think I made the right decision. I feel happy. PSG now have a dream team and I’m happy to be a part of it.”

PSG ran perfect momentum for the match against Man City when they defeated Monpellier 2-0 in the eighth round of Ligue I on September 25. This is PSG’s 10th consecutive victory – something unprecedented since the first 14 wins in the club’s history achieved under Thomas Tuchel from mid-August to November 2018.

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