Mane misses penalties as Cameroon reach semis

first_imgLIVERPOOL’s Sadio Mane missed his spot kick as Cameroon beat Senegal 5-4 on penalties to reach the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals.Mane, Africa’s most expensive player, was denied by Fabrice Ondoa, Vincent Aboubakar hitting the winning penalty.Much fancied Senegal had a great chance to win it in normal time but Moussa Sow volleyed wide from close range to leave the game scoreless after 120 minutes.Cameroon are four-time winners of the tournament.The result means Mane is likely to make a swift return to his club Liverpool, who suffered a surprising defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup fourth round yesterday.There were striking similarities to this game and 15 years ago, when Cameroon and Senegal met in the 2002 final in Mali.On that occasion, Cameroon beat Senegal 3-2 on penalties after a goalless 120 minutes.Senegal were made to pay for missing a number of chances in both normal time and extra time.West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyate headed an early chance over the bar while Stoke City’s Mame Biram Diouf was close with a lob from inside the area.Cameroon, who will now face the Democratic Republic of Congo or Ghana on Thursday for a place in the final, failed to register a noteworthy shot in the opening hour.Their first attempt on target came in the 65th minute when Robert Ndip Tambe volleyed straight at Abdoulaye Diallo before the Senegal keeper produced a low one-handed save to keep out Benjamin Moukandjo.Diallo was responsible for ensuring the tie went to penalties after a fine stop to keep out Jacques Zoua in extra time.In the shootout, there was nothing to choose between the two teams as the first eight penalties went to plan.At 4-4, Mane stepped forward but Ondoa saved his kick. That presented Aboubakar with a chance to seal victory and the Besiktas forward made no mistake.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

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ICC World Cup WATCH: Shikhar Dhawan has heartfelt message after getting ruled out of World Cup 2019

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi : Injuries have always been part and parcel of the game, but coming at a time where it could have a great impact on a team’s performance was the last thing Indian team wanted. The India opener Shikhar Dhawan is officially ruled out of ICC World Cup 2019 after sustaining a thumb injury in the encounter against Australia. The wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who has featured in five one-day Internationals for India, will replace him. Rishabh Pant was called by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ahead of the marqee clash against Pakistan to join the team for precautionary measures. In the meantime, he was seen practising with the team, and also cheered from crowd at Old Traffors in Manchester. The moustache rolling southpaw has often been termed as the man of ICC tournaments, and even in the two games he featured this World Cup, he was looking in dazzling touch. Against the five-time champions, Australia, he even smashed a memorable hundred to set the platform for a big score. His contribution on and off the field will certainly be missed by India. Rishabh Pant, on the other hand, will be playing his first ICC 50-over tournament and will look to utilize his Indian Premier League (IPL) form in the games to come. However, with the playing XI looking settled, it looks highly unlikely that Rishabh will feature from the next game. On this, the southpaw took to the Twitter and emotionally shared his thoughts. He said, I feel emotional to announce that I will no longer be a part of #CWC19.  Unfortunately, the thumb won’t recover on time. But the show must go on.. I’m grateful for all the love & support from my team mates, cricket lovers & our entire nation. Jai Hind!”Here’s the video: Rishabh Pant has scored 93 runs in the four innings, with the highest total of 36 runs against West Indies in the home series. He averages just over 23 in ODI cricket, which isn’t anywhere near to his own set standards. Interestingly, India has now four wicket-keepers in the squad – MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul, and Rishabh Pant. Meanwhile, India will play their next game against the minnows of the tournament, Afghanistan at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Earlier in the tournament, India played against South Africa at the same ground and emerged as victorious.  highlightscenter_img Shikhar Dhawan scored a century against Australia in second league game. Rishabh Pant will replace Dhawan in the squad. India will play its next league game against Afghanistan. last_img read more

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Beach volleyball plays in Pac-12 South Invitational

first_imgDespite a gloomy and rainy day at Merle Norman Stadium, the grind continued for the No. 4-ranked Trojans.Junior Abril Bustamante gets ready to set the ball to her partner senior Terese Cannon. Sunny Dong | Daily TrojanThe team had just returned from the Outrigger Hawai’i Invitational in Honolulu, Hawai’i where they won three out of five matches, defeating Nebraska and Grand Canyon, while falling to Hawaii twice. While the team made no excuses for being unable to close the deal, it was evident that playing five matches in two days with limited rest on the road was a challenge.“While our team is fit and in-shape, it was difficult playing Nebraska and Hawaii back-to-back on short rest,” said head coach Anna Collier, whose record now stands at 157-22 (.867) in her seventh year leading the team. “I would have like to have at least one match rest in between.” USC had played Nebraska at 11:30 a.m. before having to play Hawaii immediately after at 12:45 p.m. Up next for the Trojans is the Pac-12 South Invitational, where they will take on the No. 16-ranked Cal (11-1), No. 11 Arizona (9-3), No.14 Stanford (8-4) and currently unranked Arizona State. Of the four teams, USC has only faced off against Arizona State this season, whom they defeated 3-2 at the Sun Devil Challenge in Tempe, Ariz. USC holds a combined 19-0 record against the four opponents they will be matched up with this weekend. Despite their historical dominance against these Pac-12 opponents, the Trojans won’t be taking any of the matches lightly.“We’ve been slapped in the face this season,” Collier said. “We’ve woken up now and we understand that you can never take any team for granted, ever. When you win three straight titles, the target is huge on your back. We are some teams’ national championship.”One of the bright spots for the Trojans thus far and a duo that USC will continue to lean on for the remainder of the season is the pairing of seniors Jo Kremer and Jenna Belton. The roommates and close friends currently lead the Trojans with 14 wins thus far and play extensively on the 4th and 5th courts.“We’ve known each other for all four years and we’ve been a pair for two years now,” Belton said. “I think knowing each other so well makes us work.”As one of the leaders of the team, Belton mentioned that the team makes it a point of emphasis to not “dwell on what went wrong but instead focus on what we can do well on moving forward to make it better.” The Trojans will face the California Bears first on Saturday at 10 a.m. followed by the  Arizona State Sun Devils at 2 p.m. The following day, they’ll face the Arizona Wildcats at 10 a.m. before concluding the invitational by squaring off against the Stanford Cardinal at 1 p.m. All the matches will take place in Santa Monica, Calif.Following the Pac-12 South Invitational, USC will compete in the Pepperdine Invitational in Malibu, Calif. on March 31. In the tournament they will face off against Saint Mary’s, No. 15 Loyola Marymount and No. 1 Pepperdine.last_img read more

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