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N Ireland 1 – 2 Slovakia

first_imgNorthern Ireland’s Euro 2020 dreams fell at the final hurdle as Michal Duris’ extra-time winner sent Slovakia to next summer’s finals with a 2-1 win at Windsor Park.Slovakia had led for most of normal time with the opening goal handed to them by George Saville, whose poor backwards header was pounced upon by Juraj Kucka to fire home from the edge of the box (17).- Advertisement –  Image:A total of 1,060 fans were allowed inside Windsor Park for the play-off final Subs: Thompson (6), Whyte (6), Lafferty (7), Boyce (6), Flanagan (5), Ferguson (5).Away Team: Rodak (5), Pekarik (7), Satka (7), Skriniar (6), Hubocan (6), Lobotka (5), Rusnak (7), Kucka (7), Hamsik (6), Mak (6), Duda (5).Subs: Duris (7), Hrosovsky (6), Mraz (6), Gregus (5), Gyomber (n/a).- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Eight minutes into the second period, Stanislav Lobotka became a victim of the hosts’ newfound threat, and from McGinn’s interception, Conor Washington turned in the box before shooting straight at Rodak when he should have levelled.But real chances remained at a premium after that near-miss, including the hosts’ equaliser when it finally came, three minutes from time. McNair found space on the right flank and after reaching the byline pulled the ball to a long queue of players in the six-yard box. However, it took only first man Skriniar to clumsily divert the ball past his own goalkeeper and bring them level.Into extra-time, the game went with Northern Ireland finally enjoying the bit between their teeth, and influential substitute Kyle Lafferty coming close to capping his superb cameo with a goal when glancing McNair’s volley goalwards, but straight at Rodak. How Northern Ireland went so close, yet so farNorthern Ireland have not started games well under Ian Baraclough – they were yet to score the first goal in a game under him – but in front of just over 1,000 home fans, they began at a good tempo.Unable to turn their territory into opportunities, however, Slovakia grew in confidence and increasingly began to cause problems on the flanks. But their goal would owe little to quality, with a mistimed backwards header from Saville pounced on by Kucka, who strode forward to beat Peacock-Farrell. Team newsIan Baraclough’s only change from Northern Ireland’s win over Bosnia-Herzegovina saw the injured Corry Evans replaced by Conor Washington.New Slovakia Stefan Tarkovic made six changes to his side, including a return for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar. Josh Magennis should have tested Rodak with a free header from Paddy McNair’s corner minutes later but misjudged his effort. Only moments before the break, they threatened again, with Stuart Dallas and Niall McGinn both missing the target with wayward efforts in quick succession.As has become increasingly familiar, the only similarity between Northern Ireland’s first and second-half performances was the numbers on their backs – and in harrying and pressing their visitors from the restart, they looked a different prospect altogether. A much-improved second-half performance from the hosts was finally rewarded three minutes from full-time when Paddy McNair’s cross was bundled past his own goalkeeper by Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar, which took the tie to extra-time.But some more poor defending allowed a loose ball to find Duris with 10 minutes of the extra half-hour remaining, and after Bailey Peacock-Farrell allowed his shot to beat him at his near post, Northern Ireland could find no way back as their qualification hopes were extinguished in the play-off final. At the other end, with the experienced Craig Cathcart forced off through injury, Tom Flanagan’s decision to step into midfield left the hosts’ backline exposed. Kucka’s ball towards Duris deflected off Evans’ unwitting backside and into the Slovakia forward, who kept his composure to beat Peacock-Farrell’s weak dive at his near post.Evans nearly made amends with one of the final kicks of the game when Jordan Thompson’s glorious cross found him unmarked six yards out. But just as Rodak kept out his poor header with ease, so too did Slovakia see off any hopes of another late fightback to qualify for only their second European Championships finals.Match factsNorthern Ireland have been defeated in extra-time for the first time in their history.Slovakia have won for the first time in 2020, drawing twice and losing three times since beating Azerbaijan last November.Northern Ireland have lost three consecutive home matches for the first time since September 2011-February 2012.Northern Ireland have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 matches, at home to Netherlands last November.Juraj Kucka’s opener was his third goal of Slovakia’s EURO 2020 qualification campaign, the joint-most of any player for the side along with Marek Hamsik and Robert Bozenik. It was his first goal for the national side since October 2019 when he netted against Wales.What’s next?Northern Ireland have a Nations League double header against Austria and Romania coming up before the international break concludes, with both live on Sky Sports.Their visit to Austria is live on Sky Sports Football this Sunday from 7.30pm; Kick-off at 7.45pm. Then see them host Romania in their final group game live on Sky Sports Mix next Wednesday from 7.30pm; Kick-off at 7.45pm. Player ratingsNorthern Ireland: Peacock-Farrell (5), Dallas (6), Cathcart (7), Evans (6), Lewis (6), Davis (6), Saville (5), McNair (7), McGinn (6), Magennis (5), Washington (5). – Advertisement – Man of the match: Juraj Kucka SlovakiaImage:Juraj Kucka put Slovakia ahead at Windsor Park before half-timelast_img read more

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Nadiem in hot water after PGRI, NU, Muhammadiyah withdraw from education ministry program

first_imgThe Tanoto Foundation is a philanthropic organization focusing on education founded by forestry tycoon Sukanto Tanoto. Meanwhile, the Putera Sampoerna Foundation is deemed by many to have a connection to tobacco giant PT Hanjaya Mandala Sampoerna.The decision to include the two foundations in the program, however, has outraged the Indonesian Teachers Association (PGRI) and the two-largest Muslim organizations in the country, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah. They have expressed their objections and withdrawal from the program.“The ministry’s criteria for selecting participants are unclear,” PGRI chair Unifah Rosyidi wrote in a statement on Friday.Read also: Home learning hindered by technology gap, Nadiem acknowledges Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim has come under fire after several organizations voiced their concerns over the involvement of private enterprises in the ministry’s latest teacher training grant program.The Mobilization Organization Program (POP) is part of the minister’s Freedom to Learn initiative that aims to improve the quality of teachers by involving communities and organizations. The ministry had selected 156 out of 4,464 organizations that registered for the program. Among them were the Tanoto Foundation and the Putera Sampoerna Foundation. She added that the ministry should reallocate the program’s budget to help poor students and teachers by providing better infrastructure, especially in rural areas amid school closures during the COVID-19 outbreak.“We don’t think the program can be implemented effectively and efficiently. It’s better to avoid undesirable consequences,” Unifah went on to say.The three organizations were selected to participate in the “Elephant” category of the program, making them eligible for the largest grant of Rp 20 billion (US$1.3 million) to train teachers at 100 schools. Tanoto and Sampoerna foundations were also selected in the same category.The NU’s Maarif Institute chairman, Arifin Junaidi, echoed Unifah’s concern: “It turns out that there are many unqualified organizations and foundations.”Meanwhile, Muhammadiyah’s elementary and middle education assembly chairman, Kasiyarno, said corporate social responsibility (CSR) institutions should not participate in the government’s program.Read also: Distance learning threatens to exacerbate education inequality in IndonesiaIslam-based political party politicians also criticized the ministry’s decision, saying organizations with investors should not participate and get support from the state budget.“Organizations with strong backup don’t need state budget assistance,” National Awakening Party (PKB) chairman Muhaimin Iskandar said.National Mandate Party (PAN) executive Saleh Daulay called on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to replace Nadiem, saying the government needed a minister who understood the country’s problems in education.“It’s no surprise that Muhammadiyah and NU decided to withdraw from the program. […] [Nadiem] doesn’t understand the history of these organizations in Indonesia,” said Saleh.According to the ministry, the program has three funding options: a fully-funded scheme sourced from the state budget, matching funds scheme and self-financing scheme.Tanoto Foundation spokesperson Haviez Gautama said the foundation would choose the self-financing scheme upon participating in the program, while asserting it had no connection to the corporations owned by its founder.“The Tanoto Foundation will invest more than Rp 50 billion [from 2020 to 2022]. We won’t use the government’s money or state budget,” Haviez said, adding that the foundation had proposed no funding in its proposed budget plan for the program.While reaffirming that the foundation had no connection to the tobacco company, Putera Sampoerna Foundation spokesperson Ria Sutrisno said it had chosen the matching-fund scheme upon participating in the program.“We chose a partnership scheme with various parties as our commitment to collaborate in advancing education,” Ria said, as quoted by tempo.co.The foundation has allocated around Rp 70 billion for teachers improvement and Rp 90 billion for education access improvement. Ria, however, did not reveal the amount of funding it would receive from the state budget to run its program. Read also: Pak Nadiem, please send the kids back to schoolResponding to the criticism, Minister Nadiem said the ministry would evaluate the program before its implementation. His office would involve the community and state institutions during the evaluation, he went on to say.“We have to make sure this program is done with accountability and integrity,” Nadiem said during a press briefing on Friday evening.He added that the evaluation would focus on the integrity of the selection process, credibility of selected organizations and the organization’s effectiveness in running the program during the COVID-19 epidemic. “We will also involve parties that have a history in advancing education in the country,” the minister added.Topics :last_img read more

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JUST-IN: FA Cup replays cancelled for 2020-21 season

first_img Third-round ties will be played on or around January 9. That is the stage where Premier League and Championship sides join the competition. Last season, replays were scrapped from the fifth round onwards, with Spurs’ 3-2 win over Southampton on February 5 the last one of the 2019/20 FA Cup. Arsenal lifted the trophy for a record-extending 14th time, beating Chelsea in the final on August 1. FA Cup replays have been cancelled from every round of the competition next season to allow games to be decided. Ties will all be decided in one day from the extra preliminary round on September 1 right through to the final on May 15. FA bosses have been forced to make the unprecedented change in order to cram their competition into what is fast becoming a crazily-packed fixture programme. The qualifying rounds will be resolved by the end of October, before the first round proper sees teams from Leagues One and Two enter the tournament on November 7. Loading… Read Also: VIDEO: Tyler Adams’ goal sends RB Leipzig to UCL semifinal Then rounds two, three and four will be staged each midweek from September 15/16. Premier League sides enter the tournament in the second round, except for those involved in European competitions who come in a round later. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Teams throughout the leagues are facing major problems getting their games played. The first four rounds of the Carabao Cup now confirmed to be crammed into September. Round one, involving EFL sides, will be played on September 5. That is just one week before the league campaigns are due to kick-off. Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe15 Celebs Whose Careers Were Thwarted After One Simple MistakeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime9 Iconic Roles That Could Have Been Played By Different ActorsA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiThe 10 Biggest Historical Mysteries That Can’t Be Solved5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phonelast_img read more

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Neymar, Mbappe doubtful as PSG aim for new frontiers

first_img Tags: French Ligue Onetop PSG have won all of their first 13 games of the current Ligue One seasonLigue One’s two leading marksmen are injury doubts for Paris Saint Germain’s duel with Toulouse.Top scorer Kylian Mbappe Lottin’s eleven goals have underpinned the champions’ one hundred percent start to the campaign but he limped out of France’s 1-0 victory over Uruguay with a shoulder injury.Mbappe could be joined on the sidelines by striker partner Neymar Junior, as the world’s most expensive player is recuperating from an abductor muscle strain he suffered on duty with Brazil.Thomas Tuchel’s Parisians set a new European record of thirteen straight wins at the commencement of a season when they whipped Monaco 4-0 just before the international break.Even without the injured pair, PSG are odds on favourites to extend their run against a Toulouse side that has won just once in nine French Ligue One outings.Action in France however, begins on Friday night with Bruno Genesis’ Lyon hosting 1970s titans Saint Etienne at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.A fortnight back, the hosts ended a lean spell with an imposing 4-2 triumph over basement club Guingamp. Dutch international striker Memphis Depay, who was unplayable in that game, will once again carry Lyon’s attacking threat.Christophe Galtier’s high achieving Lille Metropole face a daunting trip to on form Nice.Patrick Vieira’s southerners have won three games on the bounce to put behind an indifferent start to the campaign.Second placed Lille are meanwhile winless in their last two encounters, following up a 1-2 reverse at the Stade de France with a goalless stalemate at home to Strasbourg.A particularly fascinating contest is anticipated at Montpellier, where the third placed hosts welcome Sabri Lamouchi’s Rennes.The visitors are not punching their full weight but in Senegal forward Ismail and France international Hatem Ben Arfa they possess a strike force capable of upsetting the form book.Elsewhere, Thierry Henry will be gunning for his first Ligue One win when he takes 2017 champions Monaco to Caen.The rest of this weekend’s fixtures see misfiring Olympique Marseille travel to Amiens, red-hot Nantes welcome Angers, Reims collide with Guingamp and Strasbourg battle attack minded newcomers Nimes.Round 14 Fixtures:FRIDAY: Olympique Lyon v Saint EtienneSATURDAY: Paris Saint Germain v ToulouseCaen v MonacoNantes v AngersStrasbourg v NimesReims v GuingampMontpellier v RennesSUNDAY: Amiens v Olympique MarseilleDijon v BordeauxNice v LilleBET ON ALL THESE GAMES AND MANY MORE @Bunga BetComments last_img read more

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Daffodil Day fundraisers to spring up across Donegal

first_imgVolunteer teams will be out in force around Donegal today selling bright bunches of daffodils in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. People all over Ireland are being called on to support the charity and help fund crucial care for cancer patients.  The goal this year is to turn Ireland yellow with daffodils, pins and socks all for sale locally.It’s Daffodil Day! Help us turn Ireland yellow and support the fight against cancer by picking up a daffodil pin and sharing your daffodil selfie with the hashtag #DaffodilDay. Tag us @IrishCancerSoc for a retweet! pic.twitter.com/H7Lgosxfyl— Irish Cancer Society (@IrishCancerSoc) March 23, 2018 Every 3 minutes a person in Ireland gets a cancer diagnosis, and in Donegal 986 people were diagnosed with cancer in twelve months. Daffodil Day, proudly supported by Boots Ireland, takes place on March 23rd and is a crucial fundraiser in the fight against cancer.Launching Daffodil Day in Donegal were Robert O’Connor, Louise O’Brien, CSO Boots, Ena Barrett, Irish Cancer Society, Helen O Driscoll, Health Promotion and Cancer Screening Advisor and Sharon O’Connell, Cancer survivor and local Night Nurse . Photo Clive WassonFunds raised are vital for supporting cancer patients through local nursing and hospital transportation.Last year 170 nights of nursing care were provided for 45 cancer patients in Donegal. In order to provide services to people affected by cancer, the Irish Cancer Society needs to raise €4m nationally on Daffodil Day this year. A total of 422 journeys were facilitated by volunteer drivers for cancer patients in Donegal last year.Averil Power, Chief Executive, Irish Cancer Society reiterated the need for donations today , “Record numbers are turning to the Irish Cancer Society for crucial care and support. Only two per cent of our funding comes from the State. We are therefore hugely dependent on the generosity of the public on Daffodil Day to fund vital services such as Night Nursing.” How to support Daffodil Day?Buy a daffodil on 23 March, donate online or text Daff to 50300 to donate €4*.*Text costs €4. Irish Cancer Society will receive a minimum of €3.60. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 6805278Daffodil Day fundraisers to spring up across Donegal was last modified: March 23rd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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