Senegal became the first African team to win a match at the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday when they beat Poland 2-1 at Spartak Stadium, Moscow. The win took Senegal top of Group H with three points, along with Japan who also beat Colombia by the same score. Colombia and Poland are both without a point.Five thoughts from the game. SENEGAL, COMPACT AND DISCIPLINEDIn the first half, without the ball, Senegal formed two banks of four, leaving N’baye Niang and Mame Diouf upfront. This made it very difficult for Poland to find a way through the middle. Though Poland had more possession, they were restricted to passing the ball backwards and sideways. After going 2-0 up, Senegal switched to a back five and forced Poland backwards anytime they had the ball by closing them down quickly especially when they approached Senegal’s defensive third. Overall, it was a good display of midfield compactness and defensive solidity.SABALI AND ISMAILA UP TO THE TASK In the first half, the left flank was lit up by the imploding runs of Sabali. Most of Senegal’s attacks in the first half were initiated from the left flank. In the second half, Ismaila also had his turn as he improved upon his first-half performance. Sarr also did his best on the right flank.LEWANDOWSKI SILENCEDThe Senegalese defence led by Kalidou Koulibaly did a yeo man’s job in silencing Robert Lewandowski. Lewandowski was closely marked by Koulibaly. In fact, Lewandowski outwitted Koulibaly only once throughout the whole game. However, Salif Sane was there to shore things up, preventing Lewandowski from scoring. Senegal would later go on to score the result clinching goal.ANOTHER LATE GOAL CONCEDED FROM A SET-PIECEThe worrying trend for Africa repeated itself as Senegal conceded a late goal [86th minute] from a set-piece [free-kick]. However, Senegal must work on their right side of defence as it appeared to be a weak link. Wague Moussa has to toughen up. SENEGAL A BIT SLOW BECAUSE PLAYED TO PLAN?Going forward, Senegal must look forward to adding a bit more pace to their attacking transition. The intensity of play was quite low and Senegal were not really threatening. Despite scoring 2 goals, Senegal barely created goal scoring opportunities and will definitely have to work on multiple attacking combinations. Well, I can’t really tell if it was because Senegal were playing to instructions and were being more tactical. Concerns were raised before the game about Senegal’s lack of creativity up front and it was very obvious as the game wore on. Probably, Sadio Mane can be moved into a more central position as he offers more of a threat from the middle and is quicker. —Follow the World Cup with the Multimedia Group! With live English radio commentary on Joy 99.7 FM radio, Akan radio commentary on Asempa 94.7 FM and livestreaming on Myjoyonline.com, we’ve got you covered all-tournament long.
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The U.S. women’s national team is facing criticism with some wondering whether the team is too arrogant heading into the semifinal stage of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. England coach Phil Neville said over the weekend that the U.S. lacks etiquette after the team sent scouts to scope out the hotel England is staying in with the thought in mind that the Americans will relocate to that venue if they advance to the finals. A London newspaper also ran a full two-page spread with photos of Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe with the headline: “Are these American stars too arrogant?” Greetings from London, where I am injecting this into my veins. pic.twitter.com/ULthPGTfEC— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) July 1, 2019″I don’t think our team is arrogant at all. I think our team is confident,” Christen Press told reporters as the U.S. prepared to face England in the semifinals. Related News Women’s World Cup 2019: Sue Bird blasts President Trump for comments against girlfriend Megan Rapinoe “We’re respectful of our opponents and I think the way that we respect them is by preparing for each game as if the opponent we’re going to play is the best in the world. I think that on top of the level of intensity of preparation and effort that goes into each game is the best way that you respect who you’re playing.”The criticism comes after the U.S. faced backlash in early June for its goal celebrations after scoring 13 against Thailand to open the tournament. Women’s World Cup 2019: Hope Solo believes USWNT fears England in semifinals Women’s World Cup 2019: England can remove USA’s aura of invincibility with win Press went on to explain how important it is for the three-time World Cup champions to have confidence not only for the current team, but also for future generations.”I think that confidence is beautiful and it’s something that’s a big part of the U.S. women’s national team legacy and it’s actually an important part that we really hope that our performances are spreading to other people in the world and that the next generation looks and sees that and carries that on.”Tuesday’s match kicks off at 3 p.m. ET in Lyon, France, at Parc Olympique Lyonnais.
Payment of the bail will ensure he avoids being taken into custody.One of Diack’s sons, Papa Massata Diack, who worked as a marketing consultant at the IAAF until 2014, is also embroiled in the same affair.In a rare interview to private broadcaster RFM last December, Papa Massata Diack said he was ready to respond to the allegations but in Senegal as “I am a Senegalese citizen, not a French citizen.” In January, Senegal ruled out extraditing him to France.Senegalese media reports say Senegalese police interviewed Diack junior last February with some newspapers saying that questioning came independently of a French warrant issued against him.Last month, a French court ordered the release from police custody of a former legal adviser to Lamine Diack who had been placed under investigation in November 2015 after his lawyers successfully appealed his incarceration, insisting he was not a flight risk.Share on: WhatsApp Dakar, Senegal | AFP | Longstanding friends of former Senegalese world athletics boss Lamine Diack, who faces charges of corruption and taking bribes to cover up doping cases in Russia, have stumped up a bail payment of 500,000 euros ($550,000), his family said Monday.A statement seen by AFP in Dakar said a joint payment had been made by family members.Diack is accused of allowing corruption to flourish during his 1999 to 2015 stewardship of the International Association of Athletics (IAAF) until scandal ultimately blew track and field’s governing body apart. He has also been charged with money laundering and conspiracy.“A group of longstanding friends of president Lamine Diack … have got together to support this worthy son of Senegal as he undergoes this present tough ordeal. They have jointly paid the sum demanded by the French financial public prosecutor as bail, that is, 500,000 euros,” the statement said, without identifying those who had come to his aid.The statement said only that the payees include “international athletes, diplomats, retired high-ranking civil servants” as well as religious figures and businessmen from across Africa.“After an exhaustive 12-month investigation by French judges no sum has been found in Lamine Diack’s assets, either in Dakar, Paris, and still less in Monaco,” the statement by his family said, lambasting “harassment” of the former athletics’ chief.
JOCKEY QUOTES JERRY MOSS, OWNER, ROYAL MO: “This has been an amazing experience. We haven’t had two horses (Gormley and Royal Mo) in this position in a long time and it’s fun. We’re going to keep those two horses separated as long as we can. I’ll have to talk to John (Shirreffs), but I think we’ll go to Arkansas with one and stay here with the other. (Royal Mo) is almost 17 hands, but he’s still got some growing to do…We really don’t see anyone else coming up that scares us…This horse has been working great and the Derby is a great thing to dream about.” JOHN SHIRREFFS, ROYAL MO, WINNER: “I was very happy with how he ran, the pace, the fractions, having that horse (Irap) outside of him, hooking him a little bit, so I think he showed a lot of character.“You take it as it comes (when asked if he would keep Royal Mo and Gormley, ticketed for the San Felipe Stakes March 11) apart. Obviously you don’t really want to run them together. We’ll just have to see how it goes. I haven’t spoken with Mr. Moss about that, so we’ll see.” DOUG O’NEILL, IRAP (2ND), TERM OF ART (4TH), DANGERFIELD (5TH): “Royal Mo just ran lights out. I think pace makes the race and the first half wasn’t overly quick. When you give a horse like Royal Mo an uncontested lead you’re going to be in trouble.“We were curious how Irap would be with the blinkers and he was rank, so we answered that question.“With Term of Art, it was the first time that Tyler has been on him and he suggested that he would be better with blinkers, so we’ll put them back on and I think Dangerfield just got caught behind a slow pace. He’s more of a one pace horse and in hindsight we should have used him a little more early in the race. So I think we got answers on all three.” TRAINER QUOTES NOTES: Winning owners Jerry and Ann Moss are from Beverly Hills. VICTOR ESPINOZA, ROYAL MO, WINNER: “He’s such a big, heavy horse. He doesn’t have that quickness for the first couple of strides. As soon as he gets into a rhythm though, he’ll keep going.“I drew the inside. I wanted to be on the outside so I could track the leaders but I didn’t want to take any chances so I went to the front. I knew there wasn’t going to be much speed. The fractions weren’t too quick so I took advantage.“There’s a big difference. He’s improving a lot. From the last few races to this race, he’s really coming along. He’s going in the right direction. Hopefully, we keep going all the way.” -30-