Mick McCarthy ready for ‘cup final’ against Denmark in pivotal Euro 2020 qualifier

first_imgMICK McCARTHY spent a large portion of a ten- minute interview with journalists refusing to rule out a lot of things.And the Ireland boss is clinging to the belief that a victory over Denmark is one of the plausible scenarios that could pan out.1 Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthyFollowing Thursday’s win over New Zealand, McCarthy was asked a number of questions about how performances in that friendly game might influence his thinking for the match that matters on Monday night.Asked about Troy Parrott, he said he would have a look at the teenager again but that he had not done himself any harm.Pressed on whether that meant he was ‘refusing to rule him out’, the manager replied: “McCarthy refuses to rule him out, whatever you want, yeah.”It became his go-to gag for the remainder of the conversation, when asked whether Seán Maguire was an option on the right and whether Parrott could play for the Under-21s on Tuesday.Yesterday’s announcement that Lee O’Connor, but not Parrott, would return to Stephen Kenny’s squad for their game against Sweden, offered a further indication that a second outing in four days at the Aviva Stadium for the starlet had not been discounted.That Ireland might feel the need to turn to a 17-year-old who has yet to taste league football and has just one senior cap, in a friendly, could be seen as a poor reflection on the strength of the current squad.TOTTENHAM TEAMMATESIt would be the first time that he has shared a pitch with Christian Eriksen for a competitive fixture, although they are club colleagues at Tottenham.But, although he is short on experience, he is clearly a player of exceptional potential.And, whatever personnel McCarthy picks, he will be looking to mask a number of shortcomings in trying to assemble a team which adds up to more than the sum of its parts.McCarthy said: “I think we’ve always had to do that. They’re a great bunch of lads and they won’t be left wanting, that’s for sure.”Ireland will be up against a side that has lost just once in their previous 33 games — and that was when none of their front-line players were available because of a pay dispute.A draw will suffice for the Danes to qualify for Euro 2020 whereas Ireland need to win — but McCarthy does not expect his players to be daunted by the challenge in front of them.He added: “It should be an inspiration, walking out and standing in front of that crowd for the national anthem. And I think it is for these lads.“I’ve just said to them in there — we’re now preparing for a cup final. Which it is and we’ve no second chance from it. I’ve just been at pains to stress that.”PLAY-OFF SAFETY NETThere is, of course, the safety net of a play-off in March but McCarthy is anxious to remove that from the equation and have his players working off the basis that this is do-or-die for them.He said: “They’ll know about it, of course, but they won’t be thinking about it. They’ll want to qualify and do it here.“It would be nice if we’d qualified already but it was unlikely right at the very start.“But needing a draw? Ooh, I don’t know how you’d go about that one. Would you just sit back and think, ‘Well, we’ll soak it up?’ No, not really.“Do you go gung-ho and get done? We know what we’ve got to do — we’ve got to win. There is no other result that’s going to count for us.”BALANCE MUST BE STRUCKMcCarthy is fully aware that a balance has to be struck.Some will point to the fact that four of the last five meetings between the teams were draws.But that has been because Ireland have shown either limited ambition or the capacity to get at Denmark, in the knowledge of what happened to them in that fifth encounter.And McCarthy conceded that his side were living dangerously in Copenhagen in June when Shane Duffy’s late headed leveller earned them a point.He added: “We should be beating New Zealand at home, there’s no question about that. And we did. It will have no bearing or reflection on Monday night.“We couldn’t give them on Monday some of the space we’ve given New Zealand, that’s for sure.“We’ll have to be really rock-solid and tight.“Over there we drew 1-1 but I’ve looked at it a number of times and they opened us up a few times and we made a good save and a couple of good blocks.“I’ve no doubt they can be got at. I’m not ruling it out.“I’m not saying they are unbeatable because they’re not but they are a completely different team to New Zealand and you’ve got to respect that.“I don’t want to be disrespectful to New Zealand, I’m not being that but they’re just not the Denmark team.“Don’t think that that’s the recipe for sitting back and inviting all the pressure because I’m not sure about that either.“But I think it’s got to be a very considered press, to make sure we do it properly and do it together and make sure we all defend well, because they are a good side“I don’t know if them not having to win is a good thing or a bad thing but at some stage we’ll have to go toe-to-toe with them.”PLEASED WITH MAGUIRETo that end, McCarthy was pleased to see both Maguire and Callum Robinson score their first goals for Ireland against the Kiwis, although he again qualified it by pointing out that the back four Monday’s visitors would field would be somewhat more difficult to penetrate than New Zealand’s.Derrick Williams also got off the mark but the Blackburn man was unlikely to feature against Denmark anyway before he was ruled out with a calf injury.McCarthy said: “Seán trained well in that position and he took everything we said in training to him into the game. I was pleased with him.“He’s not had that much game-time but I thought he was really good so I wouldn’t have any fears with him at all.”Maguire might have shot earlier when a first-half opportunity arose but McCarthy added: “He had a similar chance in training the other day and funnily enough he stuck it away, it was on his left foot.“I was pleased he got his goal in the end. He didn’t let his head drop, he kept playing, he did really well.MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own club“Callum is another one. I feel that his best slot — and he plays there for his club — is on that left-hand side. He likes to come in on the right foot and he’s done himself no harm“I know they want to score goals. No matter how they play, they want to contribute by scoring. It was a great finish by Seánie.“And Callum as well, that’s one of the things we talked about, getting inside that far post and getting on the end of something — so something sank in!”last_img read more

Brown renews calls for 18th man option

first_imgWinger Ross suffered a potentially serious ankle injury when his left ankle was folded under him in a first-half tackle against the Rabbitohs in Round 3. He stayed on but the injury deteriorated throughout the game.However the club lost fullback Brendan Elliott and back-rower Sione Mata’utia (who is also the player generally used as a centre to plug mid-game backline injuries) to concussions, forcing Ross to finish the match.Speaking after the game, Brown reiterated his desire to be able to call on fit reserves in order to protect not just players suffering concussion but also players like Ross, who are then forced to play under duress.”The game’s got to address this situation,” Brown said.”It’s not why we lost the game [but] we had two in concussion bin, no-one can replace them, you’re supposed to be protecting players, then you’ve got to leave blokes out there who are hurt playing out of position. How does that make sense?”The game has got to address this. With legal cases now coming up (ex-Knights winger James McManus is taking legal action against the club over its management of his concussions), doctors are more cautious, we’re not addressing the bigger problem.”The bigger problem is there’s injured players being forced to stay on the field because we don’t have any players left.”He said Ross would “definitely” have come from the field if there were adequate replacements.”Because we had two blokes in the concussion bin which many years ago they would have kept playing and there wouldn’t have been a problem. We know why there are rules being addressed which is great and I think we’re all on side but we need to introduce more people,” Brown said.”We’ve all got a fresh 18th man sitting there. We had Josh King today sitting there.”Brown also referenced the Titans’ gutsy win over the Eels on Friday night, which saw several players come from the field for head injury assessments and several players playing out of position at the injury-ravaged club as an example when an 18th man would have been appropriate.last_img read more

Hunters climb to second place on Intrust ladder

first_imgHunters are leveled on 12 points with Townsville Blackhawks but Blackhawks are leading the competition due to points for and against.Both teams have so far won six out of seven games played.Burleigh Bears have moved down from second to fifth spot and share 10 points with Northern Pride and Redcliff Dolphins, who are in third and fourth place respectively.Easts Tigers are on sixth spot with nine points, followed by Sunshine Coast Falcons and CQ Capras on eight points.Norths Devils have moved from eighth to ninth spot on seven points following their loss against Hunters on the weekend.Souths Logan Magpies take up the 10th spot on six points followed by Ipswich Jets and Tweed Heads Seagulls on four points, Wynnum Manly Seagulls on two points and Mackay Cutters yet to put a mark on the scoreboard.last_img read more

Rio 2016: Second boxer held over alleged sex assault

first_imgShe alleged Jonas Junius, 22, had grabbed her and tried to kiss her. She also accused him of offering her money to have sex.Junius is competing in the light-welterweight division.Last week, a Moroccan boxer was arrested by police after allegedly assaulting two female cleaners.A Brazilian judge has ordered Hassan Saada to be detained for 15 days, pending an investigation, media reports said.This could mean Saada is unable to take part in the Games.Junius, Namibia’s flag-bearer in the opening ceremony last Friday, is scheduled to fight French boxer Hassan Anzille on 11 August.But that could also be in doubt if he has to remain in custody.Athletes from 206 nations and a refugee team are in Brazil to compete in 28 sports. They will be watched by a global audience of billions.The build-up has been dominated by a Russian doping scandal, the Zika virus and issues with the city’s security, infrastructure and venues.last_img read more

The songs of Cornellà and Sant Joan Despí go unnoticed

first_imgAfter the earthquake that led to the suspension of the Vallecas party for calling Zozulya Nazi, nothing. Everything remains the same in Spanish football that last Saturday lived two denigrating scenes in the stands of the great citizen rivals of Barcelona in the derbies of LaLiga Santander in Cornellà and in the match of Third Division subsidiaries in the Estadi Johan Cruyff of Sant Joan Then without anyone intervening.In the Cornellà-El Prat match where Espanyol and Barça faced each other, Carlos del Cerro Grande’s referee refused to heed Piqué’s claim during the match that asked him to record the racist and homophobic cries in the minutes I dedicated a part of the Spanish stand with the song “Piqué bastard, Shakira has a tail, your son is from Wakaso and you are a fag.” Hours before, in the derby of the subsidiaries that was played at the Estadi Johan Cruyff in Sant Joan Despí between Barça B and Espanyol B a dozen ultras of the Barcelona team that are prohibited from accessing the Camp Nou, but not at the stadium where the subsidiary plays, made fun of the deceased Espanyol player Dani Jarque singing “If Dani Jarque scores it will be a ghost goal”. Further, they released Nazi slogans Y They wished the death of Commissioner Lluís Venteo, the security coordinator between the Mossos d’Esquadra and the club.last_img read more

Ferran has participated in 50% of Valencia’s goals since November

first_imgFerran Torres shows again that it is sweet. Assistance to Maxi Gómez, after a great individual action, in the match against Barcelona again exhibits that his performance in the team has become capital. In fact, Since last November 9, when he scored against Granada, he has participated in 50% of his team’s goals.Torres accumulates four goals (Granada, Villarreal, Levante and Mallorca), and four assists (Levante, Valladolid, Logroñés and Barcelona). During this period his team has scored a total of 16 goals, having participated in half of all of them. At just 19 years old, the canterano remains unrenewed and the big clubs in Europe have focused on him. However, in Valencian offices they work to give continuity to a player who at his young age is already vital for the team.last_img

To derby without Hazard … or Bale

first_imgGareth Bale is beginning to be an unsolved mystery. The Welshman, who exercised without problems throughout the week, stayed from the call for this Saturday’s game against Atlético (4:00 pm). This Friday is the last market day and his name has covered all the spotlights for a news item published in The times which revealed that Tottenham was still hoping to sign him now. Zidane settled the subject: “I don’t see it.” Nevertheless, the Frenchman has left him out of his plans again.Bale has only played two games this January: against Getafe in the League (January 4) and Salamanda Unionists in the Cup on the 22nd. In this last meeting, the Welshman suffered a sprain that left him out of the clash in Pucela against Valladolid, but this week he has exercised without problems (the image that illustrates this news, smiling, is from Friday’s training). Despite this, he was not in Zaragoza on Wednesday and Zidane has ruled him out against Atlético. This season he has only played 15 games out of 31, less than half … The other novelty is the absence of Eden Hazard. The Belgian, who has pressed to be available, finally runs out of the derby. Hazard, who has not played since November 26 against PSG, when his compatriot Meunier injured his right ankle, only completed two sessions with the group. Zidane opted again for prudence. The Frenchman is not a friend of advancing the return of the injured and reapplied with his star, who wants to be fully in the decisive stretch of the season. Hazard, who has already lost 14 games, will have minutes next week, either against Real in the Cup, or against Osasuna in the League.Asensio, for medical reasons, and Mariano, Nacho, Rodrygo and Brahim, by technical decision (a priori will be headlines before the Royal Cup), complete the list of absences of the call.This is the call of ZidaneGoalkeepers: Courtois, Areola and Altube.Defenses: Carvajal, Militão, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo and Mendy.Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, James and Isco.Strikers: Benzema, Lucas Vázquez, Jović and Vinicius Jr.last_img read more

Nadal changes the racket for the pan during quarantine

first_imgRafa Nadal is present process quarantine at his residence in Porto Cristo (Mallorca). The Balearic, who continues to work to keep up his bodily tone with the workouts prescribed by his bodily therapist, Rafa Maymó, and his bodily coach, Joan Forcades, doesn’t waste time. He traveled to the United States earlier this month however, following the suspension of the Indian Wells Masters 1,000, He returned to Mallorca, and since then has remained at residence. Not too long ago, he despatched a message of encouragement to the complete inhabitants and with the message that every particular person keep at residence Now, Nadal additionally takes benefit of those moments to prepare dinner, one thing that often can’t be finished as a result of the fixed journeys from one aspect to the different of the world and spending plenty of time in lodges. It’s normal for him to be accountable for the kitchen at Wimbledon, in the home the place he stays subsequent to the All England Membership. The Balearic was noticed on a number of events purchasing in native supermarkets and being the one who cooks for his crew.On this event, the Balearic printed his cooking expertise on social networks. “At the moment it’s also time to prepare dinner for me and my spouse … I hope you might be all effectively and at residence taking good care of your self. Power and many encouragement”, along with the #YoMeQuedoEnCasa message in several languages. In 2020, Nadal has contested the ATP Cup (4 wins and two losses), the Australian Open (quarterfinals) and the Acapulco Open (champion).last_img read more

Madrid manages options for a devalued market

first_imgWhile the coronavirus pandemic has stopped any social and economic activity, In the T4 of the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, work is done with a view to when everything is returning to normal. The Madridista directive, commanded by Florentino Pérez, will be doomed to a new situation more of saving than of spending. Lack of worldwide earnings will make teams want to trade higher for their most desirable players, but there is one factor that cannot be controlled: the players’ desire to go to stronger projects. However, in the white set they are calm. They know perfectly the key positions to reinforce in this next summer market. They also play with the trick that FIFA wants to propose: This year, the transfer windows, which usually open on July 1 and usually close on August 31 at 12:00 midnight, will open when tournaments that are still in competition have ended. FIFA wants the two summer months to be as it has always been, extending it until the celebration of the first three days of the League of each championship. However, the clubs want another calendar: if it opens in August / September, it should end in December. It is in this wide period of time that Madrid is able to focus its objectives. Gaining time at a time. FIFA intends to shorten that long period of time because it fears that the big teams will sign the best players from the weakest in the middle of tournaments, distorting the competitions.. Still, the white goals are as follows: MbappéHe is the player whose name is marked in red within the white board with a view to incorporating him into the Madrid discipline.. The new scenario indicates that the disbursement to be made would not be so important to balance the economic balances. The French striker ends his contract in 2022, and the Madrid club expected events to act accordingly: possible exit of Neymar, the economic future of the Parisian team (the club manages a reduction in salaries due to the lack of income that will affect the entire staff) and the world of football, their contractual situation (Mbappé has twice refused to extend his relationship with the Parisian team)… Everything indicated a movement of the whites. But now the picture has changed. Madrid will not mind waiting until next summer when the situation can be more favorable: Kylian would have one year left on the contract, with the condition that from January 1, 2022 he can sign free for any other team. Whites do not want to go to war with Parisians: they want to negotiate and go head to head. PogbaZidane’s great desire to strengthen Madrid’s midfield. With this new panorama, the situation of the French midfielder has turned 180 degrees. The arrival of Bruno Fernandes has given the red devils another player to bear the weight of the team. His continuous injuries have slowed his progress (he had surgery last January and has not returned: this season he has played eight games), but not the interests of Manchester, which wants to get a good pinch for its transfer. There enters the negotiation of his agent Mino Raiola. The other factor is Juventus, which aspires for the Frenchman to return to what was his home between 2012 and 2016. Pogba has a contract until 2021, but the club mancuniano An option was reserved to renew his contract for a season unilaterally, until 2022. Pogba has been devalued by about 70 million: If it was estimated last summer that it could leave the whole of northern England for about 180 million, it could now go out for about 110. It would be missing to know if Madrid would bet on his arrival … HaalandThe great scoring sensation of the moment. The Norwegian, signed in the past winter market by Borussia Dortmund, has stood out as a prolific scorer since his origins in the modest Molde, and above all, after the nine goals he scored for Honduras in the last U-20 World Cup . Madrid follows him because Benzema is now 32 years old and Luka Jovic, signed last summer for 60 million euros to Eintracht, he has not finished breaking with the white shirt. In addition, his march to Belgrade days before the State of Alarm was declared, has not done well, despite having the OK of the president, coach and medical staff. In Haaland you see a good relay, young man (one of the conditions that the white team handles in these times), with quality. Another contribution is his good relationship with Odegaard, called to be one of the next Madrid sensations. All this makes it subject to monitoring and possible immediate incorporation. The problem: that Madrid is not only interested. Other teams like Manchester United have also set their sights on the young Norwegian …last_img read more

Toledo invites Unai Emery to celebrate its anniversary during confinement

first_imgThis April 24 is important to the Imperial City. The Club Deportivo Toledo meets throughout this Friday the 92 years of history and, despite the times we live in, from the Castilian-La Mancha group they have not wanted to miss the opportunity and a private celebration will take place. The name of Unai Emery, since the former coach of Arsenal, PSG or Seville wore the Verdiblanco team jersey over four seasons while the Salto del Caballo team looked in the Second Division of Spanish football. Emery will be joined by technicians of the stature of Gregorio Manzano or Antonio Iriondo, all with a past in the Toledo box, will be the protagonists of a special programming in video format that can be followed through the different social networks of the club.The intention is, in this period of health emergency, to entertain fans with more than eight hours of programming than different interviews, gatherings and meetings with renowned protagonists. Too there will be space for historical games of the Salto del Caballo team, as well as a clash of the feminine section of the verdiblanco painting.Among the main dishes of the day, the documentary ’90 years of illusion ‘ It will be broadcast from 1:00 p.m., a historical overview of the main events of the Imperial City club that invites football fans, whether they are from Toledo or not, to spend a different day with which to face a new day of confinement.last_img read more