Argentina can thank their lucky stars for late winner

It is astonishing how Sabella is making a squad full of talent look so ordinary

ECSTASY AND AGONY: Argentina's players celebrate after the final whistle as the Swiss collapse in disappointment.


First Brazil, then Germany and now Argentina. The favourites for the World Cup are in no hurry to impress anyone. 

It took Argentina 118 minutes to break down Ottmar Hitzfeld’s Switzerland, a slow and draining carnival of ineptitude that seemed destined to end with a penalty shootout. 

Thanks to a late burst from an exhausted Lionel Messi, who set up Angel di Maria for the winner, Argentina were spared that indignity. 

It is quite astonishing that Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella is making a squad full of exceptional talent look so ordinary. 

Read the full report in our World Cup Noon print edition on July 2. 

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Veloso and Mok out to make their mark at Commonwealth Games

Deadeye Martina has her feet on the ground while Mok aims for a marathon record in Glasgow

MEDAL PROSPECTS: National shooter Martina Lindsay Veloso (above) and marathoner Mok Ying Ren have performed so well in recent events that they will bear the burden of medal expectations. 

MEDAL PROSPECTS: National shooter Martina Lindsay Veloso and marathoner Mok Ying Ren (above) have performed so well in recent events that they will bear the burden of medal expectations.

One is a young star on the rise, the other is already a SEA Games champion.

Teenage shooter Martina Lindsay Veloso and marathoner Mok Ying Ren will be competing at the Commonweatlth Games in Glasgow, Scotland from July 23 to Aug 3, and they have their own targets.

Singapore Sports School student Martina, only 14, made headlines last year when she became the first Singaporean to achieve a perfect score of 400 in the women's 10m air rifle, and added another feather in her cap when she became the Republic's first shooter to win a World Cup event last month.

While her performances over the last 18 months have made her a medal prospect, Martina says she is trying her best not to even entertain thoughts of achieving a podium finish.

Mok, meanwhile, aims to rewrite M Rameshon's 18-year-old national record of 2:24.22 in Glasgow, where he feels the cool weather will help.

He won gold at the Myanmar SEA Games last year with a time of 2hr 28min 35sec in chilly 17 deg Celsius weather, although the mark was short of his personal best of 2:26.33.

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Adam Swandi, Irfan and Ikhsan in the spotlight

Irfan FandI.
Ikhsan Fandi.
Adam Swandi.

He raised the roof of the Jalan Besar Stadium at the 2011 Lion City Cup and brought Singaporeans to their feet with his intelligent movement, stylish dribbling and ability to create and score. 

Adam Swandi was hailed as a future star, and moved to French side FC Metz last year, but the teenager has not had the best of times in Europe. 

The 18-year-old is now back in Singapore and will be part of a joint-training tour to Austria (July 7 to 23) featuring both the national squad and the Under-23 team. 

Adam will be registered with the U-23 side - not the national team that he was once a part of - and he could sign on for S.League side, the Courts Young Lions, when he returns.

While Adam mulls his future, Fandi Ahmad's two sons, Irfan and his younger brother Ikhsan, could see their stock rise after being included in the U-23 squad going to Austria. 

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Wilson Raj denies making Cameroon predictions

KELONG? Cameroon's goalkeeper Charles Itandje (front) looking at the ball after Croatia's forward Ivica Olic scores.

A German news magazine reported yesterday that Singaporean match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal had predicted not only Cameroon's 4-0 loss to Croatia in a World Cup 2014 match, but also the sending-off of a Cameroon player.

So does Wilson Raj possess a crystal ball or has he gone back to his old tricks to sully football's showpiece event in Brazil?

A close Singaporean associate of Wilson Raj claims that it was just a lucky guess because of his tips for the 50-plus World Cup matches played so far, he has had only three correct predictions.

Mr Terry Steans, an anti-match-fixing consultant, believes Wilson Raj may have got wind of the information and used it to get media attention.

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Protester disrupts US-Belgium World Cup clash

A pitch invador shakes hands with Belgium's midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (L) during a Round of 16 football match between Belgium and USA at Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 1, 2014. Photo: AFP
A pitch invador shakes hands with Belgium's midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (L) during a Round of 16 football match between Belgium and USA at Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 1, 2014. Photo: AFP
A pitch invader runs alongside the ball during the 2014 World Cup round of 16 game between Belgium and the U.S. at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador July 1, 2014. Photo: Reuters
A pitch invader runs alongside the ball during the 2014 World Cup round of 16 game between Belgium and the U.S. at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador July 1, 2014. Photo: Reuters
Officials lead a man off after he invaded the pitch during a Round of 16 football match between Belgium and USA at Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 1, 2014. Photo: AFP
Officials lead a man off after he invaded the pitch during a Round of 16 football match between Belgium and USA at Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 1, 2014. Photo: AFP
Officials lead a man off after he invaded the pitch during a Round of 16 football match between Belgium and USA at Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 1, 2014. Photo: AFP
Officials lead a man off after he invaded the pitch during a Round of 16 football match between Belgium and USA at Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 1, 2014. Photo: AFP

A lone protester, wearing a T-shirt with the slogan 'Save Favelas Children’, interrupted Tuesday's World Cup match between the United States and Belgium.

The game was temporarily halted in the first half by referee Djamel Haimoudi when the man ran onto the Arena Fonte Nova pitch in Salvador and spent more than a minute walking around the field.

Security staff initially made no attempt to stop the pitch invader before they eventually ran on and apprehended him and the game resumed.

The intruder high-fived Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne who then pointed him in the direction of the tunnel and the arriving security staff.

 

Credit: Vine/Goooool via Blacksportsonline

Source: Reuters

 

 

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