Those to watch in Tokyo: meet Team GB's hope to illuminate the 2020 games … including the BMX rider and the & # 39; next big thing & # 39; in British swimming
- Freya Anderson, 18, was tipped to win an individual medal in Tokyo
- Cyclist Ed Clancy goes up search for his fourth Olympic gold medal
- Charlotte Worthington hunts for gold in the new & # 39; urban & # 39; BMX Event
With six months to go until Tokyo 2020, Sportsmail has selected a group of Team GB to fall behind in the run-up to the Games.
Our shortlist of athletes includes a teenager tipped to win an individual medal of just 17 years and a 34-year-old veteran looking for his fourth gold medal.
There is also a heavyweight boxer looking for gold and an unknown face participating in one of the new urban events at the 2020 games …
Freya Anderson, age 18
Anderson is considered the following great thing in British swimming and is expected to qualify f or Tokyo in the 100m and 200m freestyle. also participate in a new Olympic event, the 4x100m mixed medley relay, in which she won bronze at the World Championships last year, where she anchored a team including Adam Peaty.
Anderson is tipped to reach a high point for Paris 2024, but she could claim an individual medal this summer, after beating her 200m personal record with more than 1.5 seconds at an event in Belgium last week. "I'm excited about what's coming in the summer, just to see what I can do," she admits.
Ed Clancy, 34 years old
Veteran Clancy has already won three Olympic gold medals and now hunts for a fourth, corresponding to the deportations of Sir Ben Ainslie, Sir Mo Farah and Sir Matthew Pinsent.
The Yorkshireman is expected to be part of the four-man pursuit, in what will be his last games before retiring from the track, and is currently preparing for next month's World Championships in Berlin.
I am really the old man of the team, says Clancy. "I will be the only man who has been to an Olympic Games before. It would be great to win a fourth gold. That's what my life is about right now. & # 39;
Cheavon Clarke, 29 years
The heavyweight is one of Britain's best boxing expectations in Tokyo, he moved to Jamaica from Jamaica when he was 11 and represented the country from his birth to 2014.
Since he changed faith, Clarke has been European and Commonwealth medals won and now he is ready to mess around in the Olympic ring.
To seal his selection, the Kent-based hunter must finish in the top four at the European Olympic Qualifier in March in London or the last chance event in Paris in May.
& # 39; A gold medal would change my life & # 39 ;, says Clarke. "I belong to the world top – it's time to prove that I am the world top."
Charlotte Worthington, 23 years old
] The Corby-based motorcyclist is the star of Team GB in BMX Freestyle, a of the new & # 39; urban & # 39; events added to the Olympic program. She became the first female European champion of sport in October last year before winning bronze at the World Championships in China to secure her place for Tokyo.
Worthington & # 39; s Olympic preparations were made fourteen days ago when she dislocated her shoulder in an attempt to & # 39; tailwhip & # 39; air & # 39 ;. But the rehabilitation is going well and she expects to be back on her bike in March.
& # 39; I absolutely look to the podium in Tokyo and I go for gold & # 39 ;, she says.
Tom Bosworth, 30 years
The 20 km racewalker has already closed his place for Tokyo, which will be his second Olympic Play. Bosworth finished sixth in Rio in 2016 and celebrated this by presenting his partner Harry Dineley on Copacabana Beach.
He suffered from psychological problems after being disqualified at the 2017 World Championships, but won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games the following year. Now he wants a place on the Olympic stage.
"I have not felt so good for two years," says Bosworth, who celebrated his 30th birthday in a training camp in South Africa last week. "I know I am one of the best in the world."
Mallorca 4-1 Valencia: relegation wrestlers produce a huge shock as they give European hope to boost their LaLiga survival aids
- Mallorca stunned Valencia to get out of the LaLiga claws relegation zone
- Ante Budimir grabbed a double bag when Mallorca punished the 10-man visitors
- The defeat for Valencia is a blow for their hope for a European finish this season
Ante Budimir scored a brace as relegation contenders Mallorca bewildered Valencia with a 4-1 thumping on Sunday to give their LaLiga survival hope a huge boost.
Mallorca was unknown because European hopefuls arrived in Valencia at the Iberostar stadium, with the home team still stuck in the relegation zone one win in seven league games.
But the LaLiga wrestlers made a mockery of chances before the game when they scrambled out of the drop zone after wiping out the visitors, challenging a spot in the top six and only four points lower than the third after the crushing defeat.
Mallorca had the perfect start when a pass from Salva Sevilla was pushed into the corner by Antonio Raillo with a fleeting head.
And the home team was in dream land when they extended their lead just over ten minutes later when Budimir took his first goal of the game – ending low in the corner after a pass from Dani Rodriguez to control his side. to get.
With peace around the corner, Mallorca still had time for another goal, while Sevilla Budimir slipped through the goal, with the Bosnian applying a quiet finish to make three – give Valencia a mountain to climb with the break.
All hope that the side of the road returned to the race was quickly poured over after Dani Parejo picked up a second yellow five minutes after he had started again.
Mallorca punished the affected visitors with Budimir who put the ball to Rodriguez, who found it just after he had tried his luck from outside the area.
Valencia finally reached their goal just a few minutes later, as Ferran Torres scored from close range, but it turned out to be a consolation – with the home team winning a crucial victory in their relegation air fight.
Marcelo Bielsa was asked afterwards how his heart had dealt with such an exceptionally exciting encounter.
Tapping his chest, the Leeds boss turned his inquisitor with a wry smile.
& # 39; I live & # 39 ;, said Bielsa through his translator. Cue laughter all around.
Life as a football manager does not get much better than days like this.
A winning goal five minutes after a break time, a defeat for the closest rivals West Brom and a return to the champion stop.
Crucially, amid all the drama, one step closer to the Premier League.
It was 2004 when Leeds was banned from the top flight and since then not much has gone well.
Under Bielsa, the fallen giants of Yorkshire have finally moved and are enjoying a true renaissance.
They finished third in the Argentinian debut campaign last season before they suffered a fifth consecutive failure of the play-off.
This last sigh of breath, thanks to Wes Harding's own late goal, released them nine points from third place Fulham.
But Leeds got nothing in the easy way and I conceded 10 goals in their last four games – as many as in their first 21 league games this season.
That is really a cause for concern and they wobbled again alarmingly, allowing Birmingham to come back from 2-0 to a level before they were linked twice again to 3-2 and then 4-3.
After his party ended a winless streak of three games, Bielsa thought: & # 39; We had a high efficiency to score.
& # 39; We are a team that needs many chances to score and we had no security in the defense.
& # 39; Of course I want to try to control the game while we were winning, not just when we lose.
& # 39; We have awarded four goals and after you think it might be natural, we have scored five goals.
& # 39; Analyzing these past four games is very difficult, but analyzing 20 games. & # 39;
Bielsa started with loaner Eddie Nketiah, who could be recalled by Arsenal in January, with Patrick Bamford missing with a minor four-fold injury.
In the 15th minute, Leeds launched a delightful counterattack, causing Jack Harrison to find Helder Costa, who fired a low shot with his left foot past Connal Trueman.
Six minutes later, the visitors struck again.
This time, Stuart Dallas right wing cross found Ezgjan Alioski and the Macedonian put the ball to Harrison, who struck a powerful strike with the left foot that deflected Trueman and into the net.
Birmingham stabilized itself and in the 27th minute Maxime Colin unpacked 16-year-old Jude Bellingham, who shot a low shot past Kiko Casilla.
That gave confidence to Pep Clotet and they claimed a deserved leveler in the 61st minute.
Casilla held a first header from a Birmingham corner, but parried the ball directly to Lukas Jutkiewicz, who headed home from close range to make the 2-2.
In the 69th minute, ubiquitous Luke Ayling hit a great right foot volley that flew in, but Birmingham simply refused to lie down.
In the 83rd minute, substitute Jeremie Bela left for a free kick to make the 3-3 before Leeds immediately regained the lead.
The ball kindly fell to Stuart Dallas in the box and the Ulsterman struck a shot from left to right past Trueman up close
Jutkiewicz then slid home on the far post in the last minute before Harding Ayling's right-hand cross in his own net in the fifth minute amused time, sparking wild scenes at the end
It is now only a victory in 11 games before Birmingham and Clotet, referee Kei accused th Stroud of costing his party estimates.
The Spaniard said: "We would have been rightly awarded a point if the referee had not given Leeds a corner for their final goal.
" It was a clear goal kick and out of the blue he gave them a corner from which they scored.
& # 39; Leeds benefited from many decisions that had cheated the entire game.
& # 39; It is something that always happens with Birmingham City and it makes me very disappointed.
& # 39; We keep saying to the FA and the FA agrees – saying that we have made many decisions against us this season.
& # 39; They want to come see us to talk about early January. But what we want is for us to be treated fairly. & # 39;
Australia decides test team in pre-Ashes test game in Southampton between 25 hopeful
- Australia will meet Australia A in pre-Ashes test game in Southampton
- Selectors will use the test to determine who is chosen to play England
- Peter Siddle, Cameron Bancroft and Marnus Labuschagne will be in conflict
- Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis miss after disappointing the World Cup
Australia & Ashes Test Squad will be on the backs of a four-day match in Southampton between 25 hopeful.
Australia faces an Australia A-side in the Ageas Bowl with a 12-a-side game with the 15 players playing Sunday for the Side against England Lions, seven members of the World Cup team and three currently play in the County Championship.
Of that trio of Peter Siddle, Cameron Bancroft and Marnus Labuschagne, the latter may be the most unknown amount for international fans, although his 1,000 runs already before Glamorgan this season will come in handy. .
Siddle is an Ashes veteran, while Bancroft reclaimed the Ashes when England perished in the winter of 2017. However, he has not played a Test cricket for a year after playing his role in the ball-messing scandal.
The other people involved, deposed captain Steve Smith and opener David Warner, are also mentioned in the group, just like keeper Alex Carey, is impressive during the World Cup.
Test captain Tim Paine is also named as goalkeeper, Matthew Wade, but all-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis are missing after disappointing World Cup campaigns.
"We expect a full match between players who will be hungry to succeed," said lead selector Trevor Hohns about the collision, which begins on July 23.
After a two-week break for international football, the Bundesliga made a welcome return this weekend with the
There is no doubt about the striking match because RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich risk their unbeaten start when they meet on Saturday night.
Sportsmail takes a look at it and the other games look at what a new fascinating action weekend promises in Germany .
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs VFL Wolfsburg
7.30 pm British time; Live on BT Sport 3
The Bundesliga will resume on Friday evening with a meeting of two parties hoping to return to winning roads.
The fortune suffered back-to-back losses against Bayer Leverkusen and Eintracht Frankfurt after their flying start at Werder Bremen.
Wolfsburg was meanwhile kept at home by the recently promoted Paderborn last time with victories over Cologne and Hertha Berlin.
] The fortune wants to end the first half after 10th place in the Bundesliga last season, but alarm bells sound defensive.
Their goalkeeper, the American international Zack Steffen, has so far made more saves than anyone in this season's Bundesliga with 20. The next highest figure is 11.
And they have to be tighter in the back against a Wolfsburg team that looked sharp so far.
Their 21-year-old Croatian attacker Josip Brekalo has made an impression with three goals this season and they have a very good record against Düsseldorf.
Wolfsb also urgently start their Europa League campaign with a home game against Ukrainians Oleksandriya next week, so three points will be lost before their team is stretched.
 Cologne and Borussia Monchengladbach
] The latest installation is the third most controversial local derby in German football that takes place in the RheinEnergieSTADION.
Cologne is already making a better fist of the best football than their last Bundesliga season in 2017-18.
The three points earned in beating Freiburg for the international break meant that they agreed their return from their first 16 two years ago in just three games.
Frankly, they were sorry to lose Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund in their first two games, but Cologne will feel much better at getting that first win on the board.
Borussia Monchengladbach has a win, a draw and a defeat on their early season record. Their international attacker Breel Embolo looked sharp and scored in the win over Mainz and the loss against Leipzig.
Union Berlin vs Werder Bremen
2.30 pm British time
If most people predict, Union Berlin will immediately return to the 2. Bundesliga in May, at least they will always have that night against Borussia Dortmund.
Their astonishing 3-1 victory over the favorites of the title for the international break – the very first ever club victory – was one of the best Bundesliga ever disturbed.
But it will mean little in their survival if they do not support it with another positive result in their home game against Werder Bremen on Saturday.
The Dortmund victory was based on a good old-fashioned hard graft, with Union players covering the best Bundesliga season 78.5 miles.
Werder started their campaign shaky, with defeats against Dusseldorf and Hoffenheim, but they ended Augsburg 3-2 to get some points on the board.
Their 19-year-old American international Josh Sargent set fire to social media with a brilliantly improvised goal, in which he controlled a ball over the top and previously juggled the keeper.
Sargent has a very imp relive the scoreboard of a goal every 98 minutes for Bremen and he will be the only defense of the Union to watch.
Mainz 05 vs Hertha Berlin
2.30 p.m. British time
How early is too early in the season to label a relegation game with six hands?
Three games are probably a bit too fast, but the alarm bells are certainly ringing for Mainz and Hertha Berlin prior to the Saturday meeting of the lower two.
Mainz lost two g ames to Freiburg and Mönchengladbach, after which he scored six goals after taking an early lead in Bayern Munich.
Finding goals seems to be their main problem – that six-minute strike by Jean-Paul Boetius in the Allianz Arena was only their second of the campaign and they miss certainly the injured Jean-Philippe Mateta, top scorer of last season.
Hertha finished a respectable mid-table last season and no one could predict their current travail when they gave defending champions Bayern a run for their money on the opening night.
But 3-0 losses against Wolfsburg and Schalk and have pierced much of the season's optimism and are in the bottom three for the first time since February 2015, albeit with 31 games to play .
They will put their trust in taking out the Borussia Dortmund, Marius Wolf, day loan to deliver some goals and you will feel that Mainz is the ideal opposition to a crisis.
Borussia Dortmund vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen
2.30 pm British time
Two one of the most exciting players in world football competes against each other while Borussia Dortmund faces Bayer Leverkusen in a tasty collision in Signal Iduna Park.
Jadon Sancho and Kai Havertz will bear the hopes of England and Germany for many years to come, but for now it is back to the Bundesliga business.
Dortmund should receive a reaction after that shock loss at Union Berlin before the internationals and Lucien Favre would have been happy to see Sancho impress and score twice in England's victory over Kosovo.
But the most important thing for the Dortmund coach came through Sancho unscathed, especially since he already has Thorgan Hazard and Axel Witsel on the injury list.
Julian Brandt, who played in both Euro 2020 qualifications of Germany against Holland and Northern Ireland this week, is probably confronted with his former club.
Havertz, who is just beginning to make his mark on the German team at the age of 20, will hope to have an impact on one of the biggest games of Leverkusen of the season.
And in another iLivest subplot, Leverkusen manager Peter Bosz comes across the club who had already fired him in six months in December 2017.
His Leverkusen team is very difficult to beat – only Bayern (17 games) currently boast a longer unbeaten run in the Bundesliga than their nine (seven wins, two draws).
Augsburg vs Eintracht Frankfurt
2.30 pm British time
Quite a few Augsburg expects to be involved in a relegation scrap and their early scrap season shape – a heavy loss for Dortmund, a draw with Union Berlin and a loss for Werder Bremen – certainly confirm that.
They are now winless in seven Bundesliga games dating back to April and coach Martin Schmidt knows very well that solutions must be found.
Yet it happens Saturday Ay & # 39; s opponents Eintracht Frankfurt were the last team to beat Augsburg, a 3-1 success on the road in mid-April that practically sustained them.
On the positive side, their summer signing from the Swiss club Luzern Ruben Vargas has effortlessly increased the step with three goals out of three.
Frankfurt looks better, with narrow victories at Hoffenheim and Düsseldorf making a loss in Leipzig and moving on to the group stage of the UEFA Europa League, where Arsenal is among their opponents.
Although they may have lost Sebastien Haller, Luka Jovic and Ante Rebic in the summer, the scoring slack will hopefully be picked up by Andre Silva and Filip Kosti c, while Bas Dost was hit off the line against Düsseldorf.
They hope on three points on the road to continue their solid start before the Europa League campaign pace rises.
RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich
5:30 pm British time; Live on BT Sport 2
There is no doubt that this is the match of the weekend and has the potential to shape the entire Bundesliga season.
If RB Leipzig has real designs for wrestling the Bundesliga shield against the overpowering Bayern Munich, then they really have to make a declaration of intent by winning on Saturday night.
It may be early in the season – and remember that Bayern has been successfully rolled in Dortmund years – but a fourth win of four would really inspire the belief in Leipzig.
This is a meeting of two of the most accomplished attackers of the Bundesliga – Timo Werner of Leipzig already scored five times this season, second to Bayern's ever-productive Robert Lewandowski with six.
Werner, who also seems to be leading the German attack in the coming years, has 10 goals in his last 11 Bundesliga games after scoring his first hat trick of his career in his victory at Borussia Monchengladbach.
He is on average a goal every 47 minutes this season, so Bayern's back line will have them at their best to contain both him and the creative power that Marcel Sabitzer is (three assistants this season) .
On the other hand, Bayern will clearly bear a threat and new arrival from Barcelona, Philippe Coutinho is likely to be paired with Lewandowski with Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman on either side of him.
Bayern dropped two points at Hertha Berlin during the opening night, but has since recovered to win 3-0 at Schalke and 6-1 against Mainz in a few ominous scoring lines.
Since Leipzig arrived to gatecrash the Bundesliga title race, Bayern has been quite effective in putting the starters back in their field. They won four, pulled one, and lost six of their encounters with them.
However, Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann has achieved some remarkable results against Bayern when he was in charge at Hoffenheim.
It promises to be a fascinating match and with both strike forces in excellent shape, it can also score quite high.
1899 Hoffenheim vs Freiburg
2.30 pm British time; Live on BT Sport 1
A meeting of two parties that can generally be satisfied with how their seasons started.
On the opening day in Eintracht Frankfurt, Hoffenheim lost the score with a 3-2 win over Werder Bremen before taking a credit point at Bayer Leverkusen.
Although it is fair to say that there are more promising candidates for the Champions League places, the start has proven that there is life to Nagelsmann
And they still have last season's 17-goal scorer Andrej Kramaric to come back from an injury, although Sunday's home game with Freiburg will come too soon. but then threw a lead away in Cologne.
Booster is striker Luca Waldschmidt, whose three goals earned a first call to the German team at the start of the season, although he remained on the bench against Holland and Northern Ireland.
Freiburg could become one of the season's entertainers, with manager Christian Streich along with a 4-3-3 system partner Waldschmidt with Nils Petersen and Brandon Borrello.
Paderborn vs Schalke 04
17:00 British time; Live on BT Sport 1
With only one point out of the first nine available, life back in the top flight is just as tough as expected for Paderborn.
After opening with losses for Bayer Leverkusen and Freiburg, some consolation could be withdrawn from winning a point in Wolfsburg's last time-out.
Their new signature in front, Streli Mamba, has adapted well to life in the top after the switch from the fourth row Energie Cottbus and has scored twice so far.
David Wagner & Schalke saw their season through a 3-0 home win at Hertha Berlin's last time out, albeit with the help of two own goals.
Everton borrower Jonjoe Kenny scored his third goal to continue a promising start to life in Germany in which he spent every minute of their league campaign to date.
Fleeting and Suedois European hopefuls excluded from day two of Breeders' Cup amidst strict veterinary screenings
- Strict veterinary screenings close the Breeders & # 39; This year's Cup from
- European Hope Peoples Fleeting and Suedois were among the four that were omitted
- More than 30 vets are in daily action at supervised Santa Anita in California
More than 30 vets are in action every day at under-scrutiny Santa Anita in California where 35 horses have suffered fatal injuries since Boxing Day.
Aidan O & # 39; Brien-trained Fleeting would have started running in the Filly & Mare Turf on Saturday night, while David O & # 39; Meara-trained Suedois was an entry into the Mile.
Both were described as & # 39; slightly lame & # 39 ;.
O & # 39; Brien said: & # 39; We were happy with her, but it wasn't the vets. In an international jurisdiction you must abide by their rules. & # 39;
O & # 39; Meara said: & # 39; It is a minor homfection, not much. He could flee tomorrow. It's just a matter of timing. & # 39;
A total of five horses were excluded from the Breeders & # 39; Cup due to strict veterinary inspections. These include Imperial Hint, a guiding hope for the Breeders & # 39; Cup Sprint.
The withdrawal of the European duo contributed to the frustration of a day without a win when the best finish came from Roger Varian & Daahyeh who was second after Sharing in the Juvenile Filly Turf.
O & # 39; Brien & # 39; s Arizona, the Dewhurst Stakes runner-up, was unable to get a challenging position because it quickly finished for fifth after a slow start behind Chad Brown-trained Structor in Juvenile Turf.
] It was the same story for Jessica Harrington & # 39; s Prix Marcel Boussac winner Albigna who finished fourth in Sharing in the Juvenile Fillies Turf while the Europeans were again burned in the five furlong Juvenile Turf Sprint with great hope that A & # 39; Ali stayed behind for death, the Four Wheel Drive trained by Wesley Ward.
O & # 39; Brien said: "There are so many variables that you cannot control. We focus on letting them settle down and relax all year round, and those are probably the two things you don't want to do here. & # 39;
British gamblers are likely to get a better view of Four Wheel Drive next season According to winning trainer Wesley Ward, now a regular visitor to Royal Ascot. The King & # 39; s Stand Stakes about five furlongs is his likely target.
Ward said: & # 39; I know I would like to go to Royal Ascot and this foal will be one of the favorites for that. & # 39;
Meanwhile, Down Royal Noel Meade-trained Road To Respect won the Ladbroke Champion Chase for the second consecutive year, taking four clear lengths from Paul Nicholl- trained King George VI Chase winner Clan Des Obeaux pulled out of the last fence.
Gordon Elliott-trained Sends Al Len, winner of the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival, also made an impressive winning hurdle debut on the circuit of Northern Ireland.
The Charlie Hall Chase in Wetherby went to Nigel Twiston-Davies trained Ballyoptic as favorite La Bague Au Roi stopped after bad jumping.
There was drama in Ascot when Nicholls-trained Diego Du Charmil survived an extraordinary event and then an inevitable stewards investigation to win the Byrne Group Handicap Chase after floating left at the last fence and forcing Bryony Frost -Red Capman stable through the wing of the fence.
Napoli 1-1 SPAL: Carlo Ancelotti warns of & # 39; great challenge & # 39; because low SPAL hit back to stop Serie A hopefully from closing the gap on Juventus and Inter Milan in draw at Stadio Paolo Mazza
- Napoli shared a 1-1 Series A draw with second home side SPAL on Sunday
- Arkadiusz Milik gave the visitors the lead but SPAL struck back seven minutes later
- Jasmin Kurtic's equalizer meant that Napoli meant six points lagged behind Juventus
- Kevin Malcuit's defense left the action in tears after a knee injury
Napoli was left six points behind leaders Juventus and loathed the opportunity to take advantage of a tie for the top two in Serie A with a 1-1 tie on SPAL on the second bottom on Sunday.
Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik scored his third goal in two league games with a powerful ninth minute drive to put his side forward, only for midfielder Jasmin Kurtic who came back for SPAL just seven minutes later.
Napoli knew they could make ground on the second-placed Inter Milan, which needed a Romelu Lukaku equalizer to draw 2-2 at home for Parma, and Juventus, who were detained at a 1-1 draw in Lecce, but ended their afternoon crestfallen after being frustrated by their humble hosts.
Vicari then almost gave SPAL the lead when he saved a fine from former Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina after the break, which led to a double change by the unimpressed boss Ancelotti. Ruiz hit the woodwork, but Fernando Llorente had the best c hance of the half, sending a header close up the bar seconds before the final whistle.
SPAL goalkeeper Etrit Berisha also saved twice from Milik to leave Napoli fourth in the table, three points behind the third placed Atalanta, whose 7-1 comeback victory at home at Udinese was the result of the weekend.
Napoli's dissatisfaction was exacerbated by an injury to full-back Kevin Malcuit, who left the field in tears after 70 minutes with a filthy-looking knee injury.
In a full-time statement, Napoli said the Moroccan international had a & # 39; strong distortion & # 39; had contracted in his right knee.
Malcuit will be assessed tomorrow, but is expected to be released for a longer period.
Ancelotti urged his side to stay ahead for a tough week in which she's fellow Champions League-participants received Atalanta on Wednesday before they left for Rome on Saturday and welcomed Red Bull to Europe the following Tuesday.
& I am sorry for the result, but I have little to blame for the performance team, "said the Italian.
" We hit the pole, two or three chances came for nothing and the goalkeeper made at least two important saves.
& # 39; Wednesday we have a big challenge against A talanta and we have to look for conviction. & # 39;
On an evening when so many people seemed to lose their heads in the stands, Rangers simply could not keep their guts. In a game that was inevitably and rightly overshadowed by the supporter of Hibs who physically confronted a visit to James Tavernier, the bluffed Easter father left a serious blow to their faltering title challenge
For a long time it seemed like the De Steven Gerrard's men, who had gone through Daniel Candeias, defeated in the first half.
However, it would be wrong to overlook football.
Under Heckingbottom, Hibs had three consecutive victories in the league – followed by a Scottish Cup loss at home from Celtic
Rangers arrived on the back of an undefeated ten-game run, their most recent loss came at Rugby Park on January 23.
A couple of Premiership signs
Unless they could close the gap on leaders Celtic to five points here, well, everyone could of mathematics
Yet Rangers fans traveling east would have been supported this year, the news of Alfredo Morelos signing a new contract, even as much suspec
The Colombian got a typical Scottish welcome, crushed by the face of Darren McGregor who waved to the forearm after only seven minutes.
The Hibs defender complained that he got a yellow card, but in reality he might have seen red for a moment of rash – perhaps even madness – so early in the game on the intermediate position.
] Rangers enjoyed most of the possession in the first half hour and created many decent chances.
Scott Arfield saw a shot deflected over the bar of the sliding Mark Milligan after Ryan Kent backed the ball in a
The vanguard went forward imminently
The rear four of the Hibs looked tense, no more than Paul Hanlon, who had just been robbed by Morelos on the 20-minute sign. on purpose, right-footed shot is saved by the legs of Ofir Marciano. If Hibs would continue to give the jumps in the form of an in-form, they could not hope to keep a clean slate.
A minute later, Hanlon's personal struggles continued while he was being run into the box by Arfield on the midfielder, putting McGregor in a covering challenge before he could shoot.
As a reaction from Hibs? A few shootings. A Kamberi hopeless miss on the volley.
They were cut open, especially along the flanks. Yet the frustration undoubtedly creeps into the air in the atmosphere;
And then it happened, two minutes before the break. A leading group that started with Kamberi for lack of control over the ball at the Rangers' penalty spot – if a good touch would have resulted in a Hibs goal – ended with Candeias, where a beautiful left-handed shot curled into the far corner, leaving Marciano the vapor trail.
Just before the break, there was a shameful one-man pitch invasion by Hib's supporter who tried to tie up with Tavernier, followed by at least one chair thrown on the pitch from the end of the Rangers. . Complete madness.
And he was clearly in the mood for damage, looting along the right flank. and causing chaos in the Hibs box for testing Marciano with a bustling high ride.
A little later, however, Hibs had the best chance of the night, while Daryl Horgan struck his shot right on the legs of Allan McGregor from the perfect cross by Marc McNulty;
Ryan Jack and Glen Kamara were the boss in the midfield and, should Kent have been able to cross with more consistency, this game might have been an hour away.
Hibs offered almost nothing in terms of sustained pressure yet there was always the chance of something – Stevie Mallan bouncer who had McGregor clamber, for example – turning this game upside down.
Yes. About that. With another 14 minutes to go, Mallan McNulty's clever run took the last defender's shoulder – and his perfect cross was surrendered by the unmarked Kamberi.
The Swiss striker was only noticeable due to his lack of impact.
Rangers still turned the screw, shooting balls into the box and pushing Hibs into a desperate line of defense.
Including McGregor sent for a second yellow card, Morelos brings an escape in the time he has come to rest and the late free kick by Andy Halliday that cuts the bar on his way.
It was enough to frustrate Rangers. One night they had enough to feel frustrated.