Pressure mounts on IOC as US Athletics call for Tokyo 2020 Olympics to be delayed due to coronavirus


The Olympic torch relay in Greece was canceled on Friday, March 13 – just a day after the flame was lit in Olympia.

Large crowds defied Hollywood actor Gerard Butler as he lit the cauldron in the Greek city of Sparta, despite repeated warnings for spectators not to attend due to coronavirus.

That forced the decision of the Greek Olympic Committee to stop the torchlight procession on Greek soil on the second day of the planned eight-day trip. It is the only third time that a relay to Athens for the summer games has not been completed.

The Olympic flame is still being handed over to the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on Thursday March 19, but with no fans present. The start of the Japanese relay race, in Fukushima, will take place without fans and local authorities cancel their welcome ceremony.

Due to the magnitude of the outbreak in Japan, senior member of the International Olympic Committee, Dick Pound, described the disease as & # 39; the new war & # 39; which threatened Tokyo 2020 and warned that the Games may need to be canceled if the virus was still in May.

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The Japanese government later insisted on Pound's comments were not the IOC's official position, but doubts remain as to whether the summer showcase may still cause health problems.

Athletes have been told to keep training and plan to keep the Games in Japan as planned, but training for about 80,000 volunteers has at least been delayed until May – it should start on February 22.

Friday, March 13, US President Donald Trump suggested postponing the Tokyo Olympics for a year because the color onavirus was immediately shot by Japan's Olympic minister.

& # 39; The IOC and the Organizing Committee are not considering cancellation or postponement – absolutely not & # 39; said Seiko Hashimoto, an Olympic bronze medalist, at a news conference in Tokyo.

On Tuesday, March 17, Kozo Tashima, one of the vice presidents of the Japanese Olympic Committee and president of the Japanese Football Association, tested positive for coronavirus.

The International Olympic Committee and the organizers of Tokyo have kept up to date since the viral outbreak in China three months ago across Asia and around the world: matches will open as scheduled on July 24 .

The organizers of Tokyo 2020 received the Olympic flame during a scaled-down transfer ceremony in the Greek capital on March 19.

Lord Coe, chief of the world athletics, claimed that it is too early to cancel the Tokyo Olympics this summer, but has warned it could be done if necessary on March 19.


The World Indoor Athletics Championships, which would be held in Nanjing from March 13-15, is postponed to March 2021.

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North Korea canceled the Pyongyang Marathon scheduled for April impose a border fence due to the magnitude of the outbreak in South Korea, where the Seoul Marathon is canceled to protect runners.

The Paris Half Marathon is canceled and the French government has also decided to ban all public gatherings of more than 100 people before ordering people to stay at least 15 days from March 15. The race with some 44,000 participants was scheduled for Sunday, March 1. Organizers said the race will be postponed to a date to be determined.

The London Marathon, which would take place on April 26, has been postponed to October 4. More than 40,000 runners would participate.

The Barcelona Marathon, scheduled for March 15, has been postponed to October. International Olympic Committee, but held in Amman from March 3-11.

The IBF title fight between Daniele Scardina and Andrew Francillette in Milan on February 28 was postponed by Matchroom due to restrictions in Italy after the outbreak.

The Japanese Boxing Commission has canceled all combat tickets scheduled for March on the advice of the government to suspend all ongoing sports matches. They are not moved.

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The British Boxing Board of Control announced on Tuesday March 17 that all boxing events under their jurisdiction for March will be postponed due to the corona virus.

That decision led to the heavyweight clash between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce being postponed. That fight, which was framed for April 11, has been moved to July 11 at the O2 Arena.

Matchroom Boxing has also postponed all scheduled events for March and April, including Josh Kelly's European title fight against Russian David Avanesyan (scheduled for March 28).

The European Olympic boxing qualifying tournament in London has been suspended. It was thanks to the Tokyo 2020 qualification for 77 male and female boxers, with 322 participating.

Edroom Hearn, chief of Matchroom Boxing, said Anthony Joshua's heavyweight title defense against Kubrat Pulev, scheduled for June 20, can be rescheduled for July. All battles promoted by Matchroom in March and April have been postponed.

Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders, destined for May in Las Vegas, was delayed before they were even announced, but the Mexican is reportedly still planning to host the game in June.


The English tour of Sri Lanka was postponed on March 13, indicating the English and Wales Cricket Board & # 39; Total Unprecedented Times & # 39 ;.

The decision was confirmed while Joe Root & # 39; s squad was in the field at Colombo & # 39; s P Sara Oval, where he fought a warm-up match for a series of two tests.

On March 18, the West Indies offered to organize England's upcoming home tests against them in the Caribbean rather than the UK – should the coronavirus outbreak have not improved by then. England will face the Windies in a series of three tests, which starts at the Oval on June 4, but can be delayed until September. If playing the series in England proves to be unworkable, CWI has offered to step in for this series, as well as the three England tests against Pakistan that will start on July 30. Although there are Covid-19 cases in the Caribbean, the impact there has been limited so far.

The start of the Indian Premier League season has also been postponed to April 15. The 2020 campaign is expected to start on March 29. The IPL franchises are also ready to quarantine their foreign players for a period of 14 weeks. days, when the travel restrictions are lifted so that they can arrive.

On March 13, India's ongoing one-day international series against South Africa was postponed, while Australia's one-day internationals against New Zealand are played behind closed

Scotland's one-day series against the United States and UAE has been postponed. The games are said to be played in Florida in April.

The English cricketers only played a recast test series against the West Indies in the Caribbean on December at the earliest in December, which appeared on March 19.


Cycling's Giro d & # 39; Italia has been canceled and the race is scheduled for May in Hungary.

The last two stages of the UAE Tour were canceled after two race officials were suspected of the disease.

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The Tour de France is in danger of being canceled. The planned start in Nice will take place in just over three months, on June 27. The British and French governments expect the pandemic to last through the summer, and race organizers are studying. alternative planning.

The Paris-Roubaix cycling race, another important event on the French sports calendar, was postponed due to the pandemic, while the April 5 Tour of Flanders, previously canceled during the First World War, was also postponed in a further sign that Le Tour is under serious threat.


This summer's Euro 2020 tournament has been postponed to the following summer (2021) after a UEFA conference held in March 17. The postponement provides an opportunity for completion of European club competitions.

All football in England will be suspended until at least April 30 – but the 2019-20 season will eventually have to be completed after the FA has adapted their own rules to extend the SURE campaign after holding crisis talks on March 19 . ovid-19.

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The Premier League clash between Manchester City and Arsenal, scheduled for March 11, had already been delayed as a "precaution". after Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis tested positive for coronavirus for weeks after seeing his Greek team play at the Emirates Stadium.

On March 13, UEFA announced that all scheduled Champions League and Europa League games have been postponed, as well as the quarterfinals draw for both leagues. UEFA hopes to complete the games in the summer, but dates are not yet known.

All Chinese domestic matches at all levels were postponed and the season was pushed back, the first football hit by the outbreak in the country of origin. However, there are reports suggesting that the competition may resume on April 18 if China master the virus.

Asian Champions League games with Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG are postponed to April.

] The start of the Korean K-League season is postponed. The four teams in the AFC Champions League play their matches behind closed doors.

The Japanese J-League has postponed all domestic games until mid-March, but further delays are inevitable.

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Italy, the country most affected by the virus outside China, was canceled before the government locked the population. All sports, including Serie A matches, were suspended until at least April 3 to catch the virus.

In France, it was announced on Friday March 13 that there will be no top football in France for the foreseeable future after their governing body postponed all matches.

In Spain, the final of Copa del Rey on April 18 between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad has been postponed. LaLiga is also being postponed until at least the end of March.

The German Bundesliga, the other major European league, will also be suspended until at least April 3.

The Dutch Eredivisie and the Primeira Liga of Portugal have also been suspended.

The Irish Football Association has announced that all football under its jurisdiction will end until March 29.

Major League Soccer has been suspended for 30 days to mid-April with the delay of Inter Miami's first home game at David Beckham.

The South American Football Association has postponed this year's Copa America, which will take place from June 12 to July 12, until 2021.

FIFA said the newly expanded Club World Cup, originally scheduled to take place in China in June 2021, will be postponed and a new date will be announced when 'there is more clarity on the situation' # 39 ;. would be postponed, including that of development teams. It means that England's friendly matches with Italy and Denmark have been canceled.

Euro 2020 play-off games to be held on March 26, including Scotland against Israel, have been postponed to June.

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Manchester United clash on Austrian side Lask was behind closed doors, and United handed out £ 350 to each fan to help with travel and accommodation after selling 900 tickets to the Europa League game.

Newcastle United forbade their players to shake hands amid fears of the corona virus.

Cristiano Ronaldo became isolated in Madeira after it was revealed that his Juventus teammate, Daniele Rugani, has coronavirus. Blaise Matuidi from Juventus also tested positive for coronavirus.

Elsewhere in Italy, Fiorentina striker Patrick Cutrone, who is on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, tested positive for coronavirus.

In Spain, 35% of the Valencia team staff tested positive for coronavirus, with all cases asymptomatic.

The Real Madrid first-team squad was quarantined after a member of the basketball team tested positive for Covid-19. The two teams share the same training facility.

Liverpool has announced a charity match between Reds Legends and Barcelona Legends to be played in Anfield on March 28 has been postponed.

FIFA says it will postpone the South American World Cup qualifying matches taking place in March.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus on March 12, placing the entire squad of the first team in isolation. Gunners' game against Brighton, scheduled for Saturday, March 14, has been postponed.

In the early morning of Friday, March 13, Chelsea announced that winger Callum Hudson-Odoi had diagnosed the disease.

The club's first team went into self-isolation, while two buildings were closed on their training ground in Cobham.

Premier League clubs, including Manchester United and Manchester City, have sent players home to train only after the British government's increasing crackdown on mass gatherings and unnecessary social contact.

West Ham chief Karren Brady called for the season to be annulled, while Aston Villa believes no team should be banned. In this situation, Liverpool, the runaway league leaders, may be horrified to be refused the title, despite being on the verge of securing their first league trophy in nearly 30 years. Europe is bracing itself for a reported total closure of each league until September.

Top level English and Scottish football was initially suspended until April 3 at the earliest. The Football Association, the Premier League, the English Football League, the FA Women's Super League and the FA Women's Championship all agreed to end the competition with immediate effect.


The seasonally opening Australian Grand Prix was canceled after a McLaren team member crashed with Covid-19, leading the British team to retire earlier to decide whether the race will continue.

The announcement came hours after Lewis Hamilton said it was & # 39; shocking & # 39; was that the race continued.

The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19 was the first race to be postponed, without deciding whether to re-enter the 2020 calendar for later in the season.

The Bahrain Grand Prix, scheduled for March 20-22, is also being canceled, as is the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix, scheduled to take place on April 5 in Hanoi.

We hope that the Dutch Grand Prix on May 3 will be the first race of the new season, but there is growing concern that much of the Formula 1 calendar will be missed due to Covid-19.

The iconic Monaco Grand Prix on May 24 is still under threat.

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On March 13 the Masters was postponed. In a statement released online, Fred Ridley, president of Augusta National Golf Club, stressed that decision makers hope the championship will be "later". hold. The first major of the year for men would begin on April 9.

The US PGA Championship, the second major of the year, has now joined and postponed the Masters. It was supposed to take place at San Francisco's TPC Harding Park May 11-17, but it moved later this summer.

After deciding to play without spectators from the second round of the Players Championship after that, the PGA Tour canceled the event completely after the first round on March 12.

They also canceled the following three events leading up to the Masters, but then canceled four more events in April and May – the RBC Heritage, the New Orleans Zurich Classic, the Wells Fargo Championship, and the AT&T Byron Nelson – also the dust. It is hoped that the season can be summarized by the end of May.

The European Tour canceled all tournaments until the popular Made in Denmark event on May 21. Many of them would take place in China or East Asia in countries hard hit by the outbreak.

The women's game has also been affected by postponement and cancellation, with the first major of the year, the ANA Inspiration, the most famous victim.

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Lorenzo Gagli and Edoardo Molinari were withdrawn from the Oman Open for medical reasons after Gagli showed symptoms of the virus. He shared a hotel room with Molinari and was told to isolate himself. They were later placed back into the tournament after being tested negative for the virus.


The Grand National was canceled due to new restrictions from the British government to combat the spread of the corona virus, making it impossible to spot the Aintree showpiece to be organized on April 4. Cheltenham Festival continued under some criticism before tightening social distance measures.

The Japan Racing Association has revealed that & # 39; government-approved races & # 39; will take place behind closed doors.

Racing in Ireland takes place until March 29 behind closed doors.

The World Cup meeting in Dubai continues on March 28 & # 39; without paid hospitality spectators & # 39 ;.

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This year's Six Nations will have to wait for the game to end with all remaining games postponed.

England's match with Italy and the journey from Ireland to France had already taken place was canceled with Wales and Scotland, leaving it until the day before their game was called off.

Saturday, October 31, is a possible date for the last weekend of games.

The Women's Six Nations has also been affected by procrastination.

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The RFU suspended all levels of rugby in England until April 14, with the announcement shortly after the five-week Premiership was discontinued.

The quarterfinals of the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup have also been postponed. Those games were scheduled for April 3, 4 and 5.

The RFL and the Super League of the rugby league have now followed the same example and postponed all matches for at least three weeks. Eight Leeds Rhinos players were found to be self-insulating.


The French Open, one of the four Grand Slam tournaments, is postponed to September due to a wide closing in France.

The clay court major was planned from May 24 to June 7, but that has shifted to September 20 to October 4, after the US Open, which was to be the last major of the year.

Players have quickly criticized the move, which has caused a conflict with the Laver Cup men's team event led by Roger Federer, and a women's tournament in China.

All events on the ATP Tour are suspended for six weeks.

The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, which was scheduled to start on March 9, was postponed at eleven. It came after a confirmed case of the coronavirus in the nearby Coachella Valley.

The final of an ATP Challenger event in Bergamo, Italy, between Enzo Couacaud and Illya Marchenko of Ukraine, has been canceled. Both players received ranking points and prize money for reaching the final. They were not given the opportunity to play behind closed doors.

China lost a Davis Cup tie because the men's team could not travel to Romania for the play-off from March 6 to 7.

WTA events have also been canceled. The WTA has announced that they are evaluating their schedule with a number of events scheduled for China in the second half of the season.

The International Tennis Federation has announced that the Fed Cup finals have been postponed. The event would be held in Budapest in April, and the league's playoffs, which would take place in eight different locations, have also been put on hold.

The WTA also announced that there will be no tournaments. staged for at least five weeks.


The NBA has been suspended indefinitely after two Utah Jazz players contracted the virus. On March 17, Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant confirmed that he had tested positive for the virus alongside three unnamed teammates.

In a tool to reduce the risk of exposure to the virus, the NBA had told players not to take objects such as signature seeker's pens, markers, balls, and jerseys.

The NHL has announced it has interrupted the 2019-20 season without a confirmed date for it to resume.

The UFC has canceled its next three events, although President Dana White continues for the long-awaited lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson.

MotoGP canceled their first two races of the season in Qatar and Thailand.

South Korea's baseball league canceled all 50 preseason games scheduled for March 14-24. It is the first time since the start of the competitions in 1982 that a whole series of exhibition games has been eliminated.

The drawing of the first leg for the World Table Tennis Championships, scheduled for South Korea from March 22-29, is postponed.

A beach volleyball tournament, held in Yangzhou April 22-26 from April, will be postponed until after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The short track speed skating world championship in Seoul is canceled.

The World Triathlon Series event in Abu Dhabi was postponed as a precaution.

The World Ice Hockey Women's Championships in Canada have been canceled.

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In badminton, the German Open (March 3-8), Vietnam Open (March 24-29) and Polish Open (March 26-29), all Olympic qualifying events, will be canceled due to & # 39; strict health protection & # 39 ;.

The Japanese professional baseball league has made the decision to play its 72 games for the season until March 15 behind closed doors. Baseball is one of the most popular sports in Japan.

Doubts remain as the Asian Weightlifting Championships, scheduled for March, are moving from Kazakhstan to neighboring Uzbekistan. They can still be postponed.

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Japan 0-1 England: Ellen White hands Lionesses vital SheBelieves victory to ease pressure on Neville

Japan 0-1 England: Ellen White hands lionesses essential SheBelieves victory to relieve pressure on boss Phil Neville

  • Phil Neville & # 39; s England confronted Japan against Japan in Japan on Sunday New Jersey
  • The first half ended goals with both sides evenly alike
  • England finally broke through with Toni Duggan squaring for Ellen White to to score

Ellen White & # 39; s beloved trademark & ​​# 39; goggle & # 39; celebration is back after helping England to narrow victory over Japan in their second clash between SheBelieves Cup in New Jersey.

Sat at the team hotel overlooking the Manhattan skyline on the eve of the game, under pressure manager Phil Neville promised an & # 39; & # 39; reaction of his players after watching his side, succumb again to the power of the four-time world champions on Thursday.

His lionesses responded to his scream, despite the hope of preserving the silverware that they had already won for 12 months after being interrupted.

Ranked four places above their opponents in the official FIFA world ranking, England had lost six of their last nine games prior to their trip to New Jersey and there have been calls by his side to prove that they are & # 39; non-negotiable & # 39; control playing style.

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Despite their efforts to play through the third party, there is still work to be done here.

Japan that lost 3-1 to Spain was also under pressure from a team, with a home-grown Olympic Games around the corner, according to Coronavirus.

The New York governor declared a & # 39; state of emergency & # 39; and so players again refrained from shaking hands prior to the kick-off – although there were few other visible signs of concern.

Six name changes on the side that were queuing up in Orlando three days ago, the English manager remained true to his word by giving his young stars a chance against the winners of the 2011 World Cup.

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After holding her own in her first senior start against Megan Rapinoe and co., Manchester City-striker Lauren Hemp retained her place. 22-year-old Everton & Chloe Kelly was also rewarded with her first start since she made her senior debut in England more than a year ago.

Although she looked somewhat nervous in the first passages of the game, she grew in self-confidence as the game progressed, closely following Bethany, England.

But it was 19-year-old Hemp who came closest to England less than five minutes ahead. After stealing the ball from Risa Shimizu, Hemp noticed she was through, although her effort was comfortably saved by goalkeeper Sakiko Ikeda up close.

Mina Tanaka – who, like the rest of the Japanese start XI, plays her club football in her home country – twice forced incoming young shotstop Ellie Roebuck to palm the ball wide beside her goal. The 10th ranked party, which was also denied by the woodwork, failed to punish England with smart runs behind the defense.


England (4-1-4-1): Roebuck; Daly, Houghton, Bright, Stokes; Walsh [Williamson 60′]; Hemp [Duggan 60′] Stanway [Staniforth 70′] Nobbs [Scott 90+2] Kelly [Parris 60′]; England [White 70′]

Subs: Telford, MacIver, Greenwood, McManus, Russian, Fisk

Bookings: Kelly

Objectives: White (84 & # 39;)

Japan (4-2-2): Ikeda; Shimizu [Endo 45′] Doko, Miyake, Miyagawa; Momiki, Miura, Sugita, Nakajima [Ueki 66] Iwabuchi, Tanaka [Uenko ’76]

Subs: Kumagai, Minami, Sugasawa, Naomoto, Ikejiri, Hasegawa, Yamashita, Matsubara90, Hirao

Bookings: Sugita

Targets: N / A

Referee: Katja Koroleva

Despite creating multiple opportunities, England failed to break the deadlock before the break, although there were clear signs of improvement, even if they still missed the clinical benefit in the last third they have long talked about.

The bank in England agreed to the hourly changes, with Hemp, Kelly, Walsh Stanway and England both coming midway through the second half.

Neville was criticized for not using England until the 81st against the US and although she quickly proved her worth against Japan, she was left with her missed ch when she was replaced by Ellen White.

The striker of Chelsea, who, however, feared she would never enter the senior team, certainly gave Neville thinking.

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White & # 39; s brace insured England & # 39; s 2-0 ove rwinning on Asako Takaku ra & # 39; s side in the group stage of the 2019 World Cup in Nice and she again offers the difference between the two sides, making the lionesses in front with less than 10 minutes on the clock.

England's top scorer last summer, anticipating a mix for Hina Sugita and Shiori Miyake, substitute Toni Duggan, played a great ball in the penalty area and eagerly served White in the penalty area to drag past Sakiko Ikeda.

Neville will lead his side to Frisco, Texas on Monday prior to England's last SheBelieves Cup test on Thursday against Spain.

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Ross County 0-1 Rangers: Ryan Kent’s deflected effort eases pressure on Steven Gerrard

Ross County 0-1 Rangers: Ryan Kent's deflected effort eases pressure on Steven Gerrard while Gers wins the first win in four domestic games

Ryan Kent & # 39; s deflected strike deserved Rangers made their first win in four home games after an unconvincing display against Ross County.

Kent had done as much effort as everyone in the Gers team in Dingwall, but he was rewarded for a positive piece in the 77th minute to earn his side a 1-0 win over Ladbrokes Premiership.

County had forced some good chances after a calm first half, but Rangers improved after the introduction of Florian Kamberi.

The victory caused much needed respite for manager Steven Gerrard after successive defeats through Hearts and Hamilton she saw crashing out of the William Hill Scottish Cup and falling 13 points behind Premiership leaders Celtic.

Gerrard admitted that his team & # 39; shot of confidence & # 39; was after their defeat in the midweek by Accies and the victory was a welcome boost for a tough week in which they are faced with Bayer Leverkusen and Celtic.

Rangers missed James Tavernier, Ryan Jack and Jermain Defoe due to an injury with Matt Polster who came in at the back right and replaced Kent Kamberi in the basic line-up

Glen Kamara had fired a shot when Rangers hit the forefoot started, but they quickly lost momentum and County forced several offensive set pieces without making any of it.

Ross Laidlaw made a double stop of Kent and Alfredo Morelos in the 16th minute but the only other time he was put into action before the break was to make a comfortable rescue from a long-range attack by Steven Davis.

Rangers had no urgency and Joe Aribo and Kent had trouble getting on the ball.

When Davis Kent let in the right back, the former Liverpool player conquered the ball and allowed Laidlaw to gather.

Kent continued in the same spirit immediately after the break – he hit the first defender with a cross, gave the ball away and was offside in a promising break.

County felt that there was more at stake for them and Billy McKay was thwarted by Allan McGregor's foot after Don Cowie expropriated Aribo on the edge of the Rangers box

More chances for the house followed. Ross Stewart, who made his first start of 2020 after an injury, seized a good opportunity after a break by Josh Mullin, who quickly ran through the heart of the Gers team and fired a shot that pushed McGregor.

Gerrard made his first change in the 63rd minute by calling in Kamberi for Ianis Hagi, who had seen the liveliest player in Gers midfield and saved a decent second half with a drilled attempt of 20 yards.

Kamberi injected some directness into the game of Rangers and he had a shot wide diverted before the visitors threatened from the resulting corner, Iain Vigurs headed the ball away from Morelos on the line after Aribo was on his way to the far post.

More good defending stopped George Edmondson's header at Laidlaw, but the pressure paid off. Kamberi spread the ball to Kent on the right wing and he cut in and shot a 20-meter shot that bounced into the far corner against Richard Foster.

Cowie had a half chance of leveling but shot weakly at McGregor and Morelos were thwarted by a goal-line clearance in standstill time.

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England prepare for tough game against Japan as pressure mounts on Phil Neville

England prepares for a tough match against Japan, while pressure on Phil Neville to turn a bad shape into SheBelieves Cup

  • England faces 2011 World Cup winners Japan in the SheBelieves Cup on Sunday
  • Pressure is on Phil Neville with only two victories from the last seven games
  • Beth England has its teammates supported to change their form to game two
  • England missed the team that made the World Cup semi-final in 2019

England & # 39; s revenge mission against the US appeared apparently falling apart at the SheBelieves Cup opener on Friday, along with any hope of retaining the trophy that they won 12 months ago in Tampa.

Although on paper it is nothing more than an annual invitation tournament, the stakes are much higher for manager Phil Neville who held on to his job less than four months ago after winning only two games in seven since the semi-final defeat of the World Cup last summer.

He mentioned four changes in the starting XI against the US on that fateful night in Lyon, although surprisingly Beth England, was the FA Women & # 39; s Super League joint top scorer (14) not one of them. And he waited less than 10 minutes for the end to attract her, despite the fact that his game did not test Alyssa Michele Naeher.

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Although in-form Chelsea striker, a self-proclaimed & # 39; la te bloomer & # 39; because she had only entered the senior team at the age of 25, she says family that her call, given their last name, & # 39; was written in the stars. Although she admits that the 2019 World Cup came too early.

& # 39; Of course, everyone in this position wants to play on the biggest stage. But looking back, I'll probably say it was right. I personally don't know if I was ready for it, & said England, and admitted that she had previously seen a psychologist loaned to Liverpool after doubting her chances of making it.

& # 39; But my job now is just to show why I am good enough and what I can do to hopefully strengthen the team and try to help them go as far as possible. & # 39;

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England faces 2011 World Cup winners Japan at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey on Sunday knowing that they have to achieve a win and a convincing performance, so they haven't done mething for eight months in order to begin to restore their reputation – and so does Neville.

But Asako Takakura lost 3-1 to Spain in their opening game SheBelieves Cup in Orlando, and with an Olympic home game just around the corner, they are also under pressure to show that they can win, coronavirus permits.

Fortunately for the lionesses, the expectations do not weigh heavily on England's shoulders, even though that cannot be said of her manager.

& # 39; I don't try to listen to that as much as I can. At the end of the day it is a different set of girls [to the ones I play with at Chelsea]. I am still learning what their strengths are and they are learning mine. & # 39;

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Manchester City find their feet in Europe at last to lift pressure on Pep Guardiola

During the ten years or so that Manchester City has spent climbing to the top of the English and European football, there have been a number of important passages.

The last four minutes against QPR in 2012 – when their first Premier League title was won – come to mind as well as the three minutes it took to get a 3- lead lead 1 left over Manchester United stretching to 6-1 at Old Trafford earlier that season.

Now, after this, there may be another form-shifting period when City and Pep Guardiola will one day reflect.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling celebrate Manchester City's second goal on Wednesday

A goal here with 12 minutes to go, it felt like City might have been looking forward two and a half years to their last Champions League football match when Real Madrid comes to Manchester next month.

] As it looks now, remember that UEFA City will not invite you to play in the next two editions of this competition. And although City & # 39; s appeal against their conviction in the hours before the kick-off here can still change that landscape considerably, the way this game was on its way felt very ominous on what was a very flat evening at the time. Bernabeu.

But just when City needed another stopping place in their history – just when they needed something to give Guardiola and his players a season and maybe even an extra interpretation – they managed to come up with something.

Between the 78th and 83rd minutes of this game, City scored not once but twice. Once would have done as it happens. An away goal and a 1-1 draw would have been enough to take to the Etihad stadium to defy a Real side that did nothing here to scare or impress anyone.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Pep Guardiola gives instructions to Raheem Sterling as he prepares to get off the couch

Yes, one would have been enough. Real – however poor they were – had created a couple of half chances after Isco had given them the lead on the hour, and as such City might have been able to get two down and ahead of the competition prematurely.

But as it turned out, Gabriel Jesus' header was soon followed by a Kevin De Bruyne penalty and out of nowhere City had changed something bleak and miserable in their most important win of the season.

Sometimes it needs something like this to bring a team to life and give it a boost. Maybe it also helps with faith. City had previously defeated United when they plundered Old Trafford on that incredible day under Roberto Mancini in October 2011.

Indeed, they had defeated them six months earlier in the FA Cup semi-final in Wembley.

But that day in Manchester represented much more than a big win, it proved to City players that they were ready to take the next step and just over six months later – home at QPR on the last day of the season – she did that.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Gabriel Jesus scored the crucial equalizer of City to turn what looked like a gloomy night

So there may be comparisons after this. Europe has always felt a kind of strange, non-quantifiable challenge for City, whoever the manager has been. After this, it may not be so anymore and it is the way it happened that might turn the switch in their head.

This was a strange night that looked like a bad night and then an incredibly good one became one. On the one hand it was a night of classic European cats and mice, a night in which everything changed in an instant.

But for the most part football did not fit. It was a bad competition for long periods, a competition that was formed early by the odd selection of Guardiola.

The Catalan returned to this stadium for the first time in six months and his impact was felt as soon as the team had fallen sheets. With Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and – even stranger – with Fernandinho. For such a big competition, he had made a hat trick of very large phone calls.

His team was flat for a long time. Just like Madrid, their lowest number of first half shots were scored on goal in Europe since a match here against Galatasaray in 2013.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= It felt as if Guardiola had been left on the couch by Sergio Aguero

Frankly, it looked and felt like Guardiola had disappeared. There are major risks associated with such selections. But over time his team grew into the match and were actually the better side and finding a threat the moment Isco ended a real escape to simply beat Ederson from 13 yards with half an hour to go.

did not threaten to blow down Real's house while looking for parity, but their football was progressive. Guardiola's substitutions were also appropriate, and it was one of them, Sterling, who won the penalty that completed the comeback.

These are strange times for City. Liverpool will have taken their league title from them by Easter and only the courts can give them a ticket for next year's Champions League.

Yet it felt like something important was happening here. A victory at a European superpower always means something, but one day we may feel a bit bigger than what happened this week in Spain.

City's relationship with the Champions League is not over yet.

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Robin van Persie insists Solskajer will still face pressure if Manchester United win Europa League

& # 39; Question marks remain unless something changes & # 39 ;: Robin van Persie insists that Ole Gunnar Solskajer will still be under pressure, even if Manchester United wins the Europa League, saying only & # 39; attractive & # 39; football will save him

Robin van Persie believes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should not only supply trophies but also attractive football to win supporters of Manchester United .

The Norwegian has endured a mixed tenure since taking over the manager of the Old Trafford club in Decmeber 2018, with the team currently seventh in the Premier League and three points from the top four.

Former Red Devils van Persie assassin also believes that the pressure of following in the footsteps of Sir Alex Ferguson generates further pressure on managers in the club.

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Van Persie said to the sun: “Question marks for Ole remain unless something changes, even if they win the Europa League – the standards are so high.

& # 39; It would help take some pressure away, but the club has won so many years and everyone remembers the Ferguson era.

& # 39; His philosophy was about taking risks and playing entertaining football and that is what United fans expect.

& # 39; If you play there, that is the pressure you have to get used to. Winning is not enough – you have to win in a beautiful and attractive way. & # 39;

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Van Persie explained: & # 39; When they won under Mourinho, it somehow felt unsatisfactory.

& # 39; She won it, yes, but you have to do it in a certain way. If you win ugly, I don't think it counts for some people.

& # 39; If you go back to that final against Ajax, it was a tactical final. The games before that were not great either.

& # 39; You did not describe United as a few levels above their opponent.

& # 39; They crossed the line in the final, but Solskjaer has to go one step further over the coming months.

& # 39; Football is entertainment and fans want to see it. Missed an opportunity? That's fine, but it has to be in a way that pleases the eye.

Yes, there are many styles to win; there is more than one way to Rome. But the system they find must be positive.

& # 39; And I hope for Solskjaer that he can find that style, whatever that is, and do it in a stylish way.

& # 39; He has proven himself in Europe before, but if you are the coach of United, you must always prove yourself. That never ends, from the first to the last day. & # 39;

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Van Persie added: & # 39; It's a great trophy to win, against some really good sides & # 39; .

& # 39; In recent years, teams just below that highest level are getting better with more money to spend on better players.

& # 39; For example, if you look at the Inter team, that is a top quality team. If you draw against them, it becomes difficult.

& # 39; It is not certain that United will even reach the final. & # 39;

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Eddie Hearn insists Anthony Joshua will crank up pressure on Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury

& # 39; Until he defeats the victor, the world will not be satisfied & # 39 ;: Eddie Hearn insists that Anthony Joshua increase the pressure on Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury winner after rematch

  • Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury have a big rematch in Las Vegas next Saturday
  • Anthony Joshua wants to face the winner, although there may be a trilogy
  • His promoter Eddie Hearn insists that they put pressure on the victor to fight

Anthony Joshua will swing press on the winner of the rematch of Tyson Fury with Deontay Wilder .

AJ & # 39; s promoter Eddie Hearn insists they will push to start a huge collision in 2020, whether against the American or the & # 39; Gypsy King & # 39; is.

He told Sky Sports : Everyone has opinions, but it is impossible to say. My opinion is that Joshua is the best, but until he beats the winner, the world will not be satisfied.

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We need to put pressure on the winner to finally get our str time to enter into 2020.

& # 39; We will hav and have a conversation and say: & are you doing a third fight? If so, can you do it quickly? & # 39; & # 39;

Much will depend on the nature of the victory on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

There may be a third clash between Wilder and Fury to settle their score once and for all.

If that is the case, the fight with Joshua would take a back seat and fans may have to wait even longer to see the former Olympic champion trying to unite the heavyweight division.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= AJ wants to fight against either Wilder of Fury for the end of 2020, but there could be a trilogy fight

Negotiations are never easy, but Hearn believes there is a better chance of reaching an agreement with the Fury team.

& # 39; It is easier on the Fury side because it is just a conversation with [his US-based promoter] Bob Arum and [his management] MTK, & # 39; Hearn added.

& # 39; Wilder may not even want to know. & # 39;

AJ found deliverance in Saudi Arabia last year with a unanimous decision to reclaim his titles and take exact revenge on Andy Ruiz.

There is an enormous call to fight Fury of Wilder and the 30-year-old will undoubtedly watch Saturday with great interest.

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RB Leipzig 3-0 Bremen: Hosts power back into Bundesliga lead to keep pressure on Bayern Munich

RB Leipzig 3-0 Werder Bremen: Patrik Schick and Nordi Mukiele power hosts back to top position in the Bundesliga, earning their first win in five to keep pressure on Bayern Munich

  • Werder Bremen traveled to the Red Bull Arena on Saturday to take on RB Leipzig
  • Lukas Klostermann used a well-functioning set piece to put Leipzig first
  • ] Patrik Schick doubled the hosts' lead after 38 minutes with a header
  • Leipzig stormed in the second half by dropping three make, Nordi Mukiele finish
  • RB Leipzig enhanced their title challenge by dominating Werder Bremen on Saturday, returning to winning roads and overtaking Bayern Munich to return to the top position in Germany .

    Bayern will take the lead again with a win over Koln on Sunday, but Leipzig remained under pressure by winning its first win in five games.

    The side of Julian Nagelsmann started quickly and continued after 17 minutes with a Lukas Klostermann branch, up 2-0 in the break after Patrik Schick headed from a corner.

    The hosts extended their lead seconds after the restart, with Konrad Laimer playing an excellent passing ball to set up Nordi Mukiele.

    More to follow …

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    Patrik Schick's powerful header doubled the advantage of giving Bremen little hope

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    Lee Sharpe believes Solskjaer is being put under MORE pressure by Pochettino’s availability 

    & # 39; The Pochettino situation does not help & # 39 ;: Lee Sharpe believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer MORE is being pressured into Manchester United by the availability of the former Tottenham boss

    • Former Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has been associated with the function Man Utd
    • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure, with his side currently eighth in the table
    • They face Chelsea on Monday night, currently occupying fourth place

    • Former midfielder Lee Sharpe says speculation doesn't help

    Former Manchester United midfielder Lee Sharpe says that the current availability of Mauricio Pochettino is putting additional pressure on current Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    The Norwegian had a hard time in his first full season – his side is currently eighth in the Premier League six points from the top four of the Premier League.

    Ex-Spurs boss Pochettino has not had a job since November, and with rumors connecting the Argentinian with the Old Trafford hotseat constantly in the headlines, Sharpe thinks it has an effect on Solskjaer's ability to work to do .

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Male Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been in Spain for mid-season training this week

    Former track boss Mauricio Pochettino remains linked to the Old Trafford hotseat

    & # 39; Every week at a club like United. You have to win every race and if you don't, the pressure increases, & Sharpe told Sky Sports .

    & # 39; He will have set a goal at the start of the season that I believe it would have been top four. If they don't get those questions, chats will be held behind the scenes.

    & # 39; The situation in Pochettino does not help, but I also think that Ole knows the pressure associated with managing the club.

    & # 39; He does not need external influences that put extra pressure on him, he will already feel it. & # 39;

    Lee Sharpe believes that Solskjaer will already feel the pressure without external influences

    Sharpe played for Manchester United between 1988 and 1996 and won three Twice Premier League titles and the FA Cup.

    United, who trained in Spain this week, returns to the Premier League promotion on Monday after a two-week break.

    The side trip from Solskjaer to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea, knowing that he won places them three points behind the Blues who currently occupy that coveted fourth place.

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    Maurizio Sarri unfazed by pressure despite Juventus suffering two defeats out of three

    & # 39; If I did not want to take exams, I would have taken a job at the post office & # 39 ;: Maurizio Sarri was not pressured despite Juventus suffering two defeats during their last three games

    • Juventus lost in Napoli on January 26 and Hellas Verona on Saturday night
    • Juventus faces AC Milan in the semi-final first stage of Coppa Italia on Thursday evening
    • Pep Guardiola and Max Allegri are linked to replacing Maurizio Sarri

    Maurizio Sarri in undisturbed by Juventus & # 39; blip in shape, with the manager insisting that if he couldn't handle the pressure of the job, he would have wanted to work at the post office.

    The all-dominating Italian giants stumbled late – lost two of their last three games.

    Juve lost 2-1 in Napoli on January 26 before being defeated by the same score in Hellas Verona on Saturday.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Maurizio Sarri is not surprised by reports that his time is ticking as Juventus manager

    Those two results have dropped the Turin outfit to second place in the Serie A behind Inter Milan on goal difference.

    There is growing speculation that Juve could look to replace Sarri with Pep Guardiola or re-hire Massimiliano Allegri in the summer, but the Italian is not going to do the rumors.

    & # 39; If I did not want to undergo exams, I would have had a job at the post office. This is the job, "Sarri said in his press conference prior to the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg against AC Milan on Thursday evening.

    " We are on track to achieve the goals we set at the start of the season . Of course reflections can be made at competitions where things go wrong. & # 39;

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Juventus suffered their second defeat in three games with a loss of Saturday 2-1 in Hellas Verona

    It was reported that Sarri met club president Andrea Agnelli in the aftermath of the defeat of Verona, but Sarri gave it a different twist .

    & # 39; We were going to eat after the Fiorentina competition, I was in Coverciano, and the president had obligations and so this was arranged for later.

    & # 39; We had a normal dinner, but it was planned. & # 39;

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Sarri hopes that his side can bounce back against AC Milan in Thursday night the Coppa Italia

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