Sports Wrap: BCCI gets a young & dynamic president, Man United end long wait for silverware and more

first_imgAnurag Thakur becomes youngest BCCI president, Ajay Shirke nominated SecretaryAnurag Thakur was elected BCCI president unanimously at a Special General Meeting in Mumbai today. All you need to know about the new BCCI boss Anurag Thakur Anurag Thakur, the youngest BCCI president in independent India, will have tough time ahead in handling the board against a complete restructuring recommended by the Supreme Court.Manchester United edge past Crystal Palace to win FA Cup Manchester United clinched their first trophy in three years at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday after substitute Jesse Lingard found the back of the net in extra time.Knight Riders host Sunrisers in a rain-threatened must-win game Kolkata Knight Riders take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Eden Gardens in a do-or-die game on Sunday and it is likely to be affected due to rain.Red-hot Royal Challengers Bangalore meet Delhi Daredevils in virtual knockout Royal Challengers Bangalore, who have notched up three consecutive wins to stay alive in the Indian Premier League, meet Delhi Daredevils in a virtual knockout game in Raipur tonight.last_img read more

Spain hit late winner in World Cup warm-up

first_imgTunisia 0 Spain 1: Aspas seals late win for unimpressive Spaniards Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 04:40 6/10/18 aspas-cropped Getty Images Iago Aspas scored the winner late on in Krasnodar as Spain just about did enough to beat a well-drilled Tunisia ahead of the World Cup. Spain produced a disappointing showing in their final World Cup preparation friendly, needing a late Iago Aspas strike to secure a 1-0 win over Tunisia on Saturday.Julen Lopetegui’s men go into the finals in Russia as one of the tournament favourites, yet they showed little evidence of their qualification form in Krasnodar, appearing toothless in attack before Aspas’ fierce 84th-minute effort.Although Spain’s knack for keeping the ball still seems in good health, they did not do a great deal with it in a particularly unimpressive first-half display. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Tunisia looked a far greater threat in the final third, but their finishing left a lot to be desired – Ferjani Sassi and Naim Sliti particularly culpable with bad misses.Spain had a little more control in the second half and managed to carve out a few chances, David Silva and Diego Costa going close.Tunisia nevertheless looked to have done enough to claim a commendable draw, but Aspas drilled home after Costa showed good awareness to pick him out, meaning Spain head into the World Cup in winning form and unbeaten since Euro 2016.9 – Iago Aspas has been involved in nine goasl in his ten games for Spain (five goals & four assists), all of them in the second half. Prince— OptaJose (@OptaJose) June 9, 2018For all of their possession, Spain showed precious little going forward during the early stages, with Tunisia looking much brighter.The underdogs had to rely on a Spain error for their first chance, as Thiago Alcantara’s pass across the defence was cut out by Anice Badri and he managed to tee up Sassi in the middle of the area. Fortunately for Spain, the Al-Nassr midfielder’s first-time effort was tame and straight at David de Gea.Spain appeared to have been roused as they went close twice in quick succession in the 22nd minute – Rodrigo Moreno glancing a header wide before Sergio Ramos’ 30-yard drive flew just over.That was hardly the start of an extended period of pressure, however, as Spain were lucky to not fall behind just after the half-hour mark.Badri again caused problems on the left, crossing into the danger zone for Sliti, who inexplicably failed to hit the target from six yards.Spain tightened up at the back upon the restart and eventually crafted a decent chance just before the hour, as Silva met Ramos’ deep cross and fired wide from a tight angle.Costa was introduced from the bench soon after and he quickly looked to make an impact, shooting from the edge of the box and forcing Aymen Mathlouthi into a fairly comfortable save.Spain stepped things up towards the end and were rewarded for their efforts as Costa – who initially appeared to have wasted the opportunity – broke into the box and opted to tee up Aspas instead of going for goal himself, the Celta Vigo star duly blasting in left-footed.Yet it was not a performance that will worry Portugal ahead of their World Cup opener on Friday. read morelast_img read more