LNTUP 10 Hot Topics Of The Day By The Date 11th November 2017
1. 2-0 for Senegal.
Sadio Mane played the leading role to take Senegal to next year’s World Cup in Russia, as they beat South Africa 2-0 away on Friday to take an unassailable lead in Group D of the African qualifiers.
The winger set up the opening strike for Diafra Sakho after 12 minutes and then had a shot saved shortly before half-time, which rebounded off home defender Thamsanqa Mkhize for an own goal.
2. Dominating victory for France.
Strike partners Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud scored as France began its World Cup warmup program with a comfortable 2-0 home win against Wales in a friendly on Friday.
Both have struggled for their clubs, with Griezmann lacking goals for Atletico Madrid and Giroud hardly managing to get a game for Arsenal.
3. AFC Asia Cup Qualifiers.
North Korea moved into second place in its Asian Cup qualifying group by beating Malaysia 4-1 on neutral turf in Thailand on Friday, finally starting a series that has been postponed three times.
The Asian Football Confederation intervened to ensure the match was played Thailand because of political tensions between North Korea and Malaysia.
4. Southgate is delighted with youngstars.
England coach Gareth Southgate was delighted with the composure and intelligence shown by his fresh-faced team on Friday as a side that eventually saw five debuts settled down to go toe-to-toe with world champions Germany in a 0-0 friendly draw.
5. Apologies from Cardona.
Colombia’s Edwin Cardona has apologised after sparking a racism controversy during his team’s 2-0 loss to South Korea in an international friendly.
“I didn’t mean to disrespect anyone, a country or a race, but if anyone felt offended, or interpreted it in that way, I am sorry,” Cardona said in a video posted on the Colombian national team’s official Twitter account.
6. Draw for New Zealand and Peru.
New Zealand weathered a lack of possession and territory to hold Peru to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their World Cup playoff at Wellington Regional Stadium on Saturday. The South Americans, ranked 10th in the world and heavily favoured to advance to next year’s finals in Russia, had only two real chances to score a crucial away goal as home captain Winston Reid marshalled the All Whites’ defence with aplomb.
7. Prabhakaran to contest the president ship for Delhi Soccer Association.
Aiming to make Delhi a “model football state” by 2021, Shaji Prabhakaran, a former regional development officer with the FIFA, will contest for the post of president in the upcoming Delhi Soccer Association elections. Prabhakaran, who has also worked as a senior consultant at Asian Football Confederation after his long association with the AIFF, has released his manifesto. “Our vision is to transform Delhi football and make it a model state for the sport in India by 2021,” Prabhakaran said on Saturday.
8. Pirlo joins the criticism panel.
Former playmaker Andrea Pirlo joined the criticism after Italy’s 1-0 defeat to Sweden on Friday left the four-times champions on the brink of missing out on the World Cup finals for the first time in 60 years.
“Italy looked like a scared team that was playing for a 0-0 draw. In Europe, that is not enough,” Pirlo told and added “It’s a red herring, Playing in Europe is not like in Italy, where you get a free kick for even the slightest contact. In these matches you need to be above all that and give 100 percent; it’s in these matches that you see the real players.”
9. 3-0 win for Portugal over Saudi Arabia.
Goncalo Guedes scored one goal and set up another to lead Portugal over Saudi Arabia 3-0 in a friendly on Friday.
Guedes passed for Manuel Fernandes to open the scoring in the 32nd minute before he added a second after halftime.
Joao Mario netted a late goal to round off the easy win for the hosts.
10. Two goals for Lukaku.
Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku scored twice but was upstaged by Mexico’s Hirving Lozano in an entertaining 3-3 draw in a friendly international on Friday.
Belgium are now undefeated in 14 games but needed a Lukaku equaliser in the 70th minute to secure a draw having twice led.
PSV Eindhoven striker Lozano scored twice for Mexico and had a hand in earning the penalty which Andres Guardado converted before the break to cancel out Eden Hazard’s 17th minute opener.