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Senegal beats Poland 2-1 in first African win at World Cup

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first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “You have to deserve your luck,” Niang said. “We were rewarded today for our work. You have to seize your chances when they are given to you.”Senegal became the first African team to win at this year’s World Cup after Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia were outscored 6-1 in losses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIt went ahead in the 37th minute when Thiago Cionek’s attempted block of Idrissa Gueye’s shot deflected and wrong-footed Szczesny, who was picked to start over fellow Arsenal castoff Lukasz Fabianski.After Niang doubled the lead in the 60th, Krychowiak headed in Kamil Grosicki’s free kick in the 86th minute, ending a streak of five straight scoreless openers for Poland. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Senegal’s Mane and Poland’s Robert Lewandowski rarely threatened in quiet World Cup debuts. Lewandowski topped the Bundesliga in scoring in three of the last five seasons and while he had 16 of Poland’s 28 goals in qualifying, he managed only one goal at the 2012 European Championship and one at Euro 2016.STAMPED FOR SUCCESSPoland released five million Lewanowski stamps last week with his image and “RL9.”FAVORITES?Six of the top eight teams in the FIFA rankings failed to win their openers. Belgium and France are the exceptions.HISTORY LESSONThe match was played at red-and-white Otkritie Arena, the 4-year-old home of Spartak Moscow, where Alexander Rukavishnikov’s 80-foot (25-meter) bronze statue of Spartacus rises high. The Russian club is named after the Thracian gladiator who led a slave rebellion against the Romans.INJURIESPoland: Midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski started limping midway through the first half, and his right calf was treated just before the restart that led to the goal. He was replaced by Bednarek at the start of the second half. “France and Senegal have a history,” said Cisse, who captained the 2002 team. “France was the country that colonized Senegal.”Poland fans in red and white were about three-quarters of the crowd of 44,190 as their nation returned to the World Cup for the first time since 2006. Poland kept up its dismal streak of World Cup starts — it has four losses and three draws since beating Argentina in 1974.Senegal took the lead when Niang went around Lukasz Piszczek on a flank following a restart and centered to Sadio Mane. The star midfielder passed to Gueye, whose right-footed shot from the arc headed toward Szczesny’s far post. Cionek, near the penalty spot, lifted his right leg and deflected the ball past Szczesny’s other side for the fourth own-goal of the tournament.Poland shifted to a three-man backline at the start of the second half, and Niang had been off the field after Jan Bednarek stomped on a foot. Referee Nawaf Shukralla of Bahrain, a veteran of two World Cup matches in 2014, waved Niang to come back on the field just as Krychowiak lofted a backpass from the center circle to Szczesny. Niang let it bounce twice, knocked the ball past the goalkeeper and then sprinted to catch up as the ball bounced three more times. He tapped it into the open net from about 8 yards.“Real unlucky situation,” Szczesny said. “Usually they keep him on the sideline for a little bit longer.”Still, he didn’t fault the referee.“That’s looking for an alibi for us,” he said. “It was a silly goal from our point.”Nawalka attributed the goal to confusion, saying players thought a substitute was coming on.“We simply lacked quality in the first half,” he said. “There were lots of unnecessary mistakes and lack of accuracy, and simply we didn’t play a very fluid football.”STAR SEARCH Iran player dodges question on women’s rights at World Cup MOST READ “Two goals following our mistakes was something that we were very unhappy with,” Poland coach Adam Nawalka said.Senegal is tied for the group lead with Japan, which upset Colombia 2-1. Senegal will play Japan on Sunday, when Poland meets Colombia.This win set off joy in the streets of Dakar.“We are not too euphoric because we do know there is going to be a difficult match against Japan,” Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said.Senegal President Macky Sall was in the stands to watch the world’s 27th-ranked team upset the eighth-ranked nation — and bring up memories of the 1-0 win over defending champion France 16 years ago.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Senegal players celebrate after winning the group H match between Poland and Senegal at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Senegal won Poland 2-1. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)MOSCOW — Senegal midfielder Mbaye Niang saw the signal from the referee to re-enter following treatment for an injury and jogged along the center line. Then Niang noticed Poland’s Grzegorz Krychowiak loft a backpass to Jan Bednarek, who hadn’t realized Niang was back on the field.Niang outsprinted goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to reach the ball about 40 yards from the net, knocked the ball forward and tapped it in for Senegal’s second fluky goal of the night. The Lions of Teranga held on for a 2-1 win over Poland and opened the World Cup with a surprising victory — just like in 2002.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

The Critical Relevance of Stability to Development

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first_imgIn her address at the opening of the new Coca Cola Bottling facility in Paynesville Monday, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf reminded Liberians that there was “no way that the Liberian economy or businesses operating in the country will boom amid the destruction of properties and businesses by demonstrations that have engulfed the country.”“Meaningful investments that are supposed to improve the lives of the Liberian people and the economy,” she added, “cannot come to the country when investors feel insecure.”This newspaper, the Daily Observer, has in just the past week published two editorials in this connection. The first was about the demonstrations in Ganta, Nimba, during which the thriving hotel as well as the homes of Mr. Prince Howard, a progressive Ganta entrepreneur, were looted and destroyed. Several people have since been arrested and, as usual, the parents of some of the youth involved have come asking for forgiveness.Well, that is the same thing some youth of the same county, Nimba, did to ArcelorMittal Liberia last year, resulting in damages costing millions of United States dollars. Then the parents of the youth came begging President Sirleaf to “forgive.” Have we forgotten what the 1980 coup d’état, staged by the People’s Redemption Council, did to Liberia? It started the brain drain that saw tens of thousands of our educated people leave the country, most of them—and their children—never to return. Then there was the civil war that drove into prolonged, largely interminable (endless) exile the remnants of the educated class. We are talking of medical doctors, nurses, engineers, technicians, teachers, priests and people of every imaginable profession.In his book on Albert Porte, the author, Kenneth Y. Best, quoted Dew Tuan Wreh Mayson, a founding member of the Movement for Justice in Africa (MOJA), and one of the leading advocates for change in the 1970s. Mayson told the author, “The day I meet President William R. Tolbert, Jr. in the Great Beyond, I will tell him, My man, you got best,” – a Liberian way of saying I’m sorry. What did Mayson mean? He saw what came after the violent overthrow of Tolbert. Samuel Doe and the PRC not only murdered thousands of innocent people, leading the country through 10 years of terror. They also looted the public treasury. How many people know of the US$21 million mansion President Samuel Doe built in Zwedru and another plush dwelling in his home town, Tuzon? Is it necessary to ask where he got the money from? Remember, too, that one of the prime reasons for the April 12 coup was “rampant corruption.”Doe and the PRC’s excesses led the country to civil war. This led us to Charles G. Taylor who plundered not one, but two countries, Liberia and Sierra Leone.For Mayson, Liberia was clearly better off with Tolbert than without him. There is a popular saying, “Be careful what you ask for.”That is precisely what our second editorial on violent demonstrations, instability and chaos was trying to say. And that is why we are still pleading with those in government who identify with the Student Unification Party (SUP) at the University of Liberia (UL) to go talk to them. This business of disrupting classes at UL is bad for the university, bad for Monrovia, the nation’s capital, and bad for Liberia. Fortunately for us, there are not too many places around the country where youth and students think and behave that way. The UL campus and Nimba County are the woeful exceptions. One of the world’s leading multinational corporations, Coca Cola, which happens to be headed by a young Liberian, Alex Cummings, insists on expanding its operations here and even going so far as to build a first class School of Technology in its Paynesville neighborhood. This is despite the economic downturn which Liberia suffered because of Ebola.What the UL students and the Nimba youth do not understand is that the world is watching. Capital (money, especially those who have a lot to invest) loves peace and stability. Anything else will drive investors away, and where will Liberia be without jobs?With our educational system still “in a mess,” the youths of the country, led by UL students who definitely should know better, should be the first to help fix the problem by doing all they can to maintain peace and stability, and give government and other stakeholders a chance to improve the situation. They should find peaceful means to resolve differences and disagreements. Are UL students truly interested in improving the academic standards of their school, which is at an all time low? We pray that they will heed the voices of reason and not those of recklessness. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more