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Spain coach Julen Lopetegui fired after signing for Real Madrid

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Krasnodar (Russia), June 13: Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui was fired on Wednesday, two days before their first match in the 2018 FIFA World Cup after Real Madrid announced that he will take charge of the record European club football champions next season.

Julen Lopetegui, whose signing for Real Madrid was announced on the club’s website on Tuesday, had been at the helm of the Spanish national squad since 2016, and remained unbeaten in 20 games, reports Efe.

Spanish football association RFEF President Luis Rubiales said in a shock presser that he had lost confidence in Lopetegui after learning about the news five minutes before it was made public by La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid.

“We have been forced to break our agreement. The Spain team is the team of all the Spaniards, you can not do things this way, 2-3 days before the World Cup. We have been forced to make this decision with Julen Lopetegui, who has done an impeccable job,” Rubiales said.

“But we cannot accept this behaviour. This has been done without our knowledge. I do not feel betrayed. But this is how it must be.”

Spain are in Group B of the World Cup, alongside Portugal, Iran and Morocco. Spain will begin their campaign against Portugal on Friday.

The line-up, which features the likes of Diego Costa, Sergio Ramos, Andrés Iniesta and Gerard Piqué, is one of the hot favourites to walk away with the trophy at the end of the campaign in Russia. But the current situation will mar their campaign.

Even though Rubiales didn’t name the caretaker coach, he hoped that the national squad will overcome the difficulty.

“We are in a very difficult situation, but the players and the new coaching staff will do everything in their power to take us to the furthest,” he said.

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Asian Games 2018 : Bajrang Punia enters finals of 65Kg freestyle wrestling

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Jakarta, Aug 19 : Bajrang  Punia entered finals of 65kg freestyle wrestling and will take on Japan’s Daichi Takatani or Kazakhstan’s Sayatbek Okassov in the Gold medal bout later on today evening.

On day 1 of the Asian Games 2018, Indian shooters have impressed in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event with Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar bagging bronze in 10m event final.Bajrang, who is looking to emulate his mentor Yogeshwar by winning a Gold in the 65kg FS event has won all his bouts convincingly.

Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj has qualified for men’s 100m Backstroke final, while Rower Baban Bhokanal Dattu is set to compete in the Repechages event of the Men’s Single Sculls.

 

Bajrang Punia has reached the final of the Men’s 65kg FS after he beat Mongolian Batmagnai Batchuluun 10-0 to complete a hat-trick of wins by technical superiority.

Bajrang Punia beats Tajikistan’s Abdulqasim Fayziev in quarterfinals, enters men’s freestyle 65 kg semifinals.

Meanwhile, Sandeep Tomar’s chances of a medal through the repechage is also over and he follows Sushil Kumar out of the tournament.

Bajrang Punia takes early 2-0 against Mongolia’s Batchuluun Batmagnai. And soon races to 8-0 lead in the first period in the semi-final.

Just two points away from technical superiority win. End of first period Punia leads 8-0.

Punia won 10-0 in the second period with technical superiority.

Wrestling Men’s Freestyle 86kg:

Pawan Kumar out of gold-medal race as he lost to Iran’s Hasan Yazdanicharati in quarter-finals.

Volleyball Women’s Tournament:

India lose 0-3 to South Korea.

Women’s Handball:

India lose 21-36 to China in the Group A match.

Wrestling Men’s Freestyle 97 kg:

Uzbekistan’s Ibragimov Magomed beat Mausam Khatri 6-0 in the quarter-finals. The Indian tailed 0-2 at the end of first period.

No medal for Sushil Kumar:

Adam Batirov, who defeated Sushil in the first round, failed to reach the final and with that Sushil’s hope of a bronze through repechage have also ended.
14:58 Asian Games updates: Bajrang enters semis; Tomar loses in quarters:

Wrestling Men’s Freestyle 65 kg:

Bajrang Punia takes an early 2-0 lead against Tajakistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim. And soon it is 6-0. Excellent! What a display of skills and power. It is 9-2 in favour of Punia in the first round.

Punia wins 12-2 by technical superiority.

Wrestling Men’s Freestyle 86 kg:

Pawan Kumar defeats Cambodia’s Heng Vuthy 8-0 to reach quarterfinals.
14:40 Asian Games updates: Bajrang in quarters; Tomar loses in quarters: Sandeep Tomar loses 15-9 to Iran’s Reza Atrinagharchi in the men’s freestyle 57 kg quarter-finals.

Earlier Tomar was trailing 0-6 but made it 6-6 at the end of first round.

Soon Reza Atrinagharchi slammed Tomar to lead 13-6.

 

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Asian Games 2018 : Swimmers Nataraj, Prakash qualify for finals

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Jakarta, Aug 19 : Swimmers Srihari Nataraj and Sajan Prakash made the finals of the 100m mens backstroke and 200m butterfly events respectively at the 18th Asian Games here on Sunday.

Nataraj started in lane six and clocked 55.86 seconds in the heat while compatriot Arvind Mani finished second but failed to qualify to the next round.

Meanwhile, in the 200m butterfly event, Prakash qualified for the final with a time of 1:58.12 seconds.

Prakash was 0.06 seconds behind Nao Horomura of Japan who led the pack.

Saurabh Sangvekar, the other Indian in the fray, crashed out in the 200m freestyle event, clocking 1:54.87 seconds.

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Asian Games 2018: India women’s basketball team lose to Chinese Taipei

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Jakarta, Aug 19 :India’s women’s basketball team suffered a 61-84 defeat at the hands of Chinese Taipei in group A match of the 18th Asian Games here on Sunday.

It seemed that India had not learnt from its mistakes at the Commonwealth Games as lack of proper defence structure and accuracy cost them the match.

For India, Palanilkumakalayil Skaria Jeena (13) Raspreet Sidhu (12) scored maximum points while Szuchin Peng (14) and Pingjen Huang (11) were the major contributors for the Chinese Taipei.

The match started with both the teams attacking each other. In the first two quarters India gave a good fight and maintained the pace of the game.

India scored 17 points in the first quarter and 11 in the second. But the last two quarters saw India lose the plot.

The Chinese Taipei upped the ante and started putting pressure on the Indian defence and as a result Indian girls failed to stop them.

Regular attacks from their opponents saw India only score 17 and 16 points as compared to Chinese Taipei’s 31 and 20.

India ended the game with 23 turnovers which is 11 more than their opponents. They will now face the Unified Korean team in the third match.

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