Report: United States 1 Curacao 0

first_imgThe United States edged into the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finals with a 1-0 win over Curacao in Philadelphia on Sunday.Weston McKennie’s first-half header lifted USA past the minnows in their quarter-final clash at Lincoln Financial Field.The defending champions were comfortable for long periods, with McKennie getting on the end of a Christian Pulisic cross for the game’s only goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The result saw USA reach the semi-finals of the tournament for the 10th straight time.USA started well as Pulisic went close twice in the opening four minutes.The attacker fired wide after a driving run before then being denied by Curacao goalkeeper Eloy Room, who made a superb save to tip over a Pulisic effort from close range after Paul Arriola’s cross from the left.Curacao managed to settle after the early scares, but USA found a deserved opener through McKennie’s second international goal.Pulisic cut in from the left before clipping a cross to the back post, where McKennie headed in.With his 1st goal of the 2019 @GoldCup, @WMckennie secures the lead for the #USMNT! pic.twitter.com/Kj4STneecC— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) July 1, 2019While USA appeared to be in control, Curacao threatened at different times, with defender Darryl Lachman heading a corner over three minutes before half-time.USA made a slow start to the second half before Pulisic almost doubled their lead, shooting just wide from the edge of the area.However, Curacao looked the more dangerous of the two teams throughout the second half, while Gyasi Zardes blazed over the crossbar for USA in the 79th minute.Curacao continued to enjoy periods in possession late on, with Leandro Bacuna almost scoring a stunning equaliser in the 84th minute, his 25-yard effort wonderfully saved by Zack Steffen. What does it mean? Repeat of 2017 decider setJamaica have been runners-up at the past two editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and shape as a threat to USA in the last four. Jordan Morris scored a late winner in the 2017 final between the nations.Pulisic shines in home stateThe Chelsea attacker was bright from the outset in his home state of Pennsylvania. Pulisic set up McKennie’s goal and was a constant threat for USA, going close on numerous occasions.The math checks out- @cpulisic_10 + @WMckennie =  1:0 pic.twitter.com/YB6r1wN20r— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) July 1, 2019USA continue to stand up defensivelyUSA’s defensive work could be what makes them CONCACAF Gold Cup favourites, given Mexico’s struggles in the past two games. USA are yet to concede in four games at the tournament while scoring 12 times.What’s next?USA will face Jamaica in a semi-final in Nashville on Wednesday, while Curacao can look forward to the CONCACAF Nations League starting in September. read morelast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Tried to stop Rabada from taking part in IPL, reveals Faf du Plessis

first_img Next India Today Web Desk LondonJune 24, 2019UPDATED: June 24, 2019 10:14 IST Kagiso Rabada has picked only 6 wickets in World Cup 2019. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa failed to qualify for the semi-finals after slumping to a 49-run defeat against PakistanKagiso Rabada has claimed only six wickets at a bloated average of 50.83 in World Cup 2019Faf du Plessis revealed that he and the team management had tried to stop Rabada from playing in IPL 2019South Africa captain Faf du Plessis blamed the poor performance of Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi at the World Cup 2019 for his country’s early exit from the quadrennial event.South Africa failed to qualify for the semi-finals after slumping to a 49-run defeat against Pakistan at Lord’s on Sunday.Kagiso Rabada has claimed only six wickets at a bloated average of 50.83 and is ranked 25th in the World Cup 2019 wicket-takers’ list. Rabada has barely made his presence felt and failed to make early breakthroughs.Faf du Plessis also revealed that he and the team management had tried to stop Rabada from playing in IPL 2019 to keep him fresh for this World Cup.”But we did try and get him not to go to the IPL; to try and stay and get fresh. That wasn’t the case of — and then when he went there, we were like, let’s try and get him back halfway through the IPL because it’s important, not just for him, but a few other players,” said du Plessis in response to a question if Rabada’s lack of potency was down to fatigue.Kagiso Rabada was in sublime form in IPL 2019 as he took 25 wickets at an average of 14.72 from 12 games for Delhi Capitals but has failed to replicate this performance in World Cup 2019.”So I don’t think it’s not necessarily just the IPL, but it was important for a few guys to rest; and the fact that they didn’t meant that they-you know, they came into the tournament not fresh. That’s not an excuse; that’s just a fact. And KG is-you can see that his pace is probably a little bit down from where he normally is.advertisementAlso Read | Not doing justice to ourselves as a team: Faf du Plessis after South Africa exit World Cup 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan eliminate South Africa from semi-finals race with 49-run winAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Pakistan vs South AfricaFollow Kagiso RabadaFollow Faf Du Plessis World Cup 2019: Tried to stop Rabada from taking part in IPL, reveals Faf du PlessisWorld Cup 2019: Faf du Plessis spoke on Kagiso Rabada’s poor outing in World Cup 2019 after South Africa suffered their fifth loss in the tournament and were eliminated from the semi-finals race on Sunday.advertisementlast_img read more