Report: Belarus 1-2 Netherlands

first_imgGeorginio Wijnaldum led the Dutch charge towards Euro 2020 as his superb double gave Netherlands a 2-1 win in Belarus.After the calamity of failing to qualify for last year’s World Cup, Netherlands are close to securing their return to the big stage, although they were unimpressive in Minsk.Memphis Depay was absent with a thigh injury, and the Lyon forward was badly missed after his strong form for Oranje this year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career It fell to Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum to make the difference, with his neat header and spectacular long-range strike doing the damage for Ronald Koeman’s men before Belarus’ Stanislav Dragun breathed fresh life into the contest.The hosts should have gone ahead midway through the first half when Igor Stasevich’s cross from the right fell to Denis Laptev, seven yards from goal.An opening goal looked inevitable, but Matthijs de Ligt threw himself brilliantly in front of the striker’s shot to make a block, before Laptev sent his follow-up off target.Wijnaldum made the breakthrough in the 32nd minute, jumping to guide a cross from Quincy Promes into the top left corner.His second goal nine minutes later was a stunning effort from 28 yards, raking from the left of goal into the right top corner.Evgeni Yablonski was a yard away from a copycat strike for Belarus moments before half-time.The hosts got one back after 53 minutes when Dragun headed home Denis Polyakov’s cross from the left, getting in behind Virgil van Dijk – a rare error from the centre-back.It was a first goal at home for Belarus since last October, when they beat Luxembourg 1-0, and Netherlands were rattled, Stasevich and Yablonski both threatening to bring the game level.Luuk de Jong headed over as Netherlands looked for a third goal to kill the contest, and Donyell Malen fluffed a great chance late on.WAT. EEN. GOAL. #WRUNED pic.twitter.com/nAyTL3oQaF — OnsOranje (@OnsOranje) October 13, 2019 What does it mean?Netherlands and Germany have established control of Group C, with Northern Ireland’s challenge apparently fading, so expect the Dutch to be at next year’s finals. Belarus will be in the play-offs after winning their Nations League group.Wijnaldum? Why not?The midfielder came up with the goods when Netherlands’ forwards were struggling to make a breakthrough in Depay’s absence. Wijnaldum continues to score big goals for club and country and Sunday’s second strike was one for a career highlights reel.Mixed Minsk memoriesNetherlands suffered disappointment two years ago while in the capital of Belarus, as their World Cup qualification hopes were dashed. The Dutch won 3-1 that night, but an 8-0 victory for rivals Sweden over Luxembourg earlier in the day meant Netherlands were effectively doomed to miss out on the finals. This was a better night, but nervy all the same.What’s next?Netherlands face Northern Ireland and Estonia next month, as they wrap up their group campaign and look to seal qualification. Belarus have just one group game left, away to Germany. read morelast_img read more

Better protection boosts UW offense

first_img “Everyone in the locker room kept doing the point at me. I was like ‘I get it,’” Harris said. “I pride myself on trying to be athletic. That’s what that was.”While Harris’ moves got him recognition against Arizona State, it was his hustle that stood out against BYU. With the Huskies leading 28-0 midway through the third quarter, Salvon Ahmed got loose on a 28-yard run. Ahmed was hit from behind and fumbled, and in the ensuing scramble Harris ended up falling on the loose ball 37 yards from the line of scrimmage.“He really bailed me out on that play,” Ahmed said. “He really hustled on the play to get that far down field so I definitely owe him.”The Huskies’ protection may not get much of a test this week against UCLA, which has just seven sacks in four games. But looming is a showdown in two weeks against Oregon and its much-improved defense. Share: Receive latest stories and local news in your email: GO The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. Better protection boosts UW offense Browning sacked just twice over past two games By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. 2 Photos Washington quarterback Jake Browning (3) scrambles for a touchdown as offensive lineman Jared Hilbers (70) looks on during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Brigham Young, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Photo Gallerycenter_img SEATTLE — Chris Petersen has said repeatedly that if Jake Browning is given the chance to scan the field and set his feet, it’s awfully difficult to slow down Washington’s senior quarterback.The past two weeks have shown just how important the protection is for the efficiency of No. 10 Washington’s offense and how much the Huskies offensive line has improved since the season opener against Auburn.“We were really pleased with how they ran the ball and then to give Jake the chance to set his feet in there and look at some things, it was very clean,” Petersen said Monday, two days after the Huskies overwhelmed BYU 35-7. “He’s not going to have the numbers he has, Jake, without the O-line doing some really good stuff.”Browning was under immense pressure in Washington’s first two games facing FBS opponents Auburn and Utah. He was sacked five times against Auburn and pestered consistently by Utah although he was sacked only once. While Adams and tackle Kaleb McGary are projected to be NFL starters, the anchor of the group is Harris. He received plenty of praise after the win over Arizona State for making sure the protections were set against a defense known for its unique pressures and fronts.Harris got just as much recognition for his slide-step and point after an Arizona State defensive lineman crashed into him on an offside penalty.“Everybody thinks I was trying to do it on purpose. I was trying to not fall on Jake,” Harris said. “You know all those times they push the O-line they fall back. I was trying not to fall. That little step I took was me catching myself. And the point was my personality.”Of course, that meant for most of last week before the BYU game, anytime Harris walked through the Huskies locker room teammates were trying to impersonate the point back at him. Share: Published: October 1, 2018, 10:34pm Subscribe Today But in the past two games, Browning’s protection has improved dramatically and so has the efficiency of Washington’s offense. Browning was sacked just once against Arizona State — for a loss of 2 yards — and he was rarely touched against BYU. Browning was sacked only once by the Cougars on the first drive of the game when he was called for intentional grounding.Otherwise, Browning was kept clean and because of that the Huskies quarterback turned in one of the most efficient passing games in Pac-12 history, completing 23 of 25 passes.“Every week we’ve progressed with the pass protection because it takes time,” center Nick Harris said. “Everybody expects everything to be perfect in the beginning of the season but all that stuff takes time.”Washington’s offensive line was deemed a strength before the season, but the Huskies lost left tackle Trey Adams to a back injury in the week leading up to the opener. The Huskies struggled at times during the first three weeks as the line figured out how to make up for not having the expected starting left tackle. By TIM BOOTH, Associated Presslast_img read more

Girls track and field: Kadrmas clears biggest hurdle

first_img Tags @MegWochnick (360) 735-4521 3 Photos By Meg Wochnick, Columbian staff writer Published: May 24, 2019, 9:27pm 21 Photos TACOMA — Kate Kadrmas prepared all season, and in fact, her entire high school track and field career, for the state championship race of her dreams Friday.As one of the state’s top hurdlers all spring, the Mountain View senior thrived being among the state’s best in her final high school meet.The senior was all smiles crossing the finish line not only her first state title in the Class 3A 100-meter hurdles, but the first hurdles title in the school’s track and field program history.“This is awesome,” said Kadrmas, bound for Nebraska next year. “It’s something I’ve been working on all year, for my entire high school career. It’s really awesome. Gallery: State Track and Field Photo Gallery Kadrmas won in 14.91 seconds, just off her state-leading time of 14.89 seconds she shared with Southridge’s Emily Meek. Kadrmas’ win highlighted one of two local girls champions on the second day of the 4A/3A/2A state track and field meet at Mount Tahoma Stadium. Earlier Friday, Washougal senior Kiersten De La Rocha took the 2A discus title.Kadrmas’ win came hours after running a lifetime best time in the 300 hurdles to qualify for Saturday’s final. No tired legs for Kadrmas, though, by the time it came to the 100 hurdles. She took the lead for good by the fifth hurdle, edging Grace Sarver of West Seattle (15.06) and Meek (15.15).“I had to keep making sure I continued to push and push,” Kadrmas said, “because people can come at any moment.”No one did, and Kadrmas hopes Friday isn’t her last title. She runs in Saturday’s 300-meter hurdles final with the third-best seed time from Friday’s preliminaries (45.77). Meg Wochnick Columbian staff writer GO Share:center_img Share: “Every once in a while,” she said, “I could catch (the wind) pretty good. I was hopeful that if I got one and it was good it could ride the wind out.”De La Rocha came full circle as a four-time state competitor. As a ninth-grader, she qualified for state in the shot put and placed 16th. Past experiences, including a podium finish in the discus in 2018, helped her in her final high school meet ending as a champion.“It’s nice to have all those experiences behind me,” she said, “and know I’ll be OK no matter what I do. Doing well is all the more reward and good feeling that the work I put in is paying off.”Other performances• A day after placing second in the 2A high jump, Columbia River’s Giovanna Rhoads was third in the long jump (17-3). She’ll compete in Saturday’s triple jump. Teammate Lucy Ianello had the sixth-fastest 800 preliminary time entering Saturday’s final. Mountain View ThunderVideoWashougal Panthers Receive latest stories and local news in your email: De La Rocha winsThree inches separated the top three 2A girls discus placers, and De La Rocha, the Washougal senior, didn’t know what place she got.Although her coaches knew, De La Rocha learned she was a state champion after the competition.Battling through early-morning steady winds, De La Rocha’s 116-foot, 4-inch throw on her fifth attempt moved into the lead for good in the 2A girls discus.Throwing in similar conditions isn’t new for De La Rocha, and she took advantage Friday. Mountain View’s Kate Kadrmas, center right, leads the pack to win the 3A Girls 100m Hurdles during the WIAA state track meet at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma on Friday, May 24, 2019. (Nathan Howard/The Columbian) Photo Gallery By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. • 4A District javelin champion Lexi Raymore of Union placed eighth (120-8) and 3A District shot put champ Jasmine Tiatia of Evergreen got seventh (40-11.25).• Washougal’s Kiara Kallie placed sixth in the 2A 100 hurdles and ran in the Panthers’ finals-qualifying 400 relay. Girls track and field: Kadrmas clears biggest hurdle Mountain View senior captures first state title [email protected]last_img read more