Wales 2-1 Azerbaijan

first_imgGareth Bale scored a late winner to keep Wales’ Euro 2020 qualification hopes very much alive with a 2-1 triumph over Azerbaijan in Cardiff on Friday.Ryan Giggs’ men looked to be heading for a thoroughly underwhelming stalemate, but Bale – who was otherwise poor – came up trumps six minutes from time to keep them in the hunt in Group E.Wales were dominant in the first half and played the ball around nicely, though clear-cut chances were hard to come by, with the hosts having to rely on a freak Pavlo Pashayev own goal to take the lead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 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 They had similar issues after the break and a costly combination of errors from Neil Taylor and Wayne Hennessey allowed Mahir Emreli to equalise, but Bale – back among the goals at club level with Real Madrid – nodded in towards the end to rescue Giggs’ side.It was by no means a shock when Wales took the lead in the 26th minute, though the manner of the goal was certainly fortuitous, as Bale’s long-range effort deflected into the air and was then diverted into the empty net by Pashayev with goalkeeper Salahat Agayev stranded.That came shortly after Harry Wilson had been lucky to escape a red card, having seemingly stamped on Richard Almeida.Wales then wasted the chance to go 2-0 up just before the break – Tom Lawrence shooting at the goalkeeper after a Bale dummy released him into the area.Azerbaijan were back on level terms just before the hour, as Taylor gifted possession to Ramil Sheydaev and he fed Emreli, who slotted home on the rebound after Hennessey haplessly fumbled the initial tame effort right back to the forward.The visitors looked like they might hang on, but Joe Allen’s late strike ricocheted to a nice height for Bale to head over the goalkeeper and seal the victory.FULL-TIME |2-1 | #WALAZECYMRU #TogetherStronger pic.twitter.com/LbO47riGqP— Wales (@Cymru) September 6, 2019What does it mean? Giggs still searching for answer to striker problemMuch has been said of Wales’ dearth of striker options. Lawrence was the one filling that role on Friday, but the move did not come off as intended. The attacking midfielder lacked the required conviction in the penalty area and was unable to worry the Azerbaijan defence physically.James a ray of hopeWhile most of Wales’ forwards flattered to deceive, James transferred his sparkling club form to the international stage. The Manchester United winger was a constant threat with his pace, direct running and desire to shoot.Bale eventually comes goodTo say Bale was the star of the show on Friday would be to tell a bold-faced lie. The Madrid winger saw plenty of the ball, but he routinely had two defenders on him in a flash and he failed to heed the early warnings of that, losing the ball frequently or holding on to it for too long. However, he did hold his nerve at the crucial moment and that will likely spare him from the criticism he might have otherwise received.What’s next?Wales are at home again on Monday, when they host Belarus in a friendly. Azerbaijan welcome Croatia the same day, though their contest is a qualifier. read morelast_img read more

Master the High Seas with These 3 Hardcore Sailing Schools

first_imgIt’s one thing to cruise along Miami Beach. It’s another matter to captain your own vessel confidently across open ocean.Small ship cruising is all the rage right now, but if you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime boating experience with intense, hands-on training, you need a proper sailing school. Here are three of our favorites around the world.Blue Water Sailing School (Eastern United States)Americans seeking a crash course in sailing will likely find Blue Water Sailing School among the most convenient. The outfit operates live-aboard vessels in several locations in the Caribbean (The Virgin Islands and the Bahamas) and eastern United States (Fort Lauderdale and Newport). As an American Sailing Association certified school, they offer classes for every level of sailor. Newbies can start out with Bareboat Skipper or specialize with Bareboat Catamaran Skipper, while advanced courses teach coastal and celestial navigation. While some classroom learning is required, most instruction is performed in real-world situations, like sailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida across the Gulf Stream, to Bimini, Bahamas, then back again.Price: Seven-day courses out of Fort Lauderdale start around $2,300 (USD). Includes instruction, boat/running expenses, all onboard meals, board, taxes, and fees.Solaris Mediterranean Sailing School (Western Mediterranean)Off the coast of the Balearic island of Majorca, Solaris Mediterranean Sailing School offers hands-on classes in one of the most beautiful settings in Europe. The Start Yachting Course is a two-day crash course to literally get your feet wet and discover what it takes to be a sailor. But, the school’s Competent Crew, Day Skipper, and Coastal Skipper courses are what most students come for. These in-depth, five-day courses offer live-aboard instruction with real-world and practical application of the skills necessary to become an RYA-certified sailor. Nights are spent in harbor in some of Spain’s most picturesque island towns where students are welcome to disembark and explore.Price: Five-day courses start at €660 (approximately $700 USD as of April 2017), depending on the number of students. Includes breakfast, lunch, board, and instruction.Pacific Sailing School (Sydney, Australia)For would-be sailors who don’t have the time or inclination to commit to a live-aboard situation, Pacific Sailing School offers excellent alternatives. Getting started with their P0 Competent Crew course involves eight three-hour practical lessons on your own schedule. They offer more nuanced building blocks for budding sailors than the other schools on this list, from Sail Offshore to Harbour Racing to Ocean Racing. With substantial dedication, students have the potential to pilot their own sailboats across open ocean in a few short months.Price: P0 Competent Crew starts around $1,500 AUD (approximately $1,150 USD, including course costs and required Australian Sailing registration). Includes eight sailing sessions, unlimited practice sessions for three months, two twilight races, and a waterproof course kit. Editors’ Recommendations The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Escape to the Pacific Northwest at Hoh Rainforest Caravan Cabins last_img read more

Report: Ukraine 2-1 Portugal

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo scored his 700th career goal but it was not enough as Ukraine beat Portugal 2-1 in Kiev to book a place in the Euro 2020 finals, leaving their opponents with work to do if they are to qualify.The hosts needed just a point in Monday’s qualifier to secure a top-two finish in Group B, but picked up all three as they inflicted a first defeat in 14 games on the reigning European champions.First-half strikes from Roman Yaremchuk and Andriy Yarmolenko earned victory for Andriy Shevchenko’s side, who held on with 10 men after Taras Stepanenko was shown a second yellow card for handling the ball inside the box. 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 Ronaldo scored the resulting penalty 72 minutes in to bring up his personal landmark, but Portugal could not find a leveller and may now need victories over Lithuania and Luxembourg in their final two matches to hold off third-placed Serbia.700 – Cristiano Ronaldo has scored his 700th career goal for club and country:Sporting CP – 5Manchester United – 118Real Madrid – 450Juventus – 32Portugal – 95Legendary. pic.twitter.com/kH6pHYR7qK— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 14, 2019The group’s top two entered the match in fine form but it was Ukraine who settled the better, opening up a two-goal lead inside 27 minutes.Yaremchuk converted from close range after Rui Patricio parried Sergey Krivtsov’s header six minutes in and Yarmolenko added a second before the half-hour mark, the West Ham midfielder getting between two defenders to convert Vitalii Mykolenko’s cross.Santos brought on Joao Felix at half-time and Portugal looked brighter after the break, with Ronaldo forcing Andriy Pyatov into a couple of fine saves inside seven minutes of the restart.Ronaldo did pull one back from the spot after Stepanenko was adjudged to have handled the ball and the visitors nearly snatched a point at the death – Danilo Pereira’s strike crashing back off the crossbar in added time. What does it mean? Ukraine qualify, Portugal made to waitUkraine can look forward to another major tournament next year after securing a place in the finals with a game – away to Serbia – to spare.As for Portugal, they are one point better off than third-place Serbia – 2-1 winners in Lithuania on Monday – and will likely have to win their remaining two fixtures if they are to automatically qualify.Ronaldo brings up 700th goalHaving been denied by a couple of impressive saves from Pyatov early in the second half, it looked like being a day of frustration for Ronaldo.His big moment arrived 18 minutes from time, though, as he successfully converted the penalty to make it 700 goals in what has been an incredible career.Santos’ big call backfiresPortugal boss Fernando Santos surprisingly named teenage forward Joao Felix on the bench and Portugal lacked any real attacking quality before his introduction at half-time.Goncalo Guedes was the fall guy, being taken off after a disappointing 45 minutes that saw him touch the ball just 32 times.What’s next?Ukraine play Estonia in a friendly a month today and conclude their qualifying campaign with a trip to Serbia three days later. Portugal host Lithuania and travel to Luxembourg in their final two qualifying matches. read morelast_img read more