Virgil van Dijk reveals Liverpool game plan to defeat Atletico Madrid

first_imgLiverpool may be kings of Europe but Virgil van Dijk believes the Reds still have to prove they deserve to remain in the Champions League.Advertisement Promoted ContentLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human Being7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True27 Breathtakingly Beautiful Albino AnimalsCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksAwesome But Ridiculously Expensive Things Bought By Keanu Reeves Loading… The Reds host the La Liga giants at Anfield on Wednesday night looking to overturn the 1-0 deficit from the first leg last month.Diego Simeone’s side are famed for their ability to spoil games and stop the most prolific of attacks.So it could be a nervy night for the Merseysiders who need to score to stand a chance of keeping on to their Champions League crown.Liverpool got back to winning ways with a 2-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday but they were in the midst of their worst spell of a spectacular season having lost three of their last five games.“The pressure is always there,” said Van Dijk.“The thing is when you don’t get good results – we don’t get them too many – we have had three in the last five, but the outside world can talk like we are in a relegation battle.“It is what it is. We have to deal with that.“We have to be grown men about it, take it on the chin and show the world why we deserve to be where we are and why we deserve to still be in the Champions League.“But we know it is going to be unbelievably difficult.”This will be a night for patience at Anfield against Simeone’s well-drilled side who will no doubt set up defensively to maintain their slender advantage and look to poach an away goal.“It will be very difficult, with all due respect to Bournemouth, Atletico will be tough, they are a fantastic side,” said the Dutch defender.“They are one of the best in how they play. They are aggressive, together and they have fantastic players who can hurt you on the break too, so we have to have a fantastic night, all of us. Hopefully we can go through.“We have some time to prepare and we have to be ready for a very difficult challenge.“I think so far we have been sticking to our principles and whoever is on the pitch involved will give more than 100 per cent.The Dutchman believes Atletico are “one of the best in how they play”Read Also: Klopp confirms Liverpool captain ready for Atletico Madrid“Everyone is looking forward to this game and we all want to go through to the next round.“We know it is a difficult game and we will try everything we have to beat them. We know how difficult it will be.”Liverpool are famous for European comebacks and this side pulled off one of the greatest when they overturned a 3-0 deficit against Barcelona last season in the semi-final second leg at Anfield.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 And only a fantastic performance against Atletico Madrid will see the defending European champions into the quarter-finals.last_img read more

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IS ILOILO READY? Exec sounds ‘virus alarm’ as Dinagyang draws near

first_imgTIGHT SCREENING. As two alert airport security personnel watch, newly-arrived airline passengers pick up their baggage from conveyors after undergoing x-ray inspection at the Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN The region’s other internationalairports are the Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo and Boracay Airport inCaticlan, Malay, Aklan. This new virus has spread from WuhanCity (there are 440 confirmed cases, with the origin a seafood market) in Chinato several Chinese provinces, as well as the US, Thailand and South Korea.Yesterday the city of Macau also reported its first confirmed case of thevirus. Citing Mayor Jerry Treñas, Zaldivarsaid the city government will provide free pneumonia vaccination to allemployees of the city hall. It may take time before the resultswould be known, said Cuachon. The virus, known also as 2019-nCoV, isunderstood to be a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously beenidentified in humans. The SARS (severe acute respiratorysyndrome) virus that killed nearly 800 people globally in the early2000s was also a coronavirus. The airport’s thermal scanner detectedthem with fever. Throat swab specimens were collectedfrom the three foreigners then these were sent to the Research Institute forTropical Medicine in Manila for analysis. The three Chinese nationals werereferred to the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbukon Memorial Hospital (DRSTMH), said Dr.Glenn Alonsabe, DOH regional epidemiologist. The Dinagyang, he said, attractsvisitors from other countries thus the risk of the China virus entering thecity should not be downplayed. “The quarantine procedure is part ofour alert system to protect the public,” said Alonsabe. The Department of Health (DOH)confirmed early this week that three Boracay Island-bound Chinese visitors whoentered the country through the Kalibo International Airport were placed underquarantine in Kalibo, Aklan. “They are already doing controlmeasures. They are on heightened alert checking our travellers,” she said./PN “The 29 years old Chinese was advisedto stay overnight at the DRSTMH while the young girl was considered anoutpatient. The 65-year-old patient, on the other hand, is currently beingchecked at the hospital,” said Cuachon. Zaldivar pointed out that thehighlight of the Dinagyang Festival is drawing closer – the crowd-drawing ati tribes competition on Sunday, Jan.26. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illnessesranging from the common cold to more severe disease. It’s not yet clear how badthis new coronavirus is. Signs of infection include respiratorysymptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. The first to be quarantined, accordingto Dr. Cornelio Cuachon of the Aklan Provincial Health Office, was a29-year-old Chinese national. This was on Jan. 17. The second was athree-year-old girl on Jan. 18.The most recent, on Monday, was a 65-year-old Chinese. ILOILO City – Does the city governmenthave “screening and sanitation systems” to protect people from the possibleentry of a new virus from China that has also brought a handful ofpneumonia-like cases in Thailand, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and the US? The Kalibo International Airport servicesflights direct from China. “We do not want to put our health atrisk,” said Zaldivar, emphasizing that prevention is better than cure. The Bureau of Quarantine has personnelin the airports and even seaports, said Dr. Mary Jane Juanico, head of DOHRegion 6’s infectious disease section. “As a neighboring country of China, wemust be vigilant and swiftly take the necessary precautions,” said CouncilorAllan Zaldivar, chairperson of the Committee on Health in the SangguniangPanlungsod.last_img read more

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Napoli, Man Utd jostle for Lille’s Gabriel

first_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Loading… read also:L’Equipe: Napoli still negotiating for Osimhen’s teammate Gabriel  United are yet to make an offer, but have informed LOSC they’re willing to negotiate terms. For the moment, Napoli are regarded as favourites to land Gabriel after tabling a €105m bid for the defender and teammate Victor Osimhen. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Italian club, Napoli and Manchester United have expressed interest in Lille defender, Gabriel. LOSC are prepared to listen to offers for the Brazilian this summer, with Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton and Napoli all in contact. And Le 10 Sport says United have now joined the scramble.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Austin Luellen picks up SportMod win number one

first_imgBy Josh ReynoldsSTUART, Iowa (Aug. 2) – Austin Luellen got the best of brother Clint in winning Sunday’s Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature at Stuart Speedway.Austin took charge early while Clint advanced to second, then looked high and low but unsuccessfully for a way around.Jeff James overcame contact with the wall, regained the lead from Nick Roberts and won the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature. Todd Cooney took the lead on lap nine in the IMCA Late Model main and won in front of ninth starting John Emerson.Sixth starting Brian Blessington put the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature away after taking the lead on lap three. Shannon Anderson took the front spot back from Buck Schafroth in winning the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main.Top honors in the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature went to Jacob Reiter.last_img read more

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Jedinak: Don’t doubt our commitment

first_imgCrystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak believes the performance in Sunday’s win over Liverpool proves manager Neil Warnock has the support of his players. Warnock, 65, had seen his position come under scrutiny following a fallow run of results, but can now prepare for next weekend’s game at Swansea knowing his side are just two points behind Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool in the table. And Jedinak, who leads the way in terms of goals among the Palace squad this season, insists everyone is working to improve results as they look to build on an 11th-placed finish under Tony Pulis last term. “You can judge it for yourselves from what you read but you look out there and you can’t question anyone’s commitment to the cause,” he said when asked about reports concerning Warnock’s future. “It has been difficult for everyone in the last three or four weeks – not just the manager but the players as well – but you have got to get on with it. We know the nature of football and a result like this can lift anybody and I’m sure it will. “The manager wanted us to come and assert ourselves on the game. He told us not to take too many risks but get in their faces and put pressure on them, but do it in our shape and I think we got that spot on. It was a great team effort from the management and the players.” Palace’s last victory before this one had come over Leicester, who picked up a point at home to Sunderland at the weekend to leave Warnock’s men in the bottom three. But Jedinak hailed a superb display against an out-of-sorts Liverpool side as the Eagles projected themselves up into 15th spot. “It was massive,” he said of the win. The Eagles recovered from an early Rickie Lambert strike to record a 3-1 victory – their first in the Barclays Premier League since September – and move out of the relegation zone. Dwight Gayle, the scourge of Liverpool last season with a brace as Palace came from three goals down to snatch a point and all but end the Reds’ title hopes, levelled on Sunday before second-half goals from Joe Ledley and Jedinak wrapped up a vital three points. “We have been under a little bit of pressure of late and haven’t got the results we wanted even though we have been in the contests for large periods. “Even here we conceded that goal early and we didn’t make easy work of it but we showed great character and after that goal we asserted ourselves on the game. You couldn’t ask for anything else effort-wise from the lads because we caused them some real problems.” Yannick Bolasie stole the show as he ran rings around Liverpool’s back four at a wet Selhurst Park, and Jedinak was full of praise for the Congo winger – who fired his country into next year’s African Nations Cup during the week. “He shows that week in and week out – it is a great thing,” he said of Bolasie’s impressive display. “It has been a great week for Yannick, qualifying for the African Cup of Nations and scoring a couple of goals and coming here and getting two assists – what more can I say? He has had a week to remember and long may it continue.” Bolasie will now be missing in January as he travels for the tournament in Equatorial Guinea, while Jedinak will also be absent as he strives for Asian Cup success on home soil with Australia. “I think it is difficult to leave, to be honest,” he added. “You have got the responsibility as part of your national team and it is a tournament that obviously I’m going to be looking forward to, but until then it is business as usual in trying to get as many wins on the board before I have to go.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Shoah Foundation receives first endowed fellowship

first_imgDouglas Greenberg, the grant’s donor, served as the executive director of the Shoah Foundation for eight years until 2008. He was director during the institute’s move onto the USC campus. His wife Margee, a coordinator at the Office of Disability Services at Rutgers University, was a volunteer at the institute during her husband’s tenure.Greenberg said that the archives at the Shoah Foundation are so comprehensive and hold such value that emerging scholars in the field of genocide research should use them. Greenberg said that he and his wife had hoped that one day they could make a contribution to the institute.“We were happy to be in a position where we could do something and contribute to the institute,” Greenberg said. “We knew we wanted it to go towards scholarship and research, a place where we could make a difference.”A committee of researchers and professors at USC examined and interviewed several candidates for the Greenberg fellowship and selected McBride.McBride is a recent graduate of the history department at the University of California, Los Angeles. McBride focused his doctoral dissertation on the mass genocide of Nazi-occupied Volhynia, Ukraine. Next January, the fellowship will allow McBride to spend one week at the Shoah Foundation and use their extensive genocide video collection. He will also give a lecture on Jan. 15 on the USC campus about his research.“Any sort of funding or research to work with the Shoah collection is extremely important — it is a massive collection that should be more utilized,” McBride said.During his doctoral program, McBride served as an expert consultant on war crimes investigations for the United States Department of Justice. McBride will be a visiting assistant professor for the history department at Columbia University in 2015.McBride emphasized that the Shoah foundation’s archives are so extensive that young scholars who are working on genocide research can use them in conjunction with the resources that are being utilized in Europe.“It’s a huge honor to get to be the first person to be awarded this fellowship,” McBride said. “The fellowship gives me extra ability to take some time and integrate the testimony into my work.”The Greenberg fellowship is the first addition to the Center for Advanced Genocide Research. The Center, which was founded by filmmaker Steven Spielberg in April 2014, focuses on interdisciplinary studies organized to analyze genocide and systematic mass violence on an international scale.Shoah Foundation Coordinator of External Relations Rob Kuznia explained that the Visual History Archive of the institute, along with the extensive collection of primary sources at Doheny Memorial Library, will provide the research fellow with important sources to further his research.“The Center uniquely positions USC as being the only world-renowned private research institution with substantial original material from the Holocaust and other genocides,” Kuznia wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan. The Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Studies has named Jared McBride, Ph.D, the recipient of the Margee and Douglas Greenberg Research Fellowship.Proud benefactors · Margee and Douglas Greenberg, above, gave a gift to the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Studies to endow a fellowship in their name, which was awarded to Jared McBride, Ph.D. – Photo courtesy of the USC Shoah Foundationlast_img read more

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Tyson Bomberry’s versatility shines at 2nd defender spot

first_img Published on April 30, 2017 at 11:18 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: August 8, 2017 at 7:34 p.m.DURHAM, N.C. — Tyson Bomberry’s first shot on Friday night sailed well over the crossbar, beyond a fence and into a parking lot adjacent to Cameron Indoor Stadium. It epitomized No. 1 Syracuse’s first half, marked by struggles at the X, defensive lapses and offensive stagnancy.Bomberry’s second shot came at a much different moment in No. 1 seed SU’s 16-15 loss to No. 4 seed North Carolina at Koskinen Stadium in the ACC tournament semifinal. Amid SU’s 8-0 run in the second half, Bomberry played give-and-go with long-stick midfielder Andrew Helmer. With his previous shot in mind, Bomberry made a clear effort to shoot at a lower angle. The ball headed straight to the top shelf, pulling SU within one of UNC headed into the fourth quarter. The play highlighted Bomberry’s knack for getting out in transition and being more than just a defender on the country’s top-ranked team.The Orange (11-2, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) lost to the Tar Heels (7-7, 1-3) and snapped its nine-game winning streak. Among a number of positives from the game — the third-quarter comeback, Jordan Evans’ career-high six assists and a flurry of goals from Nick Mariano (three) and Sergio Salcido (three) — was Bomberry’s effort on the defensive end, which has not gone unnoticed by those around him. His versatility has continued to shine at the second defender spot in recent weeks, Friday included.“He’s really well-rounded,” SU head coach John Desko said. “He’s good in the team defense. He’s good in the individual defense. He’s great in loose ball situations. He’s not afraid to run over with it. And he’s a good shooter.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDesko’s comments encompass Bomberry’s greatest asset to Syracuse: versatility. The sophomore close defender, who works alongside No. 1 defender Scott Firman, checks in second to only senior faceoff specialist Ben Williams in ground balls (34) and tied-first with Firman in caused turnovers (13). In practice, he’s used on the wings, not only defensively, because “he’s such a good ground ball guy,” Desko said.He grabs passes in the air with regularity and often finds himself in good sliding spots. He has no glaring weakness, players note.Growing up, Bomberry took faceoffs, played attack, ran at midfield and spent time on defense. He also dabbled in football as a middle linebacker and wrestling. On Friday, Bomberry flashed his strength — bodying up UNC’s Chris Cloutier and Luke Goldstock — which he says is a product of his diverse athletic background.“He’s taken away most of their attackmen,” said senior midfielder Nick Mariano, who has a team-high 32 goals. “He’s got one of the best sticks I’ve ever seen. He picks off passes or bats them down almost every time the ball’s in the air or near him.”There are still some lapses. In the first half against the Tar Heels, Bomberry made a couple mistakes that cost SU. He guessed wrong on a pass, coming off the low corner too soon. He was then late to get the crease, where Goldstock had camped out. Goldstock scored easily.With Syracuse down 10-2 early in the second, Bomberry watched a rebound float in the air. Rather than turning his body and jumping out to an open Cloutier, who scored three times, Bomberry ball watched. Cloutier found the ball a few seconds later and converted a wide-open shot.But later, Bomberry scored to bring SU within one with his transition goal. He has practically mastered the art of the clear, teammates said, because he picks the ball up, keeps his head up and looks to run before the defense sets up. On Friday, he scooped up a ground ball to give Syracuse the final possession and a chance to tie the game in the final seconds.“Tyson’s got a great stick,” said SU assistant coach and defensive guru Lelan Rogers. “With Tyson and Scottie (Firman), they’re not amazing athletes but they have great stick skills.”Generally, Bomberry lets the player he’s guarding dictate his movements. He reads the hips, throws a bump check, then goes from there — he trusts his quick feet enough to compensate for attacks’ quick first steps. The bump check, he said, “makes them decide what they’re going to do first, six feet in front of me. Then I get more time to react.”“I know firsthand from practice, he’s really tough to beat,” said his cousin and junior midfielder Brendan Bomberry, who ranks second on SU in goals (23). “He’s got probably the best stick in the entire country. Every single day he’s picking off passes left and right. That’s huge for our defense.”Bomberry has made sizeable progression on the Syracuse defensive line and figures to take the No. 1 defender spot in 2018, with the graduation of Firman. For now, he’s a key cog in an SU defense coming off its worst game of the season.“He’s just huge, big, athletic,” North Carolina head coach Joe Breschi said. “He’s a physical presence in there. Ground balls, his presence, physicality and playing with an edge makes him a special player.” Commentslast_img read more

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With 8 foreign-born players, Syracuse overcomes language barriers

first_imgSyracuse head coach Ange Bradley barked instructions to senior Lies Lagerweij from the sidelines.“Pressure,” Bradley yelled at Lagerweij. “Pressure.”Lagerweij received the message and relayed instructions to fellow All-American, Roos Weers. But instead of English, Lagerweij repeated the instructions in Dutch, the pair’s native language. She then yelled, “pressure” audibly to the rest of the team.No. 10 Syracuse (11-5, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) has eight foreign athletes on the team. Seven come from the Netherlands or Germany and do not speak English as a first language. Elaine Carey, an Irish native, is the one foreign player that speaks English as a first language.“That’s the biggest adaptation that’s cultural,” Bradley said. “… Having to do something in a language that’s not your own. Think if you had to read all your books for your classes in Dutch.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAmerican field hockey is much faster and more physical than European field hockey, Bradley said. But in addition to adapting to American styles of play, SU’s foreign players must adjust to playing with people who speak a different language.For many, the adjustment to playing on a predominantly English-speaking team and adjusting to an American style of play has been a challenge, but it is also challenging for the American players adjusting to foreign languages and playing styles.Erin Gillingham, a midfielder, plays close to the back line around Weers, Lagerweij and Dutch goalie Borg van der Velde. She hears them strategizing in Dutch every game.“I have no idea what they’re saying,” Gillingham said. “As long as they get their point across to each other and they know what they’re talking about, then that’s all that matters.”Gillingham has yet to have a teammate try to talk to her in a foreign language on or off the field, but she’s heard stories of it.“They don’t even know that they’re doing it,” Gillingham said. “And that’s the funny part.”Unlike Gillingham, senior midfielder Laura Hurff has been barked at in an unrecognizable tongue, but it didn’t come off the field, it came in the thick of a heated game. While on defense, Dutch freshman Florine Hogendoorn began directing Hurff. She yelled “Go to the ball! Go to the ball!” But Hogendoorn didn’t realize she was hollering in Dutch.“I was like, ‘What? What are you saying?’” Hurff said. “And she kept saying it over and over.”Five minutes later, during a break in the action, Hogendoorn ran up to Hurff and apologized. She had just realized that she was speaking in Dutch and not English.Think if you had to read all your books for your classes in Dutch.Ange BradleyEuropean field hockey isn’t as physical or as fast as the American style. The game is much more tactical and the experience runs deeper. Many players, such as junior Emma Tufts, adjusted to field hockey after originally playing ice hockey. Foreign players don’t usually share that common experience. Hogendoorn had dreamed of playing field hockey in America for as long as she could remember.“(European players) bring a lot of knowledge to us,” Hurff said. “… They start at a younger age, so they’re really good at reading the game.”Often, when those players read the game and talk about it, the discussions are not in English. In the middle of games, it is easier for many of the players to work together in their own languages, Weers and Hoogendoorn said. For them, if it would be more effective to give directions to each other in Dutch, they’ll do it in Dutch.Speaking in one’s native language brings back a sense of familiarity for the German and Dutch players. But to Bradley, it isn’t a Dutch, German, Irish or American style that matters.“It’s still the same game,” Bradley said. “Played with a white ball and turf.” Comments Published on October 23, 2017 at 9:39 pm Contact Matt: mdliberm@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Coronavirus: Arsenal cancel training return, pledge to continue paying casual workers

first_imgArsenal have cancelled plans to resume training on Tuesday, telling players to remain at home because of the coronavirus pandemic.The men’s first-team squad were due back in training this week after completing their 14-day self-isolation period following head coach Mikel Arteta testing positive for the virus.But, as the UK faces the prospect of a total lockdown, Arsenal now say it would be “inappropriate and irresponsible to ask players to come back at this time”.Arsenal gave an update on Arteta last week, saying the Spaniard is “feeling much better” and is back planning for the remainder of the season as well as speaking to his players.Arsenal said in a statement: “Our men’s first-team players were scheduled to return to training on Tuesday after completing 14 days isolation following Mikel Arteta’s positive diagnosis for the virus.“As a result of the current situation we are clear it would be inappropriate and irresponsible to ask players to come back at this time. Therefore our men’s first team, women and academy players are all remaining at home.“Stay at home and save lives.”Arteta’s diagnosis earlier this month led to the postponement of Arsenal’s Premier League match against Brighton, scheduled for March 14, before the rest of England’s top-flight fixtures were suspended, originally until April 4 and then extended to April 30.In the meantime, Arsenal have pledged to continue paying matchday and non-matchday casual workers until April 30. The north London club say this will be reviewed once a decision has been made on when football can return.Arsenal’s managing director Vinai Venkatesham said: “These are challenging times for everyone, but in particular our casual workers.“This gesture is intended to ease their financial uncertainty while football is currently suspended to 30 April 2020.“We look forward to welcoming football back to Emirates Stadium as soon as possible.” Source: Sky Sportslast_img read more

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Africa Women Cup of Nations: Line-up complete for Cameroon

first_imgKenya have qualified for the Africa Women Cup of Nations for the first time ever as Nigeria also advance to defend their title in Cameroon.Equatorial Guinea, the only other team to win the women’s continental title, will also be at the finals in November pending an investigation by the Confederation of African Football.Having already qualified for the Rio Olympics in August both South Africa and Zimbabwe also reached the continental finals.Ghana and Egypt join Cameroon as hosts in the eight-team finals.Kenya reached the finals by beating Algeria on the away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw over two legs.Teams qualified for the 2016 Women Africa Cup of Nations:Cameroon (hosts), Zimbabwe, Equatorial Guinea, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, South AfricaThe sides drew 1-1 in Nairobi on Tuesday, having drawn in Algiers 2-2 last week, and Kenya go through having scored twice away from home. The result had seemed to be going Algeria’s way when they took the lead on 21 minutes from Naima Bouheni – just after Kenya had a goal disallowed for offside.But Kenya levelled in the second-leg tie in the 79th minute through Cherish Avilla to qualify for a continental finals for the first time.Reigning champions Nigeria will defend their title in Cameroon after beating Senegal 2-0 in the second leg of their qualifier on Tuesday for a 3-1 win on aggregate.The Super Falcons missed a chance to take the lead on the half-hour when Arsenal player Asisat Oshoala hit the bar with a penalty kick.Bit six minutes later Rita Chikwelu broke the deadlock and almost immediately after the break Osaremona Igbinovia doubled the lead. Senegal’s misery was compounded when their coach was shown a red card on 50 minutes.South Africa completed a 5-0 aggregate win over neighbours Botswana with a 3-0 victory on Tuesday.Banyana Banyana scored their first goal in the 18th minute as Mamello Makhabane scored from the penalty spot.Sanah Mollo and then a vicious shot from Nompumelelo Nyandeni’s made it 3-0 before half-time.There was also a convincing 4-0 second leg win for Ghana over visiting Tunisia to make it 6-1 overall. Samira Suleman and Portia Boakye both scored before half-time.The rout was completed with goals from Priscilla Adobea and a second from Suleman after the break.On Monday, Egypt booked their place by beating Ivory Coast, going though on away goals.Ivory Coast won the second leg of their tie 2-1 in Abidjan to make the score 2-2 on aggregate.Rebecca Elloh and Tia Ines scored for the Ivorians , who played at the World Cup in Canada last year, before half-time to give the hosts an overall lead. But a goal in the 86th minute from Nevein Gamal made the score 2-2 overall and Egypt progressed on the away goals rule.Zimbabwe were the first team to qualify for the finals with a 4-2 overall win over Zambia on Sunday.The second leg of the final round tie finished 3-2 to visiting Zimbabwe after Zambia had twice came from behind.Kudakwashe Basopo, who scored the only goal of the first leg in Harare, gave Zimbabwe the perfect start with an away goal after just six minutes. Zambia drew level midway through the first half through Noria Sosala but Samkelisiwe Zulu restored the lead for Zimbabwe 10 minutes before the break.Misozi Zulu matched her namesake when she scored from the penalty sport for Zambia to make it 2-2 but Zimbabwe’s Emmaculate Msipa scored a winner with just a minute left to play.It means Zimbabwe’s women have two major tournaments this year after they qualified for the Olympics in Rio.It is the fourth time Zimbabwe have qualified for the continental finals for women, their best showing was fourth place in 2000.Also on Sunday, Equatorial Guinea, who are the only nations apart from Nigeria to have won the African title, booked their place in the finals with a 2-1 win over Mali in Malabo. The result took them through 3-2 on aggregate, however the Confederation of African Football say they are now investigating whether Equatorial Guinea used any ineligible players in the matches.It follows their disqualification from the qualifiers for the women’s football tournament at the Olympics in 2020 after Fifa found them guilty of using ineligible players in the qualifying ties for this year’s Games in Rio – that they failed to reach.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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