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Mathare snap up Zinda, Abich in twist

first_imgThe pair join the team after club chairman, Bob Munro, changed the recruitment policy claiming, “to give every player in the country opportunity to explore their talents,” but the truth is MYSA is no longer producing quality capable of thriving in a competition driven by huge resources to secure seasoned campaigners.“Beginning this season, the technical bench is allowed to recruit players from other football clubs, unlike before where they promoted players from the youth team.“Like in the Olympics under-23 competition where teams are allowed to have three over age players, the coach is now free to bring on board the same number who are non-MYSA.“But I do it reluctantly because I would like to prove with youth development programmes in the league, players will be competitive without foreign based players,” the MYSA founder said, conceding how development of the top flight in recent years has made it necessary for clubs to invest in proven players for survival.Also joining the team is custodian Peter Odhiambo, defender Robinson Kamura and Eric Omondi, who earned promotion from the youth teams.The slum boys who barely survived relegation after finishing 13th, have lost most of their key players, who include Kelvin Ochien’g, who signed with Nairobi City Stars, Francis Ouma, defender Lloyd Wahome, midfielders Osborne Monday and Dennis Nzomo, who rejoined their former head coach, Francis Kimanzi, now with 2011 and 12 champions Tusker FC.However, Munro, said they are not troubled to be referred as underdogs this season, but warned any club that is counting out Mathare to watch out.“Last year we ended up with 32 points, after accumulating 19 draws, if half of those matches were victories, we could have been among title contenders.“We have lost some of our most talented and experienced players, but the youngsters that we are left with, only lack exposure but they are equal to the task.”According to club team manager, Willy Muruya, they are looking forward to lift the February 2 Kenya Power Charity Cup, after league champions Gor Mahia, edged them out of the inaugural competition last year.“If we win the one day tournament, it will be a good start to our team ahead of the new season, where we are aiming to reclaim the title,”“Mathare is well known to developing young talent, so we don’t feel the loss of the players who have left the club since the youngsters can also fill in the gap.“Our first target in the coming season is to finish in a respectable position by the end of the first leg,” Muruya declared.Mathare kick-off their 2014 league hunt with an away fixture against Western Stima at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega County.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, January 24 – After years of relying on talent promoted from their youth ranks and returning former players, Mathare United, have changed tact and recruited outside the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) set-up in bringing in Hussein Zinda and Noah Abich.Former Karuturi Sports forward Zinda and the much travelled Abich who was in the books of Sony Sugar last season represented a departure from Mathare’s core tenets of promoting homegrown players as they seek to remain competitive in a league they flirted with relegation last season.last_img read more

King David out to bury injury woes

first_imgBut then injury hit, with 26-year-old Rudisha missing out on the world championships in Moscow in 2013.There was another injury scare earlier this season when Rudisha quickly pulled up in a 600m race clutching his thigh.He has rebounded from that incident, however, with victory in the New York Diamond League and insisted Wednesday that his focus was on next month’s world champs in Beijing.“Injury is gone and all is good to reach about 1:43,” he said ahead of an outing at the Diamond League at Lausanne, a venue where he won his first race still as a junior athlete and still at school.“My main aim for 2015 is the world championships in Beijing and see what I can do there.“Since 2012, with all my disappointment and injuries, it has been difficult to get preparation and training. I was not finishing training well, sometimes at about 70 percent. And this also reflects on my competitions.“So, it is a good way to test different tactics. But now I am in good shape and I am strong, so I will start strong and finish strong.”Rudisha added: “With all these difficulties, I had lots of disappointments, but I always fight back and come back. As we say, What does not kill you make you stronger.”The lean, softly-spoken Kenyan did not rule out an attempt on the Stade de la Pontaise record of 1:42.61 held by Kenyan-born Dane Wilson Kipketer, with weather forecast to be hot and sunny.“The weather needs to be good, I believe we are in good shape for 1:42 something. But we need good weather. Even 1:42.50 is not easy to achieve. But why not?!”Rudisha said that the increased rivalry in the 800m was only for the good.“I believe my friends, like (Ethiopian) Mohammed Aman, we will be able to push each other,” he said.“When the competition is up there, everybody is more competitive. Since 2010, we have been seeing good races, I have been able to push my colleagues. Sometimes they are in good shape, but not always confident. Finally, it results a lot in your training.”Rudisha put his injuries down more to bad luck than “bad” training.“It is difficult to know what exactly causes the problems and the injuries,” he admitted.“We have good physiotherapist and medical support in Kenya, not as many as in Europe. But we work very closely with them. I think my body is just a bit sensitive!”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000David Rudisha of Kenya wins the Mens 800m Final during the Adidas Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium on Randalls Island on June 13, 2015 in New York City . PHOTO/AFPLAUSANNE, July 9- It seems many moons ago that David Rudisha streaked to a world record-breaking victory in the 800m at the London Olympics.The Kenyan set the end of a fantastic track and field spectacle at the 2012 Games alight when he clocked a breath-taking 1min 40.91sec around two laps of the track.last_img read more

Classic transfer: Man United sign Argentina left-back

first_img1 Ten years ago Man United completed the signing of Argentina left-back Gabriel Heinze from Paris Saint-Germain. talkSPORT looks back on the transfer and subsequent bitter falling out…Chelsea had made an attempt to sign Heinze in January 2004, but Paris Saint-Germain told the Blues the Argentina international was going to see the season out at the Parc des Princes, allowing United to swoop in June that year.The club had just won a record 11th FA Cup, but were deposed as champions by Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’, and manager Sir Alex Ferguson was determined to build a team capable of putting the Red Devils back on top.In moving to Old Trafford, Heinze became the club’s second signing of the summer, following the £7m arrival of Alan Smith from Leeds.“We’ve been monitoring Gabriel for a long time and he demonstrates all the qualities of the top Argentinian defenders – strength, speed and excellent technical ability,” Ferguson said after the £6.9m capture.Fiercely competitive, Heinze spent three years in Manchester, becoming a favourite for his all action displays at the back, despite a relatively fallow period for United on the trophy front.However, love soon turned to hate. A knee injury sustained shortly after the start of the 2005/06 season saw him sidelined and Patrice Evra brought in.Finding himself out of the team, Heinze fell out with Fergie and the fans when he tried to force through a move to rivals Liverpool, even taking the club to a Premier League tribunal when he was denied the transfer in 2007.The club refused to sell Heinze to Anfield, but Real Madrid eventually agreed to take him off Man United’s hands before he moved to Marseille two years later. He retired from football in May 2014, finishing at Argentina’s Newell’s Old Boys, the club where he began his professional career.A few years after leaving Old Trafford, ahead of playing for Marseille against Man United in 2011, Heinze expressed regret at his previous actions. It didn’t stop the home support from booing him throughout the match and delivering chants of “you Scouse b*****d” at their former favourite.Now Man United are targeting Marcos Rojo, an equally fiery Argentine, who starred for his nation at the World Cup.As with Heinze, Rojo is trying to force through a transfer, and faces disciplinary action from his club, Sporting, for his allegedly ‘unprofessional’ attempts to seal a move away.But unlike Heinze, this Argentine full-back is trying to force a move to Old Trafford, with United said to be prepared to offer £16m. With a name like Rojo – which translates as ‘Red’ – he seems a perfect fit for the 20-times English champions.Just as long as he doesn’t try to force through a move to the other reds! Gabriel Heinze signed for Man United in 2004 last_img read more

Canoga Park’s main drag offers quaint, funky charm

first_imgMany visitors to Canoga Park never get beyond the monster malls, those colossal bunkers of extreme retail that line Topanga Canyon Boulevard. But less than a mile to the north, along Sherman Way, lies a little oasis of antique shops and neighborhood cafes that reveal a richer history and deeper sense of place. Believe it or not, Pacific Electric Railway Red Cars once traveled down the middle of Sherman Way on their way to downtown Los Angeles. Owensmouth The retail strip bordered by Topanga Boulevard on the west and Canoga Avenue on the east was surrounded by farmland, and the town was originally named Owensmouth for its proximity to the outlet for the Owens River Aqueduct. Today, this short stretch of Sherman Way mixes some funky with a bit of quaint to offer a little something for everyone. More shabby chic than Mayberry Main Street, the district has renewed itself in recent years after falling on hard times in the 1990s. It’s got a classic coffee shop called Henri’s, a high-end patisserie and plenty of upscale furniture stores. But it also makes room for a head shop that sells adult DVDs, a kids dance studio, and one of the best vintage clothing stores in L.A. “They’ve spiffed up the street,” said Ted Martindale, 77, who has been ordering hot oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar at Henri’s once or twice a week for decades. During bad times and good, Martindale has kept coming back because he feels like a part of the community, especially at Henri’s. “The waitresses are friendly, they don’t mind saying hello to you,” said Martindale, who lives down the way at De Soto Avenue. “It makes it more homey.” Donna Alba of West Hills has been waitressing at Henri’s for 25 years. “They’re all my boyfriends,” she says of her regular customers. “It’s a family.” Renaissance After losing shoppers to malls opening in the area through the 1980s and ’90s, the community was blindsided when the Northridge Earthquake hit in 1994, damaging many of the central structures of central Canoga Park. Instead of letting the area slip further into disrepair, residents and merchants united behind the formation of a business improvement district plan for Sherman Way. “That’s when a bunch of the property owners got together to pool money to revitalize the area,” said Mary Paterson, executive director of the Canoga Park Improvement Association. “They redid the Madrid Theatre and then the West Valley Playhouse moved in and all these quaint stores opened up. Now we’re looking at what can we do, above and beyond what the city does.” Merchants kick in funds to pay for graffiti removal and landscaping along the strip and for marketing efforts to promote local events, like Canoga Park’s 95th birthday celebration last month. New projects include rehabilitating the historic post office building, which houses a mosaic by Maynard Dixon, a 19th century California artist known for his images of the West. Residents are also scouting locations for a farmers market. An effort to save an old train depot on Sherman Way failed when studies showed that the structure was unsound and dangerous, Paterson said. The building, which dated to 1912, before Owensmouth joined the city of Los Angeles, was demolished just a few months ago. But plenty reminders of the past remain. Health food market and cafe Follow Your Heart opened in 1971. Photos hanging on its walls show Larry’s, the butcher shop that operated at the location previously. One of the photos shows what used to happen at Larry’s when a shopper bought $100 worth of meat. “They would ring a cowbell,” said Paterson, who once worked at Follow Your Heart. Today, of course, the market and cafe are vegetarian. “You still get people coming in who remember when it was Larry’s,” she said. Jonesing for satin? Rooted in tradition, Sherman Way also has a wild side. There’s Miss La De Da’s Collectible Glitz, which sells vintage jewelry, and of course, Aardvark’s Vintage Clothes, a destination thrift shop that attracts costume designers and collectors alike. On a recent weekday, entrepreneur and Tom Jones impersonator Don Fetner was browsing the aisles for satin shirts to complete his Jones personae. By day, Fetner runs a business selling sun covers for baby strollers and car seats. But he spends many nights honing his singing and stage skills at The West Valley Playhouse on Owensmouth Avenue. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Fetner sold his vacuum cleaner store on the Upper West Side 15 years ago and moved to Los Angeles for the weather. As the son of a frustrated singer, Fetner always thought about performing, and once he’d settled in Woodland Hills, the Playhouse on Owensmouth became home. Historic Sherman Way continues to attract people from other parts of the Valley as well. Arica Faustinia travels from Northridge to bring her daughter to a dance studio called Creation Station. A Northridge native, Faustinia was reminiscing about the Capezio dance shop on Topanga Canyon where “everyone in the Valley went to get fitted for shoes.” After dancing, Faustinia and other mothers stroll down the sidewalk to Pastries by Edie, a European pastry shop that sells delicacies that look too good to destroy with a bite. Edie’s is a must stop for Bertina Tartakovsky, who owns a family home day-care center in Northridge. She said sometimes she drives to Canoga Park just to get her Edie’s fix. The shop has grown mainly through word of mouth, said Jason, Edie’s son, who manages the store. “People keep coming back,” he said. “They tell other people about it.” — Barbara Correa, (818) 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

SF man is tied to 911 pranks

first_imgEMERGENCY LINE: Dispatchers have gotten nearly 2,000 cell phone calls since March. By The Associated Press VALLEJO – A serial crank caller using a donated cell phone has plagued 911 with nearly 2,000 fake emergency calls over the past six months, tying up dispatchers and sending police and firefighters on wild goose chases, authorities said. A man identifying himself as Nomar started making the calls in March, according to the California Highway Patrol, which handles most of the wireless 911 calls for the San Francisco Bay area. Nomar has reported himself the victim of everything from a drug overdose and a possible heart attack to robbery and attempted suicide. Officials said they didn’t know why nearly all the false emergencies he calls in purportedly take place in Vallejo, a city of about 100,000 along the waters north of San Francisco Bay. “He can be quite convincing and he definitely knows the geography of Vallejo,” said Vallejo police spokesman Bill Powell. “If we can’t determine it’s a false call, we’ll send people out.” Investigators analyzed the cell phone signal to track the caller to an area in San Francisco but have not been able to obtain a more precise location. The CHP determined the phone originated with a company in Oklahoma that donated old employee cell phones to an organization that distributes them to the homeless. The phone has no service carrier, which has prevented investigators from discovering any further personal information about the caller. The man has been able to continue making the calls because 911 calls are free even from cell phones without paid accounts, authorities said. Each crank call could result in a single misdemeanor count of a false emergency report to a public agency, and investigators were documenting all the calls in hopes of eventually prosecuting the man, Powell said. “People like him prevent real emergencies from getting through quickly,” CHP spokeswoman Mary Pat Marshall said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Tony Pulis reveals he went ‘mad’ at West Brom players for checking scores before victory at Manchester United

first_imgWest Brom manager Tony Pulis praised the resilience and discipline of his side after they produced an unlikely 1-0 victory at Manchester United to allay their relegation fears.The Baggies survived an onslaught at Old Trafford, striking in the second half courteous of Jonas Olsson’s deflected strike and Boaz Myhill’s brilliant penalty save to deny Robin van Persie.The victory moves Albion up to the traditional ‘magic’ 40 point mark, and Pulis believes a combination of grit and luck was conducive to only their fourth away win of the season.“We’ve worked very hard this week and the lads were very resilient, everybody through the team played their part,” said the former Stoke and Crystal Palace boss.“Saying all of that, you need a little bit of good fortune when you come to these grounds and we had that today. The players they brought on were on a different planet to what we are.”The victory could prove pivotal given the Baggies’ closets relegation rivals all won earlier in the day, and Pulis revealed he was unhappy with his players who were keeping close tabs on scorelines elsewhere.“I didn’t know the results before the game. The lads had the radio on and I went mad before the game because they shouldn’t be doing that,” said the 57-year-old.“You just need them to concentrate on the game and on what you can affect, not other teams’ results.”last_img read more

‘I cannot tell you!’ – Arsene Wenger coy on reported £30m move for Germany star

first_imgArsene Wenger has refused to discuss Arsenal’s reported interest in Shkodran Mustafi.The Gunners have been hit by a defensive crisis on the eve of the new season and reports suggest they are working on a £30m deal for the Valencia centre-back.But Wenger declined to comment about the potential signing of Mustafi at his Friday press conference ahead of Sunday’s Premier League opener against Liverpool, Asked if they had made any progress with a deal for the Germany international, Wenger replied:  “I cannot tell you.”He added: “Today my focus is not too much on transfers because we have an important game in 48 hours and to win this game transfers won’t help us.“We have a strong squad and have to deal with the game.”Arsenal will be without injured duo Per Mertesacker and Gabriel for the visit of Jurgen Klopp’s side, while fellow central defender Laurent Koscielny is not yet fit enough to start after his Euro 2016 exploits.“I believe Per Mertesacker is out for four months and Gabriel for six to eight weeks,” said Wenger.“That’s a bit better than expected because he doesn’t need surgery. He ruptured his ankle ligament. At the start we thought it could be four months but he should be all right.”The trio’s absence means Wenger will field an inexperienced central defensive partnership of Calum Chambers, 21, and new signing Rob Holding, 20.But the Frenchman is confident they will hold their own against Liverpool.“I have a few options at the back that you have seen in pre-season,” he said. “It’s basically the players we have available, that are quite young. But they want to do well.“Rob [Holding] has played in the Championship. That’s a good experience for a centre-back, to deal with one level higher.” 1 Shkodran Mustafi in action for Valencia last_img read more

Father of state senator is dead

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsRichard Alarcon, a former Los Angeles City Council member who has served as state senator representing the Northeast Valley for eight years, is running unopposed for a state Assembly seat in the Nov. 7 election. Anthony Alarcon is survived by his wife of 38 years, Guadalupe; his children Richard, Evelina, Cynthia, David and Teri; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his 104-year-old aunt, Remedios Alarcon-Bueno. Services will be held Sunday, with a viewing at Mission Hills Catholic Mortuary, 11160 Stranwood Ave., from 3-5 p.m. A rosary is scheduled for 5 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at noon at Mission San Fernando Rey de Espa¤a, 15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd. in Mission Hills. Interment will be immediately afterward at San Fernando Mission Cemetery. (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Anthony Alarcon, the father of state Sen. Richard Alarcon, died Monday of natural causes at his home in North Hollywood. It was just one week before his 85th birthday. Alarcon was a World War II veteran who had long-standing roots in the San Fernando Valley. He moved with his parents to North Hollywood from Texas in 1923 and remained in the Valley for the rest of his life, attending Roscoe Elementary School in Sun Valley and North Hollywood High School. On Thursday, Sen. Alarcon, D-Van Nuys, credited his father with instilling a sense of fairness and justice that influenced his political career. “He was a very fair man,” he said in a phone interview. “He always told us no matter where someone came from, no matter the color of your skin, you give them every chance and treat them equally and let them show you what kind of person they are before you judge them.” last_img read more

Palmdale-produced robot spy craft to begin real operations in U.S.

first_imgPALMDALE – The Palmdale-produced Global Hawk robot spy plane is coming up on a number of firsts, including the start of operations in the United States and the beginning of flight testing of a larger, more capable version. Known for providing images and intelligence in the War on Terror for the past five years, the program is just beginning operations with the arrival of the first Global Hawk at Beale Air Force Base in Northern California. The aircraft flew a mission from Beale on Tuesday, marking the first time a nontest mission had been flown in the United States. The Air Force is considering using the aircraft’s training flights for other uses, including border patrol, search and rescue, and homeland security missions, said Ed Walby, Northrop Grumman’s business development director for high-altitude long-endurance programs. “There’s a world of activities you can participate in,” Walby said of U.S. missions. “It’s dual use for the flying time.” “We believe it performed as advertised,” Walby said. The first of the Block 20 aircraft is about halfway through low-speed taxi tests at U.S. Air Force Plant 42. A first flight will occur either right before the Christmas holiday or in early January. The aircraft will be able to carry 3,000 pounds of intelligence-gathering equipment, compared with the 2,000 pounds carried by previous Global Hawks. The aircraft will also operate with more than twice the power of its predecessors. The Block 20 aircraft is also bigger than its predecessors. Its wingspan exceeds 130 feet, compared with 116 feet for earlier models; at 47.5 feet, it is also about 3 feet longer. The first Block 20 aircraft will go to Edwards for flight testing, which is expected to last about 18 months. Five other Block 20 aircraft will be produced. Subsequent Global Hawks will all have the same airframe, but the intelligence-gathering capability is expected to improve in future “blocks.” The Air Force plans to buy 54 Global Hawk aircraft. There are several other potential customers, including the U.S. Navy, the Australian military and Germany. Northrop Grumman plans to propose a derivative of the Global Hawk for the Navy’s Board Area Maritime Surveillance program, or BAMS. The program is aimed at having “eyes in the sky” around the clock to watch over areas of the world’s oceans of interest to the United States. “We think it’s a perfect fit,” Walby said. “At 60,000 feet, you are unencumbered by weather, you have a large view, 300 nautical miles, and you have long endurance. Other systems might boast of less cost, but they have less capability.” The Australian military is following the BAMS program to see if the U.S. system can address its maritime patrol needs. In December, the German government is expected to decide whether to purchase a variation of the Global Hawk for its needs. (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Prior to the terrorist attacks of Sept.11, 2001, the Global Hawk program was in a technology-demonstration phase in which a handful of aircraft were being built and tested to see whether it would be possible to field a high-altitude, unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. After the attacks, the planes were pressed into service, first in Afghanistan and then in Iraq. Assembled by Northrop Grumman workers in Palmdale, Global Hawk aircraft are capable of flying at an altitude of 65,000 feet, above storms and about six miles higher than jetliners normally fly, for more than 35 hours at a time. During a single mission, Global Hawk’s sensors can survey 40,000 square miles. The Global Hawk aircraft are primarily flown by onboard computers using preprogrammed instructions. The aircraft, however, can be flown by or have a preprogrammed mission adjusted by a ground operator who adjusts the plane’s flight through clicks of a computer mouse rather than a joystick. The aircraft are being developed in “blocks,” each progressively more capable than the previous. All seven of the “Block 10” aircraft have been delivered to the military, program officials said. On Thursday, a Global Hawk aircraft performed the last of the Block 10 evaluation checks, flying a 27-hour mission over Alaska. The flight, which originated at Edwards Air Force Base, involved taking images of 250 targets, including targets obscured by dense forest and ice and snow. last_img read more

VAR controversy continues as Netherlands and Italy reach World Cup quarter-finals

first_img Laura Woods and Ally McCoist discuss the events of the England vs Cameroon match at the Women’s World Cup Italy made light work of China Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ punished Getty Images – Getty TROPHY VAR took centre stage on another eventful night at the Women’s World Cup, as the last two quarter-final spots were sealed.Here’s a round-up of the action:Netherlands 2-1 JapanThe Netherlands were awarded a contentious late penalty to beat Japan and reach the quarter-finals. 3 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:16Loaded: 12.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:16 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Lieke Martens scored her second of the game to secure a 2-1 victory after the VAR adjudged that Japan captain Saki Kumagai had blocked a shot with her arm.Yui Hasegawa had pulled Japan level following Martens’ opener but it would be the use of video technology which again courted drama at Rennes’ Roazhon Park.Arsenal forward Vivianne Miedema had an early effort blocked behind but the Dutch were ahead with 17 minutes on the clock as Martens’ clever back-heel found a way into the corner of the goal following a deflection.Yuika Sugasawa then hit the outside of the post as Japan looked to level before the interval and the equaliser duly arrived as Hasegawa brilliantly chipped home.Both sides created further chances in the second half as an even contest appeared set for extra-time. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS boost Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Valentina Giacinti and Aurora Galli struck in either half to set up a quarter-final clash with either Holland or Japan on Saturday.China were always up against it following Giacinti’s early opener and are eliminated having scored just once in their four games in the finals.AC Milan forward Giacinti had already seen an effort chalked out for offside and was presented with a fine chance following a misplaced pass out of the China defence.She would break the deadlock at the third time of asking, Chinese goalkeeper Peng Shimeng doing well to keep out Elisa Bartoli’s effort only for Giacinti to tuck home the rebound.China responded well and saw a video assistant referee check deny them a penalty before Wang Yen’s long-range strike drew a save out of Laura Giuliani. deals Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder 3 Valentina Bergamaschi and Sara Gama came close to doubling the lead before the break but it was China who hit the woodwork through Li Ying’s header ahead of the interval.Galli came off the bench and secured the win for Italy four minutes after the restart as China stood off her and allowed the Juventus midfielder to bury her chance from 30 yards out.China, so defensive throughout the group stage, pushed forward in the hope of staging an unlikely comeback.Wang Shuang, Han Peng, Li Ying, and Zhang Rui all had half-chances but could not set up a grandstand end to the encounter, with Italy seeing out the remainder of the game to advance. The Netherlands advanced in controversial fashion Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa LATEST The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Japan were left heartbroken Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Getty Images – Getty It was Japan who looked like finishing the game stronger, Hasegawa firing inches wide, Mana Iwabuchi hitting the side-netting and Hina Sugita hitting the crossbar.But it would all prove to be for nothing as Holland secured their place in the last eight and a meeting with Italy.With two minutes remaining, Miedema’s shot hit Kumagai and, after consulting the VAR, referee Melissa Borjas pointed to the spot.Martens kept her composure to convert from 12 yards but even then Japan pushed for a second equaliser as a goalmouth scramble was cleared by the Dutch, who held on to progress.Italy 2-0 ChinaItaly eased past China 2-0 in Montpellier to secure their place in the last eight of the Women’s World Cup. 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