Nations League: Netherlands Beat Germany 3-0

first_imgThey suffered a shock exit in the group phase of the 2018 tournament in Russia and this loss leaves them with only one point from their opening two Nations League matches.Since the end of their World Cup qualifying campaign in October 2017, Germany have only won one competitive match – a 2-1 World Cup win over Sweden – and gained two victories in friendlies – against Saudi Arabia and Peru.They face a tough task in their next match on Tuesday, as they visit world champions and Nations League Group A1 leaders France.After van Dijk’s opener, the Dutch had chances to double their lead but Georginio Wijnaldum shot wide and Depay headed off target.Manchester City forward Leroy Sane, on as a second half substitute, should have equalised but he dragged a shot just wide when unmarked eight yards out.That miss proved costly, as with Germany pushing for an equaliser, they gave the ball away and Promes set up Depay to score in the 86th minute.Depay then hit the crossbar, before Wijnaldum added another in the third minute of stoppage time.The Netherlands, managed by former Everton boss Ronald Koeman, are second in the three-nation group after beginning their campaign with a 2-1 defeat by France in September.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Liverpool pair Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum scored as the Netherlands won to send Germany to the bottom of Nations League Group A1.Van Dijk reacted first to head in from close range after Ryan Babel had headed against the crossbar following Memphis Depay’s right-wing corner. Depay added a second late on from a quick counter-attack after being set up by Quincy Promes. Wijnaldum sealed the win in injury time with a low shot into the bottom corner.Joachim Low’s Germany, who won the World Cup in 2014, have now only won three of their past 12 matches.last_img read more

GVC Holdings prepares for €187 million tax battle

first_img Related Articles Share StumbleUpon FTSE online gambling group GVC Holdings has confirmed that it will move to appeal its recently sanctioned ‘tax audit assessment’ by the Greek Audit Centre for Large Enterprises.Updating the market, GVC reveals that it has been charged with a tax assessment of €187 million for its Greek subsidiary’s performance for the audit periods of 2010 and 2011.During the disputed periods, the Greek subsidiary was operated by Sportingbet Plc, prior to the online bookmaker’s acquisition by GVC Holdings in 2013.In its statement, GVC ‘strongly disputes’ the Audit Centre’s calculation, stating that the €187 million figure is ‘substantially higher by multiples of the total Greek revenues generated by the subsidiary’.Advised by Greek legal and tax professionals, GVC claims that it has strong grounds to dismiss the assessment, and will therefore file an appeal with the Greek courts.Protecting its existing Greek subsidiary operations, GVC has entered into a ‘payment scheme’ with the Tax Authority, where the business will make ‘held on account’ transactions of €7.8 million per month over the next 24 months.GVC governance states that ‘entering into such an arrangement is not an admission that the assessment is correct and the Group will seek to recover such payments’.Furthermore, as a prudent provision, GVC governance has sanctioned approximately €200 million attached to firm’s 2017 financial accounts to cover its dispute.“The Board strongly disputes the basis of the Assessment calculation, believing the assessed quantum to be widely exaggerated and is confident in the grounds of appeal”. GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

Injuries give Saunders a rotation spot

first_imgGary Matthews Jr. is showing that the pressure of being implicated in baseball’s latest scandal might not hurt his play on the field. Matthews, who was named this week in an investigation of pharmacies selling human growth hormone, crushed a home run to right field. It was Matthews’ first right-handed at-bat in Cactus League play after going 0-for-4 from the left side. Despite the fact his long-toss sessions have been stalled in the 110- to 130-foot range, Weaver insists he is making progress on his sore biceps every time he throws. The biggest reason for his optimism came at the start of camp when he found out he had nothing more than tendinitis. “After I got the MRI results that were negative, it kind of kicked me in the (rear) and made me work harder to get ready,” Weaver said. With John Lackey out as starter today because of bronchitis, Hector Carrasco will take the mound against the Colorado Rockies at Tucson. Dustin Moseley also will pitch today. Carrasco, Moseley and even Chris Bootcheck have been mentioned as possible starters if Weaver is not ready to go at the start of the season. Brandon Wood continues to impress at third base, proving that the transition from shortstop will not be a tough one. Wood made a tough play to his left and another to his right on a diving stop in the ninth inning to take away an extra-base hit. “That last play was incredible with a bad hop and a strong throw to first,” Scioscia said. “There will be a progression. He’s going to have to experience plays in on the grass and go to his left. The two he made today were terrific, though.” In addition to Saunders, Weaver also had his contract renewed. The Angels also came to contract terms with nine players: Erick Aybar, Maicer Izturis, Greg Jones, Dallas McPherson, Tommy Murphy, Mike Napoli, Chris Resop, Ervin Santana and Reggie Willits. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The left-hander made his spring debut against the Chicago Cubs and pitched a solid two innings, allowing a home run to Matt Murton but nothing else. He gave up a walk and recorded four of his six outs on fly balls to Vladimir Guerrero in right field. “I located for the most part,” said Saunders, who had his contract renewed by the club Friday. “That one pitch to Murton I tried to go in and left it out over the plate a little bit and he hit it good. Other than that, I felt my command was pretty good so I was pretty happy.” You can excuse Saunders if he feels like he is in limbo this spring. As soon as Jered Weaver and Bartolo Colon are fit enough to join the rotation, the Angels are expected to send their insurance policy back to Triple A. Weaver’s status remains up in the air, while Colon isn’t expected to be back until mid summer at the earliest even though he has been impressing manager Mike Scioscia of late with his progress in rehab. So Saunders forges on like an intern who has to return back to college in the fall. “For right now, I think hopefully I have a spot,” he said. “I don’t know what Bartolo is doing or what his schedule’s like so all the best for him. I hope he gets back healthy and see where it takes us. “I know he’s a great pitcher and obviously if he’s healthy and ready to go they’re going to have him up here. I know where my place is, and it’s a little discouraging, but that’s the way it is right now.” Playing pepper center_img MESA, Ariz. – Joe Saunders might have made a splash last season, but he still is fighting for name recognition. On a board entering the concourse at HoHoKam Park on Friday, the Angels’ starting pitcher was listed as “Jose” Saunders. last_img read more