Belarus stuns Greece in Piraeus friendly

first_imgThe five-game winning streak of the Greek national soccer team came to an end on Wednesday as Belarus stunned the Euro 2004 winner with a 1-0 friendly win at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus.Fielding a second-string team, and saving his top pick for Sunday’s significant World Cup qualifier with Bosnia, coach Michael Skibbe wanted to see the alternative options in his hands. However when he saw that his team was about to concede an unlikely defeat, he started introducing some of his best players such as Costas Fortounis and Giorgos Tzavellas.The visitors scored from a spectacular free-kick from 25 yards out as Sjarhej Palicevic beat Greece keeper Panayiotis Glykos after 14 minutes. Belarus could have scored again in the first 20 minutes, but the hosts were spared another goal.The Greek team created its first goal-scoring chance no earlier than on the 32nd minute, and only showed some real improvement from the start of the second half.The Greeks tried a number of shots at the Belarus goal in the second half, evidently lagging in team communication and preparation that would allow for organized efforts.“We did not like the result, but friendly games are just better than training,” said Skibbe after the match.Greece is already without injured defender Costas Manolas and goalkeeper Stefanos Kapino ahead of the Bosnia game on Sunday, also at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium.Source: KathimeriniTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

India vs New Zealand: Krunal Pandya elated after 2nd man-of-the-match award in 8 T20Is

first_imgBrief scores – India (162/3) beat New Zealand (158/8) by 7 wickets to level 3-match series 1-1. Rohit (50), Pant (40*), Dhawan (30). ScorecardIndia all-rounder Krunal Pandya proved that he is a quick learner as he turned his performance around in just two days time to return match-winning figures for the team in the second T20 international against New Zealand on Friday.Krunal’s 3 for 28 in four overs helped India register their first win in a T20I match in New Zealand as the hosts were restricted to 158 for 8 which the visitors chased down with ease in 18.5 overs.Krunal was hammered for 37 runs for just 1 wicket in the last match which India lost by a record margin. But the left-arm spinner pulled up his socks and used all his variations to bamboozle the Kiwi batsmen.”It felt really nice to contribute for the team. It’s always special when you contribute to a win. The dimensions are quite different from Wellington, the straight boundaries were short and I had to adjust my length to it. Looking forward to the decider in two days’ time,” Krunal said after receiving his man-of-the-match award.Krunal had picked up two wickets in his very first over of the match as he sent back the dangerous Colin Munro and Daryl Mitchell within four deliveries.The 27-year-old then returned in the next over to snare the wicket of captain Kane Williamson to leave New Zealand tottering at 50 for 4 in 7.5 overs before Colin de Grandhomme made a quickfire 28-ball 50 to rescue the [email protected] strikes again! The arm ball skids on, Williamson looks to pull through square leg, goes under the bat and he’s in front.New Zealand 50/4 after 8 overs #NZvIND (@BCCI) February 8, 2019De Grandhomme and Ross Taylor (42) added 77 runs for the fifth wicket to propel the Black Caps to 158 for 8. Apart from Krunal, Khaleel Ahmed (2/27), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/29) and Hardik Pandya (1/36) were among the wickets for India.In reply the tourists rode on Rohit Sharma’s 29-ball 50 while Rishabh Pant made an unbeaten 40 to chase down the total with 7 wickets and 7 balls to spare. Shikhar Dhawan (30) and MS Dhoni (20 not out) also made significant contributions.India’s win sets up the series nicely as both teams now stand level at one-win each. The third and final match will now be a decider and will be played in Hamilton on February 10 (Sunday).Also Read | Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant power India to their 1st T20I victory in New ZealandAlso Read | We learnt from our mistakes: Rohit Sharma after historic T20I win over New ZealandAlso Read | Rohit Sharma trolled with Mumbai Indians quota jibe, Krunal Pandya responds in stylelast_img read more