Swedish downturn makes the road to the World Cup finals much longer


Football. Sweden’s path to the World Cup finals became somewhat longer as the penultimate match in the qualifying group ended with a 2-0 victory for Georgia, who had already played their part. 20-year-old Rubin Kazan player Khvicha Kvaratskhelia scored both goals for Georgia, with FCK’s Davit Khocholava in defense was under heavy pressure in the first half, but after Georgia had scored the first goal after an hour, Sweden did not create significant chances . The result is good news for both Greece and Spain, who meet later tonight in Athens. Greece now suddenly has a chance to play for 2nd place in the group, while Spain with a victory will be able to qualify with a draw in the group final against Sweden in Sevilla on Sunday.

Russia, on the other hand, enter the group final with the awareness that a draw in Croatia on Sunday will trigger World Cup qualification. Russia won 6-0 over Cyprus with five different goal scorers, and CAN be ready for the World Cup later tonight, but that requires Croatian points loss away against Malta. AaB’s Aleksandar Trajkovski scored 1-0 as Northern Macedonia won 5-0 in Armenia and retained the chance to occupy second place after World Cup qualifier Germany.

Tennis. Holger Rune finished at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, where the 18-year-old Dane in his decisive group match was defeated 3-1 (3-4, 4-1, 4-1, 4-3) by the 20-year-old American Brandon Nakashima, Holger Rune (No. 109 in the world rankings) otherwise won the 1st set over Nakashima (No. 63) after a well-played tiebreak, but after a victory and two defeats he is out of the tournament for the world’s best player under 21 years.

Football. After sitting out in Paris SG’s last two matches, Lionel Messi is expected to be ready for Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Uruguay on the night between Friday and Saturday. “Messi’s condition is good and if it continues like this, he will play,” Argentina national coach Lionel Scaloni told AFP.

Football. In 2022, for the sake of the World Cup finals in Qatar, the English Premier League will take a break from 13 November to 26 December. The World Cup final will take place on 18 December.

Golf. A first round in 74 strokes Emily Kristine Pedersen crawled forward in the position with 66 strokes in the second round of the Aramco Team Series, a tournament the Dane won last year. Now she is in a shared 24th place, 9 strokes behind the leading German, Olivia Crown. In the parallel team competition, Emily Kristine Pedersen is number 5 among the 36 teams.

Football. After 4 goals in 5 games for Preston in October, 23-year-old Emil Riis is among the nominees for the title of Player of the Month in the Championship. Another nominee, however, is Fulham’s Serb Aleksandar Mitrovic, who scored 8 goals in 5 matches.

Golf. After the victory for Jeff Winther and last week’s second places for Lucas Bjerregaard and Nicolai Højgaard, this week it is Joachim B. Hansen who is the leading Dane. A bogey-free round with 9 birdies gives Joachim B. Hansen the lead in the Dubai Championship, 2 strokes ahead of four players. Thorbjørn Olesen was also playing well in the first round, when you disregard a fully cracked drive that cost a double bogey on the lightest hole of the course. With 7 birdies and a round in 5 strokes under par, Thorbjørn Olesen is in a shared 10th place. Lucas Bjerregaard came around in 2 under par, Jeff Winther and Thomas Bjørn are in par and Benjamin Poke in 3 strokes over par.

Boxing. The Women’s World Cup, which was to be held in Turkey 6.-19. December, is postponed to March next year due to the continued corona spread.

Biking. For the fifth time in the history of the Giro d’Italia, the race ends next year with a single start to Verona after a hilly challenge of 17.1 km. This is stated in the last presentation of the 3,410.3 km to be covered from 6 to 29 May. Only on one of the previous arrivals to the Arena in Verona has the stage winner been identical to the overall winner. That was the case in 1984, when the Italian Francesco Moser wearing the pink jersey was fastest on the 42 km from Soave. In 1981, the Norwegian Knut Knudsen was honored as the best on the stage, while the Italian Giovanni Battaglin was No. 1 overall. In 2010, the two roles went to the Swede Gustav Erik Larsson and the Italian Ivan Basso, respectively, and in 2019 the American Chad Haga and the Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz.

Sports policy. According to the Belarus Sport Solidarity Foundation, Aliaksandra Romanouskaya, world champion in freestyle skiing in 2019, was arrested on Wednesday after a training session. She has been one of the outward faces of the many athletes who supported the protests last fall. Romanouskaya is also one of 1,700 Belarusian athletes who have signed an open letter demanding an end to police brutality against protesters.

Kheira Hamraoui (left) was assaulted in her car. Clubmate Aminata Diallo (right) has been arrested and is suspected of being involved in the case.

Football. French national team player Aminata Diallo from Paris Saint-Germain has been remanded in custody in connection with an assault on club and national teammate Kheira Hamraoui. The assault happened on Thursday last week when Hamraoui had been to dinner at Diallo’s. 31-year-old Hamraoui was assaulted in his car by up to several masked men and beaten with an iron bar over his legs. She sustained injuries that kept her out of the Champions League match against Real Marid. French police have arrested a man in Lyon suspected of being among the perpetrators and Diallo is also suspected of being involved. PSG have confirmed in a statement that Diallo is in police custody in connection with an assault on one of the club’s players, and further the club writes that it distances itself from any form of violence.

Football. FC Copenhagen’s Luther Singh has been discharged from the hospital and is home again, the club writes on its website. The plan is that the South African can once again be part of the training with the rest of the team during the coming week.

Football. Aston Villa have found the replacement for Dean Smith, who was fired as head coach of the club after this weekend’s Premier League round. Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard thus comes from Scottish Rangers FC. This is stated by Aston Villa on its website. Steven Gerrard has been the manager of Rangers since the summer of 2018, and last season he managed to lead the club to the first Scottish championship since 2011.


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