first_imgSenegal team embrace prior to the group H match between Japan and Senegal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg , Russia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker )SAMARA, Russia — As Senegal’s new generation pursues its own World Cup success, coach Aliou Cisse said there’s plenty to work on — and he should know.Senegal’s last appearance in the World Cup came in 2002, when the team reached the quarterfinals. Cisse was the captain of that squad.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Senegal opened the tournament in Russia with a 2-1 victory over Poland and followed that with a disappointing 2-2 draw against Japan.“We were not very good, frankly,” Cisse said. “I think the best team on the pitch was Japan, I have to be honest.”Senegal, making its second World Cup appearance, shocked the field in 2002 by beating defending champion France in the tournament opener. Senegal advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to Turkey.Colombia made the quarterfinals four years ago in Brazil, falling to the hosts 2-1. It was the furthest the nation had advanced in soccer’s premier tournament.After a 2-1 loss to Japan in its opener in Russia, Colombia appeared as if it had regained its Brazilian form with a 3-0 victory over Poland. James Rodriguez, the Bayern Munich star who was a substitute in the team’s opener because of a calf injury, set up two goals against Poland.ADVERTISEMENT Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Now with Cisse as coach, the Lions of Teranga will play their final group stage match against Colombia on Thursday in Samara with a spot in the knockout round at stake.“We need to improve the impact. We need to be more aggressive on the ball,” Cisse said. “At this level it goes very fast. We need to have more concentration. We need to be more rigorous.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownJapan and Senegal lead Group H with four points apiece. Colombia has three and could advance if it beats Senegal, and both could go through with a draw if Japan loses. Poland has been eliminated.The top two finishers in the group will go on to play opponents from Group G — either England or Belgium. Those teams play Thursday for the top spot in their group. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Colombia suffered a blow when midfielder Abel Aguilar was injured and taken off the field on a stretcher in the first half against Poland. Mateus Uribe took his place in the match.The team said Monday that Aguilar would undergo additional tests to determine the extent of the left adductor injury.HISTORYThe teams have met just one before, in a 2014 friendly in Buenos Aires. It ended in a 2-2 draw.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Bitter loss to Germany made Sweden ‘stronger,’ coach says Rodriguez has six goals and four assists in seven World Cup games, and many are eagerly awaiting his first goal in Russia.Coach Jose Peckerman was taking a similar approach to Cisse heading into the final group match.“We need to play at an extraordinary level to beat a tough team,” he said. “Mentally, we’re in a good place, but we need to continue to improve, because we are ambitious, and we hope to continue in this World Cup.”BAND OF BROTHERSPekerman dedicated the team’s victory over Poland to Carlos Sanchez, who was the target of a death threat after receiving a red card in the opener against Japan.Sanchez could return to the team for the group finale as Colombian authorities investigate the threat, which referenced the murder of Colombian defender Andres Escobar following an own-goal at the 1994 World Cup.“We play with a lot of responsibility and a lot of dedication and so forth, but these things shouldn’t be said lightly. And whether it’s confirmed or not, this is something that is very painful,” Pekerman said.DANCING MACHINESenegal has grabbed attention at the World Cup for a joyful warmup routine that looks more like a dance than a workout. The team’s synchronized moves include a bit of chanting before the players huddle together in laughter. A short video of the routine has drawn more than a million views on Twitter.AGUILAR’S INJURY Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

first_imgA man who was caught by Gardai hiding in a wardrobe after robbing two houses has been stabbed before he was due to appear in court yesterday.Matthew Lafferty, 19, stole a laptop computer, television, a DVD players and jewelry when he burgled two houses at Wolfe Tone PLace and Ard Lohan, Letterkenny on February 3rd last.Lafferty, of 35 Fairgreen, Letterkenny, appeared in court last week facing burglary charges. The court heard how a woman had interrupted Lafferty and another man when they were upstairs in her house at Ard Lohan.She ran to call the Gardai and Lafferty was found in a wardrobe in a friend’s house also at Ard Lohan.Lafferty was put on bail and ordered to keep a night-time curfew by Judge Paul Kelly to appear at Letterkenny District Court today.However solicitor Patsy Gallagher told the court that Lafferty could not appear as he had been seriously injured after being stabbed.Inspector David Kelly said three suspects had been identified for the attacked and the investigation was ongoing.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client had been hospitalised after the attack but had been released.Judge Paul Kelly ordered Lafferty to appear in court again on Thursday, February 16th.BURGLAR COULD NOT APPEAR IN COURT AFTER HE WAS STABBED was last modified: February 14th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burglaryMatthew LaffertySTABBEDlast_img read more