10-man Spain hold on to edge Romania

first_imgSpain maintained their 100 per cent record in Euro 2020 qualifying with a 2-1 away win over Romania in Group F.Sergio Ramos’ 10th penalty for his country opened the scoring in Bucharest on Thursday, with Paco Alcacer adding Spain’s second early in the second half.The Euro 2012 winners had to survive a fightback as substitute Florin Andone scored his first Romania goal since 2015, but the hosts could not find an equaliser despite Diego Llorente’s late red card. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream La Roja’s victory came in their first game since Robert Moreno was confirmed as coach on a permanent basis after Luis Enrique stepped down, the former Barcelona boss last week revealing his nine-year-old daughter, Xana, has died from bone cancer.Spain’s intent and incision was evident from the off, Ciprian Tatarusanu twice denying Alcacer in the first six minutes, with defenders Ramos and Jordi Alba then both kept out.Romania looked to be holding Spain at bay until George Puscas’ challenge on Dani Ceballos saw referee Deniz Aytekin point to the spot, with Ramos easily converting the resulting penalty.Spain’s lead was duly doubled within two minutes of the restart, Saul Niguez bisecting the Romania defence for Alba to square a low cross to Alcacer, who could not miss.Paco Alcácer #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/fwyixMS7iH— UEFA EURO 2020 (@UEFAEURO) September 5, 2019Moreno’s side let Romania back into the game, though, Andone capitalising on slack Ramos marking to nod a clever Puscas headed pass beyond Kepa Arrizabalaga.Spain had to see out the last 11 minutes with 10 men after Llorente clumsily brought down Puscas as he raced through on goal, but after Kepa brilliantly kept out an injury-time Puscas header with his left leg, they have five wins from five.What does it mean? Stumbling start to Moreno eraMoreno told reporters this week he would step down should Luis Enrique want to return to the post and there were mixed signs for his side. Spain were positive and fluid on the ball, dominating possession, as expected, and creating plenty of chances.But there were some nerves at the back for Real Sociedad defender Llorente, who got himself in a tangle chasing Puscas, while Andone’s introduction made Romania a greater threat in the second half.Cosmin Contra’s side have slipped to fourth in the group, though, thanks to wins elsewhere for Sweden and Norway.Paco on the mark againAlcacer perhaps should have scored more goals than his solitary strike, but the Borussia Dortmund striker remains a dangerous presence in the box. Since the start of the new season, he has scored in every outing for club and country.PACOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! #NoPacoNoParty https://t.co/AWSQVfHytZ— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) September 5, 2019Ramos at faultSpain skipper Ramos was warned by Moreno ahead of the game his place is not guaranteed, but he did not appear to heed the coach’s words. The Real Madrid star’s positioning for Andone’s goal, standing yards behind his defensive line, was frankly bizarre.What’s next?Both teams have winnable home games on Sunday. Spain host the Faroe Islands, while Romania welcome Malta. read morelast_img read more

Busy day at beaches

PORT DOVER Students from Norfolk County and beyond skipped classes Friday to hit the beaches of Port Dover, Turkey Point and Long Point for the day.While Friday was a PA day for public and Catholic elementary teachers and students, high school students were expected to be in class.“Grand Erie District School Board does not endorse this day, as our focus is on student achievement,” said Denise Martins, a superintendent of education with the Grand Erie District School Board.“It is a regularly scheduled school day, and Grand Erie students are expected to be in class. Students who are away must provide documentation to verify any absence.”Stefanie Harrison and Hannah Melnychuk, Grade 12 students at St. John’s College in Brantford, were enjoying the beach in Port Dover.“We just told our teachers it was senior skip day,” said Harrison. “We heard about it through a lot of our friends.”“We got here around 11:30 (a.m.), we’ll probably be here for the rest of the day,” said Melnychuk.Eric Davidson, a Grade 10 student at Waterford District High School, said he was at the beach because his friends asked him to go.“I went swimming, watched a fight and jumped off the pier,” said Davidson.Myla Selway, a Grade 8 student at Elgin Avenue Public School in Simcoe, was spending her day at the beach with a friend.“We had nothing else to do,” Selway said.Lindsay Reid, a Grade 11 student at Waterford, was also in Port Dover with friends.“I just wanted to spend time with some friends,” Reid said about why she was at the beach.This year was no different in terms of reports to police concerning Beach Day activities.“We had quite a few calls in various areas as a result of Beach Day,” said Norfolk OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk.A 16-year-old male was extremely intoxicated and was found jumping in front of traffic on Clubhouse Road in Turkey Point. Police arrived, arrested him, and held him in custody until he was sober.Also in Turkey Point several small fights broke out as a result of a larger altercation taking place, which led to multiple arrests of minors.In Port Dover there were reports of underage drinking, littering, and multiple fights.“Every year we hear parents saying that the police are out there ruining the fun,” said Sanchuk. “I can tell you we’ve had reports of fights, assaults, littering, mischief, and disturbed peace. That’s why the police are down there.”There were several counts of underage intoxication between the different local beaches.astaylor@postmedia.comPort Dover beach is packed this Beach Day. pic.twitter.com/I7AZKHokdp— The Simcoe Reformer (@Simcoe_Reformer) June 7, 2019 read more