Ryan Giggs has become the fifth Wales manager in 19 years to lose their first competitive away game, as Denmark recorded a 2-0 win in the Nations League.A pair of Christian Eriksen finishes were enough for the Danes, who saw a full-strength squad take the field after resolving a pay dispute that saw a team of futsal and lower-league players fall to Slovakia in a friendly on Wednesday.More importantly, it was his first competitive away game, with the defeat equaling the poor start suffered by each of the last four Wales managers, who all failed to pick up a positive result from their first away trip. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! 5 – Since Mark Hughes’ win in Belarus back in September 1999, each of the last five Wales managers have lost their first competitive match away from home (also John Toshack, Brian Flynn, Gary Speed and Chris Coleman). Repetition. pic.twitter.com/iT9nSGDC0n — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 9, 2018 The loss comes in the aftermath of a comprehensive 4-1 win over Ireland to open their Nations League campaign. The victory featured a goal from Gareth Bale, who captained the team for the first time during Sunday’s defeat in the absence of Ashley Williams, as well as Aaron Ramsey, Tom Lawrence and Connor Roberts.While the Welsh stars were held relatively quiet in the 2-0 loss to Denmark, the Danes benefited from a big performance from the team’s top star. Christian Eriksen scored a pair of goals to lead the Danes to victory, including a controversial penalty that all but ended Wales’ hopes of getting back into the match.The Tottenham star has now been directly involved in 20 goals in his last 18 appearances for Denmark with 15 goals and five assists in that span.Eriksen’s surge of form has proved a major boost for the Danes in recent matches, especially at home, as Denmark are now unbeaten in each of their last 11 home matches in all competitionsDenmark currently sit atop theor Nations League group on goal difference with the next match set to be contested between Ireland and Denmark on October 13. Wales will take on Ireland three days later.
Legendary cricketer and former cricket coach Javed Miandad has called on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to stop bothering about reviving bilateral cricketing ties with arch-rivals India and instead focus on improving the game at domestic level.According to the Dawn, the PCB said that they would file a case against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for failing to honour the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two cricket boards in 2014.Meanwhile, the country’s cricket board has also hired a British law firm to represent the PCB’s case and ask for the compensation claim with the committee. (India do not play Pakistan because they are scared of our team: Shaharyar Khan)However, Miandad insisted that the PCB could raise the standard of cricket in the country by investing on their domestic circuit rather than playing bilateral series against India.”I believe we can raise standard of our game by investing on domestic cricket rather than playing against India. We’ve broken the jinx by defeating them in ICC Champions Trophy final and I’m sure we’ll continue repeating that in future provided we pay attention on the domestic cricket. Other cricketing nations are focusing on that and we should not remain behind on that front,” Miandad said. (Richards, Chappell want international cricket to return to Pakistan)Miandad, on the other hand, also urged the newly-appointed PCB chairman Najam Sethi to hire former or first-class cricketers as presidents of associations and zones in order to improve the game in the country.advertisement”He must also improve his advisory board and call for cricketers like Majid Khan who can provide helping hand in improving domestic cricket,” he added. (Not averse to having bilateral series with Pakistan, says BCCI)While the BCCI has repeatedly snubbed Pakistan’s request for resumption of ties, the PCB wants the Indian cricket board to honour its commitment of six series between 2015-2023 under the MoU signed, which is subjected to clearance from the Government of India. (Javed Miandad blames foreign coaches for Pakistan’s decline)Despite not playing a full-fledged bilateral series against Pakistan since the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, the arch-rivals have played each other a number of times in the ICC events, with the most recent coming at the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup. Although, Pakistan toured India for a short series in December 2012. (Pakistan ‘way behind’ others in terms of fitness, fielding: Mickey Arthur) read more
[dropcap]A[/dropcap]rabian Comet can gain amends for her narrow defeat last time out at York by taking the feature race on the Doncaster card today – the Group 2 DFS Park Hill Stakes at 2.40.The William Haggas trained runner has been a model of consistency this season winning three of her six starts and proved she could cope in Group level when a half length to Missunited in the Group 3 Lillie Langtry Stakes at Goodwood over the same trip that she faces today.It’s fair to assume that she is capable of further improvement – don’t be surprised though to see her behind in the early stages – that is very much her style of racing and hopefully we can see a late rattle.There are a whole host of dangers as you might imagine in a competitive Group event.Seal Of Approval could be the biggest danger. She was a good third to Seismos in the Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury last time out and is another who will be suited by this extended trip.Melrose Abbey is only lightly race but another big danger after a smooth victory in handicap company last time out.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK ARABIAN COMET at around 100/30 for 4 points with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 26.76 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 read more