May 25, 2020

Argentina again facing early elimination at Copa

first_imgSalvadore: A year later, Argentina is again facing the prospect of an early elimination. After struggling in the group stage of the World Cup in Russia, Argentina also got off to a bad start at the Copa America in Brazil. And another setback on Wednesday against Paraguay will leave the team in danger of enduring its worst fiasco in nearly four decades. The last time Argentina failed to advance past the group stage in the South American competition was in 1983. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevTrying to end a title drought of 26 years, Argentina opened its Copa America campaign with a demoralizing 2-0 loss to Colombia, falling to last place in Group B after Paraguay and Qatar earned a point each from their 2-2 draw. “We wanted to start differently,” Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said Tuesday. “But the players know we still have plenty of chances of advancing. Tomorrow’s match will be very important for us.” At last year’s World Cup, Argentina needed a win over Nigeria in the final group match to avoid elimination. The team got it, but they then lost to France in the last 16. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsScaloni was part of the staff of then-coach Jorge Sampaoli, who was fired after the loss to the eventual champions. Scaloni, a former player, now faces the urgency of a good result against Paraguay at the Mineirao Stadium. With a squad with less than half of the players who were in Russia, Argentina has shown little progress since the World Cup. The loss to Colombia revealed many of the mistakes the team endured in Russia, including the lack of efficiency in attack despite the leadership of Lionel Messi. Messi was far from his best against Colombia but remained optimistic. “This group is ready for this challenge and we will try to succeed,” said the 31-year-old Messi, the team’s oldest player at this year’s Copa America. “This group is strong and united. We can make it.” Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria are the only survivors from the group that lost the finals of the World Cup in 2014 and the Copa America in 2015 and 2016. Aguero and Di Maria also struggled against Colombia, being heavily criticized back home. Aguero had only one significant attempt on goal early in the game, while Di Maria was never a real threat against the Colombian defense. Udinese captain Rodrigo De Paul is now touted as a possible replacement for Di Maria after entering the match against Colombia and adding a spark to the Argentina attack.last_img read more

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Commonwealth tells Lanka to consider consequences

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has urged the Sri Lankan Government to pause for further careful consideration following the passage by the country’s Parliament of the impeachment motion against the Chief Justice of Sri Lanka.“The impeachment of a Chief Justice is a very serious matter. In this particular case, it has called into question aspects of the Constitution of Sri Lanka,” he said in a statement. Sharma says he has been in touch with the Sri Lankan Government at the highest levels to offer Commonwealth assistance to find a way forward.“I recognise that this is a matter for Sri Lanka, but am also conscious of our shared Commonwealth values and principles, to which Sri Lanka and all member governments have subscribed,” the Secretary-General said. “I strongly urge that time be taken to reflect and consider fully the constitutional and other ramifications of the differing positions taken by the Judiciary and Legislature before any decision is taken by the Executive on the impeachment of the Chief Justice. Meanwhile the United Kingdom called on the government to respect democratic principles and safeguard the Chief Justice and Legal Profession.Commenting on the Sri Lankan Parliament’s vote to impeach the Chief Justice, a Foreign Office spokesperson said:“The British Government is deeply concerned by the impeachment proceedings against Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake. We share the concerns already expressed by many people in Sri Lanka over both the process and related reports of the intimidation of members of the Sri Lankan Bar Association. The motion to impeach the Chief Justice runs contrary to the clear rulings of Sri Lanka’s highest courts and the proceedings appear to contravene basic principles of fairness, due process and respect for the independence of the judiciary and the Commonwealth Latimer House Principles. He said that the Commonwealth, collectively, is profoundly concerned about this situation. “Together with our international partners, we call on the Sri Lankan Government to respect democratic principles and the right to peaceful protest and to ensure the continued safety of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake.” read more

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