Amor leads Brabazon qualifiers with course record

first_img Wiltshire’s Ben Amor played his way into the Brabazon Trophy, supported by Your Golf Travel, with a course record 65 in the southern qualifier at Liphook, Hampshire.The 19-year-old from Marlborough finished birdie, birdie, eagle to clip a shot off the old record and to lead 30 qualifiers for the Brabazon, which takes places at Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell) from June 24-27.His closest challengers at Liphook were Kent golfers Freddie Price and Alfie Plant, who were two-under par. Five players returned scores of one-under: Delon Hau of Wales, Bobby Keeble of Essex, Jake Burnage of Devon, Paul Waring of Suffolk and Jordan Lawrence of Hertfordshire.Amor (image © Leaderboard Photography), a member of the England Golf ‘A’ Squad, started his round today with a bogey and reported feeling a little tentative, but he kept the ball out of the heather and reached the turn in level par.He began his charge to his first course record on the 10th. “I holed a 25-footer, with about 3ft of break, for a birdie and that settled me down. I’d had the pace on the greens all day but I hadn’t been aggressive, after that I just let go.”He birdied 14, dropped a “silly” shot at 15 and then produced his dream finish. “I hit great shots into 16 and 17, inside 4ft and 8ft, and then on the 18th I holed an 18ft putt for eagle.”Altogether, he had six birdies and an eagle in his round and declared: “These are some of the best greens I have putted on, I thought they were fantastic.”Amor, who won the Carris Trophy in 2013 and was runner-up in this year’s Darwin Salver, added: “This is a nice start to the year. It’s still early in the season and it’s nice to know my golf game is roughly where I want it.”Amor will be making his second appearance in the English men’s open amateur stroke play championship and his first priority is to beat last year’s performance, when he just missed the cut. “The last man on the course came in and knocked me out,” he remembered.“This year the first goal is to make the cut and then to try and go up the leaderboard,” he added.The northern qualifier for the Brabazon Trophy takes place next Tuesday at Clitheroe Golf Club, Lancashire. 12 May 2015 Amor leads Brabazon qualifiers with course record last_img read more

Atlético accumulates 18 injuries this season, 14 muscular

first_imgSince last season a new terror has been installed in Atlético. Two words. “Muscle injury”. Infinite Terror In the halls of the sports city and the Wanda Metropolitano, as a whisper that better not to say too loud. Just in case. 45 muscle injuries ravaged the squad last season, 2018-19. This, from the preseason in San Rafael to which the team returned as a mantra to avoid them, had been controlled. Workloads were distributed.Until December there had been nine, 17 less than the previous year, in the same period (there were 25 in total). But One date changed everything. December 8th, the one in which in the 2018-19 season, Lucas suffered a knee sprain, this Vitolo suffered a grade I lesion in the adductor musculature of the left thigh. Since then, at Atlético there have been eight more medical parts. Simeone faces the derby with the loss of six players (Koke ​​and Trippier among them, the two could be discharged in the next few days but still do not have it; Lemar is not discharged but, except for a gastroenteritis on Tuesday, he is training well ) and only 16 fit, two of them, goalkeepers. Because after that Vitolo injury, Lodi, Koke, Lemar, Giménez, Koke, Trippier, Arias and João Félix have been falling in this order. The alarms have been turned on again. 18 injuries already. And, except for the knee brace that Morata suffered, João Felix’s ankle, Diego Costa’s cervical disc herniation and Lodi’s bone contusion, all muscular. The whisper is already a scream again. Atletico is again as always in all the last Janros. A frame. And his infirmary fills. Injuries in Atlético 2019-20–Diego Costa, August 13: muscle lesion in the adductors of the left thigh (he was discharged on August 31).–Morata, August 29: moderate degree knee sprain (September 20).–Lemar, September 20: overload (September 23). –Vitolo, September 29: left thigh muscle injury (October 21).–Savic, October 14: grade II muscle injury in the hamstring muscles of the left thigh (November 19).–João Félix, October 19: Sprain grade II of the external lateral ligament of the right ankle (November 22).–Giménez, October 22: grade I muscle injury in the right thigh (December 10).–Diego Costa, November 14: cervical disc herniation (still low).–Savic, November 20: Relapse in grade II distal myotendinous lesion of the left femoral biceps (January 9).–Vitolo, December 8: grade I lesion in the adductor musculature of the left thigh (January 3).–Lodi, December 13: Discomfort caused by a bone bruise on the ankle Osasuna (December 21).–Koke, December 17: Elongation in the hamstring musculature of the right thigh (January 9).–Lemar, December 31: hamstring muscle injury of the right thigh and gastroenteritis (December 28).–Giménez, January 9: muscular edema in the left leg (still low).–Koke, January 10: Myotendinous lesion in the right thigh (still low, but already trained with the group).–Trippier, January 17: pubalgia (still low but training with the group. Last week before the game against Eibar also did, entered the list and then was discarded).–Arias, January 25: Lesion in the adductor musculature of the left thigh (still low).–João Félix, January 29: muscle injury in the right leg.last_img read more

Fireworks expected at National Stadium

first_img HOT HURDLES Local track and field fans are in for a treat today as several of the world’s top athletes will be on show at the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet inside the National Stadium. The main events are set to get under way at 7:30 p.m. with the women’s 400 metres hurdles, one of 19 international events. However, action will start as early as 2 p.m. with one of two new events on the programme, the international hammer throw for women. The other new event, the men’s international javelin begins at 4:15 p.m. These will be followed by six Development events, starting at 5:05 p.m. with the women’s 100 metres. The final event of the night, the women’s 400 metres at 9:23, should be one of the most competitive. Jamaica’s trio of Stephenie Ann McPherson, who was third last year, along with Novlene Williams-Mills, fourth a year ago, and Christine Day, who was fifth, will be hoping for a local sweep of the top three places following the withdrawal of last year’s winner, American Sanya Richards-Ross. The Jamaicans will come up against another American, Francena McCorory, runner-up last year and winner of the event two years ago. This event is expected to be a cracker as, fresh in the minds of fans is last year’s World Championships 4×400 metres final in Beijing, when Williams-Mills outwitted McCorory on the anchor leg to give Jamaica a memorable win. With a good record here over the years, Williams-Mills will be hoping to get back to winning ways. POWELL IN 200m The women’s 100m hurdles at 8:27 p.m. should also be hot. World champion Danielle Williams will be engaged in a very tough battle against some fierce rivals. Last year’s winner Jasmin Stowers is out, but her compatriots Sharika Nelvis, American record holder Brianna Rollins (12.26), and 2008 Olympic champion Dawn Harper-Nelson will be hoping for a top three sweep. Also in the event is Britain’s record holder Tiffany Porter (12.51). “I am under no pressure whatsoever as I am going into the race to have fun, and if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best,” Jamaica’s Williams said in a recent interview. Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be hoping to make it a great night for local fans when they compete in the 100 and 200 metres, respectively. American Tori Bowie ran a world-leading 10.80 seconds in winning the women’s 100 metres at the Doha Diamond League meet yesterday, and Thompson, who won a year ago with 10.97, will be hoping to go faster here. English Gardener of the United States is her main rival. Fraser-Pryce, who was third in this event a year ago, will face the outstanding Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas. Miller was impressive in clocking a Bahamian and meet-record 22.14 in the half-lap event last year and is this year’s world leader in the 400m with a 49.69 run on April 16 in Nassau. Fraser-Pryce will be joined by countrywoman Shericka Jackson, who was a bronze medallist in the 400m at last year’s World Championships. Also down to compete is rising American sprinter Candice McGrone. Former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell is down for the 200m where he will face local rival Rasheed Dwyer. In the men’s 100 m Julian Forte, Kemar Bailey Cole and Oshane Bailey will carry Jamaican hopes against the very fast Americans Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers. SELECTED EVENTS 7 p.m. Shot put women – International 7.03 p.m. Triple jump men – International 7.06 p.m. 3000m steeplechase men – International 7:30 p.m. 400m hurdles women – International 7:37 p.m. 400m hurdles men – International 7:40 p.m. High jump men – International. 7:49 p.m. 800m men – International 8 p.m. 1500m women – International 8:07 p.m. Long jump women – International 8:11 p.m. 100m women – International 8:15 p.m. 100m men – International 8:27 p.m. 100m hurdles women – International 8:37 p.m. 110m men – International 8:53 p.m. 200m women – International 9:03 p.m. 200m men – International 9:14 p.m. 400m men – International 9:23 p.m. 400m women – Internationallast_img read more

Kelly knows he can play better after ‘okay’ debut for Magnolia

first_imgMOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Curtis Kelly debuts for Magnolia. PBA IMAGESOn the surface, Curtis Kelly had a decent debut in the PBA, scoring 19 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in Magnolia’s 99-96 loss to Rain or Shine in the Commissioner’s Cup.But underneath that was a disastrous pileup of misses and mistakes as Kelly shot 8-of-20 from the field and went 3-of-12 from the charity stripe.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film 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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Kelly, though, vowed to have a better showing in the Hotshots’ future games as they try to improve on their 3-2 record.“I thought I just did okay, I can improve, I can be better,” said Kelly Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “My free throws were terrible, I have no excuses I just missed them.”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 crown“Those misses are inexcusable, I have to get better at that. If I made my free throws I probably finished with 30. I have to continue to be impressive and focus a little bit more.”Kelly’s biggest mistake in the game might have been the aftermath of his biggest defensive stop. Historic Ironman race in PH is underway; 4 Filipinos in top 10 early Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding With less than a minute remaining in overtime, and Magnolia trailing 95-94, Kelly intercepted Chris Tiu’s pass to Reggie Johnson and immediately started a break for the basket.Kelly, on his way for a layup, got the ball stripped away from him after Maverick Ahanmisi swiped on the leather at the 18.1-second mark of overtime.The ensuing possession saw Tiu vindicate himself from the earlier turnover and drain two free throws with 16.8 seconds left in the game and give Rain or Shine a 97-94 bubble.“We played against the no. 1 team tonight and they played like the no. 1 team,” said Kelly who arrived in the Philippines on Monday and got measured in the PBA office on Thursday.“I think I’ll get better, I have no choice but to get better. I don’t want to get eliminated. I want to be in the playoffs, that’s my goal and if I want to achieve that goal I have to better and my teammates will follow.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Kimmie Weeks Commends Children’s Peace Prize Winner

first_imgWorld renowned Liberian activist and World Children’s Prize laureate Dr. Kimmie Weeks has commended seventeen year old Abraham M. Keita of Liberia for winning the 2015 International Children’s Peace Prize award. Dr. Weeks said in a press release yesterday that the recognition of young Keita is a victory for Liberia and it is additional evidence of the power and abilities of Liberian children and youth. Dr. Weeks said: “We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Keita. He is indeed a role model for all of Liberia’s children.” He admonished Keita to remain steadfast in his advocacy, observing that: “The best advocacy is that which is done by people who are members of the affected community, so in this vein Keita and others his age are best placed to passionately advocate around issues affecting their age group or constituents.” Dr. Weeks said he looks forward to seeing Keita continue his advocacy for children in Liberia and around the world. According to the International Children’s Peace Prize Committee, Keita was selected for the award because he “fights for justice for children who are victims of violence. In doing so, he has shown that he can identify violations of children’s rights, and take action to call the perpetrators to account. Above all, his fight for justice is peaceful and powerful. “Children all over the world must feel empowered to stand up for their own rights and for those of other children, and Keita is doing just that. He is a role model for children everywhere, showing the world that justice can and should be served,” the committee added. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Family of victim calls for justice

first_imgLeonora fatal accident…as file being prepared for adviceThirty-nine-year-old Romel Carter, who died after being hit by an allegedly speeding truck along the Leonora Public Road, West Coast Demerara (WCD), was laid to rest on Thursday last, but his family is still hoping for justice.Police Commander of Region Three, Assistant Police Commissioner Simon McBeanHis brother, Kempton Carter, in a recent interview with Guyana Times, explained that the driver responsible for his brother’s death was released on station bail following the accident on December 1, 2019.However, in providing an update on the case, the younger Carter explained that he recently spoke to a senior Police rank who informed him that a report on the causing death allegation is presently being prepared to be sent to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.But despite expressing some disappointment over the way the matter was initially handled, Carter is expecting a good outcome.Killed: Romel Carter“We’re just here waiting, hoping and praying that we get justice … They gotta do their job, how they do it, but we’re hoping to get good results,” he said.Meanwhile, when contacted, Police Commander of Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Assistant Police Commissioner Simon McBean confirmed that the file was being prepared and would soon be dispatched to the DPP’s office.But according to the Commander, the accused driver, Dean Gharbaran appeared before Magistrate Zameena Ali-Seepaul at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court, charged for the offences of operating unlicensed motor vehicle contrary to section 22(1) and uncertified motor vehicle contrary to section 15 of the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act, Chapter 51:02.Gharbaran pleaded not guilty to the charges, but the matters were subsequently dismissed after it was found that related documents were still valid.“The driver was placed before the court for two minor offences last week and we are presently preparing a report for advice as it relates to the causing death part of it,” the commander noted.The accident occurred about 13:30h near the Leonora Police Station, WCD.After the accident, the driver of the truck picked up the injured man and took him to the hospital for treatment, but after realising that the pedestrian was dead, he allegedly attempted to flee, but was arrested by the Police.It was further reported that at the time of the accident, there were two other occupants of the truck who made contact with Police to notify them of the accident.last_img read more

Region 1 Chairman decries lack of support from Central Govt

first_imgInflux of Venezuelans– says over 260 refugees in RegionDespite Government having committed to helping those Venezuelans fleeing worsening economic and political turmoil in that neighbouring country, Region One (Barima-Waini) Chairman Brentnol Ashley is decrying the lack of support from Central Government in providing assistance for these refugees.Over 200 Venezuelan refugees in Region OneSpeaking at a press conference on Thursday, where chairmen of the various hinterland regions each highlighted the plight within their district, Ashley told media operatives that the high influx of Venezuelan refugees has been putting a strain on his region’s already small budget.“…To date, we have not seen any significant assistance coming from Government towards the issues we are facing in this region. All I received is an email telling the RDC to cater, in our projections for 2019, within the line items six to 11, for disaster-related issues such as the influx of these refugees,” the Regional Chairman related.According to Ashley, the Region’s 2018 Budget currently does not have funds to provide for these refugees, but with assistance from agencies such as Hand-in-Hand Trust, Food for the Poor Guyana and the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) and other good Samaritans, the region was able to provide limited clothing and food items to these refugee.One of the makeshift tents the refugees are staying inHe posited that these are insufficient to match the magnitude of the situation. To this end, he has called on Government to step forward with assistance, since the region also has to be cognisant of its responsibility towards its own citizens, and there is only so much that can be done with its limited resources.“Right now we have these persons taking refuge in the communities of Kamwatta, Imbotero, Smith Creek, and Powaikuru. They are currently undergoing health screening, and several of them would have been found to have malaria, there are signs and symptoms of tuberculosis, there are ones who are HIV positive; and so, to speak of the region taking the issue to deal with, it cannot be done alone. That’s why I’m calling on Government to become a full partner in ensuring that we deal with the issues,” Ashley posited.Further, the Regional Chairman went on to point out that, as of a few days ago, there were some 268 Venezuelan refugees in Guyana who are staying in churches and makeshift tents with little to no belongings.He noted, “So we need food items, we need medical supplies, we need clothing… and so, through the RDC [Regional Democratic Council] Budget, where we do not have donations, we have to facilitate assisting these persons.”Added to this, Ashley explained, the region is also faced with assisting those Venezuelans who come over to Guyana for medical assistance in getting back to the border so that they can return home.“Those are some of the constraints we face, and so those are the help with need for these people,” the Regional Chairman said in response to a question posed by the Guyana Times.Moreover, asked about systems in place to monitor the influx of Venezuelans into Guyana, as well as while they are in Guyana, the Region Chairman explained to this newspaper that he would have written President David Granger highlighting these issues, and as a result, a mobile joint service base was set up at White Water, and it frequently patrols the area up to Baramita.However, Ashley posited that there were also additional recommendations made that would not only ensure that Venezuelans crossing the border are documented, but that Guyanese here are safe as well.“One [recommendation] was for additional immigration officers to be added to the region to complement the one officer here. Also, we would have recommendation for port health authorities, because we would have had a lot of meat and other products coming from Venezuela that are not screened,” he explained.Over the past two years, Venezuela has been experiencing worsening economic turmoil following the decline of oil prices on the world market. The country is in its fourth consecutive year of recession.Reports coming out of the Spanish-speaking State reveal there is massive food shortage and limited access to basic health care and basic amenities such as electricity in certain parts of the country. Additionally, there continues to be rampant outbursts of looting and violence across some of the most affected cities in that neighbouring country.last_img read more

North Wind Healing Centre looking to expand into Pouce Coupe

first_imgNow Fort St. John Mayor and Director Bruce Lantz suggested that he would like to see more advertising from the society, which states both Aboriginals and non-aboriginals are welcome in the treatment program. Hernandez says he agrees with Lantz, and that the society will aim at achieving that goal. In the end, the Regional District says they will be in contact with the society in the upcoming days with a decision regarding a letter of support. The North Wind Healing Centre Society is looking to expand its operations into Pouce Coupe. Executive Director Isaac Hernandez made a presentation to the Peace River Regional District on Thursday morning. He requested a letter of support from the board.The society is interested in the Pouce Coupe Care Home building that is currently vacant, and owned by Northern Health. If the Healing Centre obtains the Pouce Coupe building, it plans to establish a detox centre that will be available to everyone. – Advertisement -Hernandez says there is no detox centre north of Prince George, except for the one in Grande Prairie. However, Hernandez says the cost for one month of treatment there is unrealistic to many residents in the area.Hernandez says the group will approach Northern Health and ask for the building to be donated to the society. North Wind Healing is a Dawson Creek-based trauma treatment centre for Aboriginal and non-aboriginal people that are struggling with addictions or abuse. Applicants undergo a 45 day residential healing and trauma treatment program. The applicant must have stopped using narcotics 14 days prior to admission. Advertisementlast_img read more

Relentless Real Madrid pressure takes toll on coaches

first_img0Shares0000Real’s players tossed coach Zinedine Zidane in the air in a joyous celebration at the Santiago Bernabeu on May 27. Four days later, Zidane quit © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Jun 1 – What makes a young, successful, manager like Zinedine Zidane walk away from Real Madrid, as the Frenchman did this week after just two and a half years in the job?It is almost certainly the relentless pressure of constantly chasing success at a club competing with Spanish rivals Barcelona for not only domestic, but global domination. – Pressure cooker club –At Real Madrid, no-one is allowed to take their foot off the pedal. When you have been European champions 13 times, trophies are quickly forgotten, creating a constant state of stress which led Zidane to resign after less than three years in the job. He opted to walk away while still basking in the glory of his third consecutive Champions League title, saying he feared failing next season.“It wears away at you here,” he said on Thursday.Zidane said the low point of his coaching career at the club was being knocked out of the Copa del Rey, Spain’s cup competition, in January by modest Leganes. He faced intense criticism at the time.“There are difficult times, when you ask yourself: ‘Am I still the right person for the job?’” he said.Having shone in the Madrid shirt as a player in a five-year stint from 2001 to 2006, Zidane took the job of coach knowing full well that no Real manager in the 21st century has lasted more than three and a half years in the job.“No material is more combustible than Real Madrid, and it is always exposed to fire,” sports newspaper Marca said on Friday.– Daily grind –Training sessions, team meetings, matches, post-match press conferences, warm-down, training — at Real the coach is always juggling tasks in a packed day with the glare of the media on him.It might explain why Zidane often appeared at press conferences seeming happy but somehow empty, even blank-faced.“Living every year like that, with so many competitions, so many matches and so much travel, it can be enormously wearing,” Alfonso Perez, who played for both Real (1991-1995) and Barcelona (2000-2002), told AFP.“When you go into a club like that, you know what you are letting yourself in for. There is enormous pressure and you have to do well. It’s like an exam, 24 hours a day,” the former Spanish international striker said.Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique complained of the same pressure when they managed Barcelona and both stayed no longer than four years in the job. “It takes its toll in the end,” Guardiola said.– The fussiest fans –At Real, as at Barca, failure to win quickly escalates. One winless match is an accident. Two create doubt. Three are a crisis.The fans at the Santiago Bernabeu are among the fussiest in the world: they want beautiful football, victories and trophies and do not hesitate to boo their own players.“We had difficult moments during the season, when there were whistles.” Zidane said. “They are demanding fans.”The club with the second highest revenue in the world and the most international trophies is scrutinised relentlessly by the Madrid, the Spanish and the global media in a never-ending frenzy that Real Madrid help to foster.As one controversy chases another, it must be tiring to answer over and over again the same questions about Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Real’s possible interest in Neymar.– Time to rebuild –Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez enjoys showing off the club’s trophies, but the expectation of success increases pressure on coaches. © AFP/File / JAVIER SORIANOThe Real squad, with its huge egos and repeated sulks, seems difficult to manage. Yet Zidane eked the best out of Ronaldo, restored the confidence of the unloved Karim Benzema and provoked some of the underperforming dilettantes to produce.The squad has aged and needs rebuilding. After delivering three straight Champions League titles and building a nice war chest with his parsimonious transfer spending, Zidane is leaving that high-stakes, high-risk gambling on talent, to someone else.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Spain beat Iran to close in on World Cup last 16

first_imgCosta, who scored twice in a 3-3 opening draw with Portugal in Sochi, courted controversy early in the Group B encounter when he stepped on the toes of Iran ‘keeper Ali Beiranvand as he waited to kick the ball out.His gesture went unpunished, and the Atletico Madrid striker required another stroke of luck on 54 minutes when his shot came off Ramin Rezaeian to beat Beiranvand after he had been sent through by Andres Iniesta.The entire Iranian bench poured onto the pitch when Saeid Ezatolahi fired an equaliser for the Lions of Persia just before the hour.But the thousands of Iranian supporters that filled the stadiuum with the sound of vuvuzelas throughout were left disappointed when it was ruled out for offside.Spain coach Fernando Hierro welcomed Real Madrid’s Dani Carvajal back into the starting line-up following his recovery from a hamstring injury suffered in the Champions League final win over Liverpool.With Lucas Vazquez replacing Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, it gave La Roja a distinctively Real Madrid feel.By the end of a pulsating opening half in which Iran’s defence thwarted the few real chances La Roja were able to create, Hierro’s men left the pitch looking rather red-faced.Costa got so frustrated with Iran’s defensive tactics that he approached Beiranvand and provocatively stepped on his toes, leaving the ‘keeper in visible pain.It went unpunished by Uruguayan referee Cunha, who had awarded France a historic first VAR-assisted penalty that saw Antoine Griezmann score Les Bleus’ opener in a 2-1 win over Australia.Spain resumed in more positive fashion after the break, Beiranvand forced to produce heroics twice in the space of four minutes.But Iran refused to buckle, Carlos Queiroz’s men coming close in the final minutes when midfielder Mehdi Taremi headed just over.Shortly after the restart an Isco corner was flicked on by Costa to Gerard Pique but his effort was cleared off the line.Sergio Busquets’ drive from 20 yards was then parried by Beiranvand, who palmed the rebound away before Lucas Vazquez could pounce.Some great vision from Iniesta, and a slice of luck, however broke Iranian hearts when Costa spun and latched on to the ball before seeing his shot rebound off Ramin Rezaeian and into the net.Spain, however, were still flattering to deceive.On a rare counter goalkeeper David De Gea was left irate when Taremi rose to head a metre wide.Moments later, the stadium erupted when Ezatolahi fired through a packed Spain area to beat De Gea but the assistant referee’s flag was up.In the final quarter hour Iran battled for a late equaliser, but after Vahid Amiri showed class to nutmeg Pique deep on the left and fire over an inviting cross, Taremi’s thundering header flew just over the bar as a relieved De Gea looked on.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000It was Diego Costa who finally provided the breakthrough for Spain with a turn and finish nine minutes after the break. Photo/AFPKAZAN, Russia, June 20 – A lucky Diego Costa goal handed World Cup hopefuls Spain their first win of the World Cup although dogged Iran came close to causing a major upset on Wednesday.The victory in Kazan puts the 2010 winners on course for the last 16.last_img read more