Spain lose first qualifier in 28 years to Sweden as Italy held in Bulgaria draw – World Cup Qualifiers round-up | Football News

Italy made it 35 games unbeaten to equal the European record run set by Spain but were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Bulgaria, while Spain lost their first World Cup Qualifier in 28 years with defeat to Sweden. Sweden recovered from a goal down to hand Spain a shock 2-1 defeat. The game was barely five minutes old when Spain debutant Carlos Soler put the visitors ahead with a smart half-volley from Jordi Alba’s cross. The lead did not last long, however, as a minute later Alexander Isak,…

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Hungary 0-4 England: Gareth Southgate’s side can continue to improve all the way to the World Cup | Football News

With the disappointment of defeat in the final of the European Championship at Wembley still fresh in the memory, the return to international action might easily have felt like a comedown. This emphatic 4-0 win over Hungary ensures momentum continues. Instead of that feeling of missing out, these England players should sense the opportunity. The World Cup in Qatar is a little over a year away and there is enough evidence to suggest Gareth Southgate’s side are entitled to regard themselves as among the favourites. Much was made of the…

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Saluting our frontline health workers

Yes, we all need to do that, in very possible way, and I’m quite certain every Sri Lankan is grateful to what the frontliners are tirelessly doing to curtail the spread of this deadly virus, in our part of the world. Though the music scene is totally dead, local artistes have grouped together to come up with a tribute song, called ‘Obai Obamai Sada Wiruwan.’ The opening lines of this song say it all… “There are no soldiers in the frontline, in this battle No armor, yet they fight death…

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Lithuania 1 – 4 N Ireland

Northern Ireland survived a second-half scare to secure a vital 4-1 win against Lithuania and boost their chances in World Cup Qualifying. There were concerns before the game as Ian Baraclough had to cope without a number of first-team players, but his side produced a fine performance in Vilnius. Northern Ireland took the lead inside 20 minutes as Dan Ballard turned home Conor Washington’s superb cross. But the drama of the game came in the second half, starting when the visitors were awarded a penalty shortly after the break. Linas…

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Govt says mechanism devised to provide organic fertilizer for Maha Season without any shortage

The government says that a mechanism has been formulated to provide the organic fertilizer required for the Maha Season to the farmers without any shortage. Accordingly, the Government Officials of the respective line institutions say the entire process including farmer awareness, technical assistance and financial assistance is being continued uninterrupted. This was revealed at the media briefing held at the Presidential Media Centre today (02) via video conference. The weekly media briefing of the Presidential Media Centre was held via Webex App due to the COVID-19 pandemic and today’s topic…

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Now It’s Time For ‘Gone With The Wind’

By Austin Fernando – Austin Fernando Earlier it was ‘Come September‘ (August 10th, 2021 – Colombo Telegraph ) Now September has come – quite an important dateline for Sri Lanka. Due to pressure from the European Union, which has, in keeping with UNHRC resolution, in March 2021, decided to consider, the withdrawal of GSP+, action is pursued back home to adopt countermeasures. Justice Minister Ali Sabry has launched a website of the Office of National Unity and Reconciliation, and the Cabinet has approved policies and…

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Cristiano Ronaldo: Manchester United signing to wear No 7 shirt again for club as Edinson Cavani takes No 21 shirt | Football News

Cristiano Ronaldo will wear the No 7 shirt again at Manchester United after the club were granted special dispensation by the Premier League to allocate him the number. Ronaldo re-signed for United on Deadline Day from Juventus on a two-year contract, with the option to extend for another year. The Portuguese forward famously wore the No 7 shirt in his first spell at United, but there were concerns he may not have been able to wear that number this season with Edinson Cavani occupying the No 7 jersey. However, with…

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US Open: Emma Raducanu stuns China’s Zhang Shuai to reach the third round in New York | Tennis News

Emma Raducanu has already stormed her A-Level exams in Maths and Economics and now she is on a mission in New York as she reaches the third round of the US Open on debut; the British teenager is yet to drop a set at Flushing Meadows By Raz Mirza Last Updated: 02/09/21 7:27pm Emma Raducanu has yet to drop a set at this year’s US Open as she made the third round with an impressive win over the experienced Zhang Shuai British teenager Emma Raducanu continued her dream run at…

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HNB strengthens commitment to microfinance sector, eyes growth of agri portfolio

HNB PLC, has further strengthened its commitment to the microfinance sector, with a series of enhancements to its offerings, with a key focus on the agricultural sector recognizing its vast-untapped potential as a driver of growth in the country. HNB reinforced its extensive range of microfinance services with special programmes and strategies for customers delivered through capacity building projects and additional banking programmes. These new initiatives complement HNB’s long-standing ‘Gami Pubuduwa’ (village awakening) support scheme for village-level entrepreneurs. In addition, efforts are being made to introduce technology-based digital banking products…

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Irish Champions Weekend to welcome crowds of 4,000 on both days | Racing News

Leopardstown and the Curragh will welcome back crowds of 4,000 for each day of the Longines Irish Champions Weekend. Horse Racing Ireland confirmed the increase in capacity for the high-profile meetings on September 11 and 12 in a statement on Thursday afternoon, which follows Tuesday’s Government announcement of a relaxation in Covid-19 restrictions. During this week’s briefing from Taoiseach Micheal Martin, details emerged stipulating attendance up to 75 per cent of capacity would be permitted at outdoor events from next Monday, September 6. HRI will plan for a 50 per…

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Romantic Time delivers big-race winner for William Stone and Hollie Doyle | Racing News

Romantic Time found a dream run on the inside to give trainer William Stone his biggest success to date in the Group Three Ire Incentive Scheme Dick Poole Fillies’ Stakes at Salisbury. The daughter of Time Test looked to have compromised her chance by being slowly away – but she recovered under a patient ride by Hollie Doyle to put herself into contention. The step up to six furlongs for the first time suited Romantic Time, as the 28-1 outsider quickened in the final furlong to win by a length…

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