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Italy first to enter knockouts in Euro 2020

Rome: Italy became the first side to enter the knockout stages of Euro 2020 thanks to a 3-0 win over Switzerland here.

The result means they will now fight for the top spot in Group A in their final league game against Wales, who beat Turkey earlier in the day.

Manuel Locatelli was Italy’s hero with two goals as Roberto Mancini’s side displayed assured and attacking football, Xinhua reports.

In Group A’s other match at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Aaron Ramsey and Connor Roberts scored a goal each for Wales as they won 2-0 against Turkey.

Both sides traded attacks in the first half, but Wales looked more dangerous in front of the goal and scored the opener in the 42nd minute when Ramsey chested Gareth Bale’s chip into the box before tapping the ball past Turkey goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir.

Turkey’s Burak Yilmaz should have restored parity early in the second half, but the captain wasted a golden chance from close range following a corner. At the hour mark, Wales were awarded a penalty but Bale put the spot-kick over the bar.

Bale had a hand in Wales’s second goal though, as the striker danced through Turkey’s penalty box before squaring to Connor Roberts, who sealed the deal in the dying seconds of injury time.

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Euro 2020: Germany defeats defending champions Portugal 4-2

Munich: Germany got their Euro 2020 campaign back on track — and blew Group F wide open — with a 4-2 romp against Portugal in Munich. 

After Cristiano Ronaldo claimed his 107th international goal, leaving him two short of Ali Daei’s all-time record, to give Portugal an early lead, the Germans roared back with four unanswered goals. German pressure forced own goals by Ruben Dias and Raphael Guerreiro to put the hosts 2-1 up at half-time.

A Kai Havertz goal underlined Germany’s dominance before left-back Robin Gosens capped his man-of-the-match display by heading in Germany’s fourth goal to add to his two assists.

Portugal hit back when Diogo Jota tapped in Ronaldo’s hooked volley to make it 4-2 with 23 minutes left.

Germany continued their domination of Portugal, who they have now beaten five consecutive times at World Cup or European Championship finals since Euro 2000.

Germany created a huge amount of chances compared to 1-0 defeat by France, while Portugal lacked the composure of their 3-0 win over Hungary the same day.

This is the first time Portugal have conceded four goals since losing 4-0 to Germany at the 2014 World Cup.

With the result, France (4 points) remained atop the standings in Group F followed by Germany (3 points), Portugal (3 points) and Hungary (1 point).

With a win over Hungary on June 23, Germany can secure their progression, while holders Portugal face a tough task with France.

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Sports Ministry organizes Fit India Freedom Run

New Delhi: The Sports Ministry organized the largest country-wide run, the Fit India Freedom Run, from August 15 to October 2.

In keeping with the current pandemic situation and social distancing norms, the government decided to encourage participants of the event to run at their own pace — anywhere and at any time of their convenience.

“The Fit India Freedom Run is yet another endeavor to strengthen the Fit India Movement envisaged by our Honorable Prime Minister and involve our citizens to embrace fitness as a way of life.

“This event is even more important at this time because staying fit is the key to building strong immunity, which is the need of the hour to fight Covid 19,” said Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.

The event was organized to mark the 74th Independence Day on August 15, to the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2.

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Do something for your failed nation: Raina to Afridi

New Delhi: Left-handed batsman Suresh Raina has joined the list of Indian cricketers who have criticized former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi for his recent anti-India remarks.

“Gosh! What all a person must do to remain relevant! Even more so for a nation that is living on alms. So, better do something for your failed nation and leave Kashmir alone,” Raina said on his official Twitter handle taking an indirect jibe on Afridi.

“I am a proud Kashmiri and it is and will always remain an inalienable part of India. Jai Hind!” he added.

Afridi recently accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of committing religious atrocities in India in a video which has gone viral on social media. Shikhar Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir all have slammed the former Pakistan all-rounder for his comments.

“When the entire world is fighting coronavirus, you are concerned about Kashmir. Kashmir was, is and will always be ours. Even if you get 22 crore, our one is equal to 15 lakh. Count the rest on your own,” Dhawan tweeted in Hindi.

Yuvraj and Harbhajan had recently come under fire for the appeal they made for people to donate to the Shahid Afridi Foundation in its fight against coronavirus.

“Really disappointed by Shahid Afridi’s comments on our Hon’b PM Narendra Modi ji. As a responsible Indian who has played for the country, I will never accept such words. I made an appeal on your behest for the sake of humanity. But never again,” Yuvraj said on his Twitter handle.

Harbhajan also retweeted Yuvraj’s tweeted and commented: “Yes never again no matter what.”

Afridi had earlier said that it “does not take a religious belief to feel the agony of Kashmiris…just a right heart at the right place”. “Save Kashmir,” Afridi said in a tweet recently.

Gambhir also slammed Afridi for his comments. “Pakistan has seven lakh force backed by 20 crore people says 16 yr old man Shahid Afridi. Yet begging for Kashmir for 70 yrs. Jokers like Afridi, Imran & Bajwa can spew venom against India & PM Narendra Modi ji to fool Pak ppl but won’t get Kashmir till judgment day! Remember Bangladesh?” said the cricketer-turned-commentator.

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