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Manchester United cancel exhibition game due to corona
9:48 pm Manchester United have canceled an exhibition game against Preston North End, which was scheduled for Saturday, due to some corona infections in the selection. “During a routine check of the training group for the first team, we discovered a small number of suspected positive cases on Thursday,” said the English top club.
The players involved, names not disclosed, have been placed in isolation pending further testing. “As a precautionary measure under the Covid protocol, we have made the difficult decision that we cannot play the friendly against Preston now.”
Feyenoord starts return against Drita with Jahanbakhsh in the base
6.57 pm: Alireza Jahanbakhsh makes his debut for Feyenoord in an official match on Thursday. The winger has a basic place in the home game against FC Drita in the second preliminary round of the Conference League. Jahanbakhsh made his unofficial debut after the break in the friendly match against PAOK Saloniki (1-2) on Sunday.
Naoufal Bannis was still a basic player during the first meeting in Kosovo (0-0) last week. Bryan Linssen, who then played on the side, now moves to Bannis’ position as center striker. Jahanbakhsh is right winger, Luis Sinisterra left winger.
Trainer Arne Slot has left his basic team unchanged. If Feyenoord makes it to the next round, the Swiss club FC Lüzern will be the opponent.
Feyenoord and FC Drita kick off at 8 p.m. in De Kuip.
Line-up Feyenoord: Bijlow; Pedersen, Fer, Senesi and Malacia; Toornstra, Kökcü and Til; Jahanbakhsh, Linssen and Sinisterra.
Croatian federation evicts president Suker
6.28 pm: Davor Suker is no longer president of the Croatian Football Association. The 53-year-old former striker of Real Madrid, among others, was fired on Thursday. Suker has been chairman of the federation since 2012. Director Marijan Kustic succeeds him.
The reason for the dismissal has not been disclosed. According to Croatian media, Suker pays too little attention to the current problems in Croatian football, especially the poor infrastructure.
As an international of Croatia, Suker won bronze at the 1998 World Cup. In the so-called ‘consolation final’ against the Netherlands (2-1), he scored once. Suker was the top scorer of that tournament with six goals.
Cambuur cancels practice match after positive corona test
6.19 pm: The practice match between SC Cambuur and FC Emmen is canceled on Friday. “This has everything to do with the personnel problems on the Cambuur side, caused by another positive corona test and the precautions for the selection that go with it,” reports the club from Leeuwarden.
It is not going well for Cambuur in the preparation. Previously, practice matches with FC Twente and FC Dordrecht were canceled, also because of corona. In those two cases it was a corona case at the opponent.
FC Emmen has found another opponent in Go Ahead Eagles to practice against. That happens on Saturday.
Colombian Hodeg gives Quick Step 40th win this season
6.10 pm: Alvaro Hodeg has won the opening stage in the Tour de Ain. The Colombian cyclist thus gave his team Deceuninck-Quick Step the fortieth victory of the season.
In the 141-kilometre stage from Villars-les-Dombes to Bourg-en-Bresse, Hodeg was ahead of the Frenchmen Nacer Bouhanni and Bryan Coquard in the bunch sprint.
With forty victories, Deceuninck-Quick Step is already doing just as well as in the shortened 2020 season. The 24-year-old Hodeg is 4 seconds ahead of Bouhanni and 6 on Coquard in the standings.
The second stage of the Tour de Ain goes from Lagnieu to Saint-Vulbas on Friday, over 136 kilometers. Four climbs await along the way.
PSV will play home game against Midtjylland on Tuesday
5:01 p.m.: PSV will play the home match against Danish club FC Midtjylland in the third qualifying round of the Champions League next Tuesday at 8 p.m. The return in Herning is a week later, Tuesday 10 August. The kick-off is at 7:45 PM.
Just like in the previous round against Galatasaray, 23,500 spectators are welcome in the Philips Stadium. Due to the corona virus, no more than two thirds of the stadium may be filled.
PSV reached the third preliminary round by beating Galatasaray 2-1 on Tuesday in Istanbul. The team of trainer Roger Schmidt had already won the first confrontation with 5-1. Midtjylland, last season’s number 2 in the Danish league, eliminated Scottish Celtic after extra time.
The winner of the double meeting between PSV and Midtjylland qualifies for the play-offs, which is the last preliminary round to reach the main tournament. The loser moves on to the group stage of the Europa League.
Carvajal extends Real Madrid contract until 2025
5 p.m.: Dani Carvajal will also play for Real Madrid in the coming seasons. The 29-year-old defender extended his contract on Thursday until the summer of 2025.
Carvajal has been playing for Real since 2002, first in the youth and later in the first team. In the 2012-2013 season, he made a trip to Bayer Leverkusen, only to return a year later. Carvajal won the Champions League four times with Real and the Spanish title twice.
Bernal starts for the first time after Giro victory in Clásica San Sebastián
3:09 PM: Egan Bernal will start again in an important cycling race for the first time after his victory in the Giro d’Italia. The Colombian of Ineos Grenadiers is participating in the Clásica San Sebastián in Spain. He is accompanied by his teammates Adam Yates, Carlos Rodriguez and Daniel Martinez, among others.
Bernal skipped the Tokyo Olympics to take a rest. The South American rider was struggling with back problems and also appeared to have contracted the corona virus at the beginning of June.
Peter Sagan leaves the BORA-hansgrohe ploeg team
11:38 a.m.: Peter Sagan (31) leaves the BORA-hansgrohe team. The three-time world champion has been with the German formation for five years. Bora announced that Pascal Ackermann is also leaving.
“We have achieved a lot together. In difficult times we have continued to rely on each other. I didn’t feel part of a team here, but part of a family. I am very grateful to everyone for that,” said Sagan.
“At Bora I have celebrated unprecedented successes and that was not only my merit. We did it together. But now it’s time for something different. I am ready for a new chapter.”
Formula 1 at Monza with ‘tifosi’
11:21 am: The Italian Grand Prix in Formula 1 at Monza will take place on September 12 with supporters in the stands. The authorities have given permission to use 50 percent of the capacity.
The fans must be fully vaccinated or can demonstrate that they have been infected with the corona virus. If not, they must be able to provide a negative test.
Danish cyclist Jonas Vingegaard longer at Jumbo-Visma
9.20 am: Jonas Vingegaard will remain with Jumbo-Visma at least until the end of 2024. The 24-year-old Dane is in his third season with the Dutch formation.
Vingegaard is having a strong season. He managed to win a stage in the UAE Tour, won two stages and the final classification of the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali, finished second in the Tour of the Basque Country and was second in the classification of the Tour de France earlier this month.
The Dane is looking forward to the sequel. “I am happy to extend my contract. To date, our collaboration has been a success and hopefully we will continue to achieve great successes in the future. I feel good here. So it was an easy and natural choice to stay longer.”
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