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Football: La Liga season to resume on June 11

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Football: La Liga season to resume on June 11

Spanish football’s top flight will resume after a three-month pause due to the coronavirus pandemic on June 11.

According to the government’s department for sports (CSD) in a statement on Friday, the La Liga will return with the local derby between Sevilla and Real Betis.

Meanwhile, league president Javier Tebas has outlined La Liga’ plans to offer viewers the chance to hear virtual crowd noise during the matches.

The matches have been scheduled to be played without supporters to prevent further spread of the virus.

“At a meeting of the contact group they form alongside the CSD, the Spanish football federation (RFEF) and La Liga have agreed to the format of the final 11 rounds of fixtures of La Liga and the second division,” said the CSD statement.

The statement added that the season would finish by July 18, “depending on the evolution of the virus”.

La Liga will be the second of Europe’s top five leagues to resume action after the pandemic paralysed all major sporting competitions around the world last March.

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La Liga is following in the footsteps of Germany’s Bundesliga which returned earlier this month.

German broadcasters have reproduced fan noise for television viewers in order to make the matches in empty stadiums more appealing.

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Tebas said the Spanish league are looking to use the same technology.

“Tonight we are doing audio-visual tests so that spectators will be able to choose between two backgrounds, the real one or one with fans and virtual sound,” Tebas told a forum organised by Spanish newspaper Marca on Friday.

“In the Bundesliga, they have chosen to have virtual sound with a lot of success and we are working to try and have the same option.

“We want to give fans two options: silence or virtual sound. The tests that we have done are very interesting and surprising, but spectators will have both options.”

England’s Premier League will recommence on June 17 while Italy’s Serie A is set to continue on June 20.

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France’s Ligue 1 was cancelled last month, with Paris St-Germain (PSG) declared champions.

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EPL: Why we beat Chelsea 3-2 – West Ham coach, David Moyes

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West Ham United coach, David Moyes has disclosed that his team defeated Chelsea 3-2 in the Premier League at the London Stadium on Wednesday night because his players took most of their chances against the Blues.

Three goals from Tomas Soucek, Michail Antonio and Andriy Yarlomenko gave the Hammers all three points against Chelsea.

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Willian did score a brace for Frank Lampard’s side as the match ended in favour of the host.

Speaking after the game, Moyes was quoted by West Ham United’s official website as saying: “Tonight, we took most of our chances against Chelsea.

“Chelsea, with the team they have, made some changes as well.

“We were up against it at that time against Chelsea, at 2-2, but the players stuck at it and got a good result.”

“We pushed hard, and we did a lot of good things. The players deserve a massive amount of credit,” he added.

West Ham United’s next Premier League fixture is against Newcastle United on Sunday.

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Arsenal vs Norwich City: Arteta singles out two players after 4-0 win

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Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, has singled out Dani Ceballos and Cedric Soares for praise following his side’s Premier League 4-0 victory against Norwich City on Wednesday night.

According to Arteta, Ceballos gave the Gunners continuity to play without the ball, while Cedric brought a lot of positivity in his team.

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Arsenal defeated Norwich at the Emirates Stadium, thanks to goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (2), Granit Xhaka (1), and Cedric Soares (1).

“I really like Dani. He has a big personality to play and gives us the continuity to play without the ball too. He’s improved so much,” Arteta was quoted by Football London as saying at his post-match press conference.

He added: “I’m so happy for the boy [Cedric]. He’s brought a lot of positivity even with the difficulties he’s had.”

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Arsenal’s next match is against Wolves on Saturday.

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South Africa to stage unique three-team cricket fixture July 18

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) will finally get to try a new format that will see three teams compete in a single 36-over match on July 18.

This has come after it won government approval for the fixture to be played at SuperSport Park in Pretoria.

CSA had to postpone the match from its original date of June 27 as the government had not provided the necessary approval for training and match-day protocols.

However, the players returned to the nets on Monday and the game will now be staged on the 102nd anniversary of the birth of former president Nelson Mandela.

“I can’t think of a more appropriate day on which to hold this game than Nelson Mandela Day when its prime objective is to raise funds for those who have been badly affected by the coronavirus,” CSA Acting Chief Executive Jacques Faul said in a statement on Wednesday.

AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada will lead three teams of eight batting for a total of 12 overs, six per innings, during which time they will face both opponents.

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At the fall of the seventh wicket, the last remaining batsman can carry on but only score in even numbers —- twos, four or a six.

The team with the highest aggregate total at the end will be declared the winners.

The fixture is a chance for the country’s leading players to get some game-time under their belts in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, but will also raise funds for charity.

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South Africa is still seeing a steady rise in COVID-19 cases, with the province of Gauteng, where the fixture is to be played, reporting a sharp increase in the past week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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