Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 28th 2017 Contents left-footed strike after capitalising
on Marco Asensio's pass following
his break down the left.
For more than a half, the game
looked little like the high-scoring
2013 final between the two that
Spain won 4-2 to win the trophy
for the fourth time.
With clear goal chances missing,
Spain looked dominant with Italy
focusing on defence at early stages.
Lorenzo Pellegrini first tested
Spain goalkeeper Kepa Arriza-
balaga in the 22nd minute with a
low attempt as Italy stepped up
the pace with three straight cor-
ner kicks that followed.
Spain captain Gerard Deulofeu
just missed the target, hitting the
side of the net in the 31st. (AP)
guardian.co.tt Wednesday, June 28, 2017
2018-2022 World Cup bidding
SOCHI---After years of speculation
about alleged corruption, Fifa final-
ly ended the mystery yesterday of
what is contained in an investiga-
tion report of bidding for the World
Cups of 2018 and 2022.
Fifa published investigator Michael
Garcia's 430-page dossier examining
how Russia and Qatar---long suspected
of wrongdoing by Fifa critics despite re-
peated denials---won the hosting rights
and how seven rival candidates tried and
failed to beat them.
No major acts of corruption were
proven by Garcia's team though some
bidders tested rules of conduct to the
limit, according to the investigations
completed in 2014 and kept confiden-
Garcia's report was once expected to
be explosive and became a holy grail for
Fifa critics who thought the World Cup
votes could be re-run.
Many believed bid leaders in Russia
and Qatar must have engaged in wrong-
doing to earn the votes of a Fifa execu-
tive committee lineup in 2010 that has
since been widely discredited.
Fifa released the dossier less than 24
hours after Germany's biggest-selling
daily Bild began reporting extracts of
Garcia's team found "no evidence"
Russia's bid team or Vladimir Putin,
then prime minister, unduly influenced
Putin hosted six of the 22 voting
members of the Fifa executive commit-
tee in the weeks before the December
In helping the United States bid even-
tually beaten by Qatar, then president
Barack Obama hosted a total of three
Fifa voters at the White House in two
Most of those who took part in the
2010 vote have since been banned for
unethical conduct, indicted on corrup-
tion charges by the US Department of
Justice, or remain under scrutiny by
Swiss federal prosecutors who have 25
ongoing investigations involving more
than 170 bank transactions suspected
as money laundering.
Garcia's document was the basis for
the wider Swiss investigation after Fifa
handed it over in November 2014.(AP)
Germany beats England on penalties
TYCHY---Germany inflicted anoth-
er penalty-shootout loss on fierce
soccer rival England, this time in
the semifinals of the Under-21 Eu-
ropean Championship yesterday.
Goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck saved
from Nathan Redmond to clinch a 4-3
shootout win for the Germans, after
the match ended 2-2 after extra time.
England's senior team lost to Ger-
many on penalties in the semifinals of
the 1990 World Cup and 1996 Europe-
an Championship. At Euro 96, Stefan
Kuntz was a member of the Germany
team and he is now coach of the coun-
try's Under-21 side, which will play
Spain in the final in Krakow on Friday.
Germany reached its third final at a
European Under-21 competition and
will go for its second title, after beating
England in 2009.
Davie Selke headed Germany in
front in the 35th minute before Eng-
land responded with goals either side of
halftime by Demarai Gray and Tammy
Felix Platte equalised in the 70th, and
Germany dominated the final 20 min-
utes of normal time and in extra time
but had to settle for penalties.
Pollersbeck made two saves in the
shootout, first from Abraham before
he dived to his right to parry away Red-
A year to the day that its senior team
lost to Iceland in the European Cham-
pionship's last 16 for one of English
soccer's most embarrassing results,
England can look back at a successful
summer for its youth sides despite this
England reached the final of the
Under-17 European Championship in
Croatia in May and won the Under-20
World Cup in South Korea this month.
Niguez scores 3 for Spain
KRAKOW---Saul Niguez scored a sec-
ond-half hat trick to fire Spain into the
final of the Under-21 European Cham-
pionship with a 3-1 victory over 10-man
Seeking its fifth title, Spain will meet
Germany in Krakow on Friday.
Saul broke the deadlock eight minutes
into the second half.
With brilliant control of the ball, Dani
Ceballos moved to the center from the
left flank, leaving several opponents
behind, before presenting a perfect
pass for Saul to net with a left-footed
shot past goalkeeper Gianluigi Don-
Five-time champion Italy managed
to answer with Federico Bernardeschi
nine minutes later with a low shot
from inside the area. Italy already had
been reduced to 10 men after Roberto
Gagliardini received his second yellow
four minutes before the equaliser.
Saul, who become the leading scorer
of the tournament with five goals, didn't
waste time and added two more.
In the 65th, the Atletico Madrid player
netted with a long distance, left-foot-
ed drive for his second and completed
his hat trick in the 74th---again with a
Germany goalkeeper Julian Pollersbeck, left, is congratulated by his
teammates Nadiem Amiri and Thilo Kehrer, right, after saving the last
shot of the penalty shootout during the Euro Under 21 semifinal soccer
match between England and Germany in Tychy, Poland, yesterday.
Spain's Saul Niguez celebrates
after scoring during the Euro
Under 21 semifinal soccer match
between Italy and Spain, at the
Krakow Stadium, Poland,
yesterday. AP PHOTOS
Russian Deputy Prime Minister and
Russia World Cup head Vitaly Mutko is
flanked by Fifa secretary general Fatma
Samoura, left, during a news
conference at the St Petersburg
Stadium, Russia, on June 16, 2017.
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