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26Jun

Belgium hit four past Hungary at Euro 2016

Toulouse: Eden Hazard scored his first goal of Euro 2016 as Belgium cruised into the quarter-finals with a 4-0 win to end Hungary´s fairytale campaign.

Belgium go into the European Championship quarter-finals for the first time since losing the 1980 final. They were dominant throughout at Stadium de Toulouse after Toby Alderweireld headed them into a 10th minute lead.

The Red Devils wasted a series of great chances to put the game to bed before Michy Batshuayi with his first touch as a substitute, Hazard and Yannick Carrasco scored in the last 12 minutes.

Belgium now meet Wales in Lille looking for a place in the semi-finals, but on the back of this promising performance coach Marc Wilmots will be looking for improvements in front of goal.
Hungary impressively won their group but if they struck any fear into the hearts of Belgium´s players, it did not show.

From Kevin De Bruyne´s speculative fourth-minute strike that sailed Gabor Kiraly´s crossbar, the Red Devils were too hot for a Hungary making their return to a major tournament three decades after the 1986 World Cup.

Almost from kick-off, Kiraly was kept busy as Romelu Lukaku, then De Bruyne, after Hazard´s superb delivery, tested the goalkeeper.

When Adam Lang hauled De Bruyne to the ground on the left flank, the Manchester City forward promptly dished out the punishment with a superb inswinging free-kick that

Alderweireld headed past Kiraly at his back post. The opener settled Belgian nerves and Hazard in particular dazzled fans with some mazy runs, dribbles, and sublime passes that carved open the Hungarian defence.

Despite their attractive football, a lack of clinical finishing left Belgium at risk during an encouraging Hungary fightback in the second half.

Kiraly did well to block De Bruyne´s effort with his feet after he powered on to Lukaku´s sweeping pass behind the Hungarian defence.

But De Bruyne headed Lukaku´s perfectly-weighted chip into Kiraly´s arms. And when Zoltan Gera gave possession away cheaply in midfield, Lukaku´s one-two with Radja Nainggolan saw the Everton striker skew wide as De Bruyne ran in unmarked at the back post.

Dries Mertens won a free kick when he was charged from behind by Tamas Kadar but De Bruyne´s superbly-struck free kick bounced off Kiraly´s crossbar.

The best of Hungary´s few chances came just before the interval when midfielder Gergo Lovrencsics let fly a rasping drive that sailed just over.

Moments later, Thibaut Courtois was at full stretch when Balazs Dzsudzsak fired between Nainggolan´s legs.

Belgium spurned another chance on the stroke of half-time when Mertens´ close-range shot was deflected by Adam Lang.

Immediately after the restart, Kiraly palmed over Hazard´s right-footed drive, but Hungary came fighting back. Striker Adam Szalai fired into the side-netting before rising above the Belgian defence to send a deflected header wide.

Adam Pinter´s deflected lob forced Courtois to tip over, and then Roland Juhasz heading well wide from the resulting corner.

But Belgium responded in style.Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to punish Hungary when he ran in unmarked after the hour to first-time his shot past Kiraly.

The ´keeper was then left clutching at thin air when Hazard ran across the edge of the area unchallenged to beat him at his far post.

Carrasco added their fourth in the first minute of added on time when he powered down the middle on the counter to beat Kiraly.

26Jun

Pope warns against ´Balkanisation´ of Europe after Brexit vote

ROME: Pope Francis on Sunday warned of the "Balkanisation" of Europe in the wake of Britain´s shock vote to quit the EU and urged the bloc to chart a new way forward by giving member states greater freedoms.

"We have to come up with a new kind of Union," the pontiff told reporters on a plane heading back to Rome after a controversial visit to Armenia, as the European Union grappled with the unprecedented task of having to negotiate a divorce from a member state.

"There is something that´s not working in this massive, heavy Union. But let´s not throw the baby out with the bath water," Francis said.

He warned that places like Scotland and the Spanish region of Catalonia could push for "secession" following the seismic Brexit vote, which he said could lead to "the Balkanisation" of Europe.

He said the bloc could recover its strength by being open to "creativity and healthy disunity.... That is to say, to give more independence, more freedom to countries in the European Union".

Speaking to reporters on his way to Yerevan on Friday as news of Britain´s referendum outcome came in, Francis had said Europe had a duty to look after all its citizens.

"The people´s will has been expressed," he said. "This requires of us great responsibility to ensure the well-being of the people of Great Britain, as well as well-being and coexistence of the whole European continent."

26Jun

Moment of truth for Messi as Copa final nears

East Rutherford:Lionel Messi will bid to end Argentina´s 23-year wait for a major title later Sunday as his team faces holders Chile in the final of the Copa America Centenario.

A sell-out capacity crowd of more than 81,000 will flock to the MetLife Stadium to see if Messi can finally lead Argentina to a tournament triumph after two consecutive defeats in finals.

Argentina lost both the 2014 World Cup final and the 2015 Copa America final and are desperate to avoid a third straight loss in Sunday´s game, which kicks off at 8pm local time (0000 GMT).

The mood of determination in the Argentinian camp was summed up by coach Gerardo Martino in comments to reporters on the eve of the final.
Argentina and Messi have been in sparkling form en route to Sunday´s showpiece, rattling in

18 goals in five games.
But Martino said his team would be more than happy to sacrifice style for the substance of solid silverware.

"The only important thing is winning. How we do it is secondary," Martino said.
"The only thing to worry about now is winning tomorrow´s game. The people want it, the players all want it, we all want it.

"And that´s why we´re willing to give our all to turn around last year´s result."
Argentina were beaten on penalties by Chile in last year´s final in Santiago after 120 minutes finished level at 0-0.


'Can´t lose another´

Asked what conclusions he had taken from last year´s defeat, Martino replied: "What we can´t do is lose another final. That´s the biggest conclusion to draw."

Messi, meanwhile, said Argentina had emerged a stronger team as a result of the various setbacks they had suffered in recent years.

"We have grown a lot as a team in the past year, and as a result we are stronger," Messi said.
"We´ve been in spectacular form up to now. Now it´s up to us to do it again on Sunday. We don´t feel any pressure. We´re used to playing in finals -- unfortunately we haven´t won one yet."

Messi, who became Argentina´s all-time leading goalscorer with his 55th international goal in the semi-final win over the United States, will need to find a way through a fiercely combative Chilean side who are busily plotting another ambush.

Argentina defeated Chile 2-1 during the group stage earlier this month, but have improved steadily as the tournament progressed.

A 7-0 destruction of Mexico in the quarter-finals was followed by a clinical 2-0 dispatching of Colombia in the last four.

"They are a team that presses you, and don´t let you play," Messi said in comments to reporters on Friday. "And when they have the ball they play very well."

Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said "La Roja" would have a plan ready to contain Messi, making it likely that the spiky midfield qualities of Gary Medel will be deployed to keep the Argentinian captain in check.

"Playing against the most transcendental player in history is going to be no easy task," Pizzi said on Saturday.

"We´re going to use whatever weapons we can to stop our opponent´s actions, and of course, within these strategies there is the question of Messi," he added.

Sunday´s final brings the curtain down on the first Copa America to be staged outside South America.

The 16-team tournament comprising sides from throughout the Americas is being held to celebrate the centenary of the Copa America, which was first staged in 1916.

Special Message  

First of all I would like to thank all the Pakistani Association of Australia Team and the community for all the efforts and commitment towards the cause. I am proud and happy to serve the community and will try my best to meet the expectations. Our aim is to provide the representation to both Pakis
It is my privilege and distinctive honour to represent and serve the people and Government of Pakistan in Australia. I am delighted to write this message of felicitations to the Pakistani community who is celebrating the 75th Pakistan Day in Australia with great zeal and fervour.

23rd March

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