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O’Neill: Complacency not an option

first_img He said: “I must admit, I do have a little smile to myself. Gibraltar, I know they have got some part-time players playing in their team, but the little player playing on the left-hand side stepped inside the Polish right centre-back with two minutes to go to half-time and fired this shot about three inches over the bar which would have made it 1-1 in the game. It might have been an interesting tussle. “You haven’t seen it – we have had to study it because it’s my job. The game was exceptionally difficult for Poland to break down. “Poland are a decent side. We, seriously, will not be good enough to be complacent, certainly not. We are not good enough to be complacent. “We are expected to win, don’t get me wrong. There’s a difference. We are expected to win the game and that’s our intention. But that’s it. We might not be able to break them down as easily as one might think.” That message has been drummed into the players in Portmarnock this week with particular emphasis on video analysis of the first half of the Poles’ win, which proved far from straightforward. Nevertheless, O’Neill’s men will head into the fixture, unusually for them, as overwhelming favourites and while refusing to count their chickens, knowing the onus will be on them to secure the three points they need to go with those they collected in dramatic fashion in Georgia last month ahead of Tuesday’s daunting trip to Germany. O’Neill said: “The emphasis is on us to win the game, of course, we know that. Gibraltar are not expected to beat us in the match. We are hoping to be able to win the game. “Traditionally, we are not phenomenal goalscorers, so we have to be creating chances in the game, because we will miss one or two. The Republic welcome the Gibraltarians to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday looking to further remind the visitors of the giant leap they have taken after their 7-0 drubbing by Poland last month in their first competitive fixture as a football nation. But while most commentators are expecting Ireland to brush the Group D minnows aside with the merest of fuss, O’Neill is taking nothing for granted. “We have to be really positive from moment one, we also have to be a wee bit careful at the back not to leave ourselves stretched because a couple of times, they broke clearly on Poland and had those opportunities – they didn’t finish them and obviously got tired towards the end of the game. “I think they will have learned a lot from that particular experience. But let’s be honest, we should win the game, we are expected to win the game, so I am not going to hide away from that.” Victory at the Aviva is a must if Ireland are to launch a sustained assault on second place in the group with they, Scotland, Georgia and Poland under no illusions that barring a shock of epic proportions, the Germans will end the campaign on top of the pile. To that end, the victory in Tbilisi, which was secured by Aiden McGeady’s last-gasp strike, could prove invaluable. O’Neill said: “There was such a high of winning the game, we could have almost flown back without the plane. “We won the match, it was great. It was absolutely fantastic to win it in the manner in which we did, for McGeady to come up with an a blindingly brilliant goal to win it. “It gave us three points and you never know, those three points might eventually be crucial to us. Who knows at this stage?” For all that the opposition on Saturday may not be the most taxing, O’Neill has issues to address with uncapped 20-year-old Brian Lenihan the only specialist right-back in the squad in the absence of the injured Seamus Coleman, while central defender Richard Keogh has been ruled out of the game, and almost certainly the the trip to Gelsenkirchen, with a hamstring problem. Martin O’Neill has warned his Republic of Ireland team they are not good enough to be complacent ahead of their Euro 2016 showdown with Gibraltar. Press Associationlast_img read more

10Bet’s Oshri Kostiner: Making the Most of Every World Cup Match

first_img HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 Related Articles Ilya Machavariani, Dentons – CIS regional dynamics will come to play prior to gambling take-off July 31, 2020 Share Share Submit Duma approves overhaul of Russian sports betting laws  July 23, 2020 StumbleUpon 10Bet’s Create Your Bet and Pulse Bet features are creating greater synergy between pre-event and in-play betting, explains Oshri Kostiner, chief marketing officer at the fast-growing UK and international operator.With 64 games in just 31 days, up to four matches a day and unrivalled media focus, the World Cup is unequivocally the biggest betting event on the planet, and bookies are unsurprisingly anxious to get their strategies just right. Ever since the introduction of in-play betting, the general industry perception has been that live bet types attract a very different demographic from pre-event markets. Players who bet in-play have often been seen as casual punters who are more impulsive, and perhaps less savvy, than pre-event bettors, who take longer to decide exactly what to bet on.However, our latest data paints a very different picture, demonstrating that players who may place a pre-match bet are three times more likely to bet in-play on that game, via the 10Bet app or mobile website.The more players are invested in a particular game – both financially and emotionally – the more they want to bet on it while it is being played. There’s no doubt that the second-screen experience has contributed significantly to this trend. These days it’s normal to have your mobile phone or tablet handy while you’re watching a live game, and to constantly check social media and sports sites. At the same time, bettors will most likely have their favourite betting site or app open to make sure they are up to date with the latest odds and markets.Building on these insights, our industry-best pre-event feature Create Your Bet, and ground-breaking in-play innovation Pulse Bet, are now delivering higher margin across the board thanks to steadily increasing combo ratios and in-play volume.Launched early this year, Create Your Bet is the most intelligent pre-match bet builder on the market. It allows players to build a pre-match bet containing up to 6 selections on the same event, includes the widest range of markets and is fully automated with real-time pricing and no need for trader approval.For example, it is now possible to create a bet on England to beat Tunisia with Harry Kane to score first and over 1.5 goals in the game – a previously unavailable treble – and then place the bet directly from the event page using the mini bet slip at the bottom of the screen.Pulse Bet, meanwhile, is a totally new in-play concept, offering jackpot-style wins that increase as the seconds tick by.This revolutionary feature allows players to bet on when the next goal will be scored – in the next 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes or 10 minutes – and watch their potential winnings increase as the time runs out.For example, if a player bets on a goal to be scored in the next 30 seconds and either team scores 8 seconds before the bet period ends, he’ll win the ‘jackpot’ amount. The clear and simple user interface makes it quick and easy to place a Pulse Bet while watching all the World Cup games.The addition of these new options to 10Bet’s sports betting offering has emphasised the growing synergy between players betting before an event starts and during the game. With the World Cup almost upon us, this correlation has been key to the design and implementation of our marketing campaigns. We’re targeting both broad segments and individual players, so we want to be sure we can offer our players and affiliates the best pre-match and in-play features on the market, and combine them with promotions that enable them to make more out of all the games they care most about.With just a few days to go till the big kick-off in Russia, players will be looking for the most enticing betting opportunities on every game. We’re confident that 10Bet’s newest pre-match and live features will prove to be a major differentiator that will attract football-hungry fans from the start of the action right through to the final.last_img read more

Jonathan Mensah makes Evian return after nearly 5 months

first_imgThe Ghana centre-back played his first Ligue 1 match in almost five months as his side endured a tough outingGhana defender Jonathan Mensah played  for Evian Thonon Gaillard on Saturday, ending a first-team absence of almost five months.However, it was a disappointing afternoon for the Black Star as ETG were comfortably overcome by AS Monaco in Ligue 1.Evian looked defensively uncomfortable right from the off and conceded on 18 minutes when Anthony Martial, finding space down the left, tore through the backline and fired home.It was 2-0 before the break, as Dimitar Berbatov—on as an early substitute for Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco—reminded Europe of his sublime technique. The former Manchester United man waltzed through the Evian defence before rounding goalkeeper Benjamin Leroy and firing home against the unfortunate Kassim Abdallah.Almamy Toure made it three on the hour mark, before Modou Sougou—another substitute—gave Evian a late consolation goal. Jonathan started the game at left-back, with Pascal Dupraz preferring to retain his central defensive pairing of Dany Nounkeu and Cedric Cambon. He excelled in this unfamiliar position, making seven clearances, four interceptions and two tackles according to WhoScored.comThe Ghana international had previously assured fans that he was in no rush to return to the Evian first team following the Afcon and that he was happy just as long as the side are winning.Even ahead of the tournament he hadn’t been present, having last featured for the side on October 25 in Evian’s 2-0 home defeat to Nantes.Despite his extensive inactivity, Mensah showed little signs of match rustiness at the Cup of Nations, where he was an ever-present for Ghana. He helped the Black Stars to four clean sheets—against Algeria, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast—but was unable to ensure the Avram Grant’s side lifted the continental championship.Defeat leaves Evian only three points off the relegation zone, having played 28 games in the French top flight.last_img read more

Patras Carnival – biggest festival in Europe

first_imgThe Patras Carnivale took place last weekend and saw the whole city of PAtras light up in festivity and joy. The carnival – which celebrates Aporkies in Greece – is a celebration filled with colour, music, floats and parades. Touted as the greatest carnival in Greece, the Patras Carnivale is one of the biggest carnivals in Europe with 180 years and more of history behind it.The carnival is a variety of events that includes parades, a treasure hunt, theatre, films and a kids carnival.The Grand Parade is the main event of the Patras Carnivale. The carnival floats of the municipality come first followed by a parada of seemingly never-ending treasure hunt groups.The parade lasts several hours due to the large number of participants. It crosses the city, is watched by tends of thousands of spectators who stand on the pavements, the balconies of their homes and the tiers and is broadcase by the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporate (ERT). Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more