Bafana Bafana defeated Gabon by three goals to nil (3-0) in an international friendly match on Friday, 15 June 2012 at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. South Africa had gone eight matches without a win and the team had vowed to turn things around with the Gabon match, and that is exactly what they did.
It proved to be a good day for Indian shuttlers as both Kashyap Parupalli and Saina Nehwal advanced to the semi-finals of the 2012 Djarum Indonesia Open, leaving everyone stunned by their performance. Kashyap defeated Hans-Kristian Vittinghus, the Danish shuttler who is currently ranked 16th in the world. Vittinghus was unable to turn the match in his favour though he tried hard in the first set. Kashyap won quite easily eventually with a 21-15 and 21-14 scoreline. However, Saina's win was a close one and the longest for the day. Both Saina and the Chinese shuttler Shixian Wang were battling it out right through the contest with the former managing to scrape through with a 21-17, 21-23 and 21-19 scoreline. Kashyap will be facing Indonesia's Simon Santaso tomorrow, who is currently ranked 9th in the world. Ji Hyun Sung, the Korean shuttler, will be Saina's opponent for the semi-finals tomorrow.
The last day for the preliminary rounds at the Djarum Indonesia Open witnessed many unexpected results. India's leading shuttler Saina Nehwal though bucked the trends, beating the great Indonesian player Aprilla Yuswandari 21-17, 14-21, 21-13 in a tight encounter. Though Sania did not defend very well in the second set, she corrected her mistakes in the final set and won the match.
Pune Football Club completed an Indian football first with the sale of attacking midfielder Lester Fernandez last week. The 25-year-old was officially transferred by Pune FC to enable his move to Kolkata-based Prayag United SC after both clubs mutually reached agreement of a transfer fee amounting to Rs. 20 lakh.
For a second time this year, Filip Peliwo was out to become the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title as he faced Kimmer Coppejans of Belgium in the junior final at Roland-Garros.
Brazil overcame Argentina two nil (2-0) in the final of the 8-Nation International Tournament at the Cape Town Stadium on Sunday (3 June), needing extra time to overcome their old foes. The match got off to an energetic and fast-paced start with play flowing end to end between the two evenly matched opponents.
The South African Under 20 Men's National team (Amajita) secured a third place finish at the 8-Nation International Tournament after beating Japan seven-six (7-6) on penaltiesin a game that ended one-all (1-1). The two sides appeared evenly matched in the opening stages. It was a case of like against like as both sets of players displayed good technical skill and speed on and off the ball.
Argentina was made to work hard for their place in the semi-finals of the 8-Nation International Tournament, advancing with a 1-0 win over Japan at Athlone on Friday (1 June) night. Japan were the better side for the first half, but failed to make use of their chances, while Argentina only really found their stride in the final 35 minutes.
Chelsea have had to cough up Â£12 million in order to compensate Andre Villas-Boas for his dismissal only 7 months into the job. The young coach who was poached from Porto last summer was paid a mammoth 125,000 pounds a week and cost the club Â£15 million in transfer fees. While one might feel that Boas was hard done by the Oligarch owners unsustainable managerial policy, looking at those figures it can be said that the Portuguese got off with a really sweet deal.
It was a moment of sheer joy for the family and friends of 5-year-old Shreeya Deshpande from VIBGYOR High, Kolhapur, Maharashtra when the Guinness World Records declared that the girl had set a new world record in Limbo Skating.
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