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How The World Cup Semifinalists Match Up

Source: Football Whispers England is striking gold from the set pieceTeams with the best rate per 90 minutes of shots from set pieces (corner kicks and free kicks) in the World Cup TeamPasses per possessionRank teamGOALSSHOTSSHOTS ON GOAL Portugal0.693.880.69 Croatia3.194 Croatia has conceded only one goal from a set play — Russia’s equalizer in extra time of the quarterfinals. But it has conceded 22 shots from them so far, which is tied for the most in the tournament. This suggests that some luck has been involved — Russia, for instance, gave up the same number of shots from set pieces as Croatia did, but five of those shots resulted in goals against.The game will probably be tense and closed off, with England’s willingness to patiently pass the ball in its own half combined with Croatia’s indifference to pressing high resulting in an overall lack of openness. The beauty of high-stakes knockout stage soccer, though, is that one goal can change everything.Check out our latest World Cup predictions. France3.636 England4.3621 Croatia, which takes on England in the other semifinal, had just a 3 percent pre-tournament chance of winning the tournament and an SPI of 80.4, according to FiveThirtyEight’s predictions. The team is now at 18 percent with an SPI of 82.0, which reiterates the impressive run it’s been on, despite having to ride its luck in two consecutive penalty shootouts. Gareth Southgate’s young England squad, up to 85.2 in SPI, has fulfilled its pre-tournament dark horse expectations, taking advantage of a relatively easy draw to increase the chances of it finally “coming home.”The brutal truth of knockout soccer, though, is that team strength counts for only so much; just ask Spain and Brazil, which went out to Russia and Belgium, respectively. Soccer is a random game, and this is exacerbated in situations where one win carries such importance.Tactics also play a big part. Belgium was lucky in its 2-1 win over Brazil, to the extent that the South Americans had 3.01 expected goals to Belgium’s 0.52. But Roberto Martinez set his side up in a way that was designed to exploit Brazil’s limited weaknesses. Romelu Lukaku — normally the team’s central striker, with four goals already this World Cup — was moved out to the right wing to exploit the space behind Brazil’s marauding left back, Marcelo. Kevin De Bruyne, whom Martinez had underused in a deep midfield role, was shifted to the “false nine” position — in which an attacking midfielder plays nominally as a striker but drops deeper than typical to receive the ball — so that he could receive the ball behind the Brazilian midfielders and launch counterattacks quickly. The Red Devils may have ridden their luck, but they had a plan.In the two semifinals, the stylistic clashes should make for an entertaining spectacle.Belgium vs. France: divergent defendingBelgium and France are both comfortable teams on the ball. They both average more than four passes per possession, according to soccer media and technology company Football Whispers, putting them both in the top third of teams at this World Cup. The Red Devils tend to be slightly more patient, holding the ball for about 1.5 seconds more when they get it than France does, and they switch play from side to side more, with possessions that are wider (in terms of the distance between how far right and left they go) by about 3 yards. How England and Croatia match up stylisticallyNumber of per-possession passes (for and against) and where that ranks among World Cup teams Germany0.304.231.51 TeamPasses per possessionrank Off the ball, both teams implement an aggressive press — but in subtly different ways. England looks to stunt its opposition’s attacks, allowing it to cycle the ball in its own half but not advance much: The Three Lions regain the ball, on average, 54.81 yards away from their own goal, the second highest distance of any team in Russia this summer, but they allow their opponents well more than four passes per possession. Zlatko Dalic’s team, on the other hand, regains the ball in the attacking third just 1.8 times per game compared with England’s 5.6, but Croatia allows its opposition only a little more than three passes per possession, the lowest of any side remaining. In other words, it’s easy to pass into Croatia’s half but difficult to do anything once you get there.The stylistic factor most likely to influence this semifinal matchup, though, is England’s skill when it comes to set plays (corners and free kicks). Southgate has spoken about his focus on them as an opportunity for England to gain an advantage over opponents, with this strategy bearing fruit: England has scored five goals from them already, nearly half of of its total so far. From Set Pieces (Per 90 Minutes) Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Australia0.003.730.31 England4.846 The World Cup in Russia has become one of European dominance. The four teams that remain all hail from the continent: France, Belgium, England and Croatia will be battling in the semifinals Tuesday and Wednesday for a shot at glory in the final Sunday in Moscow. In this World Cup of Upsets, the French are the only consistently successful team left. Croatia and Belgium have never reached the final, while England’s only appearance was in 1966.The first semifinal, France vs. Belgium, features the two strongest teams remaining in the competition, each with a Soccer Power Index rating of 87.5, according to FiveThirtyEight’s model. Belgium’s rating has improved steadily from before the tournament began, when it stood at 85.4, to after the dramatic quarterfinal win against Brazil, the tournament favorite. France, meanwhile, has strolled to the semifinals relatively easily, apart from a dramatic 4-3 victory against Argentina in the round of 16. While Les Bleus’ World Cup average of 1.12 expected goals per 90 minutes is the worst of the remaining teams, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, their 0.67 expected goals conceded per 90 leads the semifinalists and is fourth best in the tournament: Spain0.645.341.07 When they don’t have the ball, the two teams behave very differently. Belgium is much more willing to press high up the pitch, taking risks and committing men in the hope of a valuable turnover: They’ve regained the ball in their attacking third 5.2 times per game compared with France’s 2.6, while their possessions start an average of 48.92 yards from their own goal, compared with France’s 47.28 yards.The downside to this sort of pressing, though, is that if the initial Belgian press is broken, its opposition can keep the ball under a lot less pressure and start to probe in attack. Belgium’s opponents have the ball for 2.61 seconds longer on average than France’s opponents do. Belgium’s opponents average well over four passes per possession, whereas Didier Deschamps’ side allows opponents just 3.63 passes, the sixth lowest of all teams in Russia.Martinez will need a characteristically proactive game plan to avoid allowing France the room to counter that Argentina did — speedster Kylian Mbappe needs no second invitation. Martinez will also have to find a replacement for Thomas Meunier — his first choice to play right wing-back, who is suspended for receiving his second yellow card against Brazil — in a squad thin on full-backs. Deschamps will probably avoid tinkering, hoping that his balanced side will frustrate Belgium while relying on individual talent in attack.England vs. Croatia: intense pressing and set playsDespite being blessed with arguably the most talented midfield in the competition, Croatia doesn’t dawdle when it gets on the ball, moving it to the attackers quickly: Croatia has had the fewest passes per possession of the four teams remaining. England, conversely, has had the most. Some of this is because of the quality of opposition each side has faced, but it’s also a fair reflection of their respective directness: Gareth Southgate’s men hold the ball for more than 3 seconds longer when they get it, often using possession as a defensive tactic. Croatia3.8916 TeamOpponent’s passes per possessionRank France4.2212 Brazil0.184.231.10 Uruguay0.924.601.84 Belgium4.689 Belgium4.3822 Source: Football Whispers Argentina0.233.930.69 Morocco0.303.951.22 England0.865.711.73 TeamOpponent’s passes per possessionRank How France and Belgium match up stylisticallyNumber of per-possession passes (for and against) and where that ranks among World Cup teams Switzerland0.233.670.46 read more

Honda Activa 125 Official Brochures Leak Online Price and Features Details

first_imgThe official brochure of Honda Activa 125, the latest variant of Activa, has surfaced online, suggesting the bookings for the two-wheeler is likely to commence shortly.The brochure images of Activa 125, which hit the cyberspace earlier on Sunday, confirmed most of the details known to two-wheeler enthusiasts in the country. The scooter, which made its first appearance at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014 along with Honda’s sportsbike CBR 650F, is speculated to reach brick and mortar stores within the next three months.Activa 125 draws power from a 125cc, single cylinder, four-stroke engine, which can pump in a power of 8.6bhp at 6500 rpm and peak torque of 10.12 Nm at 5500 rpm. The engine is mated to a V-Matic CVT transmission and the company claims the best fuel efficiency for the scooter. Seated on a wheelbase of 1,260 mm, Activa 125 measures 1,814 mm in length, 704 mm in width, and 1,151 mm in height. The scooter comes with telescopic fork suspension at the front and hydraulic type at the rear.Other features of the new Activa 125 include optional disc brake, tubeless tires, digital meter and metal body .The Activa 125 will be available in four colours – Midnight Blue Metallic, Black, Peal Sunbeam White and Sword Silver Metallic. Honda’s dealerships are likely to start the booking soon in India, reported IAB.Currently, India’s 125 cc automatic scooter segments has been dominated by Piaggio’s Vespa, Suzuki’s Access and Swish and Mahindra’s Duro and Rodeo. With the launch of Activa 125, Honda will be able to reach larger audience in the country as the Activa 125 comes with lots of attractive features. Early rumors suggested that the Honda would price Activa 125 around the 60,000 bracket.(Edited by Vishnuprasad S Pillai)last_img read more

Sensex and Nifty Open Higher Tata Steel Gains after Investors Approval on

first_imgSuzlon Energy98+3.60+3.81 While top gainers from National Stock Exchange Market were Cipla, Kotak Bank, Hindalco, SSLT and GAIL, top losers were TCS, Wipro, Sunpharma, TECHM and HDFC Bank.Foreign investors brought Indian shares worth ₹480.2 million on Tuesday, according to Reuters.Reliance Industries Ltd. will hold its annual shareholders’ meeting and Chairman Mukesh Ambani will address investors about the company’s performance. He will also discuss strategies for the growth.India’s Ratnakar Bank Ltd. has planned to launch IPO of shares worth up to $250 million in the first quarter of 2015 and BJP-led government could sell a five percent stake in state-run Steel Authority of India Ltd. However, the final decision is expected by next week.Moreover, Tata steel gained one percent after the company sought shareholders’ approval to increase its borrowing limit to ₹700 billion from ₹500 billion. At 11:15, the Tata steel share price recorded ₹534.70 that surged by ₹.2.60 with 0.55 percent change. It”The debt-raising plan, at this juncture, may also bewell-received since the company’s operational performance has started improving, especially in Europe,” told G. Chokkalingam, founder of Equinomics, a research and fund advisory firm to Reuters.On Tuesday, RBI governor Raghuram Rajan said that Indian government is ready to deal with external impacts of Iraq crises. “As far as the external front goes, we are in a much better position than we were last year,” Reuters quoted Rajan.”We have sufficient reserves; the current account deficit is low. So I think one shouldn’t worry too much about the external side at this point,” he added.However, on Tuesday Brent Crude Oil recorded $113.45 per dollar with increase of 0.45 percent and BSE’ Oil and gas stock price recorded ₹11,785.50 with surge of ₹95.23 on Wednesday trading at 11:10 am. NameLast traded price (INR)ChangeChange in percent HDIL30.60+1.10+3.73 Shriram Trans530-6-1.12 At 9:15 am on Wednesday, Sensex opened higher at 25,565.19 by 44 points and Nifty too recorded an increase of 10.15 points opening at 7641.85.BSE index ended on Tuesday at 25,521 points with an increase of 330.71 points at 1.31 percent change, while Nifty touched 7631.70 points, surging 98.15 points with 1.3 percent changeAt 10:30 am, Sensex recorded 25584.39 points with increase of 19.2 points, while Nifty touched 7,656.05 points surging 14.2 points.At 11 am, the BSE index decreased 20.96 points and NSE index recorded 7645.20 points with drop of 10.85 points.Top gainers from BSE:NameNameLast traded price (INR)Last traded price (INR)ChangeChangeChange in percentChange in percentNameCiplaLast traded price (INR)436.55Change+23.70Change in percent+5.74NameBerger PaintsLast traded price (INR)279.60Change+11.25Change in percent+4.42NameSuzlon EnergyLast traded price (INR)98Change+3.60Change in percent+3.81NameHDILLast traded price (INR)30.60Change+1.10Change in percent+3.73NameBajaj FinanceLast traded price (INR)2033.55Change+66.75Change in percent+3.39 Bharti Airtel247.70-4.65-1.84 Prestige Estate235.10-3.45-1.45 Bajaj Finance2033.55+66.75+3.39 Top losers from BSE:NameNameLast traded price (INR)Last traded price (INR)ChangeChangeChange in percentChange in percentNameBharti AirtelLast traded price (INR)247.70Change-4.65Change in percent-1.84NamePrestige EstateLast traded price (INR)235.10Change-3.45Change in percent-1.45NameABB India Ltd.Last traded price (INR)1023Change-12.55Change in percent-1.21NameShriram TransLast traded price (INR)530Change-6Change in percent-1.12NameTCSLast traded price (INR)2253.10Change-25.05Change in percent-1.10 ABB India Ltd.1023-12.55-1.21 TCS2253.10-25.05-1.10 Berger Paints279.60+11.25+4.42 NameLast traded price (INR)ChangeChange in percent Cipla436.55+23.70+5.74last_img read more

Online Jewellers Set to Expand Abroad Markets

first_imgOnline jewellery retailers are preparing to strengthen their presence in the international market, after undergoing a tough time in the domestic market.They will have bigger order sizes and exclusive designs which can demand a premium price, if they increase their presence abroad.”Nearly 25-30% of our business comes from overseas markets – the US, the UK, Canada and Australia,” The Economic Times quoted Gaurav Singh Kushwaha, founder of Bluestone. “Ours is a real-time model and the shipments got delayed in August-September 2013 due to the increase in import duty on gold.”The company is targeting a revenue of ₹300 crore in the fiscal year 2015.The shipping cost for abroad markets is about ₹6,000 for each delivery, including the extensive paperwork and logistic issues, according to the report.Indian designs are in great demand in foreign countries but the delivery time of the product is 20-30 days due to paperwork. So easing of regulations will increase the demand abroad, according to Mithun Sacheti, CEO of Chennai-based CaratLane.com.Indian jewellery manufacturers tried increasing their global presence last year as the domestic market went weak even during festive seasons, according to Business Standard. Gitanjali Gems, which had 105 stores in the US, was planning to launch 25 new stores this year, the report stated.”Global markets look more promising than India due to the restrictions in gold supply imposed by the Centre. We plan to hasten our growth in global markets,” Mehul Choksi, chairman and managing director of Gitanjali Gems, said.Both online and offline jewellery shops are trying to bolster their presence in the international market to increase profitability.”We are looking at creating an online experience for the customers to provide information and help them get a look and feel of the products available,” Economic Times quoted Sandeep Kulhalli, senior vice president of Tanishq.The Bangalore-based company is set to launch international shipping in the next quarter.Some of the online jewellery retailers have also introduced cash-on-delivery services, which has increased its demand in the market.last_img read more

How Scottish Independence Could Affect Scotch Prices

first_imgOn 18 September, Scottish voters will poll to decide their future. A simple aye/nay from them would answer the pertinent question: Should Scotland be a new independent state? If Scotland decides not to remain part of the United Kingdom in Thursday’s referendum, the price of Scotch whisky imported to India may shoot up. Whiskey lovers in India might have to shell out extra money to purchase Scottish Whiskey.At present, Scotland uses United Kingdom’s pound sterling to access its overseas deals, gets tax-free export with European Union and uses its bloc to deal with other nations.If Scotland succeeds in winning the elections against United Kingdom, their whiskey exports to India would likely add up the price of single malt.According to latest figures, India imported Scotch whisky worth £69 million in 2013 with 150% import tariff. India is the fourth-largest market for Scotch whisky by volume and 14th by value, so the Scotch Whisky Association has tagged India as a ‘star export performer’.A report by Scotch Whisky Association said that if Scotland votes for independence, its EU membership is not guaranteed. “Even a temporary interruption of EU membership involving exclusion from the single market or the customs union, if this were a consequence of independence, would be damaging and difficult to manage,” Hindustan Times quoted David Frost, chief executive of SWA.Frost added that Scotland could lose the use of pound sterling too. Ultimately, the detachment of Great Britain will have serious implication on exports, supply chains, pricing and competitiveness in Scotch whisky industry.Scotch whisky is exported to around 200 markets, following the poll, the taxation tariffs and detachment would increase costs to business, Frost added.If Scotland wins, both parts of Great Britain would be officially declared as independent nations on 21 March, 2016.last_img read more

Record migration tests EU policy stance

first_imgRecord migration tests EU policy stance186 viewsRecord migration tests EU policy stance186 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Record migration tests EU policy stance186 viewsBusinessA helping hand for migrants arriving in Sicily after a dangerous voyage from North Africa. Europe must give refuge where it’s needed. That’s one argument. The other is that it’s a burden too big toVentuno Web Player 4.50A helping hand for migrants arriving in Sicily after a dangerous voyage from North Africa. Europe must give refuge where it’s needed. That’s one argument. The other is that it’s a burden too big tolast_img read more

Rajinikanths Thalaivar 167 title revealed Darbar is the name of AR Murugadoss

first_imgHere is the first look poster of Rajinikanth’s Darbar (Thalaivar 167).PR HandoutThe first look from Rajinikanth’s latest movie, which was referred to as Thalaivar 167, was launched on Tuesday, 9 April. Well, the name of the Rajini’s latest film is Darbar, written and directed by AR Murugadoss.The poster gives ample of hints about Rajinikanth’s role in the movie as we could see the attires of a cop in the photo in which the Tamil superstar is sporting a big smile on his face.The promotional material instantly catches the viewers’ attention with its caption: You decide whether you want me to be good, bad or worse. Presumably, it is the message of the cop to the baddies or his rivals in the Tamil movie.There is also the mention of ‘3’ in the poster and one might be tempted to think whether Rajinikanth could be playing triple role in the movie. It has to be noted that there have been rumours of the superstar playing dual roles in the flick. The word ‘caution’ is also seen in the first look poster. The first look poster also announces the release date of Darbar. Well, the movie will be out for next Pongal.”#Thalaivar167 – #ARM First Look Out at 8.30 AM tomorrow Countdown Begins !!!! [sic]” Lyca Productions finally announced the project on Monday evening. It is the third collaboration of Rajini and the production house after Kaala and 2.0.Interestingly, a few pictures from the photoshoot, which was held on 4 April, was leaked online. Going by the avatar, one gets an impression of Rajini might doing the role of a cop from the 80s. This is not the first time where the 68-year old is sporting khakhi on-screen. He has enacted the cop’s role in the films like Moondru Mugam, Pandian, and Kodi Parakuthu.For the first time, AR Murugadoss is teaming up with Rajinikanth. Nayanthara plays the female lead in the multilingual film.Anirudh Ravichander, Santosh Sivan and Sreekar Prasad have been signed to score music, handle cinematography and editing departments, respectively.Santosh Sivan had previously worked with the Tamil superstar in Mani Ratnam’s blockbuster Thalapathi, which was released 28 years ago, while Anirudh composed music for Rajini’s previous film Petta.last_img read more

Oil prices dip as Saudi Arabia dampens prospects of output freeze

first_imgOil prices dipped in early trading on Friday after the Saudi energy minister tempered expectations of strong market intervention by producers during talks next month.International benchmark Brent crude oil prices LCOc1 were trading at $49.55 per barrel at 2114 ET, down 12 cents from their previous close.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 was down 7 cents at $47.26 a barrel. Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih told Reuters late on Thursday that “we don’t believe any significant intervention in the market is necessary other than to allow the forces of supply and demand to do the work for us,” adding that the “market is moving in the right direction” already.Members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will meet on the sidelines of the International Energy Forum (IEF), which groups producers and consumers, in Algeria from Sept. 26-28.The minister’s comments put a dampener on expectations of a meaningful intervention into the market which has been dogged by oversupply for more than two years.last_img read more

Nasscom demands 5075 bps rate cut from RBIMPC to boost credit growth

first_imgAhead of the Monetary Policy Committee meeting on February 7 and 8, industry body Nasscom has called on the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the finance ministry seeking the benchmark lending rate cut of up to 50 to 75 basis points (bps). Taxmen to now open up to 10-year-old return files to unearth undisclosed deposits or propertyIn the wake of the government’s commitment towards fiscal consolidation as reaffirmed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Union Budget 2017, industry experts are betting the RBI will cut the policy rate by at least a quarter of a percentage point at the end of its two-day meeting.The finance minister on February 1 reiterated that the government will ensure its fiscal deficit does not exceed 3.2 per cent of the GDP. “As a majority owner of the banks and as a regulator, both the government and the RBI have roles in advising banks to pass on the commensurate reduction in the interest rates. This is all the more important in the wake of dismal credit growth, marked by subdued consumer demand and lack of investment appetite despite lowering of the lending rates,” Assocham president Sunil Kanoria said.While lower lending rates do help corporates raise debt without worrying much about paying a high rate of interest, fresh borrowing could still be some distance away as companies are still struggling with their high level of existing debts. The chamber said banks should pass on the benefit of lower interest rates on old loans through different means so that the interest burden for companies comes down.”Along with other measures like protection of cheap imports, the benefits of the ample liquidity in the banking system must be extended to the firms, grappling with the old loan books, without much delay,” Nasscom stated. Demonetisation has resulted in windfall gains for banks in the form of ultra low-cost funds from the current account/saving account (CASA). “The CASA rates are just about 3 to 4 per cent, while the base lending rates are still near the double digit. That is a huge spread for the banks which should transmit lower rates without necessarily cutting the time deposit rates,” the trade body argued.According to the Economic Survey released on January 31, the base rate came down marginally from 9.30/9.70 in April 2016 to 9.30/9.65 as of December 30, 2016, while term deposit rates for greater than one-year maturity period declined from 7.00/7.50 to 6.50/7.00 for the same period. The survey also expressed concern over “far from perfect” transmission of the rate cuts. The chamber expressed concern that the non-food credit (NFC) outstanding grew at sub 10 per cent for all the months except for September 2016. At the same time, credit growth to industrial sector remained persistently below one per cent during the current fiscal, with contraction in August, October and November.last_img read more

Massive Gary Kirsten Ashish Nehra sacked as RCB coach new management named

first_imgIn a major overhaul to their scheme of things, Royal Challengers Bangalore have sacked Gary Kirsten and Ashish Nehra as the batting and bowling coach respectively. Instead, they have reinstated Mike Hesson as director of cricket and Simon Katich as head coach. Both Nehra and Kirsten were part of the leadership group and the side finished last in 2019 which prompted this change in the top management. As per Sanjeev Churiwala, the Royal Challengers chairman, this move was mandated as the franchise wanted to achieve “high performance”.”RCB’s purpose is to be the most trusted, respected and best performing T20 franchise and hence our constant endeavour is to create a culture of excellence and high performance for every member of the team,” he said in a media statement.New structure to be put into place Gary KirstenReutersAs per Churiwala, both Hesson and Simon Katich have the necessary experience to create a winning culture at Royal Challengers Bangalore. RCB have been perennial underachievers in IPL – they have never won the title and have only reached the final on one occasion.”We believe that Mike’s extensive experience in building strong teams along with Simon’s powerful cricket experience will help us create a winning culture. As a result of this restructuring exercise, we will be moving to a single coach model.”RCB too issued a statement in which it informed that Hesson’s responsibilities will also include being responsible for “defining policy, strategy, programs, scouting, performance management and bringing in best practices throughout all aspects of the RCB’s cricketing pathway”. Mike HessonIANSAlso, the former New Zealand coach will work closely with the Kohli and Katich on all cricketing issues. “This is a new position created within the franchise. Mike Hesson brings with him strong cricketing experience of being head coach and mentor to the New Zealand team with a focus on T20 and has earned an international reputation as a leader who achieves results without sacrificing on culture,” the statement, released by RCB, said.”Simon Katich as head coach will inculcate the high-performance culture in the team. Simon has strong credentials in T20 cricket format as a head coach and captain who has won multiple championships.”It needs to be noted here that both Hesson and Katich had left their previous stints with Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders. It remains to be seen whether this move bears fruits with Royal Challengers Bangalore.last_img read more