Sanchez strikes as Copa holders Chile thrash Japan

Chile's Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring their third goal against Japan in their 2019 Copa America Group C match at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo. ReutersSAO PAULO (Reuters) - Chile began their Copa America defence in emphatic fashion with a thumping 4-0 win over tournament guests Japan on Monday with Manchester United misfit Alexis Sanchez scoring for the first time in five months.The 2015 and 2016 Copa champions took the lead late in the first half with a towering header from midfielder Erick Pulgar.Journeyman striker Eduardo Vargas then continued his remarkable consistency for his country by scoring at a fourth consecutive major tournament and doubling Chile’s lead in the 54th minute with the help of a deflection.Sanchez made it 3-0 with a diving header from close range in the 82nd minute, Chile’s all-time top scorer punching the air in delight after enduring a frustrating season with United compounded by a knee injury suffered in March.A minute later Sanchez laid on a pass for Vargas to score again, a classy chip which saw him become Chile’s top scorer in the Copa America (12) and replace Marcelo Salas as the country’s second all-time leading scorer behind Sanchez.Sanchez said he had come through one of the worst periods of his career recently.“For six weeks I felt worse than I ever have before,” he told reporters. “I struggled in the first half as I felt stifled but in the second half I was more relaxed and played with more freedom and excitement.”The win put Chile joint top of Group C with Uruguay, who hammered Ecuador 4-0 on Sunday.Japan, one of two guests in the South American championship alongside Qatar, were fielding a largely young and inexperienced side which suggests they are using the tournament as a testing ground for players ahead of next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.Striker Ayase Ueda missed a great chance to equalise in the first half while new Real Madrid signing Takefusa Kubo missed the target late in the game when the goal was gaping.Chile are considered outsiders to win the tournament after a downturn in form and results which led to them failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.But Sanchez said they were now on the right track.“I think we have improved as a team since 2015 in defending and getting on the attack quickly,” he added.“We’ve won a very difficult game and now we have to think about our next one.”Chile meet Ecuador on Friday after Japan face Uruguay on Thursday.

Source:Egypt Today

June 18, 2019 02:03 UTC

Prosecution office statement on Morsi's death

Prosecutor General Nabil Sadek during his speech at the the Middle East and North Africa Conference to counter terrorism - Press PhotoCAIRO - 17 June 2019: Egypt’s Attorney General Nabil Sadek said in a statement on Monday that recent injuries were found on the body of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi.Here is the full Prosecution Office's statement:" Statement by the Public ProsecutorThe Public Prosecution has been notified today, Monday 17th June 2019, of the death of Mohammed Morsi Al-Ayyat as he was attending a court session relating to criminal case no. 56458/2013 of Nasr City 1st Precinct.During the session and following the defense of the 2nd and 3rd defendants, the deceased demanded to speak. The court allowed him to do so and he spoke for five minutes after which the court was adjourned for deliberation.While the defendant Mohammed Morsi Al-Ayyat and the other defendants were in the dock, he fainted and fell to the ground and was immediately taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.The preliminary medical report stated that the superficial medical examination had found no blood pressure or pulse or breathing, and that his pupils were dilated and not responsive to light or external stimuli, and that he was dead on arrival at 4:50 pm.There were no visible, recent external injuries on the body of the deceased.The public prosecutor Nabil Ahmad Sadiq ordered a team from the Public Prosecution and the Higher State Security Prosecution office and the South Cairo Prosecution office to inspect the body of the deceased and to confiscate the cameras present in the courtroom and the defendants’ dock and to question those present with him at that time.The public prosecution also demanded the medical file relating to the treatment of the deceased and the setting up of a committee of forensics led by the Head of Forensics and the Director of the Forensic Department to prepare a report on the causes of death ahead of issuing the burial permission.The Public Prosecutor will issue further statements when appropriate."

Source:Egypt Today

June 17, 2019 21:56 UTC

In time for AFCON: LaLiga organizes its biggest event in Egypt

File- Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Morientes17 June 2019 – Cairo, Egypt:Spanish LaLiga brings to Egypt its renowned LaLiga Space, the largest event of its kind in the Middle East, between the 20th – 22nd of June.More importantly, the event's press conference is expected to host two of Spain’s biggest football stars and LaLiga ambassadors; Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Morientes.Hosted by Cairo Festival City Mall, LaLiga Space will also harbour a number of activities tailored to engage fans from all ages;including trivia games and a video corner displaying the most memorable moments in LaLiga history.The event also provides a themed photo opportunity with aminiature replica of the stadium’s coaches bench. On the other hand, significant t-shirts and footballs will be on display for those who wish to come face to face with tokens of football greatness.Furthermore, everyone will get a chance to take a picture with the LaLiga trophy.“LaLiga is keen on promoting Spanish football around the globe with the intention to build the biggest community of loyal fans in each and every country, especially Africa and the Middle East,” said Juan Fuentes, LaLiga delegate to Egypt.LaLiga’s endeavours to nurture football on an international level are based on four main pillars; collaborating with various entities, training players and coaches, supporting social responsibility activities in communities where they are active and developing the game.According to Fernando Sanz, LaLiga’s General Director in MENA, Egypt was the prominent choice for this event given its long history of successfully hosting the largest internationalchampionships in the MENA region. Sanz further explained that the team was keen on selecting the same dates of the CAF 2019 in order to reach the biggest possible segment of football fans in Egypt and Africa.With that said, a number of LaLiga’s most prominent stars will be participating in the CAF with their national teams; including FC Barcelona’s Moussa Wague, Real Valladolid’s Hassen El ID, Girona FC’s Yassine Bounou, CD Leganés’s Youssef En-Nesyri, Celta de Vigo’s Sofiane Boufal, Real Betis’s Aissa Mandi, Villarreal CF’s Karl TokoEkambi, Real Betis’s Wilfrid Kaptoum, Villarreal CF’s Samuel Chukwueze, CD Leganés’s Kenneth Omerou, Levante UD’s Moses Simon, Deportivo Alaves’sWakaso Mubarak, Atlético de Madrid’s Thomas Partey, Leganés’s Kwabena Owusu, Nastic Tarragona’s José Kanté, Málaga CF’s Munir MohandMohamedi, AD Alcorcon’s Aly Abeid, Málaga CF’s Alfred Ndiaye, CD Tenerife B’s Farid Mussa and Las Palmas Atlético’s Ismael AthumanGonzález.“LaLiga Space gives fans a lifetime opportunity to meet some of the biggest Spanish football champions, watch unforgettable moments of LaLiga’s legacy, learn more about its 20 clubs and players,” added Sanz with apparent excitement. “The event also allows fans to discover the innovative technology that enhances the LaLiga’s viewing experience.”With that being said, LaLiga Space will be open to the public on Thursday at 5:00 PM (Cairo Time). In addition, LaLiga and Uber are collaborating to give fans 50% discounton trips to or from Cairo Festival City Mall (capped at 40EGP per trip), when using promocode: LaLigaSpace during the 21st& 22nd of June.

Source:Egypt Today

June 17, 2019 16:41 UTC

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