Digicel Cup at the business end of season

first_imgThree games will be played in the Highlands Region, one in Lae and the other in Port Moresby.A fiery encounter is expected up in Mendi between home side PRK Mendi Muruks and  Agmark Rabaul Gurias.The TNA Simbu Lions will head to Minj to take on Waghi Tumbe, while the Kemele Hela Wigmen will clash with the EGP Enga Mioks in Wabag.All three games as usual kick off at 2pmThe Wamp NGA Mt. Hagen Eagles will fly down to Lae for their game against the current competition leaders, the Snax Lae Tigers. The game gets underway at 2pmAt 3pm in the nation’s capital will be a tussle between two teams fighting to avoid the wooden spoon in the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis and the SNS Port Moresby Vipers.The PRK Gulf Isapea have the bye this weekend.Finals for the Digicel Cup will start on August 14.last_img read more

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Andro Cutura (Southeastern Louisiana) – Pensacola Blue WahoosThe 2014 Southland Conference wins and strikeouts leader is 1-2 with a 4.45 ERA and 20 strikeouts through 28.1 innings for the Twins’ Double-A affiliate to start the season. In his last two starts, he has a 0.50 WHIP and no earned runs through 10 innings. Ryan Tepera (Sam Houston State) – Toronto Blue JaysAfter missing the first three weeks of the season with right elbow inflammation, Tepera was activated from the 10-day injured list on April 18 and pitched 11 innings out of the bullpen and picked up two holds before returning to the IL on May 21 with elbow impingement. Over his five-year big-league tenure with the Blue Jays, he is 12-11 with a 3.65 ERA, 38 holds and 10 saves. Tepera has punched out 198 batters over 204.2 innings and boasts a .220 opponent batting average. Austin Briggs (McNeese) – AZL Athletics GreenA 2018 29th-round pick by the A’s, Briggs prepares to start his second season with the Rookie League team after striking out 28 batters in 26 innings across 16 appearances in 2018. Grant Borne (Nicholls) – Potomac NationalsIn his second season with the Nationals’ Advanced-A affiliate, the two-time All-Southland Conference selection is 1-3 with 32 strikeouts in 10 appearances. Borne struck out a career-high eight batters across six innings against Wilmington on May 11. Adam Moore (UT Arlington) – Nashville SoundsIn his seventh-straight season at the Triple-A level, now with the Rangers’ affiliate, the 2006 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year went 5-for-9 with five RBI, a home run and a double in a two-game series against Reno June 4 & 6. Ryan O’Hearn (Sam Houston State) – Kansas City RoyalsWhile O’Hearn’s numbers have dipped at the plate this season, the former Bearkat is second on the team to teammate Dozier in walks with 24 and recorded nine multi-hit games this season. He blasted an opposite-field home run, his fifth of the season, in an 8-7 win over the Yankees on May 26. O’Hearn has shone defensively in 45 starts at first base with a near perfect fielding percentage (.997), 45 double plays and 12 assists in 371 total chances. Nick Heath (Northwestern State) – Northwest Arkansas NaturalsThe two-time Southland Conference stolen bases leader has already racked up a Double-A best 33 stolen bases. Heath swiped a career-high four bags against Arkansas on May 20, surpassing the 125 career steals mark in just his fourth year of pro baseball. 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Triple-AJonathan Davis (Central Arkansas) – Buffalo BisonsThe three-time All-Southland Conference was optioned to the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate on June 5 after hitting just .143 in 17 games with Toronto. Davis hit his first career MLB home run against the Rays on May 27 – a two-run shot to put the Blue Jays on the board.Jonathan Dziedzic (Lamar) – Omaha StormchasersIn his fifth season with the Royals’ Triple-A team, Dziedzic is 1-2 with a 3.68 ERA in eight appearances, including four starts. He picked up his first win of the year after tossing 5.1 innings in a May 27 start against Oklahoma City, striking out five and allowing two runs.  Jace Peterson (McNeese) – Norfolk TidesAfter spending most of 2018 with the Orioles, Peterson started 2019 with Baltimore’s Triple-A squad. 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  • Poch’s men throw away two-goal lead after Valbuena and Podence double

    first_imgSPURS travel to Greece as they get their Champions League campaign underway against Olympiakos.Last season’s beaten finalists, Mauricio Pochettino’s side have gotten off to a slow start in the Premier League – but will be keen for points on the road in Athens.Harry Kane (pen) and Lucas Moura gave Tottenham 2-0 leadDaniel Podence pulled one back before half-timeMathieu Valbuena equalises from penalty spotBayern Munich and Crvena zvezda play in the other Group B clashBT Sport 2 showing the match from 5.30pmLive stream on BT Sport appEE phone customers can sign up for £10 a month by texting SPORT to 150Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:45 pmCHANCE FOR OLYMPIAKOS – AND FULL TIMELloris has almost had a nightmare – coming and flapping unchallenged at high ball and going close to knocking it into his own net. Luckily Davies is there to clear up the mess.And that’s the last of it – all over. Olympiakos 2 Spurs 2 (FT) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:41 pmFive minutes of time added on is being played…. Olympiakos 2 Spurs 2 (90mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:40 pmIn the final minute of normal time now – is there time for a winner??Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:37 pmCLOSE FOR SPURS!!!!Harry Kane is fuming at Erik Lamela, who does amazingly well to burst into the box only to try to beat the keeper at the near post, and the shot is saved.Five yards away Kane was waiting unmarked to turn home the cross. Olympiakos 2 Spurs 2 (87mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:36 pmThe way this game has gone, you wouldn’t bet against either team scoring a late winner.Tottenham know they can breach the Olmpiakos defence even when they have not played well, while the Greek side only need another moment through the dangerous Podence.But will their be winner?? Olympiakos 2 Spurs 2 (85mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:32 pmOUCH!!!Dabvinson Sanchez has just taken a tumble from some high over the top of Benzia, landing on his head.The Spurs defender is up quickly, not so Benzia who took a whack on the back of the head in the challenge.No real damage done though, play on referee….. Olympiakos 2 Spurs 2 (82mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:29 pmIn other news, the call for Eriksen to get hauled off obviously never reached Pochettino – for the third Spurs sub has been made and it is Moura who jogs to the sidelines to give Lamela a run out. Olympiakos 2 Spurs 2 (78mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:25 pmCHANCE FOR OLYMPIAKOS!!A let off for Spurs as Podence again gets in down the right, this time pulling back for substitute Yassine Benzia.He’s only just come onto the pitch, and Spurs are thankful of that because he slices his shot high over the bar. Should have at least hit the target. Olympiakos 2 Spurs 2 (76mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:23 pmAnother sub for Spurs, as Son comes on for Alli.Eriksen surives, somehow…… Olympiakos 2 Spurs 2 (72mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:22 pmIn fairness, Tottenham have actually responded the better to that equaliser.There was a concern they would be overrun, but it appears to have sparked them into some sort of life and they now look as though they are up to speed with the game.It’s only taken them 70 minutes, mind. Olympiakos 2 Spurs 2 (71mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:16 pmCHANCE FOR SPURS!!!Dele Alli gets in behind the Olmpiakos defence and sees his low shot tipped wide for a corner by Sa in the Greek goal.But why, oh why, did he not square the ball for Kane to roll into the empty net??It’s a big moment, and Alli made the wrong call. His apologetic hand wave to Kane shows he knows he got it wrong. Olympiakos 2 Spurs 2 (66mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:12 pmHere comes the Tottenham sub, but it’s Ndombele who is coming off.Moussa Sissoko has been introduced to at least provide some drive to the Spurs midfield which has been sadly lacking so far. Olympiakos 2 Spurs 2 (61mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:07 pmPochettino has one urgent call to make – bring off Christian Eriksen.The Dane is having an absolute shocker. He hasn’t looked interested, has continually given the ball away and was the man responsible for the penalty.Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:05 pmSpurs have thrown away a commanding position in this match, and now Olympiakos are back on level terms.The place is buzzing, the home side riding a crest of a wave and Tottenham looking a shadow of themselves.Worrying times for Mauricio Pochettino. Olympiakos 2 Spurs 2 (54mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:02 pmPENALTY TO OLYMPIAKOS!!!Eriksen was caught in possession just outside the Spurs area and the ball reached Valbuena, who was trod on from behind by Vertonghen.There’s no doubt at all it is the right decision.Vaklbuena dusts himself off to take against Lloris. France v France……..and scores!!! Olympiakos 2 Spurs 2 (53mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:00 pmGOAL, NO – OFFSIDE FOR SPURS!!!Eriksen whipped in a cross from the right and Dele Alli arrived in the six-yard box to touch home.The flag was straight up, Alli immediately wagging his finger claiming he knew he was onside.But the replay was clear as daylight, the Spurs man was just the wrong side of his marker and the goal is not allowed. Olympiakos 1 Spurs 2 (50mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 6:58 pmThe early exchanges have at least seen Tottenham on the front foot.They look as though they have come out with far more urgency, possibly down to a rocket being delivered by Pochettino at the break.No chances so far though. Olympiakos 1 Spurs 2 (47mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 6:56 pmAnd we’re underway in the second half….Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 6:42 pmAnd that’s it for the first half. Spurs have the single goal lead, Olympiakos have their tales up.The second half promises to be a big test now for Pochettino’s side. Olympiakos 1 Spurs 2 (HT) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 6:39 pmGOAL TO OLYMPIAKOS!!!You can’t say they haven’t deserved it, and you can’t say Spurs haven’t had it coming.It’s impressive speed from the dangerous Podence to take him away from Davies and Vertonghen and he angled a low shot into the bottom corner.It looked a little too easy, though, if we’re honest. Olympiakos 1 Spurs 2 (44mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 6:36 pmHere’s @LucasMoura7’s beauty for your delectation: pic.twitter.com/t22w9yk0jy— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 18, 2019Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 6:35 pmIt’s vital now that Spurs can see this out to half-time without conceding.They have ridden their luck, and not played very well, but you sense the early adventure and optimism among the Olympiakos players and fans is starting to wane. Olympiakos 0 Spurs 2 (40mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 6:31 pm🎯 Lethal from the spot.#UCL ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/ioeZ1KJ36p— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 18, 2019Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 6:30 pmTottenham are chancing their luck though, for the Greek side should really have pulled a goal back.Eriksen was daydreaming as Valbuena went down the left, allowing the Frenchman to pick out Masouras unmarked eight yards out – but the forward volleyed his effort into the ground and over the bar.Olympiakos 0 Spurs 2 (34mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 6:28 pmIt’s quite hard to overstate just how against the run of play that first goal was, so for the second to follow in such quick time has really knocked this game on its head.Olympiakos had actually responded quite well to going behind, but one flash of brilliance and it looks a long way back from here. Olympiakos 0 Spurs 2 (32mins) Load more entries…last_img read more

  • Spurs flops worried boss Poch wants ‘out’ but Levy won’t sack him

    first_imgChristian Eriksen blasts rumours Spurs team-mate Jan Vertonghen slept with his girlfriend and sparked dressing-room bust-up with Harry Kane SOME of Tottenham’s star players think Mauricio Pochettino is looking for a way out of the crisis hit club, it has been claimed.Players have reportedly seen a change in the Argentine and think he has been “noticeably distant” since returning from the summer break.1 Mauricio Pochettino reportedly wants out of Tottenham according to his playersCredit: Getty – ContributorAfter Tuesday’s utter humiliation – the 7-2 home Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich – Poch held clear the air talks with his shocked players.But according to the Mail, the players think something is not right with the Real Madrid and Manchester United target, who revealed he would have left in the summer if Spurs had won the Champions League.Sources reportedly say there is no danger of Poch losing his job despite the club’s disastrous start to the season.And the £32million cost of sacking the ex-Southampton gaffer is the main reason.There is also reported unease at Poch’s treatment of certain players and question marks raised over some of his tactical decisions.The club is in utter turmoil as only yesterday wantaway star Christian Eriksen was forced to deny rumours his girlfriend slept with Jan Vertonghen.But both Eriksen and married Spurs pal Vertonghen, 32, took to Twitter to slam the vile, untrue gossip.The Danish star, quote-tweeted one of the fake reports, simply wrote the word, “bulls***”, complete with a sleeping emoji.There was also suggestion the rumoured ‘incident’ had sparked a dressing room bust up involving Harry Kane. MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himThe original tweet spreading the fake news read: “Christian Eriksen’s wife has reportedly been caught having an affair with his team-mate Jan Vertonghen.”That tweet also claimed the Spurs squad were involved in a bust-up – with Kane said to be involved – attaching pictures of Vertonghen sporting a black eye.Spurs have just one point from their two Champions League games and face an uphill battle to qualify with a goal difference of minus five.last_img read more

  • Bayern Munich want Tottenham boss Pochettino to replace under-fire Niko Kovac

    first_imgBAYERN MUNICH are eyeing Mauricio Pochettino as a replacement for Niko Kovac, according to reports.Poch’s long-term future in north London has been called into question following Tottenham’s shaky start to the season.2 Mauricio Pochettino has been tipped to replace the Croatian managerAccording to Sport1, the Argentine tactician has caught the interest of the Bundesliga giants.Pochettino admitted for the first time his job is under threat – but insisted he will not go grey worrying about.Spurs are eight points adrift of the top four after picking up just 12 points from their first 10 league games.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Chelsea, Palace vs Leicester and Spurs scores this coming weekend and win £100But the squad showed their support for the under-fire boss by treating him to a slap-up meal in Mayfair this week.And Dele Alli has claimed the team are “1,000 per cent” behind the 47-year-old.Despite the poor form of late, the Tottenham boss has been widely praised for his work with Spurs since he joined in 2014.MOST READ IN SPORT THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strutAnd that has made him a worthy contender to replace struggling Kovac in Germany.Despite leading Bayern to the Bundesliga title last season, the 48-year-old’s position has come under scrutiny this season.Former RB Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick has also been linked to the job.2Pochettino assesses his team’s performance after 2-1 loss to Liverpoollast_img read more

  • Coetzee feeling undermined as Boks coach

    first_imgAfter only 11 victories in 25 Tests during two years guiding the Springboks, there has been media speculation that the 54-year-old faced the sack.  But the former inter-provincial scrum-half says his efforts to build a team capable of winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan are being severely hampered by some officials.Coetzee believes that if he does not quit, he risks being reduced to a “ceremonial coach” reporting to recently appointed national director of rugby Johan “Rassie” Erasmus.In the letter from Coetzee to SA Rugby, leaked to the media, the coach alleges that officials “embarked on a deliberate attempt to undermine me from the word go.”(This) creates a public impression of incompetence on my part while wilfully obstructing my efforts to be successful.”I will fight to protect my hard-earned reputation, which is in the process of being deliberately soiled publicly by elements within SA Rugby.”When Coetzee belatedly succeeded Heyneke Meyer in 2016, he did not have time for pre-season camps and had no say in the selection of support staff.South Africa lost a calendar-year record eight Tests, including at home to Ireland, away to Argentina and to Italy for the first time.The Springboks were also humiliated 57-15 by greatest rivals the New Zealand All Blacks in Durban, a record home loss.Last year, Coetzee got the assistant coaches he wanted after a reshuffle and the team underwent extensive pre-season training, but there was only a slight improvement in performances. South Africa did win seven Tests, but six came against poorly performing France and Argentina, and the other against traditional European minnows Italy.Among four 2017 losses were a 57-0 drubbing in New Zealand, a 38-3 thrashing in Ireland, and a 24-22 loss to a virtual Wales ‘B’ team.A damning statistic is that Coetzee has not won a Test against a team ranked higher in the world.Before becoming national coach, Coetzee developed the Cape Town-based Western Stormers into the consistently most successful of the South African sides in Super Rugby.He then worked with a Japanese club before becoming only the second black coach of the Springboks after Peter de Villiers.”I was the most successful (South African) Super Rugby coach at the time of my (Springboks) appointment and was requested to return from Japan because my country needed me,” the letter read in part.Despite only a 44 percent win rate in charge of a country that lifted the Rugby World Cup in 1995 and 2007 and were third in England three years ago, Coetzee insists he is on the right track.”I am contracted to 2019 … there has been immense progress,” he stressed after the last tour of Europe.Springboks skipper Eben Etzebeth backs his coach: “They (critics of Coetzee) do not always know what they are talking about. I would keep Allister as coach.”last_img read more

  • Digicel Cup at the business end of season

    first_imgThree games will be played in the Highlands Region, one in Lae and the other in Port Moresby.A fiery encounter is expected up in Mendi between home side PRK Mendi Muruks and  Agmark Rabaul Gurias.The TNA Simbu Lions will head to Minj to take on Waghi Tumbe, while the Kemele Hela Wigmen will clash with the EGP Enga Mioks in Wabag.All three games as usual kick off at 2pmThe Wamp NGA Mt. Hagen Eagles will fly down to Lae for their game against the current competition leaders, the Snax Lae Tigers. The game gets underway at 2pmAt 3pm in the nation’s capital will be a tussle between two teams fighting to avoid the wooden spoon in the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis and the SNS Port Moresby Vipers.The PRK Gulf Isapea have the bye this weekend.Finals for the Digicel Cup will start on August 14.last_img read more

  • Reality Check: Is doping a problem in Paralympic sport?

    first_imgThe report for 2015 is due out in the next few weeks, so the most recent report we have is the 2014 one.In the year covered by that report, 1,013 tests were conducted for IPC sports (which include athletics, swimming, powerlifting and skiing) in which prohibited substances were found nine times.During the year, sanctions were taken against 11 athletes.If you break that down into the sports involved it is clear that most of the IPC’s anti-doping problems come from the sport of powerlifting, which was the source of seven of the positive tests and eight of the sanctions.The IPC announced in 2014 that it had suspended 13 powerlifters in the previous 14 months. The sport has been targeted with a “Raise the Bar – Say No! to Doping” campaign.Since then, the IPC has also adopted a new anti-doping code, which came into effect on 1 January 2015.Paralympic athletes have the same list of banned substances as Olympic athletes and, like them, anyone who requires additional medication for pain or treatment must apply for an exemption.”It’s a common misconception that a lot of Paralympians will be on prescription drugs. That’s not the case at all,” Nicole Sapstead, UK Anti-Doping chief executive,told the BBC ahead of London 2012.”Obviously there are athletes with spinal injuries and they need pain relief. But mostly it is the same as the Olympics – things like asthma and diabetes.”Only one athlete was given a doping sanction at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in 2014, but since then the McLaren Report for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found that Russia’s sports ministry manipulated urine samples provided by its athletes between 2011 and 2015.The report identified 27 samples relating to eight Para-sports, five of which are summer sports, including some governed by the IPC.The IPC also found evidence that samples were swapped during the Sochi Winter Paralympics, adding that it planned to reanalyse every Russian sample given at the event.So now the Russian team has been banned from this year’s Paralympic Games in Rio, and the IPC is wondering if it has more of a doping problem than it previously thought.last_img read more

  • Embarba will leave record revenues in the lightning coffers

    first_imgFar is that millionaire signing of Leo Baptistao by Atlético in summer of 2013. Then, the rojiblanca entity was with the striker striker for seven million euros. An operation which for a long time remained the highest, above those of Mojica (€ 5M), Jozabed (4, its clause was paid), Diamé (3), Michu (2.5) or Coke (1.8) . Espanyol wanted to reinforce with Embarba in this winter market and has had to scratch his pocket. The blue and white club will pay, in installments, ten million euros (those set out in the extreme clause), record revenues in Vallecas. And is that Lightning had never perceived such economic amount by the departure of one of its players.Embarba’s march will leave ten million in the red-haired coffers, an amount that surpasses the eight deposited by Celta to take over midfielder Fran Beltrán, which did execute its termination clause, and about eight (about seven fixed and another in variables) that Betis paid for the signing of the left side Alex Morenolast_img read more

  • Quique Setién, against the real fire of Valencia in Mestalla

    first_imgEleven days and two games have passed since Quique Setién took over Barcelona. Little room to assess the changes that the new technician who has so far made his first two duels against the minimum against clearly inferior rivals such as Granada in the Camp Nou and Ibiza wants to introduce into the team. But now the first curves arrive. This afternoon (Mestalla, 16:00, Movistar LaLiga) awaits Valencia. First real fire exam for the new project.The Celades team was the set of LaLiga Santander that was less worn out during the week in the Cup. With a lineup of substitutes, he controlled Logroñés and went round taking a break after receiving two consecutive unappealable defeats: first against Madrid in the Super Cup and a week ago against Mallorca in Son Moix. After the win in Mallorca, Valencia is still out of European positions and will try to regain ground against Barcelona. Parejo’s loss is the main problem for the locals, who lose their brains and the fundamental footballer in stationary ball actions. On the other hand, they recover Rodrigo, who will be the center of attention due to the interest of Barcelona, ​​who values ​​him very seriously as a winter reinforcement to replace the loss of Luis Suárez.Effectiveness. Without the Uruguayan, Barça continues in search of its dominance of the game in concrete opportunities and be effective. Messi, who rested in the Cup, returns to the team to play against one of his favorite victims next to Griezmann, who scored two providential goals Wednesday in Ibiza.They also return to the Busquets and Piqué team regarding the call for Copa and De Jong, who, being sanctioned, did not play against Granada.Everything indicates that Setién, after testing the three central system in the Cup, will return to 4-3-3 with the only doubt in defense of Umtiti or Lenglet as a pair of Piqué and that of Arthur or Arturo Vidal to complete the average with Busquets and the Dutch.Collado will be on the bench as a novelty, since Riqui Puig did not travel when he was feverish, and the goalkeeper of the Iñaki Peña subsidiary, since Neto will not be able to return to Mestalla due to injury.last_img read more