Manchester City stroll to 3-1 League Cup win over Southampton

first_imgLONDON (Reuters) – Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manchester City’s much-changed side strolled to a 3-1 League Cup fourth round win on Tuesday over Southampton who seemed relieved to avoid a repeat of their nine-goal thrashing by Leicester City four days earlier.Holders City made nine changes and gave a debut to 18-year-old Tommy Boyle, grandson of their late former captain Mike Doyle, and dominated the first half against the visitors who still appeared shell-shocked by Friday’s Premier League mauling.Nicolas Otamendi nodded in Bernardo Silva’s dinked cross after 20 minutes and fellow Argentine Aguero added the second in the 38th, turning home Kyle Walker’s cross with a cushioned volley for City, who won the trophy in 2018 and 2019.Aguero struck again in the 56th with the softest of touches after Riyad Mahrez’s 30-metre shot hit a defender and looped into his path.Holders City made nine changes and gave a debut to 18-year-old Tommy Boyle, grandson of their late former captain Mike Doyle, and dominated the first half against the visitors who still appeared shell-shocked by Friday’s Premier League mauling.Nicolas Otamendi nodded in Bernardo Silva’s dinked cross after 20 minutes and fellow Argentine Aguero added the second in the 38th, turning home Kyle Walker’s cross with a cushioned volley for City, who won the trophy in 2018 and 2019.Aguero struck again in the 56th with the softest of touches after Riyad Mahrez’s 30-metre shot hit a defender and looped into his path.City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo made his first save in the 65th minute, tipping away Sofiane Boufal’s curling effort, and the Saints even managed a goal from a Jack Stevens header with 15 minutes left.The visitors’ display was enough to earn them applause from their fans at the end.Everton slightly relieved the pressure on manager Marco Silva with a 2-0 home win over Watford in the night’s other all-Premier League clash.The hosts hit the woodwork twice before Mason Holgate headed in a Theo Walcott cross in the 72nd minute and Richarlison broke clear to scored the second in the last minute.Leicester also made nine changes and raced to a 2-0 lead in 20 minutes at third-tier Burton Albion with goals from Kelechi Iheanacho and Youri Tielemans.Liam Boyce pulled one back early in the second half but James Maddison restored Leicester’s two goal-lead in the 89th.Colchester United came from behind to win 3-1 at Crawley Town in an all-fourth-tier match while Oxford United beat Sunderland on penalties after a 1-1 draw between the third-tier sides to reach the last eight for the first time since 1987.last_img read more

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From rock band star to CRDO: Igor Popov joins Betinvest

first_imgShare Betinvest boosts Sportradar coverage with table tennis solution May 11, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Confidence, Variety, Creativity: Betinvest’s advice for times of crisis May 7, 2020 Having spent the last seven years at Playtech, industry veteran Igor Popov has become the new Chief Research and Development Officer (CRDO) at Betinvest.Popov, who earned his first ever pay as a musician in a rock band, has gone on to forge a successful career in gaming through working on successful Playtech projects for the likes of William Hill, bet365 and Ladbrokes. Prior to his time at Playtech, he worked for an educational software company and in a web department for two marketing agencies, where he helped develop websites for clients including Activia, Danone, Obolon, Zibert and Winston, as well as all of the GTI cigarette brands.He cited Betinvest’s company growth and ambition as key factors influencing his decision to join. “An interesting opportunity came up for me to make a contribution, however big or small, to the history of world gambling,” he explained. “I took it and here I am. “My plan is to lead the company towards new technological heights. I have a clear understanding of the goal we’re all working towards – it’s an ambitious one, but it’ll enable us to cement our place in the market.”Betinvest, which contributed to a recent SBC News feature on sportsbook personalisation, is pushing the development of products including its fully managed sportsbook service. Popov discussed the need to stand out from the sportsbook competition, stating: “All providers have a similar range of products. That’s why, the way we see it, our most important job is to develop something brand new that will change the market. “Our goal is to create a new product that will appeal even to those who aren’t involved in this industry: we want to start attracting a new audience. That’s why we’re focusing in particular on business intelligence, using marketing segmentation strategies to better target content and services to different categories of customers. “For example, if someone likes betting on hockey, we’ll display the relevant content first, having analysed their preferences. This means that our clients will be able to increase their revenue by removing any unnecessary steps for the end customer: placing a bet will be as simple and as fast as possible. “When it comes to processes, we’re rethinking the way we work and incorporating agile methodology in our IT department: we’re building cross-functional teams and working in iterations in order to meet the market’s needs as quickly as possible.”Finally, he addressed his own part to play in Betinvest’s commitment to providing a safe gaming experience for players, by adding: “I’m a stickler for responsible gaming. I am strongly opposed to this form of entertainment being seen as a way to earn money or as a person’s sole source of income. “I want people to have fun and understand that they are choosing to allocate a certain amount of money to spend on their entertainment. I want them to enjoy the experience of rooting for their favourite team or player, regardless of the outcomes of their bets.” Share BetInvest: The benefits of separating esports betting markets August 7, 2020last_img read more

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Stadium Grbavica got Green Light for International Matches

first_img[wzslider autoplay=”true”]FC Zeljeznicar, ending with predicted deadline for completion of works, the 31st of May, 2016, fulfilled all requirements in accordance to UEFA Regulations regarding categorization of stadiums.That means that the Football Federation of BiH and UEFA ranked Grbavica stadium in the 2nd category which permits playing international matches of first and second qualifying rounds of UEFA club tournaments, Champions league and European league, as well as qualifying matches of BiH national teams, excluding seniors.FC Zeljeznicar fulfilled 14 requirements in accordance with UEFA Regulations regarding categorization of stadiums in predicted deadline: Assessment of floodlight power, acquisition of aggregate for alternative energy source, installation of two additional masts, construction of room for delegates, construction of parking space for cars of officials and VIP people, adaptation of ambulance, adaptation of doping control room, installation of west stand steel construction, construction of control room, adaptation and construction of workspace for media, construction of TV studio, adaptation and construction of sanitary facilities, construction of room for first aid and installation of new chairs on north, west and south stand.By the 15th of June, FC Zeljeznicar will fulfill requirements of Ministry of Interior of Canton Sarajevo which are related to security conditions on Grbavica stadium (guardrail above south stand, backstop to disable object throwing by fans and construction of entrance for spectators on south stand).After the end of first phase of the project and construction of east stand in September 2016, management of FC Zeljeznicar will continue to invest in infrastructure and improvement of conditions for spectators on stadium in order to create conditions for ranking of Grbavica stadium in 3rd category, so that Grbavica finally becomes home of “A” representation of BiH.“Projects, which will be realized among others, are construction of south stand, installation of closed electronic system for ticket control on all entrances and installation of surveillance system on stadium”, as stated from FC Zeljeznicar.(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba/Photo: avaz.ba)last_img read more

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