QPlay: Man Utd Lose at Fenerbahce, Wrestlers Walk The Ramp & More
All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.
1. Man United Lose at Fenerbahce 2-1 in Europa League
Manchester United's attacking problems continued as it lost to Fenerbahce 2-1 in the Europa League on Thursday, leaving it at risk of a group-stage exit.
Moussa Sow put Fenerbahce in front after only 66 seconds with a stunning overhead kick from just inside the area, and Jeremain Lens doubled the Turkish side's lead with a magnificent free kick in the 59th, much to the delight of a raucous home crowd. De Gea hardly moved for it.
Wayne Rooney netted a late consolation, smashing the ball in from 30 yards to move level with Ruud van Nistelrooy on 38 European goals for United. Fenerbahce leapfrogged United into top spot in Group A, level on points with Feyenoord, which drew at Zorya Luhansk 1-1. United slipped to third, one point off the pace.
2. Cilic Qualifies for ATP Finals, Djokovic and Murray Advance
Marin Cilic ended a three-match losing streak against David Goffin at the Paris Masters on Thursday to earn a spot at the ATP Finals. Cilic converted his sixth match point to beat Goffin 6-3, 7-6 (9) at the indoor tournament, giving him a spot in the quarterfinals and one of the remaining two berths in the eight-man ATP Finals in London this month.
Next on his plate is top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who rallied past Grigor Dimitrov 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Cilic has a terrible 0-14 record against the Serb.
Andy Murray, who can topple Djokovic in the rankings if he wins the tournament and Djokovic does not reach the final, made the quarters with no trouble, dispatching Lucas Pouille of France 6-3, 6-0. The Briton will next take on Tomas Berdych, who beat Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-3.
3. Eng Tour Being Put in Jeopardy by Thakur, Shirke: Lodha
Obstinate attitude by BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke is putting the entire "England series in jeopardy" said a source close to the Supreme Court appointed Justice RM Lodha panel.
While BCCI is yet to sign MoU with ECB regarding the clause including the financial aspects related to the series citing non-appointment of auditor, the source made it clear that the England Test series will be in a limbo if Thakur and Shirke don't file their compliance report and appear in person before the panel.
The source informed that Lodha Panel is still waiting for the affidavits from Thakur and Shirke
4. Virat's Numbers Phenomenal Compared to Joe Root: Pietersen
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen feels that it's an unfair comparison between Joe Root and Virat Kohli since statistically the Indian Test captain is way ahead of the Yorkshire lad.
"Kohli is as good as it gets. He is right up there. Root has good numbers, but it's unfair to even compare Joe with Virat because his numbers are just phenomenal," Pietersen was quoted as saying by 'The Cricketer' magazine.
"He plays so aggressively - sometimes it's like - are you serious? The way he makes big runs for his team so often is just remarkable," he added.
Pointing out Kohli's record average of 60 in the second innings during ODI run chases, Pietersen said: "I switched on the TV and saw him play that 85 not out at Dharamsala [against New Zealand] – goodness, that was amazing. He just has that ability to rotate the strike and find boundaries. His ODI record is a joke. Such an old head on young-ish shoulders."
5. FC Goa beat Pune City, Climb up From Bottom
FC Goa secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over FC Pune City to climb up from the bottom of the Indian Super League points table.
FC Goa were in danger of exiting the league early this season but coach Zico masterminded his first win over a team coached by Antonio Habas as Brazilian striker Rafael Coelho scored the all-important goal from a free-kick in the 32nd minute at Balewadi Sports Complex Stadium here.
The win helped FC Goa move to the seventh spot with seven points from eight matches while FC Pune City are now at the bottom with six points from seven matches.
6. Second Edition of Pro Wrestling League Kicks Off With a Fashion Show
The second edition of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL), which will be held from December 15, got off to a unique start on Thursday with the wrestlers walking the ramp for renowned Bollywood designers.
Star Olympic medallists like Sakshi Malik, Yogeshwar Dutt, Sofia Mattsson and Mariya Stadnik along with Commonwealth Games medallists Yana Rattigan, Geeta Phogat, Babita Kumari and Bajrang Punia wore vibrant turbans to mark the occasion depicting the rich Indian history of headgears from various regions of the country.
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