Madrid, July 4 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Real Madrid have completed the sale of striker Raul de Tomas to Portuguese club Benfica for a fee of 22.5 million US dollars.
The 24-year-old striker leaves Madrid after two seasons on loan with Rayo Vallecano, which saw him net a total of 38 league goals, 14 of which came in last season.
"Real Madrid and Sport Lisboa e Benfica have agreed the transfer of Raul de Tomas. The club wants to thank him for his commitment since arriving at the club and wishes him luck for his new period," says the Real Madrid website.
The striker said he was pleased to make a "step forward" in his career. "I have come to the best club in Portugal and I am looking forward to starting. It will be a bit different to start with, but I am sure I can adapt quickly," he said.
De Tomas will help Benfica replace 19-year-old Joao Felix who joined Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, while he joins Marcos Llorente and Mateo Kovacic in being the third player sold by Real Madrid this summer, as they look to finance a spending spree which has already passed 300 million euros this summer.
Left-back Theo Hernandez is expected to join that exodus in the coming days once a move to AC Milan is completed.
Elsewhere in Spain, Sevilla continue building for the new season with the signing of Argentinian winger Lucas Ocampos, while Getafe, who finished fifth last season, have signed striker Enric Gallego from Huesca for six million euros.
Dhaka, July 4 (UNB) — West Indies won the toss and opted to bat first against Afghanistan in their last match of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the Headingley in Leeds on Thursday.
Chris Gayle is likely to play his final World Cup game today. The veteran batsman is just 18 runs away from going past Caribbean legend Brian Lara to become the leading scorer for West Indies in ODIs.
However, both bottom-placed teams --West Indies and Afghanistan -- are already eliminated.
Before this game, West Indies secured 3 points from their eight matches.
They won only match while lost six and one was washed out due to rain.
Afghanistan, on the other hand, lost all of their eight matches.
After winning toss, West Indies captain Jason Holder said, "We are gonna bat first. Seems to be a pretty good wicket. We have one last opportunity and need to get a perfect game together. Two changes for us. Evin Lewis and Kemar Roach come in for and Sunil Ambris and Shannon Gabriel."
Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib said, "I would have wanted to bat first as well. It gets good for the spinners later on. We played really well in the last few games. We will try to play hard. We have two changes. Hamid Hassan and Shahidi are not playing. Dawlat Zadran and Shirzad are playing."
West Indies (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(Wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder(C), Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach
Afghanistan (Playing XI): Rahmat Shah, Gulbadin Naib(C), Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shinwari, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil(Wk), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Sayed Shirzad, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Dhaka, July 4 (UNB) — The dream of reaching semifinals came to an end after loss to India by 28 runs, but Tigers’ World Cup did not finish yet as they are set to face Pakistan at Lord's, London on Friday.
Tigers are eyeing to win this game to end the World Cup on a positive note.
The match will kick off at 3:30 pm (BdST) and Maasrangatv, Gtv, Btv, Bioscope (bioscopelive.com) and Rabbithole (rabbitholebd.com) will telecast the game.
Beating South Africa in their first match of the World Cup assault gave the Tigers a must-needed boost, but they failed to capitalize that properly.
They failed to replicate the same performance against New Zealand when they suffered their first loss by two wickets.
Mushfiqur Rahim missed a run-out chance of Kane Williamson on that match on a childish manner, positioning himself in front of the stumps and preventing the ball from a direct hit, which perhaps was the biggest reason behind Bangladesh’s failure to progress beyond the league stage.
Williamson was at 9 while getting that life, later, he ended up scoring 40 and Bangladesh lost the game narrowly by tine margin of two wickets.
Bangladesh lost their second successive game against England by a big margin of 106 runs. They leaked as many as 386 runs after the surprising decision of bowling first winning the toss.
And these two losses faded up the momentum that Bangladesh had achieved beating South Africa in the first game.
However, they could have repaired their fragile confidence in the game against Sri Lanka, but the weather did not allow them to do so as the match was washed out without a ball being bowled.
Bangladesh won two of their next three games- against West Indies and Afghanistan. But a loss against India threw them away from the contention of being one of the top four teams in the World Cup for the first time.
This time, Bangladesh regretted another missed chance as TamimI qbal put down an easy catch off Rohit Sharma when he was at 9.
Rohit exploited his chance hitting 104 off 92 with seven fours and five sixes. Riding on this innings India set up a challenge of 314, and Bangladesh tumbled for 286 and lost the game by 28.
Bangladesh aimed a semifinals spot before leaving home for the World Cup. But their dream is over with one more match to play in the event.
However, ending the World Cup on a positive note became the latest target of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and his team.
Pakistan, who also nearly out of the contention of a semifinals spot, perhaps set the same target to end the World Cup positively.
It was Bangladesh’s first World Cup in 1999 when the Tigers beat Pakistan in a World Cup match. Since then, Bangladesh never faced Pakistan in the World Cup. However, Bangladesh locked horns with Pakistan 29 times on other occasions after that famous World Cup victory and won four of them.
Given the current form of the Bangladesh team, the latest match at Lord’s should be very tough for the Pakistanis.
This match will be remembered to Bangladeshis as the last World Cup appearance for Mashrafe, who is nearly done with his international career but yet to announce the retirement.
However, the cricketer-turned-politician, Mashrafe, confirmed that he will never be able to represent the country in a World Cup match again.
Porto Alegre, Jul 4 (AP/UNB) — After being counted out by most, Peru pulled off a stunning Copa América comeback.
Two weeks after a demoralizing 5-0 loss to Brazil that left the team on the verge of a first-round elimination, Peru got past two-time defending champion Chile 3-0 on Wednesday to make it to the continental final for the first time since 1975.
Peru had already stunned title-favorite Uruguay in the quarterfinals after advancing as one of the two best third-place finishers from the three groups, and now it will get a rematch against host Brazil in Sunday's final at the Maracanã Stadium.
"We are a team that knows how to overcome adversities," Peru coach Ricardo Gareca said. "That's something very unique to our team. That loss (against Brazil) would hurt any team, but we were able to recover from it. We deserve a lot of credit for that."
Chile was trying to become the first team to win three straight Copa América titles since Argentina in the 1940s, but now will play the third-place match against the Argentines on Saturday in a repeat of the last two finals.
"We entered the match already thinking about the final and that's how we allowed Peru to surprise us," Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda said. "We didn't show the attitude and aggressiveness from the previous matches."
Chile's loss to longtime rival Peru will add pressure on Rueda, a Colombian who had been criticized since he took over the squad at the beginning of last year. The result will also raise further questions about its so-called golden generation, which failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The veterans of Chile's recent triumphs, including Eduardo Vargas, Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sánchez, had subpar performances at the Arena Grêmio in Porto Alegre.
Despite a team without the same quality as Chile, it was Peru that got off to a good start and dominated the match early on.
"When this team wants something, it works hard and gets it," Peru striker Paolo Guerrero said. "We deserved to make it to the final. We were fully focused from the start."
Edinson Flores opened the scoring with a shot from inside the area in the 21st minute and Yoshimar Yotún added to the lead in the 38th with a strike into the open net after Chile goalkeeper Gabriel Arias left the area to try to stop a counterattack.
Guerrero sealed the victory in a breakaway in stoppage time to become the Copa América's all-time leading scorer among active players with 13 goals.
Chile's Eduardo Vargas could have matched Guerrero when his team was awarded a penalty kick in the final seconds, but he had his weak shot from the spot saved by Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese.
Gallese had a great performance to stop Chile's attack, which faltered during most of the match despite creating most of the scoring chances.
The Peruvian goalkeeper made an embarrassing mistake in the rout against Brazil, but had already saved penalty kicks by Uruguay's Luis Suárez and Brazil's Gabriel Jesus.
Peru, which last year made its first World Cup appearance in 36 years, was playing in the semifinals for the third time in the last four Copa Américas.
It had lost seven of its last eight competitive matches against Chile, including in the semifinals of the Copa América in 2015.
The rivalry between Chile and Peru dates to the 19th Century. The nations fought in the War of the Pacific from 1879-84, with Chile coming out victorious against a Peru-Bolivia alliance and taking over some key land with access to the Pacific Ocean.
Nashville, Jul 4 (AP/UNB) — The CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal between the United States and Jamaica has resumed after a weather delay of 1 hour, 28 minutes.
A band of lightning in the area caused the delay with the U.S. leading 1-0 in the 16th minute.
Weston McKennie scored for the second straight game, on an assist from Jozy Altidore, to give the U.S. the lead in the ninth minute. McKennie had scored in the 1-0 quarterfinal victory over Curacao on Sunday.
The winner plays Mexico in Sunday's final at Chicago.