Good day at the office for Malaysian shuttlers

Men's singles Lee Zii Jia cruised into the round of 16 following a comfortable 21-15, 21-14 win Thailand's Sitthikom Thammasin. Zii Jia will play India's Sameer Verma on Thursday.

Apart from women’s doubles Low Yeen Yuan-Valeree Siow, who failed to get past the first round, it was a good day at the office for other Malaysian shuttlers at the Super 1000 Indonesia Open today. As expected, men’s singles Lee Zii Jia cruised into the round of 16 following a comfortable 21-15, 21-14 win Thailand’s Sitthikom Thammasin. Zii Jia will play India’s Sameer Verma on Thursday. It was, however, Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai who stole the thunder from the world No 5 men’s singles, fighting tooth and nail before sending…

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‘I’m no hero,’ says dancing keeper as Australia qualify for World Cup

Australia's Andrew Redmayne celebrates after saving a penalty during the shootout against Peru at Al Rayyan Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar

Substitute goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne’s dancing antics helped Australia claim a shootout win over Peru in an inter-continental playoff on Monday but he said he was no hero, only playing his part as they claimed a fifth straight World Cup appearance. The 33-year-old journeyman was brought on for his third cap with three minutes to play at the end of extra time and stopped the last kick as the Socceroos won 5-4 on penalties after the match ended goalless. “He’s a very good penalty saver and I did something that could…

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Benfica reach agreement with Liverpool to sell Nunez for €75 mln

Benfica have reached an agreement with Liverpool for the sale of forward Darwin Nunez (right) for an initial fee of €75 million, the Portuguese club announced on Monday.

BENFICA have reached an agreement with Liverpool for the sale of forward Darwin Nunez for an initial fee of €75 million, the Portuguese club announced on Monday. The agreement, which includes €20 million in add-ons, is dependent on Nunez signing an employment contract with Liverpool, the statement added. Nunez was the top scorer in Portugal’s top flight in the 2021-22 season and scored 34 goals in all competitions for Benfica, including goals in both legs of the club’s Champions League quarter-final defeat by Liverpool. His ability to play out wide…

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Salah, Kerr win PFA Player of the Year awards

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah was named the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Player of the Year

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah was named the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Player of the Year for the second time on Thursday and Chelsea’s Sam Kerr took the women’s award. Salah, who shared this season’s Premier League golden boot for the top scorer with Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min, also won the award in the 2017-18 season. The 29-year-old Egyptian scored 31 goals in all competitions for Liverpool and helped them win the League Cup and FA Cup. “This one is a really good one to win, especially because it’s voted by…

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Belgium bounce back to crush Poland

Belgium tore Poland apart to win their Nations League match 6-1 in Brussels on Wednesday. Belgium lost their opening game to neighbours Netherlands but responded with an increasingly dominant performance and finished the game with five goals in just over 30 minutes. “It brings extra emotion when you lose against your rivals so that was definitely a motivator tonight,” said Belgium coach Roberto Martinez. “Against The Netherlands we were passive, waiting, insecure. Now we were a team instead of individuals.” Belgium suffered another early setback on Wednesday as the visitors…

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PSG’s Mbappe is world’s most valuable player, study shows

Paris Saint Germain's Kylian Mbappe has been named as the most valuable player in the world by CIES Football Observatory.

Paris St Germain forward Kylian Mbappe is the most valuable soccer player in the world, according Swiss research group CIES Football Observatory, followed by Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr and new Manchester City recruit Erling Haaland. Mbappe, who turned down Real and signed a new three-year deal at PSG last month, topped the list with an estimated transfer value of 205.6 million euros (US$219.5 million), beating Vinicius (185.3 million euros) and Haaland (152.6 million euros). Mbappe’s PSG teammate Neymar holds the current transfer record. The French champions paid Barcelona 222 million…

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Injured Salah led Egypt to victory after defying Liverpool

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JOHANNESBURG: Injured Liverpool star Mohamed Salah defied his club and captained Egypt to a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying victory over Guinea in Cairo at the weekend, according to national coach Ehab Galal. “Salah was hit by an injury, but played through it,” said Galal following his debut after Portuguese Carlos Queiroz quit because he could not agree terms for a new contract. Galal told a press conference that Salah rejected a Liverpool request to have a pre-match scan on the undisclosed injury, but “that will be done now”.…

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Aaron-Wooi Yik aiming for Indonesia Masters title

Aaron Chia (right) and Soh Wooi Yik.

Every top shuttler can attest that playing in front of a packed Istora Senayan Stadium in Jakarta can be intimidating. But that does not scare national men’s doubles, Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik, who hope to break their title drought at this week’s Indonesia Masters. The world No 6, who have yet to win an Open title, also want to become the first Malaysian men’s pair to win on Indonesian soil. “Everyone will admit that playing in front of a packed Istora Senayan venue is no easy affair. It is intimidating,…

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South Korea crush Malaysia 4-1 in Tashkent

Malaysia got off to a losing start in football’s Under-23 Asian Cup today, falling 4-1 to South Korea. Defending champions South Korea, as expected, were too strong for Malaysia in the Group C opener at the Lokomotiv Stadium in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The Koreans hit Malaysia with goals from Lee Sang-Min, Kim Tae-Hwan and Cho Young-Wook (a brace). Malaysia could have gone in front in the fourth minute but Hadi Fayyadh Abdul Razak’s right footed shot from outside the box was parried by the Korean keeper at the bottom left corner.…

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Harimau Malaya craving for success, aim to qualify for Asian Cup – Safiq Rahim

After beating Hong Kong 2-0 last night, experienced midfielder Safiq Rahim admitted that the Harimau Malaya squad are desperate to succeed and aim to qualify for the 2023 Asian Cup. - NSTP/ASWADI ALIAS.

After beating Hong Kong 2-0 last night, experienced midfielder Safiq Rahim admitted that the Harimau Malaya squad are desperate to succeed and aim to qualify for the 2023 Asian Cup. Safiq said the 2023 Asian Cup qualifying campaign which will begin next week would be the best opportunity for the national players to make history in the country’s football. The Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) player said the players must make the most of playing at home and turn it to advantage when all the qualifying round matches involving the national…

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