Manchester: Pep Guardiola conceded Manchester City were well below their best as the Premier League champions suffered a shock 2-0 defeat against Wolves on Sunday that left them eight points behind leaders Liverpool. Guardiola’s side were rocked by two late goals from Wolves winger Adama Traore at the Etihad Stadium, and City boss Guardiola admitted his treble winners lacked their usual sharpness and paid the price for letting nerves get the better of them with their second defeat of the season. “It was not our best day. We let them run twice, got nervous a little bit and our process to create chances was not good,” Guardiola said. “We were not organised and lost balls in positions we could not lose them in. We had problems on the counter-attack in the end and it was a bad day.” Also Read | Liverpool Beat Leicester In Stoppage Time, Tottenham Hotspur LoseIt was City’s latest unexpected loss after their 3-2 defeat at Norwich last month, and they already face a huge task to catch Liverpool. Remembering how his side overturned a seven-point deficit to Liverpool in the title race last season, Guardiola called on his stars to bounce back when City return to action after the international break. Also Read | Manchester City Stumble Against Norwich, Liverpool Extend Lead In Premier League “Wolves defend. They play long balls and defend, they then go on the counter. It is physical team, a strong team so know how good they are,” Guardiola said. “We had two chances, one onto the crossbar and with Bernardo Silva. They did really well. We are going to come back again to try.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Expectations had been raised by Iran’s opening victory over Morocco, which sparked exuberant celebrations in the streets of Tehran.Defeat in the following game, even at the hands of one of the tournament favourites, drew an avalanche of calls on social media for Azmoun to be benched for the final group game against Portugal.The striker said the “insults” had caused his mother’s fragile health to deteriorate and he had decided to retire from the national squad to spare her the upset.“I had to make a choice and I chose my mother,” he wrote on Instagram. “It was the most painful decision of my life.”The loss of Azmoun is a blow to Iran, who had given a good account of themselves in Russia, almost snatching a last-gasp victory against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal that would have seen them progress to the last 16 for the first time.Several Iranian sports writers expressed hope on Friday that the young striker, who plays his club football in Russia for Rubin Kazan, could yet go back on an emotional decision taken in the heat of the moment.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Iran striker Sardar Azmoun, seen here being consoled after the team narrowly missed out on making the World Cup’s last 16 at Portugal’s expense, has announced he is retiring from international football because of the toll on his mother’s health © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVTEHRAN, Iran, Jun 29 – Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun has announced his retirement from international football aged just 23, saying criticism from fans of his performance at the World Cup had harmed his mother’s health.Azmoun, a rising star, who with 11 goals had been Iran’s top scorer in qualification for the finals in Russia, drew brickbats from fans after he failed to deliver in last week’s Group B game against Spain. read more
For anyone who witnessed it, from either side of politics, it was a remarkable performance. The Member for Chisholm marked her arrival formally on the stage of federal politics on Thursday, in a speech that drew on the defining moments of her life’s journey to date − as a daughter, mother, businesswoman and politician. Honouring the sacrifices of her parents, she began by reflecting on her late father Sofoulis (Phillip) Lolatgis, and how, if he had still been alive on July 3 this year, the day of the federal election when she was elected (ending 18 years of Labor control of the Chisholm seat), she imagined he “would be doing a Greek dance”.“Dad would have believed it a miracle, not because he didn’t have immeasurable faith in me, rather because of how far and inconceivable this moment was from when he first landed in Australia in 1949 as a 15-year-old migrant boy from Greece, who couldn’t speak a word of English and who fled post-war poverty without his parents,” she said.Ms Banks described herself as the daughter of parents who were denied an education, “but who worked hard with optimism and faith, at two or sometimes three jobs, so they could hope to provide their children with schools of their choice”. And it was her mother’s story that she alluded to first, as she moved towards the two central themes of her speech: the fight for gender equality and the need for Australia to re-embrace cultural diversity.As the former lawyer reflected on how her parents’ experience and values shaped her outlook on life and political philosophy, Banks spoke of her mum (looking on from the public gallery) being denied an opportunity to enter the medical profession, unlike her brothers who became doctors, “not just because of her cultural upbringing, but also because of her gender”.Primary school was where Banks first encountered racism personally. It was the archetypal experience: being called a “wog” and told that she should go back to where she came from. “I didn’t know the meaning of the word … the first thing I did when I got home was look up the word in my brothers’ dictionary,” she told a hushed House of Representatives. “Incredulously I read the definition over and over: ‘Someone of dark skin who is foreign to the land on which he lives.’ I was hurt more by the tone of the word and less by its definition. I felt ugly, scared, and very alone.”In light of Pauline Hanson’s controversial speech in the Senate just days before, Banks’ words are all the more telling and timely.Turning to a more recent example of being abused as a woman of Greek heritage, she recounted an episode during her time as a junior lawyer. Sent to a meeting at a Port Melbourne factory where union members were on strike, she recounted how she “shook with fear” because by the time the meeting had finished the unionists had found out her Greek heritage, and that she was part of ‘management’. “As I tried to drive away … they threw themselves on the bonnet of my car, rocked it backwards and forwards and slammed their faces against the windows as they called me a ‘wog’ (that word again), as well as other obscenities that went to my gender.” A different kind of prejudice, born of envy and small-mindedness, was repeated last year when campaigning. “My opponents referred to me in a spiteful and negative tone as a ‘corporate high-flying lawyer’, like it was a bad thing … someone who was ‘out of touch’, they declared, and whose objective in running for parliament was merely a ‘grab for power’.” Addressing the Speaker of the House, Banks said: “To work and to have career success does not mean that one does not love or care − be they a man or a woman”.Speaking in Greek “to honour the people of Chisholm of any migrant heritage,” Banks concluded by talking about the pride she felt in being given the opportunity to be the voice of her electorate, and vowing to “stand for love and respect, the dignity of work, and equal opportunity”.Julia Banks’ maiden speech was a revealing, highly personal autobiography, but also a statement of intent. Light on party political rhetoric, though determinedly advocating her belief in “Liberal values of individual enterprise”, this was a heartfelt plea, asking the Australian parliament, and Australia itself, to reaffirm its commitment to overcome bigotry and prejudice in all their guises. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram read more