Huge surge in companies offering pension flexibility, says WTW

first_imgThe number of UK companies offering employees flexibility in how they use pension contributions will triple over the next two years, according to Willis Towers Watson (WTW).The consulting giant’s 2018 UK Pension Strategy Survey found that, while just 9% of organisations currently allowed all employees to use their pension contributions for other financial priorities, three in 10 (29%) said they would do so within the next two years.Among organisations with over 5,000 employees, 38% expected to offer greater flexibility in the next two years, up from 6% that currently offered the option.A third (32%) of medium-sized companies – 1,000 to 4,999 employees – said they would introduce flexibilities, with 11% currently offering them. Companies with fewer than 1,000 employees planning more flexibility are set to double in number, from 8% to 19%. However, controlling the cost of pension provision remained a significant challenge for employers, WTW reported, with 40% of companies saying they needed to maintain the current level of spend on benefits or retirement provision.More than a third (37%) of employers with open defined benefit (DB) plans have taken steps to control costs, WTW found, mainly by increasing member contribution rates. Union pressures, legal restrictions and increased complexity were the main barriers to changes in DB plan design.Top priorities for respondents over the short-term included adding to existing financial wellbeing programmes (33% of organisations) and increasing the range of choice offered to employees in relation to their wider benefits (31%).Minh Tran, director of wealth and workplace savings at WTW, said: “While managing cost remains a key influence, organisations of all sizes are increasingly willing to embrace new ways of structuring and delivering benefits.”Tran added: “Employers appear increasingly keen to view retirement saving less as a stand-alone issue, and more as an integral part of their employees’ wider financial planning and wellbeing, and are exploring new ways of delivering this support.”In carrying out its survey, WTW questioned pension trustees and representatives of the pensions, benefits and HR teams from nearly 200 organisations in summer 2018.Last week, UK defined contribution master trust the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) launched the trial of a savings product to sit alongside its auto-enrolment pension fund service.Shoe repair chain Timpson will pilot a scheme under which pension contributions above the auto-enrolment minimum will be diverted into an ‘emergency’ cash account. This account will be capped at £1,000 of savings; once reached, all contributions will go to the pension fund.Savers will be able to withdraw savings, and are expected to use the account to fund financial emergencies.last_img read more

Gunvor Revealed as Charterer of Exmar’s FSRU Barge

first_imgBelgium-based owner and operator Exmar has executed a ten-year charter with Cyprus-registered commodity trader Gunvor for the provision of its Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) barge and related services in Bangladesh.The company announced in February 2018 that its FSRU barge has been transferred to Keppel Shipyard in Singapore, where it is undergoing site-specific modifications required by its charterer, whose identity remained undisclosed until now.“The floating solution developed and operated by Exmar is going to perfectly serve Gunvor’s long-term strategy, and the group is very satisfied with its first strategic move in the FSRU space in cooperation with Exmar,” the company commented.“The FSRU barge is expected to arrive in Bangladesh in the fourth quarter of this year and start operations after its full commissioning,” Exmar added.Built by Wison Nantong shipyard, the FSRU barge was delivered to its owner in December 2017.It features an LNG storage capacity of 25,000m³ and a re-gasification capacity of 600 MMSCFD. It is the first ever FSRU project undertaken by a Chinese company on EPC basis.The FSRU has been fully paid by Exmar and the financing of the unit is under discussion, the Belgian company said.last_img read more

Labour blasts non-binding ‘debt truck’ legislation

first_imgOneNews 8 June 2015Labour says new laws introduced to crack down on lenders exploiting people with exorbitant loan contracts doesn’t go far enough.New laws were introduced and came into effect on Saturday which require lenders to explain the terms of their loans fully to clients.However, Labour Consumer Affairs spokesperson David Shearer said the new Responsible Lending Code does nothing to regulate the “debt trucks” which travel door to door in lower socio-economic areas.“Bizarrely, the code is non-binding,” he said in a statement.Mr Shearer said New Zealand was one of the only Western countries which did not put a limit on interest rate charges.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/labour-blasts-non-binding-debt-truck-legislation-6333411last_img

Robertson: Chelsea bound for title

first_img Jose Mourinho’s men restored their six-point lead over Manchester City with a 3-2 victory at the KC Stadium on Sunday, substitute Loic Remy grabbing the winner after the Blues let an early two-goal lead slip. Relegation battlers Hull pressed hard for an unlikely decider of their own with the scores tied but Chelsea held on and took their chance when it came. And for Scotland international Robertson, those are the qualities that will stand them apart at the end of the campaign. “There’s no doubt Chelsea will be champions,” he told Press Association Sport. “I can’t see past them and to be honest I haven’t been able to see past them for a while now. “If they’re not at their best they have a manager in Mourinho who gets them to grind out results and that’s what they’ve done again, that’s the side they are. “It’s three more points and a step closer to the title. “At 2-2 we were able to press them higher and make chances, which they didn’t deal with too well, but they ground it out and that’s why they are going to be champions.” The Tigers may not have improved their own position at the wrong end of the table, but the manner in which they took on the front-runners can at least leave them in good heart. They have arguably the toughest run-in of the bottom five, with Southampton, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United still to come, and the ability to compete with the top sides will be a must. “I don’t think we can fault our performance after going 2-0 down to the soon-to-be champions in the first 10 minutes,” said Robertson. “Our two strikers had their centre-backs on toast, they couldn’t deal with our lads at all. “John Terry and Gary Cahill are two very good defenders but credit to our strikers, they made them look very ordinary. Unfortunately for us their keeper was on great form. “If you look at our results we’ve already picked up points against Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and we’ve run Chelsea close twice now, so we take a lot of positives from that. “A point would have been a bonus but we’re glad nobody else picked anything up so we’ve lost no ground.” Had Chelsea lost points, Thibaut Courtois’ first-half gaffe for Hull’s equaliser would surely have become a bigger talking point. The Belgian goalkeeper inexplicably miscontrolled Branislav Ivanovic’s back pass straight to striker Abel Hernandez, who was left with an open net for his first goal since October. With the benefit of the three points, not to mention an otherwise superb display from Courtois, Mourinho was able to sweep the incident aside. “If you tell our goalkeeper every time he has a back pass to kick the ball to the stands the second goal doesn’t come, but we don’t say that,” he said. “He tried to play, lost the rebound, the defenders didn’t open a passing line to play from the back: goal. “Everybody is unhappy, obviously, I am probably the first one. “But I told the players at half-time, there is no point now in analysing details and mistakes of the first half. The point is to go back to our football. “The first minute of the second half the team went back to quality football, to creation, to movement. “I think we deserved to win.” Hull defender Andy Robertson has “no doubt” Chelsea will claim the Barclays Premier League title after witnessing their winning habit first hand. Press Associationlast_img read more

World XI shortlist shows sharp fall in Premier League numbers

first_imgThe number of Premier League players considered among the world’s best has halved in just three years. Chelsea captain John Terry and Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney are the only English players to make this year’s shortlist, as opposed to three years ago when they were among seven selected. Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is another shortlisted for this year’s team, with the Wales international among 12 former Premier League players named. Manchester City make up the crux of the current Premier League representatives, with Vincent Kompany, David Silva, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero shortlisted. Reigning champions Chelsea saw Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Eden Hazard included, while Manchester United captain Rooney and David de Gea also made the 55-strong list along with Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez. In contrast, Real Madrid alone had 12 players on the FIFA FIFPro World XI shortlist, while Bayern Munich had 11 and European champions Barcelona 10. The award is decided by the players and involves votes from nearly 25,000 professional footballers from an estimated 70 different countries. Players select one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards, with the final World XI to be announced at the FIFA Ballon d’Or award ceremony on January 11, 2016. FIFA FIFPro World XI shortlist: The 55-strong shortlist for the 2015 FIFA FIFPro World XI was announced on Thursday and contained only 10 players from the English top flight. Back in 2012, the Premier League boasted 20 names on that list, with that sharp tail-off raising fresh questions of the current quality within the English club game. Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus), Iker Casillas (Spain, Porto), David De Gea (Spain, Manchester United), Keylor Navas (Costa Rica, Real Madrid), Manuel Neuer (Germany, Bayern Munich) Defenders: David Alaba (Austria, Bayern Munich), Jordi Alba (Spain, Barcelona), Daniel Alves (Brazil, Barcelona), Jerome Boateng (Germany, Bayern Munich), Daniel Carvajal (Spain, Real Madrid), Giorgio Chiellini (Italy, Juventus), David Luiz (Brazil, Paris St Germain), Diego Godin (Uruguay, Atletico Madrid), Mats Hummels (Germany, Borussia Dortmund), Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia, Chelsea), Vincent Kompany (Belgium, Manchester City), Philipp Lahm (Germany, Bayern Munich), Marcelo (Brazil, Real Madrid), Javier Mascherano (Argentina, Barcelona), Pepe (Portugal, Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Spain, Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid), Thiago Silva (Brazil, Paris St Germain), John Terry (England, Chelsea), Raphael Varane (France, Real Madrid) Midfielders: Thiago Alcantara (Spain, Bayern Munich), Xabi Alonso (Spain, Bayern Munich), Sergio Busquets (Spain, Barcelona), Eden Hazard (Belgium, Chelsea), Andres Iniesta (Spain, Barcelona), Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid), Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid), Andrea Pirlo (Italy, New York City FC), Paul Pogba (France, Juventus), Ivan Rakitic (Croatia, Barcelona), James Rodriguez (Colombia, Real Madrid), David Silva (Spain, Manchester City), Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast, Manchester City), Marco Verratti (Italy, Paris St Germain), Arturo Vidal (Chile, Bayern Munich) Forwards: Sergio Aguero (Argentina, Manchester City), Gareth Bale (Wales, Real Madrid), Karim Benzema (France, Real Madrid), Douglas Costa (Brazil, Bayern Munich), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, Paris St Germain), Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich), Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona), Thomas Muller (Germany, Bayern Munich), Neymar (Brazil, Barcelona), Arjen Robben (Netherlands, Bayern Munich), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid), Wayne Rooney (England, Manchester United), Alexis Sanchez (Chile, Arsenal), Luis Suarez (Uruguay, Barcelona), Carlos Tevez (Argentina, Boca Juniors) Press Associationlast_img read more

Bulldogs’ bark scarier than bite in UW victory

first_imgGARY KAZANJIAN/Associated PressFRESNO, Calif. – The game had high expectations, but this one certainly didn’t disappoint.The Wisconsin offense didn’t put up its usual numbers, but it took care of the football. The defense bent — as it gave up 343 total yards — but never fully broke; and the special teams — while benefiting from three Fresno State missed field goals — came up big down the stretch, as the No. 10 Badgers (3-0) left Bulldog Stadium unscathed, defeating No. 21 Fresno State (1-1) 13-10 in heart-stopping fashion.After each team punted on its opening possession, the Bulldogs were given a heavy dose of UW running back P.J. Hill, who finished the day with 112 yards on 26 carries.Senior tight end Travis Beckum made his first reception of the season on the drive, after missing the team’s first two games with a hamstring injury.“I was ready to get back out there and play football,” Beckum said.His quarterback agreed.“It was very nice having Travis back,” Allan Evridge said. “He’s a playmaker, and we’ll continue to improve and get things going.”Beckum finished with four catches for 51 yards.The Badgers found themselves in a third and goal situation on the Fresno State 1-yard line, but both Zach Brown and Hill were denied on successive attempts up the middle, and the Bulldogs took over on downs.“I wouldn’t change that [decision] to save my life,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said. “I believe we could have got it in. I’m disappointed we didn’t; obviously they did a good job [on defense], and we were able to rebound from it.”The crowd erupted and the momentum began to shift in favor of the hosts, but the UW defense refused to let that last very long — a trend that would continue all night.After a pair of Fresno State first downs, defensive end Matt Shaughnessy got his hands on a Tom Brandstater pass at the line of scrimmage. The ball shot straight up into the air and eventually fell into the hands of senior linebacker DeAndre Levy. Three plays later, Evridge found tight end Garrett Graham wide open in the middle of the end zone on a 2-yard play action pass to take an early 7-0 advantage.“I think it’s resiliency. You think it’s coachspeak, but it’s not what happens in the game, it’s how you react to what happens,” Bielema said of UW’s defensive performance. “If you just understand that things are going to happen and if you just roll with the punches and figure out how to react to it, you can have success.”After Bulldogs kicker Kevin Goessling missed a 47-yard field goal, the Badgers drove down the field behind a balanced attack featuring Hill and Evridge, who finished with 143 yards passing on 12-for-24, one touchdown and no interceptions. But Brown was stopped shy of the first down marker on third and six, forcing freshman kicker Phillip Welch to hit a 38-yard field goal in his first road attempt in a Badger uniform. His 50-yard attempt was later blocked to end the first half, but Wisconsin ran into the locker room with a 10-0 halftime lead.The beginning of the second half looked just like that of the first. And after a Brad Nortman 36-yard punt, the Bulldogs were in business. Four plays later, Brandstater found wide receiver Devon Wylie for a 47-yard touchdown strike to cut the Wisconsin lead to three.The Badgers looked anemic on the subsequent drive, going three and out. Nortman then fumbled a low Dave Peck snap, the punt was blocked, and the Bulldogs took over at the Wisconsin 37-yard line.“The snap came back; I sort of took my eyes off it,” Nortman said. “When I finally caught it, the smallest bobble opened a window for Fresno State, and they took advantage of it.”Again, the momentum began to shift heavily toward the home team. But once again, the tough Badger defense came up big, as safety Aubrey Pleasant delivered a blow on Wylie over the middle on third down, making sure the Bulldog wideout couldn’t hang on to the ball. Goessling then pushed a 51-yard field goal wide left, and the Badgers survived another scare.“It’s awesome to have a defense like that you can rely on,” Evridge said. “It was fun to watch them play tonight.”Evridge’s offense was lifeless once again on the ensuing drive, as his pass completion to David Gilreath came up just short of a first down, forcing Nortman back onto the field.But the Badgers were given yet another gift from the Bulldogs’ special teams unit. Nortman’s low punt bounced off a Fresno State player, and Peck pounced on it at the Bulldogs’ 23-yard line.“That was an incredible momentum swing,” Nortman said. “Anything to get a shorter field for the offense is great.”But Evridge and company failed to capitalize and they were forced to settle for a 23-yard Welch field goal to take a 13-7 lead.Then the fun really began.After a Bulldogs holding penalty during an A.J. Jefferson kickoff return, UW safety Shane Carter hit Wylie over the middle after a short slant. The ball popped loose, Levy fell on it, and the Badgers’ defense had produced yet another monumental turnover.Or so they thought.The play was overturned by the officials after reviewing the replay, giving the Bulldogs the ball back.“On the field, I thought for sure [it was a fumble],” Levy said. “It kind of surprised me.”Four plays later, Brandstater hit Ryan Mathews for a 61-yard screen pass, taking the Bulldogs down to the 9-yard line. Mathews was dragged down from behind by linebacker Jonathan Casillas — who was making his season debut. After an O’Brien Schofield sack, the Bulldogs settled for a field goal, making the score 13-10.“I can’t say enough about our defense,” Bielema said. “Obviously those big plays we’ve got to correct, but Jonathan Casillas, in my mind, might have won the game when he ran [Mathews] down and tackled him and turned it into a field goal. If he doesn’t do that, they score a touchdown, and we don’t know if we win this game”Levy enjoyed having Casillas lined up across from him again, too.“He chased down that guy and saved that touchdown, so it’s nice to see he still has speed despite the knee injury,” Levy said of Casillas. “That could have been the difference in the game. It was fun being out there with him again.”But the excitement wasn’t over.After a Nortman 50-yard punt, the Badgers defense gave up yet another big play: a 57-yard scamper by FSU running back Lonyae Miller. Once again Wisconsin was stingy in the red zone, forcing the Bulldogs to settle for a field goal attempt. But Goessling’s 35-yarder sailed wide right, preserving the slim UW 3-point lead.On the ensuing possession, Evridge went down, grabbing his hamstring following a deep pass intended for Kyle Jefferson. Badger fans held their breath as their starting quarterback was carted off the field, unable to fight the cramping. In trotted junior Dustin Sherer.“I had a head cold all week,” Evridge explained. “I was trying to fight [the cramping]; I didn’t want to go out.”Sherer completed his only pass, a screen to Brown, but the Badgers once again turned things over to the defense after another Nortman punt.Fresno State traveled into Wisconsin territory as the clock continued to run down. But Levy’s third down sack forced the Bulldogs to punt with about two minutes remaining. They would never get the ball back.“Our coaches always preach to us, ‘Turnovers and sacks win the game,’ and once I got the sack, I was like, ‘Maybe this is the clinching thing, and the offense can carry it over,” Levy said.The punt was downed on the UW 1-yard line. Sherer then ran a quarterback sneak for two yards and fullback Bill Rentmeester’s first down rumble up the middle ultimately sealed the deal for the visiting Badgers. Somehow, they were able to escape Fresno with a victory.“I was pretty jacked,” Rentmeester said of his game-clinching run. “It’s nice to know you have your coaches’ trust in that situation, in a crucial situation.”last_img read more

Saturday could define the season

first_imgThe USC football team has the chance to win 10 games, sweep Notre Dame and UCLA and lay the groundwork for what could be the most explosive offense in college football next year. On the surface, it looks great, and 2014 seems like a solid debut season for coach Steve Sarkisian.Reflecting on the season at this point seems to be dominated by looking at the year in two different lights. The eternal optimist looks at the season and says, had a couple more plays gone USC’s way, the team could have been in contention for the playoff. The pessimist says USC is a couple bounces from being a .500 football team. Though both of those are plausible scenarios, I don’t think that offers the most enlightening perspective on what the season means for the football program moving forward.Due to the abridged nature of the season, luck and variability can play a role in determining the fortunes of a team. Ultimately though, enough small sample sizes combine to stabilize and neutralize “luck,” and the on-field product is rewarded in proportion to its merits. That’s why I think just using the eye test can sometimes be the most effective judge of a team’s performance. In terms of this, the USC football team has had an inconsistent on-field persona. They have had glimpses of the glory years with an offense rolling on all cylinders, while also going through the most frustrating of dry spells.It’s obviously important to take into consideration the roster limitations due to sanctions and injury when looking at the team, as well as the fact that the young group is implementing an entirely new scheme on both sides of the ball. Understanding this, Sarkisian has done an admirable job this year.But I can’t help shake the feeling that every game I have watched this year, USC has not reached its full potential. Even in the wins, there is a decrease in enjoyment because the team blows leads in the fourth quarter, and, with the exception of a few games, cannot seem to put four quarters of offense together. I have no idea if this should be attributed to a lack of depth or if it is more of a playcalling issue. Either way, Boston College notwithstanding, USC has been one of the best teams in the country through three quarters every game this year. In the fourth quarter, though, the repeated pattern of wilting is hard to figure out.For the future of the program, one hopes that the sanctions and lack of depth are the primary factor in the drop off in performance in the fourth quarter. Whatever the case is, it has left me feeling like the USC team could accomplish a lot more this year with the type of drives like they had in the first quarter of the Cal and Utah games.Redshirt junior Cody Kessler has developed into the most underrated quarterback in the country, and the array of wide receivers, tight ends and running backs at his disposal is second to none in the country. The offensive line is starting to click with the freshmen becoming more comfortable in their roles. Knowing this, it’s just maddening and frustrating to see them struggle so mightily in the latter stages of the game.Just by using the eye test, it’s clear this team has greatness in its future. The hope is that the reason fans left frustrated after Cal and other games this year was because of depth, something that is easily fixed moving forward. If it is more of a system issue, it’s a lot more worrisome. I personally don’t believe this will be the long-term approach to football games with Sarkisian. I think the sanctions have been both a physical and mental hurdle this year, and once that is fixed the offense will run high octane for 60 minutes.Even though the Trojans aren’t going to be competing in the playoff, beating UCLA and Notre Dame over the next two games has a significant impact on recruiting and the trajectory of the program. Though most reasonable evidence would indicate that the USC offense will go through periods of struggle in the two games, I am holding out hope that the extra adrenaline and passion will carry them through.This Saturday is the Trojans’ chance to make most fans forget about the fourth quarter struggles. If USC is able to beat both the Bruins and Fighting Irish, a very plausible scenario, those fourth quarter issues will become a thing of the past.Using the beloved eye test this year, I spot an overrated Bruins team that is ripe for defeat. Though they put together their most complete games of the season the last two weeks, their defense should not be able to match the speed outside the hashes. Forget the rest of the season, Saturday is what defines the year. It’s time for the Trojans to take back Los Angeles.Jake Davidson is a sophomore majoring in accounting. His column, “Davidson’s Direction,” runs Mondays. To comment on this column, visit dailytrojan.com or email Jake at jrdavids@usc.edu.last_img read more

Syracuse basketball opponent preview: Visual breakdown of Boston College

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Team ComparisonSyracuse vs. Boston College Create bar charts Positional ComparisonAdvertisementThis is placeholder textMichael Gbinije -Jerome Robinson Create bar charts Trevor Cooney – Eli Carter Create bar charts Malachi Richardson – Ervins MeznieksCreate bar charts Tyler Roberson – A.J. Turner Create bar charts Published on January 13, 2016 at 11:54 am Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Big NumbersEli Carter’s 17 points per game ranks sixth in the ACC.Boston College’s 10 freshmen (including redshirts) have accounted for 54 percent of the team’s scoring, 55 percent of its rebounding and 49 percent of the assists. Three of the team’s starters are freshmen. Comments Related Stories Syracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about Boston CollegeBeat writers predict Syracuse to clip Boston College for 1st conference winFormer high school teammates Tyler Lydon and A.J. Turner face each other for 1st time when Syracuse plays Boston College Dajuan Coleman – Dennis CliffordCreate bar charts Overviewlast_img read more

Vintage Mexico stun defending Champions, Germany

first_imgMexico left defending champions Germany tired and beaten in the first major upset at the 2018 World Cup.A Herving Lozano goal in the first half proved priceless for a team that has played four times already with the European giants at the World Cup but was yet to record a victory.And when the young PSG  talent turned Hummels in with a touch of grace in the 35th minute Germany had been left completely exposed at the back with Neuer at his mercy. He struck low and hard for the goal of glory which many Mexicans will remember for years.Germany had more strikes at goal and perhaps a lot more possession but it was the North American side that had the better of the glaring chances including what looked like a legitimate penalty disallowed.It could have been embarrassing for the defending champions, had Mexico been ruthless in front of goal but what they did not do in attack, they did in defence with resilience as if their lives depended on it.Germany had been shambolic in preparation towards the World Cup. A shabby 2-1 victory against Saudi Arabia was all the defending champions could boast of after defeats to Denmark, Croatia and a draw with Wales. But they were still hoping to hold on to the tradition of winning their opening game at the World Cup as they have done in their last seven consecutive appearances. Having already beaten the North American side in last year’s Confederations Cup 4-1 their confidence was high but everything came tumbling down in Moscow, Russia.Mexico were gritty in defence, lightening in attack and gave the defending champions a heart-pumping opener but nothing to show for it.It was a vintage performance, a well-deserved victory for a team that made determination a value, played to their strength-speed and skill- and left the Germans stunned in Group E.It was a great opening 15 minutes with chances at both ends as Neuer and Ochoa were on duty for the most part.With just a minute into play, the hero of day made his intentions known to the defending Champions. But for a timely intervention by Jerome Boateng in the sixth-yard box the Mexicans would have been in the lead. The Germans responded two minutes later but Werner’s shot whisked just wide. The Mexicans were sleek with defence-splitting passes and a pace always difficult for the Germans to handle.It was clear and with the abundance of chances created by both sides a goal was on its way. It came in the 35th minute The Germans had lost possession deep in the Mexican half and in a lightning pace, the North Americans turned defence into attack and eventually into a goal. Three passes from that break in the German attack and the Mexicans were in the opponents’ goal area. Javier Hernandez laid a fine one for Lozano but it was his first touch that caused the damage. That touch left Hummels completely beaten and with just Neuer in post-Lozano struck had into the yawning net for the opening.The Germans were wounded and desperate for an equaliser. In the 38th minute, Kroos had his curly freekick ricochet the post after a finger-tip save by Ochoa.Back from recess the Mexicans had their job well cut out. They needed to hold on even if they could not add to the tally. They did with their hearts in their mouth for the most time.The Germans made the Mexican attacking area their destination with Kimmich coming close with a brilliant overhead kick which went agonizingly wide. Few minutes earlier the Mexicans had been denied what appeared to be a legitimate penalty after  Hernandez was virtually held on his shoulder and dragged to the ground but the referee waved play on much to the surprise of the Mexican fans.But they still had a job to do and they remained focused in defence. In the last five minutes the Germans increased their momentum in a desperate hope for an equalizer but the North Americans defended well until it was all over.last_img read more

PSG ‘to hijack’ Real transfer swoop for Eriksen after Spurs star’s deal expires

first_imgPARIS SAINT-GERMAIN are ready to hijack Real Madrid’s swoop for Tottenham star Christian Eriksen, according to reports.The Danish playmaker declared his desire to leave North London after Mauricio Pochettino’s side lost the Champions League final at the end of last season.3 Christian Eriksen could leave Spurs at the end of the season when his current deal expiresCredit: Rex FeaturesBut he has stayed put for now, as no bid came in that satisfied Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.According to the Mail, the club would like to sell Eriksen but he would like to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.That way he can secure the most lucrative contract of his career, similar to what Aaron Ramsey did when he left Arsenal for Juventus.Ander Herrera made the switch to PSG from Manchester United on a free last summer, landing a higher-paid deal than he was due at Old Trafford.The former Ajax man can agree a pre-contract agreement as of January 1.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on itEriksen was out of the squad as Spurs drew 1-1 with Watford in yesterday’s controversial VAR farce.He scored for Spurs in their 2-2 draw at Arsenal earlier in the season, but as with most of the squad, he has been short of his best.Real Madrid are keen to sign Paul Pogba, after the Frenchman was pictured with Zinedine Zidane while injured on a trip to Dubai last week.3ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big one3 Ander Herrera moved to PSG from Manchester United on a free over the summerCredit: AP:Associated Presslast_img read more