Scotland qualify for Euro 2020: Steve Clarke, Ryan Christie, Darren Fletcher show what it means | Football News

first_imgDarren Fletcher on Sky Sports:“Unbelievable! The shoot-out was excruciating! I am buzzing! David Marshall is a hero to the whole country! But the standards of all the penalties was brilliant.“Talk about character. Those lads weren’t stepping up thinking, ‘Imagine if I’m the one to miss’. They were positive – and then Marshall was the hero.“I fancied every one of them stepping up. There was something about Mitrovic; he was saving himself for fifth. Our main striker stepped up first – bang, into the back of the net. People thinking about glory and headlines; that’s what I thought about Mitrovic.“Then Big ‘Marsh’ – what a hand.” – Advertisement – Scotland’s reward for the win in Belgrade is a place in Group D alongside England, Croatia and Czech Republic – and a mouth-watering Euro 2020 schedule that will see two of their matches – against Croatia and Czech Republic – played in Glasgow. – Advertisement – Aleksandar Mitrovic is consoled after his decisive missed penaltyImage:Aleksandar Mitrovic is consoled after his decisive missed penalty Ryan Christie was moved to tears after helping Scotland secure their place at Euro 2020 with a penalty shoot-out win against Serbia. Scotland have been turned upside down by Clarke’s influence in the dugout with a run of nine matches unbeaten and the boss couldn’t hide his emotions at full time despite claiming “he was calm” during the shootout.Clarke told Sky Sports: “It took a bit of time to get people onside, but we’ve been positive and no one can be more proud than the players on the pitch. One or two of the boys have been in tears and that shows how much it means.“When David Marshall saved the last penalty, I had a little glint in my eye. I may have a cry when I get to my room later. 4:02 Scotland manager Steve Clarke said he may shed a tear back in his hotel room after his side qualified for their first major tournament since 1998. preview image Highlights of the European Championship Qualifying Path C play-off final between Serbia and Scotland. 8:53 preview image 1:42 – Advertisement – “Normally, we fall at the final hurdle or we have the glorious failure, but I thought we were the better team in the game and deserved to be in front. We just couldn’t get the second goal to kill them off.“To concede then from a set play when they were throwing everybody into the box was a big setback, but you have to be so proud of the players, the way they responded to that.“That was a sore one as we were really close to where we wanted to be. The reaction was to dig in during extra time, and we managed to do that. We got to penalties and we’ve managed to produce again from the penalty spot. It’s a magnificent night for everyone in Scotland.“We said we’d try to put smiles back on faces and I hope they managed to enjoy the match as we did here in Belgrade. They can smile tomorrow.”Tearful Christie: An amazing night Christie thought he had netted the winning goal during normal time but a Luka Jovic injury-time equaliser forced extra time. The Celtic man linked the play between the lines with great maturity and this was on show for what looked to be his match-winning moment from 22 yards – a goal that would have graced any major tournament.He was replaced in the closing stages of normal time, so had to watch on from the touchline as the drama unfolded.“It is just an amazing night,” a tearful Christie said.“From the start, we kind of believed. Obviously, the last few camps we have picked up so much belief in each other. Even the way the game went tonight, conceding that late equaliser and still digging in. Penalties and you’re away from home but big Marshy again comes up. He’s unbelievable.“When you are on the pitch, you always feel like you can influence it. When you are off, you can’t watch. Those penalties are the worst thing I have ever been through. It’s just everything. Oh, I’m gone.“It is just for the whole nation. It has been a horrible year for everyone. We knew coming into the game that we could give a little something to this country. I hope everyone back home is having a party tonight because we deserve it.“We have been through so many years. We know it, you know it, everybody knows it. It’s a monkey off the back now. We are just going to move on from here.”Robertson: Most emotional I’ve beenScotland captain and Liverpool full-back Andy Robertson admitted it was “the most emotional he had been after a game” and praised his team-mates’ mentality.“I don’t think I can [sum it up]. There was so much emotion going into the game, and then you get so close and they end up equalising. You have to pick yourself up for extra-time, which we did. When you get to penalties, you always back Marshy and it’s just whether the lads can hold their nerve, and they managed to do it.“We’ve come so far with this squad and I back every one of them as they’ve come through a lot of criticism and a lot of negativity at times.“We’ve stuck together and battled through it. I really hope everyone back home can see the positive side to this as we’re absolutely delighted. I really hope that during a really tough time, we’ve managed to put a smile on a lot of faces.“It’s the most emotional I’ve been after a game but we can look forward to next summer now.”Analysis: Mitrovic was going for glory Ryan Christie poured his heart out while the usually reserved Steve Clarke admitted he may “go for a cry later” as emotions were on show after Scotland’s triumph in Serbia to qualify for Euro 2020.Scotland put their fans through the wringer as they qualified for their first major tournament since 1998 after David Marshall saved Aleksandar Mitrovic’s penalty in a shootout to send them to Euro 2020.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Molo local hangs self

first_imgThe 37-year-old Ester Orlante was believed to have committed suicide, police said. ILOILO City – She was found dead hanging inside their house in Barangay Calumpang, Molo district. The victim was rushed to the Iloilo Doctor’s Hospital where the attending physician declared her “dead on arrival.” Officers of the Molo police station ruled out foul play in the incident./PN Orlante’s lifeless body was discovered by her nephew around 3:35 p.m. on May 6, police said.last_img

Four Badgers face off over summer

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)Four members of the Wisconsin women’s hockey team shared the ice in the annual Under-22 U.S. Select/Air Canada Cup in late August.Playing for the United States, senior center Erika Lawler and sophomore forward Hilary Knight made their third straight appearances in the event. Junior forward Meghan Duggan made the trip for the second consecutive year. On the opposing bench, freshman defenseman Brittany Haverstock played for the Canadian squad.Adding to the intrigue of the matchup, the Badger veterans had yet to get acquainted with Haverstock.“We didn’t know her yet, but we were like, ‘Oh, that’s the girl going to Wisconsin,’” Duggan said. “So we were obviously looking at her.”Haverstock echoed the uncertainty of facing her future Wisconsin teammates.“It was definitely weird playing against them,” Haverstock said. “When you look at them on the ice you’re like, ‘I’m going to be playing with them next year.’ But it was really fun to get to play against them and see what kind of players they’re like.”Duggan added that the competition was friendly and productive between her U.S. team and Haverstock’s Canadian squad.“It’s always fun to play against teammates,” Duggan said. “I think you get a little extra chip on your shoulder, battle a little bit harder.”Although Haverstock’s Canadian team won the series two games to one, two of the contests went into extra periods, reflecting two evenly matched teams.Haverstock, who previously played for the Canadian Under-18 team, gave praise to the U.S. squad. She faced a level of play she feels prepared her for the NCAA season.“Going against their team, I think almost half of it was the [senior] national U.S. team,” Haverstock said. “It was obviously a big jump, but it was really good to have under my belt before going off to college.”Even though the competition was fierce, Lawler said playing for her country was ultimately its own reward.“Every time you get to play for the national team — whether it’s U-22 or the senior team — it’s always nerve-wracking, and it’s always exciting,” Lawler said. “Because you’re playing for something bigger, you’re playing for your country.”Duggan, too, noted the unique feeling of donning the red, white and blue.“International competition is always an amazing experience,” Duggan said. “Any time you play in a game like that, you’re always nervous because you’re playing with your country’s jersey on.”With the tournament taking place in the offseason, it gave the Badgers competing to get a bit more practice before the beginning of the season.“I love playing in the summer,” Haverstock said. “If I don’t play in the summer, I feel like I’m losing something. If I’m not getting better every day, I’m getting worse.”Duggan credited her strength coaches with making sure the summer sessions were beneficial.“I think taking the offseason off would be a bad idea,” Duggan said. “Obviously every athlete needs their rest, but we’re working with some of the best strength coaches. … I think they take good care of us.”The pressure of the international stage was not overwhelming, as all four had tasted competition at that level before. Duggan, Lawler and Knight all have played for the U.S. senior team at the World Championships for the past two years, bringing home the gold last year. Duggan was credited with an assist in the championship game that year. Senior goalie Jessie Vetter has also been a part of those teams. Haverstock won a silver medal with Canada’s Under-18 team last winter.Next month in Lake Placid, Lawler and Knight will return to the Four Nations Cup for the third year in a row. Duggan will join them for her second appearance, while Vetter will play for the first time.For Lawler, getting a little redemption will be on her mind when the U.S. faces Canada again.“I am definitely excited. Since we had the gold-medal earlier, Canada is going to be out to get us,” Lawler said. “It’s going to be really exciting, really physical and fast — just a fast, awesome game to be a part of. [I’m excited] for all the games in general, not just against Canada, but that’s the main goal right there.”last_img read more