‘We took a good slap!’ – Deschamps blasts France

first_imgFrance head coach Didier Deschamps has said there are no positives to take from his side’s shock defeat to Turkey in Saturday’s Euro 2020 qualifier.Les Bleus went down to two first-half goals in ten minutes, with Kaan Ayhan opening the scoring before Cengiz Under doubled Turkey’s advantage.World Cup holders France failed to muster a single shot on target across the 90 minutes despite fielding a strong side, and the defeat leaves them three points behind the Turks in Group H. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Deschamps made a double change at half-time, bringing off Blaise Matuidi and Lucas Digne for Kingsley Coman and Ferland Mendy, but to no availAfter the game the head coach, who has won the World Cup as a player and a manager – one of just three men to do so – wasted no time in laying the blame for defeat at the door of his players.“When there is a collective performance like this, there is nothing to retain positive,” the 50-year-old told TF1 .“We did not play our game against a team that played as they like, and we were not present.“If we play with no intentions, even though we are world champions, this is what happens.“We took a good slap tonight and we will analyse it. There is nothing else to say.“Congratulations to Turkey and we should return to our basics.”Turkey did not come close to qualifying for last summer’s World Cup in Russia, finishing fourth in Group I behind Iceland, eventual finalists Croatia and Ukraine.In February of this year they turned to Senol Gunes, who oversaw the side the last time they did make the World Cup in 2002.The turnaround in form has been marked, and they have now won all five games during his second spell in charge.This result is the most impressive of that run, which has seen wins over relative minnows Albania, Moldova and Uzbekistan, with a friendly win over Greece Gunes’ biggest previous scalp.last_img read more

Daler Mehndi fined after his helpers felled 150 trees in protected areas

first_imgGurugram: Taking strict cognisance of massive tree felling in the protected areas of Aravallis, the South Haryana forest division has gone ahead and levied a huge fine on Daler Mehndi. The forest officials found that his helpers had chopped over 150 trees in Sanp Kni Nagli area at the Sohna Aravallis. The forest officials have also directed that the helpers must plant sapling around the area to compensate for the loss of massive tree cover.It has been found that more than 400 trees were cut during the last two-three days to make way for a farmhouse. The land which comes under the purview of General Section 4 of the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA) reportedly belongs to a well-known Punjabi singer. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkTree species, including neem (Azadirachta indica), papri (Holoptelea Integrifolia), ronjh (Acacia leucophloea) and vilayati kikar (Prosopis juliflora) have been felled. There is a cow shelter adjacent to the plot owned by the singer. The area is surrounded by hills that have thick vegetation of dhau (Anogeissus pendula). The hills have many seasonal waterfalls and a seasonal drain (known as barsati). Locals said tree felling was started on Friday. “We were shocked. As many as 200 trees were removed on Friday itself. As the land is owned by a renowned singer, not many objected to tree felling. Forest department officials, however, visited the site and took about 200 logs into their custody,” said a villager, requesting anonymity. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsA forest official said the land falls under the purview of Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA) and the department issued a “damage report”. “We have already issued a damage report for about Rs. 90,000 against the landowner for felling 196 trees. Also, we have directed the landowner to plant at least 10,000 trees in the area,” said Deepak Nanda, district forest officer, Gurugram A major reason why Aravallis is exploited and continues to be plundered by the real estate sharks in the city is the lack of delineation which prevents Aravallis in Gurugram to be called a forest area.last_img read more