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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 27 June 2015
SPORT 28 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 27 JUNE 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Melbourne Victory captain Mark Milligan’s departure for Baniyas Matildas will face Japan Japanese team stands between Matildas and semi spot Japan, the defending Women's World Cup champion, coasted to a 2-1 victory against the Netherlands in the final match of the competition's Round-of-16 stage. This set up a meeting with upset-hungry Australia in the quarter-finals of this year's tournament on Saturday. Scheduled at the Common- wealth Stadium in Edmonton, the Nadeshiko is keen on showing its technical skills and experience against the tough and determined Matildas, which led them to overcome world power the United States in 2011. Leading the way for Norio Sasaki's girls are defender Saori Ariyoshi and midfielder Mizuho Sakaguchi, who scored the goals in their conquest of a lacklustre Oranje. If not for a late goal by Dutch substitute forward Kirsten van de Ven, the Netherlands would have been blanked on their way out of the tourney. Australia entered the quarters with a surprise win over one of the tournament favorites, world no. 7 Brazil. Substitute forward Kyah Simon scored the lone goal a little over the hour mark to preserve the win for Alen Stajcic's squad. Australia is slowly taking on the reputation as giant killer this year. After losing to the United States in the tourney opener, it beat African champions Nigeria, drew with world no. 5 Sweden and finally eliminated As Canarinhas in the knockouts. Bleacher Report noted that the Japanese should expect a highly daunting task versus the Australians as the latter have time and again proven their mettle against higherseeded teams. The predicted result is Nadeshiko winning a tight one over the Matildas, 1-0. It will be a tough match, but Japan's championship experience will take them through the round. Petrounias wins first gold for Greece in European Games Gymnast Lefteris Petrounias was the first Greek to win a gold medal in the inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, by placing first in the men's rings. The 24-year old world champion managed to edge out Russia's Nikita Ignatyev, who was seeking a second gold at the inaugural Games. Petrounias, who was also Greece's flag carrier at the opening ceremony last week, collected 15,663 points to leave Ignatyev 300 points behind him. Greece has also earned a bronze medal, as its women's water polo team won the third place playoff Melbourne Victory captain Mark Milligan has ended weeks of speculation around his future by announcing a move to Abu Dhabi-based club Baniyas. The A-League champions said the Socceroo would move to the Arabian Gulf League club in the UAE next month on a two-year deal. "Mark has been a wonderful servant for Melbourne Victory who has led by example at every opportunity," Victory coach Kevin Muscat said. "The offer from Baniyas presents a significant opportunity for Mark and his family that he would like to pursue. "We wish Mark all the very best for the future and thank him for his service to the club." Defensive midfielder Milligan, 29, made 73 A-League and five AFC Champions League appearances for Victory following his arrival in January 2012 from J-League club JEF United Chiba. He was also part of the Socceroos victorious Asian Cup campaign earlier this year. Melbourne Victory Captain Mark Milligan. PHOTO: AAP/FOOTBALL FEDERATION AUSTRALIA. John McEnroe : ‘Nick Kyrgios is the guy I’d tip for big breakthrough’ Declaring the Aussie firebrand has the intensity and firepower to impact at Wimbledon next week, John McEnroe is an unabashed Kyrgios fan. Asked which player outside the big four names (Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Murray) was the most likely to create a stir, McEnroe said: “If I had to pick a guy to make a big breakthrough it would be Nick Kyrgios.” “He brings this belief and intensity. He walks out there with intensity. He walks out there and there is something about him.” McEnroe warned Kyrgios has lost the element of surprise, as evidenced by Murray's deft handling of the explosive all courter at the French open. against Italy with an 8-7 score. Greece has also earned a bronze medal, with its women's water polo team win- ning the third-place playoff against Italy with an 8-7 score on Saturday. Countries were represented on a youth level at this event. McEnroe predicts Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis will ascend into the world’s top 10 within a reasonably short time, along with Croatian Borna Coric and American Jack Sock. Nick Kyrgios tipped by John McEnroe. Nick Kyrgios has split with coach Todd Larkham less than a week before the start of Wimbledon, saying on his website that the pair “mutually agreed” to part ways.
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