Formula 1: Daniel Ricciardo wins chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix

first_imgRed Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo won a chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday, with Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel finishing fourth after being penalised for swerving into rival Lewis Hamilton who came home in fifth.Hamilton’s Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas finished second after overcoming a first-lap collision with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen that forced him to pit.Canadian teenager Lance Stroll came home third, the Williams driver’s first podium, after being overhauled by Bottas on the line.Ferrari’s Vettel, who seemed infuriated with Hamilton after the British driver slowed on the exit of Turn 15 under safety car conditions after a red-flag stoppage, collided with the triple world champion’s Mercedes and was hit was a 10-second stop-go penalty, which saw him drop from second to ninth.Hamilton was denied the opportunity to prevent Vettel from extending his championship advantage when he was forced to cede his lead after pitting due to a loose head rest.Australian Ricciardo’s victory was his first since he won the Malaysian Grand Prix last year and the victory lifted him up to fourth in the standings on 92 points, behind Vettel on 153 and Hamilton on 139.last_img read more

Hockey World Cup 2018: India stay on top of Pool C after 2-2 draw with Belgium

first_imgIndia vs Belgium was a match of two halves as the first 30 minutes of the match belonged to the team in red while the home team absolutely dominated the next 30 minutes at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.Eventually, it turned out to be a 2-2 draw between India and Belgium but it was a display of some of the most exciting and brilliant hockey in the tournament so far.While India roared at the goals of Harmanpreet Singh and Simranjeet Singh, Belgium had Alexander Hendrickx and Simon Gougnard to thank for staying in hunt of a direct quarter-final berth.This match was touted as one that could potentially decide who would top Pool C and book a direct quarter-final berth and who will have to take the cross-over match path. In the end, both India and Belgium stayed at four points but India still topped the group on the basis of a better goal difference.Hockey World Cup 2018: MATCH HIGHLIGHTS | FULL COVERAGE | SQUADS | SCHEDULE | TABLEIndia had scored five past South Africa in their opener while Belgium had scraped through a 2-1 win over Canada in their first match.Belgium controlled the first half of the match with some organised and smart hockey while India had been quite loose. They were losing possession really quickly and failed to grab their chances.Early on in the 8th minute, Belgium drew first blood as Alexander Hendrickx scored off a penalty corner. Belgium had been playing a tactically smart game and that finally yielded in them getting an early goal.advertisementPrior to this penalty corner, they had two more opportunities from the same position and they got third-time lucky.India gave a fine account of themselves after going a goal down by trying to attack more and more but their inability to take it deep and be patient cost them.India had two big opportunities in the first half through Mandeep Singh and Dilpreet Singh that they failed to capitalise.Before the end of the first quarter, Mandeep was at the goalmouth with a perfect opportunity to score but he shot it wide. In the second quarter, Dilpreet made a selfish move by deciding to go for the goal himself from an acute angle even though Lalit Upadhyay was positioned far better.Coach Harendra Singh said at half time, “We [India] are going to wide to attack that’s the problem, we have to take control of the centre” and that is exactly what India did once the second half whistle blew.Amazing support for both teams as they do a lap for the fans all around the stadium! @BELRedLions @TheHockeyIndiaFIH/ @GettySport pic.twitter.com/lckT84UVBoInternational Hockey Federation (@FIH_Hockey) December 2, 2018India began attacking the Belgian half immensely and pressurised Belgium so much that they began conceding opportunities to India and in the 39th minute, Harmanpreet Singh scored off a penalty stroke to get India back in the match.There was some inspired play by India and for all the hard work they had done since the start of the second half, they got the goal. Three penalty corners, one penalty stroke and there was a goal finally to show and it was game on from there.India getting piling more and more pressure on Belgium while Varun Kumar displayed some inspired defending and passing from the back of the Indian half.In the 47th minute, Kothajit played some brilliant hockey on the baseline to set up Simranjeet’s goal. The youngster showed immense patience to hold his ground, wait for the ball and slotted it home to give India the lead.Even as India had the upper hand, four minute from time, Belgium equalised through a goal from Simon Gougnard.Belgium played the whole last part of the match without a goalkeeper in order to push through for a win. However, India failed to capitalise on the missing goalkeeper bit and the match ended in a draw.Also Read | Home crowd gives India real chance to win Hockey World Cup, says former coachAlso Read | Hockey World Cup: Canada, South Africa keep knockout hopes alive after 1-1 drawlast_img read more