Firstpost Spodcast Episode 101: Liverpool's win over Napoli in Champions League, Ramesh Powar back in contention for coaching role and more

We start with football news today from the Champions League. Liverpool prevailed over Napoli in a tense match to make it through to the knockout stage while Tottenham Hotspur made it through after drawing their game against Barcelona.

Liverpool, who finished in second place last year, went into the match knowing full well that a 1-0 win, or a win by 2 goals, would help them reach the last 16. Liverpool’s Egyptian star Mohamed Salah slotted the ball beyond Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina in the 34th minute to give his team the crucial lead they required.

Liverpool’s Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur, also progressed to the last 16 after getting a draw against Barcelona. Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele scored in just the seventh minute to help the Spanish club draw first blood. Philippe Coutinho nearly made it 2-0 but Tottenham were saved when his shot struck the post.
It was a tough game for Spurs, who searched for an equalizer all through the game, only to be denied for nearly 80 minutes. Finally, they broke through in the 85th minute as Lucas Moura's strike leveled the score.

A quick update on the IPL 2019 player auction. The auction, slated for 18 December, has seen over 1000 cricketers register for the next season. 346 players from that lot have been shortlisted for the auction, of which 226 are Indian players.

Nine international cricketers will have the highest base price of Rs 2 crore - Lasith Malinga, Colin Ingram, Shaun Marsh, Corey Anderson, Sam Curran, Angelo Mathews, D'Arcy Short, Brendon McCullum and Chris Woakes.

An update on the controversy that has broken out in women’s cricket in India. Ex-coach Ramesh Powar has re-applied for the role following consistent support from team captain Harmanpreet Kaur and her deputy, Smriti Mandhana.

Powar’s tenure ended on 30 November, and the end was nothing short of ignominious. He was accused by veteran player Mithali Raj of sabotaging her career. Powar hit back, claiming Mithali had threatened to retire midway through the Women’s World T20.

Hockey news now, from the men’s world cup being held in Odisha. The Netherlands thrashed Canada 5-0 on Tuesday to qualify for the quarterfinals, where they will face 5th ranked India. Netherlands, who are ranked fourth in the world, have been champions thrice before - in 1973, 1990, and 1998. The quarterfinal between the fourth and fifth-ranked teams promises to a thrilling contest.

In ISL news, FC Pune City beat FC Goa 2-0 in an impressive performance on Tuesday. Goa have struggled since coming back from the break in November, and have been in fourth place in the points table ever since. Pune, who were lower down the table have now climbed to seventh place. They have continued to improve, and earned their second straight win.

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Updated Date: Dec 12, 2018 14:06:27 IST

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