Firstpost Spodcast Episode 101: Real Madrid, Manchester United suffer defeats in Champions League and more

An update on the controversy in Indian women’s cricket that is making headlines to start today’s podcast. Diana Edulji’s latest reply to the BCCI Committee of Administrators’ head Vinod Rai rakes up the Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble issue.

The former cricketer, a member of the Coa, wrote an email to Vinod Rai expressing her disagreement with the appointment of an ad-hoc committee regarding the selection of a coach for the women’s team. She argued that if the men's cricket team captain Virat Kohli could get his choice of a coach after bypassing the rules, then the women's captain should also be entitled to same privilege.

Meanwhile, the man in the eye of the storm, Ramesh Powar, said on Wednesday that there was no bad blood from his side towards veteran Mithali Raj. Powar, who has reapplied for the head coach’s post, said the disagreement with Mithali during the T20 world cup was one of the main triggers for the current acrimony wreaking havoc on women’s cricket in India.

Football news from the Champions League up next. Real Madrid and Manchester United slumped to embarrassing losses in their group matches. Real topped their group despite losing 3-0 to CSKA Moscow, their worst loss in over 250 home games in European competitions.

But Manchester United had it worse. They lost 2-1 to Valencia and lost the chance to top Group H ahead of Juventus after the Italian giants lost to Swiss Club Young Boys 2-1.

The big thriller of the night was the 3-3 draw between Bayern Munich and Ajax. Bayern opened the scoring in the 13th minute courtesy of Robert Lewandowski. Ajax equalized in the 67th minute. But no one was prepared for the flurry of goals that would follow some time later. Four goals were scored from the 82nd minute, including an equalizer for Ajax five minutes into stoppage time!

Some news from the 2018 Hockey World Cup, which is getting more exciting towards the final stages.

Seventh-ranked England pulled off a huge upset in the quarterfinals, defeating Olympic champions Argentina 3-2. The match did not start well for England, who conceded a goal in just the 17th minute when Gonzalo Peillat converted a penalty corner. A persistent England fought back to get into the game and equalized 10 minutes later when Barry Middleton slotted one into Argentina’s goal. England kept up the pressure as Argentina adopted a defensive approach, and drew blood again in the 45th minute when Will Calnan made it 2-1. Argentina came roaring back, equalizing just three minutes later thanks to Peillat. England were having none of it, and a mere minute later, Harry Martin shocked Los Leones with a field strike to make it 3-2.

In the other quarterfinal played on Wednesday, defending champions and world number one Australia defeated upstarts France to reach the semi-final. Australia secured a decisive 3-0 win over the team that surprised everyone in the tournament.

The Wrestling Federation of India has made amends to the contracts of star wrestlers Sushil Kumar and Sakshi Malik after what it claims was a mistaken downgrading. The WFI has now promoted them to Grade A from the Grade B that it had allocated to them when announcing the contracts.

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Updated Date: Dec 13, 2018 13:33:27 IST

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