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August 15, 2015

FC Barcelona defeats Sevilla FC 5-4 to win UEFA Super Cup 2015

FC Barcelona defeats Sevilla FC 5-4 to win UEFA Super Cup 2015

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On Wednesday, Catalonia-based football club FC Barcelona defeated Seville-based football club Sevilla 5–4 to win the 2015 UEFA Super Cup. The match was held in Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in the city of Tbilisi, Georgia. Pedro, who may leave for Manchester United, scored the winning goal of the match in the 115th minute. This was the fifth UEFA Super cup won by Barcelona.

Barcelona had stronger possession of the ball in front of Sevilla. The match saw nine yellow cards, four for Barcelona players and five for Sevilla players. A total of 41 fouls were committed in the match. A total of nine goals were scored in the match, with the first goal scored in the opening minutes of the game.

Barcelona defender Mascherano committed a foul in the 2nd minute and thus Sevilla got a free kick. Banega converted the free kick into goal in the 3rd minute of the game. Minutes later, Sevilla’s Krychowiak committed a foul and this early lead was soon equalised as Barcelona forward Lionel Messi scored a similar style free kick.

Krychowiak received a yellow card in the 14th minute and Barca were awarded another free kick for Banega’s foul on Rakitić. Leo Messi converted this free kick into a goal, giving the lead to Barcelona after 16 minutes of game play. This was Messi’s 36th goal in 37 games in 2015.

Minutes before half time, Luis Suárez assisted Rafinha and the Brazilian tripled the lead for the Catalans. First half ended with scoreline 3–1 with only one booking.

Within ten minutes of the second half, Suárez scored the fourth goal in the 52nd making it a one-sided match. Five minutes later, Reyes scored a close ranged shot making the score 4–2. In the 63rd minute, Andrés Iniesta was substituted off for Sergi Roberto. Iniesta made his 550th appearance for Barcelona. After this substitution, the goal difference kept on dropping. In the 71st minute, Mathieu was booked for a foul on Vitolo. Referee awarded a penalty kick for Sevilla. Gameiro perfectly converted it into a goal making it 4–3.

Within the next ten minutes, Sevilla equalised with Barcelona. Konoplyanka scored an easy tap-in to bring Sevilla from 4–1 to 4–4. Within half an hour, the one-sided match changed into a tensed match.

Coke in the 87th minute and Banega in the 90+2 minute were booked for committing foul on Suárez. The game ended in 4–4. And thus it was extended to additional time.

Additional time saw five more yellow cards. Pedro was substituted in for Mascherano in the 93rd minute and in the next minute, he received a yellow card for foul on Vitolo. Barcelona won a free kick in the dying minutes of the game. Messi’s kick became an indirect assist to Pedro who netted it in the top corner. It was the winning goal of the game.

This was Pedro’s 99th goal in the Catalonia jersey. By this victory, Barcelona joined A.C. Milan as the most successful club. Both the teams have earned the title five times. This trophy was Messi’s and Iniesta’s 25th trophy with Barcelona. Messi was awarded Man of the match. After the match, he said, “We are delighted to start the season with this win, but it was tough […] The most important thing was to win the Super Cup to start well. Now we think of the Spanish Super Cup against Athletic Club”.

On Tuesday, Pedro was asked if he was leaving Barcelona. He replied “The answer is no. But it is a difficult, complicated situation. When you know you may leave it is difficult.” Pedro said it wan’t about money but the playing time. Pedro said “The truth is that I had a good chance to play. The coach has decided not to count on me. I don’t know, I don’t know if I will continue here […] Manchester? Yes, there are nice challenges on all sides. Today I’m here, and I’m happy […] And if I go, I will go with my head held high having always given everything.”



August 11, 2015
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Barcelona 5–4 (a.e.t.) Sevilla Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi
Referee: Willie Collum (Scotland)
Messi Scored after 7', 16 minutes 7′, 16′
Rafinha Scored after 44 minutes 44′
Suárez Scored after 52 minutes 52′
Pedro Scored after 115 minutes 115′
Banega Scored after 3 minutes 3′
Reyes Scored after 57 minutes 57′
Gameiro Scored after 72 minutes 72′ (pen.)
Konoplyanka Scored after 81 minutes 81′

FC Barcelona

 

Sevilla FC

 

GK 1 Marc-André ter Stegen
6 Dani Alves Booked after 120 minutes 120′
3 Gerard Piqué
14 Javier Mascherano Substituted off after 93 minutes 93′
24 Jérémy Mathieu Booked after 71 minutes 71′
4 Ivan Rakitić
5 Sergio Busquets Booked after 117 minutes 117′
8 Andrés Iniesta (c) Substituted off after 63 minutes 63′
10 Lionel Messi
9 Luis Suárez
12 Rafinha Substituted off after 78 minutes 78′
Substitutes:
GK 13 Claudio Bravo
15 Marc Bartra Substituted on after 78 minutes 78′
21 Adriano
20 Sergi Roberto Substituted on after 63 minutes 63′
7 Pedro Booked after 94 minutes 94′ Substituted on after 93 minutes 93′
29 Sandro Ramírez
31 Munir El Haddadi
Manager:
Luis Enrique
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GK 13 Beto
23 Coke Booked after 87 minutes 87′
3 Adil Rami
4 Grzegorz Krychowiak Booked after 14 minutes 14′
2 Benoît Trémoulinas
7 Michael Krohn-Dehli Booked after 120 minutes 120′
19 Éver Banega Booked after 90+2 minutes 90+2′
10 José Antonio Reyes (c) Substituted off after 68 minutes 68′
8 Vicente Iborra Substituted off after 80 minutes 80′
20 Vitolo
9 Kévin Gameiro Substituted off after 80 minutes 80′
Substitutes:
GK 1 Sergio Rico
25 Mariano Substituted on after 80 minutes 80′
12 Gaël Kakuta
16 Luismi
17 Denis Suárez
22 Yevhen Konoplyanka Substituted on after 68 minutes 68′
11 Ciro Immobile Booked after 92 minutes 92′ Substituted on after 80 minutes 80′
Manager:
Unai Emery
Possession
62%
38%

  Goals

5     4

  Total Attempts

24     17

  On target

10     6

  Off target

7     6

  Blocked

7     5

  Against Woodwork

1   0

  Passes attempted

795     407

  Accuracy %

90%     83%

  Offsides

3     4

  Corners

8     4

  Fouls

20     21

  Yellow cards

4     5

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September 5, 2012

Greece defeats Portugal in boccia match at 2012 London Paralympics

Greece defeats Portugal in boccia match at 2012 London Paralympics

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London, England— Greece defeated Portugal on Tuesday in the boccia BC3 pairs gold medal match, by four points to one. 2012 is the eighth Paralympics since the introduction of the sport, which is similar to lawn bowls.

The Greek pair Nikolaos Pananos and Grigorios Polychronidis won three sets, and lost one, against Portugal’s Armando Costa and Luis Silva by scores of 2—0, 1—0, 1—0 and 0—1. They enjoyed enthusiastic support from Greek fans repeatedly shouting, “Bravo!” after each took their respective shots. Following the Greek win, supporters broke into rhythmic clapping, continuing their flag-waving and chanting. One of the Greeks competitors rolled his electric wheelchair around, whilst smiling and posing for photos.

Georgian-born Polychronidis holds an accounting degree from the Athens University of Economics and Business. He came into the London Games as a silver medallist from the BC3 individual event at the Beijing Paralympics. Having spinal muscular atrophy, he took up the sport at university where he was introduced to it by George Tzimas.

With London being Pananos’s debut Paralympic Games, he only took up boccia competitively in 2007 and took part in both individual and team events at these Games. Pananos, who has cerebral palsy and is retired, is coached by Andreas Keramidas and plays his club boccia for ASAX Eidiki Olympiada.

Portugal qualified for this match after beating South Korea 4—3 in the semi-finals. The Greeks earned their gold medal round opportunity after beating Belgium who went through pool play undefeated. Portugal won two of their three matches in pool play, losing one, and taking 14 points with only four scored against them. In pool play, Greece won two matches, lost one, and took eight points versus 13 points against them.

Boccia, which is similar to lawn bowls, was first played at the 1984 Summer Paralympics. As a Paralympic sport, it is played by people with cerebral palsy and similar locomotor conditions; players are divided into four different classifications based upon their functional ability.



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September 4, 2012

Greece defeats Portugal in the boccia BC3 pairs gold medal match at London Paralympics

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London, England — Greece defeated Portugal on Tuesday in the boccia BC3 pairs gold medal match 4 points to 1.

The Greek pair of Nikolaos Pananos and Grigorios Polychronidis won their three sets and lost one against Portugal’s pair of Armando Costa and Luis Silva by scores of 2-0, 1-0, 1-0 and 0-1. They enjoyed support of enthusiastic Greek fans who repeatedly shouted, “Bravo!” after each made their respective shots. Following the Greek win, supporters broke out into rhythmic clapping, continued their flag waving and chanting. One of the Greeks rolled his electric wheelchair around, while smiling and posed for photos.

Georgian-born Polychronidis, who has an accounting degree from the Athens University of Economics and Business, came into the games having earned a silver medal in the individual event at the Beijing Paralympics. Having spinal muscular atrophy, he took up the sport at university where he was introduced to it by George Tzimas.

At his first Paralympic Games, Pananos took up the sport competitively in 2007 and competed in both the individual and team events in London. Pananos, who has cerebral palsy and is retired, is coached by Andreas Keramidas and plays his club boccia for ASAX Eidiki Olympiada.

Portugal got into the match after beating South Korea 4-3 in the semi-finals. The Greeks earned their gold medal round after beating Belgium who had gone undefeated in pool play. Portugal won 2 of their 3 matches in pool play while losing 1, whiling having 14 points for and 4 points against. In pool play, Greece won 2 matches, lost 1, had 8 points for and 13 points against.

Boccia, which is similar to lawn bowls, was first played at the 1984 Summer Paralympics. At the Paralympics, it is played by people with cerebral palsy and related locomotor conditions, with players divided into four different classifications based on functional ability.



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June 5, 2011

Vanuatu denies announcing recognition of Abkhazia

Vanuatu denies announcing recognition of Abkhazia

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Vanuatu, a small island nation in the Pacific, has denied recognizing Abkhazia as an independent nation. The announcement comes only days after it was reported that Vanuatu had signed an agreement to recognise Abkhazia.

Abkhazia has been fighting to break away and gain independence from Georgia. So far only Russia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and another tiny island state, Nauru, have announced the recognition of Abkhazia.

The permanent representative to the United Nations for Vanuatu, Donald Kalpokas, released a statement saying “I have asked my capital whether this is true and they have denied it emphatically. We don’t know who is responsible for declaring that this is true. As far as we are concerned we are dealing with Georgia, not Abkhazia,” and “It is defamation for our country. This is disrespect”.

Officals from Abkhazia maintain Vanuatu recognized the nation, saying Kalpokas may have not heard the news. Maxim Gvindzhia, Abkhazian foreign minister, said negotiations started with the Premier of Vanuatu three months ago and on May 23rd the Prime Ministers of each nation signed a document that was transported via air freight between the two nations.

Deputy Foriegn Minister of Georgia Sergi Kapanadze has also denied seeing any document relating to the recognition. He said “The only way we can check to see if it is correct is to ask the representatives of Vanuatu if it is correct or not. For us that contact is the ambassador of Vanautu to the United Nations.”



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May 15, 2011

Azerbaijan win 2011 Eurovision Song Contest

Azerbaijan win 2011 Eurovision Song Contest

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Azerbaijan has won the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf, Germany. Duo Ell & Nikki, which consists of Eldar Gasimov and Nigar Jamal, won the contest with 221 points after their performence of Running Scared. This is the first time that Azerbaijan has won the contest, they first appeared in 2008. Italy took second place and Sweden finished third.

Commenting on their country’s win the pair said “the one thing we want to say is, we just love you. Thank you for your support”. Gasimov continued to say that he was “the happiest man in the world”.

Azerbaijan received the maximum of 12 points from three countries, Russia, Turkey, and Malta.

Ukraine came fourth in the contest and fifth place went to Denmark. Switzerland came in last with 19 points. Host and last year’s winner Germany finished in tenth place. Other countries that participated in the final include Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Ireland, Georgia, the United Kingdom, Moldova, Slovenia, Serbia, France, Russia, Romania, Austria, Lithuania, Iceland, Finland, Hungary, Spain, and Estonia.

Two semi-final heats were held in the days before the final to determine which acts would proceed to the final. Greece and Sweden won the semi-finals with 133 and 155 points. The countries that failed to make it to the final are Malta, Armenia, Turkey, Albania, Croatia, San Marino, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Belgium, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Belarus, Israel, F.Y.R Macedonia, Latvia, Cyprus, and the Netherlands



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August 5, 2010

21 sites added to Unesco World Heritage list

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Unesco’s World Heritage Committee inscribed 21 new sites into the World Heritage list on Wednesday, during the 34th session of the committee’s meeting in Brasilia, Brazil under the Chairmanship of the Minister of Culture of Brazil, João Luiz da Silva Ferreira.

Three countries had sites added to the list for the first time: Tajikistan, Kiribati, and Marshall Islands. The Committee added four sites to the World Heritage in Danger list, including the Gelati Monastery and Bagrati Cathedral, both in Georgia. The Galapagos (Ecuador) were removed from this list.

Some of the newly included World Heritages are: Papahānaumokuākea (United States), el Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (Mexico), and São Francisco square (Brazil).

Unesco World Heritage sites have special cultural or physical significance as a place or region. Unesco conserves, names, and catalogues these sites for the common heritage of humanity. Italy ranks as the country with the most World Heritage sites, having 45 in total.

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July 8, 2010

Georgian woman celebrates 130th birthday

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Georgian woman celebrates 130th birthday

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Antisa Khvichava, a woman from the country of Georgia, is said to be celebrating her 130th birthday, which would make her the oldest known person on Earth, past or present.

Reportedly born in 1880, documents state that Khvichava picked corn and tea for a living in 1965, at the age of 85. Prior to Khvichava, the record holder for the oldest known person to have lived on the planet was Jeanne Calment of France, who lived to be 122 years old. If confirmed, Khvichava would take the top spot with an eight year lead. The Justice Ministry in Georgia backs up her claim, but it was not independently verified by the Gerontology Research Group and her birth certificate was lost.

Cquote1.svg I’ve always been healthy, and I’ve worked all my life — at home and at the farm. Cquote2.svg

—Antisa Khvichava

Khvichava lives in a small village in Sachino, in the Tsalenjikha district with her entire family, including her 70-year-old son Mikhail, who was apparently born when his mother was 60 years old, 10 of her grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and her other six great-great-grandchildren.

“I’ve always been healthy, and I’ve worked all my life — at home and at the farm,” said Khvichava to the Associated Press. Although she spends most of her time in bed, Khvichava can walk without aid, but has some difficulties. Despite her age, her family says she is “clear minded” and can “think rationally.”



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March 14, 2010

Georgia panicked by fake Russia invasion broadcast

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Georgia panicked by fake Russia invasion broadcast

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A Georgian television station sparked panic today when it broadcast a report containing a simulation of events that might occur if Russia invaded Georgia in an event similar to a war that took place a year and a half ago.

The fake report came only 18 months after a war between Georgia and Russia, and the broadcast, run by Imedi TV, was composed of footage from that conflict, as well as recorded statements from Russian and Georgian leaders. Such footage included “reports” that Russian forces had bombed Georgian military bases and a civilian airport in the capital of Tbilisi. Additionally, the report claimed that Russian forces had killed Georgian soldiers in South Ossieta, the site of the 2008 war.

Cquote1.svg This kind of experiment is a crime to our people and to humanity Cquote2.svg

—Georgian Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Ilia II

According to the network, the intention of the broadcast had been to show what could have happened if Russia had invaded again and killed Georgia’s president. To this end, the broadcast was bookended at the beginning and end with a notice that the events were a simulation of possible events. The network did not, however, run such notes during the program itself, and many who watched it became alarmed by the events it covered. According to one local news agency, Georgian emergency services had received a spike in the number of phone calls during the time the broadcast was on air.

Around two hours after the program finished, the network began running scrolling text on further programs, apologizing for the broadcast, and the head of Imedi’s parent company issued a statement apologizing for the “distress” that the broadcast had caused. Despite the apologies, which included one from a Georgian official, the reaction to the broadcast was generally one of opposition and anger. The leader of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Ilia II, issued a statement saying that, “This kind of experiment is a crime to our people and to humanity,” and an opposition politician labeled the report as “disgusting.” One woman who had been affected by the 2008 conflict said that, “it wasn’t right of them to do it.”



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September 8, 2009

Large earthquake strikes nation of Georgia

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According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck the nation of Georgia. Georgia’s meteorology center says the quake registered an 8.0. A magnitude 5.0 aftershock struck just minutes later.

The initial quake occurred at 3:41 a.m. (local time) and was centered 80 kilometers (50 miles) Northeast of Kutaisi, Georgia. It registered at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The aftershock was centered in roughly the same exact location and depth and struck minutes later at 3:49 a.m.

Power is reported to be out in many parts of Tskhinvali. According to the USGS, damage from the initial quake could be “moderate to heavy”. At least 10,000 people live within miles of the epicenter.


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Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes nation of Georgia

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According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck the nation of Georgia. A magnitude 5.0 aftershock struck just minutes later.

The initial quake occurred at 3:41 a.m. (local time) and was centered 80 kilometers (50 miles) Northeast of Kutaisi, Georgia. It registered at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The aftershock was centered in roughly the same exact location and depth and struck minutes later at 3:49 a.m.

According to the USGS, damage from the initial quake could be “moderate to heavy”. At least 10,000 people live within miles of the epicenter.


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