Romania vs Spain: Kepa starts over De Gea

first_imgSpain travel to Romania for their latest Euro 2020 qualifier, which takes place at the Arena Nationala in Bucharest on Thursday.La Roja have a perfect record so far in qualification, having edged Norway before easily beating Malta, the Faroe Islands and Sweden.Romania, meanwhile, sit third in Group F, but face an uphill task to qualify, having picked up six of their seven points against whipping boys Malta and the Faroes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Game Romania vs Spain Date Thursday, September 5 Time 7:45pm BST / 2:45pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream TUDN USA / UniMas fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be shown live on Sky Sports Football and can be streamed via Sky Go Extra. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go Extra Squads & Team News Position Romania squad Goalkeepers Tatarusanu, Nita, Radu Defenders Chiriches, Grigore, Tosca, Benzar, Nedelcearu, Stefan, Rus Midfielders Maxim, Stanciu, Deac, Marin, Anton, Hagi, Cicaldau, Paun, Bordeianu Forwards Grozav, Keseru, Andone, Puscas Romania have been unable to select Nicusor Bancu and Cristian Ganea due to injury. The former had been named in the original squad but has since pulled out.Alexandru Chipciu, their most experienced midfielder, is banned after he was sent off against Malta.With a lack of goals in the squad, much will be expected of Claudiu Keseru and Reading’s George Puscas.Romania starting XI: Tatarusanu; Nedelcearu, Chiriches, Grigore, Tosca; Benzar, Deac, Marin, Stanciu; Keseru, Puscas Position Spain squad Goalkeepers De Gea, Kepa, Pau Lopez Defenders Carvajal, Llorente, Hermoso, Gaya, Ramos, Alba, Nunez Midfielders Busquets, Ceballos, Sarabia, Saul, Thiago, Suso, Rodri, Fabian, Parejo, Navas Forwards Alcacer, Oyarzabal, Rodrigo Spain boss Robert Moreno has had the luxury of being able to select all of his top stars for the double header against Romania and the Faroe Islands.Diego Costa, Alvaro Morata and Isco are among those who failed to make the squad, while Unai Nunez of Club Athletic and PSG midfielder Pablo Sarabia are hopeful of making their international bows in the days ahead.Sergio Ramos is a confirmed starter, despite a recent dip in form, but David de Gea faces a battle from Kepa Arrizabalaga for the No.1 spot.Spain starting XI: Kepa; Navas, Ramos, Llorente, Alba; Saul, Busquets, Fabian Ruiz; Ceballos, Rodrigo, AlcacerBetting & Match Odds Spain are 1/2 favourites to win this encounter with bet365 bet365 . Romania are priced up at 6/1 to cause an upset, while a draw is on offer at 18/5.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Thiago SpainSpain will seek to take another big step towards Euro 2020 on Thursday, when they go to Bucharest to face Romania.It is sure to be an emotional occasion for La Roja, with former boss Luis Enrique having announced last week that his daughter had lost a battle with illness – the reason he so abruptly stood down as national team coach earlier this year. Even before the first training session overseen by new coach Robert Moreno, who was previously Enrique’s assistant then caretaker boss, there was a poignant minute’s silence held by the national team staff.“It’s been a difficult week,” he admitted. “We’ll try to give some small joy at a very bad moment. It’s all we can do.”Moreno, meanwhile, admitted that he would be happy to go back to the previous arrangement, in which he was No.2. “I consider Luis a friend and this friendship comes before everything else,” he said. “If he wants to return one day, I will be delighted to step aside and work with him.”On the field, the 2008 and 2012 European champions have not missed a beat. Since losing successive Nations League matches to England and Croatia by a 3-2 scoreline in the autumn of 2018, they have picked up five successive victories.Their latest outing came in June, when they ran out 3-0 winners over Sweden, albeit all the goals came in the closing 30 minutes, with Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Morata both on target from the penalty spot.If Spain are well on course to qualify, Romania are at a low ebb. Although they currently lie third, this is a flattering position considering they have played both Malta and the Faroe Islands, who will surely prove the group’s whipping boys.Otherwise, they lost away in Sweden and were held to a 2-2 draw by Norway – hardly shocking results but not the type of form that will see them reclaim a spot at the finals after going to Euro 2016.It will take a big turnaround for the hosts, whose last qualifying match is in Madrid in November, to claim a positive result.last_img read more

UnCruise Adventures Expands in Alaska and Brings Adventure to the Columbia & Snake Rivers

first_imgThe full 2018 deployment of small ship adventure cruises from Alaska to South America  Seattle, WA, June 7, 2017— Known for off-the-beaten-path adventures, UnCruise Adventures has launched its 2018 schedule of small ship cruises highlighted by a new adventure itinerary on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, plus a fresh lineup of itineraries and an expanded selection of ships in Alaska. The 88-guest S.S. Legacy transforms into an adventure equipped ship to offer kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff excursions, hikes on remote trails, whitewater rafting down the Deschutes River as well as other active adventures. New in 2018, the ship heads to Alaska from April through mid-August, then sails on the Columbia and Snake Rivers from August through November. Based in Seattle, Washington, the line operates eight adventure ships, plus a partner vessel in the Galápagos, carrying 22-88 guests in Alaska, coastal Washington, British Columbia, Columbia & Snake Rivers, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, Hawaii, Galápagos, Costa Rica and Panamà. “The Columbia & Snake River system is an outdoor enthusiasts’ mecca, and extending our style of adventure there is a natural fit,” said Captain Dan Blanchard, CEO. “In order to make it an UnCruise, we need to slow down, take time to kayak, sightsee by skiff, and go hiking. We purposely build flexibility into our itineraries to make each day the best day possible.” Columbia and Snake River cruise – New itinerary The S.S. Legacy sails eight departures between Portland, Oregon and Lewiston, Idaho (or reverse) on a new weeklong Rivers of Adventure itinerary from mid-August to October. An included charter flight to/from Lewiston makes it roundtrip Portland, Oregon. With a new focus on adventure, river exploration includes a jet boat ride into Hells Canyon, Deschutes River whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, yoga, paddle boarding, kayaking, skiff tours, swimming and a winery tour. Rates begin at $4,995 per person, double occupancy. From October through mid-December, seven departures on a Rivers of Wine itinerary sail roundtrip Portland, Oregon with a guest wine expert and sommelier on board for a week of winery tours and tastings. Rates begin at $3,745 per person, double occupancy.  Southeast Alaska – 5 new itineraries, 1 additional ship With the addition of the S.S. Legacy in Alaska, seven ships will sail 10 adventure cruise itineraries on 160 departures lasting one or two weeks from April through September. Homeports are Seattle, Washington; Ketchikan, Juneau, Petersburg and Sitka, Alaska. Five of 10 itineraries are new in 2018 and seven include a visit of one, two or three days in Glacier Bay National Park. The adventure outpost of Haines, Alaska is a new port of call. The Safari Endeavour and S.S. Legacy sail two alternating itineraries between Juneau and Sitka providing more two-week adventure opportunities. The Safari Quest’s new itinerary is specially designed for guests returning to Alaska with explorations of rarely visited wilderness areas. Alaska cruise rates begin at $2,995 per person, based on double occupancy. Costa Rica and Panamá The 62-guest Safari Voyager sails 28 departures one-way between Costa Rica and Panamá (or reverse) from January through April, June, August, and again from October through December. An eight-night Unveiled Wonders itinerary includes a pre-cruise hotel night and a full transit of the Panamá Canal. Monkeys, birds, sea turtles and other wildlife are seen on explorations in national parks, a refuge and conservation areas. Rates begin at $4,395 per person, based on double occupancy.  Panamá In May, June, August and September, the Safari Voyager sails 12 Pure Panamá adventure cruises roundtrip Panamá City. The off-the-beaten-path adventure visits the Guna Yala (formerly San Blas) Islands, Chagres River, Pearl Islands and Darién Jungle. Highlights include a full transit of the Panamá Canal, meeting locals in an Embera village, and a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fort San Lorenzo. A pre-cruise hotel night is included in Panamá City. Rates begin at $4,395 per person, based on double occupancy. Many Costa Rica and Panama itineraries may be combined for a 15-night Ultimate Costa Rica and Panamá adventure cruise. Mexico’s Sea of Cortés From January through March and December, the Safari Endeavour sails 14 departures on a weeklong Baja’s Bounty itinerary roundtrip San José del Cabo with an included land tour to the ship in La Paz. A week of exploring remote islands and waters in the UNESCO World Heritage Site includes a burro ride into the arroyo in Bahía Agua Verde, snorkeling with sea lions at Los Islotes, desert hikes and marine life searches. Depending on the time of year, guests will either don snorkels and swim with whale sharks (gentle giants) or cross the Baja peninsula to Magdalena Bay to see grey whales and calves up close from panga boats. Rates begin at $3,595 per person, based on double occupancy. Galápagos Islands The La Pinta sails five departures on an 8-night Darwin’s Islands and Colonial Quito exploration with six nights on board the ship and two at Casa Gangotena Hotel, an award winning hotel in Quito, Ecuador. Turtles, birds, land iguanas, sea lions, penguins and other wildlife encounters are highlights during expeditions on seven islands—Seymour Norte, Isabela, Fernandina, Rábida, Santa Cruz, Floreana and Baltra. Adventure activities and a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Center are included along with internal air between Quito and Galápagos. Rates begin at $8,545 per person, based on double occupancy. Hawaiian Islands The Safari Explorer sails 22 departures on a Hawaiian Seascapes itinerary one-way between Moloka’i and The big Island of Hawai’i (or reverse) from January through March and November through December. The island hopping cruise visits Maui, Lana’i, Moloka’i and the big island of Hawai’i. An overnight and full day on Moloka’i explores traditional Hawaiian culture with locals in Halawa Valley, as well as a Pa’ina feast in the evening. Snorkeling and small boat explorations unveil the underwater universe of marine life—dolphins, tropical fish, whales, green sea turtles and a night snorkel with Giant Pacific Manta rays. Rates begin at $3,995 per person, based on double occupancy. Coastal Washington and British Columbia In spring and fall, 10 departures on a weeklong Explore! Olympic Wilderness and San Juan Islands adventure sails roundtrip Seattle exploring coastal Washington shores from South Hood Canal to the Olympic Peninsula and around the San Juan Islands. The Wilderness Discoverer sails the itinerary in spring with the Safari Quest taking over in the fall. The Safari Quest also sails 10 departures on a weeklong British Columbia’s Yachters’ Paradise itinerary in spring and fall from Seattle. Highlights include high tea at Victoria’s Empress Hotel, gunkholing and paddling among islands and inlets and a visit to Princess Louisa Inlet and Chatterbox Falls. Rates begin at $2,495 per person, based on double occupancy. With a focus on exploring nature and wildlife outside, the line carries its own adventure equipment and employs a team of knowledgeable expedition guides to lead adventures off ship. Guests are immersed in the destination and can choose from varying levels of activities—kayaking, hiking, beachcombing, paddle boarding, snorkeling, skiff excursions and wildlife searches. Inclusive cruises are available in nine destinations and include fresh, innovative meals; all beverages including alcohol; adventure activities; transfers day of cruise and wellness amenities. Port taxes and fees are additional. Theme cruise topics include photography, marine biology, ornithology, music, wellness, wine and craft beer. A family Discoveries program encourages families to bring children eight years and older along with a savings of $500 for kids ages eight to 13 years old. To book or to request additional information, contact your travel agent or UnCruise Adventures at 888-862-8881 or sales@uncruise.com.  About UnCruise Adventures UnCruise Adventures’ boutique yachts and small ships carry 22-88 guests on voyages in Alaska, Hawaiian Islands, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, Columbia & Snake Rivers, coastal Washington, British Columbia, Galápagos Islands and Costa Rica and Panamá. UnCruise Adventures, under the parent company of InnerSea Discoveries Alaska Inc., is a member of Trusted Adventures, dedicated to the highest standards of small-group travel and to giving back to the places visited.last_img read more

Modi confident ties with Lanka will get stronger

The President’s message reads as follows: ‎“On behalf of the people and the Government of Maldives I wish to convey my sincere congratulations to you and the United National Party (UNP) for the party’s victory in Sri Lanka’s parliamentary elections. Allow me also to congratulate you on your impending re-election as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. The election results are a testament to the trust and confidence that Sri Lankans have in your leadership and commitment to foster the progress of your beloved nation.”“I look forward to working closely with you in further expanding the enduring ties of friendship between the Maldives and Sri Lanka. I am confident that the close bilateral relations between our two countries will reach new heights under your continued leadership.” “Spoke to Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe and congratulated him on his alliance’s wonderful performance in the elections. I am confident that under Mr. Wickremesinghe’s leadership, bilateral ties between India and Sri Lanka will get stronger. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the people of Sri Lanka on the peaceful conduct of polls”, the Prime Minister said. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he is confident ties with Sri Lanka will get stronger under the leadership of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.Modi congratulated Ranil Wickremesinghe, on the “wonderful performance” of his alliance in the elections in Sri Lanka, Modi’s office said. Meanwhile, Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has sent a message of congratulations ‎to Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, following the parliamentary elections held on Monday. “The people of the Maldives join me in wishing you success in your endeavour to bring prosperity and advancement to Sri Lanka.” (Colombo Gazette) read more