Related Video and AudioComing upPlay audio Japanese Grand Prix from BBC Radio 5 liveJapanese Grand Prix05:0005:00BBC Radio 5 liveGot a TV Licence?You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. Itâ€™s the law.Find out moreSummaryRace at 06:10 BST – on 5 Live at top of pageVettel on pole for Ferrari front-row lock out, Hamilton 4thKubica & Magnussen crash heavily, Ricciardo out in Q1, Bottas fastest in Q2Get involved: #bbcf1Live ReportingBy Michael EmonsAll times stated are UKPosted at 3:333:33Eyes on the piesThis is Vettel’s fifth pole position in Japan, so he’s second in the all-time Japanese GP poles list behind Michael Schumacher, on eight.His first was in 2009, and he went on to win, veering around Jaime Alguesuari – who wasn’t having quite as good a day – with Vettel receiving a pie in the face from a mechanic late on for his achievements. Think he’d happily take a pie in the face from Leclerc these days?Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesGetty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesPosted at 3:323:32Update on Hulkenberg and KubicaJennie GowBBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporterLooks like Renault caught Nicoâ€™s car in time so while he had a hydraulic failure they shoudn’t have to replace anything that would lead to a penalty.Meanwhile its a chassis change from Robert Kubica after his FP3 crash – huge amount of work and the team are trying their best to get him out for the race.Posted at 3:283:28’Why can we not have this at every race weekend?’Continuing our culinary theme, here are the McLaren two as well as the Racing Point pair tucking in to some local specialties.Sainz loves it. Fair to say Norris doesn’t.Posted at 3:253:25Looking tastyFood time for the media out in Japan. Lots of things to choose from for our very own Jennie Gow.Posted at 3:233:23Post updateGiedo’s awake. Not hitting the wall in Japan this year, unlike six years ago.Posted at 3:193:19The race gets going at 06:10 BST so plenty of time for all of you to tell us your thoughts, hopes, dreams and predictions.Tweet us using #bbcf1 and keep us awake for the next couple of hours before the action starts again.Posted at 3:153:15Post updateFerrari have control of the front row in Suzuka, but have not triumphed in Japan since 2004.Will that run end today?.Copyright: .Posted at 3:133:13Post updatePosted at 3:013:01Vettel on pole in delayed Japan qualifying – read the reportAndrew BensonBBC Sportâ€™s chief F1 writer at SuzukaMark ThompsonCopyright: Mark ThompsonFerrari’s Sebastian Vettel produced a scintillating performance to take pole position at the Japanese Grand Prix.It was Vettel’s first pole since the Canadian Grand Prix in June and finally halted a run of nine races being out-qualified by team-mate Charles Leclerc.The 21-year-old Monegasque, who has taken pole at the last four races, was second, 0.189 seconds behind.Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton were third and fourth, both just over 0.2secs off the Ferraris.Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon were fifth and sixth, setting exactly the same lap time, 0.787secs off the pace, a hugely impressive performance on the face of it from the Anglo-Thai on his first visit to Suzuka.Posted at 2:542:54Watch Vettel’s pole-setting lap recordIf you’re going to get yourself on to pole then you might as well do it in style and smash the track record. Well played Seb, well played.Posted at 2:432:43’All over the place’Another unhappy man is Daniel Ricciardo, who is down in 16th after failing to escape from Q1. He tells Sky Sports: “It is what it is, we didn’t have much time to get it right, we just didn’t. It was a little bit all over the place and not good enough.”It has been such a short morning, I’ll take some deep breaths and I have to recover. It is tricky, but the same for everyone else.”We made a small adjustment between first and second run. It changed the car quite a lot, and I didn’t think we were asking for such a change.”Posted at 2:412:41’Something I need to work on’Lando Norris starts eighth, but behind his team-mate Carlos Sainz. “I’m just annoyed as I keep making small mistakes in qualifying, which costs me one place, usually to Carlos,” the 19-year-old Brit tells Sky Sports, before adding: “It’s something I need to work on.”Posted at 2:342:34’Lacking on one lap’Mercedes boss Toto Wolff tells Sky Sports: “[An] upset. It should be a good track for us, the Ferraris, out of nowhere, once they’ve packaged it all together, are very quick.”I think our car is well balanced, we are just lacking on one lap. Race pace is looking good but obviously if we’re behind that’s not good.”Posted at 2:322:32The final scoresSo this is how they qualified.Still waiting to see if Nico Hulkenberg needs a new gearbox after a serious problem in Q2, and also whether Kevin Magnussen and Robert Kubica are able to start after heavy prangs early on today.F1Copyright: F1Posted at 2:312:31’Nothing is lost yet’Valtteri Bottas was the best of the Mercedes two and is in third, with Lewis Hamilton alongside him on row two.Bottas says: “We seemed quite strong, we always knew Ferrari had something in reserve to turn things up. In Q3 they were untouchable. We had a new package and it still felt better than before but not quite enough.”We try to do everything we can, nothing is lost yet, they have the starting point, let’s see what we can do. It always feels good to be ahead of a team-mate, we will do the maximum we can and see if we can get it done.”Posted at 2:292:29’Hopefully we’ll keep these positions’Charles Leclerc, who qualified in second, says: “Seb did any amazing
lap and has been great all weekend.”To be honest Iâ€™ve been struggling with the lap now in quali, apart from the last sector, where I did a few mistakes but pole was not
possible. Seb was just too quick so congratulations to him.”Very surprised to be first and second after the free
practice weâ€™ve had but the race is the most important and hopefully weâ€™ll be
able to keep these positions. “Mercedes are very quick in the race, so itâ€™s not going to
be easy. Weâ€™ll just try to keep focused on our job and keep this one-two.”Posted at 2:242:24’Only part of the job done’Sebastian Vettel, who has just taken his second pole position of the season, says: “Not easy with the conditions, the main thing is the sun is out, the people are happy and we didn’t expect that front row.”I didn’t use the brakes other than turn two. I really enjoyed it, but that’s only part of the job done.”Posted at 2:232:23Andy Capp: YES!!!! Front row lock outChris: Ferrari, where was this pace at the start of the year?!Rachel T: Well, well, well. Life in the old VET yet!Posted at 2:182:18Post update”Huge performance from Vettel, two brilliant laps. The pressure was on and he dealt with it perfectly,” says Jolyon Palmer.”Yes guys,” says Vettel before reeling off some Italian. “Thanks boys and thanks girls,” is as good as you’ll get from me translating Italian.Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesPosted at 2:162:16BreakingVettel takes pole position, all Ferrari front rowFor only the second time this year, Sebastian Vettel will start right at the front.Our top 10 are…
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When Diego Maradona played in Saudi Arabia – Arab world mourns passing of a legend
DOHA: Andres Iniesta scored his first goal in the Asian Champions League as Vissel Kobe powered their way to the last-16 with a dominant 3-1 win over Fabio Cannavaro’s Guangzhou Evergrande in their Group G clash on Wednesday. The Spain and Barcelona legend fired a right-footed shot from the center of the box in the 84th…
DOHA: Andres Iniesta scored his first goal in the Asian Champions League as Vissel Kobe powered their way to the last-16 with a dominant 3-1 win over Fabio Cannavaro’s Guangzhou Evergrande in their Group G clash on Wednesday.
The Spain and Barcelona legend fired a right-footed shot from the center of the box in the 84th minute to help the Japanese side consolidate their position at the top of their group with two wins from as many matches.
They are now five points ahead of Guangzhou and Suwon Samsung Bluewings and assured of a spot in the knockout phase after the group was reduced to three teams following Malaysian side Johor Darul Ta’zim’s withdrawal from the tournament.
In another match on Wednesday, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors pipped Sydney FC 1-0 in Group H with Na Sung-eun scoring in the 44th minute.
It was the Australian side’s third defeat in four matches while Jeonbuk revived their hopes with their first victory.
Iniesta, who was declared MVP of the match, had been an influential presence for Vissel Kobe throughout the encounter with his quick thinking and crisp passing, and that reflected in their first goal in the 44th minute at the Khalifa International Stadium.
The Spanish veteran dashed his way up on the left flank to control a long diagonal pass and after advancing further turned around near the goalline to tap the ball onto the path of the advancing Kyogo Furuhashi who struck with a clean, low shot from close range.
Furuhashi’s personal joy at scoring lasted only 10 minutes as the forward first conceded a corner and then watched in horror as his attempted clearance from the resultant kick found his own net to give Guangzhou the equalizer.
Cannavaro made three substitutions in a desperate bid for victory after having drawn their opening game against Suwon Samsung Bluewings. But although the two-time champions enjoyed a couple of brief purple patches during which they had the Kobe defence under pressure, the goal they were looking for never materialized.
Vissel Kobe regained the lead in the 74th minute when Douglas, who had just come in five minutes prior, took advantage of a great back-heel from Daigo Nishi and blasted the ball home.
Brazil-born Elekson, now known as Ai Kesen, had a goal disallowed for off-side on eight minutes and when Iniesta struck two minutes later, it extended Cannavaro’s misery in Doha.
“The result is bad. We tried but I know that something in my team is not clear. I don’t know if they are afraid to play or they are not confident anymore,” the Italian complained after the match.
“I need to try and do my best to give them the confidence to play. This is my job. I know they are very good players, and we can do much, much, much better.”
Vissel Kobe had landed in Doha after a string of disappointing results back home, conceding a whopping 58 goals in 33 league matches and losing five games in a row.
But their coach Atsuhiro Miura was basking in joy on Wednesday, saying he was ready with a game plan against a side packed with several Brazilians.
“Guangzhou is a very strong side, they have several good Brazilian players but we analysed how they play and how to prevent them from playing to their strengths,” said Miura.
“We did everything well and everything went how we wanted it to. That’s why we got this result.”
Going for goal: Saudi Arabia kicks off first women’s football league
RIYADH: First they opened the grandstands to women, now Saudi Arabia is encouraging them to cross the touchline and compete in the Kingdom’s first Women’s Football League tournament. The historic competition kicks off on Tuesday morning, with 24 teams across Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam competing for a championship cup, and a $133,000 cash prize. The…
RIYADH: First they opened the grandstands to women, now Saudi Arabia is encouraging them to cross the touchline and compete in the Kingdom’s first Women’s Football League tournament.
The historic competition kicks off on Tuesday morning, with 24 teams across Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam competing for a championship cup, and a $133,000 cash prize.
The Kingdom opened its stadiums to women football supporters in January, 2018, but this is the first time they will have been allowed to compete in a tournament.
The competition has been lauded as an important step for the Saudi sports world, with many in the game throwing their support behind the event.
Calling the competition a “positive step,” Abdullah Alyami, Saudi football coach and sports reporter, said he expects many more women to participate in future tournaments.
“This is a very happy day for all athletes, be they male or female. And based on what we’ve seen, and how beloved the sport of football is all over the Kingdom, I believe we will see many more of our sisters getting involved in professional sports,” he said.
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Saudi sports reporter Riyan Al-Jidani tweeted his support.
“To all my dear sisters participating the Women’s Football League, your success in the tournament is a step in the right direction towards our dream of universality and representing our homeland to the outside world. Raising the flag on the field is a glory and pride,” he said.
The tournament was due to start in March – but the coronavirus pandemic stopped play.
But for some that just presented the opportunity to up their game.
“We started preparations early, and the delay due to the pandemic actually worked in our favor. We were able to take more than two months to prepare for the tournament,” Maram Al-Butairi, general manager and head coach at Dammam-based Eastern Flames FC.
Amal Gimie, 26, an Eritrean midfielder for Jeddah’s Kings United, previously told Arab News that she had been playing the beautiful game since she was eight.
“There was a match every weekend. The boys made us play as goalkeepers in the beginning, and in 2002, when I first saw the Women’s World Cup, it sparked my passion to learn more about this sport,” said Gimie, who is also a management information systems graduate. She joined her first female football team, Challenge, in Riyadh in 2014.
She said: “It was the first time I joined something organized. I was happy to be playing but at the same time I felt as though it was an unreachable goal (to become a professional athlete or join an official league), I felt like I was growing older without achieving anything.”
The matches won’t be broadcast, but Saudi’s army of football fans remain excited by the tournament.
Wejdan Al-Shammary, who grew up playing sports in school, said she would have tried for a team “in a heartbeat” if she had been just a few years younger.
“I played both basketball and football on my high school teams. I was a complete sports nut, but it makes me happy to know that even if it’s too late for me to achieve those dreams, there’s a chance now for young Saudi girls that I never had,” she said.
Najla Ahmed, a 16-year-old from Riyadh who plays on her school’s football team, said she would try for a local team in 2021.
“I’ll be 17, and therefore eligible, and I would love to see anyone try and stop me,” she said.
Both women said they hoped this was just the start and that more sports would be opened up to women.
“Football is just the beginning. I would love to see more focus on other sports, as well. Basketball, tennis, maybe even competitive swimming,” said Al-Shammary. “I’m sure we have so many potential Olympians among us who just need their talents nurtured.”
NFL game postponed over Covid-19 cases
Tennessee Titans’ long snapper Beau Brinkley (left) and defensive tackle DaQuan Jones (right) have been put on the reserve/Covid-19 listThe NFL game between the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday has been postponed because of Covid-19 cases.The game will be rescheduled for Monday or Tuesday after the outbreak among Titans players and staff.On Tuesday,…
Tennessee Titans’ long snapper Beau Brinkley (left) and defensive tackle DaQuan Jones (right) have been put on the reserve/Covid-19 listThe NFL game between the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday has been postponed because of Covid-19 cases.The game will be rescheduled for Monday or Tuesday after the outbreak among Titans players and staff.On Tuesday, defensive tackle DaQuan Jones, long snapper Beau Brinkley and practice squad tight end Tommy Hudson were put on the reserve/Covid-19 list.The NFL has since shut down the team facility.According to the NFL network, a fourth player also returned a positive test on Wednesday.The Titans played the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis last Sunday.The Vikings’ facility was also closed on Tuesday and Wednesday and it is unclear whether their scheduled game with the Houston Texans will take place on Sunday.