Last-gasp equaliser seals Euros qualification for Spain

first_imgRodrigo Moreno came off the bench to snatch a last-gasp 1-1 draw in Sweden and confirm Spain’s place at Euro 2020.Inspired saves from Robin Olsen and an injury to their own goalkeeper, David de Gea, added up to what was starting to look like a wretched outing at the Friends Arena for Robert Moreno’s men.But Rodrigo, who was dropped to the bench as his coach made six changes to the XI held by Norway last time out, reacted sharply to prod in from close range. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Sweden rode out an early storm to hit the front through Marcus Berg in the 50th minute and still have their fate in their own hands ahead of pivotal trip to Romania next month.#EURO2020 qualification confirmed!Bravo, Spain! pic.twitter.com/rc7VP1hGvF— UEFA EURO 2020 (@UEFAEURO) October 15, 2019Sweden were indebted to Olsen during the early stages, when Spain’s masterful control of possession pinned the hosts deep inside their own territory.Each member of Spain’s central midfield trio – Fabian Ruiz, Thiago Alcantara and Rodri – were denied by Olsen, although Thiago opting to try and round the goalkeeper in the eighth minute amounted to a glaring error when a square pass or a finish looked simple.Olsen pushed a header from Spain debutant Gerard Moreno behind before Sweden belatedly found their feet – De Gea impressively saving from Robin Quaison in the 33rd minute after the Mainz striker prodded an earlier opener wide.Those moments of encouragement proved instructive and Jan Olof Andersson’s side hit the front when Berg bundled home, De Gea having completed a stunning double save from the eventual goalscorer and Emil Forsberg in vain.Forsberg tested the Manchester United number one shortly afterwards with Spain reeling – De Gea’s departure after an hour doing little to improve his country’s prospects, or indeed raise optimism levels at Old Trafford ahead of Liverpool’s visit on Sunday.Gerard was increasingly feeding off scraps as a fractious contest played into Sweden’s hands but glanced wide in the 67th minute.Olsen then thwarted Mikel Oyarzabal impressively, although he could do nothing when substitute Alexander Isak misjudged a headed clearance and Fabian drilled back across goal for Rodrigo to apply the finish. What does it mean? Job done for Moreno in campaign hit by tragedyAs has frequently been the case over recent years, this was not Spain at their fluent best. But Moreno can reflect on mission complete in a job that came to him in tragic circumstances following Luis Enrique’s decision to step down.Olsen’s masterclass deserved moreSweden’s goalkeeper did not have the luxury of feeling his way into the contest, as many of those in front of them did. Without Olsen’s razor-sharp reflexes, a victory snatched away would never have been on the agenda.Villarreal star Gerard gives mixed auditionGerard battled gamely against Victor Lindelof and Andreas Granqvist but an attack that has been led by Rodrigo, Alvaro Morata and Paco Alcacer at various points during this qualifying campaign looked no closer to finding the missing piece before the Valencia man stole in to grab the headlines.10 – Rodrigo Moreno has been involved in ten goals in his 22 appearances for Spain (eight goals & two assists). Required#swedenspain #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/UzTsaaLcuH— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 15, 2019What’s next?Sweden are a point ahead of Romania, who they have already beaten. A draw in Bucharest should be enough with the Faroe Islands up last. If Sweden falter next time out, though, Spain could be the kingmakers as they finish the campaign against Romania after taking on Malta. read morelast_img read more

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Pembina launches major expansions to oil natural gas liquids pipelines

Pembina launches major expansions to oil, natural gas liquids pipelines CALGARY – Pembina Pipeline Corp. is expanding two of its pipeline systems as oil and gas drilling activity in northwestern Alberta and northeastern British Columbia heats up.The Calgary-based company (TSX:PPL) is spending a total of $545 million to expand its crude oil and natural gas liquids systems by a collective 108,000 barrels per day, plus another $125 million to connect customers to the expanded pipelines.“With the amount of development of crude oil and NGL-rich resource plays we’re seeing by producers near our pipelines in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, there is a strong demand for this next phase of our growth strategy,” said chief operating officer Mick Dilger.Pembina’s Peace crude oil system will be expanded by 55,000 barrels per day by late 2014. That’s on top of a previously announced 40,000-barrel-per-day expansion to come in service next year.Meanwhile, the 53,000-barrel-per-day expansion to Pembina’s Northern NGL system is set to come into service by early to mid-2015.That system, too, had already been undergoing an expansion to add 52,000 barrels per day of capacity by the end of 2013.Once the expansions are complete, the Peace pipeline will be able to ship 250,000 barrels per day and the NGL system will have a capacity of 220,000 barrels per day.The projects involve adding and upgrading pump stations, as well as reconfiguring and building new pipe.Also Tuesday, Pembina reported third-quarter profits of $30.7 million, or 11 cents per share, versus $30.1 million, or 18 cents per share a year earlier.The per share amount decreased due to the 116.5 million shares Pembina issued to acquire Provident Energy in a $3.2-billion deal earlier this year.Pembina’s revenues for the quarter grew to $815.3 million, up from $300.6 million.“Pembina delivered steady operational and financial results this quarter and we continued to make substantial progress on a number of capital projects across our business,” said CEO Bob Michaleski.“Our integration with Provident is essentially complete with only a few remaining items on the information systems front, which we expect to wrap up by year-end.“Moving forward, I’m confident we have the financial resources, human capital, and strategic focus to further our pursuit of fee-for-service opportunities, which we expect will continue adding long-term shareholder value.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 6, 2012 6:26 pm MDT read more

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