After Poland win, Pekerman may tinker for Senegal clash

first_imgA stylish 3-0 win for Los Cafeteros (Coffee Makers) over the Adam Nawalka-coached Poles made amends for a 2-1 opening defeat to Japan when Carlos Sanchez was sent off after just three minutes.Yerry Mina, Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado were all on target in Kazan but Pekerman’s decision to align both Juan Quintero and James Rodriguez proved decisive.The creative midfielders were involved in all three goals and the 68-year-old Argentine said he will continue to tinker if it helps Colombia advance.“There are so many situations that can make or break a football team. This is a World Cup. We have to simply forget any quick judgements or prejudices that we might have,” said Pekerman.“When I make the starting line-up, I do it taking account of the whole context in which we find ourselves.”The general consensus suggested either Rodriguez or Quintero was required for Colombia’s must-win clash with the Poles.But Pekerman turned that assumption on its head.After a tense start, Rodriguez and Quintero were soon into their stride.Both were involved in Colombia’s 40th-minute opener, Quintero sending Rodriguez through following a corner to cross for Mina to head past Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and claim his maiden goal at the tournament.Quintero’s superb pass sent Falcao on his way to breaking his World Cup duck, four years after a serious knee injury ended his chances of playing in Brazil.Five minutes later, Rodriguez drew several Polish players on the left before sending a great cross-field ball to Cuadrado, who appeared from nowhere to run in and beat Szczesny and spark the party celebrations.“We are talking about two players with great talent, they gave us that today,” Pekerman said after a win which he and Colombia dedicated to the embattled Sanchez.After defeat by Japan, he had received death threats.“I definitely can’t deny how much I’m satisfied because we knew how crucial it was for us that this combination worked. They complemented each other very well.”A tournament-topping six-goal tally from Rodriguez steered Colombia to the quarter-finals four years ago, but to reach the last 16 this time around the south Americans ideally need to beat a Senegal side that beat Poland 2-1 and drew 2-2 with Japan.Colombia will face either England or Belgium in the last 16 iof they make it through.Falcao said: “Thanks to the talent of players like James, Quintero, and Cuadrado we made the difference.“We played some great football. But now we have to think about Thursday’s game against Senegal, when we can seal qualification to the next round.”Pekerman, however, called for caution.“We’re not qualified yet, we have to be at our best to beat an extraordinary team… they (Senegal) are getting better and better and they’ll be playing with the confidence of having four points from their opening two matches.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Colombia coach Jose Pekerman at training on Monday plotting Senegal’s downfall © AFP / LUIS ACOSTAKAZAN, Russian Federation, Jun 25 – Colombia coach Jose Pekerman hinted more surprises could be on the way after a tactical masterstroke sealed a crucial World Cup win over Poland to leave them in control of their last-16 destiny.Success over Senegal in their closing Group H match on Thursday will guarantee their progress to the knockout stages. A draw would also see them through if already eliminated Poland beat Japan.last_img read more


first_imgTwo young men who tied up and robbed a young woman after watching a movie have been remanded in jail by a judge to allow him time to consider their punishment.Letterkenny Court.Lee McLaughlin, and James Leedham, were part of a three man gang who terrorised two young women in a house robbery in Inishowen. The gang forced their way into the house at The Mullins in Carndonagh in broad daylight on September 29th, 2013.The men had their faces hidden and had also brought an imitation firearm to the house.Two young women in the house were watching television at around 1.45pm in the afternoon when the gang struck.One of the women Shannon Doherty managed to escape through a window but another woman, Danielle Doherty, who was 20, was held captive by the raiders.McLaughlin, 20, tied Ms Doherty’s hands with a cable-tie and put duct tape on her mouth to stop her from screaming.The gang tried to put her into a wardrobe but she refused to go into it.They eventually stole 36 packets of cigarettes, 6 packets of loose tobacco and €58 in cash which they put into a rucksack which they had brought with them.However the men were chased by some neighbours who had ben alerted to the robbery by Ms Doherty who had escaped earlier.They managed to flee through fields but were eventually apprehended by Gardai.The court heard the gang had planned the robbery after watching a video the previous night.One of the men, Lee McLaughlin of Station Road, Carndonagh, said he did not even smoke and did not know why he carried out the robbery.He knew Ms Doherty from a young age but could not remember her but said he was deeply sorry for what he had done to her.Barrister Charlotte Simpson told the court that McLaughlin had suffered at the hands of his father who had been very violent towards his, his other siblings and their mother.He had held a gun to their heads and had stubbed cigarettes out on them.Because his mother could not cope, he had been placed in foster care and had done quite well but did have mental health issues.James Leedham, 18, of Allendale Park, Buncrana, said he had been refused entry to the army on health grounds at he time of the robbery and was having serious issues accepting this.Leedham’s father Daryl gave evidence of how his son’s arrest for the crime was like being stabbed in the heart because he had never been in trouble before.He said he had relations in the UK in the hotel industry and his son was planning to get employment there if he got a second chance from the courts.Both Leedham and McLaughlin had pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and aggravated burglary.Another member of the gang, Jason Bonner of Aghilly, Buncrana, had been jailed for 30 months but had that sentence suspended for 3 years, when he appeared before Judge Matthew Deery.Victim Danielle Doherty told Letterkenny Circuit Court she was still suffering from the attack and had to lock all the doors in her house if she was home alone.Judge John O’Hagan said he was in disbelief at the men’s actions.His said the situation was ‘comical and ludicrous’ but did not take away from the fear suffered by Danielle Doherty.He added that the fact that the offenses carried carried a maximum sentence of life in prison reflected how serious they were.He said he would take time to read the reports on both men and said he would remand both men in prison until Friday to allow them to reflect on their actions.GANG WHO TIED UP AND ROBBED WOMAN AFTER WATCHING A MOVIE REMANDED IN JAIL was last modified: February 3rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaDanielle DohertydonegalInishowenJames LeedhamJUdge John O’HaganLee McLaughlinrobbedlast_img read more