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U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Urges Legislature to Support Gov. Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania Infrastructure Plan

first_img Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania Harrisburg, PA – U.S. Senator Bob Casey wrote a letter to the Pennsylvania General Assembly urging members to support Gov. Wolf’s aggressive infrastructure plan, Restore Pennsylvania.“This plan would make historic investments in high-speed internet access, storm preparedness and resiliency, transit and blight demolition and redevelopment,” said Sen. Casey. “It represents an opportunity for both parties to come together and make a historic investment in the economy of the Commonwealth, and in doing so, in the future of our children, our families, our middle class and the state of Pennsylvania.”Restore Pennsylvania is a statewide plan to aggressively address the commonwealth’s vital infrastructure needs by injecting $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant, high-impact projects selected by local officials who are best situated to determine need.“I thank Sen. Casey for recognizing the critical need to invest in infrastructure if we want to make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century economy,” said Gov. Wolf. “Each day we continue to debate this issue, our competitors are working on infrastructure projects that move them ahead and make them more attractive to businesses. It’s time that we unite to make our commonwealth a better place to live, work and do business.”Funded through a commonsense severance tax that the Independent Fiscal Office has determined will be primarily paid for by out-of-state residents, Restore Pennsylvania is the only plan that will help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century.View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan here. April 16, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Urges Legislature to Support Gov. Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania Infrastructure Planlast_img read more

Partner therapy ‘cuts HIV cases’

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img 12 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle Partner therapy ‘cuts HIV cases’ by: – December 1, 2012 The study has been released to coincide with World Aids DayTreating people with HIV who have uninfected partners significantly reduces transmission rates, researchers in China have found.A clinical trial had shown benefits of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment before.But this trial, reported in the Lancet, is the first “real-life” public health programme of its kind.A UK HIV expert said there was a growing consensus that getting ARV drugs to as many people as need them would cut transmission rates.Treatment goalTo mark World Aids Day, the World Health Organization has issued a statement on global progress on cutting new infections and Aids-related deaths.In 2011, there were 2.5 million new infections – down 700,000 from the 2001 figure – and an estimated 1.7 million people died from Aids-related illnesses in 2011 – 600,000 fewer than in 2005.The WHO says improving access to ARV drugs is key to cutting rates further.The drugs reduce the amount of virus in the blood, and cut the risk of an infected person passing HIV on.Last year, at the UN General Assembly, governments agreed to set the goal of getting 15 million HIV-infected people worldwide on the life-saving antiretroviral medicines by 2015. The WHO says this target could be within reach – provided countries can sustain current rates.And it says about eight million people in low and middle-income countries are getting the treatment they need, up from just 0.4 million in 2003.Dr Gottfried Hirnschall, director of the WHO’s HIV department, said: “The challenge now is to ensure that global progress is mirrored at all levels and in all places so that people, whoever they are and wherever they live, can obtain antiretroviral therapy when they need it.”This year, the WHO issued new guidelines for treating people with HIV who have uninfected partners with antiretrovirals.‘Real-world impact’The research from China, which followed couples for up to nine years, was the first programme to really test this out in the real world.In 24,000 couples, the HIV-infected partner had received treatment at the start of the study period – to test out the preventative benefits – while 14,800 had not.This was because they had not met the national guidelines HIV positive people normally have to meet to receive treatment. In the treated group, there were 1.3 cases of transmission per 100 person years, compared with 2.6 per 100 person years in the untreated group. The researchers say this equates to a 26% reduction in the risk of HIV transmission. This is a lot lower than the 89% difference seen in the clinical trial. And the authors say the protective effects of ARV therapy only appeared to last a year, with transmission rates becoming more similar between the treated and untreated couples in later years.Keith Alcorn, of the HIV/Aids expert group NAM Aidsmap, said it was an interesting study.“It shows the real-world impact of using ARV treatment in this way.“The results are not as big a reduction in transmission as in the clinical trial, but there is still an effect.”He said the difference could be explained by people not adhering to their drug regime as well as they did in the study, or stopping their treatment after experiencing side effects.Mr Alcorn added: “There is a growing international consensus that treating everyone who needs it is going to have an impact on transmission.”BBC Newslast_img read more

Lady Wildcats Edge Lady Twisters In Tennis

first_imgAfter winning two matches to start the week, Franklin County took on Oldenburg Academy in a non-conference match winning 3-2. Both teams have had successful seasons thus far so expectations were high heading into the match.Winning for Franklin County to get the first point was the 2 Doubles duo winning 6-1, 6-1. Shortly after, Oldenburg came back with a victory of their own winning at 1 Doubles 6-2, 6-0. With the team score a 1-1, it was all up to the singles players to decide the match. Franklin County continued to feel comfortable with the situation they were put in, as their singles players had only combined to lose 2 matches all year to that point, both coming at the 2 Singles position. Oldenburg would yet again get another team point at 2 Singles while winning 6-0, 6-2. Klei at 3 Singles for Franklin County was able to keep the ball in play and make it tough on her opponent to get a 6-2, 6-1 win over her opponent. It was 2-2 following the 3 Singles match, which meant the 1 Singles result would decide the match as a team. Both players battled back and forth. After 2 and a half hours, two tiebreakers, and many gut-wrenching points, Lilli Stewart was able to beat her opponent with a slim 7-5 tiebreaker score. Franklin County beat Oldenburg 3-2 to remain undefeated on the season along with Stewart (#1 Singles) and Klei (#3 Singles).On Thursday, May 3, Franklin County will travel to Union County to take on the Patriots in a non-conference match.Coach Jeff Siebert had this to say on the match. “You couldn’t get a closer match than what we saw at 1 Singles. I hate that somebody had to lose that match. They both battled back and forth. Somebody would get down and then come storming back to take the lead. It came down to nerves at the end and Lilli prevailed to win the match. We don’t win the match though without wins at 3 Singles and 2 Doubles. 2 Doubles played very well tonight as they were the first ones off the court. Lauren at 3 Singles has played unbelievable all season. Both Lauren (Klei) and Lilli (Stewart) are undefeated which is a big reason we are where we are today. We knew this would be a good match and I am just happy we were able to get the three points needed to win.”Scores#1 Singles Lilli Stewart (FC) beat Kathryn Wilder (OA) 7-6(4), 1-6, 7-6(5)#2 Singles Angela Wanstrath (OA) beat Megan Routh (FC) 6-0, 6-2#3 Singles Lauren Klei (FC) beat Sarah Price (OA) 6-2, 6-1#1 Doubles Sarah Preston and Hanna Hurn (OA) beat Grace Moster and Allie Routh (FC) 6-2, 6-0#2 Doubles Maggie Brack and Taylor McCreary (FC) beat Claire Hollingsworth and Carsen Thompson (OA) 6-1, 6-1last_img read more

How Chelsea will lineup vs Liverpool after latest injuries

first_img In attack, Lampard has decisions to make around who leads the line. Werner did well against Brighton, but Olivier Giroud is pushing to start and could be an option as his physicality can match that of Virgil van Dijk. Starting the Frenchman would likely mean Timo Werner deployed on the left and Kai Havertz given the chance to play in his favoured No10 role. Loading… Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is boosted by the return of Mateo Kovacic for today’s big match with Liverpool. The midfielder missed the opening game of the season at Brighton due to suspension after being sent off against Arsenal in last month’s FA Cup final. The Croatian is likely to come into midfield to start alongside N’Golo Kante, with Jorginho possibly the man to drop out. Antonio Rudiger In defence, Lampard may look to bring in Antonio Rudiger for Andreas Christensen as the German’s pace could be handy against Liverpool’s speedy forward line. Read Also: Gareth Bale gets famous squad number at Tottenham Mason Mount could then complete the attack by playing out right as Christian Pulisic is injured. Chelsea possible XI to face Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Kepa; James, Rudiger, Zouma, Alonso; Kante, Kovacic; Mount, Havertz, Werner; Giroud FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way20 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Siberia8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?The Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoDazzling Wedding Looks From Different Countries In The Worldlast_img read more

John Terry buys new £4.35m house

first_imgRelatedPosts John Terry loses £207k investment John Terry pens new Aston Villa contract  John Terry in line for Middlesbrough job John Terry’s alleged brand new £4.35 million mansion is close to that of former Chelsea teammate, Wayne Bridge.The Aston Villa assistant shared a dressing room with the retired left-back for six years at Stamford Bridge.And now it appears that the duo have been reunited in Surrey, with both their homes overlooking the English countryside, according to The Sun.The two have a colourful past that dates back to their days at Chelsea.In 2010, it was alleged that Terry, married to Toni, seduced Vanessa Perroncel just weeks after the French model had split with Bridge.The two, who have a son called Jayden together, had been in a relationship for four years before she left the ex-Southampton star.Terry was accused of wooing Perroncel after comforting her over the break-up, while details were initially kept quiet with a super-injunction.However, the court order was lifted a week later as the bombshell claims rocked the footballing world.Perroncel has always denied any relationship with Terry, while tensions between the two players came to a head in February 2010 on the pitch.With Bridge plying his trade for Manchester City, the England international snubbed Terry in the pre-match handshakes.He has since married The Saturday’s member Frankie Sandford.The couple have two children together, Parker and Carter.Terry reportedly bought his seven-bedroom house in the summer, with a source telling The Sun: “It’s going to be pretty hard for them not to bump into each other. They are literally just a few minutes walk apart. It could make an awkward meeting.”Bridge bought his property two years ago with Frankie and it has a similar design to Terry’s.The Chelsea legend’s property reportedly has a library, study, swimming pool and tennis court and also a stables. Tags: John TerryVanessa Perroncellast_img read more

Essien to coach Danish club

first_imgRelatedPosts Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Former Ghana and Chelsea star Michael Essien has joined the coaching staff of Danish side Nordsjaelland for the 2021-season.The 37-year-old is taking a big step towards his coaching dreams, having long talked about his ambition. “FC Nordsjælland has signed the former Black Star, Lyon, Real Madrid, and Chelsea player as part of the club’s coaching staff for the season 2020/2021,” the Wild Tigers announced on their official website on Wednesday.Last on the books of Azerbaijani fold Sabail as a player-coach, Essien is yet to officially announce his retirement from active football despite his latest coaching role.Earlier this year, he spent a brief period with FCN as part of his activities toward securing his coaching badges.“Michael left a very positive impression here during his visit and we continued the dialogue with him after he had left,” Nordsjaelland Sports director Jan Laursen said.“We felt he was excited by what he experienced here through our philosophy, the people he met at the club, and that our environment inspired him. “At the same time, Michael’s visit gave us a clear impression of how much a coaching staff member on the pitch, as an active part of the training with the players, can contribute and add.“That part we are really looking forward to further developing, and we are very happy that it can happen through and with such a football and human capacity, as Michael Essien is.”Essien has enjoyed a glittering playing career, having featured for the likes of Olympique Lyon, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Chelsea, with whom he won the Champions League in 2012.“In the coaching staff we’ve experienced Michael Essien as both curious and hungry for knowledge before and after the training sessions, but at the same time also contributing and giving among the players during the training,” Nordsjaelland head coach Flemming Pedersen added.Tags: ChelseaLyonMichael EssienNordsjaellandReal Madridlast_img read more

Fabregas chooses Blues

first_imgCesc Fabregas has completed his transfer to Chelsea from Barcelona, the Spain midfielder has announced in a statement. The 27-year-old is currently in Brazil with the national squad but has put pen to paper on a deal that sees him return to England after leaving Arsenal for the Nou Camp in 2011. He is believed to have signed a five-year contract for a fee in the region of £30million. Press Association “I do feel that I have unfinished business in the Premier League and now is the right time for me to return. “Yes, everyone knows that Arsenal had the first option to sign me. They decided not to take this option and therefore it wasn’t meant to be. I wish them well in the future.” With fellow Spaniards Xavi and Andreas Iniesta for competition, Fabregas broke into the Barcelona side and ended his first season with four winners’ medals before picking up the first league title of his career the following year. He was the subject of interest from Manchester United last summer when then-manager David Moyes confirmed the Red Devils had approached Barcelona in the hope of concluding a deal. The signing will be seen as perfect timing for Chelsea following the end of Frank Lampard’s long affiliation with the club and he becomes the first addition to Jose Mourinho’s squad as the Portuguese looks to improve on last year’s trophyless campaign. With Barcelona having failed to win any silverware last season and the appointment of Luis Enrique as the new head coach, Fabregas was allowed to leave Spain and he revealed that Chelsea was his preferred option from those who had made their interest known. “I considered all the other offers very carefully and I firmly believe that Chelsea is the best choice,” he said. “They match my footballing ambitions with their hunger and desire to win trophies. They have an amazing squad of players and an incredible manager. I am fully committed to this team and I can’t wait to start playing.” Fabregas became a household name in England after developing into a first-team regular at Arsenal and eventually becoming captain. He joined the Gunners from Barcelona’s youth set-up but, despite earning plaudits for his ability, he only ever lifted the FA Cup during his first stay in England. Now he returns with London rivals Chelsea after confirming Arsenal had not taken up their option to re-sign him. “Firstly I would like to thank everyone at FC Barcelona where I enjoyed 3 wonderful years,” he said. “It was my childhood club and I will always be proud and honoured that I had a chance to play for such a great team. last_img read more

70-year-old Trenton man finishes triathlon

first_img Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest Posts Bio Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013.center_img ELLSWORTH — Seventy-year old Jud Starr of Trenton will never look at the Bucksport Road hill the same way.“I’ve driven that road countless times,” Starr says. “It’s much steeper when you’re on a bike.”Starr learned that on Sunday while competing in the Down East Family YMCA’s Dare to Tri triathlon. He pedaled his bicycle 13.4 miles, swam 500 yards and ran 3.1 miles before crossing the finish line to cheering spectators.Of the 14 other competitors, Starr was the oldest by at least 12 years. He finished in two hours, 49 minutes and 50 seconds.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“I’d like to say I finished first in my age group,” Starr says in jest. “First and last. But the goal was just to finish.”Starr, an Orono native who practiced law in Washington D.C., recently retired and moved back to Maine — the state he says he has always considered home.In July, Starr saw an ad in the newspaper about the triathlon and immediately made it his next goal. He had just turned 70.“I decided, this is the birthday present I’m going to give myself,” Starr says. “I’m going to do this triathlon.”Starr began training. Along with his usual 10-mile bike rides, he began swimming in the ocean regularly.But during the triathlon’s 500-yard swim in the YMCA pool, Starr says he learned another lesson — this one regarding the buoyancy of saltwater.“I got in the pool, and I just sank,” he says. “Half my energy went to staying up.”Starr admits he had his moments where he wondered, “Why am I doing this?” But the sense of accomplishment he felt at the finish line, he says, made it all worth it.“You just feel a great sense of satisfaction when you set a goal and accomplish it,” Starr says. “I can say I finished a triathlon. I did it.”Aidan Robichaud-Ward, 18, of Hulls Cove placed first overall with a time of one hour, 13 minutes and two seconds.Laura Anderson, 38, of Bar Harbor placed first among the women in one hour, 21 minutes and 16 seconds.In the male division, the other top two finishers included James Jackson Sanborn, 42, of Orono (1:18.03) and Jeremiah Scheff, 14, of Blue Hill (1:40.41).Maegan Haney, 38, of Mount Desert was the second female finisher (1:23.33), and Jessica Oakes, 38, of Ellsworth took third (1:28.28).The youngest competitor, 12-year-old Henry Scheff of Blue Hill, finished in 2:07.01. Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more

Other Sports KT Irfan becomes first Indian athlete to qualify for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

first_img New Delhi: National record holder KT Irfan Sunday became the first Indian from athletics to qualify for the next year’s Olympics while finishing fourth in the 20 km event of the Asian Race Walking Championships in Nomi, Japan. The 29-year-old Irfan clocked 1 hour 20 minutes and 57 seconds to better the Tokyo Olympics qualification standard of 1 hour 21 minutes. The Olympics qualification period for race walk events and marathon race has begun from January 1 this year and will run till May 31, 2020. The Olympics qualification period for all other athletics events will start from May 1 this year and will run till June 29, 2020. No other Indian from athletics has so far qualified for Tokyo Olympics.     Irfan, who has a personal best as well as national record of 1:20:21 which he did during his 10th place finish in 2012 Olympics, also qualified for this year’s World Championships (September 27-October 6) in Doha, Qatar as he bettered the qualifying mark of 1:22:30.   The Kerala race walker had won the 20 km event in the National Open Race Walk Championships in Chennai last month with a time of 1:26:18.RELATED     He was one of the two Indian athletes who were expelled from the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games for not adhering to the ‘no needle policy’ of the Games. He was disqualified in the 20 km race walk event of the 2018 Asian Games after receiving his third warning for “loss of contact”.     Japan’s Toshikazu Yamanishi won the 20 km race walk event with an impressive time of 1:17:15 while Kazakhstan’s Georgiy Sheiko and Korea’s Byeongkwang Choe were second and third in 1:20:21 and 1:20:40 respectively.       The Asian and World record in men’s 20 km race walk stands in the name of Japanese Yusuke Suzuki who clocked 1:16:36 in the 2015 edition of the same championships in Nomi.      Two other Indians, Devinder Singh and Ganapathi Krishnan also qualified for the World Championships as they clocked 1:21:22 and 1:22:12 respectively. They had finished second and fifth in the Chennai National Race Walk Championships with timings of 1:26:19 and 1:26:43.     In the women’s 20 km race walk event, Soumya Baby finished fourth with a timing of 1:36:08, well outside Olympics qualifying standard of 1:31:00 and World Championships qualifying standard of 1:33:30. The Olympics qualification period for race walk events will run till May 31, 2020.Irfan had won the 20 km event in the National Open Race Walk Championships in Chennai.Irfan had a personal best of 1:20:21 during his 10th place finish in 2012 Olympics. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Rumble in Kazan as France, Argentina Battle for Q’Final Ticket

first_imgKunle Adewale reporting from Moscow, Courtesy Star TimesTwo former champions, France and Argentina will this afternoon at the Kazan Arena, in pursuit of a quarter-final ticket of the 2018 World Cup.Both teams had contrasting results to their booking a place to the knockout stages. While France easily topped the Group C with seven points, Argentina needed a Marcos Rojo’s last-minute gasp against Nigeria to qualify as Group D runners-up with a meagre four points.With both sides still unconvincing that they are capable of lifting the Jules Rimet Trophy on July 15, they, however, head into today’s encounter with the chance to progress through to the quarter-finals.Finishing at the top of the World Cup group generally results in plenty of optimism ahead of the knockout stages, but that is not the case when it comes to France, who have had to battle their way through to the last 16.There are positives to take from seven points being recorded from three games without getting near to a performance which would have been deemed acceptable by their supporters, but France’s flair players are yet to show up at this tournament.Les Bleus showed a touch of class with their winner against Peru but aside from that, their other two goals – both against Australia came from a controversial penalty and an own goal, and three halves of football have now passed since France’s last goal.Didier Deschamps will not be too concerned because his priority is not winning this tournament, but there is a large abundance of talent in his squad – chosen from arguably the deepest crop of quality in world football and it is currently perceived that Deschamps and his players are not meeting expectations.On the flipside, convincing performances may not have been the best preparation for attempting to negotiate this side of the draw. The winner of this tie goes on to play whoever prevails from the Uruguay and Portugal encounter, and both matches have the potential to be a war of attrition.Deschamps has also kept the majority of these players involved with 20 of his 23-man squad having all spent time on the pitch, although there was little benefit from featuring during the final 30 minutes of the Denmark game in which both teams barely played above walking pace. That is perhaps the biggest challenge for Deschamps – he now has to prepare a team who are ready to go into battle against opposition who have already received strong criticism back home and have overcome adversity to progress through their group.At some point, these two sides will showcase the kind of football that the world is expecting, but today’s match could come down to desire and France will have to step up their performance to match an increasing belief within the Argentina camp.While there has been an element of control about the way that France had progressed through their group, the same cannot be said of Argentina who required a goal from an unlikely source to maintain their interest in this competition.Most of the attention has been focused on the indifferent performances of Lionel Messi, the treatment of Sergio Aguero and goalkeeping errors from Willy Caballero, but Rojo’s well-struck volley during the later stages against Nigeria got Argentina and manager Jorge Sampaoli out of jail, for the time being at least.La Albiceleste and their passionate fans will not be satisfied with scrapping their way through to a stage of the World Cup which is still not regarded as the bare minimum, but there will equally be an air of relief with getting through to the knockout rounds.There is no getting away from the fact that Argentina have been desperately below par and that the outings from their backline will only provide encouragement for future opponents, but a win such as the one over Nigeria can unite a squad.Doubts remain over the strength of the relationship between Sampaoli and his players. However, the reality of the situation is that Sampaoli was minutes away from losing his job but Rojo’s perfectly-timed strike in more ways than one leaves the national team coach still in contention for unlikely success over the next couple of weeks.Argentina find themselves in the toughest half of the draw but unlike in their previous matches where they have come up against opposition who do not necessarily stimulate motivation and pride, games against France, Portugal or Uruguay and potentially Brazil in the semi-finals are fixtures where Argentine players are prepared to live and die by the sword.The demands are there for the players to rouse themselves, but supporters will also be eager to see what answers they get from Sampaoli, who continues to divide opinion when it comes to his team selection and tactics.There does not appear to be a set strategy going forward, although that does not mean that this Argentina team should be written off. France are marginal favourites to progress this weekend but an underdog tag is not something which you would usually associate with Argentina and they could relish it.Meanwhile, in other semifinals of the day, Uruguay and Portugal will meet in Sochi, with Uruguay the only team alongside Croatia from the completed groups at Russia 2018 to boast a 100 per cent record.La Celeste’s strength is based on the twin pillars of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani up front and Atletico Madrid centre-back pairing Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez, who will face up to a familiar foe. “They have great players like we do, but we have the best player in the world,” Cedric Soares told FIFA.com, with Cristiano Ronaldo set to equal ex-Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger’s record of 38 appearances combined in World Cup finals and European Championships.“We will study them. They’re a strong team but we also have our qualities and we will try to win the game.”Ahead of their return to the Black Sea coast, the more prosaic feel that ran throughout their slow march to Euro 2016 glory has returned, with Ronaldo giving Portugal an early lead it hung on to against Morocco before Ricardo Quaresma’s sublime strike illuminated a VAR-fueled 1-1 draw with Iran.Uruguay, by contrast, seems to be easing its way through the gears after an unblemished group stage that suggests the best is yet to come. Gimenez and Suarez were respectively responsible for unremarkable 1-0 wins over Egypt and Saudi Arabia but the Barcelona striker and Cavani were both on target as host Russia was exposed to a gulf in class and a 3-0 defeat.“We are facing a very strong and powerful team,” Inter midfielder Matias Vecino, who has started every game so far at Russia 2018, told FIFA.com “The match will be defined by details and we will try to limit their forwards.”Players to watchPaul PogbaPogba will return to the starting XI after France’s fringe players failed to impress in the horror show with Denmark. Argentina’s midfield has looked ponderous so far and an in-form Pogba could wreak havoc.Lionel MessiWho else? Argentina’s captain, inspiration and best player by a country mile. The Barcelona superstar has faced criticism for his performances in Russia but his opening goal against Nigeria showed class is permanent.Facts•Today’s showdown will represent the 12th meeting between these two nations, with Argentina recording six victories and France prevailing on just two occasions.•Their first clash came at the first World Cup in 1930, while two matches have taken place since France emerged victorious in a friendly in 1986.• Argentina has gone past the first round for the 12th time in its last 13 World Cup appearances, the only exception coming in 2002. Its last four knockout games in the tournament have produced only three goals (2 goals for, 1 against).• Penalty shootouts excluded, France has lost only one of its last 11 games in the knockout stages of the World Cup; that came against eventual winners Germany in July 2014.• France only conceded five shots on target in three group games at World Cup 2018. The only goal it let in came from the penalty spot (Mile Jedinak for Australia).• Argentina forward Lionel Messi has never scored in the knockout stages of the World Cup: 666 minutes, 0 goals. He is the last Argentine player to score against France, back in February 2009 in a friendly• France’s Olivier Giroud has failed to score in his last 357 minutes at a major tournament, with his last goal dating back to the Euro 2016 quarterfinal against Iceland. He’s yet to register a shot on target at this year’s World Cup, having spent 200 minutes on the pitch.•Didier Deschamps will be taking charge of his 80th game as France manager, a new record as he overtakes Raymond Domenech.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more