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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

FIFA semis France plays Belgium at Krestovsky Stadium in St Petersburg


Neva is a river in northwestern Russia flowing from Lake Ladoga through the western part of Leningrad Oblast to the Neva Bay of the Gulf of Finland. The Neva is the only river flowing from Lake Ladoga and it  flows through the city of Saint Petersburg.  It is a site of numerous major historical events, including the Battle of the Neva in 1240 which gave Alexander Nevsky his name, the founding of Saint Petersburg in 1703, and the Siege of Leningrad by the German army during World War II.  Krestovsky Stadium officially Saint Petersburg Stadium, also called Zenit Arena, is a retractable roof stadium in the western portion of Krestovsky Island in Saint Petersburg, Russia, which serves as home for FC Zenit Saint Petersburg.. this stadium is set to host today’s semi-finals of FIFA 2018.

London Ambulance Service (LAS) is a National Health Service trust that is responsible for answering and responding to urgent and emergency medical situations within London. The service responds to 999 and 111 phone calls, providing triage and advice to enable an appropriate level of response. It is one of 10 ambulance trusts in England providing emergency medical services, and is part of the National Health Service, receiving direct government funding for its role. .. .. .. and it was in news !!

FIFA 2018 is drawing to closure.  France face Belgium while England play Croatia in their biggest match for a generation. It is England's first World Cup semi-final appearance since 1990 when they lost to West Germany on penalties.  An unquestionable sign of world-class quality and international prestige, there are few better indicators of greatness than when a player manages to score more goals than anyone else at the World's greatest sporting event. With Eusebio, Garrincha and the original Ronaldo among its previous winners, the Golden Boot has kept company with some of the best footballers of all time, and it's England's Harry Kane that currently leads the way at the 2018 Russia World Cup.  Six-goal Kane has proven himself priceless, scoring in each of the games he's played in so far, demonstrating killer instinct and nerves of steel on his country's path to the quarter finals. Belgium's Romelu Lukaku, currently in second place alongside Russia's Denis Cheryshev, has done his best to keep pace with Kane by scoring four goals of his own. French sensation Kylian Mbappe also lurks behind on three, alongside Russia's Artem Dzyuba, and Uruguay's Edinson Cavani.

As expected, a  football frenzy is sweeping  across the nation as England reach the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time in 28-years. Gareth Southgate's side has already broken a national World Cup record, becoming the first ever to win a game on penalites against Colombia. In the last few days England fans have rushed for tickets in Russia, splashing out thousands - while in London, pubs seats sold out in seconds over the weekend, after England beat Sweden 2-0 on Saturday.

Fans celebrated England’s win over Sweden .. ..  and a woman  was pictured dancing on an ambulance service car .. social media reports identified her as Larissa Bell who had damaged the emergency service vehicle by jumping on it along with several other yobs following Saturday's win over Sweden. Miss Bell, 20, who says she is a waitress at an Italian restaurant from East Kilbride, Glasgow, took it in turns with the thugs to stand on the car in Borough, south London. Their actions meant the vehicle, which should be helping those wounded or ill around London, has been forced off the road for repairs. Asked if it looked like Larissa was attempting to get off the vehicle in the photograph, the friends who saw it on social media  added: 'Yeah, and the reason that we know that it is definitely her is that there is a picture on Instagram of her with another girl and she is wearing the exact same outfit.  Police tweeted a photo of Miss Bell wearing pink shorts as she jumped on the car as part of an appeal to track her down.

Yesterday they revealed they know who she is, with the tweet: 'IDENTIFIED. Many thanks to all for sharing.. Now it's our turn.'  There is growing concern around the country that some fans are taking their celebrations of England's World Cup glory too far ahead of the semi final clash with Croatia. After Saturday's victory over Sweden a group of supporters invaded an Ikea store in east London this weekend and another man jumping from the roof of a double-decker bus and smashing through the roof a bus stop in Clapham.  London Ambulance tweeted: 'We're delighted with the result, but this has put a big dampener on the celebrations for us: while our officer attended a call nearby, this car was damaged in Borough High Street during the celebrations after the game - it's now off the road to be repaired.'

Meantime, Croatia defender Domagoj Vida could face further action by Fifa following the emergence of a second video of him appearing to shout “Glory to Ukraine!”, as well as “Belgrade burn!”, after his country’s World Cup win over Russia. The game’s governing body confirmed today that  it was “looking into” the new footage two days after issuing the 29-year-old with a formal warning for breaching its rules on political statements by yelling the first slogan in a separate clip. The former Dynamo Kiev player’s actions were widely perceived as anti-Russian, prompting the host nation’s fans to  pledge their allegiance to England in the latter’s semi-final against Croatia on Wednesday night. Vida is a key player for Croatia and has become even more so with Sime Vrsaljko doubtful for Wednesday’s game with a knee problem.  Decrying the revolution as a “fascist junta”, Russia annexed Crimea and backed separatists in a grinding war of attrition in eastern Ukraine that continues to flare up periodically.

Interesting !

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
10th July 2018.


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