Russia denies bail for Greenpeace U.S. captain, two activists
The Russians last qualified for the World Cup in Japan and South Korea in 2002, but under coach Fabio Capello they quickly secured the group’s top spot and held it as Portugal once again came up short. “Russia was the best team. They were better than us,” Portugal coach Paulo Bento said. “We needed to demonstrate better quality if we wanted the top spot.” In Baku, Roman Shirokov gave Russia the lead in the 16th minute from a cutting pass from Alexander Samedov. Vagif Javadov headed in the equalizer in the 90th. Azerbaijan was reduced to 10 men in the 73rd when Maksim Medvedev was given a red card for a rough tackle. “I’m satisfied with this qualifying campaign,” Russia coach Fabio Capello said. “With such a strong opponent as Portugal in our group, we grabbed the top place.” Capello still had some concerns, saying it was the third time that Russia conceded a goal in the last minute. “We should look ahead and improve our game,” he said. Portugal also had to go through the playoffs to qualify for its last two major tournaments, the 2012 European Championship and 2010 World Cup. It was a semifinalist at Euro 2012. The Portuguese have been dogged by inconsistency. They have won just eight of their 16 qualifiers and friendly games since Euro 2012. Their qualifying campaign was spoiled by a 1-1 home draw against Northern Ireland and two draws against Israel.
Russia qualifies for World Cup with draw
Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Ford makes two more SUV models for Russia Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY 1:47 p.m. EDT October 14, 2013 The automaker and its Russian partner will built Edge and EcoSports crossovers in Tatarstan A Ford EcoSport outside the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow (Photo: Ford) Ford will make EcoSport and Edge for the Russian market They will be built at plants in Russia Edge is sold in the U.S., but not EcoSport SHARE 6 CONNECT 8 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Ford and its Russian partner says it is adding a pair of crossover SUVs to the list of vehicles it makes and sells in Russia. The Ford EcoSport SUV will be at the plant that Ford jointly runs with a Russian company called Sollers. Full production begins next year at the plant in Naberezhnye Chelny, Tatarstan. Ford will also bring its Edge crossover to a plant in Elabuga, Tatarstan. Edge is sold in the U.S. but not EcoSport, a smaller SUV. “The Ford EcoSport and Ford Edge, which have proved to be great successes around the world, will give Russian customers two new stylish, fun-to-drive options from Ford’s family of SUVs,” said Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford in a statement on a visit to Russia. Ford and Sollers are already making Ford Explorer SUVs in the Elabuga plant. They have also begun construction of a new $274 million engine plant in Tatarstan and a research center in Moscow. Find New & Used Cars
Group H rivals Ukraine racked up eight goals against San Marino in the forlorn hope of any slip-up at Wembley. “You can imagine quite a few emotions are churning around inside me,” England manager Roy Hodgson told reporters. “I died a thousand deaths every time they (Poland) crossed the halfway line which is what you do… I am, though, naturally delighted that we completed the job.” World Cup 2018 hosts Russia, who needed to avoid a heavy defeat in Azerbaijan to guarantee top spot in Group F ahead of Portugal, did just that as they were held 1-1 in Baku. Fabio Capello’s side gave Portugal, who were comfortably ahead against Luxembourg, a glimmer of hope after conceding in the 90th having led through Roman Shirokov’s 15th-minute opener. It meant that despite goals from Silvestre Varela, Nani and Helder Postiga giving Portugal a 3-0 win at home to bottom side Luxembourg, they finished a point behind Russia and will have to negotiate the playoffs to reach the finals. BOSNIAN PARTY Bosnians, on the other hand, will be celebrating long into the night after reaching their first major tournament since declaring independence in 1992, after Vedad Ibisevic’s 68th-minute winner earned a 1-0 victory in Lithuania. Greece were behind Group G leaders Bosnia on goal difference before their match at home to Liechtenstein and the 2004 European champions knew they needed a slip-up from the leaders to snatch top spot. The Greeks quickly got on with their job as Dimitris Salpingidis put them ahead after seven minutes with a tap-in before Giorgos Karagounis doubled the lead in the 81st for a 2-0 win that ultimately was not enough to stop a big Bosnian party. “This is crazy, everybody is overjoyed, screaming and dancing,” said 15-year-old pupil Matea Perovic, who was heading to a fan zone in Sarajevo where the team was scheduled to appear for a late-night celebration on their return from Kaunas. Five European teams had already cracked open the bubbly to celebrate their places at the World Cup finals before this last round of matches but it did not stop some of them adding a few more goals for good measure. Group C winners Germany fought back from two goals down to beat runners-up Sweden 5-3 thanks to a hat-trick from Andre Schuerrle on an evening when midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger earned his 100th cap. There was also another victory for Group D winners and 2010 World Cup runners-up Netherlands, who overcame Turkey 2-0 away to deny their hosts a place in the playoffs as Romania overtook them in the standings with a 2-0 win at home to Estonia. Already-qualified Italy and Belgium ended their campaigns on more modest notes with 2-2 and 1-1 draws against Armenia and Wales respectively, while Switzerland beat Slovenia 1-0 to deny the visitors a chance of the Group E runners-up spot that went to Iceland. Croatia, who had already secured second place behind Belgium in Group A, suffered a surprise 2-0 defeat in Scotland but had done just enough earlier in the campaign to ensure the loss did not cost them a playoff spot.
Bosnia join Spain, England and Russia at World Cup
captain, two activists Russia MOSCOW | Mon Oct 14, 2013 12:45pm EDT MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia denied bail on Monday to the American captain of a Greenpeace ship and two other foreign activists who are among 30 environmentalists arrested on charges of piracy over a protest at an Arctic drilling platform. Captain Peter Willcox and activists David John Haussmann, 49, of New Zealand and Camila Speziale, 21, who has Italian and Argentinian citizenship, had appealed against an order that they be held in pre-trial detention until late November. A decision on another Arctic Sunrise crew member, Cristian D’Alessandro of Italy, was put off until Tuesday, when bail hearings for a Briton and a Swiss activist are also planned. A court in the northern port city of Murmansk has already denied bail to two Britons and four Russians held over the September 18 protest in which activists tried to scale the Prirazlomnaya oil rig and security forces later boarded the Greenpeace ship. The piracy charges, punishable by up to 15 years’ jail, appear aimed at sending a message that Moscow will not tolerate attempts to disrupt its development of the resource-rich Arctic. Other countries and firms seeking to exploit Arctic energy resources face similar concerns from environmentalists, who fear they will destroy a pristine ecosystem. Willcox, 60, a veteran campaigner who was at the helm of the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior when it was bombed and sunk by the French secret service in 1985, denied the charges against him in court. “I have been doing this for 40 years and never faced a charge like this,” the state-run Russian news agency RIA quoted him as saying. “If I could start everything over, I would stay in New York.” Greenpeace says the protest at the rig owned by state-controlled Russian energy company Gazprom was peaceful and calls the piracy charges absurd and unfounded. “He is a hero not a pirate,” Willcox’s wife, Maggie, said in a statement. “I appeal to the common sense and conscience of the Russian authorities to let my husband and the rest of the people from the Arctic Sunrise come home.” President Vladimir Putin has said the activists were not pirates but that they had violated international law. The head of the Kremlin’s human rights advisory body has said he would ask prosecutors to withdraw the piracy charges. Investigators have said more charges will be pressed against some protesters as drugs and other suspect items had been found on the ship. Greenpeace denies there were illegal items aboard. Those arrested include citizens of Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, France, Sweden, Poland, Turkey and Ukraine.