Tunisia suffer another injury blow as No. 1 keeper is ruled out of World Cup

Tunisia's goalkeeper Mouez Hassen leaves the pitch after injuring his shoulder against England. (AFP)
Updated 20 June 2018
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Tunisia suffer another injury blow as No. 1 keeper is ruled out of World Cup

  • Moez Hassen will play no further part in the tournament
  • Coach Nabil Maaloul has now lost three of his key players to injury

Tunisia goalkeeper Moez Hassen has been ruled out of the World Cup after dislocating his left shoulder in the team’s 2-1 loss to England on Monday night.
The team posted the injury update on Twitter, saying Hassen was the “victim of a dislocation” and the injury was “very bad news for Tunisia.”
Hassen collided with England’s Jesse Lingard in the fifth minute in the match at Volgograd. But he remained on the field and even pulled off a fine save — clawing away John Stones’ header from Ashley Young’s corner — before Harry Kane scored the opening goal for England.
Hassen was forced off in the 15th and replaced by Ben Mustapha.
The news is a further blow to coach Nabil Maaloul, who is already without Youssef Msakni and Yassine Khenissi. Mskani, who got a hat-trick in the qualifying win over Guinea, was ruled out pre-tournament with a knee injury, while Khenissi, who was the leading goalscorer in last year’s CAF Champions League, was ruled out with a thigh injury.
Tunisia squad has returned to its World Cup training base in Moscow to prepare for Saturday’s Group G game against Belgium.


Francesco Molinari sees off Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods to win maiden major at the Open

Updated 22 July 2018
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Francesco Molinari sees off Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods to win maiden major at the Open

  • At the age of 35, he becomes the first Italian ever to win a Major
  • Molinari had started the day three shots behind a trio of overnight leaders in Schauffele, Kisner and Spieth

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland: Italy’s Francesco Molinari emerged from the pack on a thrilling final day at Carnoustie to win the British Open on Sunday, seeing off the challenges of reigning champion Jordan Spieth and a revived Tiger Woods to win the first major of his career.
At the age of 35, he becomes the first Italian ever to win a Major, after keeping his cool in remarkable fashion when almost all around him seemed to be losing theirs on a windy afternoon.
A two-under-par round of 69 on the Scottish links allowed him to finish on eight-under, two shots clear of the quartet of Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner.
Molinari had started the day three shots behind a trio of overnight leaders in Schauffele, Kisner and Spieth, who were all nine under par when they teed off.
The latter had been hoping to become the first player since Padraig Harrington a decade ago to retain the Claret Jug, but he faded with a final-round 76 to finish on four under par.
Meanwhile Woods, who was playing with Molinari, was in the outright lead at one point on Sunday but ended with a 71 to finish in a tie for sixth with England’s Eddie Pepperell and Kevin Chappell of the United States.