Riou’s hopes sink after hitting bouy
Riou’s hopes sink after hitting bouy
Riou won the 2004-2005 race but had to be saved by another skipper Jean Le Cam in 2008-2009 after running into trouble last time out in the four-yearly event.
“I heard the collision at 05h00, a huge cracking sound, and the boat is badly damaged with a 130cm rip down the right side, four or five meters from the stern,” explained Riou, who was uninjured in the accident.
“Right now no decision has been made, we’re just trying too analyze the situation to see if it’s possible to carry on,” he added.
“I’m not far off finding a way of mending it, but it could take time because of the heat (30C) and humidity, so it’s tricky,” he said.
The skipper also has problems with a mast support cable, which also looked tricky to fix.
“It’s a delicate situation because I’m a long way from land and any place I can take some shelter to carry out repairs.” “My priority is to find a way of making solid repairs and carrying on with the race in complete safety. I need to feel complete confidence in the boat before we go out into the South Sea,” explained the 40-year-old sailor.
He had been in third position this morning some 83.4 miles behind leader Armel Le Cléac’h, off the coast of Brazil.
If he pulls out he would be the seventh of 20 skippers to fall foul of the grueling, two-months-long solo round-the-world race.
Two weeks after leaving Les Sables d’Olonne, the race’s departure point on the west coast of France, 14 of the 18m single-hull vessels remain after Samantha Davies, Louis Burton, Marc Guillemot, Kito de Pavant, Jeremie Beyou and Zbigniew Gutkowski all pulled out.
Le Cléac’h leads the chase for one of sailing’s top prizes 52 nautical miles ahead of François Gabart and 74.7 ahead of Jean Pierre Dick.
Ramadel Falcao, Juan Cuadrado and Yerry Mina star as stylish Colombia break Polish hearts
- The disappointing Poland became the first European side eliminated from the tournament
- The South Americans’ bid for a place in the last 16 will be determined by the results from their final game with Senegal
KAZAN: Radamel Falcao, Yerry Mina and Juan Cuadrado scored as stylish Colombia boosted their World Cup last 16 hopes with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Poland on Sunday.
In a match destined to see the loser sent home after the group stages, Colombia overcame a nervous start against Adam Nawalka’s men to move up to third place in Group H, one point behind Japan and Senegal.
The disappointing Poland became the first European side eliminated from the tournament.
“I’m very sorry and very sad about the result, but tomorrow’s another day and we have to come to terms with things,” said Poland coach Adam Nawalka.
“Our players did their best until the end of the game. We lost to a very strong team and this is something we have to accept.
“I extend my congratulations to Colombia.”
The South Americans’ bid for a place in the last 16 will be determined by the results from their final game with Senegal, who drew 2-2 with Japan earlier in the day.
Colombia’s march to the quarter-finals in Brazil four years ago came thanks to James Rodriguez’s six-goal tally for Los Cafeteros.
And days after a troublesome calf injury restricted him to a half-hour cameo role as 10-man Colombia stumbled to a 2-1 defeat against Japan, the Bayern Munich midfielder was back to his best.
Starting alongside Juan Quintero and Cuadrado on the right, Colombia’s ultra-offensive starting line-up was a forewarning.
After riding a tense start that forced Mina and then Wilmar Barrios to react quickly to thwart early threats from Robert Lewandowski, Colombia eventually got into their stride.
Cuadrado was wasteful on several occasions when finding space deep on the right flank.
The Juventus winger’s trickery would eventually pay dividends, but it was Falcao — who has dreamed all his life of scoring a World Cup goal — who turned on the style, dancing through the Polish defense to win the corner that led to Colombia’s opener.
Rodriguez’s short corner eventually found Quintero, whose smart through ball back to Rodriguez gave him time and space to curl a perfect left-footed cross that Mina rose to header powerfully past Szczesny on 40 minutes.
Colombia resumed in positive fashion, Cuadrado holding up well to set up Falcao for a first-time drive that sailed over Szczesny’s crossbar.
A Colombia counter saw Falcao’s drive from the edge of the area deflected out for a corner.
Nawalka replaced Dawid Kownacki with the more experienced Kamil Grosicki and the switch almost paid dividends.
Only the bravery of goalkeeper David Ospina saved Colombia from conceding what looked like the equalizer when he rushed out to block from Lewandowski after the Bayern Munich striker did well to get a shot away from a long ball from midfield.
Poland threatened again, but when Lewandowski got his head to a cross into the area he was marked by both Mina and Davinson Sanchez.
Colombia, however, were not to be denied.
When right-back Sanitago Arias found Quintero, the midfielder sliced Poland’s defense apart with a low pass that found Falcao on the run before he beat Szczesny down low with the outside of his right boot.
Five minutes later, Rodriguez produced arguably the assist of the night, drawing several Polish players on the left flank before somehow finding Cuadrado on the run with a superb cross-field pass that the pacey winger tucked away.