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February 9, 2023
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Benitez brushes off friendly defeat for Inter


Inter Milan coach Rafael Benitez’s past returned to haunt him as his side lost 3-2 to Panathinaikos in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday, but the Spaniard preferred to focus on the challenges ahead rather than dwell on defeat. Two goals from striker Djibril Cisse and one from winger Sebastian Leto, both sold by Benitez when he was in charge of Liverpool, were enough to give the Greek double winners a well deserved win over Europe’s top team from last season. However, the loss in his second game in charge since leaving Merseyside for the Italian giants was hardly unexpected for a man charged with filling a huge void left by departed coach Jose Mourinho. “I expected this behaviour tonight,” Benitez told reporters after following up Sunday’s 3-0 friendly win over big-spending Manchester City with a disappointing display. There are going to be highs and lows because this is the beginning of the season. We played too long and too wide and it was easy for them to play.” Inter won a domestic double and the Champions League under Mourinho last season before the Portuguese moved on to Spain’s Real Madrid but Benitez was quick to point out that he has inherited a side he feels will challenge again for more honours.


Football:
Yssouf Kone out for the season



CFR Cluj striker Yssouf Kone will be unable to play football for at least 6 months following the serious injury he suffered on Monday evening during CFR’s game against Victoria Branesti (2-0 final score), evz.ro informs. Kone slipped and fell, injuring his left knee. The doctors’ verdict was terrible for the 28-year-old striker: tendon rupture. Kone will undergo surgery abroad then will enter a recovery programme that will keep him off the pitch for at least 6 months. CFR will thus be unable to use the player, bought from Rosenborg two years ago, in its UEFA Champions League games.


Tennis: Cirstea enters round two in Copenhagen


Sorana Cirstea has qualified for the second round of the tennis tournament in Copenhagen after defeating Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova in the first round, score 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. Cirstea came back into the game after losing the first set, winning the other two. Cirstea will receive 30 WTA points and USD 2,950. In the second round of the tournament that has total prizes of USD 220,000 the Romanian player will meet Slovenia’s Katarina Srebotnik. Srebotnik defeated America’s Alexa Glatch in the first round, score 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.

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Romanian truck crashes into house in Hungary


Three people were injured yesterday morning after a Romanian truck crashed into a house in Fegyvernek, Hungary, the Hungarian Disaster Management Authority announced. Fire fighters extricated the truck driver from the vehicle and took him to hospital. He is reported to have only sustained light injuries. The house resident, an old woman, was also lightly injured. The collision caused a pipe supplying gas to the house to break, which prompted authorities to evacuate 25 neighbours from their homes as a precautionary measure, Tibor Toth, with the Disaster Management Authority, said, adding that the evacuees were allowed to return to their homes when deemed safe.

Three caught by US customs while trying to cross border into Canada illegally


Three Romanians, of whom two suspects in a US federal investigation who were not allowed to leave the country, have been caught by US customs officers while trying to illegally cross the US border into Canada, from where they intended to travel to Romania, according to website www.bclocalnews.com. The three trespassers, two men and a woman, were arrested by US authorities at the Peace Arch border crossing to Canada. Their action was allegedly grounded in a bid to escape fraud charges in the US. Two of the border trespassers are suspects in a federal probe and had been released from prison under judicial supervision. Their attempt to flee to Canada was in violation of court-imposed restrictions.

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