Republic of Ireland 1-1 Switzerland

first_imgDavid McGoldrick headed in a late equaliser to extend the Republic of Ireland’s unbeaten start to Euro 2020 qualifying as they snatched a 1-1 home draw against Switzerland.Ireland were heading for a first defeat of the campaign in their fifth outing when Fabian Schar struck 16 minutes from time in Thursday’s Group D clash at the Aviva Stadium.But McGoldrick found a way through at the other end, his maiden international goal arriving in the 85th minute to earn his side a share of the spoils with their only on-target attempt in the second half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The result could prove to be crucial for Mick McCarthy’s side as it keeps them six points in front of Switzerland, who are also unbeaten and have two games in hand.When you score a late equaliser…Pure joy for Republic of Ireland goalscorer David McGoldrick! #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/UiPX0mO2jy— UEFA EURO 2020 (@UEFAEURO) September 5, 2019Both teams lacked quality in front of goal in an uneventful first half, with Yann Sommer producing a routine save to keep out James McClean.Switzerland continued to control possession in the second half but struggled when it came to the final ball, Alan Judge getting back to deny Ricardo Rodriguez a simple finish and Breel Embolo slipping at the vital moment to end another promising attack.But eventually the visitors found a way through thanks to Schar’s fine finish into Darren Randolph’s bottom-left corner after linking up with Embolo inside the box.The visitors had squandered a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Denmark in their last qualifier, however, and they once again failed to hold on for victory.Less than a minute after Glenn Whelan had struck the crossbar with a ferocious drive, McGoldrick rose above his marker to head McClean’s deflected cross past Sommer.What does it mean? Ireland keep Swiss at arm’s lengthIreland boss McCarthy said ahead of the match that a draw would be a positive result for his side – and he will certainly accept it after they were behind going into the closing minutes.Ireland have a cushion over their third-placed opponents, meaning Switzerland need to win both of their additional games to draw level.Denmark, who have played one game less than Ireland, sit three points behind the group leaders after thumping Gibraltar 6-0.Shaqiri void filled by unlikely manIn the absence of Xherdan Shaqiri, who ruled himself out of this match to focus on his club career with Liverpool, defender Schar proved to be Switzerland’s most dangerous option in attack. He attempted three shots before finding a way through with his fourth.Robinson fails to get involvedSheffield United striker Callum Robinson had only seven touches of the ball before the interval – the fewest of any player. He did not look much better after the break and was unsurprisingly replaced before the hour mark.Key Opta facts- The Republic of Ireland (P5 W3 D2 L0) have managed to remain unbeaten through their first five qualifying matches of a European Championship campaign for the first time since the 1996 qualifiers.- Switzerland have failed to win any of their last four matches in all competitions (D3 L1), their longest winless run under manager Vladimir Petkovic.- Ireland are now unbeaten in their last seven matches in all competitions (P7 W3 D4 L0) – it is their longest such run since between November 2014 and October 2015 (also seven).- Fabian Schar’s opener for Switzerland was his eighth international goal and his first since October 2016.- Jeff Hendrick earned his 50th Ireland cap over six years after his international debut against Poland (February 2013).What’s next?Switzerland have a quick turnaround in qualifiers as they host Gibraltar on Sunday. Ireland take on Bulgaria in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium two days later and continue their qualifying bid next month with trips to Georgia and Switzerland. read morelast_img read more

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Why Air Canada flew a lone Boeing 737 Max across the country

While the world’s Boeing 737 Max fleet remains grounded after two fatal crashes, a solitary Air Canada plane has been spotted in the skies, shuttling between Quebec and Ontario.In a rare exemption, approved by Canadian aviation regulator Transport Canada, the 11 flights in August and September were partly to maintain the qualifications of senior training pilots, Air Canada told Reuters in response to a query about flight tracking data.A spokesman for Air Canada said the airline was not able to use similar 737s within its fleet “to maintain check pilot authority in alignment with (Canadian aviation regulations).”“So we are utilizing the 737 Max during planned maintenance movements to maintain qualification.” Between Aug. 28 and Sept. 8 the Air Canada Max plane criss-crossed between Montreal, Val d’Or, Quebec and North Bay, Ontario, data from Tracking website FlightRadar24 shows.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Then last week, it was flown to Pinal Airpark in Arizona to be parked in a desert storage site.Although unusual after the grounding imposed worldwide in March amid concerns over an anti-stall system, the flights highlight growing pressures facing some airlines as they prepare for the return to service of the 400-plane Boeing fleet. Air Canada says Boeing Max grounding hit it harder than other carriers ‘Extremely frustrating’: Air Canada will acutely feel the absence of Max 737s in the third quarter Air Canada scraps 737 Max flights until 2020, joining Southwest The planes have been sitting idle since March following two crashes in the space of five months.For airlines like Air Canada, which did not have earlier versions of Boeing 737s in their fleets, this has made it difficult to make sure pilots can demonstrate the skills required to retain their licenses.As North America’s sole Max operator which had not flown the earlier 737NG, Air Canada cannot use that model to maintain the qualifications of its check or trainer pilots, the company said.So regulator Transport Canada authorized a select group of Air Canada’s check pilots to fly the grounded jet, which was also conducting maintenance flights, the airline said.All the jets have the same control software suspected of contributing to the accidents, which Boeing is now in the process of revising to smooth its impact. However, some pilots have said existing procedures can prevent similar accidents.Boeing declined to comment.MARKET BATTLETransport Canada said in an email that it authorized the flights “because the carrier does not operate the Boeing 737 NG aircraft, but the pilots still need to maintain currency.”However, one U.S. carrier questioned by Reuters said such flights would not be possible in the United States where pilot training was not included in a list of exemptions to the ban issued by the Federal Aviation Administration.“Pilot currency isn’t a listed exemption in the U.S. order,” an FAA spokeswoman confirmed.North American Max operators, including Southwest Airlines , American Airlines, United Airlines and Canada’s WestJet Airlines, said they would only move their Max jets for maintenance and storage purposes.Air Canada’s position as a newly converted 737 operator follows a seven-year battle between Boeing and Airbus over the introduction of airplanes offering bold new fuel savings.The introduction of the Max, an upgrade of earlier 737 models with advanced new engines, coincided with a bitter contest for market share between Boeing and Europe’s Airbus, which was offering its similar A320neo.The feud saw both planemakers use the transition to a new generation of jets to try to poach each other’s customers, and traders said Air Canada’s 2013 decision to switch from Airbus’s A320 family to Boeing’s 737 Max stood out as a major defection.Now, the decision to switch suppliers potentially weighs on some of those same airlines as they cope without a 737 fleet.Boeing has predicted that the 737 Max will be cleared to take passengers early next quarter.The FAA, facing growing international scrutiny over its certification processes, has said it cannot give a precise date for the approval of software and training changes carried out in the wake of the two accidents, which killed 346 people.FAA chief Stephen Dickson plans to fly to Seattle this week to test modified 737 Max software in a simulator..© Thomson Reuters 2019 read more

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