By Dialogo April 02, 2010 Chile Wednesday lifted its “catastrophic” emergency declaration after a huge earthquake that struck last month, but said it would keep its armed forces in place working on rebuilding. “The government, after consulting with regional (military) chiefs, has decided not to renew the catastrophic emergency declaration,” President Sebastian Pinera told reporters. The declaration had put Chile’s military on watch in the regions of O’Higgins, el Maule and Biobio after the 8.8-magnitude February 27 quake struck off Concepcion triggering a local tsunami. At least 452 people were killed and the disaster did some 30 billion dollars in damage. Chile opted to keep the military in place in the regions, where there was some looting immediately after the quake, Pinera said, “so they continue working on humanitarian efforts … and rebuilding.”
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On Sunday, Kotoko played one of their most tactically disciplined games the team has witnessed all season as they triumphed over Hearts in Accra. A brace from Dauda Mohammed sealed all three points for the Porcupine Warriors.Hearts’ shapeEddie Ansah decided to maintain consistency as he went with virtually the same side and shape that lost to New Edubiase last week. The key changes were in goal as Tetteh Luggard replaced Seidu Mutawakilu and the skillful Isaac Mensah replacing Thomas Abbey. This change meant Ansah was opting for more creativity in his team as opposed to hardwork. Sarbah Laryea and Emmanuel Hayford continued their pairing in the middle of the field while Foovi Aguidi and Kenneth Okoro played on top.Kotoko shape David Duncan’s starting lineup (pictured below) was more straightforward.In the absence of Ahmed Toure, Obed Owusu led the line with Dauda Mohammed playing behind him in a 4-4-1-1 while Michael Akuffo played ahead of Kwadwo Poku in the centre of the field. The backline remained intact from last week with Abeiku Ainooson and Ahmed Adams continuing their partnership in the heart of defence.Match summaryThe game started at a ferocious pace with some end to end action in the first 20 minutes, After Dauda Mohammed’s first goal, Kotoko sat deeper and caught Hearts on the break several times. The Porcupines should have killed off the game in the first half or the earlier parts of the second half before Hearts’ equalizer. But it became more chaotic after the equalizer and a poor clearance by Robin Gnagne ensured Dauda Mohammed and Kotoko carried all three points on the day. Kotoko tacticsDavid Duncan drilled his side very well on the day and had their 4-4-1-1 shape spot on. While defending, Frank Sarfo Gyamfi and Eric Donkor who played on the flanks for Kotoko dropped deep to join the Kotoko midfield ensuring Hearts had to break down Kotoko’s two lines of four. This move prevented Hearts wide men Eric Kumi and Isaac Mensah also had two men to beat which neutralized their strength on the day. Dauda Mohammed dropped deep into midfield as he served as the outlet for the Kotoko break. This system is reminiscent of Diego Simeone’s 4-4-1-1 which he has used in his spell at Atletico Madrid. Hearts struggle to penetrateKotoko’s shape meant Hearts had major difficulty in trying to penetrate the Kotoko defence. The Phobians had a lot of bodies infront of them as they struggled to break down a well drilled unit. Emmanuel Hayford suffered the most as a result of this as the Hearts front line had little or no movement to make forcing Hayford to hit long diagonals and hopeful balls. Hearts did not create any clear chance of note especially after the equalizer as they were restricted to long range shots. It came as no surprise their goal as a result of a set piece.Kotoko transitionKotoko’s transition from defence to attack was exceptional on the day. The Porcupines varied short passes with quick over the top balls as they hit the Phobians time and again. Kotoko always broke out in numbers. Obed Owusu’s speed was useful at the top as he alongside Dauda Mohammed were the outlets anytime Kotoko broke forward. Michael Akuffo in his deep lying playmaker role sprayed some lovely passes over the high line of the Hearts defence. Poor decision making cost the team in the attacking third of the field.Hearts defence Hearts defence played so high up the pitch throughout the game and should have been punished for it. The Phobians were exposed several times as a result of this high line with Frank Sarfo Gyamfi, Obed Owusu and Jackson Owusu exploiting the back line on many instances. Musah Inusah’s relatively lack of speed as compared to the Kotoko backline was exposed as he consistently failed to catch his markers when Kotoko were on the break.SubsBoth coaches exhausted all their three subs but none of these subs altered their shape. Hearts brought on Yamoah to replace Hayford in the centre of the park while Fiamenyo was brought on to partner Aguidi on top with Paul Acquah replacing Isaac Mensah on the wing. For Kotoko, Richard Oti was brought on for Atta Kusi which meant Amos Frimpong moved to right back with Donkor moving to left back and Oti playing on the wing.Akwasi Acheampong was also brought on to replace Abeiku Ainooson in a like for like change in the heart of defence. Kwadwo Poku was brought on to replace Obed Owusu but that was a purely time wasting substitution.ConclusionDavid Duncan’s tactical decisions were spot on in the game as Kotoko was solid in defence and fluid in attack. They managed to limit the influence of Hayford, Mensah and Kumi which proved to be the major difference on the day. Kotoko are deserved winners and should have won by more if not for awful finishing.–CLICK TO READ: Match report – Hearts 1-2 KotokoCLICK TO READ: Eddie Ansah bullish about Hearts survival chances–Follow Kweku on Twitter: @nana_odum. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtag
Lovren in action against Russia 1 Croatia and England have been two of the most eye-catching teams at the tournament with Lovren and co beating the likes of Argentina en route to the last four.And speaking to talkSPORT’s Declan McCarthy after Croatia’s nail-biting quarter-final victory over Russia, the defender who plays for Premier League side Liverpool said Croatia are confident they can write history at the expense of the Three Lions.Lovren said on the win over Russia: “It gives us this confidence and this boost we need for something like we believed from the beginning.“But there is still a lot of football to play. We have the semi-final against England and they are also one of the favourites to win the tournament and you need to respect that.“We have nothing to lose and we will enjoy this game and hopefully we can write history.” Dejan Lovren says he respects England tag as one of the favourites to win the World Cup ahead of the semi-final showdown with Croatia on Wednesday evening – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT.The two teams take each other on at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow after England swept aside Sweden, while Croatia edged past host nation Russia.