Philippine Azkal’s Neil Etheridge and Filipino-French goalkeeper Alphonse Areola stayed on the bench all match long for Birmingham and Fulham respectively as both English clubs started their league season campaigns on Saturday in contrasting outcomes.
Despite Coach Aitor Karanka starting England under-19 team member Zach Jeacock over Etheridge, Birmingham began its Sky Bet Championship campaign with a 1-0 win over Brentford at the St. Andrew's Stadium in Birmingham.
Osaka wins third Grand Slam
Naomi Osaka's victory in the US Open was hailed yesterday by media and officials in Japan, who broadly welcomed her campaigning for victims of racial injustice and against police brutality.
Public broadcaster NHK broke into its regular news programme to flash the news of the 22-year-old's latest Grand Slam triumph, after she beat Victoria Azarenka 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 to add to winning the 2018 US Open and the 2019 Australian Open.
"Osaka achieved the feat of winning a record third title in the Grand Slam singles as an Asian player," said the daily Nikkan Sports.