Stina Blackstenius was the hero once again as Sweden came from behind to defeat Germany 2-1 and advance to the Women’s World Cup semi-finals.Linkoping striker Blackstenius scored the only goal in the last-16 triumph against Canada and was on target once more in Rennes on Saturday to set up a meeting with Netherlands on Wednesday.Sofia Jakobsson became the first player to strike against Germany at this year’s World Cup when she cancelled out Lina Magull’s opener in the 22nd minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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 Blackstenius completed the turnaround three minutes after the restart, earning Sweden a first win against Germany at a major tournament since 1995 – a run that included losses in the finals of Euro 2001, the 2003 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.Almuth Schult did well to keep out Jakobsson before Germany moved in front in the 16th minute. Magdalena Eriksson sloppily gave the ball straight to Sara Daebritz and the midfielder drove towards the box and fed Magull, who took a touch before volleying through Hedvig Lindahl’s legs.Jakobsson did not err when another opportunity came her way and she got Sweden back on level terms by slotting home after Marina Hegering failed to get her head on Linda Sembrant’s clearance.Germany lost left-back Carolin Simon to injury before half-time and fell behind soon after the restart when Schult could only parry Rolfo’s excellent header straight to Blackstenius, who fired into the roof of the net.Rolfo was shown a yellow card for a high foot on Magull in the 56th minute, meaning she will be suspended for Sweden’s semi-final clash with Netherlands.Dzsenifer Marozsan had been sent on for her first appearance since the opening win over China – in which she sustained a broken toe – at half-time.And the Lyon midfielder’s delivery led to a late VAR check for a possible penalty after Lindahl and Alexandra Popp collided. However, referee Stephanie Frappart’s decision not to point to the spot was upheld.Lena Oberdorf nodded a Marozsan free-kick that Lindahl flapped at wide with two minutes remaining, before Hegering failed to head Svenja Huth’s stoppage-time cross on target from inside the six-yard box as Sweden clung on to end their dismal run against Germany. read more
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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email About 50 underperforming Sobeys stores to close, mostly in Western Canada by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 26, 2014 6:04 am MDT Sobeys is closing about 50 underperforming grocery stores across the country as it deals with intense competition and tries to squeeze savings from its operations after the acquisition of Safeway in Canada.About 60 per cent of the affected Sobeys locations will be in Western Canada, while the rest will be spread out across the country, said Marc Poulin, president and CEO of both Sobeys and its parent company Empire Co.Other facilities and plants could also be closed once further reviews are completed.“Clearly, we have learned a lot from this process and will assess our options with a view to do what is right for the business,” he said in a conference call, after the Nova Scotia-based company released sharply lower quarterly results on Thursday.“After all, it’s all about maximizing the value to the shareholders.”Sobeys did not say how many employees would be laid off and did not respond to requests for a list of locations to be closed, although a store on Front Street in Toronto was closed Wednesday.Earlier this year, Sobeys announced deals to sell some 30 stores in Western Canada including 23 that were part of an agreement with the Competition Bureau in connection with its purchase of Canada Safeway last year.After the Safeway deal, Sobeys launched a widespread review to determine which grocery stores fell short of expectations, with the goal of eliminating ones that showed no sign of improvement, Poulin said.“Stores that are underperforming do require an awful lot of management attention,” he told analysts.“As hard as it is a hard decision to take, it will allow us to focus attention on stores with more potential.”UFCW Canada, the union that represents employees at more than 350 Sobeys, Safeway, IGA and Freshco stores across the country, said in a statement that it will do everything it can to protect the rights of workers affected by the closings, including enforment of seniority rights and other safeguards in their collective agreement.“Any and all restructuring must be done in accordance with the terms of the collective agreement and should reflect the fact that these members have helped build Sobeys as a successful company,” said Paul Meinema, national president of UFCW Canada, which also represents workers at Sobeys distribution centres in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta and Nova Scotia.The decision comes as Sobeys faces intense price competition from others in the grocery industry, including U.S. retailers like Walmart and Target.Closing weaker Sobeys stores will improve the quality of its overall operations and financial results, Poulin said. However, the move will also shave about $400 million or about 1.9 per cent off its future annual sales.The company said its planned Sobeys closures will remove 1.5 million square feet, from the national grocery store market, which CIBC analyst Perry Caicco said is about 0.77 per cent of the overall market.“Rapid square footage growth has crimped the Canadian market, and Sobeys has been the first to acknowledge that,” said CIBC analyst Perry Caicco in a note.“It is probable that 20 of these closures will be in the terrible Ontario market,” he added.Empire (TSX:EMP.A) has been reshaping the look of its conglomeration over the past few years, having acquired 236 retail gas locations and convenience stores in Eastern Canada in 2012 and selling off its movie theatre business last summer.Within its grocery operations, it has already planned the closure of a juice and grocery facility in Alberta at the end of August, and a cheese and ice cream plant in Winnipeg. The company also plans to expand an Ontario facility that handles frozen and dairy products, and consolidate meat and produce into the location in 2016.Other manufacturing facilities acquired from Safeway are also facing a review for their productivity, Poulin said.In its fourth-quarter results, Empire reported a profit of $800,000 net of controlling interest, worth a penny per diluted share. That’s a decline from $105.9 million or $1.56 per diluted share a year ago.Included in the fourth-quarter results was a charge of $169.8 million that accounts for administrative and sales costs from the restructuring plan.Consolidated sales for the quarter ended May 3 were $5.94 billion, up from $4.26 billion a year ago, boosted by the $5.8-billion acquisition of Canada Safeway last summer. Sobeys’ same-store sales were up 0.2 per cent from the prior year.On an adjusted basis, Empire’s profits from continuing operations were $131.3 million, or $1.42 per diluted share, compared with $95.7 million or $1.40 per diluted share.Those results beat analysts’ expectations for adjusted net income of $112.2 million and adjusted earnings per share of $1.29, according to estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters.Empire also increased its quarterly dividend by a penny to 27 cents per share.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Empire shares gained 59 cents to $67.69.Follow @dj_friend on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly said the quarterly sales excluded the impact of the Safeway acquisition. The earlier version also incorrectly stated the net income for the fourth quarter and full year.