86’ - Final sub of the night for Germany: Thilo Kehrer (why, Hansi?) comes on for Nico Schlotterbeck, who seems to have picked up an injury.
75’ - We have more subs: Mergim Berisha and Kevin Schade come on for Niclas Füllkrug and Kai Havertz. International debuts for both substitutes.
67’ - Germany are awarded a penalty but Kai Havertz hits the post!
46’ - Second half kicks off with multiple substitutions: Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry, and Mario Götze come on for Emre Can, Timo Werner, and Florian Wirtz.
HT - Germany lead 2-0.
33’ - TOOOOOOOR! Niclas Füllkrug again! Great ball whipped in from Marius Wolf, and the Bremen striker taps in easily.
12’ - TOOOOOOOR! Niclas Füllkrug puts Germany in front with a close range effort!
Kickoff: We are underway in Mainz!
One hour until kickoff: We have our lineups! Joshua Kimmich captains the side as the sole Bayern Munich representative.
Despite Bayern Munich reeling from a massive shakeup at the top level, German football will continue like nothing happened as Hansi Flick prepares his team for Euro 2024. This friendly against Peru is set to test out a new 4-2-2-2 formation and give new players a chance to shine. How will the Germans fare? And will the goings-on at Bayern prove distracting for some of the key players on the roster?
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Two teams that were among the top eight sides at the 2022 World Cup will meet in an international friendly on Saturday for their first action since Qatar, as Morocco welcome Brazil in Tangiers.
The Brazilian side were surprisingly knocked out at the quarterfinal stage by Croatia following a penalty shootout, while Morocco became the first African team to reach the semifinals, where the Atlas Lions fell to France in a tight contest.
Brazil head coach Tite departed after six years in charge and the Selecao are currently being overseen on an interim basis by Under-20 national team coach Ramon Menezes, who led Brazil's U-20s to the South American championship in February. His Moroccan counterpart will be Walid Regragui, who was the architect of the historic World Cup run.
This will be the only match that Brazil will play during this March international window, with players released to their clubs after playing in Morocco. Meanwhile, the Atlas Lions will face another South American side in Peru on March 28 in Madrid.
60 mins from kickoff: Lineups are out. And here's confirmation of the Brazil lineup with Chelsea's 18-year-old midfielder Andrey Santos (on loan with Vasco through June) getting the start in midfield, and Palmeiras forward Rony lining up with Real Madrid duo Vinicius and Rodrygo.
Meanwhile, Morocco are going with a 4-5-1 (or 4-2-3-1) that sees Genk's creative midfielder Bilal El Kahnnouss get the start in the middle. Also, despite all the chatter of not being 100 percent, Achraf Hakimi starts at right-back for Morocco.
Seleção brasileira escalada para enfrentar Marrocos: Weverton, Emerson Royal, Éder Militão, Roger Ibañez e Alex Telles; Casemiro, Andrey e Lucas Paquetá; Rony, Rodrygo e Vinicius Jr.
100 mins from kickoff: The Moroccan players are just arriving at the stadium and this is how the crowd welcomed them with 90 minutes still left until kickoff.
Here's the view via drone of the Moroccan team bus arriving at the stadium.
110 mins from kickoff: The stadium is beginning to fill up and we're still close to two hours out from the match.
And here's the scene just outside the stadium.
120 mins from kickoff: Here's the Ibn Batouta Stadium in Tangiers, which will host the match between the World Cup semifinalists against the five-time world champions. It goes without saying that the 65,000 tickets were sold out well in advance.
Regragui named a 30-man roster for the two matches in the March 2023 window, including 20 World Cup stars like Yassine Bounou, Achraf Hakimi, Hakim Ziyech, and Youssef En-Nesyri. Hakimi will start although his participation was up in the air with reports that he trained separately from the group in the days leading up to the match.
But goalkeeper Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti is out after picking up an injury in training, and Chadi Riad, Yassine Kechta, and Ibrahim Salah are not listed on the official matchday team sheet.
The Brazil lineup features Weverton starting in place of Ederson after the Man City goalkeeper had stomach issues all week. Also, on-loan Chelsea midfielder Andrey Santos gets the start as does Palmeiras 27-year-old attacker Rony.
This friendly fixture has limited international broadcast outlets with Galvao Bueno's 'Canal GB' YouTube channel covering the match for worldwide audiences.
Another Brazilian outlet Band Sports (Bandeirantes) is also carrying the match online with viewers required to register to create an account to access the match.
Viaplay are providing live access in eight European countries, including Denmark, Norway and Sweden, with Moroccan broadcaster Arryadia on duty for the hosts.
Those in the UK with a bet365 account can watch a live stream of the match through the bookmakers' website or app.
After making history by becoming the first African-Arab nation to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup, Morocco host international powerhouse Brazil in a friendly clash at the Ibn Batouta Stadium, Tangier on Saturday evening.
The two teams are planning to take different paths than they did in the winter World Cup. The Atlas Lions, for one, will be full of confidence after their outstanding exploits in the recent showpiece tournament.
The African country captivated hearts as they stormed to the World Cup semi-finals, beating powerhouses like Belgium, Spain, and Portugal in one of the most remarkable underdog stories in tournament history.
Walid Regragui’s men will be greeted with a heroes’ welcome in Tangier for their first game since the third-place play-off defeat to Croatia in Qatar. The hosts will now be looking to build on their historic run, and become a consistent force on the international stage in the coming years.
As for Brazil, their underwhelming exit in the World Cup quarter-finals led to coach Tite’s resignation and they face Morocco under the tutelage of interim Ramon Menezes amid rumours of the anticipated appointment of Carlo Ancelotti in the upcoming summer.
Brazil have shaken things up a little bit. Menezes has to make do without the injured Neymar, but has refused to pick notable names like Alisson, Gabriel Martinelli, Bruno Guimaraes and Raphinha.
Instead, the Selecao has a youthful feel to it, with no less than ten uncapped players in the team as they look to start afresh and rebuild their confidence.
This is the only fixture for Brazil in the current international break. Meanwhile, history-makers Morocco will make the trip to Madrid to face Peru in yet another friendly at Atletico Madrid's Cívitas Metropolitano on 29th March.
Megabus has announced that it will once again offer services in Indianapolis, with new routes stretching as far west as Denver. However, the company’s Indianapolis to Chicago service will not be resuming. Nevertheless, this new deal will connect the Windy City with 12 other major cities around the area.
Last year, Megabus had to pull out of the Indianapolis market due to a low volume of passengers. Even its January 2023 return was not smooth-sailing, as it had to abruptly halt the majority of its services due to Miller Transportation’s route cancellations. Despite these setbacks, Megabus has continued to provide automatic refunds to affected customers.
Megabus formed a partnership with the 85-year-old Miller Transportation, a well-known busing company throughout the Midwest. Miller Transportation sold excess seating through the Megabus website, providing a boost to the latter’s existing network.
Megabus has its U.S. operations based in New Jersey and is set on expanding its presence across America. With this renewed service to Indianapolis and across the Midwest, more people will have access to affordable travel options. Customers can look forward to fares as low as $1 with an added $3.99 booking fee.
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Some affectionately call Machala the "Banana Capital of the World." This port community on Ecuador's Pacific coast is home to about a quarter million people and normally bustles with commercial activity. But not this weekend, not after the deadly quake.
Grief hung in the air on Sunday, a day after a powerful temblor rocked this city, toppling homes and buildings along the coast and as far off as the Ecuadorian highlands and even parts of Peru.
Rubble covered some streets of Machala. Neighbours held simple funerals to bury the dead. A pier was no more. And a day after the quake that killed nine residents alone along this hard-hit coast, many in Machala were feeling anguished and uneasy.
“The city is quiet, fear and mourning are felt,” resident Luis Becerra said. “You feel the pain, the drama, wherever you go. Everyone is alert, with great fear in case" a major aftershock.
The quake, which the U.S. Geological Survey reported at magnitude 6.8, killed at least 15 people and injured more than 445 others. Fourteen died in Ecuador, and one in Peru.
The quake damaged and brought down hundreds of homes and buildings in vastly different communities, both in coastal areas and the highlands. But in Ecuador, regardless of geography, many of the homes that crumbled had much in common: many were old, did not meet modern building standards of a quake-prone country and many of their inhabitants were poor.
Yajaira Albarracín, Graciela Chila, Silvina Zambrano Chila and two children died under the rubble of their home in a low-income neighbourhood of Machala. On Sunday, a few neighbours stopped by a tent where the caskets of the women where set out with floral arrangements and a crucifix. Some relatives said rescuers found the bodies of the women and children as if they had been clutching one another when disaster struck.
The earthquake was centred just off the Pacific Coast, about 50 miles (80 kilometres) south of Guayaquil, Ecuador’s second-largest city. Of the country’s 14 victims, 12 died in the southwest coastal state of El Oro, which includes Machala, and two in the highlands state of Azuay.
Ecuador is particularly vulnerable to earthquakes. In 2016, a quake centred farther north on the Pacific Coast killed more than 600 people.
Machala resident Hamilton Cedillo said Sunday that he and his family barely slept in the hours afterward, fearful of deadly aftershocks. They have come up with an evacuation plan and watched videos on how to protect themselves should another quake strike.
“I am afraid of leaving and that my family will be left here alone at home,” Cedillo said.
Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims during his weekly Sunday noon blessing.
“I’m close to the Ecuadorian people and assure them of my prayers for the dead and suffering,” Francis said.
Ecuador’s government issued an emergency declaration covering the roads in Azuay, where the quake debris cut off several roads and worsened already poor conditions attributed to the winter’s rainstorms. One of the victims was a passenger in a vehicle crushed by rubble from a house in the community of Cuenca.
Quito-based architect Germán Narváez said houses hit hardest tend to be poorly built, lacking solid foundations, and deficient in structure and technical design. He added that the houses most vulnerable are often old and built with materials such as adobe, once frequently used in the region.
“At critical moments of seismic movements, they tend to collapse,” he said.
Juan Vera lost three relatives when the earthquake brought down his niece’s home. The government has offered to pay for the woman’s funeral and those of her baby and her partner.
Now, Vera wonders why local authorities ever allowed his relatives to live there to begin with, saying the municipality should better regulate building conditions and ensure only those that are really safe are rented out or occupied.
“Because of its age, that building should have been demolished already,” Vera said of the place where his relatives died.
Garcia Cano reported from Caracas, Venezuela.
Ecuadorian and Peruvian authorities worked on Sunday to address the damage caused by the strong earthquake that shook the region the previous day, leaving at least 15 dead and hundreds injured. The 6.8 magnitude quake struck the Ecuadorian coastal province of Guayas at midday on Saturday, with residents reporting shaking in much of the country as well as in Peru's northern border towns.
"Our goal is to take immediate actions that return us to normality," President Guillermo Lasso said in a video Sunday evening. "You have my full support to repair all the damage as soon as possible, for which the Ministry of Finance has already allocated the necessary resources." Lasso reported 14 fatalities, as well as more than 460 people with injuries. He said 89 homes had been destroyed and another 192 affected. Dozens of health centers and educational units also registered impacts, he said.
He said the government had created a housing lease voucher and would acquire homes in which families who lost their homes could stay. The Risk Management Secretariat said it sent a team to Puna Island early on Sunday, near the epicenter of the earthquake, to assess needs and deliver humanitarian aid.
State-run oil company Petroecuador reported that an electrical failure had affected six oil fields, leading to a drop in production of some 17,400 barrels of oil. Petroecuador said an offshore platform near the epicenter also suffered damage that caused machinery to fail, temporarily reducing production. The firm calculated the loss to production at over 20.5 million cubic feet per day.
Peruvian authorities reported one death, four collapsed homes and five more left uninhabitable, while essential services and transportation infrastructure were undamaged.
During his Sunday message, Pope Francis sent his condolences for the losses and "all those who suffer" because of the earthquake. Other governments, including Chile's and Cuba's, sent messages of solidarity. Ecuador and Peru are part of the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an extensive area that surrounds the Pacific Ocean where clashes between the continental plates are frequent.
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A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck southern Ecuador and northern Peru on Saturday, killing at least 15 people and injuring 126 others. The earthquake's epicenter was located just off the Pacific Coast, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Guayaquil, Ecuador's second-largest city.
Peruvian Prime Minister Alberto Otárola confirmed that a 4-year-old girl died in the Tumbes region of Peru, while 14 people died in Ecuador. Ecuadorian authorities reported that 12 of the victims were from the coastal state of El Oro and two from the highlands state of Azuay. One of the victims in Azuay was a passenger in a vehicle crushed by rubble from a house in the Andean community of Cuenca.
In El Oro, the emergency response agency reported that several people were trapped under rubble, while in the community of Machala, a two-story home collapsed, a pier gave way, and a building's walls cracked, trapping an unknown number of people. Firefighters worked to rescue people, while the National Police assessed damage, their work made more difficult by downed lines that interrupted telephone and electricity service.
Ecuador's government reported damages to health care centers, schools, and private buildings. Authorities in Guayaquil, a metro area of over 3 million people, ordered the closure of three vehicular tunnels in response to cracks in buildings and homes, as well as some collapsed walls.
Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso expressed his concern over the earthquake, which "without a doubt…generated alarm in the population." Several residents shared on social media how they faced difficulties fleeing their homes during the earthquake. Luis Tomalá, who was fishing when the earthquake struck, shared how he and his group decided to stay at sea fearing a tsunami could develop. A report from Ecuador's Adverse Events Monitoring Directorate, however, ruled out the possibility of a tsunami.
Ecuador is frequently vulnerable to earthquakes, and a 2016 quake in a more sparsely populated area of the country farther north on the Pacific Coast killed more than 600 people.
As rescue teams continue their efforts, it is hoped that further casualties will be prevented. The earthquake's aftermath may reveal more damages and injuries as the full extent of the disaster is assessed.
Multiple houses and buildings have been damaged following a 6.8 magnitude earthquake Saturday. Ecuador officials reported that healthcare centers and schools have been damaged as a result of the earthquake. Rescue teams are being sent to the area to rescue people as the National Police are checking the damage.
Authorities in Ecuador reported that at least 14 people have died and at least 126 people were injured. Peruvian Prime Minister Alberto Otárola said it was a 4-year-old girl who sustained head trauma after her house collapsed in the Tumbes Region which is located by the border with Ecuador.
“We remain in the territory verifying the damage caused by the earthquake this morning. I want to confirm that I am with you and express my solidarity and commitment to the victims,” Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso said in a tweet.
Houses and buildings were also damaged in the earthquake. As a result of the earthquake, power lines are down and areas are seeing interrupted telephone and electricity services. The U.S. National Weather Service says there is no tsunami warning in effect for the area.
Ecuador is prone to earthquakes. In 2016, more than 600 people were killed in an earthquake that was centered farther north of the Pacific Coast.
The United States Geological Survey provided the “orange alert” tremor. That means “significant casualties are likely and the disaster is potentially widespread.” One person died after a wall fell on their car in the city of Cuenca.
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At least 15 people have died and more than 400 are injured after a 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador's southern coast. Buildings were damaged in several cities when the earthquake hit at around midday local time (17:00 GMT).
The southern province of El Oro was the worst affected and 12 people died there, authorities said. Northern Peru felt the quake and a 14-year-old girl died in Tumbes, a border province, when her home collapsed.
In Ecuador, Machala and Cuenca were among the cities that suffered damage to buildings and vehicles, as emergency services rushed to help people. The epicentre was near Balao, about 80km (50 miles) from Ecuador's second-largest city, Guayaquil, where about three million people live.
"We ran from the house," Machala resident Exon Tobar told the BBC. "The ground - it was a very powerful explosion - it made it shake and it made the electric cables, the windows, and everything move. People were in the streets praying because it didn't stop."
President Guillermo Lasso asked Ecuadoreans to remain calm as officials assess the damage. He also visited a hospital in the city of Machala to meet with some of the injured people.
The government said more than 250 injured people were treated in the town of Pasaje, in El Oro, and nearly all of them were eventually discharged. Several roads have been blocked by landslides, while several homes, educational buildings and health centres have been damaged, authorities said.
One person was reported killed in the city of Cuenca, in Azuay province, after a wall collapsed onto their car, while three people died when a security camera tower came down on Jambelí Island, in El Oro province. There have also been reports of the earthquake being felt in several other cities, including Manabi, Manta and the capital Quito.
This is the strongest quake to hit Ecuador since 2016, when nearly 700 people died and thousands were injured.
A man takes a photo of a building that collapsed after an earthquake shook Machala, Ecuador, on Saturday. A strong earthquake shook southern Ecuador and northern Peru on Saturday, killing at least 15 people, trapping others under rubble, and sending rescue teams out into streets littered with debris and fallen power lines.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported an earthquake with a magnitude of about 6.8 that was centered just off the Pacific Coast, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Guayaquil, Ecuador's second-largest city. One of the victims died in Peru, while 14 others died in Ecuador, where authorities also reported that at least 126 people were injured.
Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso told reporters the earthquake had "without a doubt ... generated alarm in the population." Lasso's office in a statement said 12 of the victims died in the coastal state of El Oro and two in the highlands state of Azuay. In El Oro, the agency also reported that several people were trapped under rubble. In the community of Machala, a two-story home collapsed before people could evacuate, a pier gave way and a building's walls cracked, trapping an unknown number of people.
In Peru, the earthquake was felt from its northern border with Ecuador to the central Pacific coast. Peruvian Prime Minister Alberto Otárola said a 4-year-old girl died from head trauma she suffered in the collapse of her home in the Tumbes region, on the border with Ecuador. In Azuay, one of the victims was a passenger in a vehicle crushed by rubble from a house in the Andean community of Cuenca.
The agency said firefighters worked to rescue people while the National Police assessed damage, their work made more difficult by downed lines that interrupted telephone and electricity service. Videos shared on social media show people gathered on the streets of Guayaquil and nearby communities. Ecuador's government also reported damages to health care centers and schools. Lasso said he would travel on Saturday to El Oro.
Ecuador is particularly prone to earthquakes. In 2016, a quake centered farther north on the Pacific Coast in a more sparsely populated area of the country killed more than 600 people.
Machala student Katherine Cruz said her home shook so badly that she could not even get up to leave her room and flee to the street. "It was horrible. I had never felt anything like this in my life," she said.