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Formula E: Da Costa claims thrilling maiden victory

Antonio Felix da Costa claimed a remarkable first Formula E victory after four cars ahead of him faltered in the closing stages in Argentina.

Sebastian Buemi, Lucas di Grassi, Nick Heidfeld and Sam Bird all hit trouble late on to give the Portuguese a memorable victory, Amlin Aguri’s first of the season. Buemi had led away from pole at the start of the race and looked in control until after the first pit stops but eventually buckled under pressure from di Grassi, clipping the wall at the high-speed chicane.

Di Grassi’s lead lasted just two laps before his suspension snapped at the same point, promoting Heidfeld up the order. But the German’s hopes of victory were then undone when he received a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane. Da Costa had already been elevated to second when Bird was handed a drive-through penalty of his own.

After Da Vosta inherited the lead from Heidfeld the drama stopped and he brought the car home victory, with Nicolas Prost and Nelson Piquet Jr rounding off the podium places ahead of Jaime Alguersuari, Bruno Senna. Jean_Eric Vergne finished sixth, though he could have been on the podium where it not for late contact with Alguersuari as the pair battled for third.

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Dakar: 2015 Preview

The 2015 edition of the Dakar Rally begins in Buenos Aires on 3rd January.

The rally will also pass through Chile and Bolivia before finishing in Argentina on January 17th after 13 stages of competition.

The four major groups that compete in Dakar are motorcycles, quads, cars and trucks, and the race is open to both professional and amateur competitors.

Defending champion 2014 in the car category Joan Roma, said: “It will not be easy. It is never easy to win the Dakar.

“This year it may be even tougher than usual as there will be quite a lot of competition with the involvement of such a team as Peugeot with their very good drivers,” he added.

The 2015 Dakar

The only way to complete the Dakar is through a combination of endurance and determination. The competitors will have an additional problem to resolve on the 9,000 kilometres to be covered in Argentina, Chile and Bolivia: adopting and maintaining the right momentum, while the route continuously endeavours to break it. Depending on the day, both the setting and the pace will change, moving from rocky routes to desert dunes and from endurance stages to extreme sprints. Given the competitors’ inability to recognize clearly identifi ed sections, in particular they must capitalise upon their ability to adapt… and to control their stamina. The marathon stages will defi nitely remind them of this basic rule of off-road races.

Marathon Stages

The Dakar tests competitors and their vehicles in extreme endurance. The marathon stages, where drivers cannot use their assistance teams, are a particular test of their ability to independently manage their mechanics. This year, cars and trucks, which have not taken part in a marathon stage since 2005, will have to tackle this additional difficulty.

Split over two days, a marathon stage involves some of the competitors spending the night in an isolated bivouac. The vehicles are taken into a closed area, where only help between competitors is authorised. Despite the technical challenge which this constraint represents, the drivers also enjoy a different, highly convivial atmosphere. In Uyuni, it will be the car teams which will spend a night apart, followed by the motorcyclists and quad bikers the next day. The truck category will have its own dedicated bivouac in the middle of the Atacama Desert.

To make organisation of the marathon stages possible, a new system has been set up at the heart of the extended stay in Iquique. So, on 11th January, three races will take place on three different routes and in two countries. This meant there was also a need to incorporate staggered rest days for the motorcyclists and quad bikers.

Different Routes

For several years now, the organisers have used their in-depth knowledge of the South American terrain to refi ne the routes and off er specifi c features for each category. For the 2015 edition, the motorcyclists and quad bikers will face an additional diffi culty, with a particularly dense second week: four marathon days in total. 35% of the kilometres they cover without the cars and trucks will be in the form of special stages.

Different routes and rest days also gives the car teams the opportunity to fully demonstrate their potential, both in terms of driving and navigation. With 1,382km of open space (a third of the special stages) the cars will be able to compete without being slowed down by overtaking… and will also enjoy routes on virgin terrain. The truck drivers will find themselves in this situation for more than 600km.

Three Countries: Argentina, Chile, Bolivila

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Football: Germany 2-4 Argentina

Di Maria rips Germany to shreds as Argentina down world champions

Germany were stunned as Argentina managed to exact some modicum of revenge for their World Cup final defeat with a resounding victory in Dusseldorf.

In the absence of Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria was the pivot on which the Argentina team turned. The Manchester United acquisition set up Sergio Aguero for the first goal, playing him in from the right for a relatively simple tap-in; and then set up Erik Lamela for the second, with a beautiful ball to his unmarked team-mate in the box, allowing the Tottenham star to direct a tremendous volley into the back of the net.

As soon as the second half began, he took charge once more, feeding the head of Fedo Fernandez from a free-kick for the third, and scoring the fourth himself chipping substitute goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller after a neat one-two with Pablo Zabaleta down the right.

Germany were not without their chances, with some exceptional opportunities falling to Mario Gomez at close range, but he struggled throughout and failed to regain any composure. Andre Schuerrle finally managed to drag one back, tapping past Sergio Romero after his initial shot from a corner was smothered.

Mario Goetze would be fortunate if he were eventually to be credited with Germany’s second, which he tried to claim but which took a massive deflection off Fernandez and past the goalkeeper.

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World Cup : Argentina Will Play Germany in 2014 Final

Argentina will play Germany in Sunday’s World Cup final after beating the Netherlands on penalties in a drab semi-final in Sao Paulo.

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Chances were rare during a forgettable 120 minutes, Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuain poking the best opportunity into the side-netting in normal time.

Argentina’s Sergio Romero saved from Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder in the shootout, before Maxi Rodriguez struck.

His winning penalty put Argentina into their first World Cup final since 1990.

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