Barcelona: An acrobatic shot in the last minute of play by Uruguay’s Luis Suarez has brought home the 54th Joan Gamper Trophy to Barcelona with a 2-1 win over Arsenal in a rather typical pre-season friendly match. Barca’s Argentine team captain, Leonel Messi, spoke publicly to fans before the match but did not take the pitch, and two other South Americans who just returned from vacation and had not yet trained with the team — Chile’s Arturo Vidal and Brazil’s Coutinho — did not play either, with the latter’s countryman Arthur also sitting out the match, having attended just two practice sessions with the team, reports Efe news. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh The recently signed Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong did play and showed some of their expected sparkle, and Riqui Puig was very active along the sidelines and was the only one of the Barca squad to take a shot on goal during the first half. It was Aubameyang who got the visiting Arsenal on the board first in the 36th minute. Barca coach Ernesto Valverde made a number of substitutions and the team began to up the energy after the break, although it was Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ scoring of an own goal in the 69th minute that got the host team on the board for the first time before the almost 99,000 fans on hand. It looked like the match might end in a tie, requiring a penalty shootout, but then Sergi Roberto knocked the ball over to Suarez in the final seconds, where the Uruguayan headed it home over the English defenders for the 2-1 victory.
6th July 2018 | By contenteditor AGTech wins lottery software contract in major Chinese province Lottery software and system developer AGTech has won a contract to provide lottery hardware support for the sports lottery in China’s Jiangsu province, which is home to more than 80 million people.The tech company’s subsidiary, Beijing AGTech GOT Technology (GOT), won the bid, with the tender managed by the Jiangsu Provincial Sports Lottery Administration Centre.Enquiries to AGTech to clarify the length of the agreement were not immediately returned.The deal will build on recent contract wins for AGTech in a number of other provinces, including Guangxi, Guizhou, Hebei, Henan, Hunan, Jilin and Shanghai. Jiangsu includes major cities such as Nanjing.“In the first half of 2018, GOT has already won tenders in various provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions across China, further reaffirming our hardware division’s continued dedication to and leading position in China’s lottery industry,” AGTech chairman and chief executive John Sun said.“AGTech has and will continue to enhance product innovation, safety and research and development compliance to contribute to the overall healthy development of China’s lottery market.”The expansion of AGTech’s hardware and distribution services across China has been a key goal of the company since it was acquired by e-commercia giant Alibaba two years ago.Earlier this week, iGamingBusiness.com reported that Chinese betting on the FIFA World Cup via the country’s sports lottery could be worth $7.5bn (€6.5bn).Image: Ozonefrance Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Lottery Tech & innovation Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: China AGTech has won a major sports lottery contract in China’s Jiangsu province Lottery