Five things we learned in the Premier League

first_imgSturridge saves the dayDaniel Sturridge preserved Liverpool’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season with a brilliant late equaliser in a 1-1 draw away to Chelsea © AFP / Glyn KIRKLiverpool’s strong challenge for a first title in 29 years seemed set to suffer its first setback at Stamford Bridge courtesy of more Eden Hazard magic for Chelsea.But on a day when Liverpool’s famed front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane failed to fire, Jurgen Klopp was able bring Daniel Sturridge off the bench to score a sensational dipping equaliser from 25 yards a minute from time to preserve the Reds’ unbeaten start to the Premier League season.Sturridge has now scored twice against his former club Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain in three separate competitions despite limited opportunities this season as he works his way back into contention for a more regular role after three injury-ravaged seasons since Klopp took charge.Even if he doesn’t displace Firmino, Salah or Mane, the former England international is proving a very handy extra option for Klopp to call on to underline the strength in depth now at the German’s disposal.Jose Mourinho was left with plenty to ponder after Manchester United’s defeat by West Ham © AFP / Ian KINGTONMorever, Sturridge may already have done enough to earn an England recall when Gareth Southgate names his squad for Nations League ties with Croatia and Spain later this week.Mourinho’s bizarre decisionsJose Mourinho is desperately searching for answers to Manchester United’s stuttering form but some of his decisions during a damaging defeat by West Ham were surprising.Jesse Lingard and Alexis Sanchez were not even in the matchday squad despite their attacking threat.And Mourinho chose to play Scott McTominay in defence, alongside Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof.It followed the decision to play Ander Herrera as a makeshift defender earlier this season against Tottenham.And with the like of former United defender Rio Ferdinad saying “something needs to give” at Old Trafford, there is a sense that Mourinho is struggling for answers and running out of time.Sterling justifies Guardiola praiseRaheem Sterling on the attack for Manchester City against Brighton © AFP / Paul ELLISA day after Pep Guardiola said he was now a “more mature” player, England forward Raheem Sterling did his best to live up to the Manchester City manager’s words.Not only did he open the scoring for the champions in a 2-0 win at home to Brighton, turning in Leroy Sane’s cross just before the half hour, his precise pass to striker Sergio Aguero also set up City’s cliching second goal in the 65th minute.Leno gets his chanceArsenal’s German goalkeeper Bernd Leno impressed against Watford © AFP / Adrian DENNISSigned from Bayer Leverkusen for £19 million ($25 million, 21 million euros) in the close-season, Bernd Leno had hoped to make an immediate impact with Arsenal, but the German goalkeeper has been made to wait for his chance.That moment arrived after a hamstring injury to Petr Cech in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Watford.Leno then produced a fine save to keep out Troy Deeney and coped well with the visitors’ bombardment. If he continues in that vein, former Chelsea star Cech may struggle to regain his place once his injury has healed.Kane back in the grooveBy his prolific standards, Harry Kane’s five-match run without a goal for club and country earlier this season amounted to a major drought and the headlines screamed with concern for the Tottenham striker.After finishing as the World Cup’s top scorer during England’s run to the semi-finals, Kane was perceived to be fatigued and possibly hampered by injury after some slightly below-par displays in the early weeks of the campaign.But Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino stuck by his man and the goals are flowing again.Having netted in last weekend’s win at Brighton, Kane struck twice as Tottenham eased to a 2-0 win at Huddersfield on Saturday.Kane’s first was a predatory header and the second a clinical penalty, leaving no doubts that he is back on form in time for the crucial Champions League clash with Barcelona next week.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring Manchester City’s second goal against Brighton, moments before leaving the field with a heel injuryLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 30 – Chelsea ended title rivals Liverpool’s perfect start to the Premier League season in a thrilling 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge. Champions Manchester City are top on goal difference from Liverpool, while Manchester United’s 3-1 loss away to West Ham raised fresh questions over the future of manager Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.Below AFP Sport looks at five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend:last_img read more


first_imgThe Ritz Cinema building has been saved but what will happen to it?Following Donegal County Council’s decision to reject the proposed demolition of the iconic Ritz Cinema in Ballybofey, members of the Facebook group ‘What Should Happen To The Ritz’ have again called upon the Butt Hall Committee to hold a public meeting on the matter.The application to demolish the Ritz was rejected on December 15th on the grounds of “its architectural and social value. Demolition would contravene the County Development plan which aims to preserve, protect, enhance and record the architectural heritage of Donegal”.Following this decision the group campaigning to save the building are now calling on the BHC to publicly meet concerned citizens with the aim of discussing the future of the much loved cinema. Paul Anderson, who set up the Facebook page upon discovering the application to demolish the Ritz said the Butt Hall Committee has been repeatedly asked to meet with members of the public who want to see the building restored to its former glory.“They have instead chosen to stay silent on the matter. Considering they are a charitable organisation initially set up to benefit the local area they are obligated to respond to concerns the public may have. It is time that they met with the local people; and became accountable for a building which is sorely in need of refurbishment and which is currently being left to dereliction.“Members of the community have been calling for action to be taken as the building has fallen into a state of disrepair and many feel the matter is one of urgency. The question being asked now is ‘what happens next?’ Will the Butt Hall Committee agree to engage with concerned citizens? Will an independent engineer be employed to survey the building and, crucially, does the County Council have a role to play considering they refused demolition?“One thing is for certain – this issue isn’t going to go away. People in the Finn Valley area hold the building close to their hearts and there is a keen interest in what happens to the Ritz. Calls are being repeatedly made for action to be taken before it is too late. “The ball is very firmly in the Butt Hall Committees court.”CALL ON BUTT HALL COMMITTEE TO HOLD MEETING ON FUTURE OF RITZ CINEMA was last modified: January 8th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyFutureRitz Cinemalast_img read more

Transfer targets! The top 20 most wanted players this summer

first_img 18. Naby Keita (RB Leipzig) – An immediate hit since his arrival from RB Salzburg, Keita is a brilliantly dynamic midfielder who can win the ball and kick of counter attacks in style. He retains the ball well, despite driving runs into dangerous positions and has scored eight goals too. Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal have targeted the player, along with other top European clubs. 2. Dries Mertens (Napoli) – His emergence as a central striker, when previously considered a winger, or inside forward, has been impressive and a number of sides have taken notice. At 29 years old he may have one big move left in him, and is being courted by Manchester United, Chelsea, West Ham and Everton – and that’s just in the Premier League. He is, though, working on a new deal in Naples which could see him remain in Italy for the foreseeable future. 20 20 20 20 20 8. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – With the Gunners possibly missing out on Champions League football, the chances of him leaving in the summer could be about to increase. He’s very much a wanted man, with Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Chelsea all interested in adding his talent to their squads. 20 GETTY IMAGES 20 20 3. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – As Atletico Madrid’s Champions League hopes ended earlier this month, his chances of remaining with the club diminished too. Keen on silverware, the Frenchman is a wanted by several sides, including Manchester United, and while a move to Real Madrid is unlikely, it remains an option. 13. Joe Hart (Manchester City) – It’s been a topsy-turvy time in Torino for the England shot-stopper, but his stock is still high in the Premier League. Crystal Palace, Everton and West Ham are targeting him, while Manchester United and Chelsea have been raised as possible destinations too. 20 14. Andrea Belotti (Torino) – A team-mate of Hart’s this season, the Rooster has been in outrageous goalscoring form and is the kind of striker who suits the Premier League. Possessing devious movement, which puts him in the right place at the right time, strong centre forward play, and a great ability in the air, Belotti is wanted by Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Atletico Madrid, but will cost big money. 5. Michael Keane (Burnley) – It’s been a season of great promise from the young centre-back, and rave reviews have seen Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham take a closer look at the player. Meanwhile, Manchester United, Keane’s former club, are also tempted to re-sign him for £20m, despite selling him for just £2m two years ago. 20 9. Nelson Semedo (Benfica) – With attacking full-backs currently en vogue, the Portuguese starlet is generating plenty of interest across Europe. Juventus, Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Man City, and AC Milan are all monitoring his future given his superb campaign with title winners Benfica. 16. Franck Kessie (Atalanta) – Currently likely to remain in Serie A with either Roma or AC Milan, Kessie has been superb in Bergamo this season. Carries the ball well with his powerful running, and competent on the back foot, he’s also been tracked by Chelsea and Manchester United. 10. Tiemoue Bakayoko (Monaco) – The Frenchman’s partnership with Fabinho has provided a solid base for the Monaco attack to start from in midfield. His talents came into question in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final with Juventus, but over a whole season, despite some occasionally clumsy passing, he’s shown enough talent to earn him a move, with Chelsea and Manchester United interested. 20center_img 6. Ross Barkley (Everton) – Attacking midfielder Barkley hasn’t had it all his own way at Goodison Park this season and, despite five goals and eight assists, now faces a tough decision on his future. He has a new deal on the table on Merseyside, but also has interest from Arsenal and Tottenham. 20 20 15. Isco (Real Madrid) – He may have completed 90 minutes just four times this season, but he’s currently enjoying his most productive ever LaLiga campaign, scoring 10 goals, and registering six assists. Tottenham are long-term admirers, while Chelsea, Tottenham, and Barcelona have been linked. 4. Kyle Walker (Tottenham) – Arguably the best right-back in the Premier League, Walker has thrived at White Hart Lane since Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival. Reports of interest from Chelsea, Manchester United, and Man City may have unsettled him slightly in recent weeks. 20. Jean Michael Seri (Nice) – It’s no surprise the brilliant playmaker is currently courting attention from a number of English clubs, including Tottenham and Arsenal. He idolises Xavi and completes a similar amount of passes to Marco Verratti, while being able to play in a deep role, or just behind a striker. Football seasons around Europe are all set to end in the next couple of weeks, and clubs are already plotting their summer transfer bids.We’re seeing teams linked with a plethora of players as they set up top targets and a number of back ups, just in case deals can’t be done.Word of these links is getting out into the media, leading to plenty of speculation, but who are the most wanted men in Europe?Click the right arrow above to find out… 7. Kylian Mbappe (Monaco) – If you haven’t heard of the precocious teen talent, you’ve probably been living under a rock. In his first full season, aged just 18, he’s taken France and the Champions League by storm, netting 20 goals and assisting eight in the two competitions combined. Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Manchester United are the major contenders for his signature – but he’ll cost a hefty sum of money. 12. Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig) – If you thought Mesut Ozil and Cesc Fabregas were the assist kings, you obviously haven’t met this Swedish star. He’s provided 18 this season in the Bundesliga, and also scored eight goals, putting several teams on alert. Liverpool and Arsenal have previously expressed an interest in his services, but he will cost more than £20m. 20 19. Bernardo Silva (Monaco) – Wide playmaker Silva has caught the attentions of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea over the last two years. His Ligue 1 and Champions League showings have been superb and are only going to increase the chances of him leaving this summer. 20 20 17. Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli) – Excellent ball-playing centre-back Koulibaly has had long-term links to Chelsea, and still appears to be on their wishlist. Antonio Conte, though, faces competition from Liverpool who are also keen on his services. 20 20 20 1. Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) – Click the right arrow above to see this summer’s most wanted men… – Dutch centre-back Van Dijk has built a big reputation for himself in just two Premier League seasons. Physically imposing, great in the air, and a composed ball-player, he’s currently being trailed by a host of clubs, including Liverpool and Chelsea. The Saints, though, are adamant it will take a bid over £60m to convince them to sell. 20 11. Benjamin Mendy (Monaco) – Fast developing into one of Europe’s finest left-back’s Mendy could be on the move for the second summer running after his transfer from Marseille. As well as being a brilliant attacking force with five Ligue 1 assists this season, his defensive numbers stack up too. Both Manchester clubs want the player, while Barcelona may also be considering a move. last_img read more


first_imgNaomh Colmcille GAA NewsThe senior team’s match at home to Red Hughs didn’t go ahead. The reserves had no fixture this week.The U16s take on Burt at home in the Championship on Monday evening (15th) at 7:00 pm. The club are running a guess the score competition for the final against Kerry; contact any committee member to submit your predictions.The Sean McDaid memorial cup will take place on Saturday 27th September. This will be a four-team blitz with our neighbours Burt, Glenswilly and Letterkenny Gaels. All welcome to come down and show their support for our up and coming young players.The club took delivery in the past week of ball bags, pumps and speed hurdles from the Sainsburys Active Kids scheme. Thanks to everyone who collected the vouchers on behalf of the club. The Lucozade Sport Club Crusade promotion has now finished. Please continue to collect bottle tops in anticipation of future promotions. Thanks.Check out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal) for latest updates on training, match times etc.Best of luck to both Donegal teams in the All-Ireland finals next Sunday.Training and Match Schedule.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page.Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches. Seniors and reserves. Training on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 pm. Players to be down for 6:45 pm. See website and Facebook page for updates during the week.U18. See Facebook for further updates.U16. See Facebook and website for updates during the week.U12. Training continues Friday 19th September at 7:30 pm. See Facebook for updates during the week. U10. Training continues Friday 19th September at 6:30 pm. See Facebook for updates during the week.U8. Training continues Friday 19th September at 6:30 pm. See Facebook for updates during the week.Girls U12-16 Gaelic. See Facebook and website for updates during the week.Reminder that the use of mouthguards is now compulsory for all players.Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This week’s numbers are 16, 21, 12, 24, 23 and the most correct winners are Jim Doherty, Valerie Duncan and Imelda Devenney who win €25 each. Next week’s jackpot €6,200. The numbers for Saturday 30th August were 16, 19, 13, 24, 21 and the winner was Gary Crossan (Killea) who won €75. The Lotto is the main regular source of fundraising for the club so if you can spare some time to help out it would be greatly appreciated. Contact Breda Friel if you’re able to help.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE FACE BURT THIS EVENING IN U16 CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: September 16th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAANaomh ColmcilleNoticesSportlast_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell and wife Majella have been teaching the world about the GAA.And not surprisingly the couple have been ranting on about how wonderful their own Donegal is.Majella has taken to his website and has been telling his millions of fans around the world how her famous husband was over the moon to see his side reach their first final in twenty years. “Daniel and I went to the All Ireland semi-final Gaelic Football match. This year Donegal were in the semi-final and Daniel was so excited.“He loves Donegal and its not very often that they have reached the semi-final stage. The day was brilliant to say the least.“The atmosphere was electric!!! You would have thought it was the final we were at.“For those of you that don’t know, Gaelic Football is a big thing in Ireland. Each county has a team and they all play against each other until the last team is left. “The trophy that they win is called the Sam Maguire Cup and every county wants to win it.“So you would not believe the shouting, gasping, roaring and screaming that went on during the match and that we only me!“It was so exciting and we were rewarded with a great win for Donegal so we are now in the final. It has been 20 years since Donegal was in the last final, which they won, and before that, they never won it. It has given the county a great lift,” she said.Majella said she believes the success is down to manager Jim McGuinness.And she said herself and Daniel plan to be at Croke Park for the final. “The team of lads that have taken his direction whole heartedly and worked extremely hard to get where they are.“We wish them all the very best for the final and hopefully I will be there to see them taking home the Sam McGuire Cup. Up Donegal,” she said.endsDANIEL TEACHES THE WORLD ABOUT THE GAA – AND TIPS DONEGAL FOR ALL-IRELAND SUCCESS! was last modified: September 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Croke Parkdaniel o’donnelldonegalGAAlast_img read more

Humboldt Crabs top Neptune Beach Pearl 7-3 for second straight comeback victory

first_imgARCATA >> As the days are going by, Tyson Fisher is starting to truly find out that his team is one that feeds off the momentum they create from at-bat to at-bat, one inning to the next.That was once again the case on Saturday afternoon.The best part for the Crabs?No need for extra innings for the second straight day. Thanks to a four-run surge in the bottom of the third, Humboldt got the lead — and that’s where it stayed. The Crabs claimed their second straight win in the West …last_img read more

New Cyberwar Rules Of Engagement: Will The U.S. Draft Companies To Fight?

first_imgbrian proffitt Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Last week’s call from U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta for an expanded offensive role in cyberwar activities may have the ring of Hollywood drama, but the real-world implications for U.S. companies could be just as dramatic. Some observers speculate that American enterprises could be conscripted in order to create a coherent national response to cyber threats.Going On The Cyberwar OffensiveIn a speech to business leaders in New York City Oct. 11, Panetta for the first time admitted the U.S. armed forces were prepared to take on an offensive role against any cyber attackers who seek to cause significant harm to the U.S. – or the loss of life to its citizens. Prior to this statement, the military has acknowledged only a defensive stance against such attacks.Panetta touched on revised rules of engagement (ROE) for cyberwarfare, which the Secretary said were the most significant changes to the nation’s Standing Rules of Engagement in seven years. The Washington Post reports that among those new rules of engagement, “for the first time, military cyber-specialists would be able to immediately block malware outside the Pentagon’s networks in an effort to defend the private sector against an imminent, significant physical attack, The Post has reported. At present, such action requires special permission from the President.”While the new ROEs are not officially outlined, it is hard not to imagine they would not involve an unprecedented level of cooperation between the military and the private entities who will very likely be targets of such attacks.“More than anything, there will have to be data collection and data sharing” when a cyber attack occurs, explained Jeff Carter, Chief Strategy Officer of EyeLock. But the price of not doing anything could be enormous. In his speech last Thursday, Panetta brought up the example of a derailed chemical train. While he emphasized the tragedy of any loss of human life, Carter added that just ten minutes of the U.S. financial industry being offline would have far more serious ramifications.That’s the kind of threat Carter sees coming, as many recent attacks could be seend as a cover for attacks on the financial sector for pure gain, or on other industries to obtain intellectual property for competitive or state-motivated reasons.How Far Can The Military Go?Panetta was careful to state that the government would not be monitoring private networks, nor involved in the day-to-day protection of corporate and other private infrastructure. That raises questions about the effectiveness of the defense strategy, let alone the usefulness of an offensive response, since cyber attacks can happen faster than the blink of any eye. Would companies need some kind of “panic button” to alert the military that they were under attack? And if a company were especially tied to some portion of the nation’s infrastructure, such as a power company or railroad operator, would such a system be mandated by law?Introduction of that kind of legislation could raise very large concerns for IT departments. In the near-term, more regulations are something that many companies resist by reflex, even if they are for a broader good. And on a broader scale, it is not at all clear how much the military (or Congress) could legally compel companies to participate in any sort of cooperative response.The Third Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which you don’t hear raised in discussion all that often, explicitly forbids the quartering of soldiers in a home without the owner’s permission. This is a historical throwback to pre-Revolutionary War days, but the logic of the amendment could be extended to cover the intrusion of military assets (read: software) onto private servers and networks.The Fifth Amendment, so often used as a free pass in incriminating courtroom testimony, has a related clause at its very end: “…nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”Neither amendment, of course, prevents voluntary participation in an active cyberwar program, but fiscal limitations, manpower, or evenethical disagreements might be enough to keep a critical company from joining.For instance, hospitals and medical centers could be regarded as critical infrastructure. But how would the interface between government and hospital function with HIPPA regulations designed to absolutely protect patient records?Here Comes The Draft?Nevertheless, at least one academic paper has argued that companies be drafted to participate in cyberwarfare.“Cyberwarfare… will penetrate the territorial borders of the attacked state and target high-value civilian businesses,” wrote University of Dayton Professor Susan Brenner in 2011. “Nation-states will therefore need to integrate the civilian employees of these (and perhaps other) companies into their cyberwarfare response structures if a state is able to respond effectively to cyberattacks.“While many companies may voluntarily elect to participate in such an effort, others may decline to do so, which creates a need, in effect, to conscript companies for this purpose,” Brenner and her co-author, attorney Leo Clarke, added.Those are just some of the thorny legal issues with which the Department of Defense’s Rules of Engagement for cyber warfare will have to contend.“The legal and policy entanglement in cyber is far, far more difficult than it is in some of the other domains,” said former Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn at a 2011 cyber security conference.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. 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India Third Asian Nation to Get STA-1 Status From US

first_imgIndia has become the third Asian country after Japan and South Korea to get the Strategic Trade Authorization-1 (STA-1) status after the US issued a federal notification to this effect, paving the way for high-technology product sales to New Delhi, particularly in civil space and defense sectors.Read it at Indian Express Related Itemslast_img

Former Penang football captain dies after slipping into coma

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Football Association of Penang (FAP) press liasion officer Ahmad Zachki Ahmad Suri said Aziz’s wife, his nephew Zambri Ahmad, a former footballer, and other close family members were beside him during his death.The 54-year-old former left winger fell ill during a friendly veterans football match in Balik Pulau on Sunday and was taken by ambulance to the district hospital.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHe slipped into a coma on Monday due to high blood pressure and was transferred to the Penang Hospital where he was put on life support. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rookie hotshot Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The Nation/Asia News NetworkGEORGE TOWN — Former Penang football captain Aziz Azizan has died after slipping into a coma on Monday (Jan 14).Aziz passed away at 4.30pm on Wednesday (Jan 16) at the Penang Hospital without regaining consciousness.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?last_img read more

Lionel Messi Scores 1st Goal of Season as Barcelona Thrash Sevilla in La Liga

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Madrid: Barcelona are back in form and La Liga’s big three are back at the top of the table after the defending champions put on a finishing masterclass to thrash Sevilla 4-0 on Sunday.Lionel Messi scored his first goal of the season by curling in a brilliant free-kick at Camp Nou after three goals in eight minutes from Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal and Ousmane Dembele had already put Sevilla out of sight. “It was crucial for us,” said coach Ernesto Valverde whose team ended the game with nine men.”It has been a strange start to the season and we have not added all the points we would have wanted.”Suarez launched the flurry, his stunning left-footed bicycle kick arguably even better than the volley he scored in the Champions League win over Inter Milan on Wednesday.Vidal then finished a superb passing move that involved all 11 Barca players and Dembele powered through to make it three before Messi added a fourth in the second half.The match descended into farce late on as Barcelona’s debutant Ronald Araujo was sent off and Dembele followed after collecting a second yellow card for dissent.The referee’s report said Dembele was dismissed for calling Mateu Lahoz “very bad”. He could now miss the Clasico on October 26.”Dembele’s is a mystery,” said Valverde. “It is very difficult to get words out of him in Spanish, so what he said couldn’t have been very long.”By then, the game was long gone as victory pushed Barcelona up to second in the table, two points behind Real Madrid and one above Atletico, who could have done with some of the Catalans’ classy finishing in their goalless draw away at Real Valladolid.For all the turbulence and scrutiny on Valverde and Zinedine Zidane, Barca and Madrid head into the international break not only as the league’s two frontrunners but with confidence and momentum too.Eden Hazard scored his first goal for Madrid in their 4-2 win over Granada on Saturday and Barca’s star man is off the mark as well after his own injury-interrupted start to the season.This was Barcelona’s fourth consecutive victory.Messi’s return has increased the pressure on Antoine Griezmann, who was left out of the starting line-up following his quiet display against Inter. Dembele was preferred on the left of the front three.Sevilla, who drop to sixth, had eight shots to Barcelona’s seven in the first half but were three down at the break.DE JONG STILL WAITSLuuk de Jong is yet to score since his move from PSV Eindhoven last summer and the 29-year-old had four excellent chances to break his duck, three of them before Barca had taken the lead.He fired Lucas Ocampos’ pull-back straight at Marc-Andre ter Stegen, sidefooted wide and mistimed a header. In the second half, Arthur lost possession on the edge of his box but still De Jong could not capitalise, lashing his shot against the post.In between, Barca had already made him pay. Suarez’s effort was probably the pick of the trio in terms of difficulty, as he launched himself into the air, turned and threw his weaker left foot over the ball, and banged it into the net.Five minutes later it was two, this one a team goal, quite literally, as all of Barca’s players touched the ball in 85 seconds of build-up. Arthur’s cross was the 25th pass, finding the sliding Vidal who was just onside.The third three minutes later was about pace and power, and a mistake from Sevilla too, as Arthur robbed Fernando Reges. Dembele raced clear, fooled Diego Carlos with a dummy shot, before guiding the ball into the far corner.After his fourth miss, De Jong was taken off and Messi went close after a barnstorming run. The only surprise was that he had not yet scored and he fixed that in the 78th minute after Sevilla gave him a third attempt at a free-kick. This time he did not miss.The 20-year-old defender Araujo had come on for his debut in the 73rd minute and was sent off in the 87th for tugging down Javier Hernandez as Barcelona’s last man. Dembele then saw red after picking up a second yellow card for dissent.Atletico’s stalemate means they have managed only two wins from their last seven games in all competitions and they could even have lost if Valladolid’s Sandro Ramirez had not skied a first-half penalty. Diego Simeone’s side managed only one shot on target.Valladolid sit 13th, with two wins from eight games. FC Barcelonafootballla ligalionel messi First Published: October 7, 2019, 7:24 PM ISTlast_img read more