Day: January 10, 2020

Neymar scores as Barca beat Man United 1-0

first_imgHe delivered his third goal in two matches in the exhibition tournament as Barcelona handed the English Premiership club their first defeat of the pre-season.After a bright start Manchester United struggled to contain Barcelona’s star duo of Neymar and Lionel Messi.Neymar broke through in the 31st, stripping the ball from Antonio Valencia in the penalty area, turning and finding the net.The goal proved enough to give a second straight victory to new Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde.Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United is given a yellow card during their International Champions Cup (ICC) friendly match against Barcelona, at the FedExField in Landover, Maryland, on July 26, 2017 © AFP / Brendan SmialowskiValverde made sweeping changes to the team that beat Juventus 2-1. Luis Suarez, Jordi Alba, Samuel Umtiti, Nelson Semedo, Sergio Busquets and 19-year-old midfielder Carles Arena were included in the lineup headed by Messi and Neymar.There were eight changes to the Manchester United team that defeated Real Madrid on penalties on Sunday, with captain Michael Carrick, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard the only players to retain their starting spots.It was Manchester United who threatened first, when Rashford’s cross found Romelu Lukaku in the area, but the Belgian couldn’t find the net.Barcelona inexorably took control, and United goalkeeper David de Gea was given plenty of work by Neymar, Messi and Suarez.Messi came close in the 12th minute, his low effort sliding wide.A long-range effort from Lukaku, a fierce blast from Paul Pogba and a curling effort from Rashford all tested Barcelona keeper Jasper Cillessen in the space of minutes.But from there Barcelona dominated. De Gea denied Neymar from close range in the 28th, but had no answer for the Brazilian three minutes later.Manchester United’s manager Jose Mourinho (L) waches their International Champions Cup (ICC) friendly match against Barcelona, at the FedExField in Landover, Maryland, on July 26, 2017 © AFP / Brendan SMIALOWSKIValencia had got control of a pass from Messi, but Neymar was there to regain the ball, turning in close quarters and firing past de Gea to the delight of the Barcelona fans among the 82,000-strong crowd at FedExField — home of the NFL’s Washington Redskins.Three minutes before the break de Gea parried Suarez’s scissor-kick to keep it 1-0 to Barcelona at halftime.Both coaches rang the changes at halftime, with Valverde replacing 10 players — only leaving Cillessen in goal.Jose Mourinho made five changes in his Manchester United side, and the second half moved at a slower, less fluent pace.Anthony Martial, Andreas Pereira and Pogba all threatened, but Manchester United were unable to find an equalizer.– Pre-season Clasico –The match was the last of Manchester United’s US tour — which included wins over Real Madrid, Manchester City and Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake and Los Angeles Galaxy.They are due to take on Valerenga in Oslo on Sunday and then Sampdoria in Ireland before facing Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on August 8.Barcelona, meanwhile will take on Spanish rivals Real Madrid in a pre-season “Clasico” in Miami on Saturday — apparently still uncertain just how long they will have Neymar to rely on.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s Neymar celebrates after scoring a goal during their International Champions Cup (ICC) friendly match against Manchester United, at the FedExField in Landover, Maryland, on July 26, 2017 © AFP / Brendan SmialowskiWASHINGTON, United States, Jul 27 – Neymar, serene amid a frenzy of transfer speculation, scored the first-half goal that gave Barcelona a 1-0 victory over Manchester United on Wednesday in an International Champions Cup friendly.The Brazilian striker, reportedly pondering a 222-million euro ($256.8 million) move to Paris Saint-Germain, showed why the French club would be willing to pay a world-record price to get him.last_img read more

Giroud important to Arsenal, says Wenger

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring against Southampton during the English Premier League match at St Mary’s Stadium in southern England, on December 10, 2017LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 11- Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger stressed that Olivier Giroud remains an important member of his squad after rescuing a point against Southampton on Sunday.The France international stepped off the bench to clinch a 1-1 draw for the Gunners with an 88th-minute header, after Charlie Austin had opened the scoring in the third minute at St Mary’s. It was Giroud’s fourth Premier League goal of the season in his 13th appearance as a substitute, and Wenger admits the striker will be rewarded with his first top-flight start soon enough.The 31-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Everton during the off-season and his future is likely to be the subject of speculation once more in January, but his manager is counting on him.“He is important – why should we lose an important player? It is up to us [and not Giroud],” Wenger said after the match.“He will start more games. I believe as well it’s always the same when you have many good players, some of them cannot play.“The question you get is always why does the guy who is good not play? Because if you take him on you have another guy who is good who will not play, it is as simple as that.”The French coach was seen complaining to the fourth official on a number of occasions at apparent time wasting from the Saints after the break.And he said afterwards: “I must say I am very frustrated as in the second half there was a lot of time-wasting.“Especially on the final ball on the counter-attack, it is very frustrating to give the advantage to the guy who had the foul because we were not only called back.“We were three against one but we played it quick and the referee called the ball back without any reason and that was a huge advantage for Southampton in the final minute.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Schedulers are against us, says Wenger

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says his team were unlucky to lose against Manchester United after playing wellWEST BROMWICH, United Kingdom, Jan 1 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit out at the Premier League fixture schedulers who he claims have handed Chelsea a pre-match advantage ahead of their London derby on Wednesday.Wenger launched a tirade against the fixture list and the standard of Premier League refereeing after his side were held to a 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion, with even Gunners legend Thierry Henry coming under fire from the Frenchman. Wenger broke Sir Alex Ferguson’s record of 810 Premier League games as a manager but he was in no mood to celebrate as he looked ahead to his side’s next game.“You cannot give West Brom five days to prepare for a game like that when we have three,” said Wenger.“I am ready to play every day as long as our opponent has played the same time recovery over Christmas. It is not normal.“We have the same problem against Chelsea. They played yesterday, we played today, they have one day more again.”A late penalty from Jay Rodriguez rescued a draw for West Brom after Calum Chambers was penalised for handball in a decision that even West Brom boss Alan Pardew admitted was “tough”.“It wasn’t a penalty,” said Wenger at the start of a wide-ranging rant. “It was not a deliberate handball.“He (Chambers) didn’t lift his hand. It was down. Where do you put your hands? You have no pockets in your shorts.“The referee has not seen it. That’s my opinion, he will tell you that he has seen it. Ask him.“I don’t want to waste my time with them, we have to live with the decision, to deal with it and to swallow it and go to the next game.“I’m angry because we have seen and seen the same things again.– Referees ‘untouchable’ –“I did fight very hard for the referees to become professional many years ago with (then Arsenal chairman) David Dein, and they did a good job to allow them to be professional.“But I see no improvement. At the end of the day there are two countries in Europe where you have professional referees, in Italy and in England, and not one English referee will go to the World Cup but everything is alright.“We cannot say a word against it because they’re untouchable.”Alexis Sanchez had fired Arsenal ahead on 83 minutes with a deflected free-kick and celebrated with all of his team-mates just days after the lack of a group celebration for a Sanchez goal against Crystal Palace had prompted TV pundit Henry to claim there were splits in the camp.“I don’t listen to what he (Henry) says,” said Wenger. “I focus on our own problems. That is the important thing.“All these people are paid to talk and it is difficult always to talk and talk and talk and only say things that are true and intelligent.”West Brom have still not won in seven games under Pardew, who sympathised with Wenger over the crucial late penalty.“I’d be very upset if it was given against me,” admitted Pardew. “It was a tough penalty. “Obviously the ball has hit his arm and we’re all a little in the dark about what is a handball and what isn’t.“I can understand Arsene being very angry about that but we deserved it.“We’ve had three or four games here where we’ve not had a break at all. We went toe-to-toe with Arsenal at times, not all the time, but enough times to take them on with attacking intent.“It was good for me to see. The messages are getting through.“It was nice to go into the dressing room and say ‘if you keep doing the right things, you’ll get a break’. And we did get a break.”West Brom take their fight for survival to West Ham on Tuesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Atletico would beat Barcelona if we had Messi, says Simeone

first_img0Shares0000Curve ball: Lionel Messi scores the only goal as Barcelona beat Atletico 1-0 © AFP / LLUIS GENEBARCELONA, Spain, Mar 4 – Diego Simeone has claimed if Lionel Messi played for Atletico Madrid, his side would have beaten Barcelona on Sunday.But instead, it is Barca with one hand on the La Liga title after Messi’s sensational free-kick earned them a deserved 1-0 victory at the Camp Nou. Atletico arrived on the back of eight consecutive wins but Barcelona halted the surge and instead restored their own lead at the top to eight points, with 11 games left to play.Messi proved the difference again, his bending first-half strike worthy of winning any contest and taking his career tally to an astonishing 600 goals, 539 for Barca and 61 for Argentina.“If we remove the shirt of Messi and we put the one of the Atletico Madrid on him, Atletico wins 1-0,” Simeone said afterwards.When his remark was put to Ernesto Valverde, Barcelona’s coach said: “Messi is a player like no other in the world. I do not know what would have happened and I do not want to imagine it.”It was Messi’s third consecutive match in which he has scored with a free-kick, after he slid one under the wall against Girona and then planted another into the top corner against Las Palmas.The only blot on a dominant Barcelona performance was an injury to Andres Iniesta, who had to be substituted after 34 minutes with what the club later confirmed was a strain in the back of his thigh.Iniesta now has 10 days to recover before the Champions League second leg against Chelsea.“Andres is an unrivalled player, like Messi, he is very difficult to replace,” Valverde said.“Let’s see the damage. We hope it is not too much.”The build-up to this contest, labelled ‘the Grand Final’ by sections of the Spanish press, was driven by talk of a Barcelona dip following three draws in five league games, with the in-form Atletico primed to move within two points of their rivals.But Simeone’s strategy of absorb and counter failed to pay off here and, in the end, the visitors might easily have been beaten by a more emphatic scoreline.Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann, meanwhile, who came in with seven goals in two games, was largely anonymous.Valverde made a statement of attacking intent by plumping for the more creative Philippe Countinho over Paulinho but his team took a while to find their rhythm.Even Messi hit the wall with one poor free-kick and then sent a cross-field switch straight into the advertising boards.The Argentinian shook his head but soon recovered, moments later escaping a cage of four Atletico defenders before driving a shot straight at Jan Oblak.For all Atletico’s discipline and defensive rigour, one mistake in the 26th minute was all it needed. Thomas Partey clipped the back of Messi’s foot 25 yards out and the forward whipped the free-kick beyond the scrambling Oblak and into the top corner.The rest of the half was a picture of Barca dominance, interrupted only by the injured Iniesta being replaced by Andre Gomes and a handful of minor skirmishes, the most noteworthy of which saw Messi hack down Filipe Luis and earn a yellow card.Luis Suarez thought he had scored a second after half-volleying through Oblak’s legs but was flagged offside, before Jose Gimenez applied a crucial block to deflect a Messi shot over.There was one nervy moment for the hosts five minutes from time as Diego Costa headed down for Kevin Gameiro to slam home. Costa, however, had strayed offside and Barca held on for what will surely prove a crucial three points.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Kagere double sends Gor to Super Cup final

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia forward Meddie Kagere celebrates his goal against Singida United during the SportPesa Super Cup semi-final at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAKURU, Kenya, Jun 7- Head coach Dylan Kerr got the final he had been craving for as SportPesa Super Cup defending champions Gor Mahia booked a date with his former club Simba SC in Sunday’s finale after beating Singida United 2-0 in the semis on Thursday at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium.Kerr, who coached Simba for one season before leaving, had joked on Sunday that he would have wished to play his former employers in the final and Meddie Kagere’s goals in either half handed him exactly what he had wished for. Simba had earlier on booked a slot in the final after beating Kenya’s Kakamega Homeboyz 5-4 on post match penalties.Gor had a good start to the match with head coach Dylan Kerr having reverted to his strongest line up, making changes from the squad that won 3-0 against Jeshi La Kujenga Uchumu (JKU) in their quarter final match on Sunday.Philemon Otieno reverted to right-back with Humphrey Mieno and Ernest Wendo who sat out of the tie making a start in midfield.Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge spearheaded the attack, Kerr making his intent known that he was not taking the Tanzanian domestic cup finalists for granted.The home side had two chances within the opening minutes, both going begging. First, George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo on his marauding runs on the right found a loose ball and his attempt at volleying it on target was inches close.In the ninth minute, Kagere was picked out by a well weighted pass by Francis Kahata unmarked on the right, but his shot after setting himself up on the first touch went wide when he should have at least had an effort on target.Gor Mahia’s Godfrey Walusimbi takes on Singida United’s skipper Deus Kaseke during the SportPesa Super Cup semi-final at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe tempo of the game which had built up much to the ecstasy of the full to capacity Afraha Stadium was hugely punctured when the heavens opened up to torrential rain.Amid the downpour, Singida almost broke the deadlock in the 25th minute when Danny Lyanga attempted his luck from distance but keeper Shabaan Odhoji made a brilliant save to keep away the effort.Two minutes later though, Gor were wheeling away in celebration when Kagere atoned for his earlier miss, racing into the near post to flick home a corner from Kahata.In the second half, the visitors were more adventurous upfront and had two close chances to draw back level. In the 58th minute, Ally Kenny’s header unmarked at the back post off a Lubinda Mundia cross from the left went straight to Odhoji.Three minutes later, Mundia had an effort at goal from the edge of the six yard box when he towered over Shakava and Joash Onyango to head a cross from Shafik Batambuze but it went inches over the bar.Gor Mahia left back Godfrey Walusimbi vies for the ball with Singida United captain Deus Kaseke during their SportPesa Super Cup semi final at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium in June 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluUnder the difficult playing conditions, both teams resorted to punting balls upfield for a more direct way of attacking.Gor, who had been pressed into their own half had a chance after 70 minutes when Kahata’s deep cross from the right found Odhiambo at the backpost but his shot was beautifully saved by Peter Manyika in the Singida goal.Gor had penalty appeals downed three minutes later when Tuyisenge controlled the ball beautifully inside the box but his attempt at creating shooting space was brought to a halt by combined tackles from Batambuze and Kennedy Juma.Kagere wound up the scoring in the 88th minute when when he took on a shot from range that found the keeper off his guard0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Province of BC provides funding to Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – The Province of B.C. is providing $10 million in funding to the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality.According to the Government, this funding will be used to invest in modern, efficient infrastructure that supports the Region’s growth into a complete service centre for industrial activity and economic development through natural resource industries.Projects supported through this infrastructure funding include significant sewer and airport improvements, road and drainage works, and water and solid waste projects.- Advertisement -Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, says the Government will continue to invest in infrastructure that strengthens local economies in northern communities and across the province.“Northern communities and their hard-working people have long contributed to the prosperity of our province. Our government will continue to invest in infrastructure that strengthens local economies, protects our environment and creates opportunities for people in the northern communities and across the province.”More information on Infrastructure Funding can be found on the Province’s website.Advertisementlast_img read more