Month: December 2019

Borussia Monchengladbach 1-2 Manchester City: Late Aguero penalty secures crucial Champions League win

first_img Sergio Aguero Sergio Aguero’s late penalty kick-started Manchester City’s Champions League campaign as they came from behind to beat Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1 in a thrilling encounter in Germany.Nicolas Otamendi’s volley looked to have rescued a point for City following Lars Stindl’s opener eight minutes into the second half, but Aguero converted from 12 yards with two minutes remaining after he was fouled by Alvaro Dominguez.City had goalkeeper Joe Hart to thank for a string of superb stops in the first half, including a penalty save from Raffael. But, after deservedly going behind, Manuel Pellegrini’s team finished strongly and sealed their first win in Group D courtesy of their talisman Aguero.Despite shipping four at White Hart Lane at the weekend, there was no sign of cautiousness in City’s approach from the first whistle. The visitors should have taken the lead after just four minutes when Raheem Sterling raced to the byline and squared for Aguero but the forward was denied from point-blank range by Yann Sommer.The Borussians had their first sight at goal five minutes later when Raffael launched a swift counter-attack and fed Patrick Herrmann but he shot wide.Andre Schubert’s side were given a glorious chance to opportunity to take the lead after Otamendi tripped Raffael in the box. The Brazilian took it upon himself to take the spot-kick but was brilliantly denied by Hart.Aguero was then guilty of more wasteful finished when he was played clean through from a long kick by Hart but he drilled wide.City had to rely on more heroics from Hart in the 34th minute after their defenders failed to pick up the menacing Raffael, but the England stopper stuck out a left hand to push away his effort.Moments later, the home side carved City open again as Raffael slipped in Herrmann and looked destined to score but Hart was quick off his line to make a brave block.City were at sixes and sevens at the back and were fortunate not to concede a second spot-kick when Fernandinho recklessly dived in on Lars Stindl. This time however, referee Clement Turpin decided to book the Monchengladbach man for simulation.The waves of home attacks continued at the start of the second half. Raffael broke the offside trap down the left channel and tried to bend a shot into the far corner, but Hart was there again to beat away.Hart’s rearguard was finally broken on 53 minutes as the home side once again breezed through City’s defence with ease. Julian Korb made a dash down the right and picked out Stindl with a low cut-back and the midfielder’s first-time drive found the bottom corner.Going behind was perhaps the perfect tonic for City, though. Pellegrini’s men hauled themselves level when Otamendi smashed a volley into the corner via a big deflection off on-loan Chelsea defender Marcus Christensen after Demichelis’s header had been cleared off the line despite replays showing it was clearly over.City had the momentum and went close through two Fernandinho efforts from long range, while Jesus Navas had a shot blocked off the line and Sterling failed to hit the target with a header.But, as the game entered its closing minutes, Aguero’s first touch was too sharp for Dominguez and the Argentine sent Sommer the wrong way to claim a vital victory for City.In the other game in Group D, Juventus maintained beat Sevilla 2-0 thanks to goals from Alvaro Morata and Simone Zaza. 1last_img read more

Anderlecht 2-1 Tottenham Hospur: Spurs are beaten as Belgians come from behind

first_img Christian Eriksen opened the scoring 1 It was a miserable evening for Spurs as their awful record in Belgium continued, when they were beaten 2-1 by Anderlecht in Europa League Group J. Spurs have never won in Belgium and the loss also spells the end of their month-long unbeaten run, after going without defeat in their four matches since they were beaten in the League Cup by rivals Arsenal. Spurs had a lively start as Christian Eriksen opened the scoring and they pressed for a second. The flow of the game was turned as Anderlecht grew into the contest and were level through Guillaume Gillet. Spurs lost their shape and quality on the ball and Stefano Okaka won it with just over 15 minutes remaining. Pochettino’s men looked defensively poor defending set pieces, something Eddie Howe may look to exploit when his Bournemouth side host Tottenham on Sunday.Harry Kane was rested and dropped to the bench by the Pochettino, who handed summer signing Clinton Njie a first start since his transfer from Lyon.Spurs were without attackers Nacer Chadli (ankle ligaments) and Son Heung-min, who is could be absent for another three weeks.After Anderlecht’s attacking start saw Hugo Lloris nearly caught out in the opening 30 seconds, Spurs found a breakthrough inside four minutes. Kara Mbodji’s clearance luckily rebounded off a team-mate into the path of Dane Eriksen, who was through on goal and he coolly dispatched.The Spurs playmaker looked in the mood in the opening stages at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, and he nearly added a second within minutes as his well-struck free-kick was deflected just past the post.After a poor start, Anderlecht were back on level terms as Gillet scored his second goal in three Europa League appearances. The right-back controlled a bouncing ball on the edge of the box before lashing it home on the volley past Hugo Lloris and it gave the Belgian side the momentum.Erik Lamela had the ball in the back of the net following a bursting run by Jan Vertonghen, but Spurs’ record buy Lamela was in an offside position and his goal was ruled out.Spurs nearly conceded before the break as Imoh Ezekiel led a pacey attack, with Vertonghen making a decisive lunge to block the Nigerian’s cross.Andros Townsend showed his threat from the right as he came inside his marker, curling a shot across goal from 12 yards, just edging past the far corner.The Jupiler Pro League outfit showed the attack in their ranks when they had good chances early in the second half, Ezekiel going close at the near post after sloppy play by Mousa Dembele. After Njie had been booked, he had since committed another foul and the Spurs boss acted quickly, substituting the player and introducing England forward Kane. Lloris punched a fizzing shot clear and Kane’s influence on the game was soon evident. The 22-year-old showed good strength and awareness to get goalside of his marker and, from a tight angle, attempted to slide the ball low past Silvio Proto, who saved well. The home side snatched a deserved win with less than 20 minutes left to play. Frank Acheampong made a run behind Keiran Trippier on Spurs’ right-hand side, before squaring the ball across goal for Okaka to stab home from close range.Lloris was on hand in the final minutes to brilliantly deny Dennis Praet, but it made no difference as Spurs failed to find an equaliser. Elsewhere in Group J, Monaco were 1-0 winners at home to FK Qarabag and Spurs slip to joint second, level on points with Anderlecht.last_img read more

Mangala: Competition for places pushes Man City players to improve

first_imgManchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala is happy with the added competition fellow centre-back and summer signing Nicolas Otamendi has brought to the club.Manuel Pellegrini added the Argentinean to his side’s defensive options and it has meant Mangala has been dropped for certain matches – including Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Aston Villa.Captain Vincent Kompany, when fully fit, is almost guaranteed his place in the starting XI with Mangala, Otamendi and Martin Demichelis vying to partner the Belgian.“Competition is good. I’m happy,” Mangala said. “It’s motivated me to improve step by step. When you are at one step, you want to keep going – to move further up.“I want to improve every day in training and during the games. That’s important for me.“It’s very good for us,” he said about the situation. “I knew Martin and Vinnie from last season and I knew Nico at Porto. It’s easier to play with them.“We have some parts that are different. I think Nico and Martin are similar players – and the same with Vinnie and me – but we complement each other and that is very good for the team.” 1 Manchester City centre-back Eliaquim Mangala last_img read more

Tottenham target has ‘wasted half a season of his career’, claims West Brom coach

first_imgWest Brom outcast Saido Berahino has ‘wasted half a season of his career’, according to Baggies assistant manager Dave Kemp.Berahino was on the fringes of the England squad this time last year, but his form has contrasted drastically this season and has found himself down the pecking order in West Brom’s attacking department.The 22-year-old striker attempted to force through a summer transfer to Tottenham only to see his move blocked by Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace, with his form suffering severely as a result.And, when assked whether the Spurs debacle has had a negative impact on Berahino’s mentality, Kemp said: “Yes I think it has.“He has allowed it to shift his focus. He has wasted half a season of his career and you can’t get that back. If you drop away not so good things happen.“Football is a team game – it’s not about an individual. You have to respect your team-mates and especially the fans.“It’s a missed opportunity. He could have gone onto another level because he was in the England squad a year ago. He has to get back to playing to his potential.”Berahino had eight goals at this stage last season compared to his paltry three this term but, while he was restricted to another substitute appearance in the 1-0 win against Newcastle yesterday, Kemp believes the striker can rekindle his form.Kemp added: “Let’s be honest if he’d played as well this season as he did in the past he would probably have had his pick of any team in Europe.“He needs to get back to doing what he does best which is playing football.“He put in a good shift yesterday. He needs to do that more and good things will come.”last_img read more

Ex-Manchester United midfielder tells talkSPORT of the task Van Gaal is facing

first_imgFormer midfielder Ray Wilkins believes the enormity of the task in hand at Manchester United is still dawning on Louis van Gaal.The Dutch boss has come under-fire this season after poor displays which has seen the Red Devils drop from the top to sixth in the Premier League, nine points behind leaders Arsenal.United fans have voiced their opinion towards the Old Trafford boss and his style of play, following dull performances which has seen produced few goals, at home in particular.They know they must step up their game when they travel to Anfield to face local rivals Liverpool on Sunday, which is live on talkSPORT.Speaking on Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, former United midfielder Wilkins said of Van Gaal: “No matter where he’s been, he’s been a superstar.“But this is a different task, it’s Manchester United, probably one of the biggest clubs on the planet, certainly in the top three.“He’s spent a lot of money, somewhere along the line the pressure will tell.“They are probably playing his brand of football which he enjoys. Now in Spain and Holland, that’s fine. But it’s not fine at Manchester United.“They need a bit of gung-ho, a bit of pace, a bit of power.”Van Gaal’s side finally put in an impressive, exciting performance in midweek against Newcastle, when they drew 3-3 at St James’ Park.Despite being 2-0 up and then conceding the late goal to make it 3-3, Wilkins said the attacking performance looked more like the United of old, with Wayne Rooney netting a double.“As you saw the other night [against Newcastle], they defended OK, but certainly when they broke on Newcastle that was [more like] Manchester United,” he added.“Playing with pace, power, one or two touches and they looked a really good side. And that is what is required from Manchester United supporters.“They’d sooner win 7-6, they would not give a monkeys about the six because they scored seven.”last_img read more

Famous sushi restaurant opens its doors to weary firefighters

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. “It’s just something that we could do for these guys who are putting their lives on the line,” Kim said. The restaurant is located near a blockade on Pacific Coast Highway and will reopen for regular business Wednesday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MALIBU — One of Los Angeles’ most swanky restaurants laid out a scrumptious spread for firefighters and residents. Nobu Malibu served a buffet of sushi and seafood as a blaze that blackened 4,500 acres begins to die down. Manager Darren Kim said the buffet featured sushi, black cod, sea bass, king crab legs and lobster salad – thousands of dollars worth of quality seafood. The restaurant served about 50 firefighters on Tuesday.last_img read more

Philippines’ ousted leader is pardoned

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MANILA, Philippines (AP) – President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo pardoned her ousted predecessor Thursday, a move that drew praise as an olive branch toward political reconciliation and scorn as an opportunistic maneuver endorsing corruption. Joseph Estrada has been a constant thorn in Arroyo’s side since he was arrested shortly after being forced out by a “people power” revolt in January 2001. He was convicted last month on graft charges and sentenced to life in prison. The pardon is seen as part of Arroyo’s efforts to bury the hatchet with her nemesis as she faces renewed calls for her resignation and another impeachment complaint – her third so far – on allegations of bribery. Arroyo cited her government’s policy of releasing convicts who have reached age 70, Estrada’s 6 years in detention, and his pledge not to seek public office.last_img read more

Measure targets removal of shopping carts

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre After a six-month pilot program this year took 5,300 abandoned carts off the streets in his district, C rdenas’ proposed citywide measure is the next step in his fight against abandoned carts. He said he is trying to strike a balance between keeping carts off the street and punishing stores for the problem. “The retailers are not the ones taking the shopping carts and leaving them on the street,” C rdenas said. “It’s the public. It’s like if you had a bank and they had two robberies in a month, are you going to tell the city attorney to go shut down the bank?” C rdenas has been meeting with grocery-store owners to try to solve the problem, and plans to introduce a measure early next year to solve it. One of the problems store owners face in parts of the city where few people drive is that, even if a store installs a wheel-locking system, shoppers still find a way to make off with the carts, often damaging them in the process. The California Grocers Association has urged officials to hold shoppers responsible when they make off with a cart, worth about $100. “There isn’t a retailer that’s a member of my association that wants their cart blighting the community,” said Jennifer Forkish, a spokeswoman for the association. “There are creative solutions out there, and we want to continue to explore them with the councilman’s office,” she said. Burbank and Glendale have adopted tough measures cracking down on stores that allow shoppers to take carts from store property. Beginning in January 2006, Glendale officials began monitoring stores; any store that had more than five abandoned carts found in a week had to install a system to keep carts at the store. The most popular system locks a cart’s wheels as soon as it gets a certain distance from the store. Often, a magnetic strip buried at the edge of the parking lot triggers the wheel lock.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Abandoned shopping carts – which often become trash cans on wheels, left in front of apartment houses or on street corners – have long been an eyesore in local cities, which have taken increasingly harsh measures to curb the carts. Unlike the cities of Glendale and Burbank, Los Angeles has largely allowed stores to police use of their carts. But City Councilman Tony C rdenas is crafting a measure that could force stores in some parts of Los Angeles to install a system that locks a cart’s wheels when it leaves store property. “We’re going to have to get tough, there’s no question about that,” C rdenas said. last_img read more

Aston Villa announce appointment of former FA executive

first_img1 Adrian Bevington Former Football Association executive Adrian Bevington has taken on a new role at Aston Villa, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.Bevington will work with new Villa director and former FA chairman David Bernstein and the board in conducting the review into bottom-placed Villa’s season, which is set to end in relegation.“Adrian has a wealth of experience with over 20 years working at the highest level of football,” Bernstein said.“He was the managing director of club England and worked with many managers and coaches during his 17 years at The FA.“More recently he has worked with several clubs and the Welsh FA, and I’m convinced his experience, contacts and understanding of football will be a tremendous asset to Aston Villa.”Former FA chairman Bernstein is one of several new faces in the Villa boardroom along with Sir Mervyn King and former Villa boss Brian Little.Villa are bottom of the table and 12 points from safety, placing the future of manager Remi Garde in doubt.last_img read more

Villarreal 1-0 Liverpool: Reds heartbroken as hosts grab injury time winner

first_img Alberto Moreno rues Liverpool’s missed chances Adrian Lopez scored a late winning goal for Villarreal, handing the La Liga club the advantage in their Europa League semi-final clash against Liverpool.The on-loan Porto attacker slotted into an empty net two minutes into injury time, after a poor game in which neither side had any serious ambitions to attack.A drab first half brought few chances, and it was a sign of things to come.A right-wing cross from Adam Lallana presented Joe allen with a chance on the penalty spot, but he fired straight at Sergio Asenjo, and the majority of Liverpool’s other chances came from long-range.The hosts had the better attempts, but Mignolet was never forced into a top quality save, despite Roberto Soldado’s best efforts.The former Tottenham striker had one attempt from the right side of the penalty area which he dragged past the far post, before curling a second shot just around the right-hand upright.It was a half which promised much, but failed to deliver, and Jurgen Klopp brought on Jordon Ibe for Philippe Coutinho at half-time to liven up the Reds’ attack.However, Villarreal had the best early chances.Cédric Bakambu flashed a powerful header off the outside of the post and Mario powered over from a wide angle, before the visitors managed a realistic attempt.From the right side of the box, Firmino’s low strike was pushed onto the near post by Asenjo, who was alert and up to the challenge despite having little to do for much of the game.Both teams appeared content to play for the draw, and it wasn’t until the final minutes that the game livened up.Bakambu broke through the centre and drew a fine diving same from Mignolet, and from the resulting corner, Liverpool counter attacker.Alberto Moreno charged down the left wing into the box, but he shot wildly high and wide, and the miss came back to haunt the Reds just moments later.Heading into injury time, Denis Suarez broke the high line that Liverpool were playing, breaking quickly into the box.Rather than taking the shot himself, Suarez squared the ball to Lopez, who tapped into the empty net from close range.It was the deciding goal, and hands Villarreal a small advantage heading into the second leg at Anfield next week.Elsewhere, Sevilla secured a 2-2 in the Ukraine against Shakhtar Donetsk, as they look to win their third straight Europa League title. 1last_img read more