Real thrash APOEL 6-0 but are Group H runners-up

first_imgBy Peter StevensonNICOSIA (Reuters) – Holders Real Madrid sealed a place in the Champions League last 16 with a thumping 6-0 victory at APOEL Nicosia on Tuesday after doubles from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo but will still finish runners-up to Tottenham Hotspur in Group H.\Ronaldo wrapped up Real’s biggest Champions League away win with two goals at the start of the second half. He now has 18 in the competition this year, extending his record from 16 and taking his overall Champions League scoring record to 113.Zinedine Zidane’s side, who have been inconsistent in La Liga this season, were already coasting thanks to first-half goals from Luka Modric, a Karim Benzema double and Nacho strike.Spurs’ 2-1 win at Borussia Dortmund means they have claimed top spot on 13 points, with a game to spare, ahead of Real on 10 points. APOEL will fight it out with Dortmund for third place and a Europa League spot, with both teams on two points.“We can’t do anything about finishing second now. Other teams will not want to face us in the next round and we will do our best to qualify (from the last 16),” said Zidane.“We know Ronaldo and Benzema are good players and they were going to score sooner rather than later. In a season you always have tough moments but we always thought they would improve.”Ronaldo added: “We knew before the game that we needed to win to go through to the next round. We played very well, we scored six times and the team played amazing football. We are very happy. The job was done.”EFENCE FREEZES Modric opened the scoring for Real in the 22nd minute with a bouncing volley from the edge of the penalty area after APOEL’s Vinicius failed to clear a Dani Carvajal cross from the right.Benzema doubled the lead in the 39th when he was put clean through by Toni Kroos, following neat interplay between the German, the Frenchman and Portuguese Ronaldo.APOEL’s defence appeared to freeze in the build-up after they thought the referee would blow for a foul on Ronaldo. Benzema made no mistake though ending his recent goal drought.In the 41st minute Real made it 3-0 when Nacho prodded home from close range, after his central defensive partner Raphael Varane knocked down Marco Asensio’s corner from the left.Real scored again when Benzema doubled his tally following a lightning break in first-half added time, Ronaldo unselfishly finding the Frenchman who passed the ball into an empty net.Ronaldo finally got on the scoresheet himself, scoring his 112th Champions League goal in the 48th with a simple header off Marcelo’s cross from the left. He then netted again in the 54th, firing home after Perez’ clearance struck the onrushing Benzema.“That Ronaldo and Benzema both scored twice makes us really happy. We’ve come away delighted, we did everything we wanted to do and we need to carry on like this. In the last three games we’ve scored goals and kept clean sheets,” added Zidane.last_img read more

AFCON 2017: Micho Hails Duo Availability against Egypt

first_imgUganda coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has welcomed the return of midfielder Khalid Aucho and central defender Murushid Juuko who were suspended for the Ghana tie on Tuesday in Port Gentil.The pair played a crucial role in Cranes Afcon 2017 and Fifa 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign and will indeed provide experience in Uganda’s upcoming game against Egypt on January 21.Micho told supersport.com that, “Those players are the backbone of this team. They will add to our defense and midfield.There is no selection headache. They will immediately come into the starting lineup.The left foot of Khalid Aucho going forward is crucial for us and we are happy to have them back.” “With full force, full power and with no injuries, we are preparing for this match on a more serious note wishing that after paying a very expensive scholarship of missing the first match after 39 years in the first group, first match and first point.”Uganda visibly missed Aucho in the opener as they failed to string consistent passes in the midfield often losing the ball in the first half however Micho introduced winger Moses Oloya for Michael Azira who had been dismal.Hassan Wasswa played at center back in Juuko’s absence but with the return of the latter, Wasswa could still feature but in a midfield role.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Men’s basketball: Badgers turn it up late against No. 21 Maryland to earn fifth straight victory

first_imgThe No. 24 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (16-6, 8-3 Big Ten) secured another signature Big Ten victory Friday night 69–61 over the No. 21 Maryland Terrapins (17-6, 8-4) at the Kohl Center. After a shaky first half, the Badgers came up with several big shots and hustle plays down the stretch to extend their current winning streak to five games.Though the Badgers were graced with electric performances from both Ethan Happ and Brad Davison, the difference Friday night came from the Wisconsin bench.Sophomore Aleem Ford provided 10 crucial points off the bench, including two second-half three-pointers to help extend the Wisconsin advantage. This, coming off a scoreless three-game stretch in which he went 0-for-7 from beyond the arc, was a testament to Ford’s confidence and the trust that his teammates have in him.“They were always in my ear saying the next one will fall,” Ford said.Men’s basketball: Is Nate Reuvers the real deal?Amid a sophomore season that has seen more efficient offensive production, a 42 percent three-point percentage and the occasional block Read…The three-ball proved to be a deciding factor in Friday’s victory. Wisconsin struggled to defend the perimeter in the first half, as Maryland opened the game 6 of 10 from deep. Poor transition defense and weak closeouts gave the Terrapins plenty of open looks, particularly for guard Eric Ayala, who went 4 of 4 on three-pointers in the first half.Just as important in the game’s outcome, however, was foul trouble. Maryland’s big men — Bruno Fernando and Jalen Smith — dominated in the first half, outmuscling Happ on the block and providing valuable rim protection on defense. But when they were each whistled for their third foul early in the second half, Maryland Head Coach Mark Turgeon was forced to go to his bench.With the Terrapins in the penalty, the Badgers were given plenty of opportunities to score from the free-throw line, but Wisconsin was unable to take control of the game with Fernando and Smith out for nearly six minutes. The Badgers trailed by six with 12 minutes to go.But Wisconsin stood tall thanks to sharpshooting from Ford, Brevin Pritzl (2-of-2 3PT) and Davison — who finished with a game-high 21 points. The Badgers made six of their last eight three-point attempts to take command of a hotly contested conference battle in front of a raucous home crowd.Davison finished 4 of 6 from behind the arc, firing up the intensity late in the game’s tightest moments. Wisconsin finished 9 of 18 on three-pointers.UW posted 23 free throw attempts — 12 coming from Happ — compared to Maryland’s eight. Happ finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds, his 45th career double-double.Women’s basketball: Marsha Howard, Imani Lewis look to maintain consistency against visiting Michigan SundayThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (11-10, 2-7 Big Ten) returns to the Kohl Center Sunday, just one week Read…Turgeon was proud of how his team fought but realized he had limited options down the stretch.“I thought our defense was terrific at times,” Turgeon said. “But when both of your big guys are in trouble and you’ve got an All-American in Happ, they’re hard to guard.”The Badgers held Maryland to 2 of 10 on three-pointers in the second half, while Ayala finished with 18 points. Fernando finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.Up next, the Badgers travel to Minneapolis for a Feb. 6. showdown against rival Minnesota.last_img read more

Chelsea sign French defender Malang Sarr

first_imgChelsea have announced the signing of French defender Malang Sarr.The 21-year-old left Ligue 1 club, OG Nice, this summer following the end of his contract there, and has now signed a five-year deal with the Blues.Sarr will however spend the 2020/21 season out on loan.On signing Sarr, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: “The opportunity to sign Malang was one we could not miss.”He is a tremendous prospect and we will be monitoring him closely during his loan period, hoping he will soon be back at Chelsea. We are very happy to welcome him to the club today.”Sarr has played for his local side Nice since he was five years old and became a regular in their first team at the age of 17.He had a dream start when he scored the only goal of the game on his debut in a Ligue 1 match against Rennes in August 2016.Sarr becomes Chelsea’s fourth signing of the window after the arrivals of Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech. Source: Chelsea FClast_img read more

CALLS MADE FOR RESTORATION OF BUNBEG CLIFF RESCUE SERVICE

first_imgThe Bunbeg Coast Guard Cliff Rescue service ceased its operation in 2012 due to a value for money review by the Department of Transport. However, since its closure the decision has continued to raise considerable concern locally.Thomas Pringle, Independent TD for Donegal says that while the number of call outs may have been low when the review was carried out it did not take into account the potential for a successful adventure tourism industry to develop locally especially now with the Wild Atlantic Way established.‘There is concern that the cessation of the cliff rescue in Bunbeg could impact on the tourism potential of the area. New adventure tourism businesses are concerned that the lack of availability of a rescue service could impact on people’s decisions whether to book a holiday or event in this part of Donegal’ continues Pringle.Cllr Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig who has been campaigning on the issue says ‘the importance of the service and the need to have the cliff rescue service restored cannot be understated. We have to think in terms of safety for the local people and for visitors to this part of Donegal. It would also mean a significant boost in confidence in the area.’Thomas Pringle TD and Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig have written to the Minister calling on him to give serious consideration to restarting the cliff rescue training in Bunbeg. CALLS MADE FOR RESTORATION OF BUNBEG CLIFF RESCUE SERVICE was last modified: August 13th, 2015 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)last_img read more