A new plan to protect Messi

first_imgIn the case of Sport, the argument was striking. Under the headline “SOS Messi” it is explained that the Argentine is “more alone than ever” and it is reported that the Barcelona team is trying to sign players that make it an ecosystem more conducive to Argentina. Specifically, we talk about the signing of a central, a medium, an end and a ‘9’. In the case of the latter, the favorite option by the technical secretariat is Lautaro Martínez, of the Inter, by whom the Barça could offer money plus two regular players according to the Catalan newspaper.On the other hand, Sports world he dedicates his main cover story to the affectation of Coronavirus in the world of sports, but adds that Barça is very attentive to the possible option of signing Ferran Torres, of the Valencia, which ends contract next season and has not yet renewed. It is a classic that after a defeat the possible signings appear in the press the following day to give the fan the lost illusion after an important game that has not finished well. True to the appointment as if it were a clock, the Barcelona press appeared on Tuesday after Sunday’s defeat at Santiago Bernabéu talking about names for a new Culés project.last_img read more

Laca, Ramsey star as Arsenal make it nine in a row

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey celebrates after scoring a superb goal against Fulham © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 7 – Arsenal swaggered to a ninth successive win as Alexandre Lacazette’s double and a goal of the season contender from Aaron Ramsey inspired a 5-1 rout of Fulham on Sunday.Unai Emery’s side turned on the style on the banks of the River Thames, recording their biggest win of the season as the resurgent Gunners moved into the Premier League’s top four. Lacazette was at the centre of Arsenal’s powerful show at Craven Cottage, with his superb second-half strike restoring their lead after Andre Schurrle had cancelled out his opener.Ramsey’s audacious back-heeled goal put Arsenal in complete control to cap a stunning move that recalled the club’s finest days under Emery’s predecessor Arsene Wenger.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted twice in the closing stages as Arsenal won six consecutive league matches within a single campaign for the first time since 2016.They have also recorded three consecutive away league victories for the first time in two years.Emery was expected to need a long period to revive Arsenal after the depressing final years of the Wenger era.But the north Londoners are quickly rediscovering their verve and struggling Fulham had no answer to their enterprising display.Arsenal were battling fatigue after touching down in London in the early hours of Friday morning following a 4,000km flight from Azerbaijan, where they beat Qarabag 3-0 in the Europa League on Thursday.But Emery freshened up his side with six changes, although one was enforced as Mesut Ozil was sidelined due to a back spasm, and there were no signs of fatigue as they took the lead in the 29th minute.Alex Iwobi was the catalyst with a clever pass to Nacho Monreal.Monreal clipped his cross into Lacazette and the French striker left Tim Ream flat-footed with a nimble turn and close-range strike for his fourth goal of the season.Fulham are the only side in the Premier League yet to keep a clean sheet this season and it was easy to see why as Arsenal carved holes in the hosts’ creaky five-man defence.Arsenal were close to a second goal as they again exploited the space behind wing-back Cyrus Christie, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s effort well saved by Marcus Bettinelli.– Inspired move –Fulham hit back against the run of play in the 44th minute.Unhinged by Monreal’s wasteful pass, Arsenal were out of position as Luciano Vietto slipped a pin-point pass to Schurrle, who caught Rob Holding ball-watching as he sprinted through to chip a fine finish over Bernd Leno for his third goal this season.Undeterred, Arsenal stepped on the gas after the interval and Lacazette restored their lead in the 49th minute.Danny Welbeck headed onto Lacazette and he took Bettinelli by surprise with a powerful 20-yard drive that flashed past the newly called-up England keeper.Aubameyang and Ramsey had both been left on the bench, but Emery introduced them for the final half hour in a bid to kill off Fulham.It proved an inspired move as Ramsey sealed the points with a majestic finish in the 67th minute.A flowing attack saw Hector Bellerin and Ramsey combined in a blur of flicks and delicate touches in midfield before the ball was worked wide to Aubameyang.Aubameyang whipped over a low cross that was slightly behind Ramsey, prompting a superb adjustment from the Wales midfielder as he guided a back-flicked shot into the far corner.Aubameyang put the seal on Arsenal’s stroll in the autumn sunshine in the 79th minute, deftly converting Bellerin’s cross.The Gabon striker wasn’t finished yet and, in the last minute, he smashed in Ramsey’s pass for his sixth goal of the season.No wonder jubilant Gunners crammed into one corner of Craven Cottage celebrated the goal with chants of “We’ve got our Arsenal back”.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Everton register interest in Belgium star

first_img1 Everton have registered an interest in signing Belgium winger Dries Mertens this summer.The Toffees, who have already sealed the purchase of Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona, are looking to add another wide man to their squad with Kevin Mirallas set to leave the club and see Mertens as an ideal fit.According to Belgian newspaper Het Laastste Nieuws, Everton have contacted Napoli over Mertens’ availability but have yet to submit a formal offer.Inter Milan have also been keeping tabs on the 28-year-old, who is apparently pushing for a move away from Napoli this summer after they failed to qualify for the Champions League.Everton of course cannot offer Mertens that luxury either, but are hoping the lure of the Premier League will persuade him to make a move to Goodison Park. Dries Mertens last_img

BCCI extends Ravi Shastri’s tenure as team director till 2016 World T20

first_imgFormer captain Ravi Shastri will continue in his role as India’s team director until next year’s World Twenty20 at home, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Sunday.The 53-year-old Shastri will continue to be supported by assistant coaches Sanjay Bangar (batting), Bharat Arun (bowling) and Ramakrishnan Sridhar (fielding), whose tenures have also been extended until the March 11-April 3 tournament.India have been without a head coach since Duncan Fletcher left in March when his term came to an end after India’s semifinal defeat at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.The BCCI had named former batting greats Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman to a cricket advisory committee, which advised the board to extend Shastri’s tenure.”Based on the recommendations of the Cricket Advisory Committee, the BCCI has extended the appointment of Mr Ravi Shastri as the Team director of the Indian Cricket Team till the ICC World T20 2016,” the board said in a statement.India recently recorded their first Test series win in Sri Lanka since 1993 under new captain Virat Kohli and will welcome South Africa next month for a series comprising four Tests, three T20 matches and a five-game ODI series.last_img read more

2018 AFC U-16 Championship: South Korea U-16 pip a valiant India U-16 side

first_imgAdvertisementIndia U-16’s dreams of playing at the FIFA U-17 World Cup were crushed by a menacing Korean side in a nervy encounter. However, Bibiano Fernandes and the India U-16 team should be proud of themselves as they had held the favorites Korea to only one goal whereas Iraq, Australia, and Afghanistan succumbed 2-0, 3-0, and 7-0 respectively.A valiant India U-16 team go down to South KoreaThe first half began with the team in red throwing in a flurry of attacks, but goalkeeper Niraj and the Indian team had held their ground firm and denied the oppositions any clear-cut chance. At the 9th minute, the Koreans had got their first chance when Kim Ryunseong unleashed a deadly shot from inside the box, but Shabas flung in a last-minute sliding challenge to guide the ball for a corner kick.At the 34th minute, Choi Minseo found enough space to shoot from outside the box, but Niraj’s heroics ensured the Koreans didn’t take the lead. Two minutes later, it was deja vu for the Korean striker, this time from inside the penalty box, but Niraj palmed the ball away for safety. At the extra time of the first half, Hong Sun-Wook had thrown in a nasty challenge near the sideline which caused a lump under the left eye of Ridge DeMello.The India U-16 team had succeeded in absorbing the pressure and, the halftime scoreline read 0-0. However, when the two teams came out of the tunnel, India mounted enormous pressure in the initial minutes of the game and could have nearly taken the lead in the 52nd minute. Ridge Demello had headed the ball from inside the box towards an onrushing Givson Singh who unleashed a first-time shot from his right foot. However, the goalkeeper positioned himself perfectly and tipped the ball away for a corner kick.India U-16 pressed hard for an equalizer in the dying stages of the game but failedFinally, after some resilient defending from the India U-16 team, the South Koreans drew the first blood. Niraj did his best to pad the ball away from a powerful shot outside the box. Unfortunately, the ball fell straight to the legs of Sang-bin who slotted the ball in an empty net.The South Koreans were content with passing the ball amongst themselves as the India U-16 team looked to catch them off-guard. However, that couldn’t be the case as the referee had blown the final whistle, and India U-16 saw their dreams of playing in the FIFA U-17 World Cup being shattered right in front of their eyes.Advertisementlast_img read more