RelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Tottenham re-signs Bale on loan Paris Saint-Germain have maintained their unbeaten record in Group A after coming from behind to earn a 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in Tuesday night’s Champions League encounter at the Bernabeu.Real were well on course for victory thanks to a double from Karim Benzema, but late efforts from Kylian Mbappe and Pablo Sarabia secured a point for the French outfit.While PSG have lost their perfect record in the group, Thomas Tuchel’s side have now sealed top spot ahead of their European rivals with a game to spare.Moments before kickoff in Spain, Real’s place in the last 16 was confirmed after Club Brugge could only draw with Galatasaray, and it ultimately led to a more free-flowing performance than may have been produced had they still required a result.While PSG threatened early through two close-range opportunities for Mauro Icardi, Real soon emerged as the better team and deservedly took the lead thanks to a fine team goal finished off by Benzema.Some sharp play from Eden Hazard set things in motion and after Isco had fired against the post after meeting Federico Valverde’s cutback, the Frenchman was on hand to send a smart finish into the far corner of the net.Hazard was producing arguably his best performance since his arrival from Chelsea in the summer, although it was Toni Kroos who twice went close with good efforts from the edge of the area.Dani Carvajal and Marcelo also tested former Real stopper Keylor Navas, although PSG came more into the contest during the final 15 minutes with Marco Verratti having a long-range effort pushed away by Thibaut Cortois and Mbappe firing too close to the goalkeeper from a tight angle.Just before the half-time whistle, the visitors thought they had earned a penalty when Courtois tripped Icardi inside the area, with the place where the infringement took place only being confirmed by VAR.However, after the referee had taken the opportunity to watch the video screen at the side of the pitch, he withdrew a red card controversially handed to Courtois and overturned his call to give a penalty due to a soft foul on Marcelo on the halfway line.Thomas Tuchel chose to introduce Neymar at half time, but it was Real who stormed out of the blocks after the restart, with Benzema having a close-range effort blocked by Navas.While PSG continued to have flurries forward, the better chances were being created by Real, firstly through Kroos who saw another 20-yard strike go narrowly off target.Moments later, Navas was back in the action to claw away Isco’s flick at the near post, but Real’s momentum was halted when Hazard was forced to be withdrawn with an ankle injury.Gareth Bale received a mixed reaction as he replaced the Belgian, but the winger played his part as Real extended their advantage with just 11 minutes remaining.The Welshman’s header led to the ball going into the path of Marcelo, and the left-back’s cross was perfect for Benzema to power a header into the roof of the net from six yards out.However, while there was a feeling that PSG were beaten, the visitors were gifted a way back into the contest by Raphael Varane and Courtois, who got in each other’s way to allow Mbappe to divert the ball into the net from virtually on the line.The French giants had the momentum and their equaliser arrived just over two minutes later as the ball found its way to Sarabia, who was waiting on the edge of the area.While the former Sevilla man had the time to take a touch, he instead found the top corner of Courtois’s net with a stunning half-volley.Both teams had further opportunities during four minutes of added-on time, with Bale almost stealing the headlines with a brilliant free kick which struck the post.However, after that near miss, the teams were left to share the spoils, with PSG likely being more satisfied with a point than their hosts.Tags: PSGReal MadridUCL
A magnificent unbeaten century by former Essequibo batsman, Basil Persaud, led Everest Masters to a convincing nine wicket victory over the visiting Guyana Foundation XI from the United Kingdom.Played at the Everest ground last Sunday, the Guyana Foundation (UK) won the toss and batted first in the 30 overs affair. They were led by an accomplished 82 (8x4s+3x6s) from Navindra Sing, along with a fluent innings of 38 (5×4) from Navin Persaud and Patrick Khan 22 with 3×4, as they posted 189-8 from their allotted overs.Former national opener Rohan Sarjoo this time took the ball and returned impressive figures of 3-22 from 5 overs while veteran off-spinner, Johnny Azeez supported with 2-31, while Rakesh Gangaram took 2-17.In reply host Everest Masters made light work with the total as Basil Persaud’s commanding 101 not out laced with 13×4 and 2×6 and former national youth batsman, Hemraj Garbarran with an unbeaten 57, including 7×4 and 2×6, dominated proceedings.The pair added an unbroken 145 run partnership as Everest Masters reached 192-1 in 27 overs to win by nine wickets.At the presentation, Basil Persaud was adjudged Man-of-the-Match and was presented with a Medal. Guyana Foundation (UK) also presented the Everest Cricket Club with a plaque in honour of former life member of the club, David Seloochan.Everest also returned the honours by also presenting a plaque to the visitors in recognition and appreciation of their visit to Guyana and for engaging the club in the well organized match. The plaque on behalf of the Everest Masters was compliments of Trophy Stall of Bourda Market.(Elroy Stephney)
Published on September 12, 2018 at 11:11 pm Contact KJ: [email protected] | @KJEdelman Syracuse faced a great deal of problems on its four-game road trip — an inconsistency at the goalkeeper position, not being able to muster enough clean shots and giving up goals behind a unprotected backline to save the opposing attack. But one issue that arose on its 1-3 road trip was out of SU’s control: The Orange’s transition from natural grass to turf.When Syracuse (3-4) plays at SU Soccer Stadium, it plays on a 120- by 75-meter natural grass field. In its last four games, SU has played on varying turf fields, converting only two of its 40 shots. In its three losses, including two 4-0 losses to No. 11 Penn State and then-winless Harvard, SU was outscored 11-1.While some players prefer turf over their home stadium’s natural grass, the Orange’s transition to the new fields caused its offense to speed up and make more errors over the last two weeks. With ACC road play beginning Sept. 20 at Boston College, a turf field, SU needs to improve on its recent turf play to get back to .500.“You have to be more precise on turf,” head coach Phil Wheddon said, “And, honestly, that’s what got us down in our last game. We weren’t precise enough.”Before the Aug. 30 matchup against Harvard, SU transitioned from practicing on Hookway Fields’ natural grass to Wohl Lacrosse Field and Skytop, both turf fields.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTurf creates a faster game — the ball moves quicker, the bounce can be a little different and a player’s touch has to be spot on to avoid turnovers, Wheddon said. It creates a shorter surface for players to compete on. The pitch features well-cut turf instead of varying lengths of grass, which all players would prefer in good weather, forward Kate Hostage said.“Turf is a lot harder and grass has a lot more to give,” Laurel Ness said. “I like playing through balls and balls in the air off corners, and the grass has so much more give to it. It’s a lot better.”But problems start to arise when the weather changes. When turf gets wet, it creates a different reaction than natural grass fields.“The ball will skip quite a lot when it’s wet. It’ll be unreliable,” Hostage said, “It could hit a patch of mud and stop.”Despite a familiarity with a natural grass home field, most SU players prefer turf because of its pace. Every field turf is different though, and the adjustment gives the home team an early advantage, Wheddon said.While SU didn’t allow a goal in the first 15 minutes of play on its four game road stretch, it didn’t do much offensively. Between Aug. 30 and Sept. 9, SU registered three shots and eight fouls in its first 15 minutes of play.“It’s more the first 15 minutes of touches that you have to adjust than the long-term situation and having it impact you that much,” Sydney Brackett said.When players adjust to practicing on turf the days before a game, Wheddon said he has to be strategic in practice drills and how long practice is. The wear and tear from playing on multiple surfaces can make a player sore before game day. But he said the only way the Orange will improve its play on turf is with increased repetitions.With ACC play approaching, the Orange will need to get off to faster starts to gain the early advantage.“We have to make sure our players are ready to play on a new surface,” Wheddon said, “… the technical things let us down and we’re usually a very technical team.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments
(Source: Fena) B&H tennis player Aldin Šetkić is qualified in the semifinals of ITF Futures tournament in Heraklion (Greece), valued at 10.000 dollars.Šetkić in quarterfinals defeated Yannik Reuter from Belgium with the result 6:7 (2:7), 6:2, 6:3.He will play against Yann Martin from Switzerland in the semifinals.