Ansu Fati allies with Messi to knock the Levant

first_imgPhoto: Reuters Double from ’31’ to ’10’ passes for the win in an open duelThose of Setién, without brightness, follow Real Madrid on the LaLiga table Barcelona beat Levante (2-1) thanks to two goals from Ansu Fati, after two assists by Leo Messi, in the duel that closed the 22nd day of LaLiga Santander at Camp Nou, an exchange of blows that smiled at a greater stuck azulgrana, forced not to fail to follow the leader Real Madrid.Sheltered by his fief, the culé team recovered the path of victory in the league after the trip in Mestalla and seeing at six points to Madrid. The double of Fati in a minute when he marked the half hour of the game sent in an open duel and sometimes, more for the visitors in the second half.Barça is still wanted in the internal storm surge to change coaches for the second round. Quique Setién’s project became very vertical again at times, but again it was insecure back. The Levante, who already won in the first leg to the Catalans, pardoned although it was also surprising that Messi left unmarked.Without winter reinforcements in the face of Luis Suarez’s injury, Ansu Fati pulled the scoring car and allowed Barça to continue to three points in Madrid, before facing the quarterfinals of Copa del Rey in San Mamés. From the beginning there was an open game at the Camp Nou, a give and take from which a priori should win the winner of Barça.center_img Messi and Ansu, and vice versa, was the best local option. The 17-year-old gave the Argentine the first occasions, bumping into what would be a frustrated night by Aitor Fernández, and the captain culé returned them. The first in a far and low pass, measured for the career of the young scorer culé, in which he beat Miramón and beat the rival goal below the legs.The tunnel was left open by Aitor a minute later. Barça recovered quickly and Ansu Fati signed the youngest double in the history of the league. Those of Setién punished the courage of a Levant with carelessness behind and without success above. Semedo crashed with the crossbar, in another assistance from Messi and Levante, despite arriving, he went to rest without knocking on the door.Those of Paco López followed the script in the second half and this time Ter Stegen did have a job. The German goal frustrated Melero, Morales and Roger, several times, as did Aitor to a Messi who sought him unsuccessfully. Ter Stegen could not with an ex-culé like Rochina, already in the discount, so that Setién takes note of a team that continues to grant a lot and reaching the end with trouble.DATA SHEET.–OUTCOME: FC BARCELONA, 2 – LEVANTE UD, 1. (2-0, at rest).– ALIGNMENTS.FC BARCELONA: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, De Jong (Arthur, min. 80); Messi, Griezmann (Sergi Roberto, min. 71) and Ansu Fati (Riqui Puig, min. 87).LIFT YOU: Aitor Fernández; Miramón, Vezo, Postigo, Toño; Rochina, Vukcevik (Bardhi, min. 80), Melero (Hernani, min. 60), Campaign; Roger and Morales (Mayoral, min. 60).– GOALS: 1 – 0, min. 30, Ansu Fati.2 – 0, min. 31, Ansu Fati.2 – 1, min. 92, Rochina.–REFEREE: Lamb Vega (C. Cantabrian). He admonished Piqué (min. 65) and Alba (min. 65) at Barça.–STADIUM: Camp Nou, 60,295 spectators.last_img read more

Rafa Soares is the only footballer who has not played for Eibar

first_imgSo far they have participated in the Gipuzkoan team of First division 23 of the 24 players that make up the squad in the second round of the championship, two of whom were incorporated on loan in the winter transfer market, and precisely one of them is Rafa Soares. The Vitoria de Guimaraes has loaned it for 18 months, until June 30, 2021, and after Eibar will have a purchase option.The Portuguese left-back defender arrived at the Eibarresa entity on January 31, the last day that players could join. Since then, Eibar have played 6 league games, in which the Barça coach, José Luis Mendilibar, has not entered the plans, who, on the other hand, has had the other signing, Sebastián Cristóforo.The Portuguese player has been ruled out by the coach in 5 of the 6 games in which he could have acted. Only once has he been summoned. He entered a list of 18 cited for the duel against Real Sociedad (1-2) in Ipurua on Tuesday, March 10, which has gone down in history as the first game played behind closed doors in Spain by COVID-19. He was a substitute and did not get to play in a game without an audience, reason why their spirits from the bench and those of their companions, were the only ones that the Barça soccer players heard. Furthermore, the situation had changed in the past two months. And it is that in the first round there were many injured Eibar defenders (Iván Ramis, Anaitz Arbilla, José Ángel ‘Cote’, Esteban Burgos), and even Sergio Álvarez, who sometimes with Mendilibar acts in the center of the field as a pivot or as a central defender. This caused the coach to have to summon players from the subsidiary, CD Vitoria, from the Third Division on numerous occasions. On the other hand, since Rafa Soares arrived in February and March, there have been fewer troops in the ‘dry dock’, which has led to the fact that in most cases it has been ruled out by the coach.Second experience outside PortugalLuís Rafael Soares Alves (Marco de Canaveses, 1995) is living his second experience outside of Portugal, where he has spent most of his career.He was trained in the Porto youth academy, in whose team B he played between 2013 and 2016. Without making his debut in the first team of Porto, he was loaned to two teams from the Portuguese first division; in January 2016 to Académica Coimbra (2015-2016), and then to Río Ave (2016-2017). Later, he was loaned to Fulham (2017-2018) of the English second division, although after the transfer was canceled -he barely played- to the London club on January 31, 2018, he returned transferred to a Portuguese club, Portimonense (2017-2018) ).In the 2018-2019 season he signed for Vitoria Guimaraes and played 27 games, all of them as a starter. In the current campaign (2019-2020) he was ranked in 10 league games, one in the cup, and five in the Europa League (one of them against Arsenal). He has acted both in the lateral defense position and in a more offensive position, on the far left.Rafa Soares, 24, has been international in the lower categories of Portugal (sub’17, sub’19, sub’20 and sub’21).Dmitrovic, the one who has played the mostSerbian goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic is the Eibar player who has played the most minutes (2,340) until the 27th day of the league, intervening in 26 games. Only one match has been lost, in which Yoel Rodríguez participated, who has only played 90 minutes.Orellana (2,080 minutes), José Ángel ‘Cote’ (1,836), Arbilla (1,729), Pape Diop (1,650), Paulo Oliveira (1,590), Edu Expósito (1,582), Inui (1,475), Pedro León (1,460), Sergi Enrich (1,449) and Escalante (1,406) are, in addition to Dmitrovic, the 11 footballers most used by Mendilibar in the league competition. Perhaps he could have debuted three days later, but he couldn’t because the championship was halted by the coronavirus. And it was that the Real Madrid-Eibar duel was scheduled at the Santiago Bernabéu, on Friday March 13 (9:00 p.m.). It was the third match for the Catalans in 7 days, since Eibar-Mallorca (1-2) took place in Ipurua on Saturday, March 7; reason why Mendilibar would have made changes in the starting eleven to distribute efforts before the saturation of meetings.Rafa Soares was signed to shore up the position of left-back defense, who in the first round was a little ‘lame’ in the Eibarrés team, since there was only one specific footballer, José Ángel ‘Cote’ Valdés, who suffered several muscle injuries that prevented him from acting or was reduced by such mishaps.But José Ángel ‘Cote’ has been acting without missing a commitment since the Eibar-Granada duel (3-0) in Ipurua on December 20, the last meeting of the past 2019 for the azulgranas. The Asturian has completed the 90 minutes of the last 10 league games for the Eibar team, making it impossible for Rafa Soares to debut.last_img read more

Miller time! – Prominent spinner to lead Jamaica in WICB Professional League

first_imgNIKITA MILLER will be a new captain when Jamaica take the field for their first match of the new-look regional four-day Digicel SportsMax WICB Professional League, which bowls off in two weeks. The left-arm spinner, who has represented the West Indies at various levels, has been named as a replacement captain for young Paul Palmer Jr., who has once again been stripped of the post. Palmer Jr was relieved of the position midway last season due to poor batting form, but was reinstated for the final few matches of the season. That is not the only negative against Palmer Jr., as he has also failed to make the squad for the team’s opening match-up away to defending champions Guyana Jaguars. The 14-member squad, which was announced yesterday by the national selectors, has once again seen the omission of out-of-favour West Indies representatives, wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr and all-rounder David Bernard Jr. The experienced duo, following a string of poor performances, missed several matches last season. Also missing from the squad is another discarded West Indies batsman, Barbadian Kirk Edwards, who after being drafted as a regional overseas player last season, was dropped for the final set of matches due to poor performances. Edwards has since returned to his homeland with the hope of making the Barbados team this season. UNCAPPED PLAYER The squad, which has Antiguan Devon Thomas and young Guyanese opener Trevon Griffith as its mandatory two regional overseas players, features one uncapped player in fast bowling all-rounder, Derval Green. A former national Under-19 captain, Green has represented Jamaica in four List-A regional Super50 matches, but is yet to make his four-day debut. Jamaica, who has for the past three seasons struggled, having finished fourth, fifth and third, respectively, will this year be coached by Robert Samuels. The former West Indies opener has replaced longstanding coach, Junior Bennett, who has now been appointed chairman of selectors. Jamaica will open against the Leon Johnson-led Guyana next Friday at the Providence Stadium. Jamaica Scorpions squad – Nikita Miller (captain), John Campbell, Trevon Griffith, Devon Thomas, Jermaine Blackwood, Brandon King, Shacaya Thomas, Andre McCarthy, Chadwick Walton, Damion Jacobs, Derval Green, Marquino Mindley and Jason Dawes. Fitness trainer David Bernard Sr, physiotherapist Matthew Parchment.last_img read more

President Sirleaf Congratulates Netherlands on King’s Day

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of congratulations to Members of the Royal Family and People of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on the occasion commemorating the King’s Day.In her message to King Willem-Alexander, President Sirleaf recalled Queen Maxima’s visit to Liberia in 2010, when she was then a Princess,”  “This occasion presents yet another opportunity to reiterate my commitment and that of the Government and People of Liberia to collaborate with your Majesty and Government in upholding the partnership of mutual respect and shared values, including tolerance, freedom, democracy and justice,” the President said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cummings Africa to Assist Farmers, Hospitals

first_imgCAF’s Country Director Ms. Gbedema, along with Dr. Tamba, highlights the foundation’s activities in LiberiaProvides Updates on Initiatives By Alvin WorziWith a call to invest more in health, education and agriculture, Cummings Africa Foundation (CAF) yesterday highlighted several of its ongoing initiatives, including agro businesses in Grand Bassa and Montserrado counties and the payment of WAEC exam fees for 3500 students for the past two years.Making the disclosure yesterday at a press conference in Monrovia, CAF country director Fatu Gbedema said, “The foundation has done some research on food, and based on the results, we think it’s better to support the agriculture sector through women’s empowerment projects.”“There are areas in Liberia where women are involved in agro businesses, and CAF intends to support them fully,” director Gbedema noted.On CAF’s health initiatives, Gbedema said the foundation is targeting referral hospitals which serve several counties, for example, C. H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata serveing Margibi, Bong, and Montserrado counties.“CAF believes in helping the public, and we try to identify situations that are not profit driven so that more people can have access to better healthcare in the country. We are focusing on the rural areas, because we want everyone to feel included, as Monrovia is not Liberia,” Madam Gbedema said.She said six hospitals across Liberia will shortly receive donations of medical supplies and equipment valued at US$500,000 from the Cummings Africa Foundation (CAF).The health centers will include Grand Bassa Government Hospital; JJ Dossen Hospital in Greenville, Sinoe County; CB Dunbar Hospital in Gbarnga, Bong County; the Lutheran Curren Hospital in Zorzor, Lofa County; C. H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata, Margibi County; and the Fish Town Hospital in River Gee County.Strengthening Liberia’s healthcare infrastructure remains cardinal to the foundation as reflected by its support to medical centers around the country.“The six health centers were identified through CAF’s education project,” Gbedema said. “Visiting the counties, we realized that those health centers were in need of medical supplies and the recommendations were made.”Dr. Gerald Tamba, a CAF volunteer, said that the foundation has been engaging farmers in Montserrado and Grand Bassa counties on agriculture initiatives that will empower them by addressing some of their pressing needs, including paying school fees for their dependants.“We are in the first phase of the project and are currently in Bakoni, Grand Bassa County, to help the community to process coconut oil,” he disclosed.“The farmers have a problem, because they are harvesting but don’t see the money. They are not able to properly process it and get money out of it to support their families, and so CAF plans to help them to benefit from their produce.”Dr. Tamba emphasized that the foundation is helping to bring farmers together from various communities to ensure that they have maximum benefits from their produce, which will help them take care of their homes and increase farming activities.Farmers are experiencing problems getting their produce to the markets, something that CAF plans to address by offering farmers with links to sell their produce, he said.“We want to ensure that agriculture impacts the farmers’ lives. We want to see the farmers involved in value addition and so we really want to leverage our resources in helping these communities become sustainable at their own level,” Dr. Tamba said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Neymar becomes Handicap International ambassador

first_imgThe event saw the 25-year-old forward elevated to the top of the giant “Broken Chair” monument, which sits in the main square outside the UN’s European headquarters.Perched at the top of the monument — erected two decades ago to honour those mutilated by landmines in conflict — Neymar dribbled and kicked balls into the small crowd assembled below, sending a few over the guarded gate of the UN compound.Speaking later to reporters inside the UN, Neymar said his precise role with Handicap International had not yet been hammered out, but voiced hope it would “be a successful partnership”.Handicap International said the footballer’s mandate would be advocate for the rights of “people with disabilities in poor countries, victims of natural disasters and conflicts.”Neymar earned rave reviews for his goalscoring debut with PSG this week, which followed a record 222-million-euro ($264m) transfer from former club Barcelona.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brazilian superstar and world’s most expensive footballer Neymar shoots a ball from the monumental wood sculpture “Broken Chair” during an event by the (NGO) Handicap International on August 15, 2017 at the Place des Nations in Geneva © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINIGENEVA, Switzerland, Aug 15 – Neymar-mania, which has engulfed France, landed briefly in neighbouring Switzerland on Tuesday where the Brazilian star became Handicap International’s first-ever ambassador at a ceremony at the United Nations in Geneva.Paris Saint-Germain’s new prize acquisition told reporters the opportunity to work with the organisation that advocates for the rights of disabled people marked “a unique moment” in his life.last_img read more

Wenger downplays Pep’s influence

first_img“You have to accept that the modern game has changed with the recruitment of the best players in a short number of clubs,” the Frenchman said.“We, as managers, can maybe impart our philosophy but this game belongs to the players because the importance of the players has become bigger than ever before.”The Gunners have won the FA Cup in three of the last four seasons, 2014, 2015 and 2017, but Wenger still considers City to be the favourites at Wembley.“When you come through such a long way, you go to the final, you don’t want to lose it,” he said.“You want to win it. At the end of the day, you have to be cool. Because Manchester City is dominating the league ahead of everybody and so maybe we are more underdogs than in the FA Cup semi-final [last season].“We are maybe underdogs but we have to believe in our quality. The history, the fact we have done it before, shows why not do it again?”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“We are maybe underdogs but we have to believe in our quality. The history, the fact we have done it before, shows why not do it again?”LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 24 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger suggested that aggressive player recruitment, more than Pep Guardiola, makes Manchester City favourites in Sunday’s League Cup final.Asked if Guardiola had raised the bar, Wenger said “no, because you look at Barcelona and they are still the best team in Europe”.last_img read more

Wolfsburg ace to link with Xhaka? Another sensational United rumour and more

first_img Pep Guardiola is said to be targeting Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere 1 These are the best transfer rumours for Saturday 4 June…Wolfsburg left-back Ricardo Rodriguez has claimed he’d be keen to link up with Switzerland team-mate Granit Xhaka at club level amid reports he could be bound for Arsenal. (London Evening Standard)The Liverpool Echo report that Reds defender Martin Skrtel is wanted by at least two Turkish clubs, including title-winners Besiktas.Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is the shock name at the top of Pep Guardiola’s Man City shortlist. (Sun)Man United are exploring the potential of a sensational transfer for Barcelona star man Lionel Messi. (Daily Mail)Real Madrid will again make a move to sign David De Gea from United, but new manager Jose Mourinho is determined to keep the goalkeeper. (AS)However, De Gea has assured Man United’s supporters he is staying at the club to work under “winner” Mourinho. (Daily Mirror)Mourinho wants to sign coveted Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic. (Manchester Evening News)Dutch news outlet De Telegraaf report that Everton want to conclude a deal to make Ronald Koeman their new manager within the next 24 hours.Southampton are facing an exodus of players with midfielder Victor Wanyama and strikers Shane Long and Graziano Pelle set to follow Koeman out of St Mary’s. (Sun)Despite Man City targeting Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte and Everton’s John Stones, captain Vincent Kompany has been assured of his future at the club. (Manchester Evening News)Stoke have won the race to sign £10m-rated Norwich winger Nathan Redmond, who is refusing to sign a new contract at Carrow Road. (Daily Mirror)Sunderland have lodged an £11m bid for West Ham striker Diafra Sakho. (Sun)OTHER TOP TRANSFER STORIESCHELSEA MANAGER CONTE WANTS £25M ANTONIO CANDREVATHE INCREDIBLE MAN CITY LINE UP IF GUARDIOLA LANDS HIS SUMMER TARGETSLIVERPOOL TARGETING VILLA DEFENDERMAN UNITED CLOSE TO COMPLETING STUNNING IBRAHIMOVIC DEALARSENAL ACTIVATE RELEASE CLAUSE FOR LEICESTER ACEFAN REACTION: ‘IF WE SIGN BENTEKE, I’M RETIRING AS A FOOTBALL FAN!’last_img read more


first_imgWith Active Donegal month now in full swing some of the county’s sports stars from days gone by are determined to ‘Just Try It’ once again when the heroes of Donegal’s All-Ireland winning team from 1992 pull on the boots to face a Finn Harps legends side in Finn Park, Ballybofey at 7.30pm on June 27th. Three local charities – Meningitis Trust, Donegal Hospice and the Donegal Branch of the Alzheimer’s Association – will benefit from the proceeds of the night that will include a reception in the Finn Valley Sports Centre after the game.And there is no doubt that the battle of the sporting greats is sure to attract a huge crowd eager to see how Donegal stars like Martin McHugh and Manus Boyle will fare against Harps stars like Declan Boyle and Paul Hegarty.Indeed both managers – Declan Bonner for the Donegal ’92 side and Sean McGowan for Finn Harps – have assembled strong squads and are anticipating a great game.Both team managers are likely to feature for their own sides in a player-manager capacity with Sean McGowan confirming he has secured the services of key players already for all areas of the pitch. Harps and Fanad legend Bosco Gallagher will feature in goal for the Harps men with Declan Boyle and John Quigg to feature in defence, Paul Hegarty and Kenny Harkin confirmed for the engine room of midfield and legendary goalscorer Con McLaughlin geared up to lead the Harps attack.The Donegal side meanwhile will have both their 92 keepers, Gary Walsh and Paul Callaghan available for selection while Barry McGowan, John Cunningham, Charlie Mulgrew, Martin McHugh, Manus Boyle, Tony Boyle and Joyce McMullan also set to take to the field for the green and gold of Donegal.The game is just one of many events being organized across Donegal as part of Active Donegal month and Donegal Sports Partnership Coordinator Myles Sweeney said he was delighted that these sporting legends had agreed to take part in the game.“We know how passionate the people of Donegal have always been about their sport and the supporters who have followed Donegal and Finn Harps have been treated to some magnificent performances from the players who have lined out for both teams over the years.”But, he added, it will be extra special to be able to have members of the county’s only ever all-Ireland winning team pull on the boots again – albeit in a different sport – twenty years after that magnificent day in Croke Park.“These players have earned the right to have legendary status in the county and it is fantastic that they are still prepared to pull on the boots and get active to help these very worthy charities,” he added.The charity game will be followed by a function in the Finn Valley Centre that will include a 90s sports quiz and there will be autographed jerseys among the prizes. Meanwhile for a full list of all the activities across the county for Active Donegal month, check out the website – www.activedonegal.comFurther information from Donegal Sports Partnership 074 9116078 or email info@activedonegal.comBOOTS ARE ON AGAIN AS DONEGAL HEROES PREPARE TO ‘JUST TRY IT’ was last modified: June 15th, 2012 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