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Isco magic wins Super Cup for Real Madrid

first_imgHaving missed much of last season’s run-in due to injury, Bale is fit again, but it was Casemiro who emerged as the unlikely main threat going forward for Real in the first half.The Brazilian midfielder almost opened the scoring in the 16th minute, getting in front of Matteo Darmian to head a Toni Kroos corner against the bar from six yards.The breakthrough came just past the midway point in the first half as Dani Carvajal was afforded the time to flight a ball over Victor Lindelof — another United debutant — for Casemiro to stretch and volley past David de Gea.De Gea, formerly a Madrid transfer target, then needed to intervene to save a Karim Benzema snap-shot that followed a driving run into the area by Luka Modric, as Zidane’s side were restricted to a one-goal lead at the break.Mourinho sent on Marcus Rashford for Jesse Lingard at the start of the second half, yet it was at the other end that the chances kept coming.De Gea repelled a Kroos piledriver but there was nothing he could do to stop Isco making it 2-0 in the 52nd minute.Surrounded by red shirts just inside the area, Isco escaped their attentions by playing a one-two with Bale before coolly finishing past De Gea.Bale then struck the bar, and all this was going on without Ronaldo, who appeared from the bench to warm-up, raising hysterical cheers from the sizeable number of locals with sympathies for the Spanish side.United had a mountain to climb and were not helped when Lukaku blazed over after Keylor Navas pushed a Pogba header into his path.Lukaku did not make the same mistake twice, converting the rebound when a Nemanja Matic drive was not convincingly dealt with by Navas, but the goalkeeper redeemed himself with a vital late save to deny Rashford.And Real, with Ronaldo on for the closing stages, held out.Share on: WhatsApp Skopje, Macedonia | AFP | A delightful goal by Isco proved the difference as Real Madrid survived a Manchester United fightback to win 2-1 and lift the UEFA Super Cup in the Macedonian capital Skopje on Tuesday.Casemiro put the reigning European champions in front on 24 minutes on a steamy summer’s night in the Balkans and Isco doubled their lead seven minutes into the second half after a one-two with Gareth Bale.The gulf in class between Madrid — for whom Cristiano Ronaldo appeared as a late substitute — and Europa League winners United that Jose Mourinho had feared was all too evident and it looked like the Spaniards would go on to win by a wider margin.But Romelu Lukaku pulled one back just past the hour, marking his competitive debut for United with a goal and sparking a big improvement from the Premier League club in the final stages.It was to no avail, with Zinedine Zidane’s side winning this trophy for the second year running and the fourth time overall. It is the eighth time in nine years that a Spanish club has won the Super Cup.“It is all down to hard work. We know there is a lot of talent in this team and there is so much hunger too, they always want more,” said Zidane after lifting more silverware.“Today was an almost perfect match, and the first half was spectacular.”Real Madrid celebrates after winning the Super Cup.– Bale handed start –While Ronaldo started on the bench for Madrid having only commenced pre-season training at the weekend, Bale was included in the first XI.United boss Mourinho caused a stir on Monday when he claimed he would make a bid to take the Welshman to Old Trafford if he were not a starter at the Philip II Arena.Despite the presence of £75 million ($97 million) signing Lukaku up front, with Paul Pogba behind, United often gave the impression that they could do with some extra inspiration in the final third.last_img read more

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Now,Italian fans have taken to racially abusing white players as well!

first_imgAdvertisement 4hNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs69Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8k47bn( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) pg2hWould you ever consider trying this?😱b2Can your students do this? 🌚kwzhRoller skating! Powered by Firework In the match between Juventus and Brescia, a group of fans racially abused Miralem Pjanic. The group of fans called Pjanic as ‘gypsy of m….’ on Tuesday during the match. The racist comments about the players are not new in Italian football these days. However, very few times white players have been racially abused and this has been one of those rare incidents.Advertisement Juventus won the match against Brescia and Miralem Pjanic scored the winning goal for the Italian side. It was his way of responding to the racist comments made by the group of fans. The racism is continuing to increase in Italian football. Few days back Romelu Lukaku was abused badly in the field.Advertisement According to the President of FIFA Infantino, racism is unacceptable. Juventus are currently at the 2nd position in the League table in Serie A with 13 points in 5 matches so far. Inter Milan are at the top of the table with 5 wins in 5 matches so far. The competition in Serie A is increasing and that is a good sign for football. However, the way racism is also increasing in Italian football, the time has come to take some strong actions against the set of fans making those comments.Manchester City fan charged with racially abusing his own team’s star playerAdvertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Walton’s heroics not enough as Fernie Ghostriders steal 3-2 overtime victory over Nelson Leafs

first_imgNow that Nelson’s top offensive threat Patrick Martens has gone the way of Junior A — after signing earlier this week with the Langley Rivermen — the Leafs will look to another Kootenay International Junior Hockey League All Star to carry the weight of the team.Goalie Andrew Walton came close to packing the Leafs on his back, stopping all but three shots fired at him by the Fernie Ghostriders.However, the third shot proved to be the back breaker as Zach Traverse scored a power play marker with two minutes remaining in the first overtime period to spark the Riders to a 3-2 victory over the Leafs Thursday in the East Kootenay City.Facing this former Rider teammates for the first time since the Castlegar native led Fernie to the Cyclone Taylor Cup Final in April, Walton looked every bit like the game breaker Nelson traded for during the off season.Fernie out shot the Leafs 12-3 in the opening period and took a 2-0 lead on goals by Brendon Mangone and an extra-man marker by Austin Evans.But that would be all the scoring the Riders could manage on Walton during regulation time as the 20-year-old backstopper nailed the door shut despite Nelson being out shot 21-13 during the next 40 minutes.The stellar play by Walton gave Nelson a chance to get back in the game and the Leafs managed the feat with a second period goal by Colton Malmsten on the power play and Max Mois with six minute remaining in the third.The overtime loss concludes a six-game stint away from home for Nelson, finishing the away schedule with a 1-4-0-1 mark.The Leafs, falling to 13-8-0-2, return home Saturday to face winless Grand Forks Border Bruins at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. The Bruins lost 14-2 to Beaver Valley Thursday.The win increases Beaver Valley’s lead to four points over Nelson in Murdoch standings.The Leafs are two points in front of third place Castlegar Rebels, idle Thursday. Castlegar has played four fewer games then Nelson.ICE CHIPS: Andrew Walton was named the game’s first star. . . .The Leafs dipped into the minor hockey leagues to bolster the defence as Cole Arcuri was called up for the game in Fernie. The call-up was due to a rash of injuries to the defence . . . The game also saw the debut of two recent additions for Nelson on the blueline, Eric Spring and J.J. Beitel. Spring came to Nelson in a trade from Kelowna Chiefs while Beitel was signed after being released from Trail Smoke Eaters of the BCHL. Beitel registered an assist on the goal by Max Mois.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Activities to Mark Reggae Music and Windrush Voyage

first_img The Minister noted that as part of the celebration to recognise these milestones, the Ministry will be collaborating with “Live Nation (Entertainment) in the United Kingdom to stage the events”. Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, says a series of events will take place to mark the 50th anniversary of reggae music in Jamaica and the 70th anniversary of the Empire Windrush voyage. Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, says a series of events will take place to mark the 50th anniversary of reggae music in Jamaica and the 70th anniversary of the Empire Windrush voyage.The Windrush was the first of many ships that carried hundreds of Jamaicans to help with the rebuilding of the United Kingdom (UK) in the aftermath of the Second World War. This year also marks reggae’s recognition as a music genre that began in 1968.Ms. Grange was speaking at the launch of the UK/Jamaica Fair and the Songs of the UK in Jamaica competition held at the British High Commission in New Kingston on February 12.The Minister noted that as part of the celebration to recognise these milestones, the Ministry will be collaborating with “Live Nation (Entertainment) in the United Kingdom to stage the events”.Live Nation is the largest live entertainment company that manages concert promotions, venue operations, sponsorship, ticketing solutions, e-commerce, and artiste management, and is located in Europe, the Americas and other parts of the world.“We will stage an event at the docks in Kingston on May 28, a series of reggae concerts in London (England) on the weekend of June 23 and a major exhibition from August to November this year in London,” the Minister noted.“We have also planned film festivals, seminars and a number of other events. We’re also speaking with the Mayor of London (Sadiq Khan) in this effort,” Ms. Grange added.The UK/Jamaica Fair, which is being held on March 3, is part of efforts by the United Kingdom to demystify the happenings behind the walls of the British High Commission.“As a Mission we need to do more of our work in public, so we’re holding an event where we will invite 500 or 600 people in various phases of the day… and use social media to project out what is going on that day,” said British High Commissioner to Jamaica and The Bahamas, His Excellency Asif Ahmad.“We (UK) really want to rekindle the desire to do more with each other, whether it’s to have British educators come over here; whether it’s through the Chevening Scholarship, where we’re looking to send another 14 Jamaicans to do their master’s fully paid… and to really link in the Jamaican economy, that what are made and produced here, there is a real market for them in the UK,” he added.The High Commissioner said the fair will also promote British businesses setting up shop in Jamaica to sell shoes, food and apparel as well as Jamaican businesses setting up shop in the UK to sell goods.Mr. Ahmad pointed out that a few companies have expressed interest in coming to Jamaica such as Shell, to pursue its liquefied natural gas business and lubricants.As part of the fair, resident Jamaicans, aged 18 and older, are being given an opportunity to enter the Songs of the UK in Jamaica competition, which will require them to cover a British song before uploading it to YouTube.Deadline for the submission is February 16 and the winner of the competition will be awarded two plane tickets, courtesy of British Airways.The competition is being led by the Jamaica National Group, which is a sponsor of the fair.Group Chief Marketing Officer of Jamaica National Bank, Leon Mitchell, said the fair is timely, representing opportunities for Jamaican companies to explore existing and potential links with the UK. Story Highlights “We will stage an event at the docks in Kingston on May 28, a series of reggae concerts in London (England) on the weekend of June 23 and a major exhibition from August to November this year in London,” the Minister noted. last_img read more

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Jumbo ski resort approved

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe British Columbia government has approved the Jumbo Glacier ski resort.This has the Ktunaza First Nation concerned about the environmental impacts this will impose on their sacred land.The resort company has consulted with Ktunaza and offered them an advisory position but the First Nation isn’t buying it.APTN National News reporter Tina House has more.last_img