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8 days agoArsenal boss Emery insists he hasn’t shut the door on Ozil

By on October 28, 2019

first_imgArsenal boss Emery insists he hasn’t shut the door on Ozilby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery insists he has not shut the door on Mesut Ozil.Ozil has featured against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup and Watford in the Premier League, but other than that he has been a notable absentee.“This year started difficult for him. He worked well in pre-season and he was playing in the games,” said Emery.“But then the problem he had along with Sead [Kolasinac] stopped him. After that he was sick for one week and then he lost a lot of training to keep his fitness. “But in the last two to three weeks he’s improved with us in training and I think it’s good. I didn’t close the possibility for him to play. Because I want him to be OK and ready with being available for training and giving us a good feeling every day. Then he can play. “My idea is to use every player and he is one. The player can help us. He has very big skills and one quality we will need in the next matches. Really I am happy now how he is improving and training every day. He is one player more in that squad.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Maple Leaf Foods to launch rebrand of packaged meat lines this year

By on October 13, 2019

first_imgMaple Leaf Foods Inc. will re-launch three of its flagship brands starting in April in what the company calls the “most ambitious brand renovation” in its more than one-hundred-year history.“I would say that of all the commercial activity underway in our business, the single initiative that I am most proud of and excited about right now is the brand strategy work that we’ve pursued in 2017, and it’s near launch time, ready for the second quarter of this year,” CEO Michael McCain said Wednesday during a conference call with analysts after the company released its fourth-quarter earnings results.The company underwent a rigorous approach to understanding consumer behaviour and demand, he said, and worked to align the Maple Leaf, Schneiders and Swift packaged meat brands to target those spaces.“We’ve got a unique opportunity to drive category growth across our entire prepared meats portfolio.”The Maple Leaf brand, for example, will focus on the so-called responsible parenting demographic, which constitutes about a third of total demand for prepared meats.“These consumers are looking for natural food with nothing artificial. They’re looking for clean and simple ingredients, real food and they want family-friendly flavours,” McCain said.Schneiders will target about a quarter of the demand that comes from consumers looking for authentic and indulgent food, he said, while Swift will target the third of the market driven by the quick-fix diner, who is motivated by convenience and value.The company expects to enter the market with new packaging around April, McCain said, and will further discuss the initiative and roll out plans after its first quarter of this financial year ends.The company delivered “solid” results for its final quarter of 2017 and the full year, said Irene Nattel, an analyst with RBC Dominion Securities Inc.Maple Leaf reported a quarterly profit of $59.1 million or 47 cents per share compared with $76.2 million or 57 cents per share in the same quarter a year prior.The company announced it would raise its quarterly dividend from 11 cents per share to 13 cents.Sales in the quarter ended Dec. 31 totalled $876.8 million, up from $828.2 million in the last three months of 2016.On an adjusted basis, the company said it earned 41 cents per share, up from an adjusted profit of 31 cents per share a year ago.Analysts had expected a profit of 39 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.Companies in this story: (TSX:MFI)last_img read more

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Newly published files confirm plan to move Assange to Russia

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first_imgLONDON – Julian Assange: Hacker. Journalist. Diplomat?Newly released Ecuadorean government documents have laid bare an unorthodox attempt to extricate the WikiLeaks founder from his embassy hideaway in London by naming him as a political counsellor to the country’s embassy in Moscow.But the 47-year-old Australian’s new career in international affairs was nipped in the bud when British authorities vetoed his diplomatic status, effectively blocking him from taking up the post in Russia.The files were made public late Tuesday by Ecuadorean opposition lawmaker Paola Vintimilla, who opposes her government’s decision to grant Assange nationality. They largely corroborate a recent Guardian newspaper report that Ecuador attempted the elaborate manoeuvr to get Assange to Moscow just before Christmas last year.Russian diplomats called the Guardian’s story “fake news,” but the government files show Assange briefly was made “political counsellor” to the Ecuadorean Embassy in Moscow and eligible for a monthly salary pegged at $2,000.Ecuador also applied for a diplomatic ID card, the documents show, but the plan appears to have fallen apart with the British veto.A letter dated December 21, 2017 from Britain’s Foreign Office said U.K. officials “do not consider Mr. Julian Assange to be an acceptable member of the mission.”An eight-page memo to Vintimilla summing up the episode noted that Assange’s position as counsellor was scrapped a few days later.WikiLeaks did not return messages. The British Foreign Office and the Russian Embassy in London declined to comment.Assange’s relationship with Russian authorities has been the subject of intense scrutiny following the 2016 U.S. election, when Russian spies are alleged to have handed WikiLeaks leaked emails from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign in a bid to help elect her rival, Donald Trump.Assange has denied receiving the files from the Russian government or backing the Trump campaign, despite a growing body of evidence suggesting he received material directly from Russia’s military intelligence agency and co-ordinated media strategy with Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr.Last month, the AP published internal WikiLeaks files showing Assange tried to move to Russia as early as 2010.___Online:The Ecuadorean government’s letter to Vintimilla: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5004881-Carta-Canciller.htmlInternal Ecuadorean government documents: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5004882-Annexes.htmlThe AP’s WikiLeaks files: https://www.documentcloud.org/search/projectid:40593-WikiLeaks____Raphael Satter can be reached on: http://raphaelsatter.comlast_img read more

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VP Naidu holds talks with Costa Rica President, seeks investment from Costa Rican companies

By on October 12, 2019

first_imgSan Jose (Costa Rica): Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has met President of Costa Rica Carlos Alvarado Quesada and held “fruitful” discussions on a range of issues, including cross border terrorism, and new areas of collaboration that hold potential to boost the bilateral ties. Vice President Naidu, who became the first Indian on Friday to receive an honorary doctorate by the University of Peace founded by the United Nations, also invited the Costa Rican companies to invest in India and benefit from high returns. “President of Costa Rica Carlos Quesada and I have had fruitful and cordial exchanges covering a range of areas of mutual interest. Based on our fruitful exchanges, we are confident that our mutual efforts will open up new and innovative vistas for deepening ongoing engagement between both countries,” Naidu said. “India is a peace loving country but has been a target of terrorism from across our border for the last few decades. We discussed in detail the menace of terrorism and the need to fight in one voice against individuals & terrorist groups engaged in terrorist activities,” the Vice President’s office said in a tweet. Naidu, who met president Quesada at the Casa Presidenical in San Jose on Friday, said there were many new areas of cooperation for the two countries to take their bilateral relations to new heights. He said the Costa Rican strengths that India would want to take advantage of include eco tourism, clean transport, education and to have zero carbon emission economy by 2021. “Indian strengths that Costa Rica can benefit from include space and biotechnology, Renewable Energy including solar, pharmaceuticals, ICT particularly eGovernance, hydroelectric generators and power plant equipment, farm machinery & skill upgradation, railway construction,” Naidu said. “Costa Rica is the largest economy in Central America. Costa Rican companies are invited to invest in and benefit from the fastest growing large economy. Current bilateral trade volumes between both countries are to the tune of USD 200 million,” he said. Terming Costa Rica as an “important partner” of India, Naidu said the two countries shared “close and cordial” ties based on their shared commitment to the pursuit of democracy, pluralism, multiculturalism, freedom of Press and equitable human rights. The two countries also exchanged memorandum of understanding on waiving visa requirements for diplomatic and official passport holders and the signing of the Letter of Intent to collaborate in the field of Biotechnology. “India & Costa Rica could collaborate in various aspects of skill development such as Soft Skills, Entrepreneurship, Financial and Digital Literacy. 50 per cent of Costa Rican population is less than 25 years. We could share our experiences in skilling, training and capacity building,” Naidu said. Naidu is in Costa Rica as part of his two-nation trip to Paraguay and the Central American country.last_img read more

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Russell one of the most powerful hitters I have seen, says Kallis

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first_imgKolkata: Iconic all-rounder and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) head coach Jacques Kallis on Monday said that Andre Russell was one of the most powerful hitters he has seen. KKR rode on Russell’s whirlwind unbeaten 19-ball 49 to chase down a 182-run target to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in a thrilling Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. Russell walked in to bat when KKR had just lost the set Nitish Rana (68) and still needed 68 off 27 balls. The big-hitting Caribbean all-rounder first hit Siddharth Kaul for 19 runs in the 18th over and smashed 21 more off death-over specialist Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the 19th to steer KKR home with two balls to spare. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”In terms of finishing, he is one of the most powerful hitters that I have seen,” Kallis told reporters at the Jadavpur University second campus ground. AKKR had an optional training session on Monday which was attended by those who did not feature in Sunday’s game. A”It was a good knock. He timed it well. And there were issues, the light wasn’t incredible. But it was some of the best ball striking I have seen in a long time,” said the former South Africa all-rounder. KKR will next take on Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday, a team that boasts of Chris Gayle. Asked to compare Russell with Gayle, Kallis said: “He is certainly up there. It’s a very different role when you are batting down the order at No. 6, 7 or 8 as compared to to facing the new ball. So it’s difficult to compare new ball batters with old ball batsmen.” On Sunday, Sunil Narine picked up an injury on the field and could not open the batting, prompting Nitish Rana to come up the order.last_img read more

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Poseys lawyer Posey hasnt done anything wrong

By on September 28, 2019

Suspended Ohio State wide receiver DeVier Posey’s attorney provided documents to The Lantern claiming that drive time, as well as phone records, bank activity and timecards are evidence that Posey wasn’t overpaid to the extent of a five-game suspension. Larry James, an attorney with Crabbe, Browne & James LLC, who is paid by OSU for representing Posey, spoke with The Lantern Saturday in his firm’s downtown office about the NCAA’s announcement Friday that Posey would be suspended five games for receiving money for work he didn’t do from former booster Robert DiGeronimo. OSU did not immediately provide The Lantern with information pertaining to how much James is paid. Posey was originally scheduled to return to play Saturday at Nebraska after being suspended five games for the “Tattoo-gate” scandal. However, OSU athletic director Gene Smith announced on Oct. 3 that Posey would be suspended at least one additional game, before the NCAA’s ruling Friday that Posey must actually sit five more games. OSU lost to Nebraska on Saturday, 34-27. OSU receivers only caught six passes on 18 total attempts between quarterbacks Braxton Miller and Joe Bauserman for 108 yards. DiGeronimo employed Posey at Independence Excavations and Valley Laser Car Wash near Independence, Ohio, from June 18, 2009, through March 20, 2011. OSU and NCAA enforcement staffs concluded that Posey was paid for 70 hours of work, despite only working 21.5 hours. He was overpaid by 48.5 hours and $727.50. Posey is being ordered to pay that figure back as part of the NCAA’s ruling. James said he has “never seen any process like this whatsoever” in regards to the NCAA’s investigation of Posey. In an Oct. 5 letter from James’ firm to the NCAA reinstatement staff, James said the athletes “did not know the precise method by which their wages were being calculated” and that Posey “had no reason to believe that his wages may have been miscalculated or that he may have been overpaid.” DiGeronimo said in a June 29 letter to James that all athletes were paid $15 an hour, a rate he said was comparable to his shop employees but less than what local union members who do comparable work would be paid. Drive time James argued that drive time to the Independence area from Columbus and back was included in Posey’s compensation. James said in a letter dated Sept. 30 to Doug Archie, OSU’s associate athletic director for compliance, that the days and hours Posey worked were incorrectly reported. Independence Excavating originally reported that Posey worked 10 hours the week ending March 27, 2009, 24 hours the week ending June 18, 2009, 20 hours the week ending Feb. 19, 2010 and 16 hours the week ending March 25, 2011. According to the letter, the hours should have been reported as 10 hours, 11 hours, nine hours and 16 hours, respectively, and Posey was paid for those hours. Each week incorporated driving time to Independence from Columbus and back as part of his compensation, which is normal for union employees. Posey was paid a grand total $978.49 from DiGeronimo, which accounts for 65.23 hours of the 70 hours for which he was paid, assuming he was paid $15 per hour. Posey also received $102 in impermissible benefits for a round of golf with Columbus photographer Dennis Talbott. Phone records James also argued that phone records corroborate that Posey was in the Independence area working at the times he was supposed to be working. Phone records show Posey made and took phone calls from Independence, as well as surrounding cities West Salem, Ashland, Cleveland (where Posey stayed with running back Dan Herron the week ending March 25, 2011), Broadview, Beachwood, Medina, Mansfield, Brecksville, Warren and Cuyahoga Heights, among others during the weeks in question while he was supposed to be working. However, the letter states the reason why calls were traced to a multitude of cities is because the two Independence Excavation locations and the car wash at which he worked, Valley Laser Car Wash, are all located a mile from each other in Valley View, Ohio, which is north of Independence. The letter also states that the calls could have been traced from antennas outside of the area because the nearest Verizon towers where Posey was making calls from may have been experiencing high call volume. As a result, the closest Verizon tower would not necessarily transmit the call, and it would have been connected through a different tower or antenna leased through Verizon, and the listing for the call would read two different locations. NCAA’s response The NCAA didn’t consider the phone records, James said, and only considered evidence put forth specifically by the university. “I put forth the cell phone records. I put forth the bank records. I put forth the documents from DiGeronimo to verify that, so what I’m saying to you is they’re being disingenuous to you,” James said. In fact, the NCAA took issue with James’ assertion that the NCAA was ignoring facts. “These statements are patently false,” NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn told the The Lantern in an email. “To ensure a fair process for the involved student-athlete, each reinstatement decision is determined based on its own merits. The staff carefully reviews all information that the university puts forward during the reinstatement process. Posey’s withholding condition is based on his own actions and responsibility for the violation.” James said there were several issues with the NCAA’s investigation. “(One) is the lack of due process for the students,” he said. “(Second is) a lack of meaningful representation for the students by counsel, and thirdly, there is no opportunity for the student or the students represented to have meaningful input into the process.” James said he believes Posey’s punishment may be a lingering effect from violations incurred by former quarterback Terrelle Pryor. “In the eyes of the NCAA, they are guilty by association,” he said. Athletes unaware Archie said in a letter dated Oct. 3 to Jennifer Henderson, the NCAA’s director for student-athlete reinstatement, that it wasn’t obvious to the athletes that they were being overpaid and that none of them felt they were overpaid. The athletes also didn’t believe they had to register their employment with the university and that the job would not last for an extended period of time, so they did not contact the compliance office. The letter states that the athletes weren’t told their hourly wage and that no timecards were filled out, as the hours were verbally reported by a supervisor to the controller, who issued the checks to the athletes. The procedure is similar to how other part-time employees at Independence Excavating are paid, according to the letter. However, timecards signed by an Independence Excavating supervisor show running back Dan Herron, who was also suspended for Saturday’s game at Nebraska, worked eight hours a day for 32 hours total for the week ending June 18, 2010. Another timecard shows Herron worked 40 hours the week ending July 30, 2010, but does not list the hours by day. A supervisor was interviewed by the university during its investigation and said there were no issues with the athletes not performing work.   Documents provided by OSU at Monday’s press conference in which Smith announced that Posey, Herron and Marcus Hall would be suspended one game list the “incorrect” hours Posey was paid. DiGeronimo’s involvement DiGeronimo issued a letter on Sept. 26 stating that Posey requested to work the week ending Feb. 19, 2010, as he was going to be in Cleveland to attend a charity gala. His request was approved and the company precut him a check because the payroll department was closed on Saturdays. The check was tagged “makeup” and the controller assumed the hours accumulated based on a previously used pay rate. Because the request involved other athletes as well, DiGeronimo said a detailed review was not possible in that timeframe, and in another letter to James dated Sept. 23, said the company did not “have the ability to substantiate the hours for this week.” Posey was paid for five hours travel time plus four hours on-site for that week’s work. He was also paid time-and-a-half since that’s what union workers are paid for working Saturdays. He was ultimately paid $33 an hour for nine hours of work, totaling $300. DiGeronimo never consented to an interview with the OSU and NCAA compliance staffs, and has since been disassociated from the university. “It wasn’t a question of whether he wanted to be interviewed by OSU or the NCAA, he just felt he wasn’t gonna get a fair an impartial audience, and that’s turned out to be true,” James said. “On the one hand, the NCAA says that it’s gonna accept the early report that we gave them and it’s gonna disregard all the other reports.” Fallout on campus Posey’s suspension means he won’t be eligible to return until OSU hosts Penn State on Nov. 19. The team will finish the regular season by traveling to Michigan the next week, and then could play in the Big Ten Championship and a bowl game afterward, if necessary. Smith said in a statement Friday that he was disappointed with the NCAA’s ruling. “I am extremely disappointed with the NCAA’s decision regarding Devier Posey,” Smith said. “This penalty is harsh considering the nature of the violation and the five-game suspension already served by this student athlete.” James said he backs Smith and OSU president E. Gordon Gee. “I think they’re doing exceptionally well under the circumstances,” James said. “You put any person in a situation, because you had the ‘Sports Illustrated 9′ and that turned to be not an issue. The cars turned out to be not an issue. The tattoos and memorabilia was dealt with untimely. And this issue has been dealt with timely, although I would say the truth has not been addressed thus far in this ordeal.” James even backs Gee after Gee told The Columbus Dispatch last week that OSU was the “poster child for compliance.” “What I understood him meaning is that whenever there is an infraction of any type, that this university and its compliance staff reports it without exception,” James said. While Posey will only be eligible for two regular season games this season, James offered a message Posey might relay to OSU students and fans. “He would say he is a model student,” James said. “He’s a model teammate. He’s a committed athlete. He’s going to graduate on time and he hasn’t done anything wrong.” Larry James Read the documents: Letter from James explaining that there was no way for athletes to know how they were paid Timecards for Dan Herron Letter from James to NCAA defending Posey’s pay with cell phone and bank records Letter from James to NCAA explaining how the cell phone towers proved Posey was in Independence, Ohio Letter from OSU to NCAA outlining the athletes’ jobs with Robert DiGeronimo read more

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Ohio State freshman golfer qualifies for 2014 US Womens Open

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Ohio State freshman golfer Jessica Porvasnik watches her ball at the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational April 20 in Columbus.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsOhio State freshman golfer Jessica Porvasnik is headed to the U.S. Women’s Open.Porvasnik, who was the 2014 Big Ten individual champion, qualified for the 2014 championship during a qualification tournament at the Butler Country Club in Butler, Pa., Monday.She qualified by shooting back-to-back rounds of 73 to become one of 156 golfers competing at the U.S. Open. Porvasnik forged her path to the tournament as one of the record-high 1,702 entries.Porvasnik, a Hinckley, Ohio, native, is the best on her team with a 73.33 scoring average in 36 rounds this season. She has fired off two rounds in the 60s, with a low of 65, and eight total rounds under par.She has been the only Buckeye to win a tournament this season, finishing first twice, including at the Big Ten Championships. She has finished in the top five four times and the top 10 on two additional occasions.The OSU women’s golf team tied for fifth at the NCAA Central Regional Saturday, before Porvasnik made her U.S. Open qualification run. The team qualified for the NCAA Championship, which is scheduled for May 20 to May 23 in Tulsa, Okla.Porvasnik won’t be the first Buckeye to take on the U.S. Open. OSU coach Therese Hession played in seven U.S. Women’s Opens during her time on the LPGA Tour, and former Buckeye golfer Meg Mallon won the tournament in 1991 and 2004, also winning the LPGA Championship in 1991 and the du Maurier Classic in 2000.The 2014 U.S. Women’s Open is scheduled to be played at Pinehurst No. 2 at the Pinehurst Resort & Country Club from June 19 to June 22 in Pinehurst, N.C., following the men’s tournament, set to be played at the same course June 12 to June 15. read more

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Wrestling Ohio State and Penn St has become rivalry over recent years

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No. 3 Micah Jordan celebrates a last-second takedown that won him the bout against North Carolina State University’s No. 4 Justin Oliver in the 149-pound bout of the Ohio State vs. NCSU dual meet at St. John Arena. Jordan won the bout by decision, 6-5. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternEvery year, both Ohio State and Penn State have this duel circled on their calendars.Recently, a rivalry has formed between Ohio State and Penn State with some of the most talented wrestlers in the country, and this year is no different. Penn State leads the overall series with a record of 20-12, and currently have a three-duel win streak against the Buckeyes.  As a veteran, Ohio State redshirt junior Kollin Moore, the No. 2 wrestler in the country at 197 pounds, knows what the rivalry between the Nittany Lions and the Buckeyes means on the mat.“ It would mean so much, at least to me. A lot of the young guys haven’t been in there and experienced that kind of intensity when we wrestle [Penn State], said Moore. “[Penn State] has beaten us a lot and we have beaten them sometimes, and it would be really big for us to get a win.”No. 6 Ohio State will host No. 1 Penn State, following a 19-18 Nittany Lions home win a season ago, with an anticipated energized crowd and expected sold out St. John Arena to try and stop the losing streak against its rival. Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said his team is excited for a chance at redemption..“I think the crowd speaks to the madness of the event, and hopefully it will sell out,” Ryan said. “We lost a close one last year, and we definitely want this one.”  Ohio State and Penn State have gone toe-to-toe in nationals, the biggest stage in collegiate wrestling, the past eight years. Penn State has won seven NCAA championships in those eight years, while Ohio State has won one, finishing runner-up to Penn State two years in a row.Ohio State redshirt freshman Ethan Smith, the No. 17 wrestler in the country at 174 pounds, said payback is on the team’s mind.“We have a salty taste in our mouths from last year because they got the better of us,” Smith said. “I’m just really looking forward to the [duel].”When Ohio State and Penn State square up on Friday, there will be five former or defending NCAA champions competing, which has become a common occurrence in their recent duels..Penn State redshirt senior Bo Nickal, No. 1 wrestler in the country at 197 pounds, has won two-straight NCAA titles, and has won 90 of 93 career matches. “197 is the Mack Daddy match,” Ryan said. “That is the one that is a No. 1 versus No. 2 matchup and it should be fun to watch.”Ohio State senior Myles Martin, the No. 1 wrestler in the country at 184 pounds, won the NCAA title at 174 pounds, as a true freshman in 2016, who has 109-18 career record.Penn State redshirt senior Jason Nolf and redshirt junior Vincenzo Joseph, No. 1 at 157 pounds and 165 pounds, respectively, are currently both two-time defending NCAA champions.Ryan called Nolf “one of the elite college wrestlers in the last 50 years.” Penn State junior Mark Hall, the No. 1 wrestler in the country at 174 pounds, won the NCAA title in 2017, and has a career record of 63-4.With 17 of 20 wrestlers in this duel being ranked, Ryan said that this duel is something that fans of all sports should be watching.“If you can’t get fired up for this [duel] then you should find something else to do with your time,” Ryan said. read more

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Review Real Madrid – Liverpool

By on September 18, 2019

first_imgTwo horrible mistakes by Loris Karius and a wonder goal by Gareth Bale led Real Madrid to its third consecutive Champions League title in a final that was overshadowed by Sergio Ramos dislocating Mohamed Salah’s shoulder.Since this was a Champions League final, the chances of coaches coming up with something unexpected in the starting lineups were extremely low. Zinedine Zidane and Jurgen Klopp went with their best available. For Real Madrid those players were: Keylor Navas, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Dani Carvajal, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. Liverpool’s starting eleven were: Loris Karius, Andrew Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Dejan Lovren, Trent Alexander-Arnold, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.Liverpool was off to a furious start. Its high pressing was choking Real Madrid, not affording its technicians space to manoeuvre. Klopp’s team was showing electric energy. There were a couple of situations on both sides where goalkeepers had to intervene in order to prevent potential danger. Real was trying to calm the pace and curb Liverpool’s enthusiasm. A mistake by Firmino gave Cristiano Ronaldo his first shot of the match in the 16th minute. It went slightly over the cross bar. Before that, Real’s defenders blocked three consecutive shot attempts on the other side of the pitch.In the 26th minute, Sergio Ramos made a vile move by hooking Salah’s arm while tackling him to the ground, dislocating the Egyptian’s shoulder. There was definite intent in Ramos’ actions. Salah tried to continue, but couldn’t. With tears in his eyes he left the field in the 30th minute. Madrid’s captain had destroyed the final and went unpunished. Much like with Robben in the semi-final, Real got lucky again. We can only hope that this year’s best player in Europe will recuperate in time for the World Cup. Adam Lallana came in to replace him. Unbelievably enough, another player was crying on the pitch five minutes later. It was Dani Carvajal, who had suffered a muscle injury that by the look of his reaction was serious. Nacho replaced Spain’s right back.In the 43rd minute, Loris Karius made a fantastic reaction save on Cristiano’s short-range header. Benzema scored on the rebound, but he was offside. Replays showed Ronaldo was also slightly offside, but the assistant referee didn’t raise the flag on his attempt. Liverpool’s fans, who were singing and shouting, became silent after Salah’s exit. The atmosphere in the stadium had completely died out. The electricity was gone. After three minutes of injury time, Milorad Mazic sent the players to their locker rooms.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.At the beginning of the second half, we saw the clearest opportunity of the final. A mistake in midfield and a careless clearance by Lallana led to an open shot for Isco, who should’ve scored. Instead, Real’s player hit the cross bar. What happened in the 51st minute will go down as the biggest mistake by a goalkeeper in Champions League final history. I can’t understand what Karius was thinking. He tried to hand the ball off to his teammate while Benzema was right in front of him, almost as if the German didn’t see the French striker. Karim stretched his foot, blocking Karius’ pass and scoring a ridiculous goal for any match, let alone a CL final.Sadio Mane, Liverpool’s most active player during the first half, equalized four minutes after the opener. It was a response Klopp and his lads needed desperately. It happened during a corner kick, which ended up on Lovren’s head. The Croatian’s header was closely followed by the aware Senegalese, who tapped the ball in, tying the score at 1-1. In the 61st minute, Gareth Bale substituted Isco. If Benzema’s goal was absolute nonsense, Gareth Bale’s overhead strike three minutes after he entered the pitch was an absolute wonder goal. Marcelo sent a cross with his weaker right foot, the Welshman went up in the air and did his best Ronaldo impression while scoring a spectacular goal that gave the lead back to Real Madrid. It was a very similar goal to Mario Mandzukic’s in last year’s final and a goal that will be on Champions League highlight reels for years to come.In the 70th minute, Sadio Mane hit the post with a shot from just outside Real’s penalty box. In the 74th minute, Andy Robertson’s perfect last-moment tackle saved The Reds from going down by two. Ronaldo was in an excellent position to score. The fact that he was on his weaker left foot gave Robertson just enough time to react and block his shot attempt. If you thought Karius couldn’t do anything worse, he did. In the 84th minute, Bale fired a shot from about 25-30 meters out. The ball was coming right into Karius’ hands, yet he somehow managed to let it slip through his fingers and allow it to go into the net. I just have no words to describe how pathetic his performance was tonight – the worst I’ve ever seen in an important match in my life. He basically gifted the title to his opponent. A true disgrace. If I was a manager, I wouldn’t let him step on a football field ever again.Zidane made his last switch two minutes before the end, changing Benzema with Asensio. That was it. Real Madrid is the back-to-back-to-back champion. Congrats to Los Blancos! They won in what was one of the weirdest finals I’ve ever seen. Gareth Bale was the difference-maker and the final score was 3-1, just as I predicted.last_img read more

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