10-man Atletico frustrate Arsenal at Emirates

first_imgHowever, they were made to rue a host of missed chances before and after Alexandre Lacazette headed them in front on the hour mark.Atletico coach Diego Simeone was also sent to the stands shortly after Vrsaljko’s dismissal, but the Spaniards resisted manfully and pounced when their chance came as Antoine Griezmann prodded home a vital away goal eight minutes from time.Arsenal now need to become the first away team to score in 12 matches at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium next week if Wenger’s last game in charge is to be the final in his homeland in Lyon on May 16.Moreover, Arsenal’s hopes of Champions League football next season also hang on becoming the first side other than Real Madrid to eliminate Atletico from Europe for five seasons.There was a far more highly-charged atmosphere for Wenger’s penultimate home game in charge than there had been for last weekend’s game against West Ham United.And the hosts were given plenty of encouragement early on, even when still up against Atletico’s full complement.Lacazette volleyed off the outside of the post and forced Jan Oblak into the first of a series of fine saves with a header from close range.Vrsaljko had been booked within two minutes for bringing down Jack Wilshere.And the Croatian left his side a man light after just 10 minutes when French referee Clement Turpin showed no leniency for another late challenge on Lacazette.Moments later, Simeone was also dismissed by the officious referee for taking his protests too far when an Arsenal player wasn’t booked for what he thought was a similar foul.– Griezmann grabs equaliser –Antoine Griezmann celebrates his late goal for Atletico© AFP Adrian DENNISAtletico’s excellent defensive record is what has carried them to five European semi-finals in seven seasons under Simeone.The visitors battened down the hatches with 10 men, but were reliant on Oblak to keep them in the tie.Wilshere headed straight at Oblak when unmarked at the back post at the end of a flowing Arsenal move.And the Slovenian then spread himself well with an outstretched leg to deny Danny Welbeck.Having weathered the Gunners’ early storm, Atletico only began to threaten themselves late in the first half and David Ospina had to be alert to parry a fiercely struck Griezmann shot following a fine run from Thomas Partey.Atletico retreated ever deeper towards their own goal after the break and were finally punished on the hour mark when Wilshere’s deep cross found Lacazette rising above Lucas Hernandez to head in his seventh goal in seven games.However, the French international and Arsenal could have had more.Laczette’s dangerous ball across goal found no takers before he headed another good opportunity wide.And Arsenal paid heavily for their profligacy, and some comical defending, when Atletico grabbed a vital away goal on 82 minutes.Griezmann outmuscled French international team-mate Laurent Koscielny and then benefited from a slip by Shkodran Mustafi after his initial effort had been saved by Ospina to prod his 27th goal of the season into the roof of the net.There was still time for Oblak to show why Griezmann isn’t the only Atletico player wanted by Europe’s elite with a spectacular one-handed save to turn Aaron Ramsey’s header behind and keep Los Rojiblancos on course for another European final.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alexandre Lacazette put Arsenal in front but could only look on in frustration as 10-man Atletico Madrid came back to snatch a 1-1 draw© IKIMAGES/AFP Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 27 – Arsenal’s hopes of sending outgoing manager Arsene Wenger off with a trophy suffered a major blow as they could only draw 1-1 with 10-man Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday.The Gunners played with an extra man for over 80 minutes at the Emirates Stadium, with Sime Vrsaljko’s early red card handing them the initiative.last_img read more

Man City star out of Arsenal clash with ‘massive problem’

first_imgManchester City will be without midfielder Fernando and striker Stevan Jovetic for this weekend’s Premier League clash with Arsenal.Fernando limped out of the surprise loss to Stoke a fortnight ago with a groin injury and also looks likely to miss key encounters with Bayern Munich and Chelsea in the next week.Meanwhile, Jovetic, who has impressed in the early part of the season, scoring twice against Liverpool last month, suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty with Montenegro last week.Manager Manuel Pellegrini said: “We have Fernando out injured – he has a massive problem, maybe a couple of weeks more, and also Stevan Jovetic. He came back from his national team with a problem in his hamstring. I hope Stevan could be fit next week, thought I am not sure.” 1 Fernando in action against Liverpool last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, July 31

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Barcelona all but agreed to sell Pedro to Manchester United – but the winger has been asked to delay his move to Old Trafford until after after the European Super Cup on August 11. (Marca)Angel di Maria is finally on his way to Paris St-Germain for £44m – but Manchester United will dock him £360,000 for his no-show on their US tour. United’s decision to fine the Argentina international two weeks’ wages will complete an unhappy year for him at Old Trafford. His move to the French champions is expected to be completed when he arrives in Paris from Buenos Aires for a medical and to sign his contract in the next 48 hours. (Daily Express)Ashley Young is set to hold showdown talks with Manchester United bosses about his Old Trafford future. The England winger will meet with United chief executive Ed Woodward when he returns from the club’s pre-season tour of America to find out where he stands. He has failed to secure a new contract and could be sold for £8m before the transfer window closes with Tottenham, Liverpool and Newcastle all interested. (Daily Star)Manchester United have joined the chase for Everton defender John Stones. And they are prepared to offer out-of-favour Jonny Evans as bait in a player-plus-cash deal to try to beat off competition from Chelsea and Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea are prepared to bid up to £30m for John Stones. But that is still short of Everton’s £34m valuation for the England centre back and the Merseyside club are hopeful that interest from United and City could drive his price up. (London Evening Standard)Mario Balotelli has been told he has no future with Liverpool and the striker is training away from the first-team squad along with Fabio Borini and Jose Enrique, whom the club are also looking to offload this summer. (Independent)Glenn Murray is ready to quit Crystal Palace with Bournemouth ready to snap him up. Veteran striker Murray, 31, has seen other longer-serving players get big new contracts and he fears he could be on his way out. That has alerted Bournemouth who have made a £3m bid while Norwich are also watching developments closely. (Daily Mirror)Crystal Palace have agreed a fee with Sunderland for Connor Wickham. The Eagles’ offer is around £6million, but incentives and bonus payments could take it over the £9.5m mark. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Aston Villa and West Brom set to launch bids for Blackburn striker Rudy GestedeZlatan Ibrahimovic says his next move after leaving PSG will come as a ‘big surprise’Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City to miss out on free agent France international?David de Gea latest – Manchester United goalkeeper ‘maybe wants to go’, admits Van GaalWatford to battle Roma and Monaco for £2.5m defenderReports: Sergio Ramos turns down Man United for LESS money in new Real Madrid contractMan United latest: Juventus rival Red Devils for highly-rated Monaco full-backTorino in talks with Liverpool over deal for unwanted striker Fabio BoriniMario Balotelli latest: Serie A side to bid for Liverpool flop…but only if he lowers wage demandsChelsea transfer latest: Blues join Real Madrid in chase for Spanish teen sensationGeorgios Samaras set for Sampdoria switchSought-after striker Gonzalo Higuain was NEVER for sale, insists Napoli presidentChelsea transfer boost! Lazio winger could join Blues following captaincy snubLeicester lining up £4.2million deal for Napoli midfielder – reportsFormer West Ham striker agrees deal to play under Nicolas Anelka at Mumbai CityPorto, Lille and Fiorentina all eyeing Aston Villa defender Aly CissokhoLeicester transfer report: Claudio Ranieri set to make £7m Tunisian defender his first signinglast_img read more

Draymond Green on this Warriors roster: ‘There’s not really any idiots’

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — It was the last day of training camp before the preseason opener, but the first time the Warriors practiced on the new Chase Center court. It was the first time, also, that Draymond Green addressed the media since camp opened. After spending almost five days with his new teammates, Green had come to an important conclusion.“You can teach some things about basketball, but you can’t really teach IQ,” Green said. “This seems to be a pretty smart team. There’s not really any …last_img read more

Train, mobile services hit as rain wreaks havoc in Bihar

first_imgIncessant rain since Friday night has wreaked havoc in Bihar, including the State’s capital, Patna.In view of the forecast of continuous rain, a red alert has been sounded in 13 districts in north Bihar.In Patna, the situation has become alarming and the stagnant rainwater has forced people to remain inside their houses.In Rajendra Nagar, Kankarbagh, Kadam Kuan and Patliputra colony, rainwater entered houses, forcing people to move to higher floors or other places.Telephone lines and mobile services have collapsed in these areas, with massive shutdown of electricity since Friday night.Schools and offices have been closed.Train services too have been temporarily suspended, especially on the Gaya-Koderma, Ara-Sasaram and Samatipur-Darbhanga routes.“Several trains have been affected on several routes because of heavy rain”, said Rajesh Kumar, Chief Public Relations Officer of East Central Railway.The State Disaster Management Department has sounded a red alert, especially in 13 districts of north Bihar, in view of the heavy rain on Saturday.“District officials have been have been asked to be fully prepared to face the sitaution”, said Disaster Management Department Principal Secretary Pratyay Amrit.Meanwhile, the Water Resources Department too has sounded an alert as water levels in the Ganga and the Gandak have been rising, causing pressure to embankment at some places.At most places, the Ganga is flowing above the danger mark. In Patna too, the river is flowing above danger mark.In the State capital, the situation is worse as people are marooned in waterlogged areas, with heavy rain pouring since Friday night. At hospitals, rainwater entered wards, causing major inconvenience to patients.“What to do…it seems all the drainage system of Patna has been clogged and water has become stagnant…worse, it is still raining”, said Atul Kumar, a doctor in Rajendra Nagar.last_img read more

Pacifictown-Army bounces back for 3-2 record

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Jenelle Jordan topscored for PacificTown-Army with 25 points? While fellow import Lena Lymareva-Flink and Honey Royse Tubino added 19 and 16 markers, respectively.The Perlas Spikers slid to 2-3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Back from cricket, Australia’s Barty now French Open champ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MANILA, Philippines—Pacifictown-Army bounced back into winning orbit after besting BanKo Perlas, 25-22, 23-25, 27-29, 25-20, 25-7, Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Alina Bicar scored 10 points and tossed in 26 excellent sets for the Lady Troopers who recovered from straight sets to defeat the PetroGazz Angels last Saturday and improve to 3-2.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more