‘Premier closer’ Castro comes through for Gilas

first_imgLATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIn the end, Gilas Pilipinas knew where to go when it mattered the most.Jayson Castro once again saved the day for Gilas Pilipinas in a 89-84 victory over Japan Sunday in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed The veteran national team playmaker sanm the game-clinching floater with 10.6 seconds to spare, securing the Philippines’ third win in four games.“That’s why we have Jayson,” said coach Chot Reyes. “That’s why we made sure Jayson is in this lineup.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCastro missed the Australia game last Thursday due to an ankle sprain, but made sure everyone remembered why he was named the best point guard in Asia twice.He saved his best for last and came alive in the second half, where he scored all of his eight points and none bigger than the game-sealing baskets in the waning seconds. Castro returns, rescues Gilas Pilipinas in close win over Japan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Read Next Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ Reyes said the risk of missing Castro in the last game against Australia paid off with this superb showing in the clutch.“We rested him the last game to make sure he was ready for tonight because he’s our premier closer,” the mentor said. “And he came through tonight.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Inconnu Swim club to host Sadownik Memorial

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Next weekend we are hosting our first home swim meet, which we have named the Sadownik Memorial in honour of Steve and Nicole Sadownik, who were coaches of the club and sadly passed away way too soon.Nicole and Steve coached Inconnu for many years, while still working day jobs in our community.  Steve and Nicole were an integral part of our swimming family and the Fort St. John community.Enough cannot be said about Steve and Nicole and how much they contributed to our swim club and to our community. They gave us a lot of their time and commitment. We want to honour them the best we can.At the 2018 Sadownik Memorial Invitational, we are expecting over 100 swimmers to be in attendance. This meet will be the first swim meet for many of our young swimmers where they will get their chance to experience racing for the first time. Swimming is a tough sport where training is abundant, and racing is minimal. This is where all the hard work pays off.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Classic Transfer: Manchester United snap up new goalkeeper

first_imgtalkSPORT looks back at the signing of Raimond van der Gouw by Manchester United in the summer of 1996.When Tony Coton departed Old Trafford for Sunderland for a fee of £600,000 the Red Devils were in need of an experienced understudy to Peter Schmeichel – in step Dutchman van der Gouw.Having played more than 350 league games in the Netherlands, van der Gouw was more than capable of filling Coton’s boots and he played his part in United’s success, both as a player and as goalkeeping coach.The Dutchman made his debut against Aston Villa on September 21, 1996 keeping a clean sheet and a notable appearance came against Borussia Dortmund in the semi-final of the 1996/97 Champions League – United lost 1-0, but Van der Gouw helped keep the score down.In 1999/00, for the first time in his United career, van der Gouw played enough league games (22) to claim a Premier League medal.The Dutchman was often selected as first-choice that season over Mark Bosnich but following the arrival of Fabien Barthez, van der Gouw resumed his role as backup goalkeeper in 2000/01. 2 2 Raimond van der Gouw Van der Gouw made his last appearance for the club on May 11, 2002, and in the process became the oldest United player since the end of the Second World War.However, this was one of only two substitute appearances in 2001/02, resulting in a free transfer to West Ham United in June 2002 – he played 61 competitive games in six years for the Red Devils.Van der Gouw signed a one-year deal with West Ham – he did not play a competitive game for the club and was released after one season following the club’s relegation.Van der Gouw then returned to the Netherlands, where he joined RKC Waalwijk for the 2003–04 season, but only made one league appearance.He subsequently joined AGOVV Apeldoorn. Whilst at the club, he played 100 league matches and scored the only league goal of his career, a penalty in his last professional game – he retired from playing at the age of 44.In June 2007, Van der Gouw returned to England as goalkeeping coach at Sunderland, linking up with former Manchester United team-mate Roy Keane.After Ricky Sbragia resigned at the end of the 2008–09 season, Van der Gouw left Sunderland to return to his old club Vitesse, also as goalkeeping coach.Watch van der Gouw score the only league goal of his career:last_img read more

Arsenal set to make big name signing before Sunday

first_img Borussia Dortmund star Sokratis Papastathopoulos Sokratis Papastathopoulos is set to join Arsenal this week for £15million.The Gunners have been chasing the Borussia Dortmund defender since the end of the season.And, according to Kicker, the clubs have now agreed on a £15million fee and the Greece international should be an Arsenal player by Sunday.Papastathopoulos is set to fly to London this week, where he will undergo a medical at the Gunners’ training base.The 29-year-old will then sign a three-year contract with Arsenal to became Unai Emery’s first signing since taking charge. 1last_img

OPTIMAL F1 PUT THE FOOT DOWN FOR NATIONAL FINALS

first_imgFrom left to right: Jason Black (Sponsor, Voodoo), Pauraic Neely (Design Engineer), Ciaran Kelly (Resource Manager), Ayrton Kelly (Team Manager/ Marketing), Gavin Maguire (Manufacturing Engineer), Caolán Vaughan (Graphic Designer), Mairtin Kelly (Sponsor, Kelly’s Centra)The team from Optimal F1 at St Eunans College in Letterkenny are revved up and ready to go.The dedicated and talented bunch of would-be engineers have made it to the last hurdle of the F1 Schools National Final at Dublin CAstle next Friday.The guys held a special press launch in Kelly’s Centra, Mountain Top. The evening was very successful with a good turnout of sponsors, parents, family, teachers and students of St. Eunan’s College.Ciaran and Gavin of Optimal F1 perfecting their reaction time at an earlier testing session.“I think it’s great to see how supportive we as a school community are: it was really great to see the few students show up. It meant a lot to us as a team that our peers are fully behind us,” said Ayrton Kelly, Marketing Manager of Optimal F1.Optimal F1’s sponsors were also represented on the evening with Karen Murphy (Karen Murphy School of Speech, Drama & Communications), Jason Black (Voodoo Venue) and Mairtin Kelly (Kelly’s Centra, Mountain Top) in attendance while other sponsors sent their regrets.“Again, to have the support of our sponsors and to see that they truly have an interest in what they are supporting is fantastic: it makes it all worthwhile”. The team mentioned the support that Saint Eunan’s College have given them.“Everyone at the college has been so supportive and forthcoming with their help and advice, Mr Chris Darby (Principal) and Mr Shaun McGinley (Facilitator) especially. Mr McGinley has given up so much of his time and effort and we as a team could definitely not be here without his endless ideas, advice and support”.Optimal F1 mentioned how all the teachers of the college supported them in their achievements so far.“The teachers have helped us with whatever we need. Ms Una Ní Fhatharta helped draft a sponsorship letter for a Swiss company, Mr Pauric O’Donnell has helped us with any IT issues we may have and Ms Lisa Gallagher has been so understanding and supportive of us too”.Attracta Winters of the St. Eunan’s Parents Committee was also in present and she thanked the support of the Letterkenny Community, without which the Parents Committee could not do their work and support school projects such as Optimal F1. Both Jason Black and Mairtin Kelly had very kind words to say of Optimal F1 as well mentioning the group’s hardwork, persistence and consideration for their sponsors.Jason commented that he very much felt a part of the team through Optimal F1’s regular updates and mentions.“We are especially grateful to our parents and family. From lifts to meetings to endless advice they have been the backbone of Optimal F1 and again, we would not be here without them,” said Ciaran Kelly.Optimal F1 will be heading down to Dublin next Friday for the F1 in Schools National Finals in Dublin Castle. The competition is powered in Ireland by the Irish Computer Society and it consist of a team designing, building and racing a miniature 1/20th scale F1 car made of Balsa wood.Follow their progress on Facebook (fb.com/OptimalF1), Twitter (@optimalf1) and their award-winning website (optimalf1.com).OPTIMAL F1 PUT THE FOOT DOWN FOR NATIONAL FINALS was last modified: April 24th, 2014 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)Tags:donegalletterkennynational finalOptimal F1St.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more

In Ayodhya, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra again hints at Varanasi showdown

first_img“If the party asks, I am ready to contest election from anywhere,” Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said on Friday when asked by reporters if she should contest from Varanasi against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.That Ms.Vadra did not dismiss the question has kept alive speculation, as her reply came a day after her off the cuff comment on the topic while interacting with party workers in Rae Bareli. “Should I contest from Varanasi,” Ms. Vadra had responded to a party worker’s suggestion that she should fight from Rae Bareli, the seat held by her mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.While the Congress party has not hinted at anything regarding Ms. Vadra’s candidature, speculation is rife on whether her remarks were in jest or aimed to test the waters. Adding grist to the rumour mills, Ms. Vadra took several potshots at Mr. Modi for neglecting his constituency during her roadshow in Ayodhya.PM’s neglectAddressing a street corner meeting, Ms. Vadra said she “was stunned” to know that in the last five years Mr. Modi “did not take the pain to visit a single poor family” in any village in his constituency but had the time to tour foreign countries like Japan, China and the U.S.Mr. Modi “has not embraced” one family or asked about their well-being, she said, adding that locals told her about potholes on the road leading to Varanasi airport.Ms. Vadra said this displayed where the “heart” of the Modi government rested — “to make industrialists rich but not to uplift the poor.”Barbed responseIn another riposte, when asked by reporters to respond to Mr. Modi’s remarks that if the Congress won, celebrations would be held in Pakistan, Ms Vadra asked, “He had gone to eat biryani in Pakistan, right?”Enroute to Ayodhya, Ms. Vadra stopped at several places, interacting women at Hardoiya village, calling upon the village pradhan in Parsoli and interacting with the students at Sunbeam school. Her trip to Ayodhya concluded with a darshan at the Hanumangarhi temple. Ms Vadra did not however, visit the makeshift Ram Temple. She told reporters that she had stayed away from the disputed site as it was “sub-judice.”last_img read more

Ravi Kuchimanchi

first_imgIn the 2004 film Swades (Homeland), the hero is an expat engineer who leaves a cushy job in the U.S. and moves to a village in India. Moved by the plight of the people, he organizes the residents and helps them hook a makeshift generator to a nearby waterfall, bringing electricity to the village for the first time. The movie was based loosely on the life and experience of Ravi Kuchimanchi, founder of the Association for India’s Development (AID), who worked with grass roots organizations to electrify 12 hamlets in Bilgaon, a tribal village. AID has evolved since its 1991 launch into a non-profit organization with more than 50 chapters that work on issues such as renewable energy and other forms of grassroots development.Can you tell us about the genesis of AID, and how it has grown over the years since you founded it in 1991?I was a graduate student at the University of Maryland in 1991. I basically thought that it would be good to have some channels where the Indian community in the U.S. could relate to the “real” India rather than only relating to the “Bollywood India” or to the markets in India; but also to rural India where 60% to 70% of India lives. That was the idea I had in mind when I sent out an email that led to the starting of this group – Association for India’s Development. Essentially, it channelizes the energy and interests of the non-resident Indian (NRI) community, both students and professionals. It seeks for them to learn about as well as participate in issues that are connected with rural India. They help out by raising funds as well as by giving knowledge inputs and by volunteering their time in both the U.S. and in India.You started out as one organization and you now have 50 chapters around the world. Yes that’s right. The organization started in College Park and after three years at the University of Maryland, it started spreading to other university campuses, like Pittsburgh, Princeton and so on. Over time, we had about 40 chapters in the U.S., and also small chapters sprouted in Australia and the UK – and that is how we grew. The other thing was that it moved from a student organization to also include professionals and the general NRI community. Right now, our mix is about 40% students in our chapters and about 60% are working people.Ironically, it was a Bollywood film called Swades that told your story. In fact, it was based on a project in which you provided electricity to the tribal village of Bilgaon. To what do you attribute the success of the project that the film was based on?The context of that project is that it is situated in the Narmada Valley. The Narmada Valley is very famous for the struggle against a large dam, the Sardar Sarovar Dam, which is displacing about two lakh [200,000] people just by its reservoir alone. The World Bank had in the beginning funded the project, but they now have recognized the problems with it and they have agreed that the project is faulty and they have withdrawn. But the project is continuing with the efforts of the Indian government.It is within that context that we thought it was a very good idea to set up an example of an alternate energy – where electricity is generated based on village resources and can light up the village. In the case of these large dams, what happens is that the energy of the water is tapped and then it is fed to larger cities in India. And the villages that are being displaced themselves do not get any electricity from that project, so they do not develop locally. That is one contrast that we also wanted to show.We collaborated with a group called the People’s School of Energy [PSE] which kind of provided the technical help to the project and the Narmada Bachao Andolan, which is the people’s movement which was raising the struggle in our group. The achievement of the project was that it was done entirely by shram daan [donated labor], which was essentially the volunteer labor from the people. It tapped the energy from a waterfall. There’s about a 9 to 10 meter waterfall in that village; it’s a beautiful waterfall. We diverted part of that water and dropped it 10 meters to turn a turbine, which produced electricity.Do you find that these projects each require a unique and innovative solution? Certainly lots of villages aren’t next to waterfalls, so you’ve probably had to find other methods for generating energy. That’s true. This is very applicable in tribal areas or in hilly areas actually. It doesn’t have to be a waterfall, but if there is a source of water, the hill naturally provides a conduit for the water to drop. And so, you can make a drop in a pipe by taking it some distance and then making it drop where the hill is steeper. You don’t really need a waterfall, but you need a source of water, and you need ups and downs, so that the water can be made to fall. That is there in many hills. Micro hydro projects of this kind have wide-ranging applicability. The Indian government is investing money through its Renewable Energy ministry to look at some of these ideas.Obviously, your organization has grown over time through the participation of non-resident Indians. Do you see that trend continuing, and what do you think is driving it?I think that it’s a passion. You know people are both actually interested in it, both Indians and Americans. For example, we have potentially a Fulbright Scholar, who is from the U.S., who is probably going to be visiting and staying with us in India for about eight months. So, what drives these people, whether they are American or Indian is kind of a passion to change and to make the world a better place for everybody.Somehow, there seems to be so much inequity in the world today. There’s a large fraction of the world that basically the resources are not reaching. And there is a lot of exploitation in the world. You know a lot of these people have remained poor because their rights have been trampled historically as well as continuing to be even today. Somehow, the youth of today wants to play a role in changing that. So you see it as a generational thing, specifically.Both a generational thing and maybe also because of the internet – that has really helped AID. It has given us an easier way to communicate and reach out to each other. And, it’s a cost effective way. Today, leadership can come from anywhere; but in a decentralized manner [through the internet] you can make your thoughts heard. And so, I think that this is also a part of it.Let’s talk a little bit about some of the new initiatives that you are focusing on as well. You are keeping an eye on the Right to Information Act and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act that were passed in the country. Why are you stepping up your interests in those areas?Because they fundamentally have to do with democracy, like the Freedom of Information Act in the U.S. There is a lot of corruption in India and the government’s accountability to the people is something that we need to work on. As I was speaking today at the conference, the feedback from the people to the government, or to industry, even from the poor people, is something which is neglected. Without feedback, this is very difficult.Do you see your organization moving more in the direction of influencing policy in the future?Definitely, and I think that it has moved both in the past and it’s also continuing to move in the trajectory in influencing policy as well as the implementation of good laws, like the National Rural Employment Guarantee (NREG) Act…. What our organization is keenly interested in doing is if there is new legislation that comes into India, we need to ensure its effective implementation; to give feedback to the government, to take it to the officials or administrators locally, as well as to the state representatives. And in cases where we find corruption or other faults in the implementation of the NREG Act or the RTI Act we can go to the courts, if necessary. We need to ensure that an accountable person is there implementing this progressive legislation – so that it happens. This is so we end up with not just good laws, but also good implementation of those laws. This is where India lags behind the U.S. quite a bit, I feel. In the U.S., I think they do a much better job of implementing its laws. In India while the laws are very progressive, but I feel that the implementation is lacking.What do you see as the largest hurdles on the horizon for organizations like yours? What are some of the biggest challenges?I think one of the biggest challenges is that a lot of solutions seem to be custom-made. There is no one effective solution that addresses a diverse country like India. There is no magic wand that you can wave to solve all of these things. And so, it requires people who are committed and [are willing to] spend more time. There is a learning curve for new people who get involved in this kind of thing as their chosen field of pursuit or as volunteers. There is a learning curve that they have to go through to be effective, and it requires staying power. Tapping human potential, making it stick – you know to handle all of these problems – and making them understand the complexities. And then, people will find what they can do.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Sterling hits late goal as Man City sets EPL record; Arsenal 4th

first_imgLATEST STORIES Dragic, Ellington lead slow-starting Heat past Bulls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City “He (Sterling) is still young, he’s able to improve,” Guardiola said. “We are going to be there to help him to become a better player. We are so satisfied with his performance.”___LATE AGAINWhen Arsenal went into added time still level with Burnley, history suggested victory was still within its grasp.On its last trip to Turf Moor, in October 2016, Laurent Koscielny scored the only goal in the 93rd minute. In the corresponding fixture at the Emirates Stadium in January, Sanchez stepped up eight minutes into added time to give Arsenal a 2-1 win after Andre Gray had leveled with a penalty of his own five minutes earlier.There was only one spot kick on this occasion, as Sanchez found the bottom corner two minutes into stoppage time after James Tarkowski was adjudged to have pushed Aaron Ramsey.“There’s a lot of me inside, that’s raging a lot,” Burnley manager Sean Dyche said. “Football’s a harsh game and sometimes it hurts you.”It was only the second away victory in the Premier League for Arsenal this season and came against a Burnley side on a three-match winning streak, in which it had not conceded. The win moves the Gunners back above Tottenham and into the top four, but it remains 12 points adrift of City.___EVERTON CRISIS Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Read Nextcenter_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort There was some fortune attached to the winning goal. Substitute Gabriel Jesus had his shot saved, but it popped up into Sterling’s midriff and looped into the top corner.___STERLING ON THE UPIt wasn’t Sterling’s first late winner of the season for City. The England winger scored deep into stoppage time at Bournemouth in August to secure a 2-1 victory.Sterling has previously faced criticism for failing to add end product to his prodigious dribbling skills and pace, but he has been prolific in front of goal so far this campaign. His goal at Huddersfield was his 12th in 18 appearances in all competitions.ADVERTISEMENT Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, right, celebrates with teammate Kyle Walker after scoring during the English Premier League soccer match between Huddersfield Town and Manchester City at John Smith’s stadium, in Huddersfield, England, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)LONDON — Only a third of the way into its Premier League campaign, Manchester City is already making history.Pep Guardiola’s City defeated Huddersfield 2-1 Sunday to equal a club record 11th straight league win. City also moved to 37 points from 13 games — the highest ever points total at this stage of a Premier League season.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa After Huddersfield took a shock lead, Raheem Sterling won a penalty — which Sergio Aguero converted to draw the teams level — before completing the comeback himself six minutes from time to restore an eight-point lead for City at the top of the table.Elsewhere, Alexis Sanchez’s last-minute penalty gave Arsenal a 1-0 win at Burnley and Southampton crushed Everton 4-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter handing Manchester United its first league defeat of the season in October, Huddersfield had another famous victory in its sights when Christopher Schindler’s header deflected in via City’s Nicolas Otamendi in added time at the end of the first half.However, City leveled just two minutes after the break when Aguero calmly converted his spot kick after Sterling was brought down by Scott Malone. Having started the season considered the side most likely to challenge the Premier League’s “Big Six,” Everton is swiftly falling into a fight at the other end of the table.Southampton became the latest side to take advantage of Everton’s disarray. Gylfi Sigurdsson’s long-range strike canceled out Dusan Tadic’s opener, but Charlie Austin scored two second-half headers before Steven Davis rounded off the scoring.Former Everton player David Unsworth has been in temporary charge since Ronald Koeman was fired on Oct. 23, but has managed just one win during his seven-game tenure. The club is still searching for a permanent replacement, with Unsworth’s failure to improve results likely having ruled him out.“I wouldn’t go that far so early,” said Unsworth, when asked if Everton were embroiled in the relegation fight. “I think we are in a tough moment, I think we have a massive week ahead of us. If you ask me that question next week I can give you a more honest view.Everton is now 16th, just two points clear of the relegation zone. Southampton moved up to 10th.last_img read more

Report: Belgium 1 Netherlands 1

first_imgArnaut Groeneveld’s first international goal helped Netherlands to a 1-1 friendly draw and brought Belgium’s run of four consecutive wins to an end.Roberto Martinez’s side had bounced back in style from their 2018 World Cup semi-final defeat to France – defeating England, Scotland, Iceland and Switzerland – but had to settle for a draw against their neighbours at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.The hosts had started brightly, taking a fifth-minute lead through Dries Mertens’ 16th international goal, but were pegged back in the 27th minute when Groeneveld – making his first start for Ronald Koeman’s side – slotted in from close range. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Substitute Michy Batshuayi looked threatening during the second half, but was unable to find a goal that would have extended the Red Devils’ winning streak.Follow the leader leader leader !  @dries_mertens14 #REDTOGETHER 🇧🇪#BELNED pic.twitter.com/MfcUNVnIeJ— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) October 16, 2018Belgium started in ominous fashion and were soon ahead. Donny van de Beek’s headed clearance went only as far as Mertens, who cracked a stunning half-volley into Jasper Cillessen’s top-left corner from 15 yards.A stretching Romelu Lukaku headed over from Mertens’ cross soon after, while Simon Mignolet thwarted a clean-through Memphis Depay midway through the first half.Koeman’s side then took full advantage of Timothy Castagne’s wayward pass, Depay sliding across the face of goal for Groeneveld to slot under Mignolet from eight yards.Quincy Promes came agonisingly close to handing Koeman’s side the lead soon after, but his fizzing left-foot strike from 25 yards crashed back off the post, while Eden Hazard clipped just past the upright as the sides went into the interval level.Belgium’s Batshuayi – who replaced Lukaku at the break – and Youri Tielemans both flashed efforts wide of Cillessen’s right-hand post within minutes of the restart.The closing stages saw Mignolet paw away Nathan Ake’s header, before the lively Batshuayi almost won it at the other end late on, only for Cillessen to push away his instinctive effort, ensuring a share of the spoils. What does it mean: Belgium fade away after electric startAfter four wins on the spin and an early goal, it would not have been a surprise to see Belgium punish their visitors even further. Netherlands are rejuvenated, however, and – after a morale-boosting 3-0 win over Germany last week – demonstrated they are made of sterner stuff under Koeman.Depay delivers for DutchThe Lyon forward was full of his usual tricks and flicks but had the substance to back up his style. His pass for Groeneveld’s leveller was clinical and he was unlucky not to cap his sparkling display with a goal.Batshuayi blows his chanceBatshuayi looked lively during a second half disrupted by a raft of substitutions, but the Valencia striker will know that the only way to either displace or partner Lukaku in Belgium’s first-choice XI is to finish chances when they fall his way.What’s next?Both sides return to Nations League action in November. Belgium face Iceland and Switzerland in League A Group 2, while Koeman’s side take on World Cup winners France and then Germany in Group 1. read morelast_img read more

Insigne makes history with leveller against PSG

first_imgNapoli star Lorenzo Insigne made a history on Tuesday by becoming the first Italian player to score in five consecutive home Champions League matches. The 27-year-old struck past legendary Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon from the penalty spot to earn his side a 1-1 draw with PSG in Tuesday’s Champions League Group C clash. Juan Bernat’s goal had put visiting PSG in front on the stroke of half-time, but a terrible touch at the back from Thiago Silva led to Jose Callejon being knocked down in the box as he pounced on the loose ball.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Insigne made absolutely no mistake from the spot, driving his penalty into the lower corner of the goal to pull his side level, making a small bit of history along the way. 5 – Lorenzo Insigne is the first Italian player in Champions League history to score in five successive home matches in the competition. Poacher. pic.twitter.com/HGueNr5auF — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 6, 2018 Insigne has now scored five goals in his last six Champions League matches, having scored just four times in his previous 17 outings in the competition.While the Italian may be scoring the goals, Slovakian team-mate Marek Hamsik set an impressive mark of his own in the contest. The 31-year-old made his 512th appearance for the Italian side in all competitions, setting the record for the most in club history as he jumped past Giuseppe Bruscolotti.Hamsik made his first competitive appearance for the club in August 2007, with Napoli having just gained promotion to Serie A. The Italian club now sit second in Group C, despite being drawn with both PSG and Champions League runners-up Liverpool. They are also within touching distance of Juventus in Serie A despite the red-hot league start for Cristiano Ronaldo and company, who remain unbeaten through 11 league matches. Napoli return to Serie A action this weekend against Genoa ahead of the international break. They’ll make a return to Champions League action on November 25 with a match against a Red Star Belgrade side who pulled off a shock win over Liverpool on Tuesday.last_img read more