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Three things we learned from Man United v Barca

first_imgAFP Sports looks at three things we learned from their 1-0 victory.Slack Barca far from pompAgainst a team with more craft and firepower than United, Barcelona would surely have been punished for a lacklustre performance that looked little like a team among the favourites to win this competition.Barca were rarely in control on Wednesday night but escaped with a huge win that was as much about the lack of quality they faced from United’s attack as their own play.A sloppy display high on misplaced passes and surprisingly low on input from Messi, produced not only a victory, but a crucial away goal to take back to Camp Nou.Barcelona’s rivals for the trophy this season might feel encouraged, even if United have probably missed their chance.Messi human after allMessi was left with a cut on the bridge of his nose and his eyelid during the first half at Old Trafford. Photo/COURTESYTen goals in his last seven games meant Messi arrived at Old Trafford in scintillating form but the Barca captain endured a mediocre night by his own supremely high standards.He was far from anonymous and his clipped cross to the back post set up the game’s only goal as Suarez headed in off the unfortunate Shaw.But this was not the masterclass that bewitched Tottenham at Wembley earlier in the tournament nor even the clinical show of finishing that saw off Lyon in the previous round.Instead, Messi sauntered through the game, poking passes to his teammates and wearing a black eye after being clattered by Chris Smalling in the first half, offering little of the form that has lit up La Liga in recent weeks.United short of Europe’s elite Scott McTominay was United’s best player by some distance on Wednesday, the 22-year-old delivering a barnstorming performance in midfield, but it was clear how short United now are when it comes to players that can turn matches at this level.Paul Pogba failed to the run the game like Solksjaer insisted he could, while Romelu Lukaku barely threatened up against the excellent Gerard Pique.United will take heart from a determined display and a close scoreline that could yet give Barca nerves in the return leg.But this was a far cry from the United of old that could frighten visiting teams with their pace and ruthlessness in the final third. Barcelona were made to feel uncomfortable, and United and Solksjaer have work to do if they are to keep their hopes of an unlikely fourth European Cup alive.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Suarez (right) then celebrates with Messi as the Catalan giants get a crucial away goal from home in the quarter-finals. Photo/COURTESYMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 11 – Manchester United failed to capitalise on an out-of-sorts display from Lionel Messi and Barcelona on Wednesday as Luke Shaw’s own goal left the La Liga side firmly in charge of their Champions League quarter-final.Despite a spirited performance at Old Trafford, United rarely threatened after Shaw turned in Luis Suarez’s header in the 12th minute, an away goal that makes Barcelona strong favourites ahead of the second leg at the Camp Nou next week, when they can take a step closer to a first Champions League triumph since 2015.last_img read more

WOW! Watch Messi’s sensational goal for Barca against Roma after 27-pass move

first_imgJust a few days after humiliating Real Madrid, Barcelona delivered another sensational performance as they hit Roma for six at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night.The pick of the goals was scored by Lionel Messi – the Argentine superstar rounding off a 27-pass move with a brilliant chipped finish over Wojciech Szczesny. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez هف ميسي على روما من بداية الهجمه HD pic.twitter.com/iIA4PLxQs6— FCB World (@FCBW_A7) November 24, 2015center_img 1last_img read more

Five keys for Raiders against the New York Jets

first_imgLife is good for the Raiders.They’re creating a buzz at 6-4 and as it stands are in position for the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC, with a projected rematch against 7-4 Houston, currently the No. 3 seed and atop the AFC South.Not only that, but the Raiders are also reasonably healthy going in to Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium against the New York Jets.It’s labeled as a “trap” game by people who pick games for a living, given that the Jets are 3-7 and the Raiders have a road …last_img read more

Coach fighting leukemia puts Sevilla back on track in Spain

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments “It won’t keep me from doing my job,” he said. “I’m living a normal life. I won’t talk about the subject anymore but I wanted everyone to know that everything is OK.”There was relief all around. It meant the coach wasn’t as sick as many initially believed and, sportswise, it meant the team wouldn’t be losing its commander at a crucial moment of the season.Sevilla had just been eliminated by Czech club Slavia Prague in the last 16 of the Europa League and was far from fourth place in the Spanish league when Caparros — who was acting as the team’s sports director — was picked to replace the fired Pablo Machin.With the Seville native at the helm, the club won four of its five matches, including the high-profile city derby against Real Betis last Saturday. The result put the team back in fourth place in the league, in the final Champions League spot.Sevilla can solidify its position this weekend when it visits fifth-place Getafe, which is only one point behind with six matches remaining. Sixth-place Valencia is three points behind Sevilla entering the weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Sevilla had already taken a chance with Caparros when it assigned him as coach to finish last season after firing Vincenzo Montella. With a run of three wins and a draw in the final four matches, he helped the team secure a Europa League spot.This time, Sevilla’s only setback was a home loss to Valencia in the second match with Caparros in charge, giving him 22 points of 27 possible. In addition to beating Valladolid and Real Betis, Sevilla also defeated Espanyol and Alaves under the man who first coached Sevilla from 2000-05 and recently surpassed 500 matches overall in the Spanish league.“The team has improved a lot since Caparros took over,” Sevilla president Jose Castro said. “We felt it was the right time to make the change and we are glad that we made that decision. We think it was the right one.”Although there is still some work left for Sevilla to secure a Champions League spot this season, Caparros’ good run has already prompted talks about whether the team should try to keep him in a full-time position for next season.“Of course Joaquin is an option for next year,” Castro said. “But we have to wait until the end of the season. Now it’s time to stay focused on adding points.”After the visit to Getafe, Sevilla faces three teams in the bottom half of the standings: Rayo Vallecano, Girona and Leganes. It will close out its season with a visit to second-place Atletico Madrid and a home game against seventh-place Athletic Bilbao.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadal, Djokovic reach quarterfinals at Monte Carlo Masters Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee02:42PH 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this file photo dated Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, Levante’s coach Joaquin Caparros gesture during their La Liga soccer match against Real Madrid at the Ciutat de Valecia stadium in Valencia, Spain. Sevilla coach Joaquin Caparros announced Sunday April 7, 2019, that he has leukaemia but will stay on the job with the Spanish club. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz, FILE)MADRID — The surprise announcement came after another important win by Sevilla in the Spanish league.The club had just beaten Valladolid 2-0 to get back into the fight for the final Champions League spot. Everyone expected the team’s coach, Joaquin Caparros, to come out at the post-match news conference and talk about Sevilla’s good run since he took over.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Instead, the 63-year-old Caparros stepped into the podium and shocked everyone.“I have chronic leukemia,” he said, speaking briskly before making any comments on the game.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, logisticsIt was the type of news no one wanted to hear. Concern immediately turned to his health.But it was Caparros himself who quickly downplayed the situation. 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