Barcelona cruise, Bayern rally at the death

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP):Barcelona’s big three of Lionel Messi, Luis Su·rez and Neymar all scored to beat Arsenal 3-1 yesterday, sending the defending champions into the Champions League quarter-finals for a ninth consecutive season with a 5-1 victory on aggregate.Leading the tie after Messi scored both goals in a 2-0 first-leg win, Su·rez passed for Neymar to open the scoring in the 18th minute at Camp Nou.Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny struck in the 51st and the English side threatened to add another, before Su·rez answered with an acrobatic goal in the 65th.Messi chipped in Barcelona’s third with two minutes to play, following a pair of timely stops by goalkeeper Marc-AndrÈ ter Stegen to protect the lead.Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger, whose side was eliminated from the round of 16 for a sixth straight year, said Barcelona’s strike trio took the game to the level of “art”.”We played against the team with the best strikers I have seen,” Wenger said. “The three together are exceptional. Messi is incredible. They are two or three players who transform normal life into art.”BAYERN MUNICH ADVANCEAlso yesterday, Bayern Munich fought back to beat Juventus 4-2 in extra time to advance.Thomas Mueller equalised in the first minute of injury time, and Bayern Munich scored two more goals in extra time.Thiago Alcantara scored in the 108th minute to put Bayern ahead for good in the second-leg match of the last 16 and Kingsley Coman, on loan from Juventus, added the hosts’ fourth goal just two minutes later to seal a 6-4 victory on aggregate.Bayern trailed 2-0 at half-time after goals from Paul Pogba and Juan Cuadrado put Juventus firmly in charge. The home side looked to be on the way out until Robert Lewandowski scored in the 73rd and Mueller’s late header changed everything.”To score four goals against an Italian side, wow, compliments to my team,” Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said.last_img read more

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US rule the World

first_imgPHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania:Jamaica had to play second fiddle to the United States in the Nike USA versus The World events on yesterday’s final day of competition at the 2016 Penn Relays.Jamaica’s only success came in the men’s 4×100 metres, where they took advantage of a big mistake by a strong USA Red team to win the event in 39.70 seconds. Jermaine Hamilton, Julian Forte, Rasheed Dwyer and Oshane Bailey were the members of the winning Jamaica quartet. USA Blue placed second in 39.02, with third going to St Kitts in 39.49. The USA Red team included the likes of Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers.Jamaica were second in three women’s relays the 4x100m in 42.90, 4x200m in 1:31.34, and 4×400 m in 3:29.00. The Americans won five of six relays contested.- R.Glast_img read more

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Newcastle demand STAGGERING £35million for midfielder Moussa Sissoko this summer

first_imgNewcastle United have put a staggering £35million price tag on wantaway midfielder Moussa Sissoko following his impressive Euro 2016 campaign with France.The 26-year-old has been linked with a move away from Tyneside since the club’s relegation from the Premier League at the end of last season.But it is understood potential suitors have now been told they will match the kind of figure Liverpool had to hand over to capture striker Andy Carroll in January 2011 if they are to lure the midfielder general away from St James’ Park this summer.The 26-year-old earned a place in the starting line-up for Sunday’s final against Portugal after a series of imposing displays, and produced a fine individual performance as his country lost 1-0 at the Stade de France.Sissoko has made no secret of his desire to play Champions League football, much to the annoyance of Newcastle fans who have all too rarely seen him produce the kind of high-octane performances he has for France over the summer.He has already been linked with a series of clubs, including Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool and manager Rafael Benitez could well be tempted to cash in as he looks to rebuild his squad for life in the Championship.However, while Andros Townsend has already left the Magpies after Crystal Palace activated his £13million escape clause, Benitez is reportedly keen to retain the services of the likes of Sissoko and Georginio Wijnaldum, despite their understandable desire to be playing their football at the highest possible level next season.Perhaps more significantly, Newcastle have no immediate need to sell their biggest names.And even if they are ultimately persuaded to do so, owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley will not do business on the cheap, and they have sent out a message that they will not waste their time dealing with opportunist bids which come nowhere near meeting their valuation.In the meantime, Benitez will attempt to persuade his leading lights to stay and help Newcastle regain their top-flight status before embarking upon the bright future for which he is planning.The Spaniard continued his rebuilding programme on Monday when he landed 21-year-old Arsenal defender Isaac Hayden on a five-year deal, taking his tally to five summer additions following the captures of Matz Sels, Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle and Jesus Gamez. 1 Moussa Sissoko put in an impressive performance for France as they lost the Euro 2016 final last_img read more

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