Saints offer no mercy as Chelsea lose again

first_img Willian scored a fourth free-kick goal in four games to open the scoring, but Chelsea afterwards scarcely tested Maarten Stekelenburg as they fell to a first home loss to Saints since January 2002. A rare Steven Davis goal levelled matters and Mane put the visitors ahead after mistakes by Gary Cahill and John Terry, before Pelle got Southampton’s third. Southampton might have had a penalty before the equaliser when Mane was tripped by Ramires. The forward was soon after booked for diving, while Radamel Falcao received a yellow card for the same offence as Chelsea desperately sought something in attack. Loic Remy was sent on after Pelle’s goal, Nemanja Matic making way just 28 minutes after coming on as a half-time substitute. But this was not a performance for one scapegoat as Chelsea disintegrated against an excellent Southampton. Mourinho insisted there were no prima donnas or ostriches at Chelsea and his players accepted criticism, but Terry – making his second start in six games, the other at Walsall – might as well have had his head in the sand when a Tadic corner was floated over towards Jose Fonte. Had the ball been a foot lower, it would have been 1-0 to Southampton as Fonte had lost Terry six yards out. Captain John Terry was restored but Saints exposed the now familiar failings in the defence which just five months ago formed the foundation for winning the title. Chelsea have conceded at least two goals in seven of their eight Premier League games this season – the exception the 2-0 defeat of Arsenal – and time and again Sadio Mane, Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic found holes in a 3-1 win. Oriol Romeu and Ryan Bertrand seemed keen to impress after being discarded by Mourinho, but both Southampton players were booked, the former for tripping Hazard’s heels. Willian curled the resulting free-kick into the far corner, but Saints – bar two tame Oscar shots – then went on the attack. Ivanovic was unspotted in tugging back Virgil van Dijk before Davis sliced a good chance wide, and Ramires was fortunate not to concede a penalty for a trip on Mane. The theatrical fall did not help Mane, who was moments later booked for diving after a tussle with Ivanovic outside of the box. Fabregas was yellow-carded for diving in last December’s fixture at St Mary’s and Mourinho was furious there was no penalty award then. Ronald Koeman had reason to feel aggrieved, but Saints continued to test Chelsea and Asmir Begovic had to be alert to claw away Victor Wanyama’s cross and save from Bertrand. Southampton equalised after Ramires was booked for a foul on Mane, and Fonte played the ball long to Pelle, with his back to goal. Pelle held off Cahill, chested it and, one bounce later, Davis hit it sweetly to score. Mourinho almost fell off his seat when Falcao was booked for diving and might have done so again when Cahill lost the ball and Terry failed to intercept Pelle’s pass to Mane, who snuck in behind to slot in. Mane ran at Chelsea and then played in Pelle for the third. Chelsea tried in vain to find a response, but none was forthcoming in a second Premier League home loss in three games. Mourinho had lost one of his previous 99. TWEET OF THE MATCH “@graemelesaux14: I’ve just turned on the TV against the advice of many of you. Even if I hadn’t lost my voice, I’d be lost for words! #cfcvsou” – Former England and Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux was one of many fans stunned by Chelsea’s continued fall from grace. PLAYER RATINGS Chelsea Asmir Begovic: 6 (out of 10) Branislav Ivanovic: 4 Cesar Azpilicueta: 5 John Terry: 4 Gary Cahill: 4 Oscar: 5 Cesc Fabregas: 5 Eden Hazard: 6 Willian: 7 Ramires: 6 Radamel Falcao: 5 Subs Matic: 5 Pedro: 6 Remy: 6 Southampton Maarten Stekelenburg: 7 Cedric Soares: 6 Ryan Bertrand: 6 Jose Fonte: 7 Virgil van Dijk: 7 Oriol Romeu: 5 Victor Wanyama: 7 Steven Davis: 7 Dusan Tadic: 8 Sadio Mane: 9 Graziano Pelle: 8 Subs Ward-Prowse: 6 Rodriguez: 6 STAR PLAYER Sadio Mane: The Senegal forward continually troubled Chelsea’s fragile defence with his pace and movement and scored a deserved goal. MOMENT OF THE MATCH There was one foot between Tadic’s early corner and the free head of Fonte, who had totally lost marker Terry. Had the ball been a fraction lower, Southampton’s captain would have scored, Terry’s restoration would have been questioned. It was questioned anyway as Saints stunned Chelsea. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Captain Terry was back, along with Eden Hazard. Oscar and Falcao also started despite not travelling to Porto in midweek, the latter more as a result of Diego Costa completing his suspension. Nemanja Matic remained on the substitutes’ bench and returned there after a brief appearance in the second half which clearly annoyed Jose Mourinho. Ronald Koeman replaced ex-Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu with James Ward-Prowse at half-time and his players repeatedly exposed the Blues’ creaking defence. MOAN OF THE MATCH Odd coloured boots: If Falcao really needs help identifying his left foot from his right, he really has lost his reputation as a prolific goalscorer. WHO’S UP NEXT Chelsea v Aston Villa (Barclays Premier League, Saturday, October 17) Southampton v Leicester (Barclays Premier League, Saturday, October 17) After the game, Jose Mourinho suggested his side should have had a penalty when Radamel Falcao went to ground inside the area when the sides were level. The Chelsea boss suggested the referees were to blame for a slow start to the season which has sparked a confidence crisis within the club. Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Mourinho said: “When you are so down it is time to be honest and to say clearly the referees are afraid to give decisions to Chelsea. “The result (score) 1-1 is a huge penalty and once more we don’t get and I repeat, if the FA wants to punish me they punish me, it is not a problem for me.” He went on: “We have a penalty, and the penalty is a giant penalty and he was afraid to give – like everyone is afraid to give – a penalty. “And after that the team lost even more confidence. “Psychologically the team is unbelievably down, it looks like good players are bad players. “The first half was again where we didn’t show our quality but we were more than in control and one mistake, lack of concentration and one goal and and you are in a tough time. “In normal circumstances you come into the second half you do your game, no panic. “This team need to finish the first half winning two or three nil, with the fear disappearing into the second half to play with a free spirit. “That’s what the team needs but it is not happening.” “The second goal is an individual mistake, the third goal is an individual mistake and the team mentally tried, but they collapsed because they are in such a low moment,” he added. Press Association Chelsea capitulated and were booed off as Southampton won at Stamford Bridge for the first time in almost 14 years to leave Jose Mourinho contemplating a fourth loss from eight Premier League games this season. last_img read more

Neymar suffers recurrence of fifth metatarsal injury

first_imgParis: Brazilian football superstar Neymar has suffered a recurrence of an injury to the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, the Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain announced on Thursday.Neymar was forced off around the hour mark in PSG’s 2-0 home win over Strasbourg on Wednesday, securing a last 16 spot in the French Cup, reports Xinhua news agency.“Initial examinations have revealed a painful recurrence of his injury to the fifth metatarsal of his right foot,” PSG said in a statement.The club added that “the treatment of this injury will depend on how it evolves over the next few days. All options can be envisaged at this time.”Neymar had been sidelined for three months last season due to a fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot.His latest recurrence of injury cast a shadow on PSG’s UEFA Champions League journey, where they will visit Premier League side Manchester United in the first leg of last 16 on February 12. IANS Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

HSV to enter esports through FIFA

first_imgAnother Bundesliga club has signalled its intent to enter the esports fray as Hamburger Sport-Verein e.V (“HSV”) are set to sign a FIFA player, The Esports Observer reports.TEO reports that at an event run by Lagardère Sports and HSV prior to a Bundesliga match, HSV’s Head of Sales and CRM Oliver Poppelbaum responded to a question about entering esports by confirming that the club’s management had approved the creation of an esports department. Hamburg will become another Bundesliga team to enter the esports space through sport simulation, much line Hertha BSC, Leverukusen and VFL Wolfsburg who all adopted for FIFA over other esports titles. Schalke 04 are of course the exception, as they have a team competing in the European League of Legends scene.An interesting addition to the report is that the Bundesliga team has revealed it intends to partner with schools to support “sustainable growth through education and coaching”. Should reports be true, Hamburger will become the latest in what must be approaching 200 sports clubs and/or figures to have become involved in esports. The involvement ranges from signing FIFA players to investing in esports organisations. It’s unlikely that this is set to slow down as sports and esports continue to converge and the esports opportunity continues to be amplified.For anyone interested in finding out more, Esports Insider’s Super Forum takes place on the 22nd March, 2018 and look at the crossover between esports and sports. Taking place at Stamford Bridge, the home of the English champions on the 22nd March, ESI will welcome over 20 industry leading speakers for a fantastic one day event. For more information, click here.Esports Insider says: Good to see more clubs getting involved. We have to admit though, we’re St Pauli fans at heart and there can only be one Hamburg club for us. Would be a good local rivalry in FIFA though, right?last_img read more

Brooks scores 19 to lead Grizzlies over Lakers

first_imgMOST READ 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 View comments Lakers: Los Angeles signed G Gary Payton II to a two-way contract. He appeared in 12 games for the Milwaukee Bucks, six of them starts, averaging 2.5 points and 1.4 rebounds. He scored four points in 12 minutes against Memphis. … The Lakers have lost seven straight road games in the series, and their last win in Memphis was in December 2013.Grizzlies: This was the 16th annual game for the Grizzlies on Martin Luther King Day. King was killed on April 4, 1968 at the Lorraine Motel a short distance from FedExForum. … The Grizzlies are now 7-9 on games surrounding MLK festivities. … The Grizzlies honored former NBA players Sam Perkins, James Worthy and Anfernee ‘Penny’ Hardaway, along with WNBA player Swin Cash with the 13th Annual National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Awards. … F Deyonta David recorded his third block – a career-best – in the second quarter. He ended the night with five blocks.UP NEXTLakers: Close out a three-game trip at Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.Grizzlies: Host the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Joel Embiid, 76ers barely hold on, edge Raptors Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Lakers ended a four-game winning streak. They were without Lonzo Ball, who injured his left knee in Saturday’s overtime win at Dallas, and Brandon Ingram also didn’t play because of a left ankle sprain.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Lakers with 27 points, while Kyle Kuzma finished with 18. Josh Hart had 16 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter when Los Angeles cut a 20-point lead down to single-digits in the final minutes.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 folkThe Lakers had held opponents to an average of 95.3 points over their four-game winning streak, but none of that defensive strength showed Monday. Memphis made its first five shots from outside the arc and was still shooting 60 percent from the field four minutes into the second quarter.The Grizzlies led 60-50 going into the break.TIP-INS Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks (24) controls the ball against Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Dillon Brooks matched his season best with 19 points and eight Memphis players finished in double figures, helping the Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Lakers 123-114 on Monday.Marc Gasol had 17 points and seven rebounds for Memphis, while Tyreke Evans had 15 points and 12 assists. Wayne Selden and James Ennis III added 13 points each.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Defense Minister Hails US Support to AFL

first_imgThe Minister of National Defense, Brownie J. Samukai Jr., Thursday, March 27, hailed the government and people of the United States of America for the positive ties and their nonstop support to the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) from the restructuring process in 2006 up to transformation, now in process.  Minister Samukai informed the visiting delegation that the AFL is currently carrying on its own recruitment and training exercises. The exercises, he said are being led by the very soldiers who were trained in the United States as part of the restructuring process of the AFL.He explained that the AFL is being developed into a “citizens’ army,” under the theme: “A Force for Good.” The army—in the eyes of some—is itself shaping into what is beginning to look like a force that will perform well its part in the reconstruction phase of the country.The Defense Minister made these representations Thursday at his Barclay Training Center (BTC) office when a high-powered U.S. Military delegation headed by Brigadier-General, James S. O’Meara, made a courtesy call on him.B/Gen. O’Meara was accompanied to the Defense Ministry by Mr. Lee McTaggert, Col. Timothy D. Mitchell, Col. Bunn and Col. Lu Perozo.“I am pleased with the United States Government’s engagement with the AFL and the tremendous support it has received and enjoyed over the years—especially when it comes to the Coast Guard,” Samukai told the visitors.Minister Samukai then expressed gratitude to the delegation for the visit, and praised the United States mentors that are assigned to AFL personnel, amid the restructuring process.He also thanked the US Government for the one-year extension of “Operation Onward Liberty”—an exercise that provides some backup to soldiers of the AFL patrolling and protecting Liberia territorial borders, it has been suggested. Minister Samukai further informed his visitors about progress made by the newly promoted leadership, given the new challenges they face. He emphasized the high level of cooperation existing amongst them in helping to maintain peace and security in Liberia.  Minister Samukai, has meanwhile stressed the need for more training for the AFL from the US Government with specific reference to land maneuvering, mobile training, training for the Coast Guard as well as for engineering, given the scheduled United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL.)The US military delegation is in the country to reinforce bilateral relations at the senior Inter-Governmental level, to review United States support to Liberia, and to discuss issues of mutual interest.For his part, B/Gen O’Meara extolled Minister Samukai for the level of progress made so far since the restructuring of the AFL began in 2006.He assured authorities at the Ministry of National Defense of his government’s willingness to continue assisting Liberia in its recovery process.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cllr. Jallah Barbu Joins Presidential Race

first_imgTwo days after the official resignation of Dr. Jallah A. Barbu as Chairman of the Law Reform Commission (LRC), the Liberian lawyer has announced his intention to join the 2017 Presidential race.Last Friday, June 3, Dr. Barbu formally expressed his intension to media executives in the headquarters of the Liberia National Union (LINU), on 16th Street, Sinkor. He will be the Presidential candidate of LINU, being the party’s only eminent partisan.It is believed that the June 1 resignation of Cllr. Barbu was in compliance with the code of conduct passed by the legislature and signed into law by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, requiring appointed officials of government desirous of contesting for public office to resign their post two years prior to the elections.However, in his resignation letter to the President, Barbu did not mention his intention to run but stated, “I have developed a very high commitment to doing purely scholarly and other forms of public service work. I therefore cannot continue to serve on the Law Reform Commission as of June 1, 2016.”The letter raised eyebrows, but last weekend’s announcement to contest the Presidency has unscrambled the puzzle over his resignation.Cllr. Barbu earned a Diploma in Machinery from Booker Washington Institute (BWI) and matriculated at the University of Liberia, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and the Law degree from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law. He enrolled at the University of Indiana, Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana, USA where he earned his Masters and Doctorate (SJD) degree in Law. Counsellor Barbu is an Instructor at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, and is also the founder and first Director of Abbidoe Law Office in Liberia as well as the Barbu and Howard Law Firms. Dr. Barbu is a co-author of Liberia’s first Constitutional Commentary and the author of Liberia’s first Constitutional Law Course Book. He is the former Secretary General of the Liberia National Bar Association. Meanwhile, the head of LINU’s Public Affairs, Atty. Nelson Garr, stated that the party will formally announce the candidacy of Cllr. Barbu and receive his acceptance statement on Friday, June 10 at its headquarters.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more