Seville, Spain | AFP | David de Gea deflected the attention away from Paul Pogba with another spectacular display of goalkeeping as Manchester United came away from their Champions League last 16, first leg against Sevilla in Spain with a 0-0 draw on Wednesday.De Gea made two breathtaking saves to deny Steven N’Zonzi and Luis Muriel at the end of the first half at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, denying Sevilla a lead to take to England for next month’s return.Sevilla were the more likely side, with United offering little going forward despite the presence of Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata in their attack.Lukaku had a late goal disallowed, but United’s was the kind of cautious approach seen time and again in such games by Mourinho’s teams down the years.Their inability, unwillingness even, to get an away goal leaves the tie wide open ahead of the second leg, with United looking to reach the quarter-finals in their first appearance in the knockout stage of the Champions League since 2014.“The only moment where we felt relieved was in the last couple of moments of the first half when from a couple of our mistakes in possession they had a couple of good situations and De Gea made good saves,” said Mourinho.His team managed just one attempt on target to Sevilla’s eight, but Mourinho added: “Apart from that the game was even, but the statistics are what they are.“I really feel the result reflected what the game was — you ask me was it a good result, and I say it was not good and not bad.”Mourinho decided to leave Pogba out of his starting line-up, despite the Frenchman being back in the squad after illness had kept him out of United’s FA Cup win at Huddersfield Town.Fuelling the speculation of an uneasy relationship between Mourinho and the France midfielder, the United manager chose to select 21-year-old Scott McTominay ahead of Pogba in a midfield three. – Pogba thrown on –However, an untimely injury to Ander Herrera meant Pogba was thrown on after just 17 minutes of a first half dominated by the Spanish side.Sevilla, looking to make it past the last 16 of the Champions League after falling in their three previous appearances at this stage over the last decade, could and should have had a goal to show for their performance.De Gea made one good early save low down to deny Colombian Muriel, while Jesus Navas, impressive at right-back, fired just wide after latching onto Ever Banega’s cross-field pass.Stepping up the pressure just before half-time, Joaquin Correa’s shot from a good position was too easy for De Gea, but the Spain ‘keeper displayed all his class as he kept out headed attempts from N’Zonzi and Muriel from point-blank range, both saves requiring breathtaking reactions.The importance to United of not letting in a goal was clear — they had kept eight clean sheets in their 10 matches before heading to Andalusia, with their only defeats in that time coming in the two games in which they had conceded.And they were content to leave Spain with a 0-0 draw, continuing to soak up pressure in the second half and relying on Sevilla’s indecision in the final third.They were also aided by Pablo Sarabia’s inability to find the target from an inviting Muriel cross in the 73rd minute, before Lukaku’s goal was ruled out by French referee Clement Turpin for a handball as he controlled before shooting.“I am very happy with the character shown by the team,” Sevilla’s Italian coach Vincenzo Montella told Spanish television. “We have to be pleased with the performance. The 0-0 leaves everything open.”Whether Mourinho’s team should have been more adventurous will only become clear after the return in Manchester in three weeks.Share on: WhatsApp
Rick Scott is among those calling out LeBron James for his comments on China. The Lakers star said yesterday that Houston GM Daryl Morey’s tweet in support of Hong Kong protesters hurt people financially, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Senator Scott tweeted it’s sad to see James joining the chorus kow-towing to Communist China and putting profits over human rights. https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/LeBron.mp3James also said Morey wasn’t educated about the issue, but Scott says James is clearly the one who isn’t educated on the situation.James made the comments before the Lakers’ preseason game against the Warriors in LA Monday. He later clarified on Twitter that he “did not believe there was any consideration for the consequences and ramifications of the tweet.”The Lakers played two preseason games against the Brooklyn Nets in China last week, and the players had to deal with the backlash firsthand.ESPN reports that players met with NBA commissioner Adam Silver in China and many were upset because they felt they were in the middle of the rift between the host country and the league. Morey tweeted out “Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong,” on October 4th, which caused an uproar from many in China. Multiple Chinese sponsors (the vast majority of Nike shoes are made in factories in China) cut ties with the NBA and China’s state television broadcaster refused to air the preseason games on TV. Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta stated that Morey did not speak for the team.Silver defended Morey’s right to free speech last week, but also regretted that so many Chinese were upset by his tweet.
Image Courtesy: BCCIAdvertisement 5kjzNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsnvpWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1xa( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bxiWould you ever consider trying this?😱iceCan your students do this? 🌚aoaxcRoller skating! Powered by Firework Team India’s start of the 4 match One Day International series against New Zealand begins with a loss as the hosts clinched a swift chasing victory at Seddon Park cricket ground. While it was the veteran Ross Taylor setting the stage with his swashbuckling century, it wasn’t all loss and no gain for the Men in Blue, as the young Shreyas Iyer clocks his first ODI hundred, and Virat Kohli becomes the third highest run scoring captain for India in ODIs, overtaking the legendary Sourav Ganguly.Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCIScoring his 58th ODI half century, Virat Kohli usurps to become the third highest run scoring captain for Team India in the format. Sourav Ganguly, who is the current BCCI president, held the position previously with 5082 runs out of 142 ODI appearances for India as a captain.Kohli, who took the captaincy of the Indian cricket team in 2013, has scored a stunning 5,123 runs from 83 ODIs as the captain. The 31 year old still has Mohammed Azharuddin and Mahrendra Singh Dhoni ahead of him.Advertisement Mohammed Azharuddin has scored 5239 runs in 162 ODI appearances as Indian captain. Dhoni, currently out on a hiatus from international cricket, is leading the list with a monumental 6641 runs out of 172 ODI matches as skipper.While Kohli reached his rank with a fine 63-ball-51, Shreyas Iyer in 4th stole the show for the visitors in the first innings. The 25 year old scored a marvellous 103 runs from 107 balls, including eleven boundaries and one over boundary.Advertisement Making his ODI debut back in 2017 against Sri Lanka, this was Iyer’s maiden ODI century. The youngster was also impressive in India’s unbeaten run in the T20 series, where he scored a total of 153 runs, including a fifty in the first T20.Following Kohli’s departure in the 29th over against Ish Sodhi, Iyer continued his partnership with KL Rahul till the 46th over, before losing his wicket against Tim Southee. Rahul himself was stunning in the first innings, keeping his strike till the end and putting up a stunning knock of 88-off-64 with three fours and six sixes, achieving his seventh ODI fifty.The second ODI takes place this Saturday at the Eden Park stadium.Also read-NZ vs IND 1st ODI Review: A stunning century from Ross Taylor gets New Zealand the lead in the seriesVirat Kohli reveals what’s the biggest lesson he’s learned in 2 super over wins against New Zealand Advertisement