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Ronaldo strikes brace as Real Madrid hit PSG

first_img0Shares0000Ronaldo starred as defending champions Real took control of their tie against PSG © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Feb 15 – Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid came from behind to stun Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in the first leg of their heavyweight Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday.Ronaldo scored his 100th Champions League goal for title-holders Real from the penalty spot late in the first half to cancel out Adrien Rabiot’s opener for the French side at the Santiago Bernabeu, set up by Neymar. The Portuguese star then turned the ball home from close range with seven minutes left before Marcelo secured what could turn out to be a decisive first-leg lead ahead of the return in Paris on March 6 and sent nearly 80,000 home fans into raptures.“These days are to be remembered, and what better way to do it than with the character we showed,” Real skipper Sergio Ramos told Spanish television.“We need to keep playing like that, with the desire to defend the Champions League. You can never consider Real Madrid to be dead and buried.”Rabiot said PSG were plagued by familiar problems“We always say the same things and we always get caught out in the same way,” Rabiot told beIN Sports.“The problem is it’s easy to score eight against Dijon, or four goals in league games. It is in these matches that you need to be decisive.” ”The late collapse for PSG brings back echoes of the way they fell apart to lose 6-1 in Barcelona on their way to a humiliating exit at the same stage of the competition last season.Bad night: Neymar grimaces as PSG lose to Real Madrid © AFP / CURTO DE LA TORRENeymar, in Barcelona’s ranks then, could not make the difference for PSG, who now have a huge job on their hands to turn the tie around.Having looked set to come away with a precious draw, the defeat piles the pressure on coach Unai Emery, but for Real the outcome is an enormous boost for their boss Zinedine Zidane.Under pressure himself with Real flagging domestically, he needed this win, and will earn praise for his substitutions, with Marco Asensio coming off the bench to set up each of the two late goals.That was after Zidane had taken a risk by leaving out Gareth Bale, a key element in the side that has won three of the last four Champions Leagues. The Welshman’s place in the line-up was taken by Isco.Emery went even further, dropping his captain Thiago Silva to make way for 22-year-old Presnel Kimpembe in the centre of the PSG defence.– Difficult night for Neymar –Real supporters chose an image of a famous fan in Rafael Nadal to adorn a display unfurled at the south end of the ground as the sides came out, hoping their team could draw inspiration from someone who has conquered Paris 10 times as French Open champion.World-record signing Neymar struggled to make an impact at the Santiago Bernabeu © AFP / CURTO DE LA TORREThe hosts started well too, while Neymar struggled, slipping when one pass was aimed towards him, complaining as a Luka Modric challenge sent him to the floor and picking up a yellow card for a foul on Nacho.Ronaldo, meanwhile, saw Alphonse Areola make a fine save from his net-bound shot after he had been released by Marcelo, and not long after that, in the 33rd minute, PSG scored.Neymar could claim an assist, although it didn’t look like the Brazilian meant to help Kylian Mbappe’s low ball across the box from the right into the path of Rabiot, who swept home unmarked.PSG had a precious away goal, but they could not hold their lead until the break as Giovani Lo Celso gave away a penalty for a foul on Toni Kroos.Areola, having just made a superb save from Karim Benzema, could do nothing to keep out Ronaldo’s spot-kick.The visitors had chances to go ahead again in the second half, Keylor Navas saving well from Mbappe and Sergio Ramos blocking bravely from Rabiot.Emery then surprisingly took off Edinson Cavani and replaced him with Thomas Meunier, a right-back. But it was Zidane’s decision to send on Asensio that proved crucial.In the space of three late minutes, Asensio saw one cross palmed out by Areola and then rebound into the net off Ronaldo’s thigh, before another assist was finished off by Marcelo, potentially finishing the tie in the process.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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FUNDING PROVIDED FOR NEW CLASSROOMS AT ST.EUNANS COLLEGE

first_imgFunding has been provided for four permanent classrooms for St Eunan’s College in Letterkenny.The news from Education Minister Ruairi Quinn as been welcomed by local Labour Party Senator Jimmy Harte.” Again I am delighted that the Minister has delivered on the Education front to schools in Donegal As a proud past pupil of St Eunan’s College I warmly welcome this news that the College will now have the funding to erect these classrooms. “I spoke with Minister Quinn today at our “Think In” in Co Meath and he confirmed that the funding is in place and he announced it this after noon as promised.“St Eunan’s College has a fine tradition in Education and is an integral part of the Letterkenny community.“My own family connections to the College go back to my father, uncles , brothers and sons all attending and I look forward to future generations making the trip to Sentry Hill for their secondary education.”This news comes after the recent announcements that the Government is investing € 2..2 billion in a five year capital programme to prioritise school building projects and to ensure that every child has access to a school place.  FUNDING PROVIDED FOR NEW CLASSROOMS AT ST.EUNANS COLLEGE was last modified: September 17th, 2013 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:letterkennySenator Jimmy HarteSt.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more

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UCI agrees to strip Armstrong of his seven Tour titles

first_imgIn thi Lance Armstrong of the U.S. holds up the trophy on the podium July 25, 1999, after 20th and final stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Arpajon and Paris. GENEVA — Forget the seven Tour de France victories. Forget the yellow jersey celebrations on the Champs Elysees. Forget the name that dominated the sport of cycling for so many years.As far as cycling’s governing body is concerned, Lance Armstrong is out of the record books.Once considered the greatest rider in Tour history, the American was cast out today by his sport, formally stripped of his seven titles and banned for life for his involvement in what U.S. sports authorities describe as a massive doping program that tainted all of his greatest triumphs.“Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling,” said Pat McQuaid, the president said of the International Cycling Union. “This is a landmark day for cycling.”McQuaid announced that his group, known as UCI, accepted sanctions imposed by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and would not appeal them to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. McQuaid said he was “sickened” by some of the evidence detailed by USADA in its 200-page report and hundreds of pages of supporting testimony and documents.The condemnation by cycling’s most senior official confirmed Armstrong’s pariah status, after the UCI had backed Armstrong at times in trying to seize of the doping investigation from USADA. McQuaid said the UCI endorsed a life ban for Armstrong after almost two weeks studying the American agency’s evidence, and will meet Friday to discuss going after his 2000 Olympic bronze medal.last_img read more

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