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Mikel Arteta unhappy with ‘unacceptable’ Arsenal defending after Olympiacos defeat

first_imgMikel Arteta unhappy with ‘unacceptable’ Arsenal defending after Olympiacos defeat Advertisement Mikel Arteta says Arsenal’s defending was ‘unacceptable’ in their loss to Olympiacos (Getty Images)Mikel Arteta has hit out at ‘unacceptable’ defending from Arsenal following their defeat to Olympiacos in the Europa League on Thursday evening.The second leg was forced to extra time but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s overhead kick in the 113th minute appeared to book the Gunners’ place in the last-16 of the Europa League.But Bernd Leno’s failure to clear the ball from a corner saw Olympiacos swing the ball back into Arsenal’s box and Youssef El-Arabi struck from close range to secure a last-gasp victory for the Greek side.‘Obviously he [Leno] could have kicked it out, but after that there is another situation to defend,’ said Arteta.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 28 Feb 2020 1:08 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link924Shares Bernd Leno and David Luiz made mistakes which led to Arsenal’s exit in the Europa League (Getty Images)‘And it’s not only the first phase, it’s the second phase of that corner we concede and the player steps in and just taps the ball in the six-yard box which is unacceptable and something we have to improve on.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We’ve done the most difficult thing to react after that and play against a team with 10 men behind the ball in 25 metres.‘Even at the end we had an incredible opportunity to win it.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘If we would have gone through, energy wise it would have given us a big lift again and bring everybody together.‘It’s a big disappointment and I’m right behind the boys, the way they played, the way they tried, the effort that they put in the game was enormous and we have to move forward together.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

Swiss commission to review contribution interest rate

first_img2018 ?  2009 2.00%  2017 1.00% 2004 2.25%  The president of the commission, Christie Egerszegi-Obrist, told IPE the working group would assess whether a different formula could better capture current market yields.There was broad support within the commission to set up a working group to analyse the purpose of the minimum interest rate and the role it plays in different types of pension providers, she said.Hanspeter Konrad, director of the Swiss occupational pensions trade body Asip, said it backed the commission’s decision.Trade union SGB/USS was positive about the commission’s move, calling it sensible and saying that it meant the commission could adapt the formula to the “reality” of Swiss pension funds’ investment behaviour. Trade unions have argued for such a review in the past. Peter Zanella, senior consultant and Pensionskassen specialist at Willis Towers Watson, took a different stance, questioning the value added by a commission in the first place. He said it would be difficult or even impossible to come up with a formula that would suit all Pensionskassen given the diversity of their structures.Rate-setting should be depoliticised, Zanella said, with Pensionskassen allowed to set the minimum interest rate on their own based on their risk capacity. 2008 2.75%  2014 1.75%  2016 1.25%  The formula behind Switzerland’s minimum interest rate on mandatory pension contributions is to be reviewed to see if an alternative might better reflect the current yield environment.The independent commission that advises the Swiss government on the interest rate (Mindestzins) said it was setting up a working group to analyse the formula. The working group’s findings, expected in the spring of 2018, would inform any changes to its approach to setting the rate.In the meantime, the commission recommended that the government should not review the rate this year, and keep it at 1%.IPE understands this is the first time that the commission’s methodology has been subject to a review, although discussions about the appropriateness of the formula have been going on for some time. 20033.25%  2005 2.50%  The minimum interest rate has been on a downwards trajectory for several years, although some Swiss pension funds pay a higher effective rate. In 2015, for example, when the legal minimum rate was 1.75%, the average effective rate was 1.91%, according to a survey from consultancy PPCmetrics.Several business trade bodies reportedly wanted to see it lowered to 0.5% this year, which would be a new record low. André Tapernoux, head of wealth at Mercer in Switzerland, said there would have been pressure for a higher rate, however, given decent investment performance this year and a rise in yields. He described the commission’s recommendation as a compromise and the search for a new formula as an attempt to depoliticise the matter.The recommendation is not binding, but the government has so far followed the commission’s suggestions.The current formula has been used for several years, and assigns a strong rating to historical government bond yields – although equities, real estate and other fixed income securities are taken into account.Source: Various Minimum interest rate  2012 1.50% last_img read more

Kiel Canal Widening Contract Awarded to DEME

first_imgBelgian dredging group DEME has been awarded a contract as part of a joint venture for the widening of the Kiel Canal in Germany.Works started in January 2020 and are expected to be completed in late 2023, according to DEME.The Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration, represented by the WSA Kiel-Holtenau, commissioned the joint venture with the construction work to expand 4 km of the eastern section of the Kiel Canal. The contract has a total value of approximately EUR 99 million (USD 109.3 million) in which DEME’s subsidiaries Nordsee Nassbagger- und Tiefbau and Dredging International will handle the marine dredging works.The eastern part of the Kiel Canal will be expanded from 44 m to a future minimum bottom width of 70 m, enabling larger ships to cross safely in this area.As explained, the widening contributes significantly to increasing the efficiency of the waterway, which is important for international shipping.Extensive landscaping measures will be carried out as part of the expansion of the canal cross-section. In total, around 2 million cbm of soil are to be moved, around 58,000 square meters of revetments are to be installed and over 1 million cbm of soil are to be dredged and dumped.Last year, DEME also won another major deepening contract in Germany. Under the EUR 238 million deal, Nordsee Nassbagger- und Tiefbau and Dredging International were contracted to widen and deepen the 116 km long fairway between Cuxhaven and Hamburg to a level of -14.5 meters. Following the completion of the initial widenings of the Elbe, mega-ships with a combined width of up to 98 meters can now pass each other in a widened section of the Elbe known as the ‘passing box’.last_img read more

Two day workshop on mental health currently underway in Dominica

first_img 29 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Mrs. Ruth Allport. Photo Credit: GIS NewsA two day workshop on mental health is currently underway in Dominica.The workshop, an initiative between the Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)-which commenced this morning, seeks to bring into perspective issues affecting the mentally ill in Dominica.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Dr. Ruth Allport said the Ministry of Health is pleased to be launching the training workshop since mental health has been a major policy priority for the Government for many years now.“The full development of mental health has been hindered by stigma and discrimination developed over the years because of inappropriate socialization. This negative attitude has prevented persons needing professional help from seeking the attention they so desperately need. Many are left stranded at their homes, in their schools and at their churches,” she said.Allport said the treatment gap for mental illnesses appear to be wider than that of other diseases.“Recent studies indicate that a high percentage of people who need mental health care do not receive it,” she said.The workshop ends tomorrow.Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img HealthLifestyleLocalNews Two day workshop on mental health currently underway in Dominica by: – July 5, 2011 Share Tweetlast_img read more

Capiz provincial board ‘fails to enact 2020 budget’

first_imgThis promptedMambusao mayor Leodegario Labao Jr., president of the League of Municipalities(LMP), to write a letter to the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, askingto review “thoroughly and extensively” the AIP before its approval. ROXAS City – TheCapiz Provincial Board has failed to approve the Annual Performance Budget ofthe province due to some infractions found on the Annual Investment Plan (AIP),according to Board Member Sonny Besa, chair of the Appropriations Committee. “The LMP-Capizchapter conducted consultation efforts with the concerned Local ChiefExecutives with the following findings: There is absence of deed of donationand/or deed of usufruct in some of the proposed projects locations; the localchief executives and planning development office of the local government unitswere not consulted regarding the proposed project for prioritization andrecommendation; and there are duplications and redundancy of the proposedprojects,” part of the letter said.      The SangguniangPanlalawigan on Jan. 7 passed a resolution requesting Capiz Governor EstebanContreras to amend some of the infractions that were found in the AIP.    ProvincialAdministrator Edwin Monares yesterday said Contreras was considering the planto convene the Provincial Development Council (PDC) but the agenda must belimited only to the projects in question. Municipal mayors,who are also members of the PDC, said they did not have time to review the AIPsince copies of the said document were only given to them the same day ameeting was called for its approval on Nov. 26, 2019. center_img “The AnnualPerformance Budget was submitted to us only on Dec. 3, 2019 when in fact itshould have been submitted to us on or before Oct. 15. The problem however, isnot with the Annual Performance Budget as we are done discussing it in theplenary, but on the AIP because there was a redundancy in some of theinfrastructure projects indicated in the AIP,” Besa told Panay News. “May mga barangay nga may existing project nanga daan for example covered court gym ngagin butangan pa gid sang the same ngaproject and for us that is double entry,” Besa said. The AIP containedover P20 billion worth of programs and projects by the current administrationboth from the internal and external sources based on estimated revenues andInternal Revenue Allocation of the province.    “Although we aretalking of two separate documents here but we cannot act on the passage of onewithout approving the other,” said Besa./PNlast_img read more

Ex-Eagles star begins coaching course at French club Montpellier

first_imgUtaka is highly regarded at Montpellier, after netting twice in a 2-1 win over Auxerre in their final game of the season to help the French side clinch their first Ligue 1 title during 2011-12 campaign.Utaka also plied his trade with La Paillade between 2011 and 2013, making a total of 68 appearances and scored 12 goals.According to French website,, the former Nigeria international is expected to commence his coaching courses in the coming weeks for his diplomas as an educator and coach.“Less than a month ago, several changes were made to the organisational structure of Montpellier Hérault, including the retirement of Robert Nouzaret , and the non-renewal of Laurent Robert’s contract. Today there are significant arrivals, which will be recorded,” the website wrote. Read Also: Messi facing a losing battle against Cristiano Ronaldo“Star striker of the club between 2011 and 2013, John Utaka (38) will join the training center in the coming weeks. The former Nigerian international will begin to pass his diplomas as an educator/coach.”“For his part, the former defender Henri Bedimo (35), who went through the Hérault club during the same period as John Utaka, before playing also in Lyon and Marseille, will continue to develop his Academy Foot in Douala, Cameroon in partnership with the MHSC and will also become an educator within the center.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ex-Super Eagles forward John Utaka is set to join his former French club Montpellier for his coaching badges.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreHere’s What Everyday Objects Look Like If Cut In HalfWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

Ballack recommends  Liverpool boss to coach  Germany

first_img “This connection would be perfect.” Ballack has been hugely impressed at the job Klopp has done during his time at Liverpool. “It is impressive how Jurgen established Liverpool at the top, then led them to the Champions League triumph and now to the championship title,” he added. read also:Klopp, Solskjaer made last-minute attempt to sign Osimhen “He breathed the new spirit into Reds, embodies the club, and is a brutal worker who gets the most out of his players. “He is an absolutely exceptional trainer. For me he is one of the three best coaches in the world.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Loading… center_img Former Germany captain, Michael Ballack, hopes Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp eventually takes the national team job. Ballack would love to see Klopp take up the post as Germany boss before he calls time on his career. “Why shouldn’t one of the best coaches in the world be a candidate for the national coaching post?” Ballack told Sportbuzzer. “The question is not whether he has the qualities for it, but whether Klopp would even like to become a national coach. “He is in a position where he can choose anything. “Should he ever have enough as a club coach, the position of national coach would be a great story for him and German football.Advertisementlast_img read more

Police Blotter 07-21-2020

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Slaven Bilic brands his West Ham side’s performance at Watford as unacceptable

first_imgSlaven Bilic berated his West Ham players for an “unacceptable” performance after the high flyers crashed back to earth with a bump in a 2-0 defeat at Watford. Bilic said: “It was a collective bad day. I told the players it was unacceptable and to make sure it was a one-off. “You are going to lose games in this league but we weren’t good today, apart from in the first 10 minutes. “We gave them the win. Watford were full of respect for us – but when they smelt that we weren’t penetrating enough, and that our movement and passes were slow and backwards, they smelt the opportunity to go at us. “We learned a lesson, and I see no reason why we won’t come back and play like we did before.” The Hammers, without the injured Diafra Sakho, handed a first start since January to fit-again Andy Carroll. But unfortunately for them, the big frontman was more involved in his own penalty area than the opposition’s – with some calamitous results. Carroll was West Ham’s hero from the bench against Chelsea last week, but he got himself in an almighty mess from Ben Watson’s free-kick, allowing Nathan Ake to drill in a cross which was turned in by Ighalo and defender Aaron Cresswell. If there was any doubt about who got the final touch on that one, there was none just after the break when Ighalo collected Ikechi Anya’s square ball and crashed an unstoppable drive into the top corner from 15 yards. The Hammers, who kicked off in third following last week’s win over Chelsea, had beaten Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City on the road this season. But they came a cropper against the Hornets and, in particular, in-form striker Odion Ighalo as their unbeaten away record came to a sorry end. West Ham’s misery was complete when, with four minutes to go, James Collins clattered into the back of Ighalo on the halfway line and was shown a straight red card. Quique Sanchez Flores branded his side’s display their most complete of the season so far. “The boys did really well,” said the Hornets boss. “Everyone knows how important Ighalo is but a lot of players have the opportunity to score, “We are defending well and keeping he ball with confidence and a lot of players have ability to score. “Was it our best performance? Yes, probably. I like it when we play football, and we defended well and played football with confidence. We are a tough team when we play like this.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Indian Premier League MS Dhoni and his multi-lingual interaction with daughter Ziva will warm your hearts

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings began their 2019 Indian Premier League campaign on a great note by defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first match at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chepauk. Royal Challengers Bangalore were bowled out for a miserable 70 with Parthiv Patel the only batsman to get to double figures. Imran Tahir and Harbhajan Singh were the stars with three wickets each. In response, Chennai Super Kings took close to 17 overs to get to the target as they won the match by seven wickets but the nature of the Chepauk wicket was criticised by both Dhoni and Virat Kohli. Chennai Super Kings are the three-time IPL champions and their next encounter will be against the Delhi Capitals at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Tuesday. Delhi Capitals are coming off a strong win against Mumbai Indians as they defeated them for the third straight time with a 37-run win at the Wankhede stadium. Under the captaincy of Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings have always qualified for the play-offs and they will be determined to continue the streak in the 2019 edition of the tournament.  New Delhi: MS Dhoni is not only a cricketing legend but he is also a social media star. The former India captain and current captain of the Chennai Super Kings franchise in the 2019 Indian Premier League, is not that active on social media but when he posts something on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, it goes viral. Recently, on his Instagram handle (@mahi7781), Dhoni uploaded a photo with his daughter Ziva where he is interacting with her in six different languages. In the video, Dhoni is seen asking ‘How are you?’ to Ziva in Tamil, Bengali, Gujarati, Bhojpuri, Punjabi and Urdu. In all the languages, Ziva responds brilliantly and especially in the last bit in Urdu, Dhoni is super impressed and he claps his hands in appreciation. The video has garnered a total of 3.8 million views and has received 35000 comments. Dhoni once again has proven that he is a star off the field and his multi-lingual skills is an added benefit to his vast and legendary repertoire in the cricket field.  Chennai Super Kings won their opening game by seven wickets.Chennai Super Kings are the three-time IPL champions.Chennai Super Kings have qualified for the knock-outs everytime under MS Dhoni’s captaincy. highlightslast_img read more

The Latest: 3 more Diamond League meets disrupted by virus

first_img Associated Press April 23, 2020 The Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on June 7 and the meet in Paris on June 13 have both postponed with no new dates set. The Bislett Games in Oslo on June 11 will be rebranded as the Impossible Games and turned into an exhibition event.The first nine scheduled events of the 15-meet season have all now either been postponed, rescheduled or downgraded. The Anniversary Games in London on July 4 are now the earliest scheduled competition of the season.There is a larger window to reschedule meets in the second half of the year because the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to 2021.Organizers said the meet in Oslo would still offer prize money from a $50,000 contribution by World Athletics. It will feature 400-meter hurdles world champion Karsten Warholm attempting a world record in the rarely raced 300 hurdles.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Three more Diamond League meetings will not go ahead as scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic. French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu says the resumption of sporting events in the country is not among the government’s priorities.France is locked down until May 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic and speculation has increased recently as to whether the country’s soccer league could resume in late June.Maracineanu says “what’s certain is that sports won’t take priority in our society.”The Tour de France cycling race has been rescheduled to start Aug. 29 and end Sept. 20. The final day coincides with the same day the rescheduled French Open tennis tournament is to begin.Maracineanu was speaking in an interview with Eurosport television on Wednesday night. She says leagues could potentially start in September or have their remaining games canceled altogether. There are 10 league games left to play in France’s top two soccer leagues. Rugby’s Top 14 league has reached the semifinal stage. The Latest: 3 more Diamond League meets disrupted by virus The switch was made after UEFA and the IOC decided last month on one-year postponements for Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics. Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden will play in the women’s soccer tournament at the Olympics.Wembley Stadium in London will stage both the men’s and women’s European finals.UEFA says the rescheduled women’s tournament will retain the same 10 stadiums. It opens with England playing at Old Trafford in Manchester.___A decree issued by the Hungarian government allows most professional sports clubs and soccer teams to cut the salaries of players and other personnel like managers and trainers by up to 70%. Public gatherings are banned in France until at least mid-July but Maracineanu says they could be extended until “at least September.”Maracineanu is a former Olympic swimmer. She says “it wouldn’t be the end of the world” if the Tour de France has to be canceled.___UEFA has postponed next year’s women’s European Championship soccer tournament to July 2022.The UEFA executive committee decided the new dates for the 16-nation tournament in England will be July 6-31. The decree signed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban says the wage cuts can be implemented for as long as the state of emergency declared because of the coronavirus pandemic remains in effect.Hungarian lawmakers approved a state of emergency on March 30 without an end-date. That gave the government the right to rule by decree on issues related to the pandemic for as long as it considers it necessary.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

USC unable to win in rematch with Waves

first_imgOn a chilly, windy Saturday, the USC women’s sand volleyball team participated in the first day of USA Volleyball Beach Collegiate Challenge, held in Hermosa Beach, Calif. The team posted a 2-2 dual match record for the first day.USC first defeated Hawai’i 4-1, then later swept Loyola Marymount 5-0. They lost matches, however, to Pepperdine and Long Beach State by 3-2.In the afternoon’s pairs tournament, USC’s No. 3 pairs team of junior Katie Fuller and sophomore Natalie Hagglund and freshman No. 5 Kati Duddridge and graduate student Megan Thornberry both ended with 3-1 records, while the No. 4 team of senior Kendall Bateman and freshman Eve Ettinger were 2-2.As for USC’s No. 1 team, graduate student Geena Urango and sophomore Sara Shaw ended the day with a 1-3 record, with two of their losses coming in three sets.In standout volleyball play, however, USC’s No. 2 pairs team of sophomore Kirby Burnham and graduate student Kelly Irvin won all four of their matches, defeating Hawai’i, Loyola Marymout, Pepperdine and Long Beach State’s pairs teams.Burnham and Irvin were one of four pairs that won all four of their matches. Long Beach State’s Cailtin Ledoux and Tara Roenicke and Pepperdine’s pairs teams of Kelley Larsen and Stevi Robinson and Victoria Adelhelm and Kellie Woolever were the other teams to play through the pairs tournament undefeated.Pepperdine did not lose a single match and ended the day at 4-0 and Long Beach State went 3-1. Hawai’i went 1-3 while Loyola Marymount did not see a single win and lost all four of its matches.The team will now focus on reaching the American Volleyball Coaches Association Collegiate Sand Volleyball Championships, to be held in Gulf Shores, Ala., the last weekend of April.last_img read more

Ruthless Chelsea Equal Their Best UCL Record, Hammer Qarabag 6-0

first_imgUEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUEDavide Zappacosta scored a spectacular goal and Michy Batshuayi scored twice as Chelsea thrashed Champions League debutants Qarabag 6-0 on their return to European competition tuesday.The Blues – who did not qualify last season – rested several first-team players for the visit of the Azerbaijani champions, but still won with ease. Pedro opened the scoring with a 20-yard curler from Willian’s lay-off.Italy right-back Zappacosta, on his first Blues start, ran 50 yards down the right wing, before sending over a cross that flew past Ibrahim Sehic.Cesar Azpilicueta headed home a third after the break from Cesc Fabregas’ cross.Willian hit the crossbar, and substitute Tiemoue Bakayoko scored his first Blues goal with a deflected shot from close range.Batshuayi then scored twice in the final 15 minutes – firing in from outside the box after being picked out in space by Bakayoko and then scrambling home Zappacosta’s cross.The win, Chelsea’s joint biggest in the Champions League, was always likely to be the easiest game in the group, with Roma and Atletico Madrid the other two teams in Group C. Those sides drew 0-0 in Rome’s Olympic Stadium.RESULTSCeltic 0-5 PSGBenfica 1-2 CSKA MoscowMan Utd 3-0 BaselOlympiakos 2- 3Sporting CPBayern 3-0 AnderlechtRoma 0-0 AtleticoChelsea 6-0 QarabagBarcelona 3-0 JuventusTODAYMaribor v Spartak MoscowTottenham v DortmundRB Leipzig v MonacoFeyenoord v Man CityShakhtar v NapoliLiverpool v SevillaPorto v BesiktasR’ Madrid v APOELShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Dortmund, Milan, Arsenal among final six through

first_imgLast term’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund left it late to join Galatasaray AÅž, FC Schalke 04, Arsenal FC, FC Zenit and AC Milan in filling the last six round of 16 spots on Wednesday.Borussia Dortmund, Galatasaray AÅž, FC Schalke 04, Arsenal FC, FC Zenit and AC Milan filled the final six UEFA Champions League round of 16 berths on Wednesday.Final group stage standingsGroup winnersManchester United FC, Real Madrid CF, Paris Saint-Germain, FC Bayern München, Chelsea FC, Borussia Dortmund, Club Atlético de Madrid, FC BarcelonaGroup runners-upBayer 04 Leverkusen, Galatasaray AÅž, Olympiacos FC, Manchester City FC, FC Schalke 04, Arsenal FC, FC Zenit, AC MilanTo the Europa LeagueFC Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus, SL Benfica, FC Viktoria Plzeň, FC Basel 1893, SSC Napoli, FC Porto, AFC Ajax Wednesday round-upLast season’s runners-up Dortmund were three minutes from falling at the first hurdle this time around. However, Kevin Grosskreutz’s goal earned them a 2-1 win at Olympique de Marseille and first place in Group F. They claim that honour on a three-way head-to-head thanks to Arsenal’s 2-0 loss at Napoli, who become the first side to be eliminated with 12 points.Galatasaray were equally dramatic qualifiers courtesy of a victory in their rearranged fixture against Juventus. Roberto Mancini’s men required all three points to pip the Bianconeri to second spot in Group B and secured a famous home win through Wesley Sneijder’s goal five mintues from time.In Group E, Schalke leapfrogged Basel into the runners-up spot with a 2-0 triumph over the Swiss side. Murat Yakin’s team must settle for entry to the UEFA Europa League, a trophy currently held by Chelsea, who ended top of their section.Zenit, meanwhile, become the first club in UEFA Champions League history to reach the knockout phase with only six points. The Russian outfit suffered a 4-1 defeat at FK Austria Wien – their first success of the campaign – but progress regardless following Porto’s 2-0 loss at table-topping Atlético.Another Spanish Liga side, Barcelona, wrapped up pole position in Group H in style. Neymar scored a hat-trick for the Azulgrana in a 6-1 thrashing of Celtic FC, the Scottish title holders’ heaviest ever defeat in European competition. Milan finish second after holding Ajax to a goalless draw at San Siro. Match reportsGroup BGalatasaray AÅž 1-0 Juventus*Group EFC Schalke 04 2-0 FC Basel 1893Chelsea FC 1-0 FC Steaua BucureÅŸtiGroup FOlympique de Marseille 1-2 Borussia DortmundSSC Napoli 2-0 Arsenal FCGroup GFK Austria Wien 4-1 FC ZenitClub Atlético de Madrid 2-0 FC PortoGroup HAC Milan 0-0 AFC AjaxFC Barcelona 6-1 Celtic FC *Rearranged from TuesdayThe last-16 draw will take place in Nyon from 12.00CET on Monday. Group runners-up will be at home in their round of 16 first legs on 18/19 and 25/26 February. The eight section winners, meanwhile, will play home return legs on 11/12 and 18/19 March. No team can play a club from their group or any side from the same association.last_img read more

FCPB expresses delight at league commencement

first_imgHeadline sponsor of the Ghana Premier League First Capital Plus Bank has expressed delight at the commencement of the league.The league will start on Sunday January 18, 2015 after a three (3) month-long delay following a legal tussle involving the Ghana Football Association and Kumasi-based King Faisal Babes Football Club.At the official launch of the new season at the Ghana Football Association’s head office in Accra on Wednesday, Nana Yaw Kesse, Head of Marketing and Cooperate Affairs at First Capital Plus bank said they are excited that the league will be kicking off this weekend.“As a bank we are excited that after the long delay the league is set to kick-off. First Capital Plus Bank would like to ask for the support of the media especially, to help promote the league.“We believe it is by virtue of the media hype that the league will retain the required the status and the positive reportage that will help see more energy and excitement for the league,” he added.  Ahead of the start of the League, Premier League Board Chairman, Mr. Welbeck Abra-Appiah has announced key innovations that will be introduced in the new season. These innovations include the introduction of a Competition Management System which will help in gathering data of goals scored, cautions, assists and other statistics.last_img read more