first_imgTURIN, Italy (AP):Paulo Dybala outshone his more famous compatriot Lionel Messi by scoring two goals to help Juventus beat Barcelona 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final yesterday.The result will give Juventus plenty of confidence heading into the second leg on April 19, but they will be wary of another fantastic comeback from Barcelona, who beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in their last match to become the first team to overturn a 4-0 first-leg loss in the history of the competition.The other first-leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Monaco was called off and rescheduled for today after three explosions went off near the German team’s bus as it set off for the match, injuring defender Marc Bartra.INSTANT RECOVERYIn Turin, Juventus were aggressive from the start and almost scored in the third minute when Gonzalo Higuain’s header from a free kick taken by Miralem Pjanic was dropped by Marc-Andre ter Stegen, but the Barcelona goalkeeper recovered in time.However, the hosts did take the lead four minutes later when Juan Cuadrado pulled a cross back from the right flank for Dybala to curl the ball into the bottom left corner.Messi was largely kept quiet all night, but he provided a superb ball over the top for Andres Iniesta, whose effort was turned around the right post by Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.That save proved pivotal as Juventus doubled their lead moments later when Mario Mandzukic’s cross was deflected to Dybala, who drove a first-time shot into the left of the goal in the 22nd minute.Barcelona thought they had pulled a goal back on the half hour, but Messi’s strike was ruled out as Luis Suarez had strayed offside.Juventus had several chances to extend their lead and finally did so in the 55th minute when Giorgio Chiellini headed in a corner off the inside of the left post.Suarez almost got a crucial away goal for Barcelona in the 67th but his effort hit the outside of the left post.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Nwankwo Kanu says he has suffered the “saddest day” of his life after his career medals vanished from a Lagos property at the centre of a long-running legal battle © AFP/File / THOMAS COEXABUJA, Nigeria, Jan 15 – Nwankwo Kanu said on Tuesday that he had suffered the “saddest day” of his life after finding out every medal won by the former Arsenal and Nigeria star had vanished from a Lagos property of his.Speaking to online outlet The Cable, Kanu lamented the “rude shock” of learning that a host of cherished keepsakes earned over his football career had disappeared from a Lagos property that is at the centre of a long-running legal dispute. “This is the saddest day of my life as I cannot understand why this happened to me,” he said, The Cable reported Kanu as saying.“All the medals I have earned, in addition to the Olympic torch that I cherished, are all gone and I don’t even know who to ask for all these prized assets.”Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick confirmed the disappearance of the medals and trophies, saying Nwankwo was “in intense pain” at their loss.“Kanu worked very hard from a humble beginning to accumulate whatever he has today and to earn those precious valuables,” he said in a statement.“We respectfully call on the Nigeria police and other security agencies to work hard at unravelling the perpetrators of this nefarious act.”There was no immediate response from the police in Lagos when contacted by AFP.The disappearance was reportedly linked to a court case about a financial dispute involving a hotel owned by Kanu in the upmarket Victoria Island area of Lagos.Nigerian media reported that the trophies and medals disappeared after the 42-year-old discovered illegal renovation work had been carried out at the property.Kanu was twice CAF African Footballer of the Year and won major trophies with Arsenal, Ajax and Portsmouth.Since retiring from football, he has run the Kanu Heart Foundation, to help young African children with heart defects.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgFinn HarpsFINN HARPS fans have blasted what they have called a small number of Derry City ‘supporters’ over vandalism at Finn Park during Friday’s 2-1 win for the Donegal side.The ’54 Crew’ group of Harps fans issued a statement in which they said they believed those responsible were not ‘real’ City fans.“A number of flags as part of our display on the river end (a restricted area), were torn, stolen and pissed on by a group of thugs we wouldn’t even class as Derry City FC supporters,” they said. They said the flag ‘Super Harps’ was “stolen by a group of scumbags who smartly posted apicture of themselves online holding it”.The statement went on: “The flag ‘FHFC The Religion’ which has toured around different LOI grounds for 11 years, in the care of ourselves for the last year has thankfully been located, and the yellow crowd cover with the jersey on the front has sadly been destroyed by people tramping it into the ground when leaving as well as a number of thugs who tore it purposely.“A number of other flags have also gone missing or have been destroyed by these same people, an estimated €1,000 euro of damage has been caused, potentially much more if some flags cannot be repaired, who have also caused both their own club and Finn Harps to suffer potential big money fines from the FAI for their actions during thegame by throwing dangerous pyro onto the field during play.“We would like to publicly condemn the actions of these so-called Derry supporters, and appeal for anyone with any information as to the whereabouts of the missing flags, or any information to the identities of those responsible for these despicable actions, so we can rightly bring a small bit of justice to this situation. “The League of Ireland family, right throughout all 20 league clubs, is a close-knit community who help each other out at times of need. We know these people are not honest Derry City supporters, and nothing more than low-life scum who have nothing better to do than cause problems wherever they go.“We as a group pride ourselves on our good behaviour, good reputation and good relationships with each club across the country and are devastated to have to count the costs of damage after a night that saw nearly 5,000 people witness the joy ofLeague of Ireland football in action.”  HARPS FANS HIT OUT AT ‘THUG’ DERRY CITY SUPPORTERS OVER ATTACKS AT FINN PARK was last modified: March 8th, 2016 by John2Share 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:derry cityfinn harpsFinn ParkFLAGSlast_img read more