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_imgGrand Kru County Senator, Ablert Tugbeh Chie, has lauded citizens hailing from the county for electing him as senator in the just ended 2014 Special Senatorial Election.According to him, he will be ungrateful if he doesn’t thank the people of his county and other friends who supported him during the election process.Addressing hundreds of Grand Kru residents over the weekend in Monrovia, especially those from Forpoh District that are residing in Doe Community on the Bushrod Island, Senator Chie said the people of Forpoh have made wise decision by voting him in House of Senate.He said: “I have come to commend all of you for the significant roles you played in my life as well as our beloved county, and therefore, I can assure you all that this county will be developed through our collective efforts.”Senator Chie reminded his compatriots that with unity and coordination, they will promote development agenda and seek the interest of others at all times.“Let me make it clear to you that some projects which I have started in the county, I will make sure to complete them, because I want my people to trust me,” he promised.In a remark, the Chairman of Forpoh Community in Monrovia, Jeremiah Nimely, applauded Senator Chie for having the people of Forpoh at heart.Mr.Nimely disclosed that the citizens from Forpoh will wholeheartedly work with Senator Chie.The Forpoh Chairman then appealed to Sen. Chie to lobby with GSM companies operating in the country to carry communication networks to the district and the Dorbor District to enable them gets access to phone call.Senator Chie toured four communities in Monrovia and its environs thanking the people of Grand Kru and gave each community L$40,000 as a token of appreciation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more