CAF Champions League: Wasteful Enyimba held by 10-man Al-Hilal in Aba

first_imgRelatedPosts Plateau United target 2021 CAF champions league berth Plateau United dedicates continental ticket to fans Breaking: NFF adopts PPG, sets new date for league kick off Enyimba International Football Club of Aba were held to a disappointing goalless draw by 10-man Al-Hilal FC of Sudan in Sunday’s CAF Champions League Second Preliminary Round first leg clash in Aba. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Peoples Elephant were dominant all through the duration of the match, but lacked the cutting edge on the final third. Enyimba fired an early warning to Al-Hilal FC when Nelson Ogbonnaya planted his headed effort from Stanley Okorom’s free kick into the side netting just five minutes after the start. The visitors heeded the warning and applied caution in their defensive approach, absorbing all that the hosts threw at them at the end of a one-sided first half. Enyimba again came close to breaking the deadlock two minutes later when Okorom hit the side netting from a free kick almost on the same spot as the first. Ghana import, Daniel Darkwa, drifted up field and just when he was about getting a clear sight on goal, he was tripped by Abuaagla Named. Enyimba’s centre-back, Ifeanyi Anaemena, added his name to the list of those who missed scoring opportunities when he swept his glorious chance waywardly over the crossbar in the 12th minute. This was after Onuwa Emeruwa’s sleek touch off Dimgba’s cross from the right. On the quarter hour mark, Stanley Okorom stung the gloves of goalkeeper Salim Macoola with a rising strike from distance, but the shot stopper did well to push the ball away for a corner. Five minutes later, Al-Hilal were reduced to 10 men with Nazar Nassr was shown a straight red card for violent conduct when the defender stepped on Enyimba’s defender, Daniel Darkwa. With the numerical advantage, Enyimba patiently worked and waited for the breakthrough as they encamped in their opponent’s territory and continued to pile countless pressure on Al-Hilal’s defence. Obi Damson had his effort parried by the goalkeeper in the 42nd minute and the ball came back gloriously for him. Unfortunately, his second bite at the cherry went wide off target. For the first time in the game, the visitors sneaked behind Enyimba’s back line with Barnet Named getting to the byline, but his left foot effort was easily caught by goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai. Perhaps, the best chance of the half fell on Dimgba who found his way into the crowded Al-Hilal box. He twisted and turned all the defenders who virtually got fixed on a spot but his shot towards the far post went wide to the consternation of the packed stands that included Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State. Both sides went into the break on equal terms. The restart followed same pattern as the first with Enyimba in absolute control of the game but were unable to break down the visitor’s resolute defence. Al-Hilal found an opportunity for a counter attack with Mohammed Darac firing a left foot drive that went marginally wide, with Afelokhai fully stretched in the 51st minute. In a frantic move to shore up his attack, Coach Usman Abdallah substituted Obi Samson for Bashir Abdulrahman and Martins Usule for Onuwa Emeruwa. The move almost paid off as Abdulrahman came close to finding the back of the net with a fierce strike from close range, but the goalkeeper reacted brilliantly, pushing the ball for a corner. With seven minutes remaining on the clock, Stanley Dimgba fired a ferocious shot from the edge of the box but Macoola went down early enough to gather. Al-Hilal displayed tremendous composure, organisation and confidence as they repelled every Enyimba offensive till the final whistle. The Peoples Elephant will travel to Sudan for the return leg on September 29.Tags: Al-Hilal FCCAF Champions LeagueDaniel DarkwaEnyimba International FClast_img read more

Dodgers coping with new coronavirus restrictions

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “It’s an adjustment, for sure,” Kershaw said of the changes. “But I think it’s something that we understand the responsibility of. The guys that are here, we want to get this going and we want to do this. So we’re going to do what we can, take that responsibility.”IN CAMPRelievers Pedro Baez and Scott Alexander reported to camp and joined Monday’s workout, according to manager Dave Roberts, and outfielder A.J. Pollock was in camp Tuesday. That leaves catching prospect Keibert Ruiz as the only member of the 40-man roster not in camp.BUEHLER BEHINDWalker Buehler is the only one of the Dodgers’ starting pitchers – or candidates for the rotation – who has yet to pitch in one of the intrasquad games. Kershaw, Stripling and Alex Wood have each gone multiple innings. Julio Urias is scheduled to go three or four innings Wednesday and Dustin May has also thrown in the intrasquad games.Roberts said Buehler threw to hitters in a live batting practice setting Sunday and will do that or a simulated game once more before pitching in an intrasquad or exhibition game.“Clayton, Ross, certain other guys – Woody – threw throughout quarantine,” Roberts said. “I think with Walker he took some time off with the uncertainty. Obviously that was his decision and Mark (Prior, Dodgers pitching coach) was in tune with it.Related Articles “It’ll be a tough habit to break especially when you’re in the heat of the moment. I’m staring down the Diamondbacks lineup and that’s what I’m focusing on. Spitting might just be part of what I do, almost like part of my pre-pitch routine, almost like a muscle memory. … It will take some getting used to, but I think it’s in our heads. When Clayton did that the other day, that shows how front and center it is in our minds.”During intrasquad games, muscle memory has kicked in for catchers and first basemen whose first instinct after recording an out is to throw the ball around the infield. That is also frowned upon now as are high-fives.“I can’t even explain it, it’s just so weird,” said Edwin Rios, who played first and third base in limited time last season during his time being called up to the big leagues. “I mean sometimes we’ll throw it around and it’s like, ‘Oh crap, you can’t just throw the ball off to the side. Go for a high-five and then it’s like, you forget and the guy you’re going to high-five doesn’t.“It’s definitely weird. It’s going to be a little adjustment period, but, I mean, we’re we’re getting used to it. It’s just gonna be a learning curve and go from there.”Players now carry around their own individual cooler for water or energy drinks. Pitchers each have their own resin bag and bucket of baseballs for throwing in the bullpen. Lockers have been socially distanced in the clubhouse – all in the name of trying to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in an environment not ideally suited to it. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire LOS ANGELES — When baseball is being played, spit happens.“It’s almost second nature. Spitting for a baseball player is like blinking,” Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said. “It’s gonna be a tough habit to break. … It’s not even just spitting on the ground. A lot of us have routines and habits.”Turner used as an example former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz’s trademark ritual at the plate – spitting into his batting gloves, slapping them together and stepping in. That routine could now get Ortiz disciplined (though the specifics on that are unclear). Spitting is among the prohibited behaviors in 2020 as MLB tries to play games as safely as possible during a pandemic.“I think they’re easy to accept, right. I think we understand that the coronavirus is a real thing,” Dodgers right-hander Ross Stripling said. “We have to take precautions and if spitting is part of it, that should be an easy one to accept  I threw a live BP next to Clayton (Kershaw) last week and he basically got on the rubber and before his first pitch, he spit and instantly he was like, ‘Oh, we can’t do that anymore.’ So it’s in our heads. “The build up period for Walker is just going to take a little bit longer.”Roberts still expects Buehler to be in the starting rotation when the season starts next week but “a longer guy” will be paired with him until Buehler can go deeper into games.ALSOMajor-league umpires began working the Dodgers’ intrasquad games Tuesday night and will be with the team for the rest of the preseason schedule. Bench coach Bob Geren had served as umpire during the first week of intrasquad action. … Max Muncy had a single and a double in two at-bats during the same inning of Tuesday’s intrasquad game. Muncy had been sidelined by an injured ring finger on his left hand. Roberts said he expects Muncy to be ready for next week’s season opener.center_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more

Joachim Löw speaks about Edin Džeko

first_imgCoach of Germany Joachim Löw watched match between Roma and Real Madrid (0: 2) from the stands of Olimpico.After the match, he spoke to Roma TV and one of the questions to coach of the current world champion was related to Edin Dzeko, about whom Löw has a very good opinion.“I know him very well from the time when he was playing in the Bundesliga. Edin has great technique, has the instinct for scoring goals and I think that he can be very useful for Roma,” said Löw.These Löw’s words are certainly another proof that the saying “the form is temporary but class is forever,” is true.(Source: E. B./ read more