Suarez double sends Barcelona past Real, into Copa del Rey final

first_imgSuarez would have had a hat-trick had Raphael Varane not beaten him on the line to Ousmane Dembele’s cross, Varane’s own-goal coming between the Uruguayan’s smart finish and a mischeivously chipped penalty.By then, Barca were coasting and after thrashing Madrid 5-1 at the Camp Nou in October, they will return for Saturday’s La Liga game boasting an accumulative score of 9-2 from the clubs’ three meetings this season.But this was not the humiliation of four months ago and if the result can be put to one side, Santiago Solari might take heart from the handful of golden opportunities his team wasted before their opponents began their spree.Vinicius Junior was most guilty, the 18-year-old showing his both his talent and youth in equal measure. Gareth Bale, left on the bench again, might have wondered what he would have done with some of the chances that went begging.There was a scattering of whistles for Bale when he came on with just over 20 minutes left but there was little he could do about Barcelona quickly extending their lead from one goal to three.For Ernesto Valverde’s side, an historic fifth consecutive Copa del Rey triumph is now within reach, with either Valencia or Real Betis awaiting them in the final on May 25.After beating Sevilla 4-2 on Sunday, the Catalans appear to have rediscovered their groove.The first half was a scrap, full of heavy touches and lunging challenges with a handful of chances to counter-attack squandered by loose passes.Ivan Rakitic plunged into Casemiro and Toni Kroos charged into Lionel Messi. Vinicius offered the best moments down the left, terrorising Barca’s backline but failing to find a finishing touch.He wanted a penalty for a clumsy challenge by Nelson Semedo but the contact was probably not enough, and then three chances were passed up.First, he fired over after his opponents backed off and then was sent clear through a gap vacated by Gerard Pique, who had lost the ball upfield.A heavy touch took Vincius wide and while he squared for Karim Benzema, Marc-Andre ter Stegen made the block with his foot. Soon after, he shot high again from six yards, before beckoning the groaning crowd by swinging his arms.Barca should have capitalised on a wayward Sergio Reguilon backpass but otherwise they, and Lionel Messi, were a little flat, lacking either the precision or spark to create a clear chance.Then, with their first one they scored. Dembele made it, drifting Dani Carvajal one way before darting the other and pulling the ball back for Suarez to squeeze inside the near post.Madrid came again. Reguilon’s header drew another excellent save from Ter Stegen and Vinicius left three Barca defenders sprawled on the floor but could not complete a mesmeric run with a finish.Bale came on but it was Barcelona that scored, twice in four minutes. Dembele again skipped in behind and passed to Suarez at the backpost, although it was Varane that got the final touch.Then Casemiro planted a clumsy foot on Suarez’s ankle and the referee pointed to the spot. Messi deferred to Suarez, perhaps thinking he was on a hat-trick, and the Uruguayan coolly chipped the penalty into the corner.There was still time for Bale to break free but he curled his shot well wide. It was last of too many chances spurned.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Man of the moment: Barcelona forward Luis Suarez celebrates with Ousmane Dembele© AFP JAVIER SORIANOMADRID, Spain, Feb 27 – Luis Suarez scored twice on Wednesday as Barcelona inflicted another defeat on Real Madrid to move within touching distance of winning a record fifth consecutive Copa del Rey.Madrid were the better side for at least half of a wild Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu but three goals conceded in 28 chaotic, second-half minutes sent Barca through to the final with a 3-0 victory, 4-1 on aggregate.last_img read more

Tax relief, funding for small business

first_img23 February 2012Delivering his National Budget speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced both some tax relief for small business and a new financing agency to improve funding for the sector.The tax-free threshold for small business corporations will be increased to R63 556, while the 10% rate is reduced to 7% – the threshold up to which this rate is applied is increased to R350 000.For taxable income above R350 000, the usual 28% corporate tax rate will still apply.The payment of tax has also been simplified for micro enterprises. From next month, qualifying micro-businesses – those that fall within the R1-million turnover limit – will be able to pay turnover tax, VAT and employees’ tax twice a year.“This means that the number of returns and payments a year will be reduced from 18 to just two,” said Gordhan.Although Capital Gains Tax (CGT) for companies was increased from 50% to 66.6% and for individuals from 25% to 33.3%, the exclusion threshold for the disposal of a small business when a person is over the age of 55 has been increased from R900 000 to R1.8-million, and the maximum market value of assets allowed for a small business disposal for business owners over 55 has been lifted from R5-million to R10-million.Gordhan also said that the consolidation of small business financing into a new subsidiary under the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) would benefit small firms.President Jacob Zuma told Parliament earlier this month that the agency was expected to launch in April.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

F1 practice in Azerbaijan disrupted by loose drain cover

first_imgMOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Championship leader Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas hadn’t left the pits before the session was cancelled.Crews of marshals worked on clearing up the debris and reattaching the drain cover, which was supposed to have been welded down, and laid cement dust to soak up the fluid from the truck. They also had to check other drain covers around the street circuit were secure.The incident could put further strain on Williams’ tight budget. The team was already struggling with a shortage of spare parts.It’s not the first time drains have caused problems, and Williams has been a regular victim.Then-Williams driver Rubens Barrichello crashed at the Monaco GP in 2010 after a cover was dislodged, and Valtteri Bottas damaged his Williams in 2016 in the pitlane in Baku.ADVERTISEMENT PH military destroys thousands of illegal guns, ammo PLAY LIST 01:00PH military destroys thousands of illegal guns, ammo00:50Trending Articles02:25Villar on rant vs DA budget: It’s not against research02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Air Force XI, Green Archers back in action LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Williams driver George Russell of Britain steers his car during the first free practice at the Baku Formula One city circuit, in Baku, Azerbaijan, Friday, April 26, 2019. The Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)BAKU, Azerbaijan — A loose drain cover disrupted the Azerbaijan Grand Prix’s first practice session, which had to be abandoned after only two cars set a time on Friday.Just over 10 minutes into the 90-minute session, George Russell was traveling at high speed when his Williams car hit the loose drain cover. The impact scattered fragments of the car’s floor across the track and forced Russell to stop.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Things got worse for Russell’s car when it was being taken back to the pits. The truck carrying it hit a bridge and fluid from its damaged crane flowed onto Russell’s engine cover.Williams’ deputy team principal, Claire Williams, said Russell would miss the second session because of a cracked chassis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I don’t necessarily believe it’s probably anybody’s fault, but still it’s pretty disappointing for us. It just seems like it’s one thing after another for our team at the moment,” she said.Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc set the fastest time of the brief session in 1 minute, 47.497 seconds. View commentslast_img read more