Former Arsenal captain Frank McLintock claims the Gunners have been disappointing all season – and says the performance against Anderlecht was no surprise.The north London side required two late goals to clinch a 2-1 victory at the Belgian side in their Champions League clash.And McLintock insists Arsene Wenger’s side must improve if they’re to make any impact this season.“It was a very poor performance [against Anderlecht],” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “I’ve been a bit disappointed with Arsenal this year. The balance of the team isn’t quite right.“They’ve got a lot of good players there. They played Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla on the wings [against Anderlecht] but both of them seem to want to play in central midfield all the time.“I’m quite looking forward to [Theo] Walcott coming back.”
0Shares0000Marco Reus was sent off as Dortmund suffered a critical blow to their title race hopes with a derby defeat on Saturday © AFP / INA FASSBENDERBerlin, Germany, Apr 27 – Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre said he had given up hope of winning the Bundesliga title after a red card for Marco Reus and a Daniel Caligiuri double saw Dortmund lose 4-2 to Schalke in the Ruhr derby.Reus was the first of two Dortmund players sent off in five second-half minutes as Schalke came from behind to hand Bayern Munich a golden opportunity to win their seventh straight league title. League leaders Bayern can now pull four points clear at the top with three games to go with a win at relegation-threatened Nuremberg on Sunday.Asked on Sky Germany whether the title race was over, Dortmund coach Favre said: “yes, of course”. Dortmund took the lead in style on 14 minutes, Jadon Sancho setting up Mario Goetze with a splendid chip over Schalke’s back line. However Schalke drew level just two minutes later, Daniel Caligiuri converting a contested penalty after a handball decision against Julian Weigl.Favre railed against the decision, saying that new regulations on handball were “the biggest scandal in football”. “Football is making itself a laughing stock,” said the usually reserved Swiss. “What do they want players to do, cut their arms off?”“The people who invented these rules, I don’t know how they look at themselves in the mirror.”Two minutes later the visitors sent the Signal-Iduna-Park into shock as Salif Sane rose at a corner to put Schalke ahead. Double disaster struck for Dortmund on the hour mark when captain Marco Reus was sent off for a studs-up challenge on Suat Serdar and Caligiuri curled the resulting free-kick into the top corner.Marius Wolf then became the second Dortmund player sent off, once again for a reckless challenge on Serdar. Axel Witsel pulled one back for Dortmund with five minutes remaining, but their hopes were crushed a moment later when Breel Embolo fired in Schalke’s fourth.– Fresh hope for Stuttgart –Emil Forsberg’s penalty secured Champions League qualification for Leipzig in a 2-1 win over Freiburg © AFP / Ronny HartmannElsewhere, RB Leipzig secured Champions League qualification with a 2-1 win over Freiburg, while fourth-place Eintracht Frankfurt were held to a 0-0 draw by Hertha Berlin. Freiburg’s Vicenzo Grifo became the first opposing player to score in Leipzig since February, cheekily converting a free-kick before goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi was ready.Yet goals from Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg gave Leipzig a sixth straight win.Werder Bremen’s hopes of qualifying for Europe suffered a blow as they lost 4-1 at Fortuna Duesseldorf.They are five points off the Europa league places after a defeat in which Benito Raman put the hosts ahead after just 55 seconds, and Kenan Karaman doubled the lead on 23 minutes.A Max Kruse penalty restored hope for Werder, but second half goals from Rouwen Hennings and Markus Suttner sealed the home win.At the other end of the table, Henrik Weydandt fired bottom club Hanover to a 1-0 win over Mainz.Hanover’s still have little hope of survival, though, after fellow strugglers Stuttgart beat top-four hopefuls Borussia Moenchengladbach in Saturday’s late game. Anastasios Donis’s second half goal fired Stuttgart to their first victory in seven games in their first match under interim coach Nico Willig. The three-time champions now sit six points clear of automatic relegation and six points adrift of safety in the relegation play-off place. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Brand South Africa is a proud partner of the ‘I Am an Entrepreneur’ workshop series. The decision to partner with MyStartUp and IgniteSA, through their founders Andile Khumalo and Lynette Ntuli, was a fairly easy one to arrive at. With a growing awareness of the role women play in the country’s economy, it is understood that there is still a lot to be done in order to fully harness their potential. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Play Your Part (PYP) objectives go hand-in-hand with the ‘I Am an Entrepreneur’ workshops. PYP supports the creation of the platforms that are brought about by ‘I Am an Entrepreneur’ . The creation of empowering environments like this one is important because it harnesses information for everyone’s benefit.On 15 April 2017, Brand South Africa joined ‘I Am an Entrepreneur’ in Polokwane to foster interactions between emerging entrepreneurs and established business people in efforts to bridge the gap between reality and aspiration, information and knowledge, and practical skills in building sustainable enterprises. By sharing some highlights of his entrepreneurial journeys and key lessons of his business successes and challenges, Tirhani Mabunda of Tirhani Group Holdings played his part and got involved in imparting and acquiring entrepreneurial values and skills.“To hell with circumstances, I created opportunities,” said Tirhani, sharing one of his favourite sayings.Follow the conversation on @IAAE_SA on Twitter and @iaaesa on Instagram
SharePrint RelatedNear the top of Europe (GC2BVRY) – Geocache of the WeekJuly 16, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”The Ultimate Hiding Tool — Swiss Army Knife of Geocache Containers (GC53TZQ) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 17, 2014In “Community”Rubik’s Cache (GC5YGFM) – Geocache of the WeekJuly 30, 2015In “Geocache of the Week” Yahtzee!Geocache Name:Pit Stop (GC5RM5D)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:2.5/2Why this is the Geocache of the Week:This geocache is a perfect example of being extremely creative, while staying within the guidelines. The guidelines state that geocachers must not dig when finding or placing a geocache—however, like with this geocache, piling rocks on top of the geocache provides the same feel as a buried cache, without needing a shovel.What geocachers have to say:“Wow another GREAT cache from the CO!!! Dude you guys ROCK!!! Thanks for another creative cache. Keep up the great work!” – I C IT“Awesome set up!, this one took some werk by the CO to get this made and installed, a nickname for this one should be “patience” haha, that’s what it takes to get er’ done. great cache and of coarse another FAV point!, will definitely recommend to others. Thanks for a fun well done cache!!!” – bajatym“Another really nice job on this cache! A favorite point for certain. 🙂 THX 4 the fun!” – SmoochersmomWhat the geocache hider, Adam_710, has to say:Well i have always liked the trickier geocaches and wanted to build something i haven’t seen.. Ive always grown up around cars and a bottle jack was the first thing that came to mind, so i wanted to build around that. The construction from the mental design, to the physical product took about two weeks..the hardest part was the drawing and concepts. The physical build took two days.Honesty i love getting the favorite points for these hides, thats what makes me want to keep coming up with better geocaches! The reactions are great to the pitstop, it just takes a lot of turning lolHonestly its all for [geocachers]! I really enjoy reading the comments of the caches and there thoughts about how it was conctructed. Don’t forget to look for the ones are out there and ones that are coming out soon Photos:The geocache uncovered.Where the logbook hidesBetween a rock and more rocks.What’s the best geocache camouflage you’ve ever seen? Tell your story and post photos in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More
mike kirkwood Hay Group’s lifeblood is its IT infrastructure. It has adopted vSphere 4 to build an internal cloud where users can get access to infrastructure and provision servers as needed, and then extend the cloud by leveraging VMware vCloud providers – tapping into additional computing resources when needed. For instance, if its business processes require additional resources, but only require them every 30 days, Hay Group can just lease those extra resources from a vCloud provider once a month for a day.This makes computing resources much more like a utility where when you want more, turn it on, and when you don’t, turn it off. We wonder what it would be like if it were that easy to manage people resources.The FutureWith companies going full-on virtual, it seems like a new pattern will emerge as the dominant path in the next several years. We’ll see companies stand up virtualization-powered data centers for each computing resource with private cloud resources standing by to handling the extra load when needed.If you had the budget and time to start fresh with a new data center architecture, would you virtualize your computing resources end-to-end?Photo credit: slworking In May 2007 for example Gartner predicted that virtualization will be part of nearly every aspect of IT by 2015. In April 2008 Gartner also said that 4 million virtual machines were expected by 2009, while we would have 611 million virtualized PCs by 2011. Gartner released a press announcement in October 2009 disclosing that only 16% of workloads run inside virtual machines.Recently, Gartner predicted that this amount is going to reach around 50% by 2012, which is equal to 58 million deployed virtual machines.The analysis firm suggests starting small and growing as your team gains experience. “Gartner advocates a ‘start small, think big’ approach to virtualized server deployments that begins with a specific project but builds towards a wider strategic plan that includes management and process changes.”However, once that is behind you, sometimes it is best to just go all the way.One Company Goes End-to-End Hay Group is a global management consulting firm with 85 locations in 47 countries. The company has partnered with Forbes Magazine to help craft the “World’s Most Admired” list. Evolution happens.When Windows first arrived on the scene, there were lots of questions in the industry, like “Will people use it?”, or “I prefer command line”, or “Does it take up too much processor?”. Similar questions have been asked to the virtual server. “Is it secure?” and “Is it easy to manage?” are common questions for IT leaders considering virtualization today. With the constant state of technology evolution in mind, will the virtual server win the day and become de-facto pattern for software to run in the datacenter?Taking the Pulse of the IndustryVirtualization.info is a site that has been aggregating news and trends for the last several years and keeping track of the industry predictions, especially as they change from year to year. For example: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#Virtualization A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Throughout the game, King looked increasingly like a junior version of current NFL back and last season’s No. 2 Chris Carson, bowling defenders on their backs with a ferocious running style.King, Hill and the other backs hit the 300-yard mark, and with Rudolph eclipsing 300 as well, it was the first time that has happened in five years. The Cowboys averaged 10.2 yards per play and 9.0 yards per carry. Hill closed out his sophomore opener with 15 carries for 132 yards. King had six for 95 and Brown had five for 92. It was an electric performance.This is … unbelievable. pic.twitter.com/ujZKendzvZ— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) August 31, 2017Another (technical) first-year guy was Dillon Stoner. It was up in the air as to whether he or freshman and key signing Tylan Wallace would be the No. 2 inside receiver. Stoner was the guy on Thursday. And he was awesome. He played in 29 plays with Rudolph, and when he was in, he was a frequent target. He finished with four catches for 18 yards, but he was key in keeping drives going and momentum pointed in the right direction.The Cowboys’ youngest and most inexperienced players made Tulsa’s No. 1s look silly at times, and the Cowboys’ stars made the Hurricane seem even worse, especially for a team that won 10 games last season.Rudolph, Washington and the defensive starters got OSU out to a 52-17 lead before Taylor Cornelius and the backups took over and held it down for the 59-24 victory.The Cowboys’ next test will be at 7 p.m. on September 8, in Mobile, Alabama. OSU is now 70-41-5 in season-openers, winners in 10 of the past 12 games and 1-0 in the biggest season since, well, you know when. Tyron Johnson’s manhandling of Tulsa cornerback Kerwin Thomas on his way to a 44-yard fade touchdown was only an indication of what was coming.WATCH: Welcome to the SEAson of Orange! Rudolph to Tyron Johnson to start the night for #OKState! #MA2ON pic.twitter.com/lAutT6MuwB— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) August 31, 2017James Washington did something similar six minutes later, and the Oklahoma State running backs washed, rinsed and repeated the Hurricane defense over and over again in the Cowboys’ 59-24 season-opening victory.AdChoices广告It was the Pokes’ 22nd-consecutive win in a home opener.OSU was impressive but still a little rusty in some areas the first half. Jalen McCleskey let a punt dribble toward the goal line until he didn’t. He picked it up and fumbled in the end zone. It ended in a Tulsa touchdown.Then before the first half ended, Mason Rudolph scrambled to his right and tried to throw deep to his left. He was hit as he threw it, and Petera Wilson came down with it. He plays for the other team, and that ended with a field goal as time expired.But outside of the one blunder, Rudolph was his usual Heisman-worthy self. He wrapped up Game 1 with 303 yards and three touchdowns on 83 (!!!) percent passing. Washington, too. He caught six balls, earning 145 yards and a pair of scores.But the headliner might have been the first-year players. Johnson’s touchdown was on his first play from scrimmage in an OSU uniform. He was as-advertised: 44 yards receiving, 11 rushing, 29 in the return game and all the swagger.Then there was the beauty of J.D. King’s Cowboy debut. On Wednesday, I wrote about the similarities between King and Hill’s progression through their freshmen falls. He made me look brilliant.King swiped the spotlight on just his second collegiate carry when he burst through the middle of the defense and ran high and tight for a 71-yard score. It was the longest OSU run since … 2011. That is, until LD Brown went for 73 later in the fourth.WATCH: Hail to the King! J.D. King goes 71 yards to put #OKState up 28-7! pic.twitter.com/ME0UqldbbH— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) September 1, 2017
MLS The MLS Wrap: Home fortresses penetrated, Union youth movement rewarded and more Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives 07:02 6/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dan Hamilton MLS Los Angeles Toronto v Columbus Crew Houston Dynamo v Atlanta United Philadelphia Union v New England Orlando City v DC United Dallas v Real Salt Lake SJ Earthquakes v Minnesota United FC Seattle Sounders v Los Angeles Vancouver Whitecaps v Montreal Impact Sporting KC v New York City LA Galaxy v Portland Timbers New England New York City SJ Earthquakes Atlanta United Toronto Portland Timbers Montreal Impact Real Salt Lake LA Galaxy Minnesota United FC Columbus Crew Houston Dynamo Philadelphia Union Orlando City DC United Dallas Seattle Sounders Vancouver Whitecaps Sporting KC Toronto, Kansas City and Seattle are normally some of the toughest places to play in MLS, but not so in the opening weekend of the 2018 season Leave it to the opening weekend of the 2018 MLS season to throw conventional wisdom out the window.Several of the teams considered title contenders stumbled out of the blocks, while some normally impenetrable home venues were breached by ambitious opponents.Among those opponents was Los Angeles FC, which made a memorable MLS debut to hand Bob Bradley a victorious return to the league after a decade away. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Toronto FC and Atlanta United came into 2018 as the most hyped teams in the league. TFC as reigning champion, and boasting an even stronger roster, and Atlanta, featuring a high-powered attack that helped distract from valid concerns about its defense. Both teams suffered multi-goal defeats, including Atlanta United’s 4-0 drubbing at the hands of the Houston Dynamo.Of course, we have to provide a reminder that overreacting to week one results is far too common and certainly not recommended. In fact, here is a stat that should bring some calm to the fans of teams who fell flat in week one: none of the past four MLS Cup winners won their season opener. In fact, none of the four even scored a goal.No, that doesn’t mean that teams such as Minnesota United and New England should be thinking about an MLS Cup title, but it should lend some pause to fans of Atlanta United, Toronto FC, the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers who might have wanted to read too much into their team’s season opening defeats.Here is a closer look at the opening weekend in MLS:NORMALLY IMPENETRABLE HOME FORTRESSES BREACHEDOf the four teams in MLS which only suffered one regular season loss at home in 2017, three of them matched that loss total in the opening weekend of the new season.Toronto FC fell at BMO Field, dropping a 2-0 decision against Columbus, the Seattle Sounders fell to a feisty Los Angeles FC side at CenturyLink Field, and Sporting KC suffered a 2-0 defeat at Children’s Mercy Park against New York City FC.TFC’s loss was probably the most surprising of the three. Not just because of how tough the reigning MLS champion normally is at home, but because Greg Vanney trotted out a close to full-strength squad rather than resting more players ahead of the upcoming CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Tigres. Toronto FC had the possession edge in the match, and the two sides were 13-12 on total shots, but TFC failed to finish its opportunities — hitting the woodwork twice — while the Crew put together a pair of excellent goals in the first 50 minutes to take control and put the pressure on the home side.It’s probably a stretch to look at the result as some sort of blueprint for teams to follow heading into Toronto. The reality is TFC had just played a CCL match against Colorado the previous Tuesday — a 0-0 draw that sent Toronto to the quarterfinals — and looked a bit sluggish at times.Seattle rested starters against LAFC ahead of its CCL quarterfinal clash with Chivas Guadalajara and it opened the door for a very game LAFC side to escape CenturyLink Field with a hard-fought 1-0 victory. The result flattered the visitors on a night when Seattle had many more chances and dominated play in the second half, but it was former Sounder Tyler Miller who made seven saves to deny Seattle a chance at a comeback.Sporting KC’s loss to NYCFC shouldn’t induce panic, but it does show a gap between a true title contender and a team still working to get into that category. Sporting KC created some good chances, which was encouraging considering the fact Peter Vermes is still shopping for a top forward. The bigger cause for concern was how easily NYCFC was able to create good scoring chances against a defense that was the best in MLS in 2017. NYCFC worked with wide areas with ease, leaving us to wonder if Sporting KC might wind up paying the price for playing wingers as converted fullbacks against teams with the speed on the flanks to punish them.UNION’S YOUTH MOVEMENT PAYS EARLY DIVIDENDSThe Philadelphia Union entered 2018 considered a team likely to struggle. Ownership’s limited resources were going to lead the Union to have to lean on some young prospects to fill roles that others teams are filling with top international talent.The Union’s opening match was a dream start. Teenage playmaker Anthony Fontana scored his first career goal and fellow teenager Auston Trusty played very well in central defense in Saturday’s 2-0 victory against the New England Revolution.”Great for Anthony to get the goal, great for Auston to play as well as he did, but overall a team effort from every player on the field,” Union coach Jim Curtin said after Saturday’s win. “All 11 guys attacking, all 11 guys defending.”The performances by homegrown players Fontana and Trusty were particularly satisfying for Curtin, who began his time with the Union working with them in the Union academy.”There was a 40 x 40 patch of AstroTurf where this young group of nine-year-old kids were on the field that had a dream of maybe someday playing for the Philadelphia Union,” Curtin said. “You think Auston Trusty being there as well, with Ian Munro, Phil Karn with myself, and to see them now take this step in Talen Energy Stadium under the bright lights is something that is special.”The odds are still stacked against the Union in the tough Eastern Conference, but with those youngsters showing well, and with the looming arrival of newly-signed playmaker Borek Dockal, there is some reason for optimism for a team that has struggled to make its mark in MLS since joining the league in 2010.QUICK KICKSThe Houston Dynamo didn’t get much fanfare this offseason as a team to watch out for, in part because of no real high-profile signings and the departure of Eric ‘Cubo’ Torres . The Dynamo responded with a resounding 4-0 win against Atlanta United that has Wilmer Cabrera’s second season in charge off to an excellent start. Yes, the Dynamo need to be taken seriously in the wide-open Western Conference.Mauro Manotas could be the key to Houston’s push for supremacy in the West. He scored 10 goals in 2017 sharing time with Torres, but now that the Mexican striker has left the Dynamo, Manotas could be a darkhorse Golden Boot contender if his strong opening week showing is any indication.—Rookies are finding it tougher and tougher to break through and earn minutes in MLS, but a few managed to earn starts opening week, including the Orlando City tandem of Chris Mueller and Cam Lindley . Benefiting from Uri Rosell still working his way back to fitness and Dom Dwyer recovering from injury, Mueller and Lindley didn’t look out of place in Orlando City’s 1-1 draw with D.C. United.There were several MLS debuts for teenagers this weekend, including one for highly-rated D.C. United prospect Chris Durkin , who played 17 minutes in Saturday’s draw.LAFC played both of its first-round picks, with Joao Moutinho playing well at left back and Tristan Blackmon making an impact as a late-match substitute.—The Ola Kamara-Gyasi Zardes trade is looking good for both teams after week one, with Kamara netting twice in the LA Galaxy’s 2-1 win against the Portland Timbers and Zardes scoring in the Crew’s 2-0 triumph at Toronto FC. Zardes looked sharp in preseason and has settled well into the Columbus attack, while Kamara could be a golden boot contender playing in front of the Galaxy’s stacked midfield.—Speaking of Kamaras, Kei Kamara looks right at home with the Vancouver Whitecaps, and their fast-paced attack will be tough to stop if Kamara continues to click with Alphonso Davies . The real question is how will newly-acquired midfielder Felipe fit into Carl Robinson’s plans. Veteran central defender Aaron Maund was solid playing in place of Tim Parker — who was traded to the New York Red Bulls for Felipe – but now Felipe will have to fight hard for playing time against Russell Teibert and Efrain Juarez . It will be very interesting to see who Robinson calls on for next week’s key Western Conference clash against Houston.—Patrick Vieira chose Ben Sweat over Ronald Matarrita to start at left back in NYCFC’s season opener, and the decision paid off, with Sweat helping set up the second goal in NYCFC’s 2-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City. Sweat thrived as NYCFC’s left back last season in place of the then-injured Matarrita. The Costa Rican fullback was expected to take his job back from Sweat this season, but early signs point to Sweat holding onto the job and thriving in the role.—The San Jose Earthquakes attack showed well putting up three goals in Saturday’s 3-2 win against Minnesota United, but how much of that was down to an improved attack, and how much is due to Minnesota’s faulty defense? Danny Hoesen looked sharp up top while the midfield wing tandem of Vako and Magnus Erikkson looked good in helping create chances and spreading out the Loons defense. We will have a much better sense of how much better this revamped Earthquakes attack is when they travel to take on Sporting KC on March 17.BEST OF MLS WEEK 1Player of the Week: Alphonso Davies . The young Vancouver Whitecaps standout delivered a goal and set up another to help the Vancouver Whitecaps beat Montreal 2-1 on Sunday.Team of the Week: Columbus Crew. Going into Toronto and beating the reigning champion is no easy task, and the Crew did just that.Rookie of the Week: Joao Moutinho. The first pick in the MLS draft turned in a steady performance as Los Angeles FC’s starting left back.Take a closer look at @LAFC ‘s first-ever MLS goal. #SEAvLAFC pic.twitter.com/mvMZRSkCsa — Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 4, 2018 Goal of the Week: Diego Rossi. The Uruguayan forward delivered an excellent finish to lead LAFC to a win, and register the first goal in team history:
Besiktas 1 Bayern Munich 3 (1-8 agg): Heynckes’ men cruise into quarter-finals Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 02:47 15/3/2018 Twitter/@FCBayern Bayern Munich remain on track for another treble under Jupp Heynckes after easily coming through a Champions League tie with Besiktas. Thiago Alcantara scored but was substituted due to injury as Bayern Munich won 3-1 at Besiktas to cruise into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.A 5-0 victory in last month’s first leg in Munich had put Bayern in a commanding position and there was never any sign of a miraculous comeback in Istanbul on Wednesday.Thiago finished from a Thomas Muller cross to extend Bayern’s advantage and score their 100th goal of the season, but the Spain international was withdrawn before the break, coach Jupp Heynckes perhaps wishing he had rested more key names after picking a strong side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Gokhan Gonul’s own goal in the first minute of the second half appeared to settle the tie for good, before Vagner Love scrambled home his first Champions League strike since 2011 to spark Besiktas’ best period of the tie.Sandro Wagner, though, restored Bayern’s two-goal cushion with his first strike in the competition in the 84th minute.Heynckes’ men could claim the Bundesliga title at the weekend if results go their way and they remain on track for another treble, the veteran coach having won the Champions League among three trophies before departing Bayern at the end of his third spell in 2013.Bayern, who have reached the Champions League semi-finals in six of the last eight seasons, will find out their quarter-final opponents in Friday’s draw.Despite their massive first-leg lead Bayern made a bright start, Arturo Vidal heading wide.Thomas Muller scored twice in last month’s game and he should have opened the scoring in the 10th minute, blasting over the rebound after Tolga Zengin parried David Alaba’s free-kick.@Thiago6 celebrates @FCBayern’s 100th goal of the season in all comps. #UCL pic.twitter.com/MxjzHrZYRz— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) March 14, 2018But Muller created a fine goal for Thiago to get Bayern up and running, the midfielder timing his run into the box perfectly to tuck away a first-time finish from a pinpoint right-wing cross.Thiago limped off before half-time, giving Bayern an injury concern for the rest of the season.Besiktas had played reasonably well in the first period but the Turkish champions gifted Bayern their second moments after the restart.An innocuous right-wing cross from Rafinha should have been easy to clear, but Gonul poked the ball past Zengin under no pressure whatsoever.Referee Michael Oliver then had to briefly pause the game as a cat invaded the pitch.Miau. Miau. #BJKFCB pic.twitter.com/yPqg6Hzu89— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) March 14, 2018Besiktas gave their fans something to cheer in the 59th minute, Alaba losing the ball in his own half, with Gonul setting up Love to squeeze the ball past Jerome Boateng on the line.Mustafa Pektemek forced a save from Sven Ulreich as Besiktas tried to level the game on the night, Bayern understandably lacking energy given their comfortable position.Bayern made sure of their win, though, substitute Wagner chesting home from close range with six minutes to go after Alaba’s cross deflected up perfectly for him. Key Opta Facts:- Bayern Munich have now reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the seventh successive season.- Jupp Heynckes is the first manager in Champions League history to win 11 consecutive games.- Bayern have now won six Champions League matches in a row, their best-ever run in a single campaign in the competition.- The last time Bayern won at least six consecutive games in a single European campaign was back in the 1995-96 UEFA Cup, when they won seven on the bounce on the way to lifting the trophy. – The German side are responsible for four of the seven biggest aggregate victories in Champions League knockout stage history (12-1 vs Sporting Lisbon 2008-09, 10-2 vs Arsenal 2016-17, 7-0 vs Shakhtar Donetsk 2014-15 and 8-1 vs Besiktas 2017-18).- All seven of Bayern Munich’s away goals in this season’s Champions League have been scored by different players (Lewandowski, Martinez, Coman, Tolisso, Thiago, Wagner and a Gokhan Gonul own goal).- Besiktas have now lost all four of their Champions League matches against Bayern, losing by an aggregate score of 1-12. read more
Barcelona Return of the King: Majestic Messi puts Chelsea to the sword! Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 05:43 15/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(29) Getty Images Barcelona UEFA Champions League Barcelona v Chelsea Chelsea Lionel Messi Opinion The Argentine attacker produced yet another exhibition of his fantasy football to sweep aside the Blues on a night he totally dominated at Camp Nou The banner before the match said it all. “God save the King!” read an enormous tifo unfurled by Barcelona fans ahead of their Champions League last-16 second leg clash against Chelsea. And as the game started, the King duly delivered.Messi had pulled out of Barca’s trip to Malaga in La Liga on Saturday to be present at the birth of his third son, Ciro, but he was back in the starting line-up for this all-important fixture and the supporters were clearly pleased to see him.Ahead of these two teams’ first meeting at Stamford Bridge in February, much of the talk had centred around Messi and how he had never scored against Chelsea. A late leveller to cancel out Willian’s strike put paid to that, however, and the Argentine was clearly in the mood for more here. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Barca have been the best team in Spain over the past few years, yet the Blaugrana have seen their fierce rivals Real Madrid dominate in Europe by winning three of the last four Champions League titles.Los Blancos were already through to the quarter-finals of the competition after making light work of Paris Saint-Germain and on Wednesday night, Messi made sure Barca will also be in the hat for Friday’s draw.It took him just over two minutes to influence proceedings as he found space on the right and drilled a low shot through the legs of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to make it 1-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate.And later in a first half in which Chelsea caused Barca quite a few problems, the Argentine embarked on one of those remarkable runs of his, taking on three players and dragging defenders in his direction before squaring for Ousmane Dembele to blast home his first goal for the Catalan club.Messi’s first two touches in the opposition area had been a goal and an assist. It was as devastating as it was brilliant and although Marcos Alonso hit the post with a free-kick in first half stoppage time, the Blues looked shell-shocked.Chelsea started the second period positively and Barca boss Ernesto Valverde was an animated figure as he barked instructions to his players, with Alonso again a threat for the visitors.But he need not have worried. Because Messi, who was being watched by Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli, raced into the area after 63 minutes and again found the gap between Courtois’ legs, this time with a powerful left-footed drive, to score his 100th Champions League goal.It was also his sixth in this season’s competition after something of a slow start in the group stages. Here he was, back at his breathtaking best when it mattered most to destroy a team renowned for their defensive discipline.”It is what we always say: he is a player who makes the difference,” Andres Iniesta said afterwards to beIn Sports with typical understatement. “It is a blessing that he is with us.”Indeed it is. After a short absence at the weekend, the King has returned for Barcelona – and he has his eyes firmly fixed on another Champions League crown this season.
A thing was written this week about us on a website called GoPokes.com that frustrated me. It frustrated me because it ain’t true, and it also frustrated me because I’m really proud of the people who have worked to make PFB into what it is.Instead of responding to that post here (don’t miss, by the way), I’d instead like to tell you a little about the guys whose work you’ve been enjoying over the past weeks, months and years.Let’s go.Jackson Lavarnway: As a high schooler (!) he was going to games and shooting them from the stands before we were credentialed by OSU. He’s gotten better every year since then and has made this site 10x more legit with his photos.Grant Newton: Runs our store, updates our data, manages our PFB+ subscriptions and listens to my rants about the journalism industry in 2019. You never hear his name, but you’ve definitely consumed his work.Dustin Ragusa: Moonlights as our film evaluator (or, I guess, critic this season 😊) while working long hours at his actual job. Gamer.Carson Cunningham: Can’t imagine hollering about OSU all day at anyone else.Steven Mandeville: You won’t meet a kinder individual in the media business. He would not only give you the shirt off his back but write 500 words asking for other people to do the same.Seth Duckworth: He’s carved such a cool niche in this world. I wish I had a subscriber for every person who’s said to me, “I love Seth’s stuff.”Marshall Scott: One of the best things to happen to PFB that I never saw coming. Good teams win. Great teams cover. Elite teams go to soccer availability on a Wednesday when football looks like it’s in the tank and grind out stories anyway.Kyle Cox: As detail-oriented and hard-working as it gets in this industry. When I think about a terrific sports blogger, I think about Kyle Cox.Kyle Boone: A friend. A business partner. A dude (i.e. somebody Gundy would never recruit but Boynton would be hounding from the jump!)These dudes bust their asses to make a great product, and I’m proud of them and what we have all built together. I’ve said it many times, but I’ll say it again: I could do this site without them, but it wouldn’t be any good or any fun so why would I?[pivots]The best way to support them (and us) is to become a PFB+ member. Subscriptions are not a silver bullet in 2019 like many people think they are, but they do help us immensely when it comes to building a business. And you get a really cool product that we’ve worked hard on in return.Not sure why you would join something that’s already free or what you get when you join? Here are six reasons you should subscribe to PFB+ as your only source for Oklahoma State news and community.1. Ad-Free Browsing: I was on another site that covers OSU the other day, and after I clicked on the page, I literally could not see the words I came to read because of how many ads were covering up the space.Ads — too many ads — stink. If you’re a PFB+ subscriber, you won’t see any ads on our site. I’ve been browsing like this for a while, and if you spend any amount of time on here it’s worth the two dimes a day you’ll pay for it because of how clean and uniform the experience is.2. Gameday Threads: They have been a delight. I’m tossing GIFs at people. Other folks are cursing about how our word blocker blocked their previous attempt to curse. Everybody is screaming about the calls on second-and-long. It’s a sports bar of folks who are actually funny and entertaining to chat with during games. Here’s our OSU-Iowa State thread for Saturday for PFB+ subscribers.3. Chicken Recruiting Nuggets: We’re able to deal in rumors and hearsay (as well as well-sourced information) more in our PFB+ forum — also known as The Chamber — than we are on here. Kyle B. has been dropping Bryce Thompson info and Cade Cunningham info like …..4. Giveaway City: This month we will give away a big gift card to our PFB Store to one of our subscribers. Next month, it will likely be basketball tickets Other months we’ve given football tickets or prints of some of our best photos.Some of our subscribers have probably actually made money off of us in terms of the value of the stuff we’ve given away. On this note, we’re currently at 600 subscribers. If we get to 700 by Halloween then we’ll give away season basketball tickets for two to one of our subscribers. If we get to 1,000 by the bowl game, we have something even more special planned that I don’t want to announce yet. Two pretty cool deals that require some real momentum in the weeks ahead.5. More Voice: Folks who are PFB+ subscribers simply have more voice in shaping what we do. They’re involved in the PFB+ portion of The Chamber (which is mostly where we hang out), and they have helped us think about what PFB should be in the future. Like assistant coaches, but if Gundy actually listened to them.Kidding! Not really kidding!6. Future Stability: I said some of this above, but we were able to hire our first FTE this year. That’s exciting for us and a good thing for you because Marshall Scott is grinding on the weekly beat in Stillwater. He’s entrenched there, which gives us legitimacy and continuity.Also, it’s no secret that the media world is a mess right now. You all saw what happened to Sports Illustrated recently. The way forward is not on the back of that silver-bullet subscription model, but rather a mixture of revenue streams. This is one of them, and it will ensure you get the best OSU news and community for years and years to come.Today we’re giving away PFB+ subscriptions at a discount. If you sign up for the yearly version today using the code LETSGO2019, you’ll get 50 percent off. We have 16 of those spots left, and then they’re gone.You can sign up right here. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.