Man U crash out of Champions League

first_imgWOLFSBURG, Germany (AP):Three-time winners Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League yesterday losing 3-2 to Wolfsburg who advanced to the round of 16 for the first time.Anthony Martial put United ahead in the 10th, but Naldo volleyed in the equaliser in the 14th. Vieirinha regained the lead for Wolfsburg in the 29th, before an own goal by Joshua Guilavogui in the 82nd tied the score. But two minutes later, Naldo scored his second with a header to seal Wolfsburg’s victory.The loss, coupled with PSV Eindhoven’s 2-1 home victory over CSKA Moscow, dropped United to third place in Group B, meaning that they will now play in the Europa League.Wolfsburg won the group with 12 points and PSV also advanced with 10 points, two more than United.Manchester United’s neighbours, Manchester, advanced as winners of their group with a 4-2 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach.Raheem Sterling netted in the 80th and 81st minutes and Wilfried Bony scored in the 85th to spark City’s turnaround after a listless first-half performance at Etihad Stadium, where ‘Gladbach recovered from conceding early to David Silva.To qualify in first place, City also needed Juventus to lose in Sevilla. The Italian champions obliged for City, losing 1-0 in Group D.8-0 BEATING FOR MALMOIn Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score 10 goals or more in the group stage of the Champions League, claiming four. Real Madrid whipped Malmo 8-0.The Portuguese striker reached 11 goals in six games, surpassing nine scored by Luiz Adriano with Shakhtar Donetsk last season. Ronaldo also scored nine times in the 2013-14 season.Ronaldo also set up two goals by Karim Benzema, who scored a hat-trick at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.The game meant little for Madrid because they had already secured first place in Group A.Other results: Benfica 1 Atletico Madrid 2; Paris Saint-Germain 2 Shakhtar Donetsk 0; Galatasaray 1 FC Astana 1; PSV Eindhoven 2 CSKA Moscow 1.last_img read more

KL Rahul: Batsman par excellence and Team India’s style icon

first_imgKL Rahul’s sensational run in Test cricket has helped him cement his position at the top of the order.The 25-year-old is now India’s first-choice opener from a lot that includes Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay and Abhinav Mukund.Rahul, often plagued by injuries, is on a roll now, having smashed a world record-equalling seven fifties on the trot in Test cricket. And by the end of the 3-0 whitewash over Sri Lanka, Rahul had stormed into the top 10 of the ICC’s rankings for Test batsmen .However, scoring fifties is not Rahul’s only specialty. He has worked hard on improving his Playstation skills and is now a preferred candidate for forward short-leg, even though he insists Cheteshwar Pujara is far more accomplished in that position: “It’s just the senior-junior thing is still prevalent. The seniors are abusing juniors like me,” joked Rahul in a candid interview with Pujara for and banter session ??? #FifaMode cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) July 30, 2017But Rahul was all business-like when Pujara asked him about his style quotient. A Karnataka lad, born and bred in Bangalore, Rahul epitomises style and fashion like few other India cricketers. (Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul spill the beans on ‘Daddy D’ Shikhar Dhawan)Years ago, it was Rahul Dravid, who held sway with his easy charm and ready smile. So what is it with Karnataka players? How come they are always so cool?”It came very naturally to me. Staying in a city like Bangalore, you learn fashion because if you are not well-dressed and well-spoken, people often make fun of you or look down upon you.advertisement”The rest of the boys have to put in a lot of effort but to me it was very natural. Like I said, everybody over the last four or five years, has been looking up to me or drawing fashion inspiration from me. That’s why you see all the cool dudes coming from Bangalore,” Rahul said.Rahul made a terrific start to his Test career, hammering a classy 110 in only his second Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January, 2015. In 2016, he smashed a hundred on debut before clobbering an unbeaten 110 in only his fourth T20 International.last_img read more