Month: November 2019

De Vrij: ‘Slavia surprised Inter’

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first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Inter defender Stefan de Vrij admits Slavia Prague surprised his side last time out but assures “we’ve improved a lot and we’re prepared for tomorrow.” Only a last-ditch Nicolo Barella goal spared Inter from defeat to Slavia, despite many tipping the Czechs to be whipping boys in the Champions League’s so-called ‘group of death’ with Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund. However, Dr Vrij made it clear lessons had been learnt going into their crunch rematch in Prague tomorrow. “The season is long, but I’m doing okay,” he said at a press conference. “There are games to play and I don’t feel like looking back: I always look to the future. “I’ve played in Italy for many years, the teams know each other. Slavia, on the other hand, are opponents we didn’t know about. “They play in a different and physical way: they’re tough to face. They run a lot and we saw it in the first leg, but we’ve improved a lot and we’re prepared for tomorrow’s game.” The Nerazzurri’s struggles in Europe come in stark contrast to their domestic form, which sees them behind only Juventus in the Serie A table… “We succeeded against Dortmund at home, but that doesn’t matter anymore. Of course, there are the best teams in the Champions League, and it’s obvious that it’s more difficult against the likes of Messi and Suarez. “Here you have teams who know how to win games, who hardly lose, like Slavia. We’re working to improve.”last_img read more

Supreme Court rejects Modi’s petitions

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first_imgThe Supreme Court on Monday dismissed petitions by former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Kumar Modi, who has questioned his suspension and the composition of the cricket board’s disciplinary committee, inquiring into corruption and other charges against him, on the grounds of bias.Rejecting the request for reconstitution of the committee comprising Chirayu Amin, Arun Jaitley and Jyotiraditya Scindia, a bench comprising Justice JM Panchal and Justice HL Gokhale said there should be “a real danger of bias” as mere apprehension of bias could not be a ground for interference.Interestingly, Modi has not alleged personal bias or malice against Jaitley and Scindia. He had questioned their place in the committee on the ground of institutional bias as they had participated in the Board’s discussions concerning allegations against him.”Merely because all the members of a society have participated in the discussion concerning such allegation, the society can’t be expected to appoint an outsider to hold the disciplinary proceeding,” the court said.The court noted that every member was bound by the rules under which the committee was constituted. ” This rule is being canvassed as a term of the contract of membership. A member of the society, having accepted the rules, agrees to the disciplinary authority of the three- member committee which is to be constituted under these rules,” it said.”The petitioner may have an apprehension, but it is not possible to say from the material on record that he was facing a real danger of bias. We cannot presume that the three-member committee will not afford the petitioner a fair hearing, or that it will not render unbiased findings.” Modi approached the apex court after the Bombay High Court dismissed his claims.advertisementThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which had made Modi in-charge of the IPL governing council, had issued showcause notices and suspended him last year.In one of the first complaints, a bidder seeking telecast rights alleged breach of confidentiality by Modi. The BCCI in March last year issued a showcause notice to him for allegedly accepting kickbacks while assigning the telecast rights for IPL, attempting to rig the bids for the two new IPL teams auctioned in February 2010, having proxy stakes in IPL teams, entering into transactions with strangers against the mandate of the IPL council and helping family members to benefit from contracts.Initially, the disciplinary committee comprised then BCCI president Shashank Manohar, Amin and Jaitley. Later, Manohar quit after Modi sought his recusal in the interest of “fairness”. Scindia replaced Manohar.last_img read more

Formua One 2011: What makes Ayrton Senna the greatest F1 driver?

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first_imgAyrton SennaSheer genius, ruthless passion and the burning desire to be the fastest on the track. Ayrton Senna’s legendary association with Formula One earned him the title of the greatest ever. His obsessive dedication to the sport and his manic understanding of the machine earned him this title. He was,Ayrton SennaSheer genius, ruthless passion and the burning desire to be the fastest on the track. Ayrton Senna’s legendary association with Formula One earned him the title of the greatest ever. His obsessive dedication to the sport and his manic understanding of the machine earned him this title. He was only 34 when his career was tragically cut short at the Imola circuit in 1994. He inspired us to make a film, Senna, which explores what made him the legend he was. Man vs MachineAn F1 car has a cramped cockpit and is almost touching the ground. Senna didn’t mind and would repeatedly tighten his seatbelt until he felt he was one with the car. To him, driving was feeling. They say of all sportsmen that the ultimate quality required is total commitment and that aspect of Senna was unquestionably his greatest quality. His bitter rival Alain Prost once said of Senna, after his death, “If I was committed 99 per cent to the sport, with the missing 1 per cent my wife or my children, Senna was committed 110 per cent.” While other drivers were partying, Senna would be with his mechanics late into the night, working on changes to his car. THE GREATEST EVERAyrton Senna won three world championships and 41 races in a 10-year career.He had 65 pole positions.He holds the record for most number of consecutive pole positions, eight in 1988-89.Hunger to WinThe other key attribute that all great champions possess is competitiveness. Senna’s most astounding pole-position laps and victories came in the intense heat of competition when he would dig deeper and harder.advertisement The Eyes Have ItEyesight is very important to a Formula 1 driver, especially because he needs to make instant decisions. Senna could read the small letters on a road sign (designed to be read at 50 m) at 300 m. Real SteelThe noise of a Formula 1 engine is over 100 decibels and, sustained over a Grand Prix, can shatter the nerves of most people. The temperatures in the cockpit reach 40-50 C. Senna managed almost meditative levels of concentration. Fit to EndureTo race for 90-120 minutes under forces of over five times the force of gravity requires drivers to be athletes. Senna ran 20 km in intense heat, and worked on key muscle groups. In Complete SyncGreat driving is about rhythm. Senna constantly compared his driving to the stopwatch and made ultra-fine adjustments.last_img read more

Delhi and Haryana players disappointed with SG balls

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first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) might have a contract with Sanspareils Greenlands (SG) when it comes to providing cricket balls, but the players in the Ranji Trophy match between Delhi and Haryana at the Roshanara Cricket Ground are unhappy with their quality.The pacers, especially, feel that the balls are splitting easily and movement is minimal.”It is really disappointing when the ball behaves the way these SG balls are. Not only are they losing shape easily, but also splitting sooner than expected. The quality seems to have really deteriorated and when the wicket is as dead as the one here, it doesn’t help matters.”The new ball provided in the final session of the opening day was the only one that looked to be of some quality and the result showed immediately as we picked up four wickets giving away just 15 runs even as though the Haryana batsmen looked settled,” a Delhi bowler told MAIL TODAY.The fact that three balls were changed in just 97 overs in the Haryana first innings bears testimony to the fact that the quality has been unsatisfactory. Match referee Sanjay Patil feels that it could be a case of an old stock from last season being used this season. “It is true that the quality of balls is bad, but I haven’t heard this complaint from any other centre. I guess this is a case of last season’s stock being used this season because I haven’t seen these balls lose shape so easily. Even in the agegroup tournaments like the u-19s or u-22s, there have been no such issues,” he told MAIL TODAY.advertisementBut another bowler refused to agree with the match referee, saying that the balls provided in the u-22 level were just as bad.”There was a lot of complaint over the poor quality of SG balls provided even at the u-22 level,” he said.last_img read more

‘Indians have a subliminal urge to turn everything into a circus’

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first_imgDilip BobbWhat is it with Indians and their propensity for turning everything into a tamasha? Elections have always been riotous because it involves a cast of millions, or millions of castes. Today, however, the issue of the day is the pin-up parade of film and TV stars who dominate the,Dilip BobbWhat is it with Indians and their propensity for turning everything into a tamasha? Elections have always been riotous because it involves a cast of millions, or millions of castes. Today, however, the issue of the day is the pin-up parade of film and TV stars who dominate the evening press conference at BJP and Congress headquarters. The tentacles of the tamasha trend extend everywhere. Cricket, our substitute for religion, is now more spectacle than sport, thanks to sponsors and advertisers. Weddings have started to resemble a Bollywood film set, while cine awards, too numerous to tally, are bereft of dignity and value. Even the process of disbursing personal loans by financial institutions are now officially called loan melas.The crucial issue about the tamashafication of Indian society revolves around events that are meant to be personal and intensely private. Like board examinations. Till a few years ago, the individual triumphs and tragedies of students sitting for board examinations were restricted strictly to family, friends and classmates.Nowadays, the media circus accompanying board exams is unreal. The day the exams started, newspapers ran full-page stories and it was the lead item on television news, complete with interviews with agitated parents, stressed out students, teachers, counsellors and, for variety, innocent bystanders.The media is to blame for much of the current hype and hysteria, but parents have also become willing participants in turning exams into a public spectacle. They gladly grant television interviews while waiting outside examination centres, exposing to the world via satellite not just their innermost hopes and fears, but their family background, who cooks dinner and why they have worn that particular sari. If that is surreal, blame it on our subliminal urge to turn everything into a tamasha. A recent article in the British press focused on a similar trend called “recreational grieving”. Much of the public show of collective mourning the writer argued, stemmed from a desire to be seen in the act of showing simulated grief. We suffer from the same syndrome, except, in India, we have many more occasions and events to find our five column inches of fame or, even more coveted, our face on television screens, however ludicrous the circus act we are part of.advertisementlast_img read more

Coppola’s ‘The Godfather’ legacy, centred on crime family, inspires Bollywood

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first_imgMr Big: Amitabh Bachchan in The Family, a story about the clash of two clansVijay, Deewar’s angry young man-turned-mobster, and Agneepath’s middle-aged don isn’t ageing gracefully. His black mop has turned blondish, a patchy white false beard hides the wrinkles, and the brooding eyes are shielded by black Prada shades.,Mr Big: Amitabh Bachchan in The Family, a story about the clash of two clansVijay, Deewar’s angry young man-turned-mobster, and Agneepath’s middle-aged don isn’t ageing gracefully. His black mop has turned blondish, a patchy white false beard hides the wrinkles, and the brooding eyes are shielded by black Prada shades. A Cohiba, lit with practised disdain, stands in for the cigarette. “We are a different kind of family,” Amitabh Bachchan says, blowing smoke rings. “We get to work at night.”Bachchan’s newest venture, The Family, isn’t called so because it is the launch pad for producer Keshu’s son with the numerologically correct screen name of Aryeman (and more than a passing resemblance to Hollywood’s typecast mobster Chazz Palminteri). Bollywood’s busiest star plays the patriarch of a crime family.Hmm. Just two months ago, there was another family get together, with Bachchan standing behind the clapper board playing the head of Ram Gopal Varma’s parallel government in Sarkar. No five-star mahurat because Varma wouldn’t be caught dead in one. Just muted celebrations for a series of firsts-with Bachchan sharing screen time with son Abhishek and Varma realising his dream of working with his long-time screen idol.Switch on the TV and you have Family Business, Star One’s slick new soap about Harvard-educated NRI Sachin Tyagi who discovers he has inherited a crime empire.The inspiration for all of the above? The Godfather series. Mario Puzo’s best-seller is now more classic literature than pulp fiction while Francis Ford Coppola’s films, Hollywood’s finest mafia movies, are known for effortlessly bridging high-brow sensibility and commercial success. Politics of Crime: The Nagres at dinner in Varma’s SarkarAlready it is Indian cinema’s most richly mined source for crime dramas, inspiring a series of movies beginning with Feroz Khan’s Dharmatma and Tamil superhits like Nayagan and Thevar Magan, both starring Kamal Haasan. Now, the inspiration is returning to cater to a new generation of cinegoers and TV viewers,who can expect feuding feudals and executions of rival mobsters amid plenty of thesping.”We have a fascination for the mafia and the underworld and the idea of a man who works outside the system,” says writer director Anurag Kashyap. “The problem is that whenever it has been adapted to the Indian context, it ends up looking like any other Hollywood rip-off, with the characters inhabiting a strange unreal world. No film, with the possible exception of the underproduction Sarkar, has adapted itself to the Indian milieu.”Like Mani Ratnam who transformed Coppola’s Vito Corleone into Mumbai’s south Indian don Varadaraja Mudaliar’s character, Varma has zeroed in on the Thackerays for inspiration. Crime has been replaced by politics and the suits by dhoti kurtas and pathan suits with the swank mansions giving way to an old brooding joint family home with courtyards where the Nagre family dines together.”The film is not based on Bal Thackeray,” says Varma. “But the similarities are there. Thackeray wields enormous power, he has personal charisma and is trusted by lakhs of people,” he adds. While Bachchan sports a phonetically similar screen name, his real-life friend Thackeray has in recent months grown a Bachchan-style goatee.Varma is single-minded in his devotion. Though the film also stars Abhishek and Kay Kay, posters of the film will feature only the Big B. Varma doesn’t hide his devotion to The Godfather either, one of his guiding influences ever since the civil engineer started the Movie House video cassette rental in Hyderabad over two decades ago. “What really fascinates me about The Godfather is that it is more about power than about crime. It is about a powerful family which could be true of any family, be it a dictator or an industrialist,” he says.There is also the not-so-subtle realisation that at 62, Bollywood’s most enduring legend may be the only choice to play godfatherThe Other Godfathers advertisementDharmatma (1975): Feroze Khan is first off the block with Bollywood’s Godfather clone featuring Premnath as the Don and Khan as Michael.Dayavan (1988): Khan returns to the godfather mode with a remake of Mani Ratnam’s Nayagan, but Vinod Khanna is not a patch on Kamal Haasan.Aatank Hi Aatank (1995): Aamir Khan plays a moustachioed successor to crime lord Ishrat Ali and Rajnikanth as his hotheaded older brother.A realisation Kashyap dubs the patriarch fixation. “Filmmakers are merely writing films and offering the role of the oldest character, the patriarch, to Mr Bachchan.” Gadar writer Shaktimaan has seen the film and read Mario Puzo’s book dozens of times. Two years ago, he even wrote the screenplay for Firoz Nadiadwala’s Kutumb (family).Not that it took a lot of effort, but Nadiadwala wanted his now-aborted project to be a “frame-by-frame remake” of The Godfather with both the Bachchans and Akshay Kumar in lead roles. Shaktimaan instead went on to write the story for The Family, a story about the clash of two clans, one from the crime world and the other from middle-class Mumbai. He sold the idea to Rajkumar Santoshi. The director, who muses about never having touched a mafia-related subject in his 14-year career because he never got an interesting subject, snapped it up and fine-tuned it with scriptwriter Shridhar Raghavan.It is totally different from anything I have ever done,” says Santoshi who last directed Bachchan as the wheezing over-the-hill IPS officer in Khakee. “But it is not a realistic documentary footage type gangster film. It is an entertainer.” Santoshi hopes to complete the movie by August 2005-around the time Varma would have released Sarkar. “I have gangster films coming out of my ears,” laughs Hansal Mehta, who with two underworld films under his belt-Chhal and Raakh with Mithun Chakraborty and Sohail Khan-can joke about being asked to helm Star One’s Family Business because he is considered a gangster expert. But he also admits the genre is too much of a temptation to stay away from. The soap is Michael Corleone’s story but because it is a TV serial with a limited budget, Mehta doesn’t have the luxury of shooting it on the streets of Prague and London, like Raakh. Still, the genre is too much of a temptation to stay away from. Ask Amitabh Bachchan.advertisementlast_img read more

Dhoni criticises batsmen’s shot selection

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first_imgIndia registered their first win at the Adelaide Oval beating Australia by four wickets in the ODI tri-series on Sunday. However, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was not impressed by the shot selections of some of his players.Virender Sehwag (20), Virat Kohli (18) and Rohit Sharma (33) gave their wickets away too easily, allowing Australia to gain a foothold in the game.”You have to analyse whether you should be playing that shot. There were a few shots we shouldn’t have played in this game so we need to work on that. We need to now concentrate one game at a time,” said Dhoni at the post-match presentation after India chased down Australia’s 269 for eight with two balls to spare.Sehwag once again succumbed while trying to flick the ball to the on-side, but got a leading edge and was caught at point. Kohli showed some of his inexperience by trying to hit an expansive cover drive but was caught at deep point. Sharma too squandered an opportunity to take the game away from the Australians as he lofted an easy catch to short mid-off.Dhoni, who started slowly, won India the match when he smashed pacer Clint McKay over his head for a huge six in the last over. With six runs required off three balls, the Indian captain had the rub of the green going his way when he was caught on the square leg boundary on a waist high no-ball. Dhoni also like the man of the match Gautam Gambhir(92) wished his teammate Yuvraj Singh, who is suffering from cancer, a swift recovery.advertisement”This six was very special. The World Cup six was too but we could have done that with singles. Yuvraj will get well soon and I believe he will come out strong,” said Dhoni, who made 44 in the chase.Australian captain Michael Clarke lamented his side’s fielding display. Clarke however praised debutant Peter Forrest (66) for his half-century.”Dhoni is a very good one-day player. We were 10-20 short and the fielding was sloppy. Great to see Forrest get an opportunity. He played really well,” Clarke said.India will face Sri Lanka in the fifth ODI at the same ground on Tuesday.last_img read more

Spot-fixing scandal: Mohammad Aamir admits to his guilt, say sources

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first_imgPakistan’s banned pacer, Mohammad Aamir has apparently admitted for the first time his guilt in the spot-fixing scandal and apologised for his actions.According to well-informed sources, Aamir has spoken in detail to former England captain, Mike Atherton in an interview to Sky Sports, about the spot-fixing scandal and his role in it.”What is interesting is that Aamir spells out the reasons and channels through which he got entangled in the scandal and apparently admits he has learnt from his mistakes and will not repeat them again,” a source said.”He has basically admitted he was wrong in what he did and feels ashamed over his actions and involvement in the scandal and the way he let cricket community and Pakistani nation down,” the source added.The interview was apparently conducted while Aamir was in London after serving three months in a youth detention centre after being found guilty of spot-fixing by a Crown Court there.The youngster who was considered one of world cricket’s brightest young pacers, has yet to apologise publicly and admit his guilt despite returning to Pakistan a few weeks back.Since returning home with his legal counsel, Aamir has shunned the Pakistani media and has not given any statements or interviews.The pacer was convicted along with teammates, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif for involvement in the spot-fixing scandal during the Lord’s Test in 2010.The three accused were given different jail terms.Amir was sentenced for six months, but was released in February due to good behaviour after serving half his sentence, while the other two are still serving their terms.advertisementlast_img read more

Go for Gold adds Kent Salado

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first_imgSEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais “Those guys are there to help us in every which way they can: playing their position, attitude towards winning, finding a niche, and doing its part to achieving a bigger result,” he said.Salado averaged 18.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 1.3 steals for the Chiefs this past NCAA Season 93.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe Cagayan de Oro native, however, saw his collegiate season cut short after tearing his a right MCL late in the second round of the season.Tang believes the acquisition of Salado will bring nothing but good things to the team as he hopes that his St. Benilde core, bannered by Unique Naboa, Edward Dixon, and Clement Leutcheu will pick up a thing or two from the speedy playmaker. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives View comments LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Santos wants Balkman back in PBA: ‘Everyone deserves a second chance’ Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto “We want to be competitive as we can get, but at the same time, build and give ample exposure to our players from St. Benilde. Knowing that they have experienced what it takes to compete for a championship, we are certain that they can bring in positivity to the culture and process we are rebuilding with,” the youthful mentor said.Salado last saw action for Racal Motors in the 2017 Foundation Cup, where he became only the third player to post a triple-double in PBA D-League history.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGo for Gold bolstered its backcourt with the addition of Kent Salado in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.Coach TY Tang confirmed the news on Tuesday as the Arellano guard joins National University  stalwarts J-Jay Alejandro and Matt Salem in the Scratchers camp.ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertelast_img read more

Messi misses penalty, Barcelona’s 29-game unbeaten run ends

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first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games “We knew we would lose one day,” Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets said. “The positive thing is that in a week we have a chance to rebound and advance.”Messi had his chance from the spot after Sergi Roberto was fouled by Esteban Granero, but his low shot into the right corner was stopped as Diego Lopez dived to his left to tip the ball away.It was a rare miss for Messi, who is having a stellar season and is the Spanish league’s top scorer with 17 goals.“The penalty save gave us the boost that we needed,” Melendo said. “We were playing too defensively.”Melendo netted the winner with a low shot from the middle of the area after a well-timed pass by Marc Navarro.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Upsets continue as heat rises: Muguruza, Konta out of Aussie Open Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde did not use all of the team’s regular starters, leaving players such as Luis Suarez on the bench.The match was interrupted for a few minutes in the 76th after Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen was hit by an object thrown by fans behind his goal.Barcelona midfielder Paulinho was replaced in the second half because of a foot injury.SEVILLA STRIKES FIRSTSevilla scored two late goals to come from behind and beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 in the first leg of their quarterfinal.Diego Costa gave Atletico the lead in the 73rd but the visitors equalized with an own-goal by Atletico goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya in the 80th and secured the victory with a strike by Joaquin Correa after a breakaway in the 88th.Atletico was debuting its attacking trio of Costa, Antoine Griezmann and Victor “Vitolo” Machin, a former Sevilla player, but they were not able to get the job done in an entertaining match in which both teams created many scoring chances at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.“It was an open match, but they capitalized on their chances,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. “They deserved the victory.”The result ended Atletico’s four-game winning run.Sevilla is enduring a five-game winless streak in La Liga but had won both games against second-division Cadiz in the Round of 16 of the Copa del Rey. “I have no words, I was looking forward to this first goal,” said the 20-year-old Melendo, who had come on as a substitute in the second half.It was Espanyol’s first win against Barcelona at its RCDE Stadium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe second leg of the Catalan derby is next week at Camp Nou.Barcelona hadn’t lost since a 2-0 defeat by Real Madrid in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Aug. 16. It had won 23 of its last 29 matches in all competitions. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte LATEST STORIES FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, center, looks down during the Spanish Copa del Rey, quarter final, first leg, soccer match between Espanyol and FC Barcelona at RCDE stadium in Cornella Llobregat, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Lionel Messi missed a penalty and Barcelona conceded late as its 29-match unbeaten streak ended in a 1-0 loss to city rival Espanyol in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarterfinal on Wednesday.Messi failed from the spot in the 62nd minute, his shot brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Diego Lopez. Youngster Oscar Melendo netted the winner for the hosts in the 88th with his first goal as a professional.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Police said an Atletico fan in his early 20s was hospitalized in a serious but stable condition before the match after being stabbed in a fight near a metro station in the stadium area.VALENCIA ALSO RALLIESValencia also scored two late goals in a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over 10-man Alaves.Ruben Sobrino put the visitors ahead with a strike from outside the area into the top corner in the 66th, but Valencia equalized seven minutes later with Goncalo Guedes. His angled shot deflected off a defender and goalkeeper Antonio Sivera was unable to recover in time to make the save.Alaves played a man down from the 77th after defender Adrian Dieguez was sent off with a second yellow card.Forward Rodrigo scored the winner from close range, firing a shot that hit the post before going in.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View commentslast_img read more