Bayern Completes Arsenal’s Euro Misery with Another 5-1 Win

first_imgBayern’s Thiago Alcantara, right, is challenged by Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Arsenal and Bayern Munich. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)And there was no sympathy from Bayern, with the five-time European champions joining in the derision by tweeting: “What time is it? Yep, it’s ten to!”The night’s other game saw the first-leg score replicated as Real Madrid beat Napoli 3-1 to reach the last eight for a seventh successive season.But Bayern enjoyed such an emphatic advantage that Arsenal had an uphill task. A glimmer of hope, though, came in the 20th minute when Theo Walcott beat goalkeeper Manuel Neuer at his near post.Nothing went Arsenal’s way after that. Walcott was denied a potential penalty and then Koscielny was dismissed after the referee initially prepared to show the captain a yellow card for bringing down Robert Lewandowski 10 minutes into the second half.“The game was difficult until the penalty,” said Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti, who is looking to win the Champions League with a third different club after successes with AC Milan and Real Madrid. “We were too open. They pushed as we expected. We were not so clear with the ball as we usually are.”Arsenal didn’t do itself any favors, going into freefall as Bayern tore Wenger’s side apart with a clinical attacking masterclass. Arjen Robben netted after a poor clearance by goalkeeper David Ospina in the 68th minute, and Douglas Costa added another in the 78th before Arturo Vidal scored twice in the space of five minutes.Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski, second right, celebrates with teammates after scoring a penalty during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Arsenal and Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium in London, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)“Bayern can be a good side but tonight they can also say thank you to the decisions of the referee,” Wenger said. “It leaves me very angry, very frustrated … (the referee) killed the game.”As Bayern marched into the quarterfinals for the sixth consecutive year, Arsenal cannot be certain it will even be back in the competition next season. Not only are the Gunners far from winning the Premier League for the first time since 2004 but they are out of the top four.The objectives are clearer for Bayern: collecting a fifth successive Bundesliga title and winning the Champions League for the first time since its Wembley success in London in 2013.“We just want to keep chugging along,” Neuer said. “We don’t intend on letting up.”TweetPinShare0 Shares LONDON – With a second 5-1 rout in three weeks, Bayern Munich completed Arsenal’s humiliation on a night of protests against manager Arsene Wenger.Whether Wenger gets a chance to return to the Champions League next season remains unclear, as his latest contract will expire at the end of this season after 21 years at the club.His team’s heaviest-ever loss at the Emirates Stadium, completing a 10-2 aggregate loss on Tuesday as the German champions reached the quarterfinals, will only heighten demands by pockets of supporters for Wenger to go.Asked if he will manage Arsenal again in the Champions League, Wenger replied: “I don’t know … I am here to talk about football not my future.”It is Wenger’s failure to deliver Arsenal’s first European Cup that has diminished his standing among fans who once lauded him as a coaching revolutionary.For the seventh consecutive season, Arsenal has exited the Champions League in the Round of 16 and it has still only reached the final once, back in 2006.Wenger deflected questions about his own future by reprimanding Tuesday’s referee for what the Frenchman called “unexplainable and scandalous” decisions.last_img read more

As a fellow sportsman, I kneel with and applaud those in the NFL protests

first_imgEight years ago while I was in Miami visiting my wife Erica, I lost my passport and was advised to report it to the police. I went to the local station and explained my predicament to the officer behind the window, expecting to be given a mild rebuke and a form to fill in. I still feel disbelief and anger about what happened next.“I am not reporting your lost passport because there is no way you are British!” the officer shouted in my face before pulling down her shutter. I was refused my basic right to legal process because I’m black. My experience of police prejudice in 21st-century America is small and irritating by comparison to the incidents of brutality and discrimination against the black community that have sadly become daily news. Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Protest Lewis Hamilton joins chorus of support for NFL anthem protests Sport has and always will influence the way we think, behave and live our lives, and it has a power and popularity that any politician would give their right arm for. At a time when there often seems to be a disconnect between sports people and fans, whether you agree with these protests or not, we should be applauding athletes for standing up (or kneeling down) for their right to freedom of speech in front of the whole world.Of course professional sports people in our era are privileged but it’s sickening to hear them dismissed as “black millionaires” because they’re making a stand against injustice to their fellow countrymen, and their actions are following in the tradition of others who had the courage of their convictions. Sport involves people of every colour, creed, nationality, gender and religion on this planet. Sport is a talking and unifying point in every city, in every country on every continent.I kneel with and applaud the NFL athletes who are taking a peaceful stand for something they believe in and hope that the impact it’s having helps society progress and morally challenge itself – just like Owens, Ali, Mandela and countless others have done using the incredible power of sport. US sports Share via Email Donald Trump Those who dismiss them are either ignorant or part of the problem, and as a fellow sportsman I support and salute the men and women who have made their protest a focus of debate with their “take a knee” campaign across the United States raising awareness of social injustice.I cannot condone those who preach that sport and politics should not mix. Sport and the people who play it are part of the fabric of society and the billions who support their teams also vote for politicians.I’m no Usain Bolt or Cristiano Ronaldo but I take seriously my position as a professional footballer within our society because I’m aware that whether I’m on the field of play in a packed stadium or at the local supermarket doing my weekly shop, my behaviour is scrutinised by young people who are impressionable and looking to me as a role model in their community.The power and beauty of sport is an incredible phenomenon – it could be the winning goal in a World Cup final, a world record at the Olympics or the winning shot in a tennis grand slam – all invoke passion and emotions in the athletes and fans who elevate sports people to privileged status in our society.Everything they say and do is re-enacted by children all over the world and I expect that for most of us the first role model we had was an athlete, who would ignite your imagination and make you want to emulate them.For me, it was a picture I had as a kid on my bedroom wall, an iconic image that still inspires me today, of Bobby Moore and Pelé from the 1970 Mexico World Cup: shirts off, sweat dripping, smiling, two legends – one black and one white – embracing each other in mutual respect. I wanted to be just like them.The argument that is raging between Donald Trump and some of the most famous athletes in the US is whether sport has a right to criticise the establishment and get involved in the political and humanitarian issues that affect the people of their country. Those who support #TakeAKnee have been accused of being unpatriotic and disrespectful of the American flag and even the military who have served in defence of the US.Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James and Stephen Curry along with other athletes were making a political statement during the national anthem in protest of the treatment that millions of their fellow citizens are suffering every day but the fact that the president has responded so antagonistically and intensely to peaceful protest is proof of just how influential sport is and can be.That he attacks sports people on a daily basis while saying little about the humanitarian tragedy caused by earthquakes in Puerto Rico and Mexico says much about Trump. Sport has always been a mirror of our people and society, and there are significant moments played out in an arena whose impact has caused major reverberations around the globe.Don’t we see Jesse Owens’ four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics in Nazi Germany as a victory for the free world? Or when Muhammad Ali appeared to throw away his boxing career in order to abstain from fighting in a Vietnam war that he didn’t agree with, was it for nothing? Even one of the most revered and respected men in modern history, Nelson Mandela, used the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa as a vehicle to attempt to unify a country ravaged by racism and apartheid rule. comment Share on Pinterestcenter_img Read more Football Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Read more NFL owners ‘are afraid of their players, and I think it’s disgraceful’ – Trump Share on Messenger Topics NFL Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Spotted New Bitumen Tanker Joins Thome Group

first_imgImage Courtesy: Thome GroupSingapore-based ship manager Thome Group has welcomed to its fleet Star River, a bitumen tanker newbuild.The naming and delivery ceremony for the vessel took place at Chengxi shipyard, part of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), on February 5, 2018.The 37,000 dwt Star River departed the shipyard on February 6.The vessel is the first 37,000 dwt asphalt tanker built for Japanese ship owner Kumiai Senpaku by Chengxi, the shipbuilder said.Star River, which flies the flag of the Marshall Islands, currently has a market value of USD 44.21 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more