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Theo Walcott: Bayern win shows we mean business

first_img The runaway Bundesliga league leaders were defeated 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night to give Arsene Wenger’s men their first European win and keep alive hopes of qualification for the knockout stages. It was a third straight victory for Arsenal, who impressed in beating both Manchester United and Watford, with the north London club now second in the Barclays Premier League table, just two points behind Manchester City. Walcott feels inflicting a first defeat of the campaign on Pep Guardiola’s side will serve as a warning of Arsenal’s intentions. “You play against the best in the Champions League, Bayern are a top, top class team, but we showed our class,” said the England international. “The confidence is just flowing through the team at the moment, you can see that. Results show that and if we continue this you never now where it is going to take us, but we are looking really strong. “We have been fantastic in the (Premier) League, the two games before in the Champions League weren’t great, but the confidence is flowing through the team and you can just sense that, and I think a lot of teams are starting to be a bit wary of that. “That is what we want, we want to put out a message and (the result on) Tuesday night can hopefully show that. “But this result can’t just be a one-off. We need to keep on doing it. “However we have still got a lot to do (to qualify) and won’t get ahead of ourselves because our focus now is on the Premier League.” Walcott added: ” That (next Champions League tie in Munich) is a long way ahead, there are a lot of games coming up before that game, but again we believe we can beat anyone. If we beat Bayern, we can beat anyone.” Forward Theo Walcott claims Arsenal’s Champions League victory over Bayern Munich will have sent a clear message to their rivals that the Gunners mean business this season. Press Association Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer pulled off a remarkable first-half save from Walcott’s point-blank header, but was eventually beaten when he failed to collect a deep free-kick as substitute Olivier Giroud headed into an empty net before Mesut Ozil added a second in stoppage time after the German had clawed the ball back from behind the goalline. Veteran Arsenal stopper Petr Cech also make some crucial saves, one early on from Thiago and then deflecting Robert Lewandowski’s shot over just before Giroud broke the deadlock. Walcott is in no doubt of what the 33-year-old, signed from Chelsea in the summer, brings to the group, having made his first Champions League appearance for the Gunners. “There have been a lot of top-quality goalkeepers, but the calibre he has brought to this club, and what he does off the pitch as well , which you guys don’t see, just everything is just perfect,” said Walcott. “It is just his whole manner and how he approaches the game and how he helps others. He is a team man, he wants people to do well and he has a lot of belief in this team. “He makes massive saves in crucial times of the games and that is what lifts spirits and he shows why he has been at the top of his level for many, many years.” last_img read more

NWSL resumes with ‘bent knees’ from players

first_img(BBC) – Chicago Red Star team-mates, Julie Ertz and Casey Short, shared a tearful embrace on Sunday as the pair knelt during the American national anthem before their National Women’s Soccer League game.As the Chicago and Washington Spirit teams lined up and took a knee, Short became tearful and was supported by fellow USA footballer Ertz.Portland Thorns and North Carolina Courage players took a knee before their game on Saturday.The players also wore T-shirts reading “Black Lives Matter” before kick-off.Ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the US anthem in 2016 in protest against racial injustice.Portland and North Carolina said it was to protest against “racial injustice, police brutality and systemic racism against black people and people of colour”.The joint statement added: “We love our country and we have taken this opportunity to hold it to a higher standard.“It is our duty to demand that the liberties and freedoms this nation was founded upon are extended to everyone.”US star Megan Rapinoe, who has opted out of the tournament, said on social media: “You love to see it.“You love to see these women using their voice, demanding better for America, and for black people and people of colour.”The protest has taken renewed significance since the death of George Floyd in the United States.Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man, died after being restrained by a white Minneapolis police officer on 25 May.Saturday’s match in Utah was the first time a major North American league has returned to action since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, which halted sports in March.Courage won the game 2-1, while Washington beat Chicago 2-1.last_img read more

MLAX : SU struggling to keep possession late in games

first_img Comments Published on March 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13 JoJo Marasco was one move away from being in the clear. With less than 80 seconds remaining in Saturday’s 5-4 win over Villanova, Syracuse head coach John Desko put the ball in the stick of the sophomore attack with his team up by a goal.The task was simple: run out the final 1:17 and preserve a victory.‘I thought I was going to be able to run out the clock,’ Marasco said. ‘Coach told me not to make too many moves, and I was going to make that last move and just run it behind. Hopefully outrun them.’But a well-timed check from Villanova’s Brian Karalunas poked the ball free, and the Wildcat defender took off downfield to set up the tying goal.It’s a series of events that has reared its ugly head twice so far already against the Orange, and the season is only at its midway point. Two weeks before Marasco’s blunder, midfielder Jovan Miller lost the ball in a game against Georgetown that allowed the Hoyas to sprint downfield and score to send the game into overtime. An inability to protect the ball late in games isn’t a good sign for a team hoping to make push to the final four.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the Orange’s first trip away from home of the season on March 12 against Georgetown, Desko called timeout when his team had possession with 1:16 to go. Much like this past Saturday, he entrusted Marasco to essentially play keep-away from the Hoyas defense and not make a mistake.But when Marasco was double-teamed with 43 seconds left, Desko called another timeout and assigned the task to Miller. He was harassed by GU’s Gerry Reilly and dropped the ball. Reilly sprinted downfield, ripped a shot from the right of the goal and stunned Syracuse by tying the game with five seconds left.‘We expected as a defense knowing that we were going to keep the ball up top and try and keep it from going behind,’ SU goaltender John Galloway said after the eventual win over Georgetown. ‘We knew if anything went wrong, they had an opportunity to get the ball up the field quickly.’And in both those chances the Orange had to preserve the game, it has gone wrong. Miller and Marasco each turned the ball over, and the opponent took advantage with a long sprint the other way to set up a transition goal.Though Galloway knows those chances are possible, he’s 0-for-2 in save situations this season. It’s something the senior certainly isn’t pleased with thus far.‘Whatever happened there, you just have to make that save,’ he said.Close games mean smaller rotationOf the Orange’s seven wins, five of them have come by a combined seven goals. Three have come by one goal. And two have come in overtime.Put simply, there hasn’t been any room for error.‘It’s been difficult with the kinds of games that we’ve been in,’ Desko said following his team’s win over Albany on March 15. ‘We’ve been in these one- and two-goal games, and you bring somebody in and they’re cold. They turn the ball over, and you kind of question yourself.’And with those thoughts playing through his head, the SU head coach has kept his younger players off the field for the most part. Of the 54 players on Syracuse’s roster, only 25 have made appearances in at least five games this season. Much of the monster 19-member freshman class hasn’t gotten a chance to gain any experience.Though the team’s record remains perfect at 7-0, Desko said he needs to find ways to get these younger players on the field. At any given moment, a starter can go down. And with a bench that is filled with inexperience and youth, a drop-off in ability is likely to follow.‘If we had an injury, we’ve got to get some of these guys some game experience for the future,’ Desko said. ‘I think that’s the silver lining that we’ll take out of it.’The silver lining he spoke of was a game against Albany in which the Orange cruised to a comfortable 18-13 victory. Desko was able to mix in a wealth of younger players and finally give the future of his program some minutes.Eleven different players scored for Syracuse in that game, and nine different players tallied an assist.‘It was great tonight that these guys could get in and feel comfortable and find their way,’ Desko said following the game.Chris Daddio is one freshman, though, who has been making his presence felt on the field this season, despite all of the close games. He’s appeared in all seven games SU has played, taking 47 faceoffs for the Orange. He’s won 21 of them — second most behind senior Jeremy Thompson.Daddio’s best moment of the season came in that game against Georgetown. After the Hoyas stunningly sent the game to overtime, Daddio won the opening faceoff. SU never relinquished possession, and a few minutes later Stephen Keogh netted the game-winner.It was an important play by a first-year player that didn’t go unnoticed by one of the veterans.‘Daddio comes out as a freshman and makes a great play to get the ball back to me after winning the faceoff,’ Galloway said. ‘It’s one thing on the stat sheet, but that probably won us the game.’mjcohe02@syr.edu— Staff writer Zach Brown contributed reporting to this article.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more