Falcao fires Monaco to brink of French title

first_imgMonaco lead the reigning champions by three points — and have a game in hand against Saint-Etienne on Wednesday — ahead of next weekend’s final round of matches, but their vastly superior goal difference all but guarantees them an eighth French league crown.“Before the match we needed four points. Now we need just one,” said Jardim, with the Portuguese leaving nothing to chance. “We’ll keep working hard until the end. On Wednesday we need to pick up the points to win the title.“We had to be careful (against Lille) and we were. Paris scored five goals and aren’t giving up. I’m asking for one final effort on Wednesday.”Falcao calmed any lingering nerves by handing Monaco the perfect start at the Stade Louis II when he headed in unmarked from Thomas Lemar’s left-wing cross after just six minutes.Kylian Mbappe tormented the Lille defence as he wriggled past Franck Beria to set up Silva for a simple tap-in on the stroke of half-time, with the teenager teeing up Falcao for his second on 69 minutes.Junior Alonso then turned a Lemar cross beyond Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan late on as Monaco put their midweek Champions League semi-final defeat to Juventus behind them in convincing fashion.Edinson Cavani climbed up to 35 league goals this term with a brace as PSG demolished Saint-Etienne, ending the hosts’ outside shot of qualifying for the Europa League.– ‘Not enough this year’ –Lucas also scored twice for Unai Emery’s men while Julian Draxler added a fifth, but the capital club’s four-year reign in France is effectively over with just next Saturday’s visit of Caen to come.Paris Saint-Germain’s midfielder Lucas (R) is congratuled by teamat forward Edinson Cavani after scoring a goal on May 14, 2017 © AFP / PHILIPPE DESMAZES“Monaco have had a great season but they’re not yet mathematically champions,” said Emery, although his side’s goal difference of plus-56 trails well behind Monaco’s 73.“Congratulations to Monaco for the work they’ve done. This competition is good for French football,” he added. “With the number of points we have we could have been champions, but it’s not enough this year with the competition from Monaco.”Nice suffered a first home defeat of the campaign as goals from Angers skipper Cheikh Ndoye and Karl Toko Ekambi secured a 2-0 victory at the Allianz Riviera, while Marseille remain in control of their European destiny following a 1-1 draw at Bordeaux.Uruguay international Diego Rolan grabbed an early opener for Bordeaux, but Bafetimbi Gomis hit his 19th goal of the season to keep fifth-place Marseille a point ahead of the home side.Lyon bounced back from the pain of Thursday’s agonising Europa League last-four exit against Ajax with a 3-1 triumph at Montpellier, Alexandre Lacazette netting twice after Nabil Fekir’s opening goal.Dijon pulled clear of the relegation play-off place with a 2-0 win over Nancy, who dropped to the foot of the table following Bastia’s 2-0 victory over fellow strugglers Lorient.Caen also remain in a relegation scrap as a 1-0 home defeat to Rennes left them just a point clear of the bottom three.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Monaco’s forward Radamel Falcao celebrates after scoring a goal against Lille at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco on May 14, 2017 © AFP / Yann COATSALIOUPARIS, France, May 15 – Radamel Falcao scored twice as Monaco strode to within a point of the Ligue 1 title after Sunday’s 4-0 home win over Lille left them on the verge of dethroning Paris Saint-Germain.The Colombian striker netted either side of a Bernardo Silva goal before Junior Alonso bundled into his own net as Monaco reeled off a 10th straight league victory, although PSG’s 5-0 rout of Saint-Etienne prevented Leonardo Jardim’s side from officially securing the title.last_img read more

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My wife loves to see me express myself on the field: Suresh Raina

first_imgSuresh Raina.Marriage begins a new chapter in a person’s life, but such is the life of present day Indian cricketers that they hardly get any time for their personal lives and families. When they are not on national duty, they are on club duty – playing in the Indian Premier League.So even though it has been a while since Suresh Raina got married to his childhood friend Priyanka Chaudhary, on April 3, he is yet to go on a honeymoon as the batsman has been busy plying his trade for Chennai Super Kings in the eighth edition of the IPL.But thankfully for Raina, his wife isn’t complaining as she understands the demands of marrying an India cricketer. In fact, Raina feels lucky to have a considerate partner who is happy to see him go out on the field and express himself.”Marriage hasn’t changed anything and there is no added pressure on me now that my wife is watching me play. The simple reason is that she loves to see me express myself on the field as she knows that I enjoy that a lot and that makes her happy as well. I am blessed indeed to have her as my partner,” he told Mail Today.Suresh Raina and childhood friend Priyanka Chaudhary got married on April 3 this year, just before the IPL began.Coming back to the cricketing side of things, there is no denying the fact that Raina is not only an integral part of CSK, but also one of the best T20 players in the world. He has not missed a single T20 game that Chennai have played and his record stands at an impressive 3,671 runs from 130 games – the most in the history of the cash-rich league.But going by Raina’s standards, this season hasn’t panned out the way the last seven have. He has managed 346 runs from 15 games with just two half-centuries. While he has got starts, he hasn’t managed to capitalise on them and score big like in the past. But Raina isn’t complaining and is happy to be middling the ball in the final phase of the tournament.advertisement”I don’t like to think too hard. I have been middling the ball well. It was just a matter of time before I scored runs. Right now I am really looking forward to finishing the season on a high,” he revealed.Talking of CSK and not mentioning Ashish Nehra is almost impossible this season. Not only has Nehra been impressive with the ball, picking 19 wickets from 14 games, but what has impressed people more is that the oft-injured pacer has managed to stay injury-free even in this highly demanding tournament, where players are expected to play late into the night and then travel the very next morning on various occasions. Raina says Nehra’s spirit has been infectious. “You should look at him at training. He has given it his all. He inspires you to go that extra mile. Nehra has definitely been a revelation this season. And he deserves the wickets and the accolades. He has really worked for it and I am very happy for him,” he said.last_img read more

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One dead after shooting outside Australia nightclub three injured

first_img SharePrint A Victoria Police personnel works at the scene of a multiple shooting outside Love Machine nightclub in Prahran, Melbourne, Australia April 14, 2019. AAP Image/Ellen Smith/via REUTERSA Victoria Police personnel works at the scene of a multiple shooting outside Love Machine nightclub in Prahran, Melbourne, Australia April 14, 2019. AAP Image/Ellen Smith/via REUTERS A drive-by shooting outside a nightclub in the Australian city of Melbourne inflicted “horrific injuries” that killed a security guard and wounded three men, police said on Sunday, but there was no suggestion yet that the attack was terror-related.Australia has some of the world’s toughest gun control laws, adopted after its worst mass murder, when a gunman killed 35 people at Port Arthur in the island state of Tasmania in 1996.Sunday’s shooting took place around 3.20 a.m. in the lively entertainment district of Melbourne’s southeastern suburb of Prahran, police said.Three security guards and a man queueing to enter were taken to hospital with gunshot injuries, police said in a televised news conference in Melbourne.“It would appear that shots have been discharged from a car in this area into a crowd standing outside the nightclub,” homicide inspector Andrew Stamper said.The victims suffered “horrific injuries” from a weapon fired in close proximity, he added.One guard died in hospital, another man was in critical condition and two escaped life-threatening injuries. One guard was shot in the face, the Age newspaper said.However, there was no suggestion yet that the attack was terror-related, a police spokeswoman said by telephone. Detectives are expected to investigate links between an outlawed motorcycle gang and the club, the Age said.Bloodstained clothing and bullet casings littered the street outside the entrance to the second-storey Love Machine nightclub early on Sunday.Police urged witnesses who saw any vehicle moving at speed around 3 a.m. to come forward, and mentioned a black Porsche SUV that was later found burnt-out in the north Melbourne suburb of Wollert.No arrests have yet been made, and investigation continues.A murder-suicide last year in Western Australia that killed seven members of a family was the country’s worst mass shooting since the Port Arthur case.Neighbouring New Zealand has adopted legislation to ban semi-automatic firearms and assault rifles after its worst peacetime shooting in March, which killed 50 worshippers in two mosques in the city of Christchurch.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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