Daily Archives: April 25, 2016

Barcelona, Real and Atletico wins to maintain title chase

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Barcelona, Real and Atletico wins to maintain title chase

Nobody is giving in yet at the top of the La Liga table, as Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid each won in each of their respective fixtures to ensure that the La Liga title was still within their reach.

Within the space of a few hours, each team managed to climb to the top of the table during different intervals, until Barcelona eventually reclaimed the spot.

Even then, Barcelona was the only Spanish giant that routed their opponents, as Luis Suarez scored four goals to make it his eight in two matches. His current total of 34 La Liga goals also moves him ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo’s 31.

But after Lionel Messi opened the scoring after just 12 minutes, the game was anybody’s until Suarez doubled Barca’s lead, converted two penalties alongside one from Neymar, and added one more just before the end.

Atletico Madrid beat Malaga in their weekend fixture, but their boss Diego Simeone, who lead them to La Liga titles in the past, may face a ban.

The Argentinian could face a 3-game ban after being sent off at half-time when a ball was thrown on to the pitch from Atletico’s touchline during a Malaga counterattack.

Referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz reportedly asked Simeone who had lobbed the ball on, and, not getting an answer, had to sent him off.

Angel Correa then settled the game with the game’s only goal, firing from the edge of the penalty area which was then deflected into the far corner.

Gareth Bale rose to head in Real’s first

Gareth Bale rose to head in Real’s first.

But Real Madrid displayed character as the team rallied to make a comeback win after going two goals down against Rayo Vallecano.

Rayo pulled dangerously ahead early on; within 14 minutes as Adrián Embarba scored from close range in the seventh minute before Rayo’s Venezuelan striker Miku pounced on more poor defending from the visitors.

Gareth Bale, who was rested in an earlier match, stepped up and heads in a corner, before Zinedine Zidane’s men levelled six minutes after half-time thanks to Lucas Vasquez.

The Welshman completed the comeback nine minutes from time as he claimed a misplaced pass from a Rayo defender, sprinted into the box ahead of everyone and hammered the ball past Rayo keeper Juan Carlos.

Man United and Crystal Palace set up meet in FA Cup final

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Man United and Crystal Palace set up meet in FA Cup final

Manchester United and Crystal Palace will meet each other in the FA Cup finals as both teams won 2-1 against their respective opponents.

Anthony Martial scored a late winner to help United to their first realistic chance for silverware since Sir Alex Ferguson retirement and to allay fears for yet another premature managerial departure since then.

Louis van Gaal had been surrounded by constant speculation on his future in Old Trafford, but in the very least, he could now hope to maintain his record of winning a trophy at every club he managed.

The Red Devils pulled ahead initially at 34th minutes after play as Marouane Fellaini made a close-range finish – but the team needed David de Gea to prevent an equalizer from a Romelu Lukaku penalty.

The Old Trafford faithful would have pulled even further ahead early in the second half when Rashford and Martial combined neatly to leave Jesse Lingard a shooting chance from the edge of the area, but a well-worked opportunity was let down by the accuracy of the shot.

Under jeers, a lackluster Everton rallied after half-time and made it 1-1 as Chris Smalling deflected Gerard Deulofeu’s cross into his own net.

The game looked destined for extra time, but when Phil Jagielka could not quite cut out Ander Herrera’s pass to Martial in stoppage time the United forward was on to it in a flash and the finish was emphatic.

Meanwhile, Connor Wickham stars for Crystal Palace as he scored his team’s winner against Watford

Meanwhile, Connor Wickham stars for Crystal Palace as he scored his team’s winner against Watford to advance his team into their first FA cup final in 26 years.

Yannick Bolasie brought Palace ahead early at Wembley with a header, but Watford levelled in the second half when Troy Deeney nodded home Jose Manuel Jurado’s corner.

But Crystal Palace maintained their best performance in what was a bizarre season, securing their winner through Connor Wickham’s header.

The final will be held on 21 May, an exact same situation where Palace and United fired to a 3-3 draw before the Red Devils made 1-0 winners in the replay. Then, it saved Alex Ferguson’s very career before it proceeded to become the trophy laden legend it is now.

Wings Gaming overpowers Liquid to win ESL One Manila

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Wings Gaming overpowers Liquid to win ESL One Manila

Wings Gaming put together one of the most dominating performances in a Dota 2 tournament final to demolish Team Liquid with a 3-0 clean sweep to claim their first trophy.

The Chinese team had yet to claim the top honours of any tournament since they built their current roster following the TI5 reshuffle. But they constantly proved to possess great team chemistry with pushing and early-game aggression specialties; and their sticking together eventually paid off.

Nevertheless they began their Manila as the underdogs, playing curious heroes lineups in low-key matches throughout the bracket. None would have pegged them, even up to their semi-final face-off against world number two, Fnatic.

Routed in the first set, Wings Gaming then went ahead with comfort picks and played unpredictably, taking down more than a handful of giants and claimed snowball victories in the face of sure defeat.

Their final game against Team Liquid only sealed the notion further that the win against Fnatic was no fluke.

It was necessary to highlight that the team has done well to start with heroes that matches up to Zhou “bLink” Yang and his Invoker as well as taking a hero that focused on vision. Ultimately, it was their unpredictability that made them unstoppable.

bLink’s Invoker and Li “iceice” Peng had made excellent rotations to put on shining performances that won Wings the game. They constantly dismantled Liquid team by lone pick-offs, trade from Peng’s Earthshaker as well as Invoker’s typical yet ridiculous disruption in team fights and initiation.

Though it did not go well from them in Manila, fans of Team Liquid can still be hopeful for their team this season; they had been consistent throughout the tournament with fast early-game rotations and decisiveness. It is just a shame that it had not worked out well, as they called GG against Wings.