Daily Archives: September 19, 2016

Manchester United suffers third consecutive defeat in a week

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Manchester United suffered their third defeat in a single week after Watford earned a deserved 3-1 victory on home ground.

Watford took the lead after 34 minutes; Etienne Capoue sidefooted a Daryl Janmaat pass in the United box past David De Gea’s outstretched leg.

It was not until after half-time that United managed to a reply. Marcus Rashford scored even as he missed a header, and made no mistake on the follow-up to finish from close range.

As the game looks headed towards a draw, Watford substitute Juan Zuniga, who came on for Capoue, scored a first-time curling shot across De Gea and into the far corner.

The game was taken out of United hands after Marouane Fellaini fouls Zuniga in the box, with Troy Deeney smashing in the ensuing penalty emphatically.

United’s defeat at Watford follows up the Red Devils’ loss to neigbours Manchester City and a shock disappointing Europa League defeat by Feyenoord.

Club manager Jose Mourinho believed that some of his players could not cope with the need for competitive wins.

“I feel that some individuals probably feel the pressure and responsibility too much,” the Portuguese said. “We have to improve, no doubt, individually and collectively. And that’s my job.”

“We started the season very well with winning the Community Shield and three victories in a row in the Premier League, the best start that a new manager has had at Manchester United I think. But was I thinking that my team was ready, perfect, unbeatable? Not at all.”

“I was completely aware that we were not perfect, with lots of players who are not end products and can make their own mistakes.”

Nevertheless, there is little time for United to breathe or lick their wounds as they prepare to face Northampton in the League Cup midweek, and defending champions Leicester City next weekend.

Inter makes comeback to end Juve unbeaten run

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Inter Milan defeats Juventus for the first time since 2012, sinking the Italian Champions to their first Serie A loss since October last year.

Juventus took the lead as Stephan Lichsteiner thumped in Alex Sandro’s low cross to in the 66th minute in a typically tense encounter. However, Inter captain Mauro Icardi just two minutes later by heading home from a corner.

Internazionale substitute Ivan Perisic then overturned his team’s losing streak against Juve by heading in a perfectly executed cross from Icardi.

It was a stunning response from Inter after their midweek Europa League defeat to Hapoel Be’er Sheva, even as the game grew more frantic after a ninety-minute red card on Inter’s midfielder Ever Banega.

As Inter moves up to sixth place after the win, while Juventus slips to second place behind Napoli.

Gonzalo Higuain, Juve’s summer signing from Napoli, was brought on when the scores were tied at 1-1, but failed to provide impact apart from a glancing header that narrowly misses the target.

On the other hand, Inter’s win could win Frank de Boer points with club owners after a troubled start to their Serie A campaign.

Before the d’Italia derby, Inter had only one win from three league games. Rumours surrounding the Dutchman’s future with the club swirled as the Nerazzurri got humiliated 2-0 at home by Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the Europa League. It was a result that prompted apologies and claims from de Boer that his side “lost their heads”.

Virtus.pro are champions of Dreamhack Bucharest!

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Virtus.pro collected another honour under their belt by winning DreamHack ZOWIE Open Bucharest 2016, bagging the $50,000 grand prize after two maps against Cloud9 in the grand final.

In de_train, Cloud9 A managed to close out the starting round in the afterplant to kick the final off, but the polish side immediately got one back by winning the pistol buy round.

As VP picked up two more rounds to go 3-1 up, they traded rounds with the American team before going aggro and up to 9-2 after the 11 rounds. While Cloud9 managed to grab a third, Virtus.pro won the follow-up to reset their economy.

More disappointment for Cloud9 followed before the break as Virtus.pro managed to take a 12-3 lead, and blew past their opponents who tried everything from fast pushes to set pieces to try and break the Poles down.

But there appeared to be a change in fortunes as Cloud9 took pistol on CT to retake after a plant on B by Virtus.pro. After having planted twice in the first rounds, Virtus.pro tried to put one more nail in the coffin, but Cloud9 managed to hold the inside play, pushing the Poles on another eco and closed the gap to 12-7.

Virtus.pro were able to put a round up on their terrorist side, and it was smooth flying from there – winning two rounds in a row up to 15-8. Jake “Stewie2K” Yip pushed on B keep Cloud9 alive, but it only delayed the inevitable as Virtus.pro closed down the map on the following round, 16-9.

De_cobblestone saw the North American side winning the pistol round on terrorist and the subsequent round, before a 1v2 clutch by Mike “shroud” Grzesiek on the fifth put Cloud9 within one round of Virtus.pro, and were then able to tie it up 3-3.

From there Cloud9 sped forward all the way to 7-3 after the 10th round; that is, until Virtus.pro willed themselves back in the game by picking up three more rounds before ending the half.

After taking a break to recharge, Virtus.pro got right back in to tie 9-9, winning the pistol and the following two rounds. It was all VP as the Polish side would once again turn the plow on and glide to victory by winning every round on the terrorist side, leaving the final score at 16-9.