INFORE, India (AP): Ravichandran Ashwin took his 20th five-wicket haul yesterday as New Zealand were bowled out for 299 runs on day three of the third Test in Indore. India then reached 18-0 in six overs at stumps, taking an overall lead of 276 runs. The visitors started well, with Martin Guptill (72) adding 118 runs with Tom Latham (53). They were both dropped once. Ashwin then accepted a simple return catch to dismiss Latham before lunch. The slide began after the break, as New Zealand lost four wickets for 14 runs. Ashwin bowled Kane Williamson (8) and then had both Ross Taylor (0) and Luke Ronchi (0) caught at slip, with Ajinkya Rahane pulling off sharp catches. “Early in the spell, I try to get my alignment and rhythm going properly and it’s taking me a few overs,” said Ashwin. “Once I go through it and when my body starts going completely into the ball, the starts getting better. That was one of the spells after lunch,” he said, after the close of play. Guptill was unlucky to be runout when Ashwin got his fingers off a Ronchi drive and deflected the ball onto stumps. James Neesham (71) added 53 runs with BJ Watling (23) to stem the rout. But Ravindra Jadeja (2-80) struck on either side of tea to remove Watling and Mitchell Santner (22), who added 52 runs with Neesham. The all-rounder completed his fourth Test half-century, before becoming Ashwin’s fifth victim, trapped lbw. It was the 20th five-wicket haul for the off-spinner and he became the quickest Indian bowler to achieve this milestone. He got there in 39 Tests, as compared to Kapil Dev (98 Tests), Anil Kumble (75 Tests) and Harbhajan Singh (59 Tests). “We have had some good discussions. If somebody is batting well, he gives you different ideas about how differently you can bowl and what fields you can have,” said Ashwin, about his interactions with Indian coach Kumble. Jeetan Patel (18) was then run-out much in the same way as Guptill, Ashwin deflecting a dropped return catch from Matt Henry (15 n.o.) onto the stumps. Trent Boult (0) was last man out, caught in the deep off Ashwin, as the Black Caps surrendered a first innings’ lead of 258 runs. India didn’t enforce the follow-on though. Gautam Gambhir, who injured his shoulder while fielding, walked off after facing seven balls as he aggravated his injury. There was some surprise that the Indian captain chose to rest his bowlers with only six overs remaining in the day. “I was certainly preparing to bat. Tomorrow, I expect them to come out, play a few shots, and put quick runs on board,” said Latham, after the day’s play. Murali Vijay was unbeaten on 11, while Cheteshwar Pujara was not out on one run at stumps. India have already won the three-match series with an unassailable 2-0 lead. UNLUCKY GUPTILL
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC): Jason Mohammed’s form in the just-concluded three-match series against Pakistan has seen him vault up the International Cricket Council one-day batting rankings. In the latest ratings announced by cricket’s world governing body yesterday, the 30-year-old Mohammed had jumped a whopping 86 places to a career-best 93rd spot. The right-hander was the West Indies’ leading batsmen in the three-match series in Guyana with 151 runs, at an average of 75. He struck a brilliant, career-best unbeaten 91 in the opening ODI as West Indies chased down over 300 for the first time in their history. He also notched 59 in Tuesday’s six-wicket loss, a knock that marked his fourth half-century in six one-dayers, following his brace in last month’s three-match series against touring England. Mohammed’s counterpart Shai Hope also experienced a rise in the rankings, jumping 33 spots to 98th, also a career-best spot. The right-hander failed to impress in the opening two ODIs, but came to the fore in the third with a high-class 71 in difficult circumstances. Hope, who made his ODI debut last November, now has a hundred and a half-century in 10 appearances. The top five in the batting rankings remain unchanged, with South African strokemaker AB de Villiers at number one. In the bowling department, the Windies pair of off-spinner Ashley Nurse and fast-bowler Shannon Gabriel also managed to make healthy moves up the rankings. Nurse led the Caribbean side’s attack with six wickets at 25 apiece to climb 26 places to 62nd, while Gabriel, who finished with four wickets, jumped 29 spots to 73rd. South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir is the number-one ranked bowler.
Finance Minister Amara Konneh has observed that the economic transformation pillar of the Agenda for Transformation (AfT) remains the lynchpin for the country’s drive toward transformation and inclusive growth. According to Minister Konneh, government’s interventions in economic transformation, a pillar in the AfT, have focused on formulating policies and programs that create an enabling environment for private sector participation and expansion in sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing.Mr. Konneh made these assertions over the weekend at the Steering Committee Meeting of the Liberia Development Alliance (LDA) in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa Copunty. It was during the LDA’s Steering Committee Meeting that the government of Liberia presented a progress report on the first year performance of the AfT.The ceremony was a self-assessment program by the government to grade its performance on projects it pledged to implement in the first year of the AfT. The AfT itself is the government’s five-year development strategy which follows the Lift Liberia Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) and is the first step in achieving the goals set out in Liberia’s long-term vision of socio-economic transformation and development. About 100 heads of ministries, agencies and commissions along with development partners, private sector actors and civil society stakeholders attended the meeting which discussed the one year implementation progress report that was presented for the Committee’s review and acceptance.The AfT is structured along five pillars (Peace, Security & Rule of Law, Economic Transformation, Governance & Public Institutions, Human Development and Cross-cutting Issues).In his opening remarks, Minister Konneh noted that the government is providing an appropriate legal and regulatory framework appropriating tax and royalty revenues from concessions to finance electric power and transport infrastructure, education and training, and other inputs needed to bolster the private sector. He indicated that the government has also taken a bold initiative to engage major stakeholders to identify and remove bottlenecks in the economy.Mr. Konneh, who also chairs the LDA, explained that the government through the Liberia Business Registry (LBR),has driven the process of enterprise formalization by streamlining the business registration process and reducing the number of days taken to register a business. “As a result of the automation of the business registration processes in Liberia,“ he declared “a total of 7,459 new businesses were registered in the period, 94% of them Liberian-owned.“ Over the period, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI), in collaboration with the International Standards Organization (ISO), successfully tested theNational Satndard Laboratory‘s (NSL) instrument calibrations to ensure that the degree of accuracy of its precision instruments, gauges and scientific apparatus are consistent with international standards, Konneh declared. According to him, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) were drafted for four commodities on the market, names not given, and that the National Investment Commission (NIC) is finalizing the Private Sector Development Strategy (PSDS).“A gap analysis was completed along with relevant stakeholders and a review of the entire value chain has been completed. The preparation of the report for the finalization of the strategy is currently ongoing.“The LDA boss noted a local content policy to facilitate the creation of new linkages, deepen and expand existing programs between foreign companies and SMEs is also being developed and that research into local procurement, local content, business linkage has been conducted and a technical working group has also been established. Toward this end, he said the working group established to develop the local content policy identified four priority sectors for the local content policy: Agriculture, Mining, Oil & Gas, and Infrastructure.The performance of the each of the five pillars of the AfT: peace, security and rule of law (PSRL), economic transformation (ET), human development (HD), governance and public institutions (GPI) and cross cutting issues (CCI) were graded . Under the PSRL, the total of 169 interventions were earmarked, but only 76 interventions were made in year one with 52 completed totalling 68%. This sector had a total strategic objectives of 17 and is considerd the best performer. The ET sector recorded total interventions of 323 with 47 interventions in year one, 26 completed and scored 55%. This sector’s total strategic obsjectives are 32. The HD sector’s total strategic objectives are 17, total interventions 191 required, year one interventions 29 and total completed is 16, which amounts to 55%. The GPI sector’s strategic objectives were 27; total interventions 204; total interventions in year one 58; with 21 completed and score 36%. In the CCI sector, a total of 85 strategic objectives were set, 394 total interventions identified, with 67 interventions made in year one and 32 completed at the rate of 48%; thus making the total completion rate of the AfT in year one to 53%.Finance Minister Konneh noted that the 53% completion rate of the AfT clearly indicates the need for sector heads to coordinate their activities.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf thanked Minister Konneh for the presentation. The Liberian leader also sthanked pillar chairs for the gains being recorded as she acknowledged the support of development partners for their continuing supports to the country‘s ambitious development agenda encapsulated in the AfT.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Honorary Consuls General retreat in Monrovia is part of the 171st Independence Anniversary celebration activities.The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gbehzohnzar M. Findley, has called on ambassadors and consul generals of Liberia to use their position in the Foreign Service to attract direct investment opportunities in the country.Minister Findley said if that is done it will enhance the country’s partnership and cooperation as well as bilateral agreements with other countries around the world.He made the statement yesterday at the end of a one-day retreat for Honorary Consul Generals across the globe as well as key Ministries and Agencies of Government, held in Monrovia.The Minister also admonished them to develop a practical roadmap aimed at enhancing Liberian foreign policy drive as a conduit of the Pro-Poor Agenda, which is intended to seek the welfare and reduce poverty among the downtrodden masses.The event was held under the Theme: “The Role of Honorary Consul in Stimulating Government’s Pro-Poor Development Agenda.”The forum develops a platform through which Honorary Consul Generals abroad will determine viable strategies to deepen engagements with host governments and private sectors within their jurisdictions.“The progress of this government depends on you. You have to perform your role diligently by attracting foreign direct investment that will bring about economic growth. This will indeed support the President’s development agenda, which is the pro-poor,” he said.River Gee County Senator Commany B. Wesseh, Co-chair, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also called on honorary consuls to play a role out there.“The Minister of Foreign Affairs has stated it very clearly that, particularly when we are in the economic war to make sure that the lives of our people are felt and that is we meant by pro-poor,” Senator Wesseh said.Furthermore, participants at the retreat focus on critical development priorities such as trade, technical and logistical assistance for Liberia, as well as to accelerate government’s efforts to operationalize existing bilateral and multilateral agreements for speedy economic growth and recovery.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
On a pulsating evening in the Bernabeu, Ronaldo dragged Real level with a penalty after Adrien Rabiot had given PSG the lead, fed by a cheeky Neymar backheel.As PSG seemed to be heading for a draw that would have put the French side in the driving seat for the return leg on March 6, Ronaldo turned the match in Madrid’s favour with a scrappy goal that bounced in off his knee.As Madrid poured forward, Marcelo piled on the pain with an 86th-minute volley to show PSG — who have never won the Champions League — the value of the experience of winning the competition 12 times.– ‘We love the Champions League’ –“Real Madrid love the Champions League and as players we can feel that on the pitch,” Ronaldo said after being named man of the match.“Today things worked out for me, scoring two goals and helping the team win, but we know the tie is not finished yet.”Cristiano Ronaldo consoled Neymar as 12-time European champions Real Madrid beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in the first leg of their last-16 tie in the Champions League © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSNeymar, who cut a dejected figure at the end, said his side “committed errors at certain moments”.“We were not mature enough at the end of the match,” the 26-year-old Brazilian said.“We didn’t play badly, but I think we need to be better if we want to eliminate Real Madrid. It is difficult, but nothing is impossible.”The return leg at the Parc des Princes will be the hottest ticket in Europe.With Real trailing bitter rivals Barcelona by 17 points in the Spanish league, coach Zinedine Zidane’s job seemed in danger before this tie.He paid tribute to his talisman, who despite showing signs of fallibility in La Liga this season has scored 11 goals in Europe in just seven matches.“With Ronaldo it’s difficult to always say the same thing. He has shown once again that he always turns up in the big games,” Zidane said.The Frenchman said he would savour the victory, but warned his side to guard against complacency against PSG.“There is a second leg to come where we will need to play with a lot of intensity. We know we are going to suffer.”PSG coach Unai Emery, who has never been further than the Champions League round of 16 in five previous attempts, gambled with a young lineup, starting with 21-year-old Argentinian midfielder Giovani Lo Celso and 22-year-old defender Presnel Kimpembe.But it was the Spaniard’s decision to withdraw the club’s all-time top scorer Edinson Cavani with half an hour to go that potentially cost him dear.With PSG’s attacking edge lost, Real clawed their way back into the game.The Paris side’s Qatari backers stuck with Emery last season despite a humiliating 6-1 defeat to Barcelona in the last 16, but they are unlikely to show the same patience if the second most expensive squad in history fails to overcome Real.“The team played well and deserved better,” Emery said. “We have to be optimistic and positive for the match in Paris. We still have a good chance of getting through.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo came out on top in the battle for supremacy with Neymar as he scored twice in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the last-16, first-leg tie of the Champions League © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Feb 15 – Paris Saint-Germain face a huge task to reach the Champions League quarter-finals after Cristiano Ronaldo defied predictions his powers are waning with two goals as Real Madrid won 3-1 in the first leg of their last-16 tie.Billed as a contest between World Player of the Year Ronaldo and his Brazilian heir-in-waiting Neymar, the 33-year-old Portuguese came out emphatically on top as he became the first player to score 100 Champions League goals for the same club.
Marquinhos Manchester United have been dealt a blow with the news that PSG centre-back Marquinhos has signed a new deal at the French champions until 2019.The 20-year-old joined Laurent Blanc’s side from Roma in 2013 and has excelled in both the centre of defence and at right back, making 31 appearances in all competitions this season.Red Devils’ manager Louis Van Gaal is known to be a fan of the Brazilian star, with the Dutchman in the market for a new centre-back this summer and earmarking Marquinhos and Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels as his prime targets.Securing the former now seems unlikely after the deal, and the defender expressed his delight at the new contract.“It’s very good news. It shows that I’m doing a good job. I’m very happy that the club is showing such confidence in me. It’s a new stage of my life,” Marquinhos told PSG’s official website.“The project here in Paris is magnificent and life in Paris is wonderful! I’m very happy with everything that’s happened in my life since signing here.” 1
Fianna Fáil has accused the Government of completely ignoring apprenticeship programmes over the past four years.Charlie McConalogue TDThey also claim that Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan is trying to win back support for her party by promising to extend the scheme to new sectors.New figures released to Fianna Fáil through Parliamentary Question reveal that the number of apprenticeships fell by 30% between 2010 and 2014. The party’s Education spokesperson Charlie McConalogue says these figures are a damning indictment of the scant attention given by this Government to the apprenticeship programme.“Successive Ministers have been shockingly slow to realise that an apprenticeship system is vital in dealing with Ireland’s acute long-term unemployment problem. However, it appears to have fallen off the Government agenda and has only resurfaced now that a General Election is on the horizon.“While Higher Education will continue to be the primary pathway for young people to skilled employment, it does not suit everyone and employers value vocational training. However this Government has failed to build on the programmes that have been offered to date and have allowed participation to fall off without introducing any changes to the existing programmes or expanding them until now. The demand from the technology and business sectors has not been fully utilised or valued and its role and contribution is not well understood by this government.”He added that while the proposal by the Apprenticeship Council to expand apprenticeship categories is welcome, the announcement is a drop in the ocean of what is required to deal with what is fast becoming Ireland’s largest economic problem. “Government, education providers and industry must work together to ensure these new apprenticeship areas are fast tracked immediately,” he said.GOVERNMENT IS COMPLETELY IGNORING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMMES – McCONALOGUE was last modified: August 2nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Charlie McConaloguedonegalfianna failTD
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers reckons Jonny Hayes offered a taste of things to come after the player opened his Hoops account on Saturday. The £1.3m capture from Aberdeen netted his first goal for his new club during the 9-0 romp over Shamrock Rovers. And Rodgers reckons the Dubliner showed plenty to be excited about on his return to his home city. “When you’re an attacking player and come to your new club it’s important to get off the mark early,” he told CelticTV.“He has settled in very well off the field. He is a good guy, a mature guy, and he has mixed in really well over the last couple of weeks.“We don’t need to rush him but he’s going to make a big contribution to the squad and you saw that today in the half hour he was on, when he showed his pace and his crossing ability. He has an eye for a goal.“He got his goal and that will make him happy and he can continue to build on that throughout the season.”Celtic sent out an ominous warning to Linfield ahead of next Friday’s Champions League qualifier in Belfast as they ran riot at the Tallaght Stadium.Stuart Armstrong and Moussa Dembele helped themselves to doubles, while Hayes, Mikael Lustig, Moussa Dembele, James Forrest and Tom Rogic also found the net.And Rodgers was delighted to see his team in such ruthless form. “It’s the identity of trademark of the team which we have created,” he said.“They never relaxed and kept working. I thought defensively, fundamentally, we were very good in terms of our pressing.“These are the games where you are building up that element of fitness to go and press and get on the ball, and then from that our quality came through.“We were very good in some of our play and some of the goals we scored. It was very pleasing. It was only our fourth game [of pre-season] but I can see the development in how the team is building up.” Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers was very pleased following the 9-0 win against Shamrock Rovers 1
Tags: 2019 AFCON QualifiersHassan WasswaKhalid Auchomoses waiswaSebastien Desabretadeo lwangaTaifa StarstopUganda Cranes The Cranes have already qualified for the 2019 AFCON (file photo)AFCON 2019 Qualifiers-Group LTanzania vs UgandaNational Stadium, Dar es SalamSunday, 24-03-2019 @6pmDAR ES SALAAM – The Uganda Cranes will be hoping they can end the 2019 AFCON Qualifiers on a high, when they take on Tanzania at the National Stadium in Dar es Salam on Sunday.The Cranes have been in scintillating form throughout the qualifiers, winning four and drawing only once in their first five games.Impressively, they are also yet to concede a goal, the only Nation across the continent yet to let in one at the back end.Uganda who have already qualified for the finals, have started preparations for the June/July tournament that is to be held in Egypt and according to head coach Sebastien Desabre, Sunday’s game will also be used as more prep.“We are ready for the game, the most important thing for us is to finish on a high note and keep focus, said the Frenchman in the pre-match press conference.“The development for our team to the next step because we have already qualified and now during this time, the camp in Egypt and the game against Tanzania, we use them to continue our preparations for AFCON.Uganda will be without influential midfielder Hassan Wasswa after he accumulated two yellow cards which automatically rule him out of the final group game. Vipers’ Captain Tadeo Lwanga is expected to be the one who debutizes for Wasswa in midfield alongside Khalid Aucho and Moses Waiswa. Despite having already qualified for the finals, Desabre is expected to name a strong side for the game against Tanzania.For Tanzania, they head into the game knowing that nothing but victory will see them make it to the finals in Egypt.The Taifa Stars start the day in 3rd position on the table, level on points with second placed Lesotho but with an inferior goal difference.With Lesotho away to bottom placed Cape Verde, who have 4 points, Tanzania will know that they must win on Sunday and pray that Lesotho fails to beat Cape Verde in order to reach the final tournament.In doing so, they would become the fourth East African country to qualify for this year’s AFCON after Uganda, Kenya and Burundi completed the task earlier.Match Facts:This will be the 15th meeting between the two sides since May 2017.In the 14 meeting prior to Sunday, Uganda has defeated Tanzania 7 times, losing only 3 and drawing the other four.However, Uganda has defeated Tanzania only once away from home, in that period. The sole victory for the Cranes came in the CHAN qualifiers back in June 2015.The first meeting between the two nations in this year’s AFCON qualifiers ended goalless at Namboole, the only time Uganda failed to collect maximum points from a group L game so far.The Cranes drew 0-0 with Tanzania in the first game last year (file photo)Going into the game, Tanzania have won only one of their last 12 AFCON qualifiers (D5 L6). The only victory in that period game in the 2-0 win over Cape Verde in October 2018.However, at home, the Taifa Stars have lost only one home AFCON qualifier in the last 9 years (W3 D5). The loss came in a 2-0 defeat to Egypt in June 2016.For Uganda, they have gone 8 AFCON Qualifiers minus testing defeat (W6 D2). The last time the Cranes tested defeat was in March 2016 when they lost 1-0 away to Burkina Faso.Away from home, they go into Sunday’s game having won all their last three game in the continental qualifiers, scoring five goals whilst conceding only one.The Uganda Cranes team in Tanzania:Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Robert Odongkara (Adama City, Ethiopia), Salim Magoola (Al Hilal, South).Defenders: Nico Wakiro Wadada (Azam, Tanzania), Geofrey Walusimbi (Free Agent), Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Timothy Awany (KCCA, Uganda), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers, Uganda), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Kirizestom Ntambi (Ethiopian Coffee).Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Churchhill brothers, India), Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers, Uganda), Ibrahim Sadam Juma (KCCA, Uganda), Moses Waiswa (Vipers, Uganda), Moses Opondo (Vendsyssel FF, Denmark), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Free Agent).Forwards: Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Simba, Tanzania), Faruku Miya (Gorica, Croatia), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA, Uganda), Allan Okello (KCCA,Uganda), Edrisa Lubega (SV Ried, Austria), Muhammad Shaban (Raja Casablanca, Morocco), Henry Patrick Kaddu (KCCA, Uganda), Milton Karisa (MC Oujda, Morocco).Comments
Tags: European Leaguestop PSG have won six of their opening eight Ligue One games this season. (PHOTOS/Courtesy)After a disappointing 2-0 home loss to Reims, PSG ensured they resumed business as usual with victory over Bordeaux this past weekend.Once again it was star player Neymar Jr who grabbed the headlines, scoring the only goal in the 1-0 win. The other good news for the Parisians was the return of Kylian Mbappe who made instant impact, assisting Neymar for the 70th-minute winner.This is PSG’s 6th victory of the season and sees them move two points clear at the top of the standings. For Bordeaux, it is their second defeat and leaves them in 7th.As PSG were winning on Saturday, second-placed Angers were drawing 1-1 at home to Amiens.Steven Mendoza gave the visitors a 13th-minute lead and Angers had to wait until seven minutes from time to find the leveller through Rachid Alioui.Despite the draw, Angers continue enjoying their best start to the Ligue One in a long time and currently have 16 points from 7 games.The other big boys of the division Monaco, Marseille and Lyon had mixed results in their respective match-day 8 fixtures.Monaco were 4-1 winners at home to Brest thanks to goals from Wassim Ben Yedder, Islam Slimani, Gelson Martins and Balde Keita. Marseille drew 1-1 at home to Rennes with a Heroki Sakai giving the visitors a first-half lead before Caleta-Car equalized for the hosts 7 minutes into the second. For Lyon, they have now gone five games minus victory following a 1-0 loss against Nantes on Friday. Fernando Marcal put through his own net to hand Nantes a rare victory at Lyon.Elsewhere, Dijon registered their first victory of the season thanks to a 2-1 result at Reims, Strasbourg were 1-0 winners at home to Montpellier while Saint Etienne beat Nimes 1-0 away from home. The other two games ended all square.In Spain, Barcelona made it two victories in as many games as they defeated Getafe 2-0 away from home on Saturday afternoon.Luis Suarez opened the scoring in the 41st minute with his 3rd goal of the campaign before young star Junior Firpo added a second four minutes after the break. Defender Clement Lenglet saw red in the 82 minute of the game that saw Lionel Messi miss out once again due to a thigh problem.Suarez opened the scoring for Barcelona in the win over Getafe.The win sees Barcelona climb up to 4th on the standings with 13 points from 7 games while Getafe slips into 16th with just 7 points.In the biggest La Liga fixture of the weekend, Atletico and Real drew 0-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.It was a game that promised so much for the home side but at the end of the day, they could not get past a resilient Real side.The draw means Real moves top of the standings with 15 points while Atletico slump into third, a point adrift of their city rivals.In second place is Granada who saw Antonio Puertas score the only goal in their 1-0 victory over Leganes on Saturday evening.Elsewhere, Villarreal continued their resurgence with a commanding 5-1 win at home to Real Betis on Friday.Toko Ekambi helped himself to a brace while Santi Cazorla, Gerard Moreno and Nigerian Samuel Cukwueze added one each in the victory. Emerson had temporarily levelled matters for Betis early in the second half but his goal turned out to be a mere consolation in the end.Villarreal who have now won three of their last four games, climb into 8th with 11 points from 7 games while Betis remain 15th with 8 points.Elsewhere, Valencia beat Athletic Bilbao 1-0, Real Valladolid were 2-0 winners at Espanyol, Sevilla scrapped to a 3-2 victory over Real Sociedad while Deportivo Alaves defeated Mallorca 2-0 at home.In Italy, Inter Milan maintained their perfect start to the 2019/20 campaign with their sixth successive victory of the season as they dispatched Sampdoria 3-1 away from home.Stefano Sensi opened the scoring before Alexis Sanchez who would later be sent off added a second for the visitors. Jakub Jankto pulled one back for Samp but Roberto Gagliardini restored Inter’s two-goal caution, one they maintained until the end.Sanchez (7) scored and got sent off in the win over Sampdoria.Antonio Conte’s side are now on 18 points and sit top of the pile after 6 games.Defending champions also maintained pressure on the leaders thanks to a 2-0 victory at home to SPAL on Saturday afternoon.Miralem Pjanic calmed nerves for the Old Lady with a fine strike at the stroke of halftime before Cristiano Ronaldo made the points safe 12 minutes from time.The victory means Juve remains second on the log, two points behind leaders Inter Milan.The others of the chasing pack including Atalanta, Napoli, Roma and Lazio also won their respective match-day 6 fixtures. Atalanta were 4-1 winners away to Sassuolo, Napoli beat Brescia 2-1, Roma scrapped to a 1-0 win at Lecce while Lazio humiliated Genoa 4-0 at the Olimpico.AC Milan were thrashed 3-1 by Fiorentina at the San Siro. Eric Pulgar, Gaetano Castrovilli and Frank Ribery scored the goals for La Viola while Rafael Leao got Milan’s consolation. The home side also saw Mateo Musacchio shown a straight red card at the start of the second half.Elsewhere, Udinese beat Bologna 1-0, while Cagliari drew 1-1 at home to Hellas Verona.In German, Bayern Munich climbed top of the Bundesliga after defeating Paderborn 3-2 away from home on Saturday afternoon.Serge Gnabry, Philippe Coutinho and Robert Lewandowski were all on the scoresheet for the Bavarians while Kai Proger and Jamilu Collins struck for the home side.This is Bayern’s 4th victory of the season and sees them lip-frog Leipzig at the top with 14 points from six games.Bayern are now top of the Bundesliga.For Leipzig who are now second, they lost their match-day 6 fixture 3-1 at home to in-form Schalke 04.Salif Sane, Amine Harit and Rabbi Matondo scored for David Wagner’s side while Emile Forsberg grabbed Leipzig’s consolation.This is Leipzig’s first defeat of the season and it sees them drop into second on the standings, one point behind the leaders. For Schalke, it was their fourth victory on the bounce and they climb into 4th, level on points with Leipzig.Three other side are also on 13 points. These include Freiburg who were 2-1 winner at Fortuna Dusseldorf, Monchengladbach who thrashed Hoffenheim 3-0 away from home and Leverkusen who enjoyed a similar result at Augsburg.For Dortmund, they were held to second successive 2-2 draw at home to Werder Bremen.Milot Rashica handed Bremen a 7th-minute lead before Mario Gotze cancelled out his strike two minutes later. Captain Marco Reus turned the game on its head on 41 minutes but the home side could not hold onto victory as Marco Friedl pulled Bremen level 10 minutes into the second half.Dortmund slumps further on the log and are now 8th with 11 points in six games.Elsewhere, Eintracht Frankfurt beat Union Berlin 2-1 on Friday, Wolfsburg were 1-0 winners at Mainz while Hertha Berlin defeated Koln 4-0 on Sunday.All French Ligue One match-day 8 results-Lyon 0-1 Nantes-Bordeaux 0-1 PSG-Nice 1-1 Lille-Angers 1-1 Amiens-Monaco 4-1 Brest-Metz 2-2 Toulouse-Reims 1-2 Dijon-Strasbourg 1-0 Montpellier-Nimes 0-1 Saint Etienne-Marseille 1-1 RennesAll results from the Spanish La Liga match-day 7-Villarreal 5-1 Real Betis-Bilbao 0-1 Valencia-Getafe 0-2 Barcelona-Granada 1-0 Leganes-Atletico 0-0 Real-Espanyol 0-2 Real Valladolid-Eibar 2-0 Celta Vigo-Deportivo Alaves 2-0 Mallorca-Levante 1-1 Osasuna-Sevilla 3-2 Real SociedadAll Italian Serie A matchday 6 fixtures-Juventus 2-0 SPAL-Sampdoria 1-3 Inter-Sassuolo 1-4 Atalanta-Napoli 2-1 Brescia-Lazio 4-0 Genoa-Lecce 0-1 Roma-Udinese 1-0 Bologna-Cagliari 1-1 Hellas Verona-AC Milan 1-3 Fiorentina*Parma vs Torino Monday, 30-09-2019 @9:45pmAll Bundesliga match-day 6 results-Union Berlin 1-2 Frankfurt-Leipzig 1-3 Schalke 04-Hoffenheim 0-3 Gladbach-Mainz 05 0-1 Wolfsburg-Augsburg 0-3 Leverkusen-Paderborn 2-3 Bayern-Dortmund 2-2 Bremen-Dusseldorf 1-2 Freiburg-Koln 0-4 Hertha BerlinComments