first_imgUEFA Champions League Feyenoord boss Van Bronckhorst rues Manchester City’s early salvo Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 08:36 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Feyenoord - cropped Getty Images UEFA Champions League Feyenoord Feyenoord v Manchester City Manchester City The Premier League club flew out of the blocks to sour the Dutch side’s Champions League return on a frustrating night Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst said his side never recovered from conceding after 95 seconds in the 4-0 Champions League Group F defeat to Manchester City.John Stones capitalised on poor set-piece defending to quickly puncture a buoyant atmosphere at De Kuip and strike duo Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus were on hand to pile on further misery inside the opening half hour.Feyenoord 80/1 group winner Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing England centre-back Stones completed the rout with a second header after the hour-mark and, although the Dutch champions produced a spirited showing in the second half, the damage had long since been done.”After that early goal, City grew more and more in the game and we struggled to keep up with the high pace they played,” Van Bronckhorst said.”In the second half, we changed the system. We wanted to get more ball to get into our game, but that was difficult for this opponent.”City is just one of the top teams in the world, we really had to have a good day to get a chance against them and we did not have that.”Captain Karim El Ahmadi was similarly crestfallen and conceded there was an element of stage fright about Feyenoord’s performance on their return to the Champions League following a 15-year absence.”The disappointment is very big,” he told UEFA.com. “We have to be realistic that Manchester City were much, much better then us.”The first goal was very easy and early in the game. If you can keep them a longer time at 0-0 you can get some confidence but, after going down 1-0 early, you could see we were afraid to play our game.”The goals they scored were from corners in which we were not sharp enough.”last_img read more

first_imgArsenal 1 Doncaster Rovers 0: Walcott hits winner for Wenger’s men Stephen Creek Last updated 2 years ago 04:48 21/9/2017 theowalcott-cropped Getty Images Jack Wilshere and Reiss Nelson both started for Arsenal as Theo Walcott scored the winner in a 1-0 League Cup victory over Doncaster Rovers. Theo Walcott scored his first goal of the season to earn Arsenal a 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers and a place in the fourth round of the EFL Cup.Walcott, who had not netted a competitive goal for the Gunners since April, pounced in the 25th minute to make it 1-0 at the Emirates and at that stage it looked as though Arsenal would steamroller their League One opponents.Despite a glut of first-half chances the hosts failed to extend their lead and Doncaster, having frustrated Olivier Giroud as he sought his 100th goal for Arsenal, probed for an equaliser and gave the Premier League side a number of scares. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Darren Ferguson’s men lacked quality in the final third and the few clear-cut chances they created went begging, leaving Arsene Wenger to reflect on a positive result and another good performance from Jack Wilshere.The midfielder, who spent last season on loan at Bournemouth, made his first start for the club since May 2016 and was involved in much of Arsenal’s best play, while full-back Reiss Nelson also emerged with credit on his full debut.A lively opening four minutes saw Doncaster winger Rodney Kongolo draw a diving save from David Ospina with a low drive, before Giroud had a strong claim for a penalty turned down when the referee refused to acknowledge that he was hauled down in the penalty area.The Frenchman almost scored a contender for goal of the competition two minutes later when he met Wilshere’s delicately chipped ball into the box with an acrobatic scissor-kick that beat Ian Lawlor but rattled the crossbar.Giroud headed a pinpoint Mohamed Elneny cross narrowly over the crossbar after 20 minutes as Arsenal camped themselves in Doncaster’s half, with Wilshere and Nelson moving the ball around crisply.The breakthrough arrived after 25 minutes when Alexis Sanchez looped the ball into the box and behind the Doncaster defence where Walcott arrived and took a touch to control before side-footing it past Lawlor and into the [email protected]’s up and running for the season#AFCvDRFC pic.twitter.com/i2YQcyRDJj— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 20, 2017Wilshere would have added a second with a rasping 30-yard drive had Lawlor not made an impressive save at full stretch, before lone Doncaster striker Alfie May lashed a shot against the side netting on the cusp of half-time.Within three minutes of the re-start, Giroud created a golden opportunity to double Arsenal’s advantage, but Walcott fired over the crossbar with only Lawlor to beat.May, who only turned professional in January, looked set to equalise when he broke into Arsenal’s half on his own after 58 minutes but he was easily caught by Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who dispossessed him as Arsenal survived a nervous moment.Nelson drew a good save from Lawlor with an angled drive after 64 minutes, leaving Arsenal vulnerable to the threat of an equaliser and extra-time as Doncaster launched a series of counter-attacks in the closing stages, but Andy Butler and John Marquis both fired over the bar when chances fell their way.Maitland-Niles scuffed a backwards pass on the half-way line and allowed Benjamin Whiteman a chance to run at goal, but once again the young Arsenal defender showed his pace and successfully back-tracked to cut out the danger.Liam Mandeville and Matty Blair both had late chances to grab a dramatic late equaliser in the final six minutes, but both lacked accuracy in front of goal and Arsenal’s slender lead survived.Job done#AFCvDRFC pic.twitter.com/WAVkNo2DSN— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 20, 2017 read morelast_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX – Heat waves in the world’s oceans are getting longer and more frequent, according to a new study that warns the phenomenon will likely continue to alter marine ecosystems, harm fisheries and kill various species.Eric Oliver of Dalhousie University in Halifax, who led a team of researchers from Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom, said they found that annual marine heat-wave days increased by 54 per cent between 1925 and 2016.The oceanography professor said that means a marine ecosystem now experiences 45 marine heat-wave days per year, compared to 30 days of extreme heat annually in the early 20th century.“We will continue to see impacts on our marine ecosystems, making them less stable and predictable,” Oliver said in a release. “These are systems that many around the world rely on for food, livelihoods and recreation.”The team, which used satellite and on-site observations of sea surface temperatures, defines marine heat waves as “prolonged periods of unusually warm water at a particular location.”The study, released Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, found the prolonged heat can harm biodiversity, as well as fisheries and aquaculture. For example, the authors say a marine heat wave off western Australia in 2011 altered the plant composition in an ecosystem once dominated by kelp. He said that shift remained even after water temperatures returned to normal, suggesting the changes may be long-lasting if not permanent.A year later, high temperatures that lasted from 2014 to 2016 in the Gulf of Maine caused the lucrative lobster fishery to be flooded with cheaper early landings, while persistent warm water in the North Pacific caused fishery closures, strandings of marine mammals and harmful algal blooms along the coast.“It even changed large-scale weather patterns in the Pacific Northwest,” the release states.Oliver said the increased frequency in heat waves is due likely to a global increase in mean ocean temperatures. Because of that, the team says that will likely continue since they expect ocean surface temperatures to continue to warm.last_img read more