Real Madrid 3-4 Schalke 04: Los Blancos nearly sent crashing out

first_img But despite his shoddy performance, it was Casillas who saved Real Madrid from being eliminated, making two good saves as Schalke tried to grab a late fifth, which would have taken them to 5-5 on aggregate and through on away goals.  CET Madrid now just have one more match, at home against Levante, to prepare for the Clasico. Ancelotti will not be sleeping comfortably. Huntelaar did the damage, lashing past the goalkeeper, who for the first time, had no chance at stopping the strike.  With Alvaro Arbeloa and Gareth Bale notably badly, there was always the chance the Di Matteo’s men would score again. And they did. Roberto Di Matteo’s Schalke team came to the Santiago Bernabeu full of zest, and took the lead on two occasions, with Ronaldo pegging the Germans back both times. Former Real Madrid forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar notched twice, but it was youngster Max Meyer who ran the show.  It was not to be, but despite the final whistle giving Real Madrid sweet relief, their players still looked shell-shocked.  Christian Fuchs opened the scoring for the Germans, with his strike at Casillas’ hands only turned into the net by the stopper. Rik Sharma Cristiano Ronaldo helped drag a sloppy Real Madrid side up by their bootstraps as they scraped their way into the Champions League quarter-finals.  10/03/2015 Upd. at 23:12 Karim Benzema looked to have taken the wind out of Schalke’s sails with a well-taken strike after the interval, but Leroy Sane’s curler gave the Germans a chance. Madrid were not functioning, with Iker Casillas particularly bad, and at fault at least in part, for three of the Schalke goals. Ronaldo, particularly, looked distinctly unimpressed with the whistles that were screaming around the Bernabeu.  But Ronaldo pulled Real Madrid level when he headed home Toni Kroos’s corner, and then nodded in on the stroke of half-time after Huntelaar had followed up a shot spilled by Casillas. last_img read more

Age-old barrier

first_imgBy BEN CAMERON AN ARGUMENT for the ages has broken out over the grey area of allowing ‘youngsters’ into a…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Black spot cash grab fails

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS THE State Government applied to divert Federal mobile black spot funds away from bushfire prone areas to…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Green Army Win World Cup Silver

first_imgIreland’s Pool B Vitality Hockey World Cup Fixtures:Ireland 3 vs 1 USA 21/7/18 6pmIreland 1 vs 0 India 26/7/18 2pmIreland 0 vs 1 England 29/7/18 7pmQuarter Final Ireland 0 vs 0 India (3-1 in shootout) 2/8/18 6pmSemi Final Ireland 1 vs 1 Spain. Shootout: Ireland 3v2 Spain 4/8/18 2pmWorld Cup Final Ireland 0 vs 6 Netherlands 5/8/18 4:30pmprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Ireland 0 Netherlands 6 (Welten, Jonker, van Male, Pheninckx, Keetels, van Maasakker)It was always going to be a tough task against the world number 1 side in sweltering heat but the Green Army were in their usual determined form. The opening goal came in a crowded circle in the 7th minute when Lidewij Welten spun her marker and shot home from close range.Anna O’Flanagan and Nicci Daly were causing the Dutch some trouble down the left wing but the experienced Dutch defence kept the circle entries to a minimum. Kelly Jonker doubled her sides lead in the 19th minute as she sent a rocket into the corner from her reverse shot.The Netherlands notched up 5 penalty corners in the opening half but the corner runners weren’t giving the Dutch any time and drag flicks were sent high and wide until Kitty van Male picked up a loose ball from an initial penalty corner block and swept into the corner. A minute later and Malou Pheninckx found herself free in the circle and smashed the ball high into the net to put her side 4-0 in front at the half.The start of the second half didn’t go according to plan as Welten broke into the circle in the 32nd minute and slipped the ball to Marloes Keetels free in front of goal for the tap in. Caia van Maasakker made it 6 from a penalty corner drag high into the corner. Chloe Watkins, winning her 200th cap today, was appearing all over the pitch as she poached the ball from the Dutch and then looked to set up attacks on the counter. The best chance of the quarter came from a Dutch penalty corner mistrap that saw Ireland break at pace and Deidre Duke pick up the ball in the circle but good scramble defence by the Netherlands so them win possession back. There was no lack of effort from the Green Army as they defended resiliently, and Lizzie Colvin and Katie Mullan were at the core of several turnovers as Ireland chased a goal. Daly was the first to test Anna Veenendaal as she darted into the circle and smashed the ball goalward but the shot was well saved. 2 penalty corners in quick succession for the Dutch were duly dealt with as Roisin Upton saved one off the line and Shirley McCay threw her body in front of another to see Margot van Geffen’s shot go high.Netherlands ran out deserved winners but the Green Army cemented their place in history with World Cup silver and Ayeisha McFerran was rightly named Goalkeeper of the Tournament.Starting: N Evans, K Mullan, S McCay, G Pinder, R Upton, A McFerran, C Watkins, L Colvin, H Matthews, A O’Flanagan, Z WilsonSubs: G O’Flanagan, Y O’Byrne, E Tice, E Beatty, N Daly, D Duke, A Meeke Vitality Hockey World Cup Final, Londonlast_img read more

GUI select Mullarney and O’Keeffe for South American Amateur

first_imgRonan Mullarney from Ireland on the 4th tee during Round 2 Singles of the Men’s Home Internationals 2018 at Conwy Golf Club, Conwy, Wales on Thursday 13th September 2018. Picture: Thos Caffrey / Golffileprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Mullarney and O’Keeffe will travel to Club de Golf Los Leones in the Chilean capital of Santiago for this WAGR-ranked event, which is part-funded by The R&A. The course previously hosted the World Amateur Team Championship in 1998. Ronan Mullarney from Ireland on the 4th tee during Round 2 Singles of the Men’s Home Internationals 2018 at Conwy Golf Club, Conwy, Wales on Thursday 13th September 2018.Picture: Thos Caffrey / Golffile The Golfing Union of Ireland has selected Ronan Mullarney (Galway) and Peter O’Keeffe (Douglas) to compete at the South American Amateur Championship in Santiago, Chile from 10-13 January 2019. The reigning Irish Student champion, 23-year-old Mullarney enjoyed a prolific year at home and abroad, winning his Irish Students title at Tralee in addition to the R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament at St Andrews. Making his Ireland debut at this year’s Home Internationals, Mullarney won five out of six points. The Galway talent is currently studying for an MSc in Strategy and Innovation at Maynooth University.Corkman Peter O’Keeffe (37) continued his ascent through the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) in 2018, climbing inside the world’s top 50, and the 2017 Flogas Irish Amateur Open champion is currently the second highest ranked Irish player on WAGR.The South American Amateur (Campeonato Sudamericano Amateur) is a 72-hole stroke play event that attracts a strong international field with players travelling from Europe, Australia and North America.Mullarney and O’Keeffe are members of the GUI National Panel, which is supported by both Sport Ireland and Sport Northern Ireland.GUI Selections — South American Amateur Championship, Club de Golf Los Leones, Santiago, Chile (10-13 January 2019): Ronan Mullarney (Galway), Peter O’Keeffe (Douglas)last_img read more