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Leipzig stun Atletico to reach Champions League last four

first_imgRB Leipzig stunned Atletico Madrid, with a 2-1 victory in their Champions League quarter-final on Thursday, to reach the competition’s last four for the first time in their club’s short history.With two minutes of normal time remaining, United States midfielder Tyler Adams snatched victory with a deflected shot from outside the box to set up a semi-final clash with Paris St Germain.The German side had taken the lead in the 51st minute with a header from Spanish forward Dani Olmo but a disjointed Atletico were shaken into life when record signing Joao Felix came off the bench, earning and scoring a penalty to level in the 71st. Atletico responded with Yannick Carrasco bursting in from the left and firing goalwards but Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi reacted well to push the effort wide.Julian Nagelsmann’s side quickly settled though into the brand of attractive passing and movement that has earned them many admirers.Kevin Kampl was busy in the center of midfield and left wing back Angelino was enjoying plenty of space down the flanks but it was the performance of French central defender Dayot Upamecano that was the most impressive.Solid defensively, taking care of Atletico’s over-isolated striker Diego Costa, he also had the confidence to bring the ball out of the back and be the starting point for Leipzig’s moves.BreakthroughIt was impossible not to wonder how different the game might have been if Leipzig had not sold their top scorer Timo Werner to Chelsea in June, given the lack of a real threat in attack.But six minutes after the interval, they found a way through – Marcel Sabitzer’s cross from the right was met by Olmo, the Spaniard’s angled header flashing past Jan Oblak and into the far, bottom corner.The goal prompted Atletico boss Diego Simeone into a change, with Felix, the 20-year-old Portugal international and club record signing, introduced in the 58th minute.The move paid off when Felix glided into the box and was brought down by an ill-timed tackle from Lukas Klostermann for a penalty.Felix hasn’t had the most impactful of debut seasons but he had the confidence to get to his feet and bury the spot kick to get the Spaniards back on level terms with 19 minutes left.Atletico sensed the momentum had shifted and they pushed forward in search of a winner, which looked the more likely outcome, possibly in extra-time, as Leipzig struggled to regain control of the game.But with two minutes of normal time remaining, substitute Adams tried his luck with shot from outside the box, which deflected off defender Stefan Savic and beat the wrong-footed Oblak.Atletico piled on the pressure but Leipzig had the belief and the fortitude to hold on for their most famous victory. Atletico, runners-up in 2014 and 2016, looked more likely to score the next goal but it was the club founded only eleven years ago who were left celebrating in front of the empty seats of the Estadio Jose Alvalade.Now the team, built up from the lower leagues and owned by energy drinks company Red Bull, will come up against Neymar and company with a chance at a place in the Aug. 23 final.As with all games in this ‘final eight’ mini-tournament, there were no fans to witness the drama but it was clear from the outset that Leipzig felt at home among European football’s elite.They fired an early warning shot when Marcel Halstenberg was picked out at the back post but his difficult volley flew off target.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Ideal mix of old and new in this stylish Stafford Queenslander

first_img6 Waroon Street Stafford Floor planHe said the home would be ideal for a young family due to its size and its ideal location in Stafford.“It is in a very quiet street, Waroon sits pretty high and away from the main streets,” he said. The home is on the market now. The spiral staircase connects the downstairs and upstairs.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoThe covered timber deck has views that stretch out all the way to Brisbane’s CBD.“The view is beautiful, there is no one behind us and you can see the city,” Mr Mackay said. Three of the home’s four bedrooms are on the top storey, which also includes the kitchen.A spiral staircase leads to the downstairs, which has its own living space and another bedroom. The pot belly oven is a unique way to warm the home.Although it looks like the classic Queenslander on the outside, a renovation had given it a unique sense of style that was clear as soon as he walked in. “The previous owners had done a renovation and what really stood out was the deck area,” Mr Mackay said. 6 Waroon Street StaffordTHINGS are a little bit different in this Stafford home.Current owner Sam Mackay was looking for homes when they came across the charming post-war home at 6 Waroon St a couple of years ago. Soft colours complete the contemporary look of this home.“The upstairs and downstairs are a bit different,” Mr Mackay said. “It is almost like a contemporary Queenslander mixed with inner city style.”A vintage pot belly oven is a noticeable addition to the downstairs living area, which Mr Mackay said was another interesting thing the previous owners did with the home.The home sits on a 577sq m block and has a double carport, airconditioning and gas cooking.After a few years living in Sydney, Mr Mackay has returned to Brisbane and decided to put the home on the market and move to Camp Hill.last_img read more

BAFFERT’S MCKALE RUNS LIGHTS OUT FROM RAIL AND TAKES $59,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH

first_imgBAFFERT’S MCKALE RUNS LIGHTS OUT FROM RAIL AND TAKES $59,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH, GETTING 6 ½ FURLONGS WITH VAN DYKE IN 1:15.65 ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 10, 2020)–Idle since Sept. 6, Bob Baffert’s McKale blasted off from his rail post position and was completely dominant in winning Friday’s $59,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by three quarters of a length.  Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, McKale got 6 ½ furlongs in a rapid 1:15.65.Although he broke a bit sluggishly, McKale was quickly into stride and made the lead easily out of the chute, maintaining a two-length advantage to the quarter pole over Seven Scents and then kept late running Manhattan Up at bay late.“He ran fast, but he’d been working really well,” said Baffert, who indicated McKale would have several options as to when and where he would make his next start.  “We gave him some time (off) and he came back good. He needed a little freshening.”A well beaten fourth in a six furlong allowance at Los Alamitos Sept. 6, McKale, a 5-year-old Maryland-bred gelding by Congrats, was off as the 3-2 favorite in a field of six older horses and paid $5.00, $3.60 and $2.40.Owned by Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman, McKale, who is out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Lofty Lizzy, collected his third win from 10 starts and with the winner’s share of $35,400, increased his earnings to $132,900.Ridden by Geovanni Franco, Manhattan Up saved ground while next to last at the rail a quarter mile out and finished well as clearly second best. Off at 5-1, Manhattan Up finished 1 ¼ lengths clear of Royal Trump and paid $5.40 and $3.00.Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, Royal Trump, who finished 4 ¼ lengths in front of longshot Pepe Tono, was off at 2-1 and paid $2.20 to show.Fractions, all set by the winner, were 21.97, 44.94 and 1:09.27.First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m., with admission gates opening at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more