UCL: Liverpool begin title defence with defeat

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Liverpool’s opening match of the defence of their Champions League crown has ended in defeat courtesy of a late 2-0 loss to Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday. The holders, who lifted the trophy for a sixth time in Madrid on June 1, were level until the 82nd minute when Dries Mertens fired a penalty past Adrian after Andrew Robertson had fouled Jose Callejon. A rare Virgil van Dijk error then gifted Fernando Llorente a second in the 92nd minute as Napoli beat Liverpool at home for the second consecutive season, leaving the Reds three points behind their opponents and Red Bull Salzburg after matchday one in Group E. Considering Napoli began their campaign with back-to-back 4-3 scorelines and Liverpool had only kept one clean sheet all season, it was perhaps unsurprising that the game quickly settled into a free-flowing, end-to-end attacking rhythm. It certainly did not look as though the two sides were about to play out a goalless 80 minutes or so, and Napoli even had the ball in the back of the net in the seventh minute. However, Hirving Lozano’s header was correctly ruled out for offside after Adrian made a fine double-save to deny two powerful Fabian Ruiz efforts in quick succession. Fabian had another chance after quarter of an hour when he found space at the back post, but he opted to put the ball back across the face of goal when he might have shot, allowing Virgil van Dijk to hack it away from danger. Despite a regular attacking threat, Liverpool had to wait until the 20th minute for their first clear chance when Jordan Henderson released Sadio Mane, who was denied by Alex Meret at the near post. Moments later Roberto Firmino clipped a pass through for Mohamed Salah, who got the wrong side of Kalidou Koulibaly but refused to go down under the centre-back’s clumsy challenge inside the box. The Egyptian’s shot was eventually blocked, though, while James Milner blasted a follow-up effort well off target on his 100th European appearance. Salah then dragged a 25-yard effort wide of the near post before a timely interception from Kostas Manolas prevented Milner from finding the winger unmarked inside the box. Arguably Liverpool’s best chance of the half came from the resulting corner when Firmino suddenly found himself unmarked in the box, only to flick his header narrowly wide of the target when he should have done better. The Brazilian was almost made to rue that miss four minutes into the second half when Dries Mertens cushioned a volley towards goal and looked certain to have scored until Adrian pulled off a world-class stop to tip the ball wide – an early contender for save of the season. It marked a quick start to the half for the hosts, although Liverpool were always a threat on the break and should have made more of a two-on-one situation when Mane and Salah were up against Mario Rui, who successfully delayed the pass which was then too heavy when it arrived. Salah did get the chance to go for goal shortly after the hour mark when Kostas Manolas horribly sliced a clearance straight to the Egyptian inside the box, but his powerful low first-time effort was brilliantly tipped wide by Meret. Meret was called upon again with just over 15 minutes remaining when some smart interchange between Mane and Firmino released the former into the box, where he put his finish too close to the Napoli keeper. The defining moment of the contest came 10 minutes from time when Jose Callejon cut inside from the right and got his toe to the ball before Andrew Robertson, going down under the Liverpool man’s challenge. The referee pointed to the spot and VAR upheld the decision, leaving Mertens to blast his penalty past Adrian despite the Spaniard getting a hand to the ball.Tags: Jose CallejonJurgen KloppLiverpoolNapoliUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

Philly Naked Bike Ride called off because of the coronavirus

first_img First Published: 16th August, 2020 08:32 IST Last Updated: 16th August, 2020 08:32 IST Philly Naked Bike Ride Called Off Because Of The Coronavirus The annual event, which usually draws thousands of nude cyclists for a trip around Philadelphia and its tourist sites, had been set for later this month. But organizers who had been gearing up for it said the city’s COVID-19 cases made them halt their planning COMMENT FOLLOW US Written By LIVE TVcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News The coronavirus pandemic has slammed the brakes on this year’s Philly Naked Bike Ride.The annual event, which usually draws thousands of nude cyclists for a trip around Philadelphia and its tourist sites, had been set for later this month. But organizers who had been gearing up for it said the city’s COVID-19 cases made them halt their planning.“After much debate, we feel that cancelling this year’s event is the most responsible thing to do,” they said on their website.But they had a message for would-be naked riders eager to break free of their home lockdowns: They hope to be back riding in 2021.“We hope to see you next year, hopefully under better and healthier circumstances,” they said. “Keep up your (socially distant) riding and be safe.”Ride organizer Maria Serrahima said canceling this year was “the safest bet” because of the highly contagious and deadly virus. Still, she said on Friday she hopes people are “taking advantage of the emptier streets and riding — masks up.”The naked ride is to promote positive body image, advocate for the safety of cyclists and protest dependence on fossil fuels. Riders pedal a 10-mile (16-kilometer) course while taking in sights including Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s steps, featured in the “Rocky” movies.The 12th Philly Naked Bike Ride had been scheduled for Aug. 29. The ride used to be held in September, often in temperatures around 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius), but enough of the naked riders mentioned feeling chilly that, last year, it was moved up to August.Image credits: AP last_img read more

GAC ‘Chose the Sensational over Objectivity’

first_imgThe Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) has sharply reacted to the recent audit report from the General Auditing Commission (GAC) on the Ministry.MFDP said the Commission “chose the path to the style of the sensational rather than an objective and professional reporting.” According to the Ministry, this way of doing things has now become the standard practice of the GAC.GAC in its audit reported by some media outlets, accused the MFDP Minister Amara Konneh and his Comptroller and Accountant General of not providing supporting documentations for some transactions. “We noted during the audit that out of the total selected sample of US$4,123 payment transactions, the Comptroller and Accountant General did not provide supporting documents for US$3,419 payment transactions for various components in the financial statements amounting to US$209,790,651.04,” GAC report said.The GAC audit report, which contains this statement, is the Special Procurement Audit Report of the Ministry of Public Works and the Audit Report of the Consolidated Financial Statement of the government for the Fiscal Year 2012/13. The Ministry said while it views the GAC reports as being “critical to our collective determination to improve the public financial management system of the government, our attention has been drawn to a number of conclusions derived from the report and reported on by the media to the effect that public resources have either been unaccounted for or abused. These very disturbing insinuations could and should have been prevented had the Commission acted reasonably in incorporating some of the pertinent clarifications provided by the MFDP.”However, MFDP said it remained committed to implementing the recommendations of the audit exercise and has, as a matter of policy, begun instituting some of the recommendations as contained in the Auditor General’s report. The Ministry also charged that for the GAC’s audits to be seen as credible, “the basis for institutional improvements, handling of the audit process has to be treated with the outmost degree of professionalism, mutual respect and good faith for system improvement.” “In this respect, the MFDP wishes to register for the record, a number of issues raised in the audit report that are not only questionable and in some instances laughable, but creates a misleading impression that either public resources have been squandered or the public trust compromised.”Included in its response, the Ministry listed four areas, including audit integrity, material issues with Public Works Audit, material issues with audit report of the Consolidated Financial Statement and ancillary issues, which it said need clarification because of some of the confusing conclusions stemming from the Auditor General’s report. The Ministry’s press release is published in detail on pages eight and nine of today’s edition.One internal auditor, a public financial analyst, who asked to remain anonymous, rhetorically asked when contacted for his opinion on the audit, “Why should everyone have problems with the GAC audit reports? It needs to look at the ways, methods and procedures of its material gathering.” He, however, noted that it is also a human tendency to “cry wolf.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more