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Toure takes on City challenge

first_img Toure pushed forward and fed Jesus Navas out wide. The Spaniard curled an inviting low ball into the area and Jovetic stuck out a leg to divert past Lukasz Fabianski. The goal fired up the home crowd for the first time and Jovetic urged them to make more noise as he ran away in celebration. But still the general quality did not improve and referee Neil Swarbrick booked Kyle Bartley for a clumsy challenge on Sergio Aguero. That pair were involved in another moment of controversy moments later. Aguero went down holding his head after an off-the-ball collision with Bartley and was told to get up by Angel Rangel. Aguero took exception to this and Swarbrick needed to step in to avert a confrontation. After more players arrived on the scene the official needed to talk to captains Vincent Kompany and Ashley Williams to calm the situation. As play finally settled down, City began to assert their superiority. Fabianski produced a fine fingertip save to touch a powerful Gael Clichy drive onto the post and Jovetic then shot from distance straight at the Polish keeper. Swansea made a lively start to the second half with Jefferson Montero breaking through but Hart was quick off his line to smother the shot. Hart did have an uncomfortable moment at a corner and then had to save from Glyfi Sigurdsson but Swansea gradually started to get pushed back. Aguero had a shot deflected wide and Montero needed to get back to put a dangerous Navas cross behind for a corner. Pablo Zabaleta powered forward and drove a shot narrowly over the bar. The goal City were threatening came just after the hour as Toure combined with Fernandinho. The pair exchanged passes and Toure took the Brazilian’s backheeled return in his stride to drive into the area and poke the ball past Fabianski. City pressed on in an attempt to make the game save with Aguero having another effort blocked and Jovetic curling an attempt just wide. Swansea did get further opportunities from a Sigurdsson free-kick and with Ki Sung-yueng and substitute Jonjo Shelvey pushing forward, but City repelled the threat. Navas could have killed the game after a swift City counter-attack but Fabianski saved well with his feet and James Milner also had a good chance blocked. City might have paid for those misses had Bafetimbi Gomis made more of a late chance but the substitute was hurried into shooting wide. There was another late scare as Hart was beaten by a deflected Shelvey free-kick but the ball dropped wide. Yaya Toure responded to Manuel Pellegrini’s rallying call as he fired champions Manchester City to a 2-1 Barclays Premier League win over Swansea. The result eased some of the anxiety at Eastlands after just one win in the previous six games in all competitions. Toure was at the heart of the victory, coming good after being sent off on his last appearance at the ground – the dismal Champions League loss to CSKA Moscow. The Ivorian had been rested after previous international breaks but, as he is suspended for Tuesday’s clash with Bayern Munich, Pellegrini had challenged him to reproduce his best. He may not have reached previous heights but it was a highly encouraging display. The opening to the game was tame, however, and the first half was scrappy throughout, although Swansea took the lead after nine minutes with a moment of high-quality attacking play. Nathan Dyer, returning to the side after injury, took a pass from Bony and then improvised to return it to the Ivory Coast striker with a clever flick into the area. City’s marking was slack, as the hosts offered Bony plenty of space, but the Swans man showed fine skill to control with his chest and then clip a shot past Joe Hart. The game remained at low tempo but City pieced together a fine move of their own to level the scores 10 minutes later. The City midfielder, below par for much of the season but continually backed by boss Pellegrini, powered forward to strike the winner just after the hour at the Etihad Stadium. City had needed to respond after Wilfried Bony struck early for the visitors with a sublime piece of skill inside the area. Stevan Jovetic grabbed the equaliser before City upped the tempo and Toure, in typical style, charged forward to settle the contest. Press Associationlast_img read more


Gerrit Cole clicked by wife in New York, all smiles ahead of big Yankees unveiling

first_img WATCH US LIVE On Tuesday, Gerrit Cole signed a contract with the Yankees worth $324 million.That’s just $1M less than the $325 million the City of Anaheim agreed to sell Angel Stadium and the 133 acres of surrounding land for last week 😳 #SCFacts(h/t @Alden_Gonzalez) pic.twitter.com/12Uicx3cu1— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 11, 2019 Abhishek Shetty COMMENT First Published: 18th December, 2019 19:31 IST Gerrit Cole completed his mega-money move to the New York Yankees earlier this month and it seems like the superstar has already made himself at home. Gerrit Cole is finding it easy to find his space in New York as he was seen enjoying his days in the Big Apple. The 29-year-old was recently clicked by his wife, Amy Crawford, in which the star can be seen behind a copy of The Post’s Tuesday back page with a lyric of Frank Sinatra’s hit song “New York, New York” captioned in the background. That’s some New York vibes for you.  Also Read | Paul Pogba’s Manchester United Return Delayed, This Time Due To IllnessA number of New York Yankees fans gathered to watch their new signing and Gerrit Cole was generous enough to sign their baseballs and even posed for selfies. Gerrit Cole stated that signing for the New York Yankees was a very tough decision to make as big guns like LA Dodgers and LA Angels were interested in signing the player. When asked what motivated him to sign for the New York Yankees, Cole replied by saying “History. The fans. Competitiveness.” Gerrit Cole will be officially unveiled at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. Also Read | NorthEast United Vs Bengaluru: Robert Jarni Promises Bengaluru FC More Misery In Guwahati Gerrit Cole got his Yankees haircut and shave @short_porch pic.twitter.com/0De4QADR3K— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) December 11, 2019 Written By Also Read | Lionel Messi Fan Creates Thread About The Barcelona Star’s Lesser-known Records SUBSCRIBE TO US Also Read | El Clasico: Karim Benzema Vs Luis Suarez, The Battle Of The No. 9sMLB: Gerrit Cole is a New York Yankee nowGerrit Cole joined the New York Yankees for a whopping sum of $324 million in a 9-year deal and the star recently made his first public appearance. Cole was immediately asked about the New York Yankees’ famous ‘No Beard’ policy to which the pitcher seemed to have made amends with. Gerrit Cole has convinced himself that he will have come to terms with the fact he will have to let his beard go but he also used the words “that’s nuts” and “unfortunately”. Last Updated: 18th December, 2019 19:31 IST Gerrit Cole Clicked By Wife In New York, All Smiles Ahead Of Big Yankees Unveiling A number of fans gathered to watch their new signing and Gerrit Cole was generous enough to sign their baseballs and even posed for selfies. Read more for info. LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more


Unbeaten Mathare back at the top of KPL

first_imgAt Kasarani Stadium, unbeaten Mathare United had to depend on Chrispin Oduor to find the leveler in the 20th minute after veteran Allan Wanga had sent Kakamega Homeboyz ahead eight minutes after kick-off.Wanga easily tapped the ball home after being set-up by Peter Thiongo who has been instrumental for the Kakamega based side. However, the lead lasted for 12 minutes only as Oduor picked up James Kinyanjui’s pass to slam the ball home from close range.Mathare’s James Situma (L) vies for the ball with Festus okiring of kakamega homeboyz during their kpl match at Moi kasarani on January 19,2019.ERICK BARASAOduor, the Mathare United skipper was at it again, this time completing a brace in the 27th minute after banging in a rebound that saw Kakamega Homeboyz keeper Gabriel Andika spill the ball from a Kinyanjui cracker.Cliff Nyakeya Nyakeya should have scored a goal to make it three when he was set up by Kinyanjui but the former Gor Mahia Youth midfielder tripped before taking tapping the ball in when he had only Andika to beat.On the other hand, the visitors could have drawn level if Thiong’o could have utilized Luke Namanda’s pin point pass infron of the goal.Nyakeya made the amends in the 60th minute when Oduor teed up him who had a clear sight on goal and carried the ball forward despite being tripped by Sosthenes Idah to seal the winner.Namanda also made the amends, pulling one back for Homeboyz in the 90th minute when he made good use of a miss controlled touch by veteran defender James Situma to score in the near post but it proved a little too late as Mathare United walked away with three points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kakamega’s Allan Wanga (L) shields the ball from Andrew Juma of Mathare during their kpl match at Moi kasarani on January 19,2019.ERICK BARASANAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 19 – Mathare United claimed back their lead at the top of the Kenyan Premier League after coming from a goal down to edge out Kakamega Homeboyz 3-2 in a match played at The Kasarani Stadium on Saturday.In other fixtures, Stephen Wakanya netted the equalizer as Vihiga United drew 1-1 away to KCB who got their goal from Mwinyi Kibwana.last_img read more