Manchester City earn vital score draw in Paris

first_imgGoals from Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho helped Manchester City secure a 2-2 draw at Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League quarterfinal first-leg tie on Wednesday.The Premier League side, who have never advanced this deep into Europe’s top club competition, will fancy their chances in the return leg after an entertaining affair at the Parc des Princes.PSG had a shout for a red card and a penalty in the opening moments when Blaise Matuidi, played in behind the City defence, went down in the box after a challenge from Eliaquim Mangala from behind, though the referee waved play on.PSG had a golden opportunity to open the scoring in the 14th minute. From a corner, David Luiz settled a deflected clearance and was taken down by Bacary Sagna after some quick foot-work at the top of the box.Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s resulting spot-kick was well-saved by Joe Hart, who went low and to his right to keep the Swede’s powerful strike out of the bottom corner.Ibrahimovic then had a second guilt-edged miss 10 minutes later. A Nicolas Otamendi giveaway fell to Thiago Motta, whose through ball played in Ibrahimovic one-on-one against Hart with time and space to work with, but the the former AC Milan man shot completely over goal from 18 yards out. Manchester City punished the hosts’ wastefullness in the 38th minute with a swift counter-attack. Fernandinho’s strong run from midfield found De Bruyne, who powered his right-footed shot past Kevin Trapp from the right side of the box.PSG bagged their equaliser in bizarre fashion three minutes before the break. Joe Hart’s pass out from a goal kick found Fernando who, while being closed down by Ibrahimovic after a poor first touch, played his pass off the forward’s outstretched foot and straight into Hart’s empty net from just outside the box.PSG took the lead 14 minutes after the break. The Parisian side worked possession for a corner. Angel Di Maria whipped in a cross that was headed directly at Hart by Edinson Cavani. The England goalkeeper then spilled the catch straight into the path of an onrushing Adrien Rabiot, who slotted inside of City’s near post.Fernandinho gave City the equaliser in the 72nd minute. Serge Aurier’s failed clearance of a Sagna cross rolled into the Brazilian’s path, whose lashed right-footed effort took a deflection before trickling into Trapp’s net.   –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Davidson and the ‘opportunity of a lifetime’

first_imgAccording to her coach/father, 11-year-old Kelsey Davidson is excited about her participation in an upcoming International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) training camp in Peru.He describes the camp as the opportunity of a lifetime for the Caribbean Pre-Cadet Under-11 runner-up and believes it will help her to improve her game. As a result, efforts are under way to raise the funds needed to make the trip.Kelsey, the national champion in her age group, is looking forward to the one-week camp, which will be staged in Lima, Peru, starting on October 18.”She’s really excited,” her father and coach, Richard Davidson, revealed in an interview on September 27.”Actually, it’s the first 11-year-old to be invited from Jamaica to this training camp so it’s an honour and a privilege for us and it’s the opportunity of a lifetime,” he noted.Kelsey was selected on the basis of her solid performance at the recent Caribbean Pre-Cadet Championships held in Kingston last month. She was second in the Under-11 singles and teamed with Lena Campbell to win gold in the corresponding doubles event.BIG PLUSPriyanka Khellawan of Trinidad and Tobago, who beat little Davidson to win that singles event inside Kingston’s National Arena, will also be among the 12 young players at camp in Lima. They will be instructed by top coaches from the ITTF.”Once she goes and sees that type of training, and it’s more focused, more disciplined, more organised, more structured, she will adapt to it and I can tell you that it will be a big plus for her,” predicted her father.Kelsey trains at the Angels Table Tennis Academy under her father’s watchful eyes and both will be making the trip, provided funding can be found in time.”Now we need approximately US$3000 because the ITTF will only be providing boarding and meals for Kelsey,” he reported. Since she is a minor, she has to go with a parent or coach.”So we’re going to need funding for her to go and for myself to go as father/coach,” he related.He said persons or wishing companies could contact him at 373-9126. Richard expects to learn in Lima, too.”I think I’m going to be meeting with coaches from the ITTF, from other countries to share their experiences,” he said.last_img read more