Chicharito scores first Sevilla goal with stunning free kick

first_imgJavier “Chicharito” Hernandez already is surprising with his new club. Mexico’s all-time leading scorer made his first start with Sevilla on Thursday, leading the line for the La Liga leaders against Azerbaijani club Qarabag.  In the 62nd minute with the score still 0-0, Chicharito stepped up and smashed a free kick with his right foot, sending the ball over the wall and into the back of the net before the goalkeeper could get over to make the stop. With the forward known for goals inside the box, the golazo came as a bit of a surprise, but Chicharito was thrilled to open his Sevilla account and help the team to a 3-0 win to open Europa League play.  Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “We’re really happy for the game,” he said after the game. “Honestly, it was a golazo – and beyond me scoring it, it was really important at that time of the game when we weren’t as crisp. I think Qarabag also was pushing with their fans behind them. If this goal hadn’t come it would’ve been tougher. We were able to get two more goals and get the result we wanted.” He continued: “Like I’ve said since I got here, I have a lot of hunger, a lot of desire to respond to everything on the field. Hopefully there will be more positive occasions than negative ones. We know we’re all going to make mistakes or have bad performances but hopefully they don’t happen often and the team can keep growing.” Chicharito’s first goal for Sevilla is a STUNNER 😱— Bleacher Report Live (@brlive) September 19, 2019Chicharito? From outside the box?!The Mexican scores an exquisite free-kick to put Sevilla ahead 😍Asmir Begovic had no chance!— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 19, 2019Sevilla is back in action Sunday, when it hosts Real Madrid. Current Sevilla boss Julien Lopetegui’s brief stint with Los Blancos is sure to be a talking point ahead of the contest, but so too will the fact that Chicharito is back among the goals.   Mexico next plays Oct. 2 against Trinidad and Tobago in a non-FIFA date friendly. Later in the month, however, El Tri makes its Concacaf Nations League debut with a game against Bermuda. While Mexico manager Tata Martino was expected to use a largely domestic-based side, he left the door open last month to calling in players from abroad who weren’t part of the team’s Gold Cup-winning campaign. Chicharito missed the summer tournament, asking not to be selected as he witnessed the birth of his child.last_img read more

Report: Everton 1-3 Man City

first_imgRiyad Mahrez’s free-kick and Raheem Sterling’s late strike earned Manchester City a hard-fought 3-1 Premier League win at Everton.Liverpool’s 1-0 victory at Sheffield United earlier in the day extended their 100 per cent start to the season and moved the Reds eight points clear of City at the top of the table.After Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s fourth goal in three matches drew Marco Silva’s men level following Gabriel Jesus’ opener, it looked like City would follow their last away game, a 3-2 loss at Norwich City, with another disappointing result on the road. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career But Mahrez, who has scored in three consecutive City starts, beat Jordan Pickford with a low curling free-kick and Sterling added gloss to bring the champions back to five points adrift of Jurgen Klopp’s leaders.A moment of @Mahrez22 magic!  1-2  #EVEMCI #ManCity— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 28, 2019Mahrez forced a first-minute save from Pickford before a long delay as medics tended to a Theo Walcott head injury, the winger taken to hospital for a precautionary assessment after being replaced by Alex Iwobi.Algeria star Mahrez made a lively start and Ilkay Gundogan should have converted his excellent cross, the midfielder somehow crashing his shot against the crossbar from virtually on the line.City’s dominance told in the 24th minute, Kevin De Bruyne delivering a first-time cross that was impossible to defend, with Jesus – preferred to Sergio Aguero up front – stooping to nod home.Everton levelled within 10 minutes, Fernandinho’s error contributing as Seamus Coleman chipped Ederson, with Calvert-Lewin stealing the goal on the line.De Bruyne hit a shot into the side-netting after the restart while Ederson made a fine save to keep out Yerry Mina’s downward header.Mahrez’s rich vein of form crucially continued with a set-piece that beat an unsighted Pickford, then two missed chances from Calvert-Lewin proved costly as Sterling marked his 200th City appearance by scoring off the underside of the crossbar with six minutes to go.What does it mean? Defensive deficiencies exposed againEverton did not cause City as many problems as Norwich two weeks ago, but the champions’ defence appeared permeable once more.Deputising for the injured Aymeric Laporte and John Stones, Fernandinho gave the ball away in the build-up to Calvert-Lewin’s leveller. Luckily for the Brazil international, Mahrez’s moment of magic settled the game.De Bruyne provides another masterclassAfter an unstoppable performance in last weekend’s 8-0 demolition of Watford, De Bruyne was at it again. He has recorded eight assists in the league already this season and nobody has ever set up more goals at this stage of the Premier League season than the Belgium playmaker. Kevin De Bruyne has provided  assists in the #PL already this seasonEverton 0-1 Man City (33 mins)#EVEMCI— Premier League (@premierleague) September 28, 2019Sterling sitter marks rare off dayWith 10 goals for club and country this season, Sterling has hit top form with Guardiola suggesting he could match the level of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the future.But despite his late clincher bringing up a century of club goals this was a strangely off-key performance from the England star, who made a series of poor decisions and missed an easy chance after being superbly set up by Mahrez. Key Opta stats- Everton have won just one of their last 13 Premier League matches against City (W1 D4 L8).- City have scored 27 goals in their opening seven league games this season – the most by a top-flight team in the opening seven matches of a season since Everton also scored 27 in 1894-95.- Everton striker Calvert-Lewin has scored in back-to-back Premier League appearances for the first time in his career, and in back-to-back league games for the first time since October 2015 whilst playing for Northampton in League Two.- Sterling scored his 100th goal in all club competitions, with 77 coming for City and 23 for Liverpool.- City’s victory earned David Silva his 200th Premier League win in his 289th game in the competition, making him the quickest player to reach this total.What’s next?City are at home to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on Tuesday before hosting Wolves five days later. Everton go to Burnley on Saturday. read morelast_img read more

Closing Bell TSX advances amid hopes ECB set to take action on

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Wednesday as buyers hoped that the European Central Bank will unveil measures to help contain the eurozone debt crisis.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 11,990.14 +48.44 0.41%S&P 500 — 1,403.44 -1.50 -0.11%Dow — 13,047.48 +11.54 0.09%Nasdaq — 3,069.27 -5.79 -0.19%The S&P/TSX composite index rose 48.44 points to 11,990.14 led by financial and mining stocks while copper prices advanced for a third day, while the TSX Venture Exchange added 3.69 points to 1,246.27.The Canadian dollar was lower ahead of the ECB announcement and Canadian jobs data which also comes out on Friday, falling 0.52 of a cent at 100.92 cents US.As expected, The Bank of Canada left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at one% while warning that rates will have to rise at some point in the future. The central bank also said that there has been a widespread slowing of activity across most economies.The loonie seemed unaffected by Tuesday’s Quebec election which saw the pro-independence Parti Quebecois win the contest, but only securing a minority government.New York markets were little changed. The Dow Jones industrials were up 11.54 points to 13,047.48, the Nasdaq composite index was down 5.79 points to 3,069.27 and the S&P 500 index eased 1.5 points to 1,403.44.Traders anxiously awaited Thursday’s interest rate announcement from the European Central Bank amid hopes the ECB will move to ease the eurozone debt crisis by addressing the high borrowing costs that have bedevilled some of the weakest members of the monetary union, particularly Spain. It is expected some sort of bond-buying program will be announced but it would come with strings attached.To be eligible for the central bank’s help, for example, countries would likely have to formally apply for assistance from the eurozone’s rescue facility and accept conditions on their budget policies, which many governments would be reluctant to do.“The best thing we can hope for is the European Central Bank to get its firepower all lined up and try to cap rates and do that in a way that doesn’t stoke inflation and allows time to pass and finances to get a bit healthier,” said Paul Vaillancourt, vice president and chief investment officer at Canadian Wealth Management.“In times of crisis, sometimes the best you can expect is do no harm.”Investor sentiment improved somewhat as Bloomberg News reported European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s bond-buying program involves unlimited purchases of government debt.Europe’s economy also remains fundamentally weak. A survey of the eurozone’s services sector on Wednesday showed the sector continued to contract in August. The so-called purchasing managers’ index fell more than earlier estimated, suggesting the currency bloc is headed for a sharp drop in GDP in the third quarter.Markets also looked ahead to Friday’s release of the August non-farm payrolls report to see if a weak report would persuade the U.S. Federal Reserve to embark on another round of stimulus.Nervousness about a slowing global outlook was heightened after FedEx, viewed as an economic bellwether, cut its first-quarter earnings guidance, pointing to weakness in the global economy. Its shares were down two% in New York to US$85.79.Both FedEx and larger rival UPS have warned about the impact of slower economic growth on their results. In July, UPS said customers were worried about what’s in store in the second half of the year. The delivery companies have cut or reduced the frequency of flights in Asia, as shipments both within the region and to Europe and the U.S. have slowed.The base metals sector edged up 0.54% while December copper on the Nymex was up six cents at US$3.53 a pound. Lundin Mining rose 15 cents to $4.57 and Capstone Mining climbed five cents to $2.40.The gold sector was ahead almost 1% as December bullion shed $2 to US$1,694 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. added 38 cents to C$40.45.The financials sector was up 0.67% with TD Bank ahead 89 cents at $81.13 and Royal Bank climbed 78 cents to $55.64.The energy sector was slightly higher with the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange ahead six cents to US$95.36 a barrel. Imperial Oil climbed $1.28 to C$46.35.Utilities led decliners as TransAlta fell 57 cents to $14.11.TransCanada Corp. says it has submitted a supplemental environmental report to Nebraskan authorities on the preferred alternative route for its Keystone XL pipeline.TransCanada says the filing reflects feedback both from state regulators and the public. It also respects state timelines and the overall regulatory process for determining a reroute of the controversial pipeline as requested by the U.S. State Department. TransCanada shares were unchanged at $44.88.Elsewhere on the corporate front, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. cites costs related to its acquisition of Statoil Fuel & Retail for a 26% drop in quarterly net earnings. The Quebec-based convenience store and fuel station operator posted net profits of US$102.9-million, or 57 cents per diluted share in the quarter ended July 22. Its shares fell $1.13 to $49.07.Nokia revealed its first smartphones to run the next version of Windows, a big step for a company that has bet its future on an alliance with Microsoft. Investors were disappointed, and Nokia’s stock fell 16.25% to US$2.37 in New York.Shares in BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. hit a new 52-week low of $6.45 before recovering slightly to close down eight cents to $6.46.Its stock hit the new milestone as Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley said in a research report that he expects RIM to release its BlackBerry 10 smartphone as scheduled in the first quarter of next year. But he says that RIM has lost too much smartphone market share to Apple and Android and will mightily struggle to win back consumers even if BlackBerry 10 smartphones are very competitive and compelling products.Here’s the news investors were watching today:Bank of Canada holds rate steady as global storm clouds gatherPQ win throws corporate deals, resource development into questionCanada steadily losing competitive edgeNokia shares tumble after Lumia 820, 920 debut disappoints investorsON DECK THURSDAYECONOMIC NEWSEuropean Central Bank announces policy decision in efforts to ease sovereign debt crisis Bank of England announces interest rate decision UNITED STATES7:30 a.m.Challenger Layoff Report (Aug) 8:15 a.m.ADP National Employment Report (Aug): Economists expect gain of 140,000 jobs 8:30 a.m.Weekly jobless claims: Economists expect 370,000 new claims 10 a.m.Non-manufacturing ISM index (Aug): Economists expect a reading of 52.5, flat with last month CORPORATE NEWSCANADATranscontinental Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 41¢ a share read more