Morata put the Italians in front after seven minutes and curled in another on the hour.Paulo Dybala tapped in a third with 18 minutes left, before an own goal from Lasha Dvali completed the scoring for the visitors. Franck Boli netted a late consolation.The results in Group G mean Barcelona are top with nine points, Juventus second on six, with Dynamo Kyiv and Ferencvaros trailing on a point apiece.Ten-man Sevilla stage epic comeback Lionel Messi put Ronald Koeman’s men, who are struggling for domestic form, ahead from the penalty spot after just five minutes, having been tripped by Denys Popov. Gerard Pique headed in a second with 65 minutes gone following a corner.Dynamo captain Viktor Tsygankov reduced the deficit with 15 minutes left, knocking in a rebound.Alvaro Morata scored twice as Juventus won 4-1 at Ferencvaros. Cristiano Ronaldo was back in the side following his recovery from coronavirus, which saw the Portugal forward miss the defeat by Barcelona.- Advertisement – Paris Saint-Germain had two men sent off as they were beaten 2-1 by RB Leipzig at the Red Bull Arena in the Champions League on Wednesday night.The French side went ahead through Angel Di Maria after six minutes, but then had a penalty saved. Christopher Nkunku equalised just before half-time, with Emil Forsberg putting the Germans ahead from the penalty spot after 57 minutes.- Advertisement – Image:Barcelona maintained their perfect start in the Champions League PSG midfielder Idrissa Gueye was sent off for two yellow cards, with defender Presnel Kimpembe also seeing red in stoppage time.The result means Man Utd remain top of Group H, despite losing 2-1 at Istanbul Basaksehir, with PSG in third, three points off the top two qualification places with three games remaining.Barca maintain perfect record, Juve win Barcelona maintained their 100 per cent record in Group G with a 2-1 win over Dynamo Kyiv.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Image:Erling Haaland starred for Dortmund A double from Erling Haaland helped Borussia Dortmund win 3-0 at Club Brugge.Thorgan Hazard set the Germans on their way after 14 minutes, with Haaland soon making it 2-0 and then wrapping things up with another goal after 32 minutes.Earlier, substitute Felipe Caicedo had scored a late equaliser as Lazio drew 1-1 at Zenit St Petersburg.Alexandr Erokhin put the Russians ahead after 32 minutes, which looked to have been enough for a first group-stage win, before Caicedo struck with just eight minutes left.There was more late drama as Andrei Mostovoy saw his strike in stoppage time ruled out for an offside in the build-up.The results in Group F mean Dortmund lead on six points, followed by Lazio on five, Club Brugge on four and Zenit on one. Sevilla also have seven points from three games after coming from 2-0 down to beat Krasnodar despite playing the second half with 10 men.The Russians had raced into a two-goal lead inside 20 minutes through Shapi Suleymanov’s goal and a penalty from Marcus Berg.Ivan Rakitic pulled a goal back just before half-time, with defender Jesus Navas shown a straight red card for a late tackle.The Spaniards, though, turned the match around when Youssef En-Nesyri struck twice in the space of three minutes to win 3-2.Also in Group E, Timo Werner scored twice from the penalty spot as Chelsea beat Rennes 3-0 at Stamford Bridge, meaning Chelsea and Sevilla are in control of the group with seven points each, six ahead of both Krasnodar and Rennes.Haaland gives Dortmund comfortable win Image:Sevilla fought back from 2-0 down for a dramatic victory
The Baggies will go into Monday evening’s Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool at Anfield on the back of five defeats in their last six games. Brunt believes the busy programme of games in December and January and injuries took its toll on a squad unable to be rotated in the same way as at the bigger clubs. But the Northern Ireland international is confident Albion can emulate previous years and have a strong finale to the campaign, saying: “We are going through a bit of a rough patch at the moment but, for a club our size and for the money we’ve got and spent, we are still ninth in the league, 34 points.” Press Association He continued: “We are moving in the right direction but the last few weeks we haven’t been great. We know that ourselves and know where we’ve got to improve to get it right. “December and January is a pretty hectic period and it’s one where we have tended to struggle a bit in the last few seasons and then picked up in February. “Hopefully that will be the case again – starting on Monday. Our squad has been really stretched over the last few months, a lot of games and a few injuries have really hurt us. “The boys have just had to play through it or play out of position because we don’t have the luxury of rotating the team other clubs can to keep players fresher.” Albion, currently lying in ninth position despite their poor run of results, will only play one match a week through until May and will also have next weekend off after an early exit from the FA Cup. Brunt said: “From here on in, we go back to playing once a week and, when you have a smaller squad, that does suit you much better. I think that’s one of the reasons we’ve had strong ends to the last couple of seasons. We’re all human, you just can’t press the play button and off you go again. When players are carrying knocks or have a lot of games, it does take its toll. “That’s why the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have such big squads, to carry them through the busy periods without suffering but we don’t have that luxury.” Skipper Chris Brunt is convinced West Brom will emerge from their current slump now they face a less demanding schedule for the remainder of the campaign.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 7, 2014 at 12:21 am Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman On a picturesque day at SU Softball Stadium on Sunday, Syracuse did something it hadn’t done all season. The Orange played at home. And while the situation was novel for Syracuse (13-18, 6-7 Atlantic Coast), the Orange continued a troubling trend by combining for 16 strikeouts in a doubleheader against North Carolina State (23-10, 12-4 ACC), losing 8-6 in the first game and 7-0 in the second. Strikeouts have plagued Syracuse this season, and the team is trying to cut down on them by taking quality at-bats. “We just have to keep coming back every game and working on our same approach,” said junior outfielder Mary Dombrowski, “and not giving up on the things we’ve been working on all week. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s going to get better with the more pitches you fight off and see.”Fighting off pitches and battling was a strength for Syracuse in game one against N.C. State pitcher Emily Weiman, who threw 137 pitches in a strenuous seven innings. Just 20 minutes after the final out of game one, Weiman returned to the mound again for game two and stymied SU’s offense, shutting it out in an 88-pitch complete game shutout.“I think we need to be better than that,” SU head coach Leigh Ross said. “We gave away too many at-bats.”Half of the Orange’s strikeouts in game two came on 0-2 counts, as most hitters weren’t seeing pitches as well as they did earlier in the day. Players were confused by their inability to get anything going in the second game after seeing 137 pitches in the first. In the second game, Syracuse had a hit in five of the six innings, but was unable to plate a run. The team’s approach of taking quality at-bats includes moving runners up, seeing a lot of pitches and making solid contact, among other things. The Orange didn’t do those things well, and it showed in the final score. “She mixed up pitch locations more with me in the second game,” said freshman catcher Nicole Lundstrom. “I don’t know, maybe we just weren’t seeing it the same as we did in the second game. It’s hard to figure out.”The Orange doesn’t have much time to figure things out at the plate, with only 11 ACC games left in the season — six of those against Florida State and Virginia Tech, which are ahead of SU in the standings. Weiman had trouble with the Syracuse lineup in the first game of the doubleheader, but found a groove the second time around. Julie Wambold went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs in game one, but was held hitless in game two. And Shirley Daniels, another one of the team’s top hitters, reached base and stole three bases in the first game, but didn’t reach base in Weiman’s second start of the day. Ross thinks that the solution isn’t so complicated. She said it’s about coming to the plate with the right approach, which is something she and her staff preach to the players every day, but didn’t see on Sunday. It’s an approach that is slightly more conservative, and not going to change a game with one swing of the bat. Trying to change the game in one at-bat is a mindset that can be fatal to a hitter. “If you’re trying to do too much in one at-bat,” Ross said, “you start to lose exactly what your plan is because you’re trying to think so much about trying to make things change right now.”Freshman pitcher Sydney O’Hara had praise for Weiman, appreciating her ability to intelligently pitch to hitters despite facing some of them up to bat seven times.When asked about what SU needs to do to turn around the offense moving forward, she was quick to the point.Said O’Hara: “Quality at-bats.” Comments