The last week has been quite prolific in cycling races. Now we have counted the victory of Froome in Oman, or cakewalk Valverde Andalusia, and we still talk about the Tour of Algarve. And despite this accumulation of runs, the Portuguese round cyclists have had the likes of Rui Costa (Lampre), Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) or Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), who was the winner.
The race for the Portuguese south began with a sprint stage is that the Italian said Sacha Modolo (Lampre). Then came two wins for Polish Kwiatkowski, which it would enhance in the lead of the overall standings. The first came in Mochique after an interesting mountain stage in the final stretch, and the second came on a 13-kilometer time trial finishing in Sagres.
The race reached the fourth and decisive stage, finishing in the Alto does Malhao. With swords all out, Contador attacked the leader and went to target their first win in the 2014 season, but could only scratch 10 seconds (bonus separately) to Kwiatkowski, which was insufficient for the benefit of Poland amounted to 32 seconds at the beginning of the day. Read more »
The world number one Rafa Nadal reappeared in the circuit after the end of the Australia Open in the best way as it has been awarded the title of the Rio Open on Sunday with a straight-sets win over Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov.
While in the tournament Delray Beach Croatian Marin Cilic keeps great time on hard courts and won his second title in three weeks winning the final of the South African Kevin Anderson in three sets.
Rafa again proves once again that to beat on clay many factors are needed, one of them make the most of the few chances that your opponent may have that he does not have a good day or the courts or the physical. Ante Pablo Andujar in the semis saved two match points and played with a very inconsistent service so that only his head it out unharmed. Read more »
The world number one Rafa Nadal took an agonizing victory against Cuenca Pablo Andujar in straight sets with a long tie in the third to reach his third final in as many tournaments played in the season.
Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov avoided the Spanish end expected to beat the Alicante David Ferrer – seeded second – in straight sets and will play for the first time a final with Rafa on Sunday.
Rafa had to use its enormous capacity to maintain the nerve in the key moments of the playoffs since Pablo Andujar made him suffer in end to end of the 2 hour 46 minute match lasted. Read more »
The Open 13 in Marseille is in the quarterfinals five local players: Richard Gasquet (1), Nicolas Mahut, Michael Llodra, Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (2).
The only Spanish in the frame, Roberto Bautista-Agut lost to Latvian Ernests Gulbis. The other ranked quarterfinals are Croatian Ivan Dodig and German Jan-Lennard Struff.
The top two seeds in the indoor tournament in Marseille have won their right to be in the quarterfinals. Gasquet got rid of Slovenian Blaz Kavcic 6-3 6-3 and will meet in rooms with Croatian Dodig (5) to beat a three sets to German Tobias Kamke 6-7 (4) 6-0 6-3. Read more »
If yesterday the two visiting teams won in today, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich, as visitors, have not been less than Barcelona and PSG. Both have won their matches, one in Milan, one in London, and therefore have a very important step to sneak into the next round of the Champions League, that is, the quarter-finals.
Atletico has surpassed AC Milan match with a much more practical than flashy. Moreover, they passed Simeone real trouble for a while in the first half. Bats, hands Courtois and poor marksmanship Kaka made the Rossoneri to the locker room were with the lead. That who forgives, it ends up paying.
And the dominion of Milan was lost in the second half, and after the departure of Balotelli, wearing completely disappeared. Atletico, with less fear without the presence of the Italian striker in attack, forward pressure lines, began to steal the ball and from there, the game was theirs. The penalty was that it was too late; luck was that it is never too late to Diego Costa. Read more »
Tuesday football fans we must with the Champions League returning after several weeks of break. The night has been entertaining and has been fruitful for FC Barcelona and PSG have gotten away victories against Manchester City and Bayer Leverkusen that bring them to the quarterfinals.
Barca’s victory was 0-2 with a goal from a penalty not without controversy converted by Messi. The action was key because it seemed out of the area and caused the expulsion of Demichelis, something that depleted much options City who finished second fitting achieved by Alves almost added.
PSG’s victory was much larger and had to Ibrahimovic starring as the Swede has scored two goals in his team’s victory by 0-4, a result that leaves them virtually qualified for the quarter. Read more »
The Champions League is back! After several months of slowdown the continental showpiece is back in action with the dispute of the second round qualifiers. As in recent years, these qualifiers are divided into 4 different weeks so we will have 8 nights of Champions League with two games each.
Spanish soccer scored in the second round at Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, but only the latter two come into play this week. The Catalans travel to Manchester to take on the City Tuesday (20:45 hours, La1) in one of the party’s star of the week. Meanwhile Atletico Madrid played Wednesday in Milan. Both the match Atletico as the other two a week (Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Leverkusen-PSG) may continue through Canal + Liga Champions.
When the draw for this round took place months ago the City was clear that everyone wanted to avoid. Finally went to the club so since we already knew that this was going to be one of the greatest knockouts in this round. Both teams have never met in a competitive fixture, which makes sense if we think the City is baking new rich who have not been many times in this competition. Read more »
A novel will end Sunday at the ABN AMRO Rotterdam and the Czech Tomas Berdych and Croatian Marin Cilic will face off for the title. Berdych beat smoothly Latvian Ernests Gulbis in straight sets while Cilic won his ninth consecutive victory from Zagreb to the Dutch Igor Sijsling in three sets.
First would be the third-seeded Berdych to jump on the court with all precautions before a Gulbis coming briskly after beating defending champion and top seed Juan Martin Del Potro. However the game went faster than expected since the Czech was solid with his service and his punches. Also capitalized on the break three times that generated. Gulbis on the contrary, unlike the match against Del Potro service was erratic and fell 6-3 6-2 in 66 minutes.
After the shift would be Marin Cilic who goes on in the last two weeks and despite losing the opening set to the local Sijsling 5-7 was becoming stronger with the service in the next two sets (only 2 points lost with the first serve between the second and third sets) and ended up running the game 6-3 6-2 in just under two hours totaling 15 aces. Read more »
The defending champion ABN AMRO Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro saw his career at the tournament abrupt halt after being defeated by Latvian Ernests Gulbis in straight sets. The other big surprise was the fall of former champion and second seed Andy Murray against Marin Cilic. Meanwhile Czech Tomas Berdych rallied from a first set down to beat Polish Jerzy Janowicz.
Del Potro in their first two games and had been up and down this Friday against a powerful opponent on fast surfaces like Gulbis, these dilutions took their toll. Last year in eighth Argentine had won but this time the service gave no dividends. Especially with the second team which won just 6 points.
Across the network, Gulbis was the reverse of the medal. Hit 12 aces and reached 82% of first serve points. He saved the only break chance he faced in the second set and broke Del Potro once a manga to win 6-3 6-4 in 81 minutes. Read more »
February 13th, 2014 Barcelona
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Yesterday, Real Madrid got in the Cup final, today he has had to Barcelona become the other finalist. Barca team made good the controversial 2-0 first leg at the Nou Camp and has surpassed the Royal Society in this tie after the second leg played in Anoeta ended with 1 draw, after 90 minutes quite entertaining and good game.
Barcelona has made a party quite complete, of the best I have seen lately. Still, it has managed to achieve victory because opposite the Royal Society has proved also to be a great team, and it’s no coincidence that he got where it is today. Putting intensity until the end and thanks to its good out to counterattack, Arrasate’s at least tied the match.
And the score will be made difficult in the first half when Messi pounced on a poor clearance to José Ángel made the play of 0-1, a goal which came crying after the attempted stop Zubikarai. Barca pressed and triangulated looking goal, while the Royal sought against possession and sometimes argue the Catalans. And so, despite the tie looked settled, at least the party entertained. Read more »