Atlético, with one eye in Sevilla … and the other in Anfield

first_imgDavid Soria stopped Morata one on the 1st day of the League, Atlético-Getafe; Vaclik to Costa in the 12th, Sevilla-Atlético; Trippier marred at Lokomotiv, Champions. Not João Félix in that same game, nor Costa against Valencia, nor Morata against Barcelona in the Super Cup, nor Trippier in the final round against Madrid. Four marked and five wrong in total. And in front of Liverpool, round of eighths. A tie that Atlético wins 1-0 but that in Anfield could be settled on penalties. Simeone, just in case, worked on yesterday’s session.And that in Cholo that practice is not usual. “It doesn’t help much in training because then you go to the stadium and they have nothing to do with it,” he said in 2018. The pressure that has nothing to do with it. But, just in case, just in case the round of 16 ends, yesterday, on the Hill, his players tuned from eleven meters. Morata, João Félix, Saúl, Thomas, Koke, Trippier and even Costa. Everything is little for a match like that. Penalties are another one of those chains that Atlético is dragging this season. Penalties such as lack of goal and injuries. If the only batch he has faced he lost (Saul and Thomas missed their pitches), in the final of the Saudi Super Cup, against Madrid, during the games the account is not much further.last_img read more

Flood breaks defence to help Tigers sail past Saints

first_imgReuse this content Read more Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Richard Rae at Welford Road Northampton Topics Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Flood’s touchline conversion brought the scores level and with Northampton aware they were beginning to be snuffed out of the game, Carlos Spencer sought to open things up from fly-half. Saints duly retook the lead with Myler’s penalty from the halfway line, but with eight minutes remaining Hipkiss showed pace and strength to barrel his way through their defence and regain the lead for Leicester. Spencer’s floated pass was then picked off by Flood.”We played some of our best rugby of the season in the first half, but just didn’t execute,” said the Tigers’ head coach, Heyneke Meyer. “Having Danny Hipkiss back made a big difference, his running was hard and direct. Regarding the ELVs, it’s all about how they’re patrolled, and the referee was consistent.”Mallinder was proud of his team’s defensive effort, but suggested they gave up possession too easily, especially in the second half. “We need to be a little smarter,” he said.Leicester G Murphy; J Murphy, Hipkiss, Mauger, Smith; Flood, Ellis (Dupuy, 65); Stankovich (Ayerza, 49), Kayser (Chuter, 57), White, Corry (capt), Wentzel (Kay, 57), Croft, Herring (Woods, 20), Crane. Try J Murphy, Hipkiss, Flood Con Flood Pens Flood 4.Sin-bin Stankovich 9.Northampton Myler; Ashton, Ansbro, Mayor, Reihana (capt); Spencer, Foden (Dickson, 78); Smith (Tonga’uiha, 60), Hartley, Murray, Lord (Rae, 69), Day, Hopley, Gray, Wilson.Try Murray Con Myler Pens Myler 4.Referee C White (Gloucestershire). Attendance 17,498. Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Wed 1 Oct 2008 19.01 EDT Share on Pinterest Leicester 29-19 Northampton Share on Twittercenter_img Shares00 Premiership Leicester Support The Guardian Rugby union So much for the experimental law variations leading to sterile, safety-first rugby. While transgressions around the breakdown were still far too frequent, the first meeting of these two old rivals for 18 months was open and exciting and the result was in doubt until Toby Flood’s last-minute interception try made the game safe for the Tigers.While Northampton’s director of rugby, Jim Mallinder, made six changes, the most significant of which was the former Sale full-back Ben Foden making his first start at scrum-half, the return of two England internationals, Harry Ellis and Dan Hipkiss, saw the home team begin fluently. Flood converted a penalty in front of the posts inside the first minute and Leicester almost followed that up with a try, Matt Smith’s powerful, jinking run ending only when the young wing was driven into touch a yard short.A yellow card to Boris Stankovich for a stupid punch interrupted the Tigers’ momentum, however, and by the time the prop came back on, Northampton were ahead. After Flood and Stephen Myler had swapped penalties, a driving run by Foden deep into the Tigers’ 22 gave the Saints’ pack the platform they needed to drive the prop Euan Murray over the line.Leicester’s attempts to hit back were impressively inventive, and their readiness to spread the ball would surely have received material reward had their forwards not persisted in going to ground at the breakdown. Three times the referee, Chris White, penalised them in possession deep in Northampton territory, ensuring the Saints line remained unbroken.Similar transgressions at the other end of the field gave Myler the chance to extend the visitors’ lead to 16-9 at half-time, but improved ball retention served Leicester well after the break, the Tigers putting together a series of drives, half-breaks and back-line moves which resulted in a five-metre scrum which collapsed and was reset five times before Saints won the ball against the head. The reprieve was temporary, however, and another five-metre scrum finally produced some points when Ellis’ blind-side pass gave the wing Johne Murphy just enough room to squeeze over in the corner. match reports Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Flood breaks defence to help Tigers sail past Saints Premiership 2008-09 … we have a small favour to ask. 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