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first_imgTroy Deeney piled on the misery for his boyhood club Aston Villa with the decisive goal in Watford’s 3-2 win at Villa Park. Odion Jude Ighalo gave Watford the lead but Micah Richards levelled just before half-time, before a Alan Hutton own goal gave the visitors the advantage once more, setting up the dramatic closing stages. The defeat means Villa remain without a win in the Barclays Premier League since the opening day of the season and they stay bottom of the table. Garde’s side started brightly and Ayew’s shot from the right side of the area was blocked by Gomes following a positive driving run and through ball from Richards. A sustained spell of pressure followed from the home team but it was Watford who went ahead after 17 minutes as Ighalo pounced and slotted past Brad Guzan after Ben Watson’s shot rebounded off Ciaran Clark and the ball dropped nicely into his path. Villa should have been level quickly but Ayew dragged his shot wide from six yards out. Guzan then rushed out to spread himself to deny Etienne Capoue after he was put through by a brilliantly-weighted Deeney pass. The home crowd began to get on their team’s back as Villa, whose effort was obvious, were simply frustrated by their lack of cutting edge in the final third. The response to falling behind was good though and Idrissa Gana had Gomes scrambling across his goal with a curling effort from 25 yards that was inches away from nestling in the bottom corner of the net. Press Association Despite being a lifelong Villa fan, Deeney, who began his career at the midlands club before leaving aged 15, clearly enjoyed his 85th-minute header, sliding on his knees in celebration at the Holte End. A fourth goal in his last five games looked like giving Watford a comfortable victory, but Jordan Ayew got Villa back within a goal in the 89th minute. Remi Garde’s team were then unable to find an equaliser in the 10 minutes of injury time allowed for a second-half injury to Heurelho Gomes. Either side of the half-hour mark the Watford goalkeeper then had to beat away a stinging drive from Ayew and help Scott Sinclair’s shot over the crossbar. Villa deservedly equalised four minutes before half-time when Richards got a run on Craig Cathcart to emphatically head home Jordan Veretout’s free-kick. The hosts survived a couple of scares inside their own penalty area early in the second half before the game was stopped for almost 10 minutes following an injury to Gomes, who collided with Cathcart when trying to cut out a low Hutton cross. The Brazilian received treatment for a lengthy spell before being fitted with a neck brace and carried from the pitch on a stretcher. Giedrius Arlauskis, who played for Lithuania against England in last month’s European Championship qualifier, came on for his Premier League debut. When the game restarted, Watford caught Villa cold and immediately went back in front. Deeney tried to find Ighalo but Hutton got a boot to the ball and diverted it past Guzan. Deeney’s header looped past Guzan to stretch the lead to 3-1 before Ayew controlled neatly, turned and curled a lovely shot into the bottom corner of the net in the 89th minute. But it was too little, too late and Watford comfortably negotiated injury time to earn their first win at Villa Park in nine visits since their last success at the ground in 1969. TWEET OF THE MATCH: ”Micah Richards does his best Dynamo impression…can #AVFC levitate up the league?” – Even some magic from Micah Richards cannot help Villa. https://twitter.com/BBCMOTD/status/670633596860911617 PLAYER RATINGS Aston Villa Brad Guzan: 8 (Out of 10) Kieran Richardson: 6 Ciaran Clark: 6 Micah Richards: 7 Alan Hutton: 6 Idrissa Gana: 6 Jordan Veretout: 6 Carlos Sanchez: 6 Carles Gil: 6 Jordan Ayew: 6 Scott Sinclair: 6 Subs: Adama Traore 5 Rudy Gestede 6 Watford Heurelho Gomes: 7 Allan Nyom: 7 Craig Cathcart: 6 Miguel Britos: 6 Nathan Ake: 7 Etienne Capoue: 6 Ben Watson: 6 Juan Carlos Paredes: 6 Troy Deeney: 6 Almen Abdi: 6 Odion Jude Ighalo: 7 Subs: Ikechi Anya 6 Giedrius Arlauskis 4 Adlene Guedioura 5 STAR MAN: Troy Deeney: Perhaps inspired by playing against his boyhood team and the club where his career began, he was involved in most of the good things that Watford did. The striker scored for the fourth time in five games and celebrated brashly in front of the Holte End. MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Richards running back to the centre circle celebrating his goal: You could tell it meant a lot to the Villa captain as he jumped up and down with his team mates in tow, at the same time urging the home fans to get behind the team. It was a good header too. VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT: The last two games will have certainly illustrated the size of the task facing Garde. Some of Villa’s defending leaves a lot to be desired, while they lack punch in attack. For Quique Sanchez Flores it is another away win and Watford continue to adapt nicely to life back in the top flight. MOAN OF THE MATCH: Quite a lot of Villa fans got up and left following Deeney’s goal, turning their back on their team and missing Ayew’s fine goal. Some did return for the 10 minutes of injury-time after hearing the cheers. WHO’S UP NEXT? 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first_imghighlights New Delhi: In March 2018, the International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to grant ODI status to Nepal. The move came after Nepal had defeated Papua New Guinea in the World Cup play-off. In less than a year, Nepal have made gigantic strides in the world of cricket as they defeated United Arab Emirates (UAE), who had played in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand to win the three-match series 2-1 to create history by winning their maiden ODI bilateral series. The win against the UAE at the ICC Cricet Academy in Dubai comes on the back of a recent-series against the Netherlands where they tied the two-game series 1-1.After losing a hard-fought first match by three wickets, Nepal were boosted by Rohit Paudel’s fifty and a five-wicket haul from Sompal Kami and a brilliant spell of 4/24 from Sandeep Lamichhane as Nepal leveled the series. Paudel, aged 16 years and 147 days, smashed 55 off 58 balls and his knock made him the youngest to score an international fifty breaking the previous record held by Sachin Tendulkar and Shahid Afridi. In the deciding game, their skipper Paras Khadka led from the front with 2/44 and a century as Nepal chased down 255 to win by four wickets on Tuesday. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. After electing to bowl, Nepal got rid of the openers cheaply and reduced them to 47/4 in 20 overs. However, Shaiman Anwar and Chundangapoyil Rizwan shared a 100-run stand to steady the hosts. After Rizwan was dismissed for a solid 45, Anwar was given good company by Mohammad Boota who slammed five fours and four sixes to revive UAE. Anwar also attacked the Nepal bowlers and they ended up on a competitive 254/6. Anwar’s 87 off 70 balls was the key in UAE reaching a target to put Nepal under pressure.However, Khadka, who had starred with the ball decided to punish UAE with the bat and he got good support from Gyanendra Malla (31) with a 62-run stand. Khadka was the bedrock of the Nepal innings and despite losing wickets at regular intervals, Khadka notched up a century and he became the first Nepal player in history to score an ODI century. When he fell for 115, Nepal needed 40 runs off 11 overs but Sompal Kemi (26*) and Aarif Sheikh (21) ensured Nepal won the match to seal a famous win.Nepal were one of the three associate members during the 2014 ICC World T20 which was held in Bangladesh and they made a good impression. After losing to Hong Kong and pushing Bangladesh to the limit, Nepal achieved a famous win over Afghanistan to show that they belonged on the world stage. Nepal were granted ODI status by the ICC in March 2018.Paras Khadka became the 1st Nepal player to hit ODI century.Sandeep Lamichhane has made big strides in IPL and BBL.last_img read more


first_imgTiger Woods will be a ‘huge advantage’ to the USA Ryder Cup team at this week’s event in Minnesota,  according to fellow vice captain Tom Lehman.The 14-time major winner has won just one of his six Ryder Cups as a player.But Lehman said: “There is no peer when it comes to breaking down and attacking a course. He has a level of strategic analysis that nobody else can match.”Europe vice-captain Padraig Harrington said some of their players could find the presence of Woods “off putting”.However, Harrington, who was on the winning side in four of his six appearances as a player in the biennial competition, said that the impact of Woods at Hazeltine could go both ways.“I don’t think we’d be sending our own team out, especially the rookies, and not making it clear in their head that Tiger could be stood there watching the tee shots,” he said on BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek programme.“Some of these rookies have never played with Tiger, never really experienced him. Clearly it could be off putting for either team. For us guys playing now he’s the greatest golfer we’ll ever see, he can be quite intimidating in that sense unless you’re prepared for it.”However, he added: “He never has been that guy that rallies the troops. Will he be able to do it as vice-captain? Will he intimidate players? Who knows?”Europe’s Lee Westwood has said that the USA’s decision to pick Woods as one of their vice-captains could prove to have an “adverse effect in the team room”.Lehman captained Woods, who has not played since October 2015 because of a back injury, in the 2006 Ryder Cup and admitted that his stature in the game made it difficult to find the right person to pair with him.Woods won just 14½ points from his 33 Ryder Cup matches.“Having a Tiger Woods on your team in any capacity means a lot,” Lehman said.“The difficulty was pairing him with anyone because of the way he thought about the game. There were guys on our team who were intimidated by him.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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