Giroud, Alonso back in favour as Chelsea sink Spurs

first_imgWith Tammy Abraham only fit enough to make the bench, Giroud started for the first time since November and the France striker’s fine finish opened the scoring in the first half.The 33-year-old could have joined Tottenham had Chelsea signed a forward in January, but instead he netted his first club goal since August and his first in the Premier League since April.Alonso, 29, maintained the theme of exiles getting back in favour as the left-back struck in the second half of his first league start since Chelsea’s win at Tottenham in December.Antonio Rudiger’s own goal came too late to ruin Chelsea’s first win in five league games, moving them four points clear of fifth placed Tottenham in the race to qualify for the Champions League. Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso came in from the cold to inspire Chelsea’s 2-1 win against Tottenham as the Blues cemented their grip on fourth place in the Premier League on Saturday.Giroud and Alonso had been reduced to fringe figures in Frank Lampard’s first season as Chelsea manager.But Lampard restored both veterans to the team at Stamford Bridge in a gamble that paid rich dividends. Ending Tottenham’s three-game winning streak in the league was the perfect response to Monday’s home defeat against Manchester United.It was no more than they deserved after a vibrant performance that finally answered Lampard’s call for a killer instinct in the final third.Tottenham have now won just once in their last 34 visits to Stamford Bridge, making it a painful return for their former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who was beaten by Lampard for the second time this term.Mourinho had ramped up the mind games on Friday when he claimed to know Lampard was planning to use the same five-man defence that helped the Blues win at Tottenham earlier this season.Mourinho was spot on, with Lampard making four changes in a return to the system he predicted, but he could not come up with an effective solution.Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn, more often used as wingers, led a makeshift Tottenham attack in the absence of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Dele Alli, who was dropped after reacting angrily to his substitution in the midweek defeat against Leipzig.Chelsea, pressing hard from the start, were always on top and when Alonso’s superb pass picked out Mason Mount, the young midfielder’s shot was pushed away by Hugo Lloris.- Toothless Tottenham -It was a warning Tottenham failed to heed and Giroud put Chelsea in front in the 15th minute.Giroud had looked impressive in his substitute appearance against United.And his physical style and clever movement were crucial to the goal as he held off Toby Alderweireld to reach Jorginho’s pass for a shot that Lloris saved with his foot.The rebound fell to Ross Barkley but his scuffed effort in the post and cannoned back to Giroud, who lashed a blistering strike past Lloris at his near post.Willy Caballero almost gifted Tottenham a goal out of nothing before the break.Needlessly rushing off his line, Caballero completely missed the ball and Tottenham defender Japhet Tanganga prodded just wide.Mourinho had been scribbling away in his notebook before the interval, but there was no discernable change in Tottenham’s toothless display as Alonso increased Chelsea’s lead in the 48th minute.Giroud guided the ball into Mount’s path and he worked it to Barkley on the edge of the Tottenham area.With the visitors backing off, Barkley picked out Alonso, who blasted into the far corner from 20 yards.It could have been worse for Tottenham as Giovani Lo Celso was fortunate to escape a red card when he stamped on Cesar Azpilicueta.Chelsea should have won by more and Alonso’s free-kick hit the bar before Rudiger deflected Erik Lamela’s shot into his own net in the 89th minute.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Bernd Leno reveals Jesse Lingard’s moonwalk motivated Arsenal to gain Man Utd revenge

first_imgBernd Leno reveals Jesse Lingard’s moonwalk motivated Arsenal to gain Man Utd revenge Arsenal fans weren’t best pleased with Lingard’s celebration (Picture: Getty)More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘Now we have two points [between the teams] and that was enough motivation for us.’With the victory, the Gunners now remain in fourth spot in the Premier League with eight games left to play.They hold a two-point advantage over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, while there are also three points between themselves and sixth-place Chelsea.MORE: Solskjaer praises Leno after Arsenal end Man Utd’s unbeaten run Leno joined the Gunners in the summer, coming in to replace Petr Cech at the No. 1 (Picture: Getty)Bernd Leno revealed Jesse Lingard’s moonwalk inspired him and Arsenal team-mate’s to gain revenge over Manchester United.The England international scored United’s second goal in the club’s FA Cup clash back in January, and proceded to follow up his effort with a moonwalk celebration.This angered the Arsenal fans, with Lingard then going onto social media after the match to rename the Emirates his “dancefloor”.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityUnai Emery’s men managed to gain sweet revenge over the Red Devils on Sunday in the Premier League, and the Arsenal shotstopper insisted the club haven’t forgotten about Lingard’s behaviour from their previous meeting.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I don’t know but in your mind you will never forget something like that, when somebody is celebrating,’ said Leno.‘You don’t want to see it again so we were motivated and we knew before the game about our chance because United had one more point than us. Advertisement Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 11 Mar 2019 1:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linklast_img read more

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Royal Caribbean Prices USD 800 Mn Notes

first_imgMiami-based cruise line Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) has priced an offering of senior unsecured notes in an aggregate principal amount of USD 800 million, consisting of two tranches. The first tranche of USD 300 million aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured notes due 2020 will bear interest at the rate of 2.650% per annum and will mature on November 28, 2020.The second tranche of USD 500 million aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured notes due 2028 will bear interest at the rate of 3.700% per annum and will mature on March 15, 2028.The notes are expected to be issued on November 28, 2017.The company plans to use the proceeds from the offering to repay indebtedness, including but not limited to, its USD 290 million unsecured term loan due 2018 and portions of its unsecured revolving credit facility due 2020 and unsecured revolving credit facility due 2022.RCL added that any remaining proceeds would be used for general corporate purposes.last_img read more

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Ireland overcome dogged France

first_imgEngland visit the Aviva in a fortnight’s time, and before that Johnny Sexton is due to play for his club Racing Metro next Saturday. The out-half suffered a nasty gash to the head in yesterday’s game, and Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt admitted to being apprehensive about Sexton’s return to France: https://soundcloud.com/tippfmradio/schmidt-talks-about-johnny-sexton?in=tippfmradio/sets/tipp-fm-sportEngland had it easier against Italy, but did concede three tries in a 47-17 win.Two sides looking to get their campaigns back on track meet at Murrayfield this afternoon.Both Scotland and Wales lost their opening fixtures.Kick off at Murrayfield is at 3 o’clock. Ireland will play host to England in the third round of matches, with both coming through yesterday’s tests victorious.Joe Schmidt’s side got the better of an attritional encounter with France, eventually running out 18 points to 11 winners.Ireland sit on the shoulder of England at the top of the Six Nations table, following yesterday’s bruising win.last_img read more

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Boy arrives at school with gunshot wound

first_img165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “He made no report to the bus driver,” said Frontier High School Principal Gabe Moorman. Officials asked him whether OK., and he did not respond. They said he was reluctant to talk about the shooting. Paramedics arrived at the school around 7:50 a.m. and airlifted the boy to Los Angeles County – USC Medical Center in unknown condition. Sheriff’s Pico Rivera station Sgt. Della Walls said they received a call that shots had been fired at the bus stop. “We responded there, and there was nothing,” said Walls. Sheriff’s gang detectives are currently investigating the shooting. No arrests were made Wednesday morning. WEST WHITTIER – A 16-year-old boy allegedly took the bus to school after he was shot at the bus stop Wednesday morning. School officials said the boy was shot in the back with a shotgun at a bus stop on the corner of Norwalk Boulevard and Mines Avenue around 7:30 a.m. A neighbor heard the gunshot and called Frontier High School security officials. School officials said a boy had been shot, boarded the bus, and was going to the school. The boy, whom police did not identify because he is a minor, got off the bus at the school and was met by security guards. last_img read more

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