Thiago strike helps Bayern past 10-man Anderlecht

first_img0Shares0000Bayern Munich’s striker Thomas Mueller (C) vies for the ball with Anderlecht’s defender Olivier Deschat (L) and Anderlecht’s forward Alecandru Chipciu during the Champions League group B match September 12, 2017 © AFP / GUENTER SCHIFFMANNMUNICH, Germany, Sep 13 – Thiago Alcantara’s second-half strike helped an underwhelming Bayern Munich see off 10-man Anderlecht 3-0 in their opening Champions League group match on Tuesday.After Robert Lewandowski converted an early penalty, Thiago turned the tie decisively Bayern’s way before Joshua Kimmich grabbed a late third at a sold-out Allianz Arena. However, despite playing nearly 80 minutes with the numerical advantage following Sven Kums’s early dismissal, this was not a convincing display by Bayern against a limited Anderlecht side.“We should have capitalised,” rued Kimmich.“In the end, Anderlecht had a few chances to equalise, and they shouldn’t even have been close.“With the extra man, we should have done more.”Arjen Robben agreed that Bayern should have been more clinical.“There was no tempo to our game – we needed to show a bit more desire,” said the Dutch winger.“The crowd deserved more, we have to give more. We should have finished them when they had a man sent off.”The Bavarians need an improved performance at big-spending Paris Saint-Germain, who routed Celtic 5-0 in Glasgow, in a fortnight.The Bayern-PSG tie at the Parc de Princes is likely to set the tone in Group B.Head coach Carlo Ancelotti reacted to Bayern’s shock 2-0 defeat at Hoffenheim by dropping Thomas Mueller and giving new signing James Rodriguez his first start in the attacking midfielder role.Veteran wingers Robben and Franck Ribery, who both started on the bench in Hoffenheim, returned to the starting line-up.Thiago moved back into defensive midfield alongside France international Corentin Tolisso.Bayern seized the initiative after just 12 minutes when Anderlecht shot themselves in the foot.Tolisso’s pass put Lewandowski away and Anderlecht defender Kums pulled the Poland striker down in the area when he was through on goal.Referee Paolo Tagliavento dismissed Kums and Lewandowski sent Belgian goalkeeper Matz Sels the wrong way to convert the penalty.Bayern Munich’s forward Robert Lewandowski (C) scores the penalty for the first goal during the Champions League group B match against Anderlecht September 12, 2017 © AFP / GUENTER SCHIFFMANNDespite having the numerical advantage and enjoying 76 percent possession, Bayern took their foot off the gas after going ahead.Anderlecht should have drawn level just before the break when midfielder Nicolae Stanciu fired wide after Leander Dendoncker had charged unchecked down the wing.Another great chance fell to the Belgians early in the second half when striker Lukasz Teodorczyk opened up space for right-back Alexandru Chipciu, who hit the post.Robben then forced Sels into a good save as Bayern applied some pressure.The second goal arrived when Kimmich’s cross from the right was met by Thiago in the middle, who fired past Sels on 65 minutes.Bayern centre-back Niklas Suele headed into the Anderlecht net two minutes later, but Tagliavento disallowed the goal after spotting a push from the home side.With 15 minutes left, Germany defender Jerome Boateng came on for his first appearance of the season after injury, while Mueller came on for Ribery to the Frenchman’s clear disgust.Mueller can now claim 10 consecutive years of playing Champions League football for Bayern.Only fellow Bayern legends Ribery, Mehmet Scholl and Oliver Kahn have also played a decade of top-level European football for the club.With the 90 minutes up, Boateng’s pass through the defence put Kimmich away to roll his shot into the Anderlecht goal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Brentford v Charlton line-ups: defensive switch for Bees, QPR loanee starts as Addicks make four changes

first_imgYoann Barbet returns to the Brentford side in the only change for the visit of Charlton.The Frenchman, who has not played for the Bees since being sent-off at Sheffield Wednesday last month, comes in for Jack O’Connell.Alan McCormack is on the bench against his old club after two months out with a calf injury.Charlton make four changes, including in goal where Nick Pope plays in the league for the first time since October.Jordan Cousins is back in midfield after he missed the game at home to Reading, while Morgan Fox and Callum Harriott also start.Charlton have switched from 3-4-1-2 to 4-4-2, with QPR loanee Yun Suk-young at left midfield.Brentford: Button; Yennaris, Dean, Barbet, Bidwell; McEachran, Woods; Canos, Judge, Swift; Djuricin.Subs: Bonham, McCormack, O’Connell, Kerschbaumer, Saunders, Hofmann, Vibe.Charlton: Pope; Motta, Fanni, Teixeira, Fox; Gudmundsson, Cousins, Diarra, Yun; Harriott, Sanogo.Subs: Mitov, Johnson, Bergdich, Ghoochannejhad, Poyet, Lookman, Makienok.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

How Facebook Could Create a Revolution, Do Good, and Make Billions

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Great bruising battles between powerful antagonists is good for media. It “sells papers,” as we used to say, or “generates clicks”, as we now say. When you mix in a love triangle and jilted lovers, well, the audience just goes wild. And Wired did a great job in its piece on Facebook, Google, and Microsoft: riveting stuff. But the thought that kept coming back to me is that Facebook’s bravado, its “grand vision” talk, is what you would expect from a concept-level startup. Surely by now, about 6 years into its venture, Facebook should show some substance? It is time to deliver some real financial results. The concept-level talk is great for attracting capital and talent. Facebook has done that brilliantly. But the point of attracting capital and talent is to be able to generate financial results.Give It Time? Too Important to Rush?Anybody who criticizes Facebook’s financial results gets accused of being small-minded, of missing the point, of (gasp!) “not getting it.” In digerati circles, not getting it is like having body odor. Facebook is changing the world, they say. It is a new form of communication, akin to the printing press. Once you get to scale, profits always follow. Google created a service without knowing how to monetize it.In fact, far too much money has been invested (in both Facebook and hundreds of “me too” ventures) based on that one premise, that “Google created a service without knowing how to monetize it.” The statement is true. If it had not devised the AdWords revenue model, Google would perhaps have sold some kind of enterprise search technology to Fortune 500 companies and rented banner ads on its home page. With AdWords, it found the perfect native revenue model for search, meeting two contradictory needs at the same time:Do not irritate or interrupt the user, and even occasionally add value for the user.Provide a compelling value proposition to paying customers.The problem is that Facebook does not seem to have a clue how to do that. Google did not wait 6 years to unveil AdWords, and when it did unveil it, revenue and profit took off like a rocket. Facebook keeps trying. But to date, its attempts look weak and subject to diminishing returns.There is a world of difference between increasing returns (what Google gets) and diminishing returns (what Facebook gets with its current strategy). That one-word difference equals billions of dollars.Email Permission Marketing 2.0 Won’t Cut ItAt Federated Media’s Conversational Marketing Summit in New York a few weeks ago, Mike Hoefflinger, Director of Product Marketing at Facebook, gave a talk titled:“Adventures in the Funnel: Awareness, Consideration, and Intent in Media that is SocialFacebook’s new director of product marketing presents his case for why advertising must engage, rather than exhort.”In a conference full of great case studies, this was a weak presentation. It sounded like Email Permission Marketing 2.0. Yes, email is all spammed out. Yes, every trick in the SEO/SEM book has been tried. And “tradigital”, as social media mavens call it, looks old and tired. But Facebook’s revolutionary alternative is to allow consumers to invite brands to communicate with them, like we used to invite companies to send us emails. That would get over-used and spammy in a heartbeat. Highly innovative brands would do well, as they always do in a new medium, but the law of diminishing returns would apply. By the time this model scaled, and it would have to if Facebook wants to move the revenue needle, users will have switched off in droves.These are the diminishing returns. The more the model scales, the more it will irritate users, and the more users will switch off, and the sooner growth will slow down and reverse. As with email, Facebook can “make up for this with volume.” But unlike with email, which is virtually free, Facebook has to pay money to serve each user.Sorry, “Coca-Cola wants to be your friend” is in no way an enduring revenue model. If it sounds phony, maybe that is because it is phony.The one lesson from social media marketing is that authenticity matters. What no one has shown — and methinks this would be impossible — is how to scale authenticity.This is where behavioral marketing supposedly comes in. Wired calls this the “third rail of Internet marketing.” Back in March 2008, we wrote about the toxic mix of legislation and user backlash that hinders behavioral marketing. Or, as Wired puts it, “As the Beacon debacle showed, there is a fine line between ‘targeted and useful’ and ‘creepy and stalkerish’ — and so far, not enough advertisers have been willing to walk that line.”Facebook Should Be Genuinely RadicalFacebook talks a great game about helping the world to communicate. It tries to sound like a group of benevolent revolutionaries. But then it turns to really old-fashioned tools to make money. Its basic message to marketers seems to be, “We have ’em locked in. Yep, Google can’t see them, so we are the only way to get to them. And not only that, we can tell you what every one of them is doing and saying right now. Step right up, folks!”The one thing that Facebook has on its side is trust. Users trust the company with their real identities. That is massive. Break that trust and bye-bye.If it were really radical, Facebook would use that trust to good advantage and really turn the tables. It could show users how to do better business with big companies and with each other. That would be radical. Facebook could create a revolution, do good, and make billions in the process.This is where I move from easy (critiquing) to hard (suggesting an alternative).To be revolutionary, to disrupt a market, be prepared “to be misunderstood for long periods of time.” That is Jeff Bezos speaking. Or, to quote Mahatma Gandhi, “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.”One revolutionary who has been banging his drum for over a decade is Doc Searls. He became famous as one of the authors of The Clue Train Manifesto. Ten years ago, those authors heralded “The End of Business as Usual.” Eerily prescient, they spoke of social media before it existed. Now that social media has arrived and is everywhere, they may be disappointed to see that business is very much as usual. They are seeing that when 300 million people get together to communicate, the end result is (drum roll, please)…“Coca-Cola wants to be your friend.”For many years, Doc Searls has been promoting a radical alternative that he calls vendor relationship management (VRM). In simple terms, it the inverse of CRM. We first wrote about it here back in October 2007; its Wikipedia entry is here.VRM is a wonderful idea that has largely been ignored, despite a passionate and highly talented set of true believers. It has limited traction, but hasn’t seen the breakthrough it deserves.Mark Zuckerberg, meet Doc Searls. No fee for the introduction, please. Do you two know each other? Are you already working something out?VRM has suffered from sounding a tad academic. Proponents have not been able to show its relevance to real consumer needs. But relevant it is, particularly to three types of consumer-facing companies. I call them “the three horsemen of the consumer-clypse”:Phone companies,Health insurance companies,Credit card companies.I know, I know: there should be four horsemen. But these are the only three that come to mind.These are companies that:Have services we cannot live without in a modern consumer society,Nickel and dime us and tie us up in knots because of the simple reality that a big company can out-negotiate the individual consumer.Or, as the Beatles put it, more eloquently:“You’re holding me down,Burning me round,Filling me up with the rules.”The VRM model says, “I, the consumer, will tell you, the vendor, the terms under which I am willing to buy your product or service.” A lovely idea. Consumers who have felt burned for decades would love it. It would do particularly well right now, when times are tough, and particularly in emerging markets where Facebook is growing and in which traditional consumer marketers (i.e. US marketers) are not interested because the consumers there are not rich enough.Would phone, health insurance, and credit card companies love VRM? No, they would hate it, and resist it in every possible way… until, that is, they are faced with 300 million Facebook users all saying, “My way or the highway.” Then those companies will see things their way. It’s called clout.The terms don’t have to be outrageous. Companies have to make money, after all. If the price is genuinely too low, they won’t play. This is less about the base price than about the nickel and diming pettifogging rules that you supposedly “agreed to when you clicked on that form.”In fact, the terms should be such that you would accept them the other way around, in which case they could even be used for peer-to-peer business as well. If a bank wouldn’t loan money on those terms, would any peer from your network do so instead? Tags:#Facebook#Features#NYT#web Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img bernard lunn Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

NIA questions three Kashmiri separatists

first_imgThree Kashmiri separatists were questioned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) at its Delhi office on Monday in connection with a case related to funding terrorist and subversive activities in Jammu and Kashmir.An NIA official said Farooq Ahmad Dar, alias ‘Bitta Karate’, Nayeem Khan and Javed Ahmed Baba, alias ‘Gazi’, of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat were questioned on Monday and they had been asked to appear again on Tuesday. Dar, Ahmed and Khan were asked to bring certain bank and property documents, besides other papers, before the NIA team that had questioned them in Srinagar few days ago.Sting operationKhan, National Front chief, was seen on television during a sting operation by a televison channel, confessing to have allegedly received money from Pakistan-based terror groups.Inquiry initiatedThe NIA has initiated a preliminary inquiry against separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, for allegedly receiving funds from Hafiz Saeed to carry out subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley, including throwing stones at security forces, damaging public property and burning schools and other government establishments.Khan has since been suspended from the Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference.last_img read more

Blistering start helps Hornets blow out Suns

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss All-Star hopeful Kemba Walker led a balanced scoring attack with 21 points, Jeremy Lamb hit five three-pointers and had 18 points as the Hornets won their third straight game.Charlotte shot 54.5 percent from the field and made 16 of 34 3-point attempts in the wire-to-wire victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It started with our defense,” Lamb said. “We got stops and were able to get out in transition and get some easy ones. And we moved the ball well tonight.”Charlotte had 31 assists — six each by Lamb and Nic Batum — much to the delight of Borrego. LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Charlotte Hornets head coach James Borrego, left, and Kemba Walker, right, watch a video replay during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Coach James Borrego has been preaching defense to his Charlotte Hornets the last two weeks.But on Saturday the Hornets turned up the heat on the other end of the court, getting off to a blistering start and matching a season high in points scored in a 135-115 win over the Phoenix Suns.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img “A lot of times it’s up and down because we’re still learning and growing, so I feel as if once we lock in on the little details of being great, everything else will follow suit,” Oubre said.BRIDGES DUNK CONTEST?Hornets teammates say they want to see rookie Miles Bridges in the dunk contest at next month’s NBA All-Star weekend here in Charlotte, North Carolina. While he’s still improving as a player and has a lot to learn, the athletic Bridges has put together quite a highlight reel of high-flying dunks.“Of course, he should definitely be in there,” Lamb said.Bridges said he is looking forward to having a chance to compete, but said he hasn’t heard anything definitive from the league.TAKING CHARGE(S)Walker isn’t just a scorer for the Hornets. The 6-foot-1, 184-pound Walker has shown he’ll do anything to win, including taking 15 charges this season — tied for fifth-most in the NBA. He drew another in the third quarter against the Suns.UP NEXTSuns: At Minnesota on Sunday night.Hornets: At Indiana on Sunday night. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Manny’s sparring partner downs Filipino bet in Pacquiao-Broner undercard “Our ball movement was great,” Borrego said. “When we move the ball like that we are a dangerous offense.”Devin Booker had 32 points and 11 assists for the Suns. They have lost 10 of their last 12 and fell to 4-19 on the road.This one was never close.The Hornets raced to a 29-11 lead, making 10 of 14 shots from the field behind the backcourt duo of Walker and Lamb. They combined for 18 points in the quarter on 7-of-10 shooting. Charlotte extended its lead to 23 by the end of the third quarter.“Yeah, they just hit us right in the mouth,” Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said. “It was their first punch right to the head. By the time we figured out what was going on, we were down 20 (points). .. Every cut they were making, screens they were setting, everything had a purpose. They were sharper and also had more energy than we did.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TIP INSSuns: Once again started three rookies in Mikal Bridges, Deandre Ayton and De’Anthony Melton. .. After an early dunk by Biyombo over Ayton, Booker yelled “Get big!” at his teammate.Hornets: Honored former Hornets small forward Glen Rice at halftime as part of their 30-year anniversary celebration. Rice is the team’s career leader in 3-point percentage and is the only Hornets player to play in three All-Star games. An emotional Rice said “Wow! Wow! Wow!” while he stood at midcourt after being given a key to the city, and told fans, “I hope I made you proud.”BIG EFFORT FROM BIGSBismack Biyombo had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and Willy Hernangomez added nine points and 13 rebounds to help the Hornets outrebound the Suns 53-26 despite playing without injured starting center Cody Zeller.Borrego praised Biyombo’s effort as “fantastic.”Kokoskov said the Suns got caught in too many switches on defense.“When we switch, that’s your guy and you have to compete every possession with your guy, so a lot of times it was a mismatch,” Kokoskov said. “It comes down to the collective responsibility on the boards, so you have to stay with your guy and compete with him.”CONSISTENCY NEEDEDForward Kelly Oubre Jr. said the Suns need more consistency, something that will come with more playing experience. Starting three rookies adds to that inconsistency. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

CWG 2014: Indian flag shown upside down in official video song

first_imgThe Indian tricolour was shown upside down in the official CWG video songIndia has hit the headlines for reasons other than sporting in the just-begun Commonwealth Games here after it came to light that the country’s flag was shown upside down in the official song for the 11-day event.The official song titled “Let the Games Begin” is also the Glasgow Children’s 2014 anthem for Unicef.The song features the flags of all the participating countries but the makers have blundered while showcasing the tricolour.India, who finished second in the medals in the previous edition of the event in Delhi, has sent a 215-strong contingent this time.The Games kicked off yesterday with a colourful opening ceremony here.last_img

Rain postpones Federer, Nadal and Djokovic matches in Rome

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bucks finish with a flourish, rally to beat Raptors in East Finals game 1 Also, top-ranked Naomi Osaka was to play Dominika Cibulkova.But consistent rain at the Foro Italico wiped out the entire day and evening sessions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBetter weather is forecast for Thursday and Friday. MOST READ The central court is covered as all the matches are temporarily suspended due to the rain at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (Riccardo Antimiani/ANSA via AP)ROME — Play at the Italian Open has been wiped out by rain, meaning Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will have to wait until Thursday to play their opening matches at the clay-court tournament.Federer was slated to meet Joao Sousa on Wednesday, eight-time Rome champion Nadal was scheduled to play Jeremy Chardy and Djokovic was up against Denis Shapovalov.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messlast_img read more

Here Is the Best Mason Rudolph Photo

first_imgMason Rudolph was incredible in Saturday’s win over Kansas State. Incredible.This photo, though, is even better.There’s more heaped on QB1’s shoulders than folks probably know, and he handles it unbelievably for a 20-year-old kid. I could not be more all in on the Mason Rudolph era in Stillwater.Photo of the day here.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 4, 2015 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img