FA studies Fellaini ‘spit’

first_img Footage on YouTube has emerged appearing to show Manchester United midfielder Fellaini spitting near to Zabaleta’s head while the City defender lay on the floor following a clash between the pair. The FA is aware of the clip and is now considering whether it should charge Fellaini for misconduct. Press Association The Football Association has confirmed it will look into claims that Marouane Fellaini spat at Pablo Zabaleta during the Manchester derby on Tuesday.center_img It is understood referee Michael Oliver did not mention the alleged spit in his match report, but the FA can retrospectively punish Fellaini if it thinks he is guilty. The FA will request clearer footage of the incident from broadcasters Sky before making a decision on the matter early next week. The FA banned Hull’s George Boyd for three matches after he spat at Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart earlier this month. Oliver booked Fellaini moments before the alleged spit towards Zabaleta for an elbow on the Argentinian full-back. After the 3-0 win, Zabaleta claimed Fellaini was lucky to stay on the pitch. “I was elbowed by Fellaini. It was a red card,” he said last_img read more

Asian Games Asian Games 2018, Day-10: Manjit Singh wins GOLD medal in 800 metres finals; Jinson Johnson wins silver

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Asian Games News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: On day 9, India stole the limelight at the 2018 Asian Games with Neeraj Chopra, a 20-year-old Haryana lad, harvested another record-smashing gold in the javelin throw to continue India’s impressive show at multi-event meets. To add glory to the occasion, India’s track and field athletes delivered a clutch of medals on the day 9 of Asiad. While Sudha Singh grabbed a silver medal in the women’s 3,000 metres steeplechase, Dharun Ayyasamy and Neena Varakil bagged another couple of silver in the men’s 400 metres hurdles and women’s long jump respectively. Talking about Indian shuttlers, Saina Nehwal settled for bronze in the women’s singles semifinals while PV Sindhu advanced to a historic final on a glorious day for India. Interestingly, Sindhu is the first shuttler to make it to the Asian Games badminton singles final.With this India’s overall medal count has been propelled to 44, including 9 gold, 15 silver and 20 bronze. Meanwhile, day 10 also has a series of exciting matches lined up and the fans are definitely in for a treat as Indian athletes aim to push the prestigious medal tally up at the Jakarta Palembang 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.Read | Meet Neeraj Chopra, who brought home Asian Games javelin throw gloryHere are the highlights on Asian Games 2018, Day 10:# 06:20 pm: 800m Finals – Manjit Singh clinches Gold medal in 800m finals; Jinson Johnson wins silver# 05:30 pm: 200m –  Indian sprinter Hima Das has been disqualified from 200m semi-final due to a false start. Dutee Chand qualifies for the finals.# 01:20 pm: Table Tannis – India men’s table tennis team win bronze# 01:00 pm: Badminton –  Indian Shuttler PV Sindhu wins silver medal after losing to Tai Tzu Ying in Women’s Badminton Singlespp# 11:42 am: Archery – India win silver in Archery Women’s Compound Team match after losing to South Korea.# 10:15 am: Heptathlon – India’s Swapna Barman is on top of the chart after a successful attempt in High Jump. Purnima Hembram, on the other hand, finishes fifth.# 10:05 am: Cycling – India’s Deborah and Sonali Chanu fail to qualify for the next round in Women’s Keirin repechage.# 10:00 am: Squash – India beat Thailand 3-0 in women’s team pool match.# 09:40 am: Squash – India lead 2-0 against Thailand in women’s team Qualification match.# 08:22 am: Athletics – India’s Hima Das and Dutee Chand enter Women’s 200m semi-finals. Though Hima finished fourth in heat she qualified by times.# 08:15 am: Cycling – India’s Deborah finishes fourth Heat 1 of Round 1 of Women’s Keirin to enter repechage round.# 07:48 am: Boxing – Sonia Lather and Pavitra will be in action as they will try to fetch two more medals for the country.# 07:43 am: Archery – Indian men and women’s team enter compound finals, which assure two medals for India.# 07:40 am: Badminton – PV Sindhu will fight for the historic gold, which will gift her the title of first Indian shuttler to clinch a gold at Asian Games. Even a Silver medal for Sindhu will be a history for India. The badminton ace will play against Taiwanese player Tai Tzu Ying. last_img read more

Costa Rica clinch World Cup berth with 1-1 draw against Honduras

first_imgSAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AFP) – Kendall Watson’s header deep into injury time gave Costa Rica a 1-1 draw with Honduras last Saturday and a berth in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Eddie Hernandez had headed Honduras ahead in the 66th minute, and it appeared that Costa Rica would have to put their Russia plans on hold.But five minutes into stoppage time, Watson rose in the centre of the area to head in Bryan Ruiz’s cross and spark joyful celebrations at the national stadium in San Jose, where the match was postponed from Friday due to the effects of Hurricane Nate.Costa Rica had a golden chance to take the lead in the 60th minute. Honduran goalkeeper Donis Escober had pushed a shot back into the middle of the area, only for Marcos Urena to fire over the empty net.Six minutes later, Romell Quioto sprinted down the wing and crossed into the box where Hernandez connected with a thundering header to put the visitors in front.Costa Rica, with 16 points, joined Mexico (21) in advancing from the North and Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF) region with three final matches to play today.Three CONCACAF teams advance directly to the finals in Russia, with a fourth to play off against either Syria or Australia for a berth.The United States moved into third place on 12 points on Friday with a 4-0 romp over Panama.Panama are on 10 points in fourth and have the advantage on goal difference over Honduras, also on 10.CONCACAF’s six-nation final round of qualifying concludes today Tuesday, when the United States travel to lowly Trinidad and Tobago, Honduras host Mexico, and Panama host Costa Rica.Costa Rica will be playing in their fifth World Cup finals. They were quarter-finalists in Brazil in 2014 and reached the knockout stage in Italy in 1990. The Ticos also played in 2002 and 2006.last_img read more

AFA Sports: Changing the Face of African Sports

first_imgThe simple brand name AFA Sports means “Africa for Africa” and they say it represents a concept that highlights Africa’s sports development and national pride. They started with the simple desire to meet up with the huge kit demands of the Continental Basketball League and its ancillary set up but then the Nigerian national basketball team D’Tigers had a major kitting challenge going into the AfroBasket 2017 competition and this had a turnaround effect on AFA and their expanding foothold on the continent.“The truth is that the major world brands are not interested in developing anything on the continent. AFA represents African sports and pride, it was established to showcase the pride and interest of the continent and this forms the core of the brand.“The AFA brand was created to give the Nigerian and the African sports industry the attention and quality it deserves. And we are doing this by creating a range of products that have been adapted to the climate, kinetics and colours that are unique to African social context,” says Udezue, the Chief Executive Officer of the expanding African brand.“The big names we all know of today are not interested in the lower teams or any team going down the ranking. Africa has to fight its own cause. We have hardly received any kit or equipment from Europe or America basically developed solely for the need of the continent and this is part of what we want to change.“Can we fully quantify how the landscape is changing with the arrival AFA? Within this short time a lot of jobs have been created both at the upscale and lower levels. And this is part of what AFA is all about. We want to empower a lot of people; hugely as many as we can.“We can boldly say that in the last two years AFA Sports have steadily been designing concepts that are unique to Africa; and unique in every sense of the word. We have also been creating a whole new market and industry that was non-existent before we came on board in terms of being huge or small scaled. The energy AFA has put this untapped market, has helped in the creation of jobs and opportunities for Africa and also major investments in the media and content development.“A lot is happening in the marketing line especially. And there are others who have developed their own products along the line or have re-engineered and improved upon their earlier and original concepts working along with AFA. So the whole deal is for help us and chat a more developmental and financial rewarding system for African sports.”In 2017 AFA Sports launched Africa’s first Active footwear designed and engineered in Nigeria to underline their beliefs. And as inscribed on its soles, the active wear shoes were designed to showcase the pride of Africa. The name “LIV (54)” represents the 54 countries on the African continent.“LIV (54) is tailored and customized to the African physiology, kinetics and environment. It is lightweight and has the perfect combination of grip, comfort, durability and bounce,” AFA brand expert told THISDAY.“The features of AFA Sports premier active wear shoes include Contoured Traction Grip (CTG) technology with advanced arch support and rubber outsole borrowed from the multi movement patterns of the Sahara Desert. It also has a micro mesh knit that gives the shoes comfort and breathability in warm climates. It is also fitted with multi gel areas for force deflections.”But the rating doesn’t end there. The AFA Sports 54’s is classic. It can be worn to make a fashion statement or to elevate the user’s basketball game. And it has been widely tested and accepted.Apart from delivering the continentally-customised designs of the AFA brand, it is also the goal of the big African brand to establish sports programmes and encourage sports development in these countries. Extra attention is on the table for the countries adjudged neglected and marginalized due to lack of investment from the developed areas.The CBL tournament is one of such designed to change the African sporting landscape. In the closed season clubs from Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Gabon featured. The clubs were made up of players from various African countries and across the world. A high number of the players were Africans in the Diaspora and African-Americans. In the barely two seasons that the league has held, fans of the game of basketball on the continent agree on a fact – that level of the competition is by above the various domestic leagues of the participating countries.Experts of the game in Nigeria, for instance, are very optimistic that over time the CBL system will rub off positively on the Nigeria Premier League and effectively help raise the standard. Only very few of the best from the domestic leagues are able to meet the requirement for the CBL. The packaging and ambience of the CBL is unrivalled on the continent.Udezue added, “If we have quality leagues on the continent in terms of the games on the court and what the players take home, then less of these young players will run abroad ill prepared. When we say these things, we speak from experience because some of us landed in America unprepared for what we saw.“Many of the system out there are basically designed for everyone on the court to enhance the system and help the economic system. Most times the Africans barely get the best opportunity and can hardly get integrated into the system as soon as they can’t play anymore. At CBL we want to change all that. We want to keep quality talents here, make them earn good money and give them the opportunity to play in front of their parents, families and friends. It is also very important that these players are playing with the kits and equipment that were designed and engineered here. This is the kind of opportunity many of these young can’t get in America.”It is hoped that by the next tip off, more basketball teams would have joined the system. More clubs are expected from Nigeria, Togo, Senegal, Mali and Central African Republic to get aboard.Indeed the combination of AFA and CBL is changing the way the Nigerian basketball is being viewed by the ever sceptical society – scepticism developed over the years because the quality of services available hitherto. The games and the clothing have attracted the old, young and upwardly mobile in the society. It is now so easy for those in the ever growing Nigerian film industry and music icons in Nigeria and across a larger part of Africa to identify with the game of basketball based on what is seen on the court; the ambience around the entire competition and of course the various clothing designs put out by AFA that easily meet the taste of these socialites.Until the start up of CBL, the little contacts across the borders were basically limited to the teams themselves travelling to play club competitions with little or no travelling fans accompanying. CBL has changed all that. Now we have fans travelling across the borders purely to watch this level of competition never witnessed on the continent of Africa in the past. It is believed that a lot more travelling across the continent would be seen as soon as the CBL gets into the next stage. From the high number of passengers made up of players, officials, the media and fans that move around with the games, the pan-African airlines will top the list of beneficiaries of the AFA-CBL ventures. Most of the journeys made so far have seen the league doing chartered flights or taking up 75 per cent of the seats available. The next group on the list of beneficiaries is the hospitality sector. Since 2015 when the league tipped off, hotels and catering services in Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon have enjoyed the boom. The expansion of the franchise to more African countries will naturally produce more number of spectators, travellers and investors and ultimately a plus for the tourism industry.Apart from the level of competition in the leagues, the entertainment value and the ambience has made the Continental Basketball League games quite attractive to celebrities. The Nigerian domestic run by the Nigeria Basketball Federation is watched free-of-charge all over the country except in a centre like Kano but the spectators are usually a handful. Comparatively, the CBL charges fees, considered exorbitant by some people, but still the halls are practically filled up before any games. The only reason why spectators would abandon a free game for an “expensive one” given the economic realities on ground is because of the value for money factor. People are desirous to get quality entertaining sports like the American NBA and the only platform closest to that in the whole of Africa is the CBL.There’s hardly an end to the drum beats of war in Nigeria, Africa and truly across the globe but CBL has not only continually encouraged shared love in Nigeria but has seen the growth of friendship amongst the African countries with the cross border plays. The league has also encouraged the exchange of players using their draft system.There are so many other projects. In 2017 the Nigeria Volleyball Federation came into the AFA expanding network as the national team was handled by the Organisation. There are similar plans for neighbouring Republic of Benin’s national team. AFA Sports is already working with the Liberian Basketball Federation to help revive their league and teams. Hockey and others are already lined up. There are also great plans to develop quality playing arenas in Nigeria and other places.“This project is not for us; it is for Africa. And those that will benefit more are not the players on the court now but the younger players who will join when the system is far in the auto pilot and cruising form,” Udezue who sits in the organisational headquarters in Lagos assures Africa.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeWhen a group of young men assembled in the USA to develop basketball concept for the continent of Africa they had a lot on their minds. They wanted an African league with the base in Nigeria that would be highly professional and profitable to the players, teams and with their sights set quality facilities development.Their bet was on the fact that a high net income league would save African players from the agony of loitering in the USA after college or hanging around just any team in Europe and Asia in the name of playing professional basketball. What was not really on the table was becoming sports merchandise manufacturers that would cater for types of African sports. It is the kit merchandising that has taken up the energy of this team led by Ugo Udezue. That was how the AFA Sports concept was born and they are gradually sweeping through the continent with this unique item.last_img read more

Syracuse runs over and away from Central Michigan, 41-17

first_imgMoe Neal burst through the offensive line in the middle of the third quarter and into a sea of green turf. No Chippewas stood between him and the end zone. The problem was his desired destination was 90 yards away. The sophomore ran with the straight-line speed Syracuse fans have grown accustomed to since he scored a touchdown on the first carry of his freshman year. But now, he had lots of ground to cover. Neal peeked over his shoulder, and it was a decision he later said was a mistake. Glancing at the jumbotron would have served him better, he said. Two Central Michigan defenders caught up and brought Neal down 71 yards from where the play began, at Syracuse’s own 10.“It was a great play, a great hit to spark the team,” Neal said, “but runs like that I want to finish.”Three snaps later, Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey walked into the end zone from one yard out to score another Syracuse touchdown. This one gave SU a two-possession buffer, and it would only expand in the Orange’s 41-17 win over CMU. Syracuse, for the first time under head coach Dino Babers, ran for more yards (300) than it passed for (279). It was also the highest rushing total under Babers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“How cool is that?” Babers said.Neal said that particular play, which was SU’s longest until Dungey broke out a 74-yard run of his own, was the result of halftime adjustments. In the first two quarters, Chippewa defenders clogged the A and B gaps. Neal learned he needed to bounce out wider to the C gap. So he did, and with a pull-block coming from left to right, Neal hit the hole full-speed. The play was a relief for an offense that’s struggled with rushing production. In Weeks 1 and 2, there was little to show for an offseason that stressed improving the run. Neal and primary SU running back Dontae Strickland had not yet combined for 100 yards. Quarterback Eric Dungey, as he did again Saturday night, led the team in rushing in each of SU’s first two games.“Everybody in the country knows we can pass the ball,” Neal said. “We just want to establish the run game and put our foot down and let teams know we’re not one-dimensional.”Against CMU, Syracuse did more to prove that than it had before. Dungey avoided any major hits en route to 105 yards. Neal finished with 81 yards on five carries. The game’s star, Sean Riley, carried four times for 47 yards. Freshman left guard Sam Heckel said earlier this week he felt like the line was finally starting to figure it out. After they paved this kind of result, he echoed that same sentiment.Underneath those 300 yards are numbers Syracuse still wants to improve. On 15 carries, Dontae Strickland averaged just 3.0 yards. Freshman Markenzy Pierre lost a fumble on one of his six carries. The magnitude of the ground game’s success came as such a surprise that Babers needed confirmation on his own rushing numbers at the postgame press conference. He said that it can add dimensions to the offense that will allow the space for more playmaking. That was visible by the numerous deep shots Dungey took over the top of the defense as the game went on.Syracuse’s running success will only be harder next week, when Syracuse travels to Louisiana State. Through two games, the Tigers own best rushing defense by yardage in the FBS.“Do we know if that’s going to happen the next week or the week after, or the week after? No,” Babers said. “But we’re sure in the heck going to go back to work to see if we can reduplicate it again.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 16, 2017 at 9:46 pm Contact: jtbloss@syr.edu | @jtblosslast_img read more

Football: Wisconsin loses nose tackle Olive Sagapolu for remainder of season

first_imgIn what has already been a season replete with adversity, the Wisconsin defense was dealt yet another unfortunate blow Thursday after it was announced senior nose tackle Olive Sagapolu will miss the remainder of the 2018 season because of an arm injury requiring surgery. The senior has played his final snap as a Badger.The Wisconsin State Journal covered responses from the Badger coaches as they offered their sympathies to Sagapolu today.“He’s been great how he’s handling it, but you feel bad for him — any time guys miss games, but particularly seniors,” Head Coach Paul Chryst said. “He was playing really good, and he’s done that for a long time. He played as a true freshman, and he got understandably overshadowed with Conor (Sheehy) and Chikwe (Obasih) and Alec (James). He was playing really well this year.”Men’s hockey: Badgers begin 2018-19 Border Battle with Golden GophersThe battle for the border is coming to Madison. This weekend, the No. 20 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team Read…Sagapolu suffered the injury at Northwestern Oct. 27. The Badgers had hoped for a quick recovery and return this season, but with the decision to undergo surgery Wednesday, Sagapolu’s Badger career has come to an unfortunate end, and the team must now move on.Sagapolu will be replaced by true freshman Bryson Williams, who made his first career start last week in Wisconsin’s 31-17 victory over Rutgers.“We’ve loved the way he’s progressed throughout the season,” UW defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard said of Williams. “Just with his understanding of the scheme, and then just gaining confidence and learning what I can and can’t do as a player at this level as a true freshman.”Football: AJ Taylor’s unexpected season as No. 1 receiving optionSo far this season, University of Wisconsin receiver AJ Taylor has accumulated 406 yards and three touchdowns on 24 receptions Read…Williams will plug a crucial hole at nose tackle for the remainder of the Badgers’ season, as Wisconsin ranks 62nd in the nation in total rushing defense heading into the final three games of the season.Sagapolu appeared in eight games this season and recorded 23 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.last_img read more

Giants GM Dave Gettleman breaks silence since Odell Beckham Jr. trade

first_imgDave Gettleman has broken his silence.Speaking for the first time since the blockbuster trade that sent Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns, the Giants general manager reiterated that the team truly had no intention of getting rid of their star receiver until Cleveland came knocking just before the start of free agency. “We have positions to address. Our plan is to address those positions, plain and simple. We’ll do that through whatever means necessary.”Gettleman also addressed the rumors surrounding Landon Collins, confirming the report that the team offered a first-round draft pick for the 25-year-old safety “isn’t even remotely accurate.”The Giants declined to use the franchise tag on Collins, which would have paid him an $11.15 million salary in 2019. Instead, he inked a reported six-year deal worth $84 million with the Redskins that includes $45 million guaranteed. “Talks were initiated by the Browns. John [Dorsey] knew we weren’t just going to give Odell away…there was considerable back and forth,” Gettleman said on a Monday conference call, via the team’s official Twitter. “We didn’t sign Odell to trade him, but things change. Another team made an offer we couldn’t refuse.”The Browns also acquired Olivier Vernon for right guard Kevin Zeitler and safety Jabrill Peppers, who both got dealt to New York. Cleveland also sent its 2019 first-round pick (17th overall) and the 2019 third-round selection (95th overall) they originally were dealt in a 2018 trade with the Patriots. Related News Jerry Jones thanks Browns for getting Odell Beckham Jr.center_img “I completely understand why people would debate the merits of this deal,” Gettleman added. “This trade really won’t be able to be fully evaluated until we get further down the road. We did not enter this decision to trade Odell lightly. NFL free agency rumors: Landon Collins inks $84M deal with Redskinslast_img read more

AEW Fight for the Fallen matches, date, start time, location, rumors

first_img– Peter Avalon vs. Sonny Kiss (pre-show match)AEW Fight for the Fallen rumored matches- Jon Moxley vs. TBD All Elite Wrestling returns with its third-ever event – Fight for the Fallen – taking place on Saturday, July 13 from Daily’s Place Ampitheater in Jacksonville, Fla.The show takes place in the company’s unofficial headquarters in Jacksonville, home to the NFL’s Jaguars which is also owned by Shad Khan with his son Tony involved in both including as AEW’s CEO. Plus, a portion of the proceeds from this show will be donated to gun violence victims. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearOnly a few matches have been announced for the event so far and the rest of the card will be announced in the coming weeks. Here’s all you need to know about AEW Fight for the Fallen. AEW Fight for the Fallen date, start timeAEW Fight for the Fallen will air live on Satursday, July 13. The pre-show will start at 7:30 p.m with the main card beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET. How to watch AEW Fight for the FallenAEW Double or Nothing will be available live for free on the B/R Live app.  AEW Fight for the Fallen card- Cody and Dustin Rhodes vs. The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson)- Kenny Omega vs. Cima- Brandi Rhodes vs. Allie- Adam Page vs. Kip Sabian- Lucha Bros (Pentagón Jr. and Rey Fenix) vs. SoCal Uncensored (Scorpio Sky and Frankie Kazarian)- Dr. Britt Baker and Rhio vs. Bea Priestley & Shoko Nakajima- The Dark Order vs. Jungle Boy and Luchasaura vs. Jack Evans and Angelico- Jimmy Havoc, Darby Allin, and Joey Janela vs. MJF, Sammy Guevara, and Shawn Spears (pre-show match)last_img read more

Three straight for St Jago

first_imgKINGSTON:St Jago High School scored an emphatic 3.5-0.5 win over Campion College in the final round of the PCJ Group National Schools Chess Championships, to secure the national title for the third consecutive year.After a draw in their round three match, both St Jago A and Calabar High went into the final round tied for the lead with five points each. As a result, both teams needed an outright win to stay on course for the title.With their feet to the fire, Calabar could only manage a 2-2 draw against St Jago B, which left the door wide open for St Jago A, who made no mistake in dispatching Campion College. This left St Jago A alone atop the standings with seven points.Decarteret College took second place on tiebreaker over Calabar, St Jago B and St Catherine A, as each school ended with six points.Individual category prizes were awarded to the zone champions, Mannings High, Glenmuir High, Wolmer’s Boys’, Ardenne High and St Jago High, while Excelsior High’s girls and Wolmer’s Girls were adjudged best female teams.National Master Shreyas Smith and Malik Curiah, both of Calabar, took home the awards for Best Boards one and two, respectively, Glenmuir’s Wayne March was the Best Board three, Best Board four went to St Jago’s Akeem Brown, and the Best Reserve was Tajae Morgan, also of St Jago. St Jago’s coach, National Master Mikhail Solomon, was adjudged the Best Coach.”The 2016 National Schools Chess Competition was efficiently run by the organisers and well contested by the competitors, and we commend the Jamaica Chess Federation for their efforts to engage students across the country in this beneficial sport,” said Camille Taylor, manager, information and corporate affairs of title sponsors Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica.last_img read more

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