Monthly Archive October 2018

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B Dortmund 4:0 Atl Madrid

England international Jadon Sancho scored his first Champions League goal as Borussia Dortmund recorded an impressive win over Atletico Madrid.

The teenager scored Dortmund’s third with a simple tap-in after goals from Axel Witsel and Raphael Guerreiro.

Guerreiro then made it 4-0 after capitalising on a poor back pass from Felipe Luis to finish past Jan Oblak.

The result was manager Diego Simeone’s biggest defeat in his seven years in charge of Atletico.

Witsel opened the scoring with a deflected shot in the first half but it was 73 minutes before Guerreiro made it two, finishing off a brilliant team move.

Former Manchester City winger Sancho came off the bench just after Dortmund’s second and got his name on the score sheet four minutes later when Mario Gotze played Achraf Hakimi through and he squared the ball for an easy finish.

The 18-year-old, who made his England debut this month as a substitute in a 0-0 draw against Croatia, became the second-youngest English player to score in the Champions League, after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for Arsenal against Olympiakos in 2011.

He is also the first English player to score for a non-British club in the Champions League since David Beckham for Real Madrid against Rosenborg in November 2005.

Atletico Madrid hit the post twice, either side of half-time, through Saul Niguez and Angel Correa but the German side were ultimately too much for them.

The result means Dortmund top Group A with nine points. Atletico remain in second, having won their first two games.

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Liverpool 4:0 Crvena Zvezda

Mohamed Salah scored twice to reach a half-century of Liverpool goals in a comfortable victory over Red Star Belgrade, as the Reds went top of Champions League Group C.

It was a dominant display from the hosts, Roberto Firmino firing in Andy Robertson’s cut-back on 20 minutes.

Salah got his first just before the break then added a second to reach an impressive landmark by converting a penalty won by Sadio Mane.

Mane then slotted a fourth goal with 10 minutes to go, having missed another penalty just moments before.

Goalscorers aside, Xherdan Shaqiri proved influential for the hosts – an excellent through ball to Robertson helped set up Firmino’s opener and it was the Swiss player’s flick that then assisted Salah’s first goal.

Firmino, one of five players back in the starting line-up after a depleted Reds side narrowly beat Huddersfield in the league on Saturday, marked his return with his 13th goal in 18 Champions League appearances for the club and his 10th in eight games at Anfield.

Mane was also bright – he linked up well with Salah on numerous occasions and earned his side’s first penalty when he got an arm in the face from Red Star captain Filip Stojkovic.

He made up for missing the second penalty – won when El Fardou Ben handled in the area – by sliding in to poke into the bottom corner to make it 4-0, before substitute Adam Lallana was denied a fifth from close range.

For the visitors, Srdan Babic wasted an opportunity from a set-piece when he fired over the bar but Liverpool were dominant throughout and never looked like conceding.

Red Star, bottom of the group with one point from three games, were banned from selling tickets to supporters for the game at Anfield after incidents during and after their team’s play-off round tie away to RB Salzburg on 29 August.

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Sharp falls wipe out Wall Street’s 2018 gains

Wall Street fell on Wednesday in another day of losses, erasing the gains posted this year for two of the three main indexes.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank 2.4% to 24,583.4 points, while the S&P 500 plunged 3.1% to 2,656.1 points.

The losses pushed the two indexes into negative territory for the year.

The sell-off spread to Asian markets in early Thursday trading, with Japan’s Nikkei 225 index down 3%.

Technology shares were among the worst performers in Tokyo, following a grim session on Wall Street.

In the US, tech-focused Nasdaq dropped more than 4.4% to 7,108.4 points amid concerns about weak corporate profits and global trade tensions.

It was the worst day since 2011 for the index, which is now 10% lower than its September peak and in “correction” territory.

Even technology firms, which have driven much of the market gains this year, did not escape the sell-off, with Amazon falling 5.9%, Facebook down 5.4%, Google owner Alphabet off 4.8% and Netflix sinking 9.4%.

Stephen Innes, Asia-Pacific head of trading at Oanda, said in a research note the tech sector had previously been seen as “impervious to weaker global growth sentiment, but escalating US-China trade tension remains that sectors undoing”.

Investor anxiety rises

Wednesday’s losses marked a sixth straight day of declines on the S&P and followed turbulence earlier in October.

The Dow is now on track for its worst month since May 2010.

Investors were also spooked by figures on Wednesday showing new home sales fell last month to their slowest pace in nearly two years.

They underlined other reports suggesting the US housing market is weakening – a worry given the sector is seen as a bellwether of economic health by many.

Investors have also grown nervous as growth in China slows and companies report increased costs due to labour shortages and tariffs.

Those forecasts hit companies such as Caterpillar, down 5.6%, and 3M, off 4.2%. The falls compounded declines on Tuesday in the wake of disappointing results.

Nate Thooft at Manulife Mutual Funds said: “Costs are increasing and it’s often tariff-related. We also reached a potential peak for earnings – companies that show marginal weakness take a beating.”

Adding to the sense of unease were a series of crude mail bombs and suspicious packages sent to prominent Democrats and critics of President Donald Trump, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, less than a fortnight before the midterm elections.

Jack Ablin at Cresset Wealth Advisors said the selling appeared to be “emotionally” driven, adding: “Perhaps it’s just a ratcheting up of chaos.”

Reporting by the BBC’s Natalie Sherman

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Donald Trump calls for more civility in politics following suspect packages

President Donald Trump has called on people to be more civil in politics, after a series of suspected explosives were sent to high-profile US figures.

He was speaking after parcels were sent to CNN and top Democrats, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

None of the packages exploded. The FBI has launched a hunt for their sender.

The president’s critics called his latest remarks hypocritical, as he often uses vicious language against his opponents and the press.

Speaking at a Wednesday night rally in Wisconsin, the president vowed to catch the perpetrator and called on the media to “stop endless hostility”.

“Those engaged in political arena must stop treating political opponents as being morally defective,” he said.

“No one should carelessly compare political opponents to historic villains, which is done often,” he added.

However, the president made no specific reference to the intended recipients of the packages.

Earlier CNN worldwide president Jeff Zucker criticised President Trump and the White House press secretary for not understanding that “words matter”.

“There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media,” he said.

Who were the packages sent to?

Suspected bombs were sent to locations in New York, the Washington DC area and Florida, authorities said on Wednesday.

Explosive devices were sent to the following individuals, according to the latest FBI statement:

  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
  • Former President Barack Obama
  • Former CIA Director John Brennan, care of CNN
  • Former Attorney General Eric Holder
  • California Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters
  • Liberal philanthropist and financier George Soros (on Monday)
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Barcelona 2:0 Inter Milan

Barcelona maintained their 100% start in this season’s Champions League as they cruised to victory over Inter Milan at the Nou Camp.

Rafinha opened the scoring for the hosts, who were without Lionel Messi after he fractured his arm on Saturday, before Jordi Alba netted the Spanish giants’ second late on.

Despite threatening early on, Inter never really got going, and Barca will hope to put in a similarly stylish performance in Sunday’s El Clasico against Real Madrid.

The Italian visitors had goalkeeper Samir Handanovic to thank throughout as the Slovenian made nine saves.

They included excellent stops to deny Luis Suarez and Clement Lenglet, while Philippe Coutinho hit the Inter crossbar midway through the second half.

Barca took the lead on 32 minutes as Rafinha, who had a spell on loan at Inter last season, volleyed home from Suarez’s sublime cross.

Alba then applied gloss to the result as he fired past Handanovic from Ivan Rakitic’s pass with seven minutes left.

Victory sent the five-time Champions League winners clear at the top of Group B with three wins from three, with Inter second on six points, while Tottenham and PSV Eindhoven have a point apiece following their 1-1 draw earlier on Wednesday.

 

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