How Nasarawa Utd Martins was Failed by Nigerian Football

first_imgAs warnings go, this was as clear as it gets – but the message went unheeded.Fifteen months on, Nasarawa are playing at home again as the relegation-threatened side take on Katsina United on 8 March, exactly one month ago.In midfield for the hosts, Chineme Martins is desperate to make an impression – having sent his brother a picture of the league table prior to kick-off with the words “watch this table after this match, we are lifting again”.Nasarawa had propped up the league just weeks earlier but now the ‘Solid Miners’ could escape the relegation zone should they win.Three unanswered second-half goals for the hosts enabled them to climb as high as 13th, four places clear of relegation in the 20-team league.At the final whistle, home players lay on the floor in tears yet these were not celebratory, but sobs and wails instead.For two minutes before half-time, 23-year-old Chineme had collapsed – unprovoked – on the pitch, leading to his death.“He said he was playing his heart to remove Nasarawa from relegation,” said Chineme’s elder brother Michael. “That was the gift he wanted to give the club.”Unfortunately, not only did his heart appear to have issues – which an autopsy should address – but his efforts were seemingly unreciprocated too.How else can one explain that the club’s sole defibrillator was still undeployable, even after Dukudod’s death?“There was a defibrillator present at the stadium but we couldn’t use it because it was no more in order,” Abdul Suberu, Nasarawa United’s club doctor, told BBC Sport Africa.Ill treatmentIt was one of a catalogue of failures that prevented Chineme from receiving the medical treatment he deserved.There was also his questionable on-pitch treatment, the general off-field facilities available and the pitch-side ambulance failing to start.But what of the defibrillator, which is often critical to the recovery chances for anyone suffering chronic heart-related issues?Nearly two dozen Nigerian footballers have died of heart-related issues in the last 25 years, both at home and abroad, so having a working defibrillator in a top-flight stadium might appear a must.Not so.Nasarawa’s defibrillator had been given to the club in 2015 by the League Management Company (LMC), which runs the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).Yet its maintenance was not upheld by Nasarawa, even though league rules stipulate that home sides must ensure that a defibrillator is ‘available for use throughout each league match’.Not even the match commissioner could tell the BBC whether there was a working defibrillator in the ambulance that day – despite both club and regional state FA doctors signing a document prior to kick-off to suggest that all required equipment was present.“All I know is I looked at the ambulance, I saw a stretcher, a driver – and then the club and FA doctors confirmed everything was in order,” said match commissioner Christian Mbah.The ambulance at the Lafia Township Stadium on March 8 failed to start“This was even written down and both signed (the document) – everything is there.”Yet when emergency action was required for Martins, the appropriate response was deeply lacking.Nasarawa doctor Suberu stated that “both clubs’ medical teams and even supporters rushed in to save him” – so smashing rules stating that only doctors, physiotherapists or paramedics can attend an on-pitch medical incident.Attempts to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) also failed, with video footage showing the most gentle of CPR being applied at times.“Even to administer CPR that a layman could do, the so-called personnel they had could not administer,” said brother Michael, who works in the fire rescue services.“There was also no proper ventilation for the boy. The crowd covered him using a cloth to fan him – a cloth! It’s just the ‘Nigerian factor’ – nothing was in place when it happened.”Despite a social media outcry about the attempted CPR, club doctor Suberu claims differently.“We tried our best medically,” he explained. “We applied CPR and first aid, but he didn’t make it.”While the absence of defibrillators and suitably-trained medical personnel did not help, nor did the fact that the ambulance would not start, prompting stewards and others to push the Peugeot 406 in a bid to jump-start it.“The State FA brings the ambulance and is responsible for the ambulance,” said Suberu.The Nasarawa State FA president told BBC Sport a different story.“The club doctors work with a specialist hospital to get the ambulance – that is why we release all the funds to (the clubs),” Mohammed Alkali told BBC Sport Africa. “Club medical staff arrange the ambulance, not the FA.”League rules state it is the home club’s duty to ensure the availability of ‘a fully equipped … ambulance suitable to carry an emergency casualty and staffed by a person or persons to perform essential emergency care.’Nonetheless, many clubs still rely on wealthier State FA’s to help out with medical provisions – with match commissioner Mbah also saying this was what happened on the day Chineme died with regard to the provision of the ambulance.Chineme Martins had had pre-season medical tests, including on his heart, at Nasarawa UnitedMbah also said he asked the driver to start the ambulance before the game, with the vehicle passing its test.In Martins’ hour of need though, it did not start – so leaving the final ignominy as his limp body used not an ambulance but a vehicle belonging to the Nasarawa State governor, who witnessed the event unfold, for the journey to hospital.And herein lies the final twist given that accounts differ about where Chineme died – with the club saying he ‘finally died in hospital’ while an eye-witness, who requested anonymity, claimed ‘he was dead’ before he left the stadium.ReactionWhatever the truth, one inescapable fact is the grief that has descended onto the Martins’ family.“We used to chat every day,” says Michael. “Sometimes I just burst into tears. I spoke to Mum the other day and as soon as she started talking, she started crying.”“Let me call it ‘the Nigerian factor’ that something must happen before they take a proactive step, but why must it be Chineme?”Wednesday marks exactly one month since Chineme died – with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) report on both the reasons for his death and further possible steps expected shortly.Following the tragedy, the NFF swiftly announced stricter measures: that no match could start without a full complement of medical equipment and personnel, and not until all facilities have been tested by both the Match Commissioner and local State FA.For his role in the match, Mbah has been permanently suspended – primarily for his failure to ‘ensure all requirements including medical personnel and equipment are in place before allowing the match to go ahead’.Nasarawa themselves were also sanctioned – fined just over $15,000 – for breaching a host of rules, from not acquiring the sufficient numbers of doctors and paramedics for the game, allowing too many people on the field mid-crisis and for procuring a non-operational ambulance.Rubbing salt in the Martins family’s wounds was the fact that Nasarawa’s next home game featured not one fully-equipped modern ambulance – but three.Three ambulances were present at Nasarawa’s first home game after the tragedy, when there had been just one“The personnel – are they trained?” said brother Michael. “That’s the question to ask.”As Mbah himself points out, why is a non-medically trained Match Commissioner tasked with verifying medical equipment when a more qualified expert, such as the State FA doctor, could do it?“Those things might by physically there, but how would I know if it’s working?” he ventured. “By Nigerian standard, the whole thing that could make a good match was in-tact.”And therein lies the problem, many would say – with both medical and security standards having been too low in the league for far too long.“Martins’ demise should be a wake-up call to Nigeria’s professional football clubs and all stakeholders,” said Amobi Ezeaku, the team manager of top-flight Enugu Rangers. “I have attended over 100 pre-match meetings in the league.“During these meetings, questions are asked as to the availability of doctors, ambulances, stretchers etc. Some will say they have one doctor, which turns out to be (a) blatant falsehood.”“Now that we have a sad case on our hands, we all have to embrace the truth and strive to do more not only in the field of medicine but also in safety and security.”• Culled from BBC SportShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram December 2018 at the Lafia Township Stadium. A friendly was underway between Nasarawa United and FC Abuja. Midway through the game between top-tier Nasarawa and the lower division side, FC Abuja’s Dominic Dukudod slumps on the field.Efforts to revive him are both limited, with first aid applied, and in vain, with Dukudod – who suffered what is believed to be a heart-related issue – dying as he is rushed to hospital.Despite there being a defibrillator in the stadium, eye-witnesses do not recall the device, which can restart a heart in case of sudden cardiac arrest, being used to treat the player.last_img read more

AnnaMarie Gatti tosses her first shutout of the year in 7-0 victory over Niagara

first_img Published on April 18, 2017 at 11:43 pm Contact Michael: | @MikeJMcCleary In the seventh inning, AnnaMarie Gatti slumped her shoulders as the Niagara runner trotted to first base. The next pitch, she threw a ball and quickly called time. Confused, redshirt junior catcher Olivia Martinez, ran up to meet her in the circle. Gatti stood with her for a second, took a breath and sent Martinez back to the plate.Gatti took care of the rest.“She came up to me and asked why I called time,” Gatti said. “I told her I just walked a batter and I wanted a break. I just picked up some dirt and tossed it and she said, ‘Alright, let’s just attack this next batter.’”Gatti, a junior right-hander, shut out Niagara (12-18, 3-5 Metro Atlantic) Tuesday night at SU Softball Stadium. Syracuse’s (25-16, 6-9 Atlantic Coast) 7-0 victory marked Gatti’s first shutout of the year. She struck out seven — one short of her season high. Gatti improved to 7-5 and lowered her ERA to 3.25. It’s her fourth complete game this season.“We needed this win, now more than ever,” Gatti said. “After the loss, I did everything in my power.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFaith Cain homered in the second inning and that was all that the Orange needed to secure the victory.Martinez mentioned that Gatti has been working on changing her windup as the season progressed. Gatti worked on perfecting the timing of her delivery. Her goal coming into the game was to make sure that she attacked batters and walked few.Freshman left-hander Alexa Romero, who started the first game of the double header for the Orange, quietly played a role of her own in Gatti’s performance. Gatti acknowledged that Romero’s dominant play this season has motivated her to elevate her own game in moments like this.“I was talking to her in the dugout, I told her this game is because (Romero) pushes me and makes me want to be better,” Gatti said.Martinez has seen first-hand how Gatti has developed as the season has progressed.  Her style of catching plays into Gatti’s strengths as a down-ball pitcher. Gatti said her ball was biting a lot more on Tuesday than it has this season.Syracuse head coach Mike Bosch saw a different player in Gatti. On Monday, Bosch told Gatti what pitches she’s thrown, her strike percentages for each and what pitches she need to work on. It worked.“She took it to heart,” Bosch said. “That was her first shutout in a while. That’s something to look forward to.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Film review: The passes that led Oshae Brissett to compare Marek Dolezaj to Magic Johnson

first_img Published on January 21, 2019 at 9:56 pm Contact Billy: | @Wheyen3 Comments Marek Dolezaj’s Syracuse teammates have said throughout the season that when Dolezaj has the ball, they know to be ready. No matter how difficult the passing angle, the Slovakian sophomore might find them.That was the case Saturday in Syracuse’s (13-5, 4-1 Atlantic Coast) win over Pittsburgh. Dolezaj racked up a season-high of five assists, all in the second half. He was most dangerous when positioned at the left elbow, and after the game, Dolezaj’s distribution led one teammate to compare him to an all-time great.“He’s like Magic Johnson, honestly,” SU sophomore Oshae Brissett said. “He sees the floor. I don’t know how he does it. He knows where everybody is.”Dolezaj doesn’t think much of his passing. To him, when a teammate is open, it’s his job to deliver the basketball on time and on target. Dolezaj practically shrugged when asked about his inch-perfect bounce pass to Brissett for a slam on the fast break — the play of the game against Clemson on Jan. 9.He finished with four assists against the Tigers’ man-to-man defense, and when Pittsburgh played a similar brand of over-pursuing man-to-man, Dolezaj took advantage again. Three times, he picked out cutters from the left elbow, each of whom began their move when Dolezaj caught the ball.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Marek made a couple good pressure passes, backdoor, to give us the lead,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said.Here’s a look at all five of Dolezaj’s season-high assists against Pitt and how they happened. (Embeds via watchESPN)Assist No. 1: Frank Howard 3-pointerDolezaj’s first assist starts with the same action that three of his others will: a catch above the left elbow. But this time, Dolezaj turns into a ball handler before a passer. With the shot clock winding down, Paschal Chukwu comes to set a screen for Dolezaj, who gets an edge driving right into the lane and seemingly would have to shoot himself with less than five seconds on the clock.As Dolezaj drives, SU point guard Frank Howard slides from the left corner up toward the left wing. His motion could’ve been for defensive balance off a potential miss more than anything else. But as Howard’s defender, Xavier Johnson, gets sucked in watching Dolezaj, Howard frees up.Dolezaj never looked directly at Howard until he was releasing his over-the-head fling to the senior. But as Brissett said, Dolezaj knew Howard was there. The point guard’s catch doesn’t appear totally clean — either Johnson got a slight piece of the ball, or Howard was surprised he’d been passed to in this spot. Either way, Dolezaj set up a basket to put SU up seven early in the second half.Assist No. 2: Tyus Battle backdoor layupThe second assist for Dolezaj was his most common on Saturday: the backdoor pass. The Slovakian started the play on the left block and flashed out toward the elbow and eventually outside the arc, where Howard lobbed a simple pass in. Then, Howard looks to cut off of Dolezaj’s right hip, as if for a handoff.That cut by Howard is key, because the nearby Pitt defenders all watch him, in case they’ll have to cut off a drive after the potential handoff. Dolezaj never looks at Howard, though. He’s watching and waiting for Tyus Battle, positioned in the left corner, to slide backdoor.Battle appears to wait about two beats, and his defender slightly shifts to deny the pass to the corner. That movement outward is all Battle needs to take off behind the defense and Dolezaj to find him for a layup to put Syracuse up double-digits.“It’s a hard pass, that little soft pass over the top, no centers can make that play, so they were really hard plays to make,” Boeheim said.Assist No. 3: Elijah Hughes backdoor dunkJust like the previous play, Dolezaj begins near the block before cycling up above the elbow. This time, Battle delivers the pass and Elijah Hughes waits in the left corner. Battle doesn’t take the Howard route off Dolezaj’s hip, though, instead opting to cut in the opposite direction away from the ball.Unlike the dish to Battle, Dolezaj throws a pump-faked pass into this routine. That seems to be Hughes’ cue to take off, as Pitt’s Trey McGowens had strayed too far outside. Again, Dolezaj throws the ball over the head of his own defender, whose arms are down, and Hughes has a wide open lane for a dunk. Since Dolezaj had motioned outside the paint at the start of the play, no Pitt defenders remained inside to stop it.Not pictured, as Hughes ran back down the floor, he pointed a finger toward Dolezaj, acknowledging the assist.Assist No. 4: Buddy Boeheim 3-pointerWith Pittsburgh attempted to cut into a big deficit, the Panthers pressed for much of the last 10 minutes. That meant open spaces if the Orange could take advantage. On this play, Dolezaj had just helped Battle move the ball over half-court and taken a position up at the top of the key. With Pitt still recovering from its full-court pressure, Battle’s pass in to Dolezaj creates an SU advantage.On Dolezaj’s catch, the Panthers have three players behind the ball, and Syracuse has a brief three-on-two opportunity. The inside-most Pittsburgh defender has no choice but to deny Brissett cutting to the basket. That’s where Dolezaj looks first, but when he sees a defender go with Brissett, he looks off that option, knowing he’s got a teammate open.That open teammate is Buddy Boeheim on the left wing. He’d already made two 3s in the game, and he didn’t let Dolezaj’s pass go to waste, knocking down a third-straight. It was a simple pass from Dolezaj, but it was the right decision to put Syracuse up 18.Assist No. 5: Tyus Battle backdoor and-1The end result is the same, but Dolezaj’s final assist develops a bit differently than the first four. Buddy has the ball on the right wing about halfway through an offensive possession and chooses to dribble toward the middle. Dolezaj had been waiting in the lane, but on the drive, he sees his chance to again flash toward the left elbow. Buddy picks him out with a simple bounce pass.Once Dolezaj catches, it’s only Battle and his defender in the left corner who are below the free throw line. The other eight players are nowhere near the rim. Howard slides down toward Battle, as if to set a screen, and Battle’s defender anticipates that and moves to beat it over the top. But at the same time, Battle heads backdoor and Dolezaj finds him again. This time, SU’s scoring leader finishes through contact for an and-1.As Battle heads toward the foul line, he smiles and offers his hand to Dolezaj, who’s bobbing his head. They high five, both smiling, because SU’s fourth ACC victory was no longer in doubt.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Cubs’ bullpen woes are costing them as the trade deadline approaches

first_imgThere are impressive resumes within the confines of the Chicago bullpen. Kimbrel is potential Hall of Famer, and Strop, Cishek and Kintzler have proved their worth in the late innings the past few years, so better production from them is possible. That said, losses like these two to Milwaukee are shots to the heart.Clearly, the NL Central is up for grabs and the Cubs are in the thick of the postseason race. The bullpen becoming sturdier in the late innings could be the difference between them playing into October and not. On Friday, a controversial decision by manager Joe Maddon to pull starter Kyle Hendricks after five shutout innings was followed by relievers Steve Cishek, Brandon Kintzler and the struggling Pedro Strop surrendering three runs after David Bote’s home run had given Chicago a two-run lead. MORE: Watch live MLB games all season long on fuboTV (7-day free trial)It was more of the same Saturday: The starter — this time, Jon Lester — again didn’t allow a run, only to have the bullpen to fail to shut the door. There was a chance that Lester — who had only thrown 94 pitches — could start the eighth, but he was getting over an illness and asked to come out of the game.Lester: “Not too many times I go up to Joe or Tommy…but tonight was one of them. I was gassed. The sixth and seventh inning got to me.”“Today was my last day of Z-pack.”— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) July 28, 2019Cishek once again couldn’t get out of the eighth unscathed. He has appeared in six of the team’s last eight games and is tied for fourth in the National League in appearances.”That was going to be Cishek’s inning, very simple,” Maddon told reporters after the game. “Cishek was ready to go tonight, so once we got through the seventh and we were in that position, it was going to be all Cishek at that point.”Things were briefly looking up for the Cubs when Albert Almora Jr. gave them the lead with a 10th-inning home run, but Craig Kimbrel allowed two home runs and three runs total in the bottom of the 10th, making it multiple blown leads Saturday and leaving team executives Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer at a loss.Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer after watching Christian Yelich tie the game and moments before Keston Hiura hit a walk off home run.— Cubs Live (@Cubs_Live) July 28, 2019The Cubs’ bullpen has been a mixed bag this year. The group is fifth in the NL with a 4.17 ERA but has struggled mightily of late. Its eight blown saves in July lead the NL and several big-time relievers haven’t contributed much. Carl Edwards Jr., who started the season as a setup man, was recently sent to Triple-A for the second time this season. Brad Brach (6.05 ERA, 1.76 WHIP) is having the worst season of his career.There have been some positives, however. Brandon Kintzler has bounced back after a tough 2018 and left-hander Kyle Ryan has impressed. The Cubs acquired Derek Holland from the Giants on Friday in the hope that he could be a weapon against left-handers, who are hitting just .179 against him. He retired Christian Yelich, the only batter he faced, after relieving Cishek on Saturday.With the July 31 trade deadline approaching, the Cubs haven’t been linked to the bigger relief names on the market, such as Will Smith and Ken Giles, meaning this could be the group they go with the rest of the way. MORE: Joe Maddon explains Carl Edwards’ demotion, faith in Pedro Strop The Cubs’ pitching flaws are being exposed as the team goes through a pivotal nine-game stretch against division rivals. They’ve led to a pair of disastrous results at a most inopportune time.The bullpen has faltered late in back-to-back losses to the Brewers this weekend, suboptimal outcomes that left Chicago tied with the Brewers and a game behind the Cardinals for first place in the crowded NL Central. The Cubs will play the Brewers once more at Miller Park on Sunday and then head to St. Louis for a three-game series before hosting the Brewers for three next weekend. These games could have a large impact on the remainder of their season. last_img read more

Kitch, accused of attacking a Wellington lawyer, gets court appointed attorney

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 335 weeks ago Good call for the judge. Report Reply 0 replies · active 335 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Charles Kitchby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County District Court has appointed an attorney for Charles L. Kitch Jr., 33, of Wellington accused of the Feb. 23, 2014 attack of Wellington attorney Jack Potucek.Kitch will be represented by Orsi Peter John II in Wichita. Usually, a Sumner County judge selects the court appointed attorney from a specific group working the criminal court docket at the courthouse. But because the attorneys have close working and social ties to Potucek, the judge elected to go with an out-of-town court appointed attorney.Kitch is facing charges of aggravated burglary, a level 5 felony or the alternate charge of criminal trespass, a Class B misdemeanor. He is also charged with aggravated battery, a level 7 felony for an alleged attack on a Sunday morning (see story here.)Kitch is currently in custody at Larned State Hospital, according to court sources. He will be having a court appearance at Sumner County District court on April 3.According to the Sumner County District Court complaint, Kitch is accused of unlawfully entering Potucek’s residence at 1023 N. Washington in Wellington which included an enclosed screened-in back porch. He entered the enclosed area and rang the doorbell to the rest of the residence. The complaint said  he “laid to wait to attack Potucek as he opened the door.”Kitch is then accused of physically attacking Potucek from a hiding position and during the attack, repeatedly striking his head with a rock causing extensive bleeding.last_img read more

Officials gear up for Cinco de Mayo

first_img “There will be additional officers out on patrol in the area,” she added. At the workshop, three employees of Triangle Distributing Co., an alcoholic beverage distributor in Santa Fe Springs, drank three beers in a 45-minute period. They then had their blood alcohol levels checked before drinking two more beers. After 15 minutes more minutes, the human guinea pigs were tested again. Isaac Brown, 22, of Norwalk, drank his first round on an empty stomach. His first blood alcohol level test was .081, which is above the .08 legal limit. “I didn’t feel impaired,” he said after the first round. But after the second round of beers , his alcohol level was up to .101. Brown said he was feeling “relaxed.” It was a eye-opening experience, Brown said. “You have to be careful when you are drinking,” Brown said. Employees Nick Viera, 28, of Long Beach and George Murphy, 49, of San Bernardino found that their results were a little different, since both had eaten before attending the workshop. In the end, it didn’t matter; both of their blood-level tests showed they were intoxicated above the legal limit by the time they had downed their final rounds of beer, said Officer Greg Makel. “You can get arrested for drunk driving with a level below .08 percent,” he said.165Let’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! SANTA FE SPRINGS – Before you order that next drink, the California Highway Patrol wants you to know that nothing – not coffee, not a nap, not an energy drink – will sober you up enough to drive safely more than time itself. To clarify that point, CHP officials conducted a “wet lab” informational class for local bar and restaurant employees Wednesday aimed at helping them identify signs and symptoms of alcohol intoxication in their customers. The workshop’s timing coincides with this weekend’s Cinco de Mayo celebrations, officials said. “We usually conduct these classes right before the holidays,” CHP Sgt. Raquel Stage said. While Cinco de Mayo is not an official holiday, she said it is still a day when lots of people party. Couple that with the Oscar De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight on Saturday, she said, and the stage is set for lots of people partying at bars and then driving home.last_img read more

Hazard rescues Chelsea in six-goal Roma thriller

first_imgBut Roma’s Aleksandar Kolarov struck before half-time to spark a stirring fightback from the Serie A side.Former Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko bagged a brace after the interval to give Roma the lead, only for Hazard to spare Chelsea’s blushes with a late leveller.Chelsea remain two points clear of Roma at the top of Group C, but this was the latest in a growing list of alarming displays from the Premier League champions.Blues boss Antonio Conte reportedly held a lengthy inquest with his squad in the aftermath of Saturday’s shock 2-1 loss at Crystal Palace and this erratic performance — which extended their winless run to three matches — may well spark another dressing down from the Italian.After being penned into their own half early on, Chelsea conjured an electric counter, but Alvaro Morata, showing signs of rust after his injury lay-off, shot tamely at Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker.Roma’s striker Edin Dzeko (C) celebrates after scoring his second goal against Chelsea with defender Aleksandar Kolarov at Stamford Bridge in London on October 18, 2017 © AFP / Adrian DENNISRoma were undaunted and Diego Perotti galloped forward for a stinging strike that whistled over.Brazil defender Luiz had been missing in action during that Roma raid, but the part-time midfielder recovered his bearings to put Chelsea ahead in the 11th minute.Stealing possession inside the Roma half, Luiz initially tried a defence-splitting pass, but when that was blocked, he seized on the rebound and curled a fine first-time finish past Becker from 20 yards.Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan wasted a golden chance to equalise when he shot straight at Thibaut Courtois.That miss seemed fatal for Roma when Hazard scored Chelsea’s second in the 37th minute.It was Hazard who started the attack, pouncing in midfield and picking out Morata.While Morata sized up his options, Hazard was sprinting into the Roma area, where he met his team-mate’s deft cross with a cool close-range finish.– Warning signs –Hazard’s first club goal of the season should have put Chelsea on cruise control, but they remained far from convincing and Roma were back in the game three minutes later.Kolarov took possession wide on the left edge of the Chelsea area, surged past Cesar Azpilicueta and blasted a fierce strike that deflected in off Andreas Christensen.Chelsea’s defender David Luiz celebrates after scoring during a UEFA Champions league match against Roma at Stamford Bridge in London on October 18, 2017 © AFP / Glyn KIRKRoma had won only once in their 15 games in England, but the way they were bossing possession suggested a memorable escape wasn’t out of the question.The warning signs were there when Courtois was forced to stick out a boot to stop Dzeko converting Kolarov’s cross early in the second half.Conte responded to Chelsea’s struggles by sending on Pedro for Luiz and moving Cesc Fabregas into a more defensive midfield role.But the switch failed to stem the tide and Roma equalised thanks to Dzeko’s moment of magic in the 64th minute.Federico Fazio spotted Dzeko’s run and lofted a perfectly-weighted high pass that dipped into the Bosnian’s path.Dzeko contorted his body in mid-air to meet the ball with a sublime volley that flashed past Courtois.Conte’s side were stunned, but Dzeko wasn’t finished yet and he put Roma ahead in the 70th minute.Kolarov’s inswinging free-kick caught Chelsea flat-footed and Dzeko headed home from close-range.But, just as Chelsea looked sunk, Hazard bailed them out, ghosting into the Roma area to equalise with a glancing header from Pedro’s 75th minute cross.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s midfielder Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring against Roma at Stamford Bridge in London on October 18, 2017 © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 18 – Eden Hazard came to Chelsea’s rescue after his side blew a two-goal lead in a dramatic 3-3 draw with Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday.Antonio Conte’s team looked on course for a comfortable victory at Stamford Bridge thanks to first half goals from David Luiz and Hazard at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

DONE DEAL! James Chester leaves West Brom for Aston Villa

first_img James Chester in action for West Brom# 1 Aston Villa have completed the signing of James Chester from West Brom for an undisclosed fee.The defender has penned a four-year deal at Villa Park after just one season at The Hawthorns. Villa are rebuilding following their relegation from the Premier League but have lost their opening two games this season.Wales defender Chester fills the gap left by Ciaran Clark, who joined Newcastle for £5million, with Joleon Lescott unlikely to have a future under Roberto Di Matteo.Chester, meanwhile, has struggled for first-team opportunities at The Hawthorns since joining from Hull for £8million last summer, often played out of position and would again be behind Jonas Olsson, Jonny Evans and Gareth McAuley.Di Matteo confirmed Villa were closing in on the 27-year-old and the Italian has now made him his fifth signing of the summer.Chester impressed during Wales’ march to the Euro 2016 semi-finals in the summer and made the most challenges and interceptions of any players in the tournament with 36.Villa host Rotherham in their first Sky Bet Championship home game of the season on Saturday having lost 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday in the opener last weekend.The Midlands club have already spent £12million on Ross McCormack in a bid to earn promotion at the first attempt – but the striker was withdrawn in the second half of Wednesday’s 3-1 EFL Cup defeat at Luton and is yet to score.Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak is also on Di Matteo’s radar.The Villa boss maintains he has seen signs of a positive change in approach from the squad, which cannot come quickly enough.“Personally I have never experienced it, as a player or a manager. There is definitely a mindset which needs to be changed here, and we are doing better,” he said at a press conference, published on“I can see the signs of improvement, but the best recipe is to get a positive result…the sooner the win comes, the better it is for the players’ confidence and the whole environment.”last_img read more


first_imgOn this weeks show Donegal feature’s Majella O’Donnell’s new charity Donegal Mind Wellness which aims to help people cope with the stresses and strains of everyday life.We hear from Shauna Gallagher who set up the Baby Rory Gallaghers Wish to Walk Appeal. DonegalTV  also visit the 106th annual banquet of the Co. Donegal Association of Greater Boston & and we look back on the magnificent Clonmany Festival.DDTV: DONEGALTV FEATURES MAJELLA O’DONNELL AND BABY RORY GALLAGHER was last modified: January 15th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DonegalTVlast_img read more