Liga MX Funes Mori hat trick spurs Monterrey past Monarcas as Rayados march on to Liga MX final Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 10:14 12/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Julio Cesar Aguilar Liga MX Monterrey Monterrey v Morelia Morelia Opinion The Argentine led the way in a 4-0 win that sets up a showdown with crosstown rival Tigres to decide the Apertura champion Maybe you don’t believe in destiny. Maybe you buy that there’s fate but don’t believe in teams of destiny. There’s a special feeling about Monterrey, though.The team has been on the road to the Apertura final since climbing to the summit of the table in the fourth week of the season. More than that, they’ve been on a collision course with crosstown rival Tigres for the second half of the year. After dismantling Morelia 4-0 in the second leg to lock up a 5-0 aggregate victory, Rayados will collide with their Monterrey rival for the first time in a final. We will have a Clasico Regio with the country’s biggest prize at stake.Any time a match ends 4-0, it’s pretty obvious there was a gap between the two sides. It is a surprise, then, that Morelia was the better team before it became clear the series had ended. Morelia had played well but lost in the first leg. In the second, Monarcas created a chance in the first minute that they couldn’t convert. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The pressure continued, but Rayados got on the scoreboard first after goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez’s long pass forward bounced for Rogelio Funes Mori. Gonzalez saved a penalty less than 10 minutes later, and Monterrey won a spot kick of its own that Carlos Sanchez converted in the 22nd minute.#NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽L de Rogelio Funes [email protected] (2) 1-0 (0) @FuerzaMonarca VUELTA #Semifinal #Apertura2017 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/BdnYhQEWQ6— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) December 4, 2017Funes Mori again had the ball in the back of the net in the 29th minute after an uncharacteristic error on a free kick from Morelia goalkeeper Sebastian Sosa. With Dorlan Pabon given space to hit a cross in from the left wing, Funes Mori headed past Sosa to finish off his hat trick after the break. There were still more chances for Monterrey to expand its lead, even as it happily sat back and let Monarcas knock the ball around the midfield for most of the second half.”I’m really happy for the team. I think we deserved to be in the final but we had to show that on the field. We showed that today. They’re a good team, but we were much better,” Funes Mori told Univision. “So now we have to rest up and think about the final.”Not only was this a stunning attacking performance, it was one Monterrey did without Aviles Hurtado. Hurtado, the Liga MX golden boot winner this season, left the first leg with an injury. Though Hurtado was deemed fit during the week, Monterrey manager Antonio Mohamed decided not to risk the Colombian ahead of the likely final.Now he’ll have a fresh attacking trident, with Funes Mori and Pabon making way in the second half to rest up as well, and dreams of matching Tigres’ five Liga MX titles by adding one more to Monterrey’s trophy case.#NoTeLoPierdas2do G⚽⚽⚽L de Rogelio Funes [email protected] (4) 3-0 (0) @FuerzaMonarca VUELTA #Semifinal #Apertura2017 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/XttcOSNeep— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) December 4, 2017Monarcas now have to believe it’s Monterrey’s destiny, or at least its right, to be in the final. Roberto Hernandez’s side wasn’t horrible in the series but ended up with a lopsided loss against a team that is one of the best the league has seen in years. Monterrey’s crosstown rival now is the only thing that stands between Rayados and the title win they’ll feel they deserve after a superb regular season, a superb quarterfinal win and a superb semifinal series capped off Sunday in spectacular fashion.
Italy Buffon to play on for Italy as Di Biagio calls up uncapped duo Rob Lancaster 01:08 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Italy Serie A Argentina v Italy England v Italy Argentina England Friendlies The Juventus veteran has ended doubts over his international future with a call-up to the latest Azzurri squad Gianluigi Buffon looks set to extend his international career after being included in Italy’s squad for the upcoming friendlies against Argentina and England.The Juventus goalkeeper fought back the tears when announcing his retirement after the Azzurri lost 1-0 on aggregate to Sweden in a World Cup play-off last November.However, the 40-year-old has softened his stance since then and, having held a meeting with interim Italy coach Luigi Di Biagio in February, could now add to his national record of 175 caps. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp As well as picking Buffon, Di Biagio – who has stepped up from his role as Under-21 boss on a temporary basis – has also named uncapped forwards Federico Chiesa and Patrick Cutrone in a 26-man squad.There is a recall for Milan midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura, who won the last of his eight caps in December 2016, but Mario Balotelli and Simone Zaza both miss out.Italy face Argentina at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on March 23 before taking on England at Wembley four days later.#AzzurriLuigi #DiBiagio has named his squad for the friendlies against #Argentina in #Manchester, 23/03 ko 20:45 CET; and #England in #London, 27/03 ko 21:00 CET#ArgentinaItaly #EnglandItaly #VivoAzzurro pic.twitter.com/IKUzE5lxzE— Italy (@azzurri) March 17, 2018Italy squad:Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan), Mattia Perin (Genoa), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Davide Zappacosta (Chelsea), Leonardo Spinazzola (Atalanta), Mattia De Sciglio (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), Leonardo Bonucci (Milan), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Daniele Rugani (Juventus), Gian Marco Ferrari (Sampdoria), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Jorginho (Napoli), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain), Bryan Cristante (Atalanta), Giacomo Bonaventura (Milan), Roberto Gagliardini (Inter), Marco Parolo (Lazio) Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Simone Verdi (Bologna), Antonio Candreva (Inter), Andrea Belotti (Torino), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Patrick Cutrone (Milan).
Patiala: Stating that Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) is on a mission to make Punjab a power theft-free state, CMD Baldev Singh Sran revealed on Sunday that the corporation has successfully got the police remand of a Anand Nagar-B resident, Harbans Singh, who was nabbed from Rajpura along with his car and a variety of meter tampering instruments recently.While Singh is being questioned by the police, the information he has provided so far has led to PSPCL officials raiding locations in various parts of the state, uncovering as many as 24 cases of possible power theft in Bahadurgarh, Nabha Road, Baran, Sirhind Road, Charan Bagh, Model Town (Patiala), Bhawanigarh, and Kharar among others. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The metres of these consumers have been sent to the PSPCL Metering Labs for further scrutiny. FIRs against the suspected persons are expected to be lodged after the lab reports arrive today evening, PSPCL said in a statement. The power authority also said that they and police have got various traces about other likely wrongdoers operating in the state, aiding such activities. Sran said that PSPCL had unearthed a “very big nexus of power theft facilitators, as well as consumers, who are involved in this dirty racket and are playing with the economy of the state”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHe added, “We have intensified our anti-theft operations and I have asked all the 35 flying squad teams, 104 divisional teams, and 476 sub-divisional teams to pull their socks up and conduct the intensive raids in the coming days and put an end to this social evil completely.” PSPCL has also geared up its vigilance teams to remain alert and keep an eye on field staff taking metre readings, changing metres, checking metres, etc also and immediately book them, if vigilance finds their involvement in power theft too. Sran said with the dynamic headship and unrelenting support of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, PSPCL would definitely achieve its mission of zero tolerance against power theft.