Bale scores as Madrid top Arsenal in penalties

first_imgGareth Bale sent a message to Zinedine Zidane after coming off the bench to score and inspire Real Madrid’s comeback against Arsenal at the International Champions Cup.Bale – tipped for an imminent Madrid exit after sitting out last week’s loss to Bayern Munich – was surprisingly introduced by Zidane at half-time and the Los Blancos outcast helped erase a two-goal deficit in a 2-2 draw before the LaLiga giants won on penalties on Tuesday.Arsenal – who had Sokratis Papastathopoulos sent off prior to half-time after Nacho Fernandez was dismissed for a handball – were in control thanks to Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, until Bale entered the fray. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Bale pulled a goal back with a simple finish in the 56th minute before fellow substitute Marco Asensio restored parity three minutes later in Maryland, where penalties were needed.While Bale’s spot-kick was saved by Emiliano Martinez, Madrid still prevailed 3-2 over Unai Emery’s Arsenal in the shoot-out.Eden Hazard and Madrid made a lively start but the LaLiga giants were eventually pressed back and punished by Arsenal for their sloppiness in the ninth minute at FedEx Field.After 90 minutes, it finishes…Real Madrid  2-2  ArsenalAnd that means we’re going to penalties #ArsenalinUSA pic.twitter.com/BZJdh4KMQr— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 24, 2019Madrid were at sixes and sevens in defence, losing the ball before Lacazette rounded Keylor Navas, but his goal-bound effort was stopped by Nacho’s hand. The referee brandished a red card and the Arsenal forward’s penalty somehow went in after hitting both posts.Arsenal were in complete control from that point, prompting Zidane to sacrifice Luka Jovic in his first start for Madrid since arriving from Eintracht Frankfurt as defender Raphael Varane was introduced in the 16th minute.Varane’s presence could not prevent Arsenal from moving 2-0 ahead eight minutes later after a lovely flick from Lacazette sent Aubameyang through and the Gabon international rounded Navas and fired the ball into the net.Madrid were handed a boost approaching the interval when Arsenal defender Sokratis was sent off for a second yellow card and Karim Benzema almost pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time, but his towering header hit the outside of the post.Bale’s introduction at the break lifted Madrid and he pulled a goal back 11 minutes into the second half. After Asensio’s long-range effort rattled the post, the Welshman was on hand to score when the goalkeeper’s save spilled to his feet for a simple finish. 56′ | 1-2 | GOOOOOOOOOOAL by @GarethBale11!!!#RealMadridIsHere | #RMTour pic.twitter.com/yZScvEapdk— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) July 24, 2019Arsenal barely made it out of their own half as Asensio equalised three minutes later – the Spain international receiving a cutback from fellow substitute Marcelo before finding a way past Martinez.That proved to be the last piece of action from Asensio, who left the field on a stretcher with an apparent knee injury in a worrying scene for the Spaniard and Madrid.Bale then almost put Madrid ahead in the 67th minute, however his delicate flick was well saved by Martinez, with Arsenal firmly entrenched in their own half.Bale continued to do it at all ends after he made a goal-line clearance to deny Calum Chambers with 14 minutes remaining before Reiss Nelson curled a shot inches off target.Eddie Nketiah had a golden opportunity to win it for Arsenal with three minutes of normal time remaining, but he was unable to beat Thibaut Courtois in a one-on-one situation as penalties beckoned. read morelast_img read more

Anger over proposed RSPCA moves to campaign against angling and horse racing

Rural groups and sporting associations have hit back at moves by radical animal rights activists to push the RSPCA to campaign for a ban on fishing and horse racing.The Sunday Telegraph has revealed that key figures on the charity’s ruling body are attempting to steer it towards taking a hardline stance against two of Britain’s most popular pastimes.But that has threatened to lead to a backlash from groups representing thousands of anglers, as well as the thousands who work in the horse racing industry and enjoy watching the spectacle.They are now understood to be lobbying behind the scenes for the RSPCA not to take a more radical turn.In a letter to the RSPCA seen by this newspaper the Angling Trust, which represents game, coarse and sea anglers in England and Wales, said: “Far from launching attacks on anglers and angling we would hope those who care for the future of our wildlife would want to work with us and other conservation bodies on countering the myriad threats caused by pollution, over exploitation, abstraction and habitat destruction.“It would be good hear confirmation from you directly that the RSPCA does not intend to seek to ban angling and to criminalise up to two million people who currently enjoy this healthy pastime.”The British Horseracing Authority (BHA), which governs the sport, is also understood to have been in regular dialogue with the RSPCA in an attempt to pre-empt any moves by the charity to campaign for a ban on racing. Some on the RSPCA ruling council reportedly want to see a ban on horse racing  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Some on the RSPCA ruling council reportedly want to see a ban on horse racing Credit:Michael Steele/Getty Images In a statement the BHA said: “British racing has a long history of collaboration with recognised welfare organisations such as the RSPCA, World Horse Welfare and SSPCA, which over recent years has resulted in a number of measured, evidence-based enhancements to the sport’s high welfare standards.”The controversy is just the latest to surround the RSPCA, whose patron the Queen is a known lover of country pursuits.Moderate elements within the charity are understood to be concerned that any moves to campaign against horse racing – which is one of Her Majesty’s favourite leisure activities – would threaten to undermine the relationship between the organisation and its patron.It could also lead to questions over whether that royal patronage can continue when the Prince of Wales Charles becomes king.In recent years Prince Charles has voiced concern over its campaigning against countryside sports, raising questions over its royal patronage, first granted by Queen Victoria in 1840.In 2016 the Telegraph revealed that Prince Charles had privately raised his concerns that the emphasis of the charity was moving away from animal welfare towards campaigning against countryside sports.The RSPCA has until now taken a more moderate approach to both pastimes, by working with the horse racing industry to improve welfare standards and seeking  to educate anglers about the risk to wildlife posed by discarded fishing line and hooks.But a group of activists on the charity’s ruling council, including it’s vice chair Jane Tredgett, are understood to be seeking to persuade it to take a tougher line on both activities.Ms Tredgett’s current allies on the RSPCA council include Bob Baylis, a supporter of Jeremy Corbyn who frequently posting tweets in support of the Labour Leader and has allegedly offended colleagues with criticism of the Queen. According to his RSPCA biography his commitment to animal rights dates back to the early 1980s, when he was a director of  Animal Aid and the anti vivisection and animal experiments group BUAV, now named Cruelty Free International.Mr Baylis has referred all questions to the RSPCA and dismissed reported he had criticised the Queen during RSPCA council meetings, saying: “I’ve never heard anything so ridiculous in my entire life.” Ms Tredgett did not respond to requests for comment.Asked if the RSPCA was discussing whether to campaign for angling and horse racing to be outlawed, a spokesman said: “All our policies are regularly reviewed and things will have been discussed. We won’t go into details of our discussions but regular discussions do take place of all topics regarding animal welfare.”The charity added: “The RSPCA has no plans to campaign for a ban on angling or horse racing. We work constructively with the relevant bodies in these sectors to improve animal welfare standards.” read more