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

Wednesdays Daily Brief Help for Venezuelans Burundi Ebola vaccine drive Paraguay poison

Humanitarian assistance to be scaled-up for millions of Venezuelans in need Burundi has received doses of the Ebola vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV to protect against the Zairian strain of the virus, which is currently affecting the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).   ‘Palpable reduction’ in violence following Eid truce says Libya Mission, as UN investigates deadly bombing which left 3 dead  Our full coverage here. New Ebola vaccination deployed for health workers in Burundi Further scientific research is required before the vaccine can be licensed.  A collective effort to coordinate and intensify the ongoing humanitarian response, the plan aims to significantly mitigate the impact of the crisis on the country’s most vulnerable populations.  Read our story here. Disarmament discussions must make urgent progress, says UN’s new top diplomat in Geneva Tatiana Valovaya, who’s the first woman Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament, as well as the first female UN Director-General in the Swiss city, warned that escalating tensions around the world were “severely jeopardizing” the gains made in the last 40 years at the Conference by Member States.   The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Wednesday a new Ebola vaccination campaign in Burundi to protect health and front-line workers there.  In a tweet on Wednesday, UNAMA, said they had died in a search operation carried out in Paktia province, in the east of the country, during the Eid festival earlier this week.      Noting that the plan “only represents a limited number of all people in need”, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said that $223 million was required from donors, to achieve this goal.  UN panel urges Paraguay to probe poisonings, contamination from agrochemical sprays   The WHO-supported campaign is being implemented under the leadership of the Ministry of Public Health and AIDS Control, and financially supported by GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance.  In a statement at the beginning of the month, UN Secretary-General António Guterres underlined the need to avoid what he called “destabilizing developments” and to urgently seek agreement on a new common path for international arms control.   According to the Human Rights Committee, the large-scale spraying of “toxic agrochemicals” in Canindeyú department in the east of the country, has severely-impacted living conditions, health and livelihoods.   The expert panel maintained that water resources and aquifers had been contaminated by industrial soybean production that had caused the loss of fruit trees, the death of farm animals and severe crop damage.   Following the UN’s plea last Thursday, both the forces loyal to the UN-recognized Government and the self-styled Libyan National Army of commander Khalifa Haftar, announced that they would respect a truce.   A UN call for a humanitarian truce over this week’s Eid al-Adha religious holiday led to a “palpable reduction” of violence around the embattled capital of Tripoli, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said in a statement released on Wednesday.  Ms. Valovaya’s comments follow the recent ending of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between the United States and Russia.   The United Nations humanitarian wing launched a new Response Plan (HRP) on Wednesday, that aims to help around 2.6 million people in Venezuela through to the end of the year, almost half of whom are youth.   In Geneva, the UN’s top diplomat there has urged Governments at the Conference on Disarmament to be more successful in tackling global threats to peace.   It said in a statement that despite samples being found in people’s homes that showed the presence of banned chemicals many years ago, subsequent investigations had “made no substantive progress”, and had not led to any finding of criminal responsibility, or to the redress of the harm” caused.   Paraguay should take action to prosecute those responsible for the illegal use of fertilizers that allegedly led to the death of one farmer and the poisoning of at least 20 others, a UN-appointed panel of independent experts has said.   The committee also highlighted a court ruling in Paraguay which found that the authorities had failed to protect people from the toxic products, while also calling for a buffer zone between housing and growing areas.    The development, which reportedly claimed the lives of students, comes as UNAMA continues to support preparations for the delayed Afghan-led presidential election, due to take place next month.   Afghanistan: grave concern at reports 11 civilians killed by pro-Government forces The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, says it is gravely concerned at reports that 11 civilians were killed during a State-sponsored security operation.   Accountability is essential and harm to civilians must stop, the Mission insisted.   “For us to move forward and get things done to deliver on the important mandate bestowed on this body, we must ensure that the Conference does what it was intended to do”, she said, “to negotiate and agree new instruments governing complex, sensitive and urgent issues of national and international security, issues that impact on every living being on this planet.”   Although the vaccine has not yet been approved nor has its commercial use been authorized, it has shown itself to be effective and safe during Ebola outbreaks in West Africa.   New scientific, technological developments and dynamics were challenging international security, Ms. Valovaya insisted, while also calling for the Conference to “overcome their differences” in search of results.   Listen to or download our audio News in Brief for 14 August on SoundCloud: read more