Barcelona 3-0 Man United: Messi stars as Man United are knocked out

first_img Source: BBC Manchester United’s Champions League run ended in the quarter-finals as Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to a crushing victory in the second leg at the Nou Camp.United, trailing 1-0 from the first leg, started brightly but were then undone by brilliance from Messi and a glaring mistake from goalkeeper David de Gea.Messi put the hosts ahead with a fine curling effort from 20 yards in the 16th minute and four minutes later De Gea let a weaker shot from the edge of the area squirm under his body for the Argentine’s second.Philippe Coutinho added a third for Barca in the 61st minute, curling a stunning effort into the top corner from distance.United hit the bar inside the first 40 seconds through Marcus Rashford but were dominated after going behind.Alexis Sanchez’s diving header, which was spectacularly saved by Barca goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen in the 90th minute, was as close as the visitors came in the second half.It was a sobering night for United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the ground where he scored his most famous goal, the stoppage-time winner in the 1999 Champions League final.Barca now meet either Liverpool or Porto in the semi-final, with the Reds taking a 2-0 lead into Wednesday’s second leg.Mistakes costly but United outclassedUnited were always facing a difficult task as they attempted to overturn a first-leg deficit for the second round in a row.Just like in the last 16, when they stunned Paris St-Germain at the Parc de Princes, United started the game fast, looked dangerous on the counter-attack and had opportunities – a poor touch from Scott McTominay in the area saw a chance wasted shortly after Rashford’s first-minute effort.That start raised hope of an improbable comeback but Barcelona soon took charge and were awarded a penalty in the 11th minute for Fred’s clumsy challenge on Ivan Rakitic in the area only for the decision to overturned after the referee consulted VAR.United survived that scare but their hopes were effectively ended when they allowed Messi to score twice in four first-half minutes.The Argentine dazzled for his first goal with a nutmeg of United midfielder Fred and a perfect finish into the bottom corner, but Ashley Young gave the ball away in the left-back position and the visitors’ defence backed off rather than attempt to stop the shot.Then De Gea, so often United’s star player, made a huge mistake by allowing Messi’s tame shot from 20 yards to slip under his body and in.Unlike in the first leg, Barcelona looked as though they could could cut their opponents open at will.Messi was at the centre of that attacking threat with Jordi Alba also marauding forward from left-back and the Barcelona midfield outplaying their United counterparts, both in terms of their control of the ball and pressing to win it back.No United player made any real impact on a match that proved how great a rebuild is required under Solskjaer if they are to compete with the European elite.last_img read more

Athletes react to recent shootings

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Former USC running back Reggie Bush, part of the 68.7 percent of NFL players who are black, according to the Institute of Diversity and Ethics in Sport, was outspoken via his Twitter account about the Baton Rouge shooting of Alton Sterling on Tuesday. The 49ers running back tweeted a picture of the Louisiana black man moments before he was shot and killed, complete with text and graphics pointing out the two police officers seemingly controlling both of Sterling’s hands.One of Bush’s tweets read: “When will this stop I don’t see any difference they still killing our people for no reason! Scared trigger happy cops with no training.”Clippers guard Jamal Crawford also weighed in Wednesday, tweeting: “Innocent lives man.. No restart button on life. People are taking lives like they’re playing a video game.. HAS TO STOP! #AltonSterling.”Former Lakers forward Metta World Peace, who encountered plenty of police officers growing up in a rugged neighborhood in Queens, New York, explained to the Southern California News Group his unique perspective on the series of shootings. In reference to two black men who were killed amidst questionable circumstances, he allowed that “people died that should not have died,” and argued that each officer involved in the fatal shootings should resign. But World Peace’s overriding sentiment for law enforcement was one of admiration and understanding for the peril they are routinely exposed to on the job.“You need police officers training to protect and serve, of course. But you can’t always be looking out for bad things,” he said. “At the end of the day, if you train a pitbull to bite, the pitbull will bite.”World Peace recalled an episode from his youth when two police officers joined a pick-up basketball game, leaving their guns on the sideline “in the middle of the ‘hood.” “I trust cops. If I die trusting cops, so be it,” World Peace said. “What I don’t trust is the system.”The 16-year NBA veteran heavily involved with mental health charities is advocating for funding required psychology courses for police officers to better equip them to understand the people in their jurisdiction. Diamond Bar native Alex Morgan of the U.S. soccer team was among those contributing to the outpouring of support for the fallen officers in Dallas, tweeting Thursday night: “Hurting for Dallas right now. It seems like we wake up or go to sleep reading more tragedies than not.I want to wake up from this nightmare.”Defensive end Chris Long, who played for the Rams the last eight seasons, tweeted several sentiments after the Dallas shootings.“Praying for those Dallas PO’s. Respecting, appreciating good ppl in uniform. Being angry about an unjust murder by a PO not mutually exclusive,” Long tweeted. “All violence in this country sucks. Whoever perpetrates it. intellectually dishonest people will continue to justify it. So sad. Rant over.”Kershaw is not only geographically tied to law enforcement in Dallas, he contributes to a charity, Behind Every Door, that targeted the apartment complex with the highest crime rate in Dallas. A community center was built in the complex that Kershaw’s contribution is helping renovate in an effort to keep youth off the streets. The effort is directly affecting the Dallas Police Department, which Kershaw has been tied to since growing up in the city they protect.“Being from Dallas, you see cop cars all the time,” Kershaw said. “It’s just scary to think they’re being targeted.”Staff Writers Mark Medina and J.P Hoornstra contributed to this report.center_img It hit close to home for Clayton Kershaw in every sense when shootings in Dallas on Thursday night claimed the lives of five police officers, wounded seven more and injured two civilians.The Dodgers pitcher is a Dallas native who still resides there in the offseason. He was a fearful spectator from 1,500 miles away on Thursday, hoping friends and family remained out of harm’s way as the horrific events unfolded in downtown Dallas.“Not far from where we live at all,” Kershaw said. “You never really think that will happen in your city. You just think you’re kind of immune to it, I guess. It just shows that everybody can be affected by it. A lot of my friends and friends’ parents work downtown right there, so just really scared, really sad.”Several athletes with Southern California ties utilized their platform to express sentiments about the events of the past four days, which began with two black men being shot and killed by police officers. last_img read more