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Football News Chelsea get some reprieve with victory, Arsenal stumble to loss in Europa League

first_imgChelsea lost 6-0 to Manchester City in the Premier League.Chelsea will face Manchester City again in the League Cup final.Arsenal lost 0-1 to BATE Borisov in Europa League. highlights Pedro swung over a cross which Lasse Nielsen should have headed away, but the defender failed with his attemped volleyed clearance and Barkley was on hand to control and stab into the net. Uwe Rosler’s Malmo piled on the pressure at the end of the half, but Barkley twice produced crucial headers at the other end to keep Chelsea in front. But the Premier League giants took total control of the tie in the 58th minute with a wonderful counter-attack. Barkley led the charge before picking out Willian, and the Brazilian powered to the byline before cutting the ball back for Giroud to flick in a cool back-heeled finish. The French striker has now scored five goals in six Europa League games this season, despite only netting once in 23 matches in domestic competitions. But Malmo did grab the goal their efforts deserved in the 80th minute, as Anders Christiansen slotted past Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.Arsenal beaten in BelarusArsenal face an uphill battle to progress after a 1-0 defeat by BATE in a game which saw Alexandre Lacazette sent off for elbowing Aleksandar Filipovic with five minutes remaining. Stanislav Dragun put BATE ahead just before the break in Barysaw and Arsenal never threatened an equaliser, with Lacazette’s late dismissal also ruling him out of next week’s second leg in London.Unai Emery’s side have now won just two of their last nine away matches — last weekend’s victory over the Premier League’s bottom club Huddersfield and an FA Cup win against third-tier Blackpool. Elsewhere, Napoli began life without record goalscorer Marek Hamsik with a 3-1 win in a fiery atmosphere at FC Zurich.           Lorenzo Insigne, who has replaced Hamsik as captain after the Slovakian’s move to China, scored the opening goal, with Jose Callejon and Piotr Zielinski also on target. Celtic’s European adventures appear to be over for another season after being outclassed 2-0 by Valencia at Parkhead. Denis Cheryshev and Ruben Sobrino got the goals as the Spaniards extended their recent unbeaten run to six matches.Inter Milan claimed a 1-0 win at Rapid Vienna despite Mauro Icardi snubbing the trip after being stripped of the captaincy over a contract row, with Lautaro Martinez scoring the winner from the penalty spot.   Wissam Ben Yedder’s 22nd-minute strike helped record five-time winners Sevilla take a large step towards the last 16 with a 1-0 victory over Lazio in Rome, while Benfica backed up their 10-0 weekend thumping of Nacional by winning 2-1 at Galatasaray.      Salzburg, semi-finalists last season, lost 2-1 at Club Brugge, while 10-man Sporting Lisbon were beaten 1-0 by Villarreal in the Portuguese capital. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. London: Chelsea claimed a 2-1 victory at Malmo in the Europa League last-32 first leg to ease some of the pressure on beleaguered coach Maurizio Sarri, while Arsenal suffered a shock loss to BATE Borisov. Visitors Chelsea desperately needed a response after back-to-back humiliating away losses, with last Sunday’s 6-0 thrashing by Manchester City following a 4-0 reverse at Bournemouth. Ross Barkley took advantage of a defensive lapse by the home team on Thursday to put Chelsea ahead on the half-hour mark, with Olivier Giroud adding a 58th-minute second before Malmo’s late goal gave them a glimmer of hope ahead of next week’s return match at Stamford Bridge.    Chelsea face Manchester United in the FA Cup on Monday, before facing City again in the League Cup final on February 24. “I am happy because we played with confidence and it wasn’t really very easy after the last match (the defeat by City),” Sarri told BT Sport. “I think I am always confident but sometimes we had the wrong approach with matches so we need to be careful in every match.”          Sarri named a strong team, although he did leave Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard on the bench. Chelsea found themselves up against a spirited Malmo outfit in the first half, roared on by a vociferous home crowd, but kept the Swedes at arm’s length before Barkley grabbed their first away goal of 2019.last_img read more

SU’s AnnaMarie Gatti pitches 2nd complete game of season in 10-4 win over Canisius

first_imgThe top of the third inning wasn’t going as planned for AnnaMarie Gatti. She hit the first batter, then, after a sacrifice bunt, walked the second. Two wild pitches later, Canisius had its first run. Another walk followed by a fielder’s choice gave the Golden Griffins a two-run advantage. At last, she was on the verge of escaping an inning full of mishaps, when Canisius’ Cassie Ho doubled down the right-field line to extend the lead to three.Jogging back to the dugout after finally recording her third out, Gatti kept her head up. As her teammates ran alongside her, they tapped gloves and gave words of encouragement, seeming to gesture that it would be alright.Then Syracuse’s offense ensured that it would be. The Orange (18-14, 4-7 Atlantic Coast) rallied for seven runs in the third and fourth innings, giving Gatti all the run support she needed to regain her composure in the circle in the coming innings. In her second complete game of the year, Gatti led SU past Canisius (3-22), 10-4, on a windy Wednesday afternoon at Skytop Softball Stadium.“In the past I’ve been able to close games. For whatever reason this season, I only just got my second one,” Gatti said. “Today I think I showed I’m capable of throwing a full game.”Wednesday was Gatti’s first outing since allowing eight runs in four innings last Saturday against Boston College. All season, the senior has struggled with her control, tallying more walks (57) than strikeouts (54). When Gatti does get the ball in the strike zone, opposing batters usually take advantage, as she has allowed more than four earned runs in five of her 15 starts this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBefore Gatti’s poor third inning, she was sharp in the first two. In the first six batters she faced, Gatti allowed zero hits and struck out three, a mark she has failed to reach in nine of her 18 appearances this season. The senior walked just three batters on the day, a mark below her season average (3.2). Prior to Wednesday, Gatti had walked at least five hitters in three of her last four starts, so head coach Mike Bosch was pleased with her ability to find the strike zone.“She had good control,” Bosch said. “When she’s gotten in trouble a couple of times, it’s been a matter of how she responds, and today she was in control. She had some big strikeouts, some big pitches. That’s what you need.”Following SU’s seven-run outburst in the third and fourth innings, Gatti felt at ease in the circle. Whenever the offense answers back immediately after a bad inning, a pitcher’s life becomes much easier, Gatti said. Gatti retired the side in each of the fourth and fifth innings, registering four groundouts and a pop-out before leaving Canisius’ Kara Paradowski’s feet rooted to the ground as Gatti recorded her fourth strikeout of the day.In the top of the sixth, Gatti surrendered another run after a wild pitch, single and fielder’s choice. Again, the Orange’s offense responded in the bottom of the inning, mustering two more runs to extend the lead to six. Whenever Gatti slipped up, SU’s offense came back to give its pitcher breathing room.“It was definitely important to give (Gatti) runs,” Alicia Hansen said. “We knew we had to get a lead back on them. If we don’t answer to that right away, I don’t know if we would have had that motivation for the rest of the game.”In her career, Gatti has 19 complete games, 12 of which came during her sophomore year. The senior has struggled to pitch all seven innings this season, as her tendency to walk batters has led Bosch to provide relief in the form of Miranda Hearn and Baylee Douglass. On Wednesday, Gatti’s consistent control and ability to keep the run damage to one inning helped her last the entire game for the second time this season.“I talked to coach Bosch earlier in the season about it,” Gatti said about her desire to pitch complete games. “We had a talk, and I knew I was capable of doing it. I guess I just had to show it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 4, 2018 at 6:24 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edulast_img read more