Schalke 0-5 Chelsea: Blues book place in Champions League last-16 with dazzling victory

first_imgChelsea progressed to the Champions League knockout stages with an outstanding 5-0 victory at Schalke.The Blues thoroughly outclassed their opponents, led by former player and Champions League-winning manager Roberto Di Matteo, and enjoyed the perfect start when captain John Terry opened the scoring inside two minutes.Willian’s thumping strike and an own-goal from defender Jan Kirchhoff saw Jose Mourinho’s men enter the break 3-0 up, while Didier Drogba came off the bench to net his 50th European goal and then set up fellow substitute Ramires to seal a rampant win.The result sees Chelsea, who continued their unbeaten start to the season, open up a comfortable lead at the top of Group G, booking their place in the last-16 with 11 points from five games.It was a direct start from the hosts, trying to find talisman goalscorer Huntelaar – who scored a wonderful goal at Stamford Bridge in the sides’ previous 1-1 draw – in the box with a searching ball from the right.But the Blues launched a counter attack when the danger was cleared and, from the resulting corner, they took an early lead when skipper Terry nodded in straight from the set-piece.Having failed to fire on all cylinders in their last outing, a poor 1-1 draw with Slovenian minnows Maribor, there was a different sense of urgency from a Chelsea side desperate to make the next round.Eden Hazard was always eager to get in behind the back-four, but failed to really shine, while Cesc Fabregas proved a constant menace with a series of crafty passes.On the 11 minute mark Mourinho’s men were one pass away from doubling their lead, with Costa bustling down the left and cutting back for Hazard in the middle of the box, but the chance was scuppered by a brilliant last-ditch interception.Chelsea dominated the opening stages, but Schalke were a whisker away from snatching a fortunate equaliser when Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting saw his 25-yard effort deflect off Gary Cahill and over the head of a stranded Thibaut Courtois, only for the crossbar to come to the Blues’ rescue.But Mourinho’s side refused to let the scare affect their play and they soon added to their tally with a wonderful team goal, Brazilian winger Willian playing a neat one-two with Hazard on the edge of the box before firing low and hard to beat ‘keeper Ralf Fahrmann.The Londoners were breathtaking in the final third at times, with their quick movement and slick passing bamboozling the German outfit’s defenders, but they were perhaps guilty of trying to walk the ball into the net as a few too many touches gave Schalke opportunities to clear.Costa had a gift of a chance to make it 3-0 moments before the break, bursting clean through and nipping round the goalkeeper, but the Spaniard lost his footing at the vital moment, with a slip seeing his scoring window pass.But the striker’s blushes were spared when an own goal handed the visitors a third goal to all-but wrap up the win, Kirchhoff heading into his own net from a corner as the hosts continued to struggle at set-pieces.You would have forgiven Chelsea if they slowed the tempo after the break, but still they kept coming forward, with Branislav Ivanovic going close to a fourth goal when he flashed a volley just over the bar.Schalke did improve as the second period went on, getting more time on the ball as the Blues perhaps called it a day and began to sit back, but the hosts failed to really trouble Courtois in the Chelsea net.Mourinho’s men remained a threat on the break, but despite a number of flowing moves and clever passes, their insistence to score the perfect goal was their downfall as Costa and Willian both lost possession in promising positions around the box.Costa eventually made way for club hero Drogba, and the Ivorian made up for his team-mates’ wastefulness by notching his 50th European goal with a simple finish after unselfish play from Willian, who masterfully brought down a long ball forward and squared for the striker to tap in.Chelsea then netted a second goal in 90 seconds with their next attack, Drogba turning provider this time as he drove down the left channel and crossed for fellow substitute Ramires, who leapt like a salmon to nod in at the back post and put the icing on a comfortable win. Chelsea hero Didier Drogba celebrates his 50th Champions League goal 1last_img read more


first_imgThe house in Ballybofey where Irish Water have fitted a water meter: Pic North West News PixTO BE fair to the people of Ballybofey, they’ve done a wonderful job disguising some of the empty main street properties – to make the town look that wee bit better.Just beside Bonner’s Corner Bar is a wee cottage, where a lick of paint makes it look as if it’s occupied.But no-one would ever believe it is actually occupied – unless you’re a contractor for Irish Water. For contractors from GMC Sierra decided they’d install a water meter at the house…just in case.Two men spent half an hour on the main street outside the house fitting a water meter for the property which local people say hasn’t been occupied for years.It’s not as if the painted flowers on the wooden boards in the windows even look REAL!“I saw this and thought ‘you couldn’t make this up’,” said one eye-witness. “Two guys from the contractors parked their silver van further up the street, walked down with all their gear and began fitting the meter outside.“It probably means that whoever actually owns that place will have to pay some sort of charge even though they aren’t using water at all.“It was like something out of a cartoon, two cartoon Irish Water boys putting a cartoon meter outside a cartoon house; except no-one is laughing.”Of course it isn’t a cartoon – water charges are very real.But the incident does raise serious questions. Our picture shows the small metal cover over the newly-installed meter.BONKERS! IRISH WATER FIT NEW METER OUTSIDE ‘FAKE’ EMPTY HOUSE was last modified: October 19th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Ballybofeyempty houseIrish Waterlast_img read more

5 Tips for Writing the Best Log in the World

first_img1) See it and Say it – Describe what you saw and experienced on your way to the geocache. Did you see a rare bird, a hidden waterfall, or Harrison Ford? Tell folks about it.2) Be a Superhero – If there are new conditions in the area, like a fallen tree or heavy snow, warn other geocachers. You’d want them to do the same for you.3) Talk about Trades – Tell people what is in the geocache container along with what you took and what you left.4) Shout Out for the Cache Owner – Thank the cache owner for placing the geocache. TFTC is a perfectly acceptable way to do it, but feel free to be a little more creative with it.5) Learn from Others – Think about the best log you’ve ever read…what made it so special? Humor? Sincerity? A haiku?Geocache owners can reward those who write great logs by sending them a thank you email through their profile. Have you thanked a good logger recently?Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Weekly Newsletter – August 8, 2012August 8, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”3 Tips for New Geocachers – Weekly NewsletterSeptember 12, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Three Quick Tips for Successful GeocachingSeptember 25, 2018In “News” Some logs posted on offer only a snapshot into the geocaching adventure, but great logs produce a panoramic view of the geocaching quest. Great logs inform other geocachers of what they might expect on their ‘caching adventure. They also reward geocache owners, who enjoy reading about the experiences of those seeking their ‘caches.Share your experience beyond a TFTC (Thanks for the Cache) or TNLN (Took Nothing Left Nothing) log by following these 5 tips:last_img read more

Messi to wed childhood sweetheart in Rosario, Argentina

first_imgBarcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (C), his wife Antonella Roccuzzo and sons pose with the trophy at the end of the Spanish Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) final football match FC Barcelona vs Deportivo Alaves at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on May 27, 2017.Barcelona won 3-1. / AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANOFootball superstar Lionel Messi is to marry his long term partner and mother of his two children, Antonella Roccuzzo, in their hometown of Rosario on June 30, the Argentina striker revealed on Thursday.“The wedding will be held in Rosario, Argentina, on June 30,” Messi’s personal communications agency 6Pointer said.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pocari import Rivers gets clearance in time for PVL Finals MOST READ What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games The ceremony between the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and his childhood sweetheart is to be held at Rosario cathedral and many of Messi’s Barcelona teammates are expected, chief amongst them the couple’s closest friends, Uruguay striker Luis Suarez and his wife Sofia Balbi.Messi turns 30 on June 24 and Roccuzzo is 29 and the pair have been living together for nine years and have two children, four-year-old Thiago and baby Mateo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout View commentslast_img read more