We let Barcelona off lightly in the first half, says Lucas Vazquez

first_img Reuters BarcelonaFebruary 7, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 09:45 IST Real Madrid had the better of the first half against Barcelona (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBarcelona and Real Madrid played out a 1-1 draw in the Copa del Rey semi-final first legReal Madrid’s Lucas Vazquez scored in the 6th minute before Malcom equalised after the breakSantiago Solari was pleased with his team’s performance and thought they might have snatched a victorySantiago Solari marked his 100th day in charge of Real Madrid with a 1-1 draw at Barcelona in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, 101 days after his predecessor’s reign ended with a 5-1 thrashing to the Catalans.Julen Lopetegui’s short-lived spell in charge was brought to an end in October with a humiliating capitulation to Barca and Solari was appointed the next day on an interim basis.He took the role full time a fortnight later and has since helped to drag the European champions out of crisis.The Argentine coach has made some brave decisions, like dropping playmaker Isco to the bench and installing Vinicius Junior as a regular on the left flank, and it has reinvigorated a side which was sinking rapidly.Madrid had the better of the first half against Barcelona on Wednesday, breaking the deadlock through Lucas Vazquez, before Malcom equalised after the break.Gareth Bale missed a good chance in the final stages and Gerard Pique blocked Toni Kroos’s goal-bound shot.”The result is unfair, we did more in attack to win the game,” said Vazquez. “Maybe we did let Barcelona off lightly in the first half.”We made clear chances, we didn’t know how to put them away and ended up drawing.”The draw leaves the tie open and the second leg will be very tough and well fought. What we want is to win the game at the Santiago Bernabeu, in front of our fans.”Vazquez is another of the players that Solari has relied upon and did not start against Barcelona in the 5-1 defeat.advertisementSolari was pleased with his team’s performance and thought they might have snatched a victory.”It’s hard to talk about justice in football,” said Solari. “We had chances to score, in the first and second half, but what will stick with me is that it was a precise game, very entertaining.”After their last Clasico was traumatic, Wednesday’s performance was a distinct improvement and shows just how far Madrid have come in a little over three months.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Lucas Vazquez We let Barcelona off lightly in the first half, says Lucas VazquezReal Madrid Madrid had the better of the first half against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg on Wednesday, breaking the deadlock through Lucas Vazquez, before Malcom equalised after the break.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

N.S. entrepreneur loses court claim against Starbucks: ‘Poor jilted suitors’

PICTOU, N.S. — A Nova Scotia businessman who failed to lure Starbucks to a frappuccino-deprived corner of the East Coast province has lost a bid to recoup costs from the coffee giant.Gregory Burrows had approached Starbucks in August 2017, hoping to expand his food-service holdings in the Pictou County area.The global coffee giant was receptive, and as negotiations appeared to near fruition, Burrows began making corporate changes and preparing design work in anticipation.He proudly told local media, with a March 2018 story in the Pictou Advocate announcing: “Starbucks making Pictou County debut this fall.”But just two months later, a Starbucks executive told Burrows that it was not to be, and the chain would not be proceeding. Burrows and his company, Robella Holdings, took the company to small claims court, alleging bad-faith dealings between them and Starbucks.They sought $25,000 for loss and damage they say they incurred in their effort to get a contract for a location, including design work.They alleged Starbucks had instead become interested in working with the Crombie REIT, a company associated with the Sobeys grocery empire that has 12 Starbucks among its property holdings.It had long been interested in opening a location in Pictou County, the Sobeys’ home base.In his decision, adjudicator Raffi Balmanoukian said the claimants consider themselves “poor jilted suitors,” led on and let down.Balmanoukian put matters in poetic terms in a ruling released Tuesday.“Starbucks takes the Dowsonian view that it has been faithful to Cynara in its fashion. Starbucks was not betrothed; it hadn’t even agreed to go steady,” Balmanoukian says.He says while talks may have been encouraging, the claimants went ahead with work that was not required for the application, and they were aware that Starbucks head office had final say.“It is unfortunate that the enthusiasm of the claimants for the venture morphed ‘a strong indication’ and discussions such as ‘there should be no problem’ into ‘we’re part of the Starbucks family’,” he wrote in the decision. “The fact that the claimants went above and beyond with survey and architectural work may have been the result of the combination of pre-existing plans with irrational exuberance.”Balmanoukian said the claimants heard what they wanted to hear, and proceeded in that fashion.“Coffee is a stimulant. When one has the prospect of opening a Starbucks location, it may be especially so,” he wrote. He dismissed the claim.The Canadian Press read more

Oil in first close above US100 this year markets await Yellen comments

Oil in first close above US$100 this year; markets await Yellen comments NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oil prices rose slightly Monday, enough to close above US$100 a barrel for the first time this year.Investors are awaiting the first public comments from the new chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve. Janet Yellen, who last week was confirmed in her role. She is scheduled to appear before the U.S. Congress on Tuesday and traders will be particularly interested to hear anything she says about the withdrawal of the Fed’s monetary stimulus.The central bank has reined in its stimulus program, but recent jobs data have suggested that the U.S. economic recovery may not be as healthy as it seemed. The stimulus in its various guises has helped shore up a number of financial assets over the past few years, including oil prices.Oil has been boosted recently by the frigid temperatures in many parts of the United States, which has boosted demand for heating oil. That support could be waning.“The recent price prop of exceptionally cold temperature trends has quickly given way to forecasts for significant moderation, especially along the East coast,” Jim Ritterbusch, president of energy consultancy Ritterbusch and Associates, said in a note to clients.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for March gained 18 cents to close at US$100.06 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Elsewhere in oil markets, Brent crude, which is used to set prices for international varieties of crude, dropped 94 cents to US$108.63 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading in New York, wholesale gasoline fell two cents to US$2.72 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres) and heating oil shed five cents to US$2.99 a gallon.Natural gas lost 20 cents to US$4.58 per 1,000 cubic feet. It has dropped 17.6 per cent since closing at a four-year high of US$5.56 on Jan. 29.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Feb 10, 2014 2:00 pm MDT read more