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Harder scores again as Chelsea clinch first Women’s CL win

Pernille Harder scored for the second successive Women’s Champions League match as her goal helped Chelsea beat Juventus 2-1 in Turin.

The world’s most expensive female player had netted a last-gasp equaliser against Wolfsburg last week to secure a point for Chelsea, and once again popped up with a vital goal on Wednesday.

A blocked Sam Kerr effort deflected into her path, which Harder fired home to secure Chelsea, who were Champions League runners-up last season, their first three points in Group A.

Emma Hayes’ side had taken the lead in the first half after a lovely run from Erin Cuthbert saw her finish emphatically in the 31st minute.

Joe Montemurro’s Juventus levelled up shortly after as Barbara Bonansea (37) turned home a floated cross from Lisa Boattin, but it was Chelsea that took the points back to London.

It sees Chelsea go second in Group A, behind Wolfsburg on goal difference after their 5-0 win against Servette FC. Juventus slip down to third with three points.

How Chelsea clinched victory in Turin

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Erin Cuthbert scored the opener for Chelsea at the Juventus Stadium

Chelsea began well, although did not work goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin too often. The Juventus defence did have her to thank though when Kerr’s cross was inadvertently deflected goalwards, but the goalkeeper was there to collect.

Soon after, Juventus missed a golden chance. It was a superb, floated ball in from the right and Bonansea was there to flick a header goalwards. It had Ann-Katrin Berger scrambling but the effort just lifted onto the top of the net.

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Juventus: Peyraud-Magnin (7), Lundorf (6), Gama (7), Salvai (7), Boattin (7), Rosucci (6), Pedersen (6), Cernoia (7), Bonansea (8), Girelli (6), Hurtig (7).

Subs used: Bonfantini (7), Lenzini (6), Caruso (n/a), Staskova (n/a), Zamanian (n/a).

Chelsea: Berger (7), Bright (7), Carter (7), Eriksson (7), Cuthbert (7), Leupolz (7), Ji (7), Reiten (6), Kirby (6), Kerr (7), Harder (8).

Subs used: Fleming (6), Ingle (6), Andersson (n/a).

Player of the match: Pernille Harder.

Just after the 30-minute mark and Chelsea went ahead. It was a truly wonderful goal from Cuthbert, who easily drifted past Boattin and Martina Rosucci. With space to shoot, she then confidently dispatched the ball past a stretching Peyraud-Magnin.

Lina Hurtig went close to an immediate equaliser, but was marked well by Jess Carter as she sped down the left of the area. However, Juventus did soon haul themselves level. It was a wonderful floated cross from Boattin that picked out Bonansea, who slotted home past Berger, roaring the Juventus Stadium into life with her celebration.

Team news

  • Emma Hayes made eight changes from the side that beat Leicester 2-0 at the weekend. Only Millie Bright, Magdalena Eriksson and Fran Kirby kept their places in the starting XI with a more familiar Chelsea XI being named in Turin.

Juventus began the second half with a penalty shout. Cristiana Girelli went down after a nudge from Magdalena Eriksson inside the area, but the referee waved away the claims. Shortly after, Harder sent two wonderful efforts wide. The first came after a darting run into the area, but could only find the back of the net on the wrong side. She was then set up by Guro Reiten but from a much better position, again fired past the post.

Harder did eventually find the net in the 69th minute. Chelsea’s front three combined wonderfully too, with Fran Kirby initially finding Kerr down the right. The Australian’s effort was blocked, but the loose ball bobbled over to the waiting Harder. She then fired home with another great finish to see Chelsea ahead again.

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Barbara Bonansea celebrates after equalising for Juventus

Five minutes later and Chelsea should have added another. Kerr fired goalwards from just outside the area, but a sensational, leaping save from Peyraud-Magnin sent the ball onto the crossbar and wide.

Juventus turned up the heat in the final 15 minutes – Berger making a last-ditch stop at the near post in added time – but were unable to find a way past Chelsea’s defence.

Wednesday’s Women’s Champions League results

  • Juventus 1-2 Chelsea
  • Wolfsburg 5-0 Servette
  • PSG 5-0 Kharkiv
  • Real Madrid 5-0 Breidablik

Player of the match – Pernille Harder

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Pernille Harder says it was an amazing night for her and her Chelsea team-mates as they beat Juventus 2-1 in front of 17,000 fans in Turin

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Pernille Harder has now scored in successive Champions League games for Chelsea

Harder has had a wonderful start to the season, and showed exactly why she is so important to Chelsea. She helped set up Cuthbert’s opener, before scoring the winner herself, carrying on her fine form. Her overall attacking play made her a menace for Juventus and she certainly provided the winning touch.

Chelsea reaction: Hayes and Harder

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Emma Hayes praised the performance of Pernille Harder after she scored the winner as Chelsea secured victory over Juventus in the Women’s Champions League

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes said: “I think the game had everything. It was quite scrappy, but once again, we showed the ability to adapt to the demands of the game. The performance from the team was mixed, but I felt we were resilient enough and took our chances when it mattered and that’s why we were on the winning team.

“She [Harder] had an outstanding performance. I’ve said this before, she came to the club and to a difficult country, joining a team that’s already amazing and she has taken us to a higher level. Her standards day in, day out should be what every young person should look up to.

“She takes responsibility, she’s accountable, she’s there when it matters and she’s a key player for this team. I’m so delighted she’s part of our squad.”

Chelsea forward Pernille Harder: “This is what every Champions League night should feel like. I don’t know how many people there were, but it [the stadium] felt full. It’s an unbelievable stadium, a great pitch and fans shouting.

“I wish there had been Chelsea fans, but this time it was Juventus fans. But it was amazing.”

Chapman: Much-needed win for Chelsea

Former Chelsea midfielder Katie Chapman on Sky Sports News:

“They really needed the win. I think Juventus made it really difficult for them. At the end, they were creating chances, they were pushing forward and they really put Chelsea under pressure.

“I think they set up really well defensively tonight and made it really difficult for Chelsea. All the possession Chelsea had, they didn’t create many chances.

“There is no one better in Europe than Harder. She’s the one who crops up with the winning goals, she’s that quality of player.”

What’s next?

Chelsea are back in action on October 31 when they take on Man City in the FA Cup semi-finals. They return to the Champions League on November 9 when they take on Swiss side Servette FC.

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Pep Guardiola lauds 'huge success' after Man Utd defeat sees Man City clinch title

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has dubbed this season’s Premier League triumph ‘a huge success’ after his side were confirmed as champions on Tuesday evening. Manchester United’s home defeat at the hands of Leicester City saw the Champions League finalists claim their second title in three years as a welcome reward for their valiant efforts over the last nine months.
City made a stuttering start to the campaign, falling as low as eighth in the Premier League table over the Christmas period.

However, a sensational run of form at the turn of the year propelled them ahead of United and Liverpool to the division’s summit, and Guardiola’s side never looked back.

The likes of Ruben Dias, Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin de Bruyne have exceeded expectations on a weekly basis, with Tuesday’s result at Old Trafford simply confirming the inevitable.

Looking ahead, City will be hoping to complete a remarkable treble by downing Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea in the Champions League final later this month.

Guardiola was more than overjoyed after winning his 12th domestic title in management, hailing the success of his players in overcoming adversity to reclaim top spot in the Premier League once again.

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“This has been a season and a Premier League title like no other,” the Spaniard told City’s official website.

“This was the hardest one. We will always remember this season for the way that we won.

“I’m so proud to be the manager here and of this group of players. They are so special. To come through this season – with all the restrictions and difficulties we’ve faced – and show the consistency we have is remarkable.

“It’s relentless. Every single day, they are there, fighting for success, trying always to be better. They have been so, so resilient.

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“That is equally true of each and every member of our backroom staff, who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that our players are fully equipped to take on the unexpected challenges and new routines throughout such a turbulent year.”

Guardiola went on to highlight the difficulty of competing to win football matches without the presence of fans inside the Etihad Stadium spurring the team on.

The City boss also dedicated his side’s triumph to the supporters and the late Colin Bell, who passed away earlier in the season and will be fondly remembered as one of the club’s greatest ever players.

“At the start of every season, the Premier League is the most important title for us,” added Guardiola.

“This is the one where you have to be there every three days, playing all your rivals, home and away. Only by being the very best, week-in, week-out, can you win this competition. It’s a huge success.

“It’s so important to say a huge thank-you to all our fans. In our toughest moments, we couldn’t hear the crowd get behind us as usual.

“But we know they are with us everywhere we go and that’s lifted us. I promise them we sense their love, we appreciate it and we could not have done what we have done without it.

“I hope we can all celebrate together one day not too far away. It has been such a hard year for so many people. This one is really for our fans and for Colin Bell and all his family.”

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F1 reveal 'fastest ever street circuit' where Lewis Hamilton could clinch world title

Formula One have released the layout for the fastest ever street track in F1 history ahead of the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jeddah on December 5, the penultimate race of the season.
With an average speed of over 155mph predicted in simulations on the long straights and high-speed sections, the ‘ultra-fast circuit layout’ will be located in Jeddah’s Corniche area, approximately seven miles north of the city centre, with three potential DRS zones.

The track, at 3.13 miles, will have a flow of long straights and tight corners, with 27 turns, 16 left-handers and 11 right.

We can also expect floodlights during the race, with an evening start time in Saudi.

Depending on if the championship decider comes down to the last few races of the season, it could be where Lewis Hamilton claims his record breaking eighth world title, surpassing Michael Schumacher.

The project was a close collaboration between Tilke GmbH & Co. KG and the Formula One Motorsport team led by Ross Brawn, the Formula One managing director.

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HRH Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Faisal, President of the Saudi Automobile & Motorsport Federation (SAMF) added: “We are looking forward to welcoming motorsport fans to Saudi Arabia.

“Next December will be a huge moment, when we host the biggest event in Motorsports (Formula 1). This is a continuation of the endless support that sports in general, and motorsport in particular, is receiving from His Royal Highness King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Prime Minister, and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

“Even though this is the first time we will host a Formula 1 Grand Prix, delivering such important international events is further confirmation of the Kingdom’s ability to manage and organise these events to the highest standards for our fans and growing young population.”

We have already seen motorsport in Saudi Arabia this year, as Formula E opened their 2021 campaign with a doubler header in Diriyah in the championship’s first ever night race, just outside of the capital Riyadh. It was the third time they visited the country.

Formula E is run in the same style as Formula 1 but with totally electric race cars and is said to be the future of the sport.

Google Maps Street View: Amorous couple's bodies look very disturbing in beach clinch

Google Maps Street View has photographed a couple enjoying a romantic moment on a beach. The man and woman are sitting down upon towels on the sand and are kissing one another. However, something very embarrassing seems to have happened to the couple.
The back of his shoulder morphs perfectly into the woman’s bent knee.

His other hand can be seen resting upon his knee yet, apart from this glimpse of his leg, the lower half of his body appears to simply not exist.

However, the man’s mystery body is not the only thing wrong with this beach scene.

To the right of the couple, stands another man – yet viewers can only see his legs below his knees.

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Above his knees, his body simply disappears into thin air.

Thankfully, there is a logical explanation for the bizarre goings-on in the image.

A technological glitch with the Google cameras has created a very weird effect.

The photography splicing has caused the problem due to the way the images are assembled.

When taking the photo, the 360-degree cameras shoot multiple pictures to create the seamless image.

This is done by knitting the images together to make it seem realistic.

However, moving objects often ruin the scene as they shift when the photos are taken.

This is far from the only time such a bizarre image has cropped up on Google Maps

In a photo of a male tourist enjoying a day out, rather than having eyes, a nose and a mouth, he has an arm growing out of his face.

The back of his head seems completely normal, and he’s clearly wearing a baseball hat, but his neck morphs straight into the arm.

What’s more, the arm begins halfway up the bicep and is bending into a fist at the elbow.

It almost looks a bit like the tourist has a trunk, just like an elephant, as he has no discernible facial features at all.

Of course, as with the couple on the beach, this is all due to a simple glitch.

SDSU Aztecs win Mountain West Conference tournament, clinch spot in NCAA tournament

SAN DIEGO — The #19 ranked Aztecs knocked off Utah State in the Mountain West Conference tournament. The win gives the Aztecs an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The Aztecs finished the regular season and conference tournament with a 23-4 overall record.
Matt Mitchell scored 14 points to lead No. 19 San Diego State to a 68-57 victory over Utah State in the Mountain West Tournament championship game. 
The Aggies had beaten San Diego State in each of the last two tournament championship games. The Aztecs, who also won the regular-season championship, had lost six of their previous seven title game appearances. 
With the league’s automatic bid, the Aztecs return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2018. It marked just the fifth time the No. 1 seed won the title in 22 years.
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