Champions League round-up: Madrid teams triumph, English have mixed fortunes

Benzema celebrating after scoring what turned out to be the winning goal for Real Madrid.

Champions League champions Real Madrid had to come back from behind against debutant Ludogrets on Thursday (Oct 2) after Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty.

Karim Benzema came off the bench for Madrid to score 13mins from time to ruin any chance for a fairy tale  result for the Bulgarian Club.

Ludogrets went ahead after lively Brazilian midfielder Marcelinho had headed home a goal from close range. 


Ludogorets Razgrad's midfielder Marcelinho celebrating. Photo: AFP

After Ronaldo's penalty was saved hopes ran high at the Vasil Levski stadium in Sofia that a footballing fairytale could be in the air.

Unfortunately, it was not to be when Ronaldo made no mistake when he was given another opportunity to score from the spot again.

While the hosts gave a good account of themselves, they were unable to complete the fantasy when Benzema stepped on the field in his garish boots to score the winner.

Atletico Madrid slays Juventus


The majestic Arda Turan celebrating after scoring his goal. Photo: Reuters

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone singled out Arda Turan as a “special” player after the Turkey midfielder fired the La Liga side to a 1-0 win at home to Juventus in Champions League Group A.

A tight contest at the Calderon between the Spanish and Italian champions was settled when Arda poked the ball into the net in the 75th minute to put Atletico’s European campaign back on track after they lost their opening game 3-2 at Olympiakos Piraeus two weeks ago.

Malmo won 2-0 at home to Olympiakos to leave all four teams in this group on three points from two matches.

Liverpool disappointing season continues

Liverpool's poor start to the season continued when they lost to Basel.

Despite creating chances, Liverpool strikers failed to convert any of them as they return to Anfield with their wings clipped by a Basel side that was hanging on for most of the match.

Arsenal demolished Galatasary.

In an eventful match, Danny Welbeck answered his critics by scoring a hat-trick in front of his home fans. 

Alexis Sanchez​ scored the last goal before Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesnypicked up a red card to towards the end of the match. 

The match was interrupted when Galatasaray fans threw a flare onto the pitch in the first half. 

Other scores:

Zenit St Petersburg 0 Monaco

Anderlecht 0 Dortmund

Bayer Leverkusen 3 Benfica

Malmo 2 Olympiacos 0

Related report: Lame Liverpool conquered by Basel

Source: Reuters, AFP

 

 

Tearful reunion for M'sian mother and kids in Swedish child abuse case

Shalwati Norshal meeting her four children at the airport on her return to Kelantan after serving a jail sentence in Sweden for child abuse.
Shalwati Norshal meeting her four children at the airport on her return to Kelantan after serving a jail sentence in Sweden for child abuse.

It was a tearful yet joyous reunion for Malaysian Shalwati Norshal and her four children in Kelantan after her return home from Sweden on Wednesday, bringing an end to the child abuse saga that began in 2010.

This follows a quiet welcome for Shalwati, 46, who met her husband Azizul Raheem Awaluddin when she arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) earlier on Wednesday, reported Malaysian media..

Shalwati ​Norshal with her husband Azizul Raheem Awaluddin at KLIA. Photo: NST

"I can't wait to meet my children later this evening. They already know I am coming home today," she told reporters at Tourism Malaysia's KLIA offices, before heading on a flight to Kelantan.

Azizul Raheem,15, the eldest of the four, had told New Straits Times earlier: "The first thing we will do is to kiss mummy’s hand and hug her tightly.” 

“I just can’t wait to meet her and will ask for forgiveness.”  - Shalwati ​Norshal's daughter Aisyah

Shalwati, 46, was handed a 14-month prison sentence in March by the Solna district court in Sweden for gross violation of the integrity of their daughter and eldest son, as well as assault of their two younger sons in 2010. She served about six months of the sentence. 

She​ said she was looking forward to the Aidiladha  (Hari Raya Haji) celebration this Sunday. 

"Aidiladha this time will be more meaningful after I was not able to celebrate (Hari Raya) ​Aidilfitri with my family, I will use the opportunity to make up for lost time with my family." - Shalwati 

Teaching plans

Asked what were her plans after this, she said she was excited about returning to teaching at Sekolah Seri Puteri in Cyberjaya soon, reported The Sun..

"As for my children, I will wait for the school term to be over before transferring them to schools around Kuala Lumpur."

Her husband Azizul, 38, who was in Sweden as a Tourism Malaysia director, was sentenced to 10 months prison for gross violation of the integrity of his eldest son and the assault of his daughter and second-oldest son.

He was acquitted of the offences against his youngest son. Azizul was released ​in July.​

Source: The Star, NST, The Sun

Related report: M'sian jailed in Sweden child abuse case reunites with kids

Angry Birds, the movie: Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage will voice mighty eagle

Angry Birds, the popular iPhone game, is being made into an animation starring Jason Sudeikis, Peter Dinklage and Bill Hader.
Angry Birds, the popular iPhone game, is being made into an animation starring Jason Sudeikis, Peter Dinklage and Bill Hader.

Do you remember when Angry Birds was the game of choice on the MRT and buses?

That was way back when in 2010 - when MRT breakdowns were still virtually unheard of.

Just in case you somehow managed to miss it, it was the hugely popular app where players used a slingshot to launch birds at various structures.

 

 

And Sony Pictures has decided to make a movie about the iPhone app that caught the world's attention for a time (It still has 200 million players, down 24 per cent from its peak in 2012, according to The Guardian).

So it was probably wise that the voice cast of the movie featured some stellar high-profile names.

On Wednesday, it was announced that Saturday Night Live alumni Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph will star in the animated film adaptation of the app.

Peter Dinklage, one of the stars of Game of Thrones, will also be in the movie - voicing the character named Mighty Eagle. 

Recently, it was announced that Tetris would be made into an epic sci-fi movie.

What's next? Candy Crush?

Has anyone ever thought of making a dramatic, potentially Oscar-winning movie about mature adults being addicted to a game about candy?

Related report: Classic videogame Tetris will be made into a movie

Source: Rolling Stone, Guardian

Tony Bennett breaks own record as oldest artist on Billboard chart with Lady Gaga duets

Tony Bennett broke his own record as the oldest living artist to land a No. 1 record on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday with his latest compilation of duets with Lady Gaga.
Tony Bennett broke his own record as the oldest living artist to land a No. 1 record on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday with his latest compilation of duets with Lady Gaga.

At 88, veteran crooner Tony Bennett has broken his own record as the oldest living artiste to land a No. 1 record on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart.

The feat happened on Wednesday, with his latest compilation of duets with Lady Gaga.

Cheek to Cheek, which features New York singers Bennett and Gaga singing classics such as Anything Goes and Let's Face The Music And Dance, sold 131,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.


Photos: AFP, Universal Music Singapore

Bennett previously set the record for becoming the oldest living artiste to land a No. 1 album in 2011 aged 85, with his compilation Duets, which included a track with Gaga.

Cheek to Cheek is the second compilation of classic songs to top the Billboard 200 chart for the second consecutive week, after fellow New York songstress Barbra Streisand's Partners debuted at No. 1 last week.  - Reuters

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Wanted: Royal chewing gum remover to keep Queen Elizabeth's palaces spick and span

The boss (Queen Elizabeth) is looking for a royal chewing gum remover to work at her palaces.

The Queen is looking for a royal chewing gum remover to keep her palaces clean.

An official advert for a cleaner at The Palace of ​Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh (her official Scottish residence) states the successful applicant must "arrange for the removal of chewing gum from Historic and State Apartments".

The Daily Mail quoted a spokesman from Buckingham Palace: "A tiny minority of individuals leave chewing gum at the Royal Palaces and it has to be removed."

What are the working hours like?

The part-time position will require the staff member to pick sticky gum off furniture for four hours a day, over five days.

That's not all. Besides picking gum off the floor and furniture, other duties include cleaning stairs and washing the Queen's crockery when she is there.

The successful candidate will also have to help with the upkeep of bedrooms, including making beds and cleaning the linen.

Please ensure all toilets are cleaned before public access at 9.30am. Oh yes, you'll have to double up as a cloakroom attendant during evening functions.

 And the pay is...?

 £16,000 (about S$33,000) a year, according to information listed on the British Monarchy website.

Am I eligible?

Yes, as long as you have the right to work in Britain.

Am I the right fit?

If you enjoy working as part of a team, are happy to help colleagues and willing to contribute to the general upkeep of the Palace, then you should fit right in, The Telegraph reported.

Other requirements:

– Good time management skills.

– Besides following directions, do use your initiative too.

– Take pride in you work to ensure "excellent service in all that you do".

As the Queen’s official residence in Scotland, Holyroodhouse is one of the country’s premier visitor attractions and draws 250,000 people every year.

Are there other royal openings?

–  Sous chef for Buckingham Palace

– Catering assistant at Buckingham Palace

–  Restorer of upholstery at Windsor Castle

Sources: AFP, Daily Mail, The Telegraph

Welbeck runs riot in Arsenal drubbing of Galatasaray

Arsenal's English striker Danny Welbeck celebrates scoring his third goal, Arsenal's fourth during the UEFA Champions League match  against Galatasaray
Arsenal's English striker Danny Welbeck celebrates scoring his third goal, Arsenal's fourth during the UEFA Champions League match against Galatasaray.

Danny Welbeck tore Galatasaray apart on Wednesday night at the Emirates, hitting a sublime hat-trick to put Arsenal back in contention for qualification.

Cesare Prandelli’s side started badly, worsened and then disintegrated altogether in the face of a ferocious performance from the Gunners.

Wojceich Szczesny’s second half dismissal brought a Turkish goal and a fightback of sorts, but Arsenal held out to win 4-1.

The Gunners had started the brightest of the two teams, but found the going hard initially, losing themselves in Galatasaray’s back three.

But, with the exception of a half chance drilled wide by Alex Telles after ten minutes, their opponents posed little threat. And when Arsenal broke, they broke with devastating pace.

After 22 minutes, Kieran Gibbs drove forwards, he found Alexis Sanchez who slipped the ball to Danny Welbeck. So often criticised for his lack of composure, the Englishman quickly tucked the ball away.

All of a sudden, the Turkish giants looked very shaky at the back. 

Almost as if he felt one demonstration of his cool head wasn’t enough, Welbeck offered another example eight minutes later.

Arsenal's English striker Danny Welbeck (2nd R) celebrates scoring his second goal.

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck (2nd R) celebrates scoring his second goal. Photo AFP

Fending off the not inconsiderable physical threat of Felipe Melo, he powered into the box and beat Fernando Muslera again, sliding the ball calmly into the bottom corner. 

While Welbeck was displaying his cool head, Galatasaray’s went completely, on and off the pitch.

First Melo launched himself two footed into Alexis Sanchez, somehow only earning a yellow card from referee Gianluca Rocchi.

Then the away fans erupted as one, hurling lit flares onto the pitch, causing the game to be held up.

When play was restored, their defence went to sleep and Sanchez was allowed to steal in and score a third. And all before half time. 

The second half brought the completion of Welbeck’s hat-trick with a neat finish from close range, but no respite until Szczesny’s red card and Burak Yilmaz’s penalty.

A series of David Ospina saves kept the Turks at bay.

Arsenal were out of sight. 

Lame Liverpool conquered by Basel

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli had a game to forget in their Champions League Group B match against FC Basel.

Liverpool became the latest English club to fall victim to FC Basel as the Swiss side triumphed 1-0 in their Champions League Group B clash at the St Jakob-Park on Thursday (Oct 2).

In the last three years, Basel have beaten Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in European competition and won home and away against Chelsea, and on this occasion a solitary, scrappy goal in the 52nd minute from captain Marco Streller inflicted a damaging defeat on Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Bouncing back from a 5-1 thumping at the hands of Real Madrid two weeks ago, the tenacious Basel team were worthy winners, even if they were left hanging on at times as they tired in the closing stages.

Liverpool, having already struggled to beat Bulgarian rookies Ludogorets Razgrad 2-1 at Anfield, must now be dreading a double-header with the defending European champions in which they will put their prospects of reaching the last 16 on the line.


Liverpool's head coach Brendan Rodgers (L) shaking hands with Basel's head coach Paulo Sousa. Photo: AFP

"The goal we conceded was far too soft and it is not the first one,” said a frustrated Rodgers.

In contrast, Basel coach Paulo Sousa hailed another famous night in his club’s recent European history.

It was a perfect evening.”
                                                Paulo Sousa,  Basel 
head coach

The Reds, through the pace of Raheem Sterling and Lazar Markovic in particular, set themselves up to try and hit their hosts on the counter-attack, and Sterling had an effort disallowed for offside in the third minute.

However, a lively Basel had taken only 21 seconds to force the game’s first corner and were not unsettled by the loss of their Swedish left-back Behrang Safari to injury with only nine minutes on the clock, even if Sousa responded by switching to a three-man defence as he sent on the Paraguayan winger Derlis Gonzalez.

Streller had a shot deflected wide before Mohamed Elneny forced a save out of Simon Mignolet with a curling strike from the edge of the area.

Mario Balotelli  wasted a couple of opportunities and they did not seriously test Tomas Vaclik in the Basel goal, the closest he came was from a vicious free-kick 30m after the break which was beaten away.

Balotelli reacts. Photo AFP

Rodgers must have had strong words for his players at the interval but they did not have the desired effect.

For it was Basel who opened the scoring from a corner that as Liverpool’s well-documented defensive problems were laid bare once again. 

When Taulant Xhaka’s ball in from the right was deflected goalwards, Mignolet did well to save, but Streller was quickest to react to the loose ball, scrambling it over the line.


Basel's forward Marco Streller (L) celebrates with his coach Paulo Sousa (C) after scoring. Photo: AFP

Sterling’s poor touch saw him squander another chance while Balotelli had a goal ruled out for offside as Liverpool limped to a worrying defeat and extended their sluggish start to the season. - AFP.

Other scores:

Zenit St Petersburg 0 Monaco

Anderlecht 0 Dortmund

Bayer Leverkusen 3 Benfica

Malmo 2 Olympiacos 0

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