Spurs hit back to stun Baggies

first_imgWest Brom threw away a three-goal lead as Christian Eriksen’s late strike saw Tottenham secure a Barclays Premier League point at The Hawthorns. For the second successive home game, the Baggies were held to a 3-3 draw due to a stoppage-time goal, Eriksen rounding Steven Reid and smashing the ball past Ben Foster deep into the additional period. Albion had looked to be cruising towards three points in the early stages, racing into a 2-0 lead through strikes from Matej Vydra and Chris Brunt in the first and fourth minutes respectively. The subsequent effort from the spot by Adebayor was tame and Foster was able to get down to his left to keep it out. Spurs had an escape in the 26th minute when Amalfitano, allowed considerable space in the area, received the ball from Youssouf Mulumbu and drilled it at Lloris, who pushed it over the bar. But after Paulinho sent the ball into Foster’s arms from distance, West Brom’s third then did arrive and once again Tottenham did themselves no favours in the build-up. Olsson’s long hopeful ball forward from defence was headed backwards by Kaboul and taken by Sessegnon, who drove forward while holding off Vlad Chiriches before slotting beyond Lloris. While the West Brom fans gleefully chanted at Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood that he was going to be sacked in the morning, their Spurs counterparts barely knew what had hit them. However, their hopes of a comeback were soon boosted. Only three minutes after Sessegnon’s strike, the away side had a goal back when Olsson diverted a cross into the box past his own goalkeeper. And moments later Foster pulled off a great double save, pushing away Paulinho’s shot before denying Rose on the rebound. Tottenham kept up the pressure after the restart and after Rose put an attempt wide, Foster produced further heroics, palming behind an Aaron Lennon strike and then jumping to keep out a lofted Eriksen free-kick. Rose was in the thick of the action once again when he went down in the West Brom area claiming a foul by Reid, only to pick up a booking from Swarbrick for his trouble. Kaboul then escaped punishment for a collision with Foster which he appeared to have gone into with a slightly high foot. Spurs kept up the tempo and in quick succession Kane saw his marker just beat him to one cross in front of goal and then narrowly failed to stretch enough to connect with another. The striker had his goal within a few minutes, though, rising to head in from Lennon’s cross. Eriksen then skewed off-target and Rose smashed over as Tottenham hunted down an equaliser. And it came in dramatic circumstances as the ball came to Eriksen in the box after a cross was flicked on and the midfielder got the better of Reid before cracking the ball into the net. Press Association After Foster had saved a tepidly-struck penalty from Emmanuel Adebayor, Stephane Sessegnon then capitalised on a Younes Kaboul error to make it 3-0 in the 31st minute. But Tottenham rallied impressively and following Jonas Olsson’s own-goal in the 34th, Harry Kane headed in with 20 minutes to go before Eriksen fired in his leveller at the end. It meant West Brom boss Pepe Mel, whose side drew 3-3 with Cardiff in their last Hawthorns encounter, was once again denied his first home win since taking over in January. And having passed up this opportunity, Albion are now only three points clear of the relegation zone in 16th place with five games to go – albeit, one more than the three sides below them. Spurs, meanwhile, are sixth, four points behind fifth-placed Arsenal and six behind fourth-placed Everton, with both those sides having a game in hand over them. West Brom made a flying start. Less than 30 seconds had elapsed when Morgan Amalfitano well and truly outwitted Danny Rose on the right and put a ball into the box that Hugo Lloris could only push to Vydra, who hooked it into the net. Albion swiftly added another, taking advantage of sloppy play at the back by Spurs as Reid’s cross dropped to Brunt via a flick-on and the Baggies skipper volleyed home sweetly. Tottenham looked to hit back quickly and after Kane had fired an attempt wide, the visitors were awarded a penalty around the quarter-hour mark when referee Neil Swarbrick ruled Amalfitano had fouled Rose in the West Brom box. last_img read more

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Badgers storm back to 4-3 win

first_imgFriday night the Wisconsin men’s soccer team took on defending National Champions Indiana in front of a crowd of more than 1,500 for its Big Ten home opener. The hype of the game would not disappoint as Wisconsin took down Indiana 4-3 in an offensive battle.The game started off slow as the first half ended with no score for either team. The match was lined up to be another Big Ten defensive slug fest. However, both teams exploded offensively from the start of the second half.After trading chances back and forth, Indiana struck first with a goal in the 53rd minute. A corner kick fluttered through the box and Indiana forward Tommy Thompson played the ball past redshirt freshman goalkeeper Casey Beyers.Just two minutes later in the 55th minute, Indiana tallied yet another goal by the foot of Thompson. While junior defender AJ Cochran challenged for a ball at midfield, Tommy Thompson slipped by the Badger defensive and received a through ball from his brother Tanner Thompson. Tommy was able to play the ball low and past Beyers to shock the Wisconsin crowd with his second goal in as many minutes.“We knew we were not going to give up,” redshirt senior midfielder Tomislav Zadro said. “We are on our home field and we believe we can beat anyone here.”The Badgers answered in the 66th minute with a brilliant string of passes that found senior forward Toni Ramadani in the middle of the 18-yard box with an open net in front of him. Down only 2-1 now the Badgers could see the magic forming once again over the McClimon Complex.“When we went down 2-0 it was just one of those things that we know we just have to get one back,” Cochran said. “Once we got one back we were like ‘we’re in this game again.’ Then they got the third and we took a step back.”The third came just two minutes later off a cross from Indiana midfielder A.J. Corrado. His cross worked its way into the box, past a diving Beyers and to the head of  Fe Hollinger-Janzen for his fifth goal of the season.Down 3-1 the Badgers continued to push and were determined to give Indiana a run toward the end of the game.Five minutes later, the Badgers found themselves with a good chance to score after being awarded a corner kick. Zadro was able to play a beautiful bending cross into the back post where Cochran connected with his right foot scoring his first goal of the match.“When we got that second we could just tell from the team that we were going to get the third,” Cochran said. “Once we got the third there was no doubt it my mind we would get the fourth. Everyone knew it once we got the third it was game over.”The tying goal found its way into the net in the 82nd minute when junior forward Jacob Brindle found himself in front of Indiana goalkeeper Michael Soderlund. A quick move to the outside was all it took for Brindle to break free and place the ball into the net setting of Wisconsin crowd on fire.After numerous chances the game winner found its way into the net in the 85th minute. Sophomore midfielder Drew Conner played a beautiful corner kick to the back post where Cochran stood waiting. A quick header down by one of the country’s most dominate aerial players would be all it took as the badger crowd and the team erupted.“Walking up I knew we had a plan to play it to the back post,” Cochran explained. “I was just kind of waiting to see where it was going to come and I jumped up and saw the ball and just redirected it. When I saw it going into the goal I just reacted and ripped my shirt off. Big goal — I had to celebrate.”The showy move earned Cochran a yellow card but the game was over, Indiana was unable to answer the Badgers’ three straight goals. When the final whistle blew the crowd erupted and overflowed onto the field in an unprecedented show of support.Head coach John Trask had only a few words for the media after the big win but his quote said it all.“It was a great win, obviously being an IU guy knowing they are the national champions. They are one heck of a good soccer team and so are the Badgers.”The win was Wisconsin’s first Big Ten win of the year and will more than likely affect the outcome of the Big Ten title hunt. With the confidence gained from this win, the Badgers look ahead to the remainder of their Big Ten season, with their sights set on a Big Ten title and a bid to the NCAA tournament.last_img read more

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Court of BiH delivered a Final Ruling on Case of Extradition of former Croatian Dinamo Football Executive

first_imgAn appeals chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina has delivered a final ruling banning the extradition of former football executive Zdravko Mamić to Croatia because legal conditions for such a move have not been met, the Sarajevo-based court said on Monday, Hina reports.The appeals chamber thus upheld a previous ruling of August 29.Croatian authorities on June 11 requested Mamić’s transfer so that he could continue standing trial before the Osijek County Court on charges of conspiracy and breach of trust.In its latest ruling, the Bosnian court determined that conditions for the handover of the former Dinamo football club director had not been met considering that the crime he is charged with in Croatia is not defined as a criminal offense in Bosnia and Herzegovina.Mamić fled to Bosnia and Herzegovina, whose citizenship he holds along with Croatian citizenship, just a day before the Osijek court was to deliver a sentencing verdict in a case in which he was charged with siphoning money from Dinamo.Mamić, who has been staying in Međugorje, is protected from extradition to Croatia by his Bosnian citizenship.last_img read more

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