Torres scores two as Chelsea go through

first_imgChelsea 5 Leicester 2Fernando Torres finally ended his barren run as Chelsea breezed into the semi-finals of the FA Cup.The Spaniard scored twice in a comprehensive victory for the Blues – their fourth win in as many games since interim boss Roberto Di Matteo was placed in charge.AdChoices广告Gary Cahill, Salomon Kalou and Raul Meireles also got on the scoreheet, but it was Torres who stole the show.Cahill set Chelsea on their way, heading in Juan Mata’s corner, before Kalou doubled the lead by slotting home after being found by Torres’ 18th-minute cross.Torres netted midway through the second half with a scuffed shot beyond keeper Kasper Schmeichel after collecting a pass from Meireles.It was hardly a vintage finish from the Spaniard, but it ended his five-month wait for a goal and sent the Stamford Bridge crowd into raptures.Championship side Leicester kept battling and were rewarded with a goal by Jermaine Beckford 13 minutes from the end.Beckford pounced on the rebound after Neil Danns’ shot bounced back off the post.But Chelsea’s two-goal cushion was restored by Torres’ glancing near-post header from Meireles’ corner.Leicester substitute Ben Marshall then scored the best goal of the game, smashing an unstoppable effort into the top corner with two minutes left.There was still time for Chelsea to score a fifth – and man of the moment Torres was again involved, unselfishly teeing up Meireles to fire home.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Chelsea dropped Kepa, the most expensive goalkeeper in the world

first_imgWilly Caballero has been selected ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga to start Chelsea’s important Premier League clash with the Wolves at Stamford Bridge.The Blues need one point to be sure of Champions League football next season, with third-placed Manchester United and fifth-placed Leicester City playing each other. Frank Lampard has opted for a change in goal, however, with regular understudy Caballero preferred to Kepa. “I think clearly you want them to be talented, to keep balls out of the net. It’s old-school but it’s the first and foremost job in what a goalkeeper should keep closest to their heart,” he said. “The idea of clean sheets, it’s not always culpable on them, of course, for a ‘keeper to have a real desire and talent to produce that. But in the modern day they are even more involved than ever. To use their feet, to be a personality, all-round ability which you see with the top level goalkeepers in the world. We were fortunate to see at Chelsea that we had ones we can certainly say were part of huge eras for the club. That has to be Kepa’s desire, to be that person for this club and be a goalkeeper in his own right to say that he’s a huge part of a successful team. It’s not just on Kepa, of course, but in his own way that is what he has to believe and work towards.”Kepa has made 33 Premier League appearances this season, having been previously dropped to the bench for a run of four league matches in February, when Caballero was preferred.The 38-year-old Argentina international failed to keep a clean sheet during that period and has not featured in the Premier League since, although he has played four of Chelsea’s five games en route to the FA Cup final.”If you’re sure about your keeper you start him every game. He cost £75M and he hasn’t been a success.”- Jamie Redknapp on Kepa’s future[via @footballdaily]— Absolute Chelsea (@AbsoluteChelsea) July 26, 2020 The Spain international’s performances have come in for frequent scrutiny this season and he endured a torrid outing during the 5-3 midweek defeat at champions Liverpool.“Just a choice, Kepa’s had some difficult times so I am playing Willy,” Lampard told Sky Sports.Frank Lampard on why he has dropped Kepa Arrizabalaga today.“Just a choice.” He’s clearly made his mind up long term, in my opinion.— LDN (@LDNFootbalI) July 26, 2020Indeed, Arrizabalaga has never been far from the headlines after moving to London, with the 25-year-old famously disobeying former boss Maurizio Sarri during last season’s Carabao Cup final, refusing to come off the pitch despite the Italian boss trying to replace him.The shot-stopper has been linked with a move away from Chelsea throughout this season, with the Blues keen on Atletico Madrid’s ever-reliable Jan Oblak, who would command €120 million (£110m/$137.5m) fee as per his release clause.After being dropped today he likely also won’t play in the FA Cup Final, meaning Kepa may have played his last game for Chelsea.A truly awful transfer for £72m, and I give Lampard huge credit for being ruthless despite the price tag.With that said, I wish him well elsewhere.— LDN (@LDNFootbalI) July 26, 2020Lampard had previously challenged Kepa to up his game.last_img read more

Dembele gem caps France win over Italy

first_img0Shares0000Dembele scored and also hit the bar as France displayed their wealth of attacking talent against Italy © AFP / FRANCK FIFENICE, France, Jun 2 – Ousmane Dembele scored a terrific goal in an impressive display for France as the World Cup contenders defeated Italy 3-1 in a friendly in Nice on Friday.Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti grabbed the opening goal after eight minutes at the Allianz Riviera, converting a rebound from close range after Kylian Mbappe’s volley was saved by Salvatore Sirigu. N’Golo Kante fired against the post from distance as Sirigu produced a fine fingertip save, but Antoine Griezmann added a second from the penalty spot following a foul on Lucas Hernandez by Rolando Mandragora.Italy cut the deficit before the break when Leonardo Bonucci alertly followed up after Hugo Lloris failed to deal with a powerful Mario Balotelli free-kick.Balotelli forced Lloris to save low with his foot within seconds of the restart after half-time, while Dembele rattled the crossbar moments later having burst past a pair of Italy defenders.But the Barcelona forward sealed victory on 63 minutes, curling a sublime first-time shot into the top corner after Mbappe’s searing run was halted on the edge of the area.“There are lots of things that pleased me beyond the three goals,” France coach Didier Deschamps told French television station TF1.“It could have been a bigger scoreline. If we had been more efficient we could have been at ease a bit earlier.“We’re not going to get carried away, there’s still a second part of our preparation ahead of us.”Paul Pogba though was jeered by a section of home fans in the second half after a misplaced pass, and again when he was replaced by Steven N’Zonzi with five minutes remaining.Pogba didn’t have his best night and was whistled by supporters in the second half © AFP / VALERY HACHEDespite an underwhelming display from the Manchester United midfielder, Griezmann quickly sprang to his team-mate’s defence.“The whistles are part of football, you have to stay tough mentally. We’re all playing for the same shirt. He plays his game, you’re used to him scoring. We don’t expect that from him, only that he rotates the ball and plays for the team,” Griezmann said.“He has had a difficult season at Manchester United but he has a lot of confidence in himself.”The match was just the second in charge for Italy coach Roberto Mancini, who took the job last month after Gian Piero Ventura was sacked following the four-time world champions’ failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first since 1958.“We made some errors but France are among the best teams,” said Mancini, whose side beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 in Switzerland on Monday. “We did some good things but we know that we must improve.“I even had hope of equalising but I’m not going to say we deserved to win. France are better than us. Even if it’s a friendly nobody likes to lose.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

SQL interest is growing and it doesnt look like

first_imgSQL interest is growing, and it doesn’t look like it will stop any time soon, according to a report. JetBrains has released survey results from its “How Developers Use Databases Today” report, which found out of 19,000,000 developers worldwide, about 36% of them are SQL developers. The survey collected answers from about 2,000 respondents, and used StackOverflow and Evans Data Corporation statistics to come up with its results. A third of respondents reported having more than 10 years of experience with SQL and databases while about 4% had less than one year. Other findings of the report included 90% of developers connect to live databases to run queries and statements; 85% write SQL code; and the top database brand is PostgreSQL. Bitcoin developers embark on new digital currencyBitcoin’s core developers have left the popular digital currency to start fresh. The developers have announced Decred, a new open cryptocurrency. The move comes after concerns about Bitcoin’s governance and development funding. “The Bitcoin software is controlled by a small group of people who decide exclusively what can and cannot be changed. This is in part due to a lack of mechanisms and pathways for funding development work directly from the community, and as a result Bitcoin development is funded by external entities that create conflicts of interest between the developers and the representative power of the community that uses Bitcoin. We want to change that,” said Jacob Yocom-Piatt, CEO of Company 0, who has funded Bitcoin development since 2013. Decred aims to provide a system of decentralized community-based governance integrated into the technology.last_img read more