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Martes, 1 Diciembre 2015

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Candide’s One of Those Days 2

Viernes, 4 Septiembre 2015

We might all start the morning as French pro skier Candide Thovex does – with a cup of coffee, a quick check in the mirror, and an appreciative pause to admire nature as we step outside our door to take on whatever challenges the day has to throw at us.

But what happens next in the world famous X Games champion’s morning is probably a bit more noteworthy than our lacklustre commute to work.

Filmed entirely on a head-cam, Candide’s One of Those Days 2 video lets us witness his journey around the slopes of Val Blanc in France first-hand. The whole mountain is the 32-year-old’s playground, with flips, spins and huge jumps where he sails clear over people on the piste below – all part of a day’s ski.

When not performing outrageous tricks one after another (without even pausing to “high five” someone in celebration of his great skills), weaving through incredibly tight gaps between trees and continuing to ski on grass when the snow runs out, he’s ducking through a dauntingly narrow tunnel carved into the mountainside. The best part of the clip is the finale – spoiler alert – when Candide ends the video in serious, unbelievable style. And yes, there may be a mountain restaurant and skiing into a lift involved.

Disclaimer: experiencing all manner of somersaults, twists and turns from Candide’s perspective may induce no small amount of motion sickness. You have been warned.

London 2012

Jueves, 2 Agosto 2012

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad, also known informally as London 2012, began in London, United Kingdom on 27th July and will continue until 12th August 2012. The first event, the group stages in women’s football, began two days earlier on 25th July. Around 10,500 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) are expected to participate. Following a bid headed by former Olympic champion Lord Coe and the then Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, London was selected as the host city on 6th July 2005 during the 117th IOC Session in Singapore, defeating bids from Moscow, New York City, Madrid and Paris. London is the first city to officially host the modern Olympic Games three times, having previously done so in 1908 and in 1948. Construction in preparation for the Games involved considerable redevelopment, particularly themed towards sustainability.The main focus of this is a new 200-hectare Olympic Park, constructed on a former industrial site at Stratford in the east of London. The Games also make use of venues which were already in place before the bid.

If you want to learn more about it, click on: http://www.london2012.com/  

Spain wins the UEFA Euro 2012

Lunes, 2 Julio 2012

Euro 2012: ‘Great Spain era’, says coach Vicente Del BosqueCoach Vicente del Bosque has hailed Spain’s “great generation of footballers” after their historic win over Italy in the final of Euro 2012. La Roja’s 4-0 victory in Kiev made them the first team to win three successive major international tournaments. “We’re talking about a great generation of footballers,” said Del Bosque. “They know how to play together because they come from a country where they learn to play properly. This is a great era for Spanish football.” Del Bosque the man, the manager

The 61-year-old added: “We have some great lads who play abroad, which was impossible before. We didn’t really have players abroad and now foreign clubs want our players. “To win three titles is almost impossible. Congratulations to the players. “It’s true we were lucky enough to play a great match. Everything worked for us. It was an extraordinary performance against a difficult opponent. “We played our own game. There were no real external influences - we were faithful to what we’ve done in recent years. “I didn’t really want to be the coach who wins but the coach who educates. I want to keep preparing them for the future.” Spain were at their scintillating best as goals from David Silva, Jordi Alba, Fernando Torres - who became the first player to score in two Euros finals - and Juan Mata helped them overpower the Italians by the biggest winning margin in a Euros final. They also retained the crown they first won in Vienna four years ago. Between these two, La Roja have also claimed their first World title in South Africa and have now constructed a compelling case to be classed as the best team in history. Sunday’s victory was also the perfect riposte to the critics who have suggested that Spain have abandoned attacking principles and are not entertaining to watch. Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas told BBC Sport: “It feels really, really amazing. It’s one of the best days of my life. “I don’t think we realise what we’ve done. In time we’ll see. Are we boring? People who think we are boring, I don’t think they understand the game.” Spain captain Iker Casillas, for whom Sunday’s win was his 100th from 137 caps said: “There will always be some criticism as we have set the bar so high. That’s what happens when you come down a step. It’s been four marvellous years. “You might think that a 4-0 margin against Italy means it was easy - but we have been gradually stepping up as the tournament went along. “We did a really good job in defence, but not only defence. We know we have a lot of quality up front. If you can have a clean sheet then it’s easier to score. “It was really important for Fernando [Torres]. I know he hasn’t had his best season. He had some problems and then didn’t play for Chelsea. He scored against Ireland and then he scored again in the final. “Are we the best ever? I don’t know. I think we have to keep winning and win more trophies. When we’re retired in 10 or 15 years then maybe we can look back and say we were really good.” Andres Iniesta was named man of the match and is one of four players - along with Casillas, Sergio Ramos and Xavi - to have started all three final triumphs. “It’s very nice to have this man-of-the-match trophy but it’s especially great to be champions again,” the Barcelona midfielder said. “The team played a great match and all the players were at their top level.” Centre-back Gerard Pique added: “It’s a really special feeling. I think we have to enjoy this moment. This team is making history but we have to keep going and keep working hard. “There is a World Cup in two years. We’re going to enjoy this moment and then keep going.”   

 “We’ve seen a masterclass. Spain have been the best team in the world for the last four or five years. Italy gave a lot of effort, but unfortunately they’d played too many hard games. They felt the pace and Spain, with that superior technique and movement and talent on the ball have run out easy winners. The Spanish have been criticised but they are the best team in the world.” (Text from BBC Sport)

The heroes of the Dakar 2009

Lunes, 9 Febrero 2009

                                           

Celebrated like heroes

 The 31st edition of the Dakar, the first one in Latin-America, is now over and has seen the victories of Marc Coma in the bike category, Josef Machacek in the quad category, Giniel De Villiers in the car category and Firdaus Kabirov in the truck category. In total, 113 bikers, 13 quad riders, 91 car teams and 54 truck teams finished the rally-raid, that was notably marked by the exceptional enthusiasm the Dakar generated amongst the crowds in Argentina and in Chile. 

                                             

  BIKE RAID: COMA, THE VERY BEST ON TWO WHEELS

In the bike race, Marc Coma made the performance of the year by leading the rally from start to finish. A feat unseen since 1997 in a Dakar-Dakar when someone called Stéphane Peterhansel had taken command of the raid the moment he started it en route to Tambacounda. Headed for the Argentinian Pampa, Spain’s Coma hit hard right away. A true slap in the face for his adversaries who suffered because of tire problems: Coma stole 41’ to a desperate Despres, 1h01’ to a David Casteu in tears. Only Frétigné managed to limit the damage by “only” conceding 28’ to Coma. Two weeks and a few more rear tire problems for his contenders later, the tough Catalan won his second Dakar after a last stage where he just followed his main rivals from a safe but sure distance. At the end of a well-raced raid, Coma won wisely with a 1h25’ lead over Despres and 1h38’ over Frétigné. Three years after his first Dakar victory, the KTM-Repsol rider gave Spain his third victory on the rally-raid.Unable to catch up on the undoubted leader, Cyril Despres did however win 4 special stages - against 3 for Coma -, which brings his stage victory total to 20. Third of the Dakar, David Frétigné, riding his “small” Yamaha, had his best performance ever on the raid winning at the same time the 450cc category race. In the standings of this 31st edition, we will also note the presence of the best woman in the Dakar, Dutch female biker Mirjam Pol, ranking 53rd in the standings. Her countryman, Rob Van Pelt, 33rd wins the bike amateur standings that rewards those bikers who rode without assistance.In the quad race, Josef Machacek was the bravest of all 13 riders to finish the Dakar - there were 25 of them at the start. The Czech who is almost 52 years old was - once again - amazingly steady, winning 4 special stages and finishing the 10 others in the Top 3. The Yamaha rider wins here his fifth Dakar. He finishes 2h35’ ahead of local hero Marco Patronelli, second in the standings. The other top performer of the quad race is Elisabeth Kraft, who enters the history of the Dakar by being the first woman to finish the rally-raid on this funny machine called quad.

                                              

 CAR RAID: LEARNING TO BE PATIENT

If there are areas where chance is only a marginal factor, it is indeed the world of enduro racing and mechanics. The success of Volkswagen taught those who did not know it that victories are built in the long run, especially in a race like the Dakar. The investment of the German manufacturer, whose goal was to bring the first diesel engine to victory on the most demanding of all rally-raids, started in 2003. After hesitation, progress, confirmation and tough times, it’s in 2009 that the Race Touareg reached its goal by being the master of the race from the beginning till the end. If the dramatic turn of events of stage 12 - the fatal crash of Carlos Sainz - deprived VW of a Grand Slam, the three remaining cars finished the race in the Top 6 with Giniel De Villiers and Mark Miller ranking first and second. With 10 stage victories out of 13, the crews of Kris Nissen did not leave much to their contenders. This might seem a bit harsh for the others in the race but it responds to a firm will of preserving the whole team from the worst. By the way, the profile of the new winner of the rally corresponds perfectly to the demands of the Dakar. In his five previous participations, the South-African driver gave the impression of being steady and making progress at all times; his victory this year is also the victory of his patience.

And patience is also exactly what Team Mitsubishi must start learning. After an uninterrupted series of 7 victories and a track record with 12 titles in total, the Japanese team finished this Dakar with just one car out of four ranking fourth in the general standings. Since they arrived on the Dakar in 1984, the absence of the Mitsu drivers on the final podium only happened twice before in 1990 and in 1994. This year, Hiroshi Masuoka, Luc Alphand and then Stéphane Peterhansel all left the race prematurely. The last of the Mohicans at Mitsu, Joan “Nani” Roma did his very best to keep his place in the top 3 but collapsed in the stage of La Rioja. His proud reaction the next day when he got the best clock in the Cordoba stage is a very small consolation price for the team: indeed, in order to successfully convert the cars to diesel engines, the engineers and technicians still have a long way to go.

The race through elimination also touched the X-Raid team with the exclusion of Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah, when he was in the lead of the general standings. The level of performance of the BMW X3 had allowed him to win two stages but his lack of reliability forced his to drive around a line of dunes, which led to his exclusion from the raid. Argentina’s Orlando Terranova, who was starting to impose himself slowly upon the elites, had to withdraw from the race after a major driving error.

In the T2 category, Nicolas Gibon gives a new victory to Toyota in this category and also - more importantly - ends up in 14th position in the general standings, whereas the best vehicles engaged in the Production category tend to generally rank around the 40th position. His closest contender, Xavier Foj, also demonstrated the competitiveness of T2s as he finishes 16th of the rally-raid.

Finally, the only 100% female crew registered to start in Buenos Aires, with Florence Migraine Bourgnon behind the wheel and Clémence Joyeux handling the road book, managed to finish the raid and ranks 86th in the general standings. As to the last one in the general standings (91st!), he is also a winner in his own right in his category as Jose Manuel Salinero was the only one who drove the whole Dakar alone in his car.

                                                 

TRUCK RAID: KAMAZ GETS BACK WHAT WAS HIS

From the first to the last stage in the truck raid, the race was intense and there were many unexpected turns of events. From day one on, it was the Dutch participants who stood out. Van Vliet won the stage and became the first leader of this Dakar in front of De Rooy, while Chagin was only 7th. But the real turn of events of this opening went to Hans Stacey. A flat tire relegated him 39 minutes behind the pack and started the list of his setbacks. The leader of Team Man withdrew at the start of stage 8. Young De Rooy benefited from it to leave his mark on the early stages of this Dakar. Leader as of day 2, De Rooy stayed in the lead for four days and won a total of three stages. But the Dutch mark on the rally was going to fade at mid-raid and give way to the Russian trucks. Kabirov took the lead in the general standings at the end of stage 6, which opened a fascinating pursuit between the many-time winners of the Kamaz team. Chagin and Kabirov took turns at winning stages and at taking the lead in the general standings, and fought a spectacular fight with no mercy. The conclusion of this fight happened in the last special stage when Firdaus Kabirov finished just 30’’ ahead of Chagin and won his second Dakar, pushing Chagin back at 3’39’’ in the standings. Only Gerard De Rooy sort of stood his ground in this final stage and ends up getting third place on the podium, right in front of Mardeev. With 3 trucks out of 3 in the four first places of the general standings, this year, the Kamaz trucks were simply untouchable.

IOC to retest Olympic blood samples

Miércoles, 8 Octubre 2008

From Times Online

 The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is to retest all blood samples from the Beijing Games using a new detection system developed for the Tour de France.The unprecedented move is designed to search for a banned variant of EPO that was only recently detected during retesting of samples from the Tour de France. The IOC conducted more than 5,000 drug tests during the Beijing Games, all of which will be sent to the World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratory in Lausanne.

The samples will be reopened and tested for CERA, a new generation of the endurance-enhancing hormone EPO. The substance boosts an athlete’s performance by increasing the number of oxygen-rich blood cells.

Emmanuelle Moreau, an IOC spokesman, said: “This is part of our normal procedure. We keep the samples for eight years and whenever a new test arrives we carry out new tests.”

The IOC disqualified six athletes for failing drug tests during the Beijing Games. They were Lyudmila Blonska, the Ukrainian heptathlete, her compatriot, weightlifter Igor Razoronov, Greek hurdler Fani Halkia, North Korean shooter Kim Jong Su, Isabel Moreno, the Spanish cyclist, and Thi Ngan Thuong Do, the Vietnamese gymnast.

Three other cases are pending, with Vadim Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan, the Belarusian hammer throwers, having until October 17 to explain why they tested positive.

The IOC’s announcement comes 48 hours after re-analysed samples from the Tour de France using the new technology produced positive tests for Germany’s Stefan Schumacher, a double stage winner in this year’s race, and Italian Leonardo Piepoli.

Olympic Games

Lunes, 25 Agosto 2008

The Olympic Games is an international multi-sport event. The original Olympic Games were first recorded in 776 BC in Olympia, Greece, and were held until AD 393. Interest in reviving the Olympic Games proper was first shown by the Greek poet and newspaper editor Panagiotis Soutsos in his poem “Dialogue of the Dead” in 1833. Evangelos Zappas sponsored the first modern international Olympic Games in 1859. He paid for the refurbishment of the Panathenian Stadium for Olympic Games held there in 1870 and 1875. This was noted in newspapers and publications around the world including the London Review, which stated that “the Olympian Games, discontinued for centuries, have recently been revived! Here is strange news indeed … the classical games of antiquity were revived near Athens.”

The International Olympic Committee was founded in 1894 on the initiative of a French nobleman, Pierre Frédy, Baron de Coubertin. The IOC has become the heart of the “Olympic Movement,” a conglomeration of sporting federations that are involved in the organization of the Games. As the Olympic Movement has grown so have the profile and complexity of the Games. Participation in the Games has increased to the point that nearly every nation on earth is represented. With the proliferation of satellite communications, the Internet, and the continuing trend towards globalization, the Olympics are consistently gaining supporters. This growth has created numerous challenges, including political boycotts, the use of performance enhancing medications, bribery of officials, and terrorism.

Despite these challenges the Olympics have continued to thrive and flourish. Each successive Games attempts to add more events in order to keep up with the ever-evolving advance of athletic expression around the world. The 2008 games in Beijing comprised 302 events in 28 sports. The most recent Winter Olympics in 2006 featured 84 events in 7 sports. While the Olympic Games do continue to evolve, they also encompass many rituals that were established during their infancy in the late 19th and early 20th century. Most of these traditions are on display during the Opening and Closing ceremonies, and the medal presentations. For its part, the Olympic Movement has made considerable progress in fostering participation among as many nations as wish to compete, as well as focusing on the Olympic motto: Citius Altius Fortius - Faster, Higher, Stronger.

Wimbledon 2008

Lunes, 7 Julio 2008

July 7, 2008

Relentless Rafael Nadal stays strong for ‘dream title’

Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent

Rafael Nadal became a true giant of tennis last night as he won the Wimbledon singles title for the first time with an extraordinary five-set victory over Roger Federer that lasted nearly five hours.

The Spaniard defeated the five-time champion 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7 in the longest singles final in the history of the All England Club. The match finished at 9.15pm after rain interruptions and no one in the grounds could remember seeing anything like it.

Nadal became only the third man in history and the first since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win the French Open and Wimbledon in succession and ended Federer’s chances of beating Borg’s record of five successive Wimbledon singles titles.

Federer, who called it his hardest loss by far, had hoped that Nadal might succumb to the pressure. “I thought maybe he was feeling it a lot, for the first time in his life,” the 26-year-old said, as he sought to be the first player since 1927 to win this grand title from two sets to love down. But his opponent would not hear of it.

Nadal observa el trofeo de campeón de Wimbledon

Spain wins Euro 2008

Lunes, 30 Junio 2008

          

From The Times June 30, 2008

Viennese waltz for Spain as Torres goal wins Euro 2008

Germany 0 Spain 1

Fernando Torres celebrates after opening the scoring.

Ghosts were laid to rest in Vienna last night. The ghosts of men in red shirts, with the pain of failure in their eyes, who have come to competitions such as this in expectation for many years and left reduced and ridiculed.

The waiting is over. Spain are the champions of Europe, 44 years after their previous victory, on home soil, in a fledgeling competition, played only as a knockout. This was different. This was a big one. The modern European Championship is arguably the most difficult prize to secure, so great is the concentration of talent, and as a vivid crimson knot of players bounced up and down in front of supporters who had known only disappointment on their travels around Europe, it was as if four decades of suffering were being released high into the night sky above the Ernst Happel Stadion.

The best team won the match and the tournament. Spain outplayed Germany in the final, despite the slender nature of the scoreline, and although there were a number of strong teams here and a great many fine players, no group passed it quite like the champions. Now the psychological barrier has been broken, a world of possibilities opens up. We waited for the choke, but it never came and having at last found the winning mentality at a tournament, Spain’s sublime technique will make them the team to beat in South Africa in 2010.

The collective marshalled astutely by Luis Aragonés, the veteran coach, rose above considerable obstacles in this, their biggest test. Not only an injury to David Villa, the competition’s top scorer, but the spectre of their opponents, Germany, the team who always win on occasions such as this, according to folklore. Yet, from the moment Fernando Torres scored in the 33rd minute, the result was barely in doubt. Despite an excellent performance by Michael Ballack, who shed blood for Germany’s cause after a collision with Marcos Senna and always seemed to be at the centre of the action, whether in his team’s penalty area or that of Spain, the midfield constructed by Aragonés held sway.

Xavi Hernández, in particular, was in exquisite form, making a mockery of those who would have ditched him for Cesc Fàbregas. Indeed, Aragonés’s faith in the quartet of Andrés Iniesta, Senna, Xavi and David Silva has been thoroughly vindicated, just as his inclusion of Fàbregas for the injured Villa was a wise one. Spain ran the game, not with giants and enforcers, as is the modern trend, but with compact, nimble, intelligent thinkers. Is there a lesson in this for the rest of football? We can only hope so.

The names of goalscorers live longest in the memory, yet while Torres was the hero on the night, Spain’s was a shared victory, with champions all over the field. Remember when a young Iker Casillas was mocked by television sages such as Ron Atkinson when in goal for Real Madrid on Champions League nights? He has been the goalkeeper of the tournament these past weeks and, as captain, got to lift the trophy, too.

All of Spain’s defenders have been impeccable, in fact, as clean sheets in every match since the group phase ended indicate. Yet it is the midfield, perceptively identified by Fabio Capello, the England manager, as the best in Europe, that has been key to it all. And the fact that when Villa was cruelly denied his appearance in the final game by injury, Torres, his fellow forward, rose to the occasion and defined it with a goal.

A pass from Xavi set it up - superbly weighted, devilishly incisive - but Torres did the rest, helped by some catastrophically inattentive and rash Germany defending from which Joachim Löw’s team never recovered. Philipp Lahm, the left back, was the sleepy one when, running across to cover, he looked to be shepherding the ball to safety, only to be caught out by Torres’s determination at the crucial moment. Jens Lehmann, the goalkeeper, was unsurprisingly the hot-head, charging from goal to turn a drama into a crisis and going down at Torres’s feet, which succeeded only in making the striker’s mind up, as he chipped the ball gently over his grounded figure into the unguarded net.

Earlier, Torres, the Liverpool striker, had hit a post from a cross by Sergio Ramos and at moments such as that there is always the suspicion that another Germany victory of the spirit is about to take place. How many times have Germany players won at a tournament when it should not have been their year? This is not to decry their achievement, but how many great games have they even played here? The win over Portugal at the quarter-final stage, definitely, but beyond that? Yet this was their sixth European Championship final and they were defeated by a single goal; one can only admire them for it.

Perhaps what changed was that Spain unearthed an almost Teutonic mental resolve. They were not disheartened by missed opportunities – and an unmarked volley at the far post from Silva was a particularly savage howler – and continued to press back the Germans, taking full advantage of their lack of pace defensively with a series of witty, intricate passing moves.

Aragonés, contrarian that he is, continued to make substitutions in the second half that were a challenge to popular opinion. Off went Fàbregas, then Torres, yet as he has done throughout this tournament, Aragonés kept Spain’s tempo high with the injection of fresh blood and his team were as much a threat late in the game - when Santiago Cazorla and Daniel Güiza, the substitutes, combined to leave Senna an inch from converting the second - as they were at the start. Ramos had a diving header saved by Lehmann and Torsten Frings cleared a shot by Iniesta off the line. Germany, by contrast, created little of note and managed three shots, one on target, all game. Ballack was the best of it, just wide in the 59th minute.

Ultimately, the champions lived up to the ethos of a tournament that has been open, attack-minded and highly skilled. Spain took flight from the start by beating Russia 4-1 and were soaring at the moment of the last kick, destiny’s end. Nothing could hold them back, not even their fear of the ghosts.

Spain: Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Carles Puyol, Carlos Marchena, Joan Capdevila, Xavi Hernandez, David Silva, Marcos Senna, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, Fernando Torres.

Germany: Jens Lehmann, Christoph Metzelder, Per Mertesacker, Philipp Lahm, Arne Friedrich, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Torsten Frings, Michael Ballack, Lukas Podolski, Miroslav Klose.

Germany 0 Spain 1: Fernando Torres, the Liverpool striker, scored to give Spain their first major triumph in 44 years.

Xavi, the Spain midfielder, has been named the player of Euro 2008 by Uefa.

How Spain rated

Average rating: 6.2

6 Iker Casillas

Behaved like a boxer on many occasions, punching the ball when a catch was possible. But generally safe and, as captain, exuded confidence. Booked after racing from goal to act as peacemaker when Ballack lost control. A tad unfair.

6 Sergio Ramos

Has been one of the most noticeable performers in Euro 2008 and not only because of his flowing locks. Comfortable in central defence but equally at home at right back. Although tall, can show speed on right flank when called on.

6 Carles Puyol

Shaggy haired central defender does not resemble a footballer. Perhaps he should have been at the Glastonbury Festival. A master of the perfectly timed tackle and had to perform many last night. Perfect foil for Marchena at the heart of defence.

6 Carlos Marchena

Not as recognisable as Puyol but still a force to be reckoned with. Always dangerous at set-pieces, but rarely had time to get forward in the later stages as Spain sank deeper and deeper. Coped comfortably with Klose.

5 Joan Capdevila

Not able to get forward as much as he wanted, but after Torres had struck a post, drove narrowly wide with Lehmann struggling. Defensively, dealt with most that Germany had to offer, especially in anxious opening stages.

7 Andrés Iniesta

Marvellous wizardry on the left flank, teasing and tormenting his markers with beguiling display, especially in the first half. Provided pass that Metzelder almost turned into own net. Provided another pass that Silva blazed over the bar.

8 Xavi Hernández

Able assistant for Fàbregas in midfield engine room and does a lot of the graft for his young partner. Wins the ball, gives it to Fàbregas: the plan is simple and effective. Sent speculative 30-yard attempt skidding wide in second half.

6 Marcos Senna

Every team needs a holding midfield player, tidying up the loose ends and doing the dirty work. He does it to the nth degree. Unheralded workhorse but a shrewd passer of the ball, too. Rarely seen too far forward, but who cares?

6 Cesc Fàbregas

Not as influential as he may have hoped. At least started the match after being used as an impact substitute during the tournament. Initially tried too many hopeful long passes; later, retreated deeper. Still, a persistent presence.

6 David Silva

Not one of the bigger names in squad but has a key role to play nonetheless. Lost his head – and direction – when he shot high and wide in first half. Went closer after interval but long-range effort fizzed past the far upright.

8 Fernando Torres

Magnificent. Did it time and again with Liverpool last season and did it time and again last night. Hit a post with a header, rising high above Mertesacker, then dinked the ball over Lehmann for 33rd-minute goal. No one could stop him.

Substitutes

Xabi Alonso (for Fàbregas, 63min) 5; Santiago Cozorla (for Silva, 66) 5; Daniel Güiza (for Torres, 78).