Friday, August 28, 2009
FC Rubin Kazan
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Eduardo celebrates after scoring a controversial penalty kick
London (8/26) - Arsenal sailed to the Champions League group stage with a comfortable 5-1 aggregate win over Celtic.
The Gunners, who had beaten the the Scottish side 2-0 in the first leg in Glasgow, had a happy ending when they won 3-1 at home.
Without skipper Cesc Fabregas, who had a hamstring injury, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger made a few changes in the starting eleven - putting Robin van Persie and the creative Andrei Arshavin on the bench - and playing Eduardo and Nicklas Bendtner at kick-off.
Arsenal dominated throughout the first half and created several opportunities from Eduardo, Denilson, and Emmanuel Eboue. And the first goal was scored in the 28th minute by Eduardo through a controversial penalty kick.
The Croatian striker tumbled on the penalty area as if he were challenged by the Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc, who, it seemed from another angle, hardly touched him. Even so, the referee pointed to the white spot, and the Polish keeper indignantly protested his innocence to no avail. The 26-year-old forward was successful in executing the penalty. 1-0 for Arsenal.
In the 40th minute, Celtic's Scott McDonald seemed to equalize the score when his ball went into the net. However, the assistant referee declared that it was offside. Until the referee blowed the half-time whistle, there were no more goals happening.
Again, in the 53th minute, a golden opportunity belonged to Arsenal. Bendtner’s clever backheel from the left flank put Abou Diaby into space in the area. The Frenchman found Eboue, who darted inside Daniel Fox and fired low into the net.
Eboue (left) and Song put their hands together by way of celebrating
Arsenal players gather to congratulate Eboue
In contrast, Celtic, despite the great energy from their green-white supporters, failed to give opposition that amounted to put Arsenal under pressure.
In the 61th minute, teenager Aaron Ramsey replaced Diaby. Wenger also pulled out Eduardo and Eboue for Jack Wilshere and Andrei Arshavin.
Wilshere controls the ball between two Celtic players
And three minutes later, the little Russian displayed his ingenuity to give his club a 3-0 lead, scoring his first Champions League goal for Arsenal. Denilson stole the ball in midfield then Arshavin exchanged passes with Ramsey before sending a swivelling shot past Boruc and into the corner of the net.
Just before the stoppage time, Celtic midfielder Massimo Donati consoled the visitor's supporters by volleying a spectacular goal on the mostly empty home area.
But Arsenal had inevitably joined the other English clubs in the Champions League group stage.
Roger Federer hits a return to Novak Djokovic of Serbia
Cincinnati - World number one Roger Federer once again proved his domination in the men's tennis world when he emerged as the winner of the 2009 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters. It is his first victory after becoming the father of twin girls, and his 16th Masters title of his overall career. The 2009 French Open and Wimbledon champion overpowered Novak Djokovic 6-1, 7-5, to clinch the title.
Initially, Federer hardly faced resistance as he gave Djokovic only one game throughout the first set. However, in the second set, Djokovic broke in the second game to achieve a 3-0 lead.
The tough Federer fought back to level the score 3-3, and then he broke the Serbian's serve at 5-5.
Serving for the match, Federer did not lose a single point as he created a beautiful ending of the warm-up Masters Series before the US Open, which begins on August 31.
Federer celebrates his victory
"The whole week has been great to me. Congratulations to Novak, he had a great tournament," Federer told Sky Sports.
"I had twin girls a month ago. It's been an unbelievable summer for me - in my personal life and on the tennis court.
"I couldn't be more happy right now. I didn't know if I'd be able to play here because of Myla and Charlene.
"Thanks to them coming earlier - it was good timing! I look forward to coming back here next year."
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Sunday, August 23, 2009
The next match is women's singles event. Third-seeded Wang Yihan of China beat compatriot Jiang Yanjiao, seeded 6, in a tough rubber-sets 16-21, 22-20, and 21-11.
All Top Seeds Win
In the men's doubles, the contenders are the two top-seeded players. World number two Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong played against countrymen Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah. The Malaysians gave an exciting show as Koo/Tan took the first set 21-14.
In the second set, Choong and Lee left 23-year-old Koo and 21-year-old Tan 7-3. Koo/Tan never led this set afterward. The second seeds won the second set 21-17. However, the defending champions rose to gain the title after winning the third set 21-12. The final score is 21-14, 17-21, and 21-12 for Kien Keat and Boon Heong.
Yu Yang/Du Jing of China set up women's doubles final with senior Zhang Jiewen/Yang Wei and achieved the trophy with a 21-16, 21-11 win.
2008 Macau finalist, Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, defeated teammate Wong Choong Hann who seeked his first title of this year, 21-15 and 21-19. Though Choong Hann created 14 smash winner, compared to Chong Wei's 12, his 7 net winners were far behind Chong Wei's 14.
They chased each other's points until it reached 16-12 for Chong Wei in the first set. In the second set, Choong Hann led 13-5 and 15-11, but Chong Wei equalized the score to be 16-16 and he led the set subsequently and won it 21-19.
China had 3 titles from women's singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. while Malaysia had 2 titles for men's events. The only non-Chinese or non-Malaysian finalists are Indonesian Hendra Aprida Gunawan and Vita Marissa who played in the mixed doubles.
Final (8/23) Results:
1-Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong (MAS) def. 2-Choong Tan Fook/Lee Wan Wah (MAS) 21-14, 17-21, 21-12
1-Lee Chong Wei (MAS) def. 4-Wong Choong Hann (MAS) 21-15, 21-19
1-He Hanbin/Yu Yang (CHN) def. Henra Aprida Gunawan/Vita Marissa ((INA) 21-14, 21-9
1-Yu Yang/Du Jing (CHN) def. 3-Zhang Jiewen/Yang Wei (CHN) 21-16, 21-11
3-Wang Yihan (CHN) def. 6-Jiang Yanjiao (CHN) 16-21, 22-20, 21-12
Roger Federer serves to Andy Murray
Two-times Cincinnati champion Roger Federer will take on Serbian Novak Djokovic in Western & Southern Financial Group Masters final today (8/23). The world number one humbled Andy Murray in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6 (8) while fourth-seeded Djokovic downed Rafael Nadal 6-1, 6-4.
Federer returns a shot
Federer hits the ball
Federer is seeking his 16th ATP Masters Series. Meanwhile, Murray was failed to become the fourth man to win the Canada and Cincinnati Masters Series titles back to back.
He could not even force a single break point and the Swiss broke serve twice in the first set and then saved two set points in the tiebreak to reach the final.
"It was just overall a very good performance," said Federer, who beat world number two Murray for only the third time in their nine meetings.
"I stayed aggressive. I was always looking to make the plays and I think in the end I deserved to win, just because I wasn't scared to go after my shots. And I think I served well."
"I know my game's on, and when my game's on, I know I can beat any player in the world," he commented.
all picture by reuters
Abou Diaby celebrates his first goal with Eduardo
Arsenal won their second English Premier League match 4-1 over Portsmouth in the Emirates Stadium. Now they are on the top of the standings.
Abou Diaby shoots and scores his second goal
Abou Diaby scored twice at the 18th minute and at the 22nd minute. Portsmouth hoped they could equalize the score as Younes Kaboul's header struck into Manuel Almunia's goal. The score remained 2-1 until half time.
William Gallas scored Arsenal's third goal
William Gallas added more goal for Arsenal at the 51st minute. 19-year-old Aaron Ramsey who substituted captain Cesc Fabregas completed the win 4-1 at the 69th minute.
Andrei Arshavin was substituted by Fran Merida while Eduardo was substitued by Nicklas Bendtner.
This match is another incredible win for Arsenal after overpowering Everton 6-1 in the Premier League opening match. They are very productive scoring as Fabregas, Gallas, and Diaby had scored each 2 goals.
Saturday (8/22) Premier League results:
Hull 1 Bolton 0
Arsenal 4 Portsmouth 1
Birmingham 0 Stoke 0
Wigan 0 Manchester United 5
Sunderland 2 Blackburn 1
Manchester City 1 Wolverhampton 0
pictures by reuters and arsenal.com
Saturday, August 22, 2009
In the third set, Choong Hann left the world number two 11-1. He still led until he won 21-11. Choong Hann will face compatriot Lee Chong Wei, who conquered Taufik Hidayat 21-, 21-
In the men's doubles, the two top-seeded pairs are booking the final berths. Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah sent away Indonesian young players Wifqi Windarto and Afiat Yuris Wirawan 21-13 and 21-15, while Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong vanquished Zhang Nan/Chai Biao 21-14 and 21-16. Zhang/Chai had beaten eight seeds Chan Chong Ming and Chew Choon Eng in the quarter-final.
Reaching a Grand Prix semi-final is Wifqi/Afiat's best career achievement.
Final (8/23) Fixtures:
4-Wong Choong Hann (MAS) vs. 1-Lee Chong Wei (MAS)
2-Choong Tan Fook/Lee Wan Wah (MAS) vs. 1-Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong (MAS)
Hendra Aprida Gunawan/Vita Marissa (INA) vs. 1-He Hanbin/Yu Yang (CHN)
6-Jiang Yanjiao (CHN) vs. 3-Wang Yihan (CHN)
3-Zhang Jiewen/Yang Wei (CHN) vs. 1-Yu Yang/Du Jing (CHN)
Roger Federer hits the ball against Lleyton Hewitt
Cincinnati - World number one Roger Federer will take on the new world number two Andy Murray in Western & Southern Financial Group Masters semis.
In the first quarter-final match of the day, Murray struggled to beat lucky loser Julien Benneteau 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. The British had been an overwhelming favourite heading into his quarter-final tie, but found himself staring at a shock exit when he conceded his first set of the week 6-4 and then went 2-0 down in the second.
However, the third seed responded brilliantly with three breaks of serve to level the match and then stormed through the third set to prevail 6-1.
Murray admitted afterwards that a mammoth 53-shot rally in game three of the second set, which ended with Benneteau missing a smash, had been the turning point.
Meanwhile, Federer comfortably won over former world number one Lleyton Hewitt 6-3 and 6-4.
"My expectations were 'so so', let's say," he told Sky Sports Xtra. "Because of the twin girls, the focus was elsewhere for a few weeks.
"I practised hard, obviously... I wouldn't have come over to the North American tour without expectations.
"It's good, the number of matches I've had now. I'm feeling okay so far and hopefully I can keep going and playing well."
Top seed Federer needed just 69 minutes to see off Hewitt, who was clearly struggling throughout with a right knee injury.
"I didn't pay attention to his knee," said the Swiss. "I just thought he had not a very good day at the office.
"He made quite a few unusual mistakes for him. Maybe he was trying to go for more than he had to because of the knee, he was sort of obliged to.
"From my side, I think I played a solid match. I don't think it was the best match we've played against each other. It would be a bit strange if we played 22 times and this was our best match.
"I'm happy I was able to came through because Lleyton is always a tough customer."
Gilles Simon faces Novak Djokovic
The other semi-final contenders are Novak Djokovic versus Rafael Nadal. So it will be top 4-ranked players in the semis.
Djokovic passed Gilles Simon 6-4, 7-5 and Nadal eased through Tomas Berdych with the same score.
all pictures from cincytennis.com
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Lee Yong-dae and Jung Jae-sung
Hyderabad (8/16) - South Korean pair Lee Yong-dae and Jung Jae-sung failed to win their first world championship title after losing to fifth-seeded Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng in a very tough match, 18-21, 16-21, and 26-28 in an hour and 15 minutes. They became the finalists again, like in 2007 world championship.
The 4th seeds Lee/Jung made the mistakes at the end and the Chinese pair hugged each other in great relief and celebration.
“I have failed in my second final in the world championships. It’s disappointing but on the other hand, we are satisfied that we showed the world a good badminton match,” 20-year-old Lee Yong-dae said.
“We had prepared well and tried really hard but it was never easy to beat this Chinese pair. They played so well today."
The 27-year-old Jae-sung said that the defeat had only fuelled the fire in them to take their game to an even higher level.
“We have been together for four years now and Yong-dae is more matured now compared to our first outing in the world championships. And our teamwork has been really amazing,” he said.
“Our task is to continue showing the world what badminton is all about. We will be out to do well in other tournaments.”
“We would not have won the title today if not for the great trust we have in each other,” Cai Yun said.
“There are so many tough rivals in badminton and it gives us great pleasure to beat one of them here.”
“Nothing comes easy in achieving success. And we have worked very hard for this moment. It feels nice to leave this tournament by giving the fans a classic show. There will certainly be more from us," added Fu Haifeng.
All-Chinese Women's Finals
The women's finals were dominated by Chinese players. Seventh-seeded single's player, Lu Lan, downed her senior fifth seed Xie Xingfang 23-21 and 21-12 to win her first world championship title. It became Lu Lan's most prestigious title of her career since she has never won Olympic medals or All England title. 28-year-old Xie Xingfang was 2005 and 2006 world champion.
On the other hand, senior pair Zhao Tingting and Zhang Yawen overcame the younger second seeds Cheng Shu/Zhao Yunlei in rubber sets, 17-21, 21-17, and 21-16.
Defending Champions Were Defeated
The only Indonesian hope for winning a title in Hyderabad was demolished by Denmark. Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl captured the title by subduing the defending champions, Nova Widhianto and Lilyana Natsir, easily, 13-21 and 17-21 in only 38 minutes. It was the fastest match in the final, just like the women's singles.
As a whole, China dominated with 4 titles while Denmark took a title from mixed doubles.
The Scot will be looking to claim a 13th career title to go along with his new ranking, having leapfrogged Rafael Nadal to become number two in the world.
Murray was too strong for the Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in his semi-final on Saturday, who beat Federer in the last eight.
Tsonga pushed him hard but the Scot always seemed to have something in reserve at the key moments as he claimed a 6-4 7-6 (10/8) victory.
He told Sky Sports Xtra: "To get past Rafa is incredible. Roger and Rafa have shared the one and two ranking for the last five years. They are so consistent and I didn't know if I was ever going to get there.
"Just one more to go now."
Eduardo celebrates his goal
Liverpool (8/15) - In the opening match of the 2009/2010 English Premier League, Arsenal visited Goodison Park to play against Everton. The Gunners - without the injured players Theo Walcott, Lukasz Fabianski, and Tomas Rosicky - amazingly had a three-goal lead at the first half-time through Denilson, William Gallas, and Thomas Vermaelen. It was Vermaelen's debut for Arsenal since he was transferred from Ajax Amsterdam.
Fabregas raises Jarque's shirt
In the second half, Arsenal still dominated the match. They managed to add three more goals, two of which were from Cesc Fabregas, and the other from Eduardo, who replaced Robin van Persie. Everton fans was a bit consoled through Louis Saha's goal during the last minutes.
This win was crucial for the Gunners, who will play Celtic in Glasgow in the Champions League qualifier first-leg match.
all pictures from reuters.com
Lin Dan returns a shot to his opponent Chen Jin.
Hyderabad (8/16) - Lin Dan of China creates a hat-trick of world championship title after vanquishing his junior Chen Jin in comfortable straight sets, 21-18 and 21-16, in 46 minutes.
After 2-1 for Chen Jin, Lin Dan always led the first set. In the second set, Chen Jin managed to lead 12-10, but former world number one Lin Dan was too good for the second seed.
When the score was 20-16 championship point, Chen Jin's serve was out of the service line and Lin Dan walked to the net to shake hands with the umpire and then with Chen Jin.
“I did not celebrate as I was not sure whether I had won it or not. I was a bit confused,” Lin Dan said.
Lin Dan had won 2006 and 2007 world championship titles. He becomes the first men's singles player to collect three All England titles, hat-trick of world championship, and an Olympic gold medal. It doesn't matter if he isn't seeded one. His performance show his class.
“Still, this is a great experience for me to win the world title for the third time.
“I feel very happy and honoured of this achievement today,” said Lin Dan.
“But I would not have felt too bad if Chen Jin had won. After all, the title is for China.”
Lee Yong-dae and Jung Jae-sung to the Final Again
Happy winners and sad losers
In the men's doubles, 2007 finalists of Korea, Lee Yong-dae and Jung Jae-sung reached the final after humbling second-seeded Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong 16-21, 21-14, and 22-20. Lee and Jung will compete against fifth seeds, Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng.
The Chinese pair beat Malaysian Zakry Abdul Latif and Fairuzizuan Tazari in rubber sets, 18-21, 24-22, and 21-15.
Top Seed's Cold Body
On the other hand, world number one Lee Chong Wei could not stand pressure of being the top seed of world championship. On Friday (8/14), when he lost to Indonesia's Sony Dwi Kuncoro, whose practice was not supervised by his coach, his body became cold and he did not want to eat. Lee was nervous even before he went into the court.
“There is no doubt that Chong Wei is a world class player but he is not as solid as we wanted him to be at the top.
“His techniques and skills are there but he has to make the right decision when he is on court and no one can help him on this except himself. And this is not easy for any player in the world,” said Lee's coach, Misbun Sidek.
Even the Malaysian psychologist who is in Hyderabad could not help Lee to be confident.
Friday, August 14, 2009
- World Number One Crushed Out
2007 World Champion Lin Dan defeated third-seeded Peter Gade in straight sets, 22-20 and 21-16, in 49 minutes to meet Indonesian Sony Dwi Kuncoro in the semi-final. This semi-final date repeats the 2007 final in which Lin Dan emerged as the best.
Sony Dwi Kuncoro won a not-really-surprising quarter-final match against top seed Lee Chong Wei 21-16, 14-21, and 21-12. Sony also defeated Lee in 2007 World Championship third round. After this result, Lee never won even one prestigious title, All England and World Championship, since he became the world number one in August 2008.
- Lee Yong-dae's Successes
In the opening match of the day, Korean favorites Lee Yong-dae/Lee Hyo-jung were successfully through the last four by overpowering Xie Zhongbo/Zhang Yawen of China. The world number one needed 41 minutes to grab a 21-16, 21-16 win.
The Olympics gold medalists will take on seven seeds Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl who beat Zheng Bo and Ma Jin 22-20, 11-21, 22-20.
Lee Yong-dae and Jung Jae-sung celebrates win
Lee Yong-dae has another triumph with Jung Jae-sung in the men's doubles. They passed a challenge from Chinese Guo Zhendong/Xu Chen 21-17 and 28-26. Next on their course, they will meet the stocky Koo Kien Keat and the "lanky" Tan Boon Heong of Malaysia.
The second-seeded pair Koo/Tan sank 2005 world champions Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan in a tough rubber sets, 22-20, 13-21, and 21-17.
However, Lee Yong-dae's success in both events is not followed by his partner. Lee Hyo-jung and Lee Kyung-won suffered loss to 6th seeds Ma Jin/Wang Xiaoli of China 18-21 and 13-21.
The women's doubles semi-final is filled with all Chinese contenders: Ma Jin/Wang Xiaoli, Zhao Tingting/Zhang Yawen, Cheng Shu/Zhao Yunlei, and Yu Yang/Du Jing.
- The Only non-China Player
Chinese-born Pi Hongyan of France becomes the only non-China player to reach the women's singles semi-finals. The eighth seed subjugated unseeded tough German player, Juliane Schenk, in rubber sets, 15-21, 21-15, and 21-19. She will face two-times winner 5th-seeded Xie Xingfang who eliminated world number one Zhou Mi 21-15 and 21-18.
The other semi-final contenders are seventh seed Lu Lan and second seed Wang Lin. Lu Lan surmounted Danish Tine Rasmussen, seeded 3, in straight sets 21-15 and 21-13 while Wang Lin took revenge over local favorite Saina Nehwal of India 21-16, 21-19. Saina had beaten Wang Lin in Indonesia Open last June.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
"I'm very happy with my game. I reacted well in my first match back," Roger commented. "I played the big points well. I'm very pleased. I'm happy to be back after the long break. We played at a very high level. Frederic has a big serve and is tough."
In the mixed doubles, world number one Lee Yong-dae and Lee Hyo-jung do not need to play until Thursday since their opponents withdrew. They will take on 14th seeds Xu Chen/Zhao Yunlei of China.
1-Lee Yong-dae/Lee Hyo-jung (KOR) vs. 5-Xie Zhongbo/Zhang Yawen (CHN)
2-Nova Widhianto/Lilyana Natsir (INA) vs. 8-Diju Valiyaveetil/Jwala Gutta (IND)
3-Zheng Bo/Ma Jin (CHN) vs. 7-Thomas Laybourn/Kamilla Rytter Juhl (DEN)
4-He Hanbin/Yu Yang (CHN) vs. 6-Joachim Fischer Nielsen/Christinna Pedersen (DEN)
4-Lee Yong-dae/Jung Jae-sung (KOR) vs. Guo Zhendong/Xu Chen (CHN)
2-Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong (MAS) vs. Howard Bach/Tony Gunawan (USA)
Cho Gun-woo/Yoo Yeon-seong (KOR) vs. 8-Zakry Abdul Latif/Fairuz Tazari (MAS)
5-Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng (CHN) vs. Han Sang-hoon/Shin Baek-cheol (KOR)
5-Lin Dan (CHN) vs. 3-Peter Gade (DEN)
6-Sony Dwi Kuncoro (INA) vs. 1-Lee Chong Wei (MAS)
13-Simon Santoso (INA) vs. 2-Chen Jin (CHN)
Jan O Jorgensen (DEN) vs. 4-Taufik Hidayat (INA)
3-Lee Hyo-jung/Lee Kyung-won (KOR) vs. 6-Ma Jin/Wang Xiaoli (CHN)
4-Ha Jung-eun/Kim Min-jung (KOR) vs. 8-Zhao Tingting/Zhang Yawen (CHN)
11-Miyuki Maeda/Satoko Suetsuna (JPN) vs. 5-Yu Yang/Du Jing (CHN)
2-Cheng Shu/Zhao Yunlei (CHN) vs. 7-Cheng Wen-Hsing/Chien Yu-Chin (TPE)
1-Zhou Mi (HKG) vs. 5-Xie Xingfang (CHN)
2-Wang Lin (CHN) vs. 6-Saina Nehwal (IND)
3-Tine Rasmussen (DEN) vs. 7-Lu Lan (CHN)
8-Pi Hongyan (FRA) vs. 11-Juliane Schenk (GER)