Man United, Barcelona square off in Champions League quarters

first_imgUnited have lost only two of their last 11 knockout ties in the Champions League. (Agency Photos)Manchester United vs BarcelonaOld Trafford, Manchester Wednesday, 10-04-2019 @10pmReferee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)Man United midfielder Nemanja Matic, who was an unused substitute in the Wolves defeat because of injury, did not train but has chances of featuring. Andre Herrera is “probably out” while forward Alexis Sanchez will not feature against Barcelona despite returning to training. Marcus Rashford is a slight doubt.Barcelona will take no risks with the fitness of Ousmane Dembele for the Champions League quarter-final first leg. Dembele is in the squad and trained with his Barca teammates at Old Trafford on Tuesday night. But the 21-year-old hasn’t featured for the La Liga leaders since suffering a hamstring injury in the last-16 second leg win over Lyon, when he came on at the Nou Camp with 20 minutes to go and scored Barcelona’s fifth goal.This is the first Champions League meeting between Barcelona and Manchester United since the 2011 final, which Barcelona won 3-1 at Wembley. Manchester United have never lost a home European match against Barcelona (W2 D2 L0), with this the first meeting between the sides at Old Trafford since the second leg of the 2007-08 Champions League semi-final, a 1-0 win for the Reds.Manchester United have won two of their past 11 Champions League knockout ties (W2 D3 L6), failing to win either of their quarter-final games in the 2013-14 season under David Moyes against Bayern Munich. Striker Romelu Lukaku scored with both of his shots in a 3-1 away win over PSG in the last 16 – he had failed to score with any of his previous eight shots in the Champions League this season. The Belgian has scored with his past three shots in the Champions League knockout stages. Manchester United have lost two home Champions League matches this season, against Juventus and PSG. They’ve lost three in one season just once, during the 1996-97 campaign, with current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer featuring in all three defeats.This is Barcelona’s 17th Champions League quarter-final appearance, a joint-record with Bayern Munich; they have qualified for a 12th successive season, a competition record. Barcelona have progressed from 79% of their Champions League knockout ties when playing the first leg away from home (23 of 29), compared with just 33% when playing the first leg at home (four of 12). Since Chelsea eliminated Barcelona in the 2011-12 semi-final, English teams have been eliminated in 10 of 11 Champions League knockout ties against Spanish sides – the exception was Leicester City against Sevilla in the last 16 in 2016-17. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has scored 22 Champions League goals in 30 appearances against English teams – more than any other player in the history of the competition. Messi has failed to score in any of his past 11 Champions League quarter-final appearances for Barcelona; since netting against PSG in April 2013, the Argentine forward has attempted 49 shots without success at this stage of the competition.Ajax Amsterdam vs JuventusJohan Cruijff Arena, AmsterdamWednesday, 10-04-2019 @10pmReferee: Carlos Del Cerro (Spain)Cristiano Ronaldo will start Juventus’ Champions League quarter-final with Ajax after recovering from injury. Ronaldo – who has been nursing a thigh strain – has not played for Juve since he scored a hat-trick against Atletico Madrid. Giorgio Chiellini misses out with a calf strain, while Emre Can also stays behind with an ankle issue.Ronaldo (right) got injury while on National team duty.Ajax have no fresh injury concerns before the first leg in Amsterdam.Ajax and Juventus will be facing for the ninth time in the European Cup/Champions League and for the first time since November 2004. The Dutch side have not beaten the Italians in the competition since winning the 1973 European Cup final in Belgrade (1-0).  Juventus are unbeaten in each of their past nine European matches against Ajax (W5 D4), including a draw in the 1996 Champions League final before going on to lift the trophy thanks to a penalty shootout victory. Ajax will host Juventus in a Champions League encounter for the first time since September 2004 in the group stages, when they fell to a 0-1 defeat thanks to a Pavel Nedved strike for the Italians.Ajax knocked out defending champions Real Madrid in the last round; indeed, the last side to knockout the current holders of the Champions League was Atletico Madrid (v Barcelona) during the quarter finals in 2015-16, going on to lose in the final against Real Madrid. They are the first Dutch side to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League since PSV in 2006-07. Indeed, Ajax find themselves at this stage for the first time since 2002-03, when they were eliminated by AC Milan. Ajax have had a younger starting XI on average (24 years 202 days) in the Champions League this season than any other side left in the competition.Juventus have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the third successive campaign, their best such run in the competition since doing so in four successive seasons between 1996 and 1999. Only Lionel Messi (11) has had a direct hand in more goals in this season’s Champions League than Ajax’s Dusan Tadic (nine – six goals, three assists). Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo has scored seven goals in his past four Champions League matches against Ajax, including a hat-trick for Real Madrid on his last visit in October 2012. Only against Bayern Munich (nine) and his current side Juventus (10) has Cristiano Ronaldo scored more Champions League goals than he has against Ajax (seven).Comments Tags: Ajaxchampions leaguejuventusman Unitedtoplast_img read more

Fresh off Western Oregon win, Humboldt State looking to pick up first victory of 2016 at home

first_imgARCATA >> And now, the Jacks can settle in at home for the first time in weeks.No more worrying about any kind of road trip and hours upon hours in buses until the final week of the season. The Jacks’ stretch of four road games in the span of six weeks is officially a thing of the past.Humboldt State, now with two of its final three games remaining this season set to be played at the Redwood Bowl, looks to claim its first win at homet at 6 p.m. tonight when the Great Northwest Athletic …last_img read more

Warriors postgame video: Kerr says team stopped playing after big lead

first_imgThe Los Angeles Clippers stunned the Golden State Warriors after the team came back from a 31-point deficit. In his postgame interview, Steve Kerr said Golden State stopped playing after halftime. They lost focused and eventually gave up the momentum, which was hard to get back he said.The Warriors coach also offered up some details to the left quad injury of center DeMarcus Cousins. He said it was significant and Cousins will be out for a while.The Warriors will try to bounce back against …last_img read more

Third-Party Ownership Rules Residential Solar Market

first_imgResidential solar is enjoying a surge in popularity, but most homeowners aren’t using their own money to install or maintain it. Greentech Media reports that of a total of 1.2 gigawatts of residential solar installed in 2014, 72% of it was owned by someone other than the customer.While the remainder was directly owned by the customers, much of it was financed through loans.Third-party ownership (TPO) comes in the form of leases or power purchase agreements (PPAs) in which customers sign long-term contracts to buy electricity from the panels the provider installs and maintains. The cost of electricity is typically below that of utility power. Both leases and PPAs give customers access to solar with little or no upfront costs.“The U.S. residential market segment has grown 15 of the last 16 quarters, and that’s largely due to financing solutions like leases,” Greentech Media said. “Since TPO took off a few years ago, the offerings have given customers across many demographics and socioeconomic categories the ability to afford a solar installation.”The biggest players in the TPO market, which collectively accounted for 56% of all residential installations in the U.S., were SolarCity (34%), Vivint Solar (12%) and Sunrun (10%), the report said. Report sees more ownership in years aheadLast year was the third consecutive year that the U.S. residential solar market grew by more than 50%, the report says, but third-party ownership appears to have peaked in 2014.Greentech Media foresees a decline in TPO over the next five years as the total of installed solar rises to 5.2 gigawatts by 2020. Other than a slight uptick in third-party ownership in 2017, coinciding with a drop in the total of solar capacity installed that year, the report shows customer ownership rising to 54% by 2020.The report doesn’t explain the trend in any detail, but notes, “More recently, the market has seen a resurgence of direct ownership, with a number of new players introducing a wide range of loan products. The residential solar market is still in its infancy, and the competitive landscape continues to evolve thanks to new market entrants, acquisitions, and constantly changing consumer finance options.”last_img read more

IPL 2011: Kolkata seek redemption against Hyderabad

first_imgSmarting from their opening round losses, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Deccan Chargers (DC) will hope to bring their campaign back on track when they cross swords at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday.For KKR this will be the first match at their home ground without city’s favourite son Sourav Ganguly whose name had been synonymous with the team so far and provided the side the local flavour.Under new captains in Gautam Gambhir and Kumar Sangakkara, both Kolkata Knight Riders and Deccan Chargers had a similar beginning to the fourth season of the Twenty20 extravaganza – suffering contrasting defeats to Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals respectively.If Knight Riders gifted the match from a winning position to reigning champions Chennai Super Kings, Deccan Chargers, on the other hand, were outplayed by IPL-1 champions Rajasthan Royals. KKR looked determined to come out of the rut this season, rejigging their line-up for a complete overhaul.Roping in Gautam Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan for the two top signings this season beside successfully bidding for South African Jacques Kallis, Aussie strike bowler Brett Lee, Knights have all the ingredients of a champion side. With talented youngsters in Manoj Tiwary, Manvinder Bisla, Sarabjit Ladda – who showed sparkling signs in their performances against Chennai – Gambhir just needs to get his act together.Deccan Chargers, who lost to the Knights on both the occasions in last season, too are licking their wounds after their morale-shattering loss to Rajasthan Royals and are low in confidence.advertisementThe new look Chargers led by former Kings XI skipper Sangakkara did not click in any of their departments against the Shane Warne’s boys.Sangakkara will have a tough task to fill into the shoes of Adam Gilchrist who provided a top and fourth place finish in IPL-2 and 3.On paper, Deccan’s bowling line-up can be considered as one of the best among the 10 teams with the likes of South African top gun Dale Steyn and Indian spinners Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra.It remains to be seen if they can pose any threat to an equally low-on-confidence Knight Riders on Monday.last_img read more