Selby to meet Williams in quarters

Updated 18 January 2013
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Selby to meet Williams in quarters

LONDON: World No.1 Mark Selby and former world snooker champion Mark Williams both came from way behind yesterday to set-up a quarterfinal meeting in the Masters.
Selby was 5-1 behind against fellow Englishman Stuart Bingham before winning five frames in a row for a 6-5 victory at London’s Alexandra Palace.
Although Selby won the first frame, several breaks of over 50 each helped Bingham into a 4-1 lead and that became 5-1 following a lengthy safety battle.
But from the brink of defeat, Selby belatedly found some form with contributions of 57, 86 and 68 helping him level the match at 5-5.
Bingham had the first chance in the final frame before a missed blue let Selby in and, although the Leicester cueman needed several chances, he went on to complete an improbable victory.
Earlier, it was a similar story as Williams came from 4-1 down to beat Matthew Stevens in all-Welsh clash.
Williams struggled in the opening frames and was on the verge of going down 5-1 behind.
But Stevens missed a routine brown that would have put him four frames in front and then made several more errors as Williams won five frames in a row.
“I didn’t play very well at all to be honest, neither did Matthew,” Williams told the BBC.
“He missed a sitter of a brown for 5-1 and I don’t think I’d have come back from 5-1 to be honest.
“Even though I wasn’t playing too well I was still trying 100 percent, and perhaps that’s what got me through in the end.
“It’s easy to win when you are playing well, but it’s hard when you’re not playing too well and I was getting hammered out there really. I’m over the moon that I just stuck in there, tried my best and managed to turn it around somehow.
“Matthew helped me out a lot, he missed a lot of balls he normally wouldn’t miss. Perhaps I dragged him down a bit and pounced on him.
“Coming into this tournament I practised really hard and was probably playing the best I have for years and years, knocking 147s in every single day near enough.
“I was quite confident coming up here and then I go out there I can’t make 47. If I can bring the practice to the match table I’ve got a chance.”

, but I just can’t do it at the minute. I might be trying too hard.”


Profligate Arsenal punished by 10-man Atletico Madrid

The gunners could not defeat 10-man Atletico Madrid. (AFP)
Updated 27 April 2018
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Profligate Arsenal punished by 10-man Atletico Madrid

  • The Gunners played with an extra man for over 80 minutes
  • Arsenal now need to become the first away team to score in 12 matches at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium next week

LONDON: Arsenal’s hopes of sending outgoing manager Arsene Wenger off with a trophy suffered a major blow as they could only draw 1-1 with 10-man Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Europa League semifinal on Thursday.
The Gunners played with an extra man for over 80 minutes at the Emirates Stadium, with Sime Vrsaljko’s early red card handing them the initiative.
However, they were made to rue a host of missed chances before and after Alexandre Lacazette headed them in front on the hour mark.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone was also sent to the stands shortly after Vrsaljko’s dismissal, but the Spaniards resisted manfully and pounced when their chance came as Antoine Griezmann prodded home a vital away goal eight minutes from time.
Arsenal now need to become the first away team to score in 12 matches at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium next week if Wenger’s last game in charge is to be the final in his homeland in Lyon on May 16.
Moreover, Arsenal’s hopes of Champions League football next season also hang on becoming the first side other than Real Madrid to eliminate Atletico from Europe for five seasons.
There was a far more highly-charged atmosphere for Wenger’s penultimate home game in charge than there had been for last weekend’s game against West Ham United.
And the hosts were given plenty of encouragement early on, even when still up against Atletico’s full complement.
Lacazette volleyed off the outside of the post and forced Jan Oblak into the first of a series of fine saves with a header from close range.
Vrsaljko had been booked within two minutes for bringing down Jack Wilshere.

And the Croatian left his side a man light after just 10 minutes when French referee Clement Turpin showed no leniency for another late challenge on Lacazette.
Moments later, Simeone was also dismissed by the officious referee for taking his protests too far when an Arsenal player wasn’t booked for what he thought was a similar foul.
Atletico’s excellent defensive record is what has carried them to five European semifinals in seven seasons under Simeone.
The visitors battened down the hatches with 10 men, but were reliant on Oblak to keep them in the tie.
Wilshere headed straight at Oblak when unmarked at the back post at the end of a flowing Arsenal move.
And the Slovenian then spread himself well with an outstretched leg to deny Danny Welbeck.
Having weathered the Gunners’ early storm, Atletico only began to threaten themselves late in the first half and David Ospina had to be alert to parry a fiercely struck Griezmann shot following a fine run from Thomas Partey.
Atletico retreated ever deeper toward their own goal after the break and were finally punished on the hour mark when Wilshere’s deep cross found Lacazette rising above Lucas Hernandez to head in his seventh goal in seven games.
However, the French international and Arsenal could have had more.
Laczette’s dangerous ball across goal found no takers before he headed another good opportunity wide.
And Arsenal paid heavily for their profligacy, and some comical defending, when Atletico grabbed a vital away goal on 82 minutes.
Griezmann outmuscled French international team-mate Laurent Koscielny and then benefited from a slip by Shkodran Mustafi after his initial effort had been saved by Ospina to prod his 27th goal of the season into the roof of the net.
There was still time for Oblak to show why Griezmann isn’t the only Atletico player wanted by Europe’s elite with a spectacular one-handed save to turn Aaron Ramsey’s header behind and keep Los Rojiblancos on course for another European final.