Torres’ stunner caps Man City comeback in 3-1 win over Porto

Ferran Torres, left, celebrates with Phil Foden after scoring Man City's third goal. (AFP)
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Updated 22 October 2020

Torres’ stunner caps Man City comeback in 3-1 win over Porto

MANCHESTER, England: Ferran Torres came off the bench to score an impressive individual goal and complete Manchester City’s comeback in a 3-1 win over Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The 20-year-old Spain international exchanged passes with fellow substitute Phil Foden before drifting inside and into the area, dropping his shoulder and curling a shot high into the net in the 73rd minute for City’s third goal.
Before that, Pep Guardiola’s team had relied on dead-ball situations to overcome its lack of fluency going forward and recover from going behind to Luis Diaz’s 14th-minute opener for Porto, which returned to the Champions League after a one-year absence.
Sergio Aguero converted a penalty six minutes later, after Raheem Sterling was bundled over by Pepe, to equalize with his first goal since March.
City right back Kyle Walker produced an acrobatic goal-line clearance to stop Porto going back in front just before halftime, and Ilkay Gundogan put the hosts ahead in the 65th by curling a free kick over the defensive wall and into the net from 25 yards (meters).
City — beginning its latest bid to become European champion for the first time in its history — found Porto hard to break down and clearly missed the creativity of injured midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, while Aguero lasted 67 minutes as he continues to build up match fitness after four months out.
The goal his team conceded would have been disappointing to Guardiola, too, with Portugal center back Ruben Dias giving the ball away in midfield before Diaz drifted across the area with the ball — beating Rodri then Joao Cancelo — before shooting into the bottom corner.


Tokyo 2020 organizers estimate Games postponement cost $1.9bn

Updated 29 November 2020

Tokyo 2020 organizers estimate Games postponement cost $1.9bn

  • The International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government were forced to put off the Games for a year in March
  • The organizing committee will decide on a breakdown of the burden of the delay in December

TOKYO: This year’s postponement of the Tokyo Olympics because of the novel coronavirus cost about 200 billion yen ($1.9 billion) orgainsers have estimated, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Sunday, citing people involved with the event.
The International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government were forced to put off the Games for a year in March as the coronavirus spread rapidly around the world.
The Games cost 1.35 trillion yen ($13 billion) before the postponement, the newspaper reported.
A spokesman for the organizers was not immediately available for comment.
The organizing committee will decide on a breakdown of the burden of the delay in December, after discussions between the committee, the Tokyo metropolitan government and the central government, the newspaper said.
The postponement costs include payment to staff as well as the introduction of new systems for refunding tickets but do not include measures against the spread of the coronavirus, the newspaper said.
The organizers had originally estimated that the delay would cost nearly 300 billion yen but they were able to reduce that figure by simplifying some events, the report said.