Sergio Aguero scores twice as Manchester City ease to win

first_img Fabian Delph and David Silva were also on target as City got back to goalscoring form at the Etihad Stadium after Wednesday’s frustrating Barclays Premier League stalemate with Everton. Palace had some good early chances but the result was never in doubt after City took control with goals from Delph and the impressive Aguero in the first half. Sergio Aguero struck twice as Manchester City pulled level with Arsenal in the title race with a comfortable 4-0 win over Crystal Palace. As snow fell after the break, Aguero’s second on 68 minutes made the result certain before the striker selflessly passed up a hat-trick chance to tee up the fourth for Silva. The result left Palace without a win – or a goal – in five league games. City boss Manuel Pellegrini sprang a few surprises as he left Raheem Sterling, Yaya Toure, Jesus Navas and Bacary Sagna on the bench and handed an opportunity to striker Kelechi Iheanacho. Iheanacho, the highly-rated Nigerian who scored the winner off the bench at Selhurst Park in September, had made just one previous league start but earned his chance after impressing in the FA Cup last weekend. The 19-year-old’s inclusion alongside Aguero meant a switch to 4-4-2, and that initially appeared to favour Palace and their packed midfield. The visitors were able to get balls into the box and Joe Hart had to be alert to keep out a powerful header from Damien Delaney in the second minute. Scott Dann also had two opportunities with free headers and City had another escape when Hart kicked the ball straight at James McArthur attempting to clear and Delaney put the rebound over. City took time to gain a foothold in the game but Silva served warning by shooting wide before Delph struck the opener after 22 minutes. The goal came out of nothing, with Delph appearing to have little on as he took aim from 30 yards, but Wayne Hennessey could not keep out his low shot. Palace responded with Yohan Cabaye’s free-kick well saved by Hart but City threatened again as Iheanacho missed his kick in front of goal and Aguero almost found the target with a shot off the ground after slipping. Aguero did strike four minutes before the interval, scoring after casually taking aim from outside the area, although he needed a big deflection off Dann’s head to deceive Hennessey. The Argentinian had another effort deflected over just before the break. City suffered a blow early in the second half as Aleksandar Kolarov was carried off injured. Palace appealed unsuccessfully for a penalty after a Fernando clearance struck Martin Demichelis’ hand, and Joel Ward then cut inside to shoot wide. But City soon tightened their grip with a nice team goal. Aguero and Silva combined before Toure – on for Iheanacho – strode forward to play Kevin De Bruyne into space on the right. The Belgian pulled the ball across goal and Aguero had a simple tap-in for his second. Palace fought on and Cabaye went close from 40 yards but City retained firm control. They wrapped up victory with a slick counter-attack six minutes from time. De Bruyne released Aguero from inside his own half and he outpaced the backtracking defence to set up an easy finish for Silva. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Stunning football by City !!! 3-0 Aguero” – former Manchester City forward Rodney Marsh after Sergio Aguero put them further ahead RATINGS MANCHESTER CITY Joe Hart: 7 Pablo Zabaleta: 7 Martin Demichelis: 6 Nicolas Otamendi: 6 Aleksandar Kolarov: 6 Fernando: 6 Fabian Delph: 8 David Silva: 7 Kevin De Bruyne: 7 Kelechi Iheanacho: 6 Sergio Aguero: 9 Subs: Gael Clichy: 6 Yaya Toure: 6 CRYSTAL PALACE Wayne Hennessey: 5 Joel Ward: 6 Scott Dann: 6 Damien Delaney: 6 Papa Souare: 6 James McArthur: 6 Yohan Cabaye: 6 Joe Ledley: 6 Wilfried Zaha: 5 Jason Puncheon: 5 Connor Wickham: 5 Subs: Marouane Chamakh: 5 STAR MAN Sergio Aguero – Attention may have been focused on other strikers this season, but he remains the benchmark in the Premier League. This was a typical Aguero performance. The Argentinian was always looking for the ball and to test Wayne Hennessey. He was a touch fortunate with his first goal as his shot deflected off Scott Dann, but the way he checked back to give himself space for the second showed what a master of his craft he is. Aguero then topped off the performance by sprinting from his own half and setting up David Silva for the fourth. MOMENT OF THE MATCH The third goal must have had Manuel Pellegrini purring. David Silva played in Aguero, who turned neatly and played it to Yaya Toure. The midfielder picked out Kevin De Bruyne on the right of the area and his intelligent ball across the box had been read perfectly by Aguero to give the striker a simple finish. Sometimes football looks very simple. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Pellegrini went for a 4-4-2 formation, selecting Nigerian youngster Kelechi Iheanacho alongside Sergio Aguero up front. He again rotate his full-backs, with Pablo Zabaleta and Aleksandar Kolarov taking their turn. Fabian Delph and David Silva started as Yaya Toure and Raheem Sterling dropped to the bench. Connor Wickham was restored to the Palace starting line-up following a calf injury. Otherwise, Alan Pardew stuck with the same team that lost against Aston Villa in midweek. MOAN OF THE MATCH The only negative for Pellegrini will be yet another injury. While not yet rivalling Liverpool, City had five players missing for this game and Aleksandar Kolarov looks set to join that list after being carried off. Again it appeared to be a muscle injury, with Kolarov pulling up and holding his calf. NEXT UP West Ham v Manchester City (Premier League, January 23) Crystal Palace v Tottenham (Premier League, January 23) Press Associationlast_img read more

SHOCK AS ANOTHER PERSON DIES ON DONEGAL’S ROADS IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS

first_imgA second person has been killed on Donegal’s roads in less than 24 hours.The 70 year old man died outside Donegal Town when the jeep he was driving was involved in a crash with another jeep at around 10pm.A number of other people were injured in the crash which happened Laghey and Ballintra. The road will be closed to traffic while a technical investigation of the scene takes place today.The accident comes less than 24 hours after a young man was killed in Burnfoot.Marty Strain, 19, was a passeger in a car which crashed at Toban, Burnfoot at 4.30am in the early hours of Sunday morning.Mr Strain, from Burnfoot, was friends with John Hegarty, who also perished on the same road in July. Gardai are carrying out a full investigation into the cause of the crash.A 19 year old female passenger in the car is also in a serious condition in hospital while the driver of the car escaped with minor injuries.SHOCK AS ANOTHER PERSON DIES ON DONEGAL’S ROADS IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS was last modified: August 24th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Comedy homage massive DJ party and other happenings around Costa Rica

first_imgComedy: “Homage to Les Luthiers”The Argentine musical-comedy group “Les Luthiers” has been the Latin American equivalent of Monty Python since 1967. Catch this homage to the classic comics at the Salazar Theater, courtesy of the Costa Rican comedy group “La Media Docena” (“Half a Dozen”) and band Editus.“Homenaje a Les Luthiers” will be performed Aug. 22-24 at the Melico Salazar Theater, downtown San José. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. ₡5,000-19,000. Info: Salazar Theater website. Ale Mora rocks the Home Lounge in Santa Ana. Courtesy Ale MoraParty: White NoiseCosta Rican super-DJ Ale Mora headlines this massive late-night party at Home Finest Lounge and Terrace.Party takes place Aug. 22 at Home Lounge, Lindora. 11 p.m. Info: Event Facebook page.Symposium: Internet Marketing TechniquesHosted by The Women’s Club of Costa Rica, this informative event features expat entrepreneur Stacey Auch as its guest speaker.Meeting takes place Aug. 23 at Tin Jo restaurant, downtown San José. 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. ₡3,000-4,000 ($6-8). Info: Event page.Performance: “Tango and Its Histories”Learn about this lascivious Argentine dance at CENAC, thanks to the creator Pablo Dell’Oca Sala.“El Tango y Sus Historias” performs Aug. 24 at CENAC, downtown San José. 1 p.m. Free. Info: RedCultura. Music: Bruce Callow, The ElephantsCanadian recording artist Bruce Callow performs acoustic covers of classic and alternative songs, along with original music, followed by Costa Rican rock band The Elephants.Concert takes place August 27 at Jazz Café, Escazú. 9 p.m. ₡3,000 ($6). Info: Jazz Café website.Craft Beer TourHosted by the boozy social group Carpe Chepe, this beer tour will help you appreciate the art and tastes of cerveza artesanal.The Craft Beer Tour takes place Aug. 28 at La Sospecha Gastropub, Los Yoses. 6:30 p.m. Info: Carpe Chepe website.La Favorita Organic PartyCelebrate organic cuisine and lifestyle at this super-green party, hosted by La Favorita Executive Apartments.Party takes place Aug. 23 at La Favorita Executive Apartments, Rohrmoser. 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Info: La Favorita Facebook page.Dance: “Our Crime Each Day”Danza Universitaria presents an avant-garde performance about relationships, familial roles, and violence at The National Theater.“El Crimen Nuestro de Cada Día” presents Aug. 26 at the National Theater, downtown San José. 12 p.m. 1,000-2,000 ($2-4). Info: National Theater website.Dance: Flamenco PerformanceThe Spanish House hosts a passionate flemanco performance, starring Costa Rican musicians and dance students.Performance takes place Aug. 21 & 22 at the Casa España, La Sabana. Thu. & Fri., 8 p.m. 5,000 ($10). Info: RedCultura. Music: International Blues FestivalChicago blues legend Steve Arvey plays acoustic blues at El Sótano, along with special guest David Scott. Other acts include MG and the Blues Burners, JR Blues Band, Navil Garcia, and others.Festival takes place Aug. 21 & 22 at El Sótano, Barrio Amón. 7:30 p.m. ₡5,000 ($10). Info: El Sótano Facebook page.Sports: NCCWMA 2014 ChampionshipSeasoned athletes from around the world converge on San José to compete in the 2014 North, Central American and Caribbean World Masters Athletics Championship. None of these track-and-field stars is younger than 30, and the majority are older – but they still sprint like champions.The NCCWMA Championship takes place Aug. 21-24 at the National Stadium, La Sabana. Info: Offical website.International Book FairColossal gathering of publishers, editors, writers, and book nuts.Feria de los Libros continues through Aug. 31 at the Antigua Aduana, Barrio Aranjuez. Info: Fair website.Art: “Dirty Game”Costa Rican artist José Miguel Rojas González explores the nature of winning and losing in this subversive series. Read our review here.“Juego Sucio” continues through Oct. 11 at the Central Bank Museum, Plaza de la Cultura, San José. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. ₡5,500 ($11). Info: Museos Banco Central website.Theater: “Amadeus”Peter Schaffer’s masterpiece about the life of Mozart (and his bitter rival, Salieri) receives an epic production at Teatro Espressivo.“Amadeus” plays Aug. 7 – Oct. 12 at Teatro Espressivo, Curridabat. Info: Teatro Espressivo website.Theater: “Virus”What is the nature of sickness? Costa Rican playwright Ana Istarú explores this theme in “Virus,” her new drama at the Vargas Calvo Theater.“Virus” plays through Aug. 31 at the Vargas Calvo Theater, downtown San José. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. ₡5,500 ($11). Info: National Theater website.Art: “The Day We Became Contemporary”The Museum of Contemporary Art and Design celebrates 20 years of cutting-edge arts with a comprehensive, retrospective showcase.“El Día Que Nos Hicimos Contemporáneos” continues through Sept. 5 at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Downtown San José. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Residents ₡1,000 ($2), foreigners ₡1,500 ($3), students ₡500 ($1). Info: MADC website.Enamorate de tu ciudadYes, you can go gaga for San José – especially when the Culture Ministry is sponsoring Enamorate de tu ciudad, or Fall in Love With Your City, a year-round celebration of art, culture and urban parks. Check out the event site for news on games, workshops, presentations and surprise performances.Fall in Love with Your City takes place on Saturdays in various parks in downtown San José. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info: Enamorate de tu Ciudad website and Facebook page.Art: Paintings by Fabio RojasThe artist presents a series of landscapes at the University College of Cartago.The exhibition will display Aug. 8-29 at the University College of Cartago. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Free. Info: University website. Facebook Comments Related posts:Lionfish tournament, peach-palm fair, and other happenings around Costa Rica Guitar Festival, French cinema, and other happenings around Costa Rica Flamenco superstars, Soda Stereo tribute, and other happenings around Costa Rica Tico stand-up, founding father, and other happenings around Costa Ricalast_img read more