Life at Atletico Madrid was not off to the best start for Hector Herrera. Having skipped out on this summer’s Gold Cup to focus on his impending move to the Spanish giant, the Mexico international had yet to make his breakthrough for Diego Simeone’s rebuilt club. Four league matches had come and gone, and Herrera had not seen so much as a minute of action for his new side. Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career That all changed on Wednesday in spectacular fashion. Having once again started the match on the bench, Herrera finally got his first taste of action with Atletico. His club had gone 2-0 down to Juventus, the Italians taking the lead through Juan Cuadrado’s wonder-strike before a Blaise Matuidi header doubled the Serie A side’s advantage in the 65th. Herrera was still watching on though, as Atleti pulled one back through Stefan Savic, setting up a dramatic finish to the Champions League group stage opener for both side. The El Tri midfielder was brought on in the 76th as his club looked to claw back into the contest, replacing Thomas Partey , but it took until the dying minutes for Herrera to produce the goal his side were so desperately searching for. A corner in the 90th minute saw Herrera rise highest to nod home, rounding off a comeback and helping secure a 2-2 draw for Atletico Madrid on a night when it seemed as though the Spanish side was is real danger of falling at home. Hector Herrera equalizes in the 90th minute in his first appearance for Atlético 😮 pic.twitter.com/EcdxIp3Nhj— Bleacher Report Live (@brlive) September 18, 2019The goal could provide just the kickstart Herrera needed to get his Atletico stint up and running. Herrera became the second notable Mexico international to score a debut goal in the last two days, though Edson Alvarez’s debut was in the Champions League, rather than for his new club Ajax. Edson Alvarez scores his first Champions League goal 🇲🇽 pic.twitter.com/OwTPNK3qur— Bleacher Report Live (@brlive) September 17, 2019While Herrera has struggled for minutes, Alvarez has grown into a starting role with the Dutch side early on in his tenure with the club, and got his first goal in Europe’s top competition with a slick finish in a 3-0 beating of French club Lille.
STELLARTON, N.S. — The Sobeys grocery business expects to eliminate 1,300 jobs over the next year or two as it moves to open new distribution centres in Ontario and Alberta and continues to integrate Safeway Canada’s operations.The head of Sobeys parent company told analysts in a quarterly conference call Thursday that the jobs cuts will be implemented starting in late 2016 and will be primarily back-office functions. Empire Co. president and CEO Marc Poulin says some of the jobs losses will be from closing of a support centre in Milton west of Toronto after a new automated distribution centre is opened in October 2016 in Vaughan to the north of Toronto.Sobeys owner Empire’s profit rises as Safeway buy helps boost same-store salesWhy Walmart crushed Target in CanadaJoe Fresh gains second toehold in Asia with Philippines expansion in 2016Other jobs will be eliminated when a support centre in Calgary is closed, once an automated distribution centre in Rocky View, Alta., comes on line in mid-2017.Changes to the Sobeys distribution system are part of ongoing expansion and reorganization of the national grocery chain, headquartered with Empire in Stellarton, N.S.Among other things, Sobeys is consolidating its presence in Western Canada after acquiring the Safeway chain in late 2013 and absorbing some of the Co-op Atlantic food and fuel retailing operations under an agreement that closed June 21.Co-op Atlantic announced Thursday that it would lay off 400 employees and close four of its food stores in Moncton, N.B., Labrador City, N.L., Grand Bay-Westfield, N.B., and Charlottetown.