Report: Osasuna 2-2 Barcelona

first_imgAnsu Fati became Barcelona’s youngest LaLiga goalscorer as they came from behind but could only draw 2-2 with Osasuna in Saturday’s clash at El Sadar.The 16-year-old cancelled out Roberto Torres’ opener just six minutes after coming off the bench, before fellow substitute Arthur buried a well-taken second goal for the defending league champions.Torres sealed a point from the penalty spot after a Gerard Pique handball, though, with the result likely to add further pressure to Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? 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? Valverde was again unable to call upon the injured Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez or Ousmane Dembele and left Ivan Rakitic on the bench.The match was preceded by a minute’s silence for Luis Enrique’s daughter Xana, who died this week after a five-month battle with bone cancer.A minute of silence in memoriam to the passing away of Luis Enrique’s daughter Xana, may she rest in peace.   pic.twitter.com/P60UFxd4dM — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 31, 2019 Torres put Osasuna ahead in the seventh minute with the first shot of the match, thumping a volley past Marc-Andre ter Stegen at the left-hand post after being left completely unmarked.It proved to be the only effort on target of the first half, as Barca produced next to nothing of note with their dominance of possession, although Jordi Alba felt he should have won a penalty.Fati came on for Nelson Semedo at the break and Valverde’s reshuffle paid dividends, the 16-year-old converting Carles Perez’s cross with a fine header.Barcelona were suddenly galvanised and it was 2-1 13 minutes later, Arthur cutting back onto his right foot and drilling past goalkeeper Ruben Martinez from just inside the area.Brandon wasted a glorious chance to level when he made a mess of a free header, but Torres made no such mistake from 12 yards after Pique was penalised for blocking a cross with a raised arm.3 – Ansu Faty (16 years and 304 days) has become the third youngest player to score in LaLiga history, after Fabrice Olinga (16y & 98d) and Iker Muniain (16y & 289d). Future. pic.twitter.com/TdtV22nDCp— OptaJose (@OptaJose) August 31, 2019What does it mean? Valverde pressure mounting despite faith in youngstersValverde has been criticised in the past – not always fairly – for a perceived reluctance to trust La Masia prospects within his first team.With Messi, Suarez and Dembele injured and Antoine Griezmann not in the game, it fell to Perez and Fati to combine for the equaliser here.The fact it was two youngsters that made a difference might just ward off some of the coach’s critics, but results such as this will not keep the wolves from the door for long.Perez a persistent menaceHaving been the brightest player in an insipid first-half Barca display, it was fitting that Perez should set up Fati for his fine equaliser.The 21-year-old is fast becoming an important player for the Catalans and should continue to be so if, as expected, Neymar does not return before the transfer window closes.Griezmann goes missingThe service to Griezmann was not exactly of consistent quality, but this was a worryingly anonymous performance from the €120m forward.What’s next?Barca host Valencia on September 14, when they hope to have Messi available again. Osasuna travel to Real Valladolid a day later. read morelast_img read more

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Report: Shakhtar 0 Man City 3

first_imgManchester City made light of their defensive crisis as Fernandinho filled in adeptly at centre-back and captained the Premier League champions to a 3-0 victory over his former club Shakhtar Donetsk.Hampered by the absences of John Stones and Aymeric Laporte due to injury, City boss Pep Guardiola named Fernandinho alongside Nicolas Otamendi at the heart of his defence and was able to celebrate a clean sheet despite the odd shaky moment.Riyad Mahrez scored his first goal of the season to settle City’s nerves after 24 minutes and his interplay with Ilkay Gundogan produced the visitors’ best moments at Metalist Stadium. Article continues below 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 Gundogan, ably assisted by Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne, ran the show from midfield and surged forward at every opportunity, getting himself on the scoresheet thanks to Mahrez’s assist seven minutes before half-time.Guardiola warned of the danger Shakhtar posed on the counter-attack in his pre-match comments and Luis Castro’s men did manage to set Moraes free on a number of occasions, but the Brazil-born striker failed to carry his impressive domestic form onto Europe’s biggest stage.City rounded off a highly satisfying Group C opener when Gabriel Jesus rolled a third goal home 14 minutes from time to secure a repeat result of last season’s clash between these teams on this ground.Running clear!0-3 #ManCity #UCL pic.twitter.com/UMmH1bYPeA— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 18, 2019City pressed Shakhtar from the outset and Rodri should have done better when De Bruyne’s cross hit the back of his head.Marlos sent a thundering drive flashing past Ederson’s net as Shakhtar countered, but City’s pressure paid off when Gundogan curled a shot onto the post and it bounced into the path of Mahrez, who guided it into the empty net from close range.Moraes had a gilt-edged chance to equalise from the corner of the six-yard box but his shot hit Ederson in the chest and City punished his wastefulness.Rodri’s cross-field ball found Mahrez and the Algeria international played in Gundogan, who fired a first-time shot just inside the post with deadly accuracy.Moraes made a poor attempt to chip Ederson when the City keeper got caught outside his box early in the second half but Raheem Sterling missed an even better chance at the other end, hitting the outside of the post after Sergey Krivtsov gifted him possession 12 yards out.Jesus made no such mistake when De Bruyne capitalised on sloppy Shakhtar passing and released the Brazilian, who rolled a shot into the bottom-right corner of the net and made certain of his side’s winning start in the Champions League. What does it mean? City reign in UkraineAfter becoming the first English team to beat Shakhtar away from home when they triumphed here by the same scoreline last season, City earned a repeat result without a number of key players.Gunning for a regular placeIlkay Gundogan has only started three of City’s five domestic games this season but when he is on this kind of form he looks undroppable.The 28-year-old covered a huge amount of ground, gathered loose balls and ensured Guardiola’s men turned defence into devastating attacks with remarkable efficiency.Shakhtar need more from MoraesShakhtar went into this game knowing chances would be few and far between, but Moraes had more than enough opportunities to get on the scoresheet and squandered them all.Key Opta Facts- Shakhtar have conceded 15 goals in their five meetings with Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League; the most they’ve conceded against an opponent in the competition.- City have kept clean sheets in four of their five Champions League matches against Shakhtar, double the amount than they have versus any other side.- Since the start of the 2016-17 campaign, only Real Madrid (84) and Bayern Munich (72) have scored more Champions League goals than Guardiola’s City (71).- Shakhtar have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 17 UEFA Champions League matches (36 goals conceded).- Since the start of the 2017-18 Champions League campaign, only James Milner (10) has recorded more assists in the competition than De Bruyne (9).- Mahrez has had a hand in seven goals in seven Champions League appearances for Man City (2 goals, 5 assists).What’s next?After their shock loss to Norwich, City will hope to get back to winning ways in the Premier League when they entertain Watford on Saturday, while Shakhtar look to extend their seven-game domestic winning streak at Desna. read morelast_img read more

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Exclusive National review of schemes to divert patients from AE amid safety

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The coroner’s report on Mr Birtwistle, issued to NHS England in order to prevent future deaths, urges health officials to check the safety of other schemes – and to set minimum safety standards, in order to reduce the risks.All such initiatives should at least include taking a “basic set of physiological measurements” to detect immediate threats to health, the report warns.The National Institute for Health Research has embarked on a £1m review of the safety of the measures – although it will not report until next summer, at least six months after every scheme gets underway.  The research proposals, seen by this newspaper, warn that the current evidence base to support the schemes is “weak” and says it is “unclear” whether such measures are safe. Mr Birtwistle went to Bristol Royal Infimary’s A&E suffering from breathlessness last November, after being referred there by the NHS 111 helpline. David Birtwistle, 44, a father-of-one, died from a pulmonary embolism after being turned away by a pilot scheme in Bristol, just six days after its launch.Instead of being seen by A&E doctors, he was seen by the GP service – which failed to order basic tests which could have saved his life.A coroner has now written to health officials, calling for a national review of “serious incidents” and “near misses” as a matter of urgency, in order to prevent tragic blunders being made across the country. From left, Trina, Tia and Dave Birtwistle Dave Birtwistle at Liverpool Football Club A national review of schemes to divert patients away from Accident & Emergency departments is underway, amid fears that desperately-ill cases have been put at risk.Every NHS trust is under instructions to introduce “front-door streaming” by this autumn, with GPs stationed at casualty units to weed out the least sick patients.The initiative is part of attempts to relieve hospital overcrowding, and stave off pressures on units across the country.An investigation by The Telegraph reveals that a national review of such schemes is underway following the death of a man turned away by a pilot scheme.And researchers leading the investigation have said the evidence to back the initiatives – currently being introduced in every part of the country – is “weak,” while it is “unclear” whether the models being brought in are safe.center_img From left, Trina, Tia and Dave Birtwistle He was discharged, only to return by ambulance six days later, when symptoms worsened. However, he was diverted to a new “streaming” system which had just been set up to relieve pressures on A&E, where staff failed to carry out basic tests such as blood pressure.The local scheme, run by BrisDoc Healthcare Services, was immediately halted.But every part of the country is under orders from NHS England to set up such measures by this autumn, in a bid to reduce pressures on hospitals and record waiting times. The documents, by Cardiff University, state: “The emergency care system is in crisis and evidence is needed urgently to understand how to manage workload and demand to safely achieve the highest standards of clinical and operational care, and whether the recommended addition of co-located GPs adds value.”“The evidence base to support service models of General Practitioners working within EDs (emergency departments) is weak,” it continues, saying it is “unclear” what impact different models may have on service quality and safety.The research will compare three models – having GPs working in A&E, next door to A&E, or operating a triage and screening scheme – with traditional methods of assessing patients in casualty units.The study will examine all patient safety incident reports for the most frequent and harmful incidents related to GPs and A&E clinicians, the proposals state, with further research tracking 12 study sites, to report by next June.An NHS England spokesman said:  “Guidance to hospitals on making sure patients get the level of clinical care they need has been specifically updated in the light of this, so as to make sure that people who need GP care can get it, and people needing specialist assessment can quickly do so. “GPs successfully look after 300 million patient consultations every year, compared with 23 million A&E visits.” Dave Birtwistle at Liverpool Football Clublast_img read more

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