Everyone has made nice now, but don’t forget how things looked earlier this year. Tata Martino just had taken over as Mexico manager. He wanted Jesus “Tecatito” Corona to come play for El Tri. Corona said yes – then suddenly, he was out. Martino seemed just about done with him. Actually, he seemed 100 percent totally done with him. “There is going to be some repercussion in the future,” Martino said. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream They’ll smile and laugh now and put it all behind them, and they should. But there was some Grade-A, clenbuterol-free beef between the Mexico national team staff and Porto. Now, that’s in the past with Martino not only willing to welcome Corona back to the national team for September’s friendly matches against the Untied States and Argentina but also calling in his former Porto teammate Hector Herrera and Mexico’s all-time leading scorer Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez.Herrera and Hernandez missed the Gold Cup with excused absences, but their excuses were never totally cleared publicly by Martino. Herrera wanted to rest up after a long season and complete a transfer to Atletico Madrid, while Hernandez attended to the birth of his first child and spent time with his family instead of with the national team. Clearly, the manager was willing to give his veteran players the summer off in part because of their communication with him. Corona didn’t have the same level of communication. Was the repercussion missing the Gold Cup, which El Tri won not only without Corona, Herrera and Chicharito but also without the injured Hirving Lozano, fullback Miguel Layun, who was dealing with the discovery of a cancerous tumor, and other Mexico regulars? Mexico’s triumph showed just how many players they can call upon when needed, with Martino still able to engineer a relatively comfortable win in the continental championship by mixing veterans like Andres Guardado and Guillermo Ochoa with rising stars. Now it looks like there’s a logjam of talent, which is just what a national team manager wants. Carlos Rodriguez and Jonathan dos Santos were excellent in the midfield where Herrera usually would have been playing. Chicharito is always nice to have, but surely he’ll be more effective as a reserve option in the final portion of games than starting over Raul Jimenez. Corona may quietly be part of El Tri’s best XI. Uriel Antuna and Rodolfo Pizarro both had good showings at the Gold Cup. However, Antuna is still growing into his role and Pizarro isn’t a winger. With Lozano fit and Corona back in the fold, it’s entirely possible their combination of speed and skill could be the best wide options available to Martino. Corona also is an intriguing option at right back. While Luis “Chaka” Rodriguez has been serviceable there against Concacaf opposition and gets forward like Martino wants his fullbacks to do, the Tigres defender has had moments of insecurity when called upon to defend one-on-one. Porto manager Sergio Conceicao has experimented with Corona as part of his back four. If those experiments continue, Tecatito will be able to fine-tune his defending and potentially turn into a player who can play anywhere on the right side. Herrera hasn’t made his debut with Atleti yet, but he has the quality to play for a top La Liga team. He captained Porto to Champions League success last season, and his absence in this year’s squad was notable with the team failing to get out of the qualification rounds. Herrera lends experience, yes, but at 29 he also is the rare Mexico player who is at a top European club and in the prime of his career. If Edson Alvarez, who scored in his first start for Ajax on Wednesday, continues to emerge, he won’t be needed to play the 6 where he’s struggled but can shine in a two-way role – provided he can fend off competition from “Charly” and “Jona”. The one player who won’t be coming back is Carlos Vela. The biggest omissions on the roster are those of Liga MX-leading scorer Juan Jose Macias and Real Betis winger Diego Lainez. Both are eligible for Olympic qualification and perhaps are getting a rest because of that. Macias took part in Martino’s mini-camp last week and clearly is on the radar. He’s also been the subject of transfer rumors to Europe. They’ll be back, but Vela likely won’t. In conversations with the manager, the LAFC star – and likely MLS MVP – has made it clear he feels his time with the national team is done. We know Martino is not the kind of man who is going to beg.It is good to see, however, that he’s a man who is willing to talk things over and extend grace to players who may need a little. El Tri already have the deepest roster in Concacaf and getting a full group of players back in the mix, especially when that group includes a significant quantity of World Cup minutes played, is only going to help the squad going forward.
Unai Emery insists Granit Xhaka played well for Arsenal against Tottenham even though he conceded a “very disappointing” penalty during the first half of Sunday’s 2-2 derby draw.The Switzerland midfielder lunged into a challenge on Son Heung-min and got nowhere near the ball, allowing Harry Kane to double the lead from the spot following Christian Eriksen’s opener.Xhaka was heavily criticised over the incident, even though Arsenal rallied in impressive style to fight back for a point through goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Emery, though, says there were more positive than negative aspects to the 26-year-old’s performance.”In 90 minutes, I am very proud of his work,” said the former Valencia and Paris Saint-Germain boss. “Some mistakes we can have and I want to use [them] to progress and improve. There are more positive things collectively, individually and also with Xhaka for me.”The penalty is really one action that is very disappointing. He worked very well. He played very well. If we won the match, maybe we’d speak about the mistakes less.”19 – Harry Kane’s penalty was the 19th scored in games between Arsenal and Spurs in the Premier League; the most in a single fixture in the competition’s history. Spotlight. pic.twitter.com/vfjdczO9Zl — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 1, 2019 Emery felt the Gunners deserved at least a share of the spoils for their second-half performance and was proud of the atmosphere created by the home fans as they chased a late winner.”Obviously, after 2-0, we can be very proud of our response and the atmosphere we created and how our supporters pushed us after our goal to get the second goal and have chances to score the third,” he said.”The result… we deserved more. Their movement, [in] the second half, we controlled better than the first. Tactically, the first goal is one mistake but because we played that action more with heart than head.”We had two players trying to win the ball with Harry Kane – we needed one to cover. The second half, we did that work perfectly.”With our supporters, we created a very good atmosphere. The game was amazing for football but, for us, it’s not enough.”Really, I am very proud of our work, our players, our supporters.”Arsenal are two points above Spurs in the Premier League table, having taken two wins, one draw and a defeat from their opening four matches of the season. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
New Delhi: The ED has summoned Bollywood actor Dino Morea and DJ Aqeel for questioning in the Sterling Biotech alleged bank fraud and money laundering probe case, officials said Monday. The actor and the popular disc jockey (DJ) have been asked to depose before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) as it has got evidence that the two were paid some money by the Gujarat-based pharmaceutical group in the past, they said. They will be questioned about the circumstances of these payments made out of the proceeds of crime identified in the case and their statements will be recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), the officials said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! While Morea, also a model, has worked in a number of Hindi films, Aqeel is a popular DJ. The two could not be immediately contacted for reaction. The agency last week had made one of its largest PMLA attachments and frozen assets worth 9,778 crore of the group in India and abroad. The alleged Rs 8,100 crore bank loan fraud is being alleged to have been perpetrated by the Vadodara-based pharma firm and its main promoters Nitin Sandesara, Chetan Sandesara and Deepti Sandesara, all of whom are absconding. The Sandesaras are also under probe for their alleged nexus with some high-profile politicians by the ED as also by the CBI and the Income Tax Department under criminal sections that deal with corruption and tax evasion respectively.
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is coordinating the operation, which is also giving out supplies at one site in the neighbouring town of Sake, a UN spokesperson said in New York. Meanwhile, general food distribution to thousands of people in the two towns continued under the supervision of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), which is working with non-governmental organizations (NGOs). According to WFP, food continues to arrive in the Goma area in sufficient quantities, with the agency planning to distribute approximately 8,000 metric tonnes of food in the DRC for the first month. Recent assessment missions conducted in the Goma area by UN relief officials have confirmed the tendency for displaced persons to return to the town. In related news, Amos Namanga Ngongi, the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, and Gen. Mountaga Diallo, the commander of UN troops, were in Goma today for their second visit in 72 hours and met with officials of the Rally for Congolese Democracy (RCD), the de facto authority in the town. Mr. Ngongi told the officials that the mission, known as MONUC, was committed to helping the UN agencies and their NGO partners in the humanitarian effort and that assisting the population of Goma was of paramount importance. He noted that MONUC’s air and ground assets were used to cope with the crisis and help transport humanitarian assistance to the needy population. RCD officials commended the UN mission for its active contributions and emphasized the key, cooperative role played by senior MONUC officials who were in Goma at the time of the eruption, according to a UN spokesperson. On the financial side, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that some $12 million had been released for the humanitarian effort in Goma, though the figure does not include in-kind contributions, such as air transport.