By Joseph SapiaFAIR HAVEN – Tyler Lubin and Noah Tucker, both 17, grew up on the Navesink River – boating, fishing, kayaking and rowing. “What makes these towns great is you have the river,” Tyler said. “The identity of Fair Haven is this river.”A few months ago, they got talking about the river’s deterioration. “We wanted to do something about it,” Noah said. So, the two young men – borough residents and juniors at Rumson-Fair Haven High School – did some online research and developed a “Save the Navesink River” plan. Their idea was to raise money and place tube-like booms around storm drains and filter out the fecal bacteria in water runoff before it enters the Navesink River and its tributaries.They went to an online fundraising site Friday, April 22, and set a goal of $6,500, and reaching the halfway point four days later. Their initial aim is to boom 100 storm drains, with 9 feet of boom per drain, upstream of Fair Haven to the Swimming River area.That would leave about $1,100 left over to pay for shipping and hidden costs, they said.Call this putting the cart before the horse, but their plan is to begin raising money before getting formal approval.Tyler said he thought the funding demonstrated that “people care.”“If we went with no funding, they” – meaning the authorities – “likely wouldn’t take it so seriously,” Noah said.The two said they will update the funding website and donors can get their money back if they do not approve. The two expect to meet with a representative of the Monmouth County Division of Planning in the upcoming days, according to both sides.Tyler Lubin, left, and Noah Tucker at a storm drain at the Navesink River in Fair Haven. The debris buildup on at the drain shows what can flow into the river.“It’s nice to see young adults are interested in the environment,” said William D. Kastning, executive director of the Monmouth Conservation Foundation. “I like the fact these guys are kind of entrepreneurial go-getters to help the Navesink.”“The fecal coliform levels are increasing,” Tyler said. The polluting of the river with fecal bacteria, whose origins are human and animal, is caused by water runoff carrying animal droppings and waste from poorly operating septic systems into the river.How much of an impact will the storm drain booms have?“Technically, not the most effective solution,” said Hendrik F. “Rik” van Hemmen, a borough resident who is vice president of the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association.Yet, van Hemmen applauded Noah and Tyler’s enthusiasm. “I think it’s thrilling there’s kids willing to do this,” van Hemmen said. He added the project may have a greater impact than realized: “The biggest impact of their work will increase the public awareness of the existence of this problem.”Kastning had similar thoughts.“It, hopefully, creates an awareness,” Kastning said. “Any little effort that creates an awareness is a good thing.”The filters are pliable composite material covered in a mesh sock, the sock clipped at each end. Then, the filter is secured in place around the grate. The filters will continue working for perhaps two years, they said.“If it’s making a noticeable difference cleaning out the river, I’d say it’s well worth it,” Tyler said. “We’re very confident our plan can work.”After they got talking, the boys researched pollution and solutions to controlling it, then found a place to buy the filters. If fecal bacteria can be cut off from flowing into the river, the river will clean itself of the bacteria already there, they said.For now, the fecal bacteria keeps creeping in.“It keeps getting replenished every time it rains,” Noah said.
SPURS boss Mauricio Pochettino insists he will not run away like a little kid.Poch is under fire after Tuesday’s 7-2 thrashing at home to Bayern Munich.1 Mauricio Pochettino insists he will not leave Spurs in the lurchCredit: AFPBut he claims when he told his players to “man- up” afterwards he was referring to himself.He said: “I am responsible for the situation of the team. I cannot escape or run away like a kid.“You need to behave like a man, face the problems and stick to your ideas. Be the leader the team need.”Pochettino continues to be linked with other clubs, despite signing a new five-year deal only 17 months ago and leading Tottenham to last season’s Champions League final.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneHe said before their 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in Madrid he would consider leaving Spurs if they won.Their poor start and the battering by Bayern left some fans insisting he had taken the club as far as he could and many others fearing he would jump ship.But Poch, who has agreed in principle to let TV cameras into the dressing room for a fly-on-the-wall documentary by Amazon, said yesterday: “This is a moment to stay all together.“I accept the opinions when you don’t win. In the end, all that happened is that we lost a game.”Most Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubMeanwhile, Pochettino has backed Dele Alli to win back his England place.The axing led to claims midfielder Dele, 23, has gone off the boil because of his off-field lifestyle.But Poch said: “Dele is focused on trying to recover his best. He will achieve it and I have no doubt he will recover his England place.”This Saturday’s Premier league sees Brighton take on Tottenham and West Ham v Crystal Palace
It might sound paradoxical, but in a strange way, Twenty20 cricket has emerged as destroyer and saviour of West Indies cricket.Destroyer in the sense that it has effectively captured the hearts and passion of an entire generation of regional players, who could not care less about playing traditional Test cricket, saviour in the sense that the very same heart and passion for Twenty20 cricket by the modern players have led to us producing some of the best Twenty20 players in the world, which has resulted in the West Indies now having one of, if not the best, Twenty20 teams in the world.It is absolutely refreshing to see the West Indies entering an international tournament as genuine contenders. I will go even further by stating that the West Indies should win the World T20. The 15-man squad heading to India is full of tried and proven matchwinners.I have counted at least 10 individuals in that squad who, on any given day, can single-handedly win a game against any opposition. I venture to say there are more potential and proven matchwinners in this West Indies squad than in any other squad, including India, playing at home, and the powerful Australians.CLICKING ON ALL CYLINDERSThe objective must be for the entire team to click on all cylinders and produce overall matchwinning performances game after game but, realistically, that is not going to happen. The more realistic ask is for at least one of our stars to put their hand up and produce one match-winning performance in every single game.It should be an understanding in that West Indies dressing room that at least one of Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, Marlon Samuels, Samuel Badree, Jerome Taylor, Sunil Narine and Kierron Pollard, pending availability, be obligated, by professional responsibility, to produce at least one big performance per game.The eligibility of Narine will be the key. The psychological impact of having our mystery bowler in the team will be immeasurable, even if the adjustments to his bowling action affect his execution even at 60 or 70 per cent Narine will still be a real threat.Pollard has been out of cricket for a while, but he is such a physical specimen and natural athlete, a perfect fit for this explosive format of the game, his reintroduction could very well be seamless. Worst case scenario should these two are unavailable, there is the emerging Carlos Brathwaite and Johnson Charles, a member of the 2012 winning team, both waiting in the wings.I have said and written some mean things about West Indies cricket in recent times, all justified and fair, in a context where the Windies continue to embarrass the people of the region in the longer versions of the game. I am now a full convert from traditional Test and ODI cricket to T20, as far as the West Indies team in concerned.The importance of winning this particular title, at this point in time, is crucial for the West Indies cricket brand. The sooner we realise and admit that we are a hopeless and pathetic embarrassment in Test and ODIs, it should be clearer to all that winning the World T20 would mean so much more to the region and its people, as they yearn to stand tall and proud again. GO WINDIES!
The Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) is being challenged by one of its creditors, Edward Cooke, whose lawyer has filed on his behalf for compensation from the government agency for monies owed for his services.Attorney Davion L. Vassell served the notice yesterday on the agency largely responsible for grassroots sporting development. It seeks payment for services allegedly rendered between July and October 2, 2014, which amounted to $619,000 and was accompanied by six invoices.The letter was addressed to INSPORTS to the attention of its chairman, Don Anderson, “re payment of funds to Edward Cooke”, with administrative director Ian Andrews and Cooke also cited.”I act for Edward Cooke in the captioned matter,” it said. “I am instructed that Mr Cooke did work on several occasions for the Institute and to date has not been compensated for services rendered.”I am further instructed that despite several demands, the Institute has failed and/or refused to honour its obligation to Mr Cooke.”Further, it said: “We demand that this sum be paid in two weeks of the date of this letter (January 5, 2015), failing which we will explore other avenues available to Mr Cooke without further notice to you if the debt is not paid.”UNAWARE OF DEVELOPMENTWhen contacted, Anderson said he was oblivious to the development.”I am not aware of it. I am sitting in my office working now and I will continue for the rest of the day to work, no intention to investigate this,” he noted.”If it comes to me, fine, but right now, I have no idea of it. If it comes to me, I will consult my lawyer, but I know nothing about it, so I cannot answer any question,” he further stated.Further calls were made to INSPORTS, where a source, who requested anonymity, explained that the situation stems from a policy change in September 2015 by the new board of directors, which relieved Andrews of the authority to sign cheques. The source said that has resulted in a backlog of payments to its creditors.Andrews was also barred from his office and sent on leave at the time.However, the latter actions were reversed after union intervention, with the exception of Andrews’ signing power.ALLEGED BREACHThis authorisation of cheques is now facilitated with signatures by two board members, an action the source alleges constitutes a breach of government financial regulations on the grounds that the board functions in an advisory capacity and is only responsible for setting policies, as opposed to an executive capacity, which would make it responsible for the day-to-day running of the agency’s operations.In the meantime, Cooke’s attorney expressed hope in the letter that the matter against the government agency would be resolved soon.”We look forward to a prompt and positive response in light of the above,” said Vassell.
FILE – In this Dec. 12, 1987, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers’ Magic Johnson (32) goes for a layup while Boston Celtics Kevin McHale, right, comes up from behind during fourth-period NBA basketball game action in Boston. Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors are trying to to join Bill Russell’s Celtics, the Bulls led by Michael Jordan and the Lakers’ trio of title runs fueled by George Mikan in the 1950s, Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the ’80s, and Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant nearly 20 years ago as the only franchises in NBA history to capture three championships in four years. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry and coach Steve Kerr’s Golden State Warriors have repeatedly said they want to build something special for the long haul, to compete for championships year after year.LeBron James considers his familiar NBA Finals opponent among the best teams ever.ADVERTISEMENT “What we’ve been able to do here … kind of taking a small step every year until 2015, winning our first championship, it is a sense of pride around that,” Curry said. “Being the elder statesman here and seeing what has all gone into being on this stage every single year — when it comes to the guys that I get to suit up with every single night, from Bob Myers down to the coaching staff to the ownership — it’s just a transformation that I got to see firsthand and all the details that went into it.“So at some point, when this is all said and done, I hope to kind of just sit back and really truly appreciate, from start to finish, all that went into it. But there is an awareness of where we were to where we are. And I appreciate it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s coming to be a dynasty. If you win a couple more, then you’re talking about a dynasty. So three of them is in the right stage and the right movement to becoming a dynasty, yes.”The defending champions are playing in a fourth straight finals chasing a repeat they couldn’t pull off in 2016 after capturing the franchise’s first title in 40 years during 2014-15 with Kerr as a rookie head coach.TNT analyst and former player Charles Barkley wants nothing to do with dynasty talk regarding the Warriors.“We don’t have any dynasties. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a dynasty,” Barkley said. “The Bulls won six, the Spurs won five. We’ve had a lot of really good teams. I think the only dynasty is the Spurs. They’ve been great for 20 years. The Warriors are not going to win. Winning two in four years is not a dynasty.”Golden State would love nothing more than to continue building momentum as the franchise approaches the opening of its new San Francisco arena, Chase Center , in summer 2019 if all remains on schedule. That leaves one last season at Oracle Arena.B.J. Armstrong earned titles alongside Jordan with the Bulls from 1991-93. If the Warriors win another, they will join dynasty status in Armstrong’s mind.“They’re right there,” Armstrong said. “For them to have a sustained level of excellence like they’ve had, I don’t take that for granted and I think anyone who’s played or observed this game knows how difficult that is for one, let alone to be able to get here four times and have an opportunity to win three speaks for itself. …“If they win this one, they’re right up there with all of the teams for a dynasty-type caliber situation up here in Golden State.”Curry was around for all the losing: 26 wins his rookie season of 2009-10, 23 two years later then gradually building to more victories each season thereafter.He is proud to be part of a transformation — one the two-time MVP hopes they contend for titles for years to come. 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And their domination doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon, so if they keep winning Golden State will have its place in history.“As a fan of the NBA, you could go down the list of the teams that won multiple years and just dominated the league for stretches of time,” Curry said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Warriors are trying to join Bill Russell’s Celtics, the Bulls led by Michael Jordan and the Lakers’ trio of title runs fueled by George Mikan in the 1950s, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the ’80s, and Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant nearly 20 years ago as the only franchises in NBA history to capture three championships in four years.The Warriors are halfway there, holding a 2-0 lead against the underdog Cavs as the series shifts to Cleveland for Game 3 on Wednesday. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “Listen, Golden State is one of the best teams I’ve ever played. It’s one of the best teams that’s ever been assembled,” said James, who is playing in his eighth straight NBA Finals and fourth in a row against Golden State.Curry, sharp-shooting Klay Thompson, fiery Draymond Green and 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala make up an All-Star-studded squad trying to repeat after James thwarted that quest two years ago when the Cavs stopped the defending champs. Kevin Durant bolted from Oklahoma City to join the cast last season.“You look at it, they’ve got four Hall of Famers on their team in Klay, Dray, Steph and KD. They’ve got a Finals MVP that comes off their bench,” James said in reference to Iguodala. “… I don’t know where they will fall in my book, but they will have a nice chapter.”Not everybody is ready to crown the Warriors as a dynasty, not just yet anyway. Not even if they win the title this year.“I don’t like to go dynasty stuff, they’ve been the team of the decade,” said Gary Payton, the longtime Seattle SuperSonics point guard who played 17 seasons through 2007. “That’s what it is. They’ve been doing their thing. When we get into a dynasty is Michael Jordan and them winning six, that’s a dynasty. The Golden State Warriors (would have) won three out of four, that’s great.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments
0Shares0000Barcelona’s Spanish defender Gerard Pique (C) vies with Espanyol’s Spanish forward Gerard Moreno (L) during the Spanish league football match between RCD Espanyol and FC Barcelona © AFP / PAU BARRENAMADRID, Spain, Feb 4 – Gerard Pique salvaged a 1-1 draw for La Liga leaders Barcelona at city rivals Espanyol on Sunday, keeping their bid for an unbeaten campaign on track, while Atletico Madrid edged out Valencia to cut the gap at the top to nine points.Ernesto Valverde’s men were in danger of falling to their first league defeat of the season when Gerard Moreno nodded the hosts ahead midway through the second half, but centre-back Pique met a Lionel Messi corner in the 82nd minute to snatch a point. Barcelona are now nine points clear at the top of the table from Atletico Madrid, who beat third-placed Valencia 1-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano.The Catalan derby was played in pouring rain and Valverde slammed the “dangerous” pitch.“Even though it was raining, we thought that the pitch would hold, but then we saw that the grass was not going to hold up and that the pitch was becoming dangerous,” the Barcelona coach said.“On our passes from defence the ball could get stuck in a puddle and that’s why things got difficult.“We give a lot of value to this draw, because it was hard to get because of this scenario and because it’s a derby and we didn’t want to lose.”The five-time European champions also set a new club record of 22 matches unbeaten to start a league season on Sunday, and are still in the hunt for a La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble.“We are still up there (top of the table). The conditions for them and for us were not the best, but it was an entertaining game,” Barca captain Andres Iniesta told BeIn Sports.They were far from at their fluent best against a stubborn Espanyol whose point drags them eight clear of the relegation zone, although Philippe Coutinho came close to scoring his first goal since joining from Liverpool last month when he struck the crossbar in the first half.Faltering champions Real Madrid are 19 points adrift of arch rivals Barca in fourth, after throwing away two points in a 2-2 draw at Levante on Saturday.– Correa stunner cuts the gap –Atletico took advantage of Barcelona’s draw to revive their slim title hopes, as Angel Correa produced a moment of magic to win the game.Neither side managed to create many chances in a sloppy first half, with Saul Niguez seeing a long-range effort palmed away by Valencia goalkeeper Neto, while Simone Zaza dragged a shot wide for the visitors.But Correa stunned Neto with a magnificent long-range strike when nothing appeared on in the 59th minute, with the ball flying into the top corner from 25 yards out to give the 22-year-old Argentinian his sixth league goal of the season.Valencia plugged away but never truly threatened an equaliser, with Diego Simeone’s hosts doing enough to keep Barca looking over their shoulders.But star forward Antoine Griezmann was whistled by the home fans late on, when he opted to run down the clock instead of pushing for a second goal.The Frenchman has had an up-and-down relationship with the Atletico supporters since saying last year he wanted to leave the club in the future.“Griezmann did what he had to do… That’s normal, people want to win,” coach Simeone said.“The players are the ones who best interpret what they have to do on the pitch. Griezmann made only good choices tonight, even though he didn’t score and couldn’t finish.“Everyone is happy, all the fans are celebrating at home and everyone is happy.”Earlier on Sunday, Girona moved into the top half of the table as Uruguayan international Cristhian Stuani scored a double in a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao, while Getafe and Leganes played out a goalless draw.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
FORT NELSON, B.C. – The tradition continues with the 27th Community Christmas Dinner. According to Treasurer Rob Cheyne, the dinner has grown into one of Fort Nelson’s biggest events. Cheyne shares the success is thanks to 50+ volunteers, local businesses that support, and restaurants and grocery stores that lend us their capacity to pull this all together. Advertisement For more information you can email; email@example.com or CLICK HERE Over 400 age-appropriate gifts are given out to children 12 years of age and younger. The Santa Parade starts around 10 am after hospital visits and Santa arrives by helicopter, landing outside the NR. Rec Centre at 1 pm and visits with children until 5:30 pm. Over 100 dinner deliveries are sent into the community by emergency services volunteers to seniors, disabled people, or workers who cannot attend. Being held at the NRR Recreation Recreation Centre in the Community Hall on Saturday, December 21st, 2019 from 1 pm – 7 pm. The community is welcome to a festive meal of turkey, ham, potatoes, peas corn and bun. This meal typically feeds 1500 people. – Advertisement -Fort Nelson Emergency Services Christmas Dinner Society shares they have been serving free Christmas dinners for now 27 years. Driven by community spirit this event is kept alive. The dinner has changed and evolved over time but was originally started as a way to feed families in need and workers who were far from home.
GRIMSHAW, AB – Peace Regional RCMP lay multiple charges following a pursuit. – Advertisement -The vehicle was then driven at an occupied police vehicle, colliding with it, before fleeing toward Grimshaw on Highway 2. A short pursuit was initiated and the vehicle became immobilized as a result of the tire deflation deployment and came to rest in the Grimshaw townsite. Peace Regional RCMP share, on December 23, 2019, at approximately 10:00 a.m., RCMP responded to a rural area for a possible sighting of a vehicle that had been reported stolen. The stolen vehicle was taken from a fenced compound of a Grimshaw area business earlier the same morning. Police located the vehicle parked on a range road with a lone male occupant sleeping inside. The male awoke as police approached and placed the vehicle in motion, driving over a tire deflation device that had been deployed. Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000Operation of a motor vehicle in a manner dangerous to the publicOperation of a motor vehicle while being pursued by a peace officerOperation of a motor vehicle while prohibited from doing soObstruction of a peace officerPossession of a controlled substance (x2)Failing to comply with conditions of a release order (x6)Mischief by damaging property (x3) Should you have information relating to this or any other crime, please contact the Peace Regional RCMP detachment at 780-624-6677. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) As a result of the investigation, Michael Jeffrey Ginter (33) of Grande Prairie was charged with multiple criminal offences, as follows:Advertisement Ginter was remanded into custody after a judicial hearing and will be appearing in the Peace River Provincial Court on Jan. 13, 2020. Police would like to thank the public for their assistance in this matter, which remains under investigation at this time. The occupant of the vehicle attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended by police at the scene after a brief foot chase.
Manchester City striker John Guidetti 1 Manchester City face their toughest pre-season test tonight as they take on Liverpool in New York.The Premier League champions have thrashed AC Milan 5-1 and Sporting Kansas City 4-1 so far on their tour of America and now they rock up in the Big Apple looking for another morale boosting victory.The victor could land a psychological blow to their title rivals ahead of the new season with a good result, which is why Manuel Pellegrini is likely to go with a more experienced team against the Reds.Youngsters like Gregory Leigh and Kelechi Iheanacho have shone so far for the Blues this summer but it’s likely they will only make the bench in New York and that means possible starts for Micah Richards, Gael Clichy and Javi Garcia.And there also might be room for Swedish striker John Guidetti in the starting XI as he looks to prove his worth to his Chilean manager.Is this how Manchester City’s team to face Liverpool might look?
0Shares0000Kylian Mbappe helped Paris Saint-Germain come back to grab a 2-2 draw against Real Madrid on Tuesday © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOMADRID, Spain, Nov 27 – Kylian Mbappe instigated a dramatic Champions League comeback on Tuesday as Paris Saint-Germain scored twice in two minutes to rescue a draw against Real Madrid and secure first place in Group A.Madrid dominated the majority of a pulsating contest at the Santiago Bernabeu and looked to have sewn up an impressive victory when Karim Benzema scored his second goal in the 79th minute. But PSG pulled off an unlikely turnaround as Mbappe capitalised on a defensive mix-up to pull one back in the 81st minute before Pablo Sarabia, once of Real, drove into the top corner in the 83rd for 2-2.Gareth Bale, who came on as a substitute to another mixed reception from the home fans, almost won it in injury-time but his bending free-kick struck the post.It means PSG will go through as group winners while Madrid are guaranteed to finish second after Club Brugge drew 1-1 at Galatasaray in the early kick-off.An excellent Madrid performance was tarnished not only by their late capitulation but also another injury to Eden Hazard, who hobbled off with what looked like an ankle injury in the second half.Despite recovering from a hamstring strain and making his first appearance in seven weeks on Friday, Neymar was also left on the bench by PSG coach Thomas Tuchel, only to be brought on at half-time. It was his dummy that led to Sarabia’s equaliser.Madrid fans ran the rule over several players as their names were announced before kick-off, with Neymar whistled, perhaps on the assumption he will soon return to Barcelona, and Mbappe cheered, presumably in the hope he will one day join Real Madrid.Keylor Navas, who left last summer, was also given a warm reception while the jeers for Bale were audible but noticeably less pronounced than when he came on against Leganes on Saturday.Zinedine Zidane’s press conference on Monday became another ode to Mbappe, who will reportedly be Madrid’s number one target next summer.– Mbappe impresses –The Frenchman, in his 100th game for PSG, looked like he wanted to put on a show, puffing out his chest after an early foul by Sergio Ramos and squeezing Zidane’s hand as he fetched a ball from behind his back.The threat of Mbappe hung over the match but Madrid were much the better side, slicker in their passing, faster with the ball and more aggressive in winning it back.Benzema has scored 14 goals this season © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSTheir goal came in the 17th minute and Hazard started it, skipping between Thomas Meunier and Marquinhos before switching to the right. Isco struck Fede Valverde’s pull-back against the post before Benzema showed a cool head to find the corner.On the back foot for most of the half, PSG twice went close towards the end of it. Mbappe, slipped through by Angel Di Maria, opted to shoot when he might have squared for Mauro Icardi to tap in.Icardi was then brought down in the area after nipping around Thibaut Courtois. Referee Artur Dias pointed to the spot before showing the goalkeeper a red card but VAR decided Idrissa Gueye had pushed Marcelo in the build-up. The penalty and sending off were cancelled.Neymar came on to whistles at half-time and Benzema should have made it two shortly after, instead hitting the legs of Navas when free at the back post.Madrid looked to have put the game to bed when Luka Modric ghosted clear and Marcelo’s cross found the deadly Benzema free at the back post.But the celebrations had barely finished when Mbappe pulled one back, a gift as Courtois and Raphael Varane allowed Meunier’s cross to slip between them, leaving the 21-year-old with an open net.It still felt more like a consolation but PSG had other ideas as a clever dummy from Neymar fooled the entire home defence and the ball cannoned out to Sarabia, who swept it into the top corner.Both teams looked for a winner and PSG went close, Mbappe firing into the side-netting before Bale’s bending free-kick hit the post deep into injury-time.0Shares0000(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)