Juventus forward Higuain scoring again ahead of Roma match

first_img“I didn’t miss scoring,” Higuain said. “It was an outside problem, but not for me. I was always relaxed and calm.”Higuain, however, has struggled at times since joining Juventus for an Italian-record €90 million ($100 million) after scoring a Serie A record 36 goals for Napoli last season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliHiguain’s goals have come at the same time as the return from injury of Paulo Dybala. Five of the eight matches before Dybala’s injury were decided by goals from the two Argentines.Dybala came on for the final 20 minutes of the derby against Torino, when the score was still 1-1, and changed the match. View comments As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Buffon also praised Roma captain Francesco Totti. The veteran pair — Totti turned 40 in September and Buffon will be 39 next month — played together many times for Italy and won the World Cup in 2006.“You can’t take anything away from Francesco. He has the same class as when he started playing, in fact I think he’s even better in some aspects,” Buffon said. “He’s an icon for the team and for the city of Rome.” –Daniella Matar/APSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Torino’s head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, right, with back to camera, hugs Juventus’s head coach Massimiliano Allegri during the Serie A soccer match between Torino and Juventus at Olympic Stadium in Turin, Italy, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. Fans have barely got their breath back from two pulsating matches in Torino vs. Juventus and Roma vs. AC Milan, and excitement is already building for Saturday’s standout fixture which sees Serie A leader Juventus welcome second-placed Roma. (Photo by ALESSANDRO DI MARCO/ANSA via AP)MILAN — Gonzalo Higuain’s return to form couldn’t have come at a better time.The Juventus forward scored twice in Sunday’s 3-1 win at Torino — after having scored only once in the previous eight matches. And with the league leaders next facing second-place Roma on Saturday, Higuain’s goal-scoring touch will be in demand again.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ EDITORS’ PICK Senators to proceed with review of VFA We are young Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantinecenter_img Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports 2019 SEA Games to be fanned out in venues, says Ramirez Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meanwhile, Roma striker Edin Dzeko hasn’t had any problems scoring. The Bosnia and Herzegovina forward has scored 12 goals in Serie A this season — four more than he netted in 31 appearances in his debut campaign, and three more than Higuain.“Both of them know how to play,” Roma midfielder Diego Perotti. “They don’t just sit in the area waiting for the ball. They go in the middle, track back to get the ball. They know how to provide assists. They are two complete footballers, among the best in the world.”Dzeko has also drawn praise from the man tasked with stopping him on Saturday — Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.“Right now Dzeko is their most dangerous player,” Buffon said. “He’s slotted into (Roma coach Luciano) Spalletti’s playing system very easily and evidently understands it to perfection, judging by their results.“He probably just needed a bit of time. Dzeko’s past career speaks volumes, just as his current form does.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughterlast_img read more

Onus on spinners as India look to establish domination over England

first_imgIndia will look to apply themselves better when the hosts will take on a confident England in the second Test match at the ACA-VDCA cricket stadium tomorrow.India who looked nearly invincible on the home pitches with the ingenuity of spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, accuracy of Ravindra Jadeja and experience of leg-spinner Amit Mishra, were cornered and were forced to play for the draw in the opening Test.India’s batting line-up failed to rise to the challenge when they needed 310 at a run-rate of just over five on a fifth-day track. (Also read: Virat Kohli an absolute street-fighter: Nasser Hussain to India Today)While Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara came up with a century each in the first innings, Gautam Gambhir and Ajinkya Rahane failed to respond.But the Virat Kohli-led side can take good things from this as, despite losing early wickets, he along with lower-order batsmen Ashwin, stumper Wriddhiman Saha and Jadeja took India out of the woods and managed a draw.KL RAHUL RETURNSThe latest addition of in-form opener Lokesh Rahul, who was sidelined from the first Test squad due to an injury, will also give a big boost to the team confidence as Gambhir, who replaced an injured Shikhar Dhawan in the New Zealand series, failed to gave the hosts the start they wanted in both the innings against England.Commenting on the choice of openers, captain Kohli hinted that Rahul might play in place of Gambhir. “We are pretty clear in our mind that KL (Lokesh Rahul) is our number one choice along with Murali Vijay. and when he is fit at any stage he will come back in the team and we will start with him,” Kohli said at the pre-match media conference.advertisement”We are waiting for him to get fit as soon as possible and in the meantime Gautam got the chances and he played really well in the different situations and that’s how team combinations go.””I cannot give any pointers about what we are going to do, all possibilities… You might see a few surprises in the team.”The bowling department, which has been firmly put in its place by Kohli against New Zealand, also looked a bit lost against England as it failed to put the pressure on the English opening duo of Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed. (Also read: No one expected England to perform so well in Rajkot: Ian Botham to India Today)SHAMI’S FITNESS A CONCERN Mohammad Shami’s fitness once again came into the limelight after he suffered a hamstring cramp in the first innings and as a result England posted a mammoth 537.Along with Shami, who bowled in the second innings, Umesh Yadav, Mishra and Ashwin have to bowl the disciplined line and take wickets in order to come back strongly in the next match.Hence, after a nervous draw at the sporting wicket in Rajkot, the hosts will now be hoping to keep things simple and repeat what they have been doing over the last two home series.On the other hand, England, who came to India after the lacklustre performance against minnows Bangladesh, somehow managed to put things together against Anil Kumble-coached side.IMPRESSIVE HAMEED Promising opener Hameed as well as Joe Root along with skipper Cook and Moeen Ali have impressed the critics who had predicted them to be tormented by the Indian spin attack.In terms of batting, England seemed much more stable than the hosts as their four players — Cook, Joe Root, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes — slammed centuries as compared to India’s two.The bowling department, which created problems for Indian batsmen throughout the match also filled the team with confidence after the inclusion of star pacer James Anderson. He had missed the first Test due to injury.Going into the match, the visitors hold psychological advantage against the hosts but they have few loopholes to work on to take a crucial lead in the five-Test series.Squads:India: Virat Kohli (captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Gautam Gambhir, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Lokesh Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Murali Vijay, Jayant Yadav, Umesh YadavEngland: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Zafar Ansari, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jake Ball, Gary Balance, Gareth Batty, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Duckett, Steven Finn, Haseeb Hameed, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.last_img read more