Aubameyang double sends Arsenal to FA Cup final

first_imgRelatedPosts Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Aubameyang pens three-year Arsenal contract David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired Arsenal into the FA Cup final with two well-taken goals against Manchester City at an empty Wembley.The Gunners were under pressure for large spells of the game but their star forward was clinical with his chances when it mattered. City dominated the opening stages with Arsenal’s defence looking nervy in possession, especially when trying to play out from the back.But it was Arsenal who would break the deadlock as Aubameyang, moments after missing a fine one-on-one chance, turned home Nicolas Pepe’s deep cross.City could not force a response before the interval, with Arsenal coming close to doubling their lead as Shkodran Mustafi’s header was tipped over by Ederson.City were creating plenty of chances in the second half and were denied a penalty as VAR and referee Jon Moss agreed that Raheem Sterling had not been tripped by Mustafi.Those misses came back to haunt the FA Cup holders with 20 minutes remaining as Arsenal broke forward on the counter-attack and Aubameyang raced onto Kieran Tierney’s pass to calmly slot home his second and double the lead. City dominated possession in the closing stages of the match with Arsenal penned into their own half but could not find the goal that would get them back into the tie.Mikel Arteta only left the Manchester club in December to take the job at Arsenal, but has already comeback to haunt Pep Guardiola.Tags: FA CupManchester CityPierre-Emerick Aubameyanglast_img read more

Stingy Syracuse run defense faces challenge in Minnesota RB Cobb

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse is the only team in the country to not allow an opposing player to rush for 100 yards.The SU defense will be put to the test to keep that feat alive when it faces Minnesota running back David Cobb in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 27.Cobb has rushed for 1,111 yards, good for 29th in the country. He leads the team in total yards and is the main workhorse in a run-heavy attack. Defensive-minded Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said in a press conference Friday that stopping Cobb and the Golden Gophers’ run game will be critical.“I think they’ve got a doggone good running back in David Cobb,” Shafer said.Cobb’s hurt opposing defenses all season. Against San Jose State he racked up 125 yards on the ground and scored two touchdowns. He torched Indiana for 236 all-purpose yards in a 42-39 win. The next week, he burned Penn State for 139 yards.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis production is consistent, and he’s racked up the 20th most rushing attempts in the nation while leading the Gophers to their winningest season since 2003-04.“He can run the football,” Shafer said, “and he runs it well because they block well up front.”Shafer called Minnesota a “sound, tough team.” Last time the two teams meet in 2012, and Minnesota won 17-10, the Gophers didn’t turn the ball over at all. They methodically outlasted SU, building up a 17-3 lead before holding on for the win.Since then, Shafer said, Jerry Kill’s team has continued to become more consistent. Minnesota plays a “good, tough brand of football,” a style not far from the one Shafer dubs “hard-nosed” and encourages his team to live by.“They’re going to be a team that doesn’t shoot themselves in the foot,” Shafer said.Minnesota has rushed for more than 2,400 yards as a team while holding its opponents to fewer than 1,850. The Gophers were one of just 35 teams in the NCAA to rush for more than 200 per game and ran the ball 70 percent of the time.Syracuse, meanwhile, ran 57 percent of the time and finished a hair below the 200 mark as a team. While SU’s passing game was inconsistent all season, its run game was anything but.Jerome Smith put together an 840-yard, 11-touchdown season, while Prince-Tyson Gulley chipped in 440 on the ground and George Morris II and Devante McFarlane proved reliable third and fourth-string options.The key for Syracuse will be to counteract Minnesota’s run game with its own.“For us,” Shafer said, “we need to do a good job trying to run the ball on them.” Comments Published on December 13, 2013 at 7:06 pm Contact Trevor: | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

Real progress to Champions League final

first_imgReal won 4-2 on aggregate, and will play Juventus in the final in Cardiff on June 3rd. Photo: © There was to be no miracle on the final European night at the Vicente Calderon.Real Madrid progressed to the Champions League final at the expense of their city rivals Atletico, despite a 2-1 defeat last night.It was Isco’s goal just before half time that killed the tie in Real’s favour.last_img