ISL: Marcelinho shines for FC Pune City as Chennaiyin FC’s poor run at home continues

first_imgISL: Marcelinho shines for FC Pune City as Chennaiyin FC’s poor run at home continuesISL: The win sees FC Pune City inch to within three points of sixth-placed ATK while Chennaiyin FC’s misery at the bottom of the table continued.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk ChennaiFebruary 2, 2019UPDATED: February 2, 2019 22:26 IST FC Pune City players celebrate their victory (ISL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFC Pune City beat Chennaiyin FC 2-1 in the Indian Super LeagueThe win sees Pune inch to within three points of sixth-placed ATKChennaiyin’s misery at the bottom of the table continuedFC Pune City recorded a hat-trick of victories in the Indian Super League after inflicting a 2-1 defeat on Chennaiyin FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Chennai on Saturday.After a goalless first half, CK Vineeth handed the home side the lead with an opportunistic strike in the 55th minute. For a while it looked like Chennaiyin would break their home winning duck this season, but a quickfire double from Marcelinho (59′, 60′) handed Pune all three points as new manager Phil Brown tasted victory in his first match in charge.The win sees Pune inch to within three points of sixth-placed ATK, while Chennaiyin’s misery at the bottom of the table continued.John Gregory took a bold step when he fielded just three foreign players in his starting line-up. On the other hand, Phil Brown started with Iain Hume and Marcelinho in attack being ably supported by Ashique Kuruniyan, Diego Carlos and Robin [email protected] sealed a memorable win over @ChennaiyinFC, courtesy of @marcelinholeite’s lightning-fast brace! He is the Hero of the Match from #CHEPUN!#HeroISL #LetsFootball #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/dGjvVoqJfJIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) February 2, 2019Pune should have taken the lead in the first minute when Hume did well in finding Robin inside the box but the latter couldn’t sort his feet out with only the keeper to beat.The visitors saw more of the ball but just couldn’t get behind the Chennaiyin defence. The next chance fell for the home side when Anirudh Thapa floated a cross which saw goalkeeper Kamaljit Singh come off his line and clatter into C.K. Vineeth. The ball fell for Halicharan Narzary who blasted the effort [email protected] was a whisker away from giving @FCPuneCity the lead in the first half!#HeroISL #ISLMoments #LetsFootball #CHEPUN #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/zFbOzIuu3hIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) February 2, 2019After a goalless first session, it was Vineeth who broke the deadlock in the 55th minute as he drilled the ball home from inside the penalty box. This was after some good work by Augusto and Nelson which eventually found Thapa whose shot took a deflection off Sahil Panwar and fell for Vineeth.The lead, though, lasted for just four minutes as Marcelinho levelled the score with a left footed shot which lacked power but Karanjit fumbled and allowed the ball to sneak in.Marko Stankovic’s swerving free-kick was palmed out brilliantly by Karanjit Singh!#HeroISL #ISLMoments #LetsFootball #CHEPUN #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/LRCWNxcn7XIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) February 2, 2019The Brazilian scored his second of the evening in the next minute as he got at the end of a pass by Kuruniyan and slotted the ball into the far corner with the Chennaiyin defence at sixes and sevens.Pune could have had a third goal had it not been for a brilliant save by Karanjit to deny Robin’s headed [email protected]: “I am very happy. We had some luck tonight. It is difficult to play against @ChennaiyinFC. Our coach has given us positivity and a good vibe in the three weeks that he has been here. I hope this continues.”#HeroISL #LetsFootball #FanBannaPadega #CHEPUNIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) February 2, 2019Chennaiyin did see a lot of possession and threw players forward in the hope of getting an equaliser. They did come close when Nelson’s deflected effort went out off the crossbar but it wasn’t to be and they remain winless in seven home matches.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Indian Super LeagueFollow FC Pune CityFollow Chennaiyin FClast_img read more

Gabons President urges international support for Africas fight against terrorism

Citing the recent deadly terrorist attack at a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, President Ali Bongo of Gabon appealed today from the podium of the United Nations General Assembly for full global support for Africa in the battle against terrorism.“Africa, which is becoming a target for terrorism, must benefit from the full support and solidarity of the international community in its effort to combat this threat,” he told the Assembly on the first day of its General Debate, noting that poverty nurtures extremism around the world and the battle against poverty must therefore remain at the centre of national policies. Turning to the post-2015 development agenda, the theme of the 68th General Assembly, Mr. Bongo said attention must be paid to Africa’s priorities, such as energy, access to potable water and sustainable agriculture, as well as the realization of those Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that are not met by the target date of 2015.The MDGs seek to slash extreme hunger and poverty, boost access to health care and education, achieve gender equality and environmental stability, and reduce maternal and child mortality and the incidence of HIV/AIDS, all by the end of 2015, while Assembly President John Ashe says he hopes the focus on the post-2015 agenda will set the stage for sustainable development in the decades ahead. Mr. Bongo underscored the need for predictable funding for development from public and private sources, the importance of combating climate change and the threat to wildlife and biodiversity, and voiced his concern over conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR), praising the efforts of the UN peacekeeping mission in the former country.He repeatedly appealed for international support. “Africa cannot face all these challenges to peace and security alone,” he declared. “Its efforts must receive greater support, because the destabilization of Africa will have implications for other regions.” read more