Thursday, April 8, 2010
A wonder-goal by Arjen Robben ended 10-man Manchester United's involvement in the Champions League as Bayern Munich lost 3-2 at Old Trafford but went through on the away goals rule.
Wayne Rooney made a dramatic yet curtailed return to action but he could not prevent United exiting the competition after Robben's stunning volley on 74 minutes pulled the Bundesliga side level at 4-4 on aggregate - and sent them into the semi-finals thanks to their extra away goal.
Darron Gibson had given United the perfect start after just three minutes and when Nani struck twice more to put United into a 3-0 lead with 41 minutes on the clock, the Premier League champions appeared well set to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg.
But Ivica Olic got Bayern back into the tie just before the break and the German side were able to take full advantage of Rafael Da Silva's dismissal for a second booking on 50 minutes, with former Chelsea player Robben delivering the telling blow with 16 minutes remaining.
It is the first time an English club has not made the final four of the competition for seven years and the result leaves United with just the Premier League title left to play for this season.
United were handed a massive boost prior to kick-off with the news that Rooney had made a miraculous recovery from the ankle injury that only seven days previously had ruled him out for "two to three weeks".
Even Alex Ferguson had gone on record to say the striker had "no chance" of playing earlier in the week, but such are the England international's apparently remarkable powers of recovery he took to the field at an electric Old Trafford.
He was only to last 55 minutes, a knock to his troublesome ankle on 20 minutes eventually putting paid to his evening, but his dramatic appearance on the pitch had at least lifted United from the malaise which had descended for the weekend's defeat to Chelsea in the Premier League.
Rooney's inclusion was one of four changes made to the team which lost the first leg with Rafael and Michael Carrick returning to the side having sat out the game in Germany.
Ferguson handed a rare start to Gibson and his bold selection policy was rewarded immediately as the young Irishman opened the scoring after just three minutes with one of his now trademark long-range efforts. Almost inevitably, it was Rooney who set him on his way towards goal with a neat lay-off.
United had taken a similarly early lead at the Allianz Arena last week, but then they failed to capitalise on their advantage and allowed Bayern back into the game.
With that disappointment fresh in the hosts' minds, they refused to take their foot off the accelerator and instead went for Bayern's jugular. They found it just four minutes later as Nani scored with a sublime flick - not dissimilar to Joe Cole's goal for Chelsea at the other end of the ground on Saturday - after Antonio Valencia had teased Holger Badstuber on the right wing.
Rooney sent a header over the bar as United - unrecognisable to the team which succumbed to Chelsea at the weekend - continued to apply the pressure on Bayern.
Rafael should have made that pressure count further on 34 minutes when he ran through on goal virtually unchallenged. But the Brazilian appeared to suffer a bout of nerves and he sent the ball wide of the post with Rooney screaming for it in the middle.
Fortunately for home side, Nani was not so profligate on 41 minutes as United extended their lead on the night to three goals, the Portuguese blasting into the roof of the net after yet more good work by Valencia to beat this time beat Martin Demichelis.
Nani's second made it 4-2 on aggregate and United appeared to be cruising towards the semi-finals - until a defensive lapse lead to Olic pulling one back on 41 minutes - and got Bayern right back into the game.
The Croat, who had earlier been denied by a diving van der Sar at his feet, did get on the scoresheet when he finished from tight angle after having shrugging off Carrick's weak challenge as he ran onto Thomas Mueller's head on.
The goal breathed new life into Bayern and Robben signalled their intent with a shot that had van der Sar at full stretch just before half-time.
If the pattern of the game had not already turned, it certainly did five minutes after the restart when Rafael received his marching orders for a tug on the breaking Franck Ribery - his second bookable offence.
From being in a comfortable position, United suddenly found themselves with their backs to the wall, down to 10 men and without their departed talisman Rooney.
Yet United still managed to fashion a number of goalscoring opportunities and Nani would have struck a hat-trick had his 55th-minute volley not gone over the bar or had Hans-Joerg Butt not got a big hand to his effort when he was played through on goal eight minutes later.
Darron Gibson also brought a save out of Butt with a side-footer from the edge of the box but with Bayern enjoying more possession, they posed a real threat when going forward.
Ribery fired a volley on target before Robben delivered a hammer blow with 16 minutes remaining, his stunning volley from a corner nestling in the corner of van der Sar's goal.
Ferguson sent on Berbatov in a bid to grab a late goal that would have seen his side through, but with a man less and Bayern keeping possession expertly, United failed to seriously threaten the visitors' goal again.
Ribery could even have rubbed salt into United's wounds as time ran out, but his shot wide of the post mattered not as Bayern became the first German club to reach the semi-finals since 2002 and in doing so ensure that English teams dominance of the latter stages of the competition came to an end.
Posted by mohammad adam Shafian at 5:05 AM
Monday, April 5, 2010
Semalam aku baru ja tengok filem Evolusi KL Drift 2.... Bagi aku filem boleh dikatakan mantap.. Banyak betul aksi lasak dan mendebarkan dalam filem ni.. Kalau nak dibandingkan dengan movie2 melayu yg lain, movie ni kira antara yg paling best la.. aku bagi 4 bintang.. Lakonan pelakon2 dia pon mantap... Lakonan Scha pun bagus berbanding dengan lakonan fasha dalam filem pertama... Kalo rasa nak tengok movie action yg mendebarkan, korang harus tengok movie ni..
Posted by mohammad adam Shafian at 10:50 AM
1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 56 laps 1hr 33m 48.412s
2. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault +04.8s
3. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +13.5s
4. Robert Kubica Poland Renault-Renault +18.5s
5. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes +21.0s
6. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes +23.4s
7. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari +27.0s
8. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes +37.9s
9. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari +70.6s
10. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Williams-Cosworth +73.3s
11. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari +78.9s
12. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth +1 lap
13. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari +2 laps
14. Lucas di Grassi Brazil Virgin-Cosworth +3 laps
15. Karun Chandhok India HRT-Cosworth +3 laps
16. Bruno Senna Brazil HRT-Cosworth +4 laps
17. Jarno Trulli Italy Lotus-Cosworth +5 laps
Rtd. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Cosworth 46 laps completed
Rtd. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault 32 laps completed
Rtd. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Force India-Mercedes 12 laps completed
Rtd. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 9 laps completed (mechanical)
Rtd. Kamui Kobayashi Japan BMW Sauber-Ferrari 8 laps completed (mechanical)
Rtd. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth 2 laps completed (accident)
Dns. Pedro de la Rosa Spain BMW Sauber-Ferrari 0 laps completed (engine)
Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 37.054s lap 54
Posted by mohammad adam Shafian at 10:19 AM
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Mark Webber took pole for the Malaysian Grand Prix amid atrocious conditions which saw Lewis Hamilton exit at the first hurdle.
Nico Rosberg is also on the front row with Sebastian Vettel and Adrian Sutil behind.
With rain pouring down McLaren decided to keep their drivers back as qualifying opened and with the track worsening, Hamilton struggled.
He was only able to qualify 20th while team-mate and British compatriot Jenson Button will start 17th after becoming beached in the gravel despite reaching Q2.
Reigning world champion Button - the winner in Australia last week while Hamilton was left criticising the team over his strategy - was not alone in losing control of his car: moments before his slide Hamilton has a moment while Fernando Alonso suffered a violent triple spin as both Ferraris also failed to make it through to Q2.
They also made a hash of the opening segment, meaning Alonso will start alongside his former team-mate at McLaren and Felipe Massa will be behind them in 21st.
Conditions deteriorated to such an extent that the final mini-session was halted with just over seven minutes remaining.
After a break to allow some of the weather to clear, the leading drivers re-emerged on to the soaking track. Webber made the decision to go with intermediate tyres, a gamble which paid off as his time of a minute 49.327 seconds was over 1.3s faster than Rosberg.
The German again impressed with a late lap to outshine compatriot and Mercedes team-mate Michael Schumacher, who qualified eighth.
Red Bull's other driver Sebastian Vettel is on the second row alongside Adrian Sutil of Force India, who held top spot for the majority of the top-10 shootout. Vettel finished third after opting for wets.
Nico Hulkenberg put Williams fifth with Renault's Robert Kubica sixth ahead of the German's team-mate Rubens Barrichello.
Behind Schumacher Kamui Kobayashi secured a brilliant result for Sauber and Vitantonio Liuzzi made it two cars in the top 10 for Force India.
Q2 was not as incident-packed as the first session. With Button already consigned to the bottom rung in the middle order Timo Glock took an outstanding 16th for backmarkers Virgin while Lotus also had a memorable session, with Heikki Kovalainen ahead of him.
The Toro Rossos of Sebastien Buemi - who also had an off in Q1- and Jaime Alguersuari will start Sunday's race 13th and 14th behind Vitaly Petrov of Renault and Sauber's Pedro de la Rosa.
Amid the drama of the 20-minute opening mini-session Jarno Trulli was 18th ahead of Alonso while Lucas Di Grassi finished last after a late showing, with Virgin mechanics just managing to sort out his car in time to allow him a timed lap. Hispania duo Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna start ahead of him.
Posted by mohammad adam Shafian at 10:02 AM