Review Chelsea – Manchester United

first_imgA penalty kick converted by Eden Hazard was all it took for Conte to defeat Mourinho and for Chelsea to win the FA Cup.Jose Mourinho, who hadn’t lost a final with an English club in his career (6/6), took everyone by surprise by leaving Romelu Lukaku on the bench and starting Marcus Rashford in his preferred center forward position. He was joined by Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard at the wings. Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia and David de Gea completed he starting lineup. Antonio Conte could afford to bring out his best players as well. Marcos Alonso, Victor Moses, Cezar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger composed the 5-man defensive front. Bakayoko, Fabregas and Kante were the midfielders, Eden Hazard was the roaming winger/attacker and Olivier Giroud was the main striker.Considering both teams were desperate to end the season with a trophy in their cabinet and we were watching a matchup between two defensive-minded managers, it was highly unlikely we were going to see an entertaining final. Rather, we were in for a tactical and positional battle for every meter on the pitch.The first attempt on goal was made by Eden Hazard in the 9th minute. He broke free for a moment on the left flank and even though the Belgian was closed down by Phil Jones, he still fired a shot. Eden tried to surprise de Gea at the near post, but Spain’s number one was prepared, making the save with his leg.In the 21st minute, Hazard’s phenomenal first touch put Jones on the wrong foot and then his pace helped him fly by the English international, who was left with no other choice by to try and stop Hazard with a sliding tackle. He missed, fouling Eden inside the box and giving Chelsea a clear penalty kick. You might say he was lucky not to be sent off as the last defender. Hazard calmly took the responsibility of taking the ensuing penalty kick, sending de Gea the wrong way and giving Chelsea an all-important 1-0 lead.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.With both teams defending with eleven players, it was almost impossible to create opportunities. Counter-attacks and set pieces appeared to be the only ways to get to goal. Phil Jones had one such chance after a corner kick, but failed to direct a header at the far post. Manchester United had the best chance of the half right before the referee blew the whistle. Bakayoko didn’t make a tackle at midfield, the ball came to Pogba inside Chelsea’s box, then to Rashford’s feet and was ultimately blocked by Rudiger. The Blues kept their slender advantage.As the game was moving along, Manchester United was beginning to play with more urgency, while its opponent was toying with fire by just sitting back and waiting to be attacked. In the 63rd minute, Courtois made a fantastic save on a Phil Jones header after a set piece cross by Rashford. Alexis Sanchez scored on the rebound, but was offside. There were a couple of other threats before that as well. Mourinho worked his magic again, as we were seeing a different United in the second half.There was an incredible opportunity missed by Alonso in the 70th minute, when N’Golo Kante made a fantastic run and passed the ball on to his Spanish teammate inside the box. The left back was on his weaker right foot, but that doesn’t change the fact that he was all alone and failed to convert. In the aftermath of the action, Victor Moses got to the ball and sent a backwards pass that hit Ashley Young’s hand. VAR was available for this final and after a short consultation, the referee decided against showing on the spot, although he probably should have. Moments after that, Rashford had a great opportunity of his own as he went face-to-face with Courtois. Chelsea’s keeper was the winner of that battle, blocking Marcus’ effort.Not long after that, Romelu Lukaku entered the pitch, replacing Marcus Rashford. Anthony Martial also came into the game, swapping places with Jesse Lingard. Pogba had a free header right in the middle of Chelsea’s box in the 82nd minute, yet he didn’t hit the target. It was inexplicable how he was left so alone on a corner kick. Conte’s team was really lucky to get away with it. Juan Mata was Mourinho’s last sub. Phil Jones was taken off to make way for the Spaniard. Antonio Conte did what most managers do in his spot, using a couple of late substitutions to waste some time. Morata and Willian were the players who came onto the field. A Matic header that went wide and a Courtois yellow card were the main events in the 5-minute injury time. The whistle was blown and Chelsea had won. The FA Cup trophy was theirs.last_img

Hot tracks for cool days

first_imgIs there a better cure for the cooped-up winter blahs than great music? Walter asked four local DJs for their top picks.Carson Blackley Recent N.C. State graduate Carson Blackley is a radio host and producer for Raleigh’s new country radio station, B93.9 FM.1. Give Me Back My Hometown – Eric Church2. Indian Outlaw – Tim McGraw3. Follow Your Arrow – Kacey Musgraves4. Muckalee Creek Water – Luke Bryan 5. I Hold On – Dierks Bentley6. Cowboy Take Me Away – Dixie Chicks7. The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down – The Band8. Whiskey’s Gone – Zac Brown Band9. Carolina – Eric Church10. Wild at Heart – Gloriana11. Harper Valley PTA – Jeannie C. Riley12. In Color – Jamey Johnson13. Dancin’ Away with My Heart – Lady Antebellum14. Something Like That – Tim McGraw 15. Kerosene – Miranda LambertSPCLGSTSPCLGST, aka Joe Giampino, was voted 2013’s Best Club DJ by the readers of Indy Weekly. He plays all kinds of clubs and private parties.1. Goodbye Horses – Q Lazzarus2. Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division3. Don’t Change – INXS4. A Forest – THE CURE 5. The World (Is Going Up in Flames) – Charles Bradley6. Funkier Than a Mosquito’s Tweeter – Nina Simone7. Perfect Life – Belong8. Paper Romance – Groove Amanda 9. Midnight in a Perfect World – DJ Shadow10. Glory Box – Portishead11. Da Mystery of Chessboxin’ – Wu-Tang Clan12. I Love You (Remix) – Mary J. Blige, featuring Smif n Wessun13. Player’s Ball – OutKast14. Shabba – A$AP Ferg15. Zip & A Double Cup – Juicy J Joe BunnJoe Bunn is known for keeping the dance floors full at Raleigh weddings and dance parties.1. Timber – Pitbull, featuring Ke$ha2. Dark Horse – Katy Perry, featuring Juicy J3. Stay the Night – Zedd, featuring Hayley Williams4. Team – Lorde5. Show Me – Kid Ink, featuring Chris Brown6. Story of My Life – One Direction7. Gas Pedal – Sage the Gemini, featuring IamSu8. Wake Me Up – Avicii9. Hold On, We’re Coming Home – Drake, featuring Majid Jordan10. Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis11. Don’t Drop That Thun Thun – Finatticz12. Treasure – Bruno Mars13. Do What U Want – Lady Gaga, featuring R. Kelly14. Thinking About You – Calvin Harris, featuring Ayah Marar15. Take Back the Night – Justin TimberlakeJim Davis WNCU’s.025 90.7 jazz announcer Jim Davis hosts 8 Track Flashback every Saturday. He begins in the late ’60s, and works backwards over four hours into the ’40s.1960s1. Ain’t Nothing but a House Party –Showstoppers2. 634-5789 – Wilson Picket3. Reputation – Little Anthony & Imperials4. People Get Ready – Impressions5. Oh My Angel – Bertha TillmanClassic 1950s6. Back in the USA – Chuck Berry7. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On –Jerry Lee Lewis8. That Dood It – James Brown9. I Love You So – Chantels10. Most of All – MoonglowsEarly 50s, 1940s11. Money – Honey-Drifters12. I’m Gonna Play the Honky Tonks –Marie Adams13. Safronia B – Calvin Bose14. Baby Get Lost – Dinah Washington15. Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well – Wynonie Harris, with Lucky Millinderlast_img

Book: Berlin Orchestra was tool of the Nazis

first_imgThere was a price to be paid. Services to the regime included blocking out every April 18-21 for celebrations surrounding Hitler’s birthday. The musicians also played for Hitler Youth gatherings and joined forces with the Nazi cultural organization Strength Through Joy, giving concerts in sports halls to introduce classics to the masses, with swastikas prominently on display. From his side, Fuertwaengler used his ties to Goebbels – who was eager to keep the temperamental conductor in Germany – to defend the orchestra’s four Jewish musicians after the Nazi takeover. He rebuffed demands from the few Nazi party members in the orchestra ranks to fire the Jews. But the four Jews, including concertmaster, or lead violinist, Szymon Goldberg, all fled Germany by the beginning of the 1935-36 season amid the intense anti-Semitism of Nazi rule.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By David McHugh THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BERLIN – The Berlin Philharmonic became a privileged servant of Nazi propaganda after Adolf Hitler’s 1933 takeover, striking a deal with the new regime that won it financial security and perks such as fine instruments and draft exemptions for the musicians. That’s according to a new book recounting how the orchestra – then and now considered one of the world’s best – lent its gloss to the Nazis. The arrangement saw the orchestra touring abroad as an example of supposed German cultural superiority and serenading Hitler on his birthday. In Das Reichsorchester, or The Reich’s Orchestra, Berlin-based Canadian historian Misha Aster writes that the relationship between the Nazis and the orchestra was a complex one in which each side exploited the other – although Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels held the upper hand over the orchestra and its star conductor, Wilhelm Fuertwaengler. The Philharmonic’s predicament began with its financial woes in the depressed German economy of the 1920s and 1930s, Aster says. As a private company owned by its musicians, the fiercely independent, democratic-minded orchestra was reduced to begging for government subsidies even before the Nazi takeover in January 1933. Then, the orchestra and Fuertwaengler suddenly found an eager partner in Goebbels, who saw music as a political tool. The Nazi government simply bought out the musicians’ shares and turned them into civil servants, guaranteeing steady and generous government support. The Berlin Philharmonic had been unwilling to cut musicians’ salaries or reduce its size, so Nazi financing meant it could continue to hire topflight musicians and play works demanding a large orchestra, thus preserving its elite role at the top of the German musical world. “The pact with the Nazi regime resulted from the terrible financial situation of the orchestra since the middle of the 1920s, a certain feeling of superiority on the part of the orchestra collective and Goebbel’s vision of cultural propaganda,” Aster writes. last_img