HEAVILY FAVORED MIDNIGHT STORM EARNS 1 ¼ LENGTH VICTORY UNDER BEJARANO IN GRADE II, $200,000 SAN PASQUAL STAKES; D’AMATO TRAINEE GETS 1 1/16 MILES OVER A WET FAST SURFACE IN 1:40.65

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 1, 2017)–With the mighty Arrogate declared from the race earlier in the day, trainer Phil D’Amato’s Midnight Storm assumed the mantle of heavily backed favorite and he didn’t disappoint, taking Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths under Rafael Bejarano while getting a mile and a sixteenth in 1:40.65 over Santa Anita’s wet fast main track.Breaking from the outside in a field of four older horses, Midnight Storm went to the lead as expected, but was immediately engaged by eventual third place finisher Dalmore, who although he was never able to draw even with him, pressed the winner through splits of 23.02, 45.59, 1:08.93 and 1:33.98.“I knew I had to put my horse on the lead,” said Bejarano.  “I needed a good start and when I put him on the lead, I felt the pressure right away.  Dalmore was right next to me, chasing me the whole way.  I kept him on the lead but tried to give him a breather at the half mile pole.  At the three eighths I knew he would keep running.  He loves to be on the lead and he always gives me something else.”A Grade I stakes winner on turf, Midnight Storm came off a rousing 7 ¾ length win on dirt in the Grade III Native Diver Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 27 and was thus dispatched as the 3-5 favorite today.  With no show wagering, he paid $3.20 and $2.10.“I thought he’d love the surface,” said D’Amato.  “They were going fast.  I saw 45 and 1:08 and change and he dug in there gamely and held them off today.  We were going to the lead, whether Arrogate was in or not…We thought Accelerate would be the one pressing us, not Dalmore, but it still worked out and he maintained through some grueling fractions and he showed his class in the stretch.”Owned by A Venneri Racing, Inc. and Little Red Feather Racing, Midnight Storm, a 6-year-old horse by Pioneerof the Nile, notched his 10th win from 21 starts and with the winner’s share of $120,000, increased his earnings to $1,461,110.Last after the first half mile, Accelerate, who was ridden by Tyler Baze, flew late for second money, finishing 2 ½ lengths in front of Dalmore.  Off at 7-2, Accelerate paid $3.00 to place.“He’s going to be a super horse, I really mean that,” said Baze.  “I think John’s going to try blinkers next time and we’ll try to get him into the race a little sooner.  He’s going to be a special horse.”Santa Anita will be open for special holiday racing on Monday, with first post time for a nine-race card at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

No. 8 Privateers Knock Off No. 1 Bearkats in 10 Innings

first_imgWith Reeves Martin on the mound for New Orleans to close out the game, Hunter Hearn forced a walk with two outs, after which Darien Simms pinch ran and stole second. Clayton Harp stepped to the plate as the Bearkats’ last hope to avoid the elimination bracket but struck out swinging after a lengthy at-bat to secure the 4-3 extra innings upset for UNO. Another short fielding gaffe from the Bearkats loaded the bases for UNO atop the 10th inning with no outs. On his first swing, Ductote sent a sac fly deep to right field to allow Veillon to tag up at third and give the Privateers a 4-3 lead with two outs.BSB: Ducote delivered sac fly in top 10th, scoring Veillon. @Privateers_BSB lead 4-3 over top seed @BearkatsBSB. #SwordsUp #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/Vqw09izMXp— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 24, 2018 John Barr earned the win on the mound for UNO while Reeves Martin notched his eighth save of the season.BSB: Martin closed the door, striking out Harp.That completed 4-3 upset win for No. 8 seed @Privateers_BSB over No. 1 @BearkatsBSB. #SwordsUp #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/N7msMP9sY5— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 24, 2018 The Privateers drew first blood at the top of the third when an Orynn Veillon double deep to the left field corner sent Pearce Howard home from first base for a 1-0 UNO lead.BSB: @Privateers_BSB broke the scoreless tie in the top of the 3rd, as Veillon doubled to bring Howard home. 1-0 UNO over SHSU at that point. #SwordsUp #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/gpj1eBhkbK— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 24, 2018 Sam Houston again mirrored New Orleans’ plays, only this time twice – sending two RBI singles to the right field corner to plate two runs and take a 2-1 lead with two outs at the bottom of the third. Box Score | ESPN+ Replay | Highlights | Photo Gallery | Tournament HomepageSUGAR LAND, Texas – In a top seed upset that had not been achieved since 2015, the No. 8 New Orleans Privateers upended the No. 1 Sam Houston State 4-3 in 10 innings. The Privateers advance in the winner’s bracket and will play tomorrow at 7 p.m. CT while the Bearkats move to the elimination bracket tomorrow at noon. After a quiet middle stage, a sac fly from McKnight notched him another RBI as he sent Eric Bohnert home for a 3-1 Bearkats lead. The Privateers got the tying runs on first and second after Veillon forced a walk with two outs, after which Beau Bratton blasted his first swing into the right field corner for a triple, sending Veillon and Howard home to even the score at three runs apiece. New Orleans came out firing in the top of the second when a line drive single to right center field by Devin Morrill sent Scott Crabtree to third base. With two outs, a foul out toward first base kept the score knotted at zero. The Bearkats responded in kind at the bottom of the second when Riley McKnight singled through the right side to put Jordan Cannon on third with two outs.  A ground out to pitcher Seth Ballew ended the second inning with the two sides still scoreless. At the top of the ninth, New Orleans got the go ahead run to third base after a routine grounder to second base was fumbled by Andrew Fregia. However, the Bearkats safely got the final out on a ground out from third base. New Orleans moves on in the winner’s bracket and will face the winner of tonight’s game between No. 4 Houston Baptist and No. 5 Central Arkansas tomorrow at 7 p.m. Sam Houston moves to the elimination bracket and will take on the loser of tonight’s game at 12 p.m.last_img read more

Poch says final defeat left players with empty feeling that will last forever

first_imgTOTTENHAM boss Mauricio Pochettino says the Champions League final loss to Liverpool left them with an empty feeling that will last forever.Spurs visit Anfield tomorrow for the first time since June’s 2-0 Euro misery in Madrid.2 Mauricio Pochettino says the Champions League final loss to Liverpool left them with an empty feeling that will last foreverCredit: Getty – ContributorPochettino said: “It was tough. The last game of the season, the final of the Champions League is all or nothing and in the end it was nothing.“To be second for us, because we’re so competitive in football, is nothing.“It means a lot for the club to reach the final but the players and staff felt empty after the game.“With time you can say, OK we played in the final of the Champions League but we didn’t win and that will always be with you.”Liverpool are now top of the Premier League, with Spurs 13 points behind.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himThe hosts are the favourites tomorrow but Pochettino said: “We beat Liverpool 4-1 two years ago. We beat Ajax in the Champions League and Manchester City.“I feel that we have an unbelievable squad and at our best can beat any team.”Pochettino and his squad headed to plush Mayfair restaurant Novikov in the week in an attempt to rebuild team morale.2West Ham snap-up 17-year-old Man Utd striker Ademipo ‘Mipo’ Odubeko – Here is whylast_img read more

Arsenal and Tottenham set to battle Lazio in race to land Dejan Lovren

first_imgARSENAL and Tottenham are once again set to go head-to-head with this time being in the race to land Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren.But Italian outlet La Lazio Siamo Noi have claimed the north Londoners face competition from Lazio, who already have former Reds Lucas Leiva and Luis Alberto on their books.1 Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has attracted interest from Premier League rivals Arsenal and TottenhamCredit: AFP – GettyBoth AC Milan and Lyon, who failed to land Lovren last summer, also reportedly remain interested in the Croatian’s services this summer.Liverpool have slapped an £18million asking price on the centre-back, who has just one year left on his £85,000-a-week Anfield deal.ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Gunners newsSpurs may be willing to meet the Reds vaulation, having started drawing up replacements for Jan Vertonghen, who is out of contract at the end of the season.The Belgian, 32, who was an unused substitute in the club’s Champions League exit to RB Leipzig, appears to be no closer to signing an extension.Jose Mourinho has also set his sights on Real Madrid’s Brazilian defender Eder Militao, as well as a move for £22m-rated Rangers star Borna Barisic.Mikel Arteta meanwhile is desperate for defensive reinforcements at Arsenal, having been forced to bring in Pablo Mari and the injured Cedric Soares in January.But rumours of a move for Lovren is unlikely to delight fans, with the 30-year-old failing to convince during his six-stay on Merseyside.In fact, his only Premier League appearance since December coincided with Liverpool’s only top-flight defeat of the season – a 3-0 humbling to Watford.Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticMAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesSunSport previously reported how West Ham ace Issa Diop was another target for Arsenal, with Manchester United and Chelsea also keen on the defender.Arteta would hope to pair the Frenchman with his compatriot William Saliba, who will return from his loan spell at Saint-Etienne in the summer.The Gunners are also said to be orchestrating an entire France backline, as they recently reignited their interest in Paris Saint-Germain full-back Layvin Kurzawa.Dejan Lovren gives respect at the lone Everton supporter he spotted among 750k Liverpool fans at Champions League bus tourlast_img read more

Roundtable: England’s chances over?

first_imgDominic Brock (NRL.com Production Editor): England fought hard but came up just short against New Zealand in their first Four Nations game after Shaun Johnson came up with an intercept try and a field goal. Were you surprised by the result, or either team’s performance? Andy Bryan (Deputy Editor): We all tipped England to win from memory, they had enough chances to do just that.DB: Ahem, almost all of us.Chris Kennedy (National Correspondent): Not surprised, personally. I tipped England but I thought it would be close and a couple of key moments would decide it so in that sense it panned out roughly as expected. AB: Certainly surprised by the penalty goals and when they were kicked.Martin Gabor (National Correspondent): I thought their halves failed to take control in the key moments.Adrian McMurray (Producer): I tipped a Kiwis victory, but England looked like they were good for a win in the early stages. They had more than their fair share of chances to win it, but execution at key moments let them down. Big time.Jack Brady (National Correspondent): England blew it. They had multiple chances to take control and failed to capitalise at almost every turn. AM: How good are penalty goals, by the way?CK: Both teams stuttered a bit in attack and could reasonably be expected to improve. England did the worse job at taking their chances, otherwise I thought they were the dominant team for much of the game.MG: Josh Hodgson was at his scheming best but didn’t get enough support when it mattered most.CK: What do we put that down to? Widdop was great in the warm up game and had some nice touches against NZ. Gale and Lomax are both inexperienced at rep level but can obviously play.JB: Widdop has struggled all year to take control. Like Moylan against Scotland, you can’t read into his form when England played France.DB: OK, now the big question – are England still any chance of winning the tournament (or making the final)?CK: Very, very long odds. They’d have to beat Australia and I can’t really see that happening on current form of both teams.MG: They shan’t be playing at Anfield. AB: Tough ask. Need to hope Kangaroos come out a little disjointed after mass changes from the first game or perhaps a little bruised after their clash with New Zealand this weekend.DB: Jack, you predicted last week England would be the one team to beat Australia – have you changed your mind there? JB: What do you think?DB: HaJB: However, Wayne Bennett was pretty confident the only way is up for his men. There were plenty of promising signs. Their wingers were class. James Graham was on fire. The form of all three Burgesses is a concern though.DB: I believe it’s “Burgi”.CK: Sam had some big moments. Just looked to be trying a bit too much, not unlike his club form this year.MG: I think Sam fell victim to trying to do much. You can’t knock a bloke who is so desperate to win that he wants the ball all the time. That’s where the halves have to step up and over-call him.JB: Or he could stop throwing balls between his legs. (Imagine if Tony Webeck was here? He’d never talk to me again.)AM: They certainly can take it to the Kangaroos, but I don’t think they’ve got enough to beat them. How each coach handles the occasion might just be as intriguing as the on-field action as well.AB: They’ve shown they can compete with Kangaroos for 60 minutes in the last few Four Nations clashes over there. But they’ll need to ‘go the whole 80’ to beat the Kangaroos. We are all assuming they’ll be much better against Scotland yeah?CK: They should put a score on Scotland. Maybe a confidence boost might turn them around.MG: I’m expecting them lead 26-0 at HT against the Scots and coast home in the second stanza. DB: Let’s turn to the Kiwis. They did well to bounce back from a poor performance against Australia in Perth last month to beat England. Can they match the Kangaroos this week? Or if not this week, in the final?JB: Potentially no Nightingale, Leuluai or Waerea-Hargreaves doesn’t help. AB: They’ll need to improve to beat the Kangaroos.CK: They probably need everything to click and then would still need the Aussies to be slightly below par. AB: Having said that, it wasn’t long ago they had the wood on the green and golds.MG: Never say never, but I don’t think they’ll get the chocolates this weekend.AB: You said it twice in the same sentence.JB: He’s just a big Justin Bieber fan.MG: Actually a James Bond fan. Never say Never Again (1983) classic film.AM: There’s still a few quality players that could come in as well… Greg Eastwood, where you at?CK: And Watene-Zelezniak for Nightingale.AB: The last few games have been pretty dour between the two countries – are we expecting that to continue or will this game open up?CK: I don’t think the formula will change much from Perth. Close and a bit dour early and Aussies to skip away late.MG: I think we will see a few more points this time around. The combinations should have gelled by now.Also, horrible news for Josh Mansour. Wish him all the best in recovery. But it does mean that both Holmes and Ferguson will play AB: It’s a big loss – he offers so much!CK: How do NZ beat Australia, if it happens? I’d expect they’d need a healthy dose of Johnson magic with Jesse Bromwich, Proctor, Harris and co to play out of their skins. I’m just worried about the support for Johnson in the playmaking stakes with Leuluai and Kahu in the spine.JB: Te Maire Martin. Come on down.DB: Yep, probably needs to be a low-scoring game with Johnson creating some magic out of nothing. Like the England game.AB: Keep it close and come up with a play in the final 10 minutes. MG: They need some inspired performances from guys like Kata and SKD to get them on the front foot and to give the big guys a breather.CK: Kata was immense in Perth and SKD won’t play that badly again probably in his career. It’s a powerful 3/4 line, probably moreso if DWZ comes inDB: Fingers crossed for a quality game. OK, I think it’s time to wrap it up now before Jack starts making more Justin Bieber references. Cheers guys.last_img read more

Four newcomers for All Blacks

first_imgThe inclusion of young hooker Asafo Aumua and winger Matt Duffie are the notable features of the All Blacks squad for their end of year northern tour.In an extended 37-man squad named on Monday morning, former NRL player Duffie and Wellington sensation Aumua are joined as new All Blacks by Tim Perry and Jack Goodhue.Several players weren’t considered for selection for the tour due to long-term injury and other reasons, including hooker Liam Coltman, props Owen Franks and Joe Moody, lock Brodie Retallick, and outside backs Jordie Barrett, Israel Dagg, Nehe Milner-Skudder and Ben SmithAumua is just 20 years old and has starred for Wellington in the Mitre 10 Cup this season after excelling in the world championship-winning New Zealand Colts. Skilful North Harbour outside back Matt Duffie used to play in the NRL with the Melbourne Storm, Tim Perry is a physical prop from Tasman and he and talented Northland midfielder Jack Goodhue both trained with the All Blacks squad earlier this year.All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said six players who have carried heavy workloads this year will not play the first match of the tour against the Barbarians – captain Kieran Read, hooker Dane Coles, prop Wyatt Crockett, lock SamWhitelock, and midfielders Anton Lienert-Brown and Sonny Bill Williams.The All Blacks will fly out on Friday to play tests against France, Scotland and Wales, as well as the tour-opener against the Barbarians in London on November 5 and a midweek game against a French XV.As well as the 37-man squad, the All Blacks selectors also announced that five additional players will play for the Barbarians and then assemble with the All Blacks for the French leg of the tour. They are Otago loose forward Dillon Hunt, Waikato prop Atunaisa Moli, who has trained with the All Blacks squad this year, Canterbury halfback Mitchell Drummond and his provincial teammate Richie Mo’unga, who was called into the All Blacks squad in Brisbane last week as cover, and Canterbury and two-test All Blacks lock Dominic Bird.Hookers: Asafo Aumua (20, Wellington, uncapped) Dane Coles (30, Wellington, 55) Nathan Harris (25, Bay of Plenty, 9) Codie Taylor (26, Canterbury, 25)Props: Wyatt Crockett (34, Canterbury, 68) Kane Hames (29, Tasman, 6) Nepo Laulala (26, Counties Manukau, 10) Tim Perry (29, Tasman, uncapped)Jeffery Toomaga-Allen (26, Wellington, 1)Ofa Tu’ungafasi (25, Auckland, 11)Locks: Scott Barrett (23, Taranaki, 14) Luke Romano (31, Canterbury, 29)Patrick Tuipulotu (24, Auckland, 15)Samuel Whitelock (29, Canterbury, 93)Loose Forwards: Sam Cane (25, Bay of Plenty, 50) Vaea Fifita (25, Wellington, 3)Jerome Kaino (34, Auckland, 74)Kieran Read, captain (31, Counties Manukau, 107)Ardie Savea (24, Wellington, 21)Liam Squire (26, Tasman, 12)Matt Todd (29, Canterbury, 10)Halfbacks: Tawera Kerr-Barlow (27, Waikato, 24)TJ Perenara (25, Wellington, 39)Aaron Smith (28, Manawatu, 68)First five-eighths: Beauden Barrett (26, Taranaki, 59)Lima Sopoaga (26, Southland, 13)Midfielders: Ryan Crotty (29, Canterbury, 32)Jack Goodhue (22, Northland, uncapped)Ngani Laumape (24, Manawatu, 4)Anton Lienert-Brown (22, Waikato, 19)Sonny Bill Williams (32, Counties Manukau, 43)Outside backs: David Havili (22, Tasman, 3)Matt Duffie (27, North Harbour, uncapped)Rieko Ioane (20, Auckland, 10)Damian McKenzie (22, Waikato, 9)Waisake Naholo (26, Taranaki, 15)Seta Tamanivalu (25, Taranaki, 3) Photo by: COMPOSITE: GETTY IMAGES/ PHOTOSPORT.NZ (Caption: Asafo Aumua, Tim Perry, Jack Goodhue and Matt Duffie are the four uncapped players named in the 37-man All Blacks squad to go on the end of year tour)last_img read more

Japan’s PM vows to cooperate with Tokyo 2020 bribe investigation

first_imgTransfers totalling $2 million (£1.3 million/€1.7 million) were made in 2013 to a Singapore-based account owned by company Black Tidings, allegedly used by the disgraced Diack family.Lamine Diack, the former President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and who was later embroiled in corruption allegations, was still a voting International Olympic Committee (IOC) member until 2013 and was also thought to have influence over the decisions of others.It has been alleged that the money, therefore, could have been used to sway Diack and other voting IOC members at the 2013 Session when Tokyo was elected as Olympic host in Buenos Aires.Tokyo 2020 and Japanese officials have denied all the allegations and claim the money was a legitimate consulting fee.Abe, who played a key late role in Buenos Aires by meeting with influential members including Diack, has called for full Government cooperation with the French probe.”I have instructed the Education and Sports Minister to fully cooperate in the investigation,” he told Parliament today.”Education and Sports Minister Hiroshi Hase told the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and the former Bid Committee to cooperate in the investigation.”Other bodies including Singapore’s Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) are also assisting the French investigation.Tsunekazu Takeda, the President of the JOC and the leader of the Tokyo 2020 bid, claims the fee was for international consultancy and was paid to Black Tidings’ official owner Ian Tan Tong Han.It is not yet clear what precise consultancy work Tan – who is thought to be in his 20s – provided.Lamine Diack was arrested in France in November amid allegations bribes had been taken to cover up failed drugs tests in athletics.The Senegalese stepped down as an honorary IOC member last year after the allegations surfaced.His son Papa was one of three people banned for life by the IAAF for helping Russian marathon runner Liliya Shobukhova avoid punishment for doping – with it alleged that money was channeled through the same Black Tidings account.Papa Diack has claimed he had not received any money from the Tokyo bid team.”I haven’t got any money,” he told Kyodo News from Senegal’s capital Dakar, where he remains in hiding due to an Interpol warrant for his arrest.”Let them investigate…I have nothing to hide.”I’ve been in this sports business for 25 years – I know the rules.”He admitted to having been friends with Tan, who was thought to have a key role in international athletics, since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but claims he had no awareness of his involvement in Tokyo 2020.last_img read more

Neuer doesn’t want ‘heirs’: he refuses to give Nübel minutes

first_imgBundesliga* Data updated as of January 2, 2020 Nübel’s arrival at Bayern Munich seems not to be much easier. The so-called ‘heir’ of Neuer will land in the Bavarian club next season, and according to the German press, there are already frictions in the locker room.According to Bild, Bayern sports management has tried to anticipate events and has spoken with Neuer to ask that next season be prepared to give up the new goalkeeper in about 15 games, which Neuer has flatly refused. The suggestion and interprets that you are invited to gradually step aside to make way for the burgeoning star.As it has transpired, an important part of the agreement with the still player of Schalke 04 is the promise that, although he will not start, he will start enjoying a good amount of minutes From next season.last_img read more

Ángel passed without luck through Castilla a decade ago

first_imgFor some players, having passed through Madrid is a cover letter that they show off their entire career. For others, it is an ephemeral station barely witnessed by a notch in the curriculum. It is the case of Angel. The blue striker, which reached thirty (he is 32 years old), has finally consolidated in First with Getafe after discreet experiences in Tenerife, Levante and Eibar. Before, he was on loan in Castilla, in the first half of the 2007-08 season. With 20 years he left Tenerife (His projection had led him to debut with the Under-19 of Piqué, Capel, Granero or Mata) in search of a few minutes that he did not find in the white subsidiary, where he coincided with Adam, Mosquera, Parejo, Los Callejón, Bueno .. . Mandiá barely gave him 72 minutes as a substitute in the first three days of the League in Second B. Therefore, in that winter he changed his air, also with a transfer, towards the Osasuna Promises … In the reddish branch he did have the opportunity to show his virtues: 1,320 minutes and 4 goals in 17 games.He returned two years to Tenerife, where he lived a promotion and his debut in Primera. The following year he finished at Elche, trained by Bordalás, whose orders he made 28 goals in two seasons. The Alicante coach recruited him again for Getafe after making Zaragoza the best season of his career: 21 goals in Second. In his first campaign of Azulón he scored 13 goals in 33 games (somewhat every 176 minutes). Last year he repeated his mark (eight goals in the League and five in the Cup) and this season he is on track to overcome it: he has eight goals in the championship and four in the Europa League.last_img read more

A historical armor

first_imgA shield that, at this point, is already historic: Madrid only He has received 13 goals in 21 days, which has only happened twice more since the 1934-35 season (the first after the extension to 12 teams and in which so many days were disputed). With the same goals against Madrid reached the Madrid of Quinta del Vulture in 1987-88, as well as the white team of 1964-65, still with Puskas and Gento, although without Di Stéfano in their ranks. While the scoring production has ample room for improvement (39 goals scored; in 2011-12, the League of Records were 71), Zidane is pleased to have hit the key so that his team is impenetrable: “Keeping the goal to zero is a strength, it is proof that we are doing well. Defensively what we are doing we are doing very well. We are strong, we all defend. When we lose the ball, we recover it very high, with pressure after loss … If we do not fit, we have many possibilities to score a goal. It’s what happened to us today. ” Ramos, returned after his right ankle injury, insisted: “Sometimes you can’t play, but we always try. That you see a Madrid with commitment and identity ”. With that recipe, Madrid has been 19 games without losing, since it fell on October 19 in Mallorca. “Work, work, work. This is how things go, ”Lucas Vázquez closed. It is an iron Madrid.With that rocky and a goal of Nacho that is worth its weight in gold, Madrid drew forward the duel despite its offensive blackout: he only shot three times at goal, his worst data of the season in LaLiga. He also shot only three times against Atlético de Madrid in the Wanda Metropolitano, although in that case he tested more times outside the three suits (11) than in Pucela (8, second worst data in the White League). In the absence of lucidity above, Madrid took forward its game in Valladolid with the best defensive solvency exercise of the course. The pucelano team discomforted Zidane to the extreme, especially in the first half, but failed to translate it into real danger: four shots in total, none between sticks. Courtois went to the locker room with immaculate gloves. It is the third time in the current LaLiga championship that Madrid leaves the opponent without knocking on goal, he already achieved it in Pizjuán against Sevilla and in Bernabéu against Osasuna.last_img read more