Injury-depleted Juventus continue Turin derby domination

first_imgJuventus have 65 points from 25 games, two points ahead of Napoli who host struggling SPAL later in the day.Massimiliano Allegri’s side — held 2-2 by Tottenham in their Champions League home tie in Turin this week — were without injured Mario Mandzukic, Blaise Matuidi and Juan Cuadrado, with Paulo Dybala and Federico Bernardeschi starting on the bench.Dybala made his comeback from a hamstring injury in the second half.“Today was not a great answer to 2-2 in the first leg but we will go to London convinced we can do it,” said Allegri.“Juve are a strong side with extraordinary players that for years has been challenging in all fronts and I don’t consider the 2-2 with Tottenham to be a tragedy.“I am proud of the lads and today we saw a good reaction, we enjoyed ourselves even during difficult moments.”With tensions already running high in the traditional “Derby Della Mole” the visitors were reeling after three minutes when Higuain landed awkwardly on his ankle as he rushed to pick up a Miralem Pjanic cross. The Argentine played on from another 12 minutes before being replaced by Bernardeschi.Torino had an early chance with Joel Obi and Andrea Belotti two on one against Juventus centre-back Daniele Rugani but Belotti failed to control the ball.Douglas Costa then burst down the right, his cross found Kwadwo Asamoah for a low volley that was cleared off the line by Nicolas N’Koulou of Torino.A Belotti volley from a Iago Falque cross went into the side-netting with Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, replacing rested Gianluigi Buffon, stopping a Lorenzo De Silvestri header mid air.Miralem Pjanic also threatened with a free kick before Juventus broke through when Bernardeschi raced down the right and crossed low for Sandro to tap in.Dybala came on in place of Douglas Costa after 66 minutes and the Argentine almost doubled Juventus’ advantage immediately, picking up a perfect assist from Bernardeschi, but failing to finish off.“Paulo did well for 30 minutes,” said Allegri. “He played very well technically and managing the ball well, even if it’s natural that he’s still lack match fitness.”Juventus held on for their ninth consecutive Serie A win as Torino coach Walter Mazzarri suffered his first defeat in six games since taking over from Sinisa Mihajlovic. The win was an 18th for Juventus in the last 24 Turin derbies, with Torino taking just one point in eight meetings since a 2-1 victory in April 2015.Torino sit ninth, five points off the European places.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Juventus’ players enjoyed the Turin derby victory that took them back to the top of Serie A © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOMilan, Italy, Feb 18 – Alex Sandro put Juventus top of Serie A with a 1-0 derby win at Torino but rivals Napoli could reclaim the summit when they play SPAL later on Sunday.Brazilian Sandro scored after 33 minutes for the six-time defending champions who dominated despite being weakened by injuries and losing top scorer Gonzalo Higuain to an early knock.last_img read more

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TWELVE COMPANIES TO COMPETE FOR DONEGAL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

first_imgTwelve companies have been short-listed as finalists in this year’s Enterprising Donegal Business Awards 2011, the most prestigious business awards in the County. Organised by Donegal County Enterprise Board, the awards are aimed at small and micro businesses in Donegal, and the winners will be announced at a black tie gala dinner in the Radisson Hotel, Letterkenny, on Friday 1st April.There are 4 finalists in each of the 3 categories in this year’s awards: Emerging Business Award, Business Development and Business Achievement. The shortlisted companies are: National Hairdressing Academy, Laghey; Seascape Spa at the Silver Tassie Hotel, Letterkenny; Siansplan, Donegal Town and Azucca Software Solutions Ltd, Letterkenny who will compete in the Emerging Business Award. JB Interactive Mobile Marketing Ltd., Letterkenny; Nvolve Limited, Letterkenny; Sharp Design, Letterkenny and Harry’s Bar & Restaurant, Bridgend are short-listed for the Business Development Award and The Swilly Group, Letterkenny; Irish Pressings, Derrybeg; Letterkenny Skip Hire & Recycling, and Inishowen Country Kitchen, Malin will compete for the Business Achievement Award.There is an award for the winner in each category, an innovation award and an overall winner of the Donegal Business of the Year award. Previous overall winners include Gartan Technologies, DS Environmental Services and Mantis Cranes.“We launched the awards in 1997 to highlight success stories among small businesses in Donegal”, says Michael Tunney, Chief Executive of Donegal County Enterprise Board. “We hope the finalists will inspire people around the County to start up their own businesses and take advantage of the services the Board can offer” he added. Donegal County Enterprise Board supports enterprise and entrepreneurs across Donegal, providing services such as business advice, mentoring, business information, training and finance.Over 800 businesses recently attended Enterprising Donegal Business Week also organised by the County Enterprise Board.Tickets for the Awards cost €30 and to attend, or for further information about the Enterprising Donegal Business Awards 2011, contact Celine Carroll, Donegal County Enterprise Board on 074 9160735 or email [email protected]  Profiles of all the shortlisted finalists are on the Donegal County Enterprise Board’s website at www.donegalenterprise.ieEndsTWELVE COMPANIES TO COMPETE FOR DONEGAL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR was last modified: March 16th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Eden Hazard ruled out of Europa League match after picking up injury against Spurs

first_img REAL DEAL Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Latest Chelsea FC News But Hazard is expected to play against Fulham on Sunday – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT, kick-off 12pm.Victor Moses (back) is also out, with head coach Maurizio Sarri likely to make changes ahead of 10 matches in the month of December.Sarri’s men need to avoid defeat at Stamford Bridge to guarantee top spot in a game they’re expected to win comfortably.Even a defeat may still be enough as Chelsea are six points ahead of second-placed MOL Vidi so the Hungarian side would need a win to stand any chance of overtaking the Premier League side.However, despite there being little pressure on Thursday’s game, Sarri is looking for a positive reaction following the weekend woes at Wembley. shining Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Eden Hazard has been ruled out of Chelsea’s Europa League clash with PAOK as the Blues look to secure top spot in their group.The Belgian has an ankle injury following their Premier League defeat to Tottenham at the weekend. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Hazard was unable to help Chelsea get a result at Wembley REVEALED 2 He said: “He [Hazard] will not be able to play tomorrow, but I think we’ll be able to recover him for the next Premier League match (against Fulham on Sunday).“I am worried because 25 days ago he had a back injury. Now an ankle. He has lost a lot of training. It’s normal at the moment he isn’t at the top of his physical condition.“I want to see a reaction, but I want also to see a reaction in the next Premier League match (on Sunday against Fulham). I want to see we learned our lessons.”Provisional squad: Kepa, Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Pedro, Kovacic, Giroud, Zappacosta, Willian, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Morata, Luiz, Emerson Palmieri, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Ampadu, Bulka.center_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? JIBE tense Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea punished gameday cracker Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa REVEALED 2 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Sarri is expecting a big reaction from his players on Thursday and this weekendlast_img read more

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