HT Image
HT Image

Wenger and Giggs' Champions League centuries prove a draw

Arsenal were held 0-0 at home by holders AC Milan while United grabbed a late goal through Carlos Tevez to draw 1-1 with six-time French champions Lyon in France.
By Pirate Irwin | AFP, Paris
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2008 01:40 PM IST

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs failed to get victories on their 100th Champions League matches on Wednesday but both can still dream of a place in the last eight.

Arsenal were held 0-0 at home by holders AC Milan while United grabbed a late goal through Carlos Tevez to draw 1-1 with six-time French champions Lyon in France.

The two Spanish sides involved in the action both had five goal thrillers.

A double by Argentinian star Lionel Messi and one from former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry saw Barcelona come from behind twice to beat Celtic 3-2 in Glasgow while two-time UEFA Cup titleholders Sevilla lost 3-2 to Fenerbahce in Istanbul.

Wenger was still happy with the result even though the Gunners missed a host of chances, none more so than when on fire Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor saw his header come off the bar.

"We didn't take advantage of our many chances but overall I am very happy with the response shown by the team (to the 4-0 FA Cup defeat by Manchester United). The second leg should also be an open game, it is only a shame we can't transfer our pitch over there!"

Wenger, whose previous Champions league involvement came as former manager of Monaco, wasn't even fazed by the fact that no English club has beaten AC Milan at the San Siro.

"Well we beat Inter Milan there," smiled the 58-year-old Frenchman.

AC Milan handler Carlo Ancelotti admitted his side could play a lot better with Brazilian playmaker Kaka all but muzzled by the Arsenal defence.

"We can show a lot more than we did here tonight (Wednesday)," said the former AC Milan and Italy midfielder.

"We were pretty tense and not in the best condition physically. It is nonetheless a good result heading into the second leg, but nothing is certain against a team of real quality like Arsenal."

Lyon manager Alain Perrin admitted that the Tevez strike - which fell to him somewhat fortuitously off Brazilian striker Fred - had been a real blow.

"Unfortunately we couldn't hold out to the end and now we are behind having conceded the away goal," said the former Marseille boss, who is rumoured to have fallen out both with the coaching and playing staff.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was both delighted with the result and to have something to complain about - in this case claims that Portuguese wing Cristiano Ronaldo had had a laser shone in his eyes in the warm-up before the match.

"I am delighted to get the draw and it gives us a a good chance to qualify," said Ferguson.

"I think it was a setback to lose the goal as at that moment we were in control.

"We filed a complaint to UEFA over the Ronaldo incident," he added.

Barcelona assistant coach Johan Neeskens said that the result against Celtic was the one they had hoped for and was especially proud that they had cracked the fortress the Scottish side had built up at home.

"We're happy with the result as no-one has beaten Celtic in Glasgow in the Champions League since we did almost four years ago," said Neeskens, who stood in for coach Frank Rijkaard as he was serving a touchline ban.

His Celtic counterpart Gordon Strachan was left seething with a display which he said was not up to the standards required.

"It might have been a great game to watch for the neutrals but not for me," said the Scot.

"When you're playing one of the best teams in the world you need a bit of luck and nine or 10 of your players to be at their peak.

"We had neither and to have had a chance we needed to pass the ball better. We kept giving the ball away and that meant we needed to do a lot of chasing, became tired and made mistakes.

"The positives are we scored two goals against one of the best teams in the world but we lost two silly goals and lost the game."

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
Vijay Mallya is wanted in India to face charges of defrauding a consortium of banks of more than a billion dollars in relation to the collapse of Kingfisher Airlines in 2013. (FILE PHOTO).
Vijay Mallya is wanted in India to face charges of defrauding a consortium of banks of more than a billion dollars in relation to the collapse of Kingfisher Airlines in 2013. (FILE PHOTO).

UK knows urgency in Mallya's case, extradition linked to legal process: Envoy

PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 06:28 PM IST
  • The UK home secretary signed off on Mallya’s extradition to India more than two years ago but his return to India has been held up because of secret legal proceedings, according to the British government. Mallya is learnt to have applied for asylum in the UK.
Close
DRDO in a statement also said that only a handful of countries have such a technology after successfully tested a flight demonstration based on Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) technology. (DRDO/PIB)
DRDO in a statement also said that only a handful of countries have such a technology after successfully tested a flight demonstration based on Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) technology. (DRDO/PIB)

DRDO successfully tests SFDR technology in a bid to develop long-range missiles

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 06:27 PM IST
  • It said that the test was carried out using a booster motor to simulate an air-launch scenario. The nozzle-less booster propelled the missile to the required Mach number for Ramjet operation.
Close
The Bailey bridge was inaugurated on Thursday.(ANI Photo)
The Bailey bridge was inaugurated on Thursday.(ANI Photo)

Bridge in Uttarakhand, washed away in flash flood, rebuilt in 8 days

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 06:03 PM IST
The Uttarakhand flood was triggered after a chunk of a glacier - which experts said was 15 football fields long and five across - broke off from the main structure and fell into a small river.
Close
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman added that the minimum threshold for initiating IBC proceedings has already been raised from <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1 lakh to <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1 crore, which largely insulates MSMEs.(ANI file photo)
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman added that the minimum threshold for initiating IBC proceedings has already been raised from 1 lakh to 1 crore, which largely insulates MSMEs.(ANI file photo)

I-T raids on Taapsee, Anurag Kashyap: FM says they were raided in 2013 too

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 05:38 PM IST
Refusing to comment on individual cases, she said it is in the national interest to know if some evasion is happening.
Close
Jammu and Kashmir National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah. (PTI)
Jammu and Kashmir National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah. (PTI)

Farooq Abdullah questions ED order in alleged money laundering case

PTI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 05:26 PM IST
The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister challenged the December 2020 order before the high court on Wednesday. It is scheduled to come up for hearing later Friday.
Close
Ramesh Chennithala denied allegations that the Congress party has weakened in Kerala. In picture - Chennithala (extreme left) arrives for a meeting with the party leaders.(PTI)
Ramesh Chennithala denied allegations that the Congress party has weakened in Kerala. In picture - Chennithala (extreme left) arrives for a meeting with the party leaders.(PTI)

Kerala Assembly Poll 2021: Congress says UDF seat-sharing talks on ‘last lap’

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Srivatsan K C, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 05:12 PM IST
“Seat sharing talks are progressing. We are on the last lap. We will finalise the list by today or tomorrow," Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala said.
Close
File photo of Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh.(HT Photo)
File photo of Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh.(HT Photo)

Punjab passes resolution demanding unconditional withdrawal of farm laws

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 05:06 PM IST
Earlier, the members of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) created uproar in the assembly when the chief minister was replying to the Governor's address.
Close
Tourism sector association says restrictions in Himachal are the most stringent in the country and this was not only causing revenue loss to the government but also resulting in job losses and near collapse of the hospitality industry.(HT File)
Tourism sector association says restrictions in Himachal are the most stringent in the country and this was not only causing revenue loss to the government but also resulting in job losses and near collapse of the hospitality industry.(HT File)

Pandemic-induced job losses ate up 13 lakh crore of household income: Report

PTI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 05:06 PM IST
Though general economic activity is back to the pre-pandemic level, the key question is if this growth momentum can be sustained as the composite economic indicator has plateaued in January after recovering swiftly in the prior two quarters.
Close
Congress leader Karti P Chidambaram.(ANI)
Congress leader Karti P Chidambaram.(ANI)

News updates from HT: Karti Chidambaram wants Priyanka Gandhi in TN bypolls

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 05:03 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Close
The second and the third "Shahi Snan" are slated for March 9 and 13(AP)
The second and the third "Shahi Snan" are slated for March 9 and 13(AP)

Release more water in Yamuna, priests appeal to PM Modi ahead of Vrindavan Kumbh

PTI, Mathura
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 04:59 PM IST
While the arrangements made for the Vrindavan Kumbh by the government of Uttar Pradesh are commendable, the polluted Yamuna water mars the efforts, the outfit's president, Mahesh Pathak, said.
Close
Representational Image. (HT file)
Representational Image. (HT file)

25 students of govt boarding school test Covid positive in Rajasthan’s Udaipur

By Sohail Khan
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 04:53 PM IST
Chief medical officer Dinesh Kharadi said 80 students and 10 staff members of the school were tested after a teacher tested positive for the disease. He added the students who tested positive have been kept under isolation
Close
The decision to hold the Quad summit soon after the Joe Biden administration takes charge indicates that the security dialogue has been institutionalised.(Agencies)
The decision to hold the Quad summit soon after the Joe Biden administration takes charge indicates that the security dialogue has been institutionalised.(Agencies)

As China eyes Taiwan and beyond, Quad's Indo-Pacific agenda takes priority

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 04:56 PM IST
  • The Quad Summit will be US President Joe Biden’s first interaction under the diplomatic and security initiative revived during the Donald Trump era as a buffer against Beijing
Close
Border Roads Organisation (BRO) workers engaged in building a valley bridge over the Rishi Ganga River at Raini village of the disaster-hit Chamoli district. (PTI)
Border Roads Organisation (BRO) workers engaged in building a valley bridge over the Rishi Ganga River at Raini village of the disaster-hit Chamoli district. (PTI)

Natural hazards, infra development magnified Chamoli disaster: ICIMOD

By Jayashree Nandi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2021 04:40 PM IST
The analysis is significant because the Defence Geo-informatics Research Establishment under DRDO had recently said the tragedy was not “immediately” a human-induced disaster
Close
File photo of Congress MP Karti Chidambaram.(PTI)
File photo of Congress MP Karti Chidambaram.(PTI)

Karti again raises demand that Priyanka Gandhi must contest Kanyakumari bypoll

By hindustantimes.com | Reported by Divya Chandrababu | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 04:19 PM IST
This is the second time that Chidambaram, the Congress MP from Sivaganga, has made this demand. In November last year, he tweeted to say that Congress needs a 'bold move' and demanded that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra should contest the Kanyakumari bypoll.
Close
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during virtual summit with Swedish PM Stefan Löfven.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during virtual summit with Swedish PM Stefan Löfven.

At virtual summit with Sweden, PM Modi says ‘climate change a priority’

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kanishka Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 04:24 PM IST
Modi put spotlight on the nation’s achievements in the power sector in the recent years, and said, “India's renewable power capability has increased by 162% in the last five years.”
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP