Ronaldo gets to landmark as Madrid win 2-1

first_imgMUNICH, Germany (AP): Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for Real Madrid to beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final yesterday, ending the German side’s tournament record of 16 straight wins at home. Ronaldo’s second-half goals saw him become the first player to score 100 goals in European club competition. The Portuguese star ensured Madrid came from behind – after Arturo Vidal’s 25th-minute header for Bayern – to put the defending champions on course to reach the semi-finals for a seventh successive year. “We are still alive,” said Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti after losing to his former side. Bayern were without club top-scorer Robert Lewandowski after he failed to recover from a knock to his right shoulder. But they had not been beaten at home in the competition since April 2014, when they lost 4-0 to Ancelotti’s Madrid in the semi-finals. Ancelotti’s successor at Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, is bidding to become the first coach to lead a side to back-to-back titles in the Champions League era. Bayern should have been 2-0 up at the break, but Vidal sent his penalty well over the bar after Dani Carvajal was adjudged to have handled the ball. The Madrid defender was booked though TV replays showed Ribery’s shot had hit his upper body. Other quarter-final results: Atletico Madrid 1 Leicester 0; Borussia Dortmund 2 Monaco 3.last_img read more

Children should be barred from heading: brain specialist

first_img0Shares0000A leading specialist in brain injuries Doctor Bennett Omalu called for children under the age of 18 not to be allowed to head a football © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 8 – The debate over the damage inflicted by heading a football took another turn on Wednesday as a leading expert in brain injuries said children under the age of 18 should not be allowed to.Doctor Bennett Omalu, who was the first specialist to discover how American footballers were affected by the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), told the BBC he realised his remarks might jar with some people but that society was evolving. “No child under the age of 18 should be heading the ball in soccer,” said the 49-year-old Nigeria-born naturalised American.“Kids under the age of 12 to 14 should play a less contact form of soccer which we should develop for them.“Kids between 12 and 18 can play but should not head the ball.“I know this is difficult for many people but science evolves. We change with time. Society changes. It is time for us to change some of our ways.”Omalu, whose discovery of the impact of CTE on NFL players arose from his autopsy of former Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Webster in 2002, said heading a football was dangerous and that it should be restricted even at professional level.“It does not make sense to control an object travelling at a high velocity with your head,” he said.“I believe, eventually, at the professional level we need to restrict heading of the ball. It is dangerous.”The side effects of heading has been a burning issue since an inquest into the death of former England and West Brom striker Jeff Astle ruled he died from brain trauma caused by heading old heavy leather footballs.He died in 2004, aged 72, after suffering with Alzheimer’s for almost 10 years following his 16-year football career.A second former professional player, Rod Taylor, was also recently diagnosed with a similar form of dementia linked to heading the ball, after his family donated his brain to scientists for analysis following his death aged 74 earlier this year.Several other high profile footballers — including a trio of England’s 1966 World Cup winning team in Martin Peters, Nobby Stiles and the late Ray Wilson — have also been diagnosed with dementia.“The human brain floats like a balloon inside your skull so when you head the ball you suffer brain damage,” said Omalu.“You damage your brain when you head the ball.“Playing soccer would increase your risk of suffering brain damage when you are much older and developing dementia and CTE.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more