Madrid see off Bayern in controversial thriller to reach semis

first_imgBy Rik SharmaMADRID, Spain (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to send Real Madrid through to the Champions League semi-finals with a 4-2 extra-time win against 10-man Bayern Munich to seal a 6-3 aggregate victory in controversial circumstances.A bizarre Sergio Ramos own goal forced the extra period after Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring for Bayern from the penalty spot and Ronaldo equalised.Marcelo twice cleared off the line for Madrid and Jerome Boateng did the same for Bayern in a thrilling game, which was tilted in Madrid’s favour by Arturo Vidal’s dismissal for two yellow cards, the second of which was harsh.Ronaldo put Madrid level at 2-2 on the night in the first period of extra time when he scored his 100th Champions League goal, from a clearly offside position, before he wrapped up his treble and Marco Asensio added a fourth.Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern began well, with Thiago Alcantara’s close-range shot brilliantly blocked on the goal line by Marcelo. Arjen Robben lashed the rebound into the side-netting.Vidal crashed a strike inches over the crossbar and Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas had to be quick off his line to beat Ribery to a through-ball.Madrid began to find their feet and were soon dominating, with the effervescent Marcelo crossing for Karim Benzema, who headed wide, and Dani Carvajal also firing an effort just off target.Ramos nearly put the hosts ahead after the otherwise superb Manuel Neuer spilled a shot, but Jerome Boateng somehow blocked his effort on the line to keep his side in the tie.Toni Kroos fired over and Ronaldo shot when he should have passed to Benzema as Madrid ended the first half looking far more dangerous than their opponents.However, it was Bayern who took the lead when Casemiro fouled Robben in the area and Lewandowski sent Navas the wrong way from the spot.Ronaldo levelled the score, heading beyond Neuer in the 76th minute from a fine cross by Casemiro, but Bayern restored overall parity within a minute.Ramos so used to being Madrid’s hero turned villain when he shinned the ball into his own net after a scramble in the area.With the game heading towards extra-time Vidal was sent off for a second booking after appearing to win the ball cleanly from Asensio.It gave Madrid the upper hand going into the added 30 minutes and they took advantage when Ronaldo scored the crucial second from Ramos’s cross, despite being in an offside position.Madrid added two more late on, leaving Bayern exhausted and angry.last_img read more

Father of 5 jailed for armed robberies

first_imgA father of five was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery along with possession of illegal gun and ammunition.Raheem Abdul, a vendor of Lot 17 Broad Street, Charlestown, Georgetown, admitted to the four charges when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Wednesday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Raheem AbdulThe first charge stated that on August 17, 2019, at Lombard Street, Georgetown, while being in the company of others and armed with a gun, he robbed Amos Ramcharan of $70,000 and a phone valued at $42,000. The court further heard that on the same day and at the same location, while being in the company of others and armed with a gun, he robbed Qumar (only name given) of a phone valued at $39,000.The third charge stated that on August 17, 2019, at Broad Street, Charlestown, he had in his possession three live rounds of .38 ammunition when he was not the holder of a firearm licence. The last charge stated that on August 17, 2019, at Broad Street, Charlestown, he had in his possession a .38 revolver when he was not the holder of firearm licence.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that Abdul and the victims are known to each other since they are vendors on Lombard Street, Georgetown.The prosecutor informed the court that at about 03:30h on August 17, the victims were plying their trade on Lombard Street, when Abdul and two other individuals, who were armed with handguns, approached them. According to the prosecutor, the men pointed the guns at the victims’ heads and demanded that they hand over their valuables.The court heard that Abdul began demanding more money from Ramcharan and placed the gun to the man’s head and started a countdown while threatening him.In fear for his life, the vendor then led Abdul to his bus and handed over a purse containing cash and documents.After retrieving the items, Abdul along with his accomplices made good their escape on bicycles. The incident was reported to the police and based on information received, the police swooped down at a house in Broad Street, Georgetown, where they arrested Abdul.A search was also conducted at the house and the stolen articles along with the gun and matching rounds were found in his possession.He was subsequently arrested and positively identified by the victims. Magistrate McLennan sentenced Abdul to three years for each of the robbery charges. He was then sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and fined $50,000 for the illegal firearm possession charge along with two years’ imprisonment and a $50,000 fine for illegal ammunition possession.However, the sentences will run concurrently.last_img read more