Champions League: Man United Fight-back to Beat Juvetus in Turin

first_imgRonaldo watched Leonardo Bonucci’s long pass over his shoulder before lashing it past United goalkeeper David De Gea for his first goal in the competition since signing for the Italian champions.Juventus had hit the frame of the goal either side of half-time, with Sami Khedira striking a post and Paulo Dybala curling an effort on to the bar.Jose Mourinho’s side offered little attacking threat at the other end, until substitute Mata beat goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny with a well-placed free-kick from the edge of the box in the 86th minute.Three minutes later and another United free-kick proved Juventus’ undoing, as Young’s in-swinging delivery was inadvertently turned in under pressure by Sandro from close range.The visitors’ late double keeps them second in Group H and two points above Valencia, who beat Young Boys 3-1 in the early kick-off, with two games still to play.United have made a habit of staging late recoveries this season, although manager Mourinho bemoaned his side’s inability to do so when they were beaten by Juventus at Old Trafford last month.But, while comeback wins over Newcastle and Bournemouth in the Premier League offered relief rather than the chance to rejoice, this victory was more reminiscent in its nature of United’s Champions League triumph over Bayern Munich in 1999.Mourinho’s side look a long way from winning the competition 20 years on, but his players’ reaction at the final whistle – and Mourinho’s cupped ear to the Juventus fans – showed how important taking three points in Turin was to the Reds.Juventus had won three from three and were yet to concede a goal in the Champions League this season before Mata’s strike, while United’s late winner inflicted only the Serie A champions’ second loss at home in the group stages in 36 games.United – without Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku, who is also a doubt for Sunday’s Manchester derby – opted for Alexis Sanchez to lead the line, but the Chilean had a bigger influence on the visitors’ defensive performance than he did their attack.The same could be said for Anthony Martial, who tracked Juventus right-back Mattia De Sciglio relentlessly as United defended resolutely before Ronaldo’s opener.But United, who had just three shots on target, proved clinical in attack when it mattered and will progress from the group if they beat Young Boys at home later this month and Valencia fail to beat Juventus.CHAMPIONS LEAGUE(Results)Valencia 3-1 Young BoysJuventus 1-2 Man UtdCSKA Moscow 1-2 RomaBenfica 1-1 AjaxV’ Plzen 0-5 Real MadridMan City 6-0 ShakhtarB’Munich 2-0 AEK AthensLyonn 2-2 HoffenheimShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester United stunned Juventus with two goals in the final five minutes to beat the Italian champions in Turin and give themselves a good chance of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages last night.Juan Mata curled in a free-kick with five minutes to go, before Ashley Young’s set-piece was bundled into his own net by Juventus defender Alex Sandro.Cristiano Ronaldo had put the hosts ahead with an outstanding volley against his former club.last_img read more

Many wounded vets face care problems

first_imgNow, just a few weeks into studying at a private program, doctors say he is ready for a dog. Glendora resident Army Staff Sgt. Jarod Behee was also sent to the VA hospital in Palo Alto after being shot in the head by a sniper May 25, 2005. He had several surgeries for his brain injury at the Bethesda National Naval Medical Center in Maryland, then stagnated under the minimal care at the VA hospital, his wife said. She had to transfer him to a private facility and fight to keep his insurance coverage after VA doctors told her that Behee would never walk again. Now he runs. More than 3,200 American troops have been killed in Iraq since Operation Iraqi Freedom began four years ago, but Department of Defense figures show that more than seven times as many have been wounded, many severely. In those four years, 24,042 have been wounded in combat, including 13,357 listed as “Not Returned to Duty within 72 hours.” Among that group are the soldiers like Acosta and Behee, who lost their limbs or eyesight or pieces of skull. But when troops return home for medical care, many face dilapidated facilities, long delays, reduced insurance coverage and more. A task force to slash through the bureaucracy delaying veterans from getting services and benefits will be headed by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson. “No task is more important to me,” he said in a press release. In another release, the VA provided a long list of commendations, pointing out that, despite recent complaints, it has also been applauded by scientists and reporters for its work helping veterans. Acosta conceded he has been happy with how the Long Beach and West Los Angeles VA centers have helped him get needed surgeries. However, once his gums healed over his nerve endings, he refused to return to the VA systems’ classes for the blind. Instead, he fought for months to get his military insurance to cover Junior Blind of America, the private program he now attends that will soon get him a seeing-eye dog. “It shouldn’t take a year to get this type of treatment,” Acosta said. “It’s senseless. I’ve been in the military for over 30 years, and I never expected to be treated like this.” Behee was “set up to fail” at the VA hospital, said his wife, Marissa. The traumatic-injury wing of the hospital was not up to Americans with Disabilities Act codes, and Behee was in a wheelchair. “The facility was atrocious … it was understaffed, underfunded, underequipped,” she said. “It wasn’t ADA-appropriate, so you couldn’t get a wheelchair up to the sink. “Jarod was supposed to try and do all his daily living activities, like brush his teeth, but there was no room to maneuver the wheelchair with the bed in there,” she said. She fumed as the hospital combined his physical and occupational therapies into a single session, and focused on helping him roll over in bed instead of challenging his brain to help it recover. At first, she didn’t even know she could get his insurance to cover a private facility. Once she did, she realized she was lucky that the Army hadn’t retired Jarod from active-duty military status yet. It was one time when slipping through the cracks worked in her favor – as long as the Army hadn’t yet decided that he would never be capable of active duty, his pay and insurance were not reduced. Jarod Behee was officially retired Feb. 20, nearly two years after being shot. The 28-year-old Behee now volunteers at the private facility’s outpatient gym three times a week. “The Army has phenomenal medical technology … so guys who once would have died are coming home,” Marissa said. “But they have to be able to take care of their recovery, too. If you’re going to save their lives, you need to also save their quality of life.” After shoddy conditions were revealed at parts of Walter Reed – spreading black mold, vermin infestations and insufficient staff – Nicholson, the Veterans Affairs secretary, ordered a broad review of the VA medical system to determine whether similar conditions exist among the VA’s 1,400 hospitals and clinics. Meanwhile, the Veterans Affairs’ system for handling disability claims is strained to its limit, and efforts to relieve backlogs won’t be enough to serve veterans returning from combat, officials from the Government Accountability Office said recently. In testimony to a House panel, the GAO described a system on the verge of crisis. A report by the GAO in early March noted that explosives cause 65 percent of soldiers’ injuries, and more than a quarter of those soldiers suffer brain trauma. With more than 24,000 injured, those percentages translate into more than 4,300 brain injuries. That’s why traumatic brain injuries like Behee’s are “the signature injury” of the Iraq war, according to the Wounded Warriors Project, which supports severely injured soldiers by providing them with everything from clothes and toothbrushes to one-legged skiing lessons and benefits counseling. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Army Sgt. Maj. Jesse Acosta of Santa Fe Springs lost his vision and his teeth in a bomb blast in Iraq on Jan. 16, 2006. The 30-year military veteran said he never expected to be hurt so badly – or to receive the poor care he did from a VA hospital. Acosta, 49, recuperated briefly at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., before being turned over, blind and with exposed nerves in his gum line, to Veterans Affairs care. At a VA hospital in Palo Alto, his mouth caused him too much pain to focus on what he was being taught about coping with blindness. The day they denied him a seeing-eye dog because he was learning too slowly was just one in a string of disappointments. last_img read more

The next Henrik Larsson? Fans laugh after bizarre rumour links Barcelona with Liverpool cult hero

first_img Dirk Kuyt Brace yourselves for the strangest transfer rumour you’ll hear since Real Madrid signed Thomas Gravesen.Barcelona have been heavily linked with Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho in the last few weeks, but The Metro believe the European champions are actually eyeing another Reds cult hero.Dirk Kuyt, at the tender age of 35, has emerged as a surprise target for the Catalans after the La Liga giants were struck by a chronic injury crisis to go with their ongoing transfer embargo.Could Barca really move for the veteran Dutchman in January? Imagine: Messi, Neymar and….Kuyt?Some of the best fan reaction to the speculation is below: 1last_img