– Tournament to kick-off December 15 in LindenHAVING partnered with Top Brandz under their Corona Beer product, the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) will on December 15 at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground in Linden, kick-off their inaugural ‘Super 16 Year-End Classic’, featuring 16 teams.The knockout-formatted tournament was launched on Saturday at the GFF’s Headquarters, Section ‘K’ Campbellville where it was also announced that Jamaican Dancehall Artiste ‘Popcaan’ will be on show after the finals on January 1, at the Guyana National Stadium.The participating teams are: Ann’s Grove, Buxton United, Camptown, Cougars, Den Amstel, Fruta Conquerors, Grove Hi-Tech, Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Guyana Police Force (GPF), Indigenous All-Stars, Milerock, New Amsterdam (NA) United, Pouderoyen, Victoria Kings, Western Tigers and Winners Connection.The winning team will go home with $2M, second place $1M while third and fourth placed teams is expected to pocket $500,000 and $250,000 respectively.According to the GFF’s president Wayne Forde, the tournament marks the start of a regularisation process for ‘Year-End’ football in Guyana, while the Federation seeks to regulate football played in the country.Looking at the tournament which starts next Friday in Linden, Forde said he was happy to partner with Top Brandz Distributors, since they share a common interest, which is to see the growth of Football in Guyana.Top Brandz Distributors’ Marketing Manager, Marvin Wray, noted that “this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship that will last for years. We believe in the GFF and the Guyanese culture.”Wray told the gathering of media and officials of the participating teams that his company is looking forward to their relationship with the GFF and that together, they can truly take the game forward.
The league which started in 2015, had mouth-watering cash prizes for the winning teams and took topflight tennis to eight different cities across Nigeria. Team Offikwu which debuted last year one the trophy with a N7 million cash prize while Team Tombim which was ruunner-up got N5 million. Teams Civil Defence and FCT which placed third and fourth got N3 million and N2 million respectively.Godwin Kienka, director of the International Tennis Academy which runs the event, said the opening ceremony will be a celebration of tennis and our youth from other fields.“We plan to have challenge matches between the top seniors and our best juniors as well as choreography and dance routines from the leading Lagos State Schools in those fields. It should be a very interesting evening and access will be unrestricted for the event.“However we shall keep details of this years package under wraps” said Kienka. Adding,“All we can say for now is that we have new teams and new cities that will be part of this year’s edition.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The 2017 NCC Tennis League draws ceremony which usually kick-starts the very lucrative tennis event has been scheduled to take place at the Ikoyi Club 1938 Tennis Section on Friday, June 30 2017 starting 3 pm.The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung is expected to attend as guest of honour while the Executive Vice Chairman & CEO of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta will be the chief host.
Much like his position implies, sophomore forward Nikola Jovanovic is always moving forward. Hailing from Belgrade, Serbia, Jovanovic came to the United States in order to pursue a career in basketball.His father played professionally in Europe for 15 years and gave Jovanovic his first exposure to the game.“My dad used to be a professional basketball player for 15 years but he never pushed me to play basketball or something like that, it came naturally to me,” Jovanovic said. “I remember I was like 10 years old, and I was watching his highlights and I took his arm and I asked him to make me practice and so he assigned me to a school basketball academy for one year and then to the Red Star Club and I stayed there for seven years.”Though his father never pushed him to play basketball, Jovanovic says his dad watches all of his games online despite a nine-hour time difference.“I always get a brief report after every game, something good and something bad,” Jovanovic said. “Usually, even if I play really well he always finds something that I need to do better, which really helps.”Jovanovic didn’t start playing forward until a growth spurt prompted his coaches to encourage him to give the position a try.“I’ve only been playing forward for the last three years because I’ve recently grown up,” Jovanovic said. “I was always behind my generation in physical strength so I was always playing two guard, three guard, sometimes point guard. When I turned 16 I was 6[-foot-]7 and coaches were starting to push me to play forward and every year I grew an inch and now I’m 6[-foot-]11 and now I’m always playing forward.”Jovanovic’s skill and growth garnered him a lot of attention and faced him with a difficult decision when he turned 18. He could either play professionally in Serbia or come to the United States and play college basketball.“My decision for college was very difficult because I was coming from Serbia and I had a bunch of offers but when I was looking at USC as a school and a basketball program in this town I couldn’t find anything better,” Jovanovic said. “USC was the obvious choice.”Jovanovic says he is glad he ended up in Los Angeles because he can see that head coach Andy Enfield and USC have already improved his play in just two seasons.“[Coach Enfield] is like my second dad,” Jovanovic said. “He improved my game systematically and individually. I got a better feeling for the game. I improved my shooting dramatically and I think my game overall got better. Especially since when I came in as a freshman I got the opportunity to play right away.”Jovanovic chose USC over offers from schools including Arizona, Vanderbilt, Columbia, Gonzaga, Washington and Oregon. Though he has experienced success in the States thus far, he admits that it was never his plan to leave Serbia.“I never saw myself in the States because I was playing professionally right when I turned 18 and they offered me a six year contract,” Jovanovic said. “But when you play pro over there you’re not able to go to school so I wasn’t able to get a degree and play basketball at a high level at the same time, you have to pick one of the two. I figured in the United States everything is balanced so you can do both at the same time.”Despite the long distance and cultural differences that separate Los Angeles and Serbia, Jovanovic said he had a very easy transition thanks to his teammates. He is especially close to fellow Serb, junior forward Strahinja Gavrilovic.“He is from Serbia as well and he is one year older than me and he really helped me to adapt and get a feeling for USC,” Jovanovic said. “The adjustment has been good, especially with great teammates and all the coaches.”The star forward hopes to earn a degree in business and work in banking investments and stocks should a career in the NBA not work out. Nonetheless, he is confident that he has a future in basketball.“Hopefully it takes me to the NBA, we’ll see after that,” Jovanovic said. “I think I have a bright future so hopefully that works out.”Jovanovic has enjoyed following the Clippers and the Lakers since moving to Los Angeles. Aside from his father, who is his biggest role model, he looks up to current NBA stars Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant and his friend and former Trojan standout Nikola Vucevic.“I like all of those players of course, but I want to build up my own style of game,” Jovanovic said.Though Jovanovic and the Trojans have struggled this season, posting an 11-18 overall and 3-14 conference record, he is excited about the promise his team has shown.“We’re the youngest team in the top five power conferences and we are mainly a freshman and sophomore squad,” Jovanovic said. “We’re so young and talented but we have a lot of potential. This year has been frustrating because maybe on paper we have better players but we lose close games because we are not able to score in the last five minutes and we have a lack of experience in our team but it’s going to turn around.”Jovanovic and the Trojans travel to Westwood on Wednesday to take on rivals UCLA in their last game of the season.
Captain Barrington Irving landed in Lauderdale Lakes on Friday for the unveiling of a plaque in his honor at Barrington Irving’s Bridge of Educational Excellence which connects the Vincent Torres Park with Park Lakes Elementary School.Captain Irving is renowned for becoming the youngest pilot to fly alone around the world in a single-engine airplane at the age of twenty-seven in 2007. He flew 30,000 miles in the plane named “Inspiration.” Captain Irving was inspired by a Jamaican airline pilot (who became his mentor) and decided to pursue a career in Aviation. He has since become a motivation for young students who aspire to be in the aviation field and those who have dreams that may seem impossible to obtain.Marching band and water saluteStudents from Boyd Anderson High School Marching Band played for the Captain during his arrival with Mayor Hazelle Rogers while Lauderdale Lakes Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Department provided a water salute. After the unveiling, Mayor Rogers accompanied Captain Irving to Park Lakes Elementary School, Lauderdale Lakes Middle School and Central Charter School within the city. “Need role models like Captain Irving,” Mayor Rogers“The children were so excited to be visited by the Captain,” said Mayor Rogers. They were fully engaged and excited and also full of questions. These are the strong young professional that we need to become mentors to our youth and I’m so proud to have Captain Irving in our city.” “Awesome visit,” IrvingIrving interacted with kids in their science classes and engaged them just like “The Flying Classroom” where instructional activities make learning content easier. “Today was an awesome visit for me!” said Captain Irving. “With today’s technology moving so fast, we are certainly in need of more professionals in so many different fields like aviation, marine biology and agriculture. These children represent our future.”
UKGC lifts Matchbook suspension August 12, 2020 Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Share This April, Paddy Power Betfair reported a lacklustre Q1 2018 trading update, in which the betting group detailed a decline in its Exchange revenues. As the FTSE operator tackles further enlargement pressures, can the Betfair Exchange maintain product and market dominance against ambitious incumbents seeking to slice apart ‘the exchange cake’…_________________It seems a long time ago since Betfair first floated on the London Stock Exchange and the prospectus spoke about the betting exchange being a “unique, disruptive platform” that had a “transformational impact” on the sports-betting market.Back in 2010, Betfair talked about the way that the exchange had “fundamentally changed” the world of sports betting. Come in the first-quarter trading statement from the enlarged Paddy Power Betfair, though, and you have to wait until the fourth paragraph of page two before any reference to the exchange is made.To compound the impression of a product which has lost its luster, the statement goes on to say that revenue for the exchange was down 7 percent for the first three months of the year due largely to lower horseracing commissions.Other than a brief explanation of the whys and wherefores of fixture cancellations and exchange revenue performance, that’s pretty much it. No further mention is made; not in relation to reviving the situation nor to any plans to potentially expand into the US with a product which could well thrive in any positive post-SCOTUS scenario.This eclipsing of the betting exchange’s importance within the parent organisation comes at a time of increased exchange competition, according to the analysts at Morgan Stanley.In a note issued ahead of the first-quarter results in late April, the MS team suggested the exchange was “the greatest point of diversification” for the Paddy Power Betfair online operation but also “an area where we see increased competitive risk.”Noting moves made by Matchbook, Betdaq and Smarkets to cut commission levels while upping their collective marketing spend, the analysts warned: “While the superior liquidity on Betfair forms a defensive moat, we do see scope for this gap to close or for Paddy Power Betfair to be pressured to cut commission levels to retain syndicate-based winners on the platform.”Eye off the ball“I think more people are questioning their Betfair use now,” says Shane McLaughlin, managing director at Betdaq, the now GVC Holdings owned betting exchange based in Dublin.To counter the liquidity question, McLaughlin says the launch of a 2 percent commission offer (well below Betfair’s standard 5 percent) means that perceptions have “changed somewhat.”Mark Brosnan – MatchbookAt Matchbook chief executive Mark Brosnan thinks that a “level of disillusionment” dating back to Betfair’s introduction of a premium charge in 2011 has contributed to punters looking elsewhere when it comes to their exchange preferences.“I think, on the whole, there is a sense that Betfair has lost focus on the exchange side of their business,” he says. “From the time the sportsbook was launched right through the Paddy Power merger and subsequent platform integration, the exchange has become a smaller and smaller part of the overall business.”Betfair for years hung its hat on a ‘winners welcome’ sign but for many that premise met its demise a long time back. “As soon as they had a client database they turned bookie,” says Ben Keith, founder and chief executive at Star Sports which also runs the Star Spreads business.He suggests that by straying far from that original message, it will have given the likes of Betdaq “hope”. But he still issues words of caution about the liquidity advantage. “Liquidity breeds liquidity,” he says.“It would be a mistake not to acknowledge the job that Betfair has done over the last 15 odd years, in educating customers as to the value of betting with an exchange,” says Brosnan.“It is obviously one of the main drivers behind the overall growth of the betting-exchange market but its complacency has left the door open for others to build on that position and not just take market share, but help grow the overall betting exchange market itself.”Shane McLaughlin – Betdaq“We just think there should be room for more than one dominant player,” says McLaughlin, who points out that where Betdaq has seen growth in recent months has been with the higher-spending exchange customers.The prize, though, would be making headway with the more mass-market customers. “Then we would really be driving success,” he says.To misquote The Wire, many have come at Betfair and as Brosnan points out, many have missed the target, the ill-fated WBX.com for one. But timing is everything and given that the focus of Paddy Power Betfair is currently elsewhere, there are reasons for the contenders to believe this time might be different.“There are two ways for us to think about market growth,” concludes McLaughlin. “First, it will be by developing more product, apps, presenting exchange betting as more generic. But we also want to see more growth from new regulated territories opening up.”
Newly Promoted Premier Leagues side Dreams FC has signed a partnership agreement with Rich Dons Catering Services.The one year deal with Rich Dons Catering Services will see the cuisine services provide food for the club during the 2015/16 Ghana Premier League season.This will be the second sponsorship deal for the Kweiman side after sealing a deal with EMWL Micro Finance a fortnight ago.Dreams FC are hoping to be a major force in their debut Premier league campaign which is expected to start early next year.Below is an official press statement from the club’s websitePRESS STATEMENT “Dreams FC today is extremely happy to announce the signing of a one year sponsorship deal with Rich- Dons Catering Services .Rich Dons thus become the official catering services partner for a one year period, starting on January 1, 2016 with an option for another year.Rich-Dons Catering Services will provide food for Dreams FC players free of charge and will also provide food for the presidential stand at the Dawu Sports Stadium during the 2015/2016 Football Season.Furthermore, Rich-Dons will refresh the media at all home games of Dreams FC.Executive Chairman of Dreams FC, Mr Kurt E.S.Okraku said “we are extremely happy to be associated with Rich-Dons Catering Services and look forward to having a fantastic relationship with this unique company”.Mr Richard Nii Odoi Charway, Executive Director at Rich-Dons Catering Services also said, “Dreams FC is a unique brand and we are happy to be associated with this wonderful platform. At Rich-Dons, we care and Dreams FC also care about its players and employees”.
“I sincerely regret that many that believed in this project will see their hopes and efforts unrewarded. They gave their best for which I am deeply grateful. Unfortunately, Mr. Dundon has elected this course of action.”What changed, if anything — and why Dundon seemed so set on reaching an agreement with the NFLPA so quickly — remains unclear, save for a simple and arguably inexplicable change of heart.But regardless of his motives, Dundon is the reason the AAF appears to be folding. The Alliance of American Football technically has not folded — not yet, at least. But when the AAF suspended its football operations Tuesday, the league told its players their termination date was April 3. Even though the AAF did leave open the possibility of a re-launch under new investment, Tuesday’s suspension was viewed by most as the end of the start-up professional football league that lasted just eight weeks in 2019.Which begs the question: If this is indeed the end of the AAF, how and why did it fold so quickly? AAF TIMELINE: How the Alliance evolved, ended so abruptlyThe answer to that question was elusive in the hours after the league, co-founded by Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian, ceased to operate. But there was one common denominator among all of the reports and theories as to what killed the AAF.His name is Tom Dundon.It is worth noting that the apparent collapse of the AAF is not related to TV ratings. Action Network’s Darren Rovell reported the league’s TV ratings were “respectable” through its inaugural season despite a significant drop-off after its opening weekend. Instead, the collapse appears to be tied directly to Dundon.The owner of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, Dundon committed $250 million to the AAF in February, an investment that reportedly kept the league afloat. He became the controlling owner of the league at that point, something Ebersol and Polian might now regret.Days before the AAF suspended football operations, Dundon told USA Today he needed cooperation from the NFL Players’ Association (NFLPA) in order to feed current NFL players into the league and, therefore, maintain the AAF’s viability — in Dundon’s mind, at least.”If the players’ union is not going to give us young players, we can’t be a development league,” Dundon said.Can confirm that Ebersol and Polian were not in agreement with Dundon to suspend operations of the AAF. But as majority investor, it was solely Dundon’s decision. https://t.co/Cp7Bn29aRU— Ryan Kartje (@Ryan_Kartje) April 2, 2019Currently, NFL players who sign “futures” contracts at the end of a given season are allowed to play in the AAF, but the NFLPA has not agreed to budge — at least not as quickly as Dundon apparently prefers — and allow active NFL players (and/or NFL practice squad players) to play in the AAF.The reasoning from the NFLPA, per USA Today:”A players’ union official did express serious concerns about the risks of lending active NFL players to the AAF. The official requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the issue.”The person said the players’ union is founded on the belief that using active NFL players and practice squad members for the AAF would violate the terms of the CBA and the restrictions that prevent teams from holding mandatory workouts and practices throughout the offseason. The limitations set in place are designed to ensure the safety and adequate rest and recovery time for football players. But there’s a concern that teams would abuse their power and perhaps force young players into AAF action as a condition for consideration for NFL roster spots in the fall. “The additional concern on the NFLPA’s part is that if an NFL player played in the AAF and suffered serious injury, that player would face the risk of missing an NFL season and lose a year of accrued experience, which carries financial ramifications for players.”Rovell reported Dundon had been funding the AAF on “a week-to-week basis,” and that as of Tuesday, he had invested $70 million of the $250 million he committed to the league.Which begs yet another question, and one to which even those in the AAF reportedly can’t fathom an answer: Why would Dundon waste $70 million and pull the plug on the league over a silly stare-down with the NFLPA?According to Pro Football Talk, which cited a source, “Dundon signed on to kick the tires. Once he realized how expensive it was to own and operate a sports league, he initially tried to cut costs. But that resulted in a cutting of functionality. He then pinned the league’s future to a deal with the NFL for permission to borrow its bottom-of-roster players.”Previously, Albert Breer of The MMQB had offered a possible explanation for Dundon’s actions: “Perception inside the AAF is that Dundon bought a majority stake in the league simply for the gambling app being developed.”Indeed, a technology sector in which MGM has invested is part of the AAF. The league reportedly had been developing a proprietary gambling application that would help drive league interest in an increasingly gambling-friendly sports environment. According to PFT, the technology “placed sensors on players and delivered real-time movements to cell phones with a delay in the milliseconds.”But according to Rovell, such a motive on the part of Dundon is unlikely from a legal perspective: “While Dundon is said to have liked the tech component of the business and owns the entire company, sources say it would not be legal for him to shut down the league in order to strip the assets.” Further, PFT reported Wednesday that Dundon does not own (or have the ability to own) the technology.MORE: Questions about AAF’s future remainCBS Sports’ Ben Kercheval offered a reminder Tuesday: The AAF is (was?) operating on a three-year plan. This is noteworthy because Dundon’s actions suggest he was not willing to wait three years — and invest more money — for the league to become whatever he hoped it would become.Ebersol and Polian have been clear from the beginning; the AAF was never supposed to compete with the NFL. It was supposed to be the opposite. The AAF would be somewhat of a developmental league in the spring — a Triple-A to MLB, of sorts — for fringe NFL roster players hoping to make it in the fall.But before it could become a true developmental league for the NFL, the AAF needed to develop on its own, hence the three-year plan. Natural financial complications aside, there is little reason to believe the AAF’s model was not sustainable. Dundon surely knew this when he promised to invest $250 million.”I am extremely disappointed to learn Tom Dundon has decided to suspend all football operations of the Alliance of American Football,” Polian said Tuesday in a statement (via ESPN). “When Mr. Dundon took over, it was the belief of my co-founder, Charlie Ebersol, and myself that we would finish the season, pay our creditors, and make the necessary adjustments to move forward in a manner that made economic sense for all. The momentum generated by our players, coaches and football staff had us well positioned for future success. Regrettably, we will not have that opportunity.
French Open 2019: Roger Federer sets up mouthwatering semi vs. Rafael Nadal by ousting Stan Wawrinka
In the process, the world No. 3 became the oldest man to reach the last four in Paris in the Open era since Pancho Gonzales did it at 40 in 1968.Wawrinka, who spent five hours on court in a dramatic win over Stefanos Tsitsipas last time out, beat Federer at this stage en route to claiming the title in 2015, but he could not repeat the feat as his best Grand Slam display since returning from a pair of left knee operations 22 months ago ended. Related News FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGEFederer – 63Wawrinka – 66PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVEFederer – 77/58Wawrinka – 71/46TOTAL POINTSFederer – 168Wawrinka – 152 French Open 2019: Novak Djokovic reaches quarterfinals for 10th straight year The three-time major winner became the first player at Roland Garros this year to take a set off Federer, the 37-year-old converting just two of the 18 break points that came his way.However, Federer, who came back from a break down in the third set, comfortably finished off the job after a delay of over an hour due to a storm when it was 3-3 in the fourth.Roger Returns @rogerfederer reaches his first Roland-Garros semi-final since 2012 in a gritty 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(5) 6-4 victory over Stan Wawrinka.https://t.co/yYB43UaItT #RG19 pic.twitter.com/UoRXYtG2jq— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 4, 2019Wawrinka avoided starting with a drop of serve when Federer missed with a forehand and the 20-time major winner, who came out on top in a sensational 26-shot rally in game five, had seen four opportunities go begging by the time the match reached 4-3 and remained on serve.The 2015 champion hit a pair of clean winners as he came under less pressure in his next service game and a seemingly inevitable tie-break was decided when Federer closed out after his opponent found the net with a backhand.The third seed once more missed an opening to take back-to-back games at the start of the second set, and Wawrinka punished him by breaking in the next with a sweeping cross-court forehand into the corner.Wawrinka then staved off a pair of break points to consolidate, though he required four chances to finally restore parity.Federer pegged the world No. 28 straight back after somehow failing to get a backhand slice from the forecourt across, only for a pair of misses to see him fail to take the third set.The 2009 champion saved two break points ahead of a second tie-break and, after he edged ahead with a sensational backhand volley to block Wawrinka’s attempt to pass him down the line, there was no looking back.Federer failed to convert another five break points before gloom and rain led to the covers coming out, but he pounced on Wawrinka’s second serve to move one game away from the victory.A stunning passing shot from Wawrinka canceled out the first match point and Federer double faulted on his second, but the third time proved the charm with a volley at the net. STATISTICAL BREAKDOWNRoger Federer  bt Stan Wawrinka  7-6 (7-4) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORSFederer – 53/49Wawrinka – 54/61ACES/DOUBLE FAULTSFederer – 5/2Wawrinka – 8/7BREAK POINTS WONFederer – 2/18Wawrinka – 2/5 Roger Federer continued his impressive French Open return by overcoming resilient Swiss counterpart Stan Wawrinka, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, in a thoroughly entertaining quarterfinal Tuesday.In a battle between close friends who displayed incredible shot-making throughout, it was Federer, at 37 making his first appearance at Roland Garros since 2015, who won the rain-interrupted encounter to set up a mouthwatering semifinal against longtime rival and 11-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal. French Open 2019: Sloane Stephens blown out as Johanna Konta surges into semifinals
Uganda’s chance to lead World Cup qualifying group (click to read)Group ESaturdayUganda v Congo Brazzaville 4pmSundayEgypt v Ghana 7pm ‘Mamma Janet we welcome you to the ministry of education and sports. As football people, we love you’ Eng. Moses Magogo #StateBanquet— Uganda FA [FUFA] (@OfficialFUFA) November 10, 2016Share on: WhatsApp Museveni does it in front of Cranes players. PHOTOS PPUPICTORIAL: President Yoweri Museveni hosted the Uganda national football team Cranes to a luncheon on Thursday at State House Entebbe to congratulate them upon qualifying for the African Cup Of Nations.“I promise to supplement your allowances and bonuses. I however appeal to you to be good ambassadors of Uganda. You should know that while sports promotes fitness, entertainment and character building, it also promotes the country,” Museveni said, before showing them his football skills.Museveni concluded by wishing the team well in Saturday’s upcoming fixture with Congo Brazzaville in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.The team was led by Sports minister Janet Museveni and FUFA president Moses Magogo. ‘Football has broken the vicious cycles of poverty’ – Eng. Moses Magogo #StateBanquet— Uganda FA [FUFA] (@OfficialFUFA) November 10, 2016
He won the football of possession although he lacked the verticality slept in recent times and that Setién will have to work. Messi was the only one who had clear ideas, but Granada was comfortable in his advanced defense. Griezmann helped in that combination, while Ansu Fati failed to overwhelm. Barça wanted to press up and accelerate in the last meters, but the shot was missing.The Argentine also recovered his traditional association with Jordi Alba, but with the passing of the minutes the victory to the points was for the Andalusians. The break did not serve Barça to see the goal path, although the pressure would bear fruit. A robbery from Vidal to Gonalons was not taken advantage of by the Catalan team in clear superiority against the goal Rui Silva and shortly after the club arrived from Granada.Those of Diego Martínez had the clearest after one hour of the game, but then the second yellow came for Germán. The expulsion was used by Barça to tighten again, with Riqui Puig in the field. The quarryman, whom he hopes to see the Camp Nou more, stole and allowed the two heel walls of Griezmann and Vidal with a Messi savior. Arthur’s entry finished securing the ball and the triumph of Barça at the premiere of his project with Setién.DATA SHEET.–OUTCOME: FC BARCELONA, 1 – GRANADA CF, 0. (0-0, at rest).– ALIGNMENTS.FC BARCELONA: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Vidal (Arthur, min. 83), Rakitic (Riqui Puig, min. 71); Messi, Griezmann and Ansu Fati (Carles Pérez, min. 80).GRANADA CF: Rui Silva; Víctor Díaz, Duarte, Germán Sánchez, Foulquier; Eteki (José Antonio, min. 72), Gonalons, Vadillo (Doors, min. 66), Machís, Azeez (Herrera, min. 56) and Carlos Fernández.–GOAL: 1 – 0, min. 76, Messi.–REFEREE: Pizarro Gómez (C. Madrid). He admonished Machís (min. 12), Germán (min. 59) and Carlos Fernández (min. 72) in Granada. He expelled Germán (min. 69) for a second yellow.–STADIUM: Camp Nou A goal of the Argentine in 76 ‘unlocks the game for the Catalans Barcelona beat Granada (1-0) at the premiere of Quique Setién on his bench, starting the second round at LaLiga Santander with three points that allow him to remain in the lead alongside Real Madrid, a start demanded by good work rival until the Andalusians were left with one less in the 69 ‘.Leo Messi, the best whoever the coach is, made the only goal of the cold night at the Camp Nou, with a lot of wind too, in the 76th minute, after a robbery by Riqui Puig and the Argentine walls with Griezmann and Arturo Vidal . One of the few times he managed to break the rival defense a Barça at times electrical but at times also lax ideas or verticality in the opposite field, where he lived almost the entire game.Granada, which won the first leg of the league champion, was once again a solid block and did not give a centimeter. He also tied Messi short, despite the fact that the ’10’ managed to stand out in his careers and his search for holes, or anyone who tried to invent near the area. 82% was the possession of Barça in the first half, a fundamental weapon for Setién. The first touch, the advanced pressure, the Cantabrian coach wanted to mark his line to follow.However, with sensitive casualties such as Luis Suarez, De Jong, Arthur – just out of injury – or Dembélé, it was difficult for Barça to capture his dominance in clear arrivals. Of course, Granada had no offensive presence, until Eteki met the post. The best in one hour of the game was Granada until, with one less, he lost serenity behind. The recovery that blessed Riqui Puig was culminated by Messi and Barça ended up comfortable with one more.Two weeks without a league gave much in the Barca. They started with the draw against Espanyol, another puncture in the last minutes, continued with the loss with the same script against Atlético in the Super Cup and ended with the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde. The expectation for the debut of Setién let intuit changes but not a revolution. It cost Barça to get a result that, in a fight with a Madrid that does not fail, is forced in addition to style.