Liverpool vs Napoli Live score Champions League Live streaming: Liverpool’s hopes hanging by a thread

Liverpool vs Napoli Live score Champions League Live streaming: Liverpool have no choice but to win this match to stand a chance at progressing. (Reuters Photo)

Liverpool vs Napoli Live score Champions League Live streaming: The final matchday of the Champions League group stage begins and, unlike what was the case in 2017/18, quite a few giants stand a chance of an early exit. The most tangled group of them all is C where three of the four teams still stand a chance of progressing to the Round of 16.

There are a whole lot of permutations revolving around the two matches on Wednesday but the bottom line is that last season’s runners-up Liverpool will need to beat Napoli at Anfield to stand any chance of progressing to the next round.

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Liverpool vs Napoli Live score Champions League Live streaming: Napoli will be through if they draw, or if they lose and PSG are also beaten. PSG will be through if they win, or if Liverpool do not gain victory. Liverpool must win to have any chance of progress. If PSG win, Liverpool must win 1-0 or by two goals or more. If Liverpool, Paris and Napoli all finish on nine points, the English club would finish first on the three-way head-to-head, with second place depending on the scoreline at Anfield.

Making Space for All

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All set for the Biennale. (Ramees)

A day before the Kochi Muziris Biennale (KMB) opened its doors for the public, curator Anita Dube was seen carefully reviewing the exhibits and the display. It has been a rather eventful year for her and the Biennale: if in March, Manju Sara Rajan stepped down as the CEO of Biennale amid allegations of financial mismanagement, in August, Kerala was deluged after unprecedented rainfall, and, in October, artist and KMB co-founder Riyas Komu stepped down after allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

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There was no halt in the preparations that have led to the Biennale though. Dube travelled to more than 30 countries for the shortlist of 90 plus artists who will participate in the fourth edition of the KMB that begins today.

The walls leading up to the venues — including, among others, Aspinwall House, Pepper House, Kashi Art Cafe and Durbar Hall — are also dressed with colourful graffiti painted by artists who have been part of the Graffiti Residency for the last two months. These, like all else that comprises the Biennale, connects with Dube’s “curatorial adventure” of exploring “possibilities for a non-alienated life”. “In this dream, those pushed to the margins of dominant narratives will speak: not as victims, but as futurisms’ cunning and sentient sentinels,” read the press statement.

The display is an outcome of that vision. The headliners include the Guerilla Girls, an anonymous group of women artists who discuss sexism and racism that exists within the art world. If Austrian artist Valie Export is one of the most important feminist artists in the post-war era, South African artist Marlene Dumas is best known for her portraits of the marginalised. Also, on display is the work of Cuban performance artist Tania Bruguera, recently imprisoned in her home country for organising a protest against new regulations that would limit artistic expression in Cuba. Goshka Macuga from Poland and the artist collective Otolith Group have both featured in the shortlist for the prestigious Turner Prize.

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The Indian artists include Nilima Sheikh, Anju Dodiya, Chitra Ganesh and Annu Palukunath Mathew.

Often described as the People Biennale’s, during this edition Dube has an official platform for anyone who wants to be a participant at the Biennale. The Cabral Yard will comprise Knowledge Lab, where anyone can display their personal work or online content, from music to film, literature and videos. “The laboratory will attempt to remove hierarchies of knowledge. I am keen for the audience to become an active participant rather than being a passive consumer of culture,” says Dube. External curators, meanwhile, have been invited to manage the Infra Projects – the Edible Archives, Sister Library, Srinagar Biennale and Vyams Project.

While several artists have responded to the recent floods in Kerala in their work, the Biennale is also assisting in relief. At least a dozen homes of 600 sq ft each are expected to be built next summer from the remains of the structure that has been constructed at Cabral Yard. An auction — comprising works by more than 40 artists, including Dayanita Singh, Subodh Gupta and Anish Kapoor — will be held held on January 18 to garner proceeds for the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund. During the course of the Biennale, the music collective Oorali will travel to flood-affected areas in their tour bus that has been modified to open up as a stage, performing to express gratitude to the fishermen who rescued several people.

ISL: FC Pune City get another win and revenge on Goa

FC Pune City produced a spirited display to register a 2-0 win over FC Goa in a Hero Indian Super League clash. (Source: ISL) 

FC Pune City produced a spirited display to register a 2-0 win over FC Goa in a Hero Indian Super League clash in Pune on Tuesday. A terrific striker from Marcelinho in the 74th minute and a late penalty from Marko Stankovic (90+4′) separated the two sides as Pune kept consecutive clean sheets. With only one point from three previous games, FC Goa’s struggles after the international break in November continued and they find themselves in the fourth spot with 17 points.

Pune, meanwhile, have climbed to the seventh spot with their second consecutive win, and more importantly avenged their 2-4 hammering in Goa when interim coach Pradyum Reddy had just taken charge. Goa dominated possession in the early stages of the game as Pune willingly dropped deep and set themselves up for quick counters. Hugo Boumous initiated a good move in the 12th minute as he picked out Seriton Fernandes’ run on the right flank. The full-back returned the favour with a cross into the centre but Boumous, who got on the end of it, sent his effort wide.

Pune had an excellent chance to take the lead in the 17th minute when Iain Hume’s long diagonal over the top for Marcelinho caught Goa’s defence off-guard. Seriton tracked back and nicked the ball off the Brazilian with a last-ditch tackle. With the match turning out to be an end-to-end affair, Goa threatened again in the 22nd minute. Edu Bedia’s lob allowed Brandon Fernandes to dribble into the box and force a good save from Kamaljit Singh.

With three minutes left for the end of the first half, Mandar Rao Dessai’s cut-back from the left found Ferran Corominas in the centre of the box and the forward laid the ball off for Edu to send a powerful effort that hit the crossbar.

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Goa pulled the strings again after the break but Pune had no plans to sit back despite Goa’s dominance. In the 55th minute, Ashique Kuruniyan sneaked towards the byline and chipped a good cross for Nim Dorjee Tamang whose close-range header was parried away by Mohammad Nawaz.

Ahmed Jahouh took it upon himself to take the Pune defence out of the equation with a swerving strike from outside the box in the 70th minute but Kamaljit produced an exceptional save to tip the ball away.

A minute later, Mourtada Fall’s failure to clear the ball allowed Marcelinho to dribble into the box at the other end but the Brazilian forward’s shot was brilliantly saved by Nawaz.

The Brazilian worked his magic to give Pune the lead in the 74th minute. Sarthak Golui’s pass found Marcelinho in space outside the box and the latter unleashed a beautiful curling strike that kissed the back of the net.

Jahouh hit the post with a similarly outstanding effort at the other end two minutes later as Goa sought an equaliser. Despite Goa pouring forward in attack, Pune held them off well and won a penalty late on when Marko Stankovic was held by Mohammed Ali. The midfielder stepped up and converted from 12 yards to seal a hard-fought victory for Pune City.

Food and Fun

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Written by Zeenish Imroz

Comic artist Abhijeet Kini has found an unusual muse — Mumbai’s iconic dabbawalas, who he turns into superheroes in his book, Dabbawala. It was launched at Comic Con Delhi, recently along with two of his other books, Sanskarshala and Rhyme Fighters.

Kini calls the dabbawalas “Mumbai Tcha Superhero” (Mumbai’s Superhero). “To me that is a superpower. You are feeding people home food without fail,” says Kini, adding that, for over a century, dabbawalas have had an error ratio of one in eight million.

A collection of satirical rhymes written and drawn by Kini, Rhyme Fighters revolves around the unsung heroes such as traffic cop, paanwala and the beggar.

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Kini believes comics to be an informal way to communicate. “If you compare a history textbook with an Amar Chitra Katha comic book, you have better retention through the comic because you see the rulers and the wars happening,” he says.

India has always had a culture of comic books and the genre is becoming increasingly popular due to initiatives such as Comic Con.

Independent publishers are emerging. Kini says that the response to his works have been flattering but, because of limited publishers, budget issues and inventory storage, they only print a small number compared to the big players.
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Hockey World Cup 2018: Excitement high as Dutch set up an Indian date

Netherlands’ star forward Jeroen Hertzberger, who has been among the top goalscorers for the Dutch against India in the past few years, said he is excited for the contest. (PTI Photo)

The stage is set – India to face Netherlands in the quarterfinal clash on Thursday. As many expected, Netherlands reigned supreme over Canada in the cross-over tie, picking an easy 4-0 win. Despite a cagey first quarter, Balk Lars and Robbert Kemperman put their side into a 2-0 lead at half-time. In the next 15 minutes, Thijs van Dam and Thiery Brinkman doubled the lead, making the final quarter a mere formality.

Despite the dominant performance, the discussion shifted to Netherlands’ next clash against India as soon as the final whistle blew. Even the Canada captain Tupper Scott was asked to weigh in on the two teams. “I would not know the two teams’ mindset. But I would see an exciting contest in store – with both of them attacking, and trying to outdo each other,” he said after the match.

Netherlands’ star forward Jeroen Hertzberger, who has been among the top goalscorers for the Dutch against India in the past few years, said he is excited for the contest. “It’s an exciting game. We are very excited to see if we can do well. We need to focus on performing well, not let anything outside the lines influence us. We need to have confidence in our game,” he said.

Facing a struggling Canada, who were entering the contest on the back of a 5-1 defeat against the hosts, Netherlands were always expected to be India’s next challenge in the tournament. Speaking to reporters at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar earlier in the day, India captain Manpreet Singh was also quizzed on the prospects of the contest. “Most likely we will face Netherlands. The past results matter a lot – because Netherlands have a better result against us. But, we have played well against them recently. We have also beaten them, we drew against them at Champions Trophy. Indian Hockey has improved a lot. The match will be tough, and which ever team plays better will win,” he had said.

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The two sides may be separated by one place on the world rankings- India are fourth while Netherlands are fifth – but the Dutch have fared well against the hosts in the past. In the 103 games played between the two sides, India are on the wrong side of a 33-48 record. The country is also home of the Hoofdklasse, one of the biggest hockey tournaments in the world that has featured the likes of Argentina’s Gonzalo Peillat and Hertzberger himself in the past few years.

India, on the other hand, enter the World Cup on the back of a disastrous Commonwealth Games campaign, followed by a massive upset at the Asian Games. The Hockey India League, an attempt to replicate the IPL-style format in hockey in the country, was also scrapped earlier this year.

But Hertzberger said the league back home does not necessarily put them as the favourites in the quarterfinals. “On the one hand, because you play more games under stress in hockey league at home. On the other hand, India have Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, Asian Champions Trophy – all of which do not. We only have the Europeans, they have other games to make up for the experience. Their advantage is that they can train more together – we have not as much time to train together as India,” he said.

One of the biggest challenges for the Dutch side will be to silence a 15,000-strong home crowd at Kalinga Stadium on Thursday when the two teams square off. But Netherlands coach Caldas Max pegged down the worries of the same. “We are used to playing against vast crowds. We have also played India in the past, here. So, the crowd is not a worry,” he said.

India A complete 3-0 rout of New Zealand A

Ankit Bawne scored 48 to lead India A to a 3-0 whitewash.

Punjab teammates Anmolpreet Singh and Siddharth Kaul led India A to a 3-0 whitewash of New Zealand after a 75-run victory in the third and final unofficial ODI in Mount Maunganui on Tuesday.

With series already in the bag, India A rested key players including openers Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal.

Getting his maiden opportunity, Anmolpreet struck 71 off 80 balls at the top of the order to help India A post 275 for eight in 50 overs. His opening partner Ishan Kishan made 39 while Ankit Bawne and Vijay Shankar scored 48 and 42 respectively.

Considering the previous two games were high-scoring affairs, the game was expected to go down to the wire.

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However, New Zealand A never got going in the chase and folded for 200 in 44.2 overs. Kaul was India A’s standout bowler, ending with figures of four wickets for 37 runs in seven overs.

The game also marked the end of the tour. In the unofficial Test series that preceded the ODIs, all three games were drawn.

Sara Ali Khan is resplendent in this sky blue Prabal Gurung dress

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Sara Ali Khan gave us major fashion goals in this outfit. (Source: Tanya Ghavri/Instagram)

Sara Ali Khan might be one film old but the starlet is already forcing us to take notice of her. While she is being lauded for her performance in her debut film, Kedarnath, her sartorial choices are also receiving much praise. She was recently spotted in a sky-blue outfit from Prabal Gurung. Styled by celebrity stylist Tanya Ghavri, the blue dress was teamed with matching heels.

It is the blue eyeliner that has all our attention though and we feel the actor did a great job in pulling that off. The look was completed with hair styled in soft curls, dark kohl eyes and nude lips.

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Prior to this, she was spotted in an ensemble by Varun and Nidhika. Styled by Tanya Ghavri, the actor looked lovely in the mint colour dhoti pants. We love the way the hair was styled. Minimal make-up and matching jutti completed the look.

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The actor also stunned in a beige sequinned short kurta that was teamed with a pair of matching sharara pants. Minimal make-up and hair that was styled into beautiful beach waves rounded out the look. Needless to say, the actor gave us some serious ethnic fashion goals in this outfit.

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Sara Ali Khan promoting her movie Kedarnath. (Source: APH Images)

She also bowled us over in an embroidered and embellished ankle-length straight suit that she donned recently. Styled by Ghavri, the ensemble was completed with a pair of earrings and golden pointed heels.

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We think the actor looks lovely.

Chelsea fan denies Raheem Sterling abuse was racist 

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Raheem Sterling had posted a statement on Instagram in which he said that newspapers were fuelling racism in football due to their negative portrayal of young black players in comparison to their white counterparts. (Reuters)

A Chelsea supporter has admitted directing abuse at Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling but said the vitriol was ‘not racist in nature’ after the club suspended four people from Stamford Bridge over Saturday’s incident. A police investigation was launched after a video posted online showed the 24-year-old England international being shouted at by fans as he went to collect the ball during City’s 2-0 Premier League defeat at Stamford Bridge.

One of the supporters identified said that he had directed insults at Sterling but that they were not racist in nature. “I’m deeply ashamed by my own behaviour and I feel really bad,” Colin Wing, 60, was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. Wing said he used an expletive along with the word “Manc” rather than “black.”

“I’ve been going to Chelsea for 50 years now and, because of where I sit, I’m picked up on the camera most weeks. If I had a history of saying this sort of thing I would’ve been caught by now,” he added.

The supporter offered his apologies to the player and said he had lost his season ticket and his job. “Even if it wasn’t racist, it’s not right what I said. Even the swearing is bad — but I got carried away,” he added.

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A Chelsea statement on Monday said that four people had been banned while the investgation continues and that the club “will also fully support any criminal prosecutions”. A spokesperson from the club told Reuters they would not be commenting any further at this stage.

No arrests were made after Saturday’s match but the Metropolitan Police said they would review footage to determine whether any racist abuse took place.

Sterling had posted a statement on Instagram on Sunday in which he said that newspapers were fuelling racism in football due to their negative portrayal of young black players in comparison to their white counterparts.

His comments were echoed by the Professional Footballers’ Association and former players such as John Barnes.

Disha Patani dazzles in this sequin off-shoulder gown by Falguni Shane Peacock

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Disha Patani shines in this outfit. (Source: Tanya Ghavri/Instagram)

Disha Patani has an enviable physique. She also has a great fashion sense. The actor was recently spotted looking gorgeous in a sequin off-shoulder gown by Falguni Shane Peacock. Styled by celebrity stylist Tanya Ghavri, the outfit perfectly complemented her svelte frame. Hair styled into beach waves, nude shade of make-up and earrings rounded out the look.

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Prior to this, the actor was also spotted walking the ramp for designer Tarun Tahiliani. She stunned in a heavily embelllished black and beige lehenga. We really liked the matching sheer lehenga with 3D floral work that was teamed with the outfit. The bejewelled noodle straps of the blouse not only stood out but also added a glam quotient to the outfit. Dark kohl eyes, messy bun, matching bangles and a statement neckpiece rounded out the look.

The designer’s collection had a wonderful fusion of traditional and contemporary wear. Vibrant colours like red and orange dominated the collection.

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Disha Patani stuns in this 3D floral printed lehenga. (Source: APH Images)

The actor also impressed us as she appeared on the cover of Travel+Leisure India magazine’s October issue. The photoshoot took place in Israel and Patani looked radiant in a floral printed ensemble that consisted of an off-shoulder crop top and a ruffled, thigh-high slit skirt. Bright red lips, a pair of white heels, and hair styled in soft curls completed the look.

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Patani gives us both fitness and fashion goals and it is interesting to see her sartorial picks.

Viswanathan Anand turns 49: Chess grandmaster shows off birthday card made by son

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Anand is the first Asian to hold the FIDE World Chess Championship and became undisputed world champion in 2007. (Source: Express Archive Photo)

Chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand turns 49 on Tuesday. In a tweet that he posted, Anand showed the birthday card that Akhil, his seven-year-old son, had prepared for him and a homemade birthday cake that Anand said had to wait until he returned from school.

“Thanks everyone! Has been a lovely birthday! Waking up to this is always special. The cake has to wait for Akhil to come from school! But i did get to lick the beater”

Anand was most recently in action during the inaugural Tata Steel Chess India Rapid & Blitz tournament held in Kolkata where he won the Blitz portion of the event. Earlier in 2018, he won the 11th Tal Memorial tournament (rapid section) with a score of 6/9.

Anand is India’s first chess grandmaster, achieving the title in 1988 at the age of 19. He is also the first Asian to hold the FIDE World Chess Championship and became undisputed world champion in 2007. He went on to defend his title in 2010 and 2012. In 2013, he lost the title to Norwegian star Magnus Carlsen. He is also only the fourth player to pass 2800 Elo mark on the FIDE ratings after Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik and Vaselin Topalov. He won the World Rapid Chss Championship in 2003 and 2017.