La Liga: Sevilla beat Real Sociedad, Espanyol suffer 4th straight home defeat

first_imgSevilla beat Real Sociedad 3-2 on Sunday to stop the Basque visitors from going top of a tightly contested Spanish league.Sevilla’s first win in three rounds left the top six teams including traditional powerhouses Barcelona and Real Madrid within two points of each other.Real Madrid leads after seven rounds. Granada, which has just returned to the top flight, is one point back in second, ahead of Atlético Madrid on goal difference. Barcelona, Sociedad and Sevilla are two points off the pace.”In this league, each win is a conquest,” Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui said. “It was a very demanding game against a rival with lots of talent. They scored right at the start, and that gives more merit to the way we came back.”Sociedad forward Mikel Oyarzabal opened the scoring four minutes into the match after Adnan Januzaj stole the ball near the touchline and placed a perfectly weighted pass through the defense for his teammate to fire home his fourth goal of the season.Sevilla equalized through Manuel “Nolito” Agudo in the 18th, who expertly curled in a pass from Ever Banega.The hosts then caught Sociedad off guard on a quickly taken free kick that put Lucas Ocampos in the area, where he cut back to juke around the last defender before blasting a shot from a tight angle past goalkeeper Miguel Moya.Joan Jordán hit the woodwork for Sevilla before Franco Vázquez got a third with 10 minutes to go.Cristian “Portu” Portugués scored the visitors’ second goal in the 87th from a pass by Martin Odergaard, who was Sociedad’s best playmaker.advertisement”It was too bad we couldn’t hang on to the lead a little while longer to make them nervous, their equalizer arrived too soon,” Sociedad coach Imanol Alguacil said. “We weren’t comfortable and their second goal was a big blow. But we didn’t give up, so I am satisfied for the effort of my team.”COACH ON THE ROPESEspanyol coach David Gallego is under pressure from fans after his side lost for the fourth time in as many home games. Espanyol lost 2-0 to Valladolid at its RCDE Stadium and finished the match with 10 men.Valladolid’s Michel Herrero converted a first-half penalty kick and Oscar Plano added another goal in stoppage time. Espanyol defender Fernando Calero was sent off with a direct red card in the 65th for fouling a player with only the goalkeeper to beat.Gallego was promoted from the club’s reserve team this offseason after Joan “Rubi” Ferrer left to take over Spanish rival Real Betis. The team finished in seventh place and qualified for the Europa League last season, but it has struggled under Gallego.Its main problem is in attack. Without striker Borja Iglesias, who also left for Betis this summer, it has scored just once in four home losses. Overall it has one win and is in the relegation zone after six rounds.”The fans are the boss. I can only accept what they say from the stands, but it won’t influence how I work,” Gallego said. “I believe I can turn this around. I haven’t figured it out yet as far as results go, but we are playing better. I am a fighter, a hard worker and won’t give up.”OTHER RESULTSAlavés ended a three-match losing streak with a 2-0 win against relegation-threatened Mallorca. Eibar earned a second consecutive win by defeating Celta Vigo 2-0, and Levante’s Hernani Santos scored and was sent off with two bookings in a 1-1 draw with Osasuna.Also Read | Manchester United beat Liverpool to register maiden Women’s Super League victoryAlso Read | French League: Kylian Mbappe and Neymar combine to give PSG 1-0 win over Bordeauxlast_img read more

Nile River basin countries to benefit from UNaided water management plan

The 10 countries within the Nile River basin will benefit from better access to information on the availability, use and development potential of the Nile resources they share under a new project to improve water management in the region, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.“The Nile waters bear tremendous potential as a lever for social and economic development, but at the moment, the inability to jointly plan water development, reach agreement on equitable sharing of benefits and attract investment has delayed the use of this resource for the benefit of the people living in the Nile basin region,” FAO’s Chief of Water Resources, Development and Management Service Pasquale Steduto said.With an average per capita gross domestic product of $400, far below the African average, the 10 countries – Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda – can ill afford further delays in making the most of the important resource of the world’s longest river.The $5 million project, funded by the Government of Italy and with FAO assistance, will support basin-wide initiatives to integrate technical data with demographic, socio-economic and environmental information to examine how specific policies and projected water use patterns will affect water resources.It will develop surveys and case studies on the links between water management practices and rural livelihoods and food insecurity. Within this context, a basin-wide survey will be conducted to assess current and potential water use and water productivity in rain-fed and irrigated agriculture. A further case study concerns the analysis and improvement of water productivity through crop management.The project will be carried out under the umbrella of the Nile Basin Initiative, a regional partnership launched by Nile riparian states in 1999 to facilitate the common pursuit of sustainable development and management of the Nile basin, an area of some 3.1 million square kilometres, around 10 per cent of the African continent.Earlier work has already produced tangible results, including the establishment of a trans-boundary hydro-meteorological monitoring network and national databases containing hydro-meteorological and water use data, as well as information on land use, land cover and soil type. read more