Asensio lifts second-string Real Madrid at Leganes

Asensio lifts second-string Real Madrid at Leganes

Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio struck an 89th-minute volley to give the floundering European champions a badly-needed 1-0 win at Leganes on Thursday in a King's Cup quarter-final first leg.

Real coach Zinedine Zidane left out Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in a largely second-string side but not even the injection of youth could breathe life into his team until Asensio's late goal ended a run of three games without a win.

Real struggled against a weakened Leganes team showing eight changes from the 3-2 La Liga defeat by Real Betis on Monday, indicating the host' lack of enthusiasm for the Cup despite supporters packing out their Butarque stadium.

Mateo Kovacic blasted Real's best chance wide before halftime and goalkeeper Kiko Casilla swatted away a Claudio Beauvue volley to deny Leganes shortly before Spain international Asensio met Theo Hernandez's cross at the near post and buried it low in the bottom corner.

We can't say that we played very well but we got a result which is very important to our chances of winning the tie," Zidane told reporters.

We now need to go on a winning run, we have to be patient and believe that we can do it if we all pull together. This win is a chance for us to string two, three or four wins together.

The second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu is on January 24.


Pakistan Warns of 'Befitting Response' To Any Misadventure

Pakistan Warns of 'Befitting Response' To Any Misadventure

Faisal said Pakistan had shared concerns on Kashmir with the international community and was also engaged with the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP)

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan today said India's confrontational attitude may lead to a "strategic miscalculation" and warned of "befitting response to any misadventure" following


Giant pandas arrive in Finland in Chinese charm offensive

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Finland on Thursday welcomed a panda pair after a long plane ride from their native China, which leased the fluffy animals to the Nordic nation to strengthen ties. As part of "Panda Diplomacy" -- China's historic use of the charming creatures to foster relations with trade partners -- Jin BaoBao (Flurry) and Hua Bao (Snow) were greeted by a Chinese and Finnish delegation at the Helsinki Airport, before making their way to the Ahtari Zoo, 325 kilometres (200 miles) north of the capital. A zookeeper and a veterinarian accompanied the pair to make sure the 6,500 kilometre voyage from China's southwestern Sichuan province to Helsinki was as pleasant as possible, the Ahtari Zoo said in a statement. During the trip, the pandas also got food and drink, naturally. Their packed lunch included their favourite foods: bamboo, carrot, apple and panda cakes," panda keeper Anna Palmroth said. The animals will live in an indoor enclosure. The public will be able to meet the cuddly mammals for the first time on February 17. They get to go to their own indoor enclosures where they have fresh bamboo to make their adaptation easier," Palmroth said. The Finnish climate resembles that of the panda's natural habitat in China's Qionglai Mountains, where the animals are used to snow. During the first few days, we will monitor the pandas' behaviour and appetite intensively," she added. In the first visit by a Chinese leader to Finland since 1995, President Xi Jinping in 2017 announced China would lease the pandas to the zoo for 15 years to mark Finland's 100th anniversary of its independence. China is Finland's fifth largest trading partner. There are an estimated 1,864 giant pandas left in the wild, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and they can only be found in certain parts of south central China.

Ben Stokes’ court date clashes with England Twenty20 comeback match

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Ben Stokes’ court date clashes with England Twenty20 comeback match • Stokes must attend affray charge hearing on day of NZ game
• Trevor Bayliss says Stokes not guaranteed to regain place in side

The England all-rounder Ben Stokes is due to appear in court on an affray charge on the same day he was supposed to be making his international comeback in a Twenty20 tri-series match in New Zealand.

Avon and Somerset


Ryan re-run: Boy attacked in school allegedly by class 6 girl, principal held

In a horrific incident reminiscent of the murder of a seven-year-old student at the Ryan International School in Gurgaon, Hrithik Sharma, a Class 1 student was stabbed by a senior in a Lucknow school on Tuesday.

According to the police, Hrithik in a statement on Wednesday told them a "didi with boy-cut hair" took him to the bathroom on the second floor, slapped and then stabbed him.

The boy has been admitted to the trauma centre of King George's Medical University, where UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited him on Wednesday.

Hrithik has identified the perpetrator and police are questioning the 12-year-old Class 6 girl student.

Talking to the media, SSP Lucknow Deepak Kumar said, "He was attacked by a girl student of class 6 with a knife used to chop vegetables. We have sent the hair of the girl found on the body of the child, for DNA test. She will be presented before Juvenile Justice Board soon.

Meanwhile, Reena Manas, the principal of Brightland school has been taken under police custody. The school has also been slapped with a showcause notice by the district inspector of schools.

On Thursday morning parents staged a protest outside the school.

The similarities between the Lucknow and Gurgaon incidents are eerily similar.

Both the incidents took place in the school toilets. And the reason for the gruesome act? The senior wanted the Lucknow school to close early.

Seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur, a student of Class 2 at Ryan International was found with his throat slit in the school bathroom on September 8, 2017.

Probing the incident, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) took a 16-year-old student of the same school in custody on charges of murdering Pradyuman.

According to the CBI, the teenager killed his schoolmate in a bid to postpone examinations.


Ryan re-run case: Shocking details

LUCKNOW: A Class 1 student was attacked in school with a knife, allegedly by a girl who is his senior, in Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow - a case that is chillingly similar to the murder of a seven-year-old at Gurgaon's Ryan International School.

The police said on Tuesday morning, a Class 6 girl of Brightland School called the six-year-old boy, took him to the toilet and attacked him with a kitchen knife, which has been found. The 11-year-old girl had told the child, "If I attack you and harm you, only then will the school announce a holiday.

The school's principal Rachit Manas allegedly hid the incident for a day. He has been arrested for negligence. Security cameras in the school allegedly didn't cover the toilet where the incident took place, as they should have. Hair has been found on the boy that matches the girl's hair. We have sent it for DNA profiling. The incident involves children, so we will bring the matter before a juvenile justice board," said senior police officer Deepak Kumar. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited the boy in hospital today; he has deep wounds on the chest and stomach, but is out of danger.

I was informed by the school that my son is injured, that he has been attacked with knife by a girl," said the boy's father. As news of the attack spread and images went viral on social media, many parents panicked about the safety of their children. The director of the school, Veena Vyas, said, "I am taking all the precautions in view of Ryan International school case.

Last year, seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur, a Class 2 student in the Ryan International School, was found with his throat slit near a school washroom. The police have charged a 16-year-old student who, they say, believed that a death would force the school to put off an exam and a parent-teacher meeting he was desperate to avoid. The Ryan killing jolted the nation and many schools increased their security and installed more CCTV cameras.


Cocaine found in fresh pineapples

Cocaine found in fresh pineapples

Police in Portugal and Spain said they seized hundreds of kilograms of cocaine hidden inside fresh pineapples, and arrested nine members of a gang that had transported the drug from South America.

The seizure, from shipping containers, was part of an ongoing investigation across both countries that started April 2017, police said on Wednesday.

Aside from the 745 kg (1,642 pounds) of cocaine seized and the arrests, police also dismantled a laboratory where the drug was cut with additives.

This organised international group had repeatedly brought large quantities of cocaine to the European continent,” Portuguese investigators said in a statement.

The Iberian Peninsula is a major entry point for cocaine and other drugs to Europe, either directly from Latin America or via North and West Africa.

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