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.

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Tigers cross 250

Tigers cross 250

Bangladesh lose their fourth wicket as Mahmudullah Riyad falls. Mahmudullah c NLTC Perera b Pradeep 24 (23b 2x4 1x6) SR: 104.

43. Mushfiqur swivels well to run two and bring up his fifty in style.

The 44th and the 45th over has seen Bangladesh batsmenn Mushfiqur and Riyad looking to free their arms. Mushfiqur Rahim executed a tricky scoop off Pradeep's slower delivery on the 44th over before running two off the next delivery to reach 50. Mahmudullah hit de Silva over long-on for six as Bangladesh reached 277 for three with five overs remaining.

Bangladesh lose their third wicket as Shakib Al Hasan falls after scoring 67. Shakib Al Hasan c & b Gunaratne 67 (63b 7x4 0x6) SR: 106.

Shakib gets out of a nothing delivery as he slaps the ball straight into the hands of bowler Asela Gunaratne. Frustrating end to Shakib's innigs and Bangladesh would have loved to see him carry on. Mahmudullah Riyad is the new batsman at the crease.

Mushfiqur Rahim is going strongly at the other end as he is on 39 off 32 balls. He is in good form as was showcased by his magnificent six off Thisan Perera in the 36th over, where he danced down the wicket and slapped the bowler over mid-off for six.

Bringing Shakib up the order is paying dividends for the Tigers as he struck a 50 off 50 deliveries. Mushfiqur Rahim is batting on 15.

33. 4: Shakib drives it to mid-off and hurries for a quick single and that brought up his 36th ODI fifty. A run-a ball 50 from the all-rounder.

Bangladesh lose their second wicket as Sri Lanka make the crucial breakthrough. Tamim Iqbal c Dickwella b Dananjaya 84 (102b 7x4 2x6) SR: 82.

Tamim Iqbal falls trying to play Dananjaya without getting to the pitch of the ball. The feet did not move adequately and he adjusted by reaching out for the ball. Got the slightest of nicks and Sri Lanka make the crucial breakthrough. The Tamim-Shakib partnership stops at 99. They put on 99 off just 86 runs and Bangladesh innings as Bangladesh innings gained momentum. Mushfiqur Rahim is the new batsman at the crease.

Tamim Iqbal is really looking to assert dominance now that he has reached his fifty. He went after Gunaratne in the 24th over hitting the bowler for consecutive sixes to pick up 15 runs in that over. In the next over an overpitched Nuwan Pradeep delivery did not go unpunished as Tamim drove it handsomely through the covers for four. The opener is on 73 off 87 deliveries while Shakib  Al Hasan is batiing on  25 off 26 deliveries.

21. Tamim Iqbal knocks the ball to mid on to take a single and bring up his 40th ODI fifty off 72 balls. It is his second successive fifty in the tri-series.

Shakib Al Hasan comes in and along with Tamim Iqbal, carries forward the early impetus provided by Anamul to take the score past 100.

Anamul kept living dangerously as he remained positive but always providing a chance for breakthrough and he was finally gone trying to hook Thisara Perera in the 15th over. Anamul left after scoring 35 runs as Shakib Al Hasan joined Tamim Iqbal at the crease.

Bangladesh reach 50 without loss after 10 overs in their match against Sri Lanka in the third ODI of the tri-nation series.

It has been a shaky start for Anamul Haque as he struck a couple of boundaries but also got lucky when he was dropped in the very first over. He then hit Akila Dananjaya for six in the 10th over and in the very next ball a difficult stumping opportunity was missed.

Anamul survived again as Lakmal found the edge of hid bat in the seventh over. Ball went to slips again and just fell wide of the fielder and ran away for four. Tamim on the other hand is looking pretty solid out there as he drives Nuwan Pradeep through the covers for four.

Tamim has been watchful while Anamul has looked to play his shots after the first five overs of play. Anamul is lucky to be still there after he played away from his body and was dropped at first slip by Kusal Mendis in just the third delivery of the very first over bowled by Suranga Lakmal. Tamim Iqbal followed him with a similar shot in the very next ball. An eventful first over. Tamim and Anamul then played two lovely straight drives for four runs as they presented the full face of the bat in the second and the third over respectively.

Bangladesh have won the toss and elected to bat first against Sri Lanka in the third ODI of the tri-nation series.

Tigers are buoyed by their win against Zimbabwe on the opening game of the tri-nation however Zimbabwe came back strongly with a brilliant win against Sri Lanka in their second game.

Lankan skipper Angelo Matthews is ruled out through an hamstring injury and in his absence Dinesh Chandimal will lead the side. Bangladesh have picked Mohammad Saifuddin to replace Sunzamul Islam in a bid to further strengthen the pace attack.

Upul Tharanga, Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal (wk & capt), Nuwan Pradeep, Kusal Mendis, Asela Gunaratne, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Wanindu Hasaranga, Niroshan Dickwella.

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Anushka Shetty on Bhaagamathie

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It was a mini-Baahubali reunion at the Bhaagamathie's audio launch as Anushka Shetty was joined by her co-stars Ramya Krishnan and Nasser at the event in Chennai along with the rest of the cast and crew. Suriya, who has also acted with Anushka in the Singham franchise, was also present as a special guest during the audio launch. The film's album has been scored by Thaman. Bhaagamathie would be Thaman's second album in Tamil after Vikram's Sketch.

Talking at the audio launch, the actress thanked her producers for trusting her with the role. I listened to the script of Bhaagamathie in 2012, almost five years back. Since I was busy shooting Baahubali and Rudhramadevi, I couldn't allocate dates for this film immediately. Later, I had to begin shooting for Rajinikanth's Lingaa and Size Zero. But the production house UV Creations waited till 2016 to start shooting since they trusted me with the character," said the actor. Anushka Shetty also described her role as a very challenging one as she is the central character in the film with several solo sequences. Jayaram, Asha Sharath and Unni Mukundan play essential characters in the movie and everyone has a fantastic part. Since the movie revolves around my character, a lot of screen time is dedicated to my part," she said.

Talking about Anushka Shetty, director Ashok described the Baahubali actor as a very dedicated artiste who goes the extra mile for her role. Anushka shed 20 kilos for her role by following a rigorous diet plan. She would also occasionally give her inputs to fine-tune the story in a better manner, and it has helped us a lot," he said. He further appreciated Thaman's music saying it would one of the talking points after the film hits the screens.

One song from the album, "Mandhaara" is now available on YouTube. Sung by Jyotsna Radhakrishnan the melody has lyrics penned by Viveka in Tamil. The Telugu version has words by Sreejo, sung by Shreya Ghoshal. A lilting melody, "Mandhaara" is an easy listen. The song is sweet but doesn't make a mind-blowing impact on the listener.

Bhaagmathie will release on January 26 in three languages -- Telugu, Malayalam, and Tamil. The film will be clashing with Jayam Ravi's Tik Tik Tik and Udhaynidhi's Nimir.


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Anushka Shetty on Bhaagamathie

Authors: Ecroaker. com Boosters.

It was a mini-Baahubali reunion at the Bhaagamathie's audio launch as Anushka Shetty was joined by her co-stars Ramya Krishnan and Nasser at the event in Chennai along with the rest of the cast and crew. Suriya, who has also acted with Anushka in the Singham franchise, was also present as a special guest during the audio launch. The film's album has been scored by Thaman. Bhaagamathie would be Thaman's second album in Tamil after Vikram's Sketch.

Talking at the audio launch, the actress thanked her producers for trusting her with the role. I listened to the script of Bhaagamathie in 2012, almost five years back. Since I was busy shooting Baahubali and Rudhramadevi, I couldn't allocate dates for this film immediately. Later, I had to begin shooting for Rajinikanth's Lingaa and Size Zero. But the production house UV Creations waited till 2016 to start shooting since they trusted me with the character," said the actor. Anushka Shetty also described her role as a very challenging one as she is the central character in the film with several solo sequences. Jayaram, Asha Sharath and Unni Mukundan play essential characters in the movie and everyone has a fantastic part. Since the movie revolves around my character, a lot of screen time is dedicated to my part," she said.

Talking about Anushka Shetty, director Ashok described the Baahubali actor as a very dedicated artiste who goes the extra mile for her role. Anushka shed 20 kilos for her role by following a rigorous diet plan. She would also occasionally give her inputs to fine-tune the story in a better manner, and it has helped us a lot," he said. He further appreciated Thaman's music saying it would one of the talking points after the film hits the screens.

One song from the album, "Mandhaara" is now available on YouTube. Sung by Jyotsna Radhakrishnan the melody has lyrics penned by Viveka in Tamil. The Telugu version has words by Sreejo, sung by Shreya Ghoshal. A lilting melody, "Mandhaara" is an easy listen. The song is sweet but doesn't make a mind-blowing impact on the listener.

Bhaagmathie will release on January 26 in three languages -- Telugu, Malayalam, and Tamil. The film will be clashing with Jayam Ravi's Tik Tik Tik and Udhaynidhi's Nimir.


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