Spurs’ Bergwijn may not have had greatest debut – but scored a great debut goal

first_imgTHE obituary of Steven Bergwijn’s debut was already being written.Overshadowed by VAR and afforded hardly a touch by Manchester City, the £27million new-boy was set to join the long list of expensive buys who had died on their Tottenham debut.2 Bergwijn’s goal proved the pivotal moment in ensuring Spurs won the gameBut, to paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of Bergwijn’s death were not only greatly exaggerated they were also premature.As in the 63rd minute the Dutchman produced a magical moment for the goal that turned this game on its head, kept Spurs top-four hopes alive and posted his early entry into his new club’s folklore.There seemed to be little on when Lucas Moura lifted the ball to Bergwijn just inside the box.But in an instant he chested the ball and volleyed it into the net to give Jose Mourinho’s men their very first shot – compared to City’s 14th at the time.To say it was slightly against the run of play is like saying Tottenham’s new stadium is a little bit difficult to get away from after matches.But all the queues and jams will be worth it if Bergwijn can reproduce magic moments like that on a regular basis.With five goals in 16 Eredivisie appearances for PSV this season we were led to believe he was not a natural goalscorer.But the way he took his strike suggests otherwise – even Harry Kane would have been proud of that one.Until then Bergwijn’s debut had been disappointingly quiet and you felt sorry for him.DID IT AGAINST THE BESTAs an attacking player you never want to make your debut against Manchester City because they hardly give you a touch.And as a Tottenham player you never want to make your debut against City – because VAR always steals the show in matches between these clubs.That was certainly the case again as Kevin Friend of Stockley Park had more impact on this game – some would say too much – than anybody on the pitch in N17.Many were wondering where Bergwijn would play and his starting position was like his shock move from PSV – left field.He showed his tenacity in the opening minutes by winning the ball off ex-Spur Kyle Walker, earning an ovation from the home fans.Mind you, they were not so impressed later when Riyad Mahrez mugged him in midfield.Bergwijn then moved to the right and finally into the centre, and all before half-time.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamLATEST FOOTBALL NEWSGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticHe hardly had a kick in the first half but that was not entirely his fault as Spurs were so deep they were in danger of toppling backwards down the escalators at Seven Sisters Station.It was a similar story in the second half – but that was forgotten and forgiven when he scored his brilliant goal to ensure he was clapped off the park when he was subbed five minutes later.Not the greatest debut display at Spurs – but one of the greatest debut goals.2Credit: Reuters New Spurs signing Steven Bergwijn shows off unique celebration during first photo-shoot for Tottenhamlast_img read more

Ducati launches Multistrada 1200 Enduro; priced at Rs 17.44 lakh

first_imgItalian superbike maker Ducati launched its new Multistrada 1200 Enduro model priced at Rs 17.44 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).The company already has a significant presence in large sports touring motorcycle category with the Multistrada 1200 and 1200 S models.Ducati Multistrada 1200 EnduroALSO READ:Ducati Diavel Carbon stays true to its devilish looks and name”We felt this was the right time for us to introduce the Multistrada 1200 Enduro for adventure motorcycling enthusiasts,” Ducati India Managing Director Ravi Avalur said in a statement.Multistrada 1200 Enduro is powered by an Euro 4 compliant engine delivering 160 bhp. It has both off-road and on road riding capability. With a 30-litre fuel tank, the Multistrada 1200 Enduro has a range that can exceed 450 km, Ducati said.Ducati Multistrada 1200 EnduroALSO READ:Ducati Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak launched in India; priced at Rs 20.06 lakhAmong other features such as cruise control, Hands-Free ignition and back-lit handlebar, Multistrada 1200 Enduro also has LED cornering lights that illuminate the road on corner entry and a vehicle hold control system that holds the braking and assists uphill starts or when the bike is fully loaded.last_img read more

Long weekend strikes long delays

first_imgPassengers flying in and out of Sydney International airport today and over the long weekend may experience delays as customs and quarantine officers as well as Qantas workers walk off the job.Upcoming airport workforce strikes follow a two hour walk-out held on Tuesday this week, and will see staff stop work today and Saturday 1 October between 6.00am to 7.00am, 8.00am to 9.00am as well as 7.00pm to 8.00pm.Coordinating the industrial action, the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) national president Michael Tull explained stoppages were designed to prompt employers to offer “decent and affordable pay rises”.“We regret any inconvenience our action may cause for travellers and we are encouraging people to factor possible delays into their plans around these times,” Mr Tull said.“Our members only take industrial action as a last resort, but unless we see a pay deal that matches the rising cost of living, the level of industrial action could increase in coming weeks.”Mr Tull added that it was time for management to “get serious” about pay negotiations as agreements for Quarantine and Customs past their expiry date by up to three months.  News of further strikes over the long weekend come as a double whammy to travellers, as up to 3,800 Qantas staff prepare to walk-off the job for one hour on Friday 30 September, disrupting travel plans for up to 8,500 Qantas domestic and international passengers.Qantas advised that as a result of the one hour strike starting a 8.00am according to each airport’s local time around Australia, it has been forced to cancel two flights on the eve of the AFL and NRL Grand Finals as well as delay 39 other services.“We’re sorry that the TWU is taking their grievances out on our passengers over a pay dispute,” Qantas group executive Olivia Wirth said. “We are doing everything we can to minimise the disruptions.“This really couldn’t have come at a worse time with passengers trying to get to the AFL and NRL Grand Finals and many families heading away for the school holidays.”The Flying Kangaroo said it is currently contacting affected customers. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more