Van Dijk finally dribbled past as epic run ended

first_imgSunday’s Community Shield saw something that did not happen in the entirety of last year’s Premier League season.When Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus dribbled past Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk at Wembley Stadium, it was the first time the Netherlands international had been beaten on the dribble since Mikel Marino of Newcastle did so in March 2018, a run of 65 games.The 28-year-old’s run of not being beaten by opposition attackers became infamous by the end of last season, with forwards around the continent hoping they would bring an end to Van Dijk’s record. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Van Dijk was in imperious form last season as the Reds finished second in the Premier League and won the Champions League, taking home the PFA Player of The Year award for his performances in 2018-19.65 – During the Community Shield final, Virgil van Dijk was dribbled past for the first time in his last 65 competitive appearances (by Gabriel Jesus) for @LFC since Mikel Merino did so for Newcastle in March 2018. Human. #CommunityShield — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 4, 2019 But the former Celtic was involved at the other end of the pitch in Sunday’s curtain-raiser for the English season.His assist to Joel Matip led to the equalising goal for the Merseyside club, cancelling out Raheem Sterling’s early opener for the Premier League champions.Sterling’s goal was his first against his former club in 11 opportunities since swapping Anfield for the Etihad in 2015, and was his sixth goal in his last four appearances at the home of English football for club and country.The game was finally settled by a penalty shoot-out, with City triumphing 5-4. Georginio Wijnaldum was the only player on either side not to convert his spot-kick.City became the first club to win back-to-back Community Shields since Arsenal did so in 2014 and 2015, while claiming their sixth victory overall.The Citizens have not lost in their last eight trips to Wembley in all competitions, a run that has seen them lift two consecutive Carabao Cups and last season’s FA Cup, completing an unprecedented clean sweep of the major English competitions.The last time they lost at Wembley was the FA Cup semi-final in 2017, to Arsenal.It was also the third straight unbeaten match for City against the Reds. Last season’s Premier League title was decided in their favour by just one point, with perhaps their most crucial victory coming 2-1 over Liverpool in January.The other game between the sides last season was a cagey 0-0 draw.Liverpool have now ended up as the beaten side in the Community Shield on seven occasions, only Manchester United and Chelsea have been defeated in the game more times, each with nine. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Investments in children are key to reaching global goals UN officials say

Devoting resources to helping children will pay off in terms of reaching global development goals, senior United Nations officials said today as the General Assembly opened its three-day special session on children. “Children are not an expense, they are an investment,” Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), told a press conference at UN Headquarters. She pointed out that success in meeting international targets, such as those set at the recent International Conference on Financing for Development held in Monterrey, Mexico, would depend on how children were being treated. Concrete commitments made during the special session were crucial to achieving real progress across the world, she said. The special session offered young people the opportunity not only to be seen, but also to be heard, probably for the first time in the UN’s history, she said, noting that 132 countries had included children in their official delegations. At the same time, she stressed that the session afforded governments the opportunity to agree on new goals for children, and world leaders the chance to re-energize their commitment to achieving those goals. “It is not enough to just make promises to children; you have to keep your promises.” During a separate press briefing, the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Thoraya Obaid, emphasized the need for governments to reaffirm their commitment to ensure that young people have access to reproductive information, health and education services. Ms. Obaid pointed out that each year, 15 to 17 million adolescent girls got pregnant, and 4.4 million resorted to abortion, with fully 40 per cent of those procedures performed under unsafe conditions. In addition, thousands of adolescents – most of them female – became newly infected daily with HIV/AIDS. “In today’s world, access to information, education and services will protect [girls] against unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, and it’s really a matter of life and death for them,” she said, acknowledging that the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents is a delicate matter. “Fortunately, world leaders in the past have met and have agreed on many of the components of this very sensitive issue,” she said, emphasizing that by reaffirming principles adopted at previous UN conferences, the special session would pave the way to meet international development goals. read more