QPlay: India Take on SA, Messi’s Brace Powers Barcelona to Victory

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Virat Kohli attends a practice session in Nagpur on Tuesday. (Photo: PTI)

1. India Look to Seal Series Against SA

An enviable nine-year overseas record of 10 Test series wins in 14 tours by South Africa is under serious threat when the Proteas take the field against India for the Nagpur Test starting Wednesday.

Virat Kohli’s home team lead the four-match series 1-0 after the second fixture was abandoned due to rain on Wednesday.

India won the first Test convincingly by 108 runs in Mohali.

(Photo: AP)
(Photo: AP)

2. Barcelona, Bayern and Arsenal Notch Big Wins in Champions League

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez hit a brace and set up a further two for Messi who began his first game since picking up a knee ligament injury in September and looked hungry to get back among the goals.

There were also goals for Gerard Pique and Adriano while Roma’s only reply was from Edin Dzeko in stoppage time. Barcelona thrashed Roma 6-1 and secured a place in the last 16.

Ten-man Bayern Munich eased into the Champions League knockout stages after beating Greece’s Olympiakos Piraeus 4-0 on Tuesday to secure top spot in Group F with a game to spare.

Douglas Costa scored after eight minutes, Robert Lewandowski doubled the lead in the 16th with Thomas Mueller adding another one four minutes later, as a dazed Olympiakos found no answer to the continuous attacks.

Alexis Sanchez scored twice for Arsenal in Tuesday’s vital 3-0 Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb, but it was something he did a long way from goal in the first half which summed up their never-say-die attitude.

The Gunners striker lost possession of the ball by the left touchline with the game still goalless, allowing Dinamo to start a long break towards the Arsenal goal.

But the 26-year-old, determined to right his mistake, chased back deep into his own half, dispossessed his opponent and recovered the ball to set an Arsenal attack in play.

(Photo: AP)
(Photo: AP)

3. Free Entry For Children From Economically Weaker Sections at Kotla

Delhi High Court has allowed children from economically weaker sections (EWS) and those studying in government schools to attend the upcoming fourth Test between India and South Africa for free.

A bench, comprising Justices BD Ahmed and VK Rao, allowed the plea of Justice Mukul Mudgal, appointed observer for the fourth test match, noting that there was no objection by any party.

Meanwhile, the DDCA has agreed to bear the cost of the season tickets fixed at Rs 50 per child.

(Photo: AP)
(Photo: AP)

4. John Terry May Miss Tottenham Fixture

Chelsea enjoyed their second 4-0 Champions League victory over 10-man Maccabi Tel Aviv this season to move into prime position to reach the knockout stages of the competition from Group G on Tuesday.

With Dynamo Kiev winning 2-0 at Porto, however, the qualifiers for the last 16 will only be determined in the last round of matches when Chelsea host Porto and Kiev welcome Maccabi.

Gary Cahill, Willian, Oscar and Kurt Zouma found the back of the net for Chelsea.

Moments before the second goal, Chelsea captain John Terry had to be substituted after injuring his ankle, an incident which Mourinho said occurred as a result of the poor playing surface.

The injury looked serious as Terry was taken off on a stretcher.

The extent of the injury was not initially known but Mourinho looked worried and suggested Terry may not play against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday.

The surface was bad and dangerous.
Jose Mourinho, Manager, Chelsea
(Photo: AP)
(Photo: AP)

5. Thomas Muller Beats Messi and Ronaldo

After Bayern Munich notched their 4-0 victory against Olympiacos on Tuesday, Thomas Muller set a new Champions League record.

Muller became the youngest player to win 50 champions league games beating Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Raul to it.

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