Josef Martinez scored in his 11th consecutive MLS match on Monday night as Atlanta United topped the Portland Timbers in an MLS Cup rematch.The Venezuelan striker scored in the 46th minute of Sunday night’s match at Mercedez-Benz Stadium, netting his 16th goal in that 11-game span.Martinez’s finish came on an assist from Julian Gressell, who found the striker at the top of the box, where he was able to fire up and over goalkeeper Steve Clarke to all but seal the 2-0 victory. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream He won’t stop! 😡That’s 11 straight MLS games with a goal for @JosefMartinez17. #PORvATL pic.twitter.com/P2oYF2ejlP— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 19, 2019The forward’s finish was preceded by a first-half goal from Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, who was able to fire home from close range following a set-piece scramble.With Monday’s goal, Martinez set the MLS record for most consecutive matches with a goal, a record previously held by Diego Valeri and matched by Martinez himself last season.After firing 19 goals in 20 games in his debut campaign, the forward ended up scoring 31 total goals last season, an MLS record, while earning Most Valuable Player honors en route to Atlanta’s MLS Cup triumph over the Timbers in just their second season.This season, Martinez has scored 21 goals in 23 games, good for second-best in the league behind Los Angeles Football Club star Carlos Vela.The Mexican forward is on a record-setting pace as well, having scored 24 goals while providing 15 assists to break Sebastian Giovinco’s record for most goal contributions in one season with nine games remaining in the MLS season.With Monday’s win, Atlanta United sits atop the Eastern Conference, level on points with the Philadelphia Union despite having played one fewer match.Atlanta also has the Union on goal differential, having scored 15 more goals than they’ve conceded compared to the Union’s eight.New York City FC also remains in the mix, sitting four points back of the two leaders with two games in hand on Atlanta.Next up for the defending MLS Cup champions is a match with Orlando City on Friday before the attention turns towards the U.S. Open Cup finale against Minnesota United.The Five Stripes have already won a trophy this season, having topped Club America 3-2 in the Campeones Cup last week.
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Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele scored memorable goals for Barcelona as Ernesto Valverde’s decision to drop Antoine Griezmann was vindicated in a 4-0 victory over Sevilla.While their €120million signing sat among the substitutes, Suarez’s acrobatic overhead kick got the LaLiga champions off the mark, Arturo Vidal polished off a sublime passing move with the second and Dembele scored a solo effort to all but end the contest.Lionel Messi wrapped up the win with a curling second-half free-kick and the synergy between Barcelona’s front three, which has not always clicked with Griezmann involved, will not have been lost on Valverde. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The match ended in unsavoury fashion for the Catalans, though, who saw debutant Ronald Araujo and Dembele sent off shortly before injury time.El [email protected] pic.twitter.com/zHPipANDxd— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) October 6, 2019Luuk de Jong received good service from Lucas Ocampos in the early stages but he fluffed three chances put Sevilla ahead before Suarez broke the deadlock with a moment of magic 27 minutes in.The Uruguay marksman watched Nelson Semedo’s cross loop through the air and met it with an overhead kick into the bottom corner of the net before goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik could react.The goal settled the hosts and five minutes later a move that incorporated 25 passes and all 11 Barcelona players culminated in Arthur’s weighted ball, which allowed Vidal to slide in and glance a shot past Vaclik.85 segundos11 jugadores25 pases¡Gol de @kingarturo23! pic.twitter.com/zO53xnYmW5— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) October 6, 2019Dembele made it 3-0 inside eight first-half minutes when his slaloming run tore through Sevilla’s defence, the 22-year-old opening his body and side-footing in at the far post.The second half started just like the first, with De Jong squandering a great chance to score when he drilled a shot against the post from just inside the Barca box.The hosts were soon back on top and Messi twice surged through Sevilla’s midfield before putting the finishing touches on a fine win with a dipping, curling free-kick 12 minutes from time.Valverde sent on Araujo for his debut, which turned sour when he was judged to have fouled Javier Hernandez as the Sevilla forward went through on goal and was shown a red card along with Dembele, who was sent off for his protests. What does it mean? Barca go secondAfter Atletico Madrid were held to a goalless draw at Real Valladolid, Barcelona took full advantage and claimed a result that moved them up to second place in the table, two points behind leaders Real Madrid.Frenkie says ‘Relax!’A run of mixed results in August and September left Valverde under pressure but his players looked calm and assured here, none more so than Frenkie de Jong, who looks every inch the composed midfield lynchpin to succeed Sergio Busquets – a second-half substitute here.No luck for LuukWhile Barca’s De Jong barely put a foot wrong his Sevilla namesake had a torrid evening, the centre-forward missing four clear chances to give the visitors a foothold in the game.Key Opta Facts100 – Lionel Messi has scored his 100th goal from outside the box for @FCBarcelona in all competitions (43 direct free-kick goals). Specialist. pic.twitter.com/iBAi9hYVVn— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 6, 2019- Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has become the first player to score in 16 consecutive LaLiga seasons in the 21st century. – Luis Suarez has scored 183 goals for Barca in all competitions, one behind Jose Samitier, their fourth-highest all-time top scorer. – Messi scored his 100th goal from outside the box for Barca in all competitions, 43 coming from direct free-kicks.- Julen Lopetegui has conceded nine goals in his two LaLiga games at Camp Nou as a coach (16 shots on target faced). – Barca have not lost any of their 23 LaLiga matches with Arturo Vidal in their starting XI (W15 D8).- The Catalans received two red cards in the same LaLiga game for the first time since February 2010 against Getafe.What’s next?Barcelona will hope to extend their winning run to five matches in all competitions by beating Eibar away from home on October 19, while Sevilla aim to get back on course as they entertain Levante a day later. read more
Dakar – Morocco chaired the Executive Committee of the federation of African construction enterprises, which met on January 29-31 in Accra. The event was an opportunity for the Moroccan delegation to highlight the importance of the Moroccan-African partnerships in the construction sector.In this respect, Morocco was considered as a model in light of its increasing investments in several African countries, in line with the Royal instructions, to achieve 60,000 housing units as well as cement production plants, a source from the Moroccan delegation told MAP. The federation of African construction enterprises aims at supporting African enterprises in forging partnerships with a view to developing the construction sector.