Hazard says first Real Madrid goal will give him confidence

first_imgEden Hazard believes breaking his duck for Real Madrid will give him more confidence, but said team wins are more important than personal glory.The former Chelsea star moved to the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer in an £88 million ($112m) deal but had struggled to settle, partially due to injury.He opened his account for Los Blancos in his sixth appearance with a wonderful lob in their 4-2 win over Grenada. 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 win keeps Real top of La Liga as they look to end two years of dominance by their arch-rivals Barcelona, which Hazard says is their aim.“I am pleased with the win,” the Belgium international told Real Madrid TV.“When you play you want to score, but the crucial thing was getting the win. We are still top of the league, that was our aim today.“It’s always difficult to get that first goal, but once you get it you have greater confidence to shoot and I hope to score lots of goals for this great club.“It was important for me to score today.”Granada are surprisingly in second place and a win would have taken them into the international break ahead of Real.Although the final scoreline looked comfortable, Granada gave Hazard’s team a scare, bringing the game back to 3-2 from a 3-0 deficit before an injury-time James Rodriguez goal sealed the three points.”It was a really hard-fought win because Granada played really well,” the 28-year-old said in praise of Saturday’s opponents.”They’re a strong side and that’s why they’re second in La Liga.”But we gave our all throughout the 90 minutes and won the game.”There’s always room for improvement, but that’s three important points.”Madrid are now guaranteed to head into the international break at the top of the pile in the Spanish top flight, but Granada could be passed by several clubs, including Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, who play on Sunday.When hostilities resume, Hazard and his team face second-bottom Mallorca in the league and Galatasaray in the Champions League before they face Barcelona for the first time this season on October 26.last_img read more

Sudan has plans to repatriate 200000 people in Darfur UN agencies

Sudanese officials in El Fasher, North Darfur, said yesterday that the Government wants to return the civilians to between six and eight urban centres in the region, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported.Khartoum has asked humanitarian agencies to provide “return packages” to the IDPs to help them relocate, and to transfer their operations to the urban centres when required.UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are both operating in Darfur, where more than a million people have become internally displaced since early last year, when fighting broke out between two rebel groups, Government forces and Arab militias known as the Janjaweed. OCHA said the agencies and NGOs are insisting to Sudan that they be consulted before any IDPs are relocated so they can ensure the mass movement is voluntary and that returnees have adequate assistance to help them re-settle.Most IDPs have told the agencies they are unwilling to return until their safety is guaranteed. Many fled their homes after they were attacked by the Government-allied Janjaweed, who stand accused of killing and raping civilians and destroying villages, wells and cropland.In South and West Darfur, the number of IDPs continues to rise – in one example, about 12,000 people have recently arrived in Gereida in South Darfur, seeking shelter in schools and abandoned public buildings. More policemen have also been posted to the IDP camps to improve security.Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said heavy rains are severely hampering its efforts to help the estimated 180,000 people who fled Darfur for neighbouring Chad. About 140,000 people have so far been transferred to nine safe camps inside Chad.Rains are also causing problems in Darfur, rendering road travel almost impossible in some areas, according to OCHA.Tomorrow the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, will brief the Security Council on the latest developments in Darfur. read more