Back in 1994, in the first leg of the European Cup Winners Cup semifinal in Paris, the Pet Shop Boys version of Go West played out over the speakers at the Parc des Princes. Nike Air Max 270 Schweiz Günstig . It was a popular beat amongst the PSG fans, who sung Allez, Paris Saint Germain during the chorus, which prompted the visiting Arsenal fans to respond One Nil, to the Arse-a-nal reminding them of the score after 45 minutes. The lead didnt last long so the chant ended that night in Paris, but when Arsenal won the second leg and the final by 1-0 scorelines, an anthem was born amongst Arsenal fans. Arsenal, under manager George Graham, were known for keeping his team very defensive and One Nil, to the Arse-a-nal was a message to visiting players and fans that there was a very good chance the game was over. The song continues to be sung every now and then at The Emirates but with the likes of Lee Dixon, Tony Adams, Martin Keown and Nigel Winterburn all on television talking about the game, rather than playing it, Arsenal have allowed 1-0 leads to slip much more than they did two decades ago. A 1-0 lead, however, still remains close to an advantage globally as it was when Ian Wright was scoring goals for Arsenal. Football managers talk about the edge their team can get when they score the opening goal of a game. Not only does it give the side confidence, while affecting their opponents mentally, but, the longer the game goes on, it allows a team to sit deeper to protect a lead and play a counter-attacking style. Getting the opening goal in a game is similar to capturing your opponents queen in chess; the first one to do it wins a lot more often, and the earlier you get it, the easier it is to dictate your own style. Last season in the Premier League there were 33 matches that ended scoreless, and, subsequently, 347 occasions when a team took a 1-0 lead. The minute in which the goals were scored matters, of course, but of those 347 1-0 leads, only 54 times did those leads give the winning team no points. This means a team who took a 1-0 lead, had a 84.4 per cent chance of not losing the match, while the trailing team had just over a 15 per cent chance of winning the game. 15 per cent. It is no wonder many teams naturally try and defend what they have when they are winning 1-0, but what of those teams trailing? Just how hard is their task and how important is it to play at your best when you are trailing? Winning a match in 90 minutes after going down 1-0 has always been difficult. Major finals are obviously tighter and cagier than league games, but it is worth noting that no team has won a World Cup final that way since West Germany beat the Netherlands in 1974. From 1974 to now, no team has done it in 10 European Championship finals or 12 Copa America finals. In the last 40 European Cup/Champions League finals, from 1974-2013, it has happened just three times. The last victims? Ironically, Arsenal in Paris in 2006. The victors that day were Barcelona whose performance significantly improved after they equalized, leading them to score the games defining third goal soon after. That is what happened to Manchester United on Saturday at Sunderland. Down 1-0 early, United found themselves trailing in a league match for the fourth time in their last five games. The previous three had all led to defeats, something no one was used to. Those defeats to Liverpool, Manchester City and West Brom, meant United had achieved 0 points from losing positions, despite spending 186 minutes playing behind - remarkable numbers for a successful club used to winning games from losing positions. United gave up 1-0 leads in five of their first six league games last season, under Sir Alex Ferguson, yet still won three of them. Through six games they had trailed in a total of 140 minutes but gained nine points. They went on to trail in 16 matches last season, and for a total of 419 minutes, but won back a startling 29 points from losing positions (nine wins, two draws), which was the second most in Premier League history, behind the 31 won by Newcastle United in 2001-02. When Adnan Januzaj scored his and Uniteds second goal at Sunderland, not only was this significant in terms of helping the club win a match, but, as it came just six minutes after his first, gave United a look of old, something we hadnt seen so far this season. Last year they scored 17 league goals ten minutes or less after they had just scored, which played a large role in their ability to be the comeback kings of the Premier League. Not one time last season did United, trailing 1-0, draw level and then lose the match, something they did against West Brom this season. Even more impressive, when they did draw level at 1-1, they didnt even draw until April, winning these matches nine times in a row from August to March. Their nine wins from 1-0 deficits contributed to 16.6 per cent of the entire leagues wins in that category and they did it from 16 attempts, for a remarkable 56 per cent win rate, when the league average was slightly more than 15 per cent. A look at the rest of the teams in the top seven and how they struggled to win a game when down 1-0 shows just how impressive Uniteds comebacks were. Manchester United – 9 wins from 16 attempts (56 per cent)Chelsea - 4 wins from 10 attempts (40 per cent)Tottenham - 5 wins from 13 attempts (38 per cent)Everton - 5 wins from 16 attempts (31 per cent)Arsenal - 4 wins from 14 attempts (29 per cent) Manchester City - 3 wins from 11 attempts (27 per cent)Liverpool - 2 wins from 14 attempts (14 per cent) Another example of Liverpools improvement in the second half, saw both their wins come in the last two months of the season while, highlighting their regression, all of Manchester Citys came before the end of November. Uniteds 29 points gained from 1-0 deficits was the major reason for them defeating their closest rivals so easily. City, like United, lost five games when trailing 1-0, but all five of them came in their last five attempts, after they picked up 12 points (three wins, three draws) from their first six 0-1 deficits. This season, United will certainly hope not to trail in as many games as 16 (although this number certainly highlights some flaws with that title-winning team David Moyes took over) but it is likely they will come close to that and it is at that time – more than any - when they must look like a Ferguson team. No Premier League team can go through a season never falling behind 1-0. Even Arsenals Invincibles of 2003-04 did so nine times, winning six and drawing three. Januzajs double certainly is a good start for United in this area and, ironically, came on the same day as rivals Manchester Citys first win from losing 1-0, after they won 3-1 at home to Everton. The season is still young but early indications, through 70 Premier League games, is that it is even harder to win such matches with just eight teams, having fallen behind 1-0, winning (11.8 per cent). Its a sin if managers dont say these opportunities are always on my mind if they want to perform miracles and become a winner. 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Toronto didnt take batting practice before Fridays 6-3 loss or on Saturday. Manager John Gibbons described the losing streak as feeling "Volkswagen tracks" on his neck. Brian McCanns two-run homer off Drew Hutchison (7-9) put New York ahead, but the Blue Jays tied the score in the fifth against Chris Capuano, who was making his Yankees debut, on Melky Cabreras RBI double and Steve Tollesons sacrifice fly. Toronto went ahead in the seventh when Shawn Kelley (1-3) walked Cabrera leading off and Jose Bautista doubled him to third. Dioner Navarro, who had three hits, followed with a grounder to McCann, an All-Star catcher playing first base this week because of Mark Teixeiras strained back. McCann took a step in, checked the runners, but allowed Navarro to get by him and reach on a fielders choice that loaded the bases. "It was a such a strange play," Navarro said. "We caught a break right there." Kelley struck out Tolleson, and Johnson was jammed by left-hander Matt Thornton as the ball blooped to the right side. Second baseman Brian Roberts reacted slowly, and the ball landed on the grass in front of him, with McCann and Thornton not far away. All runners were safe, and Toronto led 3-2. "When you lose 17 in a row, you deserve something like that," Gibbons said. Johnson at first thought the ball might be caught or even called an infield fly. "One off the softest hits Ive ever got," he said. Nike Air Max 90 Essential Billig Kaufen. "There was three guys converging on it, so I couldnt really figure out what was going on." Roberts didnt think he had a chance to grab it. "Maybe its a play Im supposed to make, but it didnt happen," he said. "Bounces dont always go your way. One guy does everything right and one guy does everything kind of wrong, and the result goes in favour of the one that does everything wrong." Johnson made it 6-2 with a ninth-inning drive off Jeff Francis over the short porch in right, his first homer since hitting three for the Chicago White Sox at Cleveland on Oct. 3, 2012. Toronto reliever Casey Janssen allowed Carlos Beltrans two-run homer in the ninth. Hutchison stopped a three-start skid to win for the first time since July 1. He gave up two runs, five hits and three walks in 6 2-3 innings with seven strikeouts. Aaron Loup walked a pair of batters with two outs in the eighth before throwing a called third strike past Brett Gardner with on a two-seam fastball with a full count. Casey Janssen allowed Carlos Beltrans two-run homer in the ninth. "We needed a win -- especially against these guys and especially here," Loup said. "It seems like everything was bouncing against them today, so it ended up working out for us." NOTES: Gibbons said All-Star 1B Edwin Encarnacion, on the DL since straining his right quadriceps July 5, had a setback during his rehabilitation in Florida when he felt tightness while swinging a bat. ... Johnson also famously saved Tampa Bay on the final night of the 2011 regular season with a tying two-run, two-strike, ninth-inning homer off the Yankees Cory Wade. ... Both teams were warned in the first inning by plate umpire Alan Porter after Capuano hit Bautista in the ribs and Hutchison hit Beltran above the elbow. ... New York lost for just the second time in eight games since the All-Star break. ' ' '
TORONTO – Marcus Stroman is returning to the Blue Jays and will make his first career major league start on Saturday against the Kansas City Royals. Fake Sports Jerseys . The purpose, as laid out by manager John Gibbons, is two-fold. "We want to get Stroman up here and give him a look," said Gibbons, identifying the first part of the equation. "Our thinking was were going to back (Drew Hutchison) off a couple of days. (Mark) Buehrle will throw Sunday. Hutch will throw Tuesday in Detroit. The plan all along, coming in, was we were going to pick some spots and give Hutch a little breather." Stromans time was coming sooner rather than later, whether it was Saturday, late next week or sometime in June. This is as much about shielding Hutchison, the 23-year-old right-hander who occupies one of the top three spots in Torontos starting rotation along with Buehrle and R.A. Dickey. Hutchison, remember, underwent Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery in July 2012. After a year-long recovery, he threw 26 2/3 innings in seven minor league starts late last year and followed that up with 21 2/3 innings in six starts in the Arizona Fall League. Do the math: Hutchison entered this season having thrown 48 1/3 innings of competitive baseball in the better part of two years. Already in 2014, in 11 starts for Toronto, Hutchison has thrown 65 innings. "After his last start I thought he looked a little bit tired," said Gibbons. "I thought it was the perfect time to give him a couple of extra days." To accommodate Stroman on the active roster, the Blue Jays designated reliever Bobby Korecky for assignment just one day after selecting his contract from the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. Korecky retired the final four Royals hitters in mop up duty on Friday night. The Jays fell to Kansas City 6-1. With Stroman throwing Saturday, followed by Buehrle on Sunday, an off day on Monday, Hutchison on Tuesday, Dickey on Wednesday and J.A. Happ on Thursday, Gibbons could return to Buehrle for Friday nights game against the St. Louis Cardinals. His other option is to go with a six-man rotation for the time being, something he considered earlier this season before Brandon Morrows injury changed the plan, and continue to include Liam Hendriks in the mix. "Doesnt mean anything right now," said Gibbons of Hendriks status. "Hes on schedule. Hell pitch sometime at the end of next week when hes scheduled." A six-man rotation? "No, were not sure how its all going to play out," said Gibbons. Stroman made five appearances out of the bullpen in an earlier stint with the Blue Jays this season. The results were mixed but he thrived in high-leverage situations, including getting his first big league victory in a 6-5, 10-inning win over Philadelphia on May 5. Groomed since the beginning of last season to be a starter, Stroman will bring his swagger to the mound on Saturday and his former Bisons teammate, catcher Erik Kratz, is looking forward to seeing it. "He sees that his stuff plays when hes on and when his stuff is on there are very few who are as good as he is," said Kratz. "Theres a reason hes a prospect or whatever it is or that hes being asked to come in and start in the rotation. I expect to see a guy thats going to come out and give everything hes got and have a lot of success." Stroman was sent back to Buffalo after the Blue Jays wrapped up a series in Texas almost two weeks ago. He alluded to some confusion over not having been a starter in his first go round in Toronto. Stroman sports a 3.03 ERA and a 1.150 WHIP for Buffalo. Kratz thinks hell be more comfortable with a defined role. "I think it was hard for him to understand where he needed to be out in the bullpen," said Kratz. "Does he throw all of his pitches? Does he not throw all of his pitches? The way that he goes out in the game, hes a gamer, thats something that I think he learned from his first time, that his stuff plays. He just needs to keep going after guys." Authentic Sports Jerseys .9 million deal Thursday. The 25-year McGinn had 19 goals and 19 assists in 79 games last season in helping the Avalanche tie a franchise record with 52 wins. Sports Jerseys Sale . Today, he looks at the offensive line. 1. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (OT, McGill) You Should Know: Over the course of his university career, Duvernay-Tardifs commitments to medical school and the family business frequently limited him to one practice per week, yet he was still the Metras Trophy winner as the Top Lineman in CIS football in 2013.San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Kansas City Royals took a 4-2 lead over the San Francisco Giants in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday night by patching together a rally that probably should never have been. The Royals have won two in a row to take a 2-1 lead in the series and sent Jason Vargas to the mound against Ryan Vogelsong. The Giants scratched out the first run after Gregor Blanco drew a leadoff walk in the first inning, went to second base on a wild pitch, stole third and scored when Hunter Pence beat a throw to first to break up a double play. But the Royals can manufacture runs, too, and got a little help doing so in the third. They beat out two throws to spark a two-out, four-run rally in the inning that was punctuated by run-scoring singles from Omar Infante annd Salvador Perez. Discount Sports Jerseys . First, Lorenzo Cain legged out an infield single to short that moved Alex Gordon to third. Then, Gordon scored when Eric Hosmer beat Vogelsong to the base on his slow grounder. Vogelsong, who initially tried to field the ball off the mound to his left, was several feet away from the bag when he caught first baseman Brandon Belts throw. Mike Moustakas walked to load the bases and Infante delivered a two-run hit up the middle. Perez followed with a line drive to center that scored another run, giving the Royals a 4-1 lead and chasing Vogelsong from the game. Matt Duffy hit a pinch-hit single to lead off the bottom of the third inning and later scored from second base on Buster Poseys single to left field to draw the Giants within 4-2. ' ' '