Report: Bale inspires Madrid

first_imgGareth Bale sent a message to Zinedine Zidane after coming off the bench to score and inspire Real Madrid’s comeback against Arsenal at the International Champions Cup.Bale – tipped for an imminent Madrid exit after sitting out last week’s loss to Bayern Munich – was surprisingly introduced by Zidane at half-time and the Los Blancos outcast helped erase a two-goal deficit in a 2-2 draw before the LaLiga giants won on penalties on Tuesday.Arsenal – who had Sokratis Papastathopoulos sent off prior to half-time after Nacho Fernandez was dismissed for a handball – were in control thanks to Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, until Bale entered the fray. 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? Bale pulled a goal back with a simple finish in the 56th minute before fellow substitute Marco Asensio restored parity three minutes later in Maryland, where penalties were needed.While Bale’s spot-kick was saved by Emiliano Martinez, Madrid still prevailed 3-2 over Unai Emery’s Arsenal in the shoot-out.Eden Hazard and Madrid made a lively start but the LaLiga giants were eventually pressed back and punished by Arsenal for their sloppiness in the ninth minute at FedEx Field.After 90 minutes, it finishes…Real Madrid  2-2  ArsenalAnd that means we’re going to penalties #ArsenalinUSA pic.twitter.com/BZJdh4KMQr— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 24, 2019Madrid were at sixes and sevens in defence, losing the ball before Lacazette rounded Keylor Navas, but his goal-bound effort was stopped by Nacho’s hand. The referee brandished a red card and the Arsenal forward’s penalty somehow went in after hitting both posts.Arsenal were in complete control from that point, prompting Zidane to sacrifice Luka Jovic in his first start for Madrid since arriving from Eintracht Frankfurt as defender Raphael Varane was introduced in the 16th minute.Varane’s presence could not prevent Arsenal from moving 2-0 ahead eight minutes later after a lovely flick from Lacazette sent Aubameyang through and the Gabon international rounded Navas and fired the ball into the net.Madrid were handed a boost approaching the interval when Arsenal defender Sokratis was sent off for a second yellow card and Karim Benzema almost pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time, but his towering header hit the outside of the post.Bale’s introduction at the break lifted Madrid and he pulled a goal back 11 minutes into the second half. After Asensio’s long-range effort rattled the post, the Welshman was on hand to score when the goalkeeper’s save spilled to his feet for a simple finish. 56′ | 1-2 | GOOOOOOOOOOAL by @GarethBale11!!!#RealMadridIsHere | #RMTour pic.twitter.com/yZScvEapdk— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) July 24, 2019Arsenal barely made it out of their own half as Asensio equalised three minutes later – the Spain international receiving a cutback from fellow substitute Marcelo before finding a way past Martinez.That proved to be the last piece of action from Asensio, who left the field on a stretcher with an apparent knee injury in a worrying scene for the Spaniard and Madrid.Bale then almost put Madrid ahead in the 67th minute, however his delicate flick was well saved by Martinez, with Arsenal firmly entrenched in their own half.Bale continued to do it at all ends after he made a goal-line clearance to deny Calum Chambers with 14 minutes remaining before Reiss Nelson curled a shot inches off target.Eddie Nketiah had a golden opportunity to win it for Arsenal with three minutes of normal time remaining, but he was unable to beat Thibaut Courtois in a one-on-one situation as penalties beckoned. read morelast_img read more

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Lamborghini’s Rear-Wheel Drive Huracan Spyder Is Open-Top Ecstasy

first_img The Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato Shows Us What an Off-Road Supercar Would Look Like Apart from the nouveau-carbon-fiber treatments, the Huracan LP580-2 Spyder wears a distinctive Giallo Pearl exterior paint, 20-inch alloy wheels, and dark chrome accents. These add-ons alone tack $26,600 to the Spyder’s $219,780 starting figure, but they combine for a completely unique aesthetic. Both the Huracan Spyder and the Audi R8 Spyder (upon which the Huracan is based) are among the most beautiful roadsters ever built. Only a handful of designers can craft a roadster that’s dazzling with its top up and with it stowed.Like the rear-wheel drive coupe, the LP580-2 Spyder features a reworked front and rear fascia to distinguish it from the LP610-4 Huracan. Black slats embedded within the air intakes enhance the front’s aggression compared to the all-wheel drive model, and a taller honeycombed grille above a redesigned lower diffuser spice up the rear. The same distinctive fins from the LP610-4 Spyder appear behind driver and passenger when the roof has been stowed (a task which takes just 17 seconds).The Huracan Spyder’s cockpit feels as if it were pulled directly from a fighter jet, save for the seating configuration. Lamborghini’s signature ignition switch, toggles, and driver-focused cabin turn any errand into a sense of occasion. Tightly bolstered seats keep both passengers locked in place during hard cornering, but remain comfortable for long hauls. A 12.3-inch digital display gives the driver full command of navigation, media, traffic, and telemetry information, but affords plenty of real estate to the speedometer/tachometer combo.It’s easy to get caught up in the Huracan LP580-2 Spyder’s ravishing design, but a wailing, snapping V10 engine note reminds you this is, first and foremost, a performance vehicle. Pin the throttle, and the Pirelli-wrapped rear tires claw at the tarmac, rocketing the Spyder to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 198 mph. Meanwhile, Lamborghini’s brilliant transmission rips through gears in fractions of a second. Unlike the kicks of the Aventador’s dual-clutch, the Huracan fluidly moves from gear to gear while the car’s surroundings blur. Switch to manual controls and the Huracan greets each downshift with popping overrun. Lamborghini’s Rear-Wheel Drive Huracan Spyder Is Open-Top Ecstasy Close Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH The LP580-2 Spyder features three drive modes, in order of aggression: Strada, Sport, and Corsa. Each mode tweaks steering response, throttle sensitivity, exhaust flow, and electronic stability control intervention for a mild or mental driving experience. Whichever flavor of fun you choose, the LP580-2 is sensationally quick. Steering response is immediate, braking power is immense, and acceleration is blistering.Those shopping the $200K convertible supercar market will cross-shop the Huracan LP580-2 Spyder with the Ferrari 488 Spider and McLaren 650S Spider. Among these rivals, the Huracan LP580-2 is by far the cheapest, but also the least powerful. The Ferrari boasts 660hp and 560 lb-ft of torque for its $275K starting figure and the McLaren counters with 640hp and 500 lb-ft of torque for $280K.Choosing between these three incredible machines will ultimately come down to buyer enthusiasm. The Ferrari and McLaren may be quicker than the Lamborghini, but their twin-turbo V8’s and comparatively conservative styling simply can’t match the Huracan’s wow-factor. This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiser In 2013, Lamborghini retired its best-selling model ever, the Gallardo. One year later, the Huracan assumed the brand’s entry-level supercar mantle. Since then, the Italian automaker has expanded its Huracan model range to include an all-wheel drive coupe (LP610-4), roadster, and rear-wheel drive coupe (LP580-2).This year, Lamborghini adds one more model to its stable, the LP580-2 Spyder. Lamborghini’s most affordable roadster applies 571 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Unlike the LP580-2 coupe, however, there isn’t a pesky roof to muffle that 5.2-liter V10 sonnet.The LP580-2 doesn’t just introduce affordability to the topless Lamborghini portfolio; it pioneers Forged Composite materials on a mainstream model. Forged Composite is Lamborghini’s term for a revolutionary carbon fiber manufacturing process. Far easier to produce, and yet lighter than both steel and aluminum, this material will become integral to the company’s future products. For now, though, the marble-looking substance has only been applied to the LP580’s air vents, door handles, and steering wheel paddles.“We first saw the benefits of Forged Composite as a structural solution with the Sesto Elemento, and now, with advances in technology, the possibilities have grown,” said Federico Foschini, Lamborghini’s Commercial Director. Escape the City and the Roads with the 2020 Subaru Outback Editors’ Recommendations The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording ShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration -:-Loaded: 0%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time –:- Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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