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    导出博客文章Gareth Bale praised Zinedine Zidanes impact since taking over at the Bernabeu following Real Madrids progression to the Champions League final on Wednesday night. Authentic Matt Pryor Jersey . Real beat Manchester City 1-0 in their Champions League semi-final second-leg tie to set up a meeting against Atletico Madrid at San Siro on May 28, with Bale playing a key role in Los Blancos winner in the Spanish capital. Bale celebrates after Real opened the scoring against Man City The Wales international was keen to highlight his managers contribution to the home teams victory, exactly four months since Zidane replaced Rafa Benitez in the Madrid dugout. Hes given us that belief and freedom to go out and express ourselves and enjoy ourselves, Bale told UEFAs official website.When players can do that you see the best of them. Bale disagreed with Manuel Pellegrinis comments that Real Madrid were lucky to progress However, Bale admitted the 20th-minute goal that finally separated the two sides was slightly fortunate, with the forwards centre taking a crucial deflection off Fernando on its way past City goalkeeper Joe Hart.I went to cross, but obviously it doesnt matter however the ball goes in the back of the net, he said. Were very happy and the most important thing is were in the final.Were very excited to get to the final. Were going to enjoy this result. It was a very difficult two-legged game against Manchester City. Hes given us that belief and freedom to go out and express ourselves and enjoy ourselves. Gareth Bale on Zidane But were very happy that we kept two clean sheets and nicked a goal to get into the final. It was a very professional performance. Weve really worked together as a team and that showed again tonight.Bale, meanwhile, was delighted with his own display against City as he carried on his impressive form of late that has seen him score four times in his last five games in all competitions for Real.I enjoy taking responsibility on the pitch, he said. Hopefully I can keep doing it, keep improving and putting in good performances. Bales cross deflects off City midfielder Fernando in the decisive moment of Wednesdays Champions League semi-final Bale, though, knows just what a tough encounter now awaits him and his team-mates against Atleti, the second time the two city rivals have faced each other in the Champions League final in the space of just three years.We know that come the final its going to be a very difficult, very cagey game again, he said.We know how they play, we know what theyre like, he added. Its going to be a difficult game, but were confident we can win. Watch live coverage of Real Madrids La Liga clash at home to Valencia from 3.55pm on Sunday, via the Red Button on Sky Sports 2 HD, on Sky Sports Xtra or via the Sky Sports for iPad app. Highlights on Sky Sports 3 HD from 8.40pm. Also See: Own goal knocks out City R Madrid 1-0 Man City recap Zidane: City made it hard Kompany limps out of Real clash Authentic Jordan Mailata Jersey . Kuznetsov, who was selected by the Capitals in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, has been playing for his hometown team Chelyabinsk Traktor of the KHL. Authentic Avonte Maddox Jersey . World champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia won the gold medal with 237.71 points, Moore-Towers and Moscovitch followed at 208.45 and Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia were third at 187. . -- Playing time has been limited for Maxim Tissot this season, so the Montreal Impact defender made the most of his first scoring opportunity on Saturday. ATLANTA -- Remember back when Hope Solo had the market cornered on controversy? How times have changed.In a lot of ways.The Netherlands was a goal away this spring from claiming the Olympic berth that Sweden instead nabbed. Under the direction of Pia Sundhage, the Swedes then memorably stifled the United States in an Olympic quarterfinal and eliminated the reigning champions in a shootout.That penalty shootout in Brasilia, in turn, left Solo incapable of stifling her true feelings about Swedens tactics. Her accusations of cowardice ultimately resulting in a six-month suspension which some feel could mark the permanent conclusion of the goalkeepers national-team career (despite the Free Hope sign fans displayed Sunday night in the Georgia Dome).Which makes one wonder what the past week, not to mention those ahead, would have looked like for the United States womens national team had Swedens Olivia Schough not scored against the Netherlands in the final minute of the first half of an Olympic qualifier in March.No Sweden in the Olympics, no Solo suspension. So blame Holland.A butterfly flaps its wings and a hurricane happens. Or something like that.There wasnt quite enough time to think through all of those machinations as Dutch winger Shanice van de Sanden bore down on the opposing goal at full speed in the second minute of her teams game against the U.S. on Sunday. But there was time to realize danger was at hand, and then to realize that it wasnt Solo on hand to make one final effort at averting disaster.The Dutch player scored with a shot across goal that any keeper would have struggled to stop. The damage was already done up the field to allow van de Sanden the open run at goal. Less than 120 seconds into the game, the United States trailed.The U.S. eventually erased the deficit for a 3-1 win, a far more useful -- and physical -- game than the 9-0 rout of Thailand four days earlier.There was the issue of the moment Sunday with Megan Rapinoe again kneeling during the national anthem. She entered the game to a notably mixed reception in the second half and heard boos every time she touched the ball thereafter -- even after setting up the third goal with a long cross that Carli Lloyd headed back to Allie Long. And there was also plenty of the familiar on display. The best part of the teams abbreviated stay in Brazil was Tobin Heath. She was a scalpel on the right side, lifting the U.S. out of its early doldrums to create the tying goal with a deft cross, which Carli Lloyd finished, and breathing life into the attack.But even as U.S. coach Jill Ellis said that the games against Thailand and Holland were about wrapping up the summer before turning the focus to preparations for a still-distant World Cup, Solos absence meant the past week was very much about the future for at least one position.For Naeher, who started Sunday, and Ashlyn Harris, who started against Thailand, the time is now.I think they both had exceptional league seasons and kept their teams in tough games, Ellis said this week. So its allowing them now to compete for that No. 1 spot, to go through a process. [Its] also to identify another keeper to bring in -- probably two to bring in to the mix because we want to be planning. Thats where were at with those two. I think by the time end of January rolls around, heading into [the SheBelieves Cup], hopefully by then it will be identifying a starter.But the great thing about these two is theyre so darn competitive, and at times its very little between them. I think theyre going to push each other and make each other better.Its worth reiterating that the opening goal was in no way Naehers to apologize for, as the U.S. was undone by a quick Dutch counter and a bounce that landed at van de Sandens feet. Authentic Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys. In fact, in the rare friendly in which a goalkeeper was kept busy, she was terrific. That included a strong save to protect the two-goal lead late in the second half, but it also came from distribution -- both quick throws and booming kicks -- which drew repeated applause and encouragement from Ellis and assistant coach Tony Gustavsson. Naeher helped spark the U.S. attack into life, too.I thought tonight, Alyssa gives us a transition game that I love, Ellis said. Because she picks her head up, and her distribution with her hands and her feet is very good. ... I thought Alyssa had a lot to deal with tonight. I thought she did very well. The one save she got down to was brilliant.Im excited. I think theyre going to give us a lot of depth, and now when we commit to getting them experience, were going to have -- I think we already have two world-class keepers -- but two world-class keepers with experience.That is certainly the missing piece.While Naeher, 28, has traveled to two major tournaments, both last years World Cup and the recent Olympics, Sunday was just her eighth appearance for the national team. The 30-year-old Harris has just one more than that. For more than a decade, minus the occasional absence for injury or suspension, Solo owned the position. It is one sign of how good she is that she kept the best players from the rest of the world at bay for so long. It is another that she kept the best goalkeepers from this country at arms length, too. Naeher and Harris have been two of the best keepers in NWSL for quite some time, each getting plenty of work in that leagues first four seasons. That level of play may be both cause and effect when it comes to their places on the national team. They may have been in the shadows on game days, but those werent the only days.I think my time with the team has just helped me get more comfortable in this environment, Naeher said. Its a faster pace than it is in the professional league. The more you are in with the caliber of players that are here, seeing this pace day in and day out, it kind of demands that you raise your level every day. Being in this environment consistently forces you to keep growing.Naeher said she doesnt feel any greater sense of competition now than in the past, i.e. with Solo around. Harris said it is way too early for her to start thinking about France and a World Cup that wont take place for three more years. And there is no guarantee that Solo wont be back.But whatever else occurred in Columbus and Atlanta, it sure felt like the opening rounds of a long-running bout for starts.Not unlike the former starter who used to bristle whenever anyone asked her about the supposedly quiet nights she had when the U.S. dominated possession in front of her, Harris didnt have much patience when asked about her own patience waiting for this opportunity.Youve got to understand that on all my club teams, Ive been an impactful player, Harris said Its hard being on the best team in the world. Its hard to get playing time on this stage. But I have to give myself pats on the back, too, when Im performing well with my club teams. Ive done a lot of great things playing for this country and this national team in the youth stage. Do you have to be patient? Yeah, but it doesnt define my career -- how many caps Ive had with this team. Ive had a fantastic career. I can sleep at night, and Im happy with that.How well Ellis, and a lot of U.S. fans, sleep at night will depend on Harris and Naeher. Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Jerseys NFL Cheap China Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale NFL Gear Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap Authentic Jerseys Wholesale NFL Gear ' ' '
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