Torres’ stunner caps Man City comeback in 3-1 win over Porto

Ferran Torres, left, celebrates with Phil Foden after scoring Man City's third goal. (AFP)
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Updated 22 October 2020

Torres’ stunner caps Man City comeback in 3-1 win over Porto

MANCHESTER, England: Ferran Torres came off the bench to score an impressive individual goal and complete Manchester City’s comeback in a 3-1 win over Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The 20-year-old Spain international exchanged passes with fellow substitute Phil Foden before drifting inside and into the area, dropping his shoulder and curling a shot high into the net in the 73rd minute for City’s third goal.
Before that, Pep Guardiola’s team had relied on dead-ball situations to overcome its lack of fluency going forward and recover from going behind to Luis Diaz’s 14th-minute opener for Porto, which returned to the Champions League after a one-year absence.
Sergio Aguero converted a penalty six minutes later, after Raheem Sterling was bundled over by Pepe, to equalize with his first goal since March.
City right back Kyle Walker produced an acrobatic goal-line clearance to stop Porto going back in front just before halftime, and Ilkay Gundogan put the hosts ahead in the 65th by curling a free kick over the defensive wall and into the net from 25 yards (meters).
City — beginning its latest bid to become European champion for the first time in its history — found Porto hard to break down and clearly missed the creativity of injured midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, while Aguero lasted 67 minutes as he continues to build up match fitness after four months out.
The goal his team conceded would have been disappointing to Guardiola, too, with Portugal center back Ruben Dias giving the ball away in midfield before Diaz drifted across the area with the ball — beating Rodri then Joao Cancelo — before shooting into the bottom corner.


Golf Saudi strikes partnership with the Club Managers Association of Europe

Updated 30 November 2020

Golf Saudi strikes partnership with the Club Managers Association of Europe

  • Educational program will be tailored to support Saudis’ career pathway in and through golf

RIYADH: Golf Saudi and the Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE) have signed an ambitious new partnership to work together to roll out a certified Arabic language educational program. This is the first of its kind, aimed at encouraging Saudi nationals to pursue a career in golf.

CMAE will set up an education platform in Saudi Arabia, drawing on its industry-renowned approach, to assist Golf Saudi in developing the domestic golf talent pool and ultimately creating new Saudi national certified club managers.

The association is a nonprofit making professional body with members involved in the management of sports clubs, health and fitness clubs and leisure, city and dining clubs in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Commenting on the partnership, CMAE’s director of education, Torbjörn Johansson, said: “Golf Saudi’s pursuit of creating a progressive domestic golf market is asking some big questions of the industry and leading organizations. The domestic plans to not only train up but also equip aspiring talent are a major step and CMAE is proud to be a partner and on-hand to provide the tools and analytic expertise.” 

The CEO of Golf Saudi, Majed Al-Sorour, said: “Our partnership with CMAE is incredibly important for Golf Saudi, but also for the golf industry at large. This is only possible if we are able to upskill our domestic workforce. Golf is good for business and can provide a direct boost to the Kingdom’s GDP, as well as providing lucrative jobs and creating new enterprise. These are exciting times for the golf industry in Saudi Arabia and this agreement with the CMAE helps us to develop a world-class training program that will support young Saudi adults in unlocking the full potential of their future career paths within the golf industry.”

Golf Saudi, a subsidiary of the Saudi Golf Federation, is committed to delivering a national development program that transforms the golfing landscape and aims to create 3,700 jobs by 2030.

Since its formation in 2018, Golf Saudi has embarked on an ambitious national golf strategy, which has worked to support the Kingdom’s impressive Vision 2030. This agreement recognizes the importance of training the next generation of Saudis to meet expected future demand, particularly from international tourists, enhancing Saudi Arabia as a golfing destination.