Craig Burley says it is Arsenal’s midfield, not defence, that is holding Unai Emery’s side back

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 9 Oct 2019 8:43 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.8kShares Advertisement Craig Burley says it is Arsenal’s midfield, not defence, that is holding Unai Emery’s side back Unai Emery’s side are third in the Premier League (Picture: Getty Images)Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley has picked out Arsenal’s midfield as the major reason why they cannot compete with Liverpool or Manchester City in the Premier League.The Gunners have made a hit-and-miss start to the season, but it has been good enough to see them sitting in third place in the table after eight games.Victory over Bournemouth on Sunday saw Unai Emery’s side climb to the impressive position, although due to the lacklustre nature of most sides in the division, they have needed just 15 points from eight games to do so.Burley, who also played for Celtic and Derby among others, is impressed with the attacking options available to Emery, and feels the defence is improving, but has highlighted the midfield as a why they cannot bridge the gap to Liverpool and City, who sit first and second.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I’m not sold on Arsenal, no,’ Burley told ESPN FC.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But, I’m not sold on anyone apart from Liverpool or Man City, and City at the moment are having a glitch by their standards.‘They’ve got two excellent strikers, one who is out injured at the moment – [Alexandre] Lacazette – and [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang looks as if he’s going to have a good return of goals again.‘They’ve got some good youngsters, and it looks like Unai Emery is going to give them some game time, he’s given them their head, and you saw it with young [Gabriel] Martinelli in midweek.‘I don’t like the middle of the park, I just don’t like it.‘And I agree, once [Kieran] Tierney and [Hector] Bellerin get up to full speed, he’ll get a better sense and we’ll get a better sense of what his back four is.‘Having those two full-backs should help him, they should help him.’Arsenal’s midfield trio against Bournemouth consisted of Mateo Guendouzi, Dani Ceballos and Granit Xhaka.Bellerin and Tierney have both made their returns from injury, but neither has appeared in the Premier League yet this season.With the international break this weekend, both the Spaniard and the Scot could make their first league appearances of the campaign on Monday 21 October when Arsenal travel to South Yorkshire to take on Sheffield United.Lacazette is unlikely to be available for that match as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury, but could be fit by the end of the month.MORE: Shkodran Mutafi blasts Arsenal hero Emmanuel Petit for his ‘king of blunders’ commentMORE: Lille chief Luis Campos explains why Nicolas Pepe will be a success at Arsenalcenter_img Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Charming Gold Coast cottage offers old-world charm without sacrificing modern luxuries

first_img MORE NEWS: Want to become an instant millionaire? If you’re looking for a character home, you can’t go past this Tamborine Mountain property at 8 Park Lane.IT’S the kind of quaint cottage that will leave you longing to curl up in front of the fireplace with a good book or sip tea in the sun room while admiring the lush gardens.The Tamborine Mountain character home radiates heart and soul, from its coffered ceilings and VJ walls to multi-panel windows and feature stone fireplace.Its homely presence welcomes all with open doors but be warned – once you’re inside, you’ll never want to leave.Modern Cape Cod and Hamptons influences have been seamlessly blended with old-world charm to revitalise the 1924 homestead on Park Lane. MORE NEWS: Celebrity holiday hideaway snapped up Coffered ceilings and multi-panel windows are featured throughout. Modern Cape Cod and Hamptons influences have been blended with old-world charm to revitalise the house. No expense has been spared in the renovation, which is obvious in its detailed features.Owners Mike and Jaime Hurley spent years perfecting the look, which has proved worthwhile.“We bought the property in 2015 and started renovating prior to moving in,” Mrs Hurley said.“It was more about restoring it to its former glory.”While the couple led the charge, a team of designers and builders helped bring their plans to life.Mrs Hurley said major renovations finally wrapped up at the end of last year.The property has six bedrooms and four bathrooms, including those in a self-contained caretaker’s cottage.An open kitchen, living and dining area is at the heart of the home with the feature stone fireplace serving as a centrepiece. The owners spent years renovating the property. It has six bedrooms spread across two storeys and a separate cottage. There are also four bathrooms on the property.There are two bedrooms on the first floor, including the main, both of which have ensuites and built-in wardrobes.A nursery and breakfast nook flanked by multi-panel windows round out the first floor’s offerings.A covered veranda with integrated barbecue kitchen and pizza oven, sun deck and terrace with a heated pool wrap around the house, offering plenty of space to entertain guests.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoDownstairs, two additional bedrooms share a bathroom as well as a study and living area.The acreage estate also has a Balinese hut, pond with waterfall, a fruit orchid and vegetable garden.Mrs Hurley loved the home’s mixture of old and new features. A heated pool is a standout feature on the wraparound terrace. A covered veranda offers the ideal place to entertain. The estate also has a Balinese hut, pond with waterfall, a fruit orchid and vegetable garden.“Of the original spaces, there’s a little sun room that’s just beautiful to sit in and look out over the gardens,” she said.“Of the new additions, I think the kitchen is a beautiful space.”While the Hurleys have enjoyed calling the property home, they are moving onto a new project.“We’re staying on the mountain – we love the mountain – we’re just looking at a little bit more of a horse property,” she said.The residence is being marketed by Harcourts Coastal agent Katrina Walsh. It is scheduled to go under the hammer on November 27.last_img read more

MHI Vestas Turns Profitable as Orders Ramp Up

first_imgMHI Vestas Offshore Wind generated a net profit of EUR 26 million and secured an order intake of 3,180MW in 2018.2018 was the first year in which MHI Vestas generated a positive net profit on a stand-alone basis since the launch of the joint venture by Vestas and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in 2014, highlighting a successful ramp-up of the V164 turbine, Vestas said.Compared to a net loss of EUR 100 million in 2017, MHI Vestas made a turnaround of EUR 126 million year-on-year.At the end of 2018, the company’s order backlog of firm and unconditional orders was 3,838MW, with 1,700MW in additional conditional orders and preferred supplier agreements. The installed capacity in 2018 was at 945MW.During 2018, the intake of firm and unconditional orders consisted of six projects: the 950MW Moray East and the 860MW Triton Knoll in the UK, the 751MW Borssele III/IV/V projects in the Netherlands, the 224MW Northwester 2 and the 370MW Norther in Belgium, and the 25MW Windfloat Atlantic floating offshore wind project in Portugal.The solid order intake and consequently high order backlog, provides a good foundation for the future activity level, and positions the joint venture between Vestas and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries well to capture the opportunities of an expected increase in offshore wind power installations, Vestas said.The company’s revenue for 2018 was EUR 1.112 billion, a 3.4% decrease compared to the 2017 revenue.The V164 offshore wind turbine continues to be a success in the marketplace and, as a result of a strong order intake, factories are ramping up production in anticipation of the increasing volume of new installations, according to Vestas. Accordingly, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind expects to double its revenue over a four-year period from a base of its completed financial year 2017/2018, while continuously improving profitability. In addition, the ambition is to build a leading offshore service business from the growing installed base, Vestas said.last_img read more

Ronaldo’s hotel refutes reports of being a paid-up coronavirus infirmary

first_img Loading… Spanish publication Marca claimed that the former Real Madrid star was ready to have one of his two hotels turned into hospitals to help combat the pandemic, which has infected over 160,000 people across the globe and has now killed over 6,000. The infection is in its early stages in the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s homeland of Portugal, where cases jumped by 76 up to 245 in the last day. Staff at Ronaldo’s hotel in Lisbon, however, say they know nothing of plans to transform its use on a temporary basis. “We are a hotel. We are not going to be a hospital. It is a day like everyone else, we are and will remain a hotel. We are being phoned by the press. I wish you a nice day,” a spokesperson for the institution told Dutch outlet RTL Nieuws. The Juventus attacker has not offered a comment on the situation with his hotels but is back in his homeland, away from northern Italy, which is currently one of the world’s greatest hotspots for the virus. His club-mate Daniele Rugani was one of the first high-profile cases of the virus in the world of sport and the 35-year-old was quick to send a message of support to fans amid the chaos. “The world is going through a very difficult moment which demands the utmost care and attention from all of us,” Ronaldo wrote in a post on social media. “I speak to you today not as a football player, but as a son, father, a human being concerned with the latest developments that is affecting the whole world. “It is important we all follow the advice of WHO (World Health Organization) and the governing bodies on how we handle this current situation. Protecting human life must come above any other interests. Read Also:Ronaldo turning his CR7 hotels into ‘hospitals’ to help stop coronavirus “I would like to send my thoughts to everyone who has lost someone close to them, my solidarity to those who are fighting the virus, like my team-mate Daniele Rugani, and my continued support to the amazing health professionals putting their own lives at risk to save others.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Reports that Cristiano Ronaldo’s hotel was poised to turn into a makeshift infirmary for those with coronavirus are off the mark, according to the Lisbon institution. Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?8 Amazing Facts About Ancient Egypt6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Most Praised Historical MoviesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Fascinating Ceilings From Different Countrieslast_img read more

West Nile confirmed in Shelby County

first_imgBoggstown, In. — Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus have been confirmed in Shelby County. The insects were found in traps placed at the Water Resource Recovery Facility on Boggstown Road on July 18.Robert Lewis is a sanitarian and manager at the Shelby County Health Department and he says drain all standing water, cover exposed when outdoors and use a repellent that contains Deet. Because weather conditions have been somewhat mild people are more likely to be outside around dusk or after he urges extreme caution.Information from the CDC says 1 in 5 people infected with the virus will experience flu-like symptoms, less than one percent of those infected will develop serious neurological issues. People over 60, those with existing health conditions, small children and pregnant women are most at risk. There is no vaccine or antiviral treatment for the disease.The Shelbyville News and Giant 96-WSVX contributed to this story.last_img read more

Women of Troy to take on Oregon schools

first_imgThe USC women’s basketball team will head up the Pacific this weekend to take on  No. 7-ranked Oregon State (18-1, 8-0 Pac-12) on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 2:30 p.m. in Corvallis and Oregon (8-11, 1-7 Pac-12) on Monday, Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. in Eugene.The Women of Troy (11-8, 3-5 Pac-12) will look to end their current three-game losing skid. They’re coming off of a pair of home losses, a 67-53 loss to California and a 71-60 loss to Stanford. After a close first half against the Golden Bears, Cal got hot during the second half to put the game out of reach. The game against Stanford was a more consistent affair, but an early 15-1 run by the Cardinal put the Women of Troy in a hole quickly, and despite a strong effort, they were unable to dig themselves out of it.Sophomore guard Jordan Adams led the team with a combined 32 points over the weekend, including her first career double-double against Stanford (21 points, 10 rebounds). Senior forward Kaneisha Horn also picked up a double-double against the Cardinal with 11 points and 11 rebounds, the second of her career.“With the Stanford plays defense, they sag a lot sometimes, and they force us to make outside shots, and we just didn’t knock them down,” said Horn. “If we would’ve had more balanced scoring with the starting five and the people coming off the bench, I think it would’ve been a different game.”Senior forward Alexyz Vaioletama leads the team with 12.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Freshman guard McKenzie Calvert is averaging 10.9 points, while junior guard Brianna Barrett has 10.5 points per game, and leads the team with 4.2 assists.The Women of Troy will look to get more production off of their bench, which only scored a combined 13 points over their last two games.“We have a few things that we need to work out, but scoring off the bench is just one of them,” said Cooper.USC split their two games against Oregon State and Oregon early this year, using a strong second-half to beat the Ducks 70-54, but falling 76-66 to the Beavers. USC is 44-17 all-time against Oregon and the winner of three straight in the series, and 41-21 all-time against Oregon State, including 2-1 last season.USC’s three-game losing streak has dropped them down to No. 8 in the Pac-12 standings, but head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke isn’t especially focused on that.“I don’t know if there’s any more pressure than I feel right now,” said Cooper. “I’m not a big pressure person. Every game is important for me, so just because they’re Cal and Stanford didn’t make it any more or any less pressure than I feel going up to the Oregon schools. For us, we need to get back on the winning track, and we do that by digging our heels in the ground, playing solid defense, and making some plays.”Ruth Hamblin leads Oregon State with 14.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.  Jamie Weisner has 13.1 points and 6.5 points per game, while Sydney Wiese is averaging 12.3 points and a team-leading 6.1 assists per game. The Beavers are coming off a 73-55 win over Arizona, and a 68-57 win over then No. 13 ranked Arizona State.Meanwhile, Oregon is coming off a 70-58 loss to the Sun Devils and an 81-78 overtime loss to the Wildcats. The Ducks are led by Jillian Alleyne’s 16.5 points and 14.7 rebounds per game, with Lexi Bando adding 11.4 points per game and Lexi Petersen adding 11.2 points and 4.1 assists per game. Alleyne has led his team with double-digit rebounds in every game this season.The Women of Troy will return home the following weekend to try and sweep Utah (6-13, 0-8 Pac-12) on Friday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. and Colorado (9-10, 2-6      Pac-12) on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 12 p.m.They will then head up to the Bay Area, looking for revenge against Stanford on Friday, Feb. 13 at 6:00 p.m. and California on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m.last_img read more

Frampton loses ‘super’ featherweight title in Vegas

first_imgThe Belfast fighter was beaten on points by Leo Santa Cruz in a thrilling rematch.Frampton, who is keen for a third fight with the Mexican soon, says it was the right decision.last_img

Australian Open 2019: Novak Djokovic thrashes Lucas Pouille to set up showdown with Rafael Nadal

first_imgNovak Djokovic will face Rafael Nadal in a mouthwatering Australian Open final following an imperious straight-sets demolition of Lucas Pouille.The world No. 1 barely put a foot wrong on Rod Laver Arena on Friday, producing a masterclass to crush first-time grand slam semifinalist Pouille 6-0, 6-2, 6-2. Djokovic, aiming to become the only man to win the first major of the year seven times, took just an hour and 23 minutes to disdainfully end Pouille’s unexpected run at Melbourne Park.The top seed made only five unforced errors in a relentless performance to set up another blockbuster showdown with Nadal on Sunday, when he will go in search of a third consecutive major title and a 15th of his incredible career.Frenchman Pouille was given a brutal lesson by a fresh-looking Djokovic, who was a man on a mission as he lost just eight points on serve in a crushing victory.Masterclass @DjokerNole def. Lucas Pouille 6-0 6-2 6-2 in one hour and 23 minutes to advance to his seventh #AusOpen final.— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 25, 2019The 28th seed’s nerves were evident from the start and a double fault gifted the six-time champion a 2-0 lead.Djokovic — who spent just 52 minutes on court in his quarter-final before Kei Nishikori retired due to injury — continued to apply the pressure, not allowing Pouille to settle as he returned majestically and raced through his service games.The world No. 31 did not know what had hit him as he walked back to his chair after spraying a forehand wide to go a set down in only 23 minutes, and Djokovic continued to show no mercy in the second. Pouille got on the board with a cross-court forehand pass to hold at 1-1, but a prowling Djokovic stepped up the intensity to go a break up, another double fault from the surprise package putting him 3-1 down.The domineering Serb was two sets up when Pouille drilled another backhand wide and an error off the forehand wing put the helpless underdog a break down at 3-1 in the third.Pouille was put out of his misery when he was forced back by another searing return and crashed a backhand into the net to bow out. STATISTICAL BREAKDOWNDjokovic [1] bt Pouille [28] 6-0 6-2 6-2WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORSDjokovic – 24/5Pouille – 18/27ACES/DOUBLE FAULTSDjokovic – 6/0Pouille – 4/3BREAK POINTS WONDjokovic – 7/12Pouille – 0/0 FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGEDjokovic – 72Pouille – 54PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVEDjokovic – 84/87Pouille – 68/26TOTAL POINTSDjokovic – 83Pouille – 44last_img read more

Raptors ground Hawks

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES There were plenty of second-quarter highlights for Toronto but one of the best came in the final minute, when Lowry ripped the ball from John Collins and passed upcourt to DeRozan at the 3-point line. DeRozan immediately did a tip-pass for an alley-oop that Siakam slammed down for a 67-39 lead.The victory set the Raptors up for what could be an easy next three weeks as they play just one opponent that’s currently over .500.TIP-INSRaptors: DeRozan’s streak of 113 consecutive games in double digits, one shy of Lowry’s franchise-best mark, was snapped. … In Friday’s loss at Indiana, Lowry became the first Toronto player to have consecutive games in leading the team in points, rebounds and assists. … F C.J. Miles missed his second straight game to stay home for his daughter’s birth.Hawks: C Miles Plumlee, acquired in the offseason trade that shipped Dwight Howard to Charlotte, finally made his Atlanta debut late in the fourth and went scoreless with no rebounds in nine minutes. The Hawks would like to get something more from Plumlee, who’s in the second season of a four-year, $52 million contract, but has been sidelined recently with a strained quadriceps.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kyle Lowry had 15 points and a career-high 13 rebounds as the Raptors snapped a two-game skid. Seven players finished in double figures for the Raptors.Dennis Schroder scored 14 points and Taurean Prince and Marco Belinelli each had 10 for the Hawks. Atlanta was coming off Friday’s rally to beat New York, but it had nothing left after leading by one point late in the first quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneToronto scored 39 points in the second and faced no danger of another third-quarter meltdown that proved costly this week at New York and Indiana. The lead surged to 36 by the 9-minute mark of the third on Serge Ibaka’s short jumper, and the Raptors went up a game-high 45 in the fourth.Toronto’s bench outscored the Hawks’ reserves 43-14 by halftime as Powell, Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam each scored in double figures (Powell 13 and Siakam 13, Poeltl 12.) McCollum fuels Blazers rally past Wizards View comments Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre’ Bembry (95) and Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) vie for the ball during the first half of a NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)ATLANTA — Norman Powell scored 17 points, Jonas Valanciunas added 16 and the Toronto Raptors blew out the Atlanta Hawks 112-78 on Saturday night.Toronto dominated the game so completely that it needed just 28 minutes from DeMar DeRozan, one of the NBA’s most prolific scorers. DeRozan handed out a game-high eight assists and finished with just two points on 1-for-5 shooting before sitting out the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ UP NEXTRaptors: Host Charlotte on Wednesday.Hawks: Host Cleveland on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

South Korea counting on red-hot Son Heung-min to shine on Asian Cup quest

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college New sanctions loom as WADA confirm Russia misses doping deadline MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Koreans, edged 2-1 by Australia after the 2015 final went to extra time, haven’t won the Asian Cup since 1960 — a puzzling record considering their 10 World Cup appearances, including the 2002 semi-finals.Arnold’s predicamentJapan are among their chief rivals in UAE, after they were the only Asian side to reach the World Cup knock-outs before narrowly going down to Belgium in the last 16.The Blue Samurai, winners of four of the last seven editions, will demand improvements on 2015, when as defending champions they slipped up with a penalties defeat to UAE in the last eight.Recent results have been encouraging, including a 4-3 win over Uruguay, and Hajime Moriyasu has picked on form after ditching World Cup stars Shinji Kagawa and Shinji Okazaki in favour of younger players.ADVERTISEMENT Australia, however, seem to have gone backwards since they lifted the trophy in Sydney in 2015, and it’s a tall order for new coach Graham Arnold who is plunged into the title defense just four games into the job.After record scorer Tim Cahill retired, Arnold’s predicament worsened last month when midfield lynchpin Aaron Mooy suffered a serious knee injury and was ruled out of tournament.Three-time winners Iran look much more settled, and after winning plaudits for their narrow 1-0 defeat to Spain and 1-1 draw with Portugal at the World Cup, Carlos Queiroz’s side have gone unbeaten in their six games since.With attacking talent including Rubin Kazan’s Sardar Azmoun, with 24 goals in 40 internationals, and Brighton winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Iran will expect to do better than 2015, when they were ousted in a combustible quarter-final against arch-rivals Iraq.Dark horses and VAR UAE received a body blow with the loss of playmaker Omar Abdulrahman to a knee injury, but they have plenty of firepower and are redoubtable on home ground, where they were runners-up as hosts in 1996.Meanwhile, rivals Qatar are desperate to make a statement before 2022, when they will be the first World Cup hosts in the modern era never to have qualified for the tournament by right.Success in UAE would be doubly satisfying for Qatar, which has been at the center of a diplomatic storm in the Gulf and under blockade from their neighbors since June 2017.On Saturday in Abu Dhabi, the UAE and Bahrain will open the biggest Asian Cup yet after it grew from 16 to 24 teams, paving the way for Kyrgyzstan, war-torn Yemen and Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Philippines to make their debuts.Among many sub-plots, China’s stuttering attempts to become a football power will come under scrutiny, in what looks set to be Marcello Lippi’s last outing as coach, while India gets a rare chance to impress at the region’s top level. South Korea’s forward Heung Min Son celebrates after defeating Japan during the men’s football gold medal match at the 2018 Asian Games in Bogor on September 1, 2018. (Photo by CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP)South Korea is hoping Son Heung-min’s dazzling pace and goals can help them end a 59-year wait to be crowned continental kings as the newly expanded Asian Cup starts at the weekend.Holders Australia, four-time winners Japan, Carlos Queiroz’s Iran and hosts the United Arab Emirates are all formidable opponents, but none will relish facing Paulo Bento’s Koreans.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Saudi Arabia, who won the last of their three Asian Cup titles in 1996, should factor in the closing stages, and Syria, Uzbekistan and North Korea lurk as dark horses.One wildcard looks set to be the introduction of video assistant referees (VAR) from the quarter-finals, which could raise the likelihood of penalties after playing a role in the record number given at last year’s World Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES The 2015 runners-up have put their stamp on the international scene in recent times, stunning holders Germany at last year’s World Cup before winning the Asian Games football tournament in September.Son, 26, was at the heart of both successes and his delight was plain to see at the Asian Games in Indonesia, where victory earned the team an exemption from South Korea’s compulsory, 21-month military service.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Tottenham Hotspur forward, who has a deadly shot with either foot, has been in scorching form for his club, scoring seven goals in his last seven Premier League games. But he will sit out South Korea’s first two games next week under a deal with his club in return for his release for last year’s Asian Games.Son, the most prolific Asian in Premier League history, will hope South Korea get the job done against the Philippines and Kyrgyzstan before he jets in for their final Group C clash against China on January 16. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more