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first_imgSantiago Solari accepted Real Madrid were “weak” in their loss to Leganes, despite progressing to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.Madrid’s 3-0 first-leg win meant Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat at Butarque was not enough to send them out of the tournament at the expense of Leganes for the second year in a row.Solari gave Isco a start in a rejigged team that saw Marcelo feature on the wing in the first half, with Madrid struggling to create chances without a focal point in attack. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? And Solari accepted his side, who have lost two of their last four matches, were not good enough against Leganes, who won the second leg thanks to a first-half Martin Braithwaite goal.”A weak performance, above all the first half,” he told a news conference.”They all needed to get playing time, they got it. We got through the tie, but the performance was weak.”Sometimes we try things and if they do not work, we try to improve them.”We have lacked depth. We paid not having a specific reference in attack.”Madrid were without Karim Benzema, the striker having fractured his finger in their 2-1 win at Real Betis in the league last time out.But Solari is optimistic that the former France international will be able to play Madrid’s next game, against Sevilla on Saturday.”It is a broken little finger,” he said of the striker. “We hope to have him at the weekend, and next Wednesday, and the next weekend.”Isco lasted 68 minutes on a rare start under Solari, with the playmaker withdrawn for Cristo Gonzalez.The Spain midfielder completed 93 per cent of his passes but wasted Madrid’s best chance to score with a tame shot.Solari has regularly been questioned about his apparent lack of faith in Isco but he once again dismissed talk of a rift with the playmaker.”There is no problem, not at all,” Solari said of Isco.last_img read more

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first_img Next Reuters RomeMay 15, 2019UPDATED: May 15, 2019 08:56 IST World No. 5 Alexander Zverev has been struggling for consistency in the ongoing clay-court season (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWorld no. 5 Alexander Zverev was stunned in straight sets by Matteo BerrettiniZverev has not got past the quarter-finals at any tournament since reaching the Acapulco final in early MarchKyrgios displayed his best and worst as he combined spectacular shots with an outburst of poor behaviourWorld number five Alexander Zverev continued his poor recent form as he crashed out of the Italian Open in the second round while Serena Williams had to pull out of the women’s draw with a recurring knee injury on Tuesday.Serena had beaten Swede Rebecca Peterson in straight sets on Monday and was due to face sister Venus but the injury means her participation at the May 26-June 9 French Open is in doubt.Zverev, who has not got past the quarter-finals at any tournament since reaching the Acapulco final in early March, did little to suggest he could be a contender at Roland Garros after a 7-5 7-5 defeat by home favourite Matteo Berrettini.Roared on by a partisan home crowd at the Foro Italico, Berrettini took the opening three games before the German, 2017 champion and last year’s runner-up, regained his composure.Berrettini then saved five break points to take a 6-5 lead before the rattled Zverev, who beat the Italian in the same round last year, threw away the opening set with two unforced errors and a double fault.They traded breaks early in the second before Zverev, who saved a match point in the 10th game, committed another flurry of errors, capped by a forehand into the net that handed Berrettini a memorable win.”The environment was great, the match that I played was horrendous,” said the 22-year-old Zverev.Second set meltdown for Nick KyrgiosIn first-round action, David Goffin produced two blistering sets to fight back and beat Stanislav Wawrinka 4-6 6-0 6-2 while Nick Kyrgios treated the crowd to an array of his antics in a 6-3 3-6 6-3 victory over Russian Daniil Medvedev.advertisementThe flamboyant and unpredictable Kyrgios again displayed his best and worst as he combined spectacular shots with an outburst of poor behaviour.The Australian won the opening point of the match with what is fast becoming a trademark underarm serve and breezed through the first set before cheers from the crowd turned to jeers amid a second-set meltdown.Having dropped serve to hand Medvedev a 5-3 lead, Kyrgios blasted a ball over the stands, then bent over and turned his backside to Medvedev and finally exchanged words with the umpire before the Russian held to force a third set.As if nothing had happened, Kyrgios got back to business as he hammered in aces and winners, having also capped some good forays to the net with confident volleys to book a second-round clash with Norwegian Casper Ruud.Goffin dropped the opening set before he blew Wawrinka away in the next two, the decisive moment coming in the second game of the third when the Belgian saved a double break point at 1-0 down.He won the next five games and, although the Swiss briefly delayed the inevitable, Goffin was able to celebrate after his frustrated opponent blazed a forehand into the crowd.Also Read | Serena Williams out of Italian Open with knee injury ahead of round 2 tie vs VenusAlso Read | Nicole Gibbs pulls out of French Open after cancer diagnosisFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Alexander ZverevFollow Nick KyrgiosFollow Serena WilliamsFollow Italian Open 2019 Italian Open: Alexander Zverev crashes out, Kyrgios downs MedvedevWhile world number 5 Alexander Zverev was knocked out in the second round of Italian Open in Rome, Nick Kyrgios treated the crowd to an array of his antics in a 6-3 3-6 6-3 victory over Russian Daniil Medvedev.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgUsers have been advised to follow cooking instructions to save energy Credit: Andrew Crowley Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. He pointed out that consumers tended to buy new appliances before their existing ones reach the end of their useful life.“As a result, discarded electrical equipment, such as microwaves, is one of the fastest growing waste streams worldwide,” he added.The lifespan of modern microwaves is nearly seven years shorter than it was almost two decades ago, said the scientists whose findings appear in the journal Science Of The Total Environment.In 2005, 184,000 tonnes of electrical and electronic (EE) waste was produced by discarded microwaves, the study found.However Prof David Reay, Professor of Carbon Management at the University of Edinburgh, said: “To say microwave ovens are ‘as bad for the environment as cars’ is an apples to oranges comparison, because one (the microwaves) is for a full life-cycle assessment and the other (cars) is just their direct emissions from being driven.  “Yes, there are a lot of microwaves, and yes they use electricity.  But their emissions are dwarfed by those from cars – there are around 30 million cars in the UK alone and these emit way more than all the emission from microwaves in the EU.”Latest data show that passenger cars in the UK emitted 69 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2015.   Microwaves in Britain generate as much carbon dioxide as more than one million cars, scientists have concluded as they call on people to use the ovens more efficiently.Scientists arrived at the figure after studying the broad environmental impact of microwaves, taking account of their manufacture, use, and end-of-life disposal.There are around 23 million microwaves in homes across the UK, but despite their huge popularity, little is known about the effect of the devices on the environment, said the researchers.The University of Manchester team found that the ovens generate around 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, the equivalent to 1.3 million cars.On average, a single microwave uses 573 kilowatt hours of electricity over a lifetime of eight years, which compares with a seven watt LED light bulb being left on continuously for almost nine years.The study’s authors suggest consumers should use microwaves more efficiently by sticking to cooking instructions rather than just guessing, or always using the highest setting.Lead researcher Dr Alejandro Gallego-Schmid, from the university’s School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, said: “Given that microwaves account for the largest percentage of sales of all type of ovens in the EU, it is increasingly important to start addressing their impact on resource use and end-of-life waste.” Users have been advised to follow cooking instructions to save energy last_img read more