Stephen Curry on 3-point contest loss: ‘I give myself an A for effort’

The Warriors star finished second behind Nets’ Joe Harris on Saturday at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.

Stephen Curry came up just short of winning the 2019 NBA All-Star 3-point contest on Saturday at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., but the Warriors star isn’t too concerned about coming in second.

“I give myself an A for effort in terms of getting down to the last rack and literally had one go in and out,” Curry said, per The Mercury News. “You miss a couple, you start to think a little bit.”

Curry came out strong and opened up the championship round making his first nine shots, but then he missed three of his five shots on the third rack, and made three of four on the fourth rack. He finished second behind Nets’ Joe Harris.

 

“A 3-point competition with that kind of atmosphere? It’s what you ask for,” Curry said. “… People behind you and people behind celebrity row are yelling behind you making noises and stuff. You hear the crowd. It’s not like Oracle in terms of the volume. You feel it out here a little bit more.

“You see the ball go in and go in, you almost kind of black out on the last rack.

Even though Harris walked away with the win, he gave high praise to the Warriors star.

“Steph is the greatest shooter of all time,” Harris said. “Shooting off of the rack for a minute is not indicative of being a better shooter than Steph Curry. I don’t want anybody to get it twisted at all.”

While Curry wouldn’t reveal whether this would be his last 3-point contest as he wavered back and forth, he did say, “We’ll remember this for a long time.”

 

I’d rather surround myself with people I really like – Osaka explains coach split

Japan's Naomi Osaka.

Naomi Osaka hopes to have a new coach in place by Indian Wells in March.

World number one Naomi Osaka said she would rather surround herself with “people that I really like” after splitting with coach Sascha Bajin.

Osaka announced last week that she was ending a partnership that had yielded two grand slam titles and seen her climb to the top of the rankings.

And the 21-year-old revealed it was a decision that had been coming since the Australian Open, where she overcame Petra Kvitova in the final.

“I think during the Australian Open, I was just trying to tell myself to get through it,” Osaka said. “I’m not sure, but I think you guys noticed.

“Everyone thinks it was a money-related issue, but it wasn’t. For me, that’s one of the most hurtful things I’ve ever heard. I travel with everyone on my team, I see them more than my family. I would never do that to them.

“I’m not going to say anything bad about him because, of course, I’m really grateful for all the things that he’s done. I wouldn’t come here and say anything bad.

“The biggest thing is I don’t want myself to think to be successful I have to put success over happiness, because if I’m not happy being around certain people I’m not going to torture myself.”

Speaking to WTA Insider, she added: “I’d rather just surround myself with people that I really like and that truly care about me and are just really positive. I think I’ve been able to do that.

“If I’m not waking up every day happy to practice and happy to be around the people I’m around … this is my life. I’m not going to sacrifice that just to keep a person around. I have to be happy with where I am at my life. I feel like I worked really hard – maybe not for 21 years, but for 17 years – to be number one and to win grand slams.

“Everyone around me is really good at change and adapting. You kind of have to do that to be around me. If you’re not then it gets a little bit tough. Everyone around me was really supportive and I’m just really grateful I have smart people around me.”

Osaka, who is accompanied by Japan Tennis Association coach Masashi Yoshikawa for the Dubai Tennis Championship, hopes to have a new trainer in place by Indian Wells in March.

“[The most important thing for me is] just to have a positive mindset,” she added. “I don’t want someone that’s in the box saying negative stuff. That would be the worst.

“Yeah, someone that’s kind of direct, not afraid to say things to my face. I’d rather someone say it directly to me than go around my back. That’s one of the biggest things.”

Blackburn Rovers 0 Middlesbrough 1: Assombalonga strengthens Boro’s play-off credentials

Middlesbrough moved up to fifth in the Championship with a 1-0 win at Blackburn Rovers, who succumbed to a fourth straight defeat.

Britt Assombalonga’s first-half goal earned Middlesbrough a 1-0 Championship win at Blackburn Rovers, who played the second period a man light following Derrick Williams’ red card.

Victory sends Tony Pulis’ side into fifth, with a three-point cushion over seventh-place Derby County in the race for a top-six finish and a spot in the play-offs.

Boro will still harbour hopes of automatic promotion – sitting seven points behind second-place Sheffield United, over whom they have a game in hand – while for Rovers, Sunday’s defeat at Ewood Park was their fourth on the bounce and leaves them 14th.

The visitors took the lead in the 19th minute when Charlie Mulgrew misjudged a long pass from the back and, although he recovered to slide in and block Ashley Fletcher’s effort, succeeded only in diverting the ball towards Assombalonga to nod home his 10th league goal of the season from point-blank range.

 

And it was a second Mulgrew mistake that led to Williams’ sending off prior to the interval, the centre-back misreading another ball over the top before his fellow defender brought down Fletcher on the edge of the box and received a straight red.

Lewis Wing thumped a 25-yard strike off the crossbar shortly after the restart as Pulis’ men sought a second and they ought to have been undone by former Boro striker Danny Graham, who could only skew an attempt over from six yards with 12 minutes remaining.

Graham teed up Bradley Dack five minutes later, but the midfielder’s first-time volley was superbly saved low to his right by Darren Randolph as Boro held on for all three points.

 

We do not have to kill Real Madrid forever – Odriozola

Girona's Pedro Alcala celebrates beating Real Madrid

Defender Alvaro Odriozola does not think there should be an over-reaction to Real Madrid losing 2-1 at home to Girona.

There is no need to “kill Real Madrid forever” after a LaLiga loss at home to Girona, says right-back Alvaro Odriozola.

Santiago Solari’s side led at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday thanks to a first-half Casemiro header, with Madrid hunting a sixth consecutive league win to exert pressure on leaders Barcelona.

But a second-half collapse saw a Cristhian Stuani penalty and Portu’s header turn the game around for relegation-threatened Girona before Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was dismissed in the last minute.

Los Blancos are now nine points behind Barca ahead of a March 2 Clasico at the Bernabeu, with the sides also soon set to meet in the capital in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final.

Madrid’s chances of catching defending champions Barca are seemingly hanging by a thread but Solari has refused to concede his side’s involvement in the title race is now over.

And Odriozola said there should not be an over-reaction despite Madrid losing to a Girona side that had not won any of their past 13 matches in all competitions since December 5.

“It’s a difficult time because we were in a very good dynamic and this puts the brakes on,” he told reporters. “The match could have been won and in the end it’s lost, we have to do self-criticism and see where we’ve failed.

“We have to recover the group emotionally because what is coming is nice and we do not have to kill Real Madrid forever, we have to keep fighting, we have lost a battle but not the war.

“There is no need to make excuses, if Girona have taken the game, it is because they deserved it. The first half was good, we could have led 2-0 and taken the match but we do not have to make excuses.”

And like Solari, Odriozola is not giving up hope that Madrid could yet catch Barca although they only have 14 league games remaining to do so.

“It’s never an excess of confidence because at Real Madrid you go out at 200 percent to give everything,” he continued. “Sometimes these things happen, it’s tough for the group and the fans, but there are exciting weeks ahead and we’re never going to give up.

“The calendar is what it is, we do not have to make excuses. We are alive in all three competitions, although LaLiga gets more complicated, but Real Madrid have cut other leads in other years.”

Bristol City 0 Wolves 1: Cavaleiro repeats cup heroics

Wolves are through to the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time in 16 years after recording a 1-0 win over Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

Ivan Cavaleiro was once again Wolves' FA Cup hero as his goal secured a 1-0 victory at Bristol City, sending his club into the quarter-finals for the first time in 16 years. 

Nuno Espirito Santo's side went ahead during a dominant first-half performance when Cavaleiro finished a neat passing move with his first goal for the club since his decisive strike in the replay against Shrewsbury Town in the previous round. 

City, who are the Championship's form team under Lee Johnson, improved in the second half but, crucially, lacked a cutting edge. 

Defeat leaves the home team free to focus on their promotion push that has seen them win their last seven consecutive league matches, while Wolves may start to dream of FA Cup glory for the first time since 1960. 



Wolves grabbed the game's only goal after 28 minutes. The impressive Matt Doherty cut in from the right and pulled the ball back to the middle of the penalty area, allowing Cavaleiro to calmly apply a side-footed finish.

Doherty hit the post from a tight angle moments later, while Leander Dendoncker stung the palms of Frank Fielding when he went one-on-one with the City goalkeeper, opting for power over accuracy with his finish.

Jay Dasilva had the whole goal to aim at when he blazed a shot over the crossbar from just inside the box as City made a bright start to the second half.

Substitute Matty Taylor provided John Ruddy with his first test of the game with a shot from close range, while the Wolves goalkeeper made an even better stop to deny Marlon Pack, diving low to keep out a long-range drive.

But it was Fielding who made the save of the game when he leaped to push Joao Moutinho's dipping free-kick over the crossbar 15 minutes from time, paving the way for a last-ditch comeback that failed to materialise.

 

Coman restricted to light training ahead of Liverpool clash

The level of Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman’s potential involvement against Liverpool remains in some doubt.

Kingsley Coman was kept to light duties in training on Sunday, despite Bayern Munich insisting the in-form winger will be fit to face Liverpool.

The France international suffered a knock to his left ankle in Friday’s Bundesliga win over Augsburg and was working alone as the German champions continued preparations for their Champions League trip to Anfield.

Initial fears that Coman had suffered fresh ligament damage were allayed by Bayern’s medical staff on Saturday and he received the all-clear to take part in Tuesday’s last-16 encounter, although precautions are likely to be taken given his recent injury history.

The 22-year-old missed most of the first three months of the campaign with a recurring ankle problem and has started no more than 10 league matches in either of the past two seasons.

In December, Coman told TF1 he would consider retiring from football early if his injury issues persisted.

The former Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus attacker was Bayern’s standout player in their otherwise disjointed 3-2 defeat of Augsburg, scoring twice and assisting the other goal for David Alaba.

 

Solari refuses to concede LaLiga title race is over

Real Madrid head coach Santiago Solari

Real Madrid will fight for the LaLiga title despite a loss to Girona that leaves them nine points behind Barcelona, says Santiago Solari.

Santiago Solari insists Real Madrid will keep fighting for the LaLiga title despite their five-game winning run ending with a stunning home loss to Girona.

Casemiro’s first-half header had Madrid 1-0 up and in total control against Eusebio Sacristan’s LaLiga strugglers at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

But, within 10 second-half minutes, Cristhian Stuani’s penalty and Portu’s header had earned Girona’s first win away to Madrid and moved them four points clear of the relegation zone.

Sergio Ramos was sent-off in the last minute as he tried to equalise, the Madrid captain catching a defender with a high boot when desperately attempting an overhead kick.

Defeat leaves Madrid nine points behind LaLiga leaders Barcelona, who visit the Bernabeu on March 2, four days after the second leg of the Clasico Copa del Rey semi-final.

Three-time defending champions Madrid also have a foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after a 2-1 first-leg away win against Ajax.

Solari, though, claims he will not prioritise cup competitions over the league despite Madrid’s deficit to last season’s table-toppers Barcelona and a busy fixture list.

“There’s always the league,” he said. “We have to get up quickly and keep going, all three competitions are still open for us.

“We came from a very hard journey, we paid for that effort. We tried to overcome, to be fresher with the changes, but we did not achieve it.”

Luka Modric’s absence due to suspension appeared to leave Madrid weak in the centre of midfield with Douglas Luiz beating Casemiro too easily in the build-up to Girona’s winner.

“It is always a cliche to think about the one who is not in [the team],” Solari added.

“We have to face what we are in. This is a squad with great players, it did not come out and that’s it.”

Marcelo, who has been regularly left out in favour of Sergio Reguilon by Solari, had a difficult day but the Madrid coach would not single out the defender for criticism.

“Football is a collective sport and the field is covered with all the players,” he said when asked if Madrid’s defensive problems stemmed from their left.

“Girona came out very well, very strong and they grew in the second half. We did not find the depth when we were dominated.”

Hamidou Diallo wants dunk contest rematch against Zion Williamson

Diallo and Williamson participated in a dunk contest nearly three years ago, and the Duke sensation was victorious.

Thunder rookie Hamidou Diallo is coming off a victory in the 2019 NBA Slam Dunk contest, but he already has his eyes set on next year’s matchup and competing against someone in particular.

Diallo wants a rematch with Duke sensation Zion Williamson. The two faced off against each other at the Under Armour Elite 24 dunk contest nearly three years ago in New York City, and Williamson took home the win that day.

 

When asked Saturday after winning the dunk contest if he’d be interested in a rematch against Williamson in 2020, Diallo jumped at the opportunity.

“Oh that’s tough. Let’s do it,” he said, per the Washington Post.

 

Even though Williamson technically won the contest in 2016, Diallo claims the win was “basically” his.

“I won,” Diallo told The Athletic earlier this week. “I had won. I just didn’t complete the (last) dunk. If I had completed the dunk, I would have won. But basically I won. I did everything to make me a winner up to that point. I just didn’t complete the dunk.”

A projected No. 1 pick for June’s draft, Williamson has become known for his dunks in his first season with Duke. The forward has drawn praise from players around the league, including LeBron James, while averaging 22.4 points and 9.2 rebounds on 68.3 percent shooting from the field.

 

Courtois: Real Madrid could not control Girona

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois

Real Madrid are nine points behind leaders Barcelona after a home defeat to Girona, with Thibaut Courtois accepting they lost control.

Thibaut Courtois said Real Madrid lost control in their home LaLiga loss to Girona that leaves Los Blancos nine points adrift of leaders Barcelona.

A run of five straight wins, including last weekend’s 3-1 defeat of city rivals Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitano, had thrust Madrid back into the title race ahead of the Clasico on March 2.

Casemiro’s header put the hosts on track to extend their streak before Girona produced a stunning second-half comeback at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

After Sergio Ramos was deemed to have blocked a shot with his arm in the box, Cristhian Stuani beat Courtois from the penalty spot to score his 13th LaLiga goal of the season.

And when Courtois pushed Anthony Lozano’s effort back into the danger zone, Portu squeezed his header past the prone Madrid goalkeeper to claim a famous win.

Ramos was then dismissed after an attempted overhead kick in the Girona area, with Courtois going up for a 95th-minute corner but seeing his header bounce off target.

“I decided to go up for the corner to try and create some nerves,” Courtois said in a post-match interview. “I got a touch on it but it just went wide.

“I think the first half we played really well, dropped the rhythm a bit and weren’t at the same level as against Ajax or Atletico but we were in charge.

“In the second half they found a groove and created danger, I don’t know if it was a penalty, I didn’t see it, but it was a shame. They equalised and we didn’t know how to control it.

“The shot came in that I couldn’t control and they scored the winner. It’s a shame as we needed to win. It’s not a question of confidence. Girona always make it difficult.”

Girona had not won any of their past 13 games in all competitions with Portu’s header earning their first ever victory at the Bernabeu.

Eusebio Sacristan was reportedly on the brink of the sack but Girona, who earned a draw away to Barcelona in September, are now 15th and four points clear of the relegation zone.

“It’s a historic win and the team needed it after a complicated moment with a really bad run of results,” Portu said. “It was a real challenge but above all this team has great spirit and can do great things.

“The key to all this was the group spirit there is. We knew it would be complicated and we couldn’t dream of winning the points. But in the second half we were in the game and we believed in the three points.

“We played well despite being 1-0 down. We showed the important thing is what is inside the group and the union we have with our technical staff. In the difficult moments we can show our true spirit.

“At the end of the day I’m not even thinking about who scored, we needed the three points and we can breathe a bit now. We’ll be celebrating like mad as we deserve this.”

Weary Kvitova reflects on ‘crushing’ start to 2019

World number two Petra Kvitova

Following a whirlwind start to 2019, Petra Kvitova admits she is not feeling 100 per cent fresh ahead of the Dubai Tennis Championships.

Petra Kvitova concedes her busy start to the new year has left her feeling fatigued ahead of the Dubai Tennis Championships.

The Czech won the Sydney International in January before embarking on a run to the final of the Australian Open, where she was beaten in three sets by Naomi Osaka.

Her challenge at the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy was ended at the quarter-final stage by Donna Vekic before the world number two had to return to her homeland for a court appearance in relation to the December 2016 knife attack which left her with career-threatening injuries.

All of which has left Kvitova feeling weary, even at this early stage of the year.

“It was a crushing time for me, to be honest,” she told WTA Insider prior to the Premier 5 hard-court tournament in Dubai.

“I came home from the Australian Open because I had to get my passport with my visa to Russia and flew the next day to St Petersburg. I was really looking forward to being there again. It’s a nice tournament. I came there with friends and it was fun.

“Then I flew to Monaco, then to the Czech Republic, where I had different reasons to be there. Then a few days of practice. Of course, it’s not really easy to practice after an exhausting beginning of the season, which I really had. I still do feel it.

“Physically and mentally, it’s still not 100 per cent, but it’s the tennis world and we are just in a circle and it’s tough to do anything against it.”

“I played a lot of tennis in that month [January] so I think I have a good reason to be tired,” added Kvitova, who arrives in Dubai on the back of a 10-day break.

“My mentality right now is different from any other mentality in the world. I’m not feeling really fresh, to be honest. I’m not feeling empty as well. It’s just the mix of everything, of all the emotions, physically and mentally it’s been a lot on me right now.

“I’m just trying to find a way out of it. That’s what I’m dealing with right now.

“Tennis is fun for me, it’s a joy. Every time I’m on the court it’s great, I’m really enjoying it. That’s important, that I find the joy on the court. That’s what matters right now.”

LeBron James goes into detail about relationship with Kyrie Irving

Irving, on the other hand, wasn’t as willing to talk about his relationship with the Lakers star. He said, “That’s none of your business.”

LeBron James was candid on his relationship with Celtics star Kyrie Irving after the two made headlines earlier this season following the Celtics guard’s apology phone call.

James explained he has “always love(d) Kyrie” and that he saw a lot of “growth” in the 26-year-old to be able to make a phone call like he did.

“I think I’ve always loved Kyrie, from before I met him, until when I became his teammate, to even now,” James said Saturday during his All-Star weekend media availability. “So the phone call, more than for me, I think just to see his growth … It takes a real man and a real person — and a real person to understand who they are — to be able to call, or to do anything and be able to see their wrongdoings or believe they have some wrongdoings.

“And then be able to come to grips with that and then be able to either apologize or say that, ‘At that point and time, I thought I was ready for something, but I really wasn’t.’ I love Kyrie. I love everything about Kyrie.”

Amid frustration with the Celtics’ youth, Irving revealed last month that he called James to apologize for “being that young player that wanted everything at his fingertips” when the two were teammates for the Cavaliers for three seasons. The call came after Irving was critical about some of his current teammates, saying, “The young guys don’t know what it takes to be a championship level team.”

Irving, on the other hand, wasn’t as willing to talk about his relationship with the Lakers star. When the topic came up, Irving simply said, “That’s none of your business.”

Umtiti in Barcelona squad to face former club Lyon

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti

Ernesto Valverde has named the fit-again Samuel Umtiti in a 21-man squad that will travel to France to face Lyon in the Champions League.

Samuel Umtiti has recovered from a knee injury in time to join Barcelona’s squad for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Lyon.

Ernesto Valverde’s men visit Groupama Stadium on Tuesday and will do so with France international Umtiti in tow after he was named in their 21-man travelling party.

The 25-year-old, who signed for the LaLiga champions from Lyon in 2016, rejoined training earlier this month but has not featured since the 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid on November 24.

Umtiti’s availability is particularly timely with fellow centre-back Thomas Vermaelen ruled out due to a muscle problem in his right leg.

Vermaelen completed 90 minutes in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Real Valladolid in LaLiga but now joins Arthur (hamstring), Rafinha (knee) and Jasper Cillessen (calf) on the sidelines.

In a statement, Barca described the issue as a “muscle overload” and said a return date would be determined pending further assessment.

Clement Lenglet and Jeison Murillo are Valverde’s other options to partner Gerard Pique in the heart of defence.

Lionel Messi, who scored one penalty and missed another against Valladolid, is included as expected alongside Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele.

Pogba: Manchester United emulating ‘Class of 92’

Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is enthusiastic about the chances of young players flourishing under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Paul Pogba believes Manchester United are recapturing the spirit of the ‘Class of 92’ and wants to help nurture the club’s next crop of academy talents.

The Red Devils have been rejuvenated since interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over from the sacked Jose Mourinho in December, winning 10 of 12 matches and going unbeaten until the Champions League loss to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

Solskjaer, a fan favourite during his 11-year stint at Old Trafford, has been credited with restoring United’s identity and Pogba pointed to homegrown pair Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard as evidence the club is returning to the ways which once unearthed David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes in a famed era of youth promotion.

And the 25-year-old France star wants to play a part in ensuring the academy continues to supply the senior squad.

“I try to give my experience to the younger ones because I had the chance to play in the World Cup, I’ve played in a Champions League final and a Europa League final,” Pogba said in quotes reported by The Sun.

“So I try to pass that on to the other boys.

“It is the culture of this club, the generation of Beckham, Scholes, [Nicky] Butt, Gary Neville… when you come from the academy you want to play for the first team and do great things.

“Now you have Marcus Rashford, still very young but talented and a top player, and me and Jesse Lingard who have been playing together for I don’t know how many years.

“I once heard that at this club ‘there is no age’. As long as you are ready to play for the team, then let the young players go and just prove themselves. That’s how it is.

“This is Manchester United. You have the chance at this club. Young players can come and prove themselves, enjoy themselves and then become top, top players in the first team.”

Pogba, who has scored eight times since Solskjaer took charge, praised the Norwegian for quickly establishing a rapport with a squad that under-performed during Mourinho’s tenure.

“As an ex-United player he knows the culture, he knows everything about the club and he knows how to talk to the players as well,” the World Cup winner said. “So it has really been a big help for me.

“It has been great to see all the players enjoying it, all playing and working together — and winning together.

“That’s what we want because we had a hard start this season. We have gained a bit and are coming back but there is still a lot more to do and we have to keep going.”

Real Madrid 1 Girona 2: Stuani and Portu seal stunning comeback

Cristhian Stuani scores a penalty for Girona against Real Madrid

Real Madrid had Sergio Ramos sent off as they slipped to a surprising 2-1 home defeat against struggling Girona in LaLiga on Sunday.

Cristhian Stuani scored his 13th LaLiga goal of the season and Portu headed a famous winner as relegation-threatened Girona claimed a 2-1 comeback win away at Real Madrid.

Santiago Solari’s side looked on track for a sixth straight victory in the league following Casemiro’s first-half header at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

But after Sergio Ramos was punished for a handball in the penalty area, Stuani stepped up to convert a spot-kick and Girona’s battle against relegation was boosted by a stunning winner.

Thibaut Courtois weakly parried Anthony Lozano’s effort back into the danger zone and Portu was on hand to steer the rebound past the Madrid goalkeeper, with captain Ramos then dismissed in the last minute as he tried to equalise with an overhead kick.

Madrid took the lead in the 25th minute with Casemiro on target for the second LaLiga game in a row, the Brazil midfielder powering home a downward header from a Toni Kroos cross.

Casemiro teed up international team-mate Marcelo for a drilled finish before the break, but the goal was rightly ruled out for offside.

Girona should have equalised in the 59th minute. Courtois could only push Lozano’s header back into the danger zone but Garcia blazed the rebound way over the crossbar.

However, Madrid failed to heed that warning and Girona levelled from the penalty spot.

Courtois turned Stuani’s effort on to the post but Douglas Luiz got to the loose ball first and his shot was partially blocked by Ramos’ arms.

Stuani clipped the spot-kick down the middle after Courtois dived to his right to equalise and Girona suddenly had Madrid reeling, Portu crashing a rocket of a shot against the post.

And Girona scored an incredible winner in the 75th minute, Portu squeezing a header past Courtois to complete a remarkable comeback.

Bale was denied by Yassine Bounou and as Madrid chased a leveller, Ramos was shown a second yellow card after referee Guillermo Cuadra Fernandez deemed his acrobatic effort to be a dangerous challenge.

Courtois almost made amends with an unbelievable 95th-minute equaliser but, after going up for a set piece, his header flew wide in a frantic finale.