FA Cup: Five-star Manchester City demolish woeful West Ham

first_imgManchester City crushed West Ham United 5-0 to give manager Pep Guardiola the perfect introduction to the FA Cup as they cruised into the fourth round with a thumping victory at the London Stadium on Friday.After taking the lead through Yaya Toure from the penalty spot, the five-times winners swept their opponents away with devilish attacking verve, inflicting on the beleaguered Hammers their worst ever home defeat in the competition.They survived a solitary scare when the hosts’ Sofiane Feghouli inexplicably shot wide from in front of an open goal, but went in at the break with a 3-0 advantage after an own goal from Havard Nordtveit and an effort from David Silva.Sergio Aguero then flicked the ball home early in the second half to become the third highest scorer in City’s history and defender John Stones netted his first for the club with a header from a corner with seven minutes remaining.If City’s inconsistent form had started to weigh heavy on manager Guardiola, who was in the tetchiest of moods following their Premier League victory over Burnley on Monday, the Spaniard’s spirits would have been lifted by their display in the capital.There were flashes of his former Barcelona side in some of City’s attacking play and the ease with which they dismantled a poor West Ham, who looked off the pace from the start and were thoroughly outclassed throughout a nightmare 90 minutes.Efforts from Pablo Zabaleta and Silva, which were blocked and saved by defender Winston Reid and goalkeeper Adrian respectively, served early notice of City’s intent, but they had to wait 33 minutes to open the scoring from the spot.advertisementZabaleta powered into the box and had his heels clipped by Pedro Obiang, leaving Toure to step up and blast his effort past Adrian.West Ham’s Feghouli, under pressure from Gael Clichy, somehow pulled an effort wide from two metres out with the goal gaping, but that was about as good as it got for the hosts.Two City goals in two minutes before halftime effectively killed the tie with both stemming from flowing passing moves.Nordtveit turned into his own net with Raheem Sterling lurking to double City’s lead, while the England winger then teed up Silva to calmly control and stroke the ball into the net two minutes before the break.Any hope of a second-half resurgence was crushed five minutes after the restart when Aguero got his milestone goal, turning Toure’s shot home from close range for his 154th for the club, one more than Colin Bell. Only Tommy Johnson (166) and Eric Brook (178) have more.Stones rounded off the victory with a header that Mark Noble tried in vain to clear of the line.last_img read more

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Infographic The Ocean Cleanup Is Set into Motion

first_imgThis coming May, the Ocean Cleanup is ready to deploy their first fully operational Ocean Cleanup system in the Great Pacific Ocean. The system has been developed over five years of research and development by Boyan Slat and his team at The Ocean Cleanup, and intends to gather massive amounts of plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.An estimated 6 to 8 billion metric tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans every year. Scientists within the field of marine studies estimate that at least 100,000 sea mammals and millions of sea birds and fish die each year from plastic ingestion or entanglement.The everlasting spillage of waste affects all parts of the ocean. For example, the Arctic is one of the most pristine and untouched areas in our world, and new measures have been taken to protect the environments like this. In the arena of environmental protection, liberal governments and projects like The Ocean Cleanup are inspiring us to attain a deeper understanding about our ecological footprint.Wasteful DisintegrationPlastic disintegrates faster in the ocean than on land because the influence of salt water and the Sun’s UV-rays. Tragically, small bits of plastic of 5mm or less cannot be gathered by the Ocean Cleanup system. This percentage will increase exponentially if no action is taken. What’s more, plastic decomposition causes additional pollution as it it releases harmful toxic bisphenol A and PS oligomer into water.Water bodies are susceptible to any kind of change. Whenever massive operations interfere with the stable state of nature, consequences can be expected. Therefore, it is key that proper research is carried out before large scale marine operating systems are deployed.The ramifications of plastic waste and water pollution are out of control. To gain a grip on the problem and create a sustainable ecological footprint, we will have to come up with alternative solution for plastic packaging. Asia seems to struggle the hardest when it comes to recycling their plastics, as an estimated 86% of all plastic waste can be contributed to the continent.In order to develop sustainable lifestyles we are expected to purchase products that curb our energy consumption and energy spillage. Rather than having powerful fossil fuelled generators we will use natural resources to power our homes.The team at GreenMatch created this infographic below to illustrate the process of The Ocean Cleanup’s efforts and prognoses.last_img read more

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