Asensio lifts second-string Real Madrid at Leganes

Asensio lifts second-string Real Madrid at Leganes

Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio struck an 89th-minute volley to give the floundering European champions a badly-needed 1-0 win at Leganes on Thursday in a King's Cup quarter-final first leg.

Real coach Zinedine Zidane left out Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in a largely second-string side but not even the injection of youth could breathe life into his team until Asensio's late goal ended a run of three games without a win.

Real struggled against a weakened Leganes team showing eight changes from the 3-2 La Liga defeat by Real Betis on Monday, indicating the host' lack of enthusiasm for the Cup despite supporters packing out their Butarque stadium.

Mateo Kovacic blasted Real's best chance wide before halftime and goalkeeper Kiko Casilla swatted away a Claudio Beauvue volley to deny Leganes shortly before Spain international Asensio met Theo Hernandez's cross at the near post and buried it low in the bottom corner.

We can't say that we played very well but we got a result which is very important to our chances of winning the tie," Zidane told reporters.

We now need to go on a winning run, we have to be patient and believe that we can do it if we all pull together. This win is a chance for us to string two, three or four wins together.

The second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu is on January 24.


Status Quo Not Altered At Doklam: India

Status Quo Not Altered At Doklam: India

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar

Indian and Chinese troops had been locked in a stand-off for over two months last year in the Doklam area near Sikkim before "disengaging" on August 28.

India said today that the status quo has not been altered at Doklam, where Indian and Chinese troops were locked in a stand-off for over two


Army Keeps Close Watch On Chinese Troops, Infra Build-Up In Doklam

Army Keeps Close Watch On Chinese Troops, Infra Build-Up In Doklam

Satellite images reveal massive Chinese mobilisation in Doklam

India is keeping a hawk eye on the continuing presence of Chinese troops and their construction activities in north Doklam near the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet trijunction, even as Army chief General Bipin Rawat said bilateral bonhomie had returned to the same level that existed before the


Class 1 student stabbed by senior girl in Lucknow school, critical

A Class 1 student of a Lucknow school was in critical condition on Wednesday, after he was stabbed by an unidentified girl student, police said.

Hrithik was found bleeding profusely and unconscious at Brightland school in the city’s Triveni Nagar on Tuesday.

School principal Reena Manas said the crime occurred after the morning assembly and that the boy was admitted to the Trauma Centre at King George’s Medical University.

The boy told police that a ‘didi’ sporting a boy-cut hair style first took him to the bathroom, thrashed him, and then stabbed him with a knife. told his parents and police that he could identify the girl.

Officials said the bathroom on the second floor was sealed on Wednesday and police were looking for the accused.

A teacher said that though all CCTVs in the school were functional, there was no CCTV near the bathroom.

Police are now waiting for Hrithik’s condition to improve, after which they will try to identify the culprit.


Houten wins best cycling city award, big cities trail behind

Houten wins best cycling city award, big cities trail behindThe cycle path from Houten to Utrecht. Photo: Jan Dijkstra via Wikimedia Commons

Houten, a commuter town of 48,000 near Utrecht, has been voted best cycling city in the country by visitors to the Fietsersbond website.

In total, 45,000 people took part in the survey to find out which are the best places for cyclists, in terms of cycle paths, de-icing


22-year-old kidnapped, gangraped in moving SUV

A 22-year-old woman was allegedly kidnapped and raped by three men near Rajiv Chowk in Faridabad, Haryana.

The victim was on her way back home from Sector-16 when the incident took place on Saturday evening.

A witness of the kidnapping promptly informed the police, but the cops failed to locate the Mahindra Scorpio (SUV) which was used to commit the crime.

According to the victim, there were three men in the SUV, besides the driver, who raped her in the moving car for more than three hours. Apparently, the driver was not involved in rape.

She was then abandoned near a petrol pump in Sikri.

All the four accused are in their mid 20s.

The girl was talking to her cousin on the phone when the kidnapping took place. Her cousin, sensing trouble informed her parents and called the police.

A case of gangrape has been lodged against the three accused, and kidnapping on all four.

Sketches of the accused are also released.

Rajesh Chechi, ACP Crime, Faridabad said, “A Special Investigative Team has been formed to nab the four accused who are currently absconding. A medical examination has been conducted on the victim.

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