Henrikh Mkhitaryan underlined his growing importance to Manchester United by scoring in a 1-0 win over Tottenham on Sunday, sealing the team’s third Premier League victory since August.In the biggest win for United manager Jose Mourinho since his arrival at Old Trafford, Mkhitaryan raced onto Ander Herrera’s through-ball and drove home a rising shot in the 29th minute. (Also read: Flowering of Henrikh Mkhitaryan spells good news for Manchester United)The Armenia international’s match ended prematurely when he was carried off on a stretcher in the 85th with an apparent left ankle injury following a foul by Danny Rose, but United managed to close out the game – something the team has struggled to do this season.Sixth-place United moved three points behind Spurs and six behind Manchester City, which occupies the fourth and final Champions League qualification berth after 15 games.Mkhitaryan has been slowly integrated into United’s first team since his move from Borussia Dortmund last summer, with Mourinho keen to ease the Armenian into the demands of English soccer.Now he is settled, Mkhitaryan is looking the part. And the pace and quick-thinking he showed for his goal was something United has been lacking. (Also read: Henrikh Mkhitaryan sparkles as Manchester United reach Europa last 32)As soon as Herrera pounced on a wayward pass from Harry Kane in the center of the field, Mkhitaryan was off, running in behind Spurs center back Jan Vertonghen with left back Rose stranded upfield. Herrera’s pass was perfect and Mkhitaryan took it on before unleashing a fierce shot that flew past Lloris.advertisementIn his last four games, Mkhitaryan has scored two goals and set up two others. His injury may set him back once again, however.Meanwhile, the Premier League has now seen players from 96 different nationalities score goals since its inception in 1992.It was a big win for United and Mourinho, whose record against the so-called heavyweights of the Premier League has been poor since arriving at Old Trafford.United had the better of the chances in both halves, with Paul Pogba particularly lively in crashing a free kick against the crossbar and having two shots well saved by Lloris.Christian Eriksen was Tottenham’s best player and from one of his free kicks, an unmarked Victor Wanyama misdirected a header from the edge of the six-yard box in the 55th.Spurs didn’t have a more clear-cut opening for the rest of the match.
London, Jun 11 (PTI) News and sports websites have some of the lowest levels of security adoption, making them vulnerable to cyber attacks, a new study has found.Researchers looked at the security protocols used by the top 500 sites in various industries and online sectors.They found that fewer than 10 per cent of news and sports websites used basic security protocols such as Transport Layer Security (TLS).Even those that do are not always using the “latest or strongest protocols”, researchers said.”It is like news and sport content providers do not value the security of their content,” said Professor Alan Woodward, a cyber-security expert at the University of Surrey in the UK.”They are leaving themselves vulnerable to attacks like cross-site scripting, where an attacker can pretend something has come from a website when it has not,” said Woodward.The study shows that some sectors seem much more security-conscious than others, BBC News reported.The websites of computer and technology companies and financial organisations showed a much higher level of adoption than shopping and gaming sites, for example.A quarter of the shopping sites studied were using TLS, which offers tools including digital certificates, remote passwords, and a choice of ciphers to encrypt traffic between a website and its visitors.The study was published in the Journal of Cyber Security Technology. PTI SAR MHN
FIFA president Gianni Infantino is not yet certain that the 2026 World Cup finals would feature 40 teams even though he personally favours an expanded tournament, he said on Tuesday.Infantino also said he would be happy for several countries to share the hosting of the World Cup, describing it as much a “social event for the whole world” as a global sporting competition.Infantino made a 40-team World Cup a key part of his campaign before his election in February but admitted it was not entirely up to him to decide whether the 2026 finals should be increased from the tournament’s current 32-team format.“My opinion has not changed on the 40 teams, but that’s my opinion. We will have to discuss it and see what’s the best for football,” he told reporters from international news agencies on Tuesday.FIFA expects to make decisions by October on the number of teams, the format for the tournament and the continents that will be eligible to stage the tournament.The latter would be a key decision as it would determine whether countries from Asia, where Qatar is staging the 2022 World Cup, can bid to be hosts.The final decision on the host nation will be made in May 2020.“For the moment, everything is open, but there is a question of who can and cannot bid…we will see,” Infantino said.“CONCACAF (North and Central America and the Caribbean) didn’t have a World Cup for a long time.“Nothing is definite. I believe in the 40 teams because I think it is positive for the development of football and we have seen that again at the Euro 2016 in France with eight more teams.“We need to realise that these kinds of events, like the World Cup or European Championship, are more than just a competition, they are really social events for the whole world.”Source: Cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shares
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