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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, April 23, 2014
In Loving Memory of
Dave Ian Sylvestre-Williams
Sunrise: 24th February, 1950 Sunset: 23rd April, 2013
OUR GUARDIAN ANGEL
Losing you so suddenly was a heavy burden for us to bear,
You were always the source of quiet strength,
Which we sadly miss as you are not here.
We look at the sky and see you as a dove,
Soaring high and guarding us like always from above.
We hear your voice as the wind blows through the trees,
Gently saying, "I can see you all clearly through the clouds,
I am safe and at peace, so please do not grieve."
You are our special guardian angel, watching over us to the very end,
And when we meet you again in Heaven, our broken
hearts will finally mend.
Missing You! Your dear wife (Margaret), children (Nathalie, Rachel and
David); grandchildren (Adam, Matthew, Christina and Jonathan Nimblett;
Chloe and Ethan Sylvestre-Williams and Marc Antonio Hart),
brothers, sisters, in-laws (Rene, Michelle and Richard), nephews,
nieces, family friend Abbot John Pereira and the many pilgrims to
Mt. St. Benedict whose lives you touched.
MADRID---Chelsea s defensive game plan proved
too much for Atletico Madrid as they played out a
0-0 draw in the first leg of their Champions League
Jose Mourinho s ultra-defensive tactics worked at
the Vicente Calderon Stadium despite the early exit
of goalkeeper Petr Cech to injury in the 18th minute.
Mark Schwarzer came on, with Cech s long-term
replacement---Thibaut Courtois---playing in the opposite
goal, on loan from Chelsea.
Atletico nearly broke through in the final 15 minutes
as Raul Garcia and substitute Arda Turan sent headers
wide while Gabi Fernandez and Diego Costa forced
Schwarzer into saves.
The English club will feel upbeat about its chances
of returning to the final, two years after beating Bayern
Munich on penalties. Atletico, which is top of the
Spanish league and hasn t been this far in Europe s
top competition since 1974, needs a plan for breaking
open the Chelsea defense.
The return leg is at Stamford Bridge on April 30
with the winner playing either Bayern or Real Madrid
in the final.
Chelsea striker Fernando Torres started on his first
return to his boyhood club---but made little impact
like much of his side s attack---as Oscar and Andre
Schuerrle were left on the substitutes bench. Eden
Hazard and Samuel Eto o were out due to injury.
Mourinho s game plan was not pretty, but certainly
proved effective as the Blues stifled Atletico, whose
best opportunity of the first half forced Cech out with
an injured shoulder as he tipped Koke s wicked in-
swinging corner kick over the bar. Schwarzer came
on to chants of "Courtois" as Atletico supporters
mocked Chelsea s decision to loan out the Belgian
Chelsea should have been ahead moments later
when Gary Cahill headed Frank Lampard s corner kick
wide from inside the area, shortly before Ramires
broke through---only for the Chelsea midfielder to fire
Schwarzer was busy gathering failed crosses and
long balls as the home side attempted to break through
without success, while Chelsea s defenders did well
to contain Diego Costa and block a series of shots,
including the Spain striker s 41st-minute volley from
inside the area.
After Lampard forced Courtois into a save to start
the second half, Atletico slowly began to break through
SAO PAULO---FIFA s top World Cup
official visited the delayed stadium
that will host the opener in less than
two months and said there was "not
a minute" to waste to get the venue
FIFA Secretary General Jerome Val-
cke said yesterday there was still a
lot of work to do at the Itaquerao sta-
dium, but added that it would be
ready for the opening match between
Brazil and Croatia on June 12.
He said local organisers were "run-
ning against time," but they know
there was "no choice" and understood
they had to come through with their
promise to finish all the work in time.
At the beginning of his latest tour
of host cities, Valcke said there were
"potential issues" with two other sta-
diums, one still being built in the
southern city of Curitiba and the other
in nearby Porto Alegre. He will visit
Curitiba this week to receive updates
from local organisers.
The other stadium yet to be com-
pleted is the Arena Pantanal in the
wetlands city of Cuiaba, where offi-
cials said yesterday that the official
inauguration would not happen this
weekend as scheduled because of a
delay in the delivery of some 5,000
seats. The venue s opening should
happen only in mid-May. Valcke will
be in the city today.
"There is not a single minute we
can waste, because there is still a lot
of work to do to," Valcke said after
checking the construction work at
the Itaquerao. "We are running against
time, but yes, the stadium will host
the opening game and, yes, we will
organise the opening game and all
the other games in this stadium."
There will be five other World Cup
matches in Sao Paulo, including one
of the semifinals.
The only FIFA test event scheduled
for the Itaquerao will be a Brazilian
league match on May 17 or May 18,
about three weeks before the opener.
Only 50,000 tickets will be sold even
though the opener will hold nearly
70,000 people. FIFA usually wants
three test events at venues used in
tournaments such as the World Cup.
"I can tell you that it will be a very
tight schedule over the next weeks in
order to be ready for the opening
game, and more important, to be
ready on time for us to test the sta-
dium," Valcke said.
Before the FIFA test, Corinthians
is expected to host other minor events.
A match between construction work-
ers will be played on May 1 for about
10,000 people, and an exhibition
between Corinthians teams from past
and present is planned for May 10
for about 20,000 fans.
Work at the Itaquerao was signif-
icantly delayed last November after
a crane collapse killed two workers.
Earlier this year, another accident
killed one of the workers helping
install the 20,000 temporary seats
that will be needed for the opener.
Valcke: Not a minute to
waste at WCup stadium
Atletico's Diego Costa,
right, is closed down by
Chelsea's Gary Cahill,
left, and John Obi Mikel
during the Champions
League semifinal first
leg football match
Madrid and Chelsea at
the Vicente Calderon
stadium in Madrid,
Spain, yesterday. The
matched ended in a
goalless draw. AP PHOTO
the Chelsea wall through efforts from Diego Ribas,
who came off for Turan after an hour.
Chelsea captain John Terry picked up an injury and
made way for Schuerrle in the 73rd as Atletico players
grew frustrated with referee Jonas Eriksson. The Swede
gave neither team leeway in a stop-start match featuring
many fouls and also handed out a booking to Gabi
that will rule the Atletico captain out of the return
match. Yellow cards for Lampard and John Obi Mikel
means the Chelsea midfield pair will also miss the
game at Stamford Bridge.
Raul Garcia, who limped off at the end, headed a
pair of chances over the top in the final ten minutes,
when Atletico pressed forward for a winner. Diego
Costa was unable to direct his header past Schwarzer,
who is now likely to be needed for Chelsea s push for
the Premier League title, as the London club held on
for a valuable draw.
Today, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich renew their
European rivalry in the Champions League, with the
Bundesliga champion dominating their history. (AP)
Atletico in 0-0 draw
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