Peter Crouch comes off the bench to snatch a point for Stoke City

first_imgPeter Crouch came off the bench to deny new Leicester City manager Claude Puel a second win in a week as Stoke twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with his club in the Premier League on Saturday.Leicester took the lead in the 33rd minute when Vincente Iborra swept home the ball from a corner to register his first goal in English football.The visitors had chances to immediately double their lead but it was Stoke who found the net six minutes after falling behind, with Xherdan Shaqiri racing on to a Maxim Choupo-Moting flick to equalise.On the hour, the visitors got their second goal when Riyad Mahrez fired into the bottom corner but Crouch — who equalled the record for the most Premier League substitute appearances after replacing Ramadan Sobhi — had the final say, heading home Shaqiri’s cross to snatch a point for the home side.The visitors started brightly, and were almost in front 11 minutes in, but Ryan Shawcross did well to block Jamie Vardy’s close-range effort. However, the pressure told as Iborra powered home the ball to break the deadlock after Harry Maguire had knocked a corner down into his path.Leicester should have quickly doubled their advantage but Jack Butland was equal to a Shinji Okazaki effort, before Iborra headed over from a good position.”We had a lot of chances today,” Puel said. “It’s a pity (Leicester didn’t win) but it is encouraging for the future. We are confident with our play and with the quality of our strikers.”advertisementSuch profligacy proved costly as Stoke levelled on the counter attack. The move was swift — Choupo-Moting flicked the ball through first time for Shaqiri, who opened his body up before slotting into the bottom corner.Mahrez then showed neat footwork to work space for the shot but saw his fizzing strike fly just wide, before Kasper Schmeichel again got down well to keep out a header from Shawcross.Moments later, though, Mahrez did find the net. The change of pace saw him skip past Erik Pieters and he cut inside before powering a strike underneath the despairing dive of Butland.However, Leicester were denied a second win in a week by a familiar face as Crouch got up highest to meet Shaqiri’s corner and earn his side a share of the spoils.last_img read more

All Cargo Holds of Troubled MV Cheshire Cooled Down

first_imgzoom All five holds of Bibby Line’s troubled bulk carrier MV Cheshire have cooled down, however, salvors are still unsuccessful in their attempts to board the ship due to adverse weather conditions, the shipowner said in an update.As informed, the process of decomposition is believed to have completed and there are no fumes emanating from the 56,597 dwt vessel.“The salvors planned to board the vessel today (August 27) in order to make their assessment of the situation and leave to report back on their findings. Unfortunately due to deteriorating weather conditions their attempts to board today have been unsuccessful,” the statement says.To remind, the UK-flagged bulker experienced elevated temperatures in cargo holds 4 and 5 on August 12. The vessel was loaded with a full cargo of fertiliser and was on passage from Norway to Thailand to discharge. The vessel arrived at around 15.00 hours on August 13 at a safe position 45 miles south of Gran Canaria, as it was scheduled to stop in Las Palmas to take on bunkers.Salvors Resolve Marine were appointed to attend the vessel and deal with the cargo problem. Resolve Marine arrived in Las Palmas on August 14, but in the meantime, the crew of Cheshire were evacuated and taken ashore for their own safety as wind conditions were so light that the fumes were not being carried away from the ship.A standby tug from Sasemar stayed with the vessel and an access ladder has been rigged. The vessel had been drifting in a south westerly direction away from any landmass.The crew are reported to be well and in a good condition and all except the second engineer, who has been assisting the salvors, have been flown home.Resolve Marine have been on station alongside the vessel since August 16 but had failed to get on board due to adverse weather conditions, the heat and the fumes being generated from the affected holds.On August 21, the salvors managed to get a tow line attached and the Cheshire, according to AIS data, is currently approximately 50 nautical miles SE of Gran Canaria with a tug towing, VB Hispania providing support and a Sasemar vessel escorting.The initial plan is to provide an independent power pack in order to power up the windlass and emergency fire pump and establish an emergency stern towing connection. Following this, the plan is to make the vessel safe to board, which would require gas freeing the accommodation, engine room and main deck.The salvors have received permission from the Spanish authorities to bring the vessel in closer but no less than 12 nautical miles from the shore, which would make their task easier.last_img read more