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Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen stakes claim to be Germany’s No. 1

first_imgBarcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen stakes claim to be Germany’s No. 1Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen produced a player-of-the-match performance to help the Spanish team escape with a 0-0 draw at Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League group opener on Tuesday.advertisement Associated Press DortmundSeptember 18, 2019UPDATED: September 18, 2019 16:47 IST AP PhotoWhether Germany coach Joachim Low was watching or not, Marc-Andre ter Stegen delivered his message.The Barcelona goalkeeper produced a player-of-the-match performance to help the Spanish team escape with a 0-0 draw at Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League group opener on Tuesday.It was Ter Stegen’s first game since he voiced discontent with his backup role to Germany No. 1 Manuel Neuer.Ter Stegen saved a penalty from former Borussia Mönchengladbach teammate Marco Reus and made a string of saves to deny the home side.Ter Stegen was already known for his prowess facing penalties before he left Gladbach for Barça in 2014. His save against Reus – diving to his left, then calmly snapping up the rebound on the line before any of the onrushing Dortmund players could reach the ball – was his fourth from six penalties he has faced in the Champions League.”People know what I’m capable of. I just want to concentrate on my work and show my capabilities to 100%. I think I managed that today,” Ter Stegen said.Ter Stegen, undisputed No. 1 at Barcelona, is finding it much harder to break through for Germany. The 27-year-old goalkeeper expressed disappointment with his reserve role after last week’s European qualifiers against the Netherlands and Northern Ireland.The 33-year-old Neuer, who is also Germany’s captain, kept his place between the posts to leave Ter Stegen on the bench, as he has been for every competitive international game since October 2017.”It’s not easy to find an explanation for it. I give my best in every game to make the decision more difficult,” Ter Stegen said. “These international games were a tough blow for me.”advertisementBayern Munich goalkeeper Neuer showed little sympathy after his team’s 1-1 draw at Leipzig in the German league on Saturday.”He never said anything about it when we were on international duty. Basically I think that we should always appear as a team, and I don’t know if this helps,” Neuer said. “I’m a team player and always think of what’s best for the team.”Neuer referred to the duel between Germany goalkeepers Jens Lehmann and long-time No. 1 Oliver Kahn before the 2006 World Cup, and the praise Kahn paid his rival for a brilliant performance in the quarterfinal win over Argentina.Ter Stegen hit back at the notion he wasn’t a team player.”If you think of the past years, you can see how I’ve carried myself. So these comments are not appropriate,” the German said.Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde thanked the goalkeeper for “his outstanding saves” against Dortmund, while former Spain and Real Madrid No. 1 Iker Casillas tweeted “Ter Stegen’s level today was sensational.”Ter Stegen’s next chance to impress Löw will be Germany’s friendly against Argentina on Oct. 9 in Dortmund.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Marc-Andre ter StegenFollow Borussia Dortmund vs BarcelonaFollow Champions League Nextlast_img read more

Actor Bill Paxton dies at 61

(CNN) Actor Bill Paxton, whose extensive career included films such as “The Terminator,” “Aliens” and “Titanic,” has died, a representative for his family said in a statement. He was 61.“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” the statement said.Bill Paxton“A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.”Moments after news of Paxton’s death broke, social media lit up with tributes to the versatile actor.In addition to more than 90 acting credits, Paxton was also a director on films such as “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” and “Fraility.”Screenwriter Brian Lynch said Paxton was a talented director.“RIP Bill Paxton. great in everything, was the highlight of every movie he was in,” Lynch tweeted. “Underrated director too.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSir Roger Moore, James Bond actor, dies aged 89May 23, 2017In “Entertainment”Sylvester Stallone ‘flattered’ by Donald Trump job linkDecember 19, 2016In “World”Shashi Kapoor, Bollywood legend, dies at 79December 4, 2017In “Entertainment” read more