Ter Stegen: Despite the two goals, the German goalkeeper made an outstanding game, especially after a spectacular stop to a shot of Isco that slipped through the entire squad. Semedo: He halted Vinicius practically the whole game, but in the only play that the Brazilian missed, he ended up opening the score. Offensively it continues contributing things, but it should be more protagonist because it has conditions to do it.Pique: Impeccable game of the Catalan central, although he had no luck in the play of the first goal, since I diverted the shot of Vinicius enough to deceive Ter Stegen. He had a great chance at a Messi center, but he finished off incomprehensibly outside. He took a ball between sticks after a header from Isco and Ter Stegen could not clear it completely.Umtiti: The Frenchman is offering an incontestable improvement in the last games, although in Mariano’s goal he showed once again that he is slower than the bad horse.Sunrise: He was not one hundred percent and it was especially noticeable in the second part, where he hardly took the attack. Between Valverde and Carvajal they made him suffer the unspeakable for his band. He gave a great assistance to Griezmann, who missed.Sergio Busquets: Formidable in every way, although he made some mistake of a lump at some ball out. He served a sung goal to Messi, which he misunderstood. In the second part he was more demanded and with more problems to give continuity in the game. Arthur: Your best game this season. The Brazilian was very dynamic and active throughout the game, but Setién decided to replace it incomprehensibly. He had a hand in hand with Courtois, but the Belgian goal was smarter.From Jong: Too irregular, alternating good phases of play with others quite misguided. In any case, an impressive play was given, surpassing lines with ease and giving great assistance from Leo, which the Argentine could not bring to fruition.Arturo vidal: Bad match of the Chilean. Unsuccessful with the ball and not very precise when pressing. He never knew how to get along with De Jong when he was practically in no man’s land and Setién was forced to replace him with so much nonsense in the game.Messi: The Argentine could not score and increases his scoring drought against Real Madrid. In any case, he had two great chances to beat Courtois, but this time the white goalkeeper won the game. And we already know that if Leo does not mark, in this Barca nobody marks.Griezmann: The Frenchman was very dynamic and always offering himself in attack, having a great opportunity with a shot on the front of the area that went out. In the second part, the striker faded into the field and ended up being replaced.CHANGES:Braithwaite: He jumped into the field like an exhale, having a great opportunity to beat Courtois. It is clear that the Danish is called to do important things in this team.Ansu Fati: He could barely participate when entering the last minutes.Rakitic: The Croatian, in his line in the last matches.
Extreme skiers and snowboarders sped down Haines mountains Monday in the fourth stop of the Freeride World Tour. The international alpine sports tournament made the long trek back to Haines after its Alaska debut last year. It hasn’t been totally smooth sailing – Haines poses challenges athletically and logistically.Download AudioA skier pulls off a flip during the Haines competition. (Photo courtesy of Freeride World Tour)“Hello and welcome to the fourth stop of the Freeride World Tour,” commentator Ed Leigh introduced the competition.“Back in Haines, Alaska. Dream coming true for all of us,” said co-commentator Martin Winkler.On Monday morning, athletes in bright pink and yellow snow gear got ready to tackle a steep, mountain face near Little Jarvis Glacier. Videographers circled in helicopters. But fans were left in the dark. The Freeride’s livestream, which broadcasts the competition around the world, wasn’t working because of a satellite problem.“It’s painful to have this happen,” said Freeride spokesman Tom Winter. “But it’s a learning process, working in an environment like Haines.”Despite the livestream troubles, organizers decided to go ahead with the competition.Men’s snowboarders were the first to start. Frenchman Armond was followed by American and first-time Freeride competitor Jonathan Penfield.“I crashed at the top of my of run,” Penfield said after the competition. “But I had a really enjoyable ride the rest of the way down.”Penfield says Alaska presents unique challenges for the riders. It’s all backcountry here, there are no ski resorts with lifts to help athletes practice. That requires a helicopter.“Normally you’re able to warm up riding a few days before, but for me today was the first time I snowboarded in a week,” he said.Penfield was up against Austrian Flo Orley, who is in his 16th and last year competing.“I did a pretty fast top part, at the lower base I took a little bit too much speed and flew 25 meters plus…and landed it,” Orley said.He took the bronze medal for his run in Haines. Orley was happy with that, but disappointed his friends and fans in Europe were left without a livestream. He says the livestream is more than just a play-by-play video. It’s helped people understand and take the sport more seriously.“I became a pro in 2000 and then we were considered crazy idiots, extreme people who would throw ourselves off cliffs hoping to survive,” Orley said. “And the funny thing is, now 16 years later I do exactly the same thing, but we’re regarded as proper sportsmen. So the whole society, there was a big change. And the livestream has helped to make this change obvious to everyone.”An Alaskan guest athlete, also known as a wild card, took the gold in the men’s snowboarding. Ryland Bell showed his familiarity with Haines terrain by racking up a score of 95 out of 100. But since he won’t be competing in the finals in Verbier, American Sammy Luebke is going into that event with the top spot.Rookie Logan Pehota of Canada took the top score in the men’s ski category. He was joined by French Loic Collomb-Patton and American Drew Tabke in the top three.As for the female snowboarders, Swiss Anne-Flore Marxer made what commentator Leigh said was the most impressive line he’s seen in a long time from snowboard women.“And she’s going big! That was a winning line,” exclaimed Leigh.Marxer took first place in her category. Her friend, Austrian Eva Walkner, took the gold in women’s skiing. Marxer told KHNS before the competition that she doesn’t strategize her runs, she just goes out and has fun.“Me, I’m just so glad to be here,” Marxer said. “I want to make sure to have a good time so that at the end of my one day of competing, I’ll remember the amazing, exciting, speed and make the most out of it for my own memories.”Italian skier Arianna Tricomi created her first Alaska skiing memories this week. The rookie skier put up a fight against the more experienced Walkner. She earned third place in her category.“The way the mountains are, it’s different,” Tricomi said. “They’re big, they’re powerful. And just being in this place, it’s far away, in the middle of nature. It’s been a powerful competition.”Tricomi says the power and beauty that comes from the remote mountains is enough to make the challenges they present worth it. Apparently, Freeride organizers agree. Haines Tourism Director Leslie Ross says it’s likely that they’ll come back next year.The athletes who scored the best here will go on to compete in the finals in Verbier, Switzerland, April 2.The Haines tourism department is hoping to set up a viewing of the Freeride competition this week at the library and a local bar.