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Ajax crash out of Champions League after defeat by Valencia

first_img“Time puts everyone in their place,” said Rodrigo afterwards. “We made a huge effort against Chelsea and it wasn’t to be but this team never tires of miracles and this is another one.”Ajax were arguably the story of the competition last season when their youthful team went all the way to the semi-finals but there will be no repeat this year.Gabriel Paulista was sent off in injury-time but even against 10 men, they could not find the equaliser they needed.Instead, Valencia not only progress but have earned themselves the best chance of a kind draw when the knock-out stage is decided in Nyon on December 16.It seemed unlikely after they missed a series of golden opportunities to beat Chelsea earlier this month but a 2-2 draw still left them with a chance, even if the odds were not in their favour.They knew they either had to beat Ajax, against whom they had lost 3-0 at home in October, or at least match the result of Chelsea, who always seemed likely to win against Lille at Stamford Bridge.Ajax, meanwhile, began the night two points clear at the top of the group and needed only a draw to go through.Valencia coach Albert Celades, who made his La Liga debut as a player under Cruyff, was now in the dugout of the stadium named after the iconic Dutchman and this will be a major boost for his side, who are eighth in La Liga after a rocky start to the season on and off the pitch.– Brilliant Gaya clearance –“It’s a huge reinforcement for us,” said Celades.Ajax sit three points clear at the top of the Eredivisie but last year’s heroics in the Champions League, and their heartbreaking defeat to Tottenham, meant they had European ambitions too.Rodrigo headed wide from a corner early on but after a frantic start, the game settled, with Ajax dominating possession and Valencia trying to counter-attack.Against the run of play, Valencia took the lead as Rodrigo’s bending run in behind was picked out by a Ferran Torres pass. Rodrigo controlled with his left and fired the ball with his right into the roof of the net.Ajax had to wait until the end of the half for their best chance as Donny van de Beek latched onto Hakim Ziyech’s pass and lifted the ball over Jaume Domenech, only for Jose Gaya to make a brilliant clearance off the line.Rodrigo might have made it two at the other end but it was Ajax that were pushing for an equaliser after the restart as Valencia retreated.Ziyech should have levelled but fluffed his finish at the near post before 20-year-old Noa Lang hooked over from inside the box.Lille pulled a goal back away at Chelsea to give Ajax further hope and they were almost gifted an equaliser by Valencia’s Daniel Wass, who chested the ball away from his own goalkeeper.Ziyech went close with a shot towards the near post and, three minutes into injury time, Gabriel was sent off for thrusting his head into Dusan Tadic.It left Valencia to defend two minutes, and a corner, with 10 men but Ajax could not find a way through.0Shares0000(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ajax were knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday after a 1-0 loss at home to Valencia © ANP/AFP / Maurice van STEENAMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Dec 11 – Ajax’s hopes of another fairytale run in the Champions League were dashed on Tuesday as a 1-0 defeat at home to Valencia sent them crashing out and the Spaniards through to the last 16.Rodrigo Moreno’s 24th-minute strike proved the winner at the Johan Cruyff Arena and enough to flip the top three in Group H, with Valencia advancing in first place along with Chelsea, who beat bottom club Lille 2-1.last_img read more

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2,750 patients awaiting in-patient treatment at LUH

first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson and Donegal T.D. Pearse Doherty has described the latest report from the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) which has revealed a huge increase in the number of patients awaiting In-patient treatment at Letterkenny University hospital as ‘deeply alarming’.The NTPF data shows that the number of patients on waiting lists for day treatment at the hospital peaked during month of August, with 2,752 people awaiting In-Patient procedures compared to just 2,452 in January: an increase of over 12 per cent.The figures come less than a week following the party’s criticism of the news that waiting lists for Out-Patient appointments at the hospital had increased considerably during the same period. Reacting to the figures, Deputy Doherty said; “This latest report from the National Treatment Purchase Fund into Day Case and Inpatient waiting times at Letterkenny Hospital is deeply alarming and the findings again show that the hospital is unable to cope with growing patient demand on its services.“If we examine the figures, we can clearly see that in the seven months between the end of January and August this year, the total number of patients waiting to be called for Day treatment rose by more than 12 per cent, with some three hundred additional patients added to waiting lists so far this year across each of the various specialities.“What makes these figures more worrying still is the fact that the largest percentage increase in waiting times can be found in the longest recognised timeband, where in January just seventeen patients were waiting 18 months or more for treatment, but by August the number of patients within this waiting band had risen to seventy one in total.“Looking at the figures more closely, we can see that the longest waiting times are currently being experienced by patients awaiting In-patient procedures in Orthopaedics, Gynaecology as well as for General Surgery. “The hospital now has a total of 2,752 patients waiting for Day case procedures to be carried out, and waiting lists have grown almost every month during 2017 meaning that the situation is getting worse rather than better for patients.“Neither Fine Gael nor Fianna Fáil has demonstrated that they have the capabilities to effectively deal with and resolve the problems which exist within our health service, and have instead shown that they are more interested in providing tax breaks for the well off.“Sinn Féin has laid our cards on the table in terms of our health policy, and we have shown how we would introduce a progressive alternative for our health service, by ending the chaotic two-tier health system and replacing it with a universal healthcare system, free at the point of delivery and centred around improving patient outcomes as opposed to cost-cutting initiatives.”2,750 patients awaiting in-patient treatment at LUH was last modified: September 20th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:hospitalin patientletterkennyluhSinn Feinlast_img read more

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