Arsenal stun Bayern Munich

first_imgLONDON (AP):Goals from Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil helped Arsenal end a run of two consecutive defeats in the Champions League with a morale-boosting 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich yesterday.Arsenal knew that victory in at least one of their next two matches against Bayern would be vital for advancing from Group F, and they managed to inflict a first defeat of the season on Pep Guardiola’s side.Arsenal now have three points in the group and are third after three matches, with Bayern staying top on six points. Olympiakos are second on goal difference with six points after beating Dinamo Zagreb 1-0.Substitute Giroud gave Arsenal the lead when he bundled the ball into the net in the 77th minute, after Manuel Neuer rushed off his line and failed to claim a free-kick into the penalty area from Santi Cazorla.Ozil sealed the win in stoppage time, converting a cross at the byline from Hector Bellerin. Neuer hooked the ball away, but only after it had crossed the line.Bayern controlled possession throughout the first half at the Emirates Stadium and Arsenal relied on saves from Petr Cech to deny Thiago Alcantara and Douglas Costa.Yet for all the German side’s dominance, it was Arsenal who went closest to taking the lead before halftime.Nacho Monreal delivered a precise cross from the left in the 33rd minute, finding Theo Walcott unmarked on the six-yard line.The striker flicked a header at goal, only for Neuer to make an astounding one-handed save to claw the ball off the line.Cech came to Arsenal’s rescue again in the second half, making an opening one-handed save when Robert Lewandowski was through on goal in the 75th minute. It was a particularly vital block as Arsenal got the free-kick, which resulted in the first goal in their next foray forward.Other results: BATE 0 Barcelona 2; Bayer Leverkusen 4 Roma 4; Dinamo Zagreb 0 Olympiakos 1; Dynamo Kiev 0 Chelsea 0; Porto 2 Maccabi Tel Aviv 0; Valencia 2 Gent 1; Zenit Petersburg 3 Lyon 1.last_img read more

Canada eyes sweeping freetrade deal with China but remains open to sector

first_imgOTTAWA — A full-scale trade deal between Canada and China is possible even as Canada remains open to striking smaller sector-by-sector agreements, says International Trade Minister Jim Carr.Speaking in Beijing Monday after bilateral economic meetings, Carr said China is interested in a wide range of Canadian products across many different sectors.But while Canada is in talks with China on a number of fronts, he insisted those efforts don’t preclude a wide-ranging trade agreement between the two countries.“It’s not one or the other,” he said. “These are trade conversations over a period of time. Trade is not an event and we’re having a continuous dialogue with our Chinese counterparts about a whole variety of products.”Last week, Treasury Board President Scott Brison told the Globe and Mail the best way to move forward quickly with China on trade would be to focus on opportunities for immediate gains in areas such as food and agriculture.And indeed Canada has sector-by-sector targets, including an aim to double trade with China as part of an effort to increase total Canadian agricultural exports to $75 billion by 2025. “We’re well on our way to meeting those goals,” Carr said.Brison’s comments echoed those put forward by dozens of business experts in a recent Public Policy Forum paper, warning that a sweeping deal risks provoking the United States. President Donald Trump has been raising trade barriers with China.Canada’s efforts to start formal free-trade talks with China stalled late last year after Chinese leaders bristled at a Canadian trade agenda that includes gender, labour and Indigenous rights.Meanwhile, concerns have been raised over a clause in the new United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement that allows any of the countries to withdraw from the deal on six months’ notice if one of the partners enters a free-trade agreement with a non-market economy — language widely seen as referring to China.China questioned Canada about the USMCA during talks this week and was informed of the provision that could affect negotiations between China and any of the three USMCA countries, Carr said.A number of federal and provincial officials have been in China over the last week to talk trade and drum up import and export deals between Canadian and Chinese businesses. Canadian companies taking part in the China International Import Expo last week secured $1.67 billion in agreements.China’s interest in so many Canadian products could ultimately lead to a comprehensive trade agreement, Carr said.Finance Minister Bill Morneau, who’s also in China, said high-level economic and financial discussions this week between the two countries were productive, and those talks will continue regularly to keep the momentum going.But he also noted that while Canada is actively promoting itself as “open for business” with China, when it comes to state-owned enterprises looking to invest in Canadian companies, Canada will be cautious.“We will examine those investment to make sure there are no security or other challenges for the Canadian economy,” Morneau said. “It’s consistent with the way other countries consider these investments.”Teresa Wright, The Canadian PressNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misstated Canada’s targets for agriculture exports to China.last_img read more