Dani Ceballos scored a late winning free-kick against his old club as Real Madrid battled to a 2-1 LaLiga victory at Real Betis.Madrid had taken an early lead at the Benito Villamarin on Sunday thanks to a fine drive scored by Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric.But Sergio Canales hit back with a goal that survived a lengthy VAR review to seemingly claim a point for Quique Setien’s side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Former Betis star Ceballos had other ideas, though, coming off the bench to net a 20-yard free-kick with two minutes to go to move Madrid up to fourth.Madrid started well and they took the lead in the 13th minute, Modric blasting a drive into the top-left corner from just outside the penalty area.Vinicius Junior fired straight at Pau Lopez at the end of a flowing move as Madrid kicked through the gears, Antonio Barragan making a wonderful challenge to halt another rapid break.Canales recorded the first Betis shot on target two minutes into the second half but Keylor Navas, deputising for the injured Thibaut Courtois, got everything behind the shot.Navas was beaten in the 67th minute, however, the impressive Giovani Lo Celso sending Canales clear of the Madrid defence to squeeze his shot through the goalkeeper and over the line.The goal was subject to a lengthy VAR review, giving the home fans an agonising wait, but replays showed Dani Carvajal was playing Canales onside and the goal stood.Solari ignored Isco as he used his last two subs to bring on Ceballos and Brahim Diaz for his LaLiga debut, with the decision justified in the 88th minute.William Carvalho gave away a free-kick on the edge of the Betis box and Ceballos took responsibility, bending the ball round the wall to beat Lopez.Super-sub Ceballos with a super free-kick winner! #RealBetisRealMadrid 1-2 pic.twitter.com/0hOAg8LyJF— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) January 13, 2019What does it mean? Injuries mount for struggling SolariMadrid, who are now 10 points back from leaders Barcelona, will hope an injury that forced Karim Benzema off at half-time is not too serious. Solari is already without forwards Gareth Bale and Mariano Diaz, while Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio and Marcos Llorente were also absent.Ceballos justifies Solari faithBringing on Ceballos instead of Isco appeared a curious move and a decision Solari seemed certain to have to defend in his post-match news conference. But the former Betis midfielder settled the contest with a beautifully hit free-kick, earning Madrid an important three points.MATCHWINNER #RealBetisRealMadrid pic.twitter.com/pgv3vzUFXv— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) January 13, 2019Lopez wrongfooted by late winnerCeballos took his winning goal nicely but, when he sees replays of the strike, Betis goalkeeper Lopez will surely feel he should have done better. The placement of his wall appeared odd as Lopez seemed to leave himself unsighted, allowing Ceballos to place a fine finish into his goal.What’s next?Both sides are in Copa del Rey action, with Madrid heading to Leganes while Betis visit Real Sociedad. At the weekend, it’s Sevilla at home for Madrid and Betis host Girona. read more
Two portraits, strongly linked with the history of Nova Scotia, were reunited on Sunday, May 29, during a celebration at Uniacke Estate Museum Park in Mount Uniacke. The event welcomed home the portrait of Susanna Francklin, the wife of one of Nova Scotia’s early political figures, Michael Francklin — lieutenant-governor of the province in the late 1700s. The 240-year-old painting was installed at Uniacke House, next to a portrait of her husband. The portrait is a recent addition to the Nova Scotia Museum collection. Painted about 1762 by John Singleton Copley — a well-known American colonial portrait painter — Susanna’s portrait first arrived in Nova Scotia just after its creation. For many years it was displayed at Uniacke House. It remained in the province until 1927, when the portrait was relocated to Europe. The purchase was co-funded by the Nova Scotia Museum board of governors, through its endowment fund, and Canadian Heritage, through a Movable Cultural Property grant. The grant was provided by the Minister of Canadian Heritage, under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. “I am pleased that the government of Canada supports heritage activities in Nova Scotia,” said Scott Brison, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, on behalf of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Liza Frulla. “This portrait is a wonderful addition to the Uniacke Estate here in Hants County.” “We are delighted to have been a part of facilitating this reunion,” said Lloyd Newman, vice-chair of the Nova Scotia Museum board of governors. “To be able to help repatriate the portrait of Susanna and see it returned to its place in Uniacke House has been an honour for the board of governors.” Michael and Susanna Francklin married in Boston in 1762, and moved to Nova Scotia where they spent the rest of their lives. Michael Francklin’s portrait was purchased by the Nova Scotia Museum in 1982, also with the assistance of Canadian Heritage. Portraits of Susanna Francklin’s parents, the Boutineaus, are also on display at Uniacke House. Together, the artworks form a significant Canadian collection of American colonial portrait paintings. Uniacke Estate Museum Park opens to the public on June 1. The museum will be open daily until Oct. 15.