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
The new set of grants and loans from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will finance rural micro-finance projects, livestock support initiatives and natural resource management schemes among others.Some 60 per cent of IFAD’s ongoing programmes already promote rural financial services and institutions that help give the rural poor access to global markets and help them cope with shocks such as unexpected severe weather patterns and commodity price volatility.“Protecting and increasing the access of poor rural people to financial services is all the more important as the global financial crisis bites and as remittances shrink,” said IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze.The IFAD executive board has approved more than $131 million in loans and $63 million in grants along with around $9 million in grants to international research centres and intergovernmental organizations.Projects in Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, China, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, India and Mali will benefit from the funding, as well as institutions, including the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).Since 1978 IFAD has invested over $11 billion in grants and low-interest loans, helping approximately 340 million poor rural people increase their incomes, build livelihoods and have a voice in decisions affecting their lives. 30 April 2009Poverty eradication efforts in developing countries are set to receive a cash injection of over $200 million from the United Nations rural development arm this week to help off-set the impact of the global financial crisis.