Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino said his side produced their best display in his time in charge as they ensured top spot in Champions League Group H with a 6-1 thrashing of Celtic on Wednesday. Gerard Pique opened the scoring for the hosts early on, but thereafter Neymar took centre stage as the Brazilian set up the second goal for Pedro Rodriguez before going onto score his first Barcelona hat-trick. A deflected effort from Cristian Tello and a late consolation from Giorgios Samaras rounded off the scoring. And Martino was delighted with how his side reacted to recent criticism following defeats away to Ajax and Athletic Bilbao.
BANGKOK (AP) — Protesters cut off electricity to the prime minister's office compound on Thursday and demanded that police abandon the premises, piling pressure on the government amid a political crisis that has dragged on for weeks.
Britain has more at stake than many other countries from a relaxation of Chinese capital controls and must be ready to cope with a tidal wave of renminbi flows over the next decade, according to a Bank of England study. The paper suggests that China's external assets and liabilities could jump from less than 5 percent of global GDP today to more than 30 percent by 2025. "If China does liberalise, few other events over the next decade are likely to have more impact," said John Hooley, author of the paper entitled "Bringing down the Great Wall? Britain's large and open financial system, combined with its fast-growing financial ties with China, means it is likely to be particularly affected by the expected further opening up of the Asian powerhouse to global financial markets.