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Oshoala: Barcelona won’t make the same mistakes in UEFA Women’s Champions League final
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Oshoala: Barcelona won’t make the same mistakes in UEFA Women’s Champions League final

Barca will play Chelsea on Sunday, two years on from a 4-1 final defeat to Lyon in which the Nigeria international scored their only goal Barcelona striker Asisat Oshoala insists that the team have learned from their UEFA Women’s Champions League final defeat to Lyon two years ago, ahead of Sunday’s final against Chelsea. The Nigeria international was on the scoresheet in Budapest in 2019, but her goal was a late consolation for the Catalan side. In the two years since, though, Barcelona have only gone from strength to strength and, after being huge underdogs against Lyon, find themselves in a very strong position this time around.
EPL: Bruno Fernandes Criticize Man United Players after 4-2 Defeat to Liverpool
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EPL: Bruno Fernandes Criticize Man United Players after 4-2 Defeat to Liverpool

  Manchester United midfielder, Bruno Fernandes, has criticized the Red Devils players for not playing at their best against Liverpool following their Premier League 4-2 defeat against the Reds on Thursday. Fernandes believes Man United players gave Liverpool more space during the encounter at Old Trafford, adding that the visitors used the opportunity to score. Goals from Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah ensured Liverpool defeated Man United as Fernandes and Marcus Rashford’s two goals were not enough. “We played side to side, we tried to do what we trained at,” Fernandes told MUTV. “When you go down, playing 45 minutes against a team like Liverpool, we tried to push a little more and create danger. “We gave more space to them, and they took that sp...
EPL: Ian Wright Identifies ‘Weak Link’ in Tuchel’s Chelsea Squad
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EPL: Ian Wright Identifies ‘Weak Link’ in Tuchel’s Chelsea Squad

  Arsenal legend, Ian Wright, has named Kurt Zouma as Chelsea’s “weakness” in their 1-0 defeat to the Gunners on Wednesday evening. Emile Smith Rowe netted the winner in the first half, following Jorginho’s poor back pass. Blues boss, Thomas Tuchel, was without Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen for the match, so Zouma started on the left side of a three-man defence with Thiago Silva and Cesar Azpilicueta. Wright believes Zouma looked “nervous” in that role due to his indecisiveness on the ball in the build up to Arsenal’s winning goal. “The thing is I think Kurt Zouma is somebody who you should put pressure on, especially playing on the left-hand side of the defence,” Wright told Premier League Productions. “He’s not comfortable, he looks very nervous and t...
Arsenal Very Lucky, did not Deserve to Beat Chelsea – Tuchel
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Arsenal Very Lucky, did not Deserve to Beat Chelsea – Tuchel

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has claimed Arsenal did not “deserve” their 1-0 win over them on Wednesday night and the result was “totally lucky”. Jorginho’s poor back pass was saved on the line by Kepa Arizzabalaga, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang set Emile Smith Rowe up for the winner. It left Tuchel frustrated with his team’s lack of concentration. “It’s easy to say this is a totally lucky win and nobody can argue with that. “It is not a deserved win, not at all for Arsenal. “But I don’t want to go there 100% because we all lacked concentration, we lacked focus. That is very unusual. “Maybe I also gave some signals to the team with changes that Saturday is on my mind. “This is not how we approach things and you get punished. So we suffer now from an...
Chelsea’s Top Four Place under Threat after 1-0 Defeat to Arsenal
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Chelsea’s Top Four Place under Threat after 1-0 Defeat to Arsenal

  The Premier League’s top-four race has been blown wide open, following Arsenal’s 1-0 win at Chelsea on Wednesday night. The Gunners’ victory at Stamford Bridge leaves the door ajar for the Blues’ closest rivals. Mikel Arteta’s men won a game which was crucial to both sides’ quest to play European football next season, thanks to an Emile Smith Rowe’s goal, caused by a poor Jorginho back pass. Chelsea were viewed as favourites to clinch fourth spot, especially with their impressive form since Thomas Tuchel arrived in January. However, an Emile Smith-Rowe goal – caused by a costly error from Jorginho – handed Mikel Arteta’s Gunners all three points to deal a blow to the Blues’ top four aspirations. West Ham, Liverpool and Leicester are vying for the last two posit...
Cristiano Ronaldo Buys £1.4m Customized Supercar after Skipping Juventus Training to visit Ferrari Garage
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Cristiano Ronaldo Buys £1.4m Customized Supercar after Skipping Juventus Training to visit Ferrari Garage

Cristiano Ronaldo skipped training with his Juventus mates to visit Ferrari's factory in Maranello and then treated himself to a £1.4m Ferrari super car according to reports. Ronaldo, 36, decided to give himself Monday off just a day after the crushing 3-0 defeat against AC Milan that leaves their Champions League dreams in tatters as they sit in fifth spot with just three games to go. And instead of taking part in a recovery session ahead of Wednesday's away trip to Sassuolo, Ronaldo showed up at Maranello home of Ferrari's F1 headquarters in Italy. He was accompanied by club chairman Andrea Agnelli and the 45-year-old's cousin John Elkann, who is the CEO of Exor and Ferrari. Whilst at Ferrari's HQ, Ronaldo posed for a photo with F1 drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz...
Man City Crowned Premier League Champions for Fifth time
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Man City Crowned Premier League Champions for Fifth time

Manchester City have been crowned 2020-21 Premier League champions after Manchester United's defeat to Leicester. Pep Guardiola's side have had to wait to rubberstamp their latest triumph, following changes to the fixture schedule and their own slip-up. A late defeat to Chelsea last weekend as closest rivals United won at Aston Villa kept City's champagne on ice but they finally reclaimed the Premier League title from Liverpool before kicking a ball again as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were beaten 2-1 on Tuesday after making 10 changes to their starting line-up. City have now won three Premier League titles and eight major trophies under Guardiola, who last year signed a new two-year contract to remain at the club until 2023. Manchester City crowned 2020-21 Premier ...
Victor Moses not Likely to Play Under Tuchel at Chelsea
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Victor Moses not Likely to Play Under Tuchel at Chelsea

  Victor Moses is unlikely to play again for Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea and is close to sealing a permanent move away. Jordan Larsson’s last-gasp win for Spartak Moscow against Khimki on Monday night should ensure that a £4 million clause in Moses’ loan contract gets activated. If the Russian team qualifies for the Champions League, they will be obliged to pay a release clause to sign the former Super Eagles star permanently. The move might be sealed this weekend if Spartak can avoid defeat away to Akhmat Grozny, while also keeping their goal difference advantage of 10 goals intact over their rivals. Moses made 128 appearances for Chelsea, winning both the Premier League and two Europa League titles at Stamford Bridge.
I Feel Sad for Buffon, three Other Players – Chelsea defender, Thiago Silva
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I Feel Sad for Buffon, three Other Players – Chelsea defender, Thiago Silva

Chelsea defender, Thiago Silva, has said that he feels sad for four Juventus players, Gianluigi Buffon, Danilo, Alex Sandro and Arthur. Silva said this while reacting to Juventus’ Serie A 3-0 defeat against AC Milan last Sunday. The Brazilian, who left Milan almost four years for PSG in 2012, also hopes to see the Rossoneri reach the Champions League for next season. “I have been thinking about this moment since I left Milan. I have been thinking about Milan’s Champions League qualification every year,” Silva told Sky Italia. “This season, we’re close. I saw the game against Juventus. I was a bit sad for Juventus’ Brazilian players: Danilo, Alex Sandro, Arthur. Even for Gigi [Buffon], we played together in Paris. “But Milan played a great game and deserved to win. I thin...
Three Clubs to be Relegated from EPL Confirmed
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Three Clubs to be Relegated from EPL Confirmed

  Fulham became the third club to be relegated from the Premier League. This follows their 2-0 defeat to Burnley on Monday night. Scott Parker’s men needed to avoid losing to hold on to their faint hopes of staying up. However, Ashley Woodward and Chris Wood scored for Burnley to seal Fulham’s fate. Just on Sunday, West Brom were also relegated, thanks to a 3-1 defeat at Arsenal. Sheffield United’s drop into the Championship was confirmed weeks ago. Norwich City and Watford have also taken up two spots in the Premier League ahead of the 2021/2022 season.
NPFL: Defeat to Nasarawa Temporary Setback, insists Biffo
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NPFL: Defeat to Nasarawa Temporary Setback, insists Biffo

Biffo Abdulahi, head coach of the title-chasing Kwara United, says their defeat to Nasarawa United will not have an adverse effect on their title ambition, as they hope to immediately bounce back from the loss. The Afonja Warriors suffered a 2-1 defeat at the Lafia City Stadium as the second stanza of the NPFL 2020/21 season resumes over the weekend and now sit third on the log with Akwa United the new league leaders. Speaking with The PUNCH, Biffo admitted that the loss was only a temporary setback on their title ambition, but added that the team was still on course to fulfilling their dream of winning the league this season. “The defeat to Nasarawa United is not a major blow to our title chase but a temporary setback,” Biffo told The PUNCH. “Nasarawa are one of the best, ...
Fulham’s Survival Fight Ended by Burnley
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Fulham’s Survival Fight Ended by Burnley

Fulham's relegation to the Championship was confirmed by an abject 2-0 defeat to Burnley, who guaranteed another season of Premier League football with a clinical victory at Craven Cottage. Scott Parker's side needed four wins from their final four games to have any chance of avoiding the drop but were comprehensively beaten as their season-long stay in the top flight ended with three games to spare. Fulham's fate was effectively sealed before half-time as Ashley Westwood's opener and Chris Wood's emphatic 50th Burnley goal left the hosts needing to score three unanswered goals - the same they had managed in their previous 11 outings. Fortune favoured Fulham after the interval when goalkeeper Alphonse Areola avoided a straight red card for a clear handball outside the area, bu...
Bahoken’s assist inspires Angers to victory as Mounie, Ferhat and Boudaoui score in Ligue 1
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Bahoken’s assist inspires Angers to victory as Mounie, Ferhat and Boudaoui score in Ligue 1

The Cameroon international led other African stars to make significant impacts for their respective clubs in the French top-flight matches Stephane Bahoken provided an assist as Angers secured a 3-0 victory over Dijon in Sunday’s Ligue 1 game. The Cameroon international was handed his 18th league start this season and helped his side end their miserable run of form at Stade Raymond Kopa. The Black and Whites lost their previous five games, including a heavy defeat to Paris Saint-Germain but Bahoken was on hand to inspire them back to winning ways.
Zverev Defeats Berrettini to Win Second Madrid Open
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Zverev Defeats Berrettini to Win Second Madrid Open

Alexander Zverev recovered from a set down to defeat Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (8/10), 6-4, 6-3 and win the Madrid Open for a second time Sunday as he clinched a fourth Masters 1000 title. The German fifth seed recorded his third consecutive top-10 victory this week, having eliminated five-time Madrid champion Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem to reach the final. Zverev, last year’s US Open runner-up, added to his 2018 Madrid triumph as he denied Berrettini successive titles following the Italian’s win in Belgrade last month. Berrettini, making his Madrid main draw debut this week, was attempting to become this year’s third first-time Masters champion after Hubert Hurkacz (Miami) and Stefanos Tsitsipas (Monte Carlo). World number 10 Berrettini landed the first blow as he broke Zve...
Man City vs Chelsea: Guardiola Reacts to Aguero’s Penalty Miss at Etihad
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Man City vs Chelsea: Guardiola Reacts to Aguero’s Penalty Miss at Etihad

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola  has reacted to Sergio Aguero’s shocking penalty miss during Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at the Etihad on Saturday. Man City took the lead through Raheem Sterling in the first half and Aguero shockingly missed the opportunity to give the home side a 2-0 lead before the half time whistle. The Argentine attempted a Panenka penalty but the chipped effort lacked conviction and was comfortably saved by Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. Chelsea came back very strong in the second, putting up an impressive display that gave them 2 goals from Hakim Ziyech and Marcos Alonso. With the win, the Blues delayed Manchester City’s Premier League title celebrations and also gave the west London outfit a psychological advantage ahead of the Cha...
EPL: It Was a Penalty – Ex-Premier League Referee Gives Verdict on Zouma’s Foul on Sterling
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EPL: It Was a Penalty – Ex-Premier League Referee Gives Verdict on Zouma’s Foul on Sterling

  Former Premier League referee, Dermot Gallagher, has said that Manchester City should have been awarded a penalty for Kurt Zouma’s collision with Raheem Sterling during their defeat to Chelsea. Manchester City took the lead through Sterling’s first effort while Sergio Aguero missed a golden opportunity to extend City’s lead from the spot. Thomas Tuchel’s side came back stronger in the second half scoring through Hakim Ziyech before Marcos Alonso turned in Timo Werner’s low cross to secure a 2-1 win for the visitors at the Etihad Stadium. Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola was angered by referee Anthony Taylor decision to waved away the penalty claim after Zouma appeared to clip the back of Sterling’s leg inside Chelsea’s area. “I think it’s a penalty, it’s clumsy, he...
Bayern Munich land ninth successive Bundesliga title in perfect farewell for Flick
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Bayern Munich land ninth successive Bundesliga title in perfect farewell for Flick

Domestic dominance has been maintained by those at the Allianz Arena, with change now on the cards over the summer Bayern Munich have been crowned Bundesliga champions for a ninth successive season, with Hansi Flick set to bow out with another title under his belt. Domestic dominance in Germany was confirmed on Saturday before kicking a ball in anger, with RB Leipzig slipping to defeat at Borussia Dortmund. That result was enough to ensure that Bayern headed into a meeting with Borussia Monchengladbach later in the day with a prestigious prize already safely wrapped up.  
Leads 3-1 Tottenham : Spurs Champions Hopes Dealt Huge Blow
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Leads 3-1 Tottenham : Spurs Champions Hopes Dealt Huge Blow

Tottenham's hopes of finishing the season inside the Premier League's top four took a huge blow as they suffered a 3-1 defeat at Leeds United. Spurs' interim boss Ryan Mason had targeted four wins to finish the season and with Leicester's surprise defeat at Newcastle on Friday, the door had just been opened for Spurs in the race to qualify for next season's Champions League. However, they suffered an early set back when Stuart Dallas gave the hosts the lead in the 13th minute. Tottenham cancelled out Dallas' opener to draw level in the 25th minute through Heung-Min Son, but Leeds regained the lead just before half-time as Patrick Bamford converted Ezgjan Alioski's cut back from close range. Spurs, who saw two Harry Kane goals correctly ruled out for offside, had chances in ...
LaLiga: Real Madrid Suffer Major Injury Blow Ahead Sevilla Clash
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LaLiga: Real Madrid Suffer Major Injury Blow Ahead Sevilla Clash

  Real Madrid has confirmed that captain, Sergio Ramos, has been diagnosed with tendinosis of the semimembranous muscle of his left leg ahead of the team’s home LaLiga clash with Sevilla on Sunday at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano. Real Madrid made this known in a statement on their official website on Saturday. Zinedine Zidane’s side head to the game following a 2-0 defeat against Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final second-leg tie last Wednesday. The Los Blancos are currently in the second position on the LaLiga table with 74 points from 34 games. The statement read, “After the tests carried out on our player Sergio Ramos by Real Madrid’s Medical Services, he was diagnosed with tendinosis of the semimembranous muscle of his left leg. Pending evolution.” The k...
Arsenal: I feel sorry for Aubameyang – Jack Wilshere
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Arsenal: I feel sorry for Aubameyang – Jack Wilshere

  Former Arsenal star, Jack Wilshere , has admitted he ‘felt sorry’ for captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, after the Gunners were eliminated from the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night. Arsenal was knocked out from the Europa League by Villarreal on a 2-1 aggregate defeat following a 0-0 draw in the semi-final second-leg encounter at Emirates. Aubameyang hit the post twice against Villarreal, but Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta replaced the Gabonese striker with Alexandre Lacazette with 10 minutes to go as the North London club pushed for the winning goal. “I felt a bit sorry for Aubameyang last night because he did not have much service,” WIlshere told talkSPORT. “He did look the most dangerous when they were in the final third. I am sure he will be frustrated, he...
Messi delight for Getafe’s young Ghanaian midfielder Sabit
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Messi delight for Getafe’s young Ghanaian midfielder Sabit

The youngster reflects on taking to the pitch against Barcelona in La Liga last month Ghanaian and Getafe midfielder Abdulai Sabit reveals playing on the same pitch with Argentina and Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was nothing but surreal. On his second-ever appearance in La Liga, Sabit was a 46th-minute substitute as his side succumbed to a 5-2 defeat against the Blaugrana last month. "Before the Barcelona match, I had the feeling that I was going to get maybe five to 10 minutes playing time but when the coach made the selection, he kept one or two best midfielders on the bench," Sabit told BBC Sport Africa.
Courtois’ Father Slams ‘Unprofessional’ Eden Hazard after Real Madrid’s UCL Exit
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Courtois’ Father Slams ‘Unprofessional’ Eden Hazard after Real Madrid’s UCL Exit

  Thierry Courtois, the father of Thibaut Courtois, has hit out at his son’s team-mate at Real Madrid, Eden Hazard, labelling him “unprofessional”. According to him, it was “not smart” for Hazard to be caught laughing with his former friends at Chelsea, following their Champions League semi-final defeat. The Belgian took the opportunity to catch up with some familiar faces at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, despite a 3-1 aggregate defeat. “Its really not smart for Eden to do that. “He probably didn’t think twice about it, but those images are painful for Real Madrid fans. “If you see a player laughing two minutes after being eliminated, I’d say it was unprofessional,” Thierry told HNL Sportcast.
Europa League: Arteta Explains Why Arsenal Failed to Qualify for Final
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Europa League: Arteta Explains Why Arsenal Failed to Qualify for Final

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has said his team failed to qualify for the Europa League final because of small details. The Gunners played out a 0-0 draw with Villarreal on Thursday night, bowing out on a 2-1 aggregate defeat. Arteta, speaking after the game, insisted they tried everything but failed to put the ball in the back of the net. “We are devastated, really disappointed, but we have to congratulate Villarreal. We tried everything until the last minute. “I think over two legs and what happened today in the second-half, I think we deserved to win the game, but the details defined this tie. “When we had the opportunities, we didn’t score. We hit the post twice, we had three big chances. They didn’t have anything but they are through,” Arteta told BT Sport...
Chelsea were better than Real Madrid, we have to think about LaLiga now – Casemiro
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Chelsea were better than Real Madrid, we have to think about LaLiga now – Casemiro

  Real Madrid midfielder, Casemiro, has insisted that Chelsea were better than his side following their Champions League exit on Wednesday. Casemiro also urged Real Madrid to now think about the LaLiga following their 2-0 defeat against Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final second leg tie at Stamford Bridge, thanks to goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount. Chelsea eliminated Real Madrid from the Champions League on a 3-1 aggregate victory, having played a 1-1 draw against the LaLiga champions in the first-leg last week. “The first 25 minutes we played better, we had two chances with Karim,” Casemiro said post-match in comments carried by Diario AS. “Then there’s no explanation, they were better, they had more opportunities, and there’s no excuse. “We have t...
Champions League: UEFA told to investigate referee after Man City dump PSG out
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Champions League: UEFA told to investigate referee after Man City dump PSG out

  Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has called on UEFA to investigate claims that referee Bjorn Kuipers swore at his players during their Champions League semi-final defeat to Manchester City. The Ligue 1 side lost 2-0 at the Etihad and 4-1 on aggregate to exit the competition. But after the second leg, Verratti claimed he was sworn at by Kuipers, while Herrera alleged he heard another teammate Leandro Paredes being verbally abused by the Dutch official. “Verratti explained to the TV in an interview. “We need to believe in what they are telling us. “I didn’t hear anything from the touchline. If something is there and it is how they explain, maybe UEFA will investigate the situation. “That is not an excuse. The most important thing is that we’re...
UCL: I Don’t like your Behaviour – Wenger slams Fernandinho, Gives Verdict on Di Maria’s red card
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UCL: I Don’t like your Behaviour – Wenger slams Fernandinho, Gives Verdict on Di Maria’s red card

  Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has expressed displeasure over Fernandinho’s behaviour that led to Angel Di Maria’s red card during Manchester City’s Champions League semi-final win over Paris Saint-Germain Wenger said he ‘did not like how he [the Brazilian] behaved’. Di Maria was given the marching orders for violent conduct during PSG’s 2-0 defeat to the Premier League leaders at the Etihad. Wenger told beIN SPORTS, “I have to say I don’t like how Fernandinho behaved tonight. It’s provocative. “If you send Di Maria off, you have to send Fernandinho off as well, for me. He should already have had a yellow card and then he was provoking Di Maria. “They both should have been off.” Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City now wait patiently for the winner of the ...
We deserved better’ – Pochettino says PSG ‘dominated’ Manchester City despite Champions League semi-final defeat
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We deserved better’ – Pochettino says PSG ‘dominated’ Manchester City despite Champions League semi-final defeat

Mauricio Pochettino has said Paris Saint-Germain "deserved better" than their Champions League semi-final exit on Tuesday, insisting his players did enough across two legs to advance. Even though Manchester City finished with a 4-1 aggregate advantage after their 2-0 second leg win, the manager claimed that PSG "dominated a very difficult team to control". The Citizens held Pochettino's group without a shot on target in the second leg, however, and pulled away behind a Riyad Mahrez brace with PSG eventually going down to 10 men when Angel Di Maria was dismissed in the second half.
Jose Mourinho Reveals only Defeat in his Managerial Career that made him Cry
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Jose Mourinho Reveals only Defeat in his Managerial Career that made him Cry

  Former Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho has revealed the only defeat in his managerial career that made him cry. Mourinho, who was sacked by Tottenham in April 2021, has managed top European clubs, including Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Inter Milan and FC Porto in the past. According to the Portuguese, Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final defeat against Bayern Munich in 2012 was the only time he cried as a manager because the Los Blancos were the best team in Europe at that time. “That night [Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final defeat against Bayern Munich in 2012] was the only time in my coaching career that I cried after a loss,” Mourinho told Marca. “I remember it well. My assistant Aitor Karanka and I stopped in front of my house...
Payne bags assist as Sevilla crumble at Levante
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Payne bags assist as Sevilla crumble at Levante

Toni Payne provided an assist as Sevilla crashed to a 2-1 defeat to Levante in Sunday’s Spanish Primera Iberdrola game. The Nigeria international has been in fine form for Cristian Toro's side this season and against the Saints, she was handed his 25th league start and made her mark at Ciudad Deportiva de Bunol. The forward paired Namibian Zenatha Coleman in Sevilla’s attack and the Nigerian set up the only goal for her side in the encounter, even though they could not avoid a second consecutive defeat.
Okene on target as Ngaska’s brace inspires La Solana’s win over Levante
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Okene on target as Ngaska’s brace inspires La Solana’s win over Levante

The Nigerian-born forward found the back of the net in her side's defeat against the hosts after the Cameroonian's brace Andrea Okene scored the consolation goal for Levante but Gabrielle Ngaska's brace inspired 10-player La Solana to a 2-1 home victory in their Spanish Reto Iberdrola encounter on Sunday. The 19-year-old prospect continued her impressive season in front of goal, following her cameo first-ever senior team appearance for the Granotes in a 2-0 victory over Tenerife in their last time out. Before the match, the Nigerian-born has scored eight times in 12 outings for the B-team and she was rewarded with another starting role but her lone effort could not save her side from defeat at Solana.
Man Utd vs Liverpool: Solskjaer Names Squad for EPL Clash at Old Trafford
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Man Utd vs Liverpool: Solskjaer Names Squad for EPL Clash at Old Trafford

  Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, will have an almost fully-fit squad available to him for today’s Premier League clash against Liverpool. While Anthony Martial and Phil Jones are out long-term, every other player is ready for the game at Old Trafford. Victory for United could be a hammer blow for Liverpool’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League. If Jurgen Klopp’s men defeat United, that would confirm Manchester City as champions. Man Utd squad: Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Dean Henderson, Lee Grant. Defenders: Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, Brandon Williams, Victor Lindelof, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Axel Tuanzebe, Alex Telles, Eric Bailly. Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Fred, Donny van de Beek, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Scott...
Neymar: I will do anything to beat Man City, even if I have to die on the pitch
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Neymar: I will do anything to beat Man City, even if I have to die on the pitch

Neymar says he will do anything to help Paris Saint-Germain beat Manchester City, even if it means that he has to "die on the pitch". PSG suffered a 2-1 defeat to City at Parc des Princes in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final, which leaves them with a mountain to climb in the second leg at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. Neymar is still optimistic that the French champions can reach their second successive final, however, and has promised to lead from the front in Manchester as Mauricio Pochettino's side seek to complete an unlikely turnaround.
Havertz Hits Double to Leave Fulham on Edge
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Havertz Hits Double to Leave Fulham on Edge

Kai Havertz doubled his Premier League goals tally with a brace as Chelsea edged rivals Fulham closer to the relegation trap door with a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Havertz handed Chelsea a 10th-minute lead with a delicate, lofted finish after Mason Mount's sublime control and through pass. The German added his second four minutes into the second half with another composed finish after combining with compatriot Timo Werner. With an eye perhaps on Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg with Real Madrid, Thomas Tuchel made five pre-match alterations. Despite Fulham's valiant efforts, Chelsea were rarely tested and could have made the victory more handsome had it not been for a number of inspired saves from Alphonse Areola. Chelsea's 15th victory in al...
LaLiga: Barcelona Manager, Koeman Gets two-ban Match
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LaLiga: Barcelona Manager, Koeman Gets two-ban Match

  Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has been handed a two-match ban by the Spanish FA (RFEF), after being sent off in their 2-1 defeat at home to Granada on Thursday. Koeman will miss the visit of LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid next Saturday. The Dutchman’s suspension however starts with Sunday’s trip to his former club Valencia. Koeman was shown a red card, after Darwin Machis equalised for Granada at the Nou Camp. The referee in his post-match report, said the Barca coach, having already been warned about his behaviour, spoke degradingly to the fourth official, shouting “What a character” at him. The suspension, handed down by the RFEF Competition Committee, comes under the umbrella of “acts of disparagement or thoughtlessness towards referees, directors or spo...
Evans Earns Point for Leicester at 10-man Saints
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Evans Earns Point for Leicester at 10-man Saints

Jonny Evans' header ensured Champions League hopefuls Leicester avoided a surprise defeat to 10-man Southampton as they drew 1-1 at St Mary's. The hosts may have been fearing a repeat of last season's 9-0 thrashing after Jannik Vestergaard was shown a contentious early red card for denying Jamie Vardy a clear goalscoring opportunity. But, after limiting Leicester and the Premier League's man of the moment Kelechi Iheanacho to some sporadic half-chances, out-of-form Southampton instead took the lead after an hour when Iheanacho's handball allowed James Ward-Prowse to step up and beat Kasper Schmeichel from 12 yards. The Saints' lead lasted only seven minutes as Iheanacho redeemed himself by finding Evans with a cross from deep which was powered home by the experienced centre-ba...
Villarreal vs Arsenal: Arteta Confirms Ceballos Ignored his half-time Instruction
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Villarreal vs Arsenal: Arteta Confirms Ceballos Ignored his half-time Instruction

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has claimed he told Dani Ceballos to be careful during his half-time team-talk in their 2-1 defeat to Villarreal on Thursday night. Ceballos was shown a second yellow card with the Gunners already two goals down. Villarreal opened the scoring in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final after Manu Trigueros fired home. Unai Emery’s men made it two, with Raul Albion ghosting in at the far post. Arteta said of the red card following the match: “I haven’t seen the action. Obviously, we talked at half-time that you have to be careful. “I was going to take him off but by the time Gabi (Gabriel Martinelli) was ready to come on, that action happened and he was out.”
Champions League: Man City Were Better than PSG, their Goals Were Accidents – Pochettino
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Champions League: Man City Were Better than PSG, their Goals Were Accidents – Pochettino

Paris Saint-Germain gaffer, Mauricio Pochettino, has disclosed that Manchester City were better than his team in the second half following their Champions League semi-final first-leg 2-1 defeat against the Premier League leaders on Wednesday night in Paris. Pochettino also insisted that the two goals Man City scored against PSG were accidents. Marquinhos had opened the scoring in the first leg for the French Ligue 1 Champions before Kevin de Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez scored two second-half goals to give Pep Guardiola’s men a first-leg advantage ahead of the second leg tie next week. “I think we deserved to go into the dressing room with the advantage, but [in the] second half, they were better than us,” Pochettino told BT Sport after the game. “They dominated. If you see [the...
Europa League: Owen Predicts Man United vs Roma, Villarreal vs Arsenal
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Europa League: Owen Predicts Man United vs Roma, Villarreal vs Arsenal

  Former Real Madrid player, Michael Owen, has predicted tonight’s Europa League fixtures. Manchester United will host AS Roma in the Europa League semi-final first-leg tie at Old Trafford, while Arsenal will face Villarreal in Spain. Providing his predictions, Owen told BetVictor, “Manchester United come into this after playing out a cagey 0-0 draw away to Leeds at the weekend. “Roma suffered a 3-2 defeat against Cagliari, not the ideal preparation going into a Europa League semi-final first leg. “That said, I think the Italians would settle for that kind of result here. They will be all too aware of how important it is to take a goal or two back to Italy. “For all I have been massively impressed by United on the road this season, they have made a marked improve...
Champions League: We Lost the Battle, But the War Continues – Neymar
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Champions League: We Lost the Battle, But the War Continues – Neymar

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar, has reacted to his side’s Champions League semi-final first-leg 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday night in Paris. Neymar said that PSG lost the battle against Man City, but the war continues. The Brazilian also expressed confidence that Mauricio Pochettino’s side can do better against Man City in the second leg. Reacting, Neymar wrote on Twitter after the game, “We lost the battle, but the war continues. “I believe in my team, I believe that we can be better than we were.” Meanwhile, Goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez gave Pep Guardiola’s men a first-leg advantage ahead of next week’s second-leg at the Etihad. Marquinhos did score a header for PSG in the first-half of the encounter.
Rio Ferdinand Predicts Winner of Arsenal vs Villarreal, Names club to win Trophy
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Rio Ferdinand Predicts Winner of Arsenal vs Villarreal, Names club to win Trophy

  Rio Ferdinand has predicted the winner of this season’s Europa League competition. Rio Ferdinand also predicted the winner of the games between Manchester United and AS Roma, Arsenal against Villarreal. In Thursday’s semi-finals, Arsenal face LaLiga side Villarreal, while Manchester United tackle Roma. Arsenal’s last shot at securing Champions League football next season rests on them winning this year’s Europa League. But the Gunners head into Thursday’s semi-final first leg on the back of two poor Premier League performances at home to Fulham and Everton. And Ferdinand feels Villarreal will beat Arsenal, while United will defeat Roma and will go on to clinch the trophy. “I think Arsenal go out, man,” he added. “United win the Europa League, I’m saying it h...
Nwakali Scores Again In Relegation Threatened Alcorcon’s Home Defeat
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Nwakali Scores Again In Relegation Threatened Alcorcon’s Home Defeat

Kelechi Nwakali once again found the back of the net but ended on the losing side as relegation threatened Alcorcon were beaten 2-1 by visiting Leganes, in the Spanish Segunda (second division) on Sunday, rushhoursport.com reports. Nwakali, who is on loan to Alcorcon from Huesca, has now scored a goal in each of his last three games. Also, he has scored four goals in 13 appearances for Alcorcon in the Spanish second-tier. He opened scoring for his side just nine minutes into the encounter when he converted from the penalty spot. The defeat leaves Alcorcon in 19th position  (relegation zone) on 38 points in the 22-team league table with six games left to play in the campaign.
Chukwueze Bags Assist as Villarreal Lose to Barca
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Chukwueze Bags Assist as Villarreal Lose to Barca

The Nigeria international made a frantic effort in an attempt to help the Yellow Submarine avoid their second consecutive loss Samuel Chukwueze provided an assist in Villarreal’s 2-1 defeat to Barcelona in Sunday’s La Liga game. The Yellow Submarine headed into the encounter after losing against Deportivo Alaves and aimed to return to winning ways but failed to get the better of the Blaugrana. Chukwueze made his 12th league start of the season in the encounter and delivered an impressive performance. The Nigeria international helped Unai Emery’s side to hit the ground running in the encounter, scoring as early as the 26th minute. The fleet-footed winger opened the scoring for the Yellow Submarine in a spectacular manner, dribbling past his markers before firing into the ...
UFC: God Bless him – Jorge Masvidal Reacts after Losing to Kamaru Usman
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UFC: God Bless him – Jorge Masvidal Reacts after Losing to Kamaru Usman

  Jorge Masvidal, an American mixed martial artist, has spoken after losing to Kamaru Usman, a US-based Nigerian boxer, on Saturday in UFC 261. Masvidal prayed to ‘God to bless’ Usman after losing to the 33-year-old, adding that he caught him by surprise, and it hurts. The 36-year-old’s defeat to Usman was his first knockout loss of his 50-fight MMA career. Usman scored a stunning second-round knockout to finish Masvidal and retained the undisputed UFC welterweight title in Florida. The bout was a rematch of their meeting at UFC 251, where Usman defeated Masvidal after five gruelling rounds. “First time in my career, and it’s in front of all my people, my family and my friends, so it hurts,” Masvidal said after the fight. “I’ve never been knocked out in 50 pro...
Balbuena’s Red Card in Chelsea’s 1-0 Win at West Brom Described as “rubbish”
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Balbuena’s Red Card in Chelsea’s 1-0 Win at West Brom Described as “rubbish”

  West Ham Manager, David Moyes, has slammed referee, Chris Kavanagh’s decision to send off Fabian Balbuena during their 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday. Balbuena was shown a red card after VAR checked for serious foul play and advised Kavanagh to check the monitor. The defender had caught Ben Chilwell in his follow through after clearing the ball. Moyes believes it showed a lack of knowledge from those making the decisions. “I think it’s a decision made by someone who’s never played the game before. “Where is Balbuena meant to plant his foot? If they do think that’s a red card, the same one a few minutes later between Coufal and Rudiger is a very similar challenge. They didn’t do anything about it. “You have somebody who doesn’t know the game. He kicks thro...
Arteta Names Arsenal First Choice Goalkeeper after Leno’s Error in 1-0 Defeat to Everton
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Arteta Names Arsenal First Choice Goalkeeper after Leno’s Error in 1-0 Defeat to Everton

  Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta has insisted that Bernd Leno is the club’s number one goalkeeper despite his mistake that led to his side 1-0 defeat to Everton in the Premier League on Friday The Spaniard insisted that mistakes are just a part of football. Richarlison’s tame cross was fumbled into the net by Leno in the 76th minute as the Gunners suffered their ninth home defeat and 13th in all, in the Premier League this season. Asked about his goalkeeping situation and whether he had spoken to Leno following his mistake, Arteta said, “No. I think we have two really good goalkeepers. “Mat [Ryan] got a chance [against Fulham] because he deserves it. I said before the game that he’d been training really really well and Bernd is our number one keeper and he’s been doing ...
Leno Howler Ends Everton’s Wait for Win at Arsenal
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Leno Howler Ends Everton’s Wait for Win at Arsenal

Everton ended their 25-year wait for a win at Arsenal and moved to within three points of the Premier League's top four after Bernd Leno's calamitous own goal secured a 1-0 victory amid supporter protest at the Emirates Stadium on Friday Night Football. Richarlison's cross flashed through the Arsenal goalkeeper's legs with 14 minutes remaining as a tumultuous week at Arsenal - which began with the club's intention to join a European Super League - ended in a home defeat. The hosts thought they had been awarded a second-half penalty when Dani Ceballos was fouled by Richarlison, but Nicolas Pepe was deemed offside in the build-up upon VAR review. Everton remain in eighth position but move to within a point of sixth-placed Tottenham and are now six points clear of Arsenal in nint...
Nigerian UFC star, Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal Come Face to Face ahead of their Highly-anticipated Rematch on Saturday
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Nigerian UFC star, Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal Come Face to Face ahead of their Highly-anticipated Rematch on Saturday

Nigerian-born martial arts champion, Kamaru Usman and his next opponent Jorge Masvidal have come face to face ahead of their highly-anticipated rematch at UFC 261. Masvidal, 36, was unable to defeat reigning champion Usman, 33, when the pair first met on Fight Island last year and is now looking to have another shot in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday night, April 24. 'I do my math on everybody,' the American said on Thursday, April 22. 'Being in there for 25 minutes it makes me know that my math is a lot more sharper. 'One thing is thinking in your head and one thing is feeling the strength level, the endurance, his rhythm, how he moves, how he is thinking, how he reacts to certain situations. 'So I take that blueprint and bring it into my next fight, execute my maths...
FA Cup: Guardiola Defends Man City’s team Selection after 1-0 Defeat to Chelsea
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FA Cup: Guardiola Defends Man City’s team Selection after 1-0 Defeat to Chelsea

  Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has defended his team selection following a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday. Following their 2-1 win at Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, Guardiola rang the changes for the game against the Blues. The Spaniard made eight changes with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Ferran Torres starting at Wembley. Stand-in goalkeeper, Zack Steffen, was at fault for what turned out to be the decisive goal from Hakim Ziyech 10 minutes into the second period. Guardiola admitted that Chelsea deserved their victory, but refused to blame his selection. “When you have two-and-a-half days to recover and you have to play away and travel for longer than three hours, everyone deserves to play. “But don’t say we don’t p...
FA Cup: Guardiola Gives Reasons why Chelsea Beat Man City in Semi-final
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FA Cup: Guardiola Gives Reasons why Chelsea Beat Man City in Semi-final

  Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has admitted that his team struggled to impose themselves, as they lost 1-0 to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday. The defeat ended City’s quest to win a Quadruple this season. Hakim Ziyech scored the only goal in the second half, as Guardiola’s men were eliminated in the semi-final for the second successive year. “We played a good last 15 minutes. We had struggled to find our place in the pockets but congratulations to Chelsea, tight game. “We arrived sometimes in that position but after that, we didn’t create. “We conceded the goal but after we reacted well, especially after Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan came in. The team that defends with eight players in the final third is not easy. In this type of game, the...
Ligue 1: Moffi’s Brace Not Enough As Lorient Fall Away To Marseille
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Ligue 1: Moffi’s Brace Not Enough As Lorient Fall Away To Marseille

Terem Moffi scored twice as Lorient fell to a 3-2 away defeat to Olympic Marseille in their French Ligue 1 clash at the Orange Velodrome on Saturday, reports NGNewsHub.com. Moffi put Lorient ahead on 19 minutes after he was set by Congo Democratic Republic forward Yoane Wissa. The hosts fought with Dmitri Payet netting the equaliser in the 53rd minute. Paul Lirola gave Marseille the lead for the first time in the game three minutes later. Moffi then netted for the second time in the game 20 minutes from time. The 21-year-old has now scored 11 goals in 27 league appearances for Lorient this season. Lirola bagged the winning goal for Marseille in stoppage time.

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