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Fan in serious condition after fall during England match against Croatia
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Fan in serious condition after fall during England match against Croatia

The supporter is said to have fallen from the stand early in the game at Wembley on Sunday A fan is in serious condition after falling during England's Euro 2020 match against Croatia. The supporter is said to have fallen from the stands shortly after the match at Wembley began. A spokesperson at Wembley confirmed that the person was treated and then taken to hospital.
Euro 2020: Mancini Reacts as Italy open with 3-0 win Over Turkey
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Euro 2020: Mancini Reacts as Italy open with 3-0 win Over Turkey

  Italy manager, Roberto Mancini, has described their 3-0 win over Turkey as “an important win”. The Azzurris opened the Euro 2020 with a big-margin victory on Friday night. Merih Demiral’s own goal gave Mancini’s men the lead, before Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne added late goals. However, Mancini warned there is a long road to go until a possible Wembley final. “It was important to start well in Rome and I think it is a satisfaction for the public and for Italians. “It was a beautiful evening, I hope there are many others, but there are still six more for Wembley. “We played a good match, even in the first half without being able to score. A great team. There was a lot of help from the crowd,” Mancini said after the match played at a Stadio Olimpico....
Djokovic Dethrones Nadal in Classic to Reach French Open final
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Djokovic Dethrones Nadal in Classic to Reach French Open final

World No 1 Novak Djokovic inflicted just the third defeat of Rafael Nadal's French Open dominance to reach his sixth final at Roland Garros on a night of sporting drama. Djokovic, who also defeated Nadal in the quarter-finals in 2015, sealed a remarkable 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 victory against the 13-time champion in front of a football-style atmosphere on Court Philippe Chatrier. Nadal had won all 13 of his previous semi-finals but, in a 58th match between the pair that was on a par with almost any that came before, Djokovic found the answers to the greatest challenge in sport to win an extraordinary match. In the final on Sunday, Djokovic will take on Stefanos Tsitsipas - winner of a five-set contest with Alexander Zverev earlier on Friday - when he can climb to within one tit...
Pavlyuchenkova, Krejcikova to battle for French Open title
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Pavlyuchenkova, Krejcikova to battle for French Open title

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will play Barbora Krejcikova for the French Open title after the Russian reached her first Grand Slam final Thursday at a record 52nd attempt, while the Czech saved a match point in a dramatic win over Maria Sakkari. Pavlyuchenkova defeated world number 85 Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia 7-5, 6-3, with the unseeded Krejcikova fighting back from the brink to outlast Sakkari 7-5, 4-6, 9-7 after three hours and 18 minutes. Pavlyuchenkova, a quarter-finalist in Paris a decade ago, became the first woman to play more than 50 majors before making her first final, breaking the previous mark of 44 set by 2015 US Open runner-up Roberta Vinci. "It's been a long road. I had my own long special road. Everybody has different ways. I'm just happy I'm in the final," said...
France striker Giroud complains of lack of service despite two-goal show
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France striker Giroud complains of lack of service despite two-goal show

The Chelsea man appeared to call out Kylian Mbappe for being too selfish as Les Bleus recorded a win in their final warm-up match for the Euros Olivier Giroud has complained of a lack of service from his team-mates despite scoring two goals in France's 3-0 win over Bulgaria on Wednesday evening. With Karim Benzema having been forced off late in the first period due to taking a knock in the thigh, fellow striker Giroud found the net twice in the second half to seal victory in their final friendly before the Euros. Still, Giroud feels that he could have had more than just a double on the night had his compatriots made better, more efficient decisions in attacking phases.
‘I’ve won 25 and a half trophies’ – Mourinho wants recognition for guiding Tottenham to Carabao Cup final
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‘I’ve won 25 and a half trophies’ – Mourinho wants recognition for guiding Tottenham to Carabao Cup final

The incoming Roma manager guided Spurs to the Wembley showpiece but was sacked days before the match, which they lost to Manchester City Jose Mourinho claims he has won "25 and a half trophies" in his managerial career - the half coming from guiding Tottenham to the Carabao Cup final last season, only to be sacked days before the match. The Portuguese manager, who will take charge of Serie A side Roma next season, has officially won 25 leagues titles and cups across a glittering career with Porto, Chelsea, Inter, Real Madrid and Manchester United. He took Spurs to the League Cup final in 2020-21, but was dismissed six days before the game amid a poor run of form in the Premier League, and they went on to lose the Wembley showpiece 1-0 to Manchester City under interim boss Ryan Mason...
‘Not good enough’ – Southgate warns England need defensive improvement ahead of Euro 2020 opener
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‘Not good enough’ – Southgate warns England need defensive improvement ahead of Euro 2020 opener

The Three Lions' campaign starts against Croatia on Sunday but the coach warns they must be in better shape than they were against Romania on Sunday Gareth Southgate has warned that England have "a lot of work" to do before their first game of Euro 2020, highlighting their defending as a key area that needs improvement. After getting the better of Austria last week, the Three Lions beat Romania 1-0 on Sunday in their last friendly before the tournament begins. Southgate's team will open their Euro 2020 campaign with a match against Croatia at Wembley on June 13 and the coach fears they are still not good enough in some aspects.
Nigeria vs Cameroon: All you Need to Know about friendly, Match Details, TV Schedule
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Nigeria vs Cameroon: All you Need to Know about friendly, Match Details, TV Schedule

  Nigeria will play Cameroon in a friendly game this Friday. The match has been put together, to help the Super Eagles prepare for their 2022 World Cup qualification games against Liberia and Cape Verde in September. Gernot Rohr’s squad has been hit with several withdrawals, including Victor Osimhen, Tyronne Ebuehi, Ola Aina, Simy Nwankwo, Frank Onyeka and Samson Tijani. However, some key members like Ahmed Musa, Paul Onuachu, Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho are available. The game against the Indomitable Lions will be the Super Eagles’ third international game in 2021. Their last two outings have been qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations. This is the second time Nigeria will play Cameroon in two years. All the Super Eagles players Rohr dropped for Camero...
Super Eagles Friendly with Cameroon Under Threat
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Super Eagles Friendly with Cameroon Under Threat

Nigeria’s friendly matches against Cameroon scheduled for next week is at risk, Soccernet reports. This is due to the withdrawal of several players from the squad, while there are complaints about unpaid salaries. Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr, invited 24 players for the two games, which will be played June 4 and 8 respectively. However, as many as six players have already pulled out of the squad. They include: Victor Osimhen, Tyronne Ebuehi, Ola Aina, Simy Nwankwo, Frank Onyeka and Samson Tijani. This has left the squad thin, and players based in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) cannot be called up as it is too late to apply for visas. Rohr invites 31 Super Eagles players for friendly against Cameroon [Full list] Aside from the injury withdrawal...
Europa League final: Villarreal Players didn’t Prepare for Penalties – Unai Emery
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Europa League final: Villarreal Players didn’t Prepare for Penalties – Unai Emery

  Villarreal manager, Unai Emery, has claimed his players did not practice penalties’ shootout, before Wednesday night’s win over Manchester United in the Europa League final. Emery clinched his fourth UEFA Cup/Europa League triumph with the victory. The match was decided on spot kicks after the scoreline remained 1-1 after 120 minutes. Villarreal converted 11 kicks with precision before United goalkeeper David de Gea saw his effort saved. “This season, we have not worked on penalties in training but the players have been fabulous,” Emery said. “It’s amazing and wonderful that everyone has scored. It is a source of pride for Villarreal, the president, the project. “The secret is work. The players showed a great mentality throughout the competition and in the f...
Tammy Abraham Thanks Aston Villa Fans after Chelsea’s 2-1 Defeat
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Tammy Abraham Thanks Aston Villa Fans after Chelsea’s 2-1 Defeat

Chelsea striker, Tammy Abraham, has thanked Aston Villa fans for chanting his name during their final Premier League game of the season against the Blues on Sunday. Abraham was left out of Chelsea’s match day squad against Aston Villa on Sunday as the hosts defeated the Blues 2-1 at Villa Park. The 23-year-old is set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, having struggled to secure playing time since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as Chelsea manager last January. And Aston Villa fans made it clear that they would welcome back Abraham with open arms as they chanted his name during the second half of their win against Chelsea. Reacting after the match, Abraham posted a video on Twitter of the Villa fans singing along with the message: “Aston Villa fans, I appreciate you ...
Serie A: Napoli Owner, De Laurentiis Confirms Gattuso’s exit after Missing Champions League Spot
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Serie A: Napoli Owner, De Laurentiis Confirms Gattuso’s exit after Missing Champions League Spot

  Napoli owner, Aurelio De Laurentiis, has confirmed that manager, Gennaro Gattuso, will leave the club following their fifth-place Serie A finish on Sunday. Gattuso’s men missed out on next season’s Champions League spot on the final day of the Serie A season over the weekend after playing a 1-1 draw against Hellas Verona at home. “Dear Rino, I am happy to have spent almost two seasons with you. Thank you for your work and I wish you success wherever you go. A hug also to your wife and children,” De Laurentiis wrote on Twitter after the match. The announcement confirmed long-running media speculation that Gattuso would depart Napoli when his contract expires in June. It was followed by a tweet from Napoli’s official Twitter handle that simply said: “Thank you, boss...
Coppa Italia final embraces NFTs in another sign of industry’s growth
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Coppa Italia final embraces NFTs in another sign of industry’s growth

The clash on Wednesday between Juventus and Atalanta may be the first time many people will have heard about football-related tokens The broadcast for the Coppa Italia final between Juventus and Atalanta on Wednesday will likely feature references to the world of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), which could prove disorienting for many fans. After all, the rapid popularity increase for tradeable online football items is a relatively new phenomenon still not widely understood. But leagues and individual clubs view the growing industry as a possible revenue model - and they are willing to risk short-term confusion in order to hook younger fans. Seven NFT items related to the Italian final will be released online on May 22. They will aim to capture memories from the match in a virtual se...
‘What a mess’ – Neymar furious as suspension rules him out of Coupe de France final
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‘What a mess’ – Neymar furious as suspension rules him out of Coupe de France final

The PSG forward has slammed French football's lawmakers after a yellow card ensures he will not play in the match against Monaco Neymar has vented his fury online after being suspended for the Coupe de France final, describing the situation as "a mess". The Paris Saint-Germain forward will not be available for the French cup final against Monaco after picking up a booking during the semi-final victory over Montpellier this week. In a heated statement posted to his Instagram page, Neymar slammed French football's lawmakers for the suspension rules that will keep him out of competing for silverware at the end of the season.
‘They put things on me that I never said’ – Arteta rages at media after Arsenal win over Chelsea
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‘They put things on me that I never said’ – Arteta rages at media after Arsenal win over Chelsea

The Gunners boss felt his pre-match comments were taken out of context by some media outlets Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta hit out at the media after his side defeated Chelsea 1-0 on Wednesday. Emile Smith Rowe scored early in the match at Stamford Bridge after a Jorginho error, and the goal stood up as the Gunners defended resiliently through the second half. After the match, though, Arteta felt compelled to lash out at what he felt was an unfair interpretation of pre-match comments in which he appeared to suggest some Arsenal players weren't giving their all.
Marcelo dropped from Real Madrid squad after argument with Zidane
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Marcelo dropped from Real Madrid squad after argument with Zidane

The Brazilian has grown increasingly frustrated with his manager after being relegated to a back-up role behind Ferland Mendy Real Madrid defender Marcelo was left off the squad list for Thursday's match against Granada due to an argument with manager Zinedine Zidane, Goal can confirm. With Ferland Mendy out for the remainder of the season, Marcelo appeared to be in line to start the crucial match at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes. Instead, the Brazilian, who turned 33 on Wednesday, saw himself axed entirely when Madrid announced their matchday squad on Wednesday.
Arsenal hero, Ian Wright calls Chelsea star ‘lazy’ after Man City win
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Arsenal hero, Ian Wright calls Chelsea star ‘lazy’ after Man City win

Arsenal hero, Ian Wright, has branded Chelsea striker, Timo Werner, as ‘lazy’ after the Blues’ Premier League 2-1 win over Manchester City on Saturday. Chelsea defeated Man City at Etihad, thanks to goals from Hakim Ziyech and Marcos Alonso as Raheem Sterling’s first-half goal was not enough to give Pep Guardiola’s men a point. Reacting, Wright said he was impressed with Chelsea’s performance against Man City but felt Werner was often lazy with his positioning and running in behind during the encounter. “I think Timo Werner is having a good season,” Wright said on BBC’s Match of the Day. “Coming to Chelsea with that pressure of scoring goals and then missing chances… “You need to look at the runs he makes. Here he needs to get back on the side. He doesn’t get on the side. ...
Man Utd-linked Sancho unsure over future but says he’s ‘very happy’ at Dortmund
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Man Utd-linked Sancho unsure over future but says he’s ‘very happy’ at Dortmund

The 21-year-old England international is the subject of fierce speculation over a possible move to Old Trafford Manchester United target Jadon Sancho admits he cannot say for certain what the future holds for him, while insisting that he is happy at Borussia Dortmund. Sancho has long been a top transfer priority for the Red Devils, but Dortmund have been equally stubborn in holding on to one of their top young stars. But the England forward could be available for a fee of around £78 million ($108m), although it remains to be see whether United can match that valuation due to the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Moses Simon bags assist, Coulibaly scores as Nantes secure victory over Bordeaux
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Moses Simon bags assist, Coulibaly scores as Nantes secure victory over Bordeaux

The Nigeria and the Mali internationals made significant contributions for the Canaries against Jean-Louis Gasset’s men Moses Simon provided an assist while Kalifa Coulibaly scored to help Nantes secure a 3-0 victory over Bordeaux in Saturday’s Ligue 1 game. Simon was handed his 26th league start of the season at Stade de la Beaujoire and delivered an impressive performance in the encounter. The Nigeria international played a key role as the Canaries secured victory over Brest last time out, scoring a fine strike in the match, and was on hand to help them continue in winning ways against Jean-Louis Gasset’s men.
Euro 2020: UEFA Rules Change, England, Spain, Germany, others to be Affected
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Euro 2020: UEFA Rules Change, England, Spain, Germany, others to be Affected

  UEFA has confirmed that the squads for the upcoming Euro 2020 will be expanded from 23 to 26 players. UEFA made this known in a statement via its website on Tuesday. This means that England, Spain, Germany and other countries will have to register their players before the deadline, June 1. The Euro 2020 will start on June 11 this summer, and the squads must be registered ten days before the competition. “Euro 2020 squads will feature up to 26 players,” UEFA wrote in an official statement. “Squad lists will be submitted on June 1, but teams will be able to make unlimited replacements in case of serious injury or illness before the first match. “Goalkeepers can be replaced ahead of each match.”
Liverpool Take Decision on asking FA to Deduct Points from Man Utd after Cancelled Game
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Liverpool Take Decision on asking FA to Deduct Points from Man Utd after Cancelled Game

  Liverpool will not ask the Football Association (FA) to award them the match, after Sunday’s clash at Manchester United was cancelled due to safety worries, the UK Mirror reports. The decision to call off the match was taken one hour after the scheduled 4.30 pm kick-off. According to the rules, the FA can declare the fixture will not be rescheduled and award the three points to Liverpool, if they decide it was “abandoned due to the conduct of one Club or its supporters”. But the Reds have no interest in pursuing such an outcome. They will work with Manchester United to find a date for the fixture to be completed. That will prove tricky, with the Red Devils involved in a Europa League semi-final this week. They also have the next two mid-week slots taken up with...
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.
Villa Win to Dent Everton European Hopes
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Villa Win to Dent Everton European Hopes

Anwar El Ghazi's 80th-minute strike dented Everton's European hopes as Aston Villa secured a hard-fought 2-1 win at Goodison Park. Ollie Watkins' 14th Premier League goal of the season put Villa ahead after a mistake from Mason Holgate (13) but Dominic Calvert-Lewin restored parity when he met Lucas Digne's corner (19). But with the game meandering towards a draw, El Ghazi was afforded too much time to curl a shot into the far corner to clinch an eighth Premier League away win of the season for Dean Smith's side. The result means Everton remain in eighth place - nine points off the Champions League places with five games remaining - while Villa rise to ninth.
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.”
Thiago Silva’s Wife, Isabelle Attacks Timo Werner Over Missed Chance in Chelsea Draw with Real Madrid [VIDEO]
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Thiago Silva’s Wife, Isabelle Attacks Timo Werner Over Missed Chance in Chelsea Draw with Real Madrid [VIDEO]

  Isabelle da Silva, wife of veteran Chelsea defender, Thiago Silva, has attacked Timo Werner over his missed chance during Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first leg in Spain on Tuesday evening. Christian Pulisic put Chelsea ahead but Karim Benzema scored Madrid’s equaliser to make it 1-1. Before that, however, Werner had a clear chance to put the Blues ahead but missed the excellent opportunity from close range. And Isabelle da Silva, who was watching the game at home with her children, was less than impressed with the Germany international’s latest miss. In a video uploaded to her Instagram account during the first half, Isabelle da Silva said, “This is karma, guys. Every team I go to there is a striker who keeps missing goal...
Leicester City Player, Wesley Fofana Thanks The EPL For Allowing Him To Break His Fast During Match
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Leicester City Player, Wesley Fofana Thanks The EPL For Allowing Him To Break His Fast During Match

Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana has thanked the Premier League, Crystal Palace and keeper Vicente Guaita for allowing him to break his Ramadan fast during the game against the Eagles. During Ramadan many Muslims abstain from food and drink in daylight hours. Palace keeper Guaita waited to take a goal-kick just after the half-hour mark in the evening game against the Foxes. The pause in play allowed Fofana to take in some liquids on the touchline before returning to play. The short delay for when there was a natural break in play was agreed in the captain's meeting prior to the game and Fofana said "that's what makes football wonderful" in a social media post. Fofana played the whole game as Leicester beat Palace 2-1 but he came off after 61 minutes in the previous ga...
Iheanacho Voted Leicester’s MOTM After Wonder Goal Vs Crystal Palace
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Iheanacho Voted Leicester’s MOTM After Wonder Goal Vs Crystal Palace

Kelechi Iheanacho has been voted Leicester City’s Man of the Match after his stunning strike secured a hard-fought 2-1 win against Crystal Palace on Monday, rushhoursport.com reports. Leicester announced Iheanacho as the winner on their verified Twitter handle after conclusion of votes by the club’s fans. Iheanacho came first after claiming an overwhelming 87 per cent of the votes while Johnny Evans and Timothy Castagne got seven and five per cents respectively. The in-form striker struck a beautiful curler to make it 2-1 with 10 minutes left in the game against Palace. He has now taken his goals in the Premier League this season to 10 and 17 in all competitions. Leicester maintain their hold on third position on 62 points and four points ahead of fourth-placed Chelsea....
Solskjaer Explains Man Utd Row Between Fred and Maguire During Draw at Leeds
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Solskjaer Explains Man Utd Row Between Fred and Maguire During Draw at Leeds

The duo had a disagreement on the pitch in the second half of the 0-0 stalemate at Elland Road Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Harry Maguire and Fred’s on-pitch argument during the goalless draw against Leeds came from the Manchester United players demanding the best from each other. The pair could be heard having an expletive-ridden rant in the second half at Elland Road over what appeared to be positioning. But, speaking after the match, Solskjaer said it was all part of the mentality of his players, who always strive for the best. What has Solskjaer said? The United boss said: “We have got a group that demands a lot of each other. The standard is high, both on training and in a game, it is not just about being a nice guy. “We demand maximum effort. I was really proud of how ...
EPL: Thomas Tuchel Sets next big target, Warns Chelsea Players after 1-0 Win Over Man City
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EPL: Thomas Tuchel Sets next big target, Warns Chelsea Players after 1-0 Win Over Man City

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has told his players that their next big target is to win the next Premier League match. He warned his stars against looking too far ahead and insists their ‘next big target’ is simply to win the next match. Chelsea overcame the high-flying Manchester City side 1-0 in their FA Cup semi-final encounter on Saturday evening, ending Pep Guardiola’s hopes of winning the quadruple this season. Chelsea have put themselves in positions to win two trophies – in the FA Cup and Champions League this season with a top-four finish also within their reach. Speaking to the press after their success against City, Tuchel warned his players saying, “Don’t start thinking too way ahead, don’t put your stakes too high, don’t look at the goals which are in t...
Borussia Dortmund vs Man City: What I Told Phil Foden When he ran to me – Pep Guardiola
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Borussia Dortmund vs Man City: What I Told Phil Foden When he ran to me – Pep Guardiola

  Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has revealed what he told Phil Foden after the England International scored the winner in the Champions League quarter-final second leg battle against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday. For the first time, Guardiola guided Manchester City to the semi-finals of the competition after a 4-2 aggregate win over Borussia Dortmund. Riyad Mahrez scored from the spot and Foden sealed the tie in a 2-1 win against Dortmund, with 17-year-old Jude Bellingham scoring what proved to be a consolation for the Bundesliga side. After Foden scored a screamer to put the tie beyond Dortmund, the England youngster sprinted over to embrace Guardiola. And the Spanish gaffer was asked what he told the Englishman that moment, he replied, “He found me, he ra...
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Kovacic’s Condition Made me ‘Very Sad’ – Chelsea Coach, Thomas Tuchel

  Chelsea boss, Thomas has said that he was ‘very sad’ to be without Mateo Kovacic for the 1-0 defeat against Porto in their Champions League quarter-final second leg tie on Tuesday. Chelsea progressed to the semi-finals despite the defeat after the Croatian, who was set to start the match, pulled up at the end of training on Monday with a hamstring issue. Kovacic, one of the most experienced Champions League stars in the Chelsea set up, will also miss this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final clash against Manchester City. “Unfortunately yes I was very sad yesterday to see him after twenty minutes in training to have this little muscle injury more or less out of nothing,’ Tuchel told reporters. “We played little boxes after training just to have a little sweat and he felt h...
Sheffield United vs Arsenal: Arteta to be without Three Key Players for EPL clash
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Sheffield United vs Arsenal: Arteta to be without Three Key Players for EPL clash

  Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, could be without up to three key players for Sunday’s trip to Sheffield United in the Premier League. The Gunners were thrashed 3-0 by Liverpool in their league outing. Arteta’s men also threw away a late advantage to draw 1-1 with Slavia Prague on Thursday. Ahead of this weekend’s clash against relegation-threatened Blades, the club has released an injury update. Calum Chambers is back in full training and available for selection, after missing Thursday’s match against Slavia Prague due to a slight knock. David Luiz is ruled out, after undergoing a small procedure on his right knee last weekend. Martin Odegaard has been experiencing discomfort to his right ankle since being on international duty and continues to be assessed ah...
Raphael Varane Tests Positive for Coronavirus Hours before Champions League Quarter-final Clash with Liverpool
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Raphael Varane Tests Positive for Coronavirus Hours before Champions League Quarter-final Clash with Liverpool

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane will miss Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Liverpool after testing positive for coronavirus. The 27-year-old French international was set to start the quarter-final first leg in Spain but will now be unavailable for Zinedine Zidane’s side after he returned a positive Coronavirus test on the morning of the match. The Spanish giants will be without both first-choice central defenders for the game tonight with Sergio Ramos already sidelined due to a calf injury he picked up on international duty with Spain. Real said in a statement on their official website: “Real Madrid C. F. informs that our player Raphael Varane tested positive in the COVID-19 test he underwent this morning.” Brazilian defender Eder Militao will ...
PSG vs Lille: Pochettino Criticizes Neymar, Others after Ligue 1 Home Defeat
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PSG vs Lille: Pochettino Criticizes Neymar, Others after Ligue 1 Home Defeat

Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has criticized his players, including Neymar, after his side’s Ligue 1, 1-0 home defeat against Lille on Saturday. Pochettino explained that PSG players didn’t create enough chances against Lille, adding that they showed a lack of aggression in the final third of the encounter against the visitors. Jonathan David’s first-half goal gave Lille all three points against PSG at the Parc des Princes as Neymar, and Tiago Djalo were sent off late in the second half of the match. The result means PSG are in the second position on the Ligue 1 table with 3 points behind leaders Lille after 31 games. “We didn’t score, and they did. They created fewer chances than us, but they were more clinical in front of goal,” Pochettino said at his ...
Torino vs Juventus: Pirlo Criticizes Cristiano Ronaldo, Others after Failing to Win Serie A match
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Torino vs Juventus: Pirlo Criticizes Cristiano Ronaldo, Others after Failing to Win Serie A match

  Juventus manager, Andrea Pirlo, has criticized his players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, after his side’s Serie A derby 2-2 draw against Torino on Saturday. Pirlo explained that Juventus players suffered lapses in concentration against Torino, adding that they made things hard for themselves against the host. Federico Chiesa gave Juventus an early lead, but Antonio Sanabria’s double turned the tables. Ronaldo then equalized for the Bianconeri in the second-half as both teams shared a point each at the Stadio Olimpico Grande. “Unfortunately, we keep making things hard for ourselves. We started off well and took the lead, but then we let them back in it. We wanted to come out and play a different second half, but we fell behind, and the rest of the match was difficu...
West Brom Contact Police after 5-2 win Over Chelsea
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West Brom Contact Police after 5-2 win Over Chelsea

  West Brom have headed to the police after their 5-2 win over Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The Baggies alerted the West Midlands Police of a string of sickening racist messages aimed at their player, Callum Robinson after he netted twice in his side’s 5-2 win over Thomas Tuchel’s men. Robinson came off the bench to score a brace in Sam Allardyce’s side win, with Matheus Pereira also scoring twice and Mbaye Diagne completing the rout for the visitors. Robinson uploaded the shocking messages he received on Instagram in the wake of Saturday’s Premier League match. The West Brom striker shared the sickening abuse on his Instagram page, writing, “SMH (shaking my head),” along with a screenshot showing a string of replies from Instagram user ‘mahamd200010’...
Tuchel Confirms Another Pulisic Hamstring Problem after Chelsea Half-time Substitution
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Tuchel Confirms Another Pulisic Hamstring Problem after Chelsea Half-time Substitution

The American star has suffered another setback and he will be assessed by the club's medical team ahead of the final weeks of the season Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that Christian Pulisic suffered another hamstring problem in Chelsea's 5-2 home defeat to West Brom on Saturday. The 22-year-old felt pain in his hamstring at half-time but had hoped to continue for the rest of the match. However, Pulisic pulled up after a brief warm-up ahead of the second half, leading to his substitution for Mason Mount at the halfway point after the the U.S. national team star had opened the scoring in the first half. The latest setback represents his fourth muscle injury this season and eighth overall since joining Chelsea in 2019. Tuchel will hope for a short injury lay-off with Porto up ne...
Germany Lose A World Cup Qualifying Match At Home For The First Time In 20yrs
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Germany Lose A World Cup Qualifying Match At Home For The First Time In 20yrs

Germany 1-2 North Macedonia: Eljif Elmas' late winner secures stunning upset after Ilkay Gundogan's 14th goal in 2021 had cancelled out Goran Pandev strike as hosts suffer first World Cup qualifying home defeat in 20 YEARS North Macedonia scored an 85th-minute winner through Eljif Elmas to stun hosts Germany 2-1 in their World Cup Group J qualifier on Wednesday as the Balkan country celebrated their greatest international victory. Elmas slotted in after the four-times world champions had controlled the game but struggled to create chances against the disciplined North Macedonians, ranked 65th in the world. It was Germany's first home World Cup qualifying loss since they were hammered 5-1 by England in Munich in 2001 It was also coach Joachim Low's last qualifying game in ch...
Blasphemy: Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon Punished for ‘Comparing God to a Dog’
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Blasphemy: Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon Punished for ‘Comparing God to a Dog’

  Veteran Juventus goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, has been punished with a one-match suspension for blasphemy. Pitch-side microphones recorded the Italy legendary goalkeeper shouting a phrase that was deemed to be unacceptable in Italian language. The shot-stopper was caught yelling the unacceptable phrase during Juventus game against Parma in December 2020. Buffon, Juventus’ second-choice goalie will now miss Saturday’s derby against Torino and was also fined €5,000. During Juventus’ clash with Parma on December 19, he shouted at a Juventus defender using the phrase which in Italian is seen as comparing God to a dog. Players’ interactions on the pitch are now being recorded clearly by microphones due to the absence of fans in the stands. This was why Buffon’s ...
Benzema’s Sex Tape Trial: Real Madrid Striker Reacts as Court Fixes Date
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Benzema’s Sex Tape Trial: Real Madrid Striker Reacts as Court Fixes Date

Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema, has reacted after it emerged he will appear in court for his alleged involvement in blackmailing former France teammate, Mathieu Valbuena, over a sex tape. Recall that the Versailles prosecutor’s office had said on Tuesday that Benzema would face trial in court from October 20-22 this year for his alleged role in the Valbuena sex tape blackmail plot six years ago. The 33-year-old is suspected of pressuring Valbuena in 2015 to pay blackmailers who threatened to reveal an intimate video in which Valbuena featured. Reacting to the development, Benzema responded on his Instagram story, writing alongside a screenshot of the news: ‘Yes, finally. Let the masquerade end forever.’ Meanwhile, Benzema has not played for France since October 2015 aft...
Nigeria Super Eagles Final Training Before Lesotho AFCON Qualifier Match
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Nigeria Super Eagles Final Training Before Lesotho AFCON Qualifier Match

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have completed their final training session before the AFCON Qualifier against Lesotho. Nigeria play against Lesotho today at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. Nigeria Vs Lesotho starts at 5:00pm today. The Super Eagles have already qualified for the AFCON finals in Cameroon. A final training session was conducted for the Super Eagles to prepare them for the Lesotho game. Watch Video; https://youtu.be/sODuCcp-NvQ
Serbia vs Portugal: Referee Makkelie has Apologized for Disallowing Ronaldo’s Goal – Coach Santos
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Serbia vs Portugal: Referee Makkelie has Apologized for Disallowing Ronaldo’s Goal – Coach Santos

  Portugal manager, Fernando Santos has said that referee Danny Makkelie has apologised to his team after disallowing Cristiano Ronaldo’s late goal in their 2-2 draw against Serbia on Saturday. Ronaldo thought he had won the match for Portugal in added time of the World Cup qualification match but his cool finish was denied. Serbia came back in the second to cancel out Portugal’s 2-0 lead but captain Ronaldo drew home what looked to be a dramatic later winner. However, the Dutch referee and his assistants judged that Serbia defender, Stefan Mitrovic cleared the ball, even though replays showed that the ball clearly crossed the line. But Santos told reporters that, “The referee afterwards saw what had happened and came to me to apologise for the mistake.” Speaking...
Benin Republic vs Nigeria: Livescore from Super Eagles AFCON qualifier in Porto Novo
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Benin Republic vs Nigeria: Livescore from Super Eagles AFCON qualifier in Porto Novo

  Nigeria will take on Benin Republic in their penultimate Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match on Saturday evening. Both countries first played each other at the beginning of the series. The Super Eagles won 2-1, thanks to goals from Victor Osimhen and Samuel Kalu. However, Michel Dussuyer’s men are currently on a five-game unbeaten run and will prove a hard nut to crack for the Super Eagles on their turf. Benin have not lost at home for eight years, as the last time they were beaten was against Algeria in 2013. As things stand in Group L, Nigeria are top with 8 points, Benin have seven points, while Sierra Leone are on three points. Kick off is 5pm West African time. Nigeria XI vs Benin: Okoye, Aina, Balogun, Ekong (C), Sanusi, Ndidi, Chukwueze, Aribo, ...
Super Eagles Qualify for AFCON 2022
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Super Eagles Qualify for AFCON 2022

  Nigeria have confirmed their place at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, even before the kick off of their game against Benin Republic in Porto Novo. This follows a goalless draw between Lesotho and Sierra Leone in the early kick-off in Group L. The result means Lesotho can no longer qualify for next year’s tournament in Cameroon. It also means Sierra Leone cannot match the Super Eagles’ current tally of eight points. The Leone Stars now have four points after four matches, while their hosts have three, with one round of fixtures left. Gernot Rohr’s men take on the Squirrels by 5pm West African Time. The three-time African champions are now fighting to finish top of the group.
Former Super Eagles Striker, Barnabas Imenger is Dead
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Former Super Eagles Striker, Barnabas Imenger is Dead

Former Super Eagles striker, Barnabas Imenger is dead. The team manager of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club, Lobi Stars died on Sunday night, March 21 after battling an undisclosed sickness. Imenger who has reportedly been in and out of hospitals since January 2021 made a name playing for BBL Hawks Makurdi, BCC Lions Gboko, El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri and a number of clubs in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. He is the only former international whose son has played for the Super Eagles. Barnabas Nanen Imenger jnr made his debut for the Super Eagles in 2012 in the international friendly match with Angola in Abuja.
Arsenal Give Injury Updates Ahead of West Ham Clash
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Arsenal Give Injury Updates Ahead of West Ham Clash

  Arsenal have passed Bukayo Saka fit for their clash with West Ham on Sunday. However, Willian faces a late fitness test, ahead of the Premier League fixture. Both Saka and Willian missed the Gunners’ Europa League clash with Olympiacos on Thursday due to hamstring and calf problems respectively. “As a precaution, Bukayo was left out of the squad to play Olympiacos on Thursday,” read a statement on Arsenal’s official website. “During this week, Bukayo has responded well to treatment, has participated in training and is now available for selection. “Willian missed Thursday’s match with Olympiacos due to a tight calf. “Willian is recovering well, has participated in training and will be assessed ahead of Sunday’s match regarding his availability.”...
‘It’s a disgrace’ – Lloris says Tottenham’s form ‘reflects what’s going on inside the club’ after Europa League exit
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‘It’s a disgrace’ – Lloris says Tottenham’s form ‘reflects what’s going on inside the club’ after Europa League exit

The French goalkeeper voiced his frustration after Spurs were dumped out of Europe by Dinamo Zagreb Hugo Lloris said Tottenham's poor form "reflects what's going on inside the club" after their shocking Europa League exit on Thursday, while branding their latest display "a disgrace". Spurs crashed out of the continental competition after losing the second leg of their last-16 tie against Dinamo Zagreb 3-0 in extra time. They had entered the match up two goals on aggregate, fully expecting to advance to the quarter-finals. In the wake of Tottenham's collapse at Maksimir Stadium, Lloris admitted that internal issues are adversely affecting the squad's performances and general morale.
Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante looks five years younger – Joe Cole
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Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante looks five years younger – Joe Cole

Former Chelsea star, Joe Cole, has insisted that the club’s midfielder, N’Golo Kante, looks 5 years younger after his man of the match performance against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 second-leg tie on Wednesday night. Kante was naturally influential at the base of Chelsea’s midfield, snuffing out attacks and making 13 ball recoveries overall against Atletico Madrid. The 29-year-old also made a significant contribution to the attacking side of the game and drew admiration from his manager, Thomas Tuchel, following a lung-busting run which helped create space for Palmieri’s goal deep in injury time. Chelsea defeated Diego Simeone’s side 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, thanks to two goals from Hakim Ziyech and Emerson Palmieri to qualify for the quarter-final on a...
PSG Footballer Mauro Icardi sleeps with his wife 12 times a day – Former Italian defender, Daniele Adani says
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PSG Footballer Mauro Icardi sleeps with his wife 12 times a day – Former Italian defender, Daniele Adani says

Former Italian defender, Daniele Adani, has revealed that controversial PSG footballer Mauro Icardi has sex with wife, Wanda Nara 12 times a day. Adani, a close friend and former teammate of Icardi featured on Christian Vieri's Twitch youtube channel and the pair discussed footballers' sex lives. During the chat, Adani revealed that Icardi and his partner Wanda, who also doubles as his agent, "have sex up to 12 times a day," "They both have sex up to 12 times daily" Adani said to which Vieri cheered. Wanda, meanwhile has never been shy when it comes to revealing her bedroom secrets. One time she said she performs oral sex on Icardi every night and reacted to claims by Antonio Conte's claims that footballers should make as little effort as possible during sex. Wand...
Chelsea vs Atlético Madrid: Tuchel’s Squad for Champions League Clash Confirmed [Full list]
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Chelsea vs Atlético Madrid: Tuchel’s Squad for Champions League Clash Confirmed [Full list]

Chelsea’s squad to face Atletico Madrid in tonight’s Champions League last-16 second-leg tie has been revealed. According to Football London, Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has named a 20-man squad to tackle Atlético Madrid at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea head to the match after beating Diego Simeone’s side 1-0 in the first leg last month in Bucharest, Romania. Tuchel’s men are currently in the 4th position on the Premier League table with 51 points from 29 matches. Chelsea’s full squad against Atletico Madrid: Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero. Defenders: Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Ben Chilwell, Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri. Midfielders: Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi, N’Golo ...

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