Saturday, October 16

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How Bruno Fernandes reportedly disobeyed Solskjaer’s order to leave penalty for Ronaldo
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How Bruno Fernandes reportedly disobeyed Solskjaer’s order to leave penalty for Ronaldo

Manchester United midfielder, Bruno Fernandes, took the penalty in their 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa despite being instructed to leave it for Cristiano Ronaldo, according to The Transfer Window podcast. It was United’s first loss of the new Premier League campaign. Fernandes placed the ball on the spot with Villa a goal up and blazed his effort over the bar. Following Ronaldo’s return to United, many expected the 36-year-old to take over penalty duty from his compatriot. Solskjaer had instructed that Ronaldo take any penalty ahead of their clash with Villa, but Fernandes took it upon himself to step up. “Very interesting interaction between the Aston Villa goalkeeper, the penalty kick specialist, Emiliano Martinez, and Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo. One of the things...
Burnley rue penalty calls in Norwich draw
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Burnley rue penalty calls in Norwich draw

Norwich earned their first Premier League point of the season at the seventh attempt as they battled to a goalless draw at Burnley - but it could have been different had the hosts not seen all four of their first-half penalty appeals waved away. Matej Vydra saw three shouts for a spot-kick go against him before he was subbed off injured on 35 minutes, with the first, from a collision with Tim Krul, perhaps the harshest decision against him. Soccer Saturday pundit Kris Boyd described it as a "stonewall penalty" on Sky Sports. There were also two challenges from Grant Hanley on the Czech cleared by referee Kevin Friend and then VAR, while the officials rightly turned down a handball call against Norwich's Dimitrios Giannoulis just before the break and correctly ignored Charlie Taylor...
Andre Ayew: Ghana ace continues scoring run in Qatar Stars League for Al Sadd
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Andre Ayew: Ghana ace continues scoring run in Qatar Stars League for Al Sadd

The 31-year-old was among the scorers as the Boss registered their fifth win of the season against Al Arabi Ghana captain Andre Ayew continues his fine start to life at Al Sadd with another goal as they registered a 4-0 away triumph over Al Arabi in the Qatar Stars League on Friday. The attacker’s second-half penalty was the icing on the cake as his side sealed victory in the matchday five fixture at Grand Hamad Stadium. The win puts the Boss three points clear at the top of the league table, but with one game more than closest contenders Al Duhail, who are the only other side to have recorded wins in all matches played so far this term.  
Ronaldo forced to wait as Fernandes reveals he was Man Utd’s penalty taker against Villarreal
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Ronaldo forced to wait as Fernandes reveals he was Man Utd’s penalty taker against Villarreal

The Portuguese has confirmed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will decide who takes the spot-kicks before each match Bruno Fernandes has revealed that he was Manchester United's designated penalty taker for the 2-1 win over Villarreal on Wednesday night despite his shocking miss from the spot against Aston Villa. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided to keep faith in the Portuguese, who would've stepped up had United been awarded a spot-kick in the victory over Unai Emery's side. It had been suggested that Cristiano Ronaldo would take charge of penalties from now on after Fernandes ballooned over the bar late on against Villa on September 25, but it appears Solskjaer will decide the taker on a game-by-game basis.  
Champions League: Solskjaer Singles out two Man Utd players after 2-1 win over Villarreal
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Champions League: Solskjaer Singles out two Man Utd players after 2-1 win over Villarreal

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has praised Cristiano Ronaldo and goalkeeper David De Gea, following their 2-1 win over Villarreal in the Champions League on Wednesday. De Gea kept United in the game at 1-0 with a string of fantastic saves, before Alex Telles cancelled out Paco Alcacer’s opener with a stunning drive. Ronaldo then popped up in the 95th minute with the winning goal. Solskjaer said afterwards: “He’s done that so many times. When you saw him against the Republic of Ireland a few weeks ago [for Portugal], he missed a penalty early, didn’t touch the ball more or less and then scored two great headers in the last two minutes. “That’s just what he’s done throughout his career. He’s so strong mentally. He stays in the game, I’ve seen him...
Man Utd vs Aston Villa: Solskjaer reveals why Fernandes took penalty instead of Ronaldo
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Man Utd vs Aston Villa: Solskjaer reveals why Fernandes took penalty instead of Ronaldo

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has confirmed that Bruno Fernandes took the penalty against Aston Villa, because “the decision was made before the game”. The Red Devils’ unbeaten start to this season ended on Saturday, thanks to a 1-0 defeat against the Midlands club at Old Trafford. Kortney Hause headed in a corner before giving away a late penalty, as referee Mike Dean penalized him for handball. However, with Cristiano Ronaldo still on the pitch, Fernandes took responsibility and blasted the ball into the stands. When asked if Fernandes was first choice to take the spot kick, Solskjaer told Sky Sports: “Yes. The decision was made before the game.” The result leaves United in fourth place with 13 points.
‘Ifreke Inyang: 5 things we learnt from Chelsea vs Man City, Man Utd vs Aston Villa
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‘Ifreke Inyang: 5 things we learnt from Chelsea vs Man City, Man Utd vs Aston Villa

It is not every week football fans enjoy a grand opening to Premier League’s weekend games. This Saturday, three of the four teams that kicked off the 12.30pm fixtures included Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea. Gabriel Jesus provided the breakthrough, as City dominated the Blues at Stamford Bridge and 1-0 convincingly, to get back into the title race. At Old Trafford, a miserable week for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued, as Kortney Hause netted the decisive goal. Bruno Fernandes however had time to blaze off a late penalty. What are the five things we learnt from both games? 1. Guardiola is still king: This was a high-pressure game for Pep by all account. Not only was it the start of a triple header that still has Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool to come. But b...
Hause the hero after Bruno penalty howler
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Hause the hero after Bruno penalty howler

Bruno Fernandes missed a stoppage-time penalty as Aston Villa prevented Manchester United moving top of the Premier League with a deserved 1-0 victory at Old Trafford. Just when it seemed a catalogue of missed gilt-edged chances would cost Villa a first win at Old Trafford since 2009, defender Kortney Hause broke the deadlock two minutes from time with a brilliant near-post header past a helpless David de Gea. In a dramatic late finale, Hause went from hero to villain in the space of three minutes when he was adjudged to have blocked substitute Edinson Cavani's header with his arm in added time. VAR upheld the contentious on-field decision but Villa justice was served when penalty specialist Fernandes - having kept the ball from Cristiano Ronaldo - blazed woefully over the targe...
Rustification for one semester – Adekunle Ajasin University announce penalty for indecent dressing
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Rustification for one semester – Adekunle Ajasin University announce penalty for indecent dressing

The Senate of the Adekunle Ajasin University in Ondo state has announced a one-semester rustification as the penalty for any student caught dressing indecently. In a memo released earlier this month, the school authorities listed acts of indecent dressing to include wearing of skimpy skirts and blouses, leaving the cleavages open by female students, and wearing of braids or dreadlocks, earrings, nose rings, tattered jeans and sagging by some male students. According to the memo, the decision to penalize indecent dressing was taken during the school's senate meeting on August 25. See a copy of the memo below
Werner explains shootout absence in Chelsea’s Carabao Cup win over Villa
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Werner explains shootout absence in Chelsea’s Carabao Cup win over Villa

The German star still scored in regular time and said the support of the Blues fans was "special" Timo Werner has explained why he didn't take a penalty for Chelsea in Wednesday's shootout win over Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup. The German forward scored Chelsea's only goal in the 54th minute, prompting the home fans to sing his name in celebration. Often criticised for his struggles in front of goal, Werner acknowledged how special it was to hear the fans honour him following his second-half strike and said his absence from the shootout triumph was pain-related.  
Carabao Cup: Arteta names Arsenal player he is ‘proud of’ after 3-0 win over Wimbledon
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Carabao Cup: Arteta names Arsenal player he is ‘proud of’ after 3-0 win over Wimbledon

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has said he is proud of Eddie Nkeitah, following their 3-0 win over Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup fourth round on Wednesday. Arteta noted that the forward “fully deserved” his goal because he trained “like a beast”. Nketiah was handed his first appearance of the season after being named in Arteta’s starting XI for the match. The 22-year-old pulled off an impudent backheeled finish with 10 minutes left at the Emirates. The Gunners had gone ahead thanks to Alexandre Lacazette’s penalty and Emile Smith Rowe’s effort. “I’m so proud of this kid,” Arteta told Sky Sports when asked about Nketiah’s display. “He hasn’t played much, there’s a lot of speculation around him. The way he trains, the way he behaves, he’s always willing to help ...
Man Utd vs West Ham: Solskjaer drops Ronaldo for Carabao Cup clash
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Man Utd vs West Ham: Solskjaer drops Ronaldo for Carabao Cup clash

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has left Cristiano Ronaldo out of his squad to face West Ham in Wednesday night’s Caraba Cup tie. Ronaldo made it 1-1 for the Red Devils against the Hammers just three days ago, before Jesse Lingard curled in a superb winner. However, he will be rested for today’s match, as Solskjaer has decided to rotate his squad. David de Gea, who saved Mark Noble’s stoppage-time penalty and Paul Pogba have all been left out too. That trio were all missing as the rest of the United squad arrived at the Hyatt Hotel in Manchester’s city centre on Wednesday afternoon. Solskjaer is expected to give many of his fringe players their first taste of football this season. Dean Henderson is in line to make his first start of the campaign in the ...
West Ham vs Man Utd: EPL officials confirm Ronaldo should have gotten penalty
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West Ham vs Man Utd: EPL officials confirm Ronaldo should have gotten penalty

Premier League match officials have confirmed that Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo should have gotten a penalty against West Ham on Sunday, the UK Times reports. Ronaldo made it 1-1 against the Hammers, after Said Benrahma put the hosts ahead at the London Stadium. Before Jesse Lingard netted the winner for United, Ronaldo saw three penalty appeals ignored by Martin Atkinson. The 36-year-old clashed with Kurt Zouma, but it was the incident with Vladimir Coufal that has been raised. Atkinson was not advised to consult the VAR monitor, which meant his original decision stood. However, referees were told at their fortnightly meeting, that a spot kick would have been a better call on the pitch. And that Atkinson should have been asked to review the decis...
Thierry Henry ‘not surprised’ by Messi’s Reaction to being subbed off by Pochettino
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Thierry Henry ‘not surprised’ by Messi’s Reaction to being subbed off by Pochettino

Former Arsenal captain, Thierry Henry, has said he was not surprised by Lionel Messi’s reaction, after he was subbed off during Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-1 win over Lyon. PSG came from behind to defeat their Ligue 1 rivals on Sunday and maintain their 100% record this season. Lucas Paqueta opened the scoring for Lyon in the second half, before Neymar levelled with a controversial penalty. The encounter looked set to end in a draw, until Mauro Icardi headed home a 93rd minute winner for the home side. By that point, Messi’s home debut had been brought to a premature end by Mauricio Pochettino. And the Argentine made clear his disapproval with his 76th minute substitution, refusing to shake hands with Pochettino as he trudged to the bench. Speaking post-game o...
EPL: Moyes reacts to Mark Noble’s missed penalty against Man Utd
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EPL: Moyes reacts to Mark Noble’s missed penalty against Man Utd

West Ham manager, David Moyes, has defended his decision to bring on Mark Noble, to take a stoppage-time penalty against Manchester United. With virtually the last kick of the game, Noble was introduced from the bench to take the spot kick, after Luke Shaw was punished for handball. The midfielder saw his poor effort saved by David De Gea, as United won 2-1. Moyes has rejected talk that their recent record of four misses from their last five came into his mind when he made the decision. Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “The thinking behind it? Look at his record. “I’d have been more disappointed if I hadn’t made the decision. “I made the decision, and it didn’t quite work today. I was more influenced by Noble’s record, rather than West Ham’s record.”
Bono saves penalty to hand Sevilla a point away to Real Sociedad
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Bono saves penalty to hand Sevilla a point away to Real Sociedad

The Atlas Lion had to be at his best to ensure he stopped Mikel Oyarzabal from finding the back of the net Morocco international Yassine 'Bono' Bounou stopped a penalty to help Sevilla claim a point in a 0-0 draw, away to Real Sociedad in their La Liga match at Reale Arena, in Donostia-San Sebastian on Sunday. The penalty was taken in the 25th minute when Diego Carlos handled the ball in the danger zone. Initially, referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz had waved play-on but after a few seconds, his colleagues advised him to check the VAR. After the review, he changed his mind and pointed to the penalty spot. Mikel Oyarzabal stepped up for the occasion, but the Atlas Lion was well prepared and pulled off a save to deny the former.
Roy Keane blasts West Ham’s Noble for missing penalty against Man Utd
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Roy Keane blasts West Ham’s Noble for missing penalty against Man Utd

Manchester United legend, Roy Keane, have slammed the decision for West Ham captain, Mark Noble, to take and miss a 95th-minute penalty against the Red Devils in the Premier League on Sunday. Noble was subbed on by West Ham manager, David Moyes, late on and immediately took the ball for the late spot-kick during the encounter, which was saved by David De Gea. But Keane believes it was a strange decision for Noble to take the penalty against Man United, adding that the player did not warm up properly before he was introduced into the game. Cristiano Ronaldo’s first-half strike and a late goal from Jesse Lingard gave Man United all three points against West Ham at the London Stadium. “Strange decision, he can’t have warmed up properly because it was so late in the game. I didn’...
De Gea penalty heroics and Lingard haunt Hammers
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De Gea penalty heroics and Lingard haunt Hammers

David de Gea saved a 95th-minute Mark Noble penalty as Jesse Lingard's late winner haunted West Ham and earned Manchester United a 2-1 victory at the London Stadium on Super Sunday. Manchester United looked on course for victory when Lingard, who enjoyed a successful spell on loan in east London last season which the Hammers were ultimately unable to make permanent, came off the bench and curled a stunning solo goal into the top corner in the final minute of the game. But, deep into stoppage-time, referee Martin Atkinson was advised to consult the pitchside monitor after VAR spotted a handball by Luke Shaw. The penalty was awarded and taken by captain Noble, who was brought on to take the penalty, but, in a dramatic final twist, the West Ham captain's first touch from the spot drew...
FA opens investigation after Arsenal’s 1-0 win at Burnley
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FA opens investigation after Arsenal’s 1-0 win at Burnley

The Football Association (FA) has opened an investigation into the crowd trouble at the end of Arsenal’s 1-0 victory at Burnley on Saturday. The rival fans were housed in the Cricket Field Stand and threw plastic bottles and other items at each other for several minutes after the final whistle. The incident started when the Arsenal players came over to applaud the travelling supporters. The UK Mirror reports the home fans began throwing items over the barrier separating the two sets of supporters The FA is aware of the trouble and will be looking into it. The fans dispersed after five or 10 minutes and it is believed no one was hurt. Arsenal won the game 1-0, thanks to Martin Odegaard’s exquisite free kick in the 30th minute. Burnley were awarded a second-half penalt...
Man City vs Southampton: VAR denies Saints penalty in goalless draw
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Man City vs Southampton: VAR denies Saints penalty in goalless draw

Manchester City were unable to convert dominance into goals as they were held to a goalless draw with Southampton. The home side controlled possession in the first half and came closest to scoring through Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling. Southampton were awarded a penalty on 61 minutes when Kyle Walker fouled Adam Armstrong, for which he was shown a red card. However, both decisions were overturned after referee Jonathan Moss reviewed on the pitch-side monitor. Sterling fired home at the other end late on, but his strike was ruled out for offside. A first draw of the season for Man City puts them second on 10 points, while Southampton drop to 15th with four points.
‘I don’t like losing’ – Crystal Palace’s Zaha on why he ‘moans’ on the pitch
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‘I don’t like losing’ – Crystal Palace’s Zaha on why he ‘moans’ on the pitch

  The 28-year-old winger explains his high emotions when featuring for the London side in the top-flight Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has revealed the reason he keeps "moaning" on the pitch when his side is in action. The 28-year-old Ivory Coast winger has enjoyed a good start with Palace in the Premier League and last weekend he scored from the penalty spot as they beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 in the London derby at Selhurst Park Stadium. Ahead of their next fixture against Liverpool on Saturday, a player who has managed 360 minutes under new manager Patrick Vieira’s campaign this term, has stated he always tries to lead by example.      
Liverpool fight back to beat Milan in thrilling opener
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Liverpool fight back to beat Milan in thrilling opener

Jordan Henderson's superb finish gave Liverpool a 3-2 victory from behind over AC Milan in a thrilling opening-night clash in Champions League Group B. Liverpool burst out of the traps and were 1-0 up early on through Fikayo Tomori's own goal from a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross (9), before Mo Salah saw his penalty saved by Mike Maignan (14), his first miss in 17 for Liverpool. But Milan produced two goals out of thin air as Ante Rebic's tidy finish (42) and then former Man City man Brahim Diaz's tap home (44) from two similarly blistering breaks stunned Anfield going into half-time. But Milan produced two goals out of thin air as Ante Rebic's tidy finish (42) and then former Man City man Brahim Diaz's tap home (44) from two similarly blistering breaks stunned Anfield going...
Nice vs Marseille: Abandoned Ligue 1 game Rescheduled for October 27
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Nice vs Marseille: Abandoned Ligue 1 game Rescheduled for October 27

The match between Nice and Marseille which was abandoned last month due to crowd trouble will be replayed on October 27, France's Ligue 1 said on Monday. It is set to be played at a neutral location and Ligue 1 said the venue will be determined at a later date. Nice were handed a two-point penalty, one of which is suspended, following fan violence during the game which was abandoned with 15 minutes left after home fans threw projectiles and invaded the pitch. French Professional League (LFP) had ordered the club to play their next home game behind closed doors, pending the results of the probe. The point deduction meant Nice had dropped to fifth place - one point behind Marseille in the standings, with six points from three games, but both teams won this weeke...
Crystal Palace’s Zaha reveals why he stepped up to take penalty vs Tottenham Hotspur
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Crystal Palace’s Zaha reveals why he stepped up to take penalty vs Tottenham Hotspur

  The 28-year-old Ivorian explains why he took a penalty and his delight at notching the 500th top-flight goal for Patrick Vieira’s charges Crystal Palace attacker Wilfried Zaha has opened up on what drove him to take the penalty which opened the scoring for his side when they beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 in the Premier League on Saturday. The winger took the initiative to convert from the spot in the 76th minute after Conor Gallagher earned Palace a penalty, and his opener turned out to be the Eagles’ 500th Premier League goal in the home win at Selhurst Park. With Tottenham reduced to 10 men after Japhet Tanganga was sent off in the 58th minute after a clumsy challenge on Ghana international Jordan Ayew, Palace, led by Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, scored two more goals court...
Lewandowski strikes again as Bayern sweep aside RB Leipzig
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Lewandowski strikes again as Bayern sweep aside RB Leipzig

Robert Lewandowski scored his sixth goal in four Bundesliga games this season as Bayern Munich swept aside hosts RB Leipzig 4-1 on Saturday to go second in the table behind Wolfsburg. Lewandowski netted a first-half penalty before 18-year-old Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sane added quick-fire goals just after the break in front of 34,000 fans at Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena. The hosts pulled back a goal when midfielder Konrad Laimer drilled into the top corner from outside the area before Lewandowski’s replacement Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored Bayern’s late fourth. Defending champions Bayern ensured they stayed two points behind Wolfsburg, who have won all four games so far following their 2-0 victory at Greuther Fuerth. Leipzig, last season’s runners-up, have lost three of their op...
West Brom go top despite being held by Millwall
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West Brom go top despite being held by Millwall

West Brom moved top of the Sky Bet Championship but had to settle for a 1-1 draw against dogged Millwall at The Hawthorns. Albion extended their unbeaten run to six games in the league but their four-match winning run ended after captain Kyle Bartley's 49th-minute header was cancelled out by on-loan Arsenal defender Daniel Ballard's header six minutes later. A draw was a fair result with Albion winger Grady Diangana missing an early chance and striker Karlan Grant's penalty saved by Bartosz Bialkowski in the first half, while Millwall pair Jed Wallace and Sheyi Ojo were denied by goalkeeper Sam Johnstone. The visitors spent much of the first half defending but actually created the first opening. Billy Mitchell unleashed a low effort that forced Johnstone into a diving save. But...
Ronaldo vs Messi: Greatest goalscorer of all time revealed
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Ronaldo vs Messi: Greatest goalscorer of all time revealed

Newly signed Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has been labelled the ‘greatest goalscorer of all time.’ Former England defender, Jason Cundy, hailed Ronaldo after the Portugal captain broke the international record on Wednesday night. Fresh off his Old Trafford return, the former Juventus star delivered a terrific performance in his country’s 2-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland in a World Cup qualifying game on Wednesday. Despite missing a penalty, Ronaldo equalised in the 88th-minute to become the leading international goalscorer in history, then bagged a dramatic winner minutes later. Cundy insisted that the record cements Ronaldo’s place as football’s greatest ever forward. “He is a joke. He defies belief. He’s a freak of nature,” Jason Cundy told the Spor...
Ronaldo vs Messi: Greatest Goalscorer of all time Revealed
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Ronaldo vs Messi: Greatest Goalscorer of all time Revealed

Newly signed Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo has been labelled the ‘greatest goalscorer of all time.’ Former England defender, Jason Cundy, hailed Ronaldo after the Portugal captain broke the international record on Wednesday night. Fresh off his Old Trafford return, the former Juventus star delivered a terrific performance in his country’s 2-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland in a World Cup qualifying game on Wednesday. Despite missing a penalty, Ronaldo equalised in the 88th-minute to become the leading international goalscorer in history, then bagged a dramatic winner minutes later. Cundy insisted that the record cements Ronaldo’s place as football’s greatest ever forward. “He is a joke. He defies belief. He’s a freak of nature,” Jason Cun...
Everyone involved was wrong – Serie A President on Victor Osimhen’s red card
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Everyone involved was wrong – Serie A President on Victor Osimhen’s red card

President of the Italian Serie A, Gabriele Gravina, has reacted to the red card issued to Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen during Napoli’s 2-0 win over Venexia last weekend. The President said that everyone involved in the incident: Osimhen, Venezia midfielder Daan Heymans and referee Gianluca Aureliano were all wrong. Italian referee, Aureliano had on match day one flashed Osimhen a straight red card midway through the first half of the clash at the newly-promoted side. Some pundits suggested that Osimhen should have been awarded a penalty as Heymans tugged his shirt during a corner kick tussle. Referee reported Osimhen case as a violent conduct and the Nigeria international was slammed with a two-match suspension. But Gravina is convinced that all the three parties involved were...
Seria A: Immobile hat-trick as Lazio thrash Spezia 6-1, Atalanta draw Bologna
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Seria A: Immobile hat-trick as Lazio thrash Spezia 6-1, Atalanta draw Bologna

Ciro Immobile fired Lazio to two wins from two in Serie A with a hat-trick in a 6-1 hammering of Spezia on Saturday, while Atalanta laboured to a goalless draw with Bologna. Immobile struck his first just seconds after Daniele Verde had given Spezia a shock fourth-minute lead in Rome, levelling the scores with a delicate dinked finish and then ramming home the second 10 minutes later with a first-time strike from just outside the penalty area. The 31-year-old then missed a penalty in first half stoppage-time only to nod home completely unmarked from the subsequent corner to complete his treble. Felipe Anderson, Elseid Hysaj and Luis Alberto — who also created three of the goals — added three more stylish strikes after the break as Lazio put on a show of passing football that b...
Dembele bags brace as Mara, Munetsi, Mavididi & Delort paint France with goals
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Dembele bags brace as Mara, Munetsi, Mavididi & Delort paint France with goals

Several African stars were on song in the French elite division, nevertheless, their teams suffered contrasting fortunes on Sunday evening Lyon settled for a 3-3 draw with Clermont Foot in Sunday’s French elite division. The Kids came into the game having bowed 3-0 their last time out against Angers. However, they were unable to make home advantage count as they earned just one point against the newly-promoted side despite Moussa Dembele’s first-half brace. Lyon got the game off to a flying start when they took the lead in the fifth minute as Dembele converted from the penalty mark after he was fouled in the box by Johan Gastien.
Ross County 2-4 Rangers: Scottish Premiership champions back to winning ways in the Highlands
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Ross County 2-4 Rangers: Scottish Premiership champions back to winning ways in the Highlands

Rangers got back to winning ways in the league by overcoming Ross County 4-2 to move level on points with Celtic ahead of next weekend's Old Firm meeting. Steven Gerrard's side, who lost 1-0 at Dundee United last time out, started confidently at the Global Energy Stadium, with Joe Aribo's delightful curler giving them the lead on the quarter-hour mark. Connor Goldson's header soon doubled that advantage, only for Harrison Clarke's well-taken goal five minutes before half-time to give the hosts hope of an unlikely comeback. However, Alfredo Morelos restored Rangers' two-goal lead 11 minutes into the second half and despite Jordan White's 77th-minute penalty, substitute Scott Arfield's close-range finish late on saw the visitors move level with Celtic on six points in the table ...
Ings Scores stunner to help Villa past Newcastle
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Ings Scores stunner to help Villa past Newcastle

Danny Ings scored a stunning bicycle kick on his home debut to help Aston Villa to a 2-0 win over Newcastle at Villa Park. Callum Wilson missed a clear chance one on one for Newcastle in the opening minutes, before the only real piece of quality in the first half came in stoppage time as Ings' magnificent acrobatic effort put Villa ahead (45+3), his second goal in as many games for the club. Villa doubled their lead after the break through Anwar El Ghazi's penalty (62), awarded after a VAR intervention for Jamaal Lascelles' handball from a Tyrone Mings' header. VAR continued to be Villa's best friend in the second half as a penalty awarded for Emi Martinez's foul on Wilson was overturned for a marginal offside call on the striker, but Villa saw the game out comfortably for their...
Ikpeazu scores again but Odubajo sees red as 10-man QPR pip Middlesbrough
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Ikpeazu scores again but Odubajo sees red as 10-man QPR pip Middlesbrough

The Uganda forward continued his fine form in front of goal while the Anglo-Nigerian defender was given marching orders in the second half Uche Ikpeazu scored his second Championship goal of the season on Wednesday but it was not enough to save Middlesbrough from a 3-2 loss against 10-man Queens Park Rangers. After opening his goal account for Boro in their 2-1 win over Bristol City last Saturday, Ikpeazu continued from where he stopped with the opening goal at the Riverside Stadium. The 26-year-old stepped forward to convert from the penalty spot in the seventh minute and the effort separated both teams for the first 45 minutes.  
Caf Confederation Cup: ‘We can do a Leicester City’ – Shaibu upbeat about Bayelsa United’s chances
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Caf Confederation Cup: ‘We can do a Leicester City’ – Shaibu upbeat about Bayelsa United’s chances

The goalkeeper says his team will be inspired by the Foxes’ English topflight title when they begin their continental campaign next month Goalkeeper John Shaibu believes Bayelsa United can take inspiration from Leicester City’s Premier League heroics and claim Caf Confederation Cup glory. The Nigeria National League side won the 2021 Aiteo Cup after defeating NPFL side Nasarawa United via penalty shoot-out following a 2-2 draw after extra-time. Aside from becoming the first team from Nigeria’s second division to lift the prestigious cup since Dolphins FC's feat 20 years ago, the Yenagoa-based outfit will represent the West African nation in the Confederation Cup alongside Enyimba. As they step up preparations for their campaign in September, the 24-year-old feels the youth and ta...
‘Doubters and haters will only make me better’ – Aina hits back at Torino fans
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‘Doubters and haters will only make me better’ – Aina hits back at Torino fans

The Super Eagle played a vital role to help the team advance to the next stage of the domestic cup competition Nigeria international defender Olu Aina has hit back at a section of Torino fans for booing him in the Coppa Italia fixture against Cremonese on Sunday. The 24-year-old defender was part of the team that registered a victory against their visitors, who had to play with a man less after the dismissal of Jaime Baez Stabile for two bookable offences. Aina was one of the players who scored a penalty in the shoot-out that ended 4-1 in his team's favour, after a goalless draw in regulation and extra time.  
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One trophy is missing in Chelsea’s cabinet – Drogba reacts to Blues’ Super Cup win

Former Ivory Coast striker, Didier Drogba, has urged Chelsea to go all out to win the Club World Cup. The Blues will play the competition in December as UEFA Champions League winners. According to Drogba, that is the only trophy missing in the Premier League’s club cabinet. Chelsea added the UEFA Super Cup to their silverware room on Wednesday, following a penalty shoot-out win over Villarreal. Hakim Ziyech opened scoring for Chelsea, before Gerard Moreno restored parity. Kepa Arrizabalaga then came off the bench to save two kicks during the shootout. Drogba tweeted: “Congrats my People @ChelseaFC. One more to go in December. The only one missing.”
Community Shield: What Ian Wright said about Kelechi Iheanacho after Leicester defeated Man City
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Community Shield: What Ian Wright said about Kelechi Iheanacho after Leicester defeated Man City

Ian Wright, a former Arsenal striker, has hailed Leicester City star, Kelechi Iheanacho, following his impressive display in his side’s Community Shield 1-0 win against Manchester City on Saturday. Wright described Iheanacho as ‘very sharp’ after coming off the bench to score the only goal of the match. Nathan Ake miscontrolled the ball as Iheanacho pounced and he was then fouled by the Dutch centre-back. Iheanacho struck the penalty past Man City goalkeeper Zack Steffen with two minutes of normal time remaining to seal a famous win for Leicester. “Nathan Ake has got to be aware that he’s needed there. “He looks like he is on his heels. To be fair, Kelechi [Iheanacho] has come on and been very sharp but it is a poor foul from him. “The goalkeeper was there...
Leicester City vs Man City: All you need to know about Community Shield clash
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Leicester City vs Man City: All you need to know about Community Shield clash

The 2021/2022 Premier League season will be heralded by Saturday’s Community Shield game between Leicester City and Manchester City. The Foxes defeated Chelsea to win the FA Cup, while Pep Guardiola’s men stormed to the league title. Today’s fixture will mark the return of capacity crowds at Wembley, as the UK returns to some normality post-pandemic. With six substitutes permitted, there will almost certainly be a stop-start feel to the second-half as both managers try to build match fitness. City have been boosted this week by the arrival of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa in a British record transfer. But the playmaker is likely to start from the bench. The game kicks off 5.15pm WAT and will be beamed live on ITV and ITV Hub. Guardiola will be trying to c...
Brazil vs Spain: Dani Alves Makes Promise ahead of Tokyo Olympics Men’s Football Final
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Brazil vs Spain: Dani Alves Makes Promise ahead of Tokyo Olympics Men’s Football Final

Brazil left-back, Dani Alves, has promised that he and his teammates will give ‘everything’ when they face Spain in the men’s Tokyo Olympics football final at the International Stadium Yokohama, Japan. Alves who is the captain of Brazil’s men Olympics football team, said the match against Spain would be special. Brazil head to the game after beating Mexico through a penalty shoot-out in the semi-final encounter a few days ago, while Spain won 1-0 against the host nation, Japan. Speaking during his pre-match press conference on Friday, the former Barcelona star told reporters, “I am representing my homeland, we have to be prepared,” he told reporters prior to the final. “It is going to be a special day because this is an Olympic final, and we have confidence as a...
Canada defeat Sweden to win country’s first ever Olympic gold medal in women’s football
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Canada defeat Sweden to win country’s first ever Olympic gold medal in women’s football

Penalty shootout heroics from Stephanie Labbe, and a clinical decisive spot-kick from Julia Grosso, put Canada at the top of the podium Canada made history on Friday by winning their first-ever Olympic gold medal in women's football, beating Sweden on penalties in an incredibly tense final. Bronze medallists in 2012 and 2016, the North American nation had spoke in the build-up to the Games about wanting to put that behind them and push for gold, and they did so in the most dramatic fashion. Sweden had taken the lead in normal time, but Jessie Fleming made it 1-1 from the spot and goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe again performed heroics in the shootout before Julia Grosso scored the decisive kick, Canada winning 3-2 on penalties.  
Canada defeat Sweden to win country’s first ever Olympic gold medal in women’s football
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Canada defeat Sweden to win country’s first ever Olympic gold medal in women’s football

Penalty shootout heroics from Stephanie Labbe, and a clinical decisive spot-kick from Julia Grosso, put Canada at the top of the podium Canada made history on Friday by winning their first-ever Olympic gold medal in women's football, beating Sweden on penalties in an incredibly tense final. Bronze medallists in 2012 and 2016, the North American nation had spoke in the build-up to the Games about wanting to put that behind them and push for gold, and they did so in the most dramatic fashion. Sweden had taken the lead in normal time, but Jessie Fleming made it 1-1 from the spot and goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe again performed heroics in the shootout before Julia Grosso scored the decisive kick, Canada winning 3-2 on penalties.  
Tokyo Olympics: Mexico beat hosts nation Japan to clinch bronze medal in Olympic men’s football
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Tokyo Olympics: Mexico beat hosts nation Japan to clinch bronze medal in Olympic men’s football

Mexico have defeated hosts nation Japan to 3 - 1 to clinch bronze at the ongoing Olympics in Tokyo. Sebastian Cordova scored a penalty and created two goals as Mexico defeated the hosts in Saitama on Friday August 6, to earn bronze in the men’s Olympic football tournament. Japan later got a consolation goal through substitute Kaoru Mitoma but finished fourth for the second time in three Olympics, having also lost the third-place playoff at London 2012. Reigning champions Brazil will play Spain, who won the title on home soil in 1992, in the final in Yokohama on Saturday.
Tokyo Olympics: Brazil qualify for men’s football final after 4-1 win over Mexico
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Tokyo Olympics: Brazil qualify for men’s football final after 4-1 win over Mexico

Brazil on Tuesday booked their place in the final of the Olympics men’s football event, following a 4-1 penalty win over Mexico. The encounter ended 0-0 after 120 minutes at the Kashima Soccer Stadium. Brazil’s Dani Alves scored the opening penalty, just beating goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, before Santos denied Mexico’s Eduardo Aguirre. The Seleção scored their next three penalties through Gabriel Martinell, Bruno Guimaraes and Reinier to seal their spot in Saturday’s final. Brazil will now face the winner between Japan vs Spain in the final. The South Americans defeated Germany 4-2 in their opening Group D game in July before a 0-0 draw with Ivory Coast and a 3-1 victory over Saudi Arabia to qualify as group leaders. Brazil defeated Egypt last week to qualify for the ...
2021/2022 UEFA releases Champions League play-off Draws [Full fixtures]
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2021/2022 UEFA releases Champions League play-off Draws [Full fixtures]

The 2021/2022 UEFA Champions League play-off draw took place on Monday, 2 August, 2021. The Champions League play-off draw was streamed live via UEFA’s website at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland. The 12 teams were drawn into six fixtures, which will decide the last slots in the group stage. Below is the Champions League play-off draw: Champions path; FC Salzburg (AUT) vs Brøndby IF (DEN) CFR 1907 Cluj (ROU) / BSC Young Boys (SUI) vs Ferencvárosi TC (HUN) / SK Slavia Praha (CZE) Malmö FF (SWE) / Rangers FC (SCO) vs Olympiacos FC (GRE) / PFC Ludogorets 1945 (BUL) FK Crvena zvezda (SRB) / FC Sheriff Tiraspol (MDA) vs GNK Dinamo (CRO) / Legia Warszawa (POL) League path; AS Monaco FC (FRA) / AC Sparta Praha (CZE) vs KRC Genk (BEL) / FC Shakhta...
Survive and advance: USWNT reaches Olympic semi-finals after gritty win over Netherlands on penalties
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Survive and advance: USWNT reaches Olympic semi-finals after gritty win over Netherlands on penalties

The U.S. were pushed all the way by a game Dutch side, but Alyssa Naeher's penalty heroics helped send her side to the last four Survive and advance. That is the mantra in any knockout tournament and it was undoubtedly personified by the U.S. women’s national team on Friday. The USWNT battled through 120 minutes of their Olympic quarter-final against the Netherlands, managing to stay alive and take the game to penalties after a 2-2 draw. In the spot-kick period, Alyssa Naeher cemented her status as a USWNT goalkeeping legend by saving two penalties after she had already stopped a late penalty in regulation.
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Florida Cup: Iwobi Shines as Everton Beat Pumas UNAM

Everton have defeated Puma UNAM with a penalty-kick shootout in their Florida Cup clash at the Camping World Stadium. In the opening match, Everton got a first-half goal and that was enough to send Pumas home with a 1-0 loss. The goal came early in the match, with Moise Kean getting in behind in the 19th minute and hitting his shot at goalkeeper Julio Gonzalez. The keeper made the initial save but spilled it and left Kean with an easy tap-in to give the Toffees a 1-0 lead. Everton should have had a chance from the penalty spot later in the half. Kean again was the danger man, trying an acrobatic shot on the volley and hitting the obviously outstretched arm of Ricardo Galindo in the penalty area. The arm was straight up and not even close to being in a natural position and may have ...
Banda breaks Games record, scores another hat-trick for Zambia in China thriller
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Banda breaks Games record, scores another hat-trick for Zambia in China thriller

The Copper Queens were on their way to victory before they conceded a late penalty that made them share the points Zambia captain Barbra Banda broke an Olympic Games record after scoring her second hat-trick as the African nation drew 4-4 against China in a dramatic encounter at the Miyagi Stadium on Saturday. Banda's first hat-trick was scored in Zambia's opening game, the 3-10 defeat against the Netherlands on Wednesday, while China lost their opening fixture against Brazil. In Saturday's fixture, Wang Shuang scored all four of China's goals while the other goal for Zambia was scored by Rachael Kundananji.
I felt for Saka, not many players would dare do that – Mesut Ozil
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I felt for Saka, not many players would dare do that – Mesut Ozil

  Former Arsenal star, Mesut Ozil has said that he felt very much for Bukayo Saka after the winger missed a penalty in England’s Euro 2020 final defeat against Italy earlier this month. Ozil, a former club teammate with Saka, said that not many players would dare to do what the youngster did for England against Italy. Recall that Italy defeated England in a penalty shootout to win the Euro 2020 after Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho all missed their spot-kicks. The trio eventually suffered online racial abuses for not converting their penalties against Italy. Speaking on the development, Ozil, who now plays for Fenerbahce, said he sent messages to Saka to show his support to the 19-year-old after the incident. “I felt very much for Bukayo [Saka]. I know fro...
How Ronaldinho Paused Stamford Bridge – Ex-Chelsea star, Joe Cole
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How Ronaldinho Paused Stamford Bridge – Ex-Chelsea star, Joe Cole

  Former Chelsea star, Joe Cole, has revealed that Barcelona legend, Ronaldinho, literally paused Stamford Bridge by scoring a 27th-minute penalty against the Blues during the 2005 Champions League last-16 second-leg tie. Cole said this while revealing the best game he’s ever played during his career. According to him, Chelsea’s 2005 encounter with Barcelona was the game that had everything, including Ronaldinho smashing up a fridge in the tunnel. Recall that Barcelona had defeated Chelsea 2-1 at Camp Nou in the first leg, but the Blues won the Catalan club 4-2 at Stamford Bridge to qualify for the last-8 on 5-4 aggregate. “I have never experienced this…, but when Ronaldinho scored that goal, I have never seen a stadium… he like paused the stadium, it was unbelievab...

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