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Thierry Henry lands Coaching job
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Thierry Henry lands Coaching job

Former Arsenal captain, Thierry Henry, has agreed terms for a permanent role with Belgium’s coaching staff until after the 2022 World Cup. The country’s football federation confirmed this on Monday. Henry returned to the coaching staff in May, after working as an assistant coach for Belgium from 2016-2018. He was also with the team for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where the Red Devils reached the semi-finals. Belgium were eliminated by eventual champions Italy in the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 this summer. Henry retired from playing football in December 2014. His coaching career includes stints at Monaco and Major League Soccer team Montreal. Group E leader Belgium resumes its World Cup qualifying campaign in Estonia on Thursday.
Tokyo Olympics: Japan Eliminate D’Tigress to Qualify for Quarter-finals
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Tokyo Olympics: Japan Eliminate D’Tigress to Qualify for Quarter-finals

Japan have reached the quarter-finals in the women’s basketball, following a 102-83 win over Nigeria on Monday in the final pool play game. Saki Hayashi scored 23 points as the Asians outclassed the D’Tigress. Yuki Miyazwa added 19 points for the hosts, bringing it up to a total of 19 3-pointers in the game. Japan were up 30-22 after the first quarter, but Nigeria cut its deficit to 38-36 before Japan scored 13 straight points to take control. Japan led 51-38 at half time and didn’t take off their foot off the pedal in the second half as the West Africans failed to get back in the game. Nigeria (0-3) became the latest African country to not win a game in the Olympics. They were the last team from the continent to be victorious in the Ol...
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Djokovic Cruises Past Nishikori to Reach Tokyo Olympics Semi-finals

Novak Djokovic eased into the Tokyo Olympics men’s tennis semi-finals on Thursday with a straight-sets thrashing of Japanese hope Kei Nishikori. The world number one, chasing a calendar Golden Grand Slam, ended home interest in the tennis with a ruthless 6-2, 6-0 victory in only 70 minutes. Djokovic has never won the Olympic singles title, with a bronze medal in 2008 his best result at the Games, but will face either Alexander Zverev or Jeremy Chardy in the last four. The 34-year-old Serb, who has already captured the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles this season, was never in trouble against Nishikori, who made 16 unforced errors. The former world number four did save two match points in the final game, but Djokovic made no mistake on the next opportunity. ...
Roger Federer withdraws from Tokyo Olympics
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Roger Federer withdraws from Tokyo Olympics

Roger Federer announced on Tuesday he has withdrawn from the upcoming Tokyo Olympics after a “setback” in his recovery from a knee injury. The 20-time Grand Slam champion was knocked out of Wimbledon in the quarter-finals by Hubert Hurkacz last week. The 39-year-old Federer, who has never won an Olympic singles gold medal, underwent two surgeries on his right knee in 2020. “During the grass court season, I, unfortunately, experienced a setback with my knee, and have accepted that I must withdraw from the Tokyo Olympic Games,” Federer said in a statement on social media. The tennis competitions in Japan are set to start on July 24, the day after the opening ceremony. Federer, who turns 40 next month, pulled out of the French Open after reaching the fourth round, hoping to...
Cristiano Ronaldo awarded Euro 2020 Golden Boot as Italy are crowned champions
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Cristiano Ronaldo awarded Euro 2020 Golden Boot as Italy are crowned champions

  Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, has been awarded the Golden Boot for Euro 2020. The 36-year-old won it ahead of Czech striker, Patrick Schick, because he provided one assist. Italy won the trophy, defeating England 3-2 on penalties at Wembley. Ronaldo, who won the 2016 edition of the tournament, scored five times before their early exit to Belgium in the round of 16. Schick also recorded five goals before they were eliminated in the quarter-finals, but no assists. France striker, Karim Benzema, notched up four goals, leaving him in third place on minutes played. Emil Forsberg of Sweden and Belgium’s towering forward, Romelu Lukaku rounded off the top five with four strikes each.
AFC Announces single-leg Champions League ties from quarter-finals
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AFC Announces single-leg Champions League ties from quarter-finals

  The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Monday confirmed that Asian Champions League matches would be played in a single-leg format from the quarter-final stage, because of COVID-19. The quarter-finals and semi-finals would be played at centralised venues for the East and West regions. The AFC will also open the bidding process to countries in the West region for hosting the November 23 final. Knockout matches in the second-tier AFC Cup will be played as single-legged ties. “The AFC Executive Committee agreed that it was essential to minimise the travel frequency of the participating clubs, while underlining its continued commitment towards ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all players,” the AFC said in a statement. The confederation further said matches i...
Euro 2020: Zinchenko names England player Ukraine need to stop
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Euro 2020: Zinchenko names England player Ukraine need to stop

  Ukraine attacking midfielder, Oleksandr Zinchenko, has named Raheem Sterling as the England player his team needs to “stop” when both countries clash in the Euro 2020 last-8 Saturday in Rome. Ukraine and England booked their place in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals on Tuesday. Andriy Shevchenko’s side defeated Sweden 2-1 after 120 minutes, while the Three Lions won Germany 2-0. “It is really difficult to score against England, they are really well organised,” Zinchenko told reporters at his post-match press conference after Ukraine defeated Sweden. “They have a really good set of footballers and the substitute bench probably costs [the same] as three Ukrainian teams. “This should not be really scary for us, this should motivate us. We need to give ourselves the hi...
Former boxing champion, Derek Chisora shows off his £6,000 to win £36,000 bet on England winning Euro 2020
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Former boxing champion, Derek Chisora shows off his £6,000 to win £36,000 bet on England winning Euro 2020

Former Heavyweight boxing champion, Derek Chisora has shown off his massive bet after England beat Germany on Tuesday night, June 29, to reach the quarter finals of Euro 2020. The British boxer was so convinced that England will win the competition that he stayed a massive £6,000 bet to win a massive £36,000. Chisora, 37, showed off his bet slip and captioned it: "IT'S COMING HOME." Chisora has never been shy of putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to bets. He stuck £8,500 on Billy Joe Saunders, 31, upsetting the odds against Canelo Alvarez, 30, in May, which would have paid out £54,000.
Euro 2020: Mourinho predicts team to reach final
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Euro 2020: Mourinho predicts team to reach final

  Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has said he would be disappointed if England does not reach the final of Euro 2020. The Three Lions beat Germany 2-0 on Tuesday, to qualify for the quarter-finals. Goals in the second half from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane clinched a famous win at Wembley. It was England’s first win over Germany in a tournament knockout match since they won the World Cup in 1966. England will face Ukraine next and, if they progress, a semi-final meeting with Denmark or the Czech Republic awaits. “I watched the game that I was expecting to watch,” Mourinho told talkSPORT. “A big game, the duals were there. Both teams respect each other a lot but England, in my opinion, were very solid, very solid and in the right moment they were there. “They...
England end 55 Years of hurt to Knock Out Germany
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England end 55 Years of hurt to Knock Out Germany

After 55 years of hurt, England finally beat Germany again, with Raheem Sterling - their Euro 2020 hero - and Harry Kane sending them into the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over their great rivals. Sterling scored both England goals in the group phase and began and finished their slick second-half move to light up a previously tense, stodgy game and send the majority of the 45,000 fans inside Wembley wild with delight. Thomas Muller had a wonderful chance to level it up but when he shot wide, Kane put England in full control, shrugging off a difficult campaign so far, and a first half in which he was starved of the ball, to head in Jack Grealish's cross. Germany had gone seven games unbeaten at Wembley, not losing a competitive fixture at England's national stadium since the 1...
England vs Germany: Klopp Predicts Euro 2020 Match
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England vs Germany: Klopp Predicts Euro 2020 Match

  Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has expressed optimism about Germany’s chances of beating England to reach the Euro 2020 quarter-finals. Klopp said it “would be crazy to write off” his country Germany at the European Championships, despite their struggles against Hungary in their final Group F tie last week. Germany will on Tuesday evening tackle England in the Euro 2020 round of 16 tie at Wembley Stadium. When quizzed on Germany’s chances of reaching the quarter-finals, Klopp told BILD, “To write off Germany now, it would be crazy. “We played well against France, Portugal. We dominated like hardly any other opponent in recent years. “We struggled against Hungary, yes. But nothing more happened. Sometimes as a team, you need such a game. “And now we are goi...
Italy beat Austria in extra-time to reach quarter-finals
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Italy beat Austria in extra-time to reach quarter-finals

Federico Chiesa and Matteo Pessina struck in extra-time to send Italy into the Euro 2020 quarter-finals - but underdogs Austria gave the Azzurri a real scare during their 2-1 win at Wembley on Saturday night. The substitutes powered their shots home from tight angles in the 95th and 105th minutes of extra-time to put Italy in control, but Austrian replacement Sasa Kalajdzic (104) set up a nerve-jangling final six minutes, with the Italian supporters in the stadium gasping as Michael Gregoritsch shot just wide in the final moments. The performance was far from what had been expected of an Italy side which had impressed through the group phase, but they eventually extended their unbeaten streak to 31 games and can now look forward to a mouth-watering clash with either Belgium or Port...
Euro 2020: Rio Ferdinand predicts winner of England vs Germany
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Euro 2020: Rio Ferdinand predicts winner of England vs Germany

  Former defender, Rio Ferdinand has rated his country, England’s chances of progressing past Germany as both sides meet in the Euro 2020 last 16. Germany was about crashing out of the competition on Wednesday night as they trailed Hungary 2-1 until the final 10 minutes. Hungary midfielder, Andras Schafer scored just moments after Kai Havertz’s 66th-minute equaliser to make it 2-1 in Wednesday’s thrilling encounter in Munich. Adam Szalai had put Hungary ahead with a header in the 11th minute but second-half substitute Leon Goretza fired past Peter Gulacsi to level it up for Germany. Germany progressed as runners-up in the ‘group of death’ behind France and will face England at Wembley next Tuesday. And having watched Germany struggle against Hungary, Ferdinand ba...
Copa America: Three Countries Qualify for Quarter-finals
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Copa America: Three Countries Qualify for Quarter-finals

  A total of three countries have qualified for the quarter-final stage of the ongoing Copa America 2021. The countries are Brazil, Argentina and Chile. Argentina and Chile booked their places in the Copa America quarter-finals on Monday. Both countries top Group A with seven and five points respectively. Argentina defeated Paraguay 1-0, while Chile played 1-1 with Uruguay. With four matches left to play in Group A, Paraguay have three points, Uruguay one, and Bolivia zero, meaning they all still stand a theoretical chance to go through to the last eight. Meanwhile, Brazil have already qualified from Group B. The Seleção currently top the group with 6 points.
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...
2020/21 CAF Confederation Cup quarter-finals, semi-finals draw released [See full fixtures]
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2020/21 CAF Confederation Cup quarter-finals, semi-finals draw released [See full fixtures]

  The draw for this year’s CAF Confederation Cup quarter-finals and semi-finals draw has been released. The draw was conducted on Friday at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. CAF’s Director of Competitions, Samson Adamu, assisted by the Ivorian legend, Abdoulaye Traore, ran the draw process that revealed some thrilling encounters in the road to the final. The quarter-finals first leg will take place on 16 May 2021, and the second leg on 23 May 2021. Below are the draws in full: Quarter-final 1 (QF 1) – CS Sfaxien (Tunisia) vs JS Kabylie (Algeria). QF 2 – Orlando Pirates (South Africa) vs Raja Casablanca (Morocco). QF 3 – Pyramids FC (Egypt) vs Enyimba (Nigeria). QF 4 – Coton Sport (Cameroon) vs Jaraaf (Senegal). According to CAF, the Semifinals (1s...
2020/21 CAF Confederation Cup: All Teams that Qualified For Quarter-finals
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2020/21 CAF Confederation Cup: All Teams that Qualified For Quarter-finals

Following the conclusion of Group matches (Day 6 fixtures) in the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup on Wednesday, here is the list of qualifiers for the knockout stage/quarter-finals. Enyimba FC defeated Orlando Pirates of South Africa in Aba, thanks to Cyril Olisema’s late goal, while Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia won Salitas of Burkina Faso 2-1. From Group A: 1. Enyimba (Nigeria) 2. Orlando Pirates (South Africa) From Group B: 3. JS Kabylie of Algeria 4. Cotton Sport of Cameroon From Group C: 5. Jaaraf (Senegal) 6. CS Sfaxien (Tunisia) From Group D: 7. Raja Casablanca (Morocco) 8. Pyramids (Egypt) The first leg of the quarter-finals will take place on 16 May and the second leg on 23 May.
Rangers Exit Scottish Cup After Shock Defeat Vs St Johnstone
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Rangers Exit Scottish Cup After Shock Defeat Vs St Johnstone

Rangers’ hopes of clinching the league and Cup double ended on Sunday after they were stunned at home by St Johnstone on penalties in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup. Rangers looked to have won the match with just four minutes of extra time to play as James Tavernier headed in Joe Aribo’s cross. But St Johnstone’s keeper  Zander Clark equalised in stoppage time to force the game into spot-kicks, where they claimed a 4-2 victory. Rangers boss Steven Gerrard named five changes to his side – from the team which met the Saints on league action in midweek, in came Allan McGregor, Filip Helander, Aribo, Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos. After 90 minutes of football ended goalless, the game went into extra-time where Rangers scored with four minutes left to play. Lovely pla...
No Club has Left Yet – Super League Chairman, Perez insists
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No Club has Left Yet – Super League Chairman, Perez insists

Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, has insisted that no team has left the European Super League yet. In an interview with El Larguero, Perez made it clear that anyone who thinks the project is dead is “completely wrong”. Perez, who is also the president of the Super League, was speaking 24 hours after the controversial breakaway project collapsed. According to him, the 12 founding members have not left yet as they all signed a legally “binding contract”. He said: “I am a bit sad, disappointed. We have been working three years on this project, on fighting the current financial situation in Spanish football. It is easy to understand – you cannot touch La Liga, so you look for more money midweek. “The leagues are sacred. What we can change is the midweek games. The Ch...
Allegri tells Juventus Chief, Agnelli to Sell Cristiano Ronaldo
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Allegri tells Juventus Chief, Agnelli to Sell Cristiano Ronaldo

  Former Juventus boss, Max Allegri, told the club’s chief, Andrea Agnelli, to sell forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, before he departed from the Old Lady in 2019. Allegri was the manager of Juventus for five years, from 2014 to 2019. The 53-year-old won five Serie A titles in a row as well as four Coppa Italia trophies. The Italian worked with Ronaldo for a season, in 2018/2019, following his move from Real Madrid. According to Italian outlet, La Repubblica, in Allegri’s last meeting with Agnelli before his departure from Juventus, he encouraged the Turin club to sell Ronaldo as he was stalling the growth of the team. The report added that, in Allegri’s view, Ronaldo’s presence blocked the pathway for the club’s young players to progress into the first-team squad and ...
Solskjaer Laments as Man United Lose 3 top Players for Return leg against Granada
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Solskjaer Laments as Man United Lose 3 top Players for Return leg against Granada

  Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be without three of his key players for the return leg of their Europa League quarter-finals clash against Granada next week United won the first leg 2-0 in Spain with goals from Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes but Solskjaer noted that it was “not a perfect night” after three bookings ruled out three players through suspension. Manchester United look well set for a place in the semi-finals after goals in each half from Rashford and Fernandes secured a 2-0 victory against the Spanish side. However, defender, Harry Maguire, Scott McTominay and Luke Shaw will not be available for next week’s return game after they all picked up bookings. Speaking with BT Sport after the game, Solskjaer said he was happy with th...
Why I’m Scared of Checking my Phone – Arsenal’s Willian
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Why I’m Scared of Checking my Phone – Arsenal’s Willian

Arsenal forward, Willian has said that he is too scared to look at his phone at times for fear of racial abuse on social media. The Brazilian said this following the racial attacks on Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane.. The Liverpool stars were sent racist emojis on Instagram ahead of their Champions League quarter-finals first leg clash with the Real Madrid game on Tuesday. Willian is calling for the handlers of the social media platforms to take more responsibility for their output. “Does it frighten me to look at my phone? Yes, sometimes, to be honest,” Willian said, according to Express. “We are human. I want to understand who these people think they are to come to speak like that to us. “It really affects me when they talk about my fam...
‘It’s Like you have Personal Issue with Mane’ – Klopp Confronts Referee
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‘It’s Like you have Personal Issue with Mane’ – Klopp Confronts Referee

  Liverpool manager has revealed what he told the referee after Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals first leg in Spain on Tuesday. Klopp said he told the referee that he, referee Felix Brych treated Liverpool forward, Sadio Mane ‘unfairly’ and appeared to have a ‘personal’ problem with the Senegalese during the game. Klopp watched his side slip to a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid on Tuesday and Mane was booked for dissent in the first half after appearing to argue with the referee following Real Madrid’s second goal. Mane argued that he was fouled before Toni Kroos’s pass that led to Marco Asensio goal But Klopp felt Brych was ‘unfair’ towards Mane and told him after the game that he appeared to have a ‘personal’ issue with the Se...
Kovacic reacts as Pepe claims Chelsea are looking down on Porto
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Kovacic reacts as Pepe claims Chelsea are looking down on Porto

  Midfielder Mateo Kovacic has reacted to Portugal defender, Pepe’s claims that Chelsea celebrated drawing Porto in the Champions League quarter-finals. The Chelsea midfielder insisted that ‘it will not be easy’ for the Blues to defeat the Portuguese champions and reach this year’s semi-finals. Pepe anchored Porto’s defence when they sent Juventus out of the competition in the round of 16 and Chelsea with Kovacic in the midfield overcame Atletico Madrid to book their place in the quarter-finals. Rumours circulated last month that the Chelsea squad went into dancing on discovering that they were going to meet Porto in the quarter-finals. And ahead of their meeting on Wednesday veteran defender Pepe, insisted that Thomas Tuchel’s men celebrated the draw but warned the...
Danny Murphy predicts results for Chelsea, Man City, Bayern, Liverpool, others
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Danny Murphy predicts results for Chelsea, Man City, Bayern, Liverpool, others

  Former Liverpool star, Danny Murphy, has delivered his predictions for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. Real Madrid will host Liverpool on Tuesday night in the Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie in Spain, while Manchester City will face Borussia Dortmund. Reigning champions Bayern Munich will tackle Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, while Chelsea will face Porto. Providing his predictions, Murphy told The Mail on Sunday: “Real’s teamsheet used to strike fear into opponents but not anymore,” Murphy told The Mail on Sunday. “Injuries have prevented Eden Hazard from becoming another Galactico and their best players, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos, are all in their 30s. “In fact, Liverpool carry the greater firepower with Salah, Sadio ...
Liverpool vs Real Madrid: I’ve Put Sergio Ramos Behind me – Mohamed Salah
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Liverpool vs Real Madrid: I’ve Put Sergio Ramos Behind me – Mohamed Salah

Egyptian forward, Mohamed Salah has put his issues with veteran Spanish defender, Sergio Ramos behind him. Salah spoke ahead of Liverpool’s meeting with Real Madrid on April 6 in the Champions League quarter-finals. The Liverpool winger said he is no longer bothering himself about the shoulder dislocation he suffered after a clash with Ramos in the Champions League final in the 2018 final, which forced him to watch from the dressing room as his side lost 3-1 to the La Liga giants. The north African star said he has devoted himself to securing a better result against Real Madrid this time around. “That game is in the past, so I don’t think about [what happened with Ramos],” Salah told Marca. “I’m thinking about the team. Everyone is focused on their team and everyone want...
Man City vs Tottenham: Mourinho’s Men Lose Coin toss for Carabao Cup final
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Man City vs Tottenham: Mourinho’s Men Lose Coin toss for Carabao Cup final

  Tottenham Hotspur have lost a coin toss decider and will now wear their dark green away kit for next month’s Carabao Cup Final against Manchester City. The FA deemed that Spurs’ traditional white-and-blue home colours clashed with City’s sky blue shirts. A club statement read: “We can confirm that we shall play this season’s Carabao Cup Final in our away kit due to a colour clash with opponents Manchester City. “With our home Lilywhite and blue kit deemed to conflict with our opponents’ sky blue and white strip, we are required to wear alternative colours for the match, as determined by the traditional toss of a coin. “This will not be the first time we have worn our away kit in a Wembley Final – back in 1982 we memorably wore our change colours in our FA Cup Fina...
How Diego Maradona Practised ‘Hand of God’ Goal against England – Teammate, Valdano opens up
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How Diego Maradona Practised ‘Hand of God’ Goal against England – Teammate, Valdano opens up

  Diego Maradona’s former teammate, Jorge Valdano , has revealed how the Argentina football great practised his famous ‘Hand of God’ goal he scored against England at the 1986 World Cup on the training ground before the match. The late football icon captained the South American giants when they won the 1986 World Cup. Maradona helped Argentina to knock England out of the World Cup in the quarter-finals by punching the ball past Peter Shilton and into the net with his hand. Maradona died at the age of 60 in November last year Gary Lineker scored a consolation goal for the Three Lions in the 81st minute, with England losing the match 2-1. “He had worked on it in training. It wasn’t the first time,” Valdano said in “D10S” a book on Maradona. “When I took corners ...
World Cup qualifiers: Michael Owen Predicts England, Italy, Belgium, other Matches
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World Cup qualifiers: Michael Owen Predicts England, Italy, Belgium, other Matches

  Michael Owen, a former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward, has predicted some of this midweek’s World Cup qualifiers. Belgium will host Wales at the King Power at Den Dreef Stadion on Wednesday night, while England will tackle San Marino at Wembley Stadium on Thursday night. Italy will host Northern Ireland Scotland at Ennio Tardini in Parma on Thursday night, while Scotland will face Austria. Providing his predictions, Owen told BetVictor: “We must go back to 2016 when these two last met. Belgium ended Wales’ epic Euro 2016 run with a 3-1 win in the quarter-finals. “Since then, Belgium has stayed in and around the summit of the world rankings, and I get the feeling that if they are to win a trophy, it will come in the next couple of years. “Romelu Lukak...
Solskjaer Expresses Fear Over Iheanacho ahead of Leicester vs Man United
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Solskjaer Expresses Fear Over Iheanacho ahead of Leicester vs Man United

  Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified Nigerian international, Kelechi Iheanacho as one of the threats his side will face when Leicester City hosts the Red Devils in the quarterfinals of the Emirates FA Cup at the King Power Stadium on Sunday. Iheanacho has scored in three consecutive games going into the match including a hat-trick against Sheffield United last weekend. Apart from Iheanacho, the manager also named Jamie Vaddy, Ayoze Perez and Youri Tielemans among the players that must be stopped. “Of course, we drew in the league against them and we know we have to defend well against them,” Solskjaer said at the pre-match press conference. “They’ve got [Jamie] Vardy and [Kelechi] Iheanacho, with the form they’re showing, and they’ve got q...
Champions League Quarter-final: Zidane reacts to Real Madrid Facing Liverpool
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Champions League Quarter-final: Zidane reacts to Real Madrid Facing Liverpool

  Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has said his side will face a “demanding” game against Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-finals. Los Blancos welcome Liverpool to the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano for the first leg, before heading to Anfield for the second leg. In between those matches, they play Barcelona in the final El Clasico of the LaLiga season. But Zidane is refusing to take his eye off the ball in Europe, as he reacted to Friday’s quarter-final draw. “We know the difficulties at this level,” Zidane said. “It will be very demanding, especially physically.”
UEFA Champions League Draw: No All-english Tie, As Bayern Faces PSG
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UEFA Champions League Draw: No All-english Tie, As Bayern Faces PSG

Liverpool have been paired with Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, while Manchester City will take on Borussia Dortmund. Elsewhere, Chelsea must try and navigate a route past surprise package Porto and there will be a re-match between Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain – the two finalists from 2020. All contests at this stage of elite European competition are mouth-watering, but the draw for the last eight has thrown up some intriguing tussles. Liverpool and Real Madrid have plenty of history, with the Blancos emerging victorious against the Reds in the 2018 final as they conquered the continent for a 13th time, and will be expected to produce more fireworks when they lock horns. Manchester City remain in the hunt for a historic quadruple this s...
What i told Tottenham players before 3-0 defeat to Dinamo – Mourinho
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What i told Tottenham players before 3-0 defeat to Dinamo – Mourinho

  Tottenham boss, Jose Mourinho has said that his players ignored the instruction he gave them before their embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday. Having won the first leg 2-0 in London, the Premier League side suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat to minnows Dinamo Zagreb who knocked them out of the Europa League. The Portuguese gaffer claimed that his players ignored the tactical instructions he gave them before the kick off. Mislav Orsic scored a hat-trick for Dinamo to take the Croatian side through to the Europa League quarter-finals. “I believe that by surprise we were not caught,” said the former Chelsea boss after the game that left him frustrated. “Before the game I told the players to play to win. Play the game to be dominant “Don’t go i...
Europa League quarter-final: Arsenal, Man Utd, Ajax to discover their opponents
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Europa League quarter-final: Arsenal, Man Utd, Ajax to discover their opponents

  All is set for the Europa League quarter-final draw on Friday, March 19, 2021. The eight teams left in the competition are: Roma, Villarreal, Ajax, Arsenal, Manchester United, Dinamo Zagreb, Granada and Slavia Prague. The draw ceremony will be staged at the House of European Football in UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. It will kick off one hour after the Champions League quarter-final draw. There will be no country protection or seeding for Friday’s quarter-final and semi-final draws, so any team can face anybody else in the next two stages The first-leg matches will be played on Thursday April 8, 2021, while the second legs will take place Thursday April 15, 2021.
AC Milan vs Man Utd: Solskjaer confirms Cavani’s withdrawal from squad
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AC Milan vs Man Utd: Solskjaer confirms Cavani’s withdrawal from squad

  Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer , has confirmed that Edinson Cavani has withdrawn from the squad that will travel to Italy to take on AC Milan in the Europa League. Cavani was set to feature for the Red Devils in the second leg of the last-16 tie but has suffered a reaction to a recent injury. “Unfortunately, it looks like Edinson has got a bit of a reaction to training today and didn’t feel ready to travel,” Solskjaer said. The 34-year-old striker has been fighting to be fit in recent weeks and has already missed six of United’s last seven games. Solskjaer will be hoping that the attacking firepower at their disposal, can power them to the quarter-finals after the teams drew 1-1 at Old Trafford last week.
Thomas Tuchel Points Out where Chelsea must improve after 2-0 win over Atletico
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Thomas Tuchel Points Out where Chelsea must improve after 2-0 win over Atletico

  Thomas Tuchel has warned that his Chelsea side can still be more lethal in the final third after booking their place in the Champions League quarter-finals at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night. Chelsea recorded a comfortable win over Atletico Madrid, sealing a 3-0 aggregate through goals on the night from Hakim Ziyech and Emerson Palmieri. Chelsea’s goals came through fine counter attacking moves but the German tactician still sees that as an area where his side can improve going forward. The former PSG boss is eager to see his side grow more clinical in the latter stages of the competition “We need to improve in counter attacks, the first contact after we win the ball when we implement more forward thinking to exploit space,” Tuchel told a post-match press confe...
Champions League Quarter-final: All the clubs that Qualified
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Champions League Quarter-final: All the clubs that Qualified

  The line up for this year’s Champions League quarter-final is completed, following the two matches played on Wednesday night. Chelsea and Bayern Munich both progressed into the last eight. The Blues beat 10-man Atletico Madrid 2-0, thanks to goals from Hakim Ziyech and Emerson. They qualified on a 3-0 aggregate. Bayern defeated Lazio 2-1 at ‘home’, after winning 4-1 in the first leg. They both join Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City, FC Porto, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-final. The teams left will be paired together on Friday, March 19, when the draws are conducted.
Champions League: Owen Hargreaves Names only team that will stop Man City from Winning Quadruple
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Champions League: Owen Hargreaves Names only team that will stop Man City from Winning Quadruple

  Former England International, Owen Hargreaves has identified Bayern Munich as the only club that will stop Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City from winning the Champions League this season. According to him, City are well positioned to win the quadruple this season but Bayern Munich are the only side that can ‘stop them’. Man City saw a 21-match winning streak brought to a grinding halt by Manchester United earlier this month but they have bounced back with three straight wins. City beat Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday courtesy of goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan and are now in the last 8 of the Champions League. They are also in the final of the Carabao Cup, the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and are 14 points clear at the top of the Premier League. ...
Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: Rio Ferdinand predicts winner of Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge
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Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid: Rio Ferdinand predicts winner of Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge

  Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand has predicted the outcome of the Champions League last 16 second leg tie between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid. The former England International warned that the Spanish side are a team you “can’t ever write off completely” but insisted that the Blues will edge into the Champions League quarter-finals. The west London Blues have not tasted defeat since January when Thomas Tuchel took over from Frank Lampard and hold a 1-0 lead after Olivier Giroud’s spectacular winner in the first leg. They have also not conceded a single goal in their past five matches. Ferdinand believes that the solid defence will prove enough to see Chelsea into the quarter-finals of the competition. “Atletico, you can’t ever write them off comp...
Rio Ferdinand Lists two Players that will Help Liverpool win Champions League this Season
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Rio Ferdinand Lists two Players that will Help Liverpool win Champions League this Season

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has said that Liverpool cannot win the Champions League this season unless Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez return to the team. Both defenders have been kept out of football actions by long term injuries with Liverpool badly affected by their absence. The Reds qualified for the quarter-finals of the competition on Wednesday as they completed a routine victory over RB Leipzig on Wednesday night. Jurgen Klopp’s men defeated the Germans 2-0 in the first leg in Germany and repeated the scoreline at Anfield, strolling to a 4-0 aggregate victory. Former Liverpool striker, Michael Owen had suggested that the Reds could win the Champions League this season following their impressive performance during the game ...
I’ll Continue my Job Calmly – Pirlo Plays Down Sack Calls after Juve Loss
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I’ll Continue my Job Calmly – Pirlo Plays Down Sack Calls after Juve Loss

  Juventus boss, Andrea Pirlo has responded to the speculations that he might be sacked after a disappointing Champions League result on Tuesday night. The call for Pirlo’s sack grew in Italy on Tuesday after Juventus failed to take advantage of Porto being reduced to 10 men in the early minutes of the second half of the game. Porto had Mehdi Taremi sent off in the 54th minute after a second yellow card for kicking the ball away in frustration. Porto made it to the quarter-finals after a dramatic match that went to extra time. The Portuguese side opened scoring after 19 minutes with Sergio Oliveira firing in from the spot. Federico Chiesa equalised for the home side 4 minutes into the second half with a curling shot from a tight angle down the left flank. The ...
Guardiola Snubs Man City, Names Favourites to Win Trophy
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Guardiola Snubs Man City, Names Favourites to Win Trophy

  Manchester City Manager, Pep Guardiola, has named Bayern Munich as the favourites to win the Champions League ahead of them. Guardiola’s men are on course to progress into the quarter-finals, following their 2-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach, on Wednesday evening. Goals from Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus secured the win for City, who have now won their last 19 games in all competitions. But despite his side’s impressive form, Guardiola feels Bayern Munich, who hammered Lazio 4-1 in their last-16 first leg on Tuesday, are better placed to win the Champions League this term. He told BT Sport: “When I see Bayern Munich I don’t think we are favourites. My target is West Ham in three days.
Rio Ferdinand Names Man City’s Two Biggest Threats to Winning Champions League
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Rio Ferdinand Names Man City’s Two Biggest Threats to Winning Champions League

  Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has named Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, as the two biggest threats to Manchester City winning the Champions League this year. City beat Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 comfortably on Wednesday, in the first leg of their last-16 tie. Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus scored to wrap up a routine win for the Premier League leaders. Pep Guardiola’s men are now in a strong position to reach the quarter-finals with a home leg to come. Given City’s dominance in the Premier League, many are tipping them to finally go all the way in Europe’s premier competition. But Ferdinand thinks both PSG and Bayern can cause them issues in the later rounds. He said on BT Sport: “I think Bayern have got the experience and the ...
FA Cup: Solskjaer Reacts to Van de Beek’s Performance Against West Ham
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FA Cup: Solskjaer Reacts to Van de Beek’s Performance Against West Ham

  Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has defended Donny van de Beek’s performance after they struggled past West Ham to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals. Scott McTominay netted the winner in extra time after a drab affair at Old Trafford. Van de Beek, who arrived in a £35 million deal from Ajax in the summer, started in midfield with Bruno Fernandes benched. In the absence of their main creative outlets, United struggled to find a way through West Ham. But Solskjaer was satisfield with how Van de Beek performed. “I thought in the first half, we and Donny played really well,” Solskjaer told reporters. “We created spaces and he was part of that. He did his job neat and tidy, had a half chance. In the second half, the whole team fell off a little bit and...
Europa League Fixtures: Man Utd, Inter Milan in action as Quarter-finals Begin
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Europa League Fixtures: Man Utd, Inter Milan in action as Quarter-finals Begin

The Europa League quarter-finals kick off on Monday. This year, teams that have qualified for the last eight, will play in a mini-knockout tournament in Germany. Each team plays a one-legged tie instead of the regular two for a slot in the semi-final. On Monday, Inter Milan take on Bayer Leverkusen and Manchester United face FC Copenhagen. Wolverhampton Wanderers clas with Sevilla on Tuesday, while Basel play Shakhtar Donetsk. The semi-finals will be played on August 16 and 17. MONDAY, AUGUST 1020:00 Inter vs Bayer Leverkusen20:00 Manchester United vs FC Koebenhavn TUESDAY, AUGUST 1120:00 Shakhtar Donetsk vs Basel20:00 Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Sevilla

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