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He’s fundamental – Messi hails Argentina goalkeeper
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He’s fundamental – Messi hails Argentina goalkeeper

Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, has named Aston Villa shot-stopper, Emiliano Martinez, as ‘one of the best goalkeepers in the world’. The Paris Saint-Germain forward also described Martinez as ‘fundamental’, adding that he has established himself in the game. Messi said this following Martinez’s impressive display for Argentina in their 3-0 win over Uruguay in a World Cup qualifier in the earlier hours of Monday. Martinez made two stunning saves to keep out Atletico Madrid’s Luis Suarez in the first half before goals from Messi, Rodrigo De Paul and Lautaro Martinez gave Argentina the win over Uruguay. “Dibu [Emiliano] Martinez is fundamental,” said Messi, via TNT Sports. “When they come to him, he always responds. “He established himself in goal and we have one of the ...
Champions League: Joe Cole Predicts team that will win trophy
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Champions League: Joe Cole Predicts team that will win trophy

Ex-England midfielder, Joe Cole has tipped his former club, Chelsea to win the Champions League this season. Cole, speaking with SportsMail, also said he expects at least two Premier League clubs to reach the semi-finals of the competition. Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are flying England’s flag this year. “I would be stunned if we don’t get at least two teams in the semi-finals, possibly three and maybe even four. “I just think we are so much stronger than the other leagues,” Cole said. When asked which of the English teams could lift the trophy next May, he added: “It’s so hard. If you want me to make a prediction, then Chelsea (to win it). But that’s more out of loyalty. “Any of the four teams can beat anyone else and we’ve g...
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.
Italy’s Florenzi moves to Milan on loan from Roma
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Italy’s Florenzi moves to Milan on loan from Roma

Alessandro Florenzi has completed his move to AC Milan on a season-long loan from Roma, the seven-time European champions announced on Saturday. In a statement, Milan said that the 30-year-old “was joining the rossonero club until June 30, 2022”. Italian media put the cost of the loan deal at one million euros, with an option to make the move permanent after one year estimated at 4.5 million euros. Florenzi was part of the Italy squad which won Euro 2020 and has played 45 times for the Azzurri. He is embarking on his third straight loan after spending last term at Paris Saint-Germain and half of the previous campaign at Valencia. Milan are back in the Champions League this season for the first time since being knocked out in the round of 16 by Atletico Madrid in 2014...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Messi, Lewandowski, Kante – Top 7 contenders for award
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Messi, Lewandowski, Kante – Top 7 contenders for award

The conversations and debates surrounding this year’s Ballon d’Or award are beginning to gather steam with a few months left. Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, is the odds-on favourite to win the prize. If the 34-year-old takes it home, he will be winning it for a record-extending seventh time. His eternal rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, is also expected to make the cut as per usual, alongside Chelsea’s midfield duo of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho. But who are really the top contenders for this year’s award? 1. Lionel Messi: After scoring 33 goals and providing 13 assists in all competitions for Barcelona last season, Messi is widely expected to win the prize. The Argentina captain further helped his case by winning the Copa America with his country, after a 1-...
Tokyo Olympics: Blessing Oborududu loses final in wrestling, wins Nigeria’s first silver
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Tokyo Olympics: Blessing Oborududu loses final in wrestling, wins Nigeria’s first silver

  Blessing Oborududu lost the final of the 68kg women’s freestyle wrestling event 4-1 to America’s Tamyra Mensah-Stock on Tuesday. But she, however, won silver in the process, earning Nigeria her only second medal at this year’s Olympics. DAILY POST reports that Oborududu had on Monday defeated Battsetseg Soronzobold of Mongolia 7-2 to reach the final of the 68kg gold medal contest. The 32-year-old had defeated Azerbaijani’s Elis Manolova and Meerim Zhumanazarova of Kyrgyzstan to advance to her first Olympic semi-finals.
Spain to face Japan in Olympics semi-finals and Brazil paired with Mexico
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Spain to face Japan in Olympics semi-finals and Brazil paired with Mexico

La Roja beat Ivory Coast in extra time to ensure they progress to the final four, while Mexico trounced South Korea to set up a tie with Brazil Tournament hosts Japan will meet Spain in the Olynpics semi-finals. Japan beat New Zealand on penalties on Saturday to secure a place in the final four. The two sides played out a goalless 120 minutes at the Kashima Soccer Stadium to take the tie into a shootout, with Japan coming out 4-2 winners.
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.
Tokyo Olympics: Zverev ends Djokovic’s Golden Slam hopes with Comeback win
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Tokyo Olympics: Zverev ends Djokovic’s Golden Slam hopes with Comeback win

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a calendar Golden Grand Slam was dramatically ended by Alexander Zverev in the Olympics men’s singles semi-finals on Friday. The world number one collapsed from a set and a break ahead as German fourth seed Zverev won 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 to set up a Sunday final against Russian Karen Khachanov. The 34-year-old Djokovic has never won the Olympic singles title. The Serbian star had already captured the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon trophies this year and needed Olympic gold and the US Open crown to emulate Steffi Graf, who achieved the feat in 1988, by winning the Golden Slam. But his attempt to make history came to a close as Zverev powered 30 winners past the usually impregnable Djokovic in a stunning display. It was yet more heartbreak ...
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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. ...
Pliskova to face Barty in Wimbledon final
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Pliskova to face Barty in Wimbledon final

Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic will play Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in Saturday’s Wimbledon final after both players reached the championship match for the first time on Thursday. Pliskova had never been beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon but showed great resilience in coming from behind to beat second seed Aryna Sabalenka 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. It was a rare feat by Pliskova as in the previous 33 semi-finals only two players had reached the final after losing the first set. For the 29-year-old eighth seed it is her second Grand Slam final — she lost the 2016 US Open — and she is the first Czech finalist since Petra Kvitova won her second title in 2014. “It sounds amazing to be in the final as I never got past the fourth round here before,” said Pliskova who squandered a...
Absolutely incomprehensible’ – Sterling penalty award in Euro 2020 semi-final baffles former FIFA referee Meier
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Absolutely incomprehensible’ – Sterling penalty award in Euro 2020 semi-final baffles former FIFA referee Meier

The Three Lions edged past Denmark in the semi-finals courtesy of an effort from Harry Kane that came following a controversial spot-kick Former FIFA referee Urs Meier has been left baffled by the penalty that allowed England to edge past Denmark in the semi-finals of Euro 2020, with Raheem Sterling considered to have been "looking for contact" in an "absolutely incomprehensible" call. The Three Lions benefitted from the controversial decision during extra-time of the last-four encounter at Wembley, with Harry Kane to stepping up to the spot. The England captain saw his initial effort saved before turning home the rebound. That chance had come about after Sterling took a tumble under pressure from Joakim Maehle, with match referee Danny Makkelie deciding he had been tripped and ...
Euro 2020: Denmark captain Kjaer sorry as ‘Fantastic adventure’ ends
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Euro 2020: Denmark captain Kjaer sorry as ‘Fantastic adventure’ ends

Denmark captain Simon Kjaer said he was disappointed their unforgettable Euro 2020 run came to a halt in the semi-finals following Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to England. “It’s been a fantastic adventure. I’m sorry that it’s now finished but that’s how it is,” Kjaer told Danish public television station DR1. “The support we’ve received goes beyond anything we hoped for. I’m proud but I’m also disappointed that we’re not going all the way to the final.” Denmark took the lead at Wembley through a brilliant free-kick from Mikkel Damsgaard, but Kjaer scored an own goal before Harry Kane hit the winner in extra time. “We played very well in this match. If we had been a bit sharper at certain points in the first half we could have scored another goal,” said Kjaer. The loss marked the...
It’s not been an easy road’ – Sterling feels he has faced ‘unfair flak’ with England
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It’s not been an easy road’ – Sterling feels he has faced ‘unfair flak’ with England

Raheem Sterling admits it has "not been an easy road for him" as an England international, with the Manchester City forward of the opinion that he has received a lot of "unfair flak". The 26-year-old, who made his Three Lions bow back in 2012, is in the process of silencing his doubters again at Euro 2020 - with three goals recorded en route to the semi-finals. Opinion has started to turn this summer on an international stage, but it has been a long road to this point for Sterling as he has often become a scapegoat for those looking to pick the pieces out of England failings
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: Andriy Shevchenko names Country to Reach finals
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Euro 2020: Andriy Shevchenko names Country to Reach finals

  Ukraine coach, Andriy Shevchenko, has backed England to reach the Euro 2020 final. Shevchenko said this following Ukraine’s Euro 2020 quarter-final 4-0 defeat England on Saturday night. England will play Denmark in the European championship semi-final on June 7. “I think that England played very pragmatically today,” Shevchenko said at his post-match press conference. “They used their strong flanks, they used our mistakes and they played very well, at a top-level. “But the English team is really strong – individually and as a team – and they have a great coach. They reached the semi-finals and I can see that this team can play in the final.”
‘Every day’s a new step’ – Alexander-Arnold gives fitness update on injury which ruled him out of Euro 2020
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‘Every day’s a new step’ – Alexander-Arnold gives fitness update on injury which ruled him out of Euro 2020

The Liverpool wing-back, originally named in Gareth Southgate's squad, was forced out after he picked up a thigh injury against Austria Trent Alexander-Arnold has described each day as "a new step" as he continues to recover from the thigh injury that kept him out of Euro 2020. The Liverpool wing-back was originally named in Gareth Southgate's England squad for the rearranged tournament, but was injured in the Three Lions' warm-up friendly against Austria, forcing his withdrawal from the 26-man party. Brighton's Ben White took his place in the team, which has since reached the semi-finals, but back home their missing star says he is well on the road to recovery.
Denmark Edge into the Semi-finals
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Denmark Edge into the Semi-finals

Denmark's emotionally charged journey at Euro 2020 will continue into the semi-finals after a 2-1 win over the Czech Republic in Baku. First-half goals from Thomas Delaney (5) and Kasper Dolberg (42) put Kasper Hjulmand's side in command and while Patrik Schick (49) pulled one goal back there was no late equaliser. The result sets up a Wembley date with England or Ukraine for a Denmark team that lost their first two matches but have now scored 10 times in winning their last three. How Denmark won it The breakthrough came in the fifth minute when Jens Stryger Larsen's outswinging corner from the right found Delaney unmarked in the middle of the penalty box. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder did not even have to jump as he calmly directed the header beyond the right hand of goa...
Spain beat 10-man Swiss on pens to reach Euros semis
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Spain beat 10-man Swiss on pens to reach Euros semis

Mikel Oyarzabal was Spain's penalty shootout hero, as his winning spot-kick finally dumped out brave 10-man Switzerland in St Petersburg and sent his side into the Euro 2020 semi-finals, where they'll meet either Belgium or Italy next Tuesday. Switzerland had beaten tournament favourites France in a shootout in the last round but there were misses galore as they were undone 3-1 on spot-kicks this time, after holding Spain to a 1-1 draw through extra-time, following Remo Freuler's harsh red card on 77 minutes. Spain had got off to a flying start to the match when a big deflection off Denis Zakaria took Jordi Alba's shot past Yann Sommer but, despite losing key man Breel Embolo early on, Switzerland battled back and capitalised on another defensive howler from Luis Enrique's side w...
UEFA Clears air on Moving Euro 2020 semi-final, final from Wembley
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UEFA Clears air on Moving Euro 2020 semi-final, final from Wembley

  UEFA has insisted it has no plans to replace Wembley as the stadium that will host the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020. This comes after Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, called for the matches to be moved from the UK due to rising COVID-19 cases. There have also been rumours that UEFA could opt for Budapest, the capital of Hungary, if the UK government refuses to allow quarantine exemptions for visiting supporters and UEFA guests to attend the games. However, a UEFA spokesman said on Tuesday: “UEFA, the English FA and the English authorities are working closely together successfully to stage the semifinals and final of EURO in Wembley and there are no plans to change the venue for those games.” Wembley is scheduled to host the semi-finals on July 6 and 7 b...
Wydad Casablanca’s Benzarti wary of different Kaizer Chiefs in Caf Champions League semi-finals
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Wydad Casablanca’s Benzarti wary of different Kaizer Chiefs in Caf Champions League semi-finals

The veteran Tunisian coach is wary of viewing the Soweto giants as pushovers ahead of Saturday’s encounter Wydad Casablanca coach Faouzi Benzarti has emphasised on the “need to be at our best” as he readies for a match different from when they met Kaizer Chiefs in the Champions League group stage. Chiefs and Wydad clash in the Champions League semi-finals, first leg at Stade Mohamed V in what would be the two sides’ third clash this season. After the Moroccans beat Chiefs 4-0 in Ouagadougou in February, Amakhosi earned a 1-0 win at FNB Stadium.
Fabio Coentrao: Portugal star, friend of Ronaldo but Real Madrid’s ‘ugly duckling’
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Fabio Coentrao: Portugal star, friend of Ronaldo but Real Madrid’s ‘ugly duckling’

The versatile left-back formed a formidable partnership with the Seleccao superstar at Euro 2012 but he was never truly accepted at the Bernabeu At Euro 2012, the finest footballing double-act of the tournament could be found marauding down Portugal's left flank. By that time, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo had established himself as the superstar we know today, but backing him up was his club-mate and good friend Fabio Coentrao. Ronaldo may have played every minute of the Seleccao's run to the semi-finals and was named in the team of the tournament but Euro 2012 will hardly go down in history as one of his very best campaigns.
Sterling gives England perfect start to Euro 2020
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Sterling gives England perfect start to Euro 2020

Raheem Sterling's second-half strike got England off to a winning start at Euro 2020, as they beat Croatia 1-0 in sweltering conditions at Wembley. There had been debate about the forward's starting role under boss Gareth Southgate but, despite some patchy goal-scoring form for Manchester City this past season, he has been a key figure for England and the local lad sent them top of Group D with his 13th international goal in his last 17 games. In front of 22,500 fans, Sterling slotted in after excellent build-up play from Kalvin Phillips on an afternoon when Southgate's selections paid off and England earned some measure of revenge on the side who knocked them out of the World Cup semi-finals three years ago. Phil Foden struck the post early on as England...
Euro 2020: Rio Ferdinand Predicts Golden Boot winner
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Euro 2020: Rio Ferdinand Predicts Golden Boot winner

  Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has predicted the player that will finish the European Championship as top scorer. Ferdinand feels Harry Kane will win the Golden Boot, depending on how far England progresses in the tournament. If the Three Lions fail to reach the last four, he has picked Kylian Mbappe or Karim Benzema both from France, to claim it. “If England gets to the semi-finals I think Harry Kane will be the top goalscorer of the tournament,” he said. “If they don’t get to the semi-finals I think Mbappe. “Outside bet Benzema – what a fairytale that would be.”
Why Super Eagles Cannot play in World Cup semi-final – Rohr
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Why Super Eagles Cannot play in World Cup semi-final – Rohr

  Head Coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has admitted that he is not convinced of his players’ abilities to reach the semi-finals of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. According to Rohr, most of his squad members do not play for the top clubs in Europe, like their African counterparts. “They (other African countries) have players playing in the best teams in Europe, we don’t. “Our players are playing in lower clubs. We don’t have these players like Egypt, like Senegal, like Ivory Coast who are playing in the biggest clubs. Our players are playing in clubs who are not the best ones. “Only Samuel Chukwueze won the Europa League with Villarreal. All others are fighting to stay in the league or are fighting to be starting players. “When you see the world champions, Fran...
Champions League final: Prize Money for Chelsea, Man City Revealed
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Champions League final: Prize Money for Chelsea, Man City Revealed

  UEFA will pay Chelsea £16.4million for winning this year’s Champions League ahead of Manchester City. The European top football governing body will also pay Man City £12.9million for losing the Champions League final to Chelsea, Express UK reports. Chelsea defeated Man City 1-0 in the Champions League final on Saturday night in Porto. Kai Havertz scored the only goal of the match for Thomas Tuchel’s side. Below is the full prize money’s breakdown for the 2020/21 Champions League Winner: £16.4m Runner-up: £12.9m Semi-finals: £10.3m Quarter-finals: £9m Last 16: £8.2m Group stage wins: £2.3m Group stage draws: £770,000 Group stage: £13.2m. Bayern Munich won the Champions League trophy last year after beating PSG 1-0 in the final....
UCL final: Manchester City to beat Chelsea 2-0 – Michael Owen
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UCL final: Manchester City to beat Chelsea 2-0 – Michael Owen

  Former Liverpool and England star, Michael Owen has predicted victory for Manchester City when they clash with Premier League rivals Chelsea in the final of the Champions League on Saturday. Manchester City and Chelsea will lock horns in Porto in the finale of this season’s Champions League. While Pep Guardiola’s City are looking forward for a first Champions League win, Chelsea are hoping to lift a second having won the trophy back in 2012, defeating Bayern Munich. Man City are the favourites on papers going into the crunch encounter but Chelsea have beaten City twice in the past six weeks under Thomas Tuchel. But Owen, the former Real Madrid and Manchester United striker, believes Pep Guardiola’s side will get their revenge this time and become the sixth English...
UEL Final: Emery Gives Credit to Arsenal after Villarreal’s win over Man United
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UEL Final: Emery Gives Credit to Arsenal after Villarreal’s win over Man United

  Villarreal boss, Emery has credited Arsenal for being part of his journey to winning the Europa League this season. Villarreal defeated Manchester United in a penalty shootout in Gdansk on Wednesday evening to win Europe’s second most prestigious club competition. The victory was the fourth for Emery and the first major trophy in Villarreal’s history. Emery defeated his former club, Arsenal in the semi-finals to set up a final with another English side, Manchester United. During his time as Arsenal boss, the Spaniard led the Gunners to another Europa League final but his side were beaten by Chelsea. He was sacked six months after the defeat in that final but the former Sevilla boss believes that setback at Arsenal has helped him develop as a coach. “I believ...
James Balagizi: Liverpool wonderkid who left Man City behind
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James Balagizi: Liverpool wonderkid who left Man City behind

The 17-year-old has starred for the Reds in their run to the FA Youth Cup semi-finals, with his displays likely to have caught Jurgen Klopp's eye He may have grown up in the shadow of the Etihad Stadium, but James Balagizi’s eyes are firmly fixed on a career at Anfield. And Liverpool’s loss could well be Manchester City’s gain, in that regard. At 17, the gifted attacking midfielder already has plenty going for him. Tall and strong, creative and classy, hopes are growing that the Reds may have found another player capable of following the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Curtis Jones from the academy into Jurgen Klopp’s first-team setup.
Marquinhos Hits Out at PSG Display as Ligue 1 Title Slips away
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Marquinhos Hits Out at PSG Display as Ligue 1 Title Slips away

Neymar was on target the day after signing his contract extension but Paris Saint-Germain were held to a 1-1 draw at Rennes on Sunday that leaves Lille a step closer to a remarkable Ligue 1 title triumph. PSG led at half-time after Neymar converted a controversial penalty award, but they were pegged back in the second half as Serhou Guirassy headed in the equaliser. Presnel Kimpembe was later sent off for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who could not get back to winning ways on their return to domestic action following their Champions League semi-final exit against Manchester City. PSG are now three points adrift of Ligue 1 leaders Lille, who know they will be champions for the first time since 2011 by taking four points from their remaining two matches of the season. The Paris...
Emir Cup: Al Duhail SC keen to appease fans with win against Al Rayyan – Olunga
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Emir Cup: Al Duhail SC keen to appease fans with win against Al Rayyan – Olunga

  The towering Harambee Star insist they have moved on after their exit from the Champions League and are focused to win the cup Kenya striker Michael Olunga has revealed they have moved on from their exit from the AFC Champions League and are now focused to do well in the Emir Cup where they face Al Rayyan in the semi-finals on Monday. The Qatari giants are reeling from their exit in the Champions League competition held in Saudi Arabia and according to the striker, who was the team’s top scorer in the competition with nine goals, they have already shifted their focus to cup competitions and will strive to appease their fans with a good display.    
Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Lukaku, Hazard, Courtois Plotting Tuchel’s Downfall in UCL
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Chelsea vs Real Madrid: Lukaku, Hazard, Courtois Plotting Tuchel’s Downfall in UCL

  Inter Milan striker, Romelu Lukaku, has revealed he has been plotting with former Chelsea teammates Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, on how to eliminate their old club on Wednesday. Lukaku, who won the Serie A title last weekend, has been speaking with his compatriots ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge. With the tie finely poised after a 1-1 draw in Spain, both sides are just 90 minutes away from booking their spot in the final at Istanbul showpiece. And Lukaku is showing no loyalty to his former employers. Ahead of the game, Lukaku said Hazard “knows what he wants to do” in order to beat the Blues. Lukaku said: “I have spoken with Courtois and I will speak with Eden tomorrow. “I know what Eden wants to do I hop...
Kai Havertz Names Top Player in Chelsea Team after 2-0 win Over Fulham
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Kai Havertz Names Top Player in Chelsea Team after 2-0 win Over Fulham

  Chelsea forward, Kai Havertz has identified teammate, Mason Mount as a ‘top player’ after starring in their Premier League victory over Fulham. Havertz and Mount combined brilliantly in the first half to give Thomas Tuchel’s side an early lead at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Before the game yesterday, Havertz had only scored two league goals for Chelsea but doubled his tally for the season in the 2-0 win. After the game, the Germany international was asked about Mount and the 21-year-old said, “He has a lot of quality on the ball. He’s a very good player. “He’s my age so I played against him four or five years ago for the national team, so I always knew about his quality. It’s good to play with him. “I think he’s a top guy and a top player so it’s easy to play ...
He knows women’s football!’ – Chelsea women’s manager Hayes excited about ‘open-minded’ Tuchel
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He knows women’s football!’ – Chelsea women’s manager Hayes excited about ‘open-minded’ Tuchel

The two coaches have guided their sides to the semi-finals of the men's and women's Champions League competitions and could create history together Chelsea women’s manager Emma Hayes has lauded the knowledge of men’s head coach Thomas Tuchel on the women’s game, following conversations between the two coaches. Tuchel was appointed by Chelsea back in January after the departure of Frank Lampard. He has since guided the team to the semi-finals of the Champions League and the final of the FA Cup. It’s a good time to be a fan of the club – with Hayes’ side top of the Women’s Super League table and also in the last four in Europe, having picked up the Continental Cup earlier this season. Speaking to the media this week ahead of her side’s second leg with Bayern Munich on Sunday, Hayes ...
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...
Europa League: Owen Predicts Man United vs Roma, Villarreal vs Arsenal
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Europa League: Owen Predicts Man United vs Roma, Villarreal vs Arsenal

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

Kevin De Bruyne has revealed what Pep Guardiola said at half-time that led to Manchester City’s 2-1 comeback win against PSG, in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-finals first-leg. Maquinhos put PSG ahead in the first before De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez scored to secure the win. And De Bruyne confirmed that Guardiola’s half-time message was about calming down. “Just play a little bit more with the ball,” he told BT. “The first half, we were a bit too rushed, trying to go forward too quickly and that’s not the way we are set up as a team. In the second half we tried to find space more patiently. “They’re a tough team to play against. The progression we made as a team was good. “There is still a game to go and we have to concentrate on that.” City will hope to complete...
Iheanacho Named In Emirates FA Cup Team Of The Semi-Finals
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Iheanacho Named In Emirates FA Cup Team Of The Semi-Finals

Kelechi Iheanacho has been named in the Emirates FA Cup Team of the Semi-finals that is dominated by Chelsea players. The best team of the last four was unveiled on the verified Twitter handle of the Emirates FA Cup. Iheanacho who has been in red-hot form was the hero for Leicester City as he netted the goal, which saw them beat Southampton 1-0 and seal a first FA Cup final appearance since 1969. He leads a three-man forward line in the Team of the Semi-final which is in a 4-1-2-3 formation. He will hope to take his superb form into the final when Leicester face Chelsea next month. On Monday, he continued his impressive scoring form as he bagged the winner in Leicester’s 2-1 home win against Crystal Palace on Monday. The goal means he now has 10 goals in the Premier L...
Real Madrid vs Chelsea: Zidane Announces Squad for Champions League tie in Spain
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Real Madrid vs Chelsea: Zidane Announces Squad for Champions League tie in Spain

  Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has named a 22-man squad to tackle Chelsea in the Champions League semi-final first-leg tie at the Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium in Spain on Tuesday night. Zidane announced the squad in a post on Real Madrid’s official website on Monday. Zidane’s men had eliminated Liverpool from the Champions League quarter-final stages, while Chelsea knocked Porto out of the competition. Real Madrid head to the game after playing a 0-0 draw with Real Betis in the LaLiga over the weekend, while Chelsea defeated West Ham United 1-0 in the Premier League. Below is Real Madrid’s squad against Chelsea; Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin and Altube. Defenders: Carvajal, E. Militão, R. Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Odriozola and Miguel. Midfielders: Kroo...
Tuchel Fears Eden Hazard’s Return to Pitch ahead of Chelsea, Real Madrid game
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Tuchel Fears Eden Hazard’s Return to Pitch ahead of Chelsea, Real Madrid game

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel says he has discussed with his players, the possibility of Eden Hazard appearing in their next match with Real Madrid. Tuchel said the Belgium international is still a serious threat despite his struggles for Real Madrid. Chelsea travels to Spain for the first leg of the semi-final Champions League clash on Tuesday and Hazard, firmer Blues talisman and record sale, is back from injury. Hazard has struggled since leaving West London, managing just one goal in all competitions last season and only three goals this campaign due to injuries and poor form. Tuchel is in no doubt about the danger the Belgian captain poses and reveals that he has spoken to his players about him. Asked if he has discussed Hazard with Chelsea stars and whet...
Nagelsmann Agrees to Become new Bayern Munich Manager, Leipzig Demands €25m
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Nagelsmann Agrees to Become new Bayern Munich Manager, Leipzig Demands €25m

  Julian Nagelsmann has reached an agreement with Bayern Munich, but RB Leipzig is demanding a world-record fee for their manager, according to Sky in Germany. Bayern made contact with their rivals on Sunday and agreed on terms with the 33-year-old. The clubs must now agree to a fee, with Leipzig demanding €25m. Nagelsmann had been linked with Tottenham Hotspur, but his preference has always been to remain in the Bundesliga. Widely regarded as one of the best young coaches in the world, he led Leipzig to last season’s Champions League semi-finals. The club is on course to finish second behind Bayern in the league this campaign. Nagelsmann will replace Hansi Flick, who asked Bayern to terminate his contract at the end of the season, after several disagreements wit...
Champions League: UEFA Names Four big Clubs that Could be Banned
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Champions League: UEFA Names Four big Clubs that Could be Banned

  UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin, has threatened to ban the Spanish and Italian teams still adamant about the European Super League from the Champions League. Although plans for the Super League fell apart this week, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and AC Milan have still not left the project. “It’s crystal clear that the clubs will have to decide if they are Super League or they are a European club,” Ceferin said in a telephone interview with the AP. “If they say we are a Super League, then they don’t play Champions League, of course … and if they are ready to do that, they can play in their own competition.” Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who was to chair the Super League, continues to defy Ceferin by vowing to keep working on reviving the Super Leag...
PSG to win UCL as UEFA may kick out Chelsea, Real Madrid, Man City this Friday
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PSG to win UCL as UEFA may kick out Chelsea, Real Madrid, Man City this Friday

  A member of UEFA’s executive committee, Jesper Moller, has revealed that the European football governing body will ban Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester City from the Champions League semi-finals this Friday. This means that Paris Saint-Germain would be crowned champions for this season. Real Madrid were billed to take on Chelsea, while Manchester City tackle PSG in the semi-finals later this month. But due to their involvement in the new European Super League, the clubs may start facing the consequences of their decision sooner. Moller, the Danish FA chairman, told Danish outlet DR Sport that the members of the breakaway group who remain in this season’s Champions League will be removed from the competition. “[Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea] are go...
Thomas Tuchel reacts to sack of Mourinho by Tottenham
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Thomas Tuchel reacts to sack of Mourinho by Tottenham

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has reacted to Tottenham’s decision to sack Jose Mourinho as their manager. Tuchel said he was ‘surprised by the decision to sack Mourinho and says he “did not see it coming.” Mourinho was relieved of his job on Monday with the club seventh in the Premier League having endured a difficult season all along. The north London side faces Manchester City in the EFL Cup final on Sunday. “More or less I’m always a bit surprised when it happens [a managerial sack],” Tuchel told the press when asked about Mourinho’s departure. “We’re all competitors and we all try to beat each other but in the end, we wish every manager has a good atmosphere and is in a good state and place to work. “It never feels good as another manager when someone is sacked but ...
LaLiga: Depleted Real Madrid stumble in title race
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LaLiga: Depleted Real Madrid stumble in title race

  A heavily depleted Real Madrid side were held to a 0-0 draw at Getafe on Sunday. The result saw Zinedine Zidane’s men fall three points behind leaders Atletico Madrid. Real defeated Barcelona 2-1 last week and saw off Liverpool in midweek to reach the Champions League semi-finals. However, they were without nine players due to either injury, suspension or COVID-19 positives. Mariano had an early goal chalked off for offside after a VAR review, but Getafe had far more and far better chances. The draw interrupted a run of four straight league victories for Real Madrid. Los Blancos now sit in second place with 67 points after 31 games, three behind leaders Atletico who thrashed Eibar 5-0 earlier in the day.
UCL Semi-finals: Zidane to Unleash Eden Hazard on Chelsea
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UCL Semi-finals: Zidane to Unleash Eden Hazard on Chelsea

  Eden Hazard is now ready to face his former club, Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals. Hazard left Chelsea for Real Madrid in 2019 for a fee of around £100m after seven trophy-laden years at Stamford Bridge. However, the Belgium International has struggled with injuries and form since moving to the Spanish capital, making only 14 appearances in all competitions this season. The La Liga giants will face Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals after overcoming another Premier League side, Liverpool, 3-1 on aggregate in the quarter-final with Thomas Tuchel’s seeing off FC Porto to reach the stage first time in seven years. Zidane said that Hazard is now back and ready, starting with Real Madrid’s clash against Getafe tonight. “He is feeling very better...
FA Cup: Alan Shearer, Ashley Cole name Chelsea player who made Man City struggle
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FA Cup: Alan Shearer, Ashley Cole name Chelsea player who made Man City struggle

  Alan Shearer and Ashley Cole have hailed Timo Werner’s performance, in Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals. Werner caused City problems with his runs in behind and laid on the match-winning assist for Hakim Ziyech in the second half. The German international has come under much criticism for his struggles in front of goal, but former Newcastle striker Shearer was hugely impressed by his efforts. “It was a brilliant run from Werner and Ziyech just has to put it in the back of the net,” Shearer told the BBC. “We said about Werner before the game, we highlighted some of the sitters he’s missed this season but that’s why he was in the team today. “That’s why he was asked to play on the last defender to run in behind because he knew City...
UEL: Unai Emery Reacts to Semi-finals Clash with Arsenal, Discloses how he’ll Beat Gunners
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UEL: Unai Emery Reacts to Semi-finals Clash with Arsenal, Discloses how he’ll Beat Gunners

Unai Emery has said that his history with Arsenal is ‘less important’ than the challenge of leading Villarreal to their first ever European competition final as both sides face each other in the Europa League semi-finals. The Spaniard also revealed how his team intends to beat Arsenal and progress to the final. Emery, a former Arsenal boss, will come up against his old side in the Europa League semi-finals as Villarreal secured a 3-1 aggregate win over Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday. Villarreal have made it to the semi-finals four times failing to progress any further on each of those occasions. Emery was the manager that replaced legendary Arsene Wenger in north London in 2018 and led them to the Europa League final in his first season in charge. He was, however, sacked just...
UCL: Stuart Pearce Predicts Teams to Win Champions League Semi-finals
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UCL: Stuart Pearce Predicts Teams to Win Champions League Semi-finals

  Former England defender, Stuart Pearce has tipped Chelsea to beat Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League. He also predicted an all-English final. Chelsea face Real Madrid in one of the semi-finals, while Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain will battle for a place in the final. Pearce described Thomas Tuchel’s side as a team to beat at the moment as they are set to face Spanish side. Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 on aggregate in the quarter-final to book their place in the final four. Chelsea got past Porto 2-1 on aggregate on Tuesday night as they continue to thrive under Thomas Tuchel. Tuchel’s side will also face Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday in what could be a precursor to an all-English Champions League final. “W...
UCL: Guardiola Hints at Winning Quadruple this year after Man City’s 2-1 Win Over Dortmund
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UCL: Guardiola Hints at Winning Quadruple this year after Man City’s 2-1 Win Over Dortmund

  Pep Guardiola has hinted that his Manchester City side may win the quadruple this season. After several attempts, the Spaniard finally guided Manchester City to the semi-finals of the Champions League on Wednesday. Guardiola’s City side saw off Borussia Dortmund 4-2 on aggregate to book a meeting with Paris Saint-Germain in the last four. Riyad Mahrez scored from the spot kick to cancel out 17-year-old Jude Bellingham’s opener for the host but Phil Foden put the game beyond the Bundesliga side with a screamer. “We need three wins to win the Premier League, we are in the semi-finals of the Champions League, we are in semi-finals of the FA Cup and the final of Carabao Cup. It is incredible what we have done,” Guardiola told BT Sport. City have faced some big disa...

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