Berry Tramel wrote a nice post today about why it’s important for the Big 12 for OSU to beat Ole Miss in the Sugar Bowl (mostly because the SEC has owned the Big 12 in the last decade). He quoted Kevin Peterson who seems, uh, fired up about getting after it with Laquon Treadwell and Co.“We gotta win,” Peterson told the Oklahoman. “We gotta win. We gotta go out there and show ‘em we’re the best conference. We play good ball here. We send guys to the NFL here. We have great players here. We gotta go out there and get the win. That’s the only thing that can really shut some SEC mouths.”I like that. Shut some SEC mouths. It’s not a direct shot at Ole Miss (which you don’t want to do), but he’s clearly not shying away from the moment. Peterson also talked about his career and the fact that he has no regrets. This always makes me nostalgic.“When I came in, I was already hungry. I was ready to show everyone what I could do. You don’t get as many shots to do that when you come from a small school like I did. Guys like Justin Gilbert really showed me that once you get to this level, everyone is on the same level as you. It’s the same playing field, everyone has the same opportunity to do the same things. You have to put yourself above people.“You always have some thoughts from certain games. You missed a tackle, you gave up a touchdown, things like that, but I don’t regret anything that I’ve done here. This has been the most enjoyable part of my life. All of my best friends are her. I feel like I’ve been able to do the right things here to set myself up to continue on the right path for the rest of my life.”Great stuff from one of the good ones.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
France 0 Luxembourg 0: Stubborn visitors hold on for sensational draw Stephen Creek 04:43 9/4/17 Getty Images Luxembourg defied the odds to pull off a shock result against France, holding Didier Deschamps’ side to a 0-0 draw in Toulouse. France’s World Cup qualifying campaign suffered an unexpected blow as Didier Deschamps’ side were held to a 0-0 draw by Luxembourg.Luc Holtz’s minnows, ranked 136th by FIFA, battled tirelessly to earn arguably the most impressive result in the country’s history in Toulouse, keeping a star-studded France line-up full of attacking prowess at bay.The hosts peppered the Luxembourg goal with shots throughout the contest and Antoine Griezmann rattled the crossbar with a first-half free-kick, while Kylian Mbappe tormented defenders with his pace. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina But Luxembourg goalkeeper Jonathan Joubert had the game of his life, pulling off a string of world-class saves to deny the likes of Paul Pogba and Djibril Sidibe when they looked certain to score.A stunning story almost had an even more sensational finish when Luxembourg substitute Gerson Rodrigues struck the base of the post late on, as France narrowly avoided further ignominy on an already humbling evening.The result leaves Les Bleus top of Group A by just one point after second-placed Sweden beat Belarus 4-0 to narrow the gap, and Deschamps’ men must deliver victories in October’s games against Bulgaria and Belarus to make sure of their place at Russia 2018.C’est terminé, les Bleus ont tout essayé mais les Luxembourgeois ont tenu bon jusqu’au bout! #FRALUX #FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/hFoE0YiIdm— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) September 3, 2017Deschamps made one change to the team that so devastatingly beat Netherlands 4-0 last time out, rewarding Mbappe for his goalscoring performance as a substitute with a starting place ahead of Kingsley Coman.The Paris Saint-Germain loanee burst down the left flank after 11 minutes and cut the ball back only for Griezmann to aim too high with his shot, and moments later Joubert recovered from a mistake to save another Griezmann attempt.The pressure on Joubert’s goal steadily increased and Pogba tested the goalkeeper with a low drive before Luxembourg forward Vincent Thill gave the hosts a scare, firing narrowly over the crossbar after racing clear of the France defence.It took a brilliant one-handed save from Joubert at full stretch to keep out Pogba’s 20-yard shot after 36 minutes, and Griezmann shook the crossbar with a thunderous free-kick two minutes later, but half-time arrived with the scoresheet blank.Frustration began to grow around the stadium as Luxembourg continued to soak up waves of France pressure in the second half and added a degree of composure to their play when in possession.Deschamps sent on Coman and Alexandre Lacazette for Mbappe and Olivier Giroud after 59 minutes, while Joubert continued his heroics for Luxembourg, saving low to his left from a Sidibe header at close range.Layvin Kurzawa headed wide from the edge of the box after 68 minutes before Luxembourg’s Chris Philipps made vital blocks to prevent shots by Griezmann and Lacazette while Pogba nodded against the crossbar as the tension mounted.France’s night was very nearly completely ruined in the 78th minute when Rodrigues broke clean through on goal and beat Hugo Lloris with a shot that came back off the far post, allowing the home crowd to breathe a sigh of relief.But there was no breakthrough at the other end as further late chances went begging and Holtz’s side held on to clinch a famous result. read more
Premier League Arsenal Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Chelsea Chris Wheatley Last updated 2 years ago 14:10 17/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Premier League Arsenal Chelsea v Arsenal Chelsea Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge on Sunday Arsenal will face a tough away test against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday in a match which could go some way to revealing more about their title credentials.The Gunners have won their past two consecutive games against Bournemouth and FC Koln in the Europa League, but a 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield over a fortnight ago still lingers in the memory.Arsene Wenger’s side have an indifferent record at the home of the Blues and will be desperate to put in a performance worthy of a top four contender against Antonio Conte’s well-drilled outfit.“[Our record at Stamford Bridge is because] in recent years, Chelsea had a great team always and it was always difficult to win there,” the manager said. “But our record against Chelsea recently has been good. We won at the Emirates last year, we won the FA Cup final and on penalties in the Community Shield so let’s just continue to focus on the quality of our game and not too much where we play.“Chelsea looked comfortable after 20 minutes [in midweek against Qarabag] but that doesn’t bother me. I think we need to focus on our performance and play our game.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing ARSENAL INJURIES Wenger will make a late check on Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil before Sunday’s game with both players rested for Europa League opener on Thursday.Francis Coquelin has been ruled out for three weeks with a hamstring injury while Calum Chambers will play for the under 23s on Friday as he steps up his return to the first team.Long-term injured midfielder Santi Cazorla is unlikely to be involved in first team matter until the turn of next year.ARSENAL SUSPENSIONS Arsenal have no players suspended for this game.ARSENAL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPWenger has used two different formations this season and admitted after Arsenal’s win over FC Koln that he will change his tactical set-up depending on the opposition.It’s expected that the Gunners will start with three centre backs – Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi – while Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin are likely to start in the wing-back positions.The preferred central midfield pairing of Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey looks set to make its return while a front three of Alexandre Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil represents a strong forward line.Lacazette 6/4 to scoreJack Wilshere played over 20 minutes on Thursday and will be hopeful of being named in the matchday squad at Stamford Bridge.CHELSEA TEAM NEWS Danny Drinkwater is an injury doubt with a calf injury while Eden Hazard could start in attack after being eased back into Chelsea’s team following an ankle injury.Baba Rahman isn’t involved due to a knee injury while Diego Costa remains another absentee as he seeks a transfer to Atletico Madrid.Conte has used a 3-4-3 and 3-5-2 formation this season and will welcome back the likes of Morata after resting the Spaniard for their Champions League opener against Qarabag.BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS After winning just four of the previous 16, Chelsea have won their last five home Premier League games against Arsenal, since a 3-5 defeat in October 2011. The Gunners haven’t kept a Premier League clean sheet at Stamford Bridge in their last 12 visits there, shipping at least twice in each of the eight. Arsenal have lost their last five away Premier League games versus Chelsea, their joint-longest away losing run in the competition against a single opponent (also 5 in a row vs Man Utd between 2009-2013). The Gunners haven’t lost six consecutive away league games versus a single team since a seven-game run versus Liverpool at Anfield between 1981 to 1988. Should Arsenal concede here, it will equal their longest run of away games without a clean sheet against a specific opponent in Premier League history (13 against Liverpool between 1999 and 2012). Arsenal have won two of their last four games against Chelsea in all competitions – as many as they had in their previous 12 combined. Chelsea have scored in 23 successive Premier League games at Stamford Bridge with over half of these seeing them score three or more goals. The Blues have had a player sent off in their last two games against Arsenal in all competitions (Victor Moses in the FA Cup final, Pedro in the Community Shield). However, they haven’t had a player sent off against them in a league game since Khalid Boulahrouz in May 2007. TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match is being televised live on Sky Sports Premier League and kicks off at 13:30 BST. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
United States No Bradley or Altidore for USMNT friendly against Portugal Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 2 years ago 07:25 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Dan Hamilton/USA Today United States Portugal v United States Toronto v New York RB Portugal New York RB Toronto Friendlies MLS The veterans will not head to Europe to face Portugal, Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney confirmed The U.S. national team’s roster for its Nov. 14 friendly against Portugal is still unknown, but two big names will definitely not be on it.Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley will not be on the roster for the match in Europe, Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney confirmed to reporters after the MLS side advanced to the Eastern Conference final Sunday.Vanney said Altidore and Bradley will not be called up to #USMNT— Joshua Kloke (@joshuakloke) November 5, 2017The international friendly will take place in Faro, Portugal, with the first leg of the Eastern Conference final set for Nov. 21. It was not expected that players from teams still alive in the MLS playoffs would be selected for the roster. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player There may have been a little more doubt surrounding Altidore, who was sent off at halftime in the TFC 1-0 loss to the Red Bulls in the second leg — though TFC did advance on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate draw.The red card means Altidore will miss at least the first leg of the conference final anyway, but there are still no plans for him to join the U.S. squad.
Japan v Brazil The creature meets its creator – Japan and Brazil to reconvene in Lille Raisa Simplicio Last updated 2 years ago 20:00 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Divya Japan v Brazil Brazil Japan Friendlies The two sides will resume their historic friendly rivalry this week when the Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour host the duo at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy Brazil vs Japan may not be one of the sport’s great rivalries, but it is a fixture steeped in history and one that pits the creature against the creator.Former Brazil great Zico played a huge role in the sport’s development in Japan after coming out of retirement to join Kashima Antlers.READ MORE: Brazil’s November BGT schedule | Jesus awarded extra Brazil goal | Last chance for Douglas CostaThe former Flamengo man headed to the Land of the Rising Sun to teach an emerging footballing nation that was desperate to catch up with the rest of the developed football world and Zico’s role in their emergence cannot be overstated. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Japanese tend to treat Brazilians with a lot of respect and admiration. There is always a jovial atmosphere when the Selecao face the Samurai Blue – and Friday’s Brasil Global Tour clash in Lille will be no different.With the World Cup 2018 just around the corner, Japan see the test as vital to their preparations for the big show in Russia – and they will be desperate to record what would be their first ever victory over Brazil. Full-back Bismarck scored the first goal between the two teams, as the Selecao triumphed 1-0 in a 1989 friendly in Rio de Janeiro. Curiously, it was during a three-year period when Japan wore a red strip to match the national flag.Brazil and Japan have met seven time in friendlies, with the Selecao triumphant on every single occasion. Their last meeting came on the Brasil Global Tour in 2014, when Neymar hit all four goals in a 4-0 win in Singapore. In addition to friendlies, the two sides have also gone head-to-head in the World Cup.In 2006, they met in the group stage and Carlos Alberto Parreira’s side ran out 4-1 winners. Zico, one of the greatest idols in Brazilian football history, was sat in the opposite dugout that day, having been appointed Japan coach in 2002.Japan took the lead through Keiji Tamada, but Brazil equalised through Ronaldo, who helped himself to another as Juninho and Gilberto rounded off what proved a comfortable victory.That was the one and only time Japan and Brazil met at the World Cup, but they have clashed three times in the Confederations Cup, bringing one victory for Brazil and two daws – including a stalemate in 2001 that saw Japan top the group stage and the Selecao go down to France in the semi-finals.Japan and Brazil meet once more on Friday, as the five-time world champions will host the Blue Samurai at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille.
Transfers Atlanta United lands Darlington Nagbe in blockbuster trade with Portland Timbers Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 1 year ago 02:14 12/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jamie Valdez Transfers MLS Portland Timbers Atlanta United The U.S. international will head to the second-year club to join an already explosive attack that includes Josef Martinez and Miguel Almiron Atlanta United has acquired Darlington Nagbe from the Portland Timbers in a trade, the two MLS teams announced Wednesday.In exchange for the U.S. international, the Timbers will receive up to $1.65 million in allocation money and an international player spot. Atlanta also received Gbenga Arokoyo in the deal.“Darlington was our top target in the league this offseason and we’re ecstatic to welcome him to our club,” Atlanta United technical director Carlos Bocanegra said in a statement. “He is a perfect fit for our style of play as he has a dynamic ability to dribble out of trouble, maintain possession and make passes that bring additional players into the game.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 27-year-old midfielder was the Timbers first-ever MLS draft pick in 2011 and has spent the entirety of his professional career with the Cascadia club. He scored 27 goals and added 30 asissts over the course of 214 regular-season games with Portland. He also added a goal and two assists over 12 playoff games with the pair of assists coming in Portland’s run to the MLS Cup in 2015.Nagbe has been deployed both as a winger and inside as a playmaker during his time in Portland.Another midfield magician. #ATLUTD signs @darlingtonnagbe from the Portland Timbers: https://t.co/qSp8xoAjYD pic.twitter.com/gjnYAvC2at— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) December 13, 2017The Liberian-born Nagbe became a U.S. citizen in 2015 and has been capped 24 times for the U.S. national team.“As the club’s first-ever MLS draft pick, Darlington has grown with this team from its beginnings in the league and has been a great player and representative in his seven years with the Timbers,” said Portland general manager Gavin Wilkinson in a statement. “On behalf of the entire organization, I want to sincerely thank Darlington for everything he has given this club and for helping Portland win its first MLS Cup in 2015. He will always be a part of the Timbers family, and we wish Darlington, his wife, Felicia, and their two children all the best.”The breakdown of the money Portland receive includes $650,000 in general allocation money in 2018, $100,000 in general allocation money in 2019 and $300,000 in targeted allocation money in 2018. In addition to those funds and the international player slot, the Timbers may receive $600,000 in future fees depending on Nagbe’s performance in Atlanta.Nagbe will join an impressive collection of attacking talent in Atlanta, already featuring Miguel Almiron, Josef Martinez and Hector Villalba. Under coach Tata Martino, Atlanta scored 70 goals in its debut season, trailing the league-best attack of Toronto FC by just four goals, en route to a playoff appearance. Arokoyo is a 25-year-old defender who played in just one game for the Timbers in 2016 before going down with a season-ending injury before the 2017 season. Prior to signing in Portland Arokoyo played for Gaziantepspor in Turkey’s top division and Mjallby AIF in Sweden’s top league.
Primera División Messi v Ronaldo: Who was more successful in 2017? Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 23:30 12/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Getty Images Primera División Real Madrid v Barcelona Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Real Madrid Barcelona Goal looks back at the trophies, awards and goals of the best players in the world to see who has had the better year A Christmas Clasico brought the curtain down on another remarkable year for the rivalry between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.The duo have fought an incredible battle over the last decade, played out in Europe’s hallowed arenas and the grand ceremonial halls of officialdom.Between them they have won 10 La Liga titles, seven Champions Leagues and 10 Ballons d’Or, forever altering the game in the process as record after record falls before them. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But, as 2017 comes to a close, whose year has it been? Goal takes a look back to see how they measure up to one another.WHO HAS WON THE MOST TROPHIES IN 2017? Player 2017 Trophies Cristiano Ronaldo La Liga, Champions League, Super Cup, Supercopa, Club World Cup Lionel Messi Copa Del Rey The primary indicator of success in football is the number of trophies accrued during the course of a player’s career.This year has been a particularly triumphant year for Real Madrid and Ronaldo was one of the chief driving forces behind that pursuit of glory.Los Blancos have collected five trophies in 2017, beginning with La Liga in May, followed by an historic Champions League success in June, and they carried that habit into the new campaign, winning the Super Cup, the Supercopa de Espana and, most recently, the Club World Cup earlier this December.While Ronaldo’s trophy haul was abundant, Messi and Barcelona were left in their rivals’ shadow as they endured a relatively barren year.The Argentine was unsurprisingly a key component in their solitary success of the year back in January, scoring a goal, setting up one and initiating the play for another in the final of the Copa del Rey against Alaves.WHO HAS WON THE MOST INDIVIDUAL AWARDS IN 2017? Player 2017 Awards Cristiano Ronaldo The Best (x2), UEFA Player of the Year, Ballon d’Or, FIFA FIFPro World XI Lionel Messi La Liga top scorer, European Golden Shoe, FIFA FIFPro World XI Given that he was to the fore of an historic season for Real Madrid in 2016-17, Ronaldo’s efforts for the team were duly recognised by the football community in 2017.The 32-year-old kicked off the year by being awarded FIFA’s inaugural The Best accolade in January, which he subsequently retained in October. At both ceremonies, Ronaldo was also named in the FIFA FIFPro World XI.His exploits in Real Madrid’s historic Champions League success – where he was crowned top scorer in the competition after scoring twice in the final – resulted in him being crowned UEFA Player of the Year.At the beginning of December he then finally caught up with Messi as he won his fifth Ballon d’Or.Messi, meanwhile, was forced to play the role of dutiful runner-up at the 2017 individual awards ceremonies, but he did have the edge over the Portuguese in some spheres.The 30-year-old finished the 2016-17 season as La Liga’s top scorer with 37 goals in 34 appearances.He was also the cream of the crop across Europe’s top leagues, winning the 2016-17 Golden Shoe – his fourth time scooping the gong.WHO HAS SCORED THE MOST GOALS IN 2017?Interestingly, Ronaldo and Messi were tied on 53 goals each in all competitions in 2017 going into the Clasico to end the year, meaning the penalty Messi scored in Barca’s 3-0 win put him ahead by a solitary strike.Messi is head and shoulders above Ronaldo when it comes to scoring league goals, having bagged 40 compared to the Real Madrid star’s relatively paltry 19.However, Ronaldo is undoubtedly the king of the Champions League with an incredible 19 goals – Messi has just four. Notably, 2017 was also the year in which Ronaldo smashed Jimmy Greaves’ long-standing record as the all-time leading scorer in Europe’s top leagues.Lionel Messi 2017 goals: Competition Games Played Minutes Played Goals La Liga 38 3338 40 Champions League 10 783 4 Copa Del Rey 7 630 5 Supercopa 2 180 1 Club Total 55 4931 50 World Cup qualifying 5 450 4 International friendlies 2 180 0 Total 64 5561 54 Cristiano Ronaldo 2017 goals: Competition Games Played Minutes Played Goals La Liga 30 2669 19 Champions League 13 1200 19 Copa del Rey 2 180 1 Supercopa 1 24 1 Club World Cup 2 180 2 Super Cup 1 7 0 Club Total 49 4260 42 World Cup qualifying 6 495 8 International friendlies 1 58 1 Confederations Cup 4 367 2 Total 60 5180 53 As you can see in the tables above, Messi scored more goals than Ronaldo in 2017 but the Portuguese played fewer minutes and scored more evenly in different competitions.On the international stage, Ronaldo has also made his presence felt more than his Argentine rival, scoring a total of 11 goals in as many games for Portugal as they finished third at the Confederations Cup and qualified for the World Cup by finishing top of their group.Messi ultimately came to the rescue for Argentina in spectacular fashion back in October with a hat-trick against Ecuador, but his overall contribution goal-wise in 2017 left plenty to be desired.The Barca star played a total of seven games – five of which were qualifiers – and scored four, three of which came in the aforementioned game against Ecuador.WHO HAS BEEN MORE SUCCESSFUL IN 2017?When the record books are written they will, without a doubt, look back at 2017 as Ronaldo’s year.The Real Madrid phenomenon carried his tremendous 2016 form into the new year and inspired Zinedine Zidane’s men to back-to-back Champions League glory. Five titles and a clean sweep of individual awards are a testimony to Ronaldo’s relentless pursuit of success and his talismanic role at the heart of one of the most efficient teams of all time.That said, the 32-year-old has noticeably declined during the second half of the year. His meagre tally of four goals in 12 league games was not helped by the five-match ban imposed for a push on a referee at the start of the season and he has only been truly pivotal in the Champions League, where he has hit nine goals in six games in the current edition.While he comes off second-best overall, Messi has set off on an upward trajectory in the second half of the year and he has been central to Barca’s climb to the summit of the Liga this season. He finished with a flourish in El Clasico to suggest the best is yet to come.
Serie A The Observer Roma Blaise Matuidi: ‘When you’re a football fan, and you love others, you can’t accept racism’ Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Bundesliga Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his 16th goal of the La Liga season, and 300th in the league for Real Madrid. Photograph: Angel Martinez/Real Madrid via Getty Images Sevilla beat Athletic Bilbao 2-0, Luis Muriel and Franco Vázquez getting the goals, and Girona ran out 2-0 winners at Villarreal, with Cristhian Stuani and Anthony Lozano striking either side of half-time to take the newly promoted side to seventh.In France, PSG made light work of their first league encounter since Neymar’s season-ending injury, winning 2-0 at Troyes to restore their 14-point lead at the top of Ligue 1. The visitors broke the deadlock two minutes after the restart when Ángel Di María raced on to Julian Draxler’s through-ball and finished low into the bottom corner. Troyes then wasted two rare forays forward before Dani Alves’ brilliant pass released Christopher Nkunku, who dispatched the ball into the bottom corner. Timothy Weah, the 18-year-old son of the former Liberia striker George, came off the bench to make his debut.In Germany, Borussia Dortmund passed up the chance to regain second place, needing a 38th-minute equaliser from Marco Reus to salvage a point at RB Leipzig in Saturday’s late kick-off. The Germany forward superbly rounded Peter Gulacsi and scored to cancel out Jean-Kévin Augustin’s 29th-minute opener. Earlier, a last-gasp goal from Paulo Dybala sunk Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico. Juve enjoyed the best chances, with Mario Mandzukic and Sami Khedira going close. But the game was set to end in stalemate until the final minute of stoppage-time, when Dybala danced his way into the box to hold off a challenge and hook the ball high beyond Thomas Strakosha.Elsewhere in Italy, Alberto Grassi’s 48th-minute strike was enough to see off Bologna and lift Spal out of the relegation zone.In La Liga, Real Madrid beat Getafe 3-1, Gareth Bale lashing in the opener from inside the area at a sparsely populated Bernabéu, before Cristiano Ronaldo stretched his side’s advantage after a through-ball from Karim Benzema. The Portuguese hit his 16th league goal of the season when he headed in a cross from Marcelo shortly after Francisco Portillo had pulled one back from the spot. Napoli Roma blew open the Serie A title race by beating the league leaders, Napoli, 4-2 on their own turf, hours after Juventus had overcome Lazio in dramatic fashion. The results leave Napoli a point clear of second-placed Juventus, who have a game in hand.Lorenzo Insigne gave Napoli a sixth-minute lead but Cengiz Ünder equalised a minute later with a deflected effort before Edin Dzeko nodded Roma ahead. The Bosnian netted a second with a superb left-foot curler, and Diego Perotti slammed home a loose ball six minutes later. Dries Mertens’s stoppage-time strike was a mere consolation. Topics Juventus European club football Read more La Liga Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Patrick Cutrone keeps Milan on the move as Gattuso conquers Rome Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter news Pinterest Read more That result meant that Schalke, who had seen off Hertha Berlin earlier in the day through Marko Pjaca’s goal, held on to second spot. The winger turned home a low cross in the 37th minute to seal a 1-0 win that took his side ahead of Dortmund and kept them a point clear of Eintracht Frankfurt, who beat Hannover by the same scoreline thanks to Danny da Costa’s strike.Wolfsburg slipped closer to the relegation zone after losing 2-1 at home to Bayer Leverkusen. A penalty from Lucas Alario and a fine strike from Julian Brandt gave the visitors a two-goal lead, before Admir Mehmedi replied for Wolfsburg with 11 minutes remaining. Elsewhere Hoffenheim kept up their chase of a Europa League place with a 2-0 win at Augsburg, the goals coming from a pair of former Premier League attackers in Andrej Kramaric and Serge Gnabry, while Hamburg – the only founder members of the Bundesliga never to be relegated but now in severe danger – drew 0-0 at home with 10-man Mainz, who remain a place above their hosts in 16th. While Bayern Munich have the title as good as won, the race for the top four looks set to go down to the wire, with just four points separating Schalke in second and Leipzig in sixth. Facebook Share via Email
World Cup Tunisia and England flags before the match in Volgograd displaying the Islamic crescent and the Christian cross. Photograph: Dave Shopland/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock Alan Shearer World Cup 2018 Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker)Get in you fucking beauty. Harry the great.June 18, 2018 Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Simon Schama (@simon_schama)blimey – prob not intended as such but vast cross vs crescent on Volgograd stadium pitch a bit um medievalJune 18, 2018 Alan Shearer (@alanshearer)You do know that I have played in these games right? https://t.co/dyzvsH9OlpJune 18, 2018 Topics In a clash nobody expected the World Cup to throw up, Alan Shearer locked horns on social media with historian Simon Schama on Monday night over England’s performance against Tunisia.“You do know that I have played in these games right?” was Shearer’s ultimate put-down after Schama had started explaining to him about England’s need for patience. Share on WhatsApp Simon Schama After the exchange between the striker and the historian, plenty of fans were asking Alan Shearer to air his views on topics such as the French Revolution, and one wit asked Schama if he had been nervous before his own international England debut.Shearer wasn’t the only member of the BBC’s presentation team for England’s game to get into a social media spat. Gary Lineker and Piers Morgan have been involved in a continuation of their regular feud, after Morgan’s judgment on the team’s performance.Responding to people who had been critical of England Lineker had tweeted: “Never ceases to amaze me how easy some folk think World Cup football is. Have you watched all the so called big teams? It ain’t that easy, especially against tough defensive opposition. I suppose those that are so critical haven’t been there, though.”Taking issue with Lineker’s description of the performance as “excellent”, Morgan offered his own: “I prefer a more honest critique: good first half, poor second half, lucky win. And may I remind you that we’ve both won the same number of international football tournaments.”Lineker, who referred to Morgan as “tubs” during the exchange, pointed to the fact he had won the most World Cup Golden Boots out of the pair. Morgan continued to tweet at Lineker while presenting Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, also posting a video addressed to Lineker of Morgan chatting to Geoff Hurst, who the former newspaper editor described as “a proper striker”.Lineker’s exuberance for the England performance was summed up perfectly in the tweet he sent when Kane netted the 90th-minute winner. Twitter “Everyone going on about how England should just enjoy the football and play loose massively underestimates the inevitable stomach-knotting teeth-gritting nervy wrench of the first game,” Schama had messaged Shearer, after the historian appeared to get frustrated with the way that BBC pundits were criticising England’s performance.Shearer scored 30 goals in 63 caps for England, and captained the team 34 times. He captained England at the 1998 World Cup, netting twice in England’s four matches.Schama was probably on safer ground when he observed that the pre-match flag display was rather more reminiscent of the era of the crusades than perhaps the organisers had intended. Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Facebook
5 Papastathopoulos 16 Holding 8 Winks Read more Facebook 14 Aubameyang Substitutes 16 Walker-Peters Share on Messenger Pinterest 24 Aurier There was controversy when Spurs went ahead. Son had sprinted through again and Rob Holding jumped into a risky tackle but, when Son checked back, there was no contact from the Arsenal defender on him. Mike Dean still awarded the penalty and, after further arguments between rival players, Kane converted for his eighth goal in eight games against Arsenal. He has equalled Emmanuel Adebayor’s scoring record in north London derbies.Mustafi hit the crossbar with a looping header in first-half stoppage time but Spurs were in the ascendancy and Emery made his double substitution at the interval. Arsenal were level soon enough. Bellerín curved a ball in behind Vertonghen and Ramsey twisted to hook it inside for Aubameyang. The striker bent a precision first-time finish inside the near post.Amid the bedlam it was easy to forget the sub-plot of Mesut Özil’s absence. Arsenal said that the playmaker had felt another of his back spasms but there was nevertheless plenty of eye-rolling when the teamsheets landed. It was easy to wonder whether Özil would have worked in Emery’s starting 3-4-2-1 formation. 1 Cech Spurs Spurs face FA inquiry after fan throws banana skin at Arsenal’s Aubameyang match reports Match stats 4 Alderweireld Fouls 34 Xhaka 16 Arsenal Off target 5 Spurs 5 Arsenal On target 5 Spurs Read more Share on Facebook 8 5 27 Lucas Moura 20 Alli The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. It felt as though Arsenal might struggle to maintain the intensity and Spurs roared back into the game, turning it on its head before half-time. Alli had started off the left but he regularly tucked in behind Harry Kane and Son Heung-min and the visitors gained a foothold. Son showed his pace and threat with a series of darts, two of which saw him test Bernd Leno from tight angles.The equaliser came from a Christian Eriksen free-kick, whipped in towards the near post, and it was a horror moment for Leno as he allowed Dier’s flick header to bounce, rear up above his hands and squirm inside the near post. 20 Mustafi Corners Lineups 19 Leno Share on LinkedIn Spurs flickered at the start of the second half, with Kane twice going close, but Arsenal – and Emery – turned the screw after the equaliser. Mustafi was denied by a goalline clearance by Alli and, after Son had tested Leno following a Bellerín error, Emery swapped Mustafi for Guendouzi and went to the midfield diamond.Ramsey initiated Arsenal’s third goal when he robbed the dawdling Foyth and found Lacazette. There was fortune because the striker was slipping as he shot – there was also the deflection off Dier – and the best day of Arsenal’s season was complete when Torreira rolled away from Dier on to Aubameyang’s pass and shot into the corner. Arsenal extended their remarkable unbeaten run in all competitions to 19 matches but now they have their statement victory. Unai Emery and his re-energerised team have built momentum and belief during the sequence, although they had not been able to beat a Big Six Premier League rival.That changed on a wild afternoon in north London when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continued his dead-eyed scoring exploits and Arsenal fought back from 2-1 down to register yet another come-from-behind win. 41 59 (s 46′) TOT41ARS59% Aubameyang got the equaliser for 2-2 – his second of the game – and he has now scored with his last 10 shots on target in the league. It was the substitute, Alexandre Lacazette, who put Arsenal in front with a shot that deflected off Eric Dier after a lapse from Juan Foyth and the outstanding Lucas Torreira added the gloss with his first goal in Arsenal colours.Tottenham’s frustration was complete when Jan Vertonghen jumped into a rash challenge on Lacazette to earn a second yellow card on 85 minutes. They will reflect on how they had stabilised after Aubameyang’s early penalty only to be overrun towards the end. Mauricio Pochettino mentioned fatigue as a factor, in the wake of his team’s Champions League exertions against Internazionale last Wednesday. After six straight wins in all competitions this was a jolt.Emery deserved credit for how he reacted at 2-1 down, making bold attacking changes, the first of which saw Aaron Ramsey and a second striker, Lacazette, come on for the second half. At 2-2 Emery moved to a 4-4-2 diamond midfield system and, on each occasion, the dividends were immediate.It was a rip-roaring derby, in which tempers were never far from boiling point and the atmosphere pulsed from the first whistle. Things spilled over after Dier had equalised for 1-1 when some of the Arsenal substitutes took exception to the Tottenham midfielder’s celebrations with his teammates. Stephan Lichtsteiner appeared to tap Dier and, as projectiles were thrown from the stand, players in red and white came together in a mass confrontation.Ramsey, who was then off the field, had to be pulled apart from Dele Alli while another Arsenal substitute, Mattéo Guendouzi, rowed with Jesús Pérez, the Spurs assistant manager. There was plenty of pushing and shoving. Pochettino had run up the touchline to act as a peacemaker.Arsenal started at breakneck pace and the touchpaper was lit when Aubameyang opened the scoring from the penalty spot and celebrated in front of the away supporters, who pelted him with missiles, including – most regrettably – a banana skin. The penalty was awarded when Vertonghen touched Granit Xhaka’s free-kick away from Shkodran Mustafi with his hand. Vertonghen was booked for the offence.Arsenal were irrepressible in the opening 20 minutes, with Sead Kolasinac, in particular, making inroads from left wing-back. He cut one cross back for Alex Iwobi, who forced Hugo Lloris into a smart save with his legs. Moments later the other wing-back, Héctor Bellerín, saw a volley at the far post blocked by Ben Davies. Tottenham Hotspur Possession 17 Iwobi 11 Torreira Share on Twitter 4 Elneny 23 Eriksen (s 71′) 1 Lloris (s 79′) 12 Lichtsteiner 13 16 8 Ramsey 21 Foyth 5 Vertonghen 3 Rose Goal attempts Premier League Arsenal (s 46′) 7 Son 22 Gazzaniga Substitutes Twitter 15 Maitland-Niles (s 82′) 33 Davies 31 Kolasinac Alexandre Lacazette fires home Arsenal’s third. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian 29 Guendouzi Arsenal’s Aubameyang seizes moment with all-action display against Spurs TOT ARS (s 79′) 2 Bellerin Share on Pinterest 15 Dier Share on WhatsApp 7 Mkhitaryan Topics 9 Lacazette Share via Email 10 Kane 17 Sissoko Arsenal 18 Llorente Reuse this content
Tottenham Hotspur Eriksen shows his class as Kane ticks all boxes in Tottenham win over Cardiff Mauricio Pochettino Share on Pinterest Share via Email “From the beginning today we showed massive energy and I think that is the team we want, and expect, to see to get a good performance on the pitch. I think it was so important to start to build another positive run and, of course in football it is impossible to win every single game, but for sure we are going try to win every single game until the end. I think it was so important for everyone, for confidence, because in three days we are going to start another competition, the FA Cup [against Tranmere], which is going to be important too and then the semi-final of the Carabao Cup against Chelsea.”The Cardiff manager, Neil Warnock, believes the Premier League should intervene to stop Tottenham moving to the new White Hart Lane this season. Warnock says his side’s relegation rivals could gain an unfair advantage by not playing Tottenham at Wembley, with Huddersfield among teams that are likely to face Spurs at their new stadium, which they hope will open by February.“They’ve made cock-ups now with the timing,” Warnock said. “The league should enforce they play at Wembley now for the rest of the season. I don’t think there should be any chance of an advantage to any of our opponents.“It’s not our fault. We should have been playing at the new stadium ourselves. I think they should step in now. It should be until the end of the season now. I think they should enforce it.” Cardiff City Topics Neil Warnock news Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Mauricio Pochettino admitted it was vital for Tottenham Hotspur to start the new year with a bang and record a “massive” victory at Cardiff City that reignites their hopes of staying in the Premier League title race. A convincing 3-0 win lifts Spurs to second in the table and narrows the gap to the league summit to six points, before the leaders Liverpool’s clash with Manchester City on Thursday.Goals from Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min sealed a return to winning ways after a shock defeat by Wolves at Wembley on Saturday. “I think it was a massive victory, a massive three points to make us believe that little more, in our possibility to be in a very good position in the table,” Pochettino said. “I think it was so important to start the new year with a victory, away from home, at a very difficult place. I think they arrived with massive confidence after the last game [against Leicester]. Read more Share on Twitter Reuse this content
features Vivianne Miedema 10It is hard to look beyond Miedema for every player of the year accolade. The 22-year-old Dutch international has more than 30 goals in all competitions and when Arsenal have struggled with injury, the forward, constantly relaxed and focused on the task ahead, has continued to provide relief.Also …It would be remiss to not mention the academy players that were called upon during Arsenal’s injury-plagued season. Paige Bailey-Gayle, Amelia Hazard, Ava Kuyken, Ruby Grant, Ana Albuquerque, Hannah Dawbarn and Melissa Filis all featured, with Grant scoring an impressive hat-trick in the 4-0 defeat of Crawley Wasps in the FA Cup. Share on LinkedIn Arsenal Women Pinterest Twitter Read more Lia Wälti has impressed as a defensive midfielder. Photograph: TGSPhoto/Rex/Shutterstock Dominique Bloodworth 8Used in both defence and midfield, Bloodworth’s versatility and tough tackling have been vital to Arsenal coping with the numerous injuries throughout the season.Danielle van de Donk 8The Netherlands international has been a stalwart of the starting XI. One of many to step up to the plate in the absence of Nobbs, chipping in with regular goals (10 in the league) and keeping the front line fluid.Jordan Nobbs 7The engine of undeniably the most exciting team to watch. Cruelly misses out on the World Cup after suffering an ACL rupture against Everton. Despite not having played since November she is still the fourth-highest scorer in the league with nine goals.Kim Little 9If Nobbs is the engine, Little is the heartbeat. The Scotland veteran has been vital at controlling the tempo of Arsenal’s forward play and is arguably one of the best midfielders in the world.Victoria Schnaderbeck 4Has played three games having sat out most of the season with a knee injury she suffered in pre-season. Signed from Bayern Munich in the summer.Katrina Veje 6Veje joined from Montpellier in January and has made 10 appearances in all competitions. The Dane helped alleviate the injury crisis before a spell on the sidelines herself.ForwardsBeth Mead 8Mead has had a coming-of-age season for club and country. Her ‘crot’ (cross or shot?) goals have become a bit of a trademark. She has contributed six goals and 12 assists to Arsenal’s title push and must be fighting her way into Phil Neville’s World Cup starting plans.Lisa Evans 8Evans has most frequently been used as a right wing-back and her runs have been one of the few constants in Arsenal’s attacking play as she takes advantage of the space created by those ahead of her.Katie McCabe 8Her versatility has been showcased this season having played both as a full-back and across the midfield as required by the manager. That has not held her back – she has directly contributed to 20 goals, including a vital recent winner against a tricky Birmingham side.Danielle Carter 6Made an emotional return from an ACL injury that had kept her on the sidelines for 10 months just in time for the title run-in. Share on WhatsApp Women’s Super League Share on Pinterest Facebook DefendersEmma Mitchell 7Usually played at left-back but also used across the back line as the injuries mounted. Recently returned from a month on the sidelines. A reliable member of Arsenal’s defence.Janni Arnth 7Arnth was recruited from Swedish side Linköpings in January and the Dane made an instant impact, scoring on her debut in Arsenal’s gruelling 4-2 victory over West Ham.Leah Williamson 9It is easy to forget the centre-back is only 22 but she has been crucial to maintaining the second-best defensive record in the league.Louise Quinn 7Like Williamson, one of the few players to have featured in most games this season. Can sometimes be caught off the pace but her physical presence complements Williamson and she has a strong passing game.Tabea Kemme 5Kemme has played just five games after arriving from German side Turbine Potsdam.MidfieldersLia Wälti 7Kim Little’s broken leg and Jordan Nobbs’s season-ending ACL injury could have derailed Arsenal’s strong start, but with Wälti sitting in front of the back four it remained on track. Just how vital she became went a little unnoticed until she picked up a knee injury in late January herself. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Facebook Share on Messenger GoalkeepersSari van Veenendaal 6The Euro 2017 winner, who has had to share keeping duties this season, has six clean sheets in 10 starts.Pauline Peyraud-Magnin 7Has been favoured by manager Joe Montemurro. She kept eight clean sheets but played in the 3-0 defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup and the 2-0 loss to Manchester City. Share via Email Arsenal crowned WSL champions with game to spare after thrashing Brighton Topics Share on Twitter Women’s football Reuse this content
Ludogorets 0 AC Milan 3: Unbeaten 2018 continues into Europe Jack Davies Last updated 1 year ago 03:58 2/16/18 Getty Images Patrick Cutrone, Ricardo Rodriguez and Fabio Borini were on target for AC Milan in a 3-0 Europa League win at Ludogorets. AC Milan’s unbeaten start to 2018 carried into the Europa League as Patrick Cutrone, Ricardo Rodriguez and Fabio Borini fired them to a 3-0 victory at Ludogorets on Thursday.Gennaro Gattuso’s men had won four and drawn two of their six matches in all competitions ahead of their trip to Bulgaria, and Cutrone’s 13th goal of the season set them on the road to a comfortable win.Rodriguez added a penalty before Borini struck in stoppage time to give the Serie A side an enviable cushion heading into the second leg of the last-32 tie. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Cutrone’s headed opener came at the end of a first half in which both sides struggled to create clear-cut opportunities, but Milan had one foot in the next round when Cosmin Moti was deemed to have pushed the striker in the box.Rodriguez stepped up to fire home Milan’s second and it is difficult to see a way back for Ludogorets after Borini came off the bench to make it 3-0.End of the game. Victory for A.C. Milan with 3:0.#ludogorets #uel pic.twitter.com/rl79kHkear— PFC Ludogorets 1945 (@Ludogorets1945) February 15, 2018Franck Kessie sent a low drive wide of the right-hand post after three minutes but Milan were left breathing a sigh of relief when Jody Lukoki curled a free-kick just off target from a narrow angle, with Ignazio Abate having clumsily brought down Virgil Misidjan on the edge of the box.Milan’s patient passing produced few opportunities until Cutrone had an effort deflected wide from close range after the visitors worked the ball into a dangerous area.When Ludogorets pressed it was invariably on the counter-attack and Jakub Swierczok should have done better than to completely miss the ball when Lucas Sasha whipped in a fantastic left-wing cross that was begging to be headed home.Suso fired a free-kick just over from the right side of the box and Giacomo Bonaventura squandered another opportunity as the half appeared destined to end goalless and without either side having registered a shot on target.However, on the stroke of half-time, a well-worked corner routine saw Cutrone beat goalkeeper Renan with a glancing header from a Hakan Calhanoglu delivery.Relive all the action from the first half at the Ludogorets Arena with the photo gallery of the match https://t.co/tBRgoI6BdDRivivi il primo tempo di #LUDACM con la gallery della partita https://t.co/plPVFwssnl pic.twitter.com/GLU0Y3GTqe— AC Milan (@acmilan) February 15, 2018That opening goal demanded a more attacking approach from the home side and Marcelinho drew a save from Gianluigi Donnarumma before Svetoslav Dyakov rattled the crossbar with a shot from outside the box.The offside flag scuppered Sasha’s appeals for a penalty after he went down under a heavy challenge from Abate, and Ludogorets were on the receiving end of a spot-kick call when Moti shoved Cutrone at the other end, with Rodriguez dispatching the ball into the bottom-left corner.Milan’s second took any remaining wind out of Ludogorets’ sails and Borini fired in the third from the centre of the box in the closing stages to strike a seemingly fatal blow to any Bulgarian dreams of progression.Key Opta stats:- AC Milan are unbeaten in their last nine games in all competitions (W6 D3), their longest run since March 2016.- Over their last two fixtures, Gennaro Gattuso’s side have conceded just one shot on target.- The Rossoneri have won each of their last six matches against Bulgarian sides, keeping five clean sheets in the process.- Patrick Cutrone has scored 13 goals this season in all competitions, at least five more than any other AC Milan player. read more
Touch Football is one of the 34 sports on offer at the event and will be played from Wednesday, 10 November until Saturday, 13 November 2010 at Owen Park, Southport. The following divisions will be offered at the event:Men’s: 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+Women’s: 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+Mixed: W30+/M35+, W35+/M40+, W40+/M45+, W45+/M50+Team entries close on Friday, 24 September 2010. For more information on the 2010 Pan Pacific Masters Games, please visit the following website:www.mastersgames.com.au
Preceding the final day’s action at the 2015 Harvey Norman National Championships, the referee contingent gathered to acknowledge the outstanding individual performances over the past three days. Giancarlo Leung, from Victoria, was presented with the Referee of the Tournament award. Renee Flach was awarded both the Manager’s award and Leading Female referee, while Luke Saldern received the Leading Male referee.Referees having been divided up into four small teams also voted on their team’s outstanding performance. Congratulations to Danielle Nunn, Greg Kidd, Andy Yon and Clint Jory who were recipients of these team awards. Congratulations to the following referees on their grand final allocation Boys Championship – Grand Final Luke Saldern Mitch Mackenzie Tony CalabriaGirls Championships – Grand FinalGreg KiddChris BensteadRenee FlachBoys Community – Grand FinalGiancarlo LeungBrian BlechyndenKai MarutaGirls Community – Grand FinalAmanda SheekyDanielle NunnRob McKayBoys Developing – Grand FinalJake Davis Andrew YonAlex FaulknerGirls Developing – Grand Final Alison Watters Mitch Kennedy Adam TurnerThank you to all referees who officiated at the 2015 NYC ensuring the event ran smoothly and successfully. Keep up-to-date with all of the latest from the 2015 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships in the following ways:Website – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausDownload ‘Team App’ and search for ‘National Youth Championships’ to keep up-to-date with all of the latest National Youth Championships related information.Related LinksReferee Awards