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Toe Poke Daily: Petr Cech's hockey heroics among retired soccer stars' new sporting careers

Mon, 14 Oct 2019 05:30:00 GMT

Former Premier League 'keeper Petr Cech reveals that making his ice hockey debut fulfilled a childhood dream. The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest stories, quirkiest viral content and top trolling that the internet has to offer, all in one place. Jump to: Jadon Sancho opens stunning new pitch in his home neighbourhood | Player tricked into wearing matchday lederhosen by teammates Petr Cech became surely the first goalkeeper to have saved a penalty in both the Champions League final and the National Ice Hockey League South 2 on Sunday. The 37-year-old made his debut for Guildford...

Why Thibaut Courtois is struggling to win over Real Madrid fans

Fri, 4 Oct 2019 11:32:00 GMT

When the first half ended in Real Madrid's Champions League meeting with Club Brugge on Tuesday night, Thibaut Courtois made his way off the pitch, the whistling loud in his ears, and everyone else's, too. Real were losing 2-0, and the goalkeeper who had conceded twice headed down the tunnel, into the dressing room and straight to the toilet, where he was sick. Dizzy, disoriented and unable to carry on, he was replaced by Alphonse Areola as Real battled back to draw 2-2. Courtois' dad drove him...

UEFA charges Liverpool after fan invades pitch, Ajax and Dortmund also charged

Fri, 4 Oct 2019 09:36:00 GMT

Steve Nicol says Jurgen Klopp can use Liverpool's lapse against Salzburg to wake up his side. UEFA has charged Liverpool for a fan running on the field at the end of a 4-3 win against FC Salzburg on Wednesday, with the Austrian club being charged for fans throwing objects. The European football governing body has also charged Ajax and Borussia Dortmund after their fans damaged stadiums they visited in the Champions League this week. UEFA says its disciplinary panel will judge charges of "acts of damage" against both clubs on Oct. 17. (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);;js.src='';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); Ajax faces a further charge of crowd disturbances at...

Real Madrid deny reports Thibaut Courtois suffered anxiety vs. Club Brugge

Fri, 4 Oct 2019 03:57:20 GMT

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop isn't convinced Thibaut Courtois is the answer for Real Madrid. Craig Burley feels the UCL favourites all have one thing in common -- their lack of defensive structure. ESPN FC's Ale Moreno feels Eden Hazard's honeymoon phase at Real Madrid is clearly over. Craig Burley and Ale Moreno don't hold back their criticisms of Real Madrid's senior players of Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric. ESPN FC's Sid Lowe disagrees with Zinedine Zidane's assessment of Real Madrid's second-half performance in their 2-2 draw vs. Club Brugge. Real Madrid have issued a statement denying claims Thibaut Courtois was substituted at half time of the Champions League group stage clash with Club Brugge due to anxiety. With Madrid 2-0 down at home to the Belgian side, Zinedine Zidane replaced Courtois with Alphonse Areola at the break and Los Blancos recovered to draw 2-2.  - ESPN La Liga fantasy: Sign up now! - When does the transfer window reopen? Despite reports circulating after the match that the ex-Chelsea goalkeeper had been suffering...

Lewandowski, Suarez prove that age is just a number when it comes to their brilliance in Champions League

Thu, 3 Oct 2019 11:29:00 GMT

There are different paths to beating your opponent in a football match. You can outrun them, and you can outmuscle them. You can out-will them, and you can outwit them. All of the above are probably more satisfying to a coach whose job is to prepare, condition and motivate his players. After all, it shows he's done his job well. From a neutral perspective, the most pleasing is when the margin between defeat and victory is down to technique (maybe with a smattering of smarts and a dollop of street)....

UEFA to investigate Olympiakos, Manchester City, Real Madrid

Thu, 3 Oct 2019 05:53:56 GMT

Craig Burley and Ale Moreno don't hold back their criticisms of Real Madrid's senior players of Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric. ESPN FC's Sid Lowe disagrees with Zinedine Zidane's assessment of Real Madrid's second-half performance in their 2-2 draw vs. Club Brugge. Shaka Hislop presents his weekly Power Rankings and you'll be quite surprised with a few glaring omissions. UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against six clubs including Manchester City and Real Madrid after incidents at Champions League games this week. Olympiakos were charged after their fans unfurled a banner that UEFA deemed to be racist in their 3-1 loss at Red Star Belgrade. They were also charged with delaying kickoff. Red Star were charged with improper conduct after five players, including two substitutes, picked up bookings. UEFA said its Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body would meet...

Champions League Best XI: Gnabry leads the way but it's not all Bayern

Thu, 3 Oct 2019 12:04:00 GMT

With the second set of Champions League group stage games finished, we look at who stood out from this week's performances. GK: Andre Onana (Ajax) Among all the deserved plaudits that Ajax's players received in their run to the semifinals last season, it felt like goalkeeper Andre Onana got lost in the shuffle. But he'll get some more attention if he keeps playing like he did against Valencia this week: Onana got lucky when Dani Parejo hoofed a penalty over the bar, but his sensational save alone...

Ter Stegen on Suarez: He 'shut a lot of mouths'

Wed, 2 Oct 2019 04:45:00 GMT

BARCELONA -- Marc-Andre ter Stegen said Barcelona striker Luis Suarez "shut a lot of mouths" with his match-winning performance against Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday. Suarez, 32, scored twice in the second half as Barca came from behind to beat the Serie A leaders 2-1 at Camp Nou en route to their first win in Europe this season following a goalless draw with Borussia Dortmund last time out. The Uruguayan's brace came just a week after he was jeered by his own supporters...

Abraham and Willian 8/10 as Chelsea pick up key UCL road win at Lille

Wed, 2 Oct 2019 03:02:00 GMT

Christian Pulisic has only played in one of Chelsea's last five games, but Steve Nicol isn't hitting the panic button yet. Chelsea delivered a European boost when Willian's well-timed, right-footed volley on 77 minutes earned Frank Lampard his first Champions League points as Blues boss on Wednesday. The former midfielder's tactical tweak saw Reece James and Marcos Alonso adopt wing-back roles while Cesar Azpilicueta, Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma made up a back three that fooled Lille, who simply couldn't cope with the Blues' initial width and control when in possession. Lille benefitted from Chelsea's poor zonal marking...

Suarez, Messi earn 8/10 as Barcelona fight back to defeat Inter at Camp Nou

Wed, 2 Oct 2019 02:43:00 GMT

BARCELONA -- Luis Suarez scored twice as Barcelona fought back from a goal down to beat Inter Milan 2-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday at Camp Nou. Antonio Conte's side took a surprise lead when Lautaro Martinez held off Clement Lenglet's challenge to open the scoring after just 121 seconds. However, the Serie A leaders were made to pay for failing to add to their advantage in a brilliant first-half display. Suarez leveled the score in the 58th minute with a fine volley from the edge of...

Mane 9/10, Salah 8/10 as Liverpool rally to avoid a scare vs. FC Salzburg

Wed, 2 Oct 2019 02:29:00 GMT

Liverpool survived a major scare to record their first Champions League points of the season with a 4-3 win over Red Bull Salzburg in a breathtaking encounter at Anfield. The Reds raced to an early lead after a delightful exchange between Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino before Andy Robertson turned home Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross and Mohamed Salah made it 3-0 from close range. But Hwang Hee-Chan's powerful strike hauled Salzburg back into the game, and the visitors were level within...

Lyon punish dreadful defending to beat Leipzig 2-0

Wed, 2 Oct 2019 02:09:24 GMT

RB Leipzig Lyon 0 2 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Memphis Depay celebrates after giving Lyon the lead in Leipzig. Lyon forwards Memphis Depay and Martin Terrier made the most of dreadful defensive errors to score in a 2-0 Champions League win at RB Leipzig on Wednesday. The visitors took the lead in the 11th minute when Leipzig's Ibrahima Konate gave the ball away cheaply in his own half to Houssem Aouar, and his pass found Depay, who slotted it under keeper Peter Gulacsi. - Champions League group stage: All you need to know - ESPN Champions League fantasy: Sign up now! Leipzig's Timo Werner provided a constant...

Zenit grind down Benfica in 3-1 home win

Wed, 2 Oct 2019 02:06:48 GMT

Zenit St Petersburg Benfica 3 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Artem Dzyuba celebrates after scoring for Zenit St Petersburg. Zenit St Petersburg stayed on course to reach the Champions League knockout stages after strikes by Artem Dzyuba and Serdar Azmoun along with a Ruben Dias own goal helped them to a 3-1 home win over Benfica in Group G on Wednesday. - Champions League group stage: All you need to know - ESPN Champions League fantasy: Sign up now! The result put Zenit top of the standings on four points from two games, ahead of Lyon on goals scored after the French side beat RB Leipzig 2-0 away. Leipzig have three...

Superb Willian strike earns Chelsea win at Lille

Wed, 2 Oct 2019 02:01:09 GMT

Lille Chelsea 1 2 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Craig Burley explains why it was so important for Chelsea's young core to get a victory at Lille. A brilliant late strike by Willian earned an otherwise unimpressive Chelsea a 2-1 win at Lille in Champions League Group H on Wednesday. Brazilian Willian volleyed home with 12 minutes left on his 300th Chelsea appearance after Tammy Abraham's opener had been cancelled out by Lille's Victor Osimhen in the first half. - Chelsea ratings: Willian, Abraham show skills in key road win Chelsea are third on three points behind second-placed Valencia who beat the Premier League side in the opening...

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