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UEFA boss Aleksander Ceferin blasts Real Madrid president for "selfish" league scheme

Fri, 6 Dec 2019 06:28:05 GMT

Sid Lowe explains why it will be tough for Real Madrid to move on from Gareth Bale in January. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin criticised Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez on Friday for reportedly planning a "selfish and egotistical scheme" to create world leagues. Perez has approached financiers about backing the creation of two world leagues, each with 20 teams, according to a Financial Times report. It would rival FIFA's planned expansion of the Club World Cup from an annual seven-team competition to a 24-team event held every four years from 2021. - Champions League group stage: All...

Slavia Prague: Inter's Lukaku should apologise over racism claims

Fri, 29 Nov 2019 11:33:00 GMT

Steve Nicol still remains to be convinced by Romelu Lukaku despite his superb performance vs. Slavia Prague. Slavia Prague have rejected Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku's claim that he was the target of racist chants during their Champions League match and want him to apologise. Lukaku said the chants occurred on two different occasions on Wednesday. He added, "I hope UEFA does something, because the entire stadium behaved like that after the first goal by Lautaro [Martinez] and that's not nice for people watching the match.'' But Slavia said on Friday they "analysed available footages,...

Tottenham ball boy Callum Hynes: Mourinho high-five made 'my life'

Thu, 28 Nov 2019 08:47:00 GMT

Jose Mourinho is back, and the Football Agents' spin doctors are in overdrive. Jose Mourinho heaped praise on the Tottenham ball boy for his attention and reading of the game. The Tottenham ball boy who was praised by Jose Mourinho for his heads-up thinking during Spurs' thrilling 4-2 Champions League victory over Olympiakos on Tuesday has said the Portuguese coach's high-five following the goal he helped create not only made his day, but his "life." Fifteen-year-old Callum Hynes started a Spurs move that led to the side's 50th-minute equaliser against the Greek side by quickly supplying Serge Aurier with a ball to put back into play. Aurier then found a streaking Lucas...

Inter's Lukaku condemns racist abuse in Champions League clash in Prague

Thu, 28 Nov 2019 08:17:24 GMT

Brazil legend Pele weighs in on the recent incidents of racism in football and explains what needs to change. Shaka Hislop slams the "paltry" punishment handed down to Bulgaria for the racist incidents against England. Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku has said he was subjected to racist abuse in the 3-1 Champions League victory at Slavia Prague on Wednesday. The Belgium international appeared to report the abuse to the official in the first half after scoring a goal which was subsequently disallowed. - Champions League group stage: All you need to know - ESPN Champions League fantasy: Sign up now! "I said this the last time I was with the Belgian national team, UEFA should do something to solve this...

Liverpool police arrest five Napoli fans before Champions League draw

Wed, 27 Nov 2019 08:35:00 GMT

Both English heavyweights shared the spoils on Matchday 5 while Barcelona accounted for Dortmund 3-1. Craig Burley, Steve Nicol and Ale Moreno break down Liverpool's standing in the Champions League field. Five supporters of Italian Serie A club Napoli were arrested outside Liverpool's Anfield stadium before their 1-1 Champions League draw on Wednesday, Merseyside Police said. Three men were charged with violent disorder, one with affray and one with breach of peace, the police said in an official tweet. Officers policing the LFC v Napoli CL game have arrested 5 Napoli fans. 3 men were arrested for violent disorder and another was for affray following disorder on Walton Breck Rd before the game. A fifth man was arrested for breach of the peace at the turnstiles on Anfield Road.— Merseyside Police (@MerseyPolice) November 27, 2019 The arrests followed reports that some Napoli fans in the city centre were armed with golf clubs, which turned out to be flags and flagpoles that were later seized by the police. A Dejan Lovren header...

Barcelona doctors must find way to help Ousmane Dembele - Luis Suarez

Wed, 27 Nov 2019 04:32:00 GMT

Sid Lowe reacts to Ousmane Dembele's latest injury setback at Barcelona, which will keep him out for 10 weeks. Ale Moreno says Lionel Messi looked "untouchable" and Antoine Griezmann stayed disciplined in Barcelona's win. BARCELONA -- Luis Suarez says Barcelona's medical team must find a solution to the constant injuries teammate Ousmane Dembele is suffering. Dembele left the pitch in tears on Wednesday after 25 minutes of Barca's 3-1 win over his former side Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. Barca have since confirmed that he was taken off with a thigh strain and that he will have to undergo further tests to determine how serious the problem is. It's the ninth injury he has picked up since he joined the...

Dortmund's Jadon Sancho benched vs. Barcelona for lack of focus - Favre

Wed, 27 Nov 2019 03:36:00 GMT

Ale Moreno says Lionel Messi looked "untouchable" and Antoine Griezmann stayed disciplined in Barcelona's win. BARCELONA -- Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre said he left Jadon Sancho on the bench against Barcelona on Wednesday because he wanted players who "were focused." Sancho, 19, came on as a substitute at half-time at Camp Nou and scored a late consolation as Dortmund lost 3-1 to leave their progression in the Champions League hanging in the balance. They need to better Inter Milan's result against Barca in their final group game against Slavia Prague to reach the last 16. Favre picked a defensive...

Liverpool late show goes missing leaving Reds group stage work to do

Wed, 27 Nov 2019 03:34:00 GMT

Craig Burley, Steve Nicol and Ale Moreno break down Liverpool's standing in the Champions League field. LIVERPOOL, England -- For once, the late winner never came and Liverpool had to settle for a point. There will be some disappointment that they could not secure qualification from their Champions League group against Napoli at Anfield, but the truth is that this was the moment for a 1-1 draw if one had to happen at all. Jurgen Klopp's side are still in Europe and can still top Group E with a win or even a draw against FC Salzburg on the final group stage matchday. And if last-minute goals are being...

Liverpool sweating over Fabinho injury - Jurgen Klopp

Wed, 27 Nov 2019 03:12:00 GMT

Craig Burley, Steve Nicol and Ale Moreno break down Liverpool's standing in the Champions League field. LIVERPOOL, England -- Jurgen Klopp has admitted Liverpool are sweating on the fitness of Fabinho after the midfielder suffered an injury during the draw with Napoli on Wednesday. The Brazilian limped off after 19 minutes and was replaced by Georginio Wijnaldum as Liverpool were made to wait to guarantee Champions League qualification as they were held 1-1 by the Italian side at Anfield. "I don't know, he has pain, so that's not good," said Klopp. "He couldn't continue, and he is a really...

Barcelona ratings: Messi 9/10, Suarez 8/10 in convincing win

Wed, 27 Nov 2019 02:24:55 GMT

Ale Moreno says Lionel Messi looked "untouchable" and Antoine Griezmann stayed disciplined in Barcelona's win. BARCELONA -- Lionel Messi marked his 700th Barcelona appearance with a goal and two assists as the Spanish champions beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages on Wednesday. Luis Suarez opened the scoring at Camp Nou in the 29th minute with a well-taken finish after being teed up by Messi, rated No. 1 forward in the ESPN FC 100. The Uruguayan then turned provider, feeding Messi four minutes later after Mats Hummels had given the ball away to Frenkie de Jong. Substitute...

Lovren costs Liverpool a goal but scores one to make up for it in 6/10 showing vs. Napoli

Wed, 27 Nov 2019 02:24:14 GMT

Craig Burley, Steve Nicol and Ale Moreno break down Liverpool's standing in the Champions League field. Liverpool still have work to do to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League after they drew 1-1 against Napoli at Anfield on Wednesday. Visiting forward Dries Mertens beat a flimsy-looking offside trap to volley home from a tight angle to put the Italians ahead in the first half, before Dejan Lovren out-jumped Mertens to meet a second-half corner and head home to seal a point. Positives It was a pretty dismal display by Liverpool's high standards, but their ability to grind...

Salzburg beat Genk to set up group decider with Liverpool

Wed, 27 Nov 2019 02:14:40 GMT

Racing Genk FC Salzburg 1 4 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Salzburg will host Liverpool in their final group game on Dec. 10. Salzburg thumped Belgian side Genk 4-1 away on Wednesday to keep their hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout stage alive and set up a final-game decider against holders Liverpool. Two goals in as many minutes just before half-time laid the platform as third-placed Salzburg moved on to seven points in Group E, three behind leaders Liverpool and needing to beat Jurgen Klopp's team in Austria on Dec. 10 to advance. Salzburg, who lost 4-3 to Liverpool earlier in the group stage, would...

Forsberg double sends Leipzig into UCL round of 16

Wed, 27 Nov 2019 02:13:27 GMT

RB Leipzig Benfica 2 2 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Emil Forsberg struck twice late in the game to earn RB Leipzig a 2-2 draw against Benfica on Wednesday that saw the Bundesliga side advance to the Champions League knockout stages. Sweden international Forsberg scored an 89th minute penalty and then headed in another in stoppage time to send the Germans through with a game to spare and end Benfica's Champions League hopes for this season. Goals from Pizzi and Carlos Vinicius had put the visitors ahead before Forsberg's brace completed the hosts'...

Inter Milan beat Slavia Prague to keep Champions League knockout hopes alive

Wed, 27 Nov 2019 02:07:25 GMT

Slavia Prague Internazionale 1 3 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Lautaro Martinez scored as Inter Milan beat Slavia Prague. Inter Milan struck late to beat Slavia Prague 3-1 on Wednesday and stay in contention for a place in the Champions League round of 16 after a free-flowing game featuring many chances. Lautaro Martinez put Inter ahead in the 10th minute, connecting with a pass by Romelu Lukaku who beat two Slavia defenders on the right side of the box. The two swapped roles in the 35th minute, but the video referee disallowed Lukaku's effort because of a foul. Tomas Soucek levelled for Slavia but Inter sealed victory...

Liverpool left with work to do after rescuing draw vs. Napoli

Wed, 27 Nov 2019 01:58:20 GMT

Liverpool Napoli 1 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Liverpool and Napoli drew 1-1 in a cagey encounter at Anfield on Wednesday, leaving both sides with work to do to reach the last 16 in their final Champions League group matches. A Dejan Lovren header in the 65th minute cancelled out Dries Mertens' first-half opener for Napoli, who will head home the happier after another disciplined performance in which they defended deep but posed questions on the counter-attack. European champions Liverpool lead Group E on 10 points with Napoli a point behind...

Ziyech magic steers Ajax to vital win at Lille

Wed, 27 Nov 2019 01:57:39 GMT

Lille Ajax Amsterdam 0 2 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Quincy Promes and Hakim Ziyech celebrate during Ajax's win on Wednesday. Mercurial forward Hakim Ziyech scored one goal and laid on another as Ajax secured a 2-0 victory over hosts Lille in their Champions League Group H clash on Wednesday. Ziyech pulled the strings in attack for the Dutch side, giving his team an early lead before making the chance for the free-scoring Quincy Promes to net his 14th of the season in all competitions. Ajax, last season's semifinalists, top Group H with 10 points from five matches, two ahead of Valencia and Chelsea on eight each,...

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