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Barcelona forward Messi presented with Golden Shoe for record sixth time

Wed, 16 Oct 2019 06:07:29 GMT

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti provides the latest on the Catalonia protests and how they might affect La Liga. Shaka Hislop reacts to reports that Barcelona are interested in Marcus Rashford over Roberto Firmino. Alejandro Moreno breaks down Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's impact on El Clasico. Lionel Messi was presented with the European Golden Shoe on Wednesday for a record-breaking sixth time after holding off a challenge from Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe. Messi, 32, scored 36 league goals for Barcelona last season to finish ahead of Mbappe, who scored 33 in France, and Sampdoria's Fabio Quagliarella, who netted 26 times in Italy's Serie A. - ESPN La Liga fantasy: Sign up now! - When does the transfer window reopen? It was the third successive season that the Barca forward has...

Toe Poke Daily: Bust of PSG star Neymar goes on display on streets of Paris

Wed, 16 Oct 2019 04:05:30 GMT

Frank Leboeuf is not concerned about Neymar's latest injury having a negative impact on PSG's season. 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: Trent Alexander-Arnold plays his way into Guinness Book of World Records | Official! Success in Football Manager can get you into the real-life game Neymar will be quite literally showing his face on the streets of Paris on a daily basis for the next month after a new sculpture of the Paris Saint-Germain star went on...

Sources: Barcelona forced to change travel plans for La Liga clash with Eibar

Wed, 16 Oct 2019 03:15:49 GMT

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti provides the latest on the Catalonia protests and how they might affect La Liga. Shaka Hislop reacts to reports that Barcelona are interested in Marcus Rashford over Roberto Firmino. The ESPN FC crew are again at odds with Shaka Hislop's "random collection of teams" in his Power Rankings. Alejandro Moreno breaks down Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's impact on El Clasico. Barcelona have been forced to change their travel plans for this weekend's game against Eibar due to the ongoing protests in the city following a Spanish court ruling which saw nine Catalan separatists jailed for between nine and 13 years, sources have told ESPN FC. A strike has been called on Friday in Catalonia and a number of marches are planned across the region to protest at the ruling. Roads in and out of Barcelona are expected to be blocked, which could make it difficult for the Spanish champions...

Lazio handed partial stadium ban for fans' racist behaviour vs. Rennes

Wed, 16 Oct 2019 01:16:50 GMT

Lazio will face a partial stadium ban against Celtic on Nov. 7. Lazio have been ordered to close four sections of their stadium for their next Europa League home game due to racist behaviour by the Italian club's fans during a group stage match against Rennes earlier this month. European football's governing body UEFA said in a statement that Lazio must also display a banner carrying the words "#EqualGame" with the UEFA logo on it for the match against Celtic on Nov. 7. - Europa League group stage: All you need to know The club were also fined €20,000...

India salvage a point, while Bangladesh make one

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:50:00 GMT

Have you ever heard the sound of sixty thousand hearts breaking simultaneously? It sounds like, well... nothing. Just a vast, sudden, emptiness where there once was a wall of noise. It's eerie. On Monday, Jamal Bhuyan, captain of the Bangladesh national football team, all swagger and smirking confidence, had promised he'd break Indian hearts. On Tuesday, he did just that. It was his wicked delivery that Gurpreet Singh Sandhu flapped at, that Saad Uddin turned in to give Bangladesh the surprise lead...

Roberto Alvarado, Rodolfo Pizarro shine in Mexico's easy win over Panama

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:34:00 GMT

Roberto Alvarado (11) celebrates with teammates after opening the scoring for Mexico against Panama on Tuesday. Mexico is now two for two in the group stage of the CONCACAF Nations League. Following last week's 5-1 thrashing of Bermuda, El Tri returned home to collect another three points during Tuesday night's 3-1 win over Panama. The match also marked the Estadio Azteca debut for manager Gerardo "Tata" Martino, who now has 14 victories as national team boss. Positives Mexico's quick passing was brilliant to watch. The midfield and frontline regularly connected as a fluid and dynamic unit that rapidly moved...

Western Sydney Wanderers sign Germany international Nicolai Muller

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:41:00 GMT

Defending A-League champions Sydney FC kicked off with a 3-2 win over Adelaide United. A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers have signed German attacker Nicolai Muller from Eintracht Frankfurt to bolster their stocks. Muller, 32, joins on an injury replacement contract for Polish midfielder Radoslaw Majewski, who is sidelined with a long-term knee injury. The winger has been capped by Germany, while his former clubs include German sides Mainz, Hamburg and Hannover 96. - Ruthless Socceroos hit Chinese Taipei for seven - Ex-Premier League boss Scudamore to help A-League clubs - A-League...

Fans star as insipid 'Indiaaaaa' revert to normal

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:09:00 GMT

On Tuesday, in a crucial World Cup qualifier, India salvaged a 1-1 draw against Bangladesh with a last-gasp goal from a corner. From the high of Doha, Indian football seems to have returned to its normal resting state: oh-no-not-this-again. Forty-five minutes of insipid football from the Indians was followed by a forty-five of chaotic endeavour. They over-complicated set pieces. They over-simplified open play. They did not defend well. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu went from hero who stopped Qatar to the...

Mexico cruise to Nations League win over Panama

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 08:21:00 GMT

Mexico Panama 3 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Roberto Alvarado scored one of Mexico's three goals against Panama at Estadio Azteca. Roberto Alvarado and Jose Juan Macias scored on either side of halftime as Mexico cruised to a 3-1 win over Panama in a CONCACAF Nations League match on Tuesday in Mexico City. The win at Estadio Azteca ensured that Mexico won both their Nations League matches of the break after a 5-1 win at Bermuda last week. El Tri (2-0-0, six points) has command of Group B over Panama (1-0-2, six points) and Bermuda (1-0-2, six points). Mexico manager Gerardo "Tata" Martino relied on squad that...

A-League clubs hire former Premier League boss Richard Scudamore as special advisor

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 04:35:58 GMT

Defending A-League champions Sydney FC kicked off with a 3-2 win over Adelaide United. Former Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore has been appointed special advisor to the A-League clubs and head of league Greg O'Rourke. The appointment comes as the A-League, W-League, Y-League and E-League transition to independence from the FFA. Scudamore played a significant role in transforming the Premier League into the most-watched league in world sports, growing its revenues from £148 million in 1997-98 to the current £3.2 billion for 2019-20. - Full A-League ladder -...

Italy stay perfect in European Championship qualification with easy win in Liechtenstein

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 01:57:24 GMT

Liechtenstein Italy 0 5 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Italy celebrate their early qualification with a pummeling of Liechtenstein. Watch Euro qualifying on ESPN+. Gab Marcotti breaks down how Roberto Mancini has transformed the Azzurri into a brave and exciting side. Italy maintained their perfect record in Group J and clocked up their ninth international win in a row with a 5-0 thumping of Liechtenstein on Tuesday. The Azzurri were already qualified for the European Championship finals an locked up the top spot in the group with the runaway win. Federico Bernardeschi set Italy on the way in the second minute before Andrea Belotti, with a brace, Alessio Romagnoli and Stephan El Shaarawy added further goals in the final 20 minutes as Roberto Mancini's team...

Switzerland down Ireland to revive Euro 2020 hopes

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 01:56:00 GMT

Switzerland Republic of Ireland 2 0 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Switzerland boosted their campaign and dented Ireland's hopes with a 2-0 win. Watch Euro qualifying on ESPN+. Switzerland revived their hopes of qualifying directly for Euro 2020 and denied Ireland the chance to book their place in the tournament with a nervous 2-0 win, which threw their group wide open in rain-soaked Geneva on Tuesday. Haris Seferovic gave Switzerland a 16th-minute lead with a shot out of the blue in the Group D game and Shane Duffy turned Edimilson Fernandes' shot into his own net to wrap up the win in the third minute of stoppage time. - Euro 2020: Who will reach the finals? - Euro...

Spain into Euros with late goal over Sweden but lose David de Gea

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 01:11:00 GMT

Sweden Spain 1 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats A stuttering Spain qualified for Euro 2020 as a stoppage-time strike by substitute Rodrigo cancelled out Marcus Berg's opener for Sweden in a 1-1 draw in Group F on Tuesday. Having drawn against both Norway and Sweden in their last two matches on their trip to Scandinavia, the Spaniards will have plenty of work to do if they want to be considered among the favourites at next year's tournament. - Euro 2020: Who's in, who's got work to do With Sergio Ramos suspended following his yellow card...

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