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Al Ain beat River Plate on penalties to reach Club World Cup final

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:35:39 GMT

River Plate Al-Ain (4) 2 (5) 2 FT-Pens Al-Ain wins 5-4 on Penalty Kicks. Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats By Alexander CornwellAL AIN, United Arab Emirates, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Al Ain beat South American champions River Plate 5-4 on penalties to reach the Club World Cup final after their last-four clash finished 2-2 after 90 minutes and extra time on Tuesday.Al Ain goalkeeper Khalid Eisa saved the decisive penalty to earn his team a spot in Saturday's final where they will face Spain's Real Madrid or Japan's Kashima Antlers.River Plate's Gonzalo Martinez had the chance to put the Argentine team 3-2 ahead...

Barcelona's Lionel Messi after winning record fifth Golden Shoe: My success is unexpected

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:35:00 GMT

Lionel Messi moves ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo with his fifth Golden Shoe award, given to the leading goal scorer in European football. Lionel Messi said he never expected to have such a successful career after receiving his fifth Golden Shoe on Tuesday, for being the top goalscorer in Europe last season. The Barcelona forward scored 34 times in La Liga last season to claim his fifth Golden Shoe award, which is one more than Juventus's Cristiano Ronaldo has won. Fantasy Play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Pick your eight-man team and compete in the Champions League, Premier League, La Liga or Liga MX, then go head-to-head in leagues against your friends or people around the world. Sign up for free! How to play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Your team will be made up of eight players, at four different positions: two forwards, three midfielders, two defenders, and a goalkeeper. Find out more here. Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule - Newcomers to pick and avoid - Champions League names to know - La Liga names to know - Breaking down ESPN's scoring system Messi pipped Liverpool's Mohamed Salah to the prize after the Egyptian netted 32 times in the Premier League. "When I started playing I did not expect all this. My dream...

Tottenham Hotspur extend Jan Vertonghen's contract until 2020

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 09:37:00 GMT

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino plays down the 'rumours' suggesting he's in the running to replace Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. In a tough-to-call Champions League tie between Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund, Steve Nicol explains why Spurs' defence could make the difference. Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that they have extended defender Jan Vertonghen's contract until 2020. Spurs announced that they have agreed new terms with the Belgium international, who joined from Ajax in 2012 and has made 264 appearances. In September, 31-year-old Vertonghen said he was not concerned about his future and was optimistic that he would stay at Spurs beyond the current season. "I have an option in my contract. If Tottenham activate it, I'll be with them for another season, and I...

Zlatan Ibrahimovic signs Designated Player deal with LA Galaxy

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 09:34:00 GMT

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic set to stay with LA Galaxy, the FC crew examine the magnitude of the decision for the player, club and MLS as a whole. Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined the Los Angeles Galaxy and immediately left his mark with stunning goals, entertaining quotes & a memorable season. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed a contract that gives him Designated Player status ahead of the 2019 season, the LA Galaxy announced on Tuesday.  The former Sweden international was already under contract for next year but had chafed over a deal that paid him $1.5 million in 2018, a season in which he scored 22 goals and had 10 assists in 27 games and was nominated form the league's Most Valuable Player award.  "There was a lot of talks, a lot of rumors, a lot of whispers around. But actually...

USMNT player of the year Zack Steffen reflects on superb 2018, is ready for Man City

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 09:06:00 GMT

At the beginning of 2018, Zack Steffen hadn't played a minute for the United States men's national team. At the club level, he had been a starter with the Columbus Crew for just a single season, and the team's future in Ohio was very much in doubt. Twelve months later, the Crew are saved, Steffen is the U.S. No. 1 goalkeeper and he has just completed a multimillion-dollar transfer to Manchester City that will see him head back to Europe in July. That's enough to get a player named U.S. Soccer's...

Real Madrid boss Santi Solari: Jose Mourinho speculation is not a worry

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:51:00 GMT

ESPN FC's Mark Ogden and Rob Dawson delve into Man United's decision to sack Jose Mourinho and assess Ed Woodward's search for a new manager. Gab Marcotti delves into what went wrong for Jose Mourinho at Man United and addresses what his next move should be. Real Madrid coach Santi Solari rejected the idea he would be worried by speculation that Jose Mourinho could return to Bernabeu, while vice-captain Marcelo said it was "not for me to decide" if the Portuguese manager should return to the La Liga giants in the future. Sacked by Manchester United on Tuesday, Mourinho was Madrid coach from 2010 to 2013, winning the Liga title in his second season, but falling at the semifinal stage in the Champions League in all three seasons. His name dominated a...

Two teams, eight leagues apart: Clevedon Town face might of Manchester City in FA Youth Cup

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 07:52:00 GMT

Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Man City produced a convincing win over a battling Everton side in Manchester. Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Man City produced a convincing win over a battling Everton side in Manchester. Gabriel Jesus scored twice as Man City produced a convincing win over a battling Everton side in Manchester. Alejandro Moreno and Dan Thomas recap all the action from Saturday's array of fixtures in the Premier League. For a club that has invested heavily in their Academy structure, it was a surprise when Manchester City were dumped out of this year's UEFA Youth League, the under-19s equivalent of the Champions League. Last season, they went all the way to the semifinals in Switzerland before losing to eventual winners Barcelona in a 5-4 thriller. But while it was a shock for them to fail to make it out of the group stage for the first time since the tournament was inaugurated, defeat in this season's domestic...

PSG and Adrien Rabiot contract saga turns ugly but what does the future hold?

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 06:00:00 GMT

Thomas Tuchel is convinced PSG can beat Manchester United after the two European heavyweights were drawn against eachother in the UEFA Champions Leauge round of 16, but insists it will not be straight forward. Adrien Rabiot was supposed to become a shining example for Paris Saint-Germain. The Paris born-and-bred academy graduate who spent his whole career at the club, became a record breaking captain and won trophy after trophy while bleeding red and blue for the cause. But things have turned ugly between the French champions and the 23-year-old midfielder. Editors' Picks Watch on ESPN networks in the U.S. ESPN+ is America's home for a host of professional soccer leagues from around the world, highlighted by Italy's Serie A, Major League Soccer, UEFA Nations League and English FA Cup. | ESPN+ schedule Welcome to the 2018 FC 100 ESPN FC's experts ranked the best men's players and managers in world football. Check out the list. Jose Mourinho's Last Stand Deliberate isolation. Petty feuds. Constant turmoil. The Manchester United manager wouldn't have it any other way, writes Sam Borden. Kylian Mbappe and the curse of the World Cup Is there such a thing as peaking too early? Given all that Kylian Mbappe, just 19, has accomplished, we might soon find out. - Fantasy: Set lineups, check scores! PSG's sporting director, Antero Henrique announced in an interview with Yahoo on Monday that Rabiot has been banned from the first-team squad...

Chelsea chairman promises to stamp out discrimination as UEFA probe 'alleged racist incidents' at Europa match

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 05:21:00 GMT

Chelsea's Mauricio Sarri admitted that Eden Hazard's injury is not a serious one and that he was substituted as a precaution during their win over Brighton. Eden Hazard assisted the first and scored the second goal for Chelsea as the Blues escape Brighton with all three points. Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek spoke out on the alleged racism his England team mate Raheem Sterling received by some 'Blues' fans in Man City's 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge. LONDON -- Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck has pledged in an open letter to supporters that the club will not rest until it has "eliminated all forms of discrimination" after UEFA on Tuesday confirmed they are investigating "alleged racist incidents" during the Blues' match against Vidi in the Europa League earlier this month. Buck, who spoke to travelling Chelsea fans ahead of Sunday's match against Brighton to explain the club's stance on offensive chants and behaviour, also warned any individuals...

Tottenham's Kyle Walker-Peters boosted by mature display at Barcelona

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 04:53:00 GMT

In a tough-to-call Champions League tie between Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund, Steve Nicol explains why Spurs' defence could make the difference. Tottenham's Kyle Walker-Peters says he overcame the toughest mental challenge of his career so far at the Camp Nou last week. The 21-year-old full-back made only his second start of the season in the decisive Champions League showdown with Barcelona and suffered a nightmare start, losing the ball to Ousmane Dembele to score in the seventh minute. But he was pleased with his reaction in a game Spurs went on to draw 1-1, which was enough to put his team into the round of 16. And, as Tottenham now prepare...

Free pizza and a win? Portuguese side FC Famalicao buy pizzas for away fans

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 03:38:00 GMT

Fans of Portuguese side FC Famalicao enjoyed a memorable evening on Monday after watching their team zip to the top of the table with a win, as well as enjoying an added bonus at half-time. Those Famalicao supporters who travelled to Academica to watch the 1-0 victory were rewarded with complimentary pizzas at the interval, all paid for and laid on by their club as a show of gratitude. VÍDEO: Famalicão ofereceu pizza aos adeptos no jogo com a Académicahttps://t.co/psVeASButO pic.twitter.com/1vpEMDEsIj— maisfutebol (@maisfutebol) December 18, 2018 As such, Famalicao club executives bought roughly 60 pizzas and had them given out to fans in the away section...

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