Arsenal target to resolve his future in the coming weeks

first_img Jackson Martinez 1 Arsenal target Jackson Martinez has admitted that he does not know where his future lies – but says it will be sorted once he returns to Portugal.The Porto striker featured for Colombia at the World Cup and has been coveted by Arsenal as well as AC Milan, Roma and Valencia.As talkSPORT told you on Thursday, Porto insist the prolific striker, who has scored 46 goals in 60 league games since his arrival, will not leave unless his £32m release clause is met.And now the man himself, 27, has refused to rule out a departure and revealed that his future will be decided shortly.Talking to Portuguese newspaper Record, he said: “I will go to Portugal and we’ll see what my future will hold then.“I do not know what will happen but everything will be decided soon but for now I’m going to focus on Porto.“Am I learning English or Italian? Well now I speak only Portuguese.“It would be completely disrespectful to talk about another club when I’m contracted to Porto for another two years.”last_img read more

The Premier League transfer SPENDING table updated – Who is number one now?

first_imgTottenham Hotspur currently sit on top of the Premier League table after two games, but how would it look according to TRANSFER EXPENDITURE?Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United have once again all spent big, but who is number one?It has been another summer of eye-watering amounts spent by Premier League clubs on players, with an estimated figure of around £700m lavished on new talent – a figure that is expected to rise even more by the time the window closes at the end of the month.Money talks in football and talkSPORT has ranked the clubs in order of NET SPEND to calculate the true figure of their investments.Click the arrow to see who is the biggest spender in the Premier League.All figures from, correct up to and including 26 August 2014. 15. Stoke City – £2.5m NET SPEND (Spent: £4m; Received: £1.5m) – Click the arrow for more – Mark Hughes is another manager to take advantage of the free transfer list, but his most eyebrow-raising acquisition has been Bojan Krkic of Barcelona. 20 16. Tottenham Hotspur – £2m NET SPEND (Spent: £22.5m; Received: £20.5m) – Following their expensive summer in 2013, this year was always going to be quiet in comparison for Spurs. However, they have made some acquisitions, recruiting four players including young defender Eric Dier from Sporting Lisbon. 9. Newcastle United – £16m NET SPEND (Spent: £29m; Received: £13m) – Click the arrow for more – Another team to have bought smart have been Newcastle. The signing of Jack Colback on a free transfer could prove to be a stroke of genius, while the capture of Emmanuel Riviere looks to be an excellent piece of business at around £8.8m. 20 19. Chelsea – £2m PROFIT (Spent: £82m; Received: £84m) – Click the arrow for more – The Blues have once again been one of the biggest spenders, but they have arguably been the smartest, recruiting some of the most recognisable faces in European football. The biggest arrivals have been Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, while the club also bid farewell to David Luiz who joined Paris Saint-Germain and Romelu Lukaku who joined Everton. 20 20. Southampton – £46m PROFIT (Spent: £50m; Received: £96m) – Click the arrow for more – It has been a difficult summer for Southampton. The Saints have seen their ranks plundered by Premier League sides, with five first team players sold for sizable amounts, but that hasn’t stopped boss Ronald Koeman spending, with the Dutchman having lavished a calculated £50m on five arrivals. 20 20 6. West Ham – £23.5m NET SPEND (Spent: £23.5m; Received: £0m) – Click the arrow for more – Despite the consternation over Sam Allardyce’s position as manager, the Hammers have certainly given him money to spend this summer. 20 20 5. Manchester City – £30m NET SPEND (Spent: £54m; Received: £24m) – Click the arrow for more – Financial restrictions looked to be limiting Man City’s movements in the transfer market, but the sale of Jack Rodwell and Javi Garcia ensured the reigning champions were able to splash out a reported £32m (rising to £34m) on Eliaquim Mangala. 20 8. QPR – £17.5m NET SPEND (Spent: £21m; Received: £3.5m) – Click the arrow for more – QPR chairman Tony Fernandes insists he has learned valuable lessons from the Rs’ last foray into the top flight and as such has taken a more pragmatic approach to transfers this time around. The free transfer of Rio Ferdinand has impressed most, but the club have splashed a sizable sum on the recruitment of Steven Caulker, Jordon Mutch and Leroy Fer. 20 20 20 2. Liverpool – £55m NET SPEND (Spent: £130m; Received: £75m) – Click the arrow for more – The Merseysiders have dominated the transfer window for most of the summer, with boss Brendan Rodgers making no fewer than eight signings (although Divock Origi has returned to Lille on loan). The club have seen a number of big name arrivals following the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, the latest of whom has been Mario Balotelli from AC Milan. 20 20 14. Burnley – £4.25m NET SPEND (Spent: £4.25m; Received: £0m) – Click the arrow for more – It has been a case of make do and mend for Burnley who are embarking on their return to the top flight. Boss Sean Dyche has brought in six players, three of whom were out of contract, with the most expensive being the arrival of Lukas Jutkiewicz for a reported £2.25m. 20 20 11. Leicester City – £8.5m NET SPEND (Spent: £8.5m; Received: £0m) – Click the arrow for more – The Premier League new boys may not have the endless resources the rest of the top-flight boasts, but they have spent when necessary. The Foxes biggest signing has been Leonardo Ulloa from Brighton. 20 20 7. Hull City – £19.75m NET SPEND (Spent: £19.75m; Received: £0m) – Click the arrow for more – Steve Bruce has made it clear he wants Hull City to progress this season, and he’s ensured they have the perfect opportunity to by securing five players, including the permanent signing of Jake Livermore and the signings of Robert Snodgrass and Tom Ince. 20 4. Everton – £32m NET SPEND (Spent: £32m; Received: £0m) – Click the arrow for more – Everton’s lack of sizable funds is something that has hindered the club for a number of years, but those days look to be behind them. The Toffees sanctioned a gigantic £28m move for Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea, to add to the free transfer for Gareth Barry and the signing of Muhamed Besic. 13. Aston Villa – £7.2m NET SPEND (Spent: £7.5m; Received: £0.3m) – Click the arrow for more – The uncertainty surrounding the future of Aston Villa has naturally had a knock on effect to the club’s summer spending. Manager Paul Lambert has been restricted in recruiting players, the most expensive being Carlos Sanchez from Elche for around £5m. 18. Swansea City – £2m PROFIT (Spent: £23m; Received: £25m) – Click the arrow for more – The Swans have been particularly busy this summer – bringing in seven players and shedding their squad of nine. The biggest signing for boss Garry Monk has been that of Gylfi Sigurdsson, while he has seen both Michel Vorm and Ben Davies move to Tottenham. 20 10. West Brom – £11.5m NET SPEND (Spent: £11.5m; Received: £0m) – Click the arrow for more – West Brom have taken full advantage of the free transfer list, bringing in three out of contract players, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t spent money. The Baggies have paid a reported £11.5m on players, with the most expensive being Dynamo Kiev’s Brown Ideye. 3. Arsenal – £47.5m NET SPEND (Spent: £66m; Received: £18.5m) – Click the arrow for more – In a complete contrast to last summer, the Gunners have been busy this year, recruiting no fewer than four first team players – the pick of the bunch being Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, who arrived for an estimated £35m. They have also been willing to let players go, with Thomas Vermaelen the most high-profile departure for a reported £15m. 17. Crystal Palace – £1m NET SPEND (Spent: £2.5m; Received: £1.5m) – Click the arrow for more – Crystal Palace have quickly gone from having a promising season to a team in flux following the departure of Tony Pulis. The club have spent just £2.5m on players, with former Liverpool defender Martin Kelly their costliest acquisition. 1. Manchester United – £126.5m NET SPEND (Spent: £135m; Received: £8.5m) – The future of Man United initially looked bright under Louis van Gaal, but his apparent squad limitations have forced the Dutchman to spend an eye-watering £135m on players so far, with that figure expected to rise further. The signings of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw have been followed by the arrivals of Marcos Rojo and Angel Di Maria – the latter for a reported £60m. 12. Sunderland – £7.5m NET SPEND (Spent: £15m; Received: £7.5m) – Click the arrow for more – The Black Cats started the summer in rather prudent fashion, but soon kick started the spending, with Jack Rodwell their biggest signing so far. 20last_img read more

CONFIRMED! Chelsea’s official 25-man Premier League squad and U21 list

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho has named his 25-man Premier League squad for the 2014/15 season.Premier League clubs had a deadline of 5pm on 3 September to submit a squad list containing no more than 17 players who do not fulfil the “Home Grown Player” status. The remainder of the squad, up to a total of 25 players, must be home grown.According to the Premier League, a Home Grown Player means a player who, irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21).Changes to the squad list may be made during the next transfer window. Under-21 players are eligible over and above the limit of 25 players per squad.Chelsea – Premier League squad listPlayer (‘Home Grown’ status in brackets)1 Cesar Azpilicueta Tanco (No)2 Willian Borges Da Silva (No)3 Gary James Cahill (Yes)4 Petr Cech (No)5 Thibaut Courtois (No)6 Diego Da Silva Costa (No)7 Oscar Dos Santos Emboaba Junior (No)8 Didier Drogba (No)9 Francesc Fabregas Soler (Yes)10 Eden Hazard (No)11 Branislav Ivanovic (No)12 Filipe Luis Kasmirski (No)13 Nemanja Matic (No)14 John Obi Mikel (No)15 Loic Remy (No)16 Mohamed Salah (No)17 Ramires Santos Do Nascimento (No)18 Andre Schurrle (No)19 Mark Schwarzer (No)20 John George Terry (Yes)Chelsea – Under 21 players (Contract and Scholars)1 Abraham, Tammy2 Aina, Temitayo Olufisayo Olaoluwa3 Ake, Nathan Benjamin4 Ali, Mukhtar Abdullahi5 Baker, Lewis Renard6 Bamford, Patrick James7 Beeney, Mitchell Ryan8 Blackman, Jamal Clint-Ross9 Boga, Jeremie10 Bolkiah, Faiq Jefri11 Brady, George12 Brown, Isiah Jay13 Chalobah, Nathaniel Nyakie14 Christensen, Andreas Bodtker15 Christie-Davies, Isaac David16 Clarke-Salter, Jake-Liam17 Colkett, Charlie18 Collins, Bradley Ray19 Conroy, Dion John20 Cuevas Jara, Cristian Alejandro21 Dabo, Sheik Mohamed Fankaty22 Dasilva, Jay Rhys23 Davey, Alex James24 Feruz, Islam25 Hazard, Thorgen Ganael Francis26 Houghton, Jordan27 Kalas, Tomas28 Kane, Todd Arthur Lucien29 Kiwomya, Andrew Alexander30 Loftus Cheek, Ruben31 McEachran, Joshua Mark32 Mitchell, Reece Steven33 Muheim, Miro Max Maria34 Musonda, Charles35 Musonda, Tika Kafusha36 Oliveira Dos Santos, Wallace37 Omeruo, Kenneth38 Palmer, Kasey Remel39 Pasalic, Mario40 Perica, Stipe41 Piazon, Lucas Domingues42 Rodriguez Gonzalez, Jhoao Leandro43 Sammut, Ruben44 Scott, Kyle45 Solanke-Mitchell, Dominic AyodelePremier League – Squad List 2014/1546 Swift, John David47 Tomori, Fikayo48 Traore, Bertrand49 Wakefield, Charlie Mark50 Wright, Kevin51 Zouma, Kurt Happy 1last_img read more

Euro 2016 qualifiers round-up: O’Shea rescues Irish incredible point in Germany

first_img1 Republic of Ireland’s John O’Shea celebrates scoring against Germany Republic of Ireland defender John O’Shea marked his 100th cap in style as he notched an equaliser with the last kick of the game to grab an incredible and invaluable point as they held Germany to a 1-1 draw.The World Champions dominated proceedings in Gelsenkirchen for long spells and it looked like being a long night for the visitors when Erik Durm rattled the crossbar after just six minutes.To say the Green Army were hanging on was an understatement as the Germans constantly poured forward. Toni Kroos was the architect of everything great about the host’s play, but goalkeeper David Forde was on hand twice to repel the midfielder.However, the Real Madrid star would not be denied a third time and eventually he broke the deadlock on 71 minutes after being allowed too much space to venture forward and dispatch a sweet effort in off the post.It was just reward for Germany’s dominance with the Irish restricted to little sight of goal with possibly their best chance coming when Robbie Keane narrowly missed out on converting James McClean’s cross.And that is what made O’Shea’s desperately late equaliser all the more surprising. With literally seconds left the Sunderland defender was somehow found in the box as he nipped ahead of Mats Hummels to beautifully flick the ball into Manuel Neuer’s bottom corner and send the travelling supports into raptures.Elsewhere in Group D, Scotland continued to make tangible progress in their hope of featuring in a first tournament since World Cup 1998 as they secured an excellent 2-2 draw in Poland.The Tartan Army did their best to minimise the vociferous home support in Warsaw but they could only succeed for so long and eventually fell behind to Krzysztof Maczynsk’s 11th minute strike.It was precisely what boss Gordan Strachan would have told his side to avoid, as the Polish midfielder capitalised on Alan Hutton’s poor clearance to sweetly send a low skidding shot in off the post.If the Scottish manager was left fuming on the sidelines, he was all smiles just seven minutes later when Shaun Maloney got the visitors back on level terms.An excellent team move involving Steven Fletcher and Ikechi Anya culminated in the Watford winger slipping a brilliant ball into the box, which gave Maloney the simplest of finishes.The Scots were clinging on to parity but they suddenly silenced the fervent home support when Steven Naismith slipped his man to divert James Morrison’s cross into the back of the net on 57 minutes.The goal came totally against the run of the play, but Poland refused to let their heads drop and Arkadiusz Milik, who scored in the shock 2-0 win over Germany, soon got the hosts back on level terms.The Ajax striker scored the pick of the goals as he picked up Artur Jedrzejczyk sensational ‘Hollywood’ crossfield ball, played a sweet one-two and ghosted past a stumbling Hutton to rifle a ruthless effort beyond David Marshall.Re-energised, the Polish went in search of the kill but Marshall repelled a blistering Robert Lewandowski strike before everyone gasped as substitute Sebastian Mila smashed the woodwork for the hosts.But Scotland would hold on to secure what could be a crucial point in what is shaping up to be a very open Group D. Republic of Ireland sit joint top on seven points with Poland, while Germany and the Scots remain three points behind.Finally, in Group F there was a shock as Northern Ireland cemented their place at the top of table with a heroic 2-0 win over Greece.Derby forward Jamie Ward got the first goal of the game after just nine minutes when he prodded home Oliver Norwood’s corner.And Norwich City’s Kyle Lafferty made sure of the victory six minutes into the second half as he sped past Kostas Stafylidis on the counter and slipped the ball into the back of the next from just outside the area.last_img read more

Man United line-up against Crystal Palace: Midfielder to solve defensive crisis?

first_img Manchester United welcome Neil Warnock’s Crystal Palace to Old Trafford on Saturday Manchester United welcome Neil Warnock’s Crystal Palace to Old Trafford on Saturday as they look to kick-start their Premier League campaign.Last weekend’s defeat in the Manchester derby signified United’s worst start to a season since 1986/87, with just thirteen points from 10 league games.And to compound their woes Chris Smalling’s dismissal and Marcos Rojo’s dislocated shoulder leave the Red Devils with just one recognised centre-back heading into the game.While, Louis Van Gaal has big decisions as to who comes in at the back, Radamel Falcao is once again ruled out and it will interesting to see if World Cup winner Juan Mata returns to the starting XI or remains on the bench.Here’s how Man United could line up against Crystal Palace:GoalkeeperSpain international David De Gea has seen his stock rise with recent weeks with stand-out performances against league leaders Chelsea and City.The Spaniard will continue between the sticks and hope United’s defenders return to fitness sooner rather than later to bring consistency and familiarity along the back-line.DefenceSmalling and Rojo’s absence leaves a gaping hole at the back, with Jonny Evans and Phil Jones ruled out.Tyler Blackett, who started all of United’s game until his red at Leicester City, could come in alongside Michael Carrick, who made his return against City, although Northern Irishman Paddy McNair is a viable option for either.MidfieldMarouane Fellani has enjoyed his best run of form as United player in recent weeks following his £27million arrival from Everton last season. The Belgian should continue alongside Daley Blind, who’s effectiveness at keeping it simple is not lost on the team.Ander Herrera could also return after a rib injury disrupted his bright start to his Old Trafford career and the Spaniard has added both craft and industry to United’s midfield.AttackAngel Di Maria is United’s best player and to get the most out of him he needs to be used centrally and more involved than he was against Chelsea and City.Given his versatility it’s no surprise he was played out wide to add an extra body in the middle, but he was arguably Real Madrid’s best player last season as part of a midfield three, or behind the front two.Robin Van Persie’s role continues to divide United fans with the Dutchman’s influence on games seemingly on the wane. But with Falcao out, the former Arsenal man will likely line-up alongside skipper Wayne Rooney, although crowd favourite James Wilson is knocking at the door in hope of starting place.Man Utd fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Crystal Palace? Comment below… 1last_img read more

I rejected the ‘Kenya One’ jersey – Matasi

first_img“If you notice, I am putting on jersey number 18. When we got into camp before the tournament, they wanted to give me the number one jersey but I refused. For me, Boni (Oluoch) is still Kenya One and I am still learning so many things from him. I am yet to get to his level,” Matasi told Capital Sport.Oluoch hasn’t had such a successful season with Gor Mahia despite playing a role in their run up to clinching the Kenyan Premier League title. Matasi on the other hand has been a pillar for his club Posta Rangers, aiding them to a fourth place finish.“I think I have really grown over time and much credit has to go to my coaches both at the club and national team level and the journey is still continuing,” the shot stopper said.Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi celebrates with FKF boss Nick Mwendwa after helping kenya clinch the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup final on December 17, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHe relived his penalty-saving antics saying it was all down to pre-match preparation and said he was confident that if the game was to be decided on penalties, then he would have stood tall and ensured Kenya won.“I was confident and even when they equalized at 2-2 I told the players to ensure they don’t score the winner because I know on penalties, they wouldn’t beat me. We had trained the previous day and I received some advice from my coach Haggai (Azande) which really worked,” the keeper noted.Matasi now hopes he can put in more yards of hard work to amass more caps for the national team with his eyes set on the African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana in Nairobi in September.The keeper says he believes he can attain that mark especially with Arnold Origi now unavailable for Kenya after picking up Norwegian citizenship and his biggest competition being Boniface Oluoch.“My target is the Ghana game and it will make me very proud to don the Kenyan jersey in between the posts. I will work hard and hopefully I can get a few more games to build my confidence. Competition is stiff but I trust that I will achieve that dream,” the goalkeeper added.He only conceded two goals in six matches at the Senior Challenge Cup, both coming in the final against Zanzibar.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi springs away in celebration after saving the match winning penalty from Zanzibar’s Mohammed Issa Juma during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup final on December 17, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 18- Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi has revealed that he rejected the chance to don the number one jersey at the recently concluded CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup over what he terms as respect for Gor Mahia’s Boniface Oluoch.Matasi was duly named goalkeeper and player of the tournament after his three penalty saves in the final saw Kenya clinch the title, but he reckons he is still far from getting to the level of his senior Oluoch.last_img read more

Spain great Casillas confronting twilight at Porto

first_img0Shares0000Iker Casillas won the Champions League with Real Madrid in 2000, 2002 and 2014 © AFP / FRANCISCO LEONGLISBON, Portugal, Feb 13 – From a king of Europe in Madrid to the substitutes’ bench with Porto, it’s been a rocky transition for three-time Champions League winner Iker Casillas following his departure from boyhood club Real in 2015.“San Iker”, the captain of Spain’s World Cup-winning side in 2010 and of back-to-back European Championship triumphs, now finds himself Porto’s back-up ahead of Wednesday’s last-16 clash against Liverpool. Casillas, who made his Champions League debut as a tender 18-year-old in 1999, holds the competition record with 170 appearances spread over a remarkable 19 seasons. But an apparent lack of application in training prompted his coach to replace Casillas, who is now 36, as Porto’s first-choice goalkeeper.While away to RB Leipzig during the group stage in mid-October, Porto boss Sergio Conceicao dropped the veteran Spaniard — a European champion with Real in 2000, 2002 and 2014 — in favour of 25-year-old Portuguese deputy Jose Sa.While the baptism of fire did Sa few favours as Porto slid to a 3-2 defeat in Germany, it symbolised the passing of the torch as Sa went on to establish himself in the club’s number one jersey.The change to the hierarchy led former Portugal international Conceicao to clarify the situation during a press conference, where he pointed the finger at Casillas for a lack of drive and energy during the team’s daily training sessions.“With Iker, it’s not a disciplinary problem. I demand all of my players to always be at 100 percent at training and I can’t close my eyes to the fortnight of training that didn’t meet my demands. Iker understood it,” Conceicao explained.– Casillas stays positive –Far from engaging in a stand-off with his coach, as he did during Jose Mourinho’s tenure at Real, Casillas doubled down and ruled out any move away from the club in January.“Everyone drops to the bench one day, there are not only 11 players. I like to train, push myself and fight for a starting place,” the Madrid-born Casillas said in December.While there is no guarantee the Spaniard will regain the first-choice role at Porto, he can at least draw some comfort from a series of promising run-outs in the two domestic cup competitions.Casillas was unable to prevent Porto’s penalty-shootout defeat to Sporting in the League Cup last month, but he gave an assured display to help secure a 1-0 advantage over the Lisbon outfit in the semi-finals of the Portuguese Cup a week ago.That match marked the 100th in Porto colours for Casillas, and demonstrated the 36-year-old still has the ability required to shine at the top level.Back in Conceicao’s good graces, the Porto coach even hinted recently that Casillas could be in line for a return to the leading role between the posts.“I have four fantastic goalkeepers and Iker has worked really well these past weeks so I won’t reveal who I’m going to start, it’s the position where I have the most uncertainty,” Conceicao said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Columbus beats holders Toronto in MLS season opener

first_imgHiguain opened the scoring in the 44th as Milton Valenzuela collected a long diagonal ball from Artur near the endline and sent a cross back for the Argentina veteran to fire home a shot that Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono couldn’t control.It was a fitting first goal of the season for Higuain, who engineered a series of dangerous Crew attacks in the first half to set the tone for the visitors’ victory.Zardes, acquired from the Los Angeles Galaxy in an offseason trade, doubled the score less than a minute into the second half, sliding a shot past Bono from a well-timed pass from Pedro Santos.That proved enough as Toronto saw two chances go begging in the second half, when Sebastian Giovinco’s curling shot in the 65th minute and Ager Aketxe’s long-range effort in the 78th both hit the woodwork.“Wonderful,” Crew captain Wil Trapp said. “The performance was excellent. The first half was really good, from a possession standpoint, creating chances, defensively being agile.“We did a wonderful job. And then second half we score early. We lost a little bit of the grip, but the intensity and ability to battle through a tough environment, tough team, was excellent.”For Toronto, the deflating defeat spoiled a day that started with a pre-game ceremony presenting the three trophies won by Toronto last season: the MLS Cup, the Supporters’ Shield as the team with the best regular-season record and the Canadian championship trophy.Giovinco thought that look back to the past may have been detrimental.“We continued to show the trophies, to think about what happened last year. This is not good,” he said. “We have to think this year is a very difficult year … “We have to change mentality.”More concerning, Toronto’s Victor Vazquez limped off in the 53rd minute, raising injury worries as Toronto look toward their CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final tie with Mexican side Tigres that begins on Wednesday.Toronto captain Michael Bradley said the team must regroup.“There is no place else to look other than at ourselves,” Bradley said. “This is what a lot of days will be like. We put this behind us quickly, get ready for a huge game on Wednesday.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Federico Higuain opened the scoring as Columbus Crew beat Toronto 2-0 in the first game of the 2018 Major League Soccer season © GETTY/AFP/File / Kevin C. CoxMONTREAL, Canada, Mar 3 – Toronto FC’s MLS Cup title defence got off to a rocky start Saturday as they fell 2-0 at home to Columbus Crew in the first game of the 2018 Major League Soccer season.Federico Higuain and Gyasi Zardes on either side of halftime lifted Columbus, who gained a measure of revenge after they were eliminated by Toronto in the Eastern Conference championship tie in last season’s MLS Cup playoffs.last_img read more

Rebic ruins Heynckes farewell as Frankurt shock Bayern

first_imgAfter Rebic’s opening goal, Robert Lewandowski equalised for Munich early in the second half.However, Rebic added his late second before substitute Mijat Gacinovic tapped into an empty net just before the whistle to delight Frankfurt fans and break Bayern’s hearts.“Everyone said that we’d be beaten out of the stadium,” said Frankfurt’s Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng.“But we showed heart and it was Bayern who were beaten.”This was supposed to be Heynckes’ farewell party with Bayern sending their 73-year-old head coach into retirement with the German cup and league double having wrapped up a sixth straight Bundesliga title.“It was an avoidable defeat and sometimes defeat belongs to sport,” said Heynckes graciously.“We made a serious mistake before they went 1-0 up. If you don’t exploit your chances, then you can’t win a cup match like that.“We also had bad luck, hitting the post twice, but we didn’t play with fluency or power and Eintracht are worthy cup winners.”It is exactly 30 years since Eintracht last won the German Cup as they lifted the trophy for the fifth time.“I am happy that we have won the cup after 30 years,” said Rebic.“The team deserves it, Bayern are always the favourites, but at the end it was us who won the cup.”Frankfurt’s Croatian head coach Niko Kovac reacts after the German Cup DFB Pokal final football match FC Bayern Munich vs Eintracht Frankfurt at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on May 19, 2018. © AFP / Tobias SCHWARZBayern made a bright start in the capital when Lewandowski hit the underside of the Frankfurt bar with just eight minutes gone.However, Frankfurt scored from their first clear chance.When Bayern midfielder James Rodriguez was robbed of possession in midfield, Kevin-Prince Boateng threaded a pass through to Rebic.The Croatia striker dodged the challenges of Bayern centre-backs Niklas Suele and Mats Hummels to plant his shot past Bayern keeper Sven Ulreich with 11 minutes gone.The shock goal sent a ripple of panic through the Bayern ranks as it was the third straight game they have fallen behind.– Clear penalty –Bayern went close with 25 minutes gone when Lewandowski fired wide of the empty goal after Franck Ribery and Thomas Mueller had already opened up the Eintracht defence.It should have been 2-0 to Eintracht eight minutes before half-time when Rebic squared for Jonathan De Guzman, who was unmarked, but the midfielder stumbled with the goal at his mercy.Tempers started to fray as Frankfurt defender Jetro Willems was booked for body-checking Joshua Kimmich but it stayed 1-0 at the break.Bayern drew level on 53 minutes when Suele combined with Kimmich, who picked out Lewandowski near the penalty spot to slot home the equaliser.Mats Hummels hit the post with a header with ten minutes left, but Frankfurt — and Rebic — were not to be denied.The Croatia international again burst in between Suele and Hummels and brilliantly lifted the ball over Ulreich.Bayern Munich’s Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez reacts after the German Cup DFB Pokal final football match FC Bayern Munich vs Eintracht Frankfurt at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on May 19, 2018. © AFP / Christof STACHEThe referee checked the replay on advice of the video assistant referee, but the goal stood to make it 2-1 on 82 minutes.Bayern were denied calls for a clear penalty after a foul on Javi Martinez deep into added time.“It was a penalty, but we shouldn’t start criticising,” added Heynckes, while Kovac admitted: “I have to say — it was a penalty”.With all Munich players in the Eintracht half and time running out, Frankfurt sealed the victory when Gacinovic got on the end of a Bayern corner, sprinted the length of the pitch to slot into an empty net in the 96th minute.The Eintracht squad mobbed the 23-year-old and the referee blew the whistle to trigger the Frankfurt party.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Frankfurt’s Croatian forward Ante Rebic (L) gets past Bayern Munich’s German defender Niklas Suele to score the opening goal during the German Cup DFB Pokal final football match FC Bayern Munich vs Eintracht Frankfurt at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on May 19, 2018. © AFP / Christof STACHEBERLIN, Germany, May 19 – Ante Rebic ruined Jupp Heynckes’ farewell as Bayern Munich coach on Saturday with the Croatia striker scoring twice as Eintracht Frankfurt claimed an upset 3-1 win in the German Cup final.The victory gave Eintracht boss Niko Kovac his first trophy as a coach in his final match before leaving to take over from Heynckes at Bayern.last_img read more

Spurs keeper Lloris charged with drink-driving

first_imgLloris was pulled over in a routine stop at 2:20 am (0120 GMT) in Gloucester Place, central London.The 31-year-old was reported to have failed a roadside breathalyser test and has been released on bail to appear at Westminster magistrates’ court next month.After spending seven hours in a cell, Lloris, a married father of two, returned home on foot and refused to answer questions from reporters.“A man has been charged following a routine patrol stop in Gloucester Place, W1,” a Metropolitan Police spokesperson told AFP.“Hugo Lloris, 31, of East Finchley, was charged with drink driving on Friday, 24 August.“He has been bailed to return to Westminster magistrates’ court on Tuesday, 11 September.”France won their second World Cup with a 4-2 final win over Croatia, although Lloris was guilty of a bad mistake that allowed Mario Mandzukic to score in the Moscow title match.He had kept clean-sheets in France’s semi-final win over Belgium and their quarter-final success against Uruguay.Lloris signed a new Sh19mn (£150,000)-per-week deal at Tottenham during the summer as he was rewarded for another fine season.After leading France to their World Cup triumph, Lloris returned to domestic action with Tottenham.He featured in their opening two Premier League matches as Mauricio Pochettino’s side beat Newcastle and Fulham.Lloris is due to play for Tottenham in their league match at Manchester United on Monday.He has been with Tottenham since joining from Lyon in 2012, making 256 appearances for the north London club.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris charged with drink-drivingLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 24 – France’s World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris has been charged with drink-driving after the Tottenham keeper was stopped by police in the early hours of Friday morning.Just weeks after playing a key role in France’s World Cup glory, Lloris’s reputation has been tarnished by his late-night antics.last_img read more