Year: 2019

first_img Divock Origi 1 Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers accepted after the game that a wasteful performance in front of goal had cost his side in a disappointing performance against FC Sion.Liverpool took an early lead through Adam Lallana after only four minutes but were pegged back a mere 15 minutes later.Divock Origi and Lallana had a hatful of chances to win the game for the Reds and Rodgers admits Liverpool must improve in front of goal.“The result was disappointing, considering the number of chances we created,” he told BT Sport Europe.“We worked well and had a good start but gave away a disappointing goal with a young player just learning the game, it was probably their only chance.“To give away a goal like and create as many chances as we did, you’ve got to have enough quality to finish and that was unfortunately the story for us.“We worked hard but we should have scored the goals with the chances we created.”Origi showed glimpses of the potential that convinced Liverpool to splash out on him after the 2014 World Cup, but was guilty of missing several chances.Rodgers added: “We had a number of chances and you’ve got to be clinical. They were real good chances and unless you score them you won’t win at this level.“Give credit to them, they worked hard and defended well but we’re disappointed because we have to win a game like that.”On Origi’s performance, he said: “I thought Divock did well; all that was missing was a goal and he’ll be disappointed as he needs to add that to his game over the years.”last_img read more

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first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Chelsea are searching for a permanent successor to Jose Mourinho and Massimiliano Allegri is the favourite for the job despite the Juventus boss denying he is in the frame, with another Italian, Antonio Conte, next in the betting.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

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first_img Zlatan Ibrahimovic assisted the opener before scoring the winner Zlatan Ibrahimovic hailed Paris Saint-Germain’s ‘patience’ as they knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League.The Swedish forward assisted the opener before scoring the winner as the Ligue 1 side won 4-2 on aggregate to advance to the last eight of the competition – read the full report here.The 34-year-old told BT Sport: “We did a good game, we did a very stable game. We had a lot of patience in our possession.“When we had a chance to strike we were creating the chances. We scored two goals and had more chances but it was enough to win the game.“I think we wanted to control the game and let’s say they were letting us control the game and they were striking when we did our mistakes, and that’s how the goal came for Chelsea.“But it was a solid game. We’re happy, we’re through. We’re doing good things, let’s continue to work hard and give our best.“Where we end up we don’t know. We’re happy at the moment but we’re not satisfied, so hopefully we can continue.”CHAMPIONS LEAGUE REACTION: ‘An act of betrayal!’ – Chelsea fans slam Eden Hazard, who swapped shirts at half-time 1last_img read more

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first_img1 Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland has signed a new contract with the club taking him through to the summer of 2021.Butland, who joined the Potters in January 2013 on a four-and-a-half-year deal, only signed a fresh contract taking him through to 2019 around a year ago.The 23-year-old has since succeeded the departed Asmir Begovic as first-choice stopper and put in a series of impressive displays this season.Reports have suggested England international Butland – linked with some major sides this term – has been rewarded by Stoke for his fine efforts with a significant pay rise.Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes said on the club’s official website: “We are naturally delighted that a player of Jack’s quality has signed a long-term contract.“We’ve always held Jack in the very highest regard but he has exceeded even our expectations since Mark (Hughes, the Stoke manager) selected him as our first choice goalkeeper.“As a club we feel it’s important that we tie down our talented young players on lengthy contracts and Jack’s new deal is a fitting reward for his progress this season.” Butland joined the Potters in 2013 from Birmingham last_img read more

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1 Jordan Rhodes’ stoppage-time winner gave Sky Bet Championship leaders Middlesbrough their sixth straight victory as they beat already-relegated Bolton 2-1 at the Macron Stadium.Boro were trailing to the club propping up the division when Josh Vela scored but after Rhodes levelled in the 73rd minute, Boro mustered another late winner for the second time in five days, this time through their £9million striker.When they kicked off last Saturday, Boro were trailing Burnley by four points but three successive wins meant they have put five points between themselves and the Clarets ahead of their trip to Birmingham on Saturday afternoon, with second-placed Brighton now four points off the pace.It also means that Aitor Karanka’s side have still not dropped points since the Spaniard returned to the dugout following a training-ground walk-out in March that had threatened to derail their season.Bolton, who started the day 56 points below their visitors, were as long as 12-1 with certain bookmakers before the game, and the title-chasing visitors did much of the early running.Adam Forshaw was rewarded with a start having scored the injury-time winner that sent Boro top in midweek and he almost struck inside a minute with a shot which went over the top.Rhodes somehow completely missed Albert Adomah’s enticing cross, Daniel Ayala nodded over from a corner and Stewart Downing then rattled the crossbar with an attempt from almost 30 yards that came down and bounced away from Ben Amos’ line.Despite their predicament, Wanderers have only been beaten by more than one goal at home once this term and they were posing threats themselves with a couple of dangerous balls across the six-yard box from Zach Clough and Darren Pratley.Clough will be one of the players Bolton are keen to hang on to when they reshape their squad this summer and he showed why with a run from inside his own half which resulted in Mark Davies back-heeling straight at Dimi Konstantopoulos.After Clough had landed a curling effort on to the roof of the net, Rhodes headed straight at Amos and Ritchie de Laet blazed Emilio Nsue’s lay-off over to draw a goalless first half to a close.Just 12 minutes after the resumption Karanka decided to bring on Gaston Ramirez, yet he was unable to make an instant impact as the hosts grabbed the lead.Niall Maher’s long throw was nodded on by Middlesbrough’s Adam Clayton and Emile Heskey was able to roll the ball back for Vela to sweep in his second goal of the campaign.There was little evidence that Boro were going to get back into the game but they did exactly that with 17 minutes to go as Rhodes levelled.From Forshaw’s right-wing cross, Rhodes’ initial header was blocked by David Wheater but, with Amos having already committed to the attempt, the Boro striker was able to roll home a simple finish when the ball came back to him.Four minutes later the visitors should have been ahead as De Laet’s cross was volleyed over six yards out by Ramirez, who was unable to keep the ball down when reaching for a delivery that was slightly behind him.Karanka finally introduced David Nugent with three minutes to go and his arrival proved pivotal.Rhodes had already gone close to a winner twice, directing one header narrowly wide before hitting the post with an overhead kick, and the Scotland international then glanced home a Nugent cross at the back post to keep Boro’s title charge on track ahead of a trip to Burnley on Tuesday. Jordan Rhodes hit a double for Boro read more

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first_imgLouis van Gaal accepts Manchester United will have failed if they miss out on Champions League qualification, but remains confident he will be kept on as manager.Tuesday’s 3-2 loss at West Ham on Tuesday meant the Red Devils wasted the chance to wrest fourth spot from Manchester City.Van Gaal’s men now need to win against Bournemouth and hope City fall at Swansea – a tough ask underlined by bookmakers’ odds of 7-1 on United usurping Manuel Pellegrini’s men on Sunday.Failing to reach the Champions League cost David Moyes his job two years ago and speculation is rife that the Dutchman could follow suit, with Jose Mourinho’s desire to return to management only fuelling such talk.Furthermore, Van Gaal’s name was conspicuous by its absence as investors and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward sidestepped the subject of the manager’s position following the announcement of United’s third-quarter results.Hours later, though, the manager remained steadfast in his belief that he would be kept, bristling at the suggestion it would be harder to keep the players’ concentration given they know he plans to retire at the end of next season.“Yeah, but you and your colleagues have sacked me for six months, so I have worked with these circumstances already for six months and we are still in the race,” he said. “You cannot say that we are not.“We can win the FA Cup. How many are still in the race? How many? It’s not so much so.“Of course, when we don’t qualify ourselves we don’t reach our aim. That is true because our aim was to qualify ourselves for the Champions League. That was our aim.“But we are in the final of the FA Cup and we are in the race in the last match – mathematically we can qualify ourselves still. How many clubs can say that?“Of course you can say Manchester United need to be champions – yes, I know, the expectations are like that, but I don’t think that is realistic.“And I have said I shall be here, that is my opinion, so the board has to decide if it is like that. That is a different way of looking to the situation.”Van Gaal foresees no issues with players’ attitude if given the chance to stay on and see out his final campaign of his three-year contract.After the 2016-17 season the Dutchman wants to “go spoiling my wife” during retirement and refused to be drawn on how he would react should United offer him an extension.“That is ‘if’ and I want to keep to the facts,” Van Gaal said. “Also when it is positive for me, it’s not good – you cannot talk about if, only talk about the facts.“The facts are that we are still fighting for Champions League qualification.“We depend on Man City, okay, but we are still fighting and then we are still fighting for the FA Cup. Okay, and then we shall see what the board is deciding.”Regardless of whether Van Gaal is in charge, missing out on the top-four would certainly look to make it harder to bring elite talent to Old Trafford over the summer.“Re-tooling” is how Woodward described the process of change at the club and Van Gaal believes Old Trafford remains an attractive proposition.“In your eyes it’s difficult to attract players of a certain level, but I can assure you that it is not like that always,” he said.“Sometimes it is happening like that but I cannot say the things how they are because then I interfere with the transfer policy of our club. But it is not like you think.“It is always three parties – us, the club, the player himself and then it is not always the player. The player wants to come, in general.“Of course there are players who would prefer Real Madrid, but there are players of Real Madrid who want to leave there or Barcelona or Paris St Germain. It depends on a lot of circumstances” Louis van Gaal watches on as Manchester United lose to West Ham 1last_img read more

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first_img Wayne Rooney celebrates with his team-mates after opening the scoring Marcus Rashford celebrated his maiden England call-up with a fine strike as Manchester United overcame Bournemouth.The match took place two days after a bomb scare forced its hasty rearrangement and United coasted to a 3-1 victory.Error rather than terror proved to be at the heart of the issue that saw the original match abandoned, with a private security firm having left a fake bomb inside Old Trafford following a training exercise.United refunded all fans with tickets for Sunday’s match and offered them free entry to the rearranged game, but a number stayed away as Rashford followed Monday’s England call-up with a lovely goal in a win that belatedly brought the Premier League to a close.The 18-year-old’s impressive finish made it eight goals in 17 matches since making his first-team debut less than three months ago and came between a Wayne Rooney goal and another that the United captain created superbly.The England skipper opened the scoring by ending a fine team move – his 100th Premier League goal at Old Trafford – before beautifully clipping the ball over for substitute Ashley Young to score late on.The three points see United usurp Southampton in fifth and secure a place in the Europa League group stage, but whether Louis van Gaal is still presiding over the team by then remains to be seen as fresh reports about Jose Mourinho were compounded by a bleak first half. Van Gaal was booed by some supporters after the final whistle as he addressed the crowd.There was never any chance of the club-record 19 goals required to wrest fourth place and Champions League football from Manchester City, but not even Chris Smalling’s late own goal will prevent United entering the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace in good heart. 1last_img read more

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first_imgFormer England defender Jamie Carragher has told talkSPORT Wayne Rooney’s only chance of a starting spot at Euro 2016 is in midfield, with Tottenham star Harry Kane the Three Lions’ best option up front.Rooney, the current England captain and the nation’s all-time top scorer, will almost certainly be selected for Roy Hodgson’s final 23-man squad for the summer’s finals in France, but there is some doubt over his role in the team.Premier League golden boot winner Kane, title-winning Leicester striker Jamie Vardy and Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge are all thought to be ahead of Rooney in the running for a place in Hodgson’s attack, and the skipper even admitted recently that he is open to playing in a deeper role.“If Wayne Rooney is going to play at Euro 2016, he’s got more chance of playing in midfield than at centre-forward,” Carragher said in an exclusive interview with Drivetime.“Harry Kane is England’s best striker and he has to play on the back of the season he’s had for Tottenham. He’s a fantastic player and he has to be one of the first names on the team sheet.“Now, it’s just a case of whether Wayne plays just behind him as a second striker, or Roy plays him further back in midfield.”Rooney has featured in the deeper role for Manchester United this season, impressing with his range of passing and work rate after struggling as a striker under Louis van Gaal.There is a strong argument to suggest the veteran is the best option in midfield, and Carragher believes it will actually be one of Kane’s teammates from club level who Rooney will be competing with for a starting role.He added: “Wayne can play there, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that, and it think he may actually be competing for a place with Dele Alli, who has had a great season and made a great impact for Spurs and England this season.“There’s more chance of Rooney playing in midfield if he’s going to start at the Euros, which I expect him to do because of his experience and what he did during the qualifiers.”Listen to talkSPORT’s EXCLUSIVE interview with Jamie Carragher in full above!last_img read more

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first_imgRyan Giggs is set to turn down a new role at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho and end his 29-year-association with the club.The Welshman has been assistant boss for the past two years after calling time on his glittering playing career in 2014.Giggs was being groomed for the top job and believed he was in prime position to eventually succeed Louis van Gaal.But after deciding to sack Van Gaal this summer, United instead moved to appoint the experienced Mourinho as their next boss.Giggs still has a year left on his contract at Old Trafford but Mourinho wants to bring in trusted assistant Rui Faria as his number two at Old Trafford.The 42-year-old is understood to have been offered a lesser role on the United coaching staff to try and convince him to stay on, but has yet to even hold talks with Mourinho.And, according to widespread reports, Giggs is now preparing to cut ties with the club and seek a managerial position elsewhere.That would end a glorious association with United.Having joined United as a 14-year-old, Giggs went on to play a record 963 times for the club, scoring 168 goals.He is also their most decorated player, with 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League successes among the honours he collected in his career. Ryan Giggs celebrates Manchester United’s FA Cup win 1last_img read more

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first_img Spain striker Alvaro Morata 1 Juventus star Alvaro Morata is a wanted man.Arsenal are just one of the clubs being linked with a move for the striker, along with Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.At Euro 2016 with Spain, the player may have been hoping to impress his suitors, who are likely to sign him once Real Madrid have activated a buy-back clause in the player’s contract.Unfortunately, the 23-year-old centre forward didn’t put in his best showing against Czech Republic in Group D, and was substituted after just 62 minutes.So, what did Gooners think about Morata’s performance? You can see below…last_img read more

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