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REAL MADRID UCL:ANCELOTTI REVEAinterLS KEY TO VICTORY AGAINST INTER MILAN

REAL MADRID UCL:ANCELOTTI REVEAinterLS KEY TO VICTORY AGAINST INTER MILAN

FIFA, Football, INTER MILAN, INTERNATIONAL, Real Madrid, UEFA
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed how he was able to mastermind Inter Milan’s downfall in Real Madrid’s 1-0 narrow win at the San Siro on Wednesday night. A Rodrygo 89th-minute goal was all the Los Blancos needed to snatch the three points from Inter Milan in a game dominated by the Serie A champions. Ancellotti while speaking after the game said Inter had been the better side in the first half but lost the mojo in the second half. He revealed that playing Vinicius in a more open position was the key to their victory. “What changed after the break was that we used Vinícius more ‘open’. Inter had a higher intensity in the first half, but it decreased. “With  Rodrygo on we used the flanks much more to build. My team knew we had to suffer and suffer, we did...
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE UCL : CONFIRMED LINE-UPS OF BESIKTAS VS BORUSSIA DORTMUND CLASH

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE UCL : CONFIRMED LINE-UPS OF BESIKTAS VS BORUSSIA DORTMUND CLASH

FIFA, Football, Sports, UEFA, WORLD
Turkish Super Lig side are hosting German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund for their UEFA Champions League opener in Group C. Below are the line-ups : Besiktas XI : Destanoglu – Rosier, Montero, Welinton, N’Sakala – Josef, Pjanic – Ghezzal, Hutchinson, Larin – Batshuayi. Borussia Dortmund XI : Kobel – Meunier, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro – Dahoud, Bellingham – Malen, Reus, Brandt, Haaland. Kick off time : 16:45 Read more : UCL – Koeman calls for patience with Barcelona after loss to Bayern Munich The second game of this Group will come later tonight and will see Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon taking on Eredivisie giants Ajax Amsterdam.
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE VILLARREAL HELD BY ATALANTA IN THEIR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE OPENER

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE VILLARREAL HELD BY ATALANTA IN THEIR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE OPENER

Atalanta, FIFA, Football, Soccer, Sports, UEFA, Villarreal
Atalanta held Villarrreal to a 2-2 draw at the start of the Champions League group stage on Tuesday night. The Yellow Submarine was frustrated by Atalanta in its return to the prestigeous competition after a 10-year absence. The Europa League champions rallied to take the lead in the second half. But they conceded late to fall short of an opening home win. Robin Gosens equalized in the 83rd minute after Remo Freuler had put the visitors ahead six minutes into the match at La Ceramica Stadium in southeastern Spain. Villarreal got on the board with Manu Trigueros before halftime. And they went ahead with a goal from Arnaut “Danjuma” Groeneveld in the second half. Villarreal played the final minutes with 10 men as Francis Coquelin was shown a second yellow card for a foul in the 84t...
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE CHOUPO-MOTING ONLY AFRICAN IN BARCA V MUNICH CLASH

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE CHOUPO-MOTING ONLY AFRICAN IN BARCA V MUNICH CLASH

Barcelona, Bayern, FIFA, Football, Real Madrid, Sports, UEFA
Cameroonian striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is the only African to feature in tonight’s Uefa Champions League Group E clash between Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Choupo-Moting should be looking forward to building on his impressive start to the Bundesliga season. He scored last weekend when the Bavarians run riot beating Leipzig 4-1. Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann has since travelled to Spain with a 25-member squad. Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has also named a 23-member squad for the home clash. Striker Ansu Fati, the only player with roots in Africa with the Catalans main squad, has since been ruled out of the match. In the last meeting between the two teams, Bayern thrashed Barcelona 8-2 in Lisbon on their way to win the Champions League title. The heavy...
UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea and Villarreal, victors in the UEFA Europa League, contest the first European silverware of 2021/22 in Belfast.

UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea and Villarreal, victors in the UEFA Europa League, contest the first European silverware of 2021/22 in Belfast.

FIFA, Football, UEFA
Chelsea1-1(6-5 p)Villarreal Chelsea and Villarreal contest the first silverware of the new European club season in the UEFA Super Cup at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast. • Chelsea claimed their second UEFA Champions League title in 2020/21, beating Manchester City in an all-English final in Portugal to add to their 2012 triumph. They are now looking to add to their single UEFA Super Cup success in 1998; they have lost three times in the match since that victory in Monaco. • Villarreal also overcame Premier League opposition to claim European silverware last season, eventually defeating Manchester United in a marathon penalty shoot-out in the UEFA Europa League final in Poland to secure the first major trophy in their history. They are now looking to becom...
Barcelona have reportedly identified Atletico Madrid centre-back Mario Hermoso as a possible defensive reinforcement this summer.

Barcelona have reportedly identified Atletico Madrid centre-back Mario Hermoso as a possible defensive reinforcement this summer.

FIFA, Football, LA LIGA, Sports, UEFA
According to a report by Spanish outlet El Gol Digital, the dealings between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are becoming muddled by the day. While Antoine Griezmann could possible return to the Wanda Metropolitano, the part-exchange deal could include Mario Hermoso, with Saul Niguez also being a part of that deal. Mario Hermoso joined Atletico Madrid from Espanyol in the summer of 2019 and has since become a regular feature for Los Rojiblancos. To date, the 26-year-old has made 61 appearances for the Spanish giants, chipping in with two goals and an assist along the way. This past season, Hermoso was a mainstay at the back for the Colchoneros, as they beat Barcelona and Real Madrid to the La Liga title. However, the Spanish international’s time at the Wanda Metropolitano co...
Manchester United, Sevilla and Celtic set for high-profile friendlies against EFL clubs

Manchester United, Sevilla and Celtic set for high-profile friendlies against EFL clubs

Football, UEFA
A clutch of EFL clubs have pre-season games lined up against top flight and European opposition as preparations for the new campaign continue We're well into the swing of pre-season, with most Premier League clubs now back in training. This weekend sees many top flight sides venture out for their first friendly of the summer. That is despite many of them still without star players due to the Euros and Copa America. Whilst many may turn their nose up at bounce games, they do offer an intriguing look at how a team is gelling - despite clubs still having another month to revamp their squads. This weekend sees some intriguing pre-season matches take place. Here, we look at five that involve EFL sides against intriguing opposition. Sevilla v Coventry Surely the pick of the...
England could face stadium ban after Euro 2020 final fan fiasco

England could face stadium ban after Euro 2020 final fan fiasco

EURO 2020, FIFA, Football, Sports, UEFA
England could be ordered to play their games behind closed doors after UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against the English Football Association (FA) following the security breaches and fan disorder during the Euro 2020 final.  The Three Lions lost to Italy after a thrilling penalty shootout on Sunday, but the showpiece event was overshadowed by a series of unsavory incidents as a large number of ticket-less fans managed to force their way into Wembley Stadium after fighting with stewards and police.FA chief executive Mark Bullingham has apologized to legitimate fans and insisted the security team had "never seen anything like it." He announced that the FA will conduct a full review and work with the police to ban anyone who had forced their way in and to prevent such an even...
Euro 2020 Final: Italy Defeats England

Euro 2020 Final: Italy Defeats England

ENGLAND, EURO 2020, FIFA, Football, INTERNATIONAL, Italy, Sports, UEFA
England's bid to end their 55-year wait for a major trophy ended in the familiar agony of defeat in a penalty shootout as Italy claimed the Euro 2020 crown at Wembley. On a night of anticipation, tension and ultimate heartbreak in a feverish atmosphere, England looked on course for their most joyous day since 30 July 1966 when Luke Shaw gave them the perfect start after two minutes. Italy, unbeaten in 33 matches before this final, slowly edged their way back into the game and were level in the 67th minute when Leonardo Bonucci pounced after England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford turned Marco Verratti's header on to a post. And after a tense period of extra time failed to find a winner, it was on to penalties and bitter disappointment for England manager Gareth Southgate and his p...
England’s FA condemns racist online abuse of players after Euro final loss to Italy

England’s FA condemns racist online abuse of players after Euro final loss to Italy

ENGLAND, EURO 2020, FIFA, Football, INTERNATIONAL, Sports, UEFA
Bukayo Saka is consoled by Luke Shaw and Kalvin Phillips after missing their side's fifth penalty in the shootout against Italy.(Getty Images: Paul Ellis) England's Football Association (FA) says it wants the "toughest punishments possible" for people identified as having racially abused members of the national side after its defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final. The sides drew 1-1 after extra time and Italy won the penalty shootout 3-2, with England players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, who are all black, missing their penalties. "The FA strongly condemns all forms of discrimination and is appalled by the online racism that has been aimed at some of our England players on social media," the statement said. "We could not be clearer that anyone behind such di...
England vs Italy: Mathematicians predict how likely that It’s Coming Home

England vs Italy: Mathematicians predict how likely that It’s Coming Home

ENGLAND, EURO 2020, FIFA, Football, Italy, Sports, UEFA
The odds are in England's favour but mathematicians say it's not going to be an easy match - and it will go into extra time With tensions rising as we draw ever nearer to the nail-biting conclusion of Euro 2021, everyone and their mothers seem to have an opinion on how the final score will look. And while it's easy to question the legitimacy of a so-called psychic octopus or the auntie who has a craving for spaghetti and meatballs every time Italy is about to score, it's hard to argue with maths. The very nature of using maths as a predictor relies of a huge amount of data, and as the old saying goes - numbers don't lie. With that in mind, we looked to some mathematicians to find out England's chances of lifting the cup this weekend. Firstly, we looked to celebrity math...
Euro 2020 final statistical preview: Sterling, Mount & Shaw key players for England vs Italy

Euro 2020 final statistical preview: Sterling, Mount & Shaw key players for England vs Italy

ENGLAND, EURO 2020, FIFA, Football, Italy, Sports, UEFA
First there was Jorginho, then there was Harry Kane. One nonchalant hop, skip and a side foot from the former and a one-two with the goalkeeper from the latter. Both Italy and England required penalties of some description to construct their path into the final of Euro 2020. After completing 120 minutes of gruelling, breath-taking football, Italy and England booked their places in the showpiece final at Wembley with victories over Spain and Denmark respectively. For the Azzurri this is familiar territory. Italy have been to two European Championship finals since the turn of the millennium, falling at the hands of France in 2000 and Spain in 2012. They’ve won four World Cups and lifted the Euros in 1968 with a 2-0 win over Yugoslavia in a replay having drawn the first game 1-1 - ...
Kasper Schmeichel told referee about laser before Harry Kane penalty, Denmark keeper reveals

Kasper Schmeichel told referee about laser before Harry Kane penalty, Denmark keeper reveals

Denmark, EURO 2020, FIFA, Football, Sports, UEFA
Images emerged of the laser being shone in Schmeichel’s eye before the penalty Denmark keeper Kasper Schmeichel has revealed he told referee Danny Makkelie about the laser being pointed at him before Harry Kane’s penalty in their Euro 2020 semi-final against England. The Dane, 34, saved the spot kick from the England skipper but could do nothing about the rebound as Kane followed the ball in to slot home the extra time winner which took Gareth Southgate’s side to Sunday’s final. But images emerged after the match of a green laser flickering on the face of Schmeichel just prior to the penalty. And although Schmeichel was not impaired for the spot-kick, he has now confirmed it was something he made the officials aware of prior to the i...
England’s road to the Euro 2020 final

England’s road to the Euro 2020 final

EURO 2020, FIFA, Football, Sports, UEFA
The following is England’s road to the European Championship final where they will face Italy at Wembley on Sunday. EURO QUALIFYING England topped qualifying Group A with seven wins out of eight, their only setback being a 2-1 defeat away to the Czech Republic after they beat the second-placed Czechs 5-0 in the reverse fixture at Wembley in the opening round of games. England’s run in which they scored 37 goals and conceded six also included a 7-0 drubbing of Montenegro at Wembley, a 6-0 away rout of Bulgaria and a 5-3 home win over Kosovo in Southampton. The Czechs qualified alongside England and were drawn in the same group at the finals also including Croatia and Scotland. GROUP STAGE ENGLAND 1-0 CROATIA The Three Lions started their Group D campaign at Wembley...
England charged by Uefa over laser aimed at Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel during Euro 2020 semi-final

England charged by Uefa over laser aimed at Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel during Euro 2020 semi-final

EURO 2020, FIFA, Football, Sports, UEFA
England have also been charged over their supporters booing the Denmark national anthem at Wembley Uefa has charged England after a laser pointer was aimed at Denmark's Kasper Schmeichel in the Euro 2020 semi-final. The goalkeeper had a laser shone in his face before he saved Harry Kane's extra-time penalty, although Kane scored the rebound to earn England a 2-1 victory on Wednesday. England have also been charged with "disturbance caused by its supporters during the national anthem" after home fans booed the Denmark national anthem and the lighting of fireworks inside Wembley. The case will be dealt with by the Uefa Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body. England came from behind after Mikkel Damsgaard's free kick gave Denmark the lead. Simon Kjaer's own goal levelle...
England penalty: Arsene Wenger says ‘VAR let the referee down’ in Denmark’s Euro 2020 exit

England penalty: Arsene Wenger says ‘VAR let the referee down’ in Denmark’s Euro 2020 exit

ENGLAND, EURO 2020, FIFA, Football, Sports, UEFA
England have booked themselves a place in the final of Euro 2020. England 2-1 Denmark (AET) The Three Lions reached their first major final since the 1966 World Cup with a dramatic win over Denmark, which went all the way to extra-time at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night.+ Mikkel Damsgaard fired Denmark into a shock first-half lead with a stunning free-kick, but England hit back before the break when Bukayo Saka's cross forced an own goal from Simon Kjaer. In the end, the semi-final was settled in the first-half of the additional 30 minutes as England won what has proven to be a controversial penalty. England vs Denmark match reaction (Football Terrace) https://www.youtube.com/embed/t-pBF1HM7mU England's controversial penalty Harry Kane saw the eventual spo...
What You Should Know Ahead of England-Denmark Semifinal at Wembley

What You Should Know Ahead of England-Denmark Semifinal at Wembley

Denmark, ENGLAND, EURO 2020, FIFA, Football, Sports, UEFA
Italy's opponent in the final of the Euro 2020 tournament will be named on Wednesday, following the semifinal match between England and Denmark at Wembley Stadium. While England fans can be seen chanting "Football's coming home" in the streets of the UK ahead of the crucial game, supporters of the Denmark team have been equally enthusiastic about their progress in the tournament. A day before the match, Denmark's goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was quizzed by journalists on "stopping" football from coming home. ​In response, Schmeichel ironically questioned whether football had ever come home. For both teams, it is a chance to make football history and honour their fans at home. While England is eager to go through to the final and try winning its first UEFA European Champ...
Confirmed: PSG Announce €60m Signing

Confirmed: PSG Announce €60m Signing

FIFA, Football, FRENCH LEAGUE 1, Sports, TRANSFER, UEFA
Ligue 1 giants have confirmed the signing of Morocco international Achraf Hakimi in a deal reportedly worth €60million. The Moroccan full-back spent on season with Inter Milan and helped the club secure the Serie A title last season. The 22-year-old has penned a five-year deal with the Paris outfit and becomes the club's second signing after Georginio Wijnaldum. “I feel a great sense of pride today," Achraf told the club's official website. "After Spain, Germany and Italy, Paris Saint-Germain offers me the chance to discover a new championship with one of the most prestigious clubs in the world. I can’t wait to meet my new teammates, the fans and experience the incredible colour and passion inside the Parc des Princes. "I share the same big ambitions as the coaching sta...
England vs Denmark: Comparing the teams statistically ahead of Euro 2020 semi-final

England vs Denmark: Comparing the teams statistically ahead of Euro 2020 semi-final

Denmark, ENGLAND, EURO 2020, FIFA, Football, Sports, UEFA
The two sides meet at Wembley on Wednesday England face Denmark in their Euro 2020 semi-final on Wednesday. The Three Lions are into the final four after topping Group D before beating Germany and Ukraine in the knockout phase. The Danes have come back from losing their first two games only to secure qualification before beating Wales and Czech Republic on their way to the final four. Here, we look at how the teams compare statistically in the tournament so far. Attack v defence England v Denmark match preview (PA Graphics) Despite their 4-0 rout of Ukraine last time out, the success of Gareth Southgate’s team has been built on their defensive strength. They are the only team yet to concede in the tournament, with five clean sheets...
Euro 2020 day 26: Heavyweights Spain and Italy collide at Wembley

Euro 2020 day 26: Heavyweights Spain and Italy collide at Wembley

EURO 2020, FIFA, Football, GAMES, Italy, SPAIN, Sports, UEFA
European heavyweights Italy and Spain clash in the first semi-final at Euro 2020 on Tuesday night at Wembley. Italy, the standout team so far in the competition, reached the last four by beating Belgium, while steadily-improving Spain needed penalties to overcome a spirited Switzerland side. The winners will play either England or Denmark in the final at Wembley on Sunday. Here, the PA news agency takes a look at the semi-final ties. Italy not favourites – Enrique Spain head coach Luis Enrique does not agree with the notion that Italy are favourites to reach the final (Stuart Franklin/AP) Spain coach Luis Enrique does not believe there is a favourite for the game as he maintains his side are still getting better as they progress. Their performances have ...