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Champions League: Simeone: To play with Costa and Koke took balls

Champions League First leg win over JuventusDiego Simeone. Pablo GarcaMARCAAtletico Madrid claimed a memorable 2-0 win over Juventus on Wednesday and Diego Simeone was beaming with pride after the game.El Cholo surprised many by playing both Koke and Diego Costa, who are returning from injury, and he grabbed headlines by the manner in which he celebrated the opening goal, turning to the stand and grabbing his crotch."I felt that playing Costa and Koke after a month and a half had to take balls," he said of his celebration…

Sterling winner caps late Man City comeback at Schalke

Gelsenkirchen (Germany) (AFP) – Raheem Sterling sealed a dramatic 3-2 Champions League win for 10-man Manchester City at Schalke as the English champions scored twice in the last five minutes on Wednesday. Sterling tucked away the winner at the Veltins Arena in the 90th minute just after substitute Leroy Sane fired home a stunning free-kick for the Premier League leaders against his former club in the last 16, first leg. Schalke led 2-1 at half-time as the video assistant referee (VAR) twice intervened to award…

Man City player ratings vs Schalke – Sane and Sterling take top marks – Stuart Brennan

Ederson Given no chance by either of Bentaleb's penalties and he had little to do other than face those spot kicks - placed under no pressure 6 Kyle Walker Some vigorous pressing deep in the Schalke half almost paid dividends a couple of times but he needed to use the space Bernardo was providing for him better 6 Fernandinho Asked to play as an auxiliary centre back again, but this time it backfired as he pulled Sane's shirt and bundled into him for the second penalty 5 Nicolas Otamendi Unlucky to conceded the first…

19-goal Che Adams of Birmingham turns down Scotland – for now

Alex McLeish has revealed Che Adams has turned down an invitation to commit his international future to Scotland – for now. The Leicester-born Birmingham City striker qualifies for Scotland through a grandparent and has already rejected overtures from Antigua and Barbuda, his father’s birthplace. Interest: Alex McLeish confirmed he was keeping tabs on Adams. Picture: SNS Group Adams has also decided against playing for Scotland at Under-21 level and below, having been

Leroy Sane comes off the bench to inspire Man City comeback win over Schalke – Stuart Brennan

Leroy Sane came up with the homecoming to end all homecomings as ten-man Manchester City looked like floundering in Gelsenkirchen. The Schalke product, born just down the road in Essen, bent in a brilliant 30-yard free kick late in the game just as City looked to be deep in trouble. Raheem Sterling completed a memorable comeback in a game which looked like being dominated by a VAR farce as Schalke were awarded two dubious penalties. This curious affair looked like being utterly ruined by Uefa’s useless implementation of…

New coach Ante Milicic backs Matildas for World Cup success | Football

New Matildas coach Ante Milicic says Australia can win the World Cup, claiming sacked coach Alen Stajcic’s blessing to take the team forward after their most acrimonious chapter. Stajcic was axed last month by Football Federation Australia, which installed long-term Socceroos right-hand man Milicic in the role after a fast-tracked selection process. Milicic is yet to speak to his team, and will do so on Saturday as the side assembles for three friendly matches on home soil beginning next week. Speaking publicly for the…

Man City must learn from Schalke scare – Guardiola

Gelsenkirchen (Germany) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola says Manchester City will not challenge for this season’s Champions League title unless they learn from their dramatic 3-2 win at Schalke with 10 men on Wednesday. “We will not go far in this competition unless we improve,” said City manager Guardiola. “At the end, the quality of (Leroy) Sane and (Raheem) Sterling made the difference. “The result is incredibly good, but we gave the first two penalties away and the red card, so we are not ready to fight for the Champions…

Celtic’s Scott Brown shows no remorse for Killie celebration red card

Celtic captain Scott Brown insists he has no regrets over the goal celebration which earned him a red card at Rugby Park last Sunday. Brown netted a dramatic 90th-minute winner for the champions against Kilmarnock, sparking wild scenes which saw Celtic supporters spill on to the pitch at both ends of the ground.Having been booked earlier in the match, Brown received a second yellow card from referee Bobby Madden for climbing over an advertising hoarding behind the goal as he celebrated.It has

Liverpool news: Gini Wijnaldum gives honest verdict on Champions League chances

Liverpool news: Gini Wijnaldum has shared his view on whether the Reds can make the quarters (Pic: GETTY) The Reds were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.But with the second leg three weeks away, Wijnaldum has dismissed any suggestion that the German giants are now the favourites to make it through to the last eight.The Dutch midfielder said: “Is it a better result for them – why?“I think it is a good result for both. The only thing is if we go there and score a goal they have to…

Pep Guardiola reacts to VAR controversy in Schalke vs Man City

Pep Guardiola shut down the controversy over the VAR failings which threatened Manchester City’s place in the Champions League. The Blues boss backed the stuttering use of video evidence as a broken monitor, a controversial handball and a second Schalke penalty all contributed to two goals which saw the German side overturn their early lead. City hit back to win 3-2 with goals from Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling , and Guardiola re-affirmed his support for the controversial video system. There was some doubt over…

Cholo schools Juve in Champions League

A trip to the Wanda Metropolitano to face Diego Simone’s Atletico Madrid is a daunting prospect, but now with Cristiano Ronaldo, there was no venue or team in Europe that Juventus – supposedly – could not handle. Following Wednesday night’s game, that could not be further from the truth. A 2-0 first-leg defeat is nothing short of a disaster, an embarrassed Juve will return to Turin attempting to figure out how to turn this tie around. It was a cagey first half, both teams attempted to lock out the game and…

Pep Guardiola happy with City’s win but concerned by gifted goals | Football

Pep Guardiola stated Manchester City are not yet ready to “fight for the Champions League” following his team’s last-gasp win at Schalke in the Champions League last-16 opening leg on Wednesday. City were heading for defeat until five minutes from normal time. But then Leroy Sané, a former Schalke player, struck a 25-yard free-kick to equalise before Raheem Sterling grabbed a late winner. While City are firm favourites to progress, Guardiola was alarmed at sloppy play that allowed the home side to take the lead via two…

Di Maria and Mbappe among the goals as PSG win big again

Paris (AFP) – Angel Di Maria scored a sumptuous free-kick and Kylian Mbappe was also on target as Paris Saint-Germain continued their relentless march towards another French title by hammering Montpellier 5-1 on Wednesday. With Neymar and Edinson Cavani still absent, Layvin Kurzawa also scored for PSG at the Parc des Princes, while two own goals completed the rout. Florent Mollet had equalised at one point in the first half for the visitors before they crumbled in a rearranged fixture that had initially been postponed…

Atltico de Madrid vs Juventus: Godin: Diego Costa is contagious

Atltico de Madrid vs Juventus The No.19 is back fitPablo MorenoDiego Costa returned to Atletico Madrid's starting XI for their Champions League last 16 win over Juventus and Rojiblancos captain Diego Godin praised the forward's attitude.Atleti clinched an impressive 2-0 win over the Italian champions, but acknowledged that there is still a lot of football to be played in the tie."Diego is contagious," Godin said afterwards. "It's something that spreads to people and Diego gave his life in the time he spent on the pitch."…

Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke calls out anti-Catholic abuse at Ibrox

Steve Clarke issued a scathing denunciation of “dark ages west of Scotland” sectarianism after the Kilmarnock manager had chants of “sad Fenian bastard” directed at him towards the end of his team’s 5-0 Scottish Cup fifth round replay defeat by Rangers at Ibrox last night. Initially rounding on officials for their failure to award his team a second-minute penalty before a bizarre 26th-minute red card was shown to Killie goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann on an evening when Alfredo Morelos scored four,

Pep Guardiola says Man City mistakes prove they are not ready to win Champions League

Pep Guardiola was delighted with his team’s “personality” as they bounced back from 2-1 down at Schalke to win with ten men. But he claimed that the mistakes they made in the game proved they are not yet ready to win the Champions League. The Manchester City manager had said the night before an eventful game at the Veltins Arena that winning the Champions League was partly about coming through the “bad moments”. With VAR malfunctioning and his team reduced by the dismissal of Nicolas Otamendi, his team gave him just…
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