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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…

Champions League: Atletico Madrid defence defeats Juventus at both ends

Champions League Goals from Gimenez and GodinJose Maria Gimenez celebrates his goal. Atletico Madrid's incredible home form in Champions League knockout rounds continued despite their game against Juventus being the first at the Wanda Metropolitano as they secured a vital 2-0 win in their last 16 first leg.Prior to Wednesday's game, Diego Simeone was unbeaten in 11 home knockout games with the Rojiblancos, a run which has seen his side dispatch of AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea in the…

Kilmarnock’s Steve Clarke furious after sectarian abuse at Ibrox | Football

A furious Steve Clarke accused the Rangers support of living in the dark ages after being targeted with sectarian abuse during his side’s Scottish Cup pummelling by Rangers. Chants of “sad Fenian bastard” echoed round Ibrox as the home side booked a quarter-final with Aberdeen with a 5-0 win. Alfredo Morelos struck four times on his return from suspension but Killie’s hopes were over as soon as the goalkeeper, Daniel Bachmann, was dismissed for an off-the-ball clash with Glen Kamara. Clarke could barely contain his…

Man City’s VAR shambles, Ronaldo’s brutal gesture – Champions League back with a BANG

Champions League action certainly didn't disappoint on Wednesday evening (Pic: GETTY) Following last night’s goalless draws between Liverpool and Bayern Munich and Lyon and Barcelona respectively, all eyes were on Manchester City and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus to deliver the sort of entertainment these European matches deserve.And neither disappointed.Manchester City looked liked they’d have it all to do in the second leg after they let a one goal lead slip, conceding two penalties before half-time and finishing the…

Formidable Atletico stun Ronaldo and Juventus

Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s Champions League mission with Juventus stalled on Wednesday as Atletico Madrid secured a deserved 2-0 victory from a thrilling first leg at the Wanda Metropolitano.  Ronaldo returned to the Spanish capital, where he enjoyed unprecedented success in this tournament with Real, but it was their rivals celebrating at the final whistle as goals from Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin put Atletico within sight of the quarter-finals.  “We are not through yet,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said.…

Leroy Sane sad for Schalke as he praises Man City’s fighting spirit

Leroy Sane expressed his sadness for Schalke fans - after delivering a clinical blow to their Champions League hopes. The Manchester City star, back to play at the Veltins Arena for the first time since his 2016 move to the Etihad, was left on the bench for the majority of the last-16 first leg. But with Pep Guardiola in need of something special, Sane delivered as he unleashed an unstoppable free-kick to level the score before Raheem Sterling went on to score the winner. It was not a vintage performance from the Blues,…

Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid future ‘could be definitive’ ahead of summer

Not living up to expectations Real Madrid look to have made a decision on Gareth Bale’s future ahead of the summer transfer window with the Welshman not living up to expectations. Bale left the Premier League to join Real Madrid in a move that many thought would take the burden off the shoulders of Cristiano Ronaldo. Despite impressing at times during his career at Los Blancos, he’s not lived up to the lofty expectations that he brought with him. So much so that he was heavily linked…

Pep Guardiola: ‘They are two penalties, I trust VAR’

Date published: Wednesday 20th February 2019 10:44 Pep Guardiola threw his support behind the controversial VAR decisions that went against Manchester City in their 3-2 win over Schalke. The visitors dominated the early stages, and Sergio Aguero soon made it 1-0 when David Silva pinched the ball from the daydreaming Schalke defence to tee-up the Argentine for a tap in. The game would take a dramatic turn just before the break. After the referee had originally signalled for a Schalke…

Rangers 5-0 Kilmarnock: Alfredo Morelos hits four in cup rout

Another Scottish football showpiece that ended up all about referees and Alfredo Morelos. In this week of all weeks. Except that in Rangers’ emphatic Scottish Cup fifth-round replay success at home to Kilmarnock that sets up a quarter-final against Aberdeen, the Colombian and officialdom required to be 
set apart. A monumental 
distance. Morelos, the temperamental 22-year-old whose alchemic properties for Steven Gerrard’s side continue to prove utterly remarkable, showed the very best of himself

Champions League: Atletico Madrid hit Cristiano Ronaldo where it hurts most

Champions League A big win for the SpaniardsCristiano Ronaldo. Pablo GarciaMARCAThe Estadio Wanda Metropolitano witnessed the best night since its opening as Atletico Madrid claimed a memorable 2-0 win over Juventus on Wednesday to put one foot - or half of one - into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.Cristiano played in Madrid again and he looked threatening early on. He was playing well, he was dangerous and combining well with his teammates, but the Portuguese responded to insults by holding his hand up to…

These Two Are Doing Fantastically Well – Rangers Loans Boss Tips Hat To Pair

  Follow @insidefutbolRangers loans manager Billy Kirkwood has stressed the importance of loan spells for both Greg Docherty and Jordan Rossiter, and believes the duo have conducted themselves well so far. Kirkwood, who was appointed as the loans manager at Ibrox in October, works on overseeing first team players out on loan and also on the development of players transitioning from the academy. The Gers have as many as 15 players out on loan at…
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