Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Napoli 1-3 Real Madrid: Ramos is a defender, He’s as free-scoring as a striker

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Sergio Ramos comes to the rescue for Real Madrid once again, boosts his incredible goal stats

Real Madrid faced Napoli in their away leg of their Champions League last 16 tie tonight.
Los Blancos won the first leg 3-1 and were firm favourites to progress to the next round, but they were made to sweat when Dries Mertens gave the Neapolitans an early lead.
And when Cristiano Ronaldo hit the post with the goal gaping soon after, it looked like the tie was swinging in Napoli’s favour.
But then up popped their salvador.

Ramos to the Rescue

Dspite Madrid having their famed BBC frontline all available tonight, it was their wily centre half Sergio Ramos who popped up with the crucial goals.
It’s almost hard to believe Ramos is a defender: he’s as free-scoring as a striker.
Known to score free-kicks and the occasional right-footed strike, Ramos’ favourite weapon of choice is his forehead.
And he used it to devastating effect once again tonight, scoring two powerful headers to ensure Madrid progressed to the quarter-finals.
Sergio Ramos has now scored 81 goals across all competitions for club & country.

Arsenal 1-5 Bayern Munich: Alexis Sanchez laughing on the bench

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Arsenal smashed by Bayern

Arsenal crashed out of the Champions League tonight in spectacular fashion, losing 10-2 on aggregate.
The Gunners were emphatically smashed by Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 a couple of weeks ago, on a night that was as depressing as it was predictable for Arsenal fans.
And it must have felt like deja vu for the long-suffering Gooners tonight.
They did get some faint hope from Walcott’s early goal, but they never managed to capitalize on that, and once Koscielny was sent off in the second half, it was all over bar the laughing.

Sanchez finds it funny

There’s been a lot of noise around Alexis Sanchez of late, and he’ll have a new controversy to answer to tomorrow.
The Chilean has been Arsenal’s best player this season, and their top 4 hopes rest largely on his shoulders.
But his contract situation is becoming a big distraction, and Gooners are starting to fret that they could lose their best player unless the club’s hierarchy meets his wage demands.
Until recently, Sanchez was looking happy as Larry, but he’s cutting an increasingly frustrated figure, and Saturday felt like a tipping point, when Wenger took the drastic decision to bench him.

He was restored to the team tonight, but we caught another glimpse of his selfish attitude once he was taken off, when he was spotted giggling at his team’s expense with Petr Cech.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Eibar 1-4 Real Madrid: Karim Benzema has scored in La Liga after seven games

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It was a case of no Cristiano Ronaldo, no problem for Real Madrid as they thrashed Eibar despite being without a number of key stars.

Madrid romped to a 4-1 away victory and were three goals up within 29 minutes despite being without Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Alvaro Morata while resting the likes of Marcelo and Toni Kroos as part of eight changes ahead of Tuesday's Champions League game at Napoli.
Benzema stepped up in the absence of the key attacking stars, scoring twice, assisting one for James Rodriguez and playing a part in the build-up for Marco Asensio's goal after the break.
Zidane felt Madrid had reacted in the ideal way after Wednesday's 3-3 home draw against Las Palmas.
"He was involved in all four goals," Zidane said of Benzema after the match.
"I am very happy with his performance, for his goals and for the other things he did in his build-up play.
"I am happy with the great game that he has had, but for the ball to get to him the rest of the players have to do well and they did.
"I am happy with the reaction. In a season, there are lots of different moments and a team can't always play well. But we have played very well here, with intensity. We came in with a high tempo and this is important.
"Real Madrid started very well, we scored three goals in half an hour. We knew that it would be a tough pitch to play on. We played a serious game, always respecting our opponent."

Zidane also praised Asensio, who scored Madrid's fourth goal to cap a strong individual performance on his first league start of 2017.
"Asensio had a great game," added the Madrid boss.
"It isn't easy to not play a lot and then need to play as if you have every three days. I believe that he is very happy with his goal and for the performance he has put in. He is happy to play with the team."
Madrid are two points clear of Barcelona at the top of the table ahead of their rivals' home match against Celta Vigo.
Zidane's men now turn their attention to the Napoli clash, which they lead 3-1 ahead of the away second leg of their last-16 tie.

Barcelona 5-0 Celta Vigo: Magical Messi Show

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Lionel Messi was at his sublime best as he scored two and inspired three more goals in Barcelona's 5-0 hammering of Celta Vigo, their first match since head coach Luis Enrique announced his plans to leave at the end of the season.

Luis Enrique confirmed his imminent departure after Wednesday's 6-1 dismantling of Sporting Gijon and that certainly did not appear to distract his men in any way as talisman Messi led from the front in a sensational display to see Barca retain their place at LaLiga's summit, a point ahead of Real Madrid who have a game in hand.
Barca played the first half with real freedom and carved Celta open several times before eventually breaking the deadlock through Messi, who applied a typically clinical finish after a fine run.
The Argentina international ran the show and caused havoc in his free role, setting Neymar up for Barca's delightful second five minutes before the interval.
Messi then unlocked the Celta defence in the lead up to Ivan Rakitic's controversial third, before then laying the ball on a plate for Samuel Umtiti's first Barca goal.
The inspirational forward then doubled his personal tally with what was Barca's third goal in seven minutes, securing another emphatic victory ahead their attempt at a Champions League last-16 rescue job when they host Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou with the Ligue 1 champions leading 4-0 from the first leg.

Luis Enrique's announcement had no negative impact on Barca during the first half as they moved the ball around well and generally dictated the tempo.
They were made to wait until the 14th minute for their first shot on goal and the move that preceded it showed their potential in attack as Messi linked brilliantly with Neymar on the edge of the box before seeing his eventual effort saved by Sergio Alvarez.
Barca then went desperately close twice shortly after.
Luis Suarez poked the ball through Gustavo Cabral's legs and caressed a 25-yard effort on to the right-hand post, with Messi then doing exactly the same from the rebound.
But Messi was not denied a few moments later, coolly slotting a left-footed strike into the bottom-left corner from just outside the box after a trademark jinking solo run.
Messi then turned provider just before the break feeding Neymar into the box and the Brazilian beat Alvarez with an outrageous first-time chip.
Barca's dominance showed no sign of letting up after the break and they should have extended their lead, only for Sergi Roberto's touch to desert him at the crucial moment and give Alvarez the chance to make an intervention after the right-back's driving run.
Rakitic eased any fears soon after, though, stabbing home from an offside position after Rafinha latched on to Messi's defence-splitting pass and cushioned it into the Croatian's path.
But there was no such controversy about Umtiti's effort as the Frenchman got himself into a great position in the danger zone and was on hand to turn in Messi's pass.
Messi then did it all himself for his second of the day just after the hour mark, striding past a couple of defenders before slotting into the bottom-right corner with a disguised finish.
Barca nearly scored six for the second time in four days when Messi found Suarez in the danger zone two minutes from time only for Alvarez to recover and save his stooped header, but it was still job done ahead of PSG.

Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: Sanchez's bitter day

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Liverpool recorded an emphatic 3-1 victory over Premier League rivals Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday, heaping further pressure on the north London side, who now look to be locked in a real battle for a top-four finish.​

The Reds, quite desperate to get their season back on track, had to lineup without Daniel Sturridge (hip injury) and Jordan Henderson (foot). But the biggest talking point heading into the match was Arsene Wenger benching his best player, Alexis Sanchez, and starting Olivier Giroud up front.

Arsenal seemed intent on sitting back and hitting the home side on the counter-attack, while Jurgen Klopp's side tried to press as much as they could.

Klopp's tactics brought some early success, with Roberto Firmino breaking the deadlock in the 10th minute. Sadio Mane, racing forward on the right side, found the Brazilian unmarked in the box, leaving him to blast home after the pass was disguised by Philippe Coutinho's dummy.

Coutinho tested Petr Cech with a well-struck shot from outside of the box around the 29th minute. The keeper was able to palm it away from a corner with an acrobatic leap.
The first half continued on, dominated by the Reds, with hardly any threat from Arsenal. And, in the 39th minute, the home side would find the back of the net yet again, this time through a powerfully drilled shot from the pesky Mane, who received Firmino's pass with acres of space in the box.

The Senegal international made no mistake with his strike, rifling the ball past Cech and Nacho Monreal, with the defender having tried to clear off the line after racing in behind his keeper.

Klopp and his men headed down the tunnel at half-time with a two goal advantage, leaving the under-fire Wenger with a whole lot to say in his team talk.

The Frenchman threw on Sanchez in the second half, taking off Francis Coquelin to accommodate the forward and his impact was immediate, as he was involved in a move that forced Simon Mignolet into a superb save just four minutes in - Giroud got his head onto the end of Sanchez's cross, but the attempt was perhaps too close to the Belgian, who managed to get a hand to it.

The Chilean's influence continued to grow, and by the 56th minute, the Londoners were back in the game. A quick break saw Sanchez find Danny Welbeck in the Arsenal box with a neat through ball and the striker played a cheeky dink over Mignolet to cut Liverpool's lead in half.

Despite looking the better side in the second half, Arsenal struggled to find a second. In fact, it was Liverpool who nearly widened the gap through Divock Origi, who came on as a substitute for Coutinho late in the half.

The Belgian forward got on the end of James Milner's long free kick, but was unlucky to have his header come off the post.

Georginio Wijnaldum, however, got the third for the Reds in stoppage time, after a scorching run from Origi on the right wing enabled enabled the forward to set his teammate up with a sweet low cross.

Wijnaldum wasted no time in tucking it away to give Liverpool a 3-1 lead, sending them above their opponents in the league table into third place, with Arsenal dropping down to fifth.


Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Klavan, Milner, Wijnaldum, Can, Lallana, Mane, Firmino, Coutinho.

Subs: Karius, Lovren, Moreno, Lucas, Origi, Woodburn, Alexander-Arnold.

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Coquelin, Welbeck, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Iwobi, Giroud.

Subs: Gibbs, Gabriel, Sanchez, Ramsey, Lucas Perez, Ospina, Walcott.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Man Utd 1-1 Bournemouth: Ibra Disasters ...

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Manchester United were left frustrated following a 1-1 draw with 10-man Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon in a game filled with controversy throughout.

There was drama throughout the game which saw a penalty scored, a missed penalty, a red card and a number of other questionable decisions. United took the lead with a Marcos Rojo goal before Joshua King levelled from the spot for the Cherries.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings were lucky not to be sent off following horrific incidents at the end of the first half. Andrew Surman was shown a second yellow and left Bournemouth battling on with 10-men for the second half. 

Ibrahimovic was given the chance to grab a winner in the second half with a penalty but saw his effort saved by Artur Boruc.

A frantic start to the game nearly saw United nearly grab a goal in the opening minutes when an Antonio Valencia cross picked out an unmarked Wayne Rooney at the back post. Rooney appeared to have time but opted to take the chance first time, and headed over on to the roof of the Bournemouth net. ​

United continued to dominate with another clear opportunity only moments - a long ball by Luke Shaw saw Paul Pogba chasing down on the Bournemouth goal. But a decisive touch by Boruc managed to see the ball turn around the post.

The Cherries were presented with a great chance to nick a goal on the counter when Benik Afobe was played through one on one, only to lose his footing at the vital moment.

United's pressure finally paid off following Bournemouth's failed to effectively clear a corner. Valencia fizzed a low cross back in to the Bournemouth penalty area, and Rojo was on hand to react first as he turned the cross in to the bottom left corner of Boruc's goal.

Bournemouth managed to find themselves back in the game after being awarded a penalty when Phil Jones blatantly brought down Danny Pugh in the area. Joshua King stepped up to take the penalty for the Cherries and confidently blasted the ball in to the top corner past a helpless David De Gea.

The half ended in chaotic fashion which should have seen Ibrahimovic and Mings both sent off - before Surman was shown a red which seemed to be unfair considering the severity of the events which took place beforehand.

Replays showed that Mings produced a sickening stamp on Ibrahimovic's head, before the United striker took revenge moments later and appeared to elbow the Bournemouth player in the face following a corner. Surman was shown a second yellow for his protests but confusion led to referee Kevin Friend sending him off minutes later - initially forgetting that he had already booked the player.

United began the second half putting Bournemouth under intense pressure, attempting to take advantage of having the extra man. They were denied however, by a number of impressive saves from Boruc.

The Cherries continued to defend resolutely which led to Untied boss Jose Mourinho making a triple substitution in search of a winner - sending on Jesse Lingard, Marouane Fellani and Marcus Rashford. 

Only minutes after the change, Bournemouth conceded a penalty when Adam Smith was adjudged to handle the ball in the area from close range. Ibrahimovic took the penalty but was denied his 27th goal of the season as Boruc pulled off a fine save down to his right. United continued to search for a winner but were left feeling frustrated as Bournemouth held on to earn themsevles a point.