Report: Moldova 0 Wales 2

first_imgMoldova 0 Wales 2: Coleman’s side survive nail-biter to go second in World Cup qualifying group Matt Dorman 04:59 9/6/17 Wales - cropped Getty Images Hal Robson-Kanu and Aaron Ramsey scored late goals to lift Wales into second spot in Group D. Wales can continue to dream of qualifying for a first World Cup since 1958 after late goals snatched a nail-biting 2-0 win over Moldova in Chisinau.With Serbia winning 1-0 in Dublin, Wales only needed victory against a side ranked 159th in the world to leapfrog Republic of Ireland into second spot in Group D.Three points looked as though they would agonisingly slip away until Ben Woodburn, the star of Saturday night’s 1-0 win over Austria, came off the bench to tee up Hal Robson-Kanu for an 80th-minute opener. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina A stubborn Moldova gave up few clear-cut chances until that point and had looked set to spoil the party, sitting deep and somehow escaping a pair of goalmouth scrambles.But Aaron Ramsey’s deflected stoppage-time effort finally put the result beyond doubt and sent Chris Coleman’s side a point ahead of Ireland.Wales must now aim for victories against Georgia and Ireland in their final two games to maximise their chances of earning a play-off berth through a second-placed finish, although Serbia in top spot can still be caught should the group leaders slip up. Wales’ pre-kick off team picture tonight #MDAWAL pic.twitter.com/j5o5C3ZV9v— Alex Terrell (@alxterrell) September 5, 2017Coleman drafted Robson-Kanu into his starting XI in place of Sam Vokes and the West Brom forward almost repaid his coach’s faith immediately, heading Ramsey’s corner just past the upright. Robson-Kanu went even closer in the 19th minute, somehow denied by a desperate block on the line after Ramsey’s point-blank follow-up from a Gareth Bale shot was smothered by goalkeeper Ilie Cebanu.Moldova’s 4-0 defeat to Wales last September is their biggest losing margin of the campaign but they were proving to be far from pushovers on home turf, testing Wayne Hennessey on occasion as the deadlock ticked past half an hour.Ben Davies attempted to end the scoreless start with an inventive volley but, despite taking 72 per cent of possession into half-time, Wales were unable to find a first-half breakthrough, with Ramsey slicing the final opening high and wide from a narrow angle.Here’s some action from the first-half here in Chisinau, where Wales are being held 0-0 at half-time. #MDAWAL #TogetherStronger pic.twitter.com/Sa1KFnTigO— Wales (@FAWales) September 5, 2017Already the scorer of four goals throughout qualification, Bale always seemed likeliest to end the wait for an opener and the winger’s long-range shot almost drew a costly spill from Cebanu after the restart.Robson-Kanu also remained a threat, but the Euro 2016 star put a good opportunity the wrong side of the post in the 55th minute after shaking his marker on the edge of the area.Coleman responded by injecting Woodburn on the hour as Wales raised their attacking intensity, with Ashley Williams heading straight at Cebanu from a corner.Burnley striker Vokes was also introduced in search of a precious goal and came close to a quick impact, almost getting to Davies’ by-line cutback before rising to head a cross narrowly across the face of goal.The tension continued to grow and Moldova somehow escaped another goalmouth scramble with just under 20 minutes to play, while Woodburn saw appeals for a penalty waved away when he went to ground down in the area.The breakthrough eventually came with 10 minutes to play as Liverpool’s emerging 17-year-old star turned provider, picking out Robson-Kanu for the winner, to the delight of the travelling Wales fans.And when Ramsey beat Cebanu with a deflected effort, they were ready to dream of a return to football’s biggest stage, although plenty of work remains for Coleman’s men to get through.last_img read more

Arsenal vs Brighton: Team news and TV

first_imgArsenal Arsenal vs Brighton: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Emily Willson Last updated 2 years ago 15:10 1/10/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Hector Bellerin Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal 09092017 Getty Arsenal Premier League Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton & Hove Albion Arsene Wenger will be looking to continue their unbeaten at home record for the season against the newly-promoted side Arsenal will be hoping to continue their five-match unbeaten run when they play against Brighton at the Emirates stadium on Sunday.Arsene Wenger’s side have won four out of five matches in all competitions including gaining three-points against West Brom on Monday evening, and have won all three of their home games this season.Arsenal -1, 8/13 with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Newly-promoted Brighton, on the other hand, have failed to win away from home in the league but haven’t had a terrible start to the season, beating both West Brom and Newcastle United at home and drawing against Watford. Game Arsenal vs Brighton Date Sunday, October 1 Time 12:00 BST / 07:00 EST TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Alexis Sanchez Arsenal 2017In the UK, the game will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport 1, as well as being available to stream live on Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 1 BT Sports app In the US, viewers can watch the game live on television on NBCSN and it will also be available to stream online using the NBC Sports app. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN / Telemundo Deportes NBC Sports app SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Arsenal players Goalkeepers Ospina, Cech, Macey Defenders Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Chambers, Bellerin, Kolasinac Midfielders Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Cazorla, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin, Elneny, Dasilva, Willock, Reine-Adelaide Forwards Sanchez, Lacazette, Welbeck, Walcott, Giroud, Iwobi, Akpom, Nelson, Nketiah Ozil has missed two games as a result of a knee ligament injury and will be unlikely to start. Meanwhile Santi Cazorla, Calum Chambers, Danny Welbeck and Francis Coquelin are all also out injured.Theo Walcott is likely to be included in the starting XI after scoring twice against BATE in Arsenal’s Europa League match on Thursday.Potential starting XI: Cech; Monreal, Mustafi, Koscielny; Bellerin, Kolasinac, Ramsey, Xhaka, Walcott; Sanchez, Lacazette. Position Brighton players Goalkeepers Ryan, Maenpaa, Walton, Krul Defenders Saltor Grau, Bong, Hunemeier, Dunk, Goldson, Schelotto, Duffy, Rosenior, Mateju, Suttner Midfielders Stephens, Kayal, Skalak, Knockaert, Sidwell, Murphy, March, Norwood, Propper, Lua Lua, Ince, Molumby, Grob, Ahannach Forwards Baldock, Hemed, Murray, Izquierdo Mena, Towell, Brown, Connolly, Tilley Tomer Hemed will miss the match following a three-game ban for appearing to stamp on Newcastle United’s DeAndre Yedlin last weekend.Sam Baldock is also unlikely to play after just returning to training following injury. Potential starting XI:  Ryan, Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March, Brown, TowellBETTING & MATCH ODDS Pascal Gross BrightonArsenal are 1/4 favourites,  according to dabblebet , with Brighton priced at 11/1 to beat the Gunners; a draw at the Emirates Stadium is 5/1.GAME PREVIEW Lacazette Arsenal West BromThe Gunners will be hoping to get another win under their belt to push themselves back towards top four after an inauspicious start in the league.Brighton, who are 13th after six league games, will be making their first visit to the Emirates and have never won an away match at Arsenal in all competitions in six attempts.Arsenal played a second-string team in their 4-2 win over BATE and will be back to full strength ahead of the two-week international break that follows the match.Alexandre Lacazette has proven to be one of the signings of the summer with his early season form, scoring four times in the league so far – that’s one less than the entire Brighton team have managed.Without Hemed to lead the line for the Seagulls, Chris Hughton’s men will be hoping that Alexis Sanchez won’t be firing on all cylinders as he works his way back to full fitness. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

LIVE: Dijon vs Paris Saint-Germain

first_imgDijon 1 Paris Saint-Germain 2: Meunier heroics put Ligue 1 leaders six points clear Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 00:57 10/15/17 Meunier - Cropped Getty Images Defender Thomas Meunier ensured PSG beat Dijon and took advantage of Monaco’s defeat to extend their advantage at the top of Ligue 1. Thomas Meunier scored a dramatic double, including a stoppage-time winner, as Paris Saint-Germain salvaged a 2-1 away win over Dijon to move six points clear at the top of Ligue 1.In a dramatic finale, Meunier netted two minutes into additional time to ensure PSG took full advantage of champions Monaco’s last-gasp defeat to Lyon.A superb goal from Benjamin Jeannot, who smashed in a sensational volley with three minutes remaining, looked to have rescued a point for Dijon on Saturday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. But Meunier, who had previously netted a second-half opener, popped up to strike again – the right-back now has seven goals for club and country already this season.Earlier, Dani Alves hit the woodwork in one of the rare moments of quality in a quiet first half that saw Dijon restrict PSG.And host of missed chances from Kylian Mbappe almost haunted the visitors as they failed to convert their second-half dominance into goals prior to the late drama.PSG were not at their formidable best but now have 25 points from a possible 27 in a fine start to the domestic campaign. Dijon, meanwhile, sit 17th with only one victory from their first nine games.@ThomMills#AllezParis pic.twitter.com/tHhq8hBTwP— PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) October 14, 2017Angel Di Maria – brought into the starting line-up in place of Edinson Cavani after the Uruguayan’s international exploits – threatened first as his curling effort from just outside the area was pushed away by Dijon goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet.The hosts were more than holding their own and Jordan Mane volleyed narrowly wide, before PSG keeper Alphonse Areola had to react impressively to parry away a powerful, swerving strike from Kwon Chang-hoon.Despite a lacklustre showing in a quiet first half, PSG came close to going into the break in front, Alves sending a magnificent 30-yard free-kick dipping towards the top corner, although his effort ultimately hit the angle between post and bar.Heroic Dijon defending denied PSG early in the second half, Julian Draxler and Mbappe both having close-range efforts kept out by last-ditch blocks from Papy Djilobodji and Oussama Haddadi.Djilobodji then produced an overhead kick at the other end which Areola had to push wide, while Di Maria should have scored after a mistake from Reynet left him out of position, the midfielder blasting over when only Dijon defenders stood between him and the goal-line.PSG were upping the pressure and Mbappe soon fired over from another golden chance, failing to find the target from inside the six-yard box after a great right-wing cross by Di Maria.Reynet saved from Mbappe at the second attempt as the forward raced on to an Alves throughball shortly before PSG hit the woodwork for the second time in the match from the resulting corner, with Marquinhos heading against the bar after Neymar’s delivery.@KMbappe #DFCOPSG pic.twitter.com/xVmOCyoHIh— PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) October 14, 2017The inspired Dijon keeper saved twice more from Mbappe in PSG’s next attacks, the second seeing him get down to make a key stop after Di Maria had impressively given the France international another shooting opportunity from only six yards out.PSG finally made the breakthrough with 20 minutes remaining, Meunier beating Reynet at his near post on a rebound caused by Neymar’s initial effort being saved.But just as Unai Emery’s men looked like they were successfully taking the sting out of the game, a stunning moment saw Dijon move level. A high ball from the back caused havoc between Presnel Kimpembe and Marquinhos, allowing Jeannot to send a magnificent volley over Areola and in.PSG were not to be denied, though, with good work from Mbappe down the left teeing up Meunier’s effort, which only just crossed the line as the visitors’ chances of regaining their Ligue 1 crown were further strengthened. Key Opta stats:- PSG have won all five of their Ligue 1 encounters with Dijon: 2-0 on 23 October 2011, 2-1 on 11 March 2012, 3-0 on 20 September 2016, 3-1 on 4 February 2017 & 2-1 on Saturday.- PSG have only lost once in their last 29 Ligue 1 games (W24, D4), against Nice on 30 April 2017.- In addition to scoring 29 goals in nine league matches this season, PSG have hit the woodwork 11 times. read morelast_img read more

Under-fire Montella willing to accept critics

first_imgMilan Under-fire Montella willing to accept ‘exaggerated’ Milan criticism Iain Strachan Last updated 2 years ago 22:11 10/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Vincenzo Montella - cropped Getty Images Milan Milan v AEK Athens AEK Athens UEFA Europa League Serie A Intense scrutiny should be expected by those who accept the challenge of coaching the Rossoneri, their manager has admitted AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montella knows criticism of the club is inevitable after defeat in the derby to fierce rivals Inter.Milan spent big to make sweeping changes to the squad in the off-season, but have lost the last three Serie A matches to sit 10th in the table.Milan 11/2 to beat AEK 2-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. With the recent string of poor results, Montella finds himself under mounting pressure, though he did receive the backing on Milan’s CEO after the derby defeat. But, addressing a news conference ahead of the Europa League match at home to AEK Athens, the former Fiorentina boss insisted there is no cause for alarm behind the scenes at the Rossoneri. “When things go wrong it’s everyone’s fault, we have to accept the criticism, even when it’s exaggerated,” he said.”The club made choices for the here and now, but above all for the future.”Everything is going to plan aside from a few defeats, which I take responsibility for, but if they hadn’t happened we’d be talking about a balanced situation.Coach Montella alongside Patrick #Cutrone addressed the media on the eve of #ACMAEK. Read the article in full: https://t.co/tyEjxzSqX2 pic.twitter.com/81IY0Yrlfm— AC Milan (@acmilan) October 18, 2017″I see a higher quality of play all the time, it takes time to do these things and that’s proving to be the case.”We have players who can and must grow, it’s a good base to build from.”After the Europa League game, Milan return to Serie A action at home to Genoa, followed by games against Chievo and champions Juventus.last_img read more

Jesus & De Bruyne strike as City down Leicester

first_imgLeicester City 0 Manchester City 2: Jesus & De Bruyne on target as Guardiola’s title tilt continues Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 00:51 11/19/17 Kevin De Bruyne - cropped Getty Images Pep Guardiola’s rampant Manchester City made it 10 Premier League wins in a row with a typically dominant 2-0 victory over Leicester City. Manchester City’s unstoppable march at the Premier League summit shows no signs of slowing down as goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne secured a 2-0 win over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.Pep Guardiola’s side have been in irresistible form so far this season and Saturday’s result moved them nine points clear of second-placed Chelsea, with rivals United playing later in the day and Tottenham having lost at Arsenal.Jesus gave City the lead a minute before the half-time break with a simple tap-in after a move that had sliced open the hosts’ defence. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player De Bruyne then doubled their advantage just three minutes into the second period as he thumped home from 25 yards for his third league goal of a sparkling campaign.The only blot on City’s copybook was the enforced first-half withdrawal of England defender John Stones, who pulled up holding his right hamstring. David Silva and Jesus missed chances to extend City’s lead as the second half wore on, but two blistering attacks either side of half-time were enough to secure another impressive success.That #SharkTeam of ours  pic.twitter.com/UTMjfOZrIr— Manchester City (@ManCity) November 18, 2017Guardiola handed a first Premier League start since August 26 to Vincent Kompany, but the Belgian started sluggishly and was lucky not to be dismissed after just three minutes.The 31-year-old hacked down Jamie Vardy as the England striker latched onto Vicente Iborra’s pass, but referee Graham Scott deemed Stones to be in a covering position and opted to give the City captain only a yellow card.Kompany was involved again soon after, stretching well to divert Riyad Mahrez’s dangerous cross just wide of his own goal as the hosts continued to impress going forward.City’s trademark swashbuckling approach was largely absent in the early stages, but a typically incisive move involving Fabian Delph and Leroy Sane resulted in Kasper Schmeichel tipping over Silva’s shot from just inside the penalty area.Raheem Sterling was then only inches away from connecting with Sane’s fizzed cross as the visitors started to hit their stride.City finished the half strongly as Silva thrashed over from the edge of the area before the Spaniard teed up Jesus for the opener. Sterling carved open the Foxes defence with a threaded pass into the path of Silva, who had the simple task of rolling it across the six-yard box for the Brazilian to grab his eighth league goal of the season.GOOOOOOAAAAAAALLL!! It’s @gabrieljesus33! pic.twitter.com/JGprPwIfXt— Manchester City (@ManCity) November 18, 2017Leicester’s positive approach at the start of the second period was nearly rewarded when Harry Maguire’s effort from a corner was deflected onto the post.City took full advantage of that reprieve to deliver a stunning counter-attack, which resulted in Sane finding De Bruyne on the edge of the area for the former Chelsea man to unleash a superb left-footed strike into the roof of Schmeichel’s net. Jesus was then denied his second just moments later as Schmeichel thwarted him from just six yards out and Silva once again fired over as his wait for a goal continued. City comfortably kept Leicester at arm’s length in the final 20 minutes as the hosts desperately tried to find a way back into the game and were ultimately able to claim yet another three points at something approaching a canter. Key Opta stats:- Man City are only the second team to win their first six away games to a Premier League campaign, after Chelsea in 2008-09 (won their first eight).- This is just the second time a Premier League side has won 34 points from their first 12 games of the season, with Man City also achieving this back in 2011-12.- Leicester City have lost their last nine Premier League games against sides who started the day top of the table, conceding at least two goals each time.- The Foxes failed to land a single shot on target in a Premier League game for the first time since October 2016 versus Chelsea.- Kevin De Bruyne has now had a hand in 50 Premier League goals (16 goals, 34 assists). He has done this in 76 PL apps, which is the quickest by any out-and-out midfielder in the history of the competition.- Gabriel Jesus has been directly involved in 20 goals in his 21 Premier League appearances (15 goals 5 assists).- David Silva provided his 72nd assist in the Premier League, more than any other player since his debut read morelast_img read more

Valverde blasts lack of VAR in La Liga

first_imgBarcelona First Messi, now Suarez – Barcelona boss Valverde fumes over ‘absurd’ lack of VAR in La Liga Matthew Scott 18:58 12/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Suarez - cropped Getty Images Barcelona Primera División Ernesto Valverde Luis Suárez Deportivo La Coruña Barcelona v Deportivo La Coruña Real Madrid Luis Suarez looked to have been denied a legitimate goal against Deportivo La Coruna, much to the frustration of his manager at Camp Nou Ernesto Valverde says it is “absurd” that La Liga officials are not backed up by technology after Luis Suarez appeared to be denied a legitimate goal in Sunday’s romp over Deportivo La Coruna.Suarez scored twice as league leaders Barca hammered Depor 4-0 at Camp Nou, but was denied a hat-trick after seeing an incredible ‘rabona’ finish from a narrow angle ruled not to have crossed the line late in the first half.Replays seemed to justify Suarez’s mystified response to a goal not being given. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player La Liga is the only one of Europe’s major leagues not to use goal-line technology or Video Assistant Referees (VAR) and Valverde was equally baffled at the lack of assistance given to officials in Spain’s top flight.He told reporters: “I didn’t see it, but with the help of technology, you’ll know if the ball has gone in or not, regardless of whether the VAR is used or not.”I don’t know why it is not used in La Liga.”The equipment must be very expensive, but it’s absurd that we don’t have it. We’re late and it shows.”The Royal Spanish Football Federation last month confirmed VAR technology will be implemented in La Liga from the start of next season. That, though, is of little consolation to Barca, who have already seen Lionel Messi denied a perfectly good goal this term during a top-of-the-table clash with Valencia.The Argentine forward saw an effort fumbled by Los Che goalkeeper Neto in November, but none of the officials in charge of the contest spotted that the ball had crossed the line.last_img read more

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Facebook Premier League Pinterest Topics Read more Share on Facebook Newcastle United 7) Howe under scrutiny as Bournemouth seek potencyLike Palace, Bournemouth are still waiting for their first point of the season. Unlike Palace, they are not about to sack their manager. Just because Frank de Boer paid for his team’s wretched start, it does not follow that Eddie Howe’s job should be under threat. Howe’s achievements have earned him too much goodwill for Bournemouth to consider firing him without giving him a proper chance to turn things around. Nonetheless that does not mean that he should be immune from criticism. Bournemouth were desperately disappointing at Arsenal last weekend and Howe will face some tough questions if they lose to Brighton at home on Friday night. The biggest concern for Bournemouth is less their leaky defence and more that they are not clicking in attack. They have scored one goal in four matches, a wonder strike against Manchester City that came out of the blue from Charlie Daniels, and have not been creating enough chances. If that continues at home to a promoted side, it will be time to worry. JSBournemouth’s season: four defeats, one central problemGross double delivers first victory for Brighton8) A clue about the Oxlade-Chamberlain enigmaWhy did Liverpool want Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? And why did he want to move to Liverpool? A smidgin of insight may be gleaned this weekend if, with Sadio Mané suspended, Oxlade-Chamberlain makes his first start for his new club against Burnley. He should prove to be a useful deputy for the Senegalese and also, on other occasions, for Mohamed Salah. He probably has grander aspirations than to be a high-end back-up player but that seems the only option reasonably available to him at the moment. Although Liverpool are humdrum in central midfield – and Emre Can should be waved off to Juventus or wherever he fancies going when his contract expires – any ambition that Oxlade-Chamberlain has of playing regularly in the middle before the arrival of Naby Keïta will remain delusional unless his passing and tackling improve a lot. The lack of control in central midfield is, of course, a contributory factor to Liverpool’s ramshackle defending. The persistence of those linked problems may give Oxlade-Chamberlain flashbacks to Arsenal, last month’s 4-0 win for Jürgen Klopp’s men over Arsène Wenger’s team notwithstanding. It will certainly give Burnley belief that they can plunder another valuable away point this season following their victory at Chelsea and the draw at Tottenham Hotspur. PDMisses prove costly for Klopp’s side against SevillaMané will not change his game despite Ederson regrets David Squires on … the Premier League, trapped bats and Roy Hodgson’s return Wayne Rooney and Everton need to bounce back from a torrid night in Italy on Thursday. Photograph: Elisabetta Baracchi/AP Watford Mikel Merino has thrived for Newcastle in Jonjo Shelvey’s absence. Photograph: Lewis/ProSports/Rex/Shutterstock Pinterest Ten things to look out for this weekend Share on WhatsApp 4) Will Sánchez return for Arsenal and who might he replace?Ever the optimist, Arsène Wenger remains adamant that Alexis Sánchez will continue to give his all for Arsenal even though the Chilean was denied a transfer to Manchester City, and despite the way the Chilean sulked through the humbling at Anfield last month. Yet it is easy to see why Wenger was so reluctant to sell Sánchez. You only have to think back to his outstanding performance in the FA Cup final victory over Chelsea in May to appreciate the effect Sánchez can have on this Arsenal team, explaining why his manager decided that the forward was worth keeping. It is a gamble, though. Sánchez’s attitude has reportedly tried the patience of his team-mates and there is no guarantee that he will go above and beyond as Arsenal attempt to climb back into the top four, even in a World Cup year. They won without him last weekend, beating Bournemouth 3-0 thanks to goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Danny Welbeck. Do either of them deserve to make way for Sánchez when Arsenal visit Chelsea on Sunday? Arsenal fans must be itching to see Sánchez and Lacazette start together at last. They also know that Sánchez is more likely than Welbeck to turn a game with one bravura moment. But what will it do for team harmony if Welbeck makes way for Sánchez and Chelsea hand Arsenal another Stamford Bridge humbling? Wenger has a big call to make. JSSánchez settles nerves as Arsenal beat CologneBarney Ronay: Arsenal caught on hop by Cologne fans5) How does Bilic get the best out of Hernández?West Ham United rallied around their beleaguered manager and went back to basics against Huddersfield on a wet and windy night at the London Stadium, securing their first league win with the kind of ugly performance that would make the likes of Lionel Messi think twice about playing in the famously tough Premier League. Slaven Bilic covered up his defence’s ponderousness by playing a back three, Michail Antonio created problems by bulldozing down both flanks and Andy Carroll’s uncomplicated game unsettled their opponents.Yet while Bilic bought himself some time, the win was built on shaky foundations. West Bromwich Albion are unlikely to be overawed by Carroll’s aerial threat at the Hawthorns, while the inclusion of the big striker against Huddersfield saw Javier Hernández shunted out to the left flank, where he was unsurprisingly ineffective and eventually substituted. The return of Marko Arnautovic from suspension could see the Mexican dropped to the bench, with Carroll continuing to lead the line instead. It is enough to make one wonder if West Ham have thought this through properly. Hernández’s scoring record at Manchester United and Bayer Leverkusen was impressive but because he is not at his best linking play, United often used him as an impact substitute. For a top team chasing a goal, he is a major asset. For a lesser side needing to relieve pressure, £16m signing Hernández lacks stature. He would probably be more dangerous playing alongside Carroll in a classic front two, but then the dilemma for Bilic would be how to fit Antonio, Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini into his attack.In theory West Ham’s lone striker should be Diafra Sakho, who is quick, strong and dangerous. However the Senegalese needs to regain Bilic’s trust after his deadline-day shenanigans, meaning that West Ham could once again find themselves relying on Carroll, without necessarily being set up to exploit his strengths properly. Carroll has much to offer when he is fit but his presence also make the team too direct, making it harder to stretch opponents, cramping space for creative players. It is up to Bilic to find the right balance. JSWest Ham battle past Huddersfield to claim first winFootball Weekly Extra: our preview of the weekend’s action Marco Silva looks a good fit for Watford. Photograph: Sean Ryan/IPS/Rex/Shutterstock Read more Read more 1) Hodgson’s meat-and-potatoes approach to getting Palace in shapeFollowing the fiasco of Frank de Boer’s short reign at Selhurst Park, Roy Hodgson takes charge of a Crystal Palace team who have already suffered four scoreless defeats in as many Premier League matches. With trips to Manchester City, Manchester United and a home match against Chelsea to follow the game against Southampton, the importance of getting a morale-boosting result against comparatively easy opposition cannot be overstated and the manner in which Hodgson approaches this match will give Palace fans some idea what to expect in the months ahead. Quite how instant an impact he’ll have is open to question, considering that his former charge Simon Davies once said Hodgson had taken more than two years to “convert” Fulham’s players to methods that eventually got them to the 2010 Europa League final. Very recent history suggests he won’t get that kind of time at Palace. While we all know what atrocities they are capable of at their worst, at their best Hodgson’s teams work hard to maintain a solid shape that renders them difficult to break down, the stuff of relentless, presumably tedious but effective training ground drills. “Every day in training is geared towards team shape,” said Davies back then. “I’ve been working with the manager three seasons now and every day is team shape, and it shows.” While this meat-and-potatoes approach that has served Hodgson with varying degrees of success is unlikely to get Palace’s players or their supporters too excited, if it yields better results than De Boer’s methods it will do for now. BGRepetition and ruthlessness: why Hodgson could be perfect for PalaceBarney Ronay: which Hodgson will Crystal Palace get?2) Shakespeare spoilt for choice for once Despite having lost three of the four Premier League matches they’ve played so far this season, Leicester City don’t seem to have done a great deal wrong and their visit to Huddersfield pits them against a newly promoted side that didn’t taste Premier League defeat until the fourth time of asking. Circumstances beyond Craig Shakespeare’s control, ranging from injury, jet lag, the loss of Danny Drinkwater and the ongoing ineligibility of his replacement Adrien Silva, left the Leicester manager with a limited range of options against Chelsea. This weekend, he has plenty to choose from despite a vicious assault by a rogue training ground pole putting the fitness of Christian Fuchs in doubt. Yet to make more than a fleeting cameo for his new team, Kelechi Iheanacho scored in an under-23 match on Monday and looks bound to feature as he returns to full fitness, while centre-half Robert Huth and defensive midfielder Vicente Iborra have also returned from injury. Signed from Sevilla for £15m, Iborra has yet to make his Leicester debut and his availability, along with that of Huth and Iheanacho, will provide Shakespeare with the kind of selection headache that was beyond his wildest dreams last weekend. BGHammers ease Bilic’s fear of following De BoerMatty James: ‘I’ll remember the pain for the rest of my life’ 9) No happy return to Old Trafford for RooneyThe evidence at this admittedly early stage suggests that Ronald Koeman has spent around £200m to make Everton a slow, boring and unbalanced disgrace. An energetic and coherent performance against Manchester United at Old Trafford would be timely. But what can Koeman do to inspire that? A good start would be to start Dominic Calvert-Lewin up front to inject much-needed energy and a clearer sense of purpose. Omitting Sandro Ramírez to make way for the 20-year-old striker would be one option, but dropping Wayne Rooney on his return to Old Trafford would do more to shake up Everton. Koeman’s side, however, are still likely to look blunt going forward in comparison to United. Last season Ashley Williams berated his then-team-mate Romelu Lukaku for a displeasing attitude when Everton pitched up at Old Trafford. Lukaku gestured at the Welshman to shush; the chances of Williams keeping Lukaku quiet this weekend do not look good. PDEverton crumble against Atalanta in Europa LeaguePogba may be out for a month with hamstring injury Arsenal Twitter 10) Aurier to be eased into the Premier League Serge Aurier made an impressive Tottenham debut on Wednesday, constantly threatening Borussia Dortmund with his raids forward. But Kieran Trippier can do that pretty well too, and is more reliable defensively. He deserves to be considered as Spurs’ first-choice right-back, if Mauricio Pochettiino believes in such a role, which he might not. Nonetheless, a second deployment within a few days might be in order for Aurier, who could hardly wish for a more gentle introduction to the Premier League than a game against impotent Swansea, relegation candidates for sure. PDBarney Ronay: Kane’s masterclass of craft and energy galvanises SpursExcitement at odds with reality as Sanches makes his bow 6) Can Watford go top of the league?Manchester City encountered scant resistance when they travelled to Vicarage Road needing a win to qualify for the Champions League on the final day last season. With the departure of Walter Mazzarri already announced, Watford’s minds were elsewhere and a potentially awkward assignment for Pep Guardiola’s inconsistent side turned into a stroll. The home fans seethed as the visitors raced into a 4-0 lead by the interval. It finished 5-0. It could have been 10. Anyone watching that game might have feared for Watford this season. Losing seven of their final eight matches wasn’t particularly encouraging either. But of course they were letting Mazzarri go, offering them a chance to start afresh, as long as they picked the right replacement for the Italian. There was every reason to suspect that they would, as the Pozzo family have mostly made correct decisions and swiftly rectified errors since buying Watford five years ago.They got their man. Marco Silva might have gone down with Hull City, but he played a bad hand as well as he could, and Watford have quickly warmed to his leadership. Having bought astutely, bringing in players from home and abroad, they have been solid and organised, keeping three clean sheets in their first four matches while making sure to carry a threat up front. They are fourth, two points behind City, and will go top for at least 24 hours if they stun Guardiola’s side on Saturday afternoon. City have scored nine goals without reply in their past two matches, but they should not expect to receive such a hospitable welcome at Vicarage Road this time. They could be punished if their focus dips. JSJanmaat thunderbolt confirms Watford victoryStones strikes twice as City cruise against Feyenoord Facebook Twitter The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Facebook Leicester City Crystal Palace 3) Will Merino keep Shelvey on the outside looking in?For all the talk of impending crisis at St James’ Park this summer, Newcastle prepare to entertain Stoke City on the back of consecutive Premier League wins few of their fans could have foreseen after defeats at the hands of Tottenham and Huddersfield. Rafael Benítez missed his team’s win over Swansea as he recuperated from surgery but will be back in his technical area to make confusing hand gestures for the visit of Stoke, who were branded dirty long-ball merchants by a Manchester United manager who has never been slow to stick Marouane Fellaini up front and target him with bombs in times of crisis. Eligible for selection again after serving a three-match ban for his idiotic impetuousness against Tottenham Hotspur, it will be intriguing to see how much work Jonjo Shelvey has to do to regain his manager’s trust. The Newcastle quarter-back played for the under-23s earlier this week, but is unlikely to earn an instant recall to the first team. His replacement, Mikel Merino, a 21-year-old Spaniard in on loan from Borussia Dortmund, has impressed in Shelvey’s absence and was named the Newcastle fans’ player of the month for August. Already an early contender for September’s award after his performance against Swansea, he will not be easily displaced. BGBenítez reveals Shelvey apology for Tottenham red card Twitter Share via Email Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Frank de Boer left Crystal Palace after 77 days. Dave Bassett didn’t last 77 hours Share on Pinterest West Ham United blogposts Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Dylan Hartley among three forwards cited on damaging weekend for England

first_imgThe low-end entry point for striking is two weeks so, even if he were found guilty, Hartley’s chances of featuring in England’s opening Test against Argentina on 11 November remain reasonably good. He received a six-week ban in December 2016 for striking the Leinster flanker Sean O’Brien in a Champions Cup match and this latest incident has come at an awkward moment for Hartley, with Saracens’ Jamie George mounting a strong case for his England starting jersey.Marler is also back in the dock, this time for dropping a forearm on Wasps’ Will Rowlands during Harlequins’ heavy defeat in Coventry. The prop’s defence will be based on Rowlands’ apparent failure to release his leg following a tackle but his actions did not impress the Irish citing commissioner, Murray White. Both players will have their cases heard by a three-man panel comprised of England’s Jeremy Summers, Wales’s Rhian Williams and the former Scotland coach Frank Hadden.Jones will also be keeping a close eye on the outcome of Hughes’s hearing after the No8 was cited for a dangerous tackle on Harlequins’ young fly half Marcus Smith in the same match. England do not have a massive amount of cover in that position following injuries to Billy Vunipola and Jack Clifford. Wasps Rob Andrew: ‘I’m not being alarmist … the game is getting worse, not better’ Share on Facebook Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Harlequins Eddie Jones’s plans for the autumn Tests are in danger of being severely disrupted after three of his strongest forwards were cited following the weekend’s European fixtures. England’s captain, Dylan Hartley, the prop Joe Marler and the No8 Nathan Hughes must all now attend disciplinary hearings in London on Wednesday.Hartley, no stranger to judicial panels having racked up 60 weeks in suspensions during his career, has been cited for striking the head of the Clermont Auvergne prop Rabah Slimani as he cleared out a ruck in the first half of Northampton’s defeat on Saturday. The 31-year-old was sent to the sin-bin but World Rugby’s zero tolerance policy on head injuries has prompted the citing official, Scotland’s Douglas Hunter, to decide the hooker has a fresh case to answer. ‘Everything has to be earned,’ Dylan Hartley tells Saracens’ Jamie George Reuse this content Read more Support The Guardian Share on Twittercenter_img Read more Dylan Hartley Topics news Rugby union Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Northampton England rugby union team Share on Pinterest Hughes, voted Sunday’s man of the match, would leave a sizeable hole if he were to be sidelined as well. The Wasps man received a citing commissioner’s warning only last month for striking the neck and face of Bath’s Taulupe Faletau while carrying the ball.Neither of the two in-form Premiership alternatives, Exeter’s Sam Simmonds and Bath’s Zach Mercer, have a cap between them and Jones has hitherto shown little inclination to revert to more experienced names like Gloucester’s Ben Morgan or Simmonds’ team-mate Thomas Waldrom.In addition to Marler, Harlequins have had another forward cited following Sunday’s 41-10 defeat. The flanker Dave Ward is alleged to have struck his opposite number Thomas Young with his head in the 47th minute and will also have his case heard in London on Wednesday.Quins’ England winger Marland Yarde has been relegated to the bench for the club’s A League game against Gloucester after being dropped from the first team for poor timekeeping.last_img read more

Jürgen Klopp uses German lesson to keep Liverpool alert against Maribor

first_imgShare on LinkedIn World Cup stunning moments: the Miracle of Bern Read more Jürgen Klopp Maribor Read more Champions League Topics Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Long before Istanbul there was the Miracle of Bern and Jürgen Klopp believes Liverpool should heed a warning from history when they host Maribor on Wednesday. In the Champions League, the Liverpool manager insists, there are no foregone conclusions, even against an opponent humiliated 7-0.Liverpool recorded the biggest away win in their European history against the Slovenian champions two weeks ago – indeed the biggest by any English team away in the European Cup – but Klopp claims he will be content with a 1-0 victory in the return. He cited West Germany’s 3-2 win over Hungary in the 1954 World Cup final as a reason why. Germany secured their first World Cup not only after trailing 2-0 in Bern but having lost 8-3 to the Mighty Magyars in the first round of the tournament. Klopp will use a 63-year-old history lesson to guard against complacency at Anfield. Share on WhatsApp “We have to do like we did in the first game. Two or three of the goals were because of our pressing situations, when they played and we jumped in, the first goal especially when Mo [Mohamed Salah] put the left-back under pressure with his speed. I don’t expect a lot of easy spaces. We will have to work for this. If anyone is expecting something like this [7-0 again] I cannot change that.“We have three more games, nine points, we had the first two games with good performances but not enough points, so there is nothing to waste now. We have to be and we will be 100% serious. I will make sure of that. If we win at the end 1-0 I am completely happy about it because it means we have three more points.”Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren did not train with the rest of the Liverpool squad on Tuesday due to an abductor and thigh injury respectively. Share via Email “I am from Germany so I know in 1954 we lost against Hungary in the group stage really clear and then won the World Cup final,” he recalled with unmistakable pride. “Nobody would have expected that. That’s football. That is how I learned it pretty early in my life. It’s always possible. It’s all about our performance.“We have to use the little advantage of being the home team, using the crowd, being spot-on again, but we did so well in Maribor and that was the reason for the result – not the quality of the opponent. At the end it looked like a big difference but it was only because of our start. We have to do that again. Being there from the first second should be easy to understand for the boys because we lost points in the first two games of the group. Everybody is close together. Nobody knows how the other game will be so we need to use this opportunity for us to win the home game and be in a better position.”The Liverpool manager believes a more recent event – Saturday’s 3-0 defeat of a defensive Huddersfield Town – should serve as ideal preparation for facing Maribor, who had to train late at Anfield on Tuesday due to a delayed flight. Darko Milanic’s team conceded seven goals in 86 minutes to Liverpool having conceded only four times in 10 domestic home matches all season. And Klopp claims their domestic form – unbeaten after 14 games and joint-top of the league with Olimpija Ljubljana – is a more accurate reflection of their quality than the chaotic, careless display served up in the first encounter with Liverpool.Klopp added: “Since we played them they won and they are first, level on points. They are usually really well organised but it is a football playing side and I don’t think they can change this much. The last game against Huddersfield will be a good reference for us. Yes, they will be organised, they will not open any gaps for us, they will not make it easy for us, they will fight for each yard and that’s clear. Share on Facebook Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren hits out at ‘disgusting’ death threats Liverpool news Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Quiz: it’s all about that (World Cup training) base

first_img Unmarried couples Ice hockey AK Bars, the Snow Leopards, won their league title this season. Colombia are staying in Kazan and training at the Sviyaga shooting range, which hosted the 2010 trapshooting European Championships. They’ll also: Bor Bor actually means “pine wood” in Russian. You got… Spain Sleypy Around 800 miles Just outside the European places Reuse this content Russian Open golf championship Won in 2014 by Colin Montgomerie. Winner, winner, chicken dinner Senegal are staying in the Royal hotel in Kaluga, a building that has which unusual feature? World Cup 2018 Aussie Rules While most teams have based themselves in plush woodland, historic city hotels or at state-of-the-art training bases, Peru have done what? Champions League level Water polo Share on Facebook Based themselves in the hotel of Moscow’s equivalent to Alton Towers Russian Open tennis championship Uruguay’s home town for the tournament is one for fans of nominative determinism. Where are they based? Travel at least 500 miles north for every match Share via Email Around 1,450 miles Although several teams have to make round trips of over 2,000 miles for a single game. Share on Facebook Russian Open chess championship Share on Pinterest Brazil Around 600 miles Snuz Football features A bobsleigh track runs through the foyer Not great Several teams will prepare for games at the training grounds of Russian clubs, but who has bagged CSKA Moscow’s facilities? Germany Russia share Dinamo Moscow’s training facilities with Mexico, Saudi Arabia have Zenit St Petersburg’s while Japan’s HQ is usually the home of Rubin Kazan. Saudi Arabia are stopping in the plush Belmond Grand Hotel Europe in St Petersburg, which has a bevy of suites named in honour of various famous figures, including one with a World Cup connection. It’s called: The Baddiel & Skinner suite Europa League level Vegetarians Topics World Cup IOUs Mid-table safety Belgium are staying at the lavish Moscow Country Club – the home of which sporting event since 1993? Below average The Domingo suite Challenge your friends Booked a series of Airbnbs in an attempt to save money Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Denmark are in Anapa on the Black Sea coast, a popular holiday destination. Which is nice, but it also means their shortest round trip for a group game is how far? Portugal’s team base, the FC Saturn Training Centre, has a 25m swimming pool, two Finnish saunas and a Turkish hammam but, according to the Fifa website, does not accept what? Improvement required The pool can be converted into an ice rink So close! Argentina Rented an entire village in which to stay Australia are using the training facilities of AK Bars in Kazan? Which sport do they play? Pretty poor Travel at least 500 miles south for every match Based themselves right next Sheremetyevo International Airport Which may be a less interesting than most but will at least be handy for getting around. Share on Twitter Travel further than anyone else in the group stages Share via Email Submit answers Yawn Credit cards Though, in fairness, it does seem to be more of a sports complex than a hotel. Travel less than anyone else in the group stages La Tricolor travel less than 750 miles in total in the group stage. The hotel is in the shape of a curling stone Russian Open figure skating championships Share on LinkedIn The Carreras suite Useless A downhill ski run starts on its roof Complete with cable cars to the top. Share on WhatsApp Around 1,000 miles The Pavarotti suite Also available: the Dostoevky Suite, the Faberge suite and the Rossi suite (named after Italian architect Carlo rather than Italian striker Paolo) last_img read more

Chelsea target Richarlison posts cryptic message

first_imgTransfers Chelsea target Richarlison posts cryptic message after Watford sack Silva 23:00 1/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Richarlison Watford 2017 Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Watford Premier League The 20-year-old has been linked with the Stamford Bridge side and seems to have indicated he is unhappy with events at Vicarage Road Richarlison has sparked speculation over his future at Watford after posting a cryptic message on his Twitter account.The Brazilian has been in sparkling form since moving to the Hornets in the summer, so much so that Chelsea are weighing up bringing him to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.He arrived at Vicarage Road in part thanks to manager Marco Silva, yet the shockwaves of the Portuguese’s exit from the club as he was sacked on Sunday, may lead for him to push for a move. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player  — Richarlison Andrade (@richarlison97) January 21, 2018In the aftermath of Silva’s sacking, the 20-year-old published a tweet that simply showed an angry emoji.Watford have already made clear that Richarlison is unavailable for transfer in January, though Chelsea have already discussed a potential summer deal with agent Giuliano Bertolucci.However, the Hornets have already shown that they are perfectly capable of playing hardball when it comes to the futures of their key figures.They rejected an approach from Everton for Silva – an action that they claimed had an unsettling influence on their manager, pre-empting the difficult run of form that they have not been able to lift themselves from. With five goals and five assists in 24 Premier League matches, Richarlison has widely been considered their star performer this term.last_img read more

Fabregas still in awe of Iniesta

first_imgFàbregas Fabregas still amazed by timeless Iniesta Joe Wright 17:21 2/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) andres iniesta - cropped Getty Images Chelsea v Barcelona Barcelona Chelsea UEFA Champions League The World Cup winner turns 34 this year, but his former Barcelona team-mate believes he has the intelligence and quality to keep going strong Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas says the danger posed by Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta has not diminished with age.Fabregas will face his former team-mate and compatriot when the Catalans visit Stamford Bridge for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday.AdChoices广告Iniesta, 33, has been used with caution by head coach Ernesto Valverde, having only completed 90 minutes twice this season in all competitions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Spain star was substituted in the second half of Saturday’s 2-0 LaLiga win at Eibar and is almost certain to start against Chelsea, with January signing Philippe Coutinho ineligible.And Fabregas has no doubt Iniesta remains a fine player, especially as he has rarely had to rely on physical qualities in his career.”He’s still good; for this type of player, age doesn’t really matter,” said Fabregas.”Once you have a talent, once you have the class that he and so many other ‘big’ players have, they can play until their late 30s.”Physically, it’s important, obviously because the game nowadays depends a lot on that. But when you have the quality, when you have the intelligence, it can sometimes compensate.”Asked if Iniesta was an idol for Fabregas as a Barca youth product, he replied: “You’re making him very old! He’s only three years older than me.”We played with the Spain Under-21s together. We’ve played together from when I was 18 years old.”I never saw him as an ‘idol’ because we always played together. I saw him as a team-mate. A person obviously that I admire, but in a different way from an idol I looked up to when I was young.”I used to look up to [Pep] Guardiola because he was playing in my position; I used to love Luis Figo when he was at Barcelona. These two were probably the ones I looked up to most when I was little.”But this generation of Spanish players, and not only Spanish players, in Barcelona has been fantastic.”last_img read more

‘Werner can be world class’

first_imgTimo Werner Man Utd target Werner can be world class – Klose 15:32 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Timo Werner RB Leipzig Bayern Robert Michael Germany RB Leipzig World Cup Bundesliga The 22-year-old striker is aiming for the top of the game and the Germany icon is backing him to fulfil his dream Germany and RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has what it takes to become one of the best strikers in the world, Miroslav Klose says.The 22-year-old has excelled in the Bundesliga since joining Leipzig two years ago after his breakthrough at Stuttgart and is part of the national team for the World Cup.Speculation has been building around the forward’s future, however, as Manchester United and Bayern Munich have been credited with an interest. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Werner has opened the door to a move this summer, admitting that he needs to leave Leipzig to fulfil his potential, though he says no decision will be made until after the tournament in Russia.As part of Joachim Low’s coaching team, former Bayern and Germany striker Klose is working closely with Werner and is convinced his rise will continue.”Werner is young, he can eventually become world class because he has this momentum, “Klose told Kicker.”The combinations, the angles, how he positions himself. There is something missing with him – he is not as natural as Robert Lewandowski.”As a goalscoring hero for Germany, Klose sees the value that a player like Werner brings to the team in their hunt for a consecutive world crown.”I’ve always been a real striker,” Klose said. “You need a forward in there, whether it’s a fast one like Timo Werner, or a big one like Mario Gomez, because you know you have a lot on the wings, and you need one who knocks the ball in.”Germany are drawn in Group F alongside Mexico, Sweden and South Korea, and begin their campaign against El Tri on June 17.last_img read more

2017 Youth Trans Tasman Squad Announcement

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce the Australian Youth Squads that will form the basis of the Youth Teams who will compete in the 2017 Youth Trans Tasman Series in Auckland, New Zealand.The Australian 17’s and 19’s Boys, Girls and Mixed Teams will travel to Auckland in January with hopes of continuing their recent success in the Youth divisions, having won the past four Youth Trans Tasman events following the concept’s reintroduction in 2009. TFA wishes to congratulate the following players who have been named in the Australian Youth Squads for the 2017 Series. 17’S Boys SquadJordan Andrews (QLD)Flynn Angles-Corke (NSW)Daejarn Asi (QLD)Ali Bakhach (QLD) Darnell Bennet (QLD)     Adam Boumelhem (NSW)          Antonio Buncuga (QLD) Lachlan Crow (QLD)       Isaac Crowe (ACT)Joshua Dwyer (NSW)Samuel Edgley (NSW)Connor Edwards (NSW)Liam Elliot (ACT)           Logan Ellis (NSW)         Jayden Fielding-Smith (QLD)Shallin Fuller (NSW)Liam Grant (QLD)Conor Hickey (NSW)Paul Karaitiana (QLD) Baillee List (QLD)Jordan Little (NSW)       Fletcher Lyneham (QLD)Isaac Matos (NSW)Aaron Moore (QLD)Blake Moore (QLD)Isaiah Niumata (NSW)James Price (QLD)Johnny Saley (NSW)      Luc Sciglitano (NSW)Tyrell Scott (NSW)Mathew Smith (NSW)Ben Stevanovic (NSW)Thomson Suters (NSW)Floyd Tighe (NSW)Kyle Turei (QLD)            Jacob Van Zanden (QLD)          Raymond Wehbe (NSW)            Tobias Westacott (NSW) Curtis Wilson (NSW)Jack Wright (QLD) 19’s Girls SquadHinerangi Andreassend (QLD)Rae Barker (QLD)Chloe Cheney (NSW)Tayla Clifford (NSW)Madison Crowe (NSW)Rachelle Davis (NSW)Kirra Dibb (NSW)Brittany Donovan (QLD)Tayla Duguid (NSW)Hannah Dyball (NSW)Logan Flanagan (NSW)Alice Gregory (SA)Pia Hatt (VIC)Mia Johnstone (QLD)Bobbi Law (NSW)Stephanie Maiolo (NSW)Katee Maller (QLD)Kayla Mi Mi (QLD)Rebecca Mi Mi (QLD)Mikayla Newman (QLD)  Stephanie O’Hara (SA)Alice Rathie (QLD)Emily Reid (VIC)Brytten Reynolds (QLD)Shannon Rose (NSW)Mackenzie Sadler (SA)Emma Sykes (QLD)Tahlulah Tillett (QLD)Bailey Toleafoa (NSW)Tamika Upton (QLD)Chloe Watt (QLD)Samantha White (QLD)  Courtney Young (NSW)Related LinksNational Youth Squads 19’s Boys SquadJye Antonelli (NSW)Tjadyn Ashby (NSW)     Dallas Bain (QLD)          Lawrence Bingham (NSW)          Robert Bird (NSW)         Zachary Bouzounis (NSW)         Justin Cridland (QLD)Jesse Curtis (QLD)Mitchell De Rossi (QLD)Nicholas Donghi (VIC)   Chris Ebitar (NSW)Matthew Egan (QLD)     Jake Grech (NSW)Harrison Griffin (QLD)Jacob Harrington (NSW)            Connor Harvey (QLD)Braydon Hegarty (QLD) Jack Hughes (QLD)Malcolm Kenny (QLD)Alexander Lim (SA)Tyla Love (WA) Jacob Marrinan (QLD)Reece McKenzie-O’Brien (QLD)  Jackson Mills (NSW)Hayden Moffat (QLD)    Damon Moore (QLD)     Jayden Murphy-Hinton (NSW)Luke O’Brien (QLD)Luke Osborne (NSW)  Jake Parker (NSW)        Jesse Parker (NSW)      Adam Russell (QLD)Tristan Sailor (NSW)Kai Simbolon (NSW)Marley Simbolon (NSW) Jake Toby (NSW) Regan Walsh (NSW)Alex Western (QLD) 17’s Girls SquadTarryn Aiken (NSW)Cassidy Atkins (NSW)Tatum Bird (NSW)          Shannyn Bissett (NSW)Jessica Bourke (QLD)Amelia Bransden (TAS)  Brittney Brown (QLD)Tiarni Bryce (QLD)         Brittney Clifford (NSW)Taylah Connell (QLD)Jasmine Dillon (NSW)Pihuka Duff (NSW)Amy Dufour (NSW)        Lydia Durkin (QLD)Terri-Anne Egan (QLD)Brooke English (QLD)Rebecca Goulding (QLD)Madison Higgins Ashby (NSW)Rachel Jeffs (NSW)Melia Larkin (QLD)         Sabine Marsters (QLD)  Lucy McDonald (NSW)Leesa Mi Mi (QLD)Faith Nathan (NSW)Kathleen Nicholls (QLD)Bailee Nix (NSW)           Kobe Nona (QLD)Aaliyah Paki (NSW)Rhiannon Podmore (NSW)Jessica Potts (NSW)     Maya Stewart (NSW)Kiara Taylor (QLD)         Marama Thomas (QLD)Rachel Walsh (QLD)Chelsea White (QLD)     Elise Wilson (ACT)         Macey Zielke (QLD)last_img read more