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'Honoured that people feel my journey is worth capturing for film'

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Anand Kumar, best known for Sanjay Dutt-Vivek Oberoi starrer "Zila Ghaziabad", is working on former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia's biopic. Bhutia joins the pantheon of sports personalities such as Milkha Singh, Paan Singh Tomar, Mary Kom, MS Dhoni and Sandeep Singh to be immortalised on celluloid through a biopic. Kumar has conceptualised the biopic, which will showcase the life of Bhutia. He is currently in the process of finalising a director and lead actor for the film. Bhutia is excited about the project and he believes the filmmaker is the right person to honour his journey. "I am honoured that people feel that my journey is worth capturing for the big screen. I am certain that Anand will do justice to my story. I hail from a small town in Sikkim, but playing football for India wasn't my only dream. I always wanted to own a professional football club and I realised that dream with United Sikkim (his football club)," Bhutia said in a statement here. He will be involv..
                 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic named top MLS newcomer

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Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic of the Los Angeles Galaxy was named Monday as Major League Soccer Newcomer of the Year, defeating England's Wayne Rooney among others for the award. Ibrahimovic won in a balloting of MLS coaches and players plus a media panel with an average of 36.36 percent support to 32.25 percent for DC United captain Rooney. Mexico's Carlos Vela of Los Angeles FC was third on 13.47 percent. Ibrahimovic scored 22 goals and added 10 assists in what was only the third 20-and-10 season in MLS history. The Galaxy went 9-2 with four drawn when the Swedish icon scored a goal. With a roundhouse volley kick to score against Toronto FC on September 15, Ibrahimovic netted his 500th career goal, joining Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as only the third active player to reach that lofty milestone. Ibrahimovic failed to lead the Galaxy into the playoffs but his career has already included titles with European giants FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan. He has..
                 

Wayne Rooney to play for England one last time

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Wayne Rooney says he is honoured to make a final appearance for England and happy for manager Gareth Southgate to decide his playing time on Thursday against the United States. Former Manchester United star Rooney, in video comments released by his Major League Soccer club DC United, detailed his excitement at earning his 120th cap for England in his farewell match, a friendly against the Americans at Wembley Stadium. "Playing on the squad for this game and see some old teammates, see Gareth and the coaching staff, and then obviously to play at Wembley for the last time will be a great moment," Rooney said. "To see old teammates, coaches and be around them for a few days, but also to see the fans — it'll be great to pull on the England shirt again in front of the fans in almost a way of me saying thank you to the fans for the support you've shown me over my time playing for England." Rooney, 33, has scored 53 goals in 119 England appearances since making his debut for the ..
                 

EPL: Sturridge charged for breaching betting rules

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of the English FA's betting rules, the governing body has announced. The FA said Sturridge's alleged breaches were in relation to passing on information about players, managers, team selection or disciplinary matters, which was not publicly available at the time. "Daniel Sturridge has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of the FA's Betting Rules during the period of January 2018. He has until 6pm on Tuesday, November 20 2018 to respond to the charge." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates p>This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (wi..
                 

Cristiano Ronaldo's 'princess' daughter Alana turns one

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Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo's twins, Eva and Mateo are all smiles as they celebrate their little sister Alana Martina's (centre) first birthday yesterday. Ronaldo Instagrammed this picture and wrote: "Happy birthday, dear princess! One year of bliss! Love you!" Born and raised on the Portuguese island of Madeira, Cristiano Ronaldo was diagnosed with a racing heart at age 15. He underwent an operation to treat his condition, and began his senior club career playing for Sporting CP, before signing with Manchester United at age 18 in 2003. After winning his first trophy, the FA Cup, during his first season in England, Cristiano helped United win three successive Premier League titles, a UEFA Champions League title, and a FIFA Club World Cup. By age 22, he had received Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations and at age 23, he won his first Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards. In 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo was the subject of the most expensive asso..
                 

Ankle injury rules India's Chhetri out of friendly against Jordan

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India's star striker Sunil Chhetri will miss the upcoming international friendly against Jordan due to an ankle injury that has ruled him out for at least two weeks. Chhetri suffered the injury during Bengaluru's Hero ISL match against Kerala Blasters on November 5. "The BFC Medical Team have shared the MRI reports and medical assessments and we have scrutinised them thoroughly. Sunil needs rest of around two weeks and proper rehabilitation after which he can get back to training," said Indian team's physiotherapist Gigy George. Shervin Sheriff, doctor of the Indian team, added: "He can't travel with this injury as it's a weight-bearing joint. He needs to have proper rest along with the rehab programme for a speedy recovery. We are closely monitoring the situation and following it up with the club medical team and Sunil himself." The match against Jordan is slated to be played at the King Abdullah II Stadium in Amman on November 17. The Indian will depart for the game on November 15..
                 

La Liga: Barcelona suffer shock 3-4 loss to Real Betis on Messi return

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Barcelona suffered their first home defeat in La Liga for more than two years, the champions losing 3-4 to Real Betis despite Lionel Messi scoring twice on his return to action. First-half goals from Junior and Joaquin gave the visitors to the Nou Camp a 2-0 lead before Messi pulled one back from the penalty spot midway through the second half. However, Barcelona goalkeeper then let a shot from Giovani Lo Celso slip through his hands and although substitute Arturo Vidal reduced the deficit on 79 minutes, Ivan Rakitic was sent off moments later and Sergio Canales made it 4-2 soon after. Messi finished off a flowing move in stoppage time to make it 4-3, but Betis held on to inflict Barcelona's first defeat at the Camp Nou in La Liga since they lost 2-1 to Alaves in September 2016. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. M..
                 

Manchester City manager Guardiola prefers sex to coaching

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has laughed off a suggestion that his coaching is "better than sex". The comment was reportedly made by Paris Saint-Germain defender Dani Alves, who is currently promoting a documentary about his time at Barcelona playing under Guardiola. Before Sunday's Premier League home match against Manchester United, a reporter asked Guardiola for his reaction at a press conference, prompting him to respond: "I prefer the sex — by far." The question may owe something to a mistaken interpretation of something Alves said in 'Take the Ball, Pass the Ball', a documentary looking at Guardiola's time as Barcelona boss, which saw the Spanish club win the Champions League in both 2009 and 2011. Brazilian star Alves, referring to Barca's late winner against Chelsea in the 2009 semi-final, said: "It is because of moments like this that we all love football. The only thing that beats it is sex." Alves is one of many players to have cited the City manager's coach..
                 

English Premier League: Leicester held to a draw on poignant evening

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Leicester City rode a wave of emotion on Saturday but were unable to break the deadlock against Burnley in their first home match since owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was killed in a helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium. A special tribute video was shown on big screens before kick-off. A huge banner was unfurled reading: "Khun Vichai, Forever in our Hearts." Then the entire stadium fell silent for two minutes to remember Vichai and the four others killed in the crash as well as servicemen and women who have died in battle on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delet..
                 

EPL: Leicester to play first match at home since Vichai's crash

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Leicester return to action at the King Power Stadium today with football a mere afterthought as fans prepare to pay heartfelt tribute to the man who turned their dreams into astonishing reality. Manager Claude Puel's pre-match preparations for the game against Burnley were disrupted after he and a number of players, including Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel, travelled to Thailand to pay respects to the late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Leicester owner Vichai was killed in a helicopter crash just outside the ground along with four other people after his club's 1-1 draw at their King Power Stadium on October 27. His shocking death — moments after taking off from the pitch — sent shockwaves through Leicester, where the charismatic Vichai had become a beloved figure in the club and the city...
                 

Cristiano Ronaldo's girlfriend Georgina unveils new family cat

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Arsenal progress despite Sporting stalemate, Chelsea ease through

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Arsenal booked a place in the Europa League knockout stage and extended their unbeaten run to 15 matches despite a 0-0 draw with Sporting Lisbon, while Olivier Giroud's first goal of the season sent Chelsea through. But Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck, given a rare start just hours after being named in Gareth Southgate's England squad, had to be stretchered down the tunnel with what looked a nasty ankle injury in the first half on Thursday. Arsenal midfielders Matteo Guendouzi and Aaron Ramsey were both visibly upset after Welbeck, who is out of contract at the end of the campaign, went down after jumping to win a header. "It is mentally challenging (playing after a teammate is injured) but sometimes it comes with the game, and Danny has had a lot of injuries," winger Alex Iwobi told BT Sport. "We wish him the best and will keep on encouraging and motivating him to get back." Unai Emery's Gunners were the better side for long periods at the Emirates against a team who have already ha..
                 

Jamie Vardy and wife auction 10-seater for late Leicester owner Vichai

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Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy and wife Rebekah have put their 10-seater corporate box at the King Power Stadium up for auction to raise money for a charity foundation named after late team owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who lost his life in a helicopter crash last week. Leicester host Burnley in an EPL match on Saturday and the highest bidder can watch that match from the luxury enclosure with the Vardys promising to drop in too. Rebekah wrote on Twitter: "Jamie and I are auctioning off our executive box including hospitality and personal visit from Jamie for the upcoming game against Burnley. All proceeds will go to the Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation email vsfauction@lcfc.co.uk to make bids #lcfc." Jamie's signed boots from Saturday's win over Cardiff is also up for grabs. Leicestery City's Jamie Vardy with team owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after winning the EPL title in 2016 Jamie was Vichai's favourite player having guided them to the 2016 title. The couple got very ..
                 

Champions League: Atletico got their revenge against Dortmund, says Sau

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Atletico Madrid avenged their Borussia Dortmund drubbing from a fortnight ago and revived hopes of going through top of Group A by beating the German side 2-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday. Dortmund handed Atletico their heaviest defeat under Diego Simeone with a 4-0 victory 13 days ago but this contest was almost a mirror image, the hosts in control from start to finish. Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann scored a goal in each half to complete a win that puts Atleti five points clear of Club Brugge, and on the brink of the Champions League knock-out stage. First place is also back in sight, with Atletico and Dortmund both on nine points, even if Simeone's side have the slightly tougher task of playing Brugge away in their final fixture. After losing in Germany, Atleti were also held at struggling Leganes in La Liga on Saturday and this result, without the injured Diego Costa, Diego Godin and Koke, will do wonders for morale. Dortmund, meanwhile, host Bayern Munich in the Bund..
                 

Champions League: Worst is possible, says coach Henry as Monaco crash o

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Thierry Henry's Monaco slumped to an embarrassing 4-0 home defeat to Club Brugge on Tuesday as the French side tumbled out of the Champions League group stage with two games still to play. Giant striker Hans Vanaken scored twice, the second from the penalty spot, while Brazilian forward Wesley banged in a third as Monaco fell three goals behind in just 24 minutes. Ruud Vormer condemned Monaco to their heaviest ever home loss in Europe as he netted a fourth with five minutes to go to leave Henry's team fighting for the consolation of a spot in the Europa League last 32. It came just hours after club owner Dmitry Rybolovlev was detained for questioning by police in Monaco in relation to a corruption probe stemming from his long-running legal battle with a Swiss art dealer. Henry remains without a win in five matches in his first managerial role, as Monaco's winless run in the Champions League extended to 12 outings. "I am upset with the way we reacted to falling behind. We started wel..
                 

Champions League: Liverpool weren't ruthless, says Adam Lallana

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Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana admits the players have to take responsibility for the Champions League predicament they now find themselves in. A 2-0 defeat to Red Star Belgrade leaves Jurgen Klopp's side needing a victory against either Paris St Germain in the French capital in three weeks or Napoli at home in their final group game. At the moment they stay top of the table on six points courtesy of goal difference and there still remain a number of permutations which will see them qualify. However, it would be preferable to avoid an Anfield finale which would require them to beat the Serie A side by two goals to overturn their head-to-head record against Carlo Ancelotti's team. Lallana accepts it is time for the players to step up. "As players we've got to take full responsibility and make sure it doesn't happen again," Lallana said. Red Star Belgrade's Milan Pavkov heads to score against Liverpool during the Champions League match at Rajko Mitic Stadium in Belgrade, Serbia on T..
                 

European Leagues opposing potential football Super League

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The body representing football clubs in Europe -- European Leagues -- said on Tuesday it strongly opposed the creation of a Super League for a select group of elite clubs. According to documents published as part of the Football Leaks allegations, a group of European clubs have discussed the idea of establishing a closed competition without relegation or promotion which would replace the Champions League. These revelations show a tournament of 16 clubs -- the founding 11 would be Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal. Atletico Madrid, Roma, Inter Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Marseille have reportedly also been invited to join. European Leagues, which consists of more than 900 clubs across 25 countries, said it recognised the "ongoing rumours and speculations around the possible creation of a European Super League". But it "voiced its strong opposition to the creation of any 'close..
                 

Gareth Bale under scrutiny as Real Madrid take on Plzen

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"Bale es fantastico", Real Madrid´s interim coach Santiago Solari said, but still took him off in the 71st minute against Real Valladolid on Saturday. Real travel to Viktoria Plzen for their Champions League clash tonight. Madrid were drifting towards a 0-0 draw at their Santiago Bernabeu home and, searching for inspiration, it was Bale's number 11 that came up. He departed to whistles from the fans even if Solari, perhaps deliberately, spared him being replaced directly by Vinicius Junior. The Brazilian, 18, came on two minutes later and made the difference, his shot deflecting in to give Madrid the lead. "Another day, Gareth will score," Solari said. "And everyone will celebrate." But those quickest to criticise Bale are circling again. Support for Vinicius has been intense and Bale is seen as the one standing in the way. Vinicius signed from Flamengo for 45m euros in the summer. "Footballers cannot fight against what goes on around them," Solari said. "The media and the fan..
                 

Managing in England is dream come true, says City's Pep Guardiola

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Pep Guardiola said managing in England is a dream come true as he was honoured by the Football Writers' Association fresh from a 6-1 EPL victory against Southampton. The Manchester City manager was recognised for his side's EPL title last season. Speaking at Sunday's ceremony here, he said: "I'm fortunate to be here in your country, in England. It's incredible. It was a dream to come here and be a manager here. It's a dream come true." City won 32 of their 38 games last season, scoring a record 106 goals and amassing a record 100 points. "I want to share this award with the whole City family because I know it's a real family," said Guardiola. "People say we have a lot of money. That's true but despite that it's incredible the people I'm working with and I'm a lucky guy to be here." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies...
                 

Monaco denies accusations of breaking Financial Fair Play rules

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Monaco have denied claims that they tried to bypass UEFA's Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules by agreeing to enter a partnership to generate revenues from an offshore firm registered in Hong Kong. Documents released on Monday by French investigative website Mediapart, part of the Football Leaks investigation, also indicated that European football's governing body was prepared to overlook the deal in 2014 to avoid Monaco being harshly punished. Monaco said in a statement: "The club firmly denies having bypassed Financial Fair Play through a contract with a marketing agency, contrary to false claims published by French and European media." Monaco qualified for the Champions League in 2014 after finishing second in Ligue 1, and were looking for new revenue streams that would enable them to comply with FFP. UEFA rules say clubs cannot spend more than they earn in any given season and deficits must fall within a 30-million-euro ($34 million) limit over three seasons. Finding income from else..
                 

EPL: Manchester City in cruise mode

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Raheem Sterling scored twice fresh from agreeing a new five-year contract with Manchester City as the champions swept aside Southampton 6-1 yesterday to return to the top of the Premier League table. Sergio Aguero, with his 150th league goal, David Silva and Leroy Sane were also on the mark as Pep Guardiola's side continued their unbeaten start to their title defence. Southampton had the minor consolation of becoming the first team in 630 minutes to score against City but the leaders' form is ominous for the rest of the division. Brisk scoringCity are scoring at a marginally faster rate than they did while racking up a record 106 goals last season, and they made a devastating start that finished the game as a contest within 18 minutes of kick-off. Five minutes had gone when Aguero orchestrated an attack on the edge of the Southampton area, David Siva then moving the ball on to the overlapping Sane, whose cross was turned into his own goal by Saints' Wesley Hoedt. It took a further six..
                 

Wayne Rooney set for one-off England return

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Wayne Rooney is to come out of England retirement for a final one-off appearance against the United States in an international friendly at Wembley this month, the Football Association announced Sunday. Rooney, a record goalscorer for both Manchester United and England, has not played international football for nearly two years. But the 33-year-old, now based in the United States where he plays for Major League Soccer side DC United in Washington, will wear the Three Lions shirt one last time for the Wembley fixture on November 15. The match will be called The Wayne Rooney Foundation International in support of the striker's charity aiding disadvantaged children, with England manager Gareth Southgate naming the 33-year-old in his squad. "I am truly humbled and hugely excited to play for England at Wembley again," said Rooney in a statement issued by the FA that billed the game as his "final England appearance". "I would like to thank Gareth Southgate and The FA for inviting me back an..
                 

Manchester United win 2-1 against Bournemouth

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Jose Mourinho admitted he was the "luckiest manager in the Premier League" as Manchester United recovered from a disastrous defensive display to beat Bournemouth 2-1 on Saturday. Mourinho was furious with United's sloppy first half at Dean Court as Callum Wilson fired Bournemouth ahead. United could have been even further behind before the break as Bournemouth wasted a host of chances to increase their lead. But Anthony Martial equalised and Mourinho steered United back on course with a stern half-time team talk and the 56th minute introduction of Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera. The changes allowed United a measure of control in the second half and Rashford snatched the winner deep into stoppage-time. "It was the whole first half. I said at half-time I was the luckiest manager in the Premier League in a half when the score should be like 6-2," Mourinho said. "We were defensively awful. As a team, we didn't press or do any of the work we did in the week. People watching this game w..
                 

Leicester win at Cardiff, Vichai funeral kicks off in Bangkok

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Leicester paid an emotional tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha as the grief-stricken club won 1-0 at Cardiff. Demarai Gray got the match-winner for Leicester on a day the elaborate funeral of the duty-free mogul began at a Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Members of Thailand's business and political elite came in black mourning garb to pay tribute to the billionaire. The No. 2 in Thailand's junta Prawit Wongsuwan and CP group's Dhanin Chearavanont, the richest man in the country, were seen arriving at the week-long ceremony. Prominent figures in Thailand's music and sporting scene were also in attendance to honour Vichai, 60, who along with four others died in a helicopter accident moments after leaving the football club's pitch a week ago. Late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha "He's now the leader of Thai football and leader of world football because he changed a lot of things when he took the chairmanship of Leicester City," Thai football legend Kiatisuk 'Zico' Senamuang said. Vichai rose fr..
                 

'Time for Arsenal to write new history'

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Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants to help the club write a new history as the Gunners seek to turn around their miserable record against their major Premier League rivals, starting with Liverpool tonight. Last season Arsenal, under Arsene Wenger, took just six points from matches against other members of the Big Six. In sharp contrast, champions Manchester City picked up 24 points from the 30 on offer against Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham. The difficulties stretch even further back, with Arsenal taking only 26 points from those fixtures since the start of the 2015-16 campaign - 18 fewer than the next team, Chelsea. Arsenal boss Unai Emery The Spaniard started his tenure with losses against City and Chelsea but has not tasted defeat since then, guiding Arsenal to 12 wins from their past 13 games in all competitions. "We want to write new history," said the former PSG coach. "The new history is in the present and also, with our players, our quality and our ..
                 

AVM girls win 1-0 to enter fourth consecutive U-14 final

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Defending champions Arya Vidya Mandir (Juhu) have completed a hat-trick of triumphs and are now on the threshold of extending their hold on the title. For the fourth consecutive year, the AVM girls entered the U-14 Div-I final of the Mumbai Schools Sports Association-organised inter-school knockout football tournament at Azad Maidan yesterday. The Juhu school girls eked out a fighting 1-0 win against a determined Bombay International School (Babulnath) in the second semi-final. Anushree Jankiraman found herself at the end of a pass from her skipper Advait De, to score the all-important goal yesterday. Earlier, in the first semi-final, Bombay Scottish (Mahim) blanked NSS Hill Spring (Tardeo) 2-0 thanks to a goal each from strikers Ufrina Poonawala and Aashna Thomas. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Frank Lampard left frustrated on return to Stamford Bridge

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Frank Lampard felt proud, honoured and aggrieved as his Derby side were beaten 3-2 at former club Chelsea on Wednesday night. Chelsea benefited from two Rams own goals, only for the Championship visitors to equalise on each occasion before Cesc Fabregas' 41st-minute strike proved decisive. It was in the build up to Fabregas' first of the season that Derby felt Tom Lawrence was fouled by Davide Zappacosta, only for the Italian to take a quick throw-in and referee Jon Moss to dismiss protests. "The third goal was a foul. The whole stadium saw that. I turned round thinking we'd got the foul, then looked back and they were in our box. "VAR should clear up the ones that go slightly wrong. It didn't tonight," Lampard said. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependabil..
                 

Striker-turned-goalkeeper Neal shines for St Xavier's

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Skipper Neal Belnekar, 13, played an inspirational role in helping St Xavier's (Fort) overcome Christ Church (Byculla) 6-3 via the tie-breaker in a tense and absorbing first round match of the Mumbai Schools Sports Association-organised boys' U-14 Div-II Utpal Sanghvi inter-school knockout football tournament, at Azad Maidan yesterday. The game ended in a 2-all draw at the end of regulation time. Neal, basically a right winger, was utilised as a stopper back and he did an excellent job. Neal demonstrated his versatility as he played confidently and showed excellent anticipation to make some timely tackles and thwart the rival attackers. In the crucial tie-breaker, Neal replaced Yash Raut under the bar and once again came out with flying colours. Christ Church's managed to score just one through Syedali Kadri in the tie-breaker. For St Xavier's, Sarthak Khair, Harsh Narkar, Umaid Attar and Sam David scored from the penalty spot to seal the win. "During our training sessions I practise ..
                 

Real Madrid appoint Solari as permanent manager

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Interim Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari was appointed permanent coach on Monday after overseeing a startling upturn in the European champions' fortunes since he stepped in to replace Julen Lopetegui. "Everything is in order. Real Madrid have worked out his contract and there are no problems," the Spanish football federation stated. Solari has led Real to four wins out of four since being installed on a caretaker basis following Lopetegui's abrupt sacking last month. And with 15 goals scored and only two conceded he has established the best ever start for a Real manager. After thrashing Melilla in the Copa del Rey, they won 5-0 away to Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League, between victories over Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo in La Liga. The upturn has left Madrid only four points adrift of league leaders Barcelona and on the brink of qualification for the last 16 in Europe. Solari, who spent five years playing for Real, was promoted from his role in charge of Castilla, the club&..
                 

MSSA U-14: Striker Sanju puts Colaba Municipal into quarters

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EPL: Liverpool got lucky, says boss Jurgen Klopp

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Jurgen Klopp accepted his Liverpool side got a bit lucky after a controversial offside flag denied Fulham the lead in their 2-0 defeat at Anfield yesterday. Under-pressure Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic hit out at what he described as an absurd situation after Aleksandar Mitrovic appeared to have headed the bottom-of-the-table visitors into the lead five minutes before the break. Quick reactionCelebrations were cut short by the offside flag, however, and a quick restart from Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson allowed Trent Alexander-Arnold to play in Mohamed Salah for his eighth goal of the season and his 34th in his last 36 games at Anfield. Just 14 seconds separated the flag and the Liverpool opener and when Xherdan Shaqiri stretched the lead with a delightful volley eight minutes into the second half the game was beyond the visitors. Klopp was unsure of whether the officials had been right to deny Fulham a goal but hailed the brilliant reaction of his Premier League title-chasers..
                 

Riyad Mahrez's wife Rita says Man City star is really grounded and humb

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Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez's wife Rita insisted that her beau is not like a 'typical footballer' as he doesn't drink or cheat and even shops at supermarket Asda despite his £200,000-a-week fee. Man City signed him for £60million. "Riyad is a really grounded and humble guy and I hope it won't change us. I love Asda as it's so convenient and you can get some nice pyjamas in there. We do our own grocery shopping, but it's starting to become a problem. If Riyad's holding shopping bags, he gets people coming up to him so we might have to start sending someone for us soon," she told The Sun. Meanwhile, she added that her partner is different from other footballers. "He's never drunk alcohol in his life, as he's Muslim, and he doesn't go clubbing. Not everyone is a cheater and Riyad is different. He keeps to himself and isn't too sociable," said Rita. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest..
                 

Manchester Derby: 'Man United have incredible talent'

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Pep Guardiola has warned his Manchester City team to be ready - because Manchester United will have their moments in Sunday's derby. City have thrashed Southampton and Shakhtar 6-1 and 6-0 respectively in the past week but Guardiola is expecting something much different as the EPL leaders face improving United at the Etihad Stadium. The City boss said: "Against the top teams like United, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool - you cannot imagine for 90 minutes we are going to play amazingly and not give them a chance. "When they have the ball and the people in front - wow - they can create something. "They have an incredible amount of talent up front and in the middle as well. That is why we have to defend deep and strong, defend the crosses and avoid set-pieces as they are huge and far better than us. We have to control more for as many minutes as possible and be clinical. What we have to do is try to play good. If we don't we have no chance to win." Pep Guardiola City were outplaying Uni..
                 

Arsenal boss: Welbeck's injury affected players v Sporting

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Unai Emery admitted the horror injury suffered by Danny Welbeck affected Arsenal's players in their goalless Europa League draw with Sporting Lisbon here on Thursday. England striker Welbeck was taken to hospital after sustaining a suspected broken ankle in the first half when he challenged for a header in the box before crumpling onto the pitch. Many of Welbeck's team-mates appeared distressed as he received lengthy treatment and needed an oxygen mask before being carried off on a stretcher. Gunners boss Emery said: "It's the worst news tonight, this injury. It's clear that we are with him in these minutes. He was working well and he was having a good match. He had some chances too. His injury was with the mentality of the players. They saw it was a big injury. "When you are playing football, when you are playing in competitive matches, it can happen. You don't want it to happen but this is our profession. "Now he is at the hospital. The news is that we are going to wait — but..
                 

ATK target maiden home win against struggling Pune City

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Former champions ATK would look to end their barren run at home when they take on a struggling FC Pune City in an Indian Super League football match, here Saturday. ATK have suffered three defeats from six matches this season, all of them at home. The two-time former champions will hope their forward Kalu Uche is fit to start the game. The Nigerian had sustained a muscle injury during the team's 1-2 loss to Bengaluru FC in their previous outing. Uche had to be stretchered off in the first-half and the team not having a proper replacement was termed as "an issue" by coach Steve Coppell. Their star-studded attack force which consists of Uche, Manuel Lanzarote, and Balwant Singh is yet to fire on all cylinders. Coppell will be hoping Under-17 World Cupper Komal Thatal steps up again. The youngster had impressed in the previous game when he broke through the high profile Bengaluru FC defence to give ATK the lead. "He's got energy and he's got legs. He's very skilful on the ball. He l..
                 

Jose Mourinho claims he 'didn't insult' Juventus in celebration row

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ose Mourinho insisted his provocative celebration of Manchester United's dramatic 2-1 Champions League win at Juventus wasn't meant to insult the Italian club. Mourinho's side snatched a vital Champions League victory in Turin thanks to two goals in the last four minutes. Trailing to a superb strike from former United star Cristiano Ronaldo, the visitors hit back thanks to Juan Mata's fine free-kick before Leonardo Bonucci's own goal clinched the points. Mourinho responded in typically controversial fashion as the United manager marched onto the pitch at the final whistle with his hand cupped to one ear. "In a beautiful Italian city, they insulted me for 90 minutes. I didn't insult them. I just made a little thing," he told BT Sport. "I know the millions of Inter fans are happy with that. But I respect Juventus, their players, the manager, the quality they have." The gesture was meant to ask the Juventus fans why they were no longer taunting him, as they had throughout the game t..
                 

FA appeals against decision to clear Jose Mourinho of improper conduct

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The Football Association is appealing against the decision by an independent regulatory commission to clear Jose Mourinho of using foul language at the end of Manchester United's Premier League match against Newcastle, the English game's governing body announced yesterday. Television footage showed Mourinho saying something, apparently in his native Portuguese, while at one point looking into a camera, as he headed towards the tunnel after the final whistle of the 3-2 comeback win over Newcastle on October 6. But on October 31 it was announced the FA charge against Mourinho of using abusive language had been "not proven". Now, however, the FA has decided to prolong the case with an appeal. Mourinho had been thought to have escaped a touchline ban following the original commission decision but this now remains a possibility. However, the Portuguese manager is expected to take his seat on the touchline for Sunday's derby Manchester City. Catch up on all the latest sports news and upd..
                 

Champions League: It could've got bad for Napoli, says Coach Ancelotti

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Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti admitted it could have been a lot worse after his side battled back to earn a 1-1 draw in their Champions League Group C clash with PSG at the Stadio San Paolo. The Italians recovered from falling behind in first-half stoppage-time to Juan Bernat's scuffed finish, the Spanish defender opening his account for the Ligue 1 leaders. "Our game plan tonight was initially to stop the ball from reaching Neymar and [Angel] Di Maria, and it worked well overall," Ancelotti said. "They had a lot of possession with their central defenders, and that's fine. It could have been a lot worse for us." Ancelotti continued: "I'm very happy as we came out with a small advantage [in the group table] against one of the best teams in Europe." Napoli were furious the PSG goal had been allowed after the indicated additional one minute of first-half stoppage-time. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get late..
                 

Champions League: Valverde happy wit draw after Barcelona qualify

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Ernesto Valverde declared himself happy after Barcelona qualified for the Champions League Last 16 following a 1-1 draw at Inter Milan. Barca, who would have sealed first place in Group B with a victory at the San Siro, grabbed the lead in the 83rd minute through substitute Malcom's strike. Mauro Icardi then levelled four minutes later as the visitors dropped points in the pool for the first time. "We wanted to close out our lead, we did everything possible, but we're happy because we managed to qualify," Barcelona boss Valverde said. "We played a great game, the quality of Inter is that they know how to handle themselves very well. They have earned many points in the last moments of matches." Lionel Messi was once again not involved, as for Barca's previous four matches. "We didn't want to take a risk with Leo. We were careful in training, but we knew that today's match would be like how it was." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-da..
                 

Ronaldo a goal machine and money-making machine for ambitious Juventus

7 days ago  
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Cristiano Ronaldo's reputation has been tarnished by allegations of rape, but Juventus still believe he will help the Italian giants to reduce the financial gap between them and the world's very biggest clubs. Juventus take on Manchester United -- the world's richest club and where Ronaldo became a star -- in Turin on Wednesday knowing a draw will seal their place in the last 16 of the Champions League. They are counting on 'CR7' as they look to win the Champions League for the first time since 1996 -- they have lost five finals since then, including in 2015 and 2017. Ronaldo, now 33, has won the trophy five times himself. "Financially it has been a very rational move," financial expert Carlo Alberto Carnevale Maffe told AFP. "The lifetime value of a player extends longer than his biological age. "On the pitch he's one of the best. Ronaldo also makes the news, he gives visibility, conversation, discussion...raises your intangible value." The news recently has been as much about the r..
                 

Champions League: Can Sanchez stop the Old Lady from singing?

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Alexis Sanchez has endured a torrid start to his Manchester United career but hinted at better things to come with an impressive display in a central role ahead of the Champions League match against Juventus. Manchester United were outplayed during a 0-1 defeat at Old Trafford two weeks ago that left them five points adrift of the Italian champions in Group H. Injured Lukaku outThe injured Romelu Lukaku missed the 2-1 win at Bournemouth on Saturday and Marcus Rashford started on the bench as Jose Mourinho opted for a three-man forward line, with Anthony Martial and Juan Mata deployed either side of Sanchez. The former Arsenal man was instrumental in United's first-half equaliser, setting up Martial, and will be disappointed to have been substituted towards the end of the game. The match, won by substitute Rashford in injury time, was a rare high point for the Chile international, who has struggled to find his feet since arriving at Old Trafford in January — it was his first leag..
                 

Champions League: It's a worry if Messi plays, says Inter Milan boss

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Lionel Messi is the icing on Barcelona's cake, Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti said yesterday on the eve of the Champions League game between the two teams. Messi could make an earlier return than expected against Inter Milan in the San Siro today after breaking his arm on October 20, but the Catalans have shown some of their strongest form in his absence. "Messi is the icing on the cake. His is the shirt that children who dream of being footballers ask for," said Spalletti. "But Barcelona have shown that even without him, they still have the mentality to develop their game, which is what makes the difference. "It's a worry for anyone if Messi plays, but the attitude doesn't change. We're facing one of the strongest clubs in the world in any case. We need to be better in our reading of the game, but we're going to mark space, not men." Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti Barcelona are top of Group B with maximum points from three games ahead of Inter Milan who lost 2-0 in Spain...
                 

Vichai's crash will haunt: Leicester City's Schmeichel

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Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel says the helicopter crash that killed the club's revered Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha will haunt him forever after he witnessed the tragedy. The 32-year-old Danish international -- speaking after Leicester had beaten Cardiff on Saturday in their first match since the crash, which also killed four others -- waved the helicopter off following the 1-1 draw with West Ham on October 27. Moments later it came down, with Schmeichel reported to have been stopped by police as he ran towards the burning wreckage. "I was on the pitch and I waved him off," said Schmeichel, before he flew with teammates and coaching staff to Bangkok to attend Vichai's funeral. "I saw it all happen. It is something that will stay with me, unfortunately. It's not a nice memory but I've had all the support that I need. "The club has been great and everybody has received the support that they needed." Schmeichel joined Leicester in 2011, a year after Vichai bought the club..
                 

Tottenham must learn from mistakes: Hugo Lloris

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Captain Hugo Lloris has warned Tottenham they risk blowing their Premier League and Champions League hopes unless they cut out the errors after a nervy win against Wolves. Mauricio Pochettino's side, cruising at 3-0 midway through the second half, weathered a late fightback from the home side to win 3-2 at Molineux on Saturday. Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane put Spurs in control before league debutant Juan Foyth gave away two spot-kicks, converted by Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez. Goalkeeper Lloris warned that Spurs had to tighten up after losing leads against Inter Milan and PSV in Europe already this season. "We need to learn," he said. "It is not the first time this has happened in the Champions League and in the league that the opponent created chances in the last minutes of the game. It is something we need to improve. "It is the responsibility of the players. Of course the manager has his expectations and so do the staff and I think they try to give us the main tools an..
                 

Barcelona showed character in close win over Rayo: Coach

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Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was pleased by the character his team showed to come from behind and win at Rayo Vallecano. The Spanish champions stunned their hosts with two late goals as they claimed a 3-2 win to extend their lead at the top of La Liga. Barca took an early lead through Luis Suarez but looked to be heading for defeat when efforts from Jose Pozo and Alvaro Garcia turned the game on its head. Ousmane Dembele equalised with three minutes remaining and then Suarez got his second to seal a dramatic comeback. "I was happy with the win. Our attitude was the same, to go for it, and that's what gave us the win," Valverde said. "We started well, but then lacked depth. In the end we had to go for it. The important thing is the character of this team." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no resp..
                 

EPL: Arsenal can compete with big guns, says Lacazette

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Goalscorer Alexandre Lacazette said Arsenal had belief in themselves to compete with table-topping Liverpool after they battled back to secure a 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Saturday. James Milner's 61st-minute opener looked set to send Jurgen Klopp's men three points clear of champions Manchester City, who host Southampton on Sunday, at the top of the table. But Lacazette struck eight minutes from time to give the hosts a well-deserved point from an enthralling encounter at the Emirates. The result took Arsenal's unbeaten run to 14 games and meant Jurgen Klopp's side remain unbeaten in the Premier League. "The first big game we lost (against City) but we knew if we work like we did for 12 games we can have points and we felt we had the quality to play the top of the league tonight," Lacazette told BT Sport. "The first half was hard, but in the second half we were better and more physical." Liverpool captain James Milner said he was disappointed his side did not see out the matc..
                 

Rafinha trolled over Arab bomber costume on Halloween

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Bayern Munich defender Rafinha was trolled for wearing an Arab bomber costume on Halloween. The German club's official Twitter handle posted this picture (above) of the Brazilian, 33, holding a bomb-like package. Rafinha was bitterly trolled for the post. One follower wrote: "This is not good for your Arab fans. This is racism." Another added: "Portraying Arabs as terrorists and you're OK with it? This is really in bad taste. Are you tone deaf or what? What a disappointment." The footballer later posted another picture of himself in the outfit and captioned it: "Halloween is a scary celebration with exaggerated costumes. It was not my intention to anger anyone through my disguise or hurt someone's feeling's." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

After wife's death in 2015, Rio Ferdinand gets engaged to model Kate

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Former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand and model Kate Wright have announced their engagement after romancing for two years. The footballer-turned-pundit began dating Wright two years after his wife Rebecca Ellison lost her battle to cancer in 2015. Ferdinand, 39, proposed to the reality TV star, 27, during a family holiday in Abu Dhabi recently and she accepted. Kate took to Instagram to announce yesterday as she posted this picture (above) along with Rio and his three kids Lorenz, 11, Tate, nine, and Tia, seven. "The perfect end to our holiday... how could the answer not be yes," Kate wrote. Rio also posted the picture and praised his kids for keeping the relationship under wraps. "She said yes. How these three kids kept it a secret I'll never know," he wrote. The post received over 3.5 lakh 'likes'. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Referees lodge complaint against ANZA football officials

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Referee Akshay Kahar and assistant referees Sunil Jacob and Harry Fernandes have submitted a report to the Mumbai Schools Sports Association claiming that team officials of Antonio D'Souza (ANZA) School (Byculla) entered the playing field and abusively threatened them following their 0-1 defeat to Cathedral & John Connon in a first round match of the boys' U-14 Div-II Utpal Sanghvi inter-schools knockout football tournament at Azad Maidan yesterday. "One of the two officials, Sahil Modak and Sohail Ansari, listed on the players list [line-up] approached the referee Kahar and abused him. When the assistant referees requested the official to behave and not use abusive language, he started to abuse more and followed the referees to the changing room," says the referee's report, a copy of which is in possession with mid-day. The ANZA camp was unhappy with some of the referee's decisions during the match. Jolly Dias, Sports Director, ANZA, however said that coach Modak was innocent. "..
                 

Youth Soccer Academy beat Tata Power 3-0

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Barcelona move may land Neymar behind bars

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A Spanish magistrate leading an investigation into alleged irregularities in Neymar's move to Barcelona in 2013 said Wednesday the Brazilian superstar could face up to six years in prison. "The term imposed, in principle, could be between four and six years," said a decree issued by judge Jose Maria Vazquez Honrubia, a copy of which was seen by AFP. Neymar, his parents, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell are all awaiting trial over alleged corruption concerning Neymar's move to the Spanish La Liga giants in 2013. The Brazilian international forward is now with Paris Saint-Germain in France's Ligue 1. The case, which follows a complaint by DIS, a Brazilian group which part-owned the rights to Neymar, surrounds allegations of "corruption" and "fraud" in the player's move to Barcelona. Neymar moved to the Spanish La Liga giants in May 2013 for a reported fee of 57.1m euros. Although no financial details of the deal were revealed by either Barcelon..
                 

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EPL: Man City overcame fear to beat Man United, says Pep Guardiola

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said his side had to overcome early "fear" before the reigning Premier League champions returned to the top of the table with a 3-1 derby win at home to Manchester United on Sunday. Goals early in each half at the Etihad from David Silva and Sergio Aguero left City in a commanding position before an Anthony Martial penalty gave visitors United hope of a comeback. But Ilkay Gundogan put the result beyond doubt four minutes from time with a third goal that crowned a sublime 44-pass move. Victory left City two points clear of Liverpool and Guardiola told the BBC: "We deserved the victory. The first half we played a little bit with fear but football is a game and we didn't want to lose the ball." Asked why his team had been fearful, Guardiola replied: "We wanted to play good in front of our fans and we know how important it is to play in this game. But we did well and that goal from Sergio Aguero helped us a lot after half-time." Defeat left United ..
                 

Manchester City star Sterling buys Rottweiler to protect his family

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Manchester City footballer Raheem Sterling recently purchased a £15,000 (Rs 14lakh) guard dog to protect his family at their Cheshire mansion. The England striker bought a tough Rottweiler named Okan. Earlier, the company from whom Sterling bought the pet, had posted a photo of Okan with the caption "Young Beast." And the former Liverpool star replied: "In love." The winger joins the list of star footballers to own a pet, including West Ham's Andy Carroll who has two Italian mastiffs. Manchester United defender Phil Jones, 24, and West Ham midfielder Mark Noble, 29, own German and Belgian shepherd dogs respectively. Sterling recently committed his future to Manchester City after signing a three-year contract extension with the Premier League champions. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

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La Liga: Defender Godin, VAR rescue Atletico Madrid against Bilbao

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Diego Godin played on injured for half an hour and then scored a 91st-minute winner on Saturday as Atletico Madrid twice came from behind to beat Athletic Bilbao 3-2 in La Liga. Godin pulled a muscle in the 64th minute as Inaki Williams gave Bilbao a 2-1 lead at the Wanda Metropolitano, but Atletico's captain stayed on as they had made all three of their substitutes. Rodrigo headed them level with 10 minutes left, before Godin's close-range finish, initially ruled out for offside, was allowed to stand by referee Jose Sanchez, after consultation with his video assistant referee. It proved a spectacular finale to a pulsating encounter, in which Bilbao led twice after Williams' opener was cancelled out by a long-range strike from Thomas Partey. "During the Williams goal I felt my muscle go," Godin said afterwards. "Simeone told me to stay on up front, in case a corner or a ball came into the area. I tried to help and it worked out well." Simeone added: "It is one of the most exciting vic..
                 

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Not sure if Hazard is fit for Everton clash, says Sarri

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Eden Hazard may not play a full 90 minutes for Chelsea until after the international break against Tottenham. The Belgian, 27, missed three matches with a back injury and on Thursday night made his first start since the October 20 draw with Manchester United. Hazard played for 62 minutes as Chelsea advanced to the Europa League knockout stages with win at BATE Borisov, having made his return as a substitute in last Sunday's win over Crystal Palace. Asked if Hazard was now ready to play a full game against Everton on Sunday, coach Maurizio Sarri said: "I'm not sure. It depends on the intensity of the match." The Blues will be seeking to extend their unbeaten start to 18 competitive games against the Toffees, with the London derby with Spurs following at Wembley on November 24. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-d..
                 

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Crouch goes to bed with Becks

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Former England football star Peter Crouch, 37, has revealed that he goes to bed with David Beckham and his model wife Abbey Clancy, 32, approves of it. Well, not literally, as Crouch is talking about the Beckham's range of pyjamas that he wears. The 6 feet, seven inches Stoke City player has also said that he allows his wife to dress him every day. "Beckham has got some pyjamas and vests. It's a bit strange, but I've got a few of those. Abbey chooses my clothes. She's good at what she does. When I go and get jeans and they fit me it's like the best feeling in the world and I buy as many pairs as I can," he told British tabloid, The Daily Star. Crouch, who finds it difficult to get clothes that fit his frame, explained that he has standard choices when it comes to his daily wear. "Well, I have hundreds of pairs of black jeans and day-to-day wear. I'm pretty standard with my choices. I've got like two shirts where I know I look a million dollars. You know when you get one that just fit..
                 

ISL 2018: Mumbai City FC beat NorthEast United FC 1-0

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Mumbai City FC are on a roll registering their third consecutive victory, this time a narrow 1-0 win to halt NorthEast United FC's unbeaten run in an Indian Super League tie at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium here yesterday. Arnold Issoko's fourth-minute goal was the difference between the two sides as Mumbai climbed to third on the table with 13 points from seven games, the same as FC Goa and Bengaluru FC who sit above them. NorthEast United are stuck at 11 points but have a game in hand. Mumbai surged ahead with their first attack. NorthEast didn't clear their lines from a Paulo Machado corner and the ball once again fell for the Portuguese midfielder. His first time shot struck Issoko's chest and crossed the line despite goalkeeper's best efforts. Despite a late onslaught, the visitors held on to their slender lead as NorthEast fell to their first defeat in the season. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to ge..
                 

Kylian Mbappe: Ronaldo, Messi still best but won't win Ballon d'Or

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Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe told AFP on Thursday that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi remain football's greatest players but that his own World Cup heroics could help crown him the 2018 Ballon d'Or winner. Mbappe, 19, inspired France to World Cup victory in Russia with four goals. One of those came in the 4-2 final victory over Croatia as he became just the second teenager after Pele in 1958 to score in the championship match. He was also voted Young Player of the tournament and has since become Ligue 1's leading scorer with 11 goals as Paris Saint-Germain run away with the French title. Messi and Ronaldo have won the last 10 Ballon d'Or awards and Mbappe believes that they are still the sport's top A-listers. "Nobody is doing better at the moment and we can't say it's the end of their era because it will only end when somebody else does better than them," Mbappe told AFP. However, the young striker added: "I don't think one of them will win the Ballon d'Or this year becau..
                 

Ryan Giggs offers his hotel to ease Manchester United's travel woes

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Ryan Giggs has offered the Manchester United team his hotel, Hotel Football, to stay for their Champions League matches given the traffic snarls they've faced lately. Jose Mourinho's boys arrived late twice for previous Champions League matches, against Valencia and Juventus, due to heavy traffic. The club was fined £13,202 (R12 lakh approx) after the Valencia game, while Mourinho decided to walk to the stadium for the Juventus clash. United previously stayed at the Lowry in the city centre and Hilton Garden Inn at the Old Trafford cricket ground, and travelling from these hotels to the ground has been tough given the heavy traffic around the match venue. However, Giggs's hotel is right next door to the Theatre of Dreams and for their next Champions League match, against Young Boys on November 27, United could use the facility. Ryan Giggs's Hotel Football at Old Trafford, Manchester "We've always said we would welcome the team. I know, as a player and coach at United, getting ..
                 

PSG supporters jailed for clashing with rivals

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A group of Paris Saint-Germain supporters were jailed for up to 10 months Wednesday after violent clashes with fans of Ligue 1 rivals Reims in 2016. Prosecutors in the eastern city of Troyes had requested one-year prison terms for the 13 'ultras' -- members of the 'K-Soce Team' -- after they were found guilty of affray following violent clashes at a bar in April 2016. But judges opted for a range of sentences, from six-month suspended terms to 10 months in jail. Each of the fans was fined 500 euros ($575) and banned from entering the Aube region of France for two years. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without not..
                 

Europa League: Emery gives freedom to express talent at Arsenal, says

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Shkodran Mustafi believes Unai Emery has introduced a fine balance between freedom and discipline which has allowed Arsenal to string together a fine run of form. The Gunners play Sporting Lisbon tonight, knowing that they will progress to the knockout rounds of the Europa League if they better the result of Group E rivals Vorskla Poltava. Emery's side earned plenty of plaudits following Saturday's 1-1 draw at home to Liverpool, which saw Arsenal extend their unbeaten run to 14 matches. Mustafi has been impressed with what Emery has changed. "For me personally, the biggest thing was that he's someone who knows what he wants from each player," the Germany international said when asked what Emery has added since replacing Arsene Wenger. "He tells you exactly what he wants you to do, but gives you freedom to express your talent. When we don't have the ball, he tells you where to stand and how to get it back, when we have it, he gives you options you can use. You can decide which option y..
                 

Tottenham are still alive in Champions League: Harry Kane

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Harry Kane believes Tottenham can still make the Last 16 of the Champions League after coming to his side's rescue once more in a late turnaround to beat PSV Eindhoven 2-1 on Tuesday. Mauricio Pochettino's side were only 12 minutes away from being eliminated as they struggled to recover from Luuk de Jong's opener for PSV after 61 seconds at Wembley. But England captain Kane came to the rescue with a predatory equaliser before heading the crucial last-gasp winner with the aid of a deflection off PSV's Trent Sainsbury. "We were just on the attack all the time," said Kane. "In the end we managed to take a couple but I think we deserved it. We had to dig deep and find another level when it mattered. The whole season we've been grinding out results here and there. "Obviously we'd like to be higher up the table in the league and doing better in the Champions League, but we're still fighting." Spurs still face an uphill task to reach the knockout stage as they need to beat Inter Milan at h..
                 

Champions League: City can't be complacent against Shakhtar, says Pep

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Kyle Walker insists Manchester City will not let Sunday's derby against Manchester United affect their Champions League preparations. City host Shakhtar Donetsk in Europe tonight before taking on their biggest domestic rivals at the Etihad Stadium at the weekend. Defender Walker said: "Every game is important. We go game by game. We are fully focused on Wednesday. We will think about Sunday after this game." Manager Pep Guardiola, speaking with Walker at City's pre-match press conference, also did not want to be drawn into looking ahead to the derby. "Shakhtar is the most important game, it is the first one," he said. Every game is a final. After it we will have three or four days to prepare for United." I trust the club: PepGuardiola was also asked about allegations this week that the club tried to cheat Financial Fair Play rules. He said: "I think the club made a statement about that issue last Friday. What I can say personally is I trust a lot in the club. We want to follow the ru..
                 

Champions League: AEK game crucial for Bayern, says Kovac

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Under-fire Niko Kovac insists he is shutting out this weekend's crunch Bundesliga showdown to focus on steering Bayern Munich to the verge of a Champions League's Last 16 spot by beating AEK tonight. Bayern's head coach kept cool when bluntly asked if this could be his last week in charge as defeat at Dortmund on Saturday could leave defending champions Bayern seven points behind in the Bundesliga. "That is a hard question. Dortmund is on Saturday and perhaps we should talk about the games against [AEK] Athens," said Kovac. "If we win, we have 10 points and we could be through. Sure, the game on Saturday is important, but for me only tomorrow's match [against AEK] is important. I hope the way we play will also be good and that we will win convincingly." Bayern can reach the knockout stages with two games to spare if they beat Greek champions AEK at Munich's Allianz Arena and Benfica lose at Ajax in the other Group E match. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Als..
                 

EPL: Morata is mentally fragile, but can improve: Chelsea boss

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes a maturing Alvaro Morata can be the free-scoring striker his side needs after scoring twice in Sunday's 3-1 win over Crystal Palace. However, the Italian called on Morata to keep improving physically, mentally and technically if his goals are to help Chelsea keep pace with Premier League leaders Manchester City. After a fast start to his Chelsea career after a then club record £60 million move from Real Madrid last year, Morata had scored just twice in 20 Premier League games before netting in last month's 3-0 win at Southampton. But he now has four goals in as many league games after two fine finishes to twice give Chelsea the lead either side of half-time before Pedro Rodriguez sealed the three points to take Sarri's men above Liverpool into second, two points behind City. "He is a little bit fragile from the mental point of view, but he is very young I think he can improve very fast," said Sarri. "I think also Alvaro has a very g..
                 

Liverpool omit Shaqiri due to political tension

8 days ago  
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Xherdan Shaqiri has been left out of Liverpool's travelling squad for Tuesday's Champions League match against Red Star Belgrade, the Premier League club have announced. The midfielder was at the centre of controversy along with Switzerland teammate Granit Xhaka when they celebrated goals with a pro-Kosovo "double eagle" gesture that represents the Albanian flag during the World Cup win over Serbia in Russia. The double-eagle is viewed as a symbol of defiance in Kosovo, which declared independence in 2008 in a move that Serbia still refuses to recognise. The players' double eagle celebration caused outrage in Serbia and Arsenal midfielder Xhaka and Shaqiri, both of Kosovan-Albanian descent, were fined by FIFA. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said on the club's website on Monday: "It's a situation where we will go to the fantastic city of Belgrade as a football team to play football. "We have heard and read the speculation and talk about what kind of reception Shaq would receive and althou..
                 

Allegri praises leader Ronaldo as Juventus beat Cagliari 3-1

9 days ago  
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Massimiliano Allegri praised Cristiano Ronaldo's leadership skills as Juventus beat Cagliari 3-1 for their 10th win in 11 games to maintain their six-point cushion at the top of Serie A on Saturday. Paulo Dybala scored after just 44 seconds, with a Filip Bradaric own-goal accounting for Juventus' second after 39 minutes, two minutes after Joao Pedro had pulled the Sardinians level. Ronaldo failed to add to his seven-goal league tally for new club Juventus with the Portuguese superstar hitting the woodwork before next week's Champions League visit by former club Manchester United. But the 33-year-old's pass across goal set up Colombian Juan Cuadrado for his first of the season three minutes from time in the Allianz Stadium. "He has always been a leader and an extraordinary player, as you saw from the assist he put on Cuadrado's foot," said Allegri. "These are different players who in the decisive moment always come up with a goal or a great pass." Juventus have 31 points from 11 games ..
                 

Pochettino salutes Tottenham's fighting spirit after Wolves win

9 days ago  
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Mauricio Pochettino hailed the character of his Tottenham team after they withstood a Wolves fightback to grind out a 3-2 win at Molineux. Pochettino was keen for his players to learn the lessons on Saturday's thrilling clash after they threatened to throw away a 3-0 lead in a tense finale. But the Tottenham manager also praised his team's fighting qualities after former England defender Gary Neville this week labelled previous Tottenham teams as 'spineless'. "When some people make some comments you have to respect the comments," Pochettino said. "But yes, I was so happy right from the beginning. Since I arrived here we created a very good culture about fight and altogether the belief. "It was difficult to create that but I am so happy. It is a team that is always going to give the faith in each game. "We can win or we can lose but we are so intense and today the effort was fantastic." Pochettino's men appeared to be cruising when Harry Kane made it 3-0 on 61 minutes, adding to first ..
                 

It's a pity Sadio Mane's strike was disallowed: Klopp

9 days ago  
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes Sadio Mane's first-half goal was wrongly ruled out for offside in his side's 1-1 draw at Arsenal. Mane's effort was flagged for offside when he tapped in the rebound from Roberto Firmino's shot. Klopp said: "I think it was a goal, it should have been a goal. It's a pity that it didn't count, we made a few more mistakes tonight than the ref, but it would have been nice if that goal counted." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever..
                 

Mumbai: Schools struggle to form teams due to Diwali break

10 days ago  
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Bombay Scottish (Powai) managed to field only eight players against Colaba Municipal School (Colaba), who just about managed to field 11 players for their Mumbai Schools Sports Association-organised Utpal Sanghvi U-14 knockout inter-school football match at Azad Maidan yesterday. The Powai school lost 1-4.Coach Kunal Done said that five of his players have proceeded with their families on Diwali vacation and that they had requested MSSA officials to postpone the matches. "We had requested MSSA football secretary Sebastian Fernandes to cancel our game today as all our players were not available but our request was turned down," he said. Ryan International (Chembur) and Aditya Birla (Tardeo) also had the exact playing XI for their respective matches. The Chembur side lost 0-7 to Holy Family (Andheri), while Aditya Birla were beaten 0-3 by Our Lady of Salvation. Other coaches also complained about scheduling matches during the Diwali vacations, which began yesterday. However, Seba..
                 

Usain Bolt's football deal with Oz club falls through

11 days ago  
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Sprint king Usain Bolt's attempt to become a professional footballer with Australia's Central Coast Mariners collapsed yesterday as his trial period was terminated after contract talks failed. The eight-time Olympic champion, 32, had been trying out with the A-League side since arriving in August, hoping to fulfil a childhood dream to become a soccer player. The Jamaican, superstar's quest garnered worldwide attention, which intensified when he scored two goals in a pre-season friendly. But his abilities were questioned and the club offered him only a fraction of the US$2.1 million his management were said to be seeking, with outside sponsors needed to make the deal viable. "As previously stated, the club and Bolt's representative] Ricky Simms have been in conversations with external partners to find a commercial solution that suits all parties," the Mariners said in a statement. "Despite promising potential partners, both Bolt and the Central Coast Mariners have concluded that they..
                 

Bombay Scottish halts AVM's winning run

11 days ago  
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Defending champions Arya Vidya Mandir's (Juhu) winning sequence was finally broken as they were stunned 0-1 by enthusiastic Bombay Scottish (Mahim) outfit in an exciting and nail-biting girls' U-14 Div I final of the Mumbai Schools Sports Association-organised inter-school football tournament, at Azad Maidan yesterday. Back-to-back matchesThe Juhu schoolgirls, who had completed a hat-trick of triumphs when they won the crown last year, looked jaded and were not their usual selves. They were heavy on their feet and could not play with the same flair and fluency they they had displayed in the previous matches. The reason could be that they were playing for the second straight day in hot humid conditions. They had defeated Bombay International (Babulnath) in the second semi-final on Thursday evening would not have got sufficient rest before the final. However, the Bombay Scottish schoolgirls must be given all the credit for their disciplined show as they rose to the challenge and emerg..
                 

Real Madrid manager begins his interim campaign with 4-0 win

12 days ago  
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Santiago Solari believes Real Madrid's 4-0 win over Melilla proves there is nothing wrong with their commitment. Madrid began life after Julen Lopetegui with a comfortable 4-0 win at third tier Melilla in the first leg of the Copa Del Rey fourth round on Wednesday. Madrid dispensed of the former Spain manager after a humiliating El Clasico defeat at the weekend, with Solari taking temporary charge. Solari, who played for the club between 2000-2005, watched on as Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Alvaro Odriozola and Cristo Gonzalez goals downed the Segunda B outfit, with the second leg at the Bernabeu still to come. This was always going to be a nice way for Solari to ease into things as he begins a caretaker spell which is not expected to last much longer than two weeks as Madrid plot their next move. Real Madrid interim coach Santiago Solari And the interim coach was pleased with what he saw from his players. "I don't like to put a mark on the performance," he told the club's official..
                 

Lionel Messi returns to training after arm injury

13 days ago  
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Barcelona captain Lionel Messi returned to training on Wednesday following an arm injury, the club announced. "The Argentinean returned for mobility work after a few days out," Barca said on their website. The club published photos showing the four-time Ballon d'Or winner running without a cast on his arm, which he had worn in his recent public appearances at the Camp Nou. "Messi worked out alongside Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba, two of the players that coach Ernesto Valverde had given the day off. The defensive duo were not included in the squad for the trip to Leon, where Barcelona will play Cultural Leonesa in the Spanish Cup," the club added on Wednesday. The 31-year-old Messi injured his arm in a fall during the 4-2 league victory over Sevilla on October 20. Barca hope Messi will return for the La Liga game against Real Betis on November 11. Even without the Argentinian, Valverde's side beat Inter Milan 2-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday before humiliating Real Madrid 5-1 i..