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first_imgWolves boss Nuno delighted after defeat of Bournemouthby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRaul Jimenez was again on the scoresheet as Wolves defeated Bournemouth on Saturday.An early goal from Raul Jimenez and a late strike by substitute Ivan Cavaleiro handed Wolves the three points.Following wins against Chelsea and Newcastle in the past 10 days, it is the first time since March 1980 that Wanderers have recorded a trio of consecutive victories in the top division.Wolves boss Nuno stated afterwards, “The boys playing in this weather, in the rain, and how hard it was, I’m very proud of them today. They did a fantastic job because we have to adapt to the realities. We were versatile enough to realise that today was about defending and counter attacks – exploiting our talent to achieve what we achieved today, a deserved win.“The organisation, the shape and how compact we were. We didn’t allow too many situations to Bournemouth, who are a fantastic team and played very well. Always trying to help our team mates is what defending is all about. There were not many chances, it was very hard for both teams. They matched us in shape, it was a tough game. We are happy but credit to Bournemouth, it was very difficult.”On third win in a row, he added: “We achieved a third win, but it’s not over, we have to go again. Before we were in a bad moment, now we’re in a good moment and why is important to recognise. Their character, the way they commit themselves to the work on a daily basis and to the competition so well done.“I’m very proud of the work we do every day. The character took us out of the bad moment. The only secret is work, we have to work hard. We do the same things, we were committed and football is like this. It’s life, sometimes you have bad moments, sometimes you have good moment. Rising up, reacting and bouncing back is what I’m most proud of.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer pleased with 2-goal Pogbaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he was pleased with two-goal Paul Pogba for victory over Huddersfield.Pogba milked the Old Trafford support for his performance.Solskjaer said, “It was great to see him score two goals and he has created the goals last week at Cardiff, and now he scores them himself, so he will be even better for getting two lots of 90 minutes now and he will be fitter and fitter and improving with the team. “We looked tired towards the end and now it is important over the next two or three days that we recover and get ready for Bournemouth.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace striker Ayew delighted to be off mark for Wolves winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew was delighted to get his first goal for the club in victory over Wolves.The result was capped by a late penalty from Luka Milivojevic in a 2-0 win.Ayew said, “It’s a big win and good for our confidence after losing at home, it was important for us to bounce back and improve our league position so congratulations to all the lads.“I’m pleased for myself, my family, for our fans and my fans in Ghana and I would like to thank the coach for giving me the opportunity. I was waiting for this moment and now it has come at the start of the New Year means new things, positives and three points so it’s good.”The striker produced a fine touch to control Patrick van Aanholt’s shot on goal before making no mistake to beat Wolves ‘keeper Rui Patrício to break the deadlock. “It is important to be opportunist, making things happen and scoring goals, this is what I try and do and luckily today I was successful. I thank God and will just keep on working hard.” last_img read more

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first_img​Liverpool claim comeback win over RB Salzburg in UYLby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool were successful in the UEFA Youth League against RB Salzburg.Much like the senior side, the Reds’ youngsters took on the Austrian club in a tight contest.But Liverpool’s superior offensive capabilities allowed them to emerge with a 4-2 win in the game.Rhian Brewster was among the youngsters who was involved, and it was his penalty in injury time that put the icing on the cake for the Reds.They did experience some scares in the game, as they were 2-1 down with 12 minutes remaining.But they rallied and scored three late goals to seal the contest. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford boss Sanchez Flores mixed emotions after draw with Tottenhamby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores had mixed emotions after their 1-1 draw with Tottenham.Abdoulaye Doucoure’s early goal had set the Hornets on their way to a first victory of the campaign and it increasingly looked like they would get it until controversy reigned four minutes from the end when Dele Alli’s equaliser was allowed to stand after a VAR review, despite the big screens initially showing ‘no goal’. Sanchez Flores said, “Sometimes we were defending a little bit deep but they have very good players. Sometimes when the central defenders could drive and get into positions close to box it was very difficult. But I thought the team was really safe and always with the possibility to create opportunities on the counter-attack.“I saw many teams playing against Tottenham when we were analysing in the week. Newcastle, how they won here, Southampton, how they played, and I think we played much better but we could just draw. Just draw sounds a little bit weird because they got the goal with four minutes left, but if we are realistic and thinking before the match, to draw here is a good result.” last_img read more

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first_imgEarly "Badgers Badgers Badgers" viral video.badgers badgers badgers mushroom mushroomFriday morning, Wisconsin and Under Armour officially announced a 10-year contract worth $96 million. One of the apparel manufacturer’s biggest clients came up with a very cool way to welcome the Badgers to the family.Upon hearing the news, Notre Dame tweeted out a video of the famous viral “Badgers” clip with audio of House of Pain’s “Jump Around” – an ode to one of the best Wisconsin football traditions. Check it out:Welcome to #TeamUA, @UWBadgers. You know what to do… @UnderArmour pic.twitter.com/2SOcRLHzLG— The Fighting Irish (@FightingIrish) October 9, 2015Well played, Fighting Irish social media manager.last_img

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first_imgMartin Keown has criticised Arsenal’s transfer policy and suggested they must make a number of new signings in the next few transfer windows.The 52-year-old was speaking after the Gunners’ 5-1 mauling at the hands of Liverpool on Saturday evening.Arsenal actually took the lead at Anfield before the hosts’ unstoppable attacking trio of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah ensured Liverpool gained all three points. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And Keown believes that the Gunners are a long way off competing on the same level as Liverpool.”He [Emery] is going to have to go out there to buy personnel to come in,” the former Gunners defender said on BT Sport . “They don’t defend as a unit, they don’t press the ball. There are a succession of things that need to be sorted out. “You could say players are not good enough, but they have to make a better fist of it than they currently are.”Liverpool are shopping in Harrods and Arsenal simply aren’t.“Every time they’re spending money it is £65 million for the goalkeeper, £75m for Van Dijk, it is £50m for a midfield player,” he added.Arsenal did make a number of signings last summer, including Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Bernd Leno, but Keown feels they are not good enough to challenge at the top of the table.“Arsenal are spending £25m for a goalkeeper who doesn’t make the squad for the Germany national team in the summer, maybe that says it all,” he said.”Is [Emery] going to be the one buying the players from now on. How many of these signings are actually his? Unai Emery Arsenal 2018-19“We’ll have to wait and see. There is going to have to be a big change in the Arsenal group.”The transfer window opens again next week and it could give Emery the opportunity to add to his squad.Arsenal have been linked with a number of players including Nabil Fekir, Ever Banega and Gary Cahill.Before that they are next in action on January 1 as they host Fulham at the Emirates Stadium.last_img read more

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first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken of the confidence he has in his Manchester United players, insisting he is now going into every game expecting to claim a win.The Norwegian took charge of United on an interim basis back in December following the club’s decision to sack Jose Mourinho.He has made an impressive start to life at Old Trafford, winning all of his first four matches, with the club scoring 14 goals in the process. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The latest of which was a 2-0 win over Newcastle United at St. James’ Park, goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford proving the difference between the two sides.And Solskjaer believes confidence is growing within his squad and that they’re going into every match expecting to pick up the win.”Obviously when you come into a club like this you expect to win games,” he told reporters. “And when you win four, you expect to win the next one as well. I think we can win every single game.”Next up for United is a home meeting with Championship strugglers Reading in the FA Cup and Solskjaer is adamant it’s a competition that his side wants to win this season.He added: “We’re about winning trophies and the FA Cup final is such a fantastic one to play in, I played in 1999 at Wembley. I think that was the last one at Wembley.”Having watched so many FA Cup finals as a kid, to walk from the dressing room to the pitch was fantastic, I’ve seen it so many times in Norway. And that’s what we hope for, to get to the final, whatever competition you’re in, you want to win.”I’m not sure if you expect to win it, but that’s more or less what you do expect from a club like this and players we’ve got.”United last won the FA Cup back in 2016, when Jesse Lingard’s stunning extra-time strike helped them claim a narrow 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.They also contested the final in 2017-18, only to suffer defeat to Chelsea at Wembley courtesy of an Eden Hazard penalty. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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first_imgIt was the morning of the Champions League final, and a picture message dropped into Jordan Henderson’s inbox.It showed his younger self, maybe 10 or 11 years of age, kissing a gold trophy.He was a dreamer back then, a football-mad Sunderland supporter with a passion for the game and a burning desire to win things. It was, he says, all he thought about. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Now, aged 28, he can reflect on the greatest night of his career. Liverpool captain, European Cup-winning captain. It doesn’t get much better, surely?“Yes, not bad!” he says, with typical understatement. “It was an amazing feeling, when the final whistle goes it’s an amazing feeling to know we have done it, and then to lift the trophy was a special feeling, one that we will never forget. “My dream as a kid was to win trophies. My best friend sent us a picture this morning of me kissing a trophy when I was about 10, so that gave me even more motivation. The trophy was gold, quite big and I’m kissing it. That gave us a lot of motivation.”You’ll have seen all the images by now. The teary-eyed hugs with Jurgen Klopp, those incredible pictures of the trophy lift. The one of Henderson on Liverpool’s flight back from Madrid, using the European Cup as a footrest. Those epic scenes as the Reds returned to Merseyside to be greeted by hundreds of thousands of eager supporters.Memories to last a lifetime, though perhaps the most poignant moment of all involved a simple embrace between a father and his son, an outpouring of pure emotion on a remarkable night. “My dad has been through a lot over the past few years,” says Henderson. “Not only with himself [his father, Brian, fought a successful battle with throat cancer in 2014] but with his family as well. “I am sure he will be so proud to see us win the game and win the Champions League. It will mean the world to him. I am just glad I can put a smile on his face.”Not just his dad’s face. Victory over Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium confirms Liverpool’s status as Europe’s top dogs once more. Their sixth European Cup will have tasted as sweet as any, especially given the disappointment of losing in the final last season.“It’s nice to know we have come back from so many disappointments, and finally got over the line and won a big trophy,” Henderson agreed. “It is an amazing night and hopefully we can use this to win more in the future.”Jordan Henderson, Jurgen Klopp, LiverpoolHenderson revealed he and his team-mates had been inspired by seeing videos of Liverpool’s supporters as they took over the bars and squares of Madrid. It was estimated that around 50,000 fans had made the trip to the Spanish capital.“The videos get sent to us, don’t worry!” smiled Henderson. “The fans have been incredible ever since I have come to the club, but this past couple of years they have travelled everywhere with us in Europe. It costs them a lot of money and tonight makes it all worth it.“I am so proud of this team and I am happy we can give something [to the fans], they give everything, and so have we. I am so happy we can take the trophy back for them.”Henderson, of course, becomes only the fifth man to captain Liverpool to a European Cup. The four who went before him – Emlyn Hughes, Phil Thompson, Graeme Souness and Steven Gerrard – are club legends. So has it sunk in yet that he will be forever there alongside them?“Probably it will be after I finish football, to be honest,” he said. “But there is still a long way to go. I am 28, I want to achieve a lot, keep improving as a player, I want the team to keep improving, I want to win more, that is all my focus is on now.“That’s the idea, we hope this can give us a lot of confidence. The big trophies, the big nights. I want to enjoy this moment but also when we come back for pre-season we will be focused on looking to the future.”Henderson had gathered Liverpool for a team meeting at Melwood ahead of the final, in which a number of senior players had their say. “I think we would have regretted if we didn’t have it,” he said. “I felt it was important to speak as a group before the final, it was an important conversation as a group. “A few of us said a few things. It was just about the game really, what we could experience in the game and how we could deal with them situations and obviously use the experiences that we had to use.“Hopefully it helped!”last_img read more

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first_imgBrazil were twice denied by the VAR as the Selecao were frustrated by Venezuela in a 0-0 draw at the Copa America.Boos and whistles could be heard at Arena Fonte Nova – just like there were in Sao Paulo last week – following Brazil’s scoreless performance in Salvador on Tuesday.Roberto Firmino had a goal ruled out for a foul in the first half, while Gabriel Jesus’ close-range effort and Philippe Coutinho’s late goal were ruled offside after VAR checks to cap a forgettable evening. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The result left qualification up in the air, with hosts Brazil, Peru and Venezuela vying for the two last-16 spots.Brazil were booed at half-time of their eventual 3-0 win over Bolivia following a dour and scoreless first half. And the Selecao opened with real intent and intensity against Venezuela.Arthur – named in the starting XI at the expense of Fernandinho in the only change to the line-up – pulled the strings in midfield and he almost teed up David Neres but the Ajax star fired wide.Venezuela gave away possession cheaply minutes later and Richarlison almost capitalised as he forced Wuilker Farinez into a low diving save.While Brazil made a slick start, Venezuela fired a warning as star striker Salomon Rondon – the only member of the squad to have scored more than once in the competition – headed just wide of the post in the 19th minute.Brazil did find the back of the net via Firmino six minutes before half-time but it was ruled out for a foul on Mikel Villanueva as Tite’s men went into the break deadlocked again, drawing more boos.Jesus replaced Richarlison during the interval and the substitute thought he made an impact when he buried the ball home just past the hour mark, however, the Manchester City forward’s goal was ruled out for offside against Firmino following a VAR check.Groans grew around the stadium, while the Selecao were left frustrated at ground level with Venezuela continuing to hold firm against the eight-time champions, who thought they had snatched victory during the closing stages but Coutinho’s goal was ruled out by the VAR.2º TEMPO – 43 Minutos: Mais um gol anulado da #SeleçãoBrasileira! Finalização de Philippe Coutinho desviou em Firmino, que estava em posição de impedimento! 0 x 0  | #JogaBola #BRAxVEN #CopaAmérica— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 19, 2019What does it mean? Pressure mounting on Tite’s BrazilGroup A will go down to the final matchday and Brazil’s position is far from certain. Eliminated in the group phase in 2016, the Selecao are level on four points with Peru, while Venezuela – who have drawn their opening two games – can still make it through.Venezuela battle to precious pointWith 21 wins in 24 previous meetings in all competitions, Brazil were expected to heap further pain on Venezuela. However, Rafael Dudamel’s side had other ideas to keep their slim hopes of qualification alive.Brazil underwhelm againBrazil were one of the favourites to win the 2018 World Cup. Tite’s side, however, have hit a wall since exiting in the quarter-finals. Playing in the absence of injured star Neymar, a three-goal second half against lowly Bolivia papered over the cracks. And while Brazil produced an improved performance on Tuesday, the result raised further questions.Key Opta Facts:- Brazil have kept eight consecutive clean sheets at home in the Copa America, last conceding against Venezuela in 1989.- For the first time ever at a Copa America, Venezuela have not lost to the host nation. They had lost the previous 14 such games.- Brazil are unbeaten in their past 16 Copa America home games, winning nine and drawing seven.- Three of the four goals cancelled by the VAR at the 2019 Copa America have been scored by Venezuela’s opponents.What’s next?Brazil will wrap up proceedings in Group A with a clash against Peru in Sao Paulo on Saturday as Venezuela face Bolivia on the same day in Belo Horizonte. read morelast_img read more

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