0Shares0000Dele Ali celebrates one of his two goals against Chelsea during an English premier League clash at Stamford Bridge on April 1, 2018LONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 1- Dele Alli scored twice in four second-half minutes as Tottenham Hotspur beat Chelsea 3-1 on Sunday to end a 28-year wait for a Premier League win at Stamford Bridge.Defeat for the hosts all but ends Chelsea’s hopes of Champions League football next season as Spurs opened up an eight-point lead over their closest challengers for fourth place. Ending their long wait for a win at their London rivals is just the latest sign of the progress made under Mauricio Pochettino as Spurs look set to seal a place in the Champions League for a third straight season.And it was even more impressive as they came from behind as a huge error from captain Hugo Lloris gifted Alvaro Morata the opening goal.Christan Eriksen’s wonder strike levelled in first-half stoppage time, before Alli took centre stage to end a barren run by his standards with two smart finishes just after the hour mark.Spurs could even afford the luxury of doing the damage without Harry Kane, who made his return from a three-week layoff with ankle ligament damage 16 minutes from time.Alli was pushed into a more advanced role than his usual roving role behind Kane and had the first chance but couldn’t direct Eriksen’s cross goalwards.Chelsea were the side far more in desperate need of the points and that began to show as the first-half developed.Willian and Victor Moses forced Lloris into comfortable saves, whilst Marcos Alonso also saw a goal ruled out for offside.However, the French number one was clearly at fault when the opener arrived on the half hour mark.Morata hadn’t scored in the Premier League since Boxing Day, but no one has scored more headed goals in the league this season and he was left with the easiest of tasks to nod into an empty net as Lloris flapped at Moses’s cross.– Symbolic Spurs win –Willian of Chelsea is put under pressure by Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on April 1, 2018 in London, England.Lloris was also far from secure when he parried Alonso’s driven cross back into the danger area and relied on Jan Vertonghen to make a crucial clearance.Eriksen’s shooting ability from long range had been Spurs’ only real threat before the break.Willy Caballero, deputising for the injured Thibaut Courtois, got a strong hand to the Dane’s first warning shot.However, Caballero was helpless when Eriksen’s fierce dipping effort clipped the bar on its way past him in first-half stoppage time.The Argentine goalkeeper was forced into a brilliant save from another long-range effort, this time from Son Heung-min, on the hour mark as Spurs started to take control.And two minutes later they led when Alli brilliantly controlled Eric Dier’s long pass before slotting inside Caballero’s near post.Alli had scored just two goals in his previous 19 games in 2018 but soon had as many in four minutes as Spurs set the seal in a hugely symbolic win.Son was again denied by Caballero but Alli pounced on the pinball inside the Chelsea area before slotting into the bottom corner.Chelsea manager Antonio Conte kicked a water bottle into his dugout with the frustration of a man who knows his days in charge.Failure to make the top four is likely to seal the Italian’s fate no matter what comes of Chelsea’s run to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.However, Spurs too are in the last four and on this evidence are more likely to end their wait for a trophy under Pochettino, particularly with Kane back to lead the line.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
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1 Wretch 32 Each week, a band or artist gets to set to in the talkSPORT Q&A hot-seat. And this week it’s Wretch 32…What’s your favourite talkSPORT Show and why?My favourite show is ‘Call Collymore’. I love hearing the fans’ views on the aftermath of the day’s games.talkSPORT gives you your own show, what’s it’s called and what’s it about?Probably been done already. I’ll name it ‘Three or Two Questions’. I’ll have the listeners phone in asking three or two questions they would like to ask their team’s manager.Who are the greatest football team in the land?Has to be Arsenal. Could it be anyone else?Who is the most rock ‘n’ roll player playing the beautiful game right now?Right now it has to be Mario Balotelli. He’s having a rocky time right now at Liverpool.If you were put in charge of the pre-match entertainment for the FA Cup Final at Wembley, what band do you want playing live?Assuming I’m already playing!… I’ll have Coldplay or Oasis. They would both be perfect for an occasion like the FA Cup.Who’s gonna sing the National Anthem?Emeli Sande or Adele. They both have amazing voices and will kill it.What track are the players walking down the tunnel and onto the pitch to?The Black Eyed Peas – Let’s Get It Started.What’s on the stereo in the dressing room to psyche the players up?I’ll have someone mellow like James Blake, maybe ‘Retrograde’. So the players are feeling relaxed before the game.You build your own rock ‘n’ roll five-a-side team, who’s in it?I’ll have Serge from Kasabian, Chris Martin from Coldplay, Alex James from Blur/Fat Les, Robbie Williams and my brother Example. We probably won’t win a single game but the music we could make together would be incredible.You get to pick one footballer to work as roadie with your band. Who is it and what do you have them doing?I’ll have Cristiano Ronaldo. I’ll just have him chilling, serving drinks at the bar or something.What’s going on with you as an artist at the moment?At the moment I’m busy doing promo for my new single ‘6 Words’ out on November 16 and gearing up for a big 2015.Wretch 32 releases new single ‘6 Words’ through Ministry Of Sound on 16th November. For more information visit www.wretch32.com
10 Alexis Sanchez: Football Manager 2008 – HIT – Sanchez was at Udinese in 2008, but is now scoring for fun at Arsenal having recently signed in a £30m deal after a spell at Barcelona, which began in 2011. He scored 39 goals in 88 La Liga games and had a very impressive 2014 World Cup for Chile. Romelu Lukaku: Football Manager 2010 – HIT – Lukaku is seen as one of the Premier League’s top strikers and from a 17-year-old Anderlecht striker, he has morphed into a strong and quick striker, who went from Chelseas fourth choice striker to Evertons leading goalscorer. That was in between a prolific loan at West Brom that saw him score a hat-trick against Man United. Fabio: Football Manager 2012 – MISS – Fabio, along with his twin brother Rafael were quality in the game, but the 24-year-old has now dropped down to the Championship with Cardiff City after a loan at QPR. Alexandre Pato: Football Manager 2008 – MISS – When he was just 17 he was supposed to be the next big thing in football and after an initially promising start to his career at Milan in 2007, injuries curtailed his career in Europe. He was transferred to Corinthians in January 2013 and is currently at loan at Sao Paulo where he is on the fringes of the first team. 10 10 Gareth Bale: Football Manager 2008 – HIT – Bale was bought as a left-back, who was deadly from set-pieces. However, in the real world Bale was almost sold on the cheap to Alex McLeish’s Birmingham in 2008. Just as well he stayed put having earned Spurs £85m when Real Madrid bought him in 2013. Kerlon: Football Manager 2006 – MISS – He’s the Brazilian famous for his ‘seal dribble’ where he would run while bouncing the ball on his forehead and end face down on the turf once the defender had been appropriately humiliated. He moved from Cruzeiro to Inter via Chievo in a complicated deal in 2008 but failed to make a single appearance in his four years at the San Siro. His time there included loan spells at Chievo and Ajax as well as Brazilian clubs Nacional Esporte Clube and Parana Clube. Had a moderately successful spell at Fujieda MYFC between 2012 and January 2014 in Japans third division before a persistent knee injury forced him to leave the club. 10 10 Vincent Kompany: Football Manager 2006 – HIT – You may have heard of him. Man City’s two-time Premier League-winning captain is now one of the best defenders in the world. On Twitter @Ostlund_wept revealed he bought the big Belgian from Anderlecht when managing Southampton where ‘the rock’ retired. Yann M’Vila: Football Manager 2010 – MISS – French international M’Vila’s talent on the pitch is rivalled by a series of controversial incidents off it. The Rennes midfielder was a decent signing if you could get him and has been scouted by a series of top European clubs due to his ability to retain possession and superb passing vision. However, after so much promise he is currently playing for Inter on loan from Russian outfit Rubin Kazan. 10 10 10 Marco Verratti: Football Manager 2010 – HIT – Verratti, the Italy and PSG playmaker’s reputation is growing bigger by the day in European football. He is seen as the natural successor to Pirlo in the Italian national side and back in 2010 was playing for lowly Pescara as a gifted 17-year-old. 10 10 Lock the door, remember to feed the cat and get the tracksuit/suit ready depending on what sort of manager you are because Football Manager 2015 is here.This means we are preparing to spend the rest of the year hidden away trying to devise a plan to carry Basingstoke Town into the Champions League.But first we’ll need a couple of whizz-kids to help us. The game has a history of brilliant kids available to buy, but not all of them have turned out to be the hits we thought they would.Above are eight players who were aged between 16 and 20 in the version they are listed under.Click the arrow for more and here for 14 signs you’re a Football Manager addict. Freddy Adu: Football Manager 2006 – MISS – Click the arrow to see other previous Football Manager whizz-kids. Hands up if you bought one of these players! – Football Manager 2015 is out and we are reminiscing about whizz-kids of games gone by, beginning with former child prodigy Adu who was once compared to Pelé. Adu struggled to live up to the hype surrounding him, but did enough to earn a move to Europe when he joined Benfica. He’s still only 25 and is now playing for FK Jagodina in the Serbian SuperLiga.
Edinson Cavani restored the lead for Unai Emery’s team on 27 minutes when he turned in a Layvin Kurzawa cross at the far post, and Thiago Silva then rattled the crossbar with a header from a corner.Di Maria added a third just prior to the hour with a composed finish after he was released in behind the home defence by a pass from Italian midfielder Marco Verratti.He completed his hat-trick just three minutes later by forcing home a rebound from close range after Sochaux goalkeeper Lawrence Ati Zigi parried a fierce shot from Cavani.Dani Alves finished the game in goal for PSG after Kevin Trapp was sent off in the closing stages for a foul outside his area on Sochaux striker Thomas Robinet.“The goal today was to advance beyond this round of the French Cup without injuries,” said Emery, whose side travel to Real Madrid next week for the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.“We’re very happy with (Di Maria),” added the Spaniard, who has seen the revitalised Argentine score nine goals in 10 matches since the turn of the year.“He deserves to be in the squad, in the starting XI, like all the other players. My opinion of him hasn’t changed today, he’s an important player for us.”– Mitroglou, Ocampos shine –Earlier, both Kostas Mitroglou and Lucas Ocampos scored hat-tricks as in-form Marseille crushed a hapless Bourg-en-Bresse in a heavily lopsided last 16 tie.Rudi Garcia’s side, who are second in Ligue 1 after thrashing Metz 6-3 last week, romped into a 4-0 lead inside 20 minutes at the struggling Ligue 2 side and showed no mercy against hapless opponents.“We had an actual nightmare, the two sides were a world apart,” admitted Bourg-en-Bresse coach Herve Della Maggiore. “We watched them play.”Despite making six changes to the starting XI, Marseille ended the tie as a contest with early goals from Luiz Gustavo, Dimitri Payet, Ocampos and Mitroglou.Greek international striker Mitroglou has struggled to nail down a place in the team since joining from Benfica last year, but he strolled through the vacant home defence to score the fifth before half-time.Lucas Ocampos and Kostas Mitroglou do most of the damage as Marseille crush their second-tier opponents © AFP / ROMAIN LAFABREGUEArgentinian Ocampos grabbed his second early in the second half, although he was made to wait to complete his treble as Marseille went a game-high 23 minutes without scoring before he headed home.Mitroglou quickly got back in on the act as some more awful defending allowed him to nod in his seventh goal for the club, before Clinton N’Jie wrapped up the scoring with number nine from the penalty spot.Marseille have now won eight and drawn one of their last nine matches in all competitions, scoring 30 goals in the process.But they fell well short of their record win — a 19-0 French Cup victory over Stade Raphaelois in 1933.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Angel Di Maria fires PSG through to the last eight of the French Cup © AFP / SEBASTIEN BOZONPARIS, France, Feb 6 – Angel Di Maria scored a hat-trick as holders Paris Saint-Germain defeated second-tier Sochaux 4-1 on Tuesday to reach the French Cup quarter-finals, while Marseille demolished Ligue 2 outfit Bourg-en-Bresse 9-0.The Argentine winger headed PSG, who were playing without the rested Neymar, ahead inside the first minute at the Stade Bonal in eastern France, but twice former winners Sochaux levelled through Florian Martin before the quarter hour.
Keita, 24, who started the first leg three weeks ago in central midfield alongside Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson, was left out “due to a minor injury”, the club confirmed.However, right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold was included in the 21-man squad despite picking up a knock in Liverpool’s 4-2 win over Burnley in the Premier League at the weekend.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has been ruled out of the trip to Bayern with a minor injury © AFP/File / Christof STACHEMUNICH, Germany, Mar 12 – Guinea midfielder Naby Keita has been ruled out of the Liverpool squad for Wednesday’s Champions League clash at Bayern Munich with injury.After a goalless last 16, first-leg draw at Anfield, a win or a score draw at Munich’s Allianz Arena would send Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool into the quarter-finals.
“The patient … was discharged from hospital this morning,” his doctors said in a statement.Pele had an operation on Saturday to remove the “kidney stone,” which the hospital had previously described as a “ureteral stone.”The procedure was “successful,” the doctors had said.Pele, who is widely considered to be the greatest footballer in history, spent almost a week in a Paris hospital after falling ill following an appearance at a promotional event with France striker Kylian Mbappe.Pele, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 1958, 1962 and perhaps most memorably in Mexico in 1970 when his swashbuckling team re-defined modern football, has had several health scares in recent years.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brazilian football great Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pele, has been released from hospital after surgery to remove a kidney stone; he is pictured here arriving in Brazil on April 9, 2019 © AFP/File / NELSON ALMEIDASAO POLE, Brazil, Apr 15 – Pele was released from a Sao Paulo hospital on Monday, his Brazilian doctors said, two days after the football great had surgery to remove a kidney stone.The three-time World Cup winner was admitted to the Albert Einstein hospital last Tuesday, after returning from France where he had received treatment for a urinary tract infection.
Click back to Tuesday. The world was not over. Just the season. At least that’s how it appeared for the Dodgers. They were the dead-in-the-water Dodgers, losing to San Diego, the team they had to catch to secure the National League’s wild-card slot. Adding insult to injury, they were hammered by the Padres, 9-4, prompting calls for the head of, or at least the firing of, Grady Little, at that point their beleaguered manager. Suddenly, following their 6-2 win Saturday afternoon over Arizona’s not-exactly-glimmering Diamondbacks, the we-don’t-want- Little chant is a tree in the forest you did not see fall. A win today to sweep the series with Arizona will put the Dodgers in the NL West pennant race with the Diamondbacks. “The route has not always been enjoyable,” Little said. “The route has not always been easy.” What the route, as crooked as it has been, has done is put the Dodgers on the brink of a successful season. Not bad for a team that, it says here, figured to be a year away. Those who lost faith in the manager conveniently ignored harsh reality. Such as? Such as General Manager Ned Colletti inexplicably let Greg Maddux shuffle off to San Diego and replaced him with Jason Schmidt, a starter with the damaged shoulder. Such as Colletti tried a Shaquille O’Neal-Kobe Bryant formula when he mixed a group of veterans who continue to see themselves as everyday players with a group of write-my-name-on-the-lineup-card-and-play-me kids. Such as fate picked this season to test Lowe with a plague of locusts, a result of which he needed the win Saturday to reach the .500 level at 12-12. At least Colletti cannot be faulted for Lowe’s low season. And, as we add things up today with the Dodgers making a strong run, the point must be made that they are doing so with the team Colletti assembled. Plus, he did pluck Little from the out-of-work line to make him manager. Esteban Loaiza was the losing pitcher Tuesday. The veteran discussed working with a week between starts. He discussed having to throw the ball down the middle to get a strike called. In the end, he shrugged, “It’s baseball.” True. It’s an important point to remember. It’s not football where a statement game or two determine a season. It’s baseball, where the ebb and flow are continual for six or, if things work out, more months. “This is interesting,” starter Brad Penny said. His smile mirrored the smile of all the Dodgers. “This could be very interesting after we play Sunday,” he said. Interesting indeed. The Dodgers are an interesting, if somewhat fractured, mixture of veterans and youngsters. This is not a shocking revelation. To the contrary, it is standard stuff in clubhouses down through the ages. It was that way in ancient times when Walt Alston managed the Dodgers. It was that way back when Tommy Lasorda managed the Dodgers. How did those teams win their championships? They won, first of all, because they had talent. They won because they were professionals who set aside their differences on the field. That’s happening at Dodger Stadium. There’s a reason it’s happening. This has not been a summer of discontent in large part because of Little. His quiet, patient, mature approach has served the Dodgers well. Yes, there are times when his game management (mismanagement?) drives you up the wall. Why in the world would he pull Brad Penny, his ace, a week ago in San Francisco when the situation screamed for Penny to make a statement (yes, a statement)? The thing is, that was just one game. It was just one decision within one game. That’s another reality. The thing is the blend of veterans and youngsters is working. It worked Saturday with home runs from 40-year-old Luis Gonzalez and 25-year-old Andre Ethier. The most important thing is Little has the Dodgers playing in meaningful games with two weeks remaining in the season. The thing is that’s baseball. email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Could it be worse? How about losing starter Derek Lowe because he bruised his pitching hand playing catch? The Dodgers clearly were down and out in Chavez Ravine. Or were they? They have spent the rest of the week kicking in the door to the top floor of the National League West by winning four games in a row.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed he did not see an incident where Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse appeared to spit at each other.The duo had an angry exchange in the first half of their 1-0 victory over Newcastle but the Dutchman does not believe his player would be involved in such a confrontation.“I could not see that incident from the bench,” said Van Gaal.“When I have seen that then I will say and if it is true I shall admit it but I cannot imagine Jonny Evans would do that because I know him.“Papiss Cisse, I don’t know him personally, but Jonny Evans I know him and I cannot imagine he would do that.“Maybe he was spitting to the ground but not in the face or something like that.”