Emery confirms Leno debut in Europa League clash

Arsenal's Unai Emery confirmed goalkeeper Bernd Leno will be given his debut against FC Vorskla but it doesn't mean he will start all their games in the Europa League.
ESPN - 20.09.2018 12:40

Tigres' Ferretti: Let me enjoy Campeones win

TORONTO -- Tigres coach Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti was in no mood to be discussing Sunday's Clasico Regio against arch-rival Monterrey on Wednesday, instead insisting that he needs some time to celebrate the 3-1 Campeones Cup victory over Toronto FC. Tigres won the inaugural edition of the tournament at BMO Field after two goals from Jesus Duenas and an own goal from Toronto's Eriq Zavaleta, with Lucas Janson scoring a late penalty consolation for TFC. "I'm not thinking about Sunday, at least let me enjoy this," joked Ferretti when asked about the upcoming Liga MX game. "Hold on, brother. Give me two hours or five hours, or wait for tomorrow [to ask]." Tigres were knocked out at the quarterfinal
Yahoo - 20.09.2018 06:27

Bayern's Kovac hails 'special' Sanches after Champions League goal

Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac heaped praise on goalscorer Renato Sanches, describing his performance as "special" in the club's successful Champions League opener against Benfica. Ex-Benfica midfielder Sanches returned to haunt his former club, the 21-year-old Portugal international on target as Bayern claimed a 2-0 victory away from home on Wednesday. Sanches endured a forgettable loan spell at Swansea City last season but he was handed his first Bayern start since May 2017 and repaid the faith, converting James Rodriguez's cross nine minutes into the second half, having played a role in Robert Lewandowski's opener.
Yahoo - 20.09.2018 04:22

Real Madrid's Vinicius Jr. 'distorts' Segunda B - Cultural Leonesa president

AS Roma Eusebio Di Francesco believes Real Madrid's Luka Modric has been exceptional for both club and country and rarely makes mistakes. Real Madrid head coach Julen Lopetegui prefers to talk about his whole team after their win over Roma. With a goal for Real Madrid in every competitive game, the FC crew examine what's led to Gareth Bale's sublime start to the season. Sergio Ramos makes fun of Antoine Griezmann's claims that he 'eats at the same table as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.' The presence of Real Madrid's €45 million signing Vinicius Jr. in their B side has "distorted" the league, Cultural Leonesa president Felipe Llamazares has claimed. Vinicius, 18, joined Real Madrid in the summer as their biggest signing of the transfer window. However, he is yet to make a matchday squad in La Liga and was an unused substitute during the UEFA Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid, having been demoted t...
ESPN - 20.09.2018 04:08

Man City not Champions League favourites after Lyon defeat - Bernardo Silva

Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta admits he has no idea if manager Pep Guardiola's touchline ban would've had an effect on their 2-0 Champions League loss to Lyon. ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Shaka Hislop assess where Manchester City's UCL opener went wrong following their 2-1 defeat against Lyon. Bernardo Silva said Manchester City should not be seen as favourites to win the Champions League after their 2-1 home defeat to Lyon in their opener on Wednesday. City, who became the first English club to lose four successive Champions League games, have never gone beyond the semifinals in the competition and, the day after Mikel Arteta labelled the squad the best in the world, Silva said City need to make big improvements after a flat performance in the defeat. "I think we have to focus on us,...
ESPN - 20.09.2018 03:30

Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng a 'colourful bird' - Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Currently on loan from FC Dallas at Bayern Munich, follow Chris Richards around behind-the-scenes at Bayern's campus. Bayern Munich have seven competitive games in a span of three weeks following the first international break of the season. Niko Kovac praised his Bayern Munich side's all-round performance in their 3-0 win at Stuttgart in the Bundesliga. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has described Jerome Boateng as a "colourful bird" and told the defender the door to his office is "always open." Boateng, 30, came close to leaving Bayern Munich this summer, with Paris Saint-Germain interested in signing him. However, the deal collapsed as both clubs were not able to agree on a transfer fee. Fantasy Play ESPN Fantasy Soccer Pick your eight-man team and compete in the Champions League, Premier League, La Liga or Liga MX, then go head-to-head in leagues against your friends or people around the world. Sign up for free! How to play ESPN Fantasy...
ESPN - 20.09.2018 02:57

Manchester United's Paul Pogba thanks Jose Mourinho for penalty nod

Craig Burley sings Paul Pogba and Man United's praises after their win over Young Boys, but isn't convinced they'll advance from their group just yet. David De Gea wants to put and end to Manchester United's stint without a Champions League trophy. Gab Marcotti sat down with Rio Ferdinand to discuss Paul Pogba's recent form at the World Cup and at Manchester United and how he wants to be the best. BERN, Switzerland -- Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has thanked Jose Mourinho for letting him take a crucial penalty against Young Boys after he missed his last spot-kick against Burnley. The United boss, meanwhile, praised the Frenchman, who scored twice in the 3-0 win in the Stade de Suisse, for having the "courage" to step up again. "I didn't have any doubts about taking the penalty," Pogba told MUTV. "I know I missed [against Burnley] -- Joe [Hart] got me that time. "I have the...
ESPN - 20.09.2018 02:00

France, Belgium become first joint leaders in FIFA rankings history

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop and Alejandro Moreno laud Kylian Mbappe's maturity and leadership following his performance against the Netherlands. Olivier Giroud ended his goal drought in style, scoring the game-winning volley to propel France past the Netherlands. Germany's Manuel Neuer admits that the team needed to change a lot of things after they failed to qualify for the knockout stages at the 2018 World Cup. France's Paul Pogba admits he found the short break between the World Cup and the Premier League season tough, physically and is cautious he doesn't get injured. France and Belgium have become the first-ever joint ranked leaders in the FIFA rankings. The latest published rankings show the two European nations exactly level on 1,729 points, something that has not in its 25-year history. Since winning the World Cup, France picked up a draw and win against Germany and Netherlands respectively in the UEFA Nations League, whi...
ESPN - 20.09.2018 01:57

Two Chelsea fans attacked in Greece before Europa League game

Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri revealed Eden Hazard admitted he was tired but expects to play strong side in their Europa League opener against PAOK. Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes talk Europa League and if it's in the best interest of Arsenal and Chelsea to take the competition seriously. Chelsea's Willian insists he is very happy at the club and that he had always wanted to stay despite being linked to a move away in the summer transfer window. Greek authorities say two Chelsea fans were injured in an attack ahead of a Europe League match at PAOK Thessaloniki. Police say the two Englishmen were beaten by three assailants in central Thessaloniki shortly before dawn on Thursday. An ambulance crew provided first aid but the men declined to be taken to the hospital. The suspected assailants escaped and police said the Chelsea fans did not wish to press charges. PAOK host Chelsea later Thursday.
ESPN - 20.09.2018 01:43

‘They’re being found out!’- talkSPORT host Adrian Durham tears into Tottenham’s players, manager and fans after their Champions League loss to Inter Milan

Tottenham crumbled to their Champions League defeat against Inter Milan because their players have been told on too many occasions how good they are, according to talkSPORT host Adrian Durham. Mauricio Pochettino’s side conceded two late goals at the San Siro in their group stage match to lose 2-1 – their third straight defeat in […]
TalkSport - 19.09.2018 19:23

Hoffenheim and Shakhtar Donetsk draw as Nagelsmann becomes youngest UCL coach

Shakhtar Donetsk TSG Hoffenheim 2 2 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats The youngest coach in Champions League history drew his debut game Wednesday as Hoffenheim's match at Shakhtar Donetsk finished 2-2. The 31-year-old Julian Nagelsmann had to wait just six minutes to see his team score a first Champions League goal as Florian Grillitsch put Hoffenheim 1-0 up. However, Shakhtar responded with a solo effort from Ismaily in the 27th as the Brazilian charged down the left flank before leaving defender Havard Nordtveidt sprawling as he cut inside and placed a shot inside...
ESPN - 19.09.2018 12:33

Douglas Costa could start for Juventus vs. Valencia as Massimiliano Allegri defends 'blackout'

Juventus' Massimiliano Allegri admitted his side could've played better but were more focused on finally getting Cristiano Ronaldo on the score sheet. Juventus' Massimiliano Allegri insists Douglas Costa's red card for spitting at Federico Di Francesco was completely out of character during their 2-1 win over Sassuolo. It took 320 minutes, but Cristiano Ronaldo finally netted his first goals with Juventus. Relive Ronaldo's special performance in Turin. The FC crew react to Douglas Costa's spitting incident in Juventus' win over Sassuolo and assess how severe his punishment should be. The FC crew react to Douglas Costa's spitting incident in Juventus' win over Sassuolo and assess how severe his punishment should be. Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said Douglas Costa had a "blackout" when he spat at Federico Di Francesco and was sent off in the 2-1 win over Sassuolo on Sunday. Costa, 28, has be...
ESPN - 19.09.2018 12:15

Cristiano Ronaldo's sister on Champions League red card: 'They want to destroy my brother'

The FC guys explain why it's unlikely Cristiano Ronaldo's red card against Valencia will be overturned, even though they strongly disagree with the sending off. Cristiano Ronaldo is sent off in controversial circumstances while Lyon take advantage of a sloppy Manchester City performance. Cristiano Ronaldo's sister, Katia Aveiro, has come out in defence of the Juventus forward after his red card against Valencia on Wednesday. Ronaldo was dismissed on his Champions League debut for Juve after a clash with Jeison Murillo was spotted by the assistant referee and communicated to German referee Felix Brych, who drew a red card from his top pocket. The Portuguese forward was reluctant to leave the field at the Mestalla and appeared to be on the verge of tears as he finally walked to the...
ESPN - 19.09.2018 11:49


Umpire Mohamed Lahyani suspended for next two scheduled tournaments after “trying to help” Nick Kyrgios during US Open

A tennis umpire has been suspended for his next two scheduled tournaments after being caught encouraging Nick Kyrgios during the US Open. Mohamed Lahyani was heard saying to the Australian “I want to help you” during a changeover when Kyrgios was a set and a break down against Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Kyrgios then went on to […]
TalkSport - 19.09.2018 16:47

Johanna Konta defeats Gabriela Dabrowski in just 65 minutes to reach Pan Pacific Open last-16

Johanna Konta eased into the last 16 of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo with a straight sets win over Gabriela Dabrowski. She will play Sloane Stephens or Donna Vekic in the next round.
Daily Mail - 18.09.2018 10:35