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Wenger: Arsenal were complacent in Ostersund defeat

Friday, 23 February 2018

Arsenal’s poor showing in the 2-1 defeat by Ostersund in Thursday’s Europa League last-32 tie was due to complacency, the Premier League club’s manager Arsene Wenger has said. The north London club fell behind to two quick Ostersund goals in the first half before Sead Kolasinac reduced the deficit after half-time but Arsenal were unable to make a comeback. Despite their loss, Arsenal progressed to the last-16 on aggregate but Wenger was not happy with his team’s ...

Napoli win but go out, red-faced Arsenal lose and go through

Friday, 23 February 2018

Napoli came agonizingly close to pulling off a dramatic Europa League comeback when they won 2-0 at RB Leipzig but went out on away goals at the last 32 stage on Thursday while Arsenal got through despite an embarrassing 2-1 home defeat by Ostersund. Borussia Dortmund snatched a late goal at Atalanta to progress with a 1-1 draw, while AC Milan and Atletico Madrid, both with three-goal leads from the away legs, completed the formality of qualifying with 1-0 wins at home on Thursday. ...

Conte, Mourinho spat adds tension to top-four clash

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Such has been the war of words between Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte it is easy to forget that a vitally important top-four battle will break out on the Old Trafford pitch on Sunday. From the moment Conte’s Chelsea thrashed Mourinho’s Manchester United 4-0 to kickstart their 2016-17 Premier League title charge, a simmering tension has existed between the pair, who both won the Premier League in their first season in England - and both with the London side. This season the discord ...

Banned ex-FIFA head Blatter backs Morocco 2026 World Cup bid

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter has endorsed Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid while banned from soccer roles for financial misconduct.Blatter tweeted on Thursday that “Morocco would be the logical host! And it is time for Africa again!”The 2010 World Cup was staged in South Africa.Referencing the rival joint bid from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, Blatter tweeted “co-Hosting rejected by FIFA after 2002.” That’s when the World Cup was in South Korea and ...

Eriksen: Tottenham hitting form at the right moment

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Tottenham Hotspur have recovered from a minor slump earlier in the campaign and regained form at the right time, playmaker Christian Eriksen has said ahead of the team’s crucial Premier League and Champions League fixtures.Tottenham struggled in the last three months of 2017, when they slipped out of the Premier League's top four and were knocked out of the League Cup, but have since regained momentum and are unbeaten in their last 14 games across all competitions.Spurs’ formidable ...

Superb De Gea shuts out Sevilla as Man United earn draw

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea added another heart-stopping save to his collection as his team held a highly-impressive Sevilla side to a 0-0 draw away from home in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday. The Spain international foiled Colombian striker Luis Muriel from point-blank range at the end of the first half not long after tipping over an overhead kick from Argentine defender Gabriel Mercado as the Spaniards created far more chances than Jose ...

Tennis: Older, wiser Shapovalov bullish about challenges ahead

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov believes his first season on the ATP Tour has helped him grow into a better player and he is relishing the challenges ahead.The 18-year-old gained recognition last year when he stormed to the Rogers Cup semi-finals, becoming the youngest player to reach a Masters 1000 semi after ousting Rafa Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro.“I just think I’ve matured from last season. I was a little bit overwhelmed with all the travel... It’s a lot of press. ...

No medals but plenty of cheers for North Korean athletes

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

North Korea will not be the only nation leaving the Pyeongchang Olympics without a medal, but they are one of the few minnows of winter sports to have earned rousing cheers wherever they go. When 25-year-old alpine skier Kim Ryon Hyang glided down the mountain in the women’s slalom to take last place, North Korean cheerleaders led the crowd in a warm ovation. The diminutive Kim beamed after the race, taking photos with fans and waving excitedly to the crowd. The cheerleaders, ...

Indian coach brings dignity to underprivileged children through football

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

A football coach in India is making tireless efforts to train underprivileged children to compete with the best and in the process gain dignity in life. Sylvester Peter, who hails from Chennai in South India, is the founder of My Angels Academy, which is meant only for underprivileged children. Level-playing field Sylvester has lured these children away from begging and drugs to channelize their energies. “Rich or poor, on the field everybody is equal,” he says. He says some of the ...

Messi breaks Chelsea duck to earn Barca 1-1 draw

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi finally opened his account against Chelsea with a 75th-minute equalizer to earn his side a 1-1 draw in a fascinating Champions League last 16, first leg duel at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. Willian's superb 62nd-minute effort looked like giving Chelsea a precious advantage for the second leg in Spain but they undid all their good work by handing Messi an equalizer. The Argentine maestro, teed up by Andres Iniesta after some sloppy play by the hosts, struck a low ...

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