Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic scored one of the goals as Austria produced one of their best results in recent times with the 3-0 win at Croatia in Group A1 of the UEFA Nations League. The Euro 2020 participant was the recipient of the first goal of the game in the 41st minute after good work from fellow attacker Karim Onisiwo. The two front men combined to give Austria a shock lead over hosts Croatia at the half-time interval.
The Austrians looked like a different team entirely with German tactician Ralf Rangnick in charge of the first team in comparison to the team that lost to Wales in their World Cup 2022 qualifying playoff tie from the European section in March. They were beaten 2-1 by the Welsh team who had Real Madrid star Gareth Bale to thanks for scoring the two goals. Wales will now meet with Ukraine in Cardiff City on Sunday for a place at the Qatar 2022 World Cup. The Ukrainians beat home team Scotland 3-1 at Hampden Park in Glasgow to secure a playoff final meeting with Bale and his Wales colleagues. Continue reading “ARNAUTOVIC ON SONG AGAINST CROATIA”
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo is up to 18 goals for the season on the Premier League stage after he found the back of the net against West London outfit Brentford. He scored one of the goals as Manchester United thrashed Brentford 3-0 at home when the two sides battled against each other earlier this week.
Euro 2020 participant Ronaldo is the leading goalscorer at Manchester United this season following his return to the Premier League last summer for his second spell at Old Trafford. He has been a major source of goals for Manchester United in his first season back at the Theatre of Dreams. Continue reading “RONALDO TAKES LEAGUE TALLY TO 18”
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was full of admiration for Bukayo Saka after the Chelsea game in the Premier League on Wednesday after he sealed the 4-2 victory over the European champions with a successful penalty in the second minute of stoppage time.
Arteta told reporters that he thought Brazilian substitute Gabriel Martinelli would take the penalty after Saka was adjudged to have been foiled in the box by Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta. Saka demanded the ball and he was able to beat Edouard Mendy in the Chelsea goal to wrap up the win for the Gunners and banish the memories of the heartbreak from the Euro 2020 final last summer. The Arsenal attacker missed the decisive penalty during shootout as England lost the Euro 2020 title to Italy. Apart from Saka, the Manchester United duo of Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford also missed their respective spot kicks as Italy beat England 3-2 on penalties to win the Euro 2020 tournament. Continue reading “SAKA BANISHES PENALTY HEARTBREAK AGAINST CHELSEA”
To the joy of many fans of football across the world, Christian Eriksen returned to the football pitch for the first time after suffering a heart problem while playing for his country’s national team side Denmark. The football world rose to its feet last year at the UEFA Euros competition (2020 edition) when Denmark and Finland were playing their group stage fixture and something scary happened. While playing for his country, Eriksen slumped on the pitch and collapsed to the ground. Thanks to his fellow countryman and teammate Simon Kjaer, he was quickly attended to and received the best first aid he could possibly get before getting professional attention.
Eriksen’s collapse was a really scary one as the situation could have been much worse if not for the intervention of his teammate. It was later revealed that had Kjaer not reacted as quickly as he did, it is possible that Eriksen could have given up the ghost. The former Tottenham midfielder was contracted to Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan at the time but because of the fear of a repetition of the incident, the current Serie A champions decided to terminate his contract. Until only recently, Eriksen was without a club but eventually, he reached an agreement with Premier League side Brentford to sign a short-term contract so he can resume to playing football once again. Continue reading “HOW LONG WILL ERIKSEN PLAY FOR BRENTFORD?”
Arsenal star Bukayo Saka is reportedly attracting the attention of two Premier League title contenders. This is according to a recent report from the stables of popular media platform ESPN. It was disclosed that both City and Liverpool are monitoring the contract situation of Saka at the North London club. The Euro 2020 finalist will have two years left on his current deal at the Emirates Stadium at the end of this season. He was a regular on the pitch as England lost the Euro 2020 final to Italy. Saka missed the penalty that confirmed the Italians as the Euro 2020 winners.
England international attacker Saka came through the Arsenal Academy and has become a key player for the first team on the back of a few years. It has been reported that senior Arsenal officials want to give Saka a bumper deal in line with his status as a very important player in the team. Continue reading “LIVERPOOL, CITY HAVE EYES ON SAKA”
German champions Bayern Munich didn’t have the best of returns from the winter break after they were beaten at home by Borussia Moenchengladbach. The visitors have been a thorn in the flesh of the Bavarian giants this season and they are without defeat in three meetings.
Hosts Borussia Moenchengladbach and Bayern got this Bundesliga season underway in a game that ended in a 1-1 draw in August before Gladbach thumped Bayern 5-0 at home to dump them out of the German Cup also known as DfbPokal in what’s one of the surprise results in European football this season. Continue reading “LEWANDOWSKI STRIKE FAILED TO SAVE BAYERN”
Leeds United will miss as many as five players for the Premier League trip to take on wounded Chelsea on Saturday evening. The Whites have been decimated by injuries and illness ahead of the Chelsea game at Stamford Bridge.
The five Leeds United players out of the Chelsea game are Euro 2020 finalist Kalvin Phillips, Patrick Bamford, Robin Koch, Rodrigo Moreno and club skipper Liam Moore. The last Premier League game at home to newcomers Brentford took its toll on the Leeds United players after Philips, Moore and Bamford picked up respective injuries during the encounter.
England international Bamford returned to Premier League football against Brentford as he scored a last-gasp equaliser to rescue a 2-2 draw. The ex-Chelsea and Middlesbrough attacker missed over two months of football action only for him to return and sustain another injury while celebrating his goal against the Bees. The statement from the club said that Bamford has a hamstring problem from the Brentford game and evolution of the issue is subjected to assessment on a daily basis. Continue reading “LEEDS QUINTET OUT OF CHELSEA CLASH”
Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale produced one of the best goalkeeping displays in recent memory on the Premier League scene as the Gunners sealed a 2-0 win over home team Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.
The Gunners made a bright start and they went ahead on five minutes through Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes off the corner kick from Bukayo Saka who was making his 100th appearance for his North London side. Ramsdale and Saka both played their part in the win over the Foxes. They were both part of the 26-man England squad to the Euro 2020 tournament.Continue reading “RAMSDALE INSTRUMENTAL TO BIG ARSENAL WIN”
Spain and reigning world champions France will battle it out with each other in the final to determine who will win the UEFA Nations League. The final is scheduled to take place at the San Siro on Sunday night.
France and Spain made the final after their respective semi-final wins earlier this week. Euro 2020 winners Italy were impressively dispatched by Luis Enrique and his Spanish players in their last four clash on Wednesday, while France had to come from behind to beat Belgium in theother last four clash. Continue reading “WHO WINS THE NATIONS LEAGUE?”
New Arsenal signing Ben White has been left out of the England squad for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers after failing to recover from Covid-19. The utility defender was a major absentee following the squad announcement towards the end of last week.The latest England squad will prosecute the World Cup qualifiers against Hungary (away), Andorra (home) and Poland (away) later this month.
White was one of the few players to miss out from the latest squad in comparison to the squad that prosecuted the Euro 2020 tournament. From the England squad to Euro 2020, Arsenal star White and three others miss out on the latest squad due to various reasons. The other players to miss out include Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell, Manchester City playmaker Phil Foden and Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford. Continue reading “WHITE OUT OF ENGLAND SQUAD”