espn access – FC Zhemchuzhina http://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/ Sun, 20 Mar 2022 03:56:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-1.png espn access – FC Zhemchuzhina http://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/ 32 32 Middlesbrough v Chelsea – Football Match Report – 19 March 2022 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/middlesbrough-v-chelsea-football-match-report-19-march-2022/ Sat, 19 Mar 2022 19:19:22 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/middlesbrough-v-chelsea-football-match-report-19-march-2022/ Chelsea cruised to a 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday, ending the Championship side’s remarkable run in the competition. Middlesbrough beat Manchester United on penalties in the fourth round and scored a winner in extra time to beat Tottenham Hotspur in the fifth round, but Chris Wilder’s side came unstuck […]]]>

Chelsea cruised to a 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday, ending the Championship side’s remarkable run in the competition.

Middlesbrough beat Manchester United on penalties in the fourth round and scored a winner in extra time to beat Tottenham Hotspur in the fifth round, but Chris Wilder’s side came unstuck against Chelsea on Saturday.

Romelu Lukaku tapped into an empty net in the 15th minute to help Chelsea take an early lead before Hakim Ziyech doubled their advantage with a superb finish from the edge of the penalty area.

Middlesbrough received raucous support inside the Riverside Stadium but never really seemed able to trouble the visitors who were still in control.

Chelsea, which is the subject of several offers to buy the club, operates under a special license from the British government after Russian owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Only a few hundred Chelsea fans were inside the stadium – a consequence of restrictions on ticket sales – but they could at least celebrate their side reaching the semi-finals for the fifth time in six seasons.

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Since Abramovich announced he was putting the European champions up for sale on March 2 after 19 trophy-laden years, business has been business as usual on the pitch.

They have won all six matches since, with the latest victory coming the day after a deadline for offers to buy the club.

Despite the distractions, manager Thomas Tuchel remained focused on winning games, and his players’ performance on Saturday was clinical.

“We were very focused and very serious. We showed quality in the decisive moments,” said the German.

“The effort was huge and we never let them get a foot in the door after the first two goals. It was a deserved win.”

“Nothing we can do will change the situation and we accept that it’s not in our hands, but what is in our hands is leading by example and staying focused.”

Chelsea had drawn criticism midweek for demanding the game be played without fans to ensure “sporting integrity” given they could not sell tickets.

They later withdrew that request and the Riverside swung before kickoff.

But when Mount was cleared forward down the left and then kicked in a slide rule cross to allow Lukaku to tap home, the odds still looked stacked against Middlesbrough.

When Ziyech’s shot then flew past Middlesbrough goalkeeper Joe Lumley, the hosts had a mountain to climb.

Chelsea could have added to their lead with Lukaku denied by a goal clearance and Lumley doing well to deny Timo Werner’s late effort, while the hosts rarely had a chance.

It was Middlesbrough’s first home defeat in 10 games in all competitions, and their focus will now shift back to trying to make the promotion play-offs.

For Chelsea, they are still chasing silverware on two fronts after reaching the Champions League quarter-finals in midweek.

“We really have that winning mentality within the group. Any competition, any game, we want to win and we want that to continue,” Mount said. “It’s been a tough couple of weeks, but for us as a team we’re just focused and ready to play.”

Information from Reuters contributed to this report.

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Lille vs Chelsea – Football Match Report – 16 March 2022 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/lille-vs-chelsea-football-match-report-16-march-2022/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 21:56:52 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/lille-vs-chelsea-football-match-report-16-march-2022/ Christian Pulisic scored as Chelsea cruised to a 2-1 win at Lille on Wednesday to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals. Lille opened the scoring through a 38th-minute Burak Yilmaz penalty to cut their aggregate deficit to 2-1, but Pulisic provided a fine finish on the stroke of half-time to restore Chelsea’s two-goal cushion . […]]]>

Christian Pulisic scored as Chelsea cruised to a 2-1 win at Lille on Wednesday to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals.

Lille opened the scoring through a 38th-minute Burak Yilmaz penalty to cut their aggregate deficit to 2-1, but Pulisic provided a fine finish on the stroke of half-time to restore Chelsea’s two-goal cushion .

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Defender Cesar Azpilicueta scored a 71st-minute winner as he slotted home a Mason Mount back-post cross, helping Thomas Tuchel’s side to a 4-1 aggregate win.

Chelsea played the draw amid the potential sale of the club. UEFA had to seek clarification from the European Union on whether the game could go ahead after following the United Kingdom in sanctioning Abramovich on Tuesday.

Lille had made the best start to the match.

Jocelyn Gouvennec’s side put Chelsea on the back foot as Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante struggled to take control of the midfield.

Lille were rewarded in the 38th minute with a penalty following a VAR review after a handball from Jorginho into the box.

Yilmaz, 36, the third-oldest goalscorer in the Champions League Round of 16 after Paolo Maldini and Ryan Giggs, buried the kick into the top corner to give the hosts a deserved lead and high hopes of an upset after losing the first leg 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Lille, who had not conceded in their three Ligue 1 appearances since the first leg, however let their guard down and Chelsea punished them with their first shot on target as Pulisic collected a fine through ball from Jorginho for score with a low. shot three minutes into first-half stoppage time.

The goal meant Pulisic tied Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez for the most Champions League goals by a CONCACAF international.

Although they were plagued by injuries which forced Sven Botman and Zeki Celik off the pitch, Lille applied more pressure after the break and Yilmaz wasted two clear chances.

Chelsea were far more ruthless and after 71 minutes Mount’s cross bounced off Azpilicueta’s knee in the top corner to end Lille’s hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.

Information from Reuters contributed to this report.

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Barcelona vs Osasuna – Football Match Report – 13th March 2022 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/barcelona-vs-osasuna-football-match-report-13th-march-2022/ Sun, 13 Mar 2022 21:57:29 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/barcelona-vs-osasuna-football-match-report-13th-march-2022/ Ferran Torres scored twice and Ousmane Dembele added two assists as Barcelona went wild with three goals in the opening 30 minutes to claim a 4-0 win over Osasuna at Camp Nou on Sunday. The result, Barcelona’s fourth successive league win, moved them back to third in La Liga, ahead of Atletico Madrid and Real […]]]>

Ferran Torres scored twice and Ousmane Dembele added two assists as Barcelona went wild with three goals in the opening 30 minutes to claim a 4-0 win over Osasuna at Camp Nou on Sunday.

The result, Barcelona’s fourth successive league win, moved them back to third in La Liga, ahead of Atletico Madrid and Real Betis, as the Catalans’ strong resurgence under Xavi continued apace.

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And the sparkling performance, which also included goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and substitute Riqui Puig, added to a day of celebration at Camp Nou. The Barcelona women’s team paraded the freshly won Primera Division trophy before kick-off and Gerard Pique took his place in the starting line-up for his 600th appearance for the club.

It was also a perfect response, after Barcelona were frustrated at being held scoreless at home to Galatasaray in the first leg of the Europa League last 16 on Thursday.

Three days later, it took them just 14 minutes to break the deadlock. Midfielder Gavi created the chance as he burst through the defenders to try and reach a ball across the box but was swept away by Nacho Vidal, for the start of what was a trying first half for the Osasuna defender.

Referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea didn’t hesitate to point the penalty spot and Torres sent Osasuna keeper Sergio Herrera the wrong way to put Barcelona on their way.

Just seven minutes later, Barcelona and Torres had their second. Dembele took center stage this time, cutting inside his left foot before netting a magnificent through ball for Torres. Driving from the left flank, the former Manchester City striker calmly placed his shot into Herrera’s legs.

“I’m really happy that we won and that we’re moving forward,” Torres told reporters afterwards. “Our goal is to keep climbing the rankings and to keep improving game after game.”

At this point, Barcelona’s new attack was really purring and, after such a dismal start to the season, the Camp Nou crowd were fully enjoying what they were watching.

The newest addition to Barca’s frontline has quickly entered the scene. Again Dembele was the creator, making the most of the space given to him on the right to send a cross to which Aubameyang beat his marker at the near post to stretch and find the net.

This glut of first-half goals allowed Barcelona to ease off in the second half ahead of a big week for the club. After their second leg against Galatasaray in midweek, Barcelona travel to the Bernabeu for a meeting with Clasico rivals and La Liga leaders Real Madrid next Sunday.

But they still provided enough offensive thrust to give the home crowd one of their loudest cheers of the night. La Masia graduate Puig used a few rare minutes off the bench to follow his own saved shot before rounding the goalkeeper, steadying himself and finding the net to cap off a perfect night for Xavi’s men.

Yet when asked about the importance of Sunday’s Clasico, Xavi insisted that reducing Real Madrid’s 12-point lead over Barcelona remains a long shot.

“I don’t think the league is possible this season, Real Madrid are too far ahead,” he said. “We have to keep winning and they have to lose three or four games, it’s not realistic.”

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

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Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain – Football Match Report – 9 March 2022 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/real-madrid-vs-paris-saint-germain-football-match-report-9-march-2022/ Thu, 10 Mar 2022 00:38:49 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/real-madrid-vs-paris-saint-germain-football-match-report-9-march-2022/ Karim Benzema scored a memorable hat-trick as Real Madrid staged a stunning comeback to eliminate Paris Saint-Germain from the Champions League. Kylian Mbappe’s first-half strike put PSG in control with a 2-0 aggregate lead, but Benzema netted three after the break as Madrid cruised to a 3-2 victory. The result continues PSG’s Champions League heartbreak […]]]>

Karim Benzema scored a memorable hat-trick as Real Madrid staged a stunning comeback to eliminate Paris Saint-Germain from the Champions League.

Kylian Mbappe’s first-half strike put PSG in control with a 2-0 aggregate lead, but Benzema netted three after the break as Madrid cruised to a 3-2 victory.

The result continues PSG’s Champions League heartbreak as they suffered another collapse from a winning position after losing to Barcelona and Manchester United in recent years.

Madrid join Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the competition.

“We wanted to see this stadium as the fans were today, we needed them, the victory is for them; it was very difficult, we pushed until the end and we deserved to pass”, said said Benzema after the game.

“We lost the first leg, we were down 1-0 at half-time, it was a big effort, the fans pushed us to give everything until the end. These are Champions League matches, c “It’s difficult. We know that PSG likes We started well, we had chances, we didn’t take them and they scored on the counterattack, but in the second half we played our game.

“When we press, we can beat any team, it’s about pressing as a team, everyone in their place and with the fans. Every game is a final for us, in the league and in the Champions League. Today today, Real Madrid is alive.”

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Both teams started well but it was PSG who took advantage of the first chances and Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had to deny Mbappe twice.

After 25 minutes, Gianluigi Donnarumma produced a superb fingertip save from Benzema’s long-range effort.

Less than 10 minutes later, Mbappe thought he had given the visitors the lead on the evening but his goal was disallowed with Nuno Mendes flagged for offside.

Madrid couldn’t stop Mbappe from opening the scoring five minutes later when he beat the offside trap and flicked the ball past Courtois.

Shortly after the break, Mbappe thought he had scored again but his stunning finish was ruled out for offside again.

Just after the hour mark, Benzema capitalized on Donnarumma’s poor error to make it 1-1 on the night.

Vinicius Junior had a great chance to level the scores on aggregate 10 minutes later but fired his shot from close range over the bar.

Benzema made no mistake minutes later to make it 2-2 and seconds later he scored a sensational hat-trick when Madrid punished PSG’s negligence from the kick-off.

The France international scored his 309th goal for Madrid in all competitions, overtaking Alfredo Di Stefano for the third-most in club history.

Despite reaching the semi-finals last season and the 2020 final, PSG are still looking to win the Champions League for the first time in their history.

“It’s a shame that in 2022 there is a goal like this, it was a clear foul by Benzema on the goalkeeper,” Mauricio Pochettino told a press conference. “After such an injustice, the team had a nervous breakdown. It’s a shame.”

Speaking to Movistar after the game, Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti said: “It’s special especially because we won after a difficult game. It got complicated after Mbappe’s goal. We suffered a lot to recover. the ball. We pressed them, we’ve practiced that in training, then we scored the first goal and the game totally changed, the fans started to believe it more and more, it was spectacular , we are obviously very happy.

“We started well, with energy, then little by little we found it more difficult to press, they use the ball very well, they have quality players, we suffered but it was normal. We took risks, sometimes we left Mbappé one by one and that can complicate your life. We needed the goal. After that, the atmosphere in the stadium changed completely. The last half hour was spectacular.”

“I said you rotate when the team is tired. I took [Toni] Kroos off because he was tired but he contributed. Rodrygo and [Eduardo] Camavinga was cooler, they gave us a boost.”

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Nantes vs AS Monaco – Football Match Report – 3 March 2022 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/nantes-vs-as-monaco-football-match-report-3-march-2022/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 23:05:34 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/nantes-vs-as-monaco-football-match-report-3-march-2022/ Nantes’ Samuel Moutoussamy (C) celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal in their French Cup semi-final win over AS Monaco. Getty Images Nantes beat Monaco 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in the semi-finals on Wednesday to earn a place in the Coupe de France final. Moses Simon converted the decisive kick after Monaco […]]]>

Nantes beat Monaco 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in the semi-finals on Wednesday to earn a place in the Coupe de France final.

Moses Simon converted the decisive kick after Monaco captain Wissam Ben Yedder registered his first effort and Aurélien Tchouameni hit his penalty over the bar as Nantes progressed to the final for the first time since that they had won the cup in 2000.

They will meet Nice in the final at the Stade de France in Paris on May 8.

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Monaco took the lead in the 12th minute at the Stade de la Beaujoire as defender Guillermo Maripan earned a decisive touch on the top of his head from a ferocious Caio Henrique free-kick.

But the visitors’ lead lasted just nine minutes before Randal Kolo Muani’s counter-attack resulted in an own goal from defender Djibril Sidibe.

Kolo Muani’s pass inside was intercepted by Sidibe but he only served to direct it into his own net.

Nantes took the lead in the 74th minute when Simon’s first effort on goal was blocked by Sidibe, but the ball squirted past Samuel Moutoussamy, who converted from close range.

But parity was restored within 120 seconds when Monaco substitute Myron Boadu touched a cross from Vanderson’s search to make it 2-2 after 90 minutes and lead the game on penalties.

Nice booked their place in the final with a 2-0 home win over fourth-tier club Versailles on Tuesday.

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Chelsea vs Palmeiras – Football Match Report – 12th February 2022 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/chelsea-vs-palmeiras-football-match-report-12th-february-2022/ Sat, 12 Feb 2022 19:12:41 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/chelsea-vs-palmeiras-football-match-report-12th-february-2022/ Chelsea won the FIFA Club World Cup after claiming a 2-1 victory over Palmeiras after extra time at Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium on Saturday. Kai Havertz scored a 117th-minute penalty as the Premier League giants won the competition for the first time in club history. – ESPN+ Viewers Guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA […]]]>

Chelsea won the FIFA Club World Cup after claiming a 2-1 victory over Palmeiras after extra time at Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium on Saturday.

Kai Havertz scored a 117th-minute penalty as the Premier League giants won the competition for the first time in club history.

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In a tight affair, Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring in the second half but the Brazilian side caught them thanks to a Raphael Veiga penalty.

However, Havertz – who also netted the winning goal in last season’s Champions League final – stepped up with a late penalty as Thomas Tuchel claimed his third trophy since taking charge of Chelsea in January 2021.

Chelsea have now won every major club trophy since Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich took over in 2003.

“It never stops. We want to keep winning trophies,” Tuchel said in a pitchside interview before his side received their medals from FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

“At the end of the day, if you score late, you need luck to do it, but we were relentless and we kept trying.”

Both teams failed to create many clear chances in the first half and Chelsea suffered a blow when Mason Mount was sent off after 29 minutes through injury.

The game came to life after 54 minutes when Callum Hudson-Odoi produced a fine cross which was converted from Lukaku with a clinical header.

However, Palmeiras was awarded a penalty 10 minutes later after VAR ruled Thiago Silva for handling the ball from a corner.

Veiga stepped up and converted the kick to equalize for the Brazilians as the game ended in extra time.

With the game looking set for a penalty shootout, Chelsea were awarded a penalty after VAR ruled that Luan Garcia had blocked Cesar Azpilicueta’s strike with his hand.

Havertz converted the penalty with ease and Palmeiras’ misery was complete when Luan was sent off in stoppage time for a desperate tackle on the German striker.

Meanwhile, Egyptian side Al Ahly won the third-place playoff, beating Al Hilal 4-0.

Information from Reuters has been included in this report.

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Athletic Bilbao v Real Madrid – Football Match Report – 16th January 2022 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/athletic-bilbao-v-real-madrid-football-match-report-16th-january-2022/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 22:52:30 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/athletic-bilbao-v-real-madrid-football-match-report-16th-january-2022/ Real Madrid were crowned Spanish Super Cup champions after goals from Luka Modric and Karim Benzema earned them a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in Saudi Arabia on Sunday. Real took the lead in the 38th minute after Rodrygo sprinted past two defenders before moving past Modric, who fired a shot into the net. Benzema […]]]>

Real Madrid were crowned Spanish Super Cup champions after goals from Luka Modric and Karim Benzema earned them a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

Real took the lead in the 38th minute after Rodrygo sprinted past two defenders before moving past Modric, who fired a shot into the net.

Benzema extended their second-half lead with a penalty after the video assistant referee spotted a Yeray Alvarez handball inside the box.

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Real were reduced to 10 men with three minutes left after Eder Militao was sent off for a handball on the goal line.

Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois brilliantly saved Raul Garcia’s penalty with a left foot in the dying seconds.

“You can never get tired of winning,” Modric told a press conference.

“I appreciate the same with every title, when you play at Real Madrid you have to win. It’s part of the DNA of this club. The fans expect the most from you. So now we have to be happy to win again and again in the next month.”

After two thrilling semi-finals, the final was a one-sided encounter, with Real Madrid completely dominating and never facing any real danger.

Real enjoyed the vast majority of support from the 30,000 fans at the King Fahd Stadium, which was at 50% capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

French striker Karim Benzema had the support of Saudi fans, but it was Modric’s night.

“As I have reached a certain age, and people talk a lot about age in football, but I appreciate it more than ever,” Modric said. “I always liked it, I like what I do, but now I like it even more because you never know how long you’re going to last at this level.

“I’m doing everything to continue for a few more years. I’m trying hard, and there’s nothing better for me than being a Real Madrid player, enjoying every day and winning trophies. That’s 18 now in nine and one- six months and I hope more will come.”

Carlo Ancelotti had said in the build-up to the match that his side were the essence of a counter-attacking team and on Sunday Modric and striker Rodrygo would have done their manager proud with a perfectly executed counter to open the scoring.

“I think with the two games we played here, we were the team that deserved the trophy,” Ancelotti said after the game. “We played two different games and won both. Today we asked for a different type of game, we controlled it for 70 minutes with possession and then we went down a bit but that can happen in the final. It’s deserved, we are happy and we will continue.”

Benzema has made a habit of scoring against Athletic and doubled the advantage from the spot with his 18th goal in 26 games against the Basque side, the most he has scored against a team in his career.

It was the 12th time Real won the Spanish Super Cup, having won both editions of the competition in Saudi Arabia. Last year’s edition, won by Athletic, was held in Spain due to the pandemic.

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Liverpool vs Arsenal – Football Match Report – 13th January 2022 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/liverpool-vs-arsenal-football-match-report-13th-january-2022/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 21:44:10 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/liverpool-vs-arsenal-football-match-report-13th-january-2022/ Arsenal played for over an hour with 10 men but were able to resist pressure from Liverpool to claim a goalless draw in the first leg of the Carabao Teams Cup semi-final. The game’s key moment came in the 24th minute when Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka was sent off for denying Diogo Jota a clear goalscoring […]]]>

Arsenal played for over an hour with 10 men but were able to resist pressure from Liverpool to claim a goalless draw in the first leg of the Carabao Teams Cup semi-final.

The game’s key moment came in the 24th minute when Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka was sent off for denying Diogo Jota a clear goalscoring opportunity with a high foot that brought down the Liverpool striker just outside. Arsenal’s penalty area.

The incident necessitated a change in tactics from Arsenal to a three-man defence, with Mikel Arteta bringing in Rob Holding for Eddie Nketiah. It was the second early substitution for the away team, after Calum Chambers replaced the injured Cedric Soares in the 11th minute.

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But while Liverpool then dominated territory and possession, they were only able to register a shot on target in the second minute of second-half stoppage time through Curtis Jones.

Their best chance had come moments earlier, but Takumi Minamino blazed from 10 yards out after Aaron Ramsdale’s weak punch landed on him.

Minamino had already come close twice on the left side, first with a misfiring cross that flew low just after half-time and then, midway through the second period, via a cross shot that also went past the post at the end of the Anfield Kop.

Arsenal struggled to create scoring chances but came close in the 72nd minute; After being found by Kieran Tierney’s cross from the left, Bukayo Saka had a shot saved by advancing Liverpool keeper Alisson.

“We are delighted with the situation,” Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta told Sky Sports. “The players showed a great fight, determination, brotherhood. You saw the emotion, we never gave up. Thanks to the boys.

“I don’t know if the red card inspired them but it took the fight. You need a certain attitude to play in these games and the boys did that. We played the game we had to play , which is not our game. I didn’t see it again, they checked it so probably a red card.”

The meeting at Anfield was originally scheduled to be the second leg of the semi-final, but the venues changed when last week’s encounter was postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak in Liverpool.

And both teams were missing a number of key players on Thursday for COVID-related reasons – Arsenal announced before kick-off that Martin Odegaard had tested positive – as well as injuries and Africa Cup of Nations commitments. .

“We would have preferred to score the goal rather than them getting a red card,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told Sky Sports. [to score] and we had to change the line-up for obvious reasons [before the game].

“In the second half we made some changes, I thought it looked better and we had clear situations but it wasn’t good enough. But it’s a two-legged game and it’s the half -time. I can’t remember when it was 0-0 at half-time, wherever I was, and I was like ‘we don’t have a chance. We’ll give it a shot.’

The second leg will take place at the Emirates Stadium on January 20. (LIVE broadcast on ESPN+ in the US); the winners of the encounter will face Chelsea in the final on February 27.

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Liverpool vs Shrewsbury Town – Football Match Report – January 9, 2022 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/liverpool-vs-shrewsbury-town-football-match-report-january-9-2022/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 16:41:15 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/liverpool-vs-shrewsbury-town-football-match-report-january-9-2022/ Liverpool came back from a lost goal to win 4-1 over third tier Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup third round on Sunday (stream some games on ESPN + in the US). Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has scored twice, including a first-half penalty, while Kaide Gordon and Roberto Firmino also netted the Merseyside club. Shrewsbury’s Daniel […]]]>


Liverpool came back from a lost goal to win 4-1 over third tier Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup third round on Sunday (stream some games on ESPN + in the US).

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has scored twice, including a first-half penalty, while Kaide Gordon and Roberto Firmino also netted the Merseyside club.

Shrewsbury’s Daniel Udoh put the visitors ahead in the 27th minute after slipping Nathanael Ogbeta’s cross to score from close range, but Liverpool winger Gordon found the equalizer seven minutes later with a calm finish.

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Brazil international Fabinho scored a penalty before half-time, sending Shrewsbury goalkeeper Marko Marosi the wrong way, before Firmino added the third in the 78th minute with a brilliant back heel kick from close range.

Fabinho completed his brace in the 93rd minute, sending the ball into the roof of the net from a tight angle as Liverpool won with manager Jurgen Klopp back on the sideline following his recovery from COVID-19.

“When you score the first goal against you so many things can happen, but I liked the way we reacted,” said Klopp.

“It was a brilliant goal from Kaide Gordon. He was really calm and collected. His main strength is his finish.

“All the credit to our Academy for producing these boys, but we had no other training available to us.

“We had five young players there. They all played well. We knew we could play better football and we did the second half.”


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Juventus vs. Napoli – Football match report – January 6, 2022 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/juventus-vs-napoli-football-match-report-january-6-2022/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 21:47:43 +0000 https://fc-zhemchuzhina.com/juventus-vs-napoli-football-match-report-january-6-2022/ Juventus and Napoli drew at the Allianz Stadium. Getty Images Italy striker Federico Chiesa on Thursday won a 1-1 draw against Juventus against Napoli in Serie A, while Massimiliano Allegri’s side remain in fifth place in the table. Juve’s American midfielder Weston McKennie missed a simple opportunity with his header in the early stages before […]]]>


Italy striker Federico Chiesa on Thursday won a 1-1 draw against Juventus against Napoli in Serie A, while Massimiliano Allegri’s side remain in fifth place in the table.

Juve’s American midfielder Weston McKennie missed a simple opportunity with his header in the early stages before Napoli passed the club’s all-time top scorer Dries Mertens in the 23rd minute.

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The visitors had the opportunity to increase their lead before the break, but were unable to pass goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

Juve returned for the second half with a different appearance and came back to level thanks to Chiesa in the 54th.

They lobbied to try to win the winner but couldn’t create the opportunity to kill, having to settle for a point that leaves them 35 points in 20 games, five points behind Napoli in third and 11 on the leader. Inter Milan, who have a game in hand.

“We have to see this in positive terms as a earned point,” Allegri told DAZN. “I would like to see more calm and focus in the final third, but part of that is related to the characteristics of the players as well.

“We have some areas where we need to improve, but overall it was a good performance. We should score a few more goals, but we managed to target Chiesa, we did better with set-off situations and had this luck with Weston McKennie, so we’re getting there. “

There were doubts whether Napoli would be allowed to travel to Turin for the clash with Juve amid rising COVID-19 cases in the team, but the local health authority (ASL) granted them permission to make the trip.

Even with several absent, Napoli dominated the first half, becoming only the second team to shoot more than 10 shots on goal in a Serie A first half at Juventus after Lazio in August 2013.

Mertens’ first goal since early December, a bubbly strike from the edge of the box, gave the hosts – playing without coach Luciano Spalletti on the sideline after testing positive for COVID-19 – a deserved lead at the half time.

All the goal-mouth action came from one side at the start of the second half, as Chiesa broke through just off before sneaking into the bottom corner via a slight deflection.

Argentina striker Paulo Dybala came off the bench and forced a nice save from Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina as the hosts pushed for a second goal before Szczesny turned Mertens down.

Substitute Moise Kean could have snatched all three points from the hosts in stoppage time, but he headed for Juve, still chasing their first league win against the top four this season.


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