Again, it should have been the week that the Bundesliga title was finally decided and once more, it wasn’t. Borussia Dortmund’s dream has been living on borrowed time since they were soundly thrashed in Der Klassiker more than a month ago and on Saturday, the buzzer sounded to indicate that time was up. Briefly. The 50th minute of Bayern Munich’s trip to RB Leipzig should have been the minute that won it and it briefly almost was, before the VAR team whispered in referee Manuel Gräfe’s ear and put an untimely end to the party. “It was a Supertor,” defender Niklas Süle later lamented and it had been, thrashed in on the volley by Leon Goretzka, who sprinted away towards the corner flag and into the perfect knee slide to celebrate. “I felt like an idiot afterwards,” he admitted. The Goretzka goal was ruled out for an offside against Robert Lewandowski, described by coach Niko Kovač as “close but correct” and by … [Read more...] about RB Leipzig keep the title wolf from the door in Bundesliga for one more week
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Northern Ireland 0-2 Germany (Halstenberg 48', Gnabry 90+3') Germany's night could have gone very differently had Northern Ireland capitalized on a fantastic first-half performance. The hosts had Germany rattled early and would have taken the lead were it not for the world-class goalkeeping skills of Manuel Neuer, the under fire No1 doing brilliantly to deny Conor Washington. After a wholly underwhelming first-half performance though, Germany turned the game on its head soon after the restart when Marcel Halstenberg opened his international account with an eye-catching volley. The chances flowed thick and fast after the deadlock had been broken. Stuart Dallas fired wide with the hosts' best chance of the second half, but with both sides squandering opportunities, it was left to Gnabry to double the visitors' lead with virtually the last kick of the game. "I think we had to put the defeat to one side," Marco Reus told RTL after the game. "It wasn't how we envisioned things going … [Read more...] about EURO 2020 qualifying: Germany hand Northern Ireland first defeat
A filthy night in the Bronx. Pep Guardiola is at Yankee Stadium to watch the last of a six-game Major League Baseball series between New York Yankees and New York Mets. The Manchester City manager is taking a break from the club’s summer tour, his side having lost the opener against Borussia Dortmund in Chicago two days earlier. Guardiola was to throw the opening pitch of the decisive game in the Subway Series, which the Yankees are leading 3-2 but incessant rain forces a postponement and he heads for the exit. What Guardiola does next signifies where his and City’s focus is going to be when the 2018-19 season begins a few weeks later. Before leaving to be driven back to the hotel Guardiola catches sight of the Carabao Cup and Premier League trophies, won by his team the previous season and on display at the stadium. He approaches them and, ignoring the Carabao Cup, leans forward and kisses the Premier League trophy. “I love this one,” he says, eyes sparkling. … [Read more...] about New York kiss to Brighton bliss: the story of Manchester City’s triumph
REAL MADRID are running the rule over Chelsea prodigy Callum Hudson-Odoi - despite the England starlet signing a £47million five-year deal in September. Los Blancos have made the 19-year-old winger their top transfer target but considering his lengthy contract Stamford Bridge chiefs can put a £150m price tag on the Londoner. Hudson-Odoi came close to moving to Bayern Munich this year. But the Bavarians were unable to meet Blues' hefty price tag. However, Real would have the money to do a deal. The player's form is being closely monitored by Real chief Florentino Perez and Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane, claim Spanish outlet El Desmarque.Real are planning a big shake-up and have got a hit list which includes £250m Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe and £85m frontman Erling Haaland. They will offload Gareth Bale - on a £600,000-a-week deal - in the summer. Tottenham target Isco could also be moved on as Zidane revamps his side. He wants to bring in … [Read more...] about Real Madrid ‘target Callum Hudson-Odoi in transfer swoop’ despite Chelsea ace signing new deal this year
“Any ideas on the most completed passes ever recorded in a football match?” asks Charlie Welton. Despite locking all our finest boffins into rooms tasked with watching every football match of the last 120 years to add up every pass, we could not get the answer. Instead we fired up the Stat-Signal and Opta mercifully saved us decades of work to review Europe’s top five leagues since 2006-07. Where better to start than at a Barcelona game, as ball-hogging has become a pastime for the Catalonians in the past two decades. Their short-passing heroics has brought them many wins, trophies and kudos, peaking at 988 completed passes in May 2011 against Levante. Inexplicably, they were only able to secure a 1-1 draw. Manchester City collectively tippy-tapped the ball around 942 times in their 5-0 pummelling of Swansea in April 2018. It was not their most successful day of passing, which happened just one month prior when they played Basel off the park in the Champions League in … [Read more...] about Which football team have completed the most passes in a match?