Their first six shots on target yielded reward to subject the hosts to their worst home defeat in 56 years. A quarter-final eagerly anticipated on the south coast ended as a rout. Daniel Sturridge, on his first start under the new manager, converted two slickly constructed chances just before the half-hour. Divock Origi, the Belgian who had arrived here straining to impress while he remained without a Liverpool goal to his name, helped himself to a hat-trick. Jordon Ibe also struck while Adam Lallana, heckled throughout, enjoyed his most productive and effective game at the tip of the visitors’ diamond. … [Read more...] about Liverpool League Cup rout of Southampton capped by Divock Origi treble
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But adherence to that looked to have been largely absent in a video posted by Hertha Berlin’s Salomon Kalou on Facebook Live hours earlier that depicts the Ivorian shaking hands, high-fiving and fist bumping his teammates. and his teammate Vedad Ibisevic bumping fists while discussing their recent wage cuts in a club changing room. There was also footage which seemed to show Jordan Torunarigha taking a COVID-19 test. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus and sports: Japan’s top football league set to return
The reward had been sparked by Maya Yoshida’s glorious crossfield pass from deep for Bertrand to collect but, in the relative simplicity of its construction, the goal exposed Arsenal’s fragility across an unfamiliar back line. The home side’s huff and puff in the period after the goal never threatened to force an equaliser. Then Harrison Reed snapped at Aaron Ramsey to steal back possession and, via a touch from Bertrand, the busily impressive Steven Davis supplied Boufal down the left. … [Read more...] about Jordy Clasie allows Southampton to swagger past Arsenal into semi-finals
While Spain have problems of their own as the Iberian nations prepare to meet in their opening match at th e 2018 World Cup, the fallout from the Sporting soap opera has marred the buildup to the tournament for the reigning European champions. On Monday Gelson Martins, William Carvalho and Bruno Fernandes joined the goalkeeper Rui Patrício in cancelling their contracts, citing “valid motives” for their decision. The Netherlands international Bas Dost, who was one of the players injured in the training ground attack, has also indicated his desire to leave one of Portugal’s most famous clubs, even accusing the president of perpetrating of “psychological violence” towards him, with the law courts now set to rule on the case. … [Read more...] about Sporting meltdown casts shadow over Portugal’s World Cup buildup
Spain will play in Russia with a Barcelona-Real Madrid mix of Gerard Piqué and Sergio Ramos in central defence and France will enter the tournament with the other half and a less experienced partnership of Varane and Samuel Umtiti. The World Cup-winning full-back Bixente Lizarazu, a media pundit, believes Varane can improve and could benefit from finding an edge. “He is quick, talented but I would like him to become a leader and the boss of this defence. Maybe he is too nice.” To which Varane replies: “I am a shy, quiet and cool guy in life. And I am no different on the pitch. I just play to my strengths and my ability.” … [Read more...] about Raphaël Varane: France defender set to be a leader – or is he too nice?