Ajax vs Juventus Ajax cannot be underestimated having dethroned Real Madrid and with their exciting young team, with Frenkie de Jong catching the eye, but Juventus will be expected to progress. They are a wholly different, Cristiano Ronaldo-led prospect to a disorganised, demotivated Madrid side. It will be interesting to see the Dutch attack Juventus’s Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci centred defence. Still Ajax will not fear anyone and could give the Italians a scare. But Juventus should make it.Prediction: Juventus Liverpool vs Porto Facing Porto was the draw every other team wanted. They are the rank outsiders even if they have a fiery but highly-rated coach in Sergio Conceicao. Liverpool will be delighted – especially as memories will be fresh of the 5-0 thrashing they handed out in Porto last season. The Portuguese have done well to get this far, knocking out Roma, having overturned a two-goal deficit, but it would be a huge shock if Liverpool do not go … [Read more...] about Champions League predictions – who of Liverpool, Man Utd, Man City and Spurs can expect to reach the semi-finals?
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Aggregate score: 3-3; United win on away goals “United are back,” they sang at the end. And they are. Whatever happens now, this was Manchester United as they want to be known; as they were known. And they partied like it was 1999. They made history again and that raucous wedge of 2,000 United fans sang and sang again in the rain long after their heroic players had sprinted to them in disbelieving joy at what they had achieved. They also sang long after Paris St-Germain had slumped to the turf distraught, Kylian Mbappe in tears. If there were any doubts as to whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves to be confirmed as the next United manager, then that should now change. Hang logic or process or waiting – just give it to him. The day before, Solksjaer had said there was no such thing as a lost cause and while everyone nodded, no one believed. But he did. No team in Champions League history had overturned a 2-0 deficit from the first leg. United did and without 10 … [Read more...] about Man Utd pull off incredible comeback as Paris St-Germain capitulate in Europe after dramatic late VAR decision
They say the video assistant referee is killing the drama in football. Not here. No way. This was the most incredible, astonishing unforgettable finish as Manchester United were awarded a controversial 90thminute penalty to knock Paris Saint-Germain out of the Champions League. Marcus Rashford took it, driving the ball high into the net and the United bench exploded – it felt just like 1999. It really did. PSG were stunned. The world was stunned. There were then four minutes of added time. It felt like an eternity with PSG reacting with fury after the award which seemed harsh. Sure Presnel Kimpembe blocked Diogo Dalot’s shot which hit his elbow but the defender had turned his back. Even so after consulting with the VAR on the side of the pitch referee Damir Skomina gave the penalty. No fewer than 106 times has a team unsuccessfully previously tried to overcome a 2-0 deficit from the first leg of a Champions League tie. There will not be a 107th. That United, severely … [Read more...] about Man Utd pull off incredible comeback win as PSG capitulate in Europe again after dramatic late VAR decision
3 January 2019 • 10:04pm Man City 2 Liverpool 1: player ratings Just 11 millimetres. No more. It may be the difference between this Premier League title race being over, with Liverpool the champions-elect, and back on as Manchester City dug deep to eventually reduce their lead to just four points when it could have been 10. On a night of high-drama Pep Guardiola’s side inflicted Liverpool’s first league defeat of the season, after 22 games, but had John Stones not astonishingly cleared the ball off the line when the game was goalless then the destiny of the campaign could have been settled, already. Goal-line technology showed Stones did so before the remaining 11 millimetres of the ball had crossed. For Jurgen Klopp this was a bitter, frustrating loss especially after his team had drawn level following Sergio Aguero’s opening goal. Tactically he may, also, have got it wrong with his midfield selection while Guardiola varied his … [Read more...] about Leroy Sane scores winner as Man City close in on Liverpool in pulsating victory
Bitter rivals Liverpool and Manchester United meet for the first time this season on Sunday afternoon - the pair having had differing starts to the campaign. While Liverpool are enjoying sitting top of the Premier League, United are 16 points adrift and languishing sixth in the table. Not many players have occupied the home dressing room at both Anfield and Old Trafford over the years - although both Tom McNulty and Phil Chisnall moved directly from United to Liverpool in 1954 and 1964, respectively. Here, we takes a look at the three men who have represented both of the English giants at senior level in the last 50 years... Why Jurgen Klopp would be a better manager for Paul Pogba instead of Jose Mourinho Peter Beardsley While Beardsley would go on to win two league titles at Liverpool and collect 59 England caps, his career started slowly. Released as a teenager by Newcastle, the forward dropped down to represent Carlisle and then across the Atlantic to Vancouver Whitecaps. In 1982 … [Read more...] about Three players who crossed the Liverpool-Man Utd divide