De Futebol Chelsea wins! Leicester City-Southampton tie!

Chelsea stayed alive in the hunt for the Champions League with a huge 2-1 win over Burnley.

Leicester City and Southampton tied nil-nil.

EPL Match Report:” Victor Moses was the hero as Chelsea moved to within five points of the top four with a 2-1 win at Burnley.

Antonio Conte’s team went into a deserved lead on 20 minutes. Moses burst down the right and his cross went in off Kevin Long for an own goal.

Nine minutes after Alvaro Morata had missed a great chance to double the lead, Burnley were level.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s 64th-minute shot to the near post was inadvertently deflected in to the other corner by Ashley Barnes.

Chelsea soon restored their lead through Moses. Emerson Palmeri’s cross found the wing-back at the far post and he fired in.

The defeat harmed Burnley’s hopes of moving sixth, above Arsenal, who are two points ahead with a match in hand. “

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22643

EPL Match Report on the Foxes and Saints draw: “Southampton stopped a run of four successive defeats, but the point from a goalless draw with Leicester City leaves them still adrift of safety.

In a match of few chances, Saints’ Shane Long was denied by Foxes goalkeeper Ben Hamer, making his first Premier League start of the season.

Ryan Bertrand drove wide from distance while Dusan Tadic also came close.

The best chance fell to Leicester’s Jamie Vardy, seeking his 18th league goal of the season, after he latched on to a long ball but his effort was well saved by Alex McCarthy.

Southampton remain 18th, four points behind Swansea City, who have played a match fewer.

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22687

De Futebol Man U wins!

After stinking the joint out in a silly one nil loss to whale dung West Brom last Sunday, Man U lumbers and sleep walks to an unimpressive 2-0 win over Bournemouth at the Cherries house.

Goals by Chris Smalling 28th minute and Romelu Lukaku 70th minute to seal the deal in this dullard of a match.

Man U stays in second place with 74 points. The Red Devils only need two more points and their place in Champions League secured.

EPL Match Report: Manchester United’s place in the top four is all but confirmed after Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku sealed a 2-0 win at AFC Bournemouth.

Smalling scored for the third consecutive away Premier League match when he slid in Jesse Lingard’s cross on 28 minutes.

Callum Wilson went close to a leveller for AFC Bournemouth, but he couldn’t turn in a Joshua King centre from close range, under pressure from Luke Shaw.

And United made the match safe when Romelu Lukaku slotted in from Paul Pogba’s 70th-minute cross, shortly after coming on as a substitute.

The Red Devils have moved four points clear of Liverpool in second place, and Chelsea, in fifth, are 14 points adrift with five matches left.

AFC Bournemouth remain 11th with three matches left.”

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22683

De Futebol Spurs Tie Brighton and Hove Albion one all!

Spurs had a chance to close the get within a point of Man U and tie Liverpool instead Brighton and Hove Albion pinned a one all draw on Tottenham.

Spurs stay put in fourth place with 68 points.

EPL Match Report:” Brighton & Hove Albion are eight points clear of the relegation zone after coming from behind to earn a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

Pascal Gross’s penalty cancelled out Harry Kane’s 26th goal of the season a year to the day that the Seagulls were promoted to the Premier League.

A quiet first half at the Amex Stadium burst into life in added time when Mat Ryan superbly saved from Son Heung-min.

Spurs were ahead three minutes after the break, however, when Son somehow kept the ball in play and teed up Kane.

But just 18 seconds after the restart Jose Izquierdo was fouled by Serge Aurier and Gross’s spot-kick had enough power to beat Hugo Lloris.

Brighton stay 13th ahead of their remaining matches against Burnley, both Manchester clubs and Liverpool.

Fourth-placed Spurs are eight points ahead of Chelsea but missed the chance to go level with Liverpool in third.”

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22684

De Futebol Stoke City and West Ham tie one all!

Stoke City and West Ham tied one all.

EPL Match Report;” Andy Carroll came off the bench to score a 90th-minute equaliser and rescue a 1-1 draw for West Ham United against Stoke City at the London Stadium.

Stoke City had looked as if they would claim a vital three points in their battle against relegation when substitute Peter Crouch pounced on Joe Hart’s spill of Xherdan Shaqiri’s shot to put his side ahead on 79 minutes.

With that goal, Crouch is now Stoke’s leading Premier League goalscorer with 44 goals.

But West Ham, who earlier had two goals ruled out for offside, piled on the pressure and Carroll volleyed into the bottom corner from Aaron Cresswell’s cross.

West Ham stay 14th, on 35 points, seven clear of the relegation zone. Stoke remain in the bottom three, five points from safety.

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22681

De Futebol Man Shitty is the Champs after Man U lost to West Ham 1-0!

Man Shitty was crowned Champions after Man U stunk the out in a 1-0 loss at Old Trafford to whale dung position side West Brom.

EPL Match Report:” ay Rodriguez secured a 1-0 victory for bottom club West Bromwich Albion at Manchester United, which has confirmed Manchester City as 2017/18 Premier League champions.

The striker latched on to a miscued attempted clearance by Nemanja Matic to fire past David De Gea in the 72nd minute at Old Trafford.

The result puts Man City 16 points clear of Man Utd with five matches remaining, meaning Pep Guardiola’s side are impossible to catch.

It was reward for an impressive first win for caretaker West Brom manager Darren Moore, who saw Jake Livermore’s effort denied by De Gea in the first half.

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster denied Juan Mata in the first period before brilliantly stopping Romelu Lukaku’s header as the visitors handled United’s second-half pressure.

The Baggies remain in 20th position, but move to within nine points of safety with four matches remaining. Man Utd are one point clear of Liverpool in second place.

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22676

My guys from Arsenal lost to Newcastle at Toons house 2-1.

EPL Match Report:” Matt Ritchie’s second-half goal gave Newcastle United a comeback 2-1 victory over Arsenal, their first Premier League win over the Gunners since 2010.

Arsenal took the lead on 14 minutes when Alexandre Lacazette scored from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s cross.

But Newcastle responded well and Ayoze Perez nipped in at the near post to equalise from DeAndre Yedlin’s centre 15 minutes later.

Substitute Islam Slimani helped set up Newcastle’s winner when Arsenal could not clear their lines; his header was touched on by Perez and Ritchie was on hand to smash the ball home.

Newcastle went close to extending their lead but Kenedy’s shot was deflected onto the crossbar.

A fourth league win in a row puts Newcastle on 41 points, 13 clear of the bottom three, while Arsenal remain sixth, six points behind Chelsea.”

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22677

De Futebol Man Shitty on the brink of the Title. Liverpool wins!

It sure looked like the Blues goose was cooked. Chelsea fell behind two nil to Southampton. The Blues scored three goals in the final twenty minutes to pull off the stunning 3-2 win over Southampton at the Saints house.

Oliver Giroud nailed the daily double in the 70th and 78th minutes. Giroud’s goal in the 78th minute was the match winner.

Eden Hazzard added goal in the 75th minute.

Chelsea stays a step ahead of my guys from Arsenal. The Blues are fifth with 60 points. Arsenal is sixth with 54 points.

The Saints are in the voce vai zone eighteenth place 28 points,

My Gunners battle Newcastle later today at Toons house.

Man U has a hot date with West Brom at Old Trafford later today tambem.

Crystal Palace needed the daily double from Wilfried Zaha 5th and 24th minutes to hang on to a hard fought 3-2 win over Brighton and Hove Albion at the Eagles house.

Crystal Palace jump into sixteenth place with 34 points.

The Seagulls stay put in thirteenth place with 35 points.

Huddersfield nailed the late match winner off the foot of Tom Ince in the 90th minute plus one to shock Watford 1-0.

The Terriers escape  the danger zone in fourteenth place with 35 points.

Burnley defeated Leicester City 2-1 to earn the Clarets fifth win in a row. Burnley is in seventh place with 52 points.

The Foxes stay put in eighth place 43 points.

Swansea City needed an own goal from the Toffees in the 43rd minute to earn a one all draw with Everton.

Kyle Naughton deposited the rock into the back of his own net to blow the minds of the Everton faithful.

Swansea City dropped to seventeenth place 33 points.

Liverpool blew out Bournemouth 3-0 to stay close to second place Man U.

The Reds have 70 points.

Man Shitty needs one more win and the title is theirs. Shitty blew out Tottenham 3-1 at Spurs house.

Shitty has 87 points with only five matches left in the season.

De Futebol Shock win by AC Roma over Barcelona to advance to the Champions League semifinals!

Let’s talk about a shock result. Barcelona led 4-1 going into the match with AC Roma. The Italians pulled off the upset city of the year a three nil win over Barca at Roma’s house to win on away goals four all on aggregate to advance to the semifinals of the Champions League.

The Guardians Paolo Bandini:” Not even in a moment of shared exhilaration could Italy’s football writers find consensus. “Miracles, in football, do exist,” ran the opening line of La Repubblica’s match report for Roma’s Champions League triumph over Barcelona. Corriere della Sera had a different take. “This isn’t a miracle,” wrote Luca Valdiserri. “It’s something bigger than that.”

The front pages told their own story, Gazzetta dello Sport hailing a new Roman empire, while Corriere dello Sport declared that this Roma would go down in legend. Wittier might have been the cover of France’s L’Equipe, which played off Barcelona’s “Remuntada” against Paris Saint-Germain last season to define this instead as a “Romantada” instead (though variations on the gag were already doing the rounds last night …).

“Maybe impossible is only a mental construction,” pondered La Repubblica’s Maurizio Crosetti. “Maybe it’s a limit that men put on themselves to fight fear … In 90 minutes, the grand narrative of us and them: we, the poor fallen Italians and they the rich Spanish – masters of technique, tactics and finance – were reduced to ashes. Lies, because only the pitch can tell us a story worth listening to. It is written by people, not algorithms.”

Of course, it was these same newspapers who had been pushing the inferiority narrative just 24 hours before. Monday’s Gazzetta featured a two-page spread illustrating countless ways in which Spanish football had left the Italians behind, from on-pitch success through to sponsorship deals and social media following. Luigi Garlando reminded us of that context in his editorial for the pink paper on Wednesday.

“Roma turn over Barcelona and burst triumphantly into the semi-finals, in the face of bank balances, academy systems, tiki-taka and Messi’s five Ballon d’Ors. We are still alive, there will be a little bit of Italy among the best four teams in Europe. Three goals against the legendary armada who rewrote the rules of modern football and who have won three of the last 10 Champions Leagues.

“A night which will become history, epic and to be retold as such. There were Romans (De Rossi) and Greeks (Manolas), there was that giant Dzeko who put Roma on his shoulders like Anchises did with his son Aeneas. Messi might have sanctified the idea of the ‘false nine’, but when a ‘true nine’ does everything that Edin did yesterday, with or without the ball, with strength or with his touch, by running or standing still, it’s a joy for the eyes, the glorification of football.”

Dzeko was singled out for praise across the board, his decision not to leave for Chelsea in January celebrated anew. “He harpoons balls and turns them into nightmares,” was the verdict accompanying his nine out of 10 in La Repubblica’s player ratings. “A goal, a penalty, a thousand other things.”

Corriere dello Sport could not bring themselves to rank any Roma player higher than another, instead awarding every one of them 10 out of 10. The manager, though, merited, a special mention, as did the people in the stands.

“This was an authentic masterpiece by Di Francesco, who did not make a single mistake,” wrote Alessandro Vocalelli. “He earned with full marks the right to be considered a manager of an exceptional international level. But this was also, and above all, the great victory of the fans, who dragged Roma on against the Spanish superstars, as well as against a referee who tried to block the way with an endless series of back-to-front decisions.”

In Turin, they hoped that this result could serve as an example to Juventus, who need a miracle of their own at the Bernabéu after losing 3-0 at home to Real Madrid. “To believe is a bit stupid, in the circumstances,” wrote Guido Vaciago in a front-page editorial. “But to believe is also a moral duty, given the feat pulled off against Barcelona by an enormous and moving Roma.”

More broadly, there was hope that this most defiant of victories could serve as a new rallying point for football in a country still recovering from its failure to qualify for the World Cup. “Thank you Roma, thank you Di Francesco, thank you for this example,” added Sebastiano Vernazza in Gazzetta. “Si, se puede. Yes, we can.”

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/11/its-not-a-miracle-its-something-bigger-italian-press-hails-roma-win

De Futebol Arsenal on the semifinals of the Europa League

My guys from Arsenal advanced to the semifinals of Europa League with two all draw against CSK Moscow at the Russians house. My guys won on aggregate 6-3.

The Guardians Stuart James:” Arsenal being Arsenal, it was never going to be straightforward. For much of the evening Arsène Wenger’s players did their best to emulate this week’s Barcelona performance at Roma in a way that nobody at Arsenal would have wanted as CSKA Moscow threatened to overturn a three-goal deficit and inflict the sort of humiliation that the Frenchman would have struggled to survive.

Yet with CSKA two goals to the good, courtesy of close-range efforts from Fedor Chalov and Kirill Nababkin, and chasing the decisive third blow that would have seen Arsenal eliminated in the most remarkable fashion, the Premier League club found salvation in the shape of Danny Welbeck. Relief coursed through Wenger, his staff and the Arsenal players after the England forward scored 15 minutes from time to give them the breathing space that they so badly needed.

By the time Aaron Ramsey sprinted clear of the CSKA defence to add a second, deep into injury time, Arsenal were no longer on the path to self-destruction and the 300 or so travelling supporters could celebrate the prospect of a first European semi-final in nine years. To say that Arsenal made hard work of things, however, barely does it justice.

This was a desperately poor performance from an Arsenal team who seemed to be sleepwalking their way through the game for long periods. There was so little conviction and intensity about their approach – they failed to register a shot on target in the opening 45 minutes – and a sense of panic set in from the moment CSKA took the lead.

Arsenal were toothless until Welbeck scored, overrun in midfield and an accident waiting to happen at the back, where Petr Cech also endured a difficult night. The Arsenal goalkeeper was far from alone in that respect, however, and it was alarming to see a limited CSKA Moscow side cause so many problems.

Yet all that matters for Wenger and his players now is that Arsenal’s hopes of winning the Europa League remain alive – leaving the door open to qualifying for the Champions League next season – and that next month’s final in Lyon is one step closer, with the draw for the semi-finals taking place in Switzerland on Friday and Atlético Madrid the team to avoid.

Whoever Arsenal face next, they will have to play far better than they did here. “I feel that maybe we were a bit surprised by the intensity and not at the races in the first half,” Wenger said. “They scored the second and even then they have another chance to make it three.

“Then we were a bit on the ropes but we had a good response. If you look at the game we were in trouble but once we moved to a five [at the back] we looked much more stable and didn’t give so many chances away. We have players who can always score and once we scored the first it was a big blow for them and they didn’t recover from that.”

The onus had been on CSKA to take the game to Arsenal because of the 4-1 deficit from the first leg, yet that rarely looked like happening in a drab opening half hour in which the noise created by the partisan home supporters was far more impressive than anything their players produced on the pitch.

Arsenal, though, found themselves a goal behind from the first decent chance CSKA created. The damage was done on the Arsenal right, where Konstantin Kuchaev had too much space to deliver a cross that was met by the head of Nababkin, who towered above Nacho Monreal. Cech, diving low to his right, managed to keep the effort out but Chalov reacted to the loose ball quicker than Shkodran Mustafi and stabbed it home from a couple of yards.

Suddenly Arsenal had a game on their hands. Kristijan Bistrovic’s rising first-time shot from just outside the area flashed past an upright and within five minutes of the restart the home team had a second. It was a desperately poor goal to concede in so many respects and started with Ramsey giving the ball away inside his own half.

The influential Aleksandr Golovin picked up possession a couple of passes later and with no Arsenal player attempting to close him down, the midfielder accepted the invitation to shoot from 30 yards. Cech was well-positioned to make the save but the Arsenal goalkeeper made a pig’s ear of things and succeeded only in parrying the ball into the path of Nababkin, who swept home emphatically.

Golovin’s free-kick was turned around a post by Cech moments later and Arsenal were on the rack, prompting Wenger to replace Jack Wilshere, who picked up a slight ankle injury, with Calum Chambers. Though he gave them another body in defence, it was a moment of inspiration from Welbeck that provided Arsenal with respite. A lovely exchange with Mohamed Elneny was followed by a coolly taken finish from the in-form forward, who has now scored five goals in as many games. Ramsey, running on to another Elneny pass, then completed the fightback.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/12/cska-moscow-arsenal-europa-league-quarter-final-second-leg-match-report

De Futebol Man Shitty out of Champions League! Liverpool wins 2-1 to move to the semifinals of the Champions League

Liverpool defeated Man Shitty 2-1 at Shitty’s house to advance to the semifinals of the Champions League.

EPL Report:” Liverpool reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League following a 2-1 victory at Manchester City that sealed a 5-1 aggregate success.

Man City got off to the ideal start when Gabriel Jesus scored early on, but Mohamed Salah’s second-half equaliser left Pep Guardiola’s side with too much to do even before Roberto Firmino struck.

The hosts had cause for hope when Raheem Sterling broke down the right and squared for Jesus to finish from close range with only two minutes played.

City laid siege to Liverpool’s goal in an eventful first half, with Bernardo Silva hitting the post and Sane’s effort disallowed for offside.

But Liverpool weathered the storm and levelled on 56 minutes after Sadio Mane wriggled into the area, Ederson dived at his feet and Salah lifted the loose ball into the net from a tight angle.

Firmino ended the contest on 77 minutes, pouncing on a mistake by Nicolas Otamendi before stroking a shot in off the far post.

Liverpool’s victory means their Premier League fixture at West Bromwich Albion will be moved from Sunday, 22 April to Saturday, 21 April, with a 12:30 BST kick-off.”

https://www.premierleague.com/news/661494

De Futebol The Old Heads Inspired The Man U comeback win over Shitty!

Down two nil Man U came storming back to stun Man Shitty 2-1 at Shitty’s house.

The Daily Mail:” Michael Carrick and Ashley Young were the senior players who rallied Manchester United at half-time and inspired a sensational comeback at the Etihad, after Jose Mourinho had told them not to end up looking ‘like clowns’.

A beleaguered United side fortunate to be only two goals down urged each other to play for pride and save their fans from the ignominy of seeing Manchester City clinch the title on derby day.

Carrick has sat on the bench for the last two weeks in his new role as a coach as his playing career draws to a close. He has become an increasingly influential figure at the club in recent years, representing a link to United’s past and the values that underpinned their success.

The 36-year-old midfielder was a peacemaker who called for more ‘class’ from both teams in the midst of the tunnel bust-up after the Old Trafford derby in December. On this occasion, Carrick found himself having to rev his team-mates up in the dressing room rather than calm them down after they were overrun by City in the first half.

Young, another veteran of the Sir Alex Ferguson era, also spoke up to inspire a fightback. He reminded his team-mates what they owed to the fans and the club badge, and asked if they were happy to accept City supporters shouting ‘olé’ as they were being humiliated.

Unlike Carrick, Young was able to lead by example on the pitch, but took it too far with an ugly lunge on Sergio Aguero that could easily resulted in a penalty and a red card.

Asked about who led United’s half-time rally, Ander Herrera said: ‘Of course, the oldest guys with the most experience.

The 36-year-old midfielder was a peacemaker who called for more ‘class’ from both teams in the midst of the tunnel bust-up after the Old Trafford derby in December. On this occasion, Carrick found himself having to rev his team-mates up in the dressing room rather than calm them down after they were overrun by City in the first half.

Young, another veteran of the Sir Alex Ferguson era, also spoke up to inspire a fightback. He reminded his team-mates what they owed to the fans and the club badge, and asked if they were happy to accept City supporters shouting ‘olé’ as they were being humiliated.

Unlike Carrick, Young was able to lead by example on the pitch, but took it too far with an ugly lunge on Sergio Aguero that could easily resulted in a penalty and a red card.

Asked about who led United’s half-time rally, Ander Herrera said: ‘Of course, the oldest guys with the most experience.

Ash and Mike were in the dressing room. They have the power in their words, but everyone was talking. We didn’t talk too much about tactics, just about our pride. Our pride on the pitch and that our fans were going to have a difficult night if we got beaten. We did it for them.

‘I was feeling sorry for them in the first half but this is Manchester United and no one should ever underestimate us. This is one of the best and most emotional games in my United career.’

Chris Smalling said: ‘We came in at half-time feeling sorry for ourselves. The manager didn’t have to say much because we knew we’d let ourselves down. He said that he didn’t want us to be the clowns who stand there watching them win their trophy.’

Nemanja Matic revealed that Mourinho resisted the temptation to tear into his players, instead telling them to seize the opportunity to make amends for their awful start.

The 36-year-old midfielder was a peacemaker who called for more ‘class’ from both teams in the midst of the tunnel bust-up after the Old Trafford derby in December. On this occasion, Carrick found himself having to rev his team-mates up in the dressing room rather than calm them down after they were overrun by City in the first half.

Young, another veteran of the Sir Alex Ferguson era, also spoke up to inspire a fightback. He reminded his team-mates what they owed to the fans and the club badge, and asked if they were happy to accept City supporters shouting ‘olé’ as they were being humiliated.

Unlike Carrick, Young was able to lead by example on the pitch, but took it too far with an ugly lunge on Sergio Aguero that could easily resulted in a penalty and a red card.

Asked about who led United’s half-time rally, Ander Herrera said: ‘Of course, the oldest guys with the most experience.

Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard were told to get in the game and help their midfield.

‘The manager was calm,’ said Matic.

‘He told us a couple of things we could improve and that he believed in our qualities, and if we want to show that we have pride, it’s the right time to go on the pitch with everything. That’s exactly what we did.’

Paul Pogba led the charge with two goals in the space of 97 seconds after the interval as United’s record signing at last produced a big performance in a big game.

Pogba later admitted that seeing City crowned champions in the derby would be ‘like death’.

He added: ‘I feel very happy but there is one side of me that is disappointed too.

‘With a performance like we had in the second half, if we had done this all season, I think we would be fighting for the title with City or we’d be just in front of them.’

Herrera paid tribute to his team-mate, saying: ‘Paul can be the best in the world.

‘This can be the first step to achieve that because he is fantastic. I think he needed a day like today.’

The build-up to the game had been overshadowed by a claim from Pep Guardiola that Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola offered the Frenchman to City in January.

Asked if he was concerned by Guardiola discussing his player before the derby, Mourinho said: ‘No problem. I often make mistakes.

‘I wasn’t upset. We know Guardiola and Mino, the relationship is not the best.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-5592141/How-Michael-Carrick-Ashley-Young-inspired-Manchester-Uniteds-comeback-against-Manchester-City.html#ixzz5C8jhgaBZ