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Flamengo has won two in a row. The guys defeated Atletico-PR 2-0 good enough for 5th place 35 points.

Globo Esportes:” No duelo de rubro-negros por um lugar no G-6, o Flamengo levou a melhor e venceu o Atlético-PR por 2 a 0, neste domingo, na Ilha do Urubu, pela 22ª rodada do Campeonato Brasileiro. Diego e William Arão marcaram os gols do time carioca, que dominou a maior parte da partida e criou as melhores chances.

Com o resultado, o Flamengo ficou na quinta posição, com 35 pontos. O Atlético-PR permanece em sétimo, com 30 pontos.

Os times só voltam a campo pelo Brasileiro apenas no dia 10 de setembro, um domingo. O Atlético-PR tem pela frente o clássico com o Coritiba, às 11h (de Brasília), na Arena da Baixada, enquanto o Flamengo pega o Botafogo, às 19h (de Brasília), no estádio Nilton Santos. Antes, o Rubro-Negro carioca enfrenta o Paraná Clube pelas quartas de final da Primeira Liga – o jogo será na quarta-feira, às 21h45 (de Brasília), no estádio Kleber Andrade, em Cariacica-ES.

O Atlético-PR até tentou ameaçar no começo do jogo, mas o Flamengo logo tomou o controle. Aos 16 minutos, após cobrança de escanteio, Weverton defendeu cabeçada de Guerrero, e Diego aproveitou o rebote para abrir o placar. Explorando o lado direito do ataque, o Rubro-Negro carioca chegou ao segundo gol aos 31. Berrío cruzou, a zaga cortou, e William Arão pegou a sobra na entrada da área para chuta r de primeira e fazer o segundo. O Furacão levou perigo aos 36, em chute de Pavez que passou ao lado do gol.

Buscando acordar o Atlético-PR, o técnico Fabiano Soares voltou do intervalo com as entradas de Douglas Coutinho e Pablo nos lugares de Sidcley e Ribamar. O Furacão começou mais ofensivo, mas com pouca efetividade. A melhor oportunidade veio aos 13 minutos, quando Pablo furou uma finalização na cara de Diego Alves.

A segunda etapa foi mais equilibrada. O Flamengo teve boas aportunidades para marcar o terceiro. Duas delas foi com Guerrero, em chutes que passaram muito perto da trave. Quem também quase fez foi Rômulo e Juan, mas os dois pararam em Weverton. No fim, o goleiro pegou mais uma, desta vez de Guerrero. O Atlético-PR também assustou com Pablo e Nikão, em desvios de cabeça que foram para fora, mas foi pouco para evitar a vitória do Flamengo. “

http://globoesporte.globo.com/rj/futebol/brasileirao-serie-a/noticia/flamengo-domina-e-vence-o-atletico-pr-em-confronto-direto-pelo-g-6.ghtml

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Boo-Mengao stopped the bleeding with a huge 2-0 win over Atletico-GO.

Globo Esportes:” É bem verdade que era um Flamengo diferente. Dificilmente a formação que venceu o Atlético-GO, por 2 a 0, na Ilha do Urubu, voltará a se repetir na temporada. Mesmo assim, o triunfo sobre o lanterna no Brasileirão serviu para Reinaldo Rueda observar opções dentro de seu elenco.

Apesar de não encontrar espaços facilmente e abusar do jogo aéreo no primeiro tempo, o Rubro-Negro conseguiu abrir o caminho para a vitória na velocidade da joia Vinicius Júnior, que marcou duas vezes.

Com o triunfo, a equipe volta a vencer no Brasileirão após quatro rodadas. O Flamengo chegou aos 32 pontos e sobe para a quinta posição, ainda com a rodada em andamento. A opção de poupar jogadores neste sábado foi de olho na semifinal da Copa do Brasil, nesta quarta-feira, diante do Botafogo.

Em uma nova chance no time titular, Vinicius chamou o jogo o tempo todo. Utilizou algumas vezes de seus dribles característicos, pressionou a saída de bola e deu trabalho para a marcação do Atlético-GO no lado esquerdo do ataque.

No segundo tempo, manteve o ritmo e fez o gol que abriu o caminho para a vitória. Pelo mesmo lado esquerdo do ataque, teve fôlego para acompanhar passe esticado por Márcio Araújo, adiantou bem para a pena esquerda, arrancou e bateu bonito de canhota, abrindo o marcador.

Mantendo a velocidade, Vinicius ainda marcou o segundo gol rubro-negro. Diego, que entrou no segundo tempo, passou para Lucas Paquetá, que deu belo passe para o camisa 20 entrar na área, tirar do goleiro e marcar novamente.

Sem Guerrero (se recuperando de lesão) e Vizeu (poupado, de olho na Copa do Brasil), a opção de Rueda para referência de ataque foi Lucas Paquetá. O camisa, 39, meia de ofício, se apresentava na área assim como se deslocava muito para tentar buscar as jogadas. Esforçado, trabalhou bem com e sem a bola e ganhou elogios do técnico colombiano após o confronto. Mas foi fazendo ”sua especialidade” que protagonizou seu melhor lance no jogo, após belo passe para Vinicius Júnior no segundo gol.

A principal novidade na escalação inicial de Reinaldo Rueda não trouxe problemas nos primeiros 45 minutos. Rafael Vaz atuou no primeiro tempo na lateral-esquerda e conseguiu tanto ajudar a defesa, quanto aparecer algumas vezes no ataque. Antes de ser substituído por Renê no intervalo, acertou 25 passes, roubou duas bolas e cruzou três vezes na área.

Na ponta direita, Geuvânio ficou muito preso na primeira etapa. Em nova oportunidade entre os titulares, o atacante não conseguiu criar boas oportunidades na dobradinha com Pará.

O Flamengo de Rueda voltou a repetir os problemas do time de Zé Ricardo na primeira etapa. Apesar da posse de bola, enfrentou dificuldades para furar a retranca adversária, encontrar espaço e transformar domínio em resultado. Por isso, voltou a apresentar o excesso de bolas levantadas na área.

A opção do treinador ao colocar Renê no time no intervalo pode prejudicar a escalação do Flamengo para quarta-feira, quando encara a semifinal da Copa do Brasil, diante do Botafogo. Ao entrar em uma dividida, o lateral levou a pior e sofreu uma entorse no tornozelo direito. Ele tentou continuar no jogo, mas precisou ser substituído.

http://globoesporte.globo.com/futebol/times/flamengo/noticia/velocidade-de-vinicius-abre-caminho-na-ilha-por-que-o-fla-venceu-o-atletico-go.ghtml

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Man U showed that this team has a shot a being very good. The Red Devils put this puppy away in the second half with two goals winning 2-0 over Leicester City.

The Telegraphs Luke Edwards wrote:” It is always worth remembering that if August proves to be your best month of the season, it is safe to assume it will have been a disappointing one by the time May arrives, but Manchester United could not have done any more than this.

Early days, perhaps, but heady ones all the same for Jose Mourinho’s side, who made it three wins out of three and who go into the international break sitting top of the table, looking down on all the other title contenders. Ten goals scored, none conceded, United have looked the best team in England up to this point.

This was not as eye-catching as the crushing victories over West Ham and Swansea, but that arguably makes it more significant. This was an important box to tick given their recent failings. Beating resolute, well organised teams with a limited game plan had proved too much, far too often last term.

Leicester made them work incredibly hard, defending superbly and when Kasper Schmeichel saved Romelu Lukaku’s penalty in the second half, it threatened to turn into another one of those exasperating days that sucked the life out of United’s Premier League challenge last season.

Yet, while Lukaku had a game he will want to forget quickly, Mourinho was able to send on Marcus Rashford as a substitute. Having won a corner, linking up well with Paul Pogba, the young England international was then in the right place to volley it in.

Relief and joy engulfed Old Trafford. Leicester’s spirits were broken and another substitute, Marouane Fellaini, added a second, deflecting in Jesse Lingard’s cross with his hip.

It brought a difficult game to a successful conclusion, although it is worth pointing out that United also won their opening three games last term, yet still contrived to finish well off the title pace in sixth place. This is a good start, but that is all it is.

“This is about the motivation of the team,” said Mourinho. “I’m really happy, not for me, but for the players. We had games like this last season which we didn’t win, but we didn’t play many matches last season with the same level of control as we had today.

“Leicester were very dangerous against Arsenal, I watched the game three times and they were. Were they dangerous against us? No.

“We kept playing, we kept creating, we kept getting corners. We are playing well but I’m not getting carried away, it’s just three games.”

United began with a brilliant attack, slicing through Leicester’s backline with sharp, precise passing, the ball eventually making its way to the feet of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but his shot was well blocked by Harry Maguire.

It looked ominous for Leicester. Lukaku should have been on his toes to capitalise on a missed clearance, but he at least kept the danger alive and when Schmeichel could not hold on to his shot on the turn, Juan Mata tucked in the rebound only for an offside flag to be raised – a tight, but probably correct decision.

United had their foot on Leicester’s throats, Pogba almost steering a deep cross from Anthony Martial into the far corner, before Schmeichel was at full stretch to tip away a clever curling effort from Mata. Leicester were gasping for air and the game was not even half an hour old.

United continued to pepper the Leicester goal, but Schmeichel did not have too many saves to make. It was starting to become a concern. That is why they spent £75 m on Lukaku. United’s new No 9, though, was quiet, well-marked by Maguire and his centre-back colleague Wes Morgan.

Nevertheless, he was supposed to make a difference against packed defences like this, but his movement can be predictable, and when he did have chances in the second half, he did not take them.

Leicester finally made a mistake, Danny Simpson sticking out an arm to block a cross inside the area. Lukaku would not get a better chance to break the deadlock, but Schmeichel read which way he would put the penalty and made an excellent save.

Mourinho remained calm and sent on fresh legs, Rashford and Fellaini both making a difference as Leicester faded. “It was not an intelligent substitution, they are just good players,” added Mourinho modestly.

“We knew we would have to frustrate coming here and for large parts of the game we did that really well,” said Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare. “But we knew they would have a moment and they took it.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2017/08/26/manchester-united-vs-leicester-city-premier-league-watch-live/

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Chelsea has won two in a row after dropping their opening match of the season with a resounding 2-0 win over Everton.

The Blues are now in 6th place with six points.

West Brom and Stoke City tied one all.

Tottenham and Burnley tied one all.

The biggie of the day saw Liverpool blow out Arsenal 4-0 at Anfield.

The Reds jumped to 7th place with seven points.

The Telegraphs Jason Burt wrote:” Liverpool were fantastic; Arsenal fantastical, an embarrassing shambles; a pale, grotesque shadow of the side they should be. They were swept aside by Liverpool’s attacking power and pace but added to their downfall with their own lack of organisation and determination. Once behind, it was over.

A Liverpool win, given the recent history of this fixture, was predictable enough and the manner of it was also wholly familiar. They were too quick and aggressive and incisive for Arsenal to cope and therefore laid down their own marker as to what this season could hold. On this evidence there is only one side who could possibly be considered as potential title – or even top four – contenders. “We’re going to win the league,” sarcastically sang the Arsenal fans followed by “we are staying up”. It was that painful.

First-half goals by Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane ended it. A third from Mohamed Salah meant Liverpool turbo-charged front three all scored and there could have been double that for them while substitute Daniel Sturridge – being kept out of the side by that trio – added another.

It quickly became a case of Petr Cech against Liverpool and the goalkeeper, with so little protection, could not hold out. He produced one world-class save before Liverpool scored as he scrambled across goal to block Salah’s point blank shot after the winger met Emre Can’s inviting cross but it was a turkey shoot.

Goals came. On 17 minutes there was no pressure on the ball from Arsenal as Can found Joe Gomez, who had stayed onside, out on the right and he delivered his cross into the Arsenal six-yard area and between Rob Holding and Laurent Koscielny for Firmino to run through and steer his header past Cech who got fingers to it but could not keep it out. That was poor defending.

Then there was an even more damning indictment just before half-time as Arsenal lost the ball in the Liverpool penalty area. Pass, pass, pass, pass and then goal. The final pass came from Firmino who sent the ball out wide to Mane who easily cut across Holding – why did he show him inside? – and curled a superb right-footed shot into the far corner. It was his seventh goal in his last eight league matches and yet another against Arsenal.

Pre-match and the talk had been of team selection with Jurgen Klopp leaving goalkeeper Simon Mignolet out of his squad and Arsene Wenger, somehow, omitting both of his big summer signings from his starting XI – there was no Alexandre Lacazette nor Sead Kolasinac. So a team that finished fifth started without the players brought in to strength them? There was Alexis Sanchez, and he cut a forlorn figure as Liverpool continued to cut through Arsenal. Eventually he was subbed, looking even more forlorn.

Firmino slid the ball through to Jordan Henderson with Cech deciding he could not get there first. Henderson, who had started the move by stealing possession – inevitably from Mesut Ozil as he dawdled – then dinked the ball over Cech and past the far post. Cech was again called into action as Salah broke and cut back inside before shooting low with the goalkeeper pushing the ball out.

Before Liverpool scored there was a chance for Danny Welbeck but, as is his wont, he slipped while shooting and scooped the ball over the ball while Gomez threw himself to block a snap-shot from Holding from close to the penalty spot.

At half-time Wenger withdrew Aaron Ramsey for the more defensive-minded Francis Coquelin but was already too late for that as Liverpool went close again with Salah breaking down the right and proving far too quick for Nacho Monreal only for Cech to, once more, block. The rebound fell to Henderson who wanted it far more than Granit Xhaka – another indictment – but he fired over.

The Arsenal shambles continued. They had a corner, which was cleared, with Hector Bellerin the last Arsenal defender who inexplicably then waved a leg at it. Salah charged the ball and was away. Even from inside his own half there was no way he would be caught and he eased up to steady himself and then shoot low past Cech. It summed it up.

Finally on came Olivier Giroud and Lacazette for Arsenal and they combined for the latter to drag his shot wide but then Liverpool went close once more as Mane ran clear from Salah’s flick. Cech blocked his shot but the ball ran past him with Bellerin then diving to scramble it off the goal-line.

The fourth goal came. Again Arsenal were over-turned as they attacked and again there was no pressure – none whatsoever – on the ball as Can fed Salah who had time, space, and more time to weigh up a cross which he then sent arcing into the area for Sturridge to cushion a close-range header past the forlorn and forsaken Cech.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2017/08/27/liverpool-vs-arsenal-premier-league-live-score-updates/

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Man Shitty needed a late goal from Raheem Sterling in the 90th minute plus seven to get by lowly Bournemouth 2-1. The win gives Shitty seven points.

EPL Match Summary: “A goal from Raheem Sterling in the seventh minute of stoppage time earned Manchester City a dramatic 2-1 win over AFC Bournemouth.”

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22362

Swansea City took out Crystal Palace 3-0.

Huddersfield and Southampton tied nil-nil

Newcastle blew out West Ham 3-0.

Toons picked up their first win the EPL.

Watford down to ten me hung to tie Brighton and Hove Albion nil-nil.

Man U took control in the second in the half against Leicester Cityby scoring two goals to win 2-0. The Red Devils are the top dog with nine points. Man U has scored ten goals and given up zip, zero nada.

EPL Match Report:” Marcus Rashford helped maintain Manchester United’s 100% start to the season with the opener in a 2-0 win over Leicester City.

The substitute ended Leicester’s resistance within four minutes of coming off the bench before Marouane Fellaini, also a late replacement, made sure of the win.

After a frustrating first half for United, who had a Juan Mata strike ruled out for offside, they were denied again shortly after the break.

Kasper Schmeichel stopped Romelu Lukaku from becoming the first player to score in each of his first three United appearances by saving his penalty after Danny Simpson had handled Anthony Martial’s cross.

But Rashford struck from Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s 70th-minute corner, the Armenian’s fifth assist of the season, to Old Trafford’s relief.

Fellaini then converted Jesse Lingard’s cross with eight minutes remaining to take Jose Mourinho’s side back to the top.”

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22367

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The guys are back at it later today. Then the boys are off until September 9th.

Man U is the top dog with six points. The Red Devils have found their offensive form by scoring eight goals in two matches while giving zip zero nada.

Second place sits Huddersfield with six points. The Terriers are a plus four while Man U is a plus eight.

West Brom is third with six points a plus two.

Watford is fourth four points a plus two.

Man Shitty is fifth four points- plus two.

Liverpool claims sixth place four points- plus one.

Arsenal has sunk to 11th place three points.

Chelsea is 12th place with three points.

Today’s matches look like this- Bournemouth-Man Shitty, Crystal Palace-Swansea City, Huddersfield-Southampton, Newcastle- West Ham, Watford-Brighton and Hove Albion, Man U-Leicester City.

Tomorrow has Chelsea-Everton, West Brom-Stoke City, Liverpool-Arsenal, and Tottenham-Burnley.

We will see how the table all shakes out at the end of business on Sunday.

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Flamengo defeated Botafogo 1-0 to advance to the finals of the Copa do Brasil.

Globo Esportes:” Até é verdade que o modelo de jogo que o colombiano Reinaldo Rueda tenta implantar, em seus poucos dias de Flamengo, prevê a circulação rápida da bola pelo meio para que, eventualmente, os pontas recebam em boas condições para tentar vencer seus marcadores. Mas há coisas no futebol que transcendem o planejamento. Uma delas, o drible de Berrío, desatou o nó de uma eliminatória dura, embora dominada por mais tempo pelo Flamengo, em especial no segundo jogo, o de ontem. O que justifica a vitória por 1 a 0 no Maracanã e a passagem para a final da Copa do Brasil.

– É pra esses momentos que nós trabalhamos. Um gol neste jogo tem um peso muito grande – disse Diego, autor do gol da classificaçao.

Não brotavam tantas chances, embora o Flamengo tivesse o controle. O Botafogo, ainda que confiante em seu estilo de pouca posse e contragolpes eficientes, abusava do conservadorismo. Ou se via sem caminhos, escasso de opções ofensivas na Copa do Brasil. Afinal, alguns de seus reforços — como ocorre com o Flamengo —, não estejam inscritos, casos de Léo Valencia e Marcos Vinícius. Após 70 minutos, estava claro que seria preciso algo diferente, um toque de invenção num mata-mata em que ninguém parecia tão disposto a riscos. Até aparecer Berrío e seu drible, que está para ser catalogado em algum almanaque. Ficou para trás Victor Luís, surgiu Diego para decidir o jogo. A final será nos dias 7 e 27 de setembro, contra o Cruzeiro, que eliminou o Grêmio nos pênaltis, no Mineirão, por 3 a 2, após vitória por 1 a 0 no tempo normal. Nesta quinta-feira, um sorteio define a ordem dos mandos de campo.

Em certos aspectos, o Maracanã viu no primeiro tempo um prolongamento do jogo de ida, embora os primeiros 15 minutos indicassem o contrário. Um cruzamento de Roger terminou na cabeçada de Guilherme, a melhor chance alvinegra. E um erro de Luís Ricardo permitiu a Guerrero exigir difícil defesa de Gatito. Mas a expectativa de um jogo eletrizante não prosperou.

Primeiro, porque o Flamengo ainda ensaia a sua evolução com Reinaldo Rueda. Povoa o setor central do campo ao sair jogando. Arão, Diego e até Éverton se colocavam entre as linhas de marcação rivais. A ideia era que Cuéllar, ou até os zagueiros e laterais buscassem o passe que rompesse a marcação alvinegra e fizessem o time progredir no campo mais rapidamente, com bola no chão. Guerrero, de enorme esforço para jogar e com presença importante, fazia o pivô. Mas ainda falta ao Flamengo infiltração na área.

Já o Botafogo mostrava excessiva dificuldade em contragolpear. O time até se sente confortável neste tipo de jogo, sem tanto domínio da bola, mas faltou respirar em algumas ocasiões do jogo. Não achava as saídas pelos lados com Guilherme e Bruno Silva. Sempre que o Flamengo ensaiava uma pressão, o alvinegro recorria à bola longa, de segurança. Recurso que os rubro-negros também andaram empregando, embora, por estilo, tentassem circular mais a bola pelo chão.

E havia outro fator para um jogo outra vez amarrado. O árbitro Wilton Sampaio também parecie temer o erro. Marcava faltas em profusão para travar ainda mais o jogo. E tinha olhar sempre mais simpático à defesa diante de qualquer choque próximo das áreas. A emoção minguou.

O domínio do Flamengo se ampliou no segundo tempo. Não que as chances se sucedessem, mas cada posse de bola do Botafogo era logo sufocada. Cuéllar teve crescimento notável desde que chegou Rueda, tem o mando do meio-campo.

Antes rigoroso, Wilton Sampaio passou a se omitir. Cuéllar deu entrada duríssima em Matheus Fernandes, destaque alvinegro, que sairia machucado. O juiz ignorou também o golpe de Rodinei em Guilherme. E tampouco interveio quando Marcelo cortou com a mão um chute de Guerrero. Era pênalti.

Pelo meio ou pelos lados, o Flamengo era superior. Difícil um time sobreviver com tão poucas ações ofensivas como o Botafogo de ontem, que terminou o jogo, já no desespero, com dois centroavantes e pouca inspiração, pouco jogo. O Flamengo já vira Arão cabecear uma bola perigosa, mas faltava o toque de desequilíbrio. Foi o drible de Berrío, o gol de Diego.

https://oglobo.globo.com/esportes/flamengo-derrota-botafogo-volta-final-da-copa-do-brasil-21741091#ixzz4qfj1umSo

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Liverpool advanced to the Champions League group stage with a pulsating 4-2 win over German club TSG Hoffenheim at Anfield. The Reds win on aggregate 6-3.

The Guardians Andy Hunter wrote;” Julian Nagelsmann, Hoffenheim’s bright young thing of a coach, proclaimed he was not in awe of Anfield but his team were overawed by the attacking prowess of Liverpool. Overrun and overpowered too as Jürgen Klopp’s side advanced into the Champions League group stage with an emphatic defeat of Hoffenheim. The likes of Barcelona will not be competitors only in the transfer market this season.

A mesmerising display from Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and the Hoffenheim old boy Roberto Firmino in particular helped to give Liverpool a commanding early lead against the European debutants. Emre Can profited twice with Salah and the outstanding Firmino also on the scoresheet. Hoffenheim fought back valiantly through Mark Uth and Sandro Wagner but a Liverpool victory was never in doubt. Klopp’s team seized the opportunity to shape their season for the better.

For only the second time since they acquired Liverpool in 2010 Fenway Sports Group presides over a club in the Champions League group stages. The extra revenue will be welcomed, naturally, but the price of qualification had no monetary value at Anfield.

After an arduous season to reach the play-offs and a pre-season overshadowed by Barcelona’s relentless pursuit of Philippe Coutinho, plus their own dead-ends in the transfer market, a return to the European elite marks a significant step forward for Liverpool under Klopp. His wild reaction to the final whistle was as much a release as a celebration.

Positive pressure, Klopp called it, and his team thrived on it. The second leg served up another breathless encounter but unlike in Germany last week the opening exchanges flowed one way. Liverpool’s way.

After 21 minutes of attacking excellence they had put the tie beyond Hoffenheim, scoring three times to leave the visitors needing four goals to advance and ensuring the Premier League would have five teams in the Champions League group stages. By the 24th Nagelsmann had no alternative but to tear up his game-plan and go for broke, sacrificing the hapless Havard Nordtveit and introducing another striker with Liverpool running riot. Their front three of Mané, Firmino and Salah were irrepressible and destroyed their opponents at will.

Liverpool were on the front foot from the first whistle and had created several openings before establishing an early, crucial lead.

In fairness to Alberto Moreno, who was roundly criticised for his first leg display, he repaid Klopp’s show of faith in keeping the same starting line-up by helping set a relentless tempo. It was a foul on the rampaging left-back that offered Trent Alexander-Arnold the chance to reprise his free-kick expertise from Liverpool’s opening attack. This time the teenager struck the wall but his effort deflected onto Salah who headed over from close range.

Firmino then served notice of his outstanding awareness, not that his former club required a reminder, with a superb diagonal pass to release Mané in behind Nordtveit. The in-form Senegal international looked certain to score only for Hoffenheim keeper Oliver Baumann to save with an outstretched left leg. At the other end Serge Gnabry sliced a glorious opportunity wide from Pavel Kaderabek’s low cross but a correct offside flag spared his individual blushes. Collectively, however, Hoffenheim’s humiliation was only beginning.

Having escaped once, the Bundesliga side were carved open again when Firmino repeated his pass behind the former West Ham United defender into Mané. This time Kevin Vogt caught up and closed the direct route to goal, prompting Mané to back-heel into the path of the over-lapping Emre Can. The Germany international’s shot was heading across goal before a deflection off a covering defender left Baumann wrong-footed and beaten.

Firmino was unplayable and helped to double the home side’s advantage on the night when, dancing in from the left, he picked out Georginio Wijnaldum with a low cross that the midfielder side‑footed against a post. Salah, unmarked and onside, was on hand to convert the rebound from close range.

The third arrived within two minutes and will live long in the memory as an outstanding team goal. Firmino, yet again, was at its heart. The Brazil international was involved at the start of the move when he laid off Moreno’s pass into Wijnaldum inside his own half. Wijnaldum’s first‑time ball released Mane down the left who, spotting Firmino’s remarkable run, delivered another back-heel into the path of his overlapping team-mate. Firmino chipped an inch-perfect cross to the back post for Can to volley home from close range. A stunning move.

His hopes and defence in tatters, Nagelsmann had to act and introduced Mark Uth for the frequently exposed Nordtveit. In fairness to Hoffenheim they responded well and it was a sign of their improvement that Klopp had become exasperated before Uth, scorer of his team’s consolation in the first leg, struck again. Serge Gnabry produced a awful finish when played through by Andrej Kramaric, clipping the ball over Simon Mignolet but also yards wide of the far post. It was left to Uth to show his team-mates how to finish. Sandro Wagner released his fellow forward clear on the right and Uth beat Mignolet with a precise shot into the far corner.

Anfield was not in danger of witnessing another remarkable European comeback, however. Liverpool maintained control and the ability to hurt Hoffenheim whenever their front three took possession. Wijnaldum, released by Salah, fired over from only six yards out and Mané tested Baumann with a blistering shot from the angle before Firmino was presented with the goal he merited. Jordan Henderson made the fourth by hunting down an under-cooked pass by Kerem Demirbay and beating Vogt in the tackle. The Liverpool captain raced through on goal but selflessly squared for Firmino to finish beyond Baumann, before Wagner reduced the deficit with a towering header from Kramaric’s cross.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/aug/23/liverpool-hoffenheim-champions-league-qualifer-second-leg-match-report

De Futebol

Flamengo is stinking the joint out big time. Boo-Mengao has dropped three straight. This is time a 2-0 loss to Atletico-MG. The guys have dropped to sixth place with 29 points.

Globo Esportes:” Sai pra lá, crise!”. Foi mais ou menos este o recado do Atlético-MG após a vitória deste domingo, sobre o Flamengo, no Independência, por 2 a 0. Quatro dias após a eliminação na Libertadores, o Galo fez um bom jogo, foi superior do início ao fim e buscou uma vitória sólida. Fez as pazes com a torcida e voltou a vencer após cinco jogos com maus resultados em casa. Pelo lado Rubro-Negro, Reinaldo Rueda, o novo treinador, viu das cabines do estádio a equipe perder Trauco aos sete minutos do segundo tempo, após expulsão. Se no 11 contra 11 o time não conseguiu se impor, com um a menos ficou ainda mais complicado. O Flamengo chegou à terceira derrota seguida no Brasileirão – quarto jogo sem vencer.

Com o resultado, o Atlético-MG chegou aos 26 pontos e respira aliviado na tabela do Brasileirão, abrindo quatro pontos da zona de rebaixamento e se aproximando do G-6, grupo dos times que vão à Libertadores. O Flamengo permaneceu com 29 e perdeu a chance de se aproximar dos líderes. Na próxima rodada, o Galo encara outro carioca: o Fluminense, no Maracanã, às 20h (de Brasília) de segunda-feira. O Flamengo recebe o Atlético-GO, na Ilha do Urubu, às 19h de sábado. Antes disso, o Rubro-Negro tem o clássico contra o Botafogo, quarta-feira, pela semifinal da Copa do Brasil, no Nilton Santos.

O primeiro tempo foi muito movimentado, com as duas equipes buscando o gol desde o início. Com cinco minutos no relógio, Atlético-MG e Flamengo já tinham tido uma boa oportunidade cada. Precisando dar uma resposta após a eliminação na Libertadores, o Galo pressionou um pouco mais e, aos 15, marcou de pênalti, após puxão na camisa de Luan e cobrança de Fábio Santos, deslocando Diego Alves. Rogério Micale precisou mexer no time quando Gabriel, zagueiro titular, sentiu dores na costela. Felipe Santana entrou e não comprometeu. Os dois times continuaram tendo chances, mas pecaram no último passe ou na finalização e não conseguiram marcar. O placar de 1 a 0 se manteve até o intervalo.

Rogério Micale e Jayme de Almeida mantiveram as escalações para o segundo tempo, mas o técnico flamenguista só teve 11 em campo até os 7 minutos da etapa final, quando Trauco foi expulso pelo segundo amarelo, após cometer falta em Marcos Rocha. E foi justamente no “buraco” deixado por Trauco que o Galo encontrou o segundo gol. Luan, o melhor em campo, disparou pela direita e cruzou para Rafael Moura. A bola desviou na zaga e ficou ainda mais no jeito para He-Man marcar e ampliar para o time da casa. Com vantagem numérica e tranquilidade, o Galo manteve a posse de bola na maior parte do tempo até o apito final e ainda teve algumas chances para ampliar o marcador, o que não aconteceu.

http://globoesporte.globo.com/mg/futebol/brasileirao-serie-a/noticia/com-rueda-de-espectador-galo-derrota-flamengo-e-respira-no-brasileiro.ghtml

De Futebol

Man Shitty needed a late goal by Raheem Sterling to salvage a one all tie with Everton at Shitty’s house.

The tie kept Shitty out of the top four. Man Shitty is fifth place with four points.

EPL Match Summary: “Raheem Sterling rescued a point for Manchester City after a landmark goal from Wayne Rooney had Everton on course for victory at the Etihad Stadium.

Rooney opened the scoring when he struck after 35 minutes for his 200th Premier League goal. The former Manchester United striker tucked home Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s cross to reach the milestone against the team whom he also scored his 50th and 150th career goals.

Man City had Kyle Walker sent off before half-time following two bookable offences, but rallied after the break.

A wave of pressure was finally rewarded with eight minutes to play when substitute Sterling met Mason Holgate’s miscued clearance and volleyed past Jordan Pickford.

Everton’s Morgan Schneiderlin became the second player to be sent off on 88 minutes, but it was too late for Man City to find a dramatic winner.”

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22357