De Futebol Flamengo wins!

Flamengo defeated Madureira 4-0 in Group play of the Carioca.

Globo Esporte:” Campeão da Taça Guanabara no último fim de semana, o Flamengo utilizou seu time principal na estreia da Taça Rio para realizar um teste importante a uma semana de sua estreia na Libertadores (na próxima quarta, diante do River Plate).

Com Jonas na vaga de Cuéllar (que estará suspenso nos primeiros dois jogos do torneio continental), Rodinei na direita e Diego Alves de volta ao gol, o Rubro-Negro não enfrentou problemas diante de um Madureira muito pouco eficiente. Goleou por 4 a 0 com gols de Diego (em bonita cobrança de falta), Paquetá, Dourado (de pênalti) e Vinicius Junior.

http://globoesporte.globo.com/rj/futebol/campeonato-carioca/jogo/21-02-2018/flamengo-madureira/

De Futebol Man Shitty Blows out Arsenal 3-0 win the Carabao Cup

Man Shitty tore Arsenal a new one in a 3-0 win to nail their first title the Carabao Cup.

The Guardians Daniel Taylor:” At the final whistle, Pep Guardiola carried the air of a man who was perfectly accustomed to these kind of occasions. He embraced his staff, he clasped the hand of the losing manager, Arsène Wenger, and then he made his way on to the pitch to congratulate the players who had delivered him the first trophy of his Manchester City years.

The first of many, one assumes, even if Wigan Athletic have shown that too much time was spent debating whether Guardiola’s team could win the lot this season. A treble is still on, however, and a second trophy is guaranteed given the way they have turned this season’s Premier League into a procession. Guardiola’s team will need to play better than they did here if they are to add their name to the list of Champions League winners. Yet it was still another occasion to think the Abu Dhabi masterplan – target: worldwide domination – is gradually coming together.

In the process, there was another reminder for Arsenal here about how far they have fallen behind the elite. Wenger has still not won the League Cup during 21 years as a manager in England and Arsenal now have the unwanted record of losing six finals in this competition. Nothing, though, will be more galling for Arsenal than the realisation that it was they who used to dismantle teams this way. They looked what they are: a team 27 points short of City in the Premier League, with urgent work needed to improve the team and a manager whose peak years can feel a long time ago.

As superior as they were, there is even a legitimate argument that City did not reach their more exhilarating peaks. Kevin De Bruyne can pass more imperiously than he did here. David Silva was eight out of 10 when frequently it is nine. Fernandinho had to go off in the second half with an injury and, no kidding, there were even rumours that De Bruyne had played one pass out for an Arsenal throw-in. Blink, and you might have missed it.

Ultimately, though, City did not have to be at their absolute best to win by some distance and there were Arsenal supporters heading for the exits from the moment when Silva spun away from the substitute Sead Kolasinic to drive in the third goal. Sergio Agüero’s 30th goal of the season had given City an 18th-minute lead, after some wretched defending by Shkodran Mustafi, and there was never any doubt that it would be Vincent Kompany lifting the trophy once he had stabbed in the second goal shortly before the hour. Kompany was the outstanding performer, barely giving Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a sniff, and it is just a shame his career has been so undermined by injuries. On the big occasions, what a player he can be when the legs are working and he is feeling good.

In the end, it was almost a surprise that City did not add more and the ironic “oles” from the Arsenal supporters after one brief spell of keep-ball, at 3-0 down, probably sum up the disaffection from that end of the stadium. Wenger has heard worse in recent years but his team are 10 points adrift of the Premier League’s top four and their only realistic hope now to save their season comes via the Europa League, a competition they used to regard with haughty disdain.

 

At least Jack Wilshere played with the spirit of a man who found the idea of meek defeat to be abhorrent. There were others, however, in red and white who spent the entire game on the edges. Mesut Özil had one of his wishy-washy games. Aaron Ramsey was also strangely subdued and, defensively, Wenger’s decision to revert to a back three simply did not work. Nacho Monreal injured himself with a woefully mistimed challenged on Kyle Walker, and, at this level, it has been clear for some time that Calum Chambers is simply not up to it.

The irony is that when Aguero ran clear to clip in the opening goal it was possibly the most unorthodox goal ever scored by a Guardiola team – originating from nothing more refined than a long punt over the top from their goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo. Perhaps Guardiola had been watching old television replays of Wimbledon from the 1980s. Except, of course, centre-halves knew how to defend in those days. Mustafi had committed the centre-half’s sin of getting the wrong side of Agüero and all it needed was the slightest of nudges from Agüero to take him out of the equation. Agüero was just too good for him, too alert and much too clever, and once the striker had got away it was a beautifully measured lob to lift the ball over the oncoming David Ospina and into the net.

City’s second goal came from a corner on the right. Ilkay Gundogan had the first attempt after De Bruyne had picked him out, 20 yards from goal, and Kompany jutted out his boot to divert the shot into the opposite corner from the way the ball was heading.

Yet perhaps it was the third goal that said the most about this City team. Danilo’s brilliantly disguised through ball for Silva later was a pass that De Bruyne would have been proud of. That was City’s left-back with the killer pass and that, more than anything, summed up the group of players with the silver.”

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/feb/25/manchester-city-arsenal-carabao-cup-final-match-report

De Futebol Man U defeats Chelsea 2-1! The Red Devils are Second! Chelsea drops to Fifth Place!

Man U jumped back into second place with 2-1 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford.  The guys have 59 points.

Liverpool is third with 57 points.

Spurs are fourth with 55 points.


Tottenham scored a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace to sink the Blues into fifth place with 53 points.

The Guardians Jamie Jackson- Jesse Lingard caused Old Trafford to reverberate with noise after his 75th-minute header sealed a win that took Manchester United back into second place ahead of Liverpool.

The creator was Romelu Lukaku, his neat cross finding the substitute, after the No 9’s first goal for United against top-six opposition had cancelled out Willian’s opener.

José Mourinho praised a fine display from his centre-forward. “He played fantastically well. He had in my opinion the same start as the team, the team didn’t start well and it happened to him: he was losing some balls in the first control. He was a little bit lost but then he went together with the team – improving, improving.”

The victory means Chelsea slip to fifth and United are six points clear of the London club in the race to secure a Champions League place.

After Mourinho (perhaps studiously) failed to namecheck Antonio Conte in his programme notes there was a pre- and post-match handshake between the feuding pair and they were later seen sharing a smile. The United manager made two changes: Anthony Martial replaced Juan Mata and Paul Pogba was reinstated for the injured Ander Herrera after being dropped for the draw at Sevilla. Conte stood down Pedro for Álvaro Morata and Cesc Fàbregas for Danny Drinkwater.

It was the latter who prompted Chelsea’s opening foray, with a sweeping ball that won a corner. It came to nothing, yet when the visitors next attacked David de Gea was beaten.

Fortunately for United the bar was not, with a fluid move in which Eden Hazard found Marcos Alonso on the left ending when Morata volleyed the ball off the woodwork from his team-mate’s first-time delivery.

From here United gained a foothold. Anthony Martial, Lukaku, Alexis Sánchez and Nemanja Matic all began to see the ball. When Sánchez floated in a diagonal free-kick, though, it went straight into Thibaut Courtois’s hands.

Pogba’s opening contribution was to find Antonio Valencia along the right and after he crossed Sánchez might have done better with Lukaku’s chest-down.

The early exchanges were open. Chelsea utilised wide areas to create space, with Victor Moses probing near United’s goal on the right.

United emerged from the ensuing lull on top. Lukaku twice received the ball in a threatening position but his first touch, then a lack of space, blunted his potency. Sánchez was guilty of a bad miss when arriving late for a Martial pass. The Chilean had only to stab home either side of Courtois; instead he dribbled the ball straight to the goalkeeper.

Pogba’s best moment of the half drew a yellow card for N’Golo Kanté. Yet after his barracking run caused the midfielder to foul him, disaster for Pogba and delight for Chelsea followed.

Valencia dinked in a cross and Willian headed clear. Yet after Pogba failed to challenge, the ball went again to the Brazilian and he found Hazard. After galloping alongside his team-mate in the inside-right channel, possession came back to him via a delightful return pass from the Belgian. Now, Willian took a touch and smashed the ball home past De Gea, who should have done better, the ball passing near enough to his body for it to be repelled.

A fine equaliser was soon to follow, though. This was intricate, impressive stuff. Matic found Sánchez, whose precise ball hit Martial’s feet and when his equally exact pass went to Lukaku, the Belgian scored his 22nd United goal.

That meant United began the second half in classic Mourinho stick-or-twist territory. Despite being the home side and proud progenitors of attack-first football, this is just not the Portuguese’s default mode.

His team, though, did go for the win. Pogba threaded a ball forward, Sánchez collected on the area’s edge and the home crowd responded noisily. Next zipped passes between Matic, Pogba and Sánchez moved United forward at a rare speed. The attack eventually led to a corner from which Sánchez committed the cardinal sin of hitting the first defender.

De Gea atoned for his earlier error by saving a Drinkwater shot that came dipping in the mid-afternoon sun, in what was a warning to the home side.

For the last 25 minutes Mourinho introduced Lingard for Martial. His first contribution was to dispossess Willian and launch a United attack.

They were finishing the stronger. Scott McTominay outmuscled Hazard and Chelsea were spun out of position. When the ball eventually came to Sánchez his pivot-cross was hammered instantly at Courtois by Lukaku.

Four minutes from time Morata scored a goal that was adjudged offside. Conte said: “Yeah, but for sure it was onside – this type of situation can change the final result and for this reason I am very positive they should use VAR.”

He did confirm that Hazard’s earlier substitution was not for an injury. “It was a tactical decision,” Conte said.”

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/feb/25/manchester-united-chelsea-premier-league-match-report

De Futebol Liverpool wins! The Reds are in second place with 57 points!

Liverpool took apart West Ham 4-1 to leap over Man U into second place with 57 points. Man U-Chelsea will wage war later today at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils have 56 points.

EPL Match Report on the Liverpool win:” Liverpool went above Manchester United into second place by beating West Ham United 4-1 at Anfield.

Liverpool took the lead on 29 minutes when Emre Can headed in Mohamed Salah’s corner for their 100th goal of the season in all competitions.

Shortly after half-time Salah moved level with Harry Kane on 23 goals for the campaign after good work from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Roberto Firmino made it 3-0 before the hour, collecting Can’s pass and rounding Adrian for an empty net.

Michail Antonio pulled one back a minute after coming on as a substitute but Sadio Mane’s close-range finish restored Liverpool’s three-goal advantage.

The Reds are a point above Man Utd, who host Chelsea on Sunday. The Hammers drop to 13th.”

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22618

Newcastle blew a two-goal led against Bournemouth. The Cherries scored two goals in the final ten minutes Adam Smith 80th minute and Dan Gosling 89th minute to shock Toons to earn a two all draw.

Brighton and Hove Albion buried Swansea City 4-1.

Leicester City and Stoke City tied one all.

Burnley and Southampton tied one all.

Huddersfield hui=ng on for 2-1 win over bottom feeder West Brom.

Troy Deeney scored the only goal of the match in the 79th minute to give Watford a 1-0 win over Everton.

Later today we have Crystal Palace-Tottenham and Man U-Chelsea at Old Trafford.

De Futebol Arsenal escapes to The Round of Sixteen in The Europa League

My guys from Arsenal almost blew it against Östersund buy giving up two away goals however only lost 2-1 to advance on aggregate 4-2 to the quarter finals of the Europa League

The Guardians David Hytner;” At long last, Arsenal have won a two-legged knockout tie in Europe but this was not the way they envisaged it. Never mind that few people at the club truly want to be in the Europa League, the fact they suffered so sorely against such unfancied opposition as Östersund turned the evening into an ordeal.

Arsène Wenger had to go back to 2009-10 to find his previous success on the continent – a 6-2 aggregate triumph over Porto in the last 16 of the Champions League, which was secured on the back of a 5-0 home victory in the second-leg. Nicklas Bendtner scored a hat-trick that night.

The tone was altogether different here. Leading 3-0 from the first leg in Östersund, it had felt like one of those nothing occasions beforehand – a mere tune-up for a clutch of Arsenal players before Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City. How wrong the prediction would prove.

Arsenal were abject in the first half and, when they trailed by two goals after 23 minutes, they were staring at humiliation. For context, Östersund were playing in Sweden’s fourth tier as recently as 2010. They brought next-to-no pedigree. The 5,000-strong band of visiting supporters rubbed their eyes at the latest chapter in their fairytale.

Mercifully for Wenger, his players were better after the interval, although not by much. Sead Kolasinac’s goal allowed them to breathe more easily but it remained an awfully tough watch for the home crowd – and not only when Danny Welbeck tried and failed to finish in front of goal or Henrikh Mkhitaryan tried to do anything. The boos at full-time rang out with feeling.

The attention will now turn to Friday’s draw for the last 16 and Arsenal have a good chance of being paired with a decent team from one of Europe’s top five leagues. Lying in wait are Atlético Madrid from Spain; Borussia Dortmund and Red Bull Leipzig from Germany; Marseille and Lyon from France; Lazio and Milan from Italy. Napoli, the Serie A leaders, might be out – beaten by RB Leipzig – but there remains plenty of danger.

One thing is clear. Arsenal will not make it past anyone – let alone fashion a route back into the Champions League by winning the competition – if they play like this.

It had felt slightly surreal to see them play in their blue away kit at home and the pessimists among their fan base – of which there are a few –could mutter about their poor record in it. On eight previous airings, they had won only once.

Arsenal had made the gesture to change their colours because Östersund have only a red kit and a white one. The hosts proved even more obliging in the first half. The concessions were the product of abysmal defending, with Calum Chambers particularly culpable, but they had been signposted.

Östersund had frozen at the beginning of the first leg – they were 2-0 down after 24 minutes – but the boot was on the other foot here. They strode forward with conviction while Arsenal were all over the place. That was to put it mildly.

Rob Holding set the tone with a poor back-pass in the first minute and Östersund worked half-chances for Jamie Hopcutt, Brwa Nouri and Ken Sema.

The opening goal stemmed from a Saman Ghoddos ball forward. Holding could not untangle his feet to intercept while Kolasinac was also caught out. Hosam Aiesh had the shooting chance and he aimed for the bottom corner, With the aid of a nick off Chambers, he found it.

Östersund scored again 70 seconds later, after Alex Iwobi had surrendered possession with a heavy touch. The visitors had Sema up against Chambers following Ghoddos’s ball over the top and the danger did not appear pronounced. Perhaps, that is why Héctor Bellerín did not come across to help his team-mate. But when Sema backed into Chambers, worked a little trick and spun away from him, the sirens sounded. The left-sided attacker hammered a low shot into the far corner.

It said everything about Östersund’s first-half superiority that they could play out the final six minutes with ten men, after Tom Pettersson went off to have stitches in a head wound. Jack Wilshere had Arsenal’s only real chance before the interval but he lifted his shot high.

Wenger’s team stirred upon the second-half restart. Kolasinac thumped home right-footed following an air-kick from Ronald Mukiibi and they would create further chances but it was not Welbeck’s night. Three times he erred when well placed. Wenger withdrew Wilshere on 75 minutes with an eye on Sunday but it was a bad look when Iwobi, who is also in contention for the final, went down with cramp in stoppage-time. It was a night of pain for every Arsenal playe

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/feb/22/arsenal-ostersund-europa-league-last-32-second-leg-match-report

De Futebol Flamengo wins the first stage of the Carioca Title!

Flamengo defeated Boavista 2-0 to win the title.

Globo Esporte:”A 21ª Taça Guanabara conquistada pelo Flamengo – diante de 17 mil pessoas no Kleber Andrade, em Cariacica – tinha importância menor do que ver a evolução do time a 10 dias da estreia na Libertadores. A vitória por 2 a 0 (gol contra de Kadu Fernandes e um de Vinicius Júnior), contra o Boavista, garantiu o Rubro-Negro na semifinal do Carioca e mostrou saídas da equipe em tarde de muito sofrimento com a marcação e inspiração limitada. A solução foi encontrada em jogadas pelo alto, dos pés de Diego e Éverton Ribeiro. Em duas das 25 tentativas de jogadas aéreas.

Quando o Boavista colocou linhas verdes na frente da área e da intermediária, os quatro meias do Flamengo giravam, se movimentavam, mas não encontravam espaços. Na maior parte das vezes, como num futebol americano, os avanços vinham em faltas cometidas pelo Boavista.

O primeiro gol, que tirou o Fla do sufoco no segundo tempo – depois de alguns bons momentos do Boavista -, veio através de bola alta à procura de Réver e uma dose de sorte. Parecido com o segundo gol, quando Éverton Ribeiro esticou e Vinicius mal desviou para fazer o segundo.

Antes, a melhor chance caiu no pé direito de Diego, em sobra de mais uma bola levantada na área. O zagueiro Kadu Fernandes impediu o gol. Mais tarde, ele mesmo colocaria para dentro (contra) após lançamento de Diego para Réver.

O Flamengo sentiu mais dificuldades na final da Taça Guanabara do que passou nos primeiros sete jogos da temporada. Além de bem fechado e com boa marcação, o time de Saquarema conseguia se organizar para sair para o jogo. O toque de bola, com apoio dos laterais e Lucas de um lado e Erick Flores de outro incomodando e tentando o drible, chegou a envolver o setor defensivo do Flamengo em alguns momentos.

Com o meio de campo muito congestionado – era comum ver Paquetá e Éverton Ribeiro recebendo a bola e sendo cercado por dois e até três jogadores -, os laterais poderiam contribuir com a construção da jogada no time de Carpegiani. No início, Pará chegou a cruzar boa bola para Henrique Dourado, que finalizou, pressionado, por cima.

Mas o titular da lateral direita não foi bem mais uma vez nesta tarde. Carpegiani não esperou muito para trocar. Rodinei começou a aquecer antes do fim do primeiro tempo e entrou no intervalo. Do outro lado, Renê, como de hábito, pouco apareceu no ataque. Por vezes, Paquetá recebia, prendia a bola, mas não conseguia achar companheiros por perto.

Empurrado pela torcida, o Flamengo foi para cima do Boavista logo no início da segunda etapa – embora Leandrão tenha perdido duas boas chances em cruzamentos na segunda etapa, uma delas com um minuto no tempo complementar. Paquetá e Éverton Ribeiro fizeram boa jogada pelo lado direito, mas Dourado cabeceou para fora com Rafael já batido.

Com Rodinei e depois Vinicius Júnior, que entrou no lugar de Paquetá (o que rendeu gritos de “burro” para Carpegiani), o Flamengo se redesenhou em campo. O camisa 20 foi para a ponta esquerda e Éverton Ribeiro voltou para a direita. Depois de assistência de Diego para Réver, o camisa 7 levantou a bola para Vinicius Júnior, que desviou sutilmente para o gol. Com 2 a 0 no placar, o título e a festa estavam garantidos. Diego e Vinicius (duas vezes) quase ampliaram o marcador no fim.

https://globoesporte.globo.com/futebol/times/flamengo/noticia/meio-fechado-sorte-e-saida-pelo-alto-saiba-por-que-o-fla-levou-a-taca-guanabara.ghtml

De Futebol Man U Sevilla Tied Nil Nil in the First Leg in Spain of The Round of Sixteen

Man U and Sevilla tied nil -nil in the first at the Spanish sides house. Now it’s back to Old Trafford for the second leg.

The Guardians Sid Lowe:” And so to Old Trafford. Applause rang round the Sánchez Pizjuán. Sevilla had not been able to defeat Manchester United but their supporters recognised they had been close and there is still hope they can reach the quarter-final of this competition for the first time in their history. United, too, may consider this a decent result. Often overrun, two superb saves from David de Gea kept them in a game where goals were absent. A game where to start with Paul Pogba had been absent, too – and that is likely to occupy the next few days almost as much as this performance will.

The game was only 16 minutes in when Ander Herrera pulled up and had to depart; Pogba came on to replace him. Sevilla had started on the front foot and the change did not significantly alter that, although Alexis Sánchez’s lovely ball did find Romelu Lukaku, who volleyed over from close range soon after and Scott McTominay struck Sergio Rico’s palms from 20 yards. Largely, United looked long towards Lukaku and while there were few glimpses of goal the sense of danger was never entirely extinguished.

At one point, Pogba rolled an opponent and began a move that led to Juan Mata dashing up the left, but it was Éver Banega who was having the most notable impact in the middle of midfield. The Argentinian’s favoured ball was speared leftwards for Joaquín Correa. From one of those, Correa drew the first save from David de Gea. On the other side, Sevilla’s converted full-back Jesús Navas bombed up and down, defensively sound, and offensively dangerous.

Sevilla were growing into this game. A swift counter that infuriated José Mourinho broke down when Escudero could not quite guide the ball into the path of Sarabia, but the pressure built, and United’s discomfort was revealed when Lindelof almost played his goalkeeper into trouble. By half-time the shot count read 12-2. The best of those came just before the break, but De Gea made two superb saves. The first, from Steven N’Zonzi’s flick header of Sarabia’s overhead, was tipped over the bar. If that was good, what followed, from Luis Muriel, was better. All around the Pizjuán they could barely believe it. Muriel, head on the turf, couldn’t either; he got to his feet and congratulated the man who had denied him. Nor, it seemed, could Lindelof, who approached his goalkeeper for a grateful word as they walked off.

When they walked backed on, the pattern continued. With Franco Vázquez’s involvement increasing, his touch subtle and assured, and with Sarabia supporting him to the right side, Sevilla continued to press. Within six minutes the corner count was 12-3 – but the count was one thing, the quality of the delivery another.

The shot count rose too, albeit usually from some distance: Vázquez curled over, Muriel’s first effort deflected wide and his second skidded past the near post; a clipped free‑kick found Clément Lenglet barely six yards out, but he could not get sufficient power on his header; and then Correa dribbled into the area, only to slice high and wide. De Gea had few problems from Banega’s free‑kick. He might have had rather more had Muriel, sliding in, been able to reach Sarabia’s ball in.

The game was happening at his end of this arena, where the noise rolled down from the stands. United were being overrun, unable to create opportunities or produce a prolonged period of passes. The space ahead of them was enticing, and both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were introduced to try to exploit that. But while there was pace and space, United still needed to find a way to put the ball into it. It might only take one, but as the game went on there were still none, still less a shot.

Only Sevilla had attempts on goal in the second half, the “score” 21-4 with 10 minutes to go. Few, though, were clear chances. Sarabia, swift to the ball as ever, slipped the ball to Muriel and continued running, heading into space at the far post. Muriel clipped towards him but, stretching, he could only guide his header over the bar. When Vázquez lifted a lovely ball into his path, leaving him one on one, he had strayed offside. As the clock ticked down, so the margins became finer, the risks greater, and suddenly there was a roar.

United had the all in the net. Pogba found Lukaku, who used his hand before scoring. It was ruled out, but there was a warning. With four minutes to go Sandro, on as a sub, saw his shot blocked inside the area and then Navas went tumbling. The appeal was loud, but the referee waved play on. Again, United broke but they were blunt. There were nerves here now, but little else. Old Trafford awaits.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/feb/21/sevilla-manchester-united-champions-league-last-16-first-leg-match-report