De Futebol Playing it safe cost Man U Big Time

Playing it safe cost Man U big time against Chelsea.

The Guardians Jonathan Wilson wrote: “The memories of Manchester United in 1985-86 and Newcastle United in 1995-96 serve always as caveats, but already it feels that it would take something outlandish for Manchester City not to be named as champions this season. Perhaps their slick cogs and gears will somehow stick or grind, but at the moment none of the chasing pack are applying pressure.        The gap already is eight points and, once again, on Sunday, it was hard to avoid the thought that there has been something meek in the way José Mourinho has presented the initiative to his rivals.

When United defeated Ajax to win the Europa League, Mourinho spoke of it as a victory for pragmatism. It is a term that is frequently applied to his football, and football generally has a tendency to use pragmatic as a synonym for defensive. But they are not the same: a pragmatist does what is necessary to win; Mourinho insists on reactive football again and again, even when it means losing ground. The three games in the past month against top-six sides were always likely to represent a decisive phase of the season. In them United totalled six shots on target – and that suggests an approach that is not pragmatic, but is rather stubbornly dogmatic.

Yes, this was Chelsea and, yes, they are the defending champions. But City came to Stamford Bridge, dominated the game and won 1-0. United, frankly, never looked like winning. They were not as defensive as they had been in the FA Cup tie here last season when they fielded a back six, but nor was there ever a thought of them taking the game to Chelsea as Pep Guardiola had, of trying to expose a defence that had been given such a tough time in recent games by Roma (twice) and Watford.

Chelsea with N’Golo Kanté, admittedly, are a different proposition to Chelsea without him, and there was no question that Antonio Conte’s side improved with his return after injury. But still, it was hard to see how United ever planned to hurt Chelsea.

Early on, as Ander Herrera was lured towards Eden Hazard, Tiémoué Bakayoko, playing on the left of Chelsea’s midfield triangle, kept finding space to charge into. Which might in itself have been decisive had he not been Tiémoué Bakayoko and therefore lacking the composure that might have turned those opportunities into goals. That avenue, though, was soon closed down, with Phil Jones and, particularly, Eric Bailly stepping out to close down Hazard, leaving Herrera to block the channel Bakayoko had been exploiting.

The use of a back three gave United the option of pushing one of the central defenders out to deal with Hazard and preventing just that problem, but the issues that had cropped up against Tottenham Hotspur last week recurred. Much was played long to the two forwards, which effectively diminished Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s role to the point that he may as well not have been there. The Armenian’s 62 minutes on the pitch yielded just 29 touches – although that was at least five more than an isolated Romelu Lukaku managed in a full game.

And then there was the issue of the midfield. Even excluding Hazard, who occasionally dropped deep, Chelsea had three central midfielders there. United had two plus Mkhitaryan, which meant they were occasionally overmanned, a problem exacerbated by the fact that Chelsea’s wing-backs were, understandably, more aggressive. That was what led to the first Bakayoko chance, as Davide Zappacosta got in behind Ashley Young, and it was a shortfall on that flank that led to the goal. Young was forced deep to prevent Zappacosta making a similar run behind him and as Chelsea switched the ball quickly from their left to right, César Azpilicueta was able to stride forward into space and measure his cross for Álvaro Morata.

Mourinho almost immediately changed tack, went to a 4-3-3, and United became more threatening as a result, while suddenly becoming vulnerable again to those Bakayoko surges. Marouane Fellaini, back after a knee injury, spread the kind of chaos he always does, and nearly equalised. But, whatever absentees United have – Mourinho once again reluctantly listed the injured Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo – it remains bewildering that United can seem so reliant on the Belgian bag of elbows for anything approximating to creativity.

United, in fairness, were probably more proactive here than they had been against either Liverpool or Tottenham. But in the context of dropped points against Liverpool and Huddersfield, it was not enough.

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You better put your big boy pants on later today. The giants will battle it out Man Shitty-Arsenal and Chelsea-Man U. Spurs take on Crystal Palace and Everton-Watford are the other matches of for today.

This means the top five clubs are all in action later today.

Let the fun and games begin.

Saturdays’ action saw Leicester City and Stoke City tie two all. The Foxes took the lead twice only to give the equalizers in this disappointing tie.

Leicester City thirteen points.

The Potters have twelve big ones.

Bournemouth may have saved their season when Steve Cook nailed the match winner in the 90th minute plus two for the 1-0 win over Newcastle.

The Cherries have ten points to get out of the voce vai zone. Bournemouth is in sixteenth place.

Burnley defeated Southampton 1-0. The Clarets Sam Vokes poked home the match winner in the 81st minute.

Down to ten men Huddersfield hung to beat West Brom 1-0.  The Terriers are in tenth place with 15 points.

Brighton Hove and Albion defeated Swansea City 1-0.

The Seagulls have fifteen points for eighth place.

Liverpool kicked ass and took names in a 4-1 thrashing of West Ham.

The Reds are in sixth place with 19 points.

EPL Match Report:” Mohamed Salah scored twice and Sadio Mane got two assists on his return from injury as Liverpool earned an entertaining 4-1 win over West Ham United.

The first Liverpool goal came in a swift counter-attack from a West Ham corner, Mane setting up Salah to score.

Some 157 seconds later, Joel Matip made it 2-0 from close range from a Mane corner.

After the break West Ham pulled a goal back through Manuel Lanzini but, straight from kick-off, Liverpool scored again, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with his first goal for the club.

Salah made sure of the points when he was set up again by Mane as Liverpool returned to sixth.

West Ham are a point and a place above the relegation zone.”

De Futebol Boring draw against the Red Brigade. Arsenal advances to the round of Sixteen in the Europa League

Arsenal and the Red Brigade tied nil-nil. The guys are on to the round of sixteen in the Europa League.

The Guardians David Hytner wrote:” Arsène Wenger had described it as his “biggest pleasant experience”. Never before, the Arsenal manager said, had he seen a squad that was so focused on every competition. In other words, his second-string team were on a mission to succeed in the Europa League.

hey rather ran aground here in terms of the overall performance, which was a slog and made for tough viewing. They did manage to chisel out a limited crop of chances – for Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere – but they came to nought and the home support chuntered.

Red Star Belgrade had their moments, most notably when Vujadin Savic saw a first-half header clawed on to the crossbar by Matt Macey and they carried a sporadic threat on the counterattack. In truth, this one had stalemate written all over it and yet, with Bate Borisov losing at Köln, the point was enough to ensure Arsenal’s advance to the knockout rounds.

Wenger had described it as a “big game”, which felt as though it was stretching things a little, but Arsenal were driven by the desire to get the job done; to close out qualification to the last 32 of the tournament.

Their campaign had opened here against Köln, on that crazy night when 20,000 Germans stormed north London. The travelling Red Star fans made it feel like another away game for Arsenal, as they belted out their anthems from the first whistle. Wenger’s team found themselves whistled in possession while their first-half corner takers in front of the away enclosure had to run a gauntlet. A part of Arsenal’s mission was to silence the Red Star diehards – which was always going to be a tough ask – and they looked to play off Giroud, whose battle against the visiting centre-halves, Savic and Damien Le Tallec, was bruising, to put it mildly.

Giroud had two chances during a scrappy first half, the first one being the clearest. Joe Willock and Wilshere combined to play in Ainsley Maitland-Niles on the left and when he beat Filip Stojkovic, Arsenal pulses quickened. His low cut-back allowed Giroud to swipe left-footed and first time for goal but Milan Borjan saved at his near post. Giroud’s opportunity followed an excellent piece of hustling by Willock. He won the ball off Red Star’s screening midfielder, Mitchell Donald, and surged away from him but, from his pass, Giroud found that the angle was against him. Borjan had left his line smartly and he was able to block.

Arsenal pressed on to the front foot but they struggled to get too much going before the interval and the moments of sloppiness on the ball were all too frequent. The movement ahead of it was not slick enough. Where were the options for the man in possession? When Francis Coquelin led a break, he only had Giroud to look for and the Red Star defenders knew it. Coquelin tends to look more comfortable without the ball. His pass was easily cut out.

Red Star punched on the counterattack and only the crossbar stopped them from taking an advantage into half-time. Nemanja Radonjic’s shot deflected up for Savic and his looping header looked to be destined for the net. Macey, who replaced Petr Cech, threw out a hand and pawed the ball up on to the woodwork.

Moments earlier, Slavoljub Srnic had extended Macey with a powerful shot while, on the stroke of half-time, Richmond Boakye ran clean through only to curl wastefully wide of the near post. Macey had got his angles right but it still added up to a bad miss.

The Red Star fans continued to bang their drums and sing their songs in the second half but the frustration of the home crowd simmered as their team laboured for cohesion. Wilshere seemed to sum up the desperation when he went down too easily inside the area, looking for a penalty. Savic had rather lunged in but the contact was minimal. The referee, Luca Banti, waved away the appeal.

Mohamed Elneny, who reprised his role as a ball-playing defender in the middle of the back three, endeavoured to spark Arsenal; he generally made the right decisions when he had the ball. But ahead of him, those in red got little change out of Red Star’s well-organised lines.

Arsenal might have feared it was not to be their night when Le Tallec made an extraordinary goal line clearance to deny Wilshere, who was generally peripheral but not as much as Theo Walcott. Wilshere appeared to have seen a move break down on the left-hand side of the area only to jab out a foot and keep it alive.

Maitland-Niles then won the ball and Wilshere took over, sensing the big moment. His cute chipped finish took out Borjan and was heading in until Le Tallec performed an acrobatic side-on volley to hook the ball away.”

De Futebol Tottenham kicks Real Madrid’s ass 3-1

My Jewish heart is happy. Tottenham kicked anti-Semitic Real Madrid’s ass 3-1 in Champions League  Group H. Spurs are top dog with 10 points. Real Madrid is second with seven points.

The Guardians Daniel Taylor wrote:” ;” To put this result in perspective, it had been five years since Real Madrid were beaten in a Champions League group game. They have won this competition three times out of the last four seasons and, though it didn’t particularly feel that way here, don’t discount the possibility of that famous old pot returning to Madrid again next May. Not yet, anyway.

However, this was the night when the most successful club side in Europe discovered why Mauricio Pochettino and his players have attracted so much acclaim over the last few years. It was the night Spurs fully came of age in the Champions League, Dele Alli could be seen nutmegging Sergio Ramos and, by the end, Cristiano Ronaldo was dragging his fingers down his cheeks in frustration. For Spurs, it went better than they could possibly have dared to hope and, without exaggeration, it was the sort of occasion that should embolden them to think they can actually win this competition. Yes, let’s not get too carried away, but what other conclusion is there when they have just taken apart the 12-time winners?

It certainly ranks as the most triumphant occasion yet of the Pochettino era and the damage, for Madrid, could conceivably have been even worse if Alli had not headed wide from a glorious opportunity to score his hat-trick. No matter. Alli had already struck in each half before Christian Eriksen’s breakaway goal put Spurs in dreamland, leading 3-0 against the reigning champions. Ronaldo’s goal, 10 minutes from the end, ensured a nervous finale but it would have needed an extraordinary feat of escapology to save Zinedine Zidane’s team at that stage. It never came and Spurs should not fear anyone now.

Tottenham had already supplied the hard evidence in the Bernabeu two weeks ago that they were comfortable testing themselves against elite opposition. Now they had the backing of a packed Wembley for what was, perhaps surprisingly, Madrid’s first-ever visit to this stadium, old or new. The noise was as good as any time since the team from White Hart Lane took up temporary residence. In fact, it was difficult to think of another occasion, certainly not an England international, when the volume has been turned up so high.

Madrid often had more of the ball and Ronaldo, being Ronaldo, was a difficult and elusive opponent, shimmering with menace every time he set off towards goal. Yet Spurs gave everything to show they belonged at this level. They were quick to the ball, strong in the tackle and when Pochettino’s men did have the chance to go forward they moved the ball so purposefully it did not come as surprise when they found a way past the Madrid defence.

Spurs had, after all, put together a near-identical move earlier in the first half only for Alli to hang back when Kieran Trippier, fully justifying his selection ahead of Serge Aurier, drilled a first-time centre across the six-yard area. Trippier’s determination to occupy attacking positions, rather than concentrating solely on Ronaldo’s whereabouts, was a prominent feature of the night and the next time he aimed a low ball into the box Alli showed much better anticipation to make sure he reached the ball ahead of his marker, Nacho, and apply the decisive touch just in front of Kiko Casilla, Madrid’s goalkeeper.

The downside for Spurs during the opening half was the hamstring injury that forced off Toby Alderweireld a couple of minutes before the goal. Moussa Sissoko was brought on to play in midfield, with Eric Dier dropping back into defence, but the team’s shape remained exactly the same. It was another fine performance from Harry Winks, just as it had been in the Bernabeu, and Harry Kane did not seem to have any lingering issues with his fitness even if he might have expected to take the chance that fell his way just before the interval.

Kane’s muscular presence and willingness to take the ball and drive forward made him a threat all evening. Casemiro is regarded as one of the best holding midfielders in the business but, more than once, Kane just eased past the Brazilian.

The game was still fraught with danger, as it tends to be when Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Isco are playing on the other side and Marcelo is joining in attacks as an auxiliary left-winger. Hugo Lloris was one of the outstanding performers in that 1-1 draw a fortnight ago and, once again, he rose to the occasion during the spells of Madrid pressure.

Equally, Spurs had the little moments of luck that are sometimes needed on the big nights. Ten minutes into the second half, Lloris got his glove to one of Marcelo’s crosses but could not clear properly and it was Dier to whom the ball fell a couple of yards out, rather than one of the Madrid players in close proximity. Spurs sprung forward and Madrid were vulnerable from the moment Eriksen’s dummy left Alli bearing down on goal. Alli took the ball on, used Eriksen’s run as a decoy, and left Casemiro on the floor before his shot took a handy deflection off Ramos to fly in from 20 yards.

The third goal was the outstanding one, starting in the Spurs half before Alli and Kane had combined to set Eriksen running through the middle, with the time to pick his spot Ronaldo’s goal was a much scruffier occasion, turning the ball in after a goalmouth scramble, but Spurs held on and they will remember this victory for many years.”

De Futebol Flamengo Wins!

Flamengo blows out Bahia 5-1. The guys are in sixth place with 47 points.

Globo Esportes:” Menos de sete mil torcedores pagaram para ver, na Ilha do Urubu, um Flamengo pouco inspirado até os 30 minutos do segundo tempo, mas que encontrou uma maneira de golear. Grande parte da vitória de 4 a 1 sobre o Bahia pode ser creditada a Réver, que fez dois gols, um deles quando o empate assustava os rubro-negros, que chegaram a vaiar. À frente do placar, Diego desencantou e também marcou duas vezes. No fim, a torcida terminou gritando “olé”, e o time subiu da sétima para a sexta colocação.

– O Réver foi um gigante, não só na defesa, mas sendo decisivo na frente – elogiou Diego.

– Fui feliz, méritos também do batedor (Everton, no segundo gol). Tive felicidade de fazer dois belos gols e ajudar o Flamengo – comemorou Réver.

Rueda entrou em campo com Berrío no lugar de Éverton Ribeiro e o colombiano, de fato, foi um dos mais agitados no primeiro tempo. Pela direita, ele buscou a linha de fundo e, aos 10, fez um cruzamento perigoso. A bola atravessou a área com força, mas Guerrero não alcançou.

Apesar de ter mais posse de bola, no entanto, o Flamengo seguia com Berrío como única arma e não demorou para o Paulo César Carpeggiani reforças a marcação no setor. Se não bastasse isso, os visitantes saíam a velocidade e se aproveitavam de uma defesa lenta. Assim, chegaram duas vezes com muito perigo ao go de Díego Alves. A primeira delas foi aso 22 minutos, quando Zé Rafael puxou contra-ataque, não tocou para Vinícius, que estava livre, e disparou para boa defesa do goleiro rubro-negro.

Aos 28, Diego deu um chute perigoso de longe e exigiu boa defesa de Jean. No minuto seguinte, um novo contra-ataque do Bahia. Mendoza arrancou em velocidade e passou para Vinícius, que chutou em cima de Diego Alves.

Na volta ao segundo tempo, Rueda trocou Berrío por Éverton Ribeiro, que demorou apenas quatro minutos para levar cartão amarelo. No minuto seguinte, Diego chutou fora e ganhou uma escanteio após Jean defender parcialmente. Na cobrança rápida, Éverton lançou na área, Guerrero ganhou dividida na cabeça e a bola sobrou para Réver marcar.

Com 1 a 0 no placar e Guerrero com frequência levando a mão à coxa direita, Rueda optou por sacar o peruano aos 19m. Lucas Paquetá já estava em campo, quando, em um cochilo da defesa, Juan derrubou Hernande, ex-jogador do Flamengo, na área. Na cobrança, Mendoza deslocou Diego Alves e empatou.

Quando o rubro-negro parecia iniciar uma zona de desespero do jogo, Réver voltou a aparecer. Éverton conseguiu um escanteio e cobrou na área, onde o zagueiro subiu muito alto, com uma impulsão impressionante, e marcou seu segundo gol. Aos 37, em contra-ataque, Lucas Fonseca tocou com a mão na bola na área e o árbitro marcou pênalti. Na cobrança, Diego fez o terceiro. Aos 41, o meia recebeu de Éverton e marcou o último da goleada, seu oitavo na Série A.

De Futebol Arsenal gets by Norwich 2-1 to move in the Carabao Cup

Arsenal gets by Norwich City 2-1 to advance to the final eight of the Carabao Cup

The Guardians Amy Lawrence wrote:” As cameos go, making your bow at your home stadium by scoring inside 15 seconds and then adding an extra-time matchwinner with a soaring header takes some beating. Eddie Nketiah earned instant cult status at Arsenal after the teenager stole a show that had for a large part of the evening belonged to the ambitious visitors from Norwich. Come the final whistle the only word on everybody’s lips was simply “Eddie”.

Arsène Wenger has for decades used English football’s secondary cup competition to give youngsters a taste of first-team experience. Not many have seized the moment quite like Nketiah. He became the first player born after Wenger became manager here to score a goal for the club, a statistic that only adds to the sense of surreal wonder the new kid conjured up. “I am impressed by that to think he was not even conceived when I was already here,” said Wenger. “Life gives a chance to young people. Hopefully he will make a long career at Arsenal football club.”

The Carabao Cup may not naturally lend itself to fairy stories but this topsy-turvy evening was rich with opportunity. For the majority of an earnestly contested match the romance belonged to Norwich as they headed towards what would have been a well-deserved scalp. Late into the game they were winning 1-0 thanks to Josh Murphy’s audacious goal and the scoreline really could have been extended through a handful of golden chances.

Wenger fielded the second string and when it was not working a quick scan of a bench filled with inexperienced kids did not look too encouraging. But then came the extraordinary twist in the tale. Nketiah scuttled on for his home debut and within seconds the 18-year-old from south London was in the right place at the right time to pounce on a corner, prodding in the equaliser with his first touch for a moment he will always cherish.

The chant of “Eddie, Eddie,” coursed round the stadium, which was remarkable considering how few of the crowd had probably heard of Nketiah before kick-off. Almost single-handedly he brought his club an almighty lift.

If the first goal was all about predatory instinct, the second was about nerve and heart. “I like especially the header he scored,” said Wenger. “He is not tall. He has a determined attitude. When the team needs you and you can deliver, that is a quality that you don’t know until you put the player on.

“I don’t regret not putting experienced players on the bench. Eddie is a good example of why. If I had experienced players on the bench I would certainly have put them on instead of Eddie.”

An electric run offered the opportunity for a hat-trick but Angus Gunn – another youngster showing ready promise – was equal to it in the City goal. The little flashes Nketiah produced were reminiscent of Ian Wright’s dynamic and goal-hungry style but Wenger urged people to give the teenager time to develop in his own way. He left Chelsea to join Arsenal aged 14 and has never looked back, banging in goals throughout the youth levels.

With better finishing, better luck and better decisions from the officials Norwich could have been out of sight before Nketiah’s grand entrance. Mohamed Elneny was on the fortunate side to avoid a dismissal earlier in the game for taking down Nélson Oliveira.

Later James Husband was bought down in the penalty box, caught by Mathieu Debuchy’s flailing arm. It was harsh on Norwich, especially as they contributed so much.

Daniel Farke was candid enough to mix praise for his team with disappointment that the referee called key incidents against his team. “I wondered why he could have all these decisions in favour of Arsenal,” the Norwich manager said. “I am pretty sure the referee and linesman want to give their best and we have to accept these mistakes. To be honest it’s really annoying.”

The red card for Arsenal was “obvious”, in Farke’s view, and “several players of Arsenal said, ‘sorry for you, it was a clear penalty’”.

Farke also took issue with the award of the corner which decided the game. Norwich’s mission to hustle Arsenal, closing down in numbers to limit the home team from finding an easy groove, gave them a promising platform. On another day it might have been different. But this particular day belonged to Nketiah.”

De Futebol Man U Wins to Advance to The Final Eight in the Carabao Cup

Man U defeated Swansea City 2-0 in the Carabao Cup.

The Guardians Ben Fisher wrote:” José Mourinho commended Manchester United’s response after they coasted into the quarter-finals courtesy of two superb goals by Jesse Lingard. The holders and five-times winners comfortably picked off Swansea City.

Mourinho had questioned the attitude of his players after the Premier League defeat at Huddersfield Town on Saturday but this thoroughly professional display from a much changed and youthful United left him satisfied. “The attitude was good,” the Portuguese said after what was his 400th match in English football.

United’s performance was slick and on another day Lingard would have left with the match ball. “I’m disappointed not to get the hat-trick because I always want more goals,” he said. “We had to put things right but we have learned from the weekend and we want to move on.”

This was the second time Mourinho’s side had eased past Swansea in three months but Daley Blind was the only survivor from the team that started a 4-0 win in August.

Swansea’s manager, Paul Clement, said he had discussed United’s defeat at Huddersfield with his players but it probably bore little relevance given Mourinho made seven changes. There were starts for the academy graduates Scott McTominay and Axel Tuanzebe, on the club’s books since aged eight and five respectively.

“I think they both did well,” Mourinho added later. “I would say Scott did very well because he was really comfortable and strong in midfield. Axel started a little bit shaky but then got stability – today his good performance was the consequence of a good team.”

Despite the changes there was still no start for Luke Shaw, who was named among the substitutes, alongside Romelu Lukaku and Henrik Mkhitaryan. Shaw came on for the final four minutes but the 22-year-old, who became the world’s most expensive teenager in 2014 after arriving from Southampton for £30m, has played only 49 minutes this season. His future remains increasingly uncertain.

Clement made eight changes to the side that lost at home to Leicester City on Saturday. Oli McBurnie, prolific for the under-23 side, led the line, while Roque Mesa, a £11m summer signing from Las Palmas made his fourth start, wearing the No51 shirt. His manager described his performance as “average”.

After criticising his players for failing to compete at Huddersfield, Mourinho demanded they rise to the challenge. They made a fast start, with Chris Smalling outjumping Alfie Mawson to power a header wide from Marcus Rashford’s corner. Then Lingard forced Kristoffer Nordfeldt to tip over before he slid in Anthony Martial, who failed to gain control of the ball. United did not have to wait too long for a goal, with Lingard scoring a beautiful opener after 21 minutes.

Ander Herrera fizzed a ball into the feet of Rashford, whose classy first-time flick ran straight through the legs of Mike van der Hoorn and into the path of Lingard. Bearing down on Nordfeldt, he curled the ball low into the corner of the Swansea goal. Lingard’s trademark Drake-inspired flute celebration immediately followed.

Things went from bad to worse for Swansea seven minutes before the interval when Martin Olsson was forced off with a hamstring injury. In the buildup, Clement had bemoaned his lack of cover at left-back. “If there is an issue, who would be able to step in?” he said at the time.

Swansea only really troubled United from distance until the substitute Leroy Fer forced Sergio Romero into a smart save from close range in injury time. “They had the extra bit of quality, and from our point of view, we just have to believe a good result and good performance is around the corner,” Clement said.

After the interval United patiently searched for a second and soon found one when Lingard, unmarked, headed home from the edge of the box. Tuanzebe, the 19-year old who looked assured from start to finish (an excitable late challenge on Jordan Ayew aside), eased past two Swansea players before picking out Matteo Darmian, whose floated cross from the right was superbly guided home by Lingard running at full tilt.

Clement summoned top-scorer Tammy Abraham, who instantly forced Romero into a save, but the reliance on the Chelsea loanee to always find a spark must be of concern.

Mourinho introduced Lukaku and Nemanja Matic, by which point United were in cruise control. “We’re the famous Man United, and we’re going to Wembley,” sang the jubilant travelling supporters.”

De Futebol- So What else is new? Flamengo tied Fluminense one all

Flamengo is back to their old ways. Boo Menago and Fluminense tied one all.

Globo Esportes wrote:” Com 40 pontos após o empate por 1 a 1 – gols de Pará, contra, e Réver – com o Fluminense no Maracanã, o Flamengo segue distante dos líderes da competição. O resultado deixa o time de Reinaldo Rueda a seis pontos do Grêmio, quarto colocado, que está no limite da zona de classificação direta para a Libertadores. A meta estabelecida pela diretoria, como reforçou o diretor geral do Flamengo, Fred Luz, em entrevista nesta semana ao

São quatro partidas sem vencer – a última vez foi contra a Chapecoense, por 4 a 0 na Sul-Americana – e um desempenho irregular, que preocupa e gera protestos das arquibancadas. A torcida do Flamengo, maioria entre os 39 mil presentes, gritou “Time sem-vergonha” no apito final.

O Flamengo teve bom momento no jogo na metade final do primeiro tempo e, no perde e ganha de um clássico emocionante, no fim do jogo. Mas ameaçou mais em jogadas pelo alto, em cruzamentos à procura de Réver, autor do gol de empate em bonita cabeçada. Guerrero, Arão e Trauco entraram na segunda etapa e o Rubro-Negro pressionou o Fluminense, mesmo sofrendo riscos, mas também não criou grandes chances. Na melhor delas, o atacante peruano cabeceou para fora.

Confira os destaques da partida:

Mexidas e surpresas

A escalação inicial trazia uma surpresa: Romulo no lugar de Willian Arão. Pará na lateral esquerda. Na coletiva, o técnico Reinaldo Rueda explicou que havia risco de lesão e optou por deixar no banco o trio que voltou na madrugada da rodada das eliminatórias para a Copa da Rússia: Guerrero, Trauco, do Peru, e Cuéllar, da Colômbia. O que se viu foi um time com dificuldades de encontrar o rápido meio de campo do Fluminense no início da partida e de ficar com a bola.

Scarpa, de longe, e Marcos Júnior incomodaram Diego Alves, que apareceu bem. No fim do primeiro tempo, cruzamento da esquerda encontrou Henrique Dourado, que por pouco não marcou. Outra boa defesa do goleiro rubro-negro.

Romulo erra muito

Escalado depois de mais de um mês – última partida foi na derrota por 2 a 0 para o Botafogo, no Nilton Santos (10/09), Romulo mostrou muito pouco na primeira etapa. Errou passes simples – quatro no primeiro tempo -, teve dificuldades de acertar a marcação (como no cruzamento de Marlon no fim da primeira etapa, quando demorou a chegar na cobertura), mas se apresentou para sair a bola e tentou avançar em alguns momentos. Tecnicamente, porém, nem de longe lembra o volante dinâmico que chegou à seleção brasileira depois de bom início no Vasco. No segundo tempo, aos 13 minutos, saiu vaiado.

Réver, o melhor do Fla

As primeiras duas finalizações do Flamengo – que só equilibrou e passou a dominar a partida dos 30 minutos em diante do primeiro tempo – saíram pelo alto. Aproveitando os 1,92m, Réver cabeceou duas vezes. Na pressão rubro-negra, em que Berrío e Paquetá tentaram, o zagueiro quase marcou de canhota. Ainda se destacou ao desarmar Marcos Junior dentro da área num contra-ataque tricolor.

Mas no segundo tempo, ao tentar sair jogando, errou o passe que gerou o rapidíssimo contra-ataque do Fluminense, no gol contra de Pará. O capitão se redimiu aos 24 minutos do segundo tempo ao acertar cabeçada de manual para o chão, batendo Di.

Guerrero entra e perde chance. Arão entra bem

Autor de gol salvador para a seleção peruana, Guerrero chegou ao Maracanã com a cara do cansaço. Ele entrou aos 14 minutos do segundo tempo (junto com Arão. Trauco entraria depois) e teve, logo, uma chance incrível, em bola milimétrica de Berrío que o peruano caprichou, mas colocou para fora de cabeça. No mais, pouco conseguiu ajudar o ataque do Rubro-Negro.

Arão entra e muda cara do time

Na reserva nesta partida, Willian Arão mudou o meio de campo do Flamengo. Se antes Éverton Ribeiro, que acertou bonito chute e tentou bom passe na primeira etapa para Paquetá, era praticamente o único responsável pela articulação das jogadas de infiltração, o volante fez Berrío jogar e se aproximou de Guerrero.

De Futebol- Tottenham blows out Liverpool 5-1. Arsenal clobbers Everton 5-2

Arsenal scored four second half goals to blow out Everton at the Toffees house 5-2.

Spurs took apart Liverpool 5-1 to jump into third place on goal difference a plus 13 compared with Man U’s plus 18.

Man U and Tottenham each have 20 points.

Arsenal is fourth with 16 points. Chelsea has 16 points however the Blues are a plus sseven while my Gunners are a plus five.

EPL Match Report on the Arsenal blowout win:” Five different scorers struck for Arsenal as they beat 10-man Everton 5-2 at Goodison Park.

Everton took the lead on 12 minutes when Wayne Rooney curled past Petr Cech from outside the penalty area.

But Nacho Monreal levelled before half-time after Jordan Pickford parried Granit Xhaka’s strike into his path.

Alexis Sanchez picked out Mesut Ozil to head Arsenal into a 53rd-minute lead, and then Everton’s Idrissa Gueye was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Ozil teed up Alexandre Lacazette for Arsenal’s third before Aaron Ramsey made it 4-1 on 90 minutes.

Oumar Niasse scored for Everton in stoppage time, before Sanchez completed the goal flurry.

Arsenal move to fifth with their first away win of 2017/18. Everton have slipped into the bottom three.”

De Futebol Man U suffers their first loss of the season. Shitty wins to jump five points ahead of The Red Devils

On Friday Brighton Hove and Albion blew out West Ham 3-0. The Sea Gulls have eleven points.

Chelsea was down 2-1 to Watford. The Blues came roaring back to score three goals in the final ten minutes of the match to pull out a hard fought 4-2 win.

Huddersfield score two goals in span of of five minutes in the first half to hand Man U with their first loss of the season. The Terriers beat the Red Devils 2-1.  Couple this with a Man Shitty 3-0 pasting of Burnley propelled Shitty five points ahead of Man U.

Man Shitty has 25 points a plus 28.

Man U is second with 20 points a plus 18.

Newcastle scored in the 86th minute when Mikel Merino tickled the twines for a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Bournemouth doubled up on Stoke City 2-1.

Leicester defeated Swansea City 2-1.

The Foxes are out of the voce vai zone thirteenth place with nine points

The headline matches for later today Everton-Arsenal and Tottenham-Liverpool.

EPL Match Report on the Man U road loss to Huddersfield:” Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre scored first-half goals as Huddersfield Town handed Manchester United their first league defeat of the season, winning 2-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Huddersfield went ahead on 28 minutes when Mooy reacted first to a David De Gea save and shot into the bottom corner.

Six minutes later the home side were 2-0 up when United’s Victor Lindelof, on for the injured Phil Jones, misjudged a long ball from Jonas Lossl and Depoitre was on hand to finish.

United pulled a goal back when a cross from Romelu Lukaku was nodded in by Marcos Rashford with 12 minutes to go but, despite late pressure, could not find an equaliser and fell five points behind Manchester City, the leaders.”

Southampton scored in the 85th minute to earn a hard fought 1-0 win over West Brom. Sofiane Boufal proved his worth for the Saints when he poked home the rock for the match winner.