Tottenham booed off as Dier own goal earns Blades deserved point

first_imgTOTTENHAM were booed off again by their own fans as Eric Dier’s own goal preserved United’s unbeaten away record.And Blades will feel justice was done after harshly being denied a leveller earlier by the VAR.5 Boss Mauricio Pochettino shows his despair as Spurs slumped to a mediocre drawCredit: AFP or licensors5 George Baldock takes the plaudits for his key role in the Sheffield United equaliser at SpursCredit: Reuters5 Sheffield United snatch their deserved leveller as a cross from George Baldock goes in off Eric DierCredit: AFP or licensorsBut it was another bad day at the office for Spurs as Son Heung-min fired them ahead against the run of play in the 58th minute.United defender Stevens’ attempted pass to team-mate John Egan in their own box let in the South Korean, who slotted the ball under keeper Dean Henderson.It was Son’s third goal in two games since his challenge led to Andre Gomes suffering a broken and dislocated ankle at Everton on Sunday.The Spurs man was left so devastated by the incident he refused to celebrate either of his two goals in the 4-0 Champions League win at Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneBut he celebrated here and with a clenched fist in front of the jubilant home fans.United thought they had equalised two minutes later when David McGoldrick turned in Stevens’ cross.But it VAR Jon Moss chalked it when on review he spotted John Lundstram’s toenail was offside.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticJustice was done, though, with 12 minutes to go when George Baldock’s cross was glanced into his own net by Dier.Baldock was credited with the goal, even though TV replays showed the Spurs man got the final touch.It was no more than the Blades deserved as they more than matched their hosts.5 Son Heung-Min fires Tottenham in front against the run of playCredit: Getty Images – Getty5 Son Heung-Min celerbates what he must have thought would be a goal to settle Spurs down – only for the Blades to earn a pointCredit: AFP or licensorsPep Guardiola praises Liverpool and Jurgen KloppLundstram flicked wide from six yards and then hit a post with a cracking shot in the first half.Spurs did not get their first shot on target until the 53rd minute.Mauricio Pochettino’s men have now failed to win their last five Premier League matches while United have only lost once away in 2019 – and that was at Swansea back in January.Everton star Andre Gomes thanks fans for their unconditional support in social media message after horror injury against Spurslast_img read more

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How Spurs could line up with Ake and Fernandes in and wantaway Eriksen out

first_imgTOTTENHAM got off to the perfect start under Jose Mourinho on Saturday.Spurs beat hapless West Ham 3-2 at London Stadium but did not have to get out of first gear as their hosts rolled over and had their bellies scratched.2 How Tottenham could line up with Nathan Ake, Bruno Fernandes and Ruben DiasAnd despite the fact 3-2 flattered the Hammers, Mourinho will still be concerned by the way his team conceded two late goals and threatened to collapse.Clearly in the hunt for defensive stability, the Special One has reportedly highlighted defensive pair Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake as two of his main targets.Football Insider claims Bournemouth centre-half Ake is on his wish list.The 24-year-old would provide an ideal replacement for Jan Vertonghen, who is expected to leave when his contract expires next summer.However, Mourinho and Ake were together at Chelsea after the defender signed for the Blues from Feyenoord and their relationship was understood to be fraught.Ake has spoken previously of his frustration at being demoted to the reserves under Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.Centre-back Dias is currently with Benfica and has been linked with Spurs alongside his fellow Portuguese international Bruno Fernandes.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himSporting Lisbon attacking midfielder Fernandes could be lined up to replace Christian Eriksen, whose future has been thrown further into doubt since Mourinho’s arrival.Asked whether he expected Eriksen to be heavily involved under him, in a seemingly veiled jibe, Mourinho said the Dane’s selection would be based on the future.The playmaker has also reportedly rejected a new £150k-a-week contract after talks with his new boss.2Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri says there is no disagreement with Cristiano Ronaldolast_img read more

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Last thing under pressure Lamps needs now is ‘Judas’ Mourinho’s Chelsea return

first_imgTHERE was a time not so long ago when the sound of a helicopter hovering over Cobham would have them running for cover quicker than the Vietcong in Apocalypse Now.In the days when Roman Abramovich was still a hands-on owner, his flying visits to Chelsea’s training ground usually meant bad news for the manager.3 Frank Lampard’s side are in a torrid run of form and look toothless up frontCredit: AFP or licensorsBut Roman has put his chopper away since being kicked out of the UK a couple of years ago.That’s probably blessed relief for Frank Lampard, given his team’s current struggles.Six months into the job and Lampard is already starting to feel the heat.Given his inside knowledge garnered during 13 years as the finest player in the club’s history, he knows better than anyone when the mood is turning.Only mayflies and lemmings have shorter lifespans than Chelsea managers, who seem to inevitably fall foul of the most Machiavellian dressing room in football.So Lampard probably won’t be surprised by the recent rumblings of discontent surrounding his treatment of certain disaffected players.And he certainly won’t be under any illusions about his long-term prospects if he does not get to grips with the malcontents.So the very last thing he needs right now is a visit from Jose Mourinho with a chip on both shoulders and a massive point to prove.3CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Follow for all the latest on the BluesMourinho will be all hugs and false bonhomie ahead of Tottenham’s visit to Stamford Bridge Saturday lunchtime.But the second the match kicks off, ‘Judas’ Jose will do absolutely everything in his power to get one over the club who once idolised him — but now can’t stand the sight of him.Tottenham were a huge ten points and ten places behind Chelsea when Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino in November. But victory tomorrow will take them into the top four at Chelsea’s expense — and bring a whole new world of pressure down on Lampard’s shoulders.Having already lost at home to Valencia, Liverpool, Manchester United (twice), West Ham, Bournemouth and Southampton, Chelsea’s prospects are not exactly looking bright.3 Jose Mourinho’s Spurs are also struggling for goals but the boss will be determined to get one over ChelseaCredit: ReutersThey have taken two points from their last four games and in the next month also face Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Liverpool in the FA Cup and Manchester City in the league.It’s a good job Lampard is taking such a level-headed approach to the task of keeping Chelsea at the forefront of the European game.He arrived in the job with one hand tied behind his back by a Uefa transfer embargo, which prevented him from signing any new players last summer.And even when the ban was lifted last month, the club still failed to bring in any of the recruits Lampard wanted to steady the ship.He has been forced to rely on the academy graduates, who are understandably starting to struggle.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at Ladbrokes But none of that will cut much ice with a cold-hearted owner who never lets emotion get in the way of business.It has been almost two years since Abramovich took up Israeli citizenship after having his UK visa revoked — and he hasn’t been seen at Stamford Bridge since.Yet he still remains in daily contact with chief henchwoman Marina Granovskaia and will be fully briefed on his team’s shortcomings.Lampard’s special role in the club’s history and unbreakable affinity with the supporters will keep him safe for now.But failure to qualify for the Champions League could yet be a game-changer — and at the moment Chelsea are in danger of being swallowed up by the chasing pack.Manchester City’s European ban should have eased their path towards a top-five finish.Yet it has simply encouraged more than half the Premier League to redouble their efforts in the belief that they suddenly have a chance of nicking qualification.Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticLampard will be aware that of all 13 of Abramovich’s Chelsea managers, only Andre Villas-Boas had a lower win rate than his current 49 per cent.Mourinho was twice sacked at the Blues despite winning seven major trophies, Carlo Ancelotti was dumped a year after winning the Double, while lifting the Champions League and FA Cup didn’t buy Roberto Di Matteo more than eight months in the job.Defeat by Spurs tomorrow won’t be the end of Lampard — but it will make his life distinctly more uncomfortable.Fuming Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says Man United skipper Maguire should have seen red for kicking out at Batshuayilast_img read more

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Women boxers to set Pacific Games first

first_imgThe watershed moment for women in the boxing came when it was added to the London 2012 Olympic Games program.Since 2012, women have featured at other large events like the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and at the recent 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.In Port Moresby, women will compete across three weight categories, while the men will fight at 10 weight limits.At the most recent Pacific Games in New Caledonia in 2011, Tahiti dominated the medal count with four gold, two silver and one bronze.New Caledonia and Nauru were the second and third most successful Pacific Games Associations (PGAs) at that edition of the Games.Host Papua New Guinea has been traditionally the strongest nation in the lightest two weight categories.Since 1999, PNG has won every gold medal, apart from lightweight in 2011, where its athlete was disqualified for being late to the final.The other nation to look out for in the heavier weight categories is Samoa. Since 1999, Samoa has won 12 of the 44 gold medals on offer, more than any other PGA in that time frame.The semifinalists take to the ring on Friday, July 17, and the 13 gold medals will be awarded on Saturday, July 18.last_img read more

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Ovasuru is Rookie for Brisbane Heat

first_imgOvasuru will join seven other players from different countries selected from last month’s International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier in Thailand.According to the ICC, all 8 players will be given a chance to take part in the inaugural rebel WBBL.“Each of the rookie players will train with their rebel WBBL club during a two-week placement and attend home matches during that period.“In the event of an injury to a contracted player, rebel WBBL clubs will be permitted to use their Rookie as a local replacement player, which would not contribute to the club’s overseas player limit,” said the ICC.The 26-year-old Ovasuru is the Rookie player for the Brisbane Heat team.last_img read more

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Fiji Warriors crowned Pacific Challenge champions

first_imgA clinical display by the brave Warriors helped the side thrash Samoa A 36-0 at the ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay, Suva.Fiji Warriors scored four tries and a penalty try also helped seal the impressive win. The tries were scored by right winger Nacani Wakaya, left winger Lepani Raiyala, lock Mataiasi Ucutabua and inside centre Frederick Hickes.Fullback Kitione Ratu was successful with two conversions. Captain Peni Ravai’s boys displayed quality rugby to demolish the Samoans. Fiji Warriors led 16-0 at halftime.The first 40 minutes was a close exchange with livewire halfback Henry Seniloli setting the pace with quick deliveries. Fiji was ferocious in defence but there were about five knock-ons. The side kept putting in the big hits and defended well for several phases, also forcing turnovers.A penalty try was awarded after two scrums in front of the tryline before Wakaya’s specular dive in the corner, created by two chip-kicks by Raiyala and fullback Kitione Ratu.Head coach Senirusi Seruvakula was happy with the win.”I’m proud of the boys,” the former national rep said.”A lot of guys have stepped up. We stuck to the game plan.”We’ve learnt a lot playing at this level. It’s a big step up. Most of the boys are new to the Warriors (program).”There were mistakes but we got to learn from it. A lot of things we did right and also a lot of things we can work on.”We need to work on our discipline and play according to our pattern,” Seruvakula said.Captain Ravai, tighthead Mesake Doge, lock Joseva Levula, Wakaya and number eight Eremasi Radrodro were Fiji’s top performers.Samoa captain Greg Foe was gracious in defeat.”I thank the Almighty Father and credit to the Fiji Warriors. They beat us in two games,” he said.The Warriors will be back in camp after three weeks to prepare for a tour to Uruguay.last_img read more

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All Whites and Solomons off the mark

first_imgElsewhere, the Solomon Islands edged past their Melanesian rivals Vanuatu 1-0 to complete proceedings on the opening day at Port Moresby’s Sir John Guise Stadium.The All Whites went into their opening match against Fiji as hot favourites and it took them just 16 minutes to take the lead through Themistoklis Tzimopoulos.The opening goal came as a result of some good lead up play by New Zealand captain Chris Wood, who forced a reflex save from Fiji’s goalkeeper Simione Tamanisau, before Tzimopoulos tapped in the rebound.Led by Fiji captain Roy Krishna the Fijians tried to get back into the game but rarely tested All Whites keeper Stefan Marinovic.In the 41st minute, New Zealand doubled their advantage courtesy of veteran striker Rory Fallon, who pounced on another close range rebound to make it 2-0.Fiji did manage to pull a goal back before the break following a foul on Setareki Hughes inside the penalty box.Captain Roy Krishna stepped up to convert from the penalty spot to end the first half at 2-1.New Zealand looked to control possession and territory in the second half and their patience payed dividends in the 61th minute when they were awarded a penalty for Alvin Singh’s handball inside the box.Wood restored the All Whites two-goal cushion with a low shot that snuck past a diving Tamanisau.Fiji pushed forward, looking to close the gap, but the All Whites held firm to record a comfortable 3-1 win.New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson was satisfied with the result.“We’re very pleased, today was all about getting a win. It was important that we got a win here today and they caused us problems, especially [Roy] Krishna. We know all about him, he’s a great player. I was pleased that we showed a great togetherness, resilience. We had a few things go against us but they did well today.”Krishna says his side was unlucky not to get something out of the game.“In the first half we had most of the possession and we had more chances. They had two chances and they scored so credit goes to them. It’s always enjoyable to play against New Zealand and I’m proud of the boys. The result didn’t go our way but I’m proud of my boys. I know I scored one but it wasn’t enough so if we’d won it would have been a happy ending but its football and we move on.”In the second match on the opening day, the Solomon Islands had to withstand an early onslaught by Vanuatu who seemed to be in total control in the opening 15 minutes.Pressing high up the field, Vanuatu striker Kensi Tangis looked particularly dangerous, causing plenty of problems to the Solomons’ defenders with his physical presence and movement.However for all their early dominance, Vanuatu had nothing to show for, and they were made to pay in the 19th minute when the Bonitos took the lead courtesy of Jerry Donga, who chipped the ball over goalkeeper Seiloni Iaruel in a one-on-one situation inside the box.The goal seemed to have settled the nerves of the Solomon players who began to control possession and territory to hold onto their lead going into the break.The best chance of the second half fell to veteran Solomon Islands’ striker Benjamin Totori, whose shot from inside the box in the 69th minute looked to be heading for the target forcing an acrobatic diving save by Seloni Iaruel.In the final 20 minutes, Vanuatu tried to press forward searching for an equaliser, but couldn’t break down the Solomons defence.Winning coach Moses Toata Moses heaped praise on his players.“I’m very happy for the boys, it was a job well done. To our fans back at home I think the boys did it tonight, we tried to stick to our game plan and we managed to hold on to get the three point. We approach each game differently and from what we have seen we will go back to the drawing board with Ramon [Tribulietx]. From what I’ve seen so far we stepped it up from our last game.”Meanwhile, Vanuatu coach Moise Poida couldn’t hide his disappointment“Of course I’m not very happy because I believe we played better than them but they had perhaps more experienced players than us. But I think we played better. We managed the ball better, the thing is the final touch in the final third was a big problem for us. But it’s ok we accept it, we still have another two games to go.”The action at the 2016 OFC Nations Cup will continue today (Sunday) from 4pm when tournament hosts Papua New Guinea face New Caledonia at Port Moresby’s Sir John Guise Stadium.Tahiti will begin their title defence against Group A rivals Samoa from 7pm.last_img read more

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Nao is latest recipient of the Baggy Black Cap

first_imgYoung Nao in his early 20s is from the Hanuabada Village in the nation’s capital who showed off his talent during the South Pacific Games 2015 playing for the PNG Men’s A Team before making his way to the national team a year after.During his debut in the  international match against Kenya recently  where he gained fame with the Barramundis, he claimed one wicket for 42 runs off seven overs in which he stole the show to prove himself worthy to receive the Baggy Black.Upon receiving the Cap from former PNG representative and current Cricket PNG selector Daniel Faunt, Nao became the 115th Papua New Guinean to represent the country at senior level with a Baggy Black Cap.“It was truly a dream come true when I received the (Baggy Black) Cap on my debut match. This was our first ICC match on home soil and I am so humbled to have the Baggy Black on such a historic occasion,” said Nao elatedly. “The next thing is for the HEBOU PNG Barramundis to qualify for the World Cup. Our win against Kenya has just boosted our morale and I’m sure we can get there,” he added.“I’m proud to represent my country and looking forward for the other upcoming events to make PNG proud,” he said.Concluded with the a big thanks to the PNG Cricket for helping him build his potential in a sport that he always loves to play for the country.last_img read more

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Salah and Mané have more league goals than all Atleti together

first_imgAtlético’s offensive crisis has caused negative numbers that are already part of the mattress story. Only 22 goals scored in 22 league games, one per game that are greatly complicating the rojiblanca classification, currently in the sixth place. Counting with the rest of competitions, the figures are 34 goals achieved in 31 games.Atlético has on the horizon Liverpool’s visit (February 18) with the intention of recovering a large part of the block that is ravaged by injuries and whose casualties have been decisive for the very small figures of the team above. In the lead, Simeone is confident of being able to João Felix, to Diego Costa, who could return to receive the English and Morata, the last to fall, hopes to be available on the big date. But while his rival is on the opposite side of the scale from face to door. In the Premier League Liverpool already accumulates 60 goals in the 25 games who has played (2.4 per game), 86 in 38 counting all competitions. Counting only on his offensive trident, Salah, Mané and Firmino, accumulate 43 points, 33 of them in the Premier, where the reds lead the competition with an iron hand. In the domestic competition, the Egyptian has scored 14 goals, to which he adds four in the Champions League, while in the case of Mané they have been 11, plus two in the European competition and two in the European Super Cup. a total of 25 goals in the Premier between the two that are already more than those of all the Athletic League. Firmino adds eight more, to which he adds two in the Club World Cup. Immobile, more than all AtléticoIf between Salah and Mané they surpass the goals of all Atlético in Liga, in Italy to Ciro Immobile He doesn’t need anyone else, since he only leads the Golden Boot with the 25 goals he adds in Lazio. Figures in 21 games that would have been enough for him be the top scorer in Serie A in 55 of its 88 editions.center_img In the Bundesliga, his top scorer Robert Lewandoski has scored 22 goals in 20 games Garters he has played, the same as all Atleti. The Polish adds 10 goals in the Champions League and one in the German Cup that lead him to reach 33 goals in 28 games, a stratospheric figure. It follows very closely Timo Werner, a striker who has been related to Atlético and who adds 20 goals in league with Leipzig. In Spain the figures for Messi They are lower than what he has used and more after missing five days due to injury. Despite this it is the Pichichi of LaLiga and total 14 points, double that Morata, top scorer rojiblanco.last_img read more

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Real Madrid imposes a curfew before the break

first_imgThe moment of the match in which Real Madrid is most vulnerable is the central section of the second half, when the least scored team of LaLiga Santander has received 5 of the 13 goals (38%) that have been embedded in the League, between 61 ‘and 75’, according to Opta data. In the beginning of the matches, always close to the League, he has received three: one precisely from Real (2 ‘), the only league defeat in Mallorca (7’) and another from Villarreal (11 ‘). In other competitions, however, the curfew has no effect. The PSG marked him in that stretch of the match in Paris, the Bruges in the Bernabéu and the other day in Copa la Real Sociedad opened the scoring in Copa that period. In addition, Areola also received two goals from the team txuri-urdin in the first quarter of an hour of the second part and one in Bruges in that same section. To score a goal for Real Madrid this season, LaLiga teams have to hurry or wait for the second half. Courtois and Areola have not yet entered any between 15 and 45 minutes in the regularity tournament game. A curfew that white goalkeepers impose on their domains in the last half hour of the first part and that almost also extends to the first quarter of an hour after the break, when Madrid has only conceded a goal (the first against Levante). The only other team in the League that has managed to close its goal in one of the quarter-hour match is Valladolid, which has not received much between 45 ‘and 60’.last_img read more

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