Monday, 21 November 2016

Premier League: Costa goal at Boro puts Chelsea top

Credit: Chelsea fc

Chelsea earned their sixth successive Premier League victory without conceding thanks to Diego Costa's strike in a 1-0 win at Middlesbrough.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores in Man Utd win

Man Utd      [5]
Z Ibrahimovic (4), W Rooney (55',58 pen) ,M Fellaini (62),
J Mata (74)

Galatasaray     [2]
S Gumus (22), Bruma (40)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores with bicycle kick on Manchester United debut

Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened his Manchester United account with a stunning bicycle kick as his new club beat Turkish side Galatasaray 5-2 in Gothenburg on Saturday.

A club debut for Ibrahimovic in his home country was already the headline story of the day, but Zlatan delivered for his watching fans with an acrobatic opening goal after just four minutes at the Ullevi Stadium.

TheTurkish side struggled to get going in the opening minutes of the game but equalised with their very first chance of the match as Sinan Gumus headed in Wesley Sneijder's excellent free-kick cross on 22 minutes.

The lively Bruma scored a classy second from the edge of the box (40) to give the Turkish club a half-time lead, but the game was turned on its head after the break.

Wayne Rooney's clever flicked finish (55) levelled the affair, and it was Rooney finding the net for a second time three minutes later after Marcus Rashford had won a penalty at the end of a sparkling run.

Stunned by the quick turnaround, Gala were dealt a knockout blow when Marouane Fellaini looped a top-class header over the goalkeeper from a floated Antonio Valencia cross on 62 minutes.

And United got better and better as the game went on, with Juan Mata providing the cherry on top with a poked finish at the end of a sublime team move on 74 minutes.

The win will give Jose Mourinho's side plenty of confidence ahead of next weekend's FA Community Shield game against Premier League champions Leicester City at Wembley.

Manchester United:
De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Herrera, Mkhitaryan, Rooney, Martial, Ibrahimovic. Subs: Johnstone, Romero, Darmian, Jones, Rojo, Fellaini, Carrick, Lingard, Mata, Young, Memphis, Rashford.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Alastair Cook and Joe Root tons help England dominate

Second Test, Old Trafford, day four:

England 314-4:
Root 141*, Cook 105

Yet to bat

Alastair Cook and Joe Root hit centuries as England laid down a strong platform on day one of the second Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford, Greater Manchester.

Cook's 105 was his 29th Test hundred, putting him level with Sir Donald Bradman, and helped his side to 314-4.

Root, who put on 185 with Cook for the second wicket, was unbeaten on 141 at stumps, his 10th Test century.

Mohammad Amir took 2-63, including bowling Cook, but Pakistan - who lead the series - toiled on a flat pitch.

England's batting was much improved from their 75-run defeat in the opening Test at Lord's, when they were dismissed for 272 and 207.

Much of the pre-match talk surrounded their struggles against Yasir Shah, who took 10 wickets at Lord's, but Cook and Root scored 39 and 45 respectively against him.

On a pitch expected to provide assistance to the spinners, Yasir conceded 111 runs off his 31 overs.

James Vince was dropped by Younus Khan at slip before being caught behind for 18 off Rahat Ali, while Gary Ballance combined for 78 with Root before falling for 23.

Man United 1-4 Dortmund: Mourinho suffers first defeat as Red Devils Boss

Man United   [1]
H Mkhitaryan (59)

B Dortmund   [4]
G Castro (19' 86),
P Aubameyang (36 pen), O Dembele (57)

Manchester United were beaten 4-1 by Borussia Dortmund in the opening match of the International Champions Cup in Shanghai on Friday.

The Bundesliga side led 2-0 at the break after a goal from Gonzalo Castro (19) and a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang penalty (36).

Things did not improve after half-time for United as further strikes from Ousmane Dembele (57) and Castro (86), sandwiched in between a consolation effort by Henrikh Mkhitaryan against his old club (59), sealed the win for Dortmund.

Tour de France 2016: Chris Froome extends increases lead despite crash

Britain's Chris Froome extended his overall lead of the Tour de France despite crashing on stage 19, which was won by Frenchman Romain Bardet.

Froome, 31, crashed descending in wet conditions, but the two-time champion continued racing after borrowing team-mate Geraint Thomas' bike.

Team Sky's Froome now leads by four minutes and 11 seconds from stage winner Bardet, who is up to second.
Colombian Nairo Quintana is third, while Briton Adam Yates is now fourth.

With two stages now remaining, including the processional finale into Paris on Sunday, Bardet's victory was the first for a French rider in the 2016 Tour.

Calcum Chambers: ‘I’m looking forward to facing Drogba’

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Calum Chambers says he is relishing playing against Didier Drogba on Arsenal’s tour of the United States.

The former Chelsea striker [Didier Drogba] could face the Gunners in San Jose on July 29 after being named in the MLS All-Stars squad for a showpiece friendly against Arsène Wenger’s side.

“It will be a good test playing against a player with such experience,” Chambers explained to Arsenal Player. “He is probably the player I’m looking forward to playing the most.

“He just always scores important goals. The way he plays, obviously he is strong and is a big character. To match up with players like that is what you want to do and who you want to play against.

“That for me will be a great experience to play against him.

“He was always in the right place at the right time and the way he plays, he’s got a great finish on him as well and he is strong. He has the whole package which makes him such a handful.”

Barcelona agree deal to sign Portuguese International Andre Gomes

La Liga champions Barcelona have agreed a deal to sign midfielder Andre Gomes from Valencia.

The 22-year-old made 77 appearances for Valencia in two seasons after joining from Portuguese side Benfica.

He was part of Portugal's 2016 European Championship-winning side in France and becomes Barcelona's fourth signing of the transfer window after Galician midfielder Denis Suárez and French defenders Samuel
and Lucas Digne .