<![CDATA[rss-Sports]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Sports]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[Iniesta replaces Podolski as Kobe captain]]>
The club announced on Twitter that the Spanish great, who has been at the club for less than a year, would be taking over the armband and assisted by Japanese pair Daigo Nishi and Hotaru Yamaguchi.

Iniesta will hope to bring a steading presence to Kobe, who have struggled during a tumultuous start to the season.

Despite having World Cup winners Iniesta, Podolski and David Villa in their ranks, Kobe sit in 11th place in the 18-team league having lost three of their last four games.

Last week, coach Juan Manuel Lillo departed and Takayuki Yoshida returned for a second stint with Kobe.

Shortly after Lillo’s departure, Podolski stepped down as captain and shared post on social media that hinted at turmoil within the club.

“Stop expecting loyalty from people who can’t even give you honesty,” Podolski’s post read.

It is not clear whether Yoshida will remain in charge for the rest of the season, with several Japanese media outlets speculating that former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas may be taking over at Kobe.

Kobe are bankrolled by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, who also sponsor Iniesta’s former club Barcelona, and face Cerezo Osaka on Wednesday.]]>
4/24/2019 8:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Chelsea's Hudson-Odoi confirms season over due to Achilles injury]]>
The 18-year-old was helped off the pitch shortly before halftime and said on social media that he would play no further part in Chelsea’s campaign.

“Really gutted to end my season with a ruptured Achilles, gotta work hard and try and come back stronger for next season,” he said on Twitter.

The injury rules Hudson-Odoi out of Chelsea’s last three Premier League games of the season, against Manchester United, Watford and Leicester City.

He will also miss their Europa League semi-final against Germany’s Eintracht Frankfurt, the first leg of which is on May 2.

The draw with Burnley lifted Chelsea up to fourth in the Premier League table, a point above fifth-placed Arsenal, who have played one game less.]]>
4/24/2019 8:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Gnabry 'the biggest surprise of the season' - Hoeness]]>
Gnabry has notched up 12 goals and nine assists in all competitions, establishing himself as the undisputed successor to the departing Arjen Robben and leading Bayern's remarkable comeback in the Bundesliga title race.

Having signed for Bayern in 2017, Gnabry initially impressed on a loan spell at Hoffenheim before coming back to prove himself in Munich this season.

Bayern president Hoeness has admitted that the 23-year-old's fabulous form has caught many by surprise, even within the club.

"We thought 'let's get him back here and see if he can play in the odd game'," said Hoeness in an interview with Kicker magazine on Tuesday.

"Now he is a first-team regular, is great fun to watch and is the biggest surprise of the season, in a positive sense."

Having emerged as an exciting young talent at Arsenal several years ago, Gnabry's promising career appeared to have stalled when he left the Gunners in 2016.

Yet he has flourished since then, going from strength to strength in spells at Werder Bremen, Hoffenheim and Bayern in the last three years.

He has scored eight goals since December, helping Bayern overturn what was a nine-point deficit and overtake Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table.

On Wednesday, he faces former club Bremen in the semi-finals of the German Cup, as Bayern look to complete a fifth domestic double in this decade.]]>
4/24/2019 7:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[Defence the key to Arsenal's top-four bid]]>
The Gunners travel to Wolves on Wednesday having missed a chance on tightening their grip on a top four finish ahead of at least two of Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United undermined by a 3-2 defeat at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Arsenal were extremely poor defensively that day. Two goals were from badly-defended set-pieces while the other was the result of an extraordinary individual error by Shkodran Mustafi.

Gunners manager Emery had opted to rest a number of players after a win at Napoli the previous week that had seen north London side Arsenal into the last four of the Europa League.

Now, after that plan backfired, the Spaniard must decide whether to keep the three-man back line that allows Mesut Ozil to flourish in an advanced midfield position behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, or play safe with a traditional back four.

Arsenal won 1-0 at Watford in their most recent away day outing with a back four and switched to one at half-time against Palace.

It would be no surprise, therefore, if Nacho Monreal came back on the left of the defence and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who came off the bench at the break on Sunday, was restored to the right.

- Mustafi mistake -

Emery's biggest headache though is to decide if the veteran Laurent Koscielny can carry on playing at a time when Mustafi cannot be relied on.

Sunday was not the first time Mustafi's errors had been costly -- an attempt to shield the ball from Wilfried Zaha merely allowed the Palace forward a free run on goal -- yet no Gunner in any position has been picked more in the Premier League this season than the Germany international.

Fortunately, Sokratis Papasthopoulos has served a two-game ban and is expected to go straight back in the team.

The inexperienced Konstantinos Mavropanos is another option and started against Watford and Palace but was substituted before the hour mark against the former and lasted just 45 minutes in last weekend's match with the Eagles.

"I have the confidence in our way and I want to be positive because this season we have been working and fighting to be in this key moment with the possibility to be in the top four, and we are," Emery said after the Palace loss.

"We are also in the semi-final of the Europa League and we can be proud of all the season.

"Today we can be frustrated, but tomorrow stand up and be ready for the game on Wednesday against Wolves knowing it is going to be very difficult but it is in our hands."]]>
4/24/2019 6:10:00 AM
<![CDATA[Valverde praises Arthur ]]>
The Brazilian’s style of play surprised Barcelona fans and remembered them of their historic midfielder, Xavi Hernandez, who left the club in 2015.

Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde, praised the player, saying “He is a player who is very well suited to the style of the club, maybe he would have found it more difficult at another team.”

The Brazilian formed a great partnership with Barcelona veteran, Sergio Busquets and Croatia’s Ivan Rakitic at the club midfield.

Valverde added “He made it into the national team and his career has taken a turn for the better. We are expecting great things from him."

Barcelona are having a good season so far as they are leading the league table with 9 points ahead of second placed, Atletico Madrid and they have reached Spanish Cup Final.

Barcelona also reached UEFA Champions League semis and they will face England giants, Liverpool.

Valverde continued “We are still in contention to win three titles, but at the same time we might end up with none.” ]]>
4/23/2019 3:49:06 PM
<![CDATA[Ramy Ashour announces retirement from squash ]]>
Ashour, 31, is considered one of the elite Squash players and he spent almost two years at World No.1.

“During my 25 years on the squash court, I won a combined eight World Championships (including senior, junior and team), and I never loved anything more than I have loved the game of squash. Squash has given me so much but also took a lot from me physically and mentally.” Ashour said

Ashour won three Men's World Open Squash Championship titles in 2008, 2012 and 2014 beside winning three gold medals for Egypt at Men's World Team Squash Championships.

Ashour added “While I look towards the next stage of my journey, I have to thank the people who have been with me every step of the way. First of all, my parents and my brother, who have always been there, have always been my biggest supporters and motivators, and who shared with me my best and worst times.”

Ashour’s career was affected by nultiple injuries that sidelined him from playing squash for a longtime.

He came second behind Pakistan’s Jahangir Khan at the “Greatest of All Time” list released by Professional Squash Association (PSA) ]]>
4/23/2019 3:34:47 PM
<![CDATA[Norwegian referee appointed for Zamalek clash against Pyramids ]]>
Nilsen will be assisted by Tom Harald and Geir Oskar while Kristoffer Hagenes will act as fourth official.

Both teams are sharing the top of the league 60 points each but Pyramids played two more games, while Al-Ahly comes third at the table with 58 points.

Zamalek’s winger, Mahmoud Abdelmonem known as Kahraba, and Hamdi Naguez returned to the team squad after he missed the 2-0 victory over Ismaily.

On the other hand, Zamalek manager, Christian Gross, ruled the team Moroccan duo, Khaled Boutaib and Hamid Ahaddad, due to injuries.

Pyramids, led by Argentinean manager, Ramon Diaz, hope to continue their amazing run at the League after they defeated Al-Ahly 1-0 on Thursday night.

Diaz faced Gross three times before during their time at the Saudi Arabian League when Diaz was Al Hilal manager while Gross was coaching Al-Ahli Jeddah: Al-Hilal won two games while the third game ended with a draw.

The game starts on 8:00 pm. ]]>
4/23/2019 3:21:10 PM
<![CDATA[Man City's Sterling wants harsher punishment to tackle racism]]>
Soccer authorities must adopt radical changes to tackle the menace, Sterling said, after signing a manifesto that calls for consistent and suitable punishment for racist and discriminatory behaviour.

"I'd call for an automatic nine-point deduction for racist abuse," he wrote in a column for the Times newspaper (here).

“It sounds harsh but which fan will risk racist behaviour if it might relegate their team or ruin their title bid?

“The club should have to play three games behind closed doors. That way, they lose revenue as a direct consequence of racist behaviour.”

Sterling joined a number of professionals and clubs in endorsing the manifesto which also seeks more black and minority ethnic people in senior positions in soccer and no sanctions for players walking off the pitch if they encounter racism.

Framed with the guidance of anti-discriminatory bodies Kick It Out and FARE and the Black Collective of Media in Sport, key points of the manifesto also include the need for media and social media to take more responsibility in tackling abuse.

“Up and down the game, across the world, black and Asian players, fans and coaches are subjected to racism. Every day, from park football to the Champions League,” Sterling said.

“In my opinion the people who run the game are doing nowhere near enough to solve the problem. And that’s not good enough.”

Earlier this season, Sterling had accused sections of the British media of fuelling racism with a negative portrayal of young black players.

The 24-year-old encountered racist abuse during England’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro in March, while there have been many other cases in European soccer in recent months.

Sterling, who is in the running for the Professional Footballers’ Association Players’ Player of the Year award, said that he did not want young black players to endure what he had.

“I don’t know how long it’ll take for things to change but we have to start now. I don’t want the next generation of black players to have to put up with this evil,” he said.]]>
4/23/2019 2:56:14 PM
<![CDATA[Solskjaer demands derby reaction from "hurt" United]]>
Much more than local pride is at stake with City knowing they can go top of the standings with a win and United fighting to get into the top four and qualify for next season’s Champions League.

United’s initial upturn in form after Solskjaer took charge has quickly faded with the team suffering six defeats in their last eight games in all competitions.

Solskjaer had slammed his players and apologised to the club’s fans after the meek surrender at Goodison Park but he said the derby is the perfect occasion for a quick bounce back.

“That’s the best game we could ask for with players hurt as they definitely were. We had a meeting after the game and all the players were definitely disappointed but really, really hurt by that performance and the City game is the perfect one,” he told a news conference.

“There’s no hiding place on the pitch and the fans will back you if you give that effort against a City side that’s been very, very good, we have got to turn up.”

“The response has to be there, you have to try and provoke or inspire a reaction and we haven’t had time to work on the pitch because you need recovery at this stage of the season so it’s about changing mindsets and making sure heads are ready,” he added.

The Norwegian, who replaced the sacked Jose Mourinho initially on an interim basis in December and was then handed a three year contract last month, has been clear that he intends to make changes to his squad in the close-season. However, he said he did see promise in some of his current crop.

“Of course, you learn about players and now is not the time to talk about making wholesale changes in the squad that’s been doing so great. (Only) City and Liverpool have taken more points than us in the last 18 games and that’s it,” Solskjaer said.

“You can see loads of Manchester United standards, the DNA in these players, you have to get players in and some players will go out.”

The 46-year-old said he was well capable of making the tough choices that will be needed at the end of the season.

“I would like to think so, I like all these boys I love them but I’ve got to manage for the club and I’m managing the club and the players and I’ve got to put all my effort into making sure we do what is right for the club,” he said.]]>
4/23/2019 2:54:12 PM
<![CDATA[Liverpool's Milner backs United to win Manchester derby]]>
Defending champions City are two points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool and winning their game in hand at the home of their derby rivals would allow Pep Guardiola’s side to retake the lead in the title race.

Milner, who won the Premier League title with City before joining Liverpool, wants United to do bitter rivals Liverpool a favour by beating City and increasing the pressure on them in the final weeks of the season.

“First time in my life,” Milner told reporters when asked if he would support United over City. “But I won’t be watching. It’s a bit of a waste of energy, willing the ball in the other goal.”

City will be crowned champions if they win their remaining games, while Liverpool need City to drop points if they are to end their 29-year wait for an English top-flight title.

“They’re a top team, they’ve done it before and are grinding it out. All we can do is win the rest of our games and put them under pressure,” Milner added.

“There’s three games left after (United). People think United is a challenge, but it’s not the only one. It’s an old cliche but the Premier League is tough whoever you play.”]]>
4/23/2019 2:51:52 PM
<![CDATA[Chelsea held 2-2 by Burnley, denting Champions League hopes]]>
Jeff Hendrick gave Burnley an early lead with a crisp volley before N’Golo Kante and Gonzalo Higuain put the home side 2-1 ahead by the 14th minute. However, Ashley Barnes drew the visitors level 10 minutes later.

After Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Arsenal all lost at the weekend, Chelsea had an opportunity to tighten their grip on the Premier League’s top four places.

The draw pushed Chelsea up a place into fourth spot in the Premier League, level on points with third-placed Spurs and one point ahead of Arsenal, both of whom have a played a game less. Burnley remained 15th are nine points clear of the relegation zone with three games left to play.

On a frustrating night for Chelsea, teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi had to be helped off the pitch shortly before halftime after suffering a serious Achilles tendon injury.

Chelsea’s frustration at failing to claim all three points boiled over when referee Kevin Friend sent Sarri off after the Italian coach became embroiled in a scuffle amongst players on the touchline in the dying moments.

“You can understand he is frustrated about the game,” said Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola, who stood in for Sarri in the post-match news conference.

Zola said Sarri had sought to get his players out of the scuffle but the referee “misinterpreted it; we are very unhappy about it.” Zola added Sarri had been offended by a comment from the Burnley bench.

Chelsea defender David Luiz accused Burnley of playing “anti-football” by wasting time and employing negative tactics.

Burnley coach Sean Dyche bristled at the “anti-football” suggestion and praised his players for withstanding Chelsea’s pressure.

“There are nights like tonight when you just have to give everything, every inch,” he said. “You know, it used to be a really good thing when fans see their team give everything. They used to love it and maybe it’s still got a place.”

It was Burnley — seeking to avoid being sucked back into the relegation fight — who struck first when Hendrick volleyed home in the eighth minute after a headed clearance found him in space on the edge of the penalty area.

Chelsea hit back with two goals in two minutes. First, winger Eden Hazard bamboozled Burnley’s defence before cutting the ball back for Kante to sweep home. Then Higuain blasted a shot in off the underside of the crossbar in the 14th minute.

Ten minutes later, Burnley were level again when Barnes evaded his marker at the back post to connect with a headed flick-on from Chris Wood.

After the end-to-end drama of the first 45 minutes, Chelsea dominated possession in the second half but failed to break down Burnley’s defence.]]>
4/23/2019 2:50:19 PM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly will be the Egyptian League title winners: Turki Al-Sheikh]]>
"Al Ahly will be a league champion this season, followed by Zamalek in the second place," Sheikh said.

"Pyramids will finish the league in the third place," he said in a telephone interview with MBC Masr pundit, Amr Adib.

"Al Ahly is a big club standing on a very solid ground; whatever happened with Al Ahly and regardless of the bad decisions and wrong choices, in the end they have a solid foundation," Sheikh said.

Al Ahly suffered in the last two weeks as they were knocked-out of the CAF Champions League against South Africa's Sundowns 1-5 (on aggregate), then they have been defeated by Pyramids FC 0-1 in the Egyptian League which makes them third in the league standings.

"Recalling the spirit and history of Al Ahly gives the team 30-40 percent more chance than any other opponent in the league," he concluded.
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4/22/2019 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Paris Saint-Germain win sixth French title in seven years]]>
Qatar-backed PSG are now 16 points ahead of Lille who have five games to play after a season which saw them only lose on three occasions in another dominant league campaign.

Christophe Galtier's Lille, three-time French champions themselves, stumbled to a stalemate at lowly Toulouse but had Thiago Mendes' second-half effort chalked off by VAR for handball.

"I have regrets over the ruled out goal because I don't think it was intentional," Galtier said.

"PSG deserve the title and it's not a surprise to anyone. The suspense didn't last."

PSG now have eight French championships since their maiden victory in 1986 although they squandered three earlier chances to secure this season's title by failing to beat Strasbourg and being beat by second-placed Lille and Nantes in the space of 10 days.

However, in a disappointing European run, Thomas Tuchel's men failed to reach the later stages of the Champions League losing to Manchester United in the last 16.

Tuchel, in his first year as boss, has complained about not having enough players as the world's most expensive footballer Neymar, fellow striker Edinson Cavani, winger Angel di Maria and defender Marquinhos have missed large parts of the season through injury.

The German has had to call on youngsters Colin Dagba, Moussa Diaby and Christopher Nkunku to fill gaps but World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe has proved his 180 million-euro ($202 million) price tag with 27 goals in 26 league appearances.

The Parisians host Monaco, the only other outfit to lift the trophy since 2013, later on Sunday with Neymar set to return from a foot problem which has kept him sidelined since January.

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4/22/2019 7:08:00 AM
<![CDATA[Youth & Sports min. visits Cairo Stadium]]>
Sobhi also followed up the work being done which included expanding and developing the stadium's entrances and locker rooms and providing a snow bath for the recovery of the players as well as a Jacuzzi as per the CAF's demand.

Sobhi praised the rapid development of the stadium, stressing that everyone is working in great coordination and integration in efforts to ensure the success of the tournament.

The matches will be played in the Cairo, Air Defense, Al Salam, Alexandria, Suez and Ismailia stadiums. The Cairo Stadium will host the opening match and final match.


Group A: Egypt, DR Congo, Uganda, Zimbabwe - This group of matches will be played at Cairo Stadium


Group B: Nigeria, Guinea, Madagascar, Burundi - This group of matches will be played at Alexandria Stadium


Group C: Senegal, Algeria, Kenya, Tanzania - This group of matches will be played at Air Defense Stadium


Group D: Morocco, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Namibia - This group of matches will be played at Al Salam Stadium


Group E: Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, Angola - This group of matches will be played at Suez Stadium


Group F: Cameroon, Ghana, Benin, Guinea-Bissau - This group of matches will be played at Ismailia Stadium


Egypt won the rights to host the tournament after being selected over South Africa.


The 2019 African Cup of nations was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. However, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the tournament for serious delays in preparations.


Egypt is the most successful nation in the history of the competition as Egypt has won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010.


Egypt has been known for its ability to host the biggest sports tournaments as the country has one of the best infrastructures in the continent, besides the huge passion of its people towards sports, especially football.
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4/22/2019 6:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Benzema's treble fires Real Madrid past Bilbao as Bale jeered again]]>
Benzema has been one of the few bright sparks in an otherwise dreary campaign for the European champions and it was his second-half treble that proved the difference at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Victory moves Madrid four points behind Atletico in second, while Bilbao stay seventh, with their chances of sealing a spot in the Europa League dented. However Zinedine Zidane's side stay 13 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona, who beat Real Sociedad 2-1 on Saturday.

Benzema's advance in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and surge since the reappointment of Zidane comes in stark contrast to Gareth Bale, who was whistled when introduced as a substitute here and frequently during his 20 minutes on the pitch.

For all the impatience of the home crowd, it was Bale who won the corner for Benzema's second and then teed up his team-mate's third in injury-time.

But his sixth season at Real Madrid will surely be his last, with Zidane saying little in press conference either to express support or suggest he wants the Welshman to stay beyond the summer.

Bale and Benzema with the gargantuan task of filling the void left by Ronaldo's departure for Juventus last summer and while Bale seems to have shrivelled under the weight of expectation, Benzema has thrived.

The 31-year-old has now claimed all of Madrid's last eight goals in La Liga, a run that includes five matches, while in his last seven games, he has scored 10.

- Benzema saves limp Real -

Benzema said at the start of the season he wanted 35 goals in all competitions and, despite his opportunities being reduced by his team's early exit in the Champions League, he is now only five short of his target with the same number of games left to play.

Zidane has already said he expects Benzema to be a Madrid player again at the start of next season and on this evidence it is easy to see why.

The striker's clinical performance aside, the reigning European champions lacked spark in the final third and, the emphatic scoreline flattered them.

They were particularly underwhelming in the first half and Bilbao's Inaki Williams might have scored early in the second had the 22-year-old Jesus Vallejo not made an excellent last-ditch intervention.

It was from the counter-attack that Madrid scored as Toni Kroos was allowed to stroll forward unattended and feed Marco Asensio out wide. Asensio crossed for Benzema to head home.

The game was reduced to almost a walking pace around the hour, with the Madrid fans roused only to jeer the introduction of Bale, who came on with Isco, with 20 minutes left.

But it was his run in behind that won the corner for Benzema's second, another header, this time at the back post, before a comical mix-up in the Bilbao defence gifted him his hat-trick.

Iago Herrerin rushed out to intercept a speculative ball over the top but made a mess of his headed clearance, the ball falling to Bale to tee up Benzema, 30 yards out but with the goal open.]]>
4/22/2019 5:07:00 AM
<![CDATA[Embiid sparks 76ers to NBA playoff win after two ejected]]>
Despite a third-quarter incident that saw two players ejected, the 76ers seized a 3-1 lead in the first-round series against the Nets and could advance in the Eastern Conference best-of-seven matchup with a home victory Tuesday.

In the other Eastern Conference game, Khris Middleton finished with 20 points and nine rebounds as the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks put the Detroit Pistons on the brink of elimination with a 119-103 win. The victory give the Bucks a 3-0 lead and they can wrap up the series with a win on the road in the Motor City on Monday.

Philadelphia, down by 10 points early in the third quarter, battled back most of the second half before taking the lead on a run of eight points by Embiid, who missed game three with a sore left knee.

A slam dunk and layup by Embiid gave the 76ers their first late lead at 102-101 but, after an exchange of layups and three-pointers as well as turnovers, fell behind 108-107 on a basket by Brooklyn's Joe Harris with 25 seconds remaining.

On the next 76er possession, Embiid flipped the last of his seven assists to Mike Scott, whose corner three-pointer put Philadelphia ahead to stay 110-108 with 19 seconds remaining.

Australian Ben Simmons -- who added 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the 76ers -- stole the ball from Brooklyn's Jarett Allen and Tobias Harris sank two free throws for the last of his 24 points to clinch the triumph.

- 'Stay cool and not react' -

Caris LeVert led the Nets with 25 points while Brooklyn had 21 points each from Allen and D'Angelo Russell.

Cameroon star center Embiid was issued a flagrant foul in touching off an altercation 4:18 into the third quarter that saw Philadelphia's Jimmy Butler Brooklyn's Jared Dudley ejected.

Embiid, who had elbowed Allen in the face in game two, was whistled for a hard foul on Allen that prompted Dudley to rush at Embiid, taking down the Sixers big man.

Butler swung his left arm at Dudley, who wound up in the front row seats with Simmons at one stage, to earn his ejection.

"I know these guys are going to go at me because they want me to retaliate, so I've got to be mature when I'm on the court and just stay cool and not react," Embiid said.

"Today I could have reacted but I felt like my team needed me more than they needed Jared Dudley, so I've just got to stay cool and mature and do my job."

In Detroit, Brook Lopez tallied 19 points and had seven rebounds and five blocked shots and Eric Bledsoe scored 19 points for the Bucks.

Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered 14 points and 10 rebounds for his third straight double-double in the series and Nikola Mirotic chipped in 12 points.

Detroit's hobbled star Blake Griffin had 27 points in 31 minutes after he missed the first two games of the series with a sore knee.

Griffin was cleared with his leg heavily wrapped but it didn't change the outcome.

The Pistons have now lost 13 straight playoff games dating back to 2008.

- Jokic spurs on Nuggets -

In the Western Conference, the Denver Nuggets -- led by game highs of 29 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists from Serbian playmaker Nikola Jokic -- pulled level with San Antonio at 2-2 in their opening series with a 117-103 road triumph over the Spurs.

Denver posted the second-best regular-season record in the West this season but it was Spurs that could have pushed the Nuggets to the brink of elimination with a victory.

Instead, the Nuggets hit 15-of-31 points from three-point range and snapped a 14-game losing streak in San Antonio dating to March 2012, with Jokic and Jamal Murray's 24 points leading the way.

"We haven't won here in a while. That was on our minds," Murray said. "Now we go back home 2-2. We'll bring the same defensive energy and get the job done."

The series continues with game five Tuesday in Denver.]]>
4/22/2019 5:03:00 AM
<![CDATA['England, Spain or Portugal' - Sanches wants to leave Bayern]]>
"I have to play more, five minutes are not enough," said Sanches, 21, after he was substituted onto the field in the 87th minute during Bayern's 1-0 win over Werder Bremen on Saturday.

"A loan would be an option. I just want to play, whether in England, Spain or Portgual," he said.

Sanches joined Bayern as a teenager in 2016, just weeks after winning the European Championships with Portugal and being named Young Player of the Tournament.

Bayern paid 35 million euros ($39.3m) for the much-hyped midfielder, but he failed to break into the first team in his first year in Munich.

An attempt to reboot his career on loan at Swansea City proved disastrous, and Sanches returned to Bayern last summer in the hope that he could make an impact under new coach Niko Kovac.

Yet after a promising start to the season, Sanches has made only six starts in all competitions this term, and is now openly angling for a move away.

"I am not happy here, I am working hard but not playing," he told Kicker magazine last month.

Yet on Saturday, he also insisted that he had no problem with Bayern coach Kovac.

"I have a normal relationship with Kovac. I respect him, he and my team mates see how hard I work in training," he said.]]>
4/22/2019 4:01:00 AM
<![CDATA[There's no quit in Khan insists McGuigan]]>
Saturday's WBO welterweight title fight ended in controversial fashion when champion Crawford, who had knocked Khan down in the first round, won with a sixth-round stoppage after his British opponent was unable to continue following an illegal low blow.

The American, who had been on top for much of the bout, accused Khan of quitting but the beaten fighter was adamant he could not continue.

McGuigan, 58, who won the world featherweight title in 1985, gave his support to Khan by telling BBC Radio on Sunday: "It's a very dangerous thing to do to call somebody a quitter.

"You look at Khan's career and the fights he's been in and the one thing he always had was immense courage, determination and getting up off the floor.

"You think of the Breidis Prescott fight, the Canelo (Alvarez) fight, the Danny Garcia fight -- there's no quit in him."

Khan meanwhile continued to insist Sunday he had been left with little option but to stop boxing when he tweeted he had been urinating blood.

He tweeted: "Peeing blood. The shot was low. The fight was just getting interesting. Well done team Terrance. I never quit, I rather get knocked out cold then quit. Good night. Thank you New York."]]>
4/22/2019 3:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Man Utd thrashed 4-0 by Everton in fresh blow to top four hopes]]>
A sixth defeat in eight games in all competitions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men means they remain two points adrift of the top four in sixth.

Everton, chasing seventh, which could provide a route into next season's Europa League, made a flying start as Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson struck inside the first 28 minutes.

Lucas Digne's sweet strike and Theo Walcott's goal completed Everton's biggest win over United since 1984.

United could easily fall five points off the Champions League places should Arsenal beat Crystal Palace at home later on Sunday and Chelsea win when they host Burnley on Monday.

Solskjaer's task in turning United's fortunes around does not get any easier as title-chasing Manchester City visit Old Trafford on Wednesday.]]>
4/22/2019 1:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[2019 AFCON Volunteer registration opens for Egyptians & Foreigners ]]>
"The Volunteers and the team facilitators committee of the 2019 African Nations Cup, hosted by Egypt from June 21 to July 19, 2019, has opened the door for young people wishing to volunteer in the tournament," the committee said in a press release.

"The Committee has launched the application form through the official website of the tournament on Sunday 21 April, and continues to open the door for young people until next Friday, 26 April 2019." The committee added in the press release.



The Volunteers and the team facilitators committee stipulated that the applicants should be between the age of university students and 35 years old. Also, they must be proficient in one of the foreign languages spoken by the African teams participating in the tournament, which is divided into the languages "English, French and Portuguese", in addition to previous experience in the organization of events and sports championships.

Gehad Aamer, assistant of AFCON Organizing Committee’s president and The Volunteers and the team facilitators committee’s president, assured that after receiving volunteers’ applications they will have interviews to choose the proper elements, and those who will undergo specialized training courses to refine their skills and prepare them properly to perform the tasks.

Here you can apply:

https://www.egypt2019.eg/




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The matches will be played in the Cairo, Air Defense, Al Salam, Alexandria, Suez and Ismailia stadiums. The Cairo Stadium will host the opening match and final match.

Group A: Egypt, DR Congo, Uganda, Zimbabwe - This group of matches will be played at Cairo Stadium

Group B: Nigeria, Guinea, Madagascar, Burundi - This group of matches will be played at Alexandria Stadium

Group C: Senegal, Algeria, Kenya, Tanzania - This group of matches will be played at Air Defense Stadium

Group D: Morocco, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Namibia - This group of matches will be played at Al Salam Stadium

Group E: Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, Angola - This group of matches will be played at Suez Stadium

Group F: Cameroon, Ghana, Benin, Guinea-Bissau - This group of matches will be played at Ismailia Stadium

Egypt won the rights to host the tournament after being selected over South Africa.

The 2019 African Cup of nations was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. However, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the tournament for serious delays in preparations.

Egypt is the most successful nation in the history of the competition as Egypt has won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010.

Egypt has been known for its ability to host the biggest sports tournaments as the country has one of the best infrastructures in the continent, besides the huge passion of its people towards sports, especially football.

Since 1996, a total of 16 teams were allowed to participate at the tournament but for the first time in history, 24 nations will compete to win the title in 2019.

Since the launch of Egypt's official bid to host the tournament, the Egyptian Football Federation announced the stadiums which would host the games.


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4/21/2019 4:53:02 PM
<![CDATA[Azarenka crushes Stosur to send Fed Cup semi to deciding doubles]]>
The two-time Australian Open champion was in a different league to the former US Open winner, who meekly succumbed 6-1, 6-1 in just 59 minutes.

It left the tie finely poised at 2-2 with a doubles match to determine who meets France or Romania in the final.

Earlier, ice-cool world number nine Ashleigh Barty, watched on Pat Rafter Arena by Evonne Goolagong, who led Australia to their last Fed Cup title in 1974, produced a commanding performance to beat Aryna Sabalenka 6-2, 6-2.

Despite her demoralising loss, Stosur will team up with Barty to face Azarenka and Sabalenka in the crucial decider.

"It was about either we stay and fight for another match or go home," said Azarenka. "So I was very focused. Pressure was there but that's good. That's the situations I want to be in."

Australia are targeting their first final since 1993, while Belarus are bidding to reach it for the second time in three attempts, after being beaten by the United States in 2017.

Stosur has often struggled on home soil, although success hasn't been completely elusive. On her last appearance Down Under in January she won the women's doubles title at the Australian Open.

Nerves were fluttering as her match got under way with both players losing their opening service game. But Azarenka quickly settled while Stosur was broken twice more as the Belurussian raced to 4-1 lead.

Stosur was out of touch and fired down seven double faults as Azarenka won the set in just 29 minutes and the second followed a similar pattern.

In Sunday's opener, Barty maintained the red hot form that saw her burst into the top 10 by winning the Miami Open last month by outclassing world number 10 Sabalenka, whose serve let her down.

"A really clean match today. I stuck to my game plan well and was able to execute under pressure," said Barty, who is now on a 13-match Fed Cup winning streak. "Certainly nice to return (serve) so well."
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4/21/2019 4:10:39 PM
<![CDATA[I think Salah is still the one that could win them the league: Rush]]>
“You’d probably say game-to-game Mane has been Liverpool’s forward player of the season but then I think Salah is still the one that could win them the league,” Liverpool’s all-time leading scorer told Sky Sports News at an Ian Rush Foundation event.

"Salah was out of this world last year. I’m not sure if he got the recognition he deserved but he was never going to score as many goals as he did last season."

“I think the goals against Southampton, and in particular Chelsea – where he went off late on to a standing ovation – have been a real pick-up for him, confidence-wise," Rush stated.

Mohamed Salah participated this season in 46 matches in various tournaments; he scored 23 goals and provided 11 assists.

The 26-year-old is the top scorer in the English Premier League after 34 rounds on equal footing with Manchester City Argentinean striker Sergio Aguero.
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4/21/2019 4:09:14 PM
<![CDATA[Basketball: Zamalek in the final after beating Al Ahly]]>
The Super League's semi-final is being held by the "Best of 5", where the winner of three matches qualifies for the final.

The first match ended with Zamalek's victory by 70-64 before Al Ahly won the second game 77-76.

Zamalek ended the third game with a great victory 81-54, before the semi-final of the Super League ended with a victory for the White club in the fourth game.

Zamalek play in the final of the Super League with the winner between Al Gezira and Al Ittihad.

Al Gezira and Al Ittihad won two matches each. The fifth crucial match between Al Gezira and Al Ittihad will take place on April 21.
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4/21/2019 4:08:16 PM
<![CDATA[Keno gives Pyramids second victory over Al Ahly]]>
Al Ahly hosted Pyramids FC in a postponed game from the 25th round of the Egyptian League in the presence of 5,000 fans.

Pyramids FC's valuable goal came through Brazilian talent, Keno, who put the ball amazingly in Mohamed el Shenawy's net.

This is the second victory for Turki Al Sheikh's club over Al Ahly. Through this victory, Pyramids jumped to the second place, with two more games to play and 60 points. Meanwhile, Al Ahly became third with only 58 points. The Reds are two points away from the top place, which is occupied by Zamalek.

Al Ahly dominated most of the game and wasted five dangerous chances. They failed to penetrate Pyramids' strong defense.

Pyramids FC is set to face Zamalek in another crucial encounter on Tuesday while Al Ahly will face Al Masry on Thursday.
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4/21/2019 4:07:02 PM
<![CDATA[Barca on cusp of La Liga triumph after win over Real Sociedad]]>
Victory means Barca only have to beat Alaves on Tuesday and then Levante next Saturday to be crowned champions at Camp Nou, while three points against Alaves will be enough on its own if Atletico Madrid then lose to Valencia on Wednesday.

Whether in three days or seven, it is now surely only a matter of when rather than if Ernesto Valverde's side successfully defend their trophy, despite Atletico keeping the gap to nine points after they edged past Eibar earlier on Saturday.

"We have to get it out of our heads that we are nine points clear," Valverde said. "We now have three days until we play again and it will be difficult."
Wrapping it up early though would allow Barcelona the luxury of focusing completely on the Champions League, which could give them an advantage over their semi-final opponents Liverpool, who seem to be embroiled in a Premier League race to the finish with Manchester City.

But this was no stroll, with Real Sociedad pulling level in the second half thanks to Juanmi's equaliser, even if parity lasted less than two minutes.

Lionel Messi might not have scored but it was his cute pass that teed up the excellent Alba to score the winner after Lenglet had earlier powered in a header from Ousmane Dembele's cross.

- Barcelona racing towards title –

Barcelona stumbled out of the blocks this season but they are now tearing down the home straight.

This was their 21st league game without defeat while Real Madrid sit 16 points behind them ahead of their game at home to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

"You always look at the matches of Real Madrid because you always consider them a rival," Valverde said. "In their case, they may be thinking about next season."

It was a surprise when Messi failed to score with two free-kicks in the first half while Sociedad could have been in front but Juanmi was denied by Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Willian Jose spurned the rebound.

There was nothing complicated about Lenglet's opener, the Frenchman rising high above two defenders and heading into the corner for his first league goal in a Barcelona shirt.

Ter Stegen and Alba were fortunate not to be punished for a mix-up and then La Real did score, in the 62nd minute, as Juanmi slid to connect with Mikel Merino's brilliant through ball.

But in the 64th minute, Barca were ahead again as Messi weaved one way and then the other before finding Alba to his left. The defender jinked inside and drove a shot into the far corner.

Earlier, Atletico Madrid had needed Thomas Lemar to come off the bench and find an 85th-minute winner against Eibar as they stretched their lead over Real Madrid to seven points.

Without Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa, who were both suspended, Diego Simeone's side looked set for a stalemate that would have given Real at least a sniff of second place.

Instead Lemar, on as a substitute, tucked in Koke's cross to deliver another timely boost to Atleti's morale, in the same week their star goalkeeper Jan Oblak extended his contract with the club until 2023.

Lemar's goal will have done the Frenchman's confidence no harm either, after a difficult debut season following his 60 million-euro move from Monaco last summer. Simeone will expect more next term.
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4/21/2019 4:03:38 PM
<![CDATA[Foden fires Man City back top, Brighton boost survival bid]]>
Pep Guardiola's side are one point clear of second-placed Liverpool after Foden's fifth-minute header exacted a measure of revenge for City's Champions League quarter-final exit against Tottenham on Wednesday, a result that ended their bid to win an unprecedented quadruple.

"We could have lost the Premier League today -– after Wednesday it was really tough. As a footballer, I could not have done what my players have done today," said Guardiola.

Liverpool can regain pole position if they win at struggling Cardiff on Sunday, but City have won their last 10 league matches to keep the destiny of the title in their own hands because the champions will hold a game in hand on Jurgen Klopp's men.

"It was very important for the race for the Premier League. We know we cannot drop points. It was tight, Tottenham had more chances than the previous two games," added Guardiola.

"We have been playing for the Premier League every three days for 10 months, you can feel the pressure.

"The title is still in our hands. We are fighting until the end."

As well as Foden's crucial contribution in only his second Premier League start, Guardiola was indebted to City goalkeeper Ederson for a series of fine saves as the champions gave a nervous display at the Etihad Stadium.

The only frustration for Guardiola was an injury to Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who limped off again just before the break.

De Bruyne, only recently back from a knee problem, is unlikely to play in the midweek derby at Manchester United.

"We will see tomorrow but I think the next game he will be out," Guardiola said.

- Rodgers rescued –

At Molineux, fourth-bottom Brighton moved three points clear of Cardiff after a gritty stalemate against Wolves.

Chris Hughton's men, who have a game in hand on Cardiff, needed a man-of-the-match display from Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan to avoid a fifth successive defeat.

Ayoze Perez's hat-trick effectively sealed Newcastle's safety as the Magpies beat struggling Southampton 3-1.

Perez struck in the 27th and 31st minutes at St James' Park before Mario Lemina reduced the deficit in the 58th minute.

Perez completed his treble with four minutes left to move Newcastle 10 points clear of the bottom three, while Southampton are five points above the drop zone.

However, Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez once again hinted he might leave if he doesn't get more support in the transfer market from controversial owner Mike Ashley.

"In an ideal world I want to compete for something. That's main thing. If you analyse the transfer fee and wage bill, it's far away. We'll keep preparing the team and see," Benitez said.

Gerard Deulofeu's brace lifted Watford to seventh place with a 2-1 victory at relegated Huddersfield.

Deulofeu, the hero of Watford's FA Cup semi-final win over Wolves, put the Hornets ahead with a deft dink into the top corner in the fifth minute at the John Smith's Stadium.

The Spanish winger netted again in the 80th minute after Jonas Lossl saved Abdoulaye Doucoure's effort.

Huddersfield's stoppage-time reply from Karlan Grant couldn't stop the Terriers suffering a 14th home defeat this term.


Watford's rise up the table was aided by Leicester's 2-2 draw at West Ham, which dropped Brendan Rodgers' team to eighth place.

Michail Antonio put West Ham ahead, then Jamie Vardy equalised before Lucas Perez restored the hosts' lead in the 82nd minute.

But, after Perez had a second goal wrongly ruled out for offside, Harvey Barnes rescued Rodgers' side with an equaliser two minutes into stoppage-time.

Relegated Fulham finally earned their first Premier League away win this season with a 1-0 success at Bournemouth
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4/21/2019 4:01:53 PM
<![CDATA[Ronaldo '1,000 percent' committed as Juventus claim eighth successive title]]>
Massimiliano Allegri's side had needed just one more point for a 35th Scudetto and their latest title triumph helped ease some of the pain of their shock Champions League exit at the Juventus Stadium to Ajax on Tuesday.

A come-from-behind 2-1 win over Fiorentina was enough to give them a 20-point lead on nearest rivals Napoli with five games to play.

Serbian defender Nikola Milenkovic put Fiorentina ahead after less than six minutes.

But Alex Sandro's diving header on 37 minutes and an own goal from Fiorentina defender German Pezzella after a Ronaldo cross in the 53rd minute sealed another title to ease their European disappointment.

"It was a great season and I adapted well. We won the Scudetto and the Italian Super Cup, which is not easy to achieve," said Ronaldo.

"It didn't go well in the Champions League but next year is a new page, the fans all want it and so do we.

"I'm staying at Juve, 1,000 percent."

- Ronaldo makes history –


It was the 34-year-old's sixth domestic league title, having won three with Manchester United and two with Real Madrid, as he becomes the first player to win the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A.

Juventus purchased the five-time Ballon d'Or winner for 100 million euros ($112 million) last summer.

He has scored 19 goals and had six assists, and is in the running for the top-scorer award along with Sampdoria's Fabio Quagliarella, who has 22 goals, and AC Milan's Krzysztof Piatek on 21.

Juventus have lost only two matches, against Genoa and SPAL, with 28 wins and three draws.

Their eight straight title sees them overtake French club Lyon for the record of consecutive victories in the top five European leagues.

The day was a double celebration as Juventus' women's team won their second straight league title since being founded in 2017.

"I'm very happy because we've achieved an important goal," said Allegri, who becomes the first coach to win five consecutive Serie A titles.

He has six in total, having also won with AC Milan, one behind Giovanni Trapattoni, who has seven.

"We had an amazing season and we won 50 percent of the competitions we participated in.

"Of course, we are disappointed by the elimination of Tuesday but a title is celebrated.

"We won it five games from the end and that's all about what the lads did on the pitch."

Juventus also equalled the record for the earliest the Italian title has been won, with five games to spare, achieved by Torino in 1948, Fiorentina in 1956 and Inter Milan in 2007.

"We were greatly disappointed this week, but now it's time to party," said defender Giorgio Chiellini.

"The Champions League is a competition which comes down to details. You can play well for nine months and then compete in a week where things are slightly off and it's over.

"We have to continue to progress and work, it's the only way we know at Juventus."

- Tight battle for Europe –

The battle for European football next season remains tight with just four points separating AC Milan in fourth and Lazio in eighth.

AC Milan were held 1-1 at Parma, with Roma, in fifth, missing a chance to move up after a 1-1 draw at Inter Milan.

Substitute Samu Castillejo had put Milan ahead after 69 minutes in Emilia-Romagna but Bruno Alves grabbed a point three minutes from time.

A Stephan El Shaarawy stunner put Roma ahead after 14 minutes at the San Siro only for Ivan Perisic to level for Inter after 61 minutes.

Inter are third six points behind Napoli who host Atalanta, in sixth, on Monday.

Lazio's European hopes took a knock with a 2-1 defeat to relegated Chievo.

A win would have put the Romans within a point of AC Milan, but they struggled when Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was sent off after half an hour.

Emanuel Vignato, 18, scored his first goal for Chievo after 49 minutes with Perparim Hetemaj heading in a second two minutes later to seal a first away win.

Felipe Caicedo pulled a goal back for Lazio after 67 minutes but Simone Inzaghi's side slipped to eighth behind Torino who won at Genoa with Cristian Anzaldi scoring the only goal.
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4/21/2019 3:59:11 PM
<![CDATA[FC Masr promotes to Egyptian Premier League]]>
FC Masr tied with AlMareekh with in a goalless draw in the game held in Port Said in the 26th round of the second division of the Egyptian League.

Before the last round FC Masr was in the lead, followed by Ceramica Cleopatra in the second place, Al Kanahin the third place andTersana in the fourth place.

The final ranking of the teams in the group comesas follows:

1-FC Masrwith 52 points (officially qualified to the Premier League)

2-Ceramica with 51 points.

3-Al Kanahwith 50 points.

This qualification is the first in the history for FC Masr. It is the third qualifying team for the Premier League next season, preceded by Aswan from Upper Egypt group and Tanta from Bahary group.
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4/21/2019 2:39:41 PM
<![CDATA[Zamalek defeats Ismaili, tops the league]]>
Zamalek's two goals came through Omar alSaeed at the 36th minute and Youssef Ibrahim 'Obama' doubled the score at the 48th minute.

The last victory for Zamalekover Al Daraweesh in the league was on July 6, 2015, when the white knights won 3-0 through BassemMorsi, Maarouf Youssef and Ahmed Tawfiq.

Zamalek then played six matches in the league against Ismaili and did not win at any time. Ismaili won four times and the duo drew twice.

Zamalek returned to the top of the league with 60 points, followed by Pyramids FC with 60, then Al Ahly at the third place with 58 points.

Pyramids FC is set to face Zamalek in another crucial encounter on Tuesday while Al Ahly will face Al Masry on Thursday.
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4/21/2019 2:38:18 PM
<![CDATA[Spurs 'still in a dream' after Man City win, says Pochettino]]>
Spurs lost 4-3 in a classic encounter against City in Wednesday’s quarter-final second leg, but went through on away goals after the tie finished 4-4 on aggregate.

It was a gripping spectacle right until the final few minutes when City had a stoppage-time goal from Raheem Sterling, which would have sent them through, ruled out for offside after a VAR review.

“We are all tired after an amazing, crazy and unbelievable night,” Pochettino told a news conference on Thursday.
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4/20/2019 1:52:16 PM
<![CDATA[Thrilling to watch but Man City lack pragmatic steel in Europe]]>
Such is the intensity of the Premier League title race that City will have little time to contemplate and analyse their European demise in such dramatic fashion against Mauricio Pochettino’s team.

They are back in action on Saturday against Spurs with no room for error as Liverpool continue their march at the top of the table. Then on Wednesday they have the small matter of the Manchester derby at Old Trafford.

While City manager Guardiola would never admit to having priorities in terms of which titles matter the most, the way he has talked about the Champions League suggests that is the one that would have brought him the greatest satisfaction.
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4/20/2019 1:42:38 PM
<![CDATA[Chelsea beat Slavia 4-3 to book Europa League semi]]>
Chelsea, who will face Eintracht Frankfurt in the last four, were cruising 4-1 at halftime but Slavia’s PetrSevcik slammed home two strikes early in the second half, narrowing the aggregate score to 5-3.

With the Stamford Bridge crowd increasingly unsettled, and Slavia being roared on by their travelling fans, Sevcik spurned a chance to cut the deficit further.
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4/20/2019 1:38:26 PM
<![CDATA[Klopp happy after reaching semi-finals ]]>
Liverpool defeated Porto 4-1 on Wednesday night at the UEFA Champions League quarter finals second leg to secure qualification to the semifinals after they achieved a 2-0 victory at the first leg in England.

“To be in the semi-final is a big statement, or us to be in the semi-finals is unbelievable. The second time in a row is something really crazy. I'm really proud of the boys and what they did," Klopp said after the game.

Liverpool will face Spanish giants, Barcelona, led by their Argentinean star Lionel Messi, who promised the team fans to win the Champions League trophy this season.

Barcelona reached the semi-finals for the first time since 2015 when they won the title at the end defeating Juventus 3-1 at the final.

Klopp added, “The news that there's a proper football game between Liverpool and Barcelona is really good news and I'm happy for all the people in the football club.We will find things that we think we can use against them, but I'm not worrying about that tonight."

Camp Nou, Barcelona Stadium, will host the first leg while the second leg will be played in Liverpool.
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4/20/2019 1:35:01 PM
<![CDATA[Salah challenges Messi for a spot at Champions League final]]>CAIRO – 20 April 2019: Liverpool defeated Porto 4-1 on Wednesday night at UEFA Champions League quarter finals second leg to secure qualification to the semifinals after they achieved a 2-0 victory at the first leg in England.

Liverpool will face Spanish giants, Barcelona,led by their Argentinean star, Lionel Messi, who promised the team fans to win the Champions League trophy this season.

Barcelona defeated Liverpool's arch rivals, Manchester United, 4-0 on aggregation to reach the semi-finals.

Barcelona reached the semi-finals for the first time since 2015 when they won the title at the end defeating Juventus 3-1 at the final.

On the other hand, Liverpool, led by Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah, reached the semi-finals for the second year in a row.

The team reached the final last season after they knocked out Roma at the semi-final but they lost the title to Real Madrid.

Camp Nou, Barcelona Stadium, hosts the first leg while the second leg will be played in Liverpool.
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4/20/2019 1:32:12 PM
<![CDATA[Solskjaer calls for squad rebuild after United outclassed by Barca]]>
Although United made a bright start to their quarter-final second leg at the Nou Camp with Marcus Rashford hitting the crossbar early on, they were soon outclassed by Barca, who eased to a 3-0 win on Tuesday for a dominant 4-0 aggregate victory.

“We were fighting against a great team and we know there’s work to be done but I’ve said all along this isn’t going to change overnight,” Solskjaer told a news conference.

“The next few years are going to be massive to get to the level that Barcelona and other teams are at.”

Solskjaer has restored United’s confidence and overseen a vast improvement in results in his four months in charge since taking the job after Jose Mourinho was sacked in December, giving the team hope of a top-four finish in the Premier League.

He also led them to an historic comeback after a 2-0 first-leg defeat at home to Paris St Germain in the Champions League last 16, going through on away goals with a 3-1 win in the French capital.

Yet the scale of the long-term surgery his side needs was laid bare at the Nou Camp, where Barca walked all over United.

Messi pounced on a wayward pass by United captain Ashley Young to break the deadlock in the 16th minute while midfielder Fred also surrendered possession a few moments later and Messi again capitalised, with his shot squeezing under the usually excellent David de Gea.

“We’ve got good players to work with and at the moment we’ve done really well to get to the quarters and challenge for top four, but we’ve got a rebuilding job. It starts with the coaches and players, and with one or two additions,” added the Norwegian.

“We’re on with the job and have spoken to the players we need to get the best out of each other, create an environment of top class attitude, world class attitude every single day.”

Barca scored their third goal when Philippe Coutinho was left with plenty of space and time to curl a shot into the top corner.

United’s attack only troubled Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen once, when Alexis Sanchez was thwarted in the closing stages.

“You know that at this level you cannot slip up and make mistakes and you have to take your chances when you get them,” Solskjaer added.

“We didn’t capitalise on our great start, then they have their first two shots on target, they get two goals then it’s game over. We did well to get here but we could see the difference between the two teams.”]]>
4/18/2019 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Juventus back to the drawing board after painful lesson]]>
The Turin club have dominated Italian football, winning Serie A for the last seven seasons, and their signing of five-times World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo in July was interpreted as a bold statement of their European intentions.

But those dreams were left in tatters after Juventus were beaten 2-1 at home in their quarter-final second leg on Tuesday, going out 3-2 on aggregate.

Not only were Juventus beaten but they were outclassed by a team whose fluid, geometric passing left them chasing shadows and who possessed something Juventus lacked — a clear playing style.

The current Juventus side is arguably the least appealing since Massimiliano Allegri took over in 2014, depending largely on the talent of Ronaldo to unlock matches.

Playmaker Paulo Dybala, in particular, seems to have been inhibited by Ronaldo’s presence and the Argentine’s season took another frustrating turn on Tuesday when he was taken off at halftime with a thigh injury.

Allegri, however, said that Juventus were “absolutely not” over-dependent on Ronaldo. “He has given us a lot over the course of the campaign, but when you reach the quarter-final, you need every player,” he said.

Instead he blamed injuries to players such as key defender Giorgio Chiellini, winger Douglas Costa and forward Mario Mandzukic, previously described by Allegri as Ronaldo’s ideal striking partner.

“It’s better to have as many options as possible, because these ties are decided by details, substitutions and options off the bench,” he said.

Those complaints may sound hollow, however, when the transfer spending of the respective sides is compared.

According to the specialist website Transfermarkt, Ajax have spent just over 51 million euros (£45 million) this season while Juventus have splashed out 261 million.

Of that, around 100 million euros was on Ronaldo, 40 million each on Joao Cancelo and Costa, 35 million euros on bringing Leonardo Bonucci back from AC Milan and 12 million on reserve goalkeeper Mattia Perin.

Fans of other Serie A sides are unlikely to be sympathetic, either, after seeing Juventus snap up their top players.

Examples include Miralem Pjanic and Gonzalo Higuain, who joined from AS Roma and Napoli respectively in 2016, and Federico Bernardeschi from Fiorentina.

But, rather like Paris St Germain in France, Juve’s dominance of Serie A appeared to leave them unprepared for the European challenge.

Ajax took the game to Juventus in a way that none of their domestic rivals would have dared, and Allegri’s team were incapable of dealing with it.

“Football can be brutal, we conceded an unlucky goal and after that, we became afraid and we were stretched in the second half,” he said.

“There are many young players in the squad who need to play and gain experience. Some might have paid for having two such big matches in the space of a week.”]]>
4/18/2019 7:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Liverpool vows to ban supporter who threw flare into Chelsea end ]]>
Police confirmed on Monday that a flare was thrown from the upper section of the Anfield Road Stand and landed on the away supporters below after Sadio Mane put Liverpool 1-0 up six minutes into the second half.

Nobody was injured in the incident, but a young Chelsea fan suffered a panic attack.

Liverpool thanked the Chelsea staff, officials and supporters for their “compassionate marking” of the 30th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 Liverpool supporters were killed.

“As ever, the overwhelming majority of those present at Anfield ensured the occasion was a fitting tribute,” a Liverpool spokesperson said.

“Regrettably however, a smoke device was thrown into the away section during the second half and we are actively working with Merseyside Police to investigate the matter.

“Any person found to have committed this offence will be banned from our ground.”

The Merseyside club also responded to the use of an offensive chant during the game, which Liverpool won 2-0 to return to the top of the league standings.

“The club is also concerned about a chant from some of our fans, specifically referencing Chelsea, as inappropriate and offensive,” the spokesman said.

“We would urge all Liverpool supporters to respect each other and stop such chants as they do not reflect the inclusivity that the club stands for.”]]>
4/18/2019 6:10:00 AM
<![CDATA[I support the woman more than I did before, Salah ]]>
“I think we need to change the way we treat women in our culture, it’s not optional. I support the woman more than I did before, because I feel like she deserves more than what they give her now, at the moment.” Salah said during an interview with Times Magazine.

Liverpool Egyptian winger, Mohamed Salah, has been named in Times Magazine list for “100 most Influential People’ in the world in 2019.

Salah, who appeared in the list for the first time, is one of the most iconic football stars in the world.

Salah’s comments coincides with the proposed amendments to the constitution have granted women a fixed quota. If the amendments are approved, women will hold 25 percent of the total parliamentary seats by the power of law.

The proposed bill stipulates that the number of total members of the Parliament must not be less than 450.

Since the establishment of the Egyptian House, the number of women parliamentarians has never reached such percentage. ]]>
4/17/2019 4:00:46 PM
<![CDATA[Shearer expects Salah to be decisive at League title race ]]>
“Mohamed Salah's stunning goal against Chelsea could be a season-defining moment. He has overcome his goal drought in style and can play a decisive role in this title race," Shearer told Premier League official website.

Salah was named among Shearer’s Team Of The Week after his amazing performance that led his team to defeat Chelsea 2-0 on Sunday.




Sadio Mane opened the score for Liverpool at the first minutes of the first half and 142 seconds later Salah doubled the score for the hosts.

Salah received the ball 25 yards out and shot the ball that Chelsea goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, failed to stop.

This season, Salah scored 19 goals at the League and he is the Premier League joint goal scorer alongside Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.

Liverpool’s victory sent them to the Premier League top and they are two points ahead of the defending champions, Manchester City, who still have a postponed game. ]]>
4/17/2019 3:27:56 PM
<![CDATA[Salah named in Times "Most Influential People" list]]>
Salah, who appeared in the list for the first time, is one of the most iconic football stars in the world.





Salah joined Liverpool in 2017 summer and since then he established himself as one of the key players in the Premier League.

Salah has had an amazing debut season with Liverpool as he led his team to UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid but he only played 25 minutes and left the pitch after suffering an injury and followed his team’s 3-1 loss from the stands.

The Egyptian scored 44 goals during his first season at all competitions, including 32 goals at the league that granted him the Premier League Golden Boot award.

This season, Salah scored 19 goals at the League and he is the Premier League joint goal scorer alongside Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero. ]]>
4/17/2019 3:18:57 PM
<![CDATA[Ramzy reveals conversation with “ambitious” Salah ]]>
“We were talking about the golden generation achievements of winning three consecutive African Cup of nations titles between 2006 and 2010 and he responded that this generation can surpass what they have done.” Ramzy said on Tuesday.

Salah led the national team to 2017 African Cup of nations final but they lost the title 2-1 to Cameron.

The team has a chance to win the title this year as Egypt hosts the tournament for the first time since 2006 when Egypt won the title.

Ramzy added “Salah is an ambitious player and he is focusing on his season with Liverpool and he wants to win Premier League and UEFA Champions League titles.”

Salah led his team to defeat Chelsea 2-0 on Sunday at the Premier League.

Mane opened the score for Liverpool at the first minutes of the first half and 142 seconds later Salah doubled the score for the hosts.
Salah received the ball 25 yards out and shot the ball that Chelsea goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, failed to stop.

Liverpool’s victory sent them to the Premier League top and they are two points ahead of the defending champions, Manchester City, who still have a postponed game. ]]>
4/17/2019 2:53:52 PM
<![CDATA[Don't be fooled by 5-0 win last year, Klopp warns Liverpool]]>
Klopp, whose side will defend a 2-0 lead from last week’s first leg at the Estadio do Dragao on Wednesday, added that last year’s match was “really strange”.

Liverpool met Porto in the round of 16 last season, drawing the return 0-0 at Anfield after their runaway first-leg win.

“The first goal was really good play but Sadio (Mane) had harder shots that weren’t in. The second goal was great play and (Mohamed) Salah finished it off from the post. And then three counter-attacking goals that were really good,” he said.

“I didn’t like the last game. It was really strange... It was really open until we were 2-0 up but you don’t remember things like that. But my players aren’t silly, they don’t misunderstand this.”

“Porto are a really, really good football team. We have to play at our limit 100 percent,” he said, adding that the Portuguese side had won all four Champions League home games this season.

Klopp went on to warn his team about the atmosphere they would face.

“I was here for a derby years and years ago and...yeah...that was loud,” he said. “They know how to influence a game and an opponent and we have to be ready for this atmosphere.”

Centre back Joe Gomez, who has been sidelined since December after having surgery for a leg fracture, could make his return, Klopp added.

“Joe is getting better and better and better,” he said. “Can he play 90 minutes in the Champions League? I am not sure, but no need to think about it. Can he come on and do a great job? Yes, no doubt...”]]>
4/17/2019 2:31:12 PM
<![CDATA['Messi always gets us out of trouble' - Valverde]]>
Marcus Rashford struck the crossbar for the visitors in the second minute at the Nou Camp but Messi scored twice in the space of five minutes later in the first half to put Barca at ease.

Philippe Coutinho’s stunning strike completed a dominant 4-0 aggregate victory.

“Messi always gets us out of trouble and we’re not going to apologise for having him,” Valverde told a news conference.

“Leo always turns up in the important games, not just in the big moments but throughout the whole game. He is always capable of scoring but he also drives the team’s attack.”

Valverde said his side were relieved to finally hurdle the quarter-final barrier after three successive exits in the last eight, particularly after last season’s 3-0 second-leg defeat to AS Roma after winning the first leg 4-1.

“We had a lot of hope for this tie, it was a long time since we have been in the semi-finals and we had a very painful defeat last year,” he said.

“You never know what can happen in football, they [United] have a very good team and they could have caused us problems, so we made sure we were focussed and played with intensity so we would make it through.”

United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer meanwhile backed Barca to conquer the continent again.

“With the quality they’ve got, the front three they’ve got, and players they can bring on like Dembele and Malcom, I wouldn’t bet against them,” Solskjaer said.

“They would be favourites to win the whole tournament.”

He added Messi’s majestic display underlined why is he regarded as the best player in the world alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.

“He’s an exceptional talent, him and Cristiano have been the best players in the world the last decade and he showed why we think that and why this team have won the Champions League so many times,” added the Norwegian.

“If you give him space and time around the goal he’ll create and score goals. Whenever he gets the ball around the box he will be decisive and unfortunately for us he was the winner for them.”]]>
4/17/2019 2:27:03 PM
<![CDATA[Ajax stun Ronaldo’s Juventus to reach Champions League semis]]>
Cristiano Ronaldo, bidding for his sixth Champions League title, scored a 28th-minute header to put Juve ahead after a 1-1 first-leg draw, but Donny van de Beek levelled for Ajax before half-time.

Teenage center-back De Ligt struck midway through the second period, though, to seal a 3-2 aggregate win and set up a last-four clash with either Manchester City or Tottenham.

The young Dutch side had already eliminated three-time defending champions Real Madrid en route to the quarters, overturning a 2-1 home defeat against the Spanish side with a memorable 4-1 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Juventus had been looking to reach the Champions League semifinals for the third time in the past five seasons.

But Ronaldo, who scored an away goal last week with a diving header in Amsterdam, was Juve’s only weapon against the impressive Dutch side.

The 34-year-old was signed for 100 million euros ($117 million) last summer from Real Madrid in a bid to win the European trophy for the first time since 1996, when they beat Ajax in the final.

Massimiliano Allegri had been forced to reshuffle his side because of injuries, with Paulo Dybala returning in place of the injured Mario Mandzukic, while captain Giorgio Chiellini was also sidelined.

Ajax’s defense took a hit when Noussair Mazraoui, who had replaced the suspended Nicolas Tagliafico, limped off on 11 minutes with an ankle injury, with Daley Sinkgraven coming on.

Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana dived to keep out a scorching Dybala half-volley in the 20th minute.

But Ronaldo latched onto a Miralem Pjanic corner with a downward header that left Onana without no chance.

It was the Portugal star’s 126th Champions League goal and sixth of this campaign, having now scored in his past six European games against Ajax, netting nine goals in total.

But Van de Beek soon silenced the cheers of the home crowd when he controlled a wayward Hakim Ziyech shot six minutes later, rolling the ball past Szczesny to cancel out Juventus’ away goal and make it 2-2 on aggregate.

Teenage striker Moise Kean replaced Dybala after the break, but it was the Dutch who turned on the style, with only Szczesny’s reflexes keeping Juventus in the tie.

The Polish keeper denied Ziyech from close range with one hand, and minutes later tipped Van de Beek’s curling effort over the bar.

The Juventus back-line struggled with the pace of the Dutch team with Pjanic doing well to deny Ziyech a tap-in.

But Erik ten Hag’s side’s incessant pressure paid off with 19-year-old skipper De Ligt towering above Alex Sandro and Daniele Rugani to head home Lasse Schone’s corner on 67 minutes.

Ziyech looked as if he had fired a third past Szczesny, but his goal was ruled offside after a VAR check.

And the Dutch visitors held on, with Ronaldo unable to make a difference after his incredible hat-trick had pulled Juventus into the quarter-finals in the last-16 win over Atletico Madrid.

Four-time winners Ajax won their third consecutive title in 1973 at the expense of Juventus, and last lifted the trophy in 1995, with their last semifinal appearances ending in defeat by Juve 22 years ago.]]>
4/17/2019 12:16:47 PM
<![CDATA[Carlos Queiroz complaints to FIFA to get salary owed by Iran]]>
The Portuguese coach led Iran for eight years until January when the team was eliminated from the Asian Cup in the semifinals. He has since been hired by Colombia ahead of the Copa America, AP reported.

Queiroz’s representatives tell The Associated Press that lawyers were instructed to file a complaint with FIFA, claiming the federation failed “to fulfill their obligations, related to the last six-month contract that ended in January and also related to the previous one.”

Queiroz signed his final contract after Iran’s group stage exit at the 2018 World Cup, agreeing to lead the team into the Asian Cup.

FIFA confirmed it received a claim on Tuesday from Queiroz against the Iran Football Federation “in relation to a contractual dispute between the relevant parties.”
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4/17/2019 12:15:17 PM
<![CDATA[A champions League spot is in our hands, Emery]]>
“Our position in the table is very important, It is in our hands, to take the top four.” Emery said on Monday.

Arsenal defeated Watford 1-0 on Monday night thanks to a goal from their Gabonese striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who rebounded off Watford goalkeeper, Ben Foster’s clearance.

Emery added “We were working to push the goalkeeper when he wanted to play like he was playing. It's a very good action from Aubameyang.”

Watford lost their captain, Troy Deeney, after only 11 minutes as he was sent off after he threw his elbow into the side of Arsenal midfielder, Lucas Torreira’s head.

Emery commented on the incident, saying “n 90 minute happens a lot of things, and I didn't see the action, I think we can control the match better, and I think it was very important in this position with one player more, to break their lines and to attack the last third better.”

Arsenal come fourth at the table with 66 points, one point behind third placed, Tottenham Hotspur.
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4/16/2019 4:43:51 PM
<![CDATA[Sarri praises “outstanding” Salah ]]>CAIRO – 16 April 2019: Chelsea Italian manager, Maurizio Sarri, praises Liverpool Egyptian winger, Mohamed Salah, after his amazing performance against Chelsea on Sunday at Anfield where Liverpool defeated Chelsea 2-0.

“Liverpool are one of the best teams in Europe at this moment. They played very well for 90 minutes. But I think we stayed in the match very well today.” Sarri said after the game.

Mane opened the score for Liverpool at the first minutes of the first half and 142 seconds later Salah doubled the score for the hosts.

Salah received the ball 25 yards out and shot the ball that Chelsea goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, failed to stop.

Sarri added “Liverpool started the second half for 10 minutes in a very strong way and it wasn't easy to play against them in that moment. We were a little bit unlucky for the second goal for the timing of it, but Mo Salah is outstanding, it was a wonderful goal.”

Liverpool’s victory sent them to the Premier League top and they are two points ahead of the defending champions, Manchester City, who still have a postponed game.



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4/16/2019 4:41:42 PM
<![CDATA[Al Hilal reach Zayed Champions Cup Final ]]>
The first leg in Riyadh ended with a 1-0 victory for Al Hilal but Al Ahli managed to win the second leg in Jeddah with the same result and the game went to penalty shootouts in which Al Hilal won 3-2.

Al Hilal will face Tunisian side, Etoile du Sahel, in the final at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain on Thursday 18 April.

“It will be a perfect final against one of the best teams in the region.” Al Hilal winger, Nawaf El Abed, told press ahead of the final.

Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA) appointed Emirati referee, Mohamed Abdallah, to take charge of the final and he will be assisted by Mohamed Al Hammadi and Massoud Hassan.





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4/16/2019 4:40:07 PM
<![CDATA[Barcelona eyes UEFA Champions League semis ]]>
The Spanish team enters the game with a slight advantage as they achieved a 1-0 victory at the first leg in Manchester.

Barcelona have been knocked out of the competition from the quarter finals at the last three seasons and they hope to avoid any surprises from the English team.

Manchester United lost the first leg 2-0 at the round of 16 against PSG and they bounced back at the second leg in Paris and won the game 3-1.

“We all know we're in for a tough game. We're both good sides, we have a lot of excitement to try to reach the semi-finals.” Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde, said.

The Catalan suffered a humiliating elimination last year as they won the quarter finals first leg 4-1 at home against Roma but they lost the second leg 3-0 in Roma.

Valverde added “I think that experience [of the Roma loss] serves for something.”

The game starts on 9:00 pm.




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4/16/2019 4:38:31 PM
<![CDATA[Liverpool are going to win all their games, Guardiola ]]>
“We think Liverpool are going to win all their games, but the Premier League is still in our hands. We'll have to win every game if we want to make back-to-back titles, we know that and the players have shown they want to do it." Guardiola said.

Manchester City are two points behind the league leaders, Liverpool, but they still have a postponed game against Manchester United at the derby.

Man City defeated Crystal Palace 3-1 on Sunday thanks to two goals from Raheem Sterling and a goal from Gabriel Jesus while Liverpool defeated Chelsea 2-0.

Guardiola added “This game was really good after the Champions League defeat because the stage was not easy, we’ve played every three days [through] December, January and February but, even if we are not fresh, we have the personality for the games.”

Manchester City face Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday at the UEFA Champions League quarter finals second leg and they will meet again two days later at the Premier League.
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4/15/2019 4:35:31 PM
<![CDATA[Salah strike 'blew me away', Klopp ]]>
Salah received the ball 25 yards out and shot the ball that Chelsea goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, failed to stop.

“It blew me away, I didn’t think anything in that moment but I know I was really happy because I was in line with the ball and maybe I saw first that it would go in.” Klopp told press after the game.

Salah’s extraordinary goal came 142 seconds after his teammate, Sadio Mane’s goal that opened the score in the game.



Klopp added “It was a really outstanding finish and I don’t want to minimise that but I loved the first goal, too. The performance was really good but you need the goals, and we got them.”

Liverpool are leading the League title with 85 points, two points ahead of the defending champions, Manchester City, who still have a postponed game.
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4/15/2019 4:34:06 PM
<![CDATA[Messi is the best, Villa ]]>CAIRO – 15 April 2019: Former Barcelona striker, David Villa, revealed on Monday that his former teammate, Lionel Messi, is the best player of all time.

"Leo Messi is the greatest player of all time, obviously with the likes of Pele, Diego Maradona and Johan Cruyff, I didn't have the chance to watch them like I used to see Messi every day, in every game, but, in my opinion, Messi's the best.” Villa said on Monday.

Villa joined Barcelona in 2010 and shared the dressing room with Messi for three years and they dominated the Spanish football.

Villa added “Barcelona owes its success to his evolution: a direct style of passing play based on possession."

During Villa’s time in Barcelona, he formed a massive partnership with Messi and Pedro Rodriguez that led the team to win two Spanish League titles, two Spanish Super Cup titles, 2012 Spanish Cup title, 2011 UEFA Super Cup title, 2011 FIFA Club World Cup title.

Their most decorated title was achieving 2011 UEFA Champions League when they defeated Manchester United 3-1 at the final with Pedro, Messi and Villa scoring the three goals.




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4/15/2019 4:32:13 PM
<![CDATA[Salah reveals reasons behind his celebration ]]>CAIRO – 15 April 2019: Liverpool Egyptian winger, Mohamed Salah, scored an extraordinary strike on Sunday against Chelsea to secure his team’s victory and keep their chances alive to win the league.

Salah received the ball 25 yards out and shot the ball that Chelsea goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, failed to stop.

Salah celebrated the goal by adopting a yoga-style pose before being mobbed by his teammates.

“I am a yoga man! I do yoga and it just came into my mind.” Salah said after the game.

Salah’s extraordinary goal came 142 seconds after his teammate, Sadio Mane’s goal that opened the score in the game.

Salah added “Normally I shoot with the inside of my foot. But this one I decided, because it was far, to hit it with power. I was lucky the ball hit the net like that."



Asked about the critics he receives for not scoring the same amount of goals like last season, he said “I think you know it’s different with the other teams now. The opponent, it’s not that they know how to play, but they play with two or three players. Mane has a very good season, Roberto Firmino has a very good season, because also the attention means they have freedom.”

Liverpool are leading the League title with 85 points, two points ahead of the defending champions, Manchester City, who still have a postponed game.
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4/15/2019 3:51:03 PM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly beat Sundowns, get knocked out of CAF Champions League]]>CAIRO - 15 April 2019: The result of the first leg ended it all. Al Ahly beat Sundowns 1-0 but got knocked out of the quarter-finals of the CAF Champions League.

South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns thrashed Al Ahly last week 5-0. Al Ahly had to beat the South African club by a bigger score but they failed to score more than one goal.

Al Ahly's only goal came through Moroccan striker, Walid Azzaro, who headed the ball in the 68th minute in Sundowns goalkeeper, Denis Onyango's net.

Al Ahly got knocked out of the African Championship in the quarter-finals and for the first time since 2016 has failed to reach the semi-finals.

The South African team is now preparing to face Moroccan club, Wydad Casablanca, as they thrashed Guinea's Horreya.

The Reds' African journey ended and they are now preparing for their important Egyptian League clash against Pyramids FC on Thursday.



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4/15/2019 12:38:17 PM
<![CDATA[ Anyone can participate with the Egyptian national team: Lehita]]>
"We are looking for an element of expertise in the African Cup but the player must be able to implement the plan of coach Javier Aguirre," Lehita added.

The Egyptian national team was put in an easy group in the draw which was held in Egypt on Friday.

Egypt came in Group A with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe in the 2019 African Cup of Nations.

"Aguirre is meeting with the coaching staff on Sunday to draw up a full plan of action in preparation for the African Cup," Lehita said to ON sport radio.

The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

Egypt won the rights to host the tournament after being selected over South Africa.
The 2019 African Cup of Nations was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. However, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the tournament for serious delays in preparations.

Egypt is the most successful nation in the history of the competition as Egypt has won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010.
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4/15/2019 12:36:42 PM
<![CDATA['Redemption' as Hamilton wins 1,000th race in Mercedes one-two]]>
Hamilton started from second on the grid but grabbed the lead from Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas on the first corner and romped to a victory which gives him the world championship lead.

The title-holder from Britain finished more than 6.5 seconds ahead of Bottas in the third Mercedes one-two in as many races this season, with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel third.
Max Verstappen of Red Bull was fourth and Charles Leclerc in the second Ferrari was fifth.

Sixth was Verstappen's team-mate Pierre Gasly, the Frenchman earning a bonus point for clocking the quickest lap, one minute 34.742 seconds, in windy and hazy conditions.
Hamilton, for whom this was a sixth Chinese Grand Prix win and 75th overall, said that it was "a little bit of a struggle this weekend for me".

The five-time world champion wrestled with his car in qualifying but said that "a shift in driving style enabled me to unlock a bit more the potential of the car".

"The start was obviously great, which was really the decisive moment of the race. After that it was fairly straightforward."

The 34-year-old, who now leads the Finn Bottas by six points in the standings, said that he has had problems with his starts down the years.

"The first few races have been very difficult for me off the line so it's nice to finally redeem myself and rectify that," he added.

Bottas, who pipped Hamilton to pole by just 0.023 seconds, was always playing catch-up after labouring out of the blocks.

"I lost it on the start, honestly, shame about the start, I got some wheel spin on the start line," he said.

Talented 21-year-old Leclerc pulled off the same trick at the expense of team-mate Vettel, darting into third, but the German ultimately prevailed in the battle of the Ferraris.
Mercedes "were too quick right from the start", said Vettel, who climbed atop the podium for the first time in 2019.

- 'Stay focused' -

There was more early drama when Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat tangled with both McLarens of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz, earning the Russian a drive-through penalty.

On lap 11, four-time world champion Vettel leapfrogged back in front of Monaco's Leclerc into third following radio orders from Ferrari telling the youngster to let him pass.

"We do our job, stay focused," Leclerc -- agonisingly denied victory last time out in Bahrain after his Ferrari lost power -- was informed on team radio after he briefly protested.

Back at the front, Hamilton began pulling away, establishing a more than five-second gap on Bottas with a third of the race gone.

With Hamilton -- winner in Bahrain two weeks ago -- serene up top, the real battles unfolded behind him.

Vettel, under pressure after a number of unforced errors going back to last season, went wheel-to-wheel with Verstappen after both pitted for fresh tyres.

Vettel, Bottas and then Toro Rosso's Alexander Albon, who missed qualifying after a nasty crash in final practice, all exchanged fastest laps.

The Thai-Briton Albon was named "driver of the day" after battling from the pits and into the points.

On lap 38 of the 56 it was Leclerc and Bottas who had a skirmish in the compelling battle for second.

Leclerc then pitted and was momentarily held up by a comparatively sluggish change of tyres.

Nico Hulkenberg, who qualified eighth for Renault, saw his race come to an early conclusion after the team retired his faltering car.

Norris and Kvyat were also forced out before the end.

The fourth race of the season takes place on the streets of Baku, in Azerbaijan, in a fortnight.



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4/15/2019 12:35:01 PM
<![CDATA[Featuring World Top Players]]>
El Gouna Squash Complex will host the first round matches on April 17-18. Matches will be split between the glass court at Abu Tig Marina and the El Gouna Squash Complex from April 19-22. All matches from the quarterfinals onwards will be held at the Glass Court at Abu Tig Marina between April 23-26.

Commenting on the draw announcement, Amr Mansi, Founder of El Gouna International Squash Open tournament said:"We are delighted to organize the 8th edition of the tournament for the eighth year in a row now. Despite the great successes the tournament has achieved over the past seven years, we still work very hard throughout the year to ensure the championship is enhanced”

"All these successes would not have been possible without the ongoing support of our sponsors, who share our interest in sports. Their support is an ideal reflection of the role played by the private sector in supporting sports and tourism in the country. For the first time this year at El Gouna International Squash Open, we will be awarding the legend Nicol David with our career achievement award. Nicol David has exceeded extraordinary barriers in her career, winning 81 PSA tour titles, 102 final matches and hitting a record of 8 world championships” He added.

Men’s World No.1 Ali Farag will top a PSA Platinum event for the first time and he will look to improve on last year’s runner-up finish to fellow Egyptian Marwan ElShorbagy.

Reigning women’s champion Raneem El Welily tops the women’s draw and could face eight-time World Champion Nicol David as early as round two. David, a former World No.1, will be granted a career achievement award at EL Gouna International Squash open as she will retire at the end of the season and will make her last appearance in El Gouna.


El Welily beat World Champion Nour El Sherbini to win the inaugural women’s title last year, but the current World No.1 has a difficult path to the final, with the likes of India’s JoshnaChinappa, Hong Kong Open champion Joelle King and World Championship runner-up Nour El Tayeb standing between her and a place in the title decider.
El Sherbini, who beat El Welily in El Gouna two years ago to win the second of her three World Championship titles, is seeded alongside World No.9 Alison Waters, World No.8 NouranGohar and World No.4 Camille Serme on the bottom half of the draw.

It is also worth mentioning the importance of the role of the private sector in supporting sports and tourism sustainability in the country. This year El Gouna Squash Open has an excessive line-up of sponsors, which includes big names from different industries and fields; including theArab African Bank (AAIB) and CI Capital as the main sponsors. Carrier as the platinum sponsor and O West as the gold sponsor. Miele, Moods, Bridgestone and Bupa as silver sponsors. In addition to On Sport, the Official Media Partner who will broadcast live free for the first time on Egyptian TV. Seat and Volkswagen also joined the line-up as the Official Automotive sponsors. Steigenberger Golf Resort and Ancient Sands as Official hosts. Nile FM and Nogoum FM as Official Radio Partners. Cairo West as the Official Magazine and finally the tournament’s co-sponsors; Ancient sands the villas and Cook’s club hotel.

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4/15/2019 12:24:28 PM
<![CDATA[Zamalek advance to Confederation Cup semis with 1-0 win over HUSA]]>
After both sides failed to open the scoring in the first half, Ibrahim Hassan netted the winning goal for Zamalek just four minutes into the second half.

The first leg of the Confederation Cup quarterfinals held Morocco one week earlier ended with a goalless draw, so Zamalek advanced to the semifinals with 1-0 on aggregate. ]]>
4/15/2019 12:21:03 AM
<![CDATA['Lucky' Man Utd must improve for Barcelona: Solskjaer]]>
A much-changed United were unconvincing as they beat Manuel Pellegrini’s side 2-1 at Old Trafford to maintain their hopes of a Premier League top-four finish thanks to two Paul Pogba penalties, three days before they try to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit in their Champions League quarter-final decider at the Camp Nou.

"We were lucky it wasn't Barcelona today," said Solskjaer.

"They played better than us but we have one of the best goalkeepers in the world."
Felipe Anderson, who had earlier had a goal dubiously disallowed for offside, scored early in the second half to make it 1-1 and Michail Antonio went close twice, hitting the bar and watching in disbelief as David de Gea pulled off a wonder save on his header seconds before Pogba's second spot-kick won the game 10 minutes from time.

"That save is unbelievable. He won us the game because at 2-1 down, we would have struggled to create enough," added Solskjaer.
"We sit here with three points and we got the points. We were fortunate. I can’t hide that."

Solskjaer made five changes to the team that lost to Barca on Wednesday, leaving the rested Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay and Victor Lindelof on the bench, while Luke Shaw and Ashley Young were suspended.

"We had Rashford, McTominay, and Luke Shaw out, and there is intensity and power in those players," added Solskjaer.

"It was end-to-end like a basketball game at times. I think the intensity was not bad, if you look at the physical stats –- but the control was not good enough."

Solskjaer was unhappy at the six-day turnaround between United's two legs against Barcelona, while there are eight days between Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool's quarter-final ties.

"Someone needs to explain to me why in the Champions League it is Wednesday and Tuesday matches for us and Tuesday and Wednesday for the others," he added.

"We tried to Google it but didn't find anything. UEFA should change that 100 percent."
Those Champions League ties will have VAR on hand for controversial calls and West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini believes the Hammers would have won had the technology been available to referee Graham Scott on Saturday.

"With VAR, I am sure we would win the game 1-0. Felipe Anderson was onside. It was not a penalty from Robert (Snodgrass).

"The last goal from Manchester United was offside, the last pass. There were a few mistakes but the decisions went for United.

"I am not complaining about the referee because they were not big mistakes, they were 'difficult' mistakes but with technology we have a different score."

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4/14/2019 1:29:47 PM
<![CDATA[SPAL put Juve title celebrations on hold, Kessie keeps AC Milan fourth]]>
MassimilianoAllegri's side had needed just a point to claim their eighth Scudetto in a row with a record six games to spare, and they looked on track to seal the title when young gun Moise Kean stuck his foot out to direct a Joao Cancelo effort home after half an hour in Ferrara.

However Kevin Bonifazi and Sergio Floccari responded with two precious second-half goals which moved lowly SPAL seven points clear of the relegation zone.

"Making records is very difficult, it takes energy and there is also Europe to concentrate on," said Allegri, who rested key players including Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final decider against Ajax in Turin.

"If we had put all our regulars in it would have been easier to win it, but there is also the goal to obtain on Tuesday."

Juventus have a 20-point advantage on second-placed Napoli and can still seal the title in record time on Sunday if Carlo Ancelotti'sside fail to win at bottom club Chievo.

Ronaldo was rested for the second time this season and the club fell to just their second defeat of the campaign.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner returned from a thigh injury during the week to score an away goal in the first leg of their tie with against Ajax, which ended 1-1 on Wednesday.
Defender Leonardo Bonucci was also rested along with BlaiseMatuidi, Alex Sandro, Mario Mandzukic and MiralemPjanic, with forward Federico Bernardeschi coming off the bench late in the game.

MattiaPerin replaced WojciechSzczesny in the Juventus goal with Kean getting his second start alongside Paulo Dybala up front.

Seventeen-year-old defender Paolo Gozzi and midfielder GrigorisKastanos, 21, were given their first starts.
"We paid a little for our inexperience," said Allegri. "We played with a lot of youngsters. I regret this defeat because I think the match deserved more a draw than a loss."
Kean broke the deadlock when he redirected a tame Juan Cancelo drive, thrusting out his right boot to turn the ball beyond EmilianoViviano.

The Italy international became the youngest player to score in four consecutive Serie A matches, having scored six in as many games, and played in just eight this season.

Bonifazi pulled SPAL level three minutes after the break when he connected with a corner to head past Perin, and Floccari fired in the winner on 74 minutes, prompting Allegri to send on Bernardeschi to try and salvage a point.

But SPAL held on to move up to 13th after beating Juventus for just the second time after 1957.

- Roma 'miracle' -

The battle for elite European football remains tight with just six points separating AC Milan, on 55, and Lazio, who are now eighth on 49, but with a game in hand.

Kessie slotted in a penalty after 79 minutes in a tense game against Lazio at the San Siro after RizaDurmisi brought down Mateo Musacchio in the box, to end Milan's four-match winless run.

"Congratulations to the lads, now we must find continuity," said Milan coach GennaroGattuso.

"We are recovering from the bad times."

Claudio Ranieri's Roma are one point behind having temporarily moved into the Champions League places earlier after EdinDzeko scored the only goal against Udinese.

In heavy rain in Rome, Dzeko scored his first home league goal in nearly a year. The Bosnian connected with a Stephan El Shaarawy cross to finish off from close range.
"For the season we've had it's already a miracle that we're here," said Dzeko of their Champions League challenge.

Champions League contenders Torino and Atalanta host Cagliari and Empoli on Sunday and Monday respectively.

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4/14/2019 1:27:20 PM
<![CDATA[Liverpool's Klopp condemns 'disgusting' Salah abuse ahead of Chelsea clash]]>
A video circulated on social media ahead of Chelsea's Europa League match at Slavia Prague this week showed a group of six supporters chanting "Salah is a bomber" repeatedly.

Egypt forward Salah, who played for Chelsea before joining Roma in 2016, is a practising Muslim and has previously faced abuse about his religion.

Chelsea's security staff identified three people in the widely shared video and denied that trio entry to Thursday's clash in Prague.

It is understood that the remaining three people in the video did not attempt to enter Slavia's Sinobo Stadium for Chelsea's 1-0 quarter-final first-leg victory.

Liverpool said the video showed "vile discriminatory chants" and was "dangerous and disturbing", while Chelsea issued a statement pledging to use all available punishments against those involved.

The incident is especially sensitive as Liverpool host Chelsea on Sunday in a match with huge implications in the Premier League title race and the battle to finish in the top four.

Asked about the latest incident of racism in football this season, Klopp made it clear the behaviour should not be tolerated.

"It's disgusting. Another example of something which should not happen. We should not see it as a Chelsea or Liverpool thing," Klopp told reporters on Friday.

"If you do something like that you should not be able to enter a stadium again, from my point of view, for life," he added.

Four Chelsea supporters were suspended by the club for allegedly abusing Raheem Sterling during Manchester City's defeat at Stamford Bridge on December 8.

Chelsea also criticised anti-Semitic chanting by Blues fans during the club's 2-2 Europa League draw at Hungarian side MOL Vidi on December 13.

Klopp believes life bans from stadiums are the only appropriate punishment for anyone found guilty of racism.

"The stronger the reaction from all of us, the more it will help to avoid things like this in the future," he said.

The German manager believes football authorities, clubs and players must unite with one voice to condemn such actions and make a stand together.

"It is a complete misunderstanding of how life should be -- all parts of racism are that some people think they are more worthy or valuable than others and that's the biggest misunderstanding in the world out there," he said.

"Football is the best example of how people from different races can work together brilliantly.

"Go into any dressing room in the world and you see players sitting next to each other, and nobody cares where you come from or who your parents are.

"Because football is very public we talk a lot about this so I think we pretty much have a strong voice and we have to use that strong voice and say altogether things like this are not allowed to happen again."]]>
4/13/2019 10:25:00 AM
<![CDATA['Difficult' for Kane to play for Spurs again this season, says Pochettino]]>
The England captain, who suffered a "significant lateral ligament" injury in the 1-0 first-leg victory on Tuesday, is susceptible to ankle damage -- this is his fifth ankle injury since 2016 and the second to his left joint this year.

"He was so upset after the game, it was a difficult moment for him," Tottenham boss Pochettino said ahead of his side's home match against already relegated Huddersfield on Saturday.

"We feel so disappointed and it was difficult to accept the situation," he added.

"He is now much better. He had the scan yesterday and he needs to see the specialist next week. He is in a good place because he is a positive guy."

When asked if he believes Kane could return this season, Pochettino said: "We'll see. There is five weeks, it is going to be difficult.

"Next week we are going to see with the specialist. We are going to do everything to recover him as soon as possible."

Kane has come back ahead of schedule on a number of occasions after his ankle problems, including this year, when he returned two weeks early.

There have been suggestions that Kane has rushed back previously when it would have been better to let the injury heal for longer but Pochettino said his problems were mostly down to bad luck.

- Recurring issues -

"Of course, if you come back and it happens again in the first game after injury, we can talk about whether we weren't right to force him to play," he said.

"He played a lot of games and the reason is not that. The reason is there was an action, an accident and it happened again.

"There is a lot of coincidence but we are talking about an accident. Nothing to do with his rehab of the past."

Kane is thought to have targeted a possible Champions League final on June 1 or England's Nations League semi-final against Holland on June 6 for his return to action.

And Pochettino would have no problem with allowing Kane to head off to the Nations League in Portugal even if he had not returned for Tottenham.

"You know me very well, after six years working in England that always my will is to help the national team. I am never going to tell a player not to go to the national team," he said.

"I think the first interest now is to try and provide Harry with the best condition and tools to recover as soon as possible and hope he can help us at the end of the season, and help England win the title they are going to fight for in the summer."

Spurs midfielder Dele Alli also fractured his left hand during Tuesday's match.

Pochettino is hopeful Alli will be fit for the second leg of the Chamipons League match but admits the England international is unlikely to face Huddersfield.]]>
4/13/2019 9:24:00 AM
<![CDATA[Costa suspension harsh, still has a future at Atletico - Simeone]]>
Costa was handed the long suspension by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) on Thursday for directing a crude insult towards referee Gil Manzano during the first half of Atletico's 2-0 defeat to Barcelona last weekend.

Manzano, who sent Costa off in the 28th minute, also reported Costa had "grabbed" him by the arms during the incident.

"It seems harsh to me," Simeone said at a press conference on Friday.

The punishment means Costa will not play again this season as Atletico have seven games left in La Liga, having been knocked out of the Copa del Rey as well as the Champions League.

But Simeone insists Costa still has a future at the club.

"Absolutely yes, you know what I think of Costa," Simeone said. "We must take care of our own and with Costa, now more than ever."

Atletico president Enrique Cerezo suggested on Thursday the club would contest the ban, but the federation turned down their appeal.

"The appeals committee has rejected the plea submitted this morning by Atletico Madrid," the RFEF said Friday.

According to the match report submitted by Manzano, Costa insulted his mother in a foul-mouthed outburst before "grabbing me by the arms to prevent me showing cards to numbers 24 and 2 respectively".

The RFEF ruled Costa should therefore be suspended for four matches for "clear insults and offensive expressions made by the player towards the referee" and another four, after "meeting the referee with mild violence, without aggressive spirit, but in a manner that is reflected in the act of grabbing".

Costa's dismissal meant Atletico had to play for more than an hour with 10 men in a match Simeone had said they had to win to keep their title hopes alive.

Instead, defeat leaves them 11 points adrift of Barca at the top of the table.

Atletico play at home to Celta Vigo on Saturday and will also be without their captain Diego Godin.

Godin missed the team's final training session on Friday with a thigh injury.]]>
4/13/2019 8:23:00 AM
<![CDATA[Spectacular Africa Cup of Nations draw throws up intriguing groups]]>
After an open-air event against the illuminated backdrop of the pyramids, hosts Egypt, winners of the competition a record seven times, will face double champions Democratic Republic of Congo. Uganda and Zimbabwe fill the last two places in Group A.

Egypt will kick off the event against Zimbabwe on June 21. The tournament ends on July 19.

Group F in the 24-team tournament brought together the second and third most successful sides in its history. Cameroon, who won their fifth continental crown last time and were originally set to host the competition, will face four-time winners Ghana. Benin and Guinea-Bissau complete the group.

Group D contains three former champions, with top seed Morocco matched against Ivory Coast and South Africa, as well as Namibia.

Senegal, the only one of the six top seeds never to have won the event, will face a former champion Algeria as well as the East African pair of Kenya and Tanzania in Group C.

Nigeria take on Guinea, Madagascar and Burundi in Group B. Tunisia face Mali, Mauritania and Angola in Group E.

The host put on a colourful show, though it strangely included an acrobatic troupe imported from Austria who performed dressed as African zebras.]]>
4/13/2019 6:22:00 AM
<![CDATA[Five Africa Cup of Nations facts]]>
-- Egypt will be hosts for a record fifth time. They previously staged the Cup of Nations in 1959, 1974, 1986 and 2006, winning three of those four tournaments and finishing third in the other.

-- Only three countries, hosts Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia, took part in the first tournament in February 1957 and there was no qualifying competition.

-- The most successful country has been Egypt with seven titles followed by Cameroon (five), Ghana (four), Nigeria (three) and the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Ivory Coast (two each).

-- Cameroonian Samuel Eto'o is the leading overall Cup of Nations scorer, notching 18 goals in six tournaments between 2000 and 2010.

-- Egypt goalkeeper Essam el Hadary became the oldest player at 44 years and 21 days to feature in the tournament when he faced Cameroon in the 2017 final in Libreville.]]>
4/13/2019 3:21:00 AM
<![CDATA[Perez heads Newcastle closer to Premier League safety]]>
Rafael Benitez's side moved 10 points clear of the relegation zone thanks to Perez's first half header at the King Power Stadium.

Newcastle's first away league win since December ended a run of four games without a victory which had threatened to drag them into the relegation dogfight.

They should be assured of maintaining their top-flight status after a difficult season tarnished by Benitez's discontent over a lack of backing in the transfer market from controversial owner Mike Ashley.

Leicester remain seventh after a first home defeat for boss Brendan Rodgers since his move from Celtic in February.

Salomon Rondon almost gave Newcastle the lead midway through the first half with a ferocious 30-yard free-kick that cannoned back off the woodwork.

Leicester went close when Ben Chilwell exchanged passes with James Maddison before hitting a low strike that Martin Dubravka kept out.

Miguel Almiron spun away from the Leicester defence and forced Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel into action with a powerful effort.

Harvey Barnes was a constant threat for Leicester and he surged past two defenders for a shot which Dubravka was equal to.

But it was Perez who broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute as the Spanish winger met Matt Ritchie's cross with a glancing header that flashed over Schmeichel.

Perez wasted a good chance to double Newcastle's lead early in the second half when he volleyed wide from Rondon's cross.

Almiron fared no better after Fabian Schar carried the ball out of Newcastle's defence and picked out his team-mate with a superb pass that demanded a better finish than the hurried shot that cleared the crossbar.

The last time Leicester won a Premier League game in which they trailed at half was in October 2015 against West Bromwich Albion.

Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers would have settled for even a draw as time ticked away, but Barnes could only head across goal from Chilwell's cross.

Perez was denied by a fine save from Schmeichel in a frantic finale.

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy had struggled to penetrate Newcastle's well-drilled defence and when he finally got a sight of goal he misfired, lifting his shot over from Youri Tielemans' pass.

The last opportunity for a Leicester leveller came and went in stoppage-time when Tielemans appealed in vain for a penalty after going to ground when a cross reached him at the far post.]]>
4/13/2019 1:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[Know all the stadiums that will host the 2019 AFCON]]>
The matches will be played in the Cairo, Air Defense, Al Salam, Alexandria, Suez and Ismailia stadiums. The Cairo Stadium will host the opening match and final match.

Group A: Egypt, DR Congo, Uganda, Zimbabwe - This group of matches will be played at Cairo Stadium

Group B: Nigeria, Guinea, Madagascar, Burundi - This group of matches will be played at Alexandria Stadium

Group C: Senegal, Algeria, Kenya, Tanzania - This group of matches will be played at Air Defense Stadium

Group D: Morocco, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Namibia - This group of matches will be played at Al Salam Stadium

Group E: Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, Angola - This group of matches will be played at Suez Stadium

Group F: Cameroon, Ghana, Benin, Guinea-Bissau - This group of matches will be played at Ismailia Stadium

Egypt won the rights to host the tournament after being selected over South Africa.

The 2019 African Cup of nations was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. However, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the tournament for serious delays in preparations.

Egypt is the most successful nation in the history of the competition as Egypt has won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010.

Egypt has been known for its ability to host the biggest sports tournaments as the country has one of the best infrastructures in the continent, besides the huge passion of its people towards sports, especially football.

Since 1996, a total of 16 teams were allowed to participate at the tournament but for the first time in history, 24 nations will compete to win the title in 2019.

Since the launch of Egypt's official bid to host the tournament, the Egyptian Football Federation announced the stadiums which would host the games.

Egypt Today presents in the below lines information about six stadiums that will host the tournament.

CAIRO

Cairo will host two groups including the group of Egypt national team.

Cairo has many stadiums that can host the games, but the Football Federation announced that Cairo International Stadium and Al-Salam Stadium are chosen ones to host the tournament.

Cairo International Stadium

Cairo


Located in Nasr City, Giza, Cairo International stadium has been a luck magnet to the Egyptian national team as it hosted the AFCON finals three times, and managed to achieve the title in two of them, in 1986 and 2006.

Opened in 1960, the Cairo International Stadium is the historic home ground for Al-Ahly, Zamalek and the national team.

It is the largest stadium in the capital with all-seated capacity of 75,000 and it is expected to host the opening game and the Final.

Beside hosting the AFCON, Cairo Stadiums hosted many major tournaments like the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, 1991 All-Africa Games and the derbies between Al-Ahly and Zamalek.

Al Salam Stadium

Al Salam


The stadium has emerged to be the alternative of Cairo International Stadium and it hosted many games for Al-Ahly and Zamalek.

The Stadium located in Al Salam Stadium opened in 2009 with with an all-seated capacity of 30,000

30 June Stadium

Air Defense


The 30 June Stadium is a stadium used mostly for football matches and also sometimes for athletics located in Cairo. It was built by the Egyptian Air Defense Forces. The stadium is the main venue of the Air Defense Sport Village.

Alexandria

The Mediterranean city of Alexandria is the the second largest city of Egypt, and has been a permanent co-host to sports events alongside Cairo.

Hosted the AFCON tournament in 2006, both Alexandria Stadium and Haras El Hodoud Stadium are highly expected to host the games this year as well.


Alexandria Stadium

Alex


They call it the home of football as the first football game ever played in Egypt was on its soil, even before the stadium was established. Built in 1929, Alexandria Stadium is considered the oldest football stadium in Egypt and Africa.

The stadium is the home ground for local teams from Alexandria like: Al Ittihad, Smouha and Olympic Clu, while the passionate football fans in the city used to pack its 20,000 seats.

The Canal region stadiums

The three cities of the Canal region, Ismailia, Port Said and Suez will be the hosts of the other three groups of the tournament.


Suez Stadium

Suez


It is a historic moment for the people in Suez as their 27,000 seated stadium will host an International tournament for the first time ever.

The stadium was opened in 1990 and it is the home ground of the city's local teams like: Asmant El-Suweis, Petrojet and Montakhab el-Suez.

Ismailia Stadium

Ismailia


Known as the city of arts of and football, Ismailia is one of the most beautiful cities in Egypt, and is located in the North East of the country. The fans will enjoy watching African Football again on their 18,000-seated ground.






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4/12/2019 11:14:03 PM
<![CDATA[AFCON Draw revealed, Know all the six groups in full]]>

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But on the other hand, it resulted in some tough groups for Arab and African teams.
Here are all six groups in full:

Group A: Egypt, DR Congo, Uganda, Zimbabwe - This group of matches will be played at Cairo Stadium

Group B: Nigeria, Guinea, Madagascar, Burundi - This group of matches will be played at Alexandria Stadium

Group C: Senegal, Algeria, Kenya, Tanzania - This group of matches will be played at Air Defense Stadium

Group D: Morocco, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Namibia - This group of matches will be played at Al Salam Stadium

Group E: Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, Angola - This group of matches will be played at Suez Stadium

Group F: Cameroon, Ghana, Benin, Guinea-Bissau - This group of matches will be played at Ismailia Stadium


The draw for the 2019 AFCON was held Friday evening at the area of the pyramids at Giza.

The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.

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Soccer Football - Africa Cup of Nations Draw - The Great Pyramids, Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt - April 12, 2019 Mustapha Hadji draws Zimbabwe during the draw REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

The matches will be played in the Cairo, Air Defense, Al Salam, Alexandria, Suez and Ismailia stadiums. The Cairo Stadium will host the opening match and final match

Egypt won the rights to host the tournament after being selected over South Africa.
The 2019 African Cup of Nations was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. However, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the tournament for serious delays in preparations.



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Soccer Football - Africa Cup of Nations Draw - The Great Pyramids, Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt - April 12, 2019 Ahmed Hassan draws DR Congo during the draw REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Egypt is the most successful nation in the history of the competition as Egypt has won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010.




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4/12/2019 10:54:40 PM
<![CDATA[AFCON Draw puts Egypt with DRC, Uganda and Zimbabwe]]>CAIRO- 12 April 2019: The Egyptian national team was put in an easy group during the draw which was held in Egypt on Friday.

Egypt came in Group A with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe in the 2019 African Cup of Nations.





Egypt will start their campaign against Zimbabwe at the opening of the African Nations Cup on June 21.

Egypt will then play against the DRC in the second round and end their campaign against Uganda.

The draw for the 2019 AFCON was held Friday evening at the area of the pyramids at Giza.

The AFCON starts on June 21 and ends on July 19. The tournament takes place with the participation of 24 teams in six groups for the first time in the history of the African competition.


Egypt won the rights to host the tournament after being selected over South Africa.
The 2019 African Cup of Nations was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. However, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the tournament for serious delays in preparations.


Egypt is the most successful nation in the history of the competition as Egypt has won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010.

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4/12/2019 10:46:00 PM
<![CDATA[LIVE: Watch 2019 AFCON Draw]]>
This will be the fifth time that the tournament will be held in Egypt after four previous occasions in 1959, 1974, 1986 and 2006.

Here are some of the live coverage of Egypt Today on Twitter:


















































The African Football Confederation (CAF) revealed the final classification of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The classification came as follows:

1: Egypt - Ghana - Tunisia - Côte d'Ivoire - Cameroon - Senegal.

2: Morocco - Nigeria - Congo - Algeria - Mali - Guinea.

3: Uganda - South Africa - Guinea Bissau - Zimbabwe - Angola - Burundi.

4: Mauritania - Namibia - Benin - Kenya - Madagascar - Tanzania.
Egypt won the rights to host the tournament after being selected over South Africa.
The 2019 African Cup of Nations was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. However, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the tournament for serious delays in preparations.

Egypt is the most successful nation in the history of the competition as Egypt has won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010.
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4/12/2019 6:18:58 PM
<![CDATA[AFCON Draw Ceremony details revealed ]]>
The source told FilGoal.com that the ceremony starts early when the Cameroonian football legend, Rigober Sung, walks in the Egyptian streets on an open bus until he reaches the draw place in the Pyramids area, with the aim of presenting the trophy to the Egyptian fans.



The 141-minute ceremony includes many artistic, alongside official statemtns for the organizers of the tournament, and spectacular displays of light in the sound and light area, according to the source.

The theme of the ceremony will be the AFCON Draw which will be done by veteran African stars like: Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o, Ivorian Didier Drogba, Nigerian Emmanuel Amoneki, Moroccan Mostafa Hajji and Senegalese El Hadj Diouf, as well as Egyptian star and World’s most international caps, Ahmed Hassan.

The FIFA president will attend the draw alongside CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad, and many African legends including former stars, Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto'o.

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The draw is supposed to be held on April 12 in Cairo and the presidents of many African Football Federations will attend the draw.

Egypt won the rights to host the tournament after being selected over South Africa.
The 2019 African Cup of Nations was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. However, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the tournament for serious delays in preparations.

Egypt is the most successful nation in the history of the competition as Egypt has won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010.


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4/12/2019 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Tanta returns to Egyptian Premier League]]>
Tanta defeated Sedy Salem at Kafr El Sheikh Stadium in the 25th round of the Egyptian League’s Second division as they compete in Group C.

Tanta’s points rose to 49 which guarantee its qualification to the Egyptian Premier League as they are five points ahead the second-placed. Al Sayed El Badawy sons end their matches against Abo Qeer in the last round of the second division.

Tanta is led by Ayman Al Mazin as coach, with Mohamed Attia as general coach, Walid Al Mahrouki, Osama Laila as assistant coaches and Adel Al Khatib as goalkeeping coach while Alaa Okasha has been in charge as football director.

It’s worth to mention that Aswan also have been promoted to the Egyptian Premier League after their 2-1 victory over Al Nasr Lel Taa’den.
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4/12/2019 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[All what you want to know about 2019 AFCON Draw]]>
The Organizing Committee of the 2019 AFCON, headed by Hany Abu Reida, in coordination with CAF, prepared a special program for the Ceremony in order to be presented in the best way.

What is the program of the organizing committee for the Draw?
Mohamed Fadl, the tournament's director, announced the outline of the draw and said that it would begin by playing the Egyptian national anthem and the CAF anthem, then the speech of the CAF president and the Egyptian Football Association president.


What are the most prominent names invited to attend the ceremony?
Many names like: The legend of Côte d'Ivoire Yaya Toure, Moroccan star Mostafa Haggi, Nigerian legend Emmanuel Amuniki, Senegalese icon El Hadj Diouf, Cameroon's historical defender Rigober Sung, as well as many football stars in Egypt and the world.


Who will attend from Egypt?
On the Egyptian level, the CAF has invited Ahmed Hassan, the most capped international male footballer in history, and Essam El Hadari, veteran goalkeeper of Egypt and holder of the record in the World Cup in Russia as the oldest goalkeeper participating in the history of the World Cup.

The Organizing Committee invited all football stars and coaches who won the African title in 1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008 and 2010. The invitations are to be accepted by Mimi Sherbini, Taha Ismael, Hassan Shehata, Gamal Abdel Hamid, Shawki Gharib, Hamada Sedki, Ahmed Soliman and Alaa Nabil. From the next generations, Emad Meteb, Mohamed Shawki, Nader El Sayed, Tarek Mostafa, Hazem Emam, Abdel Sattar Sabry, Hosni Abd Rabo and Amr Zaki. The Mexican coach Javier Aguirre, Egyptian national team coach, will attend next to Ehab Lehita, the Pharaohs' team director.



When will African Nations Cup and Mascot tickets be presented?
The tournament tickets are scheduled to be presented on April 15-20 through the EFA official website, and tournament director Mohamed Fadl revealed that the tournament Mascot is scheduled to be announced by the end of April.


What is the classification of the teams before the draw?
The African Football Confederation (CAF) revealed the final classification of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).
The classification came as follows:

1: Egypt - Ghana - Tunisia - Côte d'Ivoire - Cameroon - Senegal.

2: Morocco - Nigeria - Congo - Algeria - Mali - Guinea.

3: Uganda - South Africa - Guinea Bissau - Zimbabwe - Angola - Burundi.

4: Mauritania - Namibia - Benin - Kenya - Madagascar - Tanzania.
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4/12/2019 8:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Party-pooper Hamilton focused only on winning 1,000th race]]>
The Mercedes star from Britain is facing multiple challenges this season, primarily from Ferrari, who go into the third race of the season with the fastest car.

But that did not stop the 34-year-old winning in Bahrain two weeks ago after the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc lost power towards the end.

Hamilton, a five-time world champion, was dismissive Thursday of the party atmosphere surrounding this weekend's milestone Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai.

"I'm not one for birthdays, I'm not one for anniversaries, I'm not one for special days like this," said Hamilton, who is a point behind his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the top of the early drivers' standings.

"It's absolutely no different to any other race weekend for me.

I'm here to do one job, and one job only, and that's win.

"It does not matter if it's the 1,000th, 2,000th or 10,000th (race), it's an irrelevant figure for me."

That steely resolve looks set to be put to the test this weekend in Shanghai, where the Briton has triumphed five times and is a crowd favourite.

Shanghai has one of the longest straights in Formula One, which will suit Ferrari's searing pace.

Hamilton does not expect his Mercedes team to have closed the gap in that department, and sees the Red Bull team as a serious threat too.

Cautioning however that the season is in its infancy, Hamilton said that he hopes to beat the Ferraris of Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel fair and square, rather than hope they suffer some kind of mechanical problem.

"I hope that we do not have to rely on reliability and hope that we have a much closer race," he said.

"Qualifying was ok in the last race, but the race was a big delta (to the Ferrari speed).

"I hope this weekend is closer between us because this is a great track to have a real race.

"The closer it is, the better."]]>
4/12/2019 6:00:00 AM
<![CDATA['Everything's gonna be alright' - dream still alive for Ajax against Juve]]>
"Ajax still standing" said the daily De Volkskrant, who described the youthful Amsterdam side as "courageous and free" after they came back from conceding to Ronaldo on the stroke of half-time.

Erik ten Hag's thrilling side earned a draw in this repeat of the 1973 and 1996 finals thanks to a brilliant David Neres goal just after the restart at a boisterous Johan Cruyff Arena.

Aptly, the Brazilian's strike came as the home fans were still singing their adopted anthem, Bob Marley's Three Little Birds, reminding their team that "every little thing's gonna be alright".

Juventus do have the edge thanks to Ronaldo's 125th Champions League goal, which came from the Italian side's only shot on target. However, Ajax have now lost just once in five European matches this season against three continental giants: Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, and now the Italian champions.

It is little wonder they maintain hope for the return leg next Tuesday. After all, they lost 2-1 at home to Real in the first leg of the last 16, before winning 4-1 in the return tie in Spain.

"If we play the way we did in Madrid, with a lot of courage, then we have a big chance of winning. We've done well so far in the Champions League, and we're not done yet," said the midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who was outstanding.

- 'Always have belief' -

When asked if the result against Real gave them the necessary hope for the return, captain Matthijs de Ligt was unequivocal.

"Of course we have belief, we always have belief, but in the end it's all about the game in Turin," said the highly promising 19-year-old defender.

Neres stole the limelight with his seventh goal in eight games, but De Jong was the outstanding player on the pitch, running the show in midfield.

The 21-year-old is on his way to Barcelona at the end of the season after a deal worth an initial 75 million euros ($84.5 million) was agreed in January, but that eye-watering fee will end up looking like a bargain if he keeps performing at this level.

Leading daily De Telegraaf wrote that he "drove Juventus to despair", while Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri described De Jong as "the real source of their game".

The hope is that Ajax can enjoy a glorious finish to the season before De Jong -- and probably several others -- leave in the summer.

If that is the case, with Ajax level with PSV Eindhoven at the top of the Dutch Eredivisie and into the Cup final, De Jong's photo will soon be hanging from the walls of the Johan Cruyff Arena along with so many other past greats, from Cruyff himself to Marco van Basten and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The biggest obstacle between Ajax and a first Champions League semi-final since 1997, though, might be Ronaldo.

"When there is an important game, he is always there," said Juve full-back Alex Sandro of Ronaldo, who followed his hat-trick which dumped out Atletico Madrid in the last 16 by scoring against Ajax for the eighth time in his Champions League career.

Ajax are still dreaming of winning the European Cup for the fifth time, but Ronaldo remains on course to win the Champions League for the fourth season in a row.]]>
4/12/2019 4:55:00 AM
<![CDATA[Lukaku calls for Man Utd 'arrogance' against Barcelona]]>
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side face an uphill battle at the Camp Nou next week after Luke Shaw's own goal gave Barca a 1-0 win in Wednesday's match at Old Trafford.

United rallied after that early setback and unsettled Ernesto Valverde's side, giving Lukaku and his teammates confidence of a memorable turnaround in Spain next Tuesday.

"We have to believe and have the desire and more quality than today," said the Belgium striker. "Be better on the ball and then you never know what can happen in football.

"I don't think we played with the same arrogance and confidence on the ball (early on). Second half we tried and the first 20 minutes of the second half we were there.

"It's something we have to do for the whole 90 minutes over there and not concede a goal and score early."

That approach worked well at Paris Saint-Germain last month as United made Champions League history by becoming the first side to progress after losing the first leg at home by two or more goals.

The Parc des Princes triumph was the highlight of a topsy-turvy campaign for the Old Trafford giants, but even during the difficult Jose Mourinho era they managed to seal a last-gasp 2-1 comeback win at Juventus.

Asked if those two matches will play on Barcelona's mind, Lukaku said: "Yeah, but I don't think they will look at us. We have to look at ourselves, get a result and give our all, run as much as we can."

Wednesday saw United fail to muster a shot on target for the first time in a Champions League match since 2005, but there was some promising build-up play.

"Definitely (they are beatable)," Lukaku added. "On the day you can score from one chance and that's what they did today.

"There was a lack of concentration and they scored a goal and from that moment on we tried to control, but I think over there we have to do a better job and stay focused a bit more, we know they have players who make late runs.

"For us we have to go with the desire, be focused and when the chance comes, we have to score."]]>
4/12/2019 3:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Robben admits he may never play for Bayern again]]>
Robben, 35, will end a glittering 10-year spell at Bayern when his contract ends this summer, and had hoped to return to fitness in time for a fitting send-off.

Yet on Thursday, Robben admitted that his hopes of playing a final competitive game for Bayern are fading.

"I have my concerns, and I am not sure if I can play for Bayern again this season," he told Sky Sport News in Germany.

The Dutchman has not played for Bayern since their 5-1 Champions League victory over Benfica last November.

After an initial thigh injury, Robben was set to return to action in January, but remained sidelined after further problems with his calf.

In February, he had an operation to remove two infected teeth, which were reportedly identified as the root cause of his injuries.

Yet six weeks on, the Dutchman is still not fit to play.

"It is frustrating to not know what the problem is," he told Sky.

In a decade at Bayern, Robben has won seven Bundesliga titles and four German Cups. In 2013, he scored the winner in the Champions League Final against Borussia Dortmund.

His future plans after leaving Munich remain unclear, but he has been linked with a return to his home club Groningen and a move to MLS club Toronto FC.

"Of course I have had a few calls, but at the moment I just want to make sure I am training again over a long period of time," said Robben.]]>
4/12/2019 1:02:00 AM
<![CDATA[World Cup increase to 48 teams at 2022 finals is 50/50 - FIFA]]>
Infantino, who is in Brazil for a meeting of the South American Football Confederation, told delegates he was working to ensure the increase for the Qatar tournament, which would mean a guaranteed two extra places for South American sides.

“We are working to see if we can get 48 teams in the 2022 World Cup because more participation means more development and more passion for everyone,” he said.

“We’ll see by June whether it is possible or not. (It’s) 50/50. What is 100 percent is that the 2022 World Cup is going to be spectacular and a total success.”

A final decision on the number of teams for the next finals will be taken at the FIFA Congress in Paris on June 5.

FIFA chose to host the 2022 World Cup for 32 teams in Qatar, although Infantino has sounded out neighbors over their willingness to host some matches in an expanded tournament.

FIFA has already agreed to increase the number of teams to 48 for the 2026 tournament being co-hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico but is keen to expand quicker than planned.]]>
4/11/2019 4:43:35 PM
<![CDATA[We await Al-Ahly fans on Saturday: Mohamed Youssef]]>
"I congratulate Al-Ahly fans on winnin;, it is a good result," Youssef said on the club's channel after defeating Misr Al-Makassah in the 28th round of the Egyptian League at Petrosport Stadium on Wednesday.

"We are currently focusing on the next game against Sundowns and I hope we will succeed on Saturday. We await Al-Ahly fans in Borg El-Arab," Youssef added.

Al-Ahly players want to reconcile their fans after their 5-0 loss to South African giants, Mamelodi Sundowns, at the CAF Champions League quarter finals first leg.

The team fans hope to see a massive reaction from the players after the humiliating loss.

The Red Devils will host Sundowns on Saturday night at Borg El Arab Stadium. The stadium is set to be packed by Al-Ahly fans after negotiations between Al-Ahly's president, Mahmoud el-Khatib, and security officials.

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4/11/2019 2:50:54 PM
<![CDATA[Know Zamalek's expected line-up against Al-Masry]]>
Zamalek eye grapping the top spot of the league again in the 28th round of the Egyptian League as Al-Ahly jumped to the top after defeating Misr Al-Makassah on Wednesday. The White club will meet the Green Eagles at 5:30 p.m.

Al-Masry, coached by former Zamalek coach Ehab Galal, places fourth in the Egyptian League standings.

Egypt Today expects Zamalek to start the game with the following form:

Goalkeeper: Mahmoud Gennesh

Defense: Abdullah Gomaa - Mahmoud Alaa - Mahmoud Hamdi - Hamdi Nagguez

Midfielders: Kahraba (Ahdad) - Mahmoud Abdel Aziz - Youssef Ibrahim (Mohamed Ibrahim) - Tarek Hamid - Ahmed Sayed "Zizo"

Forwards: Khaled Boutaib

The referee committee of the Egyptian Football Association announced earlier that referee Mohamed Adel will officiate the match between Al-Masry and Zamalek.

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4/11/2019 2:44:50 PM
<![CDATA[Ronaldo scores as Juventus held to a draw at Ajax]]>
Juventus took the lead on the stroke of halftime as Portuguese forward Ronaldo began an attacking move inside his own half before sprinting down field and diving to head in a clever chip from Joao Cancelo.

"Ronaldo proved again he is from a different level, the timing of his player is so different from the others," said an admiring Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Ajax equalised 30 seconds into the second half after Cancelo lost control of the ball to allow David Neres to run down the left wing, cut inside and curl the ball past Juve goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

The result leaves the Serie A side in a strong position to advance to the semi-finals in next week's return leg in Turin. However, they will be mindful of Ajax's 4-1 away win over Real Madrid in the last round that eliminated the holders 5-3 on aggregate.

Hakim Ziyech had several efforts at goal in a lively start for the youthful Dutch team, who have come through the pre-group phase qualifying round to reach the last eight.

Donny van de Beek scraped the outside of the upright with a 25th minute effort from close range after opening up space for himself in the penalty area in Ajax's best chance of the first half.

But Juventus, with the 34-year-old Ronaldo central to their attacks, worked their way into the contest and came close themselves when the forward set up Federico Bernardeschi to turn and shoot in the 37th minute. But he was just off target.

Ronaldo, who scored a hat-trick in the previous round against Atletico Madrid, then scored a 125th Champions League goal with the last move of the first half.

"He is a predator in the box. He waited for a gap and then sprinted past two players," conceded Ajax's teenage captain Matthijs de Ligt.

PENALTY CLAIM
After equalising, Ajax then dominated possession but were guilty of over-elaborate passing and were also fortunate not to have given away a penalty when defender Nicolas Tagliafico was tugging on the jersey of Juventus captain Mario Mandzukic.

Spanish referee Carlos del Cerro Grande paused briefly in the 53rd minute to presumably hear from the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) but resumed play before TV replays showed that Juventus had been denied a decent claim.

Tagliafico will miss the second leg next Tuesday after being booked late in the first half.

Juve hit the upright in the closing stages through substitute Douglas Costa although Ajax could have had the last say as Dusan Tadic missed a good chance in stoppage time.

"A 1-1 score is not what we had hoped for but we are still well in," said Ajax coach Erik ten Hag. "We had a lot of patient possession and we created one or two good chances."

More than 100 Juventus supporters were detained by Dutch police before the match while home fans were also arrested as a water cannon was used outside the ground.
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4/11/2019 12:47:54 PM
<![CDATA[Shaw own goal gives Barca advantage over tame United]]>
Shaw deflected a Luis Suarez header into his own net after 12 minutes, handing the Catalans a vital away goal that will make them clear favourites in the return leg.

After United's comeback against Paris St Germain in the previous round, Barca will take nothing for granted, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team will struggle to repeat the trick against a side with a fearsome home record.

"We played a good team," said Solskjaer. "We know you have to defend a lot without the ball and you might be tired when you get the chance yourself. We go there with one thing in my mind, we have to score."

Barca have not lost at home for 30 games in the Champions League since 2013 and while United can take credit for staying in the tie, they produced little that will overly worry the Spanish side.

Barcelona's first win at Old Trafford in European competition was relatively comfortable with their keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen not having a single shot to save.

With Paul Pogba failing to impact the game, United were left trying to hit Barca on the break or from set-pieces and too often they lacked the precision to make the most of the few openings that fell their way.

The crucial away goal was well-worked. Sergio Busquets found Lionel Messi with a clever ball into the area and the Argentine carved out space on the left to deliver a lofted cross to former Liverpool striker Suarez at the back post.

The Uruguayan's header deflected off the shoulder of a scrambling Shaw and beat David De Gea to give the visitors the lead and although the linesman initially flagged for offside, the goal was given after a VAR video review.

DE GEA SAVES
United had De Gea to thank for keeping the difference down to a single goal as he saved superbly with his feet to keep out Philippe Coutinho in the 36th minute.

Then the home side had an appeal for a penalty waved away after Scott McTominay, who had a fine game in midfield, went down under a challenge from Gerard Pique.

United's best chance of the first half fell to Diogo Dalot but the Portuguese made a mess of a fine Marcus Rashford ball, heading harmlessly across the goal from close-range.

Solskjaer's team had struggled to get a foothold in the game during the opening 45 minutes, but they were much improved after the break, applying plenty of pressure without creating any clear chances.

Barcelona could have added a second had Suarez not fired into the side-netting from a promising position after a clever through ball from Nelson Semedo and then De Gea did well to foil Jordi Alba's low drive -- again with his legs.

The loss was United's fourth in their last five games in all competitions.

"We did as well as we could against Messi, kept our shape well. It could have gone both ways," said Solskjaer.

"I don't think we hit the target and that's a disappointment. We go there with work to be done but chances," he added.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was pleased with the result, especially given the club's previous failure to win at Old Trafford in four earlier meetings in European competition.

"Given the atmosphere and the type of team they are and that this is the Champions League it's very hard to win here, it was a very difficult game and things were complicated for us at a few moments," he said.

"We had spells of dominance they pressured us very high but we created the clearest chances," he added.
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4/11/2019 12:43:53 PM
<![CDATA[Montella returns for second stint as Fiorentina coach]]>
The 44-year-old was in charge for three seasons between 2012 and 2015 and enjoyed remarkable consistency, leading Fiore to three successive fourth places in Serie A. They also reached the Coppa Italia final and the Europa League semi-finals.

Fiorentina, who are 10th in Serie A and have reached the Coppa Italia semi-finals, announced his appointment on their website and said he had signed a contract until June 2021.

After leaving Fiore, Montella was coach of AC Milan for just under 18 months and Sevilla for four months.

Fiorentina have won only one of their last 11 matches in all competitions and suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at home to second-bottom Frosinone on Sunday.

On Monday, the club issued a statement strongly criticising the team’s recent performances but said it wanted Pioli, in charge for one year and 10 months, to lead the recovery.

It asked Pioli to "handle this situation with the competence and seriousness he showed in the first half of the championship."

PIOLI QUITS

On Tuesday, Pioli resigned, saying his professional and human abilities had been called into question.

"I have always assumed my responsibilities, I have always guaranteed professionalism, respect and maximum commitment in my work," he added.

The exchange continued on Wednesday as the club issued another statement.
"We consider his attitude incomprehensible and unjustifiable, putting the club in an unexpected situation that is complicated to manage," it said.

"It was a duty to clarify the position of the club and to call for the utmost commitment from everyone without offending or belittling anyone."

Fiorentina routinely finish in the top half of Serie A although they have not won a trophy since the Coppa Italia in 2001 and the last of their two league titles was in 1969.

They showed all their potential in thrashing AS Roma 7-1 in a Coppa Italia quarter-final in January but since then their form has dropped.

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4/11/2019 12:40:44 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Al-Ahly wins African Volleyball Clubs Championship]]>
Al-Ahly achieved their 14th title in the competition and their fourth title in the last five years.

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Al-Ahly dominated the game from the start and won the three sets 25-17, 25-23 and 25-19 respectively.

“I want to thank our fans who supported us during the tournament and they are the secret behind achieving the title.” Al-Ahly’s Abdallah Abdel Salah, said after the game.

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Al-Ahly manager, Mohamed Mselhi, revealed his happiness after winning the title, saying “It was a tough tournament and we did everything we can to win the title. The players showed perseverance and persistence to make our fans happy.”

Al-Ahly’s Ahmed Salah sets a new record as he achieved his seventh title at the competition more than any team in Africa but Al-Ahly.

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Salah won six titles with Al-Ahly in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2019 beside achieving 2016 title during his team at El Gaish.

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4/11/2019 12:27:27 PM
<![CDATA[Salah deserved a red card, Clattenburg]]>
Salah tackled Porto’s midfielder, Danilo Pereira, during the first half of the game and the former referee believes that Salah was lucky to escape the punishment.

“Salah was very fortunate not to be sent off for his challenge on Porto’s Danilo Pereira, the Liverpool forward comes over the top of the ball and clearly plants his studs onto the shin of his opponent.” Clattenburg said.

The game Spanish referee, Antonio Lahoz, whistled a foul for the Portuguese defender but he did not give the Egyptian winger even a yellow card.

Clattenburg added “The VAR should have sent the referee to the review area, where I am sure he would have decided that Salah should be sent off. Instead, he is free to play in the second leg,”

Liverpool defeated Porto 2-0 on Tuesday to take a massive step towards reaching the semifinals of the competition.
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4/10/2019 5:56:53 PM
<![CDATA[Preview : Al-Ahly vs Misr Lel Makkasa ]]>
Al-Ahly players want to reconcile their fans after their 5-0 loss to South African giants, Mamelodi Sundowns, at the CAF Champions League quarter finals first leg.

The team fans hope to see a massive reaction from the players after the humiliating loss.

The team manager, Martin Lasarte, called 19 players for the game and he will miss the left flank stars, Ali Maaloul and Geraldo, who are suspended from the game.

Lasarte’s chosen squad for the game consists of:

Goalkeepers:

Aly Lotfi, Mohamed el-Shenawi, Mostafa Shobir

Defenders:

Ayman Ashraf, Mohamed Hany, Karim Nedved, Yasser Ibrahim, Ramy Rabia, Ahmed Fathy, Mahmoud Wahid

Midfielders:

Hamdy Fathy, Amr el-Solia, Hussein el-Shahat, Ramadan Sobhy, Mohamed Sherif, Saleh Gomaa

Strikers:

Junior Ajayi, Saleh Mohsen, Walid Azarro

Al-Ahly comes second at the league with 55 points, one point behind the leaders, Zamalek, who face Al Masry on Thursday.


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4/10/2019 5:54:38 PM
<![CDATA[Pochettino fears VAR will change 'spirit' of game]]>
As it turned out the penalty awarded by VAR against Danny Rose for handball was missed by Sergio Aguero and Tottenham went on to earn a crucial 1-0 win in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at their new ground.

But that could not hide Pochettino's unease at a system that will be rolled out in the Premier League next season.

While a sliding Rose's arm did make contact with the ball as he attempted to block Raheem Sterling's shot, no City player appealed for a penalty - evidence in itself that the decision was the kind of marginal one that could be debated all night.

Pochettino himself said in the letter of the law it could possibly have been a penalty, but rules on what constitutes handball appear open to interpretation.

As it stands in the International Football Association Board (IFAB) rulebook, a player can be penalised for handball if their arms extend 'beyond a natural silhouette' - even if accidental.

Manchester United beat Paris St Germain thanks to a late VAR penalty this season after Diogo Dalot's shot struck Presnel Kimpembe on the arm and went over the crossbar - a decision Neymar branded a 'disgrace'.

Pochettino was more measured, perhaps as the penalty was saved by Hugo Lloris, but still raised concerns that there are too many grey areas in deciding on handball.

"There's a lot of work to do with VAR," he told reporters. "We know there are many decisions that no one knows if VAR is going to be used or not, to check or not.

"Maybe technically it was a penalty because it was handball, but we do not know the protocol. There are a lot of question marks and a lot of work to do.

"I think it's going to change the spirit of the game and I'm very worried about how it's going to work next season."

Tottenham fans chanted "VAR VAR" shortly after Aguero's penalty miss, when Harry Kane was challenged in the penalty area - a chant that might become a regular refrain at Premier League grounds next season.

Even when they celebrated Son Heung-min's 78th-minute winner there was an anxious moment when the validity of the goal was checked by VAR - briefly ruining the spontaneity of the moment, which is an integral part of football.

"It's going to be a tough summer to try to find the best way to work. Is it going to check everything?" Pochettino said.

"I don't know because today there were a lot of actions you could check. Next season, how is it going to work? Many things we need to try to make clear.

"The spirit and the direction of football is going to change. We are going to see a different sport, not the football we grew up watching, that's for sure."]]>
4/10/2019 2:23:57 PM
<![CDATA[Son's late winner gives Tottenham edge over Man City ]]>
With Spurs talisman Kane having hobbled off injured and favourites City beginning to turn the screw, Son sent the home fans inside the London club's majestic new stadium into delirium as he fired past Ederson in the 78th minute.

It gave Tottenham a slender but precious advantage to take to City's Etihad Stadium next week when they will attempt to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time.

Quadruple-chasing City were not at their best as Spurs chased and harried Pep Guardiola's side for 90 minutes and they will rue Sergio Aguero's first-half penalty miss.

The Argentine was handed the chance to put City ahead when full back Danny Rose was controversially adjudged by VAR to have used his arm to block a shot, but his 13th minute spot kick was brilliantly saved by Hugo Lloris.

The French keeper's heroics produced a deafening roar not heard along the Tottenham High Road since Spurs moved out of their old stadium two years ago, but it was nothing compared to the sound that greeted Son's 78th minute winner.

"As a team we never give up, we fight until 90 minutes. I think we deserved to win, we were more clinical than them," said Son, who last week scored the first Premier League goal in the 62,000-seat arena, and now owns the first European strike there.

"I like this stadium, it is amazing to play here, I am grateful for the opportunity to play at this stadium," he added.

SUPERB STOP

Tottenham fans in the 17,500 capacity South Stand displayed placards before kickoff spelling out the club's motto 'To Dare is To Do' -- and their team obliged, going toe-to-toe with a side who had won 21 of their last 23 games in all competitions.

Dele Alli volleyed Moussa Sissoko's cross over early on but Tottenham were then stopped in their tracks.

Raheem Sterling cut in and fired goalwards and Rose, diving to block, was harshly penalised for handball, courtesy of VAR, despite no City players even appealing for a penalty.

France international Lloris, who has come in for criticism this season, guessed right and made a superb stop.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said on the eve of the game that his side would need to match the intensity of a City outfit oozing quality, both on the pitch and on a bench containing Kevin de Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane.

Tottenham worked hard to deny City time, with the once maligned Sissoko immense, but after England forward Kane hobbled off just before the hour mark with a worrying-looking ankle injury after a clash with City's surprise inclusion at left back Fabian Delph, the hosts appeared to be flagging.

City, for whom Sterling was a constant menace, were hunting an away goal but then Son, who has a knack of scoring for the side Guardiola once described as the "Harry Kane team" when their talisman has been sidelined, struck the decisive blow.

At first the Korean's control from Christian Eriksen's measured pass was sloppy, but Son retrieved the ball, then cut in from the byline and lashed a shot past Ederson.

Guardiola sent on De Bruyne and Sane in the 89th minute, but Tottenham survived six minutes of stoppage time to leave City with a stiff task next week.

"Sometimes 1-0 is better than 0-0, as you know exactly what you have to do," Guardiola, whose side lost to Liverpool in last season's quarter-finals after a 3-0 first-leg defeat, said.

"We have to go out to score goals." ]]>
4/10/2019 2:21:32 PM
<![CDATA[Keita and Firmino give Liverpool 2-0 win over Porto ]]>
There remains plenty of work to do for the Premier League leaders, who will be disappointed they were unable to gain a bigger advantage for next week's second leg.
On a bitterly cold night at Anfield, Liverpool were well below their best and Porto deserve credit for a determined performance after going two goals down in 26 minutes.

"We lost a little bit of direction in the second half, but there's nothing to criticise, 2-0 is a very, very good result," said Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp.

"We knew we had to play the second game and we cannot decide the tie tonight, so now we have to go there and fight again," he added.

The visitors fired an early warning shot with Moussa Marega blasting narrowly wide in the second minute but the home side took the lead three minutes later through a Keita shot which deflected off Porto midfielder Oliver Torres and beat the helpless Iker Casillas.

Mohamed Salah then forced Casillas into a low save with a sharp shot on the turn, but the Egyptian should have done better in the 22nd minute when he placed the ball wide when through on goal, after being played in by a sloppy Porto pass.

Liverpool had their second four minutes later -- Jordan Henderson split the Porto defence with a superb pass to Trent Alexander-Arnold, whose low cross was tapped in from close range by Firmino.

The Brazilian should have added to his tally, but blasted over after a good cross from Henderson, who was again enjoying a more advanced midfield role.

Porto though showed they were not about to roll over -- the dangerous Marega had a low drive well saved by the legs of Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker.

The visitors also felt they should have had a penalty when the ball struck Alexander-Arnold's arm as he shepherded it out but after a VAR review the appeal was rejected.
Sadio Mane had an effort ruled out for offside three minutes after the interval, but apart from another Marega chance in the 69th minute there were few clear-cut opportunities in the second half.

The Portuguese side fought well to stay in the game in a scrappy second half to give themselves a chance of a comeback at home in next week's second leg.

They will, however, be angered when they see television replays of Salah's over the top, raised studs challenge on Porto's Danilo Pereira five minutes from the end for which he could easily have been dismissed.

Although Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz gave a foul Salah did not even receive a yellow card.]]>
4/10/2019 2:18:46 PM
<![CDATA[Van Dijk blames the media for pressure on Salah]]>
“Salah is always lively, always happy, always wants to work hard and gives everything for the team. I think that's what Liverpool is all about. Everyone is giving everything for the team, for the club.” Van Dijk told press ahead of UEFA Champions League quarter final clash against Porto.

Salah returned to his goal scoring form on Friday when he led his team to achieve a 3-1 victory over Southampton to keep his team chances a live at the premier league title race.

Salah ended his 9 games goal drought when he scored the second goal for Liverpool 10 minutes before the final whistle to grant his team the lead in the game.

Van Dijk added “Obviously he didn't score for a couple of games, but I think the pressure or the talk only came from the press and the media. He was playing well, he was very important for us and he's still having a fantastic season.” ]]>
4/9/2019 12:20:00 PM
<![CDATA[Dembele named in Barcelona squad to face Manchester United]]>
The forward has been sidelined with a hamstring injury, last appearing in the 5-1 win over Lyon in the last 16 second leg clash on March 13, and has been waiting for medical clearance before he can feature.

Ernesto Valverde named 22 players on Monday who will travel to Manchester, with four to be left out of the 18-man matchday squad.

Dembele has impressed at Barcelona this season after struggling in his first campaign following a 147 million euro ($165 million) move from Borussia Dortmund in August 2017.]]>
4/9/2019 10:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[It was a world-class goal, Klopp on Salah’s strike against Southampton ]]>
Salah returned to his goal scoring form on Friday when he led his team to achieve a 3-1 victory over Southampton to keep his team chances a live at the premier league title race.

“It was a world-class goal. It is better that Mo has it on the left foot. He scored that beautiful goal and it was so decisive, so important. If something very positive happens at the end of the season, this was one of the decisive ones.” Klopp said.

Salah ended his 9 games goal drought when he scored the second goal for Liverpool 10 minutes before the final whistle to grant his team the lead in the game.

Klopp added “He was so close in so many moments and still now has 18 Premier League goals, seven assists or maybe eight. That is a brilliant number. So nobody was concerned, he was not concerned. He is a grown man and he knows it’s not dreamland out there, that you only need a chance and it will be a goal.”

Salah and his teammates are preparing for their clash against Porto at UEFA Champions League Quarter finals first leg at Anfield.

Liverpool players hope to achieve a comfortable victory before the second leg in Portugal. ]]>
4/9/2019 10:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Son hopes new stadium boost will be a factor against City]]>
The long-delayed new 62,000-seater arena finally hosted a Premier League game last week when Tottenham beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on an historic night for the club.

South Korean Son scored the opening goal that evening and expects the noise-levels to be cranked up a notch on Tuesday when Pep Guardiola's quadruple-chasing side arrive for the first of three clashes in 10 days between the teams.

City's Kevin de Bruyne poured cold water over any concerns his team mates might have over visiting what is now London's biggest club stadium -- complete with a 17,500 capacity single-tier South Stand that promises to be a wall of sound.

De Bruyne said it would be just like playing at Tottenham's adopted home Wembley -- where City won earlier this season.

But Son says it will be an advantage for Spurs.

"Of course, of course," the South Korean told reporters, when asked if playing at the new ground would help Tottenham achieve a result to give them hope of a semi-final berth.

"We'll take these plus points. I don't think maybe the City players realise, because they have always been playing at home, but we've been nearly two years away from our home stadium.

"What we have done in the two years is very positive but we missed home a lot and maybe we can show them tomorrow night."

With City in relentless form, winning 21 of their last 23 matches in all competitions, they are firm favourites to avoid a repeat of last year's quarter-final defeat by Liverpool.

CITY QUALITY

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, who will almost certainly be without midfielders Eric Dier and Erik Lamela on Tuesday, described the game as one of the biggest matches of his managerial career.

He is all too aware of the quality in City's ranks.

"The first thing we need to do tomorrow is to run, because Davis Silva, Kevin de Bruyne), Raheem Sterling, (Gabriel) Jesus and Sergio Aguero, the first thing they do before they start to play is to run, to press, they fight for every single ball," Pochettino told reporters.

"Manchester City's strength is not the quality, of course they have the quality, but first of all they have the desire, the will to fight, and to match every opponent.

"Then because they have unbelievable quality they can win more games."

Tottenham will be playing in only their second Champions League quarter-final, having lost 5-0 on aggregate to Real Madrid in 2011.

"It's a massive bonus for us," Pochettino, whose side looked down and out after earning only one point from their opening three group games, told reporters.

"I think its going to be a very tough game. We'll start the game very aggressively. We want to be aggressive.

"We can't guess what the atmosphere will be like, it's only our second game there. But we hope and wish that the atmosphere is going to be amazing and tough for our opposition."]]>
4/9/2019 9:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[We dominated the game, Hassania’s manager ]]>
“We dominated the game against Zamalek and we had many clear chances to score.” Gamondi said on Monday.

The home team was the better side in the game and had many clear chances to score. However, Zamalek secured a goalless draw thanks to their goalkeeper, Mahmoud Abdel Rahim known as Gennesh.

Gamondi added “We had a great game against an experienced team and we were so close many times to open the score.”

On the other hand, Zamalek manager, Christian Gross, believes that his team played a good game against a tough opponent in front of their enthusiastic fans.

Gross said“We did not play a defensive game. We faced a very good team and achieved a positive result before the second leg in Egypt.”

Zamalek will face the Egyptian League's fourth placed, Al Masry, on Thursday before hosting Hassania Agadir on Sunday in Suez. ]]>
4/9/2019 9:10:00 AM
<![CDATA[Pique returns 'home' to Old Trafford with Barca]]>
The centre back returns to Old Trafford for the first time since he left Manchester United in 2008 to rejoin Barcelona, in Wednesday's quarter-final first leg.

Joining the Red Devils in 2004 from Barcelona as a 16-year-old, Pique learned important lessons during some tough seasons in the north of England.

The defender never managed to secure a regular starting spot, with Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic ahead of him, but was surrounded by elite players to glean wisdom from.

However, after a harrowing afternoon at Bolton Wanderers in 2007 where Pique made a mistake which handed Nicolas Anelka an easy goal, the defender lost the confidence of then-coach Alex Ferguson.

He negotiated a passage back to Barcelona, perhaps the first sign that he would later turn into an entrepreneur as well as an elite footballer.

"I arrived at Manchester United a boy, and I left a man," Pique said in a Player's Tribune article.

"I walked into (Ferguson's) office, and I was honest with him. I said, 'Listen, I feel like I've lost your trust. Barcelona is my home. I want to go back. I hope you will let me go.'"

Pique returned to Barcelona for 5 million euros ($5.62 million) as a reserve with low expectations, but by the end of his first season under Pep Guardiola he had become a key player in the 2008-09 treble-winning side.

There have been ups and downs since, but seven La Liga titles, three Champions League wins and multiple other trophies decorate his honours list, as well as the 2010 World Cup victory with Spain.

Pique has been in sublime form this campaign, driving his side towards another league title, although the trophy the squad wants to win most is the Champions League.

With coach Ernesto Valverde resting the 32-year-old for the first time all season in Spain's top flight, Barcelona shipped four goals in a 4-4 draw with Villarreal last week.

The defender returned to shut out Atletico Madrid in a 2-0 win on Saturday that left Barca 11 points clear with seven matches remaining and attention now turning to Old Trafford.

"I'm coming back to my second home," wrote Pique on Twitter after the Champions League draw in March pitted Barcelona and United together.

Pique denied United in Barcelona's 2-0 Champions League final win in Rome in 2009 and is aiming to pull off the same trick again on Wednesday.

With Suarez and Messi in scintillating form up front, the hosts may need to try and out-score Barcelona, but they will find the man they let go so cheaply standing in their way. ]]>
4/9/2019 8:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[Liverpool confident Van Dijk, Wijnaldum will be ready for Porto test]]>
The Dutch international duo were among a number of players with problems following Friday's 3-1 Premier League victory at Southampton that left the title-chasing Merseyside club top of the standings with five matches remaining.

"We had little problems after the game... Wijnaldum a little back problem... I think even Virg from a fall on the ground. But they all should be OK, hopefully," Klopp told reporters.

Centre back Joe Gomez, who has been sidelined since December after having surgery for a leg fracture, could feature while playmaker Adam Lallana is still recovering from a muscle issue.

"Gomez won't play unless he has to. Lallana has just a little thing that kept him out for the weekend and maybe for tomorrow," Klopp added.

Last season's runners-up Liverpool dominated Bayern Munich last month, sealing a 3-1 away win after a goalless draw at Anfield to move into the quarter-finals.

"After the Bayern game everyone spoke about the 0-0 here and everyone said that wasn't enough. It was clear we had a chance in Munich and we used it. Now we have to face Porto with the same respect," the German said.

"We're on fire at the moment, you see it in training. We want to write a few proper things in this season's book... it'll be a tough one but that's how it should be."

Liverpool beat Porto 5-0 on aggregate in last season's round of 16, with all the goals coming in the first leg in Portugal, but Klopp stressed they should not underestimate their rivals.

"We didn't want Porto, to be honest... people with a proper idea about football didn't. That's the truth. But nobody wanted Liverpool," he added.

"It'll be tough but we're really looking forward to it." ]]>
4/9/2019 6:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Hassania’s performance surprised us, Zizo ]]>
The home team was the better side in the game and had many clear chances to score. However, Zamalek secured a goalless draw thanks to their goalkeeper, Mahmoud Abdel Rahim known as Gennesh.

“We wanted to achieve a good result and at the end we secured a goalless draw which is a positive result,” Zizo told press after the game.

Zamalek hopes to have a better performance at the second leg in Egypt to secure qualification to the quarter finals.

Zizo added “The Moroccan team's amazing performance surprised us and we hope to achieve a better result in Egypt.”

Zamalek will face the Egyptian League's fourth placed, Al Masry, on Thursday before hosting Hassania Agadir on Sunday in Suez.



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4/8/2019 2:10:33 PM
<![CDATA[Rooney sees red for first time in MLS]]>
Rooney, in his second season with DC United, lost control of the ball and lunged with both feet off the ground just as Rossi took a touch. Rooney's studs landed hard on Rossi's leg, just below the knee, scything down the Uruguayan.

The referee initially produced a yellow card but following a check with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) he changed his decision and showed the former England international a straight red card.

"I have no arguments," Rooney, who is England's all-time leading scorer, told reporters. "It wasn't malicious, I didn't try to hurt him.

"But obviously I caught him. I was expecting (a red card) really when the referee gave me the yellow. It's the right call."

It was Rooney's first red card since 2014 and the seventh of his career for club and country. DC United, who were losing 3-0 at the time, lost 4-0 as Rossi completed a hat-trick.

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4/8/2019 12:56:21 PM
<![CDATA[ Barca took "two steps" towards title with Atletico win - Suarez]]>
Barca had struggled to break down a fiercely competitive Atletico long after Diego Costa had been sent off for the visitors for a verbal outburst at the referee but Suarez finally beat Atleti's outstanding keeper Jan Oblak in the 85th minute.

Captain Lionel Messi scored the second goal one minute later and the 90,000 Barca fans crammed into the Nou Camp began to chant "champions" as they sensed they were closing in on an eighth domestic title in 11 years.

"Today we didn't just take one step, we took two steps forward, we obviously have a very big advantage now but there are still some games to go and it could still get difficult," Suarez told reporters.

"This was another game which shows just how hard it is to win the league and we deserve a lot of credit for what we're achieving."

Defeat by Atletico would have trimmed Barca's lead to five points and coach Ernesto Valverde underlined the importance of the victory.

"These three points were very important, we still have to finish the job but today's game was fundamental and could mean a lot," Valverde said.

"We're very happy because we know exactly what Atletico are, an enormous team who scrapped until the end with 10 men. We were giving everything and Luis' goal was like a shot of adrenaline."

Having taken a huge step towards the title, Barca can now focus on their Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester United on Wednesday and Valverde said he would have to rotate his squad.

"We have a lot of games coming thick and fast and we'll have to call on the entire squad, that's a reality," Valverde added.

"Bur our idea is to compete on all fronts because we still haven't won anything."

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4/8/2019 12:53:48 PM
<![CDATA[De Rossi puts Roma back in hunt for Champions League place]]>
An even contest was heading towards a goalless draw until Aleksandar Kolarov's outswinging corner was headed towards goal by Patrik Schick, goalkeeper Emil Audero saved but the ball bounced off De Rossi and into the goal.

Roma, who again left out-of-sorts goalkeeper Robin Olsen on the bench, had to wait nearly two minutes before the VAR system confirmed that De Rossi was onside.

Roma's second win in five games under new coach Claudio Ranieri lifted them to sixth with 51 points from 31 games, one behind fourth-placed AC Milan who lost 1-0 at Juventus earlier on Saturday. The top four qualify for the Champions League.
De Rossi's performance earned glowing praise from Ranieri.

"Daniele is the heart and soul of this team. The captain," he said. "He gets himself and others fired up. He's a leader and I need leaders and people who care about this club. They all follow his example and that's important for me, for Roma and for the club."
Sampdoria were too careless in possession, with moves regularly breaking down in the last third because of wayward passes.

Nicolo Zaniolo struck the post for Roma direct from a corner in the 89th minute and Manolo Gabbiadini wasted a golden chance for Samp, heading wide from an unmarked position in the penalty area.

"It’s three points that really help us in the league, that really help the mood of the team, that really help the mood of the fans," said De Rossi.

"When there isn’t long left in the season you can’t try and put your opponents in trouble with passing shapes – you need to put out on the pitch everything you have inside, playing like men and bringing home points."

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4/8/2019 12:50:40 PM
<![CDATA[Handball: Zamalek clinch African Super Cup title]]>
Zamalek succeeded to win against Al-Ahly for the second time in a row in the same competition. The White knights booked their tickets to the Handball Club World Cup which will take place in Saudi Arabia for the first time.

Egypt's two giants faced each other three times in Africa's Handball Super Cup. The first was in 2017 when Al-Ahly defeated Zamalek 29-23 in Agadir, Morocco. Zamalek took revenge for their loss in 2018, beating the Red Devils 21-20.

GS Pétroliers holds the record of winning the African Handball Super Cup of nine times trophy lifters.

Al-Ahly faced Zamalek at the African Handball Champions League’s final twice. The first was in 2012 which ended by a victory for the Reds 21-17. The second was in 2018 when Zamalek clinched the title by a 27-25 victory.

The Egyptian clubs featured in the African finals in the last seven editions.
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4/8/2019 12:39:02 PM
<![CDATA[Shikabala's solo trainings prepare him for Zamalek's new season]]>
Shikabala is due to return to Zamalek next season, the club board of directors announced earlier.

The 33-year-old began the season with a loan from Zamalek to the Greek club Apollon, but he did not complete his contract and returned to Egypt to stay without a team until the start of the next season.

Shikabala played 11 games with Apollon this season between the league and the cup, scoring one goal and assisting another.

Shikabala will return to participate in Zamalek's training group sessions as soon as his contract with Apollon officially ends, which will happen once the season ends in the Greek league on May 12.

Shikabala has no right to participate in Zamalek's training at the present time so as not to be subjected to penalties by the Greek club because of the continuation of the contract signed between him and the officials of Apollon.

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4/8/2019 12:34:36 PM
<![CDATA[CAF announced AFCON teams classification before draw]]>CAIRO - 8 April 2019: The African Football Confederation (CAF) revealed the final classification of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).
The Egyptian team came in the first category of the classification, to be at the head of one of the groups, as Egypt is the host of the tournament. While the Algerian and Moroccan teams came in the second category.

The CAF officials settled on the removal of points for each team's performance in the World Cup and its qualifiers, and added the FIFA ranking in March as a way to rank the teams.

The classification came as follows:

1: Egypt - Ghana - Tunisia - Côte d'Ivoire - Cameroon - Senegal.

2: Morocco - Nigeria - Congo - Algeria - Mali - Guinea.

3: Uganda - South Africa - Guinea Bissau - Zimbabwe - Angola - Burundi.

4: Mauritania - Namibia - Benin - Kenya - Madagascar - Tanzania.

The draw for the African cup of Nations will take place in the Pyramids areas on April 12.
The CAF announced that the 2019 African Cup of Nations will start on June 21 and will end on July 13.

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4/8/2019 12:31:42 PM
<![CDATA[It's all about Salah in Liverpool, the Reds reclaim top spot]]>
With games running out, they lead City by two points, although Pep Guardiola's champions have a game in hand.

Salah finally shined again when he scored his 50th goal for Liverpool in the 80th minute of the game. Salah is now the fastest Liverpool player to score 50 league goals, as he scored 50 goals in only 69 games.

"It was very big. Every game is massive. We've got to win every game. I thought we showed great character in the first half," Henderson told Sky Sports. "It was a big performance in the second half and a big result."

Liverpool needed a stoppage-time winner to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Anfield last weekend and they were forced to do things the hard way again at St Mary's.


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4/8/2019 12:27:31 PM
<![CDATA[AFCON draw ceremony will be the best in history of CAF: Sports min.]]>
The minister was accompanied by Hani Abu Reda, president of the Egyptian Football Association and chairman of the AFCON Organizing Committee.

Sobhi inspected the draw theater, all the entrances and exits as wells as the VIP area, and lauded the efforts exerted by the Organizing Committee.

The minister assured that this ceremony will be the best in the history of the African Confederation of Football (CAF), which will reflect Egypt's organizing abilities.

The FIFA president will attend the draw alongside CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad, and many African legends including former stars, Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto'o.

The draw is supposed to be held on April 12 in Cairo and the presidents of many African Football Federations will attend the draw.

Egypt won the rights to host the tournament after being selected over South Africa.
The 2019 African Cup of Nations was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. However, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the tournament for serious delays in preparations.

Egypt is the most successful nation in the history of the competition as Egypt has won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010.

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4/8/2019 12:22:00 PM
<![CDATA[Sundowns thrashes Al-Ahly 5-0 in CAF Champions League]]>
Sundowns thrashed Al-Ahly 5-0 in the first leg of the CAF Champions League quarter-finals at Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium.

It's the biggest defeat in Al-Ahly's history in the non-domestic competitions. The Red Devils have never been subjected to this kind of result in any African or Arabian competition since 1911, when the club was founded.

Al-Ahli started the match with the formation: Mohamed al-Shennawi; Mohamed Hani, Ayman Ashraf, Saad Samir and Ali Maaloul; Amr Soleya, Ahmed Fathi and Karim Nedved; Ramadan Sobhi, Junior Ajayi and Marwan Mohsen.

Ali Lotfi, Hussein al-Shahat, Nasser Maher, Yasser Ibrahim, Salah Mohsen, Hamdi Fathi and Waleed Azzaro were on the bench.

The second-leg will be played next Saturday in Egypt at Borg El-Arab stadium, where Al-Ahly needs to win by six goals to qualify for the next round.
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4/8/2019 12:17:01 PM
<![CDATA[Sheikh Salman retains place at helm of Asian football]]>
The 53-year-old, who was not present at the meeting due to the death of his mother earlier in the week, was handed a third term at the helm after his rivals, Mohammed Al Romaithi from the United Arab Emirates and Qatari Saoud Al Mohannadi, withdrew.

Sheikh Salman will extend his reign as president until at least 2023, by which time he will have completed a 10-year spell in charge of the 47-member body after initially completing the truncated term of former president Mohammed bin Hammam.

He took over for the last two years of Bin Hammam's stint as AFC president after the Qatari was banned for life by governing body FIFA from all football activities for his involvement in a corruption scandal.

A member of the Bahrian royal family, Sheikh Salman first came to prominence in footballing circles in 2009 when he faced off against Bin Hammam for a seat on FIFA's decision making body, a ballot he lost by a single vote.

However, he won the presidential election in 2013 and was returned unopposed in 2015 before running unsuccessfully against Gianni Infantino for the position of FIFA president the following year.

Initially elected on a platform of accountability, he has becoming increasingly distant during his presidency, rarely taking questions from the media since winning his second term of office.

The former Bahrain Football Association president has denied accusations he was involved in human rights abuses by the Gulf state's ruling family during a crackdown on democracy protesters in 2011.

The issue resurfaced in January when Sheikh Salman's position in world football was questioned by campaigners seeking the release of former Bahrain international Hakeem Al Araibi from a Thai detention centre under threat of extradition to the Gulf state.

Sheikh Salman did not comment publicly on the matter and the AFC later claimed to have recused him 18 months earlier from involvement in matters involving nations in the west of the continent due to a potential conflict of interests.

Those matters, though, have done little to dampen enthusiasm for him to remain in charge of Asia's governing body, with his hopes of reelection boosted in June last year when he signed off on a new deal for the AFC's commercial and broadcast rights.

The agreement with Chinese-backed company DDMC Fortis will ensure revenues more than double from those under the current agreement with long-term partner Lagardere Sports.
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4/7/2019 12:25:02 PM
<![CDATA[Never in doubt, says Klopp, as super Salah joins 50 club]]>
A handful of seconds later, after a searing 50-metre run, his left-foot shot flew past Angus Gunn to give Liverpool the lead on a nailbiting night on the south coast.

Jordan Henderson scored another one to make it 3-1 and confirm Liverpool's place back on top of the Premier League, but the defining moment was Salah's drought-busting effort.
He had not scored for eight matches, his worst run at Liverpool, but his 80th-minute intervention could not have been better-timed. It was his 50th Premier League goal for Liverpool and, more importantly, proved that any concern over his form in the title run-in could be put to bed.

With five league games left Salah is undeniably back.

"What a goal! Wow, what a goal!" Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, who hugged his striker on the pitch as Liverpool's fans roared out their song about the "Egyptian King".
Salah is the eighth Liverpool player to score 50 Premier League goals, but his half century arrived in only 69 games, three fewer than Fernando Torres, the previous quickest to the mark.

Only two other players in the Premier League era have reached the landmark quicker -- Manchester United's Ruud van Nistelrooy and Alan Shearer for Blackburn Rovers.

Klopp told reporters he had never doubted Salah would rediscover his scoring touch.
"It was never in doubt about him being a great player from my side," Klopp said. "It was goal number 50 I heard for Liverpool, that's an incredible number," the German said.

"As a striker, you have chances and each striker is a human being -- maybe you have better moments and less good moments. But he is pretty consistent, his physical things are always there. He always stayed calm to deal with the situation."

Liverpool were not at their best, especially in a sluggish first half when they gave the ball away cheaply too often and Southampton threatened to add to their ninth-minute opener scored by Shane Long.
But once Naby Keita levelled with a deflected header in the 36th minute, his first goal for Liverpool, the visitors were relentless in their pursuit of a crucial win.

Klopp's side have now won seven of their last eight Premier League games when conceding the opening goal -- a resilience that will be causing concern at relentless Manchester City who now trail by two points having played a game less.

"The season is intense for everyone," Klopp said. "The performance was not top level but it is about fighting.

"People want us to play like Manchester City, we are unable to do that, we play our own football. We have 82 points now, that is massive in this crazy league and everyone is waiting for us. I am really proud. It is incredible.

"It is a difficult year for everybody, you need to have 70-75 points for the (top-four) Champions League and 90-something for the title.
"We are in the race and that is nice."
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4/7/2019 11:50:16 AM
<![CDATA[Man City look like world's best but Liverpool will fight - Klopp]]>
With the League Cup already in the bag, City are a point clear of Liverpool at the top of the league, and have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League and semi-finals of the FA Cup.

"City look like the best team in the world, that's how it is," Klopp told reporters.

"Barcelona struggled a little bit (against Villarreal on Tuesday) but still did the job. Juve look pretty impressive in Italy but you don't exactly know how it will be in the Champions League if Cristiano Ronaldo cannot do it.

"And you think, OK, City look a bit more stable than all of them. But that doesn't mean they will win all their games."

While focus has been on City seeking a clean sweep of silverware, the prospect of Liverpool's themselves completing a Premier League and Champions League double seems to have slipped under the radar.

Klopp, however, does not expect his players to take their foot off the gas until the end of the campaign.

"I'm just interested in our games and we cannot do more than win our games," the German manager added.

"We knew pretty quick Southampton was the next challenge, then Porto, then Chelsea, then Porto again. There is a lot to come and the only thing I can say is that we try everything to be really ready for that fight."

Liverpool visit Southampton in the league later on Friday before City meet Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday.

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4/6/2019 11:38:36 AM
<![CDATA[River Plate's Monumental could miss out on 2020 Copa games]]>
Argentina was announced as joint host nation last month, along with Colombia.

As part of the initial planning, the Argentine FA said in a brief statement it had begun preparing for the tournament and was considering which grounds to include.

It gave no further details other than to say the final decision would be taken by the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL).

However, an FA source told Reuters it was proposing five arenas. The stadiums of Boca Juniors and Racing would serve the capital Buenos Aires, along with grouns in Mendoza, Cordoba and Santiago del Estero.

The exclusion of the Monumental would be a controversial decision as the stadium is the biggest in Argentina and is where the host nation famously won the 1978 World Cup.
River Plate are one of Argentina's two biggest clubs.

The next edition of the Copa America -- which usually includes all 10 South American nations plus two invited guests -- is due to be held in Brazil in June this year.

CONMEBOL want to hold another Copa in 2020 and thereafter stage it every four years to bring it in line with its equivalent in Europe, the European Championship.

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4/6/2019 11:36:59 AM
<![CDATA[England ready to win Euro 2020, says De Bruyne]]>
Manchester City academy graduate Foden made his first Premier League start alongside De Bruyne on Wednesday, while winger Hudson-Odoi was given a full league debut for Chelsea, and the Belgian has been impressed with England's young talent.

"I told the England guys a week ago that you should win the Euros," De Bruyne told British media.

"I think they are favourites, with France.

"I see the guys already established, and those coming up, so the future looks really good."

While Hudson-Odoi has made his England debut, featuring against the Czech Republic and Montenegro last month, Foden has yet to receive a call-up and De Bruyne sees no reason for England manager Gareth Southgate to rush the 18-year-old into the international set-up.

"Give him time," he said.

"It's not because you play some games, and start a game, that you have to go into the national team ... If Phil progresses well, he has a chance to go to the Euros next year. He will play enough games for England
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4/6/2019 11:35:12 AM
<![CDATA[Klopp says 'relaxed' about Mo Salah’s Liverpool goal drought]]>
Salah, who scored 44 times in his maiden season at Anfield, has gone eight matches without finding the net but still has 20 goals in 2018/19 and played a pivotal part in the last-gasp winner against Tottenham on Sunday.

“When everybody is talking about ‘he didn’t score in I don’t know how many games’, he doesn’t seem to be bothered about it. I’m not,” Klopp said on Wednesday.

“For sure we didn’t really speak about it. I think if something is clear and obvious you do speak about it. How do you deal with a situation when he scored 40 goals last year?

“His career’s not over. It’s like if he can score this year 20 goals then he’s scored 60 in the last two. Wow, that’s not too bad.”

Salah’s success last season means he has attracted more attention from opponents in the current campaign, often being double-marked, according to AP.

It has had the effect, though, of benefiting teammates, with Sadio Mane (20 goals) and Roberto Firmino (14) taking on some of the burdens.

“Sometimes you need a bit of time to adapt to the new situations and I don’t think he really needed that,” said Klopp on Salah’s overall value to the side and how he has coped with the close attention.

“He’s a threat. He helps us a lot. He deals with all the new situations for him really well.

“If you have only one (goalscorer), you think maybe you rely a bit too much on that. This year we don’t rely on Mo’s goals, but he’s still in a very good position in comparison to all the other players.

“Seventeen (league) goals is a good number, and there are still a lot of games to come. But it was never a problem. We have 79 points — you cannot have that with a lot of problems over the year.”
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4/5/2019 11:13:02 AM
<![CDATA[Saudi racer Reema Juffali set for F4 UK championship debut]]>
Having made her debut in racing in October 2018, a few months after the Kingdom lifted the ban on women driving and started issuing licences in June of the same year, Jeddah-born Juffali said she was excited about the coming year ahead, Arab News reported.

“In terms of being from Saudi Arabia, it’s such a great thing for me to do and represent my country,” she said, highlighting her pride at representing Saudi Arabia. She also thanked her family, friends and fans for their support thus far.

“It’s a great honor for me. It’s something I didn’t really think about until quite late in life, I want to say maybe about three or four years ago that I started thinking about the idea of racing. To be here today is quite unbelievable and to have done it in such a short space of time, I’m very grateful and happy about that," she told the British F4 website.

“It’s a good time in Saudi to be doing such a thing and all the support I’ve gotten from friends, family, people I don’t even know, has been fantastic and it’s only been pushing me to do better.

“Brands Hatch is the heart of motorsport. It’s going to be a tough year in such a competitive championship, but I’m ready for the challenge,” she added.

Juffali, who studied in the US before moving back to the Kingdom, was announced as Double R Racing's latest addition to the team in March – and having joined the UK-based set-up, she said: “I’m happy to be joining Double R Racing, a championship-winning team with such a great history, and to be competing in British F4 where many great drivers have started."

Juffali was one of only three women in the GCC to hold a race licence on her debut and the first Saudi female to compete in the TRD 86 Cup at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.

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4/5/2019 11:06:50 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt comes 8th in FIFA African rankings for March]]>
Belgium maintained its position on top of the rankings while Senegal continued its domination on the African teams.

Senegal is in the 24th place before Tunisia, Africa’s second, which occupies the 28th place.

Nigeria, Africa’s third, is in the 42nd place, while Morocco comes in the 45th position, DR Congo in the 46th , Ghana in the 49th , Cameroon in the 54th and Egypt in the 57th.
Egypt lost nine points after playing two matches in March. The Pharaohs lost a friendly game against Nigeria and drew against Niger.

The 10 countries on top of the rankings maintained their positions, including Belgium, France, Brazil, England, Croatia, Uruguay, Portugal, Switzerland, Spain and Denmark.

FIFA depends on the rankings to classify the countries in the World Cup qualification and finals draw.

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4/4/2019 7:08:51 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Ahly's delegation arrives in South Africa, performs 1st training]]>
Al-Ahly is set to face Sundowns on Saturday at 3 p.m. CLT in South Africa in the first leg of the CAF Champions League quarter-finals.

The Red Devils' delegation arrived in South Africa on Wednesday night. They performed their first training on Thursday.

Al-Ahly reached the quarter finals after the team topped group D with 10 points from three victories at home over Tanzania’s Simba, Algerian club, JS Saoura and AS Vita Vlub from Congo and they lost two games in Congo and Tanzania while their game against JS Saoura in Algeria with a draw.

On the other hand, Sundowns reached the quarter finals as the runners-up of group A after they gained 10 points, the same as the leaders, Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, but the Head-to-head away goals rule granted the the Moroccan team the leadership.

The winner will face the winner between Horoya of Guinea and Wydad Casablanca.

Lasarte’s chosen squad consists of:

Goalkeeper: Mohamed el-Shenawy - Ali Lotfy

Defenders: Ayman Ashraf - Ali Maaloul - Saad Samir - Ahmed Fathi - Yasser Ibrahim - Mohammed Hani - Mahmoud Waheed - Rami Rabia

Midfielders: Hossam Ashour - Hussein Shehhat - Nasser Maher - Amr Sulayya - Ramadan Sobhi - Karim Walid "Nedved" - Hamdi Fathi

Strikers: Marwan Mohsen - Salah Mohsen - Walid Azaro - Junior Ajayi

Al-Ahly failed to achieve their ninth title at the competition as they lost the last two Champions League finals to Wydad Casablanca and Esperence, respectively.
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4/4/2019 7:06:50 PM
<![CDATA[Zamalek's Gross announces his list for Hassania Agadir game]]>
Zamalek is set to travel to Morocco to face Morocco's HUSA in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup's quarter-finals.

Gross excluded Mahmoud Abdel Moneim 'Kahraba', Ayman Hefny and Hazem Emam from the travelling list.

Ferjani Sassi and Hamid Ahdad are also out of the list as they were suspended due to accumulation of yellow cards.

Gross' list came as follows:
Goalkeepers: Mahmoud Gensh - Emad el-Sayed - Omar Salah

Defense: Mahmoud Alaa - Mohamed Abdel Ghani - Mahmoud AlWensh - Mohamed Abdel Salam - Hamdi Nagguez - Bahaa Magdy - Abdullah Gomaa

Center: Tarek Hamed - Mahmoud Abdel Aziz - Ahmed Sayed Zizou - Mohamed Hassan - Mohammed Antar - Youssef Obama - Ibrahim Hassan - Mohamed Ibrahim.

Attack: Omar el-Saeed - Khaled Boutayeb.

Zamalek defeated Smouha in the 24th round of the Egyptian League on Wednesday night 1-0 thanks to Ferjani Sassi who scored from the penalty spot. Zamalek returned back on the top of the table two points ahead of their rival, Al-Ahly.
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4/4/2019 7:02:13 PM
<![CDATA[Khan apologises to fans after relegation to second tier]]>
Needing at least a point to extend their battle against the drop, there was a glimmer of hope with the score 1-1 at halftime. However, they then conceded three times to ensure they follow Huddersfield Town into the second-tier Championship.

"I'm sorry that we let you down," Khan said on Wednesday in a statement on the club's website.

"Our goal this season was to build on what we achieved in promotion and deliver on our pledge to invest heavily in the squad, ensuring that Fulham would always compete in the Premier League and, no matter the result, never disappoint.

"Last night's outcome made official what we didn't think would be possible in August and tried desperately to remedy and avoid as the season wore on."

The club spent an estimated 100 million pounds ($131.79 million) on new players in the close season after gaining promotion to the top flight.

But they failed to click as a team, even naming three managers over the course of the season with Slavisa Jokanovic being replaced in November by Claudio Ranieri, who was then sacked in February and succeeded by interim coach Scott Parker.

"We hold ourselves accountable," Khan added. "We will reflect, plan thoroughly and respond accordingly. In the weeks ahead we will communicate further as to our vision for the future."

Fulham, who have the worst defensive record in the league having conceded 76 goals in 33 games, could still finish bottom with Huddersfield only three points behind with a game in hand.]]>
4/4/2019 7:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[Jamaica to host matches in this year's Gold Cup]]>
The double header will take place in Kingston’s National Stadium on June 17 and feature matches including the host nation and Honduras, although their rivals are not yet known.

The draw for the tournament takes place on April 10 and it kicks off on June 15 in Pasadena.

This year’s Gold Cup is the biggest ever, with 16 teams playing matches in the United States and Costa Rica.

Tuesday’s decision to include Jamaica marks the first time a Caribbean nation has hosted games in the region’s principal international soccer competition and is part of an attempt by the confederation to broaden the game's appeal in the region.

"Bringing the CONCACAF Gold Cup to Jamaica is a watershed moment for our Confederation and Caribbean football," said CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani.

"Hosting our premier competition in Jamaica for the first time is an extraordinary opportunity to promote the very best of the game in the Caribbean, while raising standards and improving access to the sport across our Confederation." ]]>
4/4/2019 6:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Thrilling comeback shows Barca desire to win title-Suarez]]>
The Uruguayan's deadly last-gasp strike completed a stirring and frantic comeback from the league leaders in one of the most entertaining games of the season in Spain in which Barca took a 2-0 lead before conceding four times to struggling Villarreal.

The draw saw Barca's advantage over nearest challengers Atletico Madrid reduced to eight points ahead of Saturday's showdown at home to Diego Simeone's side.

"The spirit which we showed to never give up demonstrates how much we want to lift this league title," Suarez told reporters after they avoided what would have been Barca's first league defeat since November.

"Looking at how the first half was going I think we put in a great performance, we deserved to be winning although we know they had chances to score too."

With the game against Atletico looming, plus next week's Champions League quarter-final first leg at Manchester United, Barca coach Ernesto Valverde started without talisman Lionel Messi as well as Gerard Pique and Ivan Rakitic.

But his side still took a commanding lead thanks to early goals from Philippe Coutinho and Malcom.

Coutinho hit the post and then Villarreal, who have spent most of the campaign in or around the relegation zone, came back with a vengeance.

The home side scored either side of the interval to equalise before Vicente Iborra and Carlos Bacca gave them a two-goal advantage with 10 minutes to go.

But a red card for Villarreal defender Alvaro Gimenez helped resuscitate Barca, with Messi scoring from a free kick moments before Suarez's unstoppable equaliser.

"We had a great first half and should have made it 3-0 but they are fighting for their lives and they were playing at home," Suarez added.

The Uruguayan warned that his side had plenty of work to do though before meeting Atletico in four days' time.

"We have a lovely points margin but even though we didn't lose today we know we have to improve," he said.

"This game shows you that you end up paying dearly for any errors, and we need to make some corrections."]]>
4/4/2019 6:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Zamalek eyes return to Egyptian League summit against Smouha ]]>
Zamalek hopes to return to the Egyptian League summit after they lost it for the first time on Tuesday when their arch rivals, Al-Ahly, defeated Al Ittihad 2-0.

Zamalek manager, Christian Gross, ruled the team’s left back, Abdallah Gomaa, for the squad that faces Smouha for rest and Bhaa Magdy is expected to replace him.

On the other hand, Zamalek defenders, Mahmoud Alaa and Hamdi Naguez, returned to the team squad after they missed the clash against Al-Ahly at Cairo Derby on Saturday for injury.

Zamalek’s expected starting line-up for the game consists of: Mahmoud Gennes, Mahmoud Alaa, Mahmoud El Wensh, Hamdi Naguez, Bhaa Magdy, Tarek Hamed, Fergani Sassi, Youssef Obama, Mahmoud Kaharaba, Khaled Boutaib and Ahmed Zizo.

On the other hand, Smouha, led by Hossam Hassan, hopes to escape from relegation area as they come 15th at the league with 25 points.

Egyptian Football Federation Referees committee announced that Portuguese referee, João Pereira, will take charge of the game and he will assisted by Pedro Mota and Bruno Rodriguez.

Al-Ahly is leading the Egyptian League table with 55 points, one point ahead of their rivals, Zamalek.
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4/3/2019 2:24:13 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Ahly announces squad for trip to South Africa ]]>
Al-Ahly reached the quarter finals after the team topped group D with 10 points from three victories at home over Tanzania’s Simba, Algerian club, JS Saoura and AS Vita Vlub from Congo and they lost two games in Congo and Tanzania while their game against JS Saoura in Algeria with a draw.

On the other hand, Sundowns reached the quarter finals as the runners-up of group A after they gained 10 points, the same as the leaders, Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, but the Head-to-head away goals rule granted the the Moroccan team the leadership.

The winner will face the winner between Horoya of Guinea and Wydad Casablanca.

Lasarte’s chosen squad consists of:

Goalkeeper:
Mohamed El Shenawy - Ali Lotfy

Defenders:
Ayman Ashraf - Ali Maaloul - Saad Samir - Ahmed Fathi - Yasser Ibrahim - Mohammed Hani - Mahmoud Waheed - Rami Rabia

Midfielders:
Hossam Ashour - Hussein Shehhat - Nasser Maher - Amr Sulayya - Ramadan Sobhi - Karim Walid "Nedved" - Hamdi Fathi

Strikers:
Marwan Mohsen - Salah Mohsen - Walid Azaro - Junior Ajayi

Al-Ahly failed to achieve their ninth title at the competition as they lost the last two Champions League Finals to Wydad Casablanca and Esperence, respectively. ]]>
4/3/2019 1:52:33 PM
<![CDATA[Youssef praises Maaloul after his late goal ]]>
“I want to thank Maaloul for his efforts with the team. He is a professional player and he provides a great performance every game. He played two games with his national team during the international break and then returned to Egypt to play against Zamalek and Al-Ittihad.” Youssef said.

At the first minute of the added time, Maaloul opened the score for his team by a left-footed shot from the edge of the box to score Al-Ahly's first goal in the game.

Three minutes later, Saleh Gomaa added the second goal for his team after a wonderful assist from Ramadan Sobhy who dribbled three players from Al Ittihad.



Al-Ahly’s victory sent the team to the top of the table for the first time this season and they are one point ahead of Zamalek who faces Smouha on Wednesday night at Petro Sport Stadium. ]]>
4/3/2019 1:40:21 PM
<![CDATA[I'll never match Pele's goal tally says Mbappe]]>
The 20-year-old Mbappe, who became only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final as France beat Croatia 4-2 last year, has so far netted 103 goals in his career.

Pele claims he has scored 1,025 goals.

"Even with the goals in playgrounds, goals on the PlayStation, I could never equal 1,250 (sic) goals," said Mbappe as he met Pele at a sponsors' event in Paris.

"It’s really a long way off. I’ll try and get as close as I can, but I think I’ll still be a long way off by the end of my career.

Pele, who spent his career with Santos before a two-year spell at New York Cosmos in the mid-70s, wished Mbappe luck.

"I hope that he gets there, to one thousand it’s okay, the three-time World Cup-winner said, "because I have one thousand and twenty five! If he gets one thousand, it’s okay."]]>
4/3/2019 12:58:35 PM
<![CDATA[Forget quadruple, focus on Cardiff, says Guardiola]]>
With the League Cup already in the bag, Guardiola's side are second in the league, two points behind Liverpool but with a game in hand, and have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League and semi-finals of the FA Cup.

While his side have every chance of claiming all three remaining titles still up for grabs, Guardiola said they could just as easily come away with nothing.

"In one week or three days we can lose all three titles," he told a news conference on Tuesday. "Why talk about the quadruple when in this country - a legendary country - it has never happened before.

"Legendary teams like Liverpool, the period (of Manchester United) with Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, Arsene Wenger with Arsenal - no one did it. So why should we do it?"

Victory over Cardiff would lift City back above Liverpool before they face Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup semis on Saturday. They then face Tottenham Hotspur in the first leg of their Champions League tie on Tuesday.

"I'm not in the minds of my players and the fans to tell them what to think," Guardiola added. "If they want to dream and think about winning everything, I'm not a guy to say anything.

"Of course we are there but I said to the players, 'Forget about it, don't think too much. In one week or three days we can lose all three titles, that's the reality.

"I know in your heads we can win all the titles, but for now it's Cardiff.'"]]>
4/3/2019 12:56:39 PM
<![CDATA[Fulham win can be springboard for FA Cup semi, Garcia]]>
Watford were in complete control against Fulham on Tuesday, with goals from Abdoulaye Doucuoure, Will Hughes, Troy Deeney and Kiko Femenia sealing a 4-1 win.

The result condemned Fulham to relegation and ensured Watford reached their best points tally in the top division since the 1986-87 campaign.

"To achieve 46 points is the best amount in the Premier League and I think it's amazing," Gracia told reporters, adding that the win was "the best way to prepare for the semi-final".

"It will be a tough game (against Wolves), but we know we are able to beat anyone. We have to be demanding with ourselves, and in this way, we are able to win as well."]]>
4/3/2019 12:55:06 PM
<![CDATA['Best ever' Messi constant in Barca evolution, says Villa]]>
Barcelona currently have an eight-point lead in La Liga over Atletico Madrid ahead of Saturday's showdown between the sides and also face Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-final this month.

Messi has been central to Barcelona's success, scoring 42 goals across all competitions and proving the side's talisman time and again.

He will turn 32 in June but Villa, who played alongside the Argentine forward at Barcelona for three years, does not see him slowing down.

"It is difficult to be surprised with Leo," Villa, who now plays for Vissel Kobe in Japan, told Reuters in an interview.

"He is the best. He has always shown everybody in the world that he is the best... Every game that you can watch him is a pleasure."

For those who have seen Messi during his 15-year career at Barcelona, there was no doubting his place in the pantheon of footballing greats, Villa said.

"Obviously (there were) Pele, Maradona, players like (Johan) Cruyff. I didn't have the opportunity to watch them like I watched Messi every day, every game... But, for me, Messi is the best," said Villa.

"He is good in everything that he does."

Barcelona have adapted their style of play since the 'tiki-taka' days under Pep Guardiola, playing in a faster, more-direct fashion currently.

Villa, who won the Champions League with Barca in 2011, lauded the changes made in the pursuit of success.

"I am very happy with the things that we did when we played in Barcelona, with the style that we had, the trophies that we took," said Villa, who left Barcelona for Atletico in 2013.

"Soccer is changing every day and you need to accommodate yourself and your team to the things that happen in the moment. I think that it is a different Barcelona but at the same time a great team as well."

Despite the time difference, Villa said he will be keenly following Saturday's contest between two of his former sides at the Nou Camp. ]]>
4/3/2019 12:53:08 PM
<![CDATA[Cerezo calms fans about Griezmann future]]>
“here is no chance that Griezmann leaves in the summer, he is 1,000 percent staying.” Cerezo told TV show 'El Rondo' on Tuesday.

The French striker, who won 2018 World Cup with France, was linked with a move to Barcelona last summer but at the end he decided to stay at the club.

However, reports revealed that the player wants to leave his club to join Barcelona after the team was knocked out of UEFA Champions League round of 16 against Italian giants, Juventus.

Atlerico Madrid also failed to achieve a domestic success as they were eliminated from Spanish Cup GAINST Girona at the round of 16 and they are 10 points behind the league leaders, Barcelona.
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4/2/2019 7:37:05 PM
<![CDATA[Aguerro misses Cardiff clash]]>
“He didn't train the last two days, tomorrow he is not able to play. Hopefully next Saturday or Tuesday but we will see the evolution in the next few days." The team manager, Pep Guardiola, told press on Tuesday.

Aguero has had a great season with his team having scored 19 goals at the League and he is leading the race to win the Premier League top goal scorer award.

The Argentinean is two goals ahead of Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, Pierre-EmerickAubameyang of Arsenal and Harry Kane of Tottenham.

Guardiola added “It is a final every single game. Cardiff, what I saw in the last game against Chelsea, is alive. They have spirit and what they do, they do it well. It is not like the team is already done."

Liverpool are leading the league title with 79 points, two points ahead of the defending champions, Manchester City, who still have a postponed game.
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4/2/2019 7:27:03 PM
<![CDATA[Mane backs Salah against Goal Drought criticism]]>
“People out and around the club are speaking about Mo because he used to score almost every single game. It's almost normal because it's football, but we all know him as somebody who is very, very relaxed with the situation.” Mane told press on Tuesday.

Salah’s last goal with Liverpool was against Bournemouth on 9 February when Liverpool won at home 3-0.

Salah led his team to achieve a 2-1 dramatic victory over Tottenham Hotspur at home at the Premier League on Sunday.

Salah was behind the late goal that secured the three points for the Reds and kept the team in the title race.

Mane added “I would especially love to see him smiling by scoring goals. We try to help him score more goals, for him."

Liverpool are leading the league title with 79 points, two points ahead of the defending champions, Manchester City, who still have a postponed game.

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4/2/2019 7:24:35 PM
<![CDATA[Elneny participates in Arsenal victory at the League ]]>
Egyptian midfielder, Mohamed Elneny, replaced the injured, Aron Ramsey, at the second half to help his team reach the third place at the league table.

Elneny started the game on bench and watched Ramsey scoring the first goal for Arsenal at the first half which ended with a 1-0 victory for the Gunners.

At the second half, Ramsey suffered a slight injury and left the pitch which gave Elneny the chance to participate at the last 20 minutes.

Minutes before the final whistle, Alexandre Lacazette secured the victory for Arsenal after a fine play with his teammate, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

“We know that we are in the most important moment of the season and we need the players and also the players who are starting on the bench [to make an impact]." Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, said after the game.

Arsenal players hope to secure a spot at UEFA Champions League next season and they are challenging Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Chelsea for the other two spots after Liverpool and Manchester City secured their spots.

Emery added “Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea are going to win a lot of games in the last moment in the season and we need also to do that.”
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4/2/2019 7:22:48 PM
<![CDATA[A struggling Villarreal hosts Barcelona at La Liga ]]>
Villarreal comes 17th at the League table with 29 points, one point ahead of the relegation area.

The team known as The Yellow Submarine missed a huge chance to escape relegation area when they lost 3-2 to eighteenth placed, Celta Vigo, on Saturday after they were leading the game 2-0.

On the other hand, Barcelona are having a great season so far under the patronage of their best player, Lionel Messi, who scored twice on Saturday to grant a victory at home over Espanyol at the local derby.

Despite the value that Messi adds to the team, Barcelona fans asked the team manager, Ernesto Valverde, to rest him against Villareal to be ready for the next week decisive clashes against Atletico Madrid at the league and Manchester United at UEFA Champions League quarter finals.

“There is never an ideal time to rest a player like Messi, we think this match is very important. Many are looking ahead to Atletico Madrid, but the three points on offer in this match are much the same as those on offer against Atletico.” Valverde said ahead of the game.

Barcelona are leading the table with 69 points. 10 points ahead of the second placed, Atletico Madrid.
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4/2/2019 7:20:07 PM
<![CDATA[Salah reveals his talk with Klopp after the game ]]>
Salah was behind the late goal that secured the three points for the Reds and kept the team in the title race.

Salah revealed what he told his manager, Jurgen Klopp, after the game, saying “When I went into the dressing room, I spoke to the manager. I said, 'It’s not always that you have to play good. The most important thing is the points. The big teams always find a way to get the points. Maybe today we didn’t play our top game but winning the game is the most important thing.'”

Two minutes before the final whistle, the score was 1-1 at Anfield and the home team needed a hero to gain the three points.
Salah received a wonderful cross from Trent Alexander Arnold and his header was dropped by the visitors’ goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, onto the legs of his teammate, Toby Alderweireld, who failed to control the ball and scored an own goal.

Liverpool are leading the league title with 79 points, two points ahead of the defending champions, Manchester City, who still have a postponed game.
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4/1/2019 4:59:09 PM
<![CDATA[Gassama to officiate Al-Ahly clash against Sundowns in Egypt ]]>
Al-Ahly reached the quarter finals after the team topped group D with 10 points from three victories at home over Tanzania’s Simba, Algerian JS Saoura and AS Vita Vlub from Congo. Al-Ahly lost two games in Congo and Tanzania while their game against JS Saoura in Algeria ended with a draw.

On the other hand, Sundowns reached the quarter finals as the runners-up of group A after they gained 10 points, the same as the leaders, Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, but the head-to-head away goals rule granted the Moroccan team the leadership.
The winner will face the winner between Horoya of Guinea and Wydad Casablanca.

The first leg is scheduled for April 6 at Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium, Pretoria and Senegalese referee, Maguette N'Diaye, will officiate the game.

Al-Ahly’s board ofdirectors, headed by president Mahmoud el-Khatib, decided that the first football team will fly to South Africa by a private jet.
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4/1/2019 4:04:26 PM
<![CDATA[Salah responds to his critics in the best way ]]>
Salah did not put an end to his goal drought but he was the main reason behind Liverpool’s late winning goal that secured the three points for the Reds.

Beside the league title race, Salah has his own race to win the Premier League top goal scorer after he secured the award last season.

“I don’t care so much if the goal is mine of not. As long as we get the three points that is the main thing. The goal is not very important; if they give it to me or not I don’t care,” Salah told skysports after the game.

Two minutes before the final whistle, the score was 1-1 at Anfield and the home team needed a hero to gain the three points.

Salah received a wonderful cross from Trent Alexander Arnold and his header was dropped by the visitors’ goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, onto the legs of his teammate, Toby Alderweireld, who failed to control the ball and scored an own goal.

Salah added, “There are three or four players that no one is talking about or saying that they are having a good season, while I am the only one who is having a bad season.”

Liverpool are leading the league title with 79 points, two points ahead of the defending champions, Manchester City, who still have a postponed game.
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4/1/2019 4:01:35 PM
<![CDATA[Late Forrest strike seals Celtic win over Rangers]]>
With the match heading for a draw, the hosts were alert to pounce on a loose pass from Rangers captain James Tavernier, before Forrest slotted home the winner.

The victory means Neil Lennon's Celtic moved 13 points clear at the top and have all but secured an eighth consecutive league title with seven league games remaining.

The hosts broke the deadlock in the 27th minute as striker Odsonne Edouard ran clear and thumped in a fantastic finish. Yet Rangers' day got worse soon after when striker Morelos was sent off.

The Colombia international was shown a red card after he appeared to elbow Celtic captain Scott Brown in an off-the-ball incident.

Winger Ryan Kent, on loan from Liverpool, dragged Rangers back into the match with a stunning solo goal in the 63rd minute and Steven Gerrard's side almost went ahead when Ryan Jack fired over the crossbar.

The match ended 10-a-side after Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata was forced off injured in the final minutes and manager Neil Lennon had used all his three substitutes. ]]>
4/1/2019 6:02:00 AM
<![CDATA[We deserved the victory, Amir Azmy ]]>
“The players played a great game and we had many chances to score but we failed to convert them into goals,” Amir told the press after the game.

The Cairo Derby held on Saturday night between Al-Ahly and Zamalek ended with a goalless draw to keep the heat at the top of the table.

The game was played in difficult weather conditions as the rain started on Saturday morning and never stopped during the game which affected the pitch condition and did not allow both teams to show their expected performance.

Zamalek missed Hamdi Naguez and Mahmoud Alaa who failed to recover before the game and Zamalek manager, Christian Gross, replaced them with Mohamed Abdel Ghany and Hazem Imam.

Amir added “We are still leading the League table and we will forget the derby result to focus on the clash against Smouha on Wednesday.”

Zamalek are still leading the League table with two points ahead of the defending champions, Al-Ahly.
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4/1/2019 4:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[It is a fair result, Lasarte ]]>
“The pitch condition affected our performance. We were the better side at the first half but at the second half they improved so it is a fair result.” Lasarte said after the game.

The game was played in difficult weather conditions as the rain started on Saturday morning and never stopped during the game which affected the pitch condition and did not allow both teams to show their expected performance.

Lasarte added “ We wanted to achieve the three points but we will keep fighting. Two months ago, we were 14 points behind Zamalek and now the gap closed to two points.”

Lasarte started the game with 4-3-3 formation and he gave the chance to the team captain, Hossam Ashour, to start in the midfield beside Amr El Solia.

Ashour and El Solia’s defensive abilities granted the team wingers, Ramadan Sobhy and Junior Ajayi, the chance to cause problems for Zamalek defense and Al-Ahly had two clear chances to score but Zamalek goalkeeper, Mahmoud Genesh, saved all Al-Ahly attempts.

On the other hand, Zamalek missed Hamdi Naguez and Mahmoud Alaa who failed to recover before the game and Zamalek manager, Christian Gross, replaced them with Mohamed Abdel Ghany and Hazem Imam.

The pitch condition made the mission harder for both teams and their strikers failed to create many chances to score and the game ended 0-0.

Zamalek are still leading the League table with two points ahead of the defending champions, Al-Ahly.
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4/1/2019 2:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Ian Rush has no concerns over Salah]]>
“If one goes in off his backside you will see him back among the goals. I am not disappointed because although he has not scored, his all-round play has been very, very good” Rush said to the English newspaper, Mirror.

He added: “You have times like that but the key thing is keeping your confidence. Never get scared to get into the positions to miss.

“Once you get scared about that then it does become a problem. If you are getting the chances and missing, that is not a problem.

Liverpool is set to face Tottenham Spurs on Sunday at 05:30 p.m. at Anfield stadium in the 32nd round of the English Premier League.
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3/31/2019 3:33:07 PM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly flies by private jet to South Africa]]>
Al Ahly is set to face Mamelodi Sundowns on April 6 in South Africa in the first leg of the CAF Champions League’s quarter-finals.

Al Ahly's decision to provide a private jet for the team's trip to South Africa was taken to give players more rest due to the pressure of matches.

Al Ahly played against Zamalek on Saturday and ended with a goalless draw at Borg El Arab Stadium. They are set to face Ittihad Alexandria on the same stadium next Tuesday.

Al Ahly will play three games in a week against Sundowns on Saturday and then face Misr Al Makassah on Wednesday (April 10th) before meeting Sundowns again on Saturday 13th of the month.

Al-Ahly reached the quarter finals after the team topped group D with 10 points from three victories at home over Tanzania’s Simba, Algerian club, JS Saoura and AS Vita Vlub from Congo and they lost two games in Congo and Tanzania. Their game against JS Saoura in Algeria ended with a draw.


On the other hand, Sundowns reached the quarter finals as the runners-up of group A after they gained 10 points, the same as the leaders, Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, but the head-to-head away goals rule granted the Moroccan team the leadership.


The winner will face the winner between Horoya of Guinea and Wydad Casablanca.

Al-Ahly failed to achieve their ninth title at the competition as they lost the last two Champions League Finals to Wydad Casablanca and Esperence, respectively.
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3/31/2019 3:22:30 PM
<![CDATA[The Egyptian Derby sank in Borg El Arab stadium]]>
Al Ahly and Zamalek failed to score any goals in the Derby when they played a postponed game from the 17th round of the Egyptian Premier League.

Zamalek remained on the top with 54 points while Al Ahly came second with 52 points to continue their tough competition.

Al Ahly’s consecutive victories stopped as the Red devils succeeded to win nine games in a row.

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The pitch condition was very bad as it was full of water on the two flanks which forced the players to play most of the 90 minutes around the center of the ground. The right flank was the worst part of the pitch which made the players slip a lot.

Both teams performance was poor due to the pitch condition; but each team had a dangerous chance which would change the score.

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Al Ahly’s chance was at the 45th minute of the first half when Ramadan Sobhy ran on the right flank sending a cross to Nasser Maher who failed to put the ball in the empty net.

Zamalek’s chance was through young Moroccan player, Hamid Ahdad, who also failed to put the ball in Al Ahly’s empty net.



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3/31/2019 3:08:42 PM
<![CDATA[Al Nasr stuns Al Hilal jumping to the top of the league]]>
Al Nasr beat Al Hilal on Friday 3-2 in the match between them in the 25th round of the Saudi league at King Fahd Stadium.

The victory pushed Al Nasr to the top of the Saudi league table with 58 points, while Al Hilal remained at the second place with 57 points.

Only five matches remain in the Saudi league, and the competition between the two sides will continue until the end.

Abdul Razak Hamdallah scored for Al Nasr in the 46th minute, but Al Hilal scored the equalizer quickly through Ali Al-Balahi after seven minutes.

Al Nasr came back in the 77th minute through Bruno Uvini, but Salim Dossari scored a superb goal just two minutes later to level the score.

In the second minute of the stoppage time, Bruno Uvini fired the mercy shot at Al Hilal by scoring for Al Nasr the winning goal flying to the top of the league.

The match also saw a red card for Mohamed Kanoo from Al Hilal in the 66th minute after receiving two yellow cards.
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3/31/2019 2:41:30 PM
<![CDATA[Man City back on top, Huddersfield go down]]>
On the afternoon that Huddersfield Town were relegated and Manchester United celebrated the full-time managerial appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a 2-1 win over Watford, City again demonstrated why they remain the league's benchmark.

Bernardo Silva scored for the third game in a row and Sergio Aguero extended his league-leading tally to 19 in a dazzling early spell, allowing the champions to ease to a seventh straight league victory while never having to hit the heights.

It restored City's advantage at the top, one point ahead of Liverpool on 77 points with both sides having played 31 games, though Juergen Klopp's men could return to the summit with a win over third-placed Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Still, City, who have won the League Cup and are in the FA Cup semi-finals and Champions League quarter-finals, moved closer to an unprecedented, if still unlikely, 'quadruple' with 14 matches left.

Without seemingly having broken stride, their cosmopolitan crew reconvened after the international break and looked as if they had never been apart as soon as Bernardo Silva arrowed in a left-footed strike within five minutes.

For manager Pep Guardiola, the lunchtime stroll at Craven Cottage, featuring the return of key players like Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho after injury, felt like the most perfect resumption with the pressure immediately restored on Liverpool.

"The first 15, 20 minutes was incredible with the way we played," he told the BBC.

"After the international break, you usually miss a bit with your rhythm. This game was tricky -- 12:30 on a Saturday, a sunny day. That is unusual, and that is why I am so satisfied.

"We don't think too much about what people say about the quadruple. What Liverpool and Manchester City have done in the Premier League both deserve credit. That's why we are (both) here."

WINNING START

Manchester United moved into fourth place, level with Tottenham Hotspur on 61 points having played a game more, as Solskjaer got his permanent reign off to a winning start with victory over unfortunate Watford.

Goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial secured United's win, even though this was far from their most convincing performance under the Norwegian as Watford deserved more for their enterprise than a late Abdoulaye Doucoure consolation.

Still, the win lifted United above Arsenal, who host Newcastle United on Monday.

At the other end of the table, as 19th-placed Fulham's defeat left them a step closer to what looks certain relegation, Huddersfield's even more inevitable demotion to the Championship was confirmed with a 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace.

The Terriers became only the second team in the Premier League era to be relegated before the end of March as they lost to goals from Luka Milivojevic and Patrick van Aanholt.

Wins for 17th-placed Burnley, 2-0 at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers, and 16th-placed Southampton, 1-0 at Brighton & Hove Albion, ensured their fate was sealed as they matched Derby County's record, set in 2008, for the earliest relegation from the Premier League after 32 games.

Leicester City marked an emotional day for the club on what would have been the 61st birthday of their late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died in a helicopter accident in October, by beating Bournemouth 2-0 at the King Power Stadium.

His image was flashed up on the big screen along with the words "Always in our hearts" before the match and, in the 61st minute, the fans rose to applaud his memory.

In the day's late game, West Ham United, after six unbeaten matches at the London Stadium, came unstuck with a lacklustre 2-0 home defeat by Everton

Goals from Kurt Zouma and Bernard moved Everton above the Hammers into ninth, one point behind Wolves and Leicester. ]]>
3/31/2019 2:39:38 PM
<![CDATA[Aspas inspires Celta comeback in thriller against Villarreal]]>
Early goals from Karl Toko Ekambi and Alfonso Pedraza put visitors Villarreal in control at Balaidos, before a stunning second-half turnaround earned Fran Escriba his first win as Celta coach.

Aspas, who last started a game in December before sustaining a calf injury, pulled one back early in the second half and Maxi Gomez headed in the equaliser.

Former Liverpool striker Aspas won Celta the game from the penalty spot after Brais Mendez was fouled with four minutes left and he shed tears of emotion at the final whistle. ]]>
3/31/2019 2:36:04 PM
<![CDATA[Atletico crush Alaves to retain faint title hopes]]>
Diego Simeone's side dominated at Mendizorroza and triumphed with goals from Saul Niguez, Diego Costa, Alvaro Morata and Thomas Partey.

Costa's strike was the pick of the bunch, a curling effort in off the far post from outside the area, until Thomas struck a sublime shot into the top corner from distance.

Hosts Alaves, fifth in the table, spurned the chance to climb into the Champions League qualifying positions by overtaking fourth-placed Getafe, who earlier lost 2-0 to Leganes.

"Today we were excellent, tactically from the start we were superb, we were on our game," Saul said. "We have to fight, that's all there is to it.

"We have to keep winning games, we have to try and keep the league title dream alive. All we can do is keep fighting to try and win the league, we have to do that for the fans."

After Champions League elimination by Juventus and defeat by Athletic Bilbao last weekend, Atletico were back to their ruthless best.

Saul drilled home the opener at the near post in the fifth minute after Antoine Griezmann found him on the left of the box.

Costa soon added the second with an unstoppable effort, giving Atletico a comfortable lead.

The former Chelsea forward was taken off with an injury but Morata, on loan from the same London club, extended Atletico's lead in the 59th minute after being sent through on goal by substitute Thomas Lemar.

The French winger impressed and set up a chance for compatriot Griezmann, who lobbed Fernando Pacheco but saw the ball strike the post.

The goalkeeper could do nothing about Thomas's missile which rounded off an impressive win for Atletico, who face Girona on Tuesday before taking on Barcelona next Saturday.

"We were up against a side whom you have to start well against and when they scored a couple early on it made it hard for us, they have a lot of quality in attack," said Alaves defender Rodrigo Ely.

"When Atletico play as well as they do you have to start well and we didn't. We have to forget about this game, it's a learning curve." ]]>
3/31/2019 2:33:15 PM
<![CDATA[Messi haunted by failures but retirement still long way off]]>
The Barcelona striker, speaking on an Argentine radio station on Friday, also surprised listeners by saying he misses Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who left rivals Real Madrid for Juventus last year.

"I miss Cristiano in Spain," Messi told Radio C5N. "It was lovely having him here, even though it annoyed me seeing him win so many titles. It would be great if he was still here."

Messi, a five-times Ballon d'Or winner, has begun 2019 in fine form with his Barcelona side running away with La Liga and through to the Champions League quarter-finals.

He also returned to international action last week in a lacklustre 3-1 defeat by Venezuela, a game that was his first for the national side since he took a break following the 2018 World Cup.

Argentina were knocked out of the tournament in the second round and Messi, who has still not scored a goal in the knockout stages of any of the four World Cups in which he has featured, was criticised by some fans.

The 31-year-old said going from Barcelona to Argentina was difficult and blamed their poor performances in Russia on a swift transition from promoting younger players to take up senior positions in the team.

"I think the generational change was very brusque," Messi said. "It should have been done slower. You need to give the kids time and confidence. The change was a really big one."

Messi said he was still tortured by the loss of the 2014 World Cup final to Germany in extra time and warned fans not to expect too much from Argentina at this year's Copa America in Brazil.

"Do you know the number of times I've replayed the final and the chances we had? It would have been so different if we'd scored one of them," he explained.

"Being realistic, a lot of work is needed to be a powerhouse. These kids have played very few matches for the national team. We need to be patient and I have no doubt that we are going to be strong."

"I am going to stretch out my retirement as long as I can," Messi said, adding that if he did return to Argentina it would be to play for his hometown club Newell's Old Boys.
"I would love to end my career at Newell's but it's not easy. Sincerely, I don't know."

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3/30/2019 4:00:49 PM
<![CDATA[Pogba and Rashford key to Man United's future, says Solskjaer]]>
While on international duty, United's record signing Pogba said it would be a "dream" to play for Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid, while Rashford has been linked with a move to Barcelona in the British media.

"They are vital for our future," Solskjaer, who was named United's permanent manager on Thursday, told reporters.
"You have got loads of players who you can build a team around and those are two that you asked me about."

Since Solskjaer took over as United's caretaker in December, Pogba has enjoyed the more freedom and tactical flexibility to become one of the most influential players in the Premier League, recording eight goals and six assists.

Rashford, meanwhile, has become the Norwegian manager's first-choice striker and the 21-year-old has responded with eight goals in 18 appearances across all competitions.

When asked if the pair can realise their ambition at United, Solskjaer added: "I would believe so. That's our aim as a club, to be achieving what we have done in the past. That is the expectations here.

"Of course, we are hoping to build a team strong enough (to be) worthy of the history of the club."

United's short-term target is to secure a Premier League top-four finish and qualification for the Champions League but Solskjaer wants the club to target the league title next season.

Club captain Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian could leave at the end of the campaign while United are linked with England wingers Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi, at Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea respectively, and Napoli centre back Kalidou Koulibaly.

United are expected to back Solskjaer with substantial funds to rebuild the squad but the Norwegian said he would not spend recklessly.

"People who know me know that I will use that in a good way," he said.

"We have a plan with the club, they have scouted players for longer than I have been here, and we have players that we need to keep. We will not spend money just to spend money."

Fifth-placed United host Watford in the league later on Saturday.

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3/30/2019 3:59:02 PM
<![CDATA[Raja Casablanca stun Esperance to lift CAF Super Cup]]>
African Confederation Cup holders Raja led through Abdelilah Hafidi on 22 minutes, but African Champions League winners Esperance levelled just before the hour-mark with a goal from Algeria international Youcef Belaili.

Raja skipper Banoun netted the decisive goal though with a neat flick past goalkeeper Rami Jridi to claim a second Super Cup for the Moroccan side, who are coached by Frenchman Patrice Carteron.

The Super Cup has been played between the African Champions League holders and the Confederation Cup winners since 1993, and was held outside of the African continent for the first time this year.

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3/30/2019 3:53:27 PM
<![CDATA[Solskjaer named permanent Manchester United manager]]>
The 46-year-old Norwegian has guided United to 14 wins in 19 matches in all competitions as caretaker boss since replacing the sacked Jose Mourinho in December.

Initially viewed as purely a stop-gap option while the club searched for a high-profile established manager, with Tottenham Hotspur's boss Mauricio Pochettino widely reported to be their main target, the former United striker has exceeded all expectations and now has his reward.

"This is the job that I always dreamed of doing and I'm beyond excited to have the chance to lead the club long-term and hopefully deliver the continued success that our amazing fans deserve," said the 46-year-old in a statement.

https://www.manutd.com/en/news/detail/Manchester-United-announces-Ole-Gunnar-Solskjaer-as-full-time-manager on United's website.

"From the first day I arrived, I felt at home at this special club. It was an honour to be a Manchester United player, and then to start my coaching career here."

After instantly turning around United's form - they have won 10 of their 13 Premier League games since he was appointed - Solskjaer sealed his job with the dramatic comeback win at French champions Paris St Germain which earned the club a Champions League quarter-final with Barcelona.

His positive approach to the players, supported by Alex Ferguson's former assistant Mike Phelan, resulted in a transformation of the mood around Old Trafford and the club's Carrington training ground.

The upbeat, inclusive approach taken by Solskjaer contrasted markedly with the atmosphere in the latter stages of Mourinho's reign and delighted fans who had grown weary of the squabbles and defensive football under the Portuguese manager.

That change in tone was expected and was one of the main reasons that United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward had chosen the Norwegian to be the caretaker.
But for England's most successful club, with a record 20 domestic titles, Solskjaer also had to get the club used to winning again.

"Since coming in as caretaker manager in December, the results Ole has delivered speak for themselves," said Woodward.

"More than just performances and results, Ole brings a wealth of experience, both as a player and as a coach, coupled with a desire to give young players their chance and a deep understanding of the culture of the club.

"This all means that he is the right person to take Manchester United forward. I want to thank Ole and the coaching team for everything they have done so far and congratulate him on this richly deserved appointment."

Fifth-placed United, who are locked in a battle for Champions League qualification spots with Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, host Watford in the league on Saturday.
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3/30/2019 3:52:12 PM
<![CDATA[Zamalek's expected line-up for the Derby]]>
Zamalek hosts Al Ahly in the expected derby on Saturday at 07:00 p.m. at Borg El Arab stadium in a postponed gamed from the 17th round of the Egyptian League.

The referees committee of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has assigned the task of ruling Zamalek vs Al Ahly to the Romanian referee, Istvan Kovacs.

EFA also gave permission for only 50 persons to attend the Derby as per security demand.

Gross' expected starting line-up is:

GK: Mahmoud Abdel Rehim 'Gennesh'

DEF: Hamdy Nagguez, Mahmoud Alaa, Mahmoud Hamdy 'Al Wensh', Abdallah Gomaa
MID: Tarek Hamed, Ferjani Sassi, Youssef Ibrahim 'Kahraba', Kahraba, Ahmed Sayed 'Zizo'

ATT: Khaled Botayeb

Zamalek are leading the Egyptian League table with 53 and they are two points ahead of the defending champions, Al-Ahly.

This game will be decisive in the title race as Al-Ahly needs to achieve victory to top the league table for the first time this season.
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3/30/2019 3:51:29 PM
<![CDATA[Istvan Kovacks to rule the Derby]]>
The postponed game from the Egyptian League's round 17 is set to kick-off at 07:00 p.m. on Saturday at Borg El Arab stadium.

The Romanian referee, 35 years-old, is an international referee since 2010. He ruled 24 games this season in all the competitions. Kovacks gave 123 yellow cards and 5 red cards.

Zamalek are leading the Egyptian League table with 53 and they are two points ahead of the defending champions, Al-Ahly.

This game will be decisive in the title race as Al-Ahly needs to achieve victory to top the league table for the first time this season.

Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria will host the game between Al-Ahly and Zamalek at the Egyptian League on March 30.
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3/30/2019 3:47:17 PM
<![CDATA[Socceroos legend Tim Cahill hangs up his boots]]>
The 39-year-old -- who scored 50 goals in 108 appearances for the Socceroos and played in four World Cups -- said he will not be looking for another contract following the end of his Indian Super League stint with Jamshedpur.

The former Everton and Millwall attacker, who retired from international football in November, said he is planning a move into coaching.
"No, I'm an old man now in football years," he told Optus Sport television.

"I'd love to keep playing, you know 39, had a great stint for six months in India.
"But I'm interested in TV, going to start my A (coaching) licence and spend quality time with my family and chill out for a bit.

"I'll take my time in learning more and getting coaching hours in."
Cahill spent 14 years in England with Millwall and Everton, scoring more than 100 goals, before stints in the United States, China and India.

Born in Sydney to a Samoan mother, he started his international career playing for the Western Samoa under-20s and only became a Socceroo in 2004 after an intense lobbying campaign to world body FIFA.

Two years later in Germany, he became the first Australian to net a goal at a World Cup, going on to score in the 2010 and 2014 tournaments as well.
Cahill, whose career was characterised by an indefatigable work rate and huge determination, played for Australia at the 2018 World Cup before retiring from the international game.

He bid an emotional farewell to his home fans in Sydney when he was brought on in the final few minutes for his 108th and last appearance against Lebanon in November.
"It was amazing to play in four big continents," Cahill said. "I had a great career and I'm really thankful."

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3/30/2019 3:46:53 PM
<![CDATA[Higuain announces Argentina retirement]]>
"My cycle with the national team is over, now I'm watching things from the outside, to the joy of many people," Higuain said in an interview with Fox Sports on Thursday.
"I spoke with (Argentina coach Lionel) Scaloni and gave him my point of view, the decision has been taken, it's what I think is the best thing for me."

The 31-year-old made 75 appearances for Argentina, scoring 31 goals. His last appearance was in the 2-1 win over Nigeria in the 2018 World Cup.

Higuain, who joined Chelsea on loan from AC Milan in January, began his career with River Plate and has since played for Real Madrid, Napoli and Juventus.

Yet he has had to shoulder fierce criticism for his performances with Argentina.
The striker missed a clear opportunity to open the scoring in the 2014 World Cup final, which Argentina lost to Germany.

He also spurned a goalscoring chance in the 2015 Copa America final against Chile and missed a penalty in the shootout which his side lost.

He also performed disappointingly in the 2016 Copa America Centenario final against Chile, where his side also lost on penalties.

Higuain defended his performances for his country and pointed to his goal in the 1-0 win over Belgium in the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals.

"People remember the goals I missed and not the ones I scored. I'm sure everyone celebrated the goal against Belgium," he said.

"When you criticise someone maliciously it hurts everyone. I saw how much my family suffered, but I gave everything for the national team.

"It's one thing to say that the national team did not achieve our objectives, but when people talk about failure it's very hard."

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3/30/2019 3:45:14 PM
<![CDATA[Know Al Ahly's expected line-up for the Derby]]>
Zamalek hosts Al Ahly in the expected derby on Saturday at 07:00 p.m. at Borg El Arab stadium in a postponed gamed from the 17th round of the Egyptian League.

The referees committee of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has assigned the task of ruling Zamalek vs Al Ahly to the Romanian referee, Istvan Kovacs.

EFA also gave permission for only 50 persons to attend the Derby as per security demand.

Lasarte' expected starting line-up is:
GK: Mohamed El Shenawy
DEF: Mohamed Hany, Saad Samir, Ayman Ashraf, Ali Maaloul
MID: Hossam Ashour, Amr El Soleya, Nasser Maher, Junior Ajayi, Ramadan Sobhy
ATT: Marwan Mohsen

Zamalek are leading the Egyptian League table with 53 and they are two points ahead of the defending champions, Al-Ahly.

This game will be decisive in the title race as Al-Ahly needs to achieve victory to top the league table for the first time this season.
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3/30/2019 3:42:45 PM
<![CDATA[Klopp says Salah returned 'sharp as ever']]>
“He always played pretty much all games, everywhere for country, for us and all that stuff, so it was really important he could have a break,” Klopp said.

“Now he will be here, a full week to prepare for the rest of the season, so that’s cool. I spoke to him, he looked really relaxed and in a good mood. Now, let’s go.”

Liverpool are currently on top of the Premier League table with 76 points, one ahead of second-placed Manchester City who have one game in hand. Their next clash will be against third-placed Tottenham on Sunday.

Salah has suffered a dip in form recently, as the Reds go in search of their first English top-flight title since 1990.

The Egyptian ace was the star man last campaign when he scored 44 goals in a magnificent debut year at Anfield.
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3/29/2019 3:10:33 PM
<![CDATA[Alexandria Stadium development works to end on May 15]]>
"Construction works and preparations at Alexandria Stadium and the training grounds are underway," Hussein told FilGoal.com.

Hussein also revealed the work being done which included expanding and developing the stadium's entrances and locker rooms and providing a snow bath for the recovery of the players as well as a Jacuzzi as per the CAF's demand.

The draw is supposed to be held on April 12 in Cairo and the presidents of many African Football Federations will attend the draw.

Since 1996, a total of 16 teams have been allowed to participate at the tournament but for the first time in history, 24 nations will compete to win the title in 2019.

Egypt won the rights to host the tournament after being selected over South Africa.

The 2019 African Cup of Nations was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. However, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the tournament for serious delays in preparations.

Egypt is the most successful nation in the history of the competition as Egypt has won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010.
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3/28/2019 6:54:57 PM
<![CDATA[Zamalek denies 'Kahraba crisis' rumors]]>
"There is an attacking campaign against Zamalek, their president and their player Mahmoud Kahraba before an important clash," Mortada Mansour said to "Malaab El-Zamalek" program on Al-Rafedein channel.

Zamalek's official website published a video of their president's meeting with the players before Wednesday's training session.

"We have 90 minutes to prove that Zamalek is the best club this season," Mansour said to Zamalek players.

Zamalek are leading the Egyptian League table with 53 and they are two points ahead of the defending champions, Al-Ahly.

This game will be decisive in the title race as Al-Ahly needs to achieve victory to top the league table for the first time this season.

Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria will host the game between Al-Ahly and Zamalek at the Egyptian League on March 30.
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3/28/2019 6:52:13 PM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly end their preparation for Zamalek at Borg El Arab]]>CAIRO - 28 March 2019: Al-Ahly's first football team started their private training camp on Thursday night at Alexandria.

Al-Ahly's team performed their Thursday's training at Mokhtar Al-Tetch pitch and their last training will be at Borg El-Arab stadium on Friday.

The Red devils' international players returned to the team after playing with their national teams a friendly match. Mohamed Hany, Amr el-Soleya and Salah Mohsen were with the Egyptian first national team; Mostafa Shobeir, Nasser Maher, Ramadan Sobhy and Karim Nedved were with Egypt's Olympic team; and Ali Maaloul was with the Tunisian national team.

Zamalek are leading the Egyptian League table with 53 and they are 2 points ahead of the defending champions, Al-Ahly.

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3/28/2019 6:38:00 PM
<![CDATA[Nagy praises Genesh’ performance against Nigeria]]>CAIRO – 28 March 2019: Egypt's national team goalkeepers coach, Ahmed Nagy, showed his admiration of the performance of Zamalek goalkeeper, Mahmoud Abdel Rahim, known as Genesh, who played the friendly game against Nigeria on Tuesday which ended with a 1-0 victory for Nigeria.

“I was impressed by his performance. He has made it harder for me to choose after his amazing performance,” Nagy told press after the game.

Genesh, who was handed his international debut on Tuesday, conceded a goal after seven seconds by a strike from Nigerian winger, Paul Onuachu.

Despite the early goal, Genesh played a great game and saved many chances from Nigeria strikers to score more goals.

Nagy added, “I enjoy working with many talented and experienced goalkeepers who battle to make it to the national team squad at the African Cup of Nations.”

Besides Genesh, Egypt has many goalkeepers who are candidates to be the national team's first choice at the African Cup of Nations including Mohamed el-Shennawy, Ahmed el- Shennawy, Amer Amer, Sherif Ekramy, Mohamed Awad and Mohamed Abo Gabal.

Egypt won the rights to host the tournament after being selected over South Africa.

The 2019 African Cup of Nations was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. However, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the tournament for serious delays in preparations.

Egypt is the most successful nation in the history of the competition as Egypt has won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010

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3/28/2019 1:24:05 PM
<![CDATA[Players don't have faith in system to tackle racism: Southgate]]>
England's 5-1 rout of Montenegro in Podgorica on Monday was soured by racist abuse directed at some of their players including Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose. UEFA are investigating the incidents.

"We spoke to them a lot before the summer and they were very clear they wanted to play their football," Southgate told reporters when asked if he was willing to take his players off the pitch if they were racially abused.

"Some of them didn't even want to report things because they don't have faith that things will be dealt with appropriately or they would make a difference."

Sterling was outspoken in his criticism of the incident and called for strict sanctions such as stadium closures to be imposed to "make them think twice" about racist abuse.

Southgate said he wanted an approach that focused on prevention by educating young people about racism.

"I can't discuss sanctions," Southgate added. "What is the right sanction? Is it a big fine? Is it the closing of sections of a stadium? What is honestly going to make any difference?

"The difference for me is educating people ... Kids are born into the world and they don't have a bone of malice in their body so it is what we impose on them as adults.

"We can criticise authorities for sanctions, but the problem is deeper than sanctions."]]>
3/28/2019 10:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Three first-half goals help Mexico to 4-2 win over Paraguay]]>
Jonathan Dos Santos took advantage of hesitancy in the Paraguayan defence after six minutes to smash home the opener from close range at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

An own goal from Gustavo Gomez doubled Mexico’s advantage three minutes later and Javier Hernandez finished off a lovely move to make it 3-0 and set up what looked like a comfortable second consecutive win for new coach Gerardo Martino.

However, goals from Hernan Perez and Derlis Gonzalez either side of Miguel Almiron’s red card for Paraguay gave the South Americans the chance to snatch an unlikely draw before Luis Montes restored Mexico's two-goal cushion in stoppage time.]]>
3/28/2019 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Cannavaro in no hurry to decide as China crisis deepens]]>
Back-to-back 1-0 reversals in Nanning against Asian opposition -- Thailand last Thursday and Uzbekistan on Monday -- underlined the difficulties China face in their quest to end their long absence from the World Cup.

The next World Cup in Qatar will mark the 20th anniversary of the country's only appearance at the finals and, with Asian qualifying kicking off in September, the Chinese are suffering from a lack of confidence and clarity.

A dispirited squad, desperately in need of rebuilding, has yet to find out if Cannavaro -- appointed for the China Cup but also serving as head coach of Guangzhou Evergrande -- will remain at the helm for the long-term.

"I'm not in a rush to decide," the Italian World Cup winner said after the loss to Uzbekistan.

"There are lots of things to discuss with the federation and the club. We've been talking but we're not in rush because I will need to get out of my club duties.

"The officials from the federation have watched our games and also have their requirements, but we haven't confirmed anything."

Cannavaro's mixed coaching record has amplified concerns over his suitability for one of the most demanding roles in the game.

The former Real Madrid and Juventus defender led Tianjin Quanjian to the second division title in China in 2016 but his Guangzhou side relinquished the club's seven-season grip on the Chinese Super League title last year.

"It will be a huge challenge," the 45-year-old said. "The bigger the challenge is, the bigger the impact will be.

"Lots of people have their own opinions on things, such as how to decide the roster or if should we change the line-up a lot. Personally, if I'm needed I will stay but things can't be decided within one or two days."

AGEING SQUAD

Whoever eventually fills the post will be charged with refreshing a squad that was the oldest at the recent Asian Cup, where Marcello Lippi led the nation to the quarter-finals despite several unconvincing displays.

Lippi stood down after the finals, with his team criticised following their capitulation to Iran in the last eight, and Cannavaro believes he will face censure from China's demanding fans no matter what he does.

"There is one thing I can be sure: as the head coach of the national team, you will always think I'm wrong no matter what I do," he said.

"There is tremendous pressure in this job. If I have three Guoan players, Shanghai will be upset. If I have three Shenzhen players, Guangzhou will be upset.

"No matter what you do, there will be different opinions. This is not only in China, but it's a common issue in most countries. Therefore this kind of job takes time to make decisions. The workload will be huge, but I won't be scared off.

"But we all need to calm down and discuss things. It is a huge responsibility to be the head coach of the China team. Football means so much here and has the most attention.

"I will consider it seriously. However, if I can't find the best way to fit in the role, I'd be better off coaching Evergrande only and doing my best at that."]]>
3/28/2019 7:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[South Korea's Son keen to share the limelight]]>
Without a goal for the national team since June, when he sprinted from the halfway line to slot home into an empty German net at the World Cup, Son delivered one of his best performances in a Korean shirt as the home side saw off 12th ranked Colombia in a friendly in Seoul.

Scoring the opener with a ferocious right-foot shot from inside the box, Son was a constant menace to the Colombian defence, his pace and movement giving the Koreans the perfect out-ball during periods of sustained pressure.

The 26-year-old, who now has 24 goals in 79 international appearances, said he felt his personal struggles in front of goal has been talked about more than the team's recent good run under Portuguese coach Paulo Bento.

The Koreans have won nine of their 14 games under Bento, who took over after the World Cup, their only defeat coming in the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup to eventual champions Qatar.

"I felt like I was being a distraction to the rest of the team, because people kept mentioning my name when talking about the national team," Yonhap News quoted Son as saying after Tuesday's win.

"I couldn't have scored the goal today without the sacrifices of my team mates."

Son has mostly been used as a winger at international level but has been asked to play a more central role in Bento's experimental 4-4-2 formation against Colombia and Bolivia last Friday.

While he did not find the net against the Bolivians, Son was at the heart of Korea's most dangerous moves before substitute Lee Chung-yong popped up with a late winner in a 1-0 victory.

Son said he would play anywhere to help the team.

"On my club, I've played both as a striker in a two-forward setting and as a winger," Son said.

"No matter where the coach puts me, my job is to do the best I can in that position. I think it's important for me to keep playing the way I did today. That kind of consistency will help the national team and myself as a player."]]>
3/28/2019 5:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[Derby News: Naguez, Hamed and Alaa are ready ]]>
The player trained in group for the first time after individual training sessions the recent week to recover from the injury he suffered against Arab Contractors which ended with a 2-2 draw.

Zamalek fans put hopes on their right back to stop Al-Ahly’s left winger, Ali Maaloul, who plays with Naguez at the Tunisian national team.

On the other hand, Zamalek football supervisor, Amir Mortada Mansour, calmed Zamalek fans about Mahmoud Alaa and Tarek Hamed who suffered slight injuries during Egypt’s friendly game against Nigeria.

Zamalek are leading the Egyptian League table with 53 and they are 2 points ahead of the defending champions, Al-Ahly.

This game will be decisive in the title race as Al-Ahly needs to achieve victory to top the League table for the first time this season.

Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria will host the game between Al-Ahly and Zamalek at the Egyptian League on 30 March.
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3/27/2019 3:40:54 PM
<![CDATA[Salah returns to Liverpool ahead of Tottenham clash ]]>
Salah was ruled out of Egypt national team March camp in which Egypt faced Niger at the last round of 2019 African Cup of Nations’ Qualifiers and the game ended with a 1-1 draw and they lost 1-0 to Nigeria in a friendly game.

Liverpool fans hopes to see their winger regaining his best performance at the most difficult stage of the season after suffering from a goal drought at the last two months.

This season, Salah has been amazing for his club but he failed to score any goals since his goal against Bournemouth on February 9 when Liverpool won at home 3-0.

Liverpool returned to the Premier League top before the international break and they are leading the table with 76 points, two points ahead of Manchester City who still have a postponed game.

Liverpool fans put all their hopes on the shoulders of Salah and his teammates to achieve their first Premier League title since 1990.
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3/27/2019 3:39:18 PM
<![CDATA[Grisha to officiate Espérance clash against CS Constantine ]]>
Walid Ahmed and Tahssin Abo El Sadat will assist Grisha while Mohamed Adel will act as fourth official.

The first leg is scheduled on 6 April at Stade Mohamed Hamlaoui, Constantine and the Algerian club hopes to achieve a comfortable result before playing the second leg in Tunisia.

The winner will face the winner between Tanzania’s Simba and Mazembe of Congo.

Grisha was among 36 referees including six Africans who were chosen to officiate at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and his only appearance came at the group stage when he took charge of England clash against Panama.

Grisha, who received his international stripes in 2008, is one of the African continent’s experienced referees.

He refereed at the 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017 African Cup of nations tournaments, 2015 CAF Champions League final, 2016 Olympic Games and 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. ]]>
3/27/2019 3:38:22 PM
<![CDATA[Man United to face Tottenham in Shanghai pre-season clash]]>
United will take on Inter Milan at the National Stadium Singapore on July 20, before travelling to Shanghai to face Spurs at the Hongkou Stadium on July 25.

The final match of the tour is scheduled against AC Milan at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on Aug. 3.

These matches will be in addition to the two previously announced matches against Perth Glory and Leeds United on July 13 and July 17 respectively.

"These games, and the tour overall, will not only assist in our pre-season preparations, but also provide entertaining football and an opportunity to interact with our loyal fans in Australasia and Asia," United's executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said in a statement.

"This will be our third visit to Singapore and our fifteenth pre-season visit to China and we're excited to be returning to both countries to play against top-class opposition there."

At least four other Premier League clubs will visit China for their pre-season preparations with Manchester City, Newcastle United, West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers taking part in the Premier League Asia Trophy in Nanjing and Shanghai.

United's last match in China was a defeat by Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai but that pre-season trip was remembered more for the clash with local rivals Manchester City which was cancelled due to torrential rain in Beijing.]]>
3/27/2019 3:11:41 PM
<![CDATA[Liverpool's Alexander-Arnold a doubt for Tottenham clash]]>
The injury forced Alexander-Arnold to withdraw from England's squad for their Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro during the recent international break.

"Trent still feels his back. We're not 100 percent sure so we have to watch him," Klopp told Liverpool's website.

"It's not an obvious injury that you can say something is broke or whatever, it's just a bit annoying actually that he cannot feel really free."

Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri should be fit for the weekend after recovering from a groin injury that kept him out of international duty and Klopp also revealed that centre back Joe Gomez had started training again.

Gomez has been sidelined since having surgery to mend a lower leg fracture he picked up at the start of December and is training away from the rest of the squad.

"Joe is not injured anymore and nearly fit after a long time," Klopp added. "I think Joe was out for 15 weeks. That's long so he needs to now create the basis again for the rest of the season."

Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has not played since rupturing a ligament in his right knee last April, has suffered a minor setback after sustaining a muscle injury playing for the under-23s.

"Ox is positive, we are all positive," Klopp said. "It was a little setback. That's how it is. We're careful of course... and I think he'll be in training in a week again."

League leaders Liverpool are two points ahead of Manchester City having played a game more but could find themselves back in second before Spurs visit Anfield, with City travelling to second-bottom Fulham on Saturday. ]]>
3/27/2019 2:20:20 PM
<![CDATA[Conor McGregor retires from MMA, again]]>
The trash-talking Irish star of the Ultimate Fighting Championship wrote on Twitter that he had decided to call time on his career inside the octagon.

“Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as ‘Mixed Martial Art’ today,” McGregor wrote. “I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition.

“I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement.“

McGregor, 30, has not fought since being well beaten by rival Khabib Nurmagomedov in October last year.

The Dubliner, one of the most bankable stars in UFC, had previously vowed to retire in 2016 in a move that was widely seen as a negotiating gambit.

“I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese,” McGregor wrote in April 2016. His short-lived retirement ended in August 2016, when he returned to fight Nate Diaz in Las Vegas.

McGregor’s decision comes after a troubled few weeks for the Irish fighter.

He was arrested in Miami earlier this month after allegedly smashing a phone outside a Florida nightclub.

He was later charged with criminal mischief and strong-armed robbery after police said he had slapped the phone out of a fan’s hand and then stomped on it.

McGregor was also arrested last year in New York after police said he attacked a charter bus carrying several rival martial arts fighters. Video footage of the altercation showed McGregor, throwing a steel dolly through a window of the bus.

McGregor was also at the center of a brawl which erupted at ringside in the immediate aftermath of his defeat to Nurmagomedov last October in Las Vegas.

In January, the Nevada State Athletic Commission later handed McGregor a six-month suspension for his role in the post-fight melee, backdated to October.

McGregor would have been eligible to fight again in early April.

McGregor is one of the most successful fighters in the history of mixed martial arts, helping to broaden the sport’s appeal beyond its base of hardcore fans.

The Irishman is estimated to have earned $200 million from his fighting career, which included a much-hyped cross-combat bout against former welterweight boxing champion Floyd Mayweather in August 2017.]]>
3/27/2019 10:36:29 AM
<![CDATA[Pirlo sees Juventus as main candidates to win CL title ]]>
“In the Champions League you always get a feeling if it is going to be your year or not.In my opinion, Juventus are better than Barcelona, and I think Manchester City are the best of the remaining teams in the competition,"Pirlo said on Monday.

Pirlo was on the pitch when his team, Juventus, lost the UEFA Champions League final 3-1 to Barcelona in 2015.

Pirlo believes that Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Juventus in the summer, added a great value to the team, he said “If you decide to make a change in your career at the age of 33, it is because you are still highly motivated. Cristiano has settled in very quickly and that is clear for everyone to see."

Ronaldo led Juventus to the quarter finals after he scored three goas against Atletico Madrid at the round of 16 second leg to overcome Atletico’s 2-0 lead at the first leg.

Pirlo added, “Maybe without Cristiano, the match against Atletico Madrid would have ended 1-0, but certainly not 3-0.”]]>
3/26/2019 4:13:41 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Ahly volleyball ladies win African title ]]>
Al-Ahly fans packed Prince Abdullah al-Faisal hall to support their players who wanted to defend their title against the Tunisian team.

The Tunisian team surprised Al-Ahly players and won the first set 25-21 but Al-Ahly players bounced back and won three consecutive sets 25-15, 25-11 and 25-19 respectively to win the game 3-1.

Al-Ahly President, Mahmoud el-Khatib, sent a message to the team players to congratulate them after their massive achievement.

The game was a repeat to the tournament's finals in 2016 and 2018 when Al-Ahly managed to win the title in both occasions.

The first game in 2016 ended with a 3-2 victory for Al-Ahly in Tunisia while the final in 2018 was easier for Al-Ahly players who won the game 3-0 in Cairo.

Al-Ahly now has a record of 10 Women's African Volleyball Clubs Championship titles, including four titles in the last five years.



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3/26/2019 3:51:18 PM
<![CDATA[Tunisia confident of winning AFCON title ]]>
“We trust our ability to win the African Cup of Nations' title after we qualified to the tournament as group leaders,” Mogo told 93.7 Radio Station.

Tunisia played in Group J at the African Cup of Nations Qualifiers alongside Egypt, Niger and Eswatini and they reached the tournament after they topped the group with 15 points from five victories and a loss to Egypt in Cairo.

Mogo added, “We are in a good condition ahead of the tournament and we have many experienced players who play in the domestic league and abroad. We will also count on our players in Egypt who will help us adapt quickly.”

Hamdi Naguez and Fergani Sassi play for Zamalek and Ali Maaloul wears Al-Ahly jersey and they will face each other at the Cairo Derby on March 30.

Tunisian fans hope to see their national team achieving the African title for the second time in their history as they won the title once in 2004 at home.
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3/26/2019 3:48:28 PM
<![CDATA[Eduardo ready for Riyadh Derby]]>
The player was sidelined since Al-Hilal 3-1 victory over Qatar’s Al-Duhail at Asian Champions League on March 12 and he missed the team’s 1-0 victory over Al-Ahli Jeddah at the semifinal of the Arab Club Championship as well as the team’s goalless draw against Ohod at the League.

Eduardo joined Al-Hilal in 2015 and since then he has established himself as one of the best players in the league. He was named the team captain in 2018.

“We will do everything to defeat Al-Nasr and stay at the top of the table. We created many chances against Ohod but we failed to score,” Al-Hilal goalkeeper, Ali al-Habsi, told press on Monday.

Al-Hilal are leading the Saudi Arabian League table with 57 points, two points ahead of the second placed, Al-Nasr.
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3/26/2019 3:45:58 PM
<![CDATA[Sports minister: Egypt turned into "hub" for int'l, African sports events]]>
The minister's remarks were made at the conclusion of Egypt's International Bikes Race, organized by the Egyptian Cycling Federation (ECF) on March 23-26.

As many as 120 competitors from 11 countries took part in the competition.

In statements on Tuesday, the minister voiced happiness over hosting this race in Aswan city to reflect its importance in the tourism and sport fields.

He also thanked Aswan Governor Ahmed Ibrahim for his full cooperation in organizing the event in the Upper Egypt city, noting that hosting such kind of joyful activities would greatly contribute to supporting the Egyptian tourism sector.]]>
3/26/2019 3:24:40 PM
<![CDATA[Aguirre reveals reasons behind Salah’s absence ]]>
“I wanted to watch other players who can be part of the national team squad at the African Cup of nations.” Aguirre said.

Aguirre excluded Liverpool winger, Mohamed Salah and West Bromwich defender, Ahmed Hegazi, and he preferred to leave them available for their clubs.

Mostafa Mohamed, Mohamed Nabil Dunga, Ahmed Aboul-Fotouh, Ahmed Ayman Mansour, Ammar Hamdy and Abdulrahman Magdy joined the national team camp for the first time in March camp.

Egypt faced Niger at the last round of 2019 African Cup of Nations’ Qualifiers and the game ended with a 1-1 draw and they will face Nigeria on Tuesday 26 March.

Aguirre added “I feel the African Cup of Nations’ importance for the people in Egypt and I hope to prepare the team to win the title.”

Egypt won the rights to host the tournament after being selected over South Africa.

The 2019 African Cup of Nations was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. However, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the tournament for serious delays in preparations.

Egypt is the most successful nation in the history of the competition as Egypt has won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010. ]]>
3/26/2019 2:23:19 PM
<![CDATA[Neville discusses Salah's goal drought ]]>
"Mo Salah, he’s now had two unbelievable seasons. I said at the start of the season I think he would find it difficult to replicate what he did last year and that’s proven to be the case," Neville said on Monday.

Since he joined Liverpool in summer 2017, Salah has been sensational and he won the Golden Boot Award after scoring 32 goals at the Premier League.

This season, Salah has been amazing for his club but he failed to score any goals since his goal against Bournemouth on February 9 when Liverpool won at home 3-0.

Neville added, "He’s played centre forward at times a lot this season, particularly away from home; he’s developing all the time as a player. His finishing is absolutely world class and Liverpool are lucky to have him.”

Liverpool returned to the Premier League top and they are leading the table with 76 points, two points ahead of Manchester City who still have a postponed game.

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3/25/2019 4:45:56 PM
<![CDATA[FIFA president to attend AFCON 2019 draw]]>
The FIFA president will attend the draw alongside CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad, and many African legends including former stars, Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto'o.

The draw is supposed to be held on April 12 in Cairo and the presidents of many African Football Federations will attend the draw.

Since 1996, a total of 16 teams were allowed to participate at the tournament but for the first time in history, 24 nations will compete to win the title in 2019.

Egypt won the rights to host the tournament after being selected over South Africa.
The 2019 African Cup of Nations was initially scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. However, Cameroon was stripped of hosting the tournament for serious delays in preparations.

Egypt is the most successful nation in the history of the competition as Egypt has won a record of seven titles including three in a row between 2006 and 2010.

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3/25/2019 4:44:34 PM
<![CDATA[ CAF accepts Al-Ahly's request ]]>
The CAF Champions League quarter finals' first leg was initially supposed to be played on April 5 but Al-Ahly bid a request to play the game a day later.

"We have a big game at the domestic league and we will have a long flight to South Africa. The players need to rest especially that we will arrive on April 4," Al-Ahly Football Director, Sayed Abdel Hafiz, told the club's official website.

Al-Ahly will face their arch rivals, Zamalek, on March 30 at the League. Al-Ahly comes second at the League with two points behind the leaders, Zamalek.

Al-Ahly reached the quarter finals after the team topped group D with 10 points from three victories at home over Tanzania’s Simba, Algerian club, JS Saoura and AS Vita Vlub from Congo and they lost two games in Congo and Tanzania. Their game against JS Saoura in Algeria ended with a draw.
On the other hand, Sundowns reached the quarter finals as the runners-up of group A after they gained 10 points, the same as the leaders, Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, but the head-to-head away goals rule granted the Moroccan team the leadership.
The winner will face the winner between Horoya of Guinea and Wydad Casablanca.
Al-Ahly failed to achieve their ninth title at the competition as they lost the last two Champions League Finals to Wydad Casablanca and Esperence, respectively.
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3/25/2019 4:43:16 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Ahly volleyball ladies challenge CF de Carthage on African title]]>
Al-Ahly fans are expected to pack Prince Abdullah al-Faisal hall to support their players who want to defend their title against the Tunisian team.

"It will not be an easy game and we expect a tough final against an experienced team. We know them well and we know how good they are but we have a massive motivation to defend our title." Al-Ahly player, Aya Al Shami, said ahead of the final.

The game is a repeat to the tournament's finals in 2016 and 2018 when Al-Ahly managed to win the title in both occasions.

Al Shami added "Our fans will be a massive support for us and they are behind all our achievements."

The first game in 2016 ended with a 3-2 victory for Al-Ahly in Tunisia while the final in 2018 was easier for Al-Ahly players who won the game 3-0 in Cairo.

Al Ahly has a record of 9 Women's African Volleyball Clubs Championship titles, including three titles at the last four years.



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3/25/2019 4:41:59 PM
<![CDATA[Venezuela national soccer coach offers to resign after meeting Guaido envoy]]>
After a 3-1 victory over Argentina in Spain, the coach, Rafael Dudamel, said he had spoken with officials from Venezuela's soccer federation and "put my role up for review" following his meeting with Antonio Ecarri, designated by Guaido as his ambassador to Spain, before the game in Madrid.

Guaido, the head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, invoked Venezuela's constitution to assume an interim presidency in January, arguing Maduro's 2018 re-election was fraudulent. Most Western nations, including Spain, have recognized Guaido as the country's rightful leader.

He has designated representatives to a number of countries that have disavowed Maduro's government. Maduro calls Guaido a puppet of the United States, and says he is the victim of an attempted U.S.-led coup.

"We have been living through very complicated times, and we are very politicized," Dudamel told reporters after the game. "We respectfully received the visit of the ambassador, Mr. Antonio Ecarri ... just as we have [in the past] received the ambassador of President Maduro."

He later accused Guaido and Ecarri of "politicizing" the visit, telling CNN the meeting took place on the condition that any photographs or videos of the meeting would be for "internal consumption." Guaido had earlier tweeted a video of Ecarri speaking with the players.

"Today was denigrating, it's unfortunate how they have acted," Dudamel said.

A spokesman for Guaido did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Venezuela's information ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Dudamel said he would remain as coach for now and planned to be on hand for the national team's next game on Monday against Catalonia. ]]>
3/24/2019 9:03:00 AM
<![CDATA[Real Madrid is a dream for anyone: Pogba]]>
Pogba has expressed his love for the white club and for Zidane.

"Like I've always said, Real Madrid is a dream for anyone. It's one of the biggest clubs in the world," Pogba said in France's pre-Moldova press conference. "There is also [Zinedine] Zidane as a coach and it's a dream for anybody who likes football.

"For now, I'm at Manchester. We don't know what the future holds. I'm at Manchester and I'm happy."

Looking back, Pogba has recalled the dark times in which Manchester United, led by José Mourinho, did not achieve good results and was mired in an internal crisis: "Maybe we lost confidence, maybe things went badly, we talked a lot out of what that we were not used to."
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3/24/2019 8:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Mexico give manager Martino a winning start, beat Chile 3-1]]>
Mexico's Raul Jimenez broke the scoreless game open when he converted a penalty kick in the 52nd minute in front of a crowd of more than 41,000 at the friendly in San Diego.

Hector Moreno headed home a corner kick in the 64th minute and Hirving Lozano chipped a shot over the Chilean goalkeeper's head less than a minute later to put the contest out of Chile's reach.

The win is the first for the 56-year-old Argentine Martino, who led Atlanta United to the MLS Cup last season before being named as Mexico's head coach in January. ]]>
3/24/2019 8:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Dutch not favourites against struggling Germany - Van Dijk]]>
The Dutch beat the Germans 3-0 at home last October and came from behind with two late goals to force a 2-2 draw away in Gelsenkirchen one month later to win a place in the Nations League finals.

The contrast in form continued this week when Van Dijk was among the scorers as the Netherlands beat Belarus 4-0 in Rotterdam on Thursday in their opening Group C qualifier, a day after Germany proved unconvincing in a 1-1 draw at home to Serbia in a warm-up international.

"It does look like the Germans are still in a building phase but don't forget that the Dutch side is also going through the same process," Van Dijk said on the eve of the game at the Amsterdam Arena.

"The Germans still have fantastic players even if they might be talking over there (in Germany) about a crisis. We also had a spell like that, where things did not go for us," added Van Dijk, referring to his team's failure to reach the 2016 European Championship in France and last year's World Cup in Russia.

"That was not a good phase. But we must worry about ourselves and not Germany. I don't think we are favourites but that is up to you members of the media to decide."

The Dutch are, however, in confident mood after Thursday's comfortable victory.

"At times we played really good football but it can, and it must be, a lot better on Sunday," said Van Dijk. "There were times where we did not put enough pressure on them and were sloppy and lost the ball.

"Against Germany we can expect a completely different game and we all realise that. We know what we are capable of." ]]>
3/24/2019 6:57:00 AM
<![CDATA[Mourinho targets June return to club management]]>
Mourinho has been out of a job since he was sacked by United in December following a dismal run of results that left the club sixth in the Premier League standings, 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool.

"What I have in mind is that I would like to be back in the summer, in June, for a new club, for a new pre-season," Mourinho told BeIN Sports.

"I know exactly what I don't want. That's the reason why I had to say (no) already to three or four different offers. And I know what I want, in terms of not a specific club but the nature of the job, the dimension of the job."

Mourinho had said in January that he was not sure if he would manage another club in England after stints with Chelsea and United.

The 56-year-old, however, ruled out taking the reins of a national team as he prefers the day-to-day work that comes with being a club manager.

"I don't think so," Mourinho said, when asked if he would take charge of a national team. "I think a national team job is a very specific job.

"I like daily football, I like daily work, I like many competitions, I like matches and I want to stay in football club level. But who knows?"]]>
3/24/2019 5:56:00 AM
<![CDATA[Southgate lauds England hat-trick hero Sterling's coming of age]]>
The burgeoning talent at Southgate's disposal was on show as 18-year-old's Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi also played their part in a perfect start to England's Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

Sterling, 24, was often criticised as he scored just two goals in his first 45 caps. But the Manchester City winger now has five in his last three England games after also scoring twice in a famous 3-2 Nations League win in Spain in November.

"I thought he was devastating tonight," said Southgate.

"I’m delighted for him to get the reaction that he did from the crowd here. We can’t hide from the fact that he’s had difficult moments with England and he’s turned that full circle," said Southgate.

"I also think the goals in Spain were an important moment for him; you could see the release that had brought.

"His finishes there and tonight were finishes that he was just taking on without thinking too much. At times, you could almost see the thought process in the past, but he’s hungry for those goals."

- England carry momentum -

Harry Kane was also on target from the penalty spot and Tomas Kalas's calamitous own goal rounded off the scoring as England carried on their momentum from a run to the World Cup semi-finals and qualification for the last four of the Nations League.

The final of Euro 2020 will be played at Wembley and England have high hopes of being more than just hosts, especially with Sancho and Hudson-Odoi to add to an already talented front line boasting Sterling, Kane and Marcus Rashford.

Southgate admitted even more improvement is to come as his side ran out comprehensive winners despite a lacklustre start.

But one move of genuine quality opened the floodgates on 23 minutes.

Kane showed his ability is not restricted to finding the net with a wonderful pass inside Filip Novak to free Sancho, who squared for Sterling to tap home on the stretch.

Another burst of inspiration from Sterling helped double England's lead in first-half stoppage time.

He wriggled around four Czech defenders before a combination of Pavel Kaderabek and Tomas Kalas hauled him down.

Kane maintained his flawless record from the spot for England and scored his 21st international goal, firing his powerful penalty past Jiri Pavlenka despite the Czech stopper getting a hand to it.

England went through the gears after the hour mark and Sancho should have scored his first international goal after more good work from Sterling and Kane, but could not force the ball past a desperate challenge from Novak.

Sterling soon showed Sancho how it is done with a fine curling finish into the top corner.

However, England's hat-trick hero had luck on his side for his third goal as a huge deflection left Pavlenka in the Czech goal flummoxed.

That was Sterling's final act as he made way for Hudson-Odoi, to make his international debut, while Declan Rice was also handed his England debut after switching allegiances from the Republic of Ireland.

And Southgate believes Sterling's experience of the highs and lows of being and England protégé makes him the perfect role model for the likes of Sancho, Hudson-Odoi and Rice.

"I’ve put him into the leadership group that we have. I think he’s showing those signs, I think he’s a role model for the younger players coming in," added Southgate.

"I think he’s enjoyed that extra responsibility as well.

"That shone through on the pitch, so a really special night for him."

Hudson-Odoi had a big part to play in England's fifth as his shot was parried by Pavlenka into the onrushing Kalas, who haplessly turned the ball into his own net.]]>
3/24/2019 4:54:00 AM
<![CDATA[Lakers' James eliminated from NBA postseason picture]]>
The four-time league MVP also had his eight-year run to the NBA finals snapped on Friday night as the loss takes the lowly Lakers out of the playoff picture for a franchise-record sixth straight season.

"It is a tough season for all of us," James said. "It is not what we signed up for. Throughout the year things happen, suspensions, injuries.

"You don't even try to wrap your head around it. Just keep pushing see how you can get better. The playoffs is never a promise. You got to come out and do the work.

"For me personally, you do the work and see what you can do to help."

James had 25 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds, but it wasn't enough to get the victory in a tight contest that featured 23 lead changes.

The last time the NBA's best player wasn't in the postseason was in 2004-05, his second season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James played in Friday's contest at Staples Center Arena despite missing games recently to get rest for his lingering groin injury.

He also took a hard tumble against the Nets after slipping on the baseline while driving to the basket with 22 seconds left in the fourth. He left the game for one possession, then returned.

James shot eight-of-25 from the floor in 35 minutes of action as the Lakers are now 2-11 in their last 13 games.

"I took a pretty nasty fall when I slipped. Hopefully I will feel better tomorrow," said James, who missed a three pointer and committed a turnover in the final seconds.

Asked how much more he wants to play this season, James said, "With us being officially eliminated, I will probably have a conversation with the coaching staff. Hopefully I can be in as many games as possible down the stretch."

Joe Harris scored 26 points and former Laker D'Angelo Russell tallied 21 points and 13 assists for the Nets, who boosted their playoff hopes with their second-straight win during a seven game road trip.

JaVale McGee had career highs of 33 points and 20 rebounds along with six blocked shots to lead the Lakers.

When James signed with the storied franchise before the season, few expected him to extend his streak of finals appearances to nine straight, but not many thought it would be due to a failure to get into the playoffs.

It has been a season of blown opportunities, broken promises and with the Lakers now officially out of contention late in the season, it leaves the coaching staff and the front office under fire.

"I played a lot basketball over the last 16 years. So for me to go into an offseason as healthy as possible will give me time to recalibrate my body and recalibrate my mind and get ready for next season," James said.

With the struggling Lakers limiting James' minutes down the stretch, the forward had sat out two of the past three games heading into the Nets' game.

He did not play in last Friday in the Lakers' 111-97 loss at Detroit or Tuesday on Los Angeles' 115-101 loss to Milwaukee.

Three-time champion James was doing his part by averaging 27.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, and eight assists this season, but he hasn't gotten consistent help from an inexperienced supporting cast.

"One thing you can't control is injuries. Throughout the whole season we just had bodies, bodies, bodies be down. It is hard to get chemistry on the floor," he said.]]>
3/24/2019 2:53:00 AM
<![CDATA[Germany stars Goretzka and Gnabry condemn racist abuse]]>
"It is ridiculous to cheer on one player and insult another just because of their skin colour. Racism has no place in the stadium or anywhere else in society," Gnabry, 23, told German tabloid Bild.

On Friday, police confirmed that three men aged between 30 and 40 had turned themselves in after another fan, basketball journalist Andre Voigt, posted a video on Facebook.

Voigt, who been at the game as a supporter, described in the video how fans sitting behind him had repeatedly hurled racist abuse at Sane and Gundogan, who are of Senegalese and Turkish heritage respectively.

"I don't remember ever being insulted like that myself, but it does have an affect on me because I have the same colour skin as Leroy," said Gnabry, whose father is Ivorian.

"It is really sad that things like this are happening in 2019, and it's important to raise your voice in a moment like that."

Speaking ahead of Germany's Euro 2020 qualifier against the Netherlands this Sunday, Gnabry's Germany and Bayern Munich team mate Leon Goretzka also called on fans to stand up to racism.

"I watched the video, and the scenes that he describes made me really quite furious," said the midfielder.

"I can only call on everyone to put people like that in their place."

"Where I come from in the Ruhr region, if you are asked about your nationality, the only answer is either Schalke, Dortmund or Bochum."]]>
3/24/2019 2:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[French judges question PSG president in athletics corruption probe]]>
The source said Al-Khelaifi was questioned on Wednesday by investigating magistrates who termed him a "person of interest" as they examine a case which also looks at the circumstances in which the Olympic Games were awarded to Rio de Janeiro for 2016 and Tokyo for 2020.

Al-Khelaifi's lawyer Francis Szpiner did not respond to an AFP request for comment.

The magistrates were looking specifically at two payments of $3.5 million in 2011 by Oryx Qatar Sports Investment, a company jointly owned by Al-Khelaifi and his brother Khalid, to a sports marketing firm run by Papa Massata Diack.

His father Lamine Diack was formerly president of the IAAF, the world athletics governing body, and a member of the International Olympic Committee.

At the time, Qatar was seeking to host the 2017 IAAF world championships and the two payments were made shortly before it voted. The event was awarded to London but, in 2014, Doha was awarded the 2019 IAAF games which start on September 28.

These payments were outlined in a memorandum of understanding, in which Oryx undertook to purchase sponsorship and TV rights for $32.6 million, provided Doha obtained the World 2017 championships, according to a source close to the file.

Oryx Qatar Sports Investment is distinct from the Qatar sovereign wealth fund, Qatar Sports Investment, which owns PSG.

Al-Khelaifi was interrogated by two French judges on Wednesday. The source told AFP that the Qatari businessman denied corruption and said he only learned recently of the two transfers.

The judges, who are investigating the sprawling Diack case, placed Al-Khelaifi under the intermediate status of "assisted witness", meaning that he is not being examined at this stage but remains a person of interest in the investigation.

In Switzerland, Al-Khelaifi, who is also the head of the TV network BeIN sports is in the crosshairs of an investigation into "private corruption ", concerning the attribution of the broadcasting rights to two football World Cups.

Last week, the Court of Arbitration in Sport backed PSG's appeal against the governing body of European football's attempt to reopen an investigation into the club for financial wrongdoing.]]>
3/24/2019 1:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[I touched Jose to get some luck: Martin Lasarte on Manuel Jose]]>
“I touched Jose to get some luck,” Lasarte joked about his move with Manuel Jose.



“Jose said honestly that his period with Al Ahly was brilliant because he got amazing players,” Lasarte said during his interview with Al Ahly’s channel.

“I was very happy by Jose’s visit. I hope to meet him again to learn from him. Jose is a guru and I hope to be like him and achieve what he achieved with Al Ahly,” Lasarte concluded.

Lasarte took charge as Al Ahly’s coach since December 2018. He managed 16 matches in all the competitions; he won 12 matches, drew once and lost three times.

Al Ahly places second in the Egyptian league’s standings with 51 points, two points behind the leader Zamalek.

In CAF Champions League, Al Ahly reached the quarter-finals and the red devils are set to meet South African club, SunDowns.
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3/23/2019 2:35:52 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s Olympic team calls Paris St. Germain U-19 player]]>
Egyptian Football Association sent an e-mail to the French club to call the Egyptian young player.

Omar plays with PSG a match in the French league U-19 and after then he can join the Egyptian team on Monday.

Omar Yassin is the younger brother to Abdallah Yassin, other Egyptian player who plays for PSG’s second team.

Egypt’s Olympic team defeated USA in a friendly match on Friday in Spain where the training camp is being held. Egypt is set to meet Netherlands on Tuesday in another friendly game.

Egypt will host AFCON U-23 next November which qualifies for the TOKYO Olympic Games in 2020.

Egypt's Olympic team faced many teams in the past year including UAE, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Algeria and Russia.
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3/23/2019 2:17:48 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt faces Niger in 2019 AFCON qualifications]]>
Egypt have already secured their spot at 2019 African Cup of Nations as they share the top of the Group with Tunisia with 12 points each, on the top of winning the rights to host the tournament last January.

Mostafa Mohamed, Mohamed Nabil Dunga, Ahmed Aboul-Fotouh, Ahmed Ayman Mansour, Ammar Hamdy and Abdulrahman Magdy will wear the national team jersey for the first time.

The coaching staff of the Pharaohs managed by Javier Aguirre settled on the starting line-up and the expected starting 11 players against Niger will be:

GK: Ahmed El Shenawy,
DEF: Ali Gabr, Baher Mohammadi, Karim Hafez, Mohamed Hany,
Midfielders: Amr Soleya, Ali Ghazal, Nabil Dunga, Amr Warda, Ammar Hamdi
ATT: Ahmed Hassan Koka

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3/23/2019 2:08:12 PM
<![CDATA[Messi injured on return as Argentina lose 3-1 to Venezuela]]>
Messi showed flashes of brilliance but it was not his night as Venezuela put three past their more illustrious rivals for the first time with goals from Salomon Rondon, Jhon Murillo and Josef Martinez. Lautaro Martinez got Argentina's consolation.

Messi finished the match but felt some pain in his groin and will sit out Tuesday's friendly against Morocco in Tangier, the Argentine Football Association said after the game.

The injury, described as a flare up of an existing problem, was not thought to be serious. Midfielder Gonzalo Martinez will also miss the Morocco match with a thigh strain.

Messi took a sabbatical after his country's last-16 exit from the 2018 finals in Russia but he returned with a clean shaven new look to captain the side in the all-South American affair at Atletico Madrid's Metropolitano stadium.

Venezuela had only beaten Argentina once in 23 previous encounters, but they got the perfect start after five minutes when Rondon brought down a long pass inside the box and crashed a shot past keeper Franco Armani.

Rondon should have made it two with a header in the 40th but the second goal was only moments away as Murillo took advantage of a quick free kick to scamper to the edge of the box and curl a lovely right-foot shot into the far corner of the net.

Lautaro Martinez finished off a superb counter attack to pull Argentina back into the game after 59 minutes but their hopes were short lived and Venezuela's Josef Martinez made it 3-1 from the penalty spot with a quarter of an hour remaining.

"In the first half we created chances but they scored twice when we made mistakes," said Lautaro Martinez. "In the second half we did well and moved the ball about but they got that penalty. We need to keep improving."

Argentina face Morocco in Tangier on Tuesday, while Venezuela's next face Catalonia in Girona on Monday.]]>
3/23/2019 1:36:25 PM
<![CDATA[Sterling bags hat-trick as England thrash Czechs]]>
A mood of optimism swept around a large Wembley crowd before the Group A game kicked off and England responded with a display full of pace and panache to send the fans home happy.

Sterling opened the scoring from Jadon Sancho's cross in the 23rd minute and Harry Kane's penalty put England in complete control on the stroke of halftime.

There was a brief flurry from the Czechs at the start of the second half but normal service was soon resumed as Sterling curled home his second of the night just past the hour.

The Manchester City forward was unstoppable and he completed his first hat-trick for England seven minutes later with a deflected drive past Czech keeper Jiri Pavlenka.

Sterling was substituted to huge applause soon after as manager Gareth Southgate gave Chelsea teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi his first senior cap while West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice also came off the bench to win his first England cap, weeks after switching allegiance from Ireland.

The Czechs' misery was complete when Tomas Kalas bundled in an own goal in the 84th minute.]]>
3/23/2019 1:34:47 PM
<![CDATA[Wilson nets debut goal as Angola seal Cup of Nations return]]>
Wilson, a former Portugal junior international, netted midway through the first half to ensure his side’s passage to the continental championships in a game that was delayed for 30 minutes after halftime by a partial floodlight failure.

Angola have missed the last two Nations Cup tournaments, but secured their passage as Group I winners having leapfrogged Mauritania, who lost 1-0 at Burkina Faso but had already sealed their place in Egypt before the final round of qualifiers.

Bertrand Traore scored the first-half winner for the Burkinabe, who needed Angola to slip up at bottom side Botswana.

Nigeria clinched top spot in Group E with a 3-1 home victory over the Seychelles with a below-par performance that was maybe due to them having already qualified for the finals.

Odion Ighalo put the Super Eagles ahead with a penalty after 35 minutes but the Indian Ocean islanders equalised before the break when a mistake by goalkeeper Francis Uzoho saw the ball fall kindly for Roddy Melanie to sidefoot into the empty net.

Henry Onyekuru restored Nigeria's lead with a close-range header after the break and Moses Simon added a late third.

South Africa must avoid defeat by Libya in neutral Tunisia on Sunday to come second or the Libyans will qualify instead.

Morocco, who will be among the favourites at the finals, were held to a 0-0 draw away to Malawi in Group B in Blantyre where their substitute Rachid Alioui struck the post with two free kicks in the 81st minute and in stoppage time.

In Group A, Equatorial Guinea's Emilio Nsue scored two first-half goals in a 4-1 away victory in Sudan, a meeting of two teams already out of the running for a place in Egypt. ]]>
3/23/2019 1:33:37 PM
<![CDATA[Liverpool as champions the stuff of nightmares for Rooney]]>
Rooney, who began his career with Liverpool's Merseyside rivals Everton before moving to Manchester United, said he would rather defending champions Manchester City won the league instead.

Liverpool are top of the table with two points more than second-placed City, who have a game in hand.

"It's a great reason to be out the country when those two are going head-to-head for the title," Rooney, who now plays for Major League Soccer side DC United, told talkSPORT.

"I hope Man City get over the line before Liverpool. I couldn't bear to see them win it, it would be a nightmare for any Evertonian.

"I remember in 2005 (Liverpool) won the Champions League and they're still talking about it now so it would be another 10 or 15 years of that."

Liverpool have not won a league title in 29 years and ending that drought this season would allow them to move to 19 title wins in the English top flight, one behind United's record.]]>
3/23/2019 1:28:53 PM
<![CDATA[World Cup 2022 only target for new UAE coach Van Marwijk]]>
The 66-year-old former Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and Australia coach was unveiled as the successor to Italian Alberto Zaccheroni on Thursday.

"I'm only here for one thing and that's to qualify for the World Cup," he told reporters in Abu Dhabi after signing a three-year deal with the option of another two years.

"It takes a long time and the first thing we have to deal with is the first qualification round and that's why I'm here."

Van Marwijk was in the stands later on Thursday as the UAE beat his former team Saudi Arabia 2-1 in a friendly, the fifth time he had watched the two sides clash over the last four years but the first not as coach of the Green Falcons.

"I'm looking forward to having this job," he said. "I know the Emirates, I know the team because with the Saudis we played four times against each other, so I know the strengths also.

"I heard there were some young talents so I'm anxious to know how good they are."

Chief among those talents is playmaker and former Asian Player of the Year Omar Abdulrahman, who missed the UAE's surprise run to the semi-finals of the Asian Cup in January because of injury.

They were thrashed by neighbours and eventual champions Qatar in that semi-final with Zaccheroni departing immediately after the match.

Van Marwijk took the Dutch to the World Cup final in 2010 but more importantly for the Emiratis, also led Saudi Arabia to qualification for last year's finals, their first trip to soccer's showpiece event since 2006.

The former Feyenoord, Borussia Dortmund and Hamburg SV manager was let go by the Saudis before the finals after a row over terms and conditions, however, and he ended up leading Australia to a first-round exit in Russia.

The UAE has only qualified for the World Cup finals once in 1990 but could end up hosting some matches in the 2022 tournament if a political and economic rift with Qatar is healed and FIFA decides to hold a 48-team tournament.

Part of his falling out with the Saudis before the last World Cup was their insistence that he live in the country, something he was again not prepared to commit to with the UAE.

"I was also the coach of Holland and I will do exactly the same as I did there," Van Marwijk said.

"I will be here when I'm needed to be here."

Asian qualifying for the 2022 World Cup begins in September.]]>
3/23/2019 1:27:38 PM
<![CDATA[Soccer-Falcao penalty for Colombia earns Queiroz debut win over Japan]]>
Falcao's 33rd goal for his country came after a penalty was awarded for a handball by Japan's Takehiro Tomiyasu in the 64th minute in Yokohama.

Colombia's triumph was a small measure of revenge for the defeat they suffered by Japan in the group stage of last year's World Cup and gives former Iran boss Queiroz the perfect start to his tenure.

After Sebastian Villa struck the crossbar in the fourth minute for the visitors, it was Japan who were the better team in the first half, having a host of shots without really testing Colombia goalkeeper Camilo Vargas.

However, Colombia looked more comfortable with Queiroz's system after halftime and had two goals disallowed, the first for handball and the second for offside, either side of Falcao's winner.

Falcao celebrated his goal by raising a shirt bearing the name of team mate Juan Fernando Quintero, who injured his anterior cruciate ligament playing for River Plate last weekend.

Tomiyasu had a great chance to make amends for his handball 13 minutes from the end but headed straight at Vargas.

The ever-lively Shoya Nakajima, one of the players to shine for Hajime Moriyasu's side, also went close, clipping the crossbar with a long-range effort.

Colombia substitute Luis Diaz also hit the bar in stoppage time but it didn't matter as they secured victory to continue their preparations for the Copa America in Brazil in June.

They next play South Korea on Tuesday, while Japan, as one of the two invited nations for the Copa, will have another chance to test themselves against South American opposition when they take on Bolivia.

They are without captain Maya Yoshida and striker Yuya Osako, who are being rested as some European clubs have raised concerns about the amount of football their Japanese players have been participating in.

The loss to Colombia was their 13th match since going out to Belgium in the last 16 of the World Cup in Russia.]]>
3/22/2019 3:29:29 PM
<![CDATA[LaLiga appointed United Nations Goodwill Ambassador on Migration]]>
Under the auspices of the Ministry of Sports of Egypt, LaLiga today, signed a collaboration agreement with IOM, the official UN Migration Agency as a UN Goodwill Ambassador on Migration.

Present at the ceremony were the following senior officials; Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr. Amr Al Haddad; Deputy Head of Mission of Spain to Egypt, Pablo Barbara, Head of the UN Migration in Egypt, Laurent de Boeck, and Juan Fuentes, LaLiga’s delegate in Egypt.

The signing ceremony was also attended by several ambassadors of the countries that have a player of their nationality currently representing a LaLiga club, as well as United Nations officials and several figures from the world of sport such as Eng. Khaled Mortagy and Mohamed Serag, board members of Al Ahly SC.

Coinciding with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, LaLiga and the UN agency showed their commitment to eradicating racist behaviour, both in the wider world and in sport.

Through this agreement, LaLiga will contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 agenda, which includes such aims as fighting against inequality.

Thanks to this agreement, it is expected that initiatives will be established across the world, as LaLiga delegates will be in contact with the IOM Chiefs of mission in different countries.

IOM, the International Organization for Migration, works to integrate migrants within their destination countries.

LaLiga is a truly global competition with 50 different nationalities represented among its players, nine offices and 45 delegates around the world.

"There’s no doubt that football is a tool that can help us to achieve our goals, given that it is a leading sport to which everyone pays attention," said Laurent de Boeck, IOM's Chief of Mission in Egypt.

"LaLiga has been working for years in the fight against any type of racist or violent behaviour, specifically in football but also in the wider world of sport. We are pleased to collaborate with IOM on this agreement as it is an important step to help raise awareness about our role within society, and how we hope to further educate our community on issues such as migration," added Juan Fuentes, LaLiga’s delegate to Egypt.

Among other initiatives, LaLiga organization has launched training projects such as lectures and activities in schools, workshops on integrity and the prevention of violent and racist behavior in the dressing rooms of LaLiga clubs, and has compiled a variety of informative literature for fans.
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3/21/2019 4:02:43 PM
<![CDATA[Hazard praises Salah]]>
“Mo Salah is one of my good friends and he is doing something incredible. "I try to look at this player and I try to reach that level." Hazard said on Thursday.

Both players shared the same dressing room for a year in Chelsea when Salah joined the Blues during his first spell in the Premier League.

Salah has been one of the big names in football after he joined Liverpool from AS Roma in 2017 and since then he established himself as one of the best players in the World.

Salah has had an amazing debut season with Liverpool as he led his team to UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid but he only played 25 minutes and left the pitch after suffering an injury and followed his team’s 3-1 loss from the stands.

The Egyptian scored 44 goals last season at all competitions, including 32 goals at the league that granted him the Premier League Golden Boot award.
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3/21/2019 3:38:42 PM
<![CDATA[Zamalek face Hassania Agadir at CAF Confederation Cup]]>
Zamalek reached the quarter finals after the team topped group D with 9 points despite the poor start at the group stage with a loss to Gor Mahia in Kenya and two draws at home against NA Hussein Dey and Petro Atletico of Angola.

Zamalek bounced back at the remaining games and defeated Petro Atletico 1-0 in Angola before achieving a 4-0 victiory over Gor Mahia in Egypt while their last game in Algeria ended with a draw.

On the other hand, Hassania Agadir reached the quarter finals as the runners-up of their group after gaining 8 points with three points behind the group leaders, RS Berkane.

Agadir is a tough team when they play at home as they achieved two victories at the group stage at home and their third game ended with a draw.

The winner will face the winner between Sudan’s Al Hilal and Tunisian club, Etoile Du Sahel.

The draw also resulted in two tough clashes as Gor Mahia will face RS Berkane of Morocco while CS Sfaxien face Zambia’s Nkana.
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3/20/2019 10:43:34 PM
<![CDATA[It is an early final, Abdel Hafiz ]]>
“It is an early final for us and we expect a tough clash against the South African giants. They have the same motivation to reach the semifinals.” Abdel Hafiz told Filgoal after the draw.

Abdel Hafiz was among Al-Ahly squad that wo CAF Champions League title in 2001 after defeating the South African team 4-1 on aggregate at the final and Abdel Hafiz scored Al-Ahly only goal at the first leg in South Africa.

Al-Ahly reached the quarter finals after the team topped group D with 10 points from three victories at home over Tanzania’s Simba, Algerian club, JS Saoura and AS Vita Vlub from Congo and they lost two games in Congo and Tanzania while their game against JS Saoura in Algeria with a draw.

On the other hand, Sundowns reached the quarter finals as the runners-up of group A after they gained 10 points, the same as the leaders, Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, but the Head-to-head away goals rule granted the the Moroccan team the leadership.
The winner will face the winner between Horoya of Guinea and Wydad Casablanca.

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3/20/2019 10:41:33 PM