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Middlesbrough Stun Chelsea Flops To Take League Cup Semi Final Lead

  • Jan 10, 2024
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Chelseaboss Mauricio Pochettino bemoaned a familiar lack of cutting edge after his team lost the first leg of their League Cup semi-final 1-0 to Championship side Middlesbrough.Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino bemoaned a familiar lack of cutting edge after his team lost the first leg of their League Cup semi-final 1-0 to Championship side Middlesbrough at the Riverside on Tuesday. Hayden Hackney scored the only goal on 38 minutes as Pochettino's expensively assembled array of stars again failed to perform away from home. Chelsea have lost five of their last six away games and 21 times on the road since the beginning of last season -- the most of any Premier League team. The Blues must turn the tie around when the sides meet again at Stamford Bridge on January 23 to avoid heaping more pressure on Pochettino's position during a disappointing first season in charge for the Argentine."If we assess the performance overall we were the better side, had clear chances, but we didn't score and weren't clinical," said Pochettino. "It happened a lot this season."Boro boss Michael Carrick could have been forgiven for cursing his luck after losing top scorer Emmanuel Latte Lath to injury after just three minutes.Carrick was also forced to withdraw Alex Bangura inside 20 minutes but the second-tier side were not fazed."It's very special," said the former Manchester United midfielder. "I know it's a two-legged affair and there is still all to play for, but for what we've had to go through, the injuries, the setbacks we've had, to beat a team of Chelsea's quality is unbelievable."Middlesbrough had not scored against Chelsea for over 17 years. The Blues had won the past nine meetings by an aggregate score of 21-0.However, the home side ended that drought eight minutes before half-time.The pace of Isaiah Jones down the right caused Chelsea's makeshift left-back Levi Colwill problems all night and his low cross was turned in by Hackney from close range.Chelsea, though, should have at least been level at the break had Cole Palmer maintained his fine scoring form in front of goal.The former Manchester City academy graduate has been one of Chelsea's few big money signings to hit the ground running under Pochettino.However, Palmer twice failed to hit the target with glorious first-half chances.Firstly, he pulled his shot wide from the edge of the area after pouncing on an errant pass from Jonny Howson, and then he fired over the rebound after Tom Glover fumbled Enzo Fernandez's effort.Palmer then fired too close to Glover with another big chance just before the break.The flow of the second half was a different story as Chelsea pegged the home side back in search of an equaliser.But there was a familiarity to the visitors' inability to find a way through.Despite the club spending over £1 billion ($1.3 billion) on players in the last three transfer windows, Pochettino suggested last month he would need to look to strengthen once more in order to address the lack of a goal threat.Noni Madueke looked the most likely spark to Chelsea's attack, but he was sacrificed as Pochettino threw on Mykhailo Mudryk and Armando Broja.Raheem Sterling should have been more alive to meet one dangerous low cross from Broja, but that was all Chelsea's vast amount of possession in the final 20 minutes amounted to.Middlesbrough conceded late to lose 1-0 to Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round on Saturday.But this time the team that sit 12th in the Championship held out to keep their dreams of a Wembley final against either Liverpool or Fulham very much alive heading into the second leg.Also Read: Argentina set to retire Lionel Messis No.10 jersey once he hangs up boots: Reports

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Argentina set to retire Lionel Messis No.10 jersey once he hangs up boots: Reports

  • Jan 03, 2024
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Messi has 106 goals in 180 matches for Argentina and his trophy cabinet includes the 2021 Copa America and the 2022 World Cup.Argentina will retire the iconic No.10 jersey worn by Lionel Messi after he hangs up his boots, according to reports.“When Messi retires from the national team, we will not allow anyone else to wear the number 10 after him. This number ’10’ will be retired for life in his honour. It’s the least we can do for him,” Argentina Football Federation president Claudio ‘Chiqui’ Tapia told an Argentine newspaper as quoted by Marca.Incidentally, this is not the first time that the Argentine body has tried to retire the iconic No.10 jersey which was also worn by the legendary Diego Maradona.Before World Cup 2002, Julio Grondona, who was the president of the AFA at that time along with some and some officials wanted to retire the jersey, but that did not end up happening due to a FIFA rule, which stated that teams should use numbers from 1 to 23 in the tournament.Ariel Ortega ultimately wore the iconic jersey in the Marcelo Bielsa-coached team in the Korea Japan World Cup.Meanwhile, Messi has 106 goals in 180 matches for Argentina and his trophy cabinet includes the 2021 Copa America and the 2022 World Cup.With Messi’s future up in the air by the time the World Cup rolls on in 2026, he’ll be hoping to capture a second Copa crown with Argentina in 2024.Also Read: GTA 6 release date estimate, trailer, and latest Rockstar Games news

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Pele 'Would Have Been Sad' At State Of Brazil Team, Says Son

  • Dec 26, 2023
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Brazil have struggled in qualifying for the 2026 World Cup and presently occupy sixth place in the South American tableEdinho, the son of Pele, expressed to AFP in an interview that Pele "would have been saddened" by the current state of the Brazilian national team, just days before the first anniversary of Pele's death on Friday. Brazil is facing challenges in qualifying for the 2026 World Cup, currently holding the sixth position in the South American table, which is the last spot for direct qualification. The Selecao has encountered difficulties, especially in the absence of their prominent current star, Neymar, who has been sidelined with a long-term injury due to torn knee ligaments."This crisis didn't emerge suddenly; there are significant and intricate issues," remarked Edinho, 53, one of Pele's seven children."We are witnessing a decline... while we still have excellent players, in the past, we had a greater number of high-caliber players than we do today."Edinho, who was raised by his mother after Pele and she separated shortly after moving to New York when he signed for New York Cosmos in 1975 but grew closer to him in later life, added, "There is no doubt that if (Pele) had been here this year, he would have been very saddened."Santos, the Brazilian club where Pele spent the majority of his career, is currently facing a challenging period as they were relegated to the second division for the first time in their 111-year history.The club is grappling with financial problems and internal disputes within the board."Unfortunately, this comes as no surprise. Anyone who has followed the daily affairs of the club could have anticipated such a scenario, and it has indeed happened," remarked Edinho, who served as Santos' goalkeeper for several seasons.The commemorations to observe the first anniversary of Pele's passing from cancer at the age of 82, expected to be low-key, are scheduled for Friday.Also Read: European Court of Justice rules FIFA, UEFA breached EU Law over Super League ban

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AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers: India qualify for Asian Cup

  • Jun 16, 2022
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The Indian men's soccer team qualified for the AFC Asian Cup final by defeating Palestine in the Group B match in Ulaanbaatar on Tuesday.The result means that the Palestinians qualified directly to the top 24 places in the final group, while the Philippines, ranked second with four points, occupied second place.Only the winners from the six qualifying groups will qualify for the tournament, with the top five teams finishing second to their groups.India, who finished second behind Hong Kong (six points) on goal difference, qualified before facing the last round in Group D.This is the first time that India has qualified for the Asian Cup in two consecutive editions, after being eliminated from the group stage in the 2019 edition.Overall, India qualified for the Continental Championship for the fifth time in 1964, 1984, 2011, 2019, and 2023.Also, Read - IPL Media Rights: Jay Shah Praises Drafting of Tender Document

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Watch: Late Demarai Gray show gives Everton 2-1 win over Arsenal

  • Dec 07, 2021
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As a result, Arsenal finished 7th with 23 points in 15 games and 4 points behind the top four. Meanwhile, Everton, who announced on Sunday that the director of football Marcel Brands has abandoned his place, scored 12 points with 18 points.Everton eased some of the pressure on manager Rafa Benitez when he scored a 2-1 home victory over Arsenal in the Premier League on Monday, and Demari Gray scored a surprise goal in the injured time after setting the equalizer. Brazilian striker Richardson, who scored two important offside goals after controlling VAR, had to cancel the first half of visitor Martin Ødegaard after hitting the crossbar in the 79th minute.As a result, Arsenal finished 7th with 23 points in 15 games and 4 points behind the top four. Meanwhile, Everton, who announced on Sunday that the director of football Marcel Brands has abandoned his place, scored 12 points with 18 points.Everton captain Séamus Coleman sang Gray's stunning performance, praised by local fans who fell behind in adversity. "We know everything that's happening behind the scenes. Fans are always there to support us," Coleman told Sky Sports. "They followed us from 1 to 90 minutes and made us line up."He (gray) talks to him every day. Sometimes these players don't understand how good they are. There are many possibilities for him. He's like the best player every day. You have to work hard. "They did it this week. .. ""Everton dominated the first half and Richardson scored a free kick 44 minutes from Andros Townsend, creating several opportunities before he could only win his efforts. Later, when Norwegian Odegor scored at the end of the first half of Arsenal's first decisive move and met the end of Kieran Tierney's cross from the left, he brilliantly led the ball over goalkeeper Jordan Pickford bottom.Richardson thought he had caught up with the tie when he threw the ball from close range to the near post in the 57th minute, but VAR stopped Everton again and couldn't believe the Brazilian nod. However, it was Richardson's third lucky defeat of Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale with a rebound ball twist header. Gray's long range shooting left the forest, creating an insane climax.With some of the loot, Gray cut two players, defeated Ramsdale with a 25-meter lightning bolt, and gave Everton his first league victory in nine games.For more latest news to visit here - PITCHHIGH

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Lionel Messis triple assist helps PSG beat 10-man St Etienne

  • Nov 29, 2021
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The result put PSG on 40 points from 15 games, with Stade Rennais leapfrogging Nice into second after goals by Gaetan Laborde and Jeremy Doku earned them a 2-0 win at Lorient, their sixth victory in their last seven league games. Lionel Messi scored all three goals and PSG drew 3-1 with 10 Saint-Etienne men on Sunday (November 28) to raise the League One to lead to 12 points. Meanwhile, Neymar led Gaya on a stretcher. Heel injury. Paris Saint-Germain used Timothy Kologich's red card in the first half. Messi gave Markinhos a double-headed goal, and Angel Di Maria scored to seal the clinical changes when Les Vert started scoring through Denis Bouanga.As a result, the capital team scored 40 points in 15 games, and Stade Rennais beat Lorient 2-0 with goals from Gayton Lebold and Jeremy Duques, winning their sixth victory in the last seven games and then Nice. In second place. .. Faced with a decent challenge despite the snow on the court of Geoffroy Stadium, Saint-Etienne is currently at the bottom of the ranking with 12 points.The match was the first match between Sergio Ramos and Paris Saint-Germain, about five months after signing Real Madrid as a free agent, and the Spaniards first appeared at the center of defense against Markinhos. bottom. Saint-Etienne pushed a lot and Paris Saint-Germain seemed to hit it in the first half as Neymar was on the net just to send offside Brazilian goals.In the 24th minute, Inform's Wabi Khazar passed the pass and Korozezi prepared to hit goalkeeper Genieji Donnarma, but Banga chased and shot from close range. Within minutes, at the end of the first half, the momentum of Paris Saint-Germain regained momentum.The French striker headed for the goal, Markinhos led Messi's free-kick and performed perfectly, and Kologich received a direct red card to drop Kylian Mbappe. Messi did it again 11 minutes ago and made a great pass behind Di Maria's defense. It ended with a zigzag effort at the end of the net.Three minutes after Neymar injured his ankle, and after crossing from Messi in the last minute, Markinhos went home.For more latest updates to visit here:- PITCHHIGH

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Messi vs Ronaldo: All the stats, trophies, records and form in 2021

  • Nov 10, 2021
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Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have produced some unforgettable moments on the football pitch and surprisingly they have been doing that consistently for more than 15 years now. The duo have won a combined total of 11 Ballon d'Or's, which is an award of high prestige, while numerous star footballers have missed out on the prestigious award because of the domination from Messi and Ronaldo. Interestingly, year 2021 has proved out to be full of surprises for both the footballing greats. Lionel Messi has left FC Barcelona and now plays for Paris Saint-Germain due to Barcelona's financial problems. The 33-year-old Argentine is currently struggling in his new club with injuries coming into play and a change of role in terms of positioning. No one deserved the 2021 Ballon d'Or more than Lionel Messi pic.twitter.com/1ZGJGsbVg0— Ishan (@LionelFutbol) November 5, 2021However, 2021 is not that bad season for Lionel Messi as before joining PSG, the little magician won Copa America with Argentina and scored 30 goals in 35 matches in La Liga for his former club FC Barcelona. However, Messi is yet to score a league goal for PSG, but has scored 3 goals for the French club in the Champions League. Messi won 34 club career trophies with FC Barcelona, including 10 La Liga titles and 4 Champions League titles. In addition, he has won the Ballon d'Or for a record six times which is the most by any player ever to play football. On the other hand, Cristiano Ronaldo once again impressed with his return to Manchester United new now, as the striker has time and again saved the Red Devils' blushes by scoring crucial goals. Cristiano Ronaldo ~ The Most Clutch Player this sport has ever witnessed pic.twitter.com/EYaSks49N4— Paarth (@paarthblanco) November 2, 2021Ronaldo took no time to get off the mark and after returning to England, the 36-year-old has so far scored 9 goals from the 11 matches he has played. In the process, he even became the top scorer in three different big leagues England, Spain and Italy, thus creating a new record. Christian Ronaldo scored 29 goals for Juventus in Serie A and also become Portugal's top scorer with 111 goals for his country in 2021. The rivalry between these two can define a whole era and decade of football. Who's better? It's an endless debate with too many opinions from too many people but one thing is for sure that Ronaldo and Messi will go down as two of the greatest footballers that the world has ever witnessed.Also Read- Rohit Sharma named India T20I captain for New Zealand series

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Messi confirms he will 'return to Barcelona' after PSG stint

  • Nov 02, 2021
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Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi has confirmed that he will return to Barcelona with his family once his spell at Paris Saint-Germain ends, and he wants to help the LaLiga club in the role of technical director. The star admitted that he "misses everything" about the Catalan capital where he spent more than two decades. Messi ended a two-decade stay at the cash-strapped Spanish club, where he is their record scorer with 672 goals, in the off-season and messi transfer to psg on a two-year deal. "I don't know if that'll happen when my PSG contract is up. What's almost confirmed and certain is that we'll return to Barcelona to live and our lives will be there," Messi told Spanish outlet SPORT. "That's what my wife and I want. I don't know what'll happen when my PSG contract ends, but we'll go back to live in Barcelona."I've always said I'd love to be able to help the club do well in any way that I can be useful. I'd love to be a technical director at some point. "I don't know if that'll be at Barcelona or if it might work out differently. "If the option is there, I'd love to contribute again in any way that I can because it's the club that I love and I'd love it to keep doing well, growing and remain one of the best in the world." Messi was injured in Paris St Germain's 2-1 win over champion Lille on Friday, but coach Mauricio Pochettino is hopeful he will be available for this week's psg in champions league game at RB Leipzig.Also Read- T20 World Cup: How can India still hope to qualify for the semi final