Bale & Ronaldo get two each in Madrid rout

first_imgReal Madrid 7 Deportivo La Coruna 1: Seven-up for Zidane’s men as Bale shines Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 01:08 1/22/18 GarethBaleNacho - cropped Getty Images Braces from Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nacho saw Real Madrid emphatically back to winning ways in LaLiga against Deportivo. Gareth Bale dragged Real Madrid away from the ignominy of a third straight home defeat in LaLiga by netting a match-turning brace before Deportivo La Coruna collapsed to a 7-1 defeat.Cristiano Ronaldo and, in a more unlikely turn of events, Nacho, also notched doubles to boost under-fire boss Zinedine Zidane.Loses to Barcelona and Villarreal either side of the mid-season break contributed to leaving Madrid fourth and 19 points off the pace in the title race, and further woes awaited when Adrian Lopez capitalised on slack defending to net a 23rd-minute opener. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Amid palpable unrest from the stands, Madrid steadied themselves and centre-back Nacho levelled, before Bale took centre stage.The Wales star finished exquisitely to give Zidane’s men the lead at the break and he converted Toni Kroos’ corner before the hour to make the points safe.That Bale is now Madrid’s joint-top scorer in LaLiga with six this season owes much to Ronaldo’s trials in front of goal.Those were again gruesomely evident until the five-time Ballon d’Or winner followed Luka Modric onto the scoresheet 12 minutes from time and his brave diving header preceded Nacho completing a rout that leaves Deportivo slumped in the relegation zone.FT: #RealMadrid 7-1 @RCDeportivo (@nachofi1990 32′, 88′, @GarethBale11 42′, 58′, @lm19official 68, @Cristiano 78′, 84′; Adrián 23′). #RMLiga | #HalaMadrid— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) January 21, 2018Borja Mayoral was preferred in attack alongside Ronaldo and Bale by Zidane and the 20-year-old forward turned Modric’s cross goalwards to draw a fifth-minute stop from Ruben Martinez in the Deportivo goal.Madrid largely ambled through the opening exchanges, with nothing to show for their meagre efforts, and the Bernabeu faithful whistled their side when they fell behind.Florin Andone’s clever flick on caught out Dani Carvajal and Lucas Perez scooted past a napping Raphael Varane for Adrian to slide home.Marcelo was the closest player to the Deportivo goalscorer and, seemingly stung, the left-back drove an impressive response from the hosts.He saw an angled volley flash wide before Ruben brilliantly saved a Ronaldo header from the Brazil international’s 28th-minute cross.Ruben then fortuitously turned a Marcelo drive on to the base of his post and it was no surprise to see him turn provider as Nacho steered home in assured fashion.Madrid kept their momentum rumbling on and were rewarded three minutes before half-time.Ronaldo went to ground under minimal encouragement from Depor defender Fabian Schar and, as he berated the referee, Bale collected the loose ball from Marcelo’s cross and curled a sumptuous strike into the top corner.5 – Gareth Bale has scored five goals in 2018, more than any other La Liga player in all competitions. Express.— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 21, 2018Five minutes into the second half, Ronaldo contrived to foul Schar as Carvajal’s low ball across the box suggested a tap-in.A sliding Mayoral was unable to provide the decisive touch at the end of Marcelo’s latest raid and, in another recurring theme of the match, Ruben showed lightning reactions in the 58th minute to deny Casemiro from Kroos’ cross.Kroos trotted over to the left flank to take the resulting corner when Bale rose unchallenged to muscularly power home the header.Mayoral headed a Bale cross off target from four yards and that miss heralded the introduction of Karim Benzema, a substitution that was whistled by a section of supporters apparently underwhelmed by the long-awaited reunion of the BBC.Ronaldo had a contribution to enjoy as his 68th-minute backheel teed up Modric to crisply net his first league goal of the season from the edge of the box.Andone should have pulled one back from close range for Deportivo before Ronaldo controlled brilliantly with his chest, only to finish with all the poise of a rank amateur.There was relief and a notable lack of his trademark celebration when Ronaldo finished Casemiro’s cross from close range.He joined Bale with a double but paid a painful price in the 84th minute, bloodied by Schar’s boot as he bravely converted a centre from substitute Lucas Vazquez.Nacho suffered far less for his own satisfaction, converting a set-piece against opponents who appeared to have clocked off before the final whistle.Key Opta stats:- This is the second time under Zidane that Madrid have scored seven goals in a single LaLiga match, the other also a 7-1 victory against Celta Vigo in March 2016.- Adrian scored his second LaLiga goal at the Santiago Bernabeu, having also scored for Atletico Madrid against Real in 2011.- After 16 matches, Nacho has already matched his best scoring record in a single LaLiga season (3).- Bale has scored eight goals in six league appearances against Deportivo.- Only Lionel Messi (17) has provided more LaLiga assists than Toni Kroos in the last two seasons – the German level with Luis Suarez on 15. read morelast_img read more

Chelsea & BVB agree Batshuayi loan

first_imgTransfers Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund reach Batshuayi loan agreement Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Last updated 1 year ago 18:19 1/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Michy Batshuayi Chelsea Newcastle 28012018 Getty Transfers Borussia Dortmund Michy Batshuayi Chelsea Premier League Bundesliga The 24-year-old striker is set to spark a chain reaction as his move paves the way for Aubameyang and Giroud to make their deadline day transfers Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund have reached an agreement that will see Michy Batshuayi join the Bundesliga side on loan for the rest of the season, Goal understands.The 24-year-old striker had been in contention to make Chelsea’s squad for their Premier League clash with Bournemouth on transfer deadline day, despite continuous links to a January transfer.Instead, he will head to Germany instead after Dortmund agreed to pay a €1.5 million fee to land the Belgium international as a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is now expected to finalise a move to Arsenal, as Arsene Wenger already admitted it looks a done deal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player To complete a triangle of transfers between the three sides, Chelsea could be set to land Olivier Giroud from the Gunners to replace Batshuayi and offer backup to Alvaro Morata, having already agreed an £18m fee for the France striker.Dortmund have no option to take Batshuayi on a permanent deal at the end of his six months, however, as he remains contracted to Chelsea until June 2021.Sevilla had tried to sign Batshuayi earlier in the transfer window but have settled for Everton’s Sandro Ramirez instead. Tottenham also enquired about Batshuayi but he rejected the move to Chelsea’s rivals as he wanted to be first choice upon moving to a new club. The 24-year-old has featured 25 times for Antonio Conte’s men this season, scoring 10 times.The former Marseille star featured for a full 90 minutes in the Premier League clash with Brighton before playing a key role in their recent FA Cup win over Newcastle United, scoring twice as they ran out 3-0 victors.last_img read more

Reason behind Klaassen’s failed Napoli move revealed

first_imgTransfers Reason behind Klaassen’s failed Napoli move revealed Patrick Gleeson Last updated 1 year ago 01:14 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Davy Klaassen Everton Getty Images Transfers Napoli Everton Benevento Arsenal Premier League Serie A The Toffees midfielder looked to make a late move to Italy during the January window, only for the transfer to collapse on deadline day Davy Klaassen’s proposed transfer to Napoli last month failed because of a “financial decision” Everton manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed.The midfielder looked set to move to the Serie A club during the latter stages of the January transfer window, only for the transfer to collapse on deadline day.Napoli’s interest in Klaassen came as a result of the Netherlands international failing to establish himself at Goodison Park since his £24 million move from Ajax in the summer.  Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 24-year-old has made just three Premier League starts for Everton so far this season, all of which came during Ronald Koeman’s time in charge at the club.Klaassen is yet to feature under current boss Allardyce and has been regularly left out of matchday squads since the former England manager’s arrival in Merseyside. A loan switch to the Italian top flight promised Klaassen regular playing time for the remainder of the 2017-18 campaign and was a move Allardyce was in favour with.However the move ended up breaking down at the deadline, with reports saying a dispute over image rights was the cause. The Everton boss acknowledged it was “something like that” which held up the loan, though he placed more blame on Klaassen’s representatives, rather than the player. “Apparently something like that, apparently that’s the norm at that club (Napoli),” Allardyce said. “Whatever they do as a football club that their image rights are, I don’t know the technical details, but whether their image rights are not validated or taken are over by club, I don’t know.”Allardyce later added: “Thats the power of the player with the agent, really, there’s nothing else we can do about that.“If I’m sat in that position and have an agent, the agent works for me, not the other way round. So for me it would never have been a financial decision. Even if I was losing money I’d be going, but that’s me – because I’d want to play football.“Davy wants to play football, but whether he got the full story I don’t know, because I wasn’t involved with it.”Asked if Klaassen would now be forced to train away from the first team, Allardyce said: “No, I don’t think so. (He’ll be with first team squad) because Davy Klaassen doesn’t give you the sort of problems some players do when they’re not involved.“He’s a super professional and a super lad, and he comes in and tries his best in training on every occasion.”last_img read more

Lethal Lukaku overshadows Pogba return to down Chelsea

first_imgManchester United Lethal Lukaku overshadows Pogba comeback with match-winning Chelsea showing Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 00:12 2/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Romelu Lukaku Manchester United Getty Manchester United Premier League Manchester United v Chelsea Chelsea Romelu Lukaku The Belgian front man was far too much for his former club to handle as he scored one and assisted another in a crucial 2-1 win The varying twists and turns relating to Paul Pogba’s status at Manchester United may have commanded many of the headlines in recent weeks, but that has served to overshadow a vast improvement in Romelu Lukaku’s all-round game.On Sunday, the Belgian striker scored a crucial first goal and then superbly teed up the winner for Jesse Lingard as United came from behind to secure a vital 2-1 victory over his former club Chelsea at Old Trafford on the day that Pogba returned to the starting line-up to much pomp and circumstance.While there were many pertinent questions being asked of Lukaku’s top-level ability when he arrived in Jose Mourinho’s squad from Everton, the front man has gradually improved his all-round forward play to the point where he now provides a compelling presence in the channels and handles himself well with his back to goal. Far from his immobile, lifeless performance at Stamford Bridge earlier this season, this was a buccaneering showing from the big front man. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player His first goal against top-eight opposition all season being the pinnacle of an excellent personal display as United collected a huge three points in the context of the Champions League race. And the Red Devils have every right to be thankful for Lukaku’s display given their horrible start which forced Mourinho to change to a 4-2-2-2 formation midway through the first half and culminated in Chelsea grabbing a 32nd-minute lead.The goal they conceded was entirely of their own making even if Chelsea deserve high praise for the electric nature of the counter-attack which saw them go one up from a United corner. Pogba failed to jump for a header against Victor Moses, then Scott McTominay gave up tracking Willian and allowed the Brazilian to roam free into the box where he collected Eden Hazard’s pass and fired a fierce shot beyond David de Gea.While both De Gea and Victor Lindelof, who decided against putting in a challenge on Hazard, will accept some degree of culpability, the damage had been done already by Pogba and McTominay’s errors.The important thing for Mourinho’s side at that point was to deliver a response, and they were able to get on level terms within seven minutes thanks to a wonderful move which saw Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial both involved with short, intricate passes before Lukaku took a perfect first touch and slid home clinically with his left foot.It was a move which bore little resemblance to United’s play for the large part of a sterile first half, but they were much the better side for the majority of the second.Manchester United celebrate Jesse LingardBy the time they took the lead they were arguably deserving of the three points, while Lukaku had fairly entrenched himself at the top of the voting for the Man of the Match plaudits.Having forced a great save from Thibaut Courtois with a wonderful bicycle-kick shot, Lukaku then turned provider. McTominay slotted a ball into the channel, allowing the Belgian to get in front of Antonio Rudiger before heading goalwards and sending in an inch perfect cross for Lingard to head home.Eden Hazard Chelsea Paul Pogba Manchester UnitedWhile their play was far from convincing at times, United had shown real character to dig themselves out of a hole. Led by their manager’s bold decision to switch his formation, the players eventually got a foothold in the game and made the most of their supremacy after the break. It was also no coincidence that Nemanja Matic’s best performance in months came on the afternoon United bested his former team-mates.Pogba, too, was released to cause Chelsea some problems when Mourinho changed his approach, but while the Frenchman drifted in and out of the game there was just no keeping Lukaku quiet. He might have scored 21 goals before today, but this felt like a real breakout afternoon for him. It is the least he deserves after such an improvement in standards over recent months. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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first_imgThanks to our friends at STUDIOCANAL, Touch Football Australia has 10 double passes to the new Dwayne Johnson movie ‘Snitch’, only at the movies from May 16.In the fast-paced action thriller, Snitch, Dwayne Johnson stars as a father whose teenage son is wrongly accused of a drug distribution crime and is looking at a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years. Desperate and determined to rescue his son at all costs, he makes a deal with the U.S. attorney to work as an undercover informant and infiltrate a drug cartel on a dangerous mission — risking everything, including his family and his own life. For your chance to win a double pass to Snitch, send an email to telling us why you’d like to win tickets to this film. The best 10 answers will receive a double pass and TFA will be in contact with you if you are a winner. Related LinksMovie Promotionlast_img read more