You know it’s bad when they don’t show a replay.
Seamus Coleman left on a stretcher after a truly disgusting challenge from Aston Villa’s Neil Taylor as Wales took on the Republic of Ireland in the World Cup qualifiers at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
Taylor was duly sent off with a straight red card for the challenge as the scoreline read 0-0.
The broadcaster refrained from showing replays of the incident which tells it’s own story.
Absolutely brutal and definitely not for the squeamish, check out the video below!
Arsenal’s stock isn’t exactly soaring these days and the video clip kind of confirms that.
Napoli & Senegal player Kalidou Koulibaly has been heavily linked with Premier League outfit and Arsenal rivals Chelsea for quite some time now with the reports of Blues boss Antonio Conte being a big fan of the defender.
So, when an Arsenal fan approached Koulibaly during Senegal’s International Friendly against Nigeria last night at the Hive Stadium in London, the Napoli defender made sure that he is having none of that.
Check out clip below!
Give him a game Rafa!
Newcastle United forward Aleksandar Mitrovic put Serbia 2-1 up in the second half of their World Cup qualifier against Georgia.
The mad striker, who rarely gets a game nowadays at Newcastle under Rafa Benitez, brilliantly controlled a pass from Dusan Tadic and pulled a turn before it hitting it past the goalie.
With the 3-1 win Serbia has now leapfrogged Ireland at the top of the group.
Watch the goal below!
With the focus on getting business done early in the upcoming summer transfer window, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has wasted no time and is utilising the international break for the same purpose.
The Portuguese, who flew in to watch Croatia take on Ukraine in the World Cup qualifier, was spotted along with Predrag Mijatovic, a well known face when it comes to transfer related in the Balkan region.
The player rumored to be targeted by the Man United boss is Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic, who is a left back/winger by trade.
Check out the picture, courtesy of Index.hr, below!
As rumours surrounding Alexis Sanchez’s future at Arsenal continue to abound and opinions are divided over his actions over the last few weeks, one thing is undeniable – his will to win is immense.
A champion’s mindset often involves a burning hatred of losing, and the Chilean certainly has that in spades. As his team lost a big World Cup Qualifier to Argentina to a solitary penalty goal from Lionel Messi, Sanchez was visibly upset.
Given the fact that Chile have beaten the Albiceleste in two consecutive Copa America finals and the latter seemed quite disjointed in an unbalanced formation, fans would be able to relate to their forward’s frustration.
It’s a sight that supporters at the Emirates have depressingly grown used to – Sanchez throwing his gloves to the floor or remonstrating after an underwhelming Gunners’ performance. While some may term them ‘tantrums’, the Chilean’s heart-on-his-sleeve attitude always makes him a player of the people.
Check out the photos below:
Sergio Romero might only be called upon for Cup ties for Manchester United, but he remains the No. 1 for the Argentinean national team. And he certainly showed his ability in their crunch World Cup qualifier against Chile – his goaltending, as well as his street smartness.
With Argentina leading through a Lionel Messi penalty, they were keen on holding on to their advantage against a team who had caused them much heartbreak in the past couple of years. To the extent that Romero was even caught by cameras asking the ball boy to take it easy at one point – maybe he was doing his job too efficiently?
The Albiceleste managed to pick up the three points eventually as their defence held on determinedly. Romero did a commendable job between the sticks, though people might be underrating his on the playmaking skills – after all, he certainly made an attempt to control the tempo of the game.
Check out the footage below:
‘More of the same when you come back’ is what all the Liverpool fans must be thinking after watching their hero Philippe Coutinho dazzle the Uruguay defence with his sublime trickery.
The little Brazilian was on fire before his injury but has been mostly dull by his standard lately for the Reds. But his display on international duty might just spark the form Liverpool need for a strong finish this season.
Brazil won the World Cup qualifier against Uruguay 4-1 which included a hat-trick from Spurs reject Paulinho.
Check out the brilliant footwork from Coutinho below!
Lukas Podolski may have stolen the headlines with a fairytale retirement match but England fans also had a lot to take away from the 1-0 loss in their friendly against Germany in Dortmund.
In particular, the inter-play between Adam Lallana and Dele Alli shone through a spirited performance from the Three Lions. Both are technically gifted and possess an attractive style of play – supporters would have been salivating at the prospects of these two running the game at major tournaments in the future. I
t is no accident that both players are critical to the success at their respective clubs but their understanding of each other has exceeded all expectations.
Fans were not shy in gushing over the pair of aces – perhaps a future possibility for executives at Spurs or Liverpool (or even another big club) to ponder over?
Check out the praise for Lallana and Alli below:
Manchester United have looked like a changed side in recent times, showing more of the “Mourinho style” of play during their games. And whilst their squad isn’t exactly an ideal one right now, they have done pretty well for themselves despite that, having already bagged the EFL Cup.
One of their major problem areas is the lack of a game-changer, particularly in the forward department. When Zlatan fails to deliver, there is a lack of a plan B in terms of where the goals will come from. As it turns out, an ex-United star seems all too keen to return to the side, if his social media activity is any indicator.
Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has been doing well at Bayer Leverkusen. However, the Mexican hitman recently liked a tweet that was a picture of him along with a caption that stated he never should have been sold and should be brought back.
Check out the tweet he liked below:
Dele Alli has it all – technique, passing range, vision, goals – he is England’s great hope and with good reason. English football has long been associated with long balls, crosses, burly centre-halves and penalty shootout losses. So when a player comes along with real skills, it’s a revelation.
It was such a piece of skill that caught the eye in the friendly match against Germany in Dortmund last night. Seemingly trapped between two markers, Alli executed a feint and turn that Johan Cruyff would be proud of.
Proof of how good it was would be Jonas Hector’s face as he completely loses sight of the ball and very nearly his balance before hastily attempting to make up ground. The German defender’s bewilderment perfectly sums up the Spurs’ star’s bewitching play.
Check out Alli at his best below: