A brilliant defensive performance from Ivan Gonzalez and some crucial saves from Dheeraj Singh was enough for the Gaurs to get the point they needed. They were lucky not to concede late in the game and a good show from Hyderabad was not enough to stop Juan Ferrando’s men from qualifying for their fourth consecutive semifinals and extending their unbeaten run to 13 games. Hyderabad are still unbeaten in 2021 and extended their unbeaten run to 12 games, but they had to settle for fifth on the table. Playing without their main players was always going to be difficult for Hyderabad. They missed the services of their regular scorer Aridane Santana (fourth yellow) upfront and Chinglensana Singh (red card) in defence. But the Nizams were up for the challenge and were able to match their opponents. HFC made it difficult for Goa with incessant pressing all over the pitch and had a few chances in the opening minutes. What they lacked was the poacher’s instincts in the final third. Goa, … [Read more...] about ISL 2020-21: FCG vs HFC: Goa hold Hyderabad to enter playoffs, set new unbeaten record
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Doubles from two Indian youngsters Paul Ramfangzauva (49', 66') and Jerry Mawihmingthanga (51', 67') enabled Odisha to end the season on a high, with S Lalhrezuala (33') and Diego Mauricio (69') chipping in. Goals from Anthony Pilkington (24'), Aaron Joshua Holloway (60', 90'), Jeje Lalpekhlua (74') and an own goal from Ravi Kumar (37') made up East Bengal's tally. East Bengal who started brightly and scored first. Pilkington showed some great skill, striding forward into the box and unleashing a shot past Odisha keeper Ravi. SCEB dominated play soon after the goal and it looked like Odisha was in for another long night. However, they managed to turn the narrative on its head when S Lalhrezuala found the net. The goal came from a corner that the East Bengal defence failed to deal with properly, something that has cost them all season. But they were soon to retake the lead and the goal, which came just minutes later, was Odisha's season in a nutshell. Their defence failed to clear … [Read more...] about ISL 2020-21: OFC vs SCEB: Odisha down East Bengal in 11-goal thriller
However, with things not clearly working out under the club legend turned manager, the West London club parted ways with him and brought Thomas Tuchel at the helm and the German has made an immediate impact at Stamford Bridge. But, the Blues are still far from a finished product and it is needless to say that their new manager will make an attempt to stamp his authority on the squad and will be looking for players of his own choice in the summer. The Blues have been strongly linked with a host of central defenders in recent weeks such as Dayot Upamecano, Ibrahima Konate and David Alaba. With Upamecano having already agreed to a move to Bayern Munich and Alaba looking on his way to Real Madrid, the Blues are now looking for alternatives and have identified Villareal defender Pau Torres as a potential candidate alongside Konate. Torres has been a familiar name to the Premier League fans with the Spaniard formerly getting linked with both Manchester giants. Chelsea are not … [Read more...] about Chelsea want Pau Torres, a good deal?
February 26, 2021 11:00 Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur has surpassed Argentine football star Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona in market value. Son's transfer fee was estimated at 90 million euros in the latest market value update of professional footballers around the world by Transfermarkt, a website specializing in European football market news. Son's market value was unchanged from last month, but moved up one spot to tie for 12th with Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United in the English Premier League, Joshua Kimmich of Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga, Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid in Spain's La Liga and Romelu Lukaku of Inter Milan in Italy's Serie A. Messi was valued at 80 million euros, tying for 18th. His market value dropped significantly from 140 million euros a year ago. Transfermarkt evaluates players based on various criteria including skills, popularity and prospects for future growth. Players rarely see much increase in value over the age of 25. … [Read more...] about Son Heung-min of Tottenham Now Worth More Than Messi
AMSTERDAM: Arjen Robben lasted just 29 minutes of his comeback match at FC Groningen on Sunday before being forced off by injury in a disappointing start to his return at his boyhood club. Robben has had a career beset by injuries and the latest looked to be a pulled hamstring, suffered as he sprinted to chase a potential pass against PSV Eindhoven on the opening weekend of the new Dutch league season. The 36-year-old retired last year at Bayern Munich but in June announced a sensational comeback at the club where he began his professional career as a teenager. He said he had an itch to the return to the game. His return to Groningen came as a lift to the provincial club, hoping for a positive impact from the veteran, who won 12 league titles in a glittering career at PSV Eindhoven, Chelsea, Real Madrid and the German giants, and 96 caps for his country. But the much-anticipated comeback ended in a familiar sight with Robben feeling a suspected muscle pull and then quickly … [Read more...] about Robben comeback ends in early injury