Month: November 2021

8:09 PM ET Referee Manuel Mota ends the game after Belenenses could not meet the minimum requirement of seven players on the pitch. PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP Benfica‘s Primeira Liga match at Belenenses on Saturday was abandoned amid extraordinary scenes after their COVID-hit opponents were forced to name a team of nine players, including two goalkeepers.
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6:05 PM ET Palmeiras won the Copa Libertadores for the second year in a row when an extra-time goal from Deyverson gave them a 2-1 win over Flamengo in an absorbing all-Brazilian final on Saturday. It is the third time the Sao Paulo club have won South America’s equivalent of Europe’s Champions League, following victories
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9:05 AM ET Alex Kirkland Rodrigo Faez Carlo Ancelotti has said that Gareth Bale “respects Real Madrid fans” and doesn’t share the views of agent Jonathan Barnett, who called their treatment of the player “disgusting” this week. Barnett — speaking to reporters after landing in Madrid on Wednesday — was asked about abuse aimed at
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2:30 PM ET Leroy Sane’s second-half goal gave misfiring Bayern Munich a 1-0 victory over visitors Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday to keep the champions top of the Bundesliga, a point ahead of Borussia Dortmund. Sane broke the deadlock in the 71st minute with a powerful drive after the Bavarians had squandered a bagful of chances,
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7:28 AM ET Sam Marsden Moises Llorens Barcelona have made a move to sign Spain forward Ferran Torres but talks with Manchester City have so far proven unsuccessful, sources have told ESPN. New coach Xavi Hernandez wants to add another attacking player to his squad in January, with ESPN reporting last week that Barca have
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11:51 AM ET Diogo Jota scored the fastest goal of the 2021-22 Premier League season on Saturday at Anfield as Liverpool thrashed Southampton 4-0. It took the Portugal international just 97 seconds to score and he added a second to his tally later in the first half. Thiago Alcantara and Virgil van Dijk also found
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11:35 AM ET Borussia Dortmund‘s top striker Erling Haaland scored on his comeback with a second-half volley as his team came from a goal down to beat VfL Wolfsburg 3-1 on Saturday and go provisionally top of the Bundesliga. Dortmund are on 30 points, two ahead of second-placed Bayern Munich, in action later on Saturday
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8:21 AM ET Juventus are under investigation over transfers between 2019 and 2021. Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images Italian finance police have searched the offices of Serie A club Juventus in Turin and Milan, seeking documents relating to transfers between 2019 and 2021, a prosecutor said. Juventus, who are Italy’s most successful club with 36
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1:30 AM ET A game Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson intended to treat as a World Cup final dress rehearsal instead proved a reality check, with the United States handing Australia a 3-0 defeat in Sydney. A record home Matildas crowd of 36,109 fans packed Accor Stadium but they were silenced after just 24 seconds when
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10:52 AM ET Caitlin Murray The U.S. women’s national team is doing something it traditionally doesn’t do very often: It’s heading overseas to play a pair of friendlies against a tough opponent on hostile turf. In this case, it’s Australia, a team that’s been steadily on the rise thanks to the talent of players like
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10:23 AM ET Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel said on Friday that Ben Chilwell has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury and the next six weeks will determine whether he needs surgery which could rule him out for the majority of the season. The 24-year-old was forced off midway through the second half of Tuesday’s
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5:27 PM ET Nani has announced that he will be leaving Orlando City SC after three seasons with the Major League Soccer side. The ex-Manchester United and Portugal star had served as captain for Orlando, helping the team reach the playoffs twice and to the final of the MLS is Back tournament in 2020. –
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11:14 AM ET United States or Mexico could face a winner-takes-all World Cup tie against a team from the Oceania region after the draw for the intercontinental playoffs was held on Friday. The top three teams in CONCACAF qualifying will go direct to the World Cup, while the nation in fourth place will play a
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11:24 AM ET Either European champions Italy or Cristiano Ronaldo‘s Portugal will miss out on World Cup after being drawn in the same playoff path in Friday’s draw. It means either Ronaldo and the 2016 European champions, or four-time World Cup winners Italy, will miss out on the tournament next year. Italy finished as runners-up
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8:42 AM ET Rob DawsonCorrespondent Michael Carrick has backed the Manchester United squad to adapt to Ralf Rangnick’s high-pressing style if and when the German takes over at Old Trafford. Rangnick’s teams have a reputation for fierce pressing, something Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United were accused of not doing well before the Norwegian was sacked. –
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Nov 25, 2021 ESPN’s lead Bundesliga commentator Derek Rae explains why it’s impossible to fully discuss league matters at the moment without the COVID-19 factor, as the pandemic impacts everyday German life. I realise COVID-19 is not what every Bundesliga fan wants to read about, but it’s undeniably having a huge say in the course
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