Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been fined 22,600 dollars by UEFA for appearing to make an obscene gesture while celebrating his side’s Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid. The Portugal international was guilty of “improper conduct,’’ the control, ethics and disciplinary body of the European football organisation ruled on Thursday. Ronaldo had gestured to his crotch following the final whistle after his hat-trick earned Juventus a 3-0 win over Atletico on March 12, which sent…"Ronaldo Fined $22,000 by UEFA for Celebration Gesture"
Stand-in Captain of the Super Eagles, Ahmed Musa Thursday aptly summed up Friday’s dead-rubber 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Nigeria and Pirates of Seychelles as ‘Battle of Pride.’ “Yes, we have qualified already (for AFCON 2019), but there is something called pride. And also, we need to be in the mood for the match against Egypt, and again take this as part of the preparation for the Cup of Nations. “The Cup of…"Ahmed Musa Says Eagles Will Play for Pride"
Wolverhampton Wanderers yesterday produced an outstanding second-half performance to overpower Manchester United and reach their first FA Cup semi-final for 21 years on an atmospheric night at Molineux. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, in their first quarter-final since 2003, fully deserved their victory as United produced their worst performance under the interim management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. United goalkeeper Sergio Romero, in for David de Gea, had kept United level with brilliant saves from Diogo Jota…"FA Cup: Wolves Send Man United Packing"
Gareth Bale and Isco yesterday scored against Celta Vigo to give coach Zinedine Zidane a winning start on his return to Real Madrid. Isco, out of favour under previous coach Santiago Solari, made it 1-0 when he tapped in striker Karim Benzema’s low cross from close range. And 13 minutes from time, Wales forward Bale scored Real’s second when his low shot went in off the post. Real are now two points behind second-placed Atletico…"Bale, Isco Score as Madrid Welcome ZIdane with Win"
Liverpool can go back to the top of the Premier League table if they beat Fulham this afternoon. With Manchester City in FA Cup action this weekend, Jurgen Klopp’s side have the chance to take a two-point lead ahead of the international break. However, the manager played down the importance of going back into first, saying: “Psychologically we didn’t struggle because we are not ahead of them anymore and it doesn’t change. “Being ahead of…"Premiership: Liverpool Chase Top Spot at Fulham"
Sergio Aguero’s controversial late winner ensured Manchester City dramatically kept their quadruple bid on track as they came from two goals down to beat Swansea and reach the FA Cup semi-finals. Substitute Aguero beat Swansea keeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt with a diving header off Bernardo Silva’s low cross at the end of a superb move in the 88th minute. Replays showed the Argentina striker was marginally offside but the video assistant review system was not in…"Man City Survive Swansea Scare"
Former Super Eagles defender Taribo West bares it all about the plight of Nigeria’s ex-footballers in this interview Are you happy with the current division among the country’s ex-footballers, which has seen them forming factional players’ unions? It has come to a point that I need to speak out. There are people in top positions, who are supposed to manage football that are extorting money from our league. Are ex-internationals or footballers not supposed to…"I was told to join a cult to get political position — Taribo"
Last month in Madrid, Atletico Madrid were entirely dominant against a Juventus side that offered absolutely no attacking threat and won 2-0. On Wednesday in Turin, Juventus were entirely dominant against an Atletico side that offered absolutely no attacking threat and won 3-0 to advance, seemingly against the odds. This was the archetypal two-legged European tie, a contest that outlines the difficulty of playing away from home in a hostile atmosphere. It was essentially won…"Ronaldo: King of Champions League"
Neymar could be hit with a Champions League ban after UEFA opened an investigation on Wednesday into his foul-mouthed social media outburst about the refereeing during Paris Saint-Germain’s controversial exit to Manchester United last week. Injured Brazil forward Neymar told match officials to “Go fuck yourselves” on Instagram after watching on incredulous from the sidelines at the Parc des Princes as United were awarded a decisive stoppage-time penalty for a debateable handball via the video…"Neymar risks Euro ban after ref rant"
Zenit Saint Petersburg are out to consolidate their Russian Premiership lead against lowly Ufa on Sunday following their midweek Europa League defeat to Villarreal. Zenit, beaten 3-1 by Villarreal in the last 16 first leg tie, are four points clear of Krasnodar but their manager Sergei Semak warned his men not to take 15th-placed Ufa lightly. “It’s a pity we failed to achieve a positive result in the Europa League but now we need to…"Zenit refocus on domestic title after Europa League defeat"