Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Juventus taking UCL second league game 'as final'


Alex Sandro has said that the club are treating the second leg of their Champions League tie against Bayern Munich as if it is a final.

The Serie A side lost in last season's final to an all-conquering Barcelona side, but are aware that their German last 16 opponents are among the very best teams in the entire competition.

The first leg finished 2-2 in Turin, and Sandro told the ​club's website: “We knew we would have to dig deep and defend bravely in spells against Bayern and going forward we are confident that we will do even better in Munich.



“To defeat them you need to have a very clear game plan in mind and execute it to the letter. You must always treat games like that as if they were the final itself. The least we can do is enter the tie with that high level of focus and determination.”

He continued and said..


“I feel I’ve grown already as a player since arriving and, which is little wonder given the quality, focus and experience we have brimming throughout the squad. As a group, the boys and indeed the coach have helped me massively. Session after session, match after match, I feel I’m improving all the time.”

Unlike their German opponents, Juventus also face fierce competition for their domestic title. Napoli lie three points off the lead after failing to beat Fiorentina and Sandro conceded that other clubs tripping up their rivals would be helpful, but added: “However for us as players, all we should do is think about our own results and our own performances.

“Juve are a huge club with a great history and subsequently we should be pushing to win every bit of silverware possible. Each new player that arrives here from elsewhere knows that they are a winning team and that they will fight to win every single game.”

Christiano Ronaldo offers apology to his teammates after controversial comment

​Ronaldo has reportedly apologised to a number of his teammates via Whatsapp this week after appearing to claim that they were not at his 'level' of performance on the weekend.

The comments came after a stinging defeat to Atletico Madrid which all-but crushed Real's chances of challenging Barcelona for the La Liga title this season, with Ronaldo raging against what he appeared to perceive as his teammates' weakness.

He attempted to clarify his remarks later, ​claiming that he was "referring to the physical level, not level of play," and adding "I am not better than any of my team-mates."

Meanwhile, ​Sport report that the 31-year-old also took to Whatsapp to clear things up more personally with his teammates, attempting to dissipate any bad feeling against him in time for Monday's training session.


He had previously ​told the press after the defeat to Atletico: "If everyone was as good as me, maybe we would be first. I do not want to belittle anyone but when they are not the best it is difficult to win.

"I like to play with Karim, Bale and Marcelo. I do not mean that Jese, Lucas [Vazquez] and [Mateo] Kovacic are not good, they are very good, but to win a competition you need the best and that has been our main problem this year. I don’t know if it was poor preparation in the first half of the season but we’re having a lot of injuries and that hurts us.

“We had more chances and we deserved to win but football is like that. From what the press says it seems like I am doing sh*t but the numbers and statistics do not lie. They are there.”

Real Madrid is 12 points behind league leaders Barcelona after weekend lose to city rivals Atletico Madrid.


Daniel Sturridge could become a football outcast says Ex Liverpool striker

​Ex-Liverpool and  striker Paul Walsh - who now works as a television pundit - has sent out a warning to Daniel Sturridge.

Walsh believes that while the former City and Chelsea player is a talented forward, he could become a pariah if he doesn't get over the injury problems which have bothered him over the years.

Daniel Sturridge only recently returned to action for Liverpool, having sat out for most of the season with a hamstring injury. He cut a frustrated figure up front during the Capital One Cup final against former club Manchester City, and was powerless to prevent his team from suffering defeat.

Walsh, quoted in the ​Mirror, insists that clubs wouldn't be willing to take the risk on Sturridge, in spite of all his quality.

"Daniel Sturridge has got all the qualities to be a world-class striker, apart from one can't keep himself fit," said Walsh.

"There has been talk that Jurgen Klopp has made up his mind and that he will sell Sturridge in the summer.

"But Liverpool would want big money for him - and I don't see why any club would buy Sturridge when he has hardly been on the pitch for the last two years."

Walsh also pointed out that the 26-year-old could show more willingness to play through injury, and not wait to be totally fit before suiting up again.

"Daniel has got himself a reputation of not being prepared to play unless he is absolutely 100 per cent fit," he added.

"I don't know whether it is a fair criticism of him, but those are the noises coming out of Anfield. And once you become known as being a bit soft, it is hard to change the perception of you.

"Every player I've known has played through the pain barrier at some point in their career."


According to Walsh, Sturridge needs to start winning trophies for Liverpool, as he hasn't won anything since leaving Stamford Bridge.

"He's got to start delivering. The trophies he has won all came when he was a squad player at Chelsea.

"It's about time he started doing the business in big games for Liverpool."

Ghana president congratulate Abraham Atta


Abraham Attah is all anyone in this country Ghana can talk about for his night at the Oscars, preceded by the whirlwind that the past year must have been moving from a boy playing in the streets to a Hollywood star.
Most Ghanaians have been wildly supportive and proud of the 15 year old’s achievement, reaching heights that most can only dream of, but also making Ghana proud.


The President has added his voice to the chorus of praise for the Beasts of No Nation star. In a tweet late Monday, President Mahama congratulated Attah for his efforts raising high the flag of this country.

President John Dramani Mahama took to twitter and said;
  
  ''congrat @Attahnii such a positive positioning of the Ghana brand. we can do with many more Abraham Attah's. |hashtag Beastofnonations.


DO WANT TO KNOW HOW BIG THAT GUY'S Dick IS? Just read this

Black man

Believe it or not it is real. continued reading to find that out. it is so interesting guy to read this article.

Here are 10 crazy connections that will amaze you and might save your life as well.
  1. What your VOICE says about your HEIGHT
According to a research from Washington University, a listener can accurately determine the height of a person just by hearing them talk.
The frequency of “sub glottal resonance” – a sound produced in the lower airway of the lungs – gets progressively lower as height increases.  Guess you now know why most of your tall friends talk so low
  1. What your EYES say about your BRAIN
The small vessels behind your eyes could reveal how healthy your brain is.
A report in Psychological science shows that people who have wider veins perform worse on IQ tests in middle age. Needed a reason to get your eyes checked yearly? Just gave you one.
  1. What your SKIN says about your BLOOD PRESSURE:
Seeing a lot of wrinkles? Don’t just see it as an ageing sign but could also signify heart troubles.
A study published in the Journals of Gerontology show that people who had fewest wrinkles had lower blood pressure and lower heart disease risk
  1. What your HAND says about your PENIS
We dare you not to look at your hand after reading this.
A Korean research shows that men whose index fingers are shorter than their ringer fingers are likely to have bigger penises. This according to the research is because the testosterone that guys get exposed to while they are still fetuses controls the lengths of both the penis and fingers.
Ladies, you better start looking at the hand of your man to know what to expect.
  1. What your FINGERS say about your CANCER RISK.
As fun as it is to know that a shorter index finger means a bigger penis, it is disappointing to know it puts you at a higher risk of getting prostate cancer. Good news to those with the longer index finger. You have a lower risk of prostate cancer later in life.

you see you can now tell that guy his pens side if he is bragging?lol

This is Yvonne Okoro's reaction after Abraham Atta win the Oscars

When you ask ask actor or actress about their dream, they will say they want to made it to Hollywood.
From Yvonne Okoro via Jackie Appiah, Yvonne Nelson, John Dumelo, Majid Michel to whoever you can think of, Hollywood remains a grand aspiration.
And that’s just Hollywood they want to go not even to get the unique opportunity to attend the Academy Awards, let alone presenter an award or hangout with the biggest stars of our time.
Abraham Attah, a 15 year old street vendor from Ashaiman has made it to Hollywood and within just a year has won some of the biggest industry awards as well as made it to the Oscars to present an award.



That’s one hell of a great achievement. He can even retire today and his accomplishments will still top all the actors we have for a long time to come.
Following Abraham’s unimaginable achievements and Oscars appearance last night, actress-Yvonne Okoro has taken to instagram to say; the boy is living the dream they all wish for.

this is what the actress wrote on her instagram page;

''You have made Ghana and Africa proud. You are living a dream we all wish we could live..being recognised n respected for a craft..txs 4 letting us live tht dream thru u and knowing nw it’s more than possible for all of us#abrahamattah#proudlyafrican''

She also super talented and can also win the Oscars one day.

Monday, 29 February 2016

Chelsea William name his top 5 footballers of all time

​Chelsea winger Willian has been speaking to ​Uefa.com this week ahead of Chelsea's crucial Champions League 2nd leg tie against PSG on March 9th.

Willian revealed 5 players, all of which were legends in their own right for Barcelona or Real Madrid, that would make his dream 5-a-side team.
Lionel Messi




​It's no surprise that Willian selected Messi as one member of his five-a-side dream team. The Argentinian's unrivalled close control and precision shooting make him almost unplayable for Barca and the prospect of him lining up in a five-a-side arena will leave football fans around the World drooling with excitement.
Ronaldo


​Willian's second choice is no surprise, it's his Brazilian compatriot Ronaldo. On his day, Ronaldo was the most clinical striker in world football. His ability to power away from opposition defences paired with his knack of always finding the back of the net make him an inconceivable talent.

​Unfortunately, Ronaldo suffered from weight and injury issues in the latter stages of his career, meaning that although we saw glimpses, we never got to see Ronaldo at his best after his departure from Real Madrid in 2007.
Zinedine Zidane


​Zidane's start as Real Madrid's manager hasn't gone entirely to plan, as Los Blancos find themselves 12 points behind league leaders Barcelona. However, there is no disputing Zidane's sublime technical ability as a footballer. The Frenchman managed to display unimaginable skill and ball control in his illustrious 17 year career.
Ronaldinho Gaucho


​Perhaps one of the most enjoyable players to watch in recent history, Ronaldinho made a name for himself at the 2002 World Cup and secured a move to Barcelona later that year. Known for always playing with a smile on his face, Ronaldinho was an absolute magician with the ball. He could dribble, shoot, sprint and pass his way around any opposition with consummate ease.

It's a shame that the skilful forward failed to recapture his form at Barcelona after leaving the Camp Nou in 2008.
 Iniesta


​Andres Iniesta has played 632 times for the Catalan club over an incredible 16 year career. The silky midfielder is still going strong, conducting Barcelona's attacking style of play from a deep-lying midfield role. His ability to retain possession despite his unimposing stature puts him alongside football's most decorated midfield greats.

His trophy cabinet isn't bad either, as the 31-year-old has won seven La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues, one European Championship and one World Cup with his national team

Guus Hiddink says Pato not ready to play 90 minutes, John Terry under treatment

​Guus Hiddink has confirmed that Chelsea's January signing  Brazilian forward - Pato  is finally ready to play, according to ​London24.

Pato, who joined from Sao Paulo during the winter transfer window, hasn't suited up since the move, as he struggled with fitness as a result of not playing competitively since November.


Shortly after the signing, Hiddink revealed that the striker was going through double training sessions to get ready for the rest of the campaign, but during his Monday press conference, he announced that while Pato isn't ready for the full 90 minutes, he will be able to play a part in Chelsea's match against Norwhich City on Tuesday at Carrow Road.

The manager also told the media that in-form striker Diego Costa could be rested in order to keep him fresh for the Blues' second-leg Champions League clash vs Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge next month.
Guus says Pato is not ready for 90 minutes but he is ready to play part of the game.

From all indications, the captain John Terry will have to wait a bit longer to make his 700th appearance for the club.

The captain is still sidelined with a hamstring injury, and the Norwich game comes too soon.
Guus says John Terry is in treatment and he will see how he reacts during training this week.

Spanish winger Pedro is also set to miss Tuesday's match. He hobbled off just seven minutes into the game against Southampton on Saturday, and is currently undergoing treatment for a hamstring injury as well.


Fortunately, the Blues have adequate cover in sore areas, with Branislav Ivanovic giving a good account of himself in the centre-back position, while Oscar is almost a like-for-like replacement for Pedro.

A win against Norwich would further boost Chelsea's chances of a decent finish this season. They must keep the good run going.

Chelsea is currently 36 points on the league tables and are looking forward to win tomorrow.

Oscars stage doesn't make me nervous' Abraham Atta tell E new Ryan Seacrest

Ghanaisn star actor Abraham Attah was one of the personalities who made history on the 88th Oscars’ stage as first time award presenters.

He told E! News Ryan Seacrest when he appeared on the red carpet that he was not nervous to mount the big stage.

“Yeah it’s pretty crazy because I didn’t imagine that this is how huge it is going to be at the Oscars and this is my first time too. No I am not nervous …the first time I came to Hollywood I get nervous but now I’m not,” he said.

He also spoke to Ryan about how he was discovered by the producers of Beats of No Nation while he was playing soccer with his friends.

According to him, when they first approached him, he thought it was for football but it later turned out to be for a movie.

The young actor announced Toms Shoes brand he was wearing at the Academy Awards was specially made for him.

The company, he announced will also be donating 10,000 pairs of shoes on the actor’s behalf to needy children in his home country of Ghana.

Luis Enrique says Unbeaten means nothing without trophies

Barca coach Luis Enrique says the club's record equalling 34-game unbeaten run will mean nothing if they have no trophies to show for it come the end of the season, according to ​ESPN.

His side equalled Real Madrid's long-standing record - which they achieved under Leo Beenhakker in the 1988-89 season​ following the 2-1 win over Sevilla on  sunday evening. They now sit eight points clear at the top of La Liga and ten ahead of Real in third, after Atleti beat them at Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday afternoon.

Luis Enrique said on the current situation: "We have Atletico relatively close - eight points plus goal average. But it is not about believing what others say. We have aimed to retain the title since the first week, we are now at week 26, with another game midweek (on Thursday at Rayo Vallecano).


"We are in an un-improvable position as we head towards the decisive part of the season."

He was complimentary of Sevilla, adding: "Today was maybe the best opponent we have played this season at the Camp Nou, one of best teams in La Liga, in Europe. It is amazing this team have not won yet away from home (in La Liga all season).

"Unai (Emery)'s Sevilla are really well worked, very strong physically, can play football, are good on the wings, score lots of goals, have Gameiro's pace up front. They went ahead, we put in a great effort, knowing how important the points were. At 2-1 we had chances, not to suffer at the end, but it is a very good result, a very good performance."

However, he downplayed the significance of Barcelona's unbeaten run and challenged his players to push on further and secure trophies: "I have a long time yet before the grandkids, don't scare me with that, my children are still young. But this run will mean zero, unless we win trophies.

Title rivals Atletico Madrid beat Real Madrid 1-0 over  the weekened.

Liverpool manager, Klopp heartbroken after League cup loss

Klopp ended his post-match press conference by saying he felt 's**t' after watching his Liverpool side fall to a penalty shootout heartache at the hands of Man City in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley on Sunday evening.

Liverpool crumbled under the pressure in the shootout after Philippe Coutinho had initially forced extra-time with a late equaliser. However it was the men in Blue lifting the trophy at the end of a dramatic encounter.

“Tonight, we feel rubbish,” Klopp said with a smile. “Ok, we feel s**t.”


“At the moment I don't feel the positives,” Klopp admitted. “I'm a human being, after all. It's not my first big defeat. I've had defeats before and I've had wins before. I know how it goes.

“Do you think I will now go home, close the door and stay there for the next four weeks?!

“Yes, it's normal to be down. But it's okay. You have to feel a defeat, you can't say 'oh it wasn't important' because it was. We lost a final, so it's not too good.

“But you always have to fight back. We can say all these things, but you know you are always going to fall down. You have to stand up, that's the truth, but that's normal.

“Only silly people stay on the floor and wait for the next defeat. Of course we will strike back, 100%. We were down in this game, and we struck back.


“The next time you are in a final, you have to feel how it is to lose. Then you can feel how it is to win.”

Jurjen Klopp insisted that he loved the experience of his first cup final in English football, expressing an admiration for the less-than popular Capital One Cup.

“It was a great day until the last shot of the shootout,” he said. “It was perfectly organised, it was the perfect atmosphere, it was a really great experience. I don't know what everybody in this room thinks of this competition, but when I came to England everybody told me that it is not too important or whatever.


“But all the players who were involved or not involved today were greedy for this cup. They all wanted it, and so did everybody in the stadium. It was perfect, until the last. I hope we can have this kind of day more often, but with a different ending.”

He continued

 “We deserved a minimum of the draw after 120 minutes, but we lost. That's how finals are  there is only one winner.Tomorrow we have training and on Wednesday we play- again against Manchester City, so we will see how we respond.

“We can change nothing now, but we can change something tomorrow morning. We will go on, we will get better. Today, we have to go the hard way. But we can see that if we carry -on working really hard then there is light at the end of the tunnel. That's important.”

Oscars 2016, full list of winners over the weekend

The 2016 Oscars awards took place over the weekend and we bring you all the nominees and winners in their respective categories below.

BEST PICTURE

The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room


Spotlight DIRECTING
Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Winner: Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant
Lenny Abraham, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

 ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Now the best actress in a leading role nominees and the winner is as follows.

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Winner: Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn



ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Winner: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

 ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Winner: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs



ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Anomalisa
Boy and the World
Winner: Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There


CINEMATOGRAPHY

Carol
The Hateful Eight
Mad Max: Fury Road
Winner: The Revenant
Sicario
Mad Max: Fury Road

 WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

Winner: The Big Short
Brooklyn
Carol
The Martian
Room

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Inside Out
Winner: Spotlight
Straight Outta Compton

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

Winner: Bear Story
Prologue
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Live without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow






SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)
Shok
Winner: Stutterer

COSTUME DESIGN

Carol
Cinderella
The Danish Girl
Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

 DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

Winner: Amy
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom



DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

Body Team 12
Chau, beyond the Lines
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
Winner: A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Last Day of Freedom

 FILM EDITING
The Big Short
Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Embrace of the Serpent
Mustang
Winner: Son of Saul
Theeb
A War

 MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out
the Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

 MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Bridge of Spies
Carol
Winner: The Hateful Eight
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
Earned It, Fifty Shades of Grey
Manta Ray, Racing Extinction
Simple Song #3, Youth
Til It Happens To You, The Hunting Ground
Winner: Writing’s On The Wall, Spectre

 PRODUCTION DESIGN

Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

 SOUND EDITING

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Oscars 2016

 SOUND MIXING

Bridge of Spies
Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 VISUAL EFFECTS
Winner: Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Sunday, 28 February 2016

5 things you must know about Marcus Rasford

Here we brings to you, five things you need to know about man united wonder kid Marcus Rasford who scored a brace against Arsenal today.

He was born on Halloween day, 1997
Marcus Rashford was born in Manchester united on October 31, 1997, a few months after Luis Van Gaal left Dutch giants Ajax to take up a post with Barcelona.
The day after United scored six against Sheffield Wednesday at home, with strikers Teddy Sheringham, Andy Cole and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer all grabbing braces.

He use to play for Fletcher Moss Rangers at youth stage
Marcus Rashford is one of a number of players who have gone on to play professionally after turning out for local youth club Fletcher Moss Rangers.
The likes of Wes Brown, Danny Welbeck and Ravel Morrison all represented the team in their junior years, while current United team-mates Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Tyler Blackett were also ex-Fletcher Moss players.

He was prolific at under-18 stage
Marcus topped the scoring charts for United's Under 18s last year, having found the net on 13 occasions in 25 starts.
However, he only made his maiden appearance for the club's reserves in a Lancashire Senior Cup tie with Rochdale this season, one month before he turned 18.

He scored twice on his UEFA youth league debut
Nicky Butt, recently named the head of United's academy, handed him the captain's armband for the Under 19s' first UEFA Youth League tie of the season in September against PSV.
Marcus Rashford responded by scoring a brace in Eindhoven  the first coming from the penalty spot as United coasted to a 3-0 victory.

He has been in senior man united squards before
Luise Van Gaal named Rashford among his substitutes in the 2 1 win at Watford on November 21 and in the draw at high flying Leicester city the following weekend.
However, on neither occasion was he brought on to the pitch by the Dutchman.

Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool (city won on penalty)

Man City are the Capital One Cup champions. Willy Caballero turned out to be the unlikely hero on the day, saving three penalties in the shoot-out and paving the way for Yaya Toure to deliver another trophy for Pellegrini. Fernandinho had fired City into a lead after 49 minutes courtesy of some slack goalkeeping from Mignolet before Philippe Coutinho salvaged Liverpool's hopes with a late strike to force extra-time.

​Cup finals are often cagey, tense and respectful and this one was no different. The game needed an early goal. It didn't get it and, unfortunately, what unfolded was something of a Wembley snorefest. One of the more engaging moments wa Sakho hiding under his coat on the bench, possibly in tears, after being forced off against his will following a concussion sustained in a clash of heads with Emre Can.

Sakho was inconsolable, but he would have been even worse had Sergio Aguero capitalised on his slip just moments prior to being substituted. The French defender lost his balance and as he staggered to the floor, the City striker skipped past him only for his curling effort to be met with a well-judged save from Mignolet.

However, the Belgian stopper was at fault for Fernandinho's opener after 49 minutes in a development that finally injected some interest into proceedings. Liverpool had allowed Aguero to receive a long pass on the edge of their area on several occasions and, this time round, the Argentine held the ball up, waited for Fernandinho to gallop past him on the right and slot in an easy pass. The Brazilian still had plenty to do and although his shot was well struck,Simon Mignolet let the ball fly straight through and into the far corner.

Liverpool's response was encouraging. They worked a neat, short-passing move that concluded with an excellent opportunity for formerMan City midfielder James Milner, but he could only screw his shot well wide after making a fine run from right to left.

But if James Milner grimaced after squandering his chance, Sterling was right to throw his hands to his face after making a mess of a golden opportunity to put the game beyond his former employers' grasp. Silva found himself in space and squared it to an unmarked Raheem Sterling, but failing to properly adjust his body in time, the winger skewed his shot wide one-on-one with Mignolet. Sterling's reaction, as well as that of his manager, told the whole story - it was a shocking miss.

Liverpool were pressing high and searching hard for an equaliser, but that inevitably left them susceptible to City's counter and they rode their luck at times. Aguero broke away to receive a long pass and had a huge penalty shout turned away by referee Michael Oliver after clashing with Alberto Moreno. It would have been a soft decision but Segio Aguero was infuriated nevertheless.

Liverpool manager Klopp looked an exasperated figure on the touchline during the second half but he erupted with emotion when Philipe Coutinho rifled home the equaliser seven minutes from time, with Liverpool's first shot on target. Clyne teased an excellent pass across the goal to Adam Lallana and after he could only clatter the post from a tight angle, the Brazilian finished off competently first-time to salvage the Reds' cup hopes.

There was enough time for Simon Mignolet to atone, not once but twice, for his earlier mishap, saving from Fernando's point-blank effort before throwing himself in front of Sagna's effort after a goalmouth scramble and with extra-time looming.


Right on the stroke of half-time in extra-time,Simon Mignolet produced a truly outstanding save to deny Segio Aguero, getting his fingertips on the striker's effort to keep his side in the game. Then, just after the restart, Caballero made a tremendous stop to palm away Divoc Origi's header. It took the match a painful amount of time to get going, finally producing some captivating stuff. Tired minds came into play as the clock wore on and Milner almost gifted Segio Aguero the winner with a shot backpass of a header, but he puffed his cheeks after thankfully watching the striker put his effort well over.

After extra time, the league Cup would be decided by a penalty shootout. It was all about holding the nerve in the most pressure-packed situation, that lonely walk from 12 yards. Can converted a Panenka, followed by Fernandinho hitting the post. Caballero then saved from Lucas and Coutinho, guessing right both times, sandwiched in between Navas finding the net.Segio Aguero got City ahead 2-1 with a perfectly placed effort before Caballero produced another fantastic save to deny Lallana. After that, it was Toure who delivered the decisive spot-kick as City triumphed, leaving Klopp's men utterly devastated. Nobody was doubting Pellegrini's decision to stick with Caballero anymore.

Manchester united 3-2 Arsenal, Marcus Rasford score brace for united

Nothing warms the heart quite like a footballing fairytale. Three days after helping Man United avoid a humiliating Europe League upset, Rashford added another two goals to his glorious start to life as a senior player, propelling van Gaal to a 3-2 win and one of the results of their season over a deflated Arsenal side.

Arsenal's title ambitions took another hit after an exciting clash that harked back to the showdown clashes between these two clubs when they wrestled for supremacy year after year.

The North London side showed character, twice biting into Man United's two-goal lead, but there was a familiar sinking feeling for Wenger as he trudged down the tunnel at full-time.

​It was the visitors who settled into the game with more ease and Monreal could have notched a rare goal inside the opening ten minutes when he ran beyond Guillermo Varela, latching onto a perfectly judged chipped through ball from Ozil. However, the left-back hesitated and blasted his effort straight at David De Gea who stood tall.

After a period of sparring, Old Trafford exploded into life in an extraordinary three-minute spell that Rashford won't soon forget. The opener, arriving just shy of the half-hour mark was the product of some fine work from Herrera in midfield, nicking the ball of the dawdling Theo Walcott before spreading it quickly to Varela.

The Uruguayan whipped in a teasing cross that Koscielny could only toe in the direction of the 18-year-old Premier League debutant, who made no mistake in firing beyond Cech with a nerveless first time right-footed finish and erupting the home fans in the process.
 Rashford has scored 4 goals from 5 shots on target in his Man Utd career so far.

However, just as United fans may have been fearing a response from the Gunners, Rashford's fairytale continued with an expertly taken header to double the lead two minutes later. Once again, Varela did well on the right, retrieving a loose ball and heading it back to Lingard, whose cross was glanced home with aplomb byMarcus Rashford.

Suddenly, the atmosphere inside Old Trafford was as excitable as it has been in months and Marcus Rashford suddenly found himself on a hattrick, 30 minutes after first kicking a ball in this league.

The red devils roared into life spectacularly but when you have the quality of Arsenal's front line, a goal is never too far away. Ozil whipped in an outstanding free-kick, flat and with plenty of pace, dropping to a criminally unmarked Welbeck, with the former United man mirroring Rashford's finish in heading past a hesitating David De Gea.

Gunners had been flat but their response was impressive and United did well to go into the half-time break still with their noses in front.

Arsenal's bruising encounter with Barcelona on Tuesday night had visibly tired them as they laboured through the start of the second half and were made to pay when Marcus Rashford turned creator for Herrera to clinch an important third goal for United via a decisive deflection off Koscielny.

It was impressive fromMarcus Rashford once again, who took the defenders on before turning back, holding the ball up and laying it off to the Spaniard.

But the Gunners just refused to lie down. Sanchez whipped in a teasing ball from the right and de Gea saved excellently from Welbeck. However, Ozil followed up, stabbing the ball into the ground and popping it up into the top corner as a silence befell Old Trafford once again.

Marcus Rashord exited the stage to a standing ovation as United tried to hang on. There were a few nervy moments for United fans but Arsenal never really piled the pressure on, wearing the fatigue from an enervating week. United's week, on the other hand, has given them renewed hope as we enter the final two months of the season.

The 10 youngest starters in the history of premier league


Here is a look back 10 young stars who were given a start in the premier league at their  early age of their football career.

(18years old)


10. After Marcus Rashford's league debut for Manchester United, where he became the club's fourth-youngest player to ever start a game and score a brace.


9. Gareth Barry (17 years 75 days)


​Barry made his breakthrough against Arsenal all the way back in 1998 and performed well as his Villa team claimed a 1-0 victory. He would go on to become a key player at Aston Villa and take the captaincy, before making a switch to Manchester City.
8. Emile Heskey (17 years 55 days)


​The famous Emile Heskey emerged during a 2-0 defeat to QPR in 1995. He would go on to score 40 league goals for Leicester before spells at Liverpool, Birmingham and Wigan followed.

He turned out for Aston Villa before deciding to head down under, but had his contract cancelled by Newcastle Jets. He currently plays for Bolton under Neil Lennon.
7. James Milner (17 years 34 days)


​ current Liverpool man burst onto the scene at the tender age of 17 with Leeds United against West Ham when they were in the Premier League in 2003. He tasted great success at Manchester City, where he won four trophies, before being signed by Brendan Rodgers for the Reds.
6. Stephen Carr (17 years 27 days)


​Tottenham granted youth academy prospect Stephen Carr his first start at Portman Road against Ipswich. He would go on to play for Spurs 272 times, winning the league cup in 1999 before lifting the trophy again with Birmingham in 2011. He is now retired at the age of 39.
5. Andy Campbell (17 years 9 days)


​Andy Campbell made his Middlesborough debut against Liverpool in a 1-0 defeat in 1996, and became something of a journeyman with spells at Sheffield United, Bolton and Cardiff.

He is currently the manager of West Auckland Town, who play in the Northern Football League Division One.
4. Neil Finn (17 years 2 days)


​West Ham gave a start to young Neil Finn against Manchester City after losing both their regular goalkeepers to injury. Man City won 2-1 and Finn never played for the Hammers ever again. In fact, he did not make many more professional appearances for any other club and eventually retired in 2008 after playing for lower league side Romford.
3. Wayne Rooney (16 years 297 days)


​No one will forget his first ever goal against Arsenal, but his debut against Spurs wasn't quite as eye-catching. The game finished 2-2, and Rooney was subbed off on the 66th minute mark and showed some quality of what was to come before netting 312 goals for club and country.
2. Reece Oxford (16 years 236 days)



​How many of these young starters were awarded man of the match on their debuts? A confident and professional performance against Arsenal at the Emirates stadium helped his West Ham side put the Gunners to the sword 2-0. He hasn't played much since, but it's likely to have upped the price tag on his head.
1. Jose Baxter (16 years 198 days)


​Jose Baxter was touted as a star of the future when he started against West Brom in 2008, but his career has unfortunately headed in the opposite direction. Everton decided to let him go in 2012, and he went on to play for Oldham and Sheffield United, where he has just been suspended for testing positive for ecstasy in a drugs test.

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Saturday, 27 February 2016

Chelsea ready to sign £74.5m Gonzalo Higuain

Chelsea are 'ready to seal the  of Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, according to ​Gazzetta dello Sport.

Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain are also said to be keen on the Argentine, who has a reported release clause of £74.5m.

Gonzalo Higuain has two-and-a-half-years to run on his San Paolo contract, but talks have apparently broken down over the lowering of that fee.

And comments made by Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentis regarding the player's weight have sparked talk of an exit.

​"Higuain should dispose of a pound and a half more than he has, as it is almost like he is walking around with a brick in his pocket at the moment," De Laurentis said.

Chelsea reportedly believe they can snare Higuain ahead of rival suitors, despite looking unlikely to secure Champions League football next season.

The Blues are some way off the pace in the Premier League, and are trailing 2-1 to PSG after the first leg of their last-16 tie.


Reports suggest Antonio Conte is set to take over as the Blues' next manager and the former Juventus boss will be extremely familiar with Higuain, through his current role as coach of the Italian national team.

The 28-year-old Higuain has scored an impressive 26 goals from 33 appearances this season.

chelsea fans are in suppport for signing of Higuain?. He is a good striker.

league leaders Leicester city 1-0 Norwich, Uloa score winner

Ulloa's late, late goal saved ​Leicester City from continuing to stumble in pursuit of the Premier League title, stealing a late win over Norwich on their comeback from last weekend's FA Cup break.

The home side failed to ever get into any kind of rhythm throughout the match, and were on the brink of failing to score for just the fourth time in the league all season with Norwich actually producing the game's best chances.

The Canaries were expected to provide the league leaders with a relatively straightforward chance to bounce back after a last-gasp defeat to Arsenal in their last match, but the Foxes failed to take advantage of their opponents' notoriously leaky defence until the dying minutes.

However, Ulloa's late strike allows Leicester to take a five point lead into Sunday's games and ramp up the pressure on their title rivals - with Tottenham and Arsenal facing Swansea City and Manchester United respectively in the weekend's final league games.

Leicester spent most of the match looking half a step short of the form which has seen them rise to the top of the Premier League table. Passes which had previously found their man were underhit by half a yard, shots flew the wrong side of the post, and crosses either whistled just past the nose of their intended targets or cannoned into the first defender.

The rustiness could have been down to the two week break between games for the Foxes, and seemed to affect some players more than others. N'Golo Kante was typically energetic, while Robert Huth remained an absolute rock at the back - but the likes of Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton appeared to be lacking their trademark sharpness.
1 - Leicester did not manage a shot on target against Norwich until the 58th minute & opened the scoring in the 89th.

Fortunately for Claudio Ranieri's side, the visiting side also had similar problems going forward. Cameron Jerome played the role of toothless cog in the machine, his issues most prominent when he flicked a header wide from right in front of goal, under little pressure.

In the end, it was super-sub Ulloa who got the last-minute winner, having come off the bench for the 15th time in the league this season with just a quarter of an hour remaining.

Albrighton's low cross across the face of goal squeezed just past the forest of yellow shirts to reach the Argentine at the back post, who calmly slotted home to keep the Foxes bang in the race for a most unlikely Premier League title.

Chelsea 2-1 Southampton, match details

Chelsea's unbeaten run under Guus Hiddink continued after his team came from behind to beat a resilient Southampton side at St Mary's and move ever closer to returning to the top half of the table. Shane Long gave the home side a deserved lead in the first half, but after taking most of the game to get going, goals from Cesc Fabregas and Branislav Ivanovic made all the difference.

A lot had changed for both clubs in the months since the Saints stunned the reigning champions at Stamford bridge earlier in the season, prompting a now infamous seven minute post-match rant from Jose Mourinho.

Southampton found a degree of consistency in the new year and going into the game Fraser Forster hadn't conceded a goal since returning from injury in January. On the other side, Diego Costa was enjoying the kind of excellent scoring run that he couldn't have imagined under Mourinho.

It meant that something, somewhere, had to give. Ultimately, it was the former.


If Hiddink has given Chelsea anything since taking over in December, it's defensive stability. But that was severely lacking when Long put the home side into the lead late in the first half. Baba Rahman's lazy header let the Irishman in and with Thibaut Courtois rushing out, a composed, exquisite dink saw the ball ripple the far corner of the net.



Prior to that moment, even half chances had been few and far between for either side in what were rather windy conditions on the south coast.

Southampton looked dangerous from set-pieces - a Long header in the opening 10 minutes might have given Ronald Koeman's side the lead earlier - while Chelsea appeared to lack energy and intent. Willian, as he has been so often this season, was a rare bright spark in an otherwise disappointing first half for the Blues.

Chelsea were just generally lacking attacking quality. After the break, Hazard, who is still looking for his first Premier League goal of the season, fired high and wide after cutting in from the right.

John Obi Mikel appeared to lose his bearings in the six-yard box and somehow managed to head a glorious chance wide, while Costa later couldn't control a left footed volley enough to the hit the target and ask a serious question of Forster.

When the equalising goal came there was more than an element of fortune about it. Fabregas virtually passed the ball into the far corner, with Forster unsighted as Hazard threatened to get to the ball in front of him.

To add insult to injury for Southampton, only moments earlier Charlie Austin was denied a possible penalty as Gary Cahill made a meal at his attempt at a covering tackle.

The goal served to give Chelsea more confidence and the 89th minute winner from Ivanovic almost had a sense of inevitability about it. As Willian swung in a corner the Serbian rose high above a sluggish Virgil van Dijk and powered a header low at goal. Forster got a hand to the ball, but couldn't keep it out.

Glo did not cancelled P square ambassadorial deal

After break that, Globacom have refused to renew Psquare contract, Glo debunked those rumors.

Nigeria’s biggest indigenous telecoms operator, Globacom, has rubbished the reports circulating online that it has sacked one of its brand ambassadors, P-Square.

It should be recalled that blogosphere was awash with reports of the purported sack of the pop duo during the week. It was alleged that the company fell out with one-half of the group, Peter, over his conduct during the grand finale of his sponsored reality show, Glo Dance With Peter late last year.

Peter reportedly insulted officials of the company for failing to keep to their own side of the bargain regarding the competition. And when the honcho of the company, Dr. Mike Adenuga heard about the incident, he was furious, and declared that P-Square should be dropped as ambassadors.

However, a trusted source in Glo revealed to Showtime that the telco is yet to take a decision on the fate of P-Square with the company.
The source also stated that this situation is not peculiar to P-Square alone as the company is presently deliberating on whether or not to renew the contracts of the ambassadors whose deals are up for renewal.

Speaking further, the source assured Showtime that a decision on the company’s brand ambassadors would be reached in a couple of days.