Daily Archives: September 21, 2016

Dortmund trounces Wolfsburg to score 17th goal in 3 games

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Borussia Dortmund went on top of the Bundesliga table after an impressive 5-1 victory over Wolfsburg.

The Bundesliga giants, who defeated both Legia Warsaw and Darmstadt by 6-0, scored their 17th goal after just 3 games.

Their forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also scored a brace, netting his fourth league goal in two matches.

However, it was full-back Raphael Guerreiro who fired home to take the lead for Dortmund, before the Gabon international’s strike looped in.

Wolfsburg looked headed for sure defeat. Even as Daniel Didavi scored one to shorten Dortmund’s lead, Ousmana Dembele tapped in to dampen Wolfsburg hopes once more, before Aubameyang slid home his second and Lukasz Piszczek headed in the fifth.

With 3 wins in four games, Dortmund is on top of Bayern Munich in league standings thanks to superior goal difference.

However, Bayern, who were semi-finalists of the Champions League last season, has a game in hand against Hertha Berlin.

Hertha themselves are also level on points with Bayern after a perfect start in the German top flight, while Eintracht Frankfurt are also on nine points after defeating Ingolstadt 2-0.

Guardiola insists Yaya Toure is out until agent apologises

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Pep Guardiola has insisted that he will not allow Yaya Toure to play for Manchester City unless his agent apologizes for comments aimed at the manager.

Toure had played for Guardiola back in his Barcelona days before being sold to City in 2010. However, the former Ivory Coast international was surprisingly omitted from the 25-man Champions League squad this month and has yet to feature for the club this season.

The incident led to criticism by Toure’s representing manager Dimitri Seluk, who questioned whether Guardiola had “the balls to say that he was wrong to humiliate a great player like Yaya” should City not win the Champions League.

Guardiola responded firmly and insisted that Toure will not feature Manchester City again unless Seluk retracts his statement.

“He must apologise to his team-mates, to the club. If he doesn’t, he won’t play,” said the 45-year-old.

“It was difficult to leave him out of the Champions League squad but [the] day after, his [agent] went to the media.”

“He has not had the courage to call me. From that moment he was out. I know him, I know he’s a good guy, but it was difficult for me as well to put Aleix García out.”

“I cannot imagine in my period when I was a football player, my manager going to the media and speaking against Johan Cruyff, about this and about that. If he has a problem call the club, and they can talk. Until he speaks, Yaya is not going to play.”

 

Fabregas brace carries Chelsea past Leicester in League Cup

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Cesc Fabregas scored two goals early in extra time to help Chelsea defeat Leicester City by 4-2 in the third round of the League Cup.

The Foxes were largely dominant in the first half; Shinji Okazaki’s header and instinctive strike had brought the Premier League Champions 2-0 up.

However, Chelsea pulled one back through Gary Cahill’s header a few minutes before half time, while Cesar Azpilicueta equalised with a long-range strike.

Marcin Wasilewski was then sent off for elbowing Diego Costa, reducing Leicester down to 10 men. Still, both sides could not find a winner, and the game went on into extra time.

As the match restarts Spain International Fabregas immediately in two minutes run into Leicester’s box to fire home.

Dazed and slow to recover, Leicester players allowed Fabregas space to pounce on keeper Ron-Robert Zieler’s poor clearance, and also for the following rasping drive past the goalkeeper.

Fabregas, who had only been given 32 minutes of play in the Premier League this season, has surely given his new manager Antonio Conte some food for thought.

As Chelsea win deservedly to book a place in the last 16, Leicester could still revel in their performances that showed incisive attacking and compact defending – elements that helped them win the title last season on show.