Daily Archives: April 17, 2017

Bayern Munich held to goalless draw by 10-man Leverkusen

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Bayern Munich were delayed in their runaway victory to the Bundesliga trophy after being held to a goalless draw by 10-man Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern’s lead at the top of the Bundesliga table were trimmed to eight as the Bavarians were denied by some resolute home defending.

Just before the hour mark, Thomas Muller forced a rash challenge from Tin Jedvaj as the last line of outfield defence, and the Croatian was quickly given a second yellow and his marching orders.

But despite dominating throughout the game, Bayern could not find a way past the Leverkusen defense as both Douglas Costa and Arturo Vidal were denied clear cut chances.

Muller created a magnificent chance for Philipp Lahm with a through ball into the six-yard box, but the substitute steered his shot wide of the left post when it appeared harder to miss.

The result allowed RB Leipzig to tighten their grip on second place with a 4-0 drubbing over Freiburg at the Red Bull Arena.

Their win also meant that Leipzig is now guaranteed a top-four finish, winning, at minimum, a place in Champions League qualifying. They are also eight points and two places ahead of giants Borussia Dortmund.

Freiburg was completely dominated by Leipzig for the entirety of the game, and unlike Bayern the Bundesliga newcomers were able to convert possession into goals, with Yussuf Poulsen, Naby Keita, Timo Werener and Diego Demme scoring one goal apiece.

Neymar: Barca can complete comeback again

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Neymar Jr. is convinced that FC Barcelona will be able to complete another comeback in the UEFA Champions League against Juventus midweek.

The Catalan team is due to overturn a 3-0 goal deficit against the Italian Champions — a smaller disadvantage compared to the one they had against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16.

But, like against PSG, Neymar believe that Barca can repeat their comeback feat, turn the tie around to defeat Juventus and reach the Champions League semi-finals.

“My Dad made a good point the other day which got me thinking,” Neymar said. “We might have a different side in front of us this time, but Barcelona is the same. And we can do it. We did it once and we can do it a second time.”

“I believe in the team and I believe in our potential. It’s looking like a lost cause, but that means we have nothing to lose and everything to gain. We have to enter the game determined to win and do our job.”

“If everything goes well, another comeback will happen, I believe in the team and in our potential. Everything is lost, so we have nothing to lose and everything to win.”

“Juventus are a great team, very well structured, so it will be difficult to have to turn the tie. (But) It is the same as the situation against PSG. We have a one percent chance of qualifying and the remaining 99 per cent is work, faith and, god willing, goals. They are going to arrive.”

Man United defeats Chelsea to reopen title race

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Manchester United has reopened the Premier League title race with a well-orchestrated 2-0 win over Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Second-placed Tottenham now trails their London rivals by four points with six games to go and a stronger goal difference.

United has lost twice away against the Blues this season, first losing 4-0 in the league and then going out of the FA Cup quarter-final at Stamford Bridge.

But Manchester United began the game on the front foot and easily got a lead as team irregular Marcus Rashford made a clinical finish just after seven minutes.

Ander Herrera, who did a brilliant man-marking job on Eden Hazard throughout the game, made the perfectly weighted pass to Rashford on the break for the opening. The Spaniard subsequently added to United’s tally by firing it in from 20 yards four minutes after half-time, with the ball taking a deflection of N’Golo Kante and wrong-footing Chelsea keeper Asmir Begovic before soaring into the net.

The result slumped Chelsea to two defeats in their past four games while Spurs continue as potential title contenders with seven consecutive league wins under their belt.

Blues coach Antonio Conte said he was the one responsible for the defeat as he had failed to get his team motivated ahead of the United game.

“We didn’t play a good game and United deserved to win the game,” Conte said. “They showed more desire, more ambition, more motivation.”

“In this case the fault is of the coach. It means the coach was not able to transfer the right concentration, desire, ambition to win this game. I have concern because we have to work together and find quickly the right ambition to win this title.”

“Tottenham is in good form and playing with enthusiasm, we must find the same.”