Daily Archives: September 11, 2017

Real Madrid frustrated again after home draw against Levante

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Real Madrid dropped more points at home for the second game running after a 1-1 draw against Levante in La Liga, a game which also saw Marcelo getting sent off late on.

Ivan Lopez gave the visitors a shock lead in the 12th minute by flicking the ball over Dani Carvajal as the Madrid right-back tried to control a long throw-in and volleying into the near corner.

Real was further troubled as forward Karim Benzema was forced off the pitch with a limp, and with Lopez coming close to doubling the lead for Levante from a free-kick that whistled past a post but the champions pulled themselves level in the 36th minute when Lucas Vazquez tapped in from close range after the Levante goalkeeper, Raul Fernandez, could only parry a header from Sergio Ramos.

But Fernandez was able to make amends for that concession by denying Gareth Bale on the stroke of half-time after the Wales international raced through on goal unchallenged, before also kept out another effort by Bale and strikes from Toni Kroos and Marco Asensio after half-time.

The goalkeeper’s best save then came from a low-struck effort from Marcelo, who in frustration rolled to the floor, kicking Levante’s Jefferson Lerma in the process and earning a straight red card in the 89th minute.

Real had one final chance to snatch a win when Toni Kroos went for goal from the edge of the area but saw his shot bounce off the outside of the far post, leaving Zinedine Zidane’s side with five points from their first three league games.

“We need to play better and make that up,” said the Frenchman. “We cannot be happy with what we did. Against Valencia we dropped two points, but played well.”

“We did not play a good game, clearly. We were better after the break, made chances to score, but it was not a good game. One goal today is not enough. With the chances we created, we must be more effective.”

Jurgen Klopp: Sadio Mane very unlucky to be sent off

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that it was “unlucky” for Reds midfielder Sadio Mane to be sent off in their match against Manchester City in the Premier league.

Although Ederson suffered a facial injury that required lengthy treatment., the collision itself was accidental as Mane was also focusing on the ball throughout. Still, his challenge for the ball was high and fell under the guidelines for a dismissal for serious foul play.

Ederson had to leave the pitch on a stretcher and was replaced by Claudio Bravo, and underwent an examination at a medical centre at the nearby Etihad Campus. It was confirmed that he had suffered neither concussion nor a fracture to his cheekbone.

“It is not broken the bone. That is important,” said City coach Pep Guardiola. “He will be more beautiful after that. Hopefully he can come back soon but maybe he will not play in the next game [against Feyenoord in the Champions League on Wednesday].”

Klopp disagreed with the decision to sent off Mane, after the game-changing moment led to the heaviest defeat he suffered since taking charge of Liverpool in October 2015.

“[It was] an accident. Very unlucky,” he said. “I was outside with Pep and we both didn’t think it’s a red card. Everyone knows he didn’t see the goalie. He just wanted to get the ball as soon as possible.”

However, the German manager has indicated that he would not appeal against the decision — one that allowed Manchester City to run riot at the Etihad and destroy the Merseyside team by 5-0.

Asked if he would look to overturn the ban, Klopp asked: “Can we? What would be your advice? So it never works. It would be another waste of time, like the game today.”

Klopp also added that Mane was upset about the red card that effectively rules him out of next Saturday’s visit of Burnley and two matches against Leicester City, in the League Cup and the Premier League, but the former Southampton midfielder is clear to feature for Liverpool against Sevilla at the same time City hosts Feyenoord.

Ciro Immobile hits hat-trick for Lazio for easy win over AC Milan

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Ciro Immobile scored an impressive hat-trick as Lazio thrashed big-spending AC Milan by 4-1 in Serie A.

Italy international Immobile opened the scoring from the penalty spot, before volleying in a superb effort for his second past Gianluigi Donnarumma before half time and completed his triple by converting from close range just three minutes after.

Luis Alberto scuffed home a fourth and Riccardo Montolivo slotted in a consolation for Milan, although Lazio — who lost Marco Parolo to a stoppage-time red card — never looked like relinquishing their vice grip on the full three points.

The win meant that Simone Inzaghi’s men remain unbeaten this season, although result raises questions for AC Milan who, after a takeover by Chinese Investors had spent more than €200 million ahead of the campaign.

A tactical overhaul from Milan boss Vincenzo Montella did allow Riccardo Montolivo to pull his team goal back from distance before the hour, but not even the late dismissal of Parolo could help them save face.

Lazio, on the other hand, looked comfortable and never out of grips in a performance that underlined their ability to challenge the top of the table this season.

Before the game started, there was a delay by an hour after flash floods in Rome, with roads were inundated following heavy rainfall in the city and Metro lines in the Italian capital closed down.

The Stadio Olimpico pitch itself was not an issue as the surface had been covered by sheets on Saturday which prevented any waterlogging, but there were large banks of empty seats inside the stadium as supporters struggled to get to the game as a result of the floods.