Daily Archives: October 27, 2017

West Ham rallies from two down to edge Tottenham

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West Ham United produced a scintillating display to rally from two goals down to beat Tottenham by 3-2 and reach the quarter-finals of the League Cup.

Things started in the worst possible way for them at Wembley, with the Hammers conceding after just five minutes as a high defensive line was exploited by Son Heung-min’s pass through to Moussa Sissoko to stroke home for Spurs.

Dele Alli then doubled the lead for Spurs just before half-time through a deflected shot to put West Ham’s London rivals in a comfortable position.

But the interval seemed to be what West Ham needed to rally from their awkward position, with striker Andre Ayew beginning the turnaround by converting after stand-in keeper Michel Vorm parried Edimilson Fernandes’ thunderous drive and the Ghanaian poked home the second following Manuel Lanzini’s cutback.

It was also the Argentine’s whipped corner into the box that was another important contribution which completed the recovery as Angelo Ogbonna rose highest to flick in towards the far post.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic, who had been under close scrutiny after a drubbing by Brighton in the Premier League last Friday, lauded his team’s performance.

“To score three goals against them (Tottenham) — who do not concede goals — then be brave and compact and good on the ball, we deserved it and it is a big boost for us,” he said.

“The mood was down at half-time, but not as down as against Brighton. That result was bad but we played good football. We did not penetrate Spurs enough, were not good in the final third and we said things about what we should do when they and ourselves have the ball.”

Serie A: fans protest against Holocaust tributes

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Fans of Serie A protested across Italy as they showed their dissatisfaction against tributes towards the Holocaust.

There had been disrepute in the Italian top flight after Lazio supporters were said to have defaced their Stadio Olimpico home in Rome with antisemitic graffiti and stickers showing images of Anne Frank wearing a jersey of their rivals Roma.

Frank was the teenager emblematic of Jewish victims during Holocaust, who was killed at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945.

The Italian football federation (FIGC) responded towards the incident by announcing plans to observe a minute’s silence and read out a passage from Anne Frank’s diary before Serie A fixtures mid-week, with Lazio players also training in jerseys with an image of Frank and the words “No to anti-Semitism”.

“I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness, I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, I feel the suffering of millions,” the passage read. “And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquillity will return once more.”

However, fans across the nation responded severely against the steps taken by FIGC, with the minute of silence observation being turned into applause.

Some supporters brought it further; Juventus fans were seen turning their backs and singing the Italian national anthem while fans at the Roma-Crotone match drowned out the reading with Curva Sud team chants.

Leicester appoints ‘perfect fit’ manager Claude Puel

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Leicester City have appointed the former Southampton head coach Claude Puel as their manager following their summary dismissal of Craig Shakespeare laster week.

Puel, 56, has signed a contract with the Foxes until June 2020 and was described by the club’s vice-chairman, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, as “a perfect fit” for his team.

It was also reported that Leicester’s board of directors interviewed several candidates beforehand, with Puel being selected to lead the club now standing at 14th in the Premier League, one point above the relegation zone.

Michael Appleton, interim manager who oversaw two games for the club, will revert to his assistant’s role, as Puel will be introduced to the media on Friday and will take charge of Sunday’s home match against Everton, who are without a full-time manager after Ronald Koeman’s dismissal.

Puel himself was released by Southampton in June despite decent results such as leading the club to an eighth-placed finish in the Premier League and the final of the Capital One Cup. The Saints flopped in the Europa League and decent domestic results were deemed not good enough to compensate for a style of play that many supporters decried as too defensive, with players unhappy about his rotation policy.

Without a club since, the Frenchman was said to have impressed Leicester during more than one set of talks.

“Upon meeting Claude, his attention to detail, knowledge of our squad, understanding of our potential and his vision to help us realise it were extremely impressive,” Srivaddhanaprabha said. “He quickly emerged as the outstanding candidate.”

Puel described it as “a great privilege” to take the Leicester job. “The opportunity to help the club build on its remarkable recent achievements is a truly exciting one, and I’m looking forward to working with the owners, players, staff and supporters to deliver further lasting success,” he said.

Prediction:

Leicester City 2 – 0 Everton