Category Archives: UK Football

Chelsea 1:0 Manchester United | Hazard penalty seals Wembley triumph

Antonio Conte delivered silverware to Chelsea for the second season in succession as the Blues produced a resolute defensive performance to beat Manchester United at Wembley in the FA Cup final. A defensive error from Phil Jones against Eden Hazard, leading to the centre-back clumsily bringing the Belgian down, saw Michael Oliver point to the spot, and the Chelsea playmaker easily converted his own penalty.

United, for whom Romelu Lukaku was only fit enough for the bench, had their chances, with Rashford’s one and one, and Pogba missing a header when unmarked. However Chelsea were defensively resolute, with the likes of Kante, Rudiger and Courtois all having strong games, and far too many of United’s big name players went missing on a day the Red Devils needed them to perform. There was to be no repeat of the comeback they produced against Spurs at this same venue in the semis.

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England manager Gary Southgate will be hoping that the Jones-Hazard scenario does not play out in the World Cup next month (the Three Lions are in the same group as Belgium)

The end of the league season- who goes down and who takes the other CL spots?

With Southampton’s win over Swansea at the Liberty last night, two teams are confirmed to go down- Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion. The third team will be one of Saints, Huddersfield or the Swans, but it is likely to be the last of the three mentioned, meaning that we will not get to see a Welsh derby next season. Continue reading The end of the league season- who goes down and who takes the other CL spots?

Gibraltar 1:0 Latvia | Gibraltar’s first home win and second win overall

Tiny Gibraltar registered their maiden home win when they beat Latvia 1:0 in a friendly. The game was played in at the Victoria Stadium and was won thanks to a deflected late free kick from Notts County’s Liam Walker. It was Gibraltar’s first win since their 1:0 win over Malta back in 2014.

A disappointing result for Latvia, who were present at Euro 2004 and even managed a draw with world champions Germany in the group stages of that tournament. Current manager Aleksandrs Starkovs (he was also the person who lead them to Euro 2004) is in his third term as Latvian manager. Recent results have not been great for Latvia (they even lost to the Faroe Islands in World Cup qualifying)

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