Category Archives: UK Football

Chelsea 1:1 Eintracht Frankfurt- Last remaining German team in Europe eliminated after penalty shootout

Germany’s last remaining representatives in continental competition were eliminated on Thursday night as Eintracht Frankfurt lost on penalties. The visitors, who had been thrashed 6:1 by Leverkusen over the weekend, gave it their all, and were leading 3:2 in the shootout before Martin Hinteregger shot his spot kick straight at Kepa, and the Spaniard’s save changed the complexion of the game. Hazard and David Luiz scored from their penalties, and Goncalo missed his as Frankfurt lost 4:3 in the shootout.

We now have an all-English Europa League final in Baku later this month between Arsenal and Chelsea.

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Four teams to battle it out for first ever Nations League Trophy

In exactly a month’s time from now, Portugal will play host to the 2019 Nations League finals. The inaugural edition of the tournament is down to the final four, and it’s perhaps not the quartet many would’ve expected when the competition began in September last year. Portugal, Switzerland, England, and the Netherlands are the four semi-finalists with the winner to be crowned the first ever Nations League champions. Bar England, none of the other three made it to the last four of the World Cup. The Netherlands didn’t even qualify for the quadrennial extravaganza in Russia, but have managed a mini resurrection of sorts. Continue reading Four teams to battle it out for first ever Nations League Trophy

L’Equipe give manager Mauricio Pochettino a 9/10 rating for Champions League quarterfinal!

While there is no German side left in the Champions League, there are still plenty of players with German ties in the compeition. The Man City duo of Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane are both German while Pep Guardiola managed Bayern Munich before moving to England.

City were knocked out Spurs in a game for the ages last night. L’Equipe tend to be very harsh with their ratings, but gave Mauricio Pochettino a 9/10 for this. We thought the Argentine did a decent job tactically, but perhaps not a 9/10 L’Equipe style one, and that the Llorente for Sissoko sub wasn’t the best one. His opposite number got just a 5.

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Liverpool 2-1 Spurs & LFC 2-0 Chelsea- Reds stay in hunt for title

Liverpool extended their unbeaten home league run at Anfield to 38 games after beating Spurs 2-1 and Chelsea 2-0 in successive home games. Just as it had been in the Merseyside derby, the Reds’ title hopes were brought back on track thanks to an error from the opposition goalkeeper- in this case Spurs’ World Cup winning French captain Hugo Lloris. The 32-year spilled Mo Salah’s header straight onto the body of teammate Toby Alderweireld, who was helpless as the ball deflected off him and back into goal. Continue reading Liverpool 2-1 Spurs & LFC 2-0 Chelsea- Reds stay in hunt for title

BVB player ratings vs Mainz 2019- Sancho and Burki star for Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund just about kept themselves in the race for the Bundesliga title with a 2:1 win over Mainz over the weekend. The win, while not as impressive as Bayern’s triumph over Dusseldorf, still ensured that BVB are just a point behind the Bavarians.

The ratings from Kicker show that England forward Jadon Sancho, who scored both of BVB’s goals, and Swiss goalkeeper Roman Burki, who made an amazing late triple save to deny the visitors, were the best Dortmund players on show. The worst were Diallo and Brun-Larsen, both of whom got 5’s for their showing.

A slightly improved performance from the 5:0 thrashing the week before, but perhaps not at the level that you’d want from a title-winning side at this stage of the season.

Thomas Delaney and Reus the best of the rest- they were also the players who covered the most distance for BVB in this game. Delaney had 13.4 km, while Reus did 12.75

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