Mohamed Salah misses reflect Liverpool forwards loss of edge | Jonathan Wilson

The solidity of Jrgen Klopps team in defence has come at a cost in attack and against Everton they passed up five decent chances in a draw that kept them off the top Another Sunday away against a local rival, another goalless draw, and another point that will either be what ended up winning Liverpool the league or that ended up costing them the title. Thats the problem with games like these: it can never be said an away point in such an environment is a bad result, but equally too many of such outcomes could be costly. And again there is the underlying thought that something has gone wrong with the forward line, that just when Liverpool could have …

Sadio Man and Virgil van Dijk take Liverpool past Bayern Munich

Sadio Man scored twice, either side of a Virgil van Dijk goal, to give Liverpool a 3-1 win at Bayern Munich and put them into the last eight It was a night when Liverpool reminded themselves why a banner can be seen at their games to proclaim European football royalty. And, finally, when the action was over, Jrgen Klopp was running across the pitch to pump his fists towards the Liverpool supporters in the highest tier of this spectacular stadium. His players could celebrate a hugely satisfying night of mature and controlled football and, for the first time since 2009, the Premier League had four teams in the quarter-finals. Not that Liverpools euphoria at the final whistle was, in any …

Stabbed Manchester United fan recovering after surgery in Paris

The Manchester United fan stabbed on Wednesday night in Paris may be able to return home at the start of next week United knocked Paris Saint-Germain out of the Champions League last 16. United have been in contact with his family and are monitoring the situation. A club spokesperson said: We were shocked to hear about the incident with one of our fans who was stabbed while in Paris for the Champions League game. Everyone at the club wishes him well during his recovery. The supporter is being treated at the Hpital Europen Georges-Pompidou in Paris and the Foreign Office is in contact with the French authorities regarding the incident.

‘Against all odds’: Women’s football — a vision for the future

(CNN)As the manager for the Afghanistan Women’s National Football Team, I’ve seen the remarkable drive that women and girls have to play football. If women will go to those lengths to play football, we can only imagine how the women’s game will develop under the right global conditions. Men’s football may have a 111-year head start, but with the required shifts in culture and governance, the women’s game will explode. READ: FIFA investigates Afghan football body over women’s team abuse READ: Death threats and football — how Khalida Popal escaped the Taliban A change in perspective — football is football Ballon d’Or winner shines despite sexism gaffe In many clubs, academies and federations globally, the women’s game is a “tick …

LA Galaxy unveil statue of David Beckham at MLS opener

Major League Soccers past, present and future all converged at on Saturday night as the Galaxy paid tribute to their former captain Major League Soccers past, present and future all converged at on Saturday night. One of the most prominent events of the opening day of the leagues 24th season was the LA Galaxy unveiling a statue of David Beckham before their 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire. Beckham played six seasons with the Galaxy and led them to two championships. Beckhams signing gave higher prominence to the league internationally as more high-profile players arrived and fan interest increased. No doubt our league wouldnt be what it is today if David didnt make that decision, MLS commissioner Don Garber said …

Aubameyang atones from spot to help Arsenal leapfrog Manchester United

Granit Xhaka and a penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Arsenal a 2-0 win over Manchester United to go fourth in the Premier League After the the euphoria of Paris Manchester United tasted Premier League defeat for the first time under Ole Gunnar Solskjr. This topsy-turvy season continues to confound and, as the dust settled, the fight for third and fourth places in the top-flight table could not be more tantalisingly poised. Arsenal had been abject in the 3-1 defeat in France on Thursday in the first leg of the Europa League last 16 but they found a way to maintain their imposing form at the Emirates Stadium. It was not a vintage display but one in which they laboured for …

Birmingham City fan who assaulted Jack Grealish is jailed for 14 weeks

Birmingham City fan Paul Mitchell, who assaulted Aston Villas Jack Grealish during Sundays derby match, has been sentenced to 14 weeks in prison Birmingham City fan Paul Mitchell, who and Manchester Uniteds Chris Smalling on Sunday the latest in a long line of incidents this season, including racist abuse and anti-semitic chants as well as fighting among rival fans. Taylor said the attack on Grealish was disgraceful and cowardly and called on the FA to work with the government, police and stewards to help stamp out such incidents. We have seen an increase in such behaviour at clubs this season, he added. Its been racist abuse, its been anti-semitism and now its real fear for the safety of players. Jack …

Manchester United floor PSG as Marcus Rashfords late penalty caps comeback

Marcus Rashford scored a contentious stoppage-time penalty to complete a stunning comeback as Manchester United overcame a two-goal deficit to reach the Champions League quarter-finals So, where does this register in the list of spectacular European nights for Manchester United? Very high, presumably, judging by the scenes of euphoria after Marcus Rashfords decisive penalty, deep into stoppage time, and the victory run at the final whistle when every single player, pursued by a small army of backroom staff, was haring towards the away supporters to celebrate. If Ole Gunnar Solskjr has not already secured himself the job on a full-time basis, surely the announcement must be soon. He had told us there was no such thing, in the world of …

How a painting helped Gianluigi Buffon cope with depression

(CNN)One of the perks of being a news anchor is the unexpected conversations you have with fascinating people in unique circumstances. But every now and then, you find yourself in a situation that’s truly unforgettable. Buffon and his love for Borussia Mönchengladbach Ever the gentleman, Buffon is more than happy to oblige the barrage of selfie requests. From the corner of my eye, I can see a pair of young girls standing in the corner debating whether or not they should approach as Buffon wraps up his assessment of Gustav Courbet’s “The Painter’s Studio.” I signal to them to head over and they shyly approach. “Where are you from?” Buffon asks as he bends down to fit into the Instagram …

Man and Firmino lead Liverpools 4-2 win over Burnley to keep City in sight

Liverpool kept the gap behind the Premier League leaders, Manchester City, to a point with a 4-2 win against Burnley with two goals each from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Man It would be too simplistic to say Liverpool responded to the test of nerve set by Manchester City. Jrgen Klopps contenders have been doing that since the first day of this enthralling title race. This was a test of nerve, quality and composure set by Burnley, the match officials plus the elements and they delivered on all counts to remind the champions that, as Klopp defiantly put it, nobody gets rid of us. Liverpool remain on Citys shoulder courtesy of an impressive but far from routine home victory over Sean …

Prince William: Football’s mental health approach a ‘dereliction of duty’

(CNN)The Duke of Cambridge, who is the English Football Association’s President, has criticized professional clubs in England, accusing them of failing to take the mental health of their players seriously. “If we’ve got to change anything, we’ve got to change the whole way we look after players. “Many players come from difficult backgrounds and may have all sorts of issues going on. He added that clubs were often guilty of treating players as little more than “financial assets”, with young players “not given the key building blocks or support.” READ: Ex-footballer pushes for a “mental health revolution” after multiple suicide attempts A 2015 study organized by the World Players’ Union FIFPro showed that 38% of players and 35% of former …

Solskjrs promotional video hints at permanent Manchester United role

Ole Gunnar Solskjr has revealed he filmed a promotion for Manchester United season tickets and admitted it would be strange not to be made permanent manager having done so Ole Gunnar Solskjr has revealed he filmed a promotion for next seasons Manchester United season tickets and admitted it would be strange not to be made permanent manager having done so. The 46-year-old is in interim charge until the summer and is keen to continue beyond that. He is unbeaten in the Premier League going into Saturdays match at home to Southampton. Asked whether it was strange to do promotional work, Solskjr said: Itll be stranger to see yourself in the video if youre not here but no its not strange …

Romelu Lukaku strikes twice as Manchester United beat Southampton

Romelu Lukakus late winner secured a thrilling 3-2 victory for Manchester United over Southampton at Old Trafford Ole Gunnar Solskjrs 10th win in 12 Premier League games did not come without a scare Manchester United trailed at the interval to Yan Valerys stunning strike and had to overcome spirited resistance when Southampton fought back to 2-2 late in the second half but two goals from a rejuvenated Romelu Lukaku kept their revival on the road. Paul Pogba missed the chance to give the scoreline a flattering gloss when he saw a stoppage-time penalty saved, though going down to four goals would have been very hard on a spirited Southampton. Romelu is a quality striker with a goalscorers instincts, Solskjr said. …

As Emiliano Sala’s family grieves his transfer provides glimpse into football’s ‘arms race’

(CNN)A Facebook photograph shows a black dog sitting in a house, looking toward a clump of trees as the sun starts to set. It’s a picture that leaves a sense of a dog waiting patiently for its owner to return. When asked by CNN if the demand for payment was true, Nantes said that this particular paragraph in a report published by French newspaper France Ouest, was accurate. They did not elaborate when asked by CNN. “FC Nantes indeed contacted Cardiff to know what their intentions were, suspecting the Welsh club to save time. Nantes asked two lawyers to study the possible legal recourses to force Cardiff to honor the payment of the Emiliano Sala transfer and it is also …

Struggling football fans everywhere can take heart from Oystons ousting | Daniel Taylor

Blackpool supporters can finally talk of Owen Oyston in the past tense, which may just offer hope to those at Charlton, Coventry and elsewhere with inadequate or reviled owners That was a belter of a line from Lieven De Turck, representing the always bewildering Roland Duchtelet at a forum of Charlton Athletic supporters a few nights ago, when the man reputedly in charge of trying to sell the club floated what viewers of Blackadder might recognise as the cunning plan option. He didnt put it in those terms, of course, but equally Im not even sure Baldrick would have come up with something quite so brilliantly harebrained as standing up in front of a room of already exasperated football fans …

Emiliano Sala: Body seen in wreckage in search for missing footballer

(CNN)A body has been seen in the wreckage of the plane which was carrying missing footballer Emiliano Sala, the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has said. In a statement issued on Monday, the AAIB said: “The remotely operated vehicle (ROV) carried out a further search of the area overnight, but did not identify any additional pieces of wreckage. “Tragically, in video footage from the ROV one occupant is visible amidst the wreckage.” The AAIB added that the image showed the rear left side of the fuselage — the main body of the aircraft — and part of the registration. “We intend to publish an interim report within one month of the accident occurring,” it said. READ: Wreckage from missing …