Connect with us

Sports

Barcelona’s Champions League clash with Napoli WILL take place at the Nou Camp

Published

on

barcelonas champions league clash with napoli will take place at the nou camp

Barcelona‘s Champions League clash with Napoli will be played at the Nou Camp after the Catalonia government confirmed it was safe for the match to take place.

The region has experienced the worst incidence of Covid-19 cases in Spain since the lifting of the national lockdown last month, with a daily increase of 944 cases reported at the end of July.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis last week called for the last-16 game to be moved to Portugal for safety reasons, describing the situation in the region as ‘critical’.  

Barcelona's Champions League clash with Napoli will take place at the Nou Camp on Saturday

Barcelona’s Champions League clash with Napoli will take place at the Nou Camp on Saturday

The Catalan government insisted the situation was better after an increase in Covid-19 cases

The Catalan government insisted the situation was better after an increase in Covid-19 cases

He said: ‘I hear a lot of perplexity and fear coming from Spain and they’re acting like nothing is wrong.

‘What does it take to say, “Don’t go to Barcelona but rather go to Portugal, Germany or Geneva?”

‘If they’ve decided to play the Champions League in Portugal and the Europa League in Germany, I think we can go to Portugal or Germany for the round of 16.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis had called for the game to be moved to Portugal

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis had called for the game to be moved to Portugal

‘I don’t understand why it should stay in a city that has a really critical situation.’ 

But Catalonia’s Public Health Secretary Josep Maria Argimon insisted the situation was ‘better’.

‘It is able to be played as scheduled,’ Argimon told Catalan radio station RAC1 as quoted by Diario Sport

‘The situation this week is better than it was last week.

‘The match can go ahead as it will be behind closed doors and we are following UEFA’s protocols, which are very strict. There will be a limit of 350 people in the stadium.’

The country's infection rate continues to rise with 5,000 new cases reported on Wednesday

The country’s infection rate continues to rise with 5,000 new cases reported on Wednesday

However, the country’s coronavirus infection rate is continuing to soar with 5,000 new cases reported on Wednesday.

The British government brought back its 14-day quarantine for travellers coming to the UK from Spain following the spike in cases after 10 people tested positive upon their return.

The Foreign Office has advised against all but essential travel to the country and Spanish officials have also warned a second wave could be imminent. 

But the match as got the all clear to go ahead with the winners set to face Bayern Munich or Chelsea in the quarter finals.

The first encounter between the two sides ended in a 1-1 draw with Barca’s Antoine Griezmann cancelling out Dries Merten’s opening goal.

The second leg will take place on Friday but Arturo Vidal will be missing for the home side after picking up a late red card in Naples. 

Dries Mertens gave Napoli the lead in the first leg before Antoine Griezmann levelled the score

Dries Mertens gave Napoli the lead in the first leg before Antoine Griezmann levelled the score

Powered by: Daily Mail

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sports

Seething Jose Mourinho refuses to comment on Newcastle’s late penalty

Published

on

By

seething jose mourinho refuses to comment on newcastles late penalty

Jose Mourinho would’ve liked to say a few more things in his interview following Tottenham Hotspur’s draw with Newcastle United on Sunday, but avoided a fine by keeping quiet. 

Newcastle were given a last minute penalty in yet another handball controversy, and Callum Wilson made it 1-1 at the death with their only shot on target in the whole game.  

‘If I want to give some money away I’ll give it to charity, not to the FA,’ Mourinho told Sky Sports. ‘So, I prefer not to comment.’

Jose Mourinho would not comment on a late controversial penalty given to Newcastle United

Jose Mourinho would not comment on a late controversial penalty given to Newcastle United

Jose Mourinho would not comment on a late controversial penalty given to Newcastle United

Another controversial VAR decision given against Eric Dier cost Tottenham the win on Sunday

Another controversial VAR decision given against Eric Dier cost Tottenham the win on Sunday

Another controversial VAR decision given against Eric Dier cost Tottenham the win on Sunday 

Andy Carroll latched onto a header from a late free-kick, and the ball came off Eric Dier’s arm. 

The Tottenham man was just inches away, and was facing in the other direction, however since his arm was in an ‘unnatural position,’ the spot kick was given after a VAR check. 

Spurs were deserving of the three points, but will have to settle for just one in another weekend full of goals and drama. 

After consulting VAR, referee Peter Bankes awarded the Magpies a controversial penalty

After consulting VAR, referee Peter Bankes awarded the Magpies a controversial penalty

After consulting VAR, referee Peter Bankes awarded the Magpies a controversial penalty

‘I don’t think about [the penalty], I think about my team’s performance,’ said Mourinho. ‘Very good. Really good performance. First half amazing, it should’ve been 4-0 easy, but Karl Darlow was fantastic and they managed to survive.’

Darlow made 10 saves during the game, and was the main man who kept his side in it. 

‘We kept them away from our box, and then we had a situation that we lost two points, but I’m not going to comment on it,’ said Mourinho. ‘I react during the game, but the game is finished and I don’t want to speak about it.’ 

Jose Mourinho was angered by the decision, storming into the tunnel before full time

Jose Mourinho was angered by the decision, storming into the tunnel before full time

Jose Mourinho was angered by the decision, storming into the tunnel before full time

The decision has not only angered Mourinho, but most football fans. Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher blasted the incident as ‘an absolute disgrace,’ saying that whoever is involved in the new ruling is ‘ruining football.’ 

The 2020-21 campaign has seen a handful of controversial decisions relating to penalties awarded for handball, with Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof and Crystal Palace’s Joel Ward already harshly punished this season. 

Mourinho was also clearly frustrated by an injury to Son Heung-min. The attacker has been sidelined ‘for a while’ with a hamstring trouble.

‘Son, he’s just the first [injury]. I imagine Tuesday another one, and Thursday another one, and maybe Sunday a couple more,’ the Spurs boss said. ‘This is the respect that Tottenham gets.’ 

Son Heung-Min suffered a hamstring injury in Tottenham's 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Sunday

Son Heung-Min suffered a hamstring injury in Tottenham's 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Sunday

Son Heung-Min suffered a hamstring injury in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Sunday

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

Continue Reading

Sports

Celtic 3-0 Hibernian: Neil Lennon’s side make it six wins in a row with comfortable win

Published

on

By

celtic 3 0 hibernian neil lennons side make it six wins in a row with comfortable win

For Celtic the final week of the transfer window threatens to be anxious and tetchy. More so, in the end, than a comfortable win over Hibernian.

Odsonne Edouard has his admirers in England. And while Scotland’s champions would prefer Aston Villa, Crystal Palace or Brighton to keep any bids to themselves, questions over the Frenchman’s commitment to the cause refuse to abate.

With ten-in-a-row on the line, selling their £9million talisman was unthinkable to supporters even before this clinical three-goal win racked up an eighth straight win. The sight of £5million striker Albian Ajeti pulling up after his fifth Celtic goal made it trickier still.

Celtic made it six wins in succession following a comfortable 2-0 win over Hibs at home

Celtic made it six wins in succession following a comfortable 2-0 win over Hibs at home

Celtic made it six wins in succession following a comfortable 2-0 win over Hibs at home

Callum McGregor set Neil Lennon's side on their way with a powerful strike early into the game

Callum McGregor set Neil Lennon's side on their way with a powerful strike early into the game

Callum McGregor set Neil Lennon’s side on their way with a powerful strike early into the game

Albian Ateji made it 2-0 with a comfortable rebound finish as Celtic eased their way to victory

Albian Ateji made it 2-0 with a comfortable rebound finish as Celtic eased their way to victory

Albian Ateji made it 2-0 with a comfortable rebound finish as Celtic eased their way to victory

MATCH FACTS 

Celtic (3-5-2): Barkas; Ajer, Duffy, Bitton; Taylor, McGregor (Soro 86), Brown (Ntcham 82), Christie (Turnbull 46), Frimpong; Ajeti (Edouard 37), Elyounoussi (Klimala 82)

Subs not used: Griffiths, Rogic, Ntcham, Bain, Elhamed 

Hibernian (3-5-2): Marciano; Hanlon, Porteous, McGinn; Doig (Stevenson 46), Newell, Gogic, Wright (Murphy 53), Boyle; Nisbet, Doidge (Mallan 83)

Subs not used: Gray,  Gullan, Hallberg, McGregor, Shanley, Barnes 

<!—->Advertisement

James Forrest will undergo a scan on an injury today and Ryan Christie will follow suit after limping from the fray at half-time. For Neil Lennon the loss of another key man might now be a bridge too far. Selling Edouard has suddenly become a whole lot harder.

Hibs were looking for their first win at Celtic Park in 10 years. And on paper this looked a decent chance to get it.

You couldn’t blame Jack Ross for going with the same starting eleven who drew 2-2 draw with Rangers last weekend.

Hibs don’t really *do* ten men behind the ball. And, despite edging their way through games, Celtic hadn’t quite looked themselves in attack or defence. The gamble of two up front – and a man less in midfield – worked for Jack Ross last weekend. Making it work at Celtic Park was always a big ask.

The absence of Edouard from Celtic’s starting line-up raised eyebrows and teed up inevitable speculation in the final week of the window.

A goal scoring hero in Latvia on Thursday, Mohammed Edyounoussi came in to form a new strike pairing with Ajeti.

Not quite himself in Riga, Edouard had to settle for a seat on the bench beside the lesser spotted Leigh Griffiths – back in the fold for the first time this season. The exile wouldn’t last long.

The concern with Ajeti from the start has been the Swiss striker’s fitness. Speaking to the BBC before the game Neil Lennon admitted the £5million striker had been nursed through games for fear of pushing him too far, too fast. Those fears were justified when Ajeti pulled up celebrating the fifth goal of his Celtic career after 36 minutes.

Edouard replaced him and if the Frenchman had any notion of Celtic entertaining interest from the likes of Aston Villa, Brighton or Crystal Palace this week Ajeti’s injury did him no favours on that score. It was hard for Peter Lawwell to countenance letting the unsettled fans’ favourite go anyway. Now? It might well be impossible.

Edouard arrived when Celtic were already 2-0 up. A Rangers rout of Motherwell ramped up the pressure before a ball was kicked. By and large, they responded.

McGregor's second goal of the season gave Celtic the lead after just seven-minutes

McGregor's second goal of the season gave Celtic the lead after just seven-minutes

McGregor’s second goal of the season gave Celtic the lead after just seven-minutes

The first goal came after seven minutes. Callum McGregor’s second goal of the season was a rasping low effort from 25 yards aided and abetted by all the time in the world to pick his spot.

Some teams go to Celtic Park, lose an early goal and crumble. Watched from the directors’ box by owner Ron Gordon you never felt that was happening to Hibs

There were great contests in every area of the pitch. Greg Taylor and Martin Boyle went at it hammer and tongs. Kevin Nisbet barely gave Shane Duffy a minute of peace. When the big Irishman misjudged a ball down the flank Nisbet’s cut back for Christian Doidge. The strike skimmed the junction of post and crossbar with a rising shot and Celtic survived, Martin Boyle saw a thumping, dipping long range shot dip just inches over the bar.

Shane Duffy slides in as he battles for possession with Hibs' Kevin Nisbet in the first-half

Shane Duffy slides in as he battles for possession with Hibs' Kevin Nisbet in the first-half

Shane Duffy slides in as he battles for possession with Hibs’ Kevin Nisbet in the first-half

In Jeremie Frimpong – a key man in Riga – Celtic always had a counter attacking threat. The former Manchester City academy player tortured Hibs left-back Josh Doig with his pace and energy. Predictably, he was involved when Celtic crafted a second after 35 minutes.

Christie skipped into the area and laid the ball square to Mohammed Elyounoussi after Frimpong left it. The Norwegian was in a tight spot and showed lovely footwork to prod the ball towards goal. Ofir Marciano dived full length to produce a fine save, but he couldn’t stop Ajeti slotting his fifth Celtic goal into the net.

For Celtic it was a costly strike in more ways than once. Ajeti’s game was cut short by what looked like a hamstring problem. Ryan Christie also tumbled to the ground at the same time and made way for £3.5million signing David Turnbull at half-time

Christian Doidge puts his head in his hands after missing an opportunity for the away side

Christian Doidge puts his head in his hands after missing an opportunity for the away side

Christian Doidge puts his head in his hands after missing an opportunity for the away side

Scotland boss Steve Clarke has already lost one Celtic player for the Euro 2020 play-off semi final in James Forrest. The further loss of Christie might be the last thing he needs.

Less surprising was replacement of Hibs full-back Josh Doig with the experienced Lewis Stevenson. To have any chance of a fightback the visitors had to find a way to shackle Frimpong and turn defence into attack. They also had to find a way to even things up in midfield where they were outnumbered.

The Edinburgh side had keeper Ofir Marciano to thank for keeping them in the contest. Nominally at least.

A third Celtic goal early in the second half would have killed them and, early in the second half, Celtic had chance after chance to score it.

Mohamed Elyounoussi wrapped up what was a comfortable Sunday afternoon win for Celtic

Mohamed Elyounoussi wrapped up what was a comfortable Sunday afternoon win for Celtic

Mohamed Elyounoussi wrapped up what was a comfortable Sunday afternoon win for Celtic

Ateji who signed in the summer from West Ham is the club's top scorer in the Premiership

Ateji who signed in the summer from West Ham is the club's top scorer in the Premiership

Ateji who signed in the summer from West Ham is the club’s top scorer in the Premiership

Marciano’s first heroic intervention came when he pushed a rasping low shot from Israeli international teammate Nir Bitton shot round the post. As Celtic laid siege to the Hibs half he then foiled the captain Scott Brown, David Turnbull and Callum McGregor with fine stops.

A persistent threat in the first half the visitors made do with scraps in the second. The introduction of on-loan Rangers winger Jamie Murphy failed to change the direction of play. Midfielder Joe Newell – excellent in the first half – blazed a couple of efforts over the bar. The best Hibs effort came from a thundering half-volley from Kevin Nisbet blocked bravely by Shane Duffy when Barkas failed – not for the first time – to command his area.

A Hibs goal would have teed up an interesting climax to the game. Yet Celtic removed the element of doubt with nine minutes to play, a delightfully weighted through ball from Turnbull allowing Elyounoussi to slide the third goal low into the net from 12 yards.

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

Continue Reading

Sports

Hoffenheim 4-1 Bayern Munich: Hansi Flick’s Bundesliga giants humiliated

Published

on

By

hoffenheim 4 1 bayern munich hansi flicks bundesliga giants humiliated

Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich suffered a devastating defeat to Hoffenheim on Sunday to end their 32-match unbeaten run in all competitions stretching back to last year.

Bayern, winners of the Super Cup against Sevilla after extra time on Thursday, had not lost since December 2019, and had gone 21 consecutive Bundesliga matches without defeat, winning their last 15. 

However, Bayern struggled without star players Robert Lewandowski and Leon Goretzka starting from the off, seeing Hansi Flick lose 4-1 in his 39th competitive game in charge of the club.   

Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich were beaten 4-1 by Hoffenheim at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena

Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich were beaten 4-1 by Hoffenheim at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena

Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich were beaten 4-1 by Hoffenheim at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena

Andrej Kramaric and Mu'nas Dabbur were both on the scoresheet for Hoffenheim on Sunday

Andrej Kramaric and Mu'nas Dabbur were both on the scoresheet for Hoffenheim on Sunday

Andrej Kramaric and Mu’nas Dabbur were both on the scoresheet for Hoffenheim on Sunday 

The Champions League winners were stunned against Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga

The Champions League winners were stunned against Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga

The Champions League winners were stunned against Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga 

The result comes just three days before Bayern face Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup Final, but all is to play for as Lucien Favre’s men also suffered a shock 2-0 defeat Augsburg on Saturday. 

The European champions conceded two goals in eight minutes as their usually solid defence collapsed under Hoffenheim pressure. 

Hoffenheim took the lead just 15 minutes into the game through a stunning set piece.

It was Ermin Bicakcic who found space in the very crowded 6-yard box to header home Hoffenheim’s corner.

Ermin Bicakcic (left) gave Hoffenheim the perfect start after opening scoring in 16th minute

Ermin Bicakcic (left) gave Hoffenheim the perfect start after opening scoring in 16th minute

Ermin Bicakcic (left) gave Hoffenheim the perfect start after opening scoring in 16th minute

Bicackic wheels away in celebration after giving the hosts lift-off in the Bundesliga clash

Bicackic wheels away in celebration after giving the hosts lift-off in the Bundesliga clash

Bicackic wheels away in celebration after giving the hosts lift-off in the Bundesliga clash

The German underdogs didn’t stop there as they punished another defensive error from Bayern just moments later.

After just 24 minutes Hoffenheim secured a two-goal advantage with Mu’nas Dabbur’s superb chip over Manuel Neuer.

There was, however, a quick VAR check for offside but the goal was given.

Bayern did manage to pull one back just before the halfway mark after a passage of sharp passing opened up the opportunity for Leroy Sane to find Joshua Kimmich.

The result put an end to Bayern's 32-match unbeaten run stretching back to last year

The result put an end to Bayern's 32-match unbeaten run stretching back to last year

The result put an end to Bayern’s 32-match unbeaten run stretching back to last year

Oliver Baumann dives to his left but can't do anything to deny Joshua Kimmich in 36th minute

Oliver Baumann dives to his left but can't do anything to deny Joshua Kimmich in 36th minute

Oliver Baumann dives to his left but can’t do anything to deny Joshua Kimmich in 36th minute

Sane provided a deep cross, which saw the ball end up with Kimmich – who curled it into the top right corner.

Nevertheless, Hoffenheim put the icing on the cake late on, with super-sub Ihlas Bebou ploughing down the right hand-side and laying off Andrej Kramaric. 

The 29-year-old took a touch before guiding the ball into to the corner to put another one past deflated Manuel Neuer. 

Kramaric went on to bring his Bundesliga tally up to five goals already this season – after only two games – by scoring Hoffenheim’s final goal from the penalty spot.  

Hansi Flick shows his frustration during the 4-1 loss in his 39th competitive game in charge of

Hansi Flick shows his frustration during the 4-1 loss in his 39th competitive game in charge of

Hansi Flick shows his frustration during the 4-1 loss in his 39th competitive game in charge of

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2020 DiazHub.