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FC Copenhagen boss Stale Solbakken believes Anthony Martial DIVED to win the decisive penalty

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FC Copenhagen manager Stale Solbakken admitted his players should have taken a leaf out of Anthony Martial‘s book and gone down easier in the penalty area during Monday’s Europa League quarter-final defeat against Manchester United.

Martial won the decisive penalty in the first-half of extra-time when he went down under the challenge of Copenhagen defender Andreas Bjelland, with Bruno Fernandes converting what proved to be the match-winning spot kick.  

However, while Solbakken was proud of his players, he took a swipe at French forward Martial for not staying on his feet, even adding that his players could have been smarter at points in the match and followed suit.  

Anthony Martial went down under the challenge of Andreas Bjelland to win the penalty

Anthony Martial went down under the challenge of Andreas Bjelland to win the penalty

Anthony Martial went down under the challenge of Andreas Bjelland to win the penalty

FC Copenhagen boss Stale Solbakken felt as though his players could have gone down easier

FC Copenhagen boss Stale Solbakken felt as though his players could have gone down easier

FC Copenhagen boss Stale Solbakken felt as though his players could have gone down easier

‘If my players had been a little bit more clinical they could have gone down and got a penalty,’ Solbakken told beIN SPORTS

‘You can’t encourage them to go down. It’s a fine balance between being too honest. I don’t think Martial tried to stay on his feet for too long. But that’s life and it can be given. 

‘This game is not about penalties. This game is about a Scandinavian team with players who have never played at this level, and make a real performance and it’s quite a good 90 minutes.

‘United win because they win the first 15 minutes of extra-time.’ 

Martial won the penalty which was converted by Bruno Fernandes to send Man United through

Martial won the penalty which was converted by Bruno Fernandes to send Man United through

Martial won the penalty which was converted by Bruno Fernandes to send Man United through

Martial was praised after the quarter-final victory for his performance, with Owen Hargreaves describing him as ‘a Ferrari – he just looked like a £100million player.’

His BT Sport colleague, Paul Scholes, added: ‘He’s turning into a No 9 more and more every game I watch. 

‘He’s normally a brilliant finisher but tonight the finishing wasn’t quite there.’  

Owen Hargreaves was full of praise for Martial in the BT Sport studio, hailing his recent form

Owen Hargreaves was full of praise for Martial in the BT Sport studio, hailing his recent form

Owen Hargreaves was full of praise for Martial in the BT Sport studio, hailing his recent form 

Completing a trio of Martial admirers in the studio, former United striker Robin van Persie said: ‘Martial always haw an eye for his team-mates and that’s what sets him apart from the others. 

‘That’s why I think he’s a world class player.’

United’s victory means they will face either Wolves or Sevilla in the one-legged semi-final on Sunday night in Cologne. 

Martial's form has been unstoppable since football resumed, scoring eight goals in 13 games

Martial's form has been unstoppable since football resumed, scoring eight goals in 13 games

Martial’s form has been unstoppable since football resumed, scoring eight goals in 13 games

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From Tranmere to Madrid! Former Rovers youngster Marvin Park makes his Real debut

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It may have been an underwhelming season opener for Real Madrid, but Los Blancos‘ goalless draw with Real Sociedad won’t be forgotten in a long time for Marvin Park, as the youngster made his Madrid debut.

The 20-year-old academy product came off the bench to replace Rodrygo with 20 minutes remaining as Zinedine Zidane‘s side looked to break the deadlock at the Reale Seguros Stadium.

Park’s senior appearance caps a remarkable journey in which the Spanish youngster came through the ranks of a number of clubs before finding a home at Real Madrid, including Tranmere Rovers.

Former Tranmere Rovers academy player Marvin Park (R) has made his debut for Real Madrid

Former Tranmere Rovers academy player Marvin Park (R) has made his debut for Real Madrid

The 20-year-old Spaniard was introduced by Zinedine Zidane with 20 minutes remaining

The 20-year-old Spaniard was introduced by Zinedine Zidane with 20 minutes remaining

The midfielder joined Rovers’ youth academy as a nine-year-old in 2009, and spent three years in the North West before returning to Spain and playing for Ciutat de Palma. 

He then went onto develop at La Salle and Jonquet Penya Arrabal before Madrid snapped up the youngster in 2016, and Park has flourished at Los Blancos ever since. 

Park, who has represented Spain at U19 level, was born in Spain to a Nigerian father and South Korean mother, and barring his stint in England with Tranmere, has spent his life in Spain. 

The 20-year-old was unable to make the difference for Zidane’s side, though, with Madrid’s title defence getting off to a steady start with a point at Sociedad. 

Los Blancos had a mixed 2019-20 campaign, winning LaLiga ahead of arch rivals Barcelona, but they crashed out of the Champions League to Manchester City in the Round of 16. 

Park was unable to break the deadlock as Madrid drew 0-0 with Real Sociedad on Sunday

Park was unable to break the deadlock as Madrid drew 0-0 with Real Sociedad on Sunday

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Angry words between Kieran Gibbs and Seamus Coleman caught on camera

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There weren’t many cool heads as Kieran Gibbs received a red card in Everton‘s thrashing of West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon. 

Gibbs was sent off after catching James Rodriguez with a raised arm, and then had an angry exchange of words with Seamus Coleman as he was walking off the pitch.

‘I’ll f****** do it again,’ said Gibbs, walking past a group of Everton players, and the Toffees captain took exception.  

Kieran Gibbs received a red card for violent conduct in West Brom's defeat to Everton

Kieran Gibbs received a red card for violent conduct in West Brom’s defeat to Everton

‘No you won’t do it again,’ Coleman retorted. ‘Who are you talking to, you’ll do it again? Hard man… f****** hard man.’

It all started when there was controversy as Rodriguez gave Gibbs a shove by the touchline with the Albion defender reacting by catching him in the cheek with a raised arm.

Rodriguez milked it with a roll and clutch of the face and Gibbs was dismissed.

As he left the pitch, Gibbs had a heated exchange with Everton captain Seamus Coleman

As he left the pitch, Gibbs had a heated exchange with Everton captain Seamus Coleman

Gibbs had received a shove from James Rodriguez, and responded by raising his arm

Gibbs had received a shove from James Rodriguez, and responded by raising his arm

Bilic argued with Dean when they walked off and was given a red card himself, but later admitted his player ‘had given the referee no choice’ and said Gibbs would have been better falling to the ground himself. 

Everton ended up winning the game 5-2, leaving the Baggies rooted to the bottom of the table having conceded eight goals in their first two games back in the Premier League. 

Meanwhile Everton spent the night at the top of the table, but have now been leapfrogged by Leicester City after their own big win on Sunday. 

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Dean Smith thinks Aston Villa’s last-gasp survival last season was divine intervention

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Dean Smith believes divine intervention may have kept Aston Villa in the Premier League as he reflected on the lucky escape they had against Monday night’s opponents Sheffield United.

When the sides met at Villa Park in June, the Blades were denied a goal because Hawk-Eye failed to spot that Oliver Norwood’s free-kick had been carried over the goal-line by Orjan Nyland. 

As a result, referee Michael Oliver received no alert to his watch or earpiece. The game ended 0-0 and Villa eventually stayed up by a point.

Dean Smith led Aston Villa to narrow Premier League survival last season on the final day

Dean Smith led Aston Villa to narrow Premier League survival last season on the final day

Dean Smith led Aston Villa to narrow Premier League survival last season on the final day

Villa face Sheffield United on Monday, bringing back memories of their June clash last term

Villa face Sheffield United on Monday, bringing back memories of their June clash last term

Villa face Sheffield United on Monday, bringing back memories of their June clash last term 

VAR failed to spot that Orjan Nyland had carried the ball over the line, costing the Blades a win

VAR failed to spot that Orjan Nyland had carried the ball over the line, costing the Blades a win

VAR failed to spot that Orjan Nyland had carried the ball over the line, costing the Blades a win

Smith’s father Ron, a lifelong fan who worked as a steward at Villa Park, died in May aged 79 after contracting Covid-19, and the Villa boss revealed: ‘I am not really one for religion or anything like that but my dad had just passed away. 

‘His old steward’s jacket was in the Holte End and he had a thing about watches. So maybe he just wanted to play a bit of a trick that day.

‘It is one of those one in a million things. It had never failed before. People can say what they want about the goal but we stayed up on merit and there were many goals chalked off which shouldn’t have been. 

‘VAR was certainly contentious for Villa last season.’

Smith's father had just passed from COVID-19 and the Villa boss believes he helped them out

Smith's father had just passed from COVID-19 and the Villa boss believes he helped them out

Smith’s father had just passed from COVID-19 and the Villa boss believes he helped them out 

Since avoiding relegation, Villa have brought in four players and tied captain Jack Grealish to a new five-year contract.

One of the arrivals, goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, is expected to make his debut on Monday night after joining the club from Arsenal for an initial £16million.  

‘He’s a player who finished the season really well with Arsenal,’ Smith said. 

‘He wanted a fresh challenge and we’ve got a situation where Tom Heaton isn’t fit for the start of the season.’

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