Archive | August 12, 2015

UEFA’s Best Player in Europe top three nominees….

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez

Barcelona’s Uruguay forward Luis Suarez is on a three-man shortlist for UEFA’s Best Player in Europe award for 2014-15. Team mate and fellow forward Lionel Messi and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo are the other two players.

Chelsea doctor set to lose place on bench….

Eva Carneiro

Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro is set to lose her place on the bench for Sunday’s trip to Manchester City after criticism from manager Jose Mourinho. The Blues boss said his medical staff were “naive” for treating Eden Hazard during the 2-2 draw with Swansea. Carneiro will continue to be Chelsea’s first-team doctor but her role at the club will be significantly changed. She will no longer attend matches or training sessions. Carneiro will, however, continue to work with first-team players at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground.

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Ighalo’s goal is first of many to come….

Odion Ighalo

Watford striker Odion Ighalo says he will get even better after scoring a goal on his Premier League debut in Saturday’s 2-2 daw at Everton. The Nigerian, 25, helped Watford win promotion last season and is thrilled to be in the top flight. “Scoring my first Premier League goal was one of the moments I had waited for all my life,” he told BBC Sport. “I can do even better as long as I keep keep working hard, and I think my goal is the first of many to come.” Ighalo’s 83rd-minute-strike his put his side 2-1 up at Goodison Park and although Arouna Kone’s equaliser prevented it from being the wining goal, the 25-year-old is delighted with his first taste of life in the Premier League.

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Barcelona win 2015 UEFA Super Cup….

Barcelona v Sevilla

Substitute Pedro scored an extra-time winner as Barcelona won the UEFA Super Cup for a record-equalling fifth time after a nine-goal thriller in Tbilisi. Europa League winners Sevilla surprised the Champions League holders when Ever Banega netted a delightful free-kick. Lionel Messi scored two sublime free-kicks to put Barca 2-1 ahead before Rafinha and Luis Suarez made it 4-1. Jose Antonio Reyes, a Kevin Gameiro penalty and a Yevhen Konoplyanka goal forced extra time before Pedro struck. Barcelona’s first success in the competition since 2011 means they join Italian side AC Milan in winning it five times. Barca’s triumph means they have now won four trophies this year after winning the treble last season.