Argentina’s Superclasico descended into chaos as five players were sent off in River Plate’s 1-0 off-season friendly win over Boca Juniors. Boca were down to eight men by the 78th minute, before River’s Jonathan Maidana, for headbutting Carlos Tevez, and Leonardo Pisculichi saw red. “Neither of us behaved well,” Tevez said referring to himself and Maidana. Pisculichi scored the winning goal from the penalty spot in the 17th minute after Tevez had handballed. League champions Boca also had two players sent off in the 4-2 defeat by Racing Club in Mar del Plata in midweek. “In four days, five sent off, in two matches, we must grow up,” the former West Ham, Manchester United and Manchester City forward added.
Manchester United have confirmed that goalkeeper Victor Valdes has joined Belgian side Standard Liege on loan until the end of the season. Congrats to Victor as he gets the chance to play football again.
Jose Mourinho’s camp have firmly denied claims that the former Chelsea manager wrote a six-page letter to Manchester United stating his case to become the club’s next manager. The Independent on Sunday claimed that former Chelsea manager Mourinho has sent United the letter in which he outlines why he would be a suitable fit for the position, which is currently occupied by under-pressure Dutchman Louis van Gaal. According to the report, Mourinho explains in the letter how he would be prepared to adapt his style of management to suit the demands at Old Trafford, and how he would seek to overhaul the squad. However Jorge Mendes, Mourinho’s agent, strongly denied the existence of the letter. “It doesn’t cross anyone’s mind that a manager such José Mourinho is writing letters to clubs, asking for a job,” said Mendes in a statement. “It’s ridiculous and absolutely nonsense.”
Defending champion Serena Williams will face Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open quarter-finals after both won their last-16 matches on Sunday. Top seed Williams, who beat Sharapova in last year’s final, crushed Margarita Gasparyan 6-2 6-1 in 55 minutes. The 34-year-old American is chasing her 22nd Grand Slam title and seventh in Melbourne. Sharapova, the 2008 champion from Russia, hit 21 aces as she battled to a 7-5 7-5 win over Swiss Belinda Bencic.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and his players celebrated Adam Lallana’s stoppage-time winner at Norwich so wildly that the German ended up breaking his glasses. Lallana struck in the 95th minute to seal a 5-4 win moments after Sebastien Bassong had equalised for the Canaries. Klopp was swamped by his players – and his trademark specs slipped off. “I have a second pair of glasses, but I can’t find them,” said Klopp. “It’s hard to find glasses without glasses.” Klopp has broken his glasses before during a match, with that pair residing in his former club Borussia Dortmund’s museum. “We won for the first time against Bayern Munich and Nuri Sahin (who once played for Liverpool on loan from Real Madrid) broke my glasses. Today it was Adam Lallana,” he added.