Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski used a rather public forum to announce his wife was pregnant. The 28-year-old scored a free-kick in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid, and as a celebration stuck his thumb in his mouth and put the ball under his shirt. “It was always my dream to announce out on the pitch that my wife is pregnant,” he said. “The goal was for her and the baby in her belly. We are very happy.”
Nigeria’s women’s team are continuing to refuse to leave a hotel in Abuja until they are paid allowances and bonuses for winning the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations. The Super Falcons, who clinched their eighth African title on Saturday with a 1-0 win over hosts Cameroon, are protesting over the Nigeria Football Federation’s failure to pay them $23,650 USD per player for their success. “The plan is to stay here until we all receive the money because the moment we leave there will be no opportunity to get it again.” The protest began on Tuesday.
Borussia Monchengladbach defender Alvaro Dominguez has retired at the age of 27 through injury. The former Atletico Madrid player, who won two Spain caps, had not played for a year because of a series of injuries. He said on social media he had “tried everything to get fit again”. Coach Andre Schubert said: “His career ending early has affected us all deeply, he definitely could have still played at a very high level for a few years to come.”
After his strike against Borussia Monchengladbach last night, Lionel Messi now has 473 goals for Barcelona, drawing level in fourth place with the legendary Portuguese striker Eusebio (Benfica) for most goals scored at the same club.
The top four are:
Gerd Muller (Bayern Munich) 525
Jimmy McGrory (Celtic) 522
Uwe Seeler (Hamburg) 507
Eusebio (Benfica) and Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 473
The authorities in Bolivia have arrested the head of the airline involved in a crash last week that killed 71 people, including most of the Brazilian football team, Chapecoense. Gustavo Vargas, a retired air force general, has been detained as part of an investigation into the crash. The plane, operated by the tiny LaMia airline, was taking the team to Colombia when it ran out of fuel. A Bolivian official says she warned the pilot of the problem before departure.
Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman has been banned for two games for unsportsmanlike conduct during Sunday’s 2-0 derby win over Lazio. The 26-year-old, who scored the opening goal, started a fight when he squirted water at Lazio substitute Danilo Cataldi. Cataldi was sent off for grabbing the shirt of Strootman, who collapsed on the ground. The club will appeal against the ban which would rule him out of games with AC Milan and Juventus, the other two members of the top three.
Arda Turan scored a hat-trick in Barcelona’s 4-0 victory against Borussia Monchengladbach, with Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool squad watching. Turkey forward Turan also set up Lionel Messi for the first goal of the dead rubber Champions League match. He then scored a 17-minute second-half hat-trick, as Barcelona underscored their position as Group C winners.