LONDON: Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri insisted goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga's refusal to be substituted was a "misunderstanding" even if the Spaniard should have showed more respect towards his boss as Manchester City retained the League Cup on penalties. Manchester City's player celebrate after winning the English League Cup final football match against Chelsea. (Source: AP Photo/Alastair Grant) The Italian tried to replace the world's most expensive goalkeeper with Willy Caballero towards the end of a cagey 120 minutes that ended 0-0. Kepa had received treatment for an injury in the final stages and Sarri said he believed he was suffering from cramp until later informed otherwise by the club doctor. "It was a big misunderstanding because I understood he had cramp so I didn't want the goalkeeper to go to penalties in that physical condition," said Sarri. "I realised the situation after only three or four minutes when the doctor came to the bench." City goalkeeper Ederson … [Read more...] about Man City win League Cup final marked by Chelsea keeper controversy
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Former world number ones Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep won their opening rubbers as the Fed Cup clash between defending champions Czech Republic and Romania ended 1-1 on Saturday's opening day. Victory salute: Simona Halep celebrates after seeing off Katerina Siniakova. (Photo: AFP/Michal CIZEK) Pliskova, her country's top player in the absence of world number two Petra Kvitova, swept past Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-1, 6-4 before Halep disposed of Katerina Siniakova 6-4, 6-0 to bring Romania level. The wins set up a mouthwatering clash between Pliskova, ranked five in the world, and number three Halep on the indoor hard courts of Ostrava on Sunday. "I'm excited but I can't afford to get over-excited," said Australian Open semi-finalist Pliskova, who is hoping to inspire the Czechs to an 11th successive appearance in the last four of the Fed Cup. Her caution is understandable as she trails Halep 6-2 in career meetings. However, Pliskova won their last clash on clay in Madrid in … [Read more...] about Former number ones Halep, Pliskova off to winning Fed Cup starts
Ali on target as Qatar stun Japan to win first Asian CupThe Saigon Times Daily Qatar's Ali Afif, Almoez Ali and team mates celebrate winning the Asian Cup at Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates February 1, 2019 – PHOTO: REUTERS ABU DHABI (REUTERS) - Almoez Ali scored with a spectacular overhead kick for a record ninth goal of the Asian Cup to set Qatar on their way to a first continental title with a stunning 3-1 win over four-times champions Japan on Friday. Ali’s early goal took him past Ali Daei’s 1996 tally and, combined with a 27th-minute strike from Abdulaziz Hatem and a late Akram Afif penalty, helped the Qataris make an emphatic statement ahead of their hosting of the 2022 World Cup. Sudan-born Ali’s record goal came after a protest by the host United Emirates FA into his eligibility to represent Qatar was dismissed by the Asian Football Confederation only a few hours before kickoff. Japan finally found a way through a … [Read more...] about Ali on target as Qatar stun Japan to win first Asian Cup
Barcelona's hopes of winning a fifth consecutive Copa del Rey were dented on Wednesday (Jan 23) as they were beaten 2-0 by Sevilla in the first leg of the quarter-finals. Sevilla's Sergi Gomez (left) fight for the ball with FC Barcelona's Malcom during a Spanish Copa del Rey football match. (Source: AP Photo/Miguel Morenatti) Lionel Messi was rested and Luis Suarez left on the bench as Kevin-Prince Boateng made his debut for Barca in a match that Sevilla might even have been disappointed not to win by more. Even so, Pablo Sarabia and Wissam Ben Yedder each scored in the second half at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan to leave their opponents facing an uphill task if they are to rescue next week's second leg. "We played a great game, it's a shame it doesn't settle the tie," said Sevilla coach Pablo Machin. "In Barcelona, anything can happen. They have turned around bigger defeats than this." Ben Yedder celebrated his goal by unveiling a t-shirt in support of Argentine striker … [Read more...] about Barcelona left with mountain to climb after cup defeat by Sevilla
Novak Djokovic ended a career-long jinx as he completed a matched set of Masters 1000 titles on Sunday (Aug 19) with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer in the Cincinnati final. Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns to Roger Federer of Switzerland during the final of the Cincinnati Masters. photo AFP The former world number one became the first man to win all nine of the ATP's elite Masters 1000 events since the ATP was formed in 1990. Federer, a seven-time champion in Cincinnati, lost a final in the hardcourt US Open tuneup for the first time. In addition, his streak of 100 straight unbroken service games in Cincy was ended by Djokovic in the seventh game of the first set. The 37-year-old Swiss had been aiming for a 99th career trophy, but was unable to get over the line due in part to four double-faults at the most inopportune of times. "Thanks for letting me win here once," Djokovic joked to Federer at the trophy presentation. "I didn't play my best tennis today, but I … [Read more...] about Djokovic downs Federer to win long sought Cincinnati crown
DUBLIN: Bryson DeChambeau birdied the second extra hole to beat South Korea's An Byeong-hun and capture the biggest title of his career on Sunday (Jun 3) at the Memorial. Bryson DeChambeau poses with the trophy after winning the The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images/AFP) DeChambeau, 24, thrust his arms skyward in no less than seven double fist-pumps after rolling in his winning 12-foot putt at the 18th hole at Muirfield Village. DeChambeau, An and Kyle Stanley had ended regulation play tied on 15-under par, but only after the two Americans each bogeyed the 72nd hole. Stanley, 30 was eliminated with another bogey on the first playoff hole - the 18th. An and DeChambeau returned to the 18th tee for the second playoff hole, with An's second shot coming to rest against a spectator's umbrella. After a free drop he found the green but DeChambeau settled things with his birdie effort, saying his second career US PGA Tour … [Read more...] about DeChambeau birdies second extra hole to win Memorial
WEMBLEY: Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insisted he is a "serial winner" after ending a difficult season on a high by beating Manchester United 1-0 to lift the FA Cup thanks to Eden Hazard's penalty at Wembley on Saturday (May 19). Manchester United's Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic (L) vies with Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard (R) during the English FA Cup final football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London on May 19, 2018. (Photo: AFP/Glyn Kirk) In what is still widely expected to be Conte's final game in charge, the Blues withstood a second-half onslaught from United after Hazard's 22nd-minute spot-kick to ensure Jose Mourinho's men end the season trophyless. A year on from winning the Premier League in his debut season in English football, Conte failed to even qualify Chelsea for the Champions League as they finished fifth in the Premier League. "I am the first to understand because I am the coach of an important club … [Read more...] about Hazard the hero as Chelsea hold firm to win FA Cup
This Saturday afternoon will be like no other in Vietnam. The national football team will be competing in the final of the Asian Football Confederation Under-23 (AFC U23) Championship, marking the first time ever a team from Southeast Asia has made it so far. Vietnamese fans started dreaming the unthinkable when the team made it to the semifinals, and many assumed it would be South Korea they'd be facing in the biggest game in the team's history. Yes, it had to be South Korea, the runner up of the AFC U23 last year. But just a few hours after Vietnam secured a ticket to the final with a dramatic win over Qatar on Tuesday, it was Uzbekistan's turn to surprise fans. It wasn't until that moment that Vietnamese fans, who had been celebrating their team's remarkable cup run that led them becoming the first in Southeast Asia along with Malaysia to reach the quarterfinals, started looking at what Uzbekistan has achieved so far in this tournament. Uzbekistan knocked out 2017 champion … [Read more...] about Vietnam vs Uzbekistan: Can will to win stun attacking intent in U23 Asian Cup final?
This Saturday afternoon will be like no other in Vietnam. The national football team will be competing in the final of the Asian Football Confederation Under-23 (AFC U23) Championship, marking the first time ever a team from Southeast Asia has made it so far. Vietnamese fans started dreaming the unthinkable when the team made it to the semifinals, and many assumed it would be South Korea they'd be facing in the biggest game in the team's history. Yes, it had to be South Korea, the runner up of the AFC U23 last year. But just a few hours after Vietnam secured a ticket to the final with a dramatic win over Qatar on Tuesday, it was Uzbekistan's turn to surprise fans. It wasn't until that moment that Vietnamese fans, who had been celebrating their team's remarkable cup run that led them becoming the first in Southeast Asia along with Malaysia to reach the quarterfinals, started looking at what Uzbekistan has achieved so far in this tournament. Uzbekistan knocked out 2017 champion … [Read more...] about Vietnam vs Uzbekistan: Can will to win overcome attacking intent in mouthwatering cup final?
Vietnamese footballing history has been rewritten by the country's U23 team, which secured a place in the final of the Asian Football Confederation Under-23 (AFC U23) Championship on Tuesday thanks to a dramatic victory over Qatar. With a 4-3 penalty shootout win after added time locked at 2-2, the team once again surprised Asian football fans, becoming the first Southeast Asian country to enter the final of the championship. The Qatari team, which had won all its previous matches in the tournament, opened the scoreboard with a successful penalty in the first half. Vietnam however equalized halfway through the second half with a goal from Nguyen Quang Hai, the hero of the team's victory over Australia in the group stage. The last few minutes of the second half saw Qatar take the lead, before Hai once again scored the equalizer for Vietnam to bring the match to extra time, which ended goalless. In the penalty shootout, the Vietnamese team emerged victorious after successfully … [Read more...] about Vietnam storms to U23 Asian Cup final after beating Qatar on penalties