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Mikel Arteta hopes fit Arsenal squad will not repeat last season’s run-in

The Guardian Ed Aarons - 1 hour ago

Manager confident his ‘exceptional players’ will have learned from mistakes against Bayern when they face Aston VillaSuch is Mikel Arteta’s attention to detail that it surely will not have escaped him that this week’s thrilling 2-2 draw in the Champions League against Bayern Munich took place one year on from another topsy-turvy game that ended with the same scoreline.It now seems remarkable that 12 months ago the Arsenal manager was acknowledging Aaron Ramsdale’s crucial role in rescuing a point for his side against Liverpool despite leading 2-0 at half-time, with the goalkeeper producing a string of brilliant saves in stoppage time after Roberto Firmino’s late equaliser. “He was superb again today,” Arteta said. “You need your goalkeeper at Anfield.” Continue reading...

European football: Bayern sink Cologne to delay Leverkusen’s coronation

The Guardian Reuters - 10 hours ago

Tuchel’s side win 2-0 but lose Coman for Arsenal gameJuventus out of Serie A title race after draw with TorinoBayern Munich struck twice in the second half to earn a 2-0 win over Cologne and bounce back from two straight league losses, delaying Bayer Leverkusen the title for 24 hours at least. Xabi Alonso’s side are 13 points ahead and poised to wrap up their first championship with a win over Werder Bremen on Sunday.Bayern’s only hope of silverware this season rests with the Champions League and they host Arsenal on Wednesday in their quarter-final second leg, after the 2-2 draw in London last Tuesday. They suffered a serious injury blow against Cologne, however, with the winger Kingsley Coman taken off in the 50th minute and ruled out for several weeks with an adductor muscle injury. Continue reading...

How Xabi Alonso finally found the antidote to Bayer’s Neverkusen jibes

The Guardian Matt Ford - 11 hours ago

Leverkusen’s amazing season is approaching a coronation but the success has been years in the making, dating back to 1891Before Bayer Leverkusen’s recent German Cup semi-final against Fortuna Düsseldorf, the Ultras Leverkusen arranged a performance to celebrate the 90th birthday of the Bayer-Kreuz – the Bayer Cross, the 51-metre-diameter illuminated logo of Bayer pharmaceuticals that dominates the Leverkusen skyline.“Bright in the night over my roof,” read the golden letters across the upper tier of the BayArena. Below, a replica of the Bayer-Kreuz was plugged in, shining above a row of cardboard houses. Continue reading...

‘Incredible to be here’: Guardiola targets Premier League title after Luton victory

The Guardian Jamie Jackson at the Etihad Stadium - 12 hours ago

City manager also turns attention to Europe after 5-1 league win‘Whatever happens, we will give everything, with all our desire’Pep Guardiola said “the team is alive” and ready for Real Madrid’s visit for Wednesday’s Champions League quarter‑final second leg after watching Manchester City beat Luton 5-1.The tie is poised at 3-3 after the game at Real last Tuesday. Victory against Luton took the champions top of the Premier League by two points from Arsenal and Liverpool, who both play on Sunday. Continue reading...

Ryan Reynolds celebrates ‘ride of our lives’ as Wrexham seal promotion

The Guardian PA Media - 13 hours ago

Hollywood co-owner reacts as 6-0 victory sends Wrexham upStockport also celebrating promotion from League TwoRyan Reynolds has said that he and Rob McElhenney are having the “ride of our lives” following another Wrexham promotion.The Deadpool star, 47, co-owns the club with fellow Hollywood actor McElhenney. They previously secured promotion to League Two last year, and a 6-0 victory over Forest Green Rovers on Saturday means they will play in League One next season, as they cannot now finish below the top three automatic promotion places. Continue reading...

Who needs perfection? Why flawed City, Arsenal and Liverpool bring the drama | Jonathan Wilson

The Guardian Jonathan Wilson - 13 hours ago

This season’s title race is thrilling because all the contenders are imperfect. Sport is nothing without a sense of jeopardyIn Chad Harbach’s 2011 novel The Art of Fielding, the shortstop Henry Skrimshander is approaching the US college record for the most consecutive errorless baseball games when a throw inexplicably goes awry and hits a teammate in the dugout. At that, his confidence evaporates to the point that he can no longer execute the most basic skills; he gets the yips. What lingers from the novel, for me, is the crushing sense of pressure of having errors recorded like that, appearing even on the scoreboard, as though the sport had become less about the achievement of glory than about the avoidance of mistakes.Avoiding mistakes is good. Some people should be judged on the avoidance of mistakes. Postal workers, bus drivers, indexers, especially surgeons and air-traffic controllers, should carry on not getting things wrong. But sport? Shouldn’t sport be about actively creating something? Continue reading...

Fernandes double gives Manchester United fortunate draw at Bournemouth

The Guardian Ben Fisher at the Vitality Stadium - 13 hours ago

For Manchester United, is there a more damning indictment of their floundering state than the fact they have faced more shots than anyone else in the division this season? André Onana’s goal was peppered again here and they have now conceded a league-high 574 shots this season. The other teams at the top of that list? Sheffield United, Luton and Burnley, a trio mired in relegation trouble. It is so easy for sides to ruffle United and it is increasingly difficult to believe Erik ten Hag has the answers. Arguably the biggest club on the planet are a soft touch.Bruno Fernandes scored from both of United’s shots on target to prevent a humbling defeat at Bournemouth, his second goal courtesy of a contentious penalty, awarded after a deflected Kobbie Mainoo shot pinballed off Adam Smith’s arm. Dominic Solanke and Justin Kluivert struck either side of Fernandes’s first goal and Andoni Iraola’s swarming side thought they earned a stoppage-time spot-kick, only for VAR to rescue the teenager Willy Kambwala, unfortunately for him the star of the tragicomedy of Solanke’s opener, from further ignominy. Continue reading...

Bournemouth v Manchester United: Premier League – live

The Guardian Barry Glendenning - 14 hours ago

Updates from the 5.30pm BST kick-off at the Vitality StadiumGet in touch! Share your thoughts in an email to BarryNot long now: The players amble out on to the Vitality Stadium pitch, led by referee Tony Harrington and his team of match officials. Kick-off is just a few minutes away.Andoni Iraola: “We have the advantage of playing at home, but it is going to be difficult because they are a very good team with very good players,” says the Bournemouth manager in an interview with Sky Sports. “You have to keep the concentration over 100 minutes with them because if we make a mistake, normally they score.” Continue reading...

Championship roundup: Ipswich held but go top while Leeds suffer late defeat

The Guardian PA Media - 15 hours ago

Automatic promotion battle intensifies as Leeds beatenSouthampton hit last-gasp winner to stay in the chaseIpswich moved a point clear at the top of the Championship after a thrilling 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough at Portman Road.Ipswich went into the game looking to take advantage after seeing automatic promotion rivals Leicester beaten on Friday, but in a breathless first half the visitors took the lead through a header from Emmanuel Latte Lath. Town struck back 10 minutes later, though, when Massimo Luongo crashed home a corner. Continue reading...

Postecoglou laments ‘self-inflicted’ Tottenham defeat at Newcastle

The Guardian Louise Taylor at St James’ Park - 15 hours ago

Alexander Isak scores twice in 4-0 home win‘I was concerned with every aspect of our game’Ange Postecoglou suffered his heaviest defeat since taking charge of Tottenham last summer and warned that it was unlikely to be the team’s last setback.“I was concerned by every aspect of our game, a lot of it was self-inflicted,” said the Australian as Spurs lost 4-0 at Newcastle where the in-form Sweden striker Alexander Isak scored twice. Continue reading...

Hatate settles Celtic nerves to beat St Mirren and go four points clear

The Guardian PA Media - 16 hours ago

Reo Hatate scored his first goal for six months to kick-start Celtic’s 3-0 win over St Mirren. Hatate produced a classy finish as Celtic recovered from a slack and goalless first half to take ­control of the game early in the ­second period.Hatate has endured an injury-hit 12 months but he stepped up his ­comeback from calf problems by ­easing the tension around Celtic Park. Kyogo Furuhashi and Adam Idah also ­scored as the Premiership leaders moved four points ahead of Rangers, who have still to play twice before the split. Continue reading...

Manchester City’s Jérémy Doku and Josko Gvardiol complete Luton rout

The Guardian Jamie Jackson at the Etihad Stadium - 16 hours ago

As a tune-up for Real Madrid on Wednesday this victory that takes Manchester City top, at least until Arsenal and Liverpool play on Sunday, became better and better as the game aged.When Jérémy Doku’s jink past Fred Onyedinma caused the right wing-back to fell him in the area and claim a penalty, Manchester City were 2-0 ahead with 15 minutes left. Up stepped Erling Haaland to power the spot-kick in and the Norwegian, anonymous in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg 3-3 draw at the Santiago Bernabéu, had a confidence booster for the return. Continue reading...

Man City 5-1 Luton, Stockport and Wrexham promoted to League One: football – live

The Guardian Tom Bassam - 16 hours ago

Updates from the 3pm BST kick-offs across the leaguesGet in touch! Share your thoughts in an email to Tom Huge result in the Championship, struggling Blackburn have gone to Leeds and won. Sammie Szmodics (who else?) got the only goal. All eyes on Ipswich now, does anyone want to win the title?All over at St James’, all the reaction with Barry here: Continue reading...

Portsmouth’s League One promotion party on hold as Bolton fight for draw

The Guardian Dominic Booth at the Toughsheet Community Stadium - 16 hours ago

One more point. The last time Portsmouth were in the Championship, the Harry Potter films topped the box office, Fabio Capello was the England manager and Abu Kamara, Pompey’s goalscorer, was eight years old.Now one more point is all they need after a battling 1-1 draw at third-placed Bolton took them closer to a return to the second tier. A famous Fratton Park festival surely awaits, with Portsmouth hosting Barnsley on Tuesday. Continue reading...

Cunha brace salvages point for Wolves as Forest flirt with relegation

The Guardian Peter Lansley at the City Ground - 16 hours ago

Morgan Gibbs-White can score and create all he likes, celebrate with fingers in his ears to wind up his old club’s fans, but unless Nottingham Forest learn how to defend set pieces, they will lose control over their Premier League destiny.Matheus Cunha scored twice on his first start after two months out injured to earn Wolves a draw but in between Gibbs-White equalised in first-half stoppage time and then provided the driving run that led to Danilo giving Nuno Espírito Santo’s team the lead. Continue reading...

Frank Onyeka ends Brentford’s drought to nudge Blades closer to trapdoor

The Guardian John Brewin at the Gtech Community Stadium - 16 hours ago

Something had to give. Between them, Brentford and Sheffield United had played out a collective 16 winless matches. For Brentford the drought did not extend to 10 games, and they ended the day seven points clear of relegation with five to play. For the Blades, Oliver Arblaster’s unfortunate deflection of Mikkel Damsgaard’s cross before Frank Onyeka’s injury-time strike made it eight without a victory. The relegation trapdoor, and with it the prospect of starting a Championship season on minus two points, opens ever-wider.Where Sheffield United’s fate has looked sealed from early season, Brentford being among the strugglers has jarred when compared with their previous Premier League campaigns. A lack of victories has dragged them dangerously downwards. Quality performances against Manchester United, Brighton and Aston Villa yielded three draws. They have lacked the firepower to kill off opposition. Continue reading...

Muric own goal hands Brighton point at Burnley after Brownhill opener

The Guardian Will Unwin at Turf Moor - 16 hours ago

Arijanet Muric is on a one-man crusade to bring back football gaffe videos but he might need to pay Bart Verbruggen some royalties, too.Last week, Muric whacked a clearance against Dominic Calvert-Lewin to gift Everton three points and on Saturday he let a meek Sander Berge backpass under his foot to cost Burnley a much-needed victory. Continue reading...

Alexander Isak double leads Newcastle in thrashing of toothless Tottenham

The Guardian Louise Taylor at St James’ Park - 18 hours ago

At least it was not quite as bad as last year for Tottenham. Almost exactly 12 months ago, Antonio Conte’s interim managerial successor, Cristian Stellini, presided over a 6-1 defeat here that served to confirm things were seriously awry in north London and set in motion a chain of events concluding with Ange Postecoglou breathing new life into the team.The Australian’s rescue and reform act remains a work in progress but seemed to be generally working pretty nicely, until Tottenham suffered a relapse on Tyneside sufficiently severe to threaten their hopes of Champions League qualification. Continue reading...

Newcastle v Tottenham: Premier League – live

The Guardian Barry Glendenning - 19 hours ago

Updates from the 12.30pm BST kick-off at St James’ ParkGet in touch! Send Barry your thoughts in an email1 min: Tottenham get the ball rolling, their players a vision in – I’m going to say – mauve. Both sets opf players are wearing black armbands as a tribute to the late Joe Kinnear.Not long now: Referee Tim Robinson and his team of match officials lead both sets of players on to the St James’ Park pitch. The home side’s mascots are young members of the local deaf community, who got to meet Dan Burn and Kieran Trippier during the week and teach the two Newcastle players some sign language. Newcastle’s match shirts today boast the Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID) logo. Continue reading...

Emma Hayes recites poetry and chat with son after Eidevall calls her ‘irresponsible’ – video

The Guardian Guardian Staff - 19 hours ago

Emma Hayes quoted poetry and said she would follow advice she gave her son on how to avoid playground confrontations when asked on Friday about her touchline spat with Arsenal’s head coach, Jonas Eidevall. Hayes appeared to push Eidevall as they shook hands after Arsenal’s defeat of Chelsea in last month’s Continental League Cup final and accused him of “male aggression” – a comment criticised by the Swede on Friday as “very irresponsible”. “My son said to me after the game: ‘Mummy, when you push someone in school you’re asked to go and take time out.’ And I said to him: ‘You know what darling, you can’t meet aggression with aggression, all you can do is tell the teacher, all you can do is go and explain to the teacher why you think something’s unfair.’ “I said: ‘Even if the players go to the teacher, even if the parents go to the teacher, that’s all you can do. You cannot meet aggression with aggression.’ And I thought it was a really good conversation to have with my son after the final.”Hayes quotes poetry and chat with son after Eidevall calls her ‘irresponsible’ Continue reading...

Leicester tackle demons head on to boost shot at Women’s FA Cup final

The Guardian Suzanne Wrack - 22 hours ago

Leicester travel to Tottenham for a season-defining semi-final having endured a turbulent season off the field“It’s not the first time we’ve had a change in manager. We’re in ­football, it’s a business, it happens ­everywhere,” says the Leicester captain, Aileen Whelan, in a matter-of-fact way.“It’s just another day at work. The focus stays the same, at training, at the gym. It has been tough, don’t get me wrong, but that doesn’t take away from what we do at the weekend.” Continue reading...

Malmö Women’s new dawn offers hope as Nordic clubs reach crossroads

The Guardian Nick Ames in Malmö - 1 day ago

Europe’s balance of power has shifted and Malmö are among the clubs with a vision to return Nordic football to the topThe rain has let up in time for training and Malmö FF Women are going through their paces. Their session takes place at the club’s old ground but, on Saturday, their Elitettan campaign will begin yards away on the main Eleda Stadion pitch. It will be a special occasion: their first match in Sweden’s second tier after promotion, with about 2,000 fans looking on. They will face opponents who were once no strangers to a spot of glamour. Earlier this century few in Europe could rival Umeå IK, who won the Uefa Women’s Cup twice and were runners-up three times. Football has changed since their last final in 2008 and it would be a tremendous feat for any Swedish side, let alone Umeå, to hit those heights again.While the players train, Håkan Wifvesson is wrapping up an intense day of discussion. “We, the Nordic countries, have been the strongest in the world,” says Wifvesson, chairman of Malmö’s city rivals and multiple top-flight title winners Rosengård, to a packed room inside the modern stadium. “I think we have to make a new plan for how we’re going to get back to that position.” Continue reading...

Watching live as Haaland, Bellingham and Mbappé fluffed their lines was exhilarating | Barney Ronay

The Guardian Barney Ronay - 1 day ago

The world’s three best players had stinkers, but it did not detract from a pair of breathtaking Champions League gamesThis week I travelled 3,000 miles to watch the three best footballers in the world so you didn’t have to. All three of them were terrible. And it was great.The Champions League quarter-finals were great. The early morning budget airline flights worked. All four teams were excellent in different ways. Just being allowed to report on Real Madrid v Manchester City, followed by Paris Saint-Germain v Barcelona the next day, walking through those city spaces while four sets of fans had a moment in the spring sunshine was a privilege, and a reminder of the many good things that are still there – warmth, collectivism, open borders – all of this only slightly overshadowed by Islamic State saying it wanted to machine-gun everyone. Continue reading...

Leicester promotion hopes hurt as Bundu strike earns Plymouth victory

The Guardian PA Media - 1 day ago

Leaders Leicester missed the chance to move clear at the top of the Championship as they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat away at relegation threatened Plymouth, thanks to Mustapha Bundu’s 21st-minute winner.Second-placed Ipswich remain level on points with Leicester, with Leeds a point further back before their games on Saturday. All three clubs have four matches left to play. Managerless Argyle climbed to 16th on the back of their first home win in seven, under the caretaker management team of the director of football, Neil Dewsnip, and the first-team coach, Kevin Nancekivell, and now sit five points clear of the bottom three. Continue reading...

Guardiola says players are ready to push on despite Rodri’s plea for a rest

The Guardian Will Unwin - 1 day ago

‘We have done it before and know what we have to do’Manager says he will not pick players if they are tiredPep Guardiola says this season has been “one of the toughest” but that Manchester City’s experiences of winning trophies will negate tiredness within the squad, after Rodri admitted to needing a rest.City host relegation-threatened Luton on Saturday, giving them the chance to move top, for 23 hours at least, for the first time since early October, as they attempt to repeat last season’s treble. Guardiola’s side sit third, a point behind Arsenal and Liverpool, who each play on Sunday. Continue reading...

Mikel Arteta praises Gabriel Jesus’s toughness before Aston Villa showdown

The Guardian Ed Aarons - 1 day ago

Manager says striker reacts perfectly to being put on the benchGabriel Magalhães did not train and is a doubt for Sunday’s gameMikel Arteta has welcomed Gabriel Jesus’s response to being left out of the starting lineup against Bayern Munich in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final and praised the “toughness and character” the forward has shown in recent weeks.Jesus was a surprise omission against Bayern but came off the bench to set up the Leandro Trossard equaliser that gave Arsenal hope heading into Wednesday’s second leg in Germany. The Brazilian said before the first leg that he could not “remember the last day I played football without pain”, and admitted his participation in this summer’s Copa América was in doubt as he considers further surgery on a knee problem that has plagued him since the last World Cup. Continue reading...

Erik ten Hag bemoans Manchester United’s ‘huge’ bad luck amid struggles

The Guardian Jamie Jackson - 1 day ago

‘A lot went against us this season’Dutchman accepts responsibility ‘like a minister’ for strugglesErik ten Hag claims Manchester United have suffered huge bad luck but accepts that, like a government minister, he is held responsible for how his team perform.After last season’s Carabao Cup triumph and third-place finish, Ten Hag has had to contend with myriad problems. These include uncertainty regarding Mason Greenwood’s future, Jadon Sancho’s refusal to play, Antony’s off-field issue, serial injuries and the club’s state of flux owing to Sir Jim Ratcliffe becoming a part-owner at Christmas, then conducting a structural overhaul. Continue reading...

How Phil Foden has developed into Manchester City’s outstanding player

The Guardian Rob Draper - 1 day ago

Young midfielder was player of the match against Real Madrid and is now trusted by Pep Guardiola to be centre stageIf you weren’t an experienced Pep Guardiola watcher, you might have assumed there was something seriously wrong with Phil Foden’s spectacular goal at the Bernabéu on Tuesday night. Finger jabbing, face creased with aggression, Guardiola strode on to the pitch to clutch Foden’s face with such vigour that he not only squished Foden’s cheeks but made his ears flap. But that’s just Guardiola showing affection.Perhaps it is because he sees something of himself in Foden. Johan Cruyff would tell the story of looking for a technically skilful holding midfielder in the Barcelona reserves in 1990. “They told me this boy Pep was the best, so I looked for him in the B team but he didn’t play. I looked for him in the youth team but he didn’t play. Eventually I found him in the third team. I said to the coaches: ‘You said he was the best?!’ And they said: ‘Yeah, but physically …’ And I said: ‘He will grow.’” Citing the mantra that if you’re good enough, you’re big enough, Cruyff took Guardiola into the first team and made him the pivotal player of the team that won four successive La Liga titles and the 1992 European Cup. Continue reading...

Emma Hayes quotes poetry and chat with son after Eidevall calls her ‘irresponsible’

The Guardian Guardian sport and agencies - 1 day ago

Chelsea manager recites verses from Robert Frost Arsenal counterpart criticises ‘male aggression’ commentEmma Hayes quoted poetry and said she would follow advice she gave her son on how to avoid playground confrontations when asked on Friday about her touchline spat with Arsenal’s head coach, Jonas Eidevall.Hayes appeared to push Eidevall as they shook hands after Arsenal’s defeat of Chelsea in last month’s Continental League Cup final and accused him of “male aggression” – a comment criticised by the Swede on Friday as “very irresponsible”. Continue reading...

Premier League team news: predicted lineups for the weekend action

The Guardian Guardian sport - 1 day ago

Arsenal face a test of their title credentials at home to Aston Villa on Sunday after Manchester City host Luton on SaturdaySaturday 12.30pm TNT Sports 1 Venue St James’ Park Continue reading...

Football Daily | Not the greatest week for the self-proclaimed best league in the world

The Guardian John Brewin - 1 day ago

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Springtime in Dublin. And then Germany. Such was the schedule planned out for Jürgen Klopp, for Liverpool to glide to the Euro Vase final and celebrate nine years of Jurg greatness with a night down Copperface Jack’s, cuisine supplied by Abra Kebabra. All after swatting aside whatever meek Euro pretenders LFC met in the final. Xabi Alonso’s Leverkusen, hopefully, to show Xabi what he’s missing. Hotels have been booked across Ireland on 22 and 23 May for months, non-refundable, naturally.“With respect to Todd van Allen’s letter (Thursday’s Football Daily) – about Mark Ward’s letter – in which he notes that 1,056 pedants is ‘one less than the traditional 1,057 pedants’, can I be the first of 1,057 pedants to point out that it’s ‘fewer’, not ‘less’, pedants? Or is that too much pedantry even for the Football Daily?” – Christian Goldsmith (and 1,057 other pedants)“I was rather dismayed to read about Rangers’ pompous pronouncements concerning Dundee’s waterlogged pitch (Thursday’s Football Daily), but on reflection they may have a point. Surely attempts could have been made to mop up the inundated pitch water using some of Beanotown’s Dandy and Beano surplus? These soggy publications could then be sent on to Rangers for drying out and recycling, given the plentiful supply of hot air. Or perhaps some waste heat from the town’s numerous marmalade factories could be used to dry out Dundee’s goal areas. This would also have had the additional benefit of leaving the pitch smelling all orangey with a pleasant tang. Have Dundee expressed even a Golden Shred of regret for the situation?” – Steve Malone.“Every day for a long while I have followed the excellent Football Daily. It keeps me up to date, I feel well informed, and I love the humour. However, the final word or phrase, leaves me perplexed and confused. Am I missing out on something? Thursday’s SLUGGISH is the final straw. What’s the connection? Is there a connection? What is going on? Would love to know! Best wishes and long may you continue, explanation or not!” – D Foster. Continue reading...

Arteta, Ten Hag and Guardiola press conferences and more: football news – live

The Guardian Luke McLaughlin (now), Dominic Booth and John Brewin (earlier) - 1 day ago

Updates ahead of this weekend’s Premier League actionGet in touch! Send your thoughts to Luke on emailWest Ham were another Europa League casualty though that was little surprise at the hands of Europe’s most in-form team.David Moyes had this to say afterwards: Continue reading...

Chelsea top of Premier League table … for record £75m spend on agents

The Guardian Paul MacInnes - 1 day ago

Manchester City second at £60.6m over the course of yearPeriod to February 2024 includes past two transfer windowsPremier League clubs spent more than £400m on agents in the year to February 2024, with Chelsea handing over a record £75m to players’ representatives.Figures released by the Football Association show that Premier League clubs paid £409m to intermediaries from 1 February 2023 to 1 February 2024, which includes the past two transfer windows. Continue reading...

Rob Edwards: ‘If Luton stay up, I don’t want it to be because of deductions’

The Guardian Emma John - 1 day ago

Manager discusses bravery, his future at Kenilworth Road, and the moment that convinced him his team can surviveWhen Arsenal went top of the Premier League against Luton last week, it wasn’t their fans who were celebrating. Comfortable in their two-goal lead, the home crowd were slipping out before the end and the stadium was empty soon after the whistle. But not entirely. Clustered in the south-east corner, nearly 3,000 Luton fans stayed to serenade their beloved manager. Oh for someone who looks at you the way a Lutonian looks at Rob Edwards.It was Luton’s eighth Premier League defeat in 10 games and their 19th of the season. The Bedfordshire side sat 18th in the table, three points adrift of Nottingham Forest. And yet nothing can sour the love. “In this situation, if they turned, it would be really, really tough,” Edwards said after the game. “It gives me a lot of belief, that they’re with us.” Continue reading...

‘It’d mean the world’: Portsmouth close in on Championship return

The Guardian Ben Fisher - 1 day ago

With John Mousinho in charge, the whole city is ready to celebrate after 12 years out of the top two divisionsWhen Portsmouth celebrated promotion to the Premier League in 2003 and lifting the FA Cup in 2008 which, it later emerged, came at a crippling cost, Southsea Common played host to the party. Fans also gathered there to toast winning League Two in 2017, though at that point they did not anticipate spending quite so long in League One. At the seventh attempt, a return to the second tier after 12 years away is in full view, John Mousinho having quietly revived a club that had been stuck in a malaise. Victory at Bolton on Saturday would not only guarantee promotion but crown Pompey champions. As the kit man “Big” Kev McCormack, part of the furniture after 25 years of service, says, the feelgood factor is back.Among the thousands of supporters present for the open-top bus parades of yesteryear was Marlon Pack, the boy who grew up on the Buckland estate proud to say he is now the Portsmouth captain. “I was at the front waving a flag,” says the 33-year-old. Pack rejoined his boyhood club two years ago having been allowed to leave for Cheltenham as a teenager, initially on loan. Part of the deal for his return home included an unusual stipulation: a raft of season tickets for long-time Pompey-supporting family and friends. “That was one of my contract clauses when I signed, otherwise I would be losing money every week,” he says, smiling. “I think I did the club a favour because I was a little bit safe in my negotiations … I could have done with three-figures’ worth.” Continue reading...

‘This must feel bad and it does’: Jürgen Klopp rues Liverpool’s mental fatigue

The Guardian Andy Hunter - 1 day ago

Manager says his team must regain their intensity after shock defeat to Atalanta, beginning with Crystal Palace on SundayBarring another of the remarkable comebacks that have decorated Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool reign, his final European game at Anfield will have featured a flat performance and atmosphere, resignation to defeat and a divide between fans and club; everything, that is, that goes against the culture he has created over the past nine years. Rediscovering the spark and belief required to win a Premier League title, however, is the Liverpool manager’s more pressing concern.Liverpool hit a wall against Atalanta on Thursday that was not entirely of the Italian club’s making. That is to take nothing away from an exemplary display by Gian Piero Gasperini’s side, who demonstrated throughout a comfortable 3-0 victory why they are unbeaten in 11 Europa League away fixtures. Atalanta, sixth in Serie A, were clinical, tactically astute and commanding in defence against what was ultimately a four-man Liverpool attack. Their defensive organisation will be a formidable obstacle to Liverpool’s hopes of recovery next week in Bergamo, where Klopp’s team won 5-0 in a Champions League group game during the dark days of Covid in November 2020. Rhys Williams and Joe Gomez were Liverpool’s central defenders that night. But that was then. Continue reading...

Manchester City may renew Paquetá interest if betting case is dropped

The Guardian Jacob Steinberg - 1 day ago

West Ham playmaker was close to City move last summerTimeframe for resolution to FA investigation remains unclearManchester City are likely to capitalise on Lucas Paquetá’s desire to leave West Ham this summer, as long as the Football Association’s investigation into alleged betting breaches by the midfielder has been dropped before the transfer window shuts.Paquetá, whose contract is understood to contain an £85m release clause that becomes active in June, is keen to find a fresh challenge after two seasons at the London Stadium. The Brazil international was on the brink of joining City last summer, only for the FA’s inquest into suspicious betting activity to derail the transfer, and Pep Guardiola has not dropped his interest in the playmaker. Continue reading...

Slovakia’s latest pro-Russia turn brings Euro 2024 tie with Ukraine into focus | Barney Ronay

The Guardian Barney Ronay - 1 day ago

Slovakia has just elected a president who, like the country’s prime minister, opposes military aid to Ukraine and is seen as pro-MoscowIt is easy to forget that in June 2021 the Ukrainian Football Association was ordered to remove the words “Glory to the Heroes” from its European Championship shirt after Russia – yes, that Russia – had complained it found the slogan to be upsettingly aggressive and militaristic in tone.Eight months later the same Russia, no doubt still averting its nose from all things militaristic, would invade Ukraine’s eastern border and start a war that has killed at least 11,000 Ukrainian civilians and tens of thousands of its own soldiers. They did at least get the slogan changed, so there’s that. Continue reading...

‘They are fine’: Three of Harry Kane’s children taken to hospital after car crash

The Guardian Guardian sport - 2 days ago

Children said to be ‘really lucky’ after Monday’s accident Kane was not in Germany after travelling for Arsenal gameThree of Harry Kane’s children were taken to hospital after being involved in a car crash in Germany. The head of the local volunteer fire department said it was “really lucky” none sustained more than minor injuries.The crash occurred at about 5.15pm local time on Monday near Munich, when Kane was not in Germany after travelling to London for Bayern Munich’s Champions League game at Arsenal. Continue reading...

Era of frozen Premier League ticket prices is over, expert warns fans

The Guardian Paul MacInnes - 2 days ago

Of 12 clubs who have announced plans, 11 confirm price riseClubs face rising costs and ‘know people are willing to pay’The era of frozen ticket prices is over, a leading football finance expert has warned, as clubs look to recoup money lost from increased costs and stalling broadcast revenues.Season tickets have gone up at 11 of the 12 Premier League sides to have announced their pricing for next season, with a 2% rise at Liverpool the latest to generate ire among supporters. Continue reading...

'We deserved to lose,' Klopp says after Liverpool go down to Atalanta – video

The Guardian - 2 days ago

Liverpool have suffered a shock home 0-3 defeat to Atalanta in their Europa League quarter-final. Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp rang the changes at half-time, bringing on Mohamed Salah, Dominik Szoboszlai and Andy Robertson but it was Atalanta who struck again in the 60th minute before sealing a historic victory with a third goal seven minutes from time. 'We played a bad game. We deserved to lose,' Klopp saidLiverpool left needing miracle after Scamacca double for Atalanta Continue reading...

Everton paid £30m in interest to lender with links to tax exile, documents suggest

The Guardian Simon Goodley - 2 days ago

Exclusive: Charges relate to £225m debt with Rights & Media Funding, with records suggesting a trail leading to Michael TaborEverton has paid about £30m in interest charges to an opaque lender associated with a tax exile, corporate records suggest.The charges appear to have reached about £438,000 a week, according to the troubled Premier League club’s most recent set of accounts, a figure more than three times the reported wages of the Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Continue reading...

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

The Guardian Guardian sport - 2 days ago

Welcome returns at Liverpool, Arsenal and Villa juggle ambitions and Guimarães’s discipline under scrutinyShould Bruno Guimarães be booked against Tottenham at St James’ Park the Newcastle and Brazil midfielder faces a dilemma. Given that Guimarães is on nine yellow cards, a 10th would trigger an automatic two-game suspension, depriving Eddie Howe of a key player for forthcoming games at Crystal Palace and at home to Sheffield United. Alternatively, Guimarães could make sure he collected a second yellow card, ideally late in stoppage time, and be sent off. In such a red card scenario, the sanction would merely be a one-game ban. Considering that Guimarães has managed to avoid a booking in 10 games since mid-January the best solution would be to extend that run to 11 matches and then relax in the knowledge that the accumulated bookings slate will be wiped clean after the Premier League’s 32nd game – Tottenham’s visit to Newcastle. Yet if the Brazilian transgresses do not be surprised if he follows Anthony Gordon’s example.Gordon has remained on eight bookings, despite acquiring his ninth and 10th yellow cards in his team’s recent 4-3 home win over West Ham. The collection of the second, deep in stoppage time, dictated that yellow became red and, despite Gordon being sent off, the England winger stayed on eight bookings. The current rules certainly seem ripe for manipulation. Louise Taylor Continue reading...

Scottish teams lose automatic spot in Champions League group stages

The Guardian Guardian sport and agencies - 2 days ago

Czech Republic boosted by taking 10th place in Uefa rankingsNext season’s Scottish champions will enter in playoff roundFrom next season, the Scottish Premiership champions will no longer automatically make it into the group stage of the Champions League, after the Czech Republic overtook Scotland to take 10th spot in Uefa’s coefficient rankings.Viktoria Plzen’s goalless draw at Fiorentina in their Europa Conference League quarter-final first leg on Thursday was the crucial part of the jigsaw which means Scottish title-winners beyond the current campaign will enter the Champions League in a playoff round against a side from outside the top 10 European leagues. Continue reading...

Watkins and McGinn help Unai Emery have a grand night in win over Lille

The Guardian Ben Fisher at Villa Park - 2 days ago

By his own admission, Unai Emery is driven by the possibility of getting his hands on another trophy and Aston Villa’s first piece of silverware since 1996, when they won the League Cup.Emery spelled out as much in his programme notes, detailing the seven semi-finals and five finals in which he has led teams, tasting ­victory on four occasions. Such is his obsession, he pointed out it is, in fact, eight finals if you are being pedantic and counting Super Cups. Continue reading...

Hofmann and Boniface give Leverkusen first-leg advantage against West Ham

The Guardian Jacob Steinberg at the BayArena - 2 days ago

There is an inevitability to Bayer Leverkusen’s late shows. On a night of tension and occasional ill-temper at a bouncing BayArena, where patience was stretched by West Ham’s stifling tactics, the Bundesliga’s champions-elect stayed cool, used their bench and were rewarded for trusting in themselves by scoring twice in the dying stages.Not for nothing is Xabi Alonso, whose next task is to clinch the first title in his club’s history on Sunday, regarded as management’s rising star. The statistics pointed to Leverkusen dominance, the shot count 33 to West Ham’s one, the possession embarrassing, but it still took persistence for Alonso’s side to take control of this Europa League quarter-final. Continue reading...

Liverpool left needing miracle after Scamacca double for Atalanta

The Guardian Andy Hunter at Anfield - 2 days ago

Anfield was shorn of its flags and Liverpool lost all of their powers. A thumping first home defeat in 34 matches, against a highly accomplished Atalanta, left the Europa League favourites needing another stirring comeback to resurrect Jürgen Klopp’s chances of signing off with a Dublin final. A manager responsible for so many unforgettable European nights during his Liverpool reign is at risk of exiting quietly.Gianluca Scamacca, the former West Ham disappointment, scored twice as Atalanta displayed the cutting edge, tactical discipline, physical power and defensive might that Klopp’s subdued team lacked all night. It was Liverpool’s first loss at Anfield in 26 games this season and their joint heaviest home defeat in European competition. There were no excuses. Klopp admitted his side “lost the plot” tactically and the overall performance level represented a low point in the campaign. Continue reading...

Liverpool 0-3 Atalanta: Europa League quarter-final, first leg – live reaction

The Guardian Michael Butler - 2 days ago

Updates from the 8pm BST kick-off at AnfieldBayer Leverkusen v West Ham – join Will Unwin for our MBMHave any thoughts? Send Michael an email4 min: Huge chance for Atalanta! De Roon is in on Elliott strongly, probably a foul, but the referee waves play on. It falls to Palisic in the box, a glorious chance, but Kelleher saves it with his face! What a save! Magnificent.2 min: Some neat passing from Liverpool eventually finds Nunez on the edge of the box, but the Uruguayan can’t get it out of his feet and Hien gets a challenge in before Musso cleans up. Continue reading...

Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 West Ham: Europa League quarter-final, first leg – live reaction

The Guardian Will Unwin - 2 days ago

Jonas Hofman and Victor Boniface came off the bench to score late on for Bayer Leverkusen2 mins: A feel like the commentary team at not in Leverkusen for this, which is a bit underwhelming from TNT. Maybe I am wrong …Onto the match … It is certainly a back five West Ham as they look to contain Leverkusen in the early stages. Continue reading...

Sean Dyche calls for ‘positive reaction’ after Everton’s latest points deduction

The Guardian Andy Hunter - 2 days ago

Club docked two points on Monday for breach of PSR rules‘Let’s pull together. This rise of the Toffees is important to us’Sean Dyche has said Everton must unite again and focus on “the rise of the Toffees” in response to the club’s second points deduction of the season.Everton slipped to 16th in the Premier League on Monday, two points above the relegation zone, after being docked two points for a £16.6m breach of profitability and sustainability rules up to 2023. Continue reading...

‘Unsilence the crowd’: Newcastle shirts to enhance experience of deaf fans

The Guardian Louise Taylor - 2 days ago

Pioneering use of haptic technology to be implanted into shirtsFans will get fuller sensory match-day experience at Spurs gameDeaf Newcastle supporters will be able to experience a fuller sensory match-day experience at St James’ Park on Saturday thanks to the club’s pioneering use of haptic technology.Newcastle’s shirt sponsor, Sela, is spearheading a new initiative named “Unsilence the crowd”. It involves the technology being implanted into shirts worn by deaf or hearing-impaired supporters attending the Premier League match against Tottenham. Continue reading...

Spanish TV station fires pundit for derogatory comment about Lamine Yamal

The Guardian Reuters - 2 days ago

Germán Burgos sacked by Movistar Plus+Barcelona and PSG refused to give interviews The Spanish TV station Movistar Plus+ has fired the analyst Germán Burgos after Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain refused to give interviews to the network on account of his comment about Barcelona’s Lamine Yamal before Wednesday’s Champions League match.Movistar Plus+ had earlier apologised to Yamal after Burgos, a former Argentina goalkeeper and assistant manager at Atlético Madrid, said: “If \[professional football\] doesn’t go well for him, he could end up at a traffic light.” Continue reading...

Premier League clubs agree to cap spending on players as part of PSR reform

The Guardian Paul MacInnes - 2 days ago

New rules could be tried out in shadow form next seasonFull reform of profitability and sustainability rules ongoingPremier League clubs have voted unanimously to adopt rules that will cap spending on players, as part of a reform of controversial profitability and sustainability rules (PSR).The full reform of PSR rules is continuing, with officials hoping it will be completed by the time of the Premier League AGM in June, but cost control ratios will now in principle form the centre of any plans. Continue reading...

Sheffield United deducted two points by EFL for defaulting on payments

The Guardian Louise Taylor - 2 days ago

Punishment to kick in when next in ChampionshipTop-flight strugglers also get two-point suspended penaltySheffield United’s board has accepted the club must kick off its next ­season in the Championship on minus-two points after reaching a ­“negotiated settlement” with the English Football League.An independent EFL disciplinary commission has imposed the sanction after the club defaulted on a number of payments due to other clubs during the 2022-23 season, when they won promotion to the Premier League. Continue reading...

Football Daily | Dundee deluges and Rangers getting righteous over a soggy Scottish pitch

The Guardian Barry Glendenning - 2 days ago

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Located in the central lowlands of Scotland on the north bank of the Firth of Tay, just a few skims of a stone from the perishingly cold north sea, Dundee is often subject to inclement weather. On average it rains there 125 days a year and in recent weeks some of the heavier deluges have stymied Dundee’s attempts to host their Scottish Premiership match against Rangers. Last month’s game was kiboshed because the Dens Park pitch was rendered unplayable after a downpour and the game was rescheduled for Wednesday night. Due to be broadcast live on Sky and with 4,000 Rangers fans preparing to make the 80-mile trip from Glasgow, it once again fell foul of the weather, with referee Don Robertson deeming the pitch unplayable following his second inspection of the day. It is rare that one man’s solemn and often futile attempts to bounce a football in various parts of a quagmire have been subject to so much public scrutiny, but such was the air of gravitas lent to Robertson’s inspection they were afforded the liveblog treatment from the Daily Record’s digital news wing and subsequently prompted a furious reaction from Rangers. Continue reading...

Premier League to use semi-automated offside in hope of speeding up VAR calls

The Guardian Paul MacInnes - 2 days ago

System expected to be ready during autumn of next seasonTrials show average VAR decision will be 31 seconds shorterThe Premier League is to introduce semi-automated offside ­technology from next season, in the hope of reducing the time it takes to make VAR decisions.The system will use camera footage and tracking software to calculate the position of players at the moment of a potential offside, replacing the need for VAR teams to do so. In trials, this process has been shown to reduce the average length of a VAR decision by 31 seconds. Continue reading...

Inter Miami crash out of Champions Cup after 3-1 defeat to Monterrey

The Guardian Guardian sport and agencies - 2 days ago

Lionel Messi’s team eliminated 5-2 on aggregate in quartersMiami still eligible for 2025 Club World Cup in AmericaLionel Messi’s first trip to Mexico for an official match did not end well.Monterrey beat Inter Miami 3-1 on Wednesday night in the second leg of the Concacaf Champions Cup quarter-finals, the Concacaf equivalent of the Champions League. Goals from Brandon Vazquez, Germán Berterame and Jesús Gallardo were enough to eliminate Miami 5-2 on aggregate. Diego Gómez scored Miami’s only goal in the 85th minute. Messi started the match, but had just one chance in the first half.“As a coach, I’m happy to eliminate a great team. Gerardo \[Martino\] and Leo \[Messi\] are a great coach and player who are recognized worldwide,” Monterrey coach Fernando Ortiz said. “We have the satisfaction to win the series.”Before the quarter-final, Ortiz said that he was confident of his team’s talents, but was worried that the referees could be influenced by Messi’s presence. Continue reading...

Champions League team of the week: Jules Koundé erases Mbappé in Paris

The Guardian John Brewin - 2 days ago

The knockout stages have finally started to deliver, with standout performances from Phil Foden, Antoine Griezmann and Barcelona’s reluctant fullbackPerhaps the quarter-finals are where the Champions League can be counted to catch light. This week’s first legs saw goals aplenty, with a mix of veteran and young guns starring, with each second leg set up for even more excitement.Goalkeeper: Jan Oblak, Atlético Madrid Continue reading...

Mikel Arteta’s focus on defensive solidity could pay dividends for Arsenal | Karen Carney

The Guardian Karen Carney - 2 days ago

Excellent defensive record has been key to Gunners’ title bid – and it will remain so in the run-inFor the past four seasons the team with the best – or joint-best – defensive record have won the Premier League. This season, Arsenal have conceded the fewest goals, and scored the most, and are top with seven games to play. There has been a renewed focus on defence under Mikel Arteta and it could pay dividends in silverware.Arsenal finished five points behind Manchester City last season, conceding 10 goals more than the champions. In this campaign they have let in six fewer goals than the side with the second-best defensive record, Liverpool. They are conceding 0.77 goals per game compared with 1.13 last season, helped by three clean sheets in a row. They welcome Aston Villa on Sunday, knowing another could put them one small step closer to glory. Continue reading...

Wolves’ Gary O’Neil charged by FA after criticising ‘scandalous’ refereeing

The Guardian Reuters - 2 days ago

Manager was left furious after decisions in West Ham gameKompany handed touchline ban after misconduct chargeThe Wolves manager, Gary O’Neil, has been charged for his behaviour after the controversial refereeing call in his team’s 2-1 Premier League defeat by West Ham last weekend.Wolves were left fuming when a stoppage-time equaliser from Max Kilman was ruled out after a VAR check for offside against Tawanda Chirewa, who was in front of the goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. Continue reading...

Barça’s kids are alright and Dortmund give themselves a chance - Football Weekly Extra

The Guardian Presented by Max Rushden with Barry Glendenning, Lars Sivertsen and Mark Langdon. Produced by Joel Grove and our executive producer is Danielle Stephens. - 2 days ago

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Lars Sivertsen and Mark Langdon after another brilliant Champions League quarter final between PSG and BarcelonaRate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.On the podcast today; PSG and Barcelona play out another classic in this season’s Champions League quarter-finals. Both teams enjoying periods of dominance, every substitute making a difference. A great game – and perfectly poised for the second leg. Continue reading...

Unearthed stories of ‘Lost Lionesses’ and Copa 71 expose past injustice

The Guardian Sophie Downey - 2 days ago

In shining a light on how female players were mocked and marginalised, documentary serves as a vital history lessonMoving the Goalposts: sign up for our free newsletterLast Friday night, Keira Walsh led England out in front of 63,000 fans under the iconic Wembley arch. It was by no means the biggest occasion for this generation of Lionesses or for many women’s teams around the world, but it was the latest in a series of showpiece events that have helped propel women’s football to new heights.Crowds of this size are becoming the norm, globally. Attendance records have been broken across multiple continents – whether that be at last year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, or at a sold-out Dasharath Rangasala in Kathmandu for Bangladesh’s 2022 SAFF Championship win, or the record crowd for a friendly in Atlanta for the USA’s SheBelieves Cup opener just this fortnight. Whether in Europe, Africa, South America or beyond, the game is attracting the audiences it lacked for so long. Continue reading...

‘Football’s on the rise here’: European teams seek global outreach in India

The Guardian John Duerden - 3 days ago

Clubs in the west hope partnerships with the Indian Super League can let them trade knowhow for fan engagementA south Indian Idli Sambar mixed with Norfolk mustard was on the menu when Norwich City and Chennaiyin FC announced a strategic partnership last week. The Canaries are the latest European club to head to the subcontinent in search of fans, revenue and, eventually perhaps, talent. If India has overtaken China as the world’s most populous country, it is also increasingly seen as the place to be in football.The big clubs are still active in China but operating there was far from simple even before the pandemic helped to produce a more inward-looking and insular business environment. It can be hard for European officials to get to grips with a lack of transparency, the language and a completely different social media model as well as concerns over corruption. Chinese companies and business people got heavily involved in European football for a while but there have been few attempts to go the other way – Sheffield United’s ownership of Chengdu Blades, starting in 2006, had its moments but did not last long. Continue reading...

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has finally scored. Everton need him to kick on

The Guardian Ben McAleer - 3 days ago

After 18 matches without a goal, the striker has scored twice in a week. If this is a return form, it has come at the right timeBy Ben McAleer for WhoScoredThey often say that goals are like buses. You wait 18 games for one, and then two come along. Dominic Calvert-Lewin was on the scoresheet in Everton’s important 1-0 win over Burnley on Saturday, having struck in the 1-1 draw at Newcastle in midweek. The victory against Burnley at the weekend ended Everton’s run of 13 games without a win – their longest stretch without a victory since 1937. The result became even more significant on Monday, when the club was hit with a two-point deduction, which leaves them just two points above the relegation zone.It’s been a season to forget for Calvert-Lewin. The 27-year-old’s goal at the weekend was just his fifth of the campaign – and his first since 29 October. And, unlike in previous seasons, he cannot blame injuries. Calvert-Lewin has made 27 appearances for Everton in the league this season and he only has one assist to go with his five goals. His profligacy has been one of the reasons that Everton are looking over their shoulders with seven games to play. Continue reading...

Championship roundup: Ipswich held by Watford but move into top two

The Guardian PA Media - 3 days ago

West Brom consolidate playoff place with win over RotherhamBlackburn’s relegation fears increase in 5-0 defeat by Bristol CityIpswich missed the chance to climb back to the top of the Championship after being held to a goalless draw by Watford. Four days after losing to Norwich at Carrow Road, the Tractor Boys once again failed to find the net but they did extend their unbeaten home league run to 19 games. Kieran McKenna’s side did move into second place, one point above Leeds, but are separated from leaders Leicester, who have a game in hand, by goal difference.West Brom consolidated fifth place with a 2-0 win over relegated Rotherham at the Hawthorns. Brandon Thomas-Asante nudged the Baggies in front in the 23rd minute and John Swift doubled their advantage from the spot just before half-time. Continue reading...

Samuel Lino gives Atlético lead but Sébastien Haller offers Dortmund hope

The Guardian Sid Lowe at Estadio Metropolitano - 3 days ago

A crossbar cannot be more than five inches wide but that can be enough to change everything. Sometimes the margins are measurable and this was one of those times, even if the difference between these two teams had appeared immense at times. Two-nil down and overrun after just half an hour here, the entire quarter-final seemingly slipping away from them almost as soon as it had begun, Borussia Dortmund rebelled and a late Sébastien Haller goal gave them hope for the second leg but their comeback was left incomplete after they hit the bar twice in the final three minutes.First it was Jamie Bynoe-Gittens’ thumping effort on 87 minutes, then Julian Brandt’s header with the last touch of the game. And so these two sides must reconvene to fight it out in Germany next Tuesday, a place in the semi-final within reach of both of them. Ultimately Rodrigo De Paul and Samuel Lino’s first-half goals were enough to give Atlético Madrid the advantage, although their lead is narrower than had seemed likely for much of the night and, while there was relief at the death, there will be frustration at allowing their opponents a lifeline at all. Continue reading...

Raphinha and Christensen conjure slim advantage as Barcelona edge PSG

The Guardian Barney Ronay at Parc des Princes - 3 days ago

On a gripping, occasionally frantic night at the Parc des Princes, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona produced a game that felt like the opposite of the shared “Barça DNA” Xavi had spoken about in the build-up to this quarter-final.Never mind control, patterns and a fight for space. This was an increasingly wild game, building from a mannered start into a second half of sweeping mob-handed attacks, feather-light defending and chances that simply came and went, posts clipped, shots blocked in desperation. Continue reading...

Atlético Madrid v Borussia Dortmund: Champions League quarter-final – live

The Guardian Will Unwin - 3 days ago

Minute-by-minute updates on the action at the MetropolitanoAny thoughts? You can email Will2 mins: Dortmund, very much in yellow, dominate possession in the early stages but Atletico break on them, resulting in a beautiful pass from Griezmann to Morata, whose shot is blocked by Maatsen.Peep! Peep! Peep! Here we go! Continue reading...

Paris Saint-Germain v Barcelona: Champions League quarter-final, first leg – live

The Guardian Taha Hashim - 3 days ago

Updates from the 8pm BST kick-off at the Parc des PrincesHave any thoughts? Send them to Taha via emailBarcelona are decked in yellow; PSG in their standard dark blue. The home side kick things off.Not long to go now. They’ve sung the Champo tune and done the handshakes. Get your snacks sorted. Continue reading...

‘It is a challenge’: Zouma and West Ham face uphill task in Leverkusen

The Guardian Jacob Steinberg in Leverkusen - 3 days ago

West Ham are without key players for Europa League quarter-final but the Hammers have a habit of turning up in big gamesThe player who scored the winning goal in last year’s Europa Conference League final is missing. The player who holds the midfield together is out. The opposition have the most exciting young manager in Europe, are about to win the Bundesliga and have not lost a game this season. Oh, and they thrashed West Ham 4-0 when the teams met in pre‑season last summer. Enjoy.“They haven’t lost for 41 games – it is a challenge for us,” Kurt Zouma, West Ham’s captain, said before the first leg of Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final against Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen. Jarrod Bowen, scorer of 19 goals this season, has not travelled to Germany after hurting his back against Wolves last weekend and the Mexico midfielder Edson Álvarez is suspended. The preparations could have gone better. Continue reading...

Everton takeover thrown into fresh doubt as 777 asks for more time

The Guardian Andy Hunter - 3 days ago

Miami-based company had hoped to close deal by end of weekInvestment firm reportedly approaching lenders for fundingFresh doubt has been raised over 777 Partners’ ability to buy Everton after the Miami-based investment company asked for more time to complete the deal.The American company had been seeking to close the protracted takeover by the end of this week, with part of a £158m loan to MSP Sports Capital and two local business people, Andy Bell and George Downing, due to be repaid by Monday under conditions set by the Premier League. Continue reading...

Joe Kinnear obituary

The Guardian Peter Mason - 3 days ago

Tottenham defender and Ireland international who kept Wimbledon in the top division as manager in the 90sJoe Kinnear, who has died aged 77, had a lively and successful career in three footballing arenas – as a trophy-winning defender with Tottenham during the 1960s and 70s, as a 26-cap international with Ireland, and as a combative, resourceful manager of Wimbledon in the 90s, when they defied the established order by maintaining their status as members of the Premier League throughout his seven-year reign.A fleet-footed right-back, Kinnear won the FA Cup, League Cup (twice) and Uefa Cup with Spurs, while for Ireland he was a regular pick across three European championship and two World Cup qualifying campaigns from 1967 to 1975. But of the three elements of an eventful sporting life, his time with Wimbledon was probably the most impressive, given that he was leading a team that barely had any right to be mixing it in the top division. Continue reading...

Chelsea keep stadium options open despite deal for land next to Bridge

The Guardian Jacob Steinberg - 3 days ago

Club purchase 1.2 acre site adjacent to Stamford BridgeDeal reduces – but does not end – chances of Chelsea moving Chelsea are still exploring plans for a new stadium despite finalising a deal to buy a plot of land adjacent to Stamford Bridge.Building one of the biggest and best stadiums in the country is a key priority for Chelsea’s owners, Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital, and the path could be cleared by the purchase of a 1.2 acre site belonging to Stoll, a housing charity for veterans. Continue reading...

Klopp acknowledges Liverpool fans’ protests but wants focus during game

The Guardian Andy Hunter - 3 days ago

Supporters’ groups unhappy at 2% ticket hike for 2024-25Alexander-Arnold could be fit for Atalanta in Europa LeagueJürgen Klopp has said nothing should come between Liverpool fans and his team before protests against the club’s decision to raise ticket prices by 2% next season.There will be no flags on the Kop for Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final first leg against Atalanta after Spion Kop 1906, the supporters’ group that organises the displays at Anfield, voiced its disapproval of an increase in season ticket prices and members’ match-day tickets for 2024-25. Continue reading...

Federico Valverde backs Real Madrid’s pedigree to lift them at Manchester City

The Guardian Jamie Jackson - 3 days ago

Uruguayan cites five-time Champions League winners in squad‘It was incredible to score’ says Valverde after stunning levellerFederico Valverde has warned ­Manchester City that Real Madrid’s Champions League pedigree could give them an edge as they seek to end the holders’ five-and-a-half-year undefeated home record in the competition by knocking them next week.City drew 3-3 with Real in Tuesday’s first leg at the Santiago Bernabéu. Pep Guardiola’s side are favourites to go through in next Wednesday’s return, in part because of home advantage – City’s last Champions League defeat at the Etihad Stadium came against Lyon in September 2018. Continue reading...

‘You never know’: Xabi Alonso says Premier League may beckon one day

The Guardian Jacob Steinberg in Leverkusen - 3 days ago

Leverkusen manager can win Bundesliga title on SundaySpaniard’s team to host West Ham in Europa quarter-finalXabi Alonso has refused to rule out managing in the Premier League in the future, despite ­disappointing ­Liverpool by ­committing his ­immediate future to Bayer Leverkusen.Alonso, whose contract runs until 2026, is enjoying a stunning season with Leverkusen and could further enhance his reputation by clinching the Bundesliga title this weekend – an achievement that he insisted will not be on his side’s mind in their Europa League quarter-final first leg against West Ham on Thursday. Continue reading...

Football Daily | Two games, 10 goals and some elite playground football we could all enjoy

The Guardian Taha Hashim - 3 days ago

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!We asked, nay, pleaded on Tuesday for Big Cup to come back to life after a dull last 16. And how it obliged, although the double-screening leaving us with a very dodgy neck. Six goals inside 32 first-half minutes across the two quarter-finals, leads quickly taken and then quickly overturned, all sides level going into the second leg to keep the tension alive. There was, of course, your bog-standard refereeing controversy during Arsenal 2-2 Bayern Munich, with the Gunners arguing for a late penalty after Bukayo Saka went down, and Bayern denied one themselves earlier after a bizarre incident. Gabriel Magalhães was the culprit, picking up the ball inside his own box from what appeared to be a goal kick from David Raya. Thomas Tuchel was, well, not best pleased by the apparent defence from the referee. “What makes us really angry is the explanation on the field,” fumed Tuchel. “He told our players that it’s a kid’s mistake, and he will not give a penalty like this in a quarter-final. This is a horrible, horrible explanation.”Re: ‘one of the more dreary and monotonously predictable Big Cups in living memory …’ (Tuesday’s Football Daily) I trust you watched yesterday’s two matches. I hope you enjoyed the experience of eating crow. I personally found it snobby and complacent. Also, because you are a journalist and have a lot of free rein to express your opinions, I think you should think twice about casting aspersions directly on the tournament, and indirectly on the eight teams that have fought their way to this level” – Ricks Carson (and no others).Standing at the Newcastle away end at Palace (or was it QPR?) watching Joselu kick the ball against his standing leg in front of an open goal, it was hard to think that the man could play football at all. We dismissed him as another pathetic signing from Europe. Lovely to see that he has come good (well, better than good) and seems to be such a lovely chap” – Trevor West.Can I be the first of 1,056 pedants \[1,057? – Football Daily Ed\] to suggest that Bayern Munich’s total of six Big Cups being ‘second only to that of Real Madrid and Milan’ \[Tuesday’s Football Daily\] would more normally be classed as being third to, rather than second?” – Mark Ward (and 1,056 others). Continue reading...

Packers and Eagles to play NFL season opener at Brazil club with ‘ban’ on green

The Guardian Guardian sport and Associated Press - 3 days ago

Teams play in colors of Corinthians’ bitter rivalsNFL to play its first regular-season game in BrazilThe Green Bay Packers will play the Philadelphia Eagles when the NFL holds its first regular-season game in Brazil.The 6 September matchup in Sao Paulo will mark the first time since 1970 that the NFL has played a Friday night game on the season’s opening weekend.NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had said in February that the Eagles would be the home team for the game. The NFL announced on Wednesday that the Packers will face the Eagles.The game will take place at Corinthians Arena, the home of Brazilian soccer team Corinthians. The venue was used at the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Corinthians have an informal ban on the color green, worn by their bitter rivals Palmeiras, around the club. The Packers and Eagles both wear green, with the Eagles set to wear the color as the home team. In 2021, Corinthians fined their striker Jo for wearing green boots. Jo later said the boots were actually “turquoise blue”. Continue reading...

A-League Women finals series poised to test post-World Cup growth | Jack Snape

The Guardian Jack Snape - 3 days ago

Record memberships and crowds followed the Matildas effect but with one club’s future unclear the women’s game remains at a crossroadsA sensational finish to the A-League Women regular season has set the scene for the first six-team finals series, which promises to be a litmus test for women’s football less than a year after the success of the Women’s World Cup as one club teeters on the brink of collapse.Melbourne City’s dramatic final day, snatching of the premiership ahead of Sydney FC, ended three years of regular season dominance by the northerners. And it was thanks to a shock 4-0 victory over the Sky Blues by City’s local rivals Melbourne Victory. Continue reading...

Emma Hayes inherits a reinvigorated USWNT. But she faces new headaches

The Guardian Megan Swanick in Columbus - 3 days ago

The Chelsea manager is walking into a US team that has found a spark again. But she faces high expectations and difficult questions as she prepares for the OlympicsOn Tuesday evening in Columbus, Ohio, the US Women’s National Team came from behind before defeating Canada on penalties to win their seventh SheBelieves Cup trophy. It was the second time they had recovered from a deficit to win a match in four days. It also marked their second tournament test in a row against Canada that ended with a penalty shootout, and the second tournament in as many months when they came across a talented team, but came away with the trophy.The Canada game was the USWNT’s 10th since Emma Hayes was named as their next manager, and their final match before she officially takes over next month. When the squad next assembles, Chelsea’s longtime boss will be at the helm. Continue reading...

Harry Kane returns to haunt Arsenal but Erling Haaland stifled – Football Weekly podcast

The Guardian Presented by Max Rushden with Barry Glendenning, Nicky Bandini, Will Unwin and Sid Lowe. Produced by Joel Grove and our executive producer is Danielle Stephens. - 3 days ago

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Nicky Bandini, Will Unwin and Sid Lowe after two belting Champions League quarter-finals first legsRate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.On the podcast today; Real Madrid and Manchester City scored lots of very good goals in a game that finished 3-3, and the panel debate whether it’s notable that Erling Haaland didn’t get one of them. Continue reading...

Women’s football in England enters NewCo era amid promise and risk | Juliet Nottingham

The Guardian Juliet Nottingham - 3 days ago

Championship promotion race is absorbing but amid reform comes a risk of financial divides widening between clubs“It’s like a start-up tech company in Silicon Valley,” says Baroness Sue Campbell, recalling Michele Kang’s description of NewCo, the independent company that will take over running the Women’s Super League and Championship from next season.It is the start-up that drew Kang, one of the most recognisable businesswomen in women’s football, with a portfolio including ownership of Washington Spirit and a majority share in Lyon, to acquire London City Lionesses, who sit mid-table in the second tier of English football. That is the same independent club whose players, at the end of last season, warned the previous owner, Diane Culligan, the “very existence” of the side would be under threat without more investment. Continue reading...

Rodri admits to needing a rest amid Manchester City’s push for double treble

The Guardian Jamie Jackson - 3 days ago

Midfielder makes claim after 3-3 thriller with Real Madrid‘It’s something we are planning’ he says as schedule intensifiesRodri has pleaded for a rest and ­admitted Manchester City are fatigued after drawing 3-3 with Real Madrid in ­Tuesday’s ­Champions League quarter-final first leg at ­Santiago ­Bernabéu, with the ­midfielder ­suggesting players may get a break in the coming weeks in order to combat the situation.City are in the midst of an intense phase of the campaign as they remain on course to repeat last ­season’s ­treble. On Saturday they host Luton Town at the Etihad Stadium, with Pep ­Guardiola’s men third in the Premier League on 70 points, one behind ­Liverpool and Arsenal. They then host Real in next Wednesday’s quarter-final second leg before travelling to Wembley three days later to face Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final. Continue reading...

Harry Kane draws on Spurs 2019 example as pointer for Bayern | Nick Ames

The Guardian Nick Ames - 3 days ago

Striker sees parallels between run to the final five years ago and his current club’s European adventure amid domestic woeHarry Kane emerged from the Emirates with the look of a man who had enjoyed himself. “I think they have a soft respect for me, the Arsenal fans,” he laughed, a glimmer of mischief crossing the striker’s face as he remembered the cacophony that had accompanied his every move upon returning to enemy territory. The jeers were never louder than when he stepped up to the penalty spot, blocking out the noise to roll calmly past David Raya and give Bayern Munich the upper hand.Bayern felt they had just about departed with it, even though Leandro Trossard’s equaliser set up a titanic rematch in Munich next Wednesday. Kane’s demeanour could be explained by the fact Bayern, a soft touch domestically of late, had shown a resilience that has deserted their Bundesliga campaign. It had clearly encouraged him, suggesting that well-documented dream of a Wembley final for the England captain may not quite be a thing of fantasy after all. Continue reading...

Lionesses hero Rachel Daly announces retirement from international football

The Guardian Guardian sport - 3 days ago

Striker won 84 caps and was part of Euros-winning squad‘Playing for England has been the greatest honour’ says DalyRachel Daly, a member of the England squad that won Euro 2022 and reached last year’s World Cup final, has announced her retirement from international football.The 32-year-old Aston Villa forward won 84 senior caps for the Lionesses, scoring 16 goals. “I would love nothing more than to play for England forever, but the time has come for me to hang my boots up on the international stage,” she wrote on Instagram following England’s 2-0 victory over Republic of Ireland in Dublin on Tuesday. “While today is an extremely difficult day for me, it is also one filled with reflection and immense gratitude. Playing for and representing England has been the greatest honour. Continue reading...

From the top of the world to the bottom in consecutive football games | The Knowledge

The Guardian Guardian sport - 4 days ago

Plus: the most far-apart country clash in the Euros, an excruciating marriage proposal and moreMail us your questions or tweet @TheKnowledge\_GU“During the international break, St Kitts and Nevis played a pair of friendlies against San Marino, who went in at 210th in the Fifa world rankings. Their next international will be a World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica, who are currently ranked 147 places higher than San Marino. I’d bet the farm on this not being the biggest gap in the rankings between consecutive international opponents: so what is?” asks Jack Hayward.Stephan Wijnen gets the ball rolling from the recent Euro 2024 qualifiers. “The Netherlands played against France and Gibraltar on 24 and 27 March 2023. France were No 3 in the rankings at that time, with Gibraltar at No 200. That is a gap of 197 places. With 210 countries on the rankings that seems hard to beat.” From the same campaign, Carl O’Reilly points out the Republic of Ireland’s back-to-back games with Gibraltar (then No 201, on 19 June 2023) and France (No 2 on 7 September 2023), for a difference of 199 places. Continue reading...

SheBelieves Cup final: USA edge Canada on penalties after Sophia Smith brace

The Guardian Agencies - 4 days ago

Smith scores twice as USA fight back to win SheBelieves CupAmericans win 5-4 in penalty shootout after 2-2 stalemateBrazil take third in tournament after beating Japan on pensAlyssa Naeher made three saves in a penalty shootout and converted her own attempt to lead the United States past Canada on Tuesday night in the final of the SheBelieves Cup, the Americans’ fifth straight title in the event.The US won the shootout 5-4 after the rivals played to a 2-2 draw after 90 minutes. Emily Fox scored the decisive goal in the seventh round of the shootout after Naeher stopped Evelyne Viens. Continue reading...

‘It’s Madrid, it’s special’: Pep Guardiola hails Manchester City in Bernabéu epic

The Guardian Jamie Jackson at the Bernabéu - 4 days ago

Manager praises ‘fantastic goals’ in quarter-final first leg draw‘Real are kings of this competition, I don’t know what’ll happen’Pep Guardiola praised “fantastic goals” from Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Josko Gvardiol and Manchester City’s emotional stability as the holders drew 3-3 at Real Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final first leg.The lead changed three times in a six-goal thriller. City went ahead on two minutes via Silva but Real equalised via a Rúben Dias own goal and were 2-1 up on 14 minutes as Rodrygo scored. Foden’s 66th-minute long-range effort gained City parity before Gvardiol’s first goal for the visitors put them ahead. The Croat’s goal was also an impressive 25-yard finish and was matched for quality by Federico Valverde’s superb volley from close to the edge of the area. Continue reading...

Phil Foden jolts Manchester City into life to leave Bellingham in shade | Barney Ronay

The Guardian Barney Ronay at the Bernabéu - 4 days ago

The face-off of dreams between England’s No 10s failed to materialise but champions’ attacker made decisive impactThis was a strange, giddy, tipsy kind of game, played out beneath the humid conservatory roof of the Santiago Bernabéu. Brilliant things kept happening, in between periods of not much happening at all. There were long spells of grinding gears. For most of the night the meeting of England’s No 10s, the Foden-Bellingham face-off of your dreams, refused stubbornly to materialise.And yet as the night wore on the quality of the six goals was increasingly reminiscent of a Kendall Roy birthday party music policy, all bangers all the time. The last of them, Federico Valverde’s equaliser to make it 3-3, was just ridiculous, like an exercise in computer‑generated extreme technique, a static right-footed downward‑smashed full-force volley into the far corner, scythed through a crowd of players with the precision of an elite crown green bowler. Continue reading...

‘We gave them two goals’: Arteta’s anger at Arsenal errors in Bayern Munich draw

The Guardian Ed Aarons at the Emirates Stadium - 4 days ago

Serge Gnabry and Harry Kane scored after defensive mistakes‘When you have this situation you are going to be punished’Mikel Arteta said that Arsenal must learn from conceding two sloppy goals against Bayern Munich if they are to have a chance of making it through to the semi-finals of the Champions League.Bukayo Saka’s 18th goal of the season had given the hosts an early lead before defensive lapses allowed Bayern to take a 2-1 lead at half-time through Serge Gnabry and Harry Kane’s 15th goal against Arsenal in 20 appearances. Gabriel Jesus and Leandro Trossard, on as substitutes, combined brilliantly to equalise 14 minutes from time to leave the tie delicately poised after Kingsley Coman struck the post late on. Continue reading...

Arsenal still have demons and Bayern show they will not be slain easily | Jonathan Wilson

The Guardian Jonathan Wilson at the Emirates Stadium - 4 days ago

The error that led to Serge Gnabry’s equaliser changed the game and helped end notions Arsenal might pull off their own 5-1 winIt wasn’t supposed to be this hard. In the opening 15 minutes, it didn’t look as though it was going to be this hard. In the end, it could have been a lot worse for Arsenal and a draw still gives them a reasonable chance of progression to the semi-final. They did have the wherewithal to find an equaliser. They got away with it. But the bigger issue is how they allowed a game they were dominating to slip from their grasp.A penalty shootout win against Porto was evidently not enough to banish Arsenal’s European demons. But those demons are perhaps not confined to the Champions League. This has been a highly impressive season for them, a clear improvement on last year. But one doubt remains: when the going is good, Arsenal are very, very good, but what happens when things go awry? Continue reading...

Championship roundup: Defeat at Millwall pegs back leaders Leicester

The Guardian PA Media - 4 days ago

Longman scores Den winner, Southampton beat CoventrySheffield Wednesday snatch draw, Huddersfield thrashedLeicester missed the chance to go four points clear at the top of the Championship after a 1-0 loss at Millwall. Ryan Longman’s brilliant top-corner finish was the difference for the Lions, who climbed into 17th. Leicester stayed one point clear at the summit after Leeds moved into second following a goalless draw against Sunderland.The substitute Milutin Osmajic bagged a quickfire hat-trick as Preston completed an incredible second-half comeback to beat relegation-threatened Huddersfield 4-1. Josh Koroma handed the Terriers the lead in the 42nd minute, but Preston equalised when Will Keane levelled from the penalty spot. Continue reading...

Leeds’ automatic promotion hopes hit after goalless draw against Sunderland

The Guardian Aaron Bower at Elland Road - 4 days ago

The weight of expectation, or the malaise of a side whose flame is threatening to flicker out? Only in the fullness of time will we know the answer to that question but whatever the reason, right now, Leeds are threatening to spontaneously combust at precisely the wrong time.This fairly timid goalless draw may not prove as fatal as it ­undoubtedly felt when around 30,000 people ­audibly groaned collectively at full‑time here. Leicester’s surprise defeat at Millwall on Tuesday evening shows nothing is truly over in this remarkable three-way race for automatic promotion until it is over. Continue reading...

Fede Valverde volleys Real Madrid level in thriller with Manchester City

The Guardian Sid Lowe at the Bernabéu - 4 days ago

Real Madrid produced another of those European comebacks but on this occasion so, too, did Manchester City. So Madrid went and did it again, even if this time they stopped short of the full turnaround, instead ­leaving this quarter-final on edge. The past two European champion sides, whose meetings average 4.3 goals a game, gave us another wild night to remember.Carlo Ancelotti had called for courage and personality and there was plenty of that, plenty of talent too. There were also six Santiago ­Bernabéu goals to set up a fascinating second leg at the Etihad Stadium. If it’s half as good as this 3-3 draw it will be fun. Continue reading...

Trossard keeps Arsenal hopes alive with equaliser against Bayern Munich

The Guardian Nick Ames at the Emirates Stadium - 4 days ago

Mikel Arteta had told Arsenal to write a history of their own against an old nemesis who had done it all before and, while this was not quite a night for the ages, his ­players proved a point. They showed them­selves ­capable of facing down ­Bayern Munich as equals and on this ­evidence it will take a brave onlooker to predict the outcome of the second leg in Bavaria next week.The result was fair, both sides convincing in some spells and looking alarmingly naive in others. Reports of Bayern’s demise have evidently been exaggerated; Arsenal, though, matched them blow for blow and put distance between the days when this fixture would routinely leave them ripe for a thrashing. Continue reading...

Lauren James sparks England’s crucial Euro 2025 qualifying win in Ireland

The Guardian Suzanne Wrack at the Aviva Stadium - 4 days ago

Republic of Ireland Women 0-2 England Women Scorers: James 12, Greenwood 18Leah Williamson, the England captain, had joked that the best way to stop her Arsenal teammate Katie McCabe would be to make sure she didn’t get the ball, but starving the Republic of Ireland of possession was exactly what the Lionesses did on the way to a 2-0 win to kickstart their Euro 2025 qualifying campaign.It wasn’t the prettiest of performances, but that dominance yielded first-half goals from the electric ­Lauren James and a cool penalty from Alex Greenwood that proved enough for England. Continue reading...

Arsenal v Bayern Munich: Champions League quarter-final, first leg – live

The Guardian Barry Glendenning - 4 days ago

Champions League updates from the 8pm BST kick-offLive scoreboard | And feel free to mail Barry your thoughtsThose teams: Mikel Arteta makes two changes to the team that beat Brighton at the Amex Stadium on Saturday, opting to freshen up the left side of his outfit. Gabriel Martinellireplaces Gabriel Jesus on the wing, while Jakub Kiwior is in for Oleksandr Zinchenko at left-back. Both players who have been dropped are likely to be disappointed, not least because they both played well against Brighton. Other opinions are, of course, available.Manuel Neuer and Leroy Sane come in to the Bayern Munich side that lost at Heidenheim at the weekend, while Kingsley Coman, Noussair Mazraoui and Aleksandar Pavlovic, who also missed that game are on the bench. Eric Dier and Matthijs de Ligt are also in, for Dayot Upamecano and Kim Min-Jae in the heart of Bayern’s defence. Continue reading...

Real Madrid v Manchester City: Champions League quarter-final, first leg – live

The Guardian Tim de Lisle - 4 days ago

Champions League updates from the 8pm BST kick-offLive scoreboard | And feel free to email Tim your thoughtsThe Bernabeu is a fabulous sight. All white on the night, though dotted with colour.Carlo Ancelotti, on the occasion of his 200th Champions League Game in charge, looks as mournful as ever. Or he does until he is greeted by Pep Guardiola, whereupon a hug and a warm smile are exchanged. The sorcerer and the other sorcerer. Continue reading...

Republic of Ireland 0-2 England: Women’s Euro 2025 qualifier – live reaction

The Guardian Taha Hashim - 4 days ago

Euro 2025 qualifying updates from the 7.30pm BST kick-offAny comments? Feel free to email Taha with your thoughts3 min: McCabe sends in the corner … and Hampton collects well.2 min: England string together their first few passes before a long punt from an Ireland shirt upsets the order. Carusa wins a corner after her cross is blocked. Continue reading...

Berrada and Wilcox lined up to oversee Manchester United’s summer transfers

The Guardian Jamie Jackson - 4 days ago

Club believe Dan Ashworth’s arrival could be months awayUnited want Southampton’s Wilcox as technical directorOmar Berrada and Jason Wilcox have been lined up to lead Manchester United’s transfer market strategy this summer because Sir Jim Ratcliffe believes Dan Ashworth’s arrival as the sporting director is still a while away.Ashworth has agreed to join from Newcastle to lead the football department but compensation is yet to be determined and it may be some months before he can replace John Murtough, who will leave United by the end of the week. Continue reading...