Fourteen Wanderers fans banned by club over roles in display of banner

  • Red and Black Bloc facing closure if further incidents occur
  • Graham Arnold says his daughters will no longer attend games
Western Sydney Wanderers’ active supporter group, the Red and Black Bloc, has been put on notice after 14 of its members were handed 18-month bans for their roles in the display of a homophobic banner last weekend. Related: Wanderers fans hit out at FFA after club issued with show cause over banner Continue reading...

Guardiola: comeback win over Monaco enhances Manchester City’s Champions League pedigree – video

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes that his side’s exhilarating 5-3 victory over Monaco on Tuesday night adds to the club’s credentials in the Champions League. City fell behind twice in the game but fought back to give themselves a two-goal lead before the second leg of the tie. Guardiola thinks City will need to score in Monaco to guarantee their place in the last eight Continue reading...

Guardiola vows more of same after Monaco goalfest

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola pledged that Manchester City will continue to fight fire with fire when they take a 5-3 lead to Monaco in their Champions League last 16 tie. City procured a two-goal advantage after a remarkable first-leg match at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday in which they fought back from 2-1 and 3-2 down to put themselves in the driving seat. Monaco’s goals exposed serious failings in the City rearguard, but although Guardiola acknowledged his side must tighten up at the back, he said they would go to Stade Louis II intending to attack. “They will attack more and more and we have to defend better. But we will have our chances,” said the City manager. “We are going to fly to Monaco to score as many goals as possible. We are not going to defend that result. “We now know each other better. We Continue reading "Guardiola vows more of same after Monaco goalfest"

Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola: if we do not score in Monaco we will go out

• Manager says City will not try just to defend 5-3 Champions League lead
• Sergio Agüero reiterates he wants to remain at City beyond this seasonPep Guardiola said Manchester City will be eliminated from the Champions League if they fail to score in Monaco, despite holding a 5-3 lead from an extraordinary encounter at the Etihad Stadium. Related: Sergio Agüero helps Manchester City pull it out of the fire against Monaco Continue reading...

It was Champions League football – but not as Pep Guardiola has come to know it | Paul Wilson

Manchester City’s manager went through a full range of emotions on a night when reckless defending by his side and Monaco produced an eight-goal thrillerIt is perhaps a measure of how uncomfortable Manchester City still are on the European stage that Pep Guardiola chose life and death imagery in his pre-match assessment. While relaxed insouciance is what the manager generally aims for, he hardly struck that tone when observing Monaco had “killers” in the box in Radamel Falcao and Valère Germain, or noting glumly that critics would “kill” his City side if they did not succeed. Related: Sergio Agüero helps Manchester City pull it out of the fire against Monaco Continue reading...

Round Up To #10

We've arrived at the #10 slot. Frankly, I'm just glad the new boss is dedicated to using one. This was a very difficult call between two veteran hands.Benny FeilhaberSacha KljestanLee NguyenUnder close watch: Clint DempseyI'm giving Benny a razor's edge over Inspector Kljouseau™ today, but in all honesty, I could change my mind if asked tomorrow. It's that close. Either way, it's great to see

Championship round-up: Huddersfield keep up pressure with win over Reading

• Philip Billing puts Terriers four points behind second-placed Brighton
• Sheffield Wednesday stumble to home defeat against BrentfordHuddersfield boosted their hopes of automatic promotion with a late 1-0 win over Reading at the John Smith’s Stadium, moving to within four points of the automatic promotion places. Philip Billing’s goal eight minutes from time earned a sixth consecutive victory for David Wagner’s Terriers, who recovered from a missed first-half penalty by Rajiv van La Parra to put pressure on the leaders, Newcastle, and Brighton. Billing’s volley also meant Jaap Stam’s Royals lost for the first time in seven games, increasing the likelihood that they will have to settle for a play-off place. Sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday missed the opportunity to increase their seven-point cushion over Norwich City after a surprise 2-1 defeat at home to Brentford. John Egan’s header gave the visitors the lead and Harley Dean put them two Continue reading "Championship round-up: Huddersfield keep up pressure with win over Reading"

Gary Lewin takes short-term role with Arsenal Ladies

Ex-Arsenal physio Gary Lewin has agreed to return to Arsenal on a short-term basis to work for the Arsenal ladies team according to multiple reports.  Having been a part of five World Cups and four European Championships with England, Lewin was made redundant by the FA due to a major restructure of the St George’s […]

Manchester City will learn from Monaco thriller – Guardiola

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said the experience of Tuesday’s exhilarating 5-3 Champions League victory over Monaco would stand his side in good stead in the competition. City are in control of the last-16 tie ahead of the return leg on March 15, but at several moments during the first leg their European destiny appeared to be hanging by a thread. Guardiola’s side went ahead, fell 2-1 and then 3-2 down, but finally rallied with three goals in the last 19 minutes from Sergio Aguero, who scored a brace, John Stones and Leroy Sane. “A lot of things happened, but in the moment we were lucky. We were stable mentally,” Guardiola told BT Sport at the Etihad Stadium. “The old and young guys in the team played amazing. To live this experience helps us a lot in the future. “Monaco has more history than us Continue reading "Manchester City will learn from Monaco thriller – Guardiola"

Griezmann among goals as Atletico gain upper hand

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> Leverkusen (Germany) (AFP) – Antoine Griezmann was among the scorers for Atletico Madrid as they weathered a late storm against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday to claim a 4-2 victory in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. Saul Niguez and Griezmann put the Spanish side two goals up at the interval, but Leverkusen pulled one back through Karim Bellarabi at the start of the second half. A Kevin Gameiro penalty then restored Atletico’s two-goal advantage just before the hour mark, and while a Stefan Savic own goal gave Leverkusen hope again, Fernando Torres came off the bench to make it 4-2 late on. “It was a brilliant game for us, and the result could have been even better,” said Atletico coach Diego Simeone. “We were almost perfect in the first half.” The home side put in a brave performance and came close to equalising in the last Continue reading "Griezmann among goals as Atletico gain upper hand"

Manchester City must tighten up, admits Sterling

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Raheem Sterling conceded Manchester City must improve defensively after they edged Monaco 5-3 in the madcap first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday. City took a 26th-minute lead through Sterling, found themselves 2-1 and then 3-2 down, but rallied to win thanks to late goals from Sergio Aguero, who scored twice, John Stones and Leroy Sane. All three of Monaco’s goals stemmed from errors — by Willy Caballero, Nicolas Otamendi and Stones — and while he was thrilled to see his team prevail, Sterling knew they had been fortunate. “It’s always difficult to go down, but the boys did really well,” the England forward told BT Sport at the Etihad Stadium. “We played our football and stuck to our game and it worked out in the end. At the end of the day, we need to tighten up at the back as
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Griezmann among goals as Atletico Madrid gain upper hand against Leverkusen

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> Leverkusen (Germany) (AFP) – Antoine Griezmann was among the scorers for Atletico Madrid as they weathered a late storm against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday to claim a 4-2 victory in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann scored to put the Spanish side two goals up at the interval, but Leverkusen pulled one back through Karim Bellarabi at the start of the second half. A Kevin Gameiro penalty then restored Atletico’s two-goal advantage just before the hour mark, and while a Stefan Savic own goal gave Leverkusen hope again, Fernando Torres came off the bench to make it 4-2 late on. The home side put in a brave performance and came close to equalising in the last 10 minutes, but Torres’ late goal sealed a deserved victory for the visitors ahead of the return in Spain next month. Leverkusen started brightly, while Atletico Continue reading "Griezmann among goals as Atletico Madrid gain upper hand against Leverkusen"

Aguero stars as Manchester City sink Monaco in thriller

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Sergio Aguero starred as Manchester City beat Monaco 5-3 in a breathless and dizzyingly end-to-end Champions League last 16 first-leg encounter at a rocking Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. Raheem Sterling put City ahead, only for Kylian Mbappe to level and Radamel Falcao to score twice — the second goal a magnificent chip — as Leonardo Jardim’s side moved into a 3-2 lead. But City struck three times in the last 19 minutes, through Aguero’s second goal, John Stones and Leroy Sane, to put Pep Guardiola’s men in charge ahead of the return leg on March 15. For a long time it looked likely to be a scarring night for City, who reached the semi-finals last season, as a succession of calamitous defensive errors allowed Monaco to take control. But Aguero’s doggedness allowed them to haul themselves back into the game, abetted by Falcao’s failure to Continue reading "Aguero stars as Manchester City sink Monaco in thriller"

Sergio Agüero helps Manchester City pull it out of the fire against Monaco

Where do you even start with a match of this nature? It was a thrilling night, full of mistakes, drama and controversy and, when everything was done, Manchester City could reflect on a remarkable feats of escapology against a Monaco team that for long spells seemed to have all the ingredients to make a serious tilt at winning this competition. Pep Guardiola’s team had been on their knees when Radamel Falcao’s second goal of the night had left them 3-2 down just after the hour. Falcao had also failed to convert a penalty four minutes into the second half but what happened was extraordinary, including three goals from Sergio Agüero, John Stones and Leroy Sané in a 12-minute blitz, and another reminder why the crowd here like to sing about the way City “fight to the end”. Continue reading...

Manchester City come from behind to beat Monaco in Champions League

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Three goals in 11 minutes helped Manchester City come from behind to beat Monaco 5-3 in their Champions League last 16 first leg on Tuesday. A brace from former Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao helped Monaco into a 3-2 lead just past the hour mark. But goals from Sergio Aguero, who also scored twice, John Stones and Leroy Sane saw City storm back to ease the pressure on manager Pep Guardiola.

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Atletico Madrid close in on Champions quarter-finals with victory over Leverkusen

Leverkusen (Germany) (AFP) – Atletico Madrid closed in on a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday after winning 4-2 away to Bayer Leverkusen in the first leg of their last-16 tie. Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann scored to put the Spanish side two goals up at the interval, but Leverkusen pulled one back through Karim Bellarabi at the start of the second half. A Kevin Gameiro penalty then restored Atletico’s two-goal advantage, and while a Stefan Savic own goal gave Leverkusen hope again, Fernando Torres came off the bench to make it 4-2 late on. The sides meet in the second leg in Spain on March 15.

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PSG football fans banned from Marseille trip – police

Marseille (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain fans have been barred from Sunday’s Ligue 1 trip to Marseille, local police said on Tuesday. Champions PSG are due to play bitter rivals Marseille at the Velodrome on Sunday evening. Previous matches between the sides have been marred by trouble between opposing fans. Local police prefect Laurent Nunez thus took the decision to ban all travelling fans from the game due to the “too great risk of public order troubles”. The post PSG football fans banned from Marseille trip – police appeared first on World Soccer Talk.

Leicester’s Claudio Ranieri: Sevilla could be turning point, it could be everything

• Foxes manager believes win in Champions League tie could boost season
• ‘Something inside could change. We need one match like this’Claudio Ranieri’s press conference was drawing to a close when the Leicester City manager was reminded that Seville is famous for bullfighting. Ranieri had already started to smile before the reporter finished a question about whether the Italian should be seen as the matador or the bull in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Sevilla. “If I have the balls?” Ranieri replied, laughing. There was a little pause before he added: “The matador.” Related: From Stoke to Sevilla: the startling rise and reinvention of Steven N’Zonzi | Sid Lowe Continue reading...