Celtic Celtic win Scottish Cup to complete historic double treble Joe Wright 00:43 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Celtic Celtic v Motherwell Motherwell FA Cup Premiership Brendan Rodgers’ side made history on Saturday by winning a second domestic treble in a row thanks to their Scottish Cup final win Celtic completed an historic double treble with a 2-0 win over Motherwell in Saturday’s Scottish Cup final.First-half goals from Callum McGregor and Olivier Ntcham at Hampden Park secured victory for Brendan Rodgers’ all-conquering side.The victory completed a second consecutive treble of Premiership, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup triumphs for the Glasgow giants. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Motherwell finished the league season 34 points behind the champions and they rarely looked like causing an upset.A sumptuous half-volley from McGregor 11 minutes in set Celtic on their way, before Ntcham drilled home a second from the edge of the penalty area to put Rodgers’ side in control.Motherwell pushed hard as the second half wore on, with Gael Bigirimana rattling the crossbar from a free-kick, but Celtic deservedly held on to celebrate a slice of history.”I’m so happy for everyone involved, players, staff, supporters,” Rodgers told reporters after the game. “It’s an incredible achievement by everyone. I thought we thoroughly deserved it. A mention for Motherwell, they have had a great season.”The Bhoys planned to celebrate the historic achievement with an open-top bus parade through Glasgow from Dalmarnock Station to Celtic Park starting at 6.15 p.m. UK time.
Jürgen Klopp It was like wrestling – Klopp unhappy with Ramos challenge on Salah Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 12:20 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Jürgen Klopp Mohamed Salah Sergio Ramos Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Liverpool UEFA Champions League Videos African All Stars The Real Madrid defender’s challenge that injured Mohamed Salah was similar to wrestling, according to the Liverpool manager Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp compared Sergio Ramos’ challenge on Mohamed Salah that injured the star attacker in the Champions League final to wrestling.Salah came off in tears half an hour into Liverpool’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in Kiev on Saturday after hurting his shoulder under a challenge from Ramos, who later wished the Egypt international a speedy recovery.Klopp was unhappy with the tangle, which the Egyptian Football Association said had left Salah with ligament damage in his shoulder. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “Congratulations to Real Madrid, [it’s] not to forget they won the Champions League. Of course it was a big moment in the game,” the German told a news conference.”I know if you say something like that after a game you lost, it sounds like you are a little bit a bad loser but it was, for me, kind of a harsh challenge.”It’s like wrestling a little bit and it’s unlucky then that Mo fell on his shoulder.”Liverpool had made a bright start to the encounter, but Madrid took over after Salah came off, with Gareth Bale’s brace – after Sadio Mane had cancelled out Karim Benzema’s opener – the difference.Klopp acknowledged the Egypt international’s injury had allowed Madrid to take control, while he lamented the way his team conceded as goalkeeper Loris Karius endured a nightmare outing.”The shock of the boys was obvious, we dropped a little bit deep and Real tried to use that for positive momentum, until we settled a little bit,” he said.”It was quite difficult but 0-0 at half-time, we could adjust a few things – defending half-spaces, which we did before that really well, and then playing more football.”And then the other decisive moments were the goals; they were quite strange, that’s how it is.”We all know the result is 3-1 Real Madrid and that’s why we are not in the best mood obviously.”
Switzerland Xhaka ‘relieved’ after learning knee scare won’t end his World Cup Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 04:46 6/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Switzerland Spain v Switzerland Brazil v Switzerland World Cup Friendlies The Switzerland midfielder’s participation in Russia was thrown into doubt before his injury was revealed to be a bruise Granit Xhaka has pronounced himself “relieved” after learning a knee injury he suffered in training on Thursday is just a bruise.With less than three weeks to go before Switzerland begin their World Cup campaign against Brazil, the injury was initially thought to have put Xhaka’s participation in danger.But following tests, the Switzerland FA have confirmed that the Arsenal midfielder suffered a knee bruise and is not in danger of missing the World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “I’m very relieved,” Xhaka said on the Swiss FA website.Xhaka will not feature in Switzerland’s friendly with Spain on Sunday, but could return for the game against Japan on June 8. The 25-year-old is a key component of Switzerland’s midfield, as the European nation looks to advance from the group stage for a second straight World Cup.Xhaka played 11 times in their World Cup qualifying campaign, including in both legs of the play-off win over Northern Ireland in November. He scored two goals in qualifying. After their match against Brazil on June 17, Switzerland square off against Serbia on June 22 and then close out Group E play by facing Costa Rica on June 27.
Croatia Messi can be stopped, Iceland showed that – Lovren Robin Bairner 23:01 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Croatia Argentina v Croatia Argentina World Cup After the minnows stifled one of the world’s outstanding players, the Liverpool defender does not see why his Croatia side cannot do the same Dejan Lovren says his Croatia side are fearless ahead of their World Cup clash with Argentina on Thursday.The Croats lead Group D after one round of matches, thanks to a 2-0 win over Nigeria. Meanwhile, the South Americans were stifled to a shock 1-1 draw against Iceland.During that encounter, Lionel Messi gave a surprisingly off-key display, even seeing a penalty stopped, and while the Liverpool centre-back remains respectful of the 30-year-old, he has drawn inspiration from the manner he was stopped. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “They have one of the best players in the world, maybe the best, in Messi, but when you saw their game against Iceland, they did a great job and showed how to defend against him,” he told the Liverpool Echo.“You can’t stop him with one player, you have to defend like a team. You saw that with Iceland.”The experience of facing such a challenge is one that Lovren is relishing.“We know how to play against the big teams and we are not scared of them,” he said.“It’s an honour, of course, to play against the biggest players in the world. A few weeks ago, I played against Cristiano Ronaldo [in the Champions League final], two weeks ago it was Neymar [in a friendly] and now it’s Messi. That’s something you want to do from childhood – to play against the biggest.”Croatia’s place in the last 16 will be virtually guaranteed if they beat the Argentines, who will face a nervous fight to qualify if they fail to win.
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