Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini plays down Sergio Aguero injury fears

first_img Southampton manager Ronald Koeman felt his team paid the price for too many mistakes in the early stages. The Dutchman said: “It is not a question about tactics, about players or about the line-up if we make the kind of mistakes we did in the first 20 minutes. “At least we showed in the second half that we can keep the ball and have good ball possession, but if you make those kind of mistakes, you know City can punish you. “Maybe we were lucky to be only 2-0 after 20 minutes because we lost every ball. If you lose the ball to players like (Raheem) Sterling, you know they will punish you.” Koeman was at least pleased with the way his side responded after falling 2-0 down. He said: “It is important the players take the positives form the second half and then you see if we play our level, we can make it difficult to the big teams. “We had the best chance to score (and make it) 2-2 from (Dusan) Tadic and had some other counter-attacks stopped by the referee, but 3-1 killed the game.” Manuel Pellegrini played down Sergio Aguero’s latest injury after the striker limped out of Manchester City’s defeat of Southampton. Press Association The City manager said: “I spoke with Sergio before the game and he was not going to play more than 65 minutes. In the last play he received a kick in his heel. We will see tomorrow but I don’t think it was anything important.” Aguero seems unlikely to play in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup quarter-final against Hull with Pellegrini suggesting the 27-year-old is due a rest anyway. Pellegrini said: “We will see, not because he had a kick in his heel or because he went out in minute 65 but because he has played already three games in a row. “It is very important to see with the medical staff in the way he is recovering and we will decide on Tuesday which is the starting XI against Hull.” City’s victory was their first in three Premier League games and was a welcome relief for the title favourites after back-to-back losses to Liverpool and Juventus in different competitions in the past week. The platform for the win was laid as Kevin De Bruyne and Fabian Delph struck in the opening 20 minutes with Aleksandar Kolarov settling nerves after Shane Long pulled one back. Pellegrini said: “It was a very important reaction. It was not an easy week. “We had won just one point from the last six in the Premier League so it was very important to win here against a difficult team that was unbeaten away. I am very happy with the performance and the three points.” Aguero, making only his third appearance since returning from a hamstring problem, appeared in some discomfort as he left the field after 64 minutes of City’s 3-1 Barclays Premier League win at the Etihad Stadium. The Argentinian had been clutching his ankle just moments earlier but Pellegrini insisted it was not serious and the player was about to be substituted anyway. last_img read more

ROI U17s in action

first_imgThe sides meet in the Cypriot city of Paphos where kick off is at 12.15, Irish time. Group 8’s other game sees the hosts face Slovakia.last_img

Protesters disrupt FIFA visit to Brazil World Cup stadium

first_imgA group of about 50 protesters vandalized part of the construction site of a World Cup stadium and chanted anti-FIFA slogans during an inspection by organizers in Cuiaba on Tuesday.FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke and other officials were met by jeering protesters when they arrived at the construction site of the Arena Pantanal.The demonstrators, who were complaining about the cost of next year’s World Cup and demanding improvements for local citizens, entered the venue and painted messages that called for “Less World Cup, more health and education.”The protesters, mostly local teachers, carried banners reading “FIFA go home” and chanted slogans from the field while FIFA and government officials continued their inspection tour from the stands.Brazil Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo and former national team stars Ronaldo and Bebeto were among those who witnessed the protest.The incident came a day after violent demonstrations in some of Brazil’s largest cities, including one by teachers seeking better pay in Rio de Janeiro. The Confederations Cup in June was marked by protests and more are expected during the World Cup. Because of the demonstrators, Valcke made a symbolic handover of tickets to workers at a different part of the site.In the southern city of Curitiba, a Brazilian labor judge on Tuesday reversed a ruling that had halted construction at the Arena da Baixada for nearly a week because of workers’ safety concerns. Work resumed, but a new inspection was scheduled for the end of the week.The Arena da Baixada was less than 80 percent completed by the end of August, the lowest rate among the venues under construction.Read More: read more

Troost-Ekong lifts Nigeria past South Africa in quarter-finals

first_imgSouth Africa’s Percy Tau in action with Nigeria’s William Troost-EkongCairo, Egypt | AFP |  William Troost-Ekong’s late winner sent Nigeria through to the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday after a tense 2-1 victory over South Africa in Cairo.Samuel Chukwueze fired the Super Eagles ahead in the first half in front of a healthy, largely pro-Nigerian crowd at the 75,000-capacity Cairo International Stadium.But Bongani Zungu’s looping header brought South Africa level on 70 minutes, the goal awarded with the aid of VAR — introduced for the first time at the tournament from the quarter-final stage onwards — after it was initially ruled out for offside.Centre-back Troost-Ekong then turned home at a corner a minute from time to set three-time champions Nigeria up with a clash against Algeria or Ivory Coast for a spot in the July 19 final.“We were lucky in the end to score this second goal because in the second half South Africa played much better,” said Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr.“We’re happy, we have to recover well because the next game, either Algeria or Ivory Coast will be very difficult also.”South Africa boss Stuart Baxter admitted the nature of the defeat was tough to digest.“It’s difficult when you’ve lost a game in the dying minutes, it’s difficult to find positives. I’m sure in one week’s time I will find some positives, but at this moment I’m finding it very difficult,” he said.Left-back Jamilu Collins made his first appearance in Egypt after shaking off a pre-tournament injury while Villarreal forward Chukwueze came in for Moses Simon in the Nigerian attack. Baxter stuck with the same side that shocked hosts Egypt in the last round, as match-winner Thembinkosi Lorch retained his place despite Themba Zwane’s return from suspension.– VAR makes its mark –Rohr had suggested South Africa were favourites in the build-up following their defeat of the record seven-time champions, a tag Baxter promptly rejected with Bafana Bafana’s lone competitive win over Nigeria coming in qualifying for these finals.Odion Ighalo’s goals have been the driving force behind Nigeria’s run here but it was emerging young forward Chukwueze, coming off a solid debut season in Spain’s top flight, who struck just before the half-hour to end the impasse.Alex Iwobi skipped past a couple of defenders down the left before pulling back for Chukwueze, who swept into the corner as the ball trickled back his way after a first shot was blocked.Following a stodgy first half Nigeria appeared the far sharper after the break, Peter Etebo rattling the crossbar with a superb 25-yard free-kick destined for the top corner but for the fingertips of Ronwen Williams.A number of promising attacks fizzled out for Nigeria and their lack of precision came back to haunt them when Zungu hauled South Africa level, nodding back across goal after a Percy Tau set-piece was shown upon a video review to have been flicked on by Ighalo.But after their stunning elimination of Mohamed Salah’s Egypt there was to be no follow-up act from South Africa as Williams flapped at an inswinging corner and Troost-Ekong forced over the line with his knee to clinch victory for NigeriaShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Arsenal to confirm £22million transfer?

first_img Bernd Leno has been a mainstay between the sticks over the last seven Bundesliga seasons. Arsenal are set to sign Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno. Arsenal have been tipped to announce the signing of Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno on Tuesday, according to SPORTBILD.The Gunners have been linked with the shot-stopper since the start of the transfer window and now a deal appears to be on the verge of completion. Leno, who has made 233 Bundesliga appearances in seven seasons, missed out on a place in Joachim Low’s Germany squad for World Cup 2018.And this has allowed a deal to be done during the tournament with SPORTBILD reporter Christian Falk tweeting the news. 2center_img Atletico Madrid and Roma were reportedly rivals for the player’s signature but the north Londoners have beaten them both.He will replace Petr Cech as Arsenal’s No.1, with the ex-Chelsea man rumoured to be heading to Napoli with former boss Carlo Ancelotti. 2 Exclusive: the official announcement of @Bernd_Leno at @Arsenal will be tomorrow @altobelli13 @SPORTBILD— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) June 18, 2018talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

Barak Valley situation reviewed ahead of NRC draft update

first_imgAssam Chief Secretary T.Y. Das and Director-General of Police Kuladhar Saikia on Monday reviewed the law and order and internal security situation of four Barak Valley districts ahead the publication of the final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the State.An Assam police spokesperson said a high-level team comprising Mr. Das, Mr. Saikia and other senior officials visited Cachar district and took stock of the law and order and internal security situation in Cachar, Karimganj, Hailakandi and Dima Hasao districts.High-level discussions“Various issues relating to internal security and the emerging law and order situation were discussed threadbare.“This is the fifth meeting of the high-power team before publication of the draft NRC,” the official said. The District Collectors, the Superintendents of Police and senior officers of the police, the Army, the Central police forces and the Indian Air Force engaged in the districts took part in the discussion, he added.Senior officials, including Special DGP (SB) Pallab Bhattacharyya and Additional DGP (Law and Order) Mukesh Agrawal were present.last_img read more