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Pep Guardiola rejects Ilkay Gundogan’s “nervous” claim

Pep Guardiola has rejected Ilkay Gundogan’s assessment that Manchester City were too nervous in their Champions League loss at Tottenham. Midfielder Gundogan felt City were guilty of trying too hard as they were beaten 1-0 in the first leg of their quarter-final tie on Tuesday. Gundogan also felt City did not respond well to Sergio Aguero’s early penalty miss as they were undone by Son Heung-min’s late goal. Pep Guardiola’s quadruple-chasing Manchester City were beaten 1-0 by Tottenham in midweek (Bradley Collyer/PA) “I don’t agree with him, absolutely not,” said City boss Guardiola. “There are games when we concede a goal and we are not there but in this case we conceded a goal and nothing happened. “Especially in the second half, it was under control. We didn’t concede many shots on targ...

Cardiff City to claim Emiliano Sala death made transfer null and void

Cardiff will tell FIFA that Emiliano Sala‘s move from Nantes was invalid when the club responds to a complaint over their refusal to pay the Ligue 1 outfit his £15million transfer fee. The 28-year-old Argentinian striker died in a plane crash in the English Channel on January 21, two days after the Premier League club had announced him as their record signing “subject to international clearance”. But Press Association Sport understands that Cardiff will tell football’s world governing body that Sala was not eligible to play in the Premier League at the time of his death and was free to join another club had he so wished. #SOUCAR | Both teams will be wearing black armbands at tomorrow’s match in honour of Emiliano Sala. A minute’s silence will also be hel...

Result: Inter claim Milan derby spoils

Lautaro Martinez scored the decisive goal from the penalty spot as Inter beat AC Milan 3-2 in a wild and woolly San Siro derby on Sunday. Inter held off the hosts’ late charge to move clear of their rivals in the Serie A table and bounce back from their midweek Europa League exit to Eintracht Frankfurt. Defeat ended a run of six straight wins for Milan and could prove costly in their quest to nail down a Champions League berth for next season. Lautaro Martinez’s penalty proved decisive in the Milan derby (Luca Bruno/AP) Inter had made a flying start to ease the pressure of their recent poor form, with Martinez heading down an Ivan Perisic cross for Matias Vecino to volley the opener after just three minutes. But in a hint of the non-stop action that was to come, Milan almost le...

Result: Warriors become first Western Conference team to claim play-off spot

The Golden State Warriors became the first team in the Western Conference to clinch a play-off spot with a 110-88 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Steph Curry scored 33 points for the Warriors, who were still missing an injured Kevin Durant, but Klay Thompson was on hand to provide the back-up with 23 points. The win means the Warriors – who cannot finish any worse than in eighth place – move into their seventh straight play-off berth. Clinched. ✅ pic.twitter.com/q15VOLhCwh — Golden State Warriors (@warriors) March 17, 2019 The San Antonio Spurs extended their winning run to eight games as they overcame the Portland Trail Blazers 108-103. DeMar DeRozan finished with 21 points for the Spurs but there was further disappointment for Portland after CJ McCollum exited the court in the third ...

McGowan nets first Accies goal to claim vital win over Hearts

Aaron McGowan’s first goal for Hamilton gave them a narrow but crucial 1-0 Ladbrokes Premiership win over Hearts. The defender, signed from Morecambe in 2018, lit up a dull first-half in the 36th minute when he opened the scoring with a brilliantly-taken volley. The fifth-placed visitors huffed and puffed after the break but Brian Rice’s side pulled out all the stops to keep their goal intact for the win that moved them six points clear of second-bottom Dundee, who play Celtic at Dens Park on Sunday. The international break gives both managers time to gather their thoughts but it will be Rice rather than Craig Levein who will enjoy it the most after this hard-fought encounter. Rice had been fuming after last week’s 3-0 defeat to Lanarkshire rivals Motherwell but he made only one change wit...

Result: Sheffield United claim victory against promotion rivals Leeds

Chris Basham fired Sheffield United to a huge victory in a dramatic clash at Sky Bet Championship promotion rivals Leeds. Both sides knew this all-Yorkshire encounter could have a massive bearing in the race for automatic promotion, with centre-back Pontus Jansson going as far as to call this the biggest game of many Leeds players’ lives. But Marcelo Bielsa’s side blew several good opportunities to beat Chris Wilder’s men for the second time this season, with Basham’s second-half strike sealing Sheffield United a 1-0 win that sees them usurp the hosts in second spot. Elland Road was bouncing from the start and bore witness to an engaging opening period, with Leeds dominating the opening 40 minutes before wobbling as half-time approached. The driving rain and sodden pitch continued to make ...

Arsenal players claim Lingard celebration motivated them to beat United

Jesse Lingard’s goal celebration in Arsenal’s recent FA Cup defeat to Manchester United acted as motivation for the Gunners as they secured victory in Sunday’s Premier League clash between the top-four rivals. Goalkeeper Bernd Leno and striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang claimed after the 2-0 win that the memory of Lingard moonwalking at the Emirates Stadium in January gave added incentive to secure three points on Sunday. A Granit Xhaka strike and an Aubameyang penalty saw Arsenal end Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s unbeaten 12-game domestic streak since taking caretaker charge at Old Trafford in December. The win allowed Arsenal to leapfrog United into fourth place, providing a further twist to Champions League qualification during a weekend when Tottenham and Chelsea dropped points. Lingard celebr...

Result: Arsenal beat Manchester United to claim top-four advantage

Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang register as Arsenal beat top-four rivals Manchester United 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal have defeated Manchester United 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium to inflict a first Premier League defeat on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since he replaced Jose Mourinho. The Gunners picked up the victory through a first-half strike from Granit Xhaka, which David de Gea should have kept out, and a second-half penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Romelu Lukaku wasted a couple of big chances for United either side of Xhaka’s goal as United, unbeaten in 12 top-flight matches before today, slipped below their opponents into fifth place. Arsenal’s top-four destiny is not quite in their own hands, though, as Chelsea can draw level on points if they win thei...

Jordan stars as England skittle West Indies for 45 to claim biggest T20 win

England skittled the West Indies for just 45 to claim their heaviest Twenty20 victory in a contest settled by a devastating four-wicket blast by Chris Jordan. Having posted 182 for six, with Sam Billings doing the heavy lifting with a career-best 87 from 47 balls, the tourists wiped their opponents out in less than 12 overs to seal a 137-run win and take the three-match series 2-0. The Windies total was the lowest ever made by a full member nation and just six more than the record low set by Holland in 2014. It was also England’s biggest winning margin, comfortably clearing their 116-run rout of Afghanistan. An outstanding victory to win the series!!! 🙌 Scorecard: https://t.co/5IdmrptuCs#WIvENG pic.twitter.com/W4hS75rEOp — England Cricket (@englandcricket) March 8, 2019 Jordan was the head...

Mitchell holds off Koepka and Fowler to claim maiden PGA Tour title in Florida

Mitchell birdied the final hole to seal the win. American Keith Mitchell produced a brilliant birdie on the 72nd hole to hold off the challenge of Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler and win his first PGA Tour title in the Honda Classic. Mitchell birdied four of his last seven holes at PGA National to card a closing 67 and finish nine under par, a shot ahead of three-time major winner Koepka and his Ryder Cup team-mate Fowler. Koepka, the reigning US Open and US PGA champion, had birdied the 16th and 18th in his closing 66 to set a target matched by Fowler thanks to three birdies in the last four holes. However, Mitchell held his nerve despite driving into a fairway bunker on the 18th and, after laying up with his second shot, hit his third to 15 feet and calmly rolled in the putt to secure vi...

Result: Britain’s Muir and Oskan-Clarke claim gold on final night in Glasgow

Britain’s women made it a middle-distance clean sweep at the European Indoor Championships as Laura Muir and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke took gold on the final night in Glasgow. Muir followed up her 3000 metres gold by recording an emphatic victory in the 1500m by coming home in four minutes 5.92 seconds – more than three seconds ahead of Poland’s Sofia Ennaoui. Ireland’s Ciara Mageean took the bronze. Oskan-Clarke delivered a dominant performance to come home nearly half a second clear of the 800m field in 2:02.58. The British men also had success in the 800m as Jamie Webb – a full-time science teacher – took silver. There were also silvers for Holly Bradshaw in the pole vault, Tim Duckworth in the heptathlon and the women’s 4x400m relay team. Double GOLD for @lauramuiruns at @Glasgow2019 Euro ...

Bernd Leno: ‘Arsenal ready to claim fourth spot in Premier League’

Bernd Leno says that Arsenal are ready to capitalise on any errors from Manchester United and Chelsea in the race to finish in fourth place in the Premier League. Goalkeeper Bernd Leno has claimed that Arsenal are ready to capitalise on any mistakes from the club’s rivals in the race for fourth position in the Premier League table. Arsenal have endured an indifferent top-flight campaign, but the Gunners find themselves just one point adrift of Manchester United with 13 matches remaining. Chelsea are also in the hunt for the final Champions League spot, but Leno has backed the North London outfit to outlast their nearest rivals. The German stopper is quoted by the London Evening Standard as saying: “It is a good competition between all the teams. Chelsea played Manchester City a...

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