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Result: Bayern Munich move level on points with Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund

Bayern claimed a slender win over Hertha Berlin. Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac celebrated his 100th game as a Bundesliga head coach with a 1-0 home win over Hertha Berlin. The former Croatia international, who has also coached Eintracht Frankfurt as well as his national side, saw Javi Martinez head in the only goal with just over an hour gone. Hertha had their chances to score but finished the game with 10 men as Karim Rekik was sent off with six minutes to go. Davie Selke had seen an early effort disallowed and Salomon Kalou had his shot cleared off the line as the visitors had the better chances in the first half. Selke also saw his shot cleared off the line early in the second half before Martinez struck to give his side the lead and Bayern held on for the victory. Hertha had the ball i...

Martin O’Neill: Nottingham Forest were robbed of three points by referee

Martin O’Neill was adamant Nottingham Forest were denied a perfectly good goal as they were held to a 0-0 draw away to Preston. Joe Lolley had the ball in the back of the net 12 minutes from time at Deepdale only for it to be ruled out because of a foul on Declan Rudd by Ryan Yates. Forest boss O’Neill insisted that Rudd had simply fumbled the ball, and this latest controversy follows the late equaliser conceded against West Brom on Tuesday. On that occasion Jay Rodriguez scored from the spot after Dwight Gayle had gone down. The Baggies striker has since been hit with a two-match ban for simulation. And with Forest just outside the Sky Bet Championship play-off places, O’Neill was understandably frustrated at seeing more points slip away. He said: “We should have t...

McInnes disappointed as Aberdeen drop points in the title chase

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes cut a frustrated figure despite watching his side rescue a point against Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership basement boys St Mirren. McInnes felt the two goals his side scored should have been enough to see off The Buddies in a game marred by a serious injury to on-loan defender Tommie Hoban. The Dons were twice forced to come from behind after Duckens Nazon and Kyle McAllister had scored for the visitors, with Lewis Ferguson and Sam Cosgrove replying to their respective strikes. McInnes said “The result was a big disappointment. We gifted St Mirren two goals, and played our own part in our failure to win all three points today. “It’s not new for us to face teams coming here to frustrate. It’s something we’ve had to contend with a lo...

Result: Wright place right time as Dundee grab crucial three points

Scott Wright’s  25-yard free kick earned Dundee a vital away win against a Livingston side who played for 75 minutes with 10 men following Shaun Byrne’s early red card. Wright, on loan from Aberdeen, curled a shot in to the top corner after Keaghan Jacobs had brought down Jesse Curran outside the penalty box. Byrne had been dismissed for a high boot on Dundee’s Andreas Hadenius just minutes before Craig Halkett put Livingston in front from close range. Andy Nelson’s equaliser drew Dundee back into it before Wright struck to earn Jim McIntyre’s side the win. Livingston had made two changes to the team that had drawn 0-0 with Hearts in their previous outing. In came Jacobs and Scott Robinson, the latter making his first appearance of 2019, with Steve Lawson and Stevie Lawless dropping to the...

McClaren points accusing finger at referee Harrington for latest defeat

An angry Steve McClaren blamed poor refereeing decisions for QPR’s fifth successive Championship defeat. The Rangers boss went on to the pitch at the final whistle to remonstrate angrily with referee Tony Harrington after watching Famara Diedhiou net a stoppage-time winner from the spot after he was impeded by Darnell Furlong. McClaren said: “Their penalty was ridiculous, and when the referee sees it again he will realise what a big mistake he has made. “The foul was on Furlong, not the other way around. The fact that he took five seconds to give the penalty showed the doubt in his mind. “We should have had at least one penalty at the other end. What the controversy shouldn’t detract from is an excellent performance from ourselves. “It is a second kick i...

5 talking points ahead of this week’s Champions League action

The Champions League returns this week with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in last-16 action. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s revived Reds take on Paris St Germain at Old Trafford, while Borussia Dortmund and their in-form England winger Jadon Sancho head to Wembley. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at some of the main talking points surrounding this week’s games. Solskjaer’s big test Roll on Tuesday. #MUFC #UCL pic.twitter.com/RpqUYpJ5S8 — Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 10, 2019 When United were paired with PSG during the final days of Jose Mourinho’s reign this tie was seen as nothing more than a formality for the French champions. How times have changed. United have since won 10 and drawn one of their 11 games under interim manager Ole Gunnar Sols...

Wigan win first time for Lam to claim back points deducted for salary cap breach

Wigan delivered a first Super League win for interim head coach Adrian Lam to wipe out the points they were docked for breaching the salary cap. A 34-16 round two win over Leeds lifted the reigning champions off the foot of the table and provided them with a timely boost ahead of next week’s World Club Challenge clash with Australian premiers Sydney Roosters. Former Barrow prop Joe Bullock scored his first Super League try as he once more demonstrated his comfort at this level while former Leeds full-back Zak Hardaker kicked five goals on an accomplished home debut. The result leaves former Wigan forward Dave Furner still looking for his first win as Leeds head coach and, to compound his troubles, substitute forward Mikolaj Oledzki was the subject of a biting allegation by Wigan hook...

England v West Indies: The key talking points ahead of the third Test

England head into their third Test against the West Indies with the series already gone after heavy defeats in Barbados and Antigua. Here, Press Association Sport looks at the issues at play in St Lucia. Lifeline for Jennings Keaton Jennings is back for the third Test (Ricardo Mazalan/PA) Keaton Jennings must have feared for his prospects at Test level after being dropped for the second time in his career last week. Now, after a three-day defeat and a breakneck change of selection policy, he is back in the saddle. He has had precious little time to deal with technical frailties outside off stump but he does have two Test centuries to his name already. If he can somehow make another big score, the Lancashire batsman might be at the beginning of a new chapter. Bairstow back behind the stumps...

Talking points ahead of Scotland v Ireland

Ireland will be itching to hit back to winning ways when taking on Scotland at Murrayfield in Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations clash. Here, Press Association Sport examines five key talking points ahead of the Edinburgh encounter. Scotland aiming to fire Ireland a World Cup warning shot Scotland have won 11 of their last 13 Test matches at Murrayfield Ireland have won 18 of their last 20 Test matches home and away Keith Earls will make his 50th Test start on the wing for Ireland, in his 74th cap overall for his nation. Greig Laidlaw will draw level with Bryan Redpath’s record of 52 Test starts at scrum-half for Scotland Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw had no qualms admitting Gregor Townsend‘s men are fully aware of the wider significance of Saturday’s Six Nations clas...

Sports law expert says Cardiff could be docked points if they don’t pay for Sala

Cardiff run the risk of being docked Premier League points if they do not honour the £15million fee owed to Nantes for the transfer of Emiliano Sala, according to sports law expert Gianpaolo Monteneri. Sala’s flight from Nantes to Cardiff fell into the English Channel on January 21, just two days after the Argentinian striker’s transfer to the Premier League club was announced. On Thursday night, Sala’s body was formally identified after it was recovered from the wreckage of the aircraft, which is on the seabed 21 miles off the coast of Guernsey. Cardiff received a formal letter from Nantes on Tuesday asking for the first of three yearly instalments of the Sala transfer fee, understood to be £5.27m, to be paid within 10 days. Cardiff and Nantes were united in tragedy following the disappea...

5 talking points ahead of Barcelona and Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey semi-final

Barcelona host El Clasico rivals Real Madrid as the pair meet at the Nou Camp in the opening leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final on Wednesday. The bitter opponents will clash three times in the coming weeks as they battle for supremacy at the end of the season. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at the major talking points ahead of the game. Will Lionel be fit to make it a Messi night for Madrid defence? Lionel Messi could sit out the visit of Real Madrid with a leg injury. (Nick Potts/PA) Lionel Messi has scored 12 goals in his last nine games. The diminutive Argentinian is in fine form but suffered a minor leg injury in Saturday’s LaLiga draw with Valencia. While Messi trained on Tuesday evening, Barca coach Ernesto Valverde would not be drawn on whether the 31-year-old wo...

Result: Liverpool held at West Ham United to drop more points in title race

Liverpool are held to a second draw in the space of a week as West Ham United deal another blow to their title hopes with a 1-1 stalemate at the London Stadium. Liverpool have missed the chance to restore their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League table courtesy of a 1-1 draw against West Ham United at the London Stadium this evening. The leaders broke the deadlock through Sadio Mane midway through the first half, but it was an unconvincing performance from Jurgen Klopp‘s side and the Hammers were well worth the point given to them by Michail Antonio‘s quickfire equaliser. Indeed, the hosts may feel that they could have come away with all three points given that Liverpool’s goal should have been ruled out for a clear offside in the buildup, and in the end it w...

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