LONDON: Premier League sides Norwich and Crystal Palace bowed out of the League Cup on Tuesday beaten by fourth tier sides Crawley Town and Colchester United respectively. Democratic Republic of Congo-born Beryly Lubala scored Crawley’s goal — his fifth of the season — in their 1-0 win over a second string Norwich side for the victors first ever win over top tier opposition. Colchester progressed on penalties after they had held Palace to a scoreless draw after 90 minutes — Noah Chilvers converting the decisive penalty. It was Colchester’s first win over top flight opposition in the League Cup since 1979. Watford eased a little bit of the pressure on under-fire manager Javi Gracia by securing their first win of the season beating Coventry 3-0. Newspaper reports on Tuesday said Gracia had until the second international break — in October — to save his job despite taking the Hornets to the FA Cup final last season. Goals by Ismaila Sarr, who was … [Read more...] about Norwich and Palace toppled in League Cup by giantkillers
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LONDON: Premier League sides Norwich and Crystal Palace bowed out of the League Cup on Tuesday (Aug 27) beaten by fourth-tier sides Crawley Town and Colchester United respectively.Democratic Republic of Congo-born Beryly Lubala scored Crawley's goal - his fifth of the season - in their 1-0 win over a second string Norwich side for the victors first ever win over top tier opposition.Colchester progressed on penalties after they had held Palace to a scoreless draw after 90 minutes - Noah Chilvers converting the decisive penalty.It was Colchester's first win over top flight opposition in the League Cup since 1979.Watford eased a little bit of the pressure on under-fire manager Javi Gracia by securing their first win of the season beating Coventry 3-0.Newspaper reports on Tuesday said Gracia had until the second international break - in October - to save his job despite taking the Hornets to the FA Cup final last season.Goals by Ismaila Sarr, who was making his first start … [Read more...] about Football: Norwich and Palace toppled in League Cup
PARIS: The Netherlands stand one step away from their first ever women's World Cup final thanks to a core of players aiming to conquer the world after taking Arsenal back to the top in England.Vivianne Miedema's thumping headed opener in their 2-0 quarter-final win over Italy on Saturday (Jun 29) helped give her side a last four clash with Sweden on Wednesday. It was her third in France after scoring an astonishing 31 goals in 28 games for the Gunners as they won their first Women's Super League in seven years.Lining up behind her, for both club and country for the past two years, have been attacking midfielder Danielle van de Donk, centre-back Dominique Bloodworth and goalkeeper Sari Van Veenendaal, and Miedema recognised the impact having same players form the spine of both teams."Obviously it's really easy, we've been playing together for two years, we play as goalie, centre back, number 10 and me and it's the same at Arsenal so you get to know each other a lot better," Miedema … [Read more...] about Football: Dutch Arsenal connection gunning for World Cup glory
REUTERS: With all their players fit and available Mexico would be firm favourites to win their 11th Gold Cup title but a long list of absentees means the talk going into the tournament is as much about who is missing as who is going.Former Barcelona and Argentina coach Gerardo Martino took the helm in January and results have been encouraging, with his team beating Chile, Paraguay, Venezuela and Ecuador in his first four games in charge, scoring 13 goals in the process.As one of the strongest sides in the region, and especially in an expanded 16-team tournament, Mexico always expects to at least make the final.Being drawn in a relatively easy group alongside Canada, Cuba and Martinique, the last of whom are not even a member of FIFA, will give Martino’s inexperienced side a chance to play their way into the tournament.Yet much of the focus leading up to this Gold Cup has been on the players who will miss the tournament rather than those who could star.Defender Miguel Layun and … [Read more...] about Absences a worry, but Mexico still among Gold Cup favourites
FRANCE: In the four years since the last Women's World Cup in Canada, the competition and talent among female footballers has gotten stronger - and more global. The stage will be as big as ever when this year's tournament kicks off Jun 7 in Paris.In our latest ESPN FC Rank, we polled our experts to gauge which players will stand out in France.25. SHANICE VAN DE SANDENAnother from the Lyon dynasty, Shanice van de Sanden is best known for two things: her blazing speed and her trademark bright red lipstick. One of the fastest players in the women's game, Van de Sanden is an absolute handful to deal with on the right wing for opposing full-backs due to her pace and skill. A player who debuted for the Oranje at just 16, she was a key member of the Netherlands' victorious European Championship side in 2017 and will be appearing in her second World Cup this summer. Van de Sanden, now 26, has 15 goals in 63 caps for the Netherlands, but it is her ability to get in behind … [Read more...] about Who is the best player at the Women’s World Cup?