No more miracles as Barcelona crash out of the Champions League

BARCELONA FAILED TO produce another miraculous Champions League comeback as Juventus held out for a 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals 3-0 on aggregate. The Spanish champions had overcome a 4-0 first leg deficit against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 with a dramatic 6-1 win back on home soil. But Juventus showed why […]

Venue confirmed! Derry City will play their Europa League games in Sligo

DERRY CITY HAVE confirmed that they will play their Europa League qualifiers at Sligo Rovers’ Showgrounds. It had been reported previously that Kenny Shiels’ side had been priced out of the move, but Sligo have since substantially reduced the fee for use of its facilities, according to the Derry Journal. Dundalk’s Oriel Park was set to host the fixtures following news that […]

‘They were very aggressive against us and all of us were complaining about our legs’ – Salah

MOHAMED SALAH FELT Liverpool’s players were not protected from Monterrey’s “very aggressive” tactics in the Reds’ Club World Cup semi-final victory on Wednesday. Liverpool advanced to the Club World Cup final in Doha with a 2-1 success as substitute Roberto Firmino scored a 91st-minute winner midweek. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool had taken the lead through Naby Keita, but a side missing influential […]

Frustration for Mourinho, as Tottenham held by relegation-threatened Norwich

HARRY KANE SCORED a late penalty to rescue Tottenham a 2-2 draw against bottom-of-the-table Norwich City in Saturday’s Premier League clash. The England international marked his 200th appearance in the competition by winning and then converting a spot-kick with seven minutes remaining at Carrow Road. Mario Vrancic’s first Premier League goal had earlier given Norwich a first-half lead and Teemu […]

Portuguese league leaders complete signing of Dortmund midfielder for €20 million

BENFICA HAVE COMPLETED the €20million signing of Julian Weigl from Borussia Dortmund on a four-and-a-half-year contract. The two clubs confirmed a fee had been agreed on 31 December with the deal now complete following Benfica’s announcement to Portugal’s Securities Market Commission. Weigl, 24, joined Dortmund from 1860 Munich in 2015 and initially settled well, spending most of his first three […]

More injury woe for Tottenham

TOTTENHAM MIDFIELDER Moussa Sissoko is expected to be out for at least three months after undergoing knee surgery. The France international suffered medial collateral ligament damage in the 1-0 Premier League defeat to Southampton on 1 January and missed the 1-1 FA Cup draw with Middlesbrough last Sunday. Spurs expect the 30-year-old to be unable to resume training until the […]