Premier League: Hector Bellerin’s injury-time strike ends London Derby in thrilling 2-2 draw

In one of the most thrilling encounters of the Premier League this season, Arsenal and Chelsea had to settle for a point apiece in the London Derby at the Emirates Stadium as the match ended in a 2-2 draw.

 The Londoners shared an incredible 33 shots on target in the game, but the heroics of Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois on either side of the goalposts meant that only 4 goals were scored between the two.

The game started off brilliantly with both teams dominating equally. The first real chance came when Morata was clear on goal after a defensive lapse from Arsenal, but the Spaniard curled wide on a rather sitting one-on-one opportunity with the keeper. Arsenal came close to opening the score just two minutes later as Alexis Sanchez’s shot hit both the posts before Courtois could grab it.

Following a goal-less first half, it was Jack Wilshire who scored his first goal of the season to give Arsenal the lead after a superb team game. But Chelsea hit back within minutes as Eden Hazard converted a controversial spot-kick to level the game. A brilliant piece of skill on the wing by Davide Zappacosta teed up Marcos Alonso for a tap-in that gave Chelsea a 2-1 lead just seven minutes from time.

However, Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin had some other ideas as his injury-time strike leveled the scores at 2-2 and gave Arsenal a thoroughly deserved point at home. A later drama was shunned as Davide Zappacosta hit the crossbar deep in injury time to maintain the scoreline.

Arsenal stands sixth on the table with 49 points while Chelsea is 3rd at 46 points. The two teams face each other next Wednesday in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg before meeting once more in the second leg next week.

Source – Daily Mail, Firstpost

Germany on top, and India on 107th position in FIFA world rankings

In the latest FIFA ranking, Germany has replaced Brazil to be the number one team. The German team has risen to the top after defeating Czech Republic (2-1) and beating Norway 6-0 in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Brazil is in the second spot, while Portugal has climbed up three places to third.Argentina and Belgium are the other two teams that have secured their spots in the Top 5 FIFA ranking.

Spain stays at 11th position, England has dropped to 15th and Italy slipped five places to 17th.

However, Indian football team is no more in the top 100 ranking; and has dropped down to 107th position out of 211 countries. In May, this year India was placed at 100th spot, from where it rose to 96 in July, and 97 in August.

Cape Verde is the highest climber, moving up 47 places to 67th position, and Guatemala, on the other hand, are the biggest fallers, falling 31 places to 131st post. Additionally, teams of Peru (12th), Northern Ireland (20th) and war-torn Syria (75th) have reached record-breaking spots this time.

The next FIFA world rankings will be released on October 16, 2017.

Sources: Hindustan Times, Zee News

Image Source: Getty Images

Neymar all set to move to St.Germain from Barcelona

Iconic Brazilian striker Neymar skipped training session with Barcelona in light of his decision to inform the club about moving to French Club Saint-Germain in a blockbuster deal of $263 million. Just eight months back, Neymar had signed a deal with the Spanish Club in which the terms of his buy out deal was raised to more than double which itself was a historical act. He was also signed to retain contract with Barcelona till 2021 as per the deal. Barcelona also confirmed Neymar’s actions by an official statement referring to the same.

The Brazilian who had joined the club in 2013 had scored 105 goals for the club and had helped them retain a string of trophies including a coveted Champions league crown along with two league titles. While Barcelona had already been looking for replacement for the striker by zooming on star players like Ousmane Dombale (Dortmund), Coutinho (Liverpool) and Paulo Dybala (Juventus).However, Javier Trebas, president of National Football League has stated that the move would violate Financial Fair Play rules of UEFA and the league will not accept payment from Saint-German Club. Interestingly, UEFA had stated that no such complaint had been received so far and they, at the moment, are not planning to block the deal, and are willing to look into details of the issue.


News Sources- ANI, LiveMint 

Raymond Kopa, The Real Madrid star dies at 85

Raymond Kopa The Real Madrid star that was playmaker for Europe in late 1950s passed away at age of 85, today. He was hospitalized in the French town on Sunday and Reims, the French club confirmed his demise.

The child of Polish workers, Kopa was attributed three European cups amid his time at Santiago Bernabeu and furthermore asserted the Ballon d’Or in 1958 and before that he was named as the best French player of that year’s worldcup.

An aggressor, who lost his two fingers while working as a miner, began his football vocation with Angers, where he lived until his demise. After that he proceeded onward to Reims, where he spent the heft of his playing life, five seasons to be precise. In fact, he turned out for the Champagne furnish from 1951 until 1967, except for a three-season vacation in Madrid.

Amid his vocation, he won four household French titles and was likewise European Cup runner up with Reims in 1956. In Spain, he was a piece of the side that won two Primera Division titles, hoarded the early years of mainland football and even accomplished the amusement’s most astounding individual respect around then.

Fondly known as ‘Kopita’ considering his diminutive stature, he played 45 times for France in the vicinity of 1952 and 1962, scoring 18 objectives and was one of the extraordinary figures at the 1958 World Cup, where he was overshadowed ostensibly just by 13-objective partner Just Fontaine and Brazil’s adolescent sensation Pele.

Noel Le Graet, The president, France Football Federation president expressed his grief saying, “His is a loathsome misfortune for French football. He was an image and a leader. His vocation with his clubs and also with France was extraordinary.”

News Source: ESPN, GOAL

Image Source: Alchetron

Twin blasts rock Turkey,38 killed and dozens injured

A twin blast attack just outside the premises of the football stadium in Istanbul has killed 38 people and injured numerous people.It is one of the most devastating attacks in the recent months.

Two cars carrying more than 300 kg of explosives exploded at 10.30PM local time. Both the bombs exploded within a time period of one minute. The deceased consisted of 31 policemen and 7 civilians. 155 people are being treated in the government hospital currently .The attack took place two hours after the match between Beskitas and Bursaspor. Besiktas football club strongly condemned the attack.

President Erdogan stated that they would overcome terrorism as a country together. Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said that the early investigation point towards the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The place of attack is just a kilometer away from the famous Taksim Square, a tourist hotspot. The Turkish government has banned the broadcast of the attack footage. The explosions happened after the Turkish ruling party submitted a bill in parliament which would increase the power and longer the tenure of Mr Erdogan in Turkey. The attack also comes within few months of a failed coup attempt which has been blamed on the U.S based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Sources-The Guardian , BBC

Image sources- Al Jazeera




Arsenal vs Chelsea: Match Report

It has been in erratic start to the season for both Arsenal and Chelsea as they look to steed a continued Premier League title contest. But after yesterday’s match, it was the Gunners who gunned down Chelsea 3-0 and became the winners at the Emirates on Saturday. Under Arsene Wenger, little has changed from previous season and the team still lacks a sagacity of flexibility in the attacking segment. Though Alexis Sanchez, who was the key player for Arsenal last season, seemed out of form and Mesut Ozil was unable to find his signature pass to free his strikers, Arsenal somehow managed to take advantage of the opponent’s mistakes and played with great versatility.

Chelsea, still adjusting to the different play style of their new coach Antonio Conte, fumbled greatly in both attack as well as defence. There have been optimistic marks from Conte as he imparts a sense of defensive sturdiness to the team. The signing of N’Golo Kante shows signs of potential as he beats the middle third and Eden Hazard seems to have revealed his form from the two seasons before.

The character of the false nine was termed by the football realm to define the drive and positioning of Lionel Messi under Pep Guardiola when he drifted in an almost free role at the socket of the Barcelona attack. In actuality, the role has been present for much longer and can be traced back to the early to mid-twentieth century. As far as this game was concerned, we witnessed the Chilean international Alexis Sanchez play in the false-nine position in a remarkable strategic furrow initiated by Arsene Wenger.

With Mesut Ozil , Alex Iwobi and Theo Walcott moving behind in the attacking midfield sections, Arsenal utilized the players that were capable and prepared to float across the width of the ground to find and create space. Hector Bellerin played a major role in this and would progress wide from the full back region and Walcott would effectively utilize the gamble to move into the half space to round the holes in the Chelsea defence line.

This match was a pointer to the fact a much more fluid Arsenal would be in play at the final third of the season. The idea to use Sanchez in the false nine role unfastens space and opportunities for a more upright attacking game from Arsenal than we have possibly ever seen. The score line of 3-0 was essentially gratifying to Chelsea as Arsenal attacked in rollers and interlaced passing moves that cut straight and concluded in the destruction of the Chelsea defensive block. With this way of experimentation, Arsene Wenger is essentially showcasing his ability to utilize his squad in the perfect manner, which has been lacking, according to critics, in Jose Mourinho this season.

Source: SkysportsGoal

Jose Mourinho seems to have lost confidence at Manchester United

After been on a very disappointing losing streak of 3 games, Manchester United finally found victory in their last match and now all fingers are pointed at Jose Mourinho questioning his ability to manage the celebrated team.  Tracking his performance in the Premier League this season, I believe that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho’s confidence has been bumped since being fired by Chelsea last year.

Mourinho, after being mercilessly been sacked by Chelsea last December, is trying his level best to find a recipe that works efficiently at his new club. If one were to rate his current performance, it would seem like as if he is tip toeing at the moment. This directly points at the fact that it seems as if Jose Mourinho is still confused over which his best team on paper and on the field are. He is yet to make a stringent decision on who to negate out of the team and is trying to keep everyone content. He seems concerned over how things spiralled down at Chelsea and has clearly lost confidence in his ability as a manager.

He is known for his very strict and swift actions in selling and buying players, making big decisions at the perfect moment without delaying it and yet, he has not shown this trait of his this season. He is a lot more careful at Manchester United than he was at Chelsea and unless he sorts this out himself, the team will still be facing situations where the weaker teams on paper are making a fool out of the Reds and winning quite easily.

Though players like Rashford has displayed exceptional performances under Mourinho, playing a key role in their last victory, most critics now thin k that the burden on Rashford is quite huge and as a budding player, he should not be under so much expectation in a star studded team like Manchester United. Though Mourinho made sure that the match against Leicester City would be different and won the game 4-1, but has a long way to go to get back the trust of the football world.

Sources: The GuardianSandiego Tribune