Breaking: U-17 World Cup: Golden Eaglets in late rally to beat Ecuador

first_imgRelatedPosts Ex-Falcons, Golden Eaglets coach dies in Osun Breaking: Netherland send Eaglet packing from FIFA U17 World Cup FIFA U17 World Cup: Eaglets to battle Netherlands in last-16 It took the Golden Eaglets the last five minutes of the encounter at the FIFA U-17 World Cup tournament ongoing in Brazil to tame Ecuador in their second group match. Nigeria had gone ahead early in the match to score. A fifth minute goal by Ibrahim Said put Nigeria ahead. But in the 10th minute, the Ecuadorians levelled scores with an own goal by Daniel Jinadu. Ecuador’s Johan Mina converted a penalty kick in the 56th minute after Charles Etim committed an infraction. It looked like the match was going to end in favour of Ecuador until the last five minutes when Said scored in the 85th and 89th minutes. The Golden Eaglets have had a perfect beginning to the competition as they had defeated Hungary 4-2 in their first group match.Tags: FIFA Under-17 World CupGolden Eagletslast_img read more

Cathcart: Ighalo will do everything to succeed

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Breaking: Ighalo blocked Osimhen’s Man U move — Brother Watford appoint new head coach Watford centre-back Craig Cathcart believes his former teammate Odion Ighalo has the personality and skill to thrive while on loan at Manchester United. The Academy graduate, who won the 2006/07 Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award, joined Watford just a few weeks before Ighalo arrived from Udinese in July 2014. During a three-year spell, the pair were part of a successful period for the Hertfordshire club, which included earning promotion to the Premier League and then flourishing in their first season back in the big time. Now Ighalo is poised to return to top-flight action, after agreeing a loan deal to join the Reds from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, and Cathcart is excited about the contribution his erstwhile colleague could make up north. “I’m delighted for him, to be honest,” said Cathcart. “I know it’s something that he’ll be really enthusiastic about, because he was an ambitious player. “It’s an amazing opportunity for him and I’m sure he’ll do everything in his power to make the most of it.” The Northern Ireland international cites Ighalo’s thirst for testing himself against the best as a good indicator of what he might achieve at United. “I remember when we first got into the Premier League, the big occasions against the big clubs, he’d always look forward to them,” recalls Cathcart. “And, if I remember correctly, he scored quite a lot of goals against the big clubs. “So the fact that he’s going to be given the opportunity to play at United is just huge. He’s got every chance to have a successful spell there, because he’s a good player and he can score goals, definitely.” Cathcart was part of the United side that reached the 2007 FA Youth Cup final, alongside Danny Welbeck and Danny Drinkwater. The 30-year-old centre-forward was renowned for his partnership with Watford captain Troy Deeney while playing at Vicarage Road, but Cathcart describes him as a versatile player. “He can adapt. He’s got good link-up play if you do play with two strikers, and he can also hold the ball up if you want to go with the one striker,” he assesses. “He can run the channels as well, because he’s got good pace and good strength and he’s always a threat in the box.” Ighalo’s first run-out at Old Trafford as a Red could come against his former club, who are the first visitors to M16 after the winter break on February 23. “I haven’t spoken to him, but, as soon as he signed, I knew we were playing against United pretty soon,” notes Cathcart. “So I’ll be looking forward to seeing him and having a chat, and seeing how he’s getting on, because he’s a great lad and someone I really enjoyed playing with.”Tags: Jimmy MurphyOdion IghaloShanghai ShenhuaWatfordlast_img read more

Ole: Ighalo, Fernandes key to Top Four battle

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has credited January arrivals Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo with helping to add resilience to Manchester United’s squad during the second half of this season.The Reds were defeated for the first time since January, in all competitions, in Sunday’s Emirates FA Cup semi-final tie with Chelsea, but will be looking to extend our unbeaten run to 14 league games when we face West Ham United on Wednesday, and Leicester City on Sunday. Avoiding defeat in those final two league fixtures will be enough for Champions League football next season, and the manager believes his winter signings – coupled with the return from injury of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford – have been vital in helping us close what was a significant gap to our top-four rivals.“I think we’ve grown over the whole season,” Solskjaer told reporters.“The additions of Odion, Bruno and Paul coming back, [plus] Marcus coming back is a strength for us. We are better as a group and more robust and resilient.“The proof is in the pudding and we’ll have to see on Wednesday how they perform.”The disappointing 3-1 reverse to Chelsea at Wembley at the weekend put paid to hopes of a first domestic trophy for Solskjaer, although silverware could still arrive by way of next month’s Europa League. Ahead of a massive five days for United, the boss said that his side need to react to the setback of defeat, as they have before, and get a positive result over West Ham at Old Trafford, which will see us leapfrog Leicester going into the final-day showdown at the King Power Stadium.“When you lose a game, you’re hurt and disappointed,“ he admitted. ”You’ve just got to focus on the next thing.“A defeat isn’t the end of the world – it was the end of the FA Cup dream and the final, but now it’s business as usual and onto the next game.“We’ve had so many setbacks as a club before. We’ve lost big games before and we’ve turned that around and that’s what we need to do now.”Tags: Bruno FernandesManchester UnitedOdion IghaloOle Gunnar SolskjaerTop fourlast_img read more

McDowell up to eighth

first_img McDowell, who defeated US Open champion Webb Simpson in a play-off at Hilton Head, moves from 18th to eighth in the latest standings, while Luke Donald’s share of third place was enough to see him climb from sixth to fifth. France’s Raphael Jacquelin, who won a record-equalling nine-hole play-off in the Spanish Open, climbs from 146th to 94th. Graeme McDowell’s victory in the RBC Heritage has lifted the Northern Irishman back into the top 10 of golf’s world rankings. Latest leading positions in world rankings: 1 Tiger Woods (12.05), 2 Rory McIlroy (10.90), 3 Adam Scott (8.01), 4 Justin Rose (6.80), 5 Luke Donald (6.64), 6 Brandt Snedeker (6.37), 7 Louis Oosthuizen (5.78), 8 Graeme McDowell (5.56), 9 Steve Stricker (5.53), 10 Matt Kuchar (5.33), 11 Phil Mickelson (5.15), 12 Lee Westwood (5.07) 13 Keegan Bradley (5.01), 14 Sergio Garcia (4.86) 15 Charl Schwartzel (4.859), 16 Bubba Watson (4.858), 17 Ian Poulter (4.85), 18 Webb Simpson (4.78), 19 Dustin Johnson (4.57) 20 Jason Dufner (4.53). center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Terry expects summer contract talks

first_img The 32-year-old defender’s current five-year deal expires in 2014, but having been integral in the successes of the 10-year Roman Abramovich era, the former England skipper has been a more peripheral figure this season. “I’ve got a year left at Chelsea after this,” Terry said in the London Evening Standard. “People have spoken about no new contract and this kind of thing but it’s not even on the agenda at the moment.” Chelsea captain John Terry expects to open discussions over a contract extension this summer. “They may sit down with me once the season has finished and we’ll start talking then. “Whether it’s a yes or a no I’ll continue to give my very best until my contract finishes.” Terry has endured a challenging campaign which featured a lengthy absence due to a knee injury, while the skipper has also missed out on selection for some key fixtures, including the FA Cup semi-final loss to Manchester City. Chelsea’s policy is to offer those over 30 years of age only 12-month deals and left-back Ashley Cole signed a one-year extension in January. Midfielder Frank Lampard is 35 in June and his current deal expires this summer. It is uncertain where Lampard will play next season. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

We won’t rest on laurels – Fergie

first_img United will not get their hands on the Premier League trophy for another fortnight, yet already minds are turning to the best way of strengthening Ferguson’s squad. Whilst the United boss believes only a couple of additions are required, he has been told additional cash will be available if the right man comes along. “Having spoken with the Glazer family, there is every intention to kick on,” Ferguson said. “We possibly need two players. It depends. If a player came along who met our criteria we would push the boat out and get him, irrespective of how many players we have.” Press Association The Glazer family have assured Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson they intend to “kick on” from the club’s record 20th championship.center_img It is bad news for United’s domestic rivals, given they are already well behind. Not that such an easy stroll to championship glory can be anticipated next term, with Manchester City sure to strengthen and Ferguson expecting a renewed threat from Chelsea, especially if Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge. “Chelsea will definitely be involved next year,” the Scot said. “They have some good players and it looks likely Mourinho will be going there.” United head to Arsenal still with the aim of reaching Chelsea’s Premier League points record of 95 points, which they would eclipse by winning their remaining four games. It is those little targets that allow Ferguson to attain so many big ones, and ensure he is never short of an incentive to motivate his players. “I said last week I don’t mind winning the league in the last game of the season,” he said. “Now we have won the league with four games left, I look at it as being one thing to win the league, another to do it by beating the record. Ninety-six points would be phenomenal. I don’t know if that could ever be beaten.” Ferguson has a few “bumps and bruises” to assess before he finalises his line-up although Paul Scholes will not be in it. However, Ferguson is hopeful of having the veteran midfielder, who has not played since January due to a knee injury, back to make what could be his farewell appearance against Swansea at Old Trafford on May 12. “Paul is back training now,” Ferguson said. “He has been training for a week and is obviously not ready for Sunday but hopefully we will have him ready for Swansea in the last home game of the season.” last_img read more

Jol hopeful Schwarzer will stay

first_img The excellent Alexander Kacaniklic put Jol’s side ahead after 22 minutes, with Dimitar Berbatov and Urby Emanuelson sealing the victory late on, but it could have been a very different result had Schwarzer not pulled off a string of fine saves as Swansea piled on the pressure in the second half with the score at 1-0. The Australian denied Wayne Routledge, Chico Flores, Ashley Williams and Pablo Hernandez; with his fingertip save from the latter’s curling effort the pick of the bunch. The 40-year-old’s contract is due to expire this summer, and he has already rejected the offer of a new deal, but Jol is remaining positive. He said: “We offered him a new contract, the only thing is he wanted to be guaranteed to be the number one. “That is not easy as we need a goalkeeper anyway. We don’t know what will happen to (David) Stockdale and he does not want to be the number two, as you know he wants to be number one as well, and that is the problem. “Okay, you can go on the market and find a useless goalkeeper, but you want a good goalkeeper and if you find a good goalkeeper you have to fight for your place, but we will sit down with him and try to find a solution. You saw today, 3-0 looks very good but it would have been different if he had not been there.” Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, meanwhile, was left to rue a disappointing end to his first season in charge. The Dane has guided the Welsh club to Capital One Cup glory and a ninth-place Premier League finish, but could not give the home faithful a fitting finale. He said: “It was disappointing, but the difference was us not taking our chances. For 30 minutes in the second half we could have scored two or three. But I am sure in a couple of days I will see the big picture.” Fulham manager Martin Jol remains hopeful of keeping Mark Schwarzer at the club after watching the goalkeeper play a starring role in their 3-0 win at Swansea. The Cottagers secured their first win in eight games to end their season on a high, as Swansea’s memorable campaign ended with a whimper at the Liberty Stadium. On Schwarzer, Jol said: “We hope to find a solution, if we cannot find a solution we need to get a very, very, good goalkeeper because you need to be very, very good to be better than, or the same, as him.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Lennon welcomes Cliftonville clash

first_imgNeil Lennon is relishing the opportunity to take charge of a competitive match in his homeland for the first time as Celtic prepare to take on Cliftonville. Press Association The Hoops will face the Northern Ireland champions in the second qualifying round of the Champions League, with the first leg set to take place at Parkhead on July 16 or 17 before the return in Belfast. Should they overcome Cliftonville, Celtic – who progressed to the last 16 last season – will need to get through two more qualifying rounds to reach the group stage. Lennon told the club’s website: “It will be the first time I will have taken Celtic to a competitive game back home so that is something to look forward to.” center_img He added: “But we will be totally motivated, obviously, to play as strongly as we can and try to win the tie. It’s a great draw – a great draw for Cliftonville as well I would imagine. It will create a lot of interest back in Belfast but I am very wary of the tie. “I know Gerard Lawlor, the chairman, very well and I know he will be absolutely delighted with the draw – and there will be a lot of familiar faces. We have three ties this year and our short-term priority will be to qualify for the group stages, which would mean a lot to everyone associated with the club. I’m not expecting us to have the same impact as last season but you just never know.” Cliftonville first-team coach Gerard Lyttle hailed the pairing with Celtic as a dream draw. He told Press Association Sport: “We will be big underdogs and everyone will write us off but we will go there with a game plan and I just hope the players don’t get stage fright. “We didn’t get together for the draw, there were lots of players working but with social media we all soon found out. It is everyone’s dream. We had a good season, won the double and got pipped at the post for the treble so this is just the icing on the cake. “When the draw was regionalised we knew we had a one in five chance of getting Celtic. We started pre-season on Saturday and will be working most of the week. I don’t expect the treatment table to be full. Everyone will be buzzing.” The draw in Nyon, Switzerland also saw Welsh champions The New Saints drawn against Legia Warsaw, while Irish champions Sligo Rovers take on Molde, who are managed by former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. last_img read more

Trapattoni warns of Wales threat

first_imgGiovanni Trapattoni has warned his Ireland side Wednesday night’s clash with Wales will be a friendly only in name. Trapattoni was Italy manager when they were beaten 2-1 by Wales at a sold-out Millennium Stadium during qualifying for Euro 2004. The atmosphere will be considerably more low-key on Wednesday night, but the Ireland boss remains wary of the Welsh. “This is no friendly,” he said. “I know this country. I was here many years ago with Italy, as was their scorer that night, (Craig) Bellamy. “We won in Italy but we lost over here and we know about this team, I have seen so many games and I know the Welsh players, they have a good mentality and they are international players. “After this game we can reflect, and we will know from our attitude and personality whether we are ready to play against Sweden.” Trapattoni is pleased he will not have to face Bale’s combination of pace, power and skill, but admits it is a shame for the home fans to miss out on seeing the Real Madrid target. “I am a sports fan, I have 50 years in football,” he said. “It is a shame for Wales and all football fans. He is the sort of player everyone loves. “For us it is okay and I can say we are lucky he is not playing. But I understand the situation, what is important for Bale and Real Madrid whether he goes there or not.” The Celtic rivals meet at Cardiff City Stadium with the visitors looking to build towards their crucial World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria next month. They will face a Wales side without star man Gareth Bale after the Tottenham winger was ruled out due to his foot injury, but Trapattoni is under no illusions that Wales still remain a potent threat to his side’s positive run of recent form, which has seen them lose just once in 2013. Trapattoni confirmed Keiren Westwood will start in goal with David Forde ruled out by injury, although the Italian remains hopeful the Millwall stopper and defender Sean St Ledger may be fit to face the Swedes. Norwich’s Wes Hoolahan is also handed a start, playing in the hole behind striker Shane Long. And captain John O’Shea believes the 31-year-old has the talent to make the most of his opportunity to stake a claim for a regular spot. O’Shea said: “He has developed late in his career but it has been to our benefit. The manager has slowly introduced him and we are fully aware of his talents. “The players have seen it, the manager has seen it, not just in the Premier League but every day on the training ground. Hopefully he will be a vital part for us during the latter stages of this campaign. “As a tall defender he is a nightmare as he is a tough guy. He is not afraid to take a few knocks but he does get in pockets behind the midfield four and that is what the manager will want from him tomorrow night. “Hopefully he can supply Robbie Brady, Shane Long and Jon Walters, and we know he can weigh in with a goal himself.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Chelsea confirm Willian deal

first_img Willian began his career in his homeland with Corinthians before moving to Europe with Shakhtar Donetsk in 2007. He made over 100 appearances for the Ukrainians before going to Anzhi in January of this year but his Russian adventure will be short-lived. Mourinho is now likely to turn his intentions to getting Rooney, with a third bid planned after Monday’s Barclays Premier League clash at Old Trafford. Chelsea have been told repeatedly that Rooney is not for sale, but still Mourinho is chasing his man. “When you own a player, you have a contract with a player for a long time, even if the player wishes to leave – and sometimes that happens,” Mourinho said. “That contradiction happens. The player wants to leave, the club wants to keep (him). “We (managers) have to make a decision one way or another way. We have to persuade the player to stay, or the player persuades us to sell.” Asked how he rates Chelsea’s chances of signing Rooney, Mourinho said: “I don’t care. In this moment I don’t care.” Where the Willian move leaves Spurs now is unclear, with the forward seemingly lined up as their replacement for Gareth Bale should he complete his protracted move to Real Madrid. This latest development could prove to be yet another delay in the summer’s longest-running transfer saga and possibly increase the chances of the Welshman staying in north London. Chelsea have confirmed that they have reached an agreement to sign Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala. Press Association The Brazilian had looked to be on the verge of joining Tottenham earlier this week but the Blues have outmanoeuvred their London rivals and the forward will now move to Stamford Bridge subject to a work permit being granted. A statement on www.chelseafc.com read: “Chelsea Football Club can confirm an agreement has been reached with both Willian and his club Anzhi Makhachkala for the transfer of the Brazilian player. “The transfer is subject to a work permit hearing on Wednesday.” The 25-year-old had got as far as completing a medical at Spurs but his about-turn will come as a boost to Blues boss Jose Mourinho, who has been looking to add to his attacking options this summer. The Portuguese has had two bids rejected for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney and is now being linked with another Anzhi player in Samuel Eto’o. Mourinho hinted that Willian had chosen the Blues over Spurs in his press conference on Friday, although the player had yet to complete his medical at that point. “I think he’s already made his decision,” Mourinho said. The self-styled ‘Special One’ nodded in the affirmative when asked if that was Chelsea. He added: “I don’t like to speak before time because football can be crazy. “I know what the player wants, so in this moment we cannot hide. That is a possibility.” last_img read more