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Atletico Madrid 1-1 Bayern Munich: Three Things We Learned

Atletico Madrid face a nervous shootout against Red Bull Salzburg next week to reach the UEFA Champions League knockouts after they could only draw 1-1 with a much-changed Bayern Munich side on Tuesday evening.

Joao Felix gave the hosts the lead midway through the first period as he clinically converted Marcos Llorente’s low cross, a lead they held until the 86th minute of the game. Thomas Muller was the catalyst as he was fouled by Felipe in the box and then converted from the penalty spot to ensure the teams claimed a share of the points.

Here are three things we learned from Madrid:

Felix reaching potential

After a somewhat indifferent first season with Atleti following his big money move from Benfica, young winger Joao Felix now certainly looks to be a 120m player. The Portuguese already has eight goals and three assists in all competitions this season – just one fewer goal than he managed in the entirety of last season.

He is now showing supreme confidence with the club, leading the line excellently against Bayern, even more impressive considering the absence of regular number 9 Luis Suarez. He led the game for shots having set his sights on three occasions, one effort slamming off of the crossbar.

Felix’s finish for his goal was also one of an accomplished forward as he hammered home Llorente’s ball first time, whilst he also showed extreme pace and skill throughout the majority of the clash. He looks set to have an explosive season, finally delivering on the promise that he showed before his arrival in Madrid.

Atleti rue missed opportunities

Now heading into a winner takes all clash against Red Bull Salzburg next time, Diego Simeone will reflect on a huge missed opportunity against a Bayern side that made a whole host of changes. They also had the majority of chances throughout the game, a lot of them being wasted.

The hosts had 13 shots on goal throughout the entire game, only three of them being on target. Mario Hermoso and Jose Gimenez both lifted what looked like easy headers over the crossbar. Chances continued to come and go in the closing stages with as many as three Atleti bodies queueing up to convert a wicked cross but none of them managed to make meaningful contact.

Should Simeone’s men suffer elimination next week, these missed chances against what was in reality a weaker Bayern side, could be the prime reason.

Bayern’s winning run over but set to stand

You have to go all the way back to March 2019 for Bayern Munich’s last defeat in the UEFA Champions League. Since then, they have won 15 consecutive matches in the competition and lifted the trophy against Paris Saint Germain. It is the longest winning run ever in the competition’s history, at least five more than any other side.

Whilst Bayern boss Hansi Flick and the club’s supporters will of course be disappointed to see that winning run halted, one consolation that they will have is that it appears unlikely to see any side matching that level of dominance any time soon. Having also progressed to the knockout rounds of the Champions League once again, they are unsurprisingly the favourites to lift the trophy and defend their title.

Match Report

Atletico Madrid: Oblak (7); Hermoso (6), Gimenez (7) (Felipe (6), 67′), Savic (7), Trippier (7); Carrasco (6) (Lodi (N/A), 87′), Saul (6), Koke (7), Llorente (7); Felix (8) (Lemar (N/A), 87′), Correa (6) (Herrera (N/A), 80′).

Bayern Munich: Nubel (6); Hernandez (7), Alaba (7), Sule (6); Arrey-Mbi (5) (Gnabry (6), 61′), Martinez (6) (Muller (7), 62′), Musiala (6) (Stiller (N/A), 76′), Sarr (5) (Richards (6), 62′); Costa (6) (Zirkzee (N/A), 86′), Sane (6), Choupo-Moting (5).

Goals: Felix (26′), Muller (PEN 86′)

Referee: Clement Turpin

Yellow Cards: Sarr (43′), Savic (86′)

Red Cards: N/A


Jordan Henderson has been ruled out of England’s clash with Iceland and sent back to Liverpool in a potentially huge blow to the Reds.

Henderson, the Reds captain, was withdrawn at half-time of England’s 2-0 defeat by Belgium on Sunday, with manager Gareth Southgate later revealing ‘tightness’ which would be looked in to.

It has now been confirmed the England star will not feature against Iceland on Wednesday evening, while Man City’s Raheem Sterling has also been sent back to his club for ‘further assessment’.

While Southgate will rue not having one of his key players available – even though the Nations League clash is a dead rubber – the real worry right now is for Jurgen Klopp.

The Liverpool boss is already facing a defensive injury crisis with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez possibly sidelined for the remainder of the season, and Trent Alexander-Arnold missing for the foreseeable future.

Henderson’s midfield partner Fabinho has filled in at centre-back recently, although he’s also been suffering from a thigh issue and Klopp would prefer not to drop him into the back-line if Henderson is already facing a period on the sidelines.

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Real Madrid close on title as Ramos late show sinks Getafe

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos kept his nerve to score a late penalty and secure a hard-fought 1-0 home win over Getafe on Thursday for a sixth consecutive La Liga victory to take his side one step closer to winning the title.

Ramos coolly passed the ball into the net to break the deadlock in the 79th minute after Dani Carvajal was felled by the trailing leg of Getafe’s Mathias Olivera, who was earlier denied a penalty after being knocked over by Carvajal.

The late strike felt harsh on Getafe, who had squandered a couple of chances to take the lead, but Zinedine Zidane’s side once again saw out a difficult game to capitalise on Barcelona’s 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Real, who have not won the title since 2017, lead the table on 74 points, four ahead of Barca with five games left and have a superior head-to-head record over the Catalans which would give them the trophy if both teams finished the season level on points. Soccer news

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Solskjaer challenges Man United strike trio to improve

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer say there has been improvement from young attacking trio Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood this season but he could bring in another forward to boost competition for places.

Rashford and Martial have contributed 19 goals each in all competitions while Greenwood has scored 12 but Solskjaer said the trio still have to earn their spot.

“You need competition for places at United. If you think you’ve got a divine right to be playing every game and are doing so well that we’re not going to look for players to replace you, you’re in the wrong place,” Solskjaer told reporters.

“We’ve generally got the opportunity to take a gander at improving, and in the event that they don’t… we may need to look elsewhere to show signs of improvement since we must be better.”

Solskjaer said he showed faith in his young strikers after allowing Romelu Lukaku to join Inter Milan in August.

“It was time to allow our forwards to feel that confidence and feel that demand of playing and being demanded to play every game,” Solskjaer added.

“In the end that’s how you get to another level, a different level … all three (Martial, Rashford and Greenwood) have had a good development this season but they can be so much better.”

United, who are sixth in the Premier League with 49 points, visit Brighton & Hove Albion later on Tuesday. Soccer prediction

Super league

Super League has cancelled this year’s Magic Weekend cause of ongoing restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, which sees all 12 sides play at the same venue over two days, was due to be held at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park on 23 and 24 May.

It was postponed in April, when the league said it hoped the event would take place later in the season.

The 2020 Super League season is due to resume behind closed doors on 2 August.

No matches have been played in the competition since 15 March.

Although there will be no Magic Weekend this season, a deal has been agreed in principle for it to return to Newcastle on 29 and 30 May 2021, with tickets purchased for this year remaining valid.

Magic Weekend has become one of rugby league’s major events in the calendar, aimed at growing the audience of the sport in new areas.

Since its first incarnation at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, the event has been played at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield, Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium and, last year, Anfield in Liverpool.

The most successful venue for the competition in terms of attendance has been Newcastle, with a record cumulative crowd over the two days of 68,276 in 2016, and more than 40,000 attending in a single day the previous year.

Hull KR will play Toronto Wolfpack, champions St Helens will face Catalans Dragons and Huddersfield will take on Leeds all at the same as yet unnamed venue when Super League restarts in August as the sides play matches that were postponed before the season was suspended.Need to know more soccer news

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Liverpool closing in on Premier League title

A look at what’s happening around European soccer today :


It’s a matter of when, not if, Liverpool clinches its first English league title since 1990. It cannot come against Crystal Palace at Anfield, however, after the Reds were held by Everton on Sunday. Palace is the last visiting team to beat Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League, and that was in April 2017. Now Liverpool is chasing a 16th straight home win in the Premier League. No team has ever won all of its home matches in a single top-flight season. Fifth-place Manchester United and sixth-place Wolverhampton are tied on points heading into home games against Sheffield United and Bournemouth, respectively. Norwich is seven points adrift of safety with eight games left and desperately in need of a win at home to Everton. Second-to-last Aston Villa travels to Newcastle. Need to know about today prediction ?

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The 2019/20 Premier League season resumes TODAY: Fixture dates, kick-off times and all you need to know

There has been no action in the English top-flight since early March, with all sport put on hold due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

We’re supposed to be in group stages of Euro 2020 now but that has been put back a year as domestic leagues are given extra time to finish their campaigns.

Here’s all you need to know about the restart…

When is the Premier League resuming?

Tonight! ‘Project Restart’ was initially planned for June 12, but clubs voted on Wednesday, June 17 for the season to resume after being given the green light by the government. There will be a number of strict social distancing guidelines in place, while no fans will be allowed in stadiums.

The action restarts with Aston Villa vs Sheffield United at 6pm and is followed by Manchester City vs Arsenal at 8.15pm.

Those are both rearranged games, and will mean all 20 clubs have played 29 matches heading into the weekend of June 19-21, when the rest of the top-flight will be in action once again.

There are 92 matches still to play of the 2019/20 season and every match will be live on TV and radio.

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Italy’s Serie A will return on 20 June, the country’s sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora has confirmed.

Serie A was suspended on 9 March, with Juventus leading the table by a point with 12 rounds of matches remaining.

Players returned to individual training earlier this month before group sessions restarted this week.

“Being a big football fan like so many Italians, at the start it seemed strange to me that the season could be interrupted and suspended,” Conte said. “But obviously we found ourselves involved in this health, social and economic emergency. And I think everyone, even the most ardent fans, understood that there wasn’t any alternative.”

Before Conte’s nationally televised speech and news conference, health ministry figures indicated that Italy had seen its lowest day-to-day increase in deaths — 260 — since mid-March, during the first week of lockdown. Need to know more soccer info view Bet Advisor for more information and details

LaLiga resumre

La Liga could resume with Betis-Sevilla behind closed doors derby on 11 June

La Liga chief Javier Tebas told Spanish TV he hoped the match can be “a tribute to all the people who have died”.

However, Tebas also warned footballers to “be careful with their actions” after four Sevilla players apologised for breaking rules on social gathering.

Ever Banega, Lucas Ocampos, Franco Vazquez and Luuk de Jong were pictured at a party at the weekend.

Spain has eased its strict lockdown rules, but gatherings of more than 10 people are still not allowed. Know more soccer info


Courtois named LaLiga Santander Player of the Month for January

The Real Madrid shotstopper lands the prize after enjoying a stellar month in which he was beaten just once and was on the winning side in all three of his outings.

Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois has been crowned the LaLiga Santander Player of the Month for January. The Belgian glovesman sparkled in the first month of the year to lead his team to the top of the standings, with a record of three wins in as many games and just one goal conceded.

The Madrid custodian got January up and running with an inspired display at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez, where he pulled off a string of noteworthy saves as Los Blancos brushed Getafe CF aside in a comfortable 3-0 win. In his next game, Sevilla FC came up against a colossal Courtois, who was an assured presence between the sticks as Madrid ran out 2-1 winners. To round off a perfect month, Courtois kept a clean sheet as Zinedine Zidane’s charges eked out a 1-0 away triumph against R. Valladolid CF.

Courtois will collect his award in front of the Santiago Bernabeu faithful, before Real Madrid take on RC Celta on 16 February in a 21:00 (CET) kick-off. Read more