Sweden national team shot stopper Robin Olsen was the standout player for Everton during their Carabao Cup defeat at the hands of Manchester United. Everton hosted the Red Devils in a Carabao Cup quarterfinal encounter at Goodison Park with a place in the last four of the competition up for grabs. In the end, the Toffees were dumped out of the cup competition after their opponents scored two late goals. Until that point, Sweden international Robin Olsen had impressed in the Everton goal as he kept his team in the game with some excellent saves in the first half. He denied Manchester United striker EdinsonCavani on several occasions in the first half but he could do nothing about the opening goal of the game from the same player.
Cavani, who was lucky to stay on the pitch, gave Manchester United the lead on 88 minutes. The new Manchester United attacker had grabbed Everton centre back Yerry Mina by the throat at the start of the second half. The incident was missed by the match officials and the player went unpunished due to the non-availability of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology. The opening goal from Cavani gave the Red Devils the perfect platform to add a second goal through French international Anthony Martial six minutes into added time. Manchester United secured a last four spot with a comfortable 2-0 win to setup a semi-final clash with city rivals Manchester City who are the holders having won the competition three times on the bounce. Continue reading
Sweden football legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic has provided a timely boost for AC Milan on the injury front after he returned to training after an injury layoff. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been one of the best players in the Italian Serie A this season even at the veteran age of 39 and his undoubtedly the push behind Milan and their quest to win the Italian Serie A title this season.
Zlatan Ibrahimovichas been missing for the Rossoneri since the Sweden striker was subbed off during the away game at Napoli. The ex-Sweden international skipper didn’t finish the game which ended in a 3-1 win for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his Milan team. Since his last appearance against Napoli towards the end of last month, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has missed the last four games in the Italian Serie A as Milan have started to falter in the bid to stay ahead of the chasing pack as far as the league table is concerned.In those three league games without the Sweden football icon, AC Milan have dropped points in two of the four matches without Zlatan, winning the other two games.
France have been exciting in the international break and have clearly enjoyed themselves in just their second UEFA Nations League season. Evidently, the current World Cup holders have already secured a spot in the playoffs despite having a game in hand.
The French team were pitted in the same group that contains the current Nations League Champions; Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, as well as 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia. France have really impressed with their top performances that have seen them win four games and play out a draw in the five fixtures they have played so far.
According to the press release, Sweden is going to host the first international blind football competition in the year 2021. All the matches will be played in Stockholm. The tournament name will be Euro Challenge Cup.
This tournament will be played from June 16 to 20. According to the statement, a tournament is a development event that is aimed just like emerging countries and it will offer them a chance to properly take the initial step towards hosting the blind football tournament. This tournament is a key part of the UEFA sponsored and it will be properly hosted by Parasport Sweden.
Mikel Arteta has revealed his wish for experienced defender David Luiz to remain at the club. The former Chelsea defender is out of contract at the end of the season and there are reports that he could move to another club.
The Brazilian international joined in the summer from rivals Chelsea and has become a stable presence in the defence. Arteta appears to be on-board with the defender and hopes that he remains part of the team ahead of next season.
According to a report, Manchester United have set the asking price for on loan defender Chris Smalling. The England international has been attracting interest from clubs in the Premier league. While Roma have also considered getting the player on a permanent deal.
Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and on loan club Roma have all registered an interest in the player and a summer permanent move away from Old Trafford is imminent.
The Premier League is considered to be one of the two top competitions in Europe, other being the La Liga known as the Spanish first division championship. Over the years, the top-flight from England have shown a trend of introducing some of the young best players in the world to the magnificent stage. Earlier, it has been seen that the best players from different parts of the world have been successful because of their level of performance in international competitions. Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Theo Walcott, among others, have already ignited the fire of the league in the past. All of them have been able to show extraordinary talent at a very young age.
Real Madrid, a club until last summer, appeared that they have put the policy of Galactico aside and concentrated on young players and invested in them. Players like Dani Ceballos and The Hernandez were bought before the commencement of the season of 2017-2018. In addition, products from Castilla, Jesus Vallejo, Achraf Hakimi, Borja Mayoral, and Marcos Llorente were given a promotion to the first team because of their impressive performances. This season, it is a chance to watch out for some of the under 21 prospective players in the coming years.
Temporary replacement for players who in agony of concussion and will be implemented for 2020 Euro, as the reports suggest. According to a news report, a system like the one which is prevalent in rugby is going to be introduced in the tournament next year before it is implemented on a wide scale. In rugby, the system sees the doctors of the team making an initial assessment on the pitch of the player prior to withdrawing it temporarily to find out if they are showing any signs of concussions.
While these players are off the pitch, the team can make a temporary replacement that can then be reversed in the case the players are fit to keep up. However, if they are unable to return, they are going to be made permanent. IFAB, the International Football Association is considering implementing a similar system for football and it is expected to be introduced at 2020 Euro. The system might have proved to be beneficial for Everton and Liverpool back in time, particularly on big stages for the Reds.
Spain qualified for the Euro 2020 after snatching a draw against Sweden in Stockholm in what was an entertaining affair. Both teams knew what they needed with the Swedish needing a win and Spain requiring a draw.
The match began at a frantic pace with the Spaniards creating opportunities without really testing Olsen in the Swedish goal. Sweden began to gain strength and had an excellent chance just after the 20-minute mark which was acrobatically saved by David De Gea.
Sweden national team manager Janne Andersson wants to see improvement from his team. He said that so far his team has done really well in the Euro 2020 qualifiers and that it is important that they continue like this.
He said that they have been given a relatively easy group in the qualifiers and that it will be more difficult at the finals. For this reason, it is important that the team improve and learn to play better as a team.