Leeds United 1-0 Read: Pablo Hernandez strikes for hosts to give them crucial profit in promotional hunt despite Kalvin Phillips & # 39; first half injury
- Leeds suffered a first half battle as key figure Kalvin Phillips left with an injury
- They managed to open the score via Pablo Hernandez after the break
- Marcelo Bielsa & # 39; s side held out for the rest of the competition and grabbed the win
Leeds United managed a 1-0 win against Reading on Elland Road on Saturday.
The hosts suffered a heavy blow in the first half because Kalvin Phillips had to come down after sustaining an injury.
But she recovered despite losing one of their most crucial players and grabbed the three points thanks to Pablo Hernandez & # 39; s second half strike.
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Ludogorets 0-2 Inter Milan: Christian Eriksen's first Inter-goal and Romelu Lukaku's penalty give Antonio Conte victory over the first leg over the Bulgarians
- Eriksen scored his first Inter goal to advance the Italians in the 71st minute
- The 95th minute penalty from Lukaku gave Conte & # 39; s side a pillow for the next leg
- The Series A title pursuers will face the Bulgarians in the San Siro next Thursday
It took Antonio Conte & # 39; s side 71 minutes to break off their defending opponents, but Eriksen broke the deadlock with an attack from the edge of the area.
The Dane could have added a second minute later when a 25-meter attempt hit the bar.
But Lukaku sealed the win in the standstill time after VAR awarded the penalty spot and after a handball from Anicet Andrianantenaina.
The former Manchester United striker now has 22 goals in all competitions since his arrival in Italy.
Eriksen had failed to register a goal or assist in five appearances after leaving Spurs in January,
But the midfielder looked back to his best in the Huvepharma Arena.
Mesut Özil left Arsenal & # 39; s team for the Europa League trip to Olympiacos while his wife Amine Gulse prepares for the birth of their first child
Ozil & # 39; s wife Amine Gulse is understood to be pregnant and the Gunners & # 39; no. 10 has received permission to wait while waiting for his baby.
Matteo Guendouzi has traveled despite the fact that he was completely omitted from the team of the match day for the 4-0 win over Newcastle.
Lucas Torreira is another midfielder who doesn't make the trip due to illness, although he might fly out on Thursday if he recovers on time.
Arsenal faces Olympiacos in the Karaiskakis stadium on Thursday evening at 8 p.m. It is the first time that Mikel Arteta has taken the lead in the European competition.
The Gunners reached the final of last season's competition, but were defeated by Chelsea in Baku 4-1.
GARY LEWIN: One game off is just not enough rest … give the players three weeks like on the continent
- My experience means I have always been a lawyer for a winter break
- We have tried everything except a break to prepare players for international tournaments
- I think it is physically and mentally crucial to a three-week break
- It must happen between the FA Cup third and fourth round without repeats
I have always been an advocate of a ] Premier League winter break – mainly because of my experience at tournaments with England.
Research shows that in the last six months of a season you are four times more likely to get injured in the Premier League than anywhere else in Europe.
If you play every three days, the risk of injury increases enormously. We have tried everything to prepare players for international tournaments. The only thing we have never tried well is a winter break.
I think it is crucial – physically and mentally – on condition that clubs are not allowed to play friendly matches. And that is easy to arrange because you need the FA's permission to play abroad.
For me, one game is not enough. We argued for two weekends – so it was a three-week break. That is 10 days off and 10 days of training. That is what they prefer on the continent.
It was clear that you will never do that during the Christmas period, so January is the time to do it. With Sven [Goran Eriksson] in 2006 we were getting very close but there was no agreement because of the money.
For me there should be a break between the third and fourth round of the FA Cup, but for that you would have to lose repetitions. What they have done now does not go far enough. It's like being knocked out of the FA Cup and taking a longer break.
In the 1980s, players kept ticking between games. Because you only had 18 in a team, training actually played – for the first team or reserves. It was not a program.
Players were not athletes like today. I hear ex-players say: & # 39; We played twice a week and it didn't hurt me. & # 39; But research showed that between 2006 and 2012 the number of high-intensity sprints – and the distance traveled – both increased by 30 percent. Since 2012 I think the weather has increased. It is completely different today.
Players and politicians have given their opinion about the sparkle of Jimmy Greaves.
] Now thousands of our readers have joined the campaign & # 39; give him a gong & # 39 ;.
Here is a selection of the letters and emails that greet him as the popular champion …
I worked for British Airways to accompany a flight to Cape Town when I saw Jimmy and his wife Irene standing in line for economics.
I upgraded it to business class check-in, but when I went to the gate, it was waiting for the economy! I escorted him to the plane where the cabin crew immediately upgraded him to first class.
A few months later he wrote to BA to thank me and the crew. He has never forgotten his roots. Modest then and still the same.
Get up on Jim.
I remember waiting outside the Bell pub for the Tottenham players to come out after a pint after the game, and Jimmy surrounded by dozens young boys, including my brother and I, screaming for his signature.
His poor wife stood there for centuries as he chatted and finally said something along the lines of: & # 39; Come on Jimmy, we have to go home! & # 39; He said he would be with her as soon as he finished drawing!
Jimmy was a gentleman, always ready with a smile and a joke, and someone who brought happiness to the lives of others. If he apparently does not deserve honor for his football career, he should certainly do so for the example of his life after football.
In the early 1960s I went as a young man to Ninian Park to watch the amazing Double-winning Spurs side Cardiff City play. In those days the road side took a bus to the station after the race, then a train home.
I ran from Ninian Park to the station hoping Jimmy Greaves signed my book. After running the two miles and running out of breath, I saw Jimmy. But before I could ask him to sign his signature, he put an old 10-shill note in my hand and asked me to run back down and get him the Pink Football Echo.
I shot away and came back minutes later, just before the train stopped. I gave him the Echo and his change. He signed my book and told me to keep the change because he had bet £ 5 at Bobby Smith that it would be the last time he saw me, the 10-bob bill or the football echo.
I had the pleasure of spending a few days transporting Jimmy through the Midlands on a publicity tour when I was about 40 years ago for publishers ) Hodder and Stoughton worked.
We had to enter a store in Nottingham through the back entrance and when Jimmy came in everyone applauded him – and it went on all the time that he walked through the store to where he had to sign his books and then a very long one time while he was at the counter.
I was lucky enough to accompany some famous people on such occasions, including Joan Collins, Lord Archer and more – but no one received anything like the reception that Jimmy received that day. He was a hero to everyone and such a nice, funny, gentle man. I cherish those two days. It was an honor to be in his company.
In the 1970s I played soccer for Spurs Ladies and once we had to play a game against West Ham Ladies in a fundraising. The best thing about this match was that it would be on a nice terrain with a guest-star referee.
Would you believe it, Jimmy Greaves gave up his Sunday afternoon to play as a referee for us.
We were really excited. I must say, however, that he was a much better player than a referee – he was too much a gentleman, he kept giving free kicks for our approach.
It is one of my favorite memories of playing in the 1970s and I tell people even today. The way he gave up his time to help a good cause and let 22 girls have a day to remember … and the fact that he liked to blow the whistle.
] My favorite moment to summarize Jimmy Greaves came in the late 1960s when our fierce rivals West Ham came to the Lane with the big Bobby Moore who tried to keep Jimmy out of the game.
In a tense competition while waiting for Pat Jennings to lift a long flight of stairs, Bobby stood in his familiar position – leaning forward, hands on hips – when Jimmy trotted toward him, his arms connected and Bobby swung a mold. The whole stadium burst out laughing and the tension went wild.
As a 17-year-old Tottenham born and raised boy, I went on vacation to Minehead Butlin & # 39; s in 1962 and was gobsmacked to find Jimmy who stayed with his family in a simple chalet close to us. He was very sober, friendly and approachable. While he was walking around with a toddler in a pram, he could be any other father and happily stopped for a photo.
Dave Emerick, who was the manager of Brentwood Athletic FC and a lifelong friend of Jimmy, persuaded him to join the club at the end of his career.
We were all surprised when he came ready to play. We all respected him. He was so friendly to everyone and so easy to talk to.
During a certain training session after a weekend defeat, we were in the locker room and the word was filtered that the attackers had been kept away from & # 39; target practice & # 39 ;. Would you believe it, Jimmy was included! We were lost for words.
In 1986 I was the commercial manager of Bristol Rovers and one of our sponsors was a Spurs fan. He asked me if there was a chance I could get a Tottenham legend to get the credit for an opening launch. I went for the No. 1 man, Jimmy Greaves. He immediately agreed to come to Bristol. On the day, Jimmy was wonderful and did a fantastic job as an ambassador for football.
While he kept the huge amount of alcohol available, he kept his lively, funny and lovable personality going with black coffee while chatting to a constant stream of admirers. Great man. Top soccer player.
He was the biggest goal scorer we've ever had and his life after football was an example for anyone suffering from depression and alcoholism that you can change your life. He would have been in the team for the World Cup Final, but then due to an injury. It could have destroyed him, but in the end he did not allow it.
Sportsmail launches a Jimmy Greaves performance campaign to be honored with a knighthood.
Greaves turns 80 this month and there is a new documentary dedicated to explaining his achievements, so it's time to come together to give & # 39; Greavsie a gong & # 39; for his services to football.
IAN ST JOHN – Liverpool 1961-71 and Jimmy & # 39; s TV Partner
We have allowed our cooperation to happen purely by accident. Jimmy worked on TV in the Midlands and did very well there, and made a name for himself, and I was on London Weekend Television when Bob Patience, our sports producer, thought it was a good idea to put us together.
So we did the show called Saint and Greavsie and it worked well for everyone. We have worked well together. We were opposites in many ways. Scotland and England. North and South. Bob was a good ideas man and gave the program a different approach than any other program. We did something that others had done very well.
Jimmy was a great storyteller and I always thought he was funny. We had fun and if you do a job that you like, that's not a bad thing. He made people laugh, but behind everything he said was the fact that he had been such a fantastic footballer for his club and country.
He was a huge player in a great Tottenham team with great players. We have read that all kinds of people receive prizes, why not Jimmy? He was the king of White Hart Lane … Sir Jimmy, why not?
ALAN MULLERY – Tottenham Hotspur 1964 -72
One word : genius. He was a goal scorer and the best of his time, just like Lionel Messi in modern times. We could play on mud and ice and Jimmy Greaves would still score goals.
He was born to make goals and he went through his career scores for every club he played for and he would make fantastic goals.
He would sometimes drive me crazy. One of the laziest players I've seen, but he would score 30 goals per season and I'd rather have my side than not. I was always proud of a team with Jimmy Greaves. And what a crushing guy.
HARRY REDKNAPP – West Ham teammate 1970-71
He was a genius. He was on a different level. His best days were behind him when he came to us in West Ham, but he was still a great player and we couldn't wait to be with him on his first day.
He loved his football. We would often meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Hainaut and sometimes on a Sunday morning with Jimmy and Bobby Moore and half a dozen friends, and we would put some jackets in front of goal posts and play.
Then we would go to the Retreat pub in Chigwell. In the summer we would have the groundman open the training ground at Chadwell Heath at six and play a game and then have a drink. We would have a great time.
He's a great guy, so relaxed. He would have his clothes on by a quarter to three, get dressed in five minutes, stand by the door and kick his legs for five minutes – that was his warming up – and then go outside and score a hat trick.
He was always down to earth in the way he spoke. You never hear anyone angry about him. He would laugh and make jokes, but he was very smart when it came to football. He knows the game.
CLIFF JONES – Tottenham Hotspur 1958-68
When my playing days were over, I missed the buzz and got a little buzz from the drink, as far as it was was a progressive disease and my wife Joan caught Jim. He came by and said: & Cliff, you have a nice home, family, job, you want to lose it, because you do that if you don't stop drinking. & # 39;
Because it happened to Jim. He told me to go to Alcoholics Anonymous. I thought he was joking, but I've been there twice a week for 30 years. One day at a time. I have not been drinking for more than 30 years. It is now a way of life for me.
Jim gave me that push in the right direction and I wouldn't be here today if he hadn't been there.
Jim saved my life, there is no doubt about it. We had great times together and he helped me when I had my problems. It was all up to Jim.
I really like Jim and he is not doing well now. He is a great friend and what a player he was. The only thing he ever wanted to do was score goals. He would be happy to have a stinker if he could cross one at the last minute.
He is the largest of all goal scorers, an absolute natural talent. When he scored, the only thing was no emotion.
We played against Leicester and he took the ball in his own half, just like the goal that Son Heung-min scored against Burnley this season. Jim went past three defenders, Gordon Banks came out and dove and he passed him and then he rolled the ball into the back of the net.
The whole place was potty. There were three defenders on the back, plus the England goalkeeper – one of the best in the world – and Jim just walks back and rubs his hands.
When it came to scoring goals, he was the best ever, one of the greatest strikers ever in England. One of Tottenham & # 39; s greatest attackers ever. One of the biggest attackers of Chelsea ever. If we are talking about football services, you cannot blame him.
And he behaved well. He is a recovering alcoholic and has done a lot of work to help addicts. He must be recognized.
Daniel Levy – Tottenham Hotspur President
[Jimmy] "goal records have stood the test of time in national and international football and marked him as one of the greatest English attackers ever.
His contribution to the history of our club is considerable and therefore he is one of the first players that any supporter is talking about when discussing the best players to wear our colors.
Even modern footballers are still compared to Jimmy and his performance. Looking forward to welcoming the Jimmy family next week in our game against Red Bull Leipzig on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
Barcelona refuses to give up the hunt for Willian Jose, despite the demands of Real Sociedad, while searching for a rush-hour emergency in the midst of a crisis
- Barcelona is in the market for a striker due to injuries to two of their star players
- Both Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele have been eliminated with long-term injuries
- As a result, the La Liga champions are keen to sign Brazilian attackers Willian Jose
- The Real Sociedad striker has a hefty buy-out clause of £ 59 million
Barcelona remain in the hunt for Real Sociedad frontman Willian Jose despite the reluctance of his club to sell.
But with a buyout clause of £ 59 million (€ 70 million), Sociedad is not willing to give in to their high appreciation of the 28-year-old, according to the Spanish outlet Marca .
However, the report indicates that the Brazilian that is still the primary attacking goal of Barca, to cover the loss of two of their star players.
Suarez injured his knee in the Spanish Super Cup in early January and is expected to be released until April.
Dembele has since been ravaged by injuries this season and will undergo surgery in Finland on Tuesday after a muscle injury.
As soon as the international international is operated, Barca reportedly sends the medical report to the Spanish Football Association, which has two days to decide whether the club can make an emergency alert outside the transfer window.
If Dembele is absent for more than five months, Barca must be given full permission to attempt to sign a replacement.
Goals of Marcelo Brozovic, Matias Vecino, Stefan de Vrij before the late intervention of Lukaku meant that they achieved three crucial points.
That was despite Ante Rebic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic plundering in the first half, with the Swede helping the first goal.
And Lukaku praised the the way his teammates reacted to the early setback to win the match 4-2.
& # 39; We did very well in the second half, they played well during the first half because we had left too much room and we were struggling, & Lukaku told Sky Sport Italia.
& # 39; and. We have completed the comeback and are very happy with the victory.
& # 39; I think everyone has seen the mentality of this team, we never give up and we are always looking to win.
I am here to win and my only goal is to help the team achieve results. I want to thank all fans, my teammates, Mr. [Antonio] Count and all his backroom staff for the support they give me. & # 39;
Lukaku achieved his 17th campaign goal in the win, overtaking both Lazio and Juventus.
Inter could now take their first Series A crown in a decade if they continue to impress for the rest of the season.
Intermanager Conte refused to be dragged along with title discussion after the win. & # 39; Scudetto? I say it's too early to talk about things we can dream about today, & told Tell Sky Sport Italia.
& # 39; It is inevitable that this period of 10 games will be quite intense.
"If we are still there after this period, we can say more about our potential and our possibilities, perhaps different than at the beginning.
" The Coppa Italia is already on Wednesday (semi-final) against Napoli, then Lazio, who has always been strong. It takes patience and it takes time. & # 39;
And afterwards he suggested that he didn't deserve much praise for the way Inter turned the game around.
& # 39; The credit goes to the children because, beyond the outcome, are able to withstand the blows in difficult times, want to grow and do something good, "said Conte.
" There was no need to talk so much during the interval. If we are in trouble, we must be very clear.
& # 39; I was initially responsible for the fact that we were behind and how we played in the first half.
& # 39; So we united to come out of difficult situations. We will have to keep this in mind for the future. & # 39;
But De Vrij, who & # 39; scored the third goal of Inter overnight, suggesting that Conte had helped them come back from two goals down. He said to Inter TV: & # 39; The coach showed us what he wanted and where we could improve during the break, luckily we scored two goals quickly and were back in the game. We won.
& # 39; The goals were incredible feelings and memories that last forever. Winning is a unique feeling.
& # 39; It's tight on the table, so we have to keep going and win our games. We will now focus on Napoli because it will not be an easy game on Wednesday. & # 39;
Jurgen Klopp can still call a team with Liverpool stars for their FA Cup tie against Shrewsbury with German plans to watch the replay on the club's TV feed
- Liverpool youth are set to Shrewsbury at Anfield in FA Cup replay
- Jurgen Klopp will have access to a club TV feed during collision with the Shrews
- Liverpool boss could offer half-time guidance to club youth in FA Cup tie
- He sent a message to young stars who played in the League Cup in December
- ] Neil Critchley, under the age of 23, says Klopp gives young people incredible support & # 39;
The Liverpool manager will hit the Anfield against the League One side after making his intentions after the first game ended nine days ago in a 2-2 tie. He is in the winter break, just like his senior players, and the responsibility in the dugout will be under head coach Neil Critchley under 23.
Critchley and Barry Lewtas, who run the team under 18, have it they have been in close contact with Klopp throughout the season and – as was the case in the League Cup quarterfinals against Aston Villa – they will select the team and make the big phone calls.
However, Klopp has the potential to look from far. During the game at Villa Park, he sent a message back from Qatar – where the senior team challenged the Club World Cup – during the break, when a youthful party lost 4-0, and the words came as reassurance for Critchley.
The German has the possibility to do the same thing again on Tuesday evening for a sold-out collision. Critics say that Klopp was mistaken by not choosing the stadium, but Critchley is only too happy to take responsibility.
& # 39; I think the manager has been pretty clear with his statement and what he said before the game, & # 39; said Critchley, who will decide whether Curtis Jones – scorer of the goal Everton knocked out in round three – or will name Pedro Chirivella as captain for the night.
& He gives incredible support to myself, the staff and the players so that I can speak to him whenever I want when I am here, he supports the young players are incredibly good as he has demonstrated so far this season, so his presence, even if he is not there, is always felt by our younger players and by myself.
& # 39; I also think that one percent that came up with this decision was the way we played against Aston Villa, he thought the boys deserved another chance. He did that during the Aston Villa game because he thought it was good to do. & # 39;
There are intrigues about the draw about how a team of beginners will compete with a team of experienced professionals.
Critchley knows that this will be a test that none of his players have had to deal with, but he doesn't think it's a foregone conclusion that they will be one.
& # 39; Have we been written off? & # 39; Critchley asked. & # 39; Inwardly we are talking about how we can do it well and the things we should do well to give ourselves the chance to play the game. That makes it a different kind of cup band.
& # 39; Is there perhaps more pressure on Shrewsbury to win the game because of the team we have? Possible. But that can work to our advantage. I am sure their players are absolutely delighted that they are coming to Anfield on what should be a great evening for them. & # 39;
& # 39; He is a fantastic player, perfect for England & # 39 ;: Rio Ferdinand reveals former teammates Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani have both given the thumbs up for & # 39; self-assured & # 39; £ 68 million Manchester United new boy Bruno Fernandes
The former United defender spoke to the two Portuguese stars about their countryman after he sealed a £ 68 million move to Old Trafford on Thursday.
After a long pursuit that ended in the 25-year signing of a five and a half year deal, big things are expected.
And with seven Premier League titles between them, both Ronaldo and Nani know what it takes to make a success of moving from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United.
Ferdinand told FIVE : & Nani, my old teammate, says he's a fantastic player, says he's perfect for England. Says he has all the tools, all the right attributes.
& # 39; Cristiano said he is fantastic, creating opportunities for him [for Portugal]. He can manipulate the ball, take the ball, confidently.
& # 39; These are the kind of things you want to hear when Manchester United signs a player.
& # 39; So fans, based on what I have heard about him and what I have seen, I am hopeful and convinced that this guy can go there and do the work. & # 39;
Fernandes greeted Ronaldo & # 39; s this week's impact on United as the reason for his move to Old Trafford.
"My love for Manchester United really started when I saw Cristiano Ronaldo playing and since then I have been a big fan of this great club," he said.
& # 39; Playing for Manchester United for me now feels incredible, I have worked hard to reach this moment and I can promise the fans that I will give everything for the badge to help us become more successful and bring trophies.
& # 39; I want to thank Sporting for everything they have done for me. It is surreal to hear the beautiful words that have been said about me by players who used to play for this team.
& # 39; A big thank you to Ole and everyone in Manchester United for the confidence they have shown in me and I can't wait to repay that on the field. & # 39;