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The recession of Guardiola

first_imgSince raising the Champions League in 2011 against Manchester United in Wembley (3-1), Pep Guardiola (49 years old) has not played a European Cup final again. And that which has led to Bayern (took over the Bavarian team after winning the title in 2013) and Manchester City, which arrived in 2016 and has won laurels in the Premier, but not in Europe.Until now, Pep has directed 52 matches belonging to the last three rounds of the Champions League (eighth, fourth and semifinals): won 27 (51.93%), drew 13 (25%) and lost 12 (23.07). The balance by qualifiers does not punish him: out of 26 qualifiers he was eight (30.77%). But since he left Barça, his numbers do not shine. Yes with the azulgrana he only lost three of the 24 meetings he led (12.5%; won 13 and tied the remaining eight), both with Bayern and with the City their figures are worse: with the Germans, of 18 qualifying matches he lost five (27.78%), being two against Madrid by Carlo Ancelotti … and Zidane second (1-0 in Madrid and 0-4 in Munich). He also fell to his former team, Barcelona, ​​and Atlético de Madrid. Interestingly, their defeats with the Bavarians were the same as matches tied: five. For its part, in the three seasons he has been in the City he only reached the quarter in two occasions, being eliminated by Liverpool (in the 2017-18 edition, he would lose the final against Madrid in the famous Kiev final) and by Tottenham last season. In the first (2016-17), the Monaco of Mbappé and Falcao had struck him in the round of 16. Of the ten qualifying matches with the citizen, has won six (60%), lost four and, strikingly, did not draw any. Pep is shielded in his philosophy: “I didn’t come here to win the Champions League. Honestly, I came to play as I want my team to play, as it has played the last 20 months, ”he said in 2019 before measuring himself to Tottenham in the quarterfinals lap match. Before Madrid will seek to break that bad streak …last_img read more

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Suarez puts a stop to mesmerising Messi and Neymar display

first_imgDon’t do anything for the next 30 seconds except watch and admire.Ahead of Barcelona’s 3-1 Copa del Rey win against Villarreal, Lionel Messi and team-mate Neymar flicked the ball back and forward with ease and then Luis Suarez tried to muscle in.Their victory means they will meet Athletic Bilbao in the final.Last season they were memorably beaten by a Gareth Bale-inspired Madrid side in which the forward raced past Marc Bartra to score the winner.In the meantime, just watch the South American duo in action again…last_img read more

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Ghana takes care of Guinea-Bissau to reach last 16 as Cameroon finish second in Group F

first_imgGhana finish top of Group F on goals scores. (PHOTOS/Agencies)AFCON 2019Guinea-Bissau 0-2 GhanaThe New Suez Stadium, SuezTuesday, 02-07-2019Two second half goals is what Ghana required to ensure they reach the last 16 at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.Jordan Ayew and Thomas Party were the heroes of the day for the Black Stars who came into the game needing to better or march Benin’s results so as to move onto the next stage.Jordan who scored Ghana’s opening goal in the 2-2 draw against Benin on Match-Day one, was allowed acres of space to curl home the opener a minute after the break.The younger of the two Ayew brothers had earlier been denied by the upright after he lashed onto a Mubaraka Wakaso through ball before shooting past Jonas Mendes in the Bissau goal.As Guinea-Bissau pressed for an equalizer, they were cut-open, allowing Party to fire in the second from close range of a Baba Rahman cut-back.It was a game in which the minors created several opportunities, hitting the cross bar and post in not gewer than three occasions.They should have taken the lead inside 16 minutes but Piqueti’s effort was tipped onto the bar by Ghana goalkeeper Richard Ofori.Trailling 0-1, Joseph Mendes shot from outside the area but his attempt brushed off the right-hand post and out for only a goal kick.Moments later, the unconvincing Ofori pushed Mamadu Cande free-kick behind and the resulting corner came back off the bar.Ghana also had chances to take a half time lead with the best seeing Owusu Kwabena head wide a Samuel Owusu cross, at the back post.The win means Ghana, who shared spoils in their first two games, finish as group leaders with 5 points.In the other group F game, defending champions Cameroon were held to a goalless draw by Benin.In a game of few clear-cut chances, the Indomitable Lions came closest to scoring but Benin custodian Saturnin Allagba dived low to foil both Ambrose Oyongo and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.Benin’s best chance fell to captain Stephane Sessegnon, but the former Sunderland and West Brom midfielder struck a free-kick narrowly wide.The result means that both Cameroon and Benin progress to the next round.Cameroon finished second, level on points with Ghana but with less goals scores as both side have a +2 goal difference.Cameroon finish second behind Ghana.For Benin, after drawing all their three games, they go through as one of the four best third-placed teams.The other games on Tuesday-Angola vs Mali @10pm-Mauritania vs Tunisia @10pmComments Tags: BeninCameroonEric Maxim Choupo-MotingGHANAGroup FJordan AyewMauritaniaThomas Partytoplast_img read more

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