Serie A result – Belotti’s  brace earn point for Torino 

Fiorentina 2 – 2 Torino

Fiorentina squandered a two-goal lead at home for the second time in five days on Monday and were jeered off the field following a 2-2 draw with Torino which heaped the pressure on coach Paulo Sousa.

Torino forward Andrea Belotti missed a penalty for the third time this season but then scored a brace for the visitors in the second half after Riccardo Saponara and Nikola Kalinic had given the hosts a two-goal halftime lead.

It was all too familiar for Fiorentina fans who last Thursday watched their team go 2-0 up at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach – and 3-0 on aggregate – in the Europa League but then collapse to a 4-2 defeat.


Wolfsburg  appoint Arsenal academy manager Jonker as new manager – Ljungberg to assist 

Andries Jonker has left his role as Arsenal’s academy manager to become Wolfsburg’s third boss of the season, after the sacking of Valerien Ismael.

Dutchman Jonker returns to Wolfsburg three years after leaving his role as assistant manager to join  Arsenal.

“I’ve remained in contact with Wolfsburg, but the inquiry did come as a bit of a surprise,” said Jonker, 54, at a news conference on Monday.

Former Arsenal forward Freddie Ljungberg will be Jonker’s assistant.

Jonker takes over with Wolfsburg two points above the relegation zone.

“This is a huge challenge,” he added. “All that counts is getting the 40 points as quickly as possible.”

Ismael was sacked on Sunday – two days after a 2-1 home defeat by Werder Bremen, their fourth loss in five league games, left them on 22 points with 12 games remaining.

Wolfsburg are 14th in the 18-team table.

Jonker’s first match in charge is at 11th-placed Mainz on Saturday

Palermo president Zamparini steps down after 15 years 

​Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini, who has overseen about 40 coaching changes in 15 years as the club’s owner, has said he is stepping down.

The Serie A side last month made their 11th coaching change in two  seasonsby hiring Uruguayan Diego Lopez.

Zamparini bought the club in 2002 when they were in Serie B and said a new owner will be named “within 15 days”.

“The new president is a representative of an Anglo-American fund,” said a statement on Palermo’s  website.

EPL result  –  Vardy’s brace sink Liverpool 

​Leicester City 3 – 1 Liverpool

Leicester turned back the clock by putting on a reminder of how they won the Premier League title with a classy 3-1 win over Liverpool at the King Power Stadium.

Trademark strikes from Jamie Vardy (28) and Danny Drinkwater (39) put the fallen champions in control at the break.

Vardy then headed home his second to make the game safe on 60 minutes, before Philippe Coutinho pulled a goal back (68) with the Reds’ best move of the match.
The goals were the first the Foxes have scored in the league in 2017 and ended a run of five straight top-flight defeats in spectacular fashion.

Liverpool – who would have climbed to third with a victory – have now lost five of their past seven matches in all competitions.

Ranieri’s name was everywhere at the King Power – in pre-game conversations, on banners and in chants – as was his face, courtesy of paper masks worn by some Foxes supporters.

The 65-year-old Italian has left an indelible imprint on the club with last season’s astonishing success.

However, the inconvenient truth for many is that he was overseeing statistically one of the worst title defences in English top-flight history – one that has left Leicester facing the prospect of become the first reigning champions to be relegated since Manchester City in 1938.

Latest Football News 

  • ​Manchester United will consider a summer move for Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

  • United fans are convinced Antoine Griezmann will join after his brother celebrates  EFL Cup win.
  • Juventus have joined Manchester United and Chelsea in the hunt for Fiorentina forward Federico Bernardeschi.
  • AC Milan’s promising young goalkeeper, ‘Gigio’ Donnarumma, has yet to reach an agreement with the Serie A giants over his first pro contract.
  • Chelsea rejected a £90m offer from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian for striker Diego Costa in January. The bid would have made Costa, 28, the second most expensive player in the world behind Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, 23.
  • Antonio Conte’s future at Chelsea is under threat with the Italian boss wanted back in Serie A at Inter.

  • Chelsea are set to muscle in on AC Milan’s £21million move for Villarreal’s Argentine defender Mateo Musacchio.
  • Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas told his team-mates to stop talking to him when he was struggling for first-team football earlier this season.
  • Alexandre Lacazette could join Arsenal, Liverpool or Tottenham in the summer, according to French journalist Julien Laurens.
  • Arsenal are keen to move for Paris Saint-Germain defender Layvin Kurzawa.
  • Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero wants to join Spanish side Real Madrid, but the 28-year-old would cost more than £60m.
  • Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin, 21, will reject a move to Barcelona in favour of joining Manchester City.
  • Arsenal are prepared to make Massimiliano Allegri their number one candidate to replace Arsene Wenger with talks already having taken place.
  • Lazio defender Stefan De Vrij would relish the opportunity to join Manchester United this summer.
  • Arsenal were present at Napoli’s 2-0 loss at home to Atalanta on Saturday to watch Lorenzo Insigne in action.
  • Arsenal and Tottenham target Kylian Mbappe will cost £51million.
  • Former Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink is willing to consider taking the Leicester City job, with further talks planned between his representative and the Premier League champions.
  • Alternatively, Hiddink is reluctant about taking the Leicester job, which could mean caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare gets it on a permanent basis.
  • Nantes manager Sergio Conceicao has turned down the opportunity to become Leicester manager.
  • Everton are set to make a £28m bid for Burnley defender Michael Keane. The 24-year-old, who is also a target for Chelsea, scored in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Hull City.
  • Burnley are eyeing Mainz defender Giulio Donati as manager Sean Dyche seeks to be more flexible in the transfer market should they stay in the Premier League.
  • Jose Mourinho wants to bring in two or three players in the summer summer to take the ‘next step’ with Manchester United.
  • Manchester United are ready to rival West Ham and make a summer move for Saint Etienne defender Kevin Malcuit.
  • Liverpool have rekindled their interest in Brazilian midfielder Talisca.
  • Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet has admitted the financial lure of China is something regularly discussed in the dressing rooms.
  • Arsenal are ‘set to woo wonderkid Jadon Sancho’ away from Manchester City and back to London.
  • Arsenal academy chief Andries Jonker has reportedly quit the club to become boss of Wolsburg.
  • Former Crystal Palace midfielder Sasa Curcic believes the Eagles’ new signing Luka Milivojevic is the Premier League’s next Luka Modric.
  • Southampton manager Claude Puel called for the introduction of video technology after a Manolo Gabbiadini goal was disallowed for offside during Sunday’s EFL Cup final against Manchester United.
  • Saints legend Matt le Tissier said the decision to disallow Gabbiadini’s effort was “disgusting”.
  • Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin says Great Britain could struggle to host showpiece European games if Brexit makes it harder for players and fans to enter the country.
  • Everton are eyeing a move for Manchester Untied defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah.
  • Spurs could revive their interest in PSG star Adrien Rabiot after the midfielder suggested he is up for a summer move.
  • Stoke, Everton and Leicester are keeping tabs on Hamburg’s Walace Souza Silva
  • Arsenal scouts were spotted at Reggio Emilia’s Mapei Stadium yesterday to watch Sassuolo-Milan. Matteo Politano, Domenico  Berardi and Lorenzo Pellegrini  were all watched
  • An Arsenal scout watched Zenit St Petersburg forward Aleksandr Kokorin and Anderlecht midfielder Youri Tielemans in a Europa League game last week.
  • Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has been praised for his “great human gesture” in writing to a former Bundesliga referee who was struggling with depression. Babak Rafati said the then Bayern Munich player wrote to him following a suicide attempt which led to him quitting the game.
  • David Wagner and Garry Monk have been handed touchline bans by the FA for their roles in the touchline melee that marred Huddersfield’s win over Leeds earlier this month.
  • World Cup winner Mario Gotze has been ruled out “for the time being” because of “metabolic disturbances”, his club Borussia Dortmund have said.
  • Thomas Meunier has revealed that he turned down approaches from Tottenham, West Ham and Middlesbrough so he could move to Paris Saint-Germain last summer.
  • Watford forward Mauro Zarate faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after injuring his cruciate ligament during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham.
  • Former Hearts, Everton and Scotland forward Alex Young has died at the age of 80. Young played for Hearts from 1955-1960 and his goals helped the Edinburgh club win the Scottish league title in 1958.
  • He won a move to Everton, where he made 273 appearances, scoring 87 goals and winning the First Division title as well as the FA Cup.

Wolfsburgs sack manager Ismael

Wolfsburg sacked manager Valerien Ismael on Sunday after the former defender failed to turn around a poor season that has left the Bundesliga club flirting with relegation.

The struggling Volkswagen-backed club said in a statement that Ismael was leaving “with immediate effect” and that a new coach could be presented as soon as Monday.

“We didn’t make the decision based primarily on the latest result against Bremen, but above all on the impressions and results of the last weeks and months,” Wolfsburg sporting director Olaf Rebbe said in a club statement.

Wolfsburg lost 2-1 at home to Bremen on Friday and are only two points above the relegation zone after 22 rounds of the German league.

The 41-year-old Ismael, formerly Wolfsburg’s Under-23 coach, was given the job at first on an interim basis after predecessor Dieter Hecking — now at Borussia Monchengladbach — was fired seven league games into the season. Ismael gained the job on a permanent basis when no other candidates were found.

Ismael, who took over on Oct. 17, managed only five victories in 15 league games with nine defeats.

Friday’s loss to fellow struggler Bremen — the club Ismael won the double with as a player in 2004 — was his last game in charge. It was Wolfsburg’s fifth defeat in six games.

“The results aren’t just,” Ismael said afterward. “It was the best I’ve seen from us … I didn’t feel any uncertainty. Just the result didn’t fit the picture.”

Ismael’s previous spell in management ended in November 2014 when he was fired as Nuremberg coach after seven defeats and only four wins in 13 second-division games.

BundesLiga results- Schalke held by Hoffenheim; Stindl  continues  fine form to help Moenchengladbach win at Ingolstadt 

​Ingolstadt 0 – 2 Borussia  Moenchen gladbach

Schalke 04 1 – 1 Hoffenheim

  • Schalke 04 1 – 1 Hoffenheim

Sebastian Rudy scored a late equaliser to earn Hoffenheim a point against Schalke 04.

Alessandro Schöpf scored for the third game in succession to give Schalke an early lead, but Hoffenheim would establish themselves as the better side.

However it took until just over ten minutes from the end before the Hoffenheim captain popped up to head home Steven Zuber’s cross to ensure they at least got something from the match and shored up their top-four place.

  • ​Ingolstadt 0 – 2 Borussia  Moenchen gladbach

Borussia Mönchengladbach continued their recent resurgence with captain marvel Lars Stindl and Andre Hahn earning them a 2-0 win at Ingolstadt.

Buoyed by his tie-turning hat-trick against Fiorentina in the Europa League on Thursday, Stindl took aim from distance to provide the first shot of a cagey first half, but Martin Hansen was well placed to save.

Ingolstadt sharpened their sight for goal in the second half with Sommer making an excellent save to deny Marvin Matip, who went from almost hero to villain as his flick rebounded in off Stindl to put the Foals in front on the hour mark. Ingolstadt had to throw caution to the wind, but Gladbach closed the gaps expertly and added a second in stoppage time with Hahn sealing win number four in their last five Bundesliga games.

Serie A results – Nainggolan’s brace helps Roma beat Inter; Milan win

​Palermo 1 – 1 Sampdoria

ChievoVerona 2 – 0 Pescara

Crotone 1 – 2 Cagliari

Genoa 1 – 1 Bologna

Lazio 1 – 0 Udinese

Sassuolo 0 – 1 AC Milan

Inter 1 – 3 Roma

  • Inter 1 – 3 Roma

Radja Nainggolan scored two brilliant goals as Roma beat Inter Milan to keep their slim Serie A title hopes alive.

The Belgium international cut in from the left before curling home the opener and ran from his own half to smash in a second from 25 yards.

Mauro Icardi gave sixth-placed Inter hope when he slid home an Ivan Perisic cross at the far post.

But Diego Perotti’s penalty after Gary Medel brought down Edin Dzeko sealed the entertaining victory.

Nainggolan became the first Roma player since Francesco Totti in 2005 to score two goals from outside the box in a Serie A game.

Luciano Spalletti’s side, who have won eight of their past nine Serie A games, are seven points behind leaders Juventus with 12 games left.

  • Sassuolo 0 – 1 AC Milan

Gianluigi Donnarumma kept a clean sheet on the day after his 18th birthday as AC Milan won 1-0 at Sassuolo in a controversial game on Sunday.

Carlos Bacca scored the only goal of the match in the 22nd minute from the penalty spot, but Sassuolo thought it should have been ruled out after the forward touched the ball with both feet as he slipped when taking the kick.

The penalty was awarded after Alberto Aquilani had tripped Andrea Bertolacci — and it came after Domenico Berardi had fired wide from the spot from Sassuolo.

  • Lazio 1 – 0 Udinese

Lazio are back in the fight for a Champions League place after beating Udinese 1-0 to move to within four points of third-placed Napoli, who were beaten at Atalanta on Saturday.

Ciro Immobile scored from the spot in the 72nd minute after Lazio were awarded a debatable penalty for an apparent handball by Ali Adnan.

  • ​Palermo 1 – 1 Sampdoria

Palermo inched a point closer to safety with a 1-1 draw against Sampdoria, although they remain seven points below 18th-placed Empoli.

The home side went in front after 31 minutes when Ilija Nestorovski struck from the penalty spot, but Fabio Quagliarella wrecked their hopes of all three points with a 90th-minute penalty.

  • ChievoVerona 2 – 0 Pescara

Pescara lost 2-0 at Chievo Verona, Valter Birsa and Lucas Castro scoring in each half

  • Crotone 1 – 2 Cagliari

Cagliari won 2-1 at Crotone as Joao Pedro and Marco Borriello cancelled out an early strike by Adrian Stoian.

  • Genoa 1 – 1 Bologna

Olivier Ntcham’s stoppage-time goal handed Genoa a 1-1 draw against 10-man Bologna, who had led through Federico Viviani but had Vasileios Torosidis sent of.

La Liga results: Madrid rally to win and stay top; Messi saves Barca again

​Espanyol 3 – 0 Osasuna

Atletico Madrid 1 – 2 Barcelona

Athletic Bilbao 3 – 1 Granada

Sporting Gijon 1 – 1 Celta Vigo

Villarreal 2 – 3 Real Madrid

  • Villarreal 2 – 3 Real Madrid

Real Madrid came from 2-0 down to record a remarkable win at Villarreal, a victory that saw them return to the top of La Liga.

The home side went 2-0 up before the hour through Manu Trigueros and Cedric Bakambu.

The pivotal moment came at 2-1 when Villarreal’s Bruno was adjudged to have handled in the area, although it was disputed if it was intentional.

Cristiano Ronaldo made it 2-2 from the spot after Gareth Bale had headed in Real’s first.

Substitute Alvaro Morata then nodded in the winner seven minutes from time.

Coach Fran Escriba’s Villarreal went into the match with the tag of ‘the meanest defence in the league’, having conceded only 15 goals this season.

They lived up to that in the opening half, by barely giving Real a sniff.

  • Atletico Madrid 1 – 2 Barcelona

Lionel Messi scored a late winner as Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.

Rafinha gave Barca the lead when Luis Suarez – who had an effort ruled out – took a shot which ricocheted off two defenders to land at his feet.

Diego Godin levelled when he headed home Koke’s free-kick.

But Messi pounced in the 86th minute to win the game for the champions after his initial effort was blocked by defender Stefan Savic.

Atletico dominated the first half, with Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen making a multitude of saves. The visitors improved after the break but looked destined to be held until Messi’s late intervention.

That was Messi’s 20th La Liga goal in 21 games this season – and his 21st against Atletico in the league in as many attempts.

Atleti, the 2014 champions, are now 10 points off leaders Real and 9 points off Barca.

  • ​Espanyol 3 – 0 Osasuna

Espanyol rebounded from two straight losses with a comfortable 3-0 home win over struggling Osasuna.

Felipe Caicedo opened the scoring, but missed a penalty later on.

But, goals from Jose Manuel Jurado and Gerard Moreno made it 3 – 0.

Osasuna’s Oier was dismissed in the firsty half when he was shown  a red card. 

Espanyol moved to eighth place, while Osasuna stayed last as their winless streak extended to 16 games. 

The promoted club’s only victory so far was at Eibar in October.

  • Athletic Bilbao 3 – 1 Granada

Granada also fell behind at Athletic Bilbao when Markel Susaeta found the net in just the 11th minute, though the lead would last only three minutes as Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez swiftly levelled.

Inigo Lekue restored the home side’s lead prior to the interval and a third goal from Mikel San Jose with 21 minutes remaining made it more comfortable for Athletic in a 3-1 win.

  • Sporting Gijon 1 – 1 Celta Vigo

Sporting Gijon, the third of the teams currently occupying the relegation zone, were at least able to claw closer to safety with a point from a 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo.

They were on course for all three points, which would have moved them level with Deportivo, as Moi Gomez’s early second-half penalty put them into the lead.

Yet teenager Jorge Mere was dismissed with 16 minutes remaining and Iago Aspas made the 10 men pay soon after with his 19th goal of the season in all competitions.

EPL result : Kane bags a first half hattrick as Spurs beat Stoke 

Tottenham 4 – 0 Stoke city

Harry Kane continued his electric form in front of goal by grabbing his third hat-trick in just nine games as Tottenham eased to a 4-0 victory over Stoke at White Hart Lane.

Spurs were at their swaggering best at White Hart Lane but Stoke contributed to their own demise with an abject display of defending, with Kane more than happy to cash in, before Dele Alli added a fourth on the stroke of half-time.

Kane’s strikes in the 14th, 32nd and 37th minutes mean the striker has now scored two hat-tricks in a week and three in nine appearances, coming on the heels of trebles against West Brom in the league and Fulham in the FA Cup last weekend.

Victory also sees Tottenham leapfrog Manchester City, reducing the gap behind leaders Chelsea back to 10 points while pulling four clear of Liverpool in fifth. Stoke, meanwhile, stay 10th.

For all Mauricio Pochettino’s flourishing young talents, this was a clear reminder that Kane remains the Argentinian’s most valuable asset.

The 23-year-old’s first goal was his 100th at club level and meant he has now hit the 20-goal mark for the third season in a row. He is on course to retain the Premier League’s Golden Boot, now tied at the top of the charts on 17 with Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku.

Ligue 1 results : Depay scores twice as Lyon crush Metz; PSG go second after Marseille riot

​Saint-Etienne 0 – 1 Caen

Lyon 5 – 0 Metz

Marseille 1 – 5 Paris Saint  Germain

  • Marseille 1 – 5 Paris Saint  Germain

Paris St-Germain thrashed Marseille in Le Classique to move back up into second place in Ligue 1.

Marquinhos headed their opener, with Edinson Cavani dinking their second over keeper Yohann Pele.

Lucas Moura and substitute Julian Draxler put them in complete control, before defender Rod Fanni’s consolation goal.

But Blaise Matuidi added a fifth to inflict Marseille’s worst home defeat in Ligue 1 since 1953.

PSG, seeking a fifth consecutive league title, move back above Nice on goal difference and sit three points behind leaders Monaco.

  • Lyon 5 – 0 Metz

Ex-Manchester United pllayer Memphis Depay scored his first Ligue 1 brace as Lyon strengthened their grip on fourth spot with a 5-0 thrashing of Metz.

The 23-year-old Dutch forward put the hosts in front at the stroke of half-time after striker Alexandre Lacazette hit the post and the ball hit goalkeeper Thomas Didillon’s back. Depay found himself in the right place and sent the ball into the back of the net with a simple tap in.

Depay’s grit was on display after the interval when he lost a duel with Metz captain Cheick Doukoure on the right side of the box but immediately recovered the ball and doubled the hosts’ lead with a precise low shot past Didillon in the 53rd minute.

Metz defender Ivan Balliu then inadvertently beat his own keeper with a header as he tried to clear a cross from Depay and Lacazette made it 4-0 with 12 minutes left with a superb strike to the top-left corner for his 22nd league goal this season.

Substitute Mathieu Valbuena completed the rout in added time.

  • ​Saint-Etienne 0 – 1 Caen

Ronny Rodelin scored the winner as Caen secured crucial points in the fight against relegation with a 1-0 defeat of St Etienne.

The win lifted the Normandy side four points off the relegation zone while sixth-placed St Etienne slipped to a fourth consecutive loss in all competitions.

Rodelin has now scored three goals in his last four league starts.

EFL Cup: Zlatan the hero as United beat Southampton in Final

Manchester United 3 – 2 Southampton

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the late hero as Manchester United as brave Southampton were beaten  3-2 in a thrilling EFL Cup final at Wembley.
While Southampton named an unchanged side from their last match two weeks ago, Mourinho made six alterations to the team that won at Saint-Etienne in midweek. In came David De Gea, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera, Lingard and Anthony Martial for Sergio Romero, Ashley Young, Daley Blind, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and the injured Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Ibrahimovic gave the Red Devils the lead with a trademark precision free-kick, while Jese Lingard doubled the advantage with a composed finish.

However, Manolo Gabbiadini’s goal just before the break livened the tie up, and he levelled proceedings early in the second half.

With less than five minutes on the clock, Ibrahimovic popped up again, heading home unmarked from close range to take his tally to 26 goals this season and win the cup for Jose Mourinho’s men.
Wembley bore witness to a superb encounter as expectant United faced a Saints side looking to win just the second major trophy in their history, the first having come 41 years ago when the sides met in the FA Cup final.

Saints’ striker Manolo Gabbiadiani saw a goal contentiously ruled out before United took an undeserved two-goal lead.
Oriel Romeu hit the woodwork before Ibrahimovic stole the winner.
Southampton can be proud of one of the finest performances in defeat the modern Wembley has seen – but that will be no consolation to Puel’s devastated players.
Jose Mourinho was a subdued figure throughout this final – perhaps unable to disguise his discontent at what was a wretched performance by United for the most part at Wembley.

Inside, however, he will be ecstatic at holding silverware aloft once more, making himself a success with United in his first season at Old Trafford and performing the same trick he used at Chelsea to ease any pressure on himself and reassure supporters they have a winner at the helm.

Mourinho made it his business to target this trophy in his first season at Chelsea, beating Liverpool in the 2005 final, and it was his first success in his second spell at Stamford Bridge as Spurs were beaten here at Wembley in the 2015 final.
He is now level with Sir Alex Ferguson and Brian Clough as the most successful manager in the League Cup after his fourth triumph and takes another step on the road to rehabilitation after his sacking at Chelsea last season.
Europa League and FA Cup glory remain further possibilities this term, but Mourinho will know his players need to up their game moving forwards.

  • Manchester United match-winner Zlatan Ibrahimovic: “This is a team effort. This is what I came for – to win, and I am winning. The more I win the more satisfied I get.

“You appreciate it more the older you get. Wherever I have gone I have won. I think this is trophy number 32 for me. This is what I predicted. My friend, I keep doing it. I’m enjoying it in England.”

  • Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho:”Honestly, Ibrahimovic won the game for us because he was outstanding. I can see a couple of performances – Pogba similar level – but he was outstanding.

“In a match where the opponent was better than us for long periods – they deserved to go to extra time – he made the difference and he gave us the cup.

“I’m a bit emotional yes. It’s not easy to win titles and so many times. It’s not easy to cope with the pressure I put myself under.

“It was a game I was feeling the difficulty. I want to pay homage to Southampton and what they deserve. We have the cup in our hands and probably should be in extra time.”

  • Southampton manager Claude Puel:”We came back with quality. Perhaps we deserve better. It’s football and congratulations to Manchester United and their players.

“Manolo Gabbiadini scored three good goals (including the disallowed goal). There’s a lot of disappointment of course. We had a fantastic game without the reward. I hope we can continue on this level.”

  • Gary Neville believes EFL Cup hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic has the same aura as Eric Cantona at Manchester United.

“Zlatan is the leader. I know Wayne Rooney lifted the cup [despite not being on the pitch] but Zlatan is the leader on the pitch,” he told Sky Sports.

“When Cantona walked onto the pitch with his collar up he looked like he loved Old Trafford, he had the aura and confidence. Ibrahimovic is the same.

“Sometimes you hate people who have that much arrogance but I love that because he delivers at the same time.

“When you’re a manager and join a new club you need one player who sings off your hymn sheet. Ibrahimovic is that player for [Jose] Mourinho.”

  • Jesse Lingard has scored in each of his past three appearances at Wembley for Manchester United (2016 FA Cup Final, Community Shield and League Cup final this season)
  • United’s EFL Cup victory saw them equal Liverpool’s record of 41 major trophies.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has now scored six goals in his past five domestic cup finals (four goals in four games with PSG).
  • These were Ibrahimovic’s 25th and 26th goals of the season in all competitions, the most of any Premier League player this season.
  • Ibrahimovic’s opening goal was the first Southampton have conceded in the League Cup this season, going 468 minutes without shipping a goal in the competition.
  • Manolo Gabbiadini is the fourth Italian to score in the League Cup final (Fabrizio Ravanelli, Roberto di Matteo and Fabio Borini the others).
  • Gabbiadini is the second player to score twice in a League Cup final against Manchester United after Dean Saunders.
  • Manchester United have won each of their past six games at Wembley.
  • Only Liverpool (8) have won the League Cup more times than Manchester United (5).
  • Jose Mourinho has won all four of the League Cup finals he has contested (2005, 2007, 2015 and 2017).

Ligue 1 results  – Monaco  win to regain top spot; Lille lose

​Guingamp 1 – 2 Monaco

Angers 3 – 0 SC Bastia

Lille 2 – 3 Bordeaux

Nancy 0 – 0 Toulouse

Rennes 1 – 0 Lorient

  • ​Guingamp 1 – 2 Monaco

Ligue 1 leaders Monaco moved three points clear with victory at Guingamp.

Monaco defender Kamil Glik stabbed in the opener from Thomas Lemar’s first-half free-kick, helped on by Guingamp winger Jimmy Briand’s poor clearance.

Falcao saw a bicycle kick diverted just over the bar, before 18-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe was fouled in the box by keeper Karl-Johan Johnsson.

Fabinho’s chipped penalty put Monaco 2-0 up, before Etienne Didot fired home a late consolation from outside the box.

Defending champions Paris St-Germain, in third, are now six points behind Monaco but can narrow the gap when they play at Marseille on Sunday.

  • Lille 2 – 3 Bordeaux

Bordeaux moved up to fifth with a 3-2 away win over Lille at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy. 

Valentin Vada and Adam Ounas double got the goals for Jocelyn Gourvennec’s men.

Lille had the first chance of the game when Anwar El Ghazi let fly, but his shot flew past Cédric Carrasso’s post. 

Bordeaux duly went and scored at the other end five minutes later, with Gaëtan Laborde’s clever back-heel teeing up Vada to convert his first senior Bordeaux goal.

The home team then flipped the game on its head just past the hour-mark, with Nicolas de Préville thumping home a penalty he had earned  before Eder fired the go-ahead goal low under Carrasso.

Unbowed, Bordeaux continued to hit Lille on the counter-attack, and Ounas’ late brace was interspersed by red cards for Lille’s Julien Palmieri and Rio Mavuba  as the three points got away from the hosts, along with their tempers.

LOSC have confirmed Marcelo Bielsa will become the club’s new coach on a two-year deal beginning on July 1.

  • Rennes 1 – 0 Lorient

Giovanni Sio’s first-half strike was enough for Stade Rennais FC as they claimed the Breton derby spoils with a 1-0 defeat of neighbours FC Lorient on Saturday, and ended their ten-game winless streak.

With their miserable run of form weighing heavy on their minds, Christian Gourcuff’s men could barely have asked for better opponents to boost their confidence. Lorient, bottom of the table, came into the game with a club record low points tally for this stage of a Ligue 1 season.

  • Angers 3 – 0 SC Bastia

Two goals from Karl Toko Ekambi helped give Angers SCO a convincing 3-0 win over SC Bastia.

Angers had won three of their last five league games, while Bastia had won just twice in their previous 18 top-flight outings, meaning the hosts started clear favourites to pick up the points that would ease their relegation fears at the cost of augmenting those of their opponents.

Thomas Vincensini in the Bastia goal had already been tested before an unmarked Toko Ekambi rose to head home Thomas Mangani’s corner, expertly delivered from the right (18′). It was the recently-crowned African champion’s first L1 goal since mid-September.

Toko Ekambi was once more remarkably unfettered by opponents as he sauntered onto Abdoulaye Bamba’s cross and doubled his and his team’s tally (57′) with his fourth of the league season.

Another Vincensini save denied Toko Ekambi a hat-trick (66′) before visiting captain Yannick Cahuzac was sent off in bizarre circumstances.

Cahuzac knocked the board from the official’s hand before eventually offering an apology and a handshake, though that did not prevent him being shown a red card – his fourth of the season – by referee Karim Abed (75′).

If that was not enough, a miserable night for Bastia got worse still when Bourillon touched a Mangani corner into the net (79′) to leave Angers six points clear of the relegation zone and Bastia five points adrift of safety.

  • Nancy 0 – 0 Toulouse

AS Nancy-Lorraine held Toulouse FC to a goalless draw at the Stade Marcel Picot on Saturday to pull up to 15th, five points clear of the automatic drop zone.

Serie A results  – Juve go 10-points clear after  30th consecutive home win; Kessie sees red as Atalanta’s win at Napoli

​SSC Napoli 0 – 2 Atalanta

Juventus 2 – 0 Empoli

  • Juventus 2 – 0 Empoli

Juventus went 10 points clear at the top of Serie A with a 30th consecutive home win as stubborn 17th-placed Empoli were eventually brushed aside.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side, going for a sixth consecutive title, went ahead when Lukasz Skorupski bundled into his own net after Mario Mandzukic’s header struck the bar shortly after half-time.

Juve had spurned several first-half chances, but Alex Sandro’s tight finish into the corner settled the points.

Roma can narrow Juve’s lead on Sunday.

Second-placed Roma play at fifth-placed Inter Milan.

Leonardo Bonucci was restored to the Juve line-up after being left out of Wednesday’s Champions League victory at Porto because of a touchline spat with Allegri in the previous Friday’s league game.

Juve, who are on track to win a third consecutive league and cup double, last dropped points at home in the league in a 1-1 draw with Frosinone in September 2015.

They were last beaten at home in the league on the opening day of the 2015-16 season, by Udinese, and this 30th straight home win adds to the Serie A record they already hold.

  • ​SSC Napoli 0 – 2 Atalanta

Atalanta had pulled off a shock 2-0 win over Napoli at Stadio San Paolo despite being down to 10 men for the closing stages.

The visitors had started the day in fifth place but would end up just three points behind Napoli, who had been out to leapfrog Roma up into second.

The Partenopei made a promising start and saw an effort from Lorenzo Insigne hit the top of the crossbar.

However, it was Atalanta who broke the deadlock on 28 minutes when defender Mattia Caldara headed in following a corner.

Napoli had a free kick from Dries Mertens pushed up onto the crossbar by Atalanta keeper Etrit Berisha.

Just after the hour, Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie was sent off after picking up two quick yellow cards.

The visitors, however, doubled their lead on 70 minutes when Caldara volleyed in from 12 yards to inflict a first Serie A defeat on Maurizio Sarri’s men in 2017.

La Liga results – Sevilla rally to go joint top with Madrid; Valencia lose

​Alaves 2 – 1 Valencia

Real Betis 1 – 2 Sevilla

Leganes 4 – 0 Deportivo La  Coruna

Eibar 3 – 0 Malaga

  • Real Betis 1 – 2 Sevilla

Sevilla came from behind to beat Real Betis in their local derby and move level with La Liga leaders Real Madrid.

Betis left-back Riza Durmisi opened the scoring with a first-half free-kick, before Gabriel Mercado levelled from close range after the break.

Vicente Iborra stabbed home the winner with 14 minutes to play after Steven N’Zonzi flicked on Samir Nasri’s free-kick from what appeared to be an offside position.

  • ​Alaves 2 – 1 Valencia

Valencia failed to build on their impressive midweek win against Real Madrid by losing 2-1 to Alaves.

Carlos Soler put them into a 70th-minute lead but goals from Ibai Gomez and Aleksander Katai in the 78th and 86th minutes sealed victory for the hosts.

With two minutes remaining Fabian Orellana was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

  • Leganes 4 – 0 Deportivo La  Coruna

Legans overtook Deportivo La Coruna in the table with a 4-0 romp, pushing the Galician side to the edge of the relegation zone after their biggest win since joining the top flight for the first time last summer.

The small Madrid-based club got early goals from Alexander Szymanowski and Martin Mantovani. Unai Lopez and Alberto Bueno added late goals after Deportivo’s Raul Albentosa earned a direct red card for elbowing Miguel Guerrero in the neck.

Leganes’ first win in 12 rounds came a week after their gutsy performance at Barcelona ended in defeat.

  • Eibar 3 – 0 Malaga

Adrian Gonzalez scored on either side of half-time as Eibar maintained their excellent home record with a 3-0 win over Malaga, their eighth victory in 13 matches this season at Ipurua Stadium.

Sergi Enrich recorded his 10th league goal of the campaign to round off the win that pushed the modest Basque club into seventh place.

Roberto Rosales was sent off in the second half for Malaga, who are 14th.

BundesLiga results  – Bayern run riot again on Hamburg; Aubameyang breaks goal drought with a brace; Leverkusen lose 

​Bayer Leverkusen 0 – 2 Mainz 05

Bayern Munich 8 – 0 Hamburger SV

Darmstadt 1 – 2 Augsburg

Freiburg 0 – 3 Borussia  Dortmund

RasenBallsport Leipzig 3 – 1 FC Cologne

Hertha Berlin 2 – 0 Eintracht Frankfurt

  • Bayern Munich 8 – 0 Hamburger SV

Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti celebrated his 1,000th match as a manager with an 8-0 thrashing of Hamburg, including a Robert Lewandowski hat-trick.

Bayern led 3-0 at the break, as Arturo Vidal drilled in Thomas Muller’s lay-off, and Lewandowski converted a penalty before prodding in a third.

The Poland striker struck again after the break, with David Alaba tapping in and Kingsley Coman scoring twice.

Arjen Robben made it eight.

Bayern remain five points clear at the top.

Lewandowski’s three goals took him joint-top of the Bundesliga scoring charts – he now has 19 for the season, along with Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The victory is Bayern’s biggest win under Ancelotti – some way to chalk up a milestone.

Carlo Ancelotti began his management career in his native Italy with Reggiana in 1995.

Hamburg have a dreadful recent record at the Allianz Arena, having now lost on each of their past seven visits, conceding 44 goals in the process – a run that included a 9-2 thumping in March 2013 and another 8-0 humiliation in February 2015.

  • RasenBallsport Leipzig 3 – 1 FC Cologne 

Leipzig, last season’s second division runners-up, had seen their title challenge falter after losing four of their previous nine Bundesliga fixtures.

But they were in command against Cologne from the fifth minute, when Sweden forward Emil Forsberg latched on to Thomas Kessler’s poor clearance and steered a shot into the corner of the net.

Cologne defender Dominic Maroh, who escaped with only a booking after clipping Timo Werner when clear through, then turned Naby Keita’s cross into his own net.

Yuya Osako pulled one back after half-time for Cologne, but Werner then thumped a shot past Kessler to make it 3-1.

  • Freiburg 0 – 3 Borussia  Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund climbed into third place with a 3-0 win at Freiburg.

A header from Sokratis Papastathopoulos gave Dortmund a deserved early lead, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang added two in the second-half to seal the win.

  • Hertha Berlin 2 – 0 Eintracht Frankfurt

Hertha Berlin increased their chances of European football next season with a hard-fought 2-0 win over 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt.

After a goalless first half, Bosnian striker Vedad Ibisevic broke the deadlock seven minutes after the restart when he slotted home from 12 yards following neat footwork by Solomon Kalou.

Frankfurt striker Haris Seferovic received his marching orders on 78 minutes for violent conduct after an altercation with Berlin midfielder Niklas Stark before Vladimir Darida sealed victory with a header seven minutes from time.

Victory meant Hertha leapfrogged their opponents into fifth place while the visitors extended their losing streak to three matches.

  • ​Bayer Leverkusen 0 – 2 Mainz 05

Bayer Leverkusen’s miserable week continued as they were beaten 2-0 by Mainz, after losing 4-2 at home to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Mid-table Mainz raced into an early lead through Stefan Bell and Levin Oztunali and held on to move within two points of Leverkusen.

  • Darmstadt 1 – 2 Augsburg

Augsburg came from behind to beat the Bundesliga’s bottom side, Darmstadt, 2-1.

Marcel Heller scored with Darmstadt’s first shot minutes after the restart, but Paul Verhaegh equalised from the penalty spot in the 55th minute. Raul Bobadilla scored the winner with five minutes remaining to leave the hosts 10 points from safety at the bottom.

The Altintop twins lined up on opposite sides with Hamit appearing for the home team and Halil for Augsburg.

EPL results  – Chelsea go 11 points clear; Moyes defeated on Everton return; Palace win

​Chelsea 3 – 1 Swansea City

Crystal Palace 1 – 0 Middlesbrough

Everton 2 – 0 Sunderland

Hull City 1 – 1 Burnley

West Bromwich Albion 2 – 1 AFC Bournemouth

Watford 1 – 1 West Ham  United

  • ​Chelsea 3 – 1 Swansea City

Chelsea opened up an 11-point lead lead at the top of the Premier League after they sunk Swansea City 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.

Cesc Fabregas scored on his 300th Premier League appearance, but Fernando Llorente equalised on the stroke of half-time.

Pedro scored Chelsea’s second when his shot deceived Swansea’s goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and Diego Costa added a late third as Antonio Conte’s men won a 12th successive home game.

With Manchester City not in action this weekend and Liverpool at Leicester on Monday, the Blues’ advantage increased with 12 games to go.

Swansea’s only defeats in six league games under former Chelsea assistant boss Paul Clement have come to Arsenal, City and now the Blues.

  • Watford 1 – 1 West Ham  United

Andre Ayew came off the bench to rescue a point for 10-man West Ham in a 1-1 draw at Watford.

The Hammers were trailing to Troy Deeney’s third-minute penalty until Ghana forward Ayew tucked in the rebound after Michail Antonio’s shot had hit both posts.

It was no more than West Ham deserved, as they were unlucky not to have been awarded a second-half spot-kick for an almost identical incident to the one which gave Watford the lead.

However, they had to hold out for the final five minutes with 10 men after Antonio was sent off for handball.

Sadly it was also a bitter-sweet evening for Hammers old boy Mauro Zarate, who won his side’s penalty but departed on a stretcher with a serious-looking knee injury before half-time.

  • Everton 2 – 0 Sunderland

Everton secured a comfortable 2-0 win over Sunderland to ensure former boss David Moyes’ return to Goodison Park was not a happy one for the Scot.

Midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye’s first Premier League goal plus a record-equalling effort from Romelu Lukaku boosted Everton’s European hopes while adding to Sunderland’s relegation woes.

Gueye was among the unlikeliest to open the scoring, having failed to do so in 55 previous league appearances, but his fierce drive just before half-time was one worth waiting for.

Lukaku’s goal, all his own work with a 50-yard sprint from the halfway line, equalled Duncan Ferguson’s club-best tally of 60 in the Premier League.

The 2-0 victory put Ronald Koeman’s side within six points of the top four, although Europa League qualification remains their primary target.

Defeat – their sixth in 11 league matches – for bottom side Sunderland saw them slip four points from safety and cap a disappointing return to Goodison Park for ex Toffees boss Moyes.

Black Cats goalkeeper Jordan Pickford looked rusty on his first appearance after two months out with a knee injury with his handling particularly suspect.

  • Crystal Palace 1 – 0 Middlesbrough

Patrick van Aanholt fired Crystal Palace to a crucial 1-0 win over Middlesbrough to lift the hosts out of the relegation zone.

Victory, secured by a first-half goal from Van Aanholt, also took them level with their visitors, who could yet struggle to avoid relegation.

Palace remain 17th but, having secured their first home league victory since Sam Allardyce’s appointment in December, may yet have enough time to preserve their top-flight status.

Allardyce handed loan signing Mamadou Sakho his debut in central defence, and the £13million capture Luka Milivojevic his first start at Selhurst Park.

  • West Bromwich Albion 2 – 1 AFC Bournemouth

West Brom came from behind to register their fourth straight win at The Hawthorns, where Bournemouth fell to a 2-1 defeat.

The result means Tony Pulis’ men continue to exceed all expectations this season and remain surprise contenders for European football.

Expected to struggle, the Baggies are flying high in eighth place in the Premier League and seventh spot may bring qualification for next season’s Europa League – a position currently occupied by Everton, who are four points ahead of Pulis’ team from as many matches.

Bournemouth took an early lead through Josh King’s penalty but goals from defenders Craig Dawson and Gareth McAuley turned the game on its head before half-time as West Brom won at home for the seventh time in the last eight outings.

But it was only possible thanks to a superb injury-time save from Ben Foster to deny Tyrone Mings.

An exciting finale to the game followed a breathless beginning.

Mark Clattenburg might have been hoping to keep a low profile in his first game since agreeing to become Saudi Arabia’s new head of referees – but he was asked to make a big decision after only five minutes when Allan Nyom clumsily brought down Ryan Fraser, and he pointed to the penalty spot.

King confidently tucked away the spot-kick into the bottom corner, sending Foster the wrong way.

Dawson’s deflected strike from the edge of the box brought the Baggies level after 10 minutes as the ball flicked off Charlie Daniels and flew into the roof of the net.

It was West Brom’s 35th Premier League goal of the season – one more than they managed to score in the whole of the 2015/16 campaign.

The Cherries are now seven games without a win in the Premier League and looking nervously over their shoulders at the relegation zone.

  • Hull City 1 – 1 Burnley

Michael Keane was transformed from villain to hero as he rescued a point for Burnley, who are still without a Premier League win on the road this season after a 1-1 draw at Hull City.

The Clarets defender smashed home a second-half equaliser minutes after his handball had gifted Hull a penalty, which Tom Huddlestone converted.

The point was not enough to lift the Tigers out of the bottom three following Crystal Palace’s win against Middlesbrough, while Burnley, who had Ashley Barnes sent off in the closing stages, climbed one place to 10th despite registering only two points on their travels from 12 games in the top flight.

Former Hull pair George Boyd and Robbie Brady both featured in the opening stages for Burnley.

Latest Football News 

  • Jose Mourinho has been in regular contact with Barcelona forward Neymar in an effort to get him to join Manchester United.
  • Claudio Ranieri has said his “dream  died” when Leicester sacked him on  Thursday, but issued heartfelt thanks in a dignified statement.

  • Leicester players met the club’s owners four times to get manager Claudio Ranieri sacked.
  • The Foxes players who met Leicester chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha on Wednesday included 30-year-old keeper Kasper Schmeichel, defender Wes Morgan, 33, midfielder Marc Albrighton, 27, and 30-year-old striker Jamie Vardy.
  • Ranieri was sacked at a hotel at East Midlands Airport when he returned from Seville on Thursday.
  • The 65-year-old Italian is set to receive £3m as part of his severance package from Leicester, having been sacked six months into a new four-year deal.

  • Roberto Mancini has no interest in succeeding Claudio Ranieri as Leicester City’s manager.
  • Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner has distanced himself from the vacant manager’s role at the King Power Stadium.
  • Caretaker manager Craig  Shakespeare has rejected any claims  sacked boss Ranieri was the  victim of a player revolt at Leicester City.
  • Kasper Schmeichel says Leicester’s owners did not ask senior players for their take on Ranieri’s future before he was sacked.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic is stalling on signing a contract extension at Manchester United.
  • Jose Mourinho is weighing up  whether to start Wayne Rooney in  the EFL Cup final against  Southampton on Sunday.
  • Mourinho was however pleased to see  Wayne Rooney end speculation  about his immediate future by  pledging himself to Man Utd until the summer.

  • Southampton boss Claude Puel has  backed his patched-up defence to  deal with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.  ‘Zlatan doesn’t run a lot, we have  the answer’, says Puel.
  • Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira has travelled to England to hold transfer talks with Manchester United regarding defender Nelson Semedo.
  • Luis Enrique is at odds with the Barcelona board over their reluctance to make an emergency signing to cover for the loss of right-back Aleix Vidal to injury.
  • Barcelona are considering approaching Massimiliano Allegri about replacing Luis Enrique in the summer.

  • Laurent Blanc is among those being considered by Barcelona to replace Luis Enrique, with SFR Sportreporting that contact has already been made.
  • Real Madrid will sign 17-year-old Brazilian playmaker Augusto Galvan from Sao Paolo for €3m (£2.5), according to Globoesporte.
  • With just 16 months to run on his contract, Isco’s  Real Madrid future is  uncertain. A potential move to great rivals Barcelona is becoming a possibility for the 24-year-old Spanish international midfielder.
  • Monaco hope to recoup €60 million when they sell 18-year-old attacker Kylian Mbappe.

  • Arsenal have announced a record  investment in players of  £110.5million but an increase in  football turnover to £191.1million.
  • The Gunners could finally sign long-time target Alexandre Lacazette as the 25-year-old forward looks set to leave Lyon this summer, but Atletico Madrid are also interested.
  • Chelsea are reportedly interested in Fulham’s talented twins Ryan and Steven Sessegnon.
  • Fulham flop Kostas Mitroglou is in talks over a shock big-money move to the Chinese Super League.
  • Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has told his Premier League leaders to stay focused after recalling losing the title with Juventus as a player when the side were nine points clear with eight games to go.
  • Malaga midfielder Pablo Fornals has emerged as a summer transfer target for Arsenal.

  • Arsenal have warned forward Alexis Sanchez and midfielder Mesut Ozil, both 28, they will not bow to their contract demands despite having cash reserves of more than £100m.
  • Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Ranieri’s departure is as “strange” as the Brexit vote and Donald Trump being elected US president.
  • Tony Pulis will be offered a new long-term deal at West Brom.
  • Arsenal will send scouts to watch Serie A duo Faouzi Ghoulam and Lorenzo Insigne in action on Saturday, according to reports.
  • AC Milan want to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund and Keita Balde Diao from Lazio to form a new-look attack next season.
  • Bundesliga high-flyers RB Leipzig could be interested in Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
  • Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has criticised senior figures at City Hall and Haringey council over the funding of their new £750m stadium.
  • Tottenham reject Nabil Bentaleb will join Schalke in a deal worth up to £18m.
  • West Ham flop Simone Zaza has reportedly done enough to earn a permanent move to Valencia.
  • Leicester chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha told the director of another Premier League club that he had sacked Ranieri – then bought £500,000 worth of wine, according to West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady.
  • A Leicester butcher has vowed to continue selling his Claudio Ranieri sausage despite the Italian’s sacking.
  • Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has posted a picture on social media of his foot in a protective boot, sparking concern that he will be out for a prolonged period.
  • A Brazilian court has requested the arrest  of Pele’s son, Edson Cholbi do Nascimento, for association to drug trafficking and money laundering.
  • Premier League managers are in favour of bringing in retrospective bans for diving.
  • Sutton United were forced to field an outfield player in goal after goalkeeper Ross Worner went off injured during the National League game against Torquay on Saturday.
  • Usually Wayne Shaw would have been on hand to deputise between the sticks, but the 45-year-old resigned earlier in the week after the Football Association and Gambling Commission launched an investigation into a potential breach of betting rules.

La Liga result – Las Palmas’ goalkeeper gift Sociedad victory after horrendous display

​Las Palmas 0 – 1 Real Sociedad

Real Sociedad took advantage of a horrendous goalkeeping mistake to beat Las Palmas 1-0 and turn the heat up on Atletico Madrid in the battle for a Champions League place.
The game in Gran Canaria looked to be heading for a goalless stalemate until, 16 minutes from time, Las Palmas goalkeeper Javi Varas inexplicably passed the ball straight to Sociedad midfielder Xabi Prieto on the edge of the box.
Prieto took one touch and, with Varas out of position to the right of his goal, he had the simplest of tasks to slot into an unguarded net.
That consigned unlucky Las Palmas to a fourth successive LaLiga defeat and saw Sociedad move to within a point of fourth-placed Atletico, who play Barcelona on Sunday.

BundesLiga result – Ex-Arsenal man Gnabry’s double help Bremen with vital away win at Wolfsburg

​Wolfsburg 1 – 2 Werder Bremen

Werder Bremen boosted their survival hopes with a morale-boosting display in a batle-for-survival, to record a smash-and-grab 2-1 win away to Wolfsburg on Friday night.
The three goals were scored within nine minutes, with Serge Gnabry grabbing a brace in the space of eight minutes. But wolfsburg reduced the deficit within one minute. 
The visitors edged in front through Serge Gnabry’s deflected effort, and the striker added a second shortly afterwards with a smart finish following a set-piece. The Wolves pulled a goal back almost instantly, however, as Borja Mayoral prodded in at the back post.
Wolfsburg dominated the rest of the half and could have equalised, but were denied by a combination of the woodwork and some fine saves by Felix Wiedwald.
Wolfsburg are in 14th position, while Werder Bremen are 15th.

Ligue 1 results – Le Bihan scores twice after 17 months injury layoff to help Nice go level with Monaco; Dijon beaten by Nantes 

​Nantes 3 – 1 Dijon

Nice 2 – 1 Montpellier

  • Nice 2 – 1 Montpellier

Nice striker Mickael le Bihan scored twice on his return after 17 months out with a broken leg as the Ligue 1 title contenders came from a goal down to beat Montpellier 2 – 1.
Montpellier led when Steve Mounie took advantage of a defensive ricochet to fire home.

Le Bihan, whose last appearance was in September 2015, came off the bench after an hour and levelled with a 20-yard effort.

And he converted Arnaud Souquet’s through ball for a late winner.

It was only the 26-year-old’s fourth game for Nice, having suffered his injury weeks after a move from Le Havre.

Montpellier almost levelled in injury time when Ryad Boudebouz’s free-kick struck the post.

  • ​Nantes 3 – 1 Dijon

Dijon continue to look over their shoulder towards the bottom of the table after losing 3-1 at Nantes in Friday’s other game.

Yacine Bammou put the hosts ahead after just three minutes but the strugglers were thrown a lifeline shortly before half-time when Leo Dubois flicked the ball into his own net.

Goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet kept Dijon in it as long as he could but he could do little to prevent Nantes taking the lead just before the hour as Emiliano Sala blasted home a penalty.

Felipe Pardo curled in a superb third goal to seal the win after 79 minutes before Lois Diony’s red card with five minutes remaining completed a miserable evening for the visitors.

Europa League: Round of 16 Draw – United face Rostov; Roma and Lyon clash

Manchester United have been drawn against Russian club Rostov in the Europa League round of 16, with Jose Mourinho saying it is a “bad” draw for his side.
Should Mourinho’s side win the competition this season, they would become only the fifth club to win all three major European trophies, after Ajax, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Juventus.
Schalke will play fellow Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach, while Ligue 1 club Lyon take on Italian giants Roma.

Celta (ESP) v Krasnodar (RUS)
APOEL (CYP) v Anderlecht (BEL)
Schalke (GER) v Mönchengladbach (GER)
Lyon (FRA) v Roma (ITA)
Rostov (RUS) v Man. United (ENG)
Olympiacos (GRE) v Beşiktaş (TUR)
Gent (BEL) v Genk (BEL)
København (DEN) v Ajax (NED)

The first legs will take place on March 9, with the return ties on March 16.

Immense words by Mourinho as he wears a ‘CR’ crested shirt in his tribute to sacked Claudio Ranieri 

Jose Mourinho has delivered a staunch show of support for Claudio Ranieri by claiming that the “selfishness of others” led to his sacking as Leicester City manager.
Ranieri, who guided Leicester to the Premier League title last season, was dismissed on Thursday, less than 24 hours after a 2-1 Champions League defeat against Sevilla in Spain.
Mourinho wore a specially-printed shirt at his weekly news conference at United on Friday bearing Ranieri’s initials and proceeded to condemn the actions of those he believed led to the Italian losing his job.

“When I was sacked as a champion [by Chelsea], it was a giant negative thing,” Mourinho said. “But now I know it was peanuts in comparison.

“Nobody can delete what Claudio did. If some of the stories [about the players] are true, or just a little bit true, it is difficult to find words to justify that.

“Probably the season started with a typical selfishness of others — people thinking of new contracts, leaving, more money, forgetting who helped them reach a certain level.

“This is not just football. It is part of the world. Some principles are going away.

“I lived a similar experience, but peanuts compared to Claudio’s. But maybe it is Claudio’s fault. He is paying for his success.”

Mourinho, who replaced Ranieri at Chelsea following his sacking by Roman Abramovich in 2004, made his shirt tribute after posting an Instagram message in support of his former rival.

“My word is my shirt,” Mourinho said, pointing to the “CR” initials on his top. “My little homage to the man who wrote the most beautiful story of the Premier League.

“Somebody who deserves the Leicester stadium to be named after him — the Claudio Ranieri Stadium.

“Leicester made history two years in a row — the most beautiful story and now they are also in the highlights for a decision that has everyone in football united because it is very difficult to accept.

“It is important that we realise this is football and we have to adapt.”

Europa League: Round of  32 results – Tottenham, Bilbao  exit; Roma, Lyon through

​Osmanlispor FK 0 – 3 Olympiacos

APOEL Nicosia 2 – 0 Athletic Bilbao

Ajax 1 – 0 Legia Warszawa

Besiktas 2 – 1 Hapoel Beer  Sheva

Roma 0 – 1 Villarreal

Zenit St. Petersburg 3 – 1 Anderlecht

FC Koebenhavn 0 – 0 Ludogorets Razgrad

Fiorentina 2 – 4 Borussia  Moenchen gladbach

Genk 1 – 0 Astra Giurgiu

Lyon 7 – 1 AZ Alkmaar

Shakhtar Donetsk 0 – 2 Celta Vigo

Sparta Prague 1 – 1 FC Rostov

Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 2 Gent

  • Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 2 Gent

Ten-man Tottenham crashed out of the Europa League after a dramatic 2-2 second-leg draw with Gent at Wembley that saw them lose 3-2 on aggregate.

Spurs, who trailed 1-0 after the first leg, made a great start as Christian Eriksen slipped an angled shot under Gent keeper Lovre Kalinic.

The visitors equalised through Harry Kane’s own goal, leaving Spurs needing to score twice more in front of a Europa League record attendance of 80,465.

Their task became harder when midfielder Dele Alli was sent off shortly before half-time for a dangerous high tackle.

Victor Wanyama’s curler into the top-left corner revived Spurs’ hopes, only for substitute Jeremy Perbet to prod Gent into the last 16 with less than 10 minutes left.

Three yellow cards in the final five minutes told the story of Spurs’ frustrations on a night when they had 25 shots on goal and their opponents, who are eighth in the Belgian top flight, had just four.

And it is yet another disappointing result for Spurs at Wembley, where they have now won just one of their last eight matches. They return to White Hart Lane on Sunday to face Stoke in the Premier League.

  • Roma 0 – 1 Villarreal

Roma slipped up at home and had Antonio Rudiger sent off in a 1-0 defeat to Villarreal, but went through 4-1 on aggregate.

The Italians, 4-0 first-leg winners in Spain, saw their 16-game unbeaten home run halted as Rafael Santos Borre pounced on Thomas Vermaelen’s error to score the only goal in the 15th minute, while Rudiger was shown his second yellow card in the 81st minute.

  • Lyon 7 – 1 AZ Alkmaar

Lyon cruised through to the last 16 of the Europa League with a thumping 11-2 aggregate win over AZ Alkmaar.

Nabil Fekir’s hat-trick helped the Ligue 1 side to a 7-1 win in the second leg, with Gnaly Maxwel Cornet, Sergi Darder, Houssem Aouar and Mouctar Diakhaby also getting on the scoresheet.

  • Fiorentina 2 – 4 Borussia  Moenchen gladbach

Borussia Monchengladbach forward Lars Stindl scored a hat-trick as the German visitors fought back from 3-0 down on aggregate to eliminate Fiorentina.

The Italians, who won 1-0 in the first leg, led inside the first 30 minutes in Florence through Nikola Kalinic and Borja Valero.

But Stindl converted a 44th-minute penalty, then struck twice more in the space of eight minutes after half-time.

On-loan Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen added the fourth.

Monchengladbach won 4-3 on aggregate.

  • Ajax 1 – 0 Legia Warszawa

Ajax clinched a 1-0 aggregate win against Legia Warsawafter Nick Viergever struck the only goal of the tie in Amsterdam.

  • ​Osmanlispor FK 0 – 3 Olympiacos

Olympiacos reached the last 16 thanks to Karim Ansarifard’s double in a 3-0 win in Turkey against Osmanlispor.

After a goalless first leg in Greece, Ansarifard struck twice in the second half, either side of Tarik Elyounoussi’s header as Olympiacos became the first team to beat Osmanlispor on home soil in the Europa League this  season.

  • Shakhtar Donetsk 0 – 2 Celta Vigo

Celta Vigo — the last Spanish side remaining — needed a stoppage-time Iago Aspas penalty to reach extra-time at Shakhtar Donetsk, then advanced thanks to Gustavo Cabral’s goal in the 108th minute.

  • FC Koebenhavn 0 – 0 Ludogorets Razgrad

FC Copenhagen’s 0-0 draw against Ludogorets in Denmark ensured they went through 3-2 on aggregate.

  • Sparta Prague 1 – 1 FC Rostov

Rostov eased through 5-1 on aggregate against Sparta Prague as an early goal from Dmitry Poloz helped secure the Russians a 1-1 draw on the night following their 4-0 first-leg home victory.

Sparta, who had Costa Nhamoinesu sent off for two yellow cards, salvaged a draw through Vyacheslav Karavaev’s late consolation.

  • APOEL Nicosia 2 – 0 Athletic Bilbao

Apoel Nicosia ousted Athletic Bilbao 4-3 on aggregate after a 2-0 home win, in which both sides had a man sent off.

Pieros Sotiriou gave Apoel a 46th-minute lead and Giannis Gianniotas struck the Cypriots’ decisive second from the penalty spot after he had been fouled by Mikel Balenziaga.

Sotiriou was dismissed for his second yellow card with 25 minutes left, but Athletic could not make their advantage count and the Spaniards had Ander Iturraspe sent off for his second bookable offence in stoppage time.

  • Besiktas 2 – 1 Hapoel Beer  Sheva

Besiktas secured their passage by beating Hapoel Beer Sheva 2-1 on the night and 5-2 on aggregate.

Vincent Aboubakar scored in the first period for Besiktas, 3-1 first-leg winners in Israel, and after Anthony Nwakaeme had equalised for Beer Sheva early in the second period, Cenk Tosun sealed victory for the Turks in the 87th minute.

  • Zenit St. Petersburg 3 – 1 Anderlecht

Belgium will have three representatives in the round of 16  after Isaac Kiese Thelin scored in the 90th minute for Anderlecht to secure a dramatic away-goals triumph against Zenit St Petersburg.

A brace from Giuliano allowed Zenit to overcome a first-leg 2-0 defeat to lead 3-2 on aggregate, but Thelin’s late header silenced the home crowd as the second leg finished 3-1 and the tie ended 3-3 on aggregate.

Giuliano showed good control in the box to reduce the hosts’ deficit in the 24th minute, before Artem Dzyuba brought the tie level with a low shot from 12 yards on 72 minutes.

And the Brazilian was again on target six minutes later, turning in Dzyuba’s cross and taking his Europa League tally to eight goals in as many games, making him joint-top scorer with Roma’s Edin Dzeko. 

But Thelin’s late goal meant Zenit’s comeback was all for naught.

  • Genk 1 – 0 Astra Giurgiu

Racing Genk also got the result they needed to advance as Alejandro Pozuelo found the breakthrough with a perfect free kick in the 67th minute to secure a 1-0 win over Astra Giurgiu, the Belgian side going through 3-2 on aggregate.

Ranieri sacked by Leicester just nine months after winning League title

Leicester city have sacked their league title winning coach Claudio Ranieri, just nine months later, the club have confirmed.

With the Foxes hovering just one point above the relegation zone, the Italian was relieved of his duties after the team returned home from Wednesday night’s 2-1 Champions League defeat to Sevilla.

In announcing Ranieri’s departure, the club paid tribute to his achievements as the club’s “most successful…manager of all time” but said their perilous league position required action.
The Premier League champions have not tasted victory in their last nine outings, since a 2-1 away win at Everton in the FA Cup on January 7, with their last league victory a 1-0 win over West Ham on December 31.
The board expected a bounce in form after giving the Italian a public vote of confidence a fortnight ago offering their “unwavering support”.
Assistant manager Craig Shakespeare and Mike Stowell will take interim charge ahead of Monday’s match against Liverpool.
Leicester City Football Club has tonight (Thursday) parted company with its First Team Manager, Claudio Ranieri.

Claudio, appointed City manager in July 2015, led the Foxes to the greatest triumph in the Club’s 133-year history last season, as we were crowned champions of England for the first time. His status as the most successful Leicester City manager of all time is without question.

However, domestic results in the current campaign have placed the Club’s Premier League status under threat and the Board reluctantly feels that a change of leadership, while admittedly painful, is necessary in the Club’s greatest interest.

Vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: “This has been the most difficult decision we have had to make in nearly seven years since King Power took ownership of Leicester City. But we are duty-bound to put the Club’s long-term interests above all sense of personal sentiment, no matter how strong that might be.

Claudio has brought outstanding qualities to his office. His skilful management, powers of motivation and measured approach have been reflective of the rich experience we always knew he would bring to Leicester City. His warmth, charm and charisma have helped transform perceptions of the Club and develop its profile on a global scale. We will forever be grateful to him for what he has helped us to achieve.

It was never our expectation that the extraordinary feats of last season should be replicated this season. Indeed, survival in the Premier League was our first and only target at the start of the campaign. But we are now faced with a fight to reach that objective and feel a change is necessary to maximise the opportunity presented by the final 13 games.”

First Team preparations for Monday’s Premier League fixture against Liverpool will resume on Saturday, with Assistant Manager Craig Shakespeare and First Team Coach Mike Stowell taking charge of the squad until a new manager is appointed.

Assistant Manager and First Team Coach Paolo Benetti and First Team Sport Science and Conditioning Coach Andrea Azzalin have also parted company with the Club and leave with our thanks for their service and best wishes for the future.

The Board will now begin the recruitment process and will make no further comment until that process is completed.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho  has already posted a classy tribute to Ranieri’s  sacking.

CHAMPION OF ENGLAND and FIFA MANAGER of THE YEAR⚽️.sacked. Thats the new football claudio.keep smiling AMICO😀.nobody can delete the history you wrote.👏👏👏👏

Latest Football News 

  • Wayne Rooney has said he is staying at Manchester United.

“It’s an exciting time at the club and I want to remain a part,” said Rooney.

  • ​Wayne Rooney was rumoured to receive around £15 million to leave Manchester United. The England international’s agent is currently in China working on a deal for his client to be the best-paid player in the world.
  • Pep Guardiola and Txiki Begiristain have held talks over a potential summer transfer of Juventus full-back Dani Alves, but have demanded the defender drops his wage demands.
  • Willy Cabellero could be offered a new deal at Manchester City but he is likely to wait to see how the goalkeeping situation develops, with Pep Guardiola expected to bring in a new No.1 this summer.
  • Jose Mourinho wants to sign Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro, who worked under the Portuguese coach in his time at the Bernabeu.
  • Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal on alert after Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio told the club he wants to leave this summer. 
  • Real Madrid have held secretive talks with Chelsea over a summer move for Eden Hazard. 
  • Struggling to replace Dani Alves at right-back, Barcelona have turned their attention to Tottenham’s Kyle Walker. 
  • PSG and Real Madrid are in discussions over a swap deal for strikers Edinson Cavani and Karim Benzema. 
  • Arsene Wenger is set to turn down a mega-money offer to coach in China as his time with Arsenal comes to an end. 

  • Manchester United have first refusal on Monaco star Bernardo Silva.
  • Silva’s release clause currently stands at €81 million, and he has also attracted interest from Atletico and Real Madrid, and now Barcelona.
  • Arsenal and Manchester United sent scouts to watch Porto’s 21-year-old striker Andre Silva in Wednesday’s Champions League match with Juventus.
  • Laurent Koscielny has ruled out a  return to France and has insisted  he is happy at Arsenal.
  • Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quinjian are offering AC Milan €30 million for the services of Carlos Bacca.
  • CITIC Securities, China’s largest investment bank, are interested in buying Premier League side Southampton.
  • Changchun Yatai’s 29-year-old midfielder Jack Sealy, the only English player in the Chinese Super League, has warned Rooney to do his research on the country.

  • AC Milan have added Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette to their summer wishlist.
  • Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng want to sign Manchester United winger Ashley Young, 31.
  • Only one of German side RB Leipzig and Austria’s RB Salzburg will be allowed to compete in next year’s Champions League because of Uefa rules on club ownership and conflicting interests. Drinks giant Red Bull owns both clubs.
  • Sevilla’s 31-year-old defender Adil Rami arrived late to professional football after having worked as a litter-picker for his local council.
  • AC Milan want to sign Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 29.
  • Tottenham have taken on board 15-year-old Dutch goalkeeper Nick Weegink as part of a week-long trial.
  • Watford have agreed a deal to sign Alaves’ 26-year-old defender Kiko Femenia at the end of the season.
  • Manchester City want to stun Liverpool and Chelsea by moving for Inter Milan keeper Samir Handanovic.
  • Leroy Sane has apologised to a German punter after his late goal for Manchester City cost him a €34,000 bet.
  • Manchester United have replaced Bayern Munich as the most popular team online in China, according to a new report.
  • United will give Swedish teenager Alex Timossi Andersson a trial with the youngster allowed to skip school.
  • Liverpool have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Christian Pulisic after Dortmund CEO Hans -Joachim Watzke admitted the club have too many attacking players.
  • Sampdoria midfielder Karol Linetty is being tracked by Everton and Tottenham.
  • Juventus could challenge Chelsea  for Barcelona full-back Aleix Vidal.
  • Chelsea target Federico  Bernardeschi is expected to join  Milan in the summer.
  • The Blues are planning a summer move for Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon after contract talks with the Scottish side have stalled.
  • Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla will miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury.

  • Chelsea target Franck Kessie has admitted he dreams of joining Manchester United.
  • Torino are anxious to keep  goalkeeper Joe Hart at the club  beyond the end of his loan period.
  • Bournemouth are set to make a £10m bid for Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic this summer.
  • Sweden’s top-flight new boys AFC Eskilstuna have signed Arsenal flop Emmanuel Frimpong on a free transfer.
  • Andy Carroll is set to miss West Ham’s trip to Watford on Saturday, having been unable to train for the last 10 days.
  • Bojan is set to lead a Stoke exodus this summer.
  • Newcastle winger Rolando Aarons, 21, is set for an April return from the knee injury he suffered in November.
  • Former Blackburn and QPR defender Christopher Samba is training with Aston Villa. The 32-year-old is a free agent following his release from Greek club Panathinaikos.
  • A Hellas Verona fan has been banned from Italian football grounds after attending a Serie B match in his dressing gown.
  • Wadebridge Town Veterans striker Mark Rapsey, 49, scored the 2,000th and 2,001st goals of his career on Sunday, 19 years after reaching the 1,000 mark.
  • Eric Cantona fans are calling for refunds after his £60-a-head ‘An Evening With’ show was labelled ‘a farce’ on its opening night.
  • Cantona has named former Liverpool midfielder Gary McAllister as his best teammate.

UCL: Round of 16 results – Leicester  dominated by Sevilla; Subs get the job done as Juve beat 10-man Porto 

​FC Porto 0 – 2 Juventus

Sevilla 2 – 1 Leicester City

  • Sevilla 2 – 1 Leicester City

Sevilla dominated possession and chances but could only take a 2-1 lead into the second leg of their Champions League tie with Leicester.

The struggling Premier League champions commanded just 27% possession against their Spanish hosts and managed just two shots on target, but thanks to Kasper Schmeichel’s first-half penalty save their last-16 tie still hangs in the balance.

Schmeichel denied Joaquin Correa from the spot after just 14 minutes, but he couldn’t prevent Pablo Sarabia firing Sevilla head 11 minutes later and Correa made amends on 62 minutes smashing home to double Sevilla’s advantage.

Leicester though pulled a goal back through Jamie Vardy (73) – who breaks his goal drought after 380 minutes- after good work between sub Demarai Gray and Danny Drinkwater to keep the tie alive.

Sevilla are looking to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 1958.

  • ​FC Porto 0 – 2 Juventus

Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves both came off the bench to score as Juventus beat 10-man Porto 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash at the Dragao on Wednesday.

The home side were made to pay for Alex Telles’ needless dismissal midway through the first half after the Brazilian was given two yellow cards in less than two minutes.

Juve then took control of proceedings, although they had to wait until the 72nd minute to take the lead through Pjaca’s first-ever goal for Juve, before fellow substitute Dani Alves doubled their lead two minutes later.

And that result has put Max Allegri’s side in total control of the tie heading into the return leg in Turin in three weeks’ time.

Europa League: Round of 32 results – Mkhitaryan’s  strike but limped off as United  cruise past St Etienne ; Fenerbahce exit

​Fenerbahce 1 – 1 FC Krasnodar

Saint-Etienne 0 – 1 Manchester United

Schalke 04 1 – 1 PAOK Thessaloniki FC

  • Saint-Etienne 0 – 1 Manchester United

Manchester United cruised into the Europa League Round of 16 after a 1-0 win on the night and a 4-0 aggregate victory over St Etienne, but suffered an injury to Henrikh Mkhitarayan.

Mkhitarayan fired United ahead at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard in the 17th minute to end the two-legged tie as a contest with United already 3-0 ahead from last week’s Old Trafford meeting.

The Armenia star, who limped off after 25 minutes with a hamstring strain, is now likely to miss the EFL Cup Final on Sunday against Southampton.

Marcus Rashford replaced him, but losing Mkhitarayan will be a hammer blow to Jose Mourinho considering his recent form. The former Dortmund man has scored six and assisted five goals in his last 16 games.

Eric Bailly was given a second yellow card on 63 minutes but United still kept a clean sheet.

  • Schalke 04 1 – 1 PAOK Thessaloniki FC

Schalke strolled through to the round of 16 as a 1-1 home draw with PAOK secured a 4-1 aggregate win.

The Bundesliga side were ahead on the night with 23 minutes played when Alessandro Schopf struck after good work by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, but that cushion lasted only two minutes as the visitors levelled through a Matija Nastasic own goal.

Schalke missed chances to retake the lead before the break, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Nabil Bentaleb both firing wide, and there were no further goals in a low-key second half despite Choupo-Moting again coming close for Schalke and PAOK’s Djalma Campos denied by some good defending.

  • ​Fenerbahce 1 – 1 FC Krasnodar

Fenerbahce are out after a 1-1 home draw with Krasnodar saw them defeated 2-1 on aggregate.

Moussa Sow put an early chance wide and another over as Fenerbahce made a bright start — but they were stunned when Krasnodar took command by scoring from the game’s first attempt on target.

It came after seven minutes when Yuri Gasinski took advantage of a poor pass from Martin Skrtel and set up Fedor Smolov to fire home a composed finish.

That left Fenerbahce needing three goals to progress. They scored one shortly before the break when, after the ball had ricocheted around the penalty area, Souza poked home, but despite a couple of good chances after the break for Robin Van Persie, that was as good as it got.

La Liga result  – Real fall at The Mestalla despite Ronaldo’s header

​Valencia 2 – 1 Real Madrid

Real Madrid suffered just their second La Liga loss of the season and missed the chance to go four points clear at the top of La Liga after a 2 – 1 loss at the Mestalla on Wednesday night.

Former West Ham striker Simone Zaza opened the scoring for the hosts with a spectacular strike and Fabian Orellana doubled the lead within nine minutes, before Cristiano Ronaldo pulled a goal back.

Ronaldo marked his 700th club appearance with a powerful header on the stroke of half-time but Real could not force an equaliser despite late pressure.
The result means Zinedine Zidane’s side remain one point clear of second-place Barcelona having played a game less.

Meanwhile, Valencia’s second straight win eases their relegation worries, moving them 10 points clear of the drop zone.
Real Madrid have conceded two goals in the first 10 minutes of a La Liga game for the first time since 2003 vs Sevilla.

Most headed goals in Europe’s top 5 leagues in the last 10 seasons:


Fernando Llorente 49

Aritz Aduriz 41

Latest Football News 

  • ​Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 31, is being offered wages of £1m a week to join a Chinese Super League club.
  • Rooney could take the chance to move before the Chinese transfer window closes next week if he is left out of Manchester United’s 18-man squad for Sunday’s EFL Cup final against Southampton.
  • Tianjin Quanjian boss Fabio Cannavaro has confirmed his club did hold talks over Wayne Rooney but said there are no plans to pursue a deal.
  • Manchester United and Inter Milan have joined the transfer chase for Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe, who has also been linked with a move to Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
  • Daley Blind, 26, is set to be part of a summer clearout at Manchester United, with manager Jose Mourinho weighing up Benfica’s 22-year-old centre back Victor Lindelof as a possible replacement.
  • Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, is wanted by AC Milan, with Manchester City star Sergio Aguero, 28, and Real Madrid’s 24-year-old striker Alvaro Morata also on the Italian side’s radar.

  • Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli, 56, has put Barcelona and Arsenal on alert by delaying contract talks until the summer.
  • Barcelona are reportedly preparing  to go back in for Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin and believe they could snap him up if Arsene Wenger departs as manager in the summer.

  • After sacking Owen Coyle, Blackburn Rovers have announced Tony Mowbray as their new head coach. The announcement comes less than 24 hours after confirmation that Rovers had parted company with Coyle. 
  • Mowbray, 53, has put pen to paper on an 18-month contract.
  • Liverpool could face competition from Real Madrid for the signature of highly rated Germany and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Julian Brandt, 20.
  • Manchester United have been given a boost in their bid to sign Pepe, 33, after Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane suggested the defender might not be given a new contract in the summer.
  • And Pepe will also turn down a move to Hebei China Fortune after new rules were introduced limiting the number of foreign stars permitted at Chinese Super League clubs.
  • Juventus are still in the market for Chelsea target Sead Kolasinac, but will not enter a bidding war for him.

  • Chelsea and Liverpool are set to miss out on Borussia Monchengladbach ace Mahmoud Dahoud this summer as he is close to agreeing a deal to join Dortmund.
  • Arsenal have suffered a setback in their plan to spy on Lincoln City after having scouts turned away from a game.
  • Mesut Ozil is suffering from back spasms and has been given some time off by Arsene Wenger.
  • Anthony Martial has dismissed talk of a Manchester United exit, saying he  wants to stay at the club he loves “for as long as possible”.
  • Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is ready to snub Chelsea and Manchester United in favour of PSG.

  • Carlos Tevez is “unhappy in China and wants to return to Argentina” after just three months, despite being paid £615,000 a week.
  • Joe Hart is set to leave the Etihad Stadium in the summer and now Manchester City have accepted he can move to a top club in England.
  • Barcelona are set to sign Watford right-back Juanfran Moreno, following Aleix Vidal’s ankle injury. Juanfran, 28, has never played for the Hornets, having been on loan at Spanish side Deportivo since signing in 2014.

  • Former AC Milan and Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly, 48, is being lined up as the next Ghana manager, following Avram Grant’s recent departure.
  • Argentine legend Diego Maradona once came close to signing for Tottenham but the club opted for Germany’s Jurgen Klinsmann instead, according to former Spurs striker Teddy Sheringham.
  • Chelsea will send a scout to watch Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic, 28, before a potential £29.5m signing.
  • Everton and Manchester City are both keen on a summer move for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the 23-year-old Arsenal midfielder considering his options because of a lack of playing time.
  • West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang, 24, is a target for Liverpool, with the Spaniard impressing Reds boss Jurgen Klopp this season.
  • Meanwhile, Klopp has revealed that he tried to sign Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen while manager of Borussia Dortmund.
  • Arsenal will not be offering a trial to plucky French winger Achille Degan.
  • Moussa Dembele’s agent has revealed the starlet has his mind set on seeing out his four-year contract with Celtic – even if some of the world’s biggest clubs come calling.
  • Manchester United have failed in a bid to snatch Manchester City’s transfer guru and chief local scout Rob Newman.
  • Ajax starlet Daishawn Redan is set to snub interest from Manchester United in favour of signing a new contract with the Dutch champions.
  • Middlesbrough are ready to make Porto striker Andre Silva their number one summer target if he impresses against Juventus on Wednesday.
  • Crystal Palace midfielder Jordon Mutch has admitted he would like to make his loan move to Reading permanent.
  • Palace are set to move for Maidstone United youngster Bivesh Gurung.
  • Sunderland have been criticised for announcing redundancies a week after the first team trained in New York.
  • Staff at Premier League strugglers Sunderland fear their jobs are at risk as part of cost-cutting measures at the club.
  • Napoli midfielder Allan is believed to be a summer transfer target for Leicester City.