Cristiano Ronaldo Scores as Juventus top Serie A Table With Win Over SPAL

November 26, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. cristiano ronaldofootballJuventusmiralem pjanic First Published: September 28, 2019, 11:18 PM IST Milan: Cristiano Ronaldo returned from an injury scare to score as Juventus eased past struggling SPAL 2-0 and took top spot in Serie A on Saturday.Ronaldo notched up his third consecutive goal at home this season after 78 minutes in Turin to add to Miralem Pjanic’s opener just before the break. Juventus have 16 points from six games, one ahead of Inter — the only team with maximum points — before their game at Sampdoria later on Saturday.Ronaldo was rested for the midweek win over Brescia as a precaution with a slight muscular problem ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League game against Bayer Leverkusen in Turin and next weekend’s clash with Inter at the San Siro.The damage could have been worse for SPAL, who achieved just their second ever win over the Turin giants last April, but for some fine saves from Albanian goalkeeper Etrit Berisha.Berisha, on-loan from Atalanta this season, got his hand to deny Paulo Dybala’s curling goal-bound effort just after half an hour, and then parried a point-blank Aaron Ramey header off a Ronaldo cross in front of goal.Pjanic had a shot cleared off the line before connecting with a Sami Khedira assist to fire in from a distance for his second goal of the season after the winner at Brescia midweek.Dybala set up Ronaldo for the second with the Portuguese star’s downward header beating Berisha, after he had been frustrated in two earlier efforts.Berisha again proved solid as he again denied Ronaldo in the hosts’ final attack of the game.Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon meanwhile was unworried at the other end of the pitch as he made his 903rd club football appearance, surpassing the Italian record of 902 achieved by AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini. last_img read more

Wenger: Lemar chose to stay at Monaco

November 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgTransfers Lemar turned down Arsenal to stay at Monaco, admits Wenger Oli Platt Last updated 2 years ago 02:02 9/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) HD Thomas Lemar Monaco Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Monaco Premier League Ligue 1 Thomas Lemar The Gunners are said to have bid £92 million for the France international on deadline day only for him to decide to stay in Ligue 1 Thomas Lemar turned down a deadline-day move to Arsenal in favour of staying at Monaco, Arsene Wenger has admitted.The Gunners were reported to have bid £92 million for the France international on Thursday in a deal that would have paved the way for Alexis Sanchez to join Manchester City.Monaco 7/1 to win Ligue 1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina But Arsenal could not get the transfer over the line and Wenger has now revealed that it was Lemar’s decision to remain in the principality.”The player has chosen to stay in Monaco,” Wenger told beIN Sports.”You do not want to talk too much about… you have to respect what happens on the negotiation side.”I know we live in the era of transparency but at some stage, to respect everybody you have to not talk too much about that.”Arsenal subsequently refused to sell Alexis, who has less than one year remaining on his contract and has indicated he will not extend his stay in north London.Lemar had been linked with Liverpool before Arsenal re-entered the race to sign him after an impressive 2016-17 campaign in Ligue 1 and the Champions League.Still only 21, Lemar joined Monaco for a small fee from Caen in 2015.He scored 14 goals in all competitions last season, his second at the club, and played a significant role as they won the French championship and reached the Champions League semi-finals.Monaco subsequently fielded interest in several players on the back of that campaign, with Tiemoue Bakayoko, Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Kylian Mbappe all departing.But Lemar has decided to stay and help Leonardo Jardim’s team defend their Ligue 1 title, stating he is “very happy” at the club.The midfielder was preparing for France’s match against the Netherlands while the deadline-day saga went on around him and scored twice in his country’s 4-0 win.last_img read more