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  1. Ahead of its highly-anticipated finale, popular TV show 'Game of Thrones' had fans at the edge of their seats, clearing their schedule to catch the pilot episode. However, amid all the excitement and, contrary to popular perception, Season 8 has undeniably failed to live up to what its past instalments had managed to accomplish. The unpredictability of the show, that had once captured the imagination of the viewers is long gone, making way for predictable and obvious content. But, that's not all. There have been editing errors and the script writing has proved to be so poor, that it makes us wonder what 'GoT' would've been like if it wasn't for George RR Martin's books. Game of Thrones and Avengers: Endgame have both been on our screens in the last month. They still have nothing on the Champions League. ð pic.twitter.com/IBvNFZnDHF — Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) May 8, 2019 While one of the biggest TV shows continues to fall short on the expectations of fans, a spectacular show by the football clubs in the UEFA Champions League has proved to be a much-needed saviour. The Champions League season gave us the spirited Ajax side that gunned down European heavyweights including the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Juventus. Then, we saw Tottenham Hotspur eliminating Premier League champions Manchester City in the quarterfinals. But, just when we thought we'd seen it all. The Champions League football surprised us again with memorable semifinal ties. How's champions league got more plot twists than Game of Thrones and Endgame combined. — MUUSE (@MuuseAbas) May 8, 2019 The first leg of the semifinals restored some sanity with Barcelona securing a 3-0 win over Liverpool and Ajax coming out on top again to register a 1-0 triumph over Spurs. But, if you didn't see the second-leg ties, we reckon you should pick up a chair and hit yourself in the face with it (pun intended). ððð Inside the dressing room at full-time with our Reds... pic.twitter.com/n8BePcDHfY — Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 7, 2019 ð @Alissonbecker ð pic.twitter.com/vRogUSl13r — Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 8, 2019 In a series of epic comebacks and crazy emotional goals, Liverpool stunned Lionel Messi-led Barcelona after thumping four goals at home (without Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah at their disposal). A day later, Spurs emulated Liverpool's effort as Lucas Moura's sensational hat-trick washed away young Ajax's hopes of reaching the Champions League final. ABSOLUTE SCENES after the final whistle. The emotion from Mauricio Pochettino–a manager who hasn't had the luxury of any player transfers in two windows–says it all (via @btsportfootball) pic.twitter.com/EzldZHhjar — Planet Fútbol (@si_soccer) May 8, 2019 For some, it might seem ordinary to watch a football team winning on the back of a good performance, but for the crazy football enthusiasts like us, this was bigger, better and more entertaining than the abrupt the demise of the 'Night King'. The sheer emotions of the footballers and managers from both the winning and losing sides highlighted what football means to us. It's interesting that Champions League is turning out to be more interesting than Game of Thrones. That shit took 2 years to write. — Mayank Agarwal (@mayankquitenow) May 9, 2019 To put things in perspective, for the first time since 2013, the Champions League final will be without Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. Also, this season's final will be played between two teams who haven't won the title for over 29 years. So, thank you Champions League for the unbelievable season and mind-numbing semifinals, for what it's worth, our life wouldn't have been the same without it.
  2. Two of the greatest athletes of our generation were playing to qualify for the UEFA Champions League semi-finals last night. While the general notion heading into the respective games were already made in favour of both of them, the outcome turned out to be extremely devastating for one. Heading to the second leg of the contest against Manchester United, Barcelona FC were already ahead of the Red Devils by a goal on aggregate when they visited Old Trafford on 10th April 2019. As expected, with the home-ground advantage, Lionel Messi and Co dominated the game from the first minute itself. Being better in literally every stat category there is, the confident squad rolled over Ole Gunnar Solskjær's boys in a 3-0 win. The Argentine legend seemed healthy as a horse, with his nose looking good as new and playing the kind of football he is known for all over the world. Scoring two quick goals in the 16th and 20th minutes, Messi gave his side an early and comfortable lead, thereby setting the tone for the rest of the game. Eventually, a third goal at the hands of Philippe Coutinho also came in the second half. ðª KING Leo ð #Messi ðµð´ #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/pjF9FDUTtp — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) April 17, 2019 However, things didn't turn out to be so sunny for the Italian giants, Juventus, who were taken by surprise by the visiting Ajax FC at the Juventus Stadium. After settling for a 1-1 tie in the first leg during which Cristiano Ronaldo had to work hard to get his solitary goal to keep his side afloat, they looked exhausted and overwhelmed by the brilliant Dutch squad who have been on a tear this Champions League season. While Ajax did manage to knock out Real Madrid, who won the trophy in four of the last five seasons, not a lot were expecting them to force Ronaldo's Juventus out of the league, but thanks to Donny van de Beek and Matthijs de Ligt's brilliant showing, Ajax reigned supreme nonetheless. FULL-TIME Finisce qui. La Juve non accede alle semifinali di #UCL. Complimenti all' @AFCAjax ð#JuveAjax pic.twitter.com/iPeVvWpheM — JuventusFC (@juventusfc) April 16, 2019 After learning about his rival crashing out of the tournament, Messi said: “That tells you everything, any team is complicated, be it, Liverpool or Porto, there are those who deserve the best, and everything is going to be complicated.” Messi's thoughts were echoed by football fans all over the world who showed their appreciation for Ajax: It was a spicy game, mate! ð¶#UCL #juvaja pic.twitter.com/Chc0sayFCK — AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) April 17, 2019 Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus coach: “Ronaldo gave us a lot during the season and especially in the UEFA Champions League. Ajax are a great team, I cannot say much to my players tonight.” pic.twitter.com/4hRAmkmj5R — Enock Kobina Essel (@kobinaessel39) April 17, 2019 Today's front page â½ï¸ #Ajax pic.twitter.com/OJfSBeHuXf — Sport360° (@Sport360) April 17, 2019 Ajax: - Average age of 24 - Knocked out Real Madrid and Juventus - Nineteen Goals Scored - #ChampionsLeague Semi-Finalists pic.twitter.com/VE29La4ghv — Sean Graham (@SPGBETTING) April 17, 2019
  3. Despite being written off as title contenders by the media, Rajasthan Royals set their fans' hearts racing after clinching the Indian Premier League (IPL) trophy in the inaugural season. Under the leadership of Shane Warne, the Jaipur-based franchise went on a rollercoaster ride, winning 11 matches to top the points table before bagging the coveted IPL trophy. But, for a side that had initially set the tone of the tournament, Rajasthan, despite their knack for unearthing obscure, high potential talent has never managed to live up to their reputation of champions. From 2009 to 2012, Rajasthan consistently finished at the bottom half of the points table. In 2013, Rahul Dravid's leadership changed their fortunes as Rajasthan to make the cut for the Play-offs for the first time in four years. After finishing third in the group stage, Rajasthan won the Eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and looked promising in their efforts to reach the final. But, a spirited performance by Mumbai Indians (MI) in 2nd Qualifier saw them crashing out of the tournament. If their heart-breaking loss left fans in disbelief, the infamous spot-fixing scandal that led to the arrest of Rajasthan's S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila further dented their reputation. The following seasons saw them finishing fifth and fourth in the points table respectively before their suspension for two years. © BCCL Like Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Rajasthan returned to India's cash-rich T20 extravaganza last season, but couldn't match the heroics of MS Dhoni's men. Ajinkya Rahane-led Rajasthan finished fourth in the points table, but a 25-run loss in the Eliminator at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) crushed their dreams. In a bid to push for the title this season, the Royals splurged Rs 13.80 crore at the 2019 IPL Auctions. They roped in Jaydev Unadkat (Rs 8.4 cr), Varun Aaron (Rs 2.4 cr), Oshane Thomas (Rs 1.1 cr), Ashton Turner (Rs 50 lakh), Liam Livingstone (Rs 50 lakh), Shashank Singh (Rs 30 lakh), Riyan Parag (Rs 20 lakh), Manan Vohra (Rs 20 lakh) and Shubham Ranjane (Rs 20 lakh). Jos Buttler's carnage at the top last season - which made him the leading run-getter for Rajasthan with 548 runs to his name - makes him a threat for Rajasthan's opponents this year as well. But, with captain Rahane at the other end boasting of a strike-rate of 118.24 - lowest by any player facing at least 200 balls in the last two editions, Rajasthan will have a mismatch at the top, unless they fix it this time around. © BCCL The availability of Steve Smith is a major boost for Rajasthan this season. He will find adequate support in the likes of Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Ashton Turner, Manan Vohra and Rahul Tripathi who are all capable of accelerating the innings for Rajasthan. The pace attack looks good with Jofra Archer, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat and Dhawal Kulkarni in the fray. The spin-bowling department will probably see the likes of Shreyas Gopal, Ish Sodhi and Krishnappa Gowtham combining for Rajasthan this season. Overall, Rajasthan looks solid on paper. But, the lack of back-up Indian pacers and absence of proven candidates on the bench could hurt Rajasthan's chances this season. Squad: Steve Smith, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson (wk), Shubham Ranjane, Ashton Turner, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Sudeshan Midhun, Jaydev Unadkat, Ish Sodhi, Prashant Chopra, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Aryaman Birla, Riyan Parag, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jofra Archer, Krishanappa Gowtham, Liam Livingstone, Jos Buttler (wk), Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Manan Vohra, Rahul Tripathi.
  4. Success is something everyone strives for. Something for which people pour in all their hard work. And when it comes to finding success in sports, it's on a different level altogether. Always finding ways to improve, players and teams tend to give their best at every stage. Off lately, this immense level of competition has surfaced in the tennis circuit. Every player in the ATP Tour circuit has struggled their way to the top in some or the other tournament. Be it newcomers like Alex De Minaur, Laslo Djere or well-established players such as Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer, everyone has had their share in the record. It's probably for the first time that we are seeing 19 different champions in all the 19 tournaments held on the ATP circuit. It's really inspiring to see true competition and not just one player winning it all. 18 finals, 18 different champions on the #ATP Tour this season. Will Federer be the first to get to two titles or will Thiem be No.19? Via @ATPMediaInfo pic.twitter.com/4qtox7Mckd — TennisNow (@Tennis_Now) March 17, 2019 Last season, we witnessed a similar situation where every tournament on the tour was won by different players, but soon the streak came to an end when the 'GOAT', Roger Federer, won the Rotterdam Open right after grabbing his record 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. Unlike the last season, it has been more ruthless for all the players this time around. Starting with Roberto Bautista Agut winning the Doha Open, today, it added Dominic Thiem, the 19th winner to the list, after his epic comeback win over Federer in the Indian Wells Final. Everyone thought this streak would be broken again by the Swiss Maestro but the breathtaking gameplay of the 'Dominator,' stole the show by 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 win and registered his name in the history books. © AP Another great thing about this season is that the title holders include a whole lot of young guns who won their first title on the tour. Starting off with Minaur winning in Sydney and Tennys Sandgren bagging the Auckland Open title, the list is followed by Juan Ignacio Londero in Cordoba, Reilly Opelka in New York, Laslo Djere in Rio and lastly, Radu Abolt and Guido Pella in Delray Beach and Sao Paulo respectively. The domination of the young lads on the tour can be taken as a warning for the established ones to pull up their socks as the competition would just get more fierce from here. With the next tournament being the Miami Open, let's hope we get to witness the rise of a new champion.
  5. Earlier this February, Bayern Munich did relatively well after travelling to the Anfield and restricting a rampant Liverpool brigade to a goalless draw in the first-leg of the Round of 16 clash in the UEFA Champions League. Given Liverpool's form and might, the 0-0 draw had initially tilted the Round of 16 battle in Bayern's favour ahead of the second-leg tie. But, on 14th March, when the Reds travelled to the home of the German giants, the events that unfolded at the Alliaz Arena, broke all myths that people had from the first-leg. Sadio Mane looked at his destructive best, scoring two key goals for the visitors who secured their berth for the quarterfinals on the back of a 3-1 (on aggregate) win. © Reuters The only silver lining for Niko Kovac's men turned out to be Joel Matip's own goal in 39th minute. But, even that wasn't enough to thwart the efforts of Liverpool to progress further in Europe's top competition. If Bayern's hapless performance on a wet in Munich failed to impress their fans, winger Franck Ribery's decision to sport a weird hairdo in the match, further made the butt of all jokes on the social media. For many 35-year-olds, natural hair is an absolute luxury. While some worry about losing it, others are just lucky enough to still have it. And, when you look at Ribery, you know he belongs to the latter category. But, still, for reasons unknown, the Bayern winger made a complete mess of his natural hair. © Reuters His decision to shave the sides and carve a number '7' at one end made him a laughing stock as soon as he stepped on the pitch to face Liverpool. For someone his age, Ribery looked like a kid whose bid to stand out amongst his mates went horribly wrong. Following Bayern's loss, football fans (mostly Anfield loyalists) targetted the French footballer for his surprising haircut. pic.twitter.com/VjvOGay2Tw — airlangga (@gagahyta) March 14, 2019 Franck Ribery's haircut pic.twitter.com/cw9lbEQQ9j — Cardigan Bravo (@Heisenbert) March 13, 2019 Massive respect for Franck Ribery, who paid tribute to James Milner last night by shaving our midfielder's number into his hair, aged 35 ðð¾ pic.twitter.com/obRrL8zdNq — Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) March 14, 2019 Absolute hacking bit of kit, this guy! ð — Chris Toft (@ChrisToft1986) March 14, 2019 Pure eye cabbage right there ð — Trev Schott (@shenobi78) March 14, 2019 ð‍âï¸ Franck Ribéry will be 36-years-old next month and he's still getting haircuts like my little cousin...#BAYLIV pic.twitter.com/kf3RL9ohSf — The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) March 13, 2019 Franck Ribéry is going to be 36 next month. What on earth is he doing getting this haircut ðð­ð pic.twitter.com/BpAwKPZwPn — Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) March 13, 2019 Franck Ribery is way too old to be shaving his shirt number into his hair ð — Tseels (@SeelTeam6) March 13, 2019
  6. If there has ever been a perfect owner of a football club, it has to be Paris Saint Germain's (PSG) Nasser Al-Khelaifi. The Qatar Sports Investment's president, Al-Khelaifi has left no stone unturned in order to make, what originally was an interesting and ambitious project into a successful project. What he couldn't seem to get his hands on is PSG's luck. On a night when the odds were in Les Rouge et Bleu's favour, considering the two-goal cushion from the first leg and 10 first team players injured for Manchester United, this really should've been a walk in the park, but Manchester United had other ideas in mind. United came from 2-0 first-leg deficit to beat PSG 3-1 and qualified on away goals. It was in the summer of 2017 when PSG decided to get over 'that' round-of-16 loss to Barcelona and signed Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the same transfer window. A real fantasy manager stuff. These latest acquisitions made the French side look strong both mentally and physically. But as is the case most of the times, fortune favours the brave and last night, it was the Red Devils who proved to be the braver one. Considering this is PSG's second 'they-cannot-lose-now' kind of loss, here are a few similar moments from the two: 1. Early Goal “It's never Mission Impossible, it's more difficult”, admitted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in his press conference. He stressed a lot on scoring an early goal and then staying in the game till the very end and United did just that, scoring the first goal after two minutes courtesy of Romelu Lukaku. Lukaku's goal to make it 0-1 pic.twitter.com/23paOFjNbk — DILLINGER ð¹(@DillanMUFC) March 6, 2019 Wonder where the tactic came from? Barcelona 1 - PSG 0. After just two minutes on the clock, Luis Suarez scored from a defensive mix-up and sparked the historic comeback. 2. Weird Penalty You do need a bit of luck when you're trying to accomplish such mammoth tasks. Not taking anything away from Manchester United and Barcelona, but the penalties given against Presnel Kimpembe and Thomas Meunier were both a little bit harsh. Man United had VAR to thank for the penalty, whereas the referee consulted his assistant before giving the penalty to Barcelona which he denied initially, in 2017. Marcus Rashford's historic winning penalty is even better with Titanic music! pic.twitter.com/ZSRrScw47O — The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) March 7, 2019 3. Late Late Goal © Reuters Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was one of the major personalities in that era of 'Fergie Time'. The man, who himself knows a thing or two about late goals, saw his team score one thanks to the winning penalty from Marcus Rashford. © Reuters This time, it was Marcus Rashford and the last time, it was Barcelona's academy graduate Sergi Roberto who was found perfectly by Neymar's lofted pass and broke Parisian's hearts. 4. Historic Wins The thing both the games had in common was the 'No-One-Has-Ever-Done-That' factor. For Manchester United, no team had ever overturned a 2-0 home leg defeat in order to qualify. Whereas for Barcelona, no team had ever qualified after losing the first leg away from home 4-0. To everybody's surprise, these teams did the impossible. As for PSG, the project they have and are working on is really an enticing one. Their owner can buy anything, any player, any facility in the world. What we really want to recommend them is to buy some luck as well. As it turns out, PSG is the Tottenham of the Champions League.
  7. “Let him go if he wants to! We have Gareth Bale to lead us to victory,” they said less than a year ago when former Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo decided to sign with Juventus in July of 2018, to play in Italy for a massive €100 million contract. 8 months since Ronaldo bid adieu to Spain and Los Blancos have found themselves in one of the biggest slumps of their entire history. Losing badly to Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax (AFC Ajax) in the round of 16 matchup, the Luca Modric-led team was knocked out of the Champions League in a 1-4 (3-5 on aggregate) goals defeat. Dreams DO come true! ð¤¤#UCL #reaaja pic.twitter.com/TOmJcGz824 — AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) March 5, 2019 While the Dutch football club were nearly perfect during last night's showdown, the spotlight was drawn on the unbelievably disappointing end of the Champions League reign of Real Madrid who were not only the most recent trophy holders, but also have seen the most success in the history of the annual club football competition with 13 titles in total. However, the player who came under the bus during yesterday's shameful loss was the Wales international Gareth Bale, who started the match sitting on the bench but entered the game in just 30 minutes after Lucas Vazquez suffered an injury. Bale, who hasn't scored at home for Los Blancos at home this year, suffered to find the net yet again and despite shooting for the post once, failed to impress the Real Madrid fans. To make things worse, Bale, who has the infamous reputation of being injury-prone, twisted his ankle while going for a header and ended up on the grass, crying in pain. Not good for Bale #waleswatch pic.twitter.com/Wz9J0PqO4D — James Holt ó §ó ¢ó ·ó ¬ó ³ó ¿ (@james_scfc88) March 5, 2019 His 'okay-ish'(?) performance was not appreciated by the people of Madrid who even went on to vote the 29-year-old as the worst Real Madrid player to play in yesterday's Champions League loss. Such stark difference in the performance of an organisation like Real Madrid, who looked more like a middle-order team this season instead of the champions they were, led to people speculating the absence of Ronaldo's brilliance that he used to bring to the table as the reason behind Real's downwards spiral and how Gareth Bale has failed to fill the Portuguese's shoes. When Perez asked Bale to step into Ronaldo's shoes pic.twitter.com/9MyTS5EU3k — Chidiebere Ogu ™ï¸ (@chyngyozil) March 5, 2019 Madrid underestimated Ronaldo. You don't lose 1 of the best ever players, replace him with a mortal in Bale and expect the same. Bale doesn't have the personality. Ronaldo is weirdly unphased by hate. It's weird. The more u boo the better he is since United days. No replacing him — All For Unitedð´ (@allforunited) March 5, 2019 Get bale out the club man kmt he's not half the man ronaldo is — Ronaldo (@audsldn) March 5, 2019 Garett Bale's agent said the Real Madrid fans don't appreciate Garey Bale enough? Lmaooo Ronaldo broke their all time goal scoring record and they still booed him when he had bad games, and you're talking about Gareth Bale!? BALEEEEEEE ?????? pic.twitter.com/xEALvOR9Wh — JAGS (@EtniesJags) March 5, 2019 remember when people would make the excuse "Bale doesn't perform because Ronaldo is selfish" hahaha what a joke — Filipe Orlando (@MrFilipeOrlando) March 5, 2019 He thought his Golden boy nkomo Bale had what it takes to replace Ronaldo. pic.twitter.com/cxk87eLues — ×¢Ö´×Ö¸Ö¼× ×Ö¼×× (@G_ee010) February 27, 2019 Bale: "We are more of a team now that Ronaldo is gone." Carvajal: "Raul's career at Real Madrid was better than Cristiano's." Ceballos: "You won't notice Ronaldo's absence." Benzema: "I used to play for Ronaldo, but now I'm the leader." pic.twitter.com/vUusVDJER4 — Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) March 5, 2019 "Bale will be the main man now that Ronaldo is gone"#RMAAJA pic.twitter.com/6EKmv8BPwq — Ťhe ÀlçhëmisÅ¥ (@Lecron) March 5, 2019
  8. Winger Gareth Bale was making a name for himself as somewhat of a bench warmer in the recent weeks as his club, Real Madrid had been undergoing one of the worst stints in the history of their existence. The players looked unhappy, the manager looked frustrated and the disappointed fans were on the verge of a riot when last night, in a do-or-die kind of a situation for Los Blancos, the Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax (AFC Ajax) handed them a cruel 4-1 defeat, making them lose 3-5 on aggregate, and knocking them out of the Champions League at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, the home to Real Madrid players. Things particularly went out of hand for Bale who, in what has become more of a trend lately, started the game sitting on the substitution bench. However, the Welsh did lace up his boots and entered the field within 30 mins of play time as Lucas Vazquez went down with an injury. Not good for Bale #waleswatch pic.twitter.com/Wz9J0PqO4D — James Holt ð´ó §ó ¢ó ·ó ¬ó ³ó ¿ (@james_scfc88) March 5, 2019 Bale's average performance, which also included a shot at the post (but no goals), failed to impress the people of Madrid who voted him as the worst Real Madrid player during last night's heartbreaking defeat. According to the Spanish publication, Marca, who put to vote the performance of the 14 Los Blancos superstars, Bale received a total of 1,100+ Down Votes while only being able to garner 199 Up Votes. On the other hand, the current Ballon d'Or holder Luca Modric was voted the best Real Madrid player. Courtois, Nacho (Red Card) and Kroos ranked 11th, 12th and 13th worst just ahead of the Wales international. The collective heat towards the winger follows a rant by Bale's personal agent Jonathan Barnett. "This generation of Real fans will be talking about Gareth's goals for years to come. Frankly, they should be ashamed of themselves... Gareth deserves the greatest of respect. The way the Real fans have treated Gareth is nothing short of a disgrace,” expressed Barnett in a recent interview with Sky. “In the six years he has been in Spain, he has won everything. He's one of the best players in the world. Those fans should be kissing his feet." Clearly, Bale's agent and Real Madrid fans are not on the same page as they took to Twitter to let the world know exactly how unhappy they are with the footballer's performance: When Perez asked Bale to step into Ronaldo's shoes pic.twitter.com/9MyTS5EU3k — Chidiebere Ogu ™ï¸ (@chyngyozil) March 5, 2019 September 19th, 2018 was the last time Gareth Bale scored at the Bernabéu. The guy who was begging to be CR's heir, shat on Zizou & Ancelotti and who's agent recently told us to kiss his feet — Ryan. (@Rygista) March 5, 2019 Bale too hurt pic.twitter.com/KWQBh8YAUF — Achraf Nidal (@Tweneboah305) March 5, 2019 Bale injured again! We shouldn't be going anywhere near him in the summer. Just another Sanchez! Past it, injury prone and overpriced#MUFC — The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) March 5, 2019 Bale twists his foot [The one his agent thinks Real Madrid fans should kiss] and is limping on the pitch. — Real Madrid Info (@RMadridInfo) March 5, 2019
  9. Treading his way to becoming one of the finest footballers of the current generation, France's Kylian Mbappe is shutting down all those who doubted Paris Saint-Germain's ability to play without their leader Neymar Jr., who is out due to a fractured metatarsal and Forward Edinson Cavani, who was ruled unfit to play with a thigh injury earlier in the week. In what was presumed to be a complete massacre of the visiting PSG against a rejuvenated Manchester United, the 20-year-old Frenchman led a team surrounded by scare stories of the season already coming to an end for them. But despite playing on their home ground, it felt as if the Red Devils founds themselves on foreign territory as PSG charged at them with all their might from the start. Dominating the possession of the ball for over 56% of game-time, the Saint-Germain attack slammed United goalkeeper David de Gea with five shots on target. Despite trying his best to keep ManU in the contest, de Gea was unable to prevent the two second-half goals from happening. While Presnel Kimpembe scored on a brilliant volley on the precise corner from Angel Di Maria in the 53rd minute, it was Kylian Mbappe's superhuman sprint before a top-notch finish on a Di Maria assist for the second goal that drew people's attention. Known to have a top-speed of 44.7 kmph (which was recorded during the match between PSG and Lille OSC, Mbappe zoomed past United defenders Eric Bertrand Bailly and Victor Lindelöf and covered a little over 37 yards in less than four seconds for the finish. Mbappe with his pace nets another goal for the French side. pic.twitter.com/Z1mkU12s56 — BOLUð (@beespeakz) February 12, 2019 This was the 20-year-old's 14th Champions League goal in 24 appearances, which led to the French Forward matching the legendary Ronaldo's record which he attained after playing as many as 40 games. Twitter instantly showed love towards Mbappe's quickness and the memes began to roll in: #MUNPSG Mbappe is damn fast. Mans can steal your girl, and dump her without you realising. pic.twitter.com/9I02y4U4lo — Mutebi ðªð¾ Alexð¥Katoð (@mutebilx_qato) February 12, 2019 #Mbappe went #SuperSaiyan on #ManU!#PSGMU pic.twitter.com/EUBOuk0vjZ — Aditya Pandey (@adityapandey148) February 13, 2019 “Mbappe's too fast i can't handle him” pic.twitter.com/gQGUFl8xkm — hayato akaba (@abmasayrag) February 13, 2019 Mbappe is too fast for anyone to catch him.#Flash #PSG pic.twitter.com/ia1gNCswLu — Gohar Shah (@GoharSh34542679) February 13, 2019 Mbappe is too fast for the United defence pic.twitter.com/Q3PQYpSFSB — ð BongZ DA KinG ð (@Bongani803) February 12, 2019 Mbappe is Olympic level fast. #MANPSG #Mbappé #rapid pic.twitter.com/FU9MNcDq1N — Lady Carrington (@CarrieGagen) February 12, 2019 United defenders to Mbappé: “Hey, no fair, you got fast legs. We got these little, bitty hooves.” pic.twitter.com/f5l4R2FBSR — Kevin McGuinness ð (@Guinnesszoon) February 12, 2019 How fast is Mbappe pic.twitter.com/5ylNcXcPrY — Lutho Gee Zatu (@gnkenke) February 12, 2019
  10. We all know how great a player Cristiano Ronaldo is. I mean, I constantly keep hearing about his achievements, even though I don't know anything about football. And, to prove it even more, he's now the first player in the history of football to achieve a hundred Champions League wins! A few months ago he made headlines after becoming a part of Juventus and he's made a new club record by securing a last 16 spot in the UEFA Champions League for the fifth year in a row. The star player obviously helped in scoring the important match-winning goal. But, it wasn't just a club record; the night also marked Ronaldo's 100th Champions League win, beating none other than Lionel Messi to the record. Speaking of the Ronaldo effect on the team, Allegri told Sky Sport Italia, “Cristiano Ronaldo? He gives us a lot of confidence and he helps us achieve the results that we want. We have been doing much better and we have been improving all year long.” Everyone's obviously excited about this achievement and expressed it on Twitter. 1ï¸â£st player to claim ð¯ @ChampionsLeague victories! Well done @Cristianoðµð¹ðª pic.twitter.com/oMIGa6yuW8 — FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) November 27, 2018 The first! For those of you who don't seem to understand the language of ð Ronaldo becomes the FIRST player to win 100 champions league games ðð´ https://t.co/HsgbIMsHaI — ð¦ (@AdriannaFidanza) November 27, 2018 Most wins ever? Most wins ð Most all-time goals â½ï¸ Most goals in a single campaign â½ï¸ Ronaldo's #UCL stats continue to impress ð¤©https://t.co/tOSUdtzBQZ — Goal (@goal) November 28, 2018 The best. 40 Champions League assists. 100 Champions League wins. "Ronaldo is just a goal scorer."#Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/2EGpPyVe0D — Ahmed Affan (@affan_ahmed11) November 27, 2018 So many achievements. First ever player to have 100 wins in the history of Champions League. Player with most goals and most assists in the history of Champions League. MR Champions League for a reason.♥ï¸ð#Ronaldo #JuveVCF pic.twitter.com/lekpziHxzs — Ahmed Affan (@affan_ahmed11) November 27, 2018 What a player! Cristiano Ronaldo Champions League Record: The first player to win 100 Champions League games ð³ð 5 Trophies won ððððð 121 goals ð³ absolutely stunning from a 33 year old,Juventus are lucky to have him,what an exceptional player! — Pye Waw (@pyewaw) November 27, 2018 Totally. Man Ronaldo having 100 champions league wins is incredible.. what a MAN !!!!! — MORELLO.CENTRICð (@ojong_julius) November 28, 2018 The ultimate GOAT. Ronaldo the only player to have 100 Champions league wins !! What a legend, what a goat #ronaldo #ForzaJuve — Comeback Caris (@JeancarloSifu) November 27, 2018 So much. Cristiano Ronaldo vs Valencia (HOME) Assists - 1 Passing accuracy - 83% Chances Created - 3 (most) Clearances - 1 Successful tackles - 1 Key passes - 2 The first player in history to win 100 CL games. Mr. Champions League. ð pic.twitter.com/3MoLmo8HqR — milly (@RamosesqueSZN) November 27, 2018 The most energetic. 90+ fucking min and a 33 year old Ronaldo is the only one sprinting his ass off. I never wanna hear anyone else ever mention how our mids, or any other player, are tired ever again. They can learn a thing or two from Cristiano. — PjaniÄAttack (@Nihooo1897) November 27, 2018
  11. For a man who broke a million hearts at Stantiago Bernabeu after completing a 100-million-euro move to Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo didn't really enjoy the start many would have expected him to at the Old Lady club. The Portuguese initially struggled to find the back of the net, going goalless in 320 minutes across three games before eventually breaking the drought with a brace against Sassuolo. Since then, Ronaldo has scored seven goals for Juventus in the Serie A. But, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner still wasn't able to break the duck with his new club in the UEFA Champions League. His maiden goal for Juventus in the Champions League finally came on 8th November when his club hosted Manchester United in the Group H clash. WHAT A GOAL FROM CRISTIANO RONALDO ð³ pic.twitter.com/9oypBzYY7u — LewisMcinnes (@TheLewisMcinnes) November 7, 2018 Scoring his 8th goal in 14 matches across all competitions for Juventus, Ronaldo capitalised on a beautiful long-ball from teammate Leonardo Bonucci in the defence. The Portuguese, in the 65th minute, made a perfect forward run into United's 18-yard-box before hitting an inch-perfect volley to put the ball past goalkeeper David de Gea. While the stunning strike brought the Allianz stadium on its feet, it also instigated an animated celebration from Ronaldo himself. The 33-year-old rushed to the left corner before unveiling his chiselled abs in front of the home crowd. While his happiness didn't last long as Juan Mata's strike in the 86th minute and Alex Sandro's own goal in the 90th minute saw United snatching a late 2-1 win, Ronaldo's brilliant volley still was too good for the football fans to ignore. To take that first time over the shoulder is as tough as it gets. Nuts. — MarcoT (@MarcoTrotz) November 7, 2018 That was a beautiful goal wow !!ð¤ð¤ — #McGolden Karabo@Za (@KaraboMakofane) November 8, 2018 Good Ball Amazing Goal — Adair Martinez (@AdairMa36477240) November 8, 2018 That is world class. End of. — â¡â¡â¡ (@LewiBizzle) November 8, 2018 Love Ronaldo. BIG time player — UK GEM Education (@GrahamRMeadows) November 8, 2018
  12. Arguably the most prestigious club competition in the footballing world, the UEFA Champions League, over the years, has lived up to its hype by offering some of the most exciting clashes and sublime performances in the sport. With some of the world's biggest football clubs fighting for European domination, the tournament often brings unexpected results to the fore. And, the second week of this year's UEFA Champions League groupstage has proved to be no different. The group games on Matchday 2 witnessed surprising results, where some of the prominent campaigners stuttered to get over the line. The likes of Bayern Munich and Manchester United were held to a draw by Ajax and Valencia respectively. On the other hand, last season's finalists Real Madrid and Liverpool were stunned (0-1) by CSKA Moscow and Napoli respectively. While the unexpected results last night surprised everyone, there were also some brilliant goals that elated the football fans. From Ivan Rakitic's stunning volley for Barcelona to Arnaut Danjuma's screamer for Club Brugge, here's a look at the top 5 goals from the UEFA Champions League last night: Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona vs Tottenham Hotspur) Ivan Rakitic Goal (2-0) - Barcelona vs Tottenham (2018) @FCBarcelona @SpursOfficial @ChampionsLeague pic.twitter.com/K4mnCHbJ64 — GOLAZO (@GOLAZOHDTV) October 3, 2018 Pablo Rosario (PSV Eindhoven vs Inter Milan) ¡GOOOOOOOOOL Y ASISTENCIA DEL "CHUCKY" LOZANO!â½ï¸â½ï¸â½ï¸ Con un pase preciso de Lozano, Pablo Rosario pone a la cabeza al #PSV en el minuto 28´.#ChampionsLeague #PSVInter #ChuckyLozano pic.twitter.com/eUhE4G4Mar — MEDIO DE CONTENCIÓN (@MedioDC) October 3, 2018 Arnaut Danjuma (Club Brugge vs Atletico Madrid) Thanks to Nigerian born Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld's stunner of a goal, both teams to score did come through on @Atleti vs Club Brugge #UCL game. It was very good odds on @Betway_Ng .https://t.co/qsjFEJhqme#UCL #ATLCLU#BetwayDaily pic.twitter.com/hAsFoFSaDO — Chris Chidi (@IamCC94) October 4, 2018 Lionel Messi (Barcelona vs Tottenham Hotspur) Lionel Messi Goal (3-1) - Barcelona vs Tottenham (2018) @imessi @FCBarcelona @SpursOfficial @ChampionsLeague pic.twitter.com/AbcLKdfGzs — GOLAZO (@GOLAZOHDTV) October 3, 2018 Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid vs Club Brugge) Antoine Griezmann Goal vs Club Brugge - Atletico Madrid vs Club Brugge 1-0 @dailymotion - https://t.co/n4JR8yBf4m — zenithTv (@tv_zenith) October 4, 2018
  13. The current, dilapidated state of the environment across the globe is no recent news. Our planet has been struggling to keep up with human exploitation being meted out to it over the last two decades, and thus, the recent environmental upheaval and deterioration have forced the world to stop and acknowledge its wrong moves. © Twitter India has been steadily moving in the direction to revive our environment through small steps and seems like all the conscious efforts are slowly bearing results, and they have not escaped the knowledge of the United Nations, because Prime Minister Narendra Modi was just awarded UN's Champions of the Earth honour for India's efforts towards saving the environment. The award was jointly presented to PM Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron for their pioneering work in championing the International Solar Alliance, under the Policy Leadership category. © Twitter After receiving the award, PM Modi hailed every Indian as an active participant in the road to change, because it was the collective effort that helped India in moving forward towards the direction of climate justice. He said that farmers and indigenous communities in India are the real winners of this award, and that India is constantly trying to chart its way towards utilising smarter technology. © Twitter India and its leaders have set an example for the world to follow and we couldn't be more proud to have gotten this far. However, it must be remembered that it is only the first of many such wins that we must aim to score. Environmental consciousness is still something that most Indians need to be sensitized about, to achieve the larger goal of a clean and healthy planet Earth.
  14. Pakistan finished last in the recently concluded Champions Trophy in the Netherlands. Photo: FileKARACHI: Pakistan hockey coach Roelant Oltmans has slammed the team's performance in the recently concluded Champions Trophy in the...
  15. Soccer Football - World Cup - Final - France vs Croatia - Paris, France, July 15, 2018 - A giant picture of France's Antoine Griezmann is seen on the Arc de Triomphe as France fans celebrate on the Champs-Elysees Avenue after France won the Soccer...
  16. After the fiasco of 2010 (where a few players revolted) and 2014 (where they lost to a resolute German team), France have reached their second World Cup in 12 years. Coached by the 1998 World Cup winning captain Didier Deschamps, the average age of this squad is just 26, showing how much trust he has in his young players even after the defeat in the Euro 2016 final. Another feature of this French side is the total number of players (16) who were children of immigrants. Eight players of the current squad settled in banlieues (literally meaning suburbs) in French around Paris, including Kylian Mbappe. As much credit goes to Deschamps and his attacking tactics, one must not forget the liberal policies of French immigration which has contributed so much. Here's the 6 games which has seen France reach the World Cup final: Group Stages Reuters Placed in Group C containing Denmark, Australia and Peru, France were expected to go through comfortably. Deschamps tinkered with his lineup in the group stage, beginning with a 4-3-3 formation against Australia. Griezmann scored the first ever VAR-assisted goal with a penalty, while a huge deflection off Aussie defender Aziz Behich saw France to a 2-1 win. Their second game saw France start with a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Deschamps including Chelsea striker Giroud in his formation. They labored to a 1-0 win, thanks to a goal by Mbappe. By now, they had secured qualification to the Round of 16. A final group game against Denmark saw both sides content to sit back, with the game finishing a goalless draw. France's opponents in the Round of 16? Argentina. Round Of 16 Reuters A World Cup classic on the 30th of June saw France to a 4-3 win over the South Americans, who scraped through their group. Mbappe showed the world what he is capable of, doing the Thierry Henry style of pace against the feeble Argentinean defence. Rojo brought him down, and Atleti stiker Griezmann duly converted. Argentina even went ahead after a sizzling Di Maria shot and a deflection off defender Mercado to give them a 2-1 lead in the 48th minute. But this was the game where France showed maturity beyond their years and patiently knocked on the door. 22 year old Benjamin Pavard equalized with one of the strikes of the tournament, a crisp half volley into the top corner. Mbappe further underlined his credentials for Golden Ball, with a smart left footed finished under the keeper in the 64th minute to give France the lead. A quick counter in the 68th minute involving Giroud saw Mbappe finish off Argentina with a fourth. Aguero's late consolation was too little, too late for the beleaguered nation. France were up against the defensive fort of Uruguay in the quarterfinals. Quarterfinals Reuters Up against the Diego Godin and Co, France had a tough task ahead of them. Deschamps begin in a 4-2-3--1 formation, wanting Giroud to hold up play. He wanted aerial ability after Uruguay knocked out Portugal in the Round of 16, albeit a Cavani header for La Garra Charrua's opener. Patience was France's virtue again in this game, and the opener came courtesy a well worked set piece. Defender Varane ran diagonal to Griezmann's free-kick, heading it past Muslera for the opener in the 40th minute. France's second came twenty minutes after a Griezmann shot. His swerving left footer seemed to be going straight at Muslera, who moved to his right. The 32-year-old fumbled it, with the ball looping over the line. Les Bleus defensive stability saw them to a 2-0 win and a blockbuster semifinal clash against Belgium Semifinals Reuters Eliminating Brazil in the quarterfinals, Belgium were seen as hot favorites for the World Cup. Coach Martinez placed De Bruyne in the quarterfinal position, bringing in Dembele for cover in midfield. France began Matuidi in place of Tolisso, with both teams playing defensively in the first half. The only goal of the game came via France's smart set piece movement. A corner in the 51st minute saw Umtiti beat Fellaini and Courtois at the near post, with France defending resolutely till the end. France will look to exorcise the ghosts of Euro 2016 after losing on home soil. Croatia will to avenge their semifinal loss to France in 1998. Can Lloris become the fourth ever goalkeeper to lead a country to World Cup on Sunday? We must wait and see.
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