RelatedPosts Los Angeles Galaxy launch Messi enquiry Chicharito pens $10m LA Galaxy deal Los Angeles Galaxy capture Chicharito A first-half goal from Javier Hernandez and late strikes from substitutes Erick Gutierrez and Uriel Antuna gave Mexico a comprehensive 3-0 win over the United States in a friendly match in New Jersey on Friday. The two sides renewed North America’s fiercest footballing rivalry just two months after Mexico beat the United States in the final of the Gold Cup and Mexico once again were the dominant side. Hernandez headed in the opener 20 minutes into the first half but much of the credit went to Tecatito whose dazzling wing play and flighted cross from the right flank made things simple for the center forward. Gutierrez doubled Mexico’s lead 12 minutes from full time after the United States defence got caught trying to get the ball out of their own box. Alfredo Morales hit the post for the United States two minutes later but Mexico scored their third moments afterwards when substitute Hirving Lozano drove forward and his pass allowed Antuna, who had entered the field minutes earlier, to slot the ball past Zack Steffen. Josh Sargent had a penalty saved for the United States with three minutes remaining to compound the home side’s miserable night. “It’s a game in which we need to be smarter with some of the plays that we make,” said United States midfielder Will Trapp. “The goals we gave up were a little naive,” he said. Mexico will next play Argentina in San Antonio on Tuesday, while the Americans go to St Louis to face Uruguay. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Gold CupJavier HernandezNorth AmericatecatitoUriel Antuna
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RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Football star Jordon Ibe’s 4×4 ploughed into a cafe – but was traced by a wing mirror in the wreckage.The 4am crash caused £11,000 of damage but the 23-year-old former Liverpool winger’s car was driven off.Police found the mirror and used it to trace his car weeks later.Officers quizzed the £38,000-a-week Bournemouth ace about the accident at The Pantry in Bromley, South East London. A source said: “An upstairs neighbour heard the smash and called police.“The owners got there and were gobsmacked. “The entire shop front was smashed and they were worried there was structural damage.“They were out of pocket from loss of earnings and having to fix the damage. “They had no idea who was responsible but there was a wing mirror in the rubble.“Forensic teams were able to trace the car from the part.”The crash happened on July 30, days before Bournemouth kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 1-1 draw with Sheffield United. The Met Police said: “The driver of the car has been interviewed under caution. Enquiries continue.” Bournemouth declined to comment on the incident.At 15, Ibe was labelled a wonder kid after becoming Wycombe’s youngest ever goal-scorer in the Football League.He was snapped up by Liverpool and named man of the match in his Premier League debut in 2015.He went to Bournemouth in 2016 and has admitted he had failed to live up to his early hype, saying: “I’ve been given chances but I’ve not taken them.”The owner of The Pantry declined to comment. Tags: LiverpoolThe Pantry
O’Neill added: “Everybody can have their own opinion about whether the league is strong or not, but if you start making judgments of a whole league simply on the back of a couple of results in the Champions League, I’m afraid I don’t buy that and never have done. “Last season, for instance, Chelsea won the Champions League from our league. “We saw a game the other night, a fantastic game – Barcelona were absolutely magnificent in the match against AC Milan. “However, if the ball that hit the post had gone into the net, it might have been a long way back for Barcelona. “Just let’s say hypothetically they had been beaten – would that have meant that the Italian league was stronger than the Spanish league on the evidence of that result? “I’m afraid I don’t agree with that.” Press Association Arsenal’s heroic victory over Bayern Munich in Germany on Wednesday evening was still not enough for them to reach the last eight as they followed Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea out of the competition. However, while some commentators have suggested that is a reflection of the dwindling power of the Premier League, O’Neill, who led Celtic into the continent’s most prestigious club competition, does not concur. He said: “I’m afraid I don’t agree with that, I don’t agree with the reasoning behind it, let me put it this way.” Martin O’Neill insists the Barclays Premier League cannot be judged on England’s failure to have a club in the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in 17 years.
Stephen Craigan has taken over as Northern Ireland’s Under-19 manager. Craigan said: “I am extremely honoured to be given this position with the Under-19s. “During the last year I worked as Stephen’s assistant and have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the squad. “We have many good young players coming through the ranks and it’s definitely an exciting time to be involved with the Northern Ireland youth set-up.” Craigan’s first chance to manage the side competitively comes in October when they face Belgium, France and Iceland in a qualifying tournament for the European Under-19 Championship. The 36-year-old, who retired from international football in 2011 after winning 54 caps, had been working as assistant under Stephen Robinson. Robinson had been in charge of the Under-21s and Under-17s and will retain those positions. Press Association
The Scot has overseen an impressive revival recently with Villa taking 17 points from their last 11 games to leave them 16th in the table and five points off the relegation zone. Lambert, though, has put the morale-boosting win to the back of his mind as he prepares to return to former club Norwich on Saturday. “You let it go as soon as it’s finished,” he said. Press Association Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has already moved on from Monday’s 6-1 hammering of Sunderland as he focuses on dragging his side to Barclays Premier League safety. “I don’t dwell on it, it’s gone. We’ve got another three games to go and we’ll go and try to win the next one. The lads have hit really, really top form over the last few months and that’s the pleasing thing, they’ve grown with it. “The crowd on Monday were electric and I think the team and the crowd are really bonding – and that can be a fantastic thing at a football club. The way the night transpired, with the crowd and the atmosphere, was fantastic. But it’s important to move on. We’re playing really well at the moment but the minute anyone thinks we’ve done it…we’ll try and avoid that.” Midlands rivals West Brom can help Villa by beating Wigan this weekend but Lambert would rather focus on his own job. “If you start to look for others to do you a favour, then you’re clutching at things,” he said. “The big thing for me is every time we’ve been asked to get a result against teams in and around us, we’ve come up with the goods. “There’s not much in it in the bottom half. We’ve just got to look after our own game and try and win as many games as we can, and our form is very very good. There’s still loads to do. We’ve got to let that game go. The most important thing was to win that game.” Villa now look in a healthy position to beat the drop but Lambert is wary of getting too carried away. “It’s never over until it’s over,” he said. “But we’ve given ourselves a chance.”
“Next year lots of things have to change here – the whole discipline of the club. I have pussyfooted around with some of them because they are here and you need to get the best out of them. I want players who want to be here, work hard and train hard – the others, just don’t bother. In terms of discipline, it has got to change. “Some of them think they can do what they want, when they want. It’s been difficult because we have had to use them, but now is the time when we have had to make the changes. “You have to get a good squad of players and need strong characters as much as ability. There are some good characters here and they are not all dysfunctional. There are some good lads here too, but you do need more. It’s a different game, different people and different characters, but it is still football. I love football.” QPR welcome Newcastle to Loftus Road on Sunday as Alan Pardew’s side search for a positive result to ease their own relegation fears. Redknapp admits it is difficult to get his players worked up to perform to their best but they will not allow Newcastle to walk away with a win. “When you have nothing to play for but pride it is difficult. I’m looking forward to try and build a team for next season,” he said. “We don’t want to be rolling over for anyone. We will give it our best shot and try to win the game. I think Newcastle will be okay.” The Magpies go into the game with their top-flight status out of their own hands but Redknapp feels they have struggled due to disruptive injuries to key players throughout the season. “I’m sure Newcastle will come back strong,” he said. “Alan did a great job last year and overachieved, but underachieved this year. Injuries have affected them, but I’m sure next year they will come back and be strong again.” Press Association QPR manager Harry Redknapp believes the ethos of the squad must change if they are to be successful next season. Redknapp’s side currently sit bottom of the Barclays Premier League, with just four league wins to their name so far this season and their relegation confirmed two weeks ago at Reading. The 66-year-old has also called the discipline of the squad off the pitch into question. Midfielder Stephane Mbia is the latest player to upset Redknapp, tweeting on Monday that he wants to secure a move back to previous club Marseille. “If they practised more rather than tweeted they would be better footballers,” said Redknapp.
Having won the Barclays Premier League in such amazing circumstances last year, City have returned to earth with a bump this term. Saturday’s shock FA Cup final defeat to Wigan proved to be the final straw for the City hierarchy, who on Monday night called time on Mancini’s three-and-a-half-year reign at the Etihad Stadium. The Italian’s sacking meant former assistant Kidd took charge of Tuesday night’s clash with Reading – a match City won 2-0 courtesy of strikes by Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko, and Kidd said: “What has gone on in the last 24 hours was a shock to the staff, and before the game I would have just taken the result, to get the three points and take second place.” He added: “It’s all credit to the players – they are the ones who have had to put up with stuff off the pitch. I am pleased for them because it would have been a travesty if we hadn’t finished second. “I was asked to take charge for two games, and, being a Manchester lad, I couldn’t say no. I wouldn’t have been able to walk down Market Street if I had. “You’d have to ask the players how they feel. We appreciate the fans, and they were disappointed, and we were disappointed, on Saturday. What you’ve seen is a combination of a couple of things, but I think it was a relief because it has been a tough 48 hours.” As well as the perfect response to losing Mancini, Tuesday night was a welcome return to winning ways after the disappointment of losing at Wembley. “To be honest, the three points was the most important thing,” Kidd said. “When you get to this stage of the season it’s not about performances, but getting results and it was on my mind that we needed to seal that second spot in the league. “That’s the least we could do, and the staff, the fans and the players did it for the club. I was pleased with the way the players acknowledged the fans, but those players really appreciated it. “There were 1,300 of them at Reading, disappointed after Wembley, but they turned out and you could hear them. The players and the backroom staff have been terrific.” Caretaker manager Brian Kidd heaped praise on Manchester City’s players after they secured victory that guaranteed second place less than 24 hours after Roberto Mancini was sacked. Press Association
“He came to us in a difficult frame of mind and had suffered with injuries but the support the coaching staff and the rest of the boys that work so hard behind the scenes was something he felt very comfortable with in the end. “He met new team-mates over the year and enjoyed their company and I think that definitely helped him to make the decision to return to West Ham. So not only did the loan pay off by us finishing 10th in our first season back in the Premier League but it has paid off by him choosing us.” Carroll struggled for form at Anfield after completing a £35million switch from Newcastle and was farmed out to West Ham when it became apparent he did not fit into the new approach taken by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. He has now penned a six-year deal at West Ham, with Allardyce hoping he will lead the line for his side in the coming seasons. “The size of the contract is a statement of West Ham’s belief in Andy and Andy’s belief in West Ham,” he said. “We expect him to enhance his reputation even further with West Ham and become one of the major strikers in the country and become an England regular – we hope he will produce for West Ham and England as we prepare to move into the Olympic Stadium in 2016. “We’ve acquired a player who was recently the most expensive British player in the history of football. We haven’t done it cheaply, but we have definitely done it wisely. “I told him we will improve him at West Ham while we’re at the helm and will give him a chance to become a better player. It will reap rewards for us all. He can now put his experience of Liverpool behind him and show them what they missed by letting him go.” Carroll, 24, was signed for an undisclosed club-record fee by the Hammers on Thursday after impressing for large spells of a season-long loan deal at the club last season. The former Newcastle forward was identified by Allardyce at the start of the summer as his main priority ahead of a second successive Barclays Premier League campaign. With Carroll’s close friend Kevin Nolan captaining West Ham, and relationships struck up during his spell in east London, Allardyce believes the experience of the loan move was invaluable in enticing Carroll to the club. “Our relationship over the 12 months he was here was key to this deal,” he told the club’s official website. West Ham boss Sam Allardyce believes the year Andy Carroll spent on loan at Upton Park swayed the England striker’s decision to complete a permanent move from Liverpool. Press Association
The Belgium international completed his move from Sunderland on Tuesday night after putting pen to paper on a long-term contract, and he is set to battle against Reina and Brad Jones for a starting berth. Reina has been closely linked with a return to old club Barcelona over the last few months, but the Spaniard insists he sees his future at Liverpool. Manager Brendan Rodgers has also stressed 25-year-old Mignolet has not been signed as a replacement. “It’s a challenge, but that’s what you want. You want to play in the big games, you want to play for a big club and to play with pressure,” said Mignolet, whose transfer fee could rise to more than £11million. Press Association “I’m very confident in myself and my own abilities and I can’t wait to get the first clean sheet under my belt. I’ve never been a nervous person. I’m quite confident in my own abilities.” He added: “Competition can only be a good thing. I’ve been in big competitions wherever I’ve been – in Belgium with the national team and in Sunderland with Craig Gordon and Keiren Westwood, who are international goalies. Now it’s the same again with Pepe and with Brad. “It’s only a good thing – to be competitive and to train as hard as you can, it can only bring the best out of you. “Pepe is an experienced goalkeeper who has proven a lot over the years. I’m looking forward to working with him, the same as I am with Brad and the goalie coach.” Mignolet, who becomes the Reds’ fourth signing of the summer following Manchester City’s Kolo Toure, Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas and Sevilla’s Luis Alberto, also refuses to be daunted by the step up to Liverpool. “It’s a big club and when you arrive it’s a big thing,” he told liverpoolfc.com. “I’m very pleased to be here and I’m looking forward to getting started.” Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio, meanwhile, thanked keeper Mignolet for his efforts at the Stadium of Light. The Italian told the club’s official website, www.safc.com: “Simon is a fantastic footballer, a fantastic professional and a fantastic lad and I would like to personally thank him for his contribution to the team last season.” New Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is looking forward to the challenge of trying to supplant Jose Reina as the Reds’ number one.