Sunday, September 30, 2018 7:54 AM

Ronaldo hat trick of assists as perfect Juve beats Napoli

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Ronaldo hat trick of assists as perfect Juve beats Napoli
Ronaldo hat trick of assists as perfect Juve beats Napoli

MILAN — Cristiano Ronaldo was hired by Juventus for his scoring fame. In the absence of goals, though, his influence knows no bounds. On Saturday, Ronaldo set up all three of his side’s goals — two for Mario Mandzukic and one for Leonardo Bonucci — as Juventus beat 10-man Napoli 3-1 in Serie A. In […]

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Saturday, September 29, 2018 1:54 PM

Lucas Moura played the ultimate one-two with himself to set up Harry Kane’s goal

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Lucas Moura played the ultimate one-two with himself to set up Harry Kane’s goal

A one-two is the oldest trick in the book.

It is a simple passing technique to get round an opponent, in every book you read it will say it requires two players; one to pass it and one to receive it.

Not in Lucas Moura’s world.

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Some brilliant solo work from Lucas resulted in Harry Kane nodding in Spurs’ first goal against Huddersfield.

Shortly after he scored a second to make it five league goals for the season, but make no mistake his first was all about Moura’s endeavour and innovation.

He picks up the ball with the Huddersfield defence in all sorts of bother.

Moura doesn’t control it properly at first but it’s no problem as he audaciously bounces the ball of Terence Kongolo’s back and bursts past him to pick up the rebound.

It was a moment of outrageous brilliance.

As one of the smallest players on the pitch the diminutive Brazilian showed Hulk-like strength to brush of Kongolo in the box before laying it back to Kieran Trippier.

And in scenes reminiscent of the glorious World Cup, the right-back put in a pearler of a cross for his international captain to thump his header in.

Back to Lucas and Kongolo realised he had been mugged off so badly that instead of facing up for the rest of the match he had to go off immediately.

Then he might have just been injured by coming into contact with Moura’s steel frame.

Either way, you don’t see one-two’s like that very often.

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Friday, September 28, 2018 7:36 PM

Forza Horizon 4: Why this is easily the best racing game you’ll play this year

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Forza Horizon 4: Why this is easily the best racing game you’ll play this year

The run-up to Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year when you’re a gamer.

While FIFA 19 is at the front of most gamer’s minds right now, Forza Horizon 4 shouldn’t be far behind. In fact, with a Metacritic score of 93 (compared to FIFA 19’s 84), Playground Games’ latest racer is a much better game.

Unlike the last Horizon, which was set in Australia, this one sees you zoom around the Scottish Highlands, Lake District and other iconic British locations.

For the first time in the series, Horizon features dynamic seasons.

You’ll cruise along the beach in the sun one minute before racing across frozen lakes the next.

It was this, creative director Ralph Fulton explains, that made Britain the perfect canvas for their latest game.

Image result for forza horizon 4The landscape is easily recognisable as British

“The opportunity to do Britain as a seasonal representation was too bigger opportunity to pass up,” he said.

“That was the major reason we went for Britain.”

With the seasons changing on a weekly basis in game, it was important that no details were missed – no matter how small. Take the sheep in the fields, for example.

“As loads of parts of Britain have sheep in them it would look odd to drive by empty field after empty field,” said Fulton.

“Seeing big fluffy sheep all year round didn’t make sense so the sheep get sheared with the seasons changing.

“A huge amount of work has gone into details like this, even the things you wouldn’t think of.”

Image result for forza horizon 4Classic cars still get some of the limelight

But it’s not just the environment that’s hyper-detailed… cars look and feel the part, too.

We get a touch more authentic with our handling every game,” said Fulton.

“That authenticity comes from separating different types of cars in terms of tyres, geometry, suspension (etc), and looking at how they deal with surfaces.”

“We have got far more granular with each game and you can really feel that with Horizon 4. We want people to come in, whatever the age and be able to pick up the controller and have fun with it.”

Image result for forza horizon 4 sheepDon’t hit the sheep they have done nothing wrong

However, the realism stops when it comes to crashing your car in a spectacular fashion, Fulton explained.

“You’re driving around in an open world, it’s about fast, fun, flowing gameplay, you don’t want your car to fall to bits.

“We have gone to great lengths to make pretty much everything smash when you hit it, just not your car.

“In real life, if you drive your supercar into a dry-stone wall in Britain (of which there are many) your car will come off worse. That’s not fun in gameplay.”

Instead, your car will be damaged layer by layer.

It’s little details like getting rid of layers of paint in a realistic order that help keep things looking authentic,” he added. 

Image result for forza horizon 4 rainYour car is likely to take some damage in the harsher seasons… but it’ll be purely cosmetic

What are you waiting for?

Take Forza Horizon 4 for a spin.

Forza Horizon 4 is out now on Xbox One and PC.

FIFA 19: This is how EA works out player ratings in this year’s game

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FIFA 19: This is how EA works out player ratings in this year’s game

Just how will FIFA 19’s player ratings decided? Guesswork? Data collection? Statistical analysis?

Turns out it’s a mix of all three – plus one vital ingredient – Michael Mueller-Moehring.

He leads a team of 9,000 data reviewers – a network of scouts, coaches and season ticket-holders whose job it is to watch as many matches as possible.

Sound like a dream job? Think again.

FIFA 19 is once again powered by Frostbite

Rather than relying on advanced statistics, the data reviewers upload subjective feedback on every player they’ve watched – all 18,000 of them – on a secure EA Sports website.

“We have many leagues in the game; no stats provider could offer us data for all these leagues, teams and players,” Mueller-Moehring told ESPN.

“This is also the reason why we use this online database, because it’s not possible to buy this data some way — it just doesn’t exist.”

If stats alone were used to determine players’ FIFA ratings, it would lead to inaccurate and misleading ratings.

“The stats are, in most cases, not taking into account very specific circumstances,” Mueller-Moehring explains.

Paulo Dybala in action in the new FIFA

“When you look at passing completion, if you play for Bayern Munich or if you play for Manchester City or if you play for Pep Guardiola, if your system is based on possession, you will have more successful passes than other players, but this doesn’t necessarily make you a better passer.

“And when you look at attributes like trapping and ball control, there is data, but the data never gives you the specific situations. Same for tackling.”Every now and then a relatively unknown player is signed for a team in the game. But with such little amounts of data around for them, how is a score worked out?

“All you know about this player is his name, date of birth and his position — and his position may be as precise as, ‘Oh, he’s a midfielder.’,”Mueller-Moehring says.

Alex Hunter’s rating probably didn’t go through quite as rigorous a procedure

“We guess a little bit … until our people have seen the player in action.”

Capturing a player’s mental make-up is also massively important – but with no stats to show this, the league a player is in is used make an educated guess.

“If Messi were playing in the Irish league, his attributes would drop simply because he’s not on the highest level anymore,” Mueller-Moehring explains.

“We want to base our ratings on actual performance data.”When it comes to physical attributes, it’s much more subjective.

“There are fast and strong players in every professional league in the world,” Mueller-Moehring says.

Neymar will be one of the game’s best players

All of the feedback is then collated into 300 different data fields and 35 specific attribute categories, which determines the overall rating.

Genius!

 

Thursday, September 27, 2018 7:00 AM

Man Stays Extra Week In Prison To Meet Totti | Paddy Agnew

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Man Stays Extra Week In Prison To Meet Totti | Paddy Agnew

Francesco Totti is publicising his autobiography which contains stories from the Roma legends life.

Man Stays Extra Week In Prison To Meet TottiFrancesco Totti is publicising his autobiography which contains stories from the Roma legends life.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 12:07 PM

Nacho starts at right-back in strong Real Madrid XI

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Nacho starts at right-back in strong Real Madrid XI
Nacho starts at right-back in strong Real Madrid XI

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 6:30 PM

Malcom returns to Barcelona training

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Malcom returns to Barcelona training
Malcom returns to Barcelona training

Malcom is back in training at Barcelona this week.

Sport says Malcom has been given the green light by the club's medical team to return to action and is avaialble for selection again.

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FIFA 19: These are all the ‘5-star skillers’ on this year’s game

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FIFA 19: These are all the ‘5-star skillers’ on this year’s game

Another day, another batch of FIFA ratings.

We’ve already had the top 10 free-kick takers, top 10 fastest players and the top 10 strongest players, so today it’s all the ‘five-star skillers’ in this year’s game.

So, who makes the grade?

Unsurprisingly, the list is full of big name players from the world’s best leagues, such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappé.

From the Premier League, Pogba, Ryhad Mahrez, Xherdan Shaqiri and Wilfried Zaha are just some of the names to be handed a 5* skill rating.

Here’s the full list – again there’s no Mo Salah in sight.

Cristiano Ronaldo Paul Pogba Coutinho Santi Cazorla Thiago Cristiano Ronaldo has reached the pinnacle of the Beautiful Game - and he feels it will be 'difficult' for his son to reach those heightsCristiano Ronaldo is top of the pileReuters Marcelo Neymar Jr. Ángel Di María Ricardo Quaresma Franck Ribéry Douglas Costa Marcelo is quite possibly the best left-back in the game Riyad Mahrez Xherdan Shaqiri Federico Bernardeschi Marcos Acuña Kylian Mbappé Memphis Depay Fellow PSG star Kylian Mbappe comes third with a total of £163mFellow PSG star Kylian Mbappe makes the gradeEPA Quincy Promes — (now transferred to Sevilla FC) Marlos Nani Zlatan Ibrahimović Juan Cuadrado Matías Fernández Carlos Villanueva Zlatan Ibrahimovic got his LA Galaxy career off to a dream start with two goals - including a wonder strikeZlatan Ibrahimovic proves age is just a numberEPA Omar Abdulrahman Ignacio Piatti Gelson Martins Kingsley Coman Jesús Corona Martin Ødegaard Wilfried Zaha Chelsea want Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace and are ready to increase their initial offerChelsea want Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace and are ready to increase their initial offerPA:Press Association Élton Sam Larsson Aiden McGeady Vincent Aboubakar Stephan El Shaarawy Alexandru Maxim David Neres Yannick Bolasie Yannick Bolasie is, unsurprisingly. included Eljero Elia Ilson Vinícius Júnior Gary Mackay-Steven Jadon Sancho Jordan Botaka

Monday, September 24, 2018 6:48 AM

De Gea voted as the Best goalkeeper in the world by his peers

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De Gea voted as the Best goalkeeper in the world by his peers
De Gea voted as the Best goalkeeper in the world by his peers

Sunday, September 23, 2018 12:15 PM

Arsenal news: Alexandre Lacazette was on the verge of being taken off before he opened the scoring against Everton

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Arsenal news: Alexandre Lacazette was on the verge of being taken off before he opened the scoring against Everton
Arsenal news: Alexandre Lacazette was on the verge of being taken off before he opened the scoring against Everton
Everton made the better start but Lacazette and Aubameyang's goals made it five wins in a row for Arsenal

Saturday, September 22, 2018 5:03 PM

Horrors of Hillsborough Fail To Go Away | Brian Glanville

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Horrors of Hillsborough Fail To Go Away | Brian Glanville

Brian Glanville in this piece looks at Hillsborough and how the horror of that day fail to go away.

Horrors of Hillsborough Fail To Go AwayDavid Duckenfield arrives to give evidence (Getty Images) Brian Glanville in this piece looks at Hillsborough and how the horror of that day fail to go away.

Friday, September 21, 2018 11:36 PM

Man City boss Guardiola: Thank-you Aguero

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Man City boss Guardiola: Thank-you Aguero
Man City boss Guardiola: Thank-you Aguero

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is delighted with Sergio Aguero's decision to sign a new deal.

The Argentine has signed up for another three years at the Etihad, which would keep him at the club for ten years in total.

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It’s really, really difficult not to dislike PSG, isn’t it?

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It’s really, really difficult not to dislike PSG, isn’t it?

With every year that passes it feels like PSG are increasingly the pantomime villains of the Champions League.

Any club that are seen to ‘buy success’ are the enemy of the neutrals.

But none, not even Man City, have embraced this particular type of antagonistic role quite like PSG.

And to my shame, I enjoy watching them fail.

Nothing personal, lads…Getty - Contributor

Activating Neymar’s £198million release clause remains their most dastardly act.

When Barcelona set valuation they would have done so under the assumption that no club would, or could, match it.

But they didn’t account for PSG’s penchant for the short-sighted sublime.

Neymar’s world-record transfer changed football overnight.

Suddenly, every player on the planet was worth (at least) double what they were the day before.

The trickle-down effect is still being felt now, with previously eye-watering fees now a common exchange for squad players.

Southampton paid €25million for his man in the summer — name himGetty Images - Getty

PSG then dropped another £120 million on 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe.

The funny thing is, Financial Fair Play restrictions mean they are now unable to bolster a midfield in desperate need of a shake-up.

Free agent Lassana Diarra came on board in January but, as effective as the 33-year-old journeyman can be at his best, he is not the solution to a severe problem.

Their answer to Liverpool’s superiority in midweek was to bring on Eric Choupo-Moting, a forward who scored five goals in 30 games for relegated Stoke last season.

Spending all that cash has resulted in an embarrassing imbalance — doesn’t your heart bleed for them?

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So what have PSG got to show for their ground-shaking transfer activity?

Well, every domestic trophy available to them for a start.

However, such is the discrepancy between their spending and the rest of the teams in France, the only true measure of their quality is the Champions League.

Last season, after dishing out the kind of thrashings they usually reserve for Guingamp, Caen and Angers to Celtic and Anderlecht, the mighty PSG were taught a lesson by Real Madrid in the round of 16.

Taught a lesson is perhaps the wrong phrase as it implies PSG’s prima donnas actually learned something.

Their defeat at the hands of Liverpool earlier this week proved they haven’t learned a thing.

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Thomas Tuchel has replaced Unai Emery in the dugout but still PSG believe their £373million frontline are so outrageously talented that their problems elsewhere need not be addressed.

A midfield trio comprising of a centre-back, a winger, and a young midfielder who refused to be on standby for the world champions this summer, were unsurprisingly overwhelmed by their counterparts.

Gini Wijnaldum, James Milner and Jordan Henderson are PSG’s complete opposites — hardworking, tactically aware, humble.

Milner smashing Neymar by the touchline felt symbolic of the whole match.

James Milner vs Neymar. pic.twitter.com/nk9D0rdwCi

— Furious Firmino (@FuriousFirmino) September 21, 2018

As for the megastars up top, how they can’t bring themselves to press and hustle for just a handful of European games each year is beyond me.

90 minutes of hard work and then you can go back to nutmegging Rennes full-backs at the weekend.

But no, Neymar allowed Trent Alexander-Arnold the freedom of an entire flank and took far too many touches when he was in possession.

I’m not a Neymar hater by any means — In fact, I actually quite like him.

But there is no doubt PSG exists to serve the Brazilian No10 at this point in time.

And in the last two seasons, he has failed to repay them for this honour on big Champions League nights.

Most of PSG’s fans burned more calories than he did at Anfield.

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A 3-2 loss flattered the visitors.

At 2-1, both teams played as if they were 3-0 up — it was one of the weirdest passages of football I’ve ever seen.

The PSG players looked almost offended that the opposition got in their faces.

In Ligue 1, teams indulge them and settle for front row seats of the Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe show.

In the Champions League, they are exposed as pretenders and flat-track bullies.

Liverpool walked all over Di Maria and RabiotPA:Press Association

In their current state, PSG appear more like am ambitious Nike advert than a football club.

Their snazzy Michael Jordan kits looked great but unless PSG deflate their egos, it’ll be forever associated with yet another underwhelming European campaign.

And it’s just so, so difficult to feel sorry for them.

NEXT: Pep Guardiola’s all-time XI vs Jose Mourinho’s all-time XI — which team is better?

Thursday, September 20, 2018 11:43 AM

Man City's four-match UCL losing streak is an English record

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Man City's four-match UCL losing streak is an English record
Man City's four-match UCL losing streak is an English record

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 5:15 PM

We can already confirm that Diogo Dalot is twice the right-back Antonio Valencia will ever be

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We can already confirm that Diogo Dalot is twice the right-back Antonio Valencia will ever be

Remember the name Diogo Dalot, because he could be Man United’s go-to man at right-back for years to come.

The Portuguese teenager, who was signed from Porto over the summer, made his United debut this evening in their Champions League group stage opener against Young Boys.

And it’s already clear that he’s quite the little player. 

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In the first-half, we saw what the nippy full-back could do when he pulled off an outrageous first-touch to beat his marker and set-up a United counter-attack.

He also proved he’s got a rather sweet cross in the locker, showing fans what they’ve been missing with the reliable but – let’s face it – no-thrills Antonio Valencia filling it at the back.

He racked up some other decent stats on the night, including the most interceptions from a United player and a brilliant three crosses in the opening-half.

That touch 😍

Diogo Dalot bringing the 🔥 on his Man Utd debut… pic.twitter.com/xrpoZBJSJQ

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 19, 2018

Diogo Dalot made more interceptions vs. Young Boys than any other Manchester United player (2).

A bright start to his #MUFC career. 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/M8Gi75RwZT

— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) September 19, 2018

Dalot is already United’s best right back since 2014

— Wayne Barton (@WayneSBarton) September 19, 2018

Big fan of Diogo Dalot's opening 20 minutes. Looks one hell of a player.

— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) September 19, 2018

United have been crying out for a decent right-back for years, having struggled to replace the long-retired Gary Neville with the likes of Rafael, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Matteo Darmian and Valencia all filling in.

We’re not saying that after just one game against Young Boys that Jose Mourinho has discovered the instant answer to his right-back dilemma, but it’s certainly promising.

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What’s more, with Luke Shaw starting the season well for Mourinho’s team following a disappointing few years at the club, as well as Marcus Rashford’s growing status in the game – United could well have some of the world’s most exciting youngsters in their line-up in the next few seasons.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018 11:39 PM

Blink and you would have missed Roberto Firmino’s hilarious goal celebration

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Blink and you would have missed Roberto Firmino’s hilarious goal celebration

He’s known for his ‘no look’ finishes.

Roberto Firmino started on the bench in Liverpool’s Champions League clash against PSG.

The Brazilian was still recovering from a bizarre eye injury he sustained in the Reds’ victory over Spurs on Saturday.

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The 26-year-old came off the bench to devastating effect, netting the winner in the 90th minute against the French champions.

Firmino might have seen his future starting spot come under threat after an impressive display from Daniel Sturridge.

The Brazilian however has just reaffirmed his undoubted worth to Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The Brazilian picked the ball up outside the box He jinxed past the PSG defenders with ease The substitute unleashed a powerful strike past Alphonse Areola Perfect time to score

After scoring the late winner, Firmino produced the best celebration of the season so far.

No doubt he spent all week preparing it in training.

Blink and you would have missed it.

His Liverpool team-mates surrounded him as he lifted his left hand up to the injured eye How can he do that with a straight face?!

He pulled off the ‘no look’ celebration.

Sadio Mane continued his now infamous tradition of copying his team-mate’s celebrations, holding his own eye after the goal.

This is the purest thing we’ve ever seen…

Oh Mane, Mane

Klopp’s men currently sit top of Group C, after Napoli could only manage a draw in their opener against Red Star Belgrade.

Could Liverpool go one better than their final heartbreak from last season?

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