Buffon, Juve, Madrid must move past conspiracy talk

Buffon, Juve, Madrid must move past conspiracy talk

5th October 2018OffByRiseNews

Two goals in under three second-half minutes saw Juventus come back from 1-0 down to knock Buffon, Juve, Madrid must move past conspiracy talk Hotspur out of the Champions League, with a 2-1 win at Wembley putting them through to the quarterfinals 4-3 on aggregate. Son Heung-Min had Spurs dreaming when his scuffed effort gave them a 39th-minute lead, but Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala inspired a dramatic turnaround after the break. Tottenham started at a blistering pace and tested Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon within the opening three minutes as Son fired in an angled drive that the goalkeeper pushed away.

But Juve created a half-chance four minutes later, Douglas Costa swinging in a cross from the right that was marginally too high for Higuain at the far post. The visitors, playing with three at the back, were soon troubled by Son again but his attempted volley at goal was miscued and the Serie A champions cleared. Christian Eriksen played a pass through to Harry Kane, who was crowded out as he tried to turn inside the area, and with 15 minutes gone Kane got away from Giorgio Chiellini and rounded Buffon only to hit the side netting from an angle. Juventus were certain that they should have had a 17th-minute penalty when Jan Vertonghen slid in on Costa and brought him down but — despite furious appeals — referee Szymon Marciniak gave only a goal kick.

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Son headed straight at Buffon from a Kieran Trippier cross as the action swung back to the other end, and the South Korea international was again in the thick of the action as his forceful run brought a corner that was cleared. Vertonghen, having escaped punishment for his challenge on Costa, went into the book for a rash tackle on Dybala as he tried to turn into space. The pace had become a little less frantic as the half-hour mark arrived, and the flag went up when Chiellini played an early pass over the top looking for Higauin. Dele Alli tried to change all that as he fizzed in a low drive that Buffon saved after the ball had been headed away from the lurking Kane with Son on the floor after Andrea Barzagli had appeared to tread on him. Kane failed to trouble Buffon with an ambitious angled effort from out on the left before Juve’s Alex Sandro went into the book for a clumsy hack at Trippier. With a little over five minutes left until the break, Son powered onto a fine Ben Davies pass and drove into the area before unleashing an angled shot that fizzed just past the far post.

But the South Korea international, outstanding on the night, would not be denied and, when a low Trippier cross came in from the right his mis-hit strike looped in to give Spurs a deserved lead after 39 minutes. Miralem Pjanic fired wide from the edge of the box as Juventus looked for an instant response before the same player was booked for a high challenge on Alli. As the second half began, Mehdi Banatiua was shown a yellow card for a crude challenge on Alli before Costa forced Eric Dier to concede an early corner that was wasted by Pjanic. Chiellini went into the book when he barged into Alli as the Spurs midfielder threatened to get away from him, and Alli was next to see a yellow card for a challenge on Sami Khedira. A crossfield pass from Eriksen gave Son another chance to advance into the Juve area, but his attempt curled high and wide. Visiting coach Massimiliano Allegri had seen enough and made changes on the hour, bringing on Kwandwo Asamoah for Blaise Matuidi and Stephan Lichtsteiner for Medhi Benatia as Juve reverted to four at the back. Soon afterwards Dybala skewed a hurried volley well wide after Spurs had failed to deal with a cross convincingly, and within moments Juventus had levelled, Higuain prodding home after 64 minutes after Lichtsteinder’s cross was headed to him — their first effort on target.

And Spurs were stunned less than three minutes later when the tie was turned on its head by Dybala, who raced onto Higuain’s pass to fire high into the net. Higuain almost found Costa for a third with the home side wobbling, and Mauricio Pochettino brought on Erik Lamela for Dier as he tried to get them back onto the front foot. Lamela quickly darted to the byline but saw his cross headed away by Chiellini, and the defender then made a brilliant interception with Son waiting. As the game moved into the last 10 minutes, the superb Chiellini was there again to head a dangerous Davies cross clear before Eriksen’s strike from just inside the box was deflected wide.

Son drove narrowly wide from the edge of the box as Spurs searched for the goal that would rescue their Champions League campaign, Stafano Sturaro coming on for Higuain soon afterwards as Allegri made another switch. Pochettino took off Alli and brought on Fernando Llorente with time running out — but Tottenham were agonisingly close to a 90th-minute leveller when Kane’s header beat Buffon and hit the inside of the post before being hacked away by Barzagli. UEFA president backs Gianluigi Buffon’s penalty rant, doesn’t condone itUEFA president Aleksander Ceferin understands Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon’s frustration at getting knocked out of the Champions League. Do UEFA referees favour Real Madrid? Following statements released by the presidents of Juve and Napoli, the FC crew discuss whether referees give Real Madrid preferential treatment.

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Former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah has been elected president of Liberia, winning in a runoff with 61. The result was confirmed by the country’s election commission chair, Jerome Korkoyah, on Thursday. The ex-African Footballer of the Year, who enjoyed a glittering career with the likes of Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan, won 12 of the 15 counties in the West African country. Weah, 51, beat Joseph Boakai, who has been vice-president for the past 12 years, and now takes over from Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first female head of state. Weah first ran for president in 2005 when he came second in the presidential election with just over 40 percent of the vote. In 2011 he also ran for the vice-president role on the losing ticket. Weah took to Twitter to thank his supporters, saying: “It is with deep emotion that I want to thank you, the Liberian people, for honoring me with your vote today.

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Manchester United have a first ever competitive meeting with Sevilla, Manchester City play Basel and Liverpool are up against Porto, but fellow group winners Tottenham Hotspur have a tough test in Italian champions Juventus. Bayern Munich, who finished second to PSG in Group B, play Besiktas and Shakhtar Donetsk take on Roma. The biggest tie of the round, though, sees Madrid — winners in both 2016 and 2017 — facing a PSG side widely considered among the leading contenders to win the trophy this season after bringing in Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Dani Alves in the summer. Madrid pay the price for a slow start to the season that saw them unexpectedly finish runners-up to Tottenham in the group stage. The Spanish champions’ director of institutional relations, Emilio Butragueno, told beIN Sports: “It could have been the final, for the power of the two clubs, but that happens in a draw — luck plays a role. We will meet them in the last 16, which is a bit early, we could say.

Logically we are both challengers for the trophy. The two clubs were paired in the group stage two seasons ago, when Rafa Benitez’s Madrid were outplayed for spells in both games but drew 0-0 away and won 1-0 at home. Each summer they have bought enormous players and are getting stronger all the time,” Butragueno added. They had almost perfect group stage. They have great power up front with Neymar and Mbappe. We must trust in our players, who know how to play this type of game.

Hopefully we arrive with a full squad, and have the fortune that you always need in this sort of tie. We will see how we arrive at the games. This is the biggest tie of the round. For the players who will be on the pitch, it will be the most entertaining of all.

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Former PSG defender Maxwell, now an ambassador for the Ligue 1 club, said on UEFA’s website: “It’s a good draw, with two good games to play. Our fans will like it after we were knocked out by Barcelona last season. It’s a beautiful challenge for the club. I think we’re ready for that. PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi added: “We have big respect for Real Madrid. It will be two great matches.

Buffon, Juve, Madrid must move past conspiracy talk

The fans will have magic football moments away and at the Parc des Princes. As I always say, we need to be ready to play all the teams and we will be ready. English champions Chelsea have also suffered for having to settle for second place in their group behind Roma, with a match-up with Ernesto Valverde’s revitalised Barcelona representing a significant hurdle if they are to progress. Chelsea and Barca have developed a rivalry in the Roman Abramovich era, with Andres Iniesta settling a bitter semifinal contest with a last-minute winner in 2009, while the Blues won out in the last four 2012 en route to their only success in the competition. Guillermo Amor, Barca’s director of institutional relations, said: “We knew there was a high chance we could get Chelsea and so it was. If you want to win the competition, you have to beat everyone.

It’s going to be a great knockout tie. We’ll go into it with optimism, confidence and a huge desire to get through. Valverde said: “It’s a tough draw for us because of the magnitude of the opposition, but we knew it wasn’t going to be easy because there were really good teams in the draw. Chelsea are champions of the Premier League, but we’re excited about the tie, even though it will be difficult.

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It’s a great tie to play in for us, and also for the fans. In that respect, it will be easy to motivate ourselves for the games. Chelsea are a strong and physical team, with a clear tactical system in place. They take advantage of the physical nature of the Premier League well. And with the signing of Morata they’ve added pace in attack, while Hazard is very good between the lines. Among the other Premier League clubs, United, City and Liverpool will all be favourites to reach the quarterfinal stage after avoiding Madrid and Bayern, but Spurs must overcome a Juve side who — despite a relatively disappointing campaign so far — have reached two of the last three finals.

Buffon, Juve, Madrid must move past conspiracy talk

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Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri tweeted: “Wembley awaits us, one of the sacred temples of this sport. Sevilla winger Nolito, who joined the Andalusian club this summer after one season at Manchester City, said he expects a tough game against United. I said it this morning when I got to the changing room that I dreamed last night that we got United, and now Jesus reminded me of that,” Nolito said in Marca. I will return to Manchester and I hope it will be a happy occasion, taking a good result there, but it’s a very complicated tie. Any rival in the Champions League last 16 is going to be challenging and we’ve got one of the toughest ones. United is a great team, with world-class players who need no introduction, and it’s a great stage.

We will try to compete against them and go through. Sevilla sporting director Oscar Arias says Celta Vigo’s performance against United last season in the Europa League semifinals gives them hope. Celta, who were coached by current Sevilla boss Eduardo Berizzo, lost 2-1 on aggregate but made life difficult for Jose Mourinho’s side. We’re going to have chances,” Arias told beIN Sports. We know it’s going to be very difficult. It’s a powerful rival and it’s a very strong team. Last season Celta came close to eliminating them.

We hope to have the opportunity to progress. An interesting draw for us they’re in a good shape. Five-time European champions Bayern will be relieved to avoid the continent’s biggest sides after coming in second, but forward Thomas Muller warned that the Turkish champions will pose a substantial threat. I watched Besiktas’ recent games against Leipzig ,” Muller said. They certainly unsettled Leipzig a little, especially in the first match in front of their imposing home fans.

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So we have to expect that and our alarm bells will have to be switched on for the away leg. Of course, we are the better team on paper, but you have to play two games first. Naturally, we are not displeased with the draw and are looking forward to the last 16. Shakhtar will host Roma in their adopted home city of Kharkiv, with their stadium in Donetsk having been ruled unsafe for games since conflict flared in 2014 between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. It’s very, very difficult,” said Shakhtar CEO Sergiy Palkin, whose team edged Napoli to advance. It’s a very, very big effort for our club.

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The 40-year-old’s contract expires in the summer, but after being offered the prospect of a call-up to the next Italy squad to face Argentina and England later this month, Buffon seems increasingly likely to continue his playing career beyond the summer. He was asked whether he had yet made up his mind at a news conference on Monday, prior to Juventus’ Champions League clash with Tottenham Hotspur, and while he refused to reveal his cards, he said a decision had been made and his words suggested that he will still be wearing a Juve shirt next season. I don’t have to make any more reflections because they’ve already been made — we just need to agree them with the president, but his are pretty much the same thoughts that I have,” he said. It’s not the right time to talk about an individual now, though, even if that individual is me.

Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon eased off claims he would be retiring in the summer. We’ve got the Champions League and Serie A and Coppa Italia to think about. I’m sure the fans would be boosted to know I will play on, but as I have said, now is not the time to declare anything. Defeat to Spurs on Wednesday could theoretically be Buffon’s final appearance in the Champions League, but his answer to his feelings on that also revealed how he believes he will still be playing in the competition next term. I’ve got to be honest in that I’ve never thought about it , because I’m naturally optimistic,” he said. I hope that, at least for this year, it won’t be the last for me and the last for Juve. I hope there will be many more important ones to come.

I feel I am still a goalkeeper who can perform at this level and I can still make a difference. Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. Two goals in under three second-half minutes saw Juventus come back from 1-0 down to knock Tottenham Hotspur out of the Champions League, with a 2-1 win at Wembley putting them through to the quarterfinals 4-3 on aggregate. Son Heung-Min had Spurs dreaming when his scuffed effort gave them a 39th-minute lead, but Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala inspired a dramatic turnaround after the break.

Tottenham started at a blistering pace and tested Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon within the opening three minutes as Son fired in an angled drive that the goalkeeper pushed away. But Juve created a half-chance four minutes later, Douglas Costa swinging in a cross from the right that was marginally too high for Higuain at the far post. The visitors, playing with three at the back, were soon troubled by Son again but his attempted volley at goal was miscued and the Serie A champions cleared. Christian Eriksen played a pass through to Harry Kane, who was crowded out as he tried to turn inside the area, and with 15 minutes gone Kane got away from Giorgio Chiellini and rounded Buffon only to hit the side netting from an angle. Juventus were certain that they should have had a 17th-minute penalty when Jan Vertonghen slid in on Costa and brought him down but — despite furious appeals — referee Szymon Marciniak gave only a goal kick.

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Son headed straight at Buffon from a Kieran Trippier cross as the action swung back to the other end, and the South Korea international was again in the thick of the action as his forceful run brought a corner that was cleared. Vertonghen, having escaped punishment for his challenge on Costa, went into the book for a rash tackle on Dybala as he tried to turn into space. The pace had become a little less frantic as the half-hour mark arrived, and the flag went up when Chiellini played an early pass over the top looking for Higauin. Dele Alli tried to change all that as he fizzed in a low drive that Buffon saved after the ball had been headed away from the lurking Kane with Son on the floor after Andrea Barzagli had appeared to tread on him. Kane failed to trouble Buffon with an ambitious angled effort from out on the left before Juve’s Alex Sandro went into the book for a clumsy hack at Trippier.

With a little over five minutes left until the break, Son powered onto a fine Ben Davies pass and drove into the area before unleashing an angled shot that fizzed just past the far post. But the South Korea international, outstanding on the night, would not be denied and, when a low Trippier cross came in from the right his mis-hit strike looped in to give Spurs a deserved lead after 39 minutes. Miralem Pjanic fired wide from the edge of the box as Juventus looked for an instant response before the same player was booked for a high challenge on Alli. As the second half began, Mehdi Banatiua was shown a yellow card for a crude challenge on Alli before Costa forced Eric Dier to concede an early corner that was wasted by Pjanic.

Chiellini went into the book when he barged into Alli as the Spurs midfielder threatened to get away from him, and Alli was next to see a yellow card for a challenge on Sami Khedira. A crossfield pass from Eriksen gave Son another chance to advance into the Juve area, but his attempt curled high and wide. Visiting coach Massimiliano Allegri had seen enough and made changes on the hour, bringing on Kwandwo Asamoah for Blaise Matuidi and Stephan Lichtsteiner for Medhi Benatia as Juve reverted to four at the back. Soon afterwards Dybala skewed a hurried volley well wide after Spurs had failed to deal with a cross convincingly, and within moments Juventus had levelled, Higuain prodding home after 64 minutes after Lichtsteinder’s cross was headed to him — their first effort on target.