Liverpool fall 2-1 to Sevilla in Fenway friendly

New York (AFP) – Alejandro Pozo delivered the late dagger in 10-man Sevilla’s 2-1 friendly win over Liverpool in Boston Sunday, a defeat made worse for the European champions when they saw Yasser Larouci stretchered off. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was furious at Joris Gagnon’s outrageous kick at an on-rushing Larouci in the 76th minute. Gnagnon was shown a straight red card after sweeping one of the Frenchman’s legs out from underneath him, toppling him to the pitch where his head bounced hard on the ground. Even with the La Liga outfit reduced to 10 men, however, Liverpool were unable ... Read more

Liverpool-Dortmund: First soccer game at Notre Dame Stadium deemed a success

One of the great things about big-time European clubs having their pre-seasons here in the United States is the opportunity for some of their players to take in American culture and history, sporting and otherwise. We’ve seen them throw fish in the market in Seattle, throw out the first pitch at places like Fenway Park and Wrigley Field, and practice playing baseball or American football with the team in whatever city their camp is in. One of the few sports in the US that can match the passion and intensity of European club soccer is college football. This past weekend, ... Read more

Kane stunner earns Spurs victory over Juventus

Singapore (AFP) – Harry Kane scored a stunning 93rd minute winner from the halfway line as Tottenham Hotspur edged Juventus 3-2 in an entertaining pre-season friendly in Singapore on Sunday. The England captain latched onto Lucas Moura’s short pass and launched a first-time shot high over a scrambling substitute Wojciech Szczesny in the Juventus goal as Spurs rallied past new manager Maurizio Sarri’s Italian champions in front of a delighted National Stadium crowd. “It’s probably one of the best goals of my career. I noticed the keeper was often off of his line and thought if I get a chance ... Read more

Sheffield United break club record to sign Mousset

London (AFP) – Premier League newcomers Sheffield United broke their club transfer record to sign France Under-21 striker Lys Mousset from Bournemouth on Sunday. Mousset agreed a three-year contract with the newly-promoted Premier League side, who are reported to have paid £10 million to complete the deal. “For the third time this summer, the Blades have smashed the club’s transfer record,” United announced on their official website. “French striker Lys Mousset has signed a three-deal with the Blades after an undisclosed fee with AFC Bournemouth was reached for his services.” Mousset joined Bournemouth from Le Havre in 2016 for £5.7 ... Read more

Griezmann ‘cried with joy’ at Barca move

Madrid (AFP) – Antoine Griezmann admitted on Sunday that he was moved to tears of happiness when his big-money move to Barcelona finally came through after a controversial exit from former club Atletico Madrid. The World Cup winner is in Tokyo with Barca ahead of a clash with Chelsea on Tuesday after the La Liga giants shelled out 120 million euros ($135 million) to match his release clause amid a blistering row between the player and the two clubs. “I called my father and I started crying with joy because the transfer was all done, it all was over,” Griezmann ... Read more

Zidane a ‘disgrace’ over Bale exit comments – agent

Los Angeles (AFP) – Gareth Bale’s agent has branded Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane a “disgrace” after the Frenchman revealed that the La Liga giants were ready to offload the Wales star in a matter of days. Zidane left Bale out of the Real squad for Saturday’s 3-1 exhibition loss to Bayern Munich in Houston, and after the match he revealed he had been dropped because the club were “working on his departure”, adding that he hoped it happens soon, “for everyone’s sake”. “Zidane is a disgrace, he shows no respect for a player that has done so much for ... Read more

Real Madrid ready to move Welsh star Bale

Los Angeles (AFP) – Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane says the La Liga giants are poised to offload Welsh star Gareth Bale in the coming days. Bale was left off Real Madrid’s roster for Saturday’s 3-1 exhibition loss to Bayern Munich at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.  “He wasn’t included in the squad because the club is working on his departure and that’s why he didn’t play,” Zidane said. “We’ll have to see what happens in the coming days.  “We’ll have to see if it goes through tomorrow, if it does then all the better. Let’s hope, for everyone’s ... Read more

Bayern steal spotlight with 3-1 friendly win in Hazard’s Real debut

Los Angeles (AFP) – Bayern Munich spoiled Eden Hazard’s Real Madrid debut, downing the Spanish giants 3-1 in a friendly in Houston Saturday despite goalkeeper Sven Ulreich’s sending off. Corentin Tolisso, Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry had given Bundesliga champions Bayern a comfortable 3-0 lead before recent Real Madrid signing Rodrygo grabbed a consolation goal with a brilliant free kick. That followed Ulreich’s departure in the 81st for a foul on Brazilian teen Rodrygo outside the area. Rodrygo, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy all made their debuts for rebuilding Real Madrid — all coming on at halftime as Zinedine Zidane ... Read more