Author: AFP

Sheff Utd striker McBurnie charged with drink-driving

London (AFP) – Sheffield United and Scotland striker Oli McBurnie has been charged with drink-driving. The 23-year-old is accused of driving over the limit in Leeds in the early hours of Friday and will appear in court on November 6, West Yorkshire Police confirmed on Monday. A police spokesman said: “Oli McBurnie, from Leeds, will appear before Leeds Magistrates’ Court on November 6 after being charged with driving over the prescribed limit in Leeds in the early hours of Friday October 18.” McBurnie, who has eight caps for Scotland, moved to Sheffield United from Swansea in a £20 million ($26 ... Read more

Galaxy down Minnesota to book all-LA clash, Philadelphia notch first MLS playoff win

Washington (AFP) – Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Los Angeles Galaxy beat Minnesota United 2-1 on Sunday to book a blockbuster Major League Soccer playoff clash with Los Angeles FC. Sebastian Lletget and Jonathan dos Santos scored to give the Galaxy a 2-0 lead that proved enough despite a late goal from the Loons in St. Paul Minnesota. Ibrahimovic’s dazzling regular-season campaign that included 30 goals in 29 games has given rise to speculation he could be headed away from MLS, with Premier League and Serie A clubs circling. But the former Manchester United and Paris St. Germain star’s North American campaign isn’t ... Read more

Zidane shelves league intentions as Madrid shift focus to Europe

Madrid (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane said in April Real Madrid would prioritise La Liga over the Champions League this season and their defeat to Real Mallorca on Saturday suggests they may not have the squad to go far in both.  “For us next year, the league must be our number one priority,” Zidane said.  “It’s the longest competition, it’s the one that cannot be missed, and I’m going to put that in the heads of my players.”  Yet Zidane made several changes ahead of Tuesday’s Group A game away at Galatasaray and those who came in failed to impressed, with ... Read more

Tottenham faced with fresh Champions League rescue mission

London (AFP) – Tottenham’s miserable start to the season shows little sign of improving quickly, but prior to Red Star Belgrade’s visit on Tuesday, Spurs can take some solace from the fact they are in a better position in the Champions League than they were 12 months ago. Defeats to Inter Milan and Barcelona saw them travel to PSV Eindhoven for what manager Mauricio Pochettino described as a “must-win”. After a 2-2 draw in the Netherlands, Pochettino admitted his side’s Champions League campaign was “nearly over.” Yet, eight months later, the Argentine had led Tottenham to their first ever Champions ... Read more

New-look Bayern out to prove Spurs drubbing was no fluke

Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich face Olympiakos away in the Champions League on Tuesday with key defender Niklas Suele sidelined as Niko Kovac’s side seek to prove their demolition of Tottenham was no fluke.  The summer overhaul of Bayern’s squad bore spectacular fruit a fortnight ago in a 7-2 thrashing of Spurs as winger Serge Gnabry scored four second-half goals. “The 7-2 was a great match, a statement, but nothing more,” insisted Bayern head coach Kovac after last season’s finalists were routed. Now Bayern must back up the Spurs trouncing in Athens on the back of below-par performances in the ... Read more

Union edge Red Bulls for first MLS playoff victory

Washington (AFP) – Mexican midfielder Marco Fabian scored the winning goal in extra time Sunday and the Philadelphia Union edged the New York Red Bulls 4-3 in the Major League Soccer playoffs. Philadelphia advanced to an Eastern Conference semi-final on Thursday against MLS defending champion Atlanta United. That winner will meet Wednesday’s winner between Toronto and New York City for a spot in the MLS Cup Final. Fabian, a former standout for Guadalajara and Eintracht Frankfurt before joining the Union this season, entered in the 103rd minute for Brazilian forward Sergio Santos and found the net in stoppage time just ... Read more

Marseille end slump with Strasbourg win, Ben Yedder saves Monaco

Paris (AFP) – Marseille ended a four-match winless streak in Ligue 1 on Sunday after Boubacar Kamara’s early strike and a late Kevin Strootman penalty saw them to a deserved victory over lowly Strasbourg. Kamara, 19, struck the opener with just two minutes on the clock when his shot was deflected home by Strasbourg defender Ludovic Ajoruqe, and Strootman finished off with a calm spot-kick deep in stoppage time after Dario Benedetto was brought down by Mohamed Simakan. The win sends Andre Villas Boas’ inconsistent side fourth, one point off the Champions League places, while Strasbroug drop to the bottom of the ... Read more

Inter keep pace with Juve, Pioli held on AC Milan debut

Milan (AFP) – Inter Milan survived a late Sassuolo scare and a bizarre intervention by a parachutist to win 4-3 and keep in touch with leaders Juventus in Serie A on Sunday as Stefano Pioli’s first game in charge of AC Milan ended in a 2-2 draw against lowly Lecce. Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez each bagged a brace in a seven-goal thriller to keep Antonio Conte’s side second, a point behind Juventus who beat Bologna 2-1 on Saturday. Inter Milan had led 4-1 with 20 minutes to go after Martinez had opened the scoring after two minutes in Sassuolo, ... Read more