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Chelsea 2-2 West Bromwich Albion

 Posted by at 5:30 AM
Jan 142016
 
78:00

Attempt missed. Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Oscar from a direct free kick.

77:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Nemanja Matic replaces Cesc Fàbregas.

76:56

Diego Costa (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:56

Foul by Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion).

75:45

Attempt saved. Diego Costa (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Willian.

72:58 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Gareth McAuley, West Bromwich Albion. Chelsea 2, West Bromwich Albion 1.

71:42

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Kurt Zouma.

71:41

Attempt blocked. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny Evans.

69:06 Booking

Booking James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

69:05 Booking

Booking Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

68:41

Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:41

Foul by Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion).

67:52

Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).

67:52

Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:26 Booking

Booking Boaz Myhill (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

66:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Stéphane Sessegnon replaces Salomón Rondón.

66:12

Foul by Kenedy (Chelsea).

66:12

Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:21

Attempt blocked. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Salomón Rondón.

63:32

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.

63:31

Attempt blocked. Diego Costa (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

62:46

Attempt missed. Kenedy (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

61:56

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

59:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Saido Berahino replaces Claudio Yacob.

58:18

Attempt missed. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

56:39

Diego Costa (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:39

Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).

55:30

Attempt blocked. Kenedy (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oscar.

53:15

Foul by Diego Costa (Chelsea).

53:15

Boaz Myhill (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:29

Diego Costa (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:29

Foul by Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion).

51:02

Attempt saved. James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Salomón Rondón with a cross.

50:02

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Kurt Zouma.

48:41 Booking

Booking Diego Costa (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

48:38

Foul by Diego Costa (Chelsea).

48:38

Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:35

Foul by Oscar (Chelsea).

47:35

Boaz Myhill (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:04

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Claudio Yacob.

46:31

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jonny Evans.

45:00

Second Half begins Chelsea 1, West Bromwich Albion 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Kenedy replaces Pedro.

45:00 +3:20 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Chelsea 1, West Bromwich Albion 1.

45:00 +1:58

Foul by John Obi Mikel (Chelsea).

45:00 +1:58

Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

41:28

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jonny Evans.

39:57

Attempt missed. Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Darren Fletcher.

37:17

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jonas Olsson.

37:14

Attempt blocked. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

36:35

Oscar (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:35

Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).

32:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chelsea 1, West Bromwich Albion 1. Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Darren Fletcher.

31:45

Attempt missed. Diego Costa (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Oscar.

30:39

Offside, Chelsea. Oscar tries a through ball, but Diego Costa is caught offside.

28:40

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by James McClean.

24:59 Booking

Booking Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

24:55

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:55

Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).

24:26

Attempt saved. James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross.

23:06

Foul by John Obi Mikel (Chelsea).

23:06

Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:10

Attempt missed. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

19:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chelsea 1, West Bromwich Albion 0. César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Branislav Ivanovic with a cross.

16:28

Attempt blocked. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oscar.

15:38

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Thibaut Courtois.

15:35

Attempt saved. Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) header from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Craig Gardner.

14:52

Foul by Willian (Chelsea).

14:52

Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:58

Attempt missed. Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Salomón Rondón.

12:41

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

12:41

Attempt blocked. Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Gardner with a cross.

9:39

Oscar (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:39

Foul by Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion).

8:35

Attempt missed. James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

7:57

Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

7:57

Foul by John Obi Mikel (Chelsea).

7:21

Attempt missed. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

6:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Craig Gardner replaces James Morrison because of an injury.

6:25

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

5:34

Delay in match James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

4:01

Attempt missed. James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) header from very close range is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Darren Fletcher with a cross.

1:12

Attempt missed. Diego Costa (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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Garcia sacked as Roma manager

 Posted by at 6:45 PM
Jan 132016
 

Roma have sacked manager Rudi Garcia after a poor run of results in Serie A.

Former Lille manager Garcia had seen his side win just once since the beginning of November, a 2-0 home victory against struggling Genoa.

The Italians have been drawn against Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League having qualified with the lowest number of points.

Alberto de Rossi, who is the father of vice-captain Daniele, will take Wednesday’s training session.

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Fifa sacks secretary general Valcke

 Posted by at 6:33 PM
Jan 132016
 

World football’s governing body Fifa has dismissed secretary general Jerome Valcke.

The Frenchman, 55, was provisionally suspended from football for his alleged involvement in a scheme to profit from the sale of World Cup tickets.

He was released from his duties on 17 September after being accused of a series of Fifa ethics code breaches.

Appointed in 2007, the former right-hand man of Fifa president Sepp Blatter has denied any wrongdoing.

“The duties of the secretary general will continue to be assumed by the acting secretary general, Dr Markus Kattner,” read a Fifa statement.

Fifa’s ethics committee said on 7 January that it had decided to open “formal adjudicatory proceedings” against Valcke after studying a report submitted by its investigatory chamber.

Valcke has also been
accused of being party  to a potential £6.8m ($10m) bribe paid to Jack Warner, the former head of the North and Central America football governing body Concacaf, in return for his vote and backing to South Africa’s successful bid to host the 2010 World Cup.

Fifa’s ethics committee has already
recommended that Valcke should be banned from all footballing activities for nine years.

Blatter and vice-president Michel Platini
were both suspended for eight years in December following a Fifa ethics investigation.

Valcke has now been sacked twice by Fifa.

He joined the organisation in 2003 as director of marketing and TV, but was dismissed in 2006 over a scandal involving its long-time sponsorship partner Mastercard.

He was found to have negotiated with Mastercard’s rival Visa in violation of the former company’s right of first negotiation, which cost Fifa $90m (£61.3m) in a settlement.


Analysis

BBC Radio 5 live sports correspondent Richard Conway:

Sources close to the world governing body have told the BBC that a culmination of factors made his departure “inevitable”.

Abuse of expenses and misuse of Fifa’s hired private jet are believed to be just two of the reasons behind his sacking Valcke.

However, it is believed other significant factors were taken into account.

For example, Valcke’s role in an alleged £6.8m ($10m) bribe – made by South Africa to Jack Warner – has also come under scrutiny, although the Frenchman has denied any wrongdoing.

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Jan 132016
 
We could have scored six - Van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said his side “could have scored six” but admitted it felt “like a defeat” to draw
3-3 at Newcastle.

Van Gaal said he had been
“very bored” during some United games this season.

But his side produced a more attacking display at St James’ Park and were only denied a victory by Paul Dummett’s last-minute equaliser.

“Of course it feels like a defeat,” said Van Gaal, whose side had led 2-0. “We have given it away.”

Manchester United have come under fire for their lack of attacking football and their lack of goals.

But they produced an positive first 45 minutes against Newcastle, with Wayne Rooney scoring from the penalty spot and then setting up Jesse Lingard to double the lead.

After Georginio Wijnaldum and an Aleksandar Mitrovic penalty drew Newcastle level, Rooney’s superb second put Van Gaal’s side ahead again before Lingard and Marouane Fellaini both wasted good chances.

“We threw it away, I have told that to my players,” Van Gaal added.

The Dutchman was also unhappy with the penalty given against his side, with Chris Smalling judged to have fouled Mitrovic.

“The referee gives a penalty for nothing,” he said. “It is a duel I think and you cannot decide who is worse.”


The Paul Scholes view

The United legend has been critical of the team’s performances under Van Gaal, but he was in positive mood after the draw at Newvastle.

“Loads better,” he said. “Tonight that was like watching a Manchester United team. Okay, they didn’t win but they should have won, really.

“I expect positive play from Manchester United all the time, whether you’re at home or away.

“Sometimes it’s a little bit easier to do it away from home, actually, when a team comes out at you and really has a go like Newcastle did.

“Now they have to try and transfer this type of form to Old Trafford.”


The Steve McClaren view


Dummett goal felt like winner – McClaren

The Newcastle United boss called the game a “classic” and said it had left him drained on the touchline.

“People said that United were boring and that we lack character, but we kept fighting until the end and we have got a goal that feels like a winner,” he said.

“People thought it would be a 0-0 and it was a classic at 3-3. It must have been a great game for the neutral. It was a heart attack for the coaches.”

Despite their last-minute leveller, Newcastle remain in the bottom three with 18 points from 21 games.


The Wayne Rooney view

The England skipper took his tally to 14 goals against Newcastle in the Premier League, more than against any other side.

Like Van Gaal, the Manchester United captain was critical of allowing Newcastle back into the game but was pleased with a better display.

“If you take a two-goal lead, we should be taking all three points and killing the game off,” he said.

“We didn’t take all our chances and we have been punished for it.

“We always want to try and play entertaining attacking football. That is what we work on and try and do.”

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