Ronaldo double gives Juve first-leg in Coppa Italia semi

Ronaldo double gives Juve first-leg in Coppa Italia semi

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Juventus came from behind to win the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final at Inter Milan. Argentine forward Lautaro Martinez had put Inter in front, steering a shot past Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon on his 1,100th senior appearance. However, Ashley Young’s foul on Juan Cuadrado allowed Ronaldo to level with a penalty. The Portuguese forward then capitalised on a defensive mistake for his second. That rounded off the scoring in a bad-tempered encounter, which saw nine players booked as Andrea Pirlo’s side earned revenge…

Messi scores 650th Barcelona goals with brilliant free-kick against Bilbao

Messi scores 650th Barcelona goals with brilliant free-kick against Bilbao

Lionel Messi scored his 650th goal for Barcelona with a wonderful free-kick as they beat Athletic Bilbao to move up to second in La Liga. Athletic had a five-man wall, a player lying behind the wall and another on the line but Messi still managed to curl the ball into the top corner – his 49th free-kick goal for the club. Athletic were level when Jordi Alba turned a cross into his own net. But Antoine Griezmann slammed in the winner from Oscar Mingueza’s pass. Barcelona move above Real Madrid…

Pogba strike sends Man Utd top with win at Burnley

Pogba strike sends Man Utd top with win at Burnley

Paul Pogba’s second-half volley was enough to give Manchester United victory at Burnley and send them three points clear at the top of the Premier League. United dominated a contest in which Burnley failed to register a single shot on target until stoppage time. But they were struggling to make a breakthrough until Marcus Rashford picked Pogba out with an excellent cross to the edge of the area. The Frenchman’s connection was perfect, although it took a deflection off Matthew Lowton to ensure the ball went past Nick Pope and…

Partey may struggle to adapt to physicality of Premier League–George Boateng

Partey may struggle to adapt to physicality of Premier League–George Boateng

Aston Villa U-23 coach, George Boateng, says adapting to the physicality of the Premier League maybe Thomas Partey’s big issue at Arsenal, as games come thick and fast. The 27-year-old central midfielder joined Arsenal from Spanish La Liga side, Atletico Madrid, where he states games are not as tough as in the Premier League.  The Ghana-born former Dutch international has hailed the exceptional abilities of the Black Stars deputy captain and believes he’d lead the Gunners to many victories. “He’s a good ball-winner, and I like his structure. He understands…

Barcelona: Lionel Messi says he had ‘very bad time’ in summer

Barcelona: Lionel Messi says he had ‘very bad time’ in summer

Lionel Messi says his failed attempt to leave Barcelona in the summer has affected his form this season. In August the Argentina forward said he wanted to exercise a clause in his contract which he said allowed him to leave on a free transfer. But Barcelona refused, saying said his 700m euro (£624m) release clause had to be met. “I dragged everything into the start of the season a bit,” Messi, 33, told Spanish television channel La Sexta. “The truth is right now I’m feeling fine, but in the summer I…

Kevin-Prince Boateng’s second marriage ends in divorce

Kevin-Prince Boateng’s second marriage ends in divorce

Suspended Ghana international Kevin-Prince Boateng has announced a divorce from his TV presenter wife Melissa Satta after four years of marriage. Boateng, 33, married Melissa, 34, in 2016 but rumours of their separation have been frontpage tabloid news in Italy for over a year. The Monza star took to his social media pages to announce that the couple has decided to terminate their relationship permanently but will remain close because of their son Maddox. He posted: “After a period of separation, we have decided to terminate our relationship permanently, in…

Kotoko sacks head coach Maxwell Konadu

Kotoko sacks head coach Maxwell Konadu

Porcupine Warriors, Kumasi Asante Kotoko, have sacked their head coach, Maxwell Konadu ending his three-year contract with the Ghanaian side. According to the club, assistant coach Johnson Smith takes over immediately as the acting head coach. News of the dismissal of Maxwell Konadu comes in hours after their defeat to Accra Great Olympics in the Ghana Premier League on Thursday, December 17. A Twitter post by Asante Kotoko sighted by GhanaWeb.com read: “Management of Asante Kotoko Sporting Club wishes to inform the general public that it has decided to part ways with Coach Maxwell Konadu…

Messi snubs Ronaldo in The Best FIFA Men’s Player voting as he favours PSG duo

Messi snubs Ronaldo in The Best FIFA Men’s Player voting as he favours PSG duo

The Barcelona superstar omitted his long-time rival from his three-man shortlist while including two Paris Saint-Germain players Lionel Messi snubbed Cristiano Ronaldo in The Best FIFA Men’s Player voting, while only naming eventual winner Robert Lewandowski as his third choice pick for the award. Lewandowski picked up the annual individual prize in Zurich after being recognised by the majority of fans, journalists, national team coaches and captains for his outstanding 2019-20 season at Bayern Munich. The Polish striker scored a staggering 55 goals in 47 appearances across all competitions last term, firing Hansi…

I was better footballer than Roberto Carlos—Adjah Tetteh

I was better footballer than Roberto Carlos—Adjah Tetteh

Former midfielder of Ghana Premier League giants, Hearts of Oak, Lawrence Nii Adjah-Tetteh, believes he was a better footballer in his playing days than 2002 Ballon d’Or runner-up, Roberto Carlos. The 35-year-old former midfielder was a member of the Phobians’ 2000 CAF Champions League winning squad and was due to take part in the 2001 Club World Cup before they canceled it. The tournament that was supposed to be hosted in Spain was called off because of the collapse of FIFA’s marketing partner ISL. Adjah Tetteh assumed he would have competed…

Maradona laid to rest in private ceremony

Maradona laid to rest in private ceremony

Diego Maradona was buried on Thursday in a private ceremony attended by only two dozen people. Maradona died Wednesday of a heart attack in a house outside Buenos Aires where he had been recovering from a brain operation. Only family members and close friends were permitted at Jardin Bella Vista cemetery for the final religious ceremony and burial of Maradona next to the graves of his parents, Dalma and Diego. Fans waving Argentine flags had gathered along roads as Maradona’s funeral car drove by under heavy security. Many tried to…