Croatia coach worried over Modric charges

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Zagreb (AFP) – Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said Monday he was worried about the impact of the false testimony charges against captain Luka Modric on his performance less than four months before the World Cup.

Croatian prosecutors charged the Real Madrid midfielder last week with giving false evidence during the multi-million-euro corruption trial of former Dinamo Zagreb boss Zdravko Mamic in Croatia.

Dynamic Kante leaves Pogba in his wake

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London (AFP) – N’golo Kante’s sublime performance in Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Manchester United in Monday’s FA Cup quarter-final prompted former England great Frank Lampard to dub him the best central midfielder in the world.

Kante - whose superb goal ended United’s hold on the trophy - escaped his opponents roughhouse treatment of playmaker Eden Hazard and allowed the 25-year-old French international to dominate the encounter.

Monaco held ahead of Man City trip

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Paris (AFP) – French Ligue 1 leaders Monaco had to come from behind to draw 1-1 away to Bastia on Friday in an unconvincing performance ahead of their impending Champions League showdown with Manchester City.

Sadio Diallo had given the struggling Corsicans the lead in the first half before Bernardo Silva headed Monaco level early in the second period.

Monaco held ahead of Man City trip

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Paris (AFP) – French Ligue 1 leaders Monaco had to come from behind to draw 1-1 away to Bastia on Friday in an unconvincing performance ahead of their impending Champions League showdown with Manchester City.

Sadio Diallo had given the struggling Corsicans the lead in the first half before Bernardo Silva headed Monaco level early in the second period.

Rodgers hails Celtic’s ‘Blond Cafu’ Armstrong

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Glasgow (AFP) Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said he expected big things from Stuart Armstrong after his man-of-the-match performance in the 3-0 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The Scottish midfielder had to slot in at right-back after an injury to Mikel Lustig saw the Swede limp off early on and Rodgers praised him for his performance in an unfamiliar role.

‘Wonderful’ Pulisic delights Klinsmann

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Los Angeles (AFP) United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has hailed the "wonderful" performance of Christian Pulisic after the teenage starlet's dazzling display in the World Cup qualifying rout of Trinidad and Tobago.

Klinsmann handed the 17-year-old Borussia Dortmund forward his first full start on Tuesday and the USA coach's faith was rewarded with a bewitching performance from Pulisic in a 4-0 victory in Jacksonville.


Arsenal v Ostersunds Player Ratings – Who was the worst?

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Was there a good performance by ANY of the Arsenal players against Ostersund? They should all hang their heads in shame after such an abysmal performance. All of them should be fined a weeks wages and the entrance fees returned to the poor Arsenal fans that expected to see a massacre. They should show some [.

Shameful performance – but Arsenal are through to the next round

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There is no nice way to describe Arsenal's dire performance against the Swedish minnows Ostersunds, especially at the Emirates in front of our own fans. If we had lost in Sweden we could have blamed the plastic pitch or the frozen pitch, but back in London there is no excuse possible. Jack Wilshere, who was [.

Did West Brom just give Arsenal timely warning for EPL clash?

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Any Arsenal fan who watched the lads toil against the League One side Doncaster last night will not need me to tell them that the performance will need to be better when we get back to Premier League action on Monday night, but perhaps that will serve the side well and avoid any sort of [...]

Arsenal’s great performance even more important than the result against Chelsea

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Anyone who watched Arsenal's abysmal defeat to Liverpool in our last away game would have been forgiven for thinking they were watching a completely different side to the one that turned up at Stamford Bridge yesterday. This was a team of fighters that played fast free-flowing football and looked in control of the Champions for [.

Arsenal player ratings from Stoke stuffing – Alexis MOTM

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After the sort of performance we saw from Arsenal yesterday as we beat the Britannia stadium jinx and gave the old foe Stoke City a good stuffing, especially as it was a true team effort, there are plenty of Gunners who could be considered for the Man of the Match award, with the likes of [...]

Finally, a performance to make the Arsenal fans proud!

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Finally, a performance to make the Arsenal fans proud! by Konstantin Mitov Hello everybody and what a fine weekend for us it has been. We reached the FA cup final for the 3rd time in 4 years and one North London team didn't make it there. I ate so much banter this season that finally [...]

Arsenal player ratings from West Ham win – Alexis MOTM

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It was a good performance all-round from the Arsenal team that beat West Ham 3-0 to get the top four chase back on track, especially after an understandably nervy first half, and there were a few notable individuals out there. Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott with a goal and an assist each were certainly contenders [.

The three criteria for supporting Wenger's stay at Arsenal

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By 1970's Gooner I have been very critical of the team's performance over the last few years just as many, many other fans have been. The same story repeating itself. Many small technical players, afraid of tough challenges, no leaders on the pitch and playing tiki taka football in a light Barca version, but lacking a Xavi, an Iniesta or indeed a Messi to pull it off.

How much longer will Arsenal fans put up with this?

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Arsenal are a joke. How long will we accept this? by Konstantin Mitov I am saying it right now, Arsenal are finished. The top 4 is finished, the Champions league is gone. The performance at Anfield spoke volumes. We were destroyed! Fans fighting in the stands. I mean I'm struggling to make a case as [.

Arsenal ‘owe themselves a performance’, says Wenger

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger has told his Arsenal side they “owe themselves” a good performance as they look to revive their faltering Premier League campaign away to Liverpool on Saturday.

The Gunners, who last won the English title in 2004, have yet again seen their bid for Premier League glory falter after an encouraging start that included a 19-game run where they were undefeated in all competitions.

Stats show Ozil’s effort and impact for Arsenal IS diminishing

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It is not only the Germany international star that needs to pull his socks up for Arsenal and put in the sort of performance we know that he can, but as he is among the club's top earners, if not the very top as some sources have suggested, as well as having the reputation of [...]

Arsenal 2 Southampton 1

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Player ratings:

Cech: it is easy to start getting blasé about the high standard of performance this guy puts in week in and week out. It is only when you look at how bad things could be and by that I mean take a look at the nightmare in the form of Claudio Bravo that Guardiola imported from Barcelona.

Manchester United

[Video Goals] CSKA 1-4 Man Utd: Lukaku & Martial scored in 10/10 performance

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Manchester United made it two wins from two in the Champions League with a 4-1 thrashing of CSKA Moscow in Russia this evening. Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring inside five minutes as he pealed off his marker to head home... Continue Reading →

Mourinho: Zlatan should win the Ballon d’Or

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Following Zlatan Ibrahimovic's performance against Southampton which won the League Cup for Manchester United, Jose Mourinho has questioned why our striker has never won the Ballon d'Or.

I think what he has done is amazing. The number of goals he's scored, the two matches at Wembley, the trophies, what he is in the group, and what he means.

D.C. United

D.C. United’s scoreless streak continues, and can they break it against Vancouver Whitecaps: Filibuster podcast

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The guys don't have any good things to say

We like doing a podcast more than we dislike reliving D.C. United's poor performance this week, so we are here for you. We open the show talking about the meetup that we are having on June 3rd, and you should definitely come to it. It's gonna be fun!

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia community/site player ratings

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Going into the darkness with these scores

Following a disappointing performance the week before, D.C. United coach Ben Olsen lambasted his team's performance and expected better of them heading into the weekend with the Philadelphia Union. The result? Not great, Bob.

So what did you think?

Vote on D.C. United’s Man of the Match vs. RBNY

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The...least bad performance gets your praise

Things like D.C. United losing to the New York Red Bulls, at Red Bull Arena, in the manner that they did in a 2-0 loss, hurt, but isn't unexpected when you consider their record (winless in 6) there.

Nevertheless, their individual performances are available for your review.

Rate D.C. United’s performance vs. NYCFC

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You get to weigh in on the best(?) and worst on the field.

D.C. United came into Sunday afternoon's game with New York City FC looking for their first win of 2017, in an environment they've had little success in. So while the 4-0 loss couldn't be entirely unexpected, there are some things to mull over.

Seattle Sounders

Seattle Sounders vs. Chicago Fire: Community player ratings form

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Another unsuccessful performance by a makeshift lineup for your rating pleasure.

This time the Seattle Sounders took their show on the road, treating the Chicago Fire fans at Toyota Park to a great show. The traveling supporters in green, though, had to settle for disappointment again. Despite an energetic start, Seattle fell apart in the last third of the match for a 4-1 loss.

Cristian Roldan continues to reset any expectations

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Ho-hum, just another outstanding performance for the midfielder.

SEATTLE — Even with a makeshift backline and Clint Dempsey starting on the bench, the Seattle Sounders probably went to bed following Friday's game feeling as though they dropped two points rather than won one. The reasons aren't difficult to suss out.

Romell Quioto Added to MLS Team of the Week; Up for Goal of the Week

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Romell Quioto is already getting some national attention for his performance against Seattle

Romell Quioto isn't just impressing fans in Houston as his performance against the Seattle Sounders put him on the MLS Team of the Week. Quioto attacked the Sounders with his speed and with his dribbling while providing support to Cubo Torres and pressuring Seattle's backline.


Man United Beat Chelsea To Reopen Title Race

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Jose Mourinho hailed a "fantastic" performance from Marcus Rashford as Manchester United blew the Premier League title race wide open with a 2-0 victory over leaders Chelsea.

Goals at the start of either half from Rashford and Ander Herrera condemned Mourinho's former side to their second defeat in four games.

“Chelsea are so good at the moment”

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Chelsea's Saturday night performance against Everton has been described by plenty of Football Pundits and Newspaper Reporters as being on of the best they have seen. Jamie Redknapp has paid Antonio Conte and his team an unexpected compliment.

Chelsea look to have the perfect balance as they look to keep things tight at the back whilst carrying a potent attacking threat.

Chelsea 5-0 Everton – The best ever Chelsea team performance.

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In all the years I have been going to Stamford Bridge to support Chelsea that was the best team performance I have ever seen.

Heading into the ground on Saturday evening I had a feeling that Chelsea would win with there being three goals in the game whether that would be 3-0 or 2-1 I was quietly confident that despite it being on paper a hard game, Chelsea would come out on top.

Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool Edge Closer To Champions League Football Next Season

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Jurgen Klopp was "really happy" with the performance of his Liverpool side on Sunday, as the Reds sealed a 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion.

A dull first-half was punctuated by two near-misses from crosses by the Baggies, before Roberto Firmino scored his second winning goal in as many weeks.

Nightmare Month Continues As Liverpool Are Out Of The FA Cup

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was at a loss to explain his sides performance in the shock 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Wolves at Anfield.

With a must-win match against Chelsea coming up on Tuesday, Klopp made nine changes to the side that got knocked out of the League Cup in midweek. But his new look side could not recover from a poor first half that saw the Sky Bet Championship side go 2-0 up thanks to goals from Richard Stearman and Andreas Weimann.

The Rest

Postgame Pontifications: Not even close to good enough

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Injuries were a reason to fail to advance, but they don't explain away this performance.

Winning in Mexico is never easy, even under ideal circumstances. Even before they took the field, the Seattle Sounders were hardly playing under ideal circumstances with four surefire starters not even making the trip.

Newcastle Put In Excellent Performance – Win 3-0 Against Hammers – Lift The Gloom

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Newcastle did just exactly what we all hoped for and what was required of them this afternoon when they put in a good organized performance and were better than winless West Ham [...]

Red Bulls turn in uninspired performance in lopsided loss to Galaxy

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May has not been a kind month to the New York Red Bulls. They have played three games and have lost all of them, but this latest 3-1 defeat to the LA Galaxy at home was especially devastating.

Head coach Jesse Marsch referred to the loss as "the worst performance" at Red Bull Arena since he was hired by New York in 2015.

Derrick Jones isn’t Rookie of the Year eligible

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As a second-year pro, Jones isn't eligible for the rookie award

In other sports, Derrick Jones would be firmly in the early conversation for the Rookie of the Year race for his performance in his first three starts. In Major League Soccer as a second-year pro, he isn't eligible for the award Keegan Rosenberry was beat out for last season.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Christian Pulisic

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The U.S. Men's National Team was in need of a bounce-back performance, and they got it on Friday night with their youngest star leading the way.

Christian Pulisic provided a goal and two assists on Friday night, helping to lead the U.S. to a 6-0 win over Honduras at Avaya Stadium.

Complete Scouting Report of Mauro Manotas: Evaluation, Grades, Conclusion

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A full, comprehensive evaluation of Mauro Manotas.

This is my main report on Mauro Manotas, covering six areas of his performance: shooting/finishing, passing, tactical awareness, technical ability, physical traits, and durability. If you haven't, I strongly encourage you to read the intro article here for more information on what exactly this is.

Player rating results: Union defense can not hold against Red Bulls

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To panic or not to panic? That is the question.

As the Union's grip on a playoff spot comes down to the final two performances, the perspective taking in Union land is at a fever pitch. Despite the fall from the top of the Eastern Conference, the rhetoric suggests that this was a rebuilding year and a playoff run would have been a bonus just eight months ago.

Postgame Pontifications: Jordan Morris has arrived

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Sounders rookie puts on a monster display.

A performance like this was coming. You could feel it, over the last couple months, but especially in the last few games. It really started in earnest with Jordan Morris' rampaging runs against the Portland Timbers, probably the first game of his professional career where he didn't factor into the scoring but still managed to make a significant impact.