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League Cup: Tottenham beat Chelsea on penalties

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Mason Mount missed the final spot-kick as Tottenham beat Chelsea 5-4 on penalties to progress to the quarter-finals of the League Cup after a 1-1 draw.

Timo Werner’s first goal for Chelsea put Frank Lampard’s men in command against a much-changed Tottenham team playing the second of four games in eight days.

But Erik Lamela deservedly levelled for Spurs seven minutes from time and new Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was unable to stop Eric Dier, Lamela, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane scoring from the spot.

Tammy Abraham, Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho and Emerson also converted their penalties as the first nine of the shootout were successful.

But Mount’s effort clipped the post to the delight of the watching Gareth Bale, who could be fit to feature in the last eight with the quarter-finals not till late December.

Mourinho claimed the fixture pile up gave him no choice but to prioritise Thursday’s Europa League tie against Maccabi Haifa given the financial incentive on offer for the club.

But despite making nine changes, he named a strong side, including captain Hugo Lloris, club record signing Tanguy Ndombele and new signing Sergio Reguilon on his debut.

Chelsea also handed a debut to Mendy and the early signs from the Frenchman were encouraging that he can solve the Blues’ problem position.

Lampard made eight changes, but Werner was one of those retained from the 3-3 draw at West Brom on Saturday and he took the opportunity to get his first goal for the club after a big money move from RB Leipzig.

Reguilon was twice at fault in the build up as he gifted possession to Azpilicueta and then dived in trying to block the Spaniard’s cross, which allowed the Chelsea captain to pick out Werner at the edge of the box to arrow a shot into the bottom corner.

Tottenham responded well to going behind as only a last-ditch intervention from Kurt Zouma denied Gedson Fernandes an equaliser.

Lampard had won his previous three meetings against his former manager Mourinho and the tensions between the two flared during the first-half as they exchanged angry words on the touchline.

On the field, Spurs were the better side as Mendy made important saves from Lamela and Reguilon either side of half-time.

Mourinho showed his intent by introducing Harry Kane from the bench with 20 minutes to go.

Moments later the Portuguese was marching down the tunnel after Dier as the defender made a dash to the dressing room before quickly returning.

Chelsea did not make the most of a brief period with an extra man as Callum Hudson-Odoi fired over and Werner’s fierce effort was saved by Lloris.

And the visitors were punished seven minutes from time when Lamela slotted home at the far post from Reguilon’s cross to send the game to a shootout and ultimately Spurs into the last eight

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Bench Cristiano Ronaldo for initial Euro 2024, Paul Merson tells Portugal

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Bench Cristiano Ronaldo for initial Euro 2024, Paul Merson tells Portugal

Arsenal legend Paul Merson has urged Portugal manager Roberto Martinez to bench captain Cristiano Ronaldo for their first two matches at Euro 2024. Merson suggests that Martinez should prioritize securing qualification to the knockout stages before considering the Al-Nassr forward for their final group game.

The Euro 2024 tournament kicks off this Friday in Germany, with Portugal placed in Group F alongside Turkey, Czech Republic, and Georgia.

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Discussing Portugal’s prospects, Merson told Sportskeeda, “Portugal are an aging team but they have a lot of experience within the squad. Ronaldo is still their captain and banging in the goals in Saudi Arabia, but I think they will see what he is like in the camp and take a call on his selection. I would personally leave him out of the first two games and get qualification sorted before bringing him back for the final encounter.”

Bench Cristiano Ronaldo for initial Euro 2024, Paul Merson tells Portugal

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Erik ten Hag to remain as manager at Manchester United

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Erik ten Hag to remain as manager at Manchester United

Manchester United has announced that Erik ten Hag will continue as their manager following the conclusion of the 2023/24 season review. The decision comes after speculation linking various managers to the position at Old Trafford.

According to reports from The Athletic, negotiations for a contract extension with Ten Hag have already commenced. The Dutchman’s current deal is set to expire at the end of the upcoming season, with an option for the club to extend it for another 12 months.

Despite a disappointing Premier League campaign that saw United finish in eighth place, Ten Hag guided the team to success in the FA Cup. Their 2-1 victory over Manchester City secured the trophy, marking Ten Hag’s second piece of silverware during his tenure.

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While several high-profile names were rumored to be in contention for the managerial role, including Mauricio Pochettino, Thomas Tuchel, Thomas Frank, Kieran McKenna, and Gareth Southgate, United has opted to maintain stability by sticking with Ten Hag.

The decision reflects the club’s confidence in Ten Hag’s ability to lead the team forward and build on their recent successes. With negotiations underway for a contract extension, United fans can expect to see Ten Hag at the helm for the foreseeable future as they look to compete at the highest level domestically and in Europe.

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EXPOSED: NFF may fire Finidi George before S’Eagles next match

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EXPOSED: NFF may fire Finidi George before S’Eagles next match

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has taken the first step towards sacking the head coach of the senior national team of Nigeria Finidi George after yesterday’s defeat to Benin Republic, OwnGoalNigeria.com can exclusively report

It means the Super Eagles will likely drop to bottom of their group in the world cup qualifiers if Zimbabwe gets a good result against South Africe later today. They are presently 5th on the log and without a win in four games in the series.

Finidi who replaced Jose Peseiro as the substantive coach of the team signed a one year deal with the option of another year based on qualifying for the next AFCON and getting to the semi finals.

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With the qualifiers for the world cup now on hold till March next year, the job of the coach still isn’t safe because he could be fired in September if they falter in the AFCON qualifiers.

Even Finidi knows his future is tied to the game in September. He can’t say we didn’t give him the support he needed because he got everything but didn’t make the best of it. He probably won’t be here when the qualifiers for the world cup resumes”, a board member of the NFF said.

Asked how the football house arrived at the choice of the coach, he revealed that there was no interview for him to get the job, despite the loads of applications they received when the job was made public following the exit of Peseiro.

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