Spartak Moscow beats Lokomotiv Moscow to keep their dreams alive

Spartak Moscow will be hoping that their recent win over their rivals Lokomotiv will be enough to keep their hopes of European football alive.

Spartak, who was on four matches without a win, will hope that the win will turn their season around and that they will be able to finish the season strongly.

Spartak Moscow manager Dmitry Alenichev was pleased with his players and said that all of them were heroes. He was delighted with their determination and their commitment and stated that they deserve to win the game after such a performance.

Spartak had the first chance to open the score in the 26th minute, but the Lokomotiv Moscow’s goalkeeper did well to save a shot from Quincy Promes. The Dutchman benefited from a great pass from JanoAnanidze.

However, in the 43rd minutes, Spartak Moscow will take the lead after an own goal from Durica. The latter will be unable to clear a cross from Ivelin Popov and will divert the ball into his own net giving Spartak the lead. Continue reading

Ronny Deila claims winning the Scottish Premier League title this season

Ronny Deila claims that winning the Scottish Premier League title this season would be one of his greatest achievements in the game.

This claim will come as a shocking surprise to Celtic supporters, who have been disgruntled with the Norwegian for quite a while. Celtic’s inability to dominate the Premier League at a time when they do not have competition from Rangers is a massive source behind the discontent. The club has also fared poorly in the cup competitions. However, Celtic have been retaining Deila as their manager for the time being.

The club moved four points ahead of second placed Aberdeen following a narrow 1-0 win against Kilmarnock. Even though this was not the kind of performance that fans would have been hoping from the team, it at least kept them in control of the league title. Celtic have a game in hand and could stretch this advantage to 7 points. The club has to win the next couple of league meetings with teams like Heart of Midlothian and Motherwell before they start thinking about the Scottish cup semi-final meeting with archrivals Rangers. Deila’s future may be dependent on this game, but the Norwegian is focusing on the league title for the time being. Continue reading

Porto lost to Chelsea in their last group game in Europe

Porto lost to Chelsea in their last group game in Europe which saw them getting knocked out of the competition as well, but, the manager Julen Lopetegui was impressed with the fight shown by the team.

The Portuguese club had been able to secure three points facing the Blues earlier in the competition in September and they needed to do it again at Bridge on Wednesday to make sure they remain at the second position in the Group G standings. But, it wasn’t to be.

Porto could still have made the pre quarters if Dynamo Kyiv, which was at no. 3, had not downed Maccabi Tel Aviv in another Group G game going on in that same time period, but, that result did not went in their favour either.

Kyiv won and with that, they managed to overtake Porto in the standings.

While, Lopetegui appeared disappointed with the elimination, he did not look to come down hard on the players.

Talking to the media later in the evening, Lopetegui said, “If we had avoided the defeat the other day at home, the situation would not have been complicated for us coming into this game. Ten points generally prove to be sufficient for a team to advance.”

“Playing Chelsea at Bridge, it was always going to be a huge challenge. They are not an easy team to beat. We tried our best. Especially after the break, I thought we were fantastic. But, they were stronger than us on the day.” Continue reading

Fabio Capello not getting Pressurized by his Club Position

The manager of the Russia National Football team, Fabio Capello, is not getting pressurized with the fact that his side is at the no. 3 position in the Euro qualification Group at the moment.

Capello has the belief that at the end of the qualifying stage, Russia would be in the top two teams in Group G and would earn the qualification to the main tournament that would take place in France in June-July next year.

In the most recent of their qualifying games in November, the Russians fell 0-1 to Austria and that got them down in the standings.

Prior to that, they were in top two with a couple of draws and a win in three games.

It was a very tight game, Russia versus Austria, with the defenders on show doing a heck of a job for their respective sides.

It could well have been third draw on the trot for Russia and had it been the case, they would have stayed at the second position in the table with 6 points, but, a slight error cost them the goal in the 73rd minute of the game and that was the killer blow. Continue reading