Kylian Mbappe's pass to set up Lionel Messi's goal in Montpellier against PSG was just so naughty

Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi scored a terrific goal in Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 win over Montpellier on Thursday night. (Author: Gardener)

MontpellierAfter you register, we use the email address you provided to send you the newsletter. After you register, we use the email address you provided to send you the newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the newsletter email. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the newsletter email. The French giants were without Neymar but still fielded two of their star players in Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe. Messi, who hasn't reached the heights expected of him this season, gave PSG a two-goal lead with an early brace. Angel Di Maria made it 3-0 before Mbappe completed the goal with a penalty. The goal selection was undoubtedly Messi's second. It came after a brilliant game from both the Argentine and Mbappe. Mbappe picked up the ball on the left. The 23-year-old looked up and saw Messi running towards the penalty area. The Frenchman took out his teammate with a spot-on, outside-foot pass. Messi then showed typical class as he effortlessly rounded the keeper and put the ball into an empty goal. It was a really first class goal and you can watch it below... LEO MESSI SECOND GOAL OF THE NIGHT! Incredible pass from PSG's Prince to Messi who wraps around the keeper with a cool finish 💫 Champagne Soccer 🥂 What a goal. That pass from Mbappe was just something different. Messi still had work to do but he managed to live up to Mbappe's pass. The Argentine pointed at Mbappe and then ran to celebrate with him right after hitting the back of the net. PSG have just one game of the season left when they welcome Metz to the Parc des Princes next Saturday. It could well be Mbappe's last game for the French giants. It will be an almighty blow to the club should Mbappe decide to leave. He's a superstar and it's almost certain that he'll win the Ballon d'Or at some point in his career. The Ultimate Kylian Mbappe Quiz: How Much Do You Know About The French Superstar?


Liverpool beat Chelsea to win FA Cup keeps quad bid alive

Liverpool defeated Chelsea in the first-ever penalty shoot-out in the FA Cup final at Wembley, continuing to contest, albeit unlikely, quadruple trophies (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaLiverpool beat Chelsea in the first-ever penalty shoot-out in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium to remain in contention for what could, if unlikely, be a quadruple trophy. possibly, if unlikely, a quadruple of trophies Chelsea's Jorginho, right, battles for the ball with Liverpool's Sadio Mane during the English FA Cup soccer match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in London, Saturday May 14, 2022. Chelsea's Jorginho , right, battles for the ball with Liverpool's Sadio Mane during the English FA Cup soccer match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday May 14, 2022. A 6-5 victory over Chelsea on penalties in the final on Saturday produced Liverpool's first FA Cup triumph since 2006 and kept them in the running for possible, if unlikely, quadruple trophies. As in February's League Cup final, the FA Cup showpiece ended 120 minutes 0-0 before Liverpool prevailed again. This time the Reds were helped as the penalty was saved by Chelsea midfielder Mason Mason before Konstantinos Tsimikas scored his first-ever goal for the club on penalties. "The small margins are the difference again and I can't be prouder of my boys," said Klopp, who has emulated Alex Ferguson with Manchester United and became only the second manager to win the European Cup, Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup won with the same English club. In two weeks, Liverpool are hoping to win the Champions League final against Real Madrid. Until then, Klopp has to hope that Manchester City slips in the last two rounds of the Premier League and Liverpool use the advantage to win back "That's also part of the 'mental monsters', going into extra time and keeping the high level, good perform," said Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker. "It gives us even more confidence to go on for the Premier League and also the Champions League final. There was only more Wembley pain for Chelsea. The weeks-long ownership turmoil for Chelsea ends with them becoming the first team to lose three consecutive FA Cup finals after being beaten by Arsenal in 2020 and Leicester last year. The final of the world's oldest football competition had never before ended in a penalty shoot-out at Wembley Stadium. Since the start of the stadium in 1923, there had not even been a goalless final after extra time. But Liverpool's last FA Cup success in 2006 was in one of the previous two penalty shootouts that decided the cup final, both of which were held in Cardiff while Wembley was being rebuilt. Saturday's final ended with half the stadium engulfed in a plume of red smoke after starting under a cloud as Liverpool fans mocked the national anthem and Prince William's introduction. Following the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the FA Cup, the 141st final was more exciting than muggy, much like the League Cup final. In their two games at Wembley Stadium in 2022, 58 shots were fired by the teams without hitting the net. A chance came early for Liverpool when Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy saved from Luis Díaz. Then came Christian Pulisic's shot, which crept wide on a frustrating afternoon for the Chelsea striker. Liverpool missed out on Premier League top scorer threat Chelsea missed their chances to capitalize on that. In a sparkling start to the second half by Chelsea, Marcos Alonso shot wide and sent a free-kick over the bar to meet Pulisic's attempt, which was repelled by Alisson's dive save. A late spate of Liverpool attempts failed to prevent the game going into extra time as Díaz hit the post from a tight angle and Andy Robertson hit the post from close range. And only for the second time – after Arsenal's 2005 duel with Manchester United in Cardiff – has an FA Cup final ended 0-0 after extra time. The penalty shootout progressed for Liverpool after captain César Azpilicueta missed Chelsea's second penalty until Sadio Mane missed a chance of victory when his Senegalese team-mate Mendy saved his shot. After the teams converted another round of penalties, Mount was thwarted and Tsimikas enjoyed his greatest moment since joining Liverpool in 2020. Now Liverpool have their eighth FA Cup, which they have waited 16 years to win, and two more titles that to aim for this season. Chelsea's men end the season with no domestic titles other than the FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup and potential new owners. "We're obviously disappointed and sad," said Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel, "but at the same time proud because we left everything you need." sanctioned by the British government for its links with Russia in the war against Ukraine.


Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties in the FA Cup final - how it happened

Alisson was the hero as Liverpool completed their double by beating Chelsea on penalties after an entertaining 0-0 draw at Wembley (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaAlisson was the hero as Liverpool completed their double by beating Chelsea on penalties after an entertaining 0-0 draw at Wembley. That's it for our FA Cup Final blog, but you can read David Hytner's match report and discuss the game via the link below. Also Read: Liverpool win FA Cup for eighth time after beating Chelsea on penalties Now Liverpool players are stepping up to collect their medals. They wait patiently and watch the fans below as Jordan Henderson accepts the trophy and happily lifts it to the sky. Liverpool have won the FA Cup for the eighth time! Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates after his side's penalty shootout victory. The Chelsea players collect their medals. They've lost three straight FA Cup finals, a new and totally unwelcome record. They didn't do much wrong today - they had as many chances as an exceptional Liverpool side and could have won easily. TSIMIKAS COMPLETELY SUCCESSES - AND LIVERPOOL WINS THE FA CUP FOR THE EIGHTH TIME IN THEIR HISTORY! 🏆@LFC | @EmiratesFACup - ITV Football (@itvfootball) May 14, 2022 "It's a trophy that we haven't won as a group - it's been too long in my opinion. [The crowd is so loud we can barely hear him.] We kept the faith after Sadio's punishment; We have the best goalkeeper in the world, so we were confident. I kept playing, but I couldn't risk it in overtime. Hope it goes well.” Tsimikas calmly sent Mendy the wrong way to complete a domestic double – and keep the quadruple alive! It's really cruel for Chelsea who have been level with Liverpool in both cup finals but Liverpool have won the FA Cup for the first time since 2006! Liverpool players celebrate after Liverpool's Kostas Tsimikas scored the winning penalty. Liverpool's Kostas Tsimikas reacts after scoring the winning penalty. The only downside for Liverpool is that Mo Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Luis Diaz and Andy Robertson have all been substituted. Diaz and Robertson looked tired but Salah injured his groin and we have yet to find out what happened to van Dijk. Right now it's all about celebrating the #2 trophy of an amazing season. Chelsea 5-5 Liverpool A poor penalty puts Liverpool on the brink again! Liverpool's keeper Alisson celebrates after saving Mason Mount's seventh penalty from Chelsea. Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images It wasn't a good penalty, especially for such a beautiful technician, but that can happen to anyone in a shootout. Chelsea – Liverpool 4: 4 Sudden death threatens! Mendy saved from his international teammate, diving deep to his left and Tuchel slapping the ground in celebration! Liverpool's Sadio Mane reacts after missing his penalty. Chelsea 5-5 Liverpool Another outstanding penalty. Chelsea 5-4 Liverpool After an appalling delay while a flare is being cleared from the field, Hakim Ziyech steps forward... Alisson went the right way but didn't stand a chance. Chelsea 2-3 Liverpool Mendy got his hands on it and dived to his right but couldn't take it! Liverpool players react after Roberto Firmino scores a penalty kick in the shootout. Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool He scored well but it smacked the outside of the right post. Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta hits the post. Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta reacts after missing his side's second penalty kick in the shoot-out. Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Chelsea players react after Cesar Azpilicueta missed a penalty kick in the shootout. Photo: Peter Cziborra/Action Images/Reuters Photo: Peter Cziborra/Action Images/Reuters Photo: Peter Cziborra/Action Images/Reuters Chelsea 4-4 Liverpool No stutter this time - he scores cool but Liverpool are still a shot away. Chelsea 3-4 Liverpool A fine penalty and Liverpool are one save away from winning the FA Cup! Chelsea 3-3 Liverpool A clear penalty that smashes into the net. Chelsea 2-2 Liverpool James gently flips it to the center while Alisson dives to the right. Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool An absurdly casual penalty that bounced off the post. Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool A nice penalty. Mendy was going in the right direction, to his left, but it was lifted over him. Extra time was uneventful, both teams were obviously tired, but the first 90 minutes were excellent. Marcos Alonso, Luis Diaz (who was great) and Andy Robertson all hit the woodwork and both teams can reasonably argue that they deserved the win. Chelsea players crouch before the penalty shootout. Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool A good penalty; he sent Alisson in the wrong direction. Penalties are taken in front of Chelsea supporters. And Chelsea will go first, Marcos Alonso to be precise. 48 min: Alonso hits the bar! It was a spectacular start to Chelsea's second half. They won a free kick on the right wing, pretty close to the corner flag and Alonso whipped out a flamboyant curler that hit the bouncing Alisson and hit the bar! A free-kick from Chelsea's Marcos Alonso beats Liverpool keeper Alisson but hits the bar. "I've thought about it," says Nath Jones, "and I don't think I would have had any less of an impact if I had been put in Firmino's place." Henderson once volleyed him spectacularly for lack of movement. For the second time this season a cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool will be decided on penalties. 120 min The last FA Cup final to be played on penalties was in 2006; This is also the last time Liverpool won the competition. 119 min Loftus-Cheek is not happy but seems to understand and accept the decision. 119 min: Chelsea substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who only went into extra time at half-time, is replaced by Ross Barkley. He's not injured as far as I can tell so it must be with penalties in mind. 116 min James is penalized for pinning Tsimikas down Liverpool's left. 114 min Not much happened. I don't think teams deliberately settled for penalties; they're just nuts. 114 min "Now this is like a game of chess played on a really, really big board," sighs Ian Copestake. 113 mins Chelsea have one substitution left if you have money on Kepa. 109 min Chelsea's front three are now Ziyech on the left, Mount on the right and Loftus-Cheek in the centre-forward. 107 min Ziyech appeals for a penalty again, this time after a challenge without the ball from Alexander-Arnold. Alexander-Arnold definitely pulled him back on the arm but it was just outside of range again so it's none of VAR's business. 106 min Liverpool begins the second overtime. Chelsea have made a double substitution, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Cesar Azpilicueta replacing Trevoh Chalobah and Christian Pulisic. 100 min Ziyech's superb inswing cross is carefully cushioned by Alexander-Arnold, a good defender. Mount's Corner is directed away from Milner. Liverpool's Alexander-Arnold slaps Chelsea's Christian Pulisic on the ball, clearing danger Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images This is the penalty shootout. 105 min Milner wins a corner for Liverpool. Alexander-Arnold's swinging corner is smashed away by Mendy with authority and that's it. 103 min Alonso's corner heads Thiago in front of the near post. 102 min Ziyech's free kick is missed by Pulisic and rebounded by Milner (I think) for another corner. 102. Min. Mount is fouled on the left wing by Thiago giving away an unnecessary free kick. 95 min Chelsea unsuccessfully appeal for a penalty when Ziyech crosses after a Konate shoulder attack. Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech hits the deck in the penalty area but gets no dice from the referee. 99 min Firmino has moved forward, Mane moves to the left. At the other end, Mount rolls wide from 20 yards after receiving a deep cross from James. 98 min: Liverpool substitute Roberto Firmino replaces the outstanding Luis Diaz, who gets a meaty hug from Jürgen Klopp. 97 min Mane super slides Thiago down the center line but Rudiger zooms back in to push him off the ball and clear the danger. Chelsea start extra time and Liverpool have replaced Virgil van Dijk with Joel Matip. That's another worry for Liverpool ahead of the Champions League final, let alone the ongoing FA Cup final. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp talks to the players during the break before extra time. 93 mins When it comes to penalties I wonder if Thomas Tuchel Kepa will come on again. 94 min James charges forward and stabs a pass to Pulisic, who goes into the area and is about to line up a shot when Matip comes over for a fine interception. My goodness, that was so close to a winning goal from arguably the best player on the pitch. Diaz picked up a loose ball in the center circle and hammered away in front of last man Thiago Silva. Thiago did well to keep up, so 20 yards from goal Diaz sliced ​​in with his right foot and formed a beautiful curl shot that just missed the far post. I don't think Mendy would have gotten there. Liverpool's Luis Diaz's shot dodges Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy but goes the wrong side of the post. Photo: Tolga Akmen/EPA 83 min: Diaz hits the post! Jota and Mane together find Diaz on the right side of the area. He snatches the ball away from Rudiger with an excellent first touch and hits an instant shot that punches Mendy and hits the outside of the near post. Liverpool's Luis Diaz slams a shot against the post. Photo: Hannah McKay/Reuters Photo: Hannah McKay/Reuters 84 min: Now Robertson hits the post! Diaz drives a crossfield pass to Milner on the right. He takes a touch and curves a nasty, deep cross that's slammed into the post by Robertson! He was only a few yards away but I think the ball hit his shin rather than his boot. Liverpool's Andrew Robertson hits the post. Surprisingly, Chelsea go into overtime against Liverpool. Both teams struck the woodwork in a lively second half, Liverpool twice in a minute, but somehow the scorers remain unmolested. 90+2 min Three minutes of stoppage time. A quick free-kick to Alexander-Arnold, whose deep cross is converted by Diaz over the goal. Mendy blocks that and then dives in front of Konate to grab the loose ball. 89 min Liverpool look like a likely winner in regular time. With one or two exceptions, Chelsea struggled to get out in the last 10-15 minutes. 88 min. Alexander-Arnold's free kick is headed over by the stretching van Dijk. 87 min Chelsea's front three are now Ziyech on the right, Mount on the left and Pulisic in the middle. 80 min Jota appears to have been fouled 20 yards from the Chalobah goal but referee Craig Pawson disagrees. 77 min Liverpool break five to four from a Chelsea corner. Jota's pass to Diaz is cut off by the heroic James, who then takes one for the team by knocking out Thiago. 78 min "Watching Pulisic is a bit frustrating at times," says Shiladitya Pandit. But the shooting shoes are generally absent and even the timing of the final passes is a bit off, like in the first half to Alonso.” I know what you mean. It's stunningly efficient at its best, but more often than not it promises more than it delivers. 76 min Pulisic turns away from Konate in the penalty area and is about to shoot when Alexander-Arnold comes in on the blind side to make a really good tackle. 65 mins A couple of corner kicks in quick succession for Liverpool but nothing comes from either. Chelsea's Thiago Silva (left) jumps for the ball with Liverpool's Luis Diaz (second left), Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger (second right) and Liverpool's Ibrahima Konate. Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP 75 min Milner's first notable contribution is flattening Reece James, who beat him to a loose ball in the penalty area. 74 min: Liverpool substitute Naby Keita is replaced in midfield by James Milner. 71 min Chalobah holds his face after a handoff from Mane. 69 min Luis Diaz receives Thiago's pass 20 yards from goal, almost in line with the left edge of the box. He moves onto his right foot, uses Robertson by not using it and cracks a curling shot just over the bar. 68 min Mount's Cross is just behind Lukaku in the middle. James retrieves it and calmly selects Pulisic, whose first shot flashes a few yards from the edge of the box. 67 min Marcos Alonso hits the crossbar at the start of the second half. Don't miss the second half of the @EmiratesFACup final - watch it live here 👇— ITV Football (@itvfootball) May 14th 2022 66 mins: Chelsea substitute N'Golo Kante replaces Mateo Kovacic who put on an admirable performance shift without approaching its conspicuous best. 65 mins Thiago lifts a nice pass to find Keita in the free right channel. He presses it to his chest and rattles a low shot from 18 yards, which is conveniently saved by Mendy as he falls to his right. 52 min: Just far from Diaz! 52 min: Just far from Diaz! He receives a short pass on the edge of the D, gently pivots away from Kovacic and reverses a low drive that goes that far. Liverpool fans react after Luis Diaz's shot goes just wide. 64 min N'Golo Kante is about to come on for Chelsea, presumably for Kovacic. 62 min "Liverpool MUST get the ball to Thiago," says Richard McGahey. "Chelsea are doing a good job of curbing him." 60 min: Chance for Liverpool! Keita has room to turn and plays a good angle pass to Jota on the edge of the area. His first touch is flawless, but on the second he just misses the far post. 57 min. Diaz tries to run away from James and finds it's not quite as easy to do the same with Chalobah. 55 min Vital defends Alexander-Arnold, who stops James' low cross, which Pulisic reaches at the six-yard line. 55 mins As in the Carabao Cup final earlier in the season, this is one of the better 0-0. 51 mins A nasty cross from Alexander-Arnold finds Robertson – who didn't sigh from James who missed a header in front of him – and dribbles wide. Alexander-Arnold was simultaneously one of the best and worst players on the field. His pass was really great, but almost all of Chelsea's chances were on his side. 38 min Pulisic and Mount are looking brighter and brighter, Lukaku less so. Liverpool have treated him pleasantly, almost contemptuously. Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk blocks the run of Chelsea's Christian Pulisic as Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson comes out to capture the ball. Photo: Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images 46 mins: Just missed by Alonso! Chelsea almost scored after 36 seconds of the second half. Pulisic played a pass to Mount, who thought he was (wrongly) offside and ignored him. This allowed Pulisic to run onto his own pass and cruise deep towards Alonso. He pulled it to his chest, away from Alexander-Arnold, and just missed the far post. 47 min: Good save from Alisson! Alonso plays the ball into Lukaku, who does well to defend against Konate and feed Pulisic. He hits a good shot from about 15 yards which is pushed away by the diving Alisson. 21 min Mendy gets to the edge of his area to head clear a through ball intended for Mane. Things have been a little quieter for Chelsea, although Liverpool are still the more dangerous team. Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy gets the ball first ahead of Liverpool's Sadio Mane (centre) and heads clear while Chelsea's Trevoh Chalobah looks on. 45 min: Chance for Jota! It's more like Liverpool. Robertson curves a superb cross to the near post where Jota escapes from Thiago but volleys over the bar. It wasn't the easiest ball the first time, but it was only six yards away. Liverpool's Diogo Jota reacts after a volley over the bar. Photo: The Guardian No goals at Wembley, despite both teams creating chances in an unrelenting first-half arm wrestle. Edouard Mendy and Alisson made excellent saves against Luis Diaz and Marcos Alonso respectively, while Diogo Jota, Christian Pulisic and Romelu Lukaku all missed good opportunities. Jota comes on for Mo Salah who came off with a groin injury/ 32 mins It's a groin problem and Diogo Jota is preparing to replace him. The Champions League final - against Real Bloody Madrid - is still 14 days away. Liverpool's Mohamed Salah receives treatment before being forced off the pitch with a groin injury. Photo: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Photo: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Photo: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Photo: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian 45+2 min "Chelsea deserve a lot of credit for coming through a terrible season," said Phil Podolsky . “I thought they looked almost unstoppable ahead of the serious injuries to James and Chilwell which messed up their whole setup, certainly with the first two up. As a Barca fan, I'm impressed by clubs whose DNA is 'we'll make the best of the hand we're given' as opposed to 'we can only perform when we're confident that we are by far the best team in the world'.” I have no idea what you mean. 45+1 Min: Chance for Lukaku! Jorginho stunned a nice pass down the inside left channel to find Lukaku, who came half a meter on van Dijk but blew over the bar from 10 meters. 43 min Konate blows wide from 30 yards. From their explosive start, Liverpool didn't look particularly menacing. 41 min Mount plays a promising pass to find Lukaku in the area, but he's immediately surrounded by defenders and the attack wanes. 40 mins Jurgen Klopp groaned the fourth official about something. 39 min "If Liverpool were considered a failure, most clubs' fans would fail every season," says Richard Hirst. "Seeing Fulham at Wembley in 1975 and the Europa League final in Hamburg in 2010 are the highlights of my time as a fan. A bit of vision is required." 36 min It's a more balanced competition now and Thomas Tuchel will be happy about it , how Chelsea have bounced back from such a difficult start. 28 min: Big save from Alisson! This is the best chance so far. Mount leads an excellent pass into Pulisic, who has room to turn and run onto a backwards kicking Liverpool defence. He comes to the edge of the box and plays into Alonso, whose slightly heavy first touch allows Alisson to come out and block the shot. It's a brilliant save but Alisson injured his legs in a collision with Alonso. Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson blocks a shot from Chelsea's Marcos Alonso. Photo: Ian Walton/AP Photo: Ian Walton/AP 34 min Chelsea are beginning to look dangerous at the break. Mount waves an excellent pass to Pulisic, whose cross shot is blocked by Konate. It's not the first time a Chelsea player has run into Alexander-Arnold's box. 33 min: Liverpool substitution Diogo Jota replaces Mo Salah. It's the same shape for now, with Jota on the right and Diaz on the left. “One could argue that even if Liverpool were to finish second in the three remaining competitions, it was still a successful season of playing in every game possible, reaching every final and facing budget giants City leading so narrowly,” he tells Rob Moore. “Reaching all three finals is already a season full of successes. On the other hand, you could argue that losing two finals out of three would be a failure, although I would call it a disappointment.” That's probably the word I would use. Failure doesn't seem like the right description for a team that's provided cheer, fags and booze for everyone. 30 min Alisson is still on treatment but I think he will be fine. 26 min I don't remember Mane dropping as much as he did at the start of the game and that's causing a lot of problems for Chelsea. 23 min: Chance for Chelsea! His crossfield pass sparks Chelsea's best attack yet. Finally, James Mount finds it, whose low cross is screwed just wide of the far post by Pulisic. That was a pretty good chance, although the ball didn't have a lot of pace to work with. 21 min Robertson shoots into James, uses Diaz by not using him and then shoots from 25 yards. 8 min: Good save from Mendy! Alexander-Arnold spins an incredible pass with the outside of his right foot to put Diaz on target. He shoots too close to Mendy, who does a partial block with his feet. The ball dribbles behind him and is booted off the line by Chalobah. Keita picks up the loose ball and rams it wide of the edge of the area. Liverpool's Naby Keita shoots wide while being pressured by Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger. Photo: Eddie Keogh/The FA/Getty Images Photo: Eddie Keogh/The FA/Getty Images That pass from Alexander-Arnold was despicable. 19 min "Hello Rob," says Simon McMahon. Celtic fans protested last season at not having won their tenth straight league title. One of our most memorable seasons of all time was 1986/87 when we finished third in the league and lost both the UEFA and Scottish Cup finals. Photo: Nick Potts/PA 18 min Thiago fouls Kovacic on the right wing just outside the box. 16 min Pulisic shoots just wide, but would not have counted because of a handball from Lukaku in the build-up. "I hesitate to say it out loud, but I was glad the opposition voted for Lukaku," says Ian Copestake. "But have we ever won with Fabinho, not in our team? Get me STATS!” 11 mins A problem for Chelsea with Thiago Silva down and it's not looking good. Chelsea's Thiago Silva reacts after injuring himself in a tackle. Photo: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images Photo: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images Photo: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images 15 min The undeniable state of this passport. The @EmiratesFACup finals are off to a flying start - and you can watch it LIVE 👇— ITV Football (@itvfootball) 14 May 2022 13 min Mane curves an excellent pass around Chalobah to find Diaz. He slices inside and has a shot blocked by Chalobah; then Alexander-Arnold blocked a shot on the other side. Chelsea may have to trade James and Chalobah for a while due to Diaz rampaging. 12 min Thiago wants to continue, but he's limping badly. 10 min "The reason for the yellow jersey is because Chelsea consider it their lucky shirt (for semis or finals)," says Ed Wall. “They've opted for the last few seasons to wear it over the blue jersey whenever possible in a final. 8 min Diaz beats Chalobah again and this time his cutback is right behind Salah. Liverpool started really well, especially Mane and Diaz. 7 min Alexander-Arnold's corner is headed away by Lukaku. 6 min Salah accidentally honks the ball straight into Jorginho's face, deflecting the ball to a corner. 4 min The first dangerous attack comes from Liverpool. Diaz runs Chalobah and crosses right in front of the stretching Thiago, and then Salah wraps a header from Alexander-Arnold's cross over the bar. 2 min Both teams have lined up as expected: 3-4-3 against 4-3-3. "You can talk all you want about the human experience," writes someone who doesn't have a name, "but just winning the League Cup is definitely considered a failure for Liverpool's season given the gigantic hype the media has thrown at them viewed. They're not even the best team in England.' It's a pointless argument because it all depends on how you define 'failure'. Some of my favorite seasons we've been my team have all won crap, but then I'm a Gillingham fan. 1 min beep beep! 1 min beep beep! Chelsea play from right to left. "Absolutely disappointed Havertz isn't playing today," said Gareth Vaughan. "I may be ridiculously overoptimistic, but I have a feeling Lukaku will have an absolute striker today. The front three from Lukaku, Mount and Pulisic remind me of the Belgian front three from Lukaku, Hazard (also once from this municipality) and Mertens. Fingers crossed, I'm right!” Havertz is a big loss. He was so good in the Carabao Cup final that his ghostly movement and resting heart rate led to most of Chelsea's best chances. Lukaku is a nightmare for any defense in the world on a good day. I still think Liverpool would rather play him than Havertz. "How could winning the Carabao Cup with Liverpool's squad not be a failure?" says Sean Orlowicz. Sport is about human experience; it is not an inventory. Klopp sums up the case far better than I ever could. Also read: Jurgen Klopp tells Liverpool 'enjoy the journey' as quadruple hunt continues No Kante is leaving here until we find out who—never mind, "Hi Rob," says Mike MacKenzie. "If you had told me this time last year that N'Golo Kante would only be on the bench if Chelsea reached the FA Cup final, I would have said you were stupid." Maybe he's not quite fit. You're right: this time last year I thought he was on his way to the Ballon d'Or. "I'm all for traditional colors, but I think there should be as much contrast as possible between the two teams," says Matt Burtz. Also, yellow is a great color for a football shirt, so it's always a welcome sight.” And this Chelsea away shirt is very stylish, very Pat Nevin. I'll say... Chelsea score first and Liverpool win 2-1 after extra time. Old traditions meet modern conventions in promising FA Cup final, writes @jonathanliew - Guardian Sport (@guardian_sport ) May 13, 2022 The Liverpool team is as expected. The Chelsea team isn't: Trevor Chalobah was chosen over club captain Cesar Azpilicueta and Romelu Lukaku starts up front. Chelsea's big game specialist Kai Havertz must be injured as he's not even on the bench. Mateo Kovacic is also fit enough to start - well, he starts - and N'Golo Kante is among the substitutes. Liverpool fans greet the team bus on its arrival at Wembley. Photo: Nigel Keene/ProSports/Shutterstock "I see Chelsea will be wearing their yellow away kit today," says David Hancock. I've never understood why a team that doesn't have a color conflict with their opponent ends up wearing their away kit. Photo: Naomi Baker/The FA/Getty Images Photo: Naomi Baker/The FA/Getty Images Related: Chelsea have extra motivation to make this weekend a double FA Cup joy | Karen Carney "I don't want to defend a club's greed, but aren't Chelsea banned from taking money from shirt sales?" says Lloyd Mills. "Is Klopp's season a failure," begins Sean Orlowicz, "when all he ends up with is a League Cup?" "Battle!" is the ominous subject line of Matt Dony's email. That's healthy, isn't it? Related: Chelsea's Christian Pulisic: “I want to be on the pitch. I enjoy this club very much. ' This is the second of three FA Cup finals this week. Chelsea play Manchester City in an equally thrilling women's final tomorrow - read all about it - and Manchester United have already defeated Nottingham Forest in the FA Youth Cup final. It also serves as a reminder of when your team won the FA Cup. A few years ago, when we were all super busy because of Covid, liveblog genius Scott Murray wrote retro MBMs about two famous FA Cup final victories for Chelsea and Liverpool. Related: Jurgen Klopp tells Liverpool 'enjoy the journey' as quadruple hunt continues Thanks for putting a Billie Eilish worm in our ears, Thomas. See also: Thomas Tuchel doesn't mind if Chelsea are 'the bad guys' in the FA Cup final 25 years ago today, Chelsea's trophy cabinet was gathering dust. Then on 17 May 1997 they defeated Middlesbrough in the FA Cup Final, winning their first major honor in 26 years. Die Übernahme von Roman Abramovich im Jahr 2003 brachte den Verein auf eine andere Ebene, aber das Boro-Spiel war die Geburtsstunde von Modern Chelsea. In den letzten 25 Jahren hat Chelsea fünf Meistertitel, zwei Champions Leagues, eine Klub-Weltmeisterschaft, eine Europa League, einen Pokal der Pokalsieger, sieben FA Cups, vier League Cups, zwei Super Cups und drei Community Shields gewonnen. „Es ist keine Show, wenn Tuchel sagt, dass er seinen Job liebt.“ Hallo und willkommen zur Live-Übertragung des FA-Cup-Finales zwischen Chelsea und Liverpool im Wembley-Stadion. Im Großen und Ganzen gibt es zwei Arten von FA Cup-Endspielen: David gegen Goliath oder Goliath gegen Goliath. Dies ist das 150. FA Cup-Finale; an keinem der vorherigen 149 war ein neuer Weltmeister beteiligt, geschweige denn zwei. Obwohl Chelsea amtierender Weltmeister ist, hat Liverpool ein stärkeres Argument dafür, das beste Team der Welt zu sein, und zwar im Sonnensystem. (Diese Partie auf Neptun spielt immer noch die W-M-Formation FFS.) Die jüngste Form beider Vereine macht sie heute zu Favoriten, obwohl Chelsea viel munterer aussah, als sie Leeds in der Woche zerlegten. Alle drei Spiele zwischen Chelsea und Liverpool in dieser Saison waren hart umkämpfte Unentschieden. Das letzte davon, das Carabao-Cup-Finale, endete für Liverpool nach einem endlosen Elfmeterschießen mit einem Ruhm. Chelsea hofft auf ein weniger gefeiertes Triple: Europäischer Superpokal, FIFA Klub-Weltmeisterschaft, englischer FA Cup. Indem sie einen Hattrick vollendeten, würden sie einen anderen vermeiden. Kein Team, nicht einmal Newcastle in den späten 1990er Jahren, hat jemals drei FA-Cup-Endspiele in Folge verloren. Wir werden uns gemütlich auf das Spiel vorbereiten, wobei Mannschaftsnachrichten etwa eine Stunde vor dem Anpfiff um 16:45 Uhr erwartet werden. Tuchel muss sich auch entscheiden, ob er Romelu Lukaku in die Startelf bringt und welche Positionen Reece James und Cesar Azpilicueta einnehmen sollen. Irgendwann heute wird ein Chelsea-Spieler ein Eins-gegen-Eins haben. Ich hoffe, er ist heute Abend mit einer Matratze auf dem Boden zufrieden … “Chelsea hat zusammen mit Arsenal diesen Wettbewerb in der Neuzeit dominiert. Seit Liverpool 2005/06 zuletzt den FA Cup gewonnen hat, hat Chelsea ihn zum fünften Mal gewonnen. Einer davon war ein 2:1-Sieg über Liverpool vor einem Jahrzehnt, als Petr Cech eine der großartigen Paraden im FA Cup-Finale erzielte. 😱 Wie hält @PetrCech das aus?!𝙏𝙃𝙍𝙊𝙒𝘽𝘼𝘾𝙆 zum letzten FA-Cup-Finale zwischen Chelsea und Liverpool im Jahr 2012 🏆— ITV Football (@itvfootball) 11. Mai 2022 Verwandte: Alte Traditionen treffen auf moderne Konventionen im FA Cup-Finale des Versprechens | Jonathan Liew


The Blues lose the FA Cup Final to the Reds on penalties

Chelsea lost to Liverpool on penalties in the FA Cup final after a penalty shootout decided a goalless affair in regulation time. (Author: Gardener)

the FA Cup FinalChelsea lost to Liverpool on penalties in the FA Cup final after a penalty shootout decided a goalless affair in regulation time. The Reds were the stronger team for the first 15 minutes or so, but the Blues managed to work their way into play for the rest of the first half. Early in the second half Chelsea had chances to break the deadlock but after full-time it ended goalless and extra time was required. Konstantinos Tsimikas then scored the decisive goal on penalties to win the cup for Liverpool. Romelu Lukaku has earned a cup final start for Chelsea thanks to his three goals in his last two games, with Kai Havertz absent through injury. However, it was Liverpool who had the first chance of the game, with Thiago failing to finish a Luiz Dias cross. Edouard Mendy then thwarted him in a one-on-one with a strong save, while Naby Keita then shot wide. Christian Pulisic shot wide for Chelsea after about 16 minutes, but Lukaku was soon penalized for a handball under construction. Thiago then fouled Mateo Kovacic on the edge of the box and the Blues were awarded a free kick which Alisson saved shortly afterwards. Mason Mount's pass soon found Pulisic, but the USA international fired his shot just wide. After a strong opening minutes from Liverpool, Chelsea came on and it was Marcos Alonso who tested the Reds' goal next, but Alisson was there to save. Pulisic had another chance to score for Chelsea when he found Mount's pass but he couldn't find the back of the net as he saw his shot blocked. Mount and Lukaku broke for the Blues after a period of pressure from their opponents, but the attack soon collapsed. Just before half-time, Jota had a chance to score for Liverpool but his attempt went over the bar. Alonso almost scored in the opening minute when he shot over from a Pulisic cross, with the latter having a chance of his own seconds later. Diaz soon fouled Reece James down the right flank and Alonso saw his free kick hit the bar. Liverpool then came close with a chance of their own when Andy Robertson headed wide from a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross. Diaz then shot just wide of the post shortly afterwards. Jota had another chance for Liverpool when he went wide of the post. After Chelsea enjoyed plenty of possession early in the second half, Liverpool soon found themselves in a blast of their own. N'Golo Kante was the first substitute of the game for the Blues when he came on for Kovacic. Pulisic then saw a shot from a retreat from James go wide on target. Diaz then hit a shot from distance for Liverpool but his shot curled up and wide from the top corner. Kante was able to find the ball in attack but couldn't find Mount on his right who had plenty of space before Mendy cleared a Liverpool chance at the other end. Pulisic then won a corner for Chelsea but nothing came of it. James did really well, twice refusing Liverpool to continue his attack before being booked for a foul on Thiago. Lukaku broke down the left flank for Chelsea and was about to send in a low ball but Virgil van Dijk was there to clear it. Soon Liverpool hit the post in quick succession, with both Diaz and Jota hitting the woodwork. Lukaku was replaced by Hakim Ziyech in the last ten minutes for Chelsea. Diaz was close again for the Reds as the game went into injury time and his shot went just wide of the target. The game soon ended goalless, with extra time required to settle the score. Early in extra time Kante was on hand to retrace and stop a Liverpool counterattack. Pulisic broke on the right for Chelsea but couldn't get a cross into the box. Kante worked so hard again to deny Liverpool at the break, this time against Diaz on the right. Mount then found himself at the end of a James cross from the right, but he fired his attempt over the bar from outside the area. Ziyech sent a cross towards Pulisic into the box but Alexander-Arnold was there to clear and send it to the corner. Thiago Silva headed behind from an Alonso corner while Chelsea saw the stronger side at half-time. It was half time in overtime, with both teams still needing to score. Loftus-Cheek was able to run down the right and send an inviting ball into the penalty area, but the chance soon fizzled out. Alonso scored the first goal for Chelsea while James Milner scored for Liverpool. Azpilicueta then missed his for the Blues when his try hit the post, with Thiago and James then scoring. Alexander-Arnold scored Liverpool's fourth before Jorginho struck shortly after. Mane had a chance to win it for the Reds but Mendy was there to save and keep his side. Ziyech was next and he scored past Alisson, with Jota converting his to hold him in the sudden death. The Liverpool goalkeeper then made a save from Mount before Tsimikas scored to give Liverpool the FA Cup.


Liverpool vs Real Madrid odds live stream how to watch

Brandt Sutton has given his final 2022 UEFA Champions League predictions for Real Madrid vs Liverpool (Author: Gardener)

Real Madridn 2018 UEFA Champions League final, Real Madrid won their 13th European title with a 3-1 win over Liverpool. Now the English club are looking to take revenge in the 2022 UEFA Champions League final and their second European title in four years. Liverpool are six-time European champions but have struggled fiercely in UCL on two fronts and with a head-to-head battle to win the English Premier League. Real Madrid have already clinched one La Liga title and can ensure they have a healthy squad for Saturday 28 May, the 2022 Champions League end date. You can see what happens next by streaming the game on Paramount+. Real madrid odds. The underdog Real Madrid sits at +260 while a regular draw sits at +270. The game will be streamed live on Paramount+ with their must-have premium plan. Paramount+ now has membership tiers so you can watch the world's hottest football matches and more. The premium plan costs $9.99 per month and you can watch your local CBS live stream, including many sports like the Champions League, Italian Serie A, college hoops and the PGA Tour, ad-free, on-demand and with the ability to download episodes offline viewing. Both plans come with a free week to start and football matches, so sign up here now. Before you turn on the game, you need to check out football insider Brandt Sutton's Champions League final tips. Sutton was also on the rise with his best bets, going 81-61 in his last 142 football picks and raking in over $2,500 for $100 bettors. For Real Madrid vs Liverpool, Sutton bets over 2.5 goals scored for a -130 payout. Liverpool is the top-scoring Premier League league leader with Manchester City this season (89) and has also scored 28 goals in 12 UCL appearances while playing against the continent's top clubs. Real Madrid's 73 goals were the most in Spanish La Liga, while they have scored 27 goals in their 12 UCL games. With Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi leaving La Liga in recent years, Real Madrid's Karim Benzema has staked his claim as the top striker in Spain. He has made a compelling case for being the world's most skillful goalscorer with 26 goals in 30 league games and a staggering 15 in 11 UCL games this season. Meanwhile, Mohamed Saleh has also made a strong Ballon d'Or case with 22 goals and 13 assists in the EPL and eight goals with two assists in the Champions League. Expect those two dynamic attacking presences to propel all night and make for another prolific affair after the two clubs combined four goals in the second half in the 2018 UCL final. Paramount+ and CBS Sports have made you a premier destination for US soccer fans with over 2,000 live games per year including the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Europa Conference League, UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Youth League. You can also stream the UEFA Women's World Cup, NWSL, Italian Serie A and Coppa Italia qualifiers; Argentina's Liga Profesional de Fútbol; Brazil's Campeonato Brasileirão Série A, the Scottish Professional Football League and Asian Football Confederation competitions. Stream now for free. Paramount+ is your football streaming home.


Ime Udoka shows his value in winning Celtics Game 6 with adept moves on and off the pitch

The Celtics core has a tough postseason track record. Ime Udoka did many things to change that in Game 6. (Author: Gardener)

Celtics Game 6MILWAUKEE — The Celtics core of Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum have taken their fair share of postseason lumps through their careers in Boston, especially when it comes to the postseason. There was Game 7 in 2018 where a terrible night of shooting cost them a chance to arrive early in the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 2020, Danny Ainge claimed he thinks the Celtics are the "better" team after Boston dropped the East Finals in dramatic fashion after a series of fourth-quarter meltdowns. Boston's Game 5 loss to the Bucks Wednesday night was likely a top 10 loss in franchise history, possibly even a top 5 loss given the stakes available. These Celtics have a tremendous chance of reaching the NBA Finals with their style of play this year and the injuries suffered by other competitors in both conferences. A shrunken 14-point lead in Game 5 paralleled what we've seen for years from these Core Celtics in big points with huge potential falling short when it matters most. Ime Udoka was hired by Boston in part because of his connection to Boston's top trio, and that value was shown firsthand after Game 5. Udoka walked a fine line between acknowledging the missed opportunity and emphasizing the fact that the Celtics could still be right wrong. "We had the right determination," said Udoka. I said everyone was mad at the result but we knew how well we played throughout the series and we missed a few things. The mentality was one thing that benefited the Celtics as the team's best players played aggressively in Game 6, finding and making quality shots, particularly from beyond the arc. However, there was far more to the Celtics' tremendous Game 6 win than keeping Boston's top talent with the right attitude. Udoka took a number of important steps over the course of Game 6 to ensure Boston would win the first street elimination game for the franchise since 2013. Using Tatum as bait once he got hot: The All-Star put on an all-world performance in the fourth quarter with 11 straight points in one stage of the frame to help Boston stage a Bucks comeback. Logically, the Celtics would keep going to the red-hot Tatum all the way to the finish line, but the Bucks made a key adjustment mid-quarter to slow him down: Put Jrue Holiday on him to slow him down for one of the first times all series. That left Jaylen Brown with a weaker defender (Wesley Matthews) and the Celtics used that fact and Tatum's dominance to their advantage after a timeout mid-fourth quarter. The piece looks like it's a Tatum item on the block where Smart sells an entry pass. Brown scores and pushes Boston's lead back to 11 with five minutes remaining, giving the Celtics a double-digit lead they would hold for the rest of the game. Udoka's ability to fuel the Bucks' defense helped Boston avoid some of their Game 5 errors in the win. Stick to a small lineup despite rebound troubles in Game 5: Grant Williams has been an offensive mess in the last four games (2 of 12 from 3-point range), which has been a trouble spot for Boston's starters. Williams is a great value as a defender for Giannis, but Udoka again leaned more heavily into the small lineup in Game 6, staying off the bench with Derrick White for 30 minutes. The Celtics were shaken at the defensive glass in Game 5, but instead of adapting too much, Udoka got the Celtics to just do a better job with their size and limited the hosts to seven offensive boards, even though the Bucks were just 40 percent out of the field shot. The Celtics held their own on this front, capitalizing on White's offensive advantages (9 points). Don't let Bucks supporting players loose at home: Antetokounmpo had a monster night, but other than Pat Connaughton (14 points), the Bucks didn't get any major offensive help other than starting mate Jrue Holiday. Roleplayers can get hot at home, but Udoka has clearly prioritized Boston's defenders staying home with Milwaukee's shooters rather than pelting double-teams at Antetokounmpo. It hurt for a box score line, but the Bucks supporting cast scored a combined 0 out of 13 for players not named Giannis, Holiday and Connaughton. That kind of lockdown defense and strategic execution is a big reason why Celtics will play a Game 7 on Sunday.


Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics tips, predictions, odds

The Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics will face off in Game 7 of their NBA playoff series on Sunday at TD Garden in Boston. (Author: Gardener)

Boston CelticsThe No. 3 Milwaukee Bucks and No. 2 Boston Celtics go head-to-head in Game 7 of their NBA playoff series on Sunday at TD Garden in Boston. The game is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Arizona Time and can be seen on ABC. Who will win the game? The Celtics are a 5.5-point favorite in the game, according to Tipico Sportsbook. Boston is -210 on the money line and Milwaukee is +170. Boston Celtics Schedule, TV Info: How to Watch the NBA Playoff Series More: Milwaukee Bucks vs. More: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics Tips, Predictions, Odds: Who Will Win the NBA Playoff Series? Four of the side's eight pundits pick the Celtics to win Game 7 of the series. Quinn Allen writes, "Honestly I like Bucks +5 here. The lines will likely shift by Sunday as I mentioned above, so jumping on that for now is a good idea. They can't count a championship team like Milwaukee, but if Tatum plays like they did in Game 6, they have a legitimate chance to go through." Randy Chambers writes, "The Boston Celtics should be favored at home and they should win, if we're being honest are. However, the road team has won four of the six encounters in this series and most games have fallen on the wire. The Milwaukee Bucks also have that championship mentality that forces them to play hard regardless of the outcome. The Celtics are likely to win because of the hitters, but the value is in the Bucks and the free buckets.The two-time league MVP worked hard again for the Bucks in Game 6, adding 44 points and 20 rebounds overall, also going 14/30 from the field and 14/15 from the free-throw line The series has proven time and time again that Antetkounmpo is an unstoppable force, but the Celtics would like him dominate as long as his teammates continue to shoot blanks, which was the case in Game 6. In other words, the load in Game 7 for the Bucks is on the likes of Holiday, Lopez, Portis and even Grayson Allen.” The website's Basketball Power Index gives the Bucks a 30.2% chance of winning the game. The site gives the Bucks a 28% chance of winning Game 7 of the NBA Playoffs Series. The site has Boston as a favorite over Milwaukee in Game 7 in Boston. Gannett may earn revenue from Tipico for viewer recommendations on betting services. Tipico has no control over such revenue and is in no way dependent on or connected to the newsrooms or news coverage See for Terms and Conditions.


NBA scout rates Bucks, Celtics as potential Heat opponents in East Finals (says Bucks would be cheaper matchup)

For the third time this postseason, the Miami Heat are in an extended wait. At the beginning of the playoffs we had to wait until the Atlanta Hawks emerged from the play-in round as first-round opponents. Before the second half, Erik Spoelstra's team had to wait until the Philadelphia 76ers emerged from their series against the Toronto Raptors. (Author: Gardener)

NBAFor the third time this postseason, the Miami Heat are in an extended wait. At the beginning of the playoffs we had to wait until the Atlanta Hawks emerged from the play-in round as first-round opponents. Before the second half, Erik Spoelstra's team had to wait until the Philadelphia 76ers emerged from their series against the Toronto Raptors. This time, too, there will be television time again starting at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday to determine who is next. Game 7 at TD Garden will decide whether the Heat will face the Boston Celtics or the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals. While the Heat are waiting for their opponent on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. As the East Finals begin in the FTX Arena, the Sun Sentinel once again asked an experienced NBA scout for his assessment of possible future scenarios. Q: If you were the Heat and you could choose, would you prefer the Bucks or the Celtics? Scout: “I would draw for Milwaukee because Khris Middleton is struggling with that knee injury and his availability is tremendous. I just don't think the rest of their team really scares me. They have guys that more or less rival Jrue Holiday. Yes, nobody fits Giannis [Antetokounmpo], but if a team comes up with plans, it's Miami. And I just don't think the other guys have enough.” Q: So if you see Milwaukee as the preferred opponent for the Heat, what makes Boston the seemingly tougher option? Scout: "Because I just think their depth is better. Robert Williams will play some role I think [as he is dealing with a knee problem]. And Jaylen Brown gives them two boys to one for Milwaukee. And Marcus Smart can guard anyone, can guard Jimmy Butler, can guard Tyler Herro. They have great defensive versatility.” Q: The outcome of a playoff series is often determined by a Superstar's play. Has Heat's Jimmy Butler raised his game to the level of Giannis or even Tatum this postseason? Scout: I think Jimmy's leveled up, I agree. I may not have said this before, but Giannis, Tatum, Jimmy, it's kind of a wash. It's a three-way wash, with what Jimmy did recently. So it's hard to say which guy the guy will be. Well, who's going to be the best player, that's a bit hard to say until you see it." Scout: "That could be number two. It could be Tyler Herro. Better come back here if they want to win a championship. And [Milwaukee's] Jrue Holiday, you're asking him to be more of a Middleton, more of a goalscorer than he wants to be.” Q: So let's look at the scenarios: Heat vs. Bucks, how would that play out? Scout: Milwaukee will give you the three. Max Strus, Duncan Robinson, Jimmy Butler, if Kyle Lowry plays, Tyler Herro, they'll get their big share.” Q: Heat vs Celtics, how would that play out? Scout: “It's going to be a defensive streak. Every possession will be mano a mano. Because both teams are wired that way. It will be on the low point side. It's going to be trench warfare.” Q: OK, predictions, from your point of view: Heat vs. Scout: “Heat. Scout: “Seven-game streak. I'm going to Boston. They were the best team from the middle of the season. They have shown great resilience. That would be one hell of a series.”


Bucks can't eliminate the Celtics as the NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals series will return to Boston for Game 7

The Celtics' Jayson Tatum scored 46 points, surpassing the Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo, who finished with 44 points. (Author: Gardener)

the NBA Eastern Conference SemifinalsThis heavyweight bout in the second round of the NBA playoffs goes the distance. The defending champions Milwaukee Bucks missed a chance to knock out the upstart Celtics, with Boston clinching a 108-95 win at the Fiserv Forum on Friday night to even make the best-of-seven series 3-3. Game 7 is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the TD Garden in Boston. The teams have alternating wins in the series. Get daily updates on the Packers throughout the season. "It's the first team of four," said Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer. “We want to be the team of four. The back and forth, I don't think a team has won two games in a row in this series. “You have to go and find a way to get that fourth win. Win the streak. I think everyone in sports is looking for this game. You win, you keep going. Celtics forward Jayson Tatum attempts to pass Bucks center Brook Lopez in the first quarter. Jayson Tatum scored 46 points on 17-for-32 shooting and outplayed the Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 44 and 20 rebounds. Tatum had 10 points to bury Milwaukee in the fourth quarter. "He was incredible," said Antetokounmpo. You have to give him credit. He led his team to victory. “I think as a team we did a good job when we were in front of him. He let him shoot contested threes and contested twos. Tatum also had more help as Jaylen Brown added 22 points and Marcus Smart added 21. Jrue Holiday had 17 for the Bucks and Pat Connaughton had 14. The Celtics also had a big advantage in the three-pointers. Boston took 17 of 43 from long range and set the tone by going eight in the first quarter, with Smart and Tatum making a combined seven. The Bucks were only 7 for 28. "Contested threes, I think we live with that," Holiday said. "We know they're contested and even when they make them, it's definitely difficult to maintain that throughout the game .as long as we contest them - and contest them hard - I think we'll live with that."But I think when it comes down to it, we need to make more three-pointers. He scored 15 of the Bucks' first 19 points and finished the first quarter with 17 More: Nickel: Here's why you should get in the dark Side with me and embrace Giannis Antetokounmpo's three-pointers More: In Boston, the Bucks dug deep, competed and are poised for another trip to the conference- Finals The Bucks cut their lead to 82-70 by the end of the third quarter.The home team had gambled away double-digit leads in the fourth quarter in Games 4 and 5, so the Bucks weren't without hope.Just over a minute into the let In the second quarter, a monster dunk led to a three-pointer play from Antetokounmpo, making it 84-73. The Bucks dodged a ball a minute later when a tackle from Budenholzer tipped over Antetokounmpo's fifth foul. Antetokounmpo sank both free throws and then a three-pointer from Pat Connaughton made it an 8-0 run. Antetokounmpo hit a three-pointer that put the Bucks within 85-81 and the Fiserv crowd roared in anticipation of another comeback. But then Tatum deflated three hard shots, including a three that gave Boston a 95-87 lead with 5:23 left. Smart and Brown then made clutch shots of their own to give the Celtics enough cushion to hold on to the win. Now the physical back and forth series ends on Sunday after another short break. The Bucks endured a hard-fought seven-game second-round series against the Brooklyn Nets last season. "Just experience," Holiday said. "Take care of yourself. Take care of your body. Throughout the season and even before that. This is my third Game 7 and I'm 1-1. I think it's mostly a mental game. There are things that come like fatigue and how your body feels. But at the end of the day, I think we're all pros. We're going to take care of ourselves and go out there and give it our all. Subscribe to our Milwaukee Bucks newsletter for updates on the team. This article originally appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Bucks fail to eliminate the Celtics as the NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series returns to Boston for Game 7


Jayson Tatum's massive effort helps Celtics win 108-95 to force Game 7

Jayson Tatum scored 46 points and the Celtics withstood a brilliant display from Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo to win 108-95 Friday night. (Author: Gardener)

Jayson Tatum'sMILWAUKEE — Jayson Tatum wouldn't let it happen again. While the defending champions Milwaukee Bucks attempted to complete a comeback in the fourth quarter for the second straight game and close out the Eastern Conference semifinals, Tatum made sure the Boston Celtics instead kept their season alive and forced a crucial seventh game. Tatum scored 46 points and the Celtics withstood a brilliant performance from Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo to win Friday night 108-95, the third straight win for a road team in this exciting series. "I didn't want to leave anything out there and regret it," Tatum said. After the Bucks reduced a 14-point deficit to four with just under 9 minutes left, Tatum took over the game. He scored 16 of Boston's 26 points in the fourth quarter. "He was incredible," said Antetokounmpo, who was pretty exceptional himself with 44 points, 20 rebounds and six assists. The winner travels to Miami to start an East Finals matchup with the top seeded Heat on Tuesday. "I don't think anyone has won two games in a row in this series," said Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer. "Now it's the final. You must find a way to get the fourth win and win the series. The Bucks had won all eight of their potential series winners in Budenholzer's four-year tenure prior to Friday. This was the first time the Bucks had lost a potential clincher since a Game 7 loss in Boston in a 2018 first-round series. Boston showed its strength by bouncing back two nights after squandering a 14-point lead in a 110-107 home loss in Game 5 in the fourth quarter. The Bucks tried again to rally after falling behind at 14 in the final third, but this time the Celtics stayed ahead. "Tonight is the first night I've gotten any sleep since that game," said Marcus Smart, who had 21 points, seven assists and no turnovers. Jaylen Brown added 22 points for the Celtics, who were able to capitalize on their superiority from a 3-point range. The Celtics were 17 of 43 and the Bucks 7 of 27 from across the arc. Antetokounmpo tried to lead the Bucks to an unlikely second straight comeback. Boston was leading 84-70 in the first minute of the fourth quarter and was leading 84-73 when officials ruled that Grant Williams had drawn a charge for Antetokounmpo's fifth foul. But the Bucks challenged the call and it was overturned on the replay, instead sending Antetokounmpo down the line with four fouls. Antetokounmpo made both free throws to start an 8-0 run that put the Bucks back in the game. The Bucks cut the lead over Antetokounmpo's 3-pointer to 85-81 with 8:42 left. Tatum said he was contemplating the Game 5 collapse as the Bucks began to rally. He wanted to make sure the Bucks didn't win the 50-50 balls and dominate the glass like they did at the track Wednesday. "They were tougher than us in the fourth quarter of Game 5," Tatum said. Tatum wouldn't let the bucks get any closer. After that 8-0 sprint for Bucks, Tatum scored the Celtics' next 11 points. "He went into a different mode right there," Smart said. Tatum and Brown each hit a 3-pointer during an 8-0 sprint that ended with Smart's Jumper making it 100-87 with 4-20 remaining. "We had the right determination," said Celtics coach Ime Udoka. The Celtics played without forward/center Robert Williams for the third straight season. Udoka said Williams sustained a bruised bone in his left knee in the Game 3 clash with Antetokounmpo. Milwaukee was missing three-time All-Star forward Khris Middleton for the ninth straight year. Middleton sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in Game 2 of the Bucks' first-round series with the Chicago Bulls. The Celtics own a 24-9 record in Game 7 while the Bucks are only 3-8. But the Bucks can draw on a recent successful history in winner-take-all games. Her title run last year included a Game 7 win in overtime at Brooklyn in the East semifinals. Celtics: Tatum has at least 30 points in three straight games. ... After a total of 5 of 27 on 3-point attempts in games 3-5, Tatum was 7 of 15 on Friday. ... The Celtics were 10 of 17 from the 3rd in the first 14 1/2 minutes of the game -Points range. Bucks: Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday (17) and Pat Connaughton (14) combined for 75 of the Bucks' 95 points. The other Bucks shot a total of 9-of-33 and 0-of-13 from 3-point range. ... Antetokounmpo was 14 of 15 on free-throw attempts. Lanier played for the Bucks from 1980-84, and his No. 16 jersey hangs from the rafters of the Fiserv Forum. Scott Foster, the proposed crew chief for Game 6, was unable to officiate due to an illness unrelated to COVID-19.