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Arsenal from the FA Cup, Liverpool and Tottenham avoid fuss

The exit from the third round of the FA Cup doesn't happen often for Arsenal. Arsenal failed to transfer their improved Premier League form to the world's oldest knockout competition and faced second division team Forest on Sunday in the second big shock of the third round - the phase in which top clubs enter the draw beaten 1-0. It's only the second time in 26 seasons that Arsenal have played in the first ... (Author: Gardener)

the FA CupArsenal manager Mikel Arteta gestures during the third round of the English FA Cup soccer match between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal at the City Ground, Nottingham, England, Sunday 9th January 2022. Third round outcomes in the FA Cup don't come very well often for Arsenal. Arsenal failed to transfer their improved Premier League form to the world's oldest knockout competition and faced second division team Forest on Sunday in the second big shock of the third round - the phase in which top clubs enter the draw beaten 1-0. It's only the second time in 26 seasons that Arsenal have fallen at the first hurdle. "We weren't good enough," said Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta, "and we have to apologize for that." Ryan Yates of Nottingham Forest, left, vies for the ball with Charlie Patino of Arsenal during the English FA Cup third football match between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal at the City Ground, Nottingham, England, Sunday Jan. 9, 2022. Tottenham and Liverpool avoided that same fate as Arsenal, started comebacks after falling behind against third division opponents at home. Tottenham beat Morecambe 3-1 and Liverpool won 4-1 against Shrewsbury. Conceding a goal in the 83rd minute to replace Lewis Grabban at the City Ground, Arsenal became the top-ranked victim of this year's FA Cup. Arsenal's performance was so clumsy that Arteta's side failed to score a shot on goal against Forest, a former European champion who has had tough times since the turn of the century and is ninth in the championship. "It's great to get through and I hope the players really believe in what we're doing now," said Forest manager Steve Cooper, who wants to lead the team back to the Premier League for the first time since playing at the top of the game 1999. Tottenham's Harry Winks, left, celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the English FA Cup third game between Tottenham Hotspur and Morecambe at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Sunday 9th January 2022. (AP Photo / Matt Dunham) This was in stark contrast to Arsenal's recent Premier League performances which helped propel the team into the Champions League. Arsenal outplayed leaders and defending champions Manchester City just last week before imploding after a red card in the second half. Morecambe goalkeeper Trevor Carson fails to save a shot by Tottenham's Harry Winks during the English FA Cup third football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Morecambe at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Sunday 9 January 2022. (AP Photo / Matt Dunham) Arsenal wore an all white stripe instead of the usual red one for the game to protest knife crime. The FA Cup brought some surprises in the third round, no bigger than Newcastle's home defeat by third division Cambridge United on Saturday. A bit of luck - or maybe it was pinpoint accuracy - proved crucial in Tottenham's tackle against Morecambe. After his side were down 1-0 in the 73rd minute, Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks sent a free kick from near the corner flag on the left wing and the ball flew over everyone into the top corner. Liverpool's Roberto Firmino, center, scores his team's third goal during the English FA Cup third match between Liverpool and Shrewsbury Town at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, Sunday 9th January 2022. Substitutes Lucas Moura and Harry Kane added more goals in the last five minutes for Spurs, who denied Morecambe a fourth-round spot for the first time in its 101-year history. Liverpool started their comeback against Shrewsbury much earlier, leveling seven minutes after falling behind in the 27th minute. Kaide Gordon, one of five Academy players who kicked off a young Liverpool line-up, became the second youngest goalscorer in club history at 17 years and 96 days with a cool 1-1 goal before Fabinho hit a cheeky backheel on both sides. Goal from fellow Brazilian Roberto Firmino, who was substituted on. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was back in the dugout after spending time in isolation after a positive test for coronavirus that emerged at the club during an outbreak that resulted in the training ground being closed for two days. West Ham won a matchup in the Premier League against Leeds 2-0, with the decisive opening goal - scored by Manuel Lanzini - disputed after a possible offside against Jarrod Bowen. Liverpool's Fabinho, center, celebrates with his teammates after scoring his team’s fourth goal during the English FA Cup third football match between Liverpool and Shrewsbury Town at Anfield in Liverpool on Sunday 9th January 2022. Bowen added a second to stoppage time when Leeds pulled out in the third round for the ninth time in the last 12 seasons. Premier League teams Wolverhampton and Norwich also advanced after beating lower division Sheffield United (3-0) and Charlton (1-0) respectively. Many of the larger teams used the third round to give their marginalized members playing time, but two players in particular did not take their chance. Arsenal's left full-back Nuno Tavares suffered the shame of being substituted on after a poor performance against Forest in the 34th minute. Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, meanwhile, was noticeably slow as he strolled off the field with his head bowed after being substituted on while his side lost to Morecambe. Liverpool's Kaide Gordon, right, celebrates with his teammates after scoring his team's opening goal during the English FA Cup third game between Liverpool and Shrewsbury Town at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool on Sunday 9th January 2022. Ndombele, Spurs' record signing, walked straight through the tunnel instead of watching his team resist. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp watches warm up before the English FA Cup third round football match between Liverpool and Shrewsbury Town at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool on Sunday 9th January 2022. "I was a player and it sometimes happened to me that someone was' unhappy with my performance," said Tottenham coach Antonio Conte, downplaying the incident.

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Lewis Grabban's late show baffles Arsenal for Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup

The striker's 83rd-minute goal secured Nottingham Forest a 1-0 third-round win against an Arsenal side with seven substitutions (Author: Gardener)

Lewis Grabban'sLewis Grabban (left) celebrates with his Nottingham Forest teammate Brennan Johnson after scoring the only goal in the FA Cup win over Arsenal. Photo: Daniel Leal / AFP / Getty Images Lewis Grabban (left) celebrates with his Nottingham Forest teammate Brennan Johnson after scoring the only goal in the FA Cup win over Arsenal. Photo: Daniel Leal / AFP / Getty Images Four years ago, a defeat at the City Ground made up for Arsène Wenger's flawless record in the third round of the FA Cup. Nobody seriously expected Mikel Arteta to pull off a 21-year streak, but Nottingham Forest made sure he lost his first game at the time. Their winner, who was met by substitute Lewis Grabban seven minutes from time, came as no surprise and Arsenal were eliminated without registering a shot on goal. "It really hurts," says Mikel Arteta after Arsenal were knocked out of goal by FA CupGrabban expertly, in the familiar style of a 33-year-old who made his career living in the box and the move that brought him, summarized most of what had come before. When Ryan Yates intercepted Albert Sambi Lokonga's sloppy pass in midfield and was sent off to the right by a pass from Brennan Johnson, it wasn't the first time Arsenal had been exposed on that side. A mini-pitch invasion ensued and Steve Cooper's hosts, who look better than ninth in the second division, can expect a derby next month with their anti-knife crime initiative "No More Red". Forest was lively and snappy, cheered on by a crowd clearly keen on the occasion, and seemed far more willing than their visitors to spin the gears when the Arsenal squad, which had closed Manchester City last Saturday, threatened a bizarre threat Intervention to increase the chances of another surprise as the proceeding kept bubbling. His right-footed back pass to Bernd Leno was wildly overheated and aimed at chest height, which forced the keeper to concede a clumsy goal. Arsenal's Eddie Nketiah (left) reacts after a missed opportunity in their loss to Nottingham Forest. Charlie Patino, the gifted 18-year-old whose debut in the Carabao Cup last month scored a goal against Sunderland, made his first appearance in midfield alongside Lokonga. Patino slipped into a sharp challenge within 40 seconds and quickly showed some understanding that steel was required in addition to grace, but not all of his colleagues went along with it. Forest pushed the pace through Djed Spence, a senior full-back who constrained Martinelli on Arsenal's left while frequently missing Tavares, and the speed of Johnson. Philip Zinckernagel searched around her and put up a tender cross from the sideline begging to be attacked, but despite all her brilliant work, Forest hadn't made a significant shot by half-time when the Wolves finished with a 3-0- Victory over Sheffield United at Molineux made it into the fourth round of the FA Cup. The Wolves were given some breathing space at the start after some atypically disjointed defenses, but Podence scored the goal within the first quarter of an hour and from there the hosts hardly looked back. They had to wait until the 72nd minute for Semedo to double their lead before Podence scored his second goal shortly thereafter, the striker's first since his goal in the Carabao Cup loss to Tottenham on 22 September. Billy Sharp thought he had equalized before halftime but the goal was chalked up for a high foot as the Blades suffered an unfortunate return to the ground where their Premier League relegation was confirmed 4-0 last season to move into the fourth round of the FA Cup. The hatters went into the game after not playing for 29 days due to covid outbreaks but despite their lack of action they were able to go home thanks to goals from Elijah Adebayo, Cameron Jerome, Kal Naismith and Luke Berry. Jones said: "We haven't played football for a month, we gave them a great week in terms of training and numbers this week as we need to update ourselves so it was a gamble ... we got it Made the game 4-0, so it's not a bad world, is it? " Mark Harris fired a late winning goal in overtime as Cardiff beat Preston 2-1 in the Welsh capital. Harris' first goal in the competition came with a tie in the third round, just four minutes after a penalty shoot-out. Another young man in the Bluebirds, Isaak Davies had previously scored his first senior team goal before Daniel Johnson's penalty fixed Preston. Davies' goal after 42 minutes was a particularly sweet moment for the Welsh U21 international. Cardiff's manager, Steve Morison, had described Davies as an "obstacle rather than an aid" after coming on off at Bournemouth, only to replace him within 30 minutes. Tom Ince's goal in the first half and a late goal from Tyrese Campbell earned Stoke. a a 2-0 win over Leyton Orient. Ince scored three minutes before half-time and then delivered the pass for substitute Campbell to rule the fight in the 89th minute. Saka and Lokonga both saw attempts that were deflected from the target. He made this clear when he replaced the ailing Tavares, who was uninjured, with Kieran Tierney in the 35th minute. Spence tried to undo this within a minute of restarting but cut off a cross shot behind. It was another strong start from Forest, with Zinckernagel creating plaintive calls for a penalty after falling in the box, despite Eddie Nketiah watching Steve Cook block his shot as Arsenal countered and his ears warmed by a well-positioned Saka goal was just close to his opening goal. Zinckernagel took it and forced Leno to react wisely after connecting from 12 meters away, but the chance was all thanks to the highly rated Johnson. It was an electric initiative, but moments later, Arsenal should have made it a distant memory. Nketiah was at the mercy of the goal when he was found unmarked by Saka just an hour ago, but his header failed and sent him away from the goal. Although Nketiah is a little gamer these days, Nketiah usually sends off such openings without a fuss and Forest had received a huge disappointment. The Fiver: Sign up and receive our daily soccer email. For the first time there was no goal for both sides seem like a big task.

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Arsenal lose in the FA Cup shock to the second division team Forest

Arsenal failed to transfer their improved Premier League form to the FA Cup and lost 1-0 to ... (Author: Gardener)

the FA CupArsenal manager Mikel Arteta gestures during the third round of the English FA Cup soccer match between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal at the City Ground, Nottingham, England, Sunday January 9th 2022. Nottingham Forest's Ryan Yates, left, vies for the ball with Arsenal's Charlie Patino during the third round of the English FA Cup football match between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal at the City Ground, Nottingham, England, Sunday 9th January 2022. Tottenhams Harry Winks, left, celebrates after his team's first goal during the English FA Cup football match the Third round between Tottenham Hotspur and Morecambe at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, Sunday 9th January 2022. Morecambe goalkeeper Trevor Carson fails to save a shot by Tottenham's Harry Winks during the third round of the English FA Cup between Tottenham Hotspur and Morecambe at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, Sunday 9th January 2022. Liverpool's Roberto Firmino, center, ore iels his team’s third goal during the English FA Cup t third round soccer match between Liverpool and Shrewsbury Town at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, Sunday 9th January 2022. Liverpool’s Fabinho, center, celebrates with his teammates after scoring the fourth goal of his Team during the English FA Cup third football match between Liverpool and Shrewsbury. City at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, Sunday 9th January 2022. Liverpool's Kaide Gordon, right, celebrates with his teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the third football match of the English FA Cup between Liverpool and Shrewsbury Town at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool on Sunday 9th January 2022. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp watches the warm-up before the English FA Cup third round soccer match between Liverpool and Shrewsbury Town at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool on Sunday 9th January 2022 . Arsenal failed to carry out their transfer and improved their Premier League form to the FA Cup and lost 1-0 to second division Nottingham Forest in the second big shock of the third round on Sunday. With a goal conceded in the 83rd minute at the City Ground, Arsenal became the top-ranked victim in the stage of the competition where Premier League teams take part in the draw. Arsenal's performance was so clumsy that Mikel Arteta's team failed to score a shot on goal against Forest, a former European champion who has had tough times since the turn of the millennium and is ninth in the championship. This was in stark contrast to Arsenal's recent Premier League performances which helped propel the team into the Champions League. Arsenal outplayed leaders and defending champions Manchester City just last week before imploding after a red card in the second half. The FA Cup brought some surprises in the third round, no bigger than Newcastle's home defeat by third division Cambridge United on Saturday. There seemed to be the possibility of two more shocks in Sunday's early games, with Tottenham and Liverpool falling behind third division opponents at home just to avoid embarrassment. After his side were down 1-0 in the 73rd minute, Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks sent a free kick from near the corner flag on the left wing and the ball flew over everyone into the top corner. Substitutes Lucas Moura and Harry Kane added more goals in the final five minutes to seal a 3-1 win for Spurs, who denied Morecambe a fourth-round spot for the first time in their 101-year history. Liverpool won 4-1 but started their comeback much earlier, leveling in the 27th minute seven minutes after falling behind Shrewsbury. Kaide Gordon, one of five Academy players who kicked off a young Liverpool line-up, became the second youngest goalscorer in club history at 17 years and 96 days with a cool 1-1 goal before Fabinho hit a cheeky backheel on both sides. Goal from fellow Brazilian Roberto Firmino, who was substituted on. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was back in the dugout after spending time in isolation after a positive test for coronavirus that emerged at the club during an outbreak that resulted in the training ground being closed for two days. West Ham won a matchup in the Premier League against Leeds 2-0, with the decisive opening goal - scored by Manuel Lanzini - disputed after a possible offside against Jarrod Bowen. Bowen added a second in stoppage time when Leeds pulled out in the third round for the ninth time in the last 12 seasons. Shelley Luther, anti-lockdown activist and GOP candidate, said Chinese students should be banned from Texas universities. Many of the larger teams used the third round to give their marginalized players play time, but two players in particular did not use their opportunity. Arsenal's left full-back Nuno Tavares suffered the shame of being substituted on after a poor performance against Forest in the 34th minute. Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, meanwhile, was noticeably slow as he strolled off the field with his head bowed after being substituted on while his side lost to Morecambe. "I was a player and sometimes it happened to me that someone was dissatisfied with my performance," said Tottenham coach Antonio Conte, downplaying the incident.

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Morata's Barca move put on hold as Juve Icardi. keep an eye on

Alvaro Morata's future depends on Juventus luring former Inter Milan star Mauro Icardi back to Serie A. Transfer Talk has the latest. (Author: Gardener)

MorataMarcotti explained what would have to happen for Barcelona to sign Alvaro Morata in January. Marcotti explained what would have to happen for Barcelona to sign Alvaro Morata in January. The January 2022 transfer window is open (find out when it closes here) and there is a lot of talk about who is moving where. Transfer Talk brings you the latest gossip, comings and goings, and of course, closed deals! The January transfer windows can create some uncomfortable negotiation scenarios for clubs and players. Calciomercato report that Juventus' search for a new striker is causing traffic congestion in the market. This scenario begins with Alvaro Morata, who wants to cut his loan with Juve and return to Spain to return to Barcelona, ​​who has already signed Manchester City striker Ferran Torres for 55 million euros this winter despite debts of over a billion euros. However, Juventus insist they need to find a suitable replacement before Morata can leave. Fiorentinas Dusan Vlahovic and Sassuolos Gianluca Scamacca are unlikely to join in January as they are summer destinations. Paris Saint-Germain striker Mauro Icardi is a player who could move to Turin this month is now a permanent move. 18:26 GMT: Chelsea and coach Thomas Tuchel want to bring back left-back Emerson Palmieri, according to productive tweeter Fabrizio Romano. Palmieri was loaned to Lyon on a one-year contract in August, and now Tuchel is reportedly trying to call him back. Lyon have refused an initial rapprochement, the report said, but Chelsea are now ready to try again and offer compensation to the 27-year-old Brazilian. This makes Chelsea's hopes for Lucas Digne, another left-back, all the less likely. Chelsea had been considering a loan deal, among other things, but Everton are reportedly only interested in permanent transfer offers for the 28-year-old Frenchman. Everton signed Digne on a £ 18million five-year deal in 2018. According to reports, the club is now looking for £ 30m worth of money to let go of. 17.43 GMT: Manchester City striker Cole Palmer is aiming for a regular spot on the first team this season. 16.13 GMT: Mikel Arteta said Arsenal are ready to consider a big move for a striker in January given the ongoing ties with Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic. According to reports in Italy, the Gunners are ready to offer € 55m plus Lucas Torreira to win the Serbian striker, who has 18 months left in his current contract. Sources have told ESPN that Arsenal have been watching Vlahovic for some time, but it is currently unclear whether a transfer this month is a realistic possibility. Arsenal spent around € 167million on five new players last summer, but when asked if there was another big thing in their opportunities, Arteta said, as there are rumors about Vlahovic: "If it's the right player and we do it can afford and we can do what we want to do, we will discuss that and make the best possible decision. ”[Technical Director] Edu ​​and his team work very hard because we know exactly what we have to do and whether we can do it in January or in the summer is another question as it has to do with other things. "15.56 GMT: Bayer Leverkusen's striker Patrik Schick says he's happy at the club while he's talking about a transfer in January." Of course, it's nice to read when you're in contact with big clubs. "Schick said the picture." But I'm really happy in Leverkusen and I want to play in the Champions League with Bayer. Everyone knows my contract situation and I would never cause the club any trouble pushing through a move. "2:45 pm GMT: Norwich City winger Todd Cantwell has been linked with Newcastle but Leicester are interested in bringing him in, according to The Sun. Cantwell, 23, is keen to keep going as Norwich has struggled in the Premier League this season with a £ 15m fee reportedly enough to land him 4/14 GMT: The Daily Mail says Manchester City Raheem Sterling expected to sign a new deal. The 27-year-old Sterling appears to be at his best again but has sometimes struggled to cement his place on the City first team this season. The English striker was made with a move in January, before City winger Ferran Torres left Barcelona for € 55million, with Sterling tied to the club until 2023 the Spanish striker from Manchester City for 55 million euros last week and then loaned midfielder Philippe Coutinho to Aston Villa until the end of the season. "The departure of Phil Coutinho helps us, creates fair play, but it is not enough," said Barcelona football director Mateu Alemany after the 1-1 draw against Granada on Saturday. "We are working a lot to find other departures and other situations that will allow us to achieve the fair play required for Ferran to register. Barcelona vice-president Rafa Yuste said the club was working around the clock to achieve this: "We need more runs. We are working on it, all the club professionals are working to get this done as soon as possible. "Austrian striker Yusuf Demir and French center-back Samuel Umtiti are expected to be the next to leave Camp Nou in January. Yuste meanwhile gave an update on the negotiations on a contract extension for striker Ousmane Dembele, who has offers from Premier League and Serie A clubs and is in no hurry to sign a new deal. "We are focused on Dembele's contract talks and the team we have," he said Dembele's contract renewal is done as soon as possible The club has their [Dembeles] agent and the player already knows they have given the best the club can offer at this point we are waiting for their agents' response at this point GMT: The Houston Dynamo are nearing a deal for Libertad and Paraguay's youth international Carlos Sebastian Ferre ira Vidal, as sources have confirmed to ESPN. Sources added that Ferreira, 23, is expected to fly to Houston in the next few days to close the deal for an agreed transfer fee of around $ 6 million. When the deal is closed, Ferreira will become a Houston-based team in need of offensive help, with Dynamo's 36 goals marking the second worst mark in Major League Soccer in 2021. 03/11 GMT: PSG striker Kylian Mbappe could still sign a new deal with the club, said Le Parisien. Mbappe, 23, made it clear that he wanted to join Real Madrid last summer but PSG turned down a € 200m offer. The French international's contract expires in the summer and he is expected to sign for the Spanish club for free. However, Mbappe has also said he does not want to leave the club for a free transfer and could therefore sign a short-term deal, possibly with an achievable release clause allowing him to move on and cash in on a transfer for PSG. 10.25 GMT: Fabrizio Romano reports that Manchester United are ready to loan winger Amad Diallo on loan. United spent € 21m (with an additional € 20m in add-ons) last year to sign Diallo from Atalanta, but he's only played nine games since then. The Ivorian is expected to move to Birmingham on loan to gain more experience, although four other clubs appear interested. 09:56 GMT: Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga appears to have no long term future at the club and was left on the bench in the 5-1 FA Cup win over Chesterfield with Marcus Bettinelli given the chance. With Mendy playing for Senegal in the Africa Cup this month, Kepa has a chance to shine and The Athletic say Lazio are interested in signing him on a permanent basis. 09:34 GMT: A number of Tottenham players fear for their future as Antonio Conte plans a ruthless roster overhaul that could move more than half a dozen players, sources told ESPN. The Italian made a scathing assessment of the group following Wednesday's Carabao Cup semi-finals, defeat at Chelsea in the first leg, claiming "we're a middle team" and far from ready to compete at the top of the Premier League. Sources told ESPN that the view has been replicated in private meetings Conte held with senior figures at the club to see how to reshape his roster, a strategy that focuses on a major overhaul. 09:00 GMT: Ralf Rangnick fears the unrest in the dressing room at Manchester United could undo their attempt to make it into the Premier League's top four this season, sources told ESPN. After Monday night's 1-0 defeat by Wolves - Rangnick's first loss as interim manager at Old Trafford - Luke Shaw said the team did not "feel together" on the pitch, while also questioning his motivation and intensity during the game posed. Sources told ESPN that while Rangnick was disappointed with the comments, Shaw's interview came as no great surprise and that there are concerns that United's hopes of securing Champions League football for the next season will quickly fade if the issues are not addressed . Rangnick has been in office for a month and a number of players have announced they will be leaving. Sources said fringe players who were frustrated with lack of playing time under former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believed they could get a clean slate under the 63-year-old but again felt under-challenged. - Cristiano Ronaldo has had crisis talks with his agent Jorge Mendes about his future at Manchester United, according to The Sun. The Portuguese international striker, 36, is frustrated with the Red Devils' performance and disaffected with the tactics of interim coach Ralf Rangnick. - Julian Alvarez's agent Fernando Hidalgo will travel to Italy in the coming days to find a deal for the River Plate attacker, Calciomercato says. Fiorentina are the most interested club at the moment, but Hidalgo looks bigger for now and is hoping to continue talks with Juventus, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan over a $ 20 million move. - Atletico Madrid have previously been reported to be interested in Arsenal's Cedric Soares as they look to replace Kieran Trippier following the Englishman's move to Newcastle United. - West Ham United have made an attempt to sign Aston Villa center-back Kortney at home, with Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna both suffering injuries for the Hammers, according to Football Insider. Steven Gerrard is reportedly ready to let the 26-year-old go if another center-back is signed in January, with Watford also making a request. - Marseille are looking to sign Samuel Gigot from Spartak Moscow and Sead Kolasinac from Arsenal during the January transfer window, L'Equipe reported. The club's president, Pablo Longoria, is pressured by Jorge Sampaoli to strengthen his squad while working on tight finances. Kolasinac would replace Jordan Amavi, who joined Nice on loan.

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Arsenal and Real Madrid legend with silver hair unrecognizable

THIS former Arsenal and Real Madrid legend looks unrecognizable with silver hair. But can you guess who it is? The 54-year-old World Cup legend looks far away from the striker who enlightened Europe ... (Author: Gardener)

Arsenal and Real MadridTHIS former Arsenal and Real Madrid legend looks unrecognizable with silver hair. The 54-year-old World Cup legend looks far away from the striker who shaped European football in the 1990s. The six-time Croatian Footballer of the Year was one of the continent's best strikers in his prime, scoring a staggering 285 career goals. Suker's first senior appearance came in 1985 with Osijek, where he scored 40 goals before hitting another 39 with Dinamo Zagreb. Suker made a move to Sevilla in 1991 before scoring 90 goals in five seasons. FREE BETS: GET OVER £ 2,000 IN NEW CUSTOMER DEALS He joined Real Madrid in 1996 before scoring 29 goals in his first season. Another 20 goals came in the next two seasons. He then earned a move to Arsenal, scoring 11 times before joining West Ham. Suker spent his twilight years in the Bundesliga at 1860 Munich before retiring in 2003. The hit man also played 69 times for Croatia, scored an incredible 45 goals and led his team to third place at the 1998 World Cup - a tournament in which he won the Golden Shoe with six goals. After the end of his playing career, Suker became President of the Croatian Football Association in 2012. ⚽ Read our Transfer News Live blog for the latest rumors, gossip, and deals made

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Real Madrid beat Valencia; Barcelona shares with Granada

The ten-man Barcelona conceded a late goal to make it 1-1 at Granada after Dani Alves set up his first La Liga game since returning to the club. The 38-year-old rolled up a long ball for Luuk de Jong to steer home. (Author: Gardener)

GranadaKarim Benzema and Vinícius Júnior each scored two goals as Real Madrid beat Valencia 4-1 to extend their lead in the Spanish league. Madrid extended their lead over runner-up Sevilla to eight points before taking on Getafe on Sunday. Benzema converted a Casemiro-earned penalty just before half-time on Saturday to score 300 career goals for Madrid. He helped Vinícius double the lead in the 52nd minute after the Brazilian winger left several defenders behind. After Goncalo Guedes fell behind for Valencia, Benzema improved their lead to 17. Carlo Ancelotti's side missed Vinícius in a shocking loss to Getafe last weekend. Against Valencia, the striker showed again why he is an important reason why Madrid are on their way to recapturing the Atlético Madrid title. Vinícius put the finishing touches and decision-making - to perform as a teenager with the speed and dribbling he showed when he arrived in Madrid - to become the breakout player of the competition. With four defenders in his path, Vinícius picked them up. He blew past two, swapping quick passes with Benzema, and let the ball past the last two men before beating the unfortunate Jasper Cillessen. His next goal was his 11th, leaving him only Benzema on the league's top scorer list. Benzema scored a second goal two minutes before the end of the game when he received the ball, spun and shot a low shot into the corner. I know his potential and that he can do more, "said Benzema after scoring his 301st goal for Madrid. Ten-man Barcelona conceded a late goal to make it 1-1 at Granada after Dani Alves had set up his first league game since But Granada stormed forward after teenage Gavi Páez received his second yellow card 10 minutes from time. Antonio Puertas equalized in the 89th minute while Barcelona were surrounded in his box. Alves, who won Barcelona to 23 titles from 2008- 16 helped "He started his second stint on Wednesday when third division Linares were beaten 2-1 in the Copa del Rey. Barcelona stayed in sixth place after missing out on third place and Champions League spots. "The expulsion has obviously changed." the game, but we've made too many mistakes, lost too many stupid balls. Barcelona are next to travel to Saudi Arabia to face a Clásico against Madrid in the Spanish Supercup semi-finals on Wednesday. Atlético and Athletic Bilbao are in the other semi-finals. Levante needed 20 games, but eventually he took his first win of the season. Roberto Soldado and José Morales scored in the 2-0 win over Mallorca after having spent the entire first half of the season - a full 19 rounds - without a single win. The only previous victory in a competition for the team from Valencia achieved the team in the Copa del Rey against an opponent from the lower division, before they were eliminated in the next round by an opponent from the third division. Levante stayed in last place with a five point lead. Mikel Oyarzabal scored his 12th goal in all competitions, helping Real Sociedad beat Celta Vigo 1-0, ending their six-round winless streak.

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2 players will miss El Clasico in the semifinals of the Spanish Supercup 2021/22

Real Madrid will face Barcelona in the semi-finals of the 2021/22 Spanish Supercup at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, at 14:00 (ET) on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. This will be their 15th Supercopa de España meeting. Real Madrid are firm favorites in direct duels after having won eight times so far; Barcelona have triumphed four times to date, and the remaining two games ... (Author: Gardener)

SupercupReal Madrid will face Barcelona in the semi-finals of the 2021/22 Spanish Supercup at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, at 14:00 (ET) on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. This will be their 15th Supercopa de España meeting. Real Madrid are firm favorites in direct duels after having won eight times so far; Barcelona have triumphed four times to date and the remaining two games have ended in a draw. Their last game for the Spanish Super Cup took place on August 16, 2017, when the Whites won 2-0 in the second leg of the 2017/18 final. It promises to be an even more exciting clash, as they have faced each other for the first time since then, this time in the semi-finals of the Supercopa de España 2021/2022. Several key players in the Santiago Bernabeu team will miss this crucial duel, two in total from the first team. Here's who and why the Madrid players are out of this great El Clasico match. Everything points to a small tear in his left ischium that has already kept him away from defeating Valencia. He is also likely to miss the Supercopa de Espana trip to Saudi Arabia.

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Watch Real Madrid ace Vinicius Jr. become an instant hero by jumping over the badge

REAL MADRID star Vinicius Jr. went even higher in fan estimates last night. Not only did he bag twice in his team's 4-1 win over Valencia. (Author: Gardener)

Watch Real MadridREAL MADRID star Vinicius Jr. climbed even higher in fan estimates last night. Not only did he bag twice in his team's 4-1 win over Valencia. After scoring two goals, Vini was chasing a loose ball. After it slipped out of play, the Brazilian’s momentum knocked him off. Instead of stepping on a picture of the club's crest on the sidelines, Vinicius jumped over it instead. Madrid took the lead at the Santiago Bernabeu when Karim Benzema converted from the penalty spot after a foul by Casemiro. Vinicius then scored the 2-0 and shot home when the ball bounced off him six meters from goal. Goncalo Guedes managed to catch up for Valencia by converting from the second attempt when Thibaut Courtois initially saved his penalty. But Benzema had the last word by spinning with two minutes to go and shooting home. The win brought Madrid eight points up on runner-up Seville, despite the fact that ex-coach Julen Lopetegui's side have two games ahead of them. Vinicius himself has a breakthrough season. The winger has scored 14 goals in 26 appearances - including nine assists.

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"I want to be like the Real Madrid legends who are playing with me now"

The attacker spoke to the press after putting in a great performance on his return. (Author: Gardener)

the Real MadridReal Madrid star Vinicius Junior has scored a brace on his return to the team after missing the last two games with Covid-19. Vinicius never missed a shot and was great from the start. He later spoke to the press and reviewed his performance and the team's encouraging 4-1 win over Valencia. “It was a great game from the start. We played really well today and we have to keep going so we can win big things this season. I'm really happy to be back so I can score goals, I haven't scored in four games, ”he said. Vinicius was asked about his form and how much influence he always has on the team. Real Madrid have struggled without him for the last two games and the Brazilian winger definitely improved the team's offensive. “I have to keep working and improving to do great things in Madrid this season and in the years to come. It is a great pleasure to experience this in Madrid. It is a dream for me to play at the Bernabéu where people are calling my name and I want to be able to experience this for a long time to be like the club legends who play with me and help me stay on top of the game. Vinicius ended his interview by talking about the controversial penalty against Valencia, which ended with Real Madrid scoring their opening goal. We can expect to have a bad game or play badly, but we have to be strong because that's the beauty of football and every three days we have a chance to fix it. We did that today and we remain leaders in LaLiga, ”he said.

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Real Madrid lose to Valencia, Barcelona are held by Granada

Benzema and Vinicius both scored two goals at the Santiago Bernabeu to send Madrid eight points ahead of second-placed Sevilla. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridKarim Benzema scored 300 goals for Real Madrid and Vinicius Junior provided another magical moment as the La Liga leaders sailed 4-1 past Valencia on Saturday. Benzema and Vinicius both scored two goals at the Santiago Bernabeu, putting Madrid eight points ahead of runner-up Sevilla, who have two games to go, the first against Getafe on Sunday. Benzema's 300th goal fell from the penalty spot before Vinicius took five Valencia defenders by surprise with a one-two with his French team-mate and added a brilliant second goal early in the second half. Vinicius then headed in a third and Benzema added a late fourth, both sides of Goncalo Guedes converting a penalty for the hosts. Benzema has scored 17 goals and Vinicius 12 this season, 29 more than any of the 13 teams in the league, including fourth-placed Real Sociedad. "I feel very good with Vinicius," said Benzema. Benzema's triple century came after 584 games for Real Madrid. He is the fourth player in the club's history to reach the milestone and join the prestigious trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul and Alfredo di Stefano. Instead, they stay sixth, level on points with Atletico Madrid, who have to face Villarreal on Sunday. Real Sociedad are in fourth place after previously beating Celta Vigo 1-0 at home. Luuk de Jong headed Xavi Hernandez's side into the lead at Los Carmenes, only for Granada's Antonio Puertas to equalize in the 89th minute, 10 minutes after Barcelona's 17-year-old Gavi was sent off. De Jong nodded at a cross from Dani Alves, the 38-year-old who made his first La Liga appearance since May 2016. "We had to be patient, hold the ball and play in the opposing half, but we lost silly." Balls, it was our mistake, "said Xavi Hernandez. Gavi's mistake boosted Granada at a crucial moment, but Barcelona's lack of goals means they are constantly prone to the slightest mistake. Since October they have only won one game by more than one goal. We have to be self-critical and grow, ”said Xavi. Luka Modric had already hit the crossbar when Casemiro was knocked down in the penalty area by Omar Alderete and Benzema rolled in on the penalty kick. Vinicius took an excellent second place in the 52nd minute as he drove into the box with a group of Valencia defenders in front of him. Vinicius nodded in third on the line and Valencia's Guedes pulled one back from the penalty spot before Benzema's clever finish on the corner gave him his second place of the game, 301st overall, and Madrid fourth.

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