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Van Gaal lauds Rashford after Man Utd sealed FA Cup semis berth

Van Gaal lauds Rashford after Man Utd sealed FA Cup semis berth

Johannesburg, Apr. 14 : Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has heaped praise on teenage striker Marcus Rashford, whose wonder-goal helped the Old Trafford club to progress through to the semifinals of the FA Cup.

United relied on Rashford and Marouane Fellaini as they defeated West Ham 2-1 in the second leg of the quarterfinal clash and will next face Everton in the semis at Wembley on April 23.

Earlier, West Ham had pushed United close at Old Trafford in the 1-1 draw when the teams first met.

Ronaldo fires back at critics after steering Real into CL semis

Ronaldo fires back at critics after steering Real into CL semis

London, Apr 13 : Star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has slammed his critics after helping Real Madrid progress through to the Champions League semifinals for a record sixth successive time with his sensational performance.

The Portuguese international scored a scintillating hat-trick as Real thrashed Wolfsburg 3-2 on aggregate following a 3-0 win in the second leg of the quarterfinals at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.

Ronaldo treble sinks Wolfsburg as Real seal CL semis berth

Ronaldo treble sinks Wolfsburg as Real seal CL semis berth

Johannesburg, Apr 13 : Cristiano Ronaldo scored a scintillating hat-trick as Real Madrid progressed through to the Champions League semifinals for a record sixth successive time after defeating Wolfsburg 3-0 in the second leg match at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Trailing 2-0 from the first leg, Ronaldo struck twice in just over a minute to bring the Spanish giants level in the tie inside 17 minutes, Sport24 reported.

The Portuguese international then scored the decisive goal for the 10-time European champions through a stylish free-kick 13 minutes before the final whistle.

Barca star Messi remains world's highest paid footballer

Barca star Messi remains world's highest paid footballer

Melbourne, Apr 12 : Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi still remains the world's highest earning footballer with an annual income of 74 million euros, according to a leading French football-based magazine.

The Argentine international pipped Cristiano Ronaldo (67.4m euros) by grossing nine more million euros last year, news. com. au reported.

Meanwhile, Brazilian star Neymar was third in the list as the top three stayed unchanged for the third year running.

The calculations were based on players' pre-tax salaries, sponsorship revenues and various bonuses. (ANI)

Van Gaal backs Man Utd to make top-four PL finish despite Tottenham drubbing

Van Gaal backs Man Utd to make top-four PL finish despite Tottenham drubbing

London, Apr. 11 : Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes that his side can still make a top-four Premier League finish despite his side's humiliating defeat at the hands of second-placed Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Earlier, Tottenham Hotspur thrashed United 3-0, with Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela scoring each within a gap of six minutes in the second half.

Reflecting on their performance, van Gaal said that his side were playing good away match before Tottenham's first goal, but added that they soon lost the opportunity to score.

Tottenham thrash Man Utd 3-0 to remain in title contention

Tottenham thrash Man Utd 3-0 to remain in title contention

Johannesburg, Apr 11 : Tottenham Hotspur remained in contention for Premier League title as they thrashed Manchester United with three rapid goals in the second half at White Hart Lane.

Dele Alli put the hosts ahead in the 70th minute before Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela struck within a gap of six minutes, Sport24 reported.

Elsewhere, Leicester bagged a 2-0 win over Sunderland earlier in the day to remain overwhelming favourites for the title. They have a seven-point lead over Hotspur.

Underperforming soccer stars: Blame it on `gambling`

Underperforming soccer stars: Blame it on `gambling`

Washington D. C, Apr 8 : A new study has suggested that top soccer players are under-performing because of gambling.

Players are also using online betting sites to conceal their gambling from their partners, the British Sociological Association's annual conference in Birmingham was told on April 7, 2016.

Graeme Law of the University of Chester interviewed 34 current and former professional football players, including international and Premiership players as well as those in lower leagues.

Iborra's late winner helps Sevilla beat Athletic in Europa League quarters

Iborra's late winner helps Sevilla beat Athletic in Europa League quarters

Madrid, April. 8 : Midfielder Vicente Iborra struck a late goal as Sevilla sealed their first away win of the season by sweeping aside Athletic Bilbao 2-1 in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final clash at San Mames Stadium on Friday.

After a goalless first half, the hosts gained the lead when Aritz Aduriz netted a goal just two minutes after the half-time, but Sevilla soon got a golden chance to level the score with Timothee Kolodziejczak's equalizer in the 56th minute.

Hummels strikes as Dortmund deny Liverpool victory in Europa League quarters

Hummels strikes as Dortmund deny Liverpool victory in Europa League quarters

London, April. 8 : Defender Mats Hummels smashed a decisive goal as Dortmund settle with a 1-1 draw against Liverpool in their first leg of the Europa League quarter-final tie at Signal Iduna Park on Friday.

Liverpool forward Divock Origi gave his side a first-half lead by scoring an away goal, which was his fifth of the season, in the 36th minute of the match, the Guardian reported.

It was just three minutes after the half-time when Hummels headed the goal towards the net from six yards to hold Liverpool with a draw.

Fernandinho provides Man City edge over PSG in CL quarters

Fernandinho provides Man City edge over PSG in CL quarters

London, April. 7 : Midfielder Luis Fernandinho smashed a decisive goal as Manchester City settled with a 2-2 draw against Paris Saint Germain in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final tie at Parc des Princes.

Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne gave the visitors an early lead by netting a goal in the 38th minute but Zlatan Ibrahimovic equalized the score for the PSG just three minutes later, the Guardian reported.



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