September 21

Ulloa secures points for Leicester

first_imgLeonardo Ulloa gave Leicester their first Barclays Premier League victory for 10 years at Stoke. Press Association Two minutes later Crouch was yellow-carded for a lunging foul on David Nugent seconds after the striker was denied his own free-kick. Crouch responded in the right manner, though, and almost added another to his collection of spectacular goals with an acrobatic volley from Glenn Whelan’s cross that flew just over the bar. The former England man was in the mood and had Hamer scrambling in the 38th minute with a shot that just missed the far post. Leicester had been outplayed in the first half, even if the score did not reflect that, and boss Nigel Pearson made two changes for the second half. Esteban Cambiasso, who last season made 32 appearances for Inter Milan, replaced King while Danny Drinkwater came on for Riyad Mahrez. Cambiasso and Bojan found themselves on opposite sides again having met twice in Milan derbies in the 2012/13 Serie A season. Bojan had been neat and tidy without making too much impact, but he showed good feet in the 52nd minute to create a shooting opportunity, only to direct his effort straight at Hamer. Cambiasso’s presence certainly seemed to help Leicester take more control of the game, and they got their reward in the 64th minute. Ulloa and Drinkwater combined to tee up Paul Konchesky on the left, whose cross was guided home by the Argentinian striker. It was a decent finish from Ulloa, who had to pull the ball back from behind him. Stoke responded immediately and Bojan appealed after appearing to be tripped from behind right on the edge of the area, but referee Michael Oliver waved play on. The Potters continued to create plenty of half-chances but the ball just would not fall for them, while Leicester defended manfully. Diouf made his entrance in the 74th minute in place of Bojan while Jamie Vardy replaced Schlupp. Stoke were beginning to leave gaps at the back and, after Drinkwater was denied by a combination of Begovic and two defenders, Dean Hammond saw his fierce effort fly just past the post. Oussama Assiaid made his second Stoke debut on loan from Liverpool with eight minutes remaining but the Potters could not find a leveller. Hamer came to his side’s rescue in the 90th minute with crucial saves first from Diouf and then Moses. The Foxes had made an encouraging start to life back in the top flight with draws against Everton and Arsenal, and record signing Ulloa’s third of the season in the 64th minute earned them a 1-0 win at the Britannia Stadium. Stoke bossed the first half but were left to rue the lack of a cutting edge, while debutant goalkeeper Ben Hamer denied them a point with two great saves late on. Hamer was making his Premier League bow after Kasper Schmeichel suffered a knee injury on international duty, bringing to an end the Dane’s run of 141 consecutive league starts. Stoke’s match-winner against Manchester City, Mame Biram Diouf, was on the bench after his lengthy international trip with Senegal, so Bojan Krkic came into the starting line-up. The game had barely got started when there was a lengthy stoppage after Ryan Shawcross and Jeff Schlupp accidentally clashed heads. The Stoke skipper came off worse, sustaining a cut above his right eye, but he played on with a bandage wrapped around his forehead. After a quiet opening, the hosts began to exert more pressure on Hamer’s goal, with Steven Nzonzi the first to try his luck, but the midfielder’s impressive run was not matched by his finish. Probably the best chance of the half fell to Peter Crouch in the 18th minute, when he was picked out by Victor Moses from a corner but headed wide from eight yards. Hamer was handling most things well, although the 26-year-old summer signing from Charlton was slightly fortunate to get away with fumbling a Jonathan Walters cross. Leicester did not manage their first meaningful effort until the 27th minute, when Andy King let fly from 20 yards. Asmir Begovic dived but the ball was always going wide of the far post. last_img read more

May 31

Headphone-wearing Jose heads to Germany and scout Spurs opponents RB Leipzig

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO was in the crowd to scout Champions League opponents RB Leipzig as they took on Bayern Munich.The Spurs boss was disguised in a black baseball cap, scarf and a jacket with white iPhone headphones in as he took in the Allianz Arena.4 Jose Mourinho was spotted in the stands as RB Leipzig took on Bayern Munich in a German table-topperCredit: Bundesliga TV4 Mourinho appeared to keep a low profile in the Allianz Arena crowdCredit: ReutersSpurs’ players are currently soaking up some sunshine during their winter break after it was shortened, due to their FA Cup replay win over Southampton.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamBut not boss Mourinho, 57, who is hoping for a big victory against Julian Nagelsmann’s side in the last-16 of Europe’s premier competition.He would have witnessed a gigantic banner reading ‘F*** RB’ in one end behind the goal ahead of kick-off.And he would have witnessed an impressive RB Leipzig side, who have been giving serial Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich a serious run for their money in Germany’s top tier.Going into the game, Leipzig were just a point behind Hans-Dieter Flick’s side and a win would see them leapfrog the defending champions.But Mourinho seemed more concerned about making sure he kept an eye on Leipzig, who Spurs face in 10 days’ time in North London.4 RB Leipzig played out a tense top-of-the-table encounter against Bayern MunichCredit: EPA4 Bayern Munich fans unfurled a huge banner saying ‘F*** RB’ on the frontMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsTimo Werner has been among the most sought-after stars in German football.And the 23-year-old striker has been having a breakthrough season not dissimilar to Harry Kane’s in 2014-15.Werner has had 25 goals in all competitions for his club and will surely be a player Mourinho wants his defenders to keep one eye on.last_img read more