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West Germany’s 1990 WC hero Brehme no more

Andreas Brehme, whose 85th-minute penalty sealed victory for West Germany over Argentina in the 1990 World Cup final, died overnight into Tuesday at the age of 63, his former club Bayern Munich said.  “FC Bayern is deeply shocked by the sudden death of Andreas Brehme,” the club said in a statement.  Also Read: Paris Saint-Germain sign France defender Lucas Hernández from Bayern Munich “We will always keep Andreas Brehme in our hearts. As a world champion and as a very special person.” A versatile left-back, Brehme spent two seasons with Bayern Munich between 1986-1988, winning the Bundesliga in 1987.  This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

21 February,2024 06:34 AM IST | Berlin | AFP
Kylian Mbappe

Mbappe agrees to join Real

Paris St-Germain (PSG) striker Kylian Mbappe has reportedly finalised an agreement to join Real Madrid during the upcoming summer transfer window. According to BBC Sports, the sensational forward, who currently serves as the captain of the French national team, has informed PSG of his decision to depart as his contract with the club nears expiration in June.  While Mbappe’s move to Real Madrid is yet to be officially confirmed through a signed contract, reports suggest that the announcement could be imminent, potentially following the conclusion of this season’s UEFA Champions League, where the two clubs could face each other. His desire to have his future resolved before March prompted a decisive meeting with PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi on February 13, during which he communicated his intentions to join the Spanish giants. Also Read: ‘Kylian in good shape’ As per the reported terms of the agreement, Mbappe is poised to sign a lucrative five-year contract with Real Madrid, entailing an annual salary of GBP 12.8 million (approx Rs 134 crore) in addition to a staggering signing-on bonus of GBP 128 million (approx R1,342 cr), distributed over five years. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

21 February,2024 06:31 AM IST | New Delhi | IANS
Arsenal’s Martin Odegaard (centre) during a training session in London yesterday. Pic/Getty Images

Gunning for glory!

Martin Odegaard has urged Arsenal to use the momentum from their recent goal spree to fuel the club’s historic bid for Champions League and Premier League glory. The Gunners head to Porto on Wednesday for the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie in buoyant mood after demolishing Burnley 5-0 last weekend. Mikel Arteta’s side have started a calendar year with five successive league wins for the first time in their history, scoring 21 goals in those games.  Two points behind Liverpool Arsenal are just two points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool and can turn their attention to Porto safe in the knowledge they are firmly in the hunt for a first title since 2004. As well as reigning supreme in England for the first time in 20 years, the north Londoners are convinced they can also conquer Europe. Arsenal have never won the Champions League—losing their only final appearance against Barcelona in 2006.  Also Read: Atletico Madrid routs Las Palmas 5-0 to end winless streak ahead of Champions League Buoyed by the recent string of high-scoring wins, Gunners captain Odegaard is confident his team can mount a thrilling bid for both trophies.  ‘Want to focus on ourselves’ “That’s what we want to do, we want to compete in every competition we play in,” the Norway midfielder said. “Of course Champions League is a massive one, so we are excited for it. We just want to focus on ourselves each game, keep improving every game and we will see how it goes. We are in a good moment now. We have to use that momentum, keep building on it and we will see.” Arsenal lost their opening game of the year to Liverpool in the FA Cup. Revitalised by a warm-weather training camp in Dubai, they crushed Crystal Palace 5-0 and beat Nottingham Forest. They put Liverpool to the sword in a 3-1 league victory that served notice of Arsenal’s hunger to make amends for last season’s late collapse in the title race. They then thrashed West Ham 6-0 before crushing Burnley. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

21 February,2024 06:28 AM IST | London | AFP
Thomas Tuchel

'Title not so realistic:' Bayern boss Tuchel

Bayern Munich coach Thomas Tuchel said winning this season’s Bundesliga title was “not so realistic right now” after a loss on Sunday which left Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen eight points clear at the top. The 3-2 defeat at lowly Bochum was Bayern’s third reverse in a row, after a 3-0 thumping by Alonso’s league leaders last weekend and a 1-0 midweek loss at Lazio in the Champions League. The German champions have not lost three matches in a row since 2015, a run which included semi-final defeats to Barcelona in the Champions League and Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup. Asked if his job was in danger, Tuchel said “there is no point worrying about it”. Bayern CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen told reporters Tuchel would “of course” be in the dugout against Leipzig on Saturday.  Also Read: Ira lights up Brabourne “I don’t believe in making these huge statements of support for the coach. I know what people want to hear, but these oaths of allegiance can be over after a week.  “That’s why I’m saying it my way. [Tuchel’s firing] is not an issue we’re considering at the moment. We have to concentrate on the next few games.” Bayern were 1-0 up on Sunday after Jamal Musiala’s opener, but ended up 3-1 down with 10 minutes remaining, Dayot Upamecano giving away a penalty and getting sent off, having also seen red at Lazio when giving away a spot kick. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

20 February,2024 06:32 AM IST | Germany | AFP
Man Utd’s Rasmus Hojlund shoots to score against Luton Town in Luton on Sunday. Pic/Getty Images

Hojlund Two confident

Rasmus Hojlund made Premier League history as the Manchester United striker’s double ensured his side survived a scare from lowly Luton in their 2-1 win on Sunday.  Record broken Hojlund became the youngest player to score in six consecutive Premier League games after netting twice in the first seven minutes at Kenilworth Road. At 21 years 14 days old, Hojlund surpassed Newcastle midfielder Joe Willock’s previous record set when he was 21 years 272 days old. After failing to score in his first 14 Premier League appearances following his August move from Atalanta, Hojlund has scored eight times in his last eight games in all competitions. His brace should have put United in complete control, but Luton fought back impressively as Carlton Morris quickly reduced the deficit. Erik ten Hag’s side were under seige for spells and wasted several chances to kill off fourth-bottom Luton in a tense finale. Erik ten Hag Praising Hojlund’s mentality, Ten Hag said: “We recruited him on his character, I knew it was strong. He can really perform under stress and that is something you need from a Man United striker. He doesn’t get nervous or lose confidence. He has a lot of confidence and I’m sure he will score even more.”  Hojlund added: “I need to say thanks to my teammates and the coach because they have showed me great confidence and kept believing in me. I knew as well that I could score goals but of course it was annoying I didn’t score in the Premier League.”  Also Read: Ira lights up Brabourne Utd’s fourth consecutive win Sixth placed United’s fourth consecutive league victory moved them within five points of fourth placed Aston Villa in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League. For long periods during a difficult season, that target has seemed beyond United, but Hojlund’s prolific form has given them renewed hope. “We are back in the race and we are building momentum. We need to build pressure. Every game is a final to get closer,” Ten Hag said.  With just 37 seconds gone, Hojlund intercepted Amari’i Bell’s dreadful back pass, rounded keeper Thomas Kaminski and slotted into the empty net. United’s fastest league goal this season was followed by Hojlund’s second in the seventh minute. When Alejandro Garnacho smashed a volley towards goal from a United corner, the strike hit Hojlund’s chest and deflected into the net. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

20 February,2024 06:02 AM IST | Luton | AFP
Mauricio Pochettino

After Man City draw, Pochettino wants Blues to believe Liverpool are beatable

Mauricio Pochettino said Chelsea can go into next weekend’s League Cup final with greater belief after ending Manchester City’s 11-game winning run with a 1-1 draw at the Etihad on Saturday. Also Read: Napolitano sees off Hong to grab title Rodri’s late equaliser extended City’s unbeaten run at home to 34 games, stretching back to November 2022. A point was only enough to edge Chelsea back up to 10th. But, the Argentine is sensing the chance to lift his first trophy in English football at Wembley next weekend against an injury-hit Liverpool. “We need to feel that it is possible to beat Liverpool,” said Pochettino, whose side were thrashed 4-1 by the Reds last month.  “I think we are going to play the second best team in the world [after City]. I think belief is the most important thing and now we need to recover and prepare for the final. Today was a really good game to show we are improving. Still we are not on the level of Man City, we are a young team that need to live these type of games to improve.”  This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

19 February,2024 07:55 AM IST | Manchester | AFP
Atletico Madrid's Dutch forward #09 Memphis Depay celebrates scoring his team's fifth goal during the Spanish league football match between Club Atletico de Madrid and UD Las Palmas at the Metropolitano stadium in Madrid. Pic/AFP

Atletico Madrid routs Las Palmas 5-0 to end winless streak ahead of Champions Le

Atletico Madrid vs Las Palmas: Atletico Madrid ended its slump just in time for the knockout stages of the Champions League. Atletico routed Las Palmas 5-0 in the Spanish league on Saturday to end a three-game winless streak ahead of its match at Inter Milan in the first leg of the round of 16 in the Champions League. Marcos Llorente and Angel Correa scored two goals each and Memphis Depay added another at the Metropolitano Stadium. The victory moved Diego Simeone's team up to third in the standings, tied on points with fourth-place Barcelona, which plays at Celta Vigo later Saturday. Atletico and Barcelona are 10 points behind league leader Real Madrid, which visits Rayo Vallecano on Sunday. Madrid has a five-point lead over second-place Girona, which travels to Athletic Bilbao on Monday. Atletico Madrid vs Las Palmas: Marcos Llorente scores a brace Atletico got the comfortable win despite head coach Simeone's decision to rotate the squad ahead of the trip to Milan on Tuesday. Forward Antoine Griezmann was among those on the bench, along with midfielder Rodrigo De Paul. Striker Álvaro Morata was out because of an injury. Llorente scored his goals in the 15th and 20th minutes while Correa " not always among Simeone's regular starters " found the net in the 47th and 62nd. Depay struck in the 87th. "We are happy with the effort by the team," said Correa, who also had an assist. "Everything worked out well for us." Atletico was coming off a 1-0 loss at Sevilla in the Spanish league and a 1-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of the semifinals of the Copa del Rey, a result that ended the team's 28-game unbeaten streak at home. Before that, Atletico needed a stoppage-time equalizer to draw 1-1 with Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in the Spanish league. Its last win was 2-1 against Rayo Vallecano in January. Las Palmas, which had won three of its last five league matches, stayed in eighth place, still not out of contention for a European place. (With agency inputs)

18 February,2024 09:10 AM IST | Madrid | mid-day online correspondent
Mohun Bagan Super Giant’s Dimitri Petratos celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against NorthEast United FC during an Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-24 match, at Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium), in Kolkata. Pic/PTI

Mohun Bagan move to second in table after a 4-2 win over NorthEast United

Four different scorers rose to the occasion as Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan Super Giant (MBSG) continued their winning momentum with a 4-2 comeback win over NorthEast United FC in the ongoing ISL 2023-24 at the Salt Lake Stadium here on Saturday night. The Highlanders had their new striker Tomi Juric score a brace, but poor defending pulled them down as they found the Mariners finding frequent breakthroughs past the Juan Pedro Benali-coached side. Mohun Bagan scored twice in first-half injury time through Liston Colaco (45+1) and Jason Cummings (45+4) after Juric opened the scoring by converting a penalty in the sixth minute. Juric found the net again in the 50th minute to level the score 2-2. But Mohun Bagan Super Giant scored through Dimitrios Petratos (53rd minute) and Sahal Abdul Samad (57th minute) as they claimed three points. With this win, Mohun Bagan Super Giant moved to 29 points from 14 matches, placed second behind Odisha FC (31), who have played a match more. NothEast United FC are in seventh place in the 12-team table with 16 points from 15 matches. Juric got past Vishal Kaith twice, once in either halves. His sharpshooting abilities were evident with the comfort with which he converted a spot-kick in the sixth minute to get his team a rather unexpected lead. In the 50th minute, the forward connected with Nestor Albiach inside the box, with the Spaniard working his way out of a close space to lay out a pass for Juric that the latter deposited into the back of the net. The duo had operated with similar ease in their 3-2 win over East Bengal FC in the ISL 2023-24, and that partnership shone through in this crucial away fixture too. However, the undoubted attacking wealth of the home side overpowered the dynamism with which NorthEast United functioned in phases. Mohun Bagan Super Giant could not be denied on Saturday as Joni Kauko put a delivery past the open spaces in the opposition’s backline for Liston Colaco to shoot home from outside of the box for the equaliser in the 45th minute. Also Read: A derby not for the faint-hearted! Merely four minutes later, in the added time of the first half, a set piece taken by Dimitrios Petratos was followed with the Mariners outnumbering the Highlanders inside the box. Kauko was in the right place at the right time again, heading a pass in the path of Jason Cummings, which the Australian converted without breaking a sweat. The second half saw the best of Mohun Bagan Super Giant coming to the fore, with Petratos turning from a creator to a scorer for the third goal soon after Juric’s equaliser. Cummings was at the centre of it all, displaying a brilliant link-up with his striking counterpart in the NorthEast United FC defensive territory. Petratos wasn’t going to miss a chance as easy as that, getting the third goal of his team in the 53rd minute. Sahal Abdul Samad capped off the proceedings in the 57th minute, getting to the end of a through ball by Kauko and hitting it past Mirshad Michu. Kauko made hay against a haphazard NorthEast United FC backline and the home side’s forwards were just too good to miss out on those opportunities. Mohun Bagan Super Giant will play next when they face Odisha FC on February 24, whereas NorthEast United FC will be squaring off against FC Goa on February 21. (With agency inputs)

18 February,2024 08:46 AM IST | Kolkata | mid-day online correspondent
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring against Brentford. Pic/Getty Images

Salah scores as leaders Liverpool rout Brentford

Mohamed Salah returned in style with a goal in Liverpool’s 4-1 rout of Brentford as the Premier League leaders survived a rash of injuries to step up their title charge on Saturday.  Salah came off the bench to replace the injured Diogo Jota in his first Liverpool appearance since their win over Newcastle on New Year’s Day. Having returned from the hamstring injury he sustained on Egypt duty at the Africa Cup of Nations, Salah made up for lost time with his first goal for the Reds since the Newcastle game. The 31-year-old’s 19th goal in all competitions this term put Liverpool on course for a sixth win in their last seven league games.  Also Read: Mbappe’s Real plan! The much-maligned Darwin Nunez had given Jurgen Klopp’s side the lead with a sublime chip late in the first half at the Gtech Community Stadium. Alexis Mac Allister doubled Liverpool’s advantage after the interval with just his second goal this season.  Ivan Toney got one back for Brentford, but Cody Gakpo netted in the closing stages as Liverpool moved five points clear at the top. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

18 February,2024 07:42 AM IST | London | AFP
Kylian Mbappe. Pic/AFP

Mbappe’s Real plan!

France captain Kylian Mbappe has told officials at Paris Saint-Germain that he intends to leave when his contract expires at the end of the season, a source close to the Ligue 1 champions said on Thursday.  No contract extension The 25-year-old, who arrived in Paris from Monaco in 2017, had extended his contract in 2022 until 2024, but last summer declined to activate a clause allowing him to stay another year at PSG. Mbappe has been widely tipped to move to Real Madrid and, according to a source close to the matter, has already entered negotiations with the Spanish giants. Also Read: Badminton: India women assured of historic medal “The terms of the departure have yet to be fully agreed,” the source said, adding that the club and Mbappe will make an official statement “when everything is finalised in the next few months.” PSG declined to comment when contacted by AFP but it is understood that Mbappe’s departure will be formally announced in a few months’ time.  “PSG are focused on the future,” said the source. Mbappe will leave PSG on a free transfer but the blow to the club will be softened by an agreement they reached last summer which will see the player waive bonuses amounting to around 60 to 70 million euros ($65.6 million to $76.6 million). After seven seasons at PSG, Mbappe, the club’s all-time top scorer with 274 goals, looks set to seal a move to Real Madrid, the club that the player has dreamt of since he was a child.  Real have made no secret of their desire to bring him to the Santiago Bernabeu. In 2019, 2021 and 2022, club president Florentino Perez considered signing him, only to be rebuffed each time.  New era for PSG For PSG, the departure of their main star, a year after the exits of Neymar and Lionel Messi, marks the beginning of a new era of uncertainty. Coach Luis Enrique is expected to be given the powers to shape a new, young and coherent team. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

17 February,2024 08:25 AM IST | Paris | AFP
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EPL: Palmer returns to Man City as Chelsea’s star

Chelsea appear lambs to the slaughter ahead of a trip to Manchester City on Saturday as the English champions have hit top form as the business end of the season approaches. However, Pep Guardiola’s men could have ground to make up in the Premier League title race by the time they kick-off at the Etihad with Liverpool and Arsenal in action before them on Saturday. Also Read: ‘In a happy space’ Of the over £1 billion ($1.3 billion) splashed out by Chelsea on new players over the past two years, only the inital £40 million outlay on Cole Palmer has yielded an undoubted hit. Even in a difficult season for the Blues, Palmer has shone with 12 goals and nine assists in 28 appearances, including a late equaliser when City were held 4-4 at Stamford Bridge in November.  “I’m looking forward to going back to the Etihad. It will be strange, a weird feeling,” he said. Chelsea will need Palmer in top form if they are to halt the 11-game winning run that has put City in contention for another treble. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

17 February,2024 08:10 AM IST | Manchester | AFP
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