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Eddie Nketiah bags hat-trick as Arsenal thrash Charlton ahead of Premier League restart

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 6 Jun 2020 7:12 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.6kShares Nketiah scored a hat-trick (Picture: MB Media/Getty)Eddie Nketiah scored a hat-trick as Arsenal won a behind-closed-doors friendly against Charlton on Saturday. Arsenal controlled proceedings at the Emirates, taking a 2-0 lead at half-time courtesy of goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Lacazette struck from outside the box to open the scoring, with Aubameyang scoring a curled effort after a darting run from the left-hand side to double the Gunners’ lead.The second half was the Nketiah show. ADVERTISEMENTHis first goal was a scrappy one. He reacted quickest to a goalmouth scramble that came from a Dani Ceballos free-kick. He then coolly slotted home a one-on-one to put Arsenal 4-0 up. Comment Advertisement Arteta’s side got the win (Picture: Getty)He completed his hat-trick by heading home a cross from Joe Willock. AdvertisementAdvertisementWillock then grabbed a goal of his own, finding the top-left corner from outside the area to cap off an impressive day at the office for Mikel Arteta’s side. Arsenal return to Premier League action a week on Wednesday when they face defending champions Manchester City. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThey will hope to make a last dash for a top-four spot but they are currently eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in ninth. Should they win their game in hand against City, however, they will be right back in the mix, leapfrogging Spurs, Wolves and Sheffield United – although the Blades also have a game in hand against relegation-threatened Aston Villa – into sixth, just two points behind Manchester United.Should Eddie Nketiah start vs Man City?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Eddie Nketiah bags hat-trick as Arsenal thrash Charlton ahead of Premier League restartlast_img read more

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FIFA approves SAFA’s bid to extend the 2019-20 PSL season

first_img Loading… Promoted Content10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayThe Biggest Cities In The World So FarPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti9 Actors Who Stay Famous For That One Movie They Did 10 Years Ago “As such, the association concerned should extend the end date of the ongoing season in the TMS, to reflect the match schedule. This may also require the association to amend the registration periods provided in the TMS.” Safa acting CEO Tebogo Motlanthe said the association was pleased with the clarification from Fifa and assured the country that the referees will be ready come August 1. “We are glad with the clarification we got from Fifa and we have already started preparation of the referees. They will arrive at the camp in batches and I want to assure everyone that the match officials will be ready, come 1 August 2020 when the PSL kicks off,” said Motlanthe. Last week, Safa rejected PSL’s proposed return date of July 18, stating that the match officials were not ready and fit enough to complete the season. read also:SAFA to Bafana Bafana players: Join Anti-Xenophobic Brigade! The country’s FA further resolved that referees be mandated to a 14-day fitness and medical tests, a compromise on their side as Fifa requires match officials to undergo a three-week intense training programme before they can be deemed ready to resume work. Safa offered to cover the costs of the 110 match officials which include accommodation, transportation and the conducting of tests. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img South African Football Association (SAFA) has received a response from Fifa advising them that they have the powers to extend the date of completion of the 2019-20 PSL season. In a statement released on Wednesday, Safa said the season can be extended in terms of the Transfer Management System (TMS). This means the suspended season can go beyond the August 31 deadline set by the PSL. “The world football governing body, Fifa has written to the South African Football Association (Safa) advising them that they can extend the completion of the current Premier Soccer League season in terms of the Transfer Management System (TMS),” reads the statement. Furthermore, Fifa mandated Safa to amend the start of the upcoming season as well as the registration of new players. “In the same context, Fifa has given Safa the mandate to amend the start of the PSL next season (2020/2021) and this may require the Association to amend the registration periods provided in the TMS.” Safa published part of the statement as sent to them by Fifa, and it reads as follows:Advertisementlast_img read more

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Bumbaca: Despite flaws against Alabama, UW should still win Big Ten West

first_imgOn paper, the No. 20 Wisconsin football team had little business being on the same field as No. 3 Alabama Saturday night.Games aren’t won on paper, though, and the Badgers were out to prove that.Didn’t go so well.In back-to-back seasons now, Wisconsin lost its prime-time season opener against a Southeastern Conference west division powerhouse. Last year, the Badgers let an early lead slip away in the fourth quarter during a 28-24 loss to LSU in 2014, also in Texas.For the second straight year, the Badgers have missed an opportunity to prove to the nation that they belong on the same field as those teams.The game essentially ended when Rafael Gaglianone lined up for a 34-yard line with three seconds left in the first half of a 14-7 game against Alabama Saturday night.Had the sophomore kicker carried over his consistency from last season when he made his final 14 attempts, the Wisconsin football team would have entered the locker room down four and with a legitimate chance of pulling off an upset.But Gaglianone pushed his kick right and the ball pinged off the right goal post. Wisconsin couldn’t get it going again, and the Crimson Tide rolled to a 35-17 win at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.But after all of the hype heading into Saturday night’s matchup against the third-ranked team in the nation and a blue-blood football program, there’s still an entire season left to play. A whole 11 games to go. And fortunately for Wisconsin, Saturday was most likely the only time they entered a game as underdogs.Sure, there were mishaps and glaring faults Saturday night. Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst said the coaching staff counted 17 missed tackles. That was the entire unit’s fault, outside linebacker Joe Schobert, who had a game-high 13 tackles, said.“Everybody on defense had mistakes the other night,” Schobert said. “Like I said, we’re gonna learn from it.”And if last season is any indicator, the Badgers will learn from it. History tends to repeat itself.The hype from the fans and media were about that one game because, to be honest, it’s the only exciting matchup for the Badgers for a while, at least until the standings begin to shake out and a trip to Indianapolis is on the horizon.“We knew who we were opening up with and who we were going to play for our last game and we knew everyone in between,” Chryst said. “There was a lot of buildup to our first game, but the guys have been pointing to a lot more than just that game. And I’m glad; it stung me, it stung the players. Any time you go out there and put yourself out there and compete, it’s going to — but also, our kids didn’t just point to one game and that was going to be it.”Like last year, no team on the remaining non-conference schedule poses a threat. The three non-conference opponents left are Miami (Ohio), Hawaii and Troy, who posted a combined record of 9-28 last season.Then, Big Ten play begins, and the Big Ten West is greatly inferior compared to its counterparts. The Badgers’ conference foes are the same as last season, when they went 7-1 in conference play before the “Massacre of Indianapolis” during the Big Ten Championship game.It’s not deja vú, but it’s pretty close.On paper, there’s no reason the Badgers can’t win the West and find themselves playing for the Big Ten Title at Lucas Oil Stadium for the fourth time in five years — and quarterback Joel Stave knows that.“The undefeated season is now out of the question,” Stave said. “But besides that, we still have everything we want in front of us. It’s just a matter of taking everything one day and one week at a time.”Stave did all he could on the AT&T Stadium turf, but a non-existent running game doomed the offense from the start. A year removed from losing the starting job to Tanner McEvoy, Stave shined in the spotlight, throwing for 228 yards and two touchdowns, while completing 26-of-38 passes.But players aren’t defined by one game, especially the first one. Neither are seasons. That’s the beauty of football, junior cornerback Sojourn Shelton said.“It’s tough to understand, but you just have so much more to fight for,” Shelton said. “Just fix mistakes and get that first W.”For the Badgers to succeed, Corey Clement and Michael Caputo need to get healthy. The offensive line needs to improve. The question marks are there, but the road to Indianapolis is paved — on paper at least.Problem is, games aren’t won on paper.last_img read more

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