Italy 2-0 China Media Reaction- Italian media react to women’s team reaching last eight

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Italy continued their dream World Cup run as they upset China 2-0 to reach the last eight of the tournament. Goals from Valentina Giacinti (15) and Aurora Galli (49) sealed their passage into the quarters, where they will play the Netherlands.

Here are some reactions from Italy’s top newspapers (CdS and Tuttosport). Men’s footy still takes prominence, but the victory made it to the front page of both papers.

Italy Women 2-0 China Media Reaction

Italy vs China Football Reaction

Mallorca 3-0 Deportivo La Coruna Player Ratings- Two promotions in a row for RCD

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A rather stunning comeback from RCD Mallorca saw them achieve two successive promotions as they beat Deportivo in the Segunda Division playoffs. Trailing 2-0 from the first leg, Mallorca needed something special, and special is what they produced, winning 3-0 to claim a 3-2 triumph on aggregate. That’s two straight promotions- from Segunda B to La Liga in the space of two seasons!

Check out the player ratings and the Spanish media headlines (“historic comeback”)

Mallorca 3-0 Deportivo Ratings 2019 Second Leg

Mallorca Deportivo Headlines

List of Games to be telecast on Amazon Prime in the UK- 2019/20 Premier League season

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Amazon bought a package to telecast 20 games during the 2019/20 Premier League season. The tech giant have today unveiled the list of fixtures that they will be broadcasting via their Prime package in the United Kingdom (free to all existing prime customers).

Key among them include the Merseyside derby and Manchester United vs Spurs. The 20 fixtures are all in December (3-5 and 26-27). Apart from the two mentioned above, other interesting fixtures from the list appear to be Leicester hosting Liverpool and Wolves hosting Man City. This effectively means there will be no Boxing Day Football on either Sky or BT.

Will be interesting to see the viewing numbers for these games!

List of Games to be shown on Amazon Prime 2019

Gazzetta Ronaldo GOT reference- Cristiano Game of Thrones Headline before Ajax clash 2019

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Here is a look at what the Italian papers have to say ahead of Juventus’ second leg Champions League clash against Ajax Amsterdam. The Bianconeri drew 1-1 in Amsterdam, and Ajax will be hopeful of doing a Bernabeu encore in Turin. Juve though will draw strength from their stunning 3-0 win over Atleti, and the architect of that magnificent win- Cristiano Ronaldo.

Gazetta ran a Ronaldo Game of Thrones newspaper headline today (My throne cannot be touched). The Portuguese superstar also features prominently in TS and CdS- he’s very much the face of Juve’s Champions League campaign in the press there.

There are also mentions of Conte being a potential target for Bayern as well as the Empoli goalkeeper (Dragowski)’s stunning performance to keep Atalanta at bay.

Gazzetta Game of Thrones Ronaldo

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Women’s Football Comes into Its Own at This Year’s World Cup

The women’s world cup is now fully underway with hosts France delivering a compelling 4-0 victory in last night’s opening game against South Korea. After decades of being in the shadow of the men’s game, is women’s football finally getting the coverage that it finally deserves?

Anyone who watched the game between France v South Korea last night you could be forgiven for thinking it was, in fact the men’s tournament. The stadium was packed, the atmosphere was electric and the quality of football on display was at times breath-taking. Continue reading

Italian newspaper headlines & reaction to Ajax win over Juventus Champions League

Here are the reactions from the Italian press after Erik ten Hag’s Ajax knocked out Max Allegri’s Juventus in Turin last night. Juve were the better rested side, but apart from the first 20 minutes, didn’t look like one as Ajax booked their spot in the last four of the Champions League for the first time in 20 overs. Ronaldo’s “throne” (see the GOT style headline before the game), was conquered.

The Juve side this year has been dependent on three players- goalkeeper Szczesny, defender Chiellini and striker Ronaldo. Chiellini was not available for this fixture, Ronaldo scored Juve’s only goal of the game and Szczesny produced several top class saves to prevent what could’ve potentially been a 5-1 or 6-1 to Ajax instead of the 2-1 they won by. A classic example of poor Juve defending was for Ajax’s match winning goal- a fantastic header from De Ligt, that saw him first to a corner despite two opposition players marking him.

Gazzetta went with the headline “Fine Corsa” (end of run), a play on the popular Juve phrase Fino alla Fine (until the end).

CdS went with “Apocalisse”- pretty self explanatory.

Tutto played tribute to the visitors, calling them “Grande Ajax” (Great Ajax). They carried a photo of De Ligt, unlike GdS and CdS, both of whom went with Ronaldo.

Ajax will now play either Man City or Spurs in the last four.

Gazzetta Ajax Loss

CDS Ajax Loss

TS Ajax