QPR 2-1 Leeds | First Cup third round win without replay in 22 years for R’s

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Queens Park Rangers picked up their first FA Cup third round win without a replay in 22 years as they upset Leeds 2-1 at Loftus Road. A penalty from Aramide Oteh and a header from Jake Bidwell were enough to seal Rangers’ progress to the fourth round, where they will face Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

For Leeds, Aapo Halme was their solitary goal scorer, pouncing on a mistake from opposition keeper Matt Ingram.

A loss for QPR would’ve seen them earn the unwanted distinction of becoming the first team to lose 50 FA Cup third round ties.

Things could’ve been very different for the Whites had Tyler Roberts scored in the first minute. As it happended, his effort hit BOTH posts, but didn’t go in!

Marcelo Bielsa’s men will be in action again on Friday when they take on Derby County at Elland Road.

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Lucas Hernandez to become world’s most expensive defender?

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French World Cup winning star Lucas Hernandez could become the world’s most expensive defender after reports in Spain emerged linking the 22 year old to a January move to Bayern Munich. The Bavarian giants are reportedly willing to match his release clause (85 million euros) which will make young Hernandez the world’s most expensive defender, eclipsing the fee Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk last season.

Lucas Hernandez Bayern

It would be interesting to see if the transfer materialises- Bayern are normally not known for spending such amounts of money- it would essentially be more than double than that of their current record signing (Corentin Tollisso). However one could argue that the market has reached a stage where such fees are “normal”, and Bayern need to spend heavily on reinforcements if they are to challenge for continental honours again. Continue reading

Benitez wins Manager of the Month for November 2018

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Newcastle United’s Rafa Benitez has been named the Premier League’s Manager of the Month for November 2018. Benitez steered the Magpies to consecutive victories against Watford, Bournemouth and Burnley to take them out of the drop zone. The wins against the Hornets and the Cherries came at St.James Park, while the victory against the Clarets was achieved at Turf Moor.

Benitez is the second Spanish manager to win the MOTM award for this season following Javi Gracia’s success in August 2018. It is the 7th time he’s won this award during his managerial career. Continue reading

Champions League Round of 16 Draw- Which English team could progress further?

All four English teams present in the group stages of the Champions League- Man City, Tottenham, Liverpool and Man Utd, progressed to the Round of 16 of the competition. Three of the four qualified as runners up and have been handed tough fixtures in the Round of 16. Man City, who won Group F, have been handed what fans and pundits would consider an easy draw, in the form of Schalke 04. The Royal Blues have been in terrible form domestically and are currently 14th in the Bundesliga, just a point above the drop zone and a whopping 24 behind leaders Dortmund. Continue reading

Man Utd sack Mourinho

Jose Mourinho’s record of having never managed over four seasons at a club continued after the Portuguese gaffer was sacked by Manchester United today morning. United were beaten 3-1 by Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday evening- the first time the Reds had got the better of their great rivals at home since 2013, and that defeat was apparently the last straw for the United board. Chief executive Ed Woodward cut a frustrated face at Anfield, and so did United legends like Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Alex Ferguson, who were present for the big game against Jurgen Klopp’s men. Continue reading