Montreal Impact will play their first home game of the 2019 MLS season this weekend when they welcome Eastern Conference table toppers Columbus Crew to Stade Saputo on Saturday.
This is the first season since 2011 that the club will play all their home games at Stadium Saputo, having previously opted to play at least one fixture at the Olympic Stadium in March. Impact have been on a six game tour to begin the season and have logged some serious air miles on their travels in recent weeks. They’ve picked up eight points from a possible 18, and come into this fixture on the back of a goalless stalemate against DC United in midweek.
Impact were without injured midfielder Ignacio Piatti as well as suspended striker Maximiliano Urruti at the Audi Field. Coach Remi Garde opted to replace the Uruguayan with Anthony Jackson-Hamel, choosing to introduce both Orji Okwonkwo and Harry Novillo from the bench.
Piatti’s knee injury makes him a doubtful starter for Saturday’s home game as well. Continue reading
You can never count out a Barcelona side that has Lionel Messi in it, and poor Villarreal discovered it at El Madrigal last night. They lead 4-2 at 90 minutes, but somehow ended up drawing the game 4-4. Another case of points dropped for them after their 3-2 loss to Celta at the weekend after having lead 2-0 at half time. That’s six points they should’ve picked up from these two games- six priceless points that could’ve gone a long way in helping them stay up, but they ended up with just one.
Real Madrid huffed and puffed against lowly Huesca but emerged victors in a five goal fixture thanks to Karim Benzema’s late strike. The Spanish press was full of praise for the French striker, who saved compatriot Zinedine Zidane from the potential embarrassment of dropping points against the league’s bottom club at home. The crowd at the Bernabeu was a disappointing one (<50,000)- Real's second lowest for a league game this season.
Zidane later said after the game that it was difficult to motivate his players when there was really nothing to play for- Real Madrid are twelve points behind Barca in the league and have also been knocked out of Europe.
Here are the headlines from Marca (Benzema salva los meubles) and AS (Leccion de Benzema).
Moise Kean became Italy’s second youngest ever goal scorer last night when he netted for the Azzurri in their Euro 2020 qualifier against Finland. Kean scored Italy’s second in the 74th minute after Nicolo Barella had put the home side ahead four minutes earlier. Barella’s strike also made him the first Cagliari player to net for Italy since 2013.
Italian papers Corriere dello Sport and Gazzetta both carried the same headline “Yes We Kean”
Italy’s next fixture will again be at home, this time in Parma against minnows Liechtenstein, who lost 2-0 to Greece in their opening game.
TuttoSport carried a slightly different headline, but also praised the young Juve forward- “Grande Kean, Grande Italia”. It also talked about the 40,000 strong crowd expected for Juve Women’s clash against Fiorentina.
Here are the Spanish papers’ reporting on Paul Pogba’s recent comments on Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane. The French medio said in a press conference that Real were a dream club for every player, and more so under Zidane. He however did add that he was happy in Manchester, but the first few lines were enough to drive the transfer rumour mills into overdrive.
Here are some reactions from the media in Spain.
Zidane is widely expected to overhaul the Real squad next summer and several names from the Premier League, key among them Chelsea star Eden Hazard, have been named as possibilities to move to the Spanish capital for the 2019/20 season.
The 26 year old Pogba made this comments ahead of France’s European qualifier against Moldova.