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European roundup: Napoli win cuts Juve’s Serie A lead to four points

Napoli twice came from behind to beat Udinese 4-2 and cut Juventus’s lead at the top of Serie A to four points after the Turin side were held 1-1 at relegation-threatened Crotone.

Raul Albiol, Arkadiusz Milik and Lorenzo Tonelli scored in the last half-hour to keep Napoli in the title race before Sunday’s showdown with Juventus.nfl jerseys from china

Fiorentina forward Jordan Veretout scored a hat-trick but was on the losing side in a 4-3 home defeat by Lazio in which two players were sent off in the first 15 minutes, visiting coach Simone Inzaghi was dismissed and a penalty was revoked by VAR.
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Alex Sandro gave Juve an early lead but Simy Nwankwo equalised midway through the second half for Crotone, the club from Calabria in southern Italy.

Juventus lead with 85 points, followed by Napoli on 81 with Roma, who beat Genoa 2-1, and Lazio on 64 in the other two Champions League places.

In the German Cup semi-finals, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic scored a 75th-minute winner to stun Schalke and earn his manager, Niko Kovac, a date with Bayern Munich, the club he will coach from next season.wholesale nfl jerseys

Eintracht, losing finalists last year, will get their chance for silverware again when they take on overwhelming favourites Bayern, 6-2 winners against Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday, in Berlin on 19 May.

The 20-year-old Jovic poked in from a corner against the run of play to set up an extraordinary game for Kovac. The Croat this week signed a three-year contract at Bayern, leaving Frankfurt angry with the Bundesliga champions over the poaching of their coach, who has turned them from nfl jerseys wholesale  relegation candidates into European hopefuls this season.

The game at Schalke lacked the fireworks of Bayern’s semi-final and needed more than an hour to catch light with the hosts having the better chances.
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Eintracht were left with 10 men in the 81st minute when their substitute Gelson Ferdandes, who had only been on the pitch for 33 seconds, was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Leon Goretzka.

Schalke tried desperately to find an equaliser and had the ball in the net deep into stoppage time only for the referee to rule it out for handball.

In Spain, Cristiano Ronaldo’s superb late backheel earned Real Madrid a 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao at the Bernabéu.

Ronaldo flicked Luka Modric’s low drive into the back of the net in the 87th minute with a deft touch, nfl jerseys china his 24th league goal of the season and one that cancelled out a first-half chipped goal from Inaki Williams for the visitors.

Real were set for defeat until Ronaldo, who also hit the bar with a header early on, struck. Real are third in La Liga on 68 points, three behind city rivals Atlético, who play Real Sociedad on Thursday. Barcelona lead the way on 83 points, 12 clear of Diego Simeone’s men.nfl wholesale jerseys

Brazilian first division is set to kick off, whether anyone has noticed or not

In their book “Soccernomics,” written in 2009, Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski make “rosy predictions for Brazilian football,” including that the investments in the 2014 World Cup would help lift the country’s domestic game to a level similar to that of the major European leagues.cheap custom nfl jerseys

It is a rare false note in a fascinating work. A recent editorial in Brazil’s sports daily Lance! paints a truer picture of contemporary reality.

“Our club game is in the global third division,” it laments. “Brazilian football is today further behind the main centres than it has ever been, by any indicator.
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“We are easily beaten in terms of average crowd, TV audience, income of the clubs and interest of the sponsors.
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“Violence keeps people away from the stadiums. And we are exporters of talent, helping other leagues to be more attractive than our own.”

There are many explanations for such a state of affairs, in which the Brazilian game operates absurdly beneath its potential. Many of these explanations come back to leadership and organisation — in particular, a structure of football in which the tail wags the dog.
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Power inside the Brazilian football association, the CBF, does not rest with the clubs. It lies with the presidents of the 27 state federations. They, in turn, owe much of their allegiance to clubs so tiny they barely, if at all, qualify as professional.

As Lance! concludes, “The clubs and their fans are the biggest losers of our unhappy dynasty. Especially the big clubs — subjected to a disastrous calendar that obliges them to make a loss in the interests of those at the top.”nfl jerseys cheap nike

Quite why the clubs have yet to break away to form their own league is one of the major mysteries of Brazilian football. But the undeniable truth, the point overlooked by Kuper and Szymanski, is that there is little benefit in having 21st-century stadiums if they have to coincide with a 19th-century calendar.

Arsenal Transfer News: Everton Reportedly Confident of Signing Jack Wilshere

Everton are reportedly growing increasingly confident they will sign Jack Wilshere from Arsenal in the summer.
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Wilshere is out of contract at the end of the season and has rejected a new deal with the Gunners as it would involve taking a pay cut. He is also not too happy with the way he has been treated by the club, according to Football.London’s Charles Watts.cheap custom nfl jerseys

The situation has given Everton hope they can land Wilshere, as they would be willing to match his current wages as well as offer him “a sizeable signing on fee.”
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The 26-year-old has endured an injury-plagued career, but he has managed to prove his fitness at Arsenal this season and has made 35 appearances in all competitions.

Arsenal’s reluctance to offer Wilshere a big contract is perhaps understandable given his injury record. However, they do risk losing him on a free transfer in the summer if he does not renew.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown said it would be a disaster if Wilshere left, per Indy Football:
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Everton manager Sam Allardyce has spoken about Wilshere and said he has “always admired him” in an interview with TalkSport.

A move to Everton would also see Wilshere reunited with former team-mate Theo Walcott, who moved to Goodison Park from Arsenal in January 2017.
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There’s no doubt that a fit Wilshere is a quality midfielder who is yet to fully realise his potential. However, his injury record is a concern and is likely to have an impact on any decisions regarding his future.

I don’t know why Buffon was protesting – Ronaldo

For the Portuguese, there was no doubt in his mind that referee Michael Oliver got the decisive late call correct cheap replica nfl jerseys

Cristiano Ronaldo has questioned why Juventus were protesting the decision to award a penalty to Real Madrid at the end of Wednesday’s Champions League fixture.

Having won the first leg 3-0, Zinedine Zidane’s men found themselves in big trouble as they trailed at home in the second by an identical score.

The match appeared destined for extra time as 90 minutes passed, yet Mehdi Benatia’s clumsy challenge resulted in a spot kick for the hosts.
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Gianluigi Buffon was dismissed for protesting against referee Michael Oliver’s decision , potentially ending his European career.

Ronaldo, who slammed the resultant kick into the top corner of the net, is puzzled why the visitors were so vehement in their remonstrations. nfl replica jerseys china

“I really don’t understand why they were protesting, but football is like that,” he said. “If they didn’t make the foul, Lucas would score the goal. We’re happy to be in the semi-finals.”

Meanwhile, the striker was cool over his long wait before striking the decisive blow to the Italians’ hopes.
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“I had to reassure myself. I was decisive and thank God I scored,” he said.

Despite Madrid’s progress, it was a chastening experience, as the Ballon d’Or winner admitted.

“It’s a lesson for us,” he concluded.
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Madrid join Bayern Munich, Roma and Liverpool in the Champions League last four.

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