Giannena, Olympiakos Tie, 2-2

first_imgATHENS — Evripidis Giakos scored two minutes from time for visiting Giannena to earn a surprising 2-2 draw against defending champion Olympiakos in the Greek league on Dec. 6.Alexis Mikhail gave Giannena the lead into halftime. Costas Fortounis brought Olympiakos level with a 50th-minute penalty, and Pajtim Kasami put the hosts ahead in the 75th.Three days after losing 2-1 at home to league-leading PAOK, second-place Olympiakos was four points behind PAOK, which can increase its lead when it visits Xanthi on Dec. 7.Giannena was in eighth place, seven points behind Olympiakos.Also, Veria beat Platanias 2-0, and Kerkyra and Atromitos drew 1-1 on a waterlogged field.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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Report: Costa Rica 1 Mexico 1

first_imgCosta Rica 1 Mexico 1: Dos Santos celebrates 100th appearance in draw Dejan Kalinic 12:09 6/9/2017 GiovanidosSantos - Cropped Getty Images Giovani dos Santos made his 100th Mexico appearance in a World Cup qualifying draw against Costa Rica. Costa Rica spoiled Giovani dos Santos’ 100th international appearance, holding Mexico to a 1-1 draw in World Cup qualifying.Dos Santos played a big role in the opening goal in San Jose, his effort eventually turned into his own net by the unlucky Cristian Gamboa before half-time.But the hosts had numerous chances and they levelled through the in-form Marco Urena, who struck with a volley in the 82nd minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Both goalkeepers – Keylor Navas and Guillermo Ochoa – were tested regularly during the encounter on Tuesday.Mexico had already secured their spot at the World Cup, while Costa Rica moved a step closer with the point, now unable to finish any lower than the CONCACAF play-off spot.Unsurprisingly, Oscar Ramirez opted to stick with the same starting line-up that stunned the United States 2-0 in their previous outing.Juan Carlos Osorio returned to the Mexico bench after serving his six-game ban, and he made plenty of changes to the team that edged Panama 1-0 to secure their spot in Russia.Giovani dos Santos started in his 100th international appearance, and his brother Jonathan was also in the 11, while Javier Hernandez dropped to the bench.Un centenar de partidos defendiendo nuestros colores.¡Qué vengan más, @OficialGio! #PasiónyOrgullo pic.twitter.com/OjU4IoKkRV— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) September 6, 2017Bryan Ruiz almost gave Costa Rica a dream start, but Ochoa produced a fine save to deny the attacker in the opening minute.Both teams looked energetic in the opening stages, with Navas palming away a close-range Diego Reyes effort after a corner on the half-hour mark.In what was an open encounter, the hosts had the next big chance in the 41st minute, but Ruiz blazed over from the edge of the area.However, Mexico went up the other end and opened the scoring.Raul Jimenez burst clear down the right before crossing for Giovani dos Santos, who chested an audacious effort towards goal.Navas made the save but the ball deflected off the unlucky Gamboa and into the back of the net despite the Real Madrid goalkeeper’s desperation.Mexico should have doubled their lead on the counter-attack in the 65th minute, but substitute Jesus Corona’s effort was too narrow and Navas saved.Urena, who scored a brace in the win over USA, tested Ochoa in the 76th minute, the shot-stopper tipping his powerful strike over the bar.But there was no stopping Urena’s strike in the 82nd minute.The San Jose Earthquakes forward scored with a tremendous volley from 20 yards and Costa Rica almost secured all three points, Johan Venegas hitting the post in additional time. read morelast_img read more

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‘Liverpool have no chance of winning title’

first_imgLiverpool ‘Liverpool have absolutely no chance of title win’ – Henchoz fears top-four failure Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 00:27 10/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jurgen Klopp, Manchester City v Liverpool, Sept. 17 Getty Images Liverpool Premier League Jürgen Klopp The former Reds defender believes Jurgen Klopp’s side are continuing to make the same “mistakes” and could pay the price come the end of the season Liverpool have “absolutely no chance” of winning the Premier League title and could miss out on the top four, says Stephane Henchoz.The Reds have endured a mixed start to their 2017-18 campaign, with showings such as a 4-0 mauling of Arsenal countered by those in a 5-0 humbling by Manchester City.Man utd 7/4 away at Liverpool Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Jurgen Klopp has struggled to address the defensive frailties which have hampered his side for some time, with precious points being lost due to an inability to keep clean sheets.Henchoz believes those issues should have been sorted during the summer transfer window, with it possible that Liverpool could fail to secure Champions League qualification if they continue down their current path.The former Reds defender told the BBC: “It was a big problem last season and everybody was hoping they could solve the problem.“I think they definitely should buy somebody. At least one or two centre-backs, they tried [Virgil] Van Dijk, but they couldn’t make it happen.Stephane Henchoz Liverpool title no chance“I don’t know. It seems that it is always the same mistakes, set pieces, they are very weak, very poor.”The way it is at the moment, they have absolutely no chance of competing for the title.“They would be more than happy to finish in the top four, but if they carry on the way they are conceding goals, I can’t see them finishing in the top four unfortunately.”Liverpool have collected just two clean sheets in all competitions this season, from 12 fixtures.They have been breached 12 times in seven Premier League outings, with only West Ham (13) and rock-bottom Crystal Palace (17) having endured greater struggles at keeping opponents out.The Reds will return to action after the international break with a home date against old adversaries Manchester United – the second-highest scoring team in the division with 21 efforts to their name so far. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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