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Ronald Koeman was disappointed after Man City goal

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Sky Sports report that, Everton manager Ronald Koeman was left frustrated following his side’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City on Monday night.

However, Everton took the lead through Wayne Rooney in the 35th minute at the Etihad only to be pegged back late on by Raheem Sterling’s late volley.

But, Ronald Koeman was unhappy that the Toffees had failed to hold on for three points.

He said: "We go to City it is always tough the way they play but I think the game plan was perfect". "We had a good defensive organisation. We left Otamendi on the ball. We had good man-marking against De Bruyne and Silva".

He added: "With the quality they have they will always create chances. We scored the goal and disappointed now, 1-0 up and 11 against 10. We did one wrong thing in the second half. We played too much the long ball instead of play short.

"That is a criticism of everyone on the pitch, not the defenders. Even with one less players on the pitch City that high quality team they will create and they will play. It is a good point, happy, we worked hard for that point."

Asked to comment on Rooney, who became only the second player to score 200 goals in the Premier League, he said: "I am not surprised about Wayne Rooney."

"I know how eager he was to come back to Everton. We are really happy that he is back.

"In the first game when we played Stoke at home, there was a difference between him and the rest about cleverness in the game, view of the game and also tonight he had a big impact on the final result".

We can score 2 goals in Anfield - Vogt

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Kicker report that, Hoffenheim believe they will qualify Champion league during their return leg match in Anfield.

But, the Bundesliga outfit lost the first leg at home after Trent Alexander-Arnold and Havard Nordtveit with an own goal scored for the Reds at Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena last Tuesday.

However, Vogt believes Hoffenheim's 1-0 victory in their Bundesliga opener against Werder Bremen gives them the confidence to beat Jurgen Klopp's side at Anfield.

He said: "We put in good performances against Bremen and against Liverpool in the first leg. I have absolutely no doubt that we can score two goals at Anfield," Vogt said, according to the official Bundesliga website.

He added: "We'll throw ourselves into the game and absolutely give it our all, because we still have a chance to reach the group stage".

We can score 2 goals in Anfield - Vogt

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Kicker report that, Hoffenheim believe they will qualify Champion league during their return leg match in Anfield.

But, the Bundesliga outfit lost the first leg at home after Trent Alexander-Arnold and Havard Nordtveit with an own goal scored for the Reds at Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena last Tuesday.

However, Vogt believes Hoffenheim's 1-0 victory in their Bundesliga opener against Werder Bremen gives them the confidence to beat Jurgen Klopp's side at Anfield.

He said: "We put in good performances against Bremen and against Liverpool in the first leg. I have absolutely no doubt that we can score two goals at Anfield," Vogt said, according to the official Bundesliga website.

He added: "We'll throw ourselves into the game and absolutely give it our all, because we still have a chance to reach the group stage".

Vincenzo Montella is pleased with his new AC Milan players

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News report says, AC Milan manager Vincenzo Montella was very happy with his new-look team’s first Serie A win against Crotone on Sunday.

As such, AC Milan kicked off their 2017/2018 campaign with a 3-0 win at Stadio Ezio Scida, with new signing Franck Kessie opening the scoring from the penalty spot after Crotone defender Federico Ceccherini was sent off very early on.

Mr Montella said: "The attitude of my players really pleased me," Montella said. "They played with attention and intensity".

He said, "All the boys were strong. Kessie comes to mind because he is very intelligent. I expected him to be strong, but not that much.

He added: "But there are things to work on. We need to improve our game management in order to become a winning team. The sending off made everything easier.

Following Kessie’s sixth minute penalty, teenage striker Patrick Cutrone doubled Milan’s lead in the 18th minute, and Suso wrapped up the scoring in the 23rd minute.

The match that also saw a Video Assistant Referee feature for the first time, and the technology was used to confirm that Ceccherini had indeed fouled Cutrone for the early penalty.

Montella said: "We definitely need time to get used to it, but everyone was calmer with the VAR in place".

Gladbach win Köln 1:0, see the brief highlight

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According to Kicker, Simon Falette, Sebastien Haller and Jetro Willems all came close, with Falette's close-range header on 16 minutes squirming past a post.

As such, Jonathan de Guzman saw his 35th minute shot saved while Tim Kleindienst came as close as anyone to scoring for Freiburg with a left footed shot from the right side of the box that flew just off target with 36 minutes on the clock, and again on the stroke of half-time.

Marc-Oliver Kempf came close for the hosts just after the break but pulled his effort wide as Kevin-Prince Boateng headed wide at the other end on 69 minutes.

However, Falette was again unlucky with a late header that flew over the target as Florian Niederlechner smashed high and wide on 78 minutes.

Both sides kept creating chances, but it was their profligacy in front of goal that ensured this game ended in a goalless stalemate.

In the other Bundesliga game played on Sunday, Borussia Mönchengladbach defeated Köln 1-0 with Nico Elvedi on target on 49 minutes.

Thorgan Hazard was the first with an effort on target at the Stadion im BORUSSIA-PARK that was well saved by Timo Horn.

Raffael skewed his early shot wide ahead of missed efforts from Lars Stindl and Ibrahima Traoré.

Jhon Córdoba saw his shot kept out as Köln tried to create some chances of their own, and while their were further efforts for both sides, it ended all square at the break.

Elvedi though changed the course of the tie when he buried a right footed shot from the centre of the area straight downt he centre of the goal.

Córdoba and Raffael came as closest to anyone to finding a second goal in the game as Leonardo Bittencourt headed just wide on 65 minutes.

It remained an open, end-to-end affair - but without further goals, the home side claimed an important win.

All the reports in full:

Freiburg 0 - 0 Eintracht Frankfurt

Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 - 0 Köln.

I want to score many goals - Cordoba

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News report indicate that, Cordoba joined Mainz for Cologne in June as Modeste went on loan to Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian.

However, the former Envigado, Chiapas, Querétaro and Granada striker, the Colombian has big shoes to fill, with Modeste netting 25 goals last season.

Cordoba managed just five himself in the Bundesliga last season but says he feels no pressure to perform and will play his own way.

He said: "I never had pressure on me at Mainz. I know that Modeste scored plenty of goals but I’m here to be myself and do it my way, so there’s no pressure on me there.

He added: "I want to score a lot of goals, though. If I can do that then the team should finish in a good position, and hopefully even better than last season".

Dembele behaviour do not only affect Dortmund but Bundesliga as whole - Watzke

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According to Kicker, Watzke is referring to the saga of Ousmane Dembele, who is serving an indefinite suspension for not attending training last week in an effort to force a move to Barcelona.

The CEO discussed the matter after BVB's victory over Wolfsburg on Saturday, saying to reporters: "We should not talk about how this looks for a club that is registered as stock company.

He added: "The whole Bundesliga should maybe see how important it is that we are showing strength now". "Dembele's behaviour is not only a topic on our door but could affect all 17 other clubs eventually.

He said: "So they can be happy that we are ramming down a big, fat stop sign".

Watzke also commented on the match - Dortmund's first leage encounter of the season - which saw his team score three unanswered goals against last season's relegation-battlers.

"I read everywhere that we would have problems in adjusting [to the new coach]. I didn't see any problems there. The team did well to follow the coach's instructions.

"We were very aggressive on attacking the ball, and still, I thought we had a good mix in winning the ball aggressively and calming the match down.

"That was a very mature performance. But we also don't have to overstate this, as it did not come as a surprise to us, because even if there are outside factors like Neymar [transferring to PSG] that we cannot influence we always had serenity within the club.

"Again, we mustn't overstate the win, but it was a very content performance," he added.

Klopp praise Liverpool players after victory over Crystal Palace

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News report says, Liverpool fc toiled for 73 minutes to breach the Palace defence, with Sadio Mane eventually breaking the deadlock to hand his side their first Premier League win of the season.

However, the Reds' back four were heavily criticised following last weekend's 3-3 draw at Watford, but Klopp insists his defence put in a much-improved showing in dealing with Palace's long-ball tactics.

Liverpool boss said: "Obviously my decision not to read the British press was one of the best I ever did in my life because were we already under pressure?".

"Yes, we were not 100 percent happy, but it's not a general problem. We have to work on it. If you want to start like this, then we defended outstandingly good today.

"I think last week against Huddersfield, Crystal Palace started really football-playing and then Huddersfield were 2-0 up. Then they became a little more direct and using Christian Benteke. I think we really defended this outstandingly good.

He say, "Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip did really well in the protection. Joe Gomez and Robbo (Andrew Robertson) were really good. You cannot defend it differently, to be honest.

Klopp added: "One problem we had at Watford was we were too early too deep. If you know the other team plays long balls, you have to stay as high as possible as long as possible to create the space for your goalkeeper and use offside".

Arsene Wenger blame refree for not given his side penalty

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Sky Sports report that, Stoke debutant Jese Rodriguez scored the winner in the 47th minute, but the veteran Frenchman was not happy with the officials.

Thoufh, a 72nd-minute strike by Alexandre Lacazette effort ruled out for offside should have stood "100 per cent", according to Wenger, who also suggested that the Gunners should have been awarded a penalty in the first half when Hector Bellerin went down under a challenge from Mame Diouf.

"I believe it is the kind of night where you are angry,” said Wenger.

"That is because not only did we not score with the number of chances we had, we made stupid mistakes centrally for the goal, first by losing the ball and after by not defending properly.

"And on top of that as well I think we were unlucky with some decisions from the referee because we scored a regular goal."

Replays showed Lacazette's boot may have been offside when the ball was played to him before he fired in.

Wenger was adamant the goal should have stood: "One hundred per cent. I just watched it and it is not offside at all. Even his foot was not offside."

Then, when asked about the Bellerin-Diouf incident, he replied: "Yes, of course, but we know we don't get penalties.

"Look at the numbers and you will see. We had last year the highest (number of) penalties against us at home by a mile and the lowest number for us. So I give you just the numbers. I don't say anything else."

I have no idea how exactly Dembele transfer saga will turn out in the end - Bosz

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News report disclosed that, Ousmane Dembele attempted to force a move to Barcelona by skipping Dortmund's training, with the Catalans eager to bring in players following the departure of Neymar to PSG.

However, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke recently stated that the Spanish side are no closer to signing Dembele, and Bosz has declared that he is in the dark over what the outcome will be. 

Dortmund manager, Boaz said: "I will try to focus on the players that are here. Ousmane is not here". "I have no idea how exactly this will turn out in the end".

"Ousmane is a good lad and a good player. We'll have to talk about how to reintegrate him if he stays.

Stoke City stadium is not easy for visitors - Hughes

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Sky Sports revealed that, Hughes has reminded everyone that it's not an easy place to visit.

However, the Stoke boss also addressed claims that his club have shown a lack of ambition, by stating that the Potters will pull together against their detractors.

The club official website say, "There's a little bit too much negativity about what we are going to do this year".

He said, “I think sometimes our fans, almost to a man, when they feel people are talking out of turn, they take exception to that".

"I think there's been a lot of negativity and when our fans get behind the team, from minute one to the last minute, there's no more intimidating place than here.

He added: "I think we are at a point where people cannot take liberties with what we are doing.

“When people ask questions about us, we circle together and we stand strong and show people what we are about, so maybe Arsenal coming into town is a good thing for us.”

I have a lot if sympathy for Southampton coach - Bilic

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News report shows that, Van Dijk has submitted a transfer request to get his way, amid reported interest from Chelsea and Liverpool, and the Hammers boss believes that player power makes it tough for managers.

Bilic said: "I know that the power is too much on the side of the players and their agents".

He added: "The power is massive. And you can't say that we have to fight it. We have to live with it and we have to try to find the best possible solution for the club".

"That's why I say the football game is very simple but the manager's job is very complicated. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, on the pitch and off the pitch.

"Of course I have a lot of sympathy. It's hard for them, and sometimes you are on the other side of the story.

"Sometimes you are in the position that you are getting the player, but it definitely doesn't help. It doesn't help the managers".

Tragedy as Somali popular football shot death

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News report confirmed that, a popular Somali football referee who oversaw regional and international games has been shot dead near his home in the capital, Mogadishu.

A local media report that, Osman Jama Dirah “was killed leaving mosque on the way to his residence in Wardhigley district.

It added: "Two men armed with pistols shot him several times".

VOA report that, an eyewitness, Mr Mohamud says, he saw the killers flee the scene, and that Somali security forces arrived but were unable to find the culprits.

VOA added: "The motive for Dirah’s murder is not clear and so far no-one has claimed responsibility".

Mr Mohamud says Dirah contributed to Somali soccer for more than 25 years.

Philippe Coutinho is still injured - Klopp

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Sky Sports report that, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that want-away star Philippe Coutinho is still injured and will therefore miss the Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.

Meanwhile, Coutinho has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona, who are reportedly determined to sign the Brazilian this transfer window, but the Reds seem equally unwilling to let him leave.

The attacking midfielder has already handed in a transfer request but Liverpool rejected it as they aim to keep him at least another season.

But, the 25-year-old missed the Merseyside club's opening league fixture, which they drew 3-3 with Watford, and is now still sidelined with a back injury.

Klopp told reporters that, "Coutinho still hasn't trained yet".

When asked about player's attitude, Klopp said, "I have nothing to say about his attitude. He has a back injury. Our medical department have no complaints".

Full results of 2017/2018 Europa Cup qualifications

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All the results in full from Europa Cup qualifications last night: 

BATE 1 - 1 Oleksandria Krasnodar 3 - 2 Crvena Zvezda Dinamo Zagreb 1 - 1 Skënderbeu Korçë Apollon 3 - 2 Midtjylland FH 1 - 2 Sporting Braga PAOK 3 - 1 Östersunds Vardar 2 - 0 Fenerbahçe Viktoria Plzen 3 - 1 AEK Larnaca Rheindorf Altach 0 - 1 Maccabi Tel Aviv Ludogorets 2 - 0 Suduva  Panathinaikos 2 - 3 Athletic Club Milan 6 - 0 Shkendija Osijek 1 - 2 Austria Wien Club Brugge 0 - 0 AEK Athens Viitorul 1 - 3 Salzburg Dom%u017Eale 1 - 1 Olympique Marseille Ajax 0 - 1 Rosenborg Legia Warszawa 1 - 1 Sheriff Partizan 0 - 0 Videoton Everton 2 - 0 Hajduk Split Marítimo 0 - 0 Dynamo Kyiv                   

Tottenham Hotspur coming closer to sign Sanchez

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News report indicate that, Sanchez was Ajax's player of the year last season and has been targeted by Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan.

Sanchez has two caps for Colombia.

However, he made 43 appearances for Ajax last season, scoring six goals after joining from Atletico Nacional.

Though, the deal is reportedly for £28m initially, with up to £12 more in add-ons. 

Ajax have said they did not want to sell Sanchez but are now prepared to let him go after the player reportedly told the club he wanted to leave, despite being offered an improved contract.

Meanwhile, the 21-year-old missed the first game of the season at the weekend, as the club said he was ‘not in the right state of mind’. He also missed Ajax’s Europa League playoff game against Rosenborg on Thursday.

Sanchez would become Tottenham’s first signing of the summer.

Barca are not closer to sign Ousmane Dembele - Pep Segura

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Kicker News report says, Barcelona general manager Pep Segura confirmed to reporters after the 2-0 Supercopa de Espana defeat to Real Madrid that, the Blaugrana were close to signing the 20-year-old.

However, Watzke has vehemently rejected the claim, making it clear that the Spanish giants were no closer to signing Dembele.

He said: "Barcelona has not moved a millimetre closer to finishing the Dembele transfer.

"What Segura talks about, I cannot explain. Only explanation is that Real Madrid made Barcelona dizzy during the Supercup matches."

Dembele has already missed training at the BVB as he aims to force a move to Barcelona this transfer window.

John Brooks is out of Wolfsburg team due to injury

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Kicker report revealed to sports lovers that, Wolfsburg's American central-defender John Brooks is expected to be out of action for at least around three months, after sustaining a thigh injury.

As such, USA international was substituted just before half-time in Wolfsburg's recent 1-0 win over Eintracht Norderstedt in the first round of the DFB Cup. The club have since confirmed that Brooks suffered a torn tendon in his right thigh muscle.

Having signed from Hertha Berlin ahead of the 2017/18 campaign, the three-month layoff will likely see the centre-back miss the majority of the first half of the Bundesliga season.

However, Wolfsburg are also said, to be light on fit players in his position with Jeffrey Bruma a number of months away from recovering from a knee injury, while Luiz Gustavo's departure to Marseille has also lessened coach Dieter Hecking's defensive options.

The club's official Twitter account tweeted, "John will be out for around three months after tearing tendons in his right thigh in the cup on Sunday. Get well soon, Jay!"

Ousmane Dembele's attitude is very bad - Sokratis

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According to Kicker, Barcelona FC are eager to add the 20-year-old wonderkid to their squad as they aim to fill the void left by Paris Saint-Germain's world-record signing Neymar.

However, Ousmane Dembele missed training without permission last week, and Sokratis has expressed his displeasure regarding the winger's recent behaviour.

Sokratis said: "Ousmane is a good guy. But he has to understand that no player is bigger than the team." "Everyone has to understand that he has to work for the team and fall in line. This also applies to Ousmane".

He added: "He can't do whatever he wants and should take Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as an example. Auba also could imagine leaving. But he behaves professionally in every training session and every game and gives his best.

In conclusion, "In the first round of the cup he scored three goals, Ousmane wasn't there. Ousmane has done no good by going on strike. He should not forget that he still has a long-term contract at Dortmund."

Diego Simeone jr sign a deal with Fiorentina fc

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Sky Sports report that, Diego Simeone jr performance in Series A is outstanding.

However, the Argentinian striker scored 11 goals in 30 Serie A appearances in his first season in Italy, and signs for the Viola on  a deal worth a reported €15m plus €3m bonuses.

Report say, the 22-year-old was born in Madrid while his father, current Atletico Madrid manager Diego, was playing for Los Rojiblancos, but plays youth football for Argentina.

Official website report that, Someone jr said: "This is a wonderful opportunity for me".

He added: "I made the choice to come here, it was what I wanted and we did what needed to be done".

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