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Benzema, Marcelo scores as Real Madrid get much-needed win against Viktoria Plzen in UCL tie

 

Reigning European champions, Real Madrid, on Tuesday night, October 23 returned to winning ways after defeating Czech side Viktoria Plzen 2-1 in a tough Champions League clash played at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Karim Benzema and Marcelo netted for Madrid in either halves to gift the La Liga giants a much-needed victory.
Benzema opened the scoring for the hosts in the 11th minute, but the Madrid outfit failed to capitalise on that early damage, with a 1-0 slim lead at half-time.

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However, shortly after the break, Marcelo struck a delightful close-range goal to extend his side’s lead, with Patrik Hrosovsky netting the visitor’s solitary goal in the 79th minute as the match finished 2-1 in favour of Madrid.
Madrid are now second in Group G with 6 points, with Italian side AS Roma leading the group with similar points but superior on goal difference.
The hard-fought victory will come as a sigh of relief for Madrid boss, Julen Lopetegui, who has come under fire at the Bernabeu barely months after succeeding Zinedine Zidane. Before the Tuesday clash, Los Blancos had suffered three straight defeats including two in the hands of modest Spanish league teams Alaves and Levante.
The string of poor results saw Lopetegui’s job hand in the balance, with reports filtering through Spain claiming the Spaniard could be sacked before the end of the season.
Following the Tuesday victory, Madrid will now be looking to build on the new-found momentum when they visit the Nou Camp this weekend for the mouthwatering El-Clasico.

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Emiliano Sala’s faithful dog attends funeral of late footballer as family break down into tears (photo)

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Emiliano Sala’s faithful dog Nala appeared to be in attendance on Saturday evening during the funeral of the former Cardiff City star who died in a shocking plane crash.

Football lovers around the world stormed the home town of late Emiliano Sala in Argentina to attend his burial and also paid their last respect for the deceased.

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Sala died while traveling from Nantes to join Cardiff City players as the plane he boarded crashed into the English channel and it took the authorities in charge two weeks to recover the wreckage.

And as the guests arrived to pay their respects in Argentina, it appeared that the loyal black labrador, called Nala, waited to see his coffin.

The dog according to the report by UK Sun was said to have followed Sala’s younger sister Romina to the venue of the funeral.

There were also reports that Nala was the main reason Emiliano Sala returned to France after signing for the Bluebirds.

The report added that Sala and Nala lived together for three years until the player’s untimely death in which the footballer was even planning to take the dog to Cardiff.

“Nala, your faithful companionship is now ours. We never thought of giving her up for adoption. I will clarify this to ensure people are aware.” Emiliano Sala’s sister Romina said at the funeral.

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Zidane lists conditions to replace Sarri as Chelsea manager

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Former Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, is interested in becoming Chelsea’s manager, providing the club can give him certain assurances, the UK Sun reports.

Current manager Maurizio Sarri is under pressure, after what has been a difficult first season and Zidane is keen to talk to the club about coming in to replace him.

However, the Frenchman would need the Blues to guarantee that star man Eden Hazard, would not be sold.

Zidane would also need a transfer kitty in the region of £200m to improve the squad and to have a major say in players’ recruitment.

The 46-year-old has been out of job, since he walked away from Madrid last year, after winning a third consecutive Champions League title.

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House of Barcelona star robbed while playing against Valladolid, loses £250k valuables

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Barcelona star Kevin Prince Boateng had his mansion broken by burglars on Saturday night, February 16, while playing against Real Valladolid in La Liga game.

The house which is in the upmarket neighborhood of Sarria was robbed by yet to be identified hoodlums in which £250,000 of valuables and cash were stolen.

According to the report by UK Sun, Police have confirmed that the house of the African football star was robbed, but no arrest has been made.

”We are investigating a burglary at a property in the Sarria area of Barcelona which has been reported to us,” spokesman for the police confirmed according to the report.

Boateng made his home debut for Barcelona at Nou Camp last night as he was named in the starting line-up and played 60 minutes before being substituted.

The 31-year-old Ghanaian star discovered the break-in when he returned home after the match which ended 1-0 in favor of Barcelona as Lionel Messi scored the goal.

Kevin Boateng is currently playing for Barcelona on loan from Italian side Sassuolo and will be there till the end of the season.

Barcelona are currently topping the Spanish La Liga standings with 54 points after 24 games played this season.

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