MATT RYAN SAVES THE DAY FOR VALENCIA | MUNDIAL MORNINGS

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THURSDAY 20 AUGUST 2015

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Spanish club Valencia won the crucial home leg of their Champions
League play-off round 3-1, against AS Monaco last night.

Australian international goalkeeper Matt Ryan played a
massive part in the victory. Despite Valencia scoring an early goal through Rodrigo, AS
Monaco worked their way back into the match.

AS Monaco looked certain to score in the 30th minute as they
broke on the counter attack. Bernard Silva forced a hard low driving shot, only
to be saved by the heroics of Matt Ryan.

The lackadaisical coverage in defence paid its price in the
second half, after Monaco’s young striker Anthony Martial ran through Valencia’s defence to set
up an open goal for Mario Pasalic.

The party didn’t last long for Monaco fans, as Valencia
pushed for another goal and capitalized through Dani Parejo.

A back and forth game saw more shots fired at the Valencia
goal, although Matt Ryan had built a fortress behind goals letting nothing in.

Feghouli sealed the deal in the final four minutes after a
failed Monaco clearance resulted in a 3-1 final score line at the Mestalla.

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 DIDIER DROGBA DÉBUT TO SELL-OUT STADE SAPUTO 

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 New signing Dider Drogba will play his first match for MLS
side Montreal Impact in front of a sell out crowd against Philadelphia Union
next week.  

The ex- Chelsea superstar stated that it was the clubs culture,
fans, and community as reasons for the move.

The signing is yet another marquee international that has
decided to finish their career in the MLS. The game is growing rapidly in the
US and Australia can really learn off the model and structure of their league.

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 MASSIVE BRAWL ERUPTS IN A NON-LEAGUE MATCH

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A massive all in brawl occurred in a non- league match
between Ramsbottom United and Buxton yesterday.

The outburst resulted in a dirty challenge by Rammy’s Alex
Meaney, which sparked the brawl.

Amazingly only two players got sent off, which isn’t so
surprising for Sunday league football ref’s.

The match report was comical in its description of the performance

“All the handbag-waving detracted from what had been an
improved Rams display though still a long-way from the kind of coherent
performance needed for the club to compete successfully at this level.”

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MANCHESTER UNITED LOSE PEDRO TO CHELSEA 

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Manchester United has failed to lure Pedro to Old Trafford.

The Barcelona winger is set to join rivals Chelsea FC,
sparking an immediate reaction from United manager Louis van Gaal.

The Red Devils are set to make a bid for Southampton
attacker Sadio Mane. The 23 year old will be beneficial to United’s strike force
and will take pressure off captain Wayne Rooney.

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Ronald Koeman, the Southampton coach, sanctioned an
£11.8m fee for Mané so United are likely to make a £15m bid for him. Mané
has 22 Senegal caps appeared at the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea
in January.

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By ARI CHARILAOU

Mundial Mornings is your morning wrap of world football. The latest news, transfers, matches, rumours from Australia and the world delivered every morning.
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