MONDAY 07 DECEMBER 2015
Newcastle United has finally broken a one month win-less hoodoo, after defeating Liverpool 2-0 at St James’ Park this morning.
Manager Steve McClaren spoke about the lack of confidence in his players last week, which was evident in much of the first half.
Georgie captain Fabricio Coloccini looked like the most determined man on the field, and was a key factor in his sides win.
Liverpool struggled to put away their chances, and funnily enough it was a Reds player who put the ball into the back of his own net. Martin Skrtel has had his fair share of cock ups in the past, but this one was inexcusable. A cross from Moussa SIssoko led to a miss hit shot from Georginio Wijnaldum, but Skrtel was there to save the day, putting in the deflected ball of his thigh.
The own goal is Skrtel’s seventh of his career!
Wijnaldum did finally get himsnelf on the scoresheet with one of the last kicks of the game. Sissoko found the front man again, who cheekily chipped the ball over Reds Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
END OF AN ERA:
Two very different legends of the game have hung up the boots this weekend.
Italian Legend Luca Toni (38) and Sao Paolo Goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni (42) have called it quits after long careers.
World Cup winner Luca Toni will go down as one of the best Italian players in the game. Age hasn’t slowed the striker down, who became the oldest Capocannoniere (top goalscorer) in Serie A last year with 22 goals for Hellas Verona F.C
Toni has a strong football resume, having played with clubs of the highest stature. Toni has had spells with Empoli, Fiorenzuola, Lodigiani, Treviso, Vicenza, Brescia, Palermo, Fiorentina, Bayern Munich, Roma, Genoa, Juventus and Al-Nasrof.
Toni won the World Cup in 2006 with Italy and also won the Golden boot as Europe’s top goal scorer.
Rogerio Ceni is a goalkeeping legend. Ceni has been one of the most exciting players to watch in football history, having scored more goals than Bale, Iniesta, Ribery and Balotelli. The Sao Paolo goalkeeper score 131 goals in 1237 matches and began his career all the way back in 1993.
He has broken guiness world records for top scoring goalkeeper of all time, longest career at one club, longest spell as a captain.
Ceni was often overlooked by the Brazilian national side, but will go down as a Brazilian legend nonetheless.
Ceni won the Copa Libertadores twice (South American Champions League), and the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A in three consecutive years, 2006-2008.
Here are some of his greatest goals.
FLOODING IN ENGLAND
Flooding in parts of England have caused complete obliteration of homes and towns. This was Carlisle Stadium this afternoon.
MLS CUP FINAL: PORTLAND TIMBERS 2015 MLS CUP CHAMPIONS
Columbus Crew: 1
Portland Timbers: 2
Portland win their first ever MLS Cup trophy in their clubs history.
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