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Champions League Preview: Sporting Lisbon vs Eintracht Frankfurt



Sporting Lisbon and Eintracht Frankfurt will lock horns at Estadio Jose Alvalade with a Champions League knockout stage place at stake.

Both of these teams are only one point adrift of the top spot. So, a win will guarantee knockout stage progression for both teams.

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Marcus Edwards cut an impressive figure in Sporting’s 2-0 victory at home over Tottenham, but he could not get his name on the score sheet.

The former Spurs man returned as a menacing force against the Lilywhites last week, and this time he did rattle the back of the net.

Tottenham equalised through Rodrigo Bentancaur ten minutes before the final whistle, but bringing a point back from the English capital was enough for Sporting to climb to the second spot in the table.

The current standings indicate that a point would be enough for Ruben Amorim’s men to qualify for the knockout stage regardless of the outcome of the Tottenham-Marseille clash.

Because of their superior head-to-head records against Spurs and Frankfurt, Lisbon will get the nod ahead of these two sides if all three of them finish the group stage with the same amount of points.

A disappointing 1-0 defeat to Arouca at the weekend did not make for the perfect preparation ahead of such an important Champions League match. But Amorim left out some of the key names so that he could deploy some fresh legs against Frankfurt.

Frankfurt kept the Champions League knockout stage door open with a crucial 2-1 win against Marseille.

Randal Kolo Muani and Daichi Kamada both scored within the first 30 minutes of the game to grant the hosts a 2-1 lead over their French opponents. Frankfurt kept hold of the lead till the end so that they could live to fight another day.

Oliver Glasner’s side must win against Sporting Lisbon on the road to progress to the RO16. If they can’t do so, their Champions League journey will be over, but they will continue to play continental football in the Europa League.

Like their Tuesday night hosts, Frankfurt will be entering the fray on the back of a league defeat. Die Adler saw their four-match winning run end on Saturday when they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund at the Deutsche Bank Park.

Now they face the challenge of bagging back-to-back wins in the top-tier European competition for the first time in 62 years when they travel to Portugal for a midweek Champions League clash.

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Ricardo Esgaio and Pedro Goncalves will return from suspension, so Sporting boss Ruben Amerim can include them into the matchday squad. Luis Neto is yet to recover from his knee injury.

Daniel Braganca will also be an absentee for the home side as he is sidelined with a ligament problem. Hidemasa Morita and Paulinho are also in the medical room.

The visitors also have a suspension returnee as Tuta will walk back into the Frankfurt defence after serving a one-match ban.

Makoto Hasebe and Christopher Lenz will not be involved as they work their way back from long term injuries. But, Frankfurt can hope to include Ansgar Knauff to the travelling contingent.

Both teams have considerable firepower, but Lisbon might get the upper hand as they are the home side.

So, we believe Sporting will pick up a 2-1 win over their German opponents and make it to the RO16.

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WATCH: Georgina Rodriguez makes huge claim on Cristiano Ronaldo’s retirement in Football




Cristiano Ronaldo

Georgina Rodriguez made a huge claim on the future of her husband and star player, Cristiano Ronaldo, in Football. In a brief interaction with a host recently, Rodriguez was asked about the time left for Cristiano to make an impact at the highest level. Georgina looked honest in her approach to the question of the host and claimed something the fans would not love to hear.

Georgina claimed that the Portugal star has maybe one year more from him at the highest level. She felt that Ronaldo might play two more years before retiring and not more than that. She was however not sure if he would play for just one or two years and added that the Al Nassr star could also play more than that.

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“Cristiano one more year, then it’s over. Maybe two, I don’t know,” said Rodriguez in the little chat she had with the host. The video has gone viral on X and the fans have started sharing it on different platforms. Some of the fans feel that Georgina might be right, while others feel that she could be wrong, given the fitness and longevity of the star player.

Legacy of Cristiano Ronaldo

On the 5th of February, Ronaldo celebrated his 39th birthday. He is currently one of the oldest players in the world. In the past, players at this age would have retired way back. But the fitness and consistency of Ronaldo make him play the sport as long as he wishes. In his career so far, Ronaldo has won many major leagues for Portugal and league teams like Real Madrid, Al Nassr, and Manchester United.

With United, Portugal won some major leagues like the FA Cup and the Champions League. With Real Madrid, the 39-year-old won the leagues like the UCL, Copa Del Rey and La Liga. He won it three consecutive times for Real Madrid. For Portugal, Cristiano had a huge contribution to Portugal. He has the most number of appearances and goals for an international team and won the Euro 2016 with Portugal.

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Real Madrid’s Jude Bellingham slapped with Red Card as he argued with referee




Jude Bellingham shown Red Card
Jude Bellingham shown Red Card (Image Credit: Twitter)

England and Real Madrid player Jude Bellingham was slapped with a Red Card during the La Liga game against Valencia. In the game, the home team, Valencia was leading by 2-0 after 30 minutes before Madrid scored in the injury time of the first half. Vinicius Junior opened the scoring for Madrid while Hugo Duro (27′) and Roman Yaremchuk (30′) scored a goal each.

In the 76th minute, Junior scored an equalizer to keep the team in the game. However, in the injury time of the second half, Bellingham was given a red card as he argued with the referee against calling it a full-time before he could score. In reply, the match official decided to slap the England international with a Red Card. The team coach Carlo Ancelotti wasn’t happy with the verdict as the Three Lions player was making a pass at the time.

“I think what’s just happened is unprecedented. It’s never happened to me,” Ancelotti told reporters.

“We had possession of the ball and the match should have been finished when Valencia had the ball.

“What bothers us is the red card for Bellingham because he didn’t say anything insulting. He was frustrated of course,” said Ancelotti, adding that Bellingham had used a common English swearword when telling the referee it was a goal.

We are annoyed with Jude Bellingham’s Red Card: Carlo Ancelotti

“We were annoyed with Bellingham’s red card. He didn’t say any insults. He said in English ‘it’s a f—ing goal,’ but he was just saying what we were all thinking … [The referee] allowed play to continue. I think he made a mistake.”

“[Bellingham] was clear in what he said,” Ancelotti added. “He was quite vehement [in his reaction] but that’s normal, after what happened. It wasn’t an insult, not at all.”

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PL 2023-24: MCFC vs MUFC Dream11 Prediction, Playing XI, Fantasy League Today’s Captain, Vice-Captain, and more for Manchester derby




MCFC vs MUFC, PL 2024 Dream11

Super Sunday is set to witness the Manchester Derby in the Premier League 2023-24. The match between Manchester City (MCFC) and Manchester United (MUFC) is set to take place in Etihad Stadium, the home ground of Manchester City. The two teams have had a contrasting journey in the league till now. The fortunes of City changed ever since Pep Guardiola took over the club as the manager.

While the home side are placed in the second position in the points table currently, United are in the sixth place in the points table. In their previous encounter, City hammered Luton Town by 6-2 in the FA Cup. United have shown massive improvements in the last few weeks after not having a good start to their campaign. United were involved in a thrilling game where they beat Nottingham Forrest by 1-0 in their last game.

Both teams feature some of the best players in the world. The likes of Julian Alvarez, Erling Haaland, Marcus Rashford, Kevin De Bruyne, Bruno Fernandes, Casemiro, and others would be taking part in the match. Manchester City will start the match as the favourites, given their record in the ongoing league so far and the match taking place in their home. United with their improved record can challenge the home side.

MCFC vs MUFC – Match Details

Match – Manchester City (MCFC) vs Manchester United (MUFC), Premier League 2023-24

Venue – Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Date and Time – 3rd March 2024, 21:00 IST

Live Coverage – Star Sports Network and Disney plus Hot Star

MCFC vs MUFC – Head-to-Head

Both the teams from Manchester have a rich history in the sport. they have been up against each other in 191 instances. In as many games, Manchester United have been historically the better side with 78 wins to their name. City have managed to win 60 wins, as 53 games ended in a draw. In the last five games between the two sides in the Premier League, City have won four of the five games.

MCFC vs MUFC – Likely XI

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Ake, Akanji, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Alvarez, Haaland, Foden

Manchester United: Onana, Dalot, Varane, Lindelof, Amrabat, Casemiro, Manioo, McTominay, Fernandes, Rashford, Garnacho

MCFC vs MUFC – Fantasy XI

Grand League Team

Goal Keeper – E Moraes

Defenders – M Akanji, K Walker, H Maguire

Mid Fielders – Kevin De Bruyne, B Fernandes, R Hernandez, Casemiro

Forwards – E Haaland (VC), J Alvarez, M Rashford (C)

MCFC vs MUFC, PL 2024 Dream11, Grand League

MCFC vs MUFC, PL 2024 Dream11, Grand League (Source: X)

Head-to-Head Team

Goal Keeper – S Ortega

Defenders – M Akanji, K Walker, R Varane

Mid Fielders – K De Bruyne (C), B Fernandes (VC), B Silva, Casemiro

Forwards – E Haaland, J Alvarez, M Rashford

MCFC vs MUFC, PL 2024 Dream11, Head to Head

MCFC vs MUFC, PL 2024 Dream11, Head to Head (Source: X)

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