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Man United draw despite Cavani’s magic

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Fulham ensured that they don’t let Manchester United stroll past them at Old Trafford as they did in the first encounter at the home fixture.

The Cottagers secured a point in the game courtesy a 1-1 finish at the verge of this Premier League season.

Joe Bryan found back of the net in the 75th minute to cancel an outrageous long-range goal by Edinson Cavani in the first half.

Despite suffering defeat in their last two league games, the United players seemed full of confidence.

They dominated possession and controlled the match’s pace from the start.

The Red Devils came out pressing high and it was evident that the Cottagers were facing trouble, keeping up while trying to build from the back.

United star Paul Pogba posted the first major threat for the visitors in the fifth minute. He headed defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s cross from the right spot to send it just over the bar.

Cavani’s wonder goal

In the 14th minute, Cavani claimed that he was fouled inside the box, but referee Lee Mason denied his appeal.

The Uruguayan forward did not shy away from putting up a show for the 10,000 fans that graced Old Trafford for the first time in over a year for United’s final home game of the season.

A minute later, a clever Bruno Fernandes back-heeled assist helped Cavani score his ninth goal in ten games, and 16th of the season.

El Matador struck a 40-yard lob to pocket the opening goal as he caught Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola off his line.

Since that moment of sheer brilliance, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men had ample opportunities to double their lead but the forwards failed to capitalize.

Bruno Fernandes tried to score United’s second of the night with long-range efforts from outside the box, but the effort went in vain.

Similarly, Ademola Lookman and Fabio Carvalho went close for the Whites, but De Gea pulled off two scintillating saves that kept them at bay.

United were looking to seal the three points when Bryan struck equalized against the run of play.

Having failed to win against minnows Fulham, United are left with 71 points from the 37 leagues games played. The Red Devils will meet Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

Solskjaer’s side have stretched their winless run to three games. Before the Fulham draw, Liverpool thumped United 4-2 whereas Leicester City overwhelmed them 2-1 at Old Trafford.

Fulham are at the 18th spot in the points table, pocketing only two points in the last nine league games.

While they can’t avoid relegation even if they win their remaining game, United will be fuming at not having secured the second spot in the table.

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WATCH: Cristiano Ronaldo performs obscene gestures as fans chant Lionel Messi’s name

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi

During the Saudi Pro League game between Al Shabab and Al Nassr, Nassr skipper Cristiano Ronaldo was seen making obscene gestures towards rival fans. The Shabab fans were chanting Ronaldo’s biggest rival Lionel Messi’s name. Not for the first time though, some Saudi football fans do prefer Messi over the Portuguese player. Meanwhile, during the game on Sunday, the Portugal international crossed all the limits as he made some obscene gestures.

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Talking about the game, the Yellow Brigade, Nassr won against Shabab. Ronaldo gave his team as he made the most of the penalty in the 21st minute of the game. However, in the injury time of the first half, Yannick Carrasco scored an equalizer before going into the break. In the first minute of the second half, Anderson Talisca gave a lead to Nassr. In the 67th minute, Carlos scored the equalizer for Shabab, and the game looked like ending in a tie before Talisca scored the match-winning goal in the 86th minute.

Meanwhile, the former Real Madrid player is set to face disciplinary action. As per the Saudi writer and television host, the disciplinary committee might take action.

“The disciplinary committee is facing the biggest test. We will wait and see. Everything has its limits, no matter how famous you are. This is how the major leagues are” Waleed Al Farraj, a prominent Saudi writer and television host, said on X.

Cristiano Ronaldo faced disciplinary action during his stint with Manchester United

A few months before the FIFA World Cup 2022, he threw a fan’s phone when he was part of the English club, Manchester United. He was banned for a few games which meant that he missed a few games for his current club, Nassr. However, the ban didn’t apply in the World Cup as he was available for selection during the tournament, in which his team lost the Quarterfinal to Morrocco.

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Virgil Van Dijk’s late strike in extra time helps Liverpool beat Chelsea in Carabao Cup final

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Liverpool emerged victorious in the Carabao Cup final in 2024. In a thrilling game which was full of twists and turns, Liverpool managed to beat Chelsea to clinch the cup. Jurgen Klopp’s men were awarded with the winner’s medal as they edged out Chelsea in a low-scoring thriller that went to extra time. The defence of both sides was good to watch.

The match had many edge-of-the-seat moments. In the first half, Liverpool attempted a lot of shots over Chelsea. While some were out of target, some were in the target, but stopped by the goalkeeper. Cody Gakpo was unlucky to find the ball hit the goalpost. The strike of the youngster went in vain as the first half did not witness any goal.

Liverpool’s skipper was brilliant in the game. He martialed his troops well and got the coordination going for a long time. He in fact nearly had a goal in the first half, only to be ruled out by the VAR, which was highly controversial. There is a debate for the legitimacy of the goal which was not given despite the help of the technology. Liverpool did not get carried away with the moment.

Captain brilliant Virgil Van Dijk steps up in crunch moments

Klopp deployed younger players as substitutes in the 2nd half. It helped Liverpool a lot as they were able to not just put pressure on Chelsea but also create a lot of chances. While none of them were converted to goals in the second half, they ensured that Chelsea’s players were in check. At one stage, the absence of Mohammad Salah in the middle was felt.

The match went to the extra time, where things got a bit closer. Chelsea attempted to score goals but ended up giving more advantage to Liverpool. The younger legs marked well and provided good assists to the forwards. The moment came in the 118th minute of the game, when Van Dijk netted the goal and helped Liverpool to win the prestigious title.

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Virat Kohli picks his ‘Sporting GOAT’

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Virat Kohli was asked to pick his ‘Sporting GOAT’ in a recent interview. The star cricketer was interviewed by Team Blue Rising who asked him to name the greatest sportsperson of all time. “Who is your Sporting GOAT?” asked the host to the star batter. Kohli did not hesitate to take the name of one of the greatest Football players as his pick for the question.

The Indian batter claimed Cristiano Ronaldo to be the greatest Football player of all time. “For me, it’s Cristiano Ronaldo,” said Virat in the interview. It came as no surprise to the fans, as Virat has always been a huge admirer of the star Footballer. Even in the past, the 35-year-old has expressed his admiration for the star player from Portugal.

In many instances, the Indian batter has claimed Ronaldo to be his favourite player. Ronaldo has been one of the best players the sport has ever seen. Many claim him to be arguably the greatest Sportsperson of all time. Virat has joined the list of those to claim him to be the greatest athlete in the sports world. Ronaldo has some records to back his claim for the title.

Legacy of Cristiano Ronaldo and Virat Kohli

The Portuguese Footballer has the greatest number of goals for an international team. He also has the greatest number of international caps for a player. The star player is the only player to win four major cups with two different clubs. He did it with Manchester United and Real Madrid. Cristiano has the second most number of Ballon d’Or titles (Five) after Lionel Messi.

Virat, on the other hand, is a great cricketer. He has the greatest number of hundreds for a batter in ODIs. Virat has the greatest number of hundreds in ODIs while chasing. He is also the highest run scorer for India in T20Is. Kohli has the most runs for a batter in the IPL. He has the greatest number of POTT awards for a player in the T20 WC and the ODI WC.

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