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Serie A: Roma move ahead of Juventus

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Roma have moved ahead of Juventus in the point table after securing a 2-0 win over Spezia.

Before the season started, Roma fans would have expected their team to be in the Serie A title race if they were leading Juventus halfway through the season, but in the current landscape, that only keeps them in contention for a Europa League spot.

The Giallorossi are sixth on the table with 28 points, 14 points adrift of league leaders Inter Milan and 8 points shy of Napoli, who occupy the last Champions League qualifying spot at 4th position. 

Jose Mourinho’s men suffered two back-to-back defeats in their previous two games, so they were desperate for putting an end to that dreadful run.

Chris Smalling struck early on to hand the hosts a relaxing lead as he headed in a rebound after Tammy Abraham saw his effort denied by Ivan Provedel. 

Unlucky Tammy Abraham

Abraham, who has scored four league goals this season, orchestrated another goal-scoring chance in the 25th minute as he prudently pinged a pass towards Matias Vina.

But, Provdel did well to steer it away for a corner. 

On the other end of the pitch, Spezia threatened to nick an equalizer through Arkadiusz Reca, but Rui Patricio was alert on Roma goal to keep his team’s lead intact. 

Abraham was left frustrated once again when he hit the bar in a rather eccentric fashion in the first-half stoppage time.

The former Chelsea man met a Henrikh Mkhitaryan cross with his chest, and it nearly crept into the Spezia net, but the goal post stood in the way.

It was the seventh time this season that the woodwork denied Abraham of a goal.

Jordan Veretout did attempt a rebound shot, but Martin Erlic and Provedel’s prompt reaction kept the score unchanged. 

Spezia came out strong in the start of the second half, but their newfound vigor waned away when Roma picked up their second goal of the night.

Ibanez makes it 2-0

Roma exposed Spezia’s aerial vulnerabilities once again as Roger Ibanez beat Provedel with a pounding header. 

Rey Manaj scored for Spezia afterwards, but VAR duly ruled out the goal for offside.

The Albanian was clearly in an offside position when he tapped the ball into the net, but on-pitch officials allowed the goal to stand.

Roma youngster Felix Afena-Gyan put the ball into the net in the dying minutes of the game, but the referee sent him off, showing him his second yellow card of the night because of handball.

Unsurprisingly, Mourinho was furious with the decision and called out the referee for incompetence in his post–match interview. 

Thiago Motta’s Spezia lost for the 11th time this season and now dangerously hovers above the relegation zone.

But, they put on an inspiring display against a much better side in Roma. They can hope for better results in coming matches, if they can replicate last night’s performance. 

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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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