AS Monaco have officially parted ways with manager Leonardo Jardim after a poor start to the season that saw ASM sit third from bottom in the league table before the international break. Monaco won the league in 2016-17 and finished second in 2017-18 behind PSG, but have been inexplicably poor this season, winning only one of their nine games so far.
While Jardim’s successor has not officially been announced, it is widely expected to be former Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, who recently rejected an offer from Championship club Aston Villa to be their new manager.
Monaco were beaten 5-4 on penalties by Polish outfit Wisla Krakow in a friendly as they continued with their preparations for the 2018/19 season.
With World Cup stars like Falcao, Glik and Tielemans not available for selection, ASM played Benaglio, Grandsir, Raggi, Jemerson, Serrano, Ghezzal, Faivre, N’Doram, Lopes, Bongiovanni, Guebbels in the first half. The likes of N’Gakoutou, Diakhaby, Boschilia, Badiaschiie, Diop, Isidor, Navarro, Toure and Mboula also got a hit-out in the second half.
Isidor scored ASM’s only goal of the game on 60 minutes after Pietrzak had put Wisla ahead in the 6th minute.
Boschilia, Navarro, Mboula and Diakhaby scored in the penalty shootout for ASM, while Toure missed. Wisla nailed all five of their penalties. Continue reading
Young French star Kylian Mbappe has come under fire for “acting like Neymar” during Les Bleus’ quarterfinal against Argentina. Mbappe was involved in an incident with Cristian Rodriguez that saw the former go to the ground theatrically, and referee Pitana chose to give both players yellow cards.
Some have put this down to Neymar’s influence on Mbappe, with the two currently at the same club- Paris Saint-Germain. Continue reading
France will not be having a South American opponent for the third time in succession at the knockout stages of the World Cup after Belgium upset Tite’s Brazil to set up a semifinal with Les Bleus.
Roberto Martinez’s side stunned the South American giants, with an own goal from Fernandinho and a stunner from Kevin de Bruyne doing the business for them in Kazan.
France had beaten Uruguay in the last eight and seen off Argentina in the Round of 16. They also had Peru in their group.
Brazil’s elimination also means that this will be the first World Cup without one of them, Germany or Argentina in the semifinals since the tournament began.
France claimed the scalp of yet another South American nation as they beat Uruguay to advance to the last four of the World Cup. Les Bleus, who had beaten Argentina in the Round of 16, saw off Oscar Tabarez’s men in Nizhny Novgorod thanks to goals from Raphael Varane and Antoine Griezmann.
Uruguay, who had eliminated Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in the Round of 16, were sluggish and lacked a cutting edge upfront, perhaps missing the services of Edinson Cavani, who was forced to watch this game from the sidelines.
France took the lead through Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, and doubled their advantage on the hour mark, when long serving Uruguayan keeper Fernando Muslera made a Karius-like howler and let Antoine Griezmann’s shot in.
France will now play the winner of the Belgium-Brazil quarterfinal and should the Samba Boys progress, as expected, will meet a third consecutive South American nation in the knockout stages of the tournament.
France 2 (Varane, Griezmann) Uruguay 0
Game played in front of 43.319 spectators at the Nizhny Novgorod stadium.
Man of the Match: Antoine Griezmann (France)
The first ever 4-3 game at a World Cup knockout stage clash (yes, the first ever game that finished with that scoreline!) saw France beat Argentina in a thriller and saw Lionel Messi and co. board the plane home after a thriller in Kazan.
Kylian Mbappe was the star of the evening with two goals, although Benjamin Pavard and Angel di Maria also scored fantastic individual efforts.
There was a brief period in the second half when Argentina lead 2-1, but France’s class shone though and while Sergio Aguero set up a nervy finale, few would argue that Les Bleus were deserved winners over the Albiceleste.
France 4 (Mbappe x2, Griezmann pen, Pavard) beat Argentina 3 (Di Maria, Mercado, Aguero)