Sunday, December 23, 2018

Juventus have Set A New Record In the Top Flight and Other Sport Headlines

Indeed, this latest win sees the team enter uncharted territory for an Italian club at the start of a Serie A season. With 16 wins out of 17 so far Juventus have set a new record in the top flight, with no other Italian club in history managing just a strong opening.

The records just keep falling around invincible Juventus in Serie A as the Old Lady chalked up their latest victory to strengthen their hold on the league's summit.

A single goal from Mario Mandzukic was enough to see Juve past Roma in a 1-0 win in Turin on Saturday.

The result keeps the club eight points clear of Napoli, who beat SPAL 1-0, at the top, while Roma languish in 10th place.

The Giallorossi's woes are in stark contrast to the form enjoyed by Massimiliano Allegri's charges, who have gone from strength to strength since the summer arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Solskjaer Starts with a Bang as Manchester United Pump 5 Past Cardiff
Manchester United cruised to an impressive 5-1 Premier League victory over Cardiff City on Saturday in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first match in charge.

The new United era got off to a stunning start when Rashford blasted home a free-kick from 30 yards out that left goalkeeper Neil Etheridge rooted to the spot.

Almost 81 per cent of possession underlined United's early control, and the scoreline reflected their dominance when Herrera's strike looped off Greg Cunningham's shoulder and into the net 29 minutes in.

Cardiff were gifted a lifeline when Camarasa fired high into the net from the spot, but United's two-goal lead was restored three minutes later, when Martial slotted beneath Etheridge after a sublime one-touch passing move involving Lingard and Paul Pogba, restored to the starting line-up.

And any hope of a Cardiff comeback was promptly extinguished 11 minutes into the second half, when Lingard dispatched a confident penalty after he had been bundled to the ground by Sol Bamba.

It was 5-1 when Lingard rounded the keeper and slotted home from Pogba's pass in the 90th minute to secure a first away league win since November 3 in style and give Solskjaer extra cause for celebration against the club he used the manage.

Solskjaer Reveals Rooney Advice Before Cardiff Thrashing
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told his players to “be Manchester United” before their rousing 5-1 win against Cardiff on Saturday.

Caretaker boss Solskjaer, installed until the end of the season after the Portuguese was sacked on Tuesday, restored Paul Pogba to the starting line-up after the World Cup winner was left out of Mourinho’s team for last weekend’s 3-1 capitulation to Liverpool, and he wasted little time in re-finding the form that once made him the most expensive player in world football.

And the Norwegian revealed after the game that he has received advice from United’s record goal-scorer Wayne Rooney on how to re-ignite the attacking energy that been lost under the Portuguese.

“Football is easy if you've got good players,” Solskjaer said.

“They are a great bunch of players and their quality is unbelievable."I arrived on Wednesday night and only had Thursday and Friday with the players. Wayne Rooney texted me and gave me some advice - so it must be down to him! He told me to make them play football, enjoy themselves and be Manchester United.”

Pogba Thanks Jose Mourinho for 'Improving' Him
Mourinho's two-and-a-half years in charge of the Red Devils came to an abrupt end on Tuesday when he was fired in the wake of a 3-1 defeat to bitter rivals Liverpool.

Paul Pogba acknowledged that not everything "worked well" with Jose Mourinho but thanked the former Manchester United manager for improving him as a player.

After United thumped Cardiff City 5-1 in their first game under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Saturday, Pogba conceded not all had been well under Mourinho, but nevertheless thanked him for his work.

A particularly contentious element of Mourinho's tenure concerned his relationships with some players, and he was reported to be on poor terms with Pogba by the time United dismissed him.

After United thumped Cardiff City 5-1 in their first game under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Saturday, Pogba conceded not all had been well under Mourinho, but nevertheless thanked him for his work.

"I know you're waiting for something about Jose, about the result today," Pogba told reporters in the mixed zone after the victory. "Obviously, we are very happy with the result. We played well, the performance of the team was great and I know you want to ask me; 'But oh yeah, with Jose…'

"With Jose, we won trophies and I want to thank him for that. Not everything worked well, but [some] things went well, we won trophies. "Winning trophies makes you improve as a person as well and that's it. That's the past. I want to thank him for that."

Messi Restores Barca's Lead Atop LaLiga
Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to a 2-0 win over Celta Vigo as Ernesto Valverde's side restored their three-point lead at the summit of LaLiga.

With Atletico Madrid having won earlier in the day to move level at the top, Barca reasserted their authority as first-half goals from Ousmane Dembele and Messi paved the way for a routine victory at Camp Nou.

Messi was again at the heart of the hosts' best play, his shot being parried to the feet of the grateful Dembele to apply the finish inside the opening 10 minutes.

The Argentina star got in on the act himself in the final minute of the first half as Barca all but sealed the points before the interval.

Ribery Double Helps Bayern Beat Frankfurt  
Franck Ribery scored twice as Bayern Munich ended 2018 by moving into second place in the Bundesliga with a 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.

On Niko Kovac's return to his former club, Bayern took the lead midway through the first half when Ribery swept in at the culmination of a slick counter-attack.

Bayern could have been ahead earlier on, had Kevin Trapp not pulled off a superb double save to deny Javi Martinez and Thomas Muller, who later hit the woodwork.

Robert Lewandowski should have wrapped up the win early in the second half, but his blushes were spared when Ribery scuffed in a second, with Rafinha's fortuitous effort adding further gloss to a victory that takes Bayern back to within six points of leaders Borussia Dortmund.

Mandzukic Strike Propels Juve Past Roma
Juventus dealt a fresh blow to Eusebio Di Francesco's job security in a routine 1-0 win over an outclassed Roma at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.

Champions League semi-finalists last season, Roma have been a shadow of their former selves this term and were no match for the Serie A champions despite the narrow final scoreline.

Mario Mandzukic's commanding header, his eighth league goal of the campaign, gave Juve a deserved half-time lead and they were rarely troubled in restoring an eight-point gap to second-placed Napoli, who earlier beat SPAL 1-0.

Robin Olsen's string of stellar saves ultimately achieved little more than keeping the score down as the under-pressure Di Francesco was left to defend a run of just one victory in seven competitive matches.

Mbappe Strike Hands PSG Victory
Kylian Mbappe made the difference in the absence of Neymar, scoring the only goal of the game as Paris Saint-Germain beat Nantes 1-0 to end 2018 in victorious fashion.

Brazil star Neymar had been allowed to travel back to his home country to rest following recent struggles with a groin injury, and while PSG missed his craft, they scraped the win nonetheless.

Angel Di Maria looked PSG's biggest threat in the first half, though his two best strikes did not quite hit the target as the hosts failed to make the most of their superiority.

PSG remained the controlling force after the interval and finally broke the deadlock through Mbappe in the 68th minute, and that proved to be enough as the hosts' first Ligue 1 game since December 5 – due to the 'gilet jaunes' demonstrations – ended with a triumph.

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