Harry Kane says he is on course to be fit for Tottenham's Champions League final clash with Liverpool after the England captain joined his team's celebrations following their astonishing victory over Ajax. Tottenham striker Harry Kane (2nd left) hopes to be fit to join his team in the Champions League final. (AFP/Adrian DENNIS) Kane is recovering from an ankle ligament injury, but he was watching from the stands in the Johan Cruyff Arena as Tottenham recovered from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in the semi-final second leg on Wednesday (May 8). The incredible comeback sent Tottenham through to their first Champions League final and Kane is confident he will be ready to feature when Mauricio Pochettino's men face Liverpool in Madrid on Jun 1. "We'll see. So far so good, so if it carries on as it should I would hope to be. There's still a few weeks to go," Kane told BT Sport. "Rehab is going well. I start straight line running this week which is why I was OK to run on at the end. "We … [Read more...] about Kane hopes to be fit for Spurs” Champions League final
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Here are five talking points from the weekend’s V.League action. 1. Ho Chi Minh City reclaim top spot from Hanoi FC HCM City players celebrate Thanh Binh’s equaliser. HCM City came from behind to beat Sanna Khanh Hoa BVN 2-1 to regain top spot from defending champions Hanoi FC, who needed Thanh Chung’s 95th-minute goal to secure a struggling 2-2 draw at Becamex Binh Duong. With the victory, manager Chung Hae-seong’s side continue to demonstrate stable form and extend their fairytale run this season (six wins and one draw in eight matches), while proving themselves as the toughest challenge to Hanoi FC’s ambition to defend their V.League trophy. The strong emergence of HCM City promises to make the upcoming stage of the 2019 V.League title race more exciting and unpredictable. 2. Thanh Hoa FC’s winless run ended Thanh Hoa players celebrate their first win of the 2019 V.League season. After a desperate run of draws and losses in 2019 V.League, Thanh … [Read more...] about Five talking points from V.League Matchday 8
MUNICH, Germany: Sadio Mane scored twice to steer Liverpool into the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday (Mar 13) after a 3-1 win at Bayern Munich dumped out the German champions. Senegalese striker Sadio Mane (left) celebrates with teammates after scoring Liverpool's third goal against Bayern Munich during the UEFA Champions League, last 16, second leg football match. (Christof STACHE/AFP) Having missed the goalless first leg at Anfield three weeks ago through suspension, Virgil van Dijk's long pass led to Mane's superb first-half goal at the Allianz Arena. "His first goal was ridiculous, the calmness with how he's finished it off," Liverpool midfielder James Milner told BT Sport. "He's on fire at the minute and let's hope it continues for the rest of the season." Dutch centre-back Van Dijk then headed Liverpool into a 2-1 lead from a James Milner corner on 69 minutes after Joel Matip's own goal had handed Bayern a first-half equaliser. Defender Virgil van … [Read more...] about Mane”s double sends Liverpool through to Champions League quarter finals
After losing their grip atop the table to Ho Chi Minh City FC last weekend, tomorrow’s match against lower-rated Viettel will be a good opportunity for manager Chu Dinh Nghiem’s side to resume their winning run in a bid to reclaim their dominance of Vietnamese football’s top division. A much anticipated derby It is a long time since Hanoi football fans watched the last capital derby in the domestic arena. Years after the clashes between Hanoi Police – The Cong or Hanoi T&T – Hoa Phat Ha Noi, Hang Day stadium will be heated again with the battle between Viettel and Hanoi FC this Wednesday. This is also one of the most anticipated encounters of match day 3, between the reigning champions, who have remained unbeaten in their past two games, and the V.League newbies, whose lineup has been supplemented with many quality players. Hanoi FC currently possess the most dreadful attacking line of the V.League. (Photo: VPF) Viettel will head into the match with … [Read more...] about V.League Preview: Hanoi FC resume winning streak?
Hanoi FC successfully threatened their V.League opponents following their “five-star” win over Quang Ninh Coal FC in the opening round of play. Just three days ago, manager Chu Dinh Nghiem’s side achieved a record milestone at the AFC Cup arena by demolishing Cambodian side, Nagaworld FC, with ten unanswered goals – the biggest tournament win in the club’s history. Those “telling numbers” are vivid evidence of the capital team’s dreadful power this season. Travelling to Tam Ky stadium tomorrow, Nghiem still has his best squad with a powerful attacking line-up of quality “goal hunters”, namely Oseni, Quang Hai, Van Quyet and Hoang Vu Samson. Besides, Quang Nam FC have the lower hand in their head-to-head record with the defending title holders, losing seven of the eight latest clashes between the two sides. With the amazing form demonstrated by the Hanoi side over recent times, it will be almost impossible for manager Hoang Van … [Read more...] about V.League Preview: Hanoi FC poised for second win, huge pressure for newbies Viettel