Ajax's Donny van de Beek (right) scores against Juventus during the Champions League quarter-final, second leg football match. (Source: AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) Cristiano Ronaldo, bidding for his sixth Champions League title, scored a 28th-minute header to put Juve ahead after a 1-1 first-leg draw, but Donny van de Beek levelled for Ajax before half-time. Teenage centre-back De Ligt struck midway through the second period, though, to seal a 3-2 aggregate win and set up a last-four clash with either Manchester City or Tottenham. The young Dutch side had already eliminated three-time defending champions Real Madrid en route to the quarters, overturning a 2-1 home defeat against the Spanish side with a memorable 4-1 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu. "It's an incredible evening for Ajax and its players and also for Dutch football," said coach Erik ten Hag. "Once again we eliminated the favourites. "We said before we were not the favourites but with our philosophy we can go further, … [Read more...] about Ajax stun Juventus to reach Champions League semi finals
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Liverpool thrashed Watford 5-0 and champions City claimed a narrow 1-0 win over West Ham United, but third-placed Tottenham's 2-0 defeat at Chelsea left them nine points off the top, needing a remarkable turn of events to make up the gap. Liverpool, who had struggled to create openings in recent goalless draws with Bayern Munich and Manchester United, returned to their prolific best by crushing eighth-placed Watford. Senegalese striker Sadio Mane and Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk both scored twice for Juergen Klopp's side who took early command. Mane scored both his goals inside the opening 20 minutes - the first a header and the second a cheeky back-heel with both set-up by the excellent Trent Alexander-Arnold. Klopp laughed off his team's recent form and said there was plenty of excitement to come in the season. "We drew against Manchester United and Bayern Munich. I think most teams would wish they had these problems," said the German. "Tonight we were sensational. It was really … [Read more...] about Liverpool and City march on as Spurs fall further behind
The Hanoitimes - Recent history has proven that Japan can’t take the Vietnamese side lightly. Vietnam football team: when Golden Star warriors get emboldened South Korean envoy congratulates Vietnam over football win Vietnam have put the world on notice after stunningly making it through to the quarter-finals of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 tournament. Will it move further after the match with Japan tonight? Let’s see if the Golden Dragons can make it. Vietnam's head coach Park Hang-seo. Photo: FOX Sports For the Golden Dragons, this has been a tournament of pure joy thus far. And hardly anyone is giving them a chance as they take on the mighty Samurai Blue this time around. However, recent history has proven that Japan can’t take the Vietnamese side lightly. Vietnam scored the only goal of the game between these two sides at the Asian Games (ASIAD) on 19th August 2018, propelling this nation to the top of their group. Good players … [Read more...] about Can Vietnam clash for a spot in ASIAN CUP semi-finals?
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Coach Park Hang-seo said he’s feeling the pressure, but was confident his Việt Nam side would have a good game against the Philippines in the second leg of the AFF Cup semi-final tonight in Hà Nội. The South Korean also hoped his team would try their best to avoid repeating past mistakes. "I know many people are watching us from my home country as well as here in Việt Nam. I really appreciate their support which is also a small burden on me as a head coach. I just can promise to show the best performance tomorrow," said Park through an interpreter yesterday in a press briefing in Hà Nội. He said to prepare for the match his team re-watched their 2-1 first leg victory to prepare for this crucial game. "We missed several chances in that match. We have to fix that and players are asked to keep focused all the time," he said. Playing at home was an advantage for Việt Nam, with a draw good enough to … [Read more...] about Việt Nam face crucial Philippines clash in AFF Cup
* Cong Phuong scores as Vietnam thrash Malaysia 2-0 On FOX Sports Asia, Gabriel Tan penned a review of "classy" Vietnam's victory over Harimau Malaya. Tan described that the Malaysians came into the game at Hanoi’s My Dinh Stadium last night looking to maintain their 100% record and take a huge step towards sealing a place in the semi-finals, after having claimed victories over Cambodia and Laos in their opening two games. The visitors made a bright start to the contest, making the home side struggle in the first few minutes. However, the opening goal in the 11th minute thanks to Cong Phuong caused the game turn in favour of the home side. The counter-attack tactics not only helped Vietnam resolve every situation from the visitors, but also led to the decisive goal by veteran striker Anh Duc in the second half. FOX Sports also pointed out Malaysia's weaknesses in the defeat to Vietnam, as the visitors were severely lacking a creative spark in the final third. Despite the best … [Read more...] about International media praises Vietnam after convincing win over Malaysia