Egypt powerhouse Al Ahly are into their first CAF Champions League final for four years after overwhelming Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel with a stunning semi-final second-leg showing in Alexandria on Sunday.
After suffering a 2-1 away loss, Al Ahly drew aggregate scores level just two minutes after kick-off when Ali Maaloul scored with a smart free-kick.
Walid Azarou then scored three goals in a row as Ahly constantly cut holes in the visitors’ defence in front of 40,000 spectators.
An own goal and a fine strike from Rami Rabiaa did further damage after the break, before Etoile collected two consolation goals for a 6-2 scoreline (7-4 aggregate).
Al Ahly will face Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca who claimed a 3-1 aggregate win over Algeria’s USM Alger on Saturday.
It will be an eleventh continental final for Al Ahly, who will be seeking to extend their record number of victories to nine.
The final will also be a two-legged affair, with the first instalment taking place on 27 October and the return a week later.
The winner will represent Africa at the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017.
Gordon Strachan bemoaned Scotland’s genetic make-up after his side lost out on a World Cup playoff on goal difference following a 2-2 draw in Slovenia.
Two set-piece goals from Roman Bezjak overturned a first-half strike from Leigh Griffiths, and Robert Snodgrass could not convert a headed half-chance in the dying seconds after he had levelled with two minutes remaining.
Bezjak’s movement allowed him a free header from a Josip Ilicic free kick and he had yards of space to slot home from 12 yards following a corner from the same player.
Strachan refused to discuss his own future after Scotland missed out on second place in Group F to Slovakia, who beat Malta 3-0. And he declared himself honoured to work with a group of players who he feels are battling against the odds.
The likes of Ikechi Anya, Griffiths, Andy Robertson, Kieran Tierney and Barry Bannan were up against bigger opponents and Strachan claimed that had taken its toll, at the Stozice Stadium in Ljubljana and elsewhere.
“Genetically we are behind,” he said. “In the last campaign we were the second smallest, apart from Spain.
“We had to pick a team to combat the height and strength at set-plays. Genetically we have to work at things, maybe we get big women and men together and see what we can do.
“But it is a problem for us because we have to fight harder for every ball and jump higher than anyone else.
“Nobody can tell me their technique, apart from one player, is better than any of ours. But physically we have a problem. We seem to be able to battle it and get through just with sheer determination and skill and work-rate. And that takes a lot out of you.”
Scotland were unbeaten in their final six qualifiers, but ultimately could not make up for an indifferent start, with a home draw against Lithuania arguably the most damaging result.
Strachan said: “Over the 90 minutes and the last year, it’s been an honour to work with these guys. At this moment it’s obviously disappointment, but my disappointment is nothing compared to the players’.
“When you see them at the end of the game, I don’t think I have seen a group of players that exhausted and disappointed.
“As I said to them, you can go away and be really proud of yourselves because you pushed yourselves to places some maybe didn’t think they could go, because we were against a physically stronger side, a side that has never conceded a goal here.
“Against a physical side, we knew set-plays would be a problem and they scored from two set-plays. We can’t change genetics and just can’t play the biggest people in Scotland.
“Technically we are fine, but our lads have got to work harder on the ball than bigger lads who are 6-foot-2 or 6-foot-3.”
The former Celtic boss added: “They have done fantastically well. It’s an honour to be their coach.
“I have been successful with other teams and, with all due respect to all those lads, and they will know who I am talking about because they are my mates now, this group is as good as anything I have worked with.
“This group do it for nothing, they come and do it for the country and their families and the fans. They are hurting badly.
“They gave it a right good shot and left nothing in the dressing room. We have just been beaten on goal difference by Slovakia, who are excellent, and that was a right good side tonight.”
Slovenia boss Srecko Katanec said: “I’d like to congratulate my boys. We were clearly the better team for the whole game.”
Scotland were denied a place in the 2018 World Cup playoffs after a 2-2 draw against Slovenia on Sunday evening that confirmed Northern Ireland’s spot.
After a tense opening period, Leigh Griffiths pounced on a ball over the top by James McArthur and the Scotland striker hammered a low shot into the net to give his side the lead on 32 minutes.
However, Slovenia got back on level terms early in the second half as a free kick was met by the head of substitute Roman Bezjak to make it 1-1.
And it was Bezjak who put his side ahead as he coolly slotted home after a corner fell to him inside the box. Darren Fletcher missed a great chance to equalise with a shot over the bar, but Robert Snodgrass did brilliantly to control a cross and level the scores with a hooked finish.
In the end, though, it was not enough as Scotland could not find a winner even after the late dismissal of Bostjan Cesar.
As a result, Slovakia moved up to second place after beating Malta 3-0 — thanks to two goals from Adam Nemec and one from Ondrej Duda — but the result may not be enough to seal a spot in the playoffs as they are currently UEFA’s worst runner-up and can only qualify if Wales or Croatia draw.
In Group F’s other game, already-qualified England gave debuts to Harry Winks and Harry Maguire and came away from Lithuania with a 1-0 win.
Harry Kane converted a penalty in the 27th minute after Dele Alli was brought down in the box. And, with Jack Butland forced to make a fine save to keep them ahead, England created little else yet rounded off the qualifying group unbeaten.
In Group E, Poland ensured their place at the World Cup with a nervy 4-2 win against Montenegro.
Poland went ahead early on with a goal from Krzysztof Maczynski in the sixth minute and Kamil Grosicki doubled the lead shortly afterwards.
But a remarkable comeback saw Stefan Mugosa and Nikola Vukcevic hit back before Robert Lewandowski struck and a Filip Stojkovic own goal made sure of all three points.
Already qualified Germany finished a dominant march to Russia with a 5-1 win against Azerbaijan.
Jogi Low’s team won all of their 10 Group C matches, scoring 43 goals in the process while conceding just four times.
Leon Goretzka opened the scoring for Germany in the eighth minute, and while the next four goals didn’t come until the second half, they came in bunches when they did.
Sandro Wagner, Antonio Rudiger and another from Goretzka came in a 12-minute flurry to start the second period, and Liverpool’s Emre Can added the fifth with the game far out of reach already for the visiting minnows.
Northern Ireland’s joy at reaching the playoffs was tempered by Chris Brunt’s wild own goal in Norway ensuring the likes of Portugal could stand between them and a place in Russia next summer.
Michael O’Neill’s players knew their place in November’s playoffs was guaranteed less than an hour before kickoff in Oslo as Scotland’s draw with Slovenia guaranteed the Northern Irish one of the playoff berths on offer.
A victory over Norway was still important if they wanted to stand a chance of being seeded for that draw, yet Brunt’s bizarre own goal 19 minutes from time, in which he hacked an attempted left-footed clearance into his net, essentially scuppered those hopes as they lost 1-0.
Michal Krmencik’s first-half double, Jan Kopic’s effort before the break and further goals from Filip Novak and Vaclav Kadlec helped Czech Republic to a 5-0 home win against San Marino.
The result had no bearing on qualification as both teams had already been eliminated before the match.
Denmark took their place in the playoffs after a 1-1 draw against Romania ensured they finished second on 20 points.
Christian Eriksen continued his fine form with a penalty and, shortly after, Cristian Ganea was handed a second yellow card. But Ciprian Deac struck with an 88th minute leveller.
In the final group game, Kazakhstan drew 1-1 with Armenia — with both sides long since out of contention for a place in the finals.
Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan got himself on the scoresheet with a delightful chip but Bayurzhan Turysbek struck a 61st minute equaliser.
ORLANDO, Fla. — DeAndre Yedlin wants to be the U.S. soccer team’s “Energizer Bunny” and believes his time with Rafa Benitez at Newcastle has taken his game to another level.
His bursts from right-back can stretch defenses, while his pace helps him return to his defensive spot and disrupt opposing attackers. And it always surprises those who watch him play.
“Everybody tells me they don’t know how I have so much energy, and I think people feed off that, which is great,” he said this weekend ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier at Trinidad and Tobago.
The Americans would clinch their eighth-straight World Cup berth with a win and even a draw would probably suffice, due to a superior goal difference. A loss could result in a berth, elimination or a playoff next month against Australia or Syria — depending on the results of the Honduras-Mexico and Panama-Costa Rica games.
Yedlin missed last month’s home loss to Costa Rica and then a draw at Honduras that put qualification in peril. Having returned after recovering from a hamstring injury, he helped spark a 4-0 rout of Panama on Friday night that has the Americans on track to qualify.
“DeAndre did a very good job — and not necessarily in terms of his attacking prowess, marauding down that right-hand side,” said former U.S. defender Alexi Lalas. “Much more I think he’s learned to harness that energy and that speed that he has to use it to much greater effect when he’s defending.”
Yedlin left Akron during his sophomore year in January 2013 to sign with his hometown Seattle Sounders, the team for which he served as a ball boy.
He became the first rookie in eight years selected for MLS’s All-Star Game and was given his national team debut the following February by coach Jurgen Klinsmann as a 74th-minute substitute in an exhibition against South Korea.
Yedlin made another appearance two months later against Mexico, and then at age 20 was among several startling selections by Klinsmann for the 23-man World Cup roster in 2014.
“Especially being so young and not really expecting to go, it was a crazy feeling,” Yedlin said about his inclusion in the 2014 World Cup squad. “I can’t obviously thank Jurgen enough for putting his trust in me and bringing me into that, and that’s really what jump-started my career.”
During that World Cup in Brazil, Yedlin made late appearances against Portugal and Germany, then replaced an injured Fabian Johnson in the first half of the second-round extra time defeat to Belgium.
Yedlin agreed after the tournament to a $4 million transfer to Tottenham and reported to his new club in January 2015. But he got into just one match, as a late sub in a loss to Aston Villa that April. Yedlin was stuck behind England right-back Kyle Walker.
“Every day in training I tried to absorb what I can from him,” Yedlin said. “Not really in terms of just speaking with him, but just watching him, watching how he plays, watching where he is positionally, watching when he gets forward.”
Yedlin was loaned to Sunderland that September and became a regular with the Black Cats under manager Sam Allardyce.
“I’ve had to grow up pretty quick, but I’m glad that I chose to make this step to kind of move away from what I’m comfortable from,” Yedlin said.
Spurs sold him in August 2016 to Newcastle after they’d been been relegated to the Championship. The Magpies earned a promotion last spring under manager Rafa Benitez.
“It’s a very physical league. It’s a league that if you lose focus for even a little bit of time, they can punish you,” Yedlin said. “Working with Rafa has taken my game to another level.”
Yedlin made 27 league appearances but Klinsmann criticized him that October, saying he struggled in consecutive national team training camps.
A hamstring injury caused Yedlin to miss March qualifiers, the first after Arena replaced Klinsmann in November. He returned for the June games, then injured his right hamstring while making a cross in Newcastle’s July 29 friendly at Germany’s Mainz.
“Since it was the second time, we really wanted to make sure that it was 100 percent when I came back because the third time, then you have to look towards surgery,” he said.
Yedlin made his season debut on Sept. 16 and after starting three matches headed to Florida to rejoin the national team.
“He continues to grow as a player, and it’s great to get him back in,” Arena said.
So all of the brand new card designs in FIFA 18 Ultimate Team have been leaked online by Fifanomicsnet on Twitter. Some of the cards look beautiful but most players think that there are far too many in the game which is true. Still though, you can check out the full list of designs below in the video we did on our YouTube channel.
If you’ve been playing FUT for quite a long time then you can probably guess most of them from start to finish. There will be World Cup cards at the end of the game as well in the summer so they will be cool to look out for closer to the time.
Let us know what you think using the comments box at the footer of this page in regards to which cards are your favourite and if you think there are far too many in FUT.
So here we have a really cheap and overpowered EPL starter team for FIFA 18 Ultimate Team that will help you get started and be able to compete with the best as soon as the game is out. This squad builder can be put together for around 6,000 coins so it’s really affordable and you can watch the full video guide below to learn more.
Obviously the first thing i talk about is the players as i add them into the squad one at a time and i have gone for the standard 4-4-2 flat formation for the purposes of the video. This team has played 10 times and i have only lost once! I even won the daily knockout tournament with it at the first time of asking.
The biggest investments in the squad are the left-back and the two strikers up top but all can be afforded if you have around 6K to 7K coins. After i have spoken about the team i then test them out in a competitive online seasons match against a real online player.
I usually only do these games if they are Division 1 quality but as it’s the start of the game i has to go into a Div 10 match. Jermaine Defoe is by far the most OP as he has 8 goals in 18 matches and Benteke the partner up front has an insanely high amount of assists setting the AFC Bournemouth striker up.
Sead Kolašinac was a worthy investment too as he possesses 89 physical stats that are unmatched with any other LB in the Premier League. We will have more squad builders up on the website throughout the year so make sure to sub to our YouTube channel to stay right up to date.
Let us know in the comments box if you have copied this squad and how well it has performed for you at the beginning of FIFA 18.
There have been a number of major updates to FIFA 18 Pro Clubs for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC which we will detail in this article.
In the popular game mode Pro Clubs, you have the option to create your own or join an existing online club as a single customisable Player, and compete in ranked leagues. The more matches that you end up playing will mean that you’ll attain various skill points that you can spend on the skill tree unlockables which in-turn will improve your virtual player’s attributes over time. Check out the updates below.
FIFA 18 Pro Clubs Play Styles
You will now be able to create multiple play styles to mix things up for your pro clubs player. This is a fantastic new feature which means you can create three styles for one position to mix up your play or three styles one for each position.
FIFA 18 Pro Clubs Match Lobby
In order to get rid of the intense and extremely frustrating waiting times, Electronic Arts have added brand new features to the match lobby to make it for efficient, user friendly and reliable.
This added bonus ensures you can now set your penalty, free kick and corner takers as well as the play styles easily in advance so you don’t have to leave the lobby in-order to do this which is very handy.
Skill Tree Attributes
FIFA 18 Pro Clubs Player Traits
Developing your players is one of the most fun parts of pro clubs and you will have options this year to help with the growth and progress of your player. You can still gain experience by playing in competitive matches online but along with that you’ll also acquire skill points which you can then spend to increase your players potential and overall stats.
There are now 12 brand new colours to select for your kits to give you a more unique look on the pitch. Make sure to subscribe to our official YouTube channel for more Pro Club news, tips and tricks.
If you’ve been struggling to put the ball in the back of the net then fear no more! We have a FIFA 18 shooting guide e-book that we’re giving away for free. By reading through it and gaining the knowledge you will be a goal-scoring machine afterwards scoring goals in either competitive online or offline game modes.
To get your free copy all you have to do is fill in the form below and we’ll email you your copy in seconds it’s as simple as that. You’ll automatically be subscribed to our email list and you will get emails regarding key FIFA 18 tutorials throughout the year. Don’t worry however, as you won’t get spammed you’ll hardly ever get an email.
Most probably once per week if that, so what is there to lose? Sign up and grab your free copy now.
So i cover this tutorial every single year as it’s highly requested by fans and readers alike. If you’ve been wondering how to activate the FIFA 18 Financial Takeover feature in Career Mode then look no further.
This involves a billionaire taking over control of your football club in manager career and injecting a big sum of cash into your team so you have the financial capacity to challenge other teams at the top of your league. Check out the full HD video tutorial below to learn more.
So from the main menu head over to the customise tab, from there you need to go into the EASFC catalogue. In the catalogue press RB on Xbox or R1 on PlayStation to change and go into the career tab. Now there are three different levels that you can unlock, there’s level 10, level 25 and 35.
Simply press on it and then select redeem now option and it’s now owned by you. Note though and the description even says that this item can only be redeemed once per season. So only unlock this once per season and then move onto the other two. Once all three are unlocked then there will be no more so make them count.
You can only use one per team as well so make sure when you are using this feature that it’s definitely the club that you want to play with on Career Mode. For more FIFA 18 tutorials and tips head over to our official YouTube channel and hit the subscribe button to stay right up to date on all video publications.
Mario Mandzukic’s overhead kick v Real Madrid up for FIFA Puskás Award
Champions League final strike capped off impressive aerial Juventus move
Strike is arguably the greatest scored in the European showpiece match
What do Roberto Carlos in 2004, Gianluca Vialli in 1995 and Steve MacKenzie in 1981 have in common? They have all suffered the curse of seeing stunning final goals largely forgotten because they were on the losing side. If there is any justice, Juventus’ Mario Mandzukic will not suffer the same fate.
Received wisdom has looked back fifteen years for the greatest goal, at least of the modern era, in a UEFA Champions League final, when a certain French talisman struck a sensational volley, catching the ball perfectly as it dropped out of the Glasgow sky to earn Real Madrid their ninth title. However, the man who scored it – Zinedine Zidane – had a prime seat on the touchline to see its successor in Cardiff as Mandzukic scored a goal worthy of winning any trophy, let alone game.
GOOOAAALLL!!! SENSATIONAL FROM @MarioMandzukic9!!!!
GAME ON!!!! #UCLFinal pic.twitter.com/KiXdix22Qv
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 3, 2017
This FIFA Puskás Award nominee was more than just the finish, which we will get to, though. A sweeping team move to drag the Real defence open began with a raking cross-field ball from Leonardo Bonucci, distribution he has become so renowned for, to pick out Alex Sandro. The Brazilian left-back’s superbly-cushioned first-time cross finds Gonzalo Higuain who, in two touches, tees up the ball for Mandzukic just inside the edge of the area.
The Croatian took the ball on his chest, elevating it just above his head, before executing a stunning diagonal overhead kick, arcing across goal and finding the perfect spot between the disappearing reach of Keylor Navas and the underside of the crossbar. From the moment Bonucci hit his pass, the ball did not touch the floor before it nestled in the net.
OMG. Talk about finishes. That’s sublime. #mandzukic
— michael owen (@themichaelowen) June 3, 2017
The wide-eyed look of bewilderment on the big No17’s face as he wheeled away inside the Principality Stadium told you all you needed to know about what he had just done. By the time his celebration had taken him to the halfway line, the gravity of what he had accomplished looked to have registered. The goal of your dreams, on the stage of your dreams, to draw you level at 1-1 with the reigning European champions and keep your title hopes alive.
Had it been the strike that catapulted Juventus to their first Champions League title in over 20 years, it could easily have been heralded as one of the all-time great goals. However, as Real motored away to a 4-1 win in the second half, it has found itself on the wrong side of history.
Even so, the chances of anyone forgetting this goal, though, are pretty slim, but it is up to you whether the strike clinches the FIFA Puskás Award. Cast your vote here.
All hail @MarioMandzukic9!
What. A. Goal. #UCLFinal pic.twitter.com/EFRgkMUnRI