Klopp sick of conceding 'easy goals'

Jurgen Klopp said he is "sick" of Liverpool conceding "easy goals" after his side crashed out of the Carabao Cup with a 2-0 defeat to Leicester on Tuesday.

Liverpool started well at the King Power Stadium and dominated play early on, but did not score and were punished after the break by goals from Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani.

"We played really good football in the first half and should have decided the game early," said Klopp. "We had big chances. But that's football, it's 90 minutes, at least.

"Leicester somehow survive because we are not clinical enough, sometimes it's like that, but you need to stay concentrated until the end and not allow them to score. They scored too easily.

"The second ball after a corner, and a throw-in… I am sick of goals like this. You cannot play football. First goal we don't push up together, you can say it one time or 1000 times, it's not nice to concede these goals, and today it's again because of these."

Liverpool have conceded 10 goals in their last four games, keeping just two clean sheets in the process.

"After the first goal you saw the heads from Leicester went up, that was a bigger difference,” said Klopp.

“The game changes in moments like this, you have the chance to do it by yourself or sometimes you are on the wrong side and that's how it is.

"But that we concede like this, that makes me really, really sick.

Messi stars in Eibar rout

Eibar had no answer to the brilliance of Lionel Messi as he scored four times in Barcelona's 6-1 win at the Camp Nou on Tuesday.

  • Barcelona 6 Eibar 1
  • Messi opens scoring from the spot
  • Paulinho doubles Barca's lead
  • Suarez on target, Enrich replies
  • Messi bags second-half hat-trick

Match Summary

The Argentine magician got proceedings underway with a 20th-minute penalty before Paulinho's header put Barca two goals up at the break. Denis Suarez quickly extended their lead after the restart before Sergi Enrich pulled one back for the visitors moments later.

But Messi turned on the style as he bagged another three goals during the course of the second half to seal a comprehensive victory.

Full Report

Ernesto Valverde's side got off to a laboured start in front of their home fans, and Los Armeros almost caught them napping in the fourth minute with a through-ball from Junca that released Sergi Enrich, whose shot from inside the area was smartly saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

The visitors threatened again on 10 minutes when Takashi Inui was picked out in space on the left by a fine cross-field pass from Paulo Oliveira, but the Japanese midfielder was denied by Ter Stegen at his near post from a tight angle.

The hosts had struggled to get into their stride, but they were handed a golden opportunity to take the lead when Nelson Semedo went down under a challenge from Alejandro Galvez inside the area to earn his team a penalty, which was coolly converted by Messi.

The Basque outfit looked to respond and they won a free-kick in a promising position on the left in the 25th minute, but Oliveira couldn't generate enough power on his header to trouble Ter Stegen.

Marko Dmitrovic was then called into action soon after at the other end as the Blaugrana broke forward, with the keeper clutching onto Messi's 20-yard curler, before Enrich directed a header wide at the near post from Gonzalo Escalante's cross on the right in the 30th minute.

Dmitrovic did well to keep out Messi at his right post on 37 minutes after the forward advanced into the area from the right, but there was nothing the Serbian keeper could do to prevent Paulinho from doubling Barca's lead moments as the Brazilian powered home a header from Suarez's corner.

Messi looked in the mood and he was denied a second goal on 53 minutes by another good save from Dmitrovic, but Suarez reacted quickest at the back post to fire in on the rebound.

Enrich would not be denied, however, and he reduced the deficit four minutes later as he nipped in behind the defence to tuck home Janca's  exquisite cross from the left.

This only seemed to egg Messi on as he restored the Catalans' three-goal cushion with a clinical finish from the edge of the box in the 59th minute. 

Ter Stegen had to be alert soon afterwards to deny Inui from an angle on the left, with the German keeper sticking out a glove to keep the ball out, and Messi capped off a sweeping counter as he latched onto Paulinho's through-ball and held off three defenders before slotting past Dmitrovic.

Lucas Digne forced Dmitrovic into another sharp save after being played in on the left by Gerard Pique in the 71st minute, while Ruben Pena was unfortunate to see his angled drive strike the left post and rebound back across the face of goal four minutes from time.

Messi would have the final say, however, as he surged into the box from the right channel and swapped passes with Alexi Vidal before guiding the ball into the far corner of the net from six yards out in the 87th minute.

Benni bemoans City's poor finishing

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy believes his side's lack of finishing was to blame for Tuesday's 1-0 Premiership defeat to new log leaders Orlando Pirates.

After a contentious first half goal by Citizens striker Lehlohonolo Majoro was ruled out for a foul on goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands, the Sea Robbers won the contest courtesy of Thabo Qalinge's late second half strike.

McCarthy told Supersport, "We did fairly well. We had complete control of the game but when you don't take your chances and you have the kind of referee on such a day then it's always difficult.

"Best team at the end of the day won. They (Pirates) are in good voice and spirit. They got a lot of quick players upfront and they were clinical when it mattered the most.

"Unfortunately, as against Kaizer Chiefs, we played well again but in the most important areas, the guys seem start panicking, not putting the ball in the back of the net and if you don't the ball at the back of the net, you don't win games."

James off the mark for Bayern

James played a starring role for Bayer Munich as ran out 3-0 victors against Schalke at the Veltins-Arena on Tuesday to claim top spot in the Bundesliga.

  • Schalke 0 Bayern Munich 3
  • Lewandowski penalty opens scoring
  • James quickly doubles Bayern's lead
  • Muller denied by the woodwork
  • Vidal seals win in closing stages

Match Summary

The on-loan Real Madrid playmaker opened his account for the Bavarian giants and set up another for Arturo Vidal, after Robert Lewandowski had broken the deadlock midway through the first half.

Full Report

The hosts enjoyed some good passages of play in the early stages, but it was Bayern who created the first couple of chances inside the opening 10 minutes.

Sebastian Rudy forced a superb save out of Ralf Fahrmann in the eight minute with a powerful strike from 30 yards out after being teed up by James, and the keeper had to be alert again two minutes later to deny Thomas Muller from an acute angle on the left.

The Royal Blues looked to have soaked up the early pressure and thought they had drawn first blood on 22 minutes when Guido Burgstaller slotted home on the rebound after Sven Ulreich stopped Armine Harit from scoring, but the offside flag cut their celebrations short.

The Video Assistant Referee was brought into play three minutes later as the visitors were awarded a controversial penalty for handball on Naldo, and Lewandowski made no mistake from 12 yards out to give Carlo Ancelotti's side the lead.

The Gelsenkirchen outfit were still smarting from the referee's decision when they fell further behind on 29 minutes, with an unmarked James finishing calmly from close range after being picked out at the back post by Corentin Tolisso.

Domenico Tedesco's men failed to threaten the visiting goal before half-time and they were fortunate not to go three goals down early in the second half as Muller headed James' cross from the right against the near post on 51 minutes.

But Schalke went close to reducing the deficit three minutes later when Daniel Caligiuri raced towards goal from the right flank and fired in a shot from 20 yards out that flew into the side-netting.

Leon Goretzka then failed to test Ulreich from distance with a shot that flashed across the face of goal on 59 minutes, and the action quickly switched to the other end as Kingsley Coman called Fahrmann into action with a driven effort from a tight angle.

The Royal Blues wasted a golden opportunity to get on the scoresheet in the 66th minute when Bastian Oczipka played Burgstaller in on goal, but his shot was blocked by the leg of Ulreich.

Bayern then sealed the win 15 minutes from time following good work from James inside the area to pick out Vidal, who volleyed home from 10 yards out.

James was denied a brace at the death as he got on the end of Muller's driven cross, with Fahrmann reacting sharply at his near post to keep out the Colombian star.

Micho hails Pirates players for tactical discipline

Orlando Pirates coach, Milutin Sredojevic, has praised his players for sticking to the game plan during Tuesday's 1-0 Premiership victory over high-flying Cape Town City.

Despite the Citizens being denied what appeared to be a legitimate early goal through striker Lehlohonolo Majoro, the Sea Robbers were able to respond and won the contest through Thabo Qalinge's late second half strike.

The result sees the Mayfair-based outfit move to the top of the standings by three points ahead of the likes of Golden Arrows, Maritzburg United and Baroka.  

Sredojevic told Supersport after the game, "First of all, I need to give credit to the players for sticking to the tactics. It has not been easy to play against very good competitive team of Cape Town City that is in the final of the MTN8, really good group of individuals coached by a great coach (Benni McCarthy).

"We have matched them for everything. One moment decided it, the moment went our side. I'm very happy for a player like Lyle Foster got more minutes.

"On the other side, I cannot put any other individual because the team worked and this batch won us the game today."

Leicester shock Liverpool in League Cup

Leicester’s win over Liverpool was the pick of the bunch, Tottenham also progressed in Wednesday’s League Cup third round action.

Leicester City upped their game in the second half at the King Power Stadium to knock Liverpool out of the competition with a 2-0 win.

Philippe Coutinho starred in the first half for the Reds, as they dominated the Foxes without making a breakthrough, but was withdrawn at the start of the second half for young Welsh striker Ben Woodburn.

Having survived the first half, the Foxes regrouped during the break and were much better in the second half. Leonardo Ulloa had to be withdrawn with what appeared to be a head injury, and was replaced by Shinji Okazaki. Before long the Japan international had Leicester ahead, pouncing on a knock-down from Vincent Iborra.

In the 78th minute Leicester put it in the bag thanks to a stunning striker from Islam Slimani from the edge of the box after Okazaki picked him out.

Dele Alli did the business for Tottenham as the squeezed out a 1-0 win over Barnsley at Wembley.

Fernando Llorente missed the first chance of the match for Spurs when a corner picked him out with time and space to finish, but the Spaniard headed over.

The next two chances fell to Barnsley, with Harvey Barnes seeing an opening closed down quickly by Jan Vertonghen, before Liam Lindsay flicked on a corner towards the far post, where it flew just wide but just needed a touch. Halftime arrived without a goal.

Barnsley were again the more threatening side early in the second half, with Ike Ugbo firing a volley straight at Michel Vorm, before Tykes goalkeeper ADam Davies pulled off a save from Harry Winks at his near post.

Spurs were finally able to make the breakthrough 65 minutes in when Kieran Tripper got down the flank and whipped a low cross in for Dele Alli to tuck home the winner.

Swansea City did the business in the second half to record  2-0 win over Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

After a goalless first half the Swans drew first blood not long after the restart as defender Alfie Mawson got his head to a corner to flick the ball in at the near post, and Jordan Ayew finished them off with a neat finish in the 83rd minute.

Crystal Palace got the better of Huddersfield Town 1-0 at Selhurst Park. The Eagles made their early dominance count in the 12th minute when Bakary Sako was left unmarked to head in a corner from Andros Townsend.

West Ham United never seemed out of control as they eased to 3-0 win over Bolton Wanderers at the London Stadium.

The Hammers got off to a flying start when Marko Arnautovic’s free kick picked out Angelo Ogbonna to head in from close range. Their lead was doubled half an hour in by Diafra Sakho, with Arnautovic again the provider. Artur Masuaku then wrapped it up in stoppage time.

Ea Lla Koto on top in five-goal thriller

The 10 men of Free State Stars were close to squandering 3-0 first half lead over Polokwane City, but managed to hang on to record a 3-2 victory in Tuesday's Premiership affair.

  • Polokwane City 2 Free State Stars 3
  • Mohammed Anas hits a brace
  • Paulus Masehe gets a goal
  • The same player sees red
  • Walter Musona pulls one back
  • Sammy Seabi gets a second late on

Match summary

Free State Stars dominated the first half with three goals being scored through a brace from Mohammed Anas, as well as a single strike from veteran Paulus Masehe. However, the same player saw red not long after for two yellow cards.

After the interval, Walter Musona pulled one back for Rise and Shine before Sammy Seabi added a second in the final stages.

Match report

It was a tight opening 15 minutes but Free State Stars would hit the front when Mohammed Anas pounced on a mistake by goalkeeper George Chigova to finish with ease in the 16th minute.

The home side were rocked soon after when Stars combined well in the 24th minute to set up Anas once more and he fired beyond a shaken Chigova to make it 2-0 to Ea Lla Koto.

Soon after the game appeared to be all but over as a contest when veteran Paulus Masehe took advantage of some poor positioning by Polokwane's number one to make it 3-0.

However, the goalscorer saw red not long after for a second yellow card which offered a glimmer of light to the home side as they were now playing against 10 men.

After a period of pressure after the break, Stars did find a way back into the contest when striker Walter Musona headed beyond keeper Badra Sangare in the 58th minute. The pressure continued on the 10 men and the home team were back in with a shout as Sammy Seabi headed home just after the 80th minute.

Nonetheless, Stars were able to hang on for dear life in the closing stages as they held on for a valuable 3-2 victory at the Pietersburg Stadium.

 

SuperSport and Chippa share the spoils

SuperSport United and Chippa United shared the spoils in Tuesday's hard fought Premiership clash, with both sides ultimately happy to take a point from the encounter.

  • SuperSport United 1 Chippa United 1
  • Nkhatha fires over
  • Nhlapo hits united into the lead
  • Sekola gets the equaliser
  • Myeni goes off injured

Match summary

SuperSport started the stronger and would soon get the result their early pressure deserved when Siyabonga Nhlapo converted expertly into the bottom corner.

Just before the break, Chippa equalised as Kurt Lentjies' cross broke to Moeketsi Sekola at the far post and he fired home in the 45th minute.   

Match report

SuperSport started the stronger of the two sides and it would create pressure which led to some half chances. Kingston Nkhatha had an effort on goal in the 11th minute which failed to test  Daniel Akpeyi in goal.

Moments later Sipho Mbule won a corner which Morgan Gould headed wide from Sifiso Myeni's corner. Yet, in the 28th minute they took the lead after Gould sent in a good cross which Siyabonga Nhlapo converted expertly into the bottom corner.

There were few clear cut openings though Chippa did find a way back just before the break as  Kurt Lentjies' cross broke to Moeketsi Sekola at the far post and he fired home in the 45th minute.

After the interval, there were very few chances as both teams appeared to cancel each other out with perhaps the most notable incident being Myeni taken off on a stretcher. There was little more to come as it ended 1-1 and the shares were spoiled at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

Soweto derby brought forward

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has announced a new date for the first Soweto derby of the Premiership season, which will now take place on October 21.

Kaizer Chiefs were originally scheduled to lock horns with arch-rivals Orlando Pirates at the FNB Stadium on October 28, but the fixture has now been brought forward by a week.

The venue and the kick-off time remain unchanged for the clash between South Africa's two biggest-supported football clubs.

Amakhosi confirmed the date change, while adding that tickets for the highly-anticipated encounter have yet to go on sale.

"The PSL has announced that the date for the Soweto derby has been changed from 28 to 21 October 2017 (kick-off at 15:30)," read a statement on the club's official website.

"The tickets for this clash between the Soweto giants at FNB Stadium are not yet on sale."

Meanwhile, Chiefs also revealed a slight change to their kick-off time against high-flying Golden Arrows on Saturday, with the match now starting 15 minutes earlier than expected.

"Please also be aware that the kick-off time for our league fixture against Golden Arrows at FNB Stadium on Saturday, 23 September 2017, has changed. The match will now start 15 minutes earlier at 20:00," added the statement.

McTominay ready to seize United chance

Scott McTominay is looking to follow in the footsteps of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard by making the breakthrough at Manchester United.

The United youth product made his first-team debut as a substitute against Arsenal in May and was part of Jose Mourinho's pre-season touring party to the United States.

McTominay was given a run-out in three of their friendlies and scored his first senior goal against Valerenga, although he has yet to make an appearance for Mourinho's side in the new campaign.

The 20-year-old midfielder could be given his chance on Wednesday when the Red Devils welcome Burton Albion to Old Trafford for an EFL Cup third-round clash, and he's relishing the opportunity to impress his manager.

"It's crazy when you think back all those years to when you're five years old going to the development centre, and then going all the way through the ranks," the youngster said.

"It honestly is a dream come true for me to be playing in the first team, and playing against teams like Real Madrid.

"But obviously you just want more and more of that and that is the main thing for my career: to be playing in big games, in competitive games and just do my best and hopefully see where it takes me."

McTominay has lauded Mourinho for continuing the club's famous tradition of bringing the youth players into the senior team, and is eager to learn all he can from the Portuguese coach.

"Things he does say stay between me and the manager but a lot of it is help and advice, really," the academy graduate  added.

"It's all like when we go out on the pitch, what I can do better, things that I can improve on and he is brilliant for that with young players.

"He's top - he's perfect for a manager and that's why he is manager of Man Utd. He's a really good guy."