Rostov 2 PSV Eindhoven 2: Propper´s penalty miss costs visitors

28 September 2016 22:47

PSV’s poor run against Russian sides continued as they were held to a frustrating 2-2 draw by Rostov in the Champions League.

Phillip Cocu’s team came into Wednesday’s encounter at Olimp-2 Stadium having failed to claim a victory from their previous four matches on Russian soil in European competition.

And the Eredivisie champions looked unlikely to buck that trend when they fell behind to Dmitry Poloz’s early strike, though they pulled level courtesy of Davy Propper’s deflected shot.

Rostov built on the lively opening, Poloz again on target as Ivan Danilyants’ side restored their advantage, only for Luuk de Jong to cancel it out in first-half stoppage time.

PSV were much improved in the second half, Propper seeing a penalty saved by Soslan Dzhanaev before being denied by the woodwork, but Rostov held firm to secure a vital point in Group D.

In the first meeting between the sides, it was Rostov who opened the scoring eight minutes in, Poloz slotting home the club’s first Champions League group-stage goal at the culmination of a well-worked move.

Rostov’s celebrations were short-lived though as PSV – on their first meaningful venture forward – restored parity courtesy of Propper’s strike, which took a wicked deflection off Vladimir Granat.

Sardar Azmoun went close as the hosts searched for an immediate response, the forward engineering some room in the box before driving a venomous effort over the crossbar.

Azmoun continued to threaten, and the 21-year-old was the architect as Rostov retook the lead in the 37th minute, his header teeing up Poloz, who duly doubled his tally with a thumping finish into the bottom-left corner.

PSV again responded well to Rostov going ahead – Propper turning provider as he teed up Luciano Narsingh – but the winger was flagged offside before he slid home the finish.

However, Cocu’s side did have another leveller on the stroke of half-time, De Jong heading in from point-blank range after Santiago Arias’ shot had rattled the crossbar.

PSV were gifted the chance to take the lead for the first time 55 minutes in, referee Clement Turpin harshly deeming that Cesar Navas had brought down De Jong in Rostov’s area.

Propper, in search of his second, stepped up to take the resulting penalty, but the Dutchman could not find the target this time round – Dzhanaev pulling off a superb stop.

Matters were made worse for the visitors just after the hour-mark, midfielder Jorrit Hendrix having to be helped off the pitch after a heavy collision with Poloz at the other end.

Cocu’s men finally had a foothold in proceedings, though, and Propper was desperately unlucky not to double his goal haul when his blistering attempt clattered off the underside of the crossbar and into the hands of Dzhanaev.

Rostov’s goalkeeper was the hosts’ hero again late on, reacting instinctively to parry away Steven Bergwijn’s strike to force PSV, who lost to Atletico Madrid on matchday one and face Bayern Munich next, to settle for a share of the spoils.

Article source: http://www.soccerway.com/news/2016/September/28/rostov-2-psv-eindhoven-2-proppers-penalty-miss-costs-visitors

´Stupid´ Allardyce driven by money

28 September 2016 16:25

Former Football Association (FA) chairman Greg Dyke has labelled Sam Allardyce “stupid” in the wake of his departure as England manager.

Allardyce’s contract was terminated by mutual agreement on Tuesday after the Daily Telegraph published footage claiming to be from a meeting in August between a pair of undercover reporters and the 61-year-old, ending his tenure at just 67 days.

In the footage, Allardyce allegedly told two men purporting to be from a Far East investment firm how they might “get around” FA regulations concerning the transfers of players under third-party ownership.

And Dyke, who left the organisation earlier this year, pulled no punches in his assessment of the saga.

“Look, he has got a job that is worth £3million-a-year, so what is he doing groping around to pick up a few more hundred thousand pounds?” he told Sky Sports.

“I think the things he said to comparative strangers were very unwise. If you are going to say to strangers, these are ways to get around the FA’s rules on player transfers, as the England manager, you’re in trouble. 

“I think he has been stupid. It’s just a ridiculous thing to do. He just got the job he dreamed of and he got £3m-a-year plus bonuses if they did well. 

“So why on earth does he go and have a meeting where they are offering him £400,000 and why on earth does he start telling them about these things which are irrelevant. 

“But it tells you something about the man, that just after getting the England job, he is prepared to go to a meeting to get another £400,000. What is he doing that for?”

Dyke also claimed Allardyce’s predecessor, Roy Hodgson, would not have attracted the same controversy.

“I got to know Roy [Hodgson] very well and the character of the man, he is not driven by money,” he added.

“He was well-paid but not driven by money. I don’t think he would have made the same mistake, but you never know with people, who knows and particularly with football where there’s so much money.”

Article source: http://www.soccerway.com/news/2016/September/28/stupid-allardyce-driven-by-money---dyke

Tevez hints at imminent retirement

28 September 2016 10:10

Argentina striker Carlos Tevez has suggested he could quit football by the end of the year.

Tevez, 32, currently plays for Boca Juniors in his homeland, having previously enjoyed success with Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus in Europe.

But he has voiced frustration at a number of aspects of the domestic game in Argentina, including the pressure placed on Boca by external factors such as the media, who he blamed for a three-match ban picked up earlier this month for dissent.

“The penalty was given to me by journalists and not the committee,” he told Fox Sports. “They pushed to give me three matches.”

He continued: “If we draw, Boca are in crisis – River [Plate] not so much. They [River] tie and play well, everything is nice.

“I enjoy football but not everything that surrounds it.”

Tevez also criticised the short-term nature of fixture planning, adding: “In Europe you know what date you will play each team for the first six months.

“Here, you find out on Monday if you play on Friday.

“There is a possibility I could quit at the end of the year. I’m thinking about it.”

Tevez has won 76 caps for his country.

Article source: http://www.soccerway.com/news/2016/September/28/tevez-hints-at-imminent-retirement

Januzaj blow for Sunderland

28 September 2016 04:12

Sunderland attacker Adnan Januzaj is set to miss at least six weeks due to an ankle injury.

Januzaj, on loan from Manchester United, suffered the injury in his side’s 3-2 loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Scans confirmed the 21-year-old suffered ankle ligament damage, the club confirmed on Tuesday.

The club said Januzaj had been ruled out for a minimum of six weeks.

He has made six Premier League appearances for struggling Sunderland, who are bottom of the table with just one point.

David Moyes’ men host West Brom on Saturday.

Article source: http://www.soccerway.com/news/2016/September/28/januzaj-blow-for-sunderland

Januzaj blow for Sunderland

28 September 2016 04:12

Sunderland attacker Adnan Januzaj is set to miss at least six weeks due to an ankle injury.

Januzaj, on loan from Manchester United, suffered the injury in his side’s 3-2 loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Scans confirmed the 21-year-old suffered ankle ligament damage, the club confirmed on Tuesday.

The club said Januzaj had been ruled out for a minimum of six weeks.

He has made six Premier League appearances for struggling Sunderland, who are bottom of the table with just one point.

David Moyes’ men host West Brom on Saturday.

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