Friday, February 24, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Leicester sack Claudio Ranieri

Yesterday's Scores
Europa League- Round of 32 Second Leg
Osmanlispor 0-3 Olympiakos (0-3 on aggregate)
(Ansarifard 47', 86', Elyounoussi 70')

AS Roma 0-1 Villarreal (4-1 on aggregate)
(Borre 15')

Besiktas 2-1 Hapoel Be'er (5-2 on aggregate)
(Aboubakar 17', Tosun 87')-(Nwakaeme 64')

Zenit St. Petersburg 3-1 Anderlecht (3-3 on aggregate, Anderlecht wins on away goals)
(Giuliano 24', 78', Dzyuba 72')-(Thelin 90')

Apoel Nicosia 2-0 Athletic Bilbao (4-3 on aggregate)
(Soteriou 46', Gianniotas PK 54')

Ajax Amsterdam 1-0 Legia Warsaw (1-0 on aggregate)
(Viergever 49')

Sparta Prague 1-1 Rostov (1-5 on aggregate)
(Karavev 83')-(Poloz 13')

Tottenham 2-2 KAA Gent (2-3 on aggregate)
(Eriksen 10', Wanyama 61')-(Kane OG 20', Perbet 82')

Olympique Lyonnais 7-2 AZ Alkmaar (11-1 on aggregate)
(Fekir 4', 27', 78', Cornet 17', Darder 34', Auor 86', Diakhaby 89')-(Garcia 26')

Fiorentina 2-4 Borussia Monchengladbach (3-4 on aggregate)
(Kalinic 15', Valero 28')-(Stindl PK 44', 47',55', Christensen 60')

Racing Genk 1-0 FK Astra Giurgiu (3-2 on aggregate)
(Pozuelo 67')

FC Copenhagen 0-0 Ludogorets Razgrad (2-1on aggregate)

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-2 Celta Vigo (1-2on aggregate)
(Aspas PK 90+1', Corbal 108')

CONCACAF Champions League- Quarterfinals First Leg
FC Dallas 4-0 Árabe Unido
(Coleman 30', Acosta 55', 86', Barrios 90+1')

Headlines
Nine months after shocking the world and winning the Premier League, Leicester City have sacked manager Claudio Ranieri. His team has done nothing but struggle since winning the title in May and things have only gotten worse since the calendar changed to 2017. Leicester have not scored a Premier League goal in the new year and are only one point clear of relegation. The were eliminated from the FA Cup by third tier Millwall last weekend and suffered an honorable 2-1 defeat in the first leg of the Champions League tie with Sevilla. Assistant manager Craig Shakespeare will take over during the search for a permanent replacement.

Wayne Rooney insists he is staying with Manchester United amidst rumors he is leaving for China this summer, but that isn't stopping MLS clubs from being interested in his services. The one club mentioned was Los Angeles FC, who begin play in 2018 and would love a big name like Rooney to get the club off the ground.

Mario Balotelli's second red card and third sending off of the season will come along with a two match ban. The red was given to the Italian over the weekend for abuse of the referee. He will not be on the team for tonight's clash with Montpellier or Nice's next match on March 4 agaisnt Dijon. Nice are title challengers in France, but their chances are dwindling with Balotelli seemingly unable to control his temper.

The Europa League Round of 16 draw went down this morning. Manchester United, the one Enlgish team left, got a pretty tricky draw against Rostov. They should have no problem at home, but the away leg in Russia is never an easy task. The other two big matches are Bundesliga foes Schalke and Borussia Monchengladbach going against each other and Olympique Lyonnais going against Italian giants AS Roma. Here is the full draw:

Celta Vigo v. Krasnodar
Apoel Nicosia v. Anderlecht
Schalke 04 v. Borussia Monchengladbach
Olympique Lyonnais v. Roma
Rostov v. Manchester United
Olympiakos v. Besiktas
KAA Gent v. Racing Genk
Copenhagen v. Ajax

The first legs will be played on March 9 and the seconds on March 16.
Today's Matches
Bundesliga
VfL Wolfsburg v. Werder Bremen- 2:30pm- FS2

La Liga
Las Palmas v. Real Sociedad- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
Nantes v. Dijon- 1pm
Nice v. Montpellier- 2:45pm

Liga MX
Tijuana v. Monterrey- 10pm

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