Source: Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Newcastle’s win, after back-to-back league defeats, lifted them to 10th in the table on 14 points from 10 games with Palace a point behind in 13th place.
* Al Ahly’s Mohamed Magdi scored a stunning goal four minutes from time as they beat bitter Cairo rivals Zamalek 2-1 to claim the 2019-20 CAF Champions League title and extend their record number of wins in Africa’s elite club competition to nine. The title win is a second for Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane after the South African led Mamelodi Sundowns to victory in 2016, when they also beat Zamalek in what was then a two-legged decider.
* The shirt worn by Diego Maradona when he scored his famous Hand Of God goal against England at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico could be available for US$2 million following the Argentine’s death on Wednesday (Nov 25), says an American sports memorabilia expert.
* Ferrari will support a freeze on Formula One engine regulations starting in 2022, team principal Mattia Binotto said on Thursday, which would enable Red Bull to use their Honda power units even after the Japanese manufacturer leaves the sport. Honda, which exclusively supplies Red Bull and sister team AlphaTauri, is set to bow out of Formula One at the end of the 2021 season leaving the two outfits looking for a new supply.
* Leeds United will rename the East Stand at Elland Road in honour of club great Jack Charlton who died aged 85 in July following a long-term illness, the Premier League side said on Friday. Charlton, who helped England beat West Germany to become world champions in 1966, was a tough tackling centre back who graduated from the Leeds academy and spent his entire playing career at the club, making 773 appearances.
* Seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton set the pace on the opening day of practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix with the fastest lap in a floodlit session that was interrupted by a stray dog and a crash for Red Bull’s Alexander Albon. The Briton, who equalled Michael Schumacher’s record world title haul at the last race in Turkey, stormed around the 5.4-km Sakhir desert track in one minute, 28.971 seconds on Friday evening, having also set the pace in afternoon practice.
* Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has described Sunday’s visitors Wolverhampton Wanderers as one of the most organised teams in the Premier League and said his players face a tricky test. Arteta, whose side beat Molde 3-0 on Thursday to reach the Europa League knockout stage, pointed to how Wolves switched to a back three in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton to highlight the ease with which they could adapt to situations in a game.
* The Argentine club coached by Diego Maradona at the time of his death faced another blow on Friday as the star’s backroom staff resigned en masse. Gimnasia are scheduled to return to action on Saturday against Velez Sarsfield although the players have appealed for the match to be postponed.
* Italy’s Serie A aims to expand its foreign revenues over the next three seasons despite the challenge posed by the coronavirus pandemic, as it presses ahead with plans to develop its media business and increase exposure abroad.
* The Football Association on Friday handed Preston North End full back Darnell Fisher a three-game suspension for misconduct after he appeared to grab the groin of Sheffield Wednesday forward Callum Paterson during a Championship clash.
* West Ham United forward Michail Antonio is back in training after injuring his hamstring last month, manager David Moyes said on Friday. Antonio missed West Ham’s Premier League defeat at Liverpool and wins over Fulham and Sheffield United after being taken off during their 1-1 draw with Manchester City, where he scored the opening goal.
* Manchester City are hopeful that Sergio Aguero will give them an answer on his Premier League future soon but the Argentine must focus on rediscovering his best form following a knee injury, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday. Aguero, who joined City in 2011 and is their all-time leading scorer with 255 goals in all competitions, is out of contract at the end of the season and can speak to overseas clubs from January.
* Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp welcomed the news that 2,000 fans will be allowed into Anfield starting from next month as a small step in the right direction on Friday. The city of Liverpool has been placed under Tier 2 COVID-19 restrictions by the government, paving the way for a limited return of fans for the first time since March.
* Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane once again lamented the packed fixture schedule as his injury-hit side prepare to take on Alaves in La Liga on Saturday. The game against the Basque outfit will be Real’s third in a run of ten matches in 32 days. Zidane, who is without many players due to injury including captain Sergio Ramos and forward Karim Benzema, insisted there is a duty to look after player welfare.