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Johnson’s Challenge To His Players

first_imgNot since 1989, when City reached the League Cup semi-finals, have the club progressed beyond the third round of this competition.But that could all change at Craven Cottage this evening, as City tackle their Championship rivals for a place in the fourth round.“It’s going to be a difficult test because they’re one of the big hitters in the division, financially,” Johnson told Bristol City Player HD.“We’ve already broken a few mini-records this season, with attendances and the number of international players we’ve got.“We’ve got a sheet up in the dressing room of all the records the players have broken in the last decade.“Tonight we have a chance to get another milestone by getting ourselves into the fourth round of the EFL Cup.”City’s head coach will have plenty of family at Craven Cottage for the cup tie, and his team will return to West London for a league fixture three days later.Hordur Magnusson (toe) and Joe Bryan (glute) are both likely to miss out, while Jamie Paterson is cup-tied.Taylor Moore and Gustav Engvall are poised to make their debuts, with Johnson hinting at ringing the changes for the third round encounter.He added: “I’m actually excited to see some of our players play. We’ve got a squad of 24 and it’s not easy to keep everyone happy. I’ve got to juggle it.”last_img read more

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High school football: Plain Dealing coach pleased with Lions’ effort, attitude in loss to…

first_imgPlain Dealing coach James Thurman got what he was looking for out of his Lions on Friday night.No, the Lions didn’t win. Plain Dealing fell to a talented Jonesboro-Hodge team 50-6 in a District 1-1A game at Plain Dealing.But the undermanned Lions gave Thurman an all-out effort for four quarters.“The kids played hard,” Thurman said. “They never gave up. They gave everything they had and I’m very proud of them.“They did what I asked them to do, to not give up. Don’t be down on each other and lift each other up and don’t allow a bad play take you out of your focus, and I think they did that. I was very pleased with them.”That wasn’t the case a week ago. Thurman wasn’t pleased with the attitude of all his players in a 41-0 loss to Class 3A Green Oaks in Week 5. After the game, he basically told the Lions to make a 100 percent commitment to the team. If any of the players felt they couldn’t do that, then they need not be at practice the following Monday.Seven players didn’t show up. But three of those simply missed practice and failed to inform Thurman beforehand. Thus they had to sit out Friday. The other four are no longer on the team.The end result is Thurman had 17 players available to play against a Jonesboro-Hodge team that had played perennial power Haynesville close the week before, including a seventh- and eighth-grader. And during the game, one rolled an ankle.“There at the end we had five bodies on the sideline every time the ball was in play,” Thurman said.The good news is Thurman expects to have four players back Monday, the three that missed practice and another who has been cleared to play after suffering a concussion in an earlier game.Against Jonesboro-Hodge the Lions didn’t have their starting fullback because of a knee injury. The backup fullback had been moved to the offensive line. That affected the game plan. Thurman and his staff decided to utilize the shotgun formation and throw the ball.The Lions had a promising opening drive, advancing inside the Tigers 20 thanks to a long pass completion by Artavious Washington-Carper. But a penalty and bad snap ended the threat.Plain Dealing’s lone touchdown was scored by freshman Teddrick Lampkin, who returned a fumble.The Lions dropped to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in district. Jonesboro-Hodge improved to 3-3 and 2-1.Plain Dealing visits Arcadia on Friday. The Hornets (1-4, 1-2) defeated Ringgold 42-8 Friday night.Plain Dealing has been dealing with a numbers problem for several years. Thurman is naturally concerned with the current situation and how it will play out over the final four weeks of the rest of the season.To play safe and competitive football, you obviously have to have a certain number of players available.“In the back of my mind you get to the point where it becomes a safety issue,” Thurman said. “We’ve got some young kids. We had 17 kids start the game and that was with two junior high kids, one being a seventh-grader. Anytime, especially with kids having to go both ways and never come off the field, fatigue becomes an issue. It kind of increases your injury risk.”Thurman pointed out that if several players were injured in a game or even in practice, it would be something difficult to overcome. “I don’t see us getting bigger (numbers-wise),” Thurman said. “But you can always get smaller.”But Thurman and the Lions are by no means thinking about throwing in the towel.“We’ve still got a lot of football to play,” he said. “Four weeks, four-game stretch, anything can happen … We aren’t going around the halls begging people to come out. That’s not something we’re going to do. We’re going to play with the ones that want to be there.”North DeSoto 45, Bossier 6: The Bossier Bearkats fell to the North DeSoto Griffins in a District 1-4A game on homecoming night Friday at Memorial Stadium.Bossier dropped to 1-5 overall and 0-3 in district. North DeSoto, ranked No. 8 in the LSWA Class 4A poll, improved to 5-1 and 2-1.Daniel Moore returned a kickoff 90 yards for Bossier’s lone TD early in the game. It was all North DeSoto after that. The Griffins led 38-6 at the half.Michael Green led Bossier with 64 yards rushing on 17 carries.The Bearkats visit Booker T. Washington on Friday. The Lions (0-6, 0-3) lost to Huntington 24-16 Friday night.Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

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A first for MSU: No. 1 in the country

first_imgPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:16f0f87e91bee95f9e1c3248 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-669886-3835505505001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.STARKVILLE – ESPN’s “College GameDay” has left the state. Mississippi State won’t play in Starkville again this month. Ole Miss hosts the last October SEC game in the Magnolia State Saturday against unranked Tennessee.The dust from the first seven weeks of the 2014 college football season has settled, but the focus on Mississippi’s two SEC teams only continues to rise.Sunday both the Associated Press and coaches polls placed Mississippi State atop their rankings. It’s the first No. 1 ranking in school history.Ole Miss wasn’t far behind. The Rebels are ranked third for the second straight week. This time they were two points behind Florida State for the second spot in the AP Poll.“Football’s obviously been popular in Mississippi for a long, long time,” MSU athletic director Scott Stricklin said. “You think about all those longtime Mississippians, whether they’re in maroon and white or red and blue, have gone through some less than ideal football seasons are getting to feel real good about their universities because of what their football teams are doing right now.”MSU coach Dan Mullen entered the media room at Davis Wade Stadium Saturday night facing a mass of reporters he hadn’t seen in his six years in Starkville. He answered questions for 17 minutes before conducting another 10-minute session with the likes of Yahoo, ESPN and Sports Illustrated to name a few.The three outlets are no strangers to Oxford either this season.“People wonder how you take another step, which isn’t easy in this league,” Mullen said. “That you don’t just compete with people. That you have guys that step up and make plays.”Through a month and a half very few teams have competed with Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Ten of their 12 total wins have been decided by at least 13 points. In the two games decided by a possession, Ole Miss and Mississippi State knocked off teams that are historical thorns in their sides. Mississippi State ended a 14-game losing streak to LSU. Ole Miss defeated Alabama for the first time since 2003.MSU clinched the win with an interception at the one-yard line. The Rebels grabbed a pick in the end zone to clinch their victory.The similarities continued in a week in which the two rivals shared the cover of Sports Illustrated. Mississippi State defeated Auburn in front of a Mississippi on-campus record crowd of 62,945. Ole Miss handled Texas A&M in front of 110,633, the most ever in the state of Texas.“We beat the No. 1 team in the country by some (coaches’) poll. We beat a top-15 opponent in their house in front of 110,000 people (Saturday),” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said. “But I’m telling you that I’ll tell our team tomorrow that no one or no poll or no media gets to decide for us how we define ourselves.”It’s the first time ever that both teams are 6-0 at the same time. The only other time both teams began the season without a loss in their first five games was 1940. The in-state rivals didn’t suffer their first loss until Oct. 26 that year. Ole Miss lost to Arkansas 21-20. The two combined to go 19-2-1.The Rebels and Bulldogs still have half their seasons remaining. The final six games will decide how historic a season 2014 will become.So far, it’s second to none.“You know, only having played half the year, this might be a strong word,” Stricklin said. “But it seems kind of magical.”Contact Michael Bonner at (601) 961-7289 or mbonner@j ackson.gannett.com. Follow @MikeBBonner on Twitter.last_img read more

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Roma dump Barca out of Champions League with stunning 3-0 win

first_imgROME (Reuters) – AS Roma pulled off one of the great Champions League comebacks by knocking Barcelona out with a remarkable 3-0 win in their quarter-final second leg on Tuesday, overcoming a 4-1 deficit from the first game to reach the last four on away goals.Roma’s Kostas Manolas headed the decisive third goal in the 82nd minute, putting the Italians in the semi-finals for the first time since they reached the European Cup final in 1984 and making amends for his own goal in the first leg at the Nou Camp.Roma forward Edin Dzeko had opened the scoring when he beat the offside trap and latched onto a perfectly weighted through ball from Daniele De Rossi to score in the sixth minute, lifting the hopes of the boisterous home fans in the Olympic Stadium. Captain De Rossi converted a penalty in the 58th for the hosts after Dzeko was fouled by Gerard Pique, giving Roma a deserved second goal after Dzeko and his Czech strike partner Patrik Schick missed two clear chances each before the break.This would be a great triumph for any team, but for Roma and considering our story in European competitions, it’s truly incredible,” De Rossi told reporters. “We knew it would be difficult, but we had that little bit of belief. The first leg showed us Barcelona had a lot of quality, but not as much as a few years ago. We knew the gap between us and them wasn’t 4-1.”Barca fielded the team that thrashed Roma in the first leg with the help of two own goals and were overwhelming favourites to go through but the five-times European champions barely got a foothold in the game after falling behind to Dzeko’s opener.BARCA SWAMPED Ernesto Valverde’s side were swamped by Roma’s high pressing and struggled to get hold of the ball as they were bullied in the air by the more physical Italian side, who inflicted the damage with long balls over the top and frequent crosses.The visitors’ Sergi Roberto squandered the first chance of the game but after that Barcelona struggled to respond to Roma’s constant waves of attacks until substitute Ousmane Dembele whistled a long-range shot just over the bar in added time.“We weren’t capable in any moment of getting in the game because of how they approached the game,” said Barca coach Valverde. “They were very strong with second balls and we aren’t used to defending like that.” The runaway La Liga leaders had not lost in the Champions League this term until visiting Rome but slumped out at the quarter-final stage for the third year in a row after being eliminated by Juventus last season and Atletico Madrid in 2016.“It’s difficult to accept this elimination because we had a lot of hope for this season and once again it has escaped us,” said Barca captain Andres Iniesta. It was a reversal of fortune for Barcelona who last term pulled off the greatest comeback in Champions League history by overcoming a 4-0 loss to Paris St Germain.They join PSG and AC Milan (eliminated by Deportivo La Coruna in 2004) as the only teams to have been knocked out after winning the first leg by at least three goals.last_img read more

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UNA, Tuskegee prepare for Division II playoffs

first_imgNorth Alabama will be in a familiar place against a very familiar opponent this weekend.The Lions face longtime Gulf South Conference rival Valdosta State Saturday in the opening round of the Division II playoffs, which the Lions have reached for the 10th time in the past 12 seasons and the 19th time overall.UNA (9-1) will play Valdosta State (8-2) at noon at Braly Stadium in Florence in the opening round of the 24-team Division II playoffs. Tuskegee will also open the playoffs at home against West Georgia.It will be the 39th meeting between UNA and Valdosta State and their sixth postseason matchup. UNA leads the series 22-15-1.The Lions defeated Valdosta State 31-29 on Taylor Pontius’ 54-yard field goal as time expired during the regular season.”Facing Valdosta State again will be a tremendous challenge, not only because they are a really good football team but because it’s always tough to play a team twice in a season,” UNA coach Bobby Wallace said. “But there are no easy games at this stage.”Making it to this stage of the season has been a regular achievement for UNA over the years. The Lions’ 19 playoff berths ties them with Northwest Missouri State for the most postseason appearances in Division II history.”Winning the Gulf South Conference championship and making the playoffs were our first two goals,” Wallace said. “Now we just have one left, and that’s winning a national championship. This gets us one step closer to that goal.”The winner of Saturday’s game will take on Lenoir-Rhyne (11-0) in next week’s second round. Lenoir-Rhyne defeated UNA 42-39 in the playoff quarterfinals last year.Tuskegee vs. West Georgia, noonA year after making their Division II playoff debut, the Tuskegee Golden Tigers get to host a playoff game for the first time.Tuskegee (9-2) will meet West Georgia (9-2) in the first round. The Golden Tigers lost at North Alabama in last year’s opening round. West Georgia is in the postseason for the first time in 14 years.Tuskegee comes in on a nine-game winning streak. The Golden Tigers clinched the SIAC West Division title two weeks ago with a 48-43 victory over Miles, then beat Albany State 47-41 in last week’s conference championship game.Saturday’s winner will play Delta State (9-1) in the second round.Jacksonville State at Southeast Missouri State, 1 p.m.Jacksonville State clinched the Ohio Valley Conference championship last week, and the team is assured of a spot in the FCS playoffs as a result.In between, however, the Gamecocks (9-1, 7-0 OVC) must make the long trip to Southeast Missouri State (5-6, 3-4) to play their regular-season finale.”We still have to take care of business this weekend,” JSU coach John Grass said. “This game is very important to us because we can get a bye week in the playoffs, which would be huge. I think our guys want that off week. They know how well the open weeks have been for our team.”Alabama State vs. Stillman, 1 p.m.Alabama State (6-5) and Stillman (5-5) each need a victory to finish the season with a winning record.It has been a season of streaks for both teams. After losing their opener, the Hornets won four in a row and then lost four straight. ASU currently is on a two-game winning streak.Meanwhile, Stillman opened with two consecutive losses, ripped off four straight wins, then lost three in a row before last week’s 31-26 victory over Clark Atlanta.Alabama A&M at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 2:30 p.m.Alabama A&M is in danger of finishing 4-8 for the second consecutive season. The Bulldogs (4-7, 3-5 SWAC) have lost four of their past six, though one of the victories was over rival Alabama State in the Magic City Classic.Arkansas-Pine Bluff (3-7, 2-6) is coming off a 56-6 loss to Alcorn State that dropped the Golden Lions into last place in the SWAC West Division.last_img read more

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Club tried to sign player in January – West Ham would…

first_imgSometimes, regardless of the efforts of everyone involved, a transfer is just not meant to happen. That was certainly the case for Javier Hernández and Valencia. The striker joined Sevilla this summer, with West Ham allowing the goalscorer to depart after the capture of Sébastien Haller.It seems, though, he could have made his return to Spain much sooner had West Ham not blocked Valencia’s efforts to sign him.ABC report that the La Liga side had an agreement with the Mexican in the January transfer window, but West Ham ‘shut it down’ and would ‘not facilitate his departure.’They explain that Valencia had first tried to secure the striker on loan, but that was swiftly rejected.They then returned to try and secure a permanent deal but, West Ham rejected that proposal as well.Hernández’s agent, Eduardo Hernández, even met with Anil Murthy, Mateo Alemany and Pablo Longoria at the club’s offices but West Ham maintained a ‘firm stance’ made it impossible to get a deal done.Instead, Hernández is now at Sevilla and will be visiting the Mestalla with them tomorrow, hoping to provide Valencia with a view of what they could have had.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameBuild a City, Trade With Your Neighbors, Play With Your FriendsForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50Undolast_img read more

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Player wants summer exit if Norwich City are relegated – Emerges…

first_imgThe 31-year-old made only one appearance in the league for the Canaries because Daniel Farke preferred Tim Krul. The Dutchman’s future at Carrow Road beyond this season could be uncertain, if reports are to be believed.According to SportBild, the former Newcastle United man has emerged as a target for Schalke.The Bundesliga side’s manager, David Wagner, is believed to have ‘campaigned’ for Krul to be a backup option at Schalke.It’s claimed the Netherlands international wants to leave Norwich if they’re relegated to the Championship. Farke’s side are currently bottom of the table with 21 points, trailing 17th placed Watford by six points. With Alexander Nübel already agreeing a deal to join Bayern Munich, Wagner will be left with Markus Schubert and Fährmann as the two goalkeeping next season.Therefore, Schalke could look to bring in a new custodian and it remains to be seen whether it will Krul or another player.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoSmart Tech TrendSelf Adjusting Glasses Take Hong Kong by StormSmart Tech TrendUndoEveryday KoalaThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Till You See Them TodayEveryday KoalaUndo Earlier this week, Schalke’s Ralf Fährmann cut short his loan stay at Norwich City and joined Norwegian side SK Brann on a temporary deal.last_img read more

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Ravens officially announce subtle changes to coaching staff

first_imgAfter a few weeks of silence, the Ravens officially confirmed the remaining subtle changes to their coaching staff on Tuesday morning.Head coach John Harbaugh has not hired a new quarterbacks coach, meaning offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will continue to serve in that capacity. There had been discussion about adding a quarterbacks coach to more closely work with Joe Flacco, but Mornhinweg will continue to handle those duties with offensive assistant Craig Ver Steeg also helping out.Chris Hewitt has been promoted to secondary coach and will take over for Leslie Frazier, who departed last month to become the new defensive coordinator in Buffalo. Now in his sixth season with Baltimore, Hewitt was in charge of the secondary in 2015 and served as Frazier’s assistant last season.Mike Macdonald will work under Hewitt with the title of defensive backs coach. He served as a defensive assistant the last two seasons.Drew Wilkins was also promoted from defensive assistant to become the assistant defensive line coach. He will work with Joe Cullen, who enters his second year as Baltimore’s defensive line coach.Juney Barnett has also been named the strength and conditioning coach after serving as an assistant the past five years. He replaces Bob Rogucki, who had been with the Ravens since 2008.The Ravens had already made two significant coaching hires last month with Greg Roman coming on as a senior offensive assistant and tight ends coach and Joe D’Alessandris becoming the new offensive line coach. Juan Castillo left last month to become Buffalo’s offensive line coach and run-game coordinator.last_img read more

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UCL: Manchester City Stay On Course To Win First European Silverware

first_imgMan City Thrash Schalke 04 7-0 in thesecond leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 clashManchester City thrashed Schalke in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie to confirm their passage to the quarter-finals.Sergio Aguero opened the scoring from the spot and added a second three minutes later when Raheem Sterling’s backheel set him up from six yards.Leroy Sane drilled in the third and picked up a hat-trick of assists after the break as City ran riot.Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus all found the back of the net.After slotting into the far corner in the first half, Sane set up Sterling with a wonderful curling cross that the England forward smashed into the top corner.Silva pounced on Sane’s cut-back to make it 5-0 before substitute Foden rounded the goalkeeper after he was played in by the German winger. Jesus made sure he had a slice of the pie with a late curling strike.City, who came from behind in the first leg in Germany to win 3-2, were knocked out in the quarter-finals of last year’s competition by Liverpool and have never won the Champions League.Relatedlast_img read more

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Sevilla cruise to a 0-2 victory vs. Mallorca at Estadi de Son Moix

first_img 21/12/2019 Mallorca with their next fixture against Granada at away stadium, while Sevilla will face Athletic at home stadium. Mallorca defeated at home by Sevilla at Estadi de Son Moix on Saturday. Mallorca arrived with the intention of increasing their league score after a draw against Celta (2-2) while Sevilla fell defeated by 1-2 in the last match they played against Villarreal. As of today, Mallorca is 17th in the LaLiga, having garnered 15 points from 18 matches, while Sevilla sits at 3rd with 34 points after playing a total of 18 matches. The referee booked Fran Gamez, Ante Budimir, Iddrisu Baba, Martin Valjent and Aleksandar Sedlar from Mallorca, while for Sevilla Jesus Navas, Fernando and Sergio Reguilon saw a yellow card as well. The game started favourably for Sevilla, with a goal from Diego Carlos in the 20th minute, finalising the first half with a 0-1. Sevilla took the lead in the second half, thanks to a goal from Ever Banega in the 63rd minute, and the game ended 0-2.center_img Upd. at 15:14 At the end of the match, both teams made 3 substitutions each. For Mallorca, Cucho Hernandez, Pablo Chavarria and Aleix Febas came on for Salva Sevilla, Ante Budimir and Iddrisu Baba, while Sevilla brought on Jules Kounde, Franco Vazquez and Nemanja Gudelj to replace Luuk De Jong, Joan Jordan and Lucas Ocampos. SPORT.es CETlast_img read more

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