LNTUP 5 Hot Topics of The Day By the date 19th oct 2017
1. Durante is out from the World Cup Playoffs.
New Zealand’s dream of reaching the World Cup finals in Russia next year have suffered a setback after defender Andrew Durante was ruled out of the two-leg playoff against Peru in November due to injury.
The 35-year-old suffered a groin adductor injury in Wellington Phoenix’s 3-2 loss to Sydney FC in the A-League last Sunday. Scans on Thursday confirmed the extent of the injury, local media reported, which would keep him out of action for up to 12 weeks.
— Football Today (@FTdotnews) November 5, 2016
2. 100 goal club welcomes Messi.
Lionel Messi scored his 100th goal in European competition as Barcelona moved closer to qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages by outclassing Olympiakos 3-1 on Wednesday despite playing the second half with 10 men.
Pique faced his second yellow two minutes before the halftime, but Barca was barely threatened by a hapless Olympiakos side who are badly under-performing in their Greek title defense.
— Debdyuti Das (@debranulm10) October 19, 2017
3. A late win for Juventus.
Juventus hit back to snatch a late 2-1 win at home to Sporting after gifting the Portuguese side an early lead with a bizarre own goal by Alex Sandro in their Champions League match on Wednesday. Four days after their two-year unbeaten home run was ended by Lazio, Juve were in more trouble when goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon saved at foot of Gelson Martins but the ball hit Alex Sandro and went straight into the net. Miralem Pjanic leveled with a superb free kick in the 29th minute and, just as Sporting seemed set to frustrate the hosts, Mario Mandzukic scored the winner with a superb diving header in the 84th minute.
— Paulo Dybala (@PauDybala_JR) October 18, 2017
4. 11 in a row for City.
City’s 7-2 demolition of Stoke City last Saturday to move them two points clear of neighbours Manchester United was followed by Guardiola’s delight at seeing off “one of Europe’s best teams” Napoli in the Champions League in midweek.
That was City’s 10th successive win in all competitions and now to complete their perfect week at the Etihad on Saturday, they are out to add to the 22 goals they have scored there in six matches in all competitions this term.
— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) October 18, 2017
5. A six-goal thriller for Chelsea and Roma.
Chelsea and Roma served us a rip-roaring 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday as both clubs stayed firmly on course for a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Edin Dzeko scored twice for Roma as the Italians stormed back from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 with 20 minutes remaining, only for Eden Hazard to salvage a point for Group C leaders, Chelsea.
David Luiz’s curler put Chelsea ahead in the 11th minute and Hazard doubled the home side’s advantage in the 35th.
Hazard’s equalizer kept Chelsea top with seven points from three games with Roma on five — three ahead of Atletico Madrid
Highlights: Chelsea 3-3 AS Roma. pic.twitter.com/nz1Ja1ilin
— Kurniawan #KC (@Chelseaku_) October 19, 2017