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Pochettino Blasts Gallagher Over Red Card Against Brighton

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Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino has criticised his team following the Blues’ Premier League 3-2 win over Brighton on Sunday.


Pochettino also commented on Conor Gallagher’s red card, suggesting why Chelsea defeated Brighton at Stamford Bridge.

Recall that Gallagher’s was sent off for two bookings before halftime.

Enzo Fernandez and Levi Colwill scored the goals for Pochettino’s side against the visitors.

Speaking in his post-match interview, Pochettino insisted that his players were a little bit flat when they conceded a goal towards the end of the first half.

“The team was really good; I feel very proud because Newcastle was tough and then again, Brighton is always difficult to play and in the first 25 minutes we scored twice and were controlling the game,” Pochettino said.


“We were a little bit flat when we conceded at the end of the first half in the second half and then Gallagher was sent off. It wasn’t a red card, but that is my opinion; maybe I am wrong.

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Liverpool Face Sparta Prague In Europa League Last 16

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Three-time winners Liverpool were drawn to face Sparta Prague in the Europa League last 16 on Friday, while unbeaten Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen will take on Azeris Qarabag.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will be strong favourites to reach the quarter-finals as they bid for a quadruple in the German’s final season before stepping down as manager.

The first leg will be played in the Czech capital on March 7, with Anfield hosting the return game a week later.

Leverkusen, led by Xabi Alonso, are unbeaten in 32 matches in all competitions this season, and will again face Qarabag, having already seen off the Azeri champions twice in the group stage.

Also renewing acquaintances will be last year’s Europa Conference League winners West Ham and Freiburg, after David Moyes’ side’s brace of victories against the Bundesliga club in Group A.

“It’s kind of stupid that you can come back against your group opponents in the round of 16,” said Freiburg captain Christian Guenter.

“You could already tell that some of us were upset.”

Seven-time European champions AC Milan continue their bid to win a maiden Europa League title against Slavia Prague after their knock-out round play-off win over Rennes.

Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers, losing finalists in 2022, take on Portuguese Primeira Liga pace-setters Benfica, still chasing a first European trophy since 1962.

Premier League club Brighton continue their first ever European adventure at last season’s runners-up Roma.

Europa League Full Last-16 Draw
Below are full fixtures for the Europa League last 16:

Sparta Prague (CZE) v Liverpool (ENG)

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Marseille (FRA) v Villarreal (ESP)

Roma (ITA) v Brighton (ENG)

Benfica (POR) v Rangers (SCO)

Freiburg (GER) v West Ham (ENG)

Sporting Lisbon (POR) v Atalanta (ITA)

AC Milan (ITA) v Slavia Prague (CZE)

Qarabag (AZE) v Bayer Leverkusen (GER)

— First legs to be played on March 7, second legs to be played on March 14

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Hojlund To Miss Fulham Game, Manchester Derby With Injury

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Manchester United will be without Rasmus Hojlund for “two to three weeks”.

The Premier League club confirmed in a statement on Friday that the Danish striker had suffered a muscle injury.

Hojlund became the youngest player to score in six consecutive Premier League games last weekend with his brace against Luton Town.


But he is now set to miss Saturday’s home game with Fulham and next weekend’s Manchester Derby.

After Fulham, Man United travel to Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night for their FA Cup fifth round tie.

Then four days later, they face the champions at the Etihad

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2024 Olympic Qualifiers: Cameroon Will Qualify Ahead Of Super Falcons, Bihina Boasts

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Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon goalkeeper, Michaely Bihina is optimistic her side can beat fierce rivals Nigeria in their 2024 Olympic Games third round qualifier.

The two teams will clash in the first leg tonight at the Stade de la Reunification, Douala.

The reverse fixture is billed for the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja next week Monday.

The Indomitable Lionesses and Super Falcons have met 10 times in the past, with just wins for the former.

Bihina, however, stated that the teams’ head-to-head record matters little this time around.

“Personally, I’m calm. We know that Nigeria are a great team, but we have what it takes to accomplish our mission” the Racing Power FC of Portugal goalie told FIFA.com.

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