Sevilla boss ‘reveals cancer’ at half-time of comeback draw against Liverpool

Sevilla’s players celebrated with their manager as they scored the equaliser against Liverpool

Sevilla recovered from 3-0 down to draw with Liverpool in the Champions League after the Spanish side’s head coach told his players at half-time that he has cancer, according to reports.

Spanish media claim 48-year-old Eduardo Berizzo, who took over in the summer, is suffering from prostate cancer.

The club is expected to make an official announcement on Wednesday.

Sevilla’s players rushed to Berizzo after Guido Pizarro scored the equaliser in injury time.

When asked about Berizzo’s health, Sevilla president Pepe Castro told Spain’s COPE radio station: “Given it is a personal and difficult subject, I would prefer to wait until tomorrow.”

Roberto Firminio scored twice and Sadio Mane added the third as Liverpool dominated the opening 45 minutes but their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage with a game to spare were dashed by Sevilla’s stunning second-half performance.

Wissam Ben Yedder scored with a header and a penalty in the first 15 minutes of the second half before Pizarro poked in the leveller in the third of seven added minutes.

“We had to come out with a different attitude for the fans and for the boss, he made us play like that,” said Argentine international Ever Banega.

Ronaldo sets record as Real reach last 16

Luka Modric had not scored for Real since September 2016 but his long-range volley opened the scoring in Cyprus

Cristiano Ronaldo broke another Champions League record as holders Real Madrid thrashed Apoel Nicosia to qualify for the last 16.

Ronaldo scored twice in the second half to take his tally to 18 Champions League goals in 2017 – the most in a calendar year.

Real have been on a poor run but were dominant as they picked up their biggest away win in the competition.

Real will face a group winner in the last 16 as Tottenham won Group H.

Spurs’ 2-1 win in Dortmund means Mauricio Pochettino’s side have wrapped up the group with a game to spare.

Zinedine Zidane has won the Champions League in each of his two seasons in charge at Real but his side fell 10 points behind Barcelona in La Liga at the weekend.

Who has qualified for the last 16?
Paris St-Germain Manchester City (group winners)
Bayern Munich Besiktas (group winners)
Tottenham (group winners) Real Madrid

A 3-1 defeat by Spurs at Wembley last time out meant they needed to win in Cyprus to qualify, but that was a formality from the moment Luka Modric volleyed in from 25 yards.

Karim Benzema had scored only twice all season but doubled that tally with two neat finishes inside the area, while defender Nacho also headed in.

Ronaldo headed home Marcelo’s cross and then scored from the edge of the area to become the third player in the Champions League era to score in each of the first five games of a season.

He has 18 in his last 10 appearances in the competition – and now 113 in total, 16 ahead of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.

Coleman’s first Sunderland game ends in defeat at Villa

Chris Coleman was taking charge of his first English Football League fixture since leaving Coventry in May 2010

Albert Adomah’s third goal in two games helped Aston Villa beat Sunderland in Chris Coleman’s first game in charge of the struggling Black Cats.

Coleman was appointed on Sunday, two days after resigning as Wales manager.

Adomah turned in a cross from Robert Snodgrass early on and Josh Onomah’s deflected 20-yard strike made it 2-0.

Lewis Grabban’s hooked finish made it a nervy finish for the hosts but Villa held on to go fourth in the table, while Sunderland remain bottom.

Steve Bruce’s Villa, who have won seven of their past 11 games, are just four points behind second-placed Sheffield United, having also looked to be struggling at the start of the season.

Coleman’s Black Cats made a bright start but Villa went in front when Snodgrass’s inswinging cross found Adomah, who had time and space to place his shot past keeper Robbin Ruiter.

With Sunderland having plenty of possession in the first half, Grabban forced a save from Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone at the other end with a dangerous low cross before Aiden McGeady fired just wide from 20 yards.

But on Villa’s 143rd birthday, Onomah doubled their lead with a shot from outside the area that hit Sunderland defender Tyias Browning on its way into the net.

Grabban’s 10th goal in 14 games was not enough to prevent Sunderland’s winless league run extending to 16 matches.

Josh Onomah’s goal was the third of his loan spell from Tottenham Hotspur

Coleman’s challenge

Having applauded his new supporters before the kick-off, Coleman was hoping to make an instant impression.

He made five changes in his first game in charge but was forced into several of them, with midfielder Lee Cattermole suspended and Marc Wilson, Duncan Watmore and Jonny Williams all injured in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Millwall.

Eight first-team players currently being out of action shows just why the former Wales manager has such a difficult task in turning his new side’s season around.

The Black Cats have failed to win at home in 20 attempts in all competitions and have only won once in the Championship since being relegated from the Premier League last season.

Coleman surpassed expectations by taking Wales to their first major tournament for 58 years and then reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2016, and will hope for a similar impact at the Stadium of Light.

England striker Taylor to leave Arsenal for Melbourne then Seattle

Jodie Taylor joined the Gunners from American club Portland Thorns in March 2016

England striker Jodie Taylor will leave Arsenal Women for a six-week spell in Australia, before joining American club Seattle Reign on a permanent deal.

The 31-year-old, who won the Golden Boot at Euro 2017 with five goals in four games, will initially join W-League side Melbourne City in January.

She has spent most of her career overseas, including stints in the United States, Australia and Sweden.

“After two seasons I was ready to get back abroad,” she told the BBC.

Taylor, who tore her anterior cruciate ligament after signing for Arsenal at the start of 2016, has scored one goal in three appearances for the Gunners in Women’s Super League One this season.

The former Tranmere Rovers trainee told BBC Sport: “My two years at Arsenal were a little bit up and down, not as smooth as I would have hoped going into it, but I learned a lot.

“I think it was very unfortunate timing of an injury when I signed there and then the focus kind of changed to the national team anyway, but nothing against Arsenal, I think they’re a very professional club.

“From the time when I signed to now, the level of professionalism has increased so much, so from that standpoint I think it’s an excellent club.

“I think I’m better suited in a league like America and the lifestyle as well away from football.”

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Chris Smalling: Man Utd defender ‘surprised’ by reason for England omission

Smalling scored for Manchester United in their 4-1 win over Newcastle on Saturday

Basel v Manchester United (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

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Manchester United’s Chris Smalling was “surprised” by the reason England boss Gareth Southgate gave for leaving him out of his last squad – but says he has not given up hope of a recall.

Southgate suggested an inability to play out from the back had cost central defender Smalling his place.

But the 27-year-old, capped 31 times, believes he has plenty to offer.

“I play for one of the biggest clubs and most successful managers in Jose [Mourinho],” he said.

“You don’t play for one of the biggest clubs in the world for as long as I have and won most trophies bar the Champions League without being able to do everything that a top defender can do, be it playing or defending.

“Was I surprised? Yes.”

‘Your club form decides if you play at a World Cup’

Smalling, who moved to Old Trafford in 2010, has made 13 appearances this season, helping United keep eight clean sheets.

Team-mate Phil Jones, Chelsea’s Gary Cahill, Leicester’s Harry Maguire, Liverpool’s Joe Gomez and John Stones of Manchester City were selected ahead of him for England’s home friendlies against Germany and Brazil, both of which ended 0-0.

Asked about his decision, Southgate said: “I have huge respect for Chris. He’s a player who’s obviously playing at a big club.

“We want to play a certain way. The players we’ve brought in we want to see using the ball from the back and building up in a certain way. That’s a style I want to have a look at.

“I know what Chris can do. We’ve picked young defenders who haven’t got as many games under their belt so this is a great chance to look at them.”

Smalling said: “This year, as a team, we have one of the best defensive records and have done for a number of years. I’m proud to be part of that.

“It is your club form that decides if you play at a World Cup because there aren’t many England games throughout the season.

“While I’m here, as part of a successful team, that should show, come the summer, what is to be.”

I don’t know how you get in the England squad if you can’t get in the Arsenal team

‘I hope he doesn’t get his England place back’

While Smalling was omitted from the squad, Jones started the game against Germany – but lasted only 25 minutes.

And Mourinho said England medical staff gave the centre-back six injections so he could play.

Jones aggravated a thigh injury and will miss Wednesday’s Champions League match at Basel.

Mourinho says he is also unlikely to feature in the Premier League match against Brighton on Saturday.

Asked about Smalling’s chances of returning to the England squad, Mourinho said: “I hope he doesn’t get back his spot in the national team. Because everybody who goes there, somebody comes back injured.

“Of course, when I say I don’t want him to go there, I say from a selfish perspective. I want my players to be happy and to go to their national teams and an event like the World Cup.

“Smalling is playing all the time and playing well.”

Romelu Lukaku: Man Utd striker to pay US police to avoid prospect of jail sentence

Romelu Lukaku has scored 12 goals for Manchester United since joining in the summer

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has avoided the prospect of a jail sentence in the United States by agreeing to pay compensation to the Beverly Hills police.

Lukaku, 24, was arrested in July after police responded to five noise complaints at the house he was renting.

The Belgian will pay $450 (£340) to reimburse police for the callouts.

That will mean the charge is reduced from a misdemeanour, which carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail.

Instead, Lukaku will be charged with a disturbance of the peace infraction, which carries a $100 (£76) fine plus other costs and penalties.

The incident happened the week before Lukaku joined Manchester United from Everton for an initial £75m.

The case will be heard again at Los Angeles Airport Courthouse on 18 December.

PL fixture schedulers not helping clubs – Conte

David Luiz is in contention for a return to the Chelsea side against Qarabag on Wednesday

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Premier League fixture schedulers are hampering English clubs’ chances of winning the Champions League, says Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.

The Blues travel to Liverpool on Saturday (17:30 GMT), just three days after they will have completed a 5,000-mile round trip to play Qarabag.

Chelsea, who are second in Group C, need to beat the Azerbaijani side to reach the Champions League last-16.

“Whoever prepares the fixtures must try to change something,” said Conte.

“I think this is the best way for English football.”

No English side has reached the Champions League final since Chelsea last won the competition in 2012.

And since the Blues reached the semi-finals in 2013-14, Manchester City – in 2015-16 – are the only Premier League club to have gone that far.

Conte added: “For a lot of time, there isn’t an English team playing a final in the Champions League. Why is this?

“The teams are very strong and every team has the possibility to go through to the Champions League final.

“I don’t like to find excuses or alibis, but this is the reality. Sometimes I think it’s right to give respect for our job.”

Most recent English winners of the Champions League
Chelsea 2011-12
Manchester United 2007-08
Liverpool 2004-05
Manchester United 1998-99

With Chelsea 12 points behind leaders Manchester City in the Premier League, Conte may opt to rest players against Qarabag.

David Luiz could return in defence after losing his place in the side to Andreas Christensen following the defeat at Roma in October.

Striker Michy Batshuayi (ankle), forward Charly Musonda (knee) and wing-back Victor Moses (hamstring) are ruled out.

Qarabag lost 6-0 at Stamford Bridge in the first meeting between the two sides in this season’s Champions League.

With just two points from four games they are unable to progress to the knockout round but boss Gurban Gurbanov wants to see full commitment from his players.

“We understand everything. We know the strength of our rival,” he said.

“We will try to fight on the field till the end. This is our last match in Baku.”

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