Casemiro’s Last-Gasp Leveller Rescues Man Utd In Chelsea Draw

Manchester United's Brazilian midfielder Casemiro (2nd R) jumps in a crowd of players to head home their late equalizing goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in London on October 22, 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP)
Manchester United’s Brazilian midfielder Casemiro (2nd R) jumps in a crowd of players to head home their late equalizing goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in London on October 22, 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP)

 

Casemiro rescued Manchester United as the Brazil midfielder grabbed his first goal for the club in stoppage-time to salvage a dramatic 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Saturday.

Erik ten Hag’s side were seconds away from defeat after Jorginho’s 87th minute penalty put Chelsea ahead in United’s first match since Cristiano Ronaldo was sent into exile.

But former Real Madrid star Casemiro ensured United left west London on a six-match unbeaten run as he netted with a header that was awarded by goal-line technology after crossing the line by millimetres.

Ronaldo was missing from the United squad after being dropped by Ten Hag after his refusal to come on as a substitute in Wednesday’s win over Tottenham.

Ten Hag’s decision to lay down the law to Ronaldo could signal the beginning of the end for the Portugal attacker in his second spell with United.

It would be no surprise if United and Ronaldo parted ways in the January transfer window, but Ten Hag’s men did not appear troubled by the striker’s latest petulant outburst.

With Ronaldo banished, United were still the stronger side for long periods, while there were no chants in support of the 37-year-old from the visiting fans packed into one corner of Stamford Bridge.

Fifth placed United remain one point behind fourth placed Chelsea, who are unbeaten in eight matches in all competitions since Graham Potter replaced the sacked Thomas Tuchel.

The only concern for United was the sight of France centre-back Raphael Varane limping off in tears in the second half after a World Cup injury scare.

Varane’s leg twisted awkwardly as he stretched in a failed attempt to intercept a pass towards Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, leaving him crumpled in a heap on the pitch for several minutes.

The 29-year-old was eventually able to walk around the pitch unaided, but his angst at potentially missing the World Cup, which starts on November 20, was clear as he punched the corner flag in frustration.

Vibrant United

Lost in the fuss over Ronaldo’s antics was the vibrancy of United’s performance against Tottenham and they retained that quality at the Bridge.

A flurry of passes cut through Chelsea’s midfield to create the first chance for Luke Shaw, who fizzed his low drive just wide of the far post from the edge of the area.

Teed up by Bruno Fernandes, United winger Anthony was next to threaten with a left-foot curler that forced a good save from Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Marcus Rashford’s return to form has played a role in keeping Ronaldo on the bench this season.

However, Ronaldo would surely have delivered a better finish than Rashford managed midway through the first half.

Fernandes’s pin-point pass opened up the Chelsea defence, leaving Rashford one on one with Kepa but a poor first touch took him away from goal and his shot thudded into the Chelsea keeper’s chest.

Rashford didn’t let that mess drain his confidence and he surged into the Chelsea area for a fierce strike that Kepa palmed away.

With Chelsea being over-run in central areas, Potter responded by replacing centre-back Marc Cucurella and sending on midfielder Mateo Kovacic in a bid to disrupt United’s rhythm.

Chelsea finally managed a menacing raid after Kovacic’s introduction as Aubameyang stabbed just wide.

Aubameyang couldn’t get the decisive touch to a pair of half-chances moments later but United were unfazed.

Christian Eriksen flashed narrowly wide from 25 yards before Anthony missed a glorious chance, the winger firing wide after Fernandes sent him racing clear on goal.

Chelsea’s Trevoh Chalobah hit the bar with a second half header from Mason Mount’s cross.

And Potter’s men looked to have won it in when Scott McTominay needlessly fouled Armando Broja and Jorginho calmly slotted past David De Gea.

But four minutes into stoppage-time, Casemiro rose highest for a superb header that Kepa could only tip onto the post, the ball bouncing down just over the line to spark wild United celebrations.

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Ferdinand Heaps Praises On Casemiro After Performance Against Spurs

Manchester United’s Casemiro

 

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has hailed the club’s new signing, Casemiro, for his contributions to the Red Devils’ Premier League 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night.

Ferdinand described Casemiro’s performance for Man United against the visitors from North London at Old Trafford as “absolutely immense”.

Casemiro, who joined Man United from Real Madrid during the summer transfer window, put in a shift in the midfield for Erik ten Hag’s side against Antonio Conte’s side.

United’s goals against Spurs were scored by Fred and Bruno Fernandes.

Speaking on his FIVE YouTube channel after the game, Ferdinand said, the Brazilian midfielder was a ‘fabulous’ acquisition as he makes his teammates play better.

“The moment he has got back in the team and given a run in the team, he is producing the performances that we expected, but the biggest thing, he is like the glue in the team, but also is the one that allows other players to go and perform.”

“He protects the back four, but he releases the midfielders to go and do their creative stuff. I think he is a fabulous acquisition that we have got. I thought Casemiro, positionally, was absolutely immense.”

“Fred does what Fred does. Energetic, at times, gives the ball away here and there. Again, I think that’s what Casemiro brings, I think he makes some of the players better.”

Man Utd Agree To Sign Real Madrid Midfielder Casemiro

Real Madrid's Brazilian midfielder Casemiro celebrates with the trophy after the UEFA Super Cup football match between Real Madrid vs Eintracht Frankfurt in Helsinki, on August 10, 2022. Real Madrid won the match 2-0. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP)
Real Madrid’s Brazilian midfielder Casemiro celebrates with the trophy after the UEFA Super Cup football match between Real Madrid vs Eintracht Frankfurt in Helsinki, on August 10, 2022. Real Madrid won the match 2-0. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP)

 

Manchester United said on Friday they have agreed to sign Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro in a deal worth up to a reported £60 million ($70 million).

United manager Erik ten Hag has been desperate to land a defensive midfielder since taking charge at Old Trafford and has finally settled for Casemiro after failing to sign Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong.

Troubled United, who sit bottom of the Premier League after embarrassing defeats against Brighton and Brentford, are set to pay an initial £50 million.

The overall fee would rise by another £10 million if certain clauses in the contract are met.

Casemiro has been offered a four-year contract with the option of a further 12-month extension, with the transfer subject to the agreement of personal terms.

The 30-year-old joined Real from Sao Paulo in 2013 and has been a key figure in midfield for the Spanish club, winning five Champions League titles.

“Manchester United is delighted to announce that the club has reached agreement with Real Madrid for the transfer of Casemiro,” a statement from United said.

“The transfer is subject to the agreement of personal terms, UK visa requirements and a medical.”

Ten Hag refused to discuss the transfer at his press conference earlier on Friday, but Real boss Carlo Ancelotti was more forthcoming when speaking to the media in Spain.

“I’ve discussed it with him this morning. He wants to try a new challenge, a new opportunity,” Ancelotti said.

“The club understand it. With all he’s done for this club and the person he is, we have to respect it.

“If he doesn’t stay, we’ll have an enormous sense of gratitude to him for all he’s done. We have replacements within the squad.”

Real Madrid said they will hold a “tribute and farewell” to Casemiro on Monday which will be attended by the club’s president, Florentino Perez.

In a statement, the Spanish giants called him “one of the most transcendental players in one of the most significant and successful periods in our history.”

“Real Madrid are and always will be his home, and we wish him and all his family the best of luck in this new chapter of his life,” it added.

Casemiro played alongside current United stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane in the Spanish capital.

His arrival will fill a void in Ten Hag’s midfield after his prolonged pursuit of De Jong ended in failure.

Casemiro’s wealth of experience and success at the highest level will make him a certain starter instead of either Fred or Scott McTominay in central midfield.

He is unlikely to be available for United’s next match against arch rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Monday.

Instead, Casemiro’s debut could come at Southampton in the Premier League on August 27.

Real Madrid’s Hazard, Casemiro Test Positive For COVID-19

 

 

Real Madrid duo of Eden Hazard and Casemiro have tested positive for COVID-19 after being among the group of players and staff tested at Valdebebas on Friday morning.

The club released a statement in this regard which read

“Real Madrid C.F. informs that our players, Casemiro and Eden Hazard, have tested positive in the COVID-19 tests undertaken yesterday, Friday, in the morning.”

“All of the other first-team players and coaching staff, as well as the club employees who work directly with the squad tested negative in yesterday’s tests. Meanwhile, all of them, apart from Casemiro and Hazard, once again tested negative in the antigen tests taken this morning.” the message further read.

Both the players will go into self-isolation at home and complete their quarantine period.

Hazard and Casemiro are expected to miss the La Liga encounter against Valencia on Sunday.

Zidane Drops Casemiro, Recalls Benzema For Bayern Clash

 

Zidane Drops Casemiro, Recalls Benzema For Bayern Clash
Real Madrid’s Brazilian midfielder Casemiro takes part in a training session on the eve of the UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg football match FC Bayern Munich v Real Madrid in Munich, southern Germany on April 24, 2018. Photo: Christof STACHE / AFP

 

Zinedine Zidane sprung a surprise by dropping Casemiro for Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

Casemiro started on the bench for the first time in this season’s knock-out stage, with Mateo Kovacic coming into a three-man midfield alongside Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

There was no place again for Gareth Bale at the Santiago Bernabeu as Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema supported Cristiano Ronaldo in attack. Lucaz Vazquez was set to start at right-back in place of the injured Dani Carvajal.

Bayern were missing a number of key players, including Javi Martinez, Jerome Boateng, Arjen Robben, Arturo Vidal and Manuel Neuer.

Corentin Tolisso replaced Martinez in midfield while Niklas Suele was brought into central defence. James Rodriguez, on loan from Real, started against his parent club.

Starting line-ups for the Champions League semi-final, second leg between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday (kick-off 1845 GMT; Real Madrid lead 2-1 from first leg):

Bayern Munich (4-4-1-1)

Sven Ulreich; Joshua Kimmich, Mats Hummels, Niklas Suele, David Alaba; Thomas Mueller (capt), Thiago Alcantara, Corentin Tolisso, Franck Ribery; James Rodriguez, Robert Lewandowski

Coach: Jupp Heynckes (GER)

Real Madrid (4-3-3)

Keylor Navas; Lucas Vazquez, Sergio Ramos (capt), Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Mateo Kovacic, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos; Marco Asensio, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema

Coach: Zinedine Zidane (FRA)

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (TUR)

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Ronaldo Is Very Important Player For Real Madrid, Says Casemiro

Addressing reporters before Real Madrid face off in an international friendly against Manchester City in Carson, California, Casemiro said Ronaldo is very important for the team.``

“We want him here and Cristiano should be here with us because he is a very important player for us and we are waiting for him with open arms because we need him here,” Casemiro said.

Casemiro

The Real Madrid midfielder, Casemiro, kept reporters guessing on when questioned about transfer rumours involving French prodigy Kylian Mbappe.

When asked if Mbappe would be a good fit a Real Madrid, Casemiro said he could only comment on players who are already part of Real Madrid.

“Mbappe is not a (Real) Madrid player so I can’t talk about a player who is not from (Real) Madrid.”

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Spanish sports publication Marca reported that Mbappe’s club Monaco and Real Madrid had agreed a deal in principle worth $186,000 for the 18-year-old’s transfer.

Casemiro was also quizzed about whether Barcelona’s Neymar would play well at Real Madrid.

“It is clear that Neymar is a player that could be important for any team but he is a Barcelona player and of course here (at Real Madrid) he would be important but he is for Barcelona and we can’t forget that.”

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UCL: Man City Draw Away As Wolfsburg Shock Madrid

Real MadridKevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho both scored to hand Manchester City a 2-2 first-leg draw at Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.

The two away goals give the English side the edge in their Champions League quarter-final tie.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic had his penalty saved by City goalkeeper Joe Hart as the Premier League side twice punished defensive mistakes by their hosts to get the two goals.

De Bruyne put City ahead on 38 minutes, only for Ibrahimovic to level after an embarrassing mix-up in the visitors’ defence soon after.

Adrien Rabiot then put PSG ahead just before the hour, but Fernandinho made it 2-2 on 72 minutes and ensured the French giants will be chasing the tie in next Tuesday’s second leg.

In Germany, Ricardo Rodriguez and Maximilian Arnold were the goal scorers as German side Wolfsburg dealt a 2-0 blow to Real Madrid’s hopes of taking the Champions League crown this season.

Playing in their first quarterfinal in the competition, Wolfsburg bullied the Spanish giant to earn a good chance of making the last four.

Ricardo Rodriguez had converted a penalty in the 18th minute after Casemiro was adjudged to have fouled Andre Schurrle inside the area.

Arnold then added the second in the 25th minute as the home side used counterattacks to devastating effect at the Volkswagen Arena.

Madrid created a number of chances to pull one back, with Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo all threatening, but they were unable to beat goalkeeper Diego Benaglio for an important away goal.

An injury to Karim Benzema added to a poor night for the visitors who came into the match following a 2-1 win over Barcelona in the Spanish league “clasico”.

Ironically, Wolfsburg have been struggling in the Bundesliga.

Both sides meet again at the Santiago Bernabeu on April 12 for the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinal.