Chelsea Lodge UEFA Complaint Over Alleged Racist Abuse In Kiev

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Chelsea said on Monday they have lodged a formal complaint with UEFA over alleged racist abuse aimed at one of their players during the closing stages of the 5-0 Europa League win away to Dynamo Kiev last week.

“We can confirm a report of racist abuse directed at one of our players in the final minutes of the match in Kiev from a small section of home supporters. We wholeheartedly condemn such abhorrent behaviour,” Chelsea said in a statement.

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“The matter was reported to the referee at the final whistle and the chairman and club secretary spoke to the UEFA match delegate immediately after the match.

“We expect UEFA to conduct a fulsome investigation and we will provide full cooperation.”

Callum Hudson-Odoi was reportedly the victim of the abuse as the 18-year-old rounded off the scoring after Olivier Giroud’s hat-trick and Marcos Alonso’s strike secured Chelsea’s place in the last eight at a canter in the Ukranian capital on Thursday.


Giroud Hat-Trick Helps Chelsea Reach Europa League Quarter-Final

Chelsea’s German defender Antonio Ruediger (C) and Chelsea’s French forward Olivier Giroud (2nd R) celebrate with teammates after scoring a goal during the game. Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP


Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick as Chelsea cruised into the Europa League quarter-finals with an 8-0 aggregate thrashing of Dynamo Kiev on Thursday, while Napoli also booked a last-eight spot.

After a 3-0 victory in last week’s last 16, first leg at Stamford Bridge, 2013 winners Chelsea were even more dominant in Kiev despite manager Maurizio Sarri ringing the changes, thumping the Ukrainians 5-0.

The Premier League giants are bidding for a first trophy under the Italian after losing last month’s English League Cup final to Manchester City, and hoping to secure qualification for next season’s Champions League.

Giroud, who is yet to start in the Premier League in 2019 after the signing of Gonzalo Higuain, netted a first-half double, before Marcos Alonso slid home a third on the stroke of half-time.

Frenchman Giroud completed his first Chelsea hat-trick by heading home Willian’s free-kick just before the hour mark and is now the leading scorer in this year’s competition with nine goals.

Teenage winger Callum Hudson-Odoi continued his own fine Europa League form, slotting in his fourth goal of the tournament after racing clear with 12 minutes remaining.

Elsewhere, Napoli wrapped up a 4-3 aggregate victory over last season’s semi-finalists Salzburg despite a 3-1 second-leg loss in Austria.

Arkadiusz Milik scored a crucial away goal in the 14th minute to all but end the tie, leaving Salzburg needing five unanswered goals to progress.

Munas Dabbur and Fredrik Gulbrandsen struck to give the hosts a glimmer of hope, but Christoph Leitgeb’s injury-time third goal was only enough to secure a consolation win on the night.

Russian outfit Krasnodar suffered heartbreak in the other early game, as Goncalo Guedes scored a dramatic injury-time equaliser to send Valencia through 3-2 on aggregate after a 1-1 second-leg draw.

The 19-year-old Magomed-Shapi Suleymanov’s 85th-minute effort looked set to dump out the Spaniards on away goals, but Portugal international Guedes came off the bench to send Valencia through.

Marcelino’s men have recovered well from a slow start to the season, having also reached the Copa del Rey final and stepped up their bid for a top-four place in La Liga.


UEFA Concludes Draws For Champions League, Europa League

Champions LeagueEuropean football governing body have concluded the draws for the last eight of the UEFA Champions League.

Defending champions, Barcelona will face fellow Spaniards Atletico Madrid, runners-up two seasons ago.

Barca, bidding to become the first team to win the trophy two seasons in a row, will get the chance to avenge their defeat at the same stage two years ago when Atletico won 1-0 at home after a 1-1 away draw.

Paris St Germain, will face fellow big spenders Manchester City in the other outstanding tie, with the first leg at the Parc Des Princes.

Ten-times champions Real Madrid will face German side Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich will face Portugal’s Benfica.

Europa League

Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will return to Borussia Dortmund for the first time after the sides were drawn together in the Europa League quarter-finals.

It will be the first time Klopp has returned to his former club after deciding to leave Dortmund at the end of 2014-15 season following seven years with the club.

Defending champions, Sevilla, who are looking to win the Europa League for a third year in a row, have been drawn against domestic rivals Athletic Bilbao.

Sporting Braga will take on Shakhtar Donetsk while Villareal will be up against Sparta Pargue.

Kiev, PSV Hope For Champions League Victory

Champions LeagueDynamo Kiev Coach, Sergei Rebrov, has expressed the Ukrainian team’s determination to stun Manchester City in Tuesday night’s UEFA Champions League clash.

Coach Rebrov insisted that Dynamo Kiev have not given up yet in the Champions League last-16 return leg match at the Etihad Stadium.

Although, Manchester City defeated Dynamo Kiev 3-1 in the first leg n Ukraine, Rebrov said that they can upturn the result.

It is expected to be a tough match for the visitors who have never won a game on the English soil.

PSV Eindhoven will also be looking to avenge two group stage defeats by Atletico Madrid in the 2008/09 season in their only previous encounters in the Champions League.

Forward Luuk De Jong has returned from suspension for PSV, but Gaston Pereiro is still under suspension after being sent off in the Champions League last-16 first leg.

PSV coach, Phillip Cocu, said that he was ready to take on Atletico Madrid at home, where the intensity of the team is matched by the intensity of the fans.

Manchester City Coach Warns Players Ahead Kiev Clash

Manchester CityManchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, has tasked his team to put in their best in Tuesday night’s UEFA Champions League match against Dynamo Kiev.

City are in prime position to reach the quarter-finals for the first time after a 3-1 advantage from the first leg.

Pellegrini, however, warned his side not to falter against opponents who have never won a game on English soil.

Manchester City goalkeeper, Joe Hart, has also warned that Kiev would be a different proposition compared to the team they met in Ukraine, who had just returned from a mid-winter break.

He expressed hope that his team can still win this season’s Champions League, despite their failure to live with the pace in the English Premier League.

Midfielder Yaya Toure has been decalred fit to face Dynamo Kiev at the Etihad Stadium after missing Saturday’s Premier League draw with Norwich City.

Pellegrini Says Manchester City Not Through Yet

CityManager Manuel Pellegrini insists Manchester City still has work to do after the UEFA Champions League last-16 first-leg win over Dynamo Kiev.

City produced one of their best performances of the season to put one foot in the quarter-finals with a 3-1 victory in Ukraine on Wednesday night.

First-half goals from Sergio Aguero and David Silva put city in control before Yaya Toure made the result safe late on.

Vitaliy Buyalskiy pulled one back with a deflected shot during a Dynamo fightback.

City will feel the result justified, boss Pellegrini’s decision to field a weakened side in the FA Cup.

Having taken dominion of their Champions League last-16, it is hoped that Manchester City would give their best in England to proceed to the quarter-final of the competition.


UCL: Manchester City Thrash Dynamo Kiev 3-1

CityEnglish giant, Manchester City, have secured an impressive first-leg win on Wednesday against Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine.

City will feel the boss, Manuel Pellegrini’s decision to field a weakened side in the FA Cup, with Sergio Aguero scoring the opener.

A slick move allowed David Silva to side-foot in a second as City dominated.

Vitaliy Buyalskiy pulled one back with a deflected shot but Yaya Toure curled in an effort to complete City’s win.

Having taken dominion of their Champions League last-16, it is hoped that City would give their best in England to proceed to the quarter-final of the competition.

On the other side, Atletico Madrid held PSV Eindhoven to a goaless draw in Netherlands.

The Dutch side will be travelling to Spain to battle Atletico Madrid for a place at the quarter-final.

Mourinho Praises Players’ Improvement As Klopp Rues Sturridge Setback

mourinhoChelsea’s manager, Jose Mourinho, believes that the mood is improving at Stamford Bridge after two good results in the last week, claiming his side’s key players are starting to improve.

The blues have made a lacklustre start to the defence of their Premier League title and also lost their second Champion’s League pool game at Porto.

However, they returned to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge last Saturday before a 0-0 draw at Dynamo Kiev, a match Mourinho thinks they were unlucky not to win.

The defending champions now face a tough trip to fourth-placed West Ham in the Premier League.

It is, however, a different story for Liverpool as manager, Jurgen Klopp says England striker Daniel Sturridge continues to be a major fitness concern after revealing the he must undergo another scan on his knee.

Sturridge, who is yet to play under Klopp, damaged his knee in a training ground collision with Jordon Ibe last Friday and that prevented him from lining up against either Tottenham Hotspur or Rubin Kazan.

It was initially hoped that he would be available for Sunday’s home game with Southampton but, Klopp cast doubt on whether the 25-year-old would be fit enough for selection.

Messi Named Best Player In Europe

messiBarcelona’s Lionel Messi has won the UEFA best player in Europe award, after beating Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo to the prize.

The 28-year-old shone in the second half of last season as he inspired Barcelona to the treble, with the club lifting the Champions League, Copa del Rey and La Liga.

Messi finished level on goals with Real Madrid star, Ronaldo and Barcelona team-mate Neymar in Europe in 2014/2015 – as all three men found the back of the net 10 times.

Meanwhile, in the grouping for the UEFA Champions League, Paris Saint Germain will play in Group A along with Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk and Malmo.

Manchester United, who returned to the competition after a season absence, will confront PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow and Wolfsburg in Group B.

Group C has Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray and Astana.

In Group D are Juventus, Manchester City, Sevilla and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Defending champions, Barcelona are in Group E with Bayer Leverkusen, A.S. Roma and Bate Borisov.

Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Olympiacos and Dinamo Zagreb are in Group F.

Chelsea, FC Porto, Dynamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel-Aviv make up Group G.

Zenit Saint Petersburg, Valencia, Olympique Lyon and Kaa Gent filled up Group H.

Taye Taiwo prepares for UCL clash against PSG

Nigeria’s rocky defender plying his trade for Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev; Taye Taiwo is in top form ahead of  his clubs UEFA champions league clash with French side Paris-Saint Germain on Tuesday evening as he expressed his believe that both clubs will leave nothing out to clinch victory as an assurance to move to the next level of the money-spinning tournament.

Bought by AC Milan but played only four matches in Serie A and four in the Champions League before joining English Premier League side Queens Park Rangers on loan, the defender switched to Dynamo Kiev, making his debut in the Ukraine league on 3 August in the match with Krivyi Rig which Dynamo won 1-0.

He said opening matches of such tournament are always very crucial as it determines how far clubs can go in the competitions so all hands has to be on deck to get favourable results but for him lacing his boot against PSG will be very interesting.

It would be recalled that the Nigerian international was loyal to the French club Marseille seven whole season, the arch rival of PSG, as his career also went all time-high winning the 2010 league title and the French League Cup twice, in 2010 and 2011, scoring 25 goals in 271 matches.




Taiye Taiwo getting comfortable at Dynamo Kiev

Super Eagles rocky defender; Taye Taiwo opened up about his new passion for Ukrainian football as he has adjusted properly and he is fitting well into his new team; Dynamo Kiev.

The defender who is presently on a loan transfer to Dynamo Kiev from AC Milan at the beginning of the Serie A season said despite many stars and players on the club he has already found his feet and it is that one factor that has helped him settle in quickly into the team.

Taiye Taiwo also revealed that the players in the club are under immense pressure to deliver result in every league game.

Taiwo also known as a goal-scoring defender has played five league matches and he is yet to open his goal account.

Ideye scores after Eagles’ recall

Dynamo Kyiv hit man, Ideye Brown is showing positive reasons for his Super Eagles recall by Coach Stephen Keshi as he netted his 9th goal of the season in the Ukrainian Premier League clash against Chornomorets falling 2-0 at the Olimpiysky sports complex on Saturday.

Ideye was invited last week by Keshi to join other Europe-based players invited for the Super Eagles’ clash against Liberia in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match next month.

Prior to Ideye’s last goal on Saturday, the former Sochaux hitman scored twice when they eliminated Dutch giants Feyenoord 3-1 on aggregate in the previous round of the UEFA Champions League making him the second in the Ukraine goal scorer’s chart with 7 league goals and 9 in all competitions with Henrikh Mkhitaryan occupying the number one spot with just 10 league goals and 14 overall which in no time Ideye may likely surpass with his recent form of play.

And ahead of Ideye and Dynamo Kyiv is the UEFA Champions League play-off round return leg clash against Borrusia Monchengladbach on Wednesday as he will be expected to put up an optimal performance in previous a game where Dynamo got a 3-1 away victory in the first leg in Germany.