Mourinho defends controversial actions in Turin

By George Davis and Alex Jordan November 08, 2018

Following Manchester United's 2-1 win in Turin Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho drew the ire of the crowd with on-pitch celebrations.

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    Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz found Suriname at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, a tougher assignment than anticipated after they squeezed out a 2-1 victory.

    A header from Corey Burke in the seventh minute of play and a penalty from Darren Mattocks in the 16th minute threatened to start a rout. However, Donnegy Fer’s 37th minute tap in marked Suriname’s entrance into the game.

    While Jamaica would get a number of chances, to go further ahead, in truth, Suriname were dangerously close to equalizing on a number of occasions and could not be argued with if they believed they dropped at least two points from the game.

    Mattocks, while happy with the win, believes the Jamaicans, with himself the most at fault, need to be more clinical if they are to enjoy further success, especially with El Salvador waiting in their next fixture.

    “I’m disappointed in myself,” said Mattocks.

    “A player of my caliber should put away most of those chances but at the end of the day an ugly win is better than a pretty loss,” he said.

    “We’re just going to take the three points and move on and come ready for the next game.”

    Mattocks believes the game against El Salvador is going to be much tougher.

    “El Salvador is a very hostile environment so we have to go there really prepared,” he said.

    “We can’t have a performance like this against El Salvador,” he said.

    “We have to go back to the drawing board and these opportunities that we are creating we have to put them away,” he ended.

    Jamaica now have three wins from their three games with 12 goals for and one against.

    Their record is bettered by Haiti, who have the same number of wins but with 17 goals and one against, while Cuba have scored 14 goals without a response from their opponents.

  • Bonucci boos a 'mistake' by fans, says Mancini Bonucci boos a 'mistake' by fans, says Mancini

    Italy coach Roberto Mancini was unhappy with supporters who jeered Leonardo Bonucci during the nation's 0-0 draw with Portugal in Milan on Saturday.

    Bonucci, 31, spent last season at AC Milan after a move from Juventus, only to secure a return to Turin in August.

    The move back to Juve has left a sour taste for some supporters, who targeted Bonucci during the Nations League clash.

    Mancini criticised the fans and said there should never be a repeat when players are representing their nations.

    "It was a mistake for fans to be booing Bonucci," he told a news conference.

    "This is a type of protest that shouldn't happen when you're playing for the national team.

    "Hopefully it only lasted for 15 minutes but I repeat it shouldn't happen because when Italy is playing, the crowd should support the players."

    Italy will finish second in Group 3 of League A, with Portugal moving into the Nations League Finals.

  • Ronaldo still part of Portugal squad – Santos Ronaldo still part of Portugal squad – Santos

    Cristiano Ronaldo is still part of the Portugal squad despite his recent absence, according to coach Fernando Santos.

    Ronaldo, 33, last played for his nation at the World Cup in Russia, where they were eliminated by Uruguay in the round of 16.

    Without him, Portugal have managed to reach the Nations League Finals, becoming the first side to qualify after Saturday's 0-0 draw with Italy in Milan.

    But Santos said there should be no questions that the Juventus star is still an important part of his squad.

    "There is no doubt. If you still have doubts, I don't know," he told a news conference.

    "But Cristiano Ronaldo is part of this team."

    Ronaldo is Portugal's all-time leader in both goals (85) and appearances (154), while only Iran's Ali Daei (109) has netted more times in internationals.

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