BREAKING NEWS: Simone Inzaghi appointed at Inter to replace Conte

By Sports Desk June 03, 2021

Inter have confirmed the appointment of Simone Inzaghi as their new head coach.

 

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  • Reggae Girl Van Zanten eyes strong comeback from season-ending injury Reggae Girl Van Zanten eyes strong comeback from season-ending injury

    The thought of being sidelined for an entire season is almost too much for some players to bear, but Jamaica international Kalyssa ‘Kiki’ Van Zanten has embraced her darkest hour with confidence that she will emerge stronger than before.

    Van Zanten, 22, who represents Houston Dash in the United States’ National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) was placed on the season-ending injury list, after she suffered damage to her left foot in the match against the Washington Spirit last Friday.

    The American-born Reggae Girlz winger, made the revelation on social media, as she expressed her readiness to take on whatever obstacles came her way on what will be a challenging road back to enjoying her passion.

    “Absolutely devastated that my rookie season has been put on hold. I’ll come back better and stronger,” Van Zanten captioned the post, which included an X-ray image of the injury.

    Van Zanten was drafted with the number 21 overall pick in the 2024 NWSL Draft and signed with Houston Dash on March 15. She paraded her skills in four games this season and earned her first start on March 30, when the Dash earned three points on the road against Bay FC.

    Prior to her professional move, Van Zanten strutted her stuff for University of Notre Dame in the NCAA Division 1 Women’s tournament, where she made 95 appearances and scored 27 goals.

    On the international stage, the soft-spoken player, whose mother is Jamaican and father of a Dutch descent, made her Reggae Girlz debut during the Concacaf Women’s World Cup qualifiers in 2022. She scored her lone international goal against Costa Rica in Jamaica’s Concacaf Women’s Championships third-place finish in Mexico.

    Van Zanten known for her speed and flair on the channels, was also a part of Jamaica’s history-making team that secured a famous Round of 16 finish at last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

    While she grapples with the reality of her injury, Van Zanten finds solace in the support of her teammates, coaches, and fans. Their words of encouragement and unwavering belief in her ability to come back stronger provides the comfort and strength required to face the long road to recovery.

    “Thank you to my team, family and friends for all the support,” she said.

  • Winning FA Cup would be an over-achievement, says Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag Winning FA Cup would be an over-achievement, says Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag

    Erik ten Hag claims Manchester United will have over-achieved if they win the FA Cup this season.

    Ten Hag and his team have faced criticism after edging past Championship side Coventry on penalties in the semi-finals, having been 3-0 up with 20 minutes to go.

    They will take on Manchester City in a repeat of last year’s final hoping to exact revenge and, despite their league struggles, Ten Hag was bullish about what that would mean.

    United could miss out on European football altogether, but the Red Devils boss believes the club’s struggles with injury this campaign are a major mitigating factor.

    “I would say it’s over-performing with all the problems we have had,” said the Dutchman of the possibility of silverware.

    “Getting into the final is already a big achievement, but we are here for trophies. We have an opportunity to win a trophy and that is good. But we are not satisfied by being in the final, we want to win it and that is what we will go for and it’s our mentality.

    “That is why we are successful. That’s why I am successful over 10 years as a manager, I always bring out the maximum of each squad.”

    Ten Hag was in a combative mood in the press room ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League clash with Sheffield United, branding the media reaction to his side’s cup display “embarrassing” and “a disgrace”.

    Many fans were also critical and Ten Hag added of the late collapse: “We were not happy with it. I can see the fans are not happy with it as well, but they get fed by opinions.

    “But all over, what I heard is that the fans are very happy we are again in the FA Cup final. Even for Manchester United, it is not business as usual, they were not so often in the FA Cup final and they were never in the FA Cup final two times in a row.”

    United’s injury problems continued on Sunday, with Alejandro Garnacho, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay all picking up issues, and the latter two are doubtful for Wednesday.

    Casemiro could again be required in defence, while United’s bench at the weekend featured five teenagers.

    “We will put a team out that is capable of winning the match, even if we have to be really creative,” said Ten Hag.

    One of the players who will be hoping for a start is 21-year-old Amad Diallo, who has featured five times as a substitute over the past couple of months.

    “Amad deserves it, but don’t forget he had a long period in the season injured, so we rebuilt him and now he has had some opportunities and a real contribution,” said Ten Hag.

    “He played in a position that is not his best position. He started as a striker and then he had to play in the midfield, so he did well. We have a number of players in that area, there is big competition.

    “But I am very happy with his performances and his progress, I see his qualities and his assets can really contribute to our game.”

  • Juventus reach Coppa Italia final despite losing on the night to Lazio Juventus reach Coppa Italia final despite losing on the night to Lazio

    Arkadiusz Milik scored with his first touch as a substitute to send Juventus through to the Coppa Italia final.

    Juve had seen their 2-0 lead over Lazio from the first leg wiped out by a double from Valentin Castellanos.

    But Poland striker Milik found the net seconds after climbing off the bench as Juve were beaten 2-1 on the night but progressed 3-2 on aggregate.

    Juve will face either Fiorentina or Atalanta in the final next month.

    The visitors were first on the attack and Filip Kostic’s blocked shot ricocheted to the feet of Andrea Cambiaso, whose low drive flew inches wide.

    But it was Lazio who took the lead on the night, and halved the deficit on aggregate, after 12 minutes.

    Luis Alberto swung in a corner and Castellanos got up above Alex Sandro at the far post and buried his header past Mattia Perin.

    The two goalscorers from the first leg, Dusan Vlahovic and Federico Chiesa, almost combined to equalise.

    Chiesa teed up Vlahovic to prod home from close range but his effort was saved by Christos Mandas.

    Juve midfielder Manuel Locatelli was dealt a personal blow when he was booked for a foul on Nicolo Casale which means he will miss the final.

    Castellanos should have levelled the tie two minutes before half-time when he found himself one-on-one with Perin.

    But the Juve keeper came out quickly and was able to make a fine save to preserve the lead.

    However, the Argentinian made no mistake three minutes into the second half after he was played in by Luis Alberto.

    Castellanos used his strength to burst between two defenders before tucking his finish past Perin.

    Vlahovic was denied a goal by a stunning piece of last-ditch defending by Adam Marusic, who slid in to block as the striker looked certain to tap in Weston McKennie’s pull-back.

    But Massimiliano Allegri’s substitutions had an immediate effect after Timothy Weah’s cross-shot was tapped in at the far post by Milic with seven minutes to go to send the 14-time winners through.

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