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Bournemouth tie Mark Travers down to new long-term contract

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international has signed a new Bournemouth contract. Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers has signed a new long-term contract, the Cherries announced on Monday. The 20-year-old made a bright start to his senior Bournemouth career when he kept an impressive clean sheet on his debut against Tottenham on May 4. His only other appearance last season proved more troublesome, with Eddie Howe’s men losing 5-3 at Crystal Palace on the final day of the campaign. But Travers is highly regarded at the Vitality Stadium and has now committed his future to the club. “I’m delighted to sign a new contract,” the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international told afcbTV. “On a personal note, it was a great end to last season and to now get this deal...

Aston Villa tie Conor Hourihane down to new contract

The Republic of Ireland international played a key role as Villa secured promotion back to the Premier League. Conor Hourihane has signed a new deal at Aston Villa, the Premier League new boys have announced. The 28-year-old midfielder has made over 100 appearances for the club since joining in 2017 and played a key role as they secured promotion back to the top flight via the play-offs in May. “Aston Villa is delighted to announce Conor Hourihane has signed a contract extension ahead of the new Premier League season,” Villa announced on their official website. ✍️ We are delighted to announce that @ConorHourihane has put pen-to-paper on a new contract! Full story 👉 https://t.co/ufAC7XRgte#PartOfThePride #AVFC pic.twitter.com/YgOcqNvrAh — Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) July 13, 201...

Derek McInnes admits late away goal could change tie

Aberdeen boss knows they have it all to do but is confident of progression. Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes admits his side have it all to do after the loss of a stoppage-time goal turned what should have been a comfortable Europa League lead over RoPS Rovaniemi into a far more fragile one. The Dons were heading for a 2-0 win in the first leg of the first qualifying round after goals from Niall McGinn and Sam Cosgrove either side of half-time. With more sharpness they could have had a more emphatic win but they lost a poor away goal with almost the last kick of the game as Tommi Jantti netted for the Finns. McInnes said: “You kind of dwell on that at the end of it, because I should be coming in here talking about how it was such an assured performance at this stage of the season against ...

Turkey’s Erdogan helps Mesut Ozil tie the knot

The German midfielder has previously faced heavy criticism for his relationship with the Turkish President. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was in the wedding party as Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil got married on Friday. The German midfielder, who has Turkish roots, faced criticism ahead of last year’s World Cup after posing for photos with the nation’s leader. The furore prompted Ozil, 30, to retire from international football, citing the “racism and disrespect” he had faced in the fall-out from the row and Germany’s first-round exit from the tournament. Erdogan, second right, Ozil, centre, his wife Amine Gulse, second left, Erdogan’s wife Emine Erdogan and Istanbul Governor and temporary mayor Ali Yerlikaya (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool) Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency sa...

Arsenal boss Unai Emery: ‘Tie is still 50-50 despite two-goal lead’

Unai Emery insists Arsenal only have a “50-50” chance of reaching the Europa League showpiece, despite building a 3-1 semi-final lead against Valencia. Alexandre Lacazette’s first-half double and a late strike from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the Gunners in control of the tie going into next week’s second leg. Emery’s side recovered from an extremely shaky start which saw Mouctar Diakhaby head an 11th-minute away goal for the Spanish side, after Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay earlier missed an open net. Arsenal came from behind to win at the Emirates (Mike Egerton/PA) “It’s a good result at home in the first leg but the second leg is going to be very difficult and maybe different,” said Arsenal boss Emery, who managed Valencia from 2008 t...

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi: ‘Liverpool tie not over’

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi insists that his side still have work to do in their Champions League semi-final with Liverpool. Lionel Messi has insisted that Barcelona still have work to do in order to reach the Champions League final. The Catalan giants were pushed by Liverpool in the first leg of the last-four tie at Camp Nou on Wednesday night, but a late double from Messi helped his side to a 3-0 victory. Liverpool must score three times in order to maintain hope of a second successive appearance in the final, but Messi has said that Barcelona cannot afford to be complacent ahead of the trip to Anfield. The Argentine is quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: “We were so close to the fourth goal at the end. “The 3-0 is a very good result but it’s not definite because we ...

Mauricio Pochettino: ‘Champions League tie still open’

Mauricio Pochettino remains confident about reaching the Champions League final after Tottenham’s improved second-half display in the first-leg loss to Ajax. Spurs’ first European Cup semi-final in 57 years did not go to plan at their stunning new home as the Dutch giants ran out 1-0 victors on Tuesday evening. Donny Van De Beek’s 15th-minute effort proved the difference in north London, where Ajax could have scored more on a night that saw David Neres hit the post late on. ⏰ RESULT ⏰ ℹ️ Ajax claim impressive first-leg victory at Tottenham ⚽️ First-half Donny van de Beek goal secures away win 🤔 Who was the star man tonight?#UCL pic.twitter.com/2Wyj2NFw0g — UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 30, 2019 But Spurs did improve after Moussa Sissoko’s introducti...

Pep Guardiola calls on City fans to help side win Champions League tie

Pep Guardiola wants to hear a packed Etihad Stadium in full voice as Manchester City bid to turn around their Champions League quarter-final against Tottenham. City trail 1-0 on aggregate heading into Wednesday’s second leg at Eastlands after suffering defeat in London last week. Guardiola would like fans to replicate the atmosphere from their raucous victory over Premier League title rivals Liverpool in January. Pep Guardiola knows the games against Tottenham are vital to his aims (Martin Rickett/PA) “The Liverpool game would be enough for me, a little bit better,” said City boss Guardiola. “We need it. “Do it for the guys – the last 20 months, they are so proud with what they have done but they are human beings. They will have bad moments in the games and at...

Result: Valencia score two late goals to take command of Villarreal tie

The winners face Arsenal or Napoli in the semi-finals. Valencia scored twice in added-time to put one foot in the Europa League semi-finals with a 3-1 win over local rivals Villarreal at El Madrigal. Daniel Wass struck in the first minute of added time to put Valencia in the driving seat ahead of the second leg at the Mestalla, before Goncalo Guedes grabbed his second of the match to leave Villarreal facing an uphill task. Both sides were awarded penalties in a pulsating first half, with former Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla cancelling out Guedes’ opener. Only 60 kilometres separates the two sides on Spain’s east coast, but Valencia’s 12-place lead in LaLiga over relegation-threatened Villarreal suggested a potential gulf in class. It was a gulf that threatened to becom...

Result: Arsenal take control of Napoli tie with two-goal win in home leg

A strike from Aaron Ramsey and a Kalidou Koulibaly own goal gives Arsenal a 2-0 lead over Napoli after the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie. Arsenal have defeated Napoli 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie. A fast-paced start from the Gunners was rewarded with a strike from Aaron Ramsey 14 minutes, followed up by an own goal from Kalidou Koulibaly after he got in the way of Lucas Torreira‘s off-target shot. The hosts had chances to scored a third and effectively kill off the tie, but a below-par Napoli also occasionally threatened without scoring the crucial away goal they were after. © Reuters Arsenal made five changes on the back of their 1-0 loss to Everton last weekend. Aaron Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ...

Barcelona in focus ahead of Manchester United Champions League tie

Barcelona are the visitors as Manchester United line up in the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in five years. Ahead of Wednesday’s eagerly-anticipated clash at Old Trafford, Press Association Sport takes a look at the LaLiga side. European experience Then captain Eric Abidal, right, lifted the Champions League trophy after Barcelona beat Manchester United 3-1 at Wembley in 2011. (Nick Potts/PA) Barcelona are giants of the European game – as Manchester United know all too well. The previous two occasions these sides met were the Champions League finals of 2009 and 2011, with Barca running out 2-0 victors in Rome before overcoming Sir Alex Ferguson’s side 3-1 at Wembley two years later. The Catalan side have been crowned European champions on five occasions in ...

Bradford City tie Gary Bowyer down to two-year contract extension

He was initially brought in until the end of the season. Bradford manager Gary Bowyer has signed a two-year contract extension which will keep him at the club until 2021. Bowyer has impressed Bantams officials despite losing four out of five games since he arrived at the club last month. He told the club’s official website: “I am absolutely delighted to have everything over the line. “This is a great football club and I have enjoyed every single second since arriving. “I am hugely excited to have been given the chance to take us forward and am ready for the challenges ahead.” Bowyer arrived at the club last month hoping to kick-start a move out of the Sky Bet League One relegation zone. But Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Charlton left the Bantams six points ad...

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