WATCH: Stephan Schrock produces stunning second half display as Ceres Negros seal AFC Cup comeback win

Stephan Schrock was at his very best as Ceres Negros somehow managed to come back from the depths of defeat to pick up a 3-2 win over Persija Jakarta in the AFC Cup. 

Schrock produced a sublime second half display in particular, picking out some stellar passes and crosses while using his incredible skill to dribble past opposition players.

We picked out the best moments from the midfielder’s second half exploits, and prepared an absolute treat for your eyes. Take a look.

Stephan Schrock’s sensational second half seals come-back win

Schrock provided assists using crosses for Bienvenido Maranon as well as a late late cross in for Mike Ott to volley home the winner for Ceres in what will be remembered as one of the most memorable AFC Cup matches in the club’s history.

The Philippines man was at his very best in this one, and Ceres will hope this form can continue as they look ahead to qualification in the continental competition.

WATCH: Mohamed Salah refuses to celebrate Liverpool penalty goal scored by James Milner

Liverpool may have done enough to see off the challenge of Cardiff City in the Premier League, but in the aftermath of the game, there was only one thing on fan minds. 

The incident between James Milner and Mohamed Salah of course.

After Liverpool were awarded a penalty by the referee, there was a rather surprising scuffle between Salah and Milner as they argued over who should take the pen.

Salah wanted to, but Milner used his seniority to take the ball and place it with confidence. Thankfully, the England International tucked it away and wheeled off into celebration.

As the Liverpool team joined in the celebrations, one man stayed behind. And that was Salah himself.

The Egyptian can be spotted in a video just annoyed with the whole situation and clearly not happy with what had transpired. One would imagine that taking a significant step in winning the Premier League was cause for happiness, but not this time.

Take a look.

A visibly irate Salah just walks off as his teammates celebrate, and fans would surely want a bit more sportsmanship from their talisman. Either way, the Reds continue their march forward for Premier League glory.

Reports: Premier League winner threatens to quit team despite making 42 appearances this season

Manchester City may be firm favourites to win the Premier League this season, but Pep Guardiola’s men haven’t had it all their way. 

The transfer window could bring some changes to the squad, and with the success of the League Cup, and possible FA Cup and Premier League success on the horizon, some big names could join the Etihad.

But that means some exits too. And one City player is throwing a bit of a tantrum.

 

Daily Mail is reporting that Riyad Mahrez is growing increasingly disgruntled at the lack of playing time under Guardiola, and believes he is much better than what he’s been getting.

The £60million former Leicester man may have added a different dynamic to the Sky Blues this season, but he isn’t getting exactly what he wants, spending a lot of time on the bench.

If he does move, it opens up a spot on the wings for City, which may well be taken by a high-profile entity in the summer.

 

Vietnamese billionaire buys UEFA Champions League club, vows to sign national team players

In what can only be considered a monumental and memorable announcement for Vietnamese football, a Vietnamese owner will take ownership of a soon to be UEFA Champions League (UCL) club very soon. 

Reports have confirmed that Nguyen Hoai Nam will take his share in Bosnian club FK Sarajevo, which is a 60% share from Vincent Tan, and the club will be a part of Champions League qualifying next season by virtue of their domestic league position.

What’s more, Nguyen Hoai Nam has vowed to bring home-grown Vietnam players to Europe and give them a taste of the big time against superstars such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Cong Phuong K League debut for Incheon United: Vietnam star reportedly breaks streaming servers!

Nguyen Cong Phuong is currently one of the Vietnam players already plying his trade outside the confines of the country, with his loan deal with K League team Incheon United underway.

For the likes of Quang Hai and other talented names however, this might just be an opportunity to mix it up in Europe against the world’s best footballers. Needless to say, Vietnam’s World Cup qualification hopes could also be boosted immensely.

(Image credits: kenh14.vn)

Manchester United star reveals he is the real reason they lost 4-0 to Everton

Manchester United’s abject performance and subsequent 4-0 embarrassing defeat to Everton in the Premier League has been well covered now, but there is still a lingering feeling of horror after that unexpected result.

Players and fans are yet to come to grips with how poor United were, and the eleven men on the pitch have started taking responsibility for what went wrong. Too little, too late of course.

We need to apologise to fans – Solskjaer

Nemanja Matic is the latest to weigh in on how poor his team played, and how they deserve to lose.

The Serbian however, thinks he himself is to blame for how his club lost to Everton.

“The biggest problem was that we didn’t have leaders on the pitch,” Matic, 30, told Stadium Astro.

“In this case me, because I’m one of the most experienced guys in the team so if we don’t win that battle in the middle, for our team it is difficult to play.

“If someone is to be blamed for this game it is me.

“I think that I’m most responsible because I’m one of the most experienced guys in the changing room.”

United don’t have it any easier though, as they now gear up to face Manchester City mid-week in the Premier League.

Everton fans call Manchester United star ‘fatty’ during 4-0 rout

Everton defeated Manchester United 4-0 in what can only be called an embarrassing outing for the Red Devils. The shocking display was criticised by fans and players alike, with even the manager apologising for the performance. 

But Everton fans enjoyed every bit of their famous win, and did not let any chance of mocking United pass them by.

Everton hit four, and United couldn’t even score once, so obviously their forwards received copious amounts of stick for it. It so happened that the United striker on the day happened to be an Everton icon.

Romelu Lukaku started the game up front, but couldn’t trouble the scorers, and the home fans made him remember it all day long.


“Fatty, what’s the score? Fatty fatty, what’s the score?!” is the chant doing the rounds as the Merseyside team berated their former player for his poor display.

All in all, a day to forget but United, but one that Evertonians will never forget.

Zinedine Zidane passes verdict on who is world’s best striker

Zinedine Zidane is marshalling his troops at Real Madrid rather well at the moment, and is looking to push forward next season for silverware.

The Frenchman oversaw his side win 3-0 over Athletic Bilbao at the weekend in La Liga, with Karim Benzema scoring a hat-trick for the victory.

Zidane hails hat-trick hero Benzema as world’s best striker

And Zidane has heaped praise on his striker following the game, calling him the “world’s best striker” after that performance.

“He’s two goals shy of his best record here,” Zidane said. “Everyone has their tastes. For me, he is the best.

“It is impressive what he is doing at the level of goals and I am happy for him. He has a lot of confidence and always wants to improve.”

It’s rather surprising however, that neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi were mentioned in the same breath as Benzema by Zidane, despite the success Zizou shared with Ronaldo at Real Madrid.

The duo will certainly have something to say about it all.

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea apologises to fans after shocking 4-0 loss

Everton were responsible for a shocking 4-0 defeat imposed on Manchester United on Sunday, and in the aftermath of the hammering, all sorts of questions are being asked. 

Possible signs of Ole out, and the lack of desire shown by the players are all points of contention, but one thing is for sure, that this sort of performance is simply unacceptable.

And that emotion is echoed by United’s captain on the day David De Gea.

De Gea cut a sorry figure for much of the game, and had this to say for the abject display at Goodison Park. The Spaniard continued his message soon after.

The Red Devils take on Manchester City next in the Premier League in a game that could have a significant impact on the title race.

Reports: Manchester United to appoint Sir Alex Ferguson favourite as club Technical Director

The hunt for a Technical Director at Manchester United has been going on for long now, and the club have been unable to find the right man for the job. Until now, it appears. 

Daily Mail are reporting that the hunt might just be over, as former assistant manager Mike Phelan has now emerged as the top candidate to be appointed in that position.

I don’t know if the players care – Solskjaer

Phelan is currently working as advisor and assistant to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United, but he will leave that position to be moved up to the Director post in order to help oversee the functioning of the team.

In his place, the report suggests that Michael Carrick will be promoted to the position of assistant to Solskjaer and further what the club have in mind moving forward.

Results have been poor in the recent past for the Red Devils, and with a new Director set to take center stage, the club plans to rebuild with the future in mind.

Real Madrid superstar and former teammate overtakes Cristiano Ronaldo in season scoring charts

Cristiano Ronaldo may have won the Serie A in his first season at Juventus, but it hasn’t all gone according to plan for the former Real Madrid player. 

Juve were dumped out of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) quarter finals by an unfancied Ajax side, and perhaps it left the Portuguese wanting more from his teammates overall.

To compound his misery, CR7 has just been overtaken by a former teammate in the season scoring charts.

Zidane hails hat-trick hero Benzema as world’s best striker

Karim Benzema netted a stunning hat-trick in a 3-0 La Liga win for Los Blancos over Athletic Bilbao, and in doing so, the Frenchman took his tally for the season to 21 goals domestically.

This makes it two goals more than Ronaldo, who only has 19 Serie A goals for the Bianconeri in a successful enough first season in Turin.

It’s a great achievement for Benzema, who was often playing second fiddle to Ronaldo at Madrid for many years, even though the duo arrived around the same time at the club.

Fair to say that the return of Zinedine Zidane is showing its results on the talented French striker.

Reports: Liverpool weigh up Ligue 1 superstar as Mohamed Salah summer replacement

Liverpool are among the clubs looking to add a couple of players to their squad in the summer, and with the future of superstar Mohamed Salah looking sketchy, the Reds want to cover their basLies. 

Le10Sport are reporting that the Premier League giants are weighing up a move for Nicolas Pepe in the summer, after being impressed with his work at Lille.

The Ivorian has been in stunning form for the Ligue 1 side and is currently wanted by a number of European giants, including Barcelona and PSG. 

‘Liverpool played Man Utd when they were in much better form’ – Klopp

Mo Salah’s future at Liverpool is in serious doubt at the moment, and that could play into this particular signing possibly taking place, as Juventus possibly come calling for the Egyptian in the summer.

FOX Sports Asia Predicted Rating: 3/5 – Nicolas Pepe would be a great signing for Liverpool, and if he does manage to play alongside the likes of Salah and Firmino, there could be even more goals in store for Reds fans.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp savagely trolls Manchester United after 4-0 defeat

Manchester United fell to a shocking and rather embarrassing 4-0 defeat to Everton in the Premier League on Sunday, and in the process, lost a vital chance to secure their place in the top four.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer apologised to the travelling supporters in Goodison Park after the game, but that hasn’t been enough to make excuses for the former champions after a poor display.

And to compound their misery even further, United were mocked by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp when he was asked to comment on the impact of the upcoming Manchester derby this week which is potentially a title-deciding fixture for City and Liverpool.

We need to apologise to fans – Solskjaer

“It [the derby] is not something we can influence, and it does not look like United are in a place to, either,” Klopp said on Sky Sports.

“It [the derby] is a normal game, a game they [City] have to play,” he added.

“We had to play that game as well and Man United was in that moment obviously in a much better moment when we played them, so it was a 0-0. So, on a good day maybe, it [the derby] is a draw.

“We’ll see what comes out on Wednesday, we have no influence on that, but we still have to play games after that.”

Needless to say, United fans will be fuming.

Real Madrid dealt major transfer blow as PSG superstar shuts down summer move

Kylian Mbappe and Neymar celebrate for PSG

Real Madrid are keen on a major rebuilding job after failing to secure major silverware this season. Zinedine Zidane is back at the helm, and the glory days need to come back to the Spanish capital. 

To do this, an overhaul of the squad was expected in the summer, with a number of top names linked with making the switch to the Bernabeu soon.

One such name is Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).

But the Frenchman has shunned a move to Madrid in the summer following an incredible run of goal scoring form whilst at his current employers.

“I am here, I am in the project,” Mbappe told Canal Plus.

“It’s good for Real Madrid if there is Zizou, but I will watch merely as an admirer.”

Mbappe scored a hat-trick to take PSG to a 3-1 win over Monaco in Ligue 1 and in doing so, won them yet another dometsic league trophy in France’s top tier.

“We really wanted to take the title… so we are happy and it’s good preparation for next week,” Mbappe continued.

Real Madrid better hope they can sort their transfer business out in time for next season’s action.

How Cristiano Ronaldo reacted when Sir Alex Ferguson scolded him for the first time

Manchester United have produced some legends over the years, and making them their best version of themselves was a task that Sir Alex Ferguson did brilliantly. 

Under his tutelage, the likes of Eric Cantona, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo all become superstars, and it isn’t hard to see why.

Speaking of Ronaldo, the Juventus man is a fighter on the pitch now, but his mental strength probably wasn’t at its peak when he first joined United as a youngster.

Ronaldo shows bib skills and fouls teammate in training

Club icon Nemanja Vidic has shared a rather interesting story of when Fergie decided to scold Ronaldo on the training ground, and how CR7 reacted to it.

“I think Ronaldo wasn’t happy when he [Sir Alex] shouted at him,” Vidic said on the League of Legends podcast.

“In the beginning it was one time he said something to Ronaldo, but he accepted it very emotionally.”

“He took it personally, but he was very young – he was 20 years old.”

“Of course you realise, even me, that next time you will not tell him (if something goes wrong)”, Vidic added.

“It’s better to not tell him because otherwise he will be too emotional and he won’t help you be better.”

And sure enough, Ferguson was slightly more restrained in his approach to deal with Ronaldo soon after, and the Portuguese responded with match-winning and even trophy-winning displays.