The best period of Paul Pogba’s second Manchester United career came to an ignominious stall against Liverpool at Old Trafford Sunday. Pogba’s emergence as a player capable of justifying something close to his £89 million transfer fee had gone hand in glove with United’s nine-game winning streak in all competitions. Lucky, then, that Pogba’s teammate and mentor at Old Trafford, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has been on hand with some reassuring words.
China said Monday it will cut foreign player numbers in top-flight teams to curb massive spending on overseas talent, with Chelsea's Diego Costa the latest to be linked to a big-money move. Teams in the Chinese Super League will be able to field no more than three foreigners in a match when the new 2017 season begins in March, according to new rules posted on the Chinese Football Association website. The decision would be "advantageous for the overall development of Chinese football, advantageous for the cultivation of Chinese local footballers and advantageous for raising the level of China's national team," the CFA said.
Things got heated on Sunday between Real Madrid and Sevilla in La Liga. Playing for the third time in a span of two weeks, Real Madrid was awarded a penalty kick after Sergio Rico took down Dani Carvajal in the box in the second half, and Cristiano Ronaldo went to take it. But before that, Sevilla's Vitolo tried to mess with the penalty spot by kicking up some of the paint and grass. Ronaldo didn't like that, so he threw the ball at him and hit him. He then escaped punishment and put away the penalty kick. Talk about everything going your way. Real gets the penalty kick, gets in a cheapshot and scores a goal. As for Sevilla, it couldn't have gotten much worse.