Messi celebrates his 16th-minute penalty. (AP Photo) After a run of four straight World Cup qualifiers without a win and a tumble out of the qualifying spots, Argentina won a second in a row with a narrow 1-0 victory over Chile on Thursday, thanks to
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed how he attempted to sign Italian icon Paolo Maldini from AC Milan but was refused by his father. Ferguson, who led Manchester United to 38 major trophies in 27 years at the club, explained how he met Maldini’s father Cesare and inquired about signing his son. Maldini, who retired in 2009, is regarded as one of the best defenders to have played in European football, and Ferguson was keen to add some more steel to his defense.
Italy survived some first-half scares on the way to a 2-0 win over Albania in a World Cup qualifier marred by crowd trouble caused by away fans on Friday. A Daniele De Rossi penalty and Ciro Immobile header gave Italy three points in Group G as their veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon made his 1,000th senior appearance. De Rossi had to wait to take his penalty when two firecrackers were thrown onto the pitch by Albania fans behind the goal.