PORT-GENTIL, Gabon (AP) — Togo coach Claude le Roy is not sure if veteran goalkeeper Kossi Agassa will play in a crucial game at the African Cup of Nations after his house in Lome was vandalized by supporters who blamed him for a loss. Agassa was "emotionally affected" by the news and will be allowed to skip Togo's final group match against Congo in Gabon on Tuesday if he wishes, Le Roy said.
The three surviving players of the air crash two months ago that killed 19 members of Brazil’s Chapecoense soccer club lifted the Copa Sudamericana trophy on Saturday in honor of their dead teammates. The moving moment came just before the rebuilt side played its first match since the Nov. 28 tragedy, drawing 2-2 with defending Brazilian champion Palmeiras in a charity game. The most emotional scene came when goalkeeper Jackson Follmann, who survived the crash but had part of his right leg amputated, lifted the trophy while seated in a wheelchair. Defender Neto, who survived under the plane wreckage for almost 10 hours, also held the trophy in front of 20,000 fans at Chapecoense’s sold-out Arena Conda stadium, as did winger Alan Ruschel.
After many months of speculation that Liverpool and other big European clubs were in pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s American wunderkind Christian Pulisic, the 18-year-old attacking midfielder from Pennsylvania, he has inked a new contract with his German club through the 2019-2020 season. Christian Pulisic verlängert bis zum 30.