Sevilla did not back down to Ronaldo and Real. Last Sunday’s comeback by Sevilla to shock first-place Real Madrid and end its historic run of 40 matches unbeaten was just the latest example of why La Liga offers the most intriguing, competitive and balanced domestic league in Europe. Zinedine Zidane and his men still sit one point clear at the top with a game in hand, but Spain is no longer a two-horse or even a three-horse race.
LONDON (AP) The English Football Association has fined Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna 40,000 pounds (around $50,000) for an Instagram post about a referee. Sagna posted a photo with the caption “10 against 12.. but still fighting and winning as a team” on the social network site following City’s 2-1 win against Burnley on Jan. 2. Sagna later amended the post to read “still fighting and winning as a team” after a match that saw referee Lee Mason send off midfielder Fernandinho. The FA also warned Sagna about his future conduct.
Few footballing sagas will ever reach heights of absurdity comparable to that of the Joel Matip/Liverpool versus Cameroon/FIFA battle currently raging, as the Reds defender finds himself “ineligible” to play for his club due to an international call-up 18 months after announcing his international retirement. PST’s Joe Prince-Wright summed up the situation quite well, in full, right here. An excerpt: Matip, 25, was called up by the Cameroon national team for the 2017 African Cup of Nations which is currently taking place in Gabon. However, the former Schalke defender has previously stated that he did not want to play for them and he had retired from international duty. Cameroon called him into