‘Match reports’

Match reports and reaction 2016-17

A collection of my match reports and reaction pieces for AFP from the 2016-17 season:

Reaction: Guardiola stands by unpopular Hart decision (Champions League)
Report: Fans hail Hart as Man City reach group phase
(Champions League)
Reaction: Wenger rails at Arsenal transfer focus
(Premier League)
Report: Stalemate keeps Leicester and Arsenal grounded
(Premier League)
Reaction: I’ll give Pogba Man Utd freedom, vows Mourinho
(Premier League)
Report: Ibrahimović slays Saints as Pogba makes Man Utd
return (Premier League)
Reaction: Conte defends Chelsea match-winner Conte
(Premier League)
Report: Costa late show gets Conte’s Chelsea off the mark
(Premier League)
Reaction: ‘We’re not ready,’ says Wenger after opening loss
(Premier League)
Report: Coutinho fires Liverpool to thrilling Arsenal win
(Premier League)
Reaction: Guardiola gives Hart and Touré Man City hope
(Premier League)
Report: McNair gifts Guardiola opening Man City win
(Premier League)
Reaction: Mourinho ‘proud’ of record-breaking Pogba move
(Community Shield)
Report: Ibrahimović fires Man Utd to Community Shield win
(Community Shield)
Report: Mané sparkles as Liverpool crush Barcelona
(friendly)
Report: West Ham at home already, Europa woe for Éder
(Europa League)

Related link: Match reports and reaction 2015-16
Related link: Match reports and reaction 2014-15

Report: Ronaldo tears as Eder brings Portugal Euro 2016 glory

Cristiano Ronaldo wept with sadness and joy as substitute Eder’s extra-time goal saw Portugal beat hosts France 1-0 in Sunday’s Euro 2016 final to win their first major tournament.

My AFP report on Portugal’s Euro 2016 final victory over France can be found here.

Related link: What now for France’s ‘Generation Griezmann’?

Euro 2016 match reports

My AFP match reports and reaction pieces from Euro 2016:

Report: Ronaldo tears as Eder fires Portugal to Euro glory
Report: Record man Ronaldo ends Wales’s Euro fairytale

Report: Robson-Kanu fires Wales to historic semi-final

Reaction: Hodgson quits as England boss after Iceland humiliation

Report: Iceland stun England in one of greatest ever shocks
Report: McAuley own goal sends Wales into Euro 2016 last eight
Report: Gómez guides Germany into Euro 2016 knockouts

Reaction: Deschamps encouraged by Pogba display

Report: Pogba shines as France top Euro 2016 group

Reaction: Hodgson joy as England turn the tables

Report: Vardy, Sturridge rescue England against Wales

Reaction: Modrić shrugs off brush with fan

Report: Modrić stunner sees Croatia past Turkey

Reaction: ‘Historic’ victory for Wales, says Bale
Report: Bale and Robson-Kanu give Wales winning return

Report: Morgan lifts trophy to complete Leicester fairytale

Match reports and reaction 2015-16

A collection of my match reports and reaction pieces for AFP from the 2015-16 season:

Reaction: Hodgson defends England’s toiling trio (friendly)
Report: Smalling saves England against 10-man Portugal
(friendly)
Report: Vardy atones for Kane miss as England edge Turkey (friendly)
Report: Lingard rocket ends Man United’s 12-year FA Cup wait (FA Cup)
Reaction: Van Gaal upbeat on future despite Man Utd boos
(Premier League)
Report: Van Gaal booed as Man United sign off in fifth (Premier League)
Reaction: Ranieri braces Leicester for big team backlash (Premier League)
Report: Drinkwater spares Leicester from closing defeat at Chelsea
(Premier League)
Reaction: Van Gaal refuses to blame bus attack for top-four setback
(Premier League)
Report: Violence, drama as Man United’s top-four hopes shredded
(Premier League)
Reaction: Pellegrini pins hopes on favour from West Ham (Premier League)
Report: Sánchez upstages Pellegrini to hit Man City’s top-four bid
 (Premier League)
Reaction: Ranieri dodges corks as Leicester cut loose (Premier League)
Report: Morgan lifts trophy to complete Leicester fairytale
(Premier League)
Reaction: Europa exploits set Liverpool benchmark
– Klopp (Europa League)
Report: Sturridge sends Liverpool into Europa final
(Europa League)
Reaction: Lunch with mum trumps Spurs game for Ranieri
(Premier League)
Report: Martial strikes as Man Utd make Leicester wait (Premier League)
Reaction: Man City ‘not afraid’ of Real Madrid – Pellegrini
 (Champions League)
Report: No Ronaldo, no goals as Man City, Real Madrid draw
(Champions League)
Reaction: Ranieri hails Leicester’s unconquerable heart
(Premier League)
Report: Understudy Ulloa propels Leicester eight points clear
(Premier League)
Reaction: Van Gaal refuses to look beyond FA Cup final
(FA Cup)
Report: Ice-cool Martial sends Man United to final
(FA Cup)
Reaction: Unfair to single Arsenal out for criticism, says Wenger
(Premier League)
Report: Sánchez sinks West Brom to settle Arsenal nerves
(Premier League)
Reaction: Klopp invokes spirit of Istanbul in Liverpool comeback
 (Europa League)
Report: Last-gasp Lovren sinks Dortmund in Anfield thriller
(Europa League)
Reaction: Van Gaal struck by rational Rashford
(FA Cup)
Report: Dazzling Rashford brings Man United FA Cup cheer
(FA Cup)
Reaction: Man City can win Champions League – Pellegrini
(Champions League)
Report: De Bruyne downs PSG as Man City reach last four
(Champions League)
Reaction: Man Utd ‘still ahead’ of Spurs, says Van Gaal
(Premier League)
Report: Spurs stun Man Utd with six-minute blitz
(Premier League)
Reaction: Ranieri keeps calm amid Leicester maelstrom
(Premier League)
Report: Captain Morgan sends Leicester seven points clear
(Premier League)
Reaction: Hodgson laments lost England momentum
(friendly)
Report: Janssen, Narsingh bring England back to earth (friendly)
Report: Church converts penalty to thwart Northern Ireland
(friendly)
Reaction: Man Utd derby win gives Van Gaal top-four belief
(Premier League)
Report: Rashford ends Man City title bid as United rise again
(Premier League)
Reaction: Van Gaal wants derby response from Man Utd
(Europa League)
Report: Classy Coutinho sends Man Utd out of Europe
(Europa League)
Reaction: Pellegrini banks on Man City experience
(Champions League)
Report: Injuries mar Manchester City’s history night
(Champions League)
Reaction: Ranieri still in denial over Leicester title bid
(Premier League)
Report: Okazaki upstages Benítez as Leicester march on
(Premier League)
Reaction: Van Gaal admits Man Utd blown away by Liverpool
(Europa League)
Report: Sturridge and Firmino punish sorry Man United
(Europa League)
Reaction: Ibrahimović silenced his doubters, says Blanc
(Champions League)
Report: Avenging Ibrahimović fires PSG past Chelsea
(Champions League)
Reaction: League Cup triumph vindicates me – Pellegrini (Capital One Cup)
Report: Caballero saves earn Man City glory
(Capital One Cup)
Reaction: Arsenal fightback gives Wenger title belief (Premier League)
Report: Welbeck late show breaks Leicester hearts
(Premier League)
Reaction: Sun will shine for Liverpool youngsters – Klopp
(FA Cup)
Report: Last-gasp Ogbonna header stuns Liverpool
(FA Cup)
Report: Costa and Chelsea keep heat on Van Gaal
(Premier League)
Reaction: Van Gaal toasts win with wine from Woodward
(FA Cup)
Report: Blind, Mata lift Van Gaal with win over Derby
(FA Cup)
Reaction: Martinez ‘hurt’ by Everton’s League Cup exit
(Capital One Cup)
Report: De Bruyne sends Man City to League Cup final (Capital One Cup) 
Reaction: Klopp pins hopes on all-Merseyside final
(Capital One Cup)
Report: Mignolet save sends Liverpool to Wembley
(Capital One Cup)
Reaction: Arsenal don’t have Chelsea block, says Wenger
(Premier League)
Report: Costa checks 10-man Arsenal’s title charge
(Premier League)
Reaction: Anfield win will fire title belief, says Van Gaal
(Premier League)
Report: Liverpool felled by Rooney sucker-punch
(Premier League)
Report: Man Utd give Van Gaal respite in Chelsea draw
(Premier League)
Reaction: Wenger lauds sick Özil’s amazing recovery
(Premier League)
Report: Walcott wows as Arsenal steal march on Man City
(Premier League)
Reaction: Defeat exposes ‘crazy’ Liverpool hype – Klopp
(Premier League)
Report: Wijnaldum and Newcastle halt Liverpool surge
(Premier League)
Reaction: Hat-trick star Origi has to learn – Klopp
(Capital One Cup)
Report: Origi, Sturridge fire Liverpool into last four (Capital One Cup)
Reaction: Van Gaal worried by United’s attacking woes (Champions League)
Report: Man United made to wait after PSV stalemate
(Champions League)
Reaction: Spurs title talk is premature, says Pochettino
(Premier League)
Report: Kane brace sets Spurs on Arsenal’s tail
(Premier League)
Reaction: Etihad win can be Liverpool base camp – Klopp (Premier League)
Report: Firmino and Liverpool punish sluggish Man City (Premier League)
Reaction: Blind hopes friendlies can fire idling Dutch
(friendly)
Report: Robben sinks Wales as Holland bounce back (friendly)
Reaction: Wenger likes Giroud when he’s angry
(Premier League)
Report: Gibbs thwarts Spurs in north London derby (Premier League)
Reaction: Van Gaal relieved after Man Utd end goal drought
(Champions League)
Report: Rooney ends Man Utd goal drought to down CSKA
(Champions League)
Reaction: Mourinho unbowed as Chelsea crisis deepens
(Premier League)
Report: Coutinho gives Mourinho Halloween horror show (Premier League)
Reaction: Van Gaal shields Rooney after derby drudgery
(Premier League)
Report: Man Utd and Man City misfire in shot-shy derby
(Premier League)
Reaction: Klopp dismisses saviour tag after Rubin draw
(Europa League)
Report: Klopp thwarted by 10-man Rubin on home bow
(Europa League)
Reaction: Pellegrini purrs over ‘perfect’ De Bruyne (Champions League)
Report: Last-gasp De Bruyne shoots down Sevilla
(Champions League)
Reaction: Klopp backs ‘fun’ Origi to fill Liverpool gaps
(Premier League)
Report: Liverpool held by Spurs in Klopp’s first game
(Premier League)
Reaction: Hodgson heartened by burgeoning Barkley
(Euro 2016)
Report: Walcott and Sterling extend England’s winning run
(Euro 2016)
Reaction: Beating Man Utd answers critics, says Wenger
(Premier League)
Report: Arsenal bulldoze Man Utd to give Wenger solace (Premier League)
Reaction: Van Gaal castigates Man United for carelessness
(Champions League)
Report: Mata magic gets Man United up and running
(Champions League)
Reaction: Mourinho and Wenger clash over bothersome Costa
(Premier League)
Report: Zouma and Hazard punish nine-man Arsenal (Premier League)
Reaction: Pellegrini says Man City strikers must sharpen up
(Champions League)
Report: Juventus stop rot with comeback win at Man City (Champions League)
Reaction: Van Gaal hopes Man Utd win is turning point
(Premier League)
Report: Martial makes splash as Man Utd down Liverpool
(Premier League)
Reaction: Hodgson sets record-breaker Rooney trophy goal
(Euro 2016)
Report: Tearful Rooney nets record 50th England goal (Euro 2016)
Reaction: Coleman rues Wales’ missed opportunity (Euro 2016)
Report: Israel douse Welsh fires in Cardiff stalemate (Euro 2016)
Reaction: Record will soon be Rooney’s, says Hodgson (Euro 2016)
Report: History man Rooney sends England to Euro 2016
(Euro 2016)
Reaction: Van Gaal hails Man Utd hat-trick hero Rooney
(Champions League)
Report: Rooney treble seals Champions League return for Man United
(Champions League)
Reaction: Wenger rues offside call in Liverpool stalemate
(Premier League)
Report: Arsenal and Liverpool share spoils in slugfest
(Premier League)
Reaction: Van Gaal goes giddy for Man United match-winner Depay
(Champions League)
Report: Depay double gives Man United play-off edge
(Champions League)
Reaction: Benteke gives us new dimension, says Rodgers
(Premier League)
Report: Disputed Benteke goal sinks Bournemouth
(Premier League)
Reaction: Etihad derailment leaves Mourinho stewing
(Premier League)
Report: Agüero leads way as Man City sharpen Chelsea’s pain (Premier League)
Reaction: Victorious Van Gaal wants more from Man United
(Premier League)
Report: Januzaj tames Villa on Man United return (Premier League)
Report: Toothless Chelsea beaten by Fiorentina (International Champions Cup)
Reaction: Mourinho seethes as Arsenal land Wembley blow
(Community Shield)
Report: Oxlade-Chamberlain ends Wenger’s Mourinho jinx
(Community Shield)

Related link: Match reports and reaction 2014-15

Match reports and reaction 2014-15

A collection of my match reports and reaction pieces for AFP from the 2014-15 season:

Reaction: Hodgson lionises England record-chaser Rooney (Euro 2016 qualifying)
Report: Rooney sees off Slovenia to close on record
(Euro 2016 qualifying)
Reaction: Coleman foresees glory for conquering Wales
(Euro 2016 qualifying)
Report: Bale sinks Belgium to fire Welsh dreams
(Euro 2016 qualifying)
Reaction: Hodgson tells under-fire Sterling to toughen up
(friendly)
Report: England and Ireland draw a blank in Dublin
(friendly)
Reaction: De Gea uncertainty clouds Man United’s horizon
(Premier League)
Report: Arsenal thwart Man United as De Gea departs
(Premier League)
Reaction: Liverpool prepare for life without ‘irreplaceable’ Gerrard (Premier League)
Reaction: Gerrard ‘devastated’ after final Anfield game
(Premier League)
Report: Gerrard says farewell as Crystal Palace poop party (Premier League)
Reaction: Arsenal manager Wenger irked by Swansea ‘accident’
(Premier League)
Report: Arsenal sunk by Fabiański and Gomis
(Premier League)
Reaction: Rodgers accuses Fàbregas as Liverpool’s top-four bid fades
(Premier League)
Report: Chelsea close Champions League door on Liverpool
(Premier League)
Reaction: Mourinho steels Chelsea for challenges ahead
(Premier League)
Report: Hazard storms Palace to give Chelsea title
(Premier League)
Reaction: Mourinho feels the love despite Chelsea jibes
(Premier League)
Reaction: Arsenal ‘boring’, not Chelsea – Mourinho
(Premier League)
Report: Arsenal stalemate delays Chelsea coronation
(Premier League)
Reaction: Fight for final places, Sherwood tells Villa
(FA Cup)
Report: Aston Villa end Gerrard’s FA Cup dream
(FA Cup)
Reaction: Mourinho calls for caution as title beckons
(Premier League)
Report: Hazard fires clinical Chelsea closer to title
(Premier League)
Reaction: Van Gaal says Man United top dogs after derby romp
(Premier League)
Report: Man City blown away by Man United fightback
(Premier League)
Reaction: Hodgson urges Kane to build on perfect debut
 (Euro 2016 qualifying)
Report: Rooney, Kane on target in England stroll
(Euro 2016 qualifying)
Reaction: Van Gaal beams after Man United storm Anfield
(Premier League)
Reaction: Gerrard sorry for red card against Man United
(Premier League)
Report: Gerrard off as Mata brace ends Liverpool run
(Premier League)
Reaction: PSG revel in Champions League breakthrough
(Champions League)
Report: Thiago Silva and 10-man PSG claim Chelsea revenge (Champions League)
Reaction: Wenger thrilled as Welbeck proves point
(FA Cup)
Report: Old boy Welbeck fells Man United in FA Cup
(FA Cup)
Reaction: Rodgers rues cost of Liverpool resurgence
(FA Cup)
Report: Blackburn intrude on Gerrard’s FA Cup dream
(FA Cup)
Reaction: Wembley win leaves Mourinho feeling ‘like a kid’
(Capital One Cup)
Report: Clinical Chelsea earn Mourinho third League Cup
(Capital One Cup)
Reaction: Man City stirrings give Pellegrini Barça hope
(Champions League)
Report: Suárez scores brace as Barcelona down Man City
(Champions League)
Reaction: Rodgers plots Liverpool assault on top four
(Premier League)
Report: Coutinho rocket sinks seething Southampton
(Premier League)
Reaction: Van Gaal defends Man United’s ‘long-ball’ tactics
(Premier League)
Report: Blind late show rescues spluttering Man United
(Premier League)
Reaction: Pellegrini remains hopeful as Mourinho sulks
(Premier League)
Report: Silva keeps Man City on Chelsea’s heels (Premier League)
Reaction: Mourinho cries foul over Costa ‘stamp’ claims (Capital One Cup)
Report: Ivanović sinks Liverpool as Chelsea reach final (Capital One Cup)
Reaction: Odds were against Man United – Van Gaal (FA Cup)
Report: Minnows Cambridge hold Man United in FA Cup (FA Cup)
Reaction: Rodgers buoyed by Sterling-inspired Liverpool
(Capital One Cup)
Report: Sterling slalom checks Chelsea in League Cup (Capital One Cup)
Reaction: Arsenal masterclass sets standard, says Wenger
(Premier League)
Report: Cazorla stars as Arsenal stun Man City (Premier League)
Reaction: Van Gaal defends methods after United defeat
(Premier League)
Report: Tadić strike punishes shot-shy Man United (Premier League)
Report: Bloodied Skrtel earns Liverpool a point
(Premier League)
Reaction: In-form United ‘forcing luck’, says Van Gaal (Premier League)
Report: De Gea stars as United deepen Liverpool gloom (Premier League)
Reaction: Liverpool will ‘fight’ for return – Rodgers (Champions League)
Report: Basel thwart Liverpool to reach last 16 (Champions League)
Reaction: Van Persie rescued United, admits Van Gaal (Premier League)
Report: Van Persie sends lacklustre Man United third (Premier League)
Report: Agüero undoes Southampton as Man City go second (Premier League)
Report: Stunning Agüero treble gives Man City hope (Champions League)
Reaction: Hodgson dismayed by England fan chants (friendly)
Report: Rooney at the double as England silence Scots (friendly)
Report: Rooney, Welbeck inspire England fightback (Euro 2016 qualifying)
Report: Tevez returns as Argentina overcome Croatia (friendly)
Reaction: Man City have ‘crisis of confidence’ – Pellegrini (Champions League)
Report: Nine-man Man City left on brink by CSKA Moscow (Champions League)
Reaction: Van Gaal says beaten Man United getting closer (Premier League)
Report: Agüero gives City spoils against 10-man United (Premier League)
Reaction: Shocks are warning for England, says Hodgson (Euro 2016 qualifying)
Report: Rooney on mark as England school San Marino (Euro 2016 qualifying)
Reaction: Mourinho urges Chelsea to stay grounded (Premier League)
Reaction: Wenger plays down Mourinho touchline spat (Premier League)
Report: Hazard, Costa sink Arsenal in stormy derby (Premier League)
Reaction: Pellegrini rues carelessness after Roma hold City (Champions League)
Report: Totti makes history as Roma thwart Man City (Champions League)
Reaction: Rodgers heartened by Liverpool resilience (Champions League)
Reaction: Van Gaal wants more from match-winner Di María (Premier League)
Report: Falcao debuts as Man United crush QPR (Premier League)
Reaction: Hodgson hails Welbeck for biding his time (Euro 2016 qualifying)
Report: Welbeck gives improved England winning start (Euro 2016 qualifying)
Reaction: Angry Hodgson dismisses England statistics (friendly)
Report: Rooney rescues England in turgid Norway win (friendly)
Reaction: Wenger backs Sánchez to fill Giroud’s shoes (Champions League)
Reaction: Pellegrini gladdened by Jovetić display (Premier League)
Report: Jovetić at the double as Man City sink Liverpool (Premier League)
Reaction: Ancelotti predicts ‘new cycle’ for Madrid (UEFA Super Cup)
Report: Ronaldo still the boss as Madrid win Super Cup (UEFA Super Cup)
Reaction: Wembley win sets tone for Arsenal – Wenger
(Community Shield)
Report: Vibrant Arsenal down Man City in Community Shield (Community Shield)
Reaction: ‘Lethargic’ Arsenal not ready yet – Wenger (Emirates Cup)
Report: Falcao scores comeback goal to sink Arsenal (Emirates Cup)
Reaction: Wenger enthused by Sanogo-Campbell double act (Emirates Cup)
Report: Sanogo upstages Sánchez in Arsenal romp (Emirates Cup)

Report: Romero shootout saves send Argentina into final

“Sao Paulo (AFP) – Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved two penalties in a shootout with the Netherlands on Wednesday to take his country through to the World Cup final for the first time since 1990.”

My AFP match report on the ‘other’ 2014 World Cup semi-final can be read here.

Report: Higuaín fires Argentina into World Cup semi-finals

“Brasília (Brazil) (AFP) – Gonzalo Higuaín smashed home an early goal as Argentina dashed the World Cup dreams of much-fancied Belgium with a 1-0 win in the quarter-finals in Brasília on Saturday.”

My AFP match report from the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha can be read here.

Reaction: Angry Wilmots derides ‘ordinary’ Argentina
Analysis: Higuaín, the Valdano to Messi’s Maradona?
Analysis: Hazard flops, but hope springs for Belgium

Report: Pogba opens door as France reach last eight

“Brasília (Brazil) (AFP) – A Paul Pogba header and a Joseph Yobo own goal saw France edge a hard-fought contest with Nigeria 2-0 in Brasilia on Monday to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.”

My AFP match report from the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha can be read here.

Reaction: Keshi blasts referee after Nigeria fall to France
Analysis: Pogba ready to shoulder French expectations

Report: Rodríguez rocket earns Colombia Brazil clash

“Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – James Rodríguez knocked Luis Suarez out of the headlines with an exquisite goal as Colombia beat Uruguay 2-0 on Saturday to set up a World Cup quarter-final against hosts Brazil.”

My AFP report on the night James Rodríguez electrified the Maracanã can be read here.

Reaction: Rodríguez ‘like Maradona’, says Uruguay coach Tabárez
Reaction: Tabárez says Suarez bite case not a distraction

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