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29 Dec 21:15

Manchester City capped off their 2021 in perfection, extending their lead as Premier League leaders thanks to their 1-0 win at Brentford (14), this Wednesday on matchday 20.

With 50 points, the ‘Citizens’ took advantage of today’s setback from their two main pursuers.

Chelsea are now second after drawing 1-1 with Brighton on Wednesday, but are eight points behind first place. Nine points behind City are Liverpool (3rd), who were beaten 1-0 at Leicester on Tuesday.

Manchester City will start on Saturday 2022 as big favorites for the title in this edition of the English league, buoyed by their moment of great form, having picked up ten straight wins in the championship.

Since losing 2-0 at home to Crystal Palace on 30 October, Manchester City have won all their Premier League games.

In Wednesday’s game at Brentford Community Stadium, the winner was Phil Foden (16 minutes), who finished perfectly with his left footed by Belgian team-mate Kevin De Bruyne. VAR reviews play and validates goals.

Shortly before the goal, Brazil goalkeeper Ederson prevented Brentford from taking the lead. Foden himself was then disallowed for offside, a goal he scored with a header (50).

Another Manchester City player, Spain international Aymeric Laporte (86), was also shown a red card for offside.

“We have won but we are at the end of December, there are a lot of games to play. We have an eight point advantage (above the second place), but there are 54 points (corresponding to 18 days) to play for,” said City coach Josep Guardiola.

– Disappointment in the discount –

Shortly before, Chelsea had missed a win against Brighton (1-1) on discount.

Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku, with a corner in the 28th minute, scores the London side’s goal at Stamford Bridge. Also from the head, through Danny Welbeck (90+1) into the middle of Spain’s Marc Cucurella, Brighton equalized.

Before Lukaku’s goal, Chelsea had warned with a shot at the post from Spain’s César Azpilicueta (16 minutes).

Brighton (10) are a formidable opponent and having seen themselves on the scoresheet, they are constantly looking for an equaliser.

In the 47th, Poland’s Jakub Moder sent the crossbar, while Senegal’s Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy had a fateful intervention, especially against the efforts of Adam Lallana (37) and Malian Yves Bissouma (53).

Finally Welbeck’s goal (90+1) in the last minute prevented Brighton from losing on their trip to the capital.

“Very frustrating. Of course, very disappointed because we gave everything and we had a big chance which should have been enough to decide the game,” Chelsea Germany manager Thomas Tuchel told Amazon Prime.

In any case, Chelsea took the place ahead of Liverpool, just before the encounter between the two on Sunday on Matchday 21.

In addition to the draw, other bad news for Chelsea in this match is the injury to Reece James and Andreas Christensen.

This draw against Brighton ended Chelsea in 2021, where the conquest of the second European Champions League in its history was a resounding success.

London, England. AFP.


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Paraguayan Football

29 Dec 20:45

After more than two decades, Resistencia will play again in the First Division of Paraguay football. Ricardo Brugada’s environmental team, little by little, began to change its structure, putting together the squad for the 2022 season.

While the squad is already working physically under the command of Roberto “Tiburon” Torres, the club announced three reinforcements and the renewal of the contracts of several key players for promotion to the First Division.

Midfielders Gustavo Villamayor and Jorge González, as well as goalkeeper José Aquino were the first three official reinforcements of the “Red Triangle”.

On the other hand, it was announced that strikers Diego “Chino” Martínez and Rodrigo Ruiz Díaz, as well as midfielders Jesús Araújo and left-back Wildo Alonso, have renewed their contracts for one more season and will play at the Primera with Resistencia.

“Resi” earned the right to play in the highest category of Paraguayan football after finishing runner-up at Intermediate 2021. His first match at Apertura 2022 was at home against Tacuary.


Paraguay abroad

29 Dec 20:16

Gustavo Gómez is Paraguay’s standout player of the year. As leader and captain of Palmeiras, he lifted the Copa Libertadores in the first month of 2021, the same as the previous season, and in November he again celebrated as America’s best.

Featured as the best in several places, this time the International Federation of Football History and Statistics was added, which compiles the ideal squad for the season of South American players and there is a Paraguayan defender.

The ideal eleven consist of five Argentina, four Brazil, one Chile and one Colombia. While on the bench there are four Brazilian players, two Argentinian and one Paraguayan.

Yes, Gustavo Gómez was one of the substitutes for the team of the year, along with his Palmeiras team-mate Weverton; Casemiro, Hulk and Vanderson. Meanwhile they complete the list of substitutes for Ignacio Fernández and Julián lvarez.

The base team consisted of Emiliano Martínez; Mauricio Isla, Cristian Romero, Marquinhos and Filipe Luis; Lionel Messi, Rodrigo De Paul and Luis Díaz; Gabigol, Lautaro Martinez and Neymar.

The coach of this team is also Argentinian: Lionel Scaloni, Copa América champion with the Albiceleste team, who ended a 30-year drought with titles won in Brazil, against local teams and in the Maracana.


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