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Belgian Cup final back on and set for Aug. 1


Belgian Cup final back on and set for Aug. 1

League champions Club Bruges will meet Royal Antwerp in the Belgian Cup final on Aug. 1, the Belgian football association said on Thursday.

The match, which is holding in spite of the rest of the 2019/2020 season having been called off, will take place behind closed doors at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.

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The decision was announced after the two clubs, the Belgian Pro League and football association met with city officials to sort out arrangements and police and security services gave a green light.

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The final was originally supposed to be played on March 22 but was called off at the start of the COVID-19 health crisis.

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Belgium has since ended its season early with Club Bruges declared champions.









Again football star Farid El Melali gets arrested for masturbating in public



Farid El Melali

Algerian and Angers winger, Farid El Melali was arrested on Wednesday, July 8, for the second time this year for allegedly masturbating in public in France.

Ouest-France reported that the 22-year-old was questioned by local police following a second indecent exposure complaint lodged against the Algerian attacker.

The fresh incident comes two months after he was arrested for this same offence, and was already preparing to face a court hearing later this summer.

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El Melali’s lawyer, Sandra Chirac Kollarik, told Ouest-France: ‘Farid El Melali was heard this Wednesday morning by the Angers police services, about acts committed during the recent period of confinement, which he acknowledged, and about which he had already been interviewed before being summoned to court.

“Once again Farid El Melali answered the questions asked and all the necessary checks could, therefore, be made, so that his hearing was quickly closed.

“He renews his sincerest apologies to the women he may have upset with inappropriate attitudes.”

In response to the latest incident, Angers President Fabrice Favetto-Bon said:

“We believe that we have already made statements on this matter. We heard the player’s apology.

“Obviously, this type of behaviour, pending the decision of the courts, does not conform with the values of the club and our requirement of players to be examples. The process is ongoing.”

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Salah keeps Liverpool’s record chase on track




Liverpool remained on course for a Premier League record points tally thanks to two goals from Mohamed Salah to win 3-1 at Brighton on Wednesday.

The English champions move onto 92 points with three wins from their final four games enough to break Manchester City’s record of 100 points from two seasons ago.

Jurgen Klopp’s men were quick off the mark with two goals in the first eight minutes to end a run of five games without a goal away from home either side of the coronavirus shutdown.

Brighton’s desire to play out from the back has been one of the hallmarks of Graham Potter’s first season in charge and the Seagulls look certain to meet their target of staying in the division with a nine-point cushion over the bottom three.

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But the hosts were twice caught out by Liverpool’s press to leave themselves too much to do despite another promising performance.

Salah remained in the hunt for a third Golden Boot in as many seasons as a Liverpool player as he slotted home Naby Keita’s cross to open the scoring.

Two minutes later the Reds robbed possession again in the Brighton half and after Salah was held up, Henderson curled home a brilliant shot into the far corner for a rare goal in an inspirational season for the Liverpool captain.

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Rather than letting the floodgates open, Brighton showed impressive resolve to then take the game to their illustrious visitors.

Neco Williams made a brilliant block on his first Premier League start to deny Leandro Trossard a quick reply before Alisson Becker saved from Neal Maupay.

Brighton got their reward just before half-time when Trossard connected sweetly with Tariq Lamptey’s cross to halve the deficit.

Dan Burn wasted a huge opportunity to bring the hosts level after the break as he failed to hit the target with the goal gaping.

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Salah was more clinical when he headed home Andy Robertson’s cross at the near post for his 19th Premier League goal of the season to move within three of Jamie Vardy in the race for the Golden Boot.

But the Egyptian then missed two big chances in stoppage time for his third Liverpool hat-trick and to further cut Vardy’s lead at the top of the scoring charts as Mat Ryan flicked his first effort over the bar before Salah headed over with the final touch of the game.









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Gabriel Jesus ends goal drought as Man City crush Newcastle



Gabriel Jesus ended his Manchester City goal drought as the Brazil striker netted for the first time in 10 games to spark a 5-0 rout of Newcastle on Wednesday, Jul 8.

With City’s record goalscorer Sergio Aguero a long-term absentee after knee surgery, Pep Guardiola needs Jesus to start firing on all cylinders.

Jesus finally stepped up to the plate with a first-half strike at the Etihad Stadium.

It was Jesus’s 19th goal of the season, but just his second in his last 12 Premier League matches, banishing a nine-game barren run in all competitions.

Riyad Mahrez increased City’s lead and Federico Fernandez’s own goal was followed by David Silva’s free-kick and a late Raheem Sterling strike.

Guardiola’s side have only pride to play for in the remainder of the Premier League season after Liverpool took the title.

But second-placed City, who gained the League Cup in March, nonetheless have silverware of their sights as they await the results of their enchantment towards a two-season ban from European competitors.

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They face an FA Cup semi-final towards Arsenal on July 18 and the second leg of their Champions League final 16 tie towards Real Madrid in August, with City holding a 2-1 lead.

After shedding two of their final three league video games, Guardiola had warned his gamers to chop out the errors which have blighted their season.

With that in thoughts, Guardiola will likely be inspired by the ruthless means they put Newcastle to the sword.

Having overwhelmed Newcastle of their final 10 conferences in Manchester, whereas additionally knocking them out of the FA Cup quarter-finals on Tyneside not too long ago, City may need hand-picked the Magpies as their superb opponents to get again on observe.

Guardiola made five modifications to the facet overwhelmed at Southampton as Kevin De Bruyne returned to the beginning line-up, whereas John Stones began for the primary time because the coronavirus hiatus.

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City have been rapidly on prime and Mahrez reduce inside to check Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka with a low drive from the sting of the realm.

Guardiola insisted this week that Jesus had produced “one of his best performances of this season” in Sunday’s defeat at Southampton.

The 23-year-old repaid Guardiola’s religion within the 10th minute, assembly Silva’s go with a close-range end for his first goal since netting at Real Madrid in February.

City midfielder Phil Foden dragged his shot large from a good angle after a harmful burst into the Newcastle space.

Guardiola’s males have been in full management and doubled their lead within the 21st minute.

Foden despatched De Bruyne away down the left facet of the Newcastle space and the Belgian’s cut-back was slotted house by Mahrez for his 12th goal of the season.

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De Bruyne’s 18th league help of the season was testomony to the outstanding consistency that makes him a contender for Player of the Year honours.

Foden ought to have made it three, however the 20-year-old shot large from six yards out earlier than lacking with a close-range header from De Bruyne’s cross.

City’s relentless strain produced a 3rd goal within the 58th minute when Jesus’s raid panicked Matt Ritchie right into a determined clearance that cannoned off Fernandez into his personal web.

In the ultimate months of his final season with City, Silva stays a category act and the Spanish playmaker made it 4 with a positive free-kick that left Dubravka rooted to the spot within the 65th minute.

Sterling’s 90th minute tap-in made it 17 targets for City of their 4 house video games because the restart.

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