Sherwood squares off with Benfica coach, then states he lacks class

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Tottenham Hotspur lost 3-1 to Portuguese side Benfica in the Europa League on Thursday night. Luisão bagged a brace after Rodrigo put in the opener at White Hart Lane, while only Christian Eriksen was able to score for the hosts. Now, as away goals count in Europa, Spurs have got an awfully high mountain to climb in Lisbon should they wish to progress to the quarterfinals of the tournament.

But will the second leg be about the play on the pitch, or the managers’ antics off it?

After Luisão scored his second, Benfica manager Jorge Jesus celebrated by holding up three fingers. This was too much for his opposition in the nearby dugout. Tim Sherwood snapped, and the fourth official needed to intervene, as it looked as though the two coaches were about to come to blows.

(READ MORE: Europa League Roundup – Tottenham disappoints at home; Lyon, Valencia take control)

After the match, Sherwood attempted to explain himself, saying “In the first two minutes he was going over to the fourth official saying I was stepping in his box. He doesn’t mind himself, does he?” The Spurs manager continued, “Waving goodbye like that [with three fingers]? It lacks class. Why would anyone do that? He’s got a good side, of course he has but [he is] not for me, thank you. I have no intention of speaking to him.”

Sherwood did, however, make sure to clarify that his words were directed only at Jesus, not the Benfica side as a whole: “I thought his team were very good, got a lot of class. It’s a pity he doesn’t.”

It seems like Sherwood’s cracks are starting to show. First, he publicly called out his players after their loss to Chelsea last weekend, saying they are “too nice”, “need to show more gut”, and stated that he’d only count on some of them. Now, he’s losing his cool when Portuguese tacticians play mind games – not exactly a trait wanted in a Premier League manager, who will need to deal with more masterful ones from José Mourinho.

Sherwood will almost certainly remain in place for the final games of this Premier League season. But is there any way he’ll stay on after its end?

VIDEO: Gerrard’s juggle and finish leads Liverpool legends past Real Madrid

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Scoring at Anfield doesn’t get old, especially when your name is Steven Gerrard.

The English midfielder was playing in a friendly match between Liverpool and Real Madrid “legends” on Sunday, when he delivered this tasty goal (and assists to Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, and John Aldridge).

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Gerrard redirects a cross over a lunging defender and into a place where he can lash a goal home to put the Reds up 4-0. He dedicated his Man of the Match performance to club legend Ronnie Moran, who died earlier this week.

Real’s comeback came up just short in a 4-3 final, with Fernando Morientes, Ruben de la Red, and Edwin Congo scoring for the visitors.

On a Sunday waiting for the international matches to begin, Gerrard supplies a nice highlight for the rest of us (Extended highlights free on Liverpool’s site).

Ozil bristles at talk of Arsenal selling him

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Mesut Ozil is on international break, and bristling at reports that Arsenal is going to sell him.

The midfielder’s absence from the lineup last week had plenty speculating on his future, even more than usual. His contract expires in 2018, and several reports claimed he’d join Alexis Sanchez as players destined for elsewhere.

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Ozil was not called up by Germany, and has missed four of his last nine Premier League matches. Three of those were for illness, and he missed last week’s loss to West Brom with a hamstring injury.

From Metro:

“And you think Wenger tells the journalist before he tells me? Then I know him differently,” Ozil told German outlet Welt.

“I have a contract until 2018 in London and I feel very comfortable there. We’ll talk soon and then make a decision.”

Metro notes that Ozil also said he wants to win the Champions League, something that can only happen with Arsenal remaining in the Top Four. We suppose you could make snarky inferences from his “comfortable in London” phrasing, but we’ll leave it there.

Sydney FC clinches first place in A-League

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SYDNEY (AP) After clinching first place in Australia’s A-League without taking the field, Sydney FC enhanced its record achievement with a 3-0 win over the Perth Glory on Sunday.

Sydney FC won the Premiers Plate as regular-season champions after the second-place Melbourne Victory lost 1-0 to Brisbane on Saturday, when Sydney had a night off.

The Brisbane win left Sydney with an unassailable 11-point lead in first place with three rounds to play.

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The Sydney side also created some history: it became the only team to have remained in outright first position in the standings for an entire season.

In the other match Sunday, the Wellington Phoenix beat Newcastle 5-0 to remain within five points of sixth-place Western Sydney for the final playoff spot.

Walking Dead? Star fittingly sees Exeter’s implausible comeback (video)

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As Rick Grimes, actor Andrew Lincoln regularly battles the undead on his show “The Walking Dead”.

As a friend of Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale, Lincoln was probably pretty happy to watch a team that would not die.

Exeter went down 3-0 when Yeovil Town broke a scoreless drought with a trio of tallies between the 62nd and 78th minutes.

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But Exeter’s David Wheeler scored in the 88th minute, and Troy Brown and Reuben Reid scored a minute apart at the beginning of stoppage time to earn a point for the League Two playoff hopeful.

Couple things on this video, too:

— Check out the shove on the goalkeeper when trying to collect the ball after the first goal of the fight back.

— Watch the man with his baby behind the net after the third goal. Did Mom know how safe her little one was?