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Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd: Herrera red dooms visitors, match

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  • Herrera shown 2 yellows by 35′
  • Kante opens scoring, 51′
  • Mourinho, Conte clash

N'Golo Kante‘s second half goal was the lone marker in a match with little to like, as a 10-man Manchester United couldn’t muster much against Chelsea in a 1-0 FA Cup semifinal at Stamford Bridge on Monday.

That means the FA Cup semis will be 75 percent London, as Chelsea will meet Tottenham Hotspur, and Arsenal tangles with Manchester City.

An early pair of yellows to Ander Herrera and United’s already-thin options in attack took a lot of the life from the encounter.

In fact, perhaps the most notable moment aside from the dismissal and goal was a heated argument between managers Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte shortly after the sending-off.

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Tight-marking and patient play was the hallmark of the first 14 minutes, before Eden HazardDiego Costa, and Willian helped open up an N’Golo Kante shot that was blocked by United.

Hazard then turned an electric dribble into an opportunity, hitting a deflected far post query that was neither met by a back post run nor tight enough to sneak inside the post. David De Gea made a terrific stop on the ensuing corner, which gave way to another offering and spell of possession.

Michael Oliver sent off Ander Herrera in the 35th minute for a second yellow card, both of which came for iffy fouls on Eden Hazard that involved a bit of embellishment. Alas, the second came right after a warning from Oliver to United’s staff.

Jose Mourinho inserted Marouane Fellaini into the heart of the midfield.

Kante blazed a shot over the net from inside the 18, but the eyes were on Mourinho and Antonio Conte. The managers needed to be separated by the fourth official.

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Chelsea broke through thanks to a moment’s hesitance or inactivity from Paul Pogba, as Kante took a touch to set himself up for a nice 20-yard shot past De Gea.

Marcus Rashford had a rare United chance as the match hit the hour mark, but Chelsea came right back on the counter. Nemanja Matic waited too long to spot Willian, with the chance cleared for a corner. Diego Costa just missed burying a header on the set piece.

With United missing suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic as well as injured Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial, the Red Devils just didn’t have options to inject attack while down a man. A late chance from Pogba, who was off all day, bounded wide of the frame.

De Gea made a stoppage time parry of Cesc Fabregas in what was essentially the match’s final action.

Leicester City record massive earnings from UEFA Champions League

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Leicester City’s UEFA Champions League campaign may have ended without a trophy, but the Premier League side pipped the European champions in the bank account.

UEFA announced on Friday that Leicester City earned $96,167,125 during the Champions League run that ended in the quarterfinals, the farthest of any Premier League club. Real Madrid, the back-to-back champions, earned a slightly less $95,385,679. Much of the difference comes from TV rights deals in England, which pays out more to teams compared to the TV rights deal in Spain.

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Juventus, the Italian giant, earned the most of any club in last year’s Champions League, making a whopping $129,965,357, mostly thanks to the TV rights again.

Mourinho: Ibrahimovic could return in December

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Dare to Zlatan? It could be only a couple of months away.

That’s according to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, who said the veteran striker could return from his torn ACL before the end of the calendar year.

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“Zlatan is here, he’s working here and under our control,” Mourinho told reporters. “He’s working as you would expect so, so, so hard. But he’s not to be back in the next week or next couple of weeks. Do I believe he’ll be back in 2017? Yes, I do. But it’s just a feeling.”

The big Swede scored 28 goals for Man United last year in all competitions, proving that he’s still got it at the age of 36, but it’s going to be tough for him to find his old form coming off an ACL injury at such an old age. After suffering the injury last April, it’s been a long road to recovery for Ibrahimovic.

However, with the play of Romelu Lukaku up top, Ibrahimovic would only play from time to time, which could help in his recovery both from the knee injury and just the general recovery between games.

Manchester City quartet called up by Brazil for friendlies

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Brazilian National Team coach Tite has decided on calling up a full-strength squad for November’s upcoming friendly matches in Europe, including four Manchester City players in his 25-man squad.

Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho, Danilo and Ederson all made the squad as Tite looks to develop more chemistry among his side ahead of the 2018 World Cup, which Brazil breezed into after Tite took over in 2016.

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Luckily for Manchester City and the other European-based players in the squad, Brazil’s friendly matches will be played in Western Europe. The Selecao first faces Japan in Lille, France on November 10 before taking on England at Wembley Stadium on November 14.

The call-ups may be a tough pill for Guardiola to swallow though. As of Friday, Manchester City has 17 games remaining in the calendar year, and surely he would prefer for some of his starters to get a two-week break in November to preserve some energy instead of play in friendly matches.

Everton announce lifetime ban for fan involved in altercation with Lyon player

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On a night when UEFA unveiled a new campaign for respect, there wasn’t enough of it shown both on and off the field.

Everton has followed up on UEFA opening up disciplinary proceedings against them by banning a fan from Everton matches after the fan was seen to punch at an Olympique Lyon player in the second half of Lyon’s 2-1 win at Goodison Park.

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“Club Officials have reviewed the footage of an incident that occurred in the 64th minute of the game against Olympique Lyonnais where supporters towards the front of the lower Gwladys Street End became involved in a confrontation between players,” Everton said in a statement. “We have identified one individual whom action will now be taken against. This will include a ban from attending future Everton fixtures and the Club registering a formal complaint with Merseyside Police.”

The video below shows a fan – amazingly, holding onto a small boy in one arm – throwing some punches at Lyon players after a fracas on the field.

The punch and ban is yet another dark moment for Everton, which has just one point from its first three Europa League matches and sits in 16th place in the Premier League with eight points from eight games.